Ep.08: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression with Scott Riley


Ep.08: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression with Scott Riley

00:00 / 01:41:55
Whenever you set the intention to actually take the medicine, it begins working.

Conditions Reversed

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression


Scott Riley

Episode Notes:

[2:40] Scott provides his background dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.

[3:40] Scott tried some immunosuppressant drugs for his autoimmune condition: rheumatoid arthritis.

[5:10] Scott found one pharmaceutical drug which helped for about six months. But then it stopped working and this was very discouraging.

[5:55] Scott describes his rock bottom point. It was in June 2014: his joint pain made it difficult to open doors, brush his teeth, and to go up and down stairs.

[6:50] Scott also started to feel very isolated and withdrawn.

[8:40] Scott lacked any hope and had what might be described as suicidal depression. “I certainly did not want to be here.”

[11:05] After researching people who had success with autoimmune conditions online, Scott came across the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. In the documentary, the main person Joe Cross, healed from an autoimmune condition by going on a 60-day juice fast.

[12:30] Scott decided a 60-day juice fast would be worth trying. He decided to combine the approaches of two juicing documentaries: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (by Joe Cross) and Super Juice Me (by Jason Vale).

[14:30] Six months out from January 2015, Scott booked a trip to the Peruvian Amazon to be treated by tribes there with plant medicines.

[15:30] In the Amazon, Scott was treated with wachuma, ayahuasca, and bobinsana. Scott originally heard about the idea from Aubrey Marcus on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

[17:45] What was Scott’s experience like on the juice fast?

[23:45] What were some of the tangible effects of the juice fast that started to show up about four weeks in?

[28:00] Between the 60-day juice fast and his trip to Peru, Scott’s diet was “clean” and consisted mainly of steamed veggies, chicken, and fish. No refined sugar, processed foods, or added salt.

[28:45] What was Scott’s first solid food meal after his 60-day fast?

[30:45] Booking the trip to Peru was key for Scott in his healing and for him sticking to his juice fast.

[31:25] The place Scott went to in Peru is Sprit Quest Sanctuary near Iquitos.

[32:45] The treatments (the plant medicines mentioned earlier) have a psychoactive component.

[40:30] Scott describes the setup of SpiritQuest Sanctuary at his arrival.

[45:20] Scott recommends Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind as a good Western look at psychedelic/psychoactive drugs/medicines. The book describes some of the neuroplasticity that can be achieved by psychedelics.

[50:00] Scott describes the start of the Peruvian treatment and the focus placed upon setting intentions. “Whenever you set the intention to actually take the medicine, it begins working.”

[54:30] This (ayahuasca) was Scott’s first experience with psychoactive medicine.

[1:00:00] Ayahuasca treatments were every other night at SpiritQuest Sanctuary.

[1:04:20] Part of the healing process involved the entire SpiritQuest group (approximately 20 people being treated) getting together and sharing their experiences the morning after ayahuasca treatments.

[1:10:00] The ayahuasca portion of treatment was challenging; the wachuma portion was uplifting. Scott had set two intentions in Peru: to help others improve the quality and circumstances of their lives, and to find other likeminded people to connect with.

[1:14:30] Scott found out about the Wim Hof Method and took the 10-week course: it took him from a prevention mindset (keep the bad symptoms away) to an optimization mindset (as in, “I’m capable of so much more than I realized”).

[1:17:00] Scott became a certified Wim Hof instructor. The Wim Hof Method has 3 pillars: breathwork, cold immersion, and mindset. It helps train your nervous system to go from “fight-or-flight” to “rest-and-digest”; it helps you downregulate from stress.

[1:19:30] Joe and Scott discuss some of the science behind the Wim Hof Method (including their ability to be injected with an endotoxin with greatly reduced negative impact compared to a control group).

[1:21:40] “Obviously, the control group felt terrible… and of course in the Wim Hof Method group, they were all feeling awesome, loving life, and not suffering from the inflammatory effects of the endotoxin that was injected into them.”

[1:22:20] “In the 21st century, basically everyone is walking around in a state of chronic stress purely by being born into a world that we haven’t really evolved for. And the Wim Hof Method is just a method of training your nervous system how to come out of the stressed state which is basically always switched on by 21st century living.”

[1:25:15] “It creates a lot of self-belief in people when you can show them that they are can do way more than they think that they’re capable of doing. It can be a great tool for helping people to go on and change their life once they can see that they are capable of a lot more.”

[1:27:10] What does Scott consider the root cause of his healing?

[1:28:50] About six months prior to recording, Scott gained more understanding on how to go deeper into simple practices with authenticity every day: good sleep, cold exposure every day, active breathing every day, getting into nature every day.

[1:30:30] Through his Causeway Living health coaching company, Scott has recently rolled out a new six-week program (SixWeekShift.com) to help others improve their life quality and circumstances.

[1:33:30] Does Scott consider himself cured of rheumatoid arthritis and depression?

[1:35:15] Now that Scott has improved his health, what’s one thing he enjoys doing that he couldn’t do before?

[1:38:00] Where can listeners get in touch with Scott? He is available at CausewayLiving.com, twitter.com/CausewayLiving, and instagram.com/CausewayLiving. Also, SixWeekShift.com.


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