Dr. Ellen Vora: Anxiety Triggers, Calming Stress, Relationships As Medicine + The Future Of Psychedelics


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In this week’s episode I sit down with my friend and colleague, Dr. Ellen Vora - holistic psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher. By looking at mental health through the lens of functional medicine, we discuss just how much of our society’s anxiety stems from daily stressors we often overlook. We also talk about what it means to experience true vs. false anxiety, how our past trauma plays a role in our mental struggles today, and the hold they can have over our lives without us even realizing it. From learning how to manage our stressors with lifestyle changes to the future of psychedelic medicine in holistic care and anxiety treatment; this week’s episode is a deep dive into all things mental health. Tune in as we take a refreshing look at how to care for our anxiety - and ourselves - naturally and with an abundance of grace.

Ellen Vora, MD is a holistic psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher. She takes a functional medicine approach to mental health—considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. Dr. Vora received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.D. from Columbia University, and she is board-certified in psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine. She is the author of The Anatomy of Anxiety. 

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • A look into many of our anxiety-driven mental health struggles + differentiating the aspects between true and false anxiety
  • Some of the frequent drivers we experience that influence our anxiety
  • How past trauma impacts many of our anxious tendencies
  • How much of the population is culturally disembodied from trauma and have a difficult time recognizing when they’re experiencing an anxious situation
  • The relationship between technology usage and managing our stressors
  • How to cultivate meaningful connections with others and ourselves
  • The science of psychedelic medicines and how they are curating the future of holistic care

Links to things we talked about in this episode:

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum, and Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.