Is Your Story Making You Sick?

Experts

Leading Experts in addiction treatment, trauma, and mindfulness

Learn from decades of experience as these luminaries give scientific, evidence-based explanations for the transformations we see on screen. Read more about the experts featured in Is Your Story Making You Sick? and the unique perspective they add to the film.

 
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Daniel Siegel, MD

Dr. Siegel is a best-selling author, speaker, clinical professor of psychiatry and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

“People can change their lives by freeing themselves from narratives that are literally making them sick.” 

 
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Gabor Mate, MD

Best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté is renowned for his expertise on topics ranging from addiction to mind-body wellness.

“Story dramatically shows that illness is no random misfortune, but a product of our life experience and how we interpret it.”

 
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Ellen Langer, PhD

Dr. Langer, known as the “Mother of Mindfulness,” is a tenured Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of dozens of books on mindfulness spanning 35 years.

“The benefits of mindfulness to virtually all aspects of health and wellbeing are enormous.”

 
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Carl Hart, PhD

Carl Hart is Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior.

“The stories that we tell ourselves about how drugs hijack one’s brain, thereby creating an addiction, allow us to ghettoize people and ignore the real causes of their distress.”

 
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Bruce Lipton, PhD

Bruce Lipton is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief.

“Chemistry is not out of balance. Chemistry is doing exactly what the mind is intending it to do.”

 
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Ann Marie Chiasson, MD

Ann Marie Chiasson is the Co-Director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and holds a master’s degree in public health.

“The story that we’re telling ourselves has an enormous impact on how we live our lives.“

 
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Lissa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin is a New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling.

"We feel safe when we're surrounded by open-hearted, interconnected, loving, conscious community"

 
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Eric Garland, PhD

Dr. Eric Garland is a Professor and scholar at the University of Utah and Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND).

“We can weave together a new story about our lives, a story of our lives as full of meaning, the story of ourselves as strong, resilient. Somebody who’s a survivor, somebody who thrives.”

 
Photo by Christina Weiboldt

Photo by Christina Weiboldt

Mark Pirtle, DPT

Dr. Mark Pirtle is a clinician, writer, speaker, filmmaker and pioneer of stress relief and recovery who connects the dots between science, wellness, and spirituality.

“We have the choice to allow our attention to consciously and mindfully move towards things that are more inspiring -- more beauty, truth and goodness.”

 
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Charles Raison, MD

Charles Raison is a Professor of Human Ecology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“It is more and more apparent that the stories we tell ourselves have deep biological effects that can drive illness or help in healing”