THIRD WAVE PODCAST

Integrated Spirituality as a Path to Healing and Wholeness

Episode 92

Dr. Joe Tafur M.D.

In this podcast, Paul F. Austin, founder of Third Wave and Dr. Joe Tafur, M.D., integrative family physician, curandero, speaker, and author of The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine, chat about the ways in which science and spirituality are intersecting to help heal humanity—a breakthrough he’s exploring through the Modern Spirit Epigenetic Project, an initiative that has seen him join forces with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the University of Southern California (USC) to explore the biological basis of psychedelic medicine and investigate how healing from trauma can alter the way our genes are expressed.

Dr. Joe Tafur M.D. is an integrative family physician, curandero, author, and speaker who offers integrative medical services at the Ocotillo Center for Integrative Medicine in Phoenix, as well as telehealth services to individuals in Arizona and California. Through the Modern Spirit Epigenetic Project, Dr. Tafur has also joined forces with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the University of Southern California (USC) to explore the biological basis of psychedelic medicine and investigate how healing from trauma can alter the way our genes are expressed.

His book, The Fellowship of the River, explores his extensive experience with ayahuasca and traditional medicine in the Amazon Rainforest. During his intensive work at the Peruvian healing center, Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, Dr. Tafur studied Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine (TAPM) and Shipibo shamanism under master ayahuasquero Ricardo Amaringo. At the center, he learned how shamanic approaches can help to heal modern health problems like anxiety, depression, PTSD, migraine headaches, and digestive problems.

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Podcast Highlights

  • Medical school, antidepressants, and the psychedelic renaissance.
  • How peyote and a Native American spirit walk created new opportunities to find hope.
  • Building a bridge between medical science and a spiritual perspective.
  • Creating energetic shifts to heal trauma, release energy, and increase resilience.
  • Investigating the intersection between spiritual healing and cellular shifts through the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project.
  • Exploring the physiological benefits of ayahuasca.
  • Shipibo apprenticeship, the one-year diet, and becoming a curandero.
  • What we still have to learn from Native American culture.

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  1. Avatarben perkins says

    Eckankar is where the spiritual action is, as you meet up with spiritual masters and you learn to leave your body while awake…or you can do it dreaming and go flying across the skies. Its real and not dogma… Eckankar is very much against drugs as a use… I am into Eckankar for 20 years and cannever use dope again as it will be my immediate end… (i used it for last 2,000 years and enough is enough) reincarnation is basic to all living creatures… I am looking at the plant that starts with an A and is hard to spell… but want to see what its about.. like lsd… which i used as a teenager and liked! But can see it as a mental reboosting… like I dont drink alcohol either.. but love the dentist for the gas..like i love the gas..love it…

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