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SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with dr. sanjiv chopra C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer A Life Well -Learned wisdom and wit are just two of the qualities that ing your wisdom on creating leaders. How do you juggle it all, yet distinguish Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, who has lofty and lengthy accomplish- seem to be so grounded at the same time? ments in the medical field and the literary world. Just listen to some of Dr. Chopra: A large part of it is solid core values instilled during my his practical advice: "Everyone should meditate once a day," he says. childhood in India by my parents. My father was a professor of medi- "And if you don't have time to meditate, then you should do it twice a cine, both a dean and a working cardiologist. And my mother was the day!" he laughs. most caring and compassionate person I've ever known. So the mix of Chopra practices what he preaches, rising at his Weston home each morning at 4:30 to do just that. This engaging father of three and hard work and humility was a foundation laid during my early years. Also, the silence I get from daily mediation keeps me grounded. grandfather of two is a well-respected professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has more than 120 publications and five books to his WWM: Tell me about why you wrote the 2010 book Dr. Chopra Says: credit, and has a passion for teaching leadership training. He has Medical Facts and Myths Everyone Should Know. also earned many awards, including the George W. Thorn Award for Dr. Chopra: I have a lot of friends outside of the medical community Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School and the American whom I see regularly and, often, they ask me medical questions, such Gastroenterological Association's Distinguished Educator Award. In as, "What do you think of taking an aspirin a day?" I'm happy to 2009, he was elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians. answer them, because there are a lot of medical myths out there. Another reason I co-wrote this book is because there is so much hype he shared stories of growing up in India with his brother Deepak (a We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 During WellesleyWeston Magazine's conversation with Dr. Chopra, on television about vitamins and such. Once, I did a radio talk show renowned doctor and holistic health visionary), his family life, and his and a caller asked about the effectiveness of taking daily vitamins and philosophies of cultivating leadership. supplements. The caller revealed that he spent $212 a month. So I told him his cure is to do a "wallet biopsy!" The truth is, if you eat nutritious WellesleyWeston Magazine: You have many professional accomplishments, from teaching and medicine to authoring books and impart- 48 foods, if your blood counts are fine, and you visit your doctor once a year, you don't need to buy any of what you see advertised on TV.

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