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WWI #88: What if plants could heal? Master Shaman Victoria Carella

Apr 14th, 2018 by waitwhatif

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Ms. Victoria Carella spent some time with me discussing an ancient technique of healing through Shamanism. As a practitioner of modern medicine, I am fascinated by ancient methods of healing and learning about their role in the modern world. Victoria explains how she uses cannabis as a medicinal "teacher" and the controversy over its federal legality. As such, I have to put a disclaimer on this episode: I do not condone or recommend that individuals self-medicate with plants for medical conditions. These plant medicines can be very powerful and interact with a host of prescribed medications today and these interactions could be fatal!

From Victoria A. Carella's AMAZON PAGE: She is a Mystic, Master Shaman, master of human consciousness, Master Medicine Woman, transformational teacher, visionary, artist, author, poet, and gardener. Her working in mysticism, consciousness and shamanism took her from the American Southwest to the jungles of Mexico, to Europe, to Mongolia, to Egypt, Greece and Tunisia, and to Peru and the Peruvian Amazon. Victoria apprenticed with a Maestro in the Peruvian Amazon in the eminent and legendary lineage of Don Julio Llerana Pinedo and Don Alberto Torres Davila. She focuses her work on authentic disciplines of shamanism. As a Master Shaman, she guides people into shamanic states of consciousness to connect to their true selves as she takes them on the journey of healing and transformation.

Visit Victoria's Facebook Page for more information.


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Director Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger FasterPrescription ThugsTrophy Kids) joins me today to chat nutrition, creativity in film-making and his upcoming film Leaf of Faith (to be released this May) which is about Kratom, an all natural plant leaf which enthusiasts claim carries a host of benefits to include opiate addiction recovery, pain relief, and anxiety reduction. 

Chris is a very talented film-maker and I encourage you to check out his films! 


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If there was the prototypical guest for the Wait What If Podcast, Zac Baker would fit the bill. To say he lives "a life less ordinary" would be an understatement. What brought Zac to the show was his involvement in an A&E reality show in which individuals voluntarily locked themselves up in jail to help better understand the system and hopefully fix any problems experienced first hand from an inmate's perspective. To me, this sounds like a nightmare! To Zac, it was a walk in the park. He discusses an innate, almost genetic draw towards service and leadership which has led him from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the Police academy. Life has a way of throwing us curveballs but Zac has a knack for overcoming adversity and turning everything into opportunity!

Zac discusses how this experience changed his life and how it set into motion the desire to reach out to fellow veterans who may have made poor decisions but can come back from the low points with a little guidance and camaraderie. 


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Dr. Ken Berry is the author of “Lies My Doctor Told Me”. He wrote the book after trying to lose weight following the conventional method - low-fat, high carb, more exercise. Convention failed, as it does for the majority of those who try it but Dr. Berry didn't give up! He discovered Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution” and Mark Sisson’s “The Primal Blueprint” and not only enjoyed amazing success but changed his entire paradigm!

Globally, health and wellness are at a tipping point. We are quickly approaching an era where 50% of our friends and family will be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and 75% with metabolic syndrome. To say this would be catastrophic would be an understatement. Luckily, more and more folks are understanding that the Standard American Diet is to blame. To add insult to injury, the recommendation of eating low-fat, low-calorie and increased exercise may have been wrong!

I highly recommend reading The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung and Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes as jumping off points for learning about the obesity epidemic and how it can be eradicated.  


WWI #81: Author/Podcaster Jason Seib Discusses the Psychology of Fat Loss & Body Image for Women

Jason Seib is the creator of the AltShift Diet, the author of The Paleo Coach and Body Beliefs and the co-host of the  AltShift Podcast. He is also the founder and co-owner of AltShift Fitness and Fat Loss located in the Portland, Oregon area.

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I would describe Jason as an expert in the psychology of weight loss and fitness, a subject that is as complex as the weight problem we face in America. From his site:

"Jason speaks on the subject of fat loss regularly, delivering his Sustainable Fat Loss Seminar around the US.  Jason’s passion is guiding normal people to extraordinary levels of health and fitness. Marrying his extensive knowledge of fitness and nutrition with his love of psychology, he has built his career by helping thousands of people change their perspective and find a healthy, sustainable path to their goals."


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I was honored to have a chance to record an episode of the WWI Podcast with the legendary Dr. Christopher Ryan. You may recognize his name from his many appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience, his successful podcast Tangentially Speaking, his TED talks, or perhaps his best selling book Sex at Dawn. His biography is as wild as his adventuresome life.

From his site:

Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside,El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think. 

A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.


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James Barrat is a writer, director and producer of documentary films. He is also author of the nonfiction book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. Time Magazine named him one of the 5 smartest people who believe AI could bring on the apocalypse and his book was named on of the 8 definitive tech books of 2013 by Huffington Post.

Mr. Barrat joined me for a frank discussion on how real the negative impacts of AI will be on the future of humanity. He states that the development of this technology should be the most important conversation of the current era and yet we rarely hear of it beyond the novelty of self-driving cars, personal digital assistants (Siri, Echo) and simplified online personal shopping. However, bringing an intelligence online which is smarter than humans drops us down a rung on the hierarchy of life and may lead to our eventual demise... in unpleasant ways


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Mr. Mark Garrison, a Warrant Officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War and author of "Guts N' Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam" shares some of his experiences with us in today's show. Running out of college money during the mid-1960s meant he had little choice but to sign up for the Army before the Army came and got him anyways. He refused to run for the border and wanted to somewhat control his destiny, therefore he volunteered under the promise that he would become a pilot. As the sleeve of his book explains:

"Straight from college, to the US Army, to command pilot of a four ton gunship with a four man crew in Vietnam. From college chess games to a game of life and death. It was surreal to say the least. In this book I pour my heart out and bare my soul to tell you what that was like, from basic to Vietnam and back."

I hope you enjoy this show. It was an honor to have Mr. Garrison as a part of the WWIPodcast experience.


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Calum Chase is the author of The Economic Singularity: Artifical Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism and Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial IntelligenceHe joined the show to discuss another aspect of the rise of automated technology besides the peril of the human race and that is the peril of the human social structure. What will humans do when all the jobs become automated? Will the Earth become a utopia where robots perform daily tasks ans humans live lives of leisure or will millions of jobs be suddenly lost and only the few will have money for basic goods? These are  difficult question to answer and we were lucky to have Mr. Chase join us on today's show.


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Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a somewhat controversial subject in a culture of capitalistic competition but if you've been paying attention to technology and the presence of automation, you should realize that human labor will soon be antiquated and jobs across the spectrum of trades will be lost. How will you provide for your family when artificial intelligent machines force you into retirement? If you don't believe this is a reality, then you'll need to get out from under that rock and face reality!


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