This week on Voices of Courage, host Ken D. Foster is joined by Harry Glorikian, an influential global business expert with more than three decades of experience building successful global ventures. Harry is known for his achievements in the life sciences, healthcare, diagnostics, healthcare IT industries and the convergence of these areas.
And Julie Potiker, a mindfulness expert, author, and attorney who shares mindfulness techniques with the world through her book and her Mindful Methods for Life trainings, to discuss having the courage to find our voice and seek the truth at all costs while staying calm in the midst of chaos.
Ken asks, why is there so little wisdom behind the decisions being made today? Many people are trying to do what’s right and make a change, but may put the cart before the horse. You must put your own inner work first before you change the world. We can learn from history and experiences that have come before our own, but we can obtain true wisdom through deep introspection.
Ken introduces Harry, an influential global business expert who works in life sciences, healthcare, diagnostics and more.
Ken asks Harry if he thinks we’ll have effective testing kits shortly. Harry explains that we do have effective COVID testing, but the antibody tests can be rather hit or miss. He thinks that the approval of products that aren’t completely trustworthy can contribute to a false sense of security, which can cause more spread. Ken asks what he thinks the role of big data will be in COVID control in the coming months and years. Harry says big data can help us predict what’s going to happen next and prepare, and also can help us trace what’s going on in real time, helping us target containment efforts. Contact tracing is a good example of how data can help us trace and cutoff the spread.
Ken asks, what happens if the data from contact tracing is used for other purposes, such as ads? Harry says that wide use of our data is happening more than most people know already. Harry says in terms of health, big data can be immensely positive. Health data may be able to help us sequence tumors and assign specific therapies to patients, provide price transparency, and more.
Ken asks Harry about his book, Moneyball Medicine. Harry says it is meant to inform people, particularly in the healthcare industry, that data is going to change the healthcare industry. It can change how we practice medicine, develop drugs, and how patients manage their own health. Ken asks how data is going to help someone outside of the medical profession to manage their health. Harry says that an Apple watch or similar technology can help identify health issues such as sleep apnea or heart issues, and that data can help our personal physicians treat us.
Ken asks how we get our representatives up to speed with this information about big data so we can begin passing legislation to help regulate this kind of technology. Harry says that he has sent his book to congressmen and women, and he hopes that these representatives will act to keep insurance up to date with technology. If you would like to hear more from Harry, you can search for Moneyball Medicine podcast.
Ken welcomes guest Julie Potiker, a mindfulness expert, author, and attorney. Ken asks Julie how mindfulness can play an important role at this moment with COVID. Julie says mindfulness can help you stop worrying and to calm down. You slow down your thought process to create a more skillful response to pressure. Julie explains that the way she teaches mindfulness is neuroscience-based. Meditation can increase brain health, combat depression, and actually slow aging.
Julie explains labeling and working through our emotions can help us understand and deal with our emotions. Identify physical responses that are connected to emotional pain, and touch those places (back, head, chest) to help yourself calm down.
Ken asks Julie about her new book, Life Falls Apart but You Don’t Have to. He asks, how do we keep ourselves from falling apart? Julie tells us that we must pause and ground ourselves. This can involve meditation, or something as simple as using a beverage as a mindful moment. Focus on a small action and all of its sensations to ground yourself. During quarantine, a nature walk can be a perfect way to become in tune with yourself.
Ken asks about the RAIN method, and Julie explains it stands for Recognize Allow Investigate and Nourish. You must recognize emotion, allow it to be there, gently investigate why you feel that way, and nourish yourself with a kind personal talk. Julie likes to add a question: what do I need to do right now to change the channel? Think about a positive memory to create a happy bridge in your brain and alleviate pain. Your thoughts have an effect on your emotions, which can be felt all over your body.