Tea with a Titan, Episode 71: Dr. Russ Kennedy, Freedom from anxiety

Portrait of Dr. Russ Kennedy, Freedom from anxiety
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Guest TitanEpisode 71

Dr. Russ Kennedy

Freedom from anxiety

Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House.

What we cover: “In this moment, we are safe.” —Dr. Russ Kennedy

Today’s guest is Dr Russ Kennedy – someone I have known since 2004, when I launched my brief stint into the stand up comedy world. Russ was a fellow comic, and I got to know him then, and I always really liked him. I eventually set that aside as I evolved as a writer and instead focused more on my foray into the world of one-woman shows – but Russ remained in my orbit because my brother Julien Dionne and his girlfriend Jennifer Grant are comics and so I continued to see Russ perform over the years. The thing I dug about Russ is that he wasn’t just a comic, he had this whole other side to him.

He was a neuroscientist and a medical doctor as well. It’s not everyday you meet someone so robust in background. But that’s who Russ is. As a physician, and someone who very openly speaks about his own struggle with anxiety and his father’s battle with mental illness, he has recently launched a fantastic course and online resource called The Kennedy Method. Which you can learn more about by visiting MJDionne.com and clicking on the podcaster tab. There are so many of us – I would venture to say the majority of the population – who at one time or another experiences some form of at least temporarily debilitating self-doubt, fear, worry, anxiety. And so this is a conversation for us all. Russ isn’t just a doctor, he’s been the patient. He gets it. He knows.

Unrelated, but exciting for me: Many of you know I’ve been plant-based for 18 years. Chad, who’s an endurance athlete, has been for about a decade, and I’ve talked about Vega a lot in the past on this show, because I often have a Vega One Smoothie in my hand while I’m recording. Vega is a certified vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, nutrient-dense line of clean, plant-based nutrition products. From protein powders and snack bars to hydration during workouts, our kitchen shelves are perpetually stocked with Vega. And Season 2 is brought to you in part by Vega – which brings me no end of happiness. I legitimately am such a Vega freak, I can’t even tell you. I even lugged my jug of Vega with me across the continent to the British Virgin Islands for the week I spent on Necker Island with Richard Branson, and made shakes for the gang each morning while I was there. That’s how much I love Vega – it didn’t matter that incredible meals were included on each day of my week there – I wanted my Vega shake for breakfast.

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