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BJ Miller

How We Got Here

BJ Miller, MD is a long-time hospice and palliative medicine physician and educator. He currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating all the issues that come with serious illness and disability. BJ joins How We Got Here to talk about about caring for his mother, who had polio and post-polio syndrome, while he was a child and what compelled him to become a doctor. He also explains the accident at 19 years old that led to the amputation of three of his limbs and how this accident shaped his identity and helped him develop curiosity toward anything unknown. He shares insight on owning your insecurities and gives advice on getting the most out of a healthcare experience as either a patient or caregiver. To learn more about Mettle Health, tap here. This season of How We Got Here is sponsored by Anthem.


26 May 2021

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Survival of the Kindest: BJ Miller - Showing Up Because You Care

Survival of the Kindest

This week Julian talks to BJ Miller. Having started his academic career in the arts, it took a few key events and some time for BJ to come around to palliative care, where he worked as a physician for a time before seeing that many of the soft edges of palliative care are discarded by the medical, despite them being where a lot of care actually takes place. Since then he has worked in organisations that have sought to combine the medical with the other aspects that amount to high quality palliative care. His work has been revolutionary for many who have come into contact with it, and his general campaign to teach us to live well in the face of terminal illness has seen him interviewed by Oprah amongst others, has an outstanding Ted Talk, and is oft quoted when people talk about death and dying.  His current company Mettle Health ‘addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of anyone contemplating their health, or the health of someone they love’. Having been in the healthcare system both as a patient and then as a doctor BJ understands the difficulty of navigating care, in particular when such a life changing event such as terminal illness, is at the centre of it. Mettle Health guide their patient’s through the process, making sure that the whole circle of palliative care is involved - from ensuring the drugs are right, to making sure that those soft edges, the moments of loving kindness, are also scheduled for. Hearing BJ and Julian talk about palliative care it is clear how much they have in common, their motivation, and in particular their gradual disillusion with the medicalised, siloed, nature of medicine that led them both to the more holistic environs of death and dying. It is also clear that what they know from palliative care shouldn’t just be refined to those with terminal illnesses. Death and dying is a part of life and we can nurture those soft edges of palliative care from our earliest days - nourishing community, friendship and accountability in our daily lives. Follow Survival of the Kindest on Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you like to listen to get our episodes as they are released. Email us compassion.pod@gmail.com

1hr 35mins

20 May 2021

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268. Group Interview with Rebekah Taussig, Dr. BJ Miller, Gustavo Serafini on Disability, Body Neutrality and Community

Feisworld Podcast

REBEKAH TAUSSIG, PH.D. is a Kansas City writer and teacher with her doctorate in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies. She has led workshops and presentations at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, and Davidson College on disability representation, identity, and community. She also runs the Instagram platform @sitting_pretty where she crafts “mini-memoirs” to contribute nuance to the collective narratives being told about disability in our culture. She lives in a tiny, old house with her fussy family of tender-hearted snugglers. Learn more about Rebekah and her work at: https://rebekahtaussig.com/ BJ Miller MD (Internal Medicine; Hospice & Palliative Medicine) founded Mettle Health, a consultation service here for you in sickness and in health, so you don’t need to be experiencing a crisis of care to benefit from a conversation. BJ has practiced and taught in all major settings: home, hospital, clinic, and residential care facility. In his work he draws upon his personal experiences with disability and his undergraduate studies in art history as much as his medical education. BJ speaks all over the country, and internationally, on the themes of living well in the face of illness and death. He has been profiled in the New York Times, interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferriss, and Krista Tippett and co-authored the book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End. Learn more about Mettle Health: https://www.mettlehealth.com/, follow BJ on Twitter at @bjmillermd Gustavo Serafini is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Pure Audio Video, a company based in Fort Lauderdale, FL that specializes in designing and integrating home cinemas, automation and security systems for luxury homes. Originally from Brazil, Gustavo's family moved to the States when he was still a baby. Born with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), Gustavo had to learn how to walk and live like other kids at a very young page. From studying buddhism to attending law school to leading a company as a successful entrepreneur today, Gustavo has many lessons learned and is excited to join this live chat. Learn more about Gustavo and his company, visit: https://www.pureaudiovideo.com/ ------- Interested in future events from Feisworld Media? Visit: https://www.feisworld.com/events To find out how I built a business with a podcast started in 2014: https://www.feisworld.com/newsletter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feisworld/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/feisworld/support

1hr 24mins

19 Mar 2021

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How To Die: Episode 5 (ft. Dr. BJ Miller)

How To Make Love™

Join guest Dr. BJ Miller for a transformative conversation about grief. What it is, how it feels, the different shapes it takes, how to work with it, learn from it, and deepen our experience of life and love as a result. You can find a summary of the episode on the show notes page: www.laurabrewer.love/miniseries5 Love How To Make Love? Return the love by writing a review on iTunes or joining our incredible inside supporters on Patreon. ❤️


16 Mar 2021

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Living with Death: A Podcast with BJ Miller


Most of us know we are going to die.  How often though do we actually let ourselves really internalize that understanding?   To imagine it?  To feel it?  To try to accept it? On today’s podcast we invited BJ Miller back on our podcast to talk about death using as our guide his recent NY Times editorial What Is Death?  How the pandemic is changing our understanding of mortality.  In addition to being the author of this NY Times article, BJ is a Hospice and Palliative Care doc, and the founder of Mettle Health which aims to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient, caregiver or clinician who need help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability. We start off with BJ appropriately picking the song "Ebony Eyes" as our intro song, which is a good analogy to talking about death, as it was initially banned by the BBC from airplay as its lyrics were considered too upsetting to play on the radio.  We then go into his thoughts on how we picture our deaths and dealing with those emotions we feel when we do, how we “live with death”, and... Also check out BJ’s article that is geared towards kids/students - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/learning/how-do-you-view-death.html.  As BJ put it in an email to us: “It’s fascinating to me how they’re taking care to reach out to younger minds, further proof that the idea that no one wants to think or talk about death - especially youngsters - is bunk.


14 Jan 2021

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REINVENTORS: BJ Miller, Art Historian To Palliative Care Physician

Skip the Repeat

BJ Miller attended Princeton with the mindset of learning for learning’s sake, without a specific career in mind. That mindset has served him well through his numerous pivots, including the accident during his sophomore year, when he became a trilateral amputee. Today he is a hospice and palliative care physician, teaching at the UCSF Cancer Center and founding Mettle Health, providing a unique approach to palliative care. Follow the show on Instagram: @skiptherepeat

1hr 6mins

6 Jan 2021

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#135 - BJ Miller, M.D.: How understanding death leads to a better life

The Peter Attia Drive

BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative care specialist on a quest to reframe our relationship with death. In this episode, BJ begins with how his own brush with death radically shifted his perspective and ultimately forged his path towards palliative care and helping patients integrate and understand their life in a meaningful way. BJ recounts several moving stories from his patients, which reveal important lessons about overcoming the fear of death, letting go of regret, and what’s most important in life. He discusses the major design flaws of a “death phobic” healthcare system. Furthermore, he makes the case that seeing death as a part of life allows us to live well, as opposed to living to evade death itself. He concludes with a discussion around physician-assisted death as well as his hopes around the use of psychedelics to reduce suffering in end-of-life care.   We discuss: BJ’s accident leading to the loss of his limbs and his experience inside a burn unit [3:00]; Coping with his amputations—being tough, the grieving process, and the healing properties of tears [14:30]; Going from art history to medical school: the value of a diverse background in medicine [28:15]; How BJ’s new body liberated him [40:00]; How losing his sister to suicide and his disillusionment with medicine altered his path [47:15]; Discovering his path of palliative care—distinct from hospice—in medicine [55:30]; Our complicated relationship with death, and how acknowledging it can release its grip and improve living [1:02:15]; The different distinctions around the fear of death, and how BJ helps his patients negotiate fears [1:10:00]; The major design flaws of a “death phobic” healthcare system [1:14:15]; Common regrets, the value of time, and other insights from interactions with patients in their final moments of life [1:23:00]; The story of Randy Sloan—a case study of playing life out [1:33:45]; Physician-assisted dying: Legality and considerations [1:39:45]; The use of psychedelics in end-of-life care, and what BJ is most excited about going forward [1:45:45]; and More. Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/ Show notes page for this episode: https://peterattiamd.com/bjmiller  Subscribe to receive exclusive subscriber-only content: https://peterattiamd.com/subscribe/ Sign up to receive Peter's email newsletter: https://peterattiamd.com/newsletter/ Connect with Peter on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

1hr 54mins

2 Nov 2020

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BJ Miller: An Expert on Death Talks About Life

The Art of Asking Everything

Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with BJ Miller. Recorded May 9th, 2019 in Marin, CA. BJ currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability. At the age of 19, BJ was electrocuted and lost 3 of his limbs. This accident led him down a path of studying art history and eventually towards his career of palliative care. His 2015 TED Talk, entitled “What Really Matters at the End of Life” presented BJ’s perspective on death. BJ is also the subject of the 2018 Netflix documentary, “End Game.” His book, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death,” was released last year. The Washington Post called it, “a gentle, knowledgeable guide to a fate we all share.” We talked about art history as therapy, living life as an art composition, the relationship between limitations and creativity, making the best of your situation and the allusion of independence. @bjmillermd  @Mettle_Health TED:https://www.ted.com/talks/bj_miller_what_really_matters_at_the_end_of_life?language=nb A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death: www.abgtte.com http://www.mettlehealth.com/ www.thecenterforyingandliving.org No ads.No sponsors.No censorship.We are the media. Exclusive content is available to Patrons only. Go to Patreon.Become a member.Get extra stuff.

1hr 11mins

13 Oct 2020

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Dr. BJ Miller on hospice, palliative care, and what the dying have to teach the living [WPP085]

The Widowed Parent Podcast

I had such a great discussion with Dr. BJ Miller for this episode. BJ is a hospice and palliative care physician and he has worked with many patients who are seriously ill, or dying. He has such a unique and important perspective to share with us about death and about life, as well as practical information about palliative care, hospice, and navigating serious illness. I found him to be such a thoughtful guest. After you listen to our discussion, be sure to check out his TED talk—it’s a must-watch. Some topics BJ and I discuss include: What he feels death has to teach us about life; How his own injury and near-death experience changed his career trajectory and led him into medicine; What is palliative care, and how does it relate to hospice; Examples of how palliative care can be helpful; Why his book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, has a chapter called “Love, Sex, and Relationships;” What to expect if you engage hospice; What is the ‘respite care’ benefit of hospice; and Services BJ is providing through Mettle Health to make palliative care more accessible to all. I hope you enjoy my discussion with Dr. BJ Miller. -=-=-=-=- Thank you sponsors & partners: Audible - Get a FREE audiobook and 30-day free trial: www.audibletrial.com/widowedparent BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent Blue Apron - Special offers for listeners of the podcast: jennylisk.com/blueapron Support the show: Patreon, Merch, and More -=-=-=-=-


7 Oct 2020

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251: Dr. BJ Miller: On the End of Life in These Trying Times

The Same 24 Hours

With immense gratitude, Dr. BJ Miller returns to the podcast. Dr. Miller is an end-of-life palliative care physician and the founder of the new online palliative care company, Mettle Health. You can learn more about it here: https://www.mettlehealth.com/   Dr. Bruce (BJ) Miller Jr. is a hospice and palliative care specialist who treats hospitalized patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. His expertise includes symptom management for patients with cancer. In his work in end-of-life care, he seeks to connect art, spirituality and medicine. A native of Chicago, Miller studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. He worked at nonprofit organizations for the arts and disability rights for several years before coming to UCSF to earn his medical degree. He completed an internal medicine residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was chief resident. He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Harvard Medical School, working at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Watch his famous TED Talk here.  You can buy his book here. You can watch the YouTube replay of Episode 206 (his first appearance on the podcast) here. ======================================== Get The InnerU Program from Handel Group Get InnerU online coaching program from the Handel Group for 50% with code "SAME24HOURS75" by going to: bit.ly/0331-inneru ======================================== Follow Meredith & the Podcast on Social: Web: http://www.swimbikemom.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swimbikemom Twitter: http://twitter.com/swimbikemom / https://twitter.com/thesame24hours Instagram: http://instagram.com/swimbikemom / https://instagram.com/same24hourspodcast.com ======================================== Request to Join the FREE Year Of No Nonsense Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YearOfNoNonsense/ ======================================== Want to be a guest on the Show? Have a connection you'd like to make? Email us! same24hourspodcast@gmail.com ======================================== Credits: Host, Production & Hair Pulling: Meredith Atwood Audio Production: George Antonios Podcast Branding and Web: Moon40 Marketing Copyright 2020, All Rights Reserved, Meredith Atwood, LLC


25 Sep 2020