Monday, June 17, 2013

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. Dennis McKenna

Dr. Miller Interviews Guest: Dr. Dennis McKenna, world renowned ethnobotanist and neuroscientist, on his most recent book The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss.

Dr. Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. Outside of scientific circles he is best known as the brother of Terence McKenna, a cultural icon in the psychedelic community. Together they are co-authors of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching and Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide: A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts

Their unanticipated encounters with alien mysteries while searching for exotic hallucinogens deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest had a profound impact on their lives, and on late twentieth century culture. In Brotherhood of The Screaming Abyss, Dennis further explores the complexity of ideas that the two brothers shared, and the peculiar obsessions that led them into some of the strangest uncharted territory ever plumbed by two questing minds. This book is Dennis’ personal story of their intertwined lives.

Dennis McKenna’s professional and personal interests are focused on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.

He received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1990 he joined Shaman Pharmaceuticals as Director of Ethnopharmacology, and relocated to Minnesota in 1993 to join the Aveda Corporation as Senior Research Pharmacognosist. He has been an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He has taught summer field courses in Peru and Ecuador, and has conducted ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit scientific and educational organization focused on the investigation of the potential therapeutic applications of psychedelic medicines.

The Welcome: A Healing Journey for War Veterans and Their Families

Dr. Miller Interviews Bill McMillan, M.F.T, Michael J. Maxwell, MS, and Bob Eaton

Bill McMillan, M.F.T., co-produced The Welcome with his spouse, award-winning documentary filmmaker Kim Shelton. Bill is co-director of the Welcome Home Project, a program that helps local communities actively participate in the return of their soldiers. His current practice focuses on veterans’ reintegration into civilian life.

Michael J. Maxwell, MS has spent the last thirty years working with combat veterans. In the late 70's he helped develop and implement the first Vet Center in Oregon. He worked at the Portland Vet Center for eight years as a therapist and then as the Team Leader.

In 1987 he left the Vet Center to join the Portland VA Medical Center staff to help develop PTSD programs for combat veterans. Mr. Maxwell retired from full time employment with the VA in 2006 and is currently involved in training, consultation and program development. He is a Vietnam era vet having served in the Army from 1971 to 1973.

Bob Eaton is a Vietnam vet who appeared in the film. He now mentors vets and their families. Bob continues to write songs and now records and performs them around Southern Oregon.

The Welcome offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As we join these vets in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained and our hearts broken. And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.


The Mission of the Welcome Home Project is to bridge the historic gap between veterans (including their families) and the civilian communities in which they live. We use the film The Welcome in local communities around the country to catalyze dialogue, to raise awareness and to spur direct involvement by civilians.

Visit: www.thewelcomehomeproject.org and www.thewelcomethemovie.com



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. Jay Cohen


Dr. Jay Cohen is a nationally esteemed medical practitioner and researcher, a university professor, author of eight health books and more than a hundred medical articles, and an expert on medication safety and nutrition.

His newest book, Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs: New Tests, New Treatments, Better Options -- A Step-by-Step Guide to Cutting Edge Diagnostic Tests and 8 Medically-Proven Treatmentsdr jay cohen (2013), is the only book that takes readers step-by-step through the evaluation process, informing men how to obtain and use the new tests and treatment options that can help tens of thousands of men avoid unneeded surgery or radiation.

Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs

Prostate cancer care is today undergoing a quiet revolution with new tests and treatments, yet doctors continue to steer most men with prostate cancer to radical surgery or radiation with their damaging adverse effects, treatments that most men with prostate cancer do not need. In the past and for the most part still today, men with an elevated PSA test and a biopsy positive for cancer are referred directly for surgery or radiation. It is now known that this approach is often excessive, unnecessary, and can cause severe, life-long side effects in the majority of men who only need careful surveillance or focal therapy. Today, it is known that only about 15% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer have aggressive, life-threatening disease, yet as many as 85% of them are referred for radical treatment.

Dr. Cohen says there are revolutionary new tests and treatments that patients don't know about. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and directed toward surgery or radiation, but after learning about the leading-edge tests and conducting dozens of interviews with top doctors, he avoided invasive treatment and his prostate cancer remains under excellent control without drugs.

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. Marc Lesser


Dr. Marc Lesser 
is the former director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center and currently teaches and lectures at the San Francisco Zen Center and throughout the U.S.

Dr. Lesser is the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multimillion dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world. 

In his new book, Know Yourself, Forget Yourself: Five Truths to Transform Your Work, Relationships, and Everyday Lifeknow yourself, forget yourself by marc lesser, executive coach and mindfulness teacher Marc Lesser shows that understanding and embracing the points where life feels most confusing, most contradictory can lead us to more satisfaction and joy.

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. Rick Doblin - Part 2


Dr. Rick Doblin is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients.

His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner.

His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. Jed Diamond


This week host Dr. Richard Miller will interview Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW, Founder and Director of the MenAlive, a health program that helps men, and the women who love them, to live well throughout their lives. Since its inception in 1992, Jed has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network.

He is also a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male and serves as a member of the International Scientific Board of the World Congress on Gender and Men’s Health.

He is the only male columnist writing for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. He also blogs for the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Scribd, Menstuff, ThirdAge, and other venues.

His work has been featured in major newspapers and has been featured on more than 1,000 radio and TV programs including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, and Today Show. He also did a nationally televised special on Male Menopause for PBS.
Diamond has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 40 years and is the author of ten books including the international best-selling Male Menopause that has thus far been translated into 17 foreign languages.

Diamond has taught classes at U.C. Berkeley, U.C.L.A., J.F.K. University, Esalen Institute, The Omega Institute, and other centers of education throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

His PhD dissertation, Gender and Depression, broke new ground in creating a better evaluation system for diagnosing and treating depression in men and women.

He lives with his wife, Carlin, on Shimmins Ridge, above Bloody Run Creek, in Northern California. They are proud parents of five grown children and thirteen grandchildren.

Click to listen to Dr. Miller's interview with Dr. Jed Diamond broadcast March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. Rick Doblin (March 5, 2013)

Dr. Rick Doblin, Ph.D, received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients.

His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner.
His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.

He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.



Note: Due to technical difficulties, the opening 10 minutes of this broadcast has been omitted. We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dr. Miller Interviews Dr. William L. Courtney: The Medical Use Of Cannabinoids And Medical Marijuana

About Dr. William L. Courtney
Dr. William L. Courtney has an extensive medical education that began with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. He also received his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University, and Interned for Residency in Psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center and went on to earned his Post Doctorate in Forensic Examination and Forensic Medicine. Dr. Courtney is currently a member of American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabis as Medicine, and the Society of Clinical Cannabis. Dr. Courtney has also been teaching Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses in clinical cannabis.

His area of special interest is in the dietary uses of cannabis to achieve 250 to 500 mg of cannabinoid acids, which he considers as a conditionally essential nutrient in the diet of individuals from the 4th decade on. He has presented on high dose non-psychoactive dietary uses at Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island April 2010, the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in June 2010, the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in November 2010, and the International Cannabinoid Research Society conference in Chicago in July 2011.

Dr. Courtney is Vice President of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Methodes Preventives, an ambulatory care facility in Luxembourg utilizing dietary unheated cannabis. He is working with dispensaries interested in providing high dose raw / juiced cannabis to seriously ill medical marijuana patients, and is also working to establish analytic / medical laboratories in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, California.