Anecdotal Evidence with Daniel Johnson, MD

Our lives as we live and experience them can be thought of as the stories we're writing every day. In his work as a psychiatrist, Daniel Johnson, MD has been deeply moved by the healing stories that have been shared with him over the years. Join him from his home in Asheville, NC where he shares long-form conversatons exploring the interesting and inspiring aspects to life's growth. His guests include practitioners of the healing arts as well as clients and others with compelling healing stories. Every life matters, every story is valuable - the evidence may connect you to the next chapter you're writing in your own life.
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Dec 21, 2015

Caroline shares with me how she was drawn to a career as a Presbyterian minister, and the continuing journey she has led her to Chinese medicine as well. She shares what she has learned from these very different disciplines - including how they may complement each other. 

Dec 8, 2015

Hello and thanks for checking out Anecdotal Evidence!

Cricket Greer, MA, LPCA, LMBT has been involved with the healing arts for 26 years. She presently works in the fields of counseling and massage. In psychotherapy she draws most heavily from relational psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic, transpersonal, and somatic approaches. She works with couples and individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-harm, relationship issues, addiction, grief, and life transitions.

In our conversation she shares how she draws from her life experiences and her diversity in training to her current practice. I really enjoyed talking to her and hope you enjoy our conversation!

Nov 16, 2015

"Cosmic Conversations" is a book of interviews conducted by the astronomer and physicist Stephan Martin. For this episode Dan and Stephabn have their own cosmic conversation about man's search for meaning and how it fits into our health journey. .

00:00:00 Intro
00:04:10 Stargazing in Florida
00:14:07 Elaborations on Allurement
00:21:44 Physics and Language as Limiters
00:31:10 Psi and the Placebo Effect
00:39:02 Science and Academia meet Spirituality
00:49:21 The Zero-Point Field and Continuous Creation
01:02:23 The Ongoing Wonder
01:13:00 Outro

Nov 2, 2015

Eddie LeShure is a senior teacher of mindfulness meditation in Asheville. And in today's episode he shares an incredible story of overcoming adversity in harrowing circumstances. Fortunately it's more than just an anecdote - it shaped his healing path.

In today's episode Eddie tells the story of how he was in the Attica state prison in New York during the prison riot of 1971.  The experience was truly harrowing as 39 people were killed after the National Guard ended the riot by opening fire on the inmates and their hostages.  

Although Eddie survived the experience, the trauma of it shaped his life for years to come.  He shares how he was able to heal through the immense alienation and suffering caused by being present for such a tragedy.  Furthermore, he takes us beyond the story and the anecdote of the event to the lessons he's learned from it and how he's grown.  A fascinating conversation, I hope you enjoy it.  


00:00:00 Intro
00:03:35 Dairy Farm Life
00:16:25 Hard Lessons
00:30:54 Higher Education in Attica
00:39:09 In the Hole... Inside a Riot
00:50:41 Learning Meditation in the Aftermath
01:04:42 Alone in the High Desert of New Mexico
01:23:37 Digging into our Nature
01:33:15 Embrace it and it will Pass
01:45:21 Outro

Oct 26, 2015

Taking care of women is the passion of Saraswati Markus for over 20 years as a Chinese medicine gynecologist and Daoyogini. At Asheville’s Nourishing Life Center of Health, she describes the platform of healing as resonance with her students and patients. She explores the intersection where health meets consciousness.  We met for a conversation earlier this year in which she details what she's learned.  

00:00:11 Intro
00:05:16 Virginia Roots
00:17:45 Finding a Goldmine
00:24:49 Yoga is Yoga Therapy
00:34:44 Absorption Moments
00:42:43 Openings of the Heart
00:51:19 Sounds of My Own True Name
01:01:27 Emerging Happens
01:08:18 Women's Health
01:17:51 Outro

Oct 5, 2015

A recap of the beginning of the Anecdotal Evidence podcast, the purpose and origins of the idea, the first 8 episodes and a preview of what's to come.

Sep 28, 2015

In our conversation Lewis shares some of his interesting experiences which began with a difficult childhood experience growing up in South Florida.   From there he served in the army band during the Vietnam War, edited numerous magazines, ran marathons, taught elementary school - and even designed a New York Times Crossword.  We dedicate the largest part of the conversation to discussing how he found yoga and what it has taught him over the years.  A kind and warm soul, Lewis teaches out of joy - and it shows in this heartfelt conversation.  

Sep 21, 2015

In our conversation from summer 2015, Vishnu talks about his travels coast to coast in America and abroad.  His curiosity followed his heart, which led him to live in the ashram at Mount Madonna and study a deep curriculum in yoga and the Vedic studies.  The passion of a young man seeking spirtual fulfillment took him all the way to India where he lived as a Saddhu before falling ill and returning home.  There he discovered more about his true nature, and directed his passion for the healing arts to a life as an Ayurvedic practitioner.  He shares how this lifestyle is accessible to all and how it can always lead to a greater state of total health.  

Aug 10, 2015

Daniel Nevins is an accomplished Asheville visual artist.  He has been recognized for his abstract work, but most recently has completed 42 paintings depicting the story of the Torah.   In this conversation he reflects upon his earliest memory and how his artistic work is shaped by his spiritual views.