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Wisdom of the Body

Aug 6, 2021

Listen to Dr. Siri Chand Kaur Khalsa and reflect on conventional, western medical practice vs. lifestyle and integrative medicine. Learn about Dr. Siri Khalsa’s transition from working at the Mayo Clinic to studying Ayurveda and finding empathy for the internal battles and burnout that many physicians face. Be reminded to fill your cup first and realize that the healer must give to themselves what they wish to extend to others. 

In this episode, Heather and Siri Chand discuss:

  • The challenges in bringing change to a deeply ingrained system.
  • How Siri Chand’s desire to learn how to stop supporting the course of a disease led her to study yoga, reiki and Ayurveda.
  • Supporting physicians and physician burnout.
  • When the healer needs to be healed.
  • 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine: Removal of harmful substances, movement, restorative sleep, plant based diets, loving connections and stress reduction.
  • Dean Ornish’s approach to lifestyle medicine through evidence based studies.
  • How change is on the way with eastern medicines being popularized
  • Answering the question: What could be shifted in our day-to-day lifestyle that will impact our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing? 
  • The challenges of being an empathic physician because medicine is undoubtedly emotional and compartmentalization has its pros and cons.
  • Why it’s important for physicians to care about the impact to the the earth and maybe even support plant-based eating, regenerative agriculture, farming and environmentalism.

Dr. Siri Chand Kaur Khalsa has had a life-long interest in mindful living as the basis for long-term vitality of mind, body, and spirit. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Mayo Clinic in 2005 and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has deepened her studies on health and healing by becoming a Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and participating in a 2-year full-time program on Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and India. Serving as an Integrative Medicine PCP, an instructor at the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine fellowship for physicians, and consultant to other medical practices, she has dedicated her career to promoting an increased understanding in clinical medicine of the link between long term vitality and the daily choices we make. She is currently focusing her energy to support physicians who want to expand their personal understanding of new ways of healing through an experiential process utilizing techniques in Ayurveda, yoga, mindfulness, and plant-based nutrition. 

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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