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Full Interview: Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein

00:00 My name is Maya Shetreat-Klein. I’m a pediatric neurologist from New York City, and I do integrative pediatric neurology and herbal medicine, and I’m an urban farmer.

00:23 I’ve always felt really connected to plants and trees since I was a child. I think when you’re in a relationship with plants, like the plants call you when you are open and kind of willing to hear what they have to say. So, my experience with plants was kind of being drawn closer, and closer, and closer. Even through med school, and residency, and fellowship I always had this little inkling that that was something really important to me. Then I started to train in herbal medicine.

01:00 Eventually my son got sick, and at that time … basically as a parent, you’ll do anything to help your child. That was a way that the plants I think really did call me. I ended up traveling to the jungle in Ecuador to I think learn what I needed to learn both to help my son, and to heal myself, and to help my patients.

01:25 About 70% of pharmaceuticals are derived from plants, at least. And don’t be fooled, these guys are sending their scientists to the jungle, where it’s one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world to find unique compounds that are incredibly healing for humans. The trick is that plants are these very complex, living beings that really are a universe in and of themselves. They’re really as complex as we are in their own way.

02:01 So, what the pharmaceutical companies are doing is purifying one incredibly potent compound from the plant, and turning that into a drug.

02:11 The pharmaceutical companies purify one very potent component of the plant to turn into a drug, and then they produce that synthetically. But, actually plants, because they’re so complex, have a whole spectrum of compounds from very potent all the way to very weak. Then they actually have compounds that work against that potent effect of the plant. In that way, plants actually have incredibly diverse and nuanced ways of healing in our body that those drugs never really have.

02:50 So, we’re in a … we have this synchronicity with plants because our bodies have evolved with them, and our bodies recognize the compounds, and all the components of the plant.

03:03 The paradigm in indigenous cultures is so different than our paradigm. They use plants for everything. They use plants for their food, they use plants for their shelter, they use plants for their clothes and their baskets, and their jewelry and what they put on their face. Plants are totally integrated part of their world in every way. So, their paradigm is if you have that relationship with the natural world, and with plants, you won’t get disease. You’ll never get disease because you’re in this synchronicity with the natural world around you, and that’s what keeps you healthy.


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What is The Future of Medicine? Dr. Bland

What is The Future of Medicine?

Future of Medicine Dr. Bland 00:00 So how has medicine really been designed? It’s been designed really to make things simple. That’s where if this then that. So basically we have one drug for one illness, so you would get the disease, you name it, you have a diagnosis, you then have a treatment which is generally one drug for that specific condition.

00:18 Now that worked when it was infectious disease and it was an antibiotic control condition. Pneumonia, at certain pneumococcus bacteria, caused it, and now you have a certain intervention with a drug, an antibiotic. Well with these complex chronic illnesses that are now the dominant themes that old model, all of that way that we emerged our thinking, really doesn’t apply very well to the complex problems that we have today. So we have to have a new model. We have to develop another way.

00:43 It doesn’t mean we throw out all those things that we learned that were useful for acute. It just means we need a different model for chronic. We just can’t take the acute model and apply it to chronic and get a positive outcome. And how do we know that? Because look at the ever-expanding cost of healthcare today, 78 percent of our healthcare dollars go to the management of chronic disease without a system really to manage it.

01:03 We’re using an acute system to manage chronic illness and they were asking why does it cost so much? So I think this is opening the door for another innovation of paradigm shift, a tremendous revolution in human thinking as it relates to how we’re going to explore and ultimately prevent and treat chronic illness. And we’re right at that nexus today. We have the tools, we have the scientific understanding.

01:24 Twenty years ago we didn’t even know the origin of the chronic illnesses. We just had an explanation of their appearance. We didn’t know where they came from. That’s no longer true today. Now we actually have an explanation biologically as to how the system of the function at the cellular, the tissue, the organ, organ system and whole body level interacts to produce what we call these illnesses. And each one is uniquely different to the person that has him. So this is the age of personalized healthcare. Moving from the age of the averages to the age of the individual, to the treatment of the cause and nuts and the effect, and it’s an exciting time.

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Dave Asprey – Can We Speed Up Meditation?

Dave Asprey - Can We Speed Up Meditation?

Dave Asprey – Can We Speed Up Meditation? 00:00 Meditation is one of those things that feels like a chore for most people. I spent years learning how to meditate. I went to Tibet to learn meditation from the Masters and spent three months traveling around Southeast Asia. I’ve been to all sorts of meditation seminars. I’ve done Indian inspired things out of the Hindu tradition for many years. I’ve looked at Sikh meditation and I like to do it because I’m all about increasing the performance of my brain.

00:30 Problem is I’m kind of busy. I have two kids. And meditating when you have kids around doesn’t really happen because they’ll interrupt you all the time. Yes, I could wake up early, stay up late, but I also could allocate that time, toward my relationships or towards my mission and I choose to do that.

00:46 Throughout the years, I’ve also been measuring and monitoring my brainwaves. It turns out there are many different technologies that allow you to increase the efficiency of your meditation, so it doesn’t make you a good person because you meditate for two hours a day.

01:02 In fact, I would argue it makes you a better person if you meditate for one minute a day with the results that you would get from two hours of meditation every day. And the reason it makes you a better person is now you have free time and you can do something good to help someone else with that time. Right? So we owe it to ourselves as human beings to achieve the states of meditation and the learning that comes with them in the most effective way possible. You wouldn’t want to take 20 years to get a 12-year high school degree, so why would you want to meditate slowly. And yes, I am saying hurry and meditate faster, but that’s the world we live in and if you can do all of the meditation that you want to do more effectively, why would you not do that?

01:40 One of my favorite quotes on meditation was from a book, a very esoteric book on Tibetan sleep Yoga, and the semi-enlightened masters writing. It says, you know, in this life I’m helping a lot of people. I’m really busy. I don’t have time for my own meditation practice, so I do all my meditation while I’m asleep. [Laughs] And he, of course, had a way of doing that, but the deal is even at that level, we’re looking at this.

02:05 You look at the Dalai Lama, he has awards, have multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars out for neuroscientists who can help him achieve certain advanced Buddhist dates in less time because says, look, it takes me four hours of meditation to get to this state. It’s a viable state, but I don’t have four hours. Could you help? So let’s just acknowledge these are precious, amazing life-affirming states that make you a better human being and you’ve got to get there, but could we get there more effectively please?