30. The Innate Intelligence of the Immune System - Cilla Whatcott

Real immunity is not gotten from a pill or a needle- it’s not a one time thing that comes from outside us, but an ongoing process that develops over time and springs from the vital intelligence of the human body.

In the Intro:

  • Love + Immunity

  • The incredible complexity of the human body

  • The Health Helix

In the Interview:

  • How the death of her mother sparked a teenage Cilla's interest in natural health, and how a dream visit from her mom decades later led her to the work she's doing now

  • How modern medicine disempowers parents and dismisses the instinctive knowing mothers have about their own children

  • MAMA- no one loves or observes your child as much as you do. You are your child's healer. Trust yourself.

  • What happened in 1989 that shifted public consciousness around health & self empowerment

  • The false vaxxer/anti-vaxxer dichotomy

  • How homeoprophylaxis (HP) educates the immune system by echoing how nature works

  • We each have particular disease susceptibilities

  • What happened when I gave my daughters their first dose of homeopathic varicella (chicken pox)

  • The Pathogen v The Terrain

  • Microbes have been here a lot longer than we have and we must co-exist with them mindfully

  • The important healing work of fever, runny nose, and other symptoms and how suppressing these processes shuts down the vital force and drives disease deeper

  • Cilla shines some light on my constant childhood ear infections

  • The connection between immunity and emotions- boundaries, repression, and expression

  • The developmental leaps children make after being allowed to overcome disease on their own

  • Herd immunity cannot be created artificially 

  • The success that the Indian and Cuban governments have had with HP

  • Action steps for how to best support innate immune intelligence

In the Outro:

  • The three myths we assume are true when we talk about vaccines

  • Cell mediated v humoral immunity

  • The autoimmune disease epidemic

  • When measles came to my daughter's school

  • Our family's recent experience with pertussis (whooping cough)

  • A deeper look at herd immunity: chicken pox/shingles, pertussis, and measles

Links:

CillaWhatcott.com

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness by Thomas Cowan, MD

Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies by Neil Z. Miller

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk

The Vaccine Trade Off episode of the Wise Traditions podcast

High Dose Vitamin C for Pertussis webpage by Dr. Suzanne Humphries

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

8. Planetary Intelligence, Ancestral Resonance, & the Perception of the Heart - Stephen Harrod Buhner

There is a vast intelligence in Nature, which both precedes and envelopes human consciousness. By opening our doors of perception- the heart, the senses, the nervous system- we can engage in communion with this field and come to know the world in which we are embedded as sentient, responsive, and ever-adapting, just as our ancestors did.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He teaches about the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. 

In the intro:

  • The attentive noticing of the soul

  • An herbalist's perspective on cold & flu

  • Empowerment & herbalism

  • Giveaway!

In the interview:

  • Stephen’s memories of his physician great-grandfather, and how DNA carries more than just physical information down through the generations

  • The tendency toward high sensitivity in plant people

  • Sensory gating channels & discerning meaning from the touch of the world upon us

  • The doors of perception & how psychedelics, or “neurognostics”, effect them

  • Plant perception and the neural networks in root systems- humans do not have a monopoly on intelligence

  • The function of psychedelics in the ecosystem, apart from and long before human use

  • The birth of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory and how real innovation & paradigm shifts can only happen outside of institutions

  • How we can recover the intelligence of the heart in the direct perception of nature

  • Visionary plant encounters & knowing plants through dreaming states

  • Aisthesis- the exchange of soul essence between two life forms

  • The misunderstood nature, vast intelligence, and ecological necessity of bacterial & viral life forms

  • The age of miracle drugs is over, just as so many people are stepping into the world of herbalism

  • Herbs are much better able to deal with infections and disease than technological medicine is

  • Stephen’s opinion on whether or not humans, and the earth, will survive

  • What happened in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918: “The thing we haven’t learned is the dangers of our hubris”

  • True self-empowerment v reliance on outside medical knowledge

  • The paradigm shift that happens when you realize that all around you are plants with exceptional medicine that you can learn to use

  • The process of eldering and the point when the inevitability of dying becomes predominant

  • Herbal lineage, the march of generations, and young folks as the torch-bearers for the future of herbalism

Links:

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