446: Part 2: The Science of Psychedelics (& Why I Took Drugs) With World’s Smartest

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Welcome back to Ted Achacoso, one of the smartest doctors and human beings on the planet, for the second part of last week’s episode. In our first interview, we talked about consciousness, suffering, ego, and a lot of other topics related to that. Today we take it a step further into some controversial waters, the substances called psychedelics and their possibilities from a medical and neurological perspective. I would encourage you to listen to this episode with an open mind, not only because you’re hearing from one of the smartest people in the world, but because these substances, while often misunderstood, have truly life-changing potential. I know this firsthand from my own personal experience with several of them during an intense period of recovery from some personal trauma in my past. Episode Highlights With Dr. Ted Achacoso What consciousness is and the difference between the medical understanding and other theories (and why this matters) The global consciousness theory vs the integrative theory of consciousness Does something need to be conscious to be alive? The biological life definition of consciousness 80% of oxygen is created by phytoplankton in the ocean and not the trees: how this interdependence matters for consciousness The emerging field of synthetic biology and what this means for our kids How the seat of the ego is now said to be known The difference between the self and consciousness and why this matters The self is an appearance within consciousness What the default mode network of the brain is and why it’s important to understand Why self is not a noun but a verb, continually being created and destroyed How to turn down the self-referential feeling and the importance of the feeling of selflessness Why we are the cause of our own suffering (and the real source of suffering) How to respond instead of react Why most people who are depressed have very active default mode vs task positive networks (and what that means) How the different types of meditation help the formation of a non-judgmental awareness The way to learn to watch the ego arise And more! Resources We Mention https://www.homehope.org https://biobalanceinstitute.com 445: Understanding Consciousness, Ego & How to Reduce Suffering With Polymath Dr. Ted Achacoso 437: Health Optimization Medicine, Nootropics, and Anti-Aging With Polymath Dr. Ted Achacoso Troscriptions– Use code WELLNESSMAMA for 5% off Santa Sold Shrooms Ryan Holiday books on Stoicism How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan Podcast with Dr. Dennis McKenna Dr. Jud Brewer More From Wellness Mama 309: How I Overcame Trauma (and Lost 50 Pounds) 274: Spirituality, Psychedelics & Circumcision: Taboo Topics With Luke Storey 289: Stoic Wisdom for Modern Life and Parenting With Ryan Holiday 253: A (Semi) Serious Ultra-Spiritual Conversation With JP Sears 332: An Eastern, Ancient Traditional Approach to Health & Longevity With Simon Cheng of Pique Tea 141: How to Accept Yourself, Foster Community & Be Unlimited with Dr. Mark Atkinson Did you enjoy this episode? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well. Read TranscriptChild: Welcome to my Mommy’s podcast. This episode is sponsored by my friends at Four Sigmatic, my long-time source for superfood mushroom infused beverages like tea, coffee and elixirs. I’ve also really been enjoying their new plant based protein powder, infused with 7 functional mushrooms, adaptogens and no harmful fillers. It’s really easy to add to smoothies or drink on its own in water. I’ve even made a whipped cappuccino smoothie using their vanilla protein powder and a packet of their lion’s mane coffee packets and it was delicious. So many protein powders taste chalky or have that weird artificial sweetener taste, but theirs is made without any gums or fillers or artificial


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