“The biggest problem we all face is the story that we tell ourselves of what our lives have been. It’s keeping us in a box. The ‘cubicle’ you’re really living in is your story.”
Zach Bush, MD
He’s back! One of the most fascinating and popular guests to grace this platform, Today Zach Bush, MD returns for a third mind-altering bend around the multiverse.
For the uninitiated, Zach’s varied interests belie attempts to properly define him — but I’ll give it a try. One of the few triple board certified physicians in America with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care, he is the founder and director of M Clinic integrative health center in Virginia.
In addition to his experience in functional medicine, longevity, autism, gut health, cancer, and many other areas of medicine, he is an avid environmentalist and activist involved in a multitude of projects that focus on ecology, regenerative agriculture, farmer well-being and spirituality.
To advocate for soil health & food independence, Zach is also the creator of Farmer’s Footprint. Seen through the lens of farmers and their communities, it’s a documentary series & grassroots movement that evaluates the impact of monocrop farming and pesticide reliance on chronic disease and planetary health — while simultaneously exploring evidence-based solutions to rebuild living biodiversity and ultimately reverse climate change.
But more than anything, Zach is a healer. A master consciousness. A gift to humanity. And someone I am very proud to call friend.
Zach’s initial appearance on the podcast (RRP 353) blew minds across the world. Our second conversation (RRP 414) was one of the most moving conversations of my life. So it just seemed right to invite Zach and his holistic health coach, consultant and yoga teacher wife Jenn Perell Bush to join us on our recent retreat in Italy.
If you listened to either of our previous conversations, it would be reasonable to expect this discussion to further explore the impact of industrialized food systems on human and ecological health. However, that assumption would be wrong.
Instead, we delve inside to explore our individual and collective experience with pain, both psychic and physical.
We deconstruct our unhealthy obsession with comfort.
We stress test the stories we craft that form our identity, stunt our evolution, and ultimately hold us hostage.
And we explore a new path to freedom — liberation from that which ails us so that we can self-actualize, and together embrace our inherent divinity.
Akin to the recent episode with Gemma Newman, MD (RRP 449), this exchange was recorded before a live audience of retreat attendees in Italy (thus audio only) and concludes with Zach leading a meditation, edited down for time and the sake of the listener.
In closing, I want to express gratitude for our extraordinary Plantpower Italia community, who were collectively moved to donate $81,000 towards Zach’s Farmer’s Footprint organization and docu-series. On behalf of Zach, Jenn and the organization, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If Zach’s message moves you to get involved, you can learn more and donate at farmersfootprint.us
This is one is deep. Perhaps a bit different from what you’ve come to expect from Dr. Zach. But I’m confident you’re going to leave this conversation changed for the better. Words cannot express my gratitude for this man. And it’s my honor to share his wisdom with you today.
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference
- Dr. Bush’s Nutrition Clinic: M Clinic Intrinsic Health
- Jenn Perell Bush: jennperell.com
- Soil Health Academy: Website | Twitter | Facebook
- Farmer’s Footprint: Website | Facebook | Instagra
- Documentary Series: GMO’s Revealed | Episode 1
- Generation Rescue: A Doctor Explains: The Microbiome & Autism by Zach Bush, MD
- Countable: Tell Congress: Stand Up for Healthy Farms and People by Erin Brockovich
- Mad In America: Healthy Planet/Healthy Mind with Zach Bush, MD
- Tight Junctions: Jeffrey Smith Interviews Zach Bush on Glyphosate & the Nervous System
- C-ville: At a rural Albemarle clinic, two doctors are teaching patients that health is in their heads
- Spectrum News: The Seekers: Why parents try fringe therapies for autism
- Marcela: How Soil Microbes and Intercellular Communication Affects Human Health
- YouTube: Dr Zac Bush – Gut/Brain Injury: How, why, and what you can do about it | AutismOne Media
- Book: Finding Ultra* by Rich Roll
- Book: All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)* by Cormac McCarthy
- Book: Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West* by Cormac McCarthy
Notable People Discussed
- Julie Piatt (a.k.a SriMati): plant based chef, singer-songwriter, author, spiritual guide, yogi, mother to four and multi-podcast guest
- Gemma Newman, MD: “The Plant Power Doctor” general practitioner, specialist plant based nutrition, additional qualifications in OBGYN & Family Planning as well as Lifestyle Medicine, podcast guest
- Johann Hari: award-winning investigative journalist, author of Lost Connections* and podcast guest
- Cormac McCarthy: novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and post-apocalyptic genres. McCarthy’s fifth novel, Blood Meridian*, was on Time magazine’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language books published since 1923
- Viktor Schauberger:was an Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, parascientist, philosopher, inventor and biomimicry experimenter. Schauberger developed his own ideas based on what he observed in nature
- Stephen Hawking: was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy
- RRP #414: Zach Bush, MD On The Science & Spirituality Of Human And Planetary Transformation
- RRP #353: Zach Bush, MD On GMO’s, Glyphosate & Healing The Gut
- RRP #449: Gemma Newman, MD Is The Plant Power Doctor
- RRP #108: Fightshark Miller On Why “Pain Don’t Hurt”
- RRP #200: Ask Me Anything: The D Word: Let’s Talk About Death
- RRP #374: Rich & Julie: The Power Of Owning Your Story
Thanks to Jason Camiolo for audio engineering, production and show notes; interstitial music by SriMati; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics. Leia Marasovich for images. Theme music by Ana Leimma.
*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
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