Redeeming the Body and Its Hungers with Self-Love with David Bedrick, JD, DIPL PW

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David Bedrick has been called a detective of the human heart and the human spirit and a detective of the language of our bodies and how they are speaking to us—not pathologically—but with deep intelligence. In this deep dialogue we explore body-weight, diet, shame, and deep hunger. It does not feature any theory of weight loss. It does not include the seven steps, phases, or foods that will help guide our diet strategy. However, it does explore an alternative to looking at our bodies through the lens of the brutal forces of cultural bias that highlight the personal shaming that tears down the expression of our intelligence, power, and beauty. Here he gives many examples of women he’s worked with. Bedrick says, “You cannot replace your hunger with just anything; it must be something that has the right taste, what you’re really hungry for… Not so you can just lose weight, but so you can attain your best possible life, so you can live the expression of your nature, your authentic self.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms) 


David Bedrick JD, DIPL PW is an attorney, educator, and process worker. He founded the Santa Fe Institute for Shame-Based Studies where he teaches and works with individuals from around the world. 

David Bedrick is the author of: 

  • Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology (Belly Song Press 2013)
  • Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change (Belly Song Press 2017)
  • You Can’t Judge a Body By Its Cover: 17 Women’s Stories of Hunger, Body Shame, and Redemption (Belly Song Press 2020) 

To learn more about David Bedrick go to: 

Topics explored in this dialogue include: 

  • Why weight loss and dieting programs fail and how a 70 billion dollar industry has only a 5% effectiveness
  • Why we must look at the deeper longings and why “just say no” to potato chips won’t work
  • How the deeper intelligence of the body speaks to us
  • What are examples of how Bedrick works with different women and their weight issues
  • What is the importance of bearing witness to a person’s full humanity to fully understand the intelligence of the body to retain weight as a protection
  • What does systemic racism and systemic shame have to do with body image
  • How did Bedrick work with a woman who refused to leave the house for twelve years
  • How the internalized voice in our heads can be brutal, potent, and violent
  • When the voice of shame in our heads become the master of our life 

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 2/23/2021   Program Number: 3726

Music Playlist

From Album:  Intervention
Artist: Helen Jane Long
2012 BLlE Music Records #9790900213570

Opening Essay: Track 02 Free
Music Break 1: Track 08 If I Could
Music Break 2: Track 10 Goodnight
Music Break 3: Track 11 Renewal