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Dr. Jolene Brighten on Quality of Life over Quantity of Years

Dr. Jolene Brighten on Quality of Life over Quantity of Years

Dr. Jolene Brighten on Quality of Life over Quantity of Years 00:00 Is this something that’s been recognized in a lot of these cultures where they have these mind body practices? Maybe they have priests, maybe they have medicine women, maybe they have medicine men. Um, maybe they have a, you know, a temple that they visited, but you know, something that unifies all of them is a practice and a routine and a ritual.

00:18 This is much why I think we see like smoking and some of these addictive behaviors. What we’re all really looking for is our ritual. We’re all looking for that ritual, that routine that honors the self. Then we get kind of misguided and off track, but if we can bring it back to that place of what do I need to really move into that space of feeling most like myself and to connect to that higher power for some people? Yeah. Meditation, for some people that’s prayer or other people you know, they’re walking a stone path in a garden with just their thoughts to get into that mindfulness place.

00:51 Whatever it is for you. If you’re denying that part of your body, you’ll never truly heal yourself and you stand no chance at longevity or a rich and full life. Because when we talk about longevity, we shouldn’t be so short sighted or reductionistic to really define it as the number of years that we reach, right? I mean, great if we all make it to a hundred, but I’ll tell you, I’d be happier with making it to eighty knowing that I lived like my fullest life in complete resonance with myself and I showed up to do my mission that I was meant to do on this earth that I showed up and I walked my path and I, I did what I came for.

01:31 And so I just, I just want to frame it in that way because I think it’s really important for us to understand that, you know, although science will chase the actual quantity, we want to be looking at the quality. Who cares if I can extend to telomere, if I don’t smile, laugh, giggle, and enjoy every moment of my life every day.

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Dr. Daniel Kalish on Diet, Community, Movement and Purpose

Dr. Kalish on Diet, Community, Movement and Purpose

Dr. Daniel Kalish on Diet, Community, Movement and Purpose

00:00 Every one of these groups has figured out an anti-inflammatory diet, don’t seem to walk up and down hills a lot and get some exercise. They’re not doing Crossfit workouts, but you know, they’re walking up and down hills. They’re getting some calf stuff going on, and heart stuff going on and um, they have communities that they live in and he seemed to like the other people for the most part, they get along pretty well. And very importantly, not only the eating anti-inflammatory foods, but they have herbs or different specific plants that they consume to have very strong anti-inflammatory and gut restoring properties. And I know because we use these herbs in functional medicine in very concentrated and very large dosages.

00:49 Whereas these cultures seem to consume them on a daily basis, just a little bit to keep that microbiome in shape. Rather than letting the whole thing fall apart, having a total disaster and then trying to kill all the bad things and rebuild this with a bunch of probiotics, which is the more you think about it, the more mad it sounds and how I know just represents our whole culture, right? We’re a little off kilter here. Okay. Little bit.

01:14 Everyone that I work with that’s sick all my patients and honestly, most of the doctors that come into my training program initially, have pushed themselves emotionally and physically, have denied themselves spiritually, have denied themselves sleep. They’ve done everything they can in their power to get through life in a self-sacrificing way in terms of their health. And then this comes to an end when the person collapses and they can no longer go on. And that it just seems to be the way that our culture reacts to what should I do with my life as a question, you know, and that it’s really distorted.

01:57 I mean, I get it. I, you know, I totally get it. I may see this every day. I understand the motivation, but again, I think it comes back to this theme of like fundamentally feeling like we’re not worthy and that we were afraid that things aren’t OK and things can’t be OK and so it’s just going to keep pushing through it. And then the response to the early signs of sickness in imbalance are just push harder, you know? And that’s all that we know. And then at some point it collapses. The person gets sick and they come into my clinic and then we have to rebuild this shattered human being.