Wellness Category

Dr Neal Barnard-Nutrition Myths
One of the staunchest advocates today for a plant-based diet is Dr. Neal Barnard, who grew up in a cattle-ranching family but began to explore the health benefits of plant-based eating during his medical training. The founder of Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, he has made the case for a vegan diet for over three decades through 17 books, many of which have become bestsellers. We spoke with him about some of today’s pervasive nutrition myths. Parvati Magazine: What is the Negative Calorie Effect? Dr. Neal Barnard: It is notRead More
Mother and child-Dan Siegel-The Yes Brain
What if children’s brains could be helped to become receptive and curious instead of anxious and reactive? Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson, authors of the bestselling “No-Drama Discipline”, have put forward the concept of the “Yes Brain” in their book by the same name. We interviewed Dr. Siegel about cultivating the Yes Brain in both parents and children. Parvati Magazine: Tell us about the Yes Brain. Dr. Daniel Siegel: The Yes Brain is something I created to capture an experience that my workshop participants, parentsRead More
parvati magazine wellness meditation super mind
I must admit that I had some initial hesitation when I picked up Dr. Norman Rosenthal’s latest book, Super Mind—another book on Transcendental Meditation (TM)? Did he not write one already a few years ago? This latest offering is in some ways an extension of his previous work, Transcendence, though this book aims to bring TM to a wider audience and integrates up-to-date research. While I do not practise TM, its popularity intrigues me. After flipping through a few pages and doing my own personal meditation practice, I decided toRead More
Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho spoke with neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor about her near-catastrophic stroke, recovery, and resilience. Parvati Magazine: Tell me about your shift in consciousness as a result of your stroke. Jill Taylor: I became so aware that I have two different ways of perceiving the world, what I referred to as the left-brained and right-brained way. I became so aware that every thought, feeling, physiological sensation is the product of the magnificent neurons I have inside my head. When I really acknowledged that, IRead More
In Part 2 of our interview with Byron Katie (Part 1 appeared in last month’s Books column), Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho discusses The Work and Katie’s latest offering, A Mind at Home with Itself. Parvati Magazine: You awoke spontaneously, and The Work was born, this process of intense self-inquiry and the dissolution of the self. Do you believe that you had done anything to precipitate this awakening? Byron Katie: For years I was feeling desperate and suicidal, filled to the brim with self-loathing. Things came to aRead More
Gretchen Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho spoke with Gretchen Rubin about her new book on personalities, The Four Tendencies. This book explores in depth a personality mapping Rubin introduced in Better Than Before, based on how people respond to expectations both from within and from without. Parvati Magazine: How is the Four Tendencies framework different from other personality frameworks? Gretchen Rubin: I think all personality frameworks are fascinating, and each have their own power althoughRead More
This month, Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho reviews Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest book, on the question To medicate or not to medicate. Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest offering, Mind Over Meds, is a treatise on the perils of excessive use of certain medications. At a time when there are more classes of drugs than ever before, and when adverse events for the most common medications are well recognized, his call for conscientious use is most timely. Dr. Weil is a Harvard-trained physician who practices integrative medicine. For decades, he has advocatedRead More
Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor, Dr. Karen Ho, speaks to Dr. William Davis about his new book Undoctored, a revolution beyond his bestselling Wheat Belly to empower the individual for optimal health. Parvati Magazine: Tell us about the Undoctored method. It sounds pretty radical. Do you really advocate losing one’s doctor? Dr. William Davis: The Undoctored approach evolved over the six-year, worldwide Wheat Belly experience. The original book advocated wheat removal with terrific results, and I have expanded the message to removing all grains and correction of nutritional deficiencies. The result:Read More
Parvati Magazine’s Wellness editor, Dr. Karen Ho, spoke with Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, a holistic women’s health psychiatrist about depression and the brain-gut connection. Parvati Magazine: You say that depression is “not about the brain”, and that “mental health is grounded in the whole body health”. Dr. Kelly Brogan: My medical training taught me that depression is a legitimate entity, with certain characteristic patterns, genetic underpinnings and chemical imbalances that need to be managed chronically through medication. After my own health experience with autoimmune illness woke me up to theRead More
Parvati Magazine spoke with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD, a renowned expert on nutritional healing and founder of the Nutritarian Diet about food, disease reversal and his quest to increase nutrition awareness.  Parvati Magazine: What inspired your strong focus in diabetes and heart disease reversal? Joel Fuhrman: Diabetes is an epidemic in our society. It’s not only a leading cause of death, but a leading cause of premature death. Many die from complications of these diseases; they don’t just drop dead suddenly, they suffer significantly with many medical issues years beforeRead More