Guest: Michael Bedar
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Michael Bedar is the Co-Director of the East Bay Healing Collective, and a researcher-writer-coach on diet-related solutions to prevention and recovery from chronic poor health conditions. He is specifically interested in emotional and attitude factors in the development of healthy habits. This particular subject has been his interest since before, during, and after conducting his master’s thesis via a survey of 200 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Bedar’s entertaining page-turner, Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey, informs and inspires you to find, choose, and incorporate a healthy diet that works for you physically, mentally, and socially. Connect more with Michael Bedar at www.healingnovel.com
Segment overview: Michael Bedar talks more about his book, research, and the East Bay Healing Collective.
Health Professional Radio – East Bay Healing Collective
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. Thank you so much for joining us today, I’m your host Neal Howard. In studio with us today is Michael Bedar, the Co-Director of the Easy Bay Healing Collective, he’s got a Masters in Holistic Wellness and Nutrition and he’s also the Author of a new parable, Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey and he’s here with us today to talk about his book and talk also about how a support group is more than important when it comes to individual health maintenance and sometimes recovery. This connection is also portrayed in his book, Sweet Healing. Hello Michael.
Michael Bedar: Hello Neal, thank you.
N: As the Author of Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey, talk about the book. What message are you trying to get across to folks that pick up this book and turn its pages?
M: I’m looking for people to have an eye-opening experience about the potential and the power of paying attention to your own lifestyle and nutrition and to do so through fiction it occurred to me as a way that really people have learned a true story and parable throughout history, people really enjoy identifying the characters that are going through a similar condition that they can relate to and then because of the science backing behind the characters eventually discovery of how they feel naturally which is a real story that thousands of real Americans have gone thru.
N: Oh yeah, yeah. Absolutely.
M: Indeed. So it’s really worthy of being novelized and spreading and that’s what my intention was.
N: Talking about relationships between the mind and the body, what about the relationship between the healthcare provider and the person that’s sick? In Sweet Healing, do you talk about sitting down and discussing some of the things that your healthcare provider is talking about and how to get your mind wrapped around some of the diagnosis?
M: That’s a great question. So things that the more I look at the situation, being a health provider is a part as well as of course having scientific potentiality too. So the art involved holding the patient and client in their full of power, not short changing them on what they’re capable of, while at same time meeting them where they’re at and if anything … from that is. So in Sweet Healing there are numerous, everyone from health professionals to mentors gone through their own natural healing who speak with the characters who are going through their healing and approaching healing in real time. So those relationships are really important and with a bit of, say Gene who was going through, just confronted with type 2 Diabetes…and interpret what he hears from all of these different people who are trying to help and respect and honor what they’re all saying in different ways. Ultimately filters and processes thru his own knowing, his own enjoyment that his own sense of what brings him alive.
N: Let’s talk a bit about a tendency to isolate, maybe in the beginning, in the early days of the diagnosis you want to be by yourself, you don’t want to seek any help, there’s different phases that you’re going through of denial and anger and things of that nature. Talk about the, maybe the difference, the importance first and then maybe the difference between an actual support group and just folks that are trying to help.
M: Yes. It is definitely the denial and despair and shame that Gene has, he stood by himself for a while, there’s a big scene where he first ventured out and finding what… There was this neighbor who they just discuss life and world and cars. But that is somebody who wants to help him becomes an informal support structure for him and I have a lot of faith in people, ultimately and the informal support structures that we create in our immediate communities and surroundings. Then that there’s also sections on a bit more formal support structures and groups and I think if you want to look at sort of incrementally the individual, the household, the immediate community and then the, we might say the healthcare structure in a general city or area that you’re living are of different scales of practice. I think in terms of, what I think research bears out is that the household is one of the greatest core in it to any individual health outcome and that’s what really happens in Sweet Healing. The people who share the same house, in this case Hope and Gene and people who wants to share the emptiness, they’re going through emptiness situation and the child comes back and helps, because that who Gene wants to live for, he wants to be there for…Gene, they started… and their grandkids. So that group is very important, to martial your talents … your research in terms of what works nutritionally from the household level. I think I exercise that more than any other group structure.
N: In the book when you’re talking about incorporating a healthy diet that works for physically, mentally and I’m assuming when you’re talking about that household diet, that’s when you’re talking about working for you on a social level where your dietary habits and needs kind of filter over into those that are around you and vice versa if you know how to care for it, right?
M: That’s right, yeah. As much practitioners probably have encouraged that the styles of the partner, being on the same page is important and the way that actually plays out in the types of tone and dialogue and gesture and sort of subtle communication of non-verbally, all get sort of looked at in this novel. Yeah.
N: I’m familiar with some writers, fiction writers, you’ve got your military fiction writers, you’ve got your space fiction writers and what not. You’re a health fiction writer, where did the moniker the Motivation Whisperer come from and then another one that I heard concerning you, the Health Novelist, what do think about those monikers and do you think they’re, well fair?
M: Well Health Novelist is fair and exciting because I love to do this, take what’s known over the course of research that I’ve done and… which is great. I’m dealing with health and people going through that, once they, the beginning of being diagnosed and meeting with their mentor, health practitioners is just the beginning, there’s an actual psychological journey that every bit is dramatic and I just read a Wall Street novel about somebody who joined a big Wall Street firm and then left it and he wrote it in fiction because it tells something that we’re all curious about and it’s quite a journey. In the case of health, it’s something we’re all curious about like what is journey like especially when you incorporate…and what people go through. I think Health Novelist is a wonderful moniker and then Motivation Whisperer.
M: I see where it came from because people read this book that does have tips and science, primarily a journey that people feel drawn to from the heart and the gut when faced with a condition they want to deal with to heal and they get motivated and it’s done in a very subtle way. The story just unfolds, adventure or suspense and characters begin to like, yeah as you said leak their own motivation and inspiration onto the reader and no more wants to be told what to do so much especially when they’re not ready. So whispering it in the form of a parable to get to people and they become motivated while entertained which opens up a lot.
N: Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey, written by our guest in studio with us today Mr. Michael Bedar, it’s available online if you go to readsweethealing.com I think is that correct or it’s another one?
M: Correct. That is correct.
N: Okay, readsweethealing.com and add readsweethealing.com you get event calendars find out more about Michael, blogs, affiliates contact information and much, much more. It’s been great having you here with us in studio today Michael.
M: It’s been great. Thank you.
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