The Lucas Rockwood Show

Rethinking Physical Pain
with Aaron Kubal 
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Have you ever experienced chronic back or knee pain? An estimated 80% of people have a major pain episode at some point in their lives, and it often leads to downstream mental and physical health problems.

But what if pain were a protective mechanism?

What if pain was your body’s way of telling you when you need to back off, be careful, move differently? On this week’s podcast, we’ll rethink pain from the ground up with special guest, Aaron Kubal.

Listen & Learn: 

  • The risk vs. reward of spinal scans
  • How to forget about finding a “healer”
  • Why it’s important to take an evidence-based approach
  • How to take advantage of the placebo effect without getting taken advantage of     

Links & Resources:

Aaron’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Aaron Kubal is a board-certified chiropractor who focused on rehabilitation and chronic pain. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Lemonade Diet

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Direct download: LRS_460_-_Rethinking_Physical_Pain_with_Aaron_Kubal.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:33pm CEST

Making Sense of Food

with Robb Wolf
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You step into your local health food store, and the confusion begins. Keto, Paleo, low fat, high fat. It’s all so overwhelming. One approach lowers your cholesterol but improves your blood sugar. Another diet is great for combating inflammation but causes constipation.

This impossible choice is happening to you and me locally, and it also plays out on the macro level with our food systems themselves. How do we end hunger, ensure nutritional needs are met, and protect our topsoil at the same time? This seemingly impossible balancing act might be one of the most-important issues of the next 30 years. Let’s get into it.

Listen in Learn: 

  • How evolution continues today, and yet we are still mostly cavemen 
  • The importance of ruminant animals for topsoil 
  • Hidden inefficiencies of lab-grown meat
  • Can we evolve to be healthy on carbs and canola?

Links & Resources

Robb’s website

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Robb is a former research biochemist and is The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He’s a former California State Powerlifting Champion and an amateur kickboxer. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Keto salts

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Direct download: LRS_459_-_Making_Sense_of_Food_with_Robb_Wolf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm CEST

Tendencies, Habits & Change
with Gretchen Rubin

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Every few months a new productivity book hits the shelves, and of course, I read it. I’m a sucker for personal growth hacks. Do I need to fix my morning routine? What about a gratitude journal? Should I drink lemon water or celery juice in the morning? I joke that I’m a walking cliche - but that doesn’t change my behavior.

The reality is that personal growth is, well, personal. What works for me might not work for you. Your organizational system, your calendar or filing system that changed your life might do nothing to help me get things done. One this week’s podcast, you’ll meet returning guest and ultra-practical self help author, Gretchen Rubin. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • What you can learn about envy
  • Intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation 
  • How to figure out what you really want
  • Thoughts on work, life, family, and friend balance 

  
Links & Resources:

Gretchen Rubin’s Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Gretchen is a speaker, podcasterm, and the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better Than Before, The Four Tendencies, and Outer Order, Inner Calm.


Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Canned and frozen foods

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Direct download: LRS_458_-_Tendencies_Habits__Change_with_Gretchen_Rubin.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:32am CEST

Hope is a Verb
with Amy Downs

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Amy was buried under the rubble of the Oklahoma City Federal Building during the 1995 attack. Fully conscious but completely incapacitated, she waited nearly an hour before her rescue. In her own words, her life flashed before her eyes complete with doubt, regret and fear.

The trauma of everyday life is unavoidable, but this was another type of experience altogether. Half her team lost their lives, she spent over a week in the hospital, and has spent all these years since that tragedy rebuilding her own life and her community. From trauma to triumph.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How Amy lost over 200lbs  
  • The power of community for health and wellness 
  • Why it’s important to simply start moving forward, right now 
  • How to create a future focus

Links & Resources
Amy’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Amy Downs is CEO of Allegiance Credit Union in Oklahoma City, which lost more than half of its employees in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.  In the years since the bombing, Amy became a mother, lost 200 pounds, competed in an Ironman Triathlon, obtained her MBA and became CEO of the same credit union that was bombed. She’s the author of a new book, Hope is Verb.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Carb Counting

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Direct download: LRS_457_-_Hope_is_a_Verb_with_Amy_Downs.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:20pm CEST

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
Michael Rintala, D.C

Have back pain? If you ask a yoga teacher, they will give you three stretches. If you go to a physiotherapist, they will give you three Bosu Ball exercises, and if you go to a personal trainer, they will give you three resistance workouts.

So who is right? They all are.

To heal a joint, you need to take a systems approach, and in almost all cases, there are multiple areas to address. Your path to healing is usually more complicated and longer than you anticipated, but the good news is that you can often find your way back to health.

Listen & Learn

  • Why childlike movements (roll, crawl, squat, walk) can help you heal 
  • How long it will take to heal chronic pain
  • The role of breathing and the diaphragm muscle specifically 
  • Why a whole-person approach is crucial 
  • Why MRI / CT scans are not be a life sentence for pain 

Links & Resources

Dr. Rintala’s Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Rintala is a chiropractor specializing in sports medicine and rehabilitation. He is a member of the PGA Tour Sports Medicine Team. He is also an International Instructor for the Prague School of Rehabilitation on courses in: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Vitamin A - Which Brand?

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Direct download: LRS_456_-_Dynamic_Neuromuscular_Stabilization_with_Michael_Rintala.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:24am CEST

Healing Trauma, Sexuality & Boundaries

with Kimberly Johnson
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Past traumas often haunt us emotionally and sometimes even manifest as physical pain or illnesses. Acute childhood trauma, for example, has been correlated with everything from premature births to obesity, debunking any delineation between mind and body. Your thoughts and feelings don’t just feel real, they are real.

So when you suffer major pain, how do you move on? How do you resolve it, integrate, and continue forward? My guest on this week’s show has some strategies. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How the rate and scale of events greatly increases trauma
  • Whether to choose to speak or remain silent about your struggles 
  • The victims need a voice and power, but what becomes of the perpetrators? 
  • Navigating the impossible dynamic of male and female relationships

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kimberly Johnson is a doula, Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, postpartum care advocate and mother. She’s the author of the book, The Fourth Trimester and the new book, Call of the Wild. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Veganism

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Direct download: LRS_455_-_Healing_Trauma_Sexuality__Boundaries_with_Kimberly_Johnson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:00pm CEST

Proactive Personal Health Care
with Dr. Doug Pucci
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I went to the doctor to get routine blood work and was sent home with a prescription for benzodiazepines. I specifically said I didn’t want to take anything, but the doctor insisted that if I wasn’t sleeping well, and the smart thing to do was to medicate.

How does this happen? Why does this happen? And how can you be sure it doesn’t happen to you? The only person who can be in charge of your health is you, so you have to be proactive, but figuring out how to start can be difficult. My guest on this week’s show will help you reclaiming agency of your health 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why most standard blood test are useless
  • How diet and lifestyle changes are often the best place to start
  • How to think and plan long term for your health
  • How to take charge of your own health 

Links & Resources

Doug’s website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Doug Pucci is a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner, He won The Best Of 2020 Awards for Functional Medicine in Oradell, NJ, and entry into Trademark Publications’  Top Doctors of America, Who’s Who Directory – Honors Edition.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Green Tea Weight Loss

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Direct download: LRS_454_-_Proactive_Personal_Health_Care_with_Dr._Doug_Pucci.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:30pm CEST

Surviving the Mental Health Pandemic
with Guy Winch

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Suicide ideation is rampant among youth, divorce rates are skyrocketing, and the state of mental health, on a global scale, has never been worse. There have always been times of uncertainty and loss, but what makes our current challenge different is the compounding effects of loneliness. Without our tribe, we are weak.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet a prominent psychologist who shares his best ideas for navigating these challenging times. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why loneliness is huge global health crisis
  • How to approach mental health as a newbie
  • How social media plus social isolation are a recipe for disaster 

Links & Resources

Guy’s Website 

Our Guest

Dr. Guy Winch is a psychologist, author, podcaster and speaker. He is the author of  Emotional First Aid, Fix a Broken Heart, The Squeaky Wheel.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • White vs Wheat Bread

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Direct download: LRS_453_-_Surviving_the_Mental_Health_Pandemic_with_Guy_Winch.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:48am CEST

How to Find Your Purpose
with Ashley Stahl
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Kyle invested his life savings into a health resort overlooking the sea. I told him it was a terrible idea, and I was wrong. Right up until the pandemic hit, he was doing great and living his dream life. But this year, he’ll most-likely go bankrupt. Arthur is the sole owner of an iconic NYC restaurant, open since 1997. It’ll most-likely close its door for good in 2021. Marta worked as a front-end designer in a fast-paced travel tech company here in Barcelona. She got laid off along with 1,000 others in May of 2020 and is considering leaving the country.

For billions of people, the past year has completely changed our work lives. Many of us have to pivot or even completely reinvent our professional careers. That’s terrifying, and my guest on this week’s show is a career coach who can help you navigate these uncertain waters. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why passion is overrated
  • How to find your core skill set, your true value
  • How to ask yourself the hardest questions, including the ones you’ve been avoiding
  • How to embrace change 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Ashley Stahl is a career coach, speaker, and an author. She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CBS, SELF, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune among others. She’s the author of a new book called, You Turn. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Salad vs Soup

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Direct download: LRS_452_-_How_to_Find_Your_Purpose_with_Ashley_Stahl.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:09am CEST

Breakup Bootcamp 

with Amy Chan
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What is love? If you ask 100 people, you’ll get 100 different answers; and yet here we are, desperately needing love all the time. It shouldn’t be a big surprise, relationships don’t always work out. Everyone has a breakup story, and whether you’re 16 or 60, the pain and emotional spinout is pretty much the same. My guest on this week’s show helps coach people through a transition to a positive future. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why you need at least 60 no-contact days
  • How to focus on the future, not the base
  • How to avoid trauma bonding with others
  • Finding peace with yourself first and foremost 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Amy is the Founder of Renew. She is a relationship columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Heart Hackers Club, and the other of the book, Breakup Bootcamp: The Science of Rewiring Your Heart.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Food Before Bed

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Direct download: LRS_451_-_Breakup_Bootcamp_with_Amy_Chan.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:47am CEST

7 Steps to Self Confidence
with David Nurse
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You’re on fire. Every decision, every conversation, and even the way your body moves feels like green lights today. When you’re grounded in self-confidence, everything is possible. But what about those days when your mind muck is so thick, you can’t manage a single email. Self doubt paralyzes you as you flip from your todo list, to Facebook, to Tiktok.

Thinking, re-thinking, doubting. Those days are the worst. 

On this week’s show, you’ll meet a former pro basketball player-turned-coach whose clients need to be at the top of their game, literally, in order to stay employed. His 7-step approach breaks self confidence into manageable steps that can be nurtured as a skill.

Listen & Learn

  • Why comparison is not always a bad thing
  • How to redefine your vocabulary for self empowerment 
  • Why your sense of self is heightened by serving others 
  • How to create your own “highlight reel” 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

David Nurse is an NBA life and optimization coach, author and motivational speaker. A former professional basketball player smf coach for the Brooklyn Nets, David has personally helped over 150 NBA players with their personal and professional development both on and off the court. David is the author of, Pivot & Go.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor

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Direct download: 450_-_7_Steps_to_Self_Confidence_with_David_Nurse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm CEST

Healthy Skin as You Age
with Dr. Shadi Kourosh
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“You look old, Dad,” my nine year old told me. He was teasing me, of course, but it’s true. I have less hair, more wrinkles, and thinner skin than I did when he was born. I didn’t start wearing sunscreen until the age of 35, and I certainly regret it.

Father time is cruel, and he’s coming for all of us.

While we all have more meaningful things to worry about than our aging skin, I still do worry that I’ll be raisin-faced in my 70s. So let’s talk about it. This week, I’ll introduce you to Havard professor and dermatologist, Dr. Shadi Kourosh, who will share with us her best tips for slowing down time.

Listen & Learn:  

  • Why Vitamin A is the secret ingredient in many oral and topical skincare creams

  • What is clinically proven and what is just hype

  • How to choose your dermatologist carefully

  • Sun damage dangers  

  • The importance of food and lifestyle for skincare 

Links & Resources:

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Shadi Kourosh MD, is a board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She has an iphone app called, Skin Advocate, that connects patients with patient advocacy organizations for their skin conditions.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Body Composition

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Direct download: 449_-_Healthy_Skin_as_You_Age_with_Dr._Shadi_Kourosh.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:43pm CEST

Turn Adversity into Advantage

with Doug Bopst

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“I took the deal… and the last thing I did was snort a few hundred milligrams of oxy,” says Doug. This was right before he started a 90-day stint in jail where he was forced to sober up in a hurry. His cellmate was a fitness fanatic and Doug’s unofficial trainer on his path to recovery. Despite all the odds, Doug left prison in better shape than he went in. Today, Doug is clean and sober and is an author, fitness trainer, and speaker. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How hitting rock bottom can be a great gift
  • Why there is not quick-fix to a long-standing problem
  • How to surrender to the process of change  
  • Finding fitness at any age

Links & Resources:

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Doug Bopst is an award-winning personal trainer, author, speaker and business owner. He is a former felon and drug addict, and the author of From Felony to Fitness to Free and the Heart of Recovery.

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Game Changers Film

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Direct download: 448_-_Turn_Adversity_into_Advantage_with_Doug_Bopst.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:23am CEST

Psychological Flexibility

with Steven Hayes, PhD
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The rate of change has accelerated 2-5x in the past year. The job change you were thinking about someday is now your top priority today. Your relationship doubt has flipped into a full blown crisis. Entire governments and industries have been turned on their heads. How are you doing?

The ability to ride the wave of change is something Steven Hayes refers to as Psychological flexibility, and just as we should all be working on our physical health, our mental health needs constant workouts too. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why mental health labels can quickly paralyze you
  • How your past head trash can implode your current relationships
  • How to accept and commit as part of your mental health regime

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Steven Hayes is the author of 44 books including, A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters. He’s published nearly 600 scientific articles and his work focuses on understanding language and cognition to alleviate suffering. 

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are Eggs Ok

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Direct download: 447_-_Psychological_Flexibility_with_Steven_Hayes_PhD.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:14pm CEST

Thoughts on the End of Life
with Charles Garfield
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Death and loss are inevitable, nobody was prepared for this. COVID-19 has taken the lives of millions of people around the world, mostly older people, the wisdom class. On a local level, we all feel it; but from a global perspective, it’s very hard to begin to fathom so much loss in such a short period of time. How do we process this? Where to begin? On this week’s show, we’ll explore the “wisdom years” of life, end of life, and death. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why you should write a forgiveness letter to yourself
  • The importance of older generations 
  • The necessity of mourning 
  • Virtual vs. in-person funerals 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Charles Garfield is a psychologist, professor and lecturer, and the author of thirteen books including Our Wisdom Years and Life's Last Gift: Giving and Receiving Peace During the Dying Time. He has been recognized internationally as the founder of Shanti Project, a widely acclaimed AIDS and cancer service organization. 

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Allergic Mystery

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Direct download: 446_-_Thoughts_on_the_End_of_Life_with_Charles_Garfield.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:32am CEST

Get to Know Your Testosterone
by Dr. Tracy Gapin

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Testosterone levels in modern men are lower than any time in recorded history. This causes low libido, low energy, and a lack of lean muscle; but low T can also decrease your motivation, your concentration, and even your mental health.

So where has all the testosterone gone?

Diet and lifestyle are huge factors, of course, but most people are completely unaware of the endocrine disruptors that have crept their way into our food, water, and homes. Everything from your shampoo to your takeaway coffee cup contributes to the hormonal dysregulation of our population. Left unchecked, many men lose their lust for life, in all senses, decades too soon.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a medical doctor who is passionate about educating men and helping them navigate the hormonal minefield of our modern world.  

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why free testosterone is even more important than total testosterone
  • How to understand medical reference ranges
  • Self-assessment tricks for thinking about your own hormones 
  • Xenoestrogens, phytoestrogens, and other disruptor landmines 


Links & Resources:


ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Gapin is board certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the author of, Male 2.0, a guide to the optimization of a man’s health and vitality.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Rapeseed Oil

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Direct download: 445_-_Get_to_Know_Your_Testosterone_with_Dr._Tracy_Gapin.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:01pm CEST

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