EP61: Art Is Medicine & Medicine Is Art With Dr. Tumi Johnson


Dr. Oluwatumininu (Tumi) Johnson, M.D. is a physician, dancer, and poet. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and was made an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine of NYU in 2011. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years and completed Yoga teacher training with Yogaworks in 2012.

A graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Dr. Johnson also has extensive nutrition expertise, with past experience running a weight management clinic in New York City. Tumi also served in West Africa as a Doctors Without Borders field doctor in nutrition clinics there. Her holistic medical practice is focused on helping people identify the underlying causes of their health issues.

She then uses her expertise to offer individualized holistic regimens that support people in achieving and sustaining their most vibrant well-being. Through her plant-based health plans, she has had many patients heal issues ranging from diabetes to hormonal imbalances to persistent weight challenges.

As a dancer, Dr. Johnson creates and performs dance pieces crafted from original poetry, that are intended to help the healing process of those who witness the dance. Her healing dances and presentations have been performed in France, Haiti, West Africa, Asia, and throughout the U.S. Dr. Johnson is dedicated to empowering others in their journeys of personal health, peace, and happiness and recently published a holistic wellness guide book called "Delicious Healing". She is currently on a book/dance tour of "Delicious Healing."

In this episode we discuss:

  • Bridging the gap between art and medicine - how they interplay

  • How dance has influenced Dr. Tumi's life and her career as a doctor in healing others

  • How do you sit with difficult emotions and release them.

  • How suppressed emotions lead to physical disease if not addressed

  • Pelvic health and how it's important to have a ritual of release

  • The balance between tradition and complete innovation between the older and younger generation with the focus being how do we honor ourselves

  • How we influence other culture's diets with what we think of as healthy

  • How we've lost the art and joy of eating

  • We discuss the more stressed you are about what you eat the more you perpetuate the symptoms

  • The benefits of meal time rituals




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