The Lucas Rockwood Show (Health)

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 CEST

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 CEST

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 CEST

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 CEST

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 

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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 CEST

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?

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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 CEST

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

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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 CEST

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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ABOUT OUR GUEST

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. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sweet Potato vs White Potato

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Direct download: 425_-_The_Science_of_Sin_with_Dr._Jack_Lewis.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:54am CEST

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.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Quinoa Belly Ache

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

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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ABOUT OUR GUEST
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. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • 7 Meals a Day

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Direct download: 422_-_The_Strength_Therapist_with_Sam_Spinelli.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:17pm CEST

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.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Mushrooms for Immune System

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Direct download: 421_-_How_to_Change_Your_Mind_with_Jon_Venus.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CEST

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. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Weight Loss for Summer

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

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. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Protein Shake

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

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). 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • 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 CEST

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.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fruit Until Five

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Direct download: 417_-_Time_Off_with_John_Fitch.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:32am CEST

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.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Eating Essential Oils

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Direct download: 416_-_The_Children_of_the_Future_Jay_Belsky_PhD.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:49am CEST

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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Direct download: 415_-_Detox_Your_Thoughts_with_Andrea_Bonior.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:25am CEST

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.  

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Spinal Fusion

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Direct download: 414_-_How_to_Control_Your_Attention_with_Nir_Eyal.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:33pm CEST

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.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • VitD-Covid

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

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   

Links & Resources:

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.  

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Protein Supplement

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

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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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 CEST

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. 

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  • Canned COVID Food

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

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.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Mushrooms for Immunity

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

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 CEST

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 CEST

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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  • What is your dosha

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

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. 

 

Listen & Learn

  • 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. 

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Recipes During Quarantine

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:58am CEST

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. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • 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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  • Supplements for COVID-19

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Direct download: 403_-_How_to_Overcome_COVID-19_Anxiety_with_Dr._David_Carbonell.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:40pm CEST

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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ABOUT OUR GUEST
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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  • Garlic for Coronavirus

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

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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Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Curry as a Spice

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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. 

Direct download: 395_-_You_Are_What_Your_Grandparents_Ate_with_Judith_Finlayson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:10pm CEST

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. 

Listen & Learn

  • 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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  • Crowding Out Bad Foods

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Direct download: 392_-_Turn_Your_Health_Passion_into_a_Business_w_John_Berardi.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:42am CEST

Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s worse for you than obesity. And you’re much more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease, and depression if you’re isolated and alone(1). The importance of social connections and touch has been proven in both human and animal models, but the solution is much less obvious.

How do combat the loneliness epidemic? My guest on this week’s show has some excellent ideas.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How loneliness is one of the biggest risk factors for all-cause mortality
  • The difference between feeling alone and feeling isolated
  • How positive social connection is more important than just social connection
  • Why education and volunteering can be simple ways to find connection  
  • How our digital age is making loneliness the norm 

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About Our Guest:
Dr. Kelli Harding is a board-certified psychiatrist focused on emotional wellbeing and the interplay between mental and physical health. She’s the author of THE RABBIT EFFECT: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.   

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Meat-Only Diet

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00pm CEST

You could still smoke indoors when I moved to Spain in 2009. Thankfully, it was banned in 2010 as part of an on-going anti-tobacco campaign that has since failed miserably. Fifteen years ago, 32% of people smoked. Today, 34% smoke. Somehow, the US has managed to get smoking rates down to 14%, and yet, even with a nationwide campaign, consumption here goes up. Why? 

My guest on this week’s podcast has spent much of her career studying and dissecting human habit formation and change. The reasons why you do what you do are not obvious and not even conscious, so changing them requires a deeper understanding of self. 

Listen & Learn:   

  • How the US anti-smoking campaign was so successful
  • Why the “5 a Day” healthy eating campaign flopped
  • The small role that motivation plans in your habits
  • What mechanisms are at play when habits are formed 
  • The roles of friction, cues, and beliefs in habit formation 

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About Our Guest:
Wendy Wood is a psychologist and the Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at USC where she has been a faculty member since 2009. Her primary research contributions are in habits and behavior change, along with the psychology of gender. She is the author of a new book Good Habits, Bad Habits.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Meal Timing

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Direct download: 390_-_How_to_Break_Bad_Habits.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 2:56pm CEST

I’ve set a personal goal to live to be 122, and I specifically chose this number because it seems like a stretch but also totally within the realm of reasonable given my age and the advances in science. My children, I’m almost certain, will easily surpass my age simply because they have even more time for science to make it possible. So if 80 is the new 50, what does that mean for our hair, teeth, and liver? What choices should we make now to extend not just our lifespan but our healthspan too?

My guest on this week’s show is a thought leader on longevity, and he’ll share his latest research from Harvard. 

Listen & Learn

  • How metformin, resveratrol, and NAD might be the ultimate pill stack for longevity we know of
  • Why it’s important to get hungry
  • Why you need to exercise to the point of breathlessness
  • How 20% of your health is genetic, the other 80% is up for grabs
  • How your choices today play out in your healthspan in the future

Links & Resources

About Our Guest
David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He is best known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its effects. He’s the author of a new book, Lifespan, found on Amazon or at his site.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:58am CEST

Hormonal birth control has been directly correlated with weight gain, mental health problems, and decreased libido—not exactly an ideal mix when it comes to sexuality. But what are you supposed to do? What is the alternative? With anything health and wellness, all decisions are personal, but unfortunately, most decisions are uninformed. 

Our guest on this week’s show will shed some light on the real concerns so you can make the decision that is right for you.

Listen & Learn

  • How the pill can make you attracted to less masculine men
  • How birth control can lead to anxiety and depression
  • Why non-oral hormones carry a higher risk for mental health problems
  • How old school methods are worth considering in some cases 
  • How a pill can have cascading effects throughout your mind and body 

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About Our Guest
Sarah E. Hill, Ph.D. is a research psychologist and professor who studies health, relationships, and social behavior. Her research lab is located in the Department of Psychology at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also a writer, speaker, and author. Her book, This is Your Brain on Birth Control, is available on Amazon or on her website.

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Direct download: 386_-_Your_Brain_on_Birth_Control_with_Sarah_E._Hill_PhD.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CEST

I wanted to run a marathon this year. The truth is, I hardly ever run, but like any good mid-life crisis man, I wanted to tackle that goal to prove to myself I still could do hard things. Sounds great, right? Fun and challenging? Here’s the problem—I didn’t do it. I don’t even think I wanted to do it.

If I had been smarter, I would have set a tiny goal, like running 5 km per week for a year for example. Then I could “win” the goal, and if the marathon happened, it’d be gravy. Instead, here I am approaching the end of the year. I’ve actually logged at least 10 km/week all year long, but I don’t feel like it matters. But it does matter. My goal was just poorly crafted. 

In this “dream big” and “hustle hard” era, it can be difficult to dial it back and make tiny goals and tiny habits, but I’m convinced it’s where most of the change is actually possible. On this week’s show, Dr. BJ Fogg shares his behavior change research from his upcoming book. 

Listen & Learn

  • How you need an epiphany, an environment change, or a collection of tiny habits to make lasting change
  • Why stacking small successes is often much wiser than chasing huge moonshots
  • Why feeling good is the best way to change
  • How things that make you feel guilt and shame are unlikely to motivate you long-term 

Links & Resources:

Nutritional Tip: Food Allergies

About Our Guest

Dr. BJ Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, where he directs research and innovation. He teaches industry innovators how to use his models in Behavior Design. The purpose of his research and teaching is to help people improve their lives. BJ is the author of Persuasive Technology, and Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything is coming out in a couple months.

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Direct download: 384_-_Tiny_Habits_that_Lead_to_Big_Change_with_Dr._BJ_Fogg.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:03am CEST

You close your blackout curtains, flip your phone to airplane mode, and crawl into bed with all the best intentions to get 7.5 hours of sleep—and then your monkey mind starts peeling bananas.

Work deadlines stream through your mind, the next episode of your current favorite series beckons, and for no good reason, you’re dying to see what your friends are posting on Instagram. Thirty minutes pass, and more of the same. You’re now worried you’ll have raccoon eyes at the office meeting in the morning, but that thought just makes things worse. You finally fall asleep at 2:00 am and manage just four hours of sleep. Sound familiar?

Many people overcome this by drinking half a bottle of red wine, puffing on a CBD vape pen, or popping an Ambien—but these are all Band-Aids. The underlying problem has not been solved. You’ve got a sleep problem, and it needs to be fixed.  


Sleep expert Dr. Guy Leschziner dedicates his work to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and he’s my guest on this week’s show. 

Listen & Learn

  • Why 50% of your sleep tendencies are likely inherited 
  • How to intelligently use sleep apps and other consumer tracking devices 
  • Why REM sleep is not fully understood and can even be problematic 
  • How sleep problems and mental health are very much a chicken and egg problem
  • How to know when to get professional medical help 

Links & Resources


About Our Guest
Guy is the clinical lead for the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's Hospital, which is one of Europe's largest sleep units. He is also Reader in Neurology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. His new book The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep is available now.

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Apples vs Oranges

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:20pm CEST

I said goodbye to my grandfather when I was 8 years old. He had his first heart attack, and my mom was convinced he didn’t have long to live. Turns out he had many, many years ahead of him. Unfortunately, he was riddled with recurring heart problems, Parkinson’s, and a whole host of medical challenges. He lived a long life, but not a healthy one. His rapid decline shook my family, turned my mother into a health fanatic, and she passed the bug onto me. 


I wish I could say that pleasure and dreams of excellence motivate me, but it’s pain and fear that drive most of the big moves in my life. “I don’t want to end up in a rocking chair watching Wheel of Fortune,” gets me to my yoga mat much more often than “I want to glow with radiant energy.” I wish I chased carrots, but mostly, I run from the stick. What about you?

My guest on this week’s show is a medical doctor who has dedicated most of his work to trying to unravel the complex challenge that is the #1 killer in the world: heart disease. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How medical advances treating heart disease are largely responsible for extended life expectancy 
  • Why Lipitor is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world
  • How your choices and health goals might shift if you planned to live past 100 in a healthy state
  • Healthspan vs. lifespan: What matters most? 
  • What the “heart-healthy” 1980s got right and what we got wrong

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

 Physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich is the author of the new book, State of the Heart - Exploring the History, Science and Future of Cardiac Disease that we’ll be talking about today. He writes for the New York Times but also contributes to the Guardian, the Atlantic, the LA Times and the Boston Globe. He completed internal medicine and cardiology training at Harvard Medical School and Duke University. Haider has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, PBS, and shows like Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, The World, Marketplace and the BBC World Service.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Garlic and feeling bad

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Direct download: 382_-_The_State_of_the_Heart_with_Haider_Warraich.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:46pm CEST

I live in Spain where the average life expectancy just hit 83 years—number three in the world, less than one percentage of a point behind Switzerland and Japan. Foreigners often hypothesize that the reason is due to the diet, the long walks, or red wine that keep people alive until such an old age, but after I’ve lived here for 10 years, I must disagree.

As I look out of my office window right now, the corner cafe is filled with office workers on a morning break drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and eating croissants. In the evening, that same crew will return for beer and wine, deep-fried tapas, and another round of cigarettes. This is the norm.

So why then do they live so long? My theory is that people are less stressed, on average, all the time. Plus, the family unit and social ties are extremely strong. Grown adults will share a sitdown meal with their parents weekly (or more). Friendships are cherished and developed, the average workday is long and leisurely, and life is slower and less intense.

Research clearly shows that great relationships and reduced stress are predictive of health worldwide, and yet most of us obsess much more about the perfect meal or the perfect workout (at least I do).

Chronic stress is a silent killer that affects your mood, your waistlines, your hormones, and mental health. The goal is not to live a stress-free life, that’s impossible; instead, our aim should be to reduce the stressors we can and manage the rest effectively through diet, exercise, nutrition, breathing, and positive mental models. Our guest on this week's podcast teaches a “stress less” holistic approach to wellness.

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why 90% of periodontal disease has no pain and how a lack of pain in life is not a signal of no problems
  • How thoughts are things, literally, they are neurotransmitters made of proteins
  • The PERMA model (positive, engaged, relationships, meaning, accomplishment)

 

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B.D.S (Syd Uni) FACNEM (Dent) Dr. Ron Ehrlich is a holistic health advocate, educator, and holistic dentist. Dr. Ron has developed his health model of how stress affects our health; breaking stress down to emotional, environmental, nutritional, structural and dental stressors. He’s the author of the book A Life Less Stressed available on Amazon or his website. 

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  •  Garlic Onion

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:52am CEST

That glass of red wine after dinner soon turns into two or three. On Friday and Saturday, two or three often turns into a bottle or two. After a decade or more of drinking, it’s not uncommon to clock in 30+ drinks per week. It creeps up slowly, so it can almost go unnoticed. But your body, mind, and spirit notice, and it has a real impact. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a very successful executive who didn’t start drinking until her late 20s but quickly found herself living a lifestyle that she didn’t want as her trajectory.

Alcohol abuse comes in all sizes and shapes, and most people who drink fit the Center for Disease Control’s definition of excessive drinking. What does that mean for you? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything is going just great. Or maybe it means that you should reevaluate your relationship with alcohol and make sure you’re writing a story you’d like to author.

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  • How 8 drinks per week (for women) and 15 drinks per week (for men) is classified as “excessive” by the CDC
  • How the mind-body connection plays a role in pain, addiction, and substance abuse
  • How alcohol is baked into adult life, professional life, and almost every culture on the planet
  • Simple ways to rethink your alcohol relationship

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Annie Grace grew up in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity outside of Aspen, Colorado. By the age of 26, Annie was the youngest vice president in a multinational company, and her drinking career began in earnest. By 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries and drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. She left her executive role to write her book, This Naked Mind.

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  • Cilantro

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:34am CEST

Real health is more than just food and exercise. The key elements we often overlook are love, support, community, and stress management. These factors are so much more difficult to manage but potentially even more important than nailing the perfect diet or workout routine. My guest on this week’s podcast has an incredible track record for reversing and healing heart disease through lifestyle interventions, and he shares his very simple four-pronged approach to health and wellness for life.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to stress less
  • Why movement and love matter so much
  • How simple holistic health can be
  • Why it’s important to get clear about your life goals

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Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He is the Clinical Professor of Medicine at both UCSF and UCSD. He was recognized as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;" as a "TIME 100 Innovator" by TIME magazine; as "one of the 50 most influential members of his generation” by LIFE magazine; as "one of the most interesting people of the year" by People magazine; and as "one of the world's seven most powerful teachers" by Forbes magazine. His most recent book, Undo It, is available on his website or Amazon.

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  • Rapeseed Oil

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:41pm CEST

Have you ever heard someone blame their weight gain on a 'slow metabolism?' It sounds logical, but what does it mean exactly? What is considered 'slow?'

When we talk about metabolic health, it's important to define what it really is. You'll quickly learn that it's multifaceted and you'll need to work separately on each area.

On this week's podcast, we'll talk with Ann Louise Gittleman, the first lady of nutrition, who has very practical advice based on decades of extensive work in health and nutrition.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to optimize your metabolism for weight loss, health, and longevity
  • Why pine nut oil is amazing for digestive problems (among other things)
  • Why many people have lower HCL and bile production as they age
  • Why bitter foods are so important

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Ann Louise Gittleman is a nutritionist, internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues. She is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, with more than 30 books on health and nutrition. In her books, she covers a wide range of topics, including diet, detox, women's health, men's health, perimenopause, menopause, beauty, and the environment.

Gittleman holds an M.S. in Nutrition Education from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, and she has the title of Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) from the American College of Nutrition. She has also been featured in dozens of TV programs, as well as online and offline publications.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why Eat Small Fish

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:17pm CEST

If you can balance well, your yoga practice is more fun, you’re faster and nimbler, and you might even live longer. Sound far-fetched? Check it out: falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. 424,000 individuals die from falls globally. My balance has improved massively in the past couple years, but historically, I’ve had terrible balance. I assumed it was something I just had to live with, but I’ve learned that poor footwear, bad walking patterns, and zero balance training all created this problem—and it’s largely reversible. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn about balance training for athletes and anyone who seeks optimal health.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why balance involves your: vestibular system (inner ear), proprioception (body awareness, sensation) and vision
  • How anyone can learn balance at any age using simple at-home tools and approaches
  • Why balance is a software problem, not hardware
  • How a slackline give you a “fall announcement” so land on your feet and stay safe
  • How 25% of your bones and muscles are in your feet and another 25% in your hands
  • Why slips and falls are the #1 cause of injury (and potentially death) for people over 65

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Jim is a lifelong innovator who was looking for ways to maintain his own athletic performance, and in the process, he created The Slackbow Balance Training System, a body and mind fitness program that can help at any age.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Iron Supplements

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:20am CEST

A little girl named Charlotte was having as many as 300 seizures a week, some lasting as long as 30 minutes. Her body was frail, her health was suffering, and her parents were at their wits' end.

After every other medical intervention failed, the family tried a nonpsychoactive extract from marijuana called CBD and their lives were never the same again.

Charlotte's story was one of the first to capture people's imagination, from lawmakers to cannabis growers, and in the years since, has helped spawn an entire nutraceuticals industry around this powerful compound. On this week's show, we'll lay out the risks and rewards of self-administered CBD oil.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why most (but not all) CBD products contain little to no THC, meaning they will not get you high
  • How CBD impacts the receptors already present in your body
  • How CBD can reduce inflammation, including inflammation in your brain
  • How to make sure the product you're using is safe and healthful
  • The real legal and safety concerns surrounding CBD products

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Evan DeMarco is a sports medicine and nutrition expert, author, public speaker, and frequent guest on television and radio. As an entrepreneur, he is currently creating a functional medicine and nutritional supplements platform.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Can You Supplement Everything

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:37pm CEST

People joke that they 'laughed so hard they peed their pants.' However, this is a real problem called stress incontinence—a symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction.

The pelvic floor is a complex group of muscles, fascia and connective tissues at the base of your spine that is crucial for bladder control, posture, sexual function, and the health of many vital organs. 

So what's the problem? Maybe you gave birth to two kids and never resumed your pre-kid exercise routine. Maybe you are 45 years old and haven't done a proper squat since you lifted weights with your buddies in college. For dozens of reasons, modern lifestyles lead to atrophy of the pelvic floor that can manifest overtime into very serious health issues.

On the flip side, a strong, toned pelvic floor will help your posture, sexual performance, spinal health, and bladder control. In yoga, you'll feel the difference in almost every pose, and in your everyday life, you'll notice changes throughout the day.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a kinesiologists who will help demystify this often overlooked region of the body.

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Listen & Learn:

  • What the pelvic floor is and why it is important to both women and men
  • Why incontinence and prolapse are huge (and growing) problems
  • Why posture starts at the base of the spine
  • How to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor with daily, 10-minute exercises

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Adrianne has a degree in kinesiology, with an emphasis on exercise science. She has certifications in Pilates, yoga, the Yoga Trapeze, Zenga, and Barre, among others, and specializes in spinal conditions, pelvic floor issues, and fascial tissue. She served as the fitness specialist at the NASA Langley Research Center and currently runs an eating disorder center in California.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Palm Oil

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:20pm CEST

Think of your body as a three-legged stool with an electrical body (your nervous system), a bacterial body (your microbiome), and a chemical body (your endocrine system). These three legs are largely responsible for your health and well-being, and if one leg gets whacked out from under you, you'll likely fall on your face.

Today, let's focus on your chemical body: your hormones. These chemical compounds influence everything from your waistline to your mood, and our modern world is filled with all kinds of toxins that lead to imbalances.

Did you know that most plastic water bottles contain estrogen-like BPA compounds that can cause weight gain, or worse? Did you know that many skin care products and soaps contain estrogen-like parabens that can get absorbed through your skin and lead to infertility? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn why our generation is often estrogen dominant—and what we can do to fix it.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why too much estrogen can make you fat, sick, and infertile
  • How sauna treatments can help detoxify xenoestrogens
  • How genetic testing can show you how to manage estrogen
  • How xenoestrogens have ended up in everything from water bottles to skin care products
  • Why plant-based estrogens can also impact some percentage of the population
  • How to optimize your household, lifestyle, and product choices for hormonal balance

ABOUT OUR GUEST

DR. ANTHONY G. JAY is a scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Jay earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. He is the president of the International Medical Research Collaborative, a non-profit organization based in Boston that trains medical students from around the globe.  Dr. Jay is also the CEO of AJ Consulting Company, which specializes in scientific consulting, speaking, and personalized DNA analysis.

He is the author of the book Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile. He also has a podcast called Chagrin & Toxic podcast you can find on iTunes or in the show notes.

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Raw Dairy

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:50pm CEST

Have you ever used a scalp massager made of long, thin wires? For most people, it causes quite the sensation, sending tingles from the back of their neck down their spine. Or maybe you have this reaction when someone whispers in your ear? This pleasurable response to specific auditory and visual stimuli is known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), and is likened to meditation.

ASMR is exploding on the internet right now because it is deeply relaxing, extremely pleasurable, and can serve to relieve anxiety and depression in some cases.

The ASMR movement is mostly made up of YouTubers and DIY fanatics, but there are also a handful of researchers out there gathering information about the real, therapeutic benefits of this response.

On this week's show, you'll meet Craig Richard, PhD, the founder of ASMR University.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why ASMR might be helpful to relieve stress and anxiety
  • Why ASMR audio tracks could be more effective than the viral videos online
  • How this deeply relaxing, neck tingling sensation can help you relax

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Craig Richard, PhD, first learned about ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) in 2013, but has been experiencing its triggers and effects since childhood. In 2014, he launched ASMRUniversity.com to encourage and report ASMR research and to provide helpful resources to assist with the further understanding of ASMR.

Craig is the cofounder of the ASMR Research Project and has produced several ASMR podcasts. He is a professor in the department of biopharmaceutical sciences at Shenandoah University, School of Pharmacy in Winchester, Virginia and the author of a new book, Brain Tingles, available soon on Amazon.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Chili Peppers

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:47pm CEST

Chronic pain—the most common of which is back pain and digestive pain—affects as many as one in four people. Pain plays a crucial role in the body as a clear sign that something is injured, diseased, or in need of extra care. However, when pain becomes chronic, many times the pain signals sent to the brain no longer correspond with any kind of dysfunction. The pain is literally all in the brain, and faulty neural wiring can ruin your life.

When people are in constant pain, they will try anything: yoga, meditation, acupuncture, cannabis, and, of course, opioids. Sometimes these solutions work, sometimes they don’t, but statistics show that chronic pain is a problem that's getting worse, not better. So what can we do?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we will explore a new type of noninvasive, nondrug treatment for pain that involves electrical stimulation to rewire problematic neural connections, otherwise known as Scrambler Therapy®.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why 100 million Americans have chronic pain
  • Why pain can be present with or without any underlying condition
  • Why the threat-neural matrix complicates your pain
  • Why all pain is in the brain, and the solution to all chronic pain is rewiring this mind-body neural fail

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Brendon is the co-founder and CEO of Radiant Pain Relief Centres in Oregon, where he uses an exclusive, FDA-cleared technology called Scrambler Therapy® as a safe and simple way to change the mind-body perception of pain.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Lectins

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:07pm CEST

Have you ever seen a yoga student, runner, or CrossFitter with weird crisscrossed tape on their knees? Have you ever experienced knee pain that kept you from doing your favorite activities? Aside from back problems, knee pain is the most common issue I see in my yoga studios, with the inevitable question being what to do about it.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you will meet physiotherapist Lee Herrington, who works with high-level athletes to correct movement dysfunctions, and help them manage and overcome knee pain. His recommendations are very simple, but not at all intuitive.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Movement is medicine, you must move to heal
  • For better or worse, our knees (and the rest of our bodies) will wear out over time, our job is to manage that gracefully
  • Why anterior (front) knee pain is the most common and how alignment in yoga and all other activities can greatly reduce the risk of injury
  • How to ‘treat the man, not the scan’ when dealing with knee pain
  • Why performance backward thinking is helpful for knee pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Herrington is a physiotherapist, senior lecturer in sports rehabilitation at the University of Salford Manchester, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. His work focuses on the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries, specifically anterior knee pain, hamstring injuries, Subacromial Pain Syndrome (shoulder impingement), the ‘rugby’ shoulder, and rehabilitation following knee surgery (principally ACL reconstruction).

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Food Causing Pain

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:53pm CEST

Your tight hamstrings, stiff hips, and locked up spine are not going to find freedom on their own—you have to train for mobility. When your body is tight, it affects everything, from your standing and sitting posture to your stride, but when you increase your range of motion, it feels as if you’ve added an extra room onto your home. Flexible bodies feel free, youthful, and energized. However, getting started with training can be frustrating.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet physical therapist Jen Esquer, who will share her whole-body, 24-hour approach to movement freedom.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How to sprinkle mobility training throughout the day rather than trying to fit in one monster session of stretching
  • Why consistency is so important for mobility training (and the weekend warrior mentality doesn’t work)
  • Why it’s crucial to have a healthy range of motion in poses such as squats, backbends, and hip flexion movements

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Jen Esquer has been involved with movement her entire life. She has worked as a gymnastics coach, a Pilates instructor, and eventually became a physical therapist. Today, Dr. Jen works in private practice, both online and offline, empowering people to heal themselves.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Pili Nuts

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

My balance has always been terrible. It didn't matter if I was on a skateboard, a balance beam, or in tree pose in yoga; I've always found it incredibly challenging to stay steady. Some people are just better at balance than others, but when I was about 30 years old, I realized my extremely-high arches and tight calves were largely to blame. Today, I still have excessively high arches, but I've managed to stretch and relax them down dramatically, and it's improved my running and walking gate as well as my yoga practice tremendously.

Most importantly, I know that strong and flexible feet will  positively impact the health of my upstream joints long term.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. Emily Splichal. A podiatrist and movement expert whose research and teaching around foot health is the best I've found. I just finished her book and am excited for you to meet here.

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  • Joint Coupling: why the foundational foot connection and alignment to the floor has cascading up-stream effects into the knees, hips,  spine and more
  • Tissue Stress Threshold: the breaking point where you over-stress your feet to the point of pain and in
  • Foot-to-Core Sequencing: why proprioception and neuromuscular awareness is key to healthy walking, sports, and movement patterns
  • At-Home Exercise: "Short Foot" exercise to strengthen, heal and restore food health

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr Splichal is a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation. Originally trained as a surgeon through Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and Mt Vernon Hospital in Mt Vernon, NY Dr Splichal has a deep appreciation for the role of surgical intervention as it relates to orthopedic pathology and offers an un-biased second opinion on the appropriateness of surgical recommendations.

She is the author of, Everyday Is Your Runway: A Shoe-Lover's Guide to Healthy Feet & Legs, Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Curry Powder

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:55pm CEST

If you go to any convenient store, you'll see dozens of "energy" products including bars, drinks, and snacks. Most products are loaded with sugar or caffeine—or both. In the short term, they'll certainly give you energy, but in the long term, they send you spiraling down. High energy is at the cornerstone of health, but we often neglect the very root source of energy—our cellular energy created by the mitochondria. On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how cellular energy can be pivotal for full-body health and wellness.

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  • Why these organelle produce ATP which is energy at the cellular level
  • How your lifestyle can impact your mitochondria
  • Why excessive eating creates reactive oxygen species (ROS) and depletes energy
  • Why fat is 15x more efficient than sugar at creating cellular energy
  • 4 supplements to boost mitochondria: L-Carnatine, CoQ10, D-ribose, magnesium
  • Why low mitochondria can impact fertility

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Warren L. Cargal, L. Ac. specializes in age-related diseases tied to diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative issues, and cancer. He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and is also founder and clinical director of Acupuncture Atlanta. He is the author of the book, Your Mitochondria: Key to Health and Longevity. He has practiced Chinese medicine for over 20 years. You can learn more about his site

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • GMO Soy

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:38pm CEST

Most health and diet books focus on reducing your waistline but neglect the most "mission critical" part of your entire body: your brain. The 3 lbs, watery, fatty mass between your ears needs to be fed well and cared for, but most people don't give brain health the attention it deserves.

Meet Dr. Lisa Mosconi, neuroscientist and author, and learn how your brain health can be dramatically influenced by food and lifestyle.

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  • Why your body can survive on many foods, but your brain is much more picky
  • The importance of essential fatty acids for brain health
  • Why the brain's saturated fat and cholesterol is created by the brain and stored in the brain from childhood—not affected by diet
  • Why too much Omega-6 from seed oils is a problem for inflammation
  • Why a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is ideal (while most people get 20+:1)
  • Why we need around 4 grams of omega-3's per day
  • Why the brain needs glucose for neuron synthesis and balance
  • Why alcohol enters the brain and dehydrates your brain

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Dr. Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. She is the Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital,

She is an adjunct faculty member at NYU and the University of Florence. Dr. Mosconi has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in medical journals. Her new book, Brain Food: the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power we'll talk about today.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Cinnamon

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:48pm CEST

Following the advice of parents, counselors, and health care providers, millions of women take hormonal birth control starting in their teenager years to avoid unwanted pregnancies, regulate their periods, or to control acne.

But what if you gain weight, lose your libido, and get depressed? What then?

The FDA warns that hormonal birth control could increase the risk of cancer and heart disease too (among other things), but this "fine print" is rarely discussed but potentially life changing. So what do you do?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll explore good old fashioned cycle charting—but with a modern twist. Grab your cell phone and a cheap thermometer, and you can now gain very accurate insight into your menstrual cycles in about five minutes per day.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) can be just as effective as any other form of birth control
  • How to get started with a basel therometer, a phone, and 5 minutes a day
  • Why even many IUDs now are still using hormones
  • The risk vs. reward of messing with your body's hormones

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose own health journey started from a personal crisis. She is in remissions from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s and managed to reverse estrogen dominance and heavy metal toxicity. She is a Vipassana meditator and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She coaches people with thyroid and endocrine imbalances.

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  • Activated Charcoal

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:18pm CEST

When we think about toxins in our food and environment, most people assume the risk is "cancer," and that's true; but the more immediate risk is often hormonal imbalance. Common addictives in foods and skin care products can disrupt your natural endocrine balance and lead to everything from thyroid problems and infertility to weight gain and depression. This is a huge and growing problem, and the solution includes diet and lifestyle choices that aren't always obvious.

Health coach, Magdalena Wszelaki shares her personal story of overcoming both Graves and Hashimoto's Diseases as well as her professional advice for finding balance.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why thyroid issues are often a symptom of autoimmune conditions
  • What blood tests to check your thyroid (TSH, Free T3 & T4, TPO & Anti-Tg)
  • Why estrogen dominance is a huge problem for both men and women
  • Why estrogen dominance is a huge problem for both men and women
  • How to eat a PFF (protein, fat & fiber) breakfast to start your day right

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose own health journey started from a personal crisis. She is in remissions from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s and managed to reverse estrogen dominance and heavy metal toxicity. She is a Vipassana meditator and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She coaches people with thyroid and endocrine imbalances.

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  • A1C Test

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:57pm CEST

Meet the man who top Athletes like, Cristiano Ronaldo, consult with to make sure they get optimal sleep: Nick Littlehales. Sleep quality makes a huge difference in optimal sports performance and overall health, but most people are simply trying to log more hours—and most of us fall short of our goals. Nick's approach is much more practical, realistic, and takes into account individuality of body type, chronotype, and environment.

I've had half a dozen sleep experts on the Yoga Talk Show, and for me, Nick's advice is the most actionable and practical.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why synthetic bedding is probably the best choice
  • Which sleep position is ideal
  • How to count cycles in a week, no hours in a night
  • Why most mattress companies are just smoke and mirrors with made-up terms and medical-sounding jargon that is useless
  • How to create a real sleep den

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Nick Littlehales is an elite sport sleep coach to some of the biggest names in sports including British Cycling and Team Sky, international footballers, Rugby players, Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Nick has 30 years of experience in the world of sleep science and has spent the last sixteen years working with elite athletes.

Many of his clients are household names in the sports celebrity world, and they hire him to optimize their sleep because sleep matters for performance, health, and just about everything else. Nick is the chairman of the UK Sleep Council, and the author of the new book, Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind

You can learn more at his site: https://www.sportsleepcoach.com/

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  • Coffee While Fasting

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Direct download: 300_-_Sleep_Better_Perform_Better_Live_Better_with_Nick_Littlehales.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:16pm CEST

The world is getting fat at an alarming rate. Two in three adults are overweight or obese, and excess weight is correlated with every degenerative illness across the board. While some overweight people are in perfect health, it's rare and often fleeting as the downward spiral is very predictable—and it happens fast.

Here's what you need to understand about the global weight problem. It's not about lack of willpower or discipline, that's an ignorant and uninformed excuse. It's not about lack of exercise, though sedentary lives certainly don't help and movement is always a good thing.

The real problem is imbalance: emotional, hormonal, and nutritional. We in a time when stress levels are through the roof, social support systems have crumbled, and most of the food available is various forms of lifeless carbohydrates.  

So what do you do? How do you find balance in an imbalanced world? I've had the good fortune of unfettered access to some of the leading minds in health and wellness over the past 10 years, and I'll share my best learning with you on this week's Yoga Talk Show.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Manage your stress or don't bother
  • Fix your social circle or don't bother
  • 8+16 meal timing
  • Throttle your carbs
  • Baseline your protein
  • Eat healthy fat

ABOUT THE HOST

Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur.

With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka.

Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines.

In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries.

In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone.

A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach.

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Direct download: 299_-_Everything_I_Know_About_Weight_Loss_with_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:09pm CEST

It's Friday night. You're home late from work and desperate to sleep, and yet you can't. You're tired but wired, overworked but over-stimulated. Cortisol has been pumping through your veins all week, and it's not so easy to turn it off.

So what do you do?

Most people turn to crap foods, alcohol, pills, and binge-watching television series. Why? Because they work. In the short term, they make you feel better; but long term, most of our autopilot stress management techniques turn into self-destructive vice.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Mike Dow will share his experiences healing patients with brain fog, busted brains, and general overwhelm. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, but adding healthy stress management tools to your life is always a great idea.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How mega-dosing omega-3's helped Dr. Mike's brother recover from a stroke
  • Autogenic therapy: a self-talk, self-hypnosis method for fixing brain drain
  • How to use progressive muscle relaxation to relieve both physical and psychological stress
  • Why our typical toolkit for managing mental and emotional stress is flawed

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Mike Dow is an author, psychotherapist, and the host of lots of different television shows. He makes regular appearances on Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew On Call, The Talk, Wendy Williams, Rachael Ray, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Doctors, The Talk, and Today.

He is the author of many books including The Brain Fog Fix, Healing the Broken Brain, and his most-recent book, Heal your Drained Brain.

His books are on Amazon and you can learn more at his site:

www.drmikedow.com

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Collagen

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

Do you have a friend or family member losing their short-term memory, losing their mental "edge", and just generally slowing down in terms of brain function? If so, this week's Yoga Talk Show delivers insight into neurodegenerative problems and what you can do about them.

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's are among the top 3 causes of death worldwide. Toxins, inflammation, and high sugar diets are among the many causes; but fortunately, we have better tools than ever for prevention and reversal of problems. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Alzheimer's thought-leader, Dr. Dale Bredesen.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How cheap genetic testing shows you if you have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's Disease
  • Why neurodegenerative illnesses are now in the top 3 leading causes of death internationally
  • How meal timing and ketosis can prevent and help reverse problems
  • Why inflammation is a disaster for brain health
  • Why 21st century medicine must focus on data, quantified self, testing and tracking

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Bredesen is an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and is best-known recently for his work with Alzheimer’s disease specicically. He's the author of a new book, The End of Alzheimer's. He graduated from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC and has held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding President and CEO.

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  • Complete Protein

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Category:Health -- posted at: 2:47pm CEST

At age 23, I was overweight, drinking too much and smoking constantly. I was stuck in life and wanted a new one, so I finally got up the courage to attend a 10-day meditation retreat just before my 24th birthday. I'd booked and canceled the same retreat once before, and it was a big deal for me to get on the bus from New York City out to rural New Jersey to do nothing...

... But it turns out, it led to a big turning point in my life. Many changes I experienced were subtle and played out over months or even years, but one change happened instantly. I stopped eating animal foods.

During the retreat, they didn't serve any meat, so I just kept up with it afterwards, and I felt great. I started reading books and going to lectures. Back then, most of the smart people in nutrition all believed that a low fat, no-meat diet was the best way to go for health. So I was sold.

Fast forward 15 years later, I'm still eating this way, but I'm no longer naive enough to think that just cutting burgers from your diet is going to fix your health (in fact, sometimes the opposite is true). But I am absolutely certain that the way we eat today is not the way my grandkids will eat. Our foods system is beyond broken, it's a total disaster.

Enter: lab-grown meats. Just like it sounds, this is fish, chicken, and burgers grown from cloned and cultivated cells. It might sound gross, but it also might save the planet. My guest on this week's show just wrote a book about this next revolution in food, CLEAN MEAT.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How clean meat is safer than factor foods
  • How clean meat, like clean energy, is way better for the environment
  • Why many foods we eat today are weird if you stop to think about it—so why not this?
  • Why the future of food is probably a lot less convenient than chickens, pigs, cows, corn, rice, wheat and soy

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Paul Shapiro served for 13 years as a spokesperson and vice president for the Humane Society of the United States. He is the founder of Compassion Over Killing, a TEDx speaker, and an inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. His first book, Clean Meat, is available on Amazon.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Maca

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Category:Health -- posted at: 8:00pm CEST

You probably know that infants that don't receive enough cuddles, hugs, and physical affection suffer from all kinds of developmental problems—the first two years are the most critical, and this is why the first thing a doctor does with a newborn is place it on the chest of the mother or father. But what about middle-aged people? And what about at the end of life? It turns out touch is still crucial to health and wellness, and yet in our modern, physically disconnected society, many people are deprived. On this week's show, you'll meet a neuroscientist who specializes in the importance of touch and how you can use this knowledge to improve your life.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How there is no such thing as a touch or sensation without emotion—they are always inseparable
  • Why high fives, back slapping, and social touch improves sports teamwork and performance
  • Why we tend to prioritize external touch sensations when internal touch is just as important
  • How touch deprivation is "highest risk" in infants and elders

ABOUT OUR GUEST

David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory works on the cellular substrates of memory storage and recovery of function after brain injury. He served as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He is the author of The Accidental Mind (2007) and The Compass of Pleasure (2011), and his most recent book, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Zinc

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Direct download: 289_-_Why_Touch_Matters_in_Everything_with_David_Linden.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:45pm CEST

I've spent most my career researching, studying and teaching physical health and wellness only to realize that mental health is the big elephant in the room. In many cases, diet and exercise help, of course; but depression, anxiety and trauma wounds can dig so deep that a more comprehensive, mind-body approach to healing is needed.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine who has worked with everyone from war-torn refugees to leaders of state. His insights into the mental health pandemic will help you and those you love better manage emotional challenges.

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Listen & Learn:

  • 15% of the adult population has clinical depression
  • Why some depression is reactionary and totally expected while chronic or clinical depression persists past reasonable triggers
  • How something as simple as a nutritional deficiency in vitamin D or omega-3's can trigger depression
  • When does empathetic behavior become enabling behavior for depressive tendencies?
  • 3 types of meditation: concentration, mindfulness, and expressive

ABOUT OUR GUEST

James S. Gordon, MD, a Harvard educated psychiatrist, is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School.

Dr. Gordon served as the first Chairman of the Program Advisory Council to NIH’s Office of Alternative Medicine and as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush. He is the author of, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Truvia

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:30pm CEST

One of the best ways to love your body is to stop poisoning it with excess sugar, starch and carbohydrates. This sounds obvious, but it's actually a huge challenge. Excess sugar is everywhere and without careful study, most everyone walks around with chronically elevated blood sugar levels. In the short term, this affects your mood and waistline; in the long term, it reduces your healthspan and lifespan very dramatically.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Carbs vs net carbs – what's the difference?
  • Why there is no need to be scared of white sugar
  • How whole grains can actually be a problem
  • Why to focus on the fabulous four: fiber, fat, protein and greens

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist based in Los Angeles, California. Kelly loves to cook. She believes in real food, real ingredients and a clean diet. The Be Well kitchen is constantly buzzing. Kelly loves creating tasty, clean, nutrient-dense recipes and dishes. She loves sharing them even more.

Kelly completed her Postgraduate Clinical Nutrition education through UCLA and UC Berkeley. She is a regular contributor for numerous health, wellness and lifestyle publications. She is also a certified health coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Agave

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Category:Health -- posted at: 2:39pm CEST

"I can't meditate," is one of the most common phrases I hear in the yoga studio. Students somehow feel that since they cannot sit still or calm their mind, they are unable to practice meditation—but the opposite is true. The very fact that you cannot sit still or clear your mind, is exactly why you need to practice.

But how do you learn? And where do you get started?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a meditator and innovator who has created the world's first, drop-in yoga center in Los Angeles. Through her book, her studio and her mobile phone app, she is reaching hundreds of thousands with a very simple message: unplug your mind, recharge your soul.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How meditation can be as simple as 3 minutes daily
  • The 3 things that happen in just about any meditation
  • How meditation slows mental and physical aging
  • How to find the right practice for you

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Suze Yalof Schwartz is the CEO and Founder of Unplug Meditation (a bricks and mortar meditation center), the author of Unplug: A Simple Guide To Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers, and the creator of the Unplug Meditation App.

In 2012 Suze learned a three minute meditation that completely changed her life and career. Today, Suze's mission is to make meditation simple, powerful and interesting enough so that everyone will want to practice it and experience the benefits for themselves.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Green Papaya

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:37pm CEST

Your habits around food, exercise and lifestyle largely dictate your health. What do you eat for breakfast? What is a "fun night out" for you and your friends? How often do you get outdoors, run, cycle or play? In our youth, our healthy habits tend to come naturally, but as we age, unhealthy habits creep in—and they are so hard to break. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll unpack habit change and how to cultivate it in your life.  

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why persistence is the key to change
  • How to leverage crisis and pain for changes  
  • Why we should look for questions more than answers
  • How modern agriculture and food processing makes it difficult to stay healthy
  • How you can begin make changes that will compound over time

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, best-selling author, health and wellness expert, and the founder of Changing Habits.

She is the author of dozens of publications including her book: Changing Habits Changing Lives that became an instant best seller. You may have seen Cyndi the recent documentary, What's With Wheat or seen her interviewed or profiled in dozens of publications and websites.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Green Pasta Any Good?

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Direct download: 278_-_Changing_Habits_with_Cyndi_OMeara.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:10pm CEST

Did you know that newborn babies are born with 200+ chemical toxins in their bodies? Or that polar bears often have off-the-charts levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) despite living in remote areas? We live in a pollute word: our water, air, and food supplies filled with toxins and end in our body and can lead to scores of health problems. Cancer is obviously the biggest risk, but hormonal imbalances are the more immediate threat—and they contribute to everything from PMS and polycystic ovarian syndrome to infertility and erectile dysfunction. 

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why anything that stands in the way of optimal health should be considered a "toxin"
  • Top 7 Toxins: food quality, emotional baggage, toxic thoughts, movement, dishonesty, poor sleep, loneliness  
  • How there are 80,000 chemicals on earth, 700 in most adult bodies, and 200+ in most infants
  • Why POPs (persistent organic pollutants) are a lingering "forever" problem

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Minich has a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Human Nutrition and Metabolism) and a M.S. in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. She has also studied Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is the author of 5 books.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Asia Food Choices?

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Direct download: 277_-_Detox_Your_Body__Life_with_Deanna_Minich_.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:26am CEST

Did you know that chili pepper and mustard can help with muscle cramps? Did you know that your acid blocking digestive aids could actually make your problem worse over time? We all have unprecedented access to information, supplements, and even prescription medications—but how do you know where to start? On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, we'll uncover home remedies, common misunderstandings, and plant seeds for a healthier you.    

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Listen & Learn:

  • How cannabis can be a helpful for nerve pain specifically
  • Why proton-pump inhibitors might be one of the most-dangerous, widely used drugs  
  • Why rebound hyper-acidity can result after taking PPI's
  • How NSAIDs are abused and can destroy gut health and heart health problems
  • Why transient receptor potential channels (TRP channels) can be stimulated with mustard, hot pepper, or vinegar to reduce muscle cramping

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Joe and Terry Graedon of "The People's Pharmacy" have been teaching, writing, and broadcasting information to help people make informed decisions about their health for more than 40 years. Joe holds a Masters in Pharmacology and Terry earned a PhD in Anthropology.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Ketchup & Mustard

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    The Wonder Wheel was designed for use in YOGABODY’s professional yoga studios and training centers in Barcelona, Spain, so it’s bigger, stronger, lighter, and backed by an unmatched warranty compared with any other wheel on the market. On top of that, it’s less expensive and comes with a complete at-home DVD so you can get rolling in minutes.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:50pm CEST

Did you know that your muscles would be a bloody pile of melted, soft-serve ice cream if not for fascia? This web of connective tissues literally hold your body together—and most of us aren't really even sure how to pronounce the word! On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet the king of fascia research and teaching, Tom Meyers.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How this plastic-wrap-like tissue holds your entire body together
  • How low circulation tissues like fascia, cartilage, tendons and ligaments can heal through seepage and synovial fluids  
  • Why stressing tendons and ligaments can make them stronger
  • Why a skilled body worker is more important than the type of bodywork you receive
  • The 3 main types of bodywork: relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, and integrative massage
  • Potential healing aims of bodywork: increase inflammation response, reduce electrical (nerve) activity to an area, or improve circulation

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Tom Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains, the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance, and numerous articles for trade magazines and journals that have been collected in the books Body3, The Anatomist's Corner, and Structural Integration: Collected Articles. He has also produced over 15 DVDs and numerous webinars on visual assessment, Fascial Release Technique, and the applications of fascial research.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Decaf Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:46pm CEST

Poor sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, impair your immune system, reduce your mental clarity, and contribute to dozens of other health problems. Sleep is a huge sticking point for your health, but most of us (including me) struggle with it—so what do we do to improve? Where do we even start?


This week's guest shares his best research and tips for sleep hygiene, responsible use of sleep aids, common mistakes, and the best tech for a restful night sleep.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How to use alcohol wisely for sleep quality
  • The difference between sleep drive (adenosine pathway) and sleep rhythm (your circadian cycle)
  • The importance of REM sleep for mental restoration and stage 3 & 4 sleep for physical restoration
  • How you can dreams in any stage, but REM-phase is most-likely to produce dreams
  • How REM is a very light state, indistinguishable for waking brain waves
  • Why sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure that is non-responsive to medication
  • Why melatonin is a hormone and should be used with care, dosages are often way too high  
  • Dr. Breus's 5-Steps Success with Sleep
  • How to define 
  • Why nobody with insomnia should not nap 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board when he was just 31 years old.

With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, he is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a recurring guest on the show.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Black Pepper

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

When I turned 24, I started this weird experiment eating just plant foods. I'm a chronic over-committer, and here I am 15 years later, still eating 100% plant-based. This is a complicated path that's not right for most, but it's worked for me—and I've just gotten some blood tests to see how I'm doing. Overall, I'm in some of the best shape of my life, but there are a few things I certainly need to address.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why my homocystine levels are a little high
  • How my liver function is on the low side of normal—and what I can do about it
  • Why I might think about eating more iron-rich foods or supplementing iron 
  • Why all these issues could be related to impaired digestion and/or impaired liver function

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis are the founders of Doctor's Nutrition. Doctor’s Nutrition provides Evidence-Based Nutrition™ information, where you get information based on years of experience treating patients with natural compounds and verifying the results with pre and post lab tests. Located in Longview, Texas, Doctor's Nutrition offers medical lab services in or near your hometown without the need for expensive office visits and long waits.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Flax and Chia Gas

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As health seekers, we obsess over the micro-changes in our food and fitness routines. Micro changes are fun and interesting, but it's much wiser to first address the big elephants in the room. One of those big beasts is sugar in all its various forms. It causes weight gain, metabolic imbalance, premature aging, and contributes to just about every illness imaginable. The good news is you can monitor, reduce, and manage your blood sugar very effectively at home once you know how. On this week's show with Dr. Ritamarie, you'll learn the in's and out's of how to balance your blood sugar.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How sugar impacts your hormonal balance and lead to weight gain
  • Why sugar in small quantities is essential but in high doses is toxic
  • Why sugar is everywhere and unless you've avoiding it, you're probably over-eating it  
  • Why belly fat is the worst type of fat
  • Why dietary fat and body fat are not the same thing
  • How chromium, magnesium and DHA can help with sugar metabolism

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a bestselling author, speaker, and internationally-recognized nutrition and women’s health authority. She combines the ancient healing wisdom of whole fresh foods and herbs with modern scientific research to help people reclaim their health.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fasting With Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:35pm CEST

Breathing for health can be learned in quickly and its benefits experienced in as little as 10 minutes, and yet this practice is all but lost from most modern yoga classes. Yoga that should revolve around breath as the central, unifying theme are suddenly missing this most-important mind-body integrating practice altogether. How did yoga lose its way? On this week's show, you'll meet breathing teacher, Max Strom, who is helping to revitalize the age-old tradition of yoga breathing—and doing it in an accessible and extremely practical way.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How 90% of communication in relationships is non-verbal, so digital relationships are extremely limited
  • Why the Seattle Seahawks, the U.S. Military, and top athletes everywhere are using breath work for optimal performance
  • Why 30% of the population uses sleeping medications when breathing could really help  
  • Why the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2020, depression would be the leading disability worldwide

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Max Strom is a teacher, speaker, and author of the books: A Life Worth Breathing and There is No APP for Happiness. His innovative method incorporates exercises, breath-work, and breath-based yoga movement to generate personal health and growth. As a speaker, Max has presented his method at the first Wellness Symposium in Saudi Arabia, The Inner Idea Conference, the Happinez Festival in the Netherlands, The Singularity University in the Silicon Valley, The Sea Island resort, on TEDx, as well as many yoga conferences.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Carbonated Water

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:23pm CEST

80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, often debilitating pain, but most problems are undiagnosed, self-diagnosed, and it can be chronic. So what do you do? For better or worse, it seems that your spinal health must be taken into your own hands. If you're going to have a healthy back, you'll need to educate yourself and take action. This week's guest, Dr. Stuart McGill, will help you do just that.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why proximal stability is essential for functional human movement
  • Why tight hamstrings might not be the cause of back pain and how back pain might actually cause tight hamstrings (chicken vs. egg)  
  • Why nerve tightness might be the real issue  
  • Why disks are hydrophilic and require movement to hydrate
  • How lying down on your belly for 3 minutes, and then walking around can help
  • Why spine hygiene is essential to remove pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill's laboratory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Learn more at:  www.BackFitPro.com

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Worst Food In The Grocery Store

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:23pm CEST

80% of the opioid drugs in the world are consumed in the United States, and addiction, abuse, and even death are commonplace across all demographics in society. Why such growth in abuse? One word: pain. Back pain, knee pain, mental and emotional suffering—all of these conditions are driving consumers to their doctors (or the streets) in search of relief. Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, but we want to use drugs and surgery as a last resort. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll beet Dr. Joe Tatta, pain expert and best-selling author on pain management.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why "pills for pain" has been the norm for the past 50-years
  • USA consumes about 80% of the world's opioids  
  • 20K/year deaths correlated or caused by opioid medications  
  • Why the mind-body connection to pain cannot be ignored
  • Pain catastrophizing: negative rumination about pain issue
  • Food is your pharmacy, movement in medicine

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified nutrition specialist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating persistent pain and lifestyle-related musculoskeletal, metabolic and autoimmune health issues.

His mission is to create a new paradigm around treating persistent pain and reverse our global pain epidemic. He is the creator of the Healing Pain Online Summit and The Healing Pain Podcast designed to broaden the conversation around natural strategies toward solving persistent pain. Dr. Tatta is the author of Heal Your Pain Now; A Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Lucuma

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:36pm CEST

In 1990, the Human Genome Project began, and by 2003, roughly 20,000 human genes had been sequenced. This is exciting, but it's also just the first step. How can we use this data to understand human health, longevity and wellness? What can our genetics tell us about our proclivity for certain activities and our susceptibility for certain illnesses? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Naturopath, Bob Miller, who will help you decode the code that is your genetic heritage.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why genetic testing is the future of medicine
  • How you're making and using antioxidants
  • Genetics: code for enzymes which are the worker bees of the body
  • How to get started with testing your DNA

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Robert Miller earned his naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Health and is board certified. Bob has served as a traditional naturopath for 20 years, and has spent the last several years engaged almost exclusively with genetic variants and related research.


He works with a company called, Professional Health Products, to formulate an Epigenetics line of products for use by health care providers. Bob lectures at nationwide seminars to educate physicians and health care practitioners about genetic variants and nutritional supplementation for achieving optimal health. He also was recently named to the Functional Medicine University’s advisory board.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Acai Berry

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:17am CEST

What if your immune system went haywire and starting attacking your body's nervous system affecting your vision, your sensations, your mobility, or other bodily functions? Auto-immune conditions are extremely common, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the more devastating diseases in this category. Whether you or someone you know has MS or not, you can learn a great deal about myelin health, proper nutrition, and balanced living from people who do—because for them, it can be a question of life or death. On this week's show, you'll meet an author, coach and expert, Andrea Hanson who is thriving despite her MS diagnosis in 2000. 

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Listen & Learn:

  • How MS attacks your nervous system 
  • Why diagnosis is getting earlier and better 
  • How MS can be progressive or relapsing / remitting 
  • Diagnosis: MRI shows wearing down of myelin on nerves (like holes) 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Andrea Wildenthal Hanson is a speaker, bestselling author, and master certified life coach. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, Andrea empowers people to become their own wellness hero, instead of the victim of a disease. She is the author of two books: Stop Carry the Weight of Your MS and Live Your Life Not Your Diagnosis.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Garlic Onions

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If given the opportunity, would you climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in nothing but your shorts and sneakers? Would you trust a stuntman-turned-breathing guru with you life? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a guy who did just that—and survived to write a book about it. The guy is Scott Carney, and his teacher is former YTS guest, Wim Hof. This is a wild and somewhat reckless tale, but it'll inspire you to push the limits of your own comfort zone, your imagined physical limitations, and perhaps live a more inspired life.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How Wim Hof breathing is very similar to the drug, Diamox, used by high altitude climbers to speed up respiration 
  • Why we've become too comfortable, too spoiled, and too numb to the world around us
  • How cold exposure and controlled hyperventilation (used intelligently) can be a powerful part of a healing regime 
  • How our guest managed to summit Kilamanjaro in nothing but sneakers and a pair of shorts

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist. He is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado.

What Doesn't Kill Us is his most recent book; other works include The Red Market and A Death on Diamond Mountain. Scott was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men's Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company.

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Cook vs Raw

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

Science has linked meditation with longevity through the study of telomeres, the chromosomal caps that are an indication of cell health. By mitigating our stress response specifically, research indicates that mindful practices down-regulate our stress response and up-regulate telomerase production, an important protein for the health of these chromosomal caps. What does all that mean? Basically, it means meditation can make you live longer in the future and live healthier right now. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. Elissa Epel, one of the leading researchers on stress, cell aging, and telomeres.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes, just like the plastic tip on a shoelace
  • How short telomeres release cytokines or die—both of which are very negative
  • How chronic inflammation (from cytokines) can contribute or even cause diseases and illnesses
  • Why meditation can mitigate stress response and be protective of telomeres
  • Why abuse, violence and trauma can literally shorten your life
  • Why vagal nerve tone can reduce the stress response

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Elissa Epel is psychologist who studies stress, aging, and obesity. She is the director of UCSF's Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center (AME) She consults to the National Institutes of Health on various initiatives related to human behavior and how to change it, and is on the Steering Council of the Mind and Life Institute that supports research on contemplative practices. She has been studying stress and biology for almost 20 years now.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Protein

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In almost every yoga class, the teacher will emphasize the importance of breath—but what does that really mean and why does it matter? If you ask, you'll likely hear that you're adding oxygen to your blood or improving your circulation. But is that true? It turns out that most yoga breathing actually reduces oxygen in the blood and increases CO2. To add to this paradox, more CO2 is actually a good thing and results in more oxygen to the cells. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how and why. 

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why C02 is actually your friend
  • How C02 relaxes muscle tissue (great for stretching)
  • Why nose breathing encourages diaphragmatic breathing, increases NO2, and arterial oxygen uptake
  • How reduced breathing increased saliva in the mouth, a sign of parasympathetic nervous system dominance and higher CO2
  • Why 30% of population has Rhinitis and how reduced breathing can help
  • How reduced breathing impacts your spleen (yes, your spleen!) 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Patrick completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia, a training accredited by Professor Konstantin Buteyko himself.

Patrick suffered from asthma as a kid and discovered the Buteyko Method at the age of 26 and has been asthma-free since then, a feat that over 20 years of medication had failed to accomplish. In a career spanning 15 years, Patrick has since also become a bestselling author and expert on the topic of optimal breathing for improved health, well-being and fitness.
Among the eight books Patrick has written, two have consistently remained in the top ten best sellers on Amazon.com:

He is the author of 3 books: Close Your Mouth, Asthma Free Naturally, and The Oxygen Advantage®.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Water filters

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

If you go to your doctor for a routine checkup, he or she will usually run very limited blood tests because of cost considerations and limited health insurance coverage. For anyone interested in optimal health, this is not much of a "checkup" at all since you're not checking much of anything. You could have low Vitamin D (almost certainly), elevated C-Reactive Protein (very likely) and a high A1C (very common) without knowing it.

Today, we have the ability to go "rogue" and take our health into our own hands. Just like you can order a designer cocktail at your local bar, you can also order up your own blood tests and hire someone to help you review them. Rather than comparing your results to the national averages (which means a bunch of sick people), a qualified professional can help you analyze your results and help you work toward optimal health, not average health.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis, founders of Doctor's Nutrition, an innovative company that advises you on blood work and helps you interpret the data.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why most doctors do extremely limited blood tests
  • Why your results are usually green light or red light only, and the yellow range (warning!) is almost completely ignored
  • How to go "rogue" and take your health into your own hands
    Why you should get an A1C test for a 3-month snapshot of your blood glucose management
  • Why you should get your T3 (not just TSH) tested for thyroid health

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis are the founders of Doctor's Nutrition. Doctor’s Nutrition provides Evidence-Based Nutrition™ information, where you get information based on years of experience treating patients with natural compounds and verifying the results with pre and post lab tests. Located in Longview, Texas, Doctor's Nutrition offers medical lab services in or near your hometown without the need for expensive office visits and long waits.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Alkalized Water

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This block was originally developed for the YOGABODY Fitness Studio Group because we needed an all-natural, eco-friendly, and non-slip prop to use in our public classes. Traditional, synthetic blocks are ugly, slip with sweat, and have an unpleasant hand-feel. Hence, Corky the Block was born!

Yoga students use Corky the Block in dynamic Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A block is an essential yoga prop, and Corky the Block is a beautiful addition to your practice room.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 10:52am CEST

When most people think of health and wellness, sex is not usually top-of-mind, but it should be. Most couples have bad sex rarely, and most want to have great sex all the time.

What's gone wrong? We are sexual beings, and we relate to the world sexually. On this week's show, you'll meet sexologist, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, who shares her experience and research navigating this often-taboo topic that affects all our lives.

Listen & Learn:

  • How happy-naked-love-time can be a great alternative play technique that can replace or enhance love-making
  • Why communication is usually the key ingredient to make any sexual relationship work
  • How to explore fantasy, role play, power dynamics, and kink without shame or guilt
  • How passion and sexuality change as we age and what to do about it

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, sociologist and sexologist, is a frequent speaker about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, body image, erotic play, sexual health, women’s empowerment & nurturing, and mindfulness. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the San Diego morning news. Her educational video series has over a million hits on YouTube.

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Nutritional Tip:

  • Spice Rack

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  • Send me a voicemail here: http://www.YogaBody.com/AskLucas
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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:27pm CEST

About once or twice a week, I'm completely exhausted and yet I can't fall asleep until one or two in the morning. This "wired and tired" feeling is common among most busy people, and while we often blame it on our busy careers, our life as parents, or just the ups and downs of daily life, the reality is that these chemical imbalances compound over time and can lead to pretty serious health problems.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a medical doctor pioneer whose work spans from natural childbirth and plant medicine to women's health and endocrine balance. Please meet Dr. Aviva Room.

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What You'll Learn:

  • Overworked adrenals vs. true adrenal fatigue—what's the difference?
  • How "tired and wired" is a vicious circle
  • Cortisol can be the "wear and tear" hormone
  • Why adrenal fatigue = adrenal depletion
  • How your chemical body (hormones), electrical system (nerves) and bacterial body (microbiome) are all interconnected
  • Tips for sleep, food, and lifestyle balance
  • Why ultradian rhythms (every 90-120 minutes) are crucial to understanding your own body
  • Chronobiology: the effects of solar- and lunar-related rhythms

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Medical Doctor, Aviva Romm is a midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, as well as a graduate of Dr. Weil's Integrative Medicine Residency. Aviva is a leader in botanical medicine and is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including the textbook Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (Elsevier) and her latest book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution (Harper One, January 2017).

Nutritional Tip:

  • Fructose intake

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BYC’s mission it to unite yoga students, teachers and studios as well as to empower and support individuals along the yogic path.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:00pm CEST

Most people assume that a healthy heart is beating slowly and steadily. The truth is a healthy heart is agile, highly variable, and changing with every inhale and exhale.

The measurement of your real-time, beat-to-beat variance is called, Heart Rate Variability, and it's something every yoga student should learn. In a matter of minutes, you can "see" what's going on in terms of your nervous system and emotional self, and more importantly, you can breath and visualize to change it when needed. On this week's show, you'll meet, Howard Martin, a leading voice at HeartMath.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • How a heart-based approach to daily living can create positive change to meet global challenges
  • The importance of neuro-cardiology, the study of the heart's own nervous system
  • How the heart is sending more signals to the brain than it receives
  • Why the heart is an electrical organ, the strongest source of bio-electricity (40x's more than the brain) and projects its electromagnetic field 3-4 feet around you
  • How emotional activity can impact your electromagnetic field
  • Why "coherence" is a state of psycho-physiological balance, the goal of much of our mind-body wellness
  • How heart rate variability (HRV) can tell you more about your nervous system status and emotional health
  • 3 steps to heart-based breathing

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath and has been with the organization since its inception in 1991 serving as a key spokesperson and executive.

In 1999 he co-authored with Doc Childre, The HeartMath Solution. Howard is also a contributing author of the new book, Heart Intelligence, Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart. During his career with HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative, Howard has delivered educational programs to tens of thousands of people including: Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, and school systems in over 50 cities on four continents.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:51pm CEST

Marijuana is being decriminalized and even legalized in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world very quickly—and for good reason. The law enforcement costs are many billions of dollars annually and the social impact of criminalizing this plant seem far worse than potential abuse (which is surprisingly low).

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll talk about the top medical uses for Marijuana, how to use it without getting high, and why legalization might actually reduce (not increase) drug use since marijuana provides an alternative to harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Top treated conditions: anxiety, pain, and insomnia
  • The difference between THC and CBD
  • Why most people are using way too much and getting scared away
  • How cannabis can help with seizure disorders
  • How to get started safely with edibles

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Patel is a Osteopathic Doctor in the state of California. She has been practicing in the area of Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) since 2012 and has treated thousands of patients. She is in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA, and has lots of great resources on her site: www.DrRachnaPatel.com 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:38pm CEST

Have you heard of fecal implants? This is when the fecal matter from someone with healthy gut bacteria is transferred to the gut of someone with gut dysbiosis—and it works. While this sounds extreme, in today's digestive health landscape, this is a real option some people need to consider when they are suffering from Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth (SIBO).

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll discuss why digestive disorders are so common, and how the remedies can be counter-intuitive such as reducing fiber, lactose, and even fruit.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why fecal transplants might save your gut
  • Why you should limit fiber, fructose, lactose, resistant starch and most sugar alcohols
  • How erythritol could be the most gut-friendly sugar alcohol
  • How the 3lbs of gut bacteria in our gut can be your friends or foe
  • How low fiber or "elemental diet" could improve bacterial overgrowth

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Norman Robillard, Ph.D., Founder of the Digestive Health Institute is a leading gut health expert. He is a microbiologist, the author of Fast Tract Digestion book series and publisher of the Fast Tract Diet mobile app. He is the creator of the drug and antibiotics free Fast Tract Diet for functional gastrointestinal disorders, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and related conditions.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:31pm CEST

Your typical doctor's visit is less than 7 minutes long. It doesn't matter if you have a broken bone, a tonsil infection, or pancreatic cancer, most of the time you're in and out faster than seems possible. It's not the doctor's fault, it's the system's fault, and the solution is to slow down everything in our lives to achieve balance. But who wants to go slow? Not you, not me... so what to do?

On this week's show, we'll look at creative solutions to finding more quality downtime in life without compromising your goals, ambitions or excitement.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why community support is the linchpin for health
  • Why we need to properly define what "health" really means (it's not young and beautiful)
  • Why slowing down can be the ultimate self-care routine
  • Why quality "slow time" is more important than quality

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Michael Finkelstein practiced internal medicine and was Medical Director of a hospital for 20 years before embarking on further training in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He went on to create a Health and Wellness Center, called SunRaven, and wrote Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness because he realized that individuals need more than what is found in typical medical institutions.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:19am CEST

Many yoga students explore traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, but neglect to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While they have many similarities, TCM offers some herbs, techniques, and approaches to healing that serve as powerful tools for anyone on a path of mind-body wellness.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbs, and taking a holistic approach to health. Brodie Welch shares her 13 years of experience working one-on-one with clients, and her insights will help you get started with Chinese Medicine responsibly. Remember, just because something is herbal doesn't mean it's safe or it's appropriate for everyone. Listen in to learn how to get started responsibly. 

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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why Chinese Medicine includes food, herbs, energy exercise, meditation/feng shui, bodywork and more
  • How insect-based formulas might help with migraines
  • Why ren shen or ginseng might be helpful for mood disorders
  • How xiao yao wan might help you get through the holidays
  • Why turmeric + black pepper taken with fat could help your inflammation
  • Why corydalis might be helpful for chronic pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003.

In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie shares her expertise to help women care of themselves with innovative learn-from-anywhere courses, workshops, and retreats on stress management, the body-mind connection, and Chinese Medicine. She’s also a creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:06am CEST

Do your feet hurt? Do you have hammer toe, overlapping toes, corns, or bunions? Without even realizing it, most people wear footwear that leads to poor posture, muscle imbalances, and chronic foot problems.

Yoga can help, but you need to fix your footwear too.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a podiatrist-slash-yoga-teacher, Michele Colon, who will share with you her experiences in the clinic and on the mat working with all walks of life to correct foot problems. Most people assume that foot problems are just cosmetic when in reality, your feet are foundational for your posture and can impact your knees, hips and back. Proper posture starts at the ground, and healthy feet will improve your walking and running gate as well as your balance very quickly.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How yoga can help your feet, Achilles tendon and leg muscles
  • How walking barefoot can actually change the muscular development of a child
  • Why orthotic inserts might be necessary short term—but are not a "forever" solution
  • How to quickly analyze your feet (or someone else's)
  • How Lucas went from a size 10 to a size 12 shoe (and why that matters)
  • How your squished up toes could be affecting your balance in yoga

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Michele S. Colon has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry with a specialty in Foot & Ankle Surgery. Dr. Michele is also certified in Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy.

Dr. Michele specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurveda extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:10pm CEST

If you've ever completed goal-setting activities, no doubt "happiness" appeared on the top of your list. And yet, what is happiness? Really? Do you have a way to measure it? Do you have tools to achieve it? For most people, our tools for happiness are mindless televisions series, junk food, alcohol, and social media consumption. These tools work in the short term, but long term, there must be a better way.

On this week's show, you'll meet, Jonathan Robinson, happiness researcher and best-selling author who has dedicated his career to the study of joy.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How to define happiness on a 1 to 10 scale: "How happy are you with your life?"
  • How to change your brainwaves with binaural beats or frequency following music
  • How to use supplements to improve your mental state
  • How vibration platforms can improve your health
  • What the Dalai Lama thinks of technology


ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jonathan Robinson is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness and how to get there. A psychotherapist, bestselling author of 10 books, and a professional speaker who consistently presents to Fortune 500 companies, he has reached more than 100 million people around the world with his practical methods.

Jonathan has made numerous appearances on such shows as Oprah, CNN, and the leading morning shows, and been featured in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times. He has spent more than forty years studying the most practical and powerful methods for achieving a state of personal life satisfaction and happiness.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:04pm CEST

Have you heard of sham surgeries? In 2002, 180 people with osteoarthritis of the knee joined a double-blind study. Some patients underwent real arthroscopic surgery and a placebo group simply had a skin incision and then were stitched back up. Here is where it gets weird. The placebo group self-reported identical results to those who had undergone actual surgery.

This is just one example of thousands of documented instances of "mind over body" in healing modalities ranging from allopathic medicine and crystal therapy to group prayer and homeopathy. How can this be? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll try to get to the bottom of this very real phenomenon.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why the scientific method has always been hindered by the placebo effect as it taints nearly every data set—it's omnipresent
  • How crystals, prayer healing, Reiki, and fridge modalities can sometimes deliver amazing results
  • Why certain conditions that respond better to placebos (ex: pain, skin conditions, Parkinson's, depression, anxiety)
  • How shame surgeries can be just as effective as real surgeries
  • Why hypnosis and placebo are not necessarily connected


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Erik Vance is a native Bay Area writer living in Mexico. In his earlier life, he was a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator.

His work focuses on the human element of science – the people who do it, those who benefit from it, and those who do not. He has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic, and a number of other local and national outlets.

His first book, Suggestible You, about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities was inspired by his feature in Discover and is on Amazon. You can learn more about his work at www.ErikVance.com 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:03am CEST

Back pain affects an estimated 80% of the population at some point in life, and yet most conditions are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. To complicate matters, most people have hard line ideas about treatment of their mysterious conditions, so it's no surprise that chronic pain, recurring problems, and frustration abound.

On the Yoga Talk Show, we tend toward natural, non-medical healing modalities; but there is a time and a place for allopathic medicine, and yes, even surgery. For every 10 students I know who healed their own spine, I know at least one for whom surgery was a life saver. Rather than look at the issue as black or white, it's important to consider all options and understand the best treatments.

Enter: Dr. Tony Mork. Board certified orthopedic surgeon and pioneer of endoscopic surgery. He breaks down surgical options in an incredibly simple and insightful way and makes a very convincing case for why spinal fusion, the most common surgery, should be avoided if at all possible.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why most people with back pain have no accurate diagnosis of their problem
  • Why X-Ray, CT or MRI doesn't tell the whole story
  • How "spinal mapping" can find the real source of the pain
  • How many conditions pass on their own in 8-12 weeks
  • Why a discogram can be helpful in some cases
  • The 3 types of surgery: vertebral fusion, decompressive surgery, rhizotomy (sever nerve roots)
  • Why fusions are the most common and yet should be a last resort
  • Why only 2% of spinal surgeries are endoscopic in the USA


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Dr. Mork is a board certified orthopedic surgeon has personally performed more than 8,000 endoscopic spinal surgeries. He designed many of the specialized tools used in laser spinal surgery and is constantly pursuing the improvement of spinal care.

Dr. Mork has been instrumental in developing most of the current endoscopic spinal surgery techniques. He is one of the originators and wrote the original peer reviewed articles on most of the endoscopic spine surgery techniques used today. He was the co-founder of Microspine and founder of the Endoscopic Spinal Academy.

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  • Frozen Foods

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:11pm CEST

Chronic inflammation is a precursor to a myriad of diseases and illness, and the foods and lifestyle choices we're making are largely at fault. Perhaps the biggest challenge with inflammation is you cannot see it, so it can be a "silent killer," wreaking havoc without you even aware of what's going on.

This week's guest on the Yoga Talk Show hopes to change all that—and more.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why internal inflammation can contribute (or even cause) weight gain, aging and disease
  • How a simple and cheap C-Reactive Protein test can tell you if this is a problem or not
  • How some of the most common foods create a negative reaction inside our bodies
  • Why arthritis, skin problems, and digestive issues might be linked to chronic inflammation
  • There are two types of inflammation: chronic and short-term/acute
  • How your microbiome health is crucial to your health
  • Why you should avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and antibiotics

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kellyann Petrucci is a weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert. She has a private practice in the Birmingham, Michigan area and is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a board-certified naturopathic physician and a certified nutrition consultant.

You might have seen her on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and other television news programs. She is the driving force behind the website DrKellyann.com, and has authored six books for John Wiley & Sons.


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  • Nut Milks

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:26pm CEST

How many people do you know who live stress-free lives without any tension or trauma? Let me guess: none! Stress, tension and even "soft trauma" are part of all our lives, and the tools most of us have to deal with these issues are limited at best. A dedicated yoga practice can offer great help, but there are new and innovative ways to balance your nervous system and release neurological tension.


In this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. David Berceli, creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), a very powerful way to use controlled tremors to overcome inner conflict.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How Dr. Berceli teaches 7 poses to incite a controlled tremor response
  • The difference between a neurological and psychological trauma
  • Neurophysiology: how your mind impacts your body and body your mind
  • Why trauma can arise from any over-stimulation to the nervous system
  • What we can learn from the animal kingdom about shaking and tremors


ABOUT DAVID BERCELI

David Berceli, Ph.D. is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is the creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). David has spent over twenty years providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world. He has lived and worked extensively in Israel/Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon.

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  • Bulletproof Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:18pm CEST

It's estimated that 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their life—and most people are left frustrated and confused about how to actually heal. Should you take medications? Get physical therapy? See a chiropractor?

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet "Spondy" researcher, Justin Adkins. Spondylolisthesis is a serious spinal injury where a vertebra shifts forward causing pain, inflammation, and often radiating nerve problems. While there is no one-size-fits-all cure for Spondy or any other back pain problem, there is a framework for healing that can really help.

JUSTIN ADKINS

Justin is a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting and the Functional Movement Screen. He has trained and helped countless athletes from the youth to the professional level achieve their performance goals and return from various injuries. Like the tens of thousands of people each year, Justin was also diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis as a teenager.

Justin became his own first client to deal with his own condition, and now helps thousands of people through his website: www.Spondyinfo.com
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why spondylolysis is often a precursor spondylolisthesis
  • How spondy is an anterior movement of a vertebra
  • Why doctors are often pain-removal focused (whereas you might be full-function focused)
  • Why you need to commit to a daily healing practice, even if just for 10-15 minutes

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Acid Alkaline - friend or foe?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:23pm CEST

The benefits of yoga practice are at least 50% nervous system related; and yet, most of the yoga world has completely forgotten your body's electrical system. The nervous system effects of yoga are what distinguish it from other movement modalities, and it's where much of the magic of practice is hidden.


For decades, there has been a biofeedback tool called, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), that allowed scientists to sneak peek into patients autonomic nervous system. Today, thanks to cheap sensor technology and smart phones, anyone can test their HRV using a smart phone at home.


Any serious yoga student should learn how to use HRV to quantify, track and better understand what's going on, electrically, inside them. Quantification is going to completely revolutionize mind-body wellness and the way we practice. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Marco Altini, PhD, a tech entrepreneur pioneering HRV applications for at-home use.


About the 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, and has done a tone of work with Heart Rate Variability which is what we'll be discussing today.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why heart rate monitors simply give us an average heart rate per minute
  • How beat-to-beat variances gives us a completely different picture of what's happening in our body—an insight into our nervous system
  • How cheap, at-home sensor technology is changing the way we can monitor our own health
  • Why breath pacing of 4-6 breaths per minute is ideal for most people to get into a high state of HRV


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Tea vs Coffee

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:50pm CEST

USA Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps made headlines this year with his black and blue marks all over this back during his races. Wonder what that was? It's a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique called, cupping, and it's believed to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve recovery time. Does it really work? Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help you? And what about acupuncture?


If you're new to these practices, you'll love this week's Yoga Talk Show with Jennifer Dubowsky.

About Jennifer Dubowsky:


Jennifer Dubowsky is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Masters in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College.


Jennifer has researched and written many articles on Chinese medicine and has a popular blog. Her first book, Adventures in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbs and Ancient Ideas for Today, was published and 2013 and is available on Amazon.


She is a senior columnist for the Acupuncture Now Foundation, and you can learn more about her work at: www.tcm007.com
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why Michael Phelps has black and blue marks all over his back
  • How TCM works to restore balance of body and mind
  • Why "dry needling" might mean "not qualified"
  • How to find an TCM doctor at www.NCCAOM.org


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How to use cilantro for mercury detoxification?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:43pm CEST

What is your "Gut IQ?" Is your gut a genius or a fool? Your gut is home to over 3lbs of bacteria, both good and bad. Your gastrointestinal health is crucial for the digestion and absorption of nutrients, your immune system, and even neurotransmitter production – but many people suffer from chronic gas, bloating, irregular bowels, and inflammation.

Anyone concerned with holistic health must start with the gut, so on this week's Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Chaudhary will point you in the right direction.

About Dr. Chaudary:

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is a medical doctor, an integrative neuroscientist, and an expert in Ayurvedic medicine. She successfully developed a system to manage chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and migraine headaches, by incorporating changes in diet, behavior, and stress, in addition to the standard allopathic approaches.

Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, and her new book, The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss is available on Amazon.com.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why your immunity is directly related to your gut health
  • Why white coating on your tongue in the morning can be a sign of poor gut health
  • How triphala can help heal your digestive tract
  • How Ayurveda can help anyone with gut health, weight loss, and whole body health
  • Why probiotics can make some people feel great and others feel sick

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Prebiotics: How do they differ from Probiotics and why are they important?

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Direct download: 218_-_Is_Your_Gut_Health_the_Problem.mp3
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Have you ever sneezed and accidentally peed your pants? Have you (or someone you know) suffered from a distended abdomen after pregnancy? Did you know that many women, even women who have never given birth are suffering from prolapse—and that it affects men too?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a huge problem affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Our modern life encourages weakness, tightness, and imbalanced tissues of the pelvic floor, and the side effects can be life-altering and detrimental to your health. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how to reverse it naturally with Hypopressive Exercises.
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About the Guest

Trista Zinn is the founder of Coreset Fitness. She is a personal trainer who specializes in pelvic health and core re-programming. She’s Canada’s master trainer in HYPOPRESSIVE® Low Pressure Fitness.

She has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and after being diagnosed with stage 2 prolapse (many years after childbirth), a condition she was told she’d need surgery to correct, she learned the Hypopressive approach to healing and became her own first student.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why 50% or more of women will experience incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti or other pelvic floor dysfunctions at some point in their life
  • Why traditional ab exercises can often make it worse
  • Why breathing is foundation for pelvic floor health
  • How Hypopressive Low Pressure Exercise can help reverse chronic conditions

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What is the best kind of vinegar to use?

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Write to us podcast@yogabody.com


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Direct download: 216_-_Hypopressive_Exercise_for_Core_Strength_and_Rehabilitation.mp3
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We often think of “exercise” as the yoga class after work, the morning job, or a weightlifting session. But there are many more ways to exercise, and one way often overlooked is Corrective Exercise, or the fitness practices designed specifically to correct weakness, tightness and imbalance in the body.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn about simple self-care techniques that can make a huge difference in your health.

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About the Guest

Brendan won World and National Collegiate powerlifting championships during his studies and went on to attain his Corrective Exercise Specialty from The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Brendan invented Posture PT back support that launched on Kickstarter recently. He is a practicing meditator under guidance of Sadhguru of the Isha Foundation, schooled in classical yoga and mysticism.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why Correct Exercise is a great choice for healing injuries
  • Why stronger rather than gentler rehab routines might just be the best choice
  • Why tight hip flexors can cause lower back pain 
  • What “autogenic inhibition” is and how it can help you with corrective exercise self-care
  • How “the couch stretch” can help counteract the effects of chronic sitting
  • How “the doorway stretch” can help open your upper body
  • Why 1 minute of mobility per 30 minutes of sitting can make a huge difference

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are there any good store bought Salad Dressings?

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Direct download: 214_-_Corrective_Exercise.mp3
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