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You are here for a reason. But navigating this human life can be challenging. How do you care for your body, mind and spirit to make the most of your time here on earth? This podcast explores these questions through rich conversations on plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality. We help bring to light valuable insights to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. I AM HUMAN is hosted by Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, a board-certified pediatrician, board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, and national board-certified health and wellness coach. Dr. Yami is a curious human interested in living a long, healthy, and joyful life. New episodes drop every Sunday.

I AM HUMAN Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO, MPH, MS, FAAP

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 342 Ratings

You are here for a reason. But navigating this human life can be challenging. How do you care for your body, mind and spirit to make the most of your time here on earth? This podcast explores these questions through rich conversations on plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality. We help bring to light valuable insights to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. I AM HUMAN is hosted by Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, a board-certified pediatrician, board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, and national board-certified health and wellness coach. Dr. Yami is a curious human interested in living a long, healthy, and joyful life. New episodes drop every Sunday.

    317: Behind the scenes of I AM HUMAN

    317: Behind the scenes of I AM HUMAN

    In this episode, we replay Dr. Yami's appearance on the "Mics to Millions" podcast, hosted by Sam Brake Guia. Dr. Yami discusses her transformative journey from the original "Veggie Doctor Radio" to rebranding as "I Am Human." Dr. Yami delves into the motivations behind her podcast rebranding, the challenges of balancing her career as a pediatrician with podcasting, and her strategies for expanding her listener base. The episode offers valuable insights into overcoming technical hurdles, leveraging social media for promotion, and securing high-quality guest appearances. Dr. Yami's story is a testament to the power of consistency and the courage to embrace change, providing inspiration for both aspiring and seasoned podcasters. 
    Thank you so much to Mics to Millions for allowing us to share this behind-the-scenes interview with you all for I AM HUMAN. 
    Sam Brake Guia is the Co-founder of PodWritten, a podcast booking agency for health and wellness businesses, and the host of Mics to Millions, a podcast sharing interviews with top-tier hosts and solo episodes to help you grow your health and wellness podcast. 
     
    Discussion points: 
    (0:00:00) Thank you’s and shout-outs for seven great years! (0:02:11) Dr. Yami on Mic to Millions podcast - the journey to I am Human (0:11:35) Reaching 10K downloads (0:16:38) The “Chicken to Chickpeas” TedX talk (0:20:56) Rebranding the podcast (0:26:07) Monetizing and expanding I am Human  (0:31:07) Impact of podcasting on pediatric practice  (0:33:52) Securing bookings on other podcasts (0:37:06) Tools for recording  (0:39:30) Pitches and what Dr. Yami looks for - sharing value, not selling products (0:44:00) What makes a successful podcast? Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
    Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional. 
    The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscribe today, and send your feedback to podcast@doctoryami.com 
    Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, author and international speaker. She is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, especially the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease. She hosts the popular podcast I AM HUMAN (formerly Veggie Doctor Radio) which boasts listeners from 98 countries and more than a million downloads to date. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, has a certificate in plant-based nutrition and is a certified Food for Life Instructor. Dr. Yami owns Nourish Wellness, a pediatric practice in Yakima, Washington where she lives with her husband and two sons. Her book is called “A Parent’s Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy”. You can learn more about Dr. Yami at DoctorYami.com. 

    Resources: 
    Chicken to Chickpeas TedX Talk 
    Sam Guia LinkedIn 
    Mics to Millions Podcast 
     
    More From Dr. Yami: 
    TEDx Talk - http://bit.ly/DOCTORYAMITEDX 
    A Parent's Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy by Dr. Yami - https://amzn.to/4edSFHx 
    Questions? Email me: podcast@doctoryami.com 
     
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    Show Poducers: Dr. Yami, Alejandra Parra 
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    • 47 min
    316: Improve Your Relationship with Food Through Plant-Based Eating with Vanessa Sturman

    316: Improve Your Relationship with Food Through Plant-Based Eating with Vanessa Sturman

    What if you could transform your relationship with food and achieve vibrant health without feeling ‘restricted’? 
    In this episode of I AM HUMAN, I chat with Vanessa Sturman and we discuss her journey from poor body image and binge eating to food freedom and improved health through a plant-based diet. We also talk about the benefits of plant-based foods as well as ways to integrate this way of eating into a busy lifestyle. We also touch on fueling for athletic pursuits and the biggest mistakes she sees when people first transition to a plant-based diet. This is a great episode for those interested in adding more whole plant-foods to their diet or transitioning to a plant-based diet.  
    Balancing a hectic lifestyle with healthy eating can be a challenge, but Vanessa shares simple yet effective strategies to make plant-based nutrition accessible to everyone. From easy food swaps to understanding the importance of a balanced approach, Vanessa offers actionable advice for integrating nutritious plant-based foods into daily routines. Whether you're an athlete concerned about protein intake or someone trying to shift away from ultra-processed foods, this episode is filled with inspiration and practical guidance to support your journey towards thriving health. Tune in to redefine your relationship with food and embrace the transformative potential of plant-based nutrition. 
    Vanessa Sturman is a renowned Health Coach and Speaker who empowers leaders, individuals, and athletes to optimize performance and resilience through healthy, plant-based eating. She shuns diets and fads, advocating for delicious whole foods that cater to personal preferences. Featured on BBC Radio and Sky News, she transforms clients' lives, fostering weight loss, hormonal balance, energy, gut health, and more. With tailored approaches for individuals, she helps clients achieve their goals seamlessly. Notable clients include Octopus Energy and Cambridge University, showcasing her impact in both individual and corporate spheres. 

    Discussion points: 
    (0:00:00) Awareness of the power of plants, binge-eating, an “a-ha” moment, and a veg trip in India (0:13:40) Benefits of building in more plant-based whole foods into your diet, improved gut health, reduced cravings. (0:17:21) Vanessa’s work with clients, strategies for busy individuals to eat healthily. She shares some of the improvements seen, both immediate and over time. Statistics on U.S. food consumption, simple swaps, carbs, and the use of convenient plant-based options. (0:25:23) Vanessa addresses misconceptions and offers practical plant-based diet tips for convenience, cost and quality improvements to your day-to-day routines.  (0:30:32) Advice for athletes and athletic activities, mistakes people make when transitioning,  (0:39:32) - Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew…health, medications, planetary well-being, and animal freedom. Vanessa shares her dream of creating a TV show on healthy eating. Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
    Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional. 
    The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscribe today, and send your feedback to podcast@doctoryami.com 
    Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, author and international speaker. She is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, especially the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease. She hosts the popular podcast I AM HUMAN (fo

    • 49 min
    315: How Not To Age with Dr. Michael Greger

    315: How Not To Age with Dr. Michael Greger

    Join me in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Michael Greger, a leading expert in lifestyle medicine and bestselling author, as we explore longevity and how to achieve it. We'll uncover how diets rich in whole plant foods, as seen in the Blue Zones, contribute to a longer and healthier life. Dr. Greger shares evidence-based strategies from his latest book, "How Not to Age," addressing common misconceptions about dying from old age versus disease and emphasizing the role of heart disease as a primary cause of death. We'll also touch on essential health topics like autophagy and the importance of legumes in our diet.

    Dr. Greger dispels myths about air frying and discusses healthier alternatives for obtaining omega-3 fatty acids, given the environmental contaminants in fish. We delve into the importance of fall prevention through exercises and balance training, and explore ways to maintain youthful skin through sun protection and a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables.

    Dr. Michael Greger, MD FACLM, is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a renowned physician, bestselling author, and global advocate for evidence-based nutrition. As the founder of NutritionFacts.org, he provides free access to the latest peer-reviewed research in nutritional science through bite-sized videos. Inspired by his grandmother's remarkable recovery from end-stage heart disease through lifestyle changes, Dr. Greger embarked on a mission to educate millions about evidence-based eating. With a career spanning as the Public Health Director at HSUS in Washington, DC, and a background in emerging infectious diseases, Dr. Greger's dedication to public health is unparalleled. He has authored several New York Times bestsellers, including "How Not to Die" and "How Not to Diet," with all proceeds going to charity. His tireless efforts continue to revolutionize the way we approach nutrition and health.

    Discussion points: 
    (0:00:00) Discussion on the misconception that people die of old age instead of disease, with a focus on heart disease as the leading cause of death. (0:09:55) Examination of the Blue Zones and their diet, emphasizing the high consumption of whole plant foods and minimal processed items. Legumes are number one. Less meat, less soda. (0:12:00) How cooking methods like deep frying can be harmful to health and using alternatives like pressure steaming and microwaving to preserve nutrients. (0:14:10) Clarification of myths around air frying and discussion on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from sources other than fish due to environmental contaminants. (0:16:30) Fall prevention exercises and balance training rather than the dangers of osteoporosis drugs for reduce fracture risks. (0:18:00) Advice on maintaining youthful skin through sun protection, diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, and staying hydrated. (0:19:40) Tips for homemade skin care treatments using ingredients like vitamin C and niacinamide as cost-effective alternatives to expensive anti-aging creams. (0:21:03) Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
    Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional.

    The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscribe today, and send your feedback to podcast@doctoryami.com

    Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, author and international speaker. She is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, especially

    • 24 min
    314: Flourishing in Perimenopause and Menopause Using Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Nitu Bajekal

    314: Flourishing in Perimenopause and Menopause Using Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Nitu Bajekal

    In this episode of I AM HUMAN, we learn more about perimenopause and menopause from experienced OB/GYN Dr. Nitu Bajekal. She describes typical symptoms and timelines and what we can do with our diet and lifestyle habits and behaviors to reduce symptoms and support our health and longevity. We also discuss indications for HRT/MHT and who to seek help from. This is an excellent and information-packed episode for people that will be or are going through this transition.

    Listen in as Dr. Bajekal shares some of the common and more unusual symptoms of menopause, discussing the importance of recognizing and respecting the varied experiences women may face. From the potential benefits of hormone replacement therapy to the role primary care providers play in the management of symptoms, we cover all bases to ensure you are equipped with the information you need. We delve into the power of the six pillars of lifestyle medicine that can bolster health during menopause, discussing strategies for sleep, stress management, social connections, and more, all while maintaining a keen focus on the holistic nature of well-being.

    Dr. Nitu Bajekal, MD, is a Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the UK with over 35 years of experience. Specializing in Lifestyle Medicine, PCOS, and menopause, she's also a skilled surgeon. A Fellow of the Royal College and recipient of the Indian President’s Gold Medal, she's one of the UK’s first board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians. Dr. Bajekal is dedicated to health advocacy, offering credible medical and lifestyle guidance. She co-authored acclaimed books like "Living PCOS Free" and "Finding Me in Menopause," reflecting her commitment to empowering individuals. Passionate about a vegan lifestyle, she integrates her beliefs into her work and life. 

    Discussion points: 
    (00:00) Dr. Nitu Bajekal reframes menopause as an opportunity for renewal and growth. She encourages women to view this life stage positively, dispelling fears and advocating for self-education on the changes to come. (06:37) Definitions of menopause and perimenopause, discussing the symptoms, onset, and the importance of recognizing this natural transition.  (10:15) Varied experiences women can have with perimenopause and menopause, from minimal symptoms to more severe manifestations.  (18:24) Unusual symptoms of perimenopause, such as joint pain and heightened sensitivities. The importance of not trivializing these changes and the need for proper diagnosis and management.  (23:17) The wide range of menopausal symptoms and the necessity for healthcare providers to take women's experiences seriously.  (26:19) Insights from the book, "Finding Me in Menopause," which addresses Dr. Nitu’s personal journey through menopause. She emphasizes how it can be a time of self-discovery and empowerment for many women. (34:08) Educating yourself and women in general, easing symptoms, and the six lifestyle pillars, including the critical roles of sleep, nutrition, exercise, and social networks during menopause.  (49:42) Benefits of soy and its role in preventing certain cancers, including prostate, bowel, and colon cancer. The doctors tackle common misconceptions about soy and estrogen, and the benefits of eating beans every day. (57:08) Who is a candidate, and when, for Hormone Therapy? (1:01:49) Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
    Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional.

    The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscr

    • 1 hr 5 min
    313: Creating Innovative Lifestyle Medicine Initiatives with Lily Correa, RD

    313: Creating Innovative Lifestyle Medicine Initiatives with Lily Correa, RD

    In this episode of I AM HUMAN, I interview Lily Correa, MPH, RD about the incredible and inspiring work that her amazing team is doing at NYC Health + Hospitals. We learn about her plant-based journey and how her work is so gratifying, but requires patience and perseverance. She also gives tips for how other health care professionals can make an impact and influence those around them.

    Our conversation is not just about food; it's about rewriting the script of patient care. We unwrap the stories of plant-based athletes defying expectations and the community-centric model that elevates the role of diet and exercise in managing health. The Bellevue Hospital program isn't just a clinic; it's a beacon of change, demonstrating the sustainability and impact of a shared medical appointment model. Lily and her team, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Michelle McMacken, have crafted a legacy of empowerment, enabling patients to flourish in their health journeys through education and whole-person care. Lily's aspiration to author a Spanish-language plant-based cookbook speaks to her dedication to diversifying the nutrition dialogue.

    Lily Correa, MPH, RD, is a passionate advocate for plant-based nutrition, seeing the kitchen as a powerful tool for promoting health and wellness. As a registered dietitian and bilingual health educator, she honed her skills at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside, CA, where she led plant-based cooking classes and developed a ‘culinary curriculum.’ Her commitment led her to New York, where she studied health-supportive culinary arts at the Natural Gourmet Institute and contributed to launching the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. In 2022, she became the Director of Education and Training for the Office of Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals Central Office, aiming to expand the Bellevue model citywide. Lily's expertise extends to presenting at academic conferences and community organizations, reflecting her dedication to advancing nutrition and lifestyle medicine, recognized by her Diplomate status from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

    Discussion points: 
    (0:00:00 - 0:05:10) Lily Correa introduction and family journey to plant-based diets, and moving to the U.S. from Peru.  (0:05:11 - 0:11:32) Lily's plant-based journey was influenced by her grandfather, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, including the role of diet in managing his Type 2 Diabetes. The impact of immigration on dietary habits and health, as well as misconceptions about plant-based diets for athletes. (0:11:33 - 0:21:22) Lily's path from English literature to nutrition and public health- highlighting the significance of registered dietitians in culinary medicine.  (0:21:23 - 0:30:44) The growth and success of the Bellevue Hospital team, under Dr. Michelle McMacken's leadership, the clinic's shared medical appointment model, financial sustainability, and the potential influence of the “Bellevue Model” on health care across New York City and beyond. (0:30:45 - 0:40:28) Strategies for implementing lifestyle medicine programs and building supportive teams within healthcare systems. Patient success stories and the challenges of navigating established healthcare systems. (0:42:46) Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew, personal and global implications of dietary choices, the concept of legacy through success in healthcare, and the balance between work and personal life. Lily's goal to create a Spanish-language plant-based cookbook and the significance of each individual's story. Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
    Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional.

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    • 49 min
    312: How to Use Cupping as a Home Healing Modality with Dr. Tom Ingegno

    312: How to Use Cupping as a Home Healing Modality with Dr. Tom Ingegno

    In this episode of I AM HUMAN, Dr. Tom Ingegno teaches us about cupping and how to safely use it at home as a healing method. He also describes when cupping would not be safe and when to seek professional help. This is a very informative episode especially if you are curious about trying cupping yourself.

    A 10 to 15-minute cupping session could be your passport to relaxation, healing, and recovery. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls, especially when dealing with certain health conditions, and understand why those intriguing marks are not the bruises they appear to be. Whether you're considering a professional session or contemplating cupping therapy at home, our in-depth discussion equips you with practical tips and knowledge to make the most out of this therapeutic adventure.

    Dr. Tom Ingegno, DACM, LAC, is a clinician, speaker, and the best-selling author of The Cupping Book: Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Healing. His clinic, Charm City Integrative Health, hailed as the "Future of Medicine" by NYT bestseller David Houle, offers innovative approaches to wellness. With over 25 years of experience and a knack for simplifying complex health concepts, Dr. Tom blends modern research and traditional practices with humor to empower listeners. Tune in for practical insights on reducing inflammation, boosting circulation, and optimizing immune function for vibrant health. 

    Discussion points: 
    (0:00:00) The historical and cultural significance of cupping therapy, its benefits, and safety considerations, including the misconceptions about the marks it leaves.  (0:04:35) Dr. Ingegno’s journey into Chinese medicine and the ancient origins of cupping, as well as its various health benefits such as improved circulation and pain relief.  (0:14:37) Safe application of cupping, the importance of treatment duration, and the necessity of communication between practitioners and patients regarding health concerns.  (0:21:28) Differences between medical, spa, and charlatan-led cupping are discussed, with advice on how to perform cupping at home safely using silicone cups. Demystifying the coloration (ecchymosis) caused by cupping, explaining that efficacy is determined by post-therapy improvement, not the darkness of the mark. (0:31:42) The synergistic effects of combining cupping with other therapies like salt therapy and acupuncture, particularly for respiratory health during allergy season.  The cultural significance of cupping and the importance of learning from diverse healing practices are highlighted. Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback  
    Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional.

    The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscribe today, and send your feedback to podcast@doctoryami.com 

    Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, author and international speaker. She is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, especially the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease. She hosts the popular podcast I AM HUMAN (formerly Veggie Doctor Radio) which boasts listeners from 98 countries and more than a million downloads to date. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, has a certificate in plant-based nutrition and is a certified Food for Life Instructor. Dr. Yami owns Nourish Wellness, a pediatric practice in Yakima, Washington where she lives

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
342 Ratings

342 Ratings

SamBGuia ,

A Podcast for Living Your Best Life

In a world inundated with noise, "I AM HUMAN" podcast offers a unique sense of clarity, compassion, and conscious living. Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster is an amazing host and serves as a fantastic guide on a transformative journey toward holistic health and genuine fulfillment.

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DDB54

Thank you, Dr. Yami. I really enjoy your podcast. It is informative and the guest that you speak with are very knowledgeable.

BulletSmook ,

Too many recent pseudoscience guests focused on products.

Edit since the rebrand: I think the rebrand fits much better for the podcast now. Dr. Yami is more up front about her acceptance of care that goes beyond what medical doctors normally touch on. I also have heard less product and service driven guest on the show.

I started listening to the show because it had some really great information on having a healthy lifestyle while being vegan or on a plant-based diet. It really struck a great balance of having science and evidence based research while being assessable. Over the past year, I have noticed that more and more of the guests have been people selling products, and lots of these products have been more pseudoscience based. They are using the trend of cutting edge science, that we are just learning about, but then, pretending like they know the answers to them. A lot of people are talking about healing, the guts and our bacteria, and those are very important, but we really don’t quite know how to fix them besides getting fiber, the most recent episode, I listen to had a functional medicine doctor on there, and functional medicine is a great example of one of those fields that sounds great, and looks science based, but has a lot of pseudoscience undertones. I feel like older episodes, had more guest where Dr. Yami would be the person inviting guest on who were medical doctors. And now I feel like the guest are the people approaching Dr. Yami, who are actually just wanting to sell their products.

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