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“Outlive Your Cubicle” Episode 5: If you let stress in…

We let in a lot of stress. But how are you letting it out?

In this short OYC episode, we Dan contemplates the balance of stress in vs. stress out. We also learn that he rages against the machine in his journals, pounds emotions into pavement on walks — and is two weeks from away from graduating med school!


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“Outlive Your Cubicle” Episode 4: Jamil Sayegh

How can you remove that one obstacle that unlocks it all?

Today Dan Wool talks with life coach Jamil Sayegh (IG: @thelifedoc), author of the eBook “20 Steps to Your Next Breakthrough”. Jamil is a true healer at heart. The born-and-raised New Yorker and Fordham University graduate comes from a family of physicians and he is currently completing his medical degree at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona. When he’s not with patients, Jamil spends his time motivating, empowering, and inspiring others to take responsibility and action in their lives. For more than a decade, his enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge has led him to conquer his own health concerns and to help others regain their vitality. In his coaching practice, Jamil helps his clients transform their lives in four key areas: health, relationships, success, and fulfillment. His positivity is contagious, his compassion is sincere, and his willingness to help knows no bounds.

In this episode, Jamil and Dan discuss:

  • Defining success and setting the bar for joy
  • How being a sickly track athlete sparked Jamil’s passion
  • The forgotten power of reminders
  • The stress response – and how to break the cycle
  • How to separate the personal attachment from the professional
  • Why taking responsibility for your emotions is critical to success
  • How to handle work confrontations
  • Jamil the singer – and his physician father’s surprising side career
  • Jamil’s love affair with books and his recommendations
  • His tips for “outliving your cubicle”
  • A simple breathing exercise you can do today to release stress
  • 20 Steps to Your Next Breakthrough


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“Outlive Your Cubicle” Episode 3: Barry Kluger on Grief

Barry Kluger discusses grief on the "Outlive Your Cubicle" health podcastGrief affects us all.

In this episode of “Outlive Your Cubicle” we discuss the importance of grief and its curious nature in the workplace with Barry Kluger. He is a 40-year communications executive and an advocate for grieving families. In 2001, Barry experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when he suddenly lost his only child, Erica, in an auto accident. Since then, he has partnered with another grieving father, Kelly Farley, to advocate for the passage of the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. The proposed amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would enable unpaid time-off to grieve the death of child.

Barry served in senior communications posts at MTV Networks, USA Networks and Prodigy Internet. And until his retirement in 2017, he was owner of Kluger Media Group, an independent crisis public relations agency. He continues to be a regular contributing columnist for the Arizona Republic, Huffington Post and GeocentricMedia Inc.

Barry and I discuss his journey through loss, how grief affects our health and why grief in the workplace is so challenging. We also get into grief in the context of recent events such as the Parkland shooting. In addition, you’ll learn what to say and not to say to someone who has experienced a loss and why it’s time to change the FMLA to support grieving families.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • Why Barry kicked off his retirement by driving Uber
  • Barry’s evolution from public relations executive to grief advocate
  • Erica’s story and how he moved forward after her passing
  • His book – A Life Undone: A Father’s Journey Through Loss
  • What you should and should not say to someone when they lose a loved one
  • Context of grief with current events such as mass shootings
  • Grief in the workplace
  • The transition between grief and celebration and how Barry keeps Erica’s memory alive today
  • What grief teaches us

“Outlive Your Cubicle” Episode 2: Dr. Guillermo Ruiz

"Outlive Your Cubicle" health podcast Episode 2: Dr. Guillermo RuizNaturopathic physician and “30/30 Health Podcast” host Dr. Guillermo Ruiz joins us for this episode of “Outlive Your Cubicle”. Dr. Ruiz strives to advance naturopathic practices with an evidence based medicine approach. In this episode, we talk about a number of things in this interview — ranging from the perfect cup of coffee to nutritional recommendations for busy people at work. In addition, we get into the basics of thyroid and adrenal health and his groundbreaking research with botanical medicines to combat drug-resistant bacteria.

Dr. Ruiz earned his medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Central Florida. During college, he worked as an Advanced Clinical Technician at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. While there, he witnessed state-of-the-art care in emergency medicine but also learned of a larger health care system in disarray. He used this new perspective and a passion for evidence-based medicine to change his life. By changing his diet, learning about proper movement and implementing optimal lifestyle habits he was able to improve his health and find a calling in naturopathic medicine.

While at SCNM, Dr. Ruiz became interested in endocrine disorders with a focus on the thyroid. Under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Christianson, Dr. Ruiz expanded his knowledge on the treatment of Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease and has completed advanced endocrinology training in order to better address and resolve endocrine disease. He currently works at Integrative Health in Scottsdale, AZ one of the nation’s top naturopathic endocrinology clinics. He also continues his botanical medicine research at SCNM and the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • How to source, make and enjoy the perfect cup of coffee
  • Dr. Ruiz’s “hero story”
  • How naturopathic physicians look differently at your health
  • Work stress and what drives your cortisol response
  • What a paleo-style diet is — and isn’t
  • Thyroid and hormone health in modern life
  • The key to easy, consistent meal prep
  • Standing vs. sitting at work — and what’s even better than both
  • The future role of botanicals to treat drug-resistant disease

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“Outlive Your Cubicle” health podcast launches

We’re excited to announce the launch the “Outlive Your Cubicle” – a podcast that discusses the intersection of health and work, particularly for those who spend their day at a desk.

This is something that has fascinated me for a long time. In the first (short) podcast episode, I provide an overview of exactly why that is as well as my journey from stressed-out corporate PR guy to naturopathic medical student. I also discuss my general thoughts on how the workplace does a number on our health. And, I get into some reasons why our “too big to succeed” healthcare system is failing us and why that’s a wake-up call for each of us to take control of our health.

It’s just (12 minutes of) me this time. The podcast will generally be interview format and I have some great guests lined up for future episodes, so I hope you’ll listen and subscribe. The podcast is available on the most popular platforms including iTunes, Android, Stitcher, TuneIn and others.

In the meantime, I want to extend special thanks to my friends Dave Bernstein, who did the intro voiceover; and Andy Brenits of Brenits Creative for logo and graphic work. Both are the best at what they do and I’m grateful for their involvement.