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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Spirituality Upgrade: Exploring Energy, Experience & Reality – Deepak Chopra & Abdul Holdijk : 953
00:31:20

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

…two spiritual masters continue discovering new layers of and models for human experience. This combined episode covers aspects of consciousness, conscious agents, biodynamics, emotional body energy, the Enneagram, homeopathy and much more.

Deepak ChopraM.D., FACP, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. TIME magazine described him as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” He’s been exploring the intersection of science and spirituality for decades.

Deepak’s 90th book: “Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential,” gets into what it means to be “beyond human.” You’ll learn how to question reality, move past limitations constructed by your mind, and enter a new state of awareness. And when you realize a “reality without limits,” you’ll be able to realize your full human potential.

Abdul Hayy Lammert Holdijk has followed a Sufi path for the past 40 years, studying religion and consciousness with a hefty dose of pragmatism. He lectures on topics such as Epigenetics, Neurobiology, the Enneagram, Shadow Work, Voice Dialogue, Love, Dream interpretation, Jekyll and Hyde, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, and a wide range of other topics related to consciousness and personality development. 

Abdul taught at the American University in Beirut for several years, and then at the American University in Cairo for 35. His profound life story includes adventure, spirituality seeking, questioning tradition and teaching others. He also leads spiritual retreats in Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, and the surrounding region.

If you liked this special episode with Deepak and Abdul, you’ll learn even more from listening to their full podcasts, directly below.


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Jun 30, 2022
Discover Your Capacity to Create, Connect & Love – Susan Cain : 952
00:57:01

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

...you'll learn some surprising lessons sorrow and longing can teach you about creativity, connection and love. You’ll find out why longing isn’t passive—as most people think—but actually “momentum in disguise.”

Author Susan Cain combines research, the stories of others, and memoir to explain how sadness can be your superpower. “Bittersweetness is the hidden source of our moon shots, masterpieces, and love stories,” she says in her newest book, “Bittersweet: "How Sorrow And Longing Make Us Whole”.

Longing can improve your creativity and fuel a drive to express yourself. Longing coupled with pain can help you to connect to others and provide a common ground that enhances compassion and helps you feel less alone in your troubles. 

Instead of hiding or shying away from feelings like sadness and longing, Susan encourages you to embrace them as part of who you are, and part of what it means to be human. This conversation gets into:

  • How bittersweet differs from melancholy
  • How Acceptance Commitment Therapy helps you manage the “bitter of life” 
  • How sadness is the ultimate bonding agent
  • How the concept of “winners” and “losers” changed over time
  • How to live and work authentically in an environment of enforced positivity
  • How to embrace deep reflection and ask yourself: What. Are. You. Longing. For?
  • And much more…


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More about Susan Cain: She’s the author of “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” which spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 40 languages. Her record-smashing TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts,” has been viewed over 30 million times. She’s spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She’s an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School.

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Jun 28, 2022
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #24
00:10:21

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.

 

  • How a gene interferes with memory linking in the brain.
  • How fearful memories are seared into your brain.
  • How a new device stimulates the vagus nerve to help people learn a new language.
  • How global warming impacts your sleep quality.
  • How and why people age, according to a new theory.


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Jun 24, 2022
Nutrition Upgrade: How To Be Food Flexible and Wild – Teri Cochrane & Mareya Ibrahim : 951
00:27:44

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

…two food experts explain the many ways your food choices influence your body systems—and what you can do differently to improve your gut function, energy and performance. Here’s a look at how essential amino acids and the right proteins can keep inflammation at bay and keep your metabolism humming.

Teri Cochrane, CN, CCP, went down the research rabbit hole when both her son and daughter (at different ages and for different reasons) experienced severe health problems. She not only examined nutrition in-depth, but she also investigated epigenetics and nutrigenomics 

“Disruptors such as pathogens, mycotoxins, stress, amyloids and inflammatory foods work together to impair body balance,” Teri says. “We have found a direct link between amyloids, mycotoxins and these health disruptors in the acceleration of disease.”

She’s developed her own methodology that integrates a multi-level nutritional approach—including biochemistry, nutrition, genetic tendencies, herbology, supplementation and counseling. As the author of the “The Wildatarian Diet: Living as Nature Intended,” Teri lays out how the malabsorption of protein, fat, and sulfur, tamper with gene expression. 

Mareya Ibrahim believes in food flexibility while still focusing on a core system that works. She’s a holistic nutritionist, TV chef, podcast host, and award-winning entrepreneur and inventor with more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She also founded Grow Green Industries and co-invented the patented eatCleaner line of products.

In her book, “Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive,” she explains the nuances of clean eating, how to reset your taste buds, and all the ways essential amino acids keep your body functioning.

“Essential amino acids are what fuel us and allow us to regulate our hormones, and flex our metabolisms, and build muscle, and all of the things that we need to be functioning human beings,” Mareya says.

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Jun 24, 2022
Meat Myths: Truth, Lies and Flawed Science – Autumn Smith : 950
01:01:29

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…you’ll learn how eating meat benefits human health, including protein specifics and the clear advantages of regenerative agriculture.

Today’s guest suffered from debilitating digestive issues and crippling anxiety for most of her life. Specialist after specialist told Autumn Smith nothing could be done to alleviate her physical and mental health distress.

As a last-ditch effort, she turned to the power of whole foods. She cleaned up her diet with Paleo-inspired eating and improved her gut in just 30 days. The changes also decreased her anxiety, increased her mental sharpness, and discovered her inner vibrancy. That experience propelled Autumn to help others capture the power of whole foods through quality food products produced by regenerative agricultural practices.

In 2013, she and her husband, Chas, along with another family member and friend, launched Paleovalley. They built a company dedicated to helping people get essential nutrients without added sugars, grains, and other harmful ingredients. With meat being the central focus of their business, they set out to learn all they could about production and regenerative farming.

In 2018, they launched Wild Pastures, a regenerative meat delivery service, and recently opened Wild Pastures Burger Company, their flagship fast casual burger restaurant in Boulder, Colorado.

This conservation gets into the problems with current methods of animal agriculture and possible solutions. You’ll find out more about the nutritional differences of animal products depending on how they’re raised. Autumn says meat labels can be tricky, too, so she breaks down the jargon and tells you what to look for and what to avoid.

Autumn advocates for meat’s many advantages and works to dispel the myths that continue to persist about meat consumption. From soil to farming to raising animals humanely, building community and managing economies, Autumn talks about how to make choices that are right for you and everything around you.

More about Autumn Smith: Autumn holds a master’s in Holistic Nutrition and currently is a doctoral candidate in Holistic Nutrition. She’s a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, an Eating Psychology Coach certified by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and received Soil Advocacy Training by Kiss The Ground. She hosts the popular Optimize Paleo podcast.

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Jun 21, 2022
Hacking Mast Cells, Hormones & Mold– Interventions With Dave – Lisa B. : 949
00:59:30

In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...​

… Dave talks with Lisa B. about the frustration she’s experiencing with her health conditions. She says she lives a healthy lifestyle and does the “right things” and still struggles with chronic low energy. Her kids often say, “you never feel well, mom.” She agrees but finds it difficult to explain why. 

Now in her early 50s, she’s had panic attacks and anxiety since childhood and has taken many types of anti-depressants throughout her life. She also struggles with OCD.

She’s experienced long-time hormonal imbalances, including painful periods, acne, fertility problems, and ongoing PMS “flu” that she says takes over her life during her cycles. She suffers from aggressive seasonal allergies and has a shellfish allergy. 

She’s been on Accutane, was diagnosed with Lupus in college and also diagnosed with exercise-induced urticaria and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. She got COVID in 2021.

In this “Interventions With Dave” episode, Dave examines what’s going on with Lisa’s varied symptom. They discuss what’s working and what’s not, and what can help her gain more energy and control of her health. The conversation gets into a bunch of topics, like:

  • PMS “flu” (with sore throat, hot tongue, achy, brain fog, no energy, feverish feeling with no fever present, painful periods) 
  • Hormones, the Wiley Protocol and testosterone
  • “Mold cough” and other symptoms of mold
  • OCD and anxiety
  • MTHFR gene mutation 
  • Histamine, Mast Cells and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
  • Allergies
  • And much more…


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Jun 18, 2022
How Minerals Combat Glyphosate’s Harm – Caroline Alan : 948
00:49:18

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 …you’ll find out how plant-based humic substances have the power to stop and reverse the effects of glyphosate damage in both humans and soil.

Caroline Alan, co-founder and CEO of BEAM Minerals, explains how minerals provide your body systems with critical cellular support, how they get depleted and how you can replenish them. She goes even further to talk about glyphosate’s harmful effects on human health and soil health, particularly when it comes to minerals.

In her former corporate career of software development and business consulting, Caroline experienced problems physically, mentally and energetically. She struggled with issues like life-long gluten intolerance, whole-body inflammation, leaky gut, chronic headaches, flat-lined adrenals and low thyroid. Her chronic health issues didn’t resolve until she began taking plant-based humic and fulvic minerals.

This cellular support changed her life so dramatically, she started deep research into the science of minerals and co-founded BEAM Minerals. 

Then she kept going and began to look more closely at the current problems with farming in soils that have become unproductive due to a lack of microbial and mineral content. She investigated the effects of glyphosates on soils and in the human body and found:

  • One of the root causes of unhealthy soil can be linked directly to glyphosate use in modern production farming.
  • One of the root causes of mineral depletion and chronic illness in modern humans points directly to glyphosate ingestion.


The bottom Line? We all have glyphosates in our bodies. Here's what it can do: Suppress critical enzymes, create gut dysbiosis, chelate minerals from your system, reduce mitochondrial function, and cross and affect the blood–brain barrier. Studies also show more use of glyphosate can lead to an uptick in chronic and acute health conditions.

Research finds that plant-based humic and fulvic substances offset glyphosate harm. This conversation will help you recognize symptoms of mineral depletion in your own body. You’ll get practical tips about how to use 100% bioavailable, plant-based fulvic and humic mineral supplementation in easy forms like liquids and topical spray.

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Jun 17, 2022
How to Build a Better Brain, Brand & Business – Patrick Schwarzenegger : 947
01:05:27

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE™...

 … you’ll get tips about how to lead a brain healthy lifestyle and how to keep perspective along your own entrepreneurial journey. 

Activism, acting and entrepreneurship are wired into Patrick Schwarzenegger’s DNA. He thoughtfully balances each passion through his work as an Alzheimer’s advocate, actor, investor and food founder. 

Patrick’s known for his trend-spotting abilities in the better-for-you food and beverage industry. He got into the fast-casual Blaze Pizza franchise when he was just a teen. That experience solidified his interest in health and wellness: “invest solely into entrepreneurs and companies that were providing Americans with the healthier alternative." He’s now an active investor and advisor to numerous brands and helps founders scale their emerging businesses to the next level.

His latest venture encourages brain health at every age and supports programs, research, and lifestyle choices designed to make your brain work better. Patrick co-founded a new brain health food brand called “MOSH” with his mom, Maria Shriver, designed specifically to up-level your brain function.

“We really want it to be a brand that was created out of a mission and out of the why, and not so much the what,” Patrick says. … “We want to be a brain health company and also educate consumers and raise money and donate that to the Women's Alzheimer's Movement. So, it's been an amazing journey.”

A journey with its share of mishaps, too: “We had so many things that went wrong and that was kind of the fun part was learning about that and finding ways to fix it. That's wanting to be an entrepreneur or that's embarking on that journey, you're going to have speed bumps. You can do as much homework as you can and want and try to perfect everything before you launch, but things come out of left field every single day.”

He’s on the show to discuss entrepreneurship, how to invest, how to build brands, how to hire the right people and what’s possible for high-functioning brains at every age.

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Jun 15, 2022
Mushroom Upgrade: Big Benefits for Human Biomes and Natural Ecosystems – Paul Stamets & Julian Mitchell : 946
00:31:31

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

… you’ll learn how your cells, mitochondria, immune system, sleep patterns, inflammation, nerve growth pattern, and energy levels all benefit from mushrooms. These fungi are full of compounds and nutrients that your body will love. There’s a whole lot of science behind this now.

In this special podcast edition, you’ll hear how two mushroom experts are studying and harnessing the amazing powers of mushrooms for the deepest parts of human biology and the natural environment. 

Paul Stametsis a speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur. He’s considered an intellectual and industry leader in habitat, medicinal use and production of fungi, and he considers himself a “mycological warrior.” He’s spent over four decades in the Pacific Northwest studying and researching the world of mushrooms. Listening to him describe, decode and illuminate the workings of the mushroom world is an enthralling experience, indeed. 

He says we’re intertwined with mushrooms at a cellular level. He believes that habitats have immune systems—just like people—and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement. And from neurogenesis to our microbiome to our mitochondria, fungi are linked to us. He’s also making some amazing discoveries having to do with bears, bees, butterflies and biodefense.

Mycelium Just Might Save the Bees, And Us – Paul Stamets – #624

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Julian Mitchell, —co-founder and CEO of the Australian-based company Life Cykel—and his team work with mushrooms as innovative food sources and medicinals in Australia. “Mushrooms and mushroom-based foods are going to play a huge role in the future of food,” Julian explains. “They grow quickly requiring very little resources in terms of water, power, and land. They have an amazing nutritional profile, and of course, they are 100% natural.” … “Mushrooms are almost an uncharted continent, with infinite applications not just in food but in biotechnology.”

For day-to-day use, you’ll want to go with cooked, not raw, mushrooms. For those of you who aren’t fans of eating mushrooms, there’s an option for you, too: “Having it as a tincture makes it very easy to add to a coffee, add to a tea, add to a smoothie,” Julian says. “It’s quite tasteless and at the same time micro-dosing it in small amounts straight into your mouth is a great way to have it as well and absorb it straight into your blood system.” 

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Jun 10, 2022
Breathing Upgrade: Get It Right & Catch Some Serious Air – Patrick McKeown & James Nestor : 945
00:29:27

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

 … you’ll learn why every breath you take makes a difference in how your entire body functions. The way you breathe affects the quality of your life and every one of your body systems. Full stop. This goes for adults and kids alike.

In this special edition, breathing experts Patrick McKeown (“THE BREATHING CURE: Develop New Habits for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life”) and James Nestor (“Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”) approach the topic from diverse perspectives, but agree on a lot. Especially the benefits of nose breathing and the detriment of mouth breathing.

They explain the biochemical, biomechanics and psychological components of how you breathe. They also present exciting new research in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology that shows how making even slight adjustments to the way you inhale dramatically influences things like:

  • sleep and snoring
  • fitness and athletic performance
  • brain function
  • focus and concentration
  • oxygen intake
  • heart rate and blood pressure
  • blood sugar
  • internal organ function
  • nervous system
  • respiratory health
  • asthma and allergies
  • autoimmune disease
  • sex
  • female hormones
  • pain
  • stress and anxiety 


That's just the start of what you can change when you change your breathing. Big claims, yes. All true. And even bigger benefits for you.

Breathing can nurture your body, center you, and rebalance you. When you start harnessing the power of your breath, you're going to feel incredibly better than you do right now. 

Patrick McKeown, an author, educator and one of the world’s leading breathing re-education experts, has researched breathing for more than two decades. Listen to more: Shut Your Mouth! Nose Breathing Improves All Your Body Systems – Patrick McKeown – #835

James Nestora San Francisco-based science journalist, author, surfer, free diver, adventurer, and speaker, set out on a decade-long quest to find out where our breathing went wrong—and how to fix it. Listen to more: Breathing Essentials That Will Change Your Life – James Nestor – #751

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Jun 08, 2022
Upgrade Spotlight: How a Peptide Gets Under Your Skin to Combat Aging – OneSkin : 944
00:29:44

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…you’re listening to a new Upgrade Spotlight series based on what you told me you wanted to hear on this podcast. On one Friday each month, these shorter episodes will feature guests who’ll get right into useful information in a Q&A style. 

You’ll find out how to improve your energy and upgrade your performance. You’ll also get the latest knowledge about powerful tools and technologies that allow you to change your biology and the environment around you. 

Introducing OneSkin! During this Upgrade Spotlight, you’ll learn about new products designed to target skin aging at the molecular level and promote skin and body health. You’ll also find out the science behind OneSkin’s formulas and why they are considered “daily topical supplements.” They can help you maintain functional and resilient skin as you age. 

OneSkin topical supplements are powered by a proprietary peptide: OS-01, which decreases the accumulation of aged/senescent (zombie) cells in the skin. By targeting the major driver of skin aging, OS-01 has been scientifically proven to:

• Repair cellular damage, including UV damage

• Increase epidermal thickness

• Improve barrier function

• Increase the activity of genes associated with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin production

• Reverse the biological age of skin

“So this peptide has a very interesting profile because it's small enough to penetrate and it's super safe,” explains Carolina Reis Oliveira, Ph.D., scientist, CEO and co-founder of OneSkin. “There is no toxicity, no irritation. We've done all the recommended studies by FDA for personal care products, and, has this beautiful effect of reducing the accumulation of senescent cells, and also reduces the release of inflammatory markers, and increase the production of hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen. So, in the end, there's a molecule that has all these attributes that's very important for healthy skin, overall.”

Another exciting part of this peptide work includes MolClock, the first skin-specific molecular clock, capable of reliably and accurately determining the biological age of skin. This was created by OneSkin’s team of female PhD-level longevity scientists as part of its research and development platform.

Carolina relocated from Latin America to Silicon Valley in 2016 to co-found OneSkin and lead the development of the company’s disruptive skin rejuvenation technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in Immunology, along with degrees in biochemistry, stem cell biology and tissue engineering. 

Her team of co-founders includes three other female scientists with additional expertise in skin regeneration, bioinformatics, genomics, immunology and molecular biology. Among them, they’ve invented numerous patents and have published nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

This episode explores exciting new information about improving skin health at the molecular level for the long-term. When you do that, your body will be more equipped to defend itself from environmental stressors and aggressors, especially with age. 

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Jun 04, 2022
How to Manage Sugar for a Better Brain and a Longer Life – Colleen Cutcliffe, Ph.D. : 943
00:57:56

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…you’ll learn about emerging science that points to the effects of sugar on your gut microbiome and metabolism and the connections between sugar, your mental acuity and longevity.

Biochemist and molecular biologist Colleen Cutcliffe, Ph.D., continually searches for new ways to improve your gut health and help you live longer. As CEO and co-founder of Pendulum Therapeutics, she works to turn scientific discoveries into real products that hack and heal your microbiome and its associated body systems. At Pendulum, her team identifies and isolates new bacterial strains then combines those new strains to create unique probiotics.

“We really worked hard on ways to modulate post-postprandial glucose spikes through the microbiome,” Colleen says. The result? Pendulum’s Glucose Control lowers blood glucose spikes by 33 to 34% for people with type 2 diabetes. “What we didn't realize was how many people who don't have type 2 diabetes were going to end up benefiting from it.”

This conversation homes in on sugar management and a broad range of research that’s exploring what you can do about managing your glucose to keep up your mental acuity (less brain fog, sharper thinking) and live a longer life.

 Science has discovered that as you age:

  • You have reduced ability to metabolize sugar. 
  • Your microbiomes become less diverse and depleted of certain key strains that are important for sugar metabolism.
  • If you improve glucose control, you see reduced neuronal inflammation and improved cognition.


In the past decade, especially, sugar dominates a lot of the conversation around diet and health. It’s been studied, substituted, moderated, restricted and demonized. With that type of focus, you lose the bigger point.  

“You can't completely cut out sugar,” Colleen says. “You do need sugar. Not all sugar is bad for you all the time. Every cell in your body, except for your colon cells, need glucose in order to survive, in order to replicate, in order to perform functions. All of the things that allow you to be a human being require some amount of sugar."

She wants you to know what’s happening to cause the change in metabolic processing as you age and what you can do about it, like:

  • How to understand your blood glucose range and what fluctuations mean.
  • How to track your blood glucose and what to do about peaks and dips.
  • How to improve your focus, sharpness and mental endurance through diet and fitness.


“I'm a scientist, so I'm always going to say more data is better,” Colleen explains. “[Especially] when you're trying to make improvements and you're making these micro-adjustments in your life, and you want to understand what impact are they having.”

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Jun 03, 2022
How 5 Self-Coaching Steps Get You to Your Goals – Jason Goldsmith : 942
01:06:34

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 …you’ll learn how to connect the principles of self-coaching to biohacking. You may already be doing some things, but this topic will help you fine-tune your approach in simple, yet powerful, ways.

High performers typically know the value of coaches: experts who can train them and guide them toward goals. But what if you could become your own coach? 

Podcast guest Jason Goldsmith emphasizes the value of combining the mental and physical aspects of human performance. He knows, too, that it’s important to learn to coach yourself to achieve any kind of life success you go after. Self-coaching doesn't mean you do it all on your own, it means that you take charge of yourself, for yourself.

This episode brings these concepts together so you can be in charge of yourself and be confident and purposeful when making decisions. 

A globally recognized performance coach and founder of Goldsmith Performance, Jason’s best known for his work with golfers, from junior, to amateur to professional skill levels. He also coaches athletes from other major sports, as well as Fortune 500 executives.

He’s distilled his knowledge and partnered with David Novak, cofounder & former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands (owner of 45,000+ restaurants) to present sports and business coaching for high performance. They’ve created a practical guidebook for you to learn how to be your own best coach: “Take Charge Of You: How Self Coaching Can Transform Your Life and Career.”

This conversation covers strategies to develop an understanding of who you are and what drives you. “That is a crucial part of choosing your SBT (single biggest thing): it should feel big, important, impactful, even aspirational,” Jason says in his book. “There is a difference between setting a goal and choosing a destination.”

You can outline a process with that knowledge that sets you up for success. And then add in something you may not have considered: 

“Joy is a critical ingredient, and I don't think enough people have enough joy in their day-to-day life,” Jason says. “It’s really important for people to know what it is that brings them joy and what are the things that diminish their joy. So, if I was able to biohack my day, what are the things I do every single day that make me feel the best possible version of myself? But then what are the things that get in the way of that joy? And then how do I eliminate those joy blockers and have more of those joy builders?”

You’ll find out how in this episode! 

“Take Charge of You” includes do-it-yourself lessons, stories, tips, and questions to ask yourself to track your personal growth and professional development. You can follow this blueprint for self-coaching, no matter what your goals may be.

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Jun 01, 2022
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #23
00:17:17

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.

  • Drugs that cut down cancer risk by 61% aren't really drugs.
  • Take the right type of Vitamin D for the most benefit.
  • Stressing cells in the sauna could help reverse neurological disease.
  • A new discovery in brain communication and function.
  • Making stem cells younger in less time.
  • Active brown fat could be a marker for pre-diabetes.


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May 27, 2022
How to Slow Down Your Biological Aging – Morgan Levine, Ph.D. : 941
01:06:01

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 …you’ll learn how biological age, rather than chronological age, is the primary risk factor behind diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, even Alzheimer’s. Scientific discoveries show chronological aging may be written in the epigenome, those chemical tags attached to your DNA that control the way DNA operates.

We’re finding out more about both types of aging because of scientists like Morgan Levine, Ph.D., a leading voice in the field of aging and longevity science. She focuses her research on the science of biological aging, emphasizing health span over lifespan. 

“If you take the difference between someone’s biological age and chronological age, it should predict the things we care about, the actual things we're trying to prevent—so death, disease,” she says. 

She’s an assistant professor of pathology and the Director of the Laboratory for Aging in Living Systems at Yale University School of Medicine. Her team looks at using bioinformatics to quantify the aging process and test how lifestyle and pharmaceuticals alter the rate of aging. 

She’s also a founding Principal Investigator at Altos Labs, a biotech company that focuses on cellular rejuvenation programming to restore cell health and resilience.

Today, she’s going to talk about the science of aging and longevity explored in her new book, “True Age: “Cutting-Edge Research to Help Turn Back the Clock.” Three main drivers—health behaviors, recent stressors and adversity, and genetics—determine your biological aging. She shares how to measure your own biological age and why you should track your aging regularly. 

This conversation gets into topics and makes them make sense for your own aging, like:

  • Epigenetics & epigenetic clocks
  • DNA methylation & telomeres
  • Cell lifespan 
  • Ageotypes (molecular assessment of aging)
  • Phenotypic age
  • The “Ceiling” effect
  • The “CALERIE” trial
  • Nutrition & aging (plants, fasting, ketosis)
  • Fitness & aging (energy & brain health)
  • Rest & relaxation (sleep & biological programming)


Morgan gives great takeaways on how you can make lifestyle changes to maintain your youthfulness—both inside and out—with low-risk, data-driven biohacking. 

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May 27, 2022
How Focus and Attention Powers Your Mind – Amishi Jha, Ph.D. : 940
01:15:47

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…you’re going to find out why you’re missing 50% of your life to fractured attention and distraction and what it’s doing to your brain. 

Podcast guest Amishi Jha, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor of psychology at the University of Miami, researches how people pay attention. She co-founded the Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative at the University of Miami and serves as its director. For more than 25 years, she’s researched the science of attention through intensive work with the U.S. Military, first responders, medical professionals, business leaders, and elite sports teams.

She’s found that attention Is both your superpower and your kryptonite. 

As a superpower, attention allows you to time-travel in your mind (future and past), highlights what’s important, helps you problem solve, and shuts out distractions, she explains in her book, “Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day.” 

When attention is compromised, it’s your kryptonite because it impacts your cognitive function, social engagement, and emotional balance, she points out. The three main forces that degrade attention include, 1) the amount of stress you’re under (and how you’re managing it); 2) being in a crappy mood; and 3) threats real or imagined.

And when your attention gets fractured, you often default to tactics that fail to pull it back together. Amishi’s got great insights in her book that allow you to understand why this happening. When you know what’s going on, it's easier to find your focus.

It’s absolutely possible to change your brain to become more attentive, present, and productive through mindful techniques and daily focusing practices. Amishi’s research shows that mindfulness gives you a sense of control over your mind and allows you to stop negative thinking before it hijacks your brain and body.

The type of mindfulness practice you choose isn’t as important as how consistently you actually do it. The minimum effective dose equals 12 minutes a day, five days a week.

Listen on to a conversation that gives you practical tips on how to re-capture your attention, train your brain and perform at your peak.

More about Amishi Jha, Ph.D.: Amishi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Psychology then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) from the University of California–Davis. She completed post-doctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University in functional neuroimaging. She leads research on the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, resilience, and performance. Her work has been featured at NATO, the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. Pentagon. 

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May 24, 2022
Hacking Your Biohacks for Better Sleep, Fitness & Weight Control – Interventions With Dave – Sean Plotkin : 939
00:48:09

In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...​

… Dave talks with Sean Plotkin about changing up his current biohacking routine to get even better results. You’ll find out how to maintain a high quality of life amid the “hustle” that can take up a lot of your everyday life.

In his mid-40s, Sean’s doing a lot to improve his energy, keep his body strong and stay ahead of aging. But, he says, the weight keeps creeping up and he’s concerned about his thyroid function. He has an intense weekly exercise routine and could use some help with nutrition before and after his fitness sessions. He also wants to tackle sleep, believing his isn’t as optimal as it could be.

He’s doing a lot of things right, including: supplementing with glutathione, using ozone, wearing a continuous glucose monitor, cooling his sleep with an Ooler Sleep System, tackling how he feels with Hapbee, managing stress and performance with NuCalm, upgrading his brain at 40 Years of Zen, and investing in a hyperbaric chamber and sauna for home use. 

In this “Interventions With Dave” episode, Dave examines what Sean’s doing, what’s working or not, and what he can do to reach his peak performance consistently. They break down:

  • Nutrient availability (No. 1, energy; No. 2, protein; and No. 3, carbs)
  • Blood glucose and insulin resistance
  • Cortisol and stress
  • Hormones
  • Cognitive function
  • Nutrition
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Fatty liver
  • Inflammation
  • Cold therapy
  • Cholesterol
  • Metabolic health
  • Brain health
  • And much more!


Sean’s already got great awareness, tools and data to work with. Along any journey, it takes some experimentation—and time—to find that sweet spot that makes you feel like a million bucks. 

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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May 21, 2022
Your Get-Smart Guide to CBD & Chinese Herbs – Chloe Weber : 938
00:58:36

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…you’ll learn about all things CBD, hemp and THC: what current research says, why quality matters, and how to get real results. Paired with particular Chinese herbs, the benefits to you increase even more.

In the last few years, CBD was a trend, then the market got saturated, and then people said: “I tried CBD and nothing happened.” That’s unfortunate, because experts like acupuncturist, herbalist and Chinese Medicine practitioner Dr. Chloe Weber know exactly what works—and how. 

There are four main ways hemp supports the mind and body, and this conversation gets into the mechanisms of them all: Anxiety and stress, GI support, immune support, and pain management/inflammatory disorders.

You’ll also find out:

  • The differences between full spectrum (with 0.3% THC) vs. isolate vs. pharmaceutical cannabis.
  • How your body’s endocannabinoid system works and why it’s your master regulator.
  • What endocannabinoid deficiency means for your body.
  • How to take CBD and how long it takes to experience its effects.
  • How pairing CBD with Chinese herbs can benefit your body and brain, and power your performance.
  • What to look for in high-quality hemp products.
  • How to maneuver through cannabis strains and THC potencies.
  • How to decide between CBD oils, capsules, topicals for your particular health needs.
  • Common misconceptions about and censorship of CBD.
  • What new cannabinoids are coming onto the scene, like CBG and CBN.

Chloe founded Radical Roots Herbs, a company that offers full-spectrum hemp product and also combines CBD with Chinese herbs to boost the power of both.

“By calming the nervous system and supporting our endocannabinoid system,” Chloe says, “we're actually able accept, absorb and process the Chinese herbs in a more dynamic way."

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May 20, 2022
Bonus: Biohacking Surgery & Recovery with Dave Asprey
00:07:43

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… I will teach you everything you would ever want to know about before surgery, during surgery and after surgery, so that you come in strong, you have a better surgical experience, and you recover way faster than you're supposed to. 

Research shows that if you live in America, you’re likely to have an average of seven surgeries in your lifetime. Wouldn’t you want to know how to go in at your best so you can recover at your best? 

This was my thinking when I went under the knife last year. 

In the hours and days that followed, I blew my doctor’s mind. He had never seen a recovery like mine. 

As the Father of Biohacking, I never shy away from an opportunity to blow the lid off what we think is biologically possible. And then I share what I’ve found with the world.

In Heal with Dave, my new documentary, you’re going to learn all of the methods I used to heal without pain and recover to the fullest and beyond. I’ll teach you how.

If this sounds interesting to you and you want to know what to do to have control of your biology at a time when frankly, a lot of people take quite a while to recover and there's increased risk of all kinds of bad things like infections, systemic issues, just not healing very well and building strong tissues, go to daveaspery.com/heal

Watch the documentary, use the resources. It's my gift to you! 

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May 17, 2022
Discover Your Attributes & Get More Out of Yourself – Rich Diviney : 937
01:18:13

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… you’ll learn why developing your attributes may be more important than skills when it comes to getting more out of yourself. Attributes are wired into your internal circuitry, always running in the background, says Rich Diviney. You’re born with attributes. They’re elemental and considered innate traits—not to be confused with personality traits.

Rich, a retired Navy SEAL commander, bestselling author, and leadership and human performance expert, explains how attributes determine how you absorb, process, and respond to the world around you. By knowing this, you’ll be able to assess your own attributes and put them into action with SMART steps.

In his book, “The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance,” Rich shows you how mindset, optimism and becoming uniquely resilient to stress can help you become a better human. His approach identifies core attributes needed for success in personal or professional tasks.

His ability to choose the right people to be in elite performance groups—like the U.S. Navy SEALs—could be considered a superpower. As the officer in charge of training for a specialized command, Rich was part of the SEAL selection process. He pared down a group of exceptional candidates to a small cadre of the most elite optimal performers. How did he do it? By looking at attributes.

It’s Rich's belief that SEALs are not born extraordinary. Instead, they’ve mastered their own mindset to get the most out of their innate abilities to make themselves extraordinary. He believes we all have the power to do this.

In “The Attributes,” you’ll find examples of attributes within five distinct categories plus a couple more that don’t fit so neatly: Grit, Mental Acuity, Drive, Leadership and Teamability. 

So, what are attributes and how are they different than skills? 

“A lot of times we get seduced by skills, and we don't think about attributes,” Rich says. “And the reason is very simple: skills are not inherent to our nature. They're very visible, which means they're very easy to assess, measure and test and you can put scores around them and stats around them. … Attributes are inherent to our nature. We're all born with levels of adaptability and situational awareness and resilience.  Attributes don't dictate our behavior or director behavior; they inform our behavior.” 

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May 13, 2022
A Crash Course in How to Build Radical Confidence – Lisa Bilyeu : 936
01:11:32

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 …you’ll learn that to be a high performer, you’ve got to have radical confidence to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. Today’s guest, Lisa Bilyeu, explains how real confidence is an inside job, not something you gain from outside validation. 

When Lisa co-founded Quest Nutrition, she was a self-professed housewife boxing protein bars in her living room. The company grew 57,000 percent in its first three years and became a billion-dollar brand. Her learning curve was steep and fast and filled with things she didn’t know how to do—yet. 

She went on to co-found (with her husband, Tom Bilyeu) and serve as president of Impact Theory Studios. It’s a digital-first studio that produces entertaining original content focusing on themes of empowerment. That content has been viewed over half a billion times by a global audience.

Lisa oversees in-house development of projects focused on female-driven content for multiple platforms. She hosts the digital series, “Women of Impact.”

In her first book, “Radical Confidence: 10 No BS Lessons on Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life,” she shares her journey from a housewife to successful entrepreneur with relatable lessons, anecdotes, and lots of humor.

She explains how the “Purgatory of the Mundane” is even more dangerous than hitting rock bottom. She dishes tough love for those of you who are stuck in mind loops that hold you back.

From ditching the fairy tale to getting off the couch to putting on goggles when the shit hits the fan, Lisa’s got realistic tips to get you moving. An important part of that momentum is setting boundaries: material, physical, and mental and emotional. She shows you exactly how.

She also suggests a fresh perspective on a few things that can help you build “radical” confidence:

  • Manage the voice in your head
  • Set clear boundaries
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Keep your goals top of mind
  • Maintain self-awareness around your emotions and triggers

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May 11, 2022
Upgrade Spotlight: Find Your Footing in Minimalist Footwear – Xero Shoes : 935
00:46:07

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

 …you’re listening to a new Upgrade Spotlight series based on what you told me you wanted to hear on this podcast. On one Friday each month, these shorter episodes will feature guests who’ll get right into useful information in a Q&A style. 

You’ll find out how to improve your energy and upgrade your performance. You’ll also get the latest knowledge about powerful tools and technologies that allow you to change your biology and the environment around you. 

Introducing Xero Shoes! During this Upgrade Spotlight, you’ll learn how minimalist footwear reduces injury, improves foot strength and supports healthy feet. You’ll learn that getting grounded is a good thing.

Today’s guest—serial entrepreneur Steven Sashen—is a competitive sprinter. He knows the mechanics of human feet. He also knows what it feels like to move in shoes that suck. 

So, he and his wife, Lena Phoenix, founded the footwear company Xero Shoes. They ran headlong into shoe history and shoe science to intentionally create “a MOVEMENT movement” of people with happy, healthy, strong feet in addictively comfortable footwear. 

“A quarter of the bones and joints of your whole body are in your feet and ankles,” Steven says. “They're supposed to bend and move and flex just like any other joint. If you're wearing shoes that don't let them do that, that function tries unsuccessfully to move into your ankle, your knee, your hip and your back joints. Those joints aren't built for those micro motions that keep you balanced, that give you agility and mobility.”

Your feet, and by design the rest of your body, know something’s off with cushioned shoes. So does Steven.

“The value of natural movement, the importance of foot health, and all the things that relate to foot health got me going,” he says. “But what really catalyzed it was discovering that what the footwear industry has been doing for 50 years is lying to people– selling people on ideas that they know don't work, but they can't pull back. They can't tell a different story, because they've been promoting this story for so long about arch support, motion control, padding, cushioning, etc.” 

Research published by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2021, “Stepping Back to Minimal Footwear: Applications Across the Lifespan," showed that minimal footwear leads to improved musculoskeletal health across your lifetime. 

“It’s all about natural motion,” Steven explains. “Our ancestors didn't have a problem being on their feet all day, every day. It wasn't because they're different from us, it was just that they got used to using their feet correctly. We can still do that any day, anytime, any of age.”

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May 07, 2022
How to Double Your Energy – Ari Whitten : 934
01:01:33

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…you’ll find out why you’re tired, how to fix it and ways to increase your energy. Fatigue is a hidden epidemic, with chronic fatigue syndrome being the most severe end, but most people (in the U.S.) are experiencing some level of being flat-out tired as hell.

Guest Ari Whitten, Ph.D. (Cand.), CES, PES, says that as a culture, we have normalized fatigue. In his newest book, “EAT FOR ENERGY: How to Beat Fatigue, Supercharge Your Mitochondria, and Unlock All-Day Energy,” he explains that 5.4 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (the most severe case of fatigue). However, the true fatigue epidemic affects 50 to 100 times more people.

This episode’s discussion gets right into the role of mitochondria in human energy. Ari’s research (420 citations in “Eat for Energy”!] is clear. The cause of fatigue is mitochondrial dysfunction, he says. And the biggest factors that affect your mitochondria include:

  • Circadian rhythm dysregulation and poor sleep 
  • Carrying too much body fat and too little muscle mass 
  • Poor gut and microbiome health 
  • Blood sugar dysregulation 
  • Nutritional toxicities and deficiencies 
  • Neurotransmitter and hormone imbalances

 

So what can you do to increase your energy currency? A lot, as it turns out. When you understand factors like resilience, cell defense, nutrition and supplementation, you’re on your way to better energy. In this conversation, you’ll learn:

  • what’s causing the dysfunction in your mitochondria and how you can repair these critical energy cells. 
  • strategies that will double your energy levels. 
  • 7 top supplements (and more) that help get your mitochondria back on the energy track.

 

Ari has been studying and teaching natural health science for more than 25 years. He went through his own battle with chronic fatigue that inspired his obsession with energy. For the past seven years, he's focused specifically on improving human energy. His education and work in this area touches on critical aspects of human health from nutrition to physical training, to light science, to psychology, and more. 

He created The Energy Blueprint science-based lifestyle programs that target brain energy and mitochondria. He also hosts The Energy Blueprint podcast that features world-wide experts on the subject of understanding fatigue and how to get more energy. 

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May 06, 2022
Relieve Your Back Pain in 4 Steps – Dr. Marcella Madera : 933
01:06:16

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… you’ll meet a holistic neurosurgeon who’s evolving spine care away from cutting. Dr. Marcella Madera’s integrative approaches to spine problems pair science with holistic healing modalities. This means way better healing for you.

Dr. Madera’s innovations in spine treatments include the “Aqua Method,” where photobiomodulated platelet rich plasma meets functional tissue mobilization and movement. You’re going to get exciting new information about this effective form of regenerative medicine and find out if this treatment may be right for you. “It's a very nuanced discussion,” says Dr. Madera. “It's very patient specific. It's very injury specific.”

“The term Aqua really gives a description of what we're trying to create in the body and that is more fluidity,” she explains. “And also, water, aqua, is pure. It’s intense at times, depending on the form. And it is soothing at times, depending on the form. And that is how our treatment goes.”

Dr. Madera’s four-part system includes: Reveal, Restore, Revitalize, Revel. You could benefit whether you have an old or new injury, or chronic pain.

During this episode, she explains how each part is interconnected and helps you heal your spine, or even knee, problems. The Aqua Method’s three-day immersive experience includes a full team of experts focused on your biology, your energy and your state of mind.

Dr. Madera, a board-certified neurosurgeon, trained extensively in conventional medicine. Her expertise in spine care includes surgical treatments, approaches, and techniques for degenerative spine disease, spine tumors, and degenerative deformity.

 She started a private practice in in Austin, Texas where she combines her technical spine care with stem cell treatments and holistic modalities like herbs, energy modalities, Chinese healing practices, autogenic training and diet modification.

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More about Dr. Marcella Madera: She’s experienced in open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic spine surgery, and regenerative/stem cell procedures. She’s been an assistant professor of Surgery at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She also travelled throughout Europe and the U.S. to learn progressive endoscopic techniques and regenerative medicine practices. She completed a Spine Fellowship and faculty instructorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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May 04, 2022
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #22
00:15:43

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.

  • GlyNAC (glycine and N-acetylcysteine) can correct glutathione deficiency, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and mitophagy abnormalities to help you live longer.
  • Moms and dads think — and react — differently to newborn baby smells.
  • Clock and Cycle factors control circadian rhythm and protect your eyes as you age. 
  • Oleic acid produced in the brain helps regulate memory, learning, and mood; promotes neurogenesis; and increases cell proliferation.


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Apr 29, 2022
Great Relationships Start with You & Hard Truths – Gary John Bishop : 932
01:06:20

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…you’ll learn that one of the major life upgrades you can make includes your relationships. 

Personal development expert Gary John Bishop doesn’t buy into mainstream notions of what makes a happy relationship. Not 50/50 effort, not compromise, not molding yourself into what your partner wants. It’s just you and some hard truths.

What this episode is not about;

  • Blame or providing communication tips
  • How to change or cope with your partner and personality types 
  • Healing past trauma or understanding fear of commitment 

Instead, you’ll get the ingredients to creating a real, lasting and profound connection with another human being.

“There's some, again, cold truths that you have to face and then really have to start to take on,” he says, “but in a way that it's not always going to go your way. You're not always going to get this thing flowing the way you would want it to go, but your job is to keep bringing yourself to this phenomenon in a way that's consistent with you, who you are, what you're about. And powerfully managing all that you might do to undermine it.”

Gary, the New York Times bestselling author of the Unfu*k book series, uses an “urban philosophy” approach that’s both simple and enlightening. In his latest book, “LOVE UNFU*kED Getting Your Relationship Sh!t Together,” he puts the focus on relationships. “The quality of your relationships dictates the quality of your life,” he says in “LOVE UNFU*kED.” 

This conversation gets right to the heart of what you can do to make changes that stick in all areas of your life.

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Apr 28, 2022
WetSpace, Crypto & Taking on Big Tech – Allie Rae : 931
01:09:43

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You’ll be part of a candid conversation about choice and freedom. And, why it’s important to be able to make a living in your chosen line of work without restriction or judgment. That’s just part of being a better-performing human.

Guest Allie Rae, a wife, mother, retired nurse and Navy veteran, shares her unusual entrepreneurial journey within the adult sex entertainment industry. It may be a different topic than you expect on this show, but it’s a look at innovation opening up alternative ways of doing business outside restrictive Big Tech.

She’s CEO of a brand-new online adult platform called WetSpace. You may have heard about or know of the OnlyFans platform. WetSpace is similar, but not direct competition. 

Allie Rae saw a problem with payment systems and banking restrictions and set out to find a solution.

“At this point, this is no longer a hobby, it's a business for me,” Allie Says. “And as any business in any industry, you want to protect your business and provide stability and have long-term prosperity.”

We get into some cool topics:

  • Why Allie Rae created WetSpace;
  • How cryptocurrency fits into her plans;
  • The influence of Big Tech; and
  • How advocacy—not regulation—can guide the growth of the adult sex industry.


Today’s show looks at personal choice and freedom—both yours and other people’s. It challenges stigma, advocates for better systems of work, and supports creativity and business acumen.

it's important that we think about both sex, because that's one of those big things that nourishes us, and also think about what's going on in the world around us, that environment that controls your biology.

It matters that you’re able to choose what to do to and with your body, your energy, and your time. You get to choose to live your values—and so does everyone else. Even if you don’t agree. Being kind and respectful goes a long way in creating communities that allow you to be the highest performing human you want to be.

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Apr 26, 2022
Hacking Weight Loss Resistance – Interventions With Dave – Diane Closser : 930
00:43:58

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

… Dave talks with Diane Closser about weight loss resistance. You’ll find out how unexpected and insidious factors–both internal and external–may be affecting your body systems. That dysregulation can cause your body to hold onto excess weight. 

Diane Closser knows a lot about chemicals. She’s a chemist by profession and works as a Certified Lubrication Specialist and Certified Reliability Leader at a Division of General Motors.

She also has a personal history of mold and heavy metal exposure, e.g., bought fixer-upper 1972 house, played with Mercury as a kid, worked as a wet bench chemist analyzing heavy metal production products, and worked in tire industry.

She’s been on a journey to wellness for several years that’s included a search for real health solutions. 

There have been some wins: In 2020, she became particularly sensitive to chemicals, perfume, and laundry detergent. She says that ozone therapy cured her of her sensitivity and reversed her autoimmunity. And some setbacks: Her health deteriorated when husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011.

She also had her house treated with Chlorine dioxide; did low-dose allergen therapy and low-dose immunotherapy; and completed chelation therapy. 

Through it all, she’s experienced a frustrating weight loss resistance. She says she’s “been on every diet and med known to man” since her teenage years. 

Now in her mid-50s, she’s looking forward to a retirement that includes sailing and bringing tap, jazz, and ballet classes to senior citizens around the country. She wants to improve her health and have the energy to make her plans a reality.

In this “Interventions With Dave” episode, Dave and Diane look at her health concerns through a new lens. They examine possible causes of her inability to shed excess weight and discuss actionable next steps. 

  • Calorie counting 
  • Eating too little 
  • Environmental toxins
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Mold 
  • Ozone
  • Histamine
  • Mast cells
  • Metal toxicity and chelation therapy
  • Brain fog
  • Thyroid
  • Testosterone in females
  • Mycotoxins
  • Detox pathways
  • Collagen


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.

Listen to the Interventions With Dave series and don’t miss the “Links & Resources” section below for specific information. 

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Apr 23, 2022
Top Tips from the Trainer of Superheroes – Magnus Lygdbäck : 929
00:48:06

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…you’ll learn how a trainer of superheroes and superstars combines core principles of fitness, nutrition, structure and balance.

Magnus Lygdbäck, a Swedish health and wellness expert, entrepreneur, and lifestyle coach, joins the show to discuss powering your life in ways that most benefit your health and energy.

For more than 20 years, he’s trained some of the world’s most recognizable actors, musicians, athletes, artists, and high-performance business entrepreneurs.

Musicians like pop stars Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles and Britney Spears. Actors like Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman 1984; Alicia Vikander, for Tomb Raider; Ben Affleck, for Justice League; and many more.

He designed Alexander Skarsgård’s incredible transformation for the lead role as a Viking Berserker in the brand new movie, The Northman

Even with his “celebrity trainer” title (which he doesn’t love), Magnus is quick to say, “It's not who you train, it's howyou train.”

His Magnus Method training philosophy embraces the “ethos of an athlete.” This all-inclusive approach to performance includes an athlete’s intensity and structure, while also maintaining balance and energy. Time-zone travel, long days of filming, rehearsals, and the constant demands on a celebrity performer’s time means examining all aspects of fueling, rest and recovery. The same applies to the everyday lives of mere mortals.

He encourages being open to learning new things and seeking out discomfort so you can grow. “Look at three things,” Magnus recommends. “One, what do I like to do? No. 2, what does my body need? No. 3, what do I want to master or get better at? That should create your weekly programming.”

You already know, and Magnus will remind you, that there are absolutely no life shortcuts to being the superhero of your own life.

In this conversation, you’ll find out how much time to spend on your workouts (not as much as you think). “What doesn’t happen in the first hour will not happen in the second,” he says frequently. Even for superheroes.

  • Learn more about Magnus Lygdbäck’s journey from hockey player to celebrity trainer.
  • Find out how you can improve your own performance on Magnus’s extensive YouTube channel.
  • Get Magnus’ superhero training programs, nutrition guides, coaching and a community of like-minded people with the Magnus Method app

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Apr 22, 2022
How to Revamp Busy Work, Overcome Boredom and Fix Burnout – Jenny Blake : 928
01:18:42

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… you’ll find out how author and podcast host of not one, but two podcasts–Jenny Blake–helps people move from friction to flow so they can do more of their best work.

This conversation about her newest book, “Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business,” explains that business stress is a systems problem. She’s going to give you solid advice on how you can avoid overwork, burnout and run your business and your life with a lot more joy. Her mission? To set 50 million hours free through smarter systems. 

Companies often do a great job at attracting the best and brightest employees, Jenny says, but not keeping them learning and growing and engaged. Inevitably, boredom sets in. You can have all these brilliant people working in intense environments that can lead to burnout. They are short on time to do their work, Jenny continues, and they're also short on creative expression within that corporate context.

Many business owners, too, especially small ones, carry the weight of what Jenny calls the Burdensome Bs: 1) bottlenecked, 2) bored, and 3) burned out. And news flash about the myth of hard work for business owners: There’s no reward for doing “all the work” other than burnout.

You can change that narrative. Running a business does not have to be so hard, or stressful, or overwhelming. Strategic shifts can move any business’s operating zone from friction to flow. Wherever you encounter excessive friction, apply the Align-Design-Assign process.

Revamping systems and processes also leads you to the real prize: time. Time is not money, time is life force.

"Time is far more precious than money," Jenny says. "We should be far more considerate with how we’re spending our time, who we want to spend it with, how present we are when we are choosing our activities and the people that we’re with.”

You’re going to get a lot of smart business and life tips from this episode and Jenny’s book, “Free Time.” Here are some how-tos:

  • Time block and bake in batches—starting with blocking your calendar one year out for deep work days
  • Identify the DNA of projects, meaning how you bake is as important as what you make
  • Structure Delightfully Tiny Teams for maximum flexibility
  • Establish a Fiji Test where each team member continually makes themselves replaceable every day
  • Achieve escape velocity through smarter systems and doubling what you delegate
  • Solve for Sisyphean Systems and the crush of the inbound (i.e., email, social media, questions from your team)
  • Avoid Franken-stringing software while still developing stronger techtuition
  • Cultivate nonlinear breakthroughs through intuition, serendipity and surrender
  • Reach for high net freedom versus solely emphasizing high net worth
  • And much more!

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Apr 20, 2022
How a Probiotic Strain Calms Your Body & Brain Stress – Kiran Krishnan, Ph.D. : 927
01:01:16

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IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE™...

…you’ll learn about a strain of probiotics called psychobiotics. This strain shows promising effects on stress relief, anxiety, mood, sleep and other important gut-brain axis connections.

Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, Ph.D., explores the human microbiome and how it functions so you can have better gut health. He has an extensive research background in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology. His particular expertise lies in gut commensal spore bacteria microbiology.

He’s been a guest on the show before to educate listeners about probiotics and the connections between your microbiome, inflammation and immune function. This time, he’s sharing exciting research about a probiotic strain that’s tackling the gut-brain axis, called Bifidobacterium longum 1714™.

Kiran says, “One really important message that I want people to really wrap their heads around and understand when we're talking about the gut-brain axis is, of course, the gut. A healthy gut is incredibly supportive to the brain. It supports the brain in a number of really important critical functions like recovery, for example, or production of serotonin and dopamine and all these important neurotransmitters, but on the other end of the spectrum, an unhealthy gut is not only not supportive, but it's arguably one of the most toxic things for the brain.”

Big topics covered in this episode include:

  • Basic mechanisms by which the gut microbiome can influence neurochemicals and brain inflammation
  • The gut-brain connection as it relates to stress coping and mental health
  • How cortisol and interleukin 6 drive stress response and inflammation in your whole body
  • Variables that can cause a breakdown or dysfunction in the psychobiome
  • Therapeutic interventions, including psychobiotics that can help correct gut-brain axis dysfunction


Kiran’s great at explaining the science so you clearly understand what the studies mean and can apply new knowledge to your own biology. He also partners with Just Thrive Health on product research and development.

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Apr 15, 2022
8 Natural Landscapes That Will Restore Your Energy – Emma Loewe : 926
00:55:20

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IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE™...

…you’ll learn how nature, human health, and climate activism interconnect. Emma Loewe, environmental journalist and senior sustainability editor at mindbodygreen, joins the show to share how nature can restore all aspects of your health. You’ll find out how you can reap the benefits of specific nature landscapes, wherever you live or roam.

You’ll come away from this episode with: 

  • Tips on how to combat stress, anxiety and burnout by being outdoors.
  • Actions you can take to conserve the landscapes you care about.
  • Mindset shifts that will change the way you think about the climate crisis.


In her new book, “Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us,” she’s researched the ways eight distinct nature landscapes improve your physical, mental and spiritual health. 

  • Parks & Gardens
  • Oceans & Coasts
  • Mountains & Highlands
  • Forests & Trees
  • Ice & Snow
  • Deserts & Drylands
  • Rivers & Streams
  • Cities & Built Environments


Emma shares research-backed ways to explore nature now and protect it for the future, including SRT (stress-reduction theory). This theory says that humans are hardwired to relax while looking at environments that have extensive views, areas to retreat, and essential resources like shade and water.

Return to Nature” also offers:

  • Mindful exercises you can do in short or long chunks of time that allow you to fully experience nature when you’re in it. 
  • Additional resources about the eight natural landscapes Emma writes about.
  • Nearly 30 pages of research references! 

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Apr 12, 2022
How AI Transforms Your Body’s Biodata Into Real Health Solutions – Lola Priego : 925
00:58:35

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… you’re going to learn about the engineering it takes to build a health data app. You’ll find out how data science, mathematics and predictive analysis look at how biomarkers impact overall wellness. At Base, your own data, along with deep expertise from an advisory board of functional medicine doctors, inform the algorithms. This means you get a distinctly personalized prescription on how to manage your health concerns.

Guest Lola Priego, founder and CEO of Base, is an experienced software engineer and former medical student on a mission to help people better understand what is going on in their bodies. She possesses a unique combination of skills to do just that.

She studied medicine before transferring to engineering at the Technical University of Madrid and earned a master’s degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

While struggling with her own health problems, she identified major pain points in the healthcare system like lack of access to personalized health data. She created Base to solve this issue with a data-driven approach that also provides actionable diet and lifestyle recommendations. Base gets to the root cause of health concerns through analyzing biodata like hormones, nutrition, and vitamin deficiencies to get to the core of why you feel “off.” 

Base provides testing options that usually are not available at a primary care doctor’s office (they’re often only offered by specialists). Convenience is built into the lab testing process. Base’s blood and saliva tests gets to the root of issues like stress, anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog. Here’s what Base and its accompanying app offer you so you can take control of your own biology and make meaningful life changes:

  • Regular testing tells you what’s going on with your biology.
  • Your own data informs recommendations on how to improve your diet, stress, energy, sleep, and sex drive.
  • You can track your results over time, get help from a team of online experts, and set specific health goals.


Because it’s your own health data, there are privacy issues at play you have to know about. Lola explains that security and privacy are built-in design features at Base.

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Apr 07, 2022
The Clear Eye Guide: How to Improve Your Vision Naturally – Claudia Muehlenweg : 924
01:24:31

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IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

… natural vision expert Claudia Muehlenweg shares interesting knowledge and practical solutions about how you can take better care of your eyes and improve your vision. In this longer episode, 

  • You’ll discover ways you can improve your vision through natural methods that start with root causes in your body, including nervous system regulation.
  • You’ll explore bodywork, breathwork, rest, light and movement healing methods.
  • You’ll find out the essential Dos and Don’ts for good eyesight.
  • You’ll get practical suggestions for things you can do right now to offset the effects of screen time.
  • You’ll learn how you can keep your vision sharp throughout your life span.

 

After working to improve her own eyesight, Claudia founded Holistic Vision LLC to help others. Her work is based in the Bates Method. She focuses on finding the root cause of blurry vision instead of using symptomatic treatments like glasses, contacts or surgery that actually can make eyesight worse in the long term. 

She’s been teaching eyesight improvement since 2009. Her methods can improve presbyopia, myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, and eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. She also helps people restore clarity after corrective surgeries like LASIK have worn off.

Her experience as a yoga teacher brings together complementary practices like myofascial release, breathwork and bodywork that greatly influence holistic vision care and natural vision healing methods.

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Apr 05, 2022
Upgrade Spotlight: Improve Your Sleep With a Cooler Body Temp – ChiliSleep : 923
00:29:37

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IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

…you’re listening to a new Upgrade Spotlight series based on what you told me you wanted to hear on this podcast. On one Friday each month, these shorter episodes will feature guests who’ll get right into useful information in a Q&A style. 

You’ll find out how to improve your energy and upgrade your performance. You’ll also get the latest knowledge about powerful tools and technologies that allow you to change your biology and the environment around you. 

Introducing ChiliSleep! During this Upgrade Spotlight, you’re going to learn about the physical and mental health benefits of cool sleep and how to hack your sleep with new bed technology.

You already know about the physical and psychological effects of not getting good sleep. Whether you’re dangerously sleep-deprived or can’t stop waking up in the middle of the night, struggling to get enough sleep over time can have devastating impacts on your body and mind.

Poor sleep increases a person’s risk of developing serious medical conditions, and not getting enough deep sleep increases the chance of high blood pressure; heart attack and stroke; Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; and Type 2 Diabetes. 

Tara Youngblood founded ChiliSleep so people could get the coolest sleep ever. Water-based cooling helps your body settle into a just-right temperature that’s just right for you

Your core body temperature should naturally drop every night, but for lots of people for lots of reasons it doesn't. Here are a few of the good things that happen when you regulate your sleep temperature:

  • Cooler temperatures cue your brain to release melatonin and help you fall asleep faster. 
  • Sleeping at colder temperatures improves deep sleep and increases muscle recovery.
  • Muscle repair and growth occur during deep sleep and REM sleep stages due to the natural release of growth hormones.


Tara creates technologies and apps to help you recover your sleep and your energy. She’s a trained scientist with degrees in Science and Physics who also studied traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic practices, neuroscience, and psychology.

She focuses on how your physical body can get better sleep and the important essential link between sleep and mental health.

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Apr 02, 2022
Home Lab Testing 101: Your Guide to Great Results – Dolce Conde : 922
00:48:56

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… you’re going to get a step-by-step guide to taking accurate labs at home. You’ll learn how to use home test kits effectively to get high-quality results.

At-home test kits got more popular in the past few years as people wanted to know more about their personal health data. Knowing your data gives you the power to control your own biology.

Some of the biggest value drivers of at-home labs include: Convenience, performance specificity, and being proactive rather than reactive about your symptoms.

Dolce Conde co-founded Knowing Labs to support a growing community of people who want to be proactive about their health.

Knowing Labs offers reliable laboratory testing directly to consumers in the convenience and privacy of their homes. The kinds of test kits available at Knowing Labs include panels for vitamin D, inflammation, sleep & stress, weight & energy, male and female hormones and wellness, and many more.

If you want to use home test kits to find out more about your own data and upgrade your health, here are a few essentials to know:

It’s important to choose a certified lab.

  • Knowing Labs is a High Complexity CLIA Certified Laboratory in the State of Texas.
  • CLIA means the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments that regulate laboratory testing.
  • All Knowing Labs testing is done in-house so they have total control over the quality and performance of the services.

It’s important to understand the type of at-home test kit you have and how to collect accurate samples. 

  • This could be saliva, blood or urine, depending on the kit you choose. 
  • For blood samples, this could mean a spot, pipette or home phlebotomist visit.
  • Conde talks about some best practices and troubleshooting tips.

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Mar 31, 2022
How to Ditch Diet Dogma and Simplify Superfoods – Max Lugavere : 921
00:59:53

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…you’ll take a deep dive into the science of healthy eating so that you can know how to leverage food for high energy and performance.

Health and science journalist Max Lugavere studies and writes about ways that food and movement fuel you. And allow you some balance and freedom in your choices.

He joins the show to round out a body of work that includes his best-selling “Genius Foods,” “The Genius Life” and now his latest to complete the trio: “GENIUS KITCHEN: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Make Your Brain Sharp, Body Strong, and Taste Buds Happy.

“It's a kitchen and wellness guide,” Max explains. “I didn't want to just make a book of recipes. That would've been too easy. I wanted to make something that was going to stand the test of time and serve as a resource for people."

His work was inspired by his mom’s diagnosis with a rare form of dementia in her 50s. He dedicated himself to her care and also began researching how to prevent cognitive decline through nutrition. 

“Though I began to cook when my mother could no longer cook herself, I realized that culinary literacy (like health literacy) had become yet another aspect of life that we had outsourced,” Max says in “Genius Kitchen.” I became passionate about creating healthy food that is delicious and easy to make."

There’s a multi-billion dollar diet industry that makes nutrition confusing and complex. This conversation gets into the value of simple food, how to find your own food philosophy and why Max rejects diet dogma. So this is the episode for you to:

-Learn science-backed tactics to improve digestion, increase nutrient extraction and stop common digestive complaints. 

-Get practical food lists and cooking methods for easy, nutritious meals that work for your performance goals and everyday life.

-Find out how to eat like a “genius” with these topics:

  • The upside & downside of plants
  • Protein quality & muscle maintenance
  • Organ meats
  • Fantastic fats & ominous oils
  • The shudder of sugar
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Calcium & the debate about dairy
  • And more!


More about Max: 

Max gets his curious on hosting The Genius Life podcast. He appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He’s been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The New York Times and People Magazine and contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast. He’s an international speaker who’s presented at events like South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Mar 29, 2022
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #21
00:10:52

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  • Strategic eating fills micronutrient gaps. 
  • Use probiotics to turn down your allergies.
  • Your DNA determines your coffee preferences.
  • Got 3 seconds a day? Use it to strength train.
  • Time your meals to control blood sugar and melatonin. 

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Mar 25, 2022
Juicing Done Right for You and the Environment – Junaid Kalmadi – #920 : 920
00:53:18

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Did you know?

  • Less than 9% of people meet a daily vegetable intake that’s best for their body.
  • Soil has up to 50% less nutrition than 1945
  • And up to 40% of produce gets wasted on farms. 


Green juicing—done the right way—can upgrade all of those things. Junaid Kalmadi joins the show to talk about soil degradation, farming practices, and produce waste. He explains that it’s possible to do juicing safely and in ways that don’t break the planet even more.

Junaid (with Dave as an advisor) founded Farmers Juice, a keto-friendly and functional green juice line that uses a cold-pressed process. 

“You separate the pulp from the juice, and you get this end product of this incredibly high nutrient-dense jolt of vitamins, enzymes, phytochemicals that give you this tangible positive effect within your biology, within your mood, within your own like mental state to perform your best,” Junaid says.

It takes 1.5 pounds of produce (no kale!)  to make one bottle of organic Farmers Juice. The juices also contain adaptogens, antioxidants, and mushrooms to boost focus, calm, and athletic performance. 

Along with finding out what’s in the juice, you’ll learn about nutrigenomics and how food information tells your body what to do. You’ll also learn how phytonutrients act as your genetic control system and keep you healthy. 

Food and nutrients directly, immediately, and specifically interact with our genes, controlling moment-to-moment changes in your physiology and biochemistry.

For juicing 101, particularly ingredients and processing, take a listen to: Why Dave Asprey Changed His Mind About Juicing – #802.

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Mar 24, 2022
How Intermittent Fasting Works for Women – Cynthia Thurlow, NP : 919
01:06:42

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  • You’ll learn about the science-based benefits of intermittent fasting for women, especially during midlife.
  • You’ll get details about intermittent fasting advantages for women like how to gain hormonal stability and metabolic health, and how to improve your energy.
  • You’ll get practical intermittent fasting how-tos, nutritional guidelines, carb cycling recommendations, food lists, and recipes to try during your feeding window.


Cynthia Thurlow joins the show to talk about how intermittent fasting can help women change their body, metabolic system and brain function. She has tips for women at all stages: from active menstrual cycles to perimenopause to menopause.

Cynthia is a Johns Hopkins-trained nurse practitioner and functional nutritionist founded and serves as CEO of Everyday Wellness Project. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Functional Nutrition certifications with advanced trainings in Endocrinology and Gastroenterology. Her career in healthcare includes nearly 20 years of emergency medicine and cardiology experience. She brings a broad perspective when working with women to improve the state of their health. 

“I really start from a foundational level talking to women about fasting,” Cynthia says. “It's really honoring our own unique physiology. It's leaning into that menstrual cycle. It's leaning into the lifestyle piece that so much of us forget to talk about with our patients, our sleep quality, stress management, anti-inflammatory nutrition, our exercise quality, our connection with nature, all of which are critically important.”

She also addresses diet dogma that frustratingly persists, even with established and emerging science about the benefits of intermittent fasting.

She tackles this outdated dogma (and a lot more!) in her new book, “Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The 45-Day Program for Women to Lose Stubborn Weight, Improve Hormonal Health, and Slow Aging.”

“[Intermittent fasting] restores our intrinsic rhythms, burns fat, regenerates our health right down to the cellular level, and stabilizes our hormones,” Cynthia says in her book. “In turn, we are less likely to develop obesity, diabetes, vascular diseases, and autoimmune disorders.”

At the end of this conversation, you’ll have the tools to decide if intermittent fasting is the right choice for the state of your own health. 

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Mar 22, 2022
Hacking Thyroid, Autoimmunity & Aging – Interventions With Dave – Michael Ford : 918
00:44:22

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

… Dave talks with Michael Ford about low thyroid function, autoimmunity and aging concerns.

At 70, Michael has been biohacking for over three years, takes a consistent supplement regimen, incorporates intermittent fasting, and does frequent microbiome and blood checks.

He takes only one medication for low thyroid function and is looking for alternative ways to manage it. He suspects he has an autoimmunity issue and would like to explore that more.

In the past few years, Michael has seen the health of colleagues, friends and elderly family members decline considerably. He’s concerned about aging and wants direction on how to live to be fully functional at 140 (or more!). With so much health information available to the general publicmuch of it contradictory, Michael asks Dave for insight and input.

In this “Interventions With Dave” episode, Dave also talks with Michael about:

  • Supplements
  • Testosterone
  • Cortisol-causing excess weight
  • Visceral fat
  • Healthy fats
  • Red light benefits
  • Dental health
  • Breathing & mouth taping
  • Improving brain blood flow


They look at his health concerns through a new lens and discuss actionable next steps. Don’t miss the “Links & Resources” section below for specific information. 

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Mar 19, 2022
Analyze Your Gut to Fix Your Health: Here’s How – Naveen Jain : 917
01:01:11

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Dave’s good friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain, joins the show to talk about the future of human biology and wellness. What’s new right now, what’s emerging, and what’s on the horizon. He’s been a guest several times before (see the Links & Resources section below!) and there’s always something new to learn when he and Dave get together. This time, they explore testing the human biome.

Naveen’s a guy with enormous vision who builds companies and partners with others to tackle and solve the gnarliest problems affecting the health of our people and planet. 

He always encourages curiosity and big thinking: ““Curiosity is what drives the humanity forward. The day you stop being curious is the day you die.”

In this discussion, you’re going to learn ways innovation can change human biology from a micro and macro level—from your cellular health to broader planetary issues. You’ll also learn how you can test to find out what’s happening within your gut, cells and immune system. With that knowledge and personalized recommendations, you’ll have the power to change your health for the better.

Naveen founded, Viome, the worlds’ largest database of microbial gene expression. Its AI-driven personalized therapeutics platform and applications identifies predictive markers of chronic diseases. Viome does this by using a functional analysis of microbial, mitochondrial and human gene expression. “We actually see everything,” Naveen explains. “As long as an organism is alive, we see it. So whether it is a bacteria, virus, fungus, mold, it doesn't matter. We see everything.”

In particular, Viome’s Health Intelligence™ Test looks at:

  • gut microbiome
  • mitochondrial function
  • immune cell function
  • cellular health
  • stress response
  • biological age


The more data can inform what’s happening inside of you, the more resources you’ll have to improve your health.

More about Naveen Jain:

Naveen wrote the award-winning book, Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance and created Mindvalley, Masterclass programs. He’s behind XPrize, a global future positive movement and is on the board of Singularity University

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Mar 17, 2022
How to Treat Body-Based Anxiety – Dr. Ellen Vora : 916
00:49:43

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 … Ellen Vora, M.D., takes a functional medicine approach to mental health that considers the whole person and addresses imbalance at the root. 

She’s a Yale and Columbia University educated holistic psychiatrist board-certified in psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine. She’s also an acupuncturist and yoga teacher.

In her new book, “The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response,” she takes on anxiety, which hits more than 40 million people in any given year. The pandemic drove that number up even more. Even if math isn’t your strong suit, you can understand these numbers:

  • An estimated one out of every nine people, or 800 million people, suffer from a mental health disorder, the most common of which is anxiety. 
  • Up to 33.7 percent of Americans are affected by an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. 


Conventional medicine tends to view anxiety as a “neck up” problem of brain chemistry and psychology. Dr. Vora disagrees. She suggests that various physiologic inputs influence anxiety symptoms. 

“What we've been indoctrinated with is this idea that our mental health is genetically determined chemical imbalance,” Dr. Vora says. “There's some validity to that, although I think, for the most part, any chemical imbalance is often a downstream effect of a state of imbalance happening elsewhere in the physical body.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • the difference between avoidable, purposeful, false and true anxiety;
  • simple strategies for tuning into “true” anxiety and using its benefits;
  • how your body may be physiologically out of balance (immunity, gut health, inflammation);
  • how “hanxiety” means that blood sugar is affecting your anxiety; 
  • actionable lifestyle factors to bring yourself back into balance; 
  • how to manage medication withdrawl; and 
  • how to reframe your understanding of, and relationship with, anxiety.


Dr. Vora also confronts what she calls techxiety. This can include a boundaryless workplace, how the posture of screen use signals your body for anxiety, and, of course, social media. Research shows social media is associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. Just 20 minutes of Facebook can impact mood.

So much of how you live your life as an adult profoundly impacts how your mental health manifests, and that's the part you can control.

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Mar 15, 2022
Hacking Inflammation – Interventions With Dave – Cindy Fraley-Hunter : 915
00:47:55

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… Dave talks with Cindy Fraley-Hunter about system-level inflammation and her fear of having an early heart attack like her father because they have such similar genes.

Cindy thought she was healthy until after the birth of her daughter at 42. She was constantly tired. Her physician told her that was just to be expected because she was a geriatric pregnancy. That unhelpful advice ignored her body functioning and lacked actionable solutions.

She then survived a case of MRSA and received Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. She continued to have high cholesterol and a high CAD calcium heart score. She’s scared her life will be cut short.

Feeling like conventional medicine is failing her, Cindy has turned to supplements instead of prescription drugs. She says she’s “embracing biohacking to save my life.”

In this “Interventions With Dave” episode, Dave walks Cindy through her most recent labs and other test results. They look at her health concerns through a new lens and discuss actionable next steps. Don’t miss the “Links & Resources” section of episode web page #915 for specific information.

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Mar 11, 2022
Synthetic Biology to Become a Major Economic Driver, Part 2 – Amy Webb : 914
01:15:30

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… you’ll get a look at synthetic biology (SYNBIO) through the lens of quantitative futurist Amy Webb in Part 2 of a special two-part episode. The Part 1 episode #913 explores the scientific perspective with microbiologist and geneticist Andrew Hessel.

Amy and Andrew recently authored, “The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology.” SYNBIO is the promising and controversial technology platform that combines biology and artificial intelligence. Amy investigates what SYNBIO means for people, commerce and the planet. 

“This is a book about science,” Amy describes, “but I did not want to write a science book. This is also a business book. It's an understanding-your-own-body book.”

She’s a futurist who works with data and does predictive modeling. Her academic background includes game theory and economics

Amy founded the Future Today Institute to help companies understand the forces that will shape their futures. She’s a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business. She writes extensively about biotechnology, artificial intelligence, technology policy, and business strategy.

“This emerging field of science—synthetic biology—promises to reveal how life is created and how it can be recreated, for many varied purposes, as explained in “The Genesis Machine:”

  • to help us heal without prescription medications, 
  • to grow meat without harvesting animals, and 
  • to engineer our families when nature fails us.


With SYNBO developments come a slew of considerations about how to manage it responsibly.

“For the most part, in the US, the regulation is on the end product,” Amy says. “Nobody wants to regulate the process, because we don't want to hamper innovation. However, it does start to raise some gnarly questions when we're talking about alternative uses or different uses for some of these technologies, or cross-border use.”

“There's some alignment globally on what's called germline editing, which is when you edit the genome to make it heritable. So whatever that is passes on. At the moment, just about 190 countries have aligned [to agree] that they don't want that to happen. But outside of that, there's a lot of confusion.”

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Mar 10, 2022
Controlling Genetic Destiny with Synthetic Biology, Part 1 – Andrew Hessel : 913
01:22:39

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… you’ll learn about the implications of synthetic biology in Part 1 of a special two-part episode.

Andrew Hessel and Amy Webb recently authored, “The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology.” This Part 1 episode gets into the scientific perspective with Andrew. Part 2 on episode #914 explores the futurist perspective with Amy.

Ask yourself, if you could edit your genes—to fix infertility, diabetes or even depression—would you do it? That’s the premise, and the promise, of synthetic biology. And a reality you’ll have to wrestle with. To make these decisions intelligently requires a deeper—and urgent—understanding of what’s happening in science.

Right now, scientists are rewriting the rules of our reality. They can use computers to gain access to the cells of any living organism and write new, potentially better, biological code. 

Andrew—a microbiologist and geneticist—works on the leading edge of genomics and bioinformatics. He’s been immersed in the world of synthetic biology for years and joins the show to explain new advancements.

As a scientist, communicator, and investor, he explores the future of biology and biotechnology. He co-founded the Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology and the Genome Project-write. The Genome Project-write is an international scientific effort that designs and builds large genomes, including the human genome. 

As we embrace that life no longer will be a game of chance, it will be the result of design, selection and choice, morechoices have to be made. Decisions like who gets to program life, create new life forms, and even bring former life back from extinction?

“The Genesis Machine" is a book about science, but it's not written for scientists, Andrew says. “It's about some amazing people and stories and we've got some fun scenarios that help you think about where some of this stuff is going. But really, this is a technology that we're all building day by day.”

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Mar 09, 2022
Keto Gets an Upgrade – Dr. Steven Gundry : 912
01:29:57

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… Steven Gundry, M.D., introduces you to the biological mechanism that makes keto diets so successful: a cellular process known as “mitochondrial uncoupling.” 

He’s spent the last two decades studying the microbiome and uses diet and nutrition as a key form of treatment for people who want to improve their body health and performance. You may already know Dr. Gundry from his bestselling books like: “The Plant Paradox,” (lectins!) “The Longevity Paradox” and “The Energy Paradox.” 

This discussion gets right into new science that’s overhauling what you think you know about a keto diet. In his newest book, “Unlocking the Keto Code: The Revolutionary New Science of Keto That Offers More Benefits Without Deprivation,” Dr. Gundry debunks common myths about keto and explains:

  • How ketosis actually works,
  • What’s going on with ketones, and 
  • What your mitochondria has to do with all of this.


You don’t have to restrict all carbs to reap the benefits of ketosis; you simply have to “unlock” mitochondrial uncoupling, Dr. Gundry explains.

He shares eight “keys” that unlock the keto code. You’ll get real food examples of how to ignite this process without the monotonous, limiting, high-fat diet.

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Mar 04, 2022
Goal Get It! How to Reflect, Dream and Focus Your Way to Success – Payal Kadakia : 911
00:52:56

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Entrepreneur, investor and artist Payal Kadakia brings a fresh perspective to your understanding of goals. She knows a lot about setting big goals and reaching them.

She founded ClassPass and over a decade grew it to become the leading fitness and wellness membership service valued at over $1 billion. Mindbody acquired ClassPass in October 2021. At that time, members had logged more than 100 million hours of workouts across 30,000 partner studios in over 30 countries. 

We’re going to talk today about how you can upgrade your own goal setting with “LIFEPASS: Drop Your Limits, Rise to Your Potential.” 

Using her company Class Pass as an example, Payal highlights the importance of knowing your strengths, your unique talents,  who you are, and investing in the right people and mentors to show you the way. 

Payal gives insight on how to set boundaries in service to your priorities, and how every minute of the day belongs to YOU, not anyone else. This means you don’t have to hold onto any guilt about doing what's right for you.

You’re more likely to reach your goals when you get to let go of the pressure to achieve a traditional kind of success and instead fuel your life with purpose. And when you focus on a life of creativity, you get to live the life you most want to live.

The 4-step LifePass Method combines intuition, pie-in-the-sky dreams, micro focus, and macro goals.

  • Reflect: Where have you been?
  • Dream: Where do you want to go?
  • Focus: What are your priorities?
  • Set Goals: What’s the plan?


Payal, an Operations Research and Economics graduate from MIT, been featured in most major news outlets; listed as Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People; and named to Fortune's 40 under 40 list. 

She formerly worked as a consultant at global management consulting firm Bain & Company and was part of Warner Music Group’s Digital Strategy and Business Development Group. 

She’s also got an extraordinary artistic side. She founded The Sa Dance Company in 2008 and serves as Artistic Director.

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Mar 01, 2022
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #20
00:08:47

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.

  • Breathing coordinates neuronal activity—even without smell
  • Mindful breathing in virtual reality can control real pain
  • Circadian cycle affects immune cells and Alzheimer’s plaques
  • Brain refresh lags when processing visual stimuli
  • Medical repression in the days of Ivan the Terrible

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Feb 25, 2022
Happiness Starts with Your Brain Type – Dr. Daniel Amen : 910
01:21:06

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“Americans are the unhappiest they have been since the Great Depression,” says Dr. Daniel Amen. But he’s determined to change that. 

He’s a physician and double board-certified psychiatrist who looks at happiness as a brain function. After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Daniel Amen discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness.

“I wanted to spend my time and energy and research on happiness because, ultimately... happiness is a moral obligation because of how you impact other people,” Dr. Amen says. “The big central point [is] the brain is the organ of happiness, and if your brain is not healthy, you are not likely to be happy.”

What makes you happy? The answer lies in knowing your specific brain type and how it’s being influenced by seven specific chemicals.

Happiness originates in distinct brain regions: pleasure in the orbitofrontal cortex; motivation and habit formation in the basal ganglia; and mood and cognitive flexibility in the brain stem.

You may be one or a combination of these five primary brain types: (take this brain assessment to find out yours)

Balanced: you have a very healthy brain

Spontaneous: you have low dopamine

Persistent: you’re often worried, rigid, and inflexible

Sensitive: you need other people and isolation is hard

Cautious: your GABA levels are low

Learn more about brain types and what actually boosts your happiness according to neuroscience in Dr. Amen’s book, "You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type.”

“Happiness comes from moving your life forward toward your life goals with meaning and purpose, based on your values, despite whatever obstacles are in your way,” Dr. Amen says. “A happy life doesn’t focus on the past with regret or look to the future with fear.”  

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Feb 25, 2022
New Developments in Stem Cell Treatments – Dr. Harry Adelson & Dr. Amy B. Killen : 909
00:55:49

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 …you’re going to find out about Dave’s recent stem cell procedure and the newest technology stem cell medicine happening at Docere Clinics in Park City, Utah.

Dr. Harry Adelson was one of the earliest adopters of the use of stem cells for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain. His practice has offered 100% Regenerative Injection Therapy since 2002 and 100% stem cell therapy since 2010. He’s performed more than 6,000 stem cell procedures and invented the Full Body Stem Cell Makeover®, the most comprehensive stem cell upgrade currently available. 

His colleague, Dr. Amy B. Killen performs anti-aging and regenerative medical treatments. She’s fellowship trained in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She’s also done extensive additional training in aesthetics, platelet rich plasma and stem cells, hair restoration, bio-identical hormones, nutrition, fitness and sexual health.

Drs. Adelson and Killen performed Dave’s original Full Body Stem Cell Makeover®, which used Dave's own stem cells from his fat and bone marrow, as well as extracellular vesicles. This episode gets into new developments in stem cell treatments, like the advent of VSEL (very small embryonic-like stem cells) technology. 

Stem cells therapy may be right for you if you’re interested in:

  • Better skin
  • Increased sexual performance
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved functional body movement
  • Preventive aging treatment

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Feb 22, 2022
Hacking the Gut Microbiome – Interventions With Dave – Tim Waters : 908
00:48:31

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

… Dave talks with Tim Waters about ways to improve the health of his gut microbiome. 

A former wrestler, Tim spent years cutting weight. He experienced gall stones and eventually had his gall bladder removed 20 years ago. That led to long-term use of proton pump inhibitor pharmaceutical. Now over 50, Tim wants to wean off the pharmaceutical and heal his gut. He’s made some progress on his own but has some complicating factors at play.

Here are a few things you'll learn in this “Interventions with Dave” episode:

  • What causes low stomach acid
  • The difference between a proton pump inhibitor and an H2 blocker
  • How certain foods influence gastric reflux
  • How to manipulate your gut pH (acid and heat)
  • The role enzymes play in digestion
  • The importance of bile
  • The benefits of butyric acid
  • How to get your good gut bacteria working
  • How to check your methylation
  • Why tracking your blood pressure regularly is a great idea


This conversation covers a lot of gut ground! Don’t miss Dave’s intervention recommendations in the “Links & Resources” section of the episode webpage: https://daveasprey.com/intervention-tim-waters-908/

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Feb 19, 2022
Form, Function & How to Fix Your Feet – Peter Francis, Ph.D. : 907
00:57:27

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…whether you’re hiking, climbing, working or playing, your feet ground you. Except when they don’t. Shoes don’t always match up to the function of your life. You can end up with pain and misalignment throughout your body when your feet are encased in shoes that don’t support your body’s natural biomechanics.

Feet, for all their variety in shape and size, get the award for amazing. Your feet literally form the center of your body’s whole system of movement. Did you know these facts about the human foot?

  • 26 bones, nearly 30 muscles and thousands of nerve endings
  • 33 articulations (each with six degrees of freedom of motion) 
  • Humans began running about 2 million years ago to be able to hunt


“If the foot moves normally, then the muscles start to work and so on and so on,” says Peter Francis, Ph.D. “It’s really just about allowing your foot to move as nature intended.”

Peter joins the show from the Carlow Institute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland. There, he lectures in sport and health science and researches how modern environments effect human health and performance. 

With degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and Physical Therapy, and a PhD in Exercise Science, he’s written more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and led numerous research projects. He’s also worked with teams and individuals at amateur, European and Olympic level. 

He knows feet! And, he’s got a lot to share about how feet influence the way your body moves. A runner himself, Peter studies the role of foot development with and without shoes. He then figures out what that means for movement skills and injury risk.

Your feet are by their form and function incredibly sensory. When you block sensory information from your feet, you have trouble maintaining stability and balance.

You may think that your shoes help support your feet, but the opposite proves true. Shoes strip your natural movement and make your feet weak.

Your shoes, not your feet, are the problem.

In this conversation, you’ll learn what footwear works best for you and your kids and the importance of variability and fun in your movements. Start with Vivobarefoot barefoot-style shoes to reap the benefits of living life barefoot (or close to it).

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Feb 18, 2022
How Uric Acid Disrupts Your Metabolic Heath – Dr. David Perlmutter : 906
01:18:00

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… guest Dr. David Perlmutter explains how he’s an expert in dropping acid, but not in the way you might think. A regular contributor to groundbreaking science, he’s back on the show to talk about why you should be paying attention to your uric acid levels. 

Dr. Perlmutter is a neurologist and five-time New York Times bestselling author. His books include “Brain Wash,” “Grain Brain” and  “Brain Maker.” He’s recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Now, he’s turning his attention to how uric acid threatens your metabolic health.

Uric acid is a waste product of metabolism, and its levels are a key health marker and indicator of chronic degenerative diseases. When uric acid levels rise, they tell your body to store fat, which messes with your metabolism and poses a danger to your health.

Alcohol, purines (breakdown product of DNA and RNA in foods) and fructose (the kind of sugar found in processed foods) are the three main sources of uric acid. Since the days of our primate ancestors, we’ve lost the ability to break down uricase, so what we choose to consume makes a big difference.

“If we can emulate those signals to our DNA and our physiology that have evolved to keep us healthy,” Dr. Perlmutter says, “we're going a long way to offsetting these incredibly powerful metabolic disruptions that are paving the way for the biggest cause of disease on our planet.”

His newest book, “Drop Acid: The Surprising New Science of Uric Acid—The Key to Losing Weight, Controlling Blood Sugar, and Achieving Extraordinary Health,” includes ways to measure, control and track your uric acid levels and key strategies to manage them. You’ll find out the top five foods that raise uric acid (hint: fructose earns the No. 1 spot). You’ll also find out the five important supplements to take to lower your uric acid levels back into a healthy range.

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Feb 15, 2022
Longevity Strategies To Use Right Now – Tony Robbins & Peter Diamandis, M.D. : 905
01:07:53

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…Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis, M.D., distill the knowledge, expertise and life’s work of more than 100 doctors, scientists, and Nobel Laureates. The world’s top experts in medicine, technology, and science show you what’s available right now. This means you can gain access to the tools that turn back your biological clock.

Tony is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s No. 1 life and business strategist.

Peter accelerates breakthroughs in products, companies, and industries to solve some of the world's greatest challenges. He’s a Harvard Medical School-trained doctor; founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation; and executive founder of Singularity University.

I wanted to have them on the show together to talk about what’s new and next level in biohacking and the incredible advances happening in health technology. They teamed up to write the new book: “Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love.

The book lays out advancements in precision and regenerative medicine so you can increase your energy, improve your immune system, and extend the length and quality of your life.

Tony’s own personal health issues and use of stem cells led him into the topics in this book. In less than a year using many of the advances he writes about, Tony reduced his biological age from 62 to 51.

Coming in at nearly 700 pages, “Life Force” guides you through sections of easy-to-digest information and practical tips.

  • The Life Force Revolution (how to make yourself the CEO of your own health)
  • Heroes of the Regenerative Medicine Revolution (technologies changing every concept we think we understand about medicine)
  • What You Can Do Now (ways to expand your physical and emotional energy)
  • Tackling The Top 6 Killers (heart disease, stroke, cancer, inflammation and autoimmune disease, diabetes and obesity, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Longevity, Mindset & Fulfillment (exponential technologies driving longevity like genome sequencing, storage, computation and communications) 

 

Through this compilation by Tony, Peter and Robert Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., you’ll find out about powerful resources for healing, transformation and regeneration of the human body. You’ll accelerate your learning, dial up your performance and put into motion innovative ways you can live a longer life.

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Feb 15, 2022
Hacking Menopausal Weight Gain – Interventions With Dave – Cheryl Fraser, Ph.D. : 904
00:46:57

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE...

 … Dave talks with Cheryl Fraser, Ph.D., about menopausal weight gain and ways to manage changing hormones and metabolic mayhem.

 As a Buddhist psychologist, sex therapist, author and speaker, Cheryl’s sharp, frank, and fearless. She’s also deeply frustrated about gaining weight during menopause that just won’t budge. She’s put on 15 pounds in the past five years. Despite doing various eating programs and being physically active, she continues to struggle with weight loss and metabolic stability.

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

  • Learned helplessness
  • Low DHEA 
  • Testosterone’s role in female health
  • Adrenal hormones
  • Managing cortisol
  • Keto cycling
  • Thyroid function influences energy
  • Thyroid supplements 
  • Meats high in Omega-6 
  • Biohacks for lymphatic drainage & detox
  • Upgraded fitness hacks
  • Red and infrared light effects on blood flow and nitric oxide
  • Recovery benefits

 

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“Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation and Eat Like the High Performing Human You Were Meant To Be” 

Fasting Challenge

“Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever”

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Feb 11, 2022
High Performance Requires Radical Adaptability – Keith Ferrazzi : 902
01:08:39

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…entrepreneur, biohacker and leadership expert Keith Ferrazzi says going with the flow of change, or even leaning into it, isn’t nearly enough. You’ve got to go for radical adaptability. He’s here to explain what it means and how you can use it for yourself and your business. 

“The essence of radical adaptability is that it is predictive, proactive, and progressive, very unlike the typical response to change, which is inherently reactive and conformist,” he says.

Keith, an expert in relational and collaborative sciences, founded Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research institute that focuses on the impacts of behavioral science on business. He coaches Fortune 100 company leaders and executive teams. In that coaching, he teaches people how they can change their organizational behaviors to increase growth and value.

“If you're in business, if you work in an organization or you're a leader of an organization, what you're going to hear from us today is, well, how do you need to reboot yourself so that you don't crawl out of the rubble and go back to old work ways, but you, what I call, don't go back to work, you go forward to work,” Keith says. “How do you leap forward 10 years out of the pandemic?”

He addresses those questions in his new book, “Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest.” With equal parts vulnerability, authenticity and honesty, Keith walks you through how to become the best version of your career self. 

For example, he’ll talk about the importance of collaborating with your colleagues to focus on growth and learning, challenging your assumptions to build empathy and why without resilience you won’t make it far. You’ll also get a look into specific tools and apps that can help you build resilience from a distance, with trust.

Keith talks about a “Go Forward to Work” project he led during the pandemic that documented best practices and innovations happening in the workplace. Here’s what he found: “The pandemic gave people courage to shoot through the shit and state the truth, because there was an emergency going on and we rose to an occasion, and we didn't give a shit about silos.”

In a post-pandemic world, it’s absolutely necessary to master radical adaptability. If you’re looking for ways to catapult your career or organizations forward, and not get lost in the chaos of change, you don’t want to miss the knowledge and practical tips shared in this episode. 

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Feb 10, 2022
How Big Pharma Corrupts Medical Knowledge – Dr. John Abramson : 901
01:20:48

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… you’ll learn about the harm of Big Pharma and the reasons why pharmaceutical drugs are becoming much more widely used than science or good health care justifies. 

Corporate interests and public good in America are often at battle, and the world of medical research and care is no different. Dr. John Abramson joins the show to explain what that means for your health and what you can do about it.

Dr. Abramson is an expert on health care policy, inside and out. 

He’s taught at Harvard Medical School for 20 years and spent more than 20 years as a family physician. He’s researched, written about, and had unique access to the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry for decades. He’s served as an unpaid consultant to the FBI and Department of Justice, and as an expert in national drug litigation. 

He’s also written a new book, “Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It.” He joins the show to talk about how big pharma controls research, withholds data and shapes information that medical professionals rely on to make important care decisions. 

He shares the stories behind four of the biggest failures in the pharmaceutical world that include deception, illegal practices, exploitation and lies. He’ll discuss how the job of pharmaceutical companiesno matter how effective a project may beis to make a profit. It’s important to never forget that, Dr. Abramson says.

Dr. Abramson offers ways you can put your trust back in science and take your health into your own hands in a world of corporate giants. Opening scientific data for independent analysis is a good start. This episode offers information so you're aware and you can make better decisions for yourself.

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Feb 08, 2022
Sex Life Upgrade: Find a Style That Connects Your Body & Mind – Layla Martin & Mistress Natalie : 900
00:36:43

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… two experts with very different approaches to sex illustrate exactly how one size does not fit all. Sex is a uniquely personal choice.

 From the mystical to the unconventional, this podcast doesn’t shy away from candid conversations about sex. There’s a lot to learn. No matter what your life stage or circumstance, understanding how sex benefits your body and mind can dramatically improve your life. 

Layla Martin studied human sexuality and human biology at Stanford and then spent a decade learning from Tantric masters in the jungles of Asia. She combines modern science with the effective practices of Tantra to inspire people to heal trauma or shame and fully awaken their sexuality. As the founder of the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality, Layla teaches people how to experience more epic sex and legendary love through her trademarked VITA™ Method.

Mistress Natalie lives at the intersection of BDSM and biohacking, a unique (and pretty cool!) place to be. She’s spent more than two decades doing BDSM with her clients, specializing in kinky coaching, luxury domination and BDSM therapy. Along the way, she’s continued to evolve and research her field. She also earned certifications in life coaching, personal training and yoga. More recently, she’s explored the idea that practicing your kinks can lead to some serious performance upgrades. 

There’s more! If you liked this special episode with Layla and Mistress Natalie, listen to their full podcasts about sex. And check the “Links & Resources” section below for other info to upgrade the many aspects of your sexual wellness.

Altered States of Sex – Layla Martin – #651


50 Shades of Dave with Mistress Natalie – #341

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Feb 04, 2022
How to Control, Reframe and Change the Chatter in Your Head – Ethan Kross, Ph.D. : 899
01:10:53

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 … you’ll find out how to harness the power of your inner voice to ease anxiety, improve physical and mental health, and deepen your relationship with others. 

“The mind is flexible, if we know how to bend it,” says psychologist and award-winning professor Ethan Kross, Ph.D., founder of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

He’s one of the world’s leading experts in controlling the conscious mind. He studies the ways in which your inner voice impacts your health, performance, decisions and relationships. He explores how people manage their emotions in order to better understand self-control. In particular, the conversations you have with yourself directly impact every part of your health and life.

He explain that your inner voice functions to do things like this:

  • Keep information active in your mind
  • Coach you through problems
  • Simulate and plan ahead
  • Tell you stories

That inner voice can be a powerful tool, giving you creativity, connection and definition. However, when the voice turns to negative and disorienting self-talk (chatter), it can create chaos and overwhelm by zooming into our problems, making you lose perspective.

Ethan’s pioneering research mixes behavioral and brain research to get at the “why” behind human nature. He uses insights from his research to give people science-based tools they can use to change their behavior, be used in relationships, support a career move, improve physical performance, decrease stress, increase productivity and be used to reach life goals. You’ll use new tools like mental time travel, tough love and introspection.

In this conversation about his new book, “CHATTER: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It,” you’ll learn: 

  • How social media plays a part in our chatter
  • How to zoom out with a flexible mind, changing thoughts and distancing ourselves
  • How to use tough love
  • How to teach your kids about chatter from a young age
  • How to help your friends with their own chatter (and what makes it worse)

With Ethan’s experience studying the conscious mind for 20 years, you can learn how to turn negativity into an awesome tool that helps you master your own self-talk.

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Feb 02, 2022
When WTF Means Your Freedom’s At Stake – Dave Asprey : 898
00:22:36

IN THIS *BONUS* EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE™...

Dave goes live – and solo – on Telegram to talk about the state of the world according to one of his four Fs: Freedom. (The others are fear, food and fertility). From your biology to your right to protest, freedom means you get to decide what’s right for you.

“The need to be free is so you can perform your role in the greater organism, Dave says. "And this is why whenever we have central authority and central control, we end up with overreach. And when there is overreach, there is, universally, throughout all of human history, you push and you push and you push as a government until people lose it, and then they inevitably change things.”

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Jan 31, 2022
Mini-Episode: Cool Facts Friday #19
00:16:43

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.

  • 3 things indicate whether you’ll look for information or remain ignorant 
  • Deadly anthrax toxin could be a new pain reliever
  • Multiple break-ups and solitary living linked to inflammation in men
  • Insects may be the next big thing in animal protein alternatives
  • Nerve cells in the brain suppress reproductive hormones when cortisol is too high
  • Stress before and during pregnancy alters infants' cellular aging

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Jan 28, 2022
Stay Sick or Eat Meat? Facing a Vegan Crisis – Monica Hershaft : 897
01:23:02

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Monica Hershaft brings an interesting perspective to the choices of living your life vegan, vegetarian or animal-centric.

She grew up in a vegetarian, then fully vegan family. Her father, Holocaust survivor Dr. Alex Hershaft, co-founded the modern animal rights movement in the U.S. more than 40 years ago. 

She speaks to the ethical, moral and deeply traumatic reasons people choose veganism. Those points cannot be dismissed. Nor can the implications of a completely plant-based diet without animal protein on human health.

Monica shares her story of being an active, athletic teen and continuing veganism into adulthood. It was a trendy detox program at age 34 that triggered her rocky, decade-long health journey from debilitating sickness to finding health solutions. 

“It didn't even occur to me as a child to think anything different because that's just how I was raised and that's how we ate,” she explains. “Eventually, when I did grow up and get sick, it took a while for me to even consider that it could be my diet. So, it was a very big pivot mentally to make that leap.”

She also wrestled with coming out as Paleo to her father and what discarding veganism meant for her family relationships. “I had to be willing to lose the relationship, to stand up for what my truth was,” she says. Healing her physical and mental health led the hard discussions: “I'm going to be eating animal protein at every single meal, because I believe that that's how I can keep my life and my health,” she recalls saying. 

Monica’s now a bestselling author, motivational speaker, holistic health practitioner and nutritional consultant. She founded a top-rated holistic wellness center in Los Angeles and recently relocated to Scottsdale, AZ where she works 1:1 with patients to get their health back. She helps people heal from illness that other medical professionals often label a “mystery.” 

You’ll gain valuable information from this conversation, such as:

  • how to assess your symptoms, 
  • how to understand nervous system switching and blocking,
  • the important relationship between the vagus nerve and an allergic state,
  • food checklists to follow, 
  • how to recognize harmful food propaganda,
  • why fungus and metals are the big thing (in vegetarians/vegans),
  • why animal welfare and good soil matters,
  • educational videos to watch, 
  • programs to attend, and,
  • how to find help from functional, alternative and holistic professionals.

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Jan 28, 2022
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

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 … 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
  • Early bird pricing = $69 before Jan. 10. Regular pricing = $99 after Jan. 10
  • Webpage: www.hopehealingknowledge.com
  • 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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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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  • 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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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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.
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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.

Be sure to check out her podcast, “Pretty Intense™️.” She interviews fascinating people from vastly different backgroundsagain, letting her curiosity lead her. She even has some great tips for all you other podcaster out there on how to write questions and give a fruitful interview.

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May 25, 2021
Get Your Mojo On With All Things Keto – Dorian Greenow with Dave Asprey : 824
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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 Founda