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What Magic is This? is a topic based podcast about Magic, the Occult, the Esoteric, the Paranormal and the Supernatural. Each episode, my guest picks a topic that is up for discussion and they have the opportunity to ask any question that occurs to them. For those curious about Magic in any way, these episodes should provide an introduction to the many aspects that make up the world of Magic.
 
Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has created a global pandemic. This show aims to educate the public via interviews with leaders in healthcare, public health and policy. You’ll hear from former Kaiser CEO, host of the Fixing Healthcare podcast, and author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care and Why We're Usually Wrong, Robert Pearl; critical care physician and frequent guest on The Doctors, “Dr. Raj” Dasgupta; Patrick C. Beeman, Ob/Gyn and founder o ...
 
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Recorded September 21st, 2020. Our guest today is Dr. Alex McDonald who is a Family physician and Sports Medicine specialist in the fields of physical activity, advocacy, health equity and policy. Dr. McDonald holds an undergraduate from Connecticut College as well as his medical Degree of the University of Vermont Larnar College of Medicine. He co…
 
The Time has come. It was bound to happen. Now, you will have the chance to support me (your host- Douglas!) and my work with the Podcast. In this Episode of WMiT? I go through some of my thoughts on starting a Patreon account, the reasons for doing so, why one should join, what might be on the Patreon and More! Speaking from the heart, this is not…
 
Recorded September 8th, 2020. Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first…
 
One is constantly surprised by the world and universe we find ourselves in. Every Ecosystem seems to overflow with life, be it forest, desert, tundra, even cities. The longer one sticks with Magic, the more it seems like the whole Universe is somehow alive. Yet despite things we can identify as certainly being alive, perhaps some of the denizens of…
 
Recorded August 24th, 2020. Our guest today is Dr. Ashish Jha, the K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), to discuss issues around schools reopening and then also discuss the topics of viral spread and what we currently know about immunity to CO…
 
Many Magicians would say that one of the most important aspects of Magic is interacting with 'Spiritual Creatures.' The idea of Spirits being a part of this world and that there could be a 'Spirit World' has been with us far longer than it has not. Of course, the prevailing worldview of the last 300 years has done a fairly good job of attempting to…
 
Recorded August 5th, 2020. Our guest today is Dr. Bob Wachter from UCSF. The UC San Francisco grand rounds on COVID-19 have been incredibly helpful for physicians navigating this pandemic, and Bob has also been very active on Twitter helping to educate the medical community and the public about COVID-19. Questions from this episode include: You wro…
 
Recorded July 24, 2020.Our guest today is Dr. Tim Horita whom you’ll recognize if you have been a longtime listener of this podcast because he has been a guest several times. We asked him back again because he always does a great job of explaining complex topics in a way that makes a lot of sense. The main topics for today are the state of vaccine …
 
Recorded July 8, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Enrique Lin Shiao, a postdoctoral fellow in the Doudna Lab at UC Berkeley, to discuss how the team is developing novel methods for CRISPR gene editing and the application during the Covid-19 pandemic. Questions from this episode include:You work with the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkel…
 
Recorded June 16 2020. Today’s episode is hosted by Dr. Patrick Beeman and he is joined by Rou Reynolds of the band Enter Shikari to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the music industry. Dr. Beeman is an Ob/Gyn and the founder of Ars Longa Media and InsideTheBoards. He's the former director of undergraduate medical education for Onl…
 
Recorded July 1 2020. Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Neil Prose, a Professor of Pediatrics, Dermatology and Global Health at Duke University, and co-director of Duke’s Health Humanities Lab. Dr. Prose has a passion for teaching, a deep commitment to empathic communication between health care providers and patients, and an intense interest in the co…
 
Recorded July 1 2020. Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Abbas Hyderi to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the opening of the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Questions from this episode include:The medical school was recently named after Mr. Bernard Tyson, who passed away unexpectedly last year. Can you tell u…
 
Recorded June 17, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Lynnell Morris who is a licensed clinical social worker who works on the adult team. She has been with Kaiser Permanente for 30 years, with 22 of those years in the department of psychiatry in Vallejo.Questions from this episode include:Can you please tell us a bit more about your clinical backgroun…
 
Depression, high anxiety, addiction and other mental health issues effect a huge number of us. Many are looking for answers or ways that we can get better or deal with these afflictions ourselves. How does Magic and the Occult intersect with such things? Are there similarities, and if so- what can we learn from them? The amount of internal pain tha…
 
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was finished. However, much of their mystique was only just beginning. With the publication of their Rites and Rituals by Israel Regardie, the secrets of this Magical Order were finally revealed to the world. As for the world of the Golden Dawn, it was one of Kabbalah, of Divine Will and one that believed that …
 
Recorded May 31, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined again by Dr. Tim Horita to discuss how the COVID-19 virus is mutating.Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in today’s episode.Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. H…
 
Recorded May 21, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Michael Mason to discuss the impact covid-19 has had on nursing facilities.Questions from this episode include:Can you tell us the difference between a nursing home and a skilled nursing facility?What are the purposes of a skilled nursing facility and what are some misconceptions about them?What …
 
There is no other Magical Order that has done as much to shape people's perceptions of Magic than The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. From the practical use of Tarot, to the emphasis of Kabbalah, to the idea of initiation into Magic- all of this was a consequence of this short-lived magical group. In the first of a two-part episode, Douglas puts…
 
Recorded May 20, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Jennifer Kasten to discuss the next wave of Covid-19 and the current state of antibody testing.Questions from this episode include:Can you tell us what you think about the likelihood of a second wave of COVID infections?You mentioned on Facebook about the lack of regulation of antibody tests. Can you…
 
Recorded May 9, 2020.Dr. O’Connell meets with Dr. Daniel Neely to discuss his work with Orbis and how technology has become increasingly important and utilized in medicine for teaching and clinical work.Questions from this episode include:Since 2003, you have worked with Orbis International as a Volunteer Faculty Physician. I understand that Orbis …
 
Recorded May 17, 2020.Dr. O’Connell discusses the complications of covid-19 being seen in children that is similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in today’s episode.Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks an…
 
Recorded April 25, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Tim Keown to discuss how we could see sports reopen down the line and how the different rules in each state could play a part in that as well as what is being done in the meantime.Questions from this episode include:How has the pandemic affected the work you do, your approach to your work, and your…
 
Recorded May 2, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined again by Dr. Tim Horita to discuss the current state of medications including the highly publicized Hydroxychloroquine as well as other therapies including convalescent plasma.Questions from this episode include:I’d like to pick up where we left off and talk about antibody testing. There are a few terms …
 
What if I told you that you could have certain desires manifest in your life with a few seemingly simple steps? What if things in your life could change to meet with your aspirations both physical and mental? A somewhat recent weapon in the Magicians arsenal, Sigils are pictographic representation of an outcome that you desire. Their possibilities …
 
Recorded May 9, 2020.In this episode Dr. O’Connell discusses the recent news of strokes occurring in otherwise healthy covid patients and other blood related complications. Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in today’s episode.Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous…
 
Recorded April 18, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Matt McNally and Laurel Timms from Laurel’s Catering to discuss how the pandemic has impacted their business and the catering industry.Questions from this episode include:Can you tell us how the covid pandemic has affected the catering industry as a whole?We see stories about produ…
 
Recorded April 21, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Kevin Pierre-Louis to discuss how the pandemic is affecting professional and amateur athletes.Questions from this episode include:Can you share your thoughts about the impact this has on athletes who might be late bloomers and are now possibly missing the opportunity for walk-on sp…
 
Recorded April 24, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Foodnetwork Chef, Jet Tila, to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the food industry and restaurants and what you can do to help.Questions from this episode include:What effects are you seeing in the restaurant industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?How are che…
 
Today's episode was recorded on April 21, 2020. In this episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell speaks with Dr. Michael Gottlieb about the AIDS crisis and how it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their discussion covers how AIDs was found to be a new clinical entity, what factors may have lead to the discovery of COVID-19 as a new clinical entity, how the delay…
 
Residing in the heart of England lives one of the most notorious Wizards of the last 100 years. A Wizard who has not only seen the future, but some say has had a hand in crafting it. Conjuring characters that are as timeless as his ideas, there does not seem much that is beyond this Sorcerer's Magic. We are talking about Northampton's own Mr. Alan …
 
Today's episode was recorded on April 15, 2020. In this episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell and Mike Veseth discuss various economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the questions covered include:Is the United States currently in a recession?What can we learn about the economic effects of the virus from Italy and China? How has the pandemic affecte…
 
Recorded April 9, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by breakout actor Will Ropp to discuss the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the film industry.Questions from this episode include:What are you seeing actors and actresses in Hollywood doing these days to try to support the public and healthcare workers during this COVID pande…
 
Today's episode was recorded on April 8, 2020. In this episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell meets with the Johns Hopkins Team to discuss their COVID-19 infographic initiative and how COVID-19 has impacted life as well as education for medical students. The Johns Hopkins Team is comprised of a number of medical students whose goal is to provide accurate and r…
 
Recorded April 18, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Tim Horita to discuss the current state of testing for Covid-19 and the different methods available and how that translates into herd immunity. Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in today’s episode.Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family …
 
Today's episode (recorded April 3, 2020) features a discussion between Dr. Ted O'Connell and Dr. Tessa Stecker. Topics covered in the interview include: What health policy means and how the COVID-19 is viewed through it's lens.How the COVID-19 pandemic affecting large groups of vulnerable people.The issues within the United States healthcare system…
 
Recorded April 8, 2020. In this episode Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Rishi Desai from Osmosis and recent Fox News fame. They discuss hot topics such as testing and re-opening the country and the economy. They also discuss Osmosis' mission to increase the number of health care workers to address the increased demand by raising the line. Questions …
 
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell discusses comorbidities that may increase your risk of having severe symptoms if infected with COVID-19. Such conditions include: diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, COPD, and more. Risk is also increased if you are a smoker. Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in today’s epi…
 
The interview in this episode was recorded on March 30, 2020. In the episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell and Dr. Sallie Permar discuss various aspects of COVID-19 vaccine development for traditionally vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, infants, and children. Dr. Permar provides insight into what coronavirus vaccine development looks like now and what…
 
This interview was originally recorded on March 29, 2020. In this episode, Dr. O’Connell talks with Dr. Houston about herd mentality and how fear and anxiety are affecting people’s emotions and actions during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Houston also offers advice on how to maintain mental wellness during these atypical situations. Questions discu…
 
In this episode, Dr. Ted O’Connell and Nick Nissen discuss the mental health concerns that have been arising in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Some of the topics covered include:● An overview of some prominent mental health concerns during this pandemic● A description of the neurological mechanism behind our increased anxiety during a pandemi…
 
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell talks about new guidelines from the CDC and the World Health Organization regarding the use of masks in public and the different kinds of masks available.Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in todays episode.Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author …
 
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