The Human Upgrade with Dave Asprey—formerly Bulletproof Radio

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For a decade, Dave Asprey, “the father of biohacking,” elevated what you knew about the capabilities of your mind and body across a thousand episodes of Bulletproof Radio. Now, he’s evolving it even further in his plan to upgrade humanity. You’re invited to expand your knowledge, explore your own performance and embrace possibility with The Human Upgrade™.

You’ll meet bright thinkers and radical doers who push the boundaries of science, technology, personal development, and human performance in every way imaginable. You’ll learn from experts around the world who elevate what it means to be human.

Every guest you listen to, every topic you learn about, every new idea you discover on this podcast moves you forward.

Join The Human Upgrade™ with Dave Asprey on this next evolution to upgrade your mind, body and life. 


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Hype or Hope? Semaglutide Changes the Weight Game – Dr. Robert Kushner : 896
01:01:43

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…you’ll learn about semaglutide, a new weight loss drug that’s been getting a lot of attention. 

Highly respected obesity expert Dr. Robert F. Kushner joins the show to talk about new research findings. He was part of a team that published semaglutide study results in the New England Journal of Medicine this past year. Looking into semaglutide, typically used for Type 2 Diabetes, showed that it also reduced body weight.

We talk about how you might use semaglutide, both from an aging perspective and from a weight loss perspective. You look at risk reward for everything you can do, and then you decide what's going to work best for you. There's some interesting knowledge to be gained from the research on semaglutide.

Here’s the short version of how it works: “Semaglutide mimics our naturally occurring hormone called GLP-1,” explains Dr. Kushner. “When you give it back to a person in pharmacologic doses or high doses, but it mimics what we normally have, it augments or highlights this feeling of, "You know what, I am really not as hungry as I was before. I'm more full than I was before, so I don't need as much food." It's actually the change in appetite that causes a weight loss that we see with this kind of a drug.”

A clinician, educator and researcher, Dr. Kushner has spent his decades-long career on adult weight management for adults. Board certified in both internal medicine and nutrition, he maintains a medical practice, teaches students and medical professionals, and presents around the world. He’s written more than 250 original articles, as well as reviews, books and medical book chapters.

He’s Medical Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago; a professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and a professor of Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

This episode’s conversation includes the role of lifestyle in weight management. It’s shortsighted to view semaglutide as a wonder drug isolated from diet, exercise and even mental health. It’s all related. And new understanding of obesity as a disease and its biological drivers helps the search for lasting solutions, including training for healthcare professionals.

Listen on to find out more about semaglutide and six factors that might be causing your weight gain or making it difficult for you to lose weight.

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Jan 26, 2022
Hacking Eyesight – Interventions with Dave – Mark Bell : 895
00:48:05

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

 … Dave talks with Mark Bell about eyesight and ways to approach vision problems. 

Mark is a world record-breaking powerlifter, the owner of Super Training Gym, The Strongest Gym in the West, and the inventor of the Sling Shot, a bench press accessory tool to help lifters add pounds to their bench press, help lift through injuries, and reinforce proper technique.

He’s built a life and business based on high performance. So when he began experiencing worsening vision over the past several years, he wanted to know how he could improve it.

“There's strength and there's flexibility,” Dave says. “And as you age, your eyes, the muscles lose strength. The tissues lose flexibility and this has to do with collagen types and cross linking of collagen. You're actually seeing yellowing of parts of the lens in your eye. And then, there's also a neurological thing where the brain may not actually be connecting.”

In this “Interventions with Dave” episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Effective supplements for eye health 
  • How mitochondrial health affects vision
  • The importance of morning sunlight
  • Eye exercises to restore ability to focus based on the Bates Method and Meier Schneider’s "Yoga For Your Eyes"
  • Gabor patches to stress your brain's visual perception area
  • Eye training using an app, like GlassesOff.
  • Palming 
  • IV stem cells


More about Mark Bell


Note: The "Interventions With Dave” recommendations are designed to help you upgrade yourself and your biology so you can perform better at everything you do. They are not, however, a substitute for advice or treatment by a trained medical professional that may be needed for specific health conditions, illness or injury.

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Jan 21, 2022
Free to Choose: Your Guide to Personalized Longevity Medicine – Liv Health : 894
00:46:57

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… you’ll learn about a new model of healthcare focused on personalized longevity medicine. This custom telemedicine solution uses your own data to reach goals you have for the quality and length of your life.

Andrew Wax, an Integrative Health Specialist and Director of Clinical Care at Liv Health, joins the show to walk you through the Liv Health model that’s putting people in control of their own medical care.

Do any of these statements apply to you?

  • You consider yourself a biohacker
  • You’re looking for a greater degree of medical freedom
  • You want more customized care than you’re getting from your primary care doctor
  • You’ve been on a medical protocol and have stopped making progress or seeing results

 

If you’re age 18 to 85 (and older) and want to target sleep, cognition, body composition, nutrition, fitness, hormones, immunity, or gut health –  Liv Health’s precision medicine approach may be right for you.

Andrew’s extensive experience includes working with patients and physicians to develop anti-aging and regenerative protocols. He’s earned multiple degrees in the areas of physiology, biochemistry, psychology, and a certificate of neuroscience. He’s certified in peptide therapies and is the former director of the Medically Managed Peptide Program at the Boulder Longevity Institute.

He and the entire Liv Health team bring related education and experience to Liv Health, where care includes hormones, peptides, novel small molecule drugs, supplements, fitness, nutrition, and other lifestyle interventions. 

In short, Liv Health is goal-based medicine. You come in with a goal, and your Liv Personal Performance Team (PPT) creates the path to get you there. You get a step-by-step guide to custom-curated protocols and treatments based on your individual data. Your PPT includes a patient support coordinator, health concierge and doctor. 

It’s important to note that Liv Health services don’t replace general medical care from your primary care doctor. Consider Liv a supplemental service that helps you target particular longevity goals.

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Jan 21, 2022
Ways to Build a Resilient Family – Joe De Sena : 893
00:58:48

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… One “Tough Mudder” Joe De Sena shares tips on how you can build mental toughness and resilience within your entire family.

Over more than a decade of work, Joe De Sena built Spartan into the world’s leading endurance sports and wellness brand. He also created one of the most popular obstacle-race series in the world, Spartan Race. He’s convinced a community of more than 10 million people to voluntarily embrace the experience of  “tough fitness.”

“I want you to give me the worst stuff you got,” Joe says. “The turmoil, the pain, the suffering, and [then] give me the strength I need to deal with it. Just keep it coming. And so that became the Spartan prayer, like give me the shitty days, give me the failure, because I know I'm going to become better at dealing with that.”

It’s not until you reach the edge and get through it that you realize how much you’re capable of. But does tough mean resilient? And does that level of influence translate to family dynamics? That’s the conversation we dig into specifically for parents and kids. 

Joe’s always had a passion for endurance and activities that push his mental and physical limits. During the pandemic, he looked closer to home and found ways he could be a better parent. He believes how you react to challenging situations defines you and your family.

His latest book, “10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families,” talks about defining and creating resilience. “This book was born in 2020, while I watched as families all over the globe faced the discomforts thrust at them and realized how insanely unprepared most people are for difficulty.”

During this time in our history, the pressure, stress and unpredictability in bigger amounts than ever made clear that it was essential to develop more resilience. 

Joe’s term, “True Resilience” describes a body and mind carved out of hard work, challenge, and failure. He says it takes True Resilience to approach overwhelming situations with calm and confidence, to not get rattled, anxious, or angry, and even to embrace failure, setbacks, and redirections.

It also means listening and responding with intention: “Much of your success will depend on your ability to discern what sparks enthusiasm and motivation in your child,” Joe says. “Find your kid’s flow.”

Here’s some of what you’ll find in “10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families:”

  • Proven techniques from clinical research and experience to set the whole family up for better, more effective coping skills.
  • Family activities that supplement each rule of resilience and help you put the reading material into real-life action.
  • A values exercise to help your family create a solid vision statement.
  • A five-step model to increase your fear IQ.


Listen on as Joe shares the benefits of training your kids in hard work, traveling as a family, and pushing yourself to the limit as a parent. 

Note: Joe co-wrote “10 Rules” with Dr. Lara Pence, a clinical psychologist and Chief Mind Doc at Spartan.

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Jan 19, 2022
Why Lying to Yourself Could be a Good Thing – Marisa Peer : 892
01:01:38

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…you’ll learn about a therapy method that gets to the root of your problem and solves it within one to three sessions.

 “The main reason it works, I believe, is that it overcomes the high level of resistance that most people have to changing fundamental beliefs about themselves by getting to the deepest core of their belief very quickly,” says Marisa Peer. 

Marisa is a clinical psychologist and expert in human behavior who developed a new way to approach your mental health — Rapid Transformational Therapy® (RTT®). RTT offers the same benefits of traditional therapy, but on a much quicker timeline.

“I didn't understand why therapy, which is also dealing with pain, had to be so long. I never got that ‘turn up with your pain every week,’” she says. “We'll keep reopening the wound. And one day, you might get better.”

She’s also an international best-selling author of multiple books, motivational speaker, personal development expert and leading celebrity therapist. She’s worked with people around the world and most of them have a story they tell themselves about not being “enough.” Her newest book puts the focus squarely on the personal narrative you’re clinging to:  “Tell Yourself A Better Lie: Use The Power Of Rapid Transformational Therapy To Edit Your Story And Rewrite Your Life.” 

​​“After 30 years of private practice, I created Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) because it was clear to me that so much of the pain and suffering we see in the world comes down to the fundamental stories we tell ourselves and how often those stories are untrue or outright lies,” she explains. RTT has roots in hypnosis.

Marisa helps people pinpoint the reasons behind why people want what they want, so they can actualize a meaningful life for themselves. She uses a solution-oriented technique that can make you mentally stronger, more confident and even more loving towards yourself. 

He who hesitates is lost,” she says. “While you're waiting to write your book or start your company, someone else is going to come along and write that book and start that company. So, time is the one thing we don't have access of. And so, I think they'll always be people who like that long method [of traditional talk therapy] and a lot of people who don't like it. And I think we can definitely accommodate both.”

It’s time to start telling yourself the truth about who you are. “Our greatest pain is caused by the lies we tell ourselves,” Marisa says. She offers candid advice on how to help you recognize the harmful story you tell yourself and how to change it to a better one.

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Jan 14, 2022
Get Moving! Align Your Body, Align Your Life – Aaron Alexander : 891
01:04:40

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

 … Body movement expert Aaron Alexander joins the show to talk about how to integrate healthy movement practices into your daily life.

You’ve likely heard that sitting is the new smoking – well, good news: It’s not the sitting itself, but how you sit, that affects your well-being. In fact, all the ways you hold your body and move your body matters. Body language and how you move through space tells others how comfortable you are, how truthful and trustworthy you are, and more.

Most of you have built up body movement around a collapse state, which can lead to physical and emotional pain. Aaron spent years traveling the world, discovering how other cultures defined and measured health and studying movement behaviors. He found that the healthiest cultures incorporate aligned movement and sitting styles into their day-to-day activity. 

Take walking for example. “When you're out taking a walk, it's like you are literally playing symphony of your physiology,” he says. “Walking is one of the healthiest things that a person can do–just going out and getting yourself into that contralateral motion, contralateral being just like walking pattern. As you're doing that, you're stimulating your brain function, you're also stimulating things like peristalsis and digestion and organ function.”

Aaron is a manual therapist, using movement techniques inspired by yoga, martial arts, chiropractic skills and more. He also hosts the popular Align Podcast, and wrote  “The Align Method: A Modern Movement Guide for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life,” which shares the tools you need to reshape your environment for enhanced creativity and longevity.

Healthy movement incorporating play and adaptability enhances creativity, resilience and creates a healthy nervous system. During the show, Aaron goes over the five daily movements to integrate into your life and how to get started in a productive, gentle and playful way.

“Your body is so darn adaptable that if it's just a matter of you need to give it a baseline of the raw components to be healthy,” says Aaron. “If for a moment you're slouching over a chair, I love that. There's no problem with that, it's the repetition of that. If for a movement you're looking into a wall or into a blue light or whatever, you're not going to just explode.”

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Jan 11, 2022
Recalibrate Yourself with Quantum Energy – Philipp Samor von Holtzendorff-Fehling : 890
01:05:10

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… you’re going to learn about quantum energy and the science behind how and why it works.

Philipp Samor von Holtzendorff-Fehling founded Leela Quantum Tech to further develop and share the power of quantum energy. Quantum energy fields are different from harmful EMFs you’re told to avoid. Here are a few of the benefits of quantum energy, also known as “frequency medicine.”

  • Improves your blood and cellular health
  • Increases your fitness level and speeds up recovery 
  • Intensifies the taste of your food and extends its shelf life
  • Eases pain and activates your own inner healer
  • Improve the quality of your water at home and on the road.
  • Helps you become more resistant to stress and more efficient in your daily tasks
  • Prevents exhaustion so you’re able to focus better
  • Allows you to worry less and enjoy the moment


But how can quantum energy and specific frequencies have such a powerful effect on humans, animals and even plants? Philipp looked to science for the answers. Leela submits its products to be scientifically studied by third party institutes and doctor’s offices. 

Leela concentrates pure quantum energy in specific plates and aligns them to create a highly concentrated field and quantum energy space. Examples are the Leela Quantum Bloc and Infinity Bloc. They’ve also developed frequency cards, capsules and clothing.

“There's so many people that may want to enjoy support like that, and they don't understand it,” Philipp says. “And for them, you need to provide something for the brain to read through it, and that's what we've done.” 

So far, the research studies found quantum energy frequencies:

  • Block, neutralize and bring EMFs into harmony 
  • Positively impact the autonomic nervous system and heart rate variability
  • Positively impact organ function, cellular health and blood health
  • Neutralize harmful frequencies like herbicides, pesticides and cesium 137
  • Boost body and energy function in 100% of cases

 

Some of that testing includes measuring EMFs or using dark-field microscopy to measure voltage in the cells. Leela’s other research projects are studying the benefits of quantum energy frequencies for autistic kids, athletes, and people experiencing chronic Lyme disease.

This fascinating topic gets into other frequencies, too, like molecular, etheric, and sound. Listen on to find out how you can use the power of energy frequencies to upgrade yourself.

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Jan 06, 2022
How Neuroinflammation Disrupts Your Immune System – Gary Kaplan, D.O. : 889
01:07:27

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… you’ll learn about neuroinflammation and its connection to the immune system from integrative medicine pioneer Gary Kaplan, D.O. The conversation gets into many topics like the immune system, infections, chronic disease and why your brain may be on fire. It’s all connected!

Dr. Kaplan is a pro at alleviating chronic pain and illness in the field of integrative medicine, by combining integrative and alternative strategies. Conventional thinking about chronic pain and depression is flawed, he says, as more research shows often those symptoms are rooted in inflammation in the brain. 

Three major causes of inflammation include environmental factors, childhood trauma, and epigenetics and genetics.

Inflamed brains, specifically, cause mental, emotional and physical pain like depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic fibromyalgia, pediatric neuropsychiatric disorders and more, he says.

Dr. Kaplan’s treats patients at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine he founded in 1985. He’s board-certified in Family Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture. He’s also studied and practiced Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Herbal Medicine and is certified in Chelation Therapy.

Virtual Conference Zeros in on Neuroinflammation 

Dr. Kaplan’s drawn on his interest in brain inflammation, the immune system and chronic disease to assemble experts from around the world. This group will share new developments and research about chronic illness at a virtual conference in February 2022.

The conference topics will cover brain inflammation due to immune dysregulation. You’ll also hear about new breakthrough data on diagnosis and treatment of long-hauler Covid. It’s open to the public and healthcare professionals.

  • “Symposium on Autoimmune Encephalopathy Secondary to Infectious Disease: A New Perspective on the Pathogenetic Interaction of the Immune system, Infection and Chronic Disease”
  • Feb. 9, 10, 11, 2022
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  • Landing Page (with agenda & speakers)
  • Registration

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Jan 04, 2022
Upgrade Your Metabolic System with the Right Foods – Dr. Robert Lustig – Best of 2021
01:12:14

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 … Dr. Robert Lustig’s knowledge about the metabolic system landed with listeners in a big way.

He’s a New York Times bestselling author of several books about the problems caused by sugar, processed food and the health conditions of obesity. 

In his latest book “Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine,” he focuses on how real food can reverse chronic disease and promote longevity. He also challenges the current healthcare paradigm and the influence of Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government. 

“I wrote Metabolical to basically explain what is healthy,” Dr. Lustig says. “And based on the empiric data, based on the science, based on the pathologies that I describe in the book that belie chronic disease, I distilled all of the information down to six words – two precepts, six words: ‘Protect the liver, feed the gut.’”

These are the eight cell pathologies that underlie all chronic disease, according to Dr. Lustig:

  • glycation
  • oxidative stress
  • mitochondrial dysfunction
  • insulin resistance
  • membrane instability
  • inflammation
  • epigenetics
  • autophagy


"[When] you look at the entire molecular mechanism of every single one of those eight subcellular pathologies, none of them have a medicine," he says. "None of them are druggable. They're all foodable." 

His book also documents how processed food has impacted human health, the economy, and the environment over the past 50 years. 

“It’s not about obesity, it never was,” Dr. Lustig says. “The key to the kingdom is that it is not about obesity, it is about metabolic dysfunction and anyone can get it, and that’s what makes it a public health crisis, because obesity is a result of the problem, not the cause.”

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Dec 30, 2021
Upgrade Your Energy with a Hormone-Gut-Immune Trifecta – Dr. Amy Shah – Best of 2021
00:59:59

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… Dr. Amy Shah’s approach to managing energy struck a chord with listeners.

Dr. Shah, a double board-certified physician, searched for a complete mental, hormonal, and inflammatory reset after she experienced a car accident and personal energy crisis.

And while she uses an integrative and holistic approach to wellness in her medical practice, what she learned about energy and fatigue connected a lot of dots.

Regulating the “energy trifecta­,” made up of balanced hormones, a well-functioning gut, and a healthy immune system, makes all the difference. (She’s also an expert in circadian rhythm fasting.) 

“These three areas communicate, and they talk to the brain constantly,” says Dr. Shah, who studied and trained at Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard Universities.  “And if any of those are broken, then you're going to be tired. And so things like short fasting, circadian fasting, sinking with nature and circadian rhythms, which is our internal clock and eating the right foods really can make a difference. And of course, there's this whole component of mind, body health, which we sorely miss in Western culture.”

 What you eat, when you eat and mind-body health rule your energy patterns and likely could be the root cause of your fatigue. She lays out solutions in her book, "I'M SO EFFING TIRED: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life."

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Dec 28, 2021
Kindness: The Win-Win Superpower – Jamil Zaki, Ph.D. & Leon Logothetis : 888
00:34:20

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… the conversation centers on what kindness is, how to practice it, and why it matters. Kindness is a powerful tool – it helps people feel less alone and truly makes the world a more joyful and tolerant place. The two insightful guests you’ll hear from in this episode – Jamil Zaki, Ph.D., and Leon Logothetis – will leave you feeling lighter, more optimistic and, well, kinder!

Jamil Zaki, Ph.D., uses tools from psychology and neuroscience to help you understand how empathy works. As a professor of Psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, he explains how kindness is a learnable skill. You can use it in your life more often.

Jamil’s kindness research includes empathy and compassion to form a triad. “Kindness is a behavior that benefits another person,” he explains. Scientists view empathy like a big umbrella term for emotional connection and then compassion as one of the components of emotional connectedness to others.

You can dive into more of his research in his book, “The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World.”

Leon Logothetis invites you to join the kindness rebellion. He’s certain you’ll find wealth in health and happiness, success in inner peace and a definite cool factor in being kind. 

Leon’s a motivational speaker, adventurer and philanthropist known as the “The Kindness Guy.” His travels take him all over the world looking for and spreading kindness (binge watch both seasons of “The Kindness Diaries”). He speaks to children and adults at schools and companies about the importance of being kind in the world. Empathy and compassion have a lot to do with that.

Check out his latest book: “Go Be Kind-A Life-Changing Little Journal: 28½ Adventures Guaranteed to Make You Happier,” to find out how you can get in on the kindness movement.

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Dec 23, 2021
How to Build Your Emotional Agility and Resilience – Susan David, Ph.D. & Joan Rosenberg, Ph.D. : 887
00:38:23

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…you’ll learn that being adaptive to change is a skill you can cultivate. One of the most sustainable ways to keep going with the flow is knowing how to build emotional awareness. These two guests give tips on managing your emotional states so you can be more resilient in all areas of your life.

Expert psychologist, trainer and speaker Joan Rosenberg, Ph.D.guides yoou to achieve your highest potential by teaching you how to be in control of your own emotions. 

Award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David, Ph.D., describes all the psychological skills necessary for you to thrive in uncertain times. She challenges the common attitude that you have to “fix” your difficult emotions through positive thinking. 

“Emotional agility is about the capacity to be with ourselves,” Susan says. “That includes our difficult thoughts and emotions and stories and past experiences in a way that's compassionate and curious and that doesn't hold us back from being the people that we most want to be.”

Since you can’t get away from emotions, there’s power in knowing how to deal with them. “We've got to be able to reconnect with ourselves so that we can move forward in the world,” Susan says.

Get ready to learn some foundational skills that will make you an emotional agility pro.

About Joan: The author of 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity,” teaches you how to be in control of your own emotions.

Joan guides you through eight unpleasant feelings she’s pinpointed: sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, vulnerability, embarrassment, disappointment and frustration. She says the best way to approach these feelings is with confrontation and empathy.

  • “The single most important thing I can do is to recognize someone’s pain, and just in essence, hold a mirror up to it, even if it sounds like you’re saying the things that are so obvious,” Joan says. “It has a huge impact of calming someone else’s nervous system down.”


About Susan: She’s the author of “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life,” based on 20 years of research of how to get through uncertainty 

  • “For people to be healthy with themselves, with the inner worlds, these are not soft skills,” Susan says. “These are the most fundamental skills that we can have as human beings.”

  

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Dec 21, 2021
Mini Episode: Cool Facts Friday #18
00:10:05

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Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month.

  • Beer & blue cheese found in ancient feces
  • Blood marker detects dementia early
  • Team flow shows up as a unique brain state
  • Trauma-focused psychotherapy works for PTSD
  • MDMA improves PTSD symptoms 


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Dec 17, 2021
Erectile Dysfunction: Causes, Solutions and Why It’s Normal – Dr. Paul Thompson : 886
01:25:52

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 …urologist, surgeon and age medicine specialist Dr. Paul Thompson discusses the challenges men can experience with their sexual health, energy and performance. 

Erectile dysfunction happens to men at all ages and is actually quite normal. 

Causes can be physical, and hormones play a role. Nutrition or exercise habits may be culprits. And state of mind factors in.

Dr. Thompson shares his clinical expertise on how getting to the root of what’s going on with men's sexual functioning will not only improve erectile dysfunction but also support other critical areas of men’s health. 

The conversation looks at the pros and cons of eating meat, what your cholesterol numbers really mean, and why cardiovascular health matters at every age.

Guys, listening to this, if your doctor isn't asking you for Lp-PLA2, which is an enzyme that's expressed when there's damage to your arteries, then you have a problem. If they aren't looking at C-reactive protein, you have a problem; and if they're not looking at homocysteine, you have a problem. So, you could ask your doctor for them or you could ask your doctor, “Hey, what do you know about these?”

You’ll also find out why oral health is so important and why you have to pay attention to your nitric oxide production.

Dr. Thompson talks about the at-home device he helped develop at Launch Medical (he’s chief medical officer there) that's pioneering a solution for erectile dysfunction. It’s based on clinical acoustic wave therapy treatment. “Acoustic wave is really simple and it works, and it has to do with the growth of blood vessels,” he explains. The Phoenix device helps men improve and/or restore their sexual functioning.

Guys and women who love guys or guys who love guys, this thing is real technology. It does work, it is not too good to be true, and it's worth talking about.

This conversation takes any embarrassment or shame out of the ED equation and gets into the details of plaque, blood flow and how you can find a fix and reclaim your sexual health.

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Dec 16, 2021
The Stress-Sleep Connection That’s Keeping You Up at Night – Dr. Dave Rabin : 885
01:10:18

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...you'll learn about the impact of chronic stress in humans, how it wrecks your sleep and what you can do about it.

For more than a decade, neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur and inventor David Rabin (an M.D. and Ph.D.) has been immersed in the science of stress. He’s been researching causes and ways to manage it. He’s also been helping people deal with the consequences of both acute and chronic stress.

He’s back on the show (don’t miss episodes #729 and #730) to talk about how stress disturbs systems of your body and mind, which, of course, affects your sleep.

Stress is not inherently bad because we require it to grow, Dr. Rabin says. “We require the stress to help us learn how to overcome the challenges that are signaled by the stress to become better, stronger, fuller versions of ourselves.” … “There are the situations where we start to see acute stress that can be healthy and very helpful to growth turn into chronic stress,” he continues. “And that chronic stress increases inflammation on a daily basis. It’s that chronic stress that increases likelihood of disease.”

Dr. Rabin co-founded Apollo Neuroscience, a company that developed the first scientifically validated wearable technology that actively improves energy, focus and relaxation. This tech uses a novel touch therapy that signals safety to the brain. In new studies, it’s had a terrific impact on stress and sleep.

“Health means the restoration and maintenance of balance for all of us,” Dr. Rabin says. “Critically important is managing our sleep and our circadian rhythms, and our sleep and wake cycles. Maintaining sleep and making sure we do things to have a healthy sleep rhythm is going to maximize our performance and energy availability during the day and psychedelic medicines and wearables can play as important to role in that for us as the day-to-day practices of breathwork and meditation, yoga, exercise and nutrition.”

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Dec 15, 2021
Hacking Longevity Starts with Detoxification – Chris Shade, Ph.D. : 884
01:17:45

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 … Christopher Shade, Ph.D., joins the show to take you through a new six-spoke “longevity wheel.” You’ll find out what you can do to live longer by managing toxins and hormones that influences aging.

With expertise in environmental sciences, chemistry and biology, he founded the Colorado-based company Quicksilver Scientific. It’s a group of “chemists, biohackers and age rebels.”

He specializes in the biological, environmental, and analytical chemistry of mercury in all its forms. He presents and teaches in the U.S. and nationally about mercury, environmental toxicities, neuroinflammation, immune dysregulation, and the human detoxification system.

He's designed detoxification protocols, unique supplement delivery systems, and a patented mercury speciation test. As CEO, he continually drives development and innovation. Right now, the focus is longevity with a foundation in detoxification.

Everyone has a meaningful amount of metals, plastics, molds or other toxins in their body and is pretty much operating with low-grade toxicity. And even though everyone has the same basic detoxification system, people react to and process toxins very differently. 

There’s a general universe of toxins: You have exogenous toxins from outside the body (metals, chemicals, mycotoxins or food-borne toxins). Then you have endotoxins, which are made on board usually by gut bacteria and lipopolysaccharide.

That’s why cellular level detoxification matters so much. Bile flow, and knowing what blocks it and what opens it, plays a huge role in your body’s detoxification process.

If you learn to think like a computer or especially a network engineer, there's a whole bunch of interrelated systems. If one of them is broken, it'll have an effect on the other. But when you look at detox pathways, you look at aging, it's a very similar mindset, way more so than you would think.

Hormones, too, get in on the aging action. DHEA and pregnenolone are the mother hormones. All the other hormones are made out of those two things. “Hormones are necessary for all the detox reactions,” Chris says. “Having the right levels of all the hormones just powers everything up.”

The six-spoke “Longevity Wheel” framework that Chris developed biohacks conventional aging assumptions. This wheel is a collection of biochemical pathways, mechanisms, and molecules that impact aging. Each spoke builds on another and all work together. 

  • Nrf2 and AMPK
  • NAD
  • Sirtuins
  • Telomeres
  • Senolytics
  • Neuroendocrine


Listen on to find out more about how detox, hormones and the spokes of this new Longevity Wheel can impact how you age.

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Dec 09, 2021
Toss the Candles! Biological Age Is Your New Birthday – Ryan Smith : 883
01:16:33

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 …you’re going to discover how old you really are by taking a dive into the science of epigenetic methylation and biological aging. You’re going to find out about gene function, gene expression and what it has to do with how you age—and why it matters.

Biochemist Ryan Smith co-founded TruDiagnostic, a company focused on methylation array-based diagnostics for life extension and preventive healthcare. TruDiagnostic, a CLIA certified lab and health data company, developed the TRUAGE anti-aging test. 

From a small blood test, TruDiagnostic can tell you your biological age—how old your body acts, based on how it’s functioning (as opposed to your chronological age, which is the number of years you’ve been on Earth). 

Biological age is one of the most impactful pieces of data you can have about yourself. Age is the number one predictor of death, and your biological age matters more than the number of times you’ve been around the sun.  

For example, you could be 42, and if you take great care of yourself, your biological age may be 30… Or, if you take poor care of yourself, your biological age may be 60. 

Either way, TruDiagnostic will tell you how old you really are. And their test goes further than that. After you discover your biological age, TruDiagnostic also gives you a list of strategies to reverse aging based on your unique genetics. In other words, you get personalized anti-aging biohacks—and you can test your age over time to see if you’re getting younger, so you know whether or not your anti-aging hacks are working.

If you can turn back the clock on your biological age, you unlock the door to a longer, better life. 

It feels like the cusp of a big change in longevity research with science and data now more fully supporting this work. TruDiagnostic currently has over 30 approved clinical research studies underway investigating how epigenetic methylation changes impact how long you live and how well you age.

In this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • Why men age worse than women, and what you can do about it
  • The best ways to predict your biological age (hint: grip strength is one of them)
  • How getting COVID changes the speed at which you age
  • Why small amounts of stress are amazing for anti-aging (and the right ways to stress your body and brain so you age in reverse)

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Dec 07, 2021
C60 Powers Up Mitochondria to Strengthen Your Muscles & Brain – Ian Mitchell : 882
01:02:52

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… you’ll learn about the latest performance-enhancing compound—Carbon 60— and how it helped Olympic athletes excel this past year. It can help you, too. With better athletic performance, improved brain function and a whole lot longer life.

Inventor, biochemist, and pharmaceutical developer Ian Mitchell specializes in anti-aging. He works with NASA astronauts, Olympic athletes, and other elite performers who want to experience superhuman performance.

He's been on the podcast three times before (because he’s just that interesting!) to talk about hacking longevity. This time he’s here to discuss his latest invention: a Carbon 60 serum. Carbon 60 is commonly known as C60.

Ian’s C60 serum levels up mitochondrial function beyond what we thought was possible, boosting your physical performance and slowing down aging. The results beyond what you think is possible. Case in point–2021 Olympians. 

“One of the things I made was for the guys doing Olympic trials this year,” Ian says. “I called it the Olympic serum. Olympic athletes are going for these crazy, crazy small increases, little gains, 1%, 2%. And the guys that I was working with...they were doing pole vaulting.

“...I would send them [my carbon60 serum], and their results, they started getting 13% to 17% gains. And it was blowing them away because it gave them an entirely different competitive edge.”

Ian’s work is at the forefront of longevity and enhancing your mitochondria. Three things in particular stand out about Carbon 60.

C60 Makes Your Brain Stronger

Most C60 on the market is dissolved in water, which means almost none of it reaches your brain. Ian discovered a better way to distribute C60: binding it to a fat. 

C60 Makes You Live Longer

Ian explains that C60 protects your mitochondria—the power plants of your cells—from stress and makes them more efficient. They produce more energy with fewer toxic byproducts. 

C60 Helps You Build Muscle

C60 also can help you reach new levels of muscle growth and performance. Taking a couple teaspoons of C60 serum every day will give you a massive performance upgrade in the gym. It can more than double your muscle recruitment. 

Whether you want to achieve better athletic performance, dial in a smarter brain, live longer–or all three!–this podcast is for you.

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Dec 02, 2021
A Bacteria That Guards Your Gut Lining – Colleen Cutcliffe, Ph.D. : 881
00:53:43

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 …we get into the gut. If you’ve listened to my podcast before you probably know how much the gut is a culprit in disease. I’ve invited experts on the show to explain how without the right balance of good bacteria in your gut, you can have inflammation, poor immune response, GI distress and much more. 

Your gut lining is like a fence, explains Colleen Cutcliffe, Ph.D. It needs maintenance and attention, because that “fence” is what guards your gut from bad bacteria and toxins. Without it, you lose a strong defense system.

That’s where Akkermansia comes in. This bacterial strain naturally found in the gastrointestinal tract helps regulate the mucus lining of the gut, while also fine-tuning immune responses. 

Only in recent years have people understood (and acted on) the gut microbiome’s role in wellness or disease. Dr. Cutcliffe shares the research behind Akkermansia and why this probiotic is changing the gut health game.

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Nov 30, 2021
Mini Episode: Cool Facts Friday #17
00:11:36

In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month.

  • Migraines diminish the quality of your deep and REM sleep.
  • Microbiome bacteria can either help or harm people with Type 2 Diabetes.
  • A safer contraception option for men means no testicle injections.
  • Kids learn to manage big emotions by playing specially designed video games..
  • New studies show 6.5 hours of sleep could be surprisingly good for you.


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Nov 26, 2021
Alzheimer’s Targets Women’s Brains Decades Before Symptoms Show – Maria Shriver & Dr. Lisa Mosconi : 880
00:35:17

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…  you’ll find out how Alzheimer’s impacts women more often than men and how symptoms begin decades before you think they do. Six million people in America are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Two-thirds of them are women. My guests, Maria Shriver and Dr. Lisa Mosconi, are championing an increase in research, raising awareness and providing resources about this topic to find out why. 

The Alzheimer’s spotlight falls twice yearly because it’s just that important: November for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, and June for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. 

A lot of the research happening to understand Alzheimer’s can benefit everyone. It can teach you how to lessen inflammation in your brain and get a handle on or prevent immune and metabolic brain disease. When you learn how to do that, you unlock cognitive performance and longevity. 

Maria and Dr. Mosconi offer some great insight and practical tips.

Maria Shriver is a champion of Alzheimer’s awareness. For two decades she’s been reporting, writing and fundraising for it, specifically relating to how it impacts women. She founded the The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, a nonprofit that brings together doctors, researchers and brain experts to support Alzheimer’s research, clinical trials, and information sharing. It also provides public education, prevention tips and tools for brain health.

“I think what happens is that there are small moments along the way that we all disregard,” Maria says. I think the challenge to be present in our own lives is a challenge, really, for all of us. The challenge to take note of our health is a challenge for all of us.”

Dr. Mosconi is a neuroscientist and neuro-nutritionist focused on brain science, the microbiome and nutritional genomics, specifically the early detection of Alzheimer’s. Her research on women’s neurological health has changed the way science approaches the female brain. She speaks to the more than 10 years of research that shows Alzheimer’s starts with negative changes in the brain years – if not decades – before any clinical symptoms emerge.

“It’s really important to take care of ourselves, and our brains are really one of our most important assets,” Dr. Mosconi says. “And the best way to engage in prevention is now. It's never too late to start, but the sooner we start doing it, the better.”

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Nov 23, 2021
Temperature Hacking for Better Deep and REM Sleep – Matteo Franceschetti : 879
01:05:30

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you’re going to learn a bunch of brand new sleep hacks, taken from over a million nights of sleep data. 

Those hacks will come from my guest Matteo Franceschetti. 

Matteo defines high performance—having been a professional skier, high-level tennis player, competitive race car driver and practicing lawyer. He didn’t get much sleep doing all those things, so he co-founded Eight Sleep and set out to create and advanced sleep improvement device so he, and everyone else, could sleep better and perform better.

We can all agree: “Sleep is a pillar, a fundamental pillar for your health,” Matteo says.

Eight Sleep tracks biomarkers that measure your sleep quality. Then it uses machine learning to make automatic adjustments to your sleep environment. This helps you optimize your sleep, get the reset and recovery your body needs, and well, wake up feeling better than you have in years. 

Best of all, you don’t actually have to do anything. You just go to sleep, exactly like you did last night, and the technology does all the sleep hacking for you. 

TIME Magazine named Eight Sleep one of its “Best Inventions” of both 2018 and 2019, and Fast Company listed it as one of the most innovative companies of 2018. They’re a sleep hacking company making big inroads into understanding and regulating your body’s temperatures while sleeping. This affects your REM sleep the most.

“While you are in REM your brain deactivates all the temperature controls in the body,” Matteo explains. “It doesn't let you fall into REM if it's too hot or too cold because you could potentially die. Changing the temperature based on your sleep stages and the different stages of the night is fundamental to maximize your deep and REM stages.”

And Eight Sleep has a fix for that.

“Based on your sleep stages and based on your biometrics, we adjust your body temperature during the night,” Matteo says. “It's not that we are inventing the wheel. Your body is already changing temperature during the night. It's part of your physiological process. We just enhanced that process to maximize your sleep performance.”

And then I wanted to know, “How many hours of sleep per night do you think you can save people, by just changing temperature?” The point isn't necessarily to get less sleep, but it's to live more. Right? If you just got everything you needed and it was as good as what you have today, but you had enough time to do two hours of reading or learning every day or meditating or parenting or whatever else, it's not about working more necessarily. It's just about living more. 

It’s exciting to talk to Matteo because he brings a whole bunch of new biohacking ideas to the table, er bed. He and I get into a bunch of sleep topics during this conversation, including:

  • How you can instantly increase your deep sleep by 40%, starting tonight


  • How you can reset your energy levels in the morning just by regulating your sleep temperature at night


  • How you can compress sleep down to 5-6 hours a night, while actually getting more rest and recovery


  • Why sleep consistency matters (and is still the hardest thing for people to do, well, consistently}


  • Why machine learning is the future of personalized health


If your sleep could use an upgrade, check out this episode for hacks you can implement right away and learn about what’s next in sleep technology. 

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Nov 19, 2021
How to Deal with Toxic People (Including Yourself) – Robert Greene : 878
01:24:26

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… my guest fits right into the podcast transition to The Human Upgrade because he gets into the grittiness of what humans can do to level themselves up. No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Greene shares science-backed knowledge about human nature.

You know you want to be more powerful, more in control and excellent at what you do.

Robert’s insights help you do just that. He gives you actionable tips that help you unlock limitations you may be putting on yourself so you can move your life upward and forward. (Similar to something I like to tell my team is great momentum: “up and to the right.”) 

World leaders, military generals, business executives, philosophers, and hip-hop moguls alike revere Robert’s books.

After writing about mastery and power for more than two decades, he’s now become a TikTok sensation and the universal truth for a new generation. 

He’s one of my favorite authors who’s profoundly influenced my own life and been on the podcast twice before. Both episodes are must listens: The 48 Laws of Power – #380 and The Laws of Human Nature – #575. I asked him back to talk about his latest book: “The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature.” 

“In “The 48 Laws of Power,” I talk about deception and con artists,” Robert says. “But in The Laws of Human Nature, it's almost about self-deception, how we're con artists with ourselves, how we create an image of ourselves as being morally right, being a good person, being intelligent, being rational, being empathetic. Whereas in fact, we're usually quite far below that ideal. … Because your default position is to always look externally and blame other people.”

In “The Daily Laws,” he distills the best of his previous books and never-before-published material in to one amazing life guide for you. He lays out themes for each month of the year: Power, seduction, persuasion, strategy, human nature, toxic people, self-control, mastery, psychology, leadership, adversity and creativity. Within these themes he features a “daily law” for you to follow.

“By not looking at ourselves in an honest way, and glossing over our own flaws and weaknesses, we become trapped in patterns of behavior that we cannot control,” Robert says in his new book. “As the years go by, and the misreadings, missteps, and unrealistic decisions pile up, we can become bitter confused, and damaged.”

“The Daily Laws” is designed to reverse [these] toxic patterns and reconnect you to reality,” Robert says. “It takes aim at the various delusions we have all absorbed and seeks to attune your mind instead to the most entrenched traits of human nature and how our brains actually operate.”

Listen on for the truth bombs.

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Nov 17, 2021
How Postbiotics Upgrade Your Mitochondria – Dr. Anurag Singh : 877
01:03:10

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…I’m going down a rabbit hole of exciting scientific research and clinical studies supporting Urolithin A’s influence on your mitochondrial health. The short version? Urolithin A stimulates mitophagy and renews your mitochondria. Specific big things to know? It upgrades your cells, your strength levels and offers pretty powerful anti-aging benefits.

And a fun thing to know? The origin story of Urolithin A has to do with beavers. (!)

To find out the basis of Urolithin A and its relationship to pomegranates, check out my previous podcast featuring two experts on the subject: How to Get Fitter Cells, Stronger Muscles and a Longer Life – Timeline Nutrition with Dave Asprey – #772.

This time, I’ve invited Dr. Anurag Singh to the show. His expertise lies in clinical development and translational research. That means he translates new discoveries in science into real-world stuff you can actually use. He’s worked for several consumer health and biotech companies; authored more than 30 articles for top science journals; and designed and led more than 40 clinical trials over the last 15 years. 

As Chief Medical Officer of Amazentis, the parent company of Timeline Nutrition and the maker of Mitopure, a Urolithin A product. 

“A lot of times in the nutrition world, people put extracts and blends of probiotics together and they just give it to healthy people and expect magic to happen,” says Dr Singh. “Here, we've actually done the deep dive of the signs and how this molecule hits mitophagy and mitochondrial health. Then, bringing it to human translation and commercialization. This is really the holy grail for real world evidence.”

He’s spent seven years focused on Urolithin A research and clinical trials. His initial round of research with Urolithin A showed that it could increase aerobic endurance and increase grip strength. 

Urolithin A also is the first postbiotic shown to repair mitochondrial health via mitophagy. Mitophagy is the process of renewing your mitochondrial growth as you age. As healthy mitochondria get older they accumulate free radicals and reactive oxygen species. They lose shape and stop communicating with one another, too. These faulty mitochondria have need to be replaced. Urolithin A revs up the mitochondrial recycling.

Dr. Singh explains how you can get the benefits of Urolithin A and how to take it to achieve results.

“Our gut microbiome is very complex ecosystem with hundreds of millions of different species interacting with each other,” explains Dr. Singh. “They need to be interacting in perfect harmony to release these postbiotics, which is the way I look at it is the perfect gut health relationship within the microbiome. So it's not one bacteria. It's not one strain that you can isolate and give. It's really got to be multi-species. I think you can probably conceptually find that strain or probiotic that could do it, but the process will be so inefficient that the best way is to short circuit it and provide the postbiotic, which is Urolithin A, directly in a pill or in a food product.” 

Another direction for Urolithin A is sports performance. Amazentis teamed up with renowned researcher Dr. Louise Burke in Australia to look into how Urolithin A affects mitochondrial health in athletes. Those results will be available in 2022.

The future of Urolithin research keeps going in exciting new directions, including brain health. 

“So, there's a lot of research going on around this molecule,” Dr. Singh says. “[The] Buck Institute of Aging in California just got a multimillion grant from the National Institute of Health to study the effects of Urolithin A on the cognitive aging and how it can reverse some of the neuronal circuitry to look youthful. So we are actively looking at it and keeping our eyes and ears open for exactly feedback like this because brain cells also after muscle cells have the highest number of mitochondria that decline with aging.”

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Nov 13, 2021
The Best and Worst Foods for Your Metabolic System – Dr. Casey Means : 876
01:19:03

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… you’re going to learn how to upgrade your metabolism and optimize your diet for your unique biology. 

 Dr. Casey Means started her career as a surgeon, where she saw firsthand, day after day, the devastating long-term consequences of poor metabolism, from cardiovascular issues to cancer. She decided to refocus her career on helping people prevent metabolic disease in the first place, instead of treating the results. 

 So, she began researching the causes of metabolic disorders. She quickly discovered a bigger and more subtle problem existed than she’d even realized. 

 “A recent UNC study estimated that 88% of American adults have at least one biomarker of poor metabolism,” she says. “And this is likely part of the reason why nine out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are related to, or worsened by, dysregulated blood sugar levels.”

 What does this lead to? “Healthcare costs are going up each year...and we’re getting sicker, fatter, and more depressed,” Dr. Casey says.

 That’s why she co-founded Levels Health. Levels created a wearable device that continuously monitors your blood sugar levels, then gives you a personalized nutrition dashboard based on the results. 

Blood sugar imbalances are a strong predictor of inflammation and long-term metabolic disease. Keeping your blood sugar on an even keel is a powerful way to gain stable energy all day, keep your metabolism running strong, and even lose weight. 

Everyone’s metabolism is different, which is why Levels uses your personal data to make food recommendations. It can tell you which foods to eat, which ones to avoid, the best times to eat, and even whether you’re eating too much or not enough. 

I’m a big believer in quantifying your health. When you have objective numbers about your biology, you can start to tweak things and make them better.

Levels gives you the power to measure your blood sugar throughout the day—and Dr. Casey hopes that this kind of insight will help you eat better, lower your inflammation, supercharge your metabolism, and become a stronger, more capable version of yourself. 

In this episode, you’ll also learn about:

  • The worst foods for your blood sugar (quick preview: Chick-Fil-A and Coca Cola are at the top of the list)
  • How your metabolism affects everything from Alzheimer’s to acne to erectile dysfunction
  • Why the calories-in-calories-out model of nutrition is flawed
  • Simple changes you can make to build a stronger metabolism
  • And much more!

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Nov 12, 2021
Mattress Smarts 101 for High-Performance Sleep – Jack Dell’Accio : 875
01:10:21

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you’re going to learn how to revamp your sleeping environment and get awesome sleep. 

If you aren’t hacking, tracking, and prioritizing your sleep, it’s time to start. 

Sleep is a pillar of high performance that affects pretty much everything you do. If you want to perform at your best, you have to get deep, restorative sleep. You know that, but are you doing it?

I’ve interviewed many sleep experts on my podcast. (Psst… I even created a 14-Day Sleep Challenge that teaches you how to hack your sleep.) 

This interview, however, is a bit different. I’ve invited a new kind of sleep expert on the show.

Jack Dell’Accio spent the past 16 years studying mattresses. He set out to hack every aspect of mattresses, from pressure relief to posture support to toxin-free materials. 

You know that plastic, chemical smell that fills your bedroom when you get a new mattress? That’s caused by off-gassing—a combination of volatile chemicals that turn into gas and fill the air in your bedroom as you break in your mattress. Research has found that many off-gassing chemicals are respiratory irritants and can cause you to develop chemical sensitivities[*][*]. They’re nasty compounds and you don’t want to spend eight hours a night breathing them in. 

That’s where Jack comes in. 

After years of research, Jack created a new type of memory foam – a natural rubber latex-based foam  that provides support and pressure relief, without the off-gassing irritants that you find in old school memory foam. 

Jack founded Essentia, the first mattress company that uses materials that are good for your body, your health, and your environment. It’s a major upgrade over memory foam, both in terms of sleeping experience and chemical content. 

Essentia manufactures its mattresses and sleep products in its own GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic factory. These are the two most important certifications when it comes to organic mattresses and organic mattress manufacturing. They’ve also had their mattresses tested by experts at Johns Hopkins.

In today’s episode, you’re going to learn the science behind building a better mattress, and why upgrading your mattress will improve almost every aspect of your body and brain. Jack and I also cover:

  • The many chemicals hiding in cheap mattresses 
  • Why, thanks to a backwards California law, most mattresses contain several pounds of flame retardant chemicals (and how Essentia makes their mattresses without those chemicals.)
  • Why 25% of NHL players use Essentia mattresses
  • The connection between cheap mattresses and chemical sensitivities
  • How Essentia created a proprietary EMF barrier foam formula
  • How a high-quality mattress makes your brain work better


A sleep surface has to have six key elements to establish a sleep environment that regenerates the body during sleep. Essentia mattresses score at the top of all six. Here’s what to look for:

  • Temperature Control (natural thermoregulation/ active cooling)
  • Allergy Friendly (allergen-friendly materials)
  • Accelerated Recovery (support and pressure redistribution)
  • Optimized Sleep (adaptive accelerated response to reduce movement interruptions)
  • Organically Clean (clean, non-toxic materials & an organic mineral formula that drives EMF patterns)
  • Proper Posture (eliminates negative space to properly support the back)


The mattress you sleep on matters just as much as all the other high-performance lifestyle choices you make. In this episode, you’re going to learn the science behind building a better mattress and why so many professional athletes choose Essentia.

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Nov 10, 2021
Finding Joy, Building Community and Raising Your Own Pork – Radha Agrawal : 874
01:12:57

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…you’re going to learn how to biohack joy—and why it’s simpler, and more necessary, than you might think.

Radha Agrawal is an author and successful entrepreneur with a singular purpose: to bring people together through joy and genuine human connection.

She’s the founder and CEO of Daybreaker, a morning dance, music, and wellness movement that spans five continents. Through Daybreaker, Radha has built a community of more than 500,000 people across the globe who wake up early to dance together.

She’s also co-founded, sold, and invested in multiple nine-figure businesses in the wellness space. MTV named her “one of eight women who will change the world,” and she recently toured with Oprah, bringing live music and dance to more than 150,000 people.

One of the things Radha has learned over the years is that, for all the superficial connection available in the Digital Age, people are starving for true community—and real human connection seems to be harder to come by now, not easier.

Radha thinks one of the biggest things we’re missing is vulnerability.

“Every single person listening right now has a backpack full of their own history,” she says. “So, we all carry around this invisible backpack with all of our history in it. [With real community], you start pulling out, ‘My father died in an accident,’ or, ‘this happened,’ or, ‘I got betrayed by this person.’ All of a sudden, there's a depth of tenderness...that’s where community starts.”

She goes deeper into the importance of human connection in her book, “Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life.”

This conversation meandered through several unexpected topics, too. Listen on to learn:

  • How to hack your brain for more joy (and how to quantify the joy in your life) – all backed by science
  • Why drugs are a poor substitute for human connection
  •  How to build true community in the Digital Age
  •  Why dance and music are the future of medicine
  •  How Radha went from a small idea to an enormous, successful company—without a single investor
  •  The bittersweet reality of being a pig farmer
  •  How pain and tragedy can make you stronger, not weaker
  •  The importance of forgiveness (and why we have to stop cancelling people)

 By the end of this podcast, you’ll have practical tools to become a more joyful person. 

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Nov 04, 2021
You Control Your Own Karma – Sadhguru : 873
00:42:41

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Sadhguru, a yogi, mystic, visionary and spiritual master who spreads wisdom around the world, clarifies the meaning of karma (no, it’s not a checklist of good and bad deeds) and explains how much you’re in charge of your own karma. 

His most recent book, “Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny,” breaks down the ways in which karma frames our lives.

“It’s time to unpack the most overused, abused and yet indispensable world in the spiritual vocabulary of the world,” says Sadhguru in his book. “It is time to examine how karma is connected to some of the most vital areas of human inquiry: the meaning of life and above all, how to live it.”

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Nov 02, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #16
00:11:44

In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month.

  • Examining the relationship between autoimmunity and pain.
  • Plants up regulate their own autophagy to bring nutrients back in balance.
  • How autophagy supports stressed-out cells.
  • New genes found! Nearly three times more cause obesity than prevent it.


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Oct 29, 2021
Discover Your ‘Sparketype’ and Meet Your True Self – Jonathan Fields : 872
01:04:49

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If you find yourself deeply questioning parts of your life that you haven’t before, you’re not alone. People are asking more existential questions about their lives than they were two years ago, and Jonathan Fields joins the show to guide you through some answers.

Jonathan maximizes human potential, especially in the realm of meaningful work. He’s the bestselling author of four books on self-development, most recently “Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive.” He also hosts the popular Good Life Project podcast.

“I started into this topic two decades ago,” Jonathan says. “The fact that the last two years have dropped literally the entire world into the biggest existential questioning in generations is not something that I saw coming. But we are in that place, as we sit here depending on the research that you look at, anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of people either have quit their jobs or are in the process of quitting or seriously considering it.”

He aims to help people realign the work they’re paid to do, with the actual work that nourishes them through something called SparketypesThey’re the 10 different archetypes that are sparked by different kinds of work. You may be a maven, maker, scientist, essentialist, performer, sage, warrior, advisor, advocate or nurturer.

https://sparketype.com/sparketest/.Get started with the Sparketype quiz at 

Once you determine your particular Sparketype, it can be easier to find work that lights you up. Knowing your Sparketype also can lessen the fear of a career pivot and show you how to take your enthusiasm for one passion into a different line of work. You then can confidently build a career with a sense of purpose and direction.

“[People] may not know what the bargain is that they want to step into,” Jonathan explains. “But what they're getting clear on is the fact that the way that work has made them feel has satisfied certain needs, for sure, security, safety. The more existential needs, which tend to really become more important when we get a little bit further in life, those have generally been set aside. Part of that bargain was maybe later. Later is here.”

Enjoy the show!

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Oct 28, 2021
Moving Through Fear’s Allure to Find Inner Peace – Akshay Nanavati : 871
01:14:37

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“That's when I fell in love with the experience of adversity and the struggle because boot camp was terrifying,” Akshay says. “Everything about [it] was terrifying but it was so alluring that I started to look for other ways to confront myself—ultimately to go to war with myself.” He believes that the path to inner peace is the pursuit of a worthy inner war. 

He went on to build a global business, run ultramarathons, conduct humanitarian work in post-conflict zones, and explore some of the most hostile environments on the planet—from mountains to caves to polar icecaps. Nature became my playground to explore my fears and ultimately, systematically push through them one inch at a time.”

“I craved a high I believed I could only get by living on the edge of life and death,” he says in his book, “Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear Into Health, Wealth and Happiness.” 

He’s also spent years extensively researching neuroscience, psychology and spirituality. He combined his life experience with that research to write “Fearvana” and infused it with ways to transform fear, and its counterparts stress and anxiety, into something much more positive. His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote in the book’s foreword, “Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.” 

Akshay now teaches people how to overcome their own fears and how to tap into their brain’s superpower—neuroplasticity.

Sounds good, but how do you really move through stress and attain growth? First, you have to learn to disidentify with fear and suffering by remembering you are not your thoughts, feelings or experiences, Akshay explains. “You are simply the one who experiences them. Through this process it becomes so much easier to create a life of fulfillment, It’s a lifelong practice and a great pathway to growth.”

You can even learn to "suffer well" in the day-to-day context of your human experience.

“I couldn't care less when fear shows up,” he says. “What matters to me is what I do with it once it does. I can let go of the construct I have around the fear and accept it for what it is and then choose what I want to do outside of it.”

Take a listen for more tips on how to become fearless. 

Akshay heads to Antarctica in early November 2021. Learn more about his South Pole journey and how to follow along here.  

Enjoy!

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Oct 26, 2021
It's Time for an Evolution: The Human Upgrade with Dave Asprey : 870
00:22:03

Across 10 years and nearly 1,000 episodes, this podcast elevated what you knew about the capabilities of your mind and body.

Now, I’m evolving it even further in my plan to upgrade humanity.

I invite you to Expand KnowledgeExplore Performance and Embrace Possibility with The Human Upgrade.

You’ll meet bright thinkers and radical doers who push the boundaries of science, technology, personal development, and human performance in every way imaginable.

People from around the world who elevate what it means to be human.

 People who choose danger when it's worth it. Just like you. 

What are you going to learn from these people in the domains of your biology, your body? What are you going to learn about your mind, your thoughts, your habits, the way you show up in the world, and what are you going to learn about the spiritual side of things? The personal development side, that weird space where you wake up and there's a dream in your mind. What does it mean?

You can't just focus on one if you want to be an upgraded human. You upgrade all of them. You start with your hardware. Because when your body works right, you have enough electricity. When you have enough electricity, then you can handle the things in your life that need handling. And you can say, "Well, I have some energy left over. What will I do with it?"

Every guest you listen to, every topic you learn about, every new idea you discover on this podcast moves you forward.

Join me on this next evolution to upgrade your mind, body and life. 

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Oct 26, 2021
Tap Into Your Brain’s Full Potential – Patrick Porter, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 869
01:07:59

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Brainwave entrainment means that different sounds, like Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones, are pulsed into each of your ears to stimulate your brain into an altered state of consciousness. In a good way! This can improve your focus, energy, relaxation and deep sleep.

Using guided meditation, Dr. Porter’s BrainTap device uses a neuro-algorithm to synchronize your brainwaves to a specialized sound. That results in full-spectrum brainwave activity. Each session ensures the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, also known as neuroplasticity.

Dr. Porter has been a leader in brainwave entertainment tech for more than three decades years. He previously developed the world's first personal sound and light brain-training machine, the mc2, and created a Behavior Repatterning device. He’s written several books about the brain, including: Awaken the Genius: Mind Technology for the 21st Century; Discover the Language of the MindThrive in Overdrive: How to Navigate Your Overloaded Lifestyle; and  Awaken Your Flourishing Brain.

Dr. Porter continues to widen the scope of what we know about brain capabilities and performance. He says,” We've got this globally world-class brain that can do incredible things for us,” but people often aren’t listening to it.

“Once we started being able to measure the brain, we could track how the brain changes,” he says. “We know that every three to five seconds, we need to make a change or interrupt the pattern. If not, the brain will go “bye-bye,” – it's like advertising. The brain only has so much.”

BrainTap increases your production of neurotransmitters, leading to a more balanced brainwave state. Even if you can’t stay in that balanced brain state, the feeling of that optimal mode will stick with you and will be within reach at all times. It’s like a flow-state from meditation if you’ve experienced that. But you don’t have to be a meditation expert to experience benefits. BrainTap allows even complete beginners to see immediate progress

You can do the BrainTap sessions at different times of the day when you naturally lose energy, helping you with things like sleep, focus, concentration, mindfulness, memory, stress and anxiety. The sessions also have been shown to increase athletic performance and recovery, and even help with addictions.

In this episode, Dr. Porter explains the four elements of BrainTap, including Binaural Beats, Guided Visualization, 0-Cycle Holographic Music and Isochronic Tones. You’ll get to geek out on all the ways your brain affects your body (and vice-versa) and learn what you can do to reach your full brainiac potential.

 “Our brain actually is always syncing to its environment,” Patrick says. “That's why if it's chaotic {that it’s] causing some disruption. You have to filter it out. You have to learn how to do that.” 

Don’t miss Dr. Porter’s IG Live! Hacking Your Brain with Light and Sound.

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Oct 21, 2021
Be Your Own Hero: Take Risks, Face Your Fears and Choose Courage – Ryan Holiday with Dave Asprey : 868
01:18:33

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The Spartans used to build temples to fear. They did so to keep fear close, see its power and ward it off. Modern-day philosopher Ryan Holiday is here to tell you how to do that in your own modern life by using courage to overcome fear.

“You can have that reaction [to fear], but then you also realize, if you don't act on it, if you push through, there's often something on the other side of it,” Ryan says. “Or you realize that the more you expose yourself to it, the less scary it is each time and the less perhaps even that you feel that thing.”

Everyone experiences fear, but those who can learn to go beyond it will find room for courage. His most recent book, Fear is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave is compelling and empowering. It breaks down what it means to confront fear, courage and heroism in order to discover your own grace and wisdom. 

We talk about how to transform fear into courage and the power of choosing the relationship you have with fear.

“Man, people get really uncomfortable when something that they were told by their parents, or their church, or their society, or their social media, and all of a sudden, they face profound evidence that it's not true,” Ryan says.

Pulling stories from some of the greatest humans in history he talks about how heroism can change the world, and how history can help guide you through contemporary phenomena rooted in fear, like cancel culture and government mandates. 

This is the first book in Ryan’s new series on the four virtues of the ancient world: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. 

Don’t miss Ryan’s previous visit to Bulletproof Radio and the discussion about stoicism and ego: Modern Stoicism & Crushing your Ego: Ryan Holiday #527

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Oct 19, 2021
How Measuring Brain Function Leads to Performance Upgrades – David Oakley, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 867
01:14:34

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I talked to the co-founder of WAVi at the 7th Annual Biohacking Conference in Orlando, Florida. Physicist David Oakley created a device that’s used to directly measure brain function and gives you a 360-degree assessment of your brain performance.

WAVi is an all-in-one measurement platform. Users get objective information about brain function through EEG, visual ERP, auditory ERP, heart rate variability (HRV), Trail Making, standard assessments and more. This full FDA-regulated Class II device measures biomarkers of your brain with detail and precision in under 15 minutes.

“People measure their weight every day, right?” David says. “Step on the scale, “Where am I at today?” So, we should be measuring our brains regularly. Someday there will be WAVi in doctors’ offices and you’ll check your brain like you check your weight.”

For an introduction to WAVi, listen to Bulletproof Radio episode #619: Your Brain Voltage: Measure It, Raise It, Control It

In this interview, David and I go really deep into the science behind WAVi’s development. We get into physics, neuroscience, brain data, scientific inquiry and what’s exciting about the future of brain performance research. 

David comes from a long family line of inventors and creators. His own career as a physicist includes research and teaching at universities. He was also a researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and has analyzed data within neutrino astrophysics, a branch of astronomy that observes astronomical objects with neutrino detectors in special observatories.

He has published research and articles in the areas of physics, medicine, and art. At mid-life he turned to brain data and created WAVi: a mix of art, science, commerce, and public service.

He made the move to study the brain when he met a fellow scientist David Joffee. “He started showing all the [brain] patterns, and I thought, “This is beautiful,” David says. “It's beautiful waves. You can do a lot with it. You can help people. It's about the same as physics, though. It's the same, just voltage versus time series data.”

David’s now exploring multiple brain topics, including concussions, Alzheimer's, Dementia, and mental health.

You’ll also find out why P300 continues to be an important signature of cognitive processes. It’s a 300 millisecond time frame that measures brain activity. This includes attention, working memory and dysfunction in neurologic and mental disorders. Ongoing research sees it as a potential genetic marker of mental disorders.

“As you age this performance drops and the speed drops,” David explains.

And then there’s voltage activity that’s happening in the brain. And if you can assess and measure what’s going on in your brain, you can do something about it.

So, this is a really big thing. And I want you guys to think about this. Right now you might be saying, "I'm not a brain scientist, I'm just listening to this." But there's, how fast does the brain respond? And how strongly does the brain respond? Because those are different things. And the reason my brain does what it does, I would say is clearly nutrition and mitochondrial enhancement and supplements and all that kind of stuff.

It's a fascinating time to be upgrading your brain!  

“So, 10 years from now, the happy path is that with the brain scan, the artificial intelligence will know you and know what you need to optimize your brain,” David says. “There won't be a question of, in the ideal world, it's not a question of your brain is slowing down. It will know you on day one and say, “This is what you need to do. As long as you stay with this program, you're going to have an optimized brain. It's not going to slow.” That's my 10-year future.”

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Oct 15, 2021
Clean Up Your Mouth! Saliva, Gums & Kissing Bad Bacteria Goodbye – Trina Felber with Dave Asprey : 866
01:11:32

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My guest today is Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, the creator and CEO of Primal Life Organics, an all-natural health product company that specializes in oral health and skin care.

After more than 25 years as a registered nurse and nurse anesthetist, Trina turned her attention to the mouth microbiome and how it influences all your body systems--whether you know it or not.

She focuses on oral health as the gateway to internal health, so discuss topics that could give you clues about your own biology:

  • Saliva is the “lifeblood” of the mouth; 
  • Red light (and blue!) can improve gum tissue; and
  • What you must stop doing when brushing your teeth and why it matters so much to your oral health.


Your Saliva: “Saliva is a secretion no one's talking about,” Trina says. “And it's one of, if not the most important secretion in your body, because it does so many things, including nitric oxide production. If you have an imbalance in the microbiome inside your mouth and inside your gut, nitric oxide declines and your body can't produce nitric oxide. … Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, it's related to internal health, it's anti-inflammatory, it creates better sleep and better brain function.”

Your Gums: “Red light therapy is going to help with the condition of your gums, it's going to improve the overall environment inside your mouth, and it's going to help with the right environment to grow the right bacteria that in the long-term is going to help with nitric oxide production,” Trina says. “Red light therapy actually penetrates your gum tissue and will increase blood flow and reduce inflammation of the gum tissue.”

Your Brushing Habits: “Brushing too hard, we don't think about it, but it's common sense, but we still do it because you feel like you need to scrub to get your teeth clean and your gums,” Trina says. “But a lot of people just brush way too hard. It's really a soft motion. The softer you brush, the more you actually stimulate detoxification and increase blood flow. It's like a massage. Sometimes when you massage too hard, you create inflammation, you create more problems. And the softer that you massage, like lymphatic massages, are extremely, there's no depth to them. It's very light touch.” (Even with a sonic toothbrush!)

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Oct 13, 2021
Mimetic Desire Shatters the Myth of Why You Want – Luke Burgis with Dave Asprey : 865
01:27:45

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IN THIS EPISODE OF BULLETPROOF RADIO...

Do you know why you make choices that are bad for you? Or why you end up with burnout, bad diets and other things that cause you harm, when you know you’d be better off choosing something else? 

This episode cuts through the noise, everything you’re sold and told to want, and helps you answer those very questions.

Luke Burgis researched and studied the theory that underlies your tendency to follow other peoples’ wants, called mimetic desire. Explored by prominent French thinker René Girard, mimetic theory of desire says humans don’t want anything autonomously and independently. 

“Girard discovered that we come to desire certain things not through biological drives or pure reason, nor as the longing of our deepest, most authentic selves, but through imitation,” Luke says in his book, “Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life.” Desire, as Girard used the word, does not mean the drive for food or sex or shelter or security. But after meeting those needs, we enter the domain of desire. And knowing what to want is much harder than knowing what to need.”

In studying the work of Gerard, Luke realized that his goals and dreams were a product of other people’s expectations of him and he was actually following the desire of what he was seeing in others (that’s why he was miserable, burnt out, in poor physical health and felt horrible).  

“The truth is that desires are derivative, contagious, and therefore competitive, and that’s why they often lead to conflict,” Luke explains. “The lie is that I want things entirely on my own, uninfluenced by others. By rejecting the truth, I deny the consequences of my desires on other people, and theirs on me.”

Luke and I dive into how to get past the innate desires of success and wealth that most of us are taught to value and really move into your own individual dreams and self-desires. 

“Mimetic desire exists on a spectrum,” he says. “And that there are some things that can't be explained medically at all. Something beautiful like a sunset, or like a beautiful woman that I'm attracted to. There are very clear scientific sort of physiological things going on there. So, let's make a distinction. Mimetic desire exists on a spectrum where those hardwired physiological things like thirst and hunger, those have been met, right? And we're sort of now in a more abstract world.”

Armed with this knowledge, you can make better choices about who you trust and build self-awareness around your choices to empower your own life. You can find holistic models that work for you in all areas of your life (not just at your job), and why those models are important to find sooner rather than later.

“​​The constant looking to what other people are doing or saying or wanting, or achieving, is just the fastest way to be miserable for one thing, but also the fastest way to miss opportunities, because we're just constantly looking to our right and our left rather than forward or up,” Luke says.

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Oct 08, 2021
Relationship Goals: Your Gut Microbiome and Immune Function – Kiran Krishnan, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 864
01:32:07

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Research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, Ph.D., explores the world of microorganisms inside your body. He studies the human microbiome and knows just how much inflammation damages your gut and how your immune system fixes it.

He’s particularly adept at explaining practical ways to apply the latest science he’s uncovering.

His expertise lies in the newest frontier in microbiology—gut commensal spore bacteria. He partners with Just Thrive Health on prebiotics, probiotics and other gut health product development.

When he was on the show previously, we got into probiotics and immune health. (Don’t miss those! Support Immune Health in Two Steps: Modulate Gut Bacteria & Neutralize Inflammation – #677 and Armor-Plated Immortal Probiotics from Space – #629. This time, he makes connections between your microbiome and immune function.

“The inflammatory response is the biggest driver of gut related damage that occurs,” Kiran says. “You can also eat foods that are absolutely toxigenic to your microbiome.”

The good news? Up to 80 percent of your immune system lies in your digestive tract, Kiran explains. “Your immune system is there, ready and waiting to help with the situation.”

In this episode, you’ll learn that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is the unknown villain of virtually everything. Kiran says it causes damage to the brain, contributes to metabolic disease, drives Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and is the No. 1 driver of diabetes (to name a few).

“LPS is the most pervasive toxin we have to deal with and it’s an endotoxin, which is a key because we can’t get away from it,” Kiran says.

Kiran has a strict research background in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology. For nearly 20 years, he’s conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition through his research organization: Clinical Research Organization.

His recently published leaky gut study showed reversal of gut enteropathy within 30 days. He’s now involved with a longer, more extensive leaky gut trial. 

His current research also includes nine other ongoing human clinical trials. Some test the effect of gut commensal spore probiotics on conditions like Thyroid/Hashimoto’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and liver failure.

Listening to this extensive interview, you’ll find out cool stuff, like what faecalibacterium prausnitzii is and how it helps you.

“We all have all kinds of damage occurring in our large bowel all the time,” Kiran says. “But if you have faecalibacterium, it's constantly repairing it. If you don't have faecalibacterium, at some point, the damage overcomes the repair and you start getting significant inflammation in lining which then puts you at risk for things like inflammatory bowel disease. Right, so we're constantly battling this state of damage, oxidative stress, inflammation, and all that, and then repair recovery and so on. And then as it turns out, microbes are so important for that repair and recovery phase.”

You’ll also gain new perspective of your own body biomes and the broader world:  “I've always referred to the human system as a walking, talking rainforest,” Kiran says. “We are a holo-biome which is a super organism. We are an organism made up of a collective of organisms that together in a certain balance will function and work. But we are also in constant osmosis with the ecosystem, and we're designed to be that way.”

Another positive for your gut and immune health is the vast number of microbial genes in your system.

“We have such limited amount of genetic capability as a species,” Kiran says. “We barely have enough genetic material as an earthworm does, and so we're not that cool or sophisticated. What makes us as sophisticated as we are, is the two and a half million or so microbial genes in our system. And so, being able to outsource functionality to microbes is a big part of being human. There are sets of organisms that we have outsourced through the course of evolution, the ability to modulate and monitor the rest of the microbiome. We're finding that when you start putting in these microbes back into your system, you really start getting the positive changes. They start refereeing the ecosystem and making things more balance and improved.” 

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Oct 06, 2021
How to Build Strength Faster – John Jaquish, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey, Part 2 : 863
00:44:07

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In Part 1 of our two-part episode with John Jaquish, Ph.D., I talked with him about building bone density—an important factor in your strength and longevity. Don’t miss! Building Strength Isn’t About Weight Lifting Anymore – John Jaquish, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey, Part 1 – #862.

This inventor, author, and scientist created OsteoStrong and the X3 System, a series of devices that combine rehabilitation and advancements in human physiology to build bone density. His extensive research into bone density and strength found that you can approach weight lifting much differently than you may think.

“It appears that the most biological adaptation comes from not the area under the curve, the total volume of work you did, but has to do with how quickly did you go from zero to 100 and back to zero,” John says. “So, a very brief spike of almost anything causes way more adaptation than spiking up to 70% and holding it.”

Now in Part 2, our conversation dives into John’s other findings and lifestyle choices, both as a public figure, a mentor for professional athletes and a fasting enthusiast. We go off the beaten path on a few things:

  • Anabolic rebound after fasting (what fasting does to build muscle mass)
  • Tendon mutations (and how they make people outrageously strong)
  • Taking Viagra (or other non-pharmaceuticals) and carbs to trigger a muscle cell splitting
  • The difference between fructose, glucose and sucrose (is there any real difference in the body?)


We also talk about ways to eat for strength and the quest for longevity that guides him. He knows about the tempting danger of eating to only look good (but you feel like crap). He offers tips to make sure you don’t go there.

Check out John’s book to learn more: Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time: So Is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want

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Oct 01, 2021
Building Strength Isn’t About Weight Lifting Anymore – John Jaquish, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey, Part 1 : 862
00:39:45

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Inventor, author, and scientist John Jaquish, Ph.D., downloads his knowledge about the importance of bone density. When his mom was diagnosed with osteoporosis he set out to develop bioDensity, a system that builds bone density by triggering the effects of weightlifting without the risk of injury. He’s talked about it on Bulletproof Radio before.

He’s developed a way to put on muscles three times faster than you can by weightlifting. I’m asking him to explain why that matters and what devices and routines can help you get there. He created OsteoStrong and the X3 System, a series of devices that combine rehabilitation devices and advancements in human physiology to build bone density. 

Why so much focus on bone density?

“You're avoiding the potential for fragility fractures later in life,” John says. “The bone you build through the osteogenic loading process, through this heavy loading, you're getting bone built that's going to last in your body for 30 years. It doesn't go away like muscle. Detraining of a muscle starts in 10 days. If you stop working out, you lose your muscle in 10 days. It takes you 30 years to lose the bone.”

In part one of this two-part episode, we talk about John’s inventions and research, as well as the three aspects of strength that most people don’t think about when they start a fitness routine. You’ll learn what vitamins and protein habits matter and what kind of exercise truly increases your longevity.

You can also check out John’s book: "Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time: So Is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want"

And stay tuned for Part 2 of this episode, coming soon!

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Sep 29, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #15
00:12:51

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #15:

  • A ketogenic diet impacts brain cancer.
  • A surprising connection links calf muscles, blood pressure, and dementia risk.
  • A dose of sunlight boosts romantic passion.
  • An energy process involves brain cells, memory and sugar levels.
  • A bunch of benefits support time-restrictive eating.
  • An innovative way to transport mouse sperm.


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Sep 24, 2021
Hack Your Neurochemistry with Customized Nootropics – Mr. Noots & Matt Gallant : 861
01:22:48

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IN THIS EPISODE OF BULLLETPROOF RADIO...

We’re going deep on all things nootropics. Stacks, timing and what works for your brain.

I didn’t want to be the guy who made nootropics. I wanted it to be the fact that it’s possible, therefore, let’s all do it. I mean, take them and let’s all make them. We need creators who build stuff that’s real. I just want people to see it was real so that we could all build it.

You’re going to learn a lot in this episode, like:

  • The promise of nootropics vs. the reality of nootropics
  • Problems with typical nootropics
  • How brain chemistry and nervous systems are incredibly unique
  • How every high-performance state has a corresponding neurochemistry stack
  • Nine Nootopia base blends that have specific goals and purposes
  • Why Nootopia nootropics are different
  • Tips to get the most out of your nootropics

 

One of today’s guests has been on the show several times to talk about psychobiotics, magnesium, enzymes and blood sugar.

As co-founder of BiOptimizers, Matt Gallant keeps researching and innovating ways to keep your whole body healthy. He sees important connections within body systems and finds unique ways to maximum human performance. He especially likes the brain and will be talking about new developments in nootropics that can be customized to your own body system.

Matt Gallant: “A lot of nootropics rely on brute force,” Matt says. “They hammer one receptor or one pathway and they just push it to the max which has negative consequences, receptors downregulate, you can have more side effects. As a former addict, I thought, and I was hardwired to believe that more is better. And now I know better and optimal is better. So, it's about really finding the optimal dose for each person. And that's why we're all about customization and personalization.”

He’s joined by Mr. Noots, his partner in custom nootropic development. 

Between ages 5 and 10, he built radio, conducted dangerous chemistry experiments and built a Helium-Neon Laser from scratch. His favorite childhood activities were science, chemistry and physics. He spent his 20’s in the US Air Force, which was the perfect platform to become an endurance athlete and eventual bodybuilder. Life happened and as Mr. Noots moved from sick to superhuman, he dove deep into performance-enhancing nutrition. That, in turn, led him to become a Chief Product Officer for the mind-enhancing compounds and stacks of nootropics at Nootopia.

“This is one of the things where I want everyone listening to just say, "Okay, I admit to myself that it is possible for plant extracts or other compounds to improve cognitive function because it's abundantly obvious,” “says Mr. Noots.

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Sep 24, 2021
Nutrition Goes Primal with Dr. Paul Saladino and Nora Gedgaudas : 860
00:26:33

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You've been asking for experts who can talk about food that's in line with the way we evolved as humans, so this episode brings together two guests who are experts on ancestral eating: Dr. Paul Saladino’s research on the carnivore diet, with Nora Gedgaudas decades of research on paleo and keto diets.

The conversation dives into the dangers of vegan and vegetarianism, why meat should be a core part of your diet, and how plants might be more harmful to eat than you think. 

Both put chronic disease at the core of their research and have spent years of research and heart finding eating habits that give you the greatest quality of life. 

Dr. Paul Saladino is a certified functional medicine practitioner who says yes to meat and no to plants. Dr. Saladino’s work promotes the use of science-based information to deeply understand the root causes of illness and provide individualized care that goes beyond traditional pharmacological treatments.

“Eat nose to tail with organ meats, with well-raised red meat and organs, and you will thrive,” Dr. Saladino says. “Plants hate us and if we ignore the fact that plants exist on a toxicity spectrum and make plant toxins, which are defended chemicals, we are abandoning a whole bunch of people who could get really well by eliminating the most toxic plants from their diet.”

Want to learn more from Dr. Saladino? Listen to two full podcasts with him and check out his book:

 

Nora Gedgaudus is an internationally keto and ancestrally based nutrition specialist and author. She combines extensive research with evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative disease for mind-body health and longevity.

She’s created her own program called PRIMALGENIC, based on her 20 years of knowledge of ancestral and modern eating, and the paleo and keto diets.

“What’s incumbent upon us in the face of so many things we feel like we can't control is to take control of what we can, be aware, understand as much of this as we can and find ways of strategizing our way around the system and develop that firsthand knowing of where your food comes from, as much as humanly possible,” Nora says. “And, educate yourself and take responsibility for as much as you possibly can.”

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Sep 21, 2021
Kava: Psychedelic Benefits in an Alcohol Alternative – Cameron George with Dave Asprey : 859
01:11:25

This episode of Bulletproof Radio revisits one of my favorite varieties of plant medicine, called kava. It’s a plant-based drink from the South Pacific Islands that relieves anxiety, boosts mood and enhances cognitive abilities. It has a pretty impressive resume: 

  • Kava is a safe, natural alternative to drugs and alcohol
  • Kava offers effects similar to micro dosing psychedelics
  • When humans consume kava, it helps protect the body from all forms of stress (physical, chemical, emotional) 

I’m talking with Cameron George, a researcher, writer, entrepreneur and the founder of TRU KAVA. He’s been on the show before, Kava Just May Be The Next CBD – #731, so don’t miss that one for a great starter resource! This time, we get into kava’s growing use in the United States, its links to community and social connection, and how it makes an amazing alternative to alcohol.

Cameron likes kava as an alcohol replacement, he says because [for the most part] “people who are migrating towards kava are looking for healthier alternatives that are non-addictive, that don't interfere with their faculties and kind of keep them sober, but bring kind of that enhanced sobriety.”

Kava lowers the emotional stress system in the brain that is overactive and easily triggered. It increases GABA, an amino acid which is a building block for proteins, and in the brain, kava acts as a neurotransmitter and activates serotonin.

“Whenever you talk to the indigenous people of the South Pacific,” Cameron says, “they don't speak of kava in the same context. In the U.S., we just see it as an anxiety relieving herb that helps with sleep and stress and things like that. They speak of it as a spiritual entheogenic medicine that improves the quality of your thoughts, your perspective, induces introspective thinking and allows people to connect with one another.”

TRU KAVA sets the industry quality standard by providing the safest and most effective kava on the market. The company offers kava oil and shots, and a new drink that you consume like you would an alcoholic beverage. I’m really excited for you to listen to this conversation, hear us break down some misconceptions and learn how you can experience the benefits of kava. 

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Sep 16, 2021
Ozone Therapy: Your New Favorite Biohack – Micah Lowe with Dave Asprey : 858
00:50:32

Micah Lowe loves all things ozone. So much so that his nickname is the “Ozonaut.”

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, you’ll find out how ozone therapy improves your body’s intake and use of oxygen and activates your immune system. Micah’s company, Simply 03, develops equipment for people to conduct affordable ozone therapy from their own homes.

“So, there’s a whole world of ozone that you can dive into,” Micah says. “There’s ozone for municipalities. There’s ozone for wine making. There’s ozone for pools. There’s ozone for hot tubs. There’s ozone for aquariums, and then there’s medical ozone. They’re all different.

You may think ozone is a pollutant, but, in fact, it’s a really strong oxidant that alters your body at a cellular level and helps your mitochondria make more antioxidants. Ozone stimulates growth factors and increases oxygen metabolism. This in turn increases energy and stamina and reduces brain fog.  

“Ozone is actually similar to exercise in that it signals a pathway called the NRF2 pathway, where it's actually good for you,” Micah explains. “So, this can be good in terms of athletic performance because it'll help people to recover faster. It'll help them to diminish the effects of those workouts that are really tough.”

The other side of the ozone equation involves oxygen efficiency. Oxygen efficiency is important for being able to maintain higher levels of cognitive performance and for athletic performance, Micah says. “It's just a fundamental aspect of our lives that we all need.”

Simply O3 manufactures high-quality ozone generators, ozone kits, ozone skincare, and accessories. Since there are many kinds of ozone therapy, we cut right to the chase about how Simply 03 works, what makes it special and how to balance it with the rest of your body care and plan for your health.

There’s a cosmetic side to ozone, too. Micah co-founded the ozone cosmetic skin care companyHonest O3, with his brother. The company specializes in manufacturing and selling oxygen-rich cosmetics, such as creams and gels. 

You’re going to get a lot out of this episode’s deep dive into the many benefits of ozone therapy.

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Sep 14, 2021
Speaker Preview 2: Human Upgrades at the 7th Annual Biohacking Conference : 857
00:49:47

Take a listen to a few of the world’s most innovative minds in the field of human optimization and biohacking. All will be speaking in person at the 7TH Annual Biohacking ConferenceSept. 17-19, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.

This transformative 3-day event, hosted by Dave Asprey and Upgrade Labs, features thought-provoking keynotes, panelists, and Upgrade U and Master U instructors. You’ll find a Tech Playground and fully immersive experiences that push the limits of human advancement, performance and longevity. 

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Vishen Lakhiani: Optimize the brain for prime happiness and performance.

Vishen Lakhiani: 10 Laws & Four-Letter Words – #309

Dr. Will Cole: Tame inflammation, calm cravings, balance hormones and find food peace.

Intuitive Fasting, Metabolic Flexibility & Metaphysical Meals – Dr. Will Cole with Dave Asprey – #796

Panache Desai: Be “enough” through the power of insight and energetic transformation.

You Are Enough! Find Your Authentic State with Panache Desai and Dave Asprey – #692

Don Wood, Ph.D.: Efficient and effective solutions for trauma using modern neuroscience advancements.

How to Stay Present No Matter What – Don Wood, Ph.D. – #648

Dr. Ted Achacoso: Bringing together AI, tech, human body systems and evolutionary medicine.

Mathematics of Consciousness -Your Life as a Video Game. Dr. Ted Achacoso #495

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Sep 09, 2021
Speaker Preview 1: Human Upgrades at the 7th Annual Biohacking Conference : 856
00:42:08

Take a listen to a few of the world’s most innovative minds in the field of human optimization and biohacking. All will be speaking in person at the 7TH Annual Biohacking ConferenceSept. 17-19, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.

This transformative 3-day event, hosted by Dave Asprey and Upgrade Labs, features thought-provoking keynotes, panelists, and Upgrade U and Master U instructors. You’ll find a Tech Playground and fully immersive experiences that push the limits of human advancement, performance and longevity. 

Here’s a speaker sampling.

Marcella Madera: A neurosurgeon gives prep tips for calming pre-surgery stress reactions.

Radical Regeneration: Neurosurgery Meets Energy Medicine – Marcella Madera, M.D. #582

Naveen Jain: What happens in the gut doesn’t stay in the gut.  

From Inside Your Gut to Outer Space: Moonshots with Naveen Jain #541 or Your Microbiome May be Misbehaving – Naveen Jain #612

Jim Kwik: Progressing and advancing beyond what you believe possible. 

Limitless: How Will Smith and the X-Men Got That Way – Jim Kwik Tells Dave Asprey – #695

 Joe De Sena: Get way out of your comfort zone.

Spartan Up! with Joe De Sena – Podcast #116

Dr. Elizabeth Yurth: Restoring normal metabolic health and strengthening your mitochondria.

Trigger Autophagy Without Fasting – Dr. Elizabeth Yurth Talks Spermidine with Dave Asprey – #773

Kiran Krishnan and Tina Anderson: Mucosal inflammation, gut lining damage, and repairing your microbiome.

Support Immune Health in Two Steps: Modulate Gut Bacteria & Neutralize Inflammation – Just Thrive Health – #677

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Sep 08, 2021
Build Your Career with 5 Keys of Emotional Intelligence – Caroline Stokes with Dave Asprey : 855
00:43:31

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, you’ll learn about the different kinds of emotional intelligence and how you can use them to catapult your career and your business

As a human capital entrepreneur, Caroline Stokes specializes in creating emotionally intelligent organizations, starting with leadership.

“I take a broader view and define people leaders as anyone who manages people in any capacity,” she says in her newest book, “Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies To Save Your Company.” “No matter where you stand in your organization’s hierarchy, I challenge you to embrace the mantle of ‘leader.’ Own your influence. Find where you can do the most good and then do it with all your might.”

She’s an executive headhunter, certified executive coach, certified EQ.2.0 practitioner, and CEO of the Canadian company FORWARD. Caroline works with major companies throughout Canada and the U.S. on the need for talent to develop emotional intelligence and resilience in the face of technological advancements.

She blends recruiting and emotional intelligence strategies essential to helping companies identify and tackle elephants and acquire and retain key hires―those unicorns. We talk about how those strategies can help your company stand out, stay resilient, and drive growth.

“When we do executive search, the organizations will ignore those elephants in their organization because they want these really shiny, super smart, highly unobtainable unicorns to join them,” she says, “But they can't because they haven't reworked the systems within their organizations.”

In this episode, Caroline walks us through organizational obstacles, gives easy-to-implement advice, unpacks key emotional intelligence factor, and offers questions for reflection so you can unlock your team's ability to hire the best candidates for the job. 

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Sep 03, 2021
A Trio of Career Experts Say Yes to Criticism, Ideas and Mentors with Dave Asprey : 854
00:31:38

How’s work working for you?

Maybe your normal sources of inspiration have run dry. Maybe you keep getting stuck on the same series of tasks you can’t quite figure out how to do. Or maybe, you feel like no one’s telling you the truth about how you work. 

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, three experts give you real-time tips on how to level up your career. 

The truths they share are designed to stimulate many aspects of your career. Steven HerzJeffrey Madoff and Kevin Harrington have helped people find not only success, but also passion and creativity in their work.

If you like this special episode with Steve, Jeff and Kevin, dive deeper into their expertise by listening to the full Bulletproof Radio podcasts:

Embrace Criticism and Don’t Take Yes for An Answer – Steven Herz with Dave Asprey – #745


Feeling Stuck? 40+ Ways to Turn Your Ideas Into a Career – Jeff Madoff with Dave Asprey – #744

  • Jeff Madoff discusses three stages of creativity, including inspiration, growth and stagnation, and how you can get started and keep the cycle going, despite stagnation. Check out his book: “Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas,”


Want to Make Millions? Get a Mentor – Kevin Harrington with Dave Asprey – #743


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Sep 01, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #14
00:12:20

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #14:

  • CBD linked to Alzheimer's prevention
  • Reducing stress could reverse gray hair 
  • A new device detects bad breath
  • Spirituality found in brain circuitry
  • Inflammatory clock of aging determines your "immunological age" 


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Aug 27, 2021
Stabilize Your Blood Pressure Using Biofeedback – Mackay Rippey with Dave Asprey : 853
01:01:23

Let’s not sugarcoat it; both low blood pressure and high blood pressure are bad for you. With either, you can experience an inability to focus, dizziness, heart disease, and other health problems. You want to find a way to stabilize your blood pressure in the Goldilocks zone–just right.

Controlling blood pressure is especially important when it comes to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. There used to be a significant gap between men and women in the incidence of heart disease, but that gap has closed over the past few decades and now women die of heart disease as frequently as men.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I brought on an expert to talk about Zona Plus. Mackay Rippey serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Zona Health. He explains how the biofeedback device helps you train your own body to change your blood pressure, using isometric exercise. In this kind of muscle contraction, the muscle is tensed and working, but not actively shortening or lengthening. The Zona Plus looks like a joystick from a fighter airplane with a little digital screen on top. That screen gives you immediate feedback.

Let's jump right into some of the biochemistry that I found with Zona, Mackay says:

“I started with the hand grip. So, 30% is the magic Goldilocks percentage for your grip. So, you need to calculate what your grip strength is in the morning. It can vary from day to day and the optimal is 30%. Now, if you think you can calculate 30% just by knowing what you're feeling, you're sadly mistaken. That's why it helps to have a biofeedback device that tells you, "You're at 30%. Oh, and, by the way, you have to hold it for two minutes." So, if you think you can do that for two minutes, you need a feedback device. It just makes your life a lot easier.”

We discuss the effects of pre-hypertension and hypertension on your health, how to manage your blood pressure and how to keep your cardiovascular system functioning properly. We also get into nitric oxide, endothelial cells and red blood cells.

Eighty percent of Zona Plus users lower their blood pressure back to normal because Zona makes biofeedback so accessible. It leads to greater cognitive function, clears toxins from your body and more. Consider this hand-held device your cardio biohack. We also talk about the additional supplements you can take to pair with the Zona for faster and better results.

And for those of you who may think it’s too early in your life for Zona Plus, that you’ll use it when you’re older, Mackay says to remember this: “Now's the time to start ‘exercising,’ your endothelial cells so that they continue to function well as you increase your age so you're not only living longer, but you're living well as well.”

Mackay sees the impact of blood pressure across many areas of health:

  • He co-founded Beyond Protocols, an education accelerator for Functional Medicine practitioners. 
  • He formulates supplements for cardiovascular health that reduce blood pressure. 
  • He’s operated Mackay Rippey Acupuncture for more than 30 years. 
  • He hosts Lyme Ninja Radio, a podcast focused on the challenges and treatment of Lyme disease. 
  • And, he’s got a passion for nutrigenomic research.


Join us for this important conversation on heart disease, healthy hearts, the blood pressure rollercoaster and some key elements to creating a long healthy life.

Note for listeners: I previously interviewed Zona’s CEO, Mark Young. Learn more about Zona’s company history and how the device was developed in episode #601: Get a Grip on Your Blood Pressure

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Aug 27, 2021
3 Dimensions of Longevity That Will Extend Your Life – Sergey Young with Dave Asprey : 852
01:10:05

Sergey Young has his finger on the pulse of all things longevity. He’s spent years connecting with the world’s anti-aging research leaders. 

He’s learned that living to 200 years old and beyond is not only possible — it’s inevitable. 

When Sergey was on Bulletproof Radio episode #715, he and I talked about ways to make longevity affordable for everyone. Now he’s back with a new book, The Science and Technology of Growing Young: An Insider’s Guide to the Breakthroughs that Will Dramatically Extend Our Lifespan… and What You Can Do Right Now.

In this new episode of Bulletproof Radio, he explains how medicine and technology advances are rapidly paving the way for the long and healthy future of the human race. He lays out three dimensions to longevity: prevent premature death, life extension and age reversal.

“So you just need to keep your body and your mind in a state which is worth expanding its resource,” Sergey says. “And then it comes down to the full horizon of longevity, which is going to be available to us in 25 to 50 years.” 

He also debunks the most popular myths about longevity: living more means living less, longevity is dangerous and selfish, and life extension is not really possible. Nope, nope and nope. Sergey gathered research and insights from world-leading scientists, doctors, inventors, and health entrepreneurs to address these myths and many others.

Learn more about Sergey: He founded Longevity Vision Fund, a $100M fund to accelerate life extension technological breakthroughs and to make longevity affordable and accessible to all. He’s also involved with other longevity-inspired ventures, including: Longevity XPRIZE, a global initiative designed to incentivize the development of technological breakthroughs to cure aging and APPG for Longevity which helps to shape national longevity strategy in the UK.

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Aug 24, 2021
3 Rs to Up Your Energy: Rest, Recovery & Restoration – Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith & Kate Northrup – #851 : 851
00:30:21

You’re probably skipping rest to get more done in your day. Or you think you’re resting while you sleep. The former doesn’t work; the latter just isn’t true. Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith and Kate Northrup approach rest and recovery in ways that actually re-energize and power your performance. In this special episode of Bulletproof Radio, you’ll learn about your “rest deficit” and ways to optimally rest your brain, body, and emotions.

If you enjoy this special episode with Dr. Dalton-Smith and Kate, listen to their full Bulletproof Radio podcasts:

7 Types of Rest That Will Fix What Sleep Doesn’t – Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith with Dave Asprey – #720

  • Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a board-certified internal medicine physician, work-life integration researcher, speaker, and best-selling author. She’s been the featured wellness expert for numerous media outlets including MSNBC, Dr. Oz, Fast Company, and Psychology Today. She’s practiced clinical medicine for more that 20 years in the Birmingham, Alabama, area.
  • In her book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, she describes seven types of rest that underlie how we show up in the world. All of them affect your performance in different and unexpected ways. “Rest really is about restorative activity,” Dr. Dalton-Smith says. “What are the restorative activities you do to help pour back into these seven areas to counteract the ways that you pour out within your day-to-day life.”
  • To see how well you may or may not be resting, take the Rest Quiz at https://ichoosemybestlife.com/quiz/rest-quiz-test/.

 

Do Less to Get More – Kate Northrup – #654

  • Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker, activist and mother, she has built a multimedia digital company by doing less and working fewer hours—all while raising two small kids. Her trick? Bending time. 
  • In her newest book, “Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women,” she says a resounding no to the addiction of busyness and debunks the myth that personal worth equals productivity.
  • “We might be doing things just because we’re upholding some standards that if we really were to check in with our hearts and souls, they’re not actually bringing us joy,” Kate says. “So, I believe things need to either bring us results or bring us joy. If they don’t bring us results or joy, they have no business in our lives.”

 

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Aug 19, 2021
Habits from Simple to Atomic Propel Big Life Changes – BJ Fogg & James Clear : 850
00:29:53

Habits form the base of your life. So the more you can form habits that manage and automate your day and power your decisions, the more brain space you free up for creativity and bigger thinking. 

BJ Fogg and James Clear approach habits in ways that get to the root of how your think and feel. In this special episode of Bulletproof Radio, they share useful tips you can (and probably must) start doing today.

If you enjoy this special episode with BJ and James, listen to their full Bulletproof Radio podcasts:

The Simplicity of Tiny Habits Will Change Your Life – BJ Fogg, Ph.D. – #662

  • Behavior scientist BJ Fogg, Ph.D., founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University and is considered the leading scientific authority on habits. His behavior model is easy to learn and easy to apply to everyday life… and doesn’t include willpower. “The thing that wires a habit in is not repetition,” BJ says, “it’s the emotion you feel when you do the behavior.” He explains that behavior happens when three elements come together at the same moment: motivation, ability, and a prompt.
  • BJ introduces you to the science behind habit formation in his book, “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything ”

 

Use Atomic Habits to Upgrade Your Decisions – James Clear – #645

  • Writer James Clear researches habits in the context of human potential, continuous improvement and decision-making. “Your habits compound over time as they start to layer on top of each other and increase over time,” James says. “But your decisions—if you imagine your life is like a string of decisions—those decisions can compound for you or against you, too. The benefit of making a single good choice is fine, but the benefit of making a string of good choices can be significantly better. You’re really trying to string those two together.”
  • James book, “Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones,” details how habits can shape your life and is a go-to resource for Fortune 500 companies and professional sports teams.


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Aug 17, 2021
ENERGY: 3 Ways to Find Your Flow – A Top 10 Episode with Dr. Barry Morguelan
00:29:36

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Dr. Barry Morguelan takes the No. 3 spot: The Ancient Energy Discipline That Stimulates Healing and Vitality – Dr. Barry Morguelan – #413

Dr. Morguelan is one of only about a dozen living grandmasters of Chinese energy healing techniques. He’s spent nearly four decades studying ways he can help others access their energy. 

He’s also a gastroenterologist and endoscopic surgeon, with four decades of experience in Western medicine techniques. His search for ways to better help and heal his patients led him to ancient Chinese energy medicine.

He began by learning acupuncture, herbology, massage and acupressure in a traditional Chinese medicine hospital. He moved onto martial arts, which taught him a larger scope of his senses and situational awareness. He was asked to complete challenges that taught him what his body was truly capable of, and he’s taken all of those practices to help people harness their full energy.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio with one of our most popular guests, we discuss how his studies impact the way he does his current work, and how you can reach your physical, mental and emotional goals. We also get into how practice, patience and consistent work can help you access the energy you hold to be your best self.

Here’s what Dr. Morguelan has to say:

  • “When I got to work there, finally, I had the opportunity when I was in one of the hospitals to read some books that had pictures in them. And those books had pictures of people treating somebody, but not touching them, not doing anything. And the person was getting well. So I asked the doctors I was working with there, and they said, yeah, that's the source of all of Chinese medicine.”
  • “You had to be able to stand on your hands. One of the things that people do here in the military, which is not very common for doctors, one hand pushups, then four finger pushups, three finger pushups, those things I'm not. My hands are for surgery, not for those things, but they were always intimating, which turned out to be absolutely true is that you sort of have two bodies.”
  • “You need to open your eyes and wake up to the fact that all throughout life you've had this, at least, maybe no one told you directly, but it's in the culture. It's in the cultural middle of you, that your life is supposed to go like this. And then like this, and like this, and like this.”


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Aug 14, 2021
BRAIN POWER: Feeding Neurotransmitters Improves Mental Health – A Top 10 Episode with William Walsh, Ph.D.
00:28:25

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William Walsh, Ph.D., takes the No. 10 spot: Tailor Your Brain’s Neurotransmission with Nutrients — William J. Walsh, Ph.D. #567

In this revamped episode of Bulletproof Radio, I talk with research scientist Dr. Bill Walsh about how brain cells function, how they’re nourished, and what we need to clear out our brain’s trash and keep the good stuff around. He’s spent over three decades studying how you can use nutrients and foods to improve your brain health. His expertise shows how mental health can be improved with nutritional psychiatry.

More than 100 neurotransmitters in the brain act as chemical messengers. Research shows us that with certain nutrients you can directly affect how those neurotransmitters work. For people who struggle with addiction, for people who have a mental illness, for those who want to live longer, improve their memory and so much more, Dr. Walsh walks you through the nutrients that can make a difference.

New research over the past decade shows us what protects our mind and body, and how much our environment influences that. Here’s more of what Bill discovered:

  • “Neuroscience advances and my interest has always been on the brain and on people with brain disorders, depression, anxiety, autism, schizophrenia--the whole litany of brain science. And my focus has to be on the neurotransmitters themselves. There are about five or six that seem to be especially important in mental disorders. For the first time in the last 10 years, we now are able with nutrients to directly affect neurotransmission of many of the most important neurotransmitters.”

 

  • “It seems like all the research is still aimed at finding the next billion-dollar drug that can help people. And we now have enough knowledge that from the new research, when you put it all together, we're learning that with nutrients and with diet even, we can make radical improvements in people with depression and anxiety and problems like that. And that we don't necessarily need a drug.”

 

  • “If you're going to do one test, do a zinc test. Because if you're low in zinc, that means your chance of getting cancer, chance of developing dementia, chance of developing heart disease is much greater. I would guess that probably half of Americans would benefit from more zinc.”


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Aug 13, 2021
The Cheat Codes That Get You to Soul Force – Jamie Wheal, Part 4 with Dave Asprey : 849
00:53:34

When Jamie Wheal comes on Bulletproof Radio we always dig into mind-bending topics. This time, our conversation spans a special four-part mini-series to discuss his new book: “Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death in a World That’s Lost its Mind.” 

 In the Part 3 episode we talk about the five things that can transform cultural consciousness, and in this last installment of the series, Part 4, we’re talking about the more specific ways those five pathways can transform your body. Music, breathwork, sex and more all have the power to do things like reset your brainstem, stimulate your nervous system, and unclog your fascia.

“​​You're loading that system,” Jamie says. “You're creating a peak experience that you send through your body and brain, and it lights up your body and brain. And there is a narrative. There's impressions. There's stories. There's characters. There's insights There's whatever else would be the interior content that is often profoundly valuable and meaningful and very different than our monophasic waking state, tired, wired and stressed stuck-in-my-ego stories.”

Thai massage, music with certain beats, aligning your spine, soft tissue body work—all of these things can help transform your consciousness. They serve as a pathway to the death-rebirth rituals Jamie studied, the ones that send a peak of energy through your nervous system and reboot your whole system. 

“I think a critical piece of our global collective challenge and crisis is, hey, we all need to heal ourselves and each other. And here is the most simple, most accessible, most powerful method that humans have ever developed. And here's the cheat codes to everybody and let's get on this.”

Be sure to stay tuned until the end when Jamie asks me some questions about delta wave frequencies.

Jamie studies neuroanthropology, which brings together culture, biology, and psychology. He’s the founder of the international Flow Genome Project, an organization that helps people reach their peak human performance. He’s currently focusing on Hedonic Engineering, a combination of neuroscience and optimal psychology. His book looks at the world’s collapse of meaning, the embracing of nihilism, and how you can shift your stories to tackle the world by connecting to others and revitalizing yourself. 


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Aug 12, 2021
5 Ways to Find Meaning and Trust in a Skeptical World – Jamie Wheal, Part 3.1 with Dave Asprey : 848
00:50:25

When Jamie Wheal comes on Bulletproof Radio we always dig into mind-bending topics. This time, our conversation spans a special four-part mini-series to discuss his new book: “Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death in a World That’s Lost its Mind.” 

In this Part 3 episode, we talk about the “meaning crisis” and the role of biohacking in human consciousness.

Jamie makes the case that more than ever people generally distrust and scrutinize larger governing institutions. When people don’t trust the things they used to trust, they’re led to greater stress, less connection and are more likely to reach for extremism and nihilism. 

“​​Any belief system where people are doubling and tripling down in the face of contravening evidence, that’s happening, and so is nihilism, where people are just giving up knowing anything at all or the fact that anything is actually ever truly knowable,” Jamie says. “We see the rise in diseases and despair and all the accompanying rudderlessness. We’re in a tight spot, and it’s not happening in a vacuum, right?”

Our conversation focuses on ways to find belonging and how you can be in tune with the part of yourself that wants to flee in times of stress. You can get out of a hive-mind centered world, which keeps your body in hyper-stress mode, and instead get into prioritizing range and resiliency in your body, mind and heart. 

In order to transform cultural consciousness, Jamie’s research found five techniques that most commonly help you do that: respiration, embodiment, sexuality, substances and music. You’ll learn how to do each of these activities intentionally and get the best results for you.

“We need to reclaim the story of what's happening and where do we all go now together,” Jamie says.

Jamie studies neuroanthropology, which brings together culture, biology, and psychology. He’s the founder of the international Flow Genome Project, an organization that helps people reach their peak human performance. He’s currently focusing on Hedonic Engineering, a combination of neuroscience and optimal psychology. His book looks at the world’s collapse of meaning, the embracing of nihilism, and how you can shift your stories to tackle the world by connecting to others and revitalizing yourself. 

Don’t miss Part 1, The Neuroscience of Sex – Jamie Wheal, Part 1 with Dave Asprey – #845, where you learn about Jamie’s research on sex and the power sex has to improve your life.

Then there’s Part 2, Taking the Kink Out of Kinky – Jamie Wheal, Part 2 with Dave Asprey – #846, where Jamie suggest ways you can engage with your partner and reclaim the full spectrum of human physiology and psychology.

Be sure to follow the conversation to its conclusion in Part 4.

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Aug 11, 2021
5 Ways to Find Meaning and Trust in a Skeptical World – Jamie Wheal, Part 3 with Dave Asprey : 847
00:50:25

When Jamie Wheal comes on Bulletproof Radio we always dig into mind-bending topics. This time, our conversation spans a special four-part mini-series to discuss his new book: “Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death in a World That’s Lost its Mind.” 

In this Part 3 episode, we talk about the “meaning crisis” and the role of biohacking in human consciousness.

Jamie makes the case that more than ever people generally distrust and scrutinize larger governing institutions. When people don’t trust the things they used to trust, they’re led to greater stress, less connection and are more likely to reach for extremism and nihilism. 

“​​Any belief system where people are doubling and tripling down in the face of contravening evidence, that’s happening, and so is nihilism, where people are just giving up knowing anything at all or the fact that anything is actually ever truly knowable,” Jamie says. “We see the rise in diseases and despair and all the accompanying rudderlessness. We’re in a tight spot, and it’s not happening in a vacuum, right?”

Our conversation focuses on ways to find belonging and how you can be in tune with the part of yourself that wants to flee in times of stress. You can get out of a hive-mind centered world, which keeps your body in hyper-stress mode, and instead get into prioritizing range and resiliency in your body, mind and heart. 

In order to transform cultural consciousness, Jamie’s research found five techniques that most commonly help you do that: respiration, embodiment, sexuality, substances and music. You’ll learn how to do each of these activities intentionally and get the best results for you.

“We need to reclaim the story of what's happening and where do we all go now together,” Jamie says.

Jamie studies neuroanthropology, which brings together culture, biology, and psychology. He’s the founder of the international Flow Genome Project, an organization that helps people reach their peak human performance. He’s currently focusing on Hedonic Engineering, a combination of neuroscience and optimal psychology. His book looks at the world’s collapse of meaning, the embracing of nihilism, and how you can shift your stories to tackle the world by connecting to others and revitalizing yourself. 

Don’t miss Part 1, The Neuroscience of Sex – Jamie Wheal, Part 1 with Dave Asprey – #845, where you learn about Jamie’s research on sex and the power sex has to improve your life.

Then there’s Part 2, Taking the Kink Out of Kinky – Jamie Wheal, Part 2 with Dave Asprey – #846, where Jamie suggest ways you can engage with your partner and reclaim the full spectrum of human physiology and psychology.

Be sure to follow the conversation to its conclusion in Part 4.

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Aug 10, 2021
GUT HEALTH: Enzymes Do the Heavy Lifting – A Top 10 Episode with BiOptimizers
00:29:44

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 The BiOptimizers guys take the No. 6 spot with: How to BiOptimize Your Gut & Digestion – #515

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’re revisiting an episode with Wade Lightheart and Matt Gallant, founders of BiOptimizers. They aim to optimize digestion, leading into better health and greater performance. Just like me, they believe holistic health, with a focus on body and brain, makes us higher functioning humans.

Wade is a former three-time Canadian, natural bodybuilding champion. Matt’s a kinesiologist who’s trained pro athletes and has been developing supplements for more than a decade. Together at BiOptimizers, they’ve tackled gut, body and brain health with an emphasis on enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics, magnesium, and blood sugar.

“We all have an enzyme bank account in our bodies and they do about 25,000 different functions in the body,” Matt says. 

“Everything from thinking to blinking, enzymes are involved. They’re the catalyst that kickstarts chemical biochemical reactions in the body. And when we eat food, we need to break that food down. So our body's going to use our enzymatic bank account to break that food down.”

Certain kinds of enzymes help with carbohydrate digestion, protein and fiber breakdown, losing body fat, improving skin conditions, clearing brain fog and speeding up recovery.

“Depending on what you're eating,” Matt says, “your brain is going to recognize what enzymes it needs to produce and then start breaking that down in the mouth and then continuing to excrete enzymes inside your stomach.”

And when you do your own biofeedback (paying attention to how your body respond to different stimuli) you’ll find what works for you, and what enzymes can help make your body work more efficiently.

“I got so into enzymes and their usage because I knew that I really couldn't perform at a high level on that diet [vegetarian] if I didn't have really superior digestion. And then that inadvertently trying to solve that problem as an athlete translated over to all sorts of people who I discovered had digestive-related illnesses and we could actually solve those, and that led to a whole cascade of things and eventually a company and all that sort of stuff. So, you scratch your own head, and you start up with a toaster and end up with a rocket ship.”

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Aug 07, 2021
AUTOIMMUNITY: Signs, Symptoms & Triggers – A Top 10 Episode with Dr. Thomas O’Bryan
00:29:28

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Dr. Thomas O’Bryan takes the No. 7 spot with: The Autoimmune Fix – Dr. Thomas O’Bryan – #478

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan says seven out of every 10 patients he treats have autoimmune issues. He’s a physician internationally renowned for his work with autoimmune diseases and inflammation, and the nutrition and lifestyle choices that can help.

With a healthy immune system, your antibodies have the power to get rid of old and damaged cells and make room for new cells to grow and develop. But with any kind of autoimmunity issue, your antibodies end up killing off more cells than you make. 

Autoimmunity can be triggered for a long time before you feel the impacts. It tends to hit your body at some point, so the sooner you can find a way to prevent it, the better. 

Dr. O’Bryan talks about the causes, the signs and what you can do about it, to prevent things like leaky gut and encourage things like healthy enzymes. He says it’s most often about what you eat, what’s going up your nostrils and what’s happening inside your gut. 

More from Dr. Thomas O’Bryan:

  • “This topic of autoimmunity really becomes a primary concern for all of us, but we've never looked at it that way. So once we understand this, that this is prevalent in almost all of us, that it's an autoimmune mechanism, meaning your immune system attacking your own tissue, whether it's your blood vessels, or components in your blood vessels, the fatty membranes of the blood vessels, or it's your brain, or your joints, or whatever it is, when your immune system is attacking your own tissue, that goes on for years. It's called the spectrum of autoimmunity.”

 

  • “Celiac disease is when your gut's being chewed up from a sensitivity to wheat. The third category is non celiac wheat sensitivity, and that's the big kahuna picture. Non-celiac wheat sensitivity can manifest as brain dysfunction, autoimmune brain disease, skin disease, joint disease. There's no tissue in the body that might notbe affected by a sensitivity to wheat. Look at the immune system to see. Is my immune system telling me I've got a problem with this food? Because body language never lies. If your immune system is activated to protect you against a particular food, stop eating that food.”

 

  • “If you treat your body like a Lamborghini, it's going to run like a Lamborghini. If you treat your body like a Rambler and expect it to run like a Lamborghini, you're going to be in trouble.”

 

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Aug 06, 2021
Taking the Kink Out of Kinky – Jamie Wheal, Part 2 with Dave Asprey : 846
00:43:18

When Jamie Wheal comes on Bulletproof Radio we always dig into mind-bending topics. This time, our conversation spans a special four-part mini-series to discuss his new book: “Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death in a World That’s Lost its Mind.” 

In this Part 2 episode, we talk about how you can biohack sex and the impacts of a post-orgasmic state.

Jamie studies neuroanthropology, which brings together culture, biology, and psychology. He’s the founder of the international Flow Genome Project, an organization that helps people reach their peak human performance. He’s currently focusing on Hedonic Engineering, a combination of neuroscience and optimal psychology. His book looks at the world’s collapse of meaning, the embracing of nihilism, and how you can shift your stories to tackle the world by connecting to others and revitalizing yourself. 

 In Part 1, The Neuroscience of Sex – Jamie Wheal, Part 1 with Dave Asprey – #845, you learn about Jamie’s research on sex and the power sex has to improve our lives. 

Now, we get into “taking the kink out of kinky,” and suggest ways you can engage with your partner (or partners) that maximize pleasure. Things like timed breathwork, music with a strong beat, and other techniques load up your nervous system and create a balance in your body, leading to great sex. 

“We're reclaiming the full spectrum of human physiology and psychology,” he says, “because no man is an island. No woman is either. Our sociology is about us doing all these things together.”

Our conversation includes the powerful states women can access during sex. Specifically, an incredible post-orgasmic state that can offer major healing.

“Once again, really much more accessible, cheap, free, like this is everybody, all you got to do is just shut your front door and schedule a playdate with a friend with benefits,” Jamie says. “And you can have access to the things that are getting touted in the new cycles, kind of incessantly over the last three years as these miracle cures and breakthroughs of psychedelic therapies.”

He says that PornHub as a baseline for sexuality and inspiration isn’t a great idea, yet Americans struggle to rethink approaches to sex in broader terms and prioritize sexual well-being and connection. 

“We've got such deep conflicted, puritanical coding overlaid with hypersexuality and commodification that it can be really difficult,” Jamie says. 

Touching on a range of topics, we’ll also talk about the power of the feminine, the Council of Grandmothers, cults (and how to spot them) and authoritarianism.

 Be sure to follow the conversation in Part 3 when Jamie and I talk more about death and God. And, of course, a lot more.

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Aug 05, 2021
The Neuroscience of Sex – Jamie Wheal, Part 1 with Dave Asprey : 845
00:39:04

When Jamie Wheal comes on Bulletproof Radio we always dig into mind-bending topics. This time, our conversation spans a special four-part mini-series to discuss his new book: “Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death in a World That’s Lost its Mind.” 

In this Part 1 episode, we talk about the neuroscience of sex and how it can change our minds over time and truly better our lives.

Jamie studies neuroanthropology, which brings together culture, biology, and psychology. He’s the founder of the international Flow Genome Project, an organization that helps people reach their peak human performance. 

He’s currently focusing on Hedonic Engineering, a combination of neuroscience and optimal psychology. His book looks at the world’s collapse of meaning, the embracing of nihilism, and how you can shift your stories to tackle the world by connecting to others and revitalizing yourself. 

“We need to reclaim the story of what's happening and where do we all go now together. Because one percent solutions, no matter how you slice that,, one percent are fundamentally sociopathic, right?” Jamie says. “It's the elect, and it could be the elect that's moral and ethical or spiritual, the true believers. It could be the marriage of the best, and the brightest. It could be the ones with financial resources, but however you cut it, the rest of us need a story for us to live into. And that seemed really important [to include in his book].”

The results of a sex survey Jamie conducted with couples for the book showed the profound impacts sex can have on holistic well-being. If you talk about sex like you do other activities with long-term benefits (like flossing or going to the gym) you may be able to understand the ways it can and has changed the human brain over time.

“Prolonged partnership coupling and extended sexuality –  that results in brain change,” Jamie says. “The results in the cascade of neurochemistry, including prolactin, vasopressin, serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and anandamide (all the big swingers for peak state experiences) all arise during sex, coitus, and orgasm. So you're like, "Holy moly", that seems like a very strong candidate for persistent and shifted brain state and cognitive change over time.”

Be sure to follow the conversation in Part 2 when Jamie and I talk more about the ways you can create the best sex environment with your partner. And, of course, a lot more.

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Aug 03, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #13
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Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #13:

  • Fireflies: Nature's synchronization in action
  • Earworms: Sleep quality declines
  • Intermittent Fasting: Improves cognitive function and memory
  • Alzheimer's: Disease signature found in the blood
  • Tech: Hacking vacuums


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Jul 30, 2021
Hacking Hair Follicle Function – Dr. Alan Bauman and Dr. Sophia Kogan : 844
00:31:08

If you’re losing your hair, you’re not alone. Hair loss is more common than you might think: 18 percent of men under 29 have moderate to advanced hair loss, and that number jumps to 53 percent for men in their 40s. Hair loss affects at least 50 percent of women by age 50. 

From your scalp to your stress load to the state of your hormones, your hair reflects what’s going on inside of you.

“Scalp health is a big problem,” says hair transplant surgeon Dr. Alan J. Bauman, “and we know now that there’s a direct link between scalp health and the inflammation (in the body) that’s going on. The hair fiber is dead but the follicle is alive, and when there’s inflammation going on in and around that area the follicle just doesn’t perform as well. So, scalp health is really important.”

And say bye-bye to the painful “plugs” you may have heard about before. Dr. Bauman’s sophisticated procedures can be undetectably natural with minimal downtime.

Dr. Sophia Kogan conducts research and develops nutraceutical solutions for hair thinning and loss. 

“Women go through a tremendous amount of stress in relationship to their hair, even more so than men because men sort of expect to thin,” Dr. Kogan says. She explains that the experience of hair loss for women often has a specific shame and guilt associated with it, too.

Stress effects your hair throughout your entire lifetime, but during prolonged periods of high stress it’s even worse. When you’re suffering from physical and/or emotional stress, the body pulls its resources to preserve its life internally, not hair growth. Since everyone experiences stress differently, it’s generally important to take time in your day for something that brings you into a flow state, Dr. Kogan suggests. Calming your nervous system plays an important role in stress management.

If you enjoy this special episode with Dr. Bauman and Dr. Kogan, listen to their full Bulletproof Radio podcasts about how to improve your hair health:

Biohacking Baldness: The Hair Episode for Everyone – Dr. Alan Bauman with Dave Asprey – #727

  • Dr. Bauman treats hair loss, thinning and restoration. He founded Bauman Medical nearly 25 years ago. He’s a board-certified hair restoration physician and hair transplant surgeon who has treated more than 30,000 patients and performed more than 10,000 hair transplant procedures. He’s one of a select group of physicians worldwide who’s achieved certification from the American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
  • Learn more about Dr. Bauman’s treatments for better hair: baumanmedical.com


Menopause, Stress and Female Hair Loss – Dr. Sophia Kogan with Dave Asprey – #793

  • Dr. Kogan co-founded and serves as Chief Medical Advisor at Nutrafol. She’s conducted multiple research studies on women’s hair loss and thinning. The company creates supplements for women and men to decrease shedding and increase hair growth. Several of the products are designed specifically for women’s physiology.
  • Learn more about Dr. Kogan’s hair wellness solutions: nutrafol.com


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Jul 29, 2021
Taking Alcohol in a Natural Direction – Bill Moses with Dave Asprey : 843
00:53:15

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Bill Moses joins the show to introduce you to Flying Embers, an innovation lab that makes hard kombucha, hard seltzers and other fermented botanical brews.

Bill founded Flying Embers with the idea of transforming the alcohol industry with what he calls “better-for-you” products. He’s a seasoned expert in the natural beverage industry who helped build the first certified organic winery in Southern California, Casa Barranca. He’s now blended his experience in organic winemaking with the ancient fermentation practices to create modern drinks rooted in ancient botanical traditions.

“​​I know that I want to have a little bit of fun,” Bill says. “I want to have a drink. I want to relax, whatever it might be. And we know that the alcohol could cause some inflammation. Well, is there an offset? Is there something that may offset some of it? That's the way I rationalize this as better-for-you alcohol.”

He also wants to change the existing alcohol paradigm. No small goal there.

I don’t talk about alcohol much on the show, but there’s all sorts of good live bacteria in Flying Embers products made from natural, organic, plant-based sources. You’ll find innovative ingredients, some pretty bold flavors and functional benefits you wouldn’t expect to find in alcohol.

Flying Embers also diligently manages what goes in and the fermentation process. They have a staff microbiologist who lab tests all products to ensure quality. Our conversation dives into the science behind drink development.

“We really want to know what's in there,” Bill says. “We really want to test it. We really want to continue to maintain the integrity of the bacteria and the yeast that is fully clean and tested for mycotoxins and all sorts of impurities.”

Flying Embers drinks contain no residual sugar, reminding us that sugar is not our friend. Instead, turmeric, ginseng and astragalus gets added the fermentation process, which act as adaptogens. These herbs turn our stress responses on and off more effectively.

Hard kombucha is becoming a mainstream item you can find in bars, restaurants, and retailers across the country, so this is an exciting time to be hearing about a brand that has in mind what’s best for our bodies. This is kombucha that I can get behind.

Flying Embers also has an interesting backstory. The company Launched in the midst of the 2017 Thomas Fires in Ojai, California. Literally among flying embers. The company donates a portion of proceeds to first responders.

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Jul 27, 2021
WOMEN’S HEALTH: How to Get the Right Care – A Top 10 Episode with Dr. Jolene Brighten
00:28:23

Welcome to Your Upgraded Summer!

This new series revisits the Top 10 Bulletproof Radio episodes of all time. The topics cover essentials like nutrition, energy, hormones, sleep and autophagy, as well as gut, brain, autoimmune and women's health.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten takes the No. 9 spot with: On Women’s Health, Post-Birth Control Syndrome, and Brain Injuries – Dr. Jolene Brighten – #415

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Jolene Brighten, a functional medicine naturopathic doctor, talks about the birth control pill, states of giving birth and recovery, and even traumatic brain injuries.

Specializing in women’s health, Dr. Brighten focuses on how gender bias in medicine often undermines women’s ability to work through health difficulties. The conversation covers the experiences women often have after giving birth, such as hypothyroidism, brain fog, and larger mental health issues due to major hormonal changes. 

She takes a strong stance on the birth control pill. She shares the ways it causes leaky gut, disrupts thyroid hormones, increases risk of depression, and more. By being off the pill, she says, you can be more aligned with your body. She advocates for fertility awareness, a process in which (with the help of technology) you can track your cycle and the way your hormones manifest themselves in your life, month-to-month. 

Dr. Brighten first works on healing the body, then the mind, and then on a bigger level, like healing family lineage. 

In an interesting aside, we also veer in discussion about traumatic brain injuries (we’ve both had one!)  and our immediate and long-term approaches for healing. 

Our discussion is highly informed and even more encouraging. I think you’ll find it really helpful! Here’s what Dr. Brighten has to say:

  • On The Pill: “Unfortunately, what we’re seeing of the 100 million women worldwide, who have taken the pill, about 60 percent of them are only taking it for symptoms, which is a huge red flag to me. If only 40 percent are taking the pill to prevent pregnancy, then what’s up with this other 60 percent? And why are we not practicing root-cause resolution, which we could absolutely do, and just giving women a pill?”


  • On Birth: “For some reason, somewhere along the line, we got it in our head that women should be able to pop out a baby and then just go along their merry way. And at six weeks, everything's recovered and fine. Reality is, is it takes a whole year to really rebuild the nutrients and recover your body.”


  • On Orgasm: “It’s a big thing that gets dismissed in women’s medicine. Having an orgasm is this mythical unicorn and women aren’t that interested in sex. But when you look at the research, there are so many benefits.”


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Jul 24, 2021
HORMONES: How to Balance & Manage Yours - A Top 10 Episode with T.S. Wiley
00:29:48

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T.S. Wiley takes the No. 4 spot with: How To Have The Hormones of a 20-Year-Old: T.S. Wiley #508

T.S. Wiley has been conducting research on aging, cancer, sleep, hormones and more for decades. She’s a researcher, a medical theorist, and an author of the books “Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival” and “Sex, Lies, and Menopause: The Shocking Truth About Synthetic Hormones and the Benefits of Natural Alternatives.” In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, the conversation covers why it’s important to manage your hormones.

Hormones keep your body in homeostasis, and when they’re out of whack, well, so are you. She’s the creator of the Wiley Protocol, which uses natural topical hormones to restore sleep, memory, libido, a quiet immune system and pain-free days and nights for both men and women. 

Her study of hormones is connected to genomics, epigenetics, your surrounding environment, the larger environment and bacteria. She explains why she developed the protocol and the impacts hormones have on our whole health, such as in cancer treatment, restoring brain function, and more.

This episode will help you understand more about the ways you can control your external environment in order to improve our body’s internal processes. Here’s what T.S. Wiley has to say:

  • “Everything in my head is connected, and you can't explain one discipline separately. You can't talk about hormones if you can't talk about the genes they’re turning on and off. You can't talk about genomics unless you talk about epigenetics, which is the environment turning things on and off, and now, it's very obvious to me in the new work I've done that it's all about the bacteria who own the planet. You have to realize they've been here for three billion years. They made us, and the plants, and the fish, and the birds because they wanted to walk.”
  • “What the hell happened to my libido? I have a raging libido, and it was just gone one day. I thought, “I need hormones. I got to figure this out.” I read everything I could and nothing made sense, and I basically went to the notion that if you were going to put back something that you've lost, like insulin in a Type 1 diabetic, you would want to put it back the way you had it. Type 1 diabetics, of course, take insulin depending on their blood sugar after they eat, whatever they eat. They measure it all the time because that's the best they can do to replicate how the body would respond.”
  • “There's two immune systems. There's the one in your gut that is defense, that keeps their cousins out. That keeps you from a getting a cold. Then, there's the one that belongs to the planet, also, unfortunately in your gut and in every plant and everything, and that's autoimmunity. That's what takes you out.” 


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Jul 23, 2021
4 Dimensions All Entrepreneurs Must Master – Alon Braun with Dave Asprey, Part 2 : 842
00:49:19

This is Part 2 of Alon Braun’s Bulletproof Radio episode. We talk about entrepreneurship, how to make your vision a reality and how to be a great leader. Alon is the author of “The Entrepreneur’s Journey: 8 Steps from Inspiration to Global Impact,” and a mentor, teacher and leader for entrepreneurs.

In his book, he separates the world into four dimensions: internal worldexternal worldindividual and collective. He says in order to fully craft your vision (whatever that may be) and be the best person to represent that, you need to do work in all four spaces.

  • To be receptive to inspiration, you need to work on your internal world
  • Opening yourself to the art of expressing and all forms of collaboration, represents the external world
  • To work within the individual realm, you need to align yourself to the identity of entrepreneur. 
  • Finally, work to make sure everyone on your team is collaborating as a collective


Learning about all of these worlds is essential to entrepreneurship, Alon says.  “We need to balance, it's all an act of balance between all these forces, and this is why I built the framework. The framework guides you step-by-step.”

Alon also explains how to market your products, build trust, center mindfulness in your work, and most importantly, how you can’t do this process alone. 

“Just walk with somebody that's been there already,” Alon says. “Don't be so arrogant to think that you're inventing the wheel. Get an advisor that's been through the journey before you. It's okay,” says Alon. “That's the way you get experience." …  “You need the best. You need to find who are the best teachers, you need to find the best courses, and that's the work for every CEO.”

If you want to learn more about how you can be a productive, engaging, successful and creative leader of any kind, you’ll get a lot out of this episode 

Be sure to listen to Part 1 of Alon’s conversation about how to hack your memory: Build a Memory Palace to Upgrade Your Productivity – Alon Braun with Dave Asprey, Part 1 – #841

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Jul 22, 2021
Build a Memory Palace to Upgrade Your Productivity – Alon Braun with Dave Asprey, Part 1 : 841
00:47:12

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, guest Alon Braun scales enterprises and scientific innovations, especially in the deep tech industry. 

He founded Neurotech Analytics, a neurotech-focused analytical hub that produces advanced analytical reports on the whole scope of neurotech industries. That said, my first question to him could be, “what can’t you do?” He’s been a marine biologist, a member of Israel’s cyber special forces unit, a children’s book author, a body movement teacher and more.

Using his background in technology, Alon’s developed a kind of virtual machine we can use to boost our brain power. In this first of a two-part episode, I talk with him about how to create a new relationship with your memory by building a memory palace. When you do this, it boosts your efficiency, creativity and decision-making ability.

Before Alon started using a memory palace, he was barely able to remember six numbers in a row. After he started using memory palaces, he was able to remember 100 numbers forward and backwards. But it’s not just a technique you use to show off your memory.

“You put all the wants [into your memory palace],” Alon explains. “I took all this project management system, and I uploaded it to the memory palace. I needed to make an object for every project. Make an object that reminds me of this want, and I took the list of objects [and put it into my memory palace].”

This technique allows him to work and cross things off his to-do lists without checking his phone or computer. It can allow you to connect with a project while still going about your day. 

On a mathematical level, building a memory palace is about creating an algorithm for your brain to prioritize your values. On a general level, it’s about creating a sorting process for everything going on inside your brain.

“​​Right now we have so many choices,” Alon says. “You open Netflix… you open the internet, what do you choose?" 

He says that building a memory palace is a skill we can develop for multi-criteria decisions and choice according to your own preference and values that aren’t recommendations by a technology algorithm.

“We need to do the ground work and work with our children,” he says.

This is an exciting episode that gives you great tools to hack your memory, Make sure and tune in for part two, where we’ll dig into entrepreneurship, mission and how to build your vision. 

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Jul 20, 2021
AUTOPHAGY: Set Your Cells in Motion: A Top 10 Episode with Naomi Whittel
00:29:47

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Naomi Whittel takes the No. 8 spot with: Glow From The Inside Out: Autophagy and Women – Naomi Whittel #477

Autophagy is your body’s natural process of removing and recycling cellular waste, but without that process, the waste grows. You want autophagy, which literally means “self-eat,” to be working at maximum capacity.

We have the power to activate this process in each of our cells. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, you’ll learn simple ways to boost your body’s autophagy. That’s a good thing because autophagy can turn the clock back and create younger cells.

Naomi Whittel is recognized as an innovator in the health and wellness industry, and an advocate for clean and safe nutrition. After navigating her own journey of autoimmune disorders, Naomi Whittel set about searching for ways to activate autophagy that anyone could do. “My whole objective is to provide the simple and easy solutions to really activating the youth inside of our cell,” she says.

Things like processed foods and environmental toxins, decrease your autophagy. 

Good sleep, regular sex, intermittent fasting, and 30 minutes of resistance training every other day, activate your autophagy. 

  • Naomi On Fat: It’s fat first and fat most because that’s activating the autophagy. With fat and how it’s so different than protein, which we all know protein can turn into a carb, it can become a sugar. My body does so much better when I am able to burn fat as my fuel instead of sugar as my fuel.

 

  • Naomi On Intermittent Fasting: I look at where the outside meets the inside, so I'm thinking about my skin all the time from the inside out. Things like fasting, intermittent fasting is done every other day, and intermittent fasting coupled with protein cycling.”

 

  • Naomi on Surprising Results: We did an eight-week clinical study with tons of women. What happened was after 15 days, the lead researcher called me up and said, “You’re never going to believe that every single woman in this study has achieved benefits in two weeks of the program.” And that’s why we called it Glow15.

 

  • Naomi on Health Success: I’ve dropped 10 pounds by activating my autophagy, by eating more fat than I could ever imagine, never counting a calorie, being satiated, having that mental focus and dealing with chronic, chronic stress. I believe it's really through fat first, carbs last, intermittent fasting, protein cycling, these kinds of principles.

 

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Jul 17, 2021
SLEEP: Circadian Rhythm to the Rescue: A Top 10 Episode with Satchin Panda
00:29:27

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Satchin Panda takes the No. 5 spot with: Eating Affects Your Sleep (and vice versa) – Satchin Panda #560

In modern life it can be hard to get to bed on time, let alone get quality sleep. But, what happens when you don’t get good sleep? You feel like a zombie, you're more likely to be anxious, and you throw your body out of whack.

In this episode, Satchin Panda, Ph.D., shares his expertise on sleep, circadian rhythm and the effects of ambient light on your overall health. He’s a professor at the Salk Institute in San Diego and a leading expert in the field of circadian rhythm research.

Circadian rhythm is a foundation of good health. It tells you that almost every organ has its own clock. For example, your brain has peak hours for productivity. 

Circadian rhythm also tells you that blue light has the power to synchronize and disrupt your internal clock and it tells you that your eating habits affect your internal clock. All of those things affect your sleep quality.

 “Your day actually begins when you go to bed the previous night because that determines how long you'll sleep, how long you'll reset your brain and then how fresh you'll wake up in the morning,” Satchin says. “Most sleep researchers agree that an adult should be in bed for eight hours. I'm saying they should be in bed for eight hours, so, out of that, somebody may get six and a half to seven hours of sleep.”

Satchin has a lot of great tips for how you can get better sleep, including keeping light out of the bedroom, reducing your body temperature before sleep, when to eat throughout the day and much more. This episode will make you feel capable of tackling any sleep problems.

 If you want to learn more about Satchin’s work, check out his latest books, “The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight” and “The Circadian Diabetes Code: Discover the Right Time to Eat, Sleep, and Exercise to Prevent and Reverse Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.”

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Jul 16, 2021
7 Rules to Reverse Aging and Live Longer – Ann Louise Gittleman with Dave Asprey : 840
00:46:15

After more than four decades and more than 35 books, Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., CNS, continues to break new ground in integrative and functional medicine. She’s a Columbia-trained nutritionist and author internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, longevity, environmental, and women’s health issues.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Ann Louise recommends a paradigm shift in which your biology is not your biography. Her seven new rules for radical longevity include: immunity, toxic overload, advanced glycation end products, fascia, cellular rejuvenation, minerals, gut-brain connection.

During her long career, she's examined overlooked factors that contribute to weight gain beyond diet and exercise. Decades before Keto, Paleo, Carnivore, and Intermittent Fasting diet trends, Ann Louise wrote that obesity and diabetes were caused by a lack of the right type of fat and an excess of the wrong kind of carbohydrate in her first book Beyond Pritikin (1988). 

“I'm so grateful that people now realize that you can eat fat, lose weight, and feel stronger and healthier and live until 120,” Ann Louise says. “It's all about the right kind of fat. And also, intermittent fasting has now come into play. I wrote about that in 2005. And in those days, people never realized how important it was. Now we have the research, we've got the anecdotal and the clinical studies. And I think that all these ideas are really ideas whose time has truly come.”

In her newest book, Radical Longevity: The Powerful Plan to Sharpen Your Brain, Strengthen, Your Body, and Reverse the Symptoms of Aging,” Ann Louise combines research with traditional healing wisdom to teach you how to live to 100 years old and beyond. 

She examines topics from heavy metals and EMFs, to cellular regeneration and emotional detox. She says by using epigenetics to slow and reverse many of the most worrisome aging conditions, you can preserve your “youth span” and enhance your immunity, heart, brain, muscles, joints, skin, and hair. You can even revitalize your sex drive.

You can learn even more from Ann Louise as she tackles health trends and topics on her podcast, “The First Lady of Nutrition.”

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Jul 15, 2021
Living a Life of Deep Adventure – Bob Ballard, Finder of the Titanic : 839
00:43:04

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, an incredibly special guest explores the vast depths of the oceans uncovering mysteries, proving theories, and revealing artifacts that tell a story about the history of humankind. 

And I got to talk to him via satellite phone as he was heading out to sea on his ship, Nautilus.

Oceanographer and marine geologist Bob Ballard has led nearly 160 deep-sea expeditions and worked with the Navy on top-secret missions throughout an underwater career spanning six decades. It all began with a love of California’s Mission Bay tide pools.

“Everyone's born with that flame of curiosity,” Bob says. “Every child is born a scientist, and yet the educational system can turn off that pilot light and kill it. So, I was lucky enough right when my pilot light was getting low, someone put their arm around me and said, "You can do it." Helped me through it. I had people all the way.”

He’s gone on to discover ships thought long lost and provide extraordinary new understandings and discoveries in marine geology, geophysics, biology, and chemistry. 

He’s discovered new life-forms, traced ancient trade routes, developed robots that roam the ocean floor, and opened an amazing underwater world to kids through telepresence.

One of his astonishing contributions includes discovering a luxury steamship at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 1985. That would be the RMS Titanic. It rests off the eastern coast of the Canadian province Newfoundland.

Now 79, he talks openly of his dyslexia, which he didn’t even know he had until a few years ago. He just thought his brain worked differently than other people’s. “I do not look at it as a disadvantage,” Bob says. “I look at it as an advantage. The rules inside the box were written by non-dyslexics and they were simply not fair. I live outside the box.”

His work continues with a brand-new adventure that just launched in July 2021. Bob put together a group of organizations that embarked on a 10-year $200 million federally funded study of the Pacific Ocean section what’s called the offshore Economic Exclusion Zone. This includes locations such as Guam and American Samoa. 

“We own more land underwater than any nation on earth, and yet we have better maps of Mars than have of the United States of America,” Bob says. “Go figure.”

This expedition will map the water’s bottom and also study whole entire water column, from the shoreline to the abyss. You can even follow along to see what’s happening! Nautilus Live, Ocean Exploration Trust.

He chronicles his life in his new memoir, “Into The Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic” and in the new National Geographic documentary special, “Bob Ballard, An Explorer’s Life.” 

“I’m in the process of fessing up,” he says in the documentary. 

Bob’s scientific interests run the gamut from the volcanic, tectonic, and hydrothermal processes of the mid-ocean ridge to deep-sea archaeology and maritime history. As the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Bob spearheads the Nautilus expeditions (open-ended voyages of ocean discovery) and shares his finds with the world through streaming video. Learn more about his experience and expeditions here.

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Jul 13, 2021
LECTINS: Good guys or bad? A Top 10 Episode with Dr. Steven Gundry
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Welcome to Your Upgraded Summer!

This new series revisits the Top 10 Bulletproof Radio episodes of all time. The topics cover essentials like nutrition, energy, hormones, sleep and autophagy, as well as gut, brain, autoimmune and women's health.

You'll get the main points in a shortened version so you can get the good stuff and get on with your summer plans. And if you want to listen to more, tune in to the original episode.

 Dr. Steven Gundry takes the No. 2 spot with: How Nutrition Can Reverse Disease and the Impact of Lectins – Dr. Steven Gundry – #417.

More than two decades ago, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Gundry decided to help people prevent health issues. He retired as a cardiologist to teach patients how to eat, guiding them on how to get ahead of the problem, not fixing it after the fact. He shifted toward a more proactive approach to health through food and diet changes and has since become a pioneer in nutrition.

As a medical researcher and author, he’s spent the last 16 years studying the microbiome and now helps patients use diet and nutrition as a key form of treatment. You may know of his New York Times best-selling books, “The Plant Paradox,” “The Longevity Paradox” and “The Energy Paradox.”

Simply, paradox mean confusing information. What sounds reasonable isn’t or what sounds absurd turns out to be true. There’s no better example than plants. Plants can help your body or try to kill you.

By now you know that “healthy foods” in your diet may not be as good for you as you think. Many seemingly healthy foods contain a protein called lectin which seeks out sugar molecules to bind to, rapidly increasing our likelihood of inflammation. Inflammation leaves your body not only less energetic, but less prepared to fight disease. 

 Here’s what Dr. Gundry says:

  • “[Plants are] chemists of incredible ability. So what they do is they use chemical warfare, and one of their favorite attack mechanisms is the protein lectin, and lectins are so beautifully diabolically designed to wreak havoc on an animal predator.”

 

  • “Our ancient ancestors interacted with 250 different plant species on a rotating basis. All of those plants have polyphenols, flavonoids that not only turn on our individual genes, but more importantly, they alter the gene expression of our microbiome, [which is capable of] rapid alteration in gene expression.”

 

In this episode you’ll learn about the foods that may be negatively affecting you, why humans ever started eating them in the first place (ahem, corn?), and the power of a healthy diet.

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Jul 10, 2021
CARBS: Toxic or Necessary? A Top 10 Episode with Dr. David Perlmutter
00:27:20

Welcome to Your Upgraded Summer!

This new series revisits the Top 10 Bulletproof Radio episodes of all time. The topics cover essentials like nutrition, energy, hormones, sleep and autophagy, as well as gut, brain, autoimmune and women's health.

You'll get the main points in a shortened version so you can get the good stuff and get on with your summer plans. And if you want to listen to more, tune in to the original episode.

First up is Dr. David Perlmutter with the No. 1 show: Why You Desperately Need Carbs – Dr. David Perlmutter #553.

Dr. Perlmutter focuses critical attention on brain health, lifestyle, and nutrition that maintains health and prevents diseases. He's a board-certified neurologist and five-time New York Times bestselling author. No. 1 was "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar–Your Brain's Silent Killers." This landmark book made the connection between grains and brain health.

Here's what Dr. Perlmutter says:

  • "This is very important. It is carbohydrate confusion because we desperately, desperately need carbs. So many people adopt a ketogenic program and totally abandon their carbohydrate intake and what happens? They feel crappy, they become constipated, they get brain fog, they don't sleep well, they're agitated and it's all because they fail to understand that we have to be quite specific when we talk about carbohydrates."
  • "We are desperately in need of fiber in the diet, which is by definition a complex carbohydrate that we don't metabolize, but is yet metabolized by our gut bacteria."
  • "When we throw that baby out with the bathwater, we set the stage for not nurturing the 100 billion organisms that live within us that really depend on your food choices, 100 trillion, depend on your food choices to nurture them to allow you to not just be healthy, but be healthier, to be able to combat risk of illness moving forward."


His other bestsellers include "Brain Maker," "The Grain Brain Cookbook", "The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan," and "Brain Wash," co-written with Austin Perlmutter, M.D.

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Jul 10, 2021
Self-Love Drives Your Choices and Upgrades Your Life – Kamal Ravikant with Dave Asprey : 838
00:55:01

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest follows his curiosity wherever it leads.

Kamal Ravikant served as an infantry soldier in the US Army, hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, climbed the Himalayas and meditated with monks there, and help found several companies. He’s made a career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and author. Currently, he’s Managing Partner at Evolve VC, an early stage venture capital fund.

So what does all this have to do with self-love? Kamal explains how he developed self-love as a foundation for his life and work. 

Kamal originally published his non-fiction book Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It in 2012 after a devastating year when he was sick to the point of bed rest, his company failed, he went through a relationship break-up and a close friend died.

In the midst of all this strife, he had an “a-ha” moment and made a vow to himself. He literally transformed his life. He gave a talk at the end of 2011 speaking his truth. A few months later, he wrote some things down to help a friend. Then he sent the writings to another friend where instead of a blog post, the writings became a book that struck a nerve and went viral. Kamal took years of responses to heart and revised the content to go even deeper, re-releasing the book in January 2020.

“I'm a big believer in sharing the truth and I don't mean like here's my dirty laundry truth, but the emotional truth, the fundamental truth or your truth about what makes you better,” Kamal says. “What I've been sharing about is what makes you better in the inside.”

You’ll find this show full of wisdom about self-love, mindset, entrepreneurship and tech investing. It’s all connected.

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Jul 08, 2021
How to Live Your Life After Great Loss – Amanda Kloots with Dave Asprey : 837
00:40:28

This episode of Bulletproof Radio covers the human side of grief and loss and love and community and courage. These are things that you might find yourself saying, “Well, wait. What does that have to do with biohacking or human performance?” 

These have to do with the parts of being human that we all go through in our lives. They're parts that we oftentimes don't talk about because they're uncomfortable and we're wired in ourselves to avoid things that are uncomfortable.

However, if you do think about them, it gives you enormous opportunity for growth and enormous opportunity to be a better human being. And that means you can be of better service to others,

In March 2020, Amanda Kloots and her husband, Nick Cordero, moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles with their infant son.

It was a big move for them: Amanda was a celebrity fitness trainer, actor and Broadway dancer, and Nick, a Tony Award-nominated Broadway star, was going to pursue a career in the music industry.

When Nick complained of being tired, they both thought it was the move. 

A little more than three months later Nick died of extreme COVID-19 complications: 95 of those days on a ventilator in the ICU, 42 were in a medically induced coma. At age 41, he’d been young, healthy, had no pre-existing conditions and didn’t have any of the typical Covid symptoms.

During Nick’s illness, Amanda chronicled his medical journey and her family’s emotional journey on Instagram. Friends, family and people she didn’t know rallied around them from around the globe with love and support.

She also relied on her faith: “I'm a very spiritual person,” Amanda says. “I have a very strong faith and it's always been a part of my life. That's where I go, when I need strength, when I need support, that is exactly where I go.”

Amanda, now a co-host of the CBS daytime talk show, “The Talk,” turned her experience into a memoir, co-written with her sister, Anna Kloots: “Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero.” 

It’s a brave book about a devastating loss. It’s a human story that connects us all.

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Jul 06, 2021
Why Meditation is Your Ultimate Life Hack – Light Watkins and Emily Fletcher : 836
00:29:30

People used to think that meditation made you gullible," says meditation teacher Light Watkins. "Now, they realized that meditation makes you bold, as some of the most influential business and thought leaders of our day see meditation as non-negotiable for making big moves."

Light has been immersed in the meditation space for two decades, first as a practitioner, then as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally as a teacher himself. He now leads meditation trainings and retreats world-wide. He’s been featured in major media, taught celebrity clients and written popular books on happiness and meditation.

You’d think he’d be a model meditator, but In reality, Light spent years sitting in uncomfortable positions with whirling thoughts, and feeling like he was failing at meditation. He couldn’t settle his body or his mind. He stuck with it (an inspiration to struggling meditators!) and eventually found his groove.

Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the creator of The Ziva Technique and is regarded as a leading expert in meditation for high performance. For a decade, she’s led Ziva's powerful combination of mindfulness, meditation and manifesting designed to help you get better at life, not get better at meditating.

Mindfulness creates a state change, Emily says, and meditation creates a trait change.

She’s reached more than 40,000 students so far, including Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners, Navy SEALS, NBA players and CEOs. Also entrepreneurs, busy parents and anyone looking to level up. She also expanded her meditation reach to zivaKIDS with a brand new program aimed at kids ages 4 to 14.

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Meditation is the Ultimate Rest Hack – Light Watkins #580


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Jul 01, 2021
Shut Your Mouth! Nose Breathing Improves All Your Body Systems – Patrick McKeown with Dave Asprey : 835
01:16:06

Some biohacks can be expensive. Most of them work on mechanisms that are free, but breathing just might be the biggest and best magic bullet we have today. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I talk to returning guest Patrick McKeown about why. And why he wants everyone to be a nose breather.

Patrick’s one of the world’s leading breathing re-education experts who’s been immersed in the research of breathing for more than two decades. He’s bringing the benefits of that research to people around the world. He's written numerous books on the topic and talked about the importance of oxygen on a previous podcast, "How to Breathe Less to Do More."

“I just feel that breathing has been too left of field and it hasn't been put out there properly,” Patrick says. “This is something we have to start taking seriously.”

Around 20 percent of the general population has dysfunctional breathing, but if you have lower back pain, anxiety or asthma, that percentage goes way up. Why’s that important? The way you breathe has a huge impact on your quality of life, changing how you deal with stress, your sleeping habits, the way you exercise and so much more. This goes for kids and adults alike.

Patrick explains breathing in three ways: biochemical, biomechanics and psychological. Breathing function or dysfunction dramatically affects focus and concentration; brain function; blood pressure; respiratory health; female sex hormones; blood sugar; and even pain.

"We're talking about basic physiology that can influence all of the major disciplines of medicine, dental health, movement, mental health, sleep, respiration," Patrick says. "And these are significant. And I think there is a role for breathing and in time, breathing will be embraced in medicine."

In his new book, "THE BREATHING CURE: Develop New Habits for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life," Patrick walks you through tips and strategies to breathe light, slow and deep. His breathing exercises improve blood chemistry and increase oxygen flow to all your body’s systems, overall improving the function of your body’s nervous system. He uses fast, simple, scientific methods.

Here’s what happens when you learn how to breathe differently:

  • you increase oxygen uptake and delivery to the cells, improving blood circulation, and unblocking the nose.
  • you open the airways of your lungs, boost blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain, improve sleep and calm your mind.
  • you restore body functions wrecked by stress, build greater resilience, and live longer.

 

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Jun 29, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #12
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Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #12:

  • Blood sugar affects your brain health
  • Tapeworms change ant immunity and make them lazy
  • New COVID-19 research about the lining of your blood vessels
  • Larger pupils indicate higher intelligence
  • One bad experience with food leaves a lifelong impression
  • Gut bacteria can play a role in your mortality risk
  • Playing red light, green light to control gene expression


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Jun 25, 2021
Shorten Your Cardio Time Even More with REHIT – Ulrich Dempfle with Dave Asprey : 834
00:56:29

Cardio sometimes gets a bad rap; people either do too much or too little.  

You’ve likely heard of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, you’ll learn about the benefits of REHIT (Reduced Exertion High Intensity Interval Training) to improve cardiovascular fitness. 

Ulrich Dempfle, co-founder of CAROL, joins me on the show to talk about REHIT and the science behind how you can get fit in less than 9 minutes. Yes, really.

The CAROL bike is founded on REHIT principles and gets right to the sweet spot for your health and fitness with added AI programming. 

Decades of progressive research going back to the 1970s looked at high intensity training. New studies specifically show that by riding a CAROL bike you can:

-improve your fitness by 12 percent in 8 weeks, measured by V02max. This adds two years of healthy lifespan!

-lower your risk of Type II Diabetes by 60% in 8 weeks

-burn twice as many calories minute-per-minute compared to traditional exercise. And keep burning calories for several hours after your ride.

“Anything that's longer than 20 seconds and anything that's longer than two times of 20 seconds is not maximum intensity because you couldn't do maximum intensity for these sustained periods,” Ulrich says. “So, your slope and the change in intensity is just much lower on these traditional forms of HIIT.”

The idea for the stationary CAROL bike came alive in 2012 during work on chronic disease management programs for people with diabetes. Not surprisingly, researchers found it challenging to get people to exercise. The main excuse for most people was lack of time and frustration about slow results.

CAROL solves that. The bike’s core ride lasts 8 minutes and 40 seconds. It’s a gentle-paced ride with two 20-second sprints. On the sprints, you go all out as hard as you can. 

But this isn’t just a conversation about riding a bike. We cover the science of how rapid glycogen depletion triggers the release and activation of certain signaling molecules (AMPk and PGC-1a), which triggers mitochondrial biogenesis. And why maximum intensity sprints ‘saturate’ the signaling response mechanism.

“When you do those sprints, you increase the energy demand in your body very suddenly, about 100 times higher compared to rest,” Ulrich says.” With this spike in energy demand, the muscle just cannot use its usual source of fuel, which is either fat or sugar that it takes from the bloodstream”. 

“Instead, it would have to burn what's called muscular glycogen, so that is a storage form of sugar that is stored in the muscle itself. That's the emergency reserve. With the exercise, we force the muscle to tap into those energy reserves, and that kicks off a cascade of molecular changes, of triggers, where certain signaling molecules are released that basically tell the body to get fitter and stronger.”

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Jun 24, 2021
Master Your Energy to Transform Your Life – Master Mingtong Gu with Dave Asprey – #833 : 833
00:58:56

I’m always curious to learn from people who’ve mastered ancient teachings. I hold a deep respect for people who’ve dedicated their lives to deep inner work and transformation to become better humans. That’s why I’m really glad to welcome Master Mingtong Gu to this episode of Bulletproof Radio.

He shares ancient Eastern wisdom around the world to show how you can achieve better health and consciousness in contemporary times. The ancient wisdom and teachings of chi, the breath, meditation, and energy are particularly relevant today. The mystical has become measurable.

“The whole universe is made of energy,” says Master Mingtong. “And only four percent is visible, measurable, or what we call physical. Then the rest 96%; it's not just the vacuum space, but actually is full of energy.”

We talk about the power of chi and how to integrate a qigong practice. You’ll also learn how you can use energy and movement to heal your body, mind and emotions. Master Mingtong brings a lightness and joy to the show. He’s quick to laugh and takes you through live examples of breathing and sound healing exercises that boosts your energy.  

“You have the same capacity, not only to access the energy, but to master your own energy,” Master Mingtong says. “This is one of way framing your life purpose. And one way of literally upgrading ourselves as human beings.”

Born and raised in China, Master Mingtong Gu received extensive Qigong training under Grandmaster Pang at the largest Qigong medicine-less hospital in China. He was named The Qigong Master of the Year by the World Congress for Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and internationally.

He founded the Chi Center, a 79-acre retreat center south of Santa Fe. The Chi Center presents retreats, workshops and online learning programs, including a professional certification program for Qigong teachers and health professionals. He’s most interested in working with energy to open people's hearts and human capacity.

“Mastering your own energy is inseparable from cultivating or connecting the energy of the earth, energy of the universe and the energy interacting with the other phenomenon, including interpersonal relationship,” he says. “But when you're approaching [life] in a more cheerful way, somehow things that flow much more effectively.”

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-He’s the author of key books and the Pure Qi Online series that translate the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for today’s world.

-He’s on faculty for Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the Shift Network. 

-He’s presented at Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), Wisdom 2.0, US Journal Training, PBS, and the Festival of Faiths. Additionally, he’s spoken at VISA, GOOGLE, Mile Hi, and the Energy Psychology Conference. 

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Jun 22, 2021
Using Love and Logic to Raise Resilient Kids – Dr. Charles Fay with Dave Asprey : 832
01:18:46

How would you like to make parenting fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic? (And if you’re a grown-up son or daughter, you may want to improve your own relationship with your parents.} 

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Charles Fay, Ph.D., gives practical and down-to-earth solutions to the most common and frustrating behaviors displayed by kids of all ages. He’s also a parent himself who admittedly makes mistakes. Parents can be frustrating, too.

The internationally recognized Love and Logic® approach he relies on come directly from years of research and clinical experience with severely disturbed youth and their families in psychiatric hospitals, public and private schools, and homes.

You’ll learn strategies and techniques from Dr. Fay that you can apply to daily parenting. This works for teachers and educators, too.

There are the 5 non-negotiable core principles of Love and Logic® that he talks through during the podcast. These can absolutely change your family dynamic: Mutual Dignity/Respect, Shared Thinking, Shared Control, Empathy and Relationship.

Dr. Fay also gives real-time action steps for implementing key components of resiliency: 1) emotional connection, 2) healthy limits, and 3) success experiences.

We talk about the emergence of “helicopter parenting” and why it doesn’t work. “We got to be able to offload problems onto the shoulders of the people who really need to own them, and we do it with love, but we do our friends, our family no favor when we're solving all their problems for them,” Dr. Charles says.

If you’re struggling, either a little or a lot, with the kids you parent or teach, you’ll get a lot of value out of this episode. If you want simple ways to better connect with your kids, you’ll get some nuggets of wisdom you can start using today.

Go to the Love and Logic Institute to find a wealth of resources for parents, educators and trainers. In particular, look for “7 Ways To Create A Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Family” that was created in partnership with Dr. Daniel Amen. 

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Jun 17, 2021
How To Build Your Confidence and Fully Commit To Your Life – Laila Ali with Dave Asprey : 831
00:32:43

In this special episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m welcoming Laila Ali. She’s a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness advocate, TV host, author, home chef and cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two.

She’s the daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, and Laila herself is a two-time hall of famer and four-time undefeated boxing world champion. Her stellar record includes 24 wins (21 were “knockouts”) and zero losses. She’s heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.

Along the way, she had to build up her inner strength, as well as her physical strength. “ That was something that I had already learned in my life,” Laila says. “Just my own conviction, belief and confidence needed to be there in order to withstand all of the pressure and all of the naysayers that I would be facing, including my father.”

She also fully committed. “It took years of learning and growing, but from the beginning,” Laila says. “I got the best trainers I could find. I learned about how I needed to eat. I learned about how I needed to rest. What would it take to be elite and be better than everyone else. And I was willing to do it all.”

Through overtraining, health issues, aging and life changes, she’s learned to find the balance. And she says you can, too. “It’s not healthy to keep going to the point of being stressed out and feeling like there's always something to do and feeling like you can't sit down and relax,” Laila says. “That's just not good to do at any age.”

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Jun 15, 2021
Health Anxiety, Vaccines and Making Sense of Medical News – Dr. Jen Ashton with Dave Asprey : 830
00:53:48

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Jen Ashton brings a wealth of experience to the podcast as a physician, a medical correspondent for international news media, and an award-winning journalist. 

As the ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Correspondent for nearly a decade, she reports on major health and wellness issues across all ABC News platforms. She also reports the latest breaking medical news for “GMA3: What You Need to Know.” She’s been on the front lines of Covid reporting on the science, the health toll and the development of Covid vaccines since the earliest days of the pandemic,.

And while that certainly keeps her busy, she wrote her sixth book during the world’s crazy pandemic year: “The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era.” (Some would call that feat crazy in itself!)

“I found that in covering this pandemic, it really was more about communication, or as much about communication, and how to explain medical and scientific concepts to the world and to the country so that people can really use that information,” Dr. Ashton says.

She’s one of the few physicians with media platforms who still sees patients and has an active medical practice. 

“I think that there were a lot of really smart doctors and public health officials who I think missed the mark on communicating a lot of the information in the pandemic because they don't take care of real patients anymore,” Dr Ashton explains. “I think that when someone does interact with a real person, it changes their approach as communicators of medical information, because it becomes very real.”

One of the things that showed up in both her reporting on Covid and seeing her patients was the rise in health anxiety. This iis an obsessive and irrational worry about having a serious medical condition.

In her book, Dr. Ashton says, “It’s important to know that this kind of health anxiety can happen to anyone at any time, even months or years after a traumatic event like a pandemic is over.”

We talk about resilience in this episode and Dr. Ashton gives practical tips on how to navigate what’s happening in the world right now and how to move forward.

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Jun 10, 2021
What You Must Know About Mold – Dr. Neil Nathan and Dr. Margaret Christensen : 829
00:44:50

This episode of Bulletproof Radio combines important information about mold from two leading expert physicians treating patients today.

Over more than 25 years of a 50-year medical career, Dr. Neil Nathan has become a researcher, complex medical problem-solver and healer of mold toxicity. He treats patients who become too toxic and sensitive, and don’t tolerate usual medical treatments.  

There’s a basic biology to all mold dysfunction, he explains. “Mold toxin enters the cells and begins to interfere with certain types of metabolism. That type of interference affects all parts of the body, including the brain and brain chemistry.”

Dr. Nathan works to bring an awareness that mold toxicity is a major contributing factor for patients with chronic illness. Toxic mold is one of the most common, unrecognized, underlying factors for many different chronic illnesses in adults and children.

Severe toxic mold exposure was the root cause of Dr. Margaret Christensen’s own family’s physical and mental health issues. The experience changed the course of her career—from an obstetrician-gynecologist to a doctor specializing in Functional Medicine. She now researches and treats hormone disruption and neurodegenerative diseases caused by toxic mold.

Mold exposure is a multifactorial challenge, Dr. Christensen says. “The way I approach it is I’m not just dealing at the physiologic level, the physical level, of course, using binders and to pull things out and upregulating detox mechanisms with things like glutathione. I do a whole lot of work in the limbic system, because oftentimes, people who’ve had toxic mold exposure, it’s not one exposure.”

In this conversation, we talk about mold’s effect on people, what doctors are getting wrong, and promising new treatments.

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Jun 08, 2021
New Science Finds Thinking and Feeling in Both Sides of Your Brain – Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor with Dave Asprey : 828
01:32:08

When Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor was 37, she had a stroke that completely shut down the left hemisphere of her brain. Her eight-year recovery led her to some of the greatest discoveries of what our brains can do. 

Dr. Jill is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist and neuroanatomist with a broad area of brain expertise. She’s also well known for her TEDtalks since her stroke: My Stroke of Insight and The Right Brain vs. Left Brain Experience.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’re talking all about her personal journey, insights and new research.

For 50 years, we’ve been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple. In fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. This means each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain.

To put it simply, the left brain defines your individuality. There’s a group of cells working to constantly take in more information to define you. The right brain processes everything through an emotional and not-so-linear lens, telling us we are as big and open and expansive as the universe. 

“From my perspective, I became more when I experienced the stroke, because what I gained was the awareness that I was as big as the universe,” Dr. Jill explains. “As I gained my relationship to the atoms and molecules around me, I expanded and became open. And then I became aware that if I'm going to be a functional human being in the world, I needed to gain some of those skill sets back from that left hemisphere,” she says. “I have so much awareness now of who and what I really am as a living being.”

In her new book “Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive our Life,” Dr. Jill outlines four characters that map different parts of our brain. They correspond to the thinking and feeling elements in both brain hemispheres. Connecting and naming your four characters not only helps you better understand how your brain works but also can help you learn how to tune into your own peace and presence.

Each of the four characters stems from specific groups of cells that feel unique inside of our body, they each display particular skills, feel specific emotions, or think distinctive thoughts.

This paradigm marries your psychology with your brain anatomy—and Dr. Jill is going to explain how and what that means for you.

“I kind of look at these [four characters] as trees and our thoughts and our emotions and our behavior as the leaves on that tree,” Dr. Jill says. “But the roots are really where the issues are. And if we understand the anatomy of what's going on in our emotions and our thoughts and our behavior, oh my gosh, we can really communicate at a core level. It's a whole new level of intimate communication.”

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Jun 03, 2021
Taking a New Approach to Mental Health – Dr. Ellen Vora & Dave Asprey : 827
00:33:22

In this special episode of Bulletproof Radio, I asked holistic psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora what she thought was the single most important element that supports vitality at any age. She answered “community.”

“Not only do I believe that, but the evidence supports that actually having good social connections, feeling held in community, that's really our most potent anti-aging medicine,” she says. 

When people are part of a community, they are happier and able to see things with different perspectives, Dr. Vora continued. “They can have a little bit more of a resilient mindset on things. People are just a little more cognitively nimble when they're surrounded by good people and happiness.”

And that’s important when it comes to depression, anxiety and sleep. Three things Dr. Vora sees a lot of in her medical practice. We talk about why so many people struggle with those issues. 

She takes a functional medicine approach to mental health, considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root cause. Dr. Vora received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, graduated from Columbia University medical school and went on to become a board-certified psychiatrist, medical acupuncturist, and yoga teacher. She specializes in depression, anxiety, insomnia, women’s mental health, adult ADHD, bipolar, autoimmunity and digestive issues.

Our conversation goes into sympathetic and parasympathetic stress, meditation, flossing (!) and psychedelics.

“What we know is substances like psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, ketamine, they do cause a release of BDNF, brain derived neurotrophic factor. So, you have an increase in neuroplasticity and neurogenesis and you start to see a brain that can grow and change.”

Another biggie that affects your mental health? Adverse childhood experience. “[The ACE] research renders everything else you've ever studied and paid attention to in healthcare totally irrelevant because what we're really seeing is that every marker that matters–health span, lifespan risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease, certainly risk of digestive issues and autoimmunity, cancer–adverse childhood events play a significant role in determining your risk of these issues later on.”

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Jun 01, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #11
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Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

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  • Hyperbaric oxygen treatments could make your blood cells grow younger.
  • Infection-fighting immune cells in your brain get their training in your gut.
  • Reprogramming T-cells to act like stem cells helps your immune system.
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May 28, 2021
Stop NAD+ Decline and Slow Down Your Aging – Dr. Nichola Conlon with Dave Asprey : 826
01:07:55

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, molecular biologist Dr. Nichola Conlon joins me to talk about the role of a little molecule found in every cell in your body that has a huge impact on aging. She specializes in the study of aging as a biologically complex disorder, specifically the role of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide). 

You’re going to learn about how NAD+ works in the body from this scientist who was named one of 2021’s Coolest Female Founders of UK Tech Making Huge Impacts.

Dr. Conlon says a key thing for people to understand is to go back to why NAD+ actually declines. “You really need to understand actually how NAD+ is produced by the cells when they're young.”

NAD+ is a natural molecule found in every cell in our bodies. It’s involved in energy production, helping convert the food you eat into the energy your cells need to stay alive. It is an activator of longevity proteins that are associated with cellular health and good aging, DNA repair and more. But as you get older, those NAD+ levels rapidly decline. Dr. Conlon explored why.

“It's become a lot more apparent recently that it's not just energy production that NAD+ is involved with,” Dr. Conlon says. “It's also involved in cellular maintenance and repair. It's almost like the fuel which switches on different enzymes and different processes. NAD+ is critical and actually driving DNA repair and making sure that DNA repair enzymes get to the damage site and do the job that is required.”

She says she got frustrated with the lag time between scientific discovery and actually getting new supplements and drugs to consumers—often a process of 10 to 15 years. “It's like all of science is encapsulated in this bubble, where it never actually gets out to real people in the outside world,” Dr. Conlon says. 

So, she took her years of expertise focused on early stage drug discovery with a leading biotech firm and founded Nuchido. She uses a “systems pharmacology” approach to look at the complexity of our individual biology because there’s no single magic bullet for any ailment. Systems pharmacology has three main principles that differ from conventional pharmaceutical discovery, Dr. Conlon says.

  • “Biology is really complex and there is a lot going on and it is very robust. It's built to withstand impact generally and it doesn't ignore that. It actually looks at every single gene, every single pathway, every single protein, every single feedback, feedforward, inhibition, everything that is going on and almost looks at it as a big network.”
  • “It’s never, ever scientifically plausible to take a single target approach. Try to put your finger on one tiny little piece of that massive complex puzzle, it's just never going to work,”
  • “You've got to take a multi targeted approach and look at the best combinations of targets within all of that complexity and understand how you can target them.”


Nuchido looked at NAD+ through that lens and wanted to repair the ways our bodies lose that NAD. Dr. Conlon and her team of scientists and scientific advisors– several who are giants in the field of biogerontology–identified the right combination of targets to restore cellular NAD+ production back to youthful levels, leading to the development of a breakthrough NAD+ booster called Nuchido TIME+

The TIME+ booster restores and improves the cell’s ability to make and recycle its own NAD+, makes cells more efficient at making NAD+ again, stops cells from wasting NAD+, and reboots the efficiency of your salvage pathway recycling. Your cell function improves and you get your energy back. Pretty cool!

Dr. Conlon says, “I think people don't realize how their energy is actually really pretty bad and the brain fog is pretty bad, and then all of a sudden when it's gone, they're like, ‘Wow! I feel like I can breathe again. I've been living under a cloud.’”

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May 27, 2021
How to Find Your Own Winning Lane – Danica Patrick with Dave Asprey : 825
01:12:34

On this episode of Bulletproof Radio, pretty intense professional race car driver Danica Patrick joins the show to talk about her winding journey doing all the things that excite and scare her the most.

She lets her curiosity drive her, including doing what she fears. Could be bungee jumping, diving out of airplanes or eating scorpions and running wild with Bear Grylls. “It's not like I'm over the fear,” Danica admits. “I just like to know that if I have to overcome it, I can. I just like to know I can do it.”

Danica started racing go-karts when she was just 10 years old. She left high school and moved to England to race when she was a teen and worked her way up to driving an IndyCar going 240 mph at age 23. She’s had gigs as a sports announcer, starred in 14 Super Bowl commercials, hosted the ESPY sports awards, created a clothing line and written a book. She’s currently a vineyard owner, hosts her own podcast, and a whole more. 

“I just like challenging myself,” Danica says. “I've realized that that's where I thrive, whether it was pushing a car to the very limit or interviewing someone that I'm intimidated by or hosting the ESPYs and not being funny at all. I'm like, how am I going to do this? Or even in a workout. I like to challenge myself.”

This episode offers a great conversation on how we can get past the internal obstacles we tend to set up for ourselves and find our own kind of flow state. Danica’s approach to life is grounding, and we talk about how it frames everything from her foray into biohacking to her racing career. 

“I think that that's what's being asked of us, as humans, is that we learn how to get back into that emotional body and let that be the ultimate lie detector test for situations,” she says.

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May 25, 2021
Get Your Mojo On With All Things Keto – Dorian Greenow with Dave Asprey : 824
01:09:20

You’ve told me you want to hear about ketosis, ketones, glucose, monitoring your ketones, what happens when you want to go into ketosis and what happens when you want to go out of it. So, I've got a guest for you who’s definitely geeky, who has gone really, really deep on this to the point that they call him. Mr. Mojo. Dorian Greenow, founder of Keto-Mojo, shares his expertise in ketogenic research and ketone testing. 

This episode of Bulletproof Radio is filled with information, tips and takeaways for integrating keto into your life.

Our ketone levels tell us if we’re actually burning fat to make energy, and keto test strips tell us what those ketone levels are. Different people, depending on their lifestyle and bio-individuality, will have different ranges of ideal ketone levels.

“So there are different types of keto,” Dorian says. “Having it data-driven helps you refine it into the bio-individuality. And that to me is the key. I'm agnostic on whatever somebody is keto, and I'm not going to play the keto police saying, "That's not keto." The data should guide people. And once you have that, you get data-driven outcomes because the blood doesn't lie.”

Keto-Mojo has developed cost-effective keto measuring devices so your own data is within reach. Keto-Mojo keeps its focus on funding ketogenic therapies and finding ways to support people in a healthy lifestyle that suits them. 

“I'm not about selling a meter,” Dorian says. “You'll view our website, you'll see recipes. There's over 182 hours of the leading clinicians and researchers that were once CME credits, so you can do a deep dive into the medical research that is there.”

“Don't go chasing ketones, chase the results that you've got,” Dorian says. “Learn how to interpret the data.”

Dorian and his wife, Gemma, also founded The Ketogenic Foundation, a 501(c)(3)non-profit Public Charity which fosters ketogenic education, medical research, and information sharing.

Maybe you’re looking for ways to cope with type 2 diabetes, maybe you want to home in on your athletic performance, or maybe you’re just curious. In this episode, you’ll learn why your ketone levels change throughout the day and what your levels may mean for your overall lifestyle and more. No matter how you’ve incorporated keto (or are just thinking about it), you’ll feel like you can really make keto work for you and learn some new tips.

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May 20, 2021
Saunas Use Infrared to Power Detox, Immunity & Renewal – Connie Zack with Dave Asprey : 823
00:57:08

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Connie Zack, founder of infrared sauna company, Sunlighten, joins the show to talk about the many benefits of infrared light. This technology has incredible impacts on your longevity and recovery, and I want to make sure you learn as much as possible about it.

Traditional steam and heat-based saunas warm you by heating the air and in turn, heating your body. Infrared saunas work by delivering heat directly to your body through wavelengths that are curated to easily access and transform the body. Even the sweat produced between the two is different!

Different parts of the infrared light spectrum have unique benefits in serving our bodies. Near, mid and far-Infrared each offer different benefits, such as improving cell health, quickening muscle recovery, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and more.

“There's been studies showing that infrared can help reduce colds, flus,” Connie says. “The increase in core temperature helps with the antiviral effect as far as activating heat shock proteins and kind of helping to prepare the body to be stronger.”

Other studies have shown a connection between core temperature and reduction of depression or major depression symptoms.

“So with infrared, if you can get the maximum heat and you've mastered the wavelength, then you can get it all into your body to change and transform your body,” Connie says. 

Every part of a Sunlighten sauna is intentionalfrom the type of wood they use (yes, wood can have a chemical reaction to heat) to the construction of the sauna itself.

“This is all about living the world a healthier place as a result of what we're doing every day,” Connie says. “And we want to do it to the maximum.”

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May 18, 2021
How to Build Your Community and Grow Your Influence – Jon Levy with Dave Asprey : 822
01:17:11

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest Jon Levy shares that the greatest predictors of longevity are close social ties and how much you feel like a part of a community. 

Jon is a behavioral scientist who researches human connection, trust and influence. He can teach you how to build your own communities and in turn, grow your influence exponentially. He’s done it himself by creating a private community of more than 2,000 industry leaders including Nobel laureates, Olympians, celebrities, executives, royalty, and more.

“If I wanted to accomplish things like being healthy, happy and successful, the most important thing I could do is figure out how to connect with extraordinary people and also connect them with each other. So, I needed to figure out ‘how do I hack connection?’” says Jon. “How do I hack trust and how do we use that to create a positive impact?”

In order to create connections in a new relationship, you have to start by building trust. Jon’s research found that trust is made up of three pillars: competence, honesty/integrity and benevolence. There are ways to use these three pillars to build really meaningful relationships with people you’ve just met. Jon says these new relationships you build directly relate to your level of influence.

“Our influence is a by-product of who we're connected to, how much they trust us, and the sense of community that we share. So, if it starts with connecting with people, it starts with an invitation,” Jon says.

In his new book “You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence,” you’ll learn how an invitation can be the beginning of a new relationship. Jon’s research also looks at topics like how to build relationships in families and the pandemic workplace to the trust-building ideas of door-to-door knives salesmen.

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May 13, 2021
7 Ways to Influence People – Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 821
01:03:30

The man who pioneered the science and psychology of Influence returns to Bulletproof Radio today.

Known as “The Godfather of Influence,” Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., is the foundational expert in the science of influence and how to apply it ethically in business. 

After nearly 40 years of evidence-based, peer-reviewed scientific research, he’s earned a global reputation for his ability to translate his scientific studies into valuable and practical actions. This makes his principles of influence and persuasion accessible to everyone and a cornerstone for people and organizations serious about effectively increasing their influence. 

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the psychology of why people say yes and the brand-new principle of influence Robert has added to the original six, which is unity.

“Unity is a standalone principle of influence,” Robert says. “ If we can, as communicators, simply arrange our language, arrange how we comport ourselves so that people see us as partners with them before we begin the process of trying to move them in our direction, their barriers to influence drop dramatically.”

His latest book, “Influence, New and Expanded: The Psychology of Persuasion,” includes new research so you can become an even more skilled persuader using all seven principles. 

You’ll also learn how social influence improves personal relationships and governmental effectiveness and affects work relationships and political decisions.

Robert is president and CEO of Influence at Work and a prolific public speaker. His work and books have been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Inc., Psychology Today Magazine, on the PBS Newshour, and on many podcasts and media outlets.

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May 11, 2021
8 Reasons Why Obesity Isn’t the Problem, Metabolic Dysfunction Is – Dr. Robert Lustig with Dave Asprey : 820
01:10:16

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., the New York Times bestselling author of several books about the problems caused by sugar, processed food and the health conditions of obesity, shares his expertise and research about metabolic health.

He addresses nutrition, food science, and global health, and explains how by focusing on real food we can reverse chronic disease and promote longevity. He also challenges the current healthcare paradigm and the influence of Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government. 

Dr. Lustig is a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who’s spent his 40-plus year career treating and finding ways to prevent obesity and diabetes. He’s emeritus professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. 

He's authored 130 peer-reviewed articles, 80 academic chapters and reviews, and dozens of op-eds for the public. He now has a new book to explain the eight pathologies that underlie all chronic disease and document how processed food has impacted our health, economy, and environment over the past 50 years. 

“So all these medicines that we currently throw at these various chronic diseases, they are treating the symptoms of the disease but they are not treating the underlying pathology,” Dr. Lustig says. “The disease is still there.”

The eight pathologies we discuss include glycation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, insulin resistance, membrane instability, inflammation, epigenetics, and autophagy. 

“It’s not about obesity, it never was,” Dr. Lustig says. “The key to the kingdom is that it is not about obesity, it is about metabolic dysfunction and anyone can get it, and that’s what makes it a public health crisis, because obesity is a result of the problem, not the cause. I never want to hear any of you talk about the obesity epidemic ever again, because that is the food industry’s mantra, that is what they use to obfuscate the truth, and you play right into it when you talk about it.” 

In his new book, “Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine,” Dr. Lustig proposes a strategy to cure both us and the planet. 

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May 06, 2021
Change Your Body Position To Get Better Sleep – Dr. Peter Martone with Dave Asprey : 819
01:04:11

This episode of Bulletproof Radio kicks off Better Sleep Month. Sleep hacking is core to what I do, so I wanted to invite someone on who’s dedicated to that practice. I’m talking with Dr. Peter Martone who is a chiropractor, exercise physiologist and inventor of the Neck Nest, a pillow specifically designed to improve your sleeping postures.

Here's a challenge: try watching a two-hour movie in the position you normally sleep in. Peter bets you won’t last more than 30 minutes without needing to move. You spend eight hours a night (ideally) sleeping, and a third of your life in total, so the way you orient your body during sleep is incredibly important. 

What position should we try to move to? Our backs! As Peter says, we were designed to sleep in a position that distributes our weight over the greatest surface area. When you sleep on your side, you lose the cervical curve in your spine and overtime develop scoliosis in your lower back. 

“It’s no coincidence that your sleep center and your pain center are right next door to each other,” Peter says. You can't stay in an uncomfortable position during sleep, because your body will toss out of it. “Sleeping on your back, if you can do it without your back hurting, without snoring like a machine, that's ideal.”

I had always felt pain every time I slept on my back, but ever since I started using this pillow, I’m a back sleeper. This pillow, once broken in, uses traction to support and restore your spine to that cervical curve. You only need to use it two to three hours a night to restore that curve.

“Being on a computer all day, texting all day, our spines are getting destroyed,” Peter says. “Our sleep scores are getting destroyed because we're tossing and turning all night long. You can fix your spine while you sleep, get 30% better sleep scores by just changing your position, and you can virtually eliminate neck and back pain by doing it while you sleep. It's crazy to me that we're a side sleeping culture, and I am trying to do my part to create the happiest, healthiest, most well-rested people on earth by teaching them how to sleep in a different position.”

The conversation also goes into heart rate variability, vagus nerve stimulation, deep sleep, energy spikes, circadian rhythms and other tips for getting great sleep. 

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May 04, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #10
00:10:44

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #10:

  • How a tiny brain-manipulating machine helps understand neurological disease and neurotrauma..
  • How to simplify your life.
  • Why you're struggling to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Why your body replaces cells at incredible speed.
  • How to identify "hot spots" of aging and disease in DNA.
  • How zombie genes come to life after you die.

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Apr 30, 2021
The Fatigue Fix: Your Hormones, Gut and Immune System – Dr. Amy Shah with Dave Asprey : 818
00:58:31

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking with Amy Shah, M.D., a double board-certified medical doctor specializing in allergy and immunology, hormones and gut health. After a car accident and personal energy crisis she searched for a complete mental, hormonal, and inflammatory reset. 

And while she uses an integrative and holistic approach to wellness in her medical practice, what she learned about energy and fatigue connected a lot of dots.

Regulating the “energy trifecta­,” made up of balanced hormones, a well-functioning gut, and a healthy immune system, makes all the difference. (She’s also an expert in circadian rhythm fasting.) 

“These three areas communicate, and they talk to the brain constantly,” says Dr. Amy. “And if any of those are broken, then you're going to be tired. And so things like short fasting, circadian fasting, sinking with nature and circadian rhythms, which is our internal clock and eating the right foods really can make a difference. And of course, there's this whole component of mind, body health, which we sorely miss in Western culture.”

What you eat, when you eat and mind-body health rule your energy patterns and likely could be the root cause of your fatigue.

“For far too long, all of our concerns about why we're so tired just get brushed off,” Dr. Amy says. “If you don't show up as visibly sick and failing on a lab test, you're basically pushed aside and said, "Okay, it must be, you are getting older, you have a busy life." For women, it's like, you're a mom, you're trying to do too many things. And nobody really gives us any direction, we're left to our own defenses.”

We’re going to talk about how she lays out solutions in her new book, "I'M SO EFFING TIRED: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life."

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Apr 29, 2021
Adult Talk: How to Get Your Kids to Meditate – Emily Fletcher with Dave Asprey : 817
00:55:42

When your kids are calmer and learning how to work with their thoughts and emotions, your quality of life as a parent goes way up. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Ziva meditation creator Emily Fletcher joins me to talk about helping kids learn to meditate and her new zivaKIDS program that gives kids new superpowers.

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For over a decade Emily has been teaching her own ZIVA meditation technique. She’s reached more than 40,000 students so far, including Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners, Navy SEALS, NBA players, entrepreneurs and anyone looking to make their life better. Busy parents, too.

“I wanted to take the pressure off of parents,” Emily says. “Especially right now, parents are being asked to do an extraordinary amount of things: homeschool their kids, learn to become science teachers, deal with the emotional and psychological ramifications of isolation,” she says. “The last thing I wanted parents to do was have to become a meditation salesperson or a meditation police officer.”

She’s worked with Sesame Street, leading child psychologists and professors from Harvard, to create zivaKIDS. Emily knows that getting your kid to meditate is no easy feat, so we talk a lot about how to encourage them to take that next step in an open, honest and age-appropriate way. She has a practice for 4-to 8-year-olds and 9-to 14-year-olds. She also offers training for parents or other adults in the child’s life on how to be a good sidekick. 

The Ziva technique de-excites the nervous system to induce deep rest, so much so that it can heal stresses from both the present and the past. These stresses apply to humans of all ages, and that’s why Emily is so passionate about her practice. 

“If you learn these tools at [a young] age, your resilience and your ability to metabolize high demand situations for the rest of your life will be better,” she says.

She says meditation is not a magic pill to bury your emotions. When you’re sad or angry you can’t fix it by just counting your breaths, but instead meditation can teach us how to change our state when we’re ready. 

Emily’s view of meditation, for both kids and adults, is practical and flexible. On this episode you’ll learn how your practice (and your kids’!) will ebb and flow, but how you will always carry the power of the practice within you and have the tools you need to feel safe with your body, your emotions and yourself.

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Apr 27, 2021
The Covid Conversation: Vaccines, Censorship & Making Your Own Decisions – Dr. Joe Mercola with Dave Asprey : 816
01:20:05

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Joe Mercola returns to talk about the topic that’s been on everyone’s mind, for better or worse, for over a year. That would be Covid-19. Dr. Joe’s been on the show multiple times because he’s been on the cutting-edge of health for the last 25 years and isn’t afraid to question the status quo in healthcare. He’s a best-selling author, an expert in the field of natural health and the founder of the health website Mercola.com

This is the calm place where you can hear this episode and be like, “I don't really believe all of that,” or, “I believe all that,” or, “There's a lot more. They didn't talk about the aliens.” All of the above is okay, right? So, peace, community, joy, love, and disagreement all at the same time. 

Here's some of what we cover:

  • Dr. Joe’s newest book: “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal” and his global-mission oriented writing/research process
  • How censorship, on several levels by several giant companies, has impacted what we believe about the virus (and the censorship of Dr. Joe’s work itself)
  • The vaccine: its origins, the research behind it and why it might not be your best treatment option
  • Alternative therapies for preventing and abating the symptoms of long-COVID
  • Vaccine Passports, their roll-out through private companies and their consequences
  • Disrupting and investigating the echo chamber of disinformation, and how Joe plans to share more information in the face of censorship 


Maybe Dr. Joe has a different opinion than you, but I don’t want that to get in the way of you getting information from all backgrounds.

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Apr 26, 2021
Bonus: 'Gene Therapy' featuring Liz Parrish
00:31:40

I hope this preview about gene therapy discoveries inspires you to join me and thousands of others at the Virtual Biohacking Conference on May 8, 2021, to Recharge Your Cells & Upgrade Your Life. You’ll hear brand new information from this amazing guest and much more from all the guests who will be presenting.

Liz Parrish is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, innovator, and a leading voice for genetic cures. She founded BioViva, a bioinformatics company actively working to extend healthy lifespans using cell technologies, and serves as CEO. She believes in progress and education for the advancement of regenerative medicine modalities and is actively involved in international educational media outreach. She strongly supports your right and your ability to hack your own DNA.

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Apr 23, 2021
Earth Day Bonus: How to Fix the Global Food System and Save the Planet – Dr. Mark Hyman
00:51:54

In recognition of Earth Day, this incredible episode replay with Dr. Mark Hyman gets into the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible. He says his 2020 book, “Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time” is the most important one he’s ever written.

"Our food system end to end is the No. 1 cause of climate change, which is a big shock for me when I started writing this book," Dr. Hyman says. "I was like, "Oh, yeah, greenhouse gases, cow farts, cow burps, methane," and all that. I got that 14%, whatever the estimate is, but when you add it all up, the deforestation, the soil erosion, the factory farming, the processing, distributing, transport, refrigeration, food waste. You add it all up, it's almost 50% of our climate change contribution, more than oil. We need to think about multiple types of solutions."

A frequent – and popular – guest on Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Hyman always innovates and pushes boundaries of what’s possible for human wellness. He's a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, and educator in the field of Functional Medicine. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author more than a dozen times over.

In "Food Fix," you'll learn why it's critical to become aware of the health and economic impact of our food system andtake action. Dr. Hyman offers ways to take on the many inequalities and injustices of our modern food industry and solutions to save our food environment. It's going to take everyone getting involved to make radical change happen – from small farms to food policies.

"I'm building a whole Food Fix campaign to drive policy change," Dr. Hyman says. "If we keep the status quo in policy, it's going to be very difficult."

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Apr 22, 2021
How Sound Healing Links Ancient and Modern Medicine – Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary with Dave Asprey : 815
01:05:08

This episode of Bulletproof Radio is an interesting mix of sound healing knowledge pulled from Eastern traditions and Western medicine.

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, a neurologist and neuroscientist immersed in the field of Integrative Medicine, joins me to talk about the science of sound and just how much we’re learning from ancient teachings.

She’s participated in more than 20 clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Her research also includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS.

As the former Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for a decade, she developed a system to manage chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and migraine headaches. This system asks a lot of “whys” and goes way beyond standard treatments into diet, stress, lifestyle and more.

“As I started going into Ayurvedic medicine and started seeing the enormous benefit that it had on chronic neurological conditions that I couldn't even treat, I just started going deeper and deeper into these ancient traditions,” Dr. Chaudhary says. “What we thought were metaphors, just poetic writings in these ancient texts, all of a sudden you realize that they were actually treatise on quantum biology, which is a field that has yet to really take root.”

She’s president and co-founder of Habit Change California and works with healthcare organizations on how to integrate allopathic, complementary, and alternative therapies.

Dr. Chaudhary branched out even further to lead an Ayurvedic center in India where she implements the use of sound medicine into the treatment of chronic disease and also studies ancient Siddha texts that have been hidden from public view for centuries. 

Our conversation gets into the themes of her newest book, “Sound Medicine: How to Use the Ancient Science of Sound to Heal the Body and Mind.” We explore how much sound affects us, from our earliest memories to our dying breath, and even in our medical care. 

 “We actually are already using sound medicine,” Dr. Chaudhary says. “People just aren't recognizing it. Ultrasound is a form of sound medicine. Lithotripsy, which if anybody's had kidney stones and they have broken them using sound waves, that is a form of sound medicine.” There’s even an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure using sound to reverse aging. 

In her book, she explains, “The fundamental difference between the use of sound in Western medicine and alternative medicine is that the former relies on ultrasonic and infrasonic sound waves—inaudible frequencies—while the latter draws on vibrations that we can actually hear.”

Dr. Chaudhary shares what she’s learned through Siddha medicine, a traditional system of healing that originated in South India that’s existed for over 8,000 years. 

We also talk about how the medical community has long recognized the power of sound to affect the body—both in diagnostics and treatment. And how we can use mantras, positive self-talk, Nãda Yoga and more to channel the power of sound for healing.

BONUS: Downloadable information and instructions about the mantra Dr. Chaudhary sings during the episode. 

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Apr 20, 2021
Bonus: 'Fasting' featuring Dr. Jason Fung
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I hope this preview on fasting inspires you to join me and thousands of others at the Virtual Biohacking Conference on May 8, 2021, to Recharge Your Cells & Upgrade Your Life. You’ll hear brand new information from this amazing guest and much more from all the guests who will be presenting.

Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist known as a pioneer in intermittent fasting in a clinical setting. He specializes in intermittent fasting and low carb, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes. He's earned international acclaim due to his groundbreaking work in the treatment of obesity and diabetes. As the author of several bestselling books on fasting, as well as the “The Obesity Code” and “The Diabetes Code," Dr. Fung has turned his attention to cancer with his new book: “The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery.”

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Apr 16, 2021
Free Your Breath and Your Body Follows – ‘Yoga Rebel’ Tara Stiles with Dave Asprey : 814
01:00:16

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking with Tara Stiles, founder of Stråla Yoga, whose approach to yoga and meditation is to make it as inclusive, unpretentious and accessible as possible. 

“I love the saying, if you can breathe, you can do yoga,” Tara says. “And especially if you're interested in doing it, then follow that intuition. Whether you're young or old or somewhere in between, or have a problem or have any limitations or whatever it is.”

Tara says practicing yoga is about so much more than just the physical poses, but about building up your physical, spiritual and mental energy so you can show up and be present and leave content. That comes from developing fluidity in your life, finding alignment in your internal and external environments, and listening to your body. 

“So, it's really moving slow enough so you can notice what's happening. Allowing your breath to move your body, I think is amazing,” Tara says. “We miss out on all of our potential and how easily we can move when we ignore our breath-body connection, as well.”

The mind-body connection is what allows her to truly tune in, and she encourages everyone she teaches to find that oneness of their own. One of her tips? Get down on the ground. Even a brief few minutes moving from your chair to the floor, practicing some short cat-cow exercises to get movement circulating through your body, or just deep breathing practice, are great ways to take a break and listen to what parts of you might need a little more attention. 

In her new book, Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care,” Tara shows how you can integrate well-being into every part of your life. She guides you through a mental and spiritual cleanse, and outlines ways you can change your nutrition and movement.

"I'm trying to broach the subject here of more living in line with your energy and trying to harness your energy and have more of it when you need more of it,” she says.

She’s considered a “yoga rebel” because she doesn’t follow any conventional dogma that often keeps the practice out of reach.

“A lot of times with yoga, it can be so dogmatic and so student-teacher, messed-up relationship that the student just depletes their energy and forces their body into these strange positions,” Tara explains. “And then, just to be simple about it, it messes up their life and messes up their energy, which is the opposite of what yoga is supposed to do for you.”

Instead, “There's this great principle of softness,” she says. “If you just allow yourself to be moveable, bendable in your joints first, but then an emotional softness, relaxing a little bit, then all of a sudden your breath starts to move your body naturally, your breath gets bigger and more full.”

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Apr 15, 2021
Why You Can’t Live Without Minerals – BEAM Minerals with Dave Asprey : 813
01:07:28

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we talk about minerals, ask some foundational questions about why they matter to your biology, and why you probably would do a lot better as a biohacker, or just as a human being who wants to be hard to kill, if you pay way more attention to them.

We have more than 30 trillion cells in our body and every single one of them requires minerals to function. You can’t live without minerals. 

Caroline Alan, co-founder of BEAM Minerals, knows first-hand the importance of minerals. Before she started with BEAM, she was working under the constant stress of a corporate career. She had inflammation throughout her body, especially in the gut and mouth. And her adrenals were fatigued. She also had headaches every day, previously unknown gluten intolerance and other body pain. She spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to get better, but nothing worked until she started taking minerals.

The minerals allowed her body to naturally heal and come back to homeostasis. She then went deep into research about minerals and how they work on human physiology, especially plant-based fulvic and humic mineral complexes. This included microbiology, molecular biology, cellular biology, agricultural soil science and the study of plant decomposition. 

A tablespoon of healthy dirt has 10 billion microbes. Each of those microbes excretes a substance called humin, which is the most concentrated form of mineral out there. BEAM Minerals provides fulvic and humic minerals in appropriate amounts that open up new pathways for absorption and allow your cells to take in the good stuff and clear out the gunk. 

This episode gets into mineral depletion and supplementation. What helps your body, why and in what forms.

You'll learn why Ionic liquid minerals are immediately bioavailable at the cellular level. Another plus? Specific flavonoid benefits of fulvic supercharge any vitamin supplements you’re already taking by making them more easily assimilated by your cells. Cool stuff.

“These humic and fulvic complexes, they're like Mother Nature's answer to mineral supplementation,” Caroline says.

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Apr 13, 2021
Bonus: ‘Peptides & Anti-Aging’ featuring Dr. Heather Smith-Fernandez
00:21:55

I hope this preview on the power of peptides inspires you to join me and thousands of others at the Virtual Biohacking Conference on May 8, 2021, to Recharge Your Cells & Upgrade Your Life. You’ll hear brand new information from this amazing guest and much more from all the guests who will be presenting.

Dr. Heather Smith-Fernandez is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellow-trained interventional pain medicine physician who founded the Florida-based Regenerative Institute of Medicine. She's also the creator of Peptology™, the study and clinical application of peptides in living beings.

Peptides are the real deal. After using them for a period of time, “There’s a noticeable difference in how you feel, how you think, how you sleep,” Dr. Heather says.

She uses peptides in all areas of her practice, such as regenerative treatments, advanced aesthetics, sexual health, hormone therapy, preventive medicine, and advanced lab testing.

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Apr 09, 2021
How Fasting Resets Your Biology and Helps You Live Longer – Valter Longo, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 812
01:09:16

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking with a godfather of fasting, Professor Valter Longo, Ph.D. He started researching fasting decades before anyone else started paying much attention to it. In 2018, TIME Magazine named Prof. Longo as one of the 50 most influential people in health care for his research on fasting-mimicking diets as a way to improve health and prevent disease.

He’s director of the Longevity Institute at University of Southern California-Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles, and director of the Longevity and Cancer Program at the Italian Foundation of Cancer Research. 

“Fasting really in my mind is probably the most powerful way to reset and help regenerate, but also help clear junk and damage that is accumulated,” Prof. Longo says.

Our conversation hits the high points of how and why to fast, and also goes into the research that got us to what we know today and looks at what’s next. We talk about everything from Prof. Longo's foundational research on yeast to the possibility of having future technology that tells us how to fast based on certain blood markers or gut bacteria.

He’s also focused his work on the nutrients present in the fats, proteins and carbs we choose to consume during our fasts. 

“Without understanding how nutrients such as proteins and sugars affect cellular function, aging and aging damage, and regeneration, it's difficult to determine the type and quantity of nutrients for optimal longevity,” Prof. Longo says in his book, The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight.” 

Beyond fasting, Prof. Longo created five pillars of longevity related to nutrition and human biology: juventology (the study of youth), epidemiology, clinical studies, centenarian studies, and the study of complex systems.

We also discuss bigger philosophical questions and the ethics surrounding longevity. What would it mean to try and live forever? And what does longevity mean in the face of advancing technology that may boost our life span by 50 to 100 years? 

“I think technology is going to take over in the next 50 years and I think bionics is going to take over in the next 50 years,” Prof. Longo says. “It’s going to be a very different world; it’s going to be a very different approach. And it’s going to be an approach that has to do much more with memory and memory transfer, and all kinds of crazy things.”

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Apr 08, 2021
How to Get a Handle on Your Histamine – Dr. Becky Campbell with Dave Asprey : 811
01:00:11

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, you’re going to learn a lot you probably didn’t know about histamine. Turns out histamine is a major neurotransmitter that affects your awareness, food cravings, tiredness and inflammation. I’m talking with Dr. Becky Campbell, a board-certified doctor of natural medicine who focuses on histamine issues based on experiences from her patients and her own life.

Histamine is a very important part of the immune system and plays a role in inflammation in the body. We also need histamine in order to digest food, move our bowels, boost exercise performance, increase attention, and get blood as well as nutrients and oxygen delivered to different parts of the body. But things can go off track.

Histamine intolerance is not a sensitivity to histamine, but an indication that too much of it has built up in the body, or that there is an inability to break it down properly.

So, how could high histamine affect you?

“Migraines, passing out,” Dr. Campbell says. “Eating and having a really fast heart rate for no reason, having anxiety out of the blue for no reason. Any type of dermatitis, or hives, or flushing, random diarrhea, going from sitting to standing and getting dizzy. It's all over the place.”

Fatigue immediately after eating also can be an indicator. “My biggest symptom of histamine intolerance is fatigue,: Dr. Campbell says. “I would eat something that was supposedly healthy for me, like fermented food, and literally felt like I took a sleeping pill.”

It’s a natural response for our body to release histamine, but if we can’t break it down (which can happen from reduced enzyme activity, various gut issues, from vitamin deficiencies and more) it becomes a problem. She shares what foods to avoid and what foods to eat when you’re dealing with histamine intolerance.

The most common high histamine foods include pork, citrus, fermented foods, alcohol, and aged meats and cheeses. If you eat a high histamine food and your body isn’t prepared to break it down, the mast cells that produce it (and other inflammatory chemicals) can just pour it out into the body, resulting in a lot of inflammation.  

Dr. Campbell estimates up to 40 percent of people could have some degree of histamine sensitivity. Vitamin C, quercetin and zinc can help.

If you know (or maybe are beginning to think) high histamine negatively affects you, Dr. Becky gives you some great tips so you can identify symptoms and histamine culprits in your diet, and start finding solutions. 

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Apr 06, 2021
Bonus: ‘Energy’ featuring Dr. Barry Morguelan and Pedram Shojai
01:03:42

This episode focuses on energy with two masters dedicated to this work. You’ll hear highlights from their previous interviews with me to get an idea of their styles and areas of expertise.

I hope this preview inspires you to join me and thousands of others at the Virtual Biohacking Conference on May 8, 2021, to Recharge Your Cells & Upgrade Your Life. You’ll hear brand new information from these two amazing guests and much more from all the guests who will be presenting.

Dr. Barry Morguelan is a world-class medical doctor and the only western Grand Master of a 5,000-year-old Chinese Source Energy discipline. For more than 20 years, he’s been supporting people through the Energy for Success program. He helps world leaders, entrepreneurs, health-care professionals, scientists, professional athletes, teachers, parents and people from all walks of life and various professions achieve success toward personally defined goals.

Pedram Shojai, a.k.a. The Urban Monk, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and master herbalist and acupuncturist. He’s also an acclaimed Qigong Master and Taoist Abbot with a practical approach to modern living. His most recent work, “FOCUS: Bringing Time, Energy and Money into Flow” brings your attention in line with your intention to get the life you want. 

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Apr 02, 2021
Conquer Your Cycle at Every Age – Stephanie Estima, D.C., with Dave Asprey : 810
01:06:23

Great In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Stephanie Estima encourages women to start the process of owning their health by collecting data on their cycle. That way, women can start to understand their body’s individuality and work with it, not against it.

She’s a doctor of Chiropractic with expertise in female metabolism and body composition who joined me on the show to discuss her new book “The Betty Body: A Geeky Goddess’ Guide To Intuitive Eating, Balanced Hormones, And Transformative Sex.”

The term “Betty” originally came from the fans of her podcast “Better! With Dr. Stephanie,” but it ended up fitting just right for what she stands for as a woman and a doctor. As she says in her book: “Betty is a fully embodied force of nature. Her intuition knows what her body needs and how to attend to herself to nourish, not punish. A Betty is sexiness embodied.”

When you’re in the worst part of your cycle and feel irritable and/or exhausted, Dr. Stephanie says it can be a time to look inwards and re-evaluate how and why you feel the way that you do. You’ll learn about what phases of your cycle are best for what activities; like, what is the best time to do a HIIT workout? Conduct an interview? Launch a new project? Start fasting?

She also explains the ways keto and fasting can negatively impact women, most commonly through bad sleep and hair loss. She says women can manipulate three variables in fasting for more success: the type of fast, the length of fast and the frequency of fast. You learn why you have to pay attention to leptin resistance and what helps to fix keto for women.

“We often think that health is this really difficult full-time job that we all need to hire the personal trainer, and the body worker, and the nutritionist, and the chef,” she says. “Once we step into the intuitive nature that our bodies already have and begin to decode the signals, then you really become more attuned with your body rhythms and you'll be able to respond appropriately.”

Add in knowing your metabolic markers, focusing on muscle strength, and eating for nutritional needs, not calorie counting.

Dr. Stephanie shares a lot of knowledge we’ve never had on the show before, and she does it in a way that I find super empowering. Coronal plane exercises and brain health, anyone? Yep, you’ll learn that here, too. She does an incredible job encouraging women to own their period, and through that, their body and their powerful presence in the world.

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Apr 01, 2021
Innovative Sex Toys Help Close the Pleasure Gap – Alexandra Fine with Dave Asprey : 809
01:07:56

I talk about sex regularly on Bulletproof Radio because the energy, connection and humanity that’s a part of sexual wellness improves our lives. So does the fun factor.

In this episode, credentialed sexologist Alexandra Fine talks with me about the pleasure gap and ways to close it. After earning her master’s in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in sex therapy from Columbia University, she decided to focus her passion and expertise on the world of sex tech. 

Alex and mechanical engineer Janet Lieberman co-founded Dame Products. These are innovative tools and resources for adult sexual well-being: solo play, couples or polyamorous if that’s your preference. Dame’s first product, Eva, became the most crowdfunded sex toy in history. Its second product, Fin, was the first sex toy allowed on Kickstarter.

“We are women designing products that predominantly help people just like us have more fulfilling lives,” Alex said about getting the Fin on Kickstarter. “This isn't about prurient behavior. This isn't about being lewd or crude. This is about living a healthy life.”

Beyond the obvious physical fun, Dame’s meticulously engineered vibrators designed to do three specific things:

  • start necessary conversations,
  • listen rather than assume, and 
  • create products that enhance intimacy. 

Within five years of its launch, Dame earned critical and popular acclaim, as well as praise in international media, including the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, Vice, BBC and the Today Show. Fast Company recognized Dame as one of the "most innovative wellness companies of 2020,” and Well+Good named Dame a “2020 changemaker.”

Listen on to learn more about how shame-free sex and well-designed sex toys can contribute to your overall health and energy.

More Sexual Health: My recent Sexual Energy Series spanned six episodes #787 to #792 featuring experts ranging from sexual fantasies to women’s health to the evolution of the penis. I’ve also covered tantric sex, orgasms, the psychology of sex and more with other guests through the years.

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Mar 30, 2021
Boost Your Oral, Dental & Throat Health with Probiotics – Prof. John Tagg with Dave Asprey : 808
01:11:04

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’re talking about bugs. The good kinds!

Emeritus professor and microbiologist John Tagg has been researching bacteria since the mid 1970s and has been specifically looking for a probiotic solution to Group A Strep. He’s done this work primarily at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He’s responsible for the isolation and characterization of the first streptococcal bacteriocin and wrote the first major review of the bacteriocins of gram-positive bacteria.

Prof. Tagg’s pioneering research led to the discovery of two probiotic bacterial strains. These strains of 'friendly' bacteria are effective in crowding out bad bacteria in the mouth. Both are strains of S. salivarius, which are naturally found in the oral cavity of healthy humans.

  • One is the world’s first oral probiotic strain from the mouth for the mouth.
  • The other probiotic strain specifically targets dental and gum health.

Most people don’t have very much of either of these beneficial strains, so a daily supplement is a great way to boost the good bacteria in the mouth to help with throat health, teeth and gum health and bad breath. Prof. Tagg partners with BLIS Technologies to create supplements for throat, dental and oral health.

"The real importance is that the mouth is the portal of entry of most microbes, good or bad, for the human body," says Prof. Tagg. "We have our skin microflora, of course. But I believe that by focusing attention on having a healthy and protective oral microbiota, you cannot only sort of interfere, you can delay or divert infections or disease of the oral cavity, then it can have a flow on effect also to the gut."

You’re going to learn a lot of new information about good bacteria and probiotics from an expert who’s dedicated decades of time, authored more than 230 research publications on the topic and isolated over 2,000 bacterial strains. 

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Mar 26, 2021
A New Way to Control Your Blood Sugar – BiOptimizers with Dave Asprey : 807
01:13:37

Great PodMonitoring your blood sugar is one of the most important interventions you can make for yourself in order to live long and truly feel good. 

If you have diabetes, your cardiovascular disease risk, your cancer risk and your Alzheimer's risk all go up dramatically. 

So, what if we were to just put on our thinking hats as biohackers and say, "Which intervention has the highest ROI for reducing my odds of dying from everything?" Regulating your blood sugar would be very, very high on the list, probably more important than exercise, even though exercise can be a method of controlling your blood sugar and exercise and movement are important, no doubt about it. If you didn't move around and your blood sugar was highly regulated, you'd be better off than if you had irregular blood sugar and you moved around. It's that big of a deal.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Wade Lightheart and Matt Gallant are back on the show. This time, they’re letting you know how to get control of your blood sugar spikes and drops, and instead find a stable middle ground. 

These two BiOptimizers cofounders have decades of combined experience in health, nutrition and exercise. They really get how the brain and body work together for maximum performance and realize so much of that has to do with our blood sugar. 

“Our pancreases are both four and a half times the size per body weight of any species on the planet because we eat so much sugar,” Matt says. “That's what involved in the regulation and distribution of insulin.”

If you don’t manage your blood sugar, there will be consequences. But when you find a way to maintain stable glucose levels, your body learns how to convert glucose into energy more effectively. This leads to better performance.  Your body repairs and you have more energy for thinking and moving. 

We talk about ketones, carbs and how to keep your blood sugar at a consistent level (even when you have those days where you eat a 4,000 calorie meal). You’ll also learn how you can best collect data on what works for your body and how the active ingredients work in BiOptimizer’s Blood Sugar Breakthrough supplement. 

“As great as our product is and it's really awesome, I want to also caution people,” Wade says. “You can't supplement your way out of a bad diet, and you want to take data, and you want to correlate it with biofeedback.”

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Mar 25, 2021
How Fitness Saved a Life and Became a Livelihood – Doug Bopst with Dave Asprey : 806
00:57:28

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio my guest shares an inspiring life story about addiction, adversity and resilience.

Doug Bopst is an award-winning personal trainer, author, speaker and host of the Adversity Advantage podcast. His journey traverses a difficult childhood, an addiction spiral and time in jail.

He credits a judge, a cell mate, and unexpectedly finding faith with 12 years of sobriety and his ability to help others change and reclaim their own lives.

His transformation started with fitness in jail to help him recover from drug addiction. Exercise changed his body, his state of mind and his ability to continuously show up for himself. 

“I was finally able to get comfortable being uncomfortable,” Doug says. “I was finally able to face my fears and face my emotions, really, head on, and learn to channel a lot of that pain into something good.”

Post-jail time, he found new ways to manage his emotions. Where before he would have used drugs to respond to negative thoughts and feelings, he began relying on exercise, which built up his self-confidence.

“When I was working out, it wasn't necessarily as much to get in shape as it was for me to relearn how to deal with my emotions in a way that was conducive to who I wanted to become,” Doug says.

Doug also shares how his self-support system developed over time, and the importance of a full healthy lifestyle, not just a good fitness routine. For him, feeling good isn’t just about exercise, but a network of family, faith, therapy, meditation and eating right. 

He encourages the people that he trains to find their own version of a full, healthy life. No one thing can be a solution, but instead it’s all a part of journey of self-forgiveness, healing and finding the things that feel good for you.

“A lot of this stuff that I've been doing is simply to help people, give people hope, whether that's somebody who's struggling with addiction, whether that's a parent, whether that's somebody who's just struggling to feel better about themselves,” Doug says. “That's my main mission right now.”

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Mar 23, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #9
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Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #9:

  • Sleep may pre-date brain activity.
  • Genes could contribute to daytime nap needs.
  • Dopamine links aerobic fitness and cognition.
  • Eat bad food as a kid; pay the price into adulthood.
  • Green light relief for migraines.


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Mar 19, 2021
Self-Heal with Intermittent Fasting & Inner Bonding – Margaret Paul, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 805
00:54:16

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we find out how my guest, 81-year-old Margaret Paul, Ph.D., has sustained intermittent fasting (IF) for more than 50 years!

Although IF may be a newer concept with regard to health and wellness, research has been happening for decades. And some people have been following IF for that long because it works for their own biology.

“I started intermittent fasting when I was about 30,” Margaret says. “And it's been fantastic in my life. I started learning about food in my early 20s, because I was a sickly kid, and I just didn't want to be sick. … I'm grateful that I found out about intermittent fasting before it was even a word. I mean, they didn't call it that then, but that's what it was.”

She was ahead of her time with fasting and also with the inner emotional, mental and spiritual work that rounds out a healthy life. 

She’s a bestselling author and popular MindBodyGreen writer. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology, is a relationship expert, public speaker, consultant and artist. Her latest book is “Diet For Divine Connection: Beyond Junk Foods and Junk Thoughts to At-Will Spiritual Connection.”

“My brain is very sharp. I've worked probably at this point 60 hours a week. I'm highly creative,” she says. “I love my work. I've been doing it for a very long time, and I have no desire to slow down.”

Margaret co-created the powerful Inner Bonding® self-healing, six-step process. This program guides people through finding and defining their own inner worth. It allows you to let go of your wounded-ego voice that tells you you’ll never be good enough and instead operate from a higher connection of love and truth. 

“If you don't know how to love yourself, you don't get filled up with love, you don't have anything to share,” Margaret says. “So, you're always trying to get it. Get the love, get the approval, get the attention. Inner Bonding® is about teaching you how to do that for yourself, so that you can share that with others.” 

Margaret talks about ways people abandon themselves on an emotional level, like staying in their head and disconnecting from their body, judging themselves, blaming others and numbing out with addictions. During this episode, she shares how you can move beyond these patterns, access your internal higher guidance, and maintain a level of higher frequency with inputs like healthy organic foods and the practice of self-love. 

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Mar 19, 2021
Insulin Resistance, Fasting, Ketones and “Why We Get Sick” – Dr. Ben Bikman with Dave Asprey : 804
01:36:03

This episode of Bulletproof Radio runs over 90 minutes and definitely will be worth the time you’ll spend listening. 

We’re talking about insulin resistance, something that affects half of all adults in the U.S., a lot of our children, and is the leading cause of many common health disorders. Insulin resistance makes you less powerful every day until you get diabetes. 

Insulin resistance has been a focus for me for more than 10 years. It's part of the Bulletproof Diet and it's part of my book “Fast This Way.” In fact, fasting is very impactful for this. And I've asked Ben Bikman, Ph.D., a biomedical scientist and pathophysiology professor at Brigham Young University, on the show to talk about why insulin resistance is happening.

 Ben’s research focuses on the role of elevated insulin in regulating obesity and diabetes, including the relevance of ketones in mitochondrial function. “Insulin resistance itself will start to affect the degree to which the mitochondria work,” he says.

However, when in balance, insulin is really important to our bodies. “We [speak] about insulin and its role as being a villain, but it's also very much a hero,” Ben says. “It is absolutely essential to survival.”

Why is insulin important? 

  • It controls blood glucose
  • Every cell has insulin receptors, and insulin tells the cell what to do with energy: when to grow, shrink, build or break.


Ben brings new insights into what’s going on with insulin resistance and why we must pay attention to it. He synthesizes the latest research and information in his book, “Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease―and How to Fight It.” 

Due to elevated insulin, elevated stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine) and inflammation, our bodies can become insulin resistant. Most of the population is insulin resistant and are hyper-insulinemic. This means they have metabolic inflexibility and get stuck in sugar-burning mode and never shift to burning fat, making it nearly impossible to burn or lose weight.

“If you are among the majority of people whose brain is yoked to glucose, because your insulin is always high, your glucose is always high, your brain is adapted to only using glucose, and you feel that drop in glucose,” Ben explains. “You will feel the symptoms of hypoglycemia, that carb crash, you will get jittery, you'll get shaky, you'll get anxious, you'll get hungry again even though you just ate 90 minutes ago.”

“It's because your brain is so addicted to glucose,” he continues, “that when it starts to drop and in the absence of ketones, which aren't there in that situation, you have no alternative.”

Listen on to find out how continuous glucose monitoring can allow you to get a better of sense of your body and what you need to be eating. Ben also gives tips on the best things to eat, how to cook (or what to cook with), fasting (of course) and other ways to protect your body from disease and sickness.

This episode will absolutely change your understanding of insulin resistance.

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Mar 17, 2021
How to Identify Your Energy Blockers and Beat Fatigue – Dr. Steven Gundry with Dave Asprey : 803
01:07:37

At 70 years young, Dr. Steven Gundry feels and exudes more energy than he did at 40. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’ll talk about how you can make sure you feel the same.

Dr. Gundry explains seven deadly energy disruptors that surround us in his new book, “The Energy Paradox: What to Do When Your Get-Up-and-Go Has Got Up and Gone.”

“The walking well have become proficient at shouldering a pretty heavy pack of fatigue,” he says in his book. “And it’s taking a toll on multiple fronts—from their personal contentment and fulfilment, to their ability to show up fully in relationships, to their ability to work.”

Things like glyphosate, fructose and environmental pollutants often lead to a leaky gut, mitochondrial gridlock and an epidemic of fatigue. That means greater inflammation and less energy from the places we need it most, like our brain and muscles. 

“We literally are overfed and underpowered,” Dr. Gundry says. “We've been told, and you see it on commercials every day, that you need this energy drink or you need a 30-gram protein drink to get your energy up to take on the day. They literally clog the fuel line and that's our big paradox.

We go into these energy disruptors in our conversation that covers the “epidemic” of fatigue and low energy that we often take as a given in our busy day-to-day lives. Today’s episode will give you actionable tips on how to get some of that energy back into your life. 

“We think that this is something because of our stressful existence or our hard work is just something underlying that we have to deal with or overcome,” Dr. Gundry says. “And it's absolutely not the case at all.”

As a practicing cardiologist and retired cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Gundry has become a major voice in the world of food toxins and what they do to us. He teaches people how to eat, guiding them on how to get ahead of the problem, not just fixing it after the fact.

He’s published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals on using diet and supplements to eliminate heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and multiple other diseases. He’s also the best-selling author of “The Plant Paradox” and “The Longevity Paradox” books.

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Mar 13, 2021
Why Dave Asprey Changed His Mind About Juicing – Junaid Kalmadi of Farmers Juice : 802
00:44:20

For a while I was anti-juicing because I found myself consuming a lot of sugar with very few health benefits. But I wanted to flip my own script and introduce you to a brand-new juice company. These juices don’t cause a blood sugar spike. Instead, you get a lot of phytonutrients and the bonus opportunity to support small farmers.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking about juicing with Farmers Juice founder and CEO Junaid Kalmadi. Farmers Juice is the world’s first keto-friendly and functional green juice line with adaptogens, antioxidants and mushrooms. These ingredients boost focus, increase athletic performance, and create a sense of calm.

Farmers Juice juices contain no GMOs, artificial colors/preservatives, synthetic fertilizers or toxic persistent pesticides.

“Cold-pressed juicing takes one to 1.5 pounds of produce and it separates the liquid from the solid and the juice from the pulp,” Junaid says. “It creates this really concentrated and potent beverage that has all sorts of nutrients of roughly three to five plates of salad in one drink.”

And thanks to high pressure processing, Farmers Juice retains all the ingredient goodness. Another bonus that the juices stay fresh for 20 days.

Most juice companies use sugar-based ingredients. Instead, Farmers Juice uses a mint, basil, lime, lemon, turmeric, and ginger combination. This gives your tastebuds a tingle every time you drink it and contains only four to five grams of sugar per juice bottle.

“I think juice companies selling sugary drinks, even though they have good intentions, contribute to the health care burden of 240 million Americans being overweight or obese and nearly 125 million Americans that are diabetic or prediabetic,” Junaid says. “Juice does not need to be part of the problem; it can be part of the solution.”

In addition to supporting human health, Farmers Juice also prioritizes decreasing food waste by partnering up with Alliance of Family Farms to get the “ugly produce” that often gets thrown away. Then, they donate their extra pulp to local farmers for cattle feed. All of their produce comes from small farmers in California.

Farmers Juice is good for you, local farmers and the planet. That’s something I can get behind.

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Mar 12, 2021
The Metabolism-Cancer Connection & How to Treat It – Dr. Charles Meakin with Dave Asprey : 801
00:58:36

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest approaches cancer much differently than mainstream medical thinking.

Dr. Charles Meakin is Chief Medical Officer for Care Oncology Clinic USA and works specifically on metabolic treatment strategies for curing cancer. He’s also a career biohacker-physician focused on alternative and holistic treatment strategies that he hopes will shape the “fourth field of cancer care.”

We talk personalized strategies and specifically about some of the drugs we take for anti-aging that are interesting for cancer care, including stuff that is a little bit shocking to me like statins. We're going to get into that, and if you're interested in metabolism, this show is for you.

“Cancer hits one in two men, four in 10 women, and we spend a lot of money on it,” Dr. Meakin says. “And it's still not fixing it.”

We’re learning more every day about how cancer manifests and acts in the body. Over the last 10 years, many of the same cancer screening recommendations remain intact, but a lot has changed, such as:

  • Cancer is gradually catching up with cardiovascular disease as the primary cause of death in America
  • The emergence of obesity as the second most common risk factor for cancer
  • The increased prevalence of some diseases means many more will experience cancer (1/3 women, 1/2 men)
  • The emergence of HPV virus as a trigger for oral pharyngeal cancer is escalating 


Dr. Meakin brings holistic alternatives to the normal standard of care: simple balance training programs, nutrition strategies, supplements additive, portable 02, exercise bands, sleep hacks, and more. His options not only improve treatment outcomes for patients, but helps other health conditions in an accessible, inexpensive and safe way. 

“Our ultimate goal is a paradigm shift to not just let cancer develop, and then try to jump on it in our current ways once it's done, but to work in a better way with prevention and earlier identification,” he explains.

Dr. Meakin and I explore the ways we view and treat cancer has changed over time, and how far it still has to go. You’ll learn about developments in oncology like targeted immune therapies, and a new belief called Epigenetic Theory. 

He doesn’t shy away from hard questions, and that’s what makes this such a great episode.

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Mar 10, 2021
Why You Have to Heal Your Trauma to Free Your Energy – Tana Amen with Dave Asprey : 800
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In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, the topic is something that drives all of us, whether we like it or not: fear and trauma. 

Tana Amen is just the right guest to talk about this subject. She’s a neurosurgical ICU trauma nurse, vice president of the Amen Clinics, a health and fitness expert and a New York Times best-selling author. She taken on these topics in her new book, “The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit, and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer.”

Tana defines trauma as any event or set of events that occurred in your life that:

  • made you think the world was unsafe,
  • broke your trust in people that you’re surrounded by, and
  • really caused you to just not trust. 


We’ve all experienced trauma to varying degrees, so in our conversation we unpack how to identify your responses and access your inner strength.

“When we don't heal from trauma, all of that energy is stuck, and it's focused on the wrong things,” Tana says. “You're stuck in this flight or fight thing. You're stuck in this mode of “I need to survive” as opposed to, "I need to just thrive and heal and live life." You can't do that. And that's one of the really big reasons to do it.”

Our conversation goes into how trauma impacts your brain function and your healing process. From your biology and psychology to your social circle and spiritual circle, every influence throughout your life can change that process. 

"We are more beautiful, we are more complex, more interesting because of those broken pieces that we've mended back together and mends just like a scar,” Tana says. “You can be stronger because of that, as long as you heal it, as long as you allow it to set."

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Mar 05, 2021
5 Steps of Neurocycle Can Clean Up Your Mental Mess – Dr. Caroline Leaf with Dave Asprey : 799
01:13:58

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest, Dr. Caroline Leaf, has been changing lives through her research into the human mind-brain connection for nearly four decades. “We’ve been sold such a lie that your brain controls you,” she says. 

The brain isn’t a generator, it’s a responder, so it has to be stimulated. We have the power to change the environment in which the brain thinks, feels and chooses. Dr. Leaf talks about how we can all use self-awareness to better understand and strengthen our minds. 

Her new book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress and Toxic Thinking, shows you ways to use your mind to biohack your brain.

It may look different for everyone, but she believes wholeheartedly in our abilities to change through understanding our minds and fostering self-awareness. We can build up our brain health, resilience and strength. Dr. Leaf developed a five-stop process called Neurocycle to help us get there. “The five steps teach you how to grow a healthy thought,” she says.

Listen on to learn what these five steps are and how to put them into practice in your own life. 

“I am absolutely 100% convinced that if we focus more on the mind and understand that we have a level of control that we use online to change our mind, we can change our brain and our body function,” Dr. Leaf says.

As a communication pathologist, Dr. Leaf looks at people’s communication tendencies and the roots of those tendencies. She does so by tapping into the depths of the mind, exploring the non-conscious, conscious, and subconscious levels. During her career, she’s conducted research with people who have extreme brain damage, traumatic head injuries and many others, and directed them towards life-altering change. 

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Mar 04, 2021
Tame Your Dragons, Train Your Brain and Take Back Your Happiness – Dr. Daniel Amen with Dave Asprey : 798
01:07:31

This episode of Bulletproof Radio goes deep into the dragon psyche. No, not “Game of Thrones,” but specifically our inner dragons. 

“A dragon is an issue you're dealing with, that your brain is listening to, but it's not helping you,” says brain expert Dr. Daniel Amen.

These dragons are the ones that “breathe fire on our emotional brain,” like anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness and more (you can find out what yours are at www.knowyourdragons.com).

As a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, professor, and author of 30 books, Dr. Amen has a lot to share about taming the beasts that beset us.  

In his newest book “Your Brain is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons that Control Your Happiness, Habits and Hang-ups,” he talks about those dragon origin stories, their triggers, your reactions and how to tame them.

He has a lot of tips for how we can step outside of our mind to distance ourselves from the dragon’s fire, like tuning into your pleasure centers, and how to guide your mind to look for what’s right rather than what’s wrong.

“It's like a little treasure hunt,” Dr. Amen says. “And I look for even the micro moments. What are the smallest things that happened today that just made me happy? And it sets your dreams up to be more positive. These little habits are so helpful if you can make them part of your everyday life. You literally can train your brain. And when you do, your life is happier.”

We talk about the ways past physical and emotional trauma may impact the way we heal, how our dragons are always interacting with other people’s dragons, how this is all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and much more. 

Dr. Amen gives practical tools you can use to stop feeling sad, mad, nervous or out of control and start being happier, calmer, and more in control of your own destiny.

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Mar 02, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #8
00:05:37

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #8:

  • Butter texture has changed in Canada.
  • Sleep affects teenagers' mental health.
  • Memories leave unique fingerprints in your brain.


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Feb 26, 2021
How to Control Your Blood Sugar & Spike Your Energy – Levels Health with Dave Asprey : 797
01:11:54

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is an engineer with expertise in metabolic dysfunction. Josh Clemente co-founded Levels Health, a company that has designed a biowearable continuous glucose monitoring device.

The idea of using blood glucose, which is a marker for how much of the most common energy is available in the blood right now and how good is your body at regulating it, is a real-time feedback thing. It's really powerful.

When he was working at SpaceX, he discovered his metabolic dysfunction and high glucose levels were making him feel like garbage. He read about continuous glucose monitoring, and shortly thereafter found out he was borderline pre-diabetic, despite being a CrossFit trainer at the time and having a healthy diet.

Over 120 million people in the U. S. have prediabetes or diabetes, and most American adults don’t know even they’re prediabetic. Most people don’t know their glucose levels unless they find out at an annual doctor’s appointment. Using Levels technology, we can change that.

“If our population isn't resilient enough to have an immune system that can fight viral infections because it is frankly undermined or hampered by insulin resistance and all of the byproducts thereof, we won't ever get there,” Josh says. “So, it is incumbent on each individual person, and I think also on society in general, to improve our metabolic health and therefore the resilience of our entire population.”

Continuous glucose monitoring is crossing a barrier in health monitoring because it’s going below the skin “to an invisible metric that we otherwise wouldn't have access to” Josh explains. Biowearables is a brand-new space.

Our conversation walks you through how the Levels app works, the urban myths behind “heart healthy” foods, and how tracking your glucose levels can get you better in tune with what your body really needs. 

“The data set is a means to changing the future of metabolic health by driving large scale research and helping us to understand how people are living, what is improving outcomes, and where the opportunity is to remove the biggest offenders for worse health,” Josh says.

“The Levels app was developed for the management of diabetes,” he continues. “But we're showing that the opportunity to ultimately give people the empowerment and their health and wellness before they have something go wrong is here to stay.”

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Feb 25, 2021
Intuitive Fasting, Metabolic Flexibility & Metaphysical Meals – Dr. Will Cole with Dave Asprey : 796
00:56:51

Fasting is about way more than what we do and don’t eat, it’s about dedicating time and energy to our full mind and body health. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking more about fasting with Dr. Will Cole, a leading functional medicine and nutrition expert and senior clinic director at Cole Natural Health Centers in Pittsburgh. 

His newest book, “Intuitive Fasting: The Flexible Four-Week Intermittent Fasting Plan to Recharge Your Metabolism and Renew Your Health”, presents ways to fast that are flexible and fulfilling for the needs of each unique person.

“I want people to actually get to the place where they are guided by their intuition,” says Dr. Cole “Where they can hear that still small voice of that knowingness of what their body needs and what their body doesn't need, at any given moment.”

Each person will react differently to different kinds of fasting. To find a practice that works for you, you’ve got to invest for the long run (not just as a fad). We’re often driven by cravings or driven by stress, anger, boredom or other unconscious motivations, without giving it a second thought. So how can we better tune in, observe and act on what our body needs? 

Dr. Cole advises: "Whatever that looks like for you to start to grow in awareness, start by being mindful of your relationship with your body and relationship with food and checking yourself."

He walks us through the benefits of fasting, some tools to fine tune your fasting routine through mindfulness practice, and how to eat beyond your past and current habits. And maybe most importantly, he’ll teach you to be kind to yourself throughout the process. 

Named one of the top 50 functional-medicine and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Cole specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He's also author of the best-selling books “Ketotarian” and “The Inflammation Spectrum.” 

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Feb 23, 2021
Truce: Paleo/Keto & Vegan Find Common Ground – Dr. Mark Hyman with Dave Asprey : 795
00:54:32

Dr. Mark Hyman has been on Bulletproof Radio multiple times, because he’s got a lot to teach us about food, the food industry and how to be healthy in a world full of conflicting information and unhealthy choices.

In this episode, we talk about his newest book based on a Pegan Diet (Vegan+Paleo). He’s literally bridging the gap between the “right” and “wrong” sides of eating that often surround diet culture.

For decades, the diet wars have pitted advocates for the low-carb, high-fat paleo diet against advocates of the exclusively plant-based vegan diet and dozens of other diets, leaving many people bewildered and confused. Dr. Hyman wants us to know that although there are foundational principles for what we eat, there’s not a one size fits all diet, which he talks about in his newest book: “The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World.” 

“Everybody's fighting with each other and we're fighting the wrong person,” Dr. Hyman says. “We should be fighting with the traditional American diet, we call the standard American diet or the SAD diet. That's really what's driving the chronic disease epidemic.”

He’s created a framework on dieting based on the fact that food is medicine, and every diet affects every person differently. Certain foods can act as magic medicine for our bodies, sometimes improving our physical and/or more mental health in a mere matter of days, but some things might not work.

“No two people will thrive in the same way based on the same diet,” he says. “You might ideologically be a vegan, but it might be the worst thing for you or you might ideologically want to eat keto, but it might be the worst thing for you. On the other hand, you might thrive. It's important to understand what your body's doing.”

We also talk about the power of choosing to eat as a “regenetarian,” a phrase coined by Dr. Hyman. It means the way you choose to eat is not only based on what feels good for you, but what’s good for the planet. 

“The way we actually grow food and the food we eat that's grown in the way it's grown degenerates our health which is why we have six out of 10 Americans with a chronic disease and 88% metabolically unhealthy. It degenerates ecological systems, environmental health and accelerates climate change. We should not be eating in a way that kills us and kills the planet, right?”

As we approach crises in chronic disease, our agricultural and food systems, changing your diet can be a bigger game-changer than it’s ever been. Dr. Hyman tells us how choosing the right foods can make us and our planet healthier, so what are you waiting for?

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Feb 19, 2021
Skip the Failure Porn and Other Surprising Success Advice – James Altucher with Dave Asprey : 794
00:57:52

Every time I talk to James Altucher, I’m in awe of whatever new thing he’s working on. He’s started and led more than 20 companies (17 of which failed) and is currently an investor in and advisor to over 30 more—from tech to energy to healthcare to biotech.

How does this entrepreneur, angel investor bestselling author, chess master, cryptocurrency expert, and stand-up comedian master so many different fields? James wanted to go beyond the hard-set boundaries of the 10,000 hours rule, so on today’s episode of Bulletproof Radio, we talk about what he calls the “10,000 experiment rule.” 

As many of us are constantly changing jobs, careers and interests, James says that experimentation can lead you down the quickest path to success, whether it’s for two or 20 different careers. He writes all about it in his latest book “Skip the Line: The 10,000 Experiments Rule and other Surprising Advice for Reaching your Goals.”

“The 10,000 hours rule, it's crippling,” James says. “It takes 20 years. But if you could really pursue what it is you love and know why you love it, and then experiment with new ways to push the frontier in this new interest that you love, you're going to be the best at how you now have individually defined the category.”

James has gone from being a computer programmer to being a venture capitalist to a professional poker player. His book is inspired by the people who would tell him “it’s just not possible,” every time he switched interests. He’ll talk about how that process showed him you can probably skip some steps in your learning process, in order to quickly get better at what you want to do. He asks us to consider how you can get great at what you love and monetize what you’re interested in. It helps if you’re curious.

“Curiosity is critical, because without curiosity, you won't be able to construct good experiments. An experiment is something that has little downside, enormous upside and is pretty fast to do,” James says. “And I'm doing experiments all the time in every area that I'm interested in.”

It won’t always be easy. In fact, as you start to do something you love, and start to get good, it’s probably going to be hard most of the time, he says. But if you listen to his advice in order to figure out what your skills are, how to push past failure, and more, you’ll find anything is possible.

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Feb 18, 2021
Menopause, Stress and Female Hair Loss – Dr. Sophia Kogan with Dave Asprey : 793
01:05:02

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Sophia Kogan is back on the show to share brand new research about women’s hair loss and thinning.

Dr. Kogan is co-founder and Chief Medical Advisor at Nutrafol. The company creates supplements to decrease shedding and increase hair growth. Several of the products are designed specifically for women’s physiology.

Her new study is important because women are about four times more susceptible to hair loss than men. Women not only have different hormonal pathways and factors that contribute to what they need for hair growth, but they also have phases in their lives, like menopause or pregnancy, that make them more susceptible to hair loss. 

“This is the first study that came out on women in menopause or who are going through hair thinning,” she says.

 Stress is another major factor that contributes to hair thinning and loss

Stress effects our hair throughout our entire lifetime, but during this past pandemic year, it’s been worse than ever. When we’re suffering from a bunch of stress (whether physical or emotional), the body pulls its resources to preserve its life internally, not hair growth.

“During stress, hair follicles are synchronistically shifted, a huge number of them, into that resting phase,” Dr. Kogan explains. “So, the body says, ‘I want to pull the resources internally. I don't really need or care about hair. I want to preserve my life.’ And so it goes to the vital organs. That’s what happens to the hair growth cycle and it shifts and all of a sudden, we have a massive amount of hair shedding about three to six months later.”

“Women go through a tremendous amount of stress in relationship to their hair, even more so than men because men sort of expect to thin,” Dr. Kogan says. She explains that the experience of hair loss for women often has a specific shame and guilt associated with it, too.

We all experience stress differently, so it’s generally important to take time in your day for something that brings you into a flow state, says Dr. Kogan. “Each person is going to be really different, but they've got to feel a feeling of calmness because that's when you calm the nervous system,“ she says.

Listen on to learn more about Dr. Kogan’s research, ways to manage your stress, and nutraceutical solutions for hair thinning and loss.

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Feb 16, 2021
SEXUAL ENERGY SERIES-6: New Fabric Tech Blocks EMFs from Your Body – Lambs : 792
00:56:54

Welcome to part 6 (of 6) of our Bulletproof Radio Sexual Energy Series! We’re bringing you lots of new information about sexual health, wellness, research, devices, and performance. We’re combining that with special offers, discounts and all kinds of resources on the Dave Asprey blog. Be sure to scan the show notes below for details!

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’re talking about how you can protect yourself from EMFs (electromagnetic fields or radiation), with technology much more advanced than wrapping yourself in tinfoil.

This is related to sexual energy in ways you might not expect. When I was writing “The Better Baby Book” more than a decade ago, I reviewed a lot of literature that looked at reproductive wellness and EMFs. It became very clear that you don't want to have EMFs near your ovaries or your testes if you want to have healthy kids. And the science has only become clearer since then. And even if having kids isn’t on your radar yet, protecting all of your private parts should be.

Arthur Menard de Calenge started the Lambs clothing company–including underwear and t-shirts for men and women–to protect you from EMFs. There currently are more than 30,000 studies showing that EMFs, and especially microwaves, can have an adverse effect on your health. While EMFs can come from natural sources like sunlight, the kinds that impact us most come primarily from everyday exposure through our cellphones, TVs, radios and microwaves.

“Instead of freaking out, we decided to create a solution and keep on living a normal life, a great life, not worrying about, ‘What are we going to die from?’” Arthur says.

He and his team develop clothing items that are protective, as well as stylish, comfortable and, honestly, normal-looking. They make underwear and t-shirts that can protect ovaries, testes and breasts from EMFs, making this a crucial part of taking care of your sexual health and wellness. 

Using a mesh of metallic fibers that are too small for the wavelength of radiation present in EMFs to penetrate it, Lambs clothing blocks 99.2-99.9 percent of EMFs. Bye-bye tin-foil hats. 

Arthur and I discuss the dangers of EMFs on the body and how EMFs impact people on a cellular level. We also give some tips on how you can be mindful and avoid exposure.

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Feb 13, 2021
SEXUAL ENERGY SERIES-5: New Options for Women’s Sex Lives – Dr. Somi Javaid : 791
00:58:47

Welcome to part 5 (of 6) of our Bulletproof Radio Sexual Energy Series! We’re bringing you lots of new information about sexual health, wellness, research, devices, and performance. We’re combining that with special offers, discounts and all kinds of resources on the Dave Asprey blog. Be sure to scan the show notes below for details!

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking about female sexual wellness with Dr. Somi Javaid. She’s a leading obstetrician and gynecologist who’s been practicing for over 15 years. She’s considered to be a pioneer in the fields of menopause and sexual medicine treatment.

Dr. Javaid founded a different healthcare clinic model just for women called HERmd in Cincinnati. With a suite of services and options, she aims to close the gender gap in healthcare and empower women to take control of their sexual health.

She’s a fierce advocate for making sure women get the care and treatment that they need, and that shapes how she works. However, it’s rare and hard to find effective treatment for women’s sexual health in a healthcare system that often prioritizes the sexual needs and challenges of men. 

“Forty three percent of women struggle with sexual dysfunction, and it's like why is there such a stigma?” she says. “Why do we have two medications? Why are we continually ignoring and dismissing these women? It's a travesty. Imagine if there was any other condition that affected 43% of women or men. Would we ignore it the way we do this?”

One area in particular is showing a lot of promise for women with low female libido, also referred to as hypoactive sexual desire disorder. “One out of every 10 women suffer from it at some point in their lifetime,” Dr. Javaid says. Since 2015, Addyi and Vyleesi have been FDA approved. 

Dr. Javaid is helping women normalize, talk about what’s going on with their sexual health, and find real solutions. She mentions new laser technology for tissue regeneration called the CO2RE Intima, vaginal health care, new contraceptive options, and how to handle the changes that come with perimenopause and menopause.

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Feb 11, 2021
SEXUAL ENERGY SERIES-4: Surprising Science About Human Desire – Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D. : 790
01:03:28

Welcome to part 4 (of 6) of our Bulletproof Radio Sexual Energy Series! We’re bringing you lots of new information about sexual health, wellness, research, devices, and performance. We’re combining that with special offers, discounts and all kinds of resources on the Dave Asprey blog. Be sure to scan the show notes below for details!

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D., one of the leading experts on human sexuality and author of the popular blog “Sex and Psychology.” He’s been named one of 5 "Sexperts" You Need to Follow on Twitter by Men's Health and one of the "modern-day masters of sex" by Nerve

He’s also a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute who’s published more than 50 academic works on topics like casual sex, sexual fantasy, sexual health, and friends with benefits. 

“Sexuality is so much more complex than we think that it is,” Justin says. “There's more fluidity than people might realize or like to believe.”

His popular book, “Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life,” is based on the largest and most comprehensive scientific survey of Americans' sexual fantasies ever undertaken.

“People tend to think that their fantasies are weird, abnormal, strange, or unusual,” Justin says. “No matter what their fantasy was, my participants underestimated how common that fantasy was. The rarer they thought it was, the more shame, guilt, embarrassment, anxiety they felt, and that's really what holds people back. They're worried about what other people will say or think, and they don't accept themselves for the interest that they have.”

Justin studied the sexual fantasies of 4,175 Americans who came from all 50 states. They ranged in age from 18 to 87, come from very diverse backgrounds and completed his 369-question survey. His work helps us better understand the incredible diversity of human sexual desire. 

“I think so much of it is, we have this lack of education about what's normal when it comes to sex,” he continues. “That leads to the shame and that leads people to bottle everything up. Before you can get to that point of actually sharing your fantasy with a partner, there's some work that we need to do on ourselves to get that level of self-acceptance that's going to open the door to having productive and healthy conversations.”

And there are a couple of apps for sexual fantasies that could help, too. 

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Feb 09, 2021
SEXUAL ENERGY SERIES-3: The Shock & Awe of Penis Evolution – Emily Willingham, Ph.D. : 789
00:46:04

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’re taking a look at penises in the animal kingdom and the lessons we can learn from them. Some shocking. Some entertaining.

This fascinating topic is based on the book, “Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis,” by health, medical and science writer Emily Willingham, Ph.D. She’s also a research scientist specializing in the biological sciences. 

The richly illustrated “Phallacy” explores the historical and contemporary context of the penis and all the hype–and oddity–that surrounds it. In her book and in our interview, she answers a range of fun and serious questions about animal and human penises and their relationship to reproduction, pleasure and even power. 

“When you look at the animal kingdom, one of the lessons we learn is that it's not our most impressive organ,” Emily says. “It would be great for people to be able to relax a little bit about theirs, I think.”

By breaking down the penis to its biological origins, Emily reminds us the penis wasn’t always a “worshipped obelisk of masculinity.” Rather, it’s a reproductive organ that many creatures have in all sorts of shapes and sizes One that has adapted and changed throughout our biological history. 

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Feb 05, 2021
SEXUAL ENERGY SERIES-2: How to Boost Blood Flow for Better Erections – Launch Medical : 788
00:50:55

Welcome to part 2 (of 6) of our Bulletproof Radio Sexual Energy Series! We’re bringing you lots of new information about sexual health, wellness, research, devices, and performance. We’re combining that with special offers, discounts and all kinds of resources on the Dave Asprey blog. Be sure to scan the show notes below for details!

Did you know that 40% of men notice problems with their erections even before their 40th birthday? In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest, Dustin Wolff, talks about a new at-home device that can put an end to those problems. 

Dustin, co-founder of Launch Medical, has been leading clinics that perform acoustic wave therapy (also called shockwave therapy) for years. This type of therapy helps men with penile performance issues. After treatments, which can include just a few times to several months, things work noticeably better than they did before. But not everyone who may need a boost is getting it.

“It's still one of those things that is cost-prohibitive or there's the shame and embarrassment factor that guys might not want to come into a clinic like this and get these treatments done, because they're just nervous,” Dustin says. “Even in today's day and age, they're too embarrassed or they're too ashamed to come in, even if they can afford it.”

So Launch Medical spent several years developing an FDA-compliant, patent-pending acoustic wave therapy device that men can use at home. This device, called the Rocket, is both convenient and affordable.

Men’s penile performance often declines because of micro-plaque build up in blood vessels, leading to eventual collapse and weakening. It’s a condition that happens to every man with age. Acoustic wave therapy clears the micro-plaque out of the blood vessels and creates microtrauma, which fosters the growth of new blood vessels. 

The acoustic wave treatments can lead to firmer erections, shorter refractory time between sexual intercourse sessions, increasing the intensity of the orgasm and more. 

At-home use of Phoenix takes about six to 12 treatments to experience results. And for those of you who may be tempted to speed up results with more use, there’s a built-in lockout feature so you can’t overuse it (and your cells and tissue get a chance to repair fully). After a full round of treatments, you use the device only when you need it. 

Dustin wants to make sure the men he works with truly start feeling better. When men see more blood flow happening, with a size increase, he sees their confidence come back, performance anxiety go away, and psychologically they start feeling better. 

“I say this for every guy,” Dustin says. “If you have a penis, there's no reason why you shouldn't try this, because as you know, there are no side effects and there's no downtime, and it can just make things that much better.”

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Feb 04, 2021
SEXUAL ENERGY SERIES-1: From Holistic Sex to Vaginal Kung Fu – Kim Anami : 787
01:06:26

Welcome to part 1 (of 6) of our Bulletproof Radio Sexual Energy Series! We’re bringing you lots of new information about sexual health, wellness, research, devices, and performance. We’re combining that with special offers, discounts and all kinds of resources on the Dave Asprey blog. Be sure to scan the show notes on the episode #787 web page for details!

Kim Anami can read someone’s sexual energy as soon as they walk in the room. In this episode, she shares how you can best access, dive into and embody your own sexual energy (and how it will transform your life). 

As a holistic sex and relationship coach, Kim approaches and opens our minds to sex in both the physical realm and beyond. She runs her own online sex and relationships school, where she talks about the importance of doing the work to further connect ourselves with ourselves and our partners.

“That's really what my work is trying to gear people toward is having these life-changing, cataclysmic therapeutic, deep, powerful, even, psychedelic type experiences that really change your life,” Kim says.

She opens up the practice of sex beyond the definitions you may see and hear in popular culture into an energetic source. Recirculating your sexual energy through deep breathing work lets you move the sexual energy in the body to where it needs to be for healing and rejuvenation. 

By impeding the natural flow of that energy through your body, you’re preventing yourself from having the sexual experiences, physical or spiritual, that may have before seemed impossible. 

“The big barometric question that I asked people is, "Does that leave you feeling energized, revitalized, transformed, and has it changed your life?" Kim asks. 

In this episode, you’ll also learn how accessing your sexual self-knowledge and awareness is tied to feminine and masculine energy, hormonal birth control, vaginal strength and greater power, and creativity. 

“It's because this has the power to really rebirth, right? This is the procreative energy of the universe that we literally have at our fingertips. Every single one of us.”

Kim will teach you how to build up your own strength in so many ways, from your pelvic floor to your breathing to your emotional well-being. This leads to increased connection, intimacy, energy and creativity in your sexual relationships.

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Feb 02, 2021
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #7
00:09:07

Cool Facts are quick hits of new human and world science curated into short bursts of information just for you. This fun compilation publishes one Friday a month. Enjoy!

Here’s the current lineup for episode #7:

  • Fasting changes your circadian rhythm.
  • Fasting may help treat breast cancer.
  • Body temperature controls REM sleep.
  • Psychedelics offer new hope for depression.
  • A new hormone fights obesity.


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Jan 29, 2021
Triggered Much? How to Avoid Extremes and Find Your Middle Ground – Sam Qurashi with Dave Asprey : 786
01:00:41

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is Sam Qurashi, a self-professed “unorthodox psychologist” who walked away from a psychiatric residency at an addiction hospital because he wanted to help people in a different way. He’s actively working to change people’s interactions with the external world.

Sam’s now a writer and entrepreneur with a following of more than 700K (and rapidly growing) on Instagram. He shares thoughts, concepts and questions we can ask ourselves to interrupt the psychological patterns that keep us trapped in mental loops of our own design. 

“The best way to trigger a change is to create an interruption, but how do you create an interruption that does not cause stress?” he asks. “How do you create an interruption that is gentle, that is a way to get people to reflect?” 

His framework for growth and change requires that we question ourselves and consider a model of learning he’s developed called liminalism. He looked at the common approaches people have about learning and living in the extremes and realized how little they actually benefit our personal reality or truth. 

“A lot of people live in extremes,” Sam says. “If you live in an extreme, you're limited automatically.”

“What lives between black and white is not gray,” he explains. “It's literally the entire color spectrum. Balance, focus, flexibility, options, choice–that lives in the middle ground.”

He learned how to change his own perceptions of the world by interviewing experts that live beyond the frame of traditional psychology. Our discussion explores the interesting lessons Sam learned from a pickpocket, hypnotist, cold reader, tea master, horse whisperer and others.

One of the things that had him curious was how they viewed fear.

“Fear lives in the future,” Sam says. “The future doesn't exist but fear just visited me in the present moment. So, if I jump, I'm actually racing fear into the future. If I get there first, I'm obliterating the fear.” 

Listen on to find out how you can avoid extremes in your life, find your personal middle ground, and face your fears.

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Jan 29, 2021
Finding Pleasure in Fasting, Sex and Spirituality – Nadia Bolz-Weber with Dave Asprey : 785
00:45:06

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber shares her relationship with religion that’s refreshingly frank.

Nadia, a former addict and stand-up comedian, founded the House for All Sinners & Saints church in Denver, Colorado, in 2008. She led the congregation for a decade, then retired from church leadership to continue her work as a public theologian. She’s also the author of three New York Times bestselling books in which she considers the nature of sex, pleasure, spirituality–and even shame.

She explores and embraces a pretty expansive worldview. I find her fascinating–from her “Sarcastic Lutheran” social handles to "The Confessional" podcast she hosts–and wanted to get her unique perspective on fasting, lack and going without.

On Fasting: “My own profound experience of fasting actually isn’t part of the Christian tradition,” Nadia explains. “It's just 48 hours of prayer and fasting, and I'm outside on the ridge of this mountain, not a mountain, but the hills. With just a bedroll. For two days. I stay in one spot. Being a New York Times bestselling author does jack shit for you.”

On the Body: “It's baffling to me that Christianity became such a body hating, pleasure-hating religion, when the whole story behind Christianity is, God decided to have a human body,” she says. “And then we say they're evil if we actually believe God decided out of all things to slip into skin and walk among us. It's just crazy to me.”

On Sex: “I was walking down the street in London, all this stuff is swirling in my head, and I was just like so amazed by how good it was for me to be having sex again,” she says. “And then I thought, “Why did the church make me sign a paper saying I wouldn't do this. How is it better for my church if I'm not getting laid?” That makes no sense whatsoever.”

 In her most recent book, “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (About Sex)“ she writes about the complicated relationship people have with sex and pleasure, and Christianity’s often distorted reality of that.

Listen on to our conversation and to learn how to sift through life’s mixed messages about faith and pleasure to find what brings you personal meaning.

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Jan 26, 2021
Mini-Episode: Fasting Myths & A Free Challenge
00:03:44

My new book on fasting is different than any book you've ever read about fasting. Here's what you'll learn in "Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be:"

  • A breakdown of fasting myths.
  • The most current scientific research on fasting in an accessible, easy-to-understand way.
  • Hacks you can do during a fast that are fully backed by science.
  • Steps to follow to make your fasting a positive experience, yet I'm straight with you about the stressors.
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  • How to choose the best fasting style for your personal biology.
  • What supplements can help support your fast.
  • An exploration of spiritual fasting, the magical side of fasting and what it can do to make you a better person.
  • And much more!

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Jan 26, 2021
Five Motivators That Fuel Peak Performance – Steven Kotler with Dave Asprey : 784
01:15:06

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest Steven Kotler believes there’s a formula for the impossible and that the answer lies in our biology. He’s spent a lifetime researching and looking for ways to achieve his own peak performance, and today we get his advice on how you can achieve yours. 

In Steven’s newest book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer” he’s combined neuroscience and decades of research to make a playbook for extreme performance improvement and an exploration of the frontiers of human possibility. He lays out four components to maintaining peak performance: motivation, learning, creativity and flow.

He’s a New York Times-bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. He’s also the executive director of the Flow Research Collective, an institute that researches the neuroscience of flow states and trains individuals to harness their own flow-state, so they can achieve more, faster.

“One of the qualities of a flow state is this quality of effortless effort,” Steven says. “Bottom-up attention is really what it is instead of top-down attention. It's happening automatically.”

While you can’t live in the flow state, we talk about how you can maximize your time in that state and stay in touch with your motivation.

“When you talk about intrinsic drive, you're really talking about curiosity, passion, purpose, autonomy, and mastery,” Steven says. “Those five are our big five intrinsic motivators.”

Once you have those five things, he explains how it becomes easier to begin setting goals and finding ways to constantly tune into your willpower in order to make them a reality.

“Sometimes in peak performance you’ve got to go slow to go fast,” Steven says. “Learning to turn curiosity into passion and passion into purpose. This is one of those places where you got to go slow. Because once you get it right, these are three huge intrinsic motivators. If they're pointing in the same direction, it unlocks a tremendous amount.”

Oh, and then we also talk about the time he flew a MIG-17 Russian fighter jet — without knowing how to fly. 

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Jan 22, 2021
Inflammation’s Ties to Fasting, Cancer and Covid – Dr. Miriam Merad with Dave Asprey : 783
00:57:37

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, the focus is on inflammation and how it’s related to fasting, cancer and even Covid. 

If you want to know how your immune system works, Dr. Miriam Merad most definitely is the expert to ask. So I did. She’s an internationally acclaimed physician scientist who’s doing groundbreaking research on how our immune system fights common and recurring infections. 

Dr. Merad leads the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine (PrIISM) at Mount Sinai, New York. Her research lab recently found that fasting reduces inflammation and improves chronic inflammatory diseases without affecting the immune system’s response to acute infections. 

However, our immune systems respond differently to stressors like fasting, diets and levels of activity. 

“We are not all equal,” says Dr. Merad. “So, we have to really understand that it’s important to stratify people, and this stratification comes from teamwork with computational and quantitative immunologies and quantitative biologies. Some ethnic groups have different type of gene organization, that we can now identify, and sometimes it’s spontaneous mutation.”

We also get into Dr. Merad’s recent findings on COVID-19 (why some patients develop severe forms of the virus and some don’t) and her research on cancer immunology. 

Her findings are fascinating, and she’s an engaging guest. Her research helps us better understand human immunology, a topic she’s always been captivated by.

“We, as a human species, are alive today because we were able to survive millions of years of exposure to threats,” Dr. Merad says. The only reason we were able to survive is because our immune system protected us. “It is our best doctor.“

I appreciate her holistic approach to her practice and her research, and I really think you’ll find something in here that inspires you.

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Jan 21, 2021
‘Fast This Way’ to Take on the World – Dave Asprey Interviewed by Lara Logan : 782
02:38:14

In Dave Asprey’s brand new book, “Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be,” he asks you to throw out the rules you think you know about fasting. He shows you how to do it easily without facing down cravings and shows how you can radically reframe your relationship with food to seriously upgrade our health. This means simply conquering your fear of going without.

 “This is the most accessible book I've written,” Dave says. “There's plenty of science in there, but it's also like here's step one, here's step two.”

In this unique episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dave steps out of the hosting seat and hands the podcast mic to Lara Logan to ask the questions. 

Lara’s been a journalist and war correspondent for nearly three decades. She currently hosts her own news show on Fox Nation called “Lara Logan Has No Agenda.” She previously reported for the CBS network for over 15 years and is best known for her coverage of significant world events and leaders as a 60 Minutes correspondent. Dave talked with Lara on episode #496

This time, Lara interviews Dave about his new book and his favorite subjects like food, intermittent fasting, brain power, longevity, sleep and spirituality. You get full-on Dave knowledge.

Buckle up because this episode takes its time and covers a lot of ground.

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Jan 19, 2021
New Research Says Fasting Beats Cutting Calories – Leonie Heilbronn, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey : 781
00:57:04

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m joined by Australian researcher Leonie Heilbronn, Ph.D.. Her fasting research looks at the biological pathways that support reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Leonie leads the Obesity and Metabolism group based within the Lifelong Health Theme at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute at Adelaide University in Adelaide, Australia. Today, I have her on to talk about her studies on fasting, many of which show more specific results than what we’ve seen in this field before. She looks at intermittent fasting, time restricted eating, calorie restriction and more. 

In a particular study on women, Leoni says, “We did see that the intermittent fasting group lost a little bit more weight than the caloric restriction group, and they had better improvements in their health.” There were other positive results like reductions in diabetes and cardiovascular risk markers. 

Fasting isn’t one-size-fits-all, so I asked Leonie a lot of questions about her research, such as:

  • How does the food you eat during intermittent fasting affect the fast itself? 
  • What food works for some people and not others and how does that influence the effectiveness of your fast? 
  • How do intermittent fasting and caloric restriction compare? 
  • When should you eat your daily protein and carbs? 
  • Should you consume black coffee during your fast? 
  • How does time-restrictive eating affect your lifespan?


How do people respond in fasting studies? “For some people, it takes them a little while to get used to fasting and then some people just maybe never get used to it,” she says. 

How do people respond in time restrictive eating studies? “I think time restrictive eating is great because you don’t really have to change everything that you’re eating and you’re still going to have some really good effects,” she says. “But I think if you started to have bad behaviors because of time pressure, then you’re not going to see the improvement that we’d hope to see.”

Leonie breaks down her research in in simple terms, so no matter what your familiarity with fasting might be, you’ll find a fascinating entry point. 

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Jan 14, 2021
What’s Up with Water Fasting? – Dr. Alan Goldhamer with Dave Asprey : 780
00:56:41

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m joined by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, one of the world’s leading experts on medically supervised, water-only fasting. He’s supervised the fasting and care of more than 20,000 patients at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, since he founded it in 1984.

His mission is to expand evidence-based knowledge of how medically supervised, water-only fasting and diet impact human health; train clinicians in the use of these interventions; and share findings with researchers and the public.

“We know using this protocol, this process can be done safely,” he says. “We’ve actually published a fasting safety studythe first fasting safety study that's been published in a peer-reviewed journalthat involved tracking all the patients for five years, and all of the symptoms, and classifying them according to the CTCAE criteria, the adverse events criteria on hundreds of patients.”

A few things you may not know about water fasting:

  • Your Body Self-Cleans: “The body does a really good job of regulating and recycling and restoring electrolyte balance during water-only fasting,” Dr. Goldhamer says. “And as soon as you start supplementing, then it puts increased load on other nutrients, it gets complicated, and there's no good long term safety criteria using supplemented fasting.”


  • Your Gut Heals: “What we see clinically is that these patients with microbial imbalances tend to improve dramatically,” Dr. Goldhamer says. “We do really well in treating conditions ranging from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, to the dysbiosis and chronic constipation, and more.”


  • Your Inflammation Decreases: “There's a powerful anti-inflammatory effect to fasting,” Dr. Goldhamer says. “All the acute phase reactive proteins, high sensitivity CRP, fibrinogen, pepsinogen, whatever you want to measure, tends to consistent and predictably go down during fasting. So the gut leakage appears to be able to heal.”


Our discussion covers research behind water fasting, what health conditions it may benefit and what happens during a water fast. We also get into a lot more information about health.

“There's a lot in common between whether it's intermittent fasting changes, water fasting changes, exercise, and all of these attempts to reduce dietary excess,” Dr. Goldhamer says. “All of them are essentially trying to reduce inflammation, get rid of gut leakage, and give the body a chance to heal itself from the consequences of a highly processed food diet, whether it's processed animal foods or processed plant-based foods.”

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Jan 13, 2021
Bonus: Intermittent Fasting Boosts Brain Power: Mark Mattson, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey
00:38:05

In this bonus replay episode of Bulletproof Radio, we've taken all the best parts of my previous podcast with Mark Mattson, Ph.D., and condensed them here for a shorter episode. Highlights include Mark's great research on fasting and supports the topic of my new book, "Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be."

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Mark, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, is one of the world’s top experts on the health benefits of intermittent fasting on the brain and body.

Decades before intermittent fasting diets became popular, he began studying mouse models to understand how the brain adapts to challenges like fasting and exercise. He and his research teams have shown that fasting can improve cognitive function and metabolic health. See some of his current research in the New England Journal of Medicine on how fasting can help people live longer.

"Intermittent fasting and exercise can reverse diabetes, and obesity in humans if a person can switch their eating pattern, and get on an exercise program,” Mark says.

His work on intermittent fasting has been featured on national media and he has given a TED Talk, “Why Fasting Bolsters Brain Power”.

Enjoy the show!

Mark Mattson, Ph.D.neuroscience.jhu.edu/research/faculty/57

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Jan 08, 2021
Women, Fasting, Keto & Cancer – Amy Robach with Dave Asprey : 779
00:55:53

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking with well-known journalist Amy Robach, who’s covered major national and global news events and people over the past 20 years. Her most important story, however, came when she had an on-air mammogram at age 40 and was shockingly diagnosed with breast cancer.

We go into her lifestyle since the diagnosis, which has radically changed, and now is based in keto and intermittent fasting.

Amy got an on-air mammogram to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month for a special news program in September 2013. She was 40, had never had a mammogram before and had no family history of breast cancer. 

Two years later, Amy wrote a memoir about the experience: “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour.” The whole notion of the book, she says, is to “take that fear and have it be that wake-up call, for you to live better.”

"What am I going to do with this fear?,” Amy asked herself. “Am I going to let it cripple me or am I going to let it motivate me, A, to live better, and B, to do everything I can to be as healthy and as strong and as fit as possible if I get that bad news one of these days?"

When she was first diagnosed she felt crippled by that fear. In the beginning, she felt weak and sorry for herself, not even able to trust her own body. But over time, she found the energy she needed. She changed every part of her life: Food, fitness, family, and her attitude. She went on Keto and started intermittent fasting. She doesn’t sweat the small stuff anymore. 

“If everything had gone great and I had not gotten cancer, I know I wouldn't be who I am today from a physical standpoint, from a mental standpoint, from a spiritual standpoint,” she says.

Amy and I get into how she balances an incredibly demanding career, a blended family and her wellness—and how keto and intermittent fasting help her do it. In pretty remarkable ways. “I remember especially when I started doing keto and intermittent fasting, seeing my brain come back to me was everything, everything,” Amy says.

Her mom and dad (in their 60s) even got on board to support her and made remarkable changes in their own health. Check out her mom’s website for a ton of recipes: https://myketohome.com.

She has set up her life in a beautiful way, and has wisdom, energy and advice for anyone just trying to make a change in their own life. “It was freedom,” Amy says. “That was one of my favorite unexpected joys from fasting and keto.”

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Jan 07, 2021
Bad Science and Diet Lies Keep Feeding Obesity: Gary Taubes with Dave Asprey : 778
00:47:12

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is Gary Taubes, an award-winning (and my all-time favorite) scienceand health journalist widely known for his investigative work on the food and diet industries. 

He explains how the conventional thinking on obesity has led to 60 years of controversy, the on-going “diet wars,” and the current obesity and diabetes epidemics. 

You may know his previous book, “The Case Against Sugar,” which exposed the harsh dangers of sugar in our diets. He’s on this episode with his new book, “The Case For Keto.” 

“The nutritional and academic authorities have failed us, and they and we should acknowledge that,” he says. “Had they not failed us, we would, almost by definition, never have reached this point of epidemic obesity.”

Decades of bad science within the mainstream medical community led to all sorts of bad advice from doctors on how patients should diet and manage their overall nutrition. In this episode we talk about the decades of those misconceptions:

  • How authorities from the 1820s onward, and clinical trials from the 1930s onward, reported that people with obesity could lose weight “as if by magic” if they just abstained from carbohydrates and replaced those calories with fat.
  • How the fat shaming so prevalent in our society stems directly from the conventional thinking on obesity, that we get fat because we consume more calories than we expend, that we overeat.
  • Why trying to lose weight by eating less and exercising more—trying to create and maintain a calorie deficit—will make us hungry, but not lean.
  • Why tens of thousands of physicians worldwide have taken, specifically, to eating ketogenic diets—"keto,” very low in carbohydrates, high in fat—and why they now prescribe this way of eating to their patients.


“People do fad diets, because the conventional wisdom doesn't work,” Gary says. “You do exactly what you're told to do and all it does is keep you fat and make you hungry. You feel bad about yourself because you blame yourself for failing. Any reasonable person in that circumstance is going to look for another approach.”

So, how can we move forward on a better path? I’m so excited for you to listen and find out.

Gary’s work is some of the best at breaking everything down in order to reveal the truth. And in this case, you’ll learn from him how he found out that a low-carb/high-fat diet makes you healthier, controls blood sugar and blood pressure, diminishes chronic pain, reduces weight, and improves heart disease risk. What’s not to love?

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