51. Maternal Mammalian Ecstasy: The Ancient Hormonal Blueprint for Optimal Birth and Bonding - Sarah Buckley

Through untold eons mammals have evolved a beautiful birth-giving physiology based around a complex cascade of hormones that are released during labor. We give both mother and baby the best chance at a peaceful, ecstatic birth and postpartum period when we remember and respect this ancient dance.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Complex parenting topics: sleep, immunity, birth

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Sarah’s mainstream doctor grandfather and how she got interested in natural birth

  • The exquisitely designed ancestral/mammalian hormonal blueprint of labor

  • The impact of (unnatural, external) stress on a laboring woman and how it disrupts the optimal hormonal flow

  • Creating optimal conditions for birthing and for bonding

  • The hormonal consequences of bypassing the natural physiological onset of labor (such as by induction or scheduled C-section)

  • How feeling unsafe (at a subconscious, limbic system level) disrupts the flow of birth

  • The irony of how we treat animals in labor v how we treat human women in labor

  • The ecstatic, altered state of mind we enter into during labor

  • What first time mothers need to know but are often not told

  • Fear and mystery in birth

  • The body is designed to transcend the (natural, intrinsic) stress and pain of labor and they play a critical role in bonding

  • The role of vocalization in labor

  • Newborns need placental blood: cord clamping and how our cultural beliefs around that have changed over time

  • What “No hatting, no patting, no chatting” means for the postpartum period

  • Ancestral family sleep and motherbaby biological regulation: the many reasons that co-sleeping is best for babies and the science that backs it up

  • The fascinating phenomenon of some birth attendants being able to smell the moment before the baby is born

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48. Matriarchy in Action & Ancestor Assisted Birth - Emilee Saldaya

Birth has been systemically taken from us by the powers that be, but each birthing body holds deep knowledge of how to bring forth life. This conversation is part of a much larger cultural remembering of what our ancestors instinctively knew about giving birth and nurturing our babies.

IN THE INTRO:

  • If we're not changing our minds, we're not growing

  • Mammalian birth [mama & mammal & mammary are etymologically related, and there's a reason for that]

  • How the Taoist medicine perspective of how energy moves through the female body explains why everyone wants to be around women

 IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Emilee’s radical teenage years led to her work now.

  • Supporting mother’s instincts so that the mother-baby conversation can happen.

  • Birth story: Dolphins(!), their potent medicine, and telepathic connection to birth (I cry).

  • The spectrum of birth experience from beautiful and respectful, to dark and scary.

  • How Emilee’s first hospital birth helped align her with her dharma.

  • Our special likeness to all mammals through hormonal sequencing and our need to birth in a safe, familiar space (the choice of birth location changes the hormones flowing through the body during birth).

  • Ultrasound technology safety and what affects our choices to use it.

  • We are culturally trained to fear birth, and be terrified of death.

  • How Patriarchy & Christianity disempowered birthing women.

  • Fear- allying ourselves with it, rather than struggling to “overcome” it.

  • Holding space for all individual birth experiences while still rejecting The System.

  • Surrogacy, the primal wound, the commodification of bodies, and our bodily sovereignty as women.

  • Staying open and nuanced in complex conversations.

  • Meeting your divinity through birth, and the sacred spirituality of pregnancy.

  • We birth the way we live.

  • We are all descendants of women who birthed at home (like 99.999999999% of our female ancestors). Birth is in our bones.

  • Creating a matriarchal household/family.

  • A freebirth is a birth unhindered, undisturbed, in the support of loved ones, and outside the system that oppresses women and especially women of color.

  • When we align with truth, in our power, we are unshakable.

LINKS:

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39. Kitchen Herbalism: The Body Remembers - Kami McBride

Herbalist Kami McBride is back to dive even deeper into the uses of plant medicine for long term vitality and well being. This time we focus on home & kitchen herbalism, which is both super easy/accessible to everyone and the most important way to utilize herbs for daily health. Win win!

INTRO:

  • Home herbalism is the best kind of herbalism

  • Put this spice (already in your kitchen!) on a cut to stop bleeding quick

INTERVIEW:

  • How simple kitchen herbalism bypasses the overwhelm many new herbalists feel (IT'S SO EASY Y'ALL)

  • Culture begins in the kitchen

  • Empowering yourself to take care of everyday illnesses and ailments at home

  • The magic that happens when women gather to make food and medicine together (with our uniques lineage of women standing behind us)

  • How Kami has her kitchen set up so that incorporating healing herbs into every meal takes no thought

  • Herbal sprinkles alone can change the whole food culture in a home

  • No one eats perfectly healthy at every meal, but adding herbal salts, vinegars, oils, honeys, etc. to each dish automatically and dramatically boosts the nutritional- and flavor!- content

  • Kitchen herbalism returns a vast diversity of missing micronutrients to the Standard American Diet

  • Digestion is literally the foundation of health, and an herbally oriented kitchen supports the flow of blood, energy, and oxygen to your digestive track at every meal

  • Evolving our medical care to the next level begins at home

  • Pesto is as sacred as the elements and is incredible for fighting colds & flu (and has endless possibilities beyond basil!)

  • Reawakening our senses & activating ancestral taste and scent perception

  • Why you need the bitter flavor in your life

  • Alchemy Oil, Chai Honey, and mind blowing Herbal Cordials

  • The best herbal food gifts to give for every occasion

  • Mega next level meal planning- taking 15 minutes to ask yourself what's going on with your/your living mates lives and health this week, and then planning meals and herbal condiments around that

LINKS:

Pre-Order The Herbal Kitchen now to get the bonuses!

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

Get the PDF transcript of this episode here.

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30. The Innate Intelligence of the Immune System - Cilla Whatcott

Real immunity is not gotten from a pill or a needle- it’s not a one time thing that comes from outside us, but an ongoing process that develops over time and springs from the vital intelligence of the human body.

In the Intro:

  • Love + Immunity

  • The incredible complexity of the human body

  • The Health Helix

In the Interview:

  • How the death of her mother sparked a teenage Cilla's interest in natural health, and how a dream visit from her mom decades later led her to the work she's doing now

  • How modern medicine disempowers parents and dismisses the instinctive knowing mothers have about their own children

  • MAMA- no one loves or observes your child as much as you do. You are your child's healer. Trust yourself.

  • What happened in 1989 that shifted public consciousness around health & self empowerment

  • The false vaxxer/anti-vaxxer dichotomy

  • How homeoprophylaxis (HP) educates the immune system by echoing how nature works

  • We each have particular disease susceptibilities

  • What happened when I gave my daughters their first dose of homeopathic varicella (chicken pox)

  • The Pathogen v The Terrain

  • Microbes have been here a lot longer than we have and we must co-exist with them mindfully

  • The important healing work of fever, runny nose, and other symptoms and how suppressing these processes shuts down the vital force and drives disease deeper

  • Cilla shines some light on my constant childhood ear infections

  • The connection between immunity and emotions- boundaries, repression, and expression

  • The developmental leaps children make after being allowed to overcome disease on their own

  • Herd immunity cannot be created artificially 

  • The success that the Indian and Cuban governments have had with HP

  • Action steps for how to best support innate immune intelligence

In the Outro:

  • The three myths we assume are true when we talk about vaccines

  • Cell mediated v humoral immunity

  • The autoimmune disease epidemic

  • When measles came to my daughter's school

  • Our family's recent experience with pertussis (whooping cough)

  • A deeper look at herd immunity: chicken pox/shingles, pertussis, and measles

Links:

CillaWhatcott.com

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness by Thomas Cowan, MD

Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies by Neil Z. Miller

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk

The Vaccine Trade Off episode of the Wise Traditions podcast

High Dose Vitamin C for Pertussis webpage by Dr. Suzanne Humphries

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

11. Without a Village: Isolation, Honesty, and the Paradoxes of Modern Motherhood

We evolved raising children in clans of 50 or more other humans; today we live in homes with just a few other people. It goes against our very biology to raise children in isolation. It's really hard and really lonely, and it's not your fault.

In this episode I ramble into the microphone about my parenting journey. I am brutally honest and don't paint a rainbow over everything at the end. If you're already a parent, this episode will comfort you. If you're not and want to be, it'll give you a glimpse of your possible future and also maybe terrify you. If you're not and plan to keep it that way, you'll learn how to support the parents in your life.

I talk about:

  • How our fractured, nuclear family living hurts families and relationships

  • Emotional labor, women's invisible work, and the endless To Do list

  • The very different experiences I had with my daughters, born ten years apart

  • Sleep: I've both co-slept and sleep trained (also- SIDS and entrainment)

  • Realistic self care- does it exist? Kinda. Here's what I do

  • Building community

  • Herbs for mamas & kiddos

  • When does postpartum end?

  • Anxiety & motherhood

  • Choosing not to have kids

  • How the Maiden to Mother transition is different for everyone

  • The bone deep depletion of mothering

  • Being envious of non parents

  • Failing every day

  • Come gather around this fire with me

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