Modern Spirit Podcast

Art by Markus Drassl
Art by Markus Drassl

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Episode 9: Emotional Biology 101, #4: Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. Dr. Yehuda's research on cortisol and brain function has revolutionized the understanding and treatment of PTSD worldwide and has been awarded the renowned Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) 2004 Guest Professorship.

We are very grateful for her perspectives on the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project. Please support our ongoing project through the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project Crowdfund. Learn more at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/modern-spirit-epigenetics-project.

Join us for a fascinating discussion covering epigenetics, PTSD, the biology of trauma, and a new hope for evaluating psychological illness and well-being, and much more. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 8: Emotional Biology 101, #3: Rachel Harris, PhD is a psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. She was in the 1968 Residential Program at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA and remained on the staff for a number of years. During the decade she worked in academic research, Rachel received a New Investigator’s Award from the National Institutes of Health and published over forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She also worked as a psychological consultant to Fortune 500 companies including the UN.

Rachel was in private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years specializing in people interested in psychospiritual development. Rachel is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. Visit Rachel at her website, www.listeningtoayahausca.com.

Dr. Harris is also a Modern Spirit Board Member, please support our ongoing research project, through the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project Crowdfund. Learn more at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/modern-spirit-epigenetics-project.

Join us for a fascinating discussion covering psychedelic medicine, epigenetics of trauma healing, and the mysteries of being human, and much more. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 7: Emotional Biology 101, #2: Candace Lewis, PhD, joins us for a fascinating interview. Candace is an Alaskan native and earned her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Arizona State University while investigating the effects of early life stress on addiction behavior and neuroepigenetics. Dr. Lewis received a Fulbright Fellowship to learn advanced neuroimaging and psychedelic research methods at the University Hospital of Zurich. She was also awarded the Science Foundation Arizona Bisgrove Fellowship to investigate the interplay between early experiences, epigenetics, physiology and behavior. Dr. Lewis is also a member of the Modern Spirit Research Team, please support her work through the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project Crowdfund. Learn more at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/modern-spirit-epigenetics-project.

Join us for a fascinating discussion covering psychedelic medicine, epigenetics of trauma healing, and the mysteries of being human, and much more. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 6: Emotional Biology 101: David Rabin MD, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Co-Inventor & Co-Founder of Apollo Neuroscience joins us for a fascinating interview. Dr. Rabin is a psychiatrist and translational neuroscientist. He is also a member of the Modern Spirit Research Advisory Board. This is our first episode of the Emotional Biology 101 miniseries, exploring the intersection between biology, emotion, and spirituality. Join us for an interesting discussion covering modern mental health, emotional healing, psychedelic and vibrational medicine and much more. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 5: Fascinating interview with Registered Nurse and Reiki Healer Amy M. who tells us the inspiring story of her husband's healing from brain cancer. Inexplicably he was able to avoid brain surgery after reiki healing, and continues well today. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 4: Interview with Tom, who after suffering for years with neck and back pain, traveled to Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center in the Peruvian Amazon, for a 40-day treatment program. After treatment with Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine which included treatment with Shipibo (an indigenous culture of the Peruvian Upper Amazon) ayahuasca ceremony, Tom experienced a marked improvement in his health, including an unexpected and spontaneous resolution of his chronic asthma. Spiritual treatment helped him to work through his emotional wounds, leading eventually to much needed improvements in his mental and physical health.

Note: As the issues he worked through were very personal, this interview was transcribed to protect his identity, and his name was changed to Tom. No recording is available, but you can read the transcript here.

Episode 3: Presenting at the Yale Psychedelic Science Group, including theories related to the book "Fellowship of The River," and underlying ideas behind the the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Research Project, with questions and answers from the group. Special thanks to Yale Faculty Dr. Ben Kelmendi and Dr. Jordan Sloshower. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 2: Interview with Loretta B., cancer survivor and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, discussing how mystical experiences and spiritual practice played key roles in her full recovery to health. Subscribe on iTunes.

Episode 1:  Interview with filmmaker Luis Robledo and artist Alexandra Alexandra abut the upcoming documentary film project "Neoshamans." Subscribe on iTunes.