This week on Part 2, Dr. Alex Jadad and I continue the conversation where we left off. We discuss his life work and movement to re-imagine the definition of health not just the absence of disease, but being inclusive of our entire wellbeing, such as love, happiness, and no suffering. If you missed Part 1, I suggest you listen to that episode (Ep015) first and then come back to this week’s episode.
Dr. Alex Jadad, is living his life as a love story. He is also daring us to imagine a world in which everyone could enjoy a life full of love, healthy and happy, until the last breath, as part of a thriving planet. As soon as we meet Alex, we will recognize the curious inner child, the teacher, the learner, the physician and the healer who live in him, urging us to think of ways to make it happen, while marvelling at the wonderful mysteries of life.
With Alex, we will learn about possibilities to re-design our lives as love stories, and to bring love to our families, to our workplaces and to our communities, so that we can discover, recover and uncover our capacity to love ourselves and the world, no matter what happens.
He will ask us very deep and unusual questions about who we are, questions that will help us to embrace the liberating power of love.
Come along. There is no reason to worry. After all, nobody else will ever be able to hear us.
All this and more on today’s episode. Now, That’s Unusual.
About Alex Jadad
Physician, educator, researcher and public advocate Dr. Alex Jadad is the founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation and Director of the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation at the University of Toronto. His research seeks to improve the capacity of humans to imagine, create and promote better approaches to living, healing, working and learning as part of a sustainable planet as he identifies and connects the best minds, best knowledge and best tools across traditional boundaries to eliminate unnecessary suffering.
Dr. Jadad has received numerous awards, among them Health Canada’s National Health Research Scholars Award, the New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology and Health Canada’s Distinguished Lecturer Award. He has been featured by Time magazine as one of the Canadians who will shape the country in the 21st century, and as one of the leading medical researchers in Canada.
Dr. Jadad is also the author of The Feast of Our Life: Preparing to Flourish Through Self-Love, a text that furthers his mission to enable people to live healthy and happy lives, full of love, until the last breath. Inspired to live his life as a love story, Jadad advocates that we, too, reconnect with ourselves, eradicate regret and embrace the liberating power of love.
Key Interview Takeaways
“The medical establishment has become a major threat to health.” Jadad cites this Ivan Illich quote to illustrate the shortcomings of the health care system, treating diseases rather than patients. In fact, one million people die every year due to side effects of medications, medical errors and complications resulting from interventions.
Health is an ability to adapt and manage the physical, mental and social challenges presented to us. After receiving a probable cancer diagnosis in 2008, Jadad asked himself, “If I have cancer, can I still be healthy?” This led to a global conversation about the concept of health and the reimagining of the definition of what it means to be healthy.
Happiness is what happens when what you feel, what you think, what you say and what you do are in alignment. This ‘syzygy’ influences our ability to adapt to challenges we face and thus affects our health and well-being.
Health, happiness and love overlap and feed each other, yet these are concepts we rarely study or examine. Jadad suggests that we neglect these themes because they cannot be measured and the ability to quantify something gives us the delusion of control – yet the truly important things cannot be measured.
Ideas, emotions and behaviors are contagious! Now is the time to bet on love and become carriers of health and happiness in our families, workplaces, schools and communities. Despite living in a world of abundance, 21,000 children die of hunger daily and 200 million women remain unaccounted for. We need a pandemic of love, STAT!
Ignorance really is bliss. There is much to learn and not knowing can be a source of wonder and beauty, providing us with an unlimited supply of joyful moments.
Learn More About Alex Jadad
Unraveling the Mystery of Health: How People Manage Stress and Stay Well by Aaron Antonovsky
Stress Reduction Through Joy of Life: The Salutogenesis Model by Aaron Antonovsky