The Lucas Rockwood Show

In the 1980s, Nancy Reagan coined the term, “Just say no!” and spearheaded the social aspect of the so-called war on drugs. It didn’t work, nor have any of the dozens of public, private, and international efforts to curb the disease of despair. Things have become so much worse that today, almost every single person listening has a friend or family member affected by addiction. My guest on this week’s podcast is a recovered addict herself and uses yoga as part of an integrated 12-step program to support others.

Listen and learn:

  • The importance of support for addiction recovery
  • The benefits of talk therapy vs. movement based therapy
  • How trauma can feel like it’s stuck physically
  • The integration of past, present and future self

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Y12

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Nikki is the founder of Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR). Her approach is based on her personal journey through addiction and recovery, leading her to blend the somatic aspect of yoga with the cognitive approach of 12-step programs.

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Direct download: LRS_615_-_12_Steps_and_Yoga_with_Nikki_Myers.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

Injuries can derail your best healthy lifestyle plans, and if you’re not careful, they can lead to deconditioning and loss of function. But here’s what you need to understand and accept: everyone with an active life gets injured - everyone. So rather than feeling guilt or regret about your aches and pains, it’s a much smarter approach to swiftly move into healing mode and take full ownership of the process. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a career yoga teacher and physical therapist whose work focuses on overcoming injuries.

Listen and learn:

  • Why many injuries simply require time to heal
  • The importance of things like shoes, sleep position, and lifestyle choices
  • The power of walking and how to titrate movement vs. pain
  • How to potentially get help from a physical therapist or qualified professional

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Ariele’s Anatomy Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Ariele Foster is a physical therapist and yoga teacher with over two decades experience helping people recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and rehab from surgeries.

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Direct download: LRS_614_-_Injuries_Happen_-_Stay_Positive_with_Dr._Ariele_Foster.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:53pm CEST

Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and we need good sleep quality as well, which means cycling through light, deep, and REM phases. While sleeping is the most natural of all human behaviors, many of us continue to struggle for a variety of reasons, including stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, and more. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a medical doctor whose work is focused on improving sleep for kids and adults.

Listen and learn:

  • Sleep hygiene 101 
  • deal sleeping positions
  • Kid vs. adult sleep - what changes?
  • How to know when you need medical help

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That Sleep Doc (Instagram)

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Sujay Kansagra specializes in sleep medicine. He is Director of Duke University's Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program and author of a number of books, including My Child Won't Sleep: A Quick Guide for the Sleep-Deprived Parent.

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In regenerative medicine and longevity, it’s difficult to separate signal from noise. The search for the fountain of youth is a story as old as humanity, and while we’re all clearly aging, there are some technologies that hold real promise, particularly when it comes to things like joints and skin. On this week’s podcast we’ll discuss stem cells, specifically how specific nutrients can boost endogenous production.

Listen and learn:

  • How adaptogenic plants can measurably boost your own stem cells
  • Why a reduced ability to heal is a hallmark of aging
  • The difference between umbilical cord vs adipose tissue derived cells
  • Legal, ethical and access concerns

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Christian’s Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Christian Drapeau is a stem cell biologist and a pioneer in the study of plant-based stem cell enhancement therapies. He is also the author of Cracking the Stem Cell Code.

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Direct download: LRS_612_-_Stem_Cells_for_Healing_with_Christian_Drapeau.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

If you’re interested in meditation and have downloaded an app or purchased a book, yet fail to consistently follow through, this week’s podcast is for you. We’ll discuss meditation for average people living in the real world with recurring guest, Ann Swanson.

Listen and learn:

  • Meditation practice vs. meditative practices
  • How to manage rumination
  • Why different meditation practices can serve you in different scenarios
  • How to start small and link your practice to an existing habit

Links

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Ann Swanson is a certified yoga therapist and author of the best-selling book, Science of Yoga. She specializes in helping people manage stress, pain and arthritis. Her new book is called, Meditation for the Real World: Finding Peace in Everyday Life.

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Direct download: LRS_611_-_Getting_Started_with_Meditation_with_Ann_Swanson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST


The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our relationships. While most people would probably agree with that statement, they would also admit that their relationships are often troubled. From a psychological perspective, attachment theory can be a helpful frame for understanding our patterns of emotional connection and strife, and it can also provide a path forward toward balance and security.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet an author whose work is centered around understanding yourself to create space for healthier relationships.

Listen and learn:

  • How to identify your attachment style as secure, anxious, avoidant, or dismissive
  • Why we’re often attracted to people who struggle in similar or familiar ways
  • Why our fundamental needs must be met

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Thais Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Thais Gibson is an author, counselor, speaker, and founder of The Personal Development School. She has a background in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), underscoring her deep commitment to understanding and teaching the principles of psychological wellbeing and personal growth​. She’s the author of Attachment Theory: A Guide to Strengthening the Relationships in Your Life

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Direct download: LRS_610_-_Understanding_Attachments_Styles_with_Thais_Gibson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

Health education is lacking in most school systems, to the extent that most high school graduates can’t name 10 muscles in their own bodies. Anatomical learning has historically been seen as boring, complex, and difficult to make relevant. Today, things have changed, thanks to 3D software, inexpensive models, and cadaver dissections freely available around the world. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet an online educator reaching millions monthly with anatomy and physiology videos using real human cadavers.

You'll learn:

  • How cadavers are donated and used ethically (or not) in science
  • The anomalous nature of all of our bodies
  • Why real human bodies are still an invaluable resource in learning
  • How to use LLMs / AI to advance your learning

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Institute of Human Anatomy

Dissection Room on Youtube

Substack

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Justin Cottle is the Lab Director at the Institute of Human Anatomy, a private human
cadaver lab located in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his IOHA team reach millions each month through educational social media videos, often using real human cadavers. He is also the creator of The Dissection Room on Substack and YouTube. 

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Direct download: LRS_609_-_Why_Everyone_Can_and_Should_Learn_Anatomy__with_Justin_Cottle.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

I’m an introvert. In my private life, I don’t talk much and am mostly in my head. But since the forced isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve come to re-appreciate the power of community. Every single health goal I have becomes so much easier when I’m around positive, supportive people. So once a week, I force myself to practice yoga, take a run, ride my bike, or paddle surf with other people. On one of those runs, I joined up with 120 people on the beach in Barcelona running, doing burpees, and dancing to pop songs. The group is called Midnight Runners, and it turns out it’s a long-standing event that happens all over the world. On this week’s show, you’ll meet the founder to learn about the power of fitness and community.  

Links:

Midnightrunners.com

@gregexplores

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Greg Drach is the co-founder of Midnight Runners with a mission to make fitness more engaging and fun. Drach is an avid traveler and adventurer having visited 65 countries across five continents.

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Direct download: LRS_608_-_The_Importance_of_Community__Fitness_with_Greg_Drach.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

There is no such thing as a perfect human diet because we are all unique and have unique objectives. The bodybuilder eats to build mass, the dieter plans meals to lose weight, while others use food to manage their mental health. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a metabolic psychiatrist who takes a food-first approach in her work with clients.

Listen and learn:

  • How to determine if an extreme or moderate approach is best for you
  • How ketosis can fuel the brain and cool inflammation
  • Why low carb approaches can be helpful for depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD
  • Short term treatment or long term fix? Sustainability questions explored

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Dr. Ede’s site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Georgia Ede is a nutrition and metabolic psychiatrist. She has done extensive research on ketogenic diets, and is the author of the book, Change Your Diet, Change Your Mind.

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Direct download: LRS_607_-_Change_Your_Diet_Change_Your_Mind_with_Dr_Georgia_Ede.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

“I don’t know the meaning of life, but I know the purpose of life: to survive and procreate.” This quote was from a biologist on the podcast eight years ago, and it stuck with me because if he’s right, I’ve achieved my biological imperative and I’m now on borrowed time. While that may sound soulless and even nihilistic, it’s also a helpful frame (for me) as I attempt to make choices to optimize my life in the second half - my bonus time. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a researcher who debunks many pop longevity myths and also shares some compelling research around the supplement nicotinamide riboside. Will it make you live forever? No, but it might help you live better for the time you are here.

Listen and learn:

  • Why “biological age” tests are inaccurate
  • How we’re unlikely to experience “escape velocity”
  • Metformin, rapamycin, and resveratrol debunked
  • Why so-called longevity clinics giving TRT and HGH are almost certainly reducing - not extending - lifespan  

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Brennerlab.net

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Charles Brenner, the Alfred E. Mann Family Foundation Chair in Diabetes and Cancer Metabolism at City of Hope National Medical Center, discovered nicotinamide riboside (NR) as a crucial precursor to NAD+ in 2004 and a second NR-to-NAD+ conversion pathway in 2007, enhancing yeast cell lifespan. Currently, Dr. Brenner leads groundbreaking clinical trials on NR, focusing on its maternal and neonatal effects and translating animal model findings into safe, evidence-based clinical practices for human metabolic stress conditions.

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Direct download: LRS_606_-_The_Future_of_Longevity_Medicine_with_Dr._Charles_Brenner.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

You’ve got a bum knee or wonky hip. Your doctor says you’re a candidate for a joint replacement, and your insurance has approved the procedure - but you’re not sure if you’re ready for that. You know that joint replacement success rates are extremely high. But you also know this is a major surgery with long-term effects, and you’d like to dig your heels in a little longer. What about platelet rich plasma (PRP)? What about stem cells? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a regenerative medical doctor whose work is focused on healing ailing joints.

You’ll learn:

  • Where stem cells come from
  • Exosomes, stem cells, and PRP - what’s the difference?
  • Ethical and legal issues surrounding stem cell harvesting
  • Why bone, rather than tissue, injections are preferred
  • Cost and recovery considerations

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Dr Gross Site

About our guest

Dr. Jeffrey Gross specializes in regenerative stem cell medicine and anti-aging. He has an extensive background in treating athletic injuries across many areas such as hips, knees, shoulders, and spine. 

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Direct download: LRS_605_-_Stem_Cells__The_Future_of_Healing_with_Dr._Jeffrey_M._Gross.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

Osteoarthritis, the wear and tear inflammation of your joints, is so common that some research suggests half of us over the age of 65 will be affected. You’ve probably heard that movement is medicine, but how much movement? And while ibuprofen helps, is long-term use safe? What about all the weird and expensive treatment options? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a Professor and rheumatology expert whose work is focused on finding solutions for this common disease.

Listen and learn:

  • Which helpful medications might be approved
  • Risk vs reward of ibuprofen and injections
  • Joint distraction
  • Practical planning for managing your condition  

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Tonia Vincent, a Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology at the University of Oxford specializing in Rheumatology. She focuses on understanding osteoarthritis.

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Direct download: LRS_604_-_The_Future_of_Arthritis_Treatments_with_Dr_Tonia_Vincent.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:39am CEST

The top New Year's resolutions involve weight loss and fitness. In my industry, January is boom time and February is gloom time as most people have given up on their New Year energy by Valentine’s Day. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a non-dogmatic weight loss coach who takes a sustainable, forever approach to sane weight management.

You’ll learn:

  • The importance of eating high satiety foods
  • Why cinnamon can be a great addition to your morning coffee
  • How to navigate liquid calories

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Nagina’s Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Nagina Abdullah is a weight loss coach who incorporates natural, wholesome foods and practical lifestyle changes, and mindfulness to help clients achieve sustained results.

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Direct download: LRS_603_-_Mindful_Weight_Loss_with_Nagina_Abdullah.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

Alcohol is involved in 28 percent of all fatal car accidents, 37 percent of all violent crime, and is responsible for an unknown number of mental and emotional health challenges. On the flip side, it also has a rich tradition of craftsmanship and cuisine, culture and celebration. In moderation, alcohol has pro-social benefits, lowers social anxiety, and is loved by billions.

If you’re one of those people who can have a drink now and then without much of a thought and certainly no problem, this podcast is not for you. If drinking is causing you to gain weight, struggle the next morning, or is creating big problems in your life and you want to stop, my guest on this week’s show can help.

Listen to learn

  • Why social pressure to drink is stronger than almost all other lifestyle pressures
  • Helpful language to use during a dry experiment
  • How to “test the waters” of sobriety with a dry month or dry 3-month challenge
  • The harsh reality of sober life in terms of friends and activities

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Rachel’s site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Rachel Hechman has a troubled history with alcohol, and after three years sober, now helps support other people on their journey to healthier living. 

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Direct download: LRS_602_-_How_to_Have_a_Sober_Year_with_Rachel_Hechtman.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

If weight loss is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you’re probably as frustrated and confused as the rest of us with all the conflicting advice and extreme approaches being touted as a forever solution. In 2023, calorie counting resurfaced as a popular approach to weight loss - and that’s just fine - but many people find that their calorie math somehow doesn’t work and are left feeling discouraged. If you can relate, this solo podcast is for you.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why calories in / calories out is true but oversimplifies the process
  • Five variables that can muddle up your calorie math
  • The real reason we eat (hint: it’s not for nutrition, unfortunately)
  • Five tips to try instead of (or in addition to) calorie counting 

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Direct download: LRS_601_-_Your_Calorie_Math_is_Wrong_with_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CEST

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