The Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Appearance of “I Am”, with Mauro Zappaterra

If you know me, you know I frequently “go down the rabbit hole” to test what I know, what I perceive, or what I feel. My latest inquiry has been into the role of the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), the fluid mechanics of the body, and how the structures of the brain (and body) influence, or are influenced by, our consciousness.

Here Mauro Zappaterra, MD PhD (Harvard University), presents on the role of the CSF to influence states of consciousness, and the “Appearance of ‘I Am.'”

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Mauro Zappaterra obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Harvard Medical School. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in the adult. He is published in numerous scientific articles on the CSF and his work was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal.  He was also featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The art of loving life.”


He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at the UCLA VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where he also served as Chief Resident. He is board certified in PM&R with a particular focus on optimizing human performance and decreasing suffering. He is the Director of Regenerative Medicine and Clinical Research at Synovation Medical Group and is a staff physician at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is co-creator and co-host of The PM&R Podcast, an independent project aimed at providing informational interviews with authorities in the field.  


As a PM&R physician he combines his training in various complementary medicine modalities such as Polarity Therapy, Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy and attempts to treat each individual wholistically, integrating body, mind and spirit.  He researches and designs new programs and techniques to help alleviate pain, improve function, and increase quality of life. He was recently voted by his peers as one of Pasadena Magazine’s Top Docs for 2018.


About Dr. Mauro Zappaterra, from, a website dedicated “to educat[ing] people about the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and to simply encourage people to bring their AWARENESS to their own cerebrospinal fluid, the radiant lake of fluid inside of you, and see what happens.”