In this episode I sift through the anthology of conversations and reflect on what I've learned from the podcast. A special thank you to all of our guests; I'm filled with gratitude for this experience and I hope this provides a little inspiration for 2017 and beyond. Well wishes and many blessings. Daniel Johnson, MD
I'm super excited to send you a Christmas present from the Anecdotal Evidence. This is my conversation with the local musician, Chris Wilhelm.
I sat down with Chris way back in February of this year for a conversation about music and the healing pathways into our being that it opens up. It was special for me in that Chris and I share a lot in common. We're both the oldest of three brothers, we have some common musical interests in Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and we both have relocated to Asheville to call home. We get into all of that in some detail during the conversation.
In case you're not yet familiar with his music, I highly encourage you to check him out online at Chris Wilhelm music, and also with his recent excellent band, the Wilhelm Brothers. The Wilhelm Brothers were a unique band consisting of Chris on vocals and guitar, and his friend (not brother) Kristof on cello and vocals. I discovered them from a local show and fell in love with the songs right away.
As we were planning our podcast recording with the Wilhelm brothers, life threw curveballs at us as the band decided to go on hiatus after exhaustive touring over the past few years. It was a time of transition and there was definitely some sadness in the air as they had a special thing going.
Fortunately Chris is carrying on with his music and was gracious to sit down with me solo. In our conversation he shares how music opened up healing channels in his life and has carried him through difficult experiences. He is frank about how he has found success as a musician through creative ideas around booking gigs, and staying consistent with his efforts. He even gets into some of his personal process for writing songs. Real good stuff in there.
But the real gift of this recording are the three songs that Chris played for me at the end of the episode. He played "Trail of the Lonesome Pine", "Long Live Your Tomorrows", and "I'll See You in St. Augustine". These are gorgeous songs; the recording came out great and I'm very happy to be able to share these with you as a special Christmas present.
Thanks for checking out Anecdotal Evidence.
I'm very excieted to share this week's episode with my conversation with Dr. Angela Hind. I had the good fortune of meeting Angela earlier this year after reading an article about fluoride in the local Mountain Xpress. Fluoridating our water supply is a very controversial issue that stirs up charged debate. It is an interesting issue to explore because there are strong opinions on either side of the argument. It represents a polarizing issue that makes it difficult to foster intelligent discussion without devolving into fruitlessly angry rhetoric. For an example of this, check out the 125 comments at the end of the above-referenced article.
And as the level of discourse in our country has taken an ugly turn from this year's election and from our increasingly isolated lives, it marks a symbolic issue to see if we can explore healthy discussion. Our response to this challenge reflects how we respond to the crises that face us as a society. In our conversation we explore some of this, as well as some of the controversy regarding genetic modification of our natural world and our food supply.
Moreover, Angela shares her personal journey with illness and having to find her healing path. She also shares how this changed her medical practice from that of a clinical hospitalist to one of an educator and consultant. Her unique pathway which she had to carve out herself serves as inspiration to me in finding how to have a meaningful medical practice in a world of an increasingly dehumanizing medical system.