Episode #164

Dr. Molly Maloof

Healing Trauma and Stress with Social Bonds, Meditation, and Wearable Tech

We need to be really intentional by going out of our way to create the conditions for more connection. Click To Tweet

It was mid-pandemic the last time I spoke with Dr. Molly Maloof, a practicing physician, entrepreneur, Stanford professor, biohacker, and recent author of The Spark Factor

Since then, she’s studied the fundamental value of community and social relationships for our physical, mental, and emotional health — a puzzle piece just as vital to preventing and reversing metabolic diseases as the right diet, sleep, and exercise regime.

With skyrocketing rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD plaguing the nation, we discuss how people can use meditation, psychedelic therapies, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and regenerative medicine to heal past trauma.

You’ll also hear why tackling stress and improving mental, emotional, and spiritual health is the next frontier in health optimization, along with a few recommendations for wearable tech to help.

Dr. Molly then ventures into her new fascination with emerging sex therapy protocols, an overlooked area that hasn’t been innovated in 50 years. She shines a light on the recent epidemic of sexual trauma and sexual dysfunction. 

We’re so stuck in our own little worlds that we forget life can actually be a lot easier if we have more interaction and community with others. Click To Tweet

As a practicing physician and healthcare reform lobbyist, Dr. Molly also touches on how to create a community of people who advocate for their wellbeing in a broken healthcare system designed to keep us sick for profit.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Dr. Molly assesses her patient’s social and support networks along with their general health
  • The benefits of creating stronger social ties and being more engaged in your community 
  • Why the next frontier of optimizing health is tackling stress and improving mental, emotional, and spiritual health
  • How stress manifests itself in our physiology and sexual dysfunction, especially for women, and the sexual trauma epidemic plaguing the nation 
  • Studying implicit vs. explicit memories and how we can change our brain’s “programming” to lessen the reactivity and negativity triggered by past trauma, PTSD, childhood experiences, etc.
  • Meeting our pain with compassion 
  • Connecting to a higher power via meditation and spiritual coaching in the absence of formal religion
  • Psychedelic therapies and regenerative medicine like NAD
  • Why EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) might help people who haven’t had luck with talk therapy

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