We’re speaking with Maya Shetreat, MD, a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child. Dr. Maya is the founder of the Terrain Institute, where she teaches Terrain Medicine™, earth-based programs for transformational healing. She works and studies with indigenous communities and healers in Ecuador, and is a lifelong student of ethnobotany, plant healing, and the sacred.
In this episode, you're going to hear what she believes to be 3 foundational pieces to our health & wellbeing (they all revolve around dirt), how her son’s early health challenge sent her down a rabbit hole, and a path to remembering what she really cared about - food, plants, environment, and spirit.
We’re covering the microbiome, toxins, stress, and Dr. Maya gets really honest about being a pioneer in her field and the resistance she encountered from colleagues. She shares her top non-negotiables and what she believes the one thing we must cultivate for our soul’s wellbeing.
In this episode, we discuss:
How Dr. Maya got into dirt, her childhood playing with nature
3 foundational pieces to our health & wellbeing - all around dirt; the pillars of health:
Being exposed to germs and microbes
Eating fresh food from healthy soil
Being immersed in nature
How Dr. Maya started putting the puzzle pieces together and recover her son’s health, beginning with late nights looking at the scientific literature
The connections between pesticides, farming practices and allergic disease
How Roundup was first patented as an antibiotic
How families share a microbiome, and how diversity is important for health
How Dr. Maya got her family on board with food and lifestyle changes using incremental changes, phases, rotations, and “crowding out” techniques
Top things to avoid: bleach and harsh chemical cleaners, instead, use natural cleaners
Why we really want to be around germs, and promote diversity in our microbiome
Eliminate antimicrobial soaps and toxic hygenic products
Expand microbial exposures - good news: you don’t have to clean as much! “It’s ok to not be squeaky clean all the time”
Incorporate as much time outside and out in nature as possible
Have a pet - you share microbiome with your pets!, the benefits of having pets in the prevention of immune disorders
How stressors can be good for us, and how they result in more powerful nutrition and medicine in plants
Dr. Maya breaks down the immune process and system, and how a less diverse exposure to microbes will lead to more allergic response and overactivity
The concept of hormesis and the importance of small stressors in regular doses
How emotional stressful situations can be apart of an initiation and support our growth
The importance of coming together to protect our health from massive stressors and toxins, and how Dr. Maya sees it happening already
How Dr. Maya weaves in the spiritual into her medical practice, and why there is no way to avoid connection to the ancient entities and spirit when working with Mother Earth
What working with an ethnobotanist, shaman, and other teachers in Equador taught her
As a pioneer in her field bridging mind body spirit in conventional neurology, the resistance she encountered from colleagues when she began incorporating holistic tools and modalities
Some common emotional-spiritual-physical body connections and challenges Dr. Maya sees and how she supports her patients through self discovery
The importance of learning how to listen, and incorporating practices to listen such as keeping a dream journal
Dr. Maya’s top non-negotiables for supporting your health, and how being in a state of receiving can be game-changing, plus her tips on how to get into that receptive mode and learn to listen to unspoken language
Connect With Dr. Maya Shetreat
Resources & Links
Free gift: Earth Medicine Transformational bundle at https://go.shetreat.me/free-gift
The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child by Dr. Maya Shetreat
An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
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