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Conversations with experts of holistic wellness and sustainable living practices!

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#72 Judy Worsley and David Berkshire on JR Worsley, the Spirit of Acupuncture Points, and Awakening the Senses

March 26th, 2022


Judy Becker Worsley has been a devoted student of Professor JR Worsley since 1973, and was designated by JR to succeed him as Master of the lineage upon his death. Prior to his death, they founded the Worsley Institute, …

#71 Julian Scott on Pediatric Acupuncture, Aging Mindfully, and Treatment of the Eyes

March 12th, 2022


Julian Scott is a legend in the field of acupuncture and holds special distinction in pediatrics. He has more than 40 years of practical experience …

#70 Sajah Popham on Spagyric Alchemy, Vitalism, and the Patient’s Role in Herbal Healing

February 11th, 2022


Sajah Popham is a renowned herbalist, educator, and author committed to the balance of the science and spirituality of plant medicine. As the founder …

#69 7Song on the Science of Herbalism, Free Medical Care, and Pursuing Passion

December 19th, 2021


7Song is a renowned herbalist who has been studying and practicing herbal medicine for nearly 40 years. Having studied under legends such as Rosemary …

#68 Angela Hicks on Acupuncture for Mental Health, Founding a College, and Acupuncture Research

November 5th, 2021


Angela Hicks is joint principal and co-founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, England, and author or co-author of six …

#67 Lorie Eve Dechar on Five Spirits Acupuncture, Inner Alchemy, and Healing in Tension

October 13th, 2021


Lorie Eve Dechar is a legendary alchemical acupuncturist, a pioneer who has inspired countless through her teaching, writing, and clinical practice. She is perhaps best known for her book Five Spirits: Alchemical …

#66 Rebecca Avern on Pediatric Acupuncture, Teenage Anxiety, and the Uniqueness of Every Child

September 23rd, 2021


Rebecca Avern is the author of two pediatric acupuncture books including the newest, Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression. Anxiety and depression are conditions we talk about extensively in this episode.

#65 Nigel Dawes on Japanese Herbal Medicine, Hara Diagnosis, and Classical Chinese Influence

September 17th, 2021


Kampo is Japanese herbal medicine influenced by the classical Chinese tradition. In this episode, renowned Kampo and Shiatsu practitioner Nigel Dawes and I discuss all things related to its practice and so much more.

#64 Peter Mole on Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture, Human Connection, and Psychosomatic Medicine

September 12th, 2021


Although not by design, this conversation with renowned acupuncturist Peter Mole continues in a similar vein of five element acupuncture that was …

#63 Dr. Peter Eckman on Acupuncture Oncology, the Worsley Lineage, and Pulse Diagnosis

August 26th, 2021


This is a fascinating conversation with a truly unique doctor. Dr. Peter Eckman earned both his MD and PhD in Physiology in the early 1970s. Having …

#62 Kenneth Cohen on First Nations Medicine, Indigenous Values, and Animals as Teachers

August 18th, 2021


It is an honour to have Kenneth Cohen back on the podcast after our last engrossing conversation about Qigong and Taoism. As passionate as he is about those topics, Native American medicine is his way of life, and that …

#61 Rocio Alarcon on Master Plants, Traditional Healing of Ecuador, and Hummingbirds

August 12th, 2021


Ecuador is a wonderland of botanical diversity and tradition, and Rocio Alarcon takes us on a plant-based journey through its jungles, people, and ceremonies. Rocio is an incredibly grounded and gifted protector of land …

#60 Chanchal Cabrera on Herbal Oncology, Collaborative Medicine, and Dying with Dignity

August 4th, 2021


I waited many months for this interview with Chanchal Cabrera as she kept at bay all distraction while on a self-prescribed writing retreat to work …

#59 Cordelia McFadyen on Holistic Nutrition, Building a Personal Healthcare Team, and Empowerment

July 28th, 2021


Cordelia McFadyen’s lifelong battle with chronic health issues changed swiftly in outlook when a doctor suggested she eliminate a few potentially problematic foods from her diet. The previous 20 years, marred by dozens …

#58 Yarrow Willard on Healing with Entheogens, Building a Successful Herbal Enterprise, and People as Medicine

July 20th, 2021


Yarrow Willard has become a highly respected herbalist and educator, not because of the legendary status his father Terry has garnered, but because Yarrow set out to blaze his own path. In 2008 he and his wife began …

#57 Ethan Murchie on Chinese Martial Arts, the Nei Jing, and the Shang Han Lun

July 14th, 2021


In this episode with Ethan Murchie, we talk about all things martial arts and the classic texts of Chinese medicine. Ethan is the founder of the Montreal Gongfu Research Center (Gongfu, more commonly known as Kungfu). …

#56 Sandra Robertson on Treating Children with Chinese Dietary Therapy, Face Reading, and Writing

June 30th, 2021


Sandra Robertson, like another recent guest of the show (Deirdre Courtney, episode 49), was told by her mentor Lillian Bridges (episode 31) that she …

#55 Johan Hausen on Martial Arts, Shaolin Temple Life, and the Arts of Daoism

June 23rd, 2021


Johan Hausen has lived a life that, if I had access to multiple lifetimes, would be one of the iterations I would want to play out. Replete with …

#54 Rosemary Gladstar on Nurturing Medicinal Plants, Gipsy Life, and the Wisdom of Elders

June 15th, 2021


My guest in this episode truly needs no introduction. Rosemary Gladstar’s impact in the world of herbal medicine cannot be overstated, and it would …

#53 David Bomzon on Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture, Neurological Conditions, and the Writing Process

June 8th, 2021


My guest in this episode is a Chinese Medicine therapist and leading Israeli specialist who uses acupuncture for neurological rehabilitation. David …

#52 Dr. Kewu (Kevin) Hu on Cardiovascular Disease, Chinese Medicine in China, and Ancient Roots

June 2nd, 2021


Dr. Kevin Hu has been a faculty member at Pacific Rim College since 2007. After earning his PhD in medicine from a highly respected TCM university in …

#51 Daniel G. Reid on the Roots of Daoism, Translating Classical Chinese Texts, and the Harmony of Health

May 26th, 2021


My guest in this episode taught himself how to read Classical Chinese via textbooks and online tools and forums so he could read ancient …

#50 Sabine Wilms on Translating Classical Chinese Texts, the Freedom from Denial, and Seeking Virtue

May 19th, 2021


The world of Sabine Wilms is filled with benevolent sages, ancient scripts, magical herbs, and goats, and it is my absolute pleasure to bring you …

#49 Deirdre Courtney on Cosmetic Acupuncture, Food Cures, and the Spirit of Health

May 11th, 2021


It is the rare individual whose spirit shines with luminous brilliance. My guest is one of these unique, connected beings and her energy lights up this podcast. Deirdre Courtney’s relationship to spirit is integral to …

#48 Stuart Alve Olson on Purposeful Pilgrimage, Inner Alchemy, and the Tao of Immortality

May 6th, 2021


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 …

#47 Guido Masé on Wild Medicine, Herbal Folklore, and Adaptive Potential

April 28th, 2021


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 …

#46 Livia Kohn on the Dao of Purpose, Traveling, and Scottish Country Dancing

April 19th, 2021


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 …

#45 Jim McDonald on the Edge of Life, Plants as Teachers, and Herbal Craft

April 12th, 2021


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 …

#44 Kenneth Cohen on Qigong, the Beauty of the Tao, and Oolong Tea

April 6th, 2021


Kenneth Cohen is a legendary Qigong Grandmaster, Chinese scholar, and world-renowned health educator. In this interview he delivers powerful, …

#43 Michelle Gellis on Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Building Patient Rapport, and Humour as Medicine

March 29th, 2021


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 …

#42 Ann Armbrecht on the Herbal Supply Chain, Ethical Consumer Choices, and Remedies for a Healthier Planet

March 23rd, 2021


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 …

#41 Mike Malterre on the World's Safest Sunscreen, Human Toxicity, and the Blue Planet

March 16th, 2021


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 …

#40 Amos Ziv on Cardiovascular Health, Treating Chronic Pain with Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine in Israel

March 8th, 2021


Amos Ziv is an Israeli-based acupuncturist, herbalist, and integrative medicine researcher. Along with his classmates Jason Robertson and CT Holman, …

#39 Shauna Doll on Big Trees, Gulf Islands Conservation, and the Sexiness of Swamps

March 1st, 2021


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 …

#38 Tom Malterre on the Elimination Diet, Pillars of Health, and the Connection of Skate Culture

February 23rd, 2021


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.” …

#37 Michael Isted on Capturing the Scent of Time and Place, Crafting Herbal Products, and the Lore of Plants

February 15th, 2021


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, …

#36 Z'ev Rosenberg on Full Strength Chinese Medicine, Reverence for Classical Texts, and Pink Floyd

February 10th, 2021


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 …

#35 Dr. Heiner Fruehauf on the Language of Chinese Medicine, Fulfilling Destiny, and Self Responsibility

February 2nd, 2021


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 …

#34 Merlin Young on the History of Moxibustion, Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, and Founding a Healthcare NGO

January 27th, 2021


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 …

#33 Dr. Debra Betts on Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Mentoring Midwives, and Clinical Research

January 20th, 2021


Even if she stopped today, Dr. Debra Betts would be leaving behind a tremendous legacy that has greatly impacted the global treatment of pregnancy …

#32 Margi Flint on the Path from Cancer, Being the Village Herbalist, and Ceremonies with Plants

January 15th, 2021


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 …

#31 Lillian Bridges on Face Reading, Emotional Work to Erase Wrinkles, and Pursuing Life’s Purpose

December 17th, 2020


Lillian Pearl Bridges is the world’s preeminent authority on face reading and diagnosis, and, in my opinion, a beautiful individual with a magical …

#30 Dr. Tom O’Bryan on Autoimmune Conditions, Environmental Toxins, and Healing the Brain

December 3rd, 2020


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 …

#29 Alan Cassels on Flawed Drug Advisories, SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test, and Vaccines

November 14th, 2020


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 …

#28 RoseMarie Pierce on Food-Drug-Herb Interactions, Acid-Base Balance, and the Freedom of Responsibility

November 11th, 2020


RoseMarie Pierce is recognized as Canada’s first holistic pharmacist with more than 4 decades of experience in both conventional and natural …

#27 Sally Fallon Morell on The Contagion Myth

November 3rd, 2020


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 …

#26 Brandt Stickley on Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

October 22nd, 2020


Brandt Stickley is a renowned practitioner and educator of Chinese Medicine and, in particular, Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis. In this episode, we drop …

#25 CT Holman on Shamanism, Facial Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, and Punk Rock

October 3rd, 2020


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 …

#24 Paul Bergner on Herbalism and Vitalism, Following His Calling, and Overcoming Demons

September 25th, 2020


Paul Bergner has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He is the Director of the North American …

#23 Seraphina Capranos on Herbal Medicine, the Power of Mentorship, and Healing

September 13th, 2020


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 …

#22 Jason Robertson on Channel Palpation in Chinese Medicine

August 22nd, 2020


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, …

#21 Sarah Pritchard on Tui Na, Taoism, and the Healing Power of Sound

August 10th, 2020


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 …

#20 Peter Deadman on Penning a Profession, Pioneering Pursuits in Acupuncture, and Living on Purpose

July 22nd, 2020


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 …

#19 Dr. Michael Greenwood on Braving the Void, the Power of Intention, and Healing Chronic Pain

July 15th, 2020


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 …

#18 Erynne Gilpin on Indigenous Medicinal Harvesting Protocol, Doula Birthwork, and Rock Climbing

July 8th, 2020


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 …

#17 Lonny Jarrett on Transpersonal Psychology, Taoism, and 40 Years of Writing

June 23rd, 2020


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 …

#16 Nancy Turner on the Wisdom of Elders, Coastal Plants and Culture, and Indigenous People’s Land Rights

June 12th, 2020


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 …

#15 Peter Conway on Plant-Spirit Medicine, Love in the Time of a Pandemic, and the Punk Rocker Ethos

May 28th, 2020


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 …

#14 David Caudwell on Herbal Medicine

May 22nd, 2020


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. …

#13 Allan Isbell on Mindfulness and Men’s Work

May 2nd, 2020


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 …

#12 Chris Darimont on Conservation, Forest Ecology, and Protecting BC’s Wildlife

April 21st, 2020


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 …

#11 Steve James on Meditation, Outdoor Survival Skills, and Martial Arts

April 10th, 2020


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 …

#10 Dr. Michael Lewis on Concussions and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

March 4th, 2020


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 …

#9 Dan Hayes on The London Chef, Cooking in Prisons, and Medjool Dates

February 25th, 2020


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 …

#8 Mark Lakeman on Permaculture and Public Gathering Spaces

February 12th, 2020


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 …

#7 Joshua Hathaway on Communication, Relationships, and Radical Accountability

February 12th, 2020


During this episode, I journey with Joshua Hathaway through a paradigm-shifting, vision quest that led him to question so much about personal …

#6 Stacey Toews on Level Ground Trading, Permaculture, and Impact

February 10th, 2020


For this episode I sat down with Stacey Toews, husband, father, humanitarian, ecological steward, and my friend. Stacey is undoubtedly one of the …

#5 Ellie Shortt on Nutrition, Cooking, and Happiness

February 6th, 2020


I had a blast sitting down with Ellie Shortt to record this episode on nutrition. Ellie is great company and incredibly knowledgeable about many …

#4 Robert Rogers on Mushrooms

February 1st, 2020


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. …

#3 Oliver Kelllhammer on Permaculture, Art, and Activism

January 27th, 2020


For this episode I sat down with permaculturlist Oliver Kellhammer in June 2018. We discussed many topics related to mindful living, such as the …

#2 Dr. Martha Lucas on Cosmetic Acupuncture and Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

January 22nd, 2020


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 …

#1 Jill van Gyn on being CEO of Fatso peanut butter

January 7th, 2020


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 …

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