We’re constantly told to eat healthier, exercise and our health, wellness and lives will improve, but for some of us that just isn’t the case. Have you ever thought that how your personality or ‘you power’ could be affecting how your body reacts to disease or why your health isn’t improving?
Renowned heart transplant cardiologist Dr. Radha Gopalan was only 44 years old when he had a heart attack. He ate healthy, exercised daily and lived a healthy lifestyle, so he wondered how this could happen to him? Through his heart attack he learned that your ‘you power’ could change and improve not only your attitude but your health and overall wellbeing.
Dr. Radha Gopalan was kind enough to join me for an interview yesterday to discuss his new book titled “Second Opinion: 8 Deadly Diseases”, the differences between Eastern and Western medicine and how you can benefit from both, how to find your you power, whether or not it’s possible for me to lower my risk for type 2 diabetes, the secret to starting your morning on the right foot and what you should do before bed to stop worrying and have a restful night.
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about your book “Second Opinion”?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “This is a book that is designed to empower the patient. It came out of the fact that I was not happy with the amount of information that I could give my patients on a daily basis after meeting with them for a half an hour to one hour. I decided the best way to give all the details is to empower the patient so that they can take control of their health.
This is part one of a part four series, actually. My next book is about the ‘you power’ and go into details about the you power. This is an introduction using about eight common diseases that we all see either in ourselves or in our friends and relatives and parents and grandparents.”
Candace Rose: You mentioned that part two is going to be about you power. Do you know what the other books are going to be about in the series?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “They are all written. The second one is going to be about you power, so it follows this book and explains to the individual about how to understand and improve your you power, which is the power within you.
The third book is about health. In fact, most of us don’t even know how to define health, what health is. If one can define health, one cannot achieve health. You need to have a clear definition about what you’re trying to achieve. The third book is dedicated to explaining from an Eastern and Western perspective what health is.
More importantly the fourth book is tied into it’s not healthcare, it’s wealth care. I’m looking at the current healthcare system and seeing how we are rapidly progressing and becoming one of a wealth care system rather than healthcare system in this country.”
Candace Rose: Can you talk to us about Eastern and Western medicine, please? How do they differ and how do they work together?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “When you look at Eastern and Western, they should be diametrically opposed but they are not. In fact, they can work together. What the Eastern medicine does is it directs its attention to the energetic level of an individual whereas the Western medicine is more directed towards structural and physical abnormalities of the individual. The physical and structural abnormalities of the individual is not the first time you have a disease. The disease actually starts at a deeper level, at an energetic level and then it manifests at a structural level so by the time the disease manifests, it’s kind of too late. You’re catching it halfway down.
The beauty of Eastern and Western medicine in combination is that you can address both levels by combining it. They don’t fight with each other. They actually work very synchronously directing its influence at two different levels of the human being.”
Candace Rose: Speaking of Eastern and Western medicine, what can we do to help prevent diseases like cancer, diabetes, lung disease etc. that are so hard to treat?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “It is hard to treat, so the best thing is to prevent and not to have it. What you’re eluding to is how to be healthy, and prevent or delay disease development. That’s where the Eastern and Western medicine comes in and has much more influence on.
Because Eastern medicine teaches you how to be, and if you look at my book in chapter nine where I briefly explain the you power, I have the title as a subtitle saying ‘be, do, have.’ Eastern medicine helps you to be the right being which then allows you to do the right things and then you get the results. Most of us, because we are bombarded by commercials and advertisements and people telling you what to do, we do things and expect a certain result without having the right being and we don’t get the results. For example, people diet to lose weight. The moment they stop the diet, they gain the weight back. There is no long lasting results. That is a very small example of what I’m trying to say. On the other hand, if you change the person into the right being then dieting becomes a result/byproduct of the right being, then it is long lasting and the person is very happy.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice on how to change the person, especially when times are tough and stress is at all all time high?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “Yes, I’m glad you brought up the stress because stress is one of the things that’s keeping us occupied outside of ourselves. To answer your question about if I have an idea of how to change these things, yes. The first thing is to direct our attention to within ourselves. That’s where the power within you lies, so you need to change the attention to within yourself which is achieved by what I call being mindful.
The word mindfulness everyone understands; you may not have the depth of it, being mindful of what you are thinking and in my book with regard to what I call H-I triangle, which is a simple structure that I have created for us to understand ourselves. There I have eluded to what is called a primal self and a social self. Once you have become very mindful of the primal self, which is the internal dialogue that is going on within you and then try to compare that to who you are being in society and say is there a big gap between the two? Am I aligned with who I am within myself to the outside world or am I a totally different person than who I am within myself? If you can reduce the gap, you are going to achieve the right being.”
Candace Rose: Affordable health insurance is hard to find these days. How do our finances and insurance affect our healthcare?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “When it comes to Western medicine it affects a lot. My patients, a lot of people don’t have money to even seek out Western medicine, even Eastern medicine. Most of the complementary alternative medicine is expensive to have. Finances have a major play in that, and that is a message in my fourth book on how to navigate the system where finances are taking over our healthcare system.
In my book I mention after the chapters I finished, a few things you can do yourself that I do on a regular basis, which doesn’t need any money. Taking a walk in the park by yourself reflecting upon your day and having positive thoughts doesn’t cost any money. It just takes your time. Of course we live in a world where time is money, and money is time. Yes, you don’t have to have money but you need to have time.”
Candace Rose: Why is it that some people who eat healthy, exercise and take care of themselves have heart attacks?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “That’s because the third aspect I elude to in the book, the power within them, the you power is not right. You can do whatever you want, that’s what I did. I was a cardiologist, I was an expert in Eastern medicine, acupuncture and yoga practitioner. I exercised regularly, ate the right things and I still had a heart attack. When I had the heart attack I realized the entire reason I am having this is me, the ‘I’ that is within me. That’s when I realized the power of you and that is the reason. It is time, if you are doing everything that you are supposed to do and still having problems, it’s time to look within yourself.”
Candace Rose: I have a strong family history of type 2 diabetes. Numerous people in my family have it including my father and brother, so I’m constantly looking for ways to reduce my risk for the disease. Typically you hear people say lose weight and you’ll lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but we’re all built thin and don’t need to lose weight. Can the power of you help me so I don’t get the disease?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “I can’t guarantee you won’t get it, that depends on you, but what I can tell you is the short answer is yes, it can tremendously influence your effort and help your effort. Every chapter of my book has what I call internal dialogue as one of the subtitles. For diabetes, the internal dialogue I have written there is I need to be in control.
One of the things I tell my patients is reflect on it and say is there an internal dialogue within you that’s going on that you are not controlling events in your life, and there is a constant pressure within yourself to be in control of things? That slowly erodes the people in having developed diabetes. This is by observing patients. A lot of patients with diabetes tend to have that kind of eternal dialogue going. One of the key things you can do is to change the dialogue, and change it to a positive one. You can do it by biofeedback. You can do it by affirmations. You can do it by just reflecting on yourself or by going to a counselor. If you are in the process of developing a disease, the integrative medicine actually falls into bridging the energy and the physical structural level of Western medicine. It actually bridges both together so integrative medicine is one of the other ways you can start modifying yourself.”
Candace Rose: What do you think is the first thing people should do in the morning to improve their health, wellness and attitude for the day?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “I can tell you what I do, I meditate. That’s the first thing I do. Meditation helps you to be mindful, be aware of your thoughts and in fact increases the gap between a thought and action. In other words, you don’t reflexly do things. You develop a thought and you are looking at it and you can be aware of it and then decide do I want to do this action or not? There you are having an informed decision rather than having a reflexed action based on the thought. That’s the best thing you can do to reduce what the outside stress can do to you throughout the day.”
Candace Rose: I find that my worries get worse before bed. Do you have any advice on how can I cease that?
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “Well, I would suggest that everyone should go to bed worry-free. One of the things you can do is again, practice recognizing the worry or the stress that you are feeling at the end of the day by sitting down, taking time for yourself – just 20 minutes a day is enough and then actively tell yourself to let go.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much Dr. Gopalan! Where can we go for more information and to purchase your amazing new book “Second Opinion?”
Dr. Radha Gopalan: “The book, Candace is available in all bookstores and there are two websites that I have created, one is my treatment center in Scottsdale, Arizona which is curapersonalis.us, and the second website is HealthyHuman.us, which is also a website where we have information and you can reach out to us.”
Satellite media tour was sponsored by the book publisher, Plata Publishing. I was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.