Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA). In this episode, Dr. Janet and I discuss the science of pain and chronic pain – how it affects people, how people seek to manage their pain, and why the science and study of pain is so interesting – especially since there has been a marked increase in people’s pain levels since the start of the pandemic. We discuss some of the functional theories of pain, how dysfunctional pain can lead to tremendous suffering, and what we can start to do about it.
Dr. Janet McMordie
Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA).
Dr. Janet McMordie completed medical school, family medicine residency, and sport medicine fellowship at McMaster University. She holds a diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM).
Dr. McMordie is an Associate Medical Director with Odyssey Medical Inc. which is currently providing Production Safety and Pandemic Compliance services to the film industry.
Some career highlights include:
Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the upcoming World University Winter Games 2021 in Lucerne
Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the World Beach Games 2019 in Qatar
Team Physician – McMaster Women’s and Men’s rugby
Sport Physician with Team Canada at the World University Summer Games 2017 in Taiwan
Invictus Games in Toronto 2017 – cycling venue physician
Dr. Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer. In this episode, Dr. Tracy and I discuss what it means to treat patients holistically – as a whole human being. The current model for patient treatment tends to primarily focus on treating conditions, diseases, or symptoms as isolated issues rather than treating the whole person. Through her own experience of dealing with, and overcoming, chronic back pain and in her work treating patients, Tracy has discovered that ‘physical’ pain is often connected to a person’s psychological and emotional state. This is to say that as human beings, we exist as biopsychosocial creatures and we ought to receive treatment that incorporates all the facets of a person’s life. Our minds and bodies are intimately connected and so challenges in one area of life usually also affect all other areas. Moreover, psychological difficulties relating to trauma, identity, and subconscious belief systems often manifest as physical pain in recognizable and definitive patterns. By exploring and integrating a variety of treatment modalities, Tracy has helped countless patients find relief from their pain, gain new insights into themselves, and ultimately find greater peace and success in life.
Dr Tracy Debi
Dr Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer.
Tracy’s company, Atelier I’X ,is on the cutting edge of modern spiritual alignment housed in a global advisory firm for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to get reacquainted with their whole body and purpose that lies within their heart in order to live a life of alignment with clarity and confidence.
As we’re approaching the end of 2021, it’s time for the last monthly reflection episode for this season! These reflections are inspired by my teaching Thursday episodes, as well as my interviews from this season. In taking the time to reflect on my own movement from knowledge to wisdom, I’m able to explore how to best share my experiences so that you can also benefit in your own movement forward.
Here are the three themes that this episode explores (and listen out for how the themes explore each other – these ones especially are very interconnected!) as well as some questions around them that you can ask yourself:
CONTRAST – What am I resisting being, doing, or having?
What I now think about as contrast learning is something I used to refer to as the pendulum swing, because most healing comes from experiencing both sides of something. You experience pain, but you also experience joy, and having those things so close together helps you undertake a lot of growing and learning in a short amount of time – that is, if you’re open to it. When you’re just feeling stuck – which can look like something different for all of us – asking yourself where the resistance is coming from can help you move through to the next step with more ease.
TRANSFORMATION – How do you view yourself? Do you trust in yourself? Does your self image reflect the amazing power of who you really are?
Transformation is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. As Goura told us last episode, “You are what you think you are.” Transformation makes people think of change, which can be scary – at least, it was for me at the start of my journey. But I knew that I needed to embrace positive change to become the person I wanted to be. If you’re not happy with something, the answer is to transform whatever it is that you don’t like into something that you DO want. Transformation is simple and elemental, and comes from the inside out. You can trust yourself to transform into what you need to be by finding your true self.
BE UNAPOLOGETIC – Do you know why you’re here, and what you’re meant to do on planet Earth? Do you get caught up in thinking about living purposefully, or do you just do it, unapologetically, the way your kid self used to do?
When you’re a kid, you don’t worry about what other people think of you – because when you enter this human life, you know that you are divine and unique. You’re unconsciously, effortless, and unapologetically yourself. There’s only one of you, and you are so, so powerful; collectively as humans, we seem to forget that it is enough to just be yourself. Transformation happens the most quickly when you are unapologetically yourself, and you can rediscover the habit of being who you truly and divinely are.
If you know someone that could benefit from hearing this episode, please share it with them. And if you are seeking guidance or help, please reach out to me. You change the world by changing yourself first – I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned so that you can help yourself, too. You can also give us a 5-star rating on iTunes, and we love and appreciate all of your support. Tune in next week for the first episode of the 2021 reflection series, where I look back at some of the best episodes from this year!
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Edited by: Jess Schmidt
Logo: The Cultivated Group
Music: ‘Breathe out, Breathe in’ (Instrumental) by Roof