57. Own Your Self: Radical Healing, Rooted Health - Dr. Kelly Brogan

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society" -J. Krishnamurti

"Medical science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left." -Aldous Huxley

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -Arthur Schopenhauer

IN THE INTRO:

  • Remembering that radical literally means “back to the root"- what we consider today to be radical health care is actually just our ancestral human biological inheritance

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Dr. Brogan’s own diagnosis, and sitting with the cognitive dissonance that came with it, turned what she had been taught about health and healing on its head

  • Searching for the science that we aren’t given

  • It’s not so much information wars as competing paradigms that are causing the divisions in modern medicine

  • Embracing complexity and critical thinking

  • Psychiatric pharmaceuticals are the most habit-forming substances on the planet (Dr. Brogan hasn’t written a prescription since 2010)

  • Walking away from labels and tapering off psych meds

  • How a diagnosis can act as a hex, or as an opening into a more authentic connection to self

  • The dehumanizing that has to happen when medicine is practiced at scale

  • Suffering ends where meaning begins

  • How the Evolutionary Mismatch between our ancestral human bodies and our modern lives underlies so many physical and mental disorders

  • We have tremendous capacity to change our gene expression

  • Precision and bioindividual (the future of!) medicine v vaccine mandates (everyone gets the same 72 highly complex and inherently risky injections, no matter their individual health profiles)

  • How two of Dr. Brogan’s patients having 2nd trimester stillbirths after receiving the flu shot sent her down the path of 10,000 hours of vaccine research

  • The germ warfare paradigm is the ultimate expression of a control, fear-based paradigm of medicine

  • Creating the conditions that allow people to heal themselves

  • Kelly’s personal experience transforming motherline pain and trauma, and raising her daughters to report only to themselves

IN THE OUTRO:

  • The conversation they are trying to silence is the very conversation we need to be having; the information they are trying to censor is the exact information you need to know

  • The cultural cognitive dissonance wherein we live in a society that censors the hashtag #vaccineinjury while simultaneously paying out $4,182,078,646 through the government run national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (as of August 2019, link below)

  • Google and social media search censorship

  • Some great accounts, websites, and one podcast for real vaccine information

  • How censorship and vaccine mandates will backfire on the Pharmaceutical industry

LINKS:

SOME VACCINE RESOURCES-

Instagram accounts:

Facebook pages:

Websites:

And listen to The Vaccine Conversation podcast!

 

56. Real Talk on Marriage, Plants, Kids, Business - My Husband, Owen Lindsay

Owen never thought he’d be a dad, neither of us planned on getting married, and we had no idea that our love for plants would play such a big role in sustaining our relationship. Here’s a peek into how we make our lives together work...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Elderberry & Motherwort

  • Three things that make our marriage work

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How we met and then, six years later, got together (St. John’s Wort oil played a role)

  • Why we pretended we weren’t falling in love even when we clearly were

  • What we were doing before we got together, and how we’ve changed and grown together

  • How Owen, who never thought he’d have kids, transitioned first into the role of stepdad and then new father

  • How we find balance and prioritize our marriage while sharing kids, land, a home, and a business (spoiler alert: we don’t)

  • What roles we each take on within the family and the business

  • Ramblings on getting married and raising kids in middle age

  • Parenting a teenager and a threenager

  • Adulting, we hate it but it brings us closer

  • Our reaction to our unexpected pregnancy

  • How we became homeowners and married people, two things we never envisioned for ourselves

  • What’s growing in our gardens, what tending our land looks like

  • Sustainable wildcrafting (and pivoting away from wildcrafting)

  • Why plant communication has been heavy for Owen lately

  • What Owen thinks about my activism around the issue of vaccine mandates

  • Civil uprising is the only option left to us on so many fronts, so many issues, as big businesses continue to destroy environmental and human health in the name of profit

  • What we’ve learned from our fights

  • Envisioning the future of our business and family

LINKS:

Get the PDF transcript of this episode here.

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52. Decolonizing the Mind: You Belong to Your Ancestors - Tamira Cousett

Embodying the blessing of being a child of diverse lineages, being rooted first in our ancestral stories and second in our cultural narratives, embracing our inherent worth as we step into the work we came here to do, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Imaginal remembering

  • How primal human posture has greatly diminished my pain

  • Gathering the stories of your elders

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Tamira’s childhood experiences with the unseen, and how that was (not) held in her family

  • We are accountable to our ancestors

  • The process of remembering and learning to be in daily, direct communication with those who hold the container for our lives

  • Being a bridge between our children and the ancestors- incorporating small ritual into our lives and sharing our peoples’ stories

  • Our children are the ancestors returning as the new faces of the lineage

  • The evolution of Tamira’s ancestral healing journey as a black woman in the south with both African and European ancestors

  • Seeing today’s -isms as rituals of disconnection that feed shame and hatred and anger, which further fuel racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.

  • Remembering that black and white are not ancestral categories and stepping back to view the larger historical narratives of our people

  • The story of the harmonizing of two of Tamira’s lineages, one of West African descent and one of European- what was shown to her during the ceremony and how the healing changed her life (we cry)

  • Victimhood, blame, forgiveness, and how our redemption is tied into one another’s

  • Claiming first the identity of being a child of your ancestors before being anchored in the (very real and valid) identities the world assigns you

  • Ancestral connection banishes imposter syndrome- you belong with and to your people always, they’re holding the container of your life so that you can bring your medicine forward (and when we feel this belonging this we are much less likely to perpetuate cultural and personal harms)

  • Holding space for childrens’ grief, and the generations of unmetabolized grief wreaking havoc on our culture

LINKS:

GET THE PDF TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE HERE.

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51. Maternal Mammalian Ecstasy: The Ancient Hormonal Blueprint for Optimal Birth and Bonding - Sarah Buckley

Through untold eons mammals have evolved a beautiful birth-giving physiology based around a complex cascade of hormones that are released during labor. We give both mother and baby the best chance at a peaceful, ecstatic birth and postpartum period when we remember and respect this ancient dance.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Complex parenting topics: sleep, immunity, birth

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Sarah’s mainstream doctor grandfather and how she got interested in natural birth

  • The exquisitely designed ancestral/mammalian hormonal blueprint of labor

  • The impact of (unnatural, external) stress on a laboring woman and how it disrupts the optimal hormonal flow

  • Creating optimal conditions for birthing and for bonding

  • The hormonal consequences of bypassing the natural physiological onset of labor (such as by induction or scheduled C-section)

  • How feeling unsafe (at a subconscious, limbic system level) disrupts the flow of birth

  • The irony of how we treat animals in labor v how we treat human women in labor

  • The ecstatic, altered state of mind we enter into during labor

  • What first time mothers need to know but are often not told

  • Fear and mystery in birth

  • The body is designed to transcend the (natural, intrinsic) stress and pain of labor and they play a critical role in bonding

  • The role of vocalization in labor

  • Newborns need placental blood: cord clamping and how our cultural beliefs around that have changed over time

  • What “No hatting, no patting, no chatting” means for the postpartum period

  • Ancestral family sleep and motherbaby biological regulation: the many reasons that co-sleeping is best for babies and the science that backs it up

  • The fascinating phenomenon of some birth attendants being able to smell the moment before the baby is born

LINKS

GET THE PDF TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE HERE.

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48. Matriarchy in Action & Ancestor Assisted Birth - Emilee Saldaya

Birth has been systemically taken from us by the powers that be, but each birthing body holds deep knowledge of how to bring forth life. This conversation is part of a much larger cultural remembering of what our ancestors instinctively knew about giving birth and nurturing our babies.

IN THE INTRO:

  • If we're not changing our minds, we're not growing

  • Mammalian birth [mama & mammal & mammary are etymologically related, and there's a reason for that]

  • How the Taoist medicine perspective of how energy moves through the female body explains why everyone wants to be around women

 IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Emilee’s radical teenage years led to her work now.

  • Supporting mother’s instincts so that the mother-baby conversation can happen.

  • Birth story: Dolphins(!), their potent medicine, and telepathic connection to birth (I cry).

  • The spectrum of birth experience from beautiful and respectful, to dark and scary.

  • How Emilee’s first hospital birth helped align her with her dharma.

  • Our special likeness to all mammals through hormonal sequencing and our need to birth in a safe, familiar space (the choice of birth location changes the hormones flowing through the body during birth).

  • Ultrasound technology safety and what affects our choices to use it.

  • We are culturally trained to fear birth, and be terrified of death.

  • How Patriarchy & Christianity disempowered birthing women.

  • Fear- allying ourselves with it, rather than struggling to “overcome” it.

  • Holding space for all individual birth experiences while still rejecting The System.

  • Surrogacy, the primal wound, the commodification of bodies, and our bodily sovereignty as women.

  • Staying open and nuanced in complex conversations.

  • Meeting your divinity through birth, and the sacred spirituality of pregnancy.

  • We birth the way we live.

  • We are all descendants of women who birthed at home (like 99.999999999% of our female ancestors). Birth is in our bones.

  • Creating a matriarchal household/family.

  • A freebirth is a birth unhindered, undisturbed, in the support of loved ones, and outside the system that oppresses women and especially women of color.

  • When we align with truth, in our power, we are unshakable.

LINKS:

Get the PDF transcript of this episode here.

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39. Kitchen Herbalism: The Body Remembers - Kami McBride

Herbalist Kami McBride is back to dive even deeper into the uses of plant medicine for long term vitality and well being. This time we focus on home & kitchen herbalism, which is both super easy/accessible to everyone and the most important way to utilize herbs for daily health. Win win!

INTRO:

  • Home herbalism is the best kind of herbalism

  • Put this spice (already in your kitchen!) on a cut to stop bleeding quick

INTERVIEW:

  • How simple kitchen herbalism bypasses the overwhelm many new herbalists feel (IT'S SO EASY Y'ALL)

  • Culture begins in the kitchen

  • Empowering yourself to take care of everyday illnesses and ailments at home

  • The magic that happens when women gather to make food and medicine together (with our uniques lineage of women standing behind us)

  • How Kami has her kitchen set up so that incorporating healing herbs into every meal takes no thought

  • Herbal sprinkles alone can change the whole food culture in a home

  • No one eats perfectly healthy at every meal, but adding herbal salts, vinegars, oils, honeys, etc. to each dish automatically and dramatically boosts the nutritional- and flavor!- content

  • Kitchen herbalism returns a vast diversity of missing micronutrients to the Standard American Diet

  • Digestion is literally the foundation of health, and an herbally oriented kitchen supports the flow of blood, energy, and oxygen to your digestive track at every meal

  • Evolving our medical care to the next level begins at home

  • Pesto is as sacred as the elements and is incredible for fighting colds & flu (and has endless possibilities beyond basil!)

  • Reawakening our senses & activating ancestral taste and scent perception

  • Why you need the bitter flavor in your life

  • Alchemy Oil, Chai Honey, and mind blowing Herbal Cordials

  • The best herbal food gifts to give for every occasion

  • Mega next level meal planning- taking 15 minutes to ask yourself what's going on with your/your living mates lives and health this week, and then planning meals and herbal condiments around that

LINKS:

Pre-Order The Herbal Kitchen now to get the bonuses!

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

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)

Get the PDF transcript of this episode here.

Donate to the Transcription Fund
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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)

11. Without a Village: Isolation, Honesty, and the Paradoxes of Modern Motherhood

We evolved raising children in clans of 50 or more other humans; today we live in homes with just a few other people. It goes against our very biology to raise children in isolation. It's really hard and really lonely, and it's not your fault.

In this episode I ramble into the microphone about my parenting journey. I am brutally honest and don't paint a rainbow over everything at the end. If you're already a parent, this episode will comfort you. If you're not and want to be, it'll give you a glimpse of your possible future and also maybe terrify you. If you're not and plan to keep it that way, you'll learn how to support the parents in your life.

I talk about:

  • How our fractured, nuclear family living hurts families and relationships

  • Emotional labor, women's invisible work, and the endless To Do list

  • The very different experiences I had with my daughters, born ten years apart

  • Sleep: I've both co-slept and sleep trained (also- SIDS and entrainment)

  • Realistic self care- does it exist? Kinda. Here's what I do

  • Building community

  • Herbs for mamas & kiddos

  • When does postpartum end?

  • Anxiety & motherhood

  • Choosing not to have kids

  • How the Maiden to Mother transition is different for everyone

  • The bone deep depletion of mothering

  • Being envious of non parents

  • Failing every day

  • Come gather around this fire with me

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