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Life is a Ride---Overcoming Huge Challenges in Unconventional Ways

Author: Chris Joseph

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“One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all…”

- Jefferson Airplane

Americans consume around 25 percent of the world’s prescription pharmaceutical drugs, while comprising only about five percent of the world’s population. And it’s not like we have good outcomes resulting from this. The health of the American populace sits quite low in the rankings of industrialized nations, as does our health care system (especially for the amount of dollars we pay for it.)

Americans have largely forgotten about eating healthy, moving our bodies, and getting outside for some fresh air. We’ve become a sedentary society, relying on fast and/or processed foods, and those pesky pharmaceutical drugs…most of which only treat symptoms and not underlying problems.

We seem to have also forgotten – or perhaps not have even known – that the best medicine is actually prevention. And that sometimes the best treatments are NOT pharmaceutical drugs.

My podcast, “Life is a Ride: Overcoming Huge Challenges in Unconventional Ways” takes off from my own health journey of overcoming and thriving for over six and a half years after a devastating diagnosis of third stage pancreatic cancer. I didn’t just do it by listening to my doctor, taking drugs and sitting back and waiting for results. In fact, had I continued to listen to my first oncologist and been a passive observer of my health, I wouldn’t be here writing this today.

I was willing to get active, get healthy, and take charge of my situation. I was and am the CEO of my health.

Please join me in my podcast journey as I interview others who have overcome life’s challenges in similar, unconventional ways. Their stories are heartwarming, inspirational, and life-affirming. I will also be interviewing teachers, coaches, health professionals and consultants who offer "unconventional" options for those who are looking to overcome challenging obstacles.

More about Chris: Chris Joseph is an odds-defying, stage-three pancreatic cancer survivor and thriver since 2016, as described in his best-selling 2020 book "Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery." He is also a co-curator and contributing author to "The Epiphanies Project: Twenty Personal Revelations." Both books are available as paperbacks or e-books, and can be found online wherever you buy your books.

Over the last 35 years, Chris has started and managed three environmental consulting businesses, launched two fan-funded music record companies and founded a non-profit charitable foundation. He's also dabbled in philanthropy, songwriting, and magazine writing.

Chris' other podcasts include Talking Threadheads, Dodger Dugout Dopes, The Epiphanies Project, Nine Lives: A Musical Story of New Orleans, and Oy Vey L.A.

***This podcast is not intended as a substitute for health, wellness, or medical advice. The listener should consult with a healing or medical professional in matters relating to their health and well-being, particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require immediate diagnosis or medical attention. Further, while this podcast is intended to provide unique stories and/or healing modalities that are not necessarily widely discussed, it is not an explicit endorsement of the practices, tools and methods discussed with each podcast guest.***
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Join me in this fascinating conversation with seven year, fourth stage breast cancer thriver Willow Star.  Willow talks about her amazing journey of healing, and how and why she became a cancer coach.  And listen for some actionable tips we can all use to get healthier! Willow can be found at: https://www.meetwillowstar.com/ ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Please listen to a fascinating and illuminating discussion with author, educator and former healthcare consultant, Beth Lambert. Beth has monitored and documented the escalating rates of childhood chronic conditions for over a decade.   Her first book, A Compromised Generation, provides a thorough analysis of the origins of this modern health crisis and documents how modifications to environmental and lifestyle factors can profoundly influence health outcomes, including full disease reversal. Beth is also the co-author of Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. Beth is also the founder and Executive Director of Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to reestablishing vibrant health in our children.   She is also the creator and Executive Producer of The Documenting Hope Project, a multi-year prospective research study and media project that examines the cumulative impact of environmental stressors on health and their mitigation through personalized and systems-based treatment approaches.   Beth is the mother of three children and is passionate about raising awareness about the connection between daily choices, human health, and planetary health.   Learn more about:   Epidemic Answers www.epidemicanswers.org The Documenting Hope Project www.documentinghope.com A Compromised Generation: http://sentientpublications.com/shop/books/all-titles/a-compromised-generation/ Brain Under Attack http://www.brainunderattack.com   ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Please enjoy my talk with Jim Abrahams, best known as a writer and director (along with his friends Jerry Zucker and David Zucker) of the movies, Airplane, Kentucky Fried Movie, The Naked Gun, Top Secret and the TV show Police Squad. Jim is also the co-author of the new book: Surely You Can't Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane! While we touch a bit on Jim's wonderful movie and TV career, the focus of this talk is the story of Jim's son Charlie, Charlie's diagnosis with severe epilepsy at age 1, and the amazing journey that Jim and his wife Nancy embarked on to find an ultimately successful cure for their son. Find out more about their incredible work at The Charlie Foundation: https://charliefoundation.org/ An excerpt from Jim Abrahams in his new book "Surely You Can't Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!" by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker https://a.co/6BmYU3F After Airplane!, I married Nancy, the woman whose fingers I had nervously smooshed together while sitting through an early Airplane! screening, and we started a family. Joseph, Jamie, and Charlie have brought incredible pride, light, and joy—and a few sleepless nights—into my life. Once David and Jerry and I decided to work independently, I directed Big Business (1988), co-wrote The Naked Gun, directed Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990), and co-wrote and directed Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). By then I had spent the first forty-nine years of my life trying to find things to laugh about. Then in March 1993, everything changed. My one-year-old son, Charlie, had his first seizure. There’s absolutely nothing funny about being the parent of a child with uncontrolled epilepsy. Nothing. After a year of daily seizures, drugs, and a brain surgery, I learned that the cure for Charlie’s epilepsy, the ketogenic diet—a high fat, no sugar, limited protein diet—had been hiding in plain sight for, by then, over seventy years. And despite the diet’s being well documented in medical texts, none of the half-dozen pediatric neurologists we had taken Charlie to see had mentioned a word about it. I found out on my own at a medical library. It was life altering—not just for Charlie and my family, but for tens of thousands like us. Turns out there are powerful forces at work within our health care system that don’t necessarily prioritize good health. For decades, physicians have barely been taught diet therapy or even nutrition in medical school. The pharmaceutical, medical device, and sugar industries make hundreds of billions every year on anti-epileptic drugs and processed foods—but not a nickel if we change what we eat. The cardiology community and American Heart Association demonize fat based on flawed science. Hospitals profit from tests and procedures, but again no money from diet therapy. There is a world epilepsy population of over sixty million people. Most of those people begin having their seizures as children, and only a minuscule percentage ever find out about ketogenic diet therapies. When I realized that 99 percent of what had happened to Charlie and my family was unnecessary, and that there were millions of families worldwide in the same situation, I needed to try to do something. Nancy and I began the Charlie Foundation (charliefoundation.org) in 1994 in order to facilitate research and get the word directly to those who would benefit. Among the high points were countless articles, a couple appearances of Charlie’s story on Dateline NBC, and a movie I produced and directed about another family whose child’s epilepsy had been cured by the ketogenic diet starring Meryl Streep titled First Do No Harm (1997). Today, of course, the diet permeates social media. When we started, there was one hospital in the world offering ketogenic diet therapy. Today, there are 250. Equally important, word about the efficacy of the ketogenic diet for epilepsy spread within the scientific community. In 1995, we hosted the first of many scientific global symposia focused on the diet. As research into its mechanisms and applications has spiked, incredibly the professional communities have found the same metabolic pathway that is triggered by the ketogenic diet to reduce seizures has also been found to benefit Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, severe psychiatric disorders, traumatic brain injury, and even some cancers. I did dip back into the movie business co-writing and directing Jane Austen’s: Mafia (1998) and co-writing Scary Movie 4 (2004). Although I tried my hardest, my heart was no longer in it. I was painting by numbers. I had another passion. There is no way I would have embraced the concept or had the ability to take on this oversight made by American medicine were it not for the confidence and skills I learned with David and Jerry during our Airplane! adventure. It is one more reason I will always love them—and that silly movie.”A note from Chris Joseph:I am currently raising $$$ to fund the publication of my new book "The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (and Why You Shouldn't Always Listen to Your Doctor)". If my mission resonates with you, please check out the Kickstarter campaign at:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kitchensink/changing-the-standard-of-care-one-reader-at-a-time   ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Allan Flood, author of "Perfect Misfortune: How I Found Hope and Healing in the Teachings of Sydney Banks and The Three Principles" joins the podcast to talk about his decades long journey with M.S. and how he found a healing path. Allan's book is its fifth version, and he's helped countless people over the decades.  A fascinating conversation! About the book:  Perfect Misfortune and the four previous editions have been about healing and about emotional and physical recovery in the face of personal crisis and loss. They've each been about discovery, recovering a piece of childhood, and finding part of ourselves we've lost bouncing over the speed bumps of life. Perfect Misfortune is about our spiritual nature and the healing power of our spiritual nature. The book is meant for anyone with an illness or disease, physical or mental condition, who is struggling. This book is about three principles - Mind, Thought and Consciousness - discovered originally through an insight by Sydney Banks. These three principles describe our spiritual nature in a way that's healing. Perfect Misfortune is Allan Flood's continuing, deepening, ever-evolving journey to understand The Three Principles, the good disguised in our worst misfortunes, the learning that comes from them and how the wisdom we acquire in crisis can help us find the best in ourselves and others. This edition is a "coming home" story. It has fresh insights and humbling discoveries he has made about life and healing over the last five years as he has sought deeper and deeper peace-of-mind. This book is intended to give comfort and hope to those in life-changing circumstances. The journey has occasionally been harrowing as his ego trips (no pun intended) over deeply held beliefs and reactions but it's always been enriching. The path towards Truth and healing becomes more beautiful with time. This fifth edition reflects his understanding of Sydney Banks' insights, the power of The Three Principles, and shares what he has discovered over the last five years that is healing. Allan is excited and relieved to simplify the journey, to bring this edition to life and contribute to your healing as well as his own. So, as he has said in earlier editions of Perfect Misfortune, he invites you to grab the tiger's tail as he shares with you the greatest adventure of his life and what could be the beginning of the greatest adventure of yours as well. About the Author: Allan Flood, author of Perfect Misfortune and Management by Inspiration, lives in Bend, Oregon. His unique and practical perspective of how to find peace and hope in the face of upsetting personal circumstances comes from living with and coming to peace with multiple sclerosis for 35 years. Allan has extensive business and non-profit experience and has seen how important it is to understand where the human experience comes from. With humor and personal warmth, Allan shares with you his insights and how they can improve your health and well-being. Find his book on Amazon at: https://a.co/d/igtRqR6   ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
A great interview with Steve Searles and Chris Erskine, authors of the new book "What the Bears Know: How I Found Truth and Magic in America's Most Misunderstood Creatures."  Some of you may know Steve from his groundbreaking work with bears (and people) in the mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, California. And some of you know Chris Erskine, a nationally renowned writer, columnist and editor for The Los Angeles Times. This is a fascinating talk and an even more fascinating book! Steve Searles is a self-taught bear expert who’s been working with the animals for nearly three decades. Since 1996, he has been the wildlife specialist for the ski town of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where he developed a global reputation for his novel approaches to keeping residents—and the bears—safe. Steve founded the town’s “Don’t Feed Our Bears” program and helped formulate Yosemite National Park’s initial bear program. In 2010, he was the topic of the reality show “The Bear Whisperer” on Animal Planet. He is a native of Orange County, Calif. Chris Erskine is a nationally known columnist, with most of his work appearing in the Los Angeles Times and distributed to 600 papers nationwide. As an editor there, he was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. He is best known to readers for his weekly pieces on life in suburban Los Angeles. This is his fifth book. He is a native of Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles.  ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Brad Wetzler is author of the new book Into the Soul of the World: My Journey to Healing, a wonderful memoir about his travels around the world and how that ultimately became a powerful, life-healing journey. It's a fascinating conversation! Brad Wetzler is an author, journalist, podcaster, and yoga + mindfulness teacher, and writing mentor. He writes books (and articles) and hosts a podcast about adventure healing, emotional wellness, and faith & spirituality. Brad began his writing and publishing career serving as an editor at Outside magazine, where he worked with some of America’s finest nonfiction writers. He later turned in his editor’s pen for a writer’s and traveled the world writing about adventure and exploration, business, politics, the environment, sports, and wellness. In midlife, after recovering from a long, debilitating depression, he became a certified yoga teacher and began exploring and writing about our inner landscape: psychology, spirituality, meditation, and yoga.  ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Michelle Dowd, author of the new boo "Forager---Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult: a Memoir" joins the podcast to talk about her amazing journey.  About Michelle:  As a child, Michelle Dowd grew up on a mountain in the Angeles National Forest. She was born into an ultra-religious cult—or the Field as they called it—started in the 1930s by her grandfather, a mercurial, domineering, and charismatic man who convinced generations of young male followers that he would live 500 years and ascend to the heavens when doomsday came. Comfort and care are sins, Michelle is told. As a result, she was forced to learn the skills necessary to battle hunger, thirst, and cold; she learned to trust animals more than humans; and most importantly, she learned how to survive in the natural world. At the Field, a young Michelle lives a life of abuse, poverty, and isolation, as she obeys her family’s rigorous religious and patriarchal rules—which are so extreme that Michelle is convinced her mother would sacrifice her, like Abraham and Isaac, if instructed by God. She often wears the same clothes for months at a time; she is often ill and always hungry for both love and food. She is taught not to trust Outsiders, and especially not Quitters, nor her own body and its warnings. But as Michelle gets older, she realizes she has the strength to break free. Focus on what will sustain, not satiate you, she tells herself. Use everything. Waste nothing. Get to know the intricacies of the land, like the intricacies of your body. And so she does. Using stories of individual edible plants and their uses to anchor each chapter, Forager is both a searing coming-of-age story and a meditation on the ways in which understanding nature can lead to freedom, even joy.  ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Teona Ducre has to be one of the most inspirational humans I've ever spoken with. I hope you listen to this conversation about her cancer journey, and how she is helping others deal with this disease.  She's a hero---cancer didn't steal her joy! About Teona: Teona Ducre is a six year pancreatic cancer survivor from Atlanta, GA. She is a single mother of two adult children, Grant (22) and Sydney (19) and works for Pinnacle Health of Atlanta as a Physician Recruiter. Teona was diagnosed at the age of 41 on April 1, 2016 (yes, April Fool’s Day!)  Her battle with pancreatic cancer included 6 months of very aggressive chemotherapy that successfully shrunk the tumor and made her eligible for surgery in November of 2016.The day before Thanksgiving 2016, Teona was released to go home and celebrate the holiday with her family and friends.  She then underwent another 5 months of chemotherapy until she was officially declared in remission.   Teona’s motto throughout her cancer journey was “Cancer Can’t Steal My Joy.”  Soon after getting diagnosed, Teona began volunteering with various organizations including Purple Pansies and  the Pancreatic Cancer Network (PanCAN) to advocate for all those impacted by this devastating disease.   Her volunteer work includes being a guest speaker at the Purple Pansies annual Gala and fundraiser, as well as being an Honorary Board Member of Purple Pansies. She has served as board member and executive director of Destroy Pancreatic Cancer Foundation of Atlanta. She has served in various roles with the Atlanta PanCAN affiliate, including participating in the planning of Purple Stride Atlanta, traveling to Washington DC on multiple occasions for National Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and serving as the Affiliate Chair, Affiliate Co-Chair and a 3 year member of the PanCAN Survivor Council. She also is the author of HealthFULLLife blog and uses social media to spread awareness about her battle with pancreatic cancer. In addition, Teona shares her story through attending speaking engagements and interviews for both print and broadcast media. She has been a guest on several Atlanta radio shows and on Atlanta Unplugged with WNBA player Tamara Young, whose father died of pancreatic cancer. Teona also appeared in a national interview on CBS with PanCAN CEO and President, Julie Fleishman. Teona celebrated a milestone 6 years in remission in 2022 and continues her volunteerism. As a woman of color, Teona is dedicated to educating Black and Brown communities about the disease and spreading awareness with the goal of bettering outcomes for the BIPOC community diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.   Through her involvement with Purple Pansies and other advocacy and health education roles,  Teona was inspired to pursue a career as a physician recruiter. She hopes to eventually complete her MPH degree to work more closely with nonprofit organizations and globally to improve health outcomes for People of Color.  ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Actor, photographer, meditation teacher and now book author Jeff Kober joins the podcast to talk about all things meditation. Check out his new book EMBRACING BLISS: 108 Daily Meditations, found online wherever books are sold. Jeff can be reached at jeffkober.com ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Dr. Paula C. Perez, author of the new book "49-Year Old Virgin: Delayed Not Denied" joins the podcast to talk about her unique story of waiting until the age of 49 to lose her virginity. It's a fascinating talk, with lessons for everyone. Dr. Paula C Perez is an author, educator, speaker, and leader committed to teaching, equipping and challenging people to live triumphantly, especially in the area of relationships.  She has worked with students of all ages. Paula is a retired principal. Currently she is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Dr. Paula works alongside her husband at their church in upstate New York. In addition, they are SYMBIS (saving your marriage before it starts) certified coaches. Last month, Dr. Paula published her memoir, 49-Year-Old Virgin: Delayed Not Denied. She is currently working on a companion workbook for individual and small group study entitled, Delayed Not Denied: A Relationship Guide. Paula can be found at www.paulacperez.com ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Tim Gager joins the podcast to talk about his vast writing career, how addiction and recovery informed his writing (pre- and post-recovery), and discusses his latest two books and a potential upcoming limited mini-series.  Timothy Gager has published 18 books of fiction. He has had over 1000 works of fiction and poetry published, 17 nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work also has been twice nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award, The Best of the Web, The Best Small Fictions Anthology and has been read on National Public Radio. Currently, a screenplay for his novel is under production consideration. Tim can be reached at: http://www.timothygager.com https://timothygager.blogspot.com/ Tim's books can be found on Amazon and other major online retailers, as well as at the following independent book store site: https://bookshop.org/p/books/joe-the-salamander-timothy-gager/18530606?ean=9781952232695&fbclid=IwAR3JPN_UUUQFqJs7bsUGVxN3CORAQ_PphZRkRxs1uCIHL3j58kyAwcGaPrw ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Magic mushrooms for mental and emotional health? You betcha'!  Nicole Treadaway joins the Life is a Ride podcast to talk about the  healing and medicinal power of the plant medicine psilocybin. If you're interested in this treatment modality, please listen!About Nicole Treadaway:  Nicole travels the world assisting others in connecting to and remembering the love within their own heart… she helps her clients to heal the woundings they hold there… to melt away the walls they have built… the chains they are bound with… to open up to the love which she believes is the truth we are all created from. Nicole weaves in many healing modalities with her clients both online and in person… including sound therapy, intuitive channelled activations, coaching guidance and works deeply with the Sacred Plant Medicine, psilocybin.Nicole can be contacted at:Email        nicolegaia111@gmail.comInstagram    @nicolegaia111Facebook    Nicole Treadaway  ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Shuna Morelli, author of the new book "Deactivate Your Survival Trances: Three Ways to Restore Your Life After Trauma" joins the podcast to talk about the work she is doing to help clients deal with and overcome trauma. BodyMind Bridge Institute Founder, Shuna Morelli is the author of three books in the BodyMind Bridge series, a professionally trained teacher, licensed massage therapist, and registered hypnotherapist with the Washington Department of Health. Shuna has developed the BodyMind Bridge System of Healing in response to the need for a more complete understanding of the effect that mind and emotion have on our physical healing.  Shuna can be reached at shunamorelli.com ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Lisa Parker joins the podcast to talk about how and why she created Trilome, a truly unique experience not being offered anywhere else. It is a new process of bringing balance within the physical, emotional, and spiritual by using bodywork and psychedelics together in the same session. This work is  inspired by her own journey in finding healing from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, nightmares, and more. Check out this episode---Lisa is doing some pioneering work, stuff that most western medicine caregivers can't or won't do, or don't even know about. Lisa can be found at https://trilome.com/ ***This episode is not intended as a substitute for health, wellness, or medical advice. The listener should consult with a healing or medical professional in matters relating to their health and well-being, particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require immediate diagnosis or medical attention. Further, while this podcast is intended to provide unique stories and/or healing modalities that are not necessarily widely discussed, it is not an explicit endorsement of the practices, tools and methods discussed with each podcast guest.***      ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Danny Carroll, a thriver/survivor of several different cancers, joins the podcast to talk about the role of trauma as a cause of cancer, his skepticism about western medicine, and how he believes Germanic New Medicine helped him and why this approach can be explored by anyone who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Danny can be found at www.danny-carroll.com ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Hayley Dubin joins the Life is a Ride podcast to talk about the role of cancer coaching in an integrative treatment plan. Hayley discusses her own cancer journey, and what prompted her to seek training to become a nutritional specialist and a cancer coach.  She also offers some key tips for those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer.   Hayley can be reached at revivewellness.com Her highly recommended podcast "The Cancer Liberation Project" is on all podcast platforms; the Spotify link is: https://open.spotify.com/show/6jiyOlHeS4fqsVDd9HyihH?si=06da262c6eb94351 To sign up for her workshop "The Cancer Thriver Summit", go to:  https://www.cancerwarrioress.com/cancer-thriver-summit ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Long-time yoga teacher Bryan Kest joins Chris for an interview on the Life is a Ride Podcast. In addition to discussing how he got into yoga (when he was 15, and he's 57 now), Bryan talks about the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. He also offers practical tips and advice for first-timers who are exploring yoga and meditation. More info on Bryan can be found at poweryoga.com ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Stacy TenHouten---yoga teacher, writer and podcaster---joins the Life is a Ride podcast to discuss her journey as a yoga student and teacher, and how it led her to teach a trauma informed yoga practice. Stacy teaches yoga with an intention of offering tools to help navigate and alleviate stress, depression and anxiety, tools that students can implement in their daily lives as a means for healing trauma and maintaining a sense of well being. More about Stacy at: https://www.stacytenhoutenyoga.comhttps://santamonicayoga.comThe book "The House with Two Stories" can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578940582/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_2KTP5XC1K78Q2G49G9HF  ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Musician, author, singer/songwriter...Cid Bullens has had quite the career over the decades. Our talk focused on the loss of Cid's daughter Jessie in the mid-90's, and the subsequent album "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth" that emerged from Cid's grief. (Please note that there are a handful of sound issues, but they only last a couple of seconds each.) More info on Cid: https://www.facebook.com/cidnybullenscidnybullens.comtherefugeesmusic.com ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
Dan Schneider is a pharmacist and long-time advocate whose journey to avenge the death of his son – shining a bright light on the opioid epidemic in the United State in the process – is detailed in the 2020 Netflix docuseries, “The Pharmacist.” Dan's story shows how one person, after suffering a tremendous loss, can find a modicum of healing through the act of trying to save others. Dan's story is nothing short of amazing, and I hope you watch the Netflix series either before or after listening to this interview. Says Dan: “Some people watch things happen. Some people make things happen. And some people say ‘What happened?’” More information on Dan can be found at tunnelofhope.orgThe Netflix series "The Pharmacist" can be found at https://www.netflix.com/us/title/81002576?s=i&trkid=13747225&vlang=en&clip=81573487The Netflix series was based on the article in the New Orleans Times Picayune. That article can be found at https://www.nola.com/news/crime_police/article_934b7d20-a78a-535a-8691-26cfc7f9bee7.html ********Chris Joseph is a dad, environmental consultant, cancer patient advocate, best selling author, thought leader, public speaker, and founder of two music record companies and a complementary 501(c)(3) non-profit helping New Orleans artists and musicians. He's also a television producer, hobbyist songwriter, podcaster, and a lover of all things outdoors. Over the decades, Chris has served as a board of director for numerous non-profit organizations, and is currently a national board member of NatureBridge.Chris’s first book was the best seller “Life is a Ride: My Unconventional Journey of Cancer Recovery” (2020). He then co-authored "The Epiphanies Project" and is currently finalizing his third book, “The Kitchen Sink Approach to Cancer (And Why You SHOULDN'T Always Listen to Your Doctor)”.For more information about Chris Joseph, please see the following websites:https://my.terrain.network/profile/member/841?tab=overview-tablifeisaridebook.comterrainnavigators.comand at chrisjoseph AT mac DOT com
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