Dr. Tumi Johnson, M.D.

Holistic Physician, Dancer, Poet

Delicious Healing - The book

I am dedicated to empowering others in their journeys of personal health, peace, and happiness, and this book was written with that intention. In Delicious Healing, I offer my personal story of overcoming depression, disordered eating and other diseases. I share my story to help dismantle the shame of the many who go through trauma and illness, often self-inflicted, as a testament that often our deepest wounds can be our greatest gifts, not just to ourselves but also to others. I wrote this book in part so that people will witness that even those “who know better,” medical professionals, can fall victim to disease-causing habits. This book is the doctor’s white coat being taken off in a very vulnerable way that I hope will be healing to anyone who mistakenly views physicians as super human or maybe even inhuman.  As both doctor and poet-dancer, through this book, I share a blend of practical, science-based advice blended with art (through poetry and dance). I believe this blend reaches the heart and can motivate and transform in a way that just the facts never can.  More than anything else, this book is offered in love, the most powerful healer of all.

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Reference Links

Chapter 1

  1. McDonaldization was a term used by sociologist George Ritzer in his book The McDonaldization of Society (1993). It is described in the book as what occurs when a society takes on the qualities of a fast-food restaurants.
  2. Some books, medical studies, and websites that were helpful for me and which share the health benefits of a plant foods diet:
  • Journey to Health by Annette Larkins
  • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn MD
  1.  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797613478949
  2.  http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/02/25/ajcn.112.045245.abstract
  3.  Kristeller JL, Wolever RQ. Mindfulness-based eating awareness training for treating binge eating disorder: the conceptual foundation. Eat Disord. 2011;19(1): 49-61.  
  4.  Daubenmier J, Kristeller J, Hecht FM, et al. Mindfulness intervention for stress eating to reduce cortisol and abdominal fat among overweight and obese women: an exploratory randomized controlled study. J Obes. 2011; 2011: 651936.  
  5.  Timmerman GM, Brown A. The effect of a mindful restaurant eating intervention on weight management in women. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012;44(1):22-28.


Chapter 2

  1.  http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)00048-9/fulltext 



2)  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aphw.12058/abstract?campaign=woletoc

3)   Auvinen J., Tammelin T., Taimela S., Zitting P., Karppinen J. Neck and shoulder pains in relation to physical activity and sedentary activities in adolescence. Spine. 2007;32(9):1038–1044. [PubMed]   

4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2528269/

5) http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)00048-9/fulltext

6) http://standing-desk.sqwiz.com/


Chapter 3

1) http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1809754

2) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jts.21936/full

3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4437062/

4) http://pss.sagepub.com/content/24/9/1714

5) https://www.drweil.com/weekly-bulletin/the-relaxation-response/


Chapter 4

1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864873/

2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26118561

3) Knutson KL, et al. Role of Sleep Duration and Quality in the Risk and Severity of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006 Sep 18; 166(16):1768.



4) Gottlieb DJ, et al. Association of Sleep Time with Diabetes Mellitus and Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Archives of Internal Medicine. 2005 Apr 25; 165(8): 863.



5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27804960

6) https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/molecular-ties-between-lack-sleep-weight-gain

7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318605/

8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15680291

9) King, CR et al. Short Sleep Duration and Incident Coronary Artery Calcification, JAMA, 2008: 300(24): 2859-2866 



10) Spiegel K, et al. Impact of Sleep Debt on Metabolic and Endocrine Function, Lancet. 1999 Oct 23: 354(9188): 1435-9.


11) https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/index.html

12) http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2516715

13) https://www.healio.com/~/media/Journals/AAOHN/2012/5_May/10_3928_21650799_20120416_22/10_3928_21650799_20120416_22.ashx

14) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9891131

15) http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/129/129ra43

16) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4538113/

17) http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0020708

18) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103113002205

19) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10400419.2014.901073#preview

20) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15507147/

21) http://www.wombblessing.com/eng-books.html  Miranda Gray  Female Energy Awakening


Chapter 5

  1.   http://www.veronicakrestow.com/audio-flip-book/


Chapter 6

1)  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02225.x

2) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032712002005

3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5551166/

4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20337470

5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793347/

6)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26124129

7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448497/

8) http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1087054708323000

9) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18394317

10) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793346/

11) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21996763

12) https://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la


Chapter 7

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25243717
  2. http://self-compassion.org/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22282874
  4.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16905215
  5.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22021599




Dance Links for the book/audiobook:

*Delicious Healing  (for Chapter 1) 



* Resting Pulses (for Chapter 4)



* Darkness is a Beginning (for Chapter 5)



*I Am the Sane (for Chapter 6)



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