Ben Greenfield Fitness

By Ben Greenfield

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 Nov 30, 2020

Kia
 Sep 18, 2020
It feels like the podcast is one big commercial. After listening to him on The Minimalists I was thrilled and really interested, but the podcast is really not my cup of tea.

Mike Lee
 Jun 13, 2020
Love the podcast. The way Ben explains complex topics and engages guests on the podcast makes it easy to understand and apply to my life. Highly recommend for people who are interested in physical, mental, spiritual and lifestyle health.

Bradley
 Dec 31, 2019
Best Biohacking podcast around.


 Jan 10, 2019

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Free fitness, nutrition, biohacking, fat loss, anti-aging and cutting-edge health advice from BenGreenfieldFitness.com! Tune in to the latest research, interviews with exercise, diet and medical professionals, and an entertaining mash-up of ancestral wisdom and modern science, along with Q&A's and mind-body-spirit optimizing content from America's top personal trainer.

Episode Date
Fit Soul Chapter 8 - How to Find Your Purpose in Life
22:47

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/resources.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Apr 11, 2021
The First Civilians In Space Flight, The Dark Side Of Curcumin, Rice Bran Extract, Sea Buckthorn Oil, The Reason For Living Is Giving & Much More With Entrepreneur David Perez.
01:30:26

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/perez Recently, on my San Diego trip during which I interviewed Navy SEAL Nick Norriss  and hydration expert Tracy Duhs, I was introduced to a guy named David Perez, who is the Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board at Nurish.Me

I immediately hit it off with David, because he and I were able to geek out hardcore on supplements and the supplements industry as a whole, along with a host of unique, fringe ingredients David has studied up on, and many other things David is up to and interested in, including space travel, global charities, nanotechnology and much more!

Over a career span of over 40 years, David Perez has founded highly successful entrepreneurial ventures, launched cutting edge, disruptive technologies, been at the forefront of innovation, financed startups, overcome personal tragedy, coordinated large scale natural disaster relief programs and rescue missions at ground zero. Today as the CEO of Nurish.Me, he is on a mission to deliver clinically proven nutraceuticals to enhance the vitality of people's mind and body. The vision of Nurish.Me combines the best evidenced-based nutrition and dietary supplement results from clinical trials in humans with an ethical approach to business practice. Nurish.Me formulations utilizes advances in biotechnology on the nanoscale for improved bioavailability.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How David got invited by Richard Branson to travel to space...7:35

-Harvesting minerals on the moon and planets to enhance our life here...13:45

-The tragic personal story that put David on the trajectory to his current endeavors...19:05

-How David discovered a miracle cure for pain in curcumin...31:30

-The difference between the curcumin David's company produces vs. other forms of curcumin...41:05

-How Nurish curcumin affected Ben's pain in his shoulder...51:20

-Curcumin a sledgehammer on human ailments...59:45

-Rice bran and other products that boost the brain...1:07:00

-Ingredients or superfoods David has discovered recently...1:17:00

-How to try Nurish risk-free...1:23:35

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Kion

-JOOVV

-Water and Wellness

-Organifi Red Juice

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for David Perez or me? Leave your comments at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/perez and one of us will reply!

Apr 10, 2021
Q&A 426: Does Being Overweight Help You Live Longer? The Dark Side Of Fasting, The Latest On Caffeine & Exercise Performance, Ben's Pre-Workout Formula & Much More!
01:25:28

 

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-The Boundless Cookbook: Optimize your physical and mental performance with nutritious and delicious Greenfield family recipes. This is your roadmap to a culinary journey that includes ancient food and wild game preparation tactics, biohacked smoothies, meat rubs, cocktails, desserts, and beyond—without any restrictive diet, limited ingredients, or tasteless “health foods”! Pre-order yours today here! Check out Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day, and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support!


This podcast is brought to you by:

-Kion

-Organifi Gold

-Vuori

-Paleovalley Organ Complex


Listener Q&A:

Boosting nitric oxide...51:53

Neil asks: What are your go-to methods for boosting nitric oxide, and how do you increase blood flow before and during your workout?

Should you work out your legs every day?...1:01:00

Joey asks: Can you work out your legs every day like other parts of your body, like your abs?

When does fasting become unhealthy?...1:06:30

Ariam from Amsterdam asks: Are there benefits for fasting more than 72 hours, and is there a maximum amount of time before it begins to be unhealthy?

How much Carnivore Diet is too much?...1:12:30

Anna asks: I recently tried a 28-day Carnivore Diet challenge, and really struggled with it. I just couldn't handle the diet with some preexisting conditions with celiac and whatnot. I ended up losing 17 pounds before I finally had to stop. Did I do something wrong? Is there a better time frame I could go with the Carnivore Diet?

Apr 08, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 7 - Be A Man
23:00

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/resources.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Apr 04, 2021
A New, Drug-Free Biohack To Finely Tune Your Emotions, Sleep, Relaxation, Energy, Focus, Calm & More: The Hapbee With Scott Donnell.
56:36
Apr 03, 2021
Reprogramming Your Brain To Deal With Trauma, Getting Rid Of Cell Danger Response, Why Drugs Don't Work, "Emotional Concussions" & Much More With Dr. Don Wood.
01:21:48

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/donwood

Dr. Don Wood is a guy I've been hearing about for years from multiple trusted friends of mine in the self-improvement and self-mastery realms, and I finally decided to connect with him and his work more deeply by hosting him at my house in Spokane, Washington to showcase the special flavor of therapy that he does - by working with both me and my family for a four hour session, followed by the podcast you can hear in this episode.

Don is the Founder of the Inspired Performance Institute and developed something called "TIPP™", which is a cutting edge approach to high performance using advancements in neuroscience. After years of research, Dr. Wood coined the term “emotional concussions ™” which simply means events and experiences in your life may have had a profound effect on your current behaviors and habits, he refers to these events and experiences as “atmospheric conditions ™” If you experience PTSD-like symptoms, health issues related to an overactive sympathetic nervous system, or impediments in your progress towards everything from business success to relationship issues to athletic performance, Don says nothing is wrong with you, and you might simply just need a reboot. Don's work is based on the idea that events and experiences throughout our lifetime continue to play a role in how we experience life in the present. He has also realized that there was a better way of treating these type of issues.

He says… …“Teaching people to live with, manage and cope with the daily stress doesn’t fix the problem. The solution comes from understanding it’s source and providing a long-term permanent solution”. Since 2015, Don's Inspired Performance Institute has worked to create innovative strategies to help people heal from the limiting effects of trauma, so they can feel and perform at their best.

The result has been the development of a revolutionary approach to performance improvement referred to as TIPP (The Inspired Performance Program). TIPP is based on the idea that our minds have developed some glitches and error messages in the ways they store information about events from our past. And apparently, we all have these glitches! Even high-functioning individuals, like executives and professional athletes, have so-called glitches from their pasts, and once “reprocessed”, their performance improves to a whole new level.

Once the mind is updated and refreshed using the Inspired Performance Institute’s NEURO technique, a part of TIPP, individuals are able to remain present, calm and focused, and their performance naturally improves. After we reset the mind with TIPP, we restore the body with our NOWW program. A chronically dysregulated and imbalanced nervous system can lead to anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic attacks, addictions, or even chronic illnesses such as auto-immune disorders, thyroid problems, cardiac and gastrointestinal diseases, and even, cancer. TIPP, TIPP KIDS, and the NOWW program are designed to help reset the mind and restore the body to optimal states of health, performance, and wellness.

Don actually separates trauma into two camps. Most of us think of trauma as a clearly defined, often injury-inducing event like a car accident or a mugging. He calls this big ‘T’ trauma. The second type of trauma he calls emotional concussion. These are experiences that affected us psychologically but may be more loosely defined or harder to pinpoint. Don says that a very large percentage of the population is dealing with unprocessed trauma when you consider these two types of trauma. Unresolved trauma or disturbing events and experiences from your past may be interfering with your ability to function at your highest level.

These experiences may limit our ability to regulate your mood, focus, or connect with others in a healthy, loving and safe way. When we experience a traumatic event, our body has a physical response to that trauma. Trauma triggers that fight or flight (aka active state) response. This creates inflammation in the body as a way of pausing the immune system so that the body can use all resources to respond to the trauma. When we are no longer in danger, the body allows everything to return to normal. What a lot of people don’t realize is that when we have unprocessed trauma, we think about it.

And, when we think about it, we relive it which results in the same fight or flight response. We have the physical response to the trauma just by thinking about it! If we are doing this constantly, the immune system can’t function properly, which overtime results in autoimmune issues. Often we dismiss the idea that trauma is the cause of an issue because we may not recognize the experience as trauma. Don uses a great analogy in this episode that points to the high-definition memories we have of traumatic times in our past vs the muted memory we have of a non-threatening event (like the dinner we had last night).

These high-definition memories can be very powerful and can trigger a physical response. The first step in identifying them as triggers sit to recognize the level of the memory and the physical response it brings. In Don's program, they actually monitor the brainwave state to determine the response to memories. Recognizing the physical response to memories of past trauma is not enough, the brain needs to be reconditioned as to how it responds to that memory. This is what Don does with TIPP. This program gets the mind to reset that high-definition memory into the same format as a day-to-day memory. By doing this, the body no longer sees that memory as a threat and it no longer triggers the fight or flight response. The brain is no longer sending an error message.

He points out that far too often we treat the symptoms caused by these trauma responses. For example, treating anxiety, depression, or inflammation that will never be resolved if the trigger memory is not reset. Many people block bad experiences or they dismiss them as not being traumatic. This may lead them to believe that these experiences can’t be the cause because they don’t have these vivid memories Don is talking about. However, these memories may still be operating on a subconscious level and can still put the body into an active response state. 

This happens because our minds receive too much information for us to actively process. So, the mind does something academics refer to as ‘time slicing’. This is when the mind takes in information and slices off some to be stored in the subconscious where it can be processed or accessed later. Then, when we encounter something similar, the mind goes searching for reference and the stored memory, resurrecting the memory in full color. This can trigger an active state response. For many people, the idea of unearthing or talking about their traumatic memories feels traumatic in itself. Don says that his patients don’t need to actually discuss the experience or share the memory. This type of work can be done without having to revisit the event consciously!

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Don began his work...12:38

-Techniques used to manage rather than fix stress...17:05

-Trauma isn't always experienced on a battlefield...29:50

-How to reprogram the brain...36:38

-Not just accepting, but laughing at the problem...39:43

-How River and Terran may process trauma in the future after a session with Don...45:17

-The success rate with Don's TIPP program...49:45

-Whether this work could be approached from a functional medicine angle...51:55

-How a Special Forces soldier overcame trauma thanks to Don's practice...55:30

-Studies to see what happens at a neurotransmitter level...1:00:00

-Anchors used to recall trauma...1:02:30

-Whether the effects can be felt via Skype or Zoom...1:17:45

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

Kion Omega

Organifi Red Juice

Thrive Market

Water and Wellness

Apr 01, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 6 - The Hidden Epidemic
40:53

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/resources.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Mar 28, 2021
How I Practice The Spiritual Disciplines, Practical Ways To Build Your Spiritual Muscles, Listener Q&A On God, Religion, Reincarnation, Masturbation & Much More.
01:34:20

bengreenfieldfitness.com/spiritualpodcast

I am asked quite often about how I practically weave into my own life so many of the spiritual disciplines and spiritual fitness principles that I discuss in my book Fit Soul, my Spiritual Disciplines Journal and my weekly Sabbath Ramblings posts

So in this special "solosode" podcast, I describe to you in detail how I practice and practically implement four key spiritual disciplines habits on a daily basis, specifically service, gratitude, purpose and self-examination, and I then turn to listener questions about spirituality, religion, God, reincarnation, my favorite spiritual books and resources and much more, and also include my entire Chapter 10 of my book Fit Soul for your listening pleasure.

In this special solosode, you'll hear:

-Chapter 10 of Fit Soul...7:15

-What to do when your job is crushing your soul...44:25

-What if I can't wrap my head around believing in God or religion?...49:08

-What happens when we die?...56:50

-Is it okay to masturbate?...1:07:15

-What pastors and authors does Ben like to listen to and read...1:12:15

-How to forgive one's self for major sins of the past...1:17:10

-Ben's daily spiritual practices...1:21:45

-And much more!


Resources mentioned in this episode:

-Spiritual Disciplines Journal

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Clean Energy Bars

-JOOVV

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Kin Euphorics

Got a question or comment for me about today's episode? Just leave a comment below and I'll reply!

Mar 27, 2021
Q&A 425: The Official Clubhouse LIVE Podcast - The Link Between Sleep, Light & Temperature, Creatine & Bulking, Natural Ways To Increase Nitric Oxide, Do You Need Eye Protection For Light Therapy & More!
01:17:56

 

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…16:50

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Special Announcements...

-The Boundless Cookbook: Optimize your physical and mental performance with nutritious and delicious Greenfield family recipes. This is your roadmap to a culinary journey that includes ancient food and wild game preparation tactics, biohacked smoothies, meat rubs, cocktails, desserts, and beyond—without any restrictive diet, limited ingredients, or tasteless “health foods!” Pre-order yours today here! Check out Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day, and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support!


This podcast is brought to you by:

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Listener Q&A:

Will Creatine Make Women (or Men) Bulk Up?...51:22

Arturez asks: You mentioned 5 g creatine consumption, and my wife is concerned it will bulk her up when she doesn't want to bulk up.

In my response, I recommend:

Ways to Increase Nitric Oxide Naturally in Your Body...57:30

Protection When Using a Red-Light Therapy Device?...1:08:05

A functional medicine health coach from western MA asks: 

Mar 25, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 5 - Make Every Moment Count?
13:52

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/resources.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Mar 21, 2021
Is "Drinkable" Seawater The Future Of Health Tonics?, How "Quinton" Works, Isotonic vs. Hypertonic & Much More With Water Researcher Robert Slovak.
01:19:22

bengreenfieldfitness.com/quinton

Robert Slovak is my go-to "guru" for all things water.

He first joined me in the podcast "Water & Water Filtration: Everything You Need To Know About Water Filters, Alkaline Water, Structured Water, Hydrogen-Rich Water, Deuterium Depleted Water & Much More!"

...and then also in the podcast "Everything You Need To Know About How To Use Hydrogen Water: Timing, Dosing, Delivery Mechanisms, Hydrogen Tablets, Hydrogen Water Machines, Hydrogen Inhalers & Much More!"

...and now Robert is back for a three-peat to talk all things minerals, Quinton, advanced hydration methods, and beyond! Robert is a degreed mechanical, aeronautical, astronautical engineer best known for co-founding Water Factory Systems in the early 1970s.

He and his brother were among the early developers of reverse osmosis (RO) technology and its many applications. Their successful innovations encompassed home and office RO drinking water systems, bottled water production, laboratory purification, hemodialysis, seawater desalination, microchip production, bottled water production, water vending, spot-free vehicle washing, and scores more.

As a result of the rapid growth of RO applications, Robert’s ongoing seminars, and a best-selling industry book on the subject of point of use (POU) RO, he became a well-known figure in the water industry.

Robert officially retired from the US water industry in 1996 and went on to bring his knowledge and experience to Brazil, Asia, and other international markets. He put together a team and published Agua Latino America to establish a legitimate water equipment and education infrastructure in Brazil and South America. His “students” continue to play a major role in Brazil’s water industry.

In 2004, while in a remote location of Brazil, Robert became seriously ill and was introduced to an obscure 1897 medical discovery known as Original Quinton Marine Plasma (named after the famous revolutionary biologist René Quinton). Robert attributes his "jungle" survival to Quinton's remarkable healing properties. This ocean-harvested nutraceutical contains the entire Periodic Table of organo-complexed minerals and trace elements as well as essential and rare micronutrients and has been continuously produced for more than a century.

Having been an avid student of health and nutrition science for decades, Robert recognized the remarkable history and efficacy of Quinton Marine Plasma in supporting a wide range of the most difficult health conditions and has distributed it to leading-edge clinics and health practitioners around the world since 2008.

For the past nine years, Robert’s focus has been on bringing a new nutraceutical breakthrough called “Molecular Hydrogen” (H2) to medical professionals and health-minded consumers. This “smallest molecule in the Universe” has been overlooked for its remarkable health benefits until now. With more than 800 worldwide health studies on the subject, physicians, researchers, and clinicians have been proclaiming H2 as the most unique and versatile antioxidant and signaling molecule.

In 2010, Robert co-developed a practical way for everyone to benefit from this discovery by creating the first reactive hydrogen tablet that infuses water with a supersaturated concentration of H2 gas. This proven nutraceutical is now in its 9th year of distribution in both professional medical and consumer markets.

In 2011, Robert became a founding investor in the Quicksilver Scientific Corp., which was developing a groundbreaking new technology to deliver nutrients and nutraceuticals to the cells: nano-encapsulated liposomes. In just a few years, Quicksilver Scientific established its scientific dominance in this growing field and is currently expanding its product scope and global distribution.

Recently, several of the key formulas offered by Quicksilver Scientific have become a cornerstone in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. While attending medical and wellness conferences throughout North America, Robert recognized the persistent minefield of water-related misinformation encountered by doctors, patients, and consumers alike—that’s after spending nearly 50 years in the water technology industry. This unsettling experience soon turned into the motivation to do something about it and Water And Wellness was established in 2017.

A team with more than 150 years of combined experience was assembled to create a product line of advanced POU and point of entry (POE) water treatment systems for health- and wellness-minded consumers. In addition, a line of synergistic water additives was formulated for the consumer market including Quinton and QuintEssential minerals & trace elements, Active pH Restore alkalizing mineral powder, Active H2 ULTRA molecular H2 tablets, and Active Ribose C high-bioavailability vitamin C.

Recently, Robert’s 20-year interest in Deuterium Depleted Water (DDW) took a new direction forward. With the revival of Soviet-era research from the 1960s and recent announcements explaining the profound health benefits of DDW, Robert and his associate acted quickly in creating a new company, Litewater Scientific.

Their strategy is to offer a more advanced and affordable brand of DDW for consumers and health practitioners. The Litewater brand of DDW is now available here in 1/2-liter (5 ppm) and 2-liter (10 ppm) bottles throughout North America. Robert continues to be a very active figure in the rapidly expanding role of water in the wellness and anti-aging community, making appearances and presentations worldwide.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Why hydrogen has been the biggest surprise of Robert's career...8:15

-How Chromium is used to stabilize blood sugar...13:45

-How Robert discovered the magic of Quinton minerals...18:10

-How Quinton is harvested...25:45

-Where in the ocean Quinton originates from...34:20

-Early proof of the efficacy of Quinton minerals...37:40

-How Quinton upset the pharmaceutical industry...43:00

-The effects of Quinton injected via muscle...46:50

-Benefits of consuming seawater in moderation...52:55

-The difference between isotonic and hypertonic Quinton...56:30

-Hacking the absorbability of Quinton with light, water vortices, etc....1:06:30

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-Spiritual Disciplines Journal

-Kion Creatine

-Paleovalley Beef Sticks-Ra Optics

-Vuori

Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Robert Slovak or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Mar 20, 2021
Ducks Vs. Chickens, Yaks Vs. Cows, Eating Locusts, Unique Permaculture Practices, Bible-Based Eating & More With Jordan Rubin.
01:11:50

bengreenfieldfitness.com/jordanrubin

A few months ago, I was having dinner with my friend Jordan Rubin and - between bits of my friend Andy Neale's MCT-infused-coconut milk-collagen-superfood ice cream - Jordan fascinated me with stories of the crazy animals and superfoods he now grows on his farm, all in a sustainable and regenerative way that could feed a lot of people with very low acreage requirement. So I just knew I had to get Jordan on the podcast to talk about his farm and his techniques.

After growing up in a health-focused household, Rubin attended Florida State University. But at age 19, a life-threatening case of Crohn’s disease struck. After losing 80 pounds, Rubin was just 104 pounds and ravaged by inflammation. (His doctors didn’t expect him to live much longer.) With conventional medicine utterly failing him, he turned to nutritional-based healing and began specifically studying Biblical references to nutritional health and lifestyle.

Making Bible-based diet adjustments, unlocking the power of fermented food and utilizing probiotic supplementation teeming with soil-based organisms, Rubin turned his health around and healed himself of Crohn’s disease in weeks. Fast forward years later to 1999, and he and his wife, Nicki, founded Garden of Life.

The company quickly grew into an award-winning, retail powerhouse nutrition company. Jordan is now one of America’s most-recognized and respected natural health experts, and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Maker’s Diet, and 26 additional titles, including his latest work, Essential Fasting. An eco-entrepreneur, author and lecturer on health and nutrition, Jordan has shared a message of health and hope across the globe for the last 22 years.

Jordan is the founder of Garden of Life, the leading whole food nutritional supplement company, and Beyond Organic, a vertically integrated organic food, beverage and dietary supplement manufacturer. Jordan has formulated hundreds of dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages including many #1 top sellers in the Healthy Foods channel.

In 2016, along with co-founder Dr. Josh Axe, Jordan launched Ancient Nutrition, a company that brings the principals of Ancient Nutrition to the Modern World. Jordan is the founder of Heal the Planet Farm, a regenerative permaculture retreat located in Missouri’s Ozark mountains within the four-thousand-acre Beyond Organic Ranch. Jordan and his beautiful wife Nicki are the parents of six wonderful children.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Jordan prefers to eat yak and water buffalo over cow...9:30

-Key differences in water buffalo milk from cow milk...15:00

-Why duck eggs over chicken eggs...21:00

-How these types of foods can be available to the masses...26:10

-Fun facts on raising ducks...31:30

-Pros and cons of camel milk...36:45

-Superfoods Jordan is raising on his farm in Tennessee...39:00

-Mixed species combined with rotational grazing...45:55

-Jordan's personal nutrition philosophy...55:25

-How perspectives on food consumption change with various epochs of time...1:01:30

-Resources for following what Jordan is up to...1:03:10

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Kion Flex

-JOOVV

-Thrive Market

-Lucy Nicotine Gum

bengreenfieldfitness.com/jordanrubin

Mar 18, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 4 - Time & Trust
23:44

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/chapter4.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Mar 14, 2021
Light As Medicine, Metabolic Typing, COVID Controversies, Polar Bear Fitness, Healing Yourself With Laughter & More With Dr. Leland Stillman.
01:25:34

Dr. Leland Stillman is one interesting doctor and a man after my own heart - meaning he's interested in everything from how polar bears use cold thermogenesis and hibernation to enhance longevity to how your environment drastically shapes your health no matter how hard you exercise or how perfect you eat.

He became interested in natural and integrative medicine at an early age. After majoring in environmental health at Connecticut College and earning his medical doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Stillman completed his training in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center.

Board-certified in internal medicine and specializing in integrative medicine, he has a passion for doing whatever it takes to discover the root cause of his patients' medical problems through advanced laboratory testing and then addressing those imbalances with dietary or lifestyle interventions.

Dr. Stillman focuses not only on the patient but on all aspects of the environment they live in. Some of Dr. Stillman's professional interests include phototherapy (photobiomodulation), nutrition, toxicology, and the immune system. In this podcast, we talk light, EMF, air, water, sound, metabolic typing, COVID vaccines, and a whole lot more!

During this discussion, you'll also discover:

-Leland's family history...6:30

-Why Leland is not planning on getting vaccinated for COVID...10:30

-How to mitigate the effects of, and how to avoid contracting, COVID...16:35

-How to optimize light for your own biology...23:10

-How to use melatonin as a "circadian reset"...35:15

-How to determine the proper lighting for your home...39:50

  • First determine your goal
  • Red lamp during the night when waking up in the night
  • HugoAi lamps
  • Dimmable lights tend to produce higher amounts of EMF
  • Dirty EMF filter
  • Turn off dimmers during sleep

-The Polar Bear program for optimizing health...43:50

  • Dr. Jack Kruse: "Eat like a shark, live like a polar bear"
  • Humans in high artificial light eat lots of food, gain weight, don't sleep well, etc.
  • Polar bears have many of the same metabolic abnormalities as humans with the poor diets
  • Adaptations that allow them to survive the winter
  • Leland had many of these symptoms
  • Repleted levels of nutrients and health improved dramatically
  • Balance Protocol by Dr. Anthony Beck

-Breathwork protocols Leland uses...50:50

-What kind of dietary approach Leland utilizes for himself and his patients...57:00

-Light shapes life: How the human body creates light within itself...1:09:00

-The two elements of health Leland views as non-negotiable...1:16:55

  • Mindset and psychology
  • Those around us sabotage our efforts to get well because of toxic negativity
  • The best results are those patients with the most hope, faith, most positive mindset
  • Placebo effect is a thing
  • Anatomy of An Illness by Norman Cousins
  • Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

-And much more!

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- Dr. Leland Stillman:

- Podcasts And Articles:

- Books:

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- Other Resources:

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Mar 13, 2021
Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body: 5 Steps to Calm Anxiety, Sleep Better, and Reduce Inflammation to Regain Control of Your Health.
01:14:34

I thought I knew everything there was to know about essential oils. I've been using them ever since my father, Gary Greenfield, introduced me to the incredibly powerful oil of oregano nearly 18 years ago. I quickly adopted oil of oregano as part of my health regimen—using it for everything from supporting my immune system to balancing my gut microbiome to cleaning my teeth.  I've also done tons of podcasts about essential oils, including:

I am constantly diffusing essential oils in my bedroom and office; sniff oils like peppermint, rosemary, and cinnamon pre-workout; rub oils into the feet of my children before they go to bed at night; and basically check every box of being a full-on, card-carrying essential oil hippie.

But, after recently reading the book Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body: 5 Steps to Calm Anxiety, Sleep Better, and Reduce Inflammation to Regain Control of Your Health by my friend Jodi Cohen, I wound up learning a host of new information and uses for essential oils I had previously been unfamiliar with. So naturally, I just had to get Jodi on my podcast.

Jodi is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, functional practitioner, and founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, where she has combined her training in nutritional therapy and aromatherapy to create unique proprietary blends of organic and wild-crafted essential oils. She has helped over 70,000 clients heal from brain-related challenges, including anxiety, insomnia, and autoimmunity.

Her website, vibrantblueoils.com, is visited by over 500,000 natural health seekers every year, and she has rapidly become a top resource for essential oils education on the Internet today. Jodi believes that just as your cell phone or laptop slows down and drains the battery when too many tabs are left open, your brain fatigues when poorly functioning systems or ailments drain its energy.

Complaints of brain fog, fatigue, and ADD/ADHD are on the rise and growing every year. All of these factors can block your brain's ability to detoxify and heal. If toxins are not eliminated, they recirculate in the brain, leading to inflammation, which further compromises your brain. What's more, formal diagnoses of brain-related health challenges like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS are increasing exponentially.

Here's her good news: Plant-based essential oils are a powerful self-care tool for transforming your life and healing on many levels, even when prescription drugs have failed. In Jodi Cohen’s five-step protocol outlined in her book, the body's natural systems are jump-started with essential oil recipe blends that can:

  • Alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improve sleep
  • Calm pain and inflammation
  • Increase energy, sharpen focus, and improve memory
  • Improve digestion and promote weight loss
  • Strengthen the immune system

Armed with Cohen’s five steps in her book, and this podcast, you’ll be able to start your own essential oils regimen immediately and be on your way to a healthier body and brain.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-The Vibrant Blue Oils blend Jodi used during the interview that improves body circulation...09:05

-Stressful experiences that led to Jodi getting interested in essential oils...13:10

  • Jodi's daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her son was diagnosed with depression
  • Collapsed emotionally after her son was under proper care
  • Ingesting what she thought was the proper nutrition (trained as a nutritionist)
  • A friend gave her a gift of essential oils; said her gut was damaged to not ingest the nutrition she was taking in
  • Muscle testing technique to narrow into the most effective remedy
  • Suffering from insomnia
  • Pineal gland doesn't secrete melatonin when cortisol is released in excess
  • Researched essential oils and realized two things
    1. Very little was researched on how essential oils balance physiology
    2. Existing research was too complicated
  • Oils can be used for preventative medicine

-How topical administration of essential oils affects the vagus nerve and the organ system...21:06

  • Clinical practice inconsistent with the research
  • Topical application does not have a systemic benefit
    • Behind the ears for vagal nerve stimulation
    • Above the kidneys on the lower back for the adrenals
  • Clinical practice was inconsistent with what the research said
  • Research on topical application says it is not very effective
    • Applying topical application on a sore knee after a workout has an almost immediate effect but a topical application on the knee does not relieve soreness on your neck
  • Kevin Tracey, surgically implementing devices behind the ear to activate vagus nerve
  • FDA has approved this for epilepsy, migraines, and such
  • Stimulatory oils to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (experiment with blends)
  • Acupuncture and oils alleviate stagnation and congestion with the energy
  • Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

-What phenylpropanoids are...27:01

  • Plant constituents involved in flavonoid synthesis
  • Terry Wahls wrote foreword to Jodi's book
  • Advocates plant diversity and essential oils
  • Good for the digestive process, act as prebiotics
  • Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart
  • Breast cancer treatments target hormone receptors and prevent cancer cells from metastasizing
  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals
  • Essential oils are fat-soluble, can access the cell and clean cell receptors

-Application points on the body that can elicit a certain response with essential oils...30:30

  • Reflex points are on the bottom of the feet and ears
  • Big toe correlated with the brain
  • Err on the side of caution with a carrier oil
  • Parasympathetic blend has clove and lime for the vagus nerve; use as an acupuncture needle
  • Only pressed citrus blends may have potential for harm to the skin in the sun (distilled isn't as harmful)
  • Vagus nerve infection hypothesis
  • Mouth is a hotbed for most infections
  • The jaw drains near the earlobe where it intersects with the vagus nerve
  • Dr. Christine Schaffer of Immanence Health in Seattle
  • Topically applying oils on the neck has many benefits
  • Lymph is like a one-way street

-The best carrier oils for different situations...41:18

  • Different oils work differently as carrier oils
  • Fractionated coconut oils for the vagus nerve
  • Jojoba oil for slower, yoga-type effect
  • Most essential oil research looks at blends, not single oils

-How essential oils can be used to stimulate pineal gland function...43:18

  • Circadian Rhythm blend, with rose geranium, grapefruit, melaleuca, myrtle, lavender, myrrh, balsam of Peru, with fractionated coconut oil as carrier
  • Pineal gland releases melatonin in response to darkness
    • Melatonin is great for detoxifying
  • Blood-brain barrier doesn't protect the pineal gland; blood flow is very high in that area
  • Glyphosate, aluminum, and fluoride from the water hits the pineal gland harder than other parts of the brain (impedes ability to release melatonin)
  • Most remedies can't get into the brain due to the blood-brain barrier
  • They remove calcification, congestion
  • Remove chelation in the brain area
  • Skin above the ears is very thin, ideal place to apply oils
  • Things imbalanced in most people (as discussed in the book):
    • Stuck in the parasympathetic fight or flight state of the nervous system so they can't heal
    • Lack of sleep; sleep is when the brain detoxifies; the brain cleans house during sleep
    • Energy
    • Immune modulation
  • People report better recall of dreams and even erotic dreams using the Circadian Rhythm blend

-Using essential oils as anesthetics...49:13

  • Essential oils improve blood and lymph flow, relieve inflammation
  • Peppermint is efficacious for pain relief
  • Parasympathetic blend, with clove and lime, calms pain signals
  • Smelling as a general anesthetic - takes priority over all your senses
  • Nose cells are actually brain cells; calms your nervous system that way
  • Topically apply peppermint, basil, lavender, and frankincense for immediate relief

-How cinnamon oil is used for blood sugar regulation...51:51

-The 5 keys to health Jodi systematizes in her book...56:15

  1. Shifting the nervous system into parasympathetic
  2. Improving sleep and detoxifying the brain
  3. Fueling the brain with energy; lymphatic flow
  4. Reducing stress, improving mood, weight loss, and increasing energy
  5. Modulating the immune system
  • Inhale through the left nostril as an antidote to anxiety attacks
  • The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd
  • Apply on the forehead for hypothalamus to "reboot to factory settings"
    • The adrenals and the thyroid are controlled by the hypothalamus
    • The hypothalamus is the "CEO of the endocrine system"
  • Brain inflammation is responsible for fatigue, memory loss, pain
  • Immune cells in the brain are different from immune cells in the body
  • Frankincense can turn off inflammatory cascade in the brain (similar to CBD)
  • The most efficient way to apply oils is at the base of the brain

-A day in the life of an essential oils expert...1:04:19

-Compelling research Jodi has discovered since writing her book...1:09:08

-And much more!


Resources from this episode:

- Jodi Cohen:

- Podcasts:

- Books:

- Other resources:

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Mar 11, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 3 - Don't Let Old Friends Die
13:59

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/chapter3.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Mar 07, 2021
Drinking Water Doesn’t Work, Your Body Is A Giant Cell Phone, The Human Battery, Structured Water, Water Filtration, Grounding, Light & More With Tracy Duhs.
01:22:10

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Meet Tracy Duhs. I've been a guest on Tracy's podcast in the past. You can listen to that episode here T

racy, like me, was homeschooled K-12, so she's a bit...well...weird, like me. Like me, she also believes that optimal health is a fundamental right for all humanity, not just a privilege for a select few. Helping people activate their vitality and feel alive has been Tracy’s life long mission.

Growing up in a missionary home cultivated her profound sense of compassion and her desire to educate on the simple foundations needed to look and feel our best.

Also like me, by the time she was 15, Tracy had already begun her undergraduate education in medicine. At 16, Tracy shadowed a missionary doctor working in an indigenous village in Guatemala, where she gained hands-on surgical and medical training. The time she spent there opened her eyes and enlarged her heart, to the need for wholistic wellness education and foundations.

After her experience in Guatemala, Tracy decided to forgo a traditional allopathic medical career in favor of one that focused on regenerative care and education. When Tracy became a mother, her professional  path took a personal turn.

Her first child, Grace, was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroid and alopecia universalis at the age of two. Emboldened by her daughter’s struggle, Tracy began her journey into into hydration education by pursuing a PhD in the field of biogenetics as well as shadowing doctors from all around the globe to learn their different approaches to disease.

It was through these experiences that Tracy became passionate about hydration as she learned the power hydration has to transform overall health and wellness in all people.

Today, Tracy works as a modern wellness advocate specializing in the restorative powers of intelligent hydration. She has parlayed her wealth of experience and knowledge into a multi-dimensional career in wellness advocacy and education, starting with her podcast, HYDRATE.

Tracy frequently consults large corporations and hotels to help build and facilitate wellness experiences. She also serves as the Director of the International Brain Summit.

Tracy is the founder the Sanctuary Wellness Experience in San Diego and co-founder of Hydrate at the Sanctuary.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-About the elixir Tracy gave Ben for the recording...3:45

-Tracy's journey to becoming an influencer in health and hydration...11:00

  • Sanctuary Wellness Center - Tracy's crib in San Diego
  • Why Water, Sunlight, Grounding & Relationships Are The Keys To Your Health & How To Feed, Clean & Protect Your Body Forever: An Interview With Ben Greenfield’s Father Gary Greenfield
  • Tracy grew up in Salinas, CA
  • Her mom's chronic illness inspired compassion and a desire to learn about human physiology
  • First pregnancy at age 24 she was always craving water
  • She had to do an emergency caesarian due to a dry sac - baby could have died if she didn't
  • The water she was drinking could not effectively hydrate - it was simply passing through her system
  • Excelled in science in school and college
  • Traveled to Guatamela with her missionary father to work in medical missions
  • Considered medical school but didn't connect with the reality of being a MD
  • Moved to San Diego at age 17 with her parents and switched to a business focus in college
  • Paid for school by modeling, took an interest in the wellness of fellow models
  • She eventually began a modeling agency that taught health and wellness to models to help their careers

-How Tracy took an interest in the lymphatic system...27:13

  • Her daughter suffered from autoimmune deficiency
  • Lymphatic cleanse was the missing component that resulted in Tracy's daughter's issue
  • Dr. Perry Nickelston, lymphatic system expert
  • Went back to school to learn more about her daughter's problem
  • Blood, bioenergetic testing to gauge detox
  • Electro Acupuncture (EAV) device that measures cell's vibratory frequency
  • German and Chinese meridian points

-How detoxing is undervalued in the health community...41:10

-How Tracy changed her approach to hydration which led to better health...46:30

  • Was doing reverse osmosis (chemically clean, but no minerals, dead water)
  • A medicine woman gave her nettle horse tail hibiscus tea; the life slowly came back to her body
  • Realized the issue was a lack of minerals in the water she was drinking
  • Dr. Thomas Cowan's writings on water
  • H3O2 - Dr. Gerald Pollack
  • Structured water
  • Photobiomodulation (Joovv)
  • First and last 15 minutes of sunlight are packed with essential nutrition
  • Grounding, magnetism from the Earth allow cells to maintain their charge
  • Non-native EMF's harm cells, depolarization
  • Cancer cells are depolarized cells
  • Unplug wifi to shift body into parasympathetic state
  • Tracy has 800 pounds of magnets under her bed
  • The cells in our body hold more information than our cell phones

-What makes Tracy so excited about hydration...58:30

  • We're made of 98.9% water molecules
  • Water is the source receiver of all information we come into contact with
  • Studying physics and quantum mechanics caused everything to come together intellectually, spiritually, emotionally
  • Realized the thoughts she was thinking affected how the cells in her body charged or were not charged
  • Positive thoughts, belief in a higher power, healthy family life circumventing less than ideal health habits

-When and why Tracy began drinking deuterium-depleted water (DDW)...1:04:15

-How dehydration is causing major health issues in modern society...1:13:45

-How to quench the thirst that no amount of earthly water will appease...1:16:30

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

- Tracy Duhs:

- Podcasts:

- Books:

- Gear and supplements:

- Other resources:

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Mar 06, 2021
A Rock-Climbing Navy SEAL Talks Ibogaine, Meditation Tactics, Parenting, Purpose & More: The Nick Norris Podcast.
01:25:22

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No trip to San Diego would be complete without interviewing at least one Navy SEAL, which is exactly what I got up to on a recent trip to San Diego.

Nick Norris (@nick_norris1981) is a graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 247. Upon completion of SEAL training in 2004, Nick assumed progressively higher positions of leadership within Naval Special Warfare. His deployed roles included combat advisor to Iraqi and Afghan military units, Cross Functional Team Leader, and Ground Force Commander during combat operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
Nick was most recently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command — SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) as Officer in Charge prior to transitioning off Active Duty. Originally from Chicago, Nick received his Bachelor in Science from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 and his Masters of Science in Real Estate from The University of San Diego in 2013. He is the Executive Director of the C4 Foundation, which provides support and resources through science-based programs to active duty Navy SEALs and their families and is a Board Member of Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, a non profit focused on ending the veteran suicide epidemic via resources, research, and advocacy related to psychedelic assisted therapy.
 
Nick is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Protekt Products, a wellness company that is committed to positively impacting customer health via both personal care products and nutritional supplements. Both Protekt and the C4 Foundation value the power of time spent in the outdoors and the positive impact it has on overall well-being.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Nick's history with the Navy SEALs...7:15

-Developing a mindset to overcome uncertainty and the unknown...11:00

-The most important quality of a SEAL leader in Nick's view...14:37

-Ibogaine used as treatment for PTSD...21:45

-How Nick has treated neural inflammation and PTSD...27:15

  • Nick struggled with shame associated with PTSD (was reluctant to open up on Ferriss' podcast)
  • SEALs are great at "compartmentalizing"; great for their job, not so much in civilian life
  • Felt "flat" after leaving the SEALs
  • Initially approached it from an endocrine standpoint
  • Docs labeled it as a clinical depression
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Eventually led to Ibogaine on the recommendation (and social proof) of fellow SEALs
  • Approach Ibogaine with much caution
  • Hot/cold contrast therapy
  • Morozko Forge (use code BENFORGE to save $150)

-Dealing with unhealthy habits Nick took from the military to civilian life...43:30

  • Compartmentalization
  • Fear of judgment; you're either "in" or "out" as a SEAL
  • Overcoming "messiah" complex
  • Relate love for our children with the love God has for us
  • Unconditional love from a greater power

-Nick's approach to sleep in and out of the military...49:50

-Nick's fitness regimen post-military...56:00

  • Bouldering keeps him outdoors
  • Ambulating under load (walking for extended period of time with weight)

-Why drinking water is not the best way to hydrate...1:00:30

  • Protekt Products
  • "Keep it simple" is the mantra for the brand
  • Book on hydration - Quench by Dana Cohen (drinking water is inefficient for hydrating)
  • Consume foods that are naturally plenteous in water (not dehydrated variants)
  • What's in the water and water content of the food you eat is the most important factor
  • Exercise and a good meal in the afternoon and evening often contradict conventional wisdom

-Why Nick feels like he's living on borrowed time...1:09:00

  • Nearly drowned while cliff jumping on the Big Island of Hawai'i
  • Belief in eternal life as a panacea to FOMO
  • Heaven by Randy Alcorn

-Life advice Nick shares with his children...1:14:00

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

- Nick Norris:

- Podcasts and articles:

- Books:

- Other resources:

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Mar 04, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 2 - The Breast Plate of Presence
08:35

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/chapter2.

So I hope you enjoy this chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Feb 28, 2021
How To Turn A Glass Of Water Into A Pharmaceutical, Supplement, Remedy & "Information Carrier" Using The Science Of Infopathy.
57:45

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I've talked in the past about the use of inaudible sound waves to elicit specific brain wave and neurotransmitter responses, specifically with a device called the "Apollo," which I discuss in this podcast.

I've also been exploring the use of magnetic waves to elicit certain neurotransmitter responses, via a device called a "Hapbee," which can simulate chemicals such as caffeine, nicotine, melatonin, MDMA, etc. to elicit a physiological response without the actual intake of supplements, pharmaceuticals, or any other compounds or medicines. I'll be doing a podcast on this device soon.

And finally, I've now been experimenting with a so-called "Infopathy" device (use code BENG10 for 10% off any of their devices), which "imprints" water, or your body, with frequencies of everything from St. John's Wort to coffee to Viagra to anything else you want from their literal hundreds of "infoceutical" options. It's so fascinating that I just had to get the inventor on the show!

Anton Fedorenko, the creator of the Infopathy devices, received his BASc in applied physics and mathematics and MASc in innovation and high technologies from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia. For 10 years, Anton has been involved with several water-related projects wherein he not only conducted fundamental research but also developed water-related products and web-based platforms.

From 2013 to 2017, he was a member of the organizing committee for the annual Water Conference on the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of Water.

In 2018, Anton founded Ash•Nu Technologies Inc. and is currently developing two platforms: Infopathy and AquaPsy. Infopathy allows users to transfer infoceuticals (ICs) for health, cosmetic, veterinary, and gardening purposes anytime, anywhere.

AquaPsy takes consciousness research to a whole new level. Through AquaPsy, people from around the world can be connected remotely to water-based sensors, which can detect and evaluate influences caused by non-local mind effects. Both these platforms help one rediscover themselves from the quantum view.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Infopathy defined...9:05

-Quantum Electro Dynamic (QED) theory applied to everyday life...13:30

  • Video on the QED theory
  • Should water be consumed immediately after being treated?
    • Consume within 3 days
    • Avoid exposure to WiFi or cell phones
  • Miron glass to protect herbs and nutrients from radiation
  • 1 tsp of salt added into the water to increases the efficacy of infopathy (mineralized water is more stable)
  • IC Pad for charging water (use code BENG10 to save 10%)

-Mixing many ingredients into treated water...18:30

  • A "complex" is a mix of several ingredients into one water
  • Suggestions for complexes in order to get the desired result
  • Public complexes are created by practitioners via a peer-reviewed process
  • Running a new infoceutical on top of an existing one will override the old one

-The wearable that allows you to transmit infoceuticals...22:30

  • IC Hummer wearable device, that can also be used on water (use code BENG10 to save 10%)
  • If you don't have the IC Pad, wrap the Hummer around the water and get the same effect
  • IC Pad is slightly faster than the Hummer and also contains herbs
  • The IC Hummer can be attached to the body and absorbed while you do stuff
  • Get a better effect if you wear two IC Hummers at once
  • You can be up to 30 feet away from the device and get the effect
  • A wired device will be more effective than a bluetooth device

-PEMF used to transfer infoceuticals into the body...29:45

  • Files are stored in audio format
  • The PEMF absorbs the electromagnetic waves that are present in the audio
  • Some infoceuticals are PEMF only: must be plugged in, no Bluetooth
  • PEMF infoceuticals are best applied directly to the body, not by drinking imprinted water
  • Three types of infoceuticals:
    • Imprint - signals created from substances; physical products (with any device or via water)
    • PEMF - use them with Glowing IC Pad or IC Hummer to emit PEM waves (wearable and wireless)
    • Audible - does not require a device are used with headphones or with the IC Hummer (also emits acoustic waves)
  • PEMFs are directly applied to the body

-Liquids other than water that can be used to transfer infoceuticals to the body...34:05

  • Liquid should not be hotter than 30°C (around 90°F)
  • Molecules move too fast for it to be effective
  • Ben did a liver and gallbladder transfer via a chilled cocktail

-Legitimate research that has been conducted on infoceuticals...37:00

-Ben and Anton's favorite infoceuticals and best practices...41:35

-Infoceuticals that are appropriate for plants and animals...48:05

-Appropriate frequency of use for infoceuticals...49:20

  • Imprinted and PEMF require regular use to maintain the effects
  • IC Pad can be made wireless with an inexpensive adapter
  • Occasional Bluetooth exposure is not as problematic as constant exposure

-Tips on creating infoceutical complexes...52:22

Resources from this episode:

- Anton Fedorenko:

- Podcast:

- Gear:

- Other resources:

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Feb 27, 2021
Fringe Supplement Stacks You've Never Heard Of, The Best Nootropic Combinations, The Latest Keto Support Compounds, Supplements That Act Like "Exercise In A Bottle" & Much More With Shawn Wells
01:21:30

bengreenfieldfitness.com/energyformula

If there's anything people say they want more of these days...it's energy.

The world around us continually requires more from us while we give less and less thought to our long-term health. This distracted and overwhelmed mindset has landed us squarely in survival mode, depriving us of the necessary steps to create lasting, sustained energy. The truth is most of us are so exhausted and don't know how to find the energy to live our best lives.

My friend Shawn Wells just put the finishing touches on his new book The ENERGY Formula: Six Life Changing Ingredients to Unleash Your Limitless Potential... ...which covers keto, Paleo, biohacking, stoicism, supplements, CBD, nootropics, MCTs, infrared saunas, cold plunges, how to create a sleep fortress, circadian rhythm, and much more.

With about 60 full-color diagrams and over 100 scientific citations, Shawn gives you the knowledge you will not find anywhere else, including "Formulator's Corners" in every chapter that cover doses, brands, and forms of supplements you need to be taking as well as "Resource Hacks" that tell you the products, devices, apps, and more to use. Developed by biochemist, dietitian, sports nutritionist, and formulation scientist Shawn Wells after surviving a series of torturous health battles, this pivotal and groundbreaking book is the product of meticulous and persistent research to find solutions to his personal and painful experiences—paired with two decades of legitimate clinical and scientific expertise.

Shawn previously joined me on the podcast episode "The Nitty-Gritty Underground World of Supplement Ingredients, Sports Nutrition Frankenfuels, Illegally Laced Compounds & More.," and he's been studying up on plenty more since that show, so prepare for a wild ride on today's podcast. Shawn, who is an MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN, is a leading nutritional biochemist and expert on health optimization. He has formulated over 500 supplements, foods, beverages, and cosmeceuticals, has patented 10 novel ingredients, and is now known as the Ingredientologist—the scientist of ingredients. Formerly a chief clinical dietitian with over a decade of clinical experience, he has counseled thousands of people on natural health solutions such as keto, paleo, fasting, and supplements.

He has also personally overcome various health issues including Epstein-Barr virus, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia, obesity, and a pituitary tumor. As a world-renowned thought leader on mitochondrial health, he has been paid to speak on five different continents. His insights have been prominently featured in documentaries, nationally syndicated radio programs, and regularly on morning television. Shawn's expertise can help any health-conscious individual to better manage stress and experience higher performance and more energy through utilizing his practical research-backed solutions.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-What Shawn had for breakfast the day of the interview...7:11

-Optimizing glutathione levels for optimal mitochondria...21:35

-The criteria by which Shawn evaluates a supplement brand...25:30

-How Shawn discovered two substances and made them into supplement form...35:45

  • Theacrine and Dynamine
    • Worked with Dr. Hector Lopez and Dr. Tim Ziegenfuss
  • Methylliberine (Dynamine™)
  • In the methylxanthine family (of which caffeine is a part)
    • Enhanced energy and focus
    • Pain reduction
    • Stimulated NAD production
    • No habituation effect as you find in caffeine
    • Less adaptation effect
  • Biggest difference is the half-life
  • Infopathy generator (use code BENG10 for 10% off) (Ben's podcast with Anton Federenko will be published on February 27)
  • Hapbee wearable
  • Theacrine and Dynamine™ are full synthetic (GMP and informed-choice tested for sports - tested athletes can use it); natural extraction is cost-prohibitive, but it does occur naturally in tea leaves and cacao
  • Shawn's energy stack:

-The exercise augmenter that has been called "exercise in a bottle"...44:15

-Grains of paradise...49:55

  • Grains of paradise is a type of pepper, gingery taste; similar to capsaicin and ginger
  • Enhances metabolism without a stimulant effect
    • 40mg increased thermogenesis and caloric expenditure of around 100 calories a day

-Ben's super easy goals for his upcoming 40th birthday...52:15

-A different form of berberine that is used to control blood glucose levels...56:30

-Shawn's new formula for BHB and thoughts on exogenous ketones...1:03:30

  • HVMN ketone ester
  • Ketone Aid
  • Patent on active isomer RBHB (aka DBHB)
  • Exogenous ketones can carry excess minerals; causes some GI distress
  • All in powder form, very salty in taste

-Preferred medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) to go with ketones...1:07:00

-The best way to raise NAD levels...1:09:20

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

- Shawn Wells:

- Podcasts and article:

- Food and supplements:

- Other resources:

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Feb 25, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 1 - Fit For Detachment
10:38

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm not making any money off this book. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. I just want you to experience some of the things I've written within the pages.

Now, because of that, I'm also recording the audio book version, and I want to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. 

If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/chapter1.

So I hope you enjoy this first chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. 

So without further ado, here we go.

Feb 21, 2021
Biogeometry Protection Of Your Home, Plant Medicine, Parenting, Stacking Rocks, Stages Of Human Consciousness & More With Paul Chek.
01:53:55

bengreenfieldfitness.com/benandpaul

For over 20 years, Paul Chek’s unique, holistic health approach to treatment and education has transformed the lives of countless men and women through programs like the P~P~S Success Mastery Program. He is a world-renowned expert at developing practical and effective methods for addressing all aspects of well-being, both physical and mental.

 

 

Paul has been a podcast guest of mine on many previous episodes and I on his. 

 

 

In 1995, he founded the C.H.E.K Institute to accommodate an ever-growing clientele and to train and certify future CHEK Practitioners. Not surprisingly, Paul is sought after as an international presenter and consultant for successful organizations like the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has produced more than 50 videos, 6 books, and 16 advanced-level home study courses while regularly contributing to several publications and web sites, such as Mercola.com and Personal Training on the Net.

 

 

As a walking, talking definition of success, Paul has become above all an educator: teaching and applying his methods to benefit others through lectures, multimedia, and, most recently, in the areas of personal, professional, and spiritual development through the PPS Success Mastery Program.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Biogeometry and why Paul calls his house the "Rainbow House"...5:30

 

 

 

-Second sight and how we can "see" what is happening in the spiritual realm around us...15:55

 

 

 

-How to use biogeometry in your own home...22:05

 

 

 

-How paramagnetism, the sun's energy and "thought forms" were used to build the pyramids...33:35

 

 

 

-Tobacco, volcanic and herb blends to enhance your life...48:10

 

 

 

-About Paul's upcoming book...58:05

 

 

 

-Why simply listening is the best way to learn anything...1:05:40

 

 

 

-Paul's thoughts on raising young children as an older man...1:11:20

 

 

 

-How Paul learned the "backstory" of his two children and the impact they'll make in the world...1:15:20

 

 

-Paul's habit for digesting books and keeping track of what he learns...1:26:30

 

 

-Advice for health professionals to make a lasting and meaningful impact...1:43:30

 

 

Feb 20, 2021
Microdosing For Sports Performance, Microdosing Stacks With Psychedelics & Plant Medicines, The Best Microdosing Protocols & Much More With Jim Fadiman.
01:14:49

bengreenfieldfitness.com/jimfadiman

I get tons of questions about microdosing - specifically, microdosing with psychedelics or plant medicines such as lithium, psilocybin, LSD, san pedro, DMT, ibogaine, and beyond.

My guest on today's podcast, Jim Fadiman, PhD, has a host of information on microdosing psychedelics in both his books and also at MicrodosingPsychedelics.com and is considered to be one of the world's leading experts on psychedelics and plant medicine, and has developed some particularly helpful and effective microdosing protocols. 

James holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford and wrote his entire dissertation about LSD-assisted therapy. As well as holding consulting, training, counseling and editorial jobs, he has taught in psychology and design engineering at San Francisco State, Brandeis, and Stanford and, for three decades, taught Sufism and other classes at Sophia University that he co-founded. He has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, a produced play and videos including: Drugs: The Children are Choosing for National Public Television. He was featured in a National Geographic documentary and had three solo shows of his nature photography. He has been involved in researching microdosing psychedelics since 2010. His most recent books are:

  • The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys and
  • Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are (with Jordan Gruber).

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Jim defines a microdose...07:00

  • Typical LSD micro-dose is 10 micrograms (mcg); mushrooms is .10 gram
  • Small amount, not taken very often
  • The variable you use to know the proper dose is how you feel, not necessarily body mass or type
  • A "high" feeling is a sign it's too much
  • L-theanine used to take the edge off when take too much caffeine (100-200 mg)
  • Magnesium threinate
  • Not just the brain is affected; the entire body feels the effects as well

-Microdosing as a pre-workout strategy...10:53

  • The system works better in general when in equilibrium
  • A marathoner reported taking 20 minutes off his time on a half-marathon after microdosing
  • LSD is not currently banned by WADA, the NCAA, USADA
  • Size of a microgram: 1.45 quadrillion molecules in one microgram
  • The small improvement from a micro-dose may be all you need to win the race, the competition, etc.
  • BGF podcast on ultra-marathoners using CBD/THC to get into a flow state

-Lesser known substances people are microdosing with with varying degrees of efficacy...18:50

  • LSD may turn into other substances once it's in the body (ALD, 1P-LSD)
  • MDMA is not a psychedelic
  • Ibogaine to overcome addiction
  • Psilocybin and peyote have "agendas" or identities not found in LSD
  • Chris Bell documentary on ibogaine
  • Ibogaine is not recreational; the experience can be very unpleasant in its vivid recall of the past
  • Microdosing does not give a psychedelic effect

-How microdosing affects neuroplasticity and brain function...28:45

  • Cells exposed to micro-doses develop more dendrites, capacity
  • People w/ long-term problems such as concussions have legit repair after microdosing
  • Navy SEALs found ibogaine to be one of the best concussion repair treatments they'd experienced

-Gold standard microdosing protocols...36:23

  • Psychedelics have tolerance, the reverse of addiction
  • Fadiman Protocol (2 day effect): 1 day on, 2 days off, 1 day on
  • Stamets Protocol: 4 days on, 3 days off; or 5 days on, 2 days off
  • A study to determine the difference between the two is currently underway
  • Jim does not recommend a "rotational" protocol where a different substance is taken each day
  • Go for the max benefit w/ the least amount you take
  • The best results are reported when taken less often

-Best practices for microdosing...44:00

  • Combine it with other practices such as meditation or walking in nature
  • People report it causes them to return to meditation or walking in nature
  • People have less alcohol, marijuana and coffee because they "don't feel the need"
  • Good idea to take a few weeks off every couple of months
  • Similar to periodization for exercise
  • Flow State Micro
  • Microdosing minus 1 (minus psilocybin)

-The effects of microdosing on those suffering from depression...50:00

  • Chronic depression patients experience remarkable recovery after microdosing
  • Ketamine is uncertain on its effects on neuroplasticity
  • "More glad, less sad"
  • Good Chemistry by Julie Holland

-Microdosing used "in-between" larger doses, plant medicine ceremonies, etc...52:45

  • You experience the social effects of plant medicine for 4-6 weeks after a high dose
  • Don't make a major life decision within 1 week of a high dose
  • Wait until the ego is back onboard, thinking logically
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Astaxanthin
  • Quercetin
  • Fecetin
  • Lions Mane
  • Cordyceps
  • Choline derivatives (eggs, walnuts) on microdosing days

-What is "multiplicity" and can microdosing be used to assist with "tapping into" one's multiple selves...1:00:00

  • Your Symphony of Selves by James Fadiman
  • Not wanting to go to the gym, then realizing how much you enjoy the gym when you get there
  • Who are you arguing with when you argue w/ yourself?
  • Different roles you play: professional vs. being a parent
  • Microdosing helps you get into the "right mind at the right time"
  • Become more forgiving of yourself, and more tolerant of the quirks and faults of others, particularly your children

-Where do get the products needed for microdosing...1:07:45

  • microdosingpsychedelics.com

-Where can people learn more about microdosing without having to wonder if it's just some uneducated "forum freak" vs. legitimate advice?

What were some of the about totally unexpected reports you had from microdosers?

Resources from this episode:

- Microdosing Institute video: Start your Microdosing Journey today with this video course

-The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic,and Sacred Journeys

-MicrodosingPsychedelics.com

-Twenty percent better with 20 micrograms? A qualitative study of psychedelic microdosing self-rapports and discussions on YouTube

-Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jim Fadiman or me? Leave your comments at bengreenfieldfitness.com/jimfadiman and one of us will reply!

Feb 18, 2021
Fit Soul - Introduction
29:11

To download your free copy of Fit Soul, visit fitsoulbook.com

Hey, what's up. It's Ben Greenfield. You may have heard that I wrote a new book. It's free at fitsoulbook.com as a digital download. You can also get the physical version for next to nothing. I'm just covering my shipping and handling and printing costs. 

I'm also recording the audio book version, but I'd like to give you a bit of a taste of that audio book version. And I may actually begin to release every chapter for you on this podcast on Sundays. 

So you can sit back and prepare to experience the half hour long or so audio recording of the first introductory chapter of Fit Soul. I hope you like it. If you like it all the resources and everything for what you're about to hear are at fitsoulbook.com/introduction.

So I hope you enjoy this first chapter and you can always find me on social media at Ben Greenfield Fitness on most social media platforms. And perhaps there you can just let me know what you think. And if you want me to keep releasing chapters like this on a weekly basis, if it helps you out touches your life somehow or gives you good information, I'll do it.

So without further ado, here we go.

Feb 14, 2021
Q&A 424: Giant News Flash Episode Of Random, Shocking, Groundbreaking Information on Longevity, Muscle & More, Biohacking ADD & ADHD, Is Ritalin Healthy, & Much More!
01:23:43

Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? Click here, or use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. 

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…11:30

  • New drug reverses age related mental decline *within days*! 

 

  • a proposal to give us patches that make us allergic to meat and smart drugs that make us want to have fewer babies, all for "climate change" management

 

  • Oh hooray - more sex makes you live longer! (at least, if you're a naked mole rat) (see conclusions)

 

  • In the most recent longevity biomarker study, HIGHER LDL-P levels were protective against death and myocardial infarction

 

  • Want to build muscle? Get STRONG first

 

  • Researchers find how to stop muscle mass loss as you age (kind of interesting because bodybuilders have been using post-workout arachidonic acid for years to do this same thing!)

 

  • This study backs up what I've been saying for a long time - one of the best ways to build muscle is to maintain high blood levels of essential amino acids (EAA's), particularly during training sessions

 

  • That charcuterie plate and glass of wine just might be extending your life

Special Announcements...53:30

 

Listener Q&A:

Is Ritalin Healthy? (And Natural Alternatives To Ritalin)...59:06

Elle asks: I am a triathlete, I'm a Yogi, and I also have ADHD. I was prescribed Ritalin recently, which has helped me a lot, except that it's compromised the quality of my deep sleep. I have a very excitable parasympathetic nervous system. I do a lot of different yoga and different breathing exercises, transcendental meditation and prayer to help reactivate my parasympathetic nervous system to balance it. However, I still have issues with my deep sleep. Aside from supplements, biohacks, breathing, yoga and exercises, I was wondering if you could help me with this one. Thanks so much for taking the time.

 

 

What Your Pee Can Tell You About Your Body...1:10:30

Ben Pollack asks: Hey, Ben Pollack here from Pemberton, British Columbia. Thanks for all the hard work and the amazing information that you bring for us so that we can live an amazing life. My burning question is about pee. Sometimes when I pee it's foamy. Sometimes it's not foamy, and sometimes it's in-between. Is there something that pee tells us? And if so, what? Thanks very much.

 

Feb 13, 2021
Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes (& Maybe You).
01:13:01

bengreenfieldfitness.com/drivenbydoug

I first met today's podcast guest at a private conference where he was teaching long range rifle shooting combined with meditation? Sound a bit weird and intriguing? I thought so.

 

 

It turns out that my guest on today's show - Dr. Doug Brackman - has studied and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, pro-athletes, inventors, adventurers, and Navy SEALs and found that certain people are born with a drive often seen in these types of people. It's in their DNA - research has shown that certain genes can manifest resilient and highly focused people who can also be impulsive and easily distracted. While these traits enabled our ancient ancestors to survive, if you have these traits today, it can create havoc in your life. You may be diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or OCD.

 

 

But what the world tells you is a disability or disorder may actually be your greatest gift. Using his experience teaching the highly driven how to master their gift, Doug provides the insight and tools you need to master yours. He teaches you how to:

 

 

- Stop self-sabotage forever
- End shame and doubt
- Find your wolf pack
- Use meditation to put yourself on the right path

 

 

I just finished his new book Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes (& Maybe You) and was absolutely glued to the pages, so I just had to have Doug on the show.

 

 

After achieving a dual PhD in 2002, Dr. Doug struck out to research the components of powerful thought and action, culminating in a very successful practice of helping driven “hunters” focus their gifts on a daily basis.  Dr. Doug has used and integrated approach of meditation, bio-hacking, and applied real world counseling to help thousands of people. He has been naturally drawn to the driven (often ADD/ADHD spectrum) business owner/entrepreneur, and for the last 10 years has worked exclusively with these amazing clients. Dr. Doug is a twenty plus year meditation practitioner and continuous student of the rapid advances in science explaining the benefits of specific types of meditation. He describes himself as a functional MRI geek and student of all spiritual practices and religions.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Doug went from a dual PhD to teaching meditation while shooting rifles...6:50

 

 

 

 

-What it means to be "Driven"...10:45

 

 

 

 

-How to determine if you're genetically predetermined to be Driven...20:00

 

 

 

 

-A poly peptide that relates to Driven people...25:05

 

 

 

-How the brain of a Driven person is used differently than that of others...

 

 

 

 

-Why there's "never enough" for Driven people...

 

 

 

 

-Practical solutions for Driven people to function in society...

 

 

 

 

-The only thing that will truly help a Driven person...

 

 

 

 

-The type of meditation best-suited for Driven people...

 

 

 

 

-The breath work Doug teaches to Driven people...

 

 

 

 

-Plant medicine protocols that may be useful for Driven people...

 

 

 

-How to learn more about Doug's work...

Feb 11, 2021
A Rocket Scientist Homeschooler's Insider Blood Glucose Monitoring Secrets, The Best Way To Use A Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), Blood Sugar Biohacking Tips & Much More!
01:21:24

bengreenfieldfitness.com/levels

As I've mentioned many times before on podcasts, I've been using something called a "Continuous Glucose Monitor" (CGM) at various intervals throughout my life for about 4 years or so.

 

 

Considering that, as I write about here, I consider glycemic variability (which is exactly what these CGM's track) and inflammation (which is a bit more difficult to measure as it typically requires a visit to a lab) to be my top two key biomarkers for health and longevity, my use of a CGM has given me some very valuable data on how my body responds to certain foods, supplements, exercises, lifestyle practices, and even emotions.

But how does a CGM work, exactly? 

What does the really tiny "filamentous" needle actually measure?

How do you get yours to "stick" for long periods of time, or in water? 

How does the phone gather data from the sensor, and is EMF a concern?

Does the sensor have to be calibrated to a blood glucose reading due to the fact it is recording interstitial fluid vs. blood? 

Is this type of thing, from an insurance standpoint, that is only available to diabetics? 

What do you do about activities that cause high glucose excursions, such as exercise/sauna/coffee etc., which wind up decreasing the metabolic score when, long-term, those are all glucose stabilizing/insulin sensitizing activities?

Are there certain supplements or herbs that do the best job controlling blood glucose?

 

 

I explore these questions and many others in this podcast with Josh Clemente. Josh is a rocket scientist and worked at SpaceX for 6 years, managing the team that designed the life support systems in their space shuttles. Overtime, he started to notice extreme levels of fatigue and experienced volatile spikes and crashes of energy throughout his day. For someone that worked out consistently and followed the guidelines for what he believed to be healthy practices, it didn’t seem to add up. After experimenting with glucose monitoring, he realized that he was pre-diabetic, borderlining on fully-blown diabetic, and that the foods he was eating were having a significant impact on his performance. It was this discovery and struggle to derive actionable insights from his glucose monitoring that led him to start Levels.

 

Today at Levels Health, Josh and his team are revolutionizing the way people think about their metabolic health. And why is metabolic health so important? Before Levels, an average person had no way of understanding how efficiently or inefficiently their body was producing energy. Levels enables you, using a new CGM system, to access and understand this information in real-time, so you can start making better diet and lifestyle choices to avoid those energy peaks and valleys.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Josh became a rocket scientist...8:50

 

 

 

 

-How Josh became interested in blood glucose management...32:05

 

 

 

 

-How a CGM works, what it measures, and how it compares to a blood glucose stick...19:33

 

 

 

 

-How the Levels app calibrates w/ the CGM's on the market...24:00

 

 

 

 

-Gold standard location for placement of the GCM on the body...30:45

 

 

 

 

-How to keep the CGM on your body for long periods of time...31:00

 

 

 

 

-How to obtain a CGM without faking you have diabetes...37:50

 

 

 

 

-If it's necessary to wear a CGM in perpetuity...39:15

 

 

 

 

-What is a "metabolic score?"...45:15

 

 

 

 

-What is an "activity response"...56:15

 

 

 

 

-How to keep blood glucose stable throughout the day and beyond...1:01:00

 

 

 

 

-Glucose disposal agents that may be outside the norm...1:06:45

 

 

 

-Josh's personal practices to stabilize his glucose levels...1:11:45

 

 

 

Feb 06, 2021
Is Juicing Healthy, The World's First Keto-Friendly Juice, Everything You Need To Know About Cold Pressed Juices, Juice Fasts & More With Farmers Juice Founder Junaid Kalmadi.
01:02:20

I'll admit that I've never been a fan of the "juicing" and "cold-pressed juice" trend.

 

 

Most of these popular juices are full of oodles of sugar that basically mainline fructose into your bloodstream with very little of the actual fiber and water you'd find in whole fruit.

 

 

Most are extremely overpriced compared to what you could make at home, yet what you can make at home creates a huge mess and cleanup situation (anybody else ever tried to clean a juicer daily and had to deal with all the pulp and waste all over the kitchen counter?).

 

 

Furthermore, the actual source of most of the produce used in the juices is subpar fruit and vegetables grown in degraded, mineral-depleted soil and/or contains GMO ingredients, pesticides, herbicides and other additives - and if they *don't* have preservatives they go bad super quickly in your fridge, hence destroying all your hard-earned juice.

 

 

In the past, my solution for this has been to use a good organic vegetable juice powder, such as the one made by my friends at Organifi

 

 

 

My change in perspective occurred after a phone call I had with my friend Junaid Kalmadi, who recently sent me some of his juices to try. Junaid is a values-driven serial entrepreneur motivated by love, service and positive impact. He is the founder & CEO of Farmers Juice (get $5 off any order with code "ben"). They deliver organic cold pressed juices and wellness shots at nearly half the cost of a juice shop. Each juice has 1 to 1.5 lbs of produce (like dino kale, cucumber, ginger, turmeric, celery, mint, basil, and more).

 

 

Farmers Juice has also developed the world’s first keto-friendly and functional green juice line. They include adaptogens, antioxidants, and mushrooms to boost focus, calm, and athletic performance. Most juices lose their nutrients almost immediately and expire within 2-3 days. Farmers Juice uses an innovative technique called high-pressure processing (HPP) that preserves juice using cold pressure instead of heat. As a result, our juices keep their nutrient value for 30 days, without preservatives or other junk.

 

 

All their produce sourcing is from family farms based in California. So when you drink Farmers Juice, you support the farmers who actually make our soil better, not worse. Most juice shops charge $10-$12 for an organic cold-pressed juice. By working directly with local farms, Farmers Juice has created the most affordable organic juices - at $5.99 a bottle. Their mission is to make the highest quality cold pressed juicing affordable, support the human rights of 2.4 million farmers in the US, and champion the next generation of farming with regenerative agriculture.

 

 

Prior to Farmers Juice, Junaid founded Brain.fm a music neuroscience company. Funded by the US federal government research and used by the USA Olympic Wrestling team, Brain.fm designs music to improve focus, relaxation and sleep. Available as an app on iOS and Android, the app serves millions of people around the world. Junaid resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys meditation, prayer, beach swimming, volunteering, community fire chats, and nature adventures.

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What exactly is a "cold-pressed juice"...8:45

 

 

 

 

-How Junaid maintains optimal quality for his juices...17:45

 

 

 

 

-Why soil is the key factor in a high-quality juice...22:23

 

 

 

 

-Links between nutrient deficiency and poor mental health...30:15

 

 

 

 

-How flavors of juice are selected...35:35

 

 

 

 

-Materials used for bottling...38:30

 

 

 

 

-Rapid fire questions...40:00

 

 

 

 

-Advice on juice fasting...42:15

 

 

 

 

-Effects of juicing on the microbiome...45:00

 

 

 

 

-Dangers of non-organic farming and produce...

 

 

 

 

-How to get Farmers Juice for yourself...57:40

 

Feb 04, 2021
Ben Accidentally Gets A Bit High On Ketamine & Talks About His Journey Of Biohacking, Ancestral Health, Spirituality, Fitness & Much More With Light Expert Matt Maruca.
01:37:59

In this special episode of the podcast, recorded live at Ben's house in Spokane, Washington, Ra Optics founder and light/circadian rhythm expert Matt Maruca interviews Ben Greenfield. Ben takes you along his 8 year brick-and-mortar journey in the world of fitness and why he eventually switched into writing, speaking, consulting, and podcasting. He discusses his experiences since starting the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast 12 years ago to what the world of podcasting offers now.

 

 

Matt and Ben talk about ancestral health and Ben shares whether he sees their small footprint making its way to the mainstream route anytime soon. Ben expresses why he recently began managing his daily information consumption through a quality over quantity perspective. Finally, Matt and Ben dive into the idea of finding true fulfillment through spirituality.

 

 

You'll hear about Ben’s experiments with the magical butter machine and ketamine, the light diet in its spiritual form, how Ben created a name for himself in the fitness world and his podcasting journey over the last 12 years, whether this small ancestral health footprint go mainstream, what fascinates Ben most about natural living, how we make the most impact on this planet, why outsourcing eliminates information overwhelm and the perspective of quality over quantity, spirituality through the lens of the hero’s journey and much more.

 

 

In my conversation with Matt, you'll discover:

-How Ben began the interview with Matt on a truly high note...07:15

 

 

 

 

-The light diet in its spiritual form...12:40

 

 

-Who is Ben Greenfield?...14:15

 

 

 

 

-Ben's podcasting and immersive journalist path over the last 12 years...27:45

 

 

 

 

-Will this small ancestral health footprint go mainstream?...32:30

 

 

 

 

-What Ben thinks is the most fascinating part of "natural living"...40:50

 

 

 

 

-How to know where to put your focus in a world of information overload...47:15

 

 

 

 

-Why Ben is a Christian...1:09:45

 

 

 

 

-Where to start your holistic path...1:26:50

 

 

 

 

-And much more...

Jan 30, 2021
Altered States of Consciousness, Energy Vortexes, Breathwork Vs. Psychedelics, Dangers of Plant Medicine, Pairing Fasting With Prayer, Meditation & Breath, & Much More With Anahata Ananda.
01:19:27

bengreenfieldfitness.com/anahata2

 

In the podcast episode "Magic Chocolate, Holotropic Breathwork, Grounding, Earthing, Vortexes, Crystals & More With Shamangelic Healer Anahata Ananda.", I introduced you to my friend Anahata Ananda. Recently, I returned to Anahata's hometown of Sedona, along with my Kion Co-Founder, CEO and business partner Angelo Keely, to undergo a transformative breath work session, during which both Angelo and I had some deep business insights and a profound physiological experience very similar to what one might experience from plant medicine or psychedelics!

 

 

 

Founder of Sedona’s Shamangelic Healing, Anahata Ananda blends the compassion and tenderness of an Angel and the wisdom and strength of a Shaman to guide profound journeys of core healing and spiritual awakening. As a Certified High-Performance Coach, Shamanic Healer and Soul Guide, Anahata has guided thousands of individuals through life shifts, helping them to heal core wounds, release their fears, open their hearts and reclaim their power. She is the host of the internationally acclaimed Shamangelic Healing Podcast which is designed as a platform for sharing deep authentic conversations and resources to address REAL LIFE issues. In Sedona, Arizona, Anahata offers in-person sessions, ceremonies and retreats as well as, coaching, online courses and virtual workshops.

 

 

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Ben's paradigm shift in his message since he and Anahata last spoke on the podcast...6:45

 

 

 

 

-Why Sedona is special...10:35

 

 

 

 

-An overview of Anahata's work and services...14:50

 

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-Inside the healing room...19:11

 

 

 

 

-Pairing sound healing with breath work...27:15

 

 

 

 

-How Ben's business is mirroring his own spiritual journey...37:15

 

 

 

 

-Plant medicines contrasted with breath work...47:45

 

 

 

 

-The interplay between food and breath work that can enhance or detract from the experience...1:01:15

 

 

 

 

-Benefits derived, and sacrifices needed to achieve them from Ben's paradigm shift over the last several years...1:09:10

 

 

 

-How to connect with Anahata and/or visit in Sedona...1:13:30

Jan 28, 2021
How You Really Lose Fat (You'll Be Surprised), How To Enhance Fat Loss Using Simple Breath Tactics, Plus Near Death Experiences, Psychedelics & More!.
01:24:54
Jan 23, 2021
Ben Got COVID (& What He Did About It), How To Fix Issues With Your Brain, The "God Cap" For Neurofeedback, Do Home Neurofeedback Devices Work & More With Dr. Andrew Hill.
01:21:53

bengreenfieldfitness.com/peakbrainpodcast

Special Announcement: In the beginning of this episode, I describe how I got COVID and what I did about it. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Back in 2017, I visited the Peak Brain Institute in Los Angeles, California for a special type of advanced brain scan and brain mapping system called a quantified electroencephalography, or “QEEG”, and I was shocked at what they discovered in my brain.

 

 

Dr. Andrew Hill, my guest on today's show, oversaw the entire mapping protocol. Dr. Hill, a UCLA trained cognitive neuroscientist, lecturer, discovered what he described as some pretty severe patterns of excess stressful beta waves, excess theta waves, and excess delta waves in my brain.

 

 

What's that mean, exactly? Basically, it suggests that I had some history of concussions and traumatic brain injury (which I indeed have had, in everything from football to mountain biking to kickboxing), as well as built-up deficits of attention, increased distractibility, limited sleep potential and less-than-optimal cognitive performance from life, travel, toxins, head injuries and beyond.

 

 

Two months after the scan, I hopped on a plane back to LA, and ventured back into the Peak Brain Institute for three days of intensive training to fix my brain, returning to Spokane with a briefcase packed with a laptop, electrodes, conducting gel, and everything I needed to use neurofeedback to fix my brain. The next three months I trained for 30 minutes every other day using a style of neurofeedback I can best describe as “meditation on steroids”. Mostly, my protocol involved flying a spaceship with my mind. Each time my brain subconsciously shifted into brainwave patterns considered to be unfavorable, the spaceship would stop flying and the music generated by the neurofeedback software would fade away, very much like a cognitive “slap on the wrist”.

 

 

So how exactly does neurofeedback work? Technically, it’s a non-invasive form of what is known in the medical industry as “central nervous system biofeedback”. It trains the brain to develop new resources by encouraging certain areas to raise or lower the amplitude and ratios of particular brainwaves. To a very large extent, and unlike peripheral biofeedback such as practicing a physical exercise like a handstand, neurofeedback is an entirely non-voluntary process in which you are shaping the brain giving the brain feedback only when it’s doing certain things. Professional clinicians report that about 90% of users notice a significant positive impact from this style of training, and it can be used for everything from decreasing anxiety and stress to inducing faster sleep onset to even resetting tolerance to marijuana and alcohol.

 

 

Neurofeedback training simply involves the placement of electrodes on the scalp, which produces a signal then picked up by an EEG amplifier. These signals are fed into software that then sends back to the user some form of visual and/or auditory “feedback” or reward. This reward stimulus is given when the brain produces desired brainwave changes in amplitude or frequency.

 

 

Unlike many books and magazines would have you to believe, this type of protocol is slightly risky, and not just something you download a free neurofeedback app to do. Neurofeedback is a powerful tool and every brain is different, so the single most crucial aspect of neurofeedback training is selecting the proper protocol. Although the QEEG provides crucial information about one person’s brain, the training plan itself needs to be adaptive and iterative, based upon how someone responds to the training, which is why it's important to have the entire testing and training process overseen by a neurofeedback practitioner. Heck, when I did my three months of training with the Peak Brain Institute, Dr. Hill and I were text and email buddies nearly every day.

 

 

Neurofeedback can produce side effects, although they are generally minor and short lasting – and also informative to a neurofeedback practitioner. If you get adverse effects, protocols can be adjusted to steer the brain in a different direction. But if you are training yourself with no supervision and no sense of what’s actually happening in your brain, you can easily produce negative side effects and if you keep doing it you can cause these negative effects to become permanent. So proceed with caution, but with the understanding that neurofeedback is one of the more powerful pieces of headgear that can be used to enhance or change your brain.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-A brief overview of the Peak Brain Institute...8:36

 

 

 

-Why a home device isn't enough for optimal brain performance...11:18

 

 

 

-How close we are to a "god cap" that can track brain waves without gel, electrodes, etc...25:35

 

 

 

-How the Peak Brain Institute tracks individual's brain waves virtually...35:45

 

 

 

-How diet affects a person's neurofeedback...42:40

 

 

 

-Nootropics or smart drugs that promote neurofeedback...1:01:45

Jan 21, 2021
Advanced Smart Drugs & Nootropics You've Never Heard Of, Rare Japanese Seaweed For Sleep Enhancement, The Most Powerful Form Of Vitamin B1 That Exists & Much More!
01:03:35

Even though it's pretty rare I scroll through many feeds on Instagram or elsewhere, I recently began following an interesting Instagram account. Titled "Ergogenic Health", it intrigued me with some very interesting content I hadn't seen before, including:

-A commonly known special fruit that enhances the effects of psychedelics...

-A simple free activity you can do anytime to lower cortisol by over 21%...

-How the way you brush your teeth may actually reduce intelligence...

-A very unique form of vitamin B1 called Thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide (TTFD) that increases exercise performance, motivation, mood and overall energy...

-How capsicum from peppers may lead to anxiety in some people...

-The little known "younger sister" of curcumin...

-And much more!

So recently, I was able to connect with the guy who runs that Instagram channel, along with a host of other intriguing, well-informed, and outside-the-box websites, along with a podcast. His name is Lucas Aoun, and he graciously agreed to take a nerdy deep dive into biohacking with me on this podcast episode.

Jan 16, 2021
Q&A 423: Does Weed Make You Stupid & Does Cannabis Affect Testosterone?, What's The Best Pre-Workout Formula?, Should Teens Fast? & Much More.
56:57

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Listener Q&A:

What To Do About Cold Hands & Feet...28:10

Jason asks: Hey, Ben.  I'm 46 years old and I've got cold hands. They get worse in the winter time, but they're cool in the summer. Probably I'm thinking Raynaud's, but I don't want to claim that. I'm open to any feedback you have on maybe how to make it better, fix - physiology, neurology supplements, testing, breath work, etc. I'm open to all of it. Any help is much appreciated.

In my response, I recommend:

  • Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (Mickey Trescott)
    • Cookbook
    • Diet Book
  • Organifi Red
  • Nitro glycerin cream
  • BGF podcast on nitric oxide
  • Prostaglandin
  • Kion Omegas
  • Wim Hof protocol

What's The Best Pre-Workout Formula?...38:37

Preston asks:What's up Ben Preston here, long time listener, constant applier of everything you talk about on podcasts and in Boundless. But when it comes right down to it, I'm still wanting to take a scoop of pre-workout (powder) dump it in the mixer, shake it up and go wrap it out with the bros at the gym. So what's the deal with pre-workout powder and how much stimulant should I be intaking on a daily basis. I'm going to the gym every day, but I'm using pre-workout three, four times a week. Love to hear your thoughts.

In my response, I recommend: 

Should Teens Fast?...46:20

Rama asks: Hey, Ben, my name is Rama. I am 16 years old and I am curious how much fasting and intermittent fasting would you recommend for a teenager like me to avoid or even improve my running performance and also how much is too much exercise for my health. Thank you very much. Love you, Ben.

In my response, I recommend:

Jan 14, 2021
Healthy Eating & Fitness For Kids, How Unschooling Works, Top Book Recommendations, Common Kitchen Mistakes & Much More: Ben Greenfield Puts His Sons In The Hot-Seat (The Official River & Terran Greenfield Interview).
01:23:34

River and Terran Greenfield are my twin 12 year old sons. They are unschooled, they are hyper-creative, they can survive in the wilderness with a knife, backpack and wool blanket, they know more kitchen and cooking tricks than most adults (and have an amazing cooking podcast), and they are generally crushing life.

So in this very special episode, I put my twin boys in the podcasting hot seat to discuss life, creativity, cooking and healthy eating for kids, fitness, and much more.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Best breakfast to crush the day.. 4:40

  • Fresh-baked sourdough bread w/ jam and butter
  • Eggs and bacon
  • Smoothies made w/ Organifi
  • Florida Cells French restaurant in N. Idaho

-How to tell River and Terran apart, especially on audio...6:50

-Books River and Terran like to read.. 8:15

  • Graphic novels (novel illustrated in comic book style)
    • Wings of Fire
    • Asterisk
    • Graveyard by Neil Gaiman
  • The Hero's Journey by
  • The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler
  • Graphic novels always contain a distinct style in the artwork
  • The Lost Language of Plants (television destroyed dreaming)
  • Almanac of Naval Ravikant

-Unschooling and becoming self-directed learners.. 19:04

  • Essay by Naval Ravikant Ben mentions on the 5 core skills needed for life
    • Reading
    • Writing (long form)
    • Logic and/or computer programming
    • Arithmetic
    • Rhetoric/persuasion
  • The Almanac of Charlie Munger
  • Mathnasium program River and Terran use for their schooling
  • Unschooling allows learning how the world works alongside the subjects being learned (math, logic, etc.)
  • Advantages of AI and robots outweigh the negatives (skills becoming obsolete)
  • Rhetoric game
  • Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em; then tell 'em; then tell 'em what you told 'em

-A typical evening in the Greenfield home.. 35:00

  • Board/card games
    • Quibbler
    • Web of Spies
    • Telestrations
    • Boggle
    • Scattergories
    • Scrabble
  • BGF podcast w/ James Altucher on game theory

-An average day for River and Terran.. 37:35

  • Feed rabbits, play a game, play piano, workout, shoot bow
  • More scheduled or structured play/learning til 3-5 pm
  • Is life school, or is school life?
  • BGF podcast on unschooling
  • Journal on daily activities
  • St. Andrews College in Moscow, ID
  • Liberal arts studies is a good way to get a well-rounded education

-Favorites things River and Terran do for their fitness.. 44:30

  • Make up own workouts; workouts w/ dad give more motivation
  • Animal Movements by Darrell Edwards
  • Irwin Lecour movement fitness
  • Sandbags, kettlebells
  • Exercise is more than workouts, gyms; movement throughout the day
  • Breathwork:
    • 4 in, 8 out promotes parasympathetic nervous system
    • SOMA breathwork course
    • BGF article on the SOMA course
    • Far better for stress control than pill popping
  • BGF podcast w/ Niraj Naik, the Renegade Pharmacist
  • Fish oil supplement
  • Restore for gut health
  • Glutathione supplement
  • Limit screen time

-River and Terran's diet tips.. 50:45

  • Breakfast: natural eggs and meat
  • Lunch: Sandwiches w/ mom's sourdough bread
  • Wild Planet fish
  • Pickles, lettuce, arugula in the sandwiches
  • Walnuts, raisins for snacks
  • Sesame seed rice crackers
  • Sparkling water
  • Halo stevia drink
  • Mocktails at restaurants
  • Izzy for parties
  • Chai tea and Italian sodas
  • Coconut ice cream for dessert

-Is there a perfect diet all humans should follow?.. 54:40

  • Mediterranean diet seems more agreeable than other diets
  • Eating w/ people, long family dinners
  • Making your own food helps you appreciate it more
  • Easy to overeat from packages vs. food prepared yourself

-River and Terran's views on screen time and video games...57:00

  • They both have an iPod Touch and is for business purposes (podcast)
  • Computer used mostly for school

-About the Go Greenfields cooking podcast.. 59:15

  • Started 4+ years ago
  • Began learning to cook at age of 3 (made mom eggs for Mothers Day)
  • The Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferris
  • Eggs are a great starting point for learning to cook
  • Favorite recipes:
    • Paleo doughnuts made w/ Magic Spoon cereal
    • Terran: Soufflé
    • River: Risotto
  • Top baking tip from Terran: Don't overcook; don't rely on looks to determine if it's done
  • Top risotto tip from River: Keep stirring, pay attention constantly
  • Top tip from the chef: Don't add too many seasonings; keep it simple
  • Clean up as you go
  • Pay attention to recipes

-Tips on hunting and plant foraging.. 1:09:30

  • Do it a lot at home to appreciate the diversity in other locales
  • Bow hunting is more natural and dependent on physicality than w/ a rifle

-How to care for yourself spiritually.. 1:12:45

  • First thing in the day: read Bible, journal, express gratitude
  • Sing doxology every Sunday
  • Spiritual Disciplines handbook by Adele Calhoun
  • Abide app
  • Self-examination at the end of each day allows you to reflect on how you did that day

-River and Terran's own life purposes.. 1:15:30

  • "To make the love and joy of God through writing and art"
  • "To use my art to make people feel strong emotions"

-River and Terran's take on 2020 w/ COVID-19, lockdowns, masks, etc.. 1:16:35

  • They enjoy seeing dad more
  • Different reactions w/ kids vs. adults

-One thing River and Terran think everyone should know or experience.. 1:19:40

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-The GoGreenfields podcast

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Jan 09, 2021
Ancient Healing Secrets, Tinctures, Salves, Hydrosols & Teas, Permaculture Tips & Much More From A Little-Known Superfood Farm In Hawaii.
01:11:47

I first met Doug Wolkon when I was visiting Kauai and was convinced by big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton to go visit a favorite local farm of his called Kauai Farmacy. I was immediately blown away by the vast array of over 80 varieties of organic healing plants and food orchards...

...along with a team of incredibly knowledgeable herbalists and gardeners; a closed-loop vermiculture feeding system (worm compost farm), honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators; wildfowl; environmentally-compatible farming (water-catchments, permaculture guilds, and more); and medicine-making systems (solar-dehydrators, low-temperature herb-curing, herbal teas, tinctures, hydrosols, salves, honey, capsules, and more).

Everything is done by hand at the Farmacy, including brewing homemade fertilizers from the plants they grow. They seed, propagate, plant, hand-harvest, artisanally-craft, and package all the herbal products they grow right on the farm. The fresh and pure nature of the herbs ensures high quality, potent, consistent, and effective plant medicine straight from the source.

Since that visit two years ago, if you've been following me on Instagram and elsewhere, you've seen me using ample amounts of Kauai Farmacy powders and tinctures in my recipes, along with products such as their salves and hydrosols for joint and skin health. Rooted in the wisdom of Hawaiian La’au lapa’au, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and the tribal indigenous, the potent herbal plant medicines harvested from the rich, volcanic soil of Kauai just seem to have a very unique and special energy.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Doug pursued a ten-year career in private equity finance in Connecticut. Before moving his family to Hawaii in 2007, Doug published The New Game, an economic theory and strategy for sustainable communities.

Doug co-founded Kauai Farmacy in 2010 with his wife Genna, and they currently live there with their three kids. The Farmacy is a seed-to-cup tropical herbal oasis spanning four acres and consisting of what may be the most diverse collection of plant medicine in the western hemisphere.

After spending the last 10 years experiencing the power of fresh plant medicine for both himself and his family on a daily basis, Doug thrives on a high-fat, ketogenic, 100% raw-food diet. Doug believes Kauai Farmacy's vertically-integrated herbal medicine model is a budding example of what needs to be the future of a more sustainable, preventative-care-focused healthcare industry.

You can click here to shop Kauai Farmacy, and use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15% on any products on their site, including those you'll discover below.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Why cacao is the ultimate superfood...8:45

  • Cacao Olena Olena is Hawaiian for turmeric
    • Helps with inflammation, metabolism
    • Freshness is key
    • Ingredients are yin and yang with the root family
    • Cacao is more of a fruit than the other ingredients (ginger and Olena)
  • Dark chocolate is a good source of magnesium
  • Cacao pods before they become chocolate are an intense experience
    • Elevates serotonin levels
    • High iron levels
  • Trail mix is coming soon (not on the website yet)

-An herbal chew containing moringa...15:45

-The fascinating story of Doug's Kauai Farmacy...20:30

  • High school athlete; went into world of finance
  • Left that world at age 31, overweight, unhealthy lifestyle
  • Became disenchanted with western medicine and lifestyle after traveling the world
  • Saw a need for real education on health and wellness in Western culture
  • Settled in Kauai, began a "healing journey"
  • Began planting and harvesting noni leaves
  • Island of Kauai is unmatched in its beauty and potential for plant medicines
  • Building the immune system is the best defense against disease
  • Blockages between the head and the sacral

-How noni leaves heal lower back pain...28:25

  • Kauai Farmacy has noni leaves in their salves
    • Beeswax
    • Coconut oil
  • Noni Hydrosol (steamed distillation)
  • Alkaloid Xeronine in noni
  • Noni leaves grow wild all over the island of Kauai
  • Cancer tumors are made up of acidic toxins
  • Noni alkalinity chips away at the toxins left in the body from bad food
  • Use caution when using noni at night due to its high circulatory effect in the bloodstream

-Techniques for growing a vast array of superfoods with minimal space...36:25

  • Biodiversity is the key
  • Feed the garden what is grown in the garden
  • Vermiculture (worm composting)
  • Worm poop is the healthiest manure possible
  • Comfrey tea goes in the garden
  • Hand-feed, harvest, cull, craft everything
  • It's very labor-intensive (but that's what this society needs)
  • Trenched farm, feeds into stream due to excessive rain on Kauai
  • Freshness of water, exposure to minerals

-Comfrey and its effectiveness in healing joints...43:00

  • Salve is the most convenient form
  • Root is more potent than the leaf, but the leaf has qualities not found in the root
  • Local beeswax added for additional medicinal benefits
  • Lubrication is a way of "thanking" your body after strenuous exercise or work
  • Cracked heels are a sign of things to come without any intervention
  • Comfrey brings suppleness to the bones and joints
  • Three main benefits of comfrey: stabilizes breath, hydrates, brings restoration

-Why Doug's ashwagandha is more potent than others from a libido standpoint...50:30

-Why turmeric needs to be an essential part of your diet...57:30

-Doug's unique high-fat, plant-based diet...1:01:15

  • Coconuts
  • Cacao
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocado
  • Fruits and greens during the day (the darker the better)
  • Moringa and spinach (raw)
  • Keep clean and light
  • Eat fatty foods in the evening
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Mashed, pureed, "slipper" foods

-How to visit and tour the Kauai Farmacy...1:06:30

-And much more!


Resources from this episode:

- Doug Wolkon:

- Podcast:

- Other resources:

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Jan 07, 2021
Carnivore Diet, Raw Beans, Lectin Myths, Pre-Sleep Gelatin, Apple Peels & More - Q&A Episode With Joel Greene!
51:55

It's time for Part 3 of my monster podcast series with author Joel Greene, in which Joel hops on for an epic solosode to answer all your burning questions, including:

  • How does "The Carnivore Code" affect Crohn's disease?
  • Should you cook beans, or eat them raw?
  • How much gelatin should you eat before bed or in the afternoon?
  • If apple peel is the first way forward, my question is how much apple peel should we aim for? And what's the best color apple?
  • How should we take human milk oligosaccharides (HMO)?
  • Any thoughts on taking pectin powder (like the kind used to make jellies) in order to feed Akkermansia?
  • Can you take apple peels and predigest them like sauerkraut?
  • Is there a clean baby formula or another supplement you can recommend?
  • What are the dangers of MCT oil supplementation? 
  • What’s your opinion of Nuchido Time+ NAD supplements?
  • Do I do the 2 weeks of apple skins, HMO, and phenol powder before I attempt any of the other modules?
  • Do I do the Daisy Cutter protocol right away or wait until later? At what point do I add the other modules in?
  • What is Joel’s one-day B vitamin protocol?
  • What is your source of HMO? Which brand and product?

If you missed part 1, in which we discuss rebooting your gut and sparking fat loss using some very unique biohacks and strategies, you can listen to it at "How To Reboot The Gut, Eat Cheesecake Without Gaining Weight, Amplify Any Fasting Protocol & Maximize Fat Loss."

You can hear part 2 at "Joel Greene Podcast Part 2: How To Reshape Fat Cells, Enhance Repair During Sleep, Target Your "Circaseptan Rhythms," Build Young Muscle & Get Rid Of Old Muscle."

You can also, check out Joel's guest post on my blog entitled "Your Body Fat Is Your Immune System’s Mothership: The Mysterious Relationship Between Fat Cells & Immunity."

So, who is Joel Greene, exactly?

To put it simply, he's a man who had his 10,000 hours in before I was even born.

  • In the 1970s, he was interval training.
  • In 1979, he was doing Olympic lifts for three hours every night.
  • In the 80s, he began studying MCTs.
  • In 1990, he began studying the keto diet.
  • In the early 90s, he was doing what would be called intermittent fasting today.
  • In the mid 90s, he experienced the rebound from chronic starvation. 
  • In the late 90s, he went through his clean eating phase, his macro phase, and his ancestral diet phase.
  • By 2001, he had his first nutrition website publishing cutting edge research.
  • By 2006, he came to the end of all the above and discovered none of it worked over time and under real-life pressure.
  • In 2007, he authored the first article for the health and fitness community based on the new science linking gut bacteria and obesity.
  • In 2008, his website lookcut.com hit #2 on Google for weight loss—with over 1,000 original groundbreaking articles that today represent many of the most widely copied ideas in nutrition.
  • In 2009, he launched the world's first diet system based on targeting gut bacteria.
  • In 2010, he was implementing signal activation of the AMPK pathway. The gurus only began speaking to AMPK in 2017.
  • By 2013, he had the world's largest body of anecdotal outcomes for body composition targeting the gut bacteria.
  • In 2013, he published the first article to the health and fitness community on the dangers of MCT oil supplementation.

Today—at 53, on 1 workout a week, eating whatever, whenever, with no drugs, SARMS, prohormones, or ergogenic aids ever—he is the world leader in hacking the body. He is the real deal. He has done it longer and has always been far ahead. He looks it, he lives it. What the gurus say is impossible, he was living every day before they were gurus.

He has hacked peak human…

Working out once per week…

Eating whatever, whenever…

…and does it all on fast food!

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition, today.

Joel is the creator of the VEEP Nutrition System, the world's first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to effect biomarkers. He is a featured author, speaker, and guest in top tier publications such as Muscle and Fitness24 Hour Fitness Digital MagazineCBS OnlineSuperhuman Radio, and beyond. His system has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, where it has delivered astounding life-changing results.

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition—today, and his new book was one of the most nitty-gritty deep dives into “rebooting your body” that I've ever read. The Immunity Code is simply a new paradigm and an entirely new way to think about caring for your body. The new goal is learning to control immunity, health, and aging using new science-based techniques (or hacks, if you will) to steer immunity for health and to slow, or even reverse, aging. ​

This book will change everything you know about your body. Starting with simple easy to-dos that build one on top of the other, you will emerge with a powerful understanding of how your body really works and how to control it over time, in the real world. Simply put, you will jump 10 years ahead of anything else on the shelf today.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Crohn's disease and the carnivore diet...7:05

  • The Carnivore Code podcast about Crohn's disease
  • The Truth About The Carnivore Diet: Everything You Need To Know About Dangers, Benefits, Mistakes & Hacks For Eating Only Meat, With Dr. Paul Saladino.
  • Going purely plant-based may show short-term benefit, but long-term harm
  • What will heal the gut?
  • Oil and gas in the engine: the order in which it is added is essential
  • Structure-function of the gut:
    • Essential foods based on how the gut works
    • Diet that's high in fish and fiber may be the most beneficial
    • High meat and omega 6 fats may increase susceptibility to Crohn's disease
  • Gut and colon exist in a state of extreme oxidative stress (normal for the colon)
  • The colon is where most digestion takes place
    • Butyrate is the primary fuel of colonocytes, the cells lining the colon
    • When you use the saccharolytic pathway to fiber, you get antioxidants and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA)
    • When you use amino acids to make butyrate, you get short SCFAs and ammonia
  • When the right bacteria in place is given fiber, you get:
    • Optimal amounts of butyrate
    • Moderate amounts of propionate and acetate
  • Fatty liver a result of too much acetate
  • Macrophages in the colon are adapted to ignore inflammatory signals like interleukin 1β (IL-1β)
    • Antioxidants maintain this colonic homeostasis
  • When the colon is deprived of antioxidants...
    • Ascorbate levels in the colonic walls go down
    • Inflammatory mediators like tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα) is elevated, shutting off butyrate transport (gut can't make use of butyrate)
  • Crohn's disease is characterized by...
    • A loss of butyrate-producing species of bacteria
    • A gain of methane-producing species of bacteria
  • Butyrate is also made from amino acids and other proteins
  • Butyrate from amino acids gives:
    • SCFAs
    • Ammonia
  • Sustained production of ammonia gives cancer-promoting alkylated carbonyls
    • Higher alkalinity in the colon will lead to cancer
  • Fiber and plants are the optimal way to feed the colon
  • Long term production of butyrate from sources other than fiber gives you...
    • A lack of antioxidants
    • Ammonia
    • SCFA imbalances
  • Lower gut is fed by plants
  • Upper gut is fed by animal foods
    • Animal proteins are the best source of amino acids
    • Amino acids with niacin (also abundant in meat) are beneficial for the gut

-Diet strategies for improving mental health...17:50

  • Studies done on mice are limited in their efficacy to treat humans' mental health
  • Changes in gut biome give a bump in energy, but not big differences in mood
  • Reductions in body fat and improvements in metabolism are correlated with improved mood, ameliorating depression
  • Research project headed by Dr. Ryan D'Arcy, a type of "FitBit or Oura Ring for the brain" (wearable for the brain)
    • Maps and measures the impact of various specific indices of cognitive performance such as mood, depression, recall, etc.
    • Measures how changes in the gut biome can affect mood, depression, energy, etc.

-Raw beans and toxic lectins...24:00

  • Cook then cool down beans
  • Not all lectins are toxic; many have large health benefits
    • Chick pea lectins inhibit breast cancer
    • Banana lectins can slow the growth of liver cancer
    • Concanavalin, a legume lectin, kills certain types of cancer in mice and ameliorates diabetes and HIV in humans
    • Human lectins are essential for immunity

-How much gelatin to eat after lunch and before bed...25:00

  • ~100 grams via 5 cal. jello
  • Bedtime intake results in body fat reduction
  • Glycine in the jello tends to sensitize adiponectin and helps improve insulin sensitivity
  • During the day, it helps with hunger pangs while dieting strictly

-How much, and what color apple peels are the best?...25:45

  • Red apples due to color pigments
  • Not an exact science on the amounts due to individual tolerances
  • Start small, titrate your dose up due to your own tolerance
  • Strains of bacteria in the gut will affect the best intake

-Should we take human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) powder dry, or in a smoothie...26:45

  • A smoothie with the HMO powder, apple peel, and red phenols mixed with whey protein is the easy way...
  • BEN, WOULD ORGANIFI RED BE A GOOD OPTION FOR RED PHENOL POWDER? THE AMAZON RESULTS CURRENTLY LINKED GIVE SOME PRETTY VARIED OPTIONS.

-Citrus pectin and feeding Akkermansia bacteria...27:20

  • Citrus pectin is similar to apple peel in terms of polysaccharides; don't absorb very well in the gut unless heated
  • Does not really feed Akkermansia
  • What citrus pectins do is prevent cancer

-Can you take apple peels and pre-digest them like sauerkraut?..28:10

  • Fermentation is what makes bacteria; the idea is to make bacteria in the gut

-A clean baby formula Joel recommends...28:35

  • There are a lot of HMO products in the market right now and more coming out soon

-What are the dangers of MCT oil supplementation? Should we be "gluten scared"?...29:25

-NAD supplements and inflammation...30:20

-How to introduce Joel's apple peel protocol into your diet...31:20

  • Not done all the time but have to do periodically (done whenever needed)
  • Immune-related and immune-centric issues in the gut are targeted

-Should you start the two-day core eating right away?...32:30

  • Two-day core eating is meant to solve declining bifidobacteria with age, ageing in general, sleep disruption, etc.

-Should one begin the daisy-cutter protocol right away, and how often should you do it?...33:30

  • It's not for the faint of heart; only do it if you're prepared physically and mentally
  • Once a year max

-When to do Joel's B vitamin protocol...35:00

  • It is kind of a test that you do when you feel you need energy

-Does NAD increase inflammation?...35:55

  • Immune cell metabolism is the underlying issue

-Joel's preferred source of HMO...37:30

  • Baby formula does the job

-Questions from Raja at Seed Probiotics about research Joel cited in previous podcasts...38:10

  • What is the primary fuel source of colonocytes?
  • In the intestines, glutamine is the main fuel source of the enterocytes
  • Butyrate levels in the colon are more important than glutamine
  • Akkermansia levels in lean vs. obese people; men vs. women
    • Japanese herb Kampo
  • Insufficient human evidence for polyphenols stimulating Akkermansia
  • How cold exposure affects Akkermansia
  • Prebiotics blunt the effects of TNFα

Resources from this episode:

- Joel Greene:

- Other resources:

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Jan 02, 2021
Q&A 422: Colostrum & Melatonin For COVID, 14 Ways To Find Balance In Your Life, Is Nut Oil & Fish Oil Oxidized, Rancid Or Bad For You? Is Sunlight Beneficial In The Winter? & Much More.
01:18:12

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  • Interesting approach to a COVID vaccine...seems relatively natural - passive immunity by immunoglobulin transfer [10:45]
    • Another model/mechanism of action for colostrum/COVID here [12:30]
  • Interesting...The most effective anti-COVID medicine in one recent analysis was…melatonin [15:20]

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Is Nut Oil & Fish Oil Oxidized, Rancid Or Bad For You?...25:22

Grace from Australia asks: I've been hearing a lot about the dangers of polyunsaturated fats lately, particularly in regards to how they oxidize easily, which could create cellular damage. Does this mean I should avoid regular consumption of nuts and fatty fish? I know that in nuts, the antioxidant properties of vitamin E could offset this oxidative damage, but vitamin E is also susceptible to light and heat.

In my response, I recommend:

Can You Get Benefits From Sunlight In The Winter?...41:00

Taylor asks: I wanted to start by saying your podcast is absolutely incredible and it has changed the way that I view health and longevity. My question for you today is regarding sunlight. I live in the Midwest and typically in late October is when the UVB starts to decline. However, I was wondering if there is still benefit to getting out in the light, even without a shirt on. I know that sounds crazy in the winter months, but please let me know what your thoughts are on this, and thank you so much.

In my response, I recommend: 

14 Ways To Find Balance In Your Life...50:35

Jake asks: Hey, Ben, my name is Jake and I was just wondering how you find balance. I personally struggle trying to find balance in my financial, physical, mental, and spiritual health. How do you find the time? Thanks.

In my response, I recommend:

  1. Eat the frog first, whatever that is for you
  2. Create, not consume while using screens
    • YouTube to mp3 converter app
  3. All push notifications OFF
    • Kegel camp app
  4. Only one major meal per day
  5. Batch cooking
    • PowerXL Pressure Cooker
    • Good Crockpot
    • Joule Sous Vide Wand
    • Traeger Grill
  6. Split the day in two with a nap
    • NUCalm (w/ th 30 minute reboot function)
  7. Walk a LOT (and listen to audiobooks, podcasts, etc. while walking)
  8. Always be reading/learning (Kindle WhisperSync)
  9. Evernote synced across all devices (e.g. as outlined here) - use a simple text file to capture, organize, and ultimately clarify all relevant information during administrative blocks — leaving your brain free to execute.
  10. Ruthlessly outsource
  11. Calendar every Sunday evening (Google cal or Busy cal)
  12. Be in touch with God at all times
    • Book: Practicing His Presence
  13. Accept seasons in life of harder work (e.g. 16-18 hour work days)
  14. Work hard, rest hard (e.g. Sabbath)
  • Recommended Books:
    • Art of Less Doing 
    • 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
    • Time Rich 
    • Deep Work by Cal Newport
Dec 31, 2020
Breathwork vs. Psychedelics, Tantric Sex, Relational Alchemy, Questions That Lead To Love & Much More With Stefanos Sifandos & Christine Hassler.
01:24:35

My two guests on today's show flew to my home in Spokane to train me and my wife Jessa in some very special forms of breath work training that they specialize in, particularly for couples and tantric sex, but also for trauma, emotional release and much more.

Stefanos Sifandos describes himself as a relational alchemist, international speaker, and author who facilitates transformational growth through neuro-empowerment practices, an integration of spiritual praxis, and western psychology to improve, evolve, and enhance the quality of relationships. By integrating the best of Eastern and Western methodologies and philosophies, and using integrative techniques methods, Stefanos has created programs and systems to enhance the quality of your life, your relationship, and, in essence, bring them closer to their potential.

Christine Hassler is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, master coach, and podcast host who is committed to guiding people and organizations into their highest potential. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about, but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. Her thirst for personal development continued as she dived into self-help books, attended seminars and retreats, got trained in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and eventually pursued her master’s degree in spiritual psychology with an emphasis in consciousness, health, and healing from the University of Santa Monica. As a student (and eventually, faculty member), Christine found that the principles she learned at the USM were foundational to her life and work. In 2005, she wrote her first book 20 Something 20 Everything, and then the 20 Something Manifesto in 2008. Her latest best-selling book, Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present and Get What You Really Want, is the guidebook for how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral, and spiritual levels.

The breath work course we discuss in detail in the show is their Breathwork and Meditation Series (use code BEN to save $30).

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-What a "relational alchemist" is...08:15

  • Moving from an undesirable place in a relationship to what you love
  • What's not giving us clarity is a sense of unresolved pain, trauma, fear
  • First build safety, rapport, trust between Stefanos and his clients

-The role of breathwork in Stefanos' practice...10:15

-How Christine became a life coach...15:55

  • Began life coaching in 2004
  • Blend coaching with psychology
  • Identify the emotional root cause of an issue
  • "I've been my own best client"
  • Left successful career in Hollywood
  • Masked insecurity by being an overachiever
  • Wrote first book 20 Something 20 Everything shortly after becoming a life coach
  • Grain Brain by David Perlmutter
  • Labels create limitations

-How Christine and Stefanos met...23:00

  • Both were tired of uncommitted relationships prior to meeting
  • Nice to have the emotional intimacy prior to meeting physically
  • Article: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

-The protocols Stefanos and Christine did with Ben and Jessa this past August...31:45

  • A few of the questions:
    • "When I look at you, I see..."
    • "When you look at me, I think you see..." (perception checking)
    • "When you look at me, I want you to see..." (how we want to be perceived)
    • "When I feel most angry, sad, etc."
  • Get the intimacy back in the relationship before talking about issues
  • Create safety so the other feels "seen"
  • Empathy through stillness

-The science behind breathwork that connects couples...38:00

  • Voluntary hyperventilation (alters brain chemistry)
  • Shared experience, sensory overload, brings about camaraderie together
  • Breathing does not alter the oxygenation of the blood
  • Regulating CO2, the main driver of respiration
  • Voluntary hyperventilation blow down CO2 levels
  • Respiratory alkalosis
  • Enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness
  • Access unconscious parts of the self you can't ordinarily access via breath technique
  • Unconscious memories that precede the relationship come to the forefront

-How the body resists anticipated change from breathwork or therapy...47:15

  • The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  • Ben became very sick during Stefanos' and Christine's visit
  • We store experiences in the body; pattern-recognizing machine
  • Resistance vs. releasing

-Enhancing lovemaking with the tantric approach...52:05

-How Christine got off antidepressants...1:03:00

  • Diet: No gluten, alcohol, sugar
  • Depression is oftentimes suppression and repression
  • Emotional release work vs. catharsis
  • Temper tantrum: Children self-soothe if you let them alone
  • Intuition was muted while on anti-depressants (her biggest asset as a life coach)
  • Not wise to quit meds cold turkey
  • Article: Dark Side of Antidepressants by Chris Kresser
  • Christine's podcast on the Joe Rogan show
  • Anxiety, anger, etc. are the body's alarm system (which we can miss with medication)
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky
  • Primal sounding (screaming, guttural sounds)

-Rules for getting to the other side of arguments and disagreements...1:14:45

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Dec 26, 2020
Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting, Home Schooling, Religion, Muscle Gain, Sourdough Bread & Much More With The Mind Pump Guys & Jessa Greenfield.
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Dec 24, 2020
Are Christians Destroying The Environment? A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the “Dominion Mandate”.
01:37:55

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Let's face it: Christians don't seem to be very good environmentalists.

We have been shockingly bad at using our Bibles and our brains when it comes to conservation and the environment. Unhinged environmentalism is not the answer, but neither are ignorance and apathy. It's time for something different, and my guest on today's podcast - Dr. Gordon Wilson - feels that Christian responsibility for the natural world goes back to the very beginning, when God commanded us to "fill the earth and subdue it." This so-called "Dominion Mandate" is an authoritative alternative to both environmental activists and to those who think "conservation" is a word progressives made up.

So what does "dominion" mean for us, living in a world of constant reports about impending global meltdown; of oils spills, pollution, and strip-mining; of extinction threats both real and imagined? Gordon and his new book A Different Shade of Green: A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the Dominion Mandate contains a compelling Christian approach to biodiversity, conservation and other environmental issues, offering solutions and correcting errors while teaching us how to give thanks for and rule over all of creation.

Dr. Wilson is currently a Senior Fellow of Natural History at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Before coming to NSA he was a faculty member at Liberty University from 1991 2003.  He has also taught on a part-time basis at the University of Idaho and Lynchburg College. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in 2003, and also earned his M.S. in Entomology (1989) and B.S. in Education/Biology (1984) at the University of Idaho. He has published his dissertation research on the reproductive ecology of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina Carolina) in Southeastern Naturalist and The Herpetological Bulletin. He regularly writes popular natural history articles for Answers Magazine and has recently published a biology textbook called The Riot and the Dance: Earth. He is also the narrator of a two part nature documentary series called by the same name.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

Opening remarks from Ben

-How we've lost our perception of the intelligence of plants...10:00

  • The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Buhner
  • Christianity began process of removing sacred intelligence of all life after the fall of the Roman Empire
  • "Dominion mandate" Nature is created by God for people; views creation as a mere resource rather than part of the creation
  • Protestantism reduced sacredness to only Jesus
  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • Movement within Christianity to renew an understanding of the sacred elements of the planet
  • Human inventions has limitations: design flaws, human biases, etc.
  • Reductionism: we examine systems by taking them apart
  • This is not sufficient to fully understand the planet

-Biophilia, and perceiving all of nature with the emotional bond we have with family and pets...14:30

  • The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Buhner
  • Loss of biophilia aggravated by:
    • Not growing up in nature leads to a lack of appreciation for it
    • The idea that Earth and nature is not "alive"
  • Public school curriculum by and large have this loss of biophilia
  • Earth in Mind by David Orr
  • Television has deleteriously affected imagination, creativity, storytelling, dreaming
  • Television is to dreaming what junk food is to real food
  • We've lost our connection to the sacredness of the universe with the advent of modern media and technology
  • Two barriers to our understanding of our environment:
    • Indoor television (video games to a lesser extent)
    • Reductionistic scientism in a public school scenario
  • Indigenous peoples will say their understanding of plants and plant medicine came from the plants themselves
  • Ayahuasca supposedly revealed to people by the plants themselves
  • Christians and scientists should spend more time in nature and perceive the sacred intelligence in plants

Interview with Gordon Wilson

-Life as a biologist and a Christian...35:25

  • Being a creationist is tantamount to being a heretic in the biology field at large (evolution is the cardinal doctrine)
  • Wanted to learn the theory of evolution the way it was taught to prove he knew what they believed
  • This approach more or less assuaged any animosity that may have existed between himself and his peers, superiors, etc.
  • University deans and what not feared losing federal funding because a creationist is merely speaking, even if it's not his own views
  • In Six Days by John Ashton
  • Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur were notable biologists who held to the creationist theory of the world

-The pressing need Gordon saw in writing his book...43:15

  • Two contrarian views within the Christian community:
    • Use of resources with little concern for the future
    • Being influenced by environmentalist propaganda, governmental overreach, etc.
  • Understanding God's "mind" in creating the world, life on it, etc.
  • What is the Christian's proper use of creation within that context
  • Humans as "image bearers" are tasked with preserving and enhancing the environment
  • Gordon wanted the book to be readable and enjoyable for all

-The "dominion mandate": What it is and what it has to do with environmentalism...47:00

  • Genesis 1:28 "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'"
  • You can't have dominion over things that don't exist
  • It's not for us to choose which creatures are useful and which are not
  • "Rule" over creatures is not a tyranny
  • Christ the head of the church, to present the church as a spotless bride; the church is to be beautified by his headship
  • Dominion can be beautiful or bad, depending on the mindset of the one to whom authority is given
  • Parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14~30)

-Common stereotypes among Christians when it comes to the environment...54:05

  • Anti-Green Andy: the environment is there for the taking, little concern for the future
  • Apathetic April: Goes to church, gives zero purposeful thought to the environment at all
  • Pre-Mil Pete: Christ is coming any day, so we shouldn't concern ourselves with the state of the planet; evangelize, evangelize, evangelize
  • Green Greta: Loves the environment, but has drunk the secular, progressive Kool-Aid

-The ideal "stereotype" of an environmentally-conscious Christian...59:45

  • William Wilberforce founded the first animal rights organization in England
  • Work within your own sphere of influence
  • Gordon's book is not a "how-to" guide, but an instruction in principles
  • Guiding principles: Love God, Love thy neighbor (The Golden Rule)
  • Proverbs 12:10 "A righteous man has regard for his beast."
  • Animals should not suffer because we're lazy
  • Make your home beautiful with plants
  • If it's ugly, don't do it, even if it doesn't cause a huge tragedy
  • Not polluting the air
  • Comply with regulations because it's right, not simply to be in compliance
  • Working at turning around the Titanic
  • Government mandates may not be necessary if more people take a conscious mindset toward the environment

-How fossil fuels have been unnecessarily demonized...1:09:05

-Concerns over the ability to feed a growing world population...1:14:53

-Practical and moral ways to affect lasting change in the environment...1:23:00

  • "Christian conservationist" rather than an "environmentalist"
  • Easy to become self-righteous by having certain practices that promote the environment
  • Encourage innovation among the producers, versus guilting the consumer
  • The solution to environmental problems is the solution to sin
  • Pollution and the Death of Man by Francis Schaeffer
  • The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology textbook by Dr. Gordon Wilson

-And much more...

Resources from this episode:

- Dr. Gordon Wilson:

- Podcasts:

- Other resources:

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Gordon Wilson or me? Leave your comments at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/shadeofgreen and one of us will reply!

Dec 19, 2020
Fire & Ice: Tips, Tricks & Biohacks To Maximize The Benefits Of Sauna, Hyperthermia, Cryotherapy & Cold Thermogenesis.
01:12:35

Ever wonder how hot your sauna should be?

The benefits of dry vs. infrared?

Things you can use to heat up the body or enhance detoxification more during the use of heat?

How about how cold a cold shower or cold bath should be?

What kind of hacks increase fat loss in response to cold thermogenesis?

Does cryotherapy really "blunt the effects of exercise"?

 

 

In this extremely comprehensive overview of all things heat, hyperthermia, sauna, cold, cryotherapy and cold thermogenesis, Ben gives you everything you need to know to enhance performance, cognition, fat loss, cellular resilience, detoxification, anti-aging and much, much more. You can consider this podcast to be your ultimate resource on all things hot and cold.

 

 

In this special "solosode" from Ben, you'll discover:

-Ben's longstanding interest in biomechanics...6:25

 

-Ben's sadistic foray into hyperthermia...10:40

 

-The endurance benefits of heat...15:15

 

-Muscular benefits of heat...19:00

 

-Longevity benefits of heat...26:45

 

-How heat (or leaving heat) promotes brain health...27:35

 

 

-Tips and tricks to enhance your sauna experience...35:25

 

-How cold affects the brain...43:00

 

-Inflammation and immune system benefits of cold...49:50

 

-The effects of cold on aging...53:15

 

-Cold's effects on fat loss...54:20

 

-Performance and recovery...58:25

 

-Tips and tricks to enhance cold thermogenesis...1:03:45

 

 

Episode sponsors:

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Got a question for me about what I discussed in this episode? Leave a comment at bengreenfieldfitness.com/hotandcold and I'll reply!

Dec 17, 2020
One Comprehensive Health Test To Rule Them All? How To Get An At-A-Glance "Clarity" Report Of Your Genetic Age, Death Risk, Gut Health, Ideal Diet, Exercise, Sleep & Much More.
01:20:29

Drs. Matt Dawson and Mike Mallin are multi-time repeat podcast guests on my show, and the lead physicians at Wild Health, with locations and physicians spread all across the United States.

I first interviewed these guys in the episode "How To Use Precision Medicine To Enhance Athletic Performance, Defy Aging, Balance Hormones, Fix The Heart & Much More." then again in "Why Your DNA Is Worthless (& What You Need To Focus On Instead)", and finally, a few months ago, in the episode "Biohacking Your Brain With Precision Medicine, Genomics, Psychedelics, Advanced Nutritional Strategies & Much More!".

In this episode, they're back to reveal a brand new, impressively comprehensive biomarkers test that they've had a team of MDs, PHDs, data scientists, and software developers working on for over a year. It takes into account genetics, epigenome, microbiome, environment and more, and they call it "Wild Health Clarity".

Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the Wild Health Podcast, and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity.

Whether you're a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing your mental clarity and mobility to keep up with your grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping you perform at your absolute peak.

Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the Wild Health Podcast. He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in emergency medicine in Salt Lake City, UT, where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR, and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the Ultrasound Podcast, an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound.

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During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Matt and Mike's report is different from all the other reports out there...09:45

  • Obsessed with precision medicine
  • SNP's give incomplete genetic info
  • Multiomics (blood biomarkers, microbiome data) is difficult to quantify thoroughly
  • One single report to optimize health and maximize health span

-How the report is utilized from doctor to patient...14:30

  • Overall assessment (tree of life)
  • Begin with an overall objective score (out of 100)
  • Get the number, then discuss how to raise the score
  • Epigenetic age
  • Chronic disease risk calculator
  • Longevity genes

(The following notes are the review of Ben's report)

-Sleep and circadian genetics...18:25

  • The only thing in Ben's report that could be improved was sleep
  • Oura Ring data is used as a reference
  • Deep, REM, total amount of sleep were slightly lacking
  • An afternoon nap or meditation session may help alleviate sleep issues
  • How do you feel when you wake up; do you use an alarm to wake up
  • Certain gene SNP's affect circadian rhythm
  • Examine multiple SNP's simultaneously
  • Resting heart rate elevation during first half of the night indicates eating too late

-Diet and nutrition...27:00

  • Begin with macronutrients: carbs, fat, saturated fat, protein; proceed to micronutrients
  • Carb intolerance score is primarily from genetics
  • Gives an idea of what the body is best for converting into energy
  • Higher LDL increases risk of CV disease (but take data into context)
  • The report isn't meant to stand on its own; it's a reference point to practice precision medicine
  • Begin with general recommendations to account for conflicts in the report due to multiple labs giving data
  • Recommendations are editable by the physician

-Methylation...40:35

-Vitamins and micronutrients...46:20

-Balancing gut reactions vs. genetic pathways to superfoods...49:45

  • What do you like? What have you tried in the past
  • Very few set in stone guidelines; lots of room for experimentation
  • Know how to pursue a particular diet like the carnivore diet

-Exercise and recovery...52:10

  • Most important factors: genetics and preferences
  • DNAfit test
  • Plan is for a beginner looking for where to start; make recommendations on existing plans for established athletes
  • Sex hormone binding globulin tends to be high in active individuals eating a high fat, low carb diet
  • DUTCH test

-Neural behavioral...1:00:15

  • FAAH gene determines how you use CBD
  • BDNF: take lion's mane, sauna (use code BENGREENFIELD to save $500)
  • Tips and tricks to "hack" neurological function

-Microbiome...1:01:55

  • Viome test results added to the WH results (use code GREENFIELD to save 5%)
  • Diversity is high; inflammation is low (ideal scenario)
  • Berberine can help with proteobacteria
  • Onegevity
  • Probiotics are difficult to change gut bacteria
  • Lifestyle and diet are important

-Cardiovascular disease...1:06:40

  • Two risk scores:
    • Mesa
    • Genetic CV risk score

-Longevity...1:10:05

  • Telomere lengths
  • Ben's epigenetic age
  • Biological vs. chronological age
  • Proceed with caution when it comes to prescriptions and medications
  • Telomere data is shaky

-How to take the Wild Health Clarity report...1:14:20

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

10% discount to be a patient at Wildhealth.com with the code BEN.
10% discount to be a fellow at wildhealthfellowship.com with the code BEN.
10% discount to attend our course that Ben will attend at wildhealthsummit.com with the code BEN.

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Colostrum: With winter in full-swing and the gut-busting holidays approaching, it's a great time to start taking colostrum as insurance. You can get Kion Colostrum and save 20% off your first order with code BGF20

-Organifi Gold: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing “Golden Milk” nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20.

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Matt Dawson, Mike Mallin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Dec 12, 2020
Q&A 421: Microdosing With LSD, Fish Oil & Omega-6 Fatty Acid Confusion Cleared, The Latest Coffee Research, Staying Fit In Your Car & Much More!
01:14:02

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

Listener Q&A:

Can You Get Vitamin D From Mushrooms?...30:20

 

 

How To Train & Recover In Your Car...37:20

 

 

How Many Omega 6 Fatty Acids Do You Need?...47:08

Dec 10, 2020
Inside The Bizarre World & Strange Science of Exercise Recovery: What Works, What Doesn't & Why Many Studies Are Flawed.
01:11:37

In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.

 

 

My guest on today's podcast, science writer and author of the new book Good to Go is named Christie Aschwanden. In her book and on our podcast, she takes you on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance; she examines the latest trends among athletes, from NFL star Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles’ pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps’s “cupping” ritual; and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float tanks, and infrared saunas.

 

 

At a time when the latest recovery products and services promise so much, Christie seeks answers to the fundamental question: do any of these things actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance? Christie is an Ideas columnist at Wired, and writes the Test Gym column at Elemental. She is the former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington Post. Christie is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She’s also been a contributing editor for Runner’s World and a contributing writer for Bicycling. Her work appears in dozens of publications, including Discover, Slate, Consumer Reports, New Scientist, More, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, NPR.org, Scientific American, Science News, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine.

 

 

She’s the recipient of a 2014/2015 Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship In Complexity Science and was a 2013/2014 Carter Center Fellow. Christie received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in 2007 to travel to Vietnam and report on the legacy of Agent Orange. Her television report on Agent Orange, created in collaboration with producer George Lerner, appeared on the PBS program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria in June 2007. Her New York Times article about an Agent Orange remediation project in Vietnam’s central highlands was awarded the 2008 Arlene Award for articles that make a difference.

 

 

Christie was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011. Other honors she’s received include a Best Article Award (2005) and Outstanding Essay Award (2007) from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, an honorable mention for print journalism from the American Institute of Biological Sciences (2007), the National Association of Science Writers’ 2013 Science in Society Award for Commentary/ Opinion, a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Magazine Journalism from the Society for Professional Journalists in 2015, and a AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Award and an Information is Beautiful Award in 2016.

 

She has twice been a finalist for the NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award (in 2016 and 2017), and GOOD TO GO was a finalist for the 2020 Colorado Book Award. A frequent speaker at writer’s workshops and journalism conferences, Christie is the founder of the Creative Convergence freelance writing workshops, which she developed with funding from the National Association of Science Writers. She has taught at the Santa Fe ScienceWriting Workshop, the Boulder Magazine Writer’s Conference, the Telluride Writer’s Guild and at the Northern California Science Writers Association professional workshop series. More information about Christie’s speaking engagements here.

 

 

A lifetime athlete, Christie has raced in Europe and North America on the Team Rossignol Nordic ski racing squad. She lives with her husband and numerous animals on a small winery and farm in western Colorado. (Read more about how she found her place in this Oprah Magazine essay.) In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, bicycling, skiing, reading novels, digging in the garden and raising heritage poultry. Christie blogs about science at Last Word On Nothing. Find her on Twitter @CragCrest.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How a beer study jumpstarted Christie's book...05:55

 

-Why tests on human physiology need to be viewed with a grain of salt...18:20

 

-Why studies of sports drinks are oftentimes problematic...28:25

 

-Why cold therapy actually hinders recovery...37:30

 

-The importance of placebos for recovery...47:25

 

-Expensive sports bars vs. utilizing wisdom in the food we eat...55:20

 

-Whether or not massage actually assists with recovery...1:03:20

 

-The most potent (and overlooked) recovery tool known to science...1:06:35

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Omega

-Organifi Glow

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Clearlight Saunas

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Christine or me? Leave your comments at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/goodtogo and one of us will reply!

Dec 05, 2020
The South African Performance Expert Who Blends Biohacking, Biomechanics, Body, Mind, Relationships, Environment & Beyond To Optimize Human Performance.
01:19:44

My guest on today's show is a man I met in India and immediately became intrigued with when he sat down to dinner with me and a friend, and began to delve into unlocking flow states in athletes through breath work. It turns out he had over two decades of experience in coaching professional athletes towards not only cultivating a winning mindset, but also customizing their training loads to their biomechanics and physiology, then optimizing body, mind, relationship and personal environment to skyrocket the careers of the Indian professional teams and athletes he was working with.

His name is Shayamal Vallabhjee, and he describes his new book Breathe, Believe, Balance: A Guide to Self-discovery and Healing  as an "out-of-the-box approach" to performance enhancement. It is one part memoir and one part guide to self-discovery - an intimate account of the lessons Shayamal learned while growing up during South Africa's apartheid era, from living the life of a monk and traveling the globe with professional athletes. Using his knowledge and experience from the worlds of science, spirituality, and psychology, in this book, he takes you through this introspective and self-healing journey. From understanding the importance of self-love to decoding the science of healthy relationships; from learning to be emotionally present in every conversation to engineering your environment for success, Breathe, Believe, Balance helps you take a deeper look at your life. Offering a scientific analysis of the human psyche and packed with useful questionnaires, his book is your guide to self-transformation and personal mastery.

Shayamal is a South African born Sports Scientist, Psychologist and High Performance Coach. He hold two masters degrees in Clinical and Organizational Psychology. He grew up in apartheid South Africa, where his dream of wanting to play sports for the country faced an insurmountable opponent in institutionalized segregation. Not quite ready to quit sport, he studied Sports & Exercise Science. After returning from the Cricket World Cup in 2003 (Technical Analyst of Indian Cricket Team), he realized that irrespective of one’s academic qualifications and experience, racism was going to be a barrier to growth for people of color. To escape the pain of discrimination, he lived a monastic life for just under four years at the Hare Krsna Temple in South Africa. During that time, he discovered the close parallels between modern psychology and ancient vedic philosophy. Shayamal has since studied the various spiritual philosophies and worked to bridge the gap between spirituality and psychology in an attempt to guide his clients - the worlds best athletes and CEOs.

Shayamal is a 4x TEDx speaker, a recipient of the INK Fellowship, the Australia India Youth Fellowship, Men’s Health Trainer of the Year, and Wellness Guru of the Year 2019. He serves on the Global Advisory Board of Herbalife Nutrition, Adidas Running and the UK Risk Management Forum. He has authored four book on Sports Science and Motivation and lectured at academic institutes globally for more than a decade. As a motivational speaker, Shayamal has delivered more than 350 keynotes addresses.

Shayamal has served as a consultant to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa , Kenyan Athletics Team, Indian Olympic Association, United Nations Youth Forums, and on the peer review board of numerous academic scientific journals.  He has been a High Performance Coach or Sports Scientist to the South Africa High Performance and Women’s Cricket Team, 2003 Indian World Cup Cricket Team, South Africa Davis Cup Team, Indian Davis Cup Team, Kings XI Punjab (IPL), Bengaluru FC (3 x Winners of Premier League in India), Jaipur Pink Panthers (Inaugural Kabaddi Champions), St Lucia Stars (Carribean Premier League). He has been the Sports Scientist with the Indian Contingent at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, London 2012 Olympics, Delhi Commonwealth Games, and 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. He has worked on the ATP Tennis Tour for six years with individuals like Mahesh Bhupathi (12 x Grand Slam Champion), Sania Mirza (6 x GS), Max Mirnyi (10 x GS), Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic (US Open Winner), and more.

In 2012, he founded the HEAL Institute - Mumbai’s first Sports Science and Rehab practice. He exited the business in 2018 after it was acquired by Centrum Capital. He is currently the founder of QSV Inspiration Media - a digital content start up, seed funded by AR Rahman, Shekar Kapur and Samir Bangara. Shayamal has been featured as an expert on four National Geographic Documentaries, and has had his own shows on Star Sports and ESPN.

During our podcast, we explore many concepts in the book and beyond, including:

-Shayamal's journey to being a high-performance coach...09:55

  • Grew up during apartheid era of South Africa
  • Wanted to play cricket at the national level, but was unable to due to his race and public policy
  • Cricket Union paid for scholarship in sports science
  • Went from a cricket player to a member of the medical staff for the national team
  • Being a person of authority on the team forced Shayamal to "fast-track" his learning and growth
  • In 2003 was hired as a technical analyst for the Indian national cricket team (analyzing biomechanics of team and opposition players)

-How Shayamal analyzed biomechanics of athletes to strengthen his team, and exploit weaknesses of the opposition...14:22

  • High-speed digital cameras and patches to analyze movement
  • Looking for changes in technique, managing chronic injury such as stress fractures
  • This technology has changed professional sports, both competition and training
  • Silicon Coach
  • Pro Zone camera system

-A victim of blatant racism, Shayamal reorganizes his life's priorities...18:20

  • Was short-listed for a position on the South African national team, only to realize it was to fulfill a minority quota
  • Bitter with life, Shayamal moved into a Hare Krishna temple where he stayed for 3.5 years
  • Suffered lack of sleep due to the temple's 3 am wakeup, forcing him to adjust his sleep schedule
  • "Discipline is sticking with something long enough to break you before it makes you"

-How systemic failure in the Indian athletic scene led to Shayamal's first entrepreneurial endeavor...22:43

Why Shayamal hesitates to call himself a "biohacker"...28:35

  • The word "hack" has somewhat dubious origins
  • Not trying to "hack" anything; trying to understand the best way to work with the body
  • Respect the body, rather than "hack" the body
  • "Hack" is thought of as a shortcut
  • Understanding the Five Elements to keep the body in balance
    • Water:
    • Air:
      • Breathwork
      • Stimulating parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems
    • Space (fasting):
      • Fasting is the primary form of detoxification and cleansing
      • One of the only principles that are uniform in every religion and faith across the world
      • If sick, food takes energy that could be used to heal the disease
      • Hippocrates used fasting as a form of therapy
    • Fire:
      • Every life form on earth needs the sun to grow
      • Draw energy from the sun via sun gazing early in the morning, or at sunset
      • Sun-ripened foods absorb energy
      • Cooking the food in earthen pots
    • Earth:
      • Eating plant based foods
  • Understand what you're taking in, and how it affects the acid-base balance
  • Understand the impact of sound on sleep
    • Each room has an ambient sound (35-45 db)
    • If sound is consistent, the brain will eventually block it out
    • Niosh sound level meter app
    • White noise machine in the room, slightly louder than the ambient noise in the room
  • To understand the impact of a supplement on the body, take one at a time; check PH of urine 7-8 hours after

-How to analyze and then optimize your personal environment...

  • Two environments:
    • External: Everything you see, taste, touch, hear
    • Internal: your mind
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • 5 states of mind:
    • First two are a direct result of one's environment (external and internal)
    • Third, aware of environment, but awareness he can transcend it if he chooses to do so (cannot sustain for long times)
    • Fourth
    • Fifth, so enlightened they change the environment around them
  • Novak Djokovic on beating Federer at Wimbledon: "There was a moment in the game...where if I had any chance of winning, I had to remove myself from that environment."
  • Standardizing conditions while athletes are traveling
    • Pillow [ology]
    • Pluto Pillow
    • Game Ready machine
    • Norma Tec boots
    • App that analyzes movement while athletes are performing
    • Standardizing air quality is difficult
    • Use a single floor for the team
    • Stay away from exits or elevators
  • Take away as many excuses from the athletes as possible

-Testing blood and internal biomarkers...58:45

  • Lactic acid testing once per month
  • Anaerobic threshold (Dr. Peter Attia)
  • Quantify the physiological ceiling
  • Psychology kicks in once the physiological ceiling has been hit

-Optimizing circadian rhythmicity and beating jet lag while traveling...1:02:25

  • Lumos Tech sleeping mask
  • Compression socks and other garments
  • Fast while on the plane
  • Liquid ketone esters
    • Ketone Aid
    • HVMN

-The importance of relationships when optimizing the environment of a high performer...1:05:22

  • Relationship between athlete and coach makes all the difference
  • The better an athlete is, the harder it is to push him out of his comfort zone
  • Help them understand who they are, then what it takes to get the most out of them
  • Coach's job is to keep them pushing when the brain tells the body to slow down
  • The environment inside a locker room is everything for a team's performance
  • Two mental states in which an athlete works: Confidence bordering on arrogance and humility
  • The coach is crucial to finding the proper balance

-What new technologies and practices Shayamal is excited about right now...1:11:36

  • Next 1-2 decades will see massive shifts in human physiology not seen before
  • Understanding human physiology in a non-invasive way
  • Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (tells muscle fiber types)
  • Taking testing from the lab to the field
  • Challenge whether the difference between 4th place and gold medal is purely psychological, or if there are physical elements to consider
  • Sweat analyses
  • Personalized nutrition, supplementation, understanding of the body
  • Dermatoglyphics test
  • Shayamal's supplemental info sent via email mentioned at the end of the podcast

-And much more!


Resources from this episode:

- Shayamal Vallabhjee:

- The Handbook of Cricket Drills

- Lessons from the Wild

-Goan cuisine / Goan cookbooks

-Niosh sound level meter app

-GameReady compression/ice device for recovery

-LumosTech Smart Sleep Mask

-Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test

-Shayamal's supplemental info sent via email mentioned at the end of the podcast

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Omega

-JOOVV

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Ra Optics

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Shayamal or me? Leave your comments at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/shayamal and one of us will reply!

Dec 03, 2020
Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time (So Is Cardio & There’s a Better Way to Have The Body You Want).
01:05:19

bengreenfieldfitness.com/wasteoftime

 

 

 

Perhaps you've been lifting weights for a few years. But do you even look like you work out? Are you spending disproportionate amounts of hours exercising wasting your time? Many fitness “experts” defend weights and cardio like they are infallible, but where are the results? Why does almost nobody look even marginally athletic?

 

 

 

 

It's been quite some time since I interviewed Dr. John Jaquish in the episode "The Best 10 Minute A Day Workout – How To Massively Increase Bone Density And Muscle In Just 10 Minutes (& Biohack Extreme Fitness Levels)".

 

 

But he has just published a brand new book entitled Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time (So Is Cardio & There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want).

 

 

 

In it, he and and his guest co-author Henry Alkire tackle the questions above as they explore the science that supports the argument that traditional weight lifting is a "waste of time" and lay out a superior strength training approach that has been seen to put 20 pounds of muscle on drug-free, experienced lifters (i.e., not beginners) in six months.

Fitness may be the most failed human endeavor, and you are about to see how exercise science has missed some obvious principles that when enacted will turn you into the superhuman you always wanted to be. John Jaquish, PhD. has spent years researching and developing improved approaches to health.

 

 

 

He is the inventor of the most effective bone density building medical technology which is now partnered with Tony Robbins and OsteoStrong for rapid clinic deployment. Inventor of X3, a technology that is proven to develop muscle much faster than conventional weight lifting, all with the lowest risk of joint injury, Dr. Jaquish methods are used in training the world's most elite athletes and associations such as the entire Miami Heat organization, various NFL and NBA players, as well as Olympians.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why lifting weights is the wrong way to build muscle...6:21

 

 

 

 

 

-A workout using the VRT protocol...15:05

 

 

 

 

-Ways to maximize hyperplasia in the muscles during VRT...17:30

 

 

 

 

-Why you shouldn't worry about your muscle fiber type...29:15

 

 

 

 

-The questions an ideal exercise program should cover...31:45

 

 

 

 

-Why doing cardio for weight loss is a lie...41:30

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-Selecting the best training bands...47:30

 

 

 

-Whether or not drugs are necessary to enhance training...53:45

 

 

 

-How the fitness industry has failed to make people truly fit...1:00:05

-And much more!

Nov 28, 2020
This Doctor Has A "Stealth Strategy To Stop COVID Cold": A Breaking Interview With A Controversial Alternative Health Figure On Vitamin D, COVID-19, Sunshine, Vitamin K2, Magnesium & Much More!
01:05:39

bengreenfieldfitness.com/vitamindpodcast

 

My guest on today's podcast is a multi-time, incredibly popular repeat guest, and hosts one of the most popular alternative health website on the internet. He is my brilliant and controversial friend Dr. Joseph Mercola. 

 

 

Dr. Mercola has been a guest on many previous podcast episodes.

 

 

Dr. Mercola just released a special report at StopCovidCold.com, and he has some very interesting ideas in that free report that we explore and unpack in today's podcast.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Beginning the day with Vitamin D...5:15

 

 

 

-The physiological benefits of Vitamin D...7:15

 

 

 

 

-Vitamin D as a steroid hormone...10:40

 

 

 

 

-Why Vitamin D deficiency is a growing problem...14:35

 

 

 

 

-The impact of Vitamin D on the immune system...23:30

 

 

 

 

-How Vitamin D regulates the innate immune system...30:10

 

 

 

-The connection between Vitamin D and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs)...34:15

 

 

 

 

-How a Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk for acquiring COVID-19...36:25

 

 

 

-Proper dosing of Vitamin D to avoid toxicity...44:10

 

 

 

-Dr. Mercola's recommendations to stop COVID cold...51:50

-New, interesting and novel things currently captivating Dr. Mercola's interest...56:15

Nov 26, 2020
Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Fish Oil, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, EPA, DHA & Much More!
01:17:55

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/fishoilpodcast

After publishing my recent giant fish oil article "A Deep "Dive" Into The Fascinating World Of Fish Oil, The Right Fat Ratios In Your Diet, Plant Vs. Animal Based Oils & The Exact Fish Oil Ben Greenfield Uses Every Day.", I've been getting plenty of questions about fish oil lately, including:

-Based on human clinical research, what are the actual proven benefits of fish oil?

-What kind of dosages/types of fish oil were used in studies?

-Are there concerns about rancidity/oxidation when taking fish oil?

-What kind of amount and EPA/DHA ratio is ideal?

-Are there people who shouldn't take fish oil?

-Are there certain nutrients or supplements that should be taken with fish oil?

-How can one test their omega fatty acid status?

And much more.

So I finally decided to get a couple of true, unbiased fish oil experts on my show.

Dr. William S. Harris is my first guest. He is an internationally recognized expert on omega-3 fatty acids and how they can benefit patients with heart disease. He obtained his Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and did post-doctoral fellowships in Clinical Nutrition and Lipid Metabolism with Dr. Bill Connor at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

His interest in omega-3 fatty acids began with his postdoctoral work when he published his first study on the effects of salmon oil on serum lipids in humans (1980). Since that time he has been the recipient of five NIH grants for studies on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) on human health. He has more than 300 publications relating to fatty acids, including omega-3s, in medical literature and was an author on two American Heart Association scientific statements on fatty acids: “Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease” (2002), and “Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Risk for Cardiovascular Disease” (2009) both published in the journal Circulation. Dr. Harris is a Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and the President and CEO of OmegaQuant.

Dr. Harris's daughter, Dr. Kristina Harris Jackson, PhD, RD is my second guest. Kristina received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and completed her training to become a Registered Dietitian in 2014. As a graduate student, she studied under Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, an internationally-recognized expert in fats and nutrition. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado-Denver under Dr. John Peters in the area of worksite wellness before returning to the omega-3 field. Kristina joined the family business OmegaQuant Analytics as a Research Associate in 2014, with a particular focus on omega-3s in maternal health, helping create the Prenatal DHA test and the Mother’s Milk DHA test. In 2020, she became Assistant Professor (non-tenure) in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. (2020-2022). She lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her husband, two kids, one old dog, and four grandparents.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-The 2 sources of Omega-3 fatty acids...8:35

  1. Plant derived fatty acid ALA, alpha linolenic acid( 18 carbons); an acid in the omega-3 family – not the same thing as the fish derived omega-3
  2. Fish derived EPA (20 carbons) and DHA (22 carbons)
  • Cannot get much of the good stuff from ALA (seeds and nuts)
  • Algal oil from micro algae (single cell organism, not kelp) that make EPA/DHA naturally; at the base of the marine food chain
    • Omega-3 fatty acids are made by plants, not fish
  • Some companies grow these algae in big ponds, harvest the omega-3 fatty acids and put in capsules
    • Vegan derived EPA/DHA products has exactly the same molecules as EPA/DHA derived from fish, but does not come from fish, it comes from algae
    • Process is expensive
  • Aquaculture industry is driving the demand for algal oil
    • 70~80% of fish oil produced is fed back to the fish
  • Other sources of fish oil are genetically modified land plants
    • Canela seed oil; Australia is at the forefront to put genes into oil producing land plants, like soy beans

-What makes essential fatty acids so essential...15:45

  • Cell membranes, made up of fatty acids, surround every cell in the body
    • For structural aspect of the cell
    • Provides starting products for different signaling pathways, affects how cells communicate internally and externally
    • Membrane fluidity; more carbon and double bonds makes cell membranes more flexible and fluid
  • Cell membranes are comprised of dietary fats
    • The body can’t make the essential omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic) and omega-3 fatty acids(ALA and EPA/DHA); these comes from the diet
    • Trans-fats are also dietary fats
  • Other fats, like saturated fats and monounsaturated fats, are affected by metabolism

-Omega-3 fatty acids being oxidized once it enters the body is a misconception...19:36

-Ratio of omega fatty-acids in the body and what the ratios should be...25:32

  • Good ratio of EPA to DHA is when eaten in fish
    • EPA taken alone increases EPA and decreases DHA a little bit; increased omega-3 index - the measure of EPA/DHA in red blood cells (RBC)
    • Pure DHA taken alone increases both EPA and DHA in RBC
    • DHA is the predominant omega-3 fatty acid in membranes
    • 85% DHA to 15% EPA in RBC
    • In fish oil, total dose (EPA+DHA) is the important thing
    • A study found the ideal optimum fatty acid levels (EPA+DHA) to be 8~12% index
  • Ratio of omega-6 to omega-3

-Ethyl Ester and Triglyceride forms of Omega-3 fatty acids...33:20

  • Different ways Omega-3 fatty acids are processed and concentrated
    • Ethyl ester is the first highly concentrated form; first to be concentrated into a capsule
    • Triglycerides form is the more natural form (how it would be present in the fish)
  • Most fish oil supplements in the U.S., if it does not say it is in triglyceride form, is an ethyl ester
  • No standardized way to know if it is triglycerides or ethyl ester
  • Biggest difference as far as bioavailability goes is if supplements are taken with meals
    • Ethyl esters, if taken without a meal might not be absorbed at all; absorbed well if taken with a meal, preferably a meal that contains fats
    • Triglycerides are not affected by that meal component as ethyl esters
  • All pharmaceutical brands of fish oil are ethyl esters
    • More EPA and DHA molecules in a 1 gram capsule if in ethyl ester form
  • Distinction only came up around 15 years ago when ethyl ester form of fatty acids was seen as not well absorbed by the body when taken on an empty stomach
    • Taking ethyl ester form supplements without food might not get the desired omega-3 index result

-What genes convert ALA or plant-based oil into EPA/DHA...45:15

  • Genetic conditions that affect omega-3 fatty acid levels
    • FADS genes produce the enzymes that convert ALA to EPA and DHA
    • Enzymes also convert linoleic acid to arachidonic acid (polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid)
  • Natural variations by populations in the kinds of mutations that are present in the FADS genes can affect levels, particularly of arachidonic acid
  • Omega-3 EPA/DHA are not much affected by the FADS genes
  • Major genetic effect driving omega-3 levels in the population is not known
  • Is there a genetic effect on the absorption of omega-3 in the population?
    • No study on why a certain population has a huge absorption response while in another population, there is hardly any response
  • Nomenclature:
    • Omega-3 ­– a fatty acid where the 1ˢᵗ double bond counting from the omega carbon is in the third position
    • Omega-6 – a fatty acid where the 1ˢᵗ double bond counting from the omega carbon is in the sixth position
  • Cannot be inter-converted
  • Plants can convert omega-6’s into omega-3’s, animals cannot

-Ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids...52:17

  • “Ratio of omega-6 to omega-3” is imprecise – it’s not clear what type omega-6 or omega-3 is referred to; for example, there are 7 omega-6 fatty acids in the blood
    • It also presumes that ALA and EPA/DHA have the same biologic activity or they have the same value when they do not
    • The same is also true on the omega-6 side
  • To say “total omega-6 to total omega-3 ratio” would also be confusing; it does not say what type fatty acids are there; it does not tell anything about it's effect on health - some fatty acids are beneficial and some are not
  • You can have very high levels of omega-6 and omega-3 in your blood, or you can have very low levels, and yet have the same ratio
  • It also presumes that all omega-6’s are bad and all omega-3’s are good, which is not true
    • Omega-3 fatty acids being good is not questionable
    • What’s questionable is the goodness or badness of omega-6’s; linoleic acid is not made in the body and has to be eaten
    • Studies have shown that high levels of linoleic acid in the blood always predict lower incidence of heart disease and diabetes, and conversely
  • Focus on the omega-3 index is that EPA/DHA are what is missing in our diets; there are plenty of omega-6’s

-Link between Omega-6 and inflammation and chronic disease...1:00:18

  • High consumption of oxidized PUFAs , primarily found in vegetable oils which are high in omega-6 fatty acids
  • Omega-6 fatty acid that gives rise to eicosanoids in the inflammatory pathway is Arachidonic acid, a synthetic product of linoleic acid
  • Eicosanoids is associated with increased incidence of inflammation and chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer, etc.
  • Synthesis of arachidonic acid is very regulated; tissue levels remain the same regardless the amount of linoleic acid consumed, to a point (it eventually runs out if linoleic acid consumption is stopped)
  • Higher levels of linoleic acid in the blood means you are eating more of it, which comes from vegetable oil; the only way to get high levels in your blood is to eat more
  • For heart disease and diabetes, higher levels of linoleic acid is good for the heart and metabolism; less people develop these diseases if they have high levels of linoleic acid
  • The best way to decrease the ratio is to increase your omega-3 side; by increasing EPA/DHA, EPA replaces, to some extent, the arachidonic acid
    • Having more long-chain omega-3 in the membranes lowers omega-6, correcting the proportion

-Contaminants in fish oil, cleanliness, sourcing, concerns about packaging, shelf life, heat exposure during the manufacturing process...1:06:13

-And much more!

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-OmegaQuant

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-Articles:

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Harris or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Nov 21, 2020
Q&A 420: Which Stimulants Are Safe To Take At Night, Maximizing Benefits Of Cold Thermogenesis, When To Do Blood Flow Restriction Training & More!
01:00:43

News Flashes 

-Ireland's Supreme Court has ruled that bread sold by the fast food chain Subway contains so much sugar that it cannot be legally defined as bread...05:15
 
 
 
 
Cold water swimming may protect the brain from degenerative diseases like dementia, researchers from Cambridge University have discovered...09:05
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Listener Q&A:

When To Do Blood Flow Restriction Training...24:05

 

 

How To Reduce The Effects Of Radiation...31:45

 

 

 

Effects Of Nicotine On HRV...40:15

 

 

 

Stimulants That Won't Disrupt Sleep Or Keep You Up At Night...48:45

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/420

Nov 19, 2020
The Future Of Health Care, Wearables, AI, Plant Medicine & More With Dr. David Rabin & Dr. Joseph Maroon.
01:19:38

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Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD, who first joined me for the episode "A Whole New Way To Deal With Stress, Trauma & PTSD In Just Seconds: The First Clinically Validated Wearable That Helps You De-Stress, Focus, Sleep, Stay Energized & Remain Calm.", is a neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur and inventor who has been studying the impact of chronic stress in humans for nearly 15 years, particularly non-invasive therapies for treatment-resistant illnesses like PTSD. He is the co-founder and chief innovation officer at Apollo Neuroscience and the co-founder and executive director of The Board of Medicine. In addition to his clinical psychiatry practice, Dr. Rabin is currently conducting research on the epigenetic regulation of trauma responses and recovery to elucidate the mechanism of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and the neurobiology of belief. He received his MD in medicine and PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and specialized in psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been married to Kathryn Fantauzzi, CEO and co-founder of Apollo Neuroscience, since 2016. Together they live in Monterey, California.

 

 

 

 

Joining Dr. Rabin on this show is Dr. Joseph Maroon, Clinical Professor and Vice Chairman and Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at Department of Neurosurgery at University of Pittsburgh. In addition to being a world-renowned "burnout expert", and completing eight Ironman triathlon events since turning 50, he is involved in development of minimally invasive surgical procedures for diseases of the brain, orbit and spine, the prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries to the central nervous system, innovative approaches to pituitary and other brain tumors, complimentary and alternative medicine approaches to inflammatory diseases associated with aging, the prevention and treatment of sports related injuries and is co-developer of ImPACT, a neurocognitive test that is now the standard of care for concussion management in the NFL, NHL, MLB, NASCAR and over 12,000 high schools and colleges in the United States. It is the only FDA approved test for concussion evaluation with 23 million athletes base line tested to date. Dr. Maroon is also the neurosurgical consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 30 years and first neurosurgeon directly appointed in the NFL.

 

 

 

 

Over the last several years, Dr. Rabin has been amassing a dream team, which has become The Board of Medicine, a 501c3 nonprofit coalition led by some of the world’s leading experts across many diverse fields of AI, nutrition, psychedelics, and clinical medicine that supports evidence-based strategies for harm-reduction in medicine and public health. He believes that the future of healthcare in the 21st century is going to change substantially as a result of the current pandemic and, it is pretty clear that we are woefully underprepared for this as a healthcare system. The most significant change will be that most forms of non-urgent medical care will be delivered directly to patients/clients in their homes via telemedicine.

 

 

 

He is already seeing this shift in mental health to include ketamine-assisted tele-therapy and the integration of wearable technologies. As such, the future of healthcare is looking more and more digital and psychedelic with each passing day.

 

 

 

 

This podcast will focus on AI, psychedelics, and the convergence of Eastern and Western medical disciplines in the current and post-COVID times.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Maroon lays claim to the title "burnout expert"...08:05

 

 

 

 

-The connection between burnout and adrenal fatigue...13:40

 

 

 

 

 

-A day in the life of an 80-year old peak performer...18:25

 

 

 

 

-Using hypothermia in conjunction with surgery...20:45

 

 

 

 

-What inspired Dr. Rabin to form the Board of Medicine...22:30

  •  

 

 

-The number needed to treat (NNT) vs. the number needed to harm (NNH)...28:30

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-Whether the NNT is applied to plant medicines, herbs, CBD and the like...36:40

 

 

 

 

-How artificial intelligence is used for human optimization...41:30

 

 

 

 

-Psychedelics, plant medicine and the future of health care...52:30

 

 

 

 

-Concerns about psychedelics from the perspective of the neurosurgeon...1:00:30

 

 

 

 

-Neuroimaging to diagnose the executive network of the brain...1:06:13

 

 

 

 

-What David and Joe are most excited about for the future of health care...1:09:10

 

 

 

-And much more!

Nov 14, 2020
How To Meditate In One Minute, Getting Over “Poser Syndrome”, Why Guys Like Porn, The 6 Phases Of Manhood & More With John Eldredge.
01:15:47

John Eldredge is a bestselling author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s kingdom. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

 

John has written several books in the realm of fatherhood, family and that I hold dear, including:

 

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul,

Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You,

Waking The Dead: The Secret to a Heart Fully Alive and

Love & War: Find Your Way to Something Beautiful in Your Marriage .

 

 

 

 

Lately, I've also been taking a brief 1 to 10-minute “pause” during the day to connect with my breathe, myself and most importantly, God. The One Minute Pause app that I've been using is a simple way to reconnect with God in the midst of a busy day. John Eldredge is also the "voice" of this this app, which  invites you into the simple practice of releasing everything to God, restoring your union with God and inviting Him to into your heart. The length of time is perfect, and the music/breath pacing has been working very well for me. You can click here to give it a try!

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-How John became interested in meditation initially...7:05

 

 

 

 

-Benevolent detachment, and other simple practices for a world gone mad...12:00

 

 

 

 

-A deeper dive into John's meditation practice...14:23

 

 

 

 

-How our "addiction to efficiency" may be causing fear, anxiety, depression, etc...18:00

 

 

 

 

-The uniquely masculine question in the hearts of all boys and men...21:30

 

 

 

 

-Rites of passage, ceremonies celebrating manhood, and answering the big question all boys ask...25:00

 

 

 

 

-The "poser" and the false self...27:15

 

 

 

 

-How to overcome the poser syndrome...32:00

 

 

 

 

 

-How to get over the "father wound piece"...36:45

 

 

 

 

-Six stages of manhood...43:00

 

 

 

 

 

-Advice for couples to grow in grace together...1:01:45

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-What it means for a woman to be "captivating"...1:09:45

 

 

 

-And much more!

Nov 12, 2020
The Wizard Of Essential Oils Strikes Again: The Hidden & Magical World Of Little-Known Plant Extracts For Digestion, Relaxation, Libido, Immunity & Much More!
01:40:19

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When it comes to essential oils, my guest on this podcast, Dr. Nick Berry, is a true wizard. He first joined me in the episode "Psychoactive Sleep Edibles, Essential Oil Wizardry, Cosmic Orgasms & More With Dr. Nick Berry", I have mentioned recently his amazing Kakanga root extract for energy and several of his unique dream sequence oil here, along with some extremely unique oils you've probably never heard of in my weekly roundup, and today's he's back for a fascinating podcast recorded at my home in Spokane, WA, where Nick arrived armed with an arsenal of intriguing and never-before-seen-essential oils we explore on today's show. 

 

 

He is a licensed pharmacist and compassionate human being who stays on the cutting edge of holistic wellness and botanical medicine. Dr. Nick founded Essential Oil Wizardry in 2014, a humble-sized essential oil company that specializes in organic and wildcrafted essential oils, CO₂ extracts & floral absolutes.

 

They carry over 240 essential oil products, such as Wizard Alchemy Blends including Ceremonial Blends, Divine-Align Chakra Set, Exquisite Botanical Perfumes, Kava Products, Magick Misters as well as Therapeutic Formulas.

Dr. Nick & his team of “Wizards” offer services such as product formulation for aligning brands and customized botanical perfumes / therapeutic formulas for individuals.

 

 

Professionally Dr. Nick hosts Essential Oil Wizardry playshops around the globe, invites rapid empowered evolution at his Transformational Botanical Retreats, and loves alchemizing in the lab, learning how to make more effective and potent lifestyle solutions.

 

 

Dr. Nick hobbies by celebrating with community, traveling around the world learning about medicine from different cultures, uplifting those around him and living a life of joy and abundance.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

-Essential oils and an upgraded sauna experience...

 

 

 

 

-Enhanced meditation with essential oils...

 

 

 

 

 

-How essential oils are made and precautions to take when using them...

 

 

 

 

 

-Changing frequencies in smart phones, home objects, and essential oils...

 

 

 

 

-Best practices on storage of essential oils...

 

 

 

 

-The point in time Nick became immersed in essential oils...

 

 

 

 

-How to know whether an essential oil should be applied topically or ingested...

 

 

 

 

-The essential oils Ben and Nick think you'll like the most...

 

 

 

 

-"A Traveler's Dream"...

Nov 07, 2020
The Official CBD FAQ: Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About CBD, Combining Psychedelics With Cannabinoids, Smokeable Ayahuasca, Microdosing With Plant Medicine & Much More!
01:15:38

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I've covered the basics of one of my favorite compounds - CBD, in many past popular podcasts and articles.

 

 

 

But there are still many unanswered questions in the realm of CBD, including:

-What is the difference between full spectrum vs. broad spectrum vs. CBD isolate and other forms of CBD?

-What is the difference between extraction methods of CBD? 

-How does one decide between vaping vs. edibles vs. oils vs. capsules vs. soft gels, etc. and what is the differences in absorption between all those options?

-What can CBD be effectively stacked with, what are your best stacks and what can you can expect from different stacks?

-Does CBD have a variability of effects depending on the time of day it is used, based on some kind of diurnal effect?

-And much more...

My guest on today's show is Adam Wenguer, who has grown to be a friend of mine after we met training at a gym in Miami, Florida. Adam grew up in Miami, in a Cuban Jewish household. He started Martial Arts at a young age and continues extensive Jiu Jitsu practice as a brown belt as well as training in Boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing. Adam attended the University of Florida in 2006.

 

 

 

 

After suffering a spine and leg injury in College, Adam was treated with pharmaceutical opioids which led to an intense but all too common addiction. On his path to recovery he became immersed in Zen Buddhism, Health & Wellness, and began his life long path into Spirituality. This eventually led Adam to graduate with a degree in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology as he sought to bring greater physical healing to others, as he had done for himself.

 

 

 

 

As a Strength/Conditioning and Health Coach at a well known 5 star wellness resort, he worked with wide array of professional athletes, company executives and individuals seeking optimal health. Many of his client were suffering from the same ailments: including sleep issues, anxiety, inflammatory disorders as well as a general emotional and spiritual disconnect. This led Adam to wanting to take a more holistic approach towards educating and treating his clients with the use of natural compounds such as CBD. In 2017, Adam founded Element Health which is now one of the leading suppliers of the highest quality Full Spectrum CBD products in the world.

 

 

 

 

Adam spends a majority of his time with his wife Kristen and their 3 dogs in their beach community of Surfside, FL. In his free time he continues to train and compete in Martial Arts. He is also heavily involved in the study of plant medicine and the shamanic approach to healing. Adam boar and deer hunts several times year to ethically provide his family and friends with the most nutritious protein available. Last, Adam finds the deepest joy and his true purpose by sharing the healing techniques of his intense journey with as many people as possible.

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Adam became well-known in the realm of fitness and spirituality...7:05

 

 

 

 

-Varying spectrums of CBD...15:50

 

 

 

 

-How CBD interacts with different serotonin receptors...22:34

 

 

 

 

-Adam's morning plant medicine routine...27:20

 

 

 

 

 

-The 2 main extraction methods of CBD and what to look for as a consumer...38:10

 

 

 

 

-Preferred delivery mechanisms of CBD...44:45

 

 

 

-Compounds Adam stacks w/ CBD...50:30

 

 

 

 

-Fertility and the cannabinoid system...1:00:51

 

 

 

 

-Closing thoughts...1:07:30

Nov 05, 2020
Sound Medicine: How to Use the Ancient Science of Sound to Heal the Body and Mind.
01:00:46

I recently read "Sound Medicine: How to Use the Ancient Science of Sound to Heal the Body and Mind". From a leading neurologist, neuroscientist and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, comes a rigorous scientific investigation of the healing power of sound, showing readers how they can use it to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

 

 

 

Why does a baby’s cry instantaneously flood a mother’s body with a myriad of stress hormones? How can a song on the radio stir up powerful emotions, from joy to anger, regret to desire? Why does sound itself evoke such primal and deeply felt emotions?

 

 

 

A vibration that travels through air, water and solids, sound is produced by all matter, and is a fundamental part of every species’ survival. But there is a hidden power within sound that has only just begun to be investigated. Sound Medicinetakes readers on a journey through the structure of the mouth, ears, and brain to understand how sound is translated from acoustic vibrations into meaningful neurological impulses. Renowned neurologist and Ayurvedic expert - and of course, my guest on today's podcast - Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary explains how different types of sound impact the human body and brain uniquely, and explores the physiological effects of sound vibration, from altering mood to healing disease.

 

 

 

 

Blending ancient wisdom with modern science, Dr. Chaudhary traces the history of sound therapy and the use of specific mantras from previously unknown texts—traced back to the Siddhas, a group of enlightened yogis who created a healing tradition that served as the precursor to Ayurvedic medicine—to explain the therapeutic application of sounds for a wide range of conditions. During this show, you'll get practical, step-by-step lessons for using music and mantras, whether you’re a beginner or searching for a more advanced practice, to improve your health in body, mind, and spirit.

 

 

 

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need of a paradigm shift in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based (rather than disease-based) medical system. Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, where her teachings about Ayurvedic medicine have been applauded by a national audience.

 

 

 

Dr. Chaudhary was the Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years, and remains a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary has successfully developed a powerful system to manage chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and migraine headaches, by incorporating fundamental changes in diet, behavior, and stress, in addition to the standard allopathic approach to these issues. This program has been so successful that many patients now use it not just for neurological issues but also for a wider range of health concerns, including weight issues and chronic disease.

 

 

 

Dr. Chaudhary is the author of The Prime and Sound Medicine and has appeared as a medical expert on numerous programs including The Dr. Oz Show and Home & Family. She is also a neuroscientist and has participated in over twenty clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Her research includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS. To learn more about Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, please visit www.drkulreetchaudhary.com.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Kulreet's path to expertise in Ayurveda and sound healing...6:45

 

 

 

 

-How the skin can "hear" sound waves similar to how bones can...13:55

 

 

 

 

-Targeting cells or organs w/ specific hertz frequencies...18:49

 

 

 

 

-The biofield explained...29:40

 

 

 

 

 

-Frequencies produced by medications...37:15

 

 

 

 

 

-Biological mechanisms behind the 7 Chakras...43:00

 

 

 

 

-Kulreet's chakra mantras...48:30

 

 

 

 

-How to find physicians who practice sound healing...53:55

 

Oct 31, 2020
Q&A 419: A New Way To “Spot Reduce” Fat, Are Plant Anti-Nutrients Really That Bad, The Dark Side Of Daylight Saving Time & Much More.
01:14:30

 

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

 

 

  • Very good read for those of you concerned about so-called “anti-nutrients” in food...5:45

 

  • Be Careful How You Prepare Your Food: Advanced Glycation End Products Shorten Lifespan! Read about it...22:45

 

 

  • Spot reduction (AKA “regional fat loss”) appears possible - if you combined explosive resistance training for your “fat” muscle group followed by aerobic endurance training (e.g. jump squats + cycling) Read about it here...32:10

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Listener Q&A:

Breathing through the nose vs. through the mouth...48:10

Thomas from Copenhagen, Denmark asks: Many breathing experts, including James Nestor that appeared on your show, advise to exhale through the nose. However, you and your recent writing and other breathing experts advise to exhale through the mouth. Can you please dive into that difference, please?

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Detox Tips...1:00:15

Scott asks: I'm an auto technician at a dealership here in Massachusetts. I am routinely exposed to a number of toxins, including, but not limited to, brake dust, cleaning chemicals, carbon monoxide, and more recently, hydrocarbons in the form of gasoline due to a fuel pump recall. I have an N 99 carbon filter mask. I get fresh air whenever possible, and I workout regularly. I've been on point with nutrition. I'm willing to invest in the sauna at some point, but in the meantime, I'd like to know the best way to detoxify from these daily toxins, other than finding a new career.

 

 

 

 

 

Blood flow during sauna sessions...1:06:50

Sheldon asks: I just recently listened to your podcast with bodybuilder Milos Sarcev. He mentioned that he takes his essential amino acids, creatine dextrose, pre and during workout to gain muscle mass because of the increased blood flow to the muscles during a workout. My question is, do you get the same benefit by doing the same thing, pre and during a sauna sessions with the increased blood flow?

 

 

 

 

Oct 29, 2020
The Croissant Diet, Wine Fasting, Oodles Of Pork Lard, Keto Bricks & Much More With Brad Marshall.
01:23:23

bengreenfieldfitness.com/croissantdiet

 

 

 

My friend Ron Penna recently emailed me about a guy named Brad Marshall who...

 

 

 

 

"...has a fascinating take on why we get fat called the ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) Theory of Obesity and how ROS signaling as a result of eating saturated fats is critical for satiety. Provocative stuff and the more I read the more I’m pretty sure he is onto something. Joel Greene thinks Brad is crazy on this point but I have a feeling he will end up being right on most if not all of it. You can read more here: "The ROS Theory Of Obesity"

 

 

 

 

Essentially, our entire meat supply (pork and chicken especially) is much higher in polyunsaturated fats than they should be and the only real way to change it is to change what we feed them. He is also starting to offer meats that are fed properly to ensure lower levels of PUFA.  He also has been working on how eating croissants is the key to leanness. It has to be wrong but he makes VERY interesting arguments about it."

 

 

 

 

Naturally, I just had to get this guy on the show. Brad Marshall is the author of the Blog Fire In A Bottle and the creator of The Croissant Diet.  Mildly obsessed with food and its history, his work focuses on trying to place current ideas about diet, including keto and carnivore diets into the framework of traditional Dietary patterns.  For instance, the French diet before 1970 combined flour, sugar, butter and wine and the population was lean.

 

 

 

 

Brad wrote The ROS Theory of Obesity which posits that ROS generation in the mitochondria of fat cells could provide the mechanism that explains why a traditional chinese peasant diet - low fat with 85% of calories from starch; a French diet combining butter, wine and flour and a modern keto diet could all be expected to produce leanness but combining flour with polyunsaturated fats is a recipe for obesity.  The core idea comes from the Protons thread of Peter Dobromylskyj’s blog Hyperlipid.  Brad tested this hypothesis with his dietary experiment The Croissant Diet.

 

 

 

 

Brad is also the founder of Firebrand Meats, which is dedicated to producing pork and poultry products that are low in Linoleic acid, the n6 polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) whose intake has seen a dramatic worldwide increase in the last century.  Animals cannot make PUFA and so we can create pork and chicken that is nearly free of them.  You are what your animals eat.

 

 

 

Brad has a genetics degree from Cornell, a certificate from The French Culinary Institute, has studied cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer center and worked as a programmer for the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project.  He spent the last 15 years raising rotationally grazed pastured pork on his farm in upstate New York while running a butcher shop, local food restaurant and USDA inspected meat processing facility.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

- Brad's background in molecular biology and cooking...8:00

 

 

 

 

 

- The production Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) – and the ROS theory of obesity...18:43

 

 

 

 

 

- Unsaturated fats vs saturated fats in connection to ROS production and satiety...34:25

 

 

 

 

-What does all of this have to do with croissants?...44:45

 

 

 

 

 

-The Croissant Diet – getting specific...58:25

 

 

 

 

 

- Should we worry about endotoxemia with a diet high in saturated fats?...1:03:45

 

 

 

 

 

-The Wine Diet...1:09:30

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/croissantdiet

Oct 24, 2020
Two Nerdy Biohackers Reveal Their Secrets To Spiritual Health, Life Optimization, Plant Medicines, Rites Of Passage, Mental Models & Much More!
01:47:27

-What's new in Ben and Luke's lives...6:05

 

 

 

 

-Why Ben and Luke are drawn to writing books and hosting podcasts...21:20

 

 

 

 

-Living a life without asking, "What now?"...24:55

 

 

 

 

-The need for young men to undergo rites of passage into adulthood...34:25

 

 

 

 

-Ben's experiences with plant medicines...55:30

 

 

 

 

-How Luke changed his perspective on psychedelics...1:05:05

 

 

 

 

-Luke Storey's personal spiritual disciplines practice...1:17:15

 

 

 

 

-Where Luke and Ben see themselves in the future...1:35:50

Oct 22, 2020
The Best Way To Test How Healthy Your Heart Is: Ben Greenfield Undergoes A Complete Advanced Cardiac Evaluation & Reports The Surprising Results!
02:05:24

Ben underwent an intensive series of tests for his heart at the Atelier Health facility in Los Angeles this past summer.

In part 1 of this episode, you'll follow the tests in real time, including the amusing banter between Ben and the docs who did the tests. Then in Part 2, Ben and Dr. Lam Dandillaya review the results of the tests.

Extensive show notes, including copious articles and the full lab results of the tests can be found at

bengreenfieldfitness.com/heartpodcast

 

 

Part 1: Ben's examination at the clinic

-Ben's heart ultrasound...6:06

 

 

 

 

-Carotid duplex scan...19:22

 

 

 

 

-Abdominal aorta ultrasound...30:43

 

 

 

 

-Endo PAT test...39:50

 

 

 

 

-12 Lead EKG...50:00

 

 

 

 

-EKG while on treadmill...54:45

 

 

 

 

-Coronary calcium scan...1:09:45

 

 

 

 

Part 2: Ben and Dr. Dandillaya review the results of the exam

 

 

 

-EKG...1:19:05

 

 

 

 

 

-Vascular ultrasounds (echocardiogram)...1:25:00

 

 

 

 

 

-Carotid artery scan...1:29:40

 

 

 

 

 

-Abdominal aorta ultrasound...1:32:20

 

 

 

 

 

-Treadmill EKG...1:33:50

 

 

 

 

-Advanced lipid panel...1:37:50

 

 

 

 

 

-Endo PAT test...1:52:23

 

 

 

 

 

-Coronary calcium scan...1:56:05

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Organifi, Clearlight Saunas, Thrive Market

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/heartpodcast

Oct 17, 2020
The Christian Psychedelic: Should Christians Use Plant Medicines, Is Microdosing (Or Tripping) A Sin, Accessing Spiritual Realms, DMT & Much More With Paul Risse & Ben Greenfield.
01:26:14

bengreenfieldfitness.com/christianpsychedelic

 

 

My guest on today's show, Paul Risse, is not only a Christian who has a history with the use of psychedelics, but is also a husband, father, and a bit of modern Renaissance man.

 

 

 

He was a personal trainer on ABC's Extreme Makeover TV show in L.A., and Personal Trainer, Chef, Life Coach for "Average Joe on the Raw". He ate 100% raw vegan for a couple years and lived off grid with no electricity for a year. He is the CEO of Cleanse America, which has led 10,000 people through a cleansing process over the course of 2 years.

 

 

He created and ran a smoothie bar called Barefoot Market for 6 years. He built his own "tiny house" with no experience going into the process, and wrote a book about the journey called "Kinda Tiny Home, An Unorthodox Approach to Building & Owning Your Own Home".  He is currently a designer and builder with the Hayhurst Brothers. His business has been on the DIY network show "Texas Flip and Move" the past two years, and he is now preparing to film a new show for HGTV.

 

 

 

 

Paul has taken psychedelics around 1,000 times over the course of a decade, including DMT, Salvia, 2CB, 2CI, LSD but 99% of what he engaged with was mushrooms. He is almost finished writing the book called "The Psychedelic Christian". The book will be written for people searching the spirit realm for truth.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why tiny houses are so popular among the youth...7:30

 

 

 

 

-Paul's history w/ psychedelics...11:10

 

 

 

 

-Differences in the use of synthetic vs. natural substances...24:50

 

 

 

 

 

-The use of psychedelics in the Bible and early church...41:00

 

 

 

 

-Balancing creation and the use of it via psychedelics...49:30

 

 

 

-Are we entering the spiritual realm when we take psychedelics?...53:40

 

 

 

 

-Whether the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil actually a modern psychedelic plant...1:08:40

 

 

 

 

-Why you need to just come to Jesus before anything else...1:19:15

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion decaf coffee; Organifi; Perfect Keto; Vuori clothing

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/christianpsychedelic

Oct 15, 2020
Recapture the Rapture: Biohacking Sex, Tantric Breathwork, Plant Medicines For Orgasmic Enhancement & Much More!
01:33:43
Oct 10, 2020
Dr. Matt Cook & Ben Greenfield Get Put In The Hotseat: Favorite Books, Best Anti-Stress Tactics, Pig-Based Nootropics, Best Billboard Advice & Much More!
01:43:09

bengreenfieldfitness.com/mattandben

 

 

 

 

He's back!

Not only is one of my most popular guests of all time, Dr. Matt Cook back on today's show, but he is joined by the CEO of BioReset Medical, Barb Branaman, along with my wife Jessa Greenfield - both of whom put Matt and I in the hotseat with a host of questions inspired by Tim Ferriss's "Tools Of Titans"

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cook, MD is a regenerative medicine specialist and the president of BioReset Medical in Campbell, CA. He graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his residency in anesthesiology at University of California San Francisco in 2001. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice.

 

 

 

Currently Dr. Cook is President of California Anesthesia and Medical Director of the National Surgery Center in Los Gatos, CA. (In addition, Dr. Cook sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including VMDOC, FREMedica & Vasper Systems.) Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging and nerve hydrodissection.

 

 

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Ben and Matt recall hunting stories...

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 1: What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why?...17:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 2: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?...25:45

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 3: How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?...31:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 4: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why?...38:53

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 5: What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?...49:50

 

 

 

 

-Question 6: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?...56:00

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 7: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?...

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 8: What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?...1:09:15

 

 

 

 

 

-Question 9: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?...1:18:15

 

 

 

 

-Question 10: In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)?...1:27:30

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-Question 11: When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?...1:33:00

 

 

 

 

 

-And much more!

Oct 08, 2020
Everything You Need To Know About Whole Body Vibration For Fat Loss, Strength Gains, Cardiovascular Fitness, Stem Cell Production, Growth Hormone, Testosterone & Much More!
01:15:42

Can those fancy vibration platforms at your health club or gym really help you burn fat or lose weight, and is there any research behind that?

Is there any significant hormonal response to whole body vibration (WBV)?

What is the effect of vibration training on cardiovascular fitness, and how would it be used for that?

Any effect on lymph fluid or immune health, similar to a trampoline/rebounder?

How about for muscle recovery or delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)? 

How does one actually use a vibration platform the right way?

Can you stack WBV with other so-called "biohacking" modalities, such as photobiomodulation, EWOT, isometric training, etc?

 

 

 

 

Jason M. Conviser, Ph.D., MBA, FACSM, is my guest on today's podcast to answer all these questions and more.

 

 

 

He is the Chief Science Officer for Performance Health Systems and with a long history in vibration research, the health and wellness industry, sport medicine, metabolic syndrome and bringing health care to the general public outside of a clinical environment. He has a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation and an MA in Exercise Physiology. He is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, Medical Fitness Association,  Medical Wellness Association and serves on the Power Plate Sport Medicine Advisory Board, Life Fitness Sports Medicine Advisory Board, National Commission on Reform of Secondary Education and National Task Force on Citizenship Education.

 

 

 

He has also authored over 45 articles in scientific journals, trade publications and large distribution newspapers and is past consultant and exercise physiologist for the Duchess of York.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Ben and Jason use vibration platforms at home...7:00

 

 

 

 

-How to use a vibration platform to burn fat...9:35

 

 

 

 

-Endocrine responses to WBV...

 

 

 

 

-How the body is better prepared for a workout after using WBV...24:25

 

 

 

 

-Ideal length and frequency of WBV sessions...34:00

 

 

 

 

-The efficacy of WBV on cardiovascular fitness...40:25

 

 

 

 

-The effect of WBV on lymph fluid circulation, improved immunity, etc...47:10

 

 

 

 

-Research and best practices on increased recovery potential w/ WBV...50:45

 

 

 

 

-Best practices while using a vibration platform...1:02:00

 

 

 

 

-Other modalities that combine well w/ WBV...1:07:30

 

 

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Decaf Coffee, Joovv, Water and Wellness, Seed Daily Synbiotic

Oct 03, 2020
Q&A 418: The Latest Research On Longevity, Ketones, Baking Soda, Fasting & More, Insane Biohacking Celebrities, How To Fix Your Vision Without Glasses & Much More.
56:50

bengreenfieldfitness.com/418

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listener Q&A:

Is Phenibut A Good Nootropic or Smart Drug?...35:15

 

The Effects Of Excess Hygiene On Immunity...42:30

 

How To Fix Your Vision Without Glasses...47:40

 

Oct 01, 2020
Virtual Reality & Psychedelics, Censorship Of Health Website, The Wild Diet, Chewy-Chew Chocolate Chip Cookies & Much More With Abel James.
01:11:05

Abel James is a New York Times Bestselling Author, Musician, and Online Creator. He’s host of the award-winning Fat-Burning Man Show, rated as Apple’s #1 Health Podcast in 8 countries with over 50 million downloads and 2000+ 5-star reviews.

A “Coach to the coaches,” Abel has worked with thousands of people across the world to optimize performance, mindset, health and longevity. Abel is named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness by Greatist and has been featured in documentaries, ABC TV, Entertainment, Tonight, People, WIRED, South by Southwest, and hundreds more.

Abel’s hit podcast is named as one of the “Top 3 Health & Fitness Podcasts of All Time” by Huffington Post and has won 4 awards in independent media, including “People’s Choice” in Health & Fitness at the Podcast Awards. Also a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and voice actor, Abel has won several awards including “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting” in R&B by The Great American Song Contest.

Hailing from the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire, Abel enjoys playing guitar and piano, writing, reading, sketching, running, hiking, and discovering delicious foods with family and friends. He lives with his wife, Alyson, and a rambunctious yellow lab in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His new book of irreverent poetry, “Designer Babies Still Get Scabies,” a #1 International Bestseller in Humor, is available now.

During our discussion, you'll discover:
-E-sports vs. traditional physical sports...7:20
-The importance of self-censorship in the art we put into the world...21:00
-The thing that triggered Abel into writing his poetry book...28:00
-Abel's spiritual disciplines...38:45
-Reconciling great achievements with the flawed persons who achieved them...44:15
-Censorship and achieving high rankings on the big search engines...48:35
-Abel's current diet...55:45
-The Wild approach to eating...1:02:50

Sep 26, 2020
What Really Makes You Ill? Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Disease Is Wrong.
01:18:55

What Really Makes You Ill? Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Disease Is Wrong is a massive book that I just finished (and briefly alluded to in my post Why I’m Not Afraid Of The Coronavirus (& A New, Controversial View On Viruses In General).

 

 

 

 

This highly controversial book will explain what really makes you ill and why everything you thought you knew about disease is wrong, based on Voltaire's quote that: "Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing." The book reminds me of my recent interview Why Viruses Are Crucial To Life On This Planet, The Link Between Air Pollution, Glyphosate & Pandemics, Loss Of Biodiversity (& What We Can Do About It) & More With Dr. Zach Bush.

 

 

 

 

The authors argue that the conventional approach adopted by most healthcare systems entails the use of ‘medicine’ to treat human disease. The idea, encapsulated by the above quote attributed to Voltaire, the nom de plume of François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), will no doubt be regarded by most people as inapplicable to 21st century healthcare, especially the system known as modern medicine. The reason that people would consider this idea to no longer be relevant is likely to be based on the assumption that ‘medical science’ has made significant advances since the 18th century and that 21st century doctors therefore possess a thorough, if not quite complete, knowledge of medicines, diseases and the human body. Unfortunately, however, this would be a mistaken assumption; as this book will demonstrate.

 

 

 

 

Dawn Lester and David Parker are my guests on today's show, and they are the authors of What Really Makes You Ill?. They have backgrounds in the fields of Accountancy and Electrical Engineering, respectively. These fields both require an aptitude for logic, which proved extremely useful for their investigation that has involved more than ten years continuous research to find answers to the question: what really makes people ill?

 

 

 

 

A popular saying, which is often attributed to Albert Einstein, claims that problems cannot be solved by using the same way of thinking that created them. The concept underlying this saying can be extrapolated to indicate that a problem can often be better understood by people outside of the discipline in which it occurs because they are not bound by any dogma or biases inherent within that discipline. The authors’ investigation of why people become ill was conducted from a different perspective from that of the medical establishment; it was therefore free from the dogma and biases inherent within ‘medical science’. This unbiased and logical approach enabled them to follow the evidence with open minds and led them to discover the flaws within the information about illness and disease that is promulgated by the medical establishment.

 

 

 

 

The results of their investigation are revealed within their book, and we explore those results on today's show.

 

 

 

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Why an accountant and engineer decided to write a book about health and disease...7:03

 

 

 

 

-Why David and Dawn's non-medical backgrounds were an asset to their research...14:15

 

 

 

 

-Why AIDS is rampant in Africa without drugs and antibiotics that cause it...21:10

 

 

 

 

-What we can learn from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic today...35:30

 

 

 

 

-The dangers of chlorine...46:00

 

 

 

 

-Giant rocks in space related to shifts in world health...49:30

 

 

 

 

-What causes disease (if it's not a virus)...57:05

 

 

 

 

-How David and Dawn have altered their diets since writing their book...1:01:00

 

 

 

-How to naturally battle health issues in our internal and external environments...1:05:30

 

 

 

-David's top health tips...1:11:45

Sep 24, 2020
Why College Sucks (& Better Alternatives), How To Win At Any Game, What You Need To Say No To, & Much More With James Altucher.
01:18:21

James Altucher is a fascinating guy.

He is an American hedge-fund manager, author, podcaster and entrepreneur who has founded or cofounded over 20 companies. He has published 20 books, including the really great books "Choose Yourself" and "Reinvent Yourself", and he is a contributor to publications including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post.

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The magic that comes from writing down 10 ideas per day...8:35

 

 

 

 

 

-Reading and writing during a pandemic...13:20

 

 

 

 

 

-How James' writing practice dug himself out of a huge hole, financially and personally...20:40

 

 

 

 

-How James' love of games improves his health and wellbeing...41:15

 

 

 

 

-The importance of game theory...46:15

 

 

 

-Things people should say "no" to more often...51:15

 

 

 

 

-Why James never says "no" to doing stand-up comedy...56:15

 

 

 

 

-The necessity of college...1:05:35

 

 

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Immune, Organifi Gold, Joovv, Four Sigmatic 

 

Sep 19, 2020
The Problem With Mineral Supplements, Why Minerals Don't Get Absorbed, Why You Probably Have A Mineral Deficiency & What To Do About It.
01:13:22

bengreenfieldfitness.com/mineralspodcast

 

 

 

 

My guest on this podcast is Barton Scott, who is a chemical engineer, nutritionist, and the founder of Upgraded Formulas, a wellness nanotech company for performance and longevity, with a focus on correcting mineral deficiency. Barton pioneered a new category of supplementation to increase health span, focus, blood sugar management, reduce the impact of chronic health issues, and improve sleep quality.

 

 

 

As a young chemical engineer who always had sharp cognitive function, Barton began to suffer memory loss and mental fatigue. How could this be, at such an early age? To make matters worse, tragedy struck at the same time, when he unfortunately lost his mother.

 

 

 

After taking many supplements during this time frame, nothing was working. Faced with adversity and looming health issues, this is when he decided that he must pursue solutions. He grew frustrated with how mineral supplements lacked effectiveness and absorption into the body, rendering most products in the market useless. He set out to fix the problem, and using his background in Chemical Engineering and experience as a nutritionist, he was able to identify the issues with the current offerings and applied a solution based on sound science.

 

 

 

Through research, and many trials and errors, he realized if you can get mineral particles small enough to absorb into our cells, that was going to be the winning formula for effectiveness. That's where he applied nano minerals to his formulations and developed a solution that supposedly makes the minerals up to 99.9% bioavailable for measurable absorption. It was then that he set out to create what today is Upgraded Formulas, founded with with maximum bioavailability and measurable absorption to ensure you are getting results.

 

 

 

In addition, he created a hair testing kit that identifies mineral deficiencies and verifies the products work, along with identifying heavy metal toxicity.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How sports and endurance events totally deplete the body of nutrients and minerals...6:20

 

 

 

 

 

-Why vitamins are of no use without minerals...12:55

 

 

 

 

-The best way to avoid mineral deficiency...18:15

 

 

 

 

-Why the electron driving force and size of individual cells is important for absorption of minerals...29:25

 

 

 

 

-How a hair analysis reveals your mineral levels and certain lifestyle factors...37:20

 

 

 

 

-The most common mineral deficiencies, and how to replenish them...48:05

 

 

 

 

-The best way to ingest Barton's nano mineral products...59:50

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Immune, Organifi Green Juice, Beekeeper's Naturals, Water and Wellness 

 

 

 

 

Sep 17, 2020
How To Become A Billionaire, The Brilliance Of "The Flywheel", The Future Of Self-Quantification & Anti-Aging & Much More With Naveen Jain.
01:42:49

bengreenfieldfitness.com/moonshotman

 

 

Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world's biggest challenges through innovation. A man who knows no limits, Naveen pushes big dreams into action, spurring massive cultural and technological change. His audacious vision and magnetic personality continually inspires others to follow what feels impossible.

 

 

 

The founder of Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, iNome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace, Naveen sees beyond the current business and technological landscape, creating companies that make a true impact.

 

 

 

Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon India's "Most Admired Serial Entrepreneur," and the receiver of "Albert Einstein Technology Medal" for his pioneers in technology, he has been repeatedly honored for his entrepreneurial successes. Red Herring also recognized him as one of the "Top 20 Serial Entrepreneurs" and with the "Lifetime Achievement Award."

 

 

 

Naveen Jain's next endeavor is to travel to the moon, using lunar resources for innovation here on earth.

 

 

 

Whether it's business or life, Naveen is guided by one firm belief – our only limit is our imagination.

 

 

 

Here are my previous two podcasts with Naveen:

 

"Age Reversing Via The Gut, The Ultimate Anti-Anxiety Pill, Customized Probiotics & More With Billionaire Entrepreneur & Viome Founder Naveen Jain"

 

Poop, Bacteria & You: The Latest Cutting-Edge Science Of The Human Microbiome (& How To Affordably Test Your Own Gut)

(You may also be interested in watching or hearing Dr. Ally Perlina, Viome's chief science officer, go over the results of my own microbiome analysis.)

 

 

 


In this podcast, Naveen travels to my home in Spokane, Washington and we chat about the latest in longevity, life and latest innovations in fitness, mental health and immunity, and latest on mitochondria, biological aging and cellular health.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Naveen's observations of Ben's daily life in Spokane, WA...6:35

 

 

 

 

-The proper role of the elderly in society...12:20

 

 

 

 

 

-The big questions that propel Naveen's quest for knowledge...19:30

 

 

 

 

-How the gut microbiome affects the chemical signaling in our bodies...34:00

 

 

 

 

-The foundation of an integrative understanding of the gut...44:45

 

 

 

 

-A method of testing that is truly personalized to the individual...56:15

 

 

 

 

 

-The "flywheel" concept in running a business...1:03:20

 

 

 

 

-The case for space exploration in the midst of a slew of problems here on Earth...

 

 

 

-Recommended resources to think like a billionaire...1:20:40

 

 

 

 

-The most remarkable thing Naveen has done for his health in the past year...1:32:00

 

 

 

-And much more!


 

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Colostrum

-JOOVV: 

-Thrive Market: 

-Butcher Box:

Sep 12, 2020
Q&A 417: Dry vs. Infrared Saunas, The Best Blood Tests For Biohackers, Early Cancer Detection, How To Fix Brain Fog, & Much More.
01:10:05

bengreenfieldfitness.com/417

 

Ben and Jay Wiles discuss the latest and greatest in the world of health and fitness, and answer listener questions, including:

 

 

-A blood test that detects cancer symptoms years before they manifest...6:40

 

 


-How we subconsciously way find with our noses...12:20

 

 


-The woman who can literally smell disease...15:15

 

 


-How the body copes surprisingly well with one-off calorie indulgence (at least ONCE)...19:00

 

 


-The best blood tests on a budget...29:30

 

 

 


-How to fix brain fog...42:50

 

 


-Dry vs. infrared saunas...58:00

 

 

And much more!

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, CAR.O.L. Bike, Seed Synbiotic, Beekeeper's Naturals

Links to everything that Ben and Jay discuss can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/417

Sep 10, 2020
Is Charcoal Toothpaste OK, 8 Crucial Mouth Beauty & Oral Health Tips, Peptides For Oral Care, The Invisible Dental Flow In Your Mouth & Much More With Nadine Artemis.
01:18:58

bengreenfieldfitness.com/nadine

 

 

I recently read two excellent beauty, wellness and self-care books: one focused on overall beauty, and the other on oral care and holistic dentistry.

 

 

 

 

The author of these books is Nadine Artemis, who is also my guest on today's podcast.

 

 

 

 

Her first book that I read is titled "Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums". A comprehensive guide to natural, do-it-yourself oral care, Holistic Dental Care introduces simple, at-home dental procedures that anyone can do. Highlighted with fifty-three full-color photos and illustrations, this book offers dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths--preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health. Based on a "whole body approach" to oral care, Holistic Dental Care addresses the limits of the traditional approach that treats only the symptoms and not the source of body imbalances.

 

 

 

 

Taking readers on a tour of the ecology of the mouth, dental health expert and author Nadine,, describes the physiology of the teeth and the sources of bacteria and decay. Revealing the truth about the artificial chemicals in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, Artemis also discusses the harmful effects of mercury fillings and the much safer ceramic filling options that are available. Covering topics that include healthy nutrition, oral care for children, and the benefits of botanical substances and plant extracts for maintaining oral health, Artemis introduces a comprehensive eight-step self-dentistry protocol that offers an effective way to prevent decay, illness, acidic saliva, plaque build-up, gum bleeding, inflammation, and more.

 

 

 

 

Nadine's second book is "Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance--Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations", which teaches you how to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness, abandon established regimes and commercial products, and embrace your “renegade” beauty. In this essential full-color guide, Nadine introduces you to the concept of "renegade" beauty—a practice of doing less and allowing the elements and the life force of nature to revive the body, skin, and soul so our natural radiance can shine through. Anyone stuck in perpetual loops of new products, facials, and dermatologist appointments will find answers as she illuminates the energizing elements of sun, fresh air, water, the earth, and plants. This book is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to simplify their self-care routine, take their health into their own hands, and discover their own radiant beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

So who is Nadine, exactly?

She is the creator of Living Libations, an luxury line of organic wild-crafted non-GMO serums, elixirs, and essential oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical natural health and beauty products on the planet. She is an innovative aromacologist, developing immune enhancing formulas and medicinal blends for health and wellness.

 

 

 

Her healing creations, along with her concept of renegade beauty, encourage effortlessness, eschew regimes, and inspire people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness. Her potent dental serums are used worldwide and provide the purest oral care available. She is a key speaker at health and wellness conferences and a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets.  She has received glowing reviews for her work in the Hollywood Reporter, GOOP, Vogue, People, Elle, Yoga Journal, Natural Health, W Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and National Post.

 

 

 

Her celebrity fans and customers include Shailene Woodley, Renee Zellweger, Julianne Moore, Carrie Anne Moss, Mandy Moore, First Lady of Canada Sophie Trudeau and many others. Alanis Morissette, describes  Nadine as “a true sense-visionary"; and Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher, calls Nadine “a pure flower of creativity.” And on top of all that, Nadine opened the first full concept aromatherapy store in North America at just 22 years old.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Nadine's personal history in the realm of beauty and symmetry...6:52

 

 

 

 

-How our teeth derive nutrients from the gut via a "dentinal flow"...14:25

 

 

 

 

-Nadine's 8 steps for dental care...24:05

 

 

 

 

-The effects your teeth have on other organs in the body...48:00

 

 

 

 

-Nadine's thoughts on the efficacy of charcoal toothpaste...52:10

 

 

 

 

-Peptides that can be used for oral care...57:00

 

 

 

 

-Three questions you need to ask the next time you visit your dentist...1:01:30

 

 

 

 

-Rapid fire questions...1:05:30

 

 

 

 

-The Stop, Seal, Seed concept...1:08:35

 

 

 

 

-And much more

 

 

Episode sponsors: 

 

Kion, Joovv, Lucy Nicotine Gum, Public Goods

 

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/nadine

Sep 05, 2020
Biohacking Muscle Growth: How To Maximize Anabolism & Muscle Hypertrophy Using Targeted Delivery Of Nutrients To Muscle Tissue During Exercise, With Professional Bodybuilder Miloš Šarčev
01:14:57

bengreenfieldfitness.com/milos

 

 

It's time to take a deep dive into all things pre-, post-, and during-workout nutrition to maximize recovery, anabolism, muscle hypertrophy and much more!

 

 

 

 

My guest on today's show, Miloš Šarčev, is one of the top bodybuilders of all time. He was born on January 17, 1964 in Novi Sad, Serbia (former Yugoslavia). He grew up in Bečej and since an early age got involved in numerous sporting activities participating in Judo, Karate, Swimming, Soccer and Basketball tournaments as a teenager.

 

 

 

At the age of 17, he got introduced to weightlifting and immediately fall in love with bodybuilding. Four years later he started competing, entered and won his province title (Mr. Vojvodina), his republic title (Mr. Serbia), and finally national title (Mr. Yugoslavia) before going on to compete on the International scene (Mr. Europe and Mr. Universe). He won 1989 Amateur Mr. Universe competition and started competing as a professional in the strongest world bodybuilding federation - IFBB.

He has studied Nutritional Technology at the University of Novi Sad until he moved to the USA in 1987 to pursue his bodybuilding career. In 1989 he won Amateur Mr. Universe title and in 1991 became IFBB professional bodybuilder, competing in over 110 bodybuilding shows worldwide, of which 72 IFBB Professional competitions, qualifying for Mr. Olympia contest for 10 consecutive years in the hardest era of bodybuilding (1990’s).

After his competitive career, he became known for coaching/advising numerous professional athletes and Olympic medalists. He took a part in famous BALCO Labs "Project World Record"; as a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach for Tim Montgomery – creating the fastest man alive by breaking the World Record on 100 meters sprint (9.77 seconds) in less than 9 months of coaching.

 

 

 

As a bodybuilding coach, he advised over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders of which 36 have qualified for the most prestigious Mr Olympia competition. He is a renown International Nutritional Expert and a Speaker, Professional Trainer, Strength, Conditioning, and Contest Preparation Consultant with over 35 years of firsthand industry experience.

Miloš has become one of the most prominent authorities on nutrition and the human body as relates to athletic performance, earning him the industry moniker - “The Mind”.

 

 

 

He is considered to be one of the most influential bodybuilders in history, pioneering the usage of specific intra-workout nutritional sports supplementation through his Hyperemia Advantage System, revolutionizing the whole sports supplementation industry. His methods of training and hormonal manipulations for achieving hyper anabolic state and maximal hypertrophy are now accepted by millions around the World.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The background on Milos' interest on muscle growth...6:25

 

 

 

 

-Milos' ideas and theories put into real-world practice...16:00

 

 

 

 

-The substances Milos uses alongside EAA's during training...29:45

 

 

 

 

-Proper timing and dosage of supplementation before and during a workout...37:15

 

 

 

 

-How Milos structures his diet for optimal training...42:00

 

 

 

 

-Why supplementation during the workout is necessary...45:45

 

 

 

 

-How the post-workout supplement differs from the pre-, and during-workout...49:15

 

 

 

 

-Milos' carnosine strategy...54:05

 

 

 

 

-What Milos' training looked like during his peak vs. now...57:10

 

 

 

-Why essential amino acids are so...essential...1:10:05

 

 

Episode sponsors: Butcher Box, Organifi Gold, Kion Aminos, Perfect Keto

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/milos

Sep 03, 2020
Is A Ketogenic Diet Bad For Your Gut, Should You Eat Resistant Starch, How Exercise Changes Your Gut Bacteria & Much More With Lucy Mailing
01:05:24

bengreenfieldfitness.com/lucymailing

 

 

 

 

My guest on today's show, Lucy Mailing, PhD is a microbiome researcher, educator, and passionate scholar of integrative, evidence-based gut health. Lucy received her bachelor’s in Biology from
Kalamazoo College in 2015 and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2019, where her graduate research focused on the impact of diet and exercise on the gut microbiota.

 

 

 

 

She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, regularly presents at national and international conferences, and was named an Emerging Leader in Nutritional Sciences by the American Society for Nutrition in 2017. Lucy is the founder and sole author of lucymailing.com, a website dedicated to integrative, evidence-based articles about the gut microbiome, health, and nutrition  science.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Lucy usually skips breakfast in the morning...6:25

 

 

 

 

 

-How Lucy developed her interest in the workings of the gut...9:35

 

 

 

 

 

-The oxygen/gut dysbiosis connection...14:35

 

 

 

 

 

-How to test butyrate levels and hypoxic status...21:40

 

 

 

 

 

-Other ways to support gut hypoxia and PPAR gamma activation...25:55

 

 

 

 

 

-Why the paradigm of how we view SIBO has been misguided...31:15

 

 

 

 

 

-Whether a ketogenic diet is good or bad for the gut...37:35

 

 

 

-How exercise impacts the gut microbiome...45:50

 

 

 

 

-Resistant starch and gut health...54:45

 

 

 

 

-What Lucy is excited about regarding gut health research...1:00:30

 

 

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Creatine, JOOVV, Paleo Valley, CAR.O.L

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/lucymailing

Aug 29, 2020
Modafinil: Is This Wildly Popular Smart Drug Safe And Effective? (& What It Can Do For Your Sleep Cycles & Brain Health).
01:11:42

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Modafinil (also known as "Provigil").

 

 

 

It's the darling of the smart drug industry, and has been for quite some time.

 

 

With over 200 human clinical studies in the past 10 years, it is reported to have few to no side effects, to not be addictive and to not be excessively stimulating.

 

 

It's used by notable figures like Joe Rogan, Ray Kurzweil, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Tim Ferriss and many others.

 

 

It's the entire inspiration behind the smart drug movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper.

 

 

It may increase resistance to fatigue and improve mood, reaction time and vigilance, while simultaneously reducing bad decision making.

 

 

Laboratory studies have even shown that it may have potent antioxidative and neuroprotective effects.

 

 

Modafinil is also of a high interest to the US military for enhancing alertness and reducing battle fatigue.

 

 

Acute modafinil ingestion significantly increases exercise time to exhaustion.

 

 

So what could go wrong? Is this stuff too good to be true? Surely there must be some dark biological side of this supposed super smart drug. In today's podcast, I host a guest who knows more about the science of modafinil than anyone I'm aware of, and who, conveniently, happens to live just a few miles from my house: Dr. Jonathan Wisor.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Jonathan became interested in sleep and neuroscience...8:05

 

 

 

 

-What is Modafinil, exactly?...13:40

 

 

 

 

-How various neurotransmitters respond to modafinil...19:30

 

 

 

 

-Antioxidant and neuroprotective effects of modafinil...23:20

 

 

 

 

-How modafinil use can go wrong...31:15

 

 

 

 

 

-Whether or not genetics determine a response to modafinil...47:05

 

 

 

 

-How Modafinil affects sleep cycles...49:50

 

 

 

 

-How long does modafinil stay in the bloodstream after taking it...54:15

 

 

 

-Effects of combining modafinil w/ alcohol and drugs...57:55

 

 

-Why Jonathan has never used modafinil personally...1:05:50

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Creatine, Beekeeper's Naturals, Thrive Market, Seed

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/modafinil

Aug 27, 2020
Age-Reversal Tips: You Can Be Younger (How To Use The Power Of Your Mind to Look & Feel 10 Years Younger)
01:04:27

The way we look and feel has very little to do with our chronological age, and my guest on today's podcast believes that positive thinking and changing your belief system are the most important factors in staying truly young.

 

 

 

 

In her book, You Can Be Younger, leading therapist Marisa Peer explains how you can arrest the ageing process by harnessing the power of your subconscious mind. By changing your thinking, you can change your body and become physically and mentally at least ten years younger. She also discusses how to retrain your mind so you can stay young and vibrant, how to implement cell regeneration therapy to counteract the ageing process, and how to boost energy and visibly improve your skin's appearance.

 

 

 

 

There are few speakers today that have the wide experience and stellar reputation of Marisa Peer. Named ‘Britain’s Best Therapist’ by Tatler magazine, Marisa has spent over three decades treating a client list that includes international superstars, CEOs, royalty, and Olympic athletes.

 

 

 

 

Training early in her career as a child psychologist, Marisa later earned further qualifications from the Hypnosis Training Institute of Los Angeles and the Pritikin Longevity Centre. In 2015, Marisa Peer founded Rapid Transformational Therapy™, an exciting and award-winning training method that is solution-oriented, fast, and highly effective. Having spent over thirty years developing her technique, which is renowned as life-changing and dynamic and spoken of in superlatives, Marisa has trained over 3,000 RTT™ therapists around the world.

 

 

 

 

Within two years of its launch, Rapid Transformational Therapy™ won eleven awards in just six months because of its effectiveness and its revolutionary transformational techniques. She trains RTT™therapists in London, Los Angeles, and Australia every year.

 

 

 

 

 

A best-selling author of five books, Marisa’s USP is that she teaches “simple steps that produce dramatic and life-changing results.” When she reveals her fundamental rule –that all our emotional and personal problems come from us believing that we’re not enough’ – and explains how to overcome it, the results are tremendous and dramatic. Her latest best-selling and powerfully worded book, I Am Enough, enables the reader to achieve powerful and recognizable results rapidly and permanently.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Ben and Marisa will never "retire"...11:30

 

 

 

 

-How Marisa became involved with anti-aging and longevity...13:40

 

 

 

 

-Clues your body leaves that it is constantly rejuvenating...17:30

 

 

 

 

-How to think and grow young...22:30

 

 

 

 

-How to promote youthfulness in your everyday environment...34:42

 

 

 

 

-Traits that long-lived populations share in common...41:22

 

 

 

 

-Marisa's personal longevity habits...53:20

 

 

 

 

-What movies or shows Marisa recommends to make you laugh...57:55

-And much more!

Aug 22, 2020
Is This The Most Advanced Anti-Aging Analysis & Epigenetic Diagnostic Test Of The Future?
01:10:46

bengreenfieldfitness.com/trudiagnostic

 

 

 

The ability to track, measure and optimize your biological age is a field rife with confusion and a dizzying variety of testing methods such as telomere analysis and methylation clocks, transcriptomic-based, proteomic-based, metabolomic-based, composite Biomarkers

 

 

 

 

But a new biological age test developed by a company called TruDiagnostic claims that it will change how we measure health and ultimately, how we can improve it using epigenetics testing. In this episode, my guests from Tru Diagnostic talk about why this new development in epigenetics testing promises to be so revolutionary.

 

 

 

 

My first guest on this show, Ryan Smith, is part of the team that developed the biological age test and is working to bring it to market. My other guest is Dr. Daniel L. Stickler, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Apeiron ZOH Inc. A physician to high-performing executives and entrepreneurs who want to upgrade their current state, he’s also an author, speaker, blogger and podcaster.

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The difference between biological and chronological age...10:15

 

 

 

-The connection between stem cells and telomere testing...14:05

 

 

 

-The difference between testing epigenetic markers vs. telomere lengths...16:20

 

 

 

-Different types and uses of epigenetic testing...21:25

 

 

 

-How the millions of CpG sites in the body are tested...28:25

 

 

 

-The key factors that indicate acceleration of aging...38:20

 

 

 

-How your diet affects your epigenetics...48:15

 

 

 

-Compounds that slow down aging with great efficacy...52:30

 

 

 

-What Dr. Stickler and Ryan Smith would do if their biological age was less than optimal...59:45

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Beatin Path Media, Kion Bars, Joovv, Clearlight Saunas, Vuori Clothing

Aug 20, 2020
Hunting Down EMF In Your Office, Bedroom, Gym & Beyond: Is Your Home's "Dirty Electricity" Wrecking Your Sleep, Your Recovery, Your Health & More? The Official Ben Greenfield & Brian Hoyer Low-EMF Home How-To.
03:38:34

bengreenfieldfitness.com/shieldedhealingpodcast

 

 

 

Sit back and prepare for a wild ride, because it's finally here: The official, fully updated, EMF-shielding "building biology" analysis of my biohacked home in the forest.

 

 

 

Are your sleep-enhancing devices potentially hurting your brain and sleep patterns due to the dirty electricity they emit during a night of sleep?

 

 

Is a "low-EMF" office really low EMF?

 

 

Do "healthy" saunas produce EMFs or dirty electricity?

 

 

Is it OK to use popular grounding or earthing devices?

 

 

Do any of those fancy EMF personal protection devices actually work?

 

 

How big a deal are cell phone towers or 5G panels, even if you don't live directly nearby one?

 

 

 

 

 

We'll tackle these questions and plenty more as you get to listen in (and watch, using the video here on this page) during an entire building biology analysis of the Greenfield home.

 

 

 

 

 

My guest on today's show, Brian Hoyer, first joined me on the show "The Intriguing Science Of Building Biology (Along With A Complete Analysis & Surprising Results From Ben Greenfield’s So-Called “Biohacked Home”)".

 

 

 

 

 

Brian’s dive into health started when he became a father wanting to provide the most optimal growing environment for his family. His desire for them to thrive—and his devotion to discover the truth—drove him to find the most insightful and effective cutting-edge methods for addressing what’s really going on in our bodies and environments. This led Brian to become a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, train with The Klinghardt Academy, and become a certified geobiologist trained by a pioneering naturopathic and environmental medicine clinic in Austria that’s been addressing EMFs and geopathic stress since 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and his wife, Lindsey, built an EMF shielded tiny house in the summer of 2017. Brian travels all over the country doing EMF assessments, speaking at conferences and on podcasts, and helping families install shielding solutions. After testing many homes for EMF around the country Brian founded Shielded Healing in 2017 with the goal of helping modern humanity recreate electromagnetic environments that more closely mimic our historic human habitats.

 

 

 

 

According to Brian, EMF testing and mitigation has been stuck in the same pattern for 20-30 years. The last 10-15 years professionals all around the world have been recommending the same solutions even as our exposure has increased 500-1000 times or more. The same fabrics, the same meters, the same recommendations, and saying pretty much the same things, despite the drastic increase in exposures and chronic illness.

 


Here's what you'll hear in the podcast:

-The difference between a "building biologist" and an EMF shielding expert...7:00

 

 

 

 

-The protocol Brian follows when evaluating a home or office...11:00

 

 

 

 


-Living Room and Kitchen...31:45

 

 

 

 

 


-Boys' Bedrooms...1:09:50

 

 

 

 

 


-Master bedroom...1:51:45

 

 

 

 

-Smart Meter and Solar Panels...2:13:30

 

 

 

 


-Biohacking Room...2:31:15

 

 

 


-The Office...2:57:45

 

 

 

Closing Ceremony...3:30:00

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/shieldedhealingpodcast

Aug 15, 2020
Q&A 416: How To Reverse Gray Hair (& Other Beauty Biohacks), The Adrenal Fatigue Myth, The Shocking Beer Exercise Results & Much More!
01:23:14

bengreenfieldfitness.com/416

 

 

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…5:00

 

 

 

 

 

[5:40] Those who want to lose weight but don’t want to give up their beer will find this study quite compelling: alcohol (especially beer) seems to be OK if you’re doing HIIT training: 

 

 

 

 

[9:05] Alcohol consumption following a workout doesn’t seem to affect the majority of the biological and physical benefits, but cortisol increased, and testosterone and muscle protein synthesis decreased, so long term muscular adaptations could be impaired if alcohol consumption during recovery is consistent: (Alcohol is a well known HGH acting at the GHRH level inhibitor/supressor and it also leads to IGF-1 decrease. Surprising it's not mentioned in the study.) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[13:00] Chalk another one up to the life-extending benefits of low-to-moderate alcohol consumption, at least in tiny cocktail swigging rodents
 
 
 
 
[20:45] Israeli firm says Medical marijuana best taken in ‘micro-doses’  (500mcg!) with no high
 
 
 
 
 
[23:45] An interesting idea: Use your old coffee grounds by drying them, mixing into foods, and then burn more fat by changing your gut biome? Read more

 

 

 

 

Listener Q&A:

 

 

How To Reverse Gray Hair...36:34

 

 

 

The Adrenal Fatigue Myth...55:30

 

 

 

How To Recover From COVID-19...1:07:35

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Coffee, Organifi, Seed Daily Synbiotic, Paleo Valley

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/416

Aug 13, 2020
Why Your Pursuit Of A Better Body & The Perfect Diet Is Never Going To Make You Happy, How Christians Should Make Food Choices, The Ultimate Source Of Joy & Much More With Doug Wilson.
01:05:56

"You can sin with food in many ways -- by not sharing it, by eating way too much of it, by throwing it across the restaurant table... But you do not sin with food by bowing your head over it, saying grace with true gratitude in your heart, and tucking in."

These words come from a book written by today's guest - Doug Wilson. His sharp-edged but humorous title Confessions of a Food Catholic addresses the unscriptural approach to food that many Christians have developed in recent years (by the way, a "food catholic" is somebody who accepts all eaters of all foods, even if he or she doesn't actually eat quinoa).

 

 

Specifically, the book addresses divisive threats to Christian table fellowship, the know-it-all pride of newfangled "health food" rules, and the dislocated moralism that makes "organic" and "natural" the signs of righteousness while disdaining the brethren who buy their beef at Stuffmart.

 

 

 

In today's podcast, Doug and I get into his approach to how Christianity mingles with food choices, and much more - including longevity and anti-aging, nutrition, diets fitness and the ultimate source of the joy and happiness so many of us turn to these type of activities to fulfill. We also discuss Doug's take on Joel Salatin, the true cost of food, and how we care for the planet.

 

 

 

Doug Wilson is an old family friend of mine, the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC) and church I attended all throughout my childhood and during college. After his stint in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained an MA in philosophy.

 

 

As one of its founders, Doug has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College, which I consider to be one of the better liberal arts institutions in the country.

 

 

He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. Doug is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. His blog can be found at www.dougwils.com and his metric ton of grandkids can be found spread across the planet with rapidly increasing frequency.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-What is a "food catholic?"...9:15

 

 

 

 

-How to identify what Doug calls "phood pharisees"...12:35

 

 

 

 

-How people use diets as a substitute for true righteousness...16:50

 

 

 

 

-How to use food to assist in the pursuit of holiness...22:15

 

 

 

 

-How food as an anti-aging tactic can enhance or detract from your spirituality...26:25

 

 

 

 

-Advice for social situations where you're offered food you personally find objectionable... 36:50

 

 

 

 

-How to view food with respect to the humane treatment of God's creation...41:50

 

 

 

 

-Balancing rigorous physical and spiritual disciplines...52:00

 

 

 

 

-The one thing fitness buffs need to hear the most...1:00:15

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/dougwilson

Aug 08, 2020
Carnivore Diet Myths Debunked, Hard Questions About Meat Vs. Plants, Are Broccoli Sprouts Really Bad For You & Much More With Dr. Paul Saladino.
02:13:28

bengreenfieldfitness.com/carnivorecodebook

 

 

 

I recently got my hands on Dr. Paul Saladino's new book "The Carnivore Code". 

Now, if you don't know who Paul is, then you must listen to my previous episodes with him, including:

Since I've interviewed Paul, he has published this new book, and after reading it, I had plenty of tough questions for him, including:

 

 

 

-How do we *know* the reason our stomachs became 1000x more acidic than a chimp is because of animal food consumption?
 
 
 
-Is the decline in height and health fully attributable to plant/agriculture, or could it be due to industrialization, crowded cities, etc?
 
 
 
-Why do you say present hunter gatherers no longer have access to large game? 
 
 
 
-You say herbivores can detoxify plant toxins, but we can't. How do they do it?
 
 
 
-All the isothiocyanate studies are in vivo for human cells. How positive are you the results are replicated in vitro?
 
 
 
-You say hypothyroidism/crucifer intake is *reported* in Western culture. What's that mean, exactly? Anecdotes?
 
 
 
-When you list the "Bad News Gang", like cigarettes, alcohol, etc. couldn't you just as easily lump exercise, cold, heat, sunlight, etc. in with factors that turn on NRF2? If so, how do you personally describe your differentiation between good vs. bad NRF2 activators?
 
 
 
-The studies showing value for elimination of fruit/vegetable consumption are pretty short (10-12 weeks). Any longer term studies? And did these studies factor in how the produce was being prepared (e.g. presence of oils, organic vs. inorganic, etc.)?
 
 
 
-When you say high intake of isoflavones causes endocrine disruption, how much is high? Same thing with Chaga for liver cancer (pg 81). Isn't that a shit-ton of chaga?
 
 
 
-If polyphenols reduce intestinal enzyme production, couldn't other plant compounds, such as bitters/herbs/spices, along with adequate chewing, combat that by increasing enzyme production?
 
 
 
-You say resveratrol has repeatedly shown lack of value in human studies, but what about Sinclair's research? Hasn't he shown the opposite?
 
 
 
-I found it fascinating the claim that plant-based eaters still "crave" or are attracted to meat, but how is an ERP measured exactly?
 
 
 
-You say that carbohydrates that accompany plant fiber can spike insulin. That's painting with a pretty broad brush, isn't it? I think the lion's share of plants don't result in an appreciable insulin spike, do they?
 
 
 
-You say meat is not associated with cancer, but what about if active tumor growth already exists? Would you change anything if you had cancer?
 
 
 
-The study on telomere length being increased only by red meat was an observational study on 28 people. Any other studies looking directly at telomere or Horvath clock responses to plant vs. animal intake that are larger, more robust or non-observational?
 
 
 
-You say that fruits are seeds coated in natural candy, but can't we eat the fruit flesh and "leave the seeds behind?"
 
 
 
-What do you say about all the studies showing reduced risk of liver cancer, diabetes, etc. amongst regular coffee drinkers?
 
 
 
-You say unrendered fat is your preference. Any studies on rendered vs. unrendered fat health, nutrient quality, etc?
 
 
 
-You say oleosins from coconut/olive oil may cause a strong allergic reaction. How conclusive is that?
 
 
 
Whew! You'd think after all these questions, Paul would let me know I'm being a total pain in the butt, but instead, he graciously offered to do a solosode answering all these questions and highlighting many other up-to-date details on the carnivore diet.
 
 
 

In Paul's solosode, you'll discover:

-An overview of the carnivore diet...6:45

 

 

 

 

-"Rabbit starvation" and the ideal ratio of protein to fat to shoot for...15:40

 

 

 

 

-How plants and agriculture have contributed to the decline in human height and health...27:45

 

 

 

 

-Why present hunter gatherers no longer have access to large game...35:45

 

 

 

 

-How our stomachs became 1000x more acidic than that of a chimp because of animal food consumption...39:45

 

 

 

 

-Why herbivores can detoxify plant toxins, but humans cannot...51:45

 

 

 

 

-Studies on the effects of isothiocyanates in humans...1:01:55

 

 

 

 

-The difference between environmental and molecular hormesis...1:06:53

 

 

 

 

-A high intake of isoflavones causes endocrine disruption, how much is "high"? Same thing with Chaga for liver cancer...1:22:40

 

 

 

 

-Why Resveratrol has limited value for humans...1:29:45

 

 

 

 

-How to measure Event Related Potentials (ERP)...1:37:00

 

 

 

 

-Whether plants do or do not spike insulin levels...1:40:20

 

 

 

 

-What changes in the diet to make if you have cancer...1:53:25

 

 

 

-The correlation between meat intake and telomere lengths...1:57:48

 

 

 

-Lightning round questions...2:05:10

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, Organifi, CAR.O.L Bike, Pique Tea

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/carnivorecodebook

Aug 06, 2020
Biohacking Your Brain With Precision Medicine, Genomics, Psychedelics, Advanced Nutritional Strategies & Much More!
01:12:25

bengreenfieldfitness.com/wildhealthbrain

 

 

Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin are the head honcho docs at Wild Health, with locations in Versailles, KY and Bend, OR. I first interviewed these guys in the episode "How To Use Precision Medicine To Enhance Athletic Performance, Defy Aging, Balance Hormones, Fix The Heart & Much More." then again in "Why Your DNA Is Worthless (& What You Need To Focus On Instead)", and in this episode, they're back to talk all things brain optimization, brain biohacking and a medical-based precision genomics approach to upgrading the brain.

 

 

Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the Wild Health Podcast, and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it's a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak.

 

 

Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the Wild Health Podcast. He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the Ultrasound Podcast, an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound.

 

 

In this podcast, we discuss the September brain biohacking event coming up in Lexington, KY, September 26-28 (use code BEN for a discount).

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Matt and Mark's work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic...10:30

 

 

 

-Tests that determine cognitive function...19:10

 

 

 

-The link between immune function and the brain...39:00

 

 

 

-Recommended brain optimization modalities and strategies...43:30

 

 

 

-How to and how not to use plant medicines for cognitive function and brain health...57:15

 

 

 

-Peptides, ketamine, synthetic substitutes for plant medicines...1:04:20

 

 

 

-About the event being held at the Kentucky Castle this September...1:06:00

 

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/wildhealthbrain

Aug 01, 2020
Potent Breathwork Tactics From A Navy SEAL Commander, Staring Down Your Wolf, Operating Calmly Under Stress & More With Mark Divine.
01:22:47

What does it take to command a team of elite individuals?

It requires a commitment to seven key principles: Courage, Trust, Respect, Growth, Excellence, Resiliency, and Alignment. All of these are present in an elite team which commits to them deeply in order to forge the character worthy of uncommon success.

In his new book, Staring Down the Wolf: 7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams, Retired Navy SEAL Commander, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author Mark Divine (founder of SEALFIT, NavySeal.com, and Unbeatable Mind) who first joined me on the episode "Secrets Of The Navy Seals: How To Train, Eat & Think Like The World’s Toughest Fighters") reveals what makes the culture of an elite team, and how to get your own team to commit to serve at an elite level. Using principles he learned on the battlefield, training SEALs, and in his own entrepreneurial and growth company ventures, Mark knows what it is to lead elite teams, and how easily the team can fail by breaching these commitments.

 

 

 

 

Mark believes that elite teams challenge themselves to step up everyday to do the uncommon. Developing the principles yourself and aligning your team around these commitments will allow you to thrive in VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) environments, no matter your background or leadership experience.

 

 

 

 

Drawing from his twenty years leading SEALs, and twenty five years of success and failure in entrepreneurship and ten years coaching corporate clients, Mark has a very unique perspective that will allow you to unlock the tremendous power of your team.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What is a Kokoro event?...6:15

 

 

 

-The philosophy behind Kokoro events...19:50

 

 

 

-How box breathing is different from other forms of breath work...28:00

 

 

 

-Why zen and mindfulness is not more widely practiced in the extreme fitness community...46:30

 

 

 

-How social media has skewed the efficacy of the SEAL training programs and mentality...54:40

 

 

 

-Why slow is smooth, and smooth is fast...59:30

 

 

 

 

-Two phrases from Mark's book that stuck out to Ben...1:11:20

 

 

-Mark's fascination with wolves...1:17:20

-And much more...

Jul 30, 2020
The Latest Research On Ketones & Ketosis For Performance & Recovery, Do Ketones Break A Fast, Using Ketones For 45 Days Of Crossfit Murph, Ketone Esters vs. Ketone Salts & More With Geoffrey Woo of HVMN.
01:18:00

It's time for a serious geek out on all things ketones, ketosis, ketone esters and more!

 

 

 

 

My guest on today's show, Geoffrey Woo, is co-founder and CEO of H.V.M.N. — Health via Modern Nutrition. He is also the host of the Health Via Modern Nutrition Podcast, a health & performance podcast that recently broke 4 million downloads. H.V.M.N. helped popularize ketones as a food group beyond fats, proteins, and carbohydrates and makes foods & supplements for metabolic performance and health.

 

 

 

H.V.M.N. fuels some of the world's top performers, athletes, and military service members. Geoff is an avid self-experimenter who’s done a 7 day water-only fast, inspired thousands under the COVID-19 lockdown to push themselves with positive challenges by completing the Crossfit Murph workout for 45 days in a row, and studies the optimization of human performance — at the individual scale, the team scale, the organization scale, and at the civilizational scale. He holds a BS with Honors and Distinction in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Geoffrey used ketones esters while doing a Crossfit "Murph" for 45 consecutive days...5:45

 

 

 

-Why ketogenesis is not a physiologically typical state...13:00

 

 

 

-The role ketones play when it comes to recovery...16:15

 

 

 

-Pros and cons of endogenous and exogenous ketosis...24:18

 

 

 

-The difference between ketone esters and salts...35:15

 

 

 

-The ketone ester developed by the DARPA program...38:45

 

 

 

-Gold standard usage for dosage and frequency of ketone esters...44:45

 

 

 

-Whether or not ketones break a fast...53:35

 

 

 

-How a process called lactalation enhances the expression of longevity genes...57:11

 

 

 

-Parallels between lactate and ketones...1:02:15

 

 

 

-Stacking sodium bicarbonate w/ ketone esters pre-workout...1:07:15

 

 

 

-Ketones used in place of alcohol in cocktails...1:10:15

 

Jul 25, 2020
Q&A 415: What Is Ben Greenfield's Current Daily Routine? 13 New Body Hacks, What To Do About Caffeine Sensitivities, Alternatives To Coffee & Much More.
01:33:05

bengreenfieldfitness.com/415

News Flashes…3:40

-13 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts To Health And Wellness

 

 

 

 

 

-Flies aren’t little people I know… But it’s interesting that in sleep deprived flies, melatonin, NAD and alpha lipoic acid protect against the oxidation induced damage in the gut from sleep deprivation. Read about it here.
 
 
 
 
 
 

-What would make your high cholesterol a BAD THING? Four articles I read recently give us some clues.

 

 

 

What To Do About Caffeine Sensitivities & Alternatives To Coffee...38:25

 

 

 

What Is Ben Greenfield's Current Daily Routine?...57:05

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Joovv, Four Sigmatic, Seed Daily Synbiotic

 

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/415

Jul 23, 2020
Why Viruses Are Crucial To Life On This Planet, The Link Between Air Pollution, Glyphosate & Pandemics, Loss Of Biodiversity (& What We Can Do About It) & More With Dr. Zach Bush.
01:31:45

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Zach Bush, MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care.

 

 

 

 

He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr. Zach founded *Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His passion for education reaches across many disciplines, including topics such as the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, immunity, and gut/brain health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet.

 

 

 

During this show, we get into the viral pandemic, the George Floyd crisis, how we can save our planet, your microbiome and how to treat it properly, and much, much more.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Zach's thoughts on the global reaction to the coronavirus pandemic...7:30

 

-Whether or not we should fear viruses...10:00

 

-The importance of viruses to life as we know it...18:30

 

-How dramatic changes in the production of food in 1976 led to the current pandemic...26:25

 

-Why COVID-19 became a global pandemic...53:49

 

-An informed and rational response to the current COVID-19 pandemic...1:03:00

 

-How regenerative farming differs from organic farming...1:17:15

 

-What the Black Lives Matter movement can teach us about the earth's microbiome...1:23:00

-And much more!

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Serum, Butcher Box, Pique Tea, Lucy Nicotine Gum

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/zachbush

Jul 18, 2020
Joel Greene Podcast Part 2: How To Reshape Fat Cells, Enhance Repair During Sleep, Target Your "Circaseptan Rhythms", Build Young Muscle & Get Rid Of Old Muscle.
57:56

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It's time for Part 2 of my monster podcast with Joel Greene. If you missed part 1 - in which we discuss rebooting your gut and sparking fat loss using some very unique biohacks and strategies - you can click here to listen to it now. bengreenfieldfitness.com/joelgreene

 

 

 

So who is Joel Greene, exactly?

He had his 10,000 hours already in before I was even born.

In the 1970’s he was interval training.

In 1979 he was doing olympic lifts 3 hours every night.

In the 80’s he began studying MCT’s.

In 1990 he began studying the Keto diet.

In the early 90’s he was doing what would be called intermittent fasting today.

In the mid 90’s he experienced the rebound from chronic starvation. You read this today for this reason.

In the late 90’s he went through his clean eating phase, his macro phase, his ancestral diet phase.

By 2001 he had his first nutrition website publishing the cutting edge research.

By 2006 he came to the end of all the above and discovered none of it worked over time under real life pressure.

In 2007 he authored the first article to the health and fitness community based on the new science linking gut bacteria and obesity.

in 2008 his website lookcut.com hit #2 in google for weight loss, with over 1,000 original groundbreaking articles that today represent many of the most widely copied ideas in nutrition.

In 2009 he launched the worlds first diet system based on targeting the gut bacteria.

In 2010 he was implementing signal activation of the AMPK pathway. The gurus only began speaking to AMPK in 2017.

By 2013 he had the world's largest body of anecdotal outcomes for body composition targeting the gut bacteria.

In 2013 he published the first article to the health and fitness community on the dangers of MCT oil supplementation.

Today, at 53, on 1 workout a week, eating whatever, whenever, with no drugs, sarms, prohormones, or ergogenic aids ever, he is the world leader in hacking the body. He is the real deal. He has done it longer and always been far ahead. He looks it, he lives it. What the guru's say is impossible he was living every day before they were guru's.

 

 

 

He has hacked peak human...

working out once per week...

...eating whatever, whenever,

...and does it all on fast food!

He is the future of real world health and nutrition, today.

 

 

 

 

As creator of the VEEP Nutrition System, the worlds first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to effect biomarkers, Joel also is a featured author, speaker, and guest in top tier publications like Muscle and Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness Digital Magazine, CBS Online, Superhuman Radio. His system has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show where it has delivered astounding life changing results.

 

 

 

 

 

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition—today, and his new book was one of the most nitty-gritty deep dives into “rebooting your body” that I've ever read. The Immunity Code is simply a new paradigm and an entirely new way to think about caring for the body. The new goal is learning to control immunity, health, and aging using new science-based techniques (or hacks if you will), steer immunity for health, and to slow or even reverse aging. ​

 

 

 

 

 

This book will change everything you know about the body. Starting with simple, easy to-dos that build one on top of the other, the reader will emerge with a powerful understanding of how the body really works and how to control it over time, in the real world. Simply put, you will jump 10 years ahead of anything else on the shelf today.

 

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How to refill fat and reshape the extracellular matrix (ECM)...6:35

 

 

 

-How Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF-1) and breath work affect our sleep...15:15

  •  

 

 

-How to mitigate pexophagy...25:30

 

-Circaseptan vs. circadian rhythms...35:05

  •  

 

-Why NAD supplementation accelerates aging...39:50

 

 

-How to keep muscles young...43:30

 

 

-The "daisy cutter" diet protocol...46:00

 

 

-The molecule that may make the keto diet impractical...47:30

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Organifi, Public Goods, Paleo Valley

bengreenfieldfitness.com/joelgreene2 

Jul 16, 2020
Joel Greene Podcast Part 1: How To Reboot The Gut, Eat Cheesecake Without Gaining Weight, Amplify Any Fasting Protocol & Maximize Fat Loss.
01:50:00

bengreenfieldfitness.com/joelgreene

 

 

My guest on today's podcast, Joel Greene, had his 10,000 hours already in before I was even born.

 

 

 

In the 1970’s he was interval training.

 

 

 

 

In 1979 he was doing olympic lifts 3 hours every night.

 

 

 

 

In the 80’s he began studying MCT’s.

 

 

 

 

In 1990 he began studying the Keto diet.

 

 

 

 

In the early 90’s he was doing what would be called intermittent fasting today.

 

 

 

 

In the mid 90’s he experienced the rebound from chronic starvation. You read this today for this reason.

 

 

 

 

In the late 90’s he went through his clean eating phase, his macro phase, his ancestral diet phase.

 

 

 

 

By 2001 he had his first nutrition website publishing the cutting edge research.

 

 

 

 

By 2006 he came to the end of all the above and discovered none of it worked over time under real life pressure.

 

 

 

 

In 2007 he authored the first article to the health and fitness community based on the new science linking gut bacteria and obesity.

 

 

 

in 2008 his website lookcut.com hit #2 in google for weight loss, with over 1,000 original groundbreaking articles that today represent many of the most widely copied ideas in nutrition.

 

 

 

In 2009 he launched the worlds first diet system based on targeting the gut bacteria.

 

 

 

 

In 2010 he was implementing signal activation of the AMPK pathway. The gurus only began speaking to AMPK in 2017.

 

 

 

By 2013 he had the world's largest body of anecdotal outcomes for body composition targeting the gut bacteria.

 

 

 

 

In 2013 he published the first article to the health and fitness community on the dangers of MCT oil supplementation.

 

 

 

 

Today, at 53, on 1 workout a week, eating whatever, whenever, with no drugs, sarms, prohormones, or ergogenic aids ever, he is the world leader in hacking the body. He is the real deal. He has done it longer and always been far ahead. He looks it, he lives it. What the guru's say is impossible he was living every day before they were guru's.

 

 

 

 

He has hacked peak human...

working out once per week...

...eating whatever, whenever,

...and does it all on fast food!

He is the future of real world health and nutrition, today.

 

 

 

 

As creator of the VEEP Nutrition System, the worlds first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to effect biomarkers, Joel also is a featured author, speaker, and guest in top tier publications like Muscle and Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness Digital Magazine, CBS Online, Superhuman Radio. His system has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show where it has delivered astounding life changing results.

 

 

 

 

 

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition—today, and his new book was one of the most nitty-gritty deep dives into “rebooting your body” that I've ever read. The Immunity Code is simply a new paradigm and an entirely new way to think about caring for the body. The new goal is learning to control immunity, health, and aging using new science-based techniques (or hacks if you will), steer immunity for health, and to slow or even reverse aging. ​

 

 

 

 

This book will change everything you know about the body. Starting with simple, easy to-dos that build one on top of the other, the reader will emerge with a powerful understanding of how the body really works and how to control it over time, in the real world. Simply put, you will jump 10 years ahead of anything else on the shelf today.

 

 

 

 

Get The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Real Health & Radical Anti-Aging.

 

veepnutrition.com/book

 

 

 

During this first part of our discussion, you'll discover:

-A peek into a typical morning for Joel Greene...8:40

 

-Joel's history in the realm of biohacking...14:45

 

-Ben's process for writing a book...29:15

 

-Why eating apple skins is Joel's first advice for his readers...34:45

 

-The two bacteria to focus on for resetting the gut...45:30

 

-Why Joel is not a fan of probiotics but loves prebiotics...58:25

 

-How orange juice in the morning helps to heal the gut...1:14:30

 

-How to lose fat by eating cheesecake...1:20:15

 

-Whether or not cold thermogenesis is an effective weight loss strategy...1:29:40

 

-How to mitigate the effects of cycling fat loss strategies...1:38:15

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Joovv, Thrive Market, Organifi

 

Got a question for Joel or me? Drop your comments at

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/joelgreene

Jul 11, 2020
The Future Of Medical Biohacking: Skull Resets, Suppositories, Nasal Sprays, Nebulizers, Sound Therapy & More With Dr. John Lieurance.
01:21:29

bengreenfieldfitness.com/drjohn

Dr. John Lieurance is a Naturopathic Physician & Chiropractic Neurologist who has been in private practice in Florida for 25 years. He is the chief scientific advisor of both Glutagenic.com™ as well as Advanced Biome Corp™. He heads up Advanced Rejuvenation, a multi-disciplinary clinic, with a focus on Treating Chronic Diseases, Regenerative Medicine, Functional Neurology, Functional Medicine & Stem Cell Research.

 

 

 

 

He has spent most of his career focused on finding solutions for Hearing Loss, Balance Disorders, Tinnitus, DegenerAtive Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s & Alzheimer, Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Lyme, CIRS & Mold Illness. After suffering from Chronic Lyme & Mold Illness many years himself, he also works with many cases seeing the same success he has had to recover to regain a normal life, free from the chronic inflammation and pain associated with those disorders.

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The biohacks in Ben's home John loves...7:54

 

-How John became involved in the world of biohacking and natural medicine...10:30

 

-Why suppositories?...22:11

 

-Things you don't know about melatonin...35:25

 

-Uses and benefits of NAD...45:45

 

-Nasal and breathing sprays Ben and John recommend...48:50

 

-New laser technology to administer compounds...1:05:15

 

-The mysterious "holy water" John formulated...1:09:25

 

-What Ben and John are excited about right now...1:12:50

 

-And much more!

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Beekeepers Naturals, Butcher Box, Vuori Clothing

 

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/drjohn

Jul 09, 2020
How To Know If You Are Subconsciously In Fight, Flight Or Freeze Mode (And What To Do About It) - An Interview With Dr. Olga Stevko.
01:21:59

bengreenfieldfitness.com/olga

 

 

 

 

Dr. Olga Stevko is an expert at helping people achieve rapid transformation for professional and personal growth, and a Medical Doctor from Russia. Dr. Stevko’s clients include over 1,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, celebrities, doctors, and other professionals and their family members. She helps her clients to identify and transform unconscious programs that create issues in various areas of their life, including health, relationships and business.

 

 

 

Dr. Olga Stevko's unique methodology allows her to see patterns how nervous system reacts to everything around with flight, fight and freeze responses. These patterns affect both the mind and body, and how people look, think, feel, react, communicate and behave. These patterns also affect client's aging and longevity.

 

 

 

Through observation (of clients face, posture, quality of voice, verbal  non-verbal communication), Dr. Stevko can rapidly assess people's patterns in life and what unconscious programs cause them. After transforming key limiting unconscious programs, Dr. Olga Stevko's clients experience fast and permanent results. Clients have also reported dramatic positive changes in their face, posture, voice, mental processing, communication, behavior and energy.

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

 

 

 

-How unconscious shapes life experience and is tied to the nervous system...7:06

 

 

 

-Epigenetic trauma...8:41

 

 

 

-Training to link deductive and observational analysis with neuro-linguistic programming and physiology...9:57

 

 

 

Identifying trauma using neuro-muscular indicators...12:13

 

 

 

-How unconscious programs affect behavior...18:50

 

 

 

-Link between physiological presentation and interpretation of trauma...24:30

 

 

 

-Combination of treatment modalities to treat unconscious mind...29:30

 

 

 

-Piecing together evidence to affect physical change...41:48

 

 

 

-Analysis of Ben’s physiological indicators of psychological profile...46:36

 

 

 

-Analysis of Ben’s drawing as psychological indicator...51:37

 

 

 

-Indications of multi-tasking proficiency and efficiency...55:20

 

 

 

-FOMO and scarcity versus abundance...1:00:19

 

 

 

-Affecting behavior change...1:01:02

 

 

 

-Being guarded and reserving trust...1:03:50 

 

 

 

-Chasing challenges and the sense of achievement...1:08:36

 

 

 

-Dr. Olga Stevko individual and group services, including audio and video resources...1:14:12

 

 

 

-Psycho-immunology...1:15:19

 

 

 

-High blood-pressure and hypertension...1:16:42

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Organifi, Water and Wellness, Pique Tea

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/olga

Jul 04, 2020
Q&A 414: The Benefits Of Nicotine, Easy Hack To Increase HRV, Do Face Masks Cause Oxygen Deprivation, Why To Workout Before Dinner & Much More!
01:24:25

bengreenfieldfitness.com/414

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast?

 

 

 

Just use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app.

 

 

 

 

 

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…7:20

 

 

 

 

Listener Q&A:

What To Do About Very Tight Muscles...51:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Face Masks Cause Oxygen Deprivation?...1:07:25

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Feel The Weather In Your Body...1:15:30

 

 

 

 

Should You Put A JOOVV Light In An Infrared Sauna?...1:18:50

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/414

 

Jul 02, 2020
An Interview With A Child Prodigy: Should You Skip Breakfast, Analyzing Your Poop, Cold Thermogenesis & Breathwork Strategies & More With Daniel Bissonnette.
01:18:42

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Meet 15 year-old prodigy Daniel Bissonnette. This kid first turned my head when he tagged me on Instagram sitting cross-legged and meditating in his shorts on what appeared to be a giant frozen glacier. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I looked into Daniel, and it turns out he's a pretty impressive young man.

Daniel currently listed as one of the World’s top 100 most influential Vegans, the most in demand Health/Nutrition Youth Keynote in the world, an Award-Winning Activist, Best-Selling Author, developer of the “GENIUS Mode” program and host of the weekly YouTube “Daniel Bissonnette Show.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel has delivered 100’s of presentations since the age of 9 at conferences, expos, consumer shows, community groups, food companies, schools, institutes, non-profit organizations and continues to make headlines. But, it all started out as a bullied elementary school kid who wanted to help a few friends eat healthier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In third grade, Daniel was approached by his teacher and decided to publicly speak about his food choices. Pleasantly surprised to see how many kids began trashing their junk food and switching to healthier alternatives, Daniel was encouraged to continue spreading the message and volunteered to speak at a global rally. Little did he know that his first public talk would go viral. It became the most viewed YouTube video for the event that took place in 500 cities around the world with over 2M attendees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From that moment on Daniel began to speak on stages of leading Health events across Canada, the US and Europe. By the age of 11 he became a Signature Speaker with the largest health show franchise in Canada and published his Best Selling book “Daniel’s BREAKFAST Burst”. With “Daniel's BREAKFAST Burst” he was able to inspire more children around the world to eat a healthier breakfast than any other authority!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel’s BREAKFAST Burst” was such a hit it was featured in popular magazines, radio, TV and even purchased by Hollywood celebrities. It sure got kids and parents excited about eating their way to smarts too with over a month of carefully designed breakfast meals that deliver peak nutrition for mental performance. By 12 years old Daniel was ranked in the World’s top 100 most Influential Vegans and joined the non-profit organization “Borneo Wildlife Preservation” to help raise funds and awareness to support reforestation and Pygmy Elephant conservation projects in Borneo. At 13 he was honored the Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion by Supreme Master Ching Hai and completed his long anticipated “Genius Mode” program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his “Genius Mode - The Biology of Greatness” program and "Biology Of Greatness", Daniel shares breakthrough science on a never before discussed topic - altering our DNA to Genius. “There are ways we can go into our Genetic Code and rewrite it. Genius is something you CAN Become because it’s a built-in mechanism and there’s an exact science to doing so!” says Daniel. He reveals his daily “Hacks” we can apply to increase Brain Power, Intelligence, develop Physical and Mental Resilience and turn on our GENIUS expression.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Daniel became an authority in nutrition at a young age...6:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-How a bee sting led to an "aha" moment for Daniel...16:00

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-Biohacks and routines in Daniel's life...24:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Breath protocols and foods to remain in the parasympathetic state...37:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The value of keeping tabs on your poop...47:05

 

 

 

 

 

-Little known facts about iodine...54:00

 

 

 

 

 

-The remainder of Daniel's routine...1:00:35

 

 

 

 

 

 

-How to alter your genius via epigenetics...1:06:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

-And much more!

 

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Colostrum, Organifi Glow, Magnesium Breakthrough, Comrad Socks

bengreenfieldfitness.com/daniel

Jun 27, 2020
Microdosing, Biohacking Plant Medicines, Psychedelic-Enhanced Psychotherapy & More - How "Field Trip Health" Works For Ketamine, MDMA, DMT, Psilocybin & Beyond!
01:07:24

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Field Trip Psychedelics Inc. is the world's first mental wellness company focused on psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, is beginning to open the first medical centers - first in Toronto, New York and LA - dedicated exclusively to the administration of psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, in a "spa-like" setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what exactly happens at one of these type of psychedelic therapy clinics? You're going to find out in today's podcast, and also discover what kind of biohacks, self quantification tools, supplements and more could potentially be combined with planet medicine for enhanced efficacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first guest on today's show is Ronan Levy. An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Field Trip Psychedelics Inc. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and a Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second guest on today's show, Marshall Tyler, is a scientist with a deep interest in psychoactive molecules. He spent his academic career at Cornell and Harvard, exploring the intersection of chemistry and biology in an attempt to unravel the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders. He subsequently worked as a leading scientist at PLUS, one of the largest cannabis edibles manufacturers in California. His passion lies in guiding research to arrive at a deeper understanding of consciousness with the ultimate goal of enhancing wellbeing.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Psychedelic therapy defined...10:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The work of Field Trip explained...13:00

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-The importance of music in treatment and a variant of ketamine Field Trip is using...19:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

-How Field Trip incorporates psilocybin into their practice...29:06

 

 

 

 

 

-Other molecules that will be more common in future treatments...35:30

 

 

 

 

 

-How a psychedelic therapy session is conducted...39:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Prepping a patient on breath work before a session...45:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The patient experience from booking the appointment, to the treatment, and beyond...50:00

 

 

 

 

 

-Dream scenarios in the emerging landscape of psychedelic therapy...54:15

 

 

 

 

 

-Microdosing between the therapeutic protocols to enhance the therapy...1:03:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Colostrum JOOVV Clearlight Saunas, Thrive Market

bengreenfieldfitness.com/fieldtrip

Jun 25, 2020
Is Radiation Actually Good For You? The Hormesis Effect, The Healing Power of Radioactive Stones, Ozone Therapy & Much More With Jane Goldberg.
01:07:11

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If you heard my podcast "The Ultimate Biohacked Workout & The Future Of Fitness: Minimal Effective Doses, Cold, Blood Flow Restriction, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Ozone & More!", recorded at Systimfit in New York City, then you may have heard - towards the tail end of that podcast - how I was about to wander across to a place called La Casa to undergo a cutting-edge ozone sauna recovery treatment with something called a HOCATT.

 

 

 

 

 

HOCATT stands for “Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology” and the machine acts as an ozone steam sauna, in which you sit with just their head exposed to the air, while your body receives the benefits of an infusion of ozone, carbon dioxide, steam, photon light and oxygen, all while undergoing Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF).

 

 

 

 

While I was there, the proprietor of La Casa, Jane Goldberg, commented that she wasn't too concerned about the mild amount of ozone one might breathe in while using this device. I asked her why, and she handed me a book. The book is called The Hormesis Effect: The Miraculous Healing Power of Radioactive Stones.

 

 

 

 

Yep, I know. Woo-woo alert.

 

 

 

 

But on the plane ride home from New York, I read the book, and it was actually quite compelling. Turns out that for thousands of years people have been treating pain, injuries, and disease with low-radioactive stones.  Jane -  a New York based psychoanalyst, and holistic health consultant - and her co-author, the late Jay Gutierrez, who was a noted Native American healer and CEO of Night Hawk Minerals in Pritchett, Colorado, talk in the book about rediscovering a forgotten ancient science that was supposedly once well-known to our ancestors: the healing power of low-level radioactivity.

 

 

 

 

 

It also turns out that the concept of using low-dose radiation for therapeutic purposes, called in medical literature "radiation hormesis," has 100 years of solid scientific research behind it, and thousands of medical studies to support it. It is easy, affordable, and highly effective. If you're like most people, you're afraid of radiation, and all it implies. Yet, in other countries all over the world, millions of people have benefited from using low-level radiation on everything from tennis elbow, joint pain and arthritis, to far more serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, spinal meningitis, autism, stroke, macular degeneration, heart disease and cancer. The book discusses an inexpensive delivery system that brings this powerful, proven healing modality to all of us, within the comfort of our own homes: the concept of radiation hormesis and low-level radioactive natural stones.

 

 

 

 

 

So could radiation actually cause you to live longer and be healthier? That's exactly what we discuss in this podcast.

 

 

 

 

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, a certified psychoanalyst, and an oncological psychoanalyst (having worked extensively with cancer patients). She is a Stone Carrier-Medicine Woman of the Nemenhah Native American Tribe. She is one of the founding conceptualizers of the application of psychoanalysis to group therapy. She is the author of 8 books, as well as writer and creator of a holistic newsletter called Musings From 20th Street. She owns and operates two holistic centers: La Casa Spa and Wellness New York (the oldest wellness center in NYC) and La Casa Spa and Wellness Puerto Rico in the El Yunque rain forest (established in 1986). For several years, she had her own television show called The Really Real Reality Group Therapy TV Show.

 

 

 

 

She is, as well, a documentary film maker, having produced and directed Because People Are Dying, about radiation hormesis. Her latest project, about to be launched (but delayed by COVID-19) is a unique brain enhancement program called Brainercize. Accompanying the launch will be the publication of her most recent book, The Revolutionary Mind Project. Also, soon to be published is her book co-authored with Karliin Brooks on biohacking, called Biohacking WW (Women's World).

 

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Whether breathing in ozone is a good thing, and how much...10:20

 

 

 

 

-Jane's story, and opening La Casa...15:00

 

 

 

 

 

-The surprising health benefits of atomic bombs...23:52

 

 

 

 

 

-Radiation Hormesis defined...26:20

 

 

 

 

 

-The effect of radiation on DNA...39:02

 

 

 

 

 

-The effect of low dose radiation on the immune system...42:42

 

 

 

 

 

-Radiation frequency and dosages...45:20

 

 

 

-How radioactive stones work...49:20

 

 

 

-The link between radiation and fungus...56:15

 

 

 

And Much More....

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Aminos, Organifi Gold Chocolate, Butcher Box, Beekeeper's Naturals

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/hormesiseffect

Jun 20, 2020
What Happens During A Psychedelic Journey: Dr. Matthew Johnson On Psychedelic Treatment Room, The State Of Psychedelic Research & Future of Psychedelic Therapy.
01:27:57

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My guest on today's show, Dr. Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

He also happens to be one of the world’s most published scientists on the topic of the effects of psychedelics on humans and has conducted seminal research on the behavioral economics of drug use, addiction, and risk behavior.

 

 

 

The MAPS Capstone Challenge will help provide the funds—$30 million total—needed to complete the studies required for FDA approval of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. MAPS has already raised $10 million. If another $10 million are raised by September 10th, this will unlock a $10 million challenge pledge that Tim Ferriss has helped put together, alongside PSFC. Half of the pledge comes from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation (@cohengive), and the rest is split equally between Tim; James Bailey from Bail Capital; Peter Rahal, the founder of RXBAR (@peterrahal); Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS (@blakemycoskie); and an anonymous donor.

This challenge pledge is all or nothing. If MAPS fails to raise $10 million by September 10th, they do not receive the $10 million challenge pledge. There is no partial credit, and there is a real urgency. This $10M challenge pledge was announced in Tim's recent interview with Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS. Every dollar matters, so if the spirit moves you, please consider giving what you can by clicking here. If you can contribute $100,000 or more over two years, please get in touch with Rick and his team by emailing capstone@maps.org.

 

 

 

 

In this conversation with Dr. Matt Johnson, you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

-The major announcement made at Johns Hopkins regarding psychedelic research...14:15

 

 

 

 

 

-How to explain the efficacy of psychedelics to "healthy normal" people...19:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The gold standard on microdosing for enhanced productivity...23:05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Matt's response to the suggestion that he's just in it for the drugs...32:40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-How psychedelics are used to treat addiction to tobacco...38:35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-How to handle participants who experience anxiety during the session...53:07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The dark side of MDMA and other psychedelics...1:04:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Aminos, Organifi Gold, Joovv, Water and Wellness

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/psychedelics

Jun 18, 2020
How To Do Wim Hof Breathing "The Right Way", Making Your Own DMT, Inhaling Pure Carbon Dioxide, Cold Showers, MDMA & Much More - The Keys to Human Resilience.
01:15:02

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My guest on today's show, an immersive journalist and self-experimenter named Scott Carney, first joined me for the fantastic episode entitled "What Doesn’t Kill Us: Why Your Body Needs Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude & Environmental Conditioning."

 

 

 

 

 

Today, Scott - a New York Times Bestselling author - is back to discuss his brand new book, which I found to be a thrilling and inspirational read: "The Wedge: Evolution, Consciousness, Stress and the Key to Human Resilience."

 

 

 

 

 

Thrive or die: That's the rule of evolution. Despite this brutal logic, some species have learned to survive in even the most hostile conditions. Others couldn't—and perished. While incremental genetic adaptations hone the physiology of nearly every creature on this planet, there's another evolutionary force that is just as important: the power of choice. In an explosive investigation into the limits of endurance, in "The Wedge", Scott discovers how humans can wedge control over automatic physiological responses into the breaking point between stress and biology. We can reclaim our evolutionary destiny.

 

 

 

 

While writing the book, Carney submerged himself in ice water and learned breathing techniques from daredevil fitness guru Wim Hof. It gave him superhuman levels of endurance and quieted a persistent autoimmune illness. At the core of those methods is a technique called The Wedge that can give a person an edge in just about any situation.

 

 

 

In my conversation w/ Scott, you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

-What is "The Wedge" described in Scott's book?...18:00

 

 

 

 

-The concept of "neural symbology"...18:23

 

 

 

 

-How kettlebells build trust and allow the body to relax in the face of stress...24:10

 

 

 

 

-Scott's findings on carbon dioxide (CO2)...37:09

 

 

 

 

-How Scott and his wife condensed 6 months of couples therapy in 3 hours...58:00

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, Butcher Box, Magnesium Breakthrough by BiOptimizers, Vuori Clothing

 

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/thewedge

Jun 13, 2020
The Ultimate Human Recharging Station - How To Reboot The Human Battery, Get To Sleep Faster, Increase Energy & Restore Your Cell's Proper Electrical Voltage With A Biocharger.
01:16:56

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My guests on today's show are Jim Girard and Jim Law. These two Jims are the masterminds behind something called the "BioCharger", a crazy new biohacking device I've been using for "recipes" such as sleep onset, relaxation, athletic recovery, nitric oxide production, headache clearing, "5 hour energy", immune system boosting and much more. The BioCharger utilizes four different energy types – Light, Voltage, Frequencies & Harmonics, and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields (PEMFs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turns out Tony Robbins is a huge fan of this thing and uses it at all his events, and a host of biohackers I know seem to be incredibly excited about it and use it nearly every day, so I finally decided to try a Biocharger out for myself and interview the inventors on today's show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What is the BioCharger, and what it does for those who use it...11:00

 

 

 

 

 

-The technologies used in the BioCharger...17:55

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The best way to absorb the light from the device...39:05

 

 

 

 

 

-The effect of the BioCharger on various parts of the body...44:15

 

 

 

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-Whether other biohacks can be "stacked" with the BioCharger...53:54

 

 

 

 

 

-How the device affects pets, children and cell phones...57:20

 

 

 

 

 

-The most popular recipes of BioCharger customers...1:03:30

 

 

 

 

-Whether it's possible to overuse the BioCharger...1:08:10

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, Organifi Red Juice, Beekeepers Naturals, Four Sigmatic

bengreenfieldfitness.com/biocharge

Jun 11, 2020
Biohack Your Breath With Nose "Boners", Carbon Dioxide Inhalation, Tibetan Longevity Stretches & Much More: How To Unlock The New Science Of A Lost Art.
01:21:41

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I first interviewed today's guest, immersive journalist James Nestor, about "freediving" in the episode: The Extreme Sport You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, And How You Can Use Its Renegade Techniques To Become Superhuman. It was such an exciting and intriguing show that afterwards, I wound up traveling all the way to Ft. Lauderdale to take a freediving course, which absolutely changed my life (you can learn more about that in my episode with Ted Harty: The Ultimate Guide To Freediving, Legal Blood Doping, Wim Hof Breathing, Increasing Your Breathhold Time, Underwater Ear Equalizing, Spearfishing & Much More!).

 

 

 

 

 

Today James is back to talk about something we all do 25,000 times a day, yet most of us do it incorrectly or haven't even begun to tap into its lost art. That's right. I'm talking about your breath.

 

 

 

 

 

In his new book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art", James travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

 

 

 

 

 

Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, James turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again after hearing this podcast.

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

 

-The breath work protocol James uses to begin his day...7:41

 

 

 

 

-Why James views breath as the "missing pillar" of health...9:55

 

 

 

 

-What James views as the "dis-evolution" of breathing...14:15

 

 

 

 

-The truly awful effects of mouth breathing...18:38

 

 

 

 

-The unusual connection between the clitoris and the nose...24:11

 

 

 

 

-How the left and right nostril activate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems...27:44

 

 

 

 

-Healthy breathing practices of Native American and indigenous S. American populations...30:50

 

 

 

 

-Changes James made in his lifestyle after writing his book...37:06

 

 

 

 

 

-What other cultures and religions can teach us regarding the ideal pace of breathing...47:08

 

 

 

 

 

-Tibetan "rites" that help expand the lungs and diaphragm...56:47

 

 

 

 

-The Tummo method of breathing...1:06:30

 

 

 

 

 

-How to biohack your breath work...1:09:55

 

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Flex, Butcher Box, Thrive Market, Comrade Socks

bengreenfieldfitness.com/lostart

Jun 06, 2020
Everything You Need To Know About How To Use Hydrogen Water: Timing, Dosing, Delivery Mechanisms, Hydrogen Tablets, Hydrogen Water Machines, Hydrogen Inhalers & Much More!
01:29:06

My guest on today's show, Robert Slovak, devoted himself to the science of water after life-altering experiences. He took his astronautical and mechanical engineering degrees and decided to pursue the research of reverse osmosis with his brother Jack. The dynamic duo were considered the early developers of Reverse Osmosis technology.

 

 

 

 

 

After retiring from the corporate world, Robert left for Brazil to bring advanced water technology. While working in the rainforest he became sick with gastrointestinal illness due to unsanitary eating conditions in the small village. It was then he was taken to a biologist who had given him something called "Quinton Marine Plasma" to quickly eliminate the affliction. Robert left the Brazilian biologist the following morning convinced he had uncovered one of the greatest medicines of history, an imported marine solution from Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

But Robert went on to do plenty more, as we discuss in our previous episode "Water & Water Filtration: Everything You Need To Know About Water Filters, Alkaline Water, Structured Water, Hydrogen-Rich Water, Deuterium-Depleted Water & Much More!". In that episode, we discussed:

-Which water filter is best?
-Should you add minerals to my water?
-What Robert thinks about alkaline water.
-What is structured water?
-Hydrogen-rich water?
-Deuterium-depleted water (DDW)?
-And much more...

In today's show, Robert and I decided to take a much deeper dive into hydrogen water, which I also discussed in very good detail with Tyler Lebaron of the Molecular Hydrogen Institute in the episode "The 30 Year Old Scientist Phenom Who Runs a 2:30 Marathon, Deadlifts 420 Pounds & Drinks Hydrogen Enriched Water."

 

 

 

 

During our discussion you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

-Robert's history with hydrogen (H2) and water...11:15

 

 

 

 

-How H2 is unique among other compounds...25:18

 

 

 

 

-How H2 affects inflammatory pathways in the body...34:42

 

 

 

 

-Hydrogen administration methods...45:18

 

 

 

 

-How Robert used H2 to heal serious injury in miraculous time...55:37

 

 

 

 

-How H2 tablets work, and what to look for in them...1:02:45

 

 

 

 

-Proper timing and dosage of H2...1:12:04

 

 

 

 

And much more!

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Joovv, Organifi, Powerdot

 

 

 

waterandwellness.com 
bengreenfieldfitness.com/allthingshydrogen

Jun 04, 2020
Beyond Fasting: How To Biohack Your Fast To Accelerate Fat Loss, Stave Off Carbohydrate Cravings & Enhance Cellular Autophagy.
01:30:23

Fatigue, low energy, brain fog, weight loss resistance, low libido, anxiety, sleep problems, depression, and others have become so common today that most people speak of them as just normal with age. Even thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, and other hormone-related conditions are so common they are being considered a normal part of aging. They may be common, but I can assure you they are not normal and there is, in fact, one quite potent answer...

...fasting.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Pompa is a respected leader in the health and wellness space, educating  practitioners and the public on the origins of inflammation-driven disease, the therapeutic application of the ketogenic diet, fasting, ancestral-based health approaches, cellular healing, and detoxification. Although trained as a chiropractor, his authority is rooted in his own battle, having overcome neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning using his own unique cellular detoxification strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

His journey back to health continued to lead him to a voracious passion to research and learning beyond what is often readily understood. A relentless self-experimenter, Dr. Pompa has a passion for healing others. He’s a true warrior of a ‘from pain to purpose’ mindset, and he speaks about removing the cause of toxicity and inflammation, going upstream, and following a multi-therapeutic approach to health and healing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan's new book "Beyond Fasting" (use code BEN15 for 15% off the book) will take you "beyond fasting" with its expected results for healing the body naturally by leading you into the proper preparation for a successful fast. This will ultimately result in maximum healing, as well as making the fast as easy as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

His seven-week protocol prepares you for the fast by getting your cells to use their own stored fat as energy (fat-adaptation). By going into the fast fat-adapted you will go "Beyond Fasting" because results start day one of the fast, and will lead you into a lifestyle that will ultimately change your life forever, as it has for thousands around the world. This book, and the podcast you're about to hear, will help to equip the body with the tools to heal and create new stem cells from day one of the fast, which generally doesn't happen until day four or five.

 

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The latest technology that's caught Dr. Pompa's eye...10:33

 

 

 

 

-How Dan's fasting protocol differs from the trendy protocols currently in the marketplace...14:47

 

 

 

 

 

-How to properly prepare for a fast...26:20

 

 

 

 

 

-What to do after a fast...38:08

 

 

 

 

-Dan's personal approach to fasting...44:15

 

 

 

 

 

-Biohacks Ben and Dan use to enhance their fasting protocol...53:21

 

 

 

 

 

-The impact of fasting on immunity...59:12

 

 

 

 

 

-How to approach fasting with children...1:08:31

 

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Organifi, Butcher Box, Water and Wellness

May 30, 2020
Q&A 412: Is Cholesterol In Coffee Bad (& How To Make Your Coffee As Healthy As Possible), What To Do About Low Progesterone, Carbs Impact On Your Immune System & Much More!
01:22:38

News Flashes - follow Ben on Twitter for more...7:37

 

 

 

 

  • The whole problem with this “coffee could be bad for you depending on how you brew it” article is that it assumes the cholesterols in coffee are problematic, which they are not, and are in fact one of the reasons coffee is good for your brain and Coffee consumption and mortality from cardiovascular diseases and total mortality: Does the brewing method matter?
  • Lipid levels are paramount to performance. In a study of over 100 lipid profiles of elite athletes in Olympic sports, VO2 max was positively correlated to HDL and Total Cholesterol/HDL  ratio.
  • Cate Shanahan's thoughts on "Can HDL Over 60 Protect You From Coronavirus?".

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, Butcher Box, JOOVV, Seed Daily Synbiotic

Listener Q&A:

 

 

 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) vs. Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)...45:11

 

 

 

Tips on increasing progesterone levels...57:55

 

 

 

Do Jaw Exercisers Work?...1:12:14

May 28, 2020
The Future Of Corporate Wellness: What A Cutting-Edge, Gold-Standard Executive & Employee Health Program Should Look Like.
01:10:10

bengreenfieldfitness.com/livetimeless

Let's face it.

 

 

Corporate wellness programs are old-school and outdated, including...

 

 

...cafeteria and nutrition programs that simply advise you to "eat more lean protein" or "consume more fruits and vegetables"...

 

 

...yearly basic doctor checkups with almost zero motivation, accountability, feedback or utilization of advanced lab and biometric testing...

 

 

...lack of advanced biohacks in the workplace, or attention paid to hidden environmental assailants that affect energy and the company's bottom line, such as air, light, water and electricity...

 

 

...it's time that changed, and my guests on today's podcast are doing just that, through their new, advanced corporate wellness program called "Live Timeless".

 

 

Alexander von Gramatzki grew up playing soccer in Europe where he had a chance to play alongside legends like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Tony Kroos. During his youth soccer career he was connected to advanced wellness technologies to get him intimately attuned with his optimal state of performance. Even though Alex ended his youth soccer career to pursue education and business, his ability to find a high performing state resulted in him being able to work in a state of flow. As a result of being able to function at high levels, Alex was fortunate to find opportunities that allowed him to earn millions of dollars starting at the age of 23. Due to his achievements he was then the youngest person to be accepted into and graduate from the Wharton Schools 2-year long Executive General Management Program. His focus is now on bringing wellness technologies and health tests into the workplace so that companies can get their employees more attuned with their body and mind.

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Alex's history with health and biohacking...8:00

 

 

 

-How to package individual protocols and biohacks into a comprehensive corporate wellness program...13:54

 

 

 

-How to share collective results while maintaining individual's privacy...30:16

 

 

 

-Boots on the ground; how this system is implemented...45:12

 

 

 

-The future of corporate wellness...53:11

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion, JOOVV, Butcher Box, Seed Daily Synbiotic

May 23, 2020
Which Genes Impact Your Longevity The Most? How To Decode Your Genes & Unlock Key Insights To Living Longer & Aging Well (+Bonus Coronavirus Genetic Analysis Information!)
01:29:10

My guest on today's show, Joe Cohen of SelfHacked, first appeared on the episode

"How To Decode Your Genome, Unlock The Nitty-Gritty Details Behind Your DNA, Discover Your Good Genes, Your Bad Genes & More.", then later on

"32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve, Fine-Tune Your Nervous System & Self-Hack Your Hormones." 

Joe Cohen won the genetic lottery of bad genes. As a kid, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine.

Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”.

With thousands of experiments and Pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO of SelfHacked, SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer. His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health. Joe has been studying health sciences for 17 years and has read over 30,000 PubMed articles.

He's given consultations to over 1000 people who have sought his health advice. After completing the pre-med requirements at university, he founded SelfHacked because he wanted to make a big impact in improving global health. He's written hundreds of science posts, multiple books on improving health, and speaks at various health conferences. He's keen on building a brain-trust of top scientists who will improve the level of accuracy of health content on the web.

He's also founded SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer, popular genetic and lab software tools to improve health. At SelfDecode, Joe has recently launched a longevity tool that allows you to live longer by knowing how to take actionable steps based on your genes. You can order tests here. Use code BEN to get a 10% discount.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Joe is handling the coronavirus while living in Tel Aviv, Israel...9:24

  • Affected populations are very different from that of the Spanish Flu of 1918
  • Relatively young and healthy, not worried about it at all
  • Personal life insurance policy:
  • Ben uses a hyperbaric chamber
  • Ozone generator (use code BEN100 for a $100 discount)
  • Pay close attention to oxygenation and anti viral strategies

-How SelfDecode differs from 23andMe and other genetic tools currently available...13:12

  • SelfDecode focuses on different topics: longevity, mood, sleep, etc.
  • 23andMe doesn't give specific recommendations on how to improve your genes
  • SelfDecode makes recommendations based on priorities based on an individual's genes
  • 23andMe sells the data of their customers for drug R&D
  • SelfDecode business model is to give updates, to remain engaged w/ genetic data

-Tips for maximizing the value of a gene analysis...18:30

  • Good science is vital
  • Curation
  • Do they give recommendations
  • Polygenic Risk Score: Using multiple genes and SNPs to determine if the genes are increasing your risk in any way
  • Receive updates on the science regularly
  • Comprehensiveness on the number of genes and SNPs tested
  • Diet reports

-Common concerns about the reliability of genetic testing...27:50

-Why Ben would rather play with his kids than live forever...40:00

-Joe's response to the claim that some cells may be cytotoxic...52:49

-Effective ways to mitigate telomere shortening...56:20

-Inflammatory markers in Ben's test results...1:05:00

-An intelligent approach to IGF-1...1:09:30

  • Don't obsess over it to where you're sacrificing quality of life
  • Intermittent fasting
    • 12-16 hrs daily
    • Dinner to dinner once a month

-Genetic analysis for risk of acquiring the coronavirus...1:16:20

Resources from this episode:

-The ozone machine that Ben uses - Quantum 5 Ozone Generator (use code BEN100 for a $100 discount) -The HBOT unit that Ben uses (use code BEN for...

$250 off Respiro chamber (full price is $14,200) $500 off Vitaeris (full price $21,900) $750 off Quamvis (full price $25,900) $2500 off Fortius hard chamber (full price $89,900) Concentrators are $1900-  $250 off purchased with a chamber

-AncestryDNA

-23andMe

-Tommy Wood interview "Gene Testing Does More Harm Than Good, What You Need to Know"

-JAMA article: "The Need to Improve the Clinical Utility of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Either Too Narrow or Too Broad"

-Ben's anti-aging smoothie

-Book: Nourishment by Fred Provenza

-Book: The Carnivore Code by Paul Saladino

-International Peptide Society

- Tailor Made Compounding

-Purathrive Curcumin Gold

-ACE2 and TMPRSS2 variants and expression as candidates to sex and country differences in COVID-19 severity in Italy

-Are Some People More Susceptible to Coronavirus Infection? (ACE2)

-Ashwaganda from Kuaui Organic Farmacy (use code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount)

-Lost Empire Herbs Black Ant Extract

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. BGF listeners receive a 20% discount when you use discount code: BGF20

-Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20"

-Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive a gift card up to $20 when you begin a new membership using my link.

-Powerdot: Relieve your pain, Recover faster from workouts, build muscle and endurance to help you accelerate past those training plateaus and feel great doing it. Get 20% off your order when you use discount code: BEN

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Joe or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

May 21, 2020
It's All In Your Mouth: How Your Teeth Are Impacting Your Immune System, Sleep, Performance, Inflammation & Much More (& What You Can Do About It With Holistic Dentistry).
01:24:43

bengreenfieldfitness.com/allinyourmouth

 

 

 

 

 

I don't go to a regular dentist.

 

 

 

 

Matter of fact, for reasons you'll discover in this podcast episode, I wouldn't personally step foot near a "regular" dentist's office.

 

 

 

 

Instead, because I understand how profound an impact my teeth, gums, tongue and oral cavity have on my entire biological system, I only work with a holistic, biological dentist.

 

 

 

 

Due to my strong interest in this matter of dental health and holistic dentistry, I recently read a fantastic new book entitled "It's All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness" written by my guest on today's show, Dr. Dominik Nischwitz.

 

 

 

Challenging conventional dental wisdom that views the teeth as separate from the rest of the body, and conventional dental practices that often cause more harm than good, my podcast guest today, Dr. Nischwitz himself, lays out:

 

 

 

 

 

-The latest research on the microbiome and the mouth
-Critical information on the dangers of root canals and amalgam fillings
-The important role of nutrition in oral health and hygiene
-A clarion call for a new approach to dentistry
-And much more.

 

 

 

 

 

During our discussion, you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

 

-Dominik and Ben share their personal oral care regimen...6:53

 

 

 

 

 

-An overview of holistic or biological dentistry...23:46

 

 

 

 

 

-The link between the nervous system and the teeth...38:50

 

 

 

 

 

-Whether or not wisdom teeth really need to be removed...50:56

 

 

 

 

 

-How chewing assists with the production of TH-17 immune factor cells...58:42

 

 

 

 

 

-What are pellicles, and how saliva helps take care of them...1:07:48

 

 

 

 

 

-How to find a holistic dentist near you...1:20:46

 

 

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/allinyourmouth

May 16, 2020
Your Pelvic Floor "Power Source": The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.
01:20:42

bengreenfieldfitness.com/powersource

 

 

 

 

 

I recently read a fascinating title by today's podcast guest—celebrity trainer and goop expert (whatever that means) Lauren Roxburgh—The Power Source: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.

 

 

 

The Power Source offers a deep understanding of how to cultivate this strength by following a holistic, multisensory program. Starting with the pelvic floor, Roxburgh focuses on the five power centers that can be harnessed throughout the body:

  • Pelvic floor
  • Deep core
  • Upper core
  • Heart and shoulders
  • Head, neck, and jaw

 

 

 

 

During this discussion, you'll discover:

 

 

 

 

 

-What the pelvic floor is, and what impact it has on our bodies...9:00

 

 

 

 

 

-How the pelvic floor is related to epigenetic trauma...13:50

 

 

 

 

-What happens when we excessively clutch or tighten the pelvic floor...18:40

 

 

 

 

-Easy, at-home pelvic floor therapy...26:38

 

 

 

 

-Why a small squishy ball is vital to the health of the pelvic floor...35:24

 

 

 

 

-Why the gut is increasingly problematic in modern society...40:24

 

 

 

 

-The importance of the upper core...50:46

 

 

 

 

-How to carry that weight on your shoulders and stay connected to your pelvic floor...58:45

 

 

 

 

-The cranial sacral connection and the nervous system...1:04:36

 

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Coffee; Organifi Green Juice; Bioptimizers kApex; Vuori Clothing

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/powersource

May 14, 2020
The Only Skill That Matters: The Proven Methodology to Read Faster, Remember More, and Become a SuperLearner.
01:12:32

In the new book The Only Skill that Matters: The Proven Methodology to Read Faster, Remember More, and Become a SuperLearner, my guest on today's podcast, Jonathan Levi, unveils a powerful, neuroscience-based approach to reading faster, remembering more, and learning more effectively.

 

 

 

 

Here's what you'll hear:

 

 

 

 

The ideal learning model...14:18

 

 

 

What is "the only skill that matters"?...45:00

 

 

 

 


How to become a "super learner"...51:55

 

 

 


How to use visualization in your learning...56:57

 

 

 

 

And much more!

 

 

 


bengreenfieldfitness.com/theonlyskill

May 09, 2020
Q&A 411: The Effects Of Cold & Heat On Blood Glucose, A New Way To Increase Heat Shock Proteins, Ben's Weekly Routine, The Effects Of 5G On Respiration & Much More!
01:19:11

Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? Just use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app.

 

 

 

 

News flashes...8:40

 

 

 

 

How to use your phone in airplane mode while tethered to an ethernet cable...

 

 

 

A new strategy to increase heat shock proteins

 

 

 

A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta

 

 

 

 

Listener questions:

 

 

 

The Effects Of 5G On Respiration...31:38

 

 

 

How To Use Hydrogen Tablets...50:58

 

 

 

 

How Much Work Is Too Much?...58:14

 

 

 

bengreenfieldfitness.com/411 

May 07, 2020
The Health Habits, Rituals, Routines, Biohacks, Foods, Supplements, Workouts, and Success Secrets of Brendon Burchard.
01:23:09

According to Forbes and SUCCESS magazines, my guest on today's show - Brendon Burchard - is “the world’s leading high performance coach” and "one of the most watched, followed and quoted personal development trainers in history.” O, the Oprah Magazine, named him "one of the most influential leaders in the field of personal growth.” Brendon is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include High Performance Habits, The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life’s Golden Ticket.

 

 

 

 

 

An online education pioneer, Brendon has also released over 20 personal development courses on topics like motivation, confidence, habits, and productivity, which have been taken by over 2,000,000 students in 190 countries. His online videos have been viewed over 300 million times. His podcast, The Brendon Show, debuted at #1 on iTunes across all categories and for five years has regularly been in the top 20 of health/self- help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what many people don't know about Brendon is he is incredibly passionate about and knowledgeable in the realm of health and biohacking. And that's exactly what we dive into in today's show.

 

 

 

 

In our discussion, you'll hear:

 

 

 

How a near death experience instantly changed Brendon's outlook from hopeless despair to a life of intention...6:30

 

 

 

Brendon's morning routine...26:10

 

 

 

 

How the coronavirus pandemic has revealed or exposed people's health and wellness readiness...42:53

 

 

 

 

 

Brendon's top biohacks...50:00

 

 

 

 

Brendon's sleep routine, and how it changes during an event...55:14

 

 

 

 

What books Brendon has read to keep his perspective in the right place during the Coronavirus pandemic...1:08:00

May 02, 2020
Kiss Gas & Bloating Goodbye With Dr. Matt Cook: The Complete Done-For-You Guide To Eliminating SIBO Once & For All (Along With Sex, Trauma, PTSD, Ozone Dialysis & More!).
01:43:51

Dr. Matthew Cook is a deep, deep well of knowledge on all things regenerative medicine. Whether you need to fix Lyme, mold, or mycotoxin issues, completely repair a knee or back issue without surgery, or get the most advanced anti-aging and longevity treatments that currently exist, he's your man.

 

 

 

Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and, as acting President, operates a regenerative and pain medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine.

 

 

 

 

He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine.

 

 

In this FIFTH appearance on the podcast, you'll hear:

 

 

--Dr. Cook's approach to treating a health icon who's having health issues...15:08

 

 

 

--Dr. Cook's parasite, gastrointestinal, energy, mineral and sleep reset protocols...35:03

 

 

 

--How Dr. Cook is helping men w/ ED and sexual dysfunction...1:10:56

 

 

 

--The incredible ozone dialysis...1:20:20

 

 

 

--Incredible stories about healing PTSD and trauma...1:30:54

 

 

 

 

And much more!

 

 

 

Episode sponsors: Kion Mixed Berry Aminos; Organifi Gold Chocolate; Gluten Guardian; Powerdot

 

 

 

 

For complete show notes, including links, PDF's and all the resources Dr. Cook and I discuss in today's episode, head over to bengreenfieldfitness.com/gireset 

Apr 30, 2020
The Official KAATSU Episode: Everything You Need To Know About How To Use Blood Flow Restriction For Muscle Gain, Injury Recovery, Testosterone, Growth Hormone & Much More!
01:17:35

What is KAATSU?

KAATSU is a safe and effective form of exercise, rehabilitation and recovery invented in Japan in 1966. Patented pneumatic equipment enables your arms and legs to modify venous flow which leads to a cascade of positive physiological effects. KAATSU is supported by decades of extensive research at top academic institutions, specific protocols proven with millions of users in 32 countries, and patented procedures in sports, exercise, rehabilitation and wellness activities both in the water and on land. KAATSU is a Japanese word and trademarked term where KA (加) means “additional” and ATSU (圧) means “pressure”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In today's episode w/ Kaatsu experts John Doolittle and Steven Munatones, you'll hear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Kaatsu affects the body...15:50

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Kaatsu aids in muscle growth...26:50

 

 

 

 

 

 


The difference between Kaatsu and BFR training...50:45

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why Kaatsu is perfect for training during the coronavirus quarantine...58:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All show notes, including links to previous BGF podcasts, articles related to Kaatsu, and many more resources can be found at bengreenfieldfitness.com/kaatsupodcast 

Apr 25, 2020
The Best Biohack For Stress & Sleep (Simulates A Full Sleep Cycle In 20 Minutes While Blasting Away Stress & Giving You A Deep Meditative Experience).
01:13:49

One of my favorite biohacks for sleep and cognition is the NuCalm device, and we talk to the CEO of the company that produces the NuCalm today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this discussion, you'll hear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-New tech since Jim last appeared on the show...12:20

 

 

 

 

 

 


-How the NuCalm is different from a sleep simulation device...34:30

 

 

 

 

 

 


-How to stack the NuCalm with your favorite biohacks...49:28

 

 

 

 

 

Show notes: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/nucalmpodcast2 

Apr 23, 2020
How To Biohack Your Morning Routine, The Surprising Compounds That Destroy Stem Cells, The Tastiest Nut Butter On The Face Of The Planet & Much More!
01:11:10

When I first met today's podcast guest, we were sitting in a sauna at Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece's pool. He was sitting across from me and filled me in on some of the most advanced stem cell boosting tactics that I'd ever heard – including talking about little-known superfoods I'd never heard anyone expound upon with such knowledge.

 

 

 

 

Turns out this guy, whose name is Darin Olien, is actually called “the Indiana Jones of superfoods.” Since 2005 he has successfully sourced more than 300 foods and ingredients from around the world as an exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and environmental activist. Today, he is a renowned authority on nutrition, hydration, and the health potential of foods and herbs and he’s on a mission to help everyone learn about them and use them to feel their best.

 

 

 

 

In our discussion, we discuss:

 

 

 

 

--Darin's personal self-care morning routine...8:40

 

 

 

 

--Darin's company Totimed...22:45

 

 

 

 

--The amazing baruka nuts from Brazil...40:35

 

 

 

 

 

--The one non-negotiable thing Darin does for a good night of sleep...1:08:00

 

 

 

 

--And much more

 

 

 

 

Show notes, including links to everything Darin and I talk about in this episode, can be accessed at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/superfoodhunter 

Apr 18, 2020
Exosomes, RNA, Chicken Soup, Sunlight & More: Sayer Ji & Ben Greenfield Discuss How To Regenerate Your Body & Unlock Your Radical Resilience "New Biology".
01:20:58

Show notes can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/sayer

Combining analysis of cutting-edge scientific findings with our deepest ancestral wisdom and health-promoting practices, Sayer Ji—author of Regenerate, founder of GreenMedInfo, and my guest on today's podcast—offers a time-tested program to help prevent and manage the most common health afflictions of our day: cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolic syndrome.

 

 

 

 

 

His "New Biology" concept explains why biological time is not a downward spiral and how chronic illness is not inevitable when you implement nature's resiliency tools, including information such as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--The fascinating new science of food as information...

 

 

--The truth about cancer and heart disease screening and what real prevention looks like...

 

 

--How to reverse the most common forms of degeneration using food-based approaches...

 

 

--How the body extracts energy from sources other than food, including water and melanin...

 

 

--How to make sense of conflicting dietary recommendations and out-of-date food philosophies...

Apr 16, 2020
Is 5G Really That Dangerous, Plant-Based Diet Difficulties, Reversing Biological Age & Much More!
02:47:19

Links to every product, hack, article and gadget mentioned in this episode can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/mumbai

 

 

On my recent whirlwind media and Boundless book tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends Jag Chima and Kris Gethin, a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in Mumbai. We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including:

 

 

--The harmony between ancestral living and modern science

 

 

--How to optimize gut health

 

 

--Does moving around help digestion

 

 

--5G, EMF hazards from mobile phones and "smart" technology

 

 

--Why it's so difficult to thrive on a plant-based diet

 

 

--How to slow down, or stop altogether, the aging process

 

 

--How Ben can have a biological age of 9 years old

 

 

--The right approach to aesthetics when it comes to biohacking

 

 

 

--And much more!

Apr 11, 2020
Q&A 410: When To Eat Carbs For A Morning Workout, Get Rid Of Allergies Fast, How To Support Recovery For Broken Bones & Much More!
01:13:29

**Show notes, including links to everything Ben and Jay talk about in today's episode can be found at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/410

 

 

 

Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast? Visit the show notes, or use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app.

 

 

News Flashes...7:08

 

 

-Tip: for massive surge of energy without food-based calories, consume chaga, chlorella and methylene blue then go for sunshine walk or use red light panels.

 

 

-A simple ingredient to take action on COVID-19

 

 

-New study aims to use health data (body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate) from a smart ring to identify coronavirus symptoms.

 

 

Listener Q&A 

 

 

-Tricks To Get Rid Of Allergies Fast...33:20

 

 

-When To Eat Carbs For A Morning Workout...50:10

 

 

-How To Support Recovery For Broken Bones...58:28

 

 

Got a question for Ben and Jay about today's podcast? Leave your comments, ask your questions, and check out all the resources at the show notes page:

 

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/410

Apr 09, 2020
The Ultimate Biohacked Workout & The Future Of Fitness: Minimal Effective Doses, Cold, Blood Flow Restriction, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Ozone & More!
02:14:18

In this special episode, recorded on-site at Systimfit in New York City, you'll get to hear (or if you watch the video in these shownotes) watch me go through a series of advanced workout biohacks that reflect what the future of fitness and gyms may one day look like - including how to deliver massive fitness results with a minimum effective dose of exercise, combining cold thermogenesis with exercise, blood flow restriction training, electrical muscle stimulation using full body suits, ozone sauna therapy for recovery and much more!

Part 1 is Systimfit co-founder Josh Holland and his associate Allie Holcombe talking about the process of bringing me to their facility, along with the workout itself -- which has now been dubbed "The Ben Experience" if you want to try it out for yourself!

The Part 2 is the audio from the actual workout at Systimfit. The video is also available to watch at the show notes https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/nycbiohack.

Enjoy the episode!

-How Allie snagged Ben for a session at Systim Fit...7:00

-Allie and Josh recap The Ben Greenfield experience at Systim Fit...21:30

-Part 2: Ben's workout at Systim Fit...49:50

-The Vasper session...58:40

-Whole body electrical muscle stimulation...1:20:45

-ARX (adaptive resistance exercise)...1:55:16

Episode sponsors:

-Kion

-Organifi Gold

-CAR.O.L

-JOOVV

Got a question for me regarding this episode? Visit the show notes at bengreenfieldfitness.com/nycbiohack, leave a comment at the bottom of the page, and I'll reply!

Apr 04, 2020
Q&A 409: Biohacking Immunity, The Latest Muscle Building & Fat Loss Research, Should You Ditch Your Smart Meter & Much More!
01:28:10

Have a question you'd like Ben to answer on the podcast?

Click here, or use the 'contact' button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app.

Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!

News Flashes...

Follow Ben on Twitter for more...

-Training plans, home biohacks for the coronavirus...2:55

More news flashes...34:30

Resources mentioned:


Special Announcements...

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Ben Greenfield's new book “Boundless” is now available! Click here to order your copy. Check out Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes, and much more! Follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and the latest health, fitness, and anti-aging research. Join Ben's Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts, and support!

Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon:

  • April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Virtual Summit. An event at the Kentucky Castle designed for physicians to teach and promote genomics-based precision medicine. Open to the general public. Register here.
  • July 14 - 16, 2020: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX. Join me and dozens of health and fitness experts to discover the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics, biohacking, Keto, AIP, nootropics, blood testing, strength conditioning, sleep, stress and much more. Try out delicious new foods, discover new workouts, and even try new gadgets in the biohacking lab. Register here.

View Ben's Calendar Here


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Listener Q&A:

Should You Get Rid Of Your Smart Meter?...45:12

Barbara asks: My apartment building, which is possibly near a fault line, has recently installed smart meters. These smart meters have really affected my quality of sleep and I've begun having muscle spasms since they were installed. There are gas meters in each apartment and a bank of electric meters in the basement. I am considering the Acoustimeter and/or PF-5 to check for dirty electricity in my apartment, and would like to know your thoughts. In my response, I recommend:

Beef Organ Capsules vs. Multivitamins...1:10:10

Logan asks: I want to know your thoughts on supplementing with beef organs vs. a traditional multi-vitamin, and what gaps I might need to be aware of in my nutrition. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks and am feeling great. I want to get your take on things I might need to be aware of. In my response, I recommend:

How To Cool Your Body During Sleep...1:18:08

Tim asks: I've been struggling with sleep issues for many years and have tried many things. At the moment, I'm looking at two devices: The Chilipad, which cools the body, and Ebb Sleep which cools the brain, particularly the pre-frontal cortex. I'm curious if you have an opinion on the efficacy of one over the other. In my response, I recommend:


Apr 02, 2020
Ben Greenfield's 10 Favorite Biohacks, How To Drink Without Damaging The Body, Dangers Of Ayurvedic Herbs & Supplements & Much More!
01:17:02

On my recent whirlwind media and Boundless book tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends Jag Chima and Kris Gethin, a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in New Delhi, which you can listen to here.

We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including:

  • How to have energy at your beck and call, all day long...
  • Hidden environmental killers and how to hack your environment to remove them...
  • Ben and Kris' latest updated sleep and jet lag tips...
  • Eating for anti-aging and longevity...
  • How to lose fat faster...
  • And much more!

Later, we flew to Mumbai, crashed at a hotel, and slipped into a hotel room to record, for your listening pleasure, a few guys shooting the sh*t about everything from my 10 favorite biohacks, to how to drink socially without damaging the body, to Ayurvedic herbs and supplements, meditation, responsible use of cell phones and much more - all released on today's show!

Jag Chima, born in England, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast, and philanthropist with business interests that include real estate, construction, finance, lifestyle, and health and fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in the UK, India, and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in property consultancy, property development, estate agents, lifestyle brands, fitness education, talent management, and health clubs.

Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience that started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms including BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, and MATV.

He is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs and believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km bicycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India, a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India.

Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding Kaged Muscle, Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships.

As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Ben shares about his trip to India...6:30

  • Is India ready to embrace biohacking?
  • Barriers to biohacking technology are falling

-A wise approach to Ayurvedic herbs and supplements...10:00

-The role of meditation in improving the health of one's mind...16:00

  • Spiritual connection
  • BGF podcast on Spiritual Disciplines
  • Don't be dependent on biohacks for meditation
  • Meditate in the same spot
  • Candle and hourglass meditation in the sauna
  • The presence of a phone on the table can decrease the quality of conversation at dinner
  • Very easy to get disconnected from mindfulness in modern society
  • Incorporate time when tech isn't present into your daily routine
  • Be aware of biological impact of smart phones

-Mindful eating practices...24:30

  • Jaggery, monk fruit, stevia, etc. are good alternatives to processed sugar
  • Over-consuming jaggery, ghee, etc. resulting in weight gain
  • Eat in a parasympathetic state
  • Be present/aware of the taste, how you feel, etc.
  • Eat w/ people while celebrating food
  • Love your body, love people around you, and love your food (where and how was it sourced?)
  • People move much less than their ancestors
  • Any food can become inflammatory, even healthy foods

-Big problems with the modern Indian diet...40:15

  • India is currently the diabetic capital of the world
  • "Sugar free" is oftentimes a misnomer
  • Many foods in their natural state are intended to have healthy fats
  • Processed carbs and sugars are particularly problematic
  • Vegetable oils are the biggest culprits
  • Prioritize your body over convenience

-Responsible use of cell phones...46:17

  • 3 major issues with non-native EMF:
    • Influx of calcium in cells
    • DNA and protein damage
    • Downregulate NF-kB pathways
  • How to offset some of the damage:
    • Magnesium can offset excess calcium
    • NAD and sirtuins repair the DNA
    • Pterostilbene
    • Green tea
    • Fasting, ketone esters and ketone salts offset down regulation of NF-kB pathways

-How to live healthy in an unhealthy environment...54:17

  • AO Air (HEPA face mask)
  • N95 mask
  • Molekule air filters
  • Air Doctor HEPA filter
  • Now Foods taurine powder
  • Annatto (Vitamin E)
  • Astaxanthin
  • Book: Eat to Beat Disease by William Li
  • BGF podcast w/ Dr. Li
  • Book: The Body Electric
  • Book: Healing is Voltage

-How to drink socially without damaging the body...58:03

  • Consume drinks that contain little to no alcohol
  • Kin Euphorics
  • New drinks on the horizon which contain no alcohol and improve social functions
  • 1-3 Butanediol
  • Alcohol significantly impacts sleep cycles

-What India needs to do to up its game regarding health and biohacking...1:03:22

  • Farming practices: India relies upon mono cropping (as does the U.S.)
  • Thrive Market
  • Stores that allow people to access high quality foods
  • Podcasters, bloggers redefine what health and fitness means
  • Any change begins with our children

-Ben Greenfield's 10 favorite biohacks...1:13:30

  • Red light therapy
  • Cold
  • Heat
  • Grounding/earthing
  • NAD and sirtuins
  • Peptides
  • Blood flow restriction training
  • Single set to failure training
  • Breathwork (Power Lung)
  • Gluta Stat (nebulizing glutathione)

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Got a question for me, Jag or Kris? Drop a comment below, and we'll reply!

Mar 28, 2020
Q&A 408: The Awesome History Of Fad Diets, How To Upgrade Your Protein Shake, Blood Flow Restriction & Super Slow Training & Much More!
01:27:01

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Resources mentioned:


Special Announcements...

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Here's where Ben is speaking and traveling around the world coming soon:

  • April 4 - 6, 2020: Wild Health Virtual Summit. An event at the Kentucky Castle designed for physicians to teach and promote genomics-based precision medicine. Open to the general public. Register here.
  • July 14-16, 2020: Paleo f(x) – Austin, TX. Join me and dozens of health and fitness experts to discover the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics, biohacking, Keto, AIP, nootropics, blood testing, strength conditioning, sleep, stress and much more. Try out delicious new foods, discover new workouts, and even try new gadgets in the biohacking lab. Register here.

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Listener Q&A:

Blood Flow Restriction Combined With Super Slow Training...41:23

Matt asks: Can you combine blood flow restriction training with the Body by Science training protocol by Dr. Doug McGuff?

In my response, I recommend:

How To Drink Structured Water...53:10

Jim asks: I want to upgrade my air and water environment while I remodel my home and am wondering if you think it's worth the money to install a structured water filter. Do you have any resources on structured water by way of peer-reviewed articles?

In my response, I recommend:

Some recent independent experiments confirming Dr. Pollack's groundbreaking work:

How Infrared Sauna Blankets Work...1:06:52

 Kristina asks: I'm curious about these infrared sauna blankets I've seen. I'm a big fan of infrared sauna but finding a spa and getting the treatment I need is very time consuming, not to mention expensive. I thought perhaps one of these infrared sauna blankets might give some of the benefits of sauna therapy without having to invest in an actual sauna? What are your thoughts?

In my response, I recommend:


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Mar 26, 2020
The Great Bread Debate, Detoxing With Food, Dangers Of MDMA (& What To Do About It), High Protein Myths & Much More With Max Lugavere.
01:25:13

The author of the New York Times bestselling Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, previous podcast guest on the episodes: The Surprising Facts About What Bread Does To Your Brain (And What You Can Do About It) and also Why A High-Fat, Ketogenic Diet Chock Full Of Saturated Fat, Coconut Oil & Butter Could Be Destroying Your Brain (& What To Do About It) is back!

His name is Max Lugavere and his new book The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary features a lifestyle program for resetting your brain and body to its “factory settings,” to help fight fatigue, anxiety, and depression and to optimize cognitive health for a longer and healthier life.

In The Genius Life, Max expands the Genius Foods plan, which focused on nutrition and how it affects brain health, and expands it to encompass a full lifestyle protocol. We know now that the health of our brains—including our cognitive function and emotional wellness—depend on the health of our gut, endocrine, cardiac and nervous systems as there is a constant feedback loop between all systems.

Drawing on globe-spanning research into circadian biology, psychology, dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and exercise physiology, The Genius Life shows how to integrate healthy choices in all aspects of our daily routines: eating, exercising, sleeping, detoxing, and more to create a healthy foundation for optimal cognitive health and performance. Among Max’s groundbreaking findings, you will discover:

· A trick that gives you the equivalent of a “marathon” workout, in 10 minutes

· How to get the benefits of an extra 1-2 servings of veggies daily without eating them

· The hidden chemicals in your home that could be making you fat and sick

· How to boost melatonin levels by up to 58% for deeper sleep without supplements

Max is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and author. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life. Lugavere appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The New York Times and People Magazine.

He is an internationally sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others...

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Just how bad is bread?...8:08

  • It's one of humanity's oldest and most revered processed foods
  • Max's views have softened slightly over the years
  • Grains can serve a functional purpose
    • Glycogen storage
    • Help to power through resistance training
  • Not as toxic as made out to be, but not the most ideal option available
  • Changed views on brown rice
  • Preparation methods are important
  • Avoid GMO forms of GMO foods
  • No such thing as a one size fits all diet, nor an exercise regimen
  • Increased carbs in the diet may lead to increased strength (performance enhancing tool)

-How Max's views on MDMA have evolved over the years...19:45

  • Being used to treat PTSD; given "breakthrough drug" status by the FDA
  • Being used to treat alcoholism, autism
  • Chronically dangerous to the brain; imbalance in neurotransmitters
  • Serotonin is modulated w/ MDMA
  • Acute doses are limited in potential harm; benefits outweigh the risks
  • Psilocybin can reduce activity in default mode network in the brain
  • Can damage mitochondria when consumed in large amounts
  • Dr. John Lieurance's glutathione/antioxidant suppositories (code: BEN)

-Max's overall goal in writing The Genius Life...29:00

  • The goal was to help people identify diseases such as dementia or cancer years or decades before they manifest physically
  • Genius Foods was to identify which foods affect the brain
  • We're essentially in "The Hunger Games" books
  • Sedentary, addicted to devices, rampant stress, circadian rhythms are out of sync
  • The default state of any organism is health; our society is anything but healthy
  • Max's mom developed dementia at a young age; was eventually diagnosed w/ pancreatic cancer
  • Conditions don't develop overnight
  • Prevention is not discussed by and large in mainstream medicine
  • Cachexia: extreme muscle wasting
  • Certain cancers are hormonally related
  • Book: Eat To Beat Disease by William Li

-Fish consumption and optimizing brain health...46:00

  • Fear of consuming mercury w/ fish is overblown; the benefits outweigh the risks
  • Selenium: mercury ratio in fish is key
  • People who eat more fish have better health; protection against Alzheimers
  • Women who eat more fish have smarter kids
  • Oily fish (wild salmon, mackerel, sardines) are preferable
  • Lifestyle considerations:

-Healthy detoxification...51:26

-Why Max advocates increasing protein intake...55:45

  • Confusing mechanism w/ outcomes
  • The benefits outweigh the risks
  • Calorie restriction is how to enhance longevity
  • Reasons to increase protein:
    • In old age, double the allowance helps maintain muscle mass
    • Inverse relationship between increased protein and amyloid plaque
  • More protein = less carbs and fat
  • Protein leverage hypothesis: hunger mechanisms are leveraged by need for essential amino acids
  • Protein is the most satiating of the macronutrients; metabolic advantage
  • Very nutrient-dense foods
  • Having more muscle mass is crucial for longevity
  • Ensure protein you consume is buffered w/ collagen or the amino acids contained therein
  • Book: The Switch by James Clement
  • BGF podcast w/ Wild Health MD
  • Supplement w/ magnesium

-Max's big wins regarding biohacking, food prep, etc...1:05:08

  • Drink clean water
  • Time spent in nature
    • 30 minutes of sunlight in the morning
    • Suprachiasmatic nucleus controls circadian rhythms
    • 20 minutes in nature can reduce cortisol levels
  • Staying active
    • 2 minutes of activity for every 30 minutes sedentary can reset the blood flow to the brain
    • Fascia is a piezoelectric tissue
    • Foam roller, deep tissue work can be mildly addicting

-Max's favorite workout regimens...1:13:45

  • Resistance and strength training
  • Cut back on carbs, lost efficacy in strength training
  • Not a fan of steady-state cardio; lots of NEAT throughout the day
  • Staying active boosts lymph fluids
  • Keep protein intake up: 1.6 g/kg of lean mass
  • High intensity repeat training
  • Joe Rogan podcast w/ Pavel Tsatsouline
  • You can have a great body w/out obsessing over fitness
  • Be more present with your food; distractions while eating can increase calorie consumption

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

- BGF podcasts w/ Max Lugavere:

- The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary

- Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life

- Gluten intolerance and glyphosate link

- Dr. John Lieurance's glutathione/antioxidant suppositories (use code BEN at checkout for a 5% discount)

- Role of the Microbiome as the First Metal Detoxification Mechanism

- Book: Eat To Beat Disease by William Li

- BGF podcast w/ Dr. William Li

- BGF podcast w/ Wild Health MD

- Book: The Switch by James Clement

- Total Dissolved Solids meter

- Quinton hypertonic minerals (use code GREENFIELD10)

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Mar 21, 2020
Biohacking India: Sleep, Jet Lag, Hidden Environmental Killers, Air Pollution, Antiviral Tips, Eating For Longevity & Much More!
02:20:47

On my recent whirlwind media and Boundless book tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends Jag Chima and Kris Gethin, a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in New Delhi. We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including:

  • How to have energy at your beck and call, all day long...
  • Hidden environmental killers and how to hack your environment to remove them...
  • Ben and Kris' latest updated sleep and jet lag tips...
  • Eating for anti-aging and longevity...
  • How to lose fat faster...
  • And much more!

Jag Chima, born in England UK, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast and philanthropist with business interests that include Real Estate, Construction, Finance, Lifestyle, Health & Fitness.

Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in UK, India and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in Property Consultancy, Property development, Estate Agents, Lifestyle brands, Fitness Education, Talent Management and Health Clubs. Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience which started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms which include BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, MATV.

Jag is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs. Jag believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km Cycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai.

He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India. The Unique Home for Girls is a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India. Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding Kaged Muscle, Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships.

As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts. Now, he’s moved into the nutrition sector with Kaged Muscle, a company dedicated to creating cutting-edge, ultra-premium sports nutrition supplements for athletes of all types. All of Kris’s pursuits are consistent with his mission of helping others reach their health and fitness goals.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Ben discusses the motivation behind writing Boundless...8:30

  • It's about energy; it's what's lacking in most people
  • Combine ancestral medicine w/ modern science
  • We can tap into more energy than we're capable of currently
  • 3 angles: Optimize the mind, body, spirit
  • Book: Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • Have a personal mission statement
  • Click here for international delivery of Boundless

-Kris Gethin's thoughts on being "boundless"...15:38

  • We all struggle to work our "soul" muscles
  • A long-term investment to gain a long-term return
  • Blue Zone in South India until 1950's; westernized culture has changed it
  • DNA hasn't changed; surroundings have changed
  • Eat the cake before the icing; optimize your environment before pursuing biohacks

-The missing link in optimizing sleep...19:02

-Why sitting for long periods of time is the death-knell to a healthy life...59:15

  • Sitting is associated w/ shortened hip flexors
  • Poor glute activation contributes to lower back pain
  • Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT)
    • Number of calories burned doing small movements
    • Far outweighs calories burned w/ exercise
    • Ben does 15k steps in addition to working out
  • Drop in bone density related to sitting vs. squatting while eating, defecating, etc.

-Chronological vs. biological ages and extending your longevity...1:02:30

  • Kris' chronological age is 45; biological age is 38
  • Optimized sleep has reduced biological age
  • Low level activity:
  • Spectra Cell telomere analysis
  • DNA methylation clock
  • Ben's 3 longevity tips:
  • Major causes of aging faster than the actual age
    • Loss of purpose or meaning for one's life
    • Working out too much
    • Not present with the activities in your daily life

-Food choices and anti-aging...1:20:30

  • Glycemic variability and inflammation are the two biggest factors
  • Ceylon cinnamon
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cocktail w/ bitters, spices affects glucose response
  • Rancid, processed vegetable oils are the biggest culprits
  • You can burn off sugar, not so w/ vegetable oils
  • Dr. James DiNicolantonio
  • Glycine can protect cells from vegetable oils
  • Spirulina (code: BEN)
  • Lactose intolerance can be confused w/ a damaged gut
  • BGF podcast with Dr. Zach Bush 
  • Ion Biome supplement
  • SEED probiotic (code: BEN15)
  • Slow vs. fast food preparation (fermentation)
  • Be wary of things like kombucha which may raise blood sugar levels
  • 5 minutes of cold therapy in the morning is Ben's best tactic for regulating glycemic variability
  • Kion Lean

-The benefits of fasting...1:39:54

  • Enhances cellular autophagy
  • Glycemic variability lower
  • Fasting is not the same as calorie restriction (intermittent fasting)
  • Fasting is a spiritual and personal discipline
  • Autophagy: The cleanup of metabolic waste products in the cell
  • Grazing throughout the day isn't efficacious
  • Countdown app

-Benefits of nasal breathing...1:54:00

  • You breathe through the diaphragm
  • Increased Co2
  • Release of cortisol
  • Mouth taping

-Where to start with health optimization...1:56:22

-Core bracing while lifting...2:03:15

-Reversing damage from blue light...2:05:00

-Stopping autoimmune disease...2:06:45

  • Gut and inflammation are the most common factors
  • Breathwork, limit vegetable oils, etc.
  • Heal the gut
  • Kion Colostrum
  • Bone broth (code: GREENFIELD)

-Ben's thoughts on veganism and vegetarianism...2:10:15

  • Source of the animal is often problematic; proper preparation
  • Excess consumption of meat products
  • The human body needs omega 3 fatty acids, creatine, taurine, Vitamin B12, that are difficult to obtain on plant-based diet
  • Eat in a parasympathetic state, with gratitude, spiritual discipline

Resources mentioned:

- Boundless book - Health Kik

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Have a question or comment related to today's podcast? Drop a comment below, and I'll reply!

Mar 19, 2020
Everything You Need To Know For Antivirus & Immune System Enhancement: A Special One-Two Podcast Episode With Dr. Matt Cook & Dr. Matt Dawson.
02:31:34

In last week's post entitled "Three Little Known, Unconventional Antiviral Approaches For Boosting Your Immune System", I laid out a fully comprehensive, novel, and alternative health strategy to tackle health issues related to viruses and immune system enhancement—strategies that often go beyond simple pharmaceutical pill-popping or conventional medicine (similar to my previous posts on issues I've personally dealt with in the past, such as MRSA, and Giardia).

In that article, I dove into natural ways I've been strengthening my immune system for my hefty amount of airline travel, even in the face of recent viral outbreaks that have made me have to be even more careful and thorough in my approach.

Two friends of mine, Dr. Matthew Cook and Dr. Matthew Dawson, are true experts in the realms of functional and precision medicine, and both were kind enough to offer me their advice when it comes to boosting immunity and fighting viruses. I've included their audio in this podcast for your listening and learning pleasure.

My first guest, Dr. Matthew Cook, has been on the following podcasts:

Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and, as acting President, operates a regenerative and pain medicine practice that offers leading-edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA. In addition, he sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including BM Doc, FREmedica & Vasper Systems. Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine.

My second pair of guests, Dr's Matt Dawson and Michael Mallin of WildHealthMD, have been on the following podcasts:

Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the Wild Health Podcast, and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge.

Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app.

Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it's a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak.

Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the Wild Health Podcast. He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the Ultrasound Podcast, an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound.


During this podcast, you'll discover:

Part 1 w/ Dr. Matt Cook of BioReset Medical (Begins at 5:25)

-Dr. Cook's history w/ virology...7:10

  • Studied feline immunodeficiency virus, a model for HIV
  • Anesthesiologist w/ an interesting approach to pain management
  • Began to successfully treat patients w/ complex illnesses
  • Many patients have viral infections, chronic illnesses w/ a viral overlight

-A brief history of viral epidemics..9:08

  • Influenza pandemic from 1918-1920 (Spanish flu) infected over 500 million people worldwide; 17-50 million people died
    • Fear of affecting morale of WWI soldiers; publicity was censored in Germany, U.S., U.K.
    • The virus created an extreme inflammatory response
    • Young people were especially susceptible
  • SARS and MERS occurred more recently
    • Both respiratory viruses
    • Mortality rate from SARS was 9.6%; MERS was 34.4%
    • Current mortality rate of COVID-19 is unclear right now
  • Pattern of viral infections that create an exaggerated response, particularly in the lungs
  • 3 categories of patients:
    • 80% will get the virus and recover w/ no complications
    • Patients w/ preexisting conditions are at greater risk
    • Healthy patients get a viral infection, have an overreactive immune response

-What is a "coronavirus?"...15:00

  • Viruses are extremely small
  • Cold climates are ideal for viruses; they are very rare in tropical climates
  • How are viruses transmitted?
    • Respiratory droplets and other bodily fluids
    • Stringent approach to maintaining cleanliness for prevention and treatment
  • Pneumonia, fever, cough, shortness of breath; affects both lungs
  • Symptoms can be in GI tract, low white blood cell counts
  • Most common symptoms: fever, dry cough, tiredness; often there are no symptoms
  • Most common complication is pneumonia
  • Best practices for avoiding the virus:
    • Avoid traveling to infected places
    • Careful hand washing
    • Avoid touching T zones
    • Avoid crowded areas
    • Keep your living area clean
  • Majority of cases are relatively mild
    • Small number can have complex problems
  • Common symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Coughing
    • Muscle pain
    • Confusion
    • Shortness of breath

-What is the cytokine storm?...22:30

  • Primary target is the respiratory system
  • Virus can't replicate itself w/out getting into a cell
  • Body responds by making chemical messengers to create inflammatory response to fight the virus
  • Inflammatory process is out of control; doesn't take effect

-Immunology 101...25:30

  • Best known inflammatory cytokine is tumor necrosis factor A (TNF-A)
    • Turns on other cytokines, promote an exaggerated inflammatory response
  • Factors that drive the cytokine storm:
    • Nuclear factor kappa beta (nuclear factor kappa bad)
    • Block nuclear factor kappa beta, turn on NrF2 (helps modulate inflammatory response to a stress)
  • Status of testing:
    • Quest diagnostics will offer a test for the current viral outbreak
    • Gates Foundation working on an at-home test
  • How to treat influenza:
    • Hand-washing is one of the greatest medical concepts of our time
    • Patients w/ mild illnesses can self-quarantine

-Treatment options for viruses...33:45

  • Most important factor is containment
  • Improve your hygiene
  • A great job done w/ the 80% of mild cases gives hope that it will be beat
  • Steroids have done more harm than good in the past
  • Be aware of anti-viral medications
    • Remdisivir
    • Kelapra
  • Antioxidants:
    • NAC (antiviral effects)
    • Vitamin C
    • Glycyrrhizin
  • Plant-derived antioxidants w/ antiviral effects
  • Upregulate NrF2
    • Ozone therapy may be an activator

-A functional medicine approach to wellness...40:18

  • Plato: "The part can never be well unless the whole is well"
  • Systems approach is the best way to optimize immune system
  • Immune system is centered in the gut
    • Problems come with age because diversity in microbiome goes down
    • SIBO leads to leaky gut
  • Difficulties in fighting chronic illness is due to multiple systems in the body dysfunctioning
  • Increasing overall wellness provides the best defense against viruses
  • Effective supplements for immune system wellness:
    • Vitamin C administered intravenously
    • Vitamin D (pro-survival molecule) helps dampen chronic reactions
    • Curcumin and quercetin has been found to inhibit kappa b
    • Probiotics may balance the GI tract
    • X-Viromin Apex Energetics
    • Life Extensions Zinc Lozenges
    • Quercetin Vitamin C combo
    • Vitamin A helpful to immune system, Vitamin D offsets some of the toxicity (cod liver oil)
    • Quicksilver "The One"
    • Lauricidin
    • Apex Energetics Turmero
    • NAD Gold from Quicksilver
    • Royal jelly
    • Raw honey
    • Oleuropein (derivative of olive leaf)

-About ozone therapy...1:06:35

  • Used by naturopaths and more and more doctors
  • Nikola Tesla patented first ozone generator in 1896
  • Ozone has antiviral, anti fungal, antiparasitic effects
  • Stimulates NrF2
  • Decreases cytokines
  • Ozone is an oxidative therapy (helpful used w/ anti-oxidative treatments)
  • Ozone can oxidize sulfhydryl groups on the virus (may block ability of the virus to get into the cell)
  • "Oxidative preconditioning"
  • Pretreatment w/ ozone could be beneficial before exposure to a chronic infection
  • How is it administered:
    • Ozone generator
    • Ozone enema
    • Sauna treatment
    • Mix w/ blood, reinsert into body
    • Ozone dialysis
  • Proponents of ozone therapy:
    • Dr. Frank Schallenberger, world's foremost authority on ozone therapy
    • Dr. Johann Lahodny (high dose ozone therapy)
    • Dr. Robert Rowen
  • Longevity ozone generators

-How exosomes affect the immune system...1:28:30

  • Exosomes are the secretion of stem cells
  • The person who invented the term "stem cell" changed it to "medicinal signaling cell"
  • Exosomes have TGF beta
  • Patients w/ COPD have had exosome treatments
  • Can be administered via IV or nebulizer
  • Trial: Stem cells grown in a lab given to patients with the current virus

Part 2 w/ Drs. Dawson and Mallin of Wild Health (Begins at 1:48:12)

-What we know about COVID-19 at the time of recording (12 March 2020)...1:50:00

  • COVID-19 is the illness not the virus (SARS 2)
  • COVID-2 is the virus
  • "Coronavirus" is a family of viruses
  • Lower respiratory health is affected
  • Virus is spread w/out feeling symptoms
  • Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
  • Case fatality rate reported as 3.4%; varies by country
  • Transmissibility rate is the number of people you'll infect on average (2.2 currently)
  • Worse on the elderly, mild on children
  • The data is changing by the hour

-How COVID-19 compares with pandemics from the past...1:53:47

  • 2009 H1N1 infected 25% of global population
  • 1918 Spanish flu infected 1/3 of the pop.
  • Mortality rate of COVID-19 is 3.4% currently; predicted to be lower
    • H1N1 was very low
    • Spanish flu was the highest mortality rate on record
  • COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than common flu and H1N1
  • Higher mortality rate than Spanish flu currently
  • It's difficult to test for COVID-19, knowledge of how to quarantine
  • It's not if it will be a big deal; it will be a big deal
  • Exponential growth: Without containment measures, the virus would double every 6 days
  • How to test for COVID-19
    • Quest Diagnostics
    • Lab Corp
    • Genome
    • Send in tests to avoid exposure to infected people
    • Watch Wild Health website for updates

-Ways to improve your immune system...1:59:03

  • Standard hygiene
    • Wash hands
    • Don't touch face
  • Avoid public contact (self-quarantine)
  • Flatten out the curve
  • Government interventions (St. Louis vs. Philadelphia w/ the Spanish flu)
  • No approved FDA treatments currently
  • Focus on your immune system
  • No better time to clean up your diet
  • Smoking and obesity is a factor for mortality
  • Get more and better sleep
  • Exercise without overdoing it
  • Green smoothies
  • Supplements:
    • Vitamin D
    • Zinc
    • Olive leaf extract
    • Four Sigmatic mushroom extract
    • Vitamin C
    • Quercetin
  • Peptides:
    • Thymosin A
    • LL-37
    • Pentosan polysulfate
  • Ceylon cinnamon

-What to do if you start to feel ill...2:14:19

  • Follow CDC and WHO guidelines
  • You're best served at home
  • Telemedicine (phone consults)
  • Don't go to the clinic unless there is a tangible benefit for doing so
  • Children are not affected as severely but there is a high risk of communicating it to others (grandparents for example)
  • Closing schools may be important for public health

-Specific advice to health care workers...2:21:12

  • Have appropriate personal protective gear
  • N95 masks
  • Understand how to properly don and doff the gear
  • Protect yourself first
  • Isolate infected patients
  • Nebulizers may spread the infection
  • Understand intubation procedures
  • Shave facial hair for the mask to fit
  • Elderly are the most vulnerable
  • We don't know how well current tests are performing

Resources from this episode:

- BGF Article: Three Little Known, Unconventional Antiviral Approaches For Boosting Your Immune System.

- Immune Support graphic from Wild Health

- Wild Health website

- Center for Disease Control - World Health Organization

- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

- International Peptide Society


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Mar 14, 2020
My Latest Sleep Biohacks, Habits, Routines, Rituals, Longevity Tips, Parenting Strategies, Spiritual Disciplines & More!
01:52:47
I recently went on a whirlwind tour of LA for my new book Boundless. Rather than a formal presentation or lecture, I instead did plenty of panels and Q&A's instead, and recorded them all for your listening and educational pleasure!
 
In the first part of this episode, you'll hear me on a panel with Dr. Darshan Shah of NextHealth, with whom I have collaborated on multiple podcasts, including:

- BGF: 12 Easy & Practical Ways To Upgrade Your Body & Brain (Ben Greenfield’s Live Talk From NextHealth In LA!)

- Forefront by NextHealth: "Optimizing Your Body Mind and Soul" with Ben Greenfield 

After the panel with Dr. Shah, in which we discussed sleep, habits, routines, rituals, longevity, biohacking, parenting, spirituality and much more, you'll hear the Q&A we recorded at that same event.
 
In the second part of this episode, you'll hear a separate Q&A recorded at the second book launch party at The Bungalow, in which we cover deep sleep, REM sleep, sex hacking, plant medicine and psychedelics, NAD best practices, sirtuins and a host of other interesting topics.
 
If you haven't yet purchased your copy of Boundless, you can grab it here.

In this two part episode, you'll discover:

Part 1: Panel and Q&A w/ Darshan Shah

-Darshan and Ben discuss the process of writing Boundless...6:13

  • "I wanted a book I wanted to read"
  • Readwise app
  • Originally 10 chapters on brain, body, spirit

-Tips on biohacking your sleep...10:00

-Hints on personalizing your diet...17:15

-The importance of spiritual connectedness...28:06

-How Ben helps mold the well-being of his two boys...31:34

-How to fight EMF's and hidden toxins in an urban environment...37:00

  • Calcium influx in the cell membrane
  • DNA and protein damage
  • Down regulation of NF-kB pathway (Fasting and ketosis upregulate NF-kB pathway)
  • NAD and sirtuins help repair DNA

-Audience Q&A...40:37


Part 2: Talk at The Bungalow in Santa Monica 

-The 3 things that Ben uses at home every single day...1:02:33

-How to maximize deep sleep when everything else has failed...1:11:06

  • Pay attention to core temperature
  • Cold shower before bed
  • Warm socks in bed actually cools the body
  • Higher doses of CBD (300-600 mg)
  • High dose of melatonin (Dr. John Lieurance of Advanced Biome Corp.)

-Long-term effects of psychedelics...1:15:50

  • Serotonin imbalances, dopamine issues, etc.
  • Quarterly journey on psychedelics
  • Be aware of replenishment, and cautious with frequency of use
  • Limited alcohol and meat consumption prior to use
  • Socially acceptable, but overuse is a problem due to accessibility and lack of knowledge
  • Be aware of the effects it will have on