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The Little-Known Healing Method Of Myorhythmic Release That Combines Sound, Movement, Breath & More!

A couple months ago, in Sedona, Arizona, I laid on a "sound-healing table", where a guy named Poranguí proceeded to blast my body with everything from a didgeridoo to a gong to a flute, all blended with deep tissue massage work and an immersive musical and sound healing experience unlike any I've ever experienced. So who is this guy? Coming from a lineage of traditional healers in his family, Poranguí's cross-cultural background and study in both indigenous and occidental settings around the world inform his rich therapeutic bodywork practice. His technique - called "Myorhythmic Release" - combines the healing properties of sound, movement and breath as integral parts of our physical, emotional and energetic well-being. Experienced in a wide variety of therapeutic modalities as a Licensed Massage Therapist, his education includes over 15 years of study and practice with an interdisciplinary degree from Duke University in Integrative Health. Also an accomplished musician, Poranguí has performed, recorded and toured internationally. He combines his intimate understanding of bodywork and sound to engage the physical and energetic bodies and promote transformative healing. Poranguí intuits where you need release and healing by drawing on ancient and modern wisdom including: -Sonic Healing Tools -Indigenous medicine practices from Brasil, Mexico and the Southwestern US -Traditional Chinese Medicine -Thai Bodywork -Vedic Energy Centers -Reflexology -Myofascial Therapy -Trigger-point -Cranio-sacral Integration -Cymatic Sound Therapy In addition to his hands, Poranguí may use several sonic tools as needed to facilitate the healing process during the session: crystal & metal tuning forks, Tibetan prayer bowls, crystal bowls, didgeridoo, voice and a variety of other indigenous percussion. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Poranguí developed his unique healing methods and indigenous medicine practices he learned from Brazil, Mexico and the Southwestern USA...15:00 -Why Poranguí begins with the breath, and why Ben found the style of breathing that Poranguí taught him to be so difficult...20:15 -How Poranguí uses a giant sound massage table to blast the body with sound during the massage...46:00 -The science behind a Swiss researcher named Hans Jenny and cymatic sound therapy...50:45 -How Poranguí uses sonic healing tools and instruments, including crystal & metal tuning forks, Tibetan prayer bowls, crystal bowls, didgeridoo, voice and a variety of other indigenous percussion... -And much more... Episode sponsors: -KionU Ready to take your health business to the next level? KionU is a world-class personalized coaching certification in mind, body, and spirit optimization. This unique, comprehensive program is full of cutting-edge, research-based solutions that incorporate both ancestral wisdom and modern science. Find out more!  -Four Sigmatic Ten Mushroom Blend  -True Niagen Restore your body's natural balance of NAD. -Daily Harvest Get your first 3 cups FREE!  Use promo code "ben" at checkout. Resources from this episode: -Porangui's website -Magic Chocolate, Holotropic Breathwork, Grounding, Earthing, Vortexes, Crystals & More With Shamangelic Healer Anahata Ananda. -How Sound Healing Works, Why Most Music Is At The Wrong Frequency, The Best Music For Sleep & Much More With Wholetones Composer Michael Tyrrell. -The Flexound HUMU sound pillow  -3M mouth tape -Nasal strips to keep nasal passages open -Hans Jenny -My podcast interview with Dr. Zach Bush -The Hoover Didgeridoo vacuum cleaner track -Compact travel didgeridoo -Porangui's music -The track featuring didgeridoo Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Porangui or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:27:18 6/22/2018

Past Episodes

After I published the podcast Should Christians Do Yoga? How To Combine Energy Medicine & Religion, Flat Earth Christianity, Transcendental Meditation, Anti-Aging & More With Pastor Toby Sumpter, one of my Jewish friends reached out to me and said:  "The Christians and Yoga podcast was interesting, if you are interested in the Jewish take on that - I have summarized it below as succinctly as possible: 1. Jews believe in 5 levels of the soul. Nefesh is the lowest level and is as the Bible says resides in the blood - which while meridians don't travel exactly along with the blood, this is clearly described as an energy in the body and is consistent with chi. The second level is Ruach and means wind - there are different aspects of chi that are consistent with both of these descriptions. Above this level is when you talk about breath of life stuff in the interview, be aware that the 3rd level is called Neshama which means breath and is higher in the cause and effect ladder extending to the Divine. We believe the highest level actually resides in God. 2. Many Jews including myself believe that many of the traditions of the east originated with Abraham, it says in Genesis that he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them to the east. Most mystics believe those became the teachings of the east. Those teachings were occult in nature and some of course have degenerated into idolatry. 3. The prophets were adept meditators with remarkable meditative techniques. What many don't know is that there were schools of the prophets, most didn't just wake up and start prophesying, they studied in academy's where complex techniques using music, chanting, and certain postures were employed. 4. Hatha yoga as is commonly known is so far removed from its origins that it has essentially become sanitized in its reference to religion and so for Jews it would be ok. Chanting one needs to be careful of and the words meaning should be investigated carefully. "Om" is problematic if it is chanted in its traditional form in Hinduism which would violate the 2nd commandment. IMHO, kundalini separated from its own spiritual teachings without a qualified teacher of the tradition is dangerous and with them while deep and holding many truths are not consistent with the Bible. 5. There is debate in Jewish circles about Reiki since symbols are used but most who know the origin of those symbols say there is nothing that would contradict the Bible. 6. Masters of qi for example can help heal people of various things, this isn't spiritual though, most see it as a valid branch of medicine and so it's not uncommon for TCM doctors to have nice practices in orthodox jewish communities. 7. All the above being said - each treatment, technique, workout, and meal should be linked to God if we are to be biblical minded people. It is why Jew's say a blessing before everything - to make sure we do so with the proper intention. 8. One needs to be conscious of Matthew's saying about not serving 2 masters. Most don't realize that it echoes the 7th commandment as we believe that along with the common belief of what adultery is, it also means dilution, weakening, or mixing of any pure relationship. As my teacher Gerald Epstein, MD reminds me often health, healing, and holiness come from the same root. If it is all about tangible physical healing one can usually make the distinction fairly easily but all of these paths can, if you wish, lead to more ethereal and spiritual experiences, it is at these levels, one needs to honor the spiritual path you are on, be discerning, and not to have another Master." He then went on to introduce me to Dr. Gerald Epstein, his teacher and said that he had used Dr. Epstein's teachings and techniques in his medical practice, where he has seen it shrink metastatic tumors that should have killed his patients years ago. He then proceeded to connect me with Dr. Epstein, who is the guest on today's podcast. Gerald Epstein, M.D., has been a pioneer in the use of mental imagery for treating physical and emotional problems. With more that 40 years of training in the mind, he is a leading proponent of the Western spiritual tradition and its application to healing and therapeutics. Dr. Epstein maintains a private practice in New York City and is a clinical professor of psychiatry at New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He has lectured and taught worldwide. He founded and directs the American Institute for Mental Imagery (AIMI). As a NYS Regents Chartered School, AIMI offers courses to the general public in healing and the western spiritual path as well certificate programs for licensed mental health professionals. He is a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Grant in Alternative Medicine to research the effects of mental imagery in the treatment of bronchial asthma. He has authored several mental imagery classic books and cds including: Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery, Healing Into Immortality, The Phoenix Process, Kabbalah For Inner Peace and The Natural Laws of Self-Healing. In 2012, he was awarded "Imagery Person of the Year" by Imagery International. Most recently, he completed the "Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery: Colette Aboulker-Muscat's 2100 Visualization Exercises for Personal Development, Healing and Self-Knowledge" Dr. Gerald Epstein's focus is using the power of imagination for healing and he has studied this in Christian and Jewish and even Sufi perspectives. His main teacher was a remarkable woman who lived in Jerusalem - she had people come from all over the world to see her and she would lead them through mental imagery exercises that would heal them (there are some amazing stories there we delve into in today's podcast). He left traditional psychiatry to study with this woman and learn her path, and he also has written some interesting things about how Freudian psychoanalysis is an anti-biblical approach. In Judaism, death is a perversion. One of his main focuses is on immortality - and his upcoming book is entitled We Are Not Meant to Die. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The fascinating story of the teacher Dr. Epstein met in Jerusalem and the fringe mental imagery exercises he learned from her...9:15 -How some people sleep less than an hour a night, eat barely anything at all, and still function just fine...32:00 -How Dr. Epstein practically uses the power of imagination for healing...45:15 -Why Dr. Epstein believes every physical malady is related to a social or a spiritual disturbance...53:00 -How to detox the liver through visualization...59:30 -What Dr. Epstein means when he says "We Are Not Meant To Die" and his current studies on immortality...1:08:00 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Dr. Gerald Epstein's books on Amazon -The Healing Field: Exploring Energy & Consciousness -Miracle Noodles by Dr. Jonathan Carp Episode Sponsors:  -KionU Ready to take your health business to the next level? KionU is a world-class personalized coaching certification in mind, body, and spirit optimization. This unique, comprehensive program is full of cutting-edge, research-based solutions that incorporate both ancestral wisdom and modern science. Find out more! -Vuori Clothing is the only athletic clothing you'll see me wearing these days. It looks and feels great! Use promo code "Ben25" and receive 25% off your order. -Aaptiv Get a 6-month trial for FREE! Just use promo code "podtrial." -Organifi Get 20% off your order with discount code "greenfield." Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Epstein or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:23:48 6/20/2018
I recently hired certified building biologist Brian Hoyer to do a full day "dirty electricity" and biological health analysis of my entire "biohacked home" in Spokane, WA (the same home I write about in this book), and he found some pretty shocking and surprising issues. For example... ...when I'm inside my low EMF infrared sauna (which we tested and found was indeed low EMF), my body is getting exposed to cell tower transmissions and radio waves and being "as an antenna" to propagate those waves (we discuss solutions in the episode)... ...the master bedroom of my house is actually located over a geothermal stressor area (which causes large amounts of magnetic field exposure) and the mattress itself is propagating and magnifying this electromagnetic signal, and there are hefty amounts of radio and cell phone tower signals pouring in through the bedroom walls... twin boys are being exposed to nearly twice this amount of electrical stress in their bedroom due in part to their pet dragon lizard lighting and elaborate "Christmas tree" lighting they've decorated their room with... office is mostly protected - thanks in part to the dirty electricity filters I have spread throughout the office - but my so-called "biologically friendly" LED lighting is producing a heavy amount of flicker that is nothing like that of the sun... Molekule air filter had an intense WiFi/Bluetooth signal emitting from it even in sleep mode. Brian disabled it. He actually owns one of these filters too and didn't realize I had one until he investigated and located the WiFi/Bluetooth source with his RF meter. home security system gives off 12 RF/WiFi pulses every time the doors shut or open... ...the dish on the east side of my house is broadcasting WiFi (despite my home not having a WiFi router enabled), leading Brian to recommend putting the dish further from the house and running the cable underground and up through the wall at the same location, or mounting a metal box around it to block the signal from coming toward your home... ...there are four cell phone antennas located within a mile from me... -Ptera antenna 1 3.650 GHZ -Ptera antenna 2 3.650 GHZ -Ptera antenna 3 3.650 GHZ -Ptera antenna 4 3.650 GHZ ...and another four with higher frequencies within three miles from me... -Ptera 18 antennas transmitting at 11 GHZ to 19 GHZ -Ptera 29 antennas transmitting at 11 GHZ to 18 GHZ -T-mobile 8 antennas at 21.8 GHZ and 1 at 19 GHZ -T-mobile 10 antennas at 19 GHZ ...and there are hundreds more transmitting all around my "isolated" home in the forest. Just imagine what it's like in a city or more urban area! Brian's meter only detects up to 8 GHZ, and he doesn't know for sure where those higher frequency cell phone signals are aimed. 5G technology is going to use frequencies up to 100 GHZ, which sounds horrible but, in reality, after about 30 GHZ the waves have a much hard time penetrating solid objects. Up to 30 GHZ, however, can penetrate if there is enough power behind it, and cell phone companies have to ramp up the power going up to 30 GHZ in order to push through solid objects. This is why 5G networks will have to use the higher frequencies in conjunction with the lower ones. When it comes to shielding effectiveness against these issues, Brian highly recommended this article In the podcast, Brian also speaks about another 5G test study. See, the Telecom industry has done many tests to see what the barriers are to the networks working well that they plan to install. These are perfect to look at because technically you'd want to build or outfit your home from these materials. It also gives a good idea on how well the shielding paint will hold up against the higher 5G frequencies. Brian is convinced that the layers of T98 shield paint we discuss in this show will 5G proof my home since the third party test reports on the paint show this - as do the Telecom industry's own studies on materials that attenuate the higher 5G transmissions. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The background behind the ancestral health movement and how it inspired Brian's work... 9:00 -The equipment Brian is using to examine my house... 11:00 Goss Meter. Gigahertz Solutions NFA 30M.  HF Digit Meter by Geovital Protect 1207-I  NFEM Digit Meter Field Probe -Why we should avoid exposure to both dirty and clean electricity... 18:30 -Inside my gym, mostly the sauna... 22:00 Measuring radio frequencies. My body was being used as a radio antenna!!! Measuring electric fields being generated. -My Office...41:00 Measuring the magnetic fields with a NFA 30M Lights are producing a lot of "flicker." Incandescent bulbs don't have "flicker." Looking for devices with Bluetooth capabilities and wifi (spy meter). Stetserizer Micro Search meter is measuring "dirty electricity" in my office. -The Bedroom... 1:01:00 Electricity is very high on my bed. Measuring "geopathic stressors." Radiation that's coming up from the earth. Often associated with "sacred places" around the world. We realize that the springs in my bed are magnetized. Mapping out the lines on the bed. -Solar Panels... 1:23:45 _______________________________________________________ Episode Sponsors: -KionU Ready to take your health business to the next level? KionU is a world-class personalized coaching certification in mind, body, and spirit optimization. This unique, comprehensive program is full of cutting-edge, research-based solutions that incorporate both ancestral wisdom and modern science. Find out more! -Christian Gratitude Journal -Swiss Mountain Retreat with Robyn Openshaw -Relieve gas and bloating with Atrantil. Get a 15% discount with our special link! -Call Health IQ Life Insurance and let them find the best rate for health conscious clients. ________________________________________________________ A few weeks after Brian inspected my home, we caught up on a Skype call to discuss his results and how I can do a better job of minimizing our exposure to electrical and magnetic currents in our home. -What were the biggest problems, and some of the easiest fixes we can do right now?...1:32:00 -What were Brian's concerns with the mattress I use?... 1:39:00 -Can I use the special faraday paint in my bedroom and eliminate the effects of the magnetic forces in my mattress?...1:45:00 -What rooms in my house should I use the faraday paint to shield from electric currents, and what rooms should I not worry about?... 1:53:30 -Brian discusses one possibly problematic area of my home with a parabolic microwave antenna to give us internet... -1:58:00 The dirty electricity filter Brian recommends... 2:07:00 -Brian's advice for those who get overwhelmed with the information and disinformation related to building biology... 2:09:30   Resources from this episode: Brian Hoyer, NTP, Geovital Geobiologist, Shielded Healing LLC -The Geovital website -The non-spring, low EMF mattress Brian recommends -The incandescent, low EMF bulbs that Brian recommends - ChromaLux 100 watt - 150-watt incandescent bulbs or Aerotech Incandescent 100-150 Watts -The Satellite Daytime Mats which can be used for the office -The Greenwave dirty electricity filters Ben uses -Dr. Satchin Panda, expert in circadian biology -T98A Paint by Geo Vital (used by Dr. Mercola to shield your home from electricity.) Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Brian or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
02:14:33 6/15/2018 June 14, 2018 podcast: 386 - The Best Biohacks For Longevity, The Best Biohacks for Libido, and Suppository vs. Vitamins. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, or call 1-877-209-9439. News Flashes [00:03:55] Looks like morning fasted sprints can really enhance endurance! Want to HIIT it, but Hate Sprinting? 4-Minute-HIIT-Workout using Burpees, Mountain Climbers, Squats + Thrusts w/ 3-kg Dumbbells, and Jumping Jacks Works Almost as Well. Appears my favorite form of working out - HIIT combined with resistance training - is just fine for muscular hypertrophy and strength. Best article on the psychology of the UFC, boxing and fighting I've read (in this news flash, I mention my interview with Tony from Box n' Burn) I'm pretty sure this means you should have sex to fight obesity. You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. Special Announcements [00:29:17] This podcast is brought to you by: -ONNIT - Go to and save 10% on your purchase. The discount is built into the link. -Thrive Market - Go to and save 25% on your purchase and free delivery. -Vuori - Go to, enter the code "BEN25" at checkout, and get 25% off your purchase. -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Ben's Adventures: -NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. - June 15 - 17, 2018: Revitalize Conference, Marana, Arizona. Each year, #mbgrevitalize gathers the world's most knowledgeable experts and influential thought leaders for discussions on the future of wellness for you. Join me and dozens of other inspiring leaders in the vibrant Sonoran Desert, the perfect home to revitalize. From spiritual sunrises to star-filled evening skies, this is a special place which will touch your soul. I will lead a nature hike during the conference on Sunday, June 17. Register today! - June 23, 2018: Boise Sprint, Thomas Pence Ranch, Payette, Idaho. Don't let the beautiful scenery of Idaho fool you, this 3+ mile sprint will prove to be a formidable task for even the most seasoned Spartans. Register today and I will see you there! - June 28 - July 22, 2018: Mind Valley U, Tallinn, Estonia. Mindvalley U is a month-long transformational event that is designed to create a university style education model for all ages. This will be one of those things you look back on and say: it changed my life. Mind Valley U will be held in Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn, Estonia has one of the highest number of startups per capita and is one of the most cutting-edge tech nations in the world. Sign up, join me, and transform your life! - July 19, 2018: Ancestral Health Symposium, Bozeman, Montana. "AHS" is a scientific conference which provides a forum so that learning and qualified discussion on all areas of human health can take place. Most noteworthy, at this conference you will go beyond diet and learn about the latest research across a wide range of topics, all united by an evolutionary perspective. speakers present on topics including diet, movement, sleep, stress, epigenetics, and more. Join me this summer!  - August 17 - 19, 2018: Colorado Rockies Ultra Beast and Sprint Weekend, Breckenridge, Colorado. The mountain is calling! This is an extra-special Spartan race. Team members from my company, Kion, and I are competing together in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Experience the immense beauty of Colorado while conquering climbs, crawls, carries and traverses. See you there! - October 5-7, 2018: SPARK BioHacking Conference, Toronto, Ontario. The 2018 SPARK Bio-Hack Conference features a series of talks by leaders across a range of fields with an eye on optimizing human performance, recovery, and longevity. Researchers, medical specialists and other biohacking experts will share provocative, informative, and inspiring presentations meant to invigorate your curiosity about health and amplify your life journey. Registration is now open, secure your spot here. - October 11 - 14, 2018: 2018 RUNGA California Immersion Retreat. Runga is going to Napa! Join me, my wife, Jessa, Joe DiStefano and a small, intimate group of like-minded individuals for a weekend-long getaway. We've rented a beautiful mansion located in one of the most iconic countrysides in America- Napa Valley. We've thought of everything that you could possibly need to gently "press the reboot button" on your body and completely tune in to your heart, mind, body, strength, and spirit. Join the waitlist! - December 2-8, 2018: RUNGA Retreat, Dominican Republic. You're invited to join me at RUNGA in December 2018. Join me in the Dominican Republic, one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, for this retreat. In all RUNGA activities, RUNGA invites you to come home to yourself. To see everything you'll be getting into, just click here. Use code BEN when you register so you get your gift when you arrive! I'll be there, too. Join the waitlist here. -View the Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Calendar Here Giveaways & Goodies [01:27:00] -Click here to get your own gift pack, handpicked by Ben and chock full of $300 worth of biohacks, supplements, books and more. All at 50% discount! -Grab your Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. -And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. The Best Biohacks For Longevity [00:38:29] Ian says:  I am wondering where a good place to start would be when I start purchasing some biohacking devices for longevity. I only have a few thousand dollars kicking around that I want to invest in these devices so if you could point me in the right direction of where to start, I would appreciate it. I am looking forward to purchasing some of your Kion Coffee. In my response, I recommend: -Ancestral Living vs. Modern Biohacking presentation at this year's AHS (see calendar above!) -Neubie - alternative: Compex or MarcPro -PowerPlate vibration platform - alternative: mini-trampoline rebounder -Cold pool - alternative: Luke Storey's freezer hack -NanoVi - alternative: essential oil air diffuser with rosemary -LiveO2 - alternative: TrainingMask - (use code GREEN1 for 20% discount) -JOOVV - alternative: a good fence in your backyard for sun bathing -Vielight - alternative: RadioLab 9 volt battery episode -Infrared Sauna - alternative: a sauna suit + a Biomat -PEMF - PulseCenters - alternative: FlexPulse -Chilipad - alternative: cool mist humidifier -Trusii - alternative: Trusii tabs The Best Biohacks For Libido [01:06:17] Joshua says:  Question about all the experimenting you have done on your penis. I have not been sexually active for about six years and am getting married in a few months. I am interested in doing one of the experiments that you have done to have better sexual performance. I know they are costly, so do you have a suggestion as to which one gives you the best "bang for your buck" - no pun intended. I don't think I have any problems, I am just looking for heightened performance. In my response, I recommend: -Level 1: JOOVV -Level 2: GainsWAVE -Level 3: Exosomes + PRP (the video of Part II of my surgery with Dr. Amy Killan) BUT first address the following: -Zinc (recommend black ant extract) -Vitamin D (recommend Thorne D/K) -Creatine (recommend Thorne Creapure) -Nitric oxide (recommended photobiomodulation with sunlight/JOOVV/Vielight) -Multiorgasmic Male book My testosterone articles on how to biohack testosterone: -Could Lance Armstrong Have Increased His Testosterone Levels Without Cheating? -How Testosterone & Hormone Injections Work (Along With Growth Hormone, Peptides, SARMs, PRP & Much More!) -Biohacking Your Manhood: The Proven Habits, Foods, Exercises, Workouts, Nutrients & Tools That Boost Testosterone & Drive. -How Low Testosterone Can Destroy Your Heart And What You Can Do About It. -The Ultimate Guide To Biohacking Your Testosterone: 17 Ways To Maximize Muscle-Building, Drive & Anti-Aging. -Doubling Your Testosterone Levels, Tactics From The World Of Speed Golf, Primal Endurance & More With Brad Kearns! -#312: How To Increase Testosterone And Decrease Estrogen, Meditation To Replace Sleep, The New Gluten Study And More! -2018 January Men's Health magazine -OneTaste Suppository vs. Vitamins [00:00:00] Thomas says:  As biohackers, why aren't we taking advantage of the higher absorption rate of suppositories? I would rather stick something up my butt than swallow dozens of pills every day. Maybe that is just me? Plus there is the DIY factor. In my response, I recommend: -Glytamins Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!  
01:31:05 6/13/2018
I first met Tim Corcoran when I was looking for a local plant expert to teach me more about wild plant foraging.  Not only did he come to my house to record this podcast episode, but we also shot a host of videos in which he taught me and my boys how to harvest plants from our land such as wild nettle, mullein, comfrey, oregon grape root, wild mint and beyond. This guy is a true wealth of wilderness knowledge.  As a matter of fact, each year I send my children to attend his wilderness survival camp and also his winter adventure camp. Tim himself is a heart centered father of two brilliant boys and husband to a magnificent wife. Recently, I was talking to Tim about the concept of vision quests and rites of passage - for both youth and adults alike, and he told me about a new program he is creating to achieve just that - a program based on a concept he calls "Purpose Mountain".  Tim is the founder of Purpose Mountain, where he offers Nature Based Purpose Guidance to support people with a love for wild nature who feel a deep yearning and a burning desire to discover their purpose, as well as work with resistance and fears through the Ecology of Self and Voice Dialogue. Tim also serves as co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, an organization he co-founded with his wife, Jeannine Tidwell, in Sandpoint, Idaho in 2005 dedicated to facilitating deep nature connection mentoring, cultural restoration, and inner tracking. Tim is a leader of men's groups, holistic rites of passage for boys, and wilderness quests, guiding and initiating men and boys into the new paradigm of the mature masculine. Since 1999, Tim has dedicated his life towards consciously furthering this vision of living in balance with the Earth, community, family, and self. Healing the cultural rift between the mainstream and indigenous cultures, transformational consciousness work, the spiritual journey, ancestral work, deep nature connection, family and health are all deep commitments in his life. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why men and women these days suffer from lack of a proper transition from childhood into adulthood...10:00 -Ancestral societies that have a rite of passage, such as the Australian aborigine walkabout...12:00 -The difference between a vision quest and a rite of passage...17:45 -The right age to embark upon a rite of passage, and why adults should also do a rite of passage...23:00 -Tim's story of how a moose nearly killed him during his rite of passage but eventually became part of his growing experience...44:30 -What a rite of passage actually looks like for a boy vs. a man...55:30 -Why Tim refers to his rite of passage as "Purpose Mountain"...1:09:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Twin Eagles Wilderness School -Purpose Mountain -We Are Nature Rising website -My first podcast with Tim about how to find wild edibles in your backyard -My podcast with Paul Chek in which we discuss vision quests and rites of passage -King, Warrior, Magician, Lover book -Way Of The Superior Man book Episode Sponsors -Kion Anti-Aging Skin Serum  -Gainswave Get 30% off your first treatment! -Penguin/Random House Audiobooks  Sign up and your first audio book is free! -Organifi Use promo code "greenfield" and get 20% off your order. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Tim or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:26:57 6/8/2018
As one of the fastest growing areas within medicine, the anti-aging business is now a $122 billion dollar industry with researchers dedicating their careers to finding the fountain of youth. Whether it be copper peptides or acai supplements, most of the anti-aging industry focuses on limited aspects of eternal youth and vitality. But my guest on today's podcast believes it is time to apply the latest research into a new area of anti-aging medicine she calls "movement longevity". In her new book Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity, Podiatrist & Human Movement Specialist Dr. Emily Splichal explores the science behind barefoot training and how this often overlooked area of health and fitness is actually the secret to youthful movement. As an internationally-renown educator on barefoot training, Dr. Emily has traveled the world exploring the concept of movement efficiency from the ground up. Through barefoot science, fascial fitness and neuromuscular conditioning, she will show you how to survive the unnatural conditions of today's shod society and optimize your movement patterns. From barefoot activation exercises, to vitamin supplements to protect your peripheral nerves, Barefoot Strong is a go-to guide to ensure years of efficient movement - one step at a time. As a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation, Dr. Splichal has developed a keen eye for movement dysfunction and neuromuscular control during gait. Functional and Regenerative Medicine and the role of anti-aging science as it relates to movement longevity is where Dr Splichal's passion is focused and has led to her notoriety within Podiatry. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Emily means by the term "movement longevity"...10:15 -How do you determine your foot type and why is that important...13:00 -What a plantar receptor is and why you should care about it...21:30 -What a pre-activation response, and it's fascinating relationship to injures in Cirque de Soleil dancers...30:30 -How to setup your own foot core activation cascade...38:00 -The dangers of modanifinil (Provigil), Adderal and microdosing...49:00 -Why Emily is not a fan of Kegel exercises...53:15 -How you can release the hips and why that is important for your feet...59:30 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The Alchemist's Kitchen in New York City -Book: Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity -The Naboso Mat -The Naboso insoles -Book: Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers -The Qualia nootropic Ben takes -Four Sigmatic Lion's Mane -Powerplate -Jumpsport mini trampoline -Video: Short Foot Activation -Video: Pelvic Floor / Core Activation -Training Transversus Abdominis by Diane Lee Episode Sponsors -Movement Watches"Minimalist Look, Revolutionary Price" -Four Sigmatic -Kion Lean -Ben's Christian Gratitude Journal   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Emily or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:06:34 6/6/2018
Dr. Chris Masterjohn is a former podcast guest from the episode "Why Sugar Isn't As Dangerous As You Might Think, How Your Genetics Affect Your Sleep, Liver Toxicity & More With Dr. Chris Masterjohn."  and "What Happens If You Take Too Much Creatine, A Notorious Deficiency On High-Protein Diets, How To Become A Nutrition Ninja & More With Chris Masterjohn." He earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences in 2012 from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012 to 2014, and served as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College from 2014 to 2016. He now works independently in health and nutrition research, education, and consulting. Chris has authored or co-authored ten peer-reviewed publications. Chris just put the finishing touches on his Testing Nutritional Status: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet e-book, which distills all of the practical information from the confusing nutrition supplement industry and packs everything you need to know about testing and customizing your supplement regimen all into one, single document. So you never need an appointment with Dr. Google. You never need to rummage through long articles, podcast transcripts, or endless lists of links. The Cheat Sheet is published as a PDF, Kindle book, and iBook. This allows you to use your favorite devices and apps to read it in your favorite way. It means you can read it on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. It is threaded with links throughout. This makes finding exactly what you need always just one click away. All of the lab testing required for comprehensive nutritional screening is reduced to a single page, with hyperlinks making ordering any of the tests just one click away. In just five pages, Chris provides full instructions for lab testing, blood pressure, and dietary analysis, as well as an algorithm for quick decisions on what to do next for each marker that may be off. Over 70 pages list the signs and symptoms associated with all the possible nutrient imbalances, the potential causes of nutrient imbalances, and an action plan for correcting each imbalance. To top it off, it ends with an index of the signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. The index has 178 entries, and each entry links directly to the sections of the text where those signs and symptoms are discussed. This makes it incredibly easy to browse through the index for the things that seem most interesting or relevant to you and find exactly what you're looking for without having to read the whole guide. During my discussion with Chris about how to test your nutritional status, you'll discover: -Why you need to care about supplements, even if you're eating a good diet... 9:45   -Whether nutritional testing is too expensive to justify... 22:00   -Three different ways to know if you have nutritional deficiencies... 33:00   -Whether someone should really do this on their own vs. asking their doctor what's best...44:00   -How you can test for fat soluble vitamins, and why someone would be low in fat soluble vitamins...50:00   -How you can test for oxidative stress and what antioxidants are people commonly deficient in...59:00   -Why Chris says "I do not recommend high-fat ketogenic diets unless there is a demonstrated medical purpose for this diet or trial and error has proven it useful to increase well being or resolve health problems that have not been resolvable through other means"...1:07:30   -What Chris' diet looks like, and why he doesn't consume casein protein...1:11:00   -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Testing Nutritional Status: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (BEN5 saves $5). -DirectLabs -WellnessFX -The Genova Ion Panel + 40 amino acids comprehensive test Chris and Ben discuss -The Weston A. Price Conference -The Ancestral Health Symposium -Animals That Self-Medicate -KetoManna Episode Sponsors -Kion Coffee "Powered by Purity!" -Onnit Save 10% off anything using our link! -Birdwell Britches Use discount code "ben" and receive 10% off your purchase. -Penguin/Random House Audio Books Your first audio book is free! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Chris or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:19:18 6/1/2018
Meet Dr. Andrew Huberman. He is a world renowned Stanford neuroscience professor and director of Huberman Labs at Stanford. Accomplishments made all the more impressive in that he's barely over 40 years old. Scientific American has covered his breakthroughs towards curing human blindness and Alzheimer's, Rolling Stone has interviewed him to better understand the power of fear. Discover recently covered his work with the legendary Wim Hoff leading the research to determine how it's even possible to do Wim can do. He has made numerous breakthrough contributions to the fields of brain development, brain plasticity, and neural regeneration and repair, and has been awarded numerous distinctions in his field including the McKnight Foundation Neuroscience Scholar Award as well as the 2017 ARVO Cogan Award for contributions to the field of vision science, in an effort to cure blindness. In 2017, the Huberman Lab created a state-of-the-art virtual reality platform for probing the neural mechanisms underlying pathologic fear and anxiety. That work involved collecting 360-degree video fear inducing scenarios such as heights and claustrophobia. The Huberman VR platform aims to help people cope with stress in daily life and in patients suffering from PTSD. A s mentioned, he has also worked with legendary "Iceman" Wim Hoff to provide further insight into the physiological basis for his record setting feats in cold exposure. Dr.Huberman is also a science and medical advisor for Neurohacker Collective, makers of cutting edge nootropic formulations for increasing cognitive and emotional capacity. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Andrew's fascinating work with Wim Hoff in the Pyrenees and how to adjust the neural state with Wim Hoff breathing... 8:00 -How Andrew is curing blindness and Alzheimers at Stanford... 20:00 -A novel way via which biohackers may be able to grow new brain cells... 28:00 -Why Dr. Huberman says "the brain isn't supposed to make you happy all the time"... 36:45 -Andrew's opinion of single ingredient substances like Modafinil and Ritalin, and how they are problematic for balanced improvements... 47:00 -Whether "smart drugs" should be considered cheating in sports, e-sports and university settings... 1:01:15 -Why DHEA was removed from the original Qualia formulation... 1:12:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Neurohacker Collective's "Qualia Mind" Nootropic (use code GREENFIELD18 for 15% discount) -My podcast with Wim Hof -HALO Neuroscience Headset -The Pulsecenters XL Pro PEMF device -The nicotine toothpicks Ben uses -Nicotine mints -Are You A Cheater If You're Using Smart Drugs To Get Ahead? -Video: Tim Ferriss swallows 25 pills at once Episode Sponsors -Four Sigmatic Use our link and get 15% off your order. -Kion Lean -Organifi Use promo code "greenfield" and save 20%. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Huberman or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:24:12 5/30/2018
A few months ago, some dude walked up to me at a health conference as I was applying a bit of lavender to my temples and told me I shouldn't apply undiluted essential oil to my skin. Turns out, upon engaging in conversation with the guy, he is an essential oils master. His name is Dr. Eric Zielinski, D.C., author and host of the Essential Oils Revolution summits. The guy is like a walking encyclopedia soup-to-nuts guide on mastering essential oils for health and well-being, and is chock full of dozens of recipes and formulations for restful sleep, reduced inflammation, balanced hormones, and more. In his new book "The Healing Power of Essential Oils" he shows readers how to make their health a priority with the life-changing benefits of essential oils. He teaches everything you need to know to get started, including the top seven oils you should stock from Day 1, the commonly used techniques and tools and daily practices you can follow to enjoy the properties of essential oils, including a five-minute devotional using frankincense and neroli to set you up for a productive and stress-free day, and a simple bedtime routine harnessing the soporific effects of lavender. Backed by extensive research, Dr. Z also supplies essential oil blends that promote hormone balance, reduced inflammation, improved digestion, increased immunity, and so much more. You'll be armed with over 150 recipes for every health need, and a special section on women's health includes dozens of formulations for PMS, fertility, pregnancy, candida, and menopause. Even those well-versed in essential oils will benefit from this thorough approach. With your newfound knowledge, you can begin tailoring an essential oils practice to your unique pain points and lifestyle right away - and start experiencing amazing results. Trained as an aromatherapist and public health researcher, Dr. Z started his online ministry in 2014 with to help people learn how to use natural remedies like essential oils safely and effectively. Now visited by five million natural health seekers every year, it has rapidly become the #1 source for Biblical Health and non-branded essential oils education online. An accomplished researcher with several publications and conference proceedings, Dr. Z currently sits as a peer-reviewer for multiple journals. Dr. Z lives in Atlanta with his wife, Sabrina and four children. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Eric came up to me at a conference and told me to be careful applying undiluted essential oil directly to my skin... 7:30 -The best dilution oils for essential oils... 11:00 -How to fix fibromyalgia with essential oils... 20:00 -Why not all Rosemary is the same and why you must know what a "chemotype" is prior to actually using an essential oil... 22:45 -Why you have to be careful with the essential oil you buy at national chain stores... 32:15 -How you can actually cook with essential oils... 37:45 -How to use essential oils for gas and bloating and even SIBO... 41:30 -How to make a performance boosting inhaler with peppermint... 46:15 -The best kind of essential oil diffuser to use... 51:45 -A special essential oil grapefruit trick for managing food cravings... 56:45 -The best essential oil for MRSA and staph... 1:01:00 -Eric's book "Using God's Medicine for the Abundant Life: An Evidence-Based Approach to Essential Oils" and the host of evidence in the Bible for use of essential oils... 1:04:45 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Book: The Healing Power of Essential Oils: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way -Essential Oils for Abundant Living (10-Lesson Video Course?) - a docuseries style video course launch including ?Sayer Ji, ?Chris Wark,? ?Robyn Openshaw, ?Cancer Tutor, ?Health Talks Online, Trevor King, Michael Ebeling and other essential oil masters! -The oil of oregano Ben mentions -Nebulizing essential oil diffuser -Glass aromatherapy inhaler Episode Sponsors Gainswave Get 30% off your order.  Penguin Random House Audio Books Your first audio book is free! Birdwell Britches Use discount code "ben" and get 10% off your order. Kion Lean Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Eric or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:11:52 5/25/2018
In the beginning of my article "Shooting Up Stem Cells", you see a video of me grunting, groaning and pushing against a special machine designed to quickly exhaust the muscles and allow for extremely efficient and effective "single set to failure" training. Since then, I've mentioned this "special machine" in multiple podcasts, and I've finally managed to get the inventor onto my show... . The machine is called a "PeakFitPro" and the man who designed it is Dr. Chris Montanaro DC, DIBAK, DCBCN.  Dr. Chris is a chiropractor and a Diplomate in AK and a Diplomate in Nutrition. He teaches certification courses to doctors of various disciplines including doctors of chiropractic, medicine, naturopathy, and homeopathy. Dr. Chris is also a member of the adjunct faculty of New York Chiropractic College & Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida. Dr. Chris is also an Advanced Theta Healing practitioner. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Tony Robbins and Pete Sisco got Chris interested in extreme efficiency in isometric training... 9:30 -The fascinating research behind "single set to failure" training, and how it actually works... 16:00 -How to do a "pull" workout and "push" workout using the PeakFitPro... 21:30 -How much time under tension is necessary to get the most out of isometric training... 24:45 -What's happening physiologically during isometric training that elicits such fast results... 34:00 -Whether there are any cardiovascular or endurance benefits to this style of training... 36:00 -Whether you need to do full range lifts, especially to maintain athleticism... 39:30 -Whether you can put on muscle or size or lose fat with this style of training... 44:30 -What is so special about the technology built into the PeakFitPro machine and app combo... 50:45 And much more! Resources from this episode: -The PeakFitPro (use code "greenfield" to save $200) -My podcast with Dr. Doug McGuff Episode Sponsors Gainswave Penguin Random House Audio Books Birdwell Britches Use discount code "Ben" for 10% off your order. Kion Lean Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Chris or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:07:33 5/23/2018
Do you suffer from physical pain relating to your writing life? Are you struggling with back pain, weight gain related to sedentary working, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, neck pain, eye strain, stress, loneliness, digestive issues, or repetitive strain injury? These are the most common issues reported by writers and if you struggle with any of them, you are not alone. Let's face it: writing (and especially typing on a computer) is not a physically healthy activity, but if you want a long-term writing career, then you need to look after your body. Awhile back, I featured author Joanna Penn on the podcast. Joanna has been through her own pain journey over the last six years. She used to get crippling migraines that sent her to a dark room, and back pain so bad that she couldn't sleep, as well as stress levels so high that she wasn't able to breathe normally. Now, her back pain, migraines and repetitive strain injuries (including elbow pain) have almost gone completely, and she manages her writing life in a far healthier way than ever before. I was planning on having her share her personal journey and insights with you in her new book "The Healthy Writer" once again on the podcast. However, due to some technical difficulties on her end, she was unable to join the call. However, I was able to talk to her co-author for this book was Dr. Euan Lawson, who also shares his insights into how you can reduce pain, improve health and build a writing career for the long term. Euan Lawson is a British medical doctor and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He's ex-British Army and enjoys fell running. During my last podcast discussion with Joanna, you learned: -How Joanna developed chronic repetitive motion injuries in her wrist, and why ergonomic keyboards and an ergonomic computer mouse weren't working for her... -Why Joanna decided to go way above and beyond simply using a standing workstation or treadmill desk... -How Joanna is simultaneously working on multiple books while also training for an ultramarathon... -Whether you can really, truly be creative while standing or walking, and why it's a myth that you need to sit to write effectively... -The exact tools, microphones and software that Joanna has found to work very well for dictation... -A book that will teach you exactly how to dictate quickly and effectively... -How to  "train" your computer to recognize your voice and accent... -How to enhance productivity with ambient noise and focus apps... -And much more! Resources from the previous episode: -Joanna Penn's Amazon book page -The Productive Author's Guide to Dictation: Speak Your Way to Higher (and Healthier!) Word Counts - Dictate Your Book: How To Write Your Book Faster, Better, and Smarter (Growth Hacking For Storytellers) -Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone -Dragon Dictate software for dictating -Scrivener software for writing/organizing books -Rode lav mic -Kevin J. Anderson (an author who dictates while walking 4+ hours per day) -Ben Greenfield's fiction book "The Forest" -Varidesk -ArmAid -The Focal Upright Website (this is a place where you can also get the "Mogo" stool or the Locus seat we talk about) -The Kybounder balance deskmat -The Topo mat -The TrueForm treadmill -Yoga For The Upright Desk article -Brain.FM During today's discussion, you'll discover: -Why writing is good for your health... 8:00 -The kind of health issues Joanna had to deal with as a writer... 11:30 -Why you need to know about type 1 vs. type 2 RSI... 12:45 -Why screens can cause problems and the "20-20-20" rule... 18:15 -The concept of "active sitting" and whether all these "core chairs" and sitting on giant exercise balls are a gimmick... 23:45 -What it means to be ambi-mouse-trous... 27:30 -What kind of external keyboard Dr. Lawson uses... 29:15 -How to fix ergonomic issues using something called the "Alexander technique"... 35:15 -Why writers experience great relief from gas and bloating by utilizing FODMAP... 40:00 -Why Dr. Lawson and Joanna wrote about psychotropics in the book, and how many writers are using them... 43:30 -How Ben walks over 20,000 steps... 52:00 -The software Dr. Lawson and Joanna use to write... 55:45 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -How To Banish Forearm and Elbow Pain, Burn Calories, Build Endurance & Maintain Muscle While Writing. -Ben's Christian Gratitude Journal -My article on BPC-157 injections -My article on TB-500 injections -My podcast about Iris for creating a healthy screen -My podcast about the Salli saddle chairs -My podcast with Focal Upright about the Mogo -The Fluidstance wobble board Ben uses -Scrivener -Audio on The Alexander Technique Episode Sponsors Onnit Kion Coffee Zip Recruiter Health IQ Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Joanna, Dr. Lawson or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:00:32 5/18/2018

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