My name is Dr. Michelle Choi, and I'm an Internal Medicine doctor in Santa Cruz, CA. I left my medical career in September, 2020, to become a podcaster. I practiced medicine in the inpatient and outpatient settings for over 10 years, before making the major life decision to leave my traditional career as a doctor. I do not believe that we're doing enough to get to the underlying causes of what is causing illness. And the way in which healthcare is structured in our nation, if doctors simply don't have the time to talk with our patients, or if it's much easier to get insurance coverage for a pill for depression rather than counseling, whom are we really helping? Why not do more than just putting a band-aid on the issue?
After years of frustration, I decided to leave the career I'd worked my whole life for, in search of what may contribute to our feeling whole. I believe that we all have the capacity to be who we really are, not just a whiff of who we are. And perhaps by being honest with ourselves, can we unlock the key to our own healing, and find our path to a meaningful life. Join me on the Lost or Found podcast, as we contemplate the components of true health. Be your true advocate! Dare to be inspired!!
Episode 69: Ascended Female Masters with Josie Teresi
Today on the podcast, we discuss Ascended Female Masters! Ascended Masters are enlightened beings whom many believe have evolved beyond the need to reincarnate on earth and now act from a higher plane of existence to assist humans in their movement toward enlightenment, guiding the human race in its evolution. Think Mary, the Beloved Mother; Isis the Egyptian goddess of Nature; and Guanyin, the goddess of mercy, compassion, and protection. We hear about these ascended masters in our society, we see images of them, but have we ever really ever thought about them, considering that their imagery is still ever present? Join us in this fascinating conversation as Josie Teresi and I discuss these ascended female masters, who are ever-present to guide us to a higher path. Maybe it's silly, maybe it can make you feel better, or maybe focusing on the world's female masters may further enlighten you. You decide.
Josie Teresi is an intuitive energy healer, reiki healer, counselor, and YouTuber. She has published several books, including You Were Born a Star, Now What? based on the teachings of “A Course In Miracles” and the Unity Philosophy. Visit her webstie, josieteresi.com, and her YouTube channel, Into Light.
Episode 68: Dopamine Nation with Dr. Anna Lembke, MD
On today’s show, we have psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke, the author of Dopamine Nation, here to talk about dopamine, which rules the pain and pleasure centers of the mind. She describes that we live in a time of indulgence with unparalleled access to high-reward and high-dopamine stimuli. In an era of overconsumption and instant gratification, Dopamine Nation explains the personal and societal price of being ruled by the next fix- and how to manage it. Her amazing book helps guide people to find a healthy balance between pleasure and pain. It can not only transform your thinking, but your life. Join us in this fascinating conversation!
Dr. Lembke is the Medical Director of Stanford Addiction Medicine. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries in prestigious medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She is also the author of Drug Dealer, MD, and Dopamine Nation, a book that shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.
You can find Dr. Lembke at annalembke.com.
Episode 67: Living Duchenne with Sara Aluffi
In Duchenne muscular dystrophy, milestones for a child reverse themselves. Kids eventually regress, moving backwards in their development. On today’s episode, Sara Aluffi is on the show to talk about her younger son, Joaquin, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a rare genetic disorder, primarily affecting males, causing the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time. Duchenne is eventually fatal. Join us, as Sara Aluffi gives us a candid look into their lives, this heartbreaking disease, and the love that binds them, despite the pain.
Sara is the founder of a nonprofit organization called Joaquins Warriors DMD. You can find her nonprofit at joaquinswarriors.com.
Episode 66: Dyslexia Is...with Judy Robinson
Dyslexia is so common, affecting 20% of the population and represents 80-90% of all those with learning disabilities. It can include slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words. It can occur in anyone, and the level of severity may be different. People who are very bright can be dyslexic.
It’s important to think about and to address appropriately- as dyslexia can affect a person’s self image. Students with dyslexia often end up feeling “dumb” and less capable than they actually are. They can encounter a lot of stress due to academic problems, and may become less resilient.
While it is a lifelong condition, with the proper help and early identification, people can learn to read and write well, so that they can live their fullest life.
Join us, as Judy Robinson is on the show to talk about this really common condition. She is a retired educator who specializes in reading and autism spectrum disorders. Judy lives in Carlisle, MA.
Episode 65: Acupuncture and Chronic Pain with Dr. Lishanna Emmert
Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the world. And it’s generally known that the power of medicine to relieve pain remains sadly inadequate. Dealing with chronic pain can wear a person down. Oftentimes, people also experience frustration and mental health issues because of the pain. People who suffer from chronic pain are three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and are twice as likely to be at risk for suicide. Pain can affect all aspects of someone’s life.
Daniel Clauw has said in a 2019 lecture, there isn’t “any drug in any chronic-pain state that works in better than one out of three people.” He went on to say that nonpharmacological therapy should instead be “front and center in managing chronic pain — rather than opioids, or for that matter, any of our drugs.”
Our approach with chronic pain is mostly medications, specifically opioids. However, chronic pain patients require a multifactorial approach, but unfortunately, our approach is not necessarily multifactorial. Join us, as we talk with Dr. Lishanna Emmert about acupuncture as a treatment modality to help with chronic pain. You can find Dr. Emmert at Solis.care.
Episode 64: From Addiction to Recovery with Christopher Greer
Christopher Greer joins the show today to continue our discussion on addiction. Having worked in primary care, and as I continue to work in the hospital, I have witnessed so many people dealing with addiction. Those who struggle with addiction often hide it until it can’t be hidden anymore. I’ve seen people in their worst state, and I would wonder if they had reached their rock bottom. The truth is, no matter how bad the state – could be coma in a young person – you don’t know if they’ve reached that place where they finally choose their life. Only they know. And it’s really hard to see, witnessing someone’s demise because of addiction. There is so much harm that’s done, not only to them, but also to the people who love them. That’s why we continue to talk about hard topics on the show – because with learning and understanding, there can be a possibility for heathier choices and courage for something better.
Christopher Greer is a therapist in Santa Cruz, and he earned his Masters in Social Work. He spent the last few years working at a local non-profit providing varying levels of support for people struggling with Substance Use Disorder, individuals with varying mental health disorders, and those who have been involved in the criminal justice system. And he helps his clients with their mental health and well being, to consider the whole person. You can find him at chrisgreertherapy.com.
Says the difficult things out loud
It’s refreshing to hear authentic first hand experiences of her work in the healthcare industry and that Dr. Choi is inviting us along on her midlife awakening. Definitely inspiring for those of us who are like-minded.
Thoughtful and Relatable
I love the topics Dr. Choi chooses and her guests. The questions she asks are so thoughtful and her guests are truly invested in their work and/or experiences. This podcast is full of truth and integrity. Her intention is reminiscent of Oprah as she truly desires to help others through her own soul-deep inquiries.
I absolutely love this podcast, especially when Michelle shares her thoughts about life with us before her interviews begin. She has such a nice variety of people she talks with and I’m so happy she’s decided to do another season.