In this fascinating, raw, and real chat, we explore the absurdity of ‘all-of-this’ along with what to do with the all too common statement “It’s all in your head” with mycotoxins autoimmune thriver, National Geographic explorer and FAU professor, Maria Fadiman.
Maria Fadiman works to make a difference in the world (really, the whole world) and embraces the challenges that come with the explorer kind of life. She is the creator of a compelling and funny one-woman show about discovering her autoimmune disorder, dealing with it, and getting back to being a “badass international explorer” even with an autoimmune condition. Just some of what she shares with us is:
• The freedom when you discover ‘It’s a crazy reaction, AND I’m not crazy…’
• How to find the humor and uncover happiness within your diagnosis,
• Why it is essential to have someone who “helps you think it out…”
• The mindset tips that keep this international explorer continuing her adventures, plus so much more.
Our guest Maria Fadiman is an associate professor in the Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She researches the human/environmental aspect of conservation, focusing on ethnobotany, the study of the relationship between people and plants, and has given two TEDx talks. In addition to her academic publications, she writes adventure essays and is one of the invited contributors to the book, Global Chorus, along with others such as the Dalai Lama and Jane Goodall.
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The show begins with Sharon asking Maria Fadiman how she found out about her autoimmune disease. Maria then goes on to relate how she found out and how she thought she was “going crazy” as she had no idea what was happening. Again, she says that stress plays a large role in it.
0:11:35.2 Maria is an ethnobotanist who goes to the rainforests and savannas in Africa. With mycotoxins that molds release ─ which is her autoimmune condition ─ Sharon asks her on how she deals with it with her condition and Maria gives an interesting account on how she has to adjust and cope with the changes she has to make.
0:23:31.8 At this point, Maria shares some information about her work and why she’s passionate about working in in the rainforests and in the savannas of Africa.
0:28:45.1 Here, she explains how humor has helped her move forward and not to feel sorry for herself.
They go on to talk about finding and having the right team to help them move forward and optimize their health.
0:44:31.3 With just a few minutes left, she shares some tips from her personal experience. She says that it’s the “moving forward” and not to feel sorry for oneself and to keep doing things that fill you up.