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By Todd Howard
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#48 Stuart Alve Olson on Purposeful Pilgrimage, Inner Alchemy, and the Tao of Immortality
Stuart Alve Olson found an interest in Chinese philosophy as a teenager. In his late 20s, he began his formal training in ancient Eastern practices that continues today, more than 40 years later. His deep education in Taoism and Buddhism have helped give him fodder to author nearly 40 books and to teach students around the world. As you will soon hear, Stuart is a gifted storyteller, and this episode is full of ancient parables, teachings from his mentor, lessons from people he has encountered, and humorous anecdotes. We begin with an account of his multi-year bowing pilgrimage that crossed many US states, was replete with personal insights, and provided sagely advice from the most unexpected people and places. We explore the concept of inner alchemy through the lens of Taoist and Buddhist parables, discuss Stuart’s books, and delve into his lessons from life. We also chat about his relationship and mentorship with Master T.T. Liang, with whom he studied with for much of his adult life until his master’s death. This discussion includes a look at the concepts of longevity and immortality from an ancient Chinese lens. Stuart is the founder and director of the Sanctuary of Tao, where he offers his virtual mentor program on inner alchemy. He is also co-founder of Valley Spirit Arts, a publishing company where you can find Stuart’s books, including the gem Actions and Retributions. To me Stuart brings to mind an image of a happy sage or monk. His sense of humour, candor, and wisdom all helped to make a very enjoyable and special conversation from which I hope you benefit as much as I have. Humbleness is something he experienced on his bowing pilgrimage, and all these years later, he continues to exhibit it in his actions and way of being. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Stuart Alve Olson. Episode Links: Sanctuary of Tao Valley Spirit Arts : Books by Stuart Alve Olson Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
May 6, 2021
#47 Guido Masé on Wild Medicine, Herbal Folklore, and Adaptive Potential
If you are not yet familiar with the work of Guido Masé, hopefully this interview will serve as a worthy introduction to this man’s genius and contribution to the world of herbalism. For two hours non-stop, Guido eloquently delivers plant lore and science, useful insights into myriad systems and processes, and priceless life wisdom. The world of herbal medicine was inculcated in Guido by plant and mushroom foraging treks with his father and family during his formative years in the Italian Alps. Eventually settling in Vermont, he was inspired by renowned herbalists such as Rosemary Gladstar and 7Song. Today Guido is the chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine, which specializes in liquid herbal extracts with a focus on digestive bitters, herbal tonics, and everyday health remedies. Through the Urban Moonshine Herb School, he provides online herbal education. Guido is also author of The Wild Medicine Solution, an incredible book filled with folklore, science, recipes, and practical uses of bitter, aromatic, and tonic herbs. Just like the swift runner that Guido is, he covers so much ground in this episode, including his observations with running and homeodynamics; folklore, mythology, and fairy tales related to herbal medicine; integrative health in Africa and Maasai medicine; cultural influences; writing; bitters, tonics, and aromatics; and consciousness. Guido is a deeply engaging speaker with a profound passion for plants and biology in general, and he effortlessly weaves tales of science and myth into a profoundly nourishing and educational conversation. It was my absolute honour to sit in his presence for this worthy discussion, and it brings me great pleasure to be able to offer it to you. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Guido Masé. Episode Links: Guido’s Blog The Wild Medicine Solution by Guido Masé Traditional Medicinals Twitter Learning Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
April 28, 2021
#46 Livia Kohn on the Dao of Purpose, Traveling, and Scottish Country Dancing
Livia Kohn is a fascinating human being with a remarkable zest for life. This interview proved to be most enjoyable and educational and humbling in terms of what a person on her path can manifest. When not partaking in Scottish Country Dancing, of which she does with fervent regularity, Livia can be found travelling the world lecturing on Daoism (Taoism), coordinating Daoist conferences, editing a premier Daoist journal, writing books and translating classics of Daoism, and managing a publishing company that focusses on Daoist and classical Chinese philosophy. Additionally, yearly she leads a multi-week group hiking expedition in Japan to explore the culture and visit sacred temples. Livia earned a Ph.D. in 1980, lived in Japan for a decade, and served for nearly two decades as a professor of Religion and East Asian studies at Boston University. She has authored more than 30 books and countless articles and has helped spread Daoist philosophy around the world. We talk about all these things in this episode and spend a fair bit of time exploring specific aspects of the Daodejing and Zhuangzi, classic Daoist texts. Livia is a wellspring of knowledge and wisdom and such a lovely individual that this conversation has left me wanting to spend more time in her presence. Her energy alone is uplifting and soothing, and that is just a thread of what she has to offer to humanity. Settle into this timely interview and see what inspiration she weaves for you. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Livia Kohn. Episode Links: Livia Tours Japan Three Pines Press International Conference on Daoist Studies Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
April 19, 2021
#45 Jim McDonald on the Edge of Life, Plants as Teachers, and Herbal Craft
Surviving at the edge is something that herbalist Jim McDonald is no stranger to. From finding a passion for herbs in the Michigan woods and letting plants be his original teachers to waking from a months-long coma that left him with amnesia, he has not walked the middle road very often. In this episode Jim shares the harrowing illness and experience in a foreign country that by most accounts should have killed him. His survival is a tribute to the strength of his will and the power of integrative medicine, as Western Medicine alongside herbal and spiritual therapies proved indispensable in his recovery. A passionate teacher and practitioner of herbalism, Jim guides us through his fondness for the Greek humours, the crafting of his career as a herbalist, how plants have been some of his most powerful teachers, and his style of clinical practice. His unique approach to herbalism blends traditional European folk perspectives with the eclectic/physiomedical approaches of 19th century American herbalism. Jim is an incredible, visual teacher, and even though you cannot see him during this interview, you will not soon forget his clever use of balloon props. With his intuitive knowledge of plants and zeal for life and humour, he is a rare human carving his own path and honing his craft. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Jim McDonald. Episode Links: YouTube Learning Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
April 12, 2021
#44 Kenneth Cohen on Qigong, the Beauty of the Tao, and Oolong Tea
Kenneth Cohen is a legendary Qigong Grandmaster, Chinese scholar, and world-renowned health educator. In this interview he delivers powerful, insightful, and inspirational narrative that spans cultures and millennia and regularly reminds listeners of our interconnectivity, not just to each other, but to all that is. Ken is the author of the internationally acclaimed book The Way of Qigong and has been a disciplined practitioner of Taiji Quan and Qigong for more than 50 years, since being introduced to the former at a talk given by Alan Watts. We talk at length about Ken’s journey with these spiritual practices and with other Chinese martial arts, and the development of his interest in Chinese language and philosophy. Ken’s recall is incredible, and he spontaneously shares with us in Mandarin passages from the Tao Te Ching and Taoist poetry, complete with his thought-provoking translations. Taoism has had a profound impact on Ken’s life, and we explore many of the philosophies that have been so meaningful to him and continue to be wholly relevant in  the modern world in which we live. To conclude this episode, Ken takes us on a surreal sensorial journey to the high mountains of Taiwan via a cup of oolong tea. I assure you that if you are a tea drinker, this is one verbal excursion you will not want to miss. When I think of Ken, many virtues come to mind, including wisdom and generosity. I could listen to his wisdom for hours on end, and I am so grateful for the nearly 2 hours that he generously gave for this interview. My life has certainly been enriched by the experience, and yours is about to be also. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Kenneth Cohen. Episode Links: Facebook The Way of Qigong by Kenneth Cohen Alan Watts Sound and Symbol in Chinese by Bernhard Karlgren Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
April 6, 2021
#43 Michelle Gellis on Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Building Patient Rapport, and Humour as Medicine
Michelle Gellis is a renowned practitioner and teacher of facial rejuvenation acupuncture. In this episode she shares her cosmetic philosophies and techniques, including the use of facial gua sha and cupping. Her treatments are not just to enhance physical appearance, although they do this very well, but also to treat disorders affecting the face and nervous system such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, TMJ, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia and more. As a practitioner, Michelle provides to her patients so much more than facial rejuvenation therapy. We discuss her use of acupuncture to treat emotional concerns such as anxiety and depression, the value of humour in healing, and she offers many great tips for building patient rapport. Michelle’s writing has been featured in numerous publications, including The Journal of Chinese Medicine. She is currently working on a book about cosmetic acupuncture in which she plans to provide some information and perspectives that have never been in print before. Whether you are a student or practitioner of acupuncture, or considering the potential benefits to you of cosmetic acupuncture, this interview is flush with great insights. I hope you enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Michelle Gellis. Episode Links: The Journal of Chinese Medicine: The Unique Aspects of Diagnosing and Treating the Face in Chinese Medicine The Journal of Chinese Medicine: The Importance of Clearing Blocks Prior to Acupuncture Treatment Lonny Jarrett Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
March 29, 2021
#42 Ann Armbrecht on the Herbal Supply Chain, Ethical Consumer Choices, and Remedies for a Healthier Planet
If you have every wondered where your herbal products come from and the authenticity of manufacturer claims, this episode is for you. Ann Armbrecht is author of The Business of Botanicals, in which she explores how our store-bought herbal medicines come to being. Through rigorous research and travel, Ann traces the often lengthy and meandering supply chain of herbal products that links earth to store shelf. During this discussion, we explore her findings, including the ethics of business practice, the stories manufacturers often weave through their high-profile marketing teams, and the power that consumers wield via buying choices. We also discuss lessons Ann learned from writing her two previous books, and the journeys the newest one took her on. Ann, who earned a PhD in anthropology from Harvard, is passionate about exploring the relationships between humans and the earth. In addition to writing, she presents her ideas as a documentary film producer and as the director of the Sustainable Herbs Program offered under the American Botanical Council. Her fastidious work ultimately benefits everyone who is touched by herbal medicine: growers, producers, practitioners, patients, and the planet. The more broadly her work is known, the more each of us along the supply chain will be held accountable, including those at the endpoint, consumers. We can collectively demand better and raise industry standards with our choices. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Ann Armbrecht. Episode Links: Sustainable Herbs Program The Business of Botanicals by Ann Armbrecht Settlements of Hope by Ann Armbrecht Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home by Ann Armbrecht Learning Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
March 23, 2021
#41 Mike Malterre on the World's Safest Sunscreen, Human Toxicity, and the Blue Planet
This fascinating conversation with Mike Malterre, the Executive Vice President of Stream2Sea, the manufacturer of the safest mineral sunscreen and body care products on the planet, is a deep dive into the skincare product market. It is no coincidence that Stream2Sea was born from a passion for diving and protecting the oceans by the CEO Autumn Blum. Mike has a knack for effectively presenting complex information that is often otherwise intentionally mindboggling. The less we know about our skincare products, the easier it is for manufacturers to use dangerous carcinogens and highly toxic components. The cosmetic industry is a behemoth with a great deal to lose from too many educated consumers. Mike takes us through a laundry list of nasty ingredients that are ubiquitous in skincare products. These toxins not only damage us though our highly absorbent skin, but also wreak havoc on the land, waterways, and oceans. Coral reefs and their inhabitants are literally dying from the toxic runoff that washes from the skin of sunbathers and swimmers. Add to that the millions of pounds of harmful soaps and shampoos that eventually reach the ocean each year, and it is little wonder that our blue planet is suffering. Today’s skincare products include highly toxic hand sanitizers that are literally being forced on the global population, most especially on our children. We talk at length about the human effects of our skincare products, including widespread fertility issues, surging rates of cancer, and rising levels virtually all autoimmune diseases. We also discuss the unscrupulous censorship that prevents this type of essential information from reaching the masses, and the pervasive use of marketing gimmicks – even by the companies you might think you can trust – that are designed to intentionally deceive. Mike, Autumn, and the team at Stream2Sea are tireless warriors for a healthy planet and healthy people. Their company is one that is truly making the world a better place, and it is through our voice and choice as consumers that we can show our support. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Mike Malterre. Episode Links: Stream2Sea Episode 38– Tom Malterre Learning Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
March 16, 2021
#40 Amos Ziv on Cardiovascular Health, Treating Chronic Pain with Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine in Israel
Amos Ziv is an Israeli-based acupuncturist, herbalist, and integrative medicine researcher. Along with his classmates Jason Robertson and CT Holman, Amos studied channel palpation with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi and applies it to his cardiovascular health-based clinical practice and research. Amos is the CEO of CardiaCare, which aims to provide the world’s first home-care therapy delivery and real-time monitoring system for people with atrial fibrillation. We talk extensively in this episode about many aspects of cardiovascular health and how therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine can be highly effective in restoring patient health and independence. Amos also delivers an acupuncturists’ tutorial on treating chronic pain through specific point prescriptions and techniques and shares some of his remarkable therapeutic outcomes. We delve into the paradox of integrative medicine in Israel, and conclude with Amos’s passion for Taoism and the lessons it has provided him for life. This episode definitely pulsates heavily in the realm of clinical practice and outcomes, making it a powerful listen for anyone in the field of Chinese Medicine or interested in cardiac care. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Amos Ziv. Episode Links: Meridian Wave Acupuncture CALM-BP study Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine by Jason Robertson Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
March 8, 2021
#39 Shauna Doll on Big Trees, Gulf Islands Conservation, and the Sexiness of Swamps
Shauna Doll grew up in the relatively treeless city of Grand Prairie, Alberta, and fell in love with nature through a forested ravine that runs through the city and served as her childhood playground. Today, Shauna has found a professional connection to that love of nature through her work with Raincoast Conservation Foundation as the coordinator for the Gulf Islands Forest Project that focusses on addressing impacts to Coastal Douglas-fir habitats. Shauna’s work is largely devoted to forest conservation, which includes policy work and review, big tree inventory, public education, and land acquisition projects. If you love trees as much as I do, you will probably agree that there is something wonderful about being paid to seek out, inventory, and protect large trees. All Shauna’s professional roles and more are on the table for discussion during this episode including the ever-changing climate, the importance of forest biodiversity, and Shauna’s favourite forest-related books. Shauna is a passionate advocate for the environment and an enthusiastic speaker. She effortlessly shares her experience and research for the benefit of all who listen. I thank her for her generosity, and also thank Raincoast Conservation Foundation for their tireless research and work to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Shauna Doll. Episode Links: Shauna Doll Pender Islands Big Tree Registry Gulf Islands Forest Project S,DAYES Flycatcher Forest Big Lonely Dougby Harley Rustad Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica Lee The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben Contact Shauna Doll @ Learning Links: School of Permaculture Design at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
March 1, 2021
#38 Tom Malterre on the Elimination Diet, Pillars of Health, and the Connection of Skate Culture
Tom Malterre has made a career of examining subtilties of good health and true wellness that most don’t even give fleeting consideration. As he advocates, “we are supposed to be engaged entirely with our environment.” But when our environment is filled with visible and invisible toxins, those toxins become part of is. To minimize their damage, we can fortify our systems through optimal nutrition and beneficial lifestyle practices. Tom is not only an amazing educator, he is also a practitioner of what he teaches. He is co-author of 3 books – a pair of incredible cookbooks and The Elimination Diet, which examines what foods might be making us sick – and he is a teacher and practitioner of functional medicine. Growing up in Pacific surf and skate culture, he reaped the benefits of regular physical activity that connected him to his body, nature, and a thriving community. Now he creates similar opportunities for his children and strengthens his relationship with them in the process. Tom is gifted in his ability to articulate, and thus we investigate many topics including his 10 fingers of health, how the environment is likely causing myriad chronic and debilitating conditions, the irreplaceable role of microbes in maintaining good health, relatively small food and lifestyle choices that can derail homeostasis, the value of limiting stress, and what he learned from his physician growing up in Hawaii. Tom’s enthusiasm for life projects from him like a great wave of healing energy. Healing stems from engagement, from something Tom says can be as simple as receiving a smile from someone. I felt healing just from having this conversation with him, and I have no doubt that you will also. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Tom Malterre. Episode Links: Whole Life Nutrition Nourishing Meals by Tom Malterre and Alissa Segersten The Elimination Diet by Tom Malterre and Alissa Segersten The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Tom Malterre and Alissa Segersten Seeking Health Learning Links: School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC Holistic Nutrition courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
February 23, 2021
#37 Michael Isted on Capturing the Scent of Time and Place, Crafting Herbal Products, and the Lore of Plants
Michael Isted is dedicated to integrating the power, beauty, and joy of plants into everyday life. As the founder of The Herball, a herb-inspired company that crafts and sells beauty products and curates beverage, cosmetic, and scent-based creations for the hospitality industry and innovators, Michael’s genius-like craftmanship is sought after around the world. To date he has created thousands of herbal beverage recipes and draws inspiration from nature itself, historical texts, and ancestral knowledge. Many of these are captured in his beautiful book The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks. As a fully qualified phytotherapist, Michael also maintains a practice seeing patients and helping them experience health and vitality. Additionally, he is passionate about scent and determined to capture time and place through aroma. His current project is recreating the experience of a storied Jamaican music studio through a natural fragrance. This diverse episode peeks inside the mind and inspiration of a true master of his art. For me it was a wonderful plant-based journey around the world and through the ages. We ground many of Michael’s lofty creations and aspirations with the reality of the practicalities of bringing products and projects to life. If you are interested in letting your passion lead, then exploring the filaments, petals, and beakers in Michael’s life can help guide you along the way. The pleasure he draws from his work is infectious, and his spontaneity admirable. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Michael Isted. Episode Links: The Herball The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks by Michael Isted Learning Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
February 15, 2021
#36 Z'ev Rosenberg on Full Strength Chinese Medicine, Reverence for Classical Texts, and Pink Floyd
Z’ev Rosenberg has been a leader in the field of Chinese Medicine for nearly 40 years. He is the former president of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado where he helped to spearhead the drive to the licensure of acupuncture in the state. And for more than 2 decades he served as the Chair of the Department of Herbal Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. In his clinical practice, Z’ev combines many aspects of Chinese Medicine including dietetics, moxibustion, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, and acupuncture. For nearly 5 decades, with surprisingly little downtime, including early years spent as a macrobiotic counsellor and Shiatsu practitioner, he has been dedicated to his patients. Z’ev is also author of 2 books on Chinese Medicine and is currently writing his third. In this episode we explore the roots of his journey into Chinese Medicine, including an early Pink Floyd song that begins by quoting the ancient Chinese text the I Ching, and other influences that turned Z’ev into an astute student of Chinese Classics, and then an invaluable teacher. We peek inside his thriving clinical practice and discuss his books in terms of the writing process and their impact. Z’ev has brought so much to the culture of Chinese Medicine in the West and has inspired countless to continue to pursue the magic of what it has to offer to the world. This episode is a great journey through the ages of an ancient medical system that continues to prove its genius, depth, and contemporary applications. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Z’ev Rosenberg. Episode Links: Returning to the Source by Z’ev Rosenberg Ripples in the Flow by Z’ev Rosenberg Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
February 10, 2021
#35 Dr. Heiner Fruehauf on the Language of Chinese Medicine, Fulfilling Destiny, and Self Responsibility
Much like the timeless classics that Dr. Heiner Fruehauf has devoted his life to study, this episode too will be a timeless classic of this podcast. Heiner’s sage-like wisdom and advice effortlessly flows forth in the recounting of his life’s journey and work. His breadth and depth of experience, and consciousness to value all degrees of experience, from presumably positive to negative, is undeniably admirable. Heiner studied sinology, philosophy, and comparative literature in Shanghai, Hamburg, Tokyo, and Chicago where he earned a doctoral degree from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. After encountering a major health crisis, his interest in healing led him into Chinese medicine and particularly the study of its classical applications and eventually herbal formulas. Presently he serves as Founding Professor of the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and he is the founder of Classical Pearls, a Chinese herbal company specializing in quality and purity of ingredients. We cover a lot of territory in this episode, beginning with Heiner’s early-life battle with cancer, the universe aligning him with his destiny, the genesis of his professional projects and companies, and a powerful overview of 5 element philosophy and Daoist teachings. His legacy has already bridged past through present into future, but he is nowhere near the terminus of his life’s work. His destiny is fulfilled, step by step, by his reverence for the universe and the opportunities that it presents him, opportunities that will never cease. Although this is a comparatively long episode, we only moved the needle ever so subtly across the spectrum of his knowledge. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Heiner Fruehauf. Episode Links: College of Classical Chinese Medicine Classical Pearls Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
February 2, 2021
#34 Merlin Young on the History of Moxibustion, Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, and Founding a Healthcare NGO
Merlin Young is determined to provide safer and more effective treatment for the world’s most deadly pandemic that today is killing more than 3,000 people per day: tuberculosis. In particular, Merlin has spent the past 14 years working with moxibustion in the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, work that has taken him to many places including Uganda, South Africa, and North Korea. Along with Jenny Craig, Merlin is co-founder of Moxafrica, a British-based charity investigating direct moxibustion immunomodulation as an adjunctive treatment for TB. He is a practitioner of Japanese Acupuncture and is author of The Moon Over Matsushima: Insights into mugwort and moxibustion. In this episode, Merlin and I explore the history of moxibustion, discuss the challenges and victories of conducting moxibustion research and running a charity, probe through the global plight of tuberculosis and especially multi-drug resistant TB, and finish with a call-to-help for a Uganda family who has been pivotal in the work of Moxafrica in Uganda. Merlin has a deep reservoir of knowledge of the ancient and often misunderstood practice of moxibustion, and his insights are helpful to both the acupuncture practitioner and layperson. It helps that he is an exceptional storyteller and has immense passion for his work of service to others. He is also incredibly generous with his time and knowledge and specifically has offered to engage with anyone to discuss the challenges our world faces and what our medicine might offer those who are most vulnerable. Light some artemisia, or perhaps incense, and settle in as Merlin blazes a global path of moxibustion. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Merlin Young. Episode Links: Moxafrica 2 peer-reviewed paperson Moxafrica’s research Donate to Esther’s Surgery Fund The Moon Over Matsushima by Merlin Young Blowing in the Wind: Drug-Resistant TB and the Poor by Merlin Young Hard Rain: Forecasting the Future for Tuberculosis by Merlin Young Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
January 27, 2021
#33 Dr. Debra Betts on Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Mentoring Midwives, and Clinical Research
Even if she stopped today, Dr. Debra Betts would be leaving behind a tremendous legacy that has greatly impacted the global treatment of pregnancy and childbirth with acupuncture. But, as this conversation indicates, Debra is neither stopping nor slowing down her research, teaching, and pioneering work in this specialty. As Debra indicates in the episode, just because women have been told that painful births, irregular periods, and menopausal symptoms are just a normal part of life, does not mean that they need surrender to this alleged inevitability and not make efforts to enhance their health and well-being. Augmenting her nursing background, Debra graduated acupuncture college in 1989. Inspired by her pregnancy during her studies, Debra developed a strong interest in pregnancy and childbirth and over the subsequent 3 decades has emerged as a leading authority in the area. In 2006 Debra published The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, a textbook that has become an invaluable resource around the world and has been translated into both French and German. In this episode Debra walks us through her doctoral research in the use of acupuncture for threatened miscarriages and the general symptomatic relief that participants experienced. She shares with us her work in teaching acupuncture to midwives over the past 20+ years and her current and exciting project in Mentoring Acupuncture Maternity Peer Support (MAMPS) through which she and 4 other leading acupuncturists provide support for acupuncturists working with all levels of pregnancy. We also discuss her multi-year writing project that culminated in the publication of her textbook. Debra seems to reside at the forefront of her industry and is currently working to revolutionize the training protocols to generate more accessible and positive treatment outcomes. All of us in the field of Chinese Medicine have likely benefited from Debra’s work. Perhaps this conversation will birth within you an interest in using holistic therapies during pregnancy and childbirth. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Dr. Debra Betts. Episode Links: The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Debra Betts Journal Articles by Debra Betts Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
January 20, 2021
#32 Margi Flint on the Path from Cancer, Being the Village Herbalist, and Ceremonies with Plants
Margi Flint has practiced herbal medicine for more than 40 years in the coastal town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. As the “village herbalist” she has become a figurehead in the town and has helped countless restore their health with herbal medicine. As an educator, Margi keeps a very busy pace. She has been an Adjunct Professor at North Shore Community College, The Tufts University School of Medicine, and currently at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She has been a faculty member at Pacific Rim College for nearly a decade, and regularly lectures in Canada, Europe, and throughout the United States. We cover a lot of territory in this episode, beginning with Margi’s early-life battle with cancer and the path to healing that it precipitated. We get a taste of what it is like to be a small seaside town herbalist, travel vicariously with some of Margi’s mentors and colleagues, journey into ayahuasca, and peek between the covers of the making of Margi’s book The Practicing Herbalist. When it comes to herbal medicine, Margi has a surfeit of knowledge, and she generously shares some of it with us through her incredible stories of connection to plants and people. I hope you enjoy this plant-centred episode with Margi Flint. Episode Links: Earthsong Herbals The Practicing Herbalist by Margi Flint Margi’s YouTube Jim McDonald Herbalist Learning Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
January 15, 2021
#31 Lillian Bridges on Face Reading, Emotional Work to Erase Wrinkles, and Pursuing Life’s Purpose
Lillian Pearl Bridges is the world’s preeminent authority on face reading and diagnosis, and, in my opinion, a beautiful individual with a magical spirit. I could not possibly overstate how much I enjoyed this conversation and how pleased I am to share some of her knowledge with you. As the author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, Lillian has been studying and practicing the Chinese Medicine art of facial diagnosis since the age of 5 when her apprenticeship began with her grandmother. She is credited with reviving this nearly lost component of Chinese Medicine and bringing it to the West. As the founder of the Lotus Institute, Lillian trains students in her comprehensive face reading and Daoist design programs. She has been featured in numerous publications and shows and lectures around the world. In this episode, we discuss many fascinating topics, but perhaps none that will be more well-received than our ability to erase or lessen wrinkles through personal emotional work. Lillian says that we are never too old to change the landscape of our face through following our purpose, healing emotional wounds, and finding our bliss. We also delve into the pragmatic power of Feng Shui in harmonizing your life and talk about one of her favourite topics: food. You don’t need to know a thing about qi, jing, or ling to glean invaluable pearls of wisdom from this conversation. This episode is where the rubber hits the road on enhancing your life, or more aptly, a facial treasure map to finding your inner harmony. I hope you enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Lillian Pearl Bridges. Episode Links: Lotus Institute Face Reading in Chinese Medicine by Lillian Pearl Bridges Divine Chinese Cuisine by Lillian Pearl Bridges Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
December 17, 2020
#30 Dr. Tom O’Bryan on Autoimmune Conditions, Environmental Toxins, and Healing the Brain
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a recognized world expert on health and wellness, and as he demonstrates in this episode, a powerhouse of knowledge in topics such as autoimmunity, the toll of environmental toxins on humans, gluten and its impact on health, and optimal brain function. Dr. Tom is the creator of the groundbreaking documentary series “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You” that has been viewed by more than half a million people. In 2016, Dr. Tom published his award-winning book The Autoimmune Fix, and then followed that with another incredible book, You Can Fix Your Brain. Interviewing Dr. Tom is a bit like letting a genie out of a bottle, in the most positive way. He speaks concisely and thoroughly about many incomparable topics in healthcare, and with the information he readily provides, listeners get much more than the equivalent of 3 granted wishes. Listening to or reading Dr. Tom’s words can literally change your life, if not save it. In this episode we talk at length about plastics and their impact on health, what you can do to help your brain to function more optimally, and things about autoimmunity that you probably have never before heard. Stay tuned to the end of this interview for a special gift from Dr. Tom to listeners. Get ready for this fast-paced, nutrient-dense episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Dr. Tom O’Bryan. Episode Links: Gift to listeners: The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom O’Bryan You Can Fix Your Brain by Dr. Tom O’Bryan The Stress of Life by Hans Selye Learning Links: School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC Holistic Nutrition courses at PRCOnline Student Clinic at PRC
December 3, 2020
#29 Alan Cassels on Flawed Drug Advisories, SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test, and Vaccines
In this episode, drug policy researcher Alan Cassels and I take a deep look into some less than desirable tactics of the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Alan has been investigating and reporting on nefarious industry strategies for more than 2 decades, and his books Selling Sickness and Seeking Sickness expose the dirty underbelly that some corporations and leaders would rather you did not know about. If you have been satisfied with the mainstream Covid-19 narrative, this episode might be a bit disruptive. If you have been questioning it, then you might find some answers here, as well as more questions. We discuss the limitations of PCR testing, the predominant testing model for determining Covid cases; the new Pfizer vaccine and the misleading propaganda related to it; Covid case numbers; and so-called protective measures.  Going beyond Covid-19, Alan and I also explore questionable pharmaceutical selling strategies; conditions such as high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and hypertension; the industry of influenza; and drug safety advisories. If episode 28 with holistic pharmacist RoseMarie Pierce opened up a few uncertainties for you about the motivations of the pharmaceutical industry, this episode is going to rip the lid right off. I hope you are stirred by this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Alan Cassels. Episode Links: Selling Sickness by Alan Cassels Seeking Sickness by Alan Cassels Twitter @akecassels Pfizer CEO sells stock Article on PCR Test British Columbia Covid-19 Dashboard Hospitals in BC Journal of Clinical Virology article on PCR test amplification in Canada Eurosurveillance journal article on PCR test amplification Article on infectiousness and Ct values in European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Learning Links: School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC PRC Radio Episode 28 with RoseMarie Pierce Holistic Nutrition courses at PRCOnline. Sign up for the PRCO newsletter and get 40% off during the on November 24th launch our new Food-Drug-Herb-Nutrients Interactions and Depletions course
November 14, 2020
#28 RoseMarie Pierce on Food-Drug-Herb Interactions, Acid-Base Balance, and the Freedom of Responsibility
RoseMarie Pierce is recognized as Canada’s first holistic pharmacist with more than 4 decades of experience in both conventional and natural medicine. She also facilitates heart-centred workshops for those interested in taking personal responsibility in their own healing and growth. RoseMarie is a Visiting Professor at Pacific Rim College and a featured presenter at Pacific Rim College Online. Check the show notes and stay tuned to the end of this podcast for a special discount offer on her new PRCOnline course and to learn about her 2 upcoming daylong workshops at Pacific Rim College. We cover a lot of territory in this episode: the roots of her pharmacy career and her family’s influence, plant-based derivatives of modern drugs, the importance of acid-base balance within the body and its affects on bone health, Covid-19, the loss of a child, and the gifts that the universe provides. In an industry that is often dominated by the propaganda of a ‘drug for every bug’, RoseMarie’s holistic approach to pharmacy is a wonderful glimpse inside a possible paradigm where scientists and practitioners work together with nature to promote the safest and least toxic modes of healing. Of course, we have a long way to go, but with the progress of the likes of RoseMarie, and you, part of the Pacific Rim College community, I am optimistic for that future. You may not agree with everything RoseMarie says, but to those who are receptive, she has a lot to offer. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with holistic pharmacist RoseMarie Pierce. Episode Links: @holistic.pharmacist Learning Links: Holistic Nutrition courses at PRCOnline. Sign up for the PRCO newsletter and get 40% off during the launch of RoseMarie’s course on November 24. RoseMarie Pierce workshop on February 27: Acidity, Modern Diets & Degenerative Diseases: A Natural Prescription for Balancing pH RoseMarie Pierce workshop on March 6: A Natural Prescription for Supporting Digestion & the Body’s Alkaline-Acid Balance School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC
November 11, 2020
#27 Sally Fallon Morell on The Contagion Myth
This is a provocative episode that will challenge some of your core beliefs when it comes to health and illness. What if the Spanish Flu of 1918 was not actually contagious? What if the measles virus has never been isolated? Furthermore, what if the coronavirus known as Covid-19 has also never been isolated? These are just some of the fascinating topics that my guest Sally Fallon Morell and I debate in this episode. Sally is perhaps best known as the author of Nourishing Traditions, an iconic cookbook that challenges mainstream narrative. She is also the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation with nearly 600 chapters globally, and she is the president of New Trends Publishing. Recently Sally and co-author Dr. Thomas Cowan published The Contagion Myth: Why Viruses (including “Coronavirus”) Are Not the Cause of Disease. This book was banned by Amazon just days before its release. It is causing waves, and Sally and I deeply explore its content and potential impact on the mainstream narrative of Covid-19. You might find it hard to believe everything that Sally says. I do, and I challenge her on many points. Yet, what I find even harder to believe is that none of what she says is true. Discoveries are not made by accepting the norm. Paradigms are not shifted by treading along the same path as everyone who came before. Sally is an explorer who has encountered much opposition while also garnering significant support. I strongly encourage you to at least stay open-minded to what she has to say. Our future could depend it. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Sally Fallon Morell. Episode Links: The Contagion Mythby Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan Nourishing Traditions Weston A. Price Foundation Skyhorse Publishing The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenberg Dr. Stefan Lanka Learning Links: Sally’s Online Course: Achieving Optimal Health Through Nourishing Traditional Diets School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC
November 3, 2020
#26 Brandt Stickley on Chinese Pulse Diagnosis
Brandt Stickley is a renowned practitioner and educator of Chinese Medicine and, in particular, Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis. In this episode, we drop deep into the heart of pulse diagnosis as Brandt shares subtleties of the pulse and insight into the incredible information that can be gleaned from this ancient art. He has worked closely with Dr. Leon Hammer for 20 years and is considered an authority on the model of Chinese medical psychology developed by Dr. Hammer. Brandt has relentlessly pursued a synthesis of Classical Han and Tang Dynasty herbal medicine and acupuncture, Chinese magical medicine, philosophy and religion, with concepts of psychosomatic medicine, body-oriented psychology, neuro-phenomenology, process-oriented philosophy, imaginal, integral, and consciousness studies.  He strives to bring all these disciplines together as a clinician, teacher, writer, and speaker. Brandt is an Assistant Professor in the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. He has been a visiting professor at Pacific Rim College for more than a decade and is a senior instructor and board member of Dragon Rises Seminars, where he teaches Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis. If you are a practitioner of Chinese diagnostic techniques, you will not want to miss a beat of this conversation. Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Brandt Stickley. Episode Links: Dr. Leon Hammer The Art of Acupuncture Techniques with Dr. Robert Johns Early Chinese Medical Literature by Donald Harper The Embodied Mind by Varela, Rosch and Thompson Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline
October 22, 2020
#25 CT Holman on Shamanism, Facial Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, and Punk Rock
This episode with CT Holman delivered so much more than I ever expected. Yes, we talk about his newest book, Shamanism in Chinese Medicine. Yes, we talk about his older book, Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine. And yes, we talk about the inspirations for these two books. These discussions alone would have made for a great episode, but here are a few things I did not know about CT: this guy can really teach, which he does throughout this episode; he has played in punk rock bands most of his life; and he is instantly likable, to a nearly ridiculous level. CT’s expertise and range in Chinese Medicine is phenomenal, and I took great pleasure in the opportunity to ask him dozens of questions and to even get a mini facial diagnosis. We explore sacred drumming from Africa, many forms of Shamanism, trauma-based approaches to healing, and Qi Gong. CT runs a successful private practice called Redwood Spring in Salem, Oregon. He also teaches seminars internationally, mentors students in his clinic and virtually, and has a host of e-courses on his website. He studied in China 3 times and integrates the specialties of facial diagnosis, channel palpation, five element diagnosis, and diagnosing and treating trauma. He has been a drummer for over 35 years and teaches shamanic drumming. This episode with CT Holman was incredibly fun to record, and I think you will quickly fall in sync with the rhythm of his humour and teachings. Please enjoy. Episode Links: CT Holman and Redwood Spring Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine by CT Holman Shamanism in Chinese Medicine by CT Holman Stems and Branches course with CT Holman on October 24 Singing Dragon Books Master Zhongxian Wu: Chinese Wisdom Traditions Lillian Bridges Episode 22 with Jason Robertson on PRC Radio Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong courses at PRCOnline
October 3, 2020
#24 Paul Bergner on Herbalism and Vitalism, Following His Calling, and Overcoming Demons
Paul Bergner has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He is the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Oregon, and for years has served as a visiting faculty member at Pacific Rim College. His online course “Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance, and Autoimmunity” is the most popular stand-alone course at Pacific Rim College Online and receives rave reviews from nearly all who take it. This episode with Paul has many unexpected turns and twists, including a look at naturalism, a harrowing battle with addictions, and many gifts that have emerged from his hero’s journey of relentless surrendering. We also talk in detail about the more expected, such as Paul’s courage to start a school of herbalism, founding the Medical Herbalism journal, and the seven books that Paul has authored. Paul is legend in the field of herbal medicine and vitalism who has inspired countless to explore their calling into natural medicines. It was an honour to sit down and connect with him, and I was humbled by his courage to share so much of his personal narrative in such intimate detail. Perhaps you have come to this episode to learn more about herbal medicine. Paul delivers on this and also offers a dose of raw vulnerability that you were likely not anticipating. I hope you enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Paul Bergner. Episode Links: North American Institute of Medical Herbalism Books by Paul Bergner Wade Boyle Learning Links: Paul’s PRCOnline course: Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance, and Autoimmunity Community Herbalist Online Program at PRCOnline Home Herbalist Online Program at PRCOnline School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC
September 25, 2020
#23 Seraphina Capranos on Herbal Medicine, the Power of Mentorship, and Healing
Seraphina Capranos's European grandparents first introduced her to the healing power of natural medicine. After suffering an injury to her spine as a teenager, Seraphina was given a prognosis of lifelong pain by the conventional medical system. Determined to heal herself, she returned to her roots, and since then has gone on to be a highly respected herbalist and homeopath with a practice based on Salt Spring Island off Canada’s west coast. And she does not suffer chronic pain. Seraphina joined as a visiting faculty member at Pacific Rim College many years ago, and now she is one of 9 distinguished instructors on Pacific Rim College Online’s highly acclaimed Community Herbalist Online certificate program and Home Herbalist Online program, the latter of which she now combines in an incredible learning opportunity with her renowned “The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine” program. Seraphina takes us on a journey of her herbal roots, shares the tapestry of herbalism on her tiny Gulf Island, explores some of her significant client healing results, and talks about her own healing journey. This is a diverse conversation of herbal medicine, covering many countries, highlighting numerous mentors, and offering lessons from plants. Please enjoy this podcast-sized dose of herbal medicine with Seraphina Capranos. Episode Links: Toltec shamanism Learning Links: Community Herbalist Online Program at PRCOnline Home Herbalist Online Program at PRCOnline School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC
September 13, 2020
#22 Jason Robertson on Channel Palpation in Chinese Medicine
Jason Robertson is a gift to the field of Chinese Medicine. After living in Taiwan for 6 years, studying the language and working as a translator, Jason found passion for the field that would profoundly shape his life to present day. After pursuing his formal schooling in Chinese Medicine in California, he returned to China to study what he thought would be herbal therapeutics for gynecology. Instead, a meeting with a deeply respected professor, clinician and scholar of acupuncture, Dr. Wang Ju-Yi, would propel Jason down a much different path – specifically the pathways of energy as denoted in Chinese Medicine. Jason became Dr. Wang’s student in the somewhat unique subfield of channel palpation, and he has spent nearly the last 2 decades honing his skill as a clinician and teacher. Along the way, Jason brought Dr. Wang’s teaching into the English-speaking classrooms through their collaborative textbook, Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine published by Eastland Press. Jason takes us on a journey of how this book came to be, his work as a practitioner for over 20 years, and his approach of letting life and opportunities symbiotically merge. He also shares the impact Dr. Wang had on his life and the loss that he feels now that his mentor has passed. As a visiting professor at Pacific Rim College for the last decade, Jason has brought to our community his profound depth of knowledge in channel palpation. And now, through this episode, he reveals some of the channels of his personal journey that started in the rolling hills of Kentucky and have led to him being a highly respected scholar and clinician of Chinese Medicine. I hope you are touched by this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Jason Robertson. Episode Links: Kentucky Ginseng Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi and Jason Robertson Thomas Merton Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC School of Continuing Education at PRC Faculties and Programs at PRC Pacific Rim College Online
August 22, 2020
#21 Sarah Pritchard on Tui Na, Taoism, and the Healing Power of Sound
Sarah Pritchard is one of the most well known and respected teachers of Tui Na in the West. She has written two books on the subject, created multiple collegiate Tui Na programs, and is the creator and principle teacher of arguably the world’s foremost online Tui Na course for practitioners known as “Advanced Tui Na” offered exclusively through Pacific Rim College Online. Yet Sarah is so much more than what these accolades might suggest and fortunately makes rich, enjoyable conversation. We cover many topics here including the impact that acting has had on her career, life-guiding philosophies of Taoism, the art of Qi Gong, and the complementary health centre that she founded two decades ago. We also have a fascinating discussion on how Sarah uses voice and energy vibration to help clients heal. After years of giving back through helping others in her clinic and through her teaching, Sarah is now most excited, through her online courses, to empower others to use Tui Na to activate their own inner healers and to help children. She is currently planning self-help programs and courses to be released through PRCOnline. Stay tuned to the end of this podcast for a special promo code to watch for free her Qi Gong course on time-tested techniques to fortify and calm the body, very practical teaching for the world at this time. Sarah has been a lecturer at Pacific Rim College for many years and is the senior lecturer and Tui Na course coordinator at the City College of Acupuncture in London. She is a gifted practitioner and teacher and hopefully in this episode pushes on many points of inspiration for you. Please enjoy this very stimulating conversation with Sarah Pritchard. Episode Links: Sarah’s courses and program at PRCOnline Free Qi Gong Five Element Protection Exercise with promo code at end of podcast Tui na: A Manual of Chinese Massage Therapy by Sarah Pritchard Chinese Massage Manual by Sarah Pritchard Eckhart Tolle Dr. Joe Dispenza Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC Faculties and Programs page at PRC
August 10, 2020
#20 Peter Deadman on Penning a Profession, Pioneering Pursuits in Acupuncture, and Living on Purpose
To put it bluntly, Peter Deadman is a legend in the field of Chinese Medicine. Virtually anyone who has studied acupuncture for any length of time has pored through the beautifully formatted pages of the Manual of Acupuncture, one of his gifts to the profession, published more than 30 years ago. Had this epic text been all that he accomplished, he would still have international renown, but Peter has done so much more. Ninety minutes is not enough to cover all the ground of Peter’s achievements, but we are able to scratch deeper than just the surface in a number of topics, including exploring his earliest entrepreneurial activities 50 years ago of starting the world’s first macrobiotic student restaurant on the campus of the same university he had recently been thrown out of and founding a food cooperative that arose on the restaurant’s successes, a cooperative that is still thriving today. When his passion for health led him to study Chinese Medicine, Peter dove into what was the forefront of Chinese Medicine migration into the west, mentoring under who would become his lifelong teacher and friend, the late Giovanni Maciocia. And after graduating, when Peter could not find any good literature in the field written in English, he naturally decided to launch the “Journal of Chinese Medicine”, 41 years ago. Blending his passion for Chinese Medicine and Nutrition, Peter wrote Live Well, Live Long (2016), another beautiful text exploring the wonderful Chinese tradition of nourishing life, known as yangsheng. There is not much that Peter has not done or spearheaded, including his latest feats of starting the Chinese Medicine Forestry Trust to promote planetary health, co-creating a wellness app, and launching his own Qi Gong teaching series. And of course, because his talent seems to have no limits, Peter is a seasoned musician who played fiddle and toured in a band for many years. I hope you enjoy this episode, the unfolding of Peter Deadman’s unwritten narrative: the fulfilling of one’s life purpose. Episode Links: Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline Qi Gong courses at PRCOnline Nutrition courses at PRCOnline
July 22, 2020
#19 Dr. Michael Greenwood on Braving the Void, the Power of Intention, and Healing Chronic Pain
In this episode I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to interview someone who was one of my most profound teachers and later joined the faculty at Pacific Rim College to teach a unique approach called Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture. I am pleased that Dr. Michael Greenwood and I talk at length about one of my most memorable lessons of his teachings and one that I passed on to my students: the power of intention. Dr. Michael Greenwood has practiced Family Medicine for decades and has had a deep interest in healing chronic pain. From his own debilitating motorcycle accident while in medical school that left him with pain that was unresponsive to all conventional medicine had to offer arose a personal journey to a new understanding of health and illness, stress and deep inner tension, and how they affect our lives. At a time when so-called alternative therapies were relatively unknown in the West, Michael began studying Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and meditation and integrating them into his practice. He also delved into personal growth and transformation work to lead him from a place of anger of his accident to a place of peace and even appreciation for the work that it led him into. Michael recorded many of his insights helping people to transition from their chronic pain into peace and healing in his first book, Paradox & Healing, Mythology and Transformation, that he co-authored with Dr. Peter Nunn. Michael’s research into the use of acupuncture for post-motor-vehicle-accident chronic pain gradually evolved into the highly successful residential program at the Victoria Pain Clinic where Michael integrated many healing modalities in the care of people in pain. His second book, Braving the Void: Journeys into Healing, arose out of his experiences at the Pain Clinic, where he developed many of the interactive techniques discussed more fully in The Unbroken Field: The Power of Intention in Healing. Michael has so much wisdom and experience to offer. Whether or not you suffer from chronic pain, whether or not acupuncture or medicine is your career, this episode is deeply provocative in the most powerful and positive ways. Buckle up for this ride as Dr. Michael Greenwood helps us all brave the void. Episode Links: Paradox Publishing Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen Dr. Stanislov Grof Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC Pacific Rim College Online
July 15, 2020
#18 Erynne Gilpin on Indigenous Medicinal Harvesting Protocol, Doula Birthwork, and Rock Climbing
I recently sat down with Dr. Erynne Gilpin for a fascinating and winding conversation about the shaping of her life’s work, which is hard to sum up with one or a few words. Erynne, who is of mixed Cree-Métis and Filipina/Celtic ancestry, is a community wellness researcher, activist, artist, birth doula, educator, filmmaker, founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb, and post-doctoral researcher. Her current work focuses on Indigenous wellness pedagogy, climate action, land-based leadership, embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, from her passion of rock climbing and traditional beadwork to doula birthwork and her desire to use filmmaking to bring about indigenous transformation. Erynne is the newest instructor to join Pacific Rim College Online, where she teaches a course entitled “Indigenous Land Protocol in Medicinal Harvesting”. We explore the significance of this course to her and the importance of sharing this information to the world at this critical time. Listen all the way through to the end of this podcast, or check the show notes, for links to this course. There is so much more that we discuss as there seems to be no end to what Erynne has to offer. Tune in and learn how her knowledge of place, past, and emergence can inspire you. Episode Links: Indigenous Land Protocol in Medicinal Harvesting course with Erynne Gilpin at PRCOnline Sweetgrass and Mangoes Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (available at PRC Bookstore) The Broken Earth Series by NK Jemisin Learning Links: Indigenous Land Protocol in Medicinal Harvesting course with Erynne Gilpin at PRCOnline Online Community Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College Online Online Home Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College Online School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College School of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College School of Permaculture Design at Pacific Rim College
July 8, 2020
#17 Lonny Jarrett on Transpersonal Psychology, Taoism, and 40 Years of Writing
My guest in this episode, Lonny Jarrett, is one of the world’s most recognized practitioners, authors, and teachers in the field of Chinese Medicine. Although we cover a lot of ground in this conversation, you do not need to be an expert in Chinese Medicine, or even have any knowledge of the field, to follow along and glean wisdom from Lonny’s experiences. And it is worth mentioning that we also discuss many things other than Chinese Medicine, including martial arts, transpersonal psychology, Taoism, and the art of writing. Lonny holds master’s degrees in both acupuncture and neurobiology. His work in the field of neurobiology has been published in leading scientific journals. A founding board member of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts, in 1993 Lonny was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is an expert in pulse diagnosis, having studied intensively with Dr. Leon Hammer. Additionally, Lonny has achieved the rank of fourth degree black belt in the Korean martial art Tae Kwon Do. Lonny is the author of two distinguished texts in Chinese Medicine – Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, and The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine. Lonny maintains his full-time practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He moderates, an online community of 3000 practitioners dedicated to evolutionary, ecological, and integral perspectives on Chinese Medicine. This episode was pure joy for me to record. I hope you find bliss in Lonny Jarrett’s perspectives on Chinese Medicine and life. Episode Links: Spirit Path Press Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Pacific Rim College Online Acupuncture and TCM Courses at PRCOnline
June 23, 2020
#16 Nancy Turner on the Wisdom of Elders, Coastal Plants and Culture, and Indigenous People’s Land Rights
Nancy Turner is a rare, venerated human being who, in service of people and the planet, has boldly followed her life’s purpose for more than half a century. For nearly 20 years, I have repeatedly come across her work as a world-renowned ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist and have conducted countless Pacific Rim College faculty interviews of those who have studied under her and have been influenced by her. An Emeritus Professor at the University of Victoria, Nancy’s research integrates the fields of botany and ecology with anthropology, geography, and linguistics. She is passionate about the traditional knowledge systems and traditional land and resource management systems of Indigenous Peoples, particularly in Western Canada. As we discuss in this episode, Nancy has worked intimately and extensively with First Nations elders and cultural specialists in northwestern North America, and especially along the coast of British Columbia. She shares many stories of how elders have deeply influenced her and her work, and we explore the complexity and symmetry of indigenous languages as they relate to plants. Nancy also shares her deep passion about Indigenous Peoples’ land rights and title, and we discuss possible steps toward reconciliation. Nancy Turner has authored and co-authored numerous books including Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge and her forthcoming book Plants, People, and Places. She has also authored over 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed papers, and numerous other publications. As I tell Nancy in this episode, she is a priceless asset to our planet and all who care about the preservation of indigenous knowledge, language, and culture and the plants that we all share. Worth mentioning, she is also a beautiful and deeply respectful individual, and it is my sincere honour to share this conversation with her. So make yourself a steaming cup of Douglas fir tip tea and snuggle up to this ethnobotanical exploration. Episode Links: Nancy’s University of Victoria Bio Page Books by Nancy Turner: Plants, People, and Places Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge The Earth’s Blanket Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms of North America Food Plants of Interior First Peoples Plant Technology of First Peoples in British Columbia Plants of Haida Gwaii Saanich Ethnobotany with Richard Hebda Keep It Living with Douglas Deur Learning Links: "Indigenous Land Protocol in Medicinal Harvesting" course with Erynne Gilpin at PRCOnline (coming June 2020) Online Community Herbalist Program Online Home Herbalist Program
June 12, 2020
#15 Peter Conway on Plant-Spirit Medicine, Love in the Time of a Pandemic, and the Punk Rocker Ethos
My guest in this episode, PRC faculty member and herbalist Peter Conway, has lived in a van and a teepee, has fought for the preservation and dissemination of herbal medicine knowledge, and generally follows in life a punk rocker ethos. I assure you that Peter is a freak, and that is one of his many endearing qualities. Listening to him talk about plant-spirit medicine is like listening to a living mystic. And yet much of his mystery is wrapped up in what he calls the mundane: the common and ordinary world of herbal medicine that we are all rooted in, even though most have perhaps never been conscious of those roots. From the distillation of alcohols and the production of colas to candies and perfumes, all were once forms of herbal medicine. Peter graduated from the College of Phytotherapy in the UK in 1995. Prior to joining Pacific Rim College in 2015, Peter taught for many institutions. He co-wrote the BSc Degree course in Herbal Medicine at Napier University in Edinburgh and co-wrote the “National Professional Standards in Herbal Medicine” for the UK Government. He served as president of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy for 12 years and is a former director of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association. Peter is the author of “The Consultation in Phytotherapy” textbook that he is now revising for its second edition. Peter currently lives in Victoria, is one of 9 distinguished faculty members of Pacific Rim College Online’s renowned Home Herbalist and Community Herbalist programs, and is working on an online project that will address “deep herbalism". Episode Links: School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College Online Community Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College Online Online Home Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College Online Touch the Earth by TC McLuhan The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable by Juliette de Bairacli Levy Green Pharmacy by Barbara Griggs Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone Medical Nemesis by Ivan Illich Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram Thus Spoke the Plant by Monica Gagliano Plants as Persons by Matthew Hall Plant-Thinking by Michael Marder The Enchantment of Western Herbal Medicine by Guy Waddell Pacific Rim College Radio: Peter Conway’s colleagues in online herbalism programs: Episode 14 David Caudwell and Episode 4 Robert Rogers
May 28, 2020
#14 David Caudwell on Herbal Medicine
For this episode I sat down with David Caudwell, a highly respected herbalist. From his upbringing in the centre of England with academically-accomplished parents, David was poised for a great career in herbal medicine. But David took a circuitous path to herbal medicine, and the study of plants did not enter his life until well into adulthood. Now he is a standout in the field and has been a faculty member of the School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College for nearly a decade. Additionally, he is one of nine distinguished instructors in the renowned online herbalist programs at Pacific Rim College Online. David completed his studies in Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy in South East England and was awarded a BSc (Honours) from the University of Wales. After graduating, David settled in Sussex, dividing his time between practice, clinic management, and teaching responsibilities at the college where he trained. He has taught for the Universities of Wales and East London. David is a member of The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, a professional body of herbalists established to champion the role and development of traditional herbal medicine in the modern world. David has a lifelong passion for wildlife, the outdoors, and the world’s indigenous medicine systems, which has led to travel on five continents. In his practice, David takes special interest in Women’s Health, Fertility Issues, and Cancer Care. If you have any interest in plants and plant-based medicine, you are sure to enjoy learning about how herbal medicine blossomed within this well-respected herbalist. Episode Links: Email: School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College Online Community Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College Online Online Home Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College Online Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman Herbs for Common Ailments by Anne McIntyre The Herbal for Mother and Child by Anne McIntyre
May 22, 2020
#13 Allan Isbell on Mindfulness and Men’s Work
Allan Isbell is a certified mindfulness instructor, a men’s coach, and a rising leader in the men’s movement who has trained hundreds of individuals around the United States. I have mentored under Allan and wanted to have him on the show to share his expertise. Whether he is coaching men, leading retreats, or introducing mindfulness in schools, Allan embodies what he teaches. He has engaged in hundreds of hours of meditation practice and continues to work with his mentors and teachers. With a grounded presence and unique humor, Allan draws upon diverse influences in ancient wisdom and modern science, as well as his own depth of experience while sharing with others the life-long art of living wisely, with a clear mind and an open heart. Allan is the founder of Livewise Mindfulness, co-founder of Mens Wisdom Work that provides men’s coach training and personal development programs and retreats, and a coach on the Zenboks wellness app. Tune in for this enlightening episode with Allan Isbell, and tune out the distractions that keep you from being in the here and now. Episode Links: Openness Mind by Tarthang Tulku Dancing With Life by Phillip Moffitt Ram Dass podcast and other resources Learning Links: Listen to Episode 11 of Pacific Rim College Radio with Steve James on Meditation For online wellness courses, check out Pacific Rim College Online
May 2, 2020
#12 Chris Darimont on Conservation, Forest Ecology, and Protecting BC’s Wildlife
If you care about the planet, this episode with conservation scientist and university professor Dr. Chris Darimont is one that you do not want to miss. From his research chair base at the University of Victoria, Chris oversees a team of researchers throughout BC. After earning a PhD in Evolution and Ecology from the University of Victoria, his postdoctoral work took him to the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a large group of research partners. He has also worked closely with conservation leaders from First Nations communities of coastal British Columbia. The wildlife and people of BC’s central coast – an area popularly known as the Great Bear Rainforest – comprise a study system of particular interest for Chris and his team. In this episode, Chris and I discuss the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and his work as their Science Director. Chris helps to shed some light on British Columbia’s dwindling forests, the logging industry, and the limitations of commercial-scale tree planting. We talk about the importance of our first growth forests and the role of grandmother trees to the health of forest ecology and the wildlife that lives there. As for the wildlife, Chris raises awareness on concerning issues related to salmon, and the importance of many of BC’s token animals such as caribou, wolves, mountain lions, and bears. We also spend some time discussing what he and I both agree is the atrocious concept of trophy hunting, which BC still permits in the case of many animals despite overwhelming public outcry to the contrary. Can we put an end to trophy hunting? Chris and I certainly hope that we can, and the recent and senseless slaughter of Victoria’s beloved island wolf Takaya, is bringing the issue once again to the forefront. If you care about the environment and its precious creatures, pull up a chair while Professor Chris Darimont leads a little lesson in Conservation 101. Episode Links: Dr. Chris Darimont, University of Victoria Applied Conservation Science Lab Raincoast Conservation Foundation Protect wolves in BC Why Men Trophy Hunt article Learning Links: School of Permaculture Design at Pacific Rim College Community Herbalist Certificate Online at Pacific Rim College Online Podcast on Salish Wolf with Chris’s friend and fellow conservationist Norm Hann
April 21, 2020
#11 Steve James on Meditation, Outdoor Survival Skills, and Martial Arts
Steve James is recognized as a preeminent teacher of meditation and somatic practices with a global following. In this episode, I sit down with Steve to discuss the intricacies of his meditation practice, his teaching alongside colleague Michaela Boehm, and the journey that led him into this noble calling. Known as the Guru Viking, Steve grew up on the Shetland Islands north of Scotland and is no stranger to harsh environmental conditions. In fact, he seeks them out by exploring the limits of physical and psychological performance in extreme outdoor survival trainings and expeditions. Most recently he completed an 11-day arctic survival expedition in the boreal forests of Sweden at daytime temperatures of -24 °C. Steve says fondly of the extreme conditions, “The cold is very dependable. It is always the same. It doesn’t change.” In his formative years, Steve was influenced by the structure and ritual of martial arts. He also competed in fencing at the elite level, including on the Scottish Fencing team in his teens. Also in his teens, Steve met and was later apprenticed to a Christian mystic from theCeltic tradition of Christianity, resulting in multiple years of close personal instruction in various forms of prayer, contemplation, writing, textual study, and service. Steve leads ground-breaking teacher training programs with Michaela Boehm. This includes comprehensive training in the area of intimacy and relationships, coaching skills, and the original Non-Linear Movement Method®. If you are interested in contemplative practices, you won’t want to miss a breath of this episode. Episode Links: Learning Links: Pacific Rim College PRC’s Workshops Pacific Rim College Online
April 10, 2020
#10 Dr. Michael Lewis on Concussions and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
This interview with Dr. Michael Lewis has the power to literally change and save lives. Maybe you have never had a concussion, but chances are you know someone who has. By using Dr. Lewis’s simple yet profound Omega-3 fatty acid protocol, countless people have recovered from some of the most debilitating traumatic brain injuries. In this episode, Dr. Lewis clearly defines what can be somewhat confusing terminology around head injuries: concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), shearing, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). We discuss signs and symptoms of concussions, many of which often are not associated to head injuries, diagnostic tools and their limitations, the role of contact sports in brain injuries, pre- and postnatal nutrition concerns, and of course, the roles of essential fatty acids and CBD oil in fortifying our brains and recovering from traumas. I urge you not to miss a moment of this episode as every topic we discuss could dramatically impact the lives of those around you. Dr. Lewis is the author of the revolutionary book When Brains Collide, in my opinion a must-read for anyone who cares about brain health. He is the President of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, which he founded in late 2011 upon retiring as a Colonel after a distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Army. His pioneering work in the military and since has helped thousands of people around the world. He’s regularly featured in the media, including CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD show and numerous radio shows and podcasts. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. He completed post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is currently in private practice in Potomac, Maryland, and is a consultant to the U.S. Army and Navy in addition to several organizations, institutes, and nutrition companies around the world. He is a founding member of the Pop Warner Youth Football Medical Advisory Board. In this episode, we deeply discuss brain health and its many layers and intricacies, but you do not have to be a rocket scientist, or brain surgeon in this case, to learn what Dr. Lewis has to offer about protecting your brain. Episode Links: When Brains Collide book Learning Links: PRC’s School of Holistic Nutrition PRC’s Workshops PRCOnline – Online Nutrition Workshops
March 4, 2020
#9 Dan Hayes on The London Chef, Cooking in Prisons, and Medjool Dates
Celebrity chef Dan Hayes is co-owner of Victoria’s premier cooking school, The London Chef. In this gastronomic episode, we explore the beginning of Dan’s love for food: his childhood in England and Spain, hunting wild game, and a boarding school chef. He went on to work in the kitchens of some of Europe’s most revered seafood chefs including Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks and Peter Rossiglioni. A woman eventually entered the picture, now Dan’s wife Micayla, and a new life in Canada unfolded, eventually leading to two beautiful daughters. We discuss the early days of reengage catering, the creation of The London Chef, and nearly a decade with the hit TV show "Moosemeat and Marmalade", which led Dan to less-visited parts of Canada and hunting bigger wild game than in his youth. We also talk about Dan’s current passion project of teaching cooking in local prisons, which is impacting his life, and the prisoners’, in incredible ways. No chef interview would be complete with a close look at food, and we discuss many of Dan’s favourites…and borderline food addictions. If you love food, make a snack – perhaps Dan’s favourite Medjool dates stuffed with peanut butter and salt, pull up a chair, and enjoy the flavours of this delicious episode. Episode Links: Learning Links: PRC’s School of Holistic Nutrition PRC’s Workshops PRCOnline – Online Nutrition Workshops
February 25, 2020
#8 Mark Lakeman on Permaculture and Public Gathering Spaces
For this episode I had a fascinating conversation with Mark Lakeman about the power of public spaces in transforming neighbourhoods, small communities, and even cities. We journey together as he takes us around the globe for 7 years while he visited and studied indigenous cultures and their perspectives on public spaces, a voyage that was inspired by his disillusionment with the corporate architectural industry and in particular by a toxic cover-up underneath new Bank of America building, a building that his team was involved in designing. Mark is literally carrying on his parent’s legacy as his father helped create Portland’s Pioneer Square and his mother studied public spaces in Medieval and Neolithic villages. Now fueled by his own vision and applying principles of permaculture design, he is transforming cityscapes into public gathering grounds. Mark is an international leader in the development of regenerative public places, villages, and farms. As a revolutionary designer and urban permaculture activist, in 1996 Mark cofounded the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, where he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than 700 new regenerative projects. Through his leadership in City Repair and its annual Village Building Convergence, and his architecture and planning firm Communitecture, Inc., Mark has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark is a cofounder and lead instructor of Planet Repair Institute's Urban Permaculture Design Course (UPDC), and he is also a faculty member of Pacific Rim College’s School of Permaculture Design. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the National Lewis Mumford Award for Social Justice Design. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities. If you value community vibrancy and connection and are interested in indigenous values of coexistence, this episode will hopefully give you a strong foundation for action in your own neighbourhood. Episode Links: Mark’s Workshop at PRC: Permaculture, Place-Making and Planet Repair Learning Links: Pacific Rim College’s School of Permaculture Design Online Natural Building Workshops at PRCOnline
February 12, 2020
#7 Joshua Hathaway on Communication, Relationships, and Radical Accountability
During this episode, I journey with Joshua Hathaway through a paradigm-shifting, vision quest that led him to question so much about personal accountability and emotional states. We talk about the power of “nonviolent communication” and how Joshua has used it on city streets to likely save lives. We explore the concept of distinguishing fact from narrative and are reminded of the power of listening. We also discuss the “choice” of living in a victimized state, and Joshua gives what is now some of my favourite advice for healing emotional wounds. Joshua Hathaway helps relationships thrive through the art of interpersonal communication. He is devoted to building a more beautiful, equitable, and consensual world, one conversation at a time. Through training and coaching individuals, couples, and organizations in exquisite communication and collaboration at, he has been championing authentic connection in the bedroom and the boardroom. For over 12 years, Joshua has been walking men back to their full humanity, connecting them to their deep sensitivity and primal potency, and growing their capacity for intimate relationships through his Men’s Leadership work, most recently at the And, in collaboration with his partner, Lillie Claire Love, he is offering live and virtual training in Reclaiming Our Sexual Sovereignty as a path to healing trauma and embracing deeply satisfying intimacy in relationship. Joshua will be presenting a 2-day workshop at Pacific Rim College on April 4 & 5 called “The Marriage of Compassion and Power” where he intends to fundamentally shift and evolve the way we communicate. If you are interested in enhancing your connection with others through the power of mindful and masterful communication, you won’t want to miss a word of this episode. Episode Links: 90-minute communication webinar: PRC Workshop with Joshua Hathaway on April 4-5: "The Marriage of Compassion and Power"
February 12, 2020
#6 Stacey Toews on Level Ground Trading, Permaculture, and Impact
For this episode I sat down with Stacey Toews, husband, father, humanitarian, ecological steward, and my friend. Stacey is undoubtedly one of the greatest humans I know. He is kind, generous, passionate, intelligent, talented, and a person who makes me better just by being in his company. Stacey is co-founder of Level Ground Trading, a Victoria-based company engaged directly with small-scale farmer groups. Annually they purchase the harvests of more than 5,000 organic, family farms. Level Ground sources everything from coffee and tea to dried fruit, cane sugar, and spices. The 23-year-old company emphasizes bright futures for farmers, sustainability in business, and being ‘the coffee that connects you’. We explore his company ethos and Stacey’s decades’-long journey in educating about beyond fair-trade practices. We discuss entrepreneurial disappointments and successes. We also look beyond Level Ground into Stacey’s personal life and pervasive passion for sustainability. Through his small-scale family farm in and his YouTube channel, Sustainable Stace, he is educating people about growing their own organic food. Stacey and his wife Laurie have 4 children, 3 of whom were adopted from Haiti. We talk about how adoption and fatherhood have impacted Stacey and helped him to learn to calibrate his intensity. And we also briefly talk about Stacey’s love for cycling and running, and now his new passion of longbow archery. Last year Stacey joined me on a retreat where we made our own longbows out of Pacific Yew, and we regularly shoot together. If Stacey does not inspire you to cultivate the best version of you, then I missed my interviewing target. Episode Links: Level Ground Trading: Sustainable Stace: Facebook: Instagram: Youtube: Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti: Factfulness by Hans Rosling: One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka: Pacific Rim College School of Permaculture Design: Bow Building Leadership Retreat: Learning Links: Continuing Education Permaculture Courses: Online Permaculture Courses: Permaculture, Place-Making, and Planet Repair with Mark Lakeman:
February 10, 2020
#5 Ellie Shortt on Nutrition, Cooking, and Happiness
I had a blast sitting down with Ellie Shortt to record this episode on nutrition. Ellie is great company and incredibly knowledgeable about many topics related to food, including using holistic nutrition to help people discover their optimal health. After years of her own health struggles, Ellie found a way to take back her health simply by observing and modifying her diet. She had great mentors as her family is well-stocked with healthcare professionals who greatly value food and its medicinal potential. Nutrition is not always a panacea, and Ellie still occasionally has flare-ups of symptoms, but by being conscientious of the foods that she consumes, she is able to heed the messages that those symptoms are delivering and literally eat her way back to health. We talked about more than just her personal health struggles, as Ellie is a sought-after holistic nutritionist with a thriving practice under her company known as Whole Happy. She takes us into the scenario of what it is like to be a client of Whole Happy: from the thorough consultation and subsequent advice to potential chaperoned grocery shopping trips and even pantry raiding. She delivers a one-stop experience to her clients who are serious about creating abundant health, and, by using her journalistic background, she is passionate about disseminating nutrition knowledge far and wide. We also talk about the regular cooking classes that she offers at Victoria’s prestigious cooking school, The London Chef. It was there where I met Ellie many years ago as she was teaching cooking to Pacific Rim College students in the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition, as she still does today. And as if Ellie is not immersed enough in the world of nutrition, last year she co-founded the local bistro Marta Café + Pantry. We talk about some of her struggles in getting a restaurant off the ground and the lessons she continues to learn from it. With her food knowledge and lifestyle philosophies, Ellie has a bounty to offer. I am confident this episode will give you a great deal of valuable information to chew on. Episode Links: Instagram: @ellieshortt WholeHappy Website + Blog: Cooking Classes at The London Chef: Marta Cafe + Pantry: Learning Links:  Pacific Rim College: Pacific Rim College Workshops: Pacific Rim College Student Clinic: PRCOnline Nutrition Courses:
February 6, 2020
#4 Robert Rogers on Mushrooms
In this fascinating episode with Robert Dale Rogers, we only scratched the surface of the lessons with plants and mushrooms that he has to offer. Truth be told, I got so excited about our mushroom discussion that we did not have a chance to talk plant medicine at all. That will have to be addressed in another episode. Robert Rogers has been an herbalist for over 45 years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in Graduate Studies at York University in Toronto. He presently teaches plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta. Robert is also a faculty member of the School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College. Robert is the author of 52 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy, A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle, Mushroom Essences, and Herbal Allies that documents Robert's journey with plant medicine. Robert is one of 9 renowned instructors in Pacific Rim College’s online herbal medicine programs, the Home Herbalist Program and the Community Herbalist Certificate. Launching to the public in February and March 2020 respectively, they might just be the best online herbal medicine programs available anywhere. Studio filmed, professionally edited, and expert curated, the programs lead students into the incredible and seemingly magical world of herbal medicine, just as Robert does in this podcast. I hope this fascinating episode with Robert Rogers spores your interest in the world of mushroom medicine. Episode Links: Learning Links: - Robert's online herbal medicine program at Pacific Rim College - School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College
February 1, 2020
#3 Oliver Kelllhammer on Permaculture, Art, and Activism
For this episode I sat down with permaculturlist Oliver Kellhammer in June 2018. We discussed many topics related to mindful living, such as the practice of permaculture and what it is, the role of art in permaculture and how Oliver uses this to combat climate change, the spread of wildfires and other natural disasters and their implications, and also his marriage to Zen Buddhist priest and novelist Ruth Ozeki. Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City. If you are interested in doing your part to make our planet healthier for current generations and those to come, this podcast will help root your determination. Episode Links: Oliver Kellhammer: Ruth Ozeki: Learning Links: Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma at Pacific Rim College Pacific Rim College Online permaculture classes: Natural Building Basics, Part 1 and Part 2 
January 27, 2020
#2 Dr. Martha Lucas on Cosmetic Acupuncture and Chinese Pulse Diagnosis
For this episode I sat down with Dr. Martha Lucas, a renowned practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who also holds a Ph.D. in Research Psychology. We explore many areas of Chinese Medicine including education, her deep expertise in pulse diagnosis, the ancient martial arts known as Qi Gong, natural anti-aging treatments as an alternative to botox, and her research into relinquishment wounds, which are psychological wounds to any child who is taken from its mother at birth.  Dr. Lucas has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and regularly teaches workshops at Pacific Rim College. Two of her courses are available right now through Pacific Rim College Online: “Qi Gong for Pain and Anti-Aging” and the acupuncture course “Unique Point Functions and Combinations”. Dr. Lucas offers mentorships in Pulse Diagnosis and Biofeedback Systems and teaches the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System. Episode Links: Martha Lucas Mentorships in Pulse Diagnosis and Biofeedback Systems: Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System: Learning Links: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC: Online Course with Martha Lucas - "Qi Gong for Pain and Anti-Aging": Online Course with Martha Lucas - "Unique Point Functions and Combinations":
January 22, 2020
#1 Jill van Gyn on being CEO of Fatso peanut butter
In July 2019, I sat down with Jill van Gyn, CEO of Fatso, a high-performance, fat-based peanut butter product that is based in Victoria, BC. Jill is a high-powered entrepreneur who is cutting her teeth in the food production industry with this innovative product that is flying off shelves. She shares with us so much of her journey, including how her humanitarian work in Uganda helped to fuel her passion for this product, and what one of her companies core values – and inch wide, mile deep – means to her. We also dive into the environmental consequences of the nut industry, including the almond glut, the extreme humanitarian toll of cashews, and organic versus non-organic peanuts. Jill is passionate about making healthy food available to the masses, and thus she cares deeply about the accessibility and sustainability of the ingredients in Fatso, which we geek out on extensively. Jill also shares with us many of her company milestones, such as successfully auditioning “American Idol” style for Whole Foods shelf space, winning over the Dragons on Dragons Den, and launching into the United States. If you are interested in whole foods nutrition, where your food comes from, the food production industry, and start-ups in general, this is a fast-paced episode that is filled with tasty morsels.  Episode Links: Fatso: Robin van Gyn:  Learning Links: School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC: PRCOnline Holistic Nutrition courses:
January 7, 2020