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Conversations with experts of holistic wellness and sustainable living practices!

Pacific Rim College Radi‪o‬ Todd Howard

    • Health & Fitness
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Conversations with experts of holistic wellness and sustainable living practices!

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

    #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:

    KennethCohen.com

    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

    • 1 hr 50 min
    #43 Michelle Gellis on Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Building Patient Rapport, and Humour as Medicine

    #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:

    FacialAcupunctureClasses.com

    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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #42 Ann Armbrecht on the Herbal Supply Chain, Ethical Consumer Choices, and Remedies for a Healthier Planet

    #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:

    AnnArmbrecht.com

    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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #41 Mike Malterre on the World's Safest Sunscreen, Human Toxicity, and the Blue Planet

    #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

    • 1 hr 25 min
    #40 Amos Ziv on Cardiovascular Health, Treating Chronic Pain with Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine in Israel

    #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:

    My-cardiaccare.com

    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

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #39 Shauna Doll on Big Trees, Gulf Islands Conservation, and the Sexiness of Swamps

    #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 @ shauna@raincoast.org

    Learning Links:

    School of Permaculture Design at PRC

    Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline

    Student Clinic at PRC

    • 1 hr 2 min

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Tea R. ,

Really fascinating

Poignant questions are asked. Fantastic people interviewed. I’ve learned so much!

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