In my first TEDx talk, The Shocking Truth About Your Health, I introduced the idea that optimal health requires not just a good diet, daily exercise, and plenty of sleep, but also healthy relationships, a healthy professional life, a healthy spiritual life, and so much more. But in 18 minutes, I didn’t have time to get into any detail about the scientific evidence proving that the Whole Health Cairn wellness model I introduced is essential to good health.
In my second TEDx talk, which I delivered on 11-11-12 in Santa Barbara, I dig deeper into the literature, sharing some mind-blowing data that previews my upcoming book Mind Over Medicine (which is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Woot!) You’ll have to watch it all the way through so you can see the surprise ending that still warms my heart.
As many of you know, I’m on a mission to heal health care, and if you’re one of the many who share my mission, you can help by spreading the word about this TEDx talk. If this talk resonates with you, please post a comment on YouTube about the talk, like it on YouTube, post it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter. The more attention the talk gets, the more likely it is that TED.com will pick it up and promote it. And this is the first step to healing health care - raising consciousness.
Almost four years ago, I met my raw foods teacher Tricia Barrett, who was running green juice detox cleanses like this one at the same integrative medicine center where I practiced medicine. Since my first green juice detox with Tricia, I’ve called myself a “raw vegan omnivore,” meaning that we often eat raw and frequently vegan at my home. My hubby Matt and I both drink four or five freshly made green juices per day, we love our green smoothies, I have a dehydrator I use to make kale chips and other such yummies, and I love shocking people at dinner parties with gluten-free vegan version of wild mushroom lasagna or “cream” of tomato soup. But when my BFF invited me to French Laundry, I indulged in duck, tuna tartare, homemade pasta, the cheese plate, and way too much red wine.
The way I see it, you’re much more likely to stay compliant with a healthy diet if you avoid words like “always” or “never.” Most vegetarians I know stop being vegetarian at some point in their life and then feel guilty or weak about it. What’s the point?
Suffice it to say that kale and I are BFF’s, and with the exception of the rare indulgence of the grass-fed, organic, free range filet mignon my mother brings me from Amish Country in Ohio, cows are pretty safe around me. This raw vegan omnivore diet has been part of a much more comprehensive personal Prescription for Whole Health, which includes not only my diet and exercise program, but also my spiritual journey, changes I’ve made in my relationships, how I’m healing my sex life, my professional leaps of faith, and more. (I detail my personal Prescription in my upcoming book Mind Over Medicine.)