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Dr. Richard Louis Miller is an American Clinical Psychologist, owner of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Sanctuary, and broadcaster who hosts the Mind Body Health & Politics talk radio show, a syndicated talk show which airs on Public Radio affiliate KZYX FM and in Mendocino County, California. Dr. Miller is also Founder and chief clinician of the nationally acclaimed, pioneering, Cokenders Alcohol and /Drug Program.

Mind Body Health & Politics radio show, is known for its wide ranging discussions on political issues and health. The show's format includes guest interviews, guest speakers, and listener call-ins. The programs offer a forum and soundboard for listeners to interact with the show and its guests. We invite you to listen to the latest shows below or visit our many archived programs. We'd love to hear from you on political and health issues!

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Dr. Dean Edell

Dr. Dean Edell


Our distinguished guest on Mind Body Health & Politics today at 9 am PST is Dr. Dean Edell– a pioneer in the field of health broadcasting, and my very inspiration for this program.I was inspired by Dean Edell because he had the courage to speak to America with the truth, integrity, and warmth that many of us valued in our doctors. Listeners called in with questions and they received straightforward honest answers. When he did not know an answer, he said so, and he then said he would find out... and he did.Dr. Dean Edell actually requires little introduction, since his syndicated radio program aired live for 31 years – from 1979 to 2010 – and was the second most listened to radio talk show in America for much of the 1990s. The program was syndicated on over 200 stations across the country. His television program, Dr. Dean, aired on NBC beginning in 1992."Dr. Dean's" medical CV included an M.D. from Cornell University Medical School in 1967, a private ophthalmology practice in San Diego, and a teaching position in anatomy at UC San Diego – all before leaving the practice of medicine in the 1970s to pursue his true love of communicating information.During the '70s, Dr. Dean lived in a vintage bus as a hippie, experimenting with different lifestyles, including organic farming, painting, and the topic of this morning's broadcast – psychedelic exploration.Later, after starting a jewelry and antique shop to supplement his income, Dean served as medical director of the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center. A co-worker introduced him to the owner of a small music station, where he would begin his career as the on-air personality America grew to know and love.Concerned with declining scientific literacy in the United States, he railed against pseudoscience and magical thinking – fad diets and unproven healing methods – while promoting research into the therapeutic use of marijuana and psychedelic drugs. In 2010, Dean retired from media broadcasting and now lives in rural Mendocino County.I am deeply honored to have Dean Edell – my neighbor, a fellow member of a growing tribe of psychedelic elders – on Mind Body Health & Politics.
This morning (9 am Pacific) I continue the Psychedelic Elders series with the latest confessor, my dear friend Cliff Barney (92 years old).Cliff is a former journalist who has written for major U. S. dailies, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Hearst-run San Francisco Examiner, and covered the semiconductor and computer revolutions in Silicon Valley as a bureau manager for McGraw-Hill’s Electronics magazine. He studied and taught at the San Francisco Gestalt Institute, and holds an M.S. in counseling from California State College, Hayward.He was born in New Bedford in 1929 and grew up in Rhode Island, the only child of a father who was the first of his family to leave the farm in 250 years in Swansea, Mass., and a mother whose family emigrated from Scotland in the late 19th century. Though neither of his parents got past the fifth grade in school, they nonetheless managed to send him to Dartmouth College, from which he graduated with an A.B. in 1951.He has written about the press, aging, and Latin American politics in a blog, Cliff’s Notes, and about contemporary Mayan culture at, the website he runs with his artist wife.
This morning (9am Pacific) I am honored to be interviewing William Miller, MD – the chief of staff at Mendocino County District Hospital – on a topic of pressing concern to all of us.Dr. Miller (the other Dr. Milller), recently delivered a fascinating talk to the Mendocino Coast's Covid Response Network on the challenge posed by variants or mutations of the virus. We will review his professional opinion on the threat these variants pose, and whether the current vaccines are likely to protect us from them.We will also discuss masking and social distancing after being vaccinated, contagion amongst vaccination decliners, and present risks associated with Covid. Your calls are welcome during the broadcast at (650) TALLY-HO.Please tune in or download this free podcast at your leisure, forward this email, share via the links below, and post the "listen-live" link to alert your friends and neighbors to this live broadcast.Wishing you excellent health, Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.Host, Mind Body Health & Politics
Artist, author & naturalist Obi Kaufmann returns to the program with a hopeful Earth-day message regarding California conservation and ecology. Author of the bestselling “The California Field Atlas,”  “The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource,” and the recently released “The Forests of California,” Kaufmann’s holistic approach to California’s landscapes, habitats and creatures includes maps, prose and musings about California's wild inhabitants— commingled with valuable references to better understand our natural world.“The Forests of California is the story about the survival strategy of reinforcing connectivity, not only between habitat spaces, but between members of our own species.” - Obi KaufmannObi brings a new, informed perspective on the importance of the natural world to our state of being and health, with a refreshing optimistic attitude.  I eagerly await his upcoming book on the California coastline.Please tune in or download this free podcast at your leisure, forward this email, share via the links below, and post the "listen-live" link to alert your friends and neighbors to this live broadcast.
I welcome Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols — called a “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine, “a visionary" by Outside Magazine, a "water warrior" by AQUATICS International, a "friend of the sea" by Experience Life Magazine, and "the godfather of water" by Irish Life Health and Santa Cruz Waves Magazine — is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot).Dr. Nichols collaborates tirelessly to create the new story of water and share it with the world. This story includes the vast cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, physical, and spiritual benefits that we can all derive from healthy waters and oceans throughout our lives.
I welcome Jerry B. Brown, PhD and Julie Brown, coauthors of The Psychedelic Gospels.Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and the Founding Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, where he teaches an online course on “Psychedelics and Culture.” Professor Brown researches, writes and teaches on psychedelics and religion as well as on psychedelic therapy.Hear about their extensive research throughout Europe as well as their Confessions as Psychedelic Elders and why they think this is an exceptional time for psychedelics. Jerry and Julie are married and are veteran psychonauts as well as diligent scholarly researchers.
I am excited to welcome internationally known architect Charles Durrett as our guest.Charles Durrett, with his former wife, Kathryn McCamant coined the word Cohousing and brought the concept of these planned communities to the United States in the Eighties. Durrett has designed over 60 cohousing communities in the US and Canada. One of his recent projects is Valley View Affordable Housing in American Canyon, California.This important project pulled many homeless Veterans off the street and gave them more than a gave them a community and established a core place for them to rebuild their lives. This community of very small homes borrowed on the legacy of cohousing communities with central community spaces and core shared living areas in a way that drives social change and invites new thinking about a troubling social problem.Durrett’s new book is about Valley View Affordable Housing and provides solutions that others may use to help solve homelessness on a community level. Join us to learn about a very positive approach to solving homelessness one neighborhood at a time.
I interview three internationally prominent sex worker activists Norma Jean Almodovar, Carol Leigh, and Veronica Vera. This interview will be part of an upcoming book entitled Sexual Medicine with Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.This program gives special homage to my friend and heroine, Margo St. James. Margo St. James befriended me when I moved to San Francisco in 1968. In fact, we became so close that she took what she called her "first straight job" working for me at my clinic, The Gestalt Institute for Multiple Psychotherapy, near Children's Hospital, on Sacramento Street. I will tell you the rest of that story on air.
For the Covid Update I discuss the variants and vaccinations.I also interview the distinguished clinical psychologist, author and researcher, Dr. Thomas B. Robert’s on his very personal experiences with psychedelics. This interview is part of an upcoming book: Confessions of Psychedelic Elders.Tom’s research investigates psychedelic mind-body states for the leads they provide for learning, cognition, intelligence, creativity, mental health, and abilities that reside in them. Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University and a former visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins. The coeditor of Psychedelic Medicine and the author of Psychedelic Horizons, he has spoken at international conferences on psychedelics, consciousness, and psychedelic science.
Phil Borges sees storytelling as a primary tool for driving social change. Learn how his projects, Women Empowered, Crazywise and his TedTalks have provided new ways of seeing through his first-person stories.Phil Borges, has been documenting indigenous cultures and striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face for over 25 years. For his program, Stirring the Fire, Phil produced and filmed several short films, capturing the stories of women heroes and the issues they face all over the world, both as solo projects and in collaboration with organizations such as UN Women and CARE. We consider it especially appropriate to have Phil visit just prior to International Women's Day, March 8, 2021.His work on the film Crazywise takes a closer look at whether some diagnosed 'mental breakdowns' might in fact be spiritual awakenings. In Crazywise, Phil asks us: What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?
Covid, consumerism and happiness
The Forests of California
Robert Whitaker is a journalist and author of two books about the history of psychiatry, Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, and the co-author, with Lisa Cosgrove, of Psychiatry Under the Influence. He is the founder of will be joining the program again live in the coming weeks, and I want my audience to be up to speed on his groundbreaking journalism. In his pulitzer prize nominated articles for the Boston Globe, Robert Whitaker discovered an extreme potential danger of prescription drugs such as SSRIs and antipsychotics in the treatment of depressed, anxious and mentally-ill.
4th in a series on government
Many of you know that I have been active in founding the COVID Response Network (CRN) on the Northern California Coast. We must be prepared to stop this and all future pandemics, and I believe that an effective response begins at the local level.Here in Mendocino County, where I broadcast weekly, we are lucky to have a dedicated Board of Supervisors which responds to the needs of our residents. I recently sat down and spoke with Ted Williams – Supervisor for the 5th District of Mendocino County – about several issues of pressing national concern. Chief among these issues is the on-going COVID pandemic, the rollout of the vaccine, and how much longer we will need to continue measures such as social distancing and mask-wearing.It's rare to hear a public official speak as openly and transparently as Ted did with me.
We are all aware that we are living in extraordinary historical times. Austrian-born former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger likened last week’s storming of our American Capitol, during which 5 people were killed, with Kristallnacht – the night of the broken glass. In 1938, the Nazis infamously attacked Jewish people, broke their store windows and began a two-day pogrom.Our current President initiated the attack on the Capitol and the House of Representatives responded with impeachment proceedings, making him the first American President to be impeached twice. To offer guidance in navigating these challenging waters, our guests on this program are Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall and former four-time Governor Jerry Brown.
As I continue my series of interviews with the "Psychedelic Elders" with Wisconsin-based psychologist, Dr. Allan Ajaya.Allan received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He followed this with a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, in the Psychiatry Department.Early experiences with psychedelics led him to discover how transcendent experiences can free one from identifying with his contracted personality. He reports having taken over 150μg of LSD on more than 900 occasions, and once accidentally ingested a mega-mega-dose of 5,000μg (Warning: do NOT try this at home).However, he discovered that the ability to see beneath the veneer of consensual reality, to the archetypal realm, and to experience the underlying unity of all that exists, using psychedelics (even very large doses) is short lived.He turned toward spiritual practices as a way of remaining in transpersonal awareness. He studied with with Eastern spiritual teachers, notably, Chogyam Trungpa, Swami Satchidananda, and Swami Rama. He was initiated as a swami on the banks of the Ganges, in Rishikesh, India. For the next twenty years he periodically travelled to India, for further study, to teach, and to deepen his meditation.Allan is also a mentor for professionals who are learning to be psychedelic therapists. He is interested in how entheogens (another word for psychedelics), psychotherapy, and self-inquiry compliment one another in opening us to the intelligence that manifest as all that is. He is author of Healing the Whole Person and Yoga Psychology: A Practical Guide to Meditation. Go to for a full list of Allan's books and to contact him.
TODAY ON MBH&P our guest will be Charlie Deist, who has intriguing things to say about free speech, the Free Speech Movement, and the Free Speech Radio Network, of which my program is a part."Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."What does that mean in the 21st century? Tune in to find out.
Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Psychedelic Psychotherapy


My guests this week, Drs. Genesee Herzberg and Jason Butler, are the co-founders of the pioneering Sage Institute – our country’s first psychedelic psychotherapy clinic for the economically disadvantaged.Sage Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides high-quality training, accessible psychedelic therapy, and innovative research, fostering effective and culturally-responsive mental health treatment for underserved communities.Among other services, Sage Institute houses a sliding scale clinic in Oakland offering low fee ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and trauma-focused depth psychotherapy.Both Jason and Genesee are licensed clinical psychologists, who specialize in working with trauma and integrating psychedelic experiences.I have had the privilege of getting to know Jason and Genesee, and am honored to be a collaborator with them on a forthcoming volume of essays entitled Psychedelic Psychotherapy to be published by the Routledge publishing house.Tune in LIVE, Tuesday at 9am PACIFIC, for our discussion of the future of psychotherapy – using a full range of tools that includes psychedelics like ketamine and MDMA – and be sure to call or text in with your questions: (650) TALLY-HO
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