Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance

Why You Get Hungry & What To Do About It: How To Defy Overeating, Conquer The Buffet, Stop Cravings In Their Tracks & Much More! Although most of us strive to eat well and avoid weight gain, our behavior doesn't always live up to our lofty intentions. The remarkable explanation, argues neuroscience obesity researcher and today's podcast guest Stephan Guyenet, is that we're betrayed by our very own brains, which drive us to crave and overeat food. In THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat Guyenet deploys his humor, wit, and extensive research experience to explain the instinctive brain circuits that compel us to overeat. He shows how those circuits expand our waistlines and undermine weight loss, and how we can use them to manage our weight more effectively. Stephan Guyenet has put his finger on a critically important explanation for our global obesity epidemic: the human brain. Although it's indisputable that the brain is the cause of overeating - since the brain is the source of all behavior - this disarmingly simple insight has never before been the focus of a general-audience book. THE HUNGRY BRAIN starts from the very beginning, uncovering how our (leaner) ancestors lived, both in recent history and the distant past. From there, it explores the brain circuits that kept us alive in that rugged world: those that drive our cravings, make our food choices, govern our appetites, and regulate our body fatness. And it explains how the genetic roulette that determines how these circuits are wired is a major reason why some people are lean and others are obese. Unfortunately for our waistlines, we no longer live in the world of our ancestors, yet our brains keep playing by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. Advances in technology and affluence let us tempt our brains with seductive, convenient food more than ever before, and willpower bows before the force of instincts honed by millions of years of evolution. And once we gain weight, the brain works to keep us from losing it again. The result is a world that's fatter than at any previous time in human history. THE HUNGRY BRAIN explores the brain in a vivid and accessible way, weaving in illustrations, humor, and unlikely scientific discoveries to bring readers inside areas of science that have remained off limits to a general audience until now. Ultimately, it leaves you with profound insights into how the brain works, how the brain drives us to overeat, and what we can do about it. So who is this guy? Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D. is an obesity researcher and health writer whose work ties together multiple fields of science to offer explanations and solutions for our global weight problem. He received a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in neurobiology at the University of Washington. He is the author of the popular health website Whole Health Source ( and he is a frequent lecturer on topics of obesity, metabolism, and diet history. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why what Stephan presents in his book is absent from all popular theories of obesity...[7:45] -The story of the fattest man on the island...[12:10] -Why kids like ice cream and not brussels sprouts...[18:50 & 27:00] -How chocolate serves as a prime example of reinforcing properties that characterize modern food addictions...[23:15] -How you can beat the "buffet effect"...[29:00] -The three things all nonindustrial diets have in common, and how you can use these things to keep yourself from overeating...[36:05] -Why the idea of moderation in eating is totally foreign to hunter-gatherers...[48:40] -A simple mechanism you can fight your natural, ancestral tendency to overeat...[57:00] -What lesioned rats can tell you about the mysterious "satiety factor", and how you can maximize your own satiety factor...[64:05] -Why do the people from the Biggest Loser gained so much weight back after the competition...[75:10] -A cortisol-like drug that causes intense, unconstrained eating, and what that means for you and your waistline...[84:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -In THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat -The book The Jungle Effect -Jack Kruse's Leptin Reset -My podcast with Rick Rubin Show Sponsors:  -Oak - Meditation & Breathing -  Go to now to download the app, completely FREE. -Kion Lean - Go to purchase Kion Lean - the best supplement for longevity and fat loss! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Stephan or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

01:31:43 1/12/2018

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My bio on Todd White is extremely short. Fanatical biohacker. Wears the same uniform every day. Starts every morning with 40 minutes of meditation. Eats one meal a day. Drinks a bottle of wine each night. And that's it. But this guy runs incredibly deep and in today's podcast, filmed after I did a meditation session with the entire team at Todd's Dry Farm Wines office in Napa Valley, we have a rich and meaningful conversation about meditation, manifestation, gratitude, fasting, and, of course, everything you need to know about organic wine. During our discussion, you'll discover:  -The morning ritual that Todd and his team do together every morning...6:13 They start work at 10 am to allow team members to "protect their mornings." "Circle of love." Usually lasts 60-90 minutes. Meditation Breath work Gratefulness therapy It's not a day of work; it's a day of creating. Todd sees himself in the "health" business, in addition to the taste business. The warehouse workers are the most poignant example of the efficacy of this practice. Warehouse workers are typically treated as objects by leadership. Todd sees them as the  center of love, energy and light. It causes them to want to contribute and create. -The stringent hiring practices Todd uses to ensure the right people are hired...12:54 BTW, Dry Farm Wines is hiring! The job descriptions include everything about the company, including the "Peace and Profit Manifesto". First rule: "We lead with love." Life, not business, questions; essay format. Designed to be self-selecting; they want people to "opt out" if they don't see themselves as a good fit. -Some of the unconventional work practices that Dry Farm Wines uses to balance life and work....17:08 Happiness is an internal mechanism of joy. Todd sees one of his role as a mentor and guide to his employees. The actual time of production or creation is around 6 hours. Very rare "emails to all"; no "reply all" at all. Unlimited paid time off. They don't sell any domestic wines; all grapes are from small organic farms in Europe. Sharing the culture of the company is as important as promoting the actual product at events, trade shows, etc. Communal meals; great parties. -The process by which Todd came to create a company with such a unique culture...26:00 Became an entrepreneur at the age of 17. Experienced a "grand failure" before founding DFW. Senior health care; 40+ employees. Good concept, but was in it for the wrong reasons. The things we say "no" to are more important the things we say "yes" to. Led to discovering meditation. Developed a set of 18 business rules; from that became DFW. In constant ketosis due to a daily 22 hour fast. You see a difference between grapes grown on a small family farm and organic grapes at a market. -Todd's tips for eating once per day...36:12 It's more psychological than based on physical needs. Helps to be in ketosis. Adds a lot of time to the day for work. Reduces decision fatigue. It's important to be around likeminded people; creates accountability. -Todd's definition of "biohacking" and how he applies it to his own life...45:24 "The art and science of how our behavior influences our biological and neurological outcome." Proverb: "To feel is to understand" You can feel when someone is beneficial for your body. Meditation is a practice, and has an aggregate benefit over time. Began meditating twice daily. Minimum of 20 minutes. Todd attributes the success of his business to meditation. Meditation allows us to quiet the mind. We live in traumatic thought. 95% of thoughts we have are thoughts we had yesterday. Teaches us to live in the present moment; stop the trauma of thought. Attachment leads to suffering. Meditation teaches us to look past the attachment to thoughts which block the abundance we were granted at our birth. It's impossible to be grateful and fearful at the same time. Before we can do, we must be. -Thoughts on The Master Key by Charles Haanel...54:42 We're all manifesting. The question is: what are you manifesting, and are you using the tools to manifest in the correct way? Also recommended: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Doesn't offer a "prescription": It offers an understanding. Was initially offered as a weekly correspondence course delivered via mail in 1912. Words become forms, which become vibrations. (self-fulfilling prophecies.) -Why Todd started Dry Farm Wines, and what he has learned about wine since then...1:01:15 Needed a better, healthier way to drink. (DFW is low alcohol.) Couldn't drink alcohol after becoming ketotic. Discovered "natural wines" by accident. Around .1% of all wine makers are natural wine makers. Wines are grown, not made. DFW wines are sugar free. Fermented with wild, native yeast. Most wines are fermented with GMO yeast. "Organic" wine does not mean "natural" or "clean." It simply means that the grapes are grown organically. In the U.S. the FDA approves 76 additives for wine. (Here's a list of the 76 additives.) Natural wines are additive free; no modification in the cellar. The dangers of alcohol. Addictive. Dangerous neurotoxin; must be dealt with with care. Healthy in small doses (2 glasses per day); toxic in large doses. Natural wine is "alive". It's like drinking from someone's heart and soul. "They haven't been killed with sulfur dioxide." --David Perlmutter Irrigation practices. An irrigated grape vine has a root ball 2-3' deep and 2-3' wide. Unirrigated grape vine can go 50-60' deep. Resistance is key to the advancement of life. The vine is struggling for its life; brings character to the fruit. Irrigated vines produce "lazy" fruit. You irrigate for greed. Has a higher yield. Weighs more with more water; sold by the ton. Resources from this episode: -Click here to get a bottle of Dry Farm Wines for a penny  -The Dry Farm Wines job posting -The Master Key System by Charles Haanel -The Power Of Now -The Fresh Pressed Olive Oil club Ben is a member of Episode Sponsors: -Get 10% off all Thorne products at my supplement website, Kion. -Goshas Organics. ODNOVA, polish for renewal, revitalize and rejuvenate, is a unique blend of raw honey and botanicals, which air the body in organically reaching a balanced state. Get 10% off your order when you use discount code "ben10%"! -Organifi I use Organifi Gold for the perfect golden milk before I go to bed. Use discount code "greenfield" and get 20% off your entire order! -Zip Recruiter Need quality candidates fast? Zip Recruiter is the smartest way to hire. Use my link and try it out for free! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Todd or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:28:02 10/19/2018
Today's episode is - after the host of positive feedback I received from my last "solosode" deep dive into how to interpret your own bloodwork - another solosode. Long story short is this... ...I recently tested my liver enzymes and they were shockingly high... I decided to test whether this whole "liver detox" thing actually works... ...and I walk you through exactly what I did (and the relatively shocking results) in today's show. Enjoy! In this Solosode, you'll hear... -Why I got my liver tested in the first place...5:48 When I got my blood panel done, my liver enzyme numbers were through the roof. High liver stress. Around the levels of non-alcoholic liver disease. My aspartate aminotransferase was 172. It's considered risky if it's above 40. My alinine aminotransferase was 83. Anything above 55 is considered risky. My alkaline phosphatase was also mildly elevated. High albumin levels. Inflammation was low, but had signs of significant liver stress. I wanted to test out the liver cleanses on the market. Create a doable detox that I can do at home, I can still workout, and can accomplish in a fairly short period of time. -About Liver Flushing...9:18 A liver is a central processing mechanism that cleanses 1.5 liters of blood per minute. Around 500 different biochemical reactions that occur within the liver. Division and breakdown of chemical substances: catabolism Synthesis of protein molecules: anabolism If any of the processes don't work properly, it will affect other processes' ability to work properly. Liver is more or less a purification plant for the blood. Plays a role in excreting both endogenous and exogenous compounds. Regrows rapidly, with around 10% of healthy liver tissue. Myth of Prometheus: Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock and an eagle picks at his liver during the day. His liver would regenerate the same amount at night. Greek physician Hippocrates described "humors", one of which was yellow bile of the liver. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the liver holds your soul. Full of energy and power. Your "ki" is unable to flow when the liver is not functioning properly. Cleansing the liver involves amplifying these processes to work properly. Also assists with bile production; assists with the gallbladder. Bile in the gallbladder can condense and become "stones." If the bile isn't expelled, you can get congestion in the liver. -Some more basic terms you should know...15:05 Fatty liver: cells in the liver are saturated with fat. Intrahepatic bile ducts are full of bile but have a high concentration of cholesterol in them. The cholesterol in the liver accumulates, and you end up with excess. During a flush, the liver is encouraged to increase its excretory function to eliminate excess bile, and allow gallbladder to evacuate the bile. If you know what you're doing, you can regularly go to a liver clinic and maintain the health of your liver. Exercise can elevate liver enzymes to a certain extent, but high levels indicate more than just exercise is the problem. -The actual results of my lab test, post liver cleanse...19:21 In addition to elevated to elevated enzymes: Hormones were pretty good: free testosterone = 78. Total testosterone = 880. Sex hormone binding globulin = 84 (lower is better) GGT (gamma glutamyl transferase) is a good proxy for gallbladder health. My alinine aminotransferase dropped from 83 to 33. My aspartate aminotransferase dropped from 172 to 37. GGT was 15. Extremely low risk. Free testosterone jumped from 78 to 115; Total testosterone went from 880 to 1154. -What I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner during my liver cleanse...25:10 Kitchari recipe for 3-4 servings: Ingredients: ½ cup split yellow mung beans 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1-inch stick of kombu (optional - I used organic, non-GMO miso instead) 4 cups homemade Kettle & Fire bone broth 2 tablespoons coconut cream Spices: 1½ teaspoons cumin seeds 1½ teaspoons fennel seeds 1½ teaspoons coriander powder 1 tablespoon ginger root freshly minced ½ teaspoon turmeric powder ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds ¼ teaspoon black mustard seeds Pinch of asafoetida Vegetables: 2 cups of any mixed vegetables. I used bok choy, cilantro and dinosaur kale. To serve: Fresh lime A dollop of GT's Living Foods coconut yogurt Sea salt to taste Instructions: -The night before (24 hours earlier), soak the mung beans in ample filtered water. -When you're ready to cook, drain the mung beans and rinse under running water. Place rice in a sieve and rinse till the water runs clear. Prepare vegetables by peeling and chopping them up, then set all of this aside. -Heat coconut oil over medium heat, in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add cumin, fennel, fenugreek and black mustard seeds and cook for a few minutes to release aromatics, and until the mustard seeds have popped. Add the rest of the spices and stir to combine. -Add a cup of vegetable stock, followed by mung beans, kombu or miso, coconut cream, rice and vegetables, then add the rest of the stock (or water). -Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a low heat. Simmer for about 40 minutes. Check the pot periodically as the rice swells and may stick to the bottom. Add more water if you want a soupier consistency, and simmer longer to get a thicker stew. -Serve with fresh coriander chopped and folded through, a drizzle of fresh lime juice, spoon of coconut yogurt and sea salt to taste. Had a 16 oz. glass of celery juice with each meal.  Put 2 scoops of Kion Aminos in for protein. Occasionally add greens powder. Organic malic acid powder I also tested my blood glucose levels. Dropped from 90 to 50. Full on ketosis while maintaining adequate energy to workout and engage in my business. -Practices I incorporated throughout the cleanse...33:45 Every night before bed, I used Triphala for GI cleansing. Mix it with hot water and vanilla stevia to counter the horrible taste. Epsom salts. 2 tsp epsom salts, one heaping tsp of Triphala. Coffee enemas (3x throughout the cleanse) On final day, used a castor oil pack on wool pad. Resources from this episode: -7-day liver cleanse summary: No coffee, no alcohol, no meat for the entire week Celery juice with one teaspoon organic malic acid powder and 2 scoops Kion Aminos prior to each of the three meals of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kitchari Ayurvedic cleansing stew (full recipe below) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2 teaspoons Epsom salts dissolved in warm water each night 1 teaspoon Lost Empire Triphala herbs in hot tea with vanilla stevia each night Three coffee enemas spread out throughout the course of the week Two sessions spread out during the week with 1 hour of castor oil pack placed on liver area, held on with the Hyperice Venom heat/vibration belt -The WellnessFX liver blood test Ben recommends -Article: The Kion Coffee Enema: Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Coffee Enemas (But Were Afraid To Ask). -Article: How to Detox Your Liver: A Complete Guide to Purifying the Body With Liver Flushing -Podcast: A Deep Dive Into How To Interpret The Results Of Your Blood Testing - Ben Greenfield Reveals & Walks You Through His Laboratory Results From WellnessFX. -Podcast: The Rain Barrel Effect: How a 6,000 Year Old Secret Holds the Answer to Getting Well, Losing Weight, and Feeling Alive Again. -Podcast: Radical Metabolism: How To Cleanse Your Gallbladder, Increase Your Metabolism, Burn More Fat Without Exercise & Much More!  Kitchari recipe for 3-4 servings: I ngredients: ½ cup split yellow mung beans 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1-inch stick of kombu (optional - I used organic, non-GMO miso instead) 4 cups homemade Kettle & Fire bone broth 2 tablespoons coconut cream Spices: 1½ teaspoons cumin seeds 1½ teaspoons fennel seeds 1½ teaspoons coriander powder 1 tablespoon ginger root freshly minced ½ teaspoon turmeric powder ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds ¼ teaspoon black mustard seeds Pinch of asafoetida Vegetables: 2 cups of any mixed vegetables. I used bok choy, cilantro and dinosaur kale. To serve: Fresh lime A dollop of GT's Living Foods coconut yogurt Sea salt to taste Instructions: -The night before (24 hours earlier), soak the mung beans in ample filtered water. -When you're ready to cook, drain the mung beans and rinse under running water. Place rice in a sieve and rinse till the water runs clear. Prepare vegetables by peeling and chopping them up, then set all of this aside. -Heat coconut oil over medium heat, in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add cumin, fennel, fenugreek and black mustard seeds and cook for a few minutes to release aromatics, and until the mustard seeds have popped. Add the rest of the spices and stir to combine. -Add a cup of vegetable stock, followed by mung beans, kombu or miso, coconut cream, rice and vegetables, then add the rest of the stock (or water). -Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a low heat. Simmer for about 40 minutes. Check the pot periodically as the rice swells and may stick to the bottom. Add more water if you want a soupier consistency, and simmer longer to get a thicker stew. -Serve with fresh coriander chopped and folded through, a drizzle of fresh lime juice, spoon of coconut yogurt and sea salt to taste. Episode Sponsors: -Kion Lean Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Get a 10% discount using discount code "benlean10". -Joovv Next-Level Light Therapy. See how Joovv can help you reach?and surpass?your health and fitness goals. Get a special bonus when you buy your Joovv light with my link. -Organifi Use code "greenfield" at checkout and get 20% off your entire order! -Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Use code "ben25" at checkout and save 25% off your entire purchase. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about how to cleanse your liver? Leave your comments at and I will reply!
00:43:55 10/17/2018
Anne Louise Gittleman was one of my first podcast guests ever. She first joined me in podcast episode #29: "How Many Critters Are Living In YOUR Gut, Making You Fat, Tired, Lazy, Bloated and Sick?" Now, she's back on the show. Ann came to my house in Spokane, WA to talk about her new, amazing book "Radical Metabolism: A Powerful New Plan to Blast Fat and Reignite Your Energy in Just 21 Days". This new book reveals the secrets to reviving a sluggish over-40 metabolism - secrets that work even faster if you're in your 20s and 30s, or you suffer from liver, gallbladder or thyroid issues. Inside the new book, you'll discover which "forbidden fats," forgotten flavors, and fat-busting beverages you can eat and drink in order to increase your metabolism, protect against autoimmunity, address gallbladder issues, type II diabetes, and other devastating health problems. The Radical Metabolism program consists of: -a 4-day Radical Intensive Cleanse designed to rest your digestive tract and detoxify your body -21-Day Radical Reboot where you'll learn exactly what combinations of foods to eat for results you can feel and see -a Maintenance Plan for a healthy life A Columbia University graduate, Ann Louise Gittleman is often called "The First Lady of Nutrition". She is a nutritionist, and internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues. She is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books on health and nutrition including diet, detox, women's health, men's health, perimenopause, menopause, beauty and the environment. As one of the world's foremost experts in functional and integrative medicine she holds an M.S. in Nutrition Education from Columbia University, has the title of Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) from the American College of Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition. Ann Louise has also served as the Chief Nutritionist of Pediatric Clinic at Bellevue Hospital and is the former Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, CA. She has won numerous awards, including The American Medical Writers Association Award for Excellence. In 2016 she was presented with the Humanitarian Award from the Cancer Control Society. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology, the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. and Clear Passage, Inc. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why the gallbladder is such a crucial component of the Radical Metabolism program...8:40 Women in the U.S. are FFF: Fat, Forty and Fatigued. Gallbladder removal is one of the most common procedures in this country. It's not a "throw away" organ; we need to do everything we can to keep it. The "unholy alliance" between the gallbladder and the thyroid. If people do not have free-flowing bile (which they don't if they don't have a gallbladder) they can't convert successfully convert T4 into T3. Because the thyroid is so intimately connected to metabolism... People with sluggish bile are 7 times more likely to suffer from hyper thyroidism. Ben struggled with decreased thyroid activity while training for triathlons. People who do keto or paleo diets with high intake of fat are at risk; you need to be able to digest the fat and essential fatty acids. -Ann's thoughts on why the gallbladder and bile issues are so common among American women...13:00 Lack of choline. Study: 500 mg of choline 3x a day for 6 weeks will decongest a fatty liver. Choline is a lipotropic nutrient. We don't eat foods with natural lecithin; stigma surrounding soy products. Lack of bitter herbs in the diet. Natural sources of choline: Lecithin Eggs (if you're not allergic) Walnuts Sunflower lecithin supplement Bitter herbs Ann recommends: Grapefruit Diet (very popular in the 70's, with a resurgence in the 90's) Grapefruit extract influences mitochondria. Bitter melon extract. Ben's favorite cocktail: Bitter herbs, on the rocks, with a splash of gin. "Ben and Jitters" -How do we test for gallbladder function?...20:43 GGT High liver enzymes If light colored stool, dizziness, hearing problems all part of gallbladder meridian. Glutathione doesn't affect gallbladder. A bitter and resentful personality indicates gallbladder issues. Anger is associated with the liver; resentment is associated with the gallbladder. -Is Ann a fan of any of the cleanses out there to increase their bile levels?...23:00 No. Because of congested bile, they can get stuck in the gallbladder duct and create serious problems. The use of choline and bitters, then following Radical Metabolism... -What is the "correct" way to do a coffee enema?...25:25 Depends on the individual. Ensure the coffee is organic. Keep it inside you for 20 minutes; lay on your left side. Hazel Parcells: The grand dame of health. Black strap molasses. -The balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats, and why there's such a thing as "too much fish oil"...27:45 We need a 4:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats. Watch out for bad omega 6 fats. Parent oils. You'll get more omega 6 fats from parent oils. Toasted sesame oil - Has lots of Vitamin T. What is Vitamin T? "Sixes are Sexy." -Ann's thoughts on Udos Oil...35:37  Uses unrefined, raw sunflower oil. Uses proper antioxidants. -The role of Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in formation of brown fat tissue...37:15 It actually "activates" the tissue. Evening primrose oil; GLA helps people to lose weight without watching their calories or exercising. -Why Ann is a fan of essential amino acids...39:15 We need more protein, not less. Has more to do with metabolic rate than the gallbladder. The right kind of coffee can prevent you from losing lean muscle. It's a way to get more concentrated amounts of proteins. -The best way to test for toxicity in your body...42:00 Non-invasive: hair tests; tissue analysis. Urine provocation test can be very hard on the system. Lots of toxicity in cooking tools and utensils. -Why Ann would rather have a poisonous serpent in her kitchen than aluminum foil. Use enamel covered iron as an alternative. Vita Clay. (Marge, Amazon link) -Ann's 4 day and 21 day intensive cleanses...47:37 Lots of watercress soup, which contains cancer fighting phytonutrients. (Buy it at Trader Joe's.) Can also eat watercress as the green in a salad, as opposed to kale. Juices that are low-glycemic. No pulp. Not uncommon to lose 8-10 pounds during the cleanse. Water weight. You start with the 4 day, then take a week of maintenance and then the 21 day. Why A2 is far preferable to A1 (found in most milks). Resources from this episode: -Unikey Health Systems -Book: Radical Metabolism: A Powerful New Plan to Blast Fat and Reignite Your Energy in Just 21 Days -Book: The Gut Flush Plan: A Breakthrough Cleansing Program - Flushes Fattening Toxins - Boosts Metabolism - Fortifies Your Health -Book: Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution -Podcast Episode #29: How Many Critters Are Living In YOUR Gut, Making You Fat, Tired, Lazy, Bloated and Sick? (hint: more than you think) -Choline - 500mg of choline 3x/day for 4 weeks -Soy lecithin -Bitters #9 -Orthophosphoric acid -Blackstrap molasses enema -The fish oil Ben takes -Udo's oil -Hair test from Trace Elements -Enamel covered iron -Vitaclay pots -Watercress (from Thrive Market) Episode Sponsors: -Kion Lean Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Use discount code "benlean10" and get 10% off your order! -Goshas Organics is a recognized leader in Innovative PHYTO Herbal Honey Infusions. Use discount code "ben10%" to get 10% off your order! -Zip Recruiter takes the headache out of hiring the right people for your business! Use my link and get started with Zip Recruiter for free! -Organifi Try their Gold juice: Pain-soothing herbs, antioxidants, & phyto-nutrients all in one delicious, soothing "Golden Milk". Use code "greenfield" and get 20% off everything in your cart! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Anne or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
00:55:40 10/12/2018
Magnesium deficiency is running rampant. Many experts estimate that 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. And, a major contributing factor is the presence of excess calcium in the body mainly coming from the extreme ratio difference in common foods such as: fortified orange juice (27:1), cheese (26:1), yogurt (11:1), dairy (7:1) and the very commonly used antacids (300:1). Other common contributing factors include: -Fluoride -Processed foods -Alcohol -Coffee -Sugar -Stress -Medications When should you take magnesium? How do you test your magnesium levels or know if you have a deficiency? It's critical to get high enough doses of magnesium to compensate for the fact that our typical diet runs low on this vital mineral. But fact is, although magnesium is an incredibly important mineral, there are many unanswered questions and confusion around magnesium, so I though it was high time to have my friend and nutrition researcher Thomas DeLauer back on the show. I first interviewed Thomas DeLauer in the episode The Ultimate Guide To Quelling Inflammation: Why Your Curcumin May Not Work, Surprising Effects Of Ginger Oil, Vegan Fish Oil Options & Much More! I then interviewed him again in the episode Does Alcohol Really Make You Fat, Which Alcohol Is Healthiest, Hidden Ingredients In Alcohol & Much More: The Ultimate Alcohol Damage Mitigation Guide. Thomas is one of the leading experts in the world of chronic inflammation as well as the response of the human body to a low-carb diet. He is noted for his personal transformation from a 280-pound overweight corporate executive to not only being on the cover of health and fitness magazines worldwide but pioneering some of the mainstream awareness of auto-immune diseases and inflammation in general! Thomas has been highlighted in over 20 magazines showcasing his transformation and has been featured worldwide on the cover of Ironman Magazine, Muscle and Performance Magazine, Natural Muscle Magazine, ICON Magazine, Platform Magazine and Ironman Japan. His background is in Sports Psychology, although it is this passion for psychology coupled with a career in healthcare as a physician recruiter and owner of an ancillary lab services company that sparked his love for nutritional science and what makes the body tick. He is currently working on a project in the 2nd phase of trials with Doctors at UCLA to identify a strain of bacteria that may help modulate inflammation within the body. Residing near Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, three dogs, two horses, and 11 month old son. Thomas promotes a lifestyle of living as close to the earth as possible to obtain the best possible results while still achieving maximum performance in every possible area of life. What form of magnesium is best, and are different forms better for different needs, like sleep vs. brain vs. digestion? In this episode, Thomas and I also discuss MagSRT®, a product Thomas is helping to develop, is the only time-release, high-potency magnesium supplement with peer-reviewed clinical trials to back up it's efficacy. MagSRT®  was evaluated in the Scottsdale Magnesium Study (SMS), a placebo-controlled, human clinical trial of 91 participants. The study measured Serum Magnesium, Red Blood Cell (RBC) Magnesium, and Magnesium Deficiency symptoms. The results are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of American College of Nutrition (JACN). It is a Sustained Release Technology (SRT) magnesium in a super-absorbable, premium organic form called dimagnesium malate, along with an active form of Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) and Vitamin B6 (P5P) During our discussion, you'll discover: -Is there a way to supplement your magnesium levels without unpleasant side effects such as loose stool and "constarrhea"?...11:20 Magnesium is "hydrophilic" meaning it attracts water.  It creates "passive diffusion" where it attracts water into the intestine. There's nothing to regulate how fast the water enters the small or large intestine. The type of magnesium (ex. epsom salt vs. magnesium citrate) one takes makes a big difference in how fast it will attract water. -A few of the more popular forms of magnesium, and which one is optimal for the varying functions we might like to use it...13:40 Magnesium citrate: high bio availability; creates a laxative effect. Magnesium chloride: Typically contains only 10-15% magnesium. It's used to chelate other minerals such as iron and other heavy metals. These two factors are why magnesium chloride is recommended for detoxes. Topical magnesium (epsom salt, etc.): Gets absorbed into the serum, but not red blood cells. Doesn't have the same laxative qualities. Only 1% of magnesium is ever measured, and that's in the serum and blood levels. Elevated magnesium levels in the serum means it's likely pulling it from blood and plasma, thus decreasing levels there. A high reading in magnesium can actually mean you're low in magnesium if you're only measuring it in the serum. RBC (red blood cell) magnesium:  This is the gold standard for when you want your magnesium tested. Magnesium Glycinate: (Marge amazon link) Is often recommended by doctors.  Transferred through the intestinal wall. Very expensive option. Calming on NMDA receptor. (Glutamate is excitatory) Magnesium Malate:  Absorbs very slowly; sustained release. More powerful on the energy cycle. You'll see more of a difference in how you actually feel. Thomas uses it to remain even keeled. How combining magnesium with malic acid contributes to ATP production. Has to do with how it accompanies potassium. When you have malate, magnesium can do its job better. It aids the magnesium as well as potassium in producing ATP. -More forms of magnesium...26:53 Magnesium oxide: Non-chelated; you'll take it throughout the day. Used more for acid reflux treatment. Very low bio-availability and very specific uses. Magnesium Oratate: Same category as magnesium taurate. Helps with delivery to the cell membrane. Good for the DNA and RNA cycle. Used in calming situations such as meditation. Cardiac benefits. Magnesium sulfate: Easy to overdose. Epsom salt baths: Hard to determine if it's absorbed via the skin or through the breath. -How much magnesium actually gets absorbed with the lotions and sprays available on the market...38:40 The form of magnesium changes when it enters your body. Flawed marketing; not enough research to determine its efficacy one way or the other. Magnesium carbonate... Used as an alternative to a calcium form of chalk you find at the gym. -Magnesium threonate...42:00 Powerful effect on the blood brain barrier. Has been used in the treatment of PTSD. -The supplement Ben uses to induce weird and amazing dreams...45:30 -Is there a way to elongate the time in which magnesium is absorbed in order to reduce the laxative and other unpleasant effects?...47:36 Take into account what other minerals it's working with. Couple it with the right vitamins and minerals. P5P = Vitamin B6.  Magnesium has over 300 enzymatic reactions. B6 helps with ~30 of those reactions, including the manufacturing of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Is involved in the absorption of magnesium. Hard to convert folic acid into folate. Vitamin B9, along with magnesium is a co-factor with Vitamin B6; allows you to better absorb the magnesium. Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 are the trifecta for working with magnesium. -The relationship between magnesium and ceruloplasmin and iron.59:30 Iron oxidizes, whether in your body or out. Too much of it will occupy oxygens that could be doing other good things. We have an abundance of iron, but it's "bound iron." We need the unbound iron; it allows other minerals to do their job. We need other minerals to counteract the overabundance of bound iron. Magnesium allows iron to enter into the unbound state and help red blood cell function. Ceruloplasmin helps with the utilization of iron; taking the iron in your body and turning it into a true storage form. -What tests Thomas recommends to analyze these things...1:06:00 The Root Cause protocol by Morley Robbins -The study Thomas published on the effects of magnesium...1:08:10 The Scottsdale Magnesium Study Sponsored by Jigsaw Health. 28% and 63% improvement over 30 and 60 days. Red blood cell magnesium increased 6% and 30% over 30 and 90 days. Resources from this episode: -Click here to buy MagSRT and use Greenfield10 for $10 off -The Ancient Minerals magnesium bath flakes Ben uses -The Ancient Minerals magnesium lotion Ben uses -The longevity panel Ben performs that has an RBC magnesium evaluation -The Facebook video in which Ben demonstrates how he uses an infrared light in a magnesium chloride bath -The THC sex lube "Bond" that Ben uses -BioCBD topical CBD lotion -Mugwort essential oil from Essential Oil Wizardry -The Root Cause protocol by Morley Robbins -The Magnesium Miracle book by Dr. Carolyn Dean Episode Sponsors: -Kion Lean Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Use discount code "benlean10" and get 10% off your order! -Gainswave Acoustic sound wave therapy for men to enhance sexual performance. If you use my link, you'll get a free treatment "on the house." -Birdwell Beach Britches will look as good as new years after your purchase! 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01:19:30 10/10/2018
Three months ago, I and my twin ten-year-old boys sent our saliva off to a lab in Canada for one of the most advanced genetic tests available. And I was blown away by what I learned. In today's podcast, I reveal the test that we took, exactly what we learned and how you can take the same test as we did. My guest is Dr. Karim Dhanani, who is the founder and Chief Medical Director at Toronto's Centre for Biological Medicine, a clinic that is redefining North American naturopathic medicine for the 21st century. Dr. Dhanani's clinic - a specially designed, ecologically sound facility set in pristine Canadian woodland - has become a global mecca for those seeking to live their lives at 100%. For Dr. Dhanani, the appeal of medicine was always the investigative aspect. He loves breaking down a tough problem, and systematically uncovering the root causes with diligence, discipline, and precision. After completing his education in biology, chemistry, and naturopathic medicine, he found his calling in German biological medicine, a branch of naturopathy that integrates cutting-edge science and precision with the millennia-old wisdom of natural healing techniques. But just learning in a laboratory setting wasn't enough. Dr. Dhanani set off on a journey that took him from Canada to Europe to Africa and beyond, to understand what lies at the most advanced frontiers of Biological Medicine. Since establishing the Centre for Biological Medicine in 2002, he has transformed the lives of thousands of individuals, including athletes, scientists, and other doctors at the highest levels of their professions. His internationally renowned reputation - particularly in the naturopathic treatment of chronic degenerative disease - has led to research collaborations with Nobel Prize winners, and turned Dr. Dhanani into one of naturopathic medicine's most sought-after speakers. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The fascinating history and world of biological medicine, and a German pioneer of medicine that Dr. Dhanani learned from...9:15 The goal is to identify the "root cause" of a symptom or problem. It's a combination of diagnostic tools and innovative thought processes. "We look to see what 'outside the box' is influencing what is 'inside the box.'" What is the relationship between biological medicine and bioregulatory medicine? Only substantive difference is that of vernacular. Both are looking at the body's capacity to heal; responses to symptoms, or "punches" to your body. Cell communication: we believe cells speak via biochemistry. Dr. Fritz Albert Popp: pioneer of biophotonic signaling of cells. The Baden Baden Biological Medicine conference in Germany. Energy medicine has a larger role to play than physical medicine. -The most interesting biohacks coming out of Europe, including the Mora machine for detoxification and new types of laser treatments for red blood cells...21:55 Just like we use words to communicate, certain bodies require light and sound to communicate. The Mora machine uses electronics and sound to drive specific frequencies into the system. We can increase the amount of glutathione in your body by simply giving the frequency of glutathione without injecting it. You're providing a mechanism to carry the molecule into the body energetically. Weber Intravenous Laser Therapy Different color lights (not LED) affects communication between cells. Depth of penetration of LED lights isn't as efficacious as lasers. -Where 23andme genetic testing falls short, and what Dr. Dhanani has discovered when it comes to the truth about genetic testing and genomics...29:18 You're only as good as the technology available.  Tests must be 1) Accurate, 2) Reproducible and 3) Functionally relevant. 23andme uses "SNIPS" which are not functionally relevant; they're good for data collection and perhaps ancestry. For illustration: You don't assume the forest is unwell because one tree in it is unwell. Look at associations of SNIPS. MTHFR is one of many we can examine. Anywhere between 15-40% error rate with consumer tests like 23andme. CNV (copy number variance) D2C tests don't tell you whether you have one or two copies of a particular gene. You get a distorted view of your level of detox. The type of genetic testing is applicable for testing for illegal substances. 23andme also doesn't test for insertion/deletion genes. -Why Ben can't absorb Vitamin D from sunlight, and why he must supplement with Vitamin D instead...52:00 Vitamin D is actually a pro-hormone, more than an actual vitamin. 125 hydroxy vitamin D is the actual component. Some people are not genetically predisposed to absorb the 125 hydroxy from sunlight; it's necessary to transport it via supplements. Thorne Vitamin D and Vitamin K. -Why Ben and his twin boys now take glutathione every day (and why you must be very careful if you use any form of injectable glutathione)...57:30 Modern technology causes pollutants and stressors on the body that didn't exist 100 years ago. We're referring to utilization and recycling of glutathione, rather than the production. Many diseases can be traced to low levels of glutathione and the inability to detoxify the body. -How to increase your body's own glutathione with nutrients such as N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha, Lipoic Acid, Selenium and Milk Thistle...1:03:35 The best scenario is your body generating glutathione on its own; when the gene is deleted, then you seek injections. Dr. Dhanani's lab will create a customized formula, rather than trying to ingest them individually. What is preferable: a liquid or powdered injection. Parkinson's patients have been known to have their symptoms stabilized within seconds of a glutathione IV. You get optimal results beginning with a powder, then mixing it with saline before injecting. The objection of the injection is to train your body to generate glutathione on its own. -Why Ben has high natural amounts of vascular inflammation and what that has to do with high intensity exercise and HIIT training...1:05:40 9P21 gene is a pre-ordained inflammatory level that is higher than normal. Occurs independent of diet, activity, etc. High intensity exercise creates massive amounts of blood flow, then it stops; this exacerbates the issue. Folks who are uber healthy, then die suddenly have the 9P21 gene; they've actually been tested for it. People who die from chemotherapy, have the 9P21. My podcast episode with Thomas Ingoglia in which we discuss GDF11 mRNA -How to know if your pancreas is producing the proper amount of insulin in response to the diet you are eating...1:17:30 tcf7l2 gene If I was not tracking my levels and activity, I'd be at serious risk of a heart attack given my genetics. -The DMPS/EDTA Chelation Challenge for heavy metals and how it works...1:22:15 You want to look for a spike in your aluminum; it tends to be stored in the brain. If you see that spike, you're at the deepest storage level. DMSA doesn't pull lead or cadmium out of your system. -The best way to measure your endothelial health and vascular function (using a protocol called "Endo-PAT")...1:25:30 PAT = Peripheral Arterial Tone. They measure endothelial lining, the level of inflammation. They can change over time, or with changes in your diet. Always be comparing apples to apples. -The extreme importance for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) of sauna, intermittent fasting, Lion's Mane mushroom extract, and low intensity (not HIIT) cardio...1:28:45 We associate this with TBI. Reprogram neural inputs to offset the damaged pattern. Those with 9P21 gene are more susceptible to endothelial inflammation. Limit extreme activity. The 9P21 gene limits the amount of dopamine you're naturally able to produce. -Why having a "low serotonin reabsorption" issue can cause you to ruminate and dwell upon items...1:33:15 Serotonin is the "seat" of executive function: how does your body eliminate peripheral nagging in your system? Peripheral/secondary things become your focus. Mental echo: "did I actually close the garage door???" -How Ben takes notes at night without keeping himself awake for too long...1:36:45 Evernote or similar tools that sync among devices. People with low BDNF and serotonin can actually connect things like conversations and tasks better - because you're ruminating on them. I keep a pilot pen light and piece of paper so I can take notes as they come into my mind. Low BDNF also affects circadian rhythm; difficulty falling and maintaining sleep. Lion's Mane mushroom extract helps supplement BDNF. -The single most important reason Ben needs to limit his intake of saturated fats...1:44:00 7-10% of fat should be saturated. You can have avocados, but not coconut or MCT oils. 9P21 gene increases inflammation; which goes to your vasculature and affects your focus and concentration. Going beyond supplements: lifestyle activities such as meditation, intermittent fasting are efficacious in increasing serotonin. -Why Dr. Dhanani says: "Epigenetics can disqualify genetics - and I've done just that"...1:49:40 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Click here to get $50 off a consult with Dr. Dhanani, along with $400 (instead of $920) for the test and $199/month (instead of $229/month) for the customized supplements. -My DNA testing results -My son River's DNA testing results -My son Terran's DNA testing results -The Carillon resort in Miami -Book: Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self Healing  -Dr. Fritz Albert Popp -Book: Integrative Biophysics: Biophotonics -The Baden Baden medical week conference in Germany -The Biological Medicine/Swiss Healing Retreat Ben is leading in Europe in July -The Mora machine Dr. Dhanani describes -Weber intravenous laser treatments -My podcast episode with Thomas Ingoglia in which we discuss GDF11 mRNA -The Thorne Vitamin D/Vitamin K blend -The Almsbio glutathione Ben and his boys use -The True Cellular Detox heavy metal detox Ben does every year -Book: Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier -Four Sigmatic Lion's Mane Mushroom Extract -The Pilot Pen Night Writing pen that Ben uses Centre for Biological Medicine is offering podcast listeners an opportunity to take charge of their health by offering Youtrients testing and supplements at over 50% discount. Regular testing price is US$920.00, now you can take advantage of the same testing for US$400.00 Along with this, the Centre for Biological Medicine will support your ongoing health by offering consultations to detail the results of the genomic tests to tailor your food intake, lifestyle and supplements to optimum health and wellness. With the genomic test, there is a $50 discount for this consultation, should you choose to proceed. To complete and ensure your optimal on going health, we are also offering monthly supplement subscriptions to all at a $30 discount; regular monthly fee of US$229, now only US$199 per month. These supplements are tailored to your needs, based on the showings of your Youtrients test and are fully discussed during your consultation by our doctors; however, there is no obligation to opt-in for this feature. Episode Sponsors: -Kion The best supplement line on the Internet. Don't believe me? Just ask me, and I'll tell you! Use Kion Lean for support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. -Organifi The Organifi Green is like a salad in your glass. Use discount code "greenfield" and get 20% off your order! -Joovv Next-Level Light Therapy. See how Joovv can help you reach?and surpass?your health and fitness goals. Order with my link and get a special gift with your order! -Gluten Guardian is what I use to eat gluten without all the negative side effects. Get 10% off your order using my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Karim or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
02:04:07 10/5/2018
"How can I optimize my health and longevity?" "How can I live a long time and feel good doing it?" "What supplements should I take for peak performance?" "What should my ideal diet look like?" Honestly, without any data about your blood and biomarkers, you have no idea. This is because unless you know what your blood looks like under a microscope, there is no way for you to identify with 100% confidence what steps you should take to eat the right diet, to take the right supplements, to protect your health, to enhance your well-being, to perform at peak capacity, and perhaps most importantly, to live as long as possible with as high a quality of life as possible. Enter blood testing. Blood testing is the most important step you can take to identify and prevent life-threatening diseases before they happen to you. With your blood test results in hand, you can catch critical issues in your body before they manifest as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or worse. Knowledge of exactly what is going on inside your body empowers you to implement a science-based disease-prevention program that can literally add decades of healthy years to your life. And if your goal is to not only stop disease, but to also perform at your peak physical and cognitive capacity, blood testing is absolutely crucial for identifying which diet, which supplements and which lifestyle steps you should take to optimize your specific and unique health parameters. But sadly, most annual medical check-ups that the average physician orders are simply routine, old-school blood tests that don't even test for the most important markers of disease risk, and that are simply designed to make sure you're "not dying". They aren't designed to optimize longevity or to ensure your body is completely primed to perform at peak capacity. What most people don't realize is that you can skip your physician and simply manage the entire process for getting your blood work done yourself. And if you want to test absolutely every little thing that affects your organs, your energy, your hormones, your health and your longevity, then you've found the ultimate answer. I worked closely with WellnessFX, America's top laboratory for concierge blood testing and online access to all your blood testing results, to develop the Longevity Blood Testing Panel For Men and Longevity Blood Testing Panel For Women, which is the most complete blood testing package for men that money can buy.  This is by far the most comprehensive blood testing package I recommend and is designed for the high performer, biohacker or anti-aging enthusiast who wants access to the same type of executive health panel and screening that would normally cost tens of thousands of dollars at a longevity institute. The panel I discuss in today's podcast dives deep into overall metabolic functioning for optimal long-term health and longevity, and includes thyroid function, stress response, blood glucose regulation, sex hormone balance, heavy metals, inflammation, organs of detoxification (liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and lungs), proteins, electrolytes, blood oxygen and nutrient delivery, immune system status, vitamin D status and much, much more, including: 25-Hydroxy-Vitamin D Apolipoprotein A-1 Apolipoprotein B Blood Lead Blood Mercury Cardio IQ Lipoprotein Fractionation Ion Mobility Complete Blood Count w/ differential Complete Metabolic Panel Copper Cortisol Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate Ferritin, serum Fibrinogen Folate Free Fatty Acids Hemoglobin A1c Homocysteine High-sensitivity C-reactive protein IGF-1 (Growth hormone surrogate) Insulin Iron, TIBC Lipid Panel Lipoprotein (a) Luteinizing Hormone Omega 3 Fatty Acids RBC Magnesium Reverse T-3 Selenium SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) T-3 Total T-3 Uptake T-4 (Thyroxine) T-3 Free T-4 Free Testosterone + Free Testosterone Thiamine Thyroglobulin Antibodies Thyroid Peroxidase AB TSH Uric Acid Vitamin A Vitamin B12 Zinc Estradiol As you can see, I've held nothing back and covered all bases with this customized blood panel. You will not find a test this comprehensive anywhere else, guaranteed. From identifying disease to optimizing longevity and anti-aging to maximizing performance, this test gives you absolutely everything you need. During this podcast, in which I cover my own results from my recent longevity panel, you'll discover: My own process of testing my blood. I had 19 tubes of blood drawn; you typically have 3-5 tubes drawn in a blood test. My motivation: What if you want the same type of blood test that would be tens of thousands of dollars at a longevity center? I wanted to advise myself with more precision than typical blood tests such as TSH. I designed a package with Wellness FX, for men and women. I do this on a quarterly basis; although once a year (or once per life) is sufficient for most people. First thing you see on the report: cardiovascular health. Basic lipid panel. Risk factors: Red (high caution); orange (pay attention); green (good to go). A lot of red doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing; all green doesn't necessarily mean all good either. My total cholesterol is red: 267. High cholesterol isn't a risk factor; it's when it becomes oxidized. My HDL levels are through the roof: 151. High level of HDL could mean your body is carrying a lot of metabolites to the liver due to constant inflammation. I tested all my inflammations, all very low. Question to ask: are you a lean mass hyper responder? Could have a higher LDLP particle count. High HDL, inflammation is low, not of concern. High cholesterol and high inflammation, be concerned. Below lipid panel you'll see LDL particles. I use the Thorne multivitamin. The chlorogenic acid you find in artichoke extract is efficacious in lowering APOB My peak LDL size has been climbing; ideally I want it above 222 1/2. My LDL particle count is actually low. Small low density lipoprotein low compared to peak LDL size. Overall I'm happy with my results. Look for increase in the size of my LDL particles. "How can I live a long time and feel good doing it?" Free fatty acids associated with diabetes and heart disease. Omega Index: two different fatty acids in your red blood cells. Arachidonic acid levels are normal; I feel like I could step up my Omega 6 fatty acid intake. (Sprinkle hemp seeds on your salad.) Metabolic health: Risk factors for diabetes and insulin resistance. You want your insulin levels relatively low. Wellness FX will give suggestions on how to lower insulin levels. My blood glucose level wasn't concerning, but a bit higher than normal. Homa IR score: Takes both glucose and insulin levels into account. A ratio of glucose vs. insulin. Thyroid health: You typically see only TSH. Mine has much more... My antibodies to thyroid are very low. Reverse T3 is very low; not concerned about stress. Free thyroxin index is normal. Thyroid peroxidase is a target of antibodies. I have low T3, T4, both total and free. My natural weight is 190-195; my actual weight is 175. I rarely eat until I'm full. Metabolic hormones: IGF is a bit low; I'll take colostrum for this. Cortisol: It's at 24; I want it between 2-20. If it's elevated on one snapshot, consider testing again. Cortisol metabolites. Dutch test for hormones. (link needed) Liver and Kidneys: High levels of creatinine; if you exercise prior to a lab test, the creatinine will be elevated. Blood urea nitrogen elevated. Forms when proteins break down. Elevates when people are a) dehydrated or b) exercised the day prior to the test. My liver values are of concern. ALT when elevated mildly not of concern; mine have raised each of the last 3 tests. Foods that are good for the liver. "What supplements should I take for peak performance?" Milk thistle Holy basil Dandelion root Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I may fall into this category. Metabolism Reset Diet by Dr. Allen Christianson (link needed) Something I do to sleep on int'l flights: an edible of marijuana. Metabolized by the liver; could have contributed to my high levels. Electrolytes Looking at Co2 and chloride levels. My Co2 has dropped. Bone health: More Vitamin D is not better; Above 80 you have increased risk of mortality. If calcium is abnormal, can be caused by abnormal albumin. The blood: You have two components of your blood: cellular (red, white, platelets) and liquid (plasma). My mean platelet volume is okay. My white blood cell count looks great. Either too little or too much can lead to mortality. Red blood cells: Look great. I spend time in the sauna which is great for blood production. My iron levels are fine. An extra steak or two per week wouldn't kill me. Floradix (link) Vitamins and minerals: Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When folate is high, it could mean using a lousy multivitamin. Vitamin B12 is required for proper nerve function; mine is through the roof. Vitamin A is in perfect amount. Red blood cell magnesium the most precise way to measure magnesium in cells. Copper needed in trace amounts. Zinc important for nails, DNA synthesis, chronic disease management; too much causes bad breath, excessive sweating. Black ant extract is great for zinc. Resources from this episode: [pdf-embedder url="" title="Ben Greenfield Lab Results - WellnessFX"] -Longevity Blood Testing Panel For Men -Longevity Blood Testing Panel For Women -Click here for a 20 to 60-minute consulting session with Ben to review your own results -The Ultimate Guide To Self-Quantification - How To Test, Track & Interpret Blood, Saliva, Urine, Hair & Poop. -RebelDesk standing desk -Focal Upright Mogo Stool -Are You A Lean Mass Hyperresponder? -Thorne Multi -Almsbio Glutathione with Q10 -Kion Flex -Kion Colostrum -DUTCH Test for Hormones -JOOVV -Top testosterone hacks article -LiveO2 exercise advice -Iron Bisyglycinate -Floradix -Qualia Mind -Black Ant Extract -Swiss Healing Retreat - Detox with Ben Greenfield -Radical Metabolism by Anne Louise Gittleman -The Metabolism Reset Diet by Alan Christianson Episode sponsors: -Onnit Supplements are the foundation of total human optimization. I highly recommend their toothpaste! Use my link and get 10% off your order. -Kion Serum Give the middle finger to aging. Use Kion Serum anywhere you'd like more vibrant, youthful skin and hair.   -Aaptiv It's like having a personal trainer in your pocket. Inspiring music, inspiring trainers guiding your through your workout. Use my link and get 30% off a new membership. -Jet Pack Reclaim your inner-warrior. Have more energy. Boost your libido. Jet Pack is like a cup of coffee for your crotch. Enter code "ben" and get yourself 15% off your order at checkout. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about these lab results? Leave your comments below and I'll reply ASAP!
01:44:32 9/28/2018
Warning: today's podcast episode gets a bit...well edgy - even explicit. See, every so often, I get together with my fellow fitness-freak podcasting friends - the good fellas from the MindPump studios - and we take a rather rough around the edges, occasionally drug or alcohol infused, definitely entertaining and edgy foray into longevity to life to religion to parenting to biohacking and beyond. These always turn out to be incredibly popular podcast episodes, and this one promises to be just that. The hosts of Mindpump claim to "pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health." T ake a gander at these they seem to have the body composition and transformation equation pretty well figured out. They include... Sal DiStefano. Sal was 14 years old when he touched his first weight and from that moment he was hooked. Growing up asthmatic, frequently sick and painfully skinny, Sal saw weightlifting as a way to change his body and his self-image. In the beginning, Sal's body responded quickly to his training but then his gains slowed and then stopped altogether. Not one to give up easily, he began reading every muscle building publication he could get his hands on to find ways to bust through his plateau. He read Arnold's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, Mentzer's Heavy Duty, Kubrick's Dinosaur Training, and every muscle magazine he could find; Weider's Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Iron Man and even Muscle Media 2000. Each time he read about a new technique or methodology he would test it out in the gym. At age 18 his passion for the art and science of resistance training was so consuming that he decided to make it his profession and become a personal trainer. By 19 he was managing health clubs and by 22 he owned his own gym. After 17 years as a personal trainer he has dedicated himself to bringing science and TRUTH to the fitness industry.   Adam Schafer is a IFBB men's physique Pro and fitness expert. Adam made his entrance into the fitness world 14 years ago and has continued to send shock waves throughout the community ever since. He is a man of many talents who wears many hats. He is first and foremost a certified fitness expert who has an insatiable desire to help people in need of major lifestyle changes and daily accountable motivation. He is also incredibly driven entrepreneur and business minded individual with a vision that continually challenges his colleagues and peers to think bigger and achieve more.        Justin Andrews has an incredible passion to disrupt the personal training industry and create ground breaking programs and tools that fitness professionals and clients alike can benefit from. The fitness industry in general needs a massive face lift to speak more to the generation growing up with a more advanced technology tool kit. Justin's approach is to create programs that utilize technology as it advances and cut through the millions of options people face everyday when seeking specific information relating to their fitness needs. The great thing about where we are today is how easy it is to access information, the bad part about accessing all this information is how much misinformation is out there to weed through. As a health and fitness professional with a proven track record here in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Justin Andrews will keep working tirelessly to keep people educated and connected to quality personal trainers long into the future.    Doug Egge received his first gym membership as a gift from his dad when he was 16 years old. Rocky III had just come out and he was determined to build a body like Stallone. It never happened. Despite following the advice of muscle magazines and busting his butt in the gym, Doug saw minimal gains over the next 30 years. Then he was introduced to Sal Di Stefano by his chiropractor who recommended he work with Sal to eliminate muscle imbalances that were causing lower back issues. Sal's unique approach, often 180 degrees different from what Doug had read in books and magazines, produced more results in a matter of months than he had experienced in the 30 years prior. Doug with an extensive marketing and media production background, recognized Sal's unique gift and perspective was missing from the fitness world and suggested that they should join forces. Doug and Sal have since produced life-altering programs such as the No BS 6-Pack Formula and MAPS Anabolic. Doug is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Adam and Justin as Producer of MindPump. In this epic 2+ hour conversation with the MindPump guys, you'll discover: -Health hazards of the new nicotine vapor pens...7:40 Hyper-concentrated amounts of THC. Nearly 100% There's such thing as too much of a good thing (essential oils) St. John's wort an anti-depressant; put it in vodka for 4 weeks, then strain it. -Observation: as humans have manipulated nature, all of a sudden we have a bunch of diseases to worry about...10:45 Two beliefs: creationism vs. evolutionism. Means of concentrating elements have changed. -Synthetic THC, gravity bombs, etc...13:45 A kid took two hits and lost his mind; scary thing to watch. Deaths associated with synthetic cannabinoids It's impossible to kill yourself with real cannabis You want a total plant extract; CBD provides benefits but works better with other cannabinoids present. Actually grows new brain cells. -Oversaturation of cannabis-related products in the marketplace...17:00 If you use a lot of it, you could be getting your body to produce less natural cannabinoids. CBD protein, pre-workout, products. Ben has a high tolerance for stimulants like coffee and caffeine due to his upbringing. Varying reactions to caffeine/CBD combinations. Don't take grapefruit with medication. -How I and my kids are increasing our levels of BDNF, which are naturally low...22:05 Drinking lion's mane tea; using the sauna 3x/week. Side effects of low levels of BDNF. Not enough Vitamin D Not optimal cognitive ability The ins and outs of "smart drugs." I'm not as into them as I once was. -What it was like to start a supplement company, and a progress report 1 year into it...27:30 Began with just a few supplements: Serum, Flex, etc. I don't want to be "the face" of the company. I want the products to stand for themselves. I'm behind the scenes, formulating the supplements. We partner with some companies, like Thorne. Their labels contain the Kion logo.  The process from idea to opening the company...  Took around 2 1/2 years. We follow books like Traction, and Rocket Fuel, EO Systems.  I formulate supplements because I want it, and figure there are others that need it too. Kion headquarters are in Boulder, CO; we use Slack and Voxer to operate remotely. Best selling product is the Clean Energy Bar. Rather than focus on "long tail" concepts, I focus on specific pain points: sleep, longevity, joints, etc. We want people to have just a few supplements in their cupboard. You have to create a high number of SKU's, OR have a huge following in one specific area. -The financial investments and human labor that went into founding Kion...41:30 Initial investment: $100k from a friend, who is an investment partner. I invest in a lot of nutrition, fitness, bone broth, etc. companies. Kion has a board of 5 business-savvy members. Everything else I've financed personally. We're in the green less than a year into it. Same growth curve as companies that have been around for 3+ years. Due to existing traction from the podcast, email list, etc. Relationship capital is HUGE. It's not about cold calling... I have a spreadsheet that's a virtual rolodex of influencers Address to send free product Ask them to share on social media Relationships make it easy to decide who to listen to, what products to promote, etc. Having assistants who make our schedule is actually far less stressful than feeling like we're in control of everything. I've successfully built my business hiring experts who can focus on just one particular element of the business. i.e. scheduling, podcasts, etc. (H/T to Gary Keller's The One Thing.) It's futile to build a huge following on social media and promoting products. Although it's a temporary success, what do you really have to be proud of? It's an unsustainable business model. I'm more concerned with creating a legacy with Kion, my books, podcast, etc. -The risk in terms of your own sanity in being consumed with your appearance...55:00 Look at celebrities using botox, plastic surgery. The body changes, ages. You realize money isn't that important. Focus on building YOU, rather than your image. No one on their death bed wishes they made more money. They wish they had more family time, practicing spirituality: meditation, gratitude, connecting with a higher power. There's a lot to be gained by abstaining from certain comforts of life. Delayed gratification. How do you want to be remembered? What legacy do you want to build? -Balancing scientific truth and spiritual truth...1:04:00 Light is the first thing created. Research has shown that the primary way in which cells communicate is via biophotonic signaling. There's a reason I'm not paleo... The first people were gardeners; EVERYTHING was good. Science itself eliminates the idea that you can have only science and no moral code. We have a built-in morality that some scientists claim to disprove. -What kinds of things do people hire me for? How to exercise and stay in shape for leisure activities and meet business demands. Blood and biomarker interpretation. Create meal plans based on their own lifestyle. I'm the CEO of their health. Consult with pro sports teams: Miami Heat. Optimize light HEPA air filters Micro adjustments that take a team from good to great. Mostly for personal health reasons, rather than outperforming competitors. -Things I do to mitigate jet lag...1:25:45 Circadian cues: light, movement, food. Get into natural light ASAP; block LED lights. Avoid eating on the airplane as much as possible. Recommend macadamia nuts, gum, stevia, electrolyte tablets. Wait until the first regular time to eat a meal. Ex. You land at 2 am, wait until normal breakfast time to eat. DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST! Mimic your movements in the new location, i.e. exercise time. Look for a park; walk in your bare feet. Find a sauna and pool. The Last Resource You'll Ever Need on Sleep. -The newest science in anti-aging and longevity research...1:36:30 Calorie restriction memetics Resveratrol, Astragalus Using fasting to build muscle mass. Interval training. When you drop your calories, your metabolism adjusts. Staggered fasting helps mitigate that adjustment. NAD precursors: Tru Niagen, NiaCel, nicotinamide riboside (NR) My podcast with Dr. Charles Brenner Primary signaling molecules in our body are free radicals. Fecal transplants. -What are some things I've eliminated from my protocol?...1:58:52 Theacrine CBD for energy Probiotics -Whether I've ever experimented with my cholesterol levels for strength increases...2:04:34 Is any increase in strength because of fat-soluble vitamins, or because it's an increase in cholesterol? I try to keep my total cholesterol above 200. -The significance of consuming the RIGHT minerals into your diet...2:08:30 Your body needs to be rich in minerals in order to respond to light signals. Drink salt water vs. tap water. Celtic salt is higher than other types of salt. Why a couple of dill kosher pickles relieves a headache. On a quarterly basis, I test for hydroxy vitamin D, calcium, red blood cell magnesium, CO2, chloride levels. I pay the most attention to chloride levels and magnesium. Cramping during exercise is rarely due to mineral depletion or dehydration. Due to an alpha motor neuron reflex. To reverse this cramp, taste something incredibly salty or incredibly spicy. The taste causes a motor neuron reflex and relieves the cramp. -My reaction to being labeled the "pseudoscience guy"...2:20:30 Religion and spirituality are very difficult to prove. Some things such as cells communicating via biophotonics light signaling have been proven since the 1700's; it's just not common knowledge. People are afraid of it, or it disrupts the status quo. There's a certain amount of "industry manipulation" on the information we receive. -My opinion on the upcoming debates between Layne Norton/Dominic D'Agostino and Chris Kresser/Joel Kahn on the Joe Rogan Podcast...2:27:30 Resources mentioned in this episode: -The MAPS training plans designed by the MindPump crew for fat loss, muscle gain, mobility, sports performance and more. -My previous 3 podcasts with the MindPump guys: The Mysterious Kuwait Muscle-Building Phenomenon, The Too-Much-Protein Myth, Anabolic Triggering Sessions & More With The MindPump Podcast Crew. The Mysterious Micro-Workouts, Turning On Your Butt, Overdosing With Melatonin & More With The MindPump Guys Six-Egg Breakfasts, Ketosis For Bodybuilders, Resetting Weed Tolerance, Kratom Experimentation & Much More With The Mindpump Guys! -Kion Flex -Kion Colostrum -Book: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday -Book: The Art of Manliness -Own the Day by Aubrey Marcus -Pau D' Arco Bark Tea -Hello Ned -15% off first purchase -Four Sigmatic -Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) -Thorne Supplements -WellnessFX Lab Testing -Article: The Big Problem With Gyms & Why You Need to Exercise Outdoors -Book: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi -Website: The Art of Manliness | Men's Interests and Lifestyle -Book: Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan -Joovv -State of the Art Led Circadian Lighting Systems -Molecular Hydrogen Institute -Book: Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life by Ben Greenfield -The Last Resource On Sleep You'll Ever Need: Ben Greenfield's Ultimate Guide To Napping, Jet Lag, Sleep Cycles, Insomnia, Sleep Food, Sleep Supplements, Exercise Before Bed & Much, Much More! -Vuori Clothing -Mind Pump Ep. 865: Stan Efferding -Video:  How to Convert NR into NAD for Mitochondrial Health and Longevity -Helminthic therapy Episode Sponsors: -Kion Tian Chi Brighten your mind. Extra nourishment to help you navigate the storm of stress, work, and life. -Organifi Gold.  Pain-soothing herbs, antioxidants, & phyto-nutrients all in one delicious, soothing "Golden Milk". Use code "greenfield" at checkout for a cool 20% discount. -Clear Light Saunas. Advanced technology...for your good health. See why Clear Light Jacuzzi Saunas are unsurpassed. Use my link and get $500 off the regular price of a Clear Light Sauna. -New Man Revolution Never worry about your shower and bathroom products ever again! New Man Revolution delivers the best quality men's products, like men's shampoo, body wash and shave butter, right to your door. Use code "ben" to get 15% off your first order; or get 25% off a new subscription to the NMR club.
02:33:07 9/26/2018
For some reason, I've gotten a reputation as a guy who "shines light on his balls". Perhaps it was this Men's Health magazine article, in which I discuss a form of light therapy called "photobiomodulation" as a way for guys to increase sexual performance, sperm count and testosterone. Or perhaps it's because I've described on multiple podcasts how I pull down my pants for 20-30 minutes a day while I'm at my desk, and "bathe my balls" in red and near-infrared light, using a device called a "Joovv". Turns out the benefits of photobiomodulation go far beyond your nether regions. Heck, this recent study even hinted at the fact that perhaps it should actually be banned as an illegal performance-enhancing drug! On today's podcast, I discuss photobiomodulation ins and outs with two experts in the field: Justin Strahan and Scott Nelson. Not just any man can take his wife's dream and make it a reality. This is just one of the reasons why Justin is so special. Justin's affinity for process and extreme attention to detail is why we are lucky to have him as head of R&D. The two words we would to describe Justin are intuitive and thorough. Prior to inventing and developing the Joovv, he spent his career as an engineer managing design and development teams. He also has six children, and can apparently play drums and trumpet like it's nobody's business.   Scott is the impetus, power, and energy that set Joovv in motion. As head of commercialization, his ability to metabolize information quickly makes him an irreplaceable asset. The two words we would use to describe Scott are efficient and personable. Prior to cofounding Joovv, he spent his entire professional career in leadership positions with some of the largest medical device companies in the world, including Medtronic, Covidien, Boston Scientific, and C.R. Bard.   During our discussion, you'll discover: -The intriguing history of photobiomodulation (PBM) and the JOOVV light...11:11 All types of health benefits from a wide range of wavelengths. Sunlight is optimal Red (600-670 nanometers); near infrared (800-880 nanometers) Visible Red light is considered near infrared. Far infrared is useful for heating tissue (over 3000 nanometers); you can't see it. Comparing research between red and near-infrared light.  Original PBM devices were lasers. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) Difference between LED and lasers: light source itself. Laser is a specific wavelength. LED is tight range, but not a coherent beam. Photo medicine is still a niche field. Most older academics say that it's based on laser therapy, younger professionals say with newer LED light, you can deliver the same level of intensity over a much broader treatment area. How is LED light different from sunlight? Americans spend around 93% of their lifetime indoors due to their work and lifestyle. PBM harnesses specific wavelengths; restores healthy function to offset stressors such as wifi, bluetooth, etc. It's similar to supplementing our diets with a smoothie or multivitamin. It doesn't contain the UVA or UVB, blue light, etc. -The compelling research behind phototherapy for everything from testosterone to collagen to thyroid to muscular recovery and beyond...21:00  Wide-ranging benefits: skin health, muscle recovery, thyroid function. Supported by over 3,000 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Over 200 placebo-controlled trials. Restores natural skin health. Red light is studied for skin health; near infrared often used for joint pain studies. Are JOOVV lights effective for controlling acne? The effect of red lights on the eyes. Will it damage your eyes to stare at a JOOVV, or will it even help them? Proven to help degenerative eyes. Near-infrared a bit more comfortable to the eye. Begin treatment with eyes closed; then open eyes if you feel comfortable. JOOVV elite allows you to use only near-infrared light. JOOVV devices are registered with the FDA, Class 2. How red and infrared light affects collagen production. It increases collagen production, helps restore joint health. Copper and green light have been shown to enhance benefits of light therapy. Can PBM mitigate circadian rhythm or exposure to artificial light? Sun gets a "bad rap"; unfairly associated with skin cancer. Studies prove that red/infrared light increase levels of melatonin. -Is PBM effective in attaining weight loss?...41:30 Not necessarily weight loss, but there is a "slimming effect". Some studies have shown that red light helps in increasing metabolism. Red light has been shown to mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation.  -Why PBM is now under consideration for classification as a "performance enhancing drug"...41:30 Meta-analysis claimed that red light builds up muscle tissue. Near-infrared waves have had a profound impact. -How PBM affects stem cells...49:30 -The effect of using PBM on your neck for thyroid issues...51:30 -The optimal amount of PBM to which you should expose yourself per day...54:23 It's difficult to test the power output of a device. There are many variables that affect the amount of PBM a device is able to put out. Ensure you purchase your device from a reliable, trusted company. JOOVV is ~100 milowatts per sq. cm. Recommended 10-minute treatment about 6" away from the device. -The differences and benefits of continuous wave vs pulsed frequencies...1:01:20 Pulsed means the light turns on and off very rapidly. A bit of ambiguity on the results of pulsed; continuous wave is tried and true. Sunlight is considered to be a continuous wave light. -Whether the JOOVV produces much EMF or flicker, and if you can actually look at the light without eye damage...1:03:07 Household LED lighting is different from PBM. JOOVV lights have AC/DC built in. JOOVV lights mitigate "dirty electricity."  Newer devices are even more effective. -What kind of things you can combine with photobiomodulation to enhance the effects...1:10:30 Be well hydrated, preferably structured with minerals. Green tea extract on the skin. -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Biomat mini -Vielight -Alitura Clay Mask -PulseCenters PEMF -Swannies clear lens blue light blocking glasses -The structured water filter Ben uses -4th Phase Of Water Book by Gerald Pollack Episode Sponsors -Kion Colostrum Nature's "first food" that supports immunity, GI function, athletic recovery, and more. -Kettle and Fire Support skin, joint, and gut health with bone broth & Soups. Use my link and get a 15% discount off your order! -Vuori is built to move and sweat in, yet designed with a West Coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly into everyday life. Get 25% off any of their clothing using discount code "ben25". -Organifi Try their Red Juice: A "Tart-Sweet" Custom Brew With The HOTTEST Fat Melting And "Skin-Firming" Superfoods In The World. Use discount code "greenfield" and get 20% off your order! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Scott, Justin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
01:21:51 9/21/2018
You've no doubt heard of it by now... In an attempt to live longer, some anti-aging enthusiasts are getting themselves injected with the blood of young humans, via a process deemed: plasmaphoresis. This podcast is about several age reversal therapies. It's also about biohacking Alzheimers. It's about all these therapies (senolytics, exosomes, gdf-11, etc) that scientists have been talking about for age reversal. The podcast is about biological aging clocks and biomarkers to measure them. You'll learn about ways that you can biohack Alzheimer's disease, how to measure your biological age, how to reverse aging, what the biggest obstacle to age reversal is, how to get more involved in the anti-aging community and more. About the Guests Mark Urdahl, is a technology entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley.  He has numerous patents and has worked in big data.  He began his career at IBM's medical instruments subsidiary that pioneered plasmaphoresis.  Mark founded the Youngblood Institute to advance new uses for well established therapeutic plasma exchange therapies which have recently evidenced a previously undocumented potential to rejuvenate the body's own stem cells, restore aging immune systems, and prevent the onset of many age-related disease condition, so that we might live healthy as we age and ultimately live longer lives.     Tom Ingloglia first appeared on this podcast in the episode "The Next Big Anti-Aging Drug: Everything You Need To Know About "NAD"."  As you learn in that episode, Tom is a private investor with a master's degree in finance. In the midst of trading, investing in technology and developing real estate in Costa Rica, Tom became very sick. He was initially prescribed antibiotics, suffered from an adverse reaction and was told that he'd have stomach problems for the rest of his life. In the years that followed, Tom also developed severe food allergies. His symptoms worsened, and he next began dealing with insomnia, anxiety, muscle pain, tendinopathies, joint pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, altered and clouded cognition and headaches. He finally had a mental breakdown in 2008. After a prolonged period of taking antibiotics, Tom began experiencing tendonitis throughout his fingers, hands, wrists and ankles and feet, so he started taking pain medications to relieve this pain. He had to give up his career in trading because his sole focus for the next eight years would be on finding a cure to his growing symptoms. His life consisted of working with physical therapists, going to the gym, going to new doctors, and trying new foods to see if it would help. Throughout Tom's eight-year battle, he was prescribed consistently and persistently more medication. For six years, he was taking excessive amounts of Hydrocodone and Tramadol every day. Tom became obsessed with researching symptoms and treatments, and learned about the NAD+ treatment. He visited a clinic, and on Day 7 of his treatment, "It hit me. I started feeling better. I felt amazing. There was a calm that came over me. I felt safe. I just had no cravings for drugs or pain meds. There was no need for them. I just didn't have the excruciating pain that I had before. I felt eight years of pain melting away." Tom has nearly fully recovered, using related treatments to NAD+, and has engaged two cofounders to assist him in building out a facility to help bring this treatment to others in similar situations. In my conversation with Mark and Tom, you'll discover: -The history of The Young Blood Institute and how "heterochronic plasma exchange" works...16:00 Heterochronic plasma means simply removing old plasma and replacing it with "young" plasma. Others are experimenting with this concept. What Mark does is different from a plasma "infusion." Plasma is approximately half of our blood volume.  Mark began with IBM Biomedical Systems, who had invented what we now call the "blood cell processor." -The intricate means of testing used on mice...22:15 Basically creating "siamese twins" with mice by stitching them together. Similar procedures have been conducted on humans for over 50 years. Mark wanted to recruit the best medical professionals to the Young Blood Institute. Many of them have been doing it for 30-40 years. -What, if any, are the risks of these plasma exchanges...29:10 Roughly a 4% risk of a transfusion reaction, which is akin to what you might experience donating blood. One of the safer procedures in the medical field today. You go through 6 exchanges as part of a protocol. -The network of doctors that Mark and Tom have built to do a plasma exchange...32:42 There are medical professionals all over the U.S. that can do the procedure. Submit an inquiry on the Young Blood Institute website to find a doctor that is near you. -What anti-aging biomarkers Mark is tracking at the Young Blood Institute...34:51 They have more technology testing capability than Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Harvard combined. Key technology: time of flight mass cytometry. Single cell proteionomics. They are trying to develop early detection biomarkers that enables them to prevent the onset of diseases before they become significant. -The lowest hanging fruit for people to track...46:15 The YBI's concern is the function of the body, rather than the age. Your cells are not aware of your "age". -What a biological aging clock is...50:20 Zymo is a lab that has worked with Steven Horvath. Zymo DNA Methylation Aging Clock Looked at DNA, and seen a pattern from methyl groups attached to certain parts of the genome. -How can we track biological aging, or slow down our biological aging clock?...52:30 Inflammatory markers, heart age, brain age, lung age, skin elasticity. -The anti-aging booth that Mark and Tom will be operating at a conference called RAAD Fest...54:45 Revolution Against Aging and Death Want to have a contest where people calculate their age, and track their progress. Mark and Tom have one of the largest booths at the conference. -Whether NAD actually gets absorbed into a cell via injections or IV...1:00:30 How does Ben feel with an injection? Answer: Incredible. Tom doesn't recommend the injection due to the level of discomfort. -Why compounded formulas such as glutathione and Vitamin B could be taken off the market soon...1:07:30 There's a review similar to a court hearing, where people argue for and against glutathione. Taken off the market for compounding pharmacies. Tom "has his own reasons" for why this could be deemed unsafe. Core problem: the vitamins don't have any intellectual property. Could affect the costs of healthcare. -How to use technologies such as Vielight and exosomes to address Alzheimer's...1:14:30 Alzheimers is a $500 billion industry; the 6th leading cause of death. A Vielight is basically a laser light for your nose and head; photobiomodulation on your skull. -What GDF11 mRNA is and how it works to improve hearing, smell and sight...1:25:30 GDF11 is a DNA repair molecule; makes stem cells active again. Patients see improvements in sex drive, vision, smell, hearing, etc. Legal hurdles to being able to administer it. "Unofficial" results are very positive. -How senolytics works as a therapy for aging and Alzheimer's, and the importance of quercetin and tocotrienols...1:33:45 Describes small molecules that lead to the death of "zombie" cells that don't help the rest of your body. Life Extension article "Natural Compounds that Remove Aging Cells" -And much more... Resources from this episode:  -The NAD Treatment Center -NAD conference -Brain Research Center -The Revolutionary RX Podcast -Beyond NAD Conference - Use discount code "BenlovesNAD" at check out -Connexin 43 hemi channels mediate Ca2+-regulated transmembrane NAD+ fluxes in intact cells -3T3 L1 Cell Line from mouse -PRESERVING PATIENT ACCESS TO COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS H.R. 2871 -Bulk Drug Substances Nominated for Use in Compounding Under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act -Forecasting the global burden of Alzheimer's disease -Nicotinamide riboside restores cognition through an upregulation of proliferator-activated receptor-? coactivator 1? regulated ?-secretase 1 degradation and mitochondrial gene expression in Alzheimer's mouse models -Activation of SIRT3 by the NAD? precursor nicotinamide riboside protects from noise-induced hearing loss. -Nicotinamide restores cognition in AD transgenic mice via a mechanism involving sirtuin inhibition and selective reduction of Thr231-phosphotau -Dr Nady Braidy -Alzheimer's Disease Statistics -The Bredesen Protocol -Book:  The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dr. Dale Bredesen -The Vielight -Exosomes Podcast: The Single, Most Comprehensive Stem Cell Procedure Known To Humankind: How A "Full Body Stem Cell & Exosome Makeover" Works. -Umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells derived extracellular vesicles can safely ameliorate the progression of chronic kidney diseases -Restoring systemic GDF11 levels reverses age-related dysfunction in mouse skeletal muscle. -Steve Perry's GDF11 Presentation at RAADFest 2017 -Stressed, toxic, zombie cells seen for 1st time in Alzheimer's -Tau protein aggregation is associated with cellular senescence in the brain -Quercetin and Tocotrienols - 500-800mg Quercetin and 150mg tocotrienols per day for 3 months -New study on whether NAD is absorbed into cell via IV Episode Sponsors: -Kion Aminos Whether you're looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered. -Gluten Guardian "How to eat gluten and get away with it..." Get 10% off the already discounted price when you use my link! -Thrive Market Makes healthy living easy and affordable at 25-50% off traditional retail prices. Use my link and get an additional $60 off your order. -Gainswave The revolutionary bedroom biohack for guys who want optimal sexual performance. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Tom, Mark or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
01:39:33 9/19/2018

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