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Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?

Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as we explore the amazing pharmacology of our foods.

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Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?

Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as we explore the amazing pharmacology of our foods.

    Probiotics, Gut Health, and the Microbiome with Dr. Rheinallt Jones

    Probiotics, Gut Health, and the Microbiome with Dr. Rheinallt Jones

    The science behind how the gut microbiome affects our health rapidly evolving with new tools that enable scientists to not only sequence the complex mixtures of microbes in the gut, but also with new laboratory models that enable the study of single microbes in otherwise sterile systems. This week, I welcome an expert in the field of gut microbiome studies, Dr. Rheinallt Jones, to the show. He’s an Associate Professor at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of the Department of Pediatrics and founder and director of the Emory Gnotobiotic Core. If you’ve had deep questions about the science of how probiotics and the gut microbiome influences human health, this is the episode for you! 


    #probiotics #microbiome #GutHealth #PlantHunter #ThePlantHunter

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Unfunc Your Gut with Dr. Peter Kozlowski

    Unfunc Your Gut with Dr. Peter Kozlowski

    Did you know that your mental, emotional, and spiritual connection to the food you eat influences your health? This week, I speak with Dr. Peter Kozlowski, a physician who keeps functional medicine at the center of his medical practice. We discuss how food sensitivities impact our health and how the process of a food elimination diet can help identify foods that may be problematic for you. We also explore the benefits of intermittent fasting and how changes in diet influence the dynamics of gut health. Dr. Kowzlowski is the author of a new book entitled “Unfunc your gut: A functional medicine guide.” Find out more about his book and medical practice at his website: http://doc-koz.com/


    #GutHealth #Microbiome #FunctionalMedicine #PlantHunter

    • 38 min
    The Olive Oil Grove with Lucas Soler

    The Olive Oil Grove with Lucas Soler

    Out of all of my kitchen pantry items, olive oil holds the place of honor for being the most important ingredient in most of our meals, whether in dressing salads or sautéing dishes on the stove. But, not all extra virgin olive oils in the grocery store are alike. There have even been issues with companies adulterating EVOO with other inferior oils to make a bigger profit. In this episode, I chat with Lucas Soler, co-founder of The Olive Oil Grove, about how the quality of olive oil begins at the farm where the olives are grown and extends through the harvest and processing steps. We also taste a delicious bottle of early harvest olive oil on the show and describe the qualities that you can look out for as a consumer in search of the best EVOO for your plate!


    #OliveOil #Spain #EVOO 

    • 34 min
    Ayahuasca & Therapeutic Emplotment with Dr. Hernando Echeverri Sanchez

    Ayahuasca & Therapeutic Emplotment with Dr. Hernando Echeverri Sanchez

    Ayahuasca, also known as Yage, has long been integral to shamanic healing rituals in western Amazonia. Consumed in healing and diagnostic rituals, this mixture of plants includes ingredients like monoamine oxidase inhibitors and dimethyl tryptamine, which when consumed together, yields strong purgative and hallucinogenic effects. Other plants, known as Chondur (Cyperus spp.) are also important elements of the ritual, and are key in both cleansing spaces and guiding visions. This week,  I chat with anthropologist, Dr. Hernando Echeverri Sanchez, about Yage shamanism trade networks, knowledge exchange, and healing practices.


    #Ayahuasca #shaman #MedicinalPlants

    • 51 min
    A Good Drink with Shanna Farrell

    A Good Drink with Shanna Farrell

    This week we talk about spirits, cocktails, and….. sustainability! My guest is Shanna Farrell, author of the new book “A Good Drink: In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits.” Shanna specializes in drink cultural and environmental history and you can also find her at her website (https://shanna-farrell.com/) or follow her on Instagram or Twitter @shanna_farrell.


    #spirits #sustainablefood #beverages

    • 30 min
    The Henbane Theory of Berserkers with Dr. Karsten Fatur

    The Henbane Theory of Berserkers with Dr. Karsten Fatur

    You may have heard of the legends of the Norse Beserkers—a fierce group of wild warriors from Scandanavia that were known to enter a trance-like state that allowed them to fight with increased strength and a rage that granted them immunity to many forms of harm in battle. But, did you know that a new theory has emerged that instead of consuming Amanita muscaria mushrooms, a plant may be responsible for achieving the state of berserkeage? A nightshade plant from the same family where we find tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants? Tune in this week as I chat with Dr. Karsten Fatur about his theory concerning the use of the anticholinergic plant henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) by the Vikings! Learn more about Dr. Fatur’s work on ResearchGate.


    #henbane #Berserker #Vikings

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Ina Vandebroek ,

Dr. Quave is a natural!

Professor Cassandra Quave brings quality Science to the public. She covers a wide range of topics in-depth in a seemingly effortless way. Learn from a passionate researcher, and be inspired!

Pullupyourplants.com ,

Binge-Worthy Content

I just finished the first podcast on the way home from work and am excited to explore the rest.

Jordan-Met ,

Fantastic and engaging!

Dr Quave is great at sharing her knowledge and making botany fun and accessible!

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