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THE NEW HEALTH CLUB
66 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Tobias Silberzahn/ McKinsey
Tobias Silberzahn is a Partner in McKinsey’s Berlin office where he is a member of the Healthcare Practice and the Innovation Practice. McKinsey, called “The Form”, is one of the most famous management consulting groups and supposed to know it all. They charge corporations top dollar to help them run with state-of-the-art efficiency. McKinsey gets called in when things are good or bad to help bosses make difficult decisions. Over the last 13 years with McKinsey, Tobias has served mainly digital health startups, established healthcare companies and ministries of health. He lead McKinsey's global Health Tech Network, a community of >1500 digital health companies. His focus area is healthcare innovation and health-tech business building where he supports clients on R&D, commercialisation and scaling questions, he also hosts the McKinsey MedTech R&D Roundtable, the Pharma Technical Development Forum. Within McKinsey, he co-leads the health & wellbeing programs for employees in Germany and Austria, focused on sleep, nutrition, stress management and fitness. So Tobias needs to look into new mental health tools if it comes to employees, but at one point he might look as McKinsey into psychedelic pharma companies. Tobias and I talk about the great resignation, the idea of health that Generation Z, Millennials and generation X has developed and the future of a corporate mental health can look like. And, as you can imagine, I try to engage with Tobias in a conversation about how psychedelics will enter a future work space, since all the current corporate companies are really challenged and need to change from within. Lets see, how.
56 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Dr. Gabor Maté - Our healing is always in the present.
I can finally welcome Dr. Gabor Maté on the show! One of the most empathic, unapologetic and science driven people in the mental health space. I love that combination! And yes, we are also talking about psychedelics and trauma, but what I really like about Gabor is that he sounds like a contemporary, cool philosopher, helping to explain the exciting and disruptive times we live in. Dr. Gabor Maté is a Hungarian-Canadian physician and author. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma and in their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addictions, and a wide range of other conditions. Maté's approach to addiction focuses on the trauma his patients have suffered and he looks to address this in their recovery. We address, how most psychiatrists today are trained in a narrow fashion, Gabor’s ayahuasca ceremony and how he learned about his closed heart, the deepest pain and the deepest love and that our healing in the present and within ourselves. I can highly recommend really all of his books.
92 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Jamie Wheal - About bliss junkies, epiphany whores, new alchemy and ethical cult building
Jamie Wheal is the author of Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death In a World That's Lost Its Mind, and the Pulitzer-nominated global bestseller Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work. He is the founder of the Flow Genome Project, an international organization dedicated to the research and training of human performance. His work and ideas have been covered in The New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., and TED. He has spoken at Stanford University, MIT, the Harvard Club, Imperial College, Singularity University, the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, the Bohemian Club, and the United Nations. Jamie and I talk about the collapse of meaning in the the last decades and how meaning 3.0 could actually look like. What a modern “Alchemist Cookbook” is and why ethical cult building could be interesting. Plus: Jamie explains how flow looks like and what is has to do with the six neurotransmitters. And of course we talk about the current state of psychedelics and how to avoid “bliss junkies and epiphany whores,” as he says. But still, will the future be your and my brain on psychedelics? https://www.flowgenomeproject.com/ https://www.stevenkotler.com/book-pages/stealing-fire Please note also: The New Health Club is now a proud supporter of International Therapeutic Psilocybin Rescheduling Initiative, a global coalition working to reschedule psilocybin under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. With partner organizations such as MAPS, the Beckley Foundation and Drug Science. ITPRI is working bring down barriers to advancing psychedelic medicine. Please check them out at reschedulepsilocybin.org and consider donating to support their work.
57 minutes | May 19, 2022
Robert Bent - Just a psychedelic trip won’t change anyone.
Robert Bent works with the VC fund Vine Ventures and is co-founder and CEO at Othership, a global community to improve mental health in an accessible way. Othership combines beautiful social spaces that deliver peak experiences and a mobile app that teaches breathwork. Prior to Othership, Robbert was Ecosystem Growth lead at the Ethereum Foundation. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Roberts story is a modern one. By late 2013, after being super successful, Robert hit rock bottom. He felt burnt out, low, tired from his career in finance, was struggling with a substance abuse problem. He escaped to Israel, tried a ten day Vipassana retreat, finally went to Peru to try Ayahuasca.From here, Robert's life changed: he engaged in breath work practices, joined Vine Ventures and co-founded “Othership". Roberts vision, as he says,” is to create space that encourages openness to the awe, belonging, and interconnectivity that animates the human experience for a more joy-filled life and living.” He is building a platform that includes physical spaces, a mobile app, a concert tour and a global community. Robert and I talk about the Othership Community.how to use ice bathing and sauna to keep reflecting on your psychedelic experience, why people stop consuming alcohol once they engaged in psychedelics and how a future life with an integrated idea of psychedelics looks like. https://www.othership.us/app https://www.othership.us/physical https://vine.vc/
62 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Dr. Julie Holland - Psychedelics make us look at the world with fresh eyes.
Julie Holland is an American psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, and author. She is an really important voice in the new psychedelic world, we are just creating. She is the author of five books, including Moody Bitches, Good Chemistry, Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER, a memoir documenting her experience as the weekend head of the psychiatric emergency room at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is an advocate for the appropriate use of consciousness expanding substances as part of mental health treatment, she is a medical monitor for MAPS studies, which involve, in part, developing psychedelics into prescription medication.Holland sits on a few advisory board, for example Palo Santo and to me, she is one of the most inspiring people in the space. What I like about Julie? She is non judgemental, she always sees the bigger picture in the psychedelic renaissance, and she is a lot fun to talk to. Please enjoy! http://drholland.com/
65 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Mario Brandenburg , FDP - Politics, Psychedelics & the State.
And just like that, there will be a whole new generation of politicians working on integrating psychedelic assisted therapy in the healthcare system and into new laws. How will the BTM (Betäubungsmittelgesetz in Germany) look like? Will we see a decentralization of mental health care? Why is pretty much everyone microdosing, although it is still really illegal? I am thrilled to talk to Mario Brandenburg from the FDP party today about the coming years, psychedelics and yes, Germany. Mario Brandenburg, born in Rhineland-Pfalz, is a spokesman for research, technology and innovation for the Free Democrats FDP (https://www.fdp.de/) Brandenburg is in the German Bundestag, chairman of the Education and Research Working Group, deputy member of the Digital Agenda Committee and member of the german Bundestag, Last year, he was one of the first politicians in Germany, who started to look into the possible rescheduling of psilocybin and made a request, how the old government under Angela Merkel could be encouraged to spend more money on clinical trials in terms of psychedelics. Now, since the election, Brandenburg is part of the new government and might be one of the german politicians engaging in making psychedelic assisted therapy available in Germany in the coming years. In May 2021, Brandenburg and some FDP colleagues submitted a so-called "Kleine Anfrage zu Medizinische Forschung mit Psilocybin und anderen psychedelischen Wirkstoffen in Deutschland”, in which he presented a list of questions to the federal government at the time, on the basis of which the government had to provide information about the current assessment of psilocybin as a therapeutic agent. We talk about legalization of cannabis in Germany and the decriminalization movement in the US, the decentralized mental health models and what would happen if you don't have to wait months to see a psychiatrist or therapist, the War on Drugs, why FDP leader Christian Lindner is talking about ending the criminalization of users and 'draining the black market’, why the Germans are afraid of microdosing and Silicon Valley why after the pandemic and Covid, we might need a speedy decriminalisation of new psychedelic tools and therapy that will help us to really cope with the massive wave of mental health problems.
53 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Journey Clinical - How to decentralize treating depression
Journey Clinical, Jonathan Sabbagh and Myriam Barthes, is my guest today. VCs named their company one of the top 15 startups in the psychedelic field. Journey Clinical is a turnkey telehealth platform that enables licensed psychotherapists to include legal, evidence-based Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapies (PAP) in their practice, starting with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). Their novel decentralized clinic model provides member psychotherapists with unprecedented access to a KAP-trained medical team, as well as a robust care management platform designed to deliver personalized treatment plans for enhanced clinical outcomes. Myriam describes the new clinical system as a triangle. In the first corner is the patient, in the second the journey clinical doctor, who is able to describe and administer the ketamine, in the third corner is the Journey Clinical member psychotherapist, vetted and often independent, who works with the patient after the treatment. Jonathan describes the company as a “one stop shop where all the required treatments get offered to you”. Which means, as a patient, you would not have to run around to physicians, psychiatrists or therapists,who would eventually contradict each other in their diagnosis or where at least one party would not be open to Ketamine Assisted psychotherapy. Journey Clinical is your new psychedelic in house doctor. Both founders have a background in finance and both have experienced how their lives have transformed with psychedelics. Jonathan, working in hedge funds, suffered from a heavy burn out and undiagnosed PTSD and addiction condition, he looked into an ayahuasca and MDMA experiences. Myriam is a firm believer in plant medicine, she had her own psychedelic healing story.We talk about, how therapists join the network, can access educational videos , then join peer consultation groups and then can start referring patients to the ketamine therapy, how Ketamine can support tapering off antidepressants that patients will still need to take, how repressed feelings and underlying topics of patients made their way to the top during COVID, which amplified peoples crisis and depression even more, how with a few Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions things start to bubble up, how the modern psychedelic clinic can look like very soon. https://www.businessinsider.com/list-top-psychedelics-startups-according-to-vcs-investors-2021 https://www.journeyclinical.com/
49 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Sa’ad Shah- COVID was an enforced Vipassana Meditation
My guest on The New Health Club Show today is Sa'ad Shah, managing partner of the Noetic Fund. Saad basically grew up all over the world, went to the JFK School in Berlin, worked in real estate banking, corporate credit, and derivative sales & trading.–and he holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.The Noetic Fund is a powerful investment group in the new psychedelic field, a group of venture funds launched by Grey House Partners GP Inc. to invest in emerging and early-stage wellness, therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies around the globe, The fund has $170 million in assets under management and is one of the venture-capital firms that's deployed the most funding into the psychedelic industry. The firm has invested $56 million in psychedelics since early 2020, when Shah started the fund. (Companies like Beckley Psytech,Gilgamesch, Bexson, ASRI, CaaM/Tech, Eleusis)Sa'ad and I talk about his interest in theology and mysticism as an investor and eventually taking ayahuasca in Brazil: his own classic hero’s-journey type of story. We address how his own interest and fascination with psychedelics became his new path in life, and what he is looking for, when he invests in a company How to nurture the “the scientific advancement of mental, emotional, psychological and physical health by investing in alternative therapies, modalities, and sciences that are committed to optimising our human experience” which is the Noetic vision and no small plan. (https://noeticfund.com/)
56 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Couples & Truffles. Is psychedelic assisted couple therapy our 2.0 version?
Today I am talking about couples and (magic) truffles, and yes, I mean psychedelic assisted couples therapy. So why could this type of therapy be groundbreaking for the coming years? Why could it be a version of therapy 2.0? And if so, what would it look like? Who would you and your partner be, if you met without the trauma you might carry with you? Today, we got two experts, who are executing an interesting version of truffle assisted couples therapy. I talk to the therapist Jeanien Souren and psychiatrist Hans van Wechem, both are in charge of couples therapy at Field Trip in Amsterdam. With an extensive professional career in mental health, Jeanine Souren holds degrees in psychology, psychotherapy, clinical sexology and couples & family therapy. She is accredited and licensed in the Netherlands and has worked as a lead clinician in several mental health settings. She is passionate about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in combination with psychotherapy. Jeanine believes that by tapping into the deep psyche through psychedelics, suppressed patterns, emotions and beliefs can be made conscious again, allowing for healthy change. Hans van Wechem has almost 30 years of experience in psychiatry and started his career as a registered couples and family therapist before specializing in (group) psychotherapy of patients with early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. After a life-changing psychedelic experience, he recognized the potential of psychedelics in therapy. He now contributes to projects such as MAPS in their efforts to investigate MDMA for the treatment of PTSD and has a wide network in the psychedelic community. His main interest lies in contributing to a future in which the use of psychedelics will become widely accepted, both as an evidence-based treatment and as a powerful catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. https://www.fieldtriphealth.nl/
59 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Onur Yildirim/ Field Trip Health - Inside a legal, safe & vetted truffle experience
My guest today is Onur Yildirim, Director of Field Trip Health Amsterdam, a place that offers legal, safe and vetted experiences and possibilities to rediscover life through psychedelics. Field Trip Health stands for scientifically supported, legal psychedelic experiences that liberate and inspire you, and works with a step-by-step, professional approach to the use of psychedelics. This includes preparatory sessions and integrative therapy sessions. In Amsterdam Field Trip is working with truffles, in The US and Canada with ketamine. Onur, who leads a team of experienced therapists and psychiatrist at FT; was originally trained in clinical psychology and worked as a psychologist during the first years of his career. Later, Onur earned his PhD in neuroscience from Radboud University and worked in the R&D and MA of established pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Novartis, where he championed the research of psychedelic molecules as potential antidepressants. After his time in the pharmaceutical industry, he began his entrepreneurial career which eventually led him to Field Trip. Onur and I talk about what happens if you make the decision to engage in a psychedelic journey at FT, who are the people that are interested in this and why the times of Covid are encouraging people to look into psychedelic support systems, if possible. And full disclosure, I have done a guided Truffle experience at Field Trip in Amsterdam and it brought me many new insights. I decided to engage in a truffle experience twice year - a tool to support my own life's and founder's journey.
57 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Ester Bruzkus & Peter Greenberg - Can we heal traumatised buildings?
My guests today are the architects Ester Bruzkus and Peter Greenberg and you might wonder: what will we talk about in a podcast like this one, if not about psychoactive compounds and psychedelics? And where does architecture comes in?Founded in 2002 in Berlin, Ester Bruzkus Architekten is an internationally established architecture and interior design practice with global ties, but based in Berlin. They are well known for extensive experience with design at many scales: from the design of tables and furniture to exquisite residences and workspaces to international theatres, restaurants and hotels. Ester was named as one of Architectural Digest’s “Top 200 Influencers in the Design World,” Growing up in Berlin, she studied architecture at Berlin’s Technical University and later at the School of Architecture in Belleville, Paris. Before founding her own Berlin office in 2002. Peter received his Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and graduated cum laude with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University where he also studied philosophy and the history of art. He is a licensed architect in the United States in Massachusetts and New York and is a certified Interior Designer. Since Peter has become Partner, the firm has won several international design competitions, has won many design awards, and has completed several significant projects, including the restaurants Remi and Villa Kellermann Tim Raue, and projects for Relaxound, Volkswagen’s Autostadt, and the PSD Bank. As you can see, here are two pros to talk about trauma, but this time not in brains, but in buildings and houses. The question is though, can buildings be as traumatized from severe historic incidents, as much as brains? And could this have an effect on people living in these buildings? Of course, the follow up question I am asking myself would be: could the trauma and the aura of a building be transformed, if these buildings might host psychedelic treatments and can we help buildings to heal? And redefine them? ? But let’s ask Ester and Peter, the experts on room karma and real building therapists. (https://esterbruzkus.com/)
37 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Patrick Moher - What you want from a psychedelic conference.
My guest is Patrick Moher, CEO at Microdose Psychedelic Insights and creator of the Wonderland Psychedelic Conference in Miami. Patrick is an entrepreneur working in Psychedelics and Cannabis. He is a passionate and unapologetic environmentalist, founded Ethical Image, co-founded a couple of companies. I have met Patrick many times last year, mostly on Air Table, where he hosted the Micro Dose conference virtually. With Microdose online, one was able to see, what was happening in the incredible new field and the big names of the psychedelic renaissance all made their appearance.But now, Wonderland is near, the first big IRL conference in Miami, where most people in the psychedelic world will meet the first time. (Who knows, maybe Wonderland might become the Art Basel Miami for Psychedelics? )The event will certainly be an important meeting of science, capital and entertainment, meaning names like Mike Tyson and Lamar Odom speaking about their personal healing with the support of psychedelic therapy. A new development in the recent entertainment world, that I think is becoming very interesting, helping to destigmatize the psychedelic topic. Patrick and Wonderland are providing the first IRL experience for the psychedelic world in years.
55 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Palo Santo Fund - How will psychedelic pharma look like?
My guests today are Daniel Goldberg and Tim Schlidt, founders of the Palo Santo fund. The two them an their really impressive team got a big plan for the coming years: investing across the new psychedelic ecosystem and funding a new paradigm in well being.Palo Santo’s diversified investment fund is helping to increase the supply of clinically effective and accessible mental health and addiction treatment solutions needed in today’s world. Daniel Goldberg began seeing mental health as part of a spectrum and not something that needs to be so pathologized.As a founder of Palo Santo and Bridge Investments, Daniel has been actively investing with and supporting inspired entrepreneurs for 20 years. Years ago he saw the transformational potential of psychedelic medicines and has developed a deep network of relationships across the psychedelic research and business communities. His passion for the space is purpose‐driven and science informed. He is thrilled to be a part of Palo Santo’s mission of supporting promising treatments while ensuring widespread access to safe, legal, and effective solutions. Tim Schlidt brings extensive knowledge investing across life sciences and healthcare services, and has held a lifelong passion for understanding and improving treatments for CNS disorders. He believes psychedelics are poised to shift the paradigm in mental health treatment and his primary mission in co-founding Palo Santo is to invest in companies and solutions that allow for broad access to those most in need of mental health care. Prior to co-founding Palo Santo, Tim covered the life sciences and health care services sectors as a private equity investor at Madison Dearborn Partners and an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and Greenhill. We talk about Daniels and Tims personal psychedelic experience they had BEFORE the founding of Palo Santo, the shift and the incredible change they saw coming, when a new generation of scientists engaged in psychedelics, about the psychedelic pharma model and what compound is Daniels and Tims favorite and we chat about what will possibly be happening and what I will see, if I would dare to take 5 MEO DMT: but that will happen on the next episode. https://www.palosanto.vc
61 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
“Dr Dave Rabin - Mental Health is a whole body experience”
Dave Rabin is an MD, PhD, a neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur & inventor who has been studying the impact of chronic stress in humans for nearly 15 years, particularly non-invasive therapies for treatment-resistant illnesses like PTSD. He is the co-founder & chief innovation officer at Apollo Neuroscience and the co-founder & executive director of The Board of Medicine. In addition to his clinical psychiatry practice, Dr. Rabin is currently conducting research on the epigenetic regulation of trauma responses and recovery to elucidate the mechanism of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and the neurobiology of belief. He is a practitioner of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and is trained in MDMA assisted psychotherapy. With Molly Maloof, Dr. Dave Rabin is co-hosting the psychedelic news hour on clubhouse.(https://www.psychedelicnewshour.com/) We Talk about listeners on Club House that call in high and how to give them a little integration therapy on air . We talk about why epigenetic trauma is such specific thing, hardly explored, but now a really big topic in the psychedelic context and we talk benefits of Ketamine therapy done at home and of course we talk about Dr Rabins company Apollo. Apollo Neuroscience was born from research at the University of Pittsburgh. David Rabin and Greg Siegle PhD worked together at the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience to develop and scientifically prove out the Apollo technology and discovered that certain combinations of low frequency inaudible sound waves (vibration that you can feel, but can’t hear) can safely and reliably change how we feel through our sense of touch, and that we can measure those physiological changes in near real time. Think of Apollo as a smart bracelet that you can wear around your wrist or ankle and works to give you stress-reducing buzzes in times of need. It syncs to the brand’s app, so you can control its touch therapy functions from your phone.I used Apollo often during the pandemic last year and I fell asleep much easier with it, so I can highly recommend it. Apollo calms your nervous system down in very gentle, but effective way. And since you are a part of amazing the The New Health Club Community, you get a 10% discount on the order of the Apollo. Just head over to www.apolloneuro.com and put in the promo code “newhealth 10” Apollo Partner One Sheet Dr. David Rabin's website Apollo Apollo Research
46 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Relational Processes in Ayahuasca Groups of Palestinians and Israelis
What if Palestinians and Israelis would do an ayahuasca ceremony together? Would there ne more empathy and mutual understanding after the ceremonies? Scientist Leor Roseman and Peace Activist Antwan Saca really wanted to see what happened then. And so they arranged it, and created a study for The Imperial College in London. They recently launched the study “Relational Processes in Ayahuasca Groups of Palestinians and Israelis. Leor Roseman is a postdoc at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London, where he received his Ph.D. and MRes, under the supervision of Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris and Prof. David Nutt. His research is focused on the neural and psychological correlates of the psychedelic experience, and the therapeutic application of psilocybin for depression. Currently, Leor is investigating the psychosocial potential of psychedelics. Antwan Saca was born in Jerusalem to a Christian family from the city of Bethlehem. He has spent his adult life working towards the dream of peace and justice in the Holy Land. He spent five years at the Holy Land Trust serving also as director of programs, where he experienced community-healing approaches that strengthened his interest in non-violent compassionate activism. Since then, he’s focused on community dynamics and the many forms of personal/collective experienced and inherited trauma that influence conflict resolution in the Holy Land. He believes that healing the pain of the past is a prerequisite for healthy relations between nations and—ultimately—peace. Antwan serves as an associate at Leaders Quest. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2021.607529/full https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/leor.roseman13 http://www.leadersquest.org
66 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Diana Kinnert - On TikTok, Mental Health and the Politics of Loneliness.
Diana Kinnert is a German politician, political consultant, and publisher. In 2015 she became the youngest chief of staff in the history of the Bundestag when she ran the parliamentary office of Peter Hintze. She is a frequent media commentator on public policy in Germany, and is affiliated with a number of think tanks and advisory committees of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany. Kinnert has the right amount of forward thinking and meeting people where they are at. She is also a firm believer that mental health becomes one of the most important things in our society. And, that loneliness can be looked upon as an illness. (In some countries, this is an accepted fact.) I highly recommend Dianas book “Die neue Einsamkeit: Und wie wir sie als Gesellschaft überwinden können” or “The new lonley”. Diana and I talk about this “new lonely” and how it affects not only older people, but a whole new generation of people under 30. There is a certain way of living very casually, not committed to things and people, that leaves a lot of us sad and disconnected. Something that is sometimes hard to figure out or even realise. Especially since this generation is perfectly connected in the digital world. More than anyone else. This explains to me, why we get lots of requests at The New Health Club from young people in their 20 or 30 about micro dosing, and most people tell us they would like to feel, to reconnect, but often can’t say with what and how. The “new lonely”and the rise of psychedelics and psychedelic therapy, is strongly connected. And this is our big topic here.
60 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Amber & Marcus Capone - Helping Veterans to come back to life with Psychedelics
When I read about the “Veteran Navy SEAL Advocates for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy” called Marcus Capone, I was wondering, what was this all about? A Navy Seal and psychedelics? I kept reading and quickly Amber Capone, Marcus’ wife, was introduced in the articles, Amber wanted to save her husband from PTSD and, yes, suicide. And make it possible for war veterans to get in touch with psychedelic-assisted therapy by founding the organization Vet Solutions. Amber’s and Marcus’ mission today is to end the veteran suicide epidemic by providing resources, research, and advocacy for U.S. military veterans seeking psychedelic-assisted therapies. Vet Solutions helps veterans and their spouses to access treatment with psychedelic therapies including iboga/ibogaine, ketamine, psilocybin, MDMA, 5-MeO-DMT, and ayahuasca. So far in the US. But their model can work on a global level. The story of Marcus and Amber is a pretty strong one. When Marcus was medically retired after 13 years and multiple combat deployments as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Marcus and Amber thought that life would return to normal. Instead, their struggle had just begun. Marcus was experiencing an escalating myriad of challenges, including depression, isolation, cognitive impairment, excessive alcohol use, headaches, insomnia, and impulsivity. Marcus was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but, instinctively, Amber felt there was more to be discovered. After learning about the effects of blast waves, concussive, and subconcussive brain injuries, everything started to become clear. Marcus’ military career as an explosives expert, combined with his prior years of contact sports, had left him with the invisible wounds of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition that has significant overlap with PTSD and is often not properly diagnosed. So here they are, on the podcast, talking about their journey. https://vetsolutions.org/
52 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
The Plant Medicine Law Group - What it takes to be psychedelic lawyer.
Meet the Plant Medicine Law Group , the first law firm to emerge in the space with the express purpose of serving the psychedelic and cannabis industries. Partners Adriana Kertzer, Serena Wu, and Hadas Alterman are entering their 8th month with a full roster corporate and nonprofit of clients in both industries. They are here today with the first attorney they added, Allison Hoots, who specializes in religious exemptions for psychedelic use, to reflect on their growth, what they’ve learned, and what they hope to accomplish moving forward. I am a really big fan of the Plant Medicine Law Group, since we started to be present in the psychedelic ecosystem at a similar time, and I love the way they look at psychedelics and the renaissance we are just experiencing. Also they contribute to one of the most important parts in the new psychedelic world: the legal framework.So how do you work in an industry that is working with mostly illegal substances? https://www.plantmedicinelaw.com/
51 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Jonathan de Potter - What is a psychedelic CEO?
Heard of the potential of psychedelics for new ideas on leadership and supporting your creativity as an entrepreneur or executive? Meet my guest and expert on this today! It is Jonathan de Potter, the founder of Behold Retreats a special legal, vetted and safe retreat for leaders, executives and entrepreneurs. And btw, a portion of Beholds revenues is going to Fireside Project - the free psychedelic harm reduction hotline. Jonathan talks to me about the psychedelic CEO, how integration of the psychedelic experience is on of the most important topics after the psychedelic experience itself, how new ideas for a company can come out of an experience all together. But also how much the, often stressed and high pressured personal life of a CEO is connected to all of this and that there is no end of evolution for your consciousness, even if you try so hard to achieve it. So if you you are an entrepreneur , CEO or in a leadership position and you know that the top down fear based hierarchy in companies is in the process of being replaced by a more servant leadership. And that we need new ideas, new structures and new insights for our world, not only in business. https://www.behold-retreats.com/ https://firesideproject.org/
76 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Hamilton Morris - How to be non-judgemental with psychedelics.
Yes, it’s the famous Hamilton Morris who is my guest today. Hamilton is an American journalist, documentarian, and scientific researcher. He is the creator and director of the television series “Hamilton's Pharmacopeia”, in which he investigates the chemistry, history, and cultural impact of various psychoactive drugs. Now Hamilton is on the third season of his show, which was released on January 4, 2021.The show runs on Vice TV and YT. Hamilton started to engage early into very personalised and you could say customised research of drugs and substances. He always had an interesting aura around him on camera, a mixture of a daring guinea pig and scientist. The episodes of his show had names, that made it clear . how un judgmental and curious Hamilton was approaching psychedelic substance as his topic. At this point in his life as a psychedelic expert, Hamilton is moving towards psychedelic research, inspired by the great american bio chemist Alexander Shulgin. (https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/the-magic-chemicals-of-psychedelic-wizard-sasha-shulgin) So for the future, Morris has mainly the tweaking of molecules in mind, and that in the context of a university. Hamilton and I talk about why we are developing a new idea of drugs and psychedelics as we speak, the meaning of molecules and the freedom of researching new molecules, the advantages to approach psychedelics in a completely non-judgmental and undogmatic fashion, and of course we address Hamilton's favorite topic: the Sonoran Desert toad, or Bufo alvarius and the potent psychedelic compound called 5-MeO-DMT. https://www.vicetv.com/en_us/show/hamiltons-pharmacopeia https://www.patreon.com/HamiltonMorris
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