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“Ask Me Anything”

Dr. Joe Tafur
Spiritual Healing in Modern Healthcare

March 19th, 2021

Dr. Joe Tafur

Victor Wooten Dr. Tafur joined us as our featured guest to discuss the important role spiritual and shamanic healing approaches can play to help to solve modern health problems.

Drawing upon his experience with plant medicines, shamanism, epigenetics and modern medical research, Dr. Tafur has a unique vision for how spiritual healing can augment and shape modern healthcare.

Listen in as we dive into the importance of the emotional body and its role in modern disease, and how spiritual approaches can be used to heal the emotional body which, in turn, fosters whole person healing.

Dr. Tafur has been an Integrative Medicine activist throughout his medical career, while in medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and during his Family Medicine Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After residency, Dr. Tafur completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.

After this research fellowship, Dr. Tafur continued work as a Family Physician in the U.S., and then eventually started his work in the Peruvian Amazon. In 2011, he helped to found Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center in the Peruvian Upper Amazon. At Nihue Rao, Dr. Tafur underwent traditional apprenticeship in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and Shipibo curanderismo.

After years dedicated to his work in the forest, in 2017, Dr. Tafur stepped down as a business partner at Nihue Rao, in order to focus on new projects. In March of 2017, he published his book The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine about his unique journey into spiritual healing work.

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Upcoming AMAs

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Yinova Center Founder, Acupuncturist & Herbalist
MAY 21, 2021

Maya Shetreat, MD

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JUNE 18, 2021

Dawson Church, PhD

CEO of Energy Psychology
Group, Inc.

JULY 16, 2021

Grace Sesma & Kenneth Cohen

Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico
AUGUST 20, 2021

Gregg Braden

Scientist, Visionary & Scholar
NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Dr. Shamini Jain

Healing Ourselves: Biofield Science & the Future of Health
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Many More AMAs Coming Soon!

Donna Eden & David Feinstein

An Energy Medicine Approach to Healing
OCTOBER 15, 2021

AMA Library

2021 AMA Sessions

March 2021

Spiritual Healing in Modern Healthcare

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Joe Tafur

Music & The Collective Spirit

Guest Speaker:
Victor Wooten

February 2021

January 2021

Tuning the Human Biofield

Guest Speaker:
Eileen Day Mckusick

2020 AMA Sessions

December 2020

Ask Me About Healing

Guest Speaker:
Rosalyn L. Bruyere

November 2020

Integrative Cancer Care

Guest Speaker:
Daniel Vicario, M.D.

October 2020

Reiki Medicine & Self Care

Guest Speaker:
Pamela Miles


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