The Retirement Wisdom Podcast

The Retirement Wisdom Podcast

The Well-Lived Life – Dr. Gladys McGarey

July 09, 2023

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Dr. Gladys McGarey has a wealth of wisdom to share with us from a long life and career as a pioneer in holistic medicine. In her new book The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age, she notes that she considers love to be the most powerful medicine. The book details six secrets from her life and practice to cultivate a long, happy and purpose-driven life. She shares what she’s learned about living a full life on the mental, spiritual and physical levels – and the importance of learning how to direct your energy for greater fulfillment and joy.

Dr. Gladys McGarey joins us from Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Dr. Gladys McGarey is the author of The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age. At 102, he is a still-consulting doctor. Recognized as a pioneer of the allopathic and holistic medical movements, she is also a founding diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.

She is the cofounder and past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, as well as the cofounder of the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine and the founder of The International Academy of Clinical Hypnosis.

Dr. Gladys lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona, where for many years she shared a medical practice with her daughter. She currently has a medical consulting practice, maintains a healthy diet, and enjoys a good piece of cake every now and then. She has spoken at TEDx.


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The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age


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Wise Quotes

On Love and Holistic Medicine

“Well, the basic healing essence is love. And if we’re in a life situation where we aren’t understanding about love, we’re going to have a really hard time working with healing. Because that’s what I found my parents were doing. They were loving the people. And I knew that that’s what was the essence of it. Native Americans have known this forever. And even the Bible says, God is love. Well, if you’re going to work that way, you better get some basic understanding about what love is. And, so it was when we don’t,  think most, any modality that we use, if it’s used in a loving attitude and a in a loving outreach to the physician within the patient themselves, then we’re going to  get some kind of response.”


On The Value of a 10 Year Plan

“Well, in my life, there have been so many things that I’ve reached for and wanted to get and get done and so on. And, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. And,  I’ve found that if you make your plan too short, you get discouraged. But if it’s a 10 year plan, it gives you some reaching area. Okay, well, I didn’t make it in this five years, but in another five  years maybe I could make it happen. It’s a reality that life has to move and as it’s moving, it takes time.”


On Why You Should Start Pedaling

“When I got to thinking about tricycles, it’s a perfect example for holistic medicine. You start out with first two wheels. They’re,  body and mind, and they’re there and they’re good, and they’re connected with a strong support system. And so the infrastructure is good, but what’s it going to do? You’ve got two wonderful wheels and they’re there and they can go round and round and round. But until you get that third wheel in front of the two back there, which is  the body and the mind, you get the spirit in front and the will and the purpose in the front wheel. So now you’ve got a holistic structure. However, that holistic structure can’t do anything until somebody climbs up on that seat and sits down and grabs hold of the handlebar and starts pedaling.”


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Joe Casey is an executive coach who also helps people design their next life after their primary career. He created his own next chapter after a twenty-six-year career at Merrill Lynch, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of HR for Global Markets & Investment Banking. Today, in addition to his work with clients, Joe hosts The Retirement Wisdom Podcast, which thanks to his guests and loyal listeners, ranks in the top 1 % globally in popularity by Listen Notes. Business Insider has recognized him as one of 23 innovative coaches who are making a difference. He’s the author of Win the Retirement Game: How to Outsmart the 9 Forces Trying to Steal Your Joy.