THIRD WAVE PODCAST
Integrated Spirituality as a Path to Healing and Wholeness
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.
- 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.