Dr Alberto Villoldo - Bridging Ancient Shamanic Traditions With Modern Medicine Image for Canva
This week, I'm excited to welcome Dr Alberto Villoldo back to the show. He is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the shamanistic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for over 30 years. He's the founder of The Four Winds Society, an organization dedicated to bridging ancient shamanistic traditions with modern medicine and psychology. Questions we ask in this episode: What led you to explore shamanism? What did you learn during your time in the Amazon? How does a shamanistic philosophy view modern-day living? Stu This week, I'm excited to welcome Dr. Alberto Villoldo. Dr. Villoldo is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the shamanistic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for over 30 years. He's the founder of The Four Winds Society, an organization dedicated to bridging ancient shamanistic traditions with modern medicine and psychology. In this episode, he shares his experiences in the Amazon and discusses how he teaches people to grow new bodies that resist disease through modern day shamanistic rituals. Over to Dr. Villoldo. Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition, and I'm delighted to welcome Dr. Alberto Villoldo to the podcast. Dr. Villoldo, how are you? Alberto 01:53 I'm well. Thank you. Stu 01:55 Thank you so much for sharing your time. And I know that you've got a very unique story that we're going to dig into this morning, and it's going to take us on a little bit of a different journey. But before we get into that, I would love for any of our listeners that may not have heard about you or your work, just to tell us a little bit about where you started and why you do what you do, please. Alberto 02:18 Just in a nut shell, I'm a medical anthropologist and I've spent the last 30 years traveling through the Amazon and the Andes mountains and throughout the jungles of the world to study the shamans, the medicine men and women that create health. They don't treat disease. Their practice has to do with creating the conditions for health, and then disease goes away or does not manifest. In contrast with our Western medical practice, where we don't really have a healthcare system, we have a deceased care system. The shamans that I work with focused on creating health, psychosomatic health, health through your foods, your diet, nutrition, through your breathing practice, your sleep, and of course, through the luminous energy field that surrounds the physical body and organizes it.