Foodie Pharmacology Podcast
Q’eqchi’ Maya Medicinal Plants with Amanda Thiel

Q’eqchi’ Maya Medicinal Plants with Amanda Thiel

April 25, 2022

Did you know that an estimated 80% of the world relies on medicinal plants as their main source of medicine? This week, I speak with Amanda Thiel, who is working towards her PhD in Anthropology at Washington State University. She shares insights from her research on medicinal plants and home gardens of the Q’eqchi’ Maya people of Guatemala. We discuss how certain fruit trees are used as food and medicine, and how community relationships and sharing of plant resources fosters health resilience. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @AmandaMThiel1

I also share some info on an upcoming June 2022 expedition to study medicinal plants of the Balkans. Head over to our crowdfunding site to learn more: https://momentum.emory.edu/quave 

Hungry Planet with Jody Boyman

Hungry Planet with Jody Boyman

April 11, 2022

Who’s hungry for meat? How about plant-based meat? Our guest this week is Jody Boyman, co-founder of Hungry Planet, a plant-based meat company that offers a full range of inventive products, from burger patties and chicken to Italian sausage, crab cakes, pork Thai meatballs and more. Jody shares the story of building the company and developing flavorful plant-based products. You can check out more about Hungry Planet products on Instagram @hungryplanetfoods.

#plantbased #vegetarian #foodtech

Fasting-Mimicking Diet with Dr. William Hsu

Fasting-Mimicking Diet with Dr. William Hsu

April 4, 2022

Humans have practiced the art of fasting across cultures and religions over millennia. But its only just in the past few years that the science behind how fasting impacts our health has begun to emerge. This week, I speak with Dr. William Hsu, Chief Medical Officer at L-Nutra. Dr. Hsu walks us through the different modalities of fasting and how this practice can lead to a longer healthspan.

#healthspan #fasting #diet 

Technically Food with Larissa Zimberoff

Technically Food with Larissa Zimberoff

March 14, 2022

This week, we take a closer look at how technological innovations are changing the landscape of the foods we eat. Not so many years ago, eating a veggie burger was a rather dull, mushy experience. Yet, today, you can find plant-based foods in the meat section of the grocery store that actually make a convincing pass at the flavor and texture of everything from ground meat to chicken nuggets! These techie foods are made with an assortment of plant-derived proteins and flavors… but just how healthy are they for humans and the planet? I speak with Larissa Zimberoff, author of the new book “Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat.” You can follow Larissa’s work at her Website, or on social media at Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok.

#TechnicallyFood #FoodScience #techfood #Nuggets

Famine Foods with Dr. Paul Minnis

Famine Foods with Dr. Paul Minnis

February 28, 2022

Throughout human history, humans have faced periods of intense food shortages and even famines. The cause of famines can differ, and whether it is due to poor economic policy, drought, crop disease, or pests, one thing remains the same: humans seek out alternative food sources to fill the gap. My guest this week is Dr. Paul Minnis, an ethnobiologist and expert on famine foods! We talk about the role of famine foods in history and their importance to the future of food security. To learn more, check out his latest book, Famine Foods: Plants We Eat to Survive. 

#Famine #wildfoods #survival

Oca! A Delightful Tuber with Dr. Eve Emshwiller

Oca! A Delightful Tuber with Dr. Eve Emshwiller

February 21, 2022

This week, we get to the root of things! Literally! I speak with Dr. Eve Emshwiller, ethnobotanist and expert on the Andean tuber crop “Oca” in the genus Oxalis. We dig into the fascinating genetics, chemistry, and morphology of this staple food source. We also discuss how research on crop wild relatives can contribute to food security for the future.

#oca #Andes #crops #eveemshwiller

Pink Peppercorn Beer with a Hallucinogenic Twist with Dr. Matthew Biwer

Pink Peppercorn Beer with a Hallucinogenic Twist with Dr. Matthew Biwer

February 14, 2022

I speak with archeologist and paleobotanist, Dr. Matthew Biwer, about some exciting new research on ancient beer brewing practices in the pre-Columbian Andes. We discuss evidence that Peruvian peppertree (molle, the source of pink peppercorns) was used as a beer ingredient along with a DMT-containing plant (a bean tree locally known as vilca). While vilca was used as a hallucinogenic snuff by other groups, archeological evidence at Quilcapampa indicates that it may have also been used in molle brews. From entheogens to beer and ancient feasting practices, there are a lot of fun concepts to unpack in this episode.

#beer #Wari #hallucinogen #pinkpeppercorn

Medicinal Plants & Integrative Medicine with Dr. Stephen Dahmer

Medicinal Plants & Integrative Medicine with Dr. Stephen Dahmer

February 7, 2022

At Foodie Pharmacology, we’re not only fascinated with the incredible pharmacological potential of medicinal plants, but are also eager to learn more about how this translates into integrative medicine. We have a wonderful guest today to discuss this topic: Dr. Stephen Dahmer. Dr. Dahmer is a board-certified family physician whose passion for health and healing has taken him around the globe. A fellow of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, for over two decades he has studied the relationships between plants and people, working closely with diverse cultures and documenting their uses of plants and other integrative therapies. You can learn more about Dr. Dahmer’s work supporting clinical trials on Cannabis at https://vireohealth.com/ and follow him on social media on Twitter @DrStephenDahmer and Instagram @stephendahmermd .

#cannabis #ClinicalTrials #IntegrativeMedicine

Eating to Extinction with Dan Saladino

Eating to Extinction with Dan Saladino

January 31, 2022

It’s an incredible thing to learn how humans have sorted through nearly 400,000 species of plants over the centuries and have determined which plants are useful as foods, medicines, tools and more. Yet when it comes to food, despite access to what feels like every type of cuisine globally, our modern diets are less varied than ever. Of the more than 6,000 species of plants once consumed by humans, only nine remain staples today. And of those—rice, wheat, and corn—now make up half of our calories. The world is currently at a crisis point, with one million plant and animal species threatened with extinction. But there are those who are fighting to save these species, dedicating their lives to not only capturing this traditional food knowledge, but also preserving the species and their flavors that could greatly enhance the human diet. My guest today is the award-winning food journalist, Dan Saladino. He is author of the new book “Eating to extinction: The world’s rarest foods and why we need to save them”. You can also follow Dan’s work on Twitter @DanSaladinoUK and Instagram @dan.saladino .

#biodiversity #foodsystems #crops

Wild Waters with Susanne Masters

Wild Waters with Susanne Masters

January 24, 2022

Have you spent much time exploring the water? Whether by swimming, kayaking, or hiking along the edges of aquatic habitats—there is always something interesting to see… and sometimes even tasty to eat! On this episode I speak with Susanne Masters, author of the new book Wild Waters: A wildlife and water lover’s companion to the aquatic world. We discuss curious creatures like eels, anemones, kelp and watermint and explore their history and present roll in the culinary traditions of Britain and Ireland.

#kelp #eels #watermint #WildWaters