Ben Greenfield Fitness

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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.

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Time Traveling To Heal Trauma, Hyper-Customization Of Diet & Supplements, Past Life vs. Epigenetics & Much More With Teri Cochrane.
01:35:46

If you've been following me for any period of time, then you probably have heard me mention the fascinating Dr. Teri Cochrane.

Teri is an integrative practitioner and thought leader in personalized health care, and her one-on-one work in so-called "energy medicine" has been so highly recommended to me by so many in the health industry who I know and trust, that I just had to have her out to my home in Spokane to experience what she does one-on-one. Teri specializes in complex health conditions in her private clinical practice.

She has also developed her own methodology that integrates a multi-level nutritional approach—including biochemistry, nutrition, genetic tendencies, herbology, and counseling—to develop what she calls a "bio-individualized plan" for her clients.

But Teri's work goes far, far beyond mere nutritional programming, and in this podcast we take a deep dive into some pretty crazy modalities and concepts that I think are going to blow your mind.

For an immersive dive into everything Teri and I talk about, check out the extensive show notes my team and I have put together for this interview!

bengreenfieldfitness.com/teri

In this episode, you'll hear:

-How Teri became immersed in the fields of energy and intuition...

-How to pierce the veil of time and tap into the universal fruit of wisdom...

-How Teri is different from the garden variety fortune teller at the county fair...

-Teri's process for bringing healing after discerning blockers to a person's healing...

And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Aminos

-Butcher Box

-Four Sigmatic

-Butcher Box

bengreenfieldfitness.com/teri

Oct 21, 2021
Muscle Building Myths Busted: What Works & What Doesn't For Lifelong Muscle, What Fitness Trends Actually Work, Desert Island Workout Routines & More With MindPump's Sal Di Stefano.
01:20:41

For comprehensive show notes, including links to all books, articles, gadgets, gizmos, and biohacking products mentioned in today's episode, visit: BenGreenfieldFitness.com/sal

My buddy and my guest on today's podcast - Sal Di Stefano - has a long history of podcasting together with me, including episodes such as:

Anyhow, Sal just wrote a book, entitled The Resistance Training Revolution: The No-Cardio Way to Burn Fat and Age-Proof Your Body―in Only 60 Minutes a Week. This new book promises to help you burn fat, build lean, sexy muscles, lose inches, and feel healthier, more energetic, and youthful than you ever have in your life…with a revolutionary new approach to resistance training.

In the book, Sal breaks down fitness misconceptions, shares his decades of industry knowledge, and brings you a comprehensive, accessible guidebook that will give you the body you’ve always wanted—in as little as 60 minutes a week.

Sal is a personal trainer and co-founder of Mind Pump Media and co-host of Mind Pump, an online radio show/podcast that is dedicated to providing truthful fitness and health information. He is also the designer of the Muscular Adaptation Programming System (MAPS Fitness Products). Sal is dedicated to prioritizing health over appearance, and he aims to shift the direction of the fitness industry from aesthetic- and insecurity-based to one based in self-love and self-care.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-How motives for pursuing fitness make all the difference in its efficacy...18:30

-The essential equipment for a one-year muscle-building regimen...45:50

-The most ridiculous, asinine and downright silly fitness trends today...1:12:55

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Clean Protein

-Organifi Gold Pumpkin Spice

-Levels Health

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/sal

Oct 16, 2021
An Herbal, Plant-Medicine Based Approach To Managing COVID Vaccination Risks, New & Emerging Vaccines (NovaVaxx, Covaxin & Vaxxinity), Bias Against Herbal Medicine & More With Donnie Yance
01:31:41

For comprehensive show notes, including links to everything Donnie Yance and I discuss on today's episode, visit BenGreenfieldFitness.com/donnie

My guest on today's podcast, Donald (“Donnie”) Yance, is an internationally known master herbalist and nutritionist. He received his herbal training through Sequoia College and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He was trained as a clinical nutritionist through the National Institute of Nutritional Education and holds certification through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. He is also professed as a Secular Franciscan (SFO), which equips him with the breadth and wisdom to touch on the spiritual aspects of healing.

Donnie is the founder and formulator of Natura Health Products, for which he created a unique line of therapeutic-grade botanical and nutritional supplements. The current Natura portfolio consists of over forty formulations derived from botanical and nutritional agents acquired from around the world. These products have made a significant contribution to his tangible success in improving the health of his patients, specifically by providing therapeutic amounts of key ingredients that would otherwise be unattainable anywhere in the world.

Here are a few of the more salient points you'll hear in today's episode:

-The story behind Mederi Medicine...12:20

-The importance of spiritual health when it comes to one's overall wellbeing...19:30

-Donnie's concerns about current Covid vaccines...39:35

-Why we shouldn't be quick to ignore ancient healing knowledge when it comes to viruses...1:03:30

-And much more...

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Clean Protein

-CAR.O.L

-Organifi Red Juice

-Paleo Valley Organ Complex

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/donnie

Oct 14, 2021
Why Wild-Caught Fish Isn't Necessarily Better, The Truth About Farmed Fish, How To Get Guilt-Free, Gourmet Seafood, Delicious DIY Sushi & Sashimi Recipes & Much More!
01:11:46

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/seatopiapodcast

A few times in the past month, I've mentioned that I've been destroying sushi restaurants for myself, forever.

OK, maybe a bit of an overexaggeration, but, basically, me and my family have been making my own amazing, mouthwatering, super-clean sushi and sashimi in my own kitchen now, thanks to a new service I discovered called "SEATOPIA".

Over the last 8 years, the owner, and my guest on today's show - James Arthur Smith - has been personally visiting aquaculture farms, eating the feed the fish eat, swimming in, under and around the grow out pens, and lab testing the harvested products to quantity claims. Through SEATOPIA, James is endeavoring to revolutionize the seafood supply chain and empower health conscious consumers to directly support artisan farms, helping to foster regenerative seafood practices. He thinks that despite the information shared in documentaries like SEASPIRACY, there are a handful of success stories of sustainable fisheries and innovative aquaculture projects regenerating the oceans while producing some of the healthiest protein on the planet.

For the last 8 years James Arthur has been connecting boutique aquaculture projects from around the world with award-winning farm-to-table restaurants. Through these relationships James Arthur developed one of the most trusted wholesale seafood distribution businesses in Southern California catering to world renowned Farm-To-Table restaurants and Michellin Star Chefs. When Covid-19 closed restaurants, James Arthur switched his energy to developing a 100% plastic & styrofoam free home delivery box for truly sustainable seafood. Today, SEATOPIA is revolutionizing the seafood supply chain by connecting home cooks with sushi-grade products directly from the world's best farms and has garnered a cult-like following from health conscious foodies and environmentalists nationwide.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Seatopia is the pescatarian version of Butcher Box...

-Sustainable vs. conventional fish farming practices...

-James' thoughts on the Seaspiracy documentary...

-Food porn: Ben and James rave about Seatopia products...

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Clean Protein

-JOOVV

-Vuori

-Water and Wellness

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/seatopiapodcast

Oct 09, 2021
Q&A 436: The Worst Food For Cancer Risk, Are Eggs Good Or Bad For You, The Sport That Makes You Live Longest, What Is The Healthiest Chocolate & Much More!
01:18:44

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/436

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

-When it comes to cancer risk, guess what the very WORST thing is from a dietary standpoint? Clue here...06:05
 
-Guess which sport is most correlated with longevity? Answer here...13:30
 
-Blood flow restriction WITH aerobic exercise allows for decent training of VO2max but at LOWER intensities. Pretty cool...17:45
 
-Are eggs good or bad for you? The experts weigh in (and I agree with the consensus/summary)...23:50
 
-Someday I don't think folks will chuckle so much or find it ridiculous when I talk about suppositories for sleep or cleansing coffee enemas...the latest "butt" research...31:10

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”!  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!

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Clean Protein

-Thrive Market

-Organifi Gold Pumpkin Spice

-Seed Daily Synbiotic

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/436

Oct 07, 2021
Ben Greenfield's Indispensable Daily Habits, Favorite Books, Top Quotes, Best Biohacking Tips & Much, Much More!
01:26:54

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/magazineinterview

Recently, I agreed to do an interview for a magazine called Biohackers Update, and they sent over questions in advance.

Now, they were pretty intriguing and adventurous questions.

So interesting, in fact, were the questions, that I decided to turn the entire interview into a podcast for you...and I think you'll enjoy it quite a bit.

Biohackers Update is committed to bringing readers all of the important updates from the world biohacking community while sharing positive tips, tricks, and trends for self-improvement. With a focus on scientific studies, statistics, and data science, the content in Biohackers Update is based on methodical approaches and validated information (which you know I appreciate).

Because I really enjoyed answering the questions for this interview, I thought it would be kind of nice to share a collection of my replies in long-form audio, or what I affectionally call a "solosode." The questions spanned topics from advice for a pandemic-stricken world, to my updated daily routine, to my favorite quotes and book. We also talk about what is most probably most top-of-mind for me right now, which is the rebranding of Ben Greenfield Fitness into Ben Greenfield Life, the mission of Ben Greenfield Life, and how this shift aligns with my own ultimate purpose.

So, a big thanks to Biohackers Update for the inspiration for this episode, and feel free to knock yourself out with comprehensive show notes below.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Ben's ultimate mission in life...07:20

-Ben's approach to healing, and how it differs from a conventional approach...28:15

-Ben's favorite books...42:10

-What advice do you have for the pandemic-stricken world?...1:06:03

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Pre-Ground Dark Coffee

-JOOVV

-Clearlight Saunas

-Four Sigmatic

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/magazineinterview

Oct 02, 2021
Two Female Biohackers Reveal Their Top Tips For Enhancing The Feel-Good Effects Of Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins & More!
01:11:03

My guests on today's podcast—Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps—are two female entrepreneurs who came together to change the spa industry with revolutionary infrared light technology. Their company HigherDOSE is a new kind of spa that uses the power of light therapy to improve your health and mood. HigherDOSE goes a step beyond traditional self-care with offerings designed to transform your body, mind, and inner alchemy. By merging the beauty and wellness industry with powerful biohacking technologies, they have broken through to supercharge at-home wellness. Their products (which include an Infrared Sauna Blanket and PEMF Mat) are designed to naturally stoke a healthy DOSE of your brain’s feel-good chemicals (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins).

Lauren Berlingeri began as a renowned nutritionist, health coach, and host of the popular viral series Woman vs. Workout when she discovered the power of infrared saunas to help boost mood and recover from her intense exercise challenges.

Katie Kaps met Lauren while at a detox center in NYC. Katie is a former investment banker at Merrill Lynch and International Employee of the Year at Tough Mudder. She had just started pursuing her passion for consulting for health and wellness companies when she met Lauren. When she heard about Lauren's plan to bring a natural high to people through infrared sauna technology, she was hooked.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-History of the HigherDOSE name...

-The most common uses of a sauna blanket...

-How crystals impact the efficacy of the Higher Dose PEMF mat...

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-The benefits of dry skin brushing while in the sauna...

-Differences in the biohacking field for women and men...

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Coffee

-Organifi Gold

-Butcher Box

-FUM

Sep 30, 2021
Part 2 With Tom Digan: Ben Greenfield's Favorite Biohacks, How Important Are Calories & Nutrition, Microwaved Burritos Vs. Grass-Fed Meat, Cool New Fitness Technologies & Much More.
01:18:05

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/ladderpodcast2

Today, during Part 2 of my podcast with Tom, we talk more about in-home fitness, nutrition, and fitness trends and cautions.

There are plenty of workout and fitness apps out there, but there's a reason that I recently partnered with Tom's company "Ladder" for the launch of my new training program Boundless, which is unlike any training experience I’ve ever created. Boundless on the Ladder app is a fully structured training program delivered to you fresh each and every week, utilizing my Minimum Dose Methodology, which maximizes cardiovascular endurance, strength, and stamina in the minimum amount of time, to help you burn fat, gain muscle, and get in the best shape of your life. Each week you’ll have 5 workout days, one active recovery and mobility day, and on Sundays, you’ll even get a special biohacking tip from me, all inside of the Ladder app. Every workout has guided movement videos and coaching queues as well, so you can master each movement and stay motivated.

You can download Ladder now in the iOS App Store. When you get it, you are not only are you getting an amazing workout program delivered conveniently to your phone, you’re also getting the benefit of real accountability and community. The Ladder app makes it super easy to not only chat with the other members of Team Boundless, but also send me one-on-one messages to ask me training questions, get nutrition tips, and keep me updated on your progress. This type of personalized fitness consultation and coaching with me usually costs thousands of dollars, but you can get full access to me and my training programs for only $60 a month by subscribing to Ladder.

So you’re tired of planning your workouts, want to finally achieve an incredible physique or you need the accountability of a community to get in shape, Team Boundless on the Ladder app is for you. Download Ladder in the iOS App Store now, join Team Boundless, and try your first week of workouts for free by clicking here.

So who is Tom?

Tom Digan is the Co-Founder & President of Ladder, a fitness technology company based in Austin, TX. Prior to joining Ladder full-time Tom spent over a decade working in the hedge fund industry as a Partner at a $1B+ AUM investment firm located in New York. Tom holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and was a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree

About Ladder Teams

Ladder Teams is a social fitness experience for people who are passionate about fitness and need help planning and maintaining a progressive training program. With Ladder Teams, avid fitness-seekers can access a complete strength training program on their phone, learn from an expert coach, and engage with a community who share a passion for fitness.

During my discussion with Tom, you'll discover:

-Beware of the influx of instant fitness experts in the age of Instagram...

-How important is nutrition to reach one's fitness goals...

-Fitness trends and biohacks Ben is excited about right now...

-Ben's thoughts on tech-driven fitness...

-And much more!

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Aminos

Ladder App

-Organifi Green Juice

-Levels Health

-Lucy Nicotine Gum

-The Boundless Cookbook

 

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/ladderpodcast2

Sep 25, 2021
Part 1 With Tom Digan: The Biggest Fitness Mistakes, The Perfect Exercise Plan For Healthspan & Lifespan, How Ben Greenfield Exercises (& His Workout Philosophy), Ben's New Workout App & Much More.
01:17:38

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/ladderpodcast

There are plenty of workout and fitness apps out there, but there's a reason that I recently partnered with Tom's company "Ladder" for the launch of my new training program Boundless, which is unlike any training experience I’ve ever created.

Boundless on the Ladder app is a fully structured training program delivered to you fresh each and every week, utilizing my Minimum Dose Methodology, which maximizes cardiovascular endurance, strength, and stamina in the minimum amount of time, to help you burn fat, gain muscle, and get in the best shape of your life. Each week you’ll have 5 workout days, one active recovery and mobility day, and on Sundays, you’ll even get a special biohacking tip from me, all inside of the Ladder app.

Every workout has guided movement videos and coaching queues as well, so you can master each movement and stay motivated.

You can download Ladder now in the iOS App Store.

When you get it, you are not only getting an amazing workout program delivered conveniently to your phone, you’re also getting the benefit of real accountability and community.

The Ladder app makes it super easy to not only chat with the other members of Team Boundless, but also send me one-on-one messages to ask me training questions, get nutrition tips, and keep me updated on your progress.

This type of personalized fitness consultation and coaching with me usually costs thousands of dollars, but you can get full access to me and my training programs for only $60 a month by subscribing to Ladder.

**This app you're listening on gives only a small taste of the full immersive podcast experience on the Ben Greenfield Fitness website. 

Just go to https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/digan and you're off to the races.

Here's a little taste of what you'll hear on today's episode:

-The nuts and bolts of the Ladder app...

-How to feel good, look good, and live forever...

-How to program your own workout...

-And much more!

Upcoming events:

-Join me and my wife Jessa at Runga for The Gathering. Click here to grab one of the very limited spots we have open to the public for The Gathering at Runga (October 7-9, 2021).

-Las Vegas Keto Expo (October 15-16, 2021). Ben will be speaking at the Las Vegas Keto Expo along with 13 other keto experts. The first 300 guests to register here will get a free drink chip for the poolside party and a free t-shirt.

-Keep up on Ben's LIVE appearances by following bengreenfieldfitness.com/calendar

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Aminos

-Paleo Valley Organ Complex

-FUM

-Butcher Box

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/ladderpodcast

Sep 23, 2021
Q&A 435: 5 Death-Defying Supplements, What Foods Kill You Fastest, The Best Pre-Workout Mix, Carb Cravings After Cold Thermogenesis & Much More!
01:17:56

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/435

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

Upcoming Events:

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”!  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!


Episode sponsors:

-Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more.

-Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body’s natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines, and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code BENG20.

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks: 100% grass-fed AND grass-finished. Keto friendly and higher levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Receive a 15% discount off your order when you go to paleovalley.com/ben

-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 worth up to $20 when you begin a new membership.


Listener Q&A :

Q: Can NAD Be Used For Psychiatric Conditions Such As ADD Or ADHD?...46:45

Q: What About Some Of The Sleep Aids Affecting The Brain?...50:15 

Q: Why Do I Crave Food After Taking A Cold Shower?...56:35

Q: Why Do I Feel So Sluggish Every Morning?...1:03:45

Join the discussion at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/435

Sep 18, 2021
Is Ben Greenfield Going To Get Vaccinated, Which Vaccine Is The Safest, The Future Of Cutting-Edge Regenerative Medicine Therapies & More With Dr. Matthew Cook
01:31:01

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/cook

He's back...

...one of my most popular podcast guests of all time.

I recently flew down to Dr. Matthew Cook's office in San Jose, at a location called BioReset™️ Medical, for a cutting-edge knee repair protocol, similar to the type of new knee and cartilage fixing science you can read about here.

Of course, we just had to get on the mics to record a podcast for you, and in addition to talking all things cutting-edge joint therapy, peptides, and regenerative medicine, we also delved into what I consider to be one of the most important discussions I've ever had on my show—particularly related to worldwide health, Covid, vaccinations, long-haul Covid syndrome, and perhaps the most important consideration of all: whether or not I personally plan to get vaccinated (I think you'll be quite surprised at the ultimate outcome of the discussion, which begins about the 38:00 mark).

He is President and Founder of BioReset™️ Medical and Medical Advisor of BioReset Network. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in practicing medicine, focusing the last 14 years on functional and regenerative medicine. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and has completed a fellowship in functional medicine.

Dr. Matthew Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specialized in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

His practice, BioReset™️ Medical, provides treatments for conditions ranging from pain and complex illness to anti-aging and wellness. He treats some of the most challenging to diagnose and difficult to live with ailments that people suffer from today, including Lyme disease, chronic pain, PTSD, and mycotoxin illness. Dr. Cook’s approach is to use the most non-invasive, natural, and integrative treatments possible.

In this discussion with Dr. Matthew Cook, you'll discover:

-The circumstances that brought Ben to Matt's office most recently...09:20

-Why Ben's knee got worse and not better with all the treatment it received...16:50

-A new protocol that allows joint healing without invasive surgery...21:00

-Dr. Matthew Cook and his take on Covid and vaccines...38:05

-Concerns with toxins and microplastics in the vaccines...45:00

-Dr. Matthew Cook and his thoughts on alternative, non-vaccine treatments for Covid and the vaccine...49:45

-How effective are peptides at preventing or treating Covid...56:40

-What are the best vaccination options available?...1:00:45

-Should someone who has had Covid be a pariah in society if they aren't vaccinated?...1:12:15

-Ben's thoughts on vaccines after this discussion with Dr. Matthew Cook...1:15:25

-Will Ben Greenfield get the Covid vaccine, or will he not?...1:19:40

-And much more!


Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Aminos: Building blocks for muscle recovery, reduced cravings, better cognition, immunity, and more.

-JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. For a limited time, Joovv wants to hook you up with an exclusive discount on your first order. Just apply code BEN to your qualifying order.

-Butcher Box: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones.

-Organifi Green Juice: Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code BENG20.

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/cook

Sep 16, 2021
How To Reboot Your Nervous System & Train Broken Muscles How To Work The Right Way Again With Shawn Sherman.
01:27:52

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/square1

Someone reached out to me and told me about his work and how he can do sort of a reboot of the nervous system. I flew him out to my house and he worked his magic on me for a couple of hours with a form of therapy unlike anything I ever talked about before on a podcast.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What is the "Square 1" system?...05:30

-Pre-treatment checks on Ben the patient...12:30

-How basic, seemingly simple patterns can cause problems...31:27

-Customizing triggers for an individual...44:06

-What is going on during corrective exercise to fix the movement...59:20

-Test after using a functional activity equipment (bow)...1:15:02

-How to identify activities that produce pain...1:17:14

-And much more...

Resources mentioned in this episode:

- Shawn Sherman:

- Adam McDowell @movingmuscle - Podcasts:

- Other Resources:

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Dark Roast Coffee

-Organifi Red Juice

-Beekeeper's Naturals

-Paleo Valley Organ Complex

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/square1

Sep 11, 2021
How An Olympic Champion Overcame Near Death, Healed His Gut & Shoulder & Changed The Nutritional World Forever With "Seed Oils": An Interview With Andreas Wecker
01:09:36

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/seedoils

Andreas Wecker, my guest on today's podcast, is a former German gymnast who had a long and successful career. He was European, World and Olympic champion. His greatest achievement was the gold medal on high bar at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. There, he beat gymnasts of such quality as Vitaly Scherbo and Alexei Nemov. In 1989 Wecker was named the last East German Sportsman of the Year. He competed for the SC Dynamo Berlin / Sportvereinigung (SV) Dynamo.

Wecker qualified for the German team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Just days before his events, he suffered a serious shoulder injury where he tore a bicep muscle in his shoulder, ending his career. Injured and processing the revelation that his career was on indefinite hold, Andreas followed a rigid six-week recovery plan before pushing ahead to tour as a professional gymnastics exhibitionist. Like many other athletes, he found himself dependent on a combination of painkillers, aspirin, and coffee to cope with the lingering pain and get him through practices and performances.

In what has become an all-too-familiar story of drug dependence, Andreas’ dependence on painkillers went on for 14 years—until he finally stepped away from his athletic pursuits in 2004. When he tried to stop taking the pills, he noted an immediate, rapid deterioration in his health and well-being. Over a six-week period in 2006, Andreas lost 45 pounds and 80 percent of his blood supply.

Soon admitted to the hospital, doctors diagnosed Andreas with Crohn’s Disease (CD). In the following weeks, he received eight blood transfusions and immediately began a treatment plan, with hopes of reversing his body’s decline.

After nearly two months in the hospital, Andreas realized that the 33 pills he was taking every single day were not improving his condition. Defeated, he acknowledged that the pills only temporarily alleviated some of the most severe symptoms.

Despite struggling with feelings of defeat, Andreas knew this could not be the only cure. The treatment plan was causing his body to rapidly change and progressively weaken. Without some sort of miracle, the next step would be major surgery to remove large portions of his digestive tract.

As Andreas saw it, he had three options:

-Die from Crohn’s Disease
-Die from the medications
-Find another option entirely

He confided in a friend whose family member was also suffering from Crohn’s, and this friend mentioned an alternative that involved using fresh-pressed flaxseed oil.

Intrigued and desperate, Andreas decided to try it. He began supplementing his prescribed medications with fresh-pressed flaxseed oil.

Within a short period of time, he was surprised to find the pain and inflammation notably relieved. He decided to take a chance.

At the age of 36, Andreas made the brave choice to check himself out of the hospital and do something drastic to change his life. Armed with flax seeds, coriander, and five seed blend, Andreas began taking this combination of supplements daily. Over the next weeks, as he reduced the number of pharmaceutical pills he took every day and continued taking the flaxseed oils, the side effects from the medications wore off. After three months of supplementing, he stopped taking the prescribed medications for Crohn’s Disease entirely.

Changes to his diet, combined with the fresh-pressed flaxseed oil, changed Andreas’ approach to managing his health problems. The improvements in his condition testified to the flaxseed oil’s successful repair work on his body.

Today, Wecker is the chairman and founder of Andreas Seed Oils, headquartered in Bend, Oregon and distributed through his office in Germany.

Andreas Seed Oils has now been pressing the world’s purest oils for over 11 years.

Through his proprietary German Cold-Press technology, these oils are pressed at ultra-low temperatures to eliminate oxidation and maintain its molecular integrity. This technology is so delicate yet powerful that each seed’s nutritional molecules remain undamaged and intact, resulting in the purest and most effective oils instantly absorbed by the body.

Andreas Seed Oils are entirely free of any metals, solvents, pesticides, or preservatives.

In today's podcast, we take a deep dive into Andreas's oils, how they are different, how to use them, the difference between seed oils and vegetable oils and much more!

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Andreas was "slowly dying" due to a mysterious CO2 leak in his home...05:40

-How a gymnastics injury led Andreas onto the path of consuming seed oils...08:20

-Problems with the seed expeller at your local Whole Foods...14:30

-How a mechanic (not an engineer) literally changed Andreas' health for the better forever...19:45

-Healing properties of Andreas' flax seed oil on the gut...25:05

-Why Andreas' products are not labeled "certified organic"...36:05

-Benefits of cooking with seed oils...42:00

-The research behind Andreas' oils...46:37

-What's coming down the pike seed oil wise...50:36

-The best oils to begin with if you're unfamiliar with oils...53:10

-And much more...

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Flex

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Water and Wellness

-Seed Daily Synbiotic

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/seedoils

Sep 09, 2021
Q&A 434: The Hidden Anti-Aging Molecule In Your Gut, A New Longevity "Drug", Exercise Vs. Diet For Fat Loss, Ben's Pre-Workout Mix & Much More!
56:39

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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”!  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!


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Instagram Q&A with Ben Greenfield while strolling through sun-soaked Spokane, WA:

Q: How do you know if your hunger is a craving or an actual need for food?...30:05

Q: What would you tell Joe Rogan about recovering from Covid?...33:50

Q: Hey Ben, where did you go to college, and what did you study?...37:15

Q: Post-concussion syndrome tips...43:15

Q: How Ben Greenfield takes care of his hair...46:40

Q: Wired or wireless earphones?...49:45

Q: Does Ben Greenfield like to run?...51:05

Sep 04, 2021
The Giant Cold Thermogenesis Episode: Everything You Need To Know About Ice Baths, Cold Therapy, How Cold, How Long & Much More With Morozko Forge Cold Bath Experts!
01:24:45

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Sep 02, 2021
The Confusing Gut Killer That Fogs Your Brain, Strips Your Body Of Nutrients & Strips The Fun Out Of Food: Everything You Need To Know About Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
01:08:41

bengreenfieldfitness.com/ibdpodcast

While recently in Los Angeles at the Ancestral Health Symposium, I had the pleasure of a long, sunshine walk with several of the speakers and presenters. Perhaps you already heard my chat that I recorded with Chris Kelly as part of that trip. 

But I also met a couple of new friends who are real ninjas when it comes to something called "IBD" (inflammatory bowel disease).

On my left side during the walk was Andrew Kornfeld (andrew@ibd.coach), who holds degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and is an award-winning educator, organizer, and published author. Andrew has Crohn’s disease, and over the course of a decade and a half has developed a tailored and evidence-based protocol that allowed him to achieve robust, lasting clinical remission from his IBD. Andrew founded IBDCoach so others with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis could benefit from the strategic lessons and research he has conducted in his personal pursuit of health.

And on my right side was Amy Loftus (amy@ibd.coach), who holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and works alongside Andrew to run the operations and educational arm of IBDCoach. Amy combines her decade of K-12 classroom teaching experience, her work as a software engineer at a Silicon Valley health tech startup, and her years as an IBD spouse to empower IBDCoach members and their families with the resources they need to achieve their remission goals.

Founded in 2019, IBDCoach is the brainchild of Andrew and Amy, who are on a mission to change healthcare by tackling inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in a capacity never attempted before. In their program, members work to achieve long-lasting remission through immersive science education, community support, and a unique form of health coaching that emphasizes strategic, patient-driven, and patient-empowered actions.

IBDCoach is the first program of its kind to provide comprehensive scientific information in one accessible location as an essential adjunct to standard medical care. Initial results from dozens of clients are highly positive including amelioration in symptoms and disease activity, reduced inflammatory markers, lifelong friendships formed, and lives changed for the better. The founders of IBDCoach, Andrew Kornfeld and Amy Loftus, have both personal and professional experience with inflammatory bowel diseases.

If you or someone you know is struggling with inflammatory bowel disease, you can check out Andrew and Amy’s work at ibd.coach.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Andrew and Amy's experiences with IBD...07:00

-Predisposing factors that may make someone susceptible to IBD...13:30

-How IBD causes drastic consequences to health and the body...17:40

-The best test to determine if you have or potentially have IBD...20:55

-3-step model to treat IBD:

-Step 1: Reduce inflammation...26:11

-Step 2: Nourish the microbiome...33:10

-Step 3: Repair the barrier...39:24

-How neuroplasticity affects causes and treatments for IBD...45:10

-How the IBD coach program works...48:36

-Biggest mistakes people make when diagnosing or treating IBD...50:00

-The best diet when you have IBD...52:07

-Using HRV tracking to consume food wisely...59:36

-The epidemic in America that misses the front page news...1:03:15

-And much more!...

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Ra Optics

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Kion Oregano

-Organifi Green Juice

bengreenfieldfitness.com/ibdpodcast

Aug 28, 2021
Loneliness, Community-Building, Introversion, Church, Monogamy & More With Chris Kelly Of Nourish Balance Thrive.
01:43:11

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While recently in Los Angeles at the Ancestral Health Symposium, I had the pleasure of a long, sunshine walk with my friend Chris Kelly. We brought a microphone along and recorded a fantastic chat for you with topics including...

  • The growing epidemic of loneliness and how building a community can protect you biologically.
  • How introversion can be steered towards a great deal of social good.
  • My formula for the best dinner party guest list.
  • The rewards of systematic service to others.
  • And much more...

So who is Chris Kelly? Chris Kelly is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, a graduate of the Kalish Institute, and the founder of Nourish Balance Thrive. As a competitive cyclist, Chris trained hard and got fast, loving the buzz of a great workout session. However, at a certain point, he realized that in hindsight he spent most of his life feeling like crap—and his biomarkers spelled impending doom.

Chris struggled with insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, his libido plummeted, and his recovery times took a nosedive. He wanted to train well, but he also wanted to enjoy the rest of his life. So Chris transitioned to a Paleo-type diet, reading a book a week on the subject for a year, but that was only half the solution.

The other half came through experimenting with and perfecting a system of functional medicine—he effectively became his own guinea pig. Now, Chris's body is back in balance—his symptoms have disappeared, his diet’s right for him, and his family life is as enjoyable as his training. In 2014, Chris quit his job as a software engineer to focus on helping athletes enjoy optimum fitness and health.

Nourish Balance Thrive isn't just a diet or motivational coaching—rather, it's the perfect blend of a lab-based supplement plan, expert dietary advice, and consultative performance planning uniquely tailored to your lifestyle. It's kind of the ultimate biohacking training course with a practical component developed just for you, with the goal of arming you with the knowledge you need to stay fit and healthy for life. Chris Kelly has also been on my podcast on the following episodes:

In this special two-part episode that includes my talk about loneliness given at the Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS), you'll discover:

Part 1 - Ben and Chris Kelly

-How Ben had a hand in founding Nourish Balance Thrive...09:15

-Why Ben chose to talk about "loneliness" at the AHS...13:15

-Ben's thoughts on the introverted personality...18:48

-How Ben has used his introverted nature to his advantage in his personal and professional life...25:15

-The thing we often get wrong when we think of building community...39:55

-Tools and resources to help build community...46:30

-How Ben's interaction with the church has influenced his person and message...55:04

-Recreating some of the community-building traditions that have been lost through the centuries...1:08:26

-One thing you can do to reduce loneliness today...1:17:55


Part 2 - Ben's presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium...1:23:27

-Apps and technology that can enhance community...

-Be active in the community...1:27:36

-Be active in your local church...1:29:00

-Engage in family relationships...1:29:57

-Reclaim Real Conversation...1:31:13

-Have a mission or purpose statement...1:32:13

-Shared experiences...1:35:57

-Embrace the sacredness of commerce...1:37:34

-And much more!...

Episode sponsors:

-Ra Optics

-Organifi Glow

-Butcher Box

-Kion Serum

bengreenfieldfitness.com/chrisandben

Aug 26, 2021
The Most Important Book About Money I've Ever Read - Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition With Charles Eisenstein.
01:12:23

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I recently finished what I now consider to be one of the most important and transformative financial books I've ever read: Sacred Economics, Revised: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein.

The book traces the history of money, from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, and the new revised edition includes new material on cryptocurrencies and emerging research that has come out since the book's original publication. Charles shows how capitalism contributes to alienation, competition, and scarcity; destroys community; and necessitates endless growth at the cost of social and environmental devastation.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme - and their collapse presents a golden opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. Charles describes the deeper narratives beneath our economic system, and how we can reimagine it to align with a new story.

Applying a broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, he explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local economies, gift economics, cryptocurrencies, and the restoration of the commons.

Tapping into a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, he presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen. Charles is an American public speaker and author. His work covers a wide range of topics, including the history of human civilization, economics, spirituality, and the ecology movement.

Key themes explored include anti-consumerism, interdependence, and how myth and narrative influence culture. His books include:

My initial introduction to Charles and his writing was when I discovered his wonderful essay The Coronation, which you can read here.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What is "sacredness" and how has humanity strayed from it...08:27

-How a "gift economy" facilitated community in past ages...15:01

-How our own "inner compass" might dictate fairness and equity in a gift economy...23:48

-Why did money come about in the first place?...33:11

-How relationships deteriorate when money becomes the source of value, versus that which it once symbolized...38:22

-Environmental implications of this loss of sacredness in economy...40:43

-The problem with usury aka interest...47:12

-How money is created by debt...51:15

-How to begin to shift to a more sacred economy...57:28

-Why Charles' book may be one of the most important financial books you've ever read...1:05:11

-And much more!

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Kion Colostrum

-Organifi Gold

-Ra Optics

-Therabody

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Charles Eisenstein or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/sacredeconomics and one of us will reply!

Aug 21, 2021
The Meaning Of Life, Making Friends, Plant Medicines In The Bible, Daily Spiritual Routines, Rites Of Passage & More With Ben Greenfield & Aubrey Marcus.
01:28:00

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Aubrey Marcus and I have connected on past podcasts.

Today, we're back recording straight from his home in Austin, Texas with a wide-ranging discussion of everything from Christianity to plant medicines to managing time and FOMO, family, and, of course, the age-old question of whether men should avoid sex or ejaculation if they don't want to strip nutrients and energy from their body. 

Aubrey Marcus is the founder of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Onnit is an Inc. 500 company and an industry leader with products optimizing millions of lives, including many top professional athletes around the world.

Aubrey also currently hosts the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, a motivational destination for conversations with the brightest minds in athletics, business, mindset and spirituality with over 35 million downloads on iTunes. He regularly provides commentary to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, The Tim Ferriss Show, and The Joe Rogan Experience.

He has been featured on the cover of Men’s Health, is the host of the Fit For Service Fellowship, and is the author of the NYT Bestselling book Own The Day, Own Your Life from HarperCollins. If you ask Aubrey the cause he is most passionate about, it is raising awareness for psychedelic medicine, through organizations like MAPS.org and Heffter Institute. He is a 20 year native of Austin, Texas where he currently resides.

In this conversation with Aubrey, you'll discover:

-Imposter syndrome while writing the Boundless cookbook...05:33

-Ben on his twin sons' recent Rites of passage...10:37 

-How building a community changed the dynamics of living...14:40

-Breathwork as one of the giveaways when meeting new people...25:17

-Core practices aside from exercise and biohacking that are built into Ben's routine...27:12

-The challenge of managing and going thru all the interesting activities...41:34

-Ben's belief of living forever in a new heaven and a new earth...44:28

-Ben as a post-millennial Christian...49:05

-Plant medicine in the Bible...53:17

-Fears, stress and shame and encountering Christ and the cross...1:05:00

-Living in your beliefs and living a rich life...1:11:21

-Different longevity practices and how to extend human life...1:18:45

-Does ejaculation frequency deplete magnesium and zinc and drain energy?...1:24:41

-And much more!...

Episode sponsors:

-JOOVV

-Kion Aminos

-Thrive Market

-Butcher Box

bengreenfieldfitness.com/benandaubrey

Aug 19, 2021
Q&A 433: Secrets Of The Centenarians, A New Anti-Aging Molecule, When Exercise Is Bad For You, Does Your Metabolism Slow Down & Much More.
01:19:55

News Flashes 

Upcoming Events:

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”!  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:

-Seed Daily Synbiotic

-Organifi Red Juice

-Kion Clean Energy Bars

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks


Listener Q&A:

Q: What are some of your best practices to do calorie refeeds?....53:40

Q: Would a food allergy affect the HRV while doing a 5-day fasting mimicking diet?...58:45

Q: How does intermittent fasting affect H1C and insulin levels?...1:07:40


Copious show notes, including efficacious links and articles that are guaranteed to reduce the deleterious effects of a mundane life, can be found at bengreenfieldfitness.com/433

Aug 14, 2021
Evolutionary Herbalism: Part 2 - The Fascinating Science, Spirituality & Medicines Of The Plant Kingdom With Sajah Popham.
56:53

bengreenfieldfitness.com/evolutionaryherbalism2

When I interviewed Gordon Wilson in the show "Are Christians Destroying The Environment? A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the “Dominion Mandate.”, I mentioned a book called The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Buhner, which describes the innate intelligence built into the plant kingdom, and the loss of natural connectivity we rational, scientific humans have developed when it comes to the plant kingdom.

Since then, I've continued my interest in the, shall we say, more spiritual, medicinal, and little-known aspects of the plant kingdom, including trees, leaves, roots, herbs, flowers, flower essences, essential oils, plant medicines, and beyond. One book I've discovered along the way is Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature by today's podcast guest, Sajah Popham.

In Sajah's book, which weaves together herbal and medical traditions from around the world into a singular cohesive model, you're guided from an herbal practitioner's point of view to a comprehensive understanding of the practice and philosophy of healing with herbs.

Sajah presents an innovative approach to herbalism that considers the holistic relationship among plants, humans, and the underlying archetypal patterns in nature. Organized into five parts moving from the microcosmic to the universal, Sajah's work explores a unique integration of clinical herbalism, Ayurveda, medical astrology, spagyric alchemy, and medical and esoteric traditions from across the world in a truly holistic system of plant medicine.

A balance of the heart and the mind, the science and spirit of people and plants, Evolutionary Herbalism provides a holistic context for how plants can be used for transformational levels of healing for the body, spirit, and soul. For both the student herbalist and experienced practitioner, Popham's original perspectives guide you to a more intimate, synergistic, and intuitive relationship with the plant kingdom, people, and nature as a whole.

Sajah Popham's mission is to share knowledge, tools, and medicine that promote the healing power of plants —to not just heal our bodies of disease, but to assist in the evolution of human consciousness back into its natural state. His holistic focus is on finding the universal principles and practices across herbal traditions and using plants in a way that not only brings about physical healing and rejuvenation but psychological and emotional health along with spiritual transformation.

Sajah holds a degree in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University and has studied herbal traditions across the world and with some of North America's top clinical practitioners. He lives in the Pacific Northwest forest with his wife Whitney.

Sajah's approach unites traditional models in a way that utilizes the whole plant (chemistry, energetics, and spirit) to heal the whole person (body, spirit, and soul) by getting to the root causes of disease.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How specific plant parts correspond to the four physical elements...07:10

-How each of us have different elemental "types"...14:08

-How we might design our lives based on our elemental types...25:40

-How to "type" a plant and know what elements it would feed and need...34:50

-What Sajah is skeptical about merging technology with understanding plants on a deep level...40:55

-Should we be concerned about eating plants due to their natural defense mechanisms...43:55

-An ideal day of eating for Sajah...48:25

-Some of the painful cuts Sajah had to make in his book...49:50

-And much more!...

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-Organifi Green Juice

-Water and Wellness

-Vuori

-Kion Oregano

Show notes: bengreenfieldfitness.com/evolutionaryherbalism2

Aug 12, 2021
Devoured By Cannabis: Weed, Liberty, Legalization (& Whether Christians Should Smoke Marijuana) With Doug Wilson.
01:01:52

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Pastor Doug Wilson first joined me for a podcast episode about his book Confessions of a Food Catholic, for which we recorded a show entitled, "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".

Since then, Doug has, as is his usual practice, been churning out plenty more books, including a couple of my favorite fictional titles of his Ecochondriacs and Ride, Sally, Ride, and quite recently, the book Devoured by Cannabis: Weed, Liberty, and Legalization, which is the topic of this podcast.

In Devoured by Cannabis, Doug argues that marijuana usage is not comparable to alcohol consumption or to smoking cigarettes, and demonstrates that the use of recreational marijuana is definitely not an option for Christians, and just a bad idea in general. He says that liberty for potheads means tyranny for everyone, including the smokers enslaved by the drug.

Considering I just interviewed Josiah Hesse about his book Runner’s High: How a Movement of Cannabis-Fueled Athletes Is Changing the Science of Sports, I thought it would be timely to get Doug's take on the topic too.

Doug has been a family friend for years, and is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC) and the church I and my wife Jessa 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 MarriageThe Case for Classical Christian EducationLetter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. Doug is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. 

You can check out his blog here, and his metric ton of grandkids can be found spread across the planet with rapidly increasing frequency.

Doug's brother, Gordon Wilson, has also joined me for the podcast "Are Christians Destroying The Environment? A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the “Dominion Mandate.”.

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/devouredbycannabis

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Cannabis use viewed from a conservative pastor's perspective...08:05

-How to know if we're enjoying a natural benefit of a substance or have descended the slippery slope of addiction...23:40

-Is Ben sinning when he vapes to relax in the evening?...32:10

-Pastoral admonishment vs. endorsing the government's "war on drugs"...38:05

-Correlation between legalization of weed and compliance with mask mandates, mandatory vaccines, etc...43:02

-The biggest drug-related issues Doug faces as a pastor...46:35

-THC as a plant-defense mechanism...53:42

-And much more!

Upcoming Events:

Episode sponsors:

-JOOVV
-Thrive Market

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/devouredbycannabis

Aug 07, 2021
How Rich Guys Stay Fit, Heart Rate Recovery, Resting Heart Rate Tracking, Heart Rate Variability, Cold Soak Temperatures, Little-Known Pre-Sleep Supplements & Much More With Keith Rabois.
01:15:26

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Keith Rabois is the General Partner at Founders Fund. He has a unique background as an entrepreneurial executive and investor. Since 2000, he has been instrumental in driving five startups from their early stages to successful IPOs. He has provided seed capital to another ten companies that are currently valued at over $1 B, including Airbnb, Lyft, YouTube, Wish, Yammer.

Since March 2013, Keith Rabois has served as a senior partner at Khosla Ventures, a technology venture capital fund founded by Vinod Khosla. He specializes in funding early-stage companies with a primary focus in consumer, financial services and health care innovation.

At the same time, Keith co-founded Opendoor, a startup which transforms the painful process of selling a home into delightful and immediate experience. At KV, Rabois has led investments in a broad array of startups including, DoorDash, Stripe, Thoughtspot, Affirm, Even Financial and Piazza.

Over the prior decade, he forged several of the most important new social and commerce platforms.

Keith began his career in the industry as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Public Policy at PayPal [NASDAQ: PYPL, later acquired by EBAY] and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn [NYSE: LNKD] and as a chief operating officer of Square [NASDAQ: SQ].

But he's also a bit of a fitness and optimization nerd, often heard championing the value of fitness, sleep and heart rate tracking, and recently leading 'big tech' scions in Miami fitness bubble, as a recent news article cited "The former PayPal exec, who has invested in LinkedIn, Square and Yelp, is teaching a Barry’s Bootcamp class in Miami with tech industry insiders", where he was quoted as saying that he believes the future of fitness in a post-pandemic world will be a combination of at-home meets in-person workouts.

“I think the future will be a hybrid. Resistance training is a critical ingredient for everybody’s workout and it’s very difficult for people to do strength training at home. People need both guidance and form correction. I think some people will allocate some time to training at home just for convenience, then people like to get inspired with in-person classes -- running next to someone on a treadmill urges you to run faster; seeing other people lifting dumbbells encourages you to lift heavier weights, plus you’re in a community meeting new people and engaging with new people. Some people will take one or two classes a week and then exercise on their own."

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Keith measures his health through the heart rate...08:30

-A typical workout for Keith...12:20

-How Ben and Keith track and manage their sleep...22:55

-Keith and Ben's big wins in caring for the body and brain...28:55

-Supplements and biohacks Keith uses to enhance sleep...45:48

-What Keith has for breakfast...50:45

-Hacks in the workplace...54:45

-What a typical day looks like for both Keith and Ben...57:40

-What things in the fitness and biohacking industry excites Keith...1:04:20

-Flaws with the exciting, yet underachieving personalized health services and products industry...1:08:55

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Organifi Gold

-Four Sigmatic

-Kion Aminos

-Clearlight Saunas

Extensive show notes, including links to all products and resources Ben and Keith mentioned can be found at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/Keith

Aug 05, 2021
Evolutionary Herbalism: Part 1 - The Fascinating Science, Spirituality & Medicines Of The Plant Kingdom.
01:10:52

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/herbalism

When I interviewed Gordon Wilson in the show "Are Christians Destroying The Environment? A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the “Dominion Mandate.”, I mentioned a book called The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Buhner, describing the innate intelligence built into the plant kingdom, and the loss of natural connectivity we rational, scientific humans have developed when it comes to the plant kingdom.

Since then, I've continued my interest in the, shall we say, more spiritual, medicinal, and little-known aspects of the plant kingdom, including trees, leaves, roots, herbs, flowers, flower essences, essential oils, plant medicines, and beyond. One book I've discovered along the way is Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature by today's podcast guest, Sajah Popham.

In the book, weaving together herbal and medical traditions from around the world into a singular cohesive model, you're guided from an herbal practitioner's point of view to a comprehensive understanding of the practice and philosophy of healing with herbs. Sajah presents an innovative approach to herbalism that considers the holistic relationship among plants, humans, and the underlying archetypal patterns in Nature.

Organized in five parts moving from the microcosmic to the universal, this work explores a unique integration of clinical herbalism, Ayurveda, medical astrology, spagyric alchemy, and medical and esoteric traditions from across the world into a truly holistic system of plant medicine.

A balance of the heart and the mind, the science and spirit of people and plants, Evolutionary Herbalism provides a holistic context for how plants can be used for transformational levels of healing for the body, spirit, and soul. For both the student herbalist and experienced practitioner, Popham's original perspectives guide you to a more intimate, synergistic, and intuitive relationship with the plant kingdom, people, and nature as a whole.

Sajah Popham's mission is to share knowledge, tools and medicine that spread the healing power of plants - to not just heal our bodies of disease, but to assist in the evolution of human consciousness back into its natural state. His holistic focus is on finding the universal principles and practices across herbal traditions and using plants in a way that not only brings about physical healing and rejuvenation, but psychological and emotional health, and spiritual transformation.

He holds a degree in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University and has studied herbal traditions across the world and with some of North America's top clinical practitioners. His unique approach integrates not only clinical Western herbalism, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, but also the practices of Medical Astrology, Spagyric Alchemy, and western esotericism.

Sajah's approach unites these traditional models in a way that utilizes the whole plant (chemistry, energetics and spirit) to heal the whole person (body, spirit and soul) by getting to the root causes of disease. He lives in the Pacific Northwest forest with his wife Whitney.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How an evolutionary herbalist describes his "day job"...06:25

-The study environment at Bastyr University...10:15

-How a disconnection between the human and plant kingdom has helped to create some of the chaos we see today...13:00

-"Vitalism" and its connection to evolutionary herbalism...17:30

-Can plants be misused as is often the case with pharmaceuticals?...23:45

-Molecular herbalism contrasted with evolutionary herbalism...28:50

-How plants have their own electromagnetic field...36:20

-How plants have the same senses we do...40:15

-The "song" of a plant...45:20

-The Doctrine of Signatures and how Sajah "gets to know" a new plant...49:15

-A sneak-preview of what's to come in Part 2 with Sajah...1:07:04

-And much more!...

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Organifi Green Juice

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Kion Cold Thermogenesis Challenge

-Butcher Box

Show notes: BenGreenfieldFitness.com/herbalism

Jul 31, 2021
Q&A 432: The Latest Pro Athlete Biohacking Tricks, World's First Mouth-Based Weight Loss Device, The Best Lightbulb For Sleep, Early Vs. Late Dinners & Much More!
01:10:10

bengreenfieldfitness.com/432

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Jul 29, 2021
"Drunken" Banter, Unplugging From Wearables, Ketogenic Mistakes In Exercisers & Athletes, Carb Refeeds, Alcohol Hacks & Much More!
01:12:50

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On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I had the pleasure to sit down with my new friend Brian Sanders.

Brian is the filmmaker behind the feature-length documentary Food Lies and host of the Peak Human podcast. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then turned to technology and sold an app company. He’s used his technical background and love for fitness and nutrition to also work as a Health Coach and be the co-founder of the health, media, and technology company SAPIEN

He's also a speaker and the owner of NoseToTail.org providing premium grass-finished meat to the 48 contiguous states. Prior to this podcast, we both did a "shot" of a kratom/kava euphoric-inducing blend called FeelFree, so the podcast got a bit crazy! If you want to try a shot of this stuff for yourself click here and use code INSERT CODE for an XYZ% discount.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Brian and Ben have “drunken banter” over some new products...03:05

-About ancestral hacking vs biohacking...06:30

-Why it’s important to track your metrics naturally, without wearables...10:05

-The most ideal state to consume food and how to stabilize blood glucose spikes...13:20

-Ben’s biggest takeaways from the Faster Study and what it involved...26:10

-What Ben carb loaded before Spartan race days...31:00

-The best way to adapt your diet for improved longevity...41:00

-Ben’s best tips for including alcohol into your “healthy” diet...45:10

-Why Ben says it’s okay to be weird in the sake of being metabolically well...57:05

-And much more...

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Jul 24, 2021
Biohacking Muscle Growth: How To Maximize Anabolism & Muscle Hypertrophy Using Targeted Delivery Of Nutrients To Muscle Tissue During Exercise, With Professional Bodybuilder Milos Sarcev.
01:15:03

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 with Milos Sarcev — one of the top bodybuilders of all time.

Milos was born on January 17, 1964 in Novi Sad, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), grew up in Bečej, and at 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 was introduced to weightlifting and immediately fell 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 the 1989 Amateur Mr. Universe competition and started competing as a professional in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB).

Milos studied nutritional technology at the University of Novi Sad and moved to the USA in 1987 to pursue his bodybuilding career. In 1989 he won the Amateur Mr. Universe title, in 1991 became an IFBB professional bodybuilder, competing in over 110 bodybuilding shows worldwide (72 of which were IFBB professional competitions), and qualified for the Mr. Olympia contest for 10 consecutive years in the hardest era of bodybuilding (1990s). After his competitive career, Milos 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 the 100-meter sprint (9.77 seconds) after less than 9 months of coaching.

As a bodybuilding coach, he advised over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, of which 36 qualified for the most prestigious Mr. Olympia competition. He is a renowned international nutritional expert and speaker; professional trainer; and strength, conditioning, and contest preparation consultant with over 35 years of firsthand industry experience.

Milos 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, which revolutionized the whole sports supplementation industry.

Milos' methods of training and hormonal manipulation for achieving a hyper-anabolic state and maximal hypertrophy are now accepted by millions around the world.

During this 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 EAAs 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 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


Milos' actual training - Body split workouts, warm-up, and exercise selection:

  1. I always begin my workout with 10 minutes of cardio, then move to leg extensions to further warm up my muscles, tendons, and ligaments. I take three seconds to raise the weight, two seconds to hold it at the top, and three seconds to complete the negative. Although I don't advocate locking out your knees on squats, lunges, and leg presses, I do recommend fully contracting your quads on leg extensions, and this requires a momentary locking-out of the knee joint.
  2. I now move to what I consider the king of all exercises: barbell squats. Even though I've already warmed up my quads with leg extensions, I still do two warm-up sets of 10 squats to warm up my hips, glutes, lower back, and calves before my three heavy working sets. My descending speed is still slow, about three seconds, but since squats are a building motion, the ascending motion is more explosive. A lot of people make the mistake of stopping between reps and resting when doing squats, but you must keep continual tension on your muscles for maximal results, and this is achieved by continual motion.
  3. Next come leg presses. I alternate from week to week between the unilateral and two-leg versions. I see so many people doing 1,000-pound 1-inch leg presses. That won't help you develop anything. For both single- and double-leg, I advocate a full range of motion.
  4. I finish off with hack squats. On two-legged leg press days, I perform the standard three sets of 10, with my feet and knees close together to hit the outer sweep of my quads. On the unilateral days, I do my infamous triple drop set. I've made more than 100 people throw up doing this, and I myself have thrown up on several occasions. You begin with a weight with which you can get only 5-6 reps, then drop it down and do another 10, drop it again, and go for 10-15. But the trick is this: Do these as slowly as possible. Five seconds to go down, pause two seconds at the bottom, and five seconds to go back up. If you finish this without being sick, you didn't do it right.
  5. I used to think I could train legs all at once, but my hams were always lagging because I was exhausted from quad training. So these days, I train quads and hams separately, giving each its own day once a week to ensure complete development.

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Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Milos or me? Leave your comments at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/milos2 and one of us will reply!

Jul 22, 2021
Ben Greenfield Interview With Red Bull On The Meaning Of Life, The Best Biohacks, The Perfect Day, Diet Customization & More!
56:49

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/redbull 

Occasionally, I'm interviewed by magazines, other podcasts, authors, radio networks, etc., and occasionally, I also release those interviews with the journalist in public.

After all, whatever you say on an interview can and will be used against you right?

Just kidding.

This interview actually went quite well, and was recorded to be published in The Red Bulletin Innovator, published by the Red Bull Media House, distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland plus digitally in several other languages online (including English).

The interview with me is an 8-page-opener for a special section about biohacking, and the issue will be out in September. The interview was conducted by Andreas Breitfeld, a German biohacker and founder of the first biohacking lab in Germany, along with author Stefan Wagner.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Is there such thing as a "perfect life"?...03:55

  • Full mind, body, spirit optimization
  • Not fully attainable due to our fallen human nature
  • Our fallibility can be a beautiful thing; keeps us humble and grounded
  • Problems spur progress
  • Most people exist in a sub-optimal state
  • Many obstacles to an optimal life humanity today we weren't exposed to before
  • Always learning new things to optimize mind, body, spirit

-What is the meaning of life?...10:35

  • The meaning life is "survival"
  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • Ben subscribes to a higher power, absolute truth
  • "Savor, enjoy God's creation while loving others; identify our calling and make a positive impact"
  • John Piper: "We are designed to fully glorify God by being fully satisfied in Him."

-Is your personal health the best expression of seeking meaning in your life?...16:35

  • Focusing on your own health is the opposite of seeking true meaning in life
  • Focusing on others makes your own health more gratifying
  • Take care of your health in order to serve others
  • Use biohacks in order to best serve those who depend on you
  • Put on your own oxygen mask first; but don't dwell on all the technical details, help people!

-How to find the balance between optimal health and a worthwhile life...20:40

  • Self-quantification (genetics, HRV, sleep cycles)
    • Oura Ring
    • Apollo
    • Genetic test we recommend
    • Biome test (viome?)
    • Food allergy test
    • Blood panel, micronutrient
  • Make serving others your prime focus in your life
    • Spiritual Disciplines Journal
  • Don't ignore the heart/gut impulses
  • Self-optimization with the goal of "others-optimization"

-Ben's "elevator pitch" to embrace biohacking...29:00

  • Understand what problem you want to fix before identifying which bio hack to use
  • Joovv light panels
  • Clearlight sauna
  • ReTimer glasses
  • Earthing sandals
  • Hot/cold contrast
  • The Body Electric by Robert Bekcer
  • Healing is Voltage by Jerry Tennant
  • Structured water
  • Use salt and minerals the right way
  • Quinton
  • Aqua True liquid minerals

-How to approach biohacks that aren't advocated by mainstream science...38:25

  • Earthing documentary
  • Book by Clint Ober
  • BGF podcast w/ Clint Ober
  • PEMF mats and pads
  • Use self-quantification to identify what is and isn't working for you
  • Many biohacks simulate what nature is already doing

-How to be a human guinea pig without harming one's self...42:20

  • Blood glucose monitor
  • Track sleep cycles and melatonin levels
  • Don't try any biohacks you don't feel comfortable doing
  • Weirdest biohacks Ben has tried:
    • Build muscle using electrical stimulation
    • Whipworms and tapeworms
  • Ensure there's ample evidence of a biohack's efficacy before using

-What will it look like when Ben is an old man?...46:40

-What to do when you're lacking motivation to fill your life's purpose...50:20

-And much more...

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Jul 17, 2021
Q&A 431: Psychedelics, Morning Glory Seeds, Bliss-Producing Oils, Cannabis For Sex, How To Have Way More Sex In Your Marriage & Much More!
01:06:43

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Jul 15, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 21 - A Slice Of Heaven
16:07

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.

Jul 11, 2021
Recapture the Rapture: Alchemist-Like Cookbooks, Carbon Dioxide & Nitric Oxide Inhalation, Sexuality, Music, Mind-Enhancing Substances & More With Jamie Wheal.
01:35:53

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My guest on today's podcast, Jamie Wheal, first joined me on the podcast episode: "Recapture the Rapture: Biohacking Sex, Tantric Breathwork, Plant Medicines For Orgasmic Enhancement & Much More!", for which the title is pretty self-explanatory regarding the wildly stimulating topics we covered on that show. 

Today Jamie, a so-called "neuroanthropologist" is back, describing exciting elements from his new book Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That's Lost Its Mind - a book in which he maps out a revolutionary new practice—Hedonic Engineering—that combines neuroscience and optimal psychology. It’s an intensive program of breathing, movement, and sexuality that mends trauma, heightens inspiration and tightens connections—helping us wake up, grow up, and show up for a world that needs us all.

This is a book about a big idea. And the idea is this: Slowly over the past few decades, and now suddenly, all at once, we’re suffering from a collapse in Meaning. Fundamentalism and nihilism are filling that vacuum, with consequences that affect us all. In a world that needs us at our best, diseases of despair, tribalism, and disaster fatigue are leaving us at our worst. It’s vital that we regain control of the stories we’re telling because they are shaping the future we’re creating.

To do that, we have to remember our deepest inspiration, heal our pain and apathy, and connect to each other like never before. If we can do that, we’ve got a shot at solving the big problems we face. And if we can’t?  Well, the dustbin of history has swallowed civilizations older and fancier than ours. This book is divided into three parts. The first, Choose Your Own Apocalypse, takes a look at our current Meaning Crisis--where we are today, why it’s so hard to make sense of the world, what might be coming next, and what to do about it.

It also makes a case that many of our efforts to cope, whether anxiety and denial, or tribalism and identity politics, are likely making things worse. The middle section, The Alchemist Cookbook,  applies the creative firm IDEO’s design thinking to the Meaning Crisis. This is where the book gets hands on--taking a look at the strongest evolutionary drivers that can bring about inspiration, healing, and connection. From breathing, to movement, sexuality, music, and substances--these are the everyday tools to help us wake up, grow up, and show up.

AKA--how to blow yourself sky high with household materials.

The final third of the book, Ethical Cult Building, focuses on the tricky nature of putting these kinds of experiences into gear and into culture—because, anytime in the past when we’ve figured out combinations of peak states and deep healing, we’ve almost always ended up with problematic culty communities. Playing with fire has left a lot of people burned.

This section lays out a roadmap for sparking a thousand fires around the world--each one unique and tailored to the needs and values of its participants. Think of it as an open-source toolkit for building ethical culture.

In Recapture the Rapture, Jamie takes radical research out of the extremes and applying it to the mainstream to the broader social problem of healing, believing, and belonging. It’s providing answers to the questions we face: how to replace blind faith with direct experience, how to move from broken to whole, and how to cure isolation with connection. Said even more plainly, it shows us how to revitalize our bodies, boost our creativity, rekindle our relationships, and answer once and for all the questions of why we are here and what do we do now?

Jamie is also the author of Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work and the founder of the Flow Genome Project, an international organization dedicated to the research and training of human performance.

His work and ideas have been covered in The New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., and TED. He has spoken at Stanford University, MIT, the Harvard Club, Imperial College, Singularity University, the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, the Bohemian Club, and the United Nations.

He lives high in the Rocky Mountains in an off-grid cabin with his partner, Julie; two children, Lucas and Emma; and their golden retrievers, Aslan and Calliope. When not writing, he can be found mountain biking, kitesurfing, and backcountry skiing.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What the heck is a "neuroanthropologist?"...07:34

-What does it mean to "recapture the rapture?"...15:15

-A contrarian view of the end times...23:56

-Jamie's creative writing process...31:55

-How prostate massages bring one to a new level of consciousness...43:25

-The 5 big techniques for achieving a peak state of flow...48:35

-Why sex, drugs, rock and roll mark the beginning of civilization, not the end...1:00:44

-About circular breathing...1:05:00

-Meduna's Mixture...1:10:12

-How to use breath to "steer" your psyche...1:23:40

-How to work directly with Jamie...1:28:05

-And much more!

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Jul 10, 2021
Runner's High: How a Movement of Cannabis-Fueled Athletes Is Changing the Science of Sports.
01:15:48

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I recently read the book Runner's High: How a Movement of Cannabis-Fueled Athletes Is Changing the Science of Sports.

As kind of a mash-up of Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind and Christopher McDougall's Born to Run  this immersive, investigative look at the hidden culture of cannabis use among elite athletes (as well as weekend warriors) reveals the surprising emerging science behind the elusive, exhilarating "runner's high" they all seek.

Author of the book and my guest on today's podcast - Josiah Hesse - believes that "pot makes exercise fun", or at least, easier or more productive. The link between performance enhancement and cannabis has actually been an open secret for many years, so much so that with the wide-sweeping national legalization of cannabis, combining weed and working out has become the hottest new wellness trend.

Why, then, is there still a skewed perception around this leafy substance that it only produces the lazy, red-eyed stoner laid out on a couch somewhere, munching on junk food? In fact, scientists have conducted extensive research that uncovers the power of the "runner's high" - the true holy grail of aerobic activity that was long believed to be caused by endorphins.

In an extraordinary reversal, scientists believe marijuana may actually be the key to getting more Americans off their phones and on to their feet. In Runner's High and in this podcast, Josiah takes you on a journey through the secret world of stoned athletes, describing astounding, cannabis-inspired physical and mental transformations, just like he experienced.

From the economics of the $20 billion CBD market to the inherent inequalities in the enforcement of marijuana prohibition; from the mind-body connection behind the "runner's high" to the best way to make your own cannabis-infused power bars; Runner's High takes this groundbreaking science out of the lab and onto the trail, court, field, and pitch, fundamentally changing the way we think about exercise, recovery, and cannabis.

Josiah is an author and journalist from Denver, Colorado, whose work has appeared in Vice, Esquire, Politico, and The Guardian.

Hesse casts a wide net in his journalistic curiosities, covering everything from science, crime and politics, to pop culture, the arts, sex and drugs. After a decade of covering the slow-burn legalization of marijuana, Hesse finally wrote the book we discuss today.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-How the "420 games" inspired Josiah's book...07:15

-Josiah's history w/ cannabis prior to the 420 games...12:20

-An ultra-marathoner that has taken edibles during his runs for years...17:15

-What to expect in cannabis-inspired fitness classes and events...21:20

-How prevalent is cannabis use in professional sports...25:30

-How, when and why cannabis became "persona non grata" among natural herbs...34:15

-What is the best dosage to increase the efficacy of exercise...50:25

-Does cannabis help altitude performance?...59:55

-Is cannabis a true performance enhancing drug?...1:04:00

-Is cannabis a crutch for Ben Greenfield?...1:11:05

-And much more...

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Jul 08, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 20 - To Die Is Gain
17:45

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.

Jul 04, 2021
The Big Beauty Podcast Part 2: Botox & Healthy Botox Alternatives, Liposuction, Hollywood’s “Devil Drug”, Popsicles, Vibrators, Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Protocols & Much More With Dr. Cameron Chesnut.
53:34
Jul 03, 2021
The Exciting, Next-Level Future Of BodyWork, Fascia & Massage Therapy: Ketamine, Sound Therapy, Essential Oils, Trauma Release & Beyond With Donna Mills.
01:20:21

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You've no doubt heard me talk on podcasts before about my epic massages.

We're talking essential oils, carefully selected musical tracks for healing the body, an acoustic sound healing table, a pulsed electromagnetic field mat, and a variety of specific plant medicine compounds and supplements for relaxing the body and turning a massage into a full body, mind and spiritual reboot and cleansing.

But I haven't talked much about the wizard (wizardess, I should say) behind-the-scenes. Her name is Donna Mills, and she is my massage therapist, the most unique and talented therapist I've ever worked with, and my guest on this podcast.

Donna lives in the aesthetically stunning Pacific Northwest, specifically in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She is a woman committed to all things that elevate human consciousness. She is a practitioner of the healing arts, an advocate for civil conversations, and a community educator.

Donna is the founder of HumanWell Integrative Healing where she sees private clients healing through trauma and grief. On the community consulting side of HumanWell, Donna designs integrative workplace wellness programs for large and small businesses.

The name HumanWell was created out of her unwavering need to know “How do we human well? We can see where we are missing the mark in society, but where and how are we getting it right?”

Donna is a social healing practitioner, a narrative disruptor, and a cultural change agent. She is here to invite society into a deeper conversation about civility and connectivity. She believes that, “and justice for all” means just that. For all. She is a fierce advocate for a new narrative of economic justice that elevates our collective human wellness and ability to thrive.

Donna is a Lay Pastoral Minister through the Unitarian Universalist Association and is ordained to perform many celebrations of life, from partner unions to end of life doula services. In this work she gently guides humans through the sacred journey of living and dying. She is often called upon to share her insightful wisdom on the divine, and serves this world with a deep commitment to humanity.

Donna aligns and connects to Source Spirit as High Priestess in her Pagan faith. She also describes herself as a mystic, a tarot reader, an intuitive healer, and a conscious thought leader for these changing times. She practices a very intentful and cyclical lifestyle that includes loads of joy, playful exploration, good food, and always, always, more beautiful humans.

She excels at growing food and wild foraging, loves to be on the water, is a collector of smiles, and can be found spending teatime with her favorite feline, Professor Moosey Softpaws.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-How Donna developed her unique therapeutic approach…14:00

-Donna’s self-work routine...17:35

-Donna’s unique massage practices...19:25

-About Donna’s coursework programs...34:00

-How Donna healed Ben’s very injured toe...38:00

-Why massage sometimes brings up emotions or trauma release...43:55

-Supplements, products and technology Ben and Donna use during massage treatments...49:50

-How to work with Donna...1:10:40

-And much more…

 

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Donna or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/donnamills and one of us will reply!

Jul 01, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 19 - Union
21:57

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.

Jun 27, 2021
Is This The World's Most Efficient, Biohacked Workout? The New Full Body Electrostimulation Science by Katalyst (& How To Build Muscle In 20 Minutes).
01:03:31

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In a recent weekly roundup, I reported on what I called "Possibly The World's Most Efficient (New) Workout: The "Katalyst", and told you to get ready for the next frontier of electrical muscle stimulation.

In my Boundless book, on my podcast, and elsewhere, I've talked in the past about how I use electrical muscle stimulation, also known as “EMS,”

...but with all other forms of EMS I've used in the past, although getting great results for injury rehab, muscle growth, targeted muscle "re-training" and more, I've also had to deal with all sorts of wires, time-consuming electrode attachment, confusing user interfaces, and a pretty clunky experience that takes up a lot of time.

But this brand new electrical muscle stimulation suit called the “Katalyst” is a total game-changer. You literally just pull on the suit and select from any of the workouts on the app and a personal trainer not only walks you through the entire workout, which involves functional fitness moves like squats, side lunges, presses, cardiovascular and power movements, and a whole lot more…

…but the intensity is automatically adjusted by your trainer as you go, and so it also creates a highly customized workout. This is one of the coolest time hacks for exercise that I've discovered in a long time and—coming from a guy who has done a lot of different workouts—I can tell you that this thing is not some gimmicky “As Seen On TV” technology that you use to get a six-pack while you're sitting on the couch eating Twinkies.

Instead, I think this technology is going to take the fitness world by storm. Pro athletes can train muscles they've never used before and retrain injured muscles while complete exercise beginners or those in rehab can lift weights without excess stress on the joints.

Again, the Katalyst suit is a total game-changer, and this thing is flying off the shelves now as folks discover the magic of EMS. Here's where you can get the Katalyst suit today (that link gives you "early access" to getting a unit for yourself).

But I also wanted to get the Founder and CEO of Katalyst - Bjoern Woltermann - on the show to take a deep dive into exactly how this new technology works.

 Bjoern is the Founder and CEO of Katalyst, a revolutionary home fitness product that can actually improve your fitness through every phase of life. Using proven Full-Body EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) technology, Katalyst removes common barriers to fitness like time, ability and motivation, and replaces them with a 20-minute, full-body workout that works with your body rather than against it.

Because there are no weights and no joint impact, Katalyst empowers all people to live longer, healthier and happier lives. A startup veteran and economist by trade, Bjoern was introduced to Full-Body EMS as a way to fit strength training into his busy travel schedule and to rehabilitate a back injury.

After training every Monday for six weeks, Bjoern was amazed to find himself both pain-free and in better physical shape than he had been in years. He soon realized that this technology had the potential to significantly improve millions of lives.

Driven by an innate desire to serve people, Bjoern founded Katalyst in 2015 to bring Full-Body EMS to the United States. Aside from Katalyst, Bjoern is a devoted husband and uncle who loves to travel the world and is committed to a healthy lifestyle.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Bjoern got interested in EMS...8:54

  • 2012, had a corporate job flying all over the world
  • This resulted in chronic back pain
  • Advised to strengthen core and lower back, otherwise serious injury would be incurred
  • Introduced to an EMS clinic (20 minute treatment is too good to be true)
  • Two different reactions: horribly uncomfortable or relatively manageable
  • Breathwork is important for the comfort level
  • After 6 weeks, he was pain free, no pain meds, etc.
  • Body Street studio EMS
  • EMS is far more popular in Germany than the U.S.

-Brief history of EMS training...15:10

  • BGF podcast w/ Jay Schroeder (old, may not be available)
  • Science discovered by Russians in the 60's
  • TENS treatment is a different treatment than EMS
  • Early 2000's, body transformer was a more efficient means of delivering EMS
  • First commercial device was around 2007
  • Used by elite soccer teams (athletes signed NDA's because of it worked so well)

-The science that backs up the efficacy of EMS...19:10

  • FDA-regulated category
  • Hurdles too high for manufacturer's to expand in the U.S.
  • Some European universities carry out 2-3 full-blown studies on EMS per year
  • Hockey players 1.5% faster after EMS
  • New way to activate muscles; easier to target specific muscle fibers

-Why EMS induces a high amount of soreness...23:20

  • Previously unused and dormant muscles
  • "No muscle left behind"
  • Much more complete muscle activation
  • Increasing the recruitment of muscle fibers in each rep
  • Get to exhaustive state of the muscle faster
  • Activate more muscle fibers at the same time - subconsciously this is how it's supposed to feel
  • Need extreme loads to activate fast-twitch muscle fibers or very quick movements w/ conventional weight training
  • Cardio mode causes the muscle to be active, transform energy into motion
  • Aerodyne bike is the ultimate EMS workout

-Why does the body get so hot in an EMS suit?...34:05

  • How much muscle activation is going on at a given time
  • A workout that takes over one hour is condensed into 20 minutes
  • Body simply needs to cool off
  • Water provides adequate conductivity

-Why different ranges of motion are used in EMS...37:00

  • No shortened muscle
  • No tension
  • One of Ben's training clients had knee pain disappear after using the Catalyst for a couple of sessiosn
  • Unused muscles are in a tight state, protective measure
  • Previously injured areas become loosened
  • Relax the muscle, get back to a natural function

-About the recovery setting on the Katalyst...40:45

  • Promotes blood flow
  • Very low frequency
  • Pumping effect to the muscles

-How EMS may affect longevity and anti-aging...42:20

  • Study of 100 women over age of 75
  • Two of the women dropped out, not because it was too stringent
  • Gained muscle mass, reversed atrophy
  • Increased walking speed 10-20%
    • Walking speed, grip strength and ability to get off the floor are good metrics for longevity
  • Gained bone density

-How to mix the regimens to get the most out of EMS...45:20

  • Do strength/power one day; followed by 10 minutes of cardio
  • Day 2, cardio only
  • Day 3-4, do strength again

-Topicals or cold packs that can improve the efficacy of EMS...47:30

  • BGF podcast w/ Jeff Spencer
  • Vasper machine

-How the EMS routines are conducted in real time...50:20

  • Things are in the works to do EMS detached from the current system
  • Trainers are actually getting the treatment while the user does
  • Roles of customer and trainer are very different
  • Immersive experience for the customer
  • The system learns over time
  • Levels are always individual to a person

-How to access the Katalyst and skip the waitlist...58:30

-And much more!


Resources from this episode:

-The Katalyst Full Body EMS Suit (click here for early access)

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

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-Organifi Green Juice

-Therabody

-Butcher Box

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Jun 26, 2021
Q&A 430: How To Fix Bad Knees (Without Surgery), What *Really* Works For Weight Loss, Minimal Effective Dose Of Exercise, Carrot-Cake Smoothies & Much More!
01:11:54

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News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

-Most people's "bad knees" don't really need surgery to get fixed...10:35
-What *really* works for weight loss:  (the theme of "continuous monitoring" is what really stands out - what gets measured gets managed, folks)...21:00
-This artificial intelligence energy expenditure/calorie intake app is, based on their research and algorithms, one of the most accurate means out there to figure out how many calories per day you're burning/should be eating...26:30
-Want to maintain strength, endurance, muscle size and more in LIMITED time with minimal effective dose? Here's how: (and I'll be addressing a podcast in detail to spill all the beans for you)...27:45

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Listener Q&A:

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Jun 24, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 18 - Hope
13:14

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.

Jun 20, 2021
Microdosing Psychedelics, How To Use LSD, Shrooms, Iboga & Other Plant Medicines, Legal Psilocybin Retreats, Truffles & Much More With Third Wave's Paul Austin.
01:16:34

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Paul F. Austin is a pioneer in the 21st century responsible use of psychedelics for healing, leadership and personal transformation.

He has been featured in BBCForbes, and Rolling Stone for his accomplishments in entrepreneurship regarding social awareness towards the benefits of microdosing psychedelics. Paul is the author of the book “Microdosing Psychedelics: A Practical Guide to Upgrade Your Life” and the founder of two companies in the emerging psychedelic space, Third Wave and Synthesis.

It all started with his personal 7-month microdosing protocol, through it Paul experienced the tangible benefits of microdosing LSD, including an acceleration of learning ability, easier access to flow states, and an improved sense of presence. His experience with microdosing inspired him to push for legitimizing psychedelic substances via the topic of microdosing. Most importantly, intentional psychedelic use helped him to further uncover his own truth, enabling an alignment of purpose and mission with contribution to community and society. Paul’s unconventional path has now placed him in a position to serve the lives of many millions through psychedelic education and literacy.

Two companies have been borne of Paul's mission: Third Wave and Synthesis. This led him to create “Third Wave” which explores pragmatic ways to change the cultural conversation around psychedelics, focusing on the intersection of science, psychedelics, and self-actualization. ‍ Within Third Wave, Paul leads his team in building an educational platform to ensure psychedelic substances become responsibly integrated into our metamodern cultural framework. Currently, Third Wave offers long-form psychedelic guides, online training focused on the skill of microdosing psychedelics, and an industry-best network of clinics and retreat providers, creating a space for individuals to come fully into their own agency, power, and autonomy.

In 2018, he co-founded Synthesis, and led several high-dose psilocybin truffle retreats, leading branding, marketing, and public relations before stepping back to focus on Third Wave full-time. Setting off at the age of 21 from West Michigan, Paul lived in five countries and traveled to 60+ over the span of six years before moving to New York City in August 2017.

Propelled by an insatiable curiosity for the unknown, Paul's travels led to an incredible expansion of being and growth, setting the stage for his professional career in psychedelic leadership and advocacy. Paul is often seeking balance between city and countryside: the unrelenting energy of big city life pared with the tranquility of nature. When not working, he loves to read, camp, drink espresso, steam himself silly in eucalyptus, and laugh at the irony of life. Third Wave began in 2015, with an intent of changing the cultural conversation around psychedelics. They offer free education, paid online courses, and peak performance coaching.

Paul's work there has been featured in the BBC, Forbes, and Rolling Stone. Synthesis is a legal psilocybin retreat outside of Amsterdam. For many clients, attending Synthesis is a profound and meaningful experience, one that leads to improved well-being and significant clarity on purpose and direction. Outside of Paul's entrepreneurial endeavors, he speaks about the intersection of psychedelics, personal transformation, and professional success.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-All the cool gadgets that Paul and Ben and using today...10:50

-The story of the 3rd wave...12:50

-Responsible micro-dosing...23:25

-Paul's micro-dosing protocol...45:35

-Combining substances and technologies for optimization...52:05

-About the Synthesis retreat, the legal psilocybin retreat center...55:40

-The importance of integration in Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy...1:03:20

-Upcoming 3rd wave coach certification program...1:14:50

Episode sponsors:

-Boundless Cookbook

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-Joovv

-Therabody

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Paul Austin or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/paulaustin and one of us will reply!

Jun 19, 2021
The 2 Most Potent Hair Growth & Hair Loss Reversal Molecules Known To Humankind: C60 & GHK-CU - A Big Hair Podcast With Auxano's Jay Campbell & Nick Andrews.
01:11:15

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As I was recently reading in a fashion magazine, hair has always been the primary indication of confidence for most men. When you consider that two-thirds of men see hair thinning by the age of thirty-five, and men’s hair restoration is a $1.5 billion industry, you began to understand how much confidence is contributed to a man’s hair.

But why?

In a Canadian survey conducted by researcher Rosemary Ricciardelli, men identified hair as being the primary link between their youth and attractiveness. Ricciardelli observed how men with a full head of hair — even the ones who weren’t particularly otherwise attractive — go out of their way to bring attention to their hair when meeting someone new.

These full-haired men tended to be more relaxed and confident in demeanor when dealing with other individuals because they feel like they represent the standard for the ideal man.

Ricciardelli helped prove this theory by asking the participants to physically describe their ideal male figure. All of the participants described men who were clean-cut with a full head of hair. We’re unconsciously groomed (pun totally intended) and conditioned (ha!) to think that a healthy man has a full head of hair. But how does this psychologically affect the way men actually feel in their hair? Perhaps a full head of hair reassures them of their healthy biological standing. Maybe the loss of hair reminds men of their mortal vulnerability.

Even men with gray hair prefer the color change over balding.

Beards also matter, as facial hair is also a key part of men’s self-identification. In one study, men with facial hair were considered more aggressive than clean-shaven men. Both men and women found men with facial hair to be more masculine, with a higher social status, than men who were clean-shaven.

More interestingly, men who are bald tend to accentuate their facial hair as compensation for balding. With the double whammy of baldness and facial hair, a man’s masculine appeal could be through the roof. So, to continue on the topic of hair and beard health in men (and the former in women too) that I visited on my recent podcast with Dr. Cameron Chesnut, I decided to continue to explore the topic of hair optimization.

My first guest, Jay Campbell, who first joined me on the podcast "Is Metformin Really Dangerous, Little-Known Peptides For Muscle Gain & Fat Loss, Testosterone Replacement Therapy & Much More!" is a 4x international best selling author, men’s physique champion, co-founder of Aseir Custom and founder of the Jay Campbell Brand and Podcast.

He is also a a Champion Men’s Physique Competitor and the best selling author of the Testosterone Optimization Bible and of The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy Manual: How to Optimize Your Testosterone for Lifelong Health and Happiness. He also wrote a very popular article on my website entitled Testosterone Decoded, Shattering Testosterone Myths (& Everything You Need To Know About Testosterone Optimization Therapy).

As a global influencer on health optimization and raising human consciousness, Jay is no-nonsense, authentic, and fearless in his servant mission of leading humanity towards the Golden Age. Since returning from 12 days in The Sacred Valley of Peru, he's recently experienced a profound awareness of the importance of #RaisingTheVibration of humanity to reach planetary consciousness aka unconditional love. J

ay also introduced me to the company "Aseir", which he cofounded along with Nick Andrews (see below). Aseir makes a copper peptide GHK-CU and Carbon 60 (C60) (first explored in my epic podcast with Ian Mitchell you can get Aseir's Auxano for yourself with 15% discount code BEN15).

Also on this podcast is Jay's partner in crime Nick Andrews. As one of the world's top peptide product formulators, Nick draws from his 20+ years of expertise in the pharma world to develop industry leading peptide cosmeceuticals.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The history of how Aseir got started...07:10

-How CHK-Cu works...13:35

-How Carbon 60 aids in hair growth...20:40

-What roles testosterone and DHT play in hair loss...29:20

-The best way to use Auxano products for optimal results...46:20

-Other peptides or bio-regulators that might be useful...54:15

-The psychological link between having hair and perceived masculinity...57:15

-Additional products Jay and Nick recommend...59:40

-And much more...

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Nick, Jay or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hairgrowth and one of us will reply!

Jun 17, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter - 17 - Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
09:41

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.

Jun 13, 2021
How To Become A "Sheepdog," Grappling With Weapons, Making Yourself Harder To Kill, Are There Fringe Navy SEAL Smart Drugs & Much More With Tim Kennedy.
01:18:00

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My wife and I recently immersed ourselves in a three-day close quarter combat and firearm and personal defense training course called "Sheepdog-Response".

We experienced hours upon hours of grappling, close quarter combat, situational awareness, firearm training and much more.

We were feeling a bit sore and beat up at the end, but definitely more prepared for any “curveballs” life may throw at us. I think these types of skills, along with skills such as wilderness survival, plant foraging, hunting, etc. are really good ways to ensure that one is prepared for life in general.

I was so impressed with the course, that I decided to get the founder of Sheepdog, Tim Kennedy, on the podcast to talk about it, and much, much more.

If you haven't heard of Tim, then you definitely need to know about this guy.

Tim is a retired American mixed martial artist and current soldier.

A fighting professional from 2001 until 2016, he has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, the WEC, ShoMMA, HDNet Fights, and represented the Chicago Red Bears in the IFL.

Kennedy is one of the few fighters to simultaneously serve in the United States Army while also fighting professionally. He also is a television host, producer, and entrepreneur. Tim completed Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

In 2007, he completed Ranger School and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, where he served on an Operational Detachments Alpha. During this time he was also a sniper, sniper instructor, and the principal combatives instructor for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. Kennedy deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times.

In August 2009, Kennedy transitioned from active duty to the Texas Army National Guard's 19th Special Forces Group and served in the position of Special Forces Weapons Sergeant.

Among Kennedy's multiple awards are the Army's Bronze Star Medal with V device, which was awarded for valor under fire. He is now an active, Ranger qualified, Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other locations around the globe. He was host of the History Channel television series Hunting Hitler which explores alternative theories about Adolf Hitler's death.

He also hosted the show on Discovery Channel Hard to Kill, which he attempted to explore a day in the life of the world's most dangerous occupations. He produced the TV documentary Not a War Story in 2017 and helped co-produce Warriors in 2014, and also produced and hosted Iron Dragon TV. He’s made appearances on Deadliest Warrior and The Ultimate Soldier Challenge.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The inspiration behind Sheepdog Response training...12:40

-What to expect in the Sheepdog training course...23:35

-What a Sheepdog trained person might carry on them in public...28:45

-The importance of jiu jitsu in combat training...38:15-How real world experience makes Sheepdog training legit...43:55

-How Sheepdog Response vets attendees for the program...48:40

-Real life examples of Sheepdog attendees using their training...54:35

-Fringe smart drugs, supplements and secrets of the Sheepdog Response team...1:01:15

-The most dangerous and impressive occupation in filming "Hard To Kill"...1:07:10

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Refer a Friend

-Organifi Green Juice

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Butcher Box

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

Jun 12, 2021
How Long Can We Live?, The Knight's Templar Longevity Diet, How To Have Bigger Babies, How *Not* To Exercise, The Best Morning Meditation & Journaling Practice & Much More!
51:55

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I spend a lot of time talking to other people on my podcast... ...but I'm not going to do that today. Instead, today is going to be just me talking to you—a special episode that I affectionately call a solosode. Anyways, I spend most mornings sipping my morning beverage (whether that's coffee or tea or Lion's Mane), reviewing the latest research on topics such as longevity, caffeine, and exercise. This is because while I've written about nearly every health-related subject matter in the past, what we know is constantly evolving. Today is my chance to share a few of the latest goodies with you. So without further adieu, let's delve right in!

In this special solosode, you'll discover...

-What we can learn from supercentenarians...07:55

-The Knights Templar diet for longevity...13:40

-How to time caffeine intake for optimal oxidation and aerobic capacity...18:25

-Omega-3 supplementation in pregnancy for bigger babies and children...22:30

-Why HIIT is not the way to train...28:40

-The relationship between exercise and having a purpose statement...33:10

-Ben's morning journaling practice...35:35

-Ben's evening journaling practice...44:00

-Where to see Ben LIVE...48:05

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

 
 
 
 

Got questions for me regarding what I talked about in today's episode? Leave a comment at bengreenfieldfitness.com/junesolosode and I'll reply!

Jun 10, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 16 - How To Listen To Your Body
07:10

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.

Jun 06, 2021
Why You're Probably Mineral Deficient If You Eat A "Healthy" Diet, How Coffee & Ketosis Affect Your Mineral Status, Is Himalayan Salt Toxic, The Best Bottled Waters & More: The Mineral Fix With James DiNicolantonio.
01:03:28

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Micronutrient deficiencies are widespread across the globe in both developed and developing countries. These deficiencies pose a serious threat to long-term health and longevity. Deficiencies in key minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, increase the risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 people in the United States has at least 10 minerals in which they are deficient: potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, and boron.

The Mineral Fix: How to Optimize Your Mineral Intake for Energy, Longevity, Immunity, Sleep and More is a new book on this matter—a comprehensive guide about the role of essential minerals in the human diet. It includes information on all 17 of the essential minerals that humans need for proper physiological function and survival as well as the 5 possibly essential minerals that also have an important role in overall health.

The author of The Mineral Fix and my guest on this podcast, Dr. James DiNicolantonio, is a Doctor of Pharmacy and a cardiovascular research scientist. A well-respected and internationally known scientist and an expert on health and nutrition, Dr. DiNicolantonio has contributed extensively to health policy and has testified in front of the Canadian Senate regarding the harms of added sugars.

You can follow Dr. DiNicolantonio on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

You can also visit his website at drjamesdinic.com.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Why adding salt might be a good thing...09:23

-Why healthy people might be more mineral deficient...09:55

-Why glycine may help mitigate negative effects of damage...12:50

-Why Ben puts a teaspoon of salt in his coffee...15:45

-What makes the 17 essential minerals essential..21:00

-Mineral replenishment for adrenal fatigue and exercise recovery...23:35

-The importance of getting a full spectrum of essential minerals and sodium intake...27:05

-The best way to test for all 17 essential minerals...28:30

-Why drinking soft water might make you mineral deficient...33:05

-The top commercial mineral water products...38:00

-James' go-to salt brands...44:30

-Practical ways to fix mineral deficiencies...50:00

-Bicarbonates and electrolyte balance...55:20

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Colostrum 

-Organifi Red Juice

-Four Sigmatic

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

Jun 05, 2021
Q&A 429: The Best Anti-Aging Measurement, A Pre-Big-Meal Weight Loss Hack, Banana Peel Tea For Sleep, The Long Term Health Effects Of "The Pill" & Much More!
01:11:59

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News Flashes: Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

  • The best anti-aging measurement one could ever do, and it's not expensive...13:55
  • Exercise + sane amounts of calorie restriction definitely effective at reducing inflammation...19:50
  • Ladies...the PILL increases inflammation, FYI...26:45
  • Pretty surprising how much weight training can decrease muscle glycogen levels...good for low-carb dieters or folks trying to optimize performance (or control blood sugar) to know...38:15
  • Anybody out there try "banana peel tea" for sleep? Good results? ...44:50

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:

-Does Heat Affect Blood Glucose Levels...48:40

-Effects Of Long-Term Oral Contraceptive Use...53:00

-Best Tips For Joint Health, Recovery, And Injury Prevention...58:50

Links to all articles and resources mentioned are at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/429

Jun 03, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 15 - Bones Of Steel
43:35

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/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.

May 30, 2021
The Most Mind-Blowing Information On Heart Disease You'll Ever Hear: Understanding The Heart (Uncommon Insights Into Our Most Commonly Diseased Organ) - Part 2 With Stephen Hussey.
01:06:41

bengreenfieldfitness.com/understandingtheheart2

As I've mentioned several times before on podcasts this year, I recently read what I consider to be the best book I've ever read on cardiovascular health.

Before this point, my top book recommendation would probably have been. Dr. Thomas Cowan's Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, ideally paired with a listen to my own big show on all the different ways to test, analyze and medically quantify your heart health, which you can listen to in the episode titled "The Best Way To Test How Healthy Your Heart Is: Ben Greenfield Undergoes A Complete Advanced Cardiac Evaluation & Reports The Surprising Results!". Anyways, this newest book is called Understanding the Heart: Uncommon Insights into Our Most Commonly Diseased Organ.

The author, Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner. He attained both his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR.

He is a health coach, speaker, and the author of two books on health; The Health Evolution: Why Understanding Evolution is the Key to Vibrant Health and of course now, Understanding the Heart: Uncommon Insights into Our Most Commonly Diseased Organ.

Dr. Hussey guides clients from around the world back to health by using ancestral wisdom and the latest research. In his down time he likes to be outdoors, playing sports, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife and their pets. During our show, you'll learn the fascinating history of heart disease, why the naked mole rat is important in understanding heart health, where water, infrared light, aspirin, ketones, magnesium oubain and other little-known heart health "hacks" fit in, and a BIG surprise towards the end of this two part podcast series.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why the heart gets the cream of the crop when it comes to our fat...07:40

-What is a lean mass hyper-responder...13:25

-How statins work and issues with CoQ10...19:30

-Why Aspirin may be a bad idea...29:35

-Ouabain and Strophanthis...33:10

-How chiropractic therapy can improve heart health...37:25

-Best practices for maintaining a healthy heart...44:30

-Why Stephen refers to Western medicine as "two-faced medicine"...46:35

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

-Paleo Valley Organ Complex

-Kion Memorial Day Sale

-Butcher Box

-Chili Technologies

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Stephen Hussey or me? Leave your comments at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/understandingtheheart2 and one of us will reply!

May 29, 2021
The Most Mind-Blowing Information On Heart Disease You'll Ever Hear - Understanding The Heart (Uncommon Insights Into Our Most Commonly Diseased Organ) - Part 1 With Stephen Hussey.
01:14:37

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/understandingtheheart

As I've mentioned several times before on podcasts this year, I recently read what I consider to be the best book I've ever read on cardiovascular health.

Before this point, my top book recommendation would probably have been Dr. Thomas Cowan's Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, ideally paired with a listen to my own big show on all the different ways to test, analyze and medically quantify your heart health, which you can listen to in the episode titled "The Best Way To Test How Healthy Your Heart Is: Ben Greenfield Undergoes A Complete Advanced Cardiac Evaluation & Reports The Surprising Results!".

Anyways, this newest book is called Understanding the Heart: Uncommon Insights into Our Most Commonly Diseased Organ.

The author, Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner. He attained both his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR.

He is a health coach, speaker, and the author of two books on health; The Health Evolution: Why Understanding Evolution is the Key to Vibrant Health, and of course now, Understanding the Heart: Uncommon Insights into Our Most Commonly Diseased Organ.

Dr. Hussey guides clients from around the world back to health by using ancestral wisdom and the latest research. In his down time he likes to be outdoors, playing sports, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife and their pets. During our show, you'll learn the fascinating history of heart disease, why the naked mole rat is important in understanding heart health, where water, infrared light, aspirin, ketones, magnesium oubain and other little-known heart health "hacks" fit in, and a BIG surprise towards the end of this two part podcast series.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Stephen's morning heart routine...07:50

-The first ever recorded incidences of heart disease...09:50

-What the naked mole rat can teach us about heart health...15:20

-How an imbalanced vagus nerve can impact the fuel of the heart...25:10

-The role of ketones in people with heart failure...37:00

-Structured water and what role it plays in our bodies...42:15

-How to enhance the efficacy of structured water in your body...53:30

-Why it's incorrect to think of the heart as a pump...57:30

-Heart failure summarized...1:05:45

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Memorial Day Sale

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Organifi Green Juice

-Ra Optics

-Levels Health

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

May 27, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 14 - My Father's World
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.

May 23, 2021
How Musicians Stay Fit, Why Meditation Is Crucial, Should You Try To Live Forever, Shroomies & More With Mike D Of The Beastie Boys.
01:16:42

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Michael Louis Diamond, better known as Mike D, is an American rapper and founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. As part of the Beastie Boys, Diamond rapped, sung, and played drums. In 1979, Mike D co-founded the band The Young Aborigines. In 1981, Adam Yauch, aka MCA, a friend and follower of the band, became their bass player, and on the suggestion of their then-guitar player, John Berry, the band changed their name to the Beastie Boys. By 1983, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) joined, and the Beastie Boys sound began to shift away from punk to hip hop. A friend of theirs, and former podcast guest of mine, New York University student Rick Rubin (aka “DJ Double R”) - who first introduced me to Mike D - was an early turntablist for the Beastie Boys before becoming a world-renowned record producer and label mogul.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Ben and Mike talk about how music relates to health...06:30

-Mike's first experience with the 5 Tibetan Rites...14:20

-How Mike dealt with the physically demanding nature of performance and touring...19:10

-How the discovery of yoga led Mike a new consciousness of health...33:00

-Ben and Mike's discussion on healthy habits during family time ...40:15

-How Mike's meditation practice has evolved and what it looks like now...42:35

-Mike's morning routine...46:45

-Mike quizzes Ben on the best adaptogenic mushrooms...52:20

-Mike's pet-peeve about anti-aging...53:30

-Why having children may result in less of an 'anti-aging obsession'...58:20

-The "non-negotiables" for Mike's spiritual and physical health...1:03:55

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Kion Flex

-Chili Technologies

-Powerdot

-Ra Optics

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

May 22, 2021
How A 9 Year Old Created A 20 Year Plan To Play In The NFL, How To Move So People Can't Take Their Eyes Off You, Parenting Tips For Raising Impactful Children & More With Bo Eason.
01:04:31

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Speaker, performer, author and my guest on today's show, Bo Eason, started his career in the NFL, as a top pick for the Houston Oilers and continuing on with the San Francisco 49ers. During his 5-year career, Bo competed beside and against some of the greatest players of his generation.

In 2001, Bo wrote and performed his one-man play, Runt of the Litter, which opened in New York to rave reviews. The New York Times called it “One of the most powerful plays in the last decade.” Bo toured with the play in over 50 cities and it is now being adapted as a major motion picture. In his quest for excellence on the stage, Bo trained with some of the world’s most brilliant performance and movement coaches, Larry Moss and Jean-Louis Rodrigue.

Bo now draws from their techniques and wisdom to coach others to be excellent presenters and storytellers. Bo is dedicated to helping others tap the power of their personal story and become effective, persuasive communicators. He delivered his keynotes and workshops to groups such as Protective Life Insurance, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Morgan Stanley, and Young Presidents Association.

Bo has also appeared as a guest on shows like Bill Maher, Fox Sports Net, ESPN, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and CNN. Bo got the opportunity to share his life experiences and inspirational lessons with the world! Bo wrote There’s No Plan B For Your A-Game because he truly believes that anyone has the ability to be great.

His book uses inspiring, practical, and real-world guidance, coupled with absolute accountability to teach anyone how to be the best in the world at what they do: the best leader, the best business owner, the best athlete, the best artist, the best partner, the best parent. Recently, I spoke at one of Bo's events, and also had a chance to drop by his house for an intriguing and inspiring podcast.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Bo's "Best"program stemmed from his upbringing...06:00

-How Bo improved his speed ...16:30

-How Bo's unique movements influence his stage presence...19:40

-The one key element in making Bo's play so successful...25:30

-Why the FBI and CIA needed Jean-Louis's training...32:10

-Why the way we walk into a room matters...40:55

-How Bo uses storytelling, voice timbre, tone and inflection to capture audiences...44:40

-The bridge between the hero's journey and great stories...51:00

-What Bo does to influence his children to go after their dreams...55:30

-And much more...

Resources from this episode:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Flex

-Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

-Thrive Market

-Beekeeper's Naturals

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

May 20, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 13 - Breathtaking
16:52

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.

May 16, 2021
Cookie Farts, Sex For Exercise, New Biohacks, Pre-Workout Stacks, Morning Vs. Evening Workouts, Calorie Counting & More With Max Lugavere & Crosby Tailor.
01:27:11

BenGreenfieldFitness.com/threeway

 On a recent trip to LA, I had a chance to sit down with my friends Max Lugavere and Crosby Tailor for an absolute geekfest jam packed with our top of tools, tactics, tips and nutrition/training/life/spiritual/relationship "hacks" of late, recorded as sort of a roundtable, each of us going one at a time, with plenty o' "rabbit holing" as we talk through all of our latest self-optimization strategies.

So who are these guys?

Crosby Tailor is a represented fashion model and graduated college football athlete turned biohacker and sugar-free dessert chef. Crosby believes that everyone is different, and therefore, not just one diet or lifestyle will work for the majority. Crosby has tried every diet fad from going vegan, the body ecology diet, hardcore paleo, the alkaline diet, as well as super high fat ketogenic, and never felt completely balanced or satisfied, but there were things he absolutely loved from each lifestyle.

So he decided to take bits of information that upgraded his life, from each of his favorite wellness mentors like Dave Asprey, Mark Sisson, David Wolfe, Charles Poliquin, Dr. Axe, Dr. Adamo, among many more, and specifically “Tailor” his lifestyle with what resonated best to increase his overall vibration and quality of living. He realized that nothing will ever be perfect, and that its about playing the best hand possible from the cards we were given, accepting what is, and celebrating how different we all really are.

This would have never been possible if he didn’t learn to intuit what he needed, explore the proper research, and embark upon a trial and error period of learning what worked for him and what didn’t, in order to further the positive development of his mind, body, and soul. Crosby is not a doctor, nor is he here to make certain health claims, but instead share information that he has gathered over time, that might help you make your own best decisions for self improvement.

Crosby is also the creator behind Crosby’s Cookies, “Eat Dessert Burn Fat,” a sugar, gluten, and grain free dessert company born from a labor of love. He hacked the dessert world and has come up with hundreds of recipes from cookies, cupcakes, donuts, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, ice creams, and chocolates! Every recipe is boosted with superfoods and beneficial ingredients that serve a purpose for your health. Crosby hopes to take you back to the inherent pleasures that abounded before refined sugar took over.

Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and the author of the New York Times best-seller Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, published in 8 languages around the globe. 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. From 2005-2011, Lugavere was a journalist for Al Gore’s Current TV.

He lives in New York City and Los Angeles. I have also podcasted with Max in the past on the following episodes:

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why farting in public has been unfairly stigmatized...05:30

-How Omega 3s affect gut health...14:45

-Nutrition Habits that Max, Crosby and Ben implement daily...18:40

-How to identify calorie dense vs. calorie sparse foods...32:00

-Why sex is the best exercise...39:05

-Peptides that Ben, Max and Crosby use...42:15

-Go-to technology biohacks...44:35

-Technology Devices that stimulate different brainwave states...55:35

-How they nurture the communities in their home towns during COVID...1:06:15

-How panic porn degrades the immune system...1:12:45

-Healthy and unhealthy ways to unpack our baggage...1:15:30

-And much more...

Episode sponsors:

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Organifi Gold

Four Sigmatic

Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

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

May 15, 2021
Biotransformation, Why Your Body Is A Giant “Excretion Machine”, The Danger Of Wearables, Air, Water, Light, Sound & EMF Optimization & Much More With Dr. Anthony Beck.
01:13:18

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Dr. Anthony Beck, who first appeared on my show in the podcast entitled "The Danger Of ‘Shrooms, Eating & Supplementing “Seasonally”, Whether Lectins Are Really Bad For You & Much More With Dr. Anthony G. Beck!", is an author, speaker, and leader in the medical world with over 20 years experience in the areas of Functional Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Orthomolecular Medicine, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sports Medicine, and Exercise Physiology.

He maintains four national medical board certifications, is the Medical Director for Task Force Dagger Foundation (which provides benevolent health care for U.S. military special forces operators and their families), is the founder and chief medical officer for Balance Protocol Institute, is the founder and CEO of Helion Nutraceuticals, and is also the CEO of Hydration Solutions Inc. 

As a physician who has practiced Functional Medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Anthony G. Beck doesn’t merely manage diseases—he helps people resolve them. With extensive education in many clinical disciplines such as Functional Medicine, clinical nutrition, systems biology, epigenetics, and nutrigenomics, he takes a dynamic approach to assessing, educating, and working with his patients to achieve their highest levels of well-being.

Even more importantly, Dr. Beck looks to educate and empower patients to demand a higher level of care from their health care providers. Dr. Beck’s methods involve an array of aspects including a healthful lifestyle design, individualized nutrition, hormone balancing, resolving immune dysfunction and hidden infectious diseases, extensive laboratory and functional testing, detoxification, and preventative medicine.

In this podcast, we discuss Dr. Beck's unique Balance Prime approach to health and medicine, include his top tips for optimizing your air, light, water, sound, EMF, food and much more!

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Cancel culture hits home...07:30

-Anthony's old-school learning process vs. Dr. Google...11:35

-About the Balance Protocol Method...15:05

-Biotransformation 101...18:55

-How the body is "one giant excretion machine"...26:50

-The oil which lubes the machine that is Dr. Anthony Beck...35:05

-Anthony's water filtration set up...44:45

- Why you may want to avoid wearing some of the more popular wearables on the market...50:35

- How Anthony uses sound to tune and tone his body...54:10

- Why Anthony isn't completely sold on the concept of BioGeometry...1:00:00

- Mineral and electrolyte imbalances addressed...1:04:40

- Anthony's Balance Protocol Program break down...1:08:00

-And much more!

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Anthony Beck or me? Leave your comments at bengreenfieldfitness.com/primepodcast and one of us will reply!

May 13, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 12 - Prayer
33:59

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/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.

May 09, 2021
Why The Way You Think About Time Might Be Wrong, Hacking Your Subconscious, The Perfect Morning Energy Routine & More: Reality Revolution With Brian Scott
01:16:14

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I recently read a book called The Reality Revolution: The Mind-Blowing Movement to Hack Your Reality.

It was really good.

Specifically, it did a great job "mashing up" in one title a ton of the energy flow and body enhancement routines, subconscious reprogramming, meditation and visualization tactics and much more in a very practical and easy to understand way, written and explained by someone who has obviously done this stuff for a long time.

The author's name is Brian Scott, and he's my guest on today's podcast.

Brian is an author, motivational speaker, thought leader, life coach, transformation coach, influencer, podcast host for the reality revolution podcast and the laptop lifestyle podcast, and he is also an artist.

He has studied and worked on consciousness expansion for over 20 years. His primary goal is to find that spark to and unleash your greatest potential.

Brian helps people overcome obstacles, unlock abundance, improve their health and improve their relationships. He incorporates basic to advanced strategies and technologies such as meditation, hypnosis, qi gong, reality transurfing, sensory deprivation, virtual reality, mind tech, quantum jumping, reality shifting, yoga, energy psychology, luck coaching, NLP, Silva Mind Control, and biohacking. After walking away unscathed from a near-fatal shooting in his home, Brian began a fanatical search for answers.

He deepened his research into parallel realities, quantum mechanics, and consciousness to uncover what happened in his close call with death.

Along the way, he developed a series of techniques capable of creating profound transformations.

In The Reality Revolution: The Mind-Blowing Movement to Hack Your Reality, Brian introduces you to the techniques that have helped his clients find lasting love, create wealth, and revitalize health.

You’ll learn how to surf through parallel realities and unlock the power of your mind through a mix of researched and science-backed techniques like qi gong, meditation, quantum jumping, energy work, and reality transsurfing. If you’re ready to create an incredible reality for yourself, this book shows you the way, and we have a great discussion about it on today's show.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Brian's name change created an identity transformation...09:45

-How a near death experience led Brian toward his journey...12:11

-The big mistake people make about time...18:20

-Is intuition your future self talking back to you?...27:20

-Why slackers always get lucky...30:00

-Using anchoring to change your reality...38:50

-EcoMeditation...43:50

-Brian's energy flow manipulation routine...46:00

-The 5 Tibetan Rites...49:25

-Intention setting and your Reticular Activating System...1:00:00

-Brian's downloadable meditations...1:06:45

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook

-Kion Lean

-Paleo Valley Organ Complex

-Water and Wellness

-Seed Daily Synbiotic

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

May 08, 2021
The Renegade Breathing Mastermind Behind The Crazy Holotropic Breathing Protocol I Do In My Sauna (& Biohacking Breathwork, Best Foods For Breathhold Time, Dangers Of Wim Hof & Much More!).
01:22:04

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I met my friend Niraj Naik (the same guy who invented the crazy holotropic-style breathwork protocol I do in my sauna) inside a sauna in Estonia, Finland, where he led me and one of my buddies through an "omming" breathwork protocol, and I've been hooked on him as my "go to guy" for breath work ever since.

He joined me first on the podcast "The Renegade Pharmacist: How To Increase The Effects Of Psilocybin, The Secrets Of Colostrum, Fixing Constipation With Breathwork & More" and also invented the breath work routine that I took my boys and I through and detail in the article "How To Blast You (And Your Child's!) Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Resilience Through The Roof With Breathwork". He also recently designed an extraordinary 8 day breath work course called "SOMABreathFit" that my boys and I also just did - a course that combines fitness, sleep protocols, meditation protocols and much more in a simple-to-implement, done-for-you short daily program. 

Niraj comes from a background of working long hours for several years as a community pharmacist. Becoming a certified “legal drug dealer” at the ripe age of 24, he got to witness first-hand, many clients going home with shopping bags full of drugs each month, rarely getting better and usually going on to suffer from other diseases.

He also learned of the debilitating side effects of the prescription medications which drove many of the patients to have to take more and more drugs to ease the side effects. Curious to find ways to improve his own health, he attended several health seminars and discovered an in-depth approach on how to reach optimum health and vitality by understanding the true origin of disease and how to prevent it.

After experiencing great benefits with his own health, Niraj was motivated to devise a scheme to see if he could also help his suffering patients. He incorporates a lifestyle plan called his "healthy shopping lists" that includes simple food swaps, tools and websites to support their specific conditions.

Within two weeks he received testimonials from patients who were starting to get better and within a few months some being able to lower their dosages or completely come off their medications. After an arduous battle trying to get his novel approach accepted into the mainstream that resulted in a lot of stress and disillusionment, in 2010 he was diagnosed with a stress-related illness, ulcerative colitis, that left him housebound for over 10 months.

He was told by doctors and nurses there existed no cure and he would need to be on medication for the rest of his life. Like his patients, Niraj suffered from side effects of his medication to the point he felt completely hopeless and even suicidal. He was then left with a choice that would be a major turning point in his life. Test out a new drug or have his colon removed. He decided to choose option 3, a path not yet known by conventional medicine. So began his search to learn from people who had great success with either curing themselves or others from chronic illness.

He learned a combination of natural treatments including Ayurvedic practices and dietary recommendations from Paleo and Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). He studied healing methods through meditation, yoga and mind power techniques like self-hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He even discovered the powerful techniques of sound and music therapy as tools for reducing stress and promoting self-healing. Niraj finally broke free from the burdens of his illness, without medication. The experience of illness has allowed him to completely re

invent his life and discover a new passion for helping others to do the same. His specialty is helping people recover, prevent or reduce the dependency for longterm medication for the metabolic diseases of diabetes, heart disease and obesity as well as autoimmune disease where stress is an underlining factor in the cause.

Niraj is now a professional musician, holistic health expert and entrepreneur. He runs several successful websites that help others who suffer from stress-related, chronic diseases through his self-composed, captivating meditation music and online courses.

Niraj has composed music for healing centers, spas and therapists worldwide.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Niraj's personal history and what makes his programs unique...06:50

-What mainstream yoga practices get wrong...21:45

-How CO2 has been thrown under the bus...33:15

-Where Wim Hof gets it wrong...36:10

-Breath work combined w/ hyperbaric treatment?...45:45

-Combining modern science w/ ancient wisdom when it comes to breath work...50:35

-Why humming is an important part of Niraj's training...55:30

-The importance of the control pause tactic...59:55

-What happens at Niraj's live clinics...1:04:05

-How diet affects your breath...1:12:45

-And much more!

-Episode Sponsors

Kion Lean

JOOVV

Thrive Market

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Niraj or me? Leave your comments at bengreenfieldfitness.com/niraj2 and one of us will reply!

May 06, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 11 - How to Read the Most Important Book in the World
23:09

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.

May 02, 2021
Q&A 428: Sex Before Exercise, Heavy Vs. Light Water, Jack Kruse's Leptin & Vitamin D Protocols, How To Lower Blood Glucose, Exercising With A Pacemaker & Much More!
01:13:29

 

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Is Jack Kruse a quack?...37:15

Chris asks: What are your thoughts on Dr. Jack Kruse's comments on Vitamin D protocols, or leptin protocols?

The craziest bio hack Ben has done that didn't work...45:35

Q: Bryce asks: What are your thoughts around insulin synthesizing using 8-hydroxy-dihydroberberine?

  • Bonus question: What is the craziest bio hack you've done that didn't work
 

BFR training combined w/ HMB...53:17

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Pacemaker Hacks and HRV measurements... 1:04:15

Q: Bob asks:  If you had a pacemaker what hacks could you do? and would a pacemaker throw off HRV measurements? 

May 01, 2021
Anti-Aging, Hair Growth, Gray Hair, Baldness, Beauty Myths & Beauty Truths, Dermarolling vs. Microneedling, Scars & Stretch Marks, Testosterone, DHT & Much More With Dr. Cameron Chesnut.
01:21:49

bengreenfieldfitness.com/cameron

I get a ton of questions about hair growth, grey hair, male and female pattern baldness (alopecia), skin beauty treatments, scar and stretch mark fixes, beauty "biohacks," and beyond.

So I figured it was high time to get an expert on the show to unpack all of this. His name is Dr. Cameron Chesnut.

Dr. Chesnut and I have quite a history. We've known each other since way back in our Ironman triathlon competition days, grew up in the same general region of Northern Idaho/Eastern Washington, and have recently reconnected as brothers with similar interests in fitness, health, nutrition, spirituality, biohacking, beauty, and beyond.

Dr. Chesnut recently opened a brand spankin' new biohacking facility in Spokane, WA called "ÔPTIM," which is a fully comprehensive health optimization practice, combining a revolutionary blend of functional medicine and regenerative modalities in a way that offers you unparalleled wellness.

Recently at a dinner, Dr. Chesnut was enlightening me on common myths and tips regarding hair growth (based on my recent project of growing out my hair, and potentially, magically sprouting a beard), and also showing me all the other cool toys they have at Optim, such as hormone optimization, cryotherapy, laser, and other photobiomodulation treatments, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treaments, hyperbaric oxygen, IV's stem cells, and beyond—so I figured we could geek out on a podcast.

So who is he, exactly?

Dr. Chesnut is recognized worldwide as a key opinion leader and innovator in both minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. He was fellowship-trained in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, laser surgery, and Mohs micrographic surgery at UCLA, training in the most demanding cosmetic and surgical environments of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Los Angeles.

His fellowship at UCLA featured a rigorous, full integration of plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, and dermatologic surgery. Through this one-of-a-kind integration, Dr. Chesnut is a well-rounded and cross-pollinated surgeon.

He has an unparalleled foundation in skin cancer treatment, plastic reconstruction, and cosmetic surgery, as well as laser and aesthetic dermatology. Dr. Chesnut is an international expert on both the art and science of facial aging, utilizing an approach that relies not just on surgery but addresses all aspects of aging.

He loves to utilize this knowledge and skill of cosmetic surgery to improve the results of his skin cancer patients during their plastic reconstructions.

A leader in the fields of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Chesnut is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning speaker and has been invited by his peers to present throughout the world on numerous cosmetic and reconstructive topics. He is a regular contributor to the surgical literature, continues to author numerous book chapters, and has been recognized for his research and innovation in cosmetic surgery, lasers, and noninvasive treatments.

A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Dr. Chesnut has returned home to the Inland Northwest. He graduated with Honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his dermatology residency at UCLA where he was selected as the Chief Resident and subsequently was selected for the integrated Procedural Dermatology Fellowship, also at UCLA.

Outside of surgery, Dr. Chesnut enjoys active time with his wife, Aubree, and his children Torin, Tatum, and Callum. He is an avid surfer, passionate skier, loves beach volleyball, tennis, and playing on the river.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-The fringe micro-needling treatment Cameron did on Ben before their recording...4:30

- What to expect after Cameron's PRP treatment...9:25

- Cameron's background...13:25

- All the cool gadgets inside Cameron's ÔPTIM Clinic...18:25

- Pros and cons of derma-rolling...21:20

-  Supplements demystified...33:15

- Iron and copper contributing to grey hair...41:30

- If butter on the scalp can bring back hair...53:00

- How exosomes enhances the effects of hair growth...1:00:50

- How do hair transplants work?...1:03:50

- How Cameron treats scars and stretch marks...1:06:15

- How much therapy is too much...1:13:00

-And much more!

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Apr 29, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 10 - The 4 Spiritual Disciplines I Practice (&Why)
35:28

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 25, 2021
The Perfect 11-Minute Morning Routine: How To Make Your Day Better By Using Ancient Ayurvedic Principles To Optimize Your Morning Routine.
01:33:16

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It's no secret that I weave into my personal health protocol many "ancient" tactics I've borrowed from the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine and also Ayurveda, including...

...tooth and oral care via coconut oil pulling and tongue scraping...

...Tai Chi and Qi Gong-esque morning exercises...

...acupuncture, acupressure, and tapping...

...digestive organ massage...

...dry skin brushing...

...cooking and blending with ghee...

...and much more...

I find Ayurveda particularly intriguing.

After all, these days, time is scarce and precious in today’s world and we seek solutions that are quick. While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, the ancient study of Ayurveda provides us with holistic knowledge for preventing disease and eliminating its root cause.

For the past 21 years, my guest on today's podcast and author of the excellent book Everyday Ayurveda: Daily Habits That Can Change Your Life in a Day, Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH, MD, Ph.D., DABHM, FABPM, HHC, CAP, has been practicing holistic family medicine emphasizing Ayurveda and teaching best clinical practices and educational techniques for learning Integrative Medicine.

She currently works between her private consultation medical practice in Manhattan and her deeper study of indigenous medicines around the world, when she consults with patients via phone/video conference.

She has recently completed a Ph.D. in Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the ancient city of Varanasi in India. As the first U.S. Fulbright Scholar sponsored jointly in 2013-2014 by the U.S. Department of State and the Government of India to research and teach Ayurvedic medicine, Dr. Bhattacharya continued research in the clinical and physicochemical bases of bhasmas, which are herbometallic compounds that often work quickly and cleanly to rebalance the body from "incurable" diseases.

For her Ph.D. thesis 2014-2018, she studied how plants work medicinally, from soil to stomach to cell. Specializing in The Patient, Dr. Bhattacharya actively incorporates traditional and indigenous medical systems into her clinical practice of holistic family medicine, using modern science only where it actually works for real patients.

The goal is not a clinical trial; it is to help each patient improve his/her quality of life, health, and well-being. She defines, refines, and practices medicine on a holistic and truly integrative path. She provides holistic medical care for the underserved as well as for insured patients.

Modalities that Dr. Bhattacharya uses include herbs, nutrition, yoga, breathwork (pranayama), exercise counseling, energy work, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, and aromatherapy, with a strong underpinning of Ayurveda, as well as the use of biomedical drugs and procedures as needed.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Bhaswati's childhood development as an ayurvedic practitioner...7:30

-How phases of the moon affect the quality of ghee while it's being made...13:45

-How the day is split up according to Ayurvedic principles...21:30

-Bhaswati's morning routine ...36:15

    1. Rise an hour before dawn
    2. Lie still and listen to your belly
      • Your belly conveys how it's doing (your second brainyour guttalks to your first brain)
      • The gut tells you what it wants (if you are hungry) and any other information (gut instinct)
    3. Bend fully down and touch the ground with your hands; say a prayer before stepping on the earth
      • When you twist your body you twist your gut; waking it up
    4. Sit up, take a small sip of water from your right palm and swallow
      • Gives information from your mouth's microbiome to your body (do this only when you are healthy)
      • Things growing in your mouth signals the body to produce natural antibodies as well as hormones
    5. Head to the toilet
    6. Wash your hands, wash your face with cold water, a little bit of water into each nostril and expel
    7. Swish some water in your mouth
    8. Clean your teeth
      • Use a small Nim tree branch (4 inches long), chew on it, brush teeth with it, spit the bitter juice, rinse your mouth with water
    9. Tongue scraping
    10. Swish your mouth with sesame oil; very good for lubricating the nerves
      • Put some oil on your fingers, swipe on the insides of your cheek, gums, and put some hot water in the mouth
    11. Fill the 5 senses with beauty, good things, light a candle, light incense, touch something soft, tulsi plant
    12. Look in the mirror, present yourself for the day; head to the kitchen to sip your first beverage

-Problems with the way processed food is produced...49:20

-The 5 oils that are compatible with Ayurvedic practice...57:35

-Practical uses of Ayurveda in everyday life...1:05:45

-The best oil to use in rinsing out your mouth...1:16:40

-How neglect of our senses will deleteriously affect our lives...1:22:15

-And much more!

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Apr 24, 2021
Q&A 427: Blue Steak, Dirty Carpet, Growing Your Brain With Food Deprivation, Using HRV To Choose The Best Exercises, Natural Ways To Increase DHEA & Much More!
01:14:57

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Apr 22, 2021
Fit Soul Chapter 9 - You're Not the Hero
43:22

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 18, 2021
My New #1 Hack For Zapping Inflammation, Increasing Deep Sleep & Recovering Faster - Earthing (The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?)
01:16:52

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I recently read the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! (and my twin boys also watched the accompanying documentary "THE EARTHING MOVIE").

Although I already knew about the importance of having an intimate connection with the planet we live upon, this book blew my mind when it comes to identifying one of the best solutions for chronic inflammation, better sleep, enhanced deep sleep, and much more.

Since reading it, I've been traveling everywhere with my grounding sleeping mat, wearing my Earth runners every day, and my boys have barely even touched their shoes. In the book, author Clint Ober introduces the planet's powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it.

This never-before-told story—filled with fascinating research and real-life testimonials—chronicles a discovery with the potential to create a global health revolution.

So obviously, I had to get Clint on the show!

Clint Ober is the innovator behind the Grounding Movement & CEO of Earth FX Inc., a research and development company located in Palm Springs, California. A series of seemingly unrelated synchronistic events dating back to his early childhood led to a groundbreaking discovery that’s being recognized as the greatest health discovery of all time.

Grounding has now become a massive international movement—causing people to shed their shoes and reconnect electrically to the surface of the Earth. Clint first learned about grounding when installing cable TV systems in Billings, Montana in the early 1960s.

A decade later, he formed Telecrafter Corporation and built it into the largest provider of cable installation services in the United States. This company specialized in the proper grounding of cable installations for safety and TV signal stability.

In the 1980s, he turned his attention to the developing computer industry and partnered with McGraw-Hill to distribute live digital news services, via cable, to PCs. This led to the development of the first cable modem and an increased awareness of the need for proper system grounding.

Following a health challenge in 1995, Clint retired and embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life. During his travels, he noticed people wearing plastic and rubber-soled shoes that insulate the body from Earth. He wondered if no longer being naturally grounded could affect us. The question led to an experiment that suggested grounding alone reduced chronic pain and improved sleep.

Thereafter, he developed a working hypothesis: Grounding the human body to the Earth normalizes the functioning of all of the body’s systems ​—​ the body utilizes the earth’s electrical potential and free electrons to maintain its internal electrical stability, normalizing all of its self-regulating and self-healing systems.

Over the past twenty years, he has supported over 20 research studies* that collectively demonstrate that grounding reduces inflammation and promotes normal functioning of all body systems.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Clint became interested in the concept of earthing...7:45

-How a busload of Japanese tourists gave Clint his big idea regarding grounding...17:12

-The early days of Clint's clinical research on grounding the body with the Earth...23:23

-What is going on in the body when a person is grounded with the Earth...33:25

-The mechanism of action for grounding to the earth...43:30

-What our ancestors understood about earthing and grounding...48:15

-The best surface when it comes to conductivity between the Earth and the body...50:20

-Best shoes to wear to properly ground with the earth...53:35

-The length of time required for a person to become properly grounded with the Earth...57:15

-How to know whether or not your home is grounded with the Earth...1:02:15

-Whether all grounding mats created equal...1:04:05

-The grounding patches that are an athlete's best friend...1:08:00

-And much more...

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Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Clint or I? Leave them at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/earthingpodcast and one of us will reply!

Apr 17, 2021
The Shocking Truth About High-Dose Melatonin, Does Melatonin Supplementation Shut Down Your Own Production, How To Use Melatonin To Enhance Fasting & Much More With Dr. John Lieurance.
01:08:39

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The brilliant, slightly crazy, fringe Dr. John Lieurance is back! You may have originally heard him in the highly popular episode "The Crazy Future Of Medical Biohacking: Skull Resets, Suppositories, Nasal Sprays, Nebulizers, Sound Therapy & More With Dr. John Lieurance.", in which we delved into everything from Amazonian herbal hape nasal spray to nebulizing glutathione to NAD suppositories and a whole lot more.

Today's episode promises to be just as riveting, but is focused around one molecule in particular that John has been intensively studying and is now releasing a groundbreaking book about: melatonin. We'll answer questions about and also take a deep dive into the science behind melatonin topics such as:

Should you take melatonin?

How much is too much?

Does it lower your own endogenous production?

What delivery mechanism of melatonin is best?

Is melatonin good for anything besides sleep?

Should anyone not take melatonin?

Can you "reset" your circadian rhythm with high dose melatonin?

Dr. John Lieurance is a naturopathic physician, chiropractic neurologist, and all-around expert in medical biohacking who has been in private practice in Florida for 25 years. He is the chief scientific advisor of Glutagenic™ and Advanced Biome Corp™ and heads up Advanced Rejuvenation, a multi-disciplinary clinic with a focus on treating chronic diseases, regenerative medicine, functional neurology, functional medicine, and stem cell research.

Dr. Lieurance has spent most of his career focused on finding solutions for hearing loss, balance disorders, tinnitus, degenerative neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's, autoimmune disease, chronic Lyme, CIRS, and mold illness and has suffered from chronic Lyme and mold illness himself for many years. From his treatments, he has seen the same success and ability to recover and regain a normal life—free from the chronic inflammation and pain associated with those disorders—in himself as well as in his patients.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The godfather of ozone research and medicine gets John keen on melatonin...7:30

-Melatonin the "hormone of darkness"...12:45

-How melatonin supplementation affects endogenous melatonin production...18:40

-Why melatonin may not be effective for regulating sleep unless taken in large doses...25:30

-Effects of melatonin on the mitochondria...34:00

-The effects of melatonin on cardiovascular and/or heart disease...38:15

-The impact of melatonin on the immune system, particular killer cells...42:55

-How to hack the circadian rhythm taking high doses of melatonin...48:15

-Anti-aging uses of melatonin...50:10

-Other compounds that stack well with melatonin...52:45

-Ben's plant medicine cleanse protocol...1:00:30

And much more!

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Apr 16, 2021
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!

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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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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

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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:

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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

 

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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!

Resources from this episode:

- Dr. Leland Stillman:

- Podcasts And Articles:

- Books:

- Gear and Supplements:

- Other Resources:

Episode sponsors:

-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 today.

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

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:

Episode sponsors:

-The Boundless Cookbook: Coming soon! 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!”

-Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 20% discount off your entire order when you use discount code BGF20.

-Joovv: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. For a limited time, Joovv wants to hook you up with an exclusive discount on your first order. Just apply code BEN to your qualifying order. 

-Lucy Nicotine Gum: If you are looking for a cleaner and tastier alternative to other nicotine products, then this product is for you. The gum comes in three flavors - Wintergreen, Cinnamon, and Pomegranate - and the lozenges in cherry ice. To save 20% on any order, just use discount code BEN20.

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

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:

Episode sponsors:

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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

bengreenfieldfitness.com/anton

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:

Episode sponsors:

-Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants, and health. BGF listeners save 20% off your first order with code BGF20.

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-Kin Euphorics: Kin Euphorics are stacked with the good stuff and none of the bad: think adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, that help curb stress in the moment and over time. As well as nootropics that support cognitive function i.e. clarity, memory, creativity.

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

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

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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

 

  •  

 

-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

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

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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!


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- 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

News Flashes – Follow Ben on Twitter for more…

  • This study found that a combination of colostrum and probiotics is more effective in preventing flu than vaccination! [06:25]
    • And this study found colostrum alone at least 3 times more effective than vaccination to prevent flu and is very cost-effective [08:54]
  • 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.
01:31:05

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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

 

 

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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:

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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!

Resources from this episode:

-OmegaQuant

-Kion Omega (use code BGF20 to save 20%)

-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

 

 

 

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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

  •  

 

-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

  •  

 

 

 

-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

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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

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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: Revea