The Lucas Rockwood Show

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, but modern medicine has only made small improvements in healing protocols in the past thirty years. Here’s cancer treatment history at a glance:

1930s: chemotherapy pioneered for use in treating cancer

1950s: chemotherapy protocols formalized and show efficacy

1960s: surgery and radiation used for solid tumors

1988: antibody treatments approved for use in some cancers

1988 - Present: chemo, surgery, and radiation remain the primary treatments for most cancers. Detection has improved, but treatment has only shown moderate improvements in all these years. 

On this week’s podcast, we’ll look at the often-ignored necessity to any healing protocol and the key to prevention: food and lifestyle. 

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Chris’ Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Chris Wark is an author, speaker and health coach. He was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003 at 26 years old. He had surgery but opted out of chemotherapy and food and natural therapies to heal himself. Chris has been featured on news and media all over the world, and his book, Chris Beat Cancer is available on Amazon.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Beans

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Direct download: LRS_491_-_Food_to_Fight_Cancer_with_Chris_Wark.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:48am CET

Around 20% of people have reported a major breakdown in one or more relationships during the pandemic. This includes romantic couples, but also work, family, and friend relationships strained by distance, differing viewpoints, and lack of human connection. But at the same time, 27% said their relationship with their spouse or partner got better! 

Did the pandemic cause the change or simply reveal what was already there? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychiatrist whose private practice and written work focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, and more recently, fixing dysfunctional relationship patterns.  

Listen & learn: 

  • Performer vs. audience dynamics at home
  • The “discovery” process of dysfunction 
  • 40/20/40 communication model 
  • How to create a plan and agreement for security 

Links:

Dr. Brenner’s Site

COVID / Relationship Research

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Grant H. Brenner, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. He specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders. He is an author and editor of the book, Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience and the co-author of the new book, Irrelationship.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Bowel movement

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Direct download: LRS_490_-_Irrelationships_A_Way_Out_of_Dysfunction_with_Grant_H._Brener.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

If you have a weak or damaged pelvic floor, it can cause incontinence, prolapse, and back pain. Did you assume this only affects postpartum women or the elderly? Nope, pelvic floor dysfunction is now common in younger men and women too.

In yoga, we often refer to this region as mula bandha and uddiyana bandha. You might have heard it referred to as your deep core or pelvic diaphragm. Whatever name you use, it’s an often overlooked area of the body, and there is an entire movement system designed to train this region: hypopressives.

Learn:

  • “Six pack” vs deep core, what is the difference? 
  • Why do many people accidentally pee when they laugh or lift
  • How can the pelvic floor affect your posture?
  • The breathing vs. pelvic floor diaphragm connection
  • How proper breathing can make you stronger and more stable (down there)

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Trista’s website

ABOUT US

Trista Zinn is the founder of Coreset Fitness. She’s a personal trainer who specializes in pelvic health and core re-programming. She is a leading voice in North America and worldwide for pelvic floor health. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Porridge

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Direct download: LRS_489_-_Core__Pelvic_Floor_Rehabilitation_with_Trista_Zinn.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

1000s of air rage incidents have been logged just in the past year alone where people lose it mid-flight. They scream, become violent, and cause such a ruckus that they have to be duct taped to their chairs or arrested. Similar incidents are happening at public rallies, in grocery stores, and perhaps even in your home or office. In short, emotions are running high, and most of us are poorly equipped to deal with them.

You’ve no doubt heard of emotional intelligence, but that’s simply a test or assessment. Emotional competence consists of the hard skills needed to understand your own emotions and those of others. And once you can understand, label, and communicate those emotions effectively, high conflict situations can de-escalate fast. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a lawyer and mediator who shares his multi-decade experience in some of the most high-stakes situations imaginable.

Listen & Learn

  • How to start by being self aware
  • The importance of self-regulate
  • How to develop empathy and affect label others 
  • Why most of us were raised in emotional dysfunctional homes
  • How most situations can be de-escalated in 90 seconds or less

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Doug’s Website 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Doug Noll, is a lawyer, mediator, and author who has mediated thousands of conflicts.

After serving as a civil trial lawyer for 22 years, he has turned his focus to understanding human conflict. His book De-Escalate includes his best techniques for emotional competence and navigating challenging situations. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Spirulina overuse

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Direct download: LRS_488_-_How_to_De-Escalate_Conflicts_with_Doug_Noll.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

If you eat the wrong thing, do you get bloated? Constipated? Stomach pains often start off as a nuisance, but as the months and years go by, they can become chronic and even turn into serious physical and mental illnesses. If your gut is a garden, what do you plant? And how do you take care of it so the soil it’s healthy and balanced? On this week’s show, medical doctor, Edison de Mello, shares his best gut health insights from his career.

You’ll Learn

  • GERD, SIBO and candida - are they all the same? 
  • Stool test, blood test, how do we even know if we have problems?
  • What do your hormones, kidneys, and liver have to do with gut health? 
  • Probiotics good or bad? 

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Bloated Book

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Edison de Mello, MD, PhD, is an integrative physician and a licensed psychotherapist. He’s the author of a new book, Bloated: How to Reclaim Your Gut Health and Eat Without Pain.


Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Green Veggies

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Direct download: LRS_487_-_How_to_Fight_Bloated_Belly_with_Edison_de_Mello_MD_PhD.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

We all know that a healthy, whole food diet can help with fat loss, energy, and digestions; but it can also increase your libido and sexual health. On this week’s podcast, we’ll talk about science-based foods that notably increase blood flow, circulation and nervous system activity for increased sexual health. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why green leafy vegetables offer the best source for nitrates and antioxidants
  • How mushrooms can help your microbiome and your hormonal balance
  • The importance of omega-3 fats
  • Beets, spinach and celery for nitrate power
  • Why high sugar and high salt can drop testosterone and circulation 

Links:

Christine’s site
Christine’s Book on Amazon

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Christine DeLozier is an acupuncturist and herbalist that specializes in sexual health.
She has a book called, Diet for Great Sex.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Food Preservation

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Direct download: LRS_486_-_High_Libido_Diet_with_Christine_DeLozier.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:24am CET

If you have stomach problems or allergies, you probably have a doctor you can call. But if things are not working in the bedroom, who do you call then? What if you lose desire or are having trouble with the mechanics of sexual intimacy? Who would you call then?

Sexual experiences are highly individual, but they’re also something we share (or at least try to) with our partners. And for better or worse, it defines so much of who we are. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet an emergency room doc who has shifted her career to focus on sexual health and longevity. 

Listen & Learn

  • The importance of nitric oxide, and how to promote it
  • New technology including lasers that might be worth considering
  • Blue pills, HRT, and pharmaceutical considerations with age 
  • Why sexual health and holistic health overlap and collide

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Amy’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Amy is board certified in Emergency Medicine, practices anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She is medical director of BioRestoration Medical, in Utah.

Nutritional Tip of the Week

  • Nitric Oxide

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Direct download: LRS_485_-_Sexual_Health__Longevity_with_Dr._Amy_Killen.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:51am CET

You’ve probably noticed the media right now is filled with polarizing voices, rage, and vitriol; but have you noticed that these extreme views are not your own? Have you noticed that hardly anyone you know is truly radical in their views? Most people are reasonable, thoughtful, and concerned. 

On this week’s podcast, I’d like to share my own experiences with courting radical viewpoints, and why they pop right now on social media. I’d also like to address some of the hatemail, critical inquiries, and listener feedback I’ve received.  

Listen & learn: 

  • My own politically flip flopping views 
  • The dire need for critical thinking amidst a sound-bite media frenzy
  • Why listening to people you disagree with might be the most important conversations to have
  • How so-called “hot issues” of the day are not actually popular, they’re simply salacious
  • My (un)safe space hope for the podcast  

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Direct download: LRS_484_-_Rise_of_Radical_Beliefs_with_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am CET

Did you receive a CRP (C-reactive protein) test during your last blood test? Since recent research correlates systemic inflammation with dozens of diseases and illnesses, cooling this internal flame has become a major focus in preventative medicine.

On this week’s podcast, we’ll speak about the low-grade, chronic inflammation that many of us struggle with unknowingly due to gut dysbiosis. In an ideal world, we eat a meal, digest and absorb its nutrients. In the real world, many of us eat foods that create a fight response internally as your body treats the offending foods like an invasive threat. 

Listen & Learn

  • How your gut bacteria form a “soil” like environment for digestion
  • Why modern foods and lifestyles leave many of us imbalanced
  • How to find motivation later in life to make changes 
  • The power and speed of diet and lifestyle changes

Resources & Links:

Jimmy’s Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jimmy is the founder of the Cognitive Health Institute which focuses on gut health to reduce

inflammation, thus lowering the likelihood, as well as the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. Jimmy played football professionally for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans as a tight end and most recently was a member of the 2016 United States Rowing Team. His accomplishments include four national medals as well as a third-place finish in the 2016 Olympic trials.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Carbohydrates

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Direct download: LRS_483_-_Happy_Gut_Happy_Brain_with_Jimmy_St._Louis.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:50am CET

When I was 11 years old, I face-planted snow sledding and gave myself two black eyes and a slight concussion. I remember being sleepy, dizzy, and struggling to concentrate for a few days. Luckily, I only whacked my head like that a couple times growing up, but some teenagers do it every day during sports practice.

What do contact sports do long term to our brains? At what age are we responsible enough to make a decision about putting our brains in harm's way? On this week’s podcast, author and PhD researcher, Julie Stamm shares her best plan for the future of brian-safe sports.

Listen & Learn

  • TBI vs. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Age limits, contact limits, and best practices
  • How to shift a gladiator culture - and should we? 
  • Game changes suggestions
  • Gear upgrades / downgrades


Resources & Links:

Julie’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST 

Julie Stamm, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of the book, The Brain on Youth Sports. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Collagen

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Direct download: LRS_482_-_Kids_Brains_on_Sports_with_Dr._Julie_Stamm.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:44am CET

Millions of people experience traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year, and an estimated 5-6% of those people experience long-term issues. If you break your arm, the path to recovery is pretty obvious and the fix is visible. But if you get in a car accident, hit your head, and two months later suffer from brain fog and vertigo, what do you do? How do you fix your brain once it’s been damaged?

Fortunately, there are evolving methodologies that can really help. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a Functional Neurology specialist who focuses on helping people reverse chronic symptoms.

Listen & Learn

  • Why the blood-brain barrier is so important and the risk of damaging it.
  • How TBI and concussion can happen even without head impact
  • What symptoms of chronic concussion might look and feel like
  • Balancing self-care and health care

Resources & Links:

Titus Chiu’s Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Titus Chiu is an author and speaker in the field of Functional Neurology who helps people struggling with Post-Concussion Syndrome and other chronic neurological conditions.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why No Food Before Yoga

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Direct download: LRS_481_-_Save_Your_Brain_with_Titus_Chiu.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:31pm CET

IQ Tests remain the best method (albeit flawed) to assess intelligence. More difficult to measure, but perhaps more interesting, is Emotional Intelligence (EQ). How does someone rank in terms of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and relationship management. In a digitally driven, AI-enabled future, perhaps people with the highest emotional skills could be those who find the greatest success. 

A big part of personal development is learning to understand and accept who you are, unchanging, but also to identify those parts of you that are malleable and doing your best to self actualize. Our guest on this week’s show has dedicated his life and work to emotional intelligence research and training. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How clinical EQ assessments work 
  • How emotional intelligence is crucial for workplace, family and social happiness 
  • Why it’s important to train (and learn) EQ skills 
  • The challenges of environments that reward IQ and squelch EQ 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Marc Brackett is the author of, Permission to Feel, and the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Marc consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Omega 3’s from Beef

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Direct download: LRS_480_-_How_to_Develop_Your_Emotional_Intelligence_with_Marc_Brackett.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

I wore a continuous blood glucose monitor for a month and learned that certain fruits (mangos in my case) sent my blood sugar soaring, and even more surprising, my 3 am glucose levels often dropped so low I was in hypoglycemic state. And here’s the kicker: those hypo nights always followed an elevated glycemic day. Weird. I’d never learn this without a CGM, and the dietary shifts were super easy to make and the changes were almost immediate.

Why does it matter? I was regularly waking up semi-delirious, sweating through the sheets, convinced I was having some kind of nighttime anxiety attack. Nope. It turns out I was just having a low blood sugar event, and that’s a lot easier to fix than a mental health issue. 

The most common “health trackers” we use are the mirror in the bathroom and our favorite pair of jeans that may (or may not) feel tight in the morning. For obvious reasons, we tend to pay most attention to health warning signs we can see, visually, but the good news is that it’s getting easier and easier to see inside our blood to learn how we’re doing in real time.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet Jody Stanislaw, a type I diabetic whose career is focused on blood glucose management. 

Listen and learn: 

  • Type I vs. type II diabetes - what’s the difference? 
  • Why A1C tests are so valuable for everyone
  • Why moderate carb, balanced fat and protein probably make sense for almost everyone
  • How glucose can go from healthy to toxic when the body gets too much

Resources and links:

Jody Stanislaw’s website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jody Stanislaw is a naturopathic doctor that focuses specifically on Type I diabetes. She’s the author of a book called, HUNGER: An Adventurous Journey of Finding Peace Within. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Protein in the morning

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Direct download: LRS_479_-_Demystifying_Diabetes_with_Jody_Stanislaw.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:38pm CET

The Gut Immune Connection
with Emeran Mayer

There are an estimated 100 trillion bacteria in your gut right now that weigh 2-3 lbs. If you were to spread them out, they would cover the surface of an entire tennis course. These include good bugs, bag bugs, and even some pathogens lurking in the corners.

Your microbiome is believed to influence not just digestion and absorption of nutrients, but also mood, hormones, neurotransmitters, and more. People often compare the microbiome to the soil on farmland, but we know much more about topsoil than we do our own gastrointestinal tracts. 

What should we eat to feed our good gut bacteria? How do you prevent gut dysbiosis? Can supplements help or hurt? On this week’s show, Dr. Emeran Mayer will expand our understanding of our internal world. 

Listen and learn:

  • Are probiotics really that harmful to your gut? 
  • What is the ideal diet for a healthy gut? 
  • Fiber, water, organics, and chemicals 

Resources and Links:

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Emeran A. Mayer is the executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Stress and Resilience and the Co-director of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and several books. His latest book is called, The Gut Immune Connection, is available now. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Seaweed

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Direct download: LRS_478_-_The_Gut_Immune_Connection_with_Emeran_Mayer.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:22pm CET

The Obesity Pandemic
Dr. Linda Anegawa 
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Hundreds of years ago, a portly belly was a sign of wealth. The royals ate and rank more than their fill while the serfs starved and toiled on the land. Today, not much has changed. Some of the wealthiest, most developed countries are plagued by weight gain and obesity, and the problem is quickly accelerating.

Pre-existing medication conditions were one of the biggest risk factors during the pandemic, but did you know that 69 percent of the U.S. population has at least one these risk factor? Their weight puts them at risk.

On this weeks’ podcast, Dr. LInda Anegawa shares her research and positive focus for a metabolically healthier future. 

Listen & learn:

  • Body positivity vs. celebrating sickness - can it go too far? 
  • Why you might consider getting a Coronary Calcium Scan and a Lipoprotein Fractionation test to better understand your risk factors
  • How a ketogenic diet can cause short term hormonal challenges
  • Why obesity is the #1 health threat for most people and the obvious area to focus on for the greatest impact
  • How to take agency for your own health 

Links & Resources

Dr. Anegawa’s website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Linda Anegawa, MD physician-educator, writer, and consultant dedicated to the treatment of metabolic and weight-related disease. Dr. Anegawa speaks nationally on topics relating to the disease of obesity. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Kaiser Foundation Most Outstanding Clinical Teaching award. She is the author of a book, Not Another Keto Book. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • GMO Corn

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Direct download: LRS_477_-_The_Obesity_Pandemic_w_Dr._Linda_Anegawa.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:39am CET

Porn Addiction Pandemic 

by Joshua Shea
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The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, is not just a bestseller, it’s one of the top 100 best sellers in history - and it’s not because it’s well written (it’s not). 13% of all websites are adult sites, and 30% of all data transferred online is x-rated.

Everyone likes to complain about the “big tech” influence of Facebook and Twitter, but we deliberately avoid the tube-sites that are responsible for nearly a third of all online activity.

Porn addiction is shrouded in so much guilt and shame so people often lose their jobs and their relationships as a result. On this week’s podcast, we’ll look at this issue head one, and explore some possible solutions.

Listen and learn: 

  • How abstinence / prohibition is impossible 
  • How the complexity of human sexuality manifest
  • Why the shame and guilt around p addiction make it harder to address
  • The need for open and honest dialogue with addicts and non-addicts alike

Links & Resources

Joshua Shea’s site

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Joshua Shea is an author and public speaker. As a recovering addict himself, he has a number of books you can find on Amazon or on his website.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • MK4 VS. MK7 K2

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Direct download: LRS_476_-_Porn_Addiction_Pandemic_with_Joshua_Shea.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:21am CET

How to Recover from Exercise
with Dr. Andy Galpin

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re on a roll with a new exercise routine. You’re going to yoga or the gym every day. You feel stronger and energized, and maybe you even lose some weight.

Then you get injured.

You hurt your back. Or your knee. Or your shoulder. You miss a few days, take some pain Once you’ve fallen out of the routine, it feels impossible to start again.

One small injury suddenly can turn your active lifestyle into a sedentary one - and what do you do? Rest, ice, compress, elevate? Ibuprofen? What else? On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore recovery and pain relief with Dr. Andy Galpin.

Listen & learn:

  • Why it’s so hard for most of us to interpret research
  • The double-edged sword of siloed experts 
  • Rest, ice, compress, elevate? 
  • Ibuprofen? 

Links & Resources
Andy’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Andy is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. A lifelong athlete, Andy played college football, competed in weightlifting, and Mix Martial Arts. His current focus is Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Designing Exercise Programs, Applied Strength and Conditioning. He’s the co-author of a book called, Unplugged.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How Much Salt

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Direct download: LRS_475_-_How_to_Recover_from_Exercise_with_Dr._Andy_Galpin.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:43am CET

The Future of the Quantified Self Movement
with Dr. Michael Snyder
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What if a $50 smart watch could give you early warning signs for illness, infection, and even disease? Prevention costs less and is more effective than just about any cure, but most of us don’t even manage to get an annual checkup at the doctor. This needs to change. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a leading researcher in the quantified self movement actively working to democratize data and personal health.

Listen & learn:

  • Genomics, proteomics, and omnics
  • What you can learn from elevated heart rate
  • The future of wearables
  • Big data for health - will it happen?

Links & Resources:

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. at California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a leader in the field of functional genomics and proteomics,
and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. He’s the author of the book: Genomics and Personalized Medicine: What Everyone Needs to Know.

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Melatonin

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How to Control Your Fear
with Dr. Amy Silver
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Humans are hard-wired to fear anything that puts us in harm’s way. But what do you do when fear keeps you from taking the necessary risks toward achieving your goals?

Worried you might choose the wrong major in college? You probably will. Worried you’ll choose the wrong partner and get your heart broken? That will almost certainly happen. What if you start a new exercise routine and get an injury? Yup, that will likely happen too.

On this week’s podcast, psychologist, Amy Silver, will help you learn how to navigate the complexities of fear.   

Listen & Learn

  • How social anxiety has heighted since the pandemic
  • How to determine if fear is adaptive or debilitating
  • Nature vs. nurture - where does fear come from?  

Resources & Links:
Dr. Amy Silver’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Amy is a Clinical Psychologist and has published in dozens of journals and magazines. She is the author of Conversations Create Growth, Brace for Impact, and her newest book, The Loudest Guest: How to control your fear.

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Raw Eggs

Got Questions?

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Direct download: LRS_473_-_How_to_Control_Your_Fear_with_Dr._Amy_Silver.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 6:13pm CET

An Introduction to Mindfulness
Dr. Shauna Shapiro
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Where were you when you learned that U.S. president #45 was elected? Do you remember the day when Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed?

How about your birthday three years ago - do you remember that one? What about your significant other’s birthday last year?

We often get caught up in the lives and events of other people more than our own, and while it’s easy to blame smartphones, this tendency for distraction predates the internet. Humans are distracted by nature which is why mindful focus is so highly-revered and sought after. On this week’s podcast, psychologist, Shauna Shapiro, will help you get started with practice. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why intention, attention, and attitude define a mindful state
  • How most people are distracted 47% of the time 
  • How to be non-judgmentally present 
  • The importance of self-compassion 

Links & Resources:
Dr. Shapiro’s Website

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Shauna Shapiro is an author, clinical psychologist and an expert in mindfulness. She is a professor at Santa Clara University and has published over 150 papers and three books on mindfulness. She has a TEDx Talk called, The Power of Mindfulness.
Her newest book is called, Good Morning I Love You.

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What time to Exercise

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Direct download: LRS_472_-_An_Introduction_to_Mindfulness_with_Dr._Shauna_Shapiro.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:38pm CET

Brain Health Matters
Dr. Dale Bredesen 
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The FDA approved a new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm, and it’s estimated to cost medicare $57 billion per year. In the wake of the approval, three FDA advisory panel members resigned and medical professionals, patients, and taxpayers are understably worried.

That’s a boatload of cash. Does it even work?

My guest on this week’s podcast believes that the approval occurred simply because neurodegenerative diseases are such a huge issue with so few effective treatments. Perhaps the review board felt they needed to green light something? 


In case you didn’t know, neurodegenerative diseases are the third leading cause of death worldwide, but unless it’s a Hollywood actor or professional athlete that is ill, almost no one talks about brain health.  

Listen & Learn:  

  • Why amyloid plaque is not all bad, and can even be neuroprotective 
  • Why mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is not mild at all 
  • How the “slow reaper” of neurodegenerative diseases makes them easy to overlook  
  • Insulin sensitivity, mild ketosis, fiber and fat for brain health 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Bredesen is an expert in neurodegenerative diseases. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. He directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute. He was the founding president/CEO of the Buck Institute. He’s the best-selling author of The End of Alzheimer's.


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Pesticides

Got Questions?

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Direct download: LRS_471_-_Brain_Health_Matters_with_Dr._Dale_Bredesen.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:46am CET

Meditation & Neurofeedback
with Ariel Garten
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You’re probably tried meditation apps, but have you tried measuring your brain wave states during your meditation practice? Meditation informed by real-time neurofeedback is now possible, and if you’re a numbers person, it might be just what you need to “see” your results and remain motivated to keep going. On this week’s show, we’ll explore brain tech and mind-body practices. 

Listen and learn:

  • How EEG can measure meditation 
  • How to best use neurofeedback during meditation 
  • Gamification and quantification of mind-body practices

Links & Resources:

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Ariel is a neuroscientist, former psycho-therapist, former fashion designer, and

the co- founder of the neurofeedback assisted meditation headband, Muse.

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fermented Foods

Got Questions?

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Direct download: LRS_470_-_Meditation__Neurofeedback_with_Ariel_Garten.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:05pm CET

Exploring the Hathapradipika
Dr. Jim Mallinson

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Most yoga teachers cite the Yoga Sutras as the original source of modern practices, but the Hathapradipika is a much more relevant text that is rarely read or referenced. Written by Svatmarama in the 1400s, this is one of the first writings that codified the practices of Hatha Yoga: yoga poses, breathing exercises, kriyas, and mudras. For anyone interested in the roots of modern practice, this is a fascinating historical exploration. Dr. James Mallinson leads the discussion. 

Listen and learn: 

  • How the practices of hatha yoga differ from the philosophical tradition of yoga that predates it
  • How yogis used poses, breath, cleansing exercises, and mudra
  • Yoga then vs. now
  • Nonsectarian practices used in sectarian context

Links & Resources:

Jim’s Online Course
Roots of Yoga Book

ABOUT OUR GUEST

James Mallinson is a Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has published eight books, all of which are editions and translations of Sanskrit yoga texts, epic tales and poetry. His recent work has used philological study of Sanskrit texts, ethnography and art history to explore the history of yoga and yogis. He also wrote a book in collaboration with Dr Mark Singleton called, Roots of Yoga.

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Dangers Modern Medicine
with Dr. Robert Pearl
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How much would you spend to feel healthy and energized? If you were truly sick, you’d probably spend everything you had to feel well again. The USA currently spends about 20% of GDP on healthcare, and if that meant we were all glowing with health and living our best lives, the price would be a bargain. But that’s not what’s happening.

Our reactive healthcare system offers the most expensive, worst-performance outcomes of any system in the world. It’s bad for doctors, patients, and the economy. I’m not in any way qualified to offer solutions to this medical-industrial complex, but my guest on this week’s show is. Meet Dr. Robert Pearl, medical doctor and former HMO executive.  

Listen & Learn

  • How individual incentives are messed up in the medical system
  • Why primary care physicians outperform specialists in terms of absolute impact 
  • Why culture and the system are to blame, no one person
  • Countries and cultures to model 

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Robert’s Books & Site

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017). He was named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders. He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the author of two books, his latest: UnCaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors & Patients.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:00am CET

Sleep it Off
with Stella Loichot
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If you sleep badly, it can create a metabolic storm that leads to elevated stress hormones, food cravings, and increased fat storage. Poor sleep makes it very difficult to manage your weight over time. On this week’s podcast, we’ll talk about the role of sleep in the size of your waistline.

Listen & Learn

  • How poor sleep can lead to weight gain 
  • Why daytime physical and mental activity can improve sleep
  • When to track and when to stop
  • Common missteps with caffeine and alcohol 
  • How to ease your way into change 

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Stella’s Website

Sleep & Metabolic Problems (research)

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Stella Lichot is Certified by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and trained in Behavioral Change, Motivational Interviewing, Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Coaching. She is the author of the book, Sleep it Off. 

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  • Eating Local

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:00am CET

Improve Your Posture
with Matt Hsu
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Do you have a hunchback? Have high heeled shoes led to shortened hip flexors? Postural imbalances can sneak up on you in a matter of months as your body rearranges itself to new stresses and movement patterns. That’s the bad news. The good news is you can often reverse and correct your posture with self care. My guest on this week’s show will help you get started. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why everyone needs to train strength

  • Start small, start slow, start now

  • 4x per week, 20 minutes per session

  • Passive therapy vs. self care

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Upright Health 

ABOUT OUR GUEST
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, Graduate of Egoscue Univs Angelesersity Posture Alignment Specialist Program, Graduate of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute, B.A. University of California Lo

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:37pm CET

Does Yoga Work for Weight Loss?
with Lucas Rockwood

Does yoga actually help with weight loss? Does it burn more calories than running or gym workouts? Summer is here, and I’ve been getting loads of weight loss questions. We’ve covered food and nutrition extensively, so this week we’ll deep dive into the mind-body effects of physical yoga practices for weight loss.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How yoga works: hormones, sustainability, community
  • Success stories 
  • What the published research shows
  • Best practices for you

Links & Resources

ABOUT THE HOST
Lucas Rockwood is an internationally-renowned yoga teacher, trainer, TEDx speaker, corporate trainer, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur. YOGABODY & Yoga Teachers College Founder.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:59am CET

Self-Care for Pain & Injuries 

with Dr. Dan Ginader 
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Have you ever gotten obsessed with a new diet or exercise routine? Enthusiasm is rare, so when you’re feeling it, you naturally want to go all in. But if your zero-to-hero journey is rushed, as it often is, you can end up with busted knees, a herniated disc, or plantar fasciitis.

My first two years as a yoga student, I was on-and-off injured constantly. I went to sports therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists trying to find someone to fix me.

A good therapist can be life-changing, but at the end of the day, you and your body have to work together to heal. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a physical therapist who will help you rethink pain and injury.  

Listen & Learn 

  • How to incorporate your healing routine in your pre-existing exercise routine 
  • Why consistent follow through is crucial for results
  • To scan or not to scan (MRI?)
  • The leading cause of injury (and how to prevent it) 
  • How to determine whether your high risk sport is worth it or not

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dan Ginader is a physical therapist in Indianapolis. He’s a former Division 1 baseball player and he works with athletes as well as everyday people to manage pain and rehab from injuries. 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:23am CET

Magnesium, a Love Story
with Dr. Carolyn Dean
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Magnesium is a favorite among yoga students due to its crucial role in nervous system health and as a muscle relaxant. Magnesium is everywhere, but oddly, many people are still lacking in their daily diets. On this week’s podcast, we’ll unpack the myriad of health benefits magnesium provides.

Magnesium is a central atom in the chlorophyll molecule, an essential part of the process of photosynthesis.

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  • How magnesium is present in every single cell in you4 body
  • How it’s crucial for both nervous system and muscle relaxant
  • How to eat, supplement or soak in it 

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Carolyn’s website

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopath. She’s the author of over 35 books including best seller The Magnesium Miracle along with IBS for Dummies, Hormone Balance, Death by Modern Medicine, and 110 Kindle books.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:04pm CET

The Power of Dreams
with Charlie Morley

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Did you know that you have four-to-six dream cycles per night totaling about two hours? If you’re like me, you almost never remember your dreams - and certainly not two hours worth.

But does it matter? Are they important?

Yes, dreaming is adaptive. Just as your body recovers while you sleep, your brain uses dream states to consolidate memory, learn from experiences, and process emotions. If we can all agree that it’s beneficial to be mindful during your waking states, it’s reasonable to assume that a mindful dream practice should serve us as well. On this week’s podcast, we’ll deep dive into the importance of dreaming.

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why nightmare’s are a good sign 
  • How sleep hacks have limited efficacy for real trauma
  • How pre-bed breathing can induce healthy sleep and dreams
  • Why dream’s meanings are individual but their benefits are universal

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CharlieMorley.com

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Charlie Morley is an author and expert on Lucid Dreaming. He’s written a number of books including Lucid Dreaming Made Easy and Dream of Awakening among others.  

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:33am CET

What Comes Next? Q&As Galore

with Lucas Rockwood
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Will you ever go back to the office? Will kids ever take in-person school seriously again? And what will the bounce-back look like this summer after more people are vaccinated? This week’s podcast is a departure from my usual guest interview, and instead, I answer select listener questions about my post-pandemic thoughts in terms of business and health.

Listen & Learn: 

  • Will yoga studios survive? 
  • Is the “laptop lifestyle” truly bad for spinal health? 
  • How to (re)discover motivation to get into fitness
  • Midlife fitness newbie - how to start? 
  • What has changed in your diet since COVID? 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am CET

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.

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  • 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     

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Aaron’s Website

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

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:33pm CET

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?

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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. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm CET

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 

  
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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.


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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:32am CET

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

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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.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:20pm CET

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 

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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.

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  • Vitamin A - Which Brand?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:24am CET

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. 

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  • Veganism

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:00pm CET

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 

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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.

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  • Green Tea Weight Loss

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:30pm CET

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 

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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.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:48am CET

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 

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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. 

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  • Salad vs Soup

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:09am CET

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 

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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.

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  • Food Before Bed

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:47am CET

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” 

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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.

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  • Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm CET

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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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:43pm CET

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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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:23am CET

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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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:14pm CET

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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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:32am CET

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 


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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 CET

In Search of Mastery 

with Michael Gervais

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What does it mean to self actualize? To become your personal best at whatever it is you do?

For most of us, these questions conjure up images such as a finish line, a retirement, an award, or a specific bank balance. Most of us equate mastery with goal achievement, but ironically, those who have achieved real masterly tend to be laser focused on the process and the practice, not the outcome. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a high performance psychologist who shares his mental model for traversing this path of personal greatness.

Listen & Learn:

  • How purpose, principles and vision can guide you
  • Why fulfilled lives usually involve grappling with life’s biggest questions 
  • Mastery of self vs. mastery of craft
  • The hero trap


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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Michael is a high performance psychologist. He is the co-founder of Compete to Create, a digital platform to helpS people become their best through mindset training. He works with professional athletes and CEOs.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Old Spices

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Direct download: 444_-_In_Search_of_Mastery_with_Michael_Gervais.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:20am CET

Get To Know Your Genes
with Dr. Yael Joffe
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Have you done a DNA test to discover your true ancestry? Tens of millions of people give up their genetic information in exchange for a fun pie graph that attempts to detail their ethnicity.

It’s not too expensive, and it’s fun to learn - so why not?

If you’re concerned about personal privacy, there is real cause for concern. The data Facebook or Google have on you pales in comparison to your DNA data. Your favorite online videos and political preferences might change with time, but who you are, from a genetic perspective, is forever. Private companies are stockpiling genetic data, and in some cases, sharing it with both public agencies like the FBI and private pharmaceutical companies. On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore genetics, epigenetics, testing, and what all this data means. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why you and I are 99.9% similar, and how we share 50% of our DNA with a banana
  • Nature vs. nurture from a genetic perspective
  • The future of DNA test, tracking, and tracing
  • Why data means nothing without interpretation and education 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Yael Joffe is a dietitian with a PhD from the University of Cape Town where she explored the genetics and nutrition of obesity in South African women. She is the co-author of three books, It’s not just your Genes, The SNP Journal, and Genes To Plate. She is the founder of 3X4 Genetics.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Juice Fasting

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Direct download: 443_-_Get_To_Know_Your_Genes_with_Dr_Yael_Joffe.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:05pm CET

Fantastic Fungi 

with Eugenia Bone

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It’s mushroom season in Cataluña, so the markets are filled with orange, white, and even jet black “setas” that are almost all wild harvested. They're delicious and packed with a unique micronutrient profile that is great for your immune system. On this week's show, you´ll meet a mycophagist, writer, and teacher on all things fungi.

Did you know… 

  • A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana
  • Fungi are believed to cover the earth’s surface before the first trees
  • A 2,400 year old fungus in Oregon is believed to be the largest organism in the world covering 2,200 acres (8.9 km2?
  • Psychedelic mushrooms, including microdoses, have shown efficacy for for depression, PTSD, and other mental health challenges

LInks & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Eugenia’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, and The National Lampoon. She is the author of six books including her most recent award-winning Fantastic Fungi.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How to Not Gain Weight - Holidays

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Direct download: 442_-_Fantastic_Fungi_with_Eugenia_Bone.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:44pm CET

Happy Pessimist
with Mattias Lundberg

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Has your life been turned upside down in 2020? How are you feeling? Positive thinking and optimism are often considered one and the same, but you can be simultaneously positive and pessimistic - and it might be the smartest way to plan for 2021. You can gameplay the worst case scenario with a smile, prepare for the worst, and set yourself up to be pleasantly surprised.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist and author whose work focuses on the possessive,  productive value of pessimism in certain situations. 

Listen & Learn:   

  • How negative thinking can help you with preparedness
  • When optimism is becomes avoidance 
  • Adaptive vs. non-adaptive responses   
  • How to be positive but pessimistic at the same time

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Mattias Lundberg is a Licensed Psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology at Umeå University. He is also an author and has published eight books. Mattias is known for his ability to explain complex psychological questions in an easy and often entertaining way. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • No Added Sugar Chocolate

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Direct download: 441_-_Happy_Pessimist_with_Mattias_Lundberg.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:36pm CET

Overcome Fear  

with Kristen Ulmer

Extreme skiing is defined by an ever-present risk of death. It’s a sport that demands a deep relationship and acceptance of fear. An avalanche can bury you, a deadly fall down a sheer rock wall is just one wrong turn away, and there are times when the only chance of survival is from an emergency airlift to safety.

Why would you do this? 

The answer is, “I wouldn’t do it!” But my guest on this week’s podcast used her extensive experience in the world of extreme sports to learn to harness fear and develop a system for teaching this to others. Whether you’re scared of public speaking or simply too nervous to ask that guy or girl for their number, Kristen Ulmer’s approach to fear is unique and effective. 

Listen & Learn:

  • Step 1: acknowledge fear as normal and natural
  • Step 2: touch your body where you feel the fear bubbling up
  • Step 3: let go for resistance to fear
  • Suffering = discomfort x resistance 
  • How to achieve a flow  state 
  • Understanding the lure of extreme sports

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kristen Ulmer is a fear and anxiety expert who draws from her experience with extreme skiing, studies of Zen, professional facilitation with 1000s of clients. She is the author of, The Art of Fear; Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead. Kristen’s work has also been featured in such media as NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Megyn Kelly Show, The Robb Report, and Tim Ferriss’s Tribe of Mentors.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Cannot Digest Nuts

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Direct download: 440_-_Overcome_Fear_with_Kristen_Ulmer.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:20am CET

Mindfulness a Solution for Addiction?
Dr. Jud Brewer 

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If we define addiction as continued behavior despite adverse consequences, we all have cause for concern. Perhaps you’re up so late watching Netflix that you make a mistake at work that costs you your job; maybe your pornography compulsion blocks real intimacy with your partner and derails your marriage; or maybe your online gambling leaves you with maxed out credit cards.

It all sounds ridiculous until you focus the lens on your own life, open up your definition of what addiction means, and immediately discover that you too have maladaptive behaviors that might warrant change. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet an addiction psychiatrist who helps people use mindfulness on a path toward balance.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to know if you’re addicted? 
  • How to analyse the trigger + behavior + results  
  • Why you should focus on immediate experience (instead of long term) 
  • How to start by knowing thyself 


Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Jud Brewer is an Addiction Psychiatrist and the author of The Craving Mind and the creator of a number of mindfulness apps.  He is director of research and innovation at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, and the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare.


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Melatonin for Sleep

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Direct download: 439_-_Mindfullness_Addiction_with_Dr._Jud_Brewer.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:59am CET

Respiratory Therapy

with Joe Lewis

If you’re interested in pranayama and breathwork, there is so much more to discover than simply “oxygenation.” As a student of yoga breathing for over a decade, there continues to be a lack of real scientific teaching, so on this week’s podcast, we’ll nerd out on biomechanics and chemistry of breathing.  

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why you must consider both oxygenation and ventilation
  • The importance of C02 
  • Ideal blood oxygen content
  • Education and career opportunities for potential respiratory therapists
  • The utility of arterial blood gas (ABG) in an ICU

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Joe Lewis has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for 20 years with a primary focus in adult ICU.  He started teaching full-time in 2020, including both didactic and clinical course instruction.  

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • When to Eat Fruit

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Direct download: 438_-_Respiratory_Therapy_with_Joe_Lewis.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:42pm CET

CBD for Pain & Sleep

with Mary Clifton

 

Marijuana is quickly becoming legal or at least decriminalized in most states. Billions of dollars of previously criminal revenue is suddenly on-the-books and taxable, and hundreds of products are flooding the market including everything from skincare to nutritional supplements.

But what does it all mean for you? 

CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of dozens of cannabinoids in marijuana, and it’s of particular interest for pain, anxiety, and sleep. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t get paranoid or faceplant into the couch, so it  can be a natural and safe alternative to prescription drugs.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a medical doctor whose work focused around the safe and effective medicinal use of this once-illicit plant. . 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to choose an effective dose 
  • How much it will cost  
  • Hemp-derived vs. cannabis derived CBD  
  • Will I get stoned 
  • When to add THC (psychoactive) to a CBD dose

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Mary Clifton, M.D. is a board-certified, licensed, internal medicine doctor. She is an expert in CBD and Cannabis and the founder of CBDandCannabisInfo.com. Mary is the author of The Grass Is Greener: Medical Marijuana, THC & CBD OIL: Reversing Chronic Pain, Inflammation and Disease, and Get Waisted, as well as five companion cookbooks. She speaks at major cannabinoid events around the world, including Africa, Europe and Asia.  


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Super Green Powders

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Direct download: 347_-_CBD_for_Pain__Sleep_with_Mary_Clifton.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:36am CET

Reflexology & Energy Balance

with Helen Chin Lui  

Set and setting are often overlooked when it comes to healing. Set refers to your mindset going in, and setting refers to the environment in which the treatment takes place. If you walk into a therapist's office with a “This will be so helpful!” attitude, and if the office is beautiful, smells nice, and is dimly lit, the deck has already been stacked in favor of a positive outcome.

Even for a diehard skeptic like myself, energy medicine practices like reflexology should not be ignored, particularly for issues like chronic pain, mental health, and inflammation. Whether it’s the placebo effect or the genius of ancient medicine at play, who really cares if it works? 

On this week's podcast, you'll meet a reflexologist who will help you navigate the world of alternative health.

Listen & Learn:

  • What reflexology is how certification works
  • Why it's so challenging to find a good Reiki practitioner
  • How the body heals itself, the therapist just helps nudge it in the right direction
  • Why most people give away their power to heal rather than taking control

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Helen Chin Lui is a certified reflexologist, energy medicine practitioner, and reiki therapist. Her interest in alternative health was sparked by a health crisis her son experienced and has become her life's passion. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Immune Boosters Covid

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Direct download: 436_-_Reflexology__Energy_Balance_with_Helen_Chin_Lui.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:41pm CET

The Power of Pessimism - COVID-19 Survival
with Lucas Rockwood

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What if this COVID-19 crisis lasts another six months? Or another two years? Our work and lifestyles are being radically redefined, and most people are taking a “wait and see’ approach, doubling down on Netflix, and waiting for big pharma to fix this mess.

Maybe it’ll work. Maybe it’s almost over. Or maybe, this is just the start of a whole new future we can’t even fully comprehend yet. 

Human psychology is such that fear and pain incite personal growth more than pleasure or optimism. With that in mind, what if we all game-out the worst case scenarios. Let’s assume for the sake of this exercise that this crisis will last one or two years more, and let’s use this uncertainty as a forcing factor for changes that would otherwise take five or ten years to manifest.

On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the power of pessimism, the importance of focus, and how to find the signal through the noise during these challenging times. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why “Defensive Pessimism” can set you up for a win during crisis times 
  • Why a “smile or die” outlook can be personally and professional dangerous 
  • How to embrace change and embrace loss
  • How to focus on health, wealth, relationships during this time

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Lucas Rockwood is a yoga trainer, writer, and keynote speaker. He founded YOGABODY and The Yoga Teachers College and has certified over 12,000 teachers working in 41 countries. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Cranberries Any Good?

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Direct download: 435_-_The_Power_of_Pessimism_-_COVID-19_Survival_with_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:03pm CET

Understanding Your Bloodwork
with Todd Strong

When was the last time you went to your doctor for a checkup? Did you make any requests or did you just let them do their thing and trust they’d let you know if something was amiss?

Allopathic medicine is exceptional at treating illness and disease but not great for preventative care. For health-seekers, this means you need to take ownership of your health, ask questions, and request the tests and analysis you need to understand your own body. 

But where do you start? On this week’s show, we’ll help you think strategically about getting your bloodwork done and interpreting the results. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why elevated cortisol and adrenal dysfunction can often be the root of modern health problems 
  • Why standard thyroid test are often incomplete and how to request comprehensive testing
  • Should you pay out-of-pocket or will insurance cover it? 
  • Why many issues can be correct functionally 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Strong is a certified functional medicine practitioner based. He is kinesiologist and chiropractor and helps people with comprehensive, personalized treatment plans.

He is the author of the books, Understanding Your Bloodwork and How It Relates to Your Health Issues and Reclaim Your Brain. Both are available on Amazon. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Addicted to Chocolate

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Direct download: 434_-_Understanding_Your_Bloodwork_with_Todd_Strong.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:35am CET

Reverse Aging with Lifelong “Play”
with Stephen Jepson

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Aging starts with the loss of lean muscle and mobility. Next, you notice you’re not sharp as you used to be, and then things accelerate as you become less active, less engaged in the world, and one step closer to the grave. Death is inevitable, but “healthspan” is something we can control: how healthy will you be in those years you do have on this planet? Do you want to die riding a skateboard or stuck in a nursing facility? Do you want your best years to be in the past or in the future?

Our guest on this week’s podcast is in his late 70’s and learning new skills daily, skills that even 20-year-olds find challenging.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why bilateral training is the key to cognitive health
  • How there are countless examples of people going from wheelchairs to full function, from bedridden to active—so why not you?
  • How eating and writing with your non-dominant hand can be a simple hack to lay down new neural wiring
  • How neuro-plasticity and neurogenesis can happen at any age if you keep learning and keep playing
  • Why you should never stop playing

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Stephen Jepson is the creator of a lifestyle he calls: Never Leave the Playground. He rides a unicycle, juggles while balancing on a bongo board, throws knives and plays jacks with both hands, walks a tightrope, swam across Iowa's Spirit Lake at age 66, and has won over 80 gold medals in swimming since age 65. And more. Much more. After a career in pottery, both teaching and creating, he now dedicates his time to the research of this lifestyle fitness plan.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How Much Fiber

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Direct download: 433_-_Reverse_Aging_with_Lifelong_Play_with_Stephen_Jepsony.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:53pm CET

Sex Robots & Vegan Meat
Jenny Kleeman
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Disruptive technology has defined our generation and captured our collection imagination. I haven’t owned a television or a landline phone since the 90s. Google Maps has made it possible to navigate any city as a tourist with more accuracy than a local resident, and healthy food is becoming cheaper and more widely acceptable every day.

But there are downsides to disruption too - lots of downsides. 

In the next decade, technology won’t just disrupt industries, it will disrupt the moral fabric of society. How do we navigate the complexity of artificial wombs, lab-grown meat, sex robots, and euthanasia? Do you have a firm moral stance on any of these issues? I don’t, and I’m not sure how to resolve these open loops.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet journalist and author, Jenny Kleeman who shares her deep-dive research into morally disruptive technologies. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • The reality of sex robots and the real risks vs. rewards in the future 
  • How lab-grown meat could replace our dependence on factory farms
  • Where to draw moral lines in the sand when it comes to artificial wombs, designer babies, and medically-assisted death 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her articles appear regularly in the Guardian and also in the Sunday Times (London), The Times of London, The New Statesman, and VICE. She won the “One World Media Television Award” for her work on, Unreported World', and was nominated for the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Kitchari

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Direct download: 432_-_Sex_Robots__Vegan_Meat_with_Jenny_Kleeman.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CET

How to Succeed with Yoga & Fitness At Home 

with Lucas Rockwood

COVID-19 has forced and inspired hundreds of millions of people to start at-home yoga practices and exercise routines - this is amazing! But how do you make it last? How do you stay motivated? And perhaps most importantly, how do you avoid the temptation to bail out of your workout halfway through and scroll through your social media newsfeed instead? 

This week’s podcast is a solo show where I’ll share five tips for success with an at-home yoga or fitness regime based on my 17 years experience.  

My Top Five Tips: 

  • Get some nice clothes
  • Get a nice mat or some nice equipment
  • Pair your practice with learning or entertainment
  • Trust someone else, not your own system
  • Try not to be alone

ABOUT LUCAS ROCKWOOD
Lucas Rockwood is  yoga teacher, speaker, trainer and serial entrepreneur. He’s the founder of YOGABODY and the Yoga Teachers College. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Plant vs Animal Nutrition

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Direct download: 431_-_How_to_Succeed_with_Yoga__Fitness_At_Home_w_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:38am CET

Is Personality Permanent?
with Benjamin Hardy


Have you ever taken an online personality test? Myers-Briggs, Kolbe or the “Big 5”? If you have, you no-doubt read the results with both pleasure and unease. Am I really a pushover? Am I more neurotic than most? It’s true past behavior is probably the best predictor of your future self - but it doesn’t have to be.

The guest psychologist on this week’s show dispels the myth that personality is fixed and unchangeable, and suggests strategies for creating a new future for who you are, personality-wise, that is not bound by the past. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why proception, the ability to dream and plan for the future, even future emotional states, is a huge part of what makes us uniquely human  
  • How to measure the gain (not the gap) from who you were and who you are 
  • How to look for past evidence of who you’d like to be not evidence of the smaller you 
  • The importance of a growth vs fixed mindset 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and author of Willpower Doesn't Work and Personality Isn't Permanent. He has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, and Big Think. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Vit D & Covid

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Direct download: 430_-_Is_Personality_Permanent_with_Benjamin_Hardy.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:44am CET

Fast, Feast, Repeat

with Gin Stephens
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When we think of dieting and weight loss, the first thing that comes to mind is calorie counting, portion control, and a list of “good” and “bad” foods. But what if there was a much simpler way to start? What if, before you superimpose restrictions and rules, you could achieve huge benefits simply by altering your meal timing? 

Enter: time-restricted eating (aka intermittent fasting). The simple practice increasing the break time between your last meal today and your first meal tomorrow can have exciting effects on your hormones, blood sugar, body fat, and overall weight. For most people interested in weight loss, this is the simplest, safest, and easiest place to start - so why not? 

My guest on this week’s podcast lost 80lbs with timer-restricted eating, and she’s kept it off since 2005.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How diets involved trying to override your biology and fight your body instead of working with it naturally
  • How simply skipping breakfast and reducing your eating window can sometimes lead to exciting changes in your body and health 
  • How quickly the results of meal timing can manifest
  • How to stop with negative self-talk, guilt and shame around food 

Links & Resources: 


ABOUT OUR GUEST
Gin Stephens is a teacher, writer, podcaster and intermittent fasting advocate. She’s the author of a number of books including: Delay, Don’t Deny, Feast Without Fear, and Fast, Feast, Repeat.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Herbs for Libido

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Direct download: 429_-_Fast_Feast_Repeat_with_Gin_Stephens.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 11:01am CET

But What if Your Workplace is Toxic? 
with Robert Glazer
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I had an office job that was so boring, I used to photocopy my face while guzzling free office coffee and snacking on breath mints. As long as I was hovering near the copy machine, everyone assumed I was doing something productive.

After a few days of this linger-guzzle-mint-chomp routine, my colleague, Cynthia, felt we needed to add some occasional stapling to our escapades lest we be found out. So we started making zines out of my best xeroxed smash-face printouts. Oh, good times. 

Life is too short to hate your job, and yet most of us do. With telecommuting at an all-time high, some jobs have become more tolerable, but do you truly feel meaning and purpose at work? Do you feel like you’re working toward a worthy goal? These are hard questions I don’t have the answer to, but my guest on the show has created a multi-award winning workplace, so he’s got some great ideas. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why lack of value alignment is perhaps the biggest job problem of all 
  • How to both employee and employers need to think about the end at the beginning
  • Why “2 weeks notice” is terrible for everyone
  • How COVID-19 is affecting communication and connection 

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Robert Glazer is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners marketing agency.His agency has won numerous awards including Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards (2 years in a row), Ad Age's Best Place to Work, Entrepreneur's Top Company Culture (2 years in a row), Great Place to Work & Fortune's Best Small & Medium Workplaces (3 years in a row) and Boston Globe's Top Workplaces (2 years in a row). His writing has been featured in Forbes, Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines, Bob shares his ideas and insights via Friday Forward email newsletter, his Elevate podcast, and his books including: Friday Forward and Elevate.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Restless Leg Syndrome

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Direct download: 428_-_But_What_if_Your_Workplace_is_Toxic_with_Robert_Glazer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm CET

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back 

with Esther Gokhale 
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Office chairs were always bad news for spinal health, but now most people are working hunched over a laptop on their coach - and many of their kids are doing the same! In 2019, we spent too much time on screens, but in 2020, it’s gone to a completely new level and we all need to spend some time thinking about work stations, postures, and spinal health.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet returning guest, Esther Gokhale who has spent her career researching, writing, and teaching spinal health. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why an S-curved spine is incorrect, and why a J-shape is more natural 
  • Why to stop chasing ideal posture and simply work with the body and life you have in our modern world 
  • Chairs, shoes, and workstations - what do do?

Links & Resources

ABOUT OUR GUEST 

Esther Gokhale studied biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine. Post-pregnancy back pain and a failed back surgery inspired Esther to begin a lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain.

Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 200,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages. Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, and Facebook, presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford) and Ancestral Health Symposium, consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Top Food for Weight Loss

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Direct download: 427_-_8_Steps_to_a_Pain-Free_Back_with_Esther_Gokhale.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

The Importance of Friendship

with Lydia Denworth
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I spent six weeks in March and April of this year in a fairly strict lockdown in Barcelona, and then two weeks in May completely housebound in Germany. COVID-19 has affected every single aspect of my life both for good and bad.

What about you? Were you on lockdown?

If so, who did you call? Who did you turn to (virtually) for help? If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s taught us that humans are social beings through to our core. Even the most introverted types (like me) have felt the longing for group gathering, social interaction, and connection with friends. 

But what is a true friend? And how does that change from your teen years into adulthood, middle age and beyond? From an adaptive perspective, why is it that strong friendships are correlated with longevity and overall healthspan? On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the importance and science behind deep social connections. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why you really only need one true friend (but more are great too) 
  • How digital and long-distance friends stack up to old-fashioned, in-person connections 
  • Why true friendships should be long-lasting, stable, and cooperative 
  • How to embrace the natural change of friends at different stages of life

Links & Resources


ABOUT OUR GUEST 

Lydia Denworth is a science journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American. She writes the Brain Waves blog for Psychology and her work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Healthy Eating While Travelling

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Direct download: 426_-_The_Importance_of_Friendship_with_Lydia_Denworth.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:17am CET

The Science of Sin

with Dr. Jack Lewis


The seven deadly sins are: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. Religious or not, most of us would like to avoid these behaviors, but modern technology has made the temptation almost irresistible.

How do you not overeat with such brain-triggering processed foods laden with sugar, fat, salt, and flavors? How does a pubescent boy not spend hours a day down a black hole of online porn? And is it any wonder that binge-watching Netflix series has become the norm? 

The moral path has always been a challenging one,but right now, it's nearly-impossible. On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the neuroscience behind these behaviors. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How pornography lights up dopamine centers
  • How anonymity online enables wrath and envy at disproportionate levels 
  • Why in some cases, the best way to avoid this bad behaviors is through engineered avoidance 
  • How to understand your brain chemistry so you can adapt to the modern world

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Neuroscientist, writer, and personality on a mission  to understand the inworkings of the Human Brian. He’s the author of two books, Sort Your Brain Out and The Science of Sin. 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:54am CET

The Joy of Movement 
with Kelly McGonigal
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Many of us chase happiness in life but happy states are fleeting anomalies largely out of our control. If you’re experiencing true joy right now, swim and revel in it, but know that soon it will be gone.

Instead of chasing happiness, what if we pursued states of “good” instead. You can feel good and happy at the same time, but you can also feel good while simultaneously feeling anxious, nervous, depressed, or overwhelmed. Unlike happiness, good is a target at which you take aim at and hit very consistently. 

Get a good night's sleep. You’ll feel good. 

Eat the foods you know are right for you. You’ll feel good. 

Sit less, move more, and exercise. You’ll feel good. 

Feeling good doesn't fix all the other challenges in your life, but it always helps. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet the author of a new book, The Joy of Movement, an exploration into the biochemical, neurological, and emotional health benefits of using your body for what it was designed to do. To move.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How movement and exercise release happy chemicals such as endocannabinoids, oxytocin, and endorphin 
  • How exercising to music can actually help bring out your physical best
  • Group vs. at-home exercise, who wins? 
  • COVID-19 tips and tricks to finding your flow
  • Why it’s important to reframe exercise as movement, and do whatever you like instead of what you think it “most effective” or “burns the most calories” 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist, teacher and writer who specializes in the mind-body connection. Many of you will know Kelly from her TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend.” She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her newest book is called, The Joy of Movement, and presents physical exercise as one of the more powerful and predictable antidotes to depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

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  • Quinoa Belly Ache

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Direct download: 424_-_The_Joy_of_Movement_w_Kelly_McGonigal.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:22am CET

The Meritocracy Trap: How the Myth Feeds Inequality
with Daniel Markovits

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Every year I live outside the U.S. I’m able to better understand my culture simply due to my physical distance from it. I notice things like promiscuous use of peanut butter and cinnamon in American foods, the endless sports and war metaphors in colloquial language, the ubiquitous nostalgia for the post-World War II family life, and the universal belief that every underdog has a chance to go all the way up. 

Meritocracy.

Study hard, work hard, and show up year-after-year, and you can be just about anything you want to be. In the 1950s, that was somewhat true. Today, the schism between the have and have-nots is so vast that in many cases, no amount of hard work or earned street cred will give you equal access to opportunity.

If you're dealt an unlucky hand, as most people are, your options are limited by gatekeepers you’ll never meet, schools and jobs you’ll never have access to. More perplexing still, if you’re dealt a lucky hand, as I was, and if you play your cards right, you enlist into a lifetime of self-sacrifice, ridiculously long work days, and an almost guaranteed inability to enjoy the so-called privileged life you lead.

Why? Because you’re working all the time.

Meritocracy, like any ideology, sounds amazing on paper, but falls flat in the real world. It’s as mythical as a unicorn. Catch me if you can. On this week’s show, you’ll meet researcher and writer, Daniel Morkovits, who shares his findings on just how broken this meritocratic system is today. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How average CEO compensation has grown 940% since 1978 while typical worker compensation has risen only 12% during that same time

  • How elite education, more than any other factor, acts as the gating factor into the ruling class 

  • How the best universities brag about sub-10% acceptance rates, essentially engineering an elite class

  • How middle-level jobs are getting completely eliminated by technology leaving only the ruling and working classes on either end of the spectrum

  • How the meritocracy myth is not just unfair, but potentially dangerous as it threatens the safety and happiness of both the haves and have-nots. 

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Daniel Markovits holds degrees from Yale, London School of Economics and Oxford. He’s on the faculty at Yale Law School, where he publishes on the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioural economics. His latest book is, The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite.

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The Strength Therapist
Sam Spinelli
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Of all the muscles in your body, your heart muscle gets the most attention - and for good reason. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in most countries, so any comprehensive fitness programs must address heart health. But all the other muscles matter too including your quads, your hamstrings, your glutes, and biceps. Ample skeletal muscle is associated with hormonal health, neurological health, and longevity, but for most people over the age of 40, they are losing mass with each passing year.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet a physical therapist and strength coach who will help to reduce the fear and friction around lifting heavy things. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • The essential movements: squat, push, pull, hinge, carry
  • How squats can actually improve arthritic knees
  • How to balance risk vs reward with weights 
  • The realistic outlook of at-home training

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Sam Spinelli a doctor of physical therapy and a strength & conditioning coach with experience working with professional and olympic sport athletes ranging from football, hockey, bobsleigh, powerlifting, weightlifting, to ballet. 

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  • 7 Meals a Day

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:17pm CET

How to Change Your Mind
with Jon Venus

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“If it bleeds it leads” has always informed mass media, but for the past few years, the new thesis goes like this. “The more radical the viewpoint, the more reach it gets.” Extreme groups of all types scream it out daily; and while collectively, they represent the minority fringe, they siphon off the majority of our bandwidth.

There are the alt right xenophobes, the extreme left terrorists, the all-meat eaters, the fruitarians, the violent vegans, and the QAnon followers all trying to convince you they possess the real truth. So who holds the real answers? Nobody.

True revelation is never at the extremes. The truth lives in the murky middle filled with “yes, but” and and “in my situation…” The truth is filed with nuance, compromise, and it requires that we all embrace a certain degree of ignorance. |

On this week’s show, you’ll meet a social media personality who built and has since destroyed his personal and professional life around the strict ideology of veganism. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • The pitfalls of ideological groups 
  • How parenting adds an incredible layer of social awareness to your personal choices
  • How to change your mind and what it might mean personally and professionally
  • The dangers of extreme groups online

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jon is a health and fitness personality best known for his YouTube channel and social media presence. Long-time vegan recently changed his diet.

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  • Mushrooms for Immune System

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CET

Meditation can reduce cortisol, increase telomere length, improve concentration, and foster feelings of unity. But it’s also very, very hard to practice consistently. Stillness is a serious challenge. Despite the plethora of books and apps and mindfulness training programs, most of us still talk a good meditation game but fail to back it up with practice. 

On this week’s show, you’ll meet an author, teacher, and lifelong meditator who shares his no-nonsense approach to the practices of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness. 

Learn How Meditation: 

  • Improves both proprioception and interoception 
  • Decrease the fear and anxiety activity of the amygdala  
  • Reduces Default Mode Network activity responsible for self-focused, rumination and daydreaming 
  • Increases concentration  

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He's lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. 

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  • Weight Loss for Summer

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Direct download: 420_-_Neurodharma_with_Rick_Hanson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 6:20pm CET

What do snoring, crooked teeth, and mouth breathing have in common? All these conditions can indicate or even predict a whole series of chronic health problems down the road. James Nestor began his study into breathwork in the extreme world of freediving and breath holding, but he eventually came full circle to focus on the power and necessity of healthy, balanced breathing - something often lacking in our lives.

This podcast is for anyone who wheezes, snores, sniffles, finds themselves out of breath easily, or simply wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this powerful tool that is your own breath.

Listen & Learn: 

  • What happens when you *only* mouth breathe (hint: it’s bad) 
  • How 70-80% of people have deviated septums
  • How lack of chewing has made our jaws smaller and narrower
  • The secrets of the Tummo Monks who heat up their bodies 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Scientific American, Dwell Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He’s the author of a book about freediving called, DEEP, and his newest book is called, BREATH: The New Science of a Lost Art. 

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  • Protein Shake

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Direct download: 419_-_The_Story_of_a_Mouth_Breather_James_Nestor.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:43pm CET

The Power of Ritual
with Casper Ter Kuile
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After just five swipes of your newsfeed, and you’ll immediately see ideology and groupthink dominate just about every conversation. As the world becomes more and more digital, we’re simultaneously becoming more tribal.

The negative fallout is obvious, but what about the positives? What about a sense of purpose, belonging, ritual, and community? Can we find deep meaning and connection on our own terms? On this week’s podcast, a Harvard researcher joins me to share his work on ritual and religion.  

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why agnostics are growing in numbers - but these are not atheists
  • How it’s human nature to gather, share, celebrate, and establish norms
  • Is there such a thing as a leaderless tribe? 
  • How to take the good and avoid the bad of organized groups and religion 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Casper is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He holds Masters of Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard University. With his team at Sacred Design Lab, he co-authored a paper How We Gather (2015), and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Atlantic Magazine, and Washington Post.

He's the author of the new book, The Power of Ritual (2020). 

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  • Fruit Until Five

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Direct download: 418_-_The_Power_of_Ritual_with_Casper_Ter_Kuile.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:01pm CET

Time Off 

with John Fitch

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“You can have anything you want in life, but you can’t have everything.” Most of our biggest dreams are totally unsustainable, but they come with a price. Want six-pack abs? Are you willing to skip carbs and spend 2 hours a day in the gym each day?

Want a 7-figure bank balance? Are you up for 70-hour work weeks for the next 10 years? Want to start your own business and work for yourself? Are you prepared to become your own worst boss?

I love my work and family. I rarely dream about leisure. And yet, I need it. We all need to rest and recharge. We need to step back so we can step back in more fully. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet  the author of the new book, Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How the future of work might look more like leisure
  • How an ethical rest ethic is just as important as a work ethic 
  • How work, schedules, and the future are changing
  • How to recontextualized the idea of downtime

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

John Fitch is a coach, writer, and angel investor. He’s the co-author of a new book, Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress.

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  • Fruit Until Five

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:32am CET

The Children of the Future
Jay Belsky, PhD
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“I don’t know the meaning of life, but I know the purpose of life. It is to create more life.”
- Jay Belsky

We’re cavemen pretending to be academic, political, cerebral, and romantic when really we’re mostly motivated by survival and procreation. This is simultaneously depressing and relieving since it explains away some of our most ridiculous actions. On this week’s podcast, Professor Belsky will share with us his life’s research around adaptation, the importance of fatherhood, and a potential “better way” than the American model for child-rearing.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How behaviors often labelled maladapted are really perfectly adapted given the environments some children are raised in
  • How to think about the role of the mother vs. the father in a child’s life
  • Why fathers run away and mother’s stay
  • The hardcore truth about the purpose of life  

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Professor Jay Belsky is an expert in child development and family studies. He specializes in daycare, parent-child relations during the infancy and early childhood years, the transition to parenthood, the etiology of child maltreatment and the evolutionary basis of parent and child functioning. He is the author of more than 300 scientific articles and chapters and the author/editor of several books, including, The National Evaluation of Sure Start: Does Area-Based Early Intervention Work.

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  • Eating Essential Oils

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:49am CET

Detox Your Thoughts
with Andrea Bonior

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The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news for months as a quiet crisis, one of mental health, has spread even faster and further. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are at all-time highs. And what happens when you take away work, school, and social events on top of that? What happens when your usual support and self-care tools are unavailable to you?

For many of us, it means swimming through endless days of uncertainty, worry, and loss. On this week’s show, we’ll talk about down-to-earth strategies for how to reign in your head trash.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How “all or nothing” thinking can create negative spirals
  • How to consciously separate yourself from your negative thoughts and observe them from afar
  • The real risk of not sleeping enough right now
  • How naming your feelings can be the first important step toward growth

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Andrea Bonior is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, professor, and writer. She writes, "Baggage Check," the mental health advice column and live chat for The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, Good Morning America, USA Today, CNN, USA Today, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Self. Her blog for Psychology Today has been viewed more than 16 million times. Her latest book is called, Detox Your Thoughts. 

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  • How Much Fiber to Eat

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:25am CET

How to Control Your Attention 

with Nir Eyal
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How is it possible that with social distancing, telecommuting, and almost zero social events right now, you can still go an entire day and get nothing done. Exercise was forgotten, healthy meals didn’t happen, and the work projects continue to pile up. Can you relate? 

Distraction was endemic before the pandemic and will continue long after. Our neural wiring makes us highly-prone to shiny object syndrome where every phone notification and salacious news story glimmers like a fleck of gold. Oh, what’s that? 10 minutes lost. And what about that? 30 more minutes gone.  On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore distraction, and its opposite, traction. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to make technology your slave 
  • Why the opposite of distraction is not focus - it’s traction
  • Why we should stop blaming technology and start thinking about fundamental behaviours 
  • How to put yourself first
  • Why schedules are so important

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Nir is a writer and the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Previously, he taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  

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  • Spinal Fusion

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:33pm CET

Understanding Madness
with Susannah Cahalan 
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Susannah was an ambitious young adult starting an exciting life in New York City when she began having seizures, experiencing a bout of mania and depression, and even hallucinating. After nearly a month of hospitalization, she was wrongly diagnosed with bipolar disorder before eventually being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune condition that was affecting her brain.

We often think of mind and body as two separate systems, acting independently - but this is flawed thinking. Thoughts chains of amino acids, physical movements impact your neurotransmitters, and this distinction between mind and body quickly becomes irrelevant. The two are inextricably linked.

On this week’s show, Susannah will share her story, her research into mental health, and how she took charge of her own health. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How mental illness is often treated like a character flaw, not an illness

  • How important it is to take control and responsibility for your own health 

  • Why we lack proper care and treatment for mental illness

  • How the mentally ill are ending up homeless, imprisoned, and lost in society 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Susannah Cahalan is a journalist and author of the books, Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender. She has worked for the New York Post. A feature film based on her memoir was released in June 2018 on Netflix.

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  • VitD-Covid

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Direct download: 413_-_Understanding_Madness_with_Susannah_Cahalan.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:25pm CET

Men with Meaning & Purpose
with Connor Beaton
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What do you call a man who cannot perform, provide, and protect? Many people would call him a loser. It’s true that men have it easier in some areas with greater access to income and opportunities, but that often comes with the price tag of loneliness, isolation, and mental illness. 


The stereotypical successful man is often work-torn with heavy eyes, floundering health, and little or no personal life to speak of. This is no way to live. On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the struggle of men, meaning, and purpose. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How loneliness and isolation typify the modern male experience 
  • Why men are often expected to perform and provide at the expense of almost everything else
  • The downside privilege: how many successful men have no real friends   

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Connors’ webpage

ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Connor is a speaker, writer, and podcaster. In 2014, Connor founded ManTalks, a community for men looking to expand and deepen their sense of self-awareness.  

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  • Protein Supplement

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Direct download: 412_-_Men_with_Meaning__Purpose_w_Connor_Beaton.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:53am CET

Heart Rate Variability Simplified
Marco Altini
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“I know my body!” is something I hear from yoga students constantly. Sometimes they want to keep practicing and shouldn’t (due to injury or illness) maybe they want to stop practicing and shouldn’t (because the breakthrough is a few poses away). I wish we all knew and understood our inner world as well as our outer world, but most of us don’t.

Quick check-in: do you know your resting heart rate right now? Do you know your respiratory rate? How about your blood glucose level? These can all be measured at home, and yet most of us don’t. We don’t know our bodies. 

Of all the quantified self measurements, heart rate variability is perhaps the least known and utilized because it requires math and a daily commitment to check - but it delivers powerful insight into your readiness state based on your stress levels. A healthy heart is not slow and steady like a locomotive, it’s highly agile and variable like a cat meandering through a field. On this week’s show, we’ll give into the how and why of heart rate variability. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How a healthy heart is not slow and steady but instead agile and variable
  • How the variability of your heartbeats is a direct window into your nervous system
  • How overtraining and lifestyle stress can affect your HRV score
  • How breathing, rest, and a good training schedule can improve your HRV, reduce the risk of injuries

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ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Marco is a data scientist, programmer, and has a PhD in applied Machine Learning. He leads data science at Bloomlife, a digital health startup focusing on helping expecting mothers have a healthy pregnancy. He’s been developing apps since 2012.

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  • Onions & Garlic Flexibility

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Direct download: 411_-_Heart_Rate_Variability_Simplified_Marco_Altini.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:37am CET

Water, Whiskey, Coffee - Yoga Breathing Made Simple

With Lucas Rockwood

 

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” - Hans Selye

Mental and emotional stress were at historic highs pre-Coronavirus. Today, the collective anxiety of the world borders on dangerous. How much uncertainty and loss can we tolerate? Is there an upper limit? The answers will unfold in real-time in the coming months, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to equip yourself with stress management tools for navigating your inner world.

Yoga breathing is one of the most powerful nervous system modulated practices available - and yet it continues to be misunderstood and neglected in most health circles. The benefits are immediate, and even a beginner can impact their nervous system dramatically in as little as 10 breaths.

In today’s podcast, I’ll help demystify yoga breathing and share with you three simple practices you can use right now.  

Listen & Learn: 

  • How yoga breathing can be put into three simple categories: water, whiskey, coffee
  • How to switch breathing from automatic to manual mode and then downshift to relax and soothe yourself 
  • Three simple practices you can use right now 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Lucas Rockwood is an internationally-renowned yoga teacher and trainer. He’s the founder of YOGABODY and the Yoga Teachers College. His TEDx Talk on yoga breathing has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Canned COVID Food

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Direct download: 410_-_Yoga_Breathing_w_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:14pm CET

Losing it All in COVID-19
with Lucas Rockwood
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Greetings from Barcelona. We’re nearly 2 months into COVID-19 lockdown, and instead of our usual expert interviews, I thought I’d share my experiences so far during COVID-19 with the hopes that I can glean some insight, and maybe you too. 

Here’s what I’ll share: 

  • How I lost my yoga studios
  • How crisis unveils both strengths and weakness of systems and people 
  • How quickly we humans can adapt 
  • Family/work / health - what really matters in life

ABOUT LUCAS

Lucas is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas left the USA in 2003 and travelled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theatre, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practising in 2002.

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  • Mushrooms for Immunity

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Direct download: 409_-_Losing_it_All_-_COVID19.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:42pm CET

The Pleasure Gap - Women’s Inequality in the Bedroom

Katherine Rowland
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“Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.”

- Hunter S. Thompson


Most of us are highly-charged sexual beings doing our best to hide it all day long. Lost lust looking for a home. On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the differences in men’s and women’s pleasure. 

 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why most women are less interoceptive than men
  • Who is more fulfilled: monogamous or single women? 
  • How modern dating plays out when fueled by our ancient desires
  • How mismatched sexual drive can ruin a relationship

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Katherine has a masters in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She has contributed to Nature, the Financial Times, Green Futures, the Guardian, the Independent, Aeon, and Psychology Today. Katherine Rowland is the author of, Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

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  • What to Eat for Belly Ache

 

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Adversity into Advantage
Laura Huang

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As I get older, I appreciate the struggles of my past almost as much as the successes, and here’s my question for you: What if your greatest weakness could be flipped and leveraged as your greatest strength?

What if your biggest problems could be reframed as your best assets? The world of leaders and heros is filled with people who leveraged their rock-bottom experiences to create abundance and service in the present.

Currently, we’re living in very difficult times. The health and economy of the world is suffering from COVID-19, and uncertainty is the norm. While no one knows exactly how this will change the world, it’s very clear that things will change. And if we’re fortunate and diligent, perhaps these adverse times can eventually become an advantage too.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to create your own edge in life, often built off the adversity of your past
  • Why EDGE (enrich, delight, guide, effort) can give you a framework for moving forward
  • Why hard work is the last step, not the first - you need to aim first 

 

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ABOUT OUR GEST

Laura Huang is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. She was previously assistant professor of management at Wharton. Her research has been featured in The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and Nature. Her new book is, The Edge - Turning Adversity into Advantage.

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  • Vit C for COVID19

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Direct download: 407_-_Adversity_into_Advantage_w_Laura_Huang.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:52pm CET

How Successful People See the World
with Emily Balcetis 

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I ran out of laundry detergent last week and couldn’t motivate myself to walk 20 steps to the store to buy more. Why?

I can lecture for hours, interview an author for the podcast, answer 70+ emails, and spend time with all three of my kids in one day, but the laundry detergent errand felt impossible. 

I have periods of manic productivity with breakthroughs at every turn, but other times when the most mundane chores of life are overwhelming.

Why? Where does motivation come from? Why does it waver? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist who can help you find your fuel for life. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How the fantasy of a goal can sometimes create enough pleasure to reduce motivation to actually achieve it 
  • How to avoid under-stimulation without accidentally welcoming overwhelm
  • When it can be helpful to look back and anchor past successes
  • When it makes more sense to focus on the future, the next step 

 

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Emily Balcetis is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on people's perception of the world and how their motivations and emotions influence it. She is the author of the new book: Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World.

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Silver for COVID19

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Direct download: 406_-_How_Successful_People_See_the_World_with_Emily_Balcetis.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:49pm CET

Premature
Sarah Digregorio
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Once a month I have to tell a pregnant yoga student that she cannot practice in our studio, cannot hang upside down in the Yoga Trapeze, or practice long-hold, passive stretches in our Gravity Yoga classes.

Why? We teach strong, athletic classes with inversions and deep stretches. It’s not safe. I’ve been accused of trying to tell women what to do with their bodies (and worse!), but the truth is, I just want to keep students safe, including the unborn ones.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a journalist whose premature birth served as the impetus for the research and writing of an entire book on the history of premature birth that includes oven-incubated babies and circus sideshow preemies.

Listen & Learn:

  • How incubators for preemies were first introduced in 1880
  • How stress, age, pollution, and other unknown factors are potential contributors
  • Why 50% of the time, the cause of premature birth is unknown
  • How to think about this problem holistically

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Sarah is a freelance journalist who has written for various publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Food & Wine, BuzzFeed, Parade, and Saveur. Her work has been included in the Best American Food Writing yearly anthologies three times. Her new book is called, EARLY: A History of Premature Birth and What is Tells us About Being Human. 



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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:48am CET

The New Science of Self Actualization
with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
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When I feel frustrated with my place in the world, it’s often because I feel I’m not living up to my full potential. I have more to offer, more to give - and yet I’m not making it happen. Maslow defined this desire to become our best self as the need to self-actualize.

But how do we do this? 

Achievement triggers the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Our brain lights up with happy chemicals as we become our best selves, and the opposite is true when we play small. 

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose work focuses on creativity, talent, self-achievement, and actualization. 

 

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  • How people with obvious challenges and even disadvantages can often out-perform their gifted colleagues 
  • Why standardized tests often fail to predict actual potential
  • How to look past intelligence and talent and focus on you vs. you
  • Why you have to transcend yourself to self actualize

 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer.  

His work focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential.  He’s the author of a number of books, including his most-recent: Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization. 

 

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You’re stuck at home, your economic future is uncertain, and it’s difficult to plan more than one day at a time. To make things even more challenging, the people and activities that bring you the most joy might be unavailable.

What do you do? How do you manage your emotional health during times of such unrest? 

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose entire career has been focused on the management and treatment of anxiety. 

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  • How to differentiate between danger and discomfort
  • The power of acceptance 
  • Navigating fear, loss, and change 
  • Understanding the emotions around your fears

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Doctor Carbonell is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders as a therapist, author, and teacher. He founded the Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago in 1990, one of the first psychological practices in the United States devoted exclusively to the treatment of clients who sought help with anxiety disorders, and continues to offer treatment today.


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I once had a yoga student with a prosthetic leg. I didn’t realize until I attempted to push her heel to the floor in Downward Dog. I assumed that she wanted to simply blend into class and that’s why she hadn’t told me (or anyone at reception) before joining class.

I was right. She just wanted to practice, and she did great.

I’ve since had students with birth defects, different length legs, missing limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and scoliosis among other things. Historically, yoga studios are not known for their diversity - but that’s changing fast. Bigger bodied, older, and more diverse students are gaining interest in yoga each year.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a teacher who focuses specifically on addressing the needs of a more diverse (in every way) yoga community. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why practice (not posing) is the key
  • How to navigate the challenges of a mixed level, mixed ability class
  • Yoga teacher vs. therapist - what’s the difference? 
  • The future of yoga for all body types 

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Jivana Heyman is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga. He’s the co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone. He has led over 40 Yoga teacher training programs and created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007. Jivana taught Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva for their International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2015.  

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:22pm CET

A close friend lost her husband tragically and suddenly, but she was back in the office just two weeks later. She shed a few tears that first month, but mostly, it was Beth as usual. She didn’t fall behind on any projects or ask for help.

“Beth is so strong. I think she can handle just about anything,” they said. Except they were wrong, and so was I.

Beth was mourning privately for months, and then deeply depressed for years following the accident. She’d kept it hidden. Hidden depression is not just common, it’s applauded; and I’m as guilty of this as anyone.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a clinical psychologist whose recent work focuses on this growing mental health problem hidden from plain sight.

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  • How the “smile or die” positive attitude leads many of use to push down and cover up deep pain and emotions 
  • The difference between classic, clinical depression and the hidden type 
  • The personal and societal fallout that come from wearing an emotional mask for years or even a lifetime
  • How the opposite of depression is engagement or connection - no happiness 

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Margaret is a clinical psychologist with over 27 years experience. She’s also a writer and podcaster (SelfWork). She has a new book called, Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression. She has written for HuffPost, The Mighty, Psych Central, The Gottman Blog, Psychologies, StigmaFighters, The Good Men Project, and This Is My Brave. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm CET

Do you have a talky coworker who never gives you space to share your ideas? Do you have a neighbor who does home repairs at 2 am? Or a spouse that never follows through with their shared housework?

Welcome to everyday conflict.

We argue easily about the things we care most about, and the small things seem too petty to be bothered with. Instead, we let them brew and fester until finally, we explode. Healthy conflict is the sign of a healthy relationship, but how can you foster positive conflict at home and at work? What does that even look like? 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Whether to avoid conflict or race to conflict (which is better?)
  • How to identify your values and aligned with them 
  • Exploring shadow values and inner conflict 
  • Strategies for communication and positive outcomes 


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Jennifer is a leading expert on conflict and organizational psychology, is founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group, and author of, Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life.  

 

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My piano lessons were a dark, 45-minute drive from home. Mom and I left home at 6:30 am on Tuesday mornings to get there before school. “Luke is really good at this,” Ms. McGill said after my third lesson. I was eight, and that simple comment, deliberately made within earshot, gave me confidence with music that I carry even to this day (despite my obvious lack of skill as an adult).

I never said thank you to Ms. McGill. I should have. 

My sophomore year in high school, Mrs. Johnston tortured every paper I gave her with red ink. It was a bloodbath, and I suffered. But at the end of the semester, she gave me an A. It was one of the more meaningful grades I ever received, and her red ink comments continue to help me write better to this day.

Mrs. Johnston smoked and was 50-years older than me, I’m sure she’s passed away by now. I should have said thank you. 

On this week’s podcast, we’ll discuss the simple and powerful practice of writing thank you letters: to people, to family members, to cities, to the diseased, and even to people with whom you’ll never see again. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to leverage positive recall biased 
  • Why gratitude rooted in real-life experiences anchors positivity 
  • How to write letters and then decide later if you send or don’t send them

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About Our Guest: 

Nancy Davis Kho is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, US Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Toast. Her new book is, The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm CET

“I’m not sure if you feel things the way I do,” she said. “I feel everything.” I was twenty-one, she was twenty-three. The window looked out at a brick wall in my Lower East Side apartment. “I have emotional needs, and you’re buried in your books and your work. You can see me.”

That was how it started on a Sunday afternoon. By Friday, I was helping her load CDs and tattered books into the trunk of a taxi. My first big breakup. Need to know more? Probably not. You’ve probably lived some version of this yourself, maybe more than once. 

The quality of our lives are very much defined by the quality of our relationships, and that person next to you in bed is the most important relationship of all. So how are you doing with that? Do you have a plan? Are you growing or just getting by? Like most of us, it’s probably a work in progress.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet relationship expert Maya Diamond shares her experiences from her field work. 

 

Listen and learn: 

  • How to determine and establish values and standards - and hold yourself to them
  • Why emotional responsiveness is crucial to a lasting partnership
  • Why men and women often express desires differently, but ultimately seek the same thing 
  • How to navigate online connections, text messages, and modern technologies in your love life 

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Maya is a Dating and Relationship Coach. She is also a YogaTeacher and Massage Therapist. She has a great TEDx talk you can find online, she holds a Master's in Somatic Psychology. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am CET

I always wanted to be a writer. Kerouac, Hemmingway, and Carver were my heros. Later it was playwrights Kushner, Ibsen, and Chekov. I’d drag home backpacks full of books from the public library, and I finagled my way into just about every theater I could find in New York City from Broadway to deep Brooklyn fringe venues. If you met me at age 20, you’d never predict I’d be teaching backbends and low glycemic diets at age 40 - but here we are.

Life is full of surprises. Sometimes the rug gets pulled out from under you; and sometimes, for no obvious reason, you simply shift gears and start driving another direction.

In 2002, I discovered yoga and alternative health. I was a much better writer (even back then) than I was a yoga student, but it didn’t matter. Passion is in short supply, so when you’ve got it, people want to be around you. By 2003, I was teaching and traveling; and by 2006, I founded the largest training school in South East Asia. What a change.

Learning and teaching are among the most rewarding things in my life, and on this week’s podcast, I’ll share with you the “best of” list from what I’ve observed after training more than 4,000 yoga teachers in the past 13 years. Hopefully my journey has some lessons of value for you, whatever your profession. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why age, background, and athletic ability are NOT predictors of future teaching success
  • How passion acts like magnet for opportunity 
  • The importance of a life and career plan
  • Why you social circle matters just as much as your goals  
  • How speaking and teaching are meta skills 

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About Lucas Rockwood:

Lucas Rockwood is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (deceased), Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka (deceased). Lucas left the USA in 2003 when he began traveling and teaching extensively before making Barcelona, Spain, his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am CET

The three largest mental health facilities in the USA are Rickers, Cooks Country and LA Twin Towers Jails. The mentally ill have literally been relegated to prisons since there are so few public resources for those in need. This is devastating to the mentally ill, of course, but also to their families, neighbors and communities who are forever impacted. 

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  • How prisons have replaced mental health facilities in the U.S. 
  • Why the mentally ill are treated like criminals 
  • The real cost of addiction 
  • Why public policy needs to be more compassionate 

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Dr. Rosenberg is a psychiatrist with a specialty is addiction medicine at Upper East Health. He’s the author of Infidelity and his newest book, Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America’s Health Crisis.

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Two mice are genetically identical, but one ends up obese and yellow and the other ends up mousy brown and healthy as expected. What’s the difference? The mutated mouse’s mother was undernourished during pregnancy, and different genes switched on. Genetics load the gun, epigenetics pull the trigger.

Most of us have the potential for exceptional health, but some of us enter the world with serious health disadvantages that make it much more difficult to survive and thrive. Your parents’ nutrition and even your grandparents’ diet might be influencing your genetic expression right now, today. Scary stuff, but potentially empowering too.

Listen in on this week’s podcast to learn: 

  • How low birth weight (<5.5 lbs) is correlated with dozens of health challenges 
  • How simple nutrients like folate during pregnancy can massively impact the health of a person for their entire life 
  • What epidemiological studies tell us about the real risk of generational poverty and health 
  • Why the first 1,000 days of life are so important  
  • How your parents’ and grandparents' diets might be impacting you today 

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Judith Finlayson has written books ranging from personal well-being and women’s history to food and nutrition. A former national newspaper columnist for the Globe and Mail, she is the author of over a dozen cookbooks. Judith lives in Toronto, Canada. 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:10pm CET

I have a challenge for you. Take a pencil to paper and map out your past five years on a line graph with peaks being the great experiences and valleys being the lows. I’d be willing to guess you have a deep valley (or two!) every single year, but what about a peak? What about a moment or an experience that you’ll cherish as a memory for the rest of your life? Do you have one?

Most people who listen to the podcast value experiences over possessions, but are we doing enough to actively craft amazing moments in our lives? I’m not. I’d like to do better. Listen in on this week’s show to get ideas. 

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  • Why it’s important to focus on your life resume, not just your work resume
  • How to create peak moments in life
  • Why natural + hard things can create magic
  • How to live life on your own terms
  • How to rethink your relationship with time 

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Jesse Itzler is the author of the books Living with a Seal and Living with the Monks, co-founder of Marquis Jet, and was involved in the Zico Coconut Water rise to success.  He's a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA's Emmy Award-winning I Love This Game music campaign, as well as the popular New York Knicks anthem Go NY Go. He runs ultra-marathons and has a new venture called 29,029 where you summit a ski mountain again and again until you gain a total elevation equivalent to climbing Mount Everest.

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Steve Jobs had genius-level intelligence and built one of the largest and most influential companies in the world. This is impressive, but at the same time that Apple was achieving success, Jobs denied fathering his own daughter, was forced to take a DNA test, and ended up paying a tiny amount of child support for her entire youth despite having millions.

I never met Steve Jobs, but universally, he’s portrayed as a jerk. He’s the super-intelligent guy that you’d rather not invite over for dinner. So what good is a high IQ if your family and friends can’t stand you? What is the point of success if you have no one to share it with? 

Intelligence is often put on a pedestal, but the trappings are often glazed over. On this week’s podcast, we’ll unpack the “intelligence trap” and provide a new perspective on contextualizing brainpower.

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  • Why smart people are prone to motivated reasoning 
  • How entrenchment and earned dogmatism plague some of the best minds
  • How to self distance to avoid the traps
  • Why a growth mindset can keep you learning and changing with the times  

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About Our Guest
David Robson is a science writer based in London, UK, specializing in brains, bodies and behavior. He was a features editor at New Scientist for five years and is currently a senior journalist at BBC Future. He regularly features on the BBC World Service and his writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. His new book is called The Intelligence Trap

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am CET

I started moonlighting as a yoga teacher and nutritional coach in my 20s while I still kept my day job. I didn’t know if I could turn my passion into a career, so I dipped my toe into the water to see how it felt. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. It’s still hard, but I figured it out. I know many of my podcast listeners are yoga teachers, trainers, health coaches, and entrepreneurs; and many of you are in the early days of trying to figure out how to make things work business-wise. If that’s you, this week’s show is for you. 

Meet Dr. John Beradi, the super-fit brain behind one of the largest nutritional coach training schools in the world, and a true voice of wisdom in a market that is in dire need. 

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  • How combining your old skills with your new passion is where real success is hiding
  • How to analyze and think creatively about new opportunities
  • How to figure out what your clients really want 
  • How to determine what it is that you have to offer 
  • How to turn your passion into a body of work you’re proud of 

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About Our Guest
John Berardi, entrepreneur, is known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world's largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company.

He's also the founder of Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping would-be changemakers turn their passion for health and fitness into a powerful purpose and a wildly successful career.

Berardi has advised major corporations and professional sports teams. He was named one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world and 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Berardi lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife and four children.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:42am CET