People are talking about:
- Sound healing, emerging from the wings. “Powerful, carefully controlled sound waves could be used to control objects without having to touch them at all – even inside the human body.”
- “MDMA Psychotherapy Could Be Legal In Just Five Years. FDA approval of the treatment for PTSD is on the horizon.” – HuffPo interview with Rick Doblin of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) who I recently saw speak at Horizons:Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York.
- The ketogenic diet (again), and the role of the microbiome in our health, head to toe. (Listened to this very long (3h) podcast “Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer”.) Everyone’s talking about yogurt as an antidepressant now, which is great, but particularly and personally I’ve been looking for the connection between neurotransmitters, which we now know reside largely in our guts, and the physical sensations that I experience quite strongly (runner’s high, anxiety, etc.). Body drugs. Is it the buzz that calorie-restricted intermittent fasters love? Is it dopamine? This week, I think I’ve gotten to it, hereabouts.
“… the brain can tell the gut what to do and the gut can likewise tell the brain what to do through our nervous system. It is a bidirectional roadway, and the road’s name is the Vagus nerve. In fact, the gut makes about 90% of the serotonin in your body; a neurotransmitter that is strictly considered a “happy brain chemical” in the psychiatry world.” – source (including more about inflammation and auto-immune disorders, which is a world of hurt for Western societies to learn to heal).
- More: “That gut feeling. With a sophisticated neural network transmitting messages from trillions of bacteria, the brain in your gut exerts a powerful influence over the one in your head, new research suggests.”
- And regarding breath, which I was/am also convinced plays a quite direct role.
- I’ve launched a new product. Pocket Potions. Read more / buy.
Miscellaneous & Otherwise:
- Finally caught up on our dear friend Dan Ryan’s piece for Reality Sandwich, Advancing Past Life Regression, which relates to this recent read (What’s Your Story? The psychological power of narrative.) in that personal narratives is something Dan talks a lot about (one of our recent conversations, about my first experiences with psychedelics, included the note that being entirely free of personal narrative might be an ultimate pursuit).
- Epsom salt bath benefits (‘tis the season).
- Kimchi soup.
- Hemp tahini caramel date bars, of which we made a different version this week.
- Re-listening to one of my favorite podcasts with Terrence McKenna.
- Also listening to The Untroubled Mind (partial to Chapter 1).
- Reading, Oliver Sacks’, On the Move: A Life.
- And, appreciating Michael Cina’s art, after seeing him talk at his book launch, hosted by Ghostly International, at this great new space in Brooklyn. I particularly appreciated Cina’s point of view on intuition’s role in the creative process, and how important a lack of ego is, in general.
“I try and find out as much as I can about a project and I often will write up an overview of the essential ‘themes.’ From there it is all intuition. After all of these years designing, you develop what I refer to as your gut (intuition). Western cultures, as a whole, are extremely analytical and Eastern cultures value intuition. I feel that there is a middle ground where if you understand something well enough, you can then use your informed intuition to help guide the process and be open to change.” – source.