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Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons

Mar 10, 2022

Today we dive into a particular plant medicine, mescaline, the active ingredient in San Pedro (Wachuma).


Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a naturopathic doctor and the co-founder of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Isabel, who I call “Izzy” throughout the interview given our personal connection, has been serving the community in health restoration and body optimization for over a decade. She is known as a beauty expert and has some interesting insights for us on purging, healing, beauty, and anti-aging.


Izzy beams through to us from Portugal, where many plant medicines have been decriminalized. 


We summarize our discussion with 10 powerful mantras about healing, be that through plant medicine or other techniques Izzy mentions including health food, water, hot/cold therapy, detoxification, meditation, vagal nerve stimulation, and simply being in nature.


Mantra #1: The pandemic has created polarization and separation. We need a way out… see Mantra #2.


Mantra #2:  Be present, breathe, listen, bring in love and remember the ultimate desire for connection. 


Mantra #3: True healing happens on all levels:  mind, body, and soul.


We reference the books When the Body Says No (​​ and The Body Keeps the Score (

Mantra #4: When the student is ready, the teacher appears (this is true for plant medicine as a master teacher).


Mantra #5: Carrying around years and pounds of emotional baggage is NOT a good look! (Purging and healing can make you look ten years younger!). 


Mantra #6: San Pedro is a master teacher (plant); It is considered “grandfather”.


Mantra #7: San Pedro can allow what so many of us need in this day and age: movement, being in nature, and the slowing down of time.


Mantra #8: Mescaline (the active ingredient in San Pedro) has many healing properties (supports immune function, anti-microbial, supportive in healing the gut lining, reduction in alcohol abuse, reduction in suicidal thoughts, activates serotonin and dopamine).


Mantra #9: Integration is key and takes time.
See the previous episode with Sam Liebowitz where we talk extensively about integration:


Mantra #10: It all starts with intention.

More about Dr. Isabel Sharkar

Dr. Isabel Sharkar is co-founder of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic in Washington, D.C., a thriving clinic that has been serving the local community in health restoration and body optimization for over a decade. She is known as a beauty expert and has written for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Byrdie, Pop Sugar, Psychologies Magazine, Huffington Post, Top Sante, Aspire Skin, Net Doctor, Vogue, and many more. She has been featured in Modern Luxury, NBC News, the Exhausted Docu-series, and numerous podcasts. Dr. Isabel stands for the empowerment of female entrepreneurs and inspires them into goddesses. Through Creatress CEO Unleashed, Dr. Isabel births the new female archetype, the Creatress, who through healing herself can heal the world. As Conscious Creatresses, we have a calling to leave the world a better place for all generations to come while embodying fun, joy, and pleasure. Dr. Isabel guides female entrepreneurs into full self-expression through healing the mind-body-soul triad and supporting re-connection to their personal power and Source.


What is fun for Dr. Isabel Sharkar?


Going to Burning Man, traveling, fancy dresses & making costumes, anything artistic. 






Disclaimer: This podcast is for information only, and no part of its contents should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, recommendation, or endorsement by the author. You should always ask your physician or healthcare provider for her recommendation before starting any new health-related activity.