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, author of the parable “Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey”, discusses why he did the research and wrote this book.
Health Professional Radio – Whole Health
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, thank you so much for joining us today. Our guest in studio is Co-Director of the East Bay Healing Collective, he’s also a Researcher, a Writer, Coach on diet related solutions and an Author. He’s Mr. Michael Bedar and he’s here with us to talk about his latest page turner, Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey, a book that aims to inform and inspire those that come into contact with it. Welcome to Health Professional Radio today Michael Bedar.
Michael Bedar: Thank you for having me Neal and the audience, hello!
N: Thank you. You’re a researcher, what area of research are you most involved in?
M: I’m most involved in the connection between diet and an emotion. My thesis actually was on what emotional factors and attitudes are coordinated with people choosing proactively to make dietary and lifestyle changes when confronted with being at risk or actually diagnosed with, in my case specifically type 2 Diabetes but the sense of being on the edge or at risk or diagnosed with any type of metabolic condition.
N: Now, this book that you’ve written, now are we talking about case studies or is this more of a novel or is it a tips to manage your diabetes specifically or your general health? What exactly, what is the format of Sweet Healing?
M: Yes, let’s talk about that. Sweet Healing came to me as an idea when I had completed a phase of my research and I found some interesting keys, emotional factors that tied to people being willing to make lifestyle and dietary changes. So instead of writing simply a non-fiction book that would explain what those attitudes and emotional factors are in a person who’s ready to make dietary changes. The idea that a colleague recommended actually was that I use that information to write a parable. I would have characters that can be related to from a wide spectrum of the world’s population who I refer with different conditions and describe a very plausible and something that’s representative of many people that go through diagnosis and lifestyle changes and then write their story from a fictional point of view. It’s an allegory, it is a page turner of a novel as you put it based on real cases but no one real case in particular, more of a composite of lots of real cases.
N: So you’ve mentioned your thesis a couple of times. What college, university did you attend when you wrote this thesis?
M: Let me just add more thing, the purpose of Sweet Healing, just to tie that thought up, is to inspire, motivate and inform and what it does is it uses emotional discoveries about what types of attitudes lead to lifestyle change then just people going through that in a way people can relate to and be inspired by and then give them tips along the way of actual things like what eating might be the next step for them, what people to eat as they move forward and get to a much better stable place with their health. Now I was studying at the Cousens’ School of Holistic Wellness which is founded and directed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, he was my direct advisor and that school is located in Arizona.
N: Did you notice while writing your thesis or attending the institution that you saw things happening within maybe some of the students and faculty or did you just observe that diabetes is something that I need to focus on but also take that and use it as pretty much a representative disease of all ill health? Is that what happened? What drew you to this specific topic?
M: That’s a very good question. I guess there’s a long story and a short story. We’ll scratch the surface with the short story but at the center and at its clinic people came with multiple different types of health conditions and one that’s very measurable is type 2 Diabetes. You actually have clear and easy measurements that really tell a lot of the health story, including fasting glucose but also the information level…measure these things quite clearly. Now, I also interviewed, not interviewed excuse me, I surveyed 200 people, most of whom I never met, the 200 came from a range of list from around the world of people with diabetes. So in some cases I observed as I have been saying attitude and emotional qualities directly through actual witnessing. A lot of them works through the answering of the survey and the survey had over a hundred questions about health outcomes, modalities that they’ve tried in terms of nutrition and their personalities. So I really, I used a statistician’s help to normalize the questions so that I have to get a portrait of their personality.
N: What type of reception did you receive when you told the folks that you were basically surveying and doing research for a thesis?
M: Tremendous. I mean to answer a hundred and five question survey, it takes 40 minutes and there was no real reward for them except contributing to my thesis and the research because they found and this is actually quite encouraging and actually I’d say inspirational that hearing that this is a thesis about helping people with diabetes which is as we all know tremendously debilitating for a lot of people. The respondents themselves were moved to spend 45 minutes answering the survey questions, so they wanted to help this come out because they know that there is an integrative and more natural way to prevent and certainly, I’d say reduce the tragic outcomes of diabetes and the way it’s going in this world right now.
N: Did you notice a change in mind set as the folks sat down and began to actually think about their diabetes probably or maybe on a level that they hadn’t thought about it before? Did you notice any changes and were these changes something that you require them to kind of write down during your surveys or as you follow them if in fact you did follow them?
M: That’s a very good question and I can answer the change in mindset over time for the people that I witnessed in person. I can’t so much say that I can witness a change of mindset over time with the people who entered my survey on the internet because I got their responses all at one time. But for the people that I did witness and support in person, there are huge mindset shifts that occur over looking deeply at a nutritional and lifestyle change approach to their, I mean they’ve never been told in their lives that there is something other than shots and pills. Suddenly it opens up massive doors to a new way of looking at it and I never come at it with judgement about, there’s nothing wrong per se with shots and pills it’s just that there’s a new door to open. For example, I wanted to describe that contributed to why I wrote it in such a fascinating novel indeed because when the doors of the mindset are getting opened there is a fascinating story line in there. I mean it’s unique for everybody but there are commonalities to the plot of what you discover, how much more interested and fascinated by your own body it might become and how much more your attention maybe comes back from certain distractions and comes back onto your body and how your environment and choices really do impact it when it’s seen and sometimes when it’s not even seen… when you’re better but you are affecting your body and I feel like in our modern age this is…because we have the quantified self-movement which is people really being interested and following their numbers on a regular basis but then you just have regular people coming into a much more awareness of how their food, movement and stress, lifestyle factors really can be primary, can be the principle focus of their long term health management versus looking for chemistry in the point of external pharmaceutical solutions. I wish again there’s no per se problems but when you bring attention to the body and your natural impact from that, there’s a huge…opening to how much actual power the people individually and as a family have.
N: Let our listeners know where they can go online, get more information about you and your novel.
M: Yes, if you like to learn more about my novel go to readsweethealing.com and you’ll find more about me there as well.
N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. And we’ve been in studio talking with Michael Bedar, he’s an AADP member and certified Spiritual Nutrition Counselor investigating natural healing providing wellness, support through counselling, teaching and film and he also speaks at universities, hospitals and conferences around the country. He’s also an Author, the Author of A Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey book one and we’ve been in studio today talking about his novel and his research and getting some insight into his background and to why he wrote such a book. It’s been great having you here with us today Michael.
M: My pleasure.
N: Thank you. Transcripts and audio of this program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm and you can subscribe through our podcast on iTunes.