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36 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Kessler. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Kessler, often where they are interviewed.

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36 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Kessler. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Kessler, often where they are interviewed.

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214: What you're experiencing is probably grief—here's how to cope | David Kessler, grief expert

The mindbodygreen Podcast
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David Kessler: "We weren’t meant to be islands of grief. We can’t physically be together but we can virtually hold each others hands."

Kessler, a bestselling author and the world’s foremost expert on grief and loss, joins mbg co-CEO, Jason Wachob, to discuss the different types of grief during the coronavirus and how to deal with loss right now, plus:

*How to show up for people when you can't be close*

*How grieving will change after COVID-19*

*Why meaning is the 6th stage of grief*

*How our society has messed up our grieving process*

*How to grieve with love instead of pain*

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Apr 20 2020



#240: Why We're All Grieving - and How To Deal With It | David Kessler

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
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Most, if not all, of us are experiencing a cocktail of challenging emotions these days - whether in the background or in the foreground of our psyche. Speaking personally, I thought my primary issue was anxiety, but I had a vague sense that maybe it was more than that. Then I read an excellent, widely-circulated article that put a name to at least one aspect of my nameless, miasmatic dread. The article was from the Harvard Business Review, and the headline was, "That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief." The article featured an interview with a grief expert named David Kessler, who explained that there are many flavors of grief. Some of us are grieving people we've lost, but millions more are grieving a way of life or a sense of security that seems lost - or we're experiencing anticipatory grief about an uncertain future. Not only was it helpful for Kessler to name this phenomenon, but he also had a bunch of excellent thoughts about how to manage it, including the exhortation to find meaning in this mess. In fact, that's the name of his new book: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. So we invited him on. Here he is: David Kessler.

Where to find David Kessler online:

Social Media:
Twitter: @IamDavidKessler /
Instagram: @iamdavidkessler /
Facebook: David Kessler /

Books Mentioned:
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief /
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss /

Other Resources Mentioned:
David's Online Grief Group /
David's Harvard Business Review Article /
Paul Denniston & Grief Yoga /
Bessel van der Kolk /
Elizabeth Kubler Ross /
Elizabeth Kubler Ross Foundation /

Additional Resources:
Ten Percent Happier Live:
Coronavirus Sanity Guide:
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Apr 20 2020



Dr. David Kessler Talks Processed Foods and Pandemics

Kickass News
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Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler discusses how his own battle to control his weight helped inspire him to write a book about the health dangers of processed foods.  He explains the difference between how our bodies digest fast carbs and slow carbs and why fad diets that cut out carbs all together might not be such a good idea.  David outlines the long list of diseases that can be traced to heavy consumption of processed foods, some of the tricks that the food industry employs to mislead consumers about what is in many processed foods, and he suggests some changes that he would like to make to the nutritional labels that he helped create when he was head of the FDA under Presidents Bush and Clinton.  He also expresses his concern over America's heavy reliance on processed junk foods at a time when fresh meats and produce are in short supply, he shares what he is saying to former Vice-President Joe Biden as a member of the Biden campaign's Coronavirus advisory committee, and he gives his own practical health recommendations for keeping your family safe from COVID-19.

Order Dr. David Kessler's book Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth About Food, Weight, and Disease on Amazon, Audible or wherever books are sold.  Follow Dr. Kessler on Twitter at @DavidKesslerMD.

Apr 09 2020



The Real Reason For America’s Obesity Crisis And Chronic Disease Epidemic with Dr. David Kessler

The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
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Only about 12% of Americans are considered “metabolically healthy.” That means the other 88% of us aren’t meeting basic medical guidelines for things like blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and other markers of metabolic health. Which percentage do you fall into? When it comes to answering that question, one common factor is how many fast carbs you’re consuming. These are the carbohydrates that have been processed—yes, that includes sugar—but it also means starches like refined flours and other processed grains. Whole wheat bread is indeed a fast carb. 

This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy I sat down with Dr. David Kessler to break down the differences between fast and slow carbs, how they affect our health, how our diet became so inundated with fast carbs and what we can do to regain metabolic strength. Dr. Kessler served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is the author of A Question of Intent and The End of Overeating, a New York Times bestseller. He is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kessler is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School.

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Here are more of the details from our interview: 

  • Why 87% of Americans are metabolically unhealthy (7:03)

  • What are fast carbs and how do processed carbohydrates affect us? (12:38)

  • The glycemic index of bread is higher than that of table sugar (18:41)

  • How processed carbs made from grains, corn, and wheat became the foundation of our diet (19:34)

  • The food industry’s resistance to clear ingredient lists and labels on food (23:20)

  • What are slow carbs? (26:02)

  • Why we should all be able to get behind the idea of limiting fast carbs (32:00)

  • Dr. Kessler’s own struggle with his weight, our tendency to turn to comfort foods in stressful time, and why it’s so difficult to break the vicious cycle that results from eating fast carb (33:29)

  • The need for additional reform to the government’s dietary guidelines and how regulation differs in its oversight of the food industry vs the tobacco industry (41:08)

  • Industry will follow the consumer (57:39)

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Apr 01 2020

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David Kessler and Brené on Grief and Finding Meaning

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
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Grief expert David Kessler takes us by the hand and walks us into what he's learned about love, loss, and finding meaning. As someone who has a lot of fear about grief and grieving, this conversation is not what I expected. The only word I can use to describe what I learned from David is "beautiful."

Mar 31 2020



March 31, Part 2: Rent strike; Adam Gopnick on life in New York; Andrea Beechey’s Instagram show; David Kessler on grief

The Current
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Tomorrow is the first of the month, rent day for many people. But in the age of COVID-19, many renters have lost their income — and have no way to pay. If landlords aren’t flexible, are we headed for a rent strike?

Writer Adam Gopnick brings us the view from the empty streets — but still busy running paths — of New York. He tells Matt Galloway how people are coping at the centre of the pandemic in the U.S.

Andrea Beechey says creating an instagram show, #DoingitwithAndrea, has helped her cope with self-isolation

Author David Kessler explains how understanding the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance — can help us cope with COVID-19.

Tom Power talks to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, and Sean O’Neill of CBC’s In The Making.

Mar 31 2020

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Amanpour: Senait Fisseha and David Kessler

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Senait Fisseha, chief advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss the latest efforts to tackle the coronavirus and why the World Health Organisation thinks world leaders have not acted fast enough. Next to the spread of Ebola in Africa, and the undeniable parallels to today's pandemic, addressed in a PBS Frontline film by Ben C. Solomon. Our Michel Martin talks with David Kessler, author of "Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief" about how we can process feelings of loss and grief in these extraordinary times.

Mar 26 2020



Ep. 132: Finding Meaning - David Kessler

Grief Out Loud
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David Kessler is a renowned author, speaker, and retreat leader. He co-authored two books, On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons, with another grief and loss icon, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. As with so many who are drawn to working with grief, David’s professional path started with the personal. At 13 he witnessed a mass shooting while his mother was dying in the ICU. In 2016 he became a grieving parent when his younger son, David, died at 21. David's newest book, Finding Meaning - the Sixth Stage of Grief, was inspired by his search to continue finding meaning in his own life and work.

Be sure to connect with David at

Jan 17 2020



Finding Meaning with David Kessler

On The Sofa with The Williamson Institute
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In this episode, we went On the Sofa with David Kessler, bestselling author and world-renowned grief expert. David discussed his new book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, secrets to moving through pain and loss to achieve Post-Traumatic Growth, the story of his journey into his career, how to find meaning after grief, and much more.

Dec 27 2019



David Kessler - Should I Stay or Leave

Hay House Radio Podcast
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When in grief, you often can’t see clearly after you are hurt from a betrayal. Should you stay or go? Today we will learn how to heal and find the clarity you need to move one way or another. To hear more from this host and any other Hay House Radio hosts, please visit

Nov 19 2019