In this episode, we trace clinical psychologist Dr. Rosalind Watts’ journey in the psychedelic world, listening to her describe her initial hope that psychedelics might routinely cure mental illness give way to a growing concern that increasingly unrealistic hopes for these medicines were distorting both their risks and benefits.
Dr. Tessa Roseboom is famous for her groundbreaking studies of the long-term effects of babies born during the World War II Dutch famine. Those studies showed unequivocally that the diets of pregnant women affect the health of their children in later life. Subsequent studies have shown that a wide variety of negative exposures in the womb or in childhood exact lasting costs in terms of poor mental and physical health.
So what can be done?
Join us for this podcast as we explore this and other related questions with Dr. Roseboom. We cannot describe Dr. Roseboom’s work any better than to quote her website: “I am scientist, teacher and advocate. As a biologist, I am fascinated by the wonder of life. In the past 25 years, I have investigated how the early environment in which humans grow and develop affects later development and health throughout life. By teaching students, professionals and (future) parents I share knowledge and increase awareness about the fundamental importance of a good start in life. Ultimately, my goal is to contribute to giving each child the best possible start in life to allow it to develop to its full potential in order to create a healthier more equal future for all.”