The Healing Power of Human Connection with Dr. Dean Ornish

  • Episode
  • May 27, 2021

Episode Summary

In this episode, Dean talks about changing behaviors to make improvements in your life. He talks about the power connection has to heal. He discusses the four pillars of health and how managing each one can have tremendous impact on overall health and happiness.  


  • Lifestyle changes can reverse heart disease, blood pressure, obesity, etc.
  • Changing your lifestyle can change genes.
  • Many conditions share the same underlying mechanisms. Making lifestyle changes can help improve many conditions.
  • Fear is a powerful motivator, but it is usually short-term. Fear is not sustainable.
  • Reframing the change from fear of dying or pain to joy and feeling good helps sustainability.
  • People want to feel free and in control more than they want to feel healthy.
  • Sometimes it’s easier to make big changes instead of small ones because the gain or improvement is more obvious.
  • People who are lonely and depressed are 3 to 10 times more likely to die a premature death.
  • Ask the question, “Why do I want to live longer?”. Having an answer and a sense of meaning for those reasons then they are more likely to make good lifestyle changes.
  • Facebook is fake intimacy. It is not the same as spending time with friends and family.
  • The goal shouldn’t be to eliminate or numb the pain quickly. The goal should be to understand what is causing the pain.
  • Trading processed carbs and sugar for animal protein can cause problems. Instead, trade for whole foods like natural fruits and vegetables that have fiber and eat beans and rice as protein sources.
  • You need to consume complete proteins or combinations of protein that cover all needs.

Relevant Links

Book – Undo It! by Dean Ornish
Book – The Spectrum by Dean Ornish
Website - https://www.ornish.com/
Movie – Game Changers
James Camron – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cameron
Swami Satchidanand – https://swamisatchidananda.org

Dr. Dean Ornish

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