Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance

Ben Greenfield Q&A: Detox Myths, Amino Acids While Fasting, Muscle Gain Protocols, Cell Phone Dangers & Much More!

In this podcast, recorded during the Swiss Clinic retreat that I led in the Swiss Alps two weeks ago, we cover a host of questions from attendees. Strap yourself in and prepare for this massive Q&A that includes the following: -Are you increasing mTOR by taking Kion Aminos throughout the day vs. around a workout? [6:25] 1 gram of amino acids = 1 gram of protein Any protein can be anabolic Exercising with 10 g of aminos is more effective than in a pure fasted state -What are the best protocols for eliminating heavy metals and toxins, and how do you measure success? [10:20] Process vs. Event. Daily detox is far more effective than a yearly or quarterly The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo Ben's Kitchari recipe BGF podcast with Dr. Dan Pompa BGF podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda Ben's personal protocol Sauna treatment everyday Coffee enema weekly Rebounder and vibration platform Biggest detox organ is the skin Mass spectrometry Onegevity NutrEval by Genova Diagnostics GI Effects 3 day gut test Wellness FX Once in a Lifetime Genetic Test Tree of Life BGF podcast w/ Dr. Kharim Dhanani Microbiome analysis: Viome or Onegevity -How to find relief from exercise-induced rhinitis [18:40] HistaBlock Avoid dairy -Is there a threshold between the sympathetic and parasympathetic state? [21:30] There is no threshold Autonomic nervous system sends signal to the heart via vagus nerve Good balance between the two dictates the vagus nerve communication with the heart will be clear High HRV is indicative of healthy balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems Breath work is highly efficacious -What is the latest science on carnivore, ketogenic, vegan diets? [28:15] There is no one "perfect" diet to follow; it's highly individualized Be aware of your ancestry and adjust your diet accordingly Periods of caloric restriction are very beneficial Ben does a Kitchari cleanse 4x per year -How dangerous are WiFi, cellular, 5G signals? [35:15] BGF podcast w/ Nick Pineault The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF's by Nick Pineault BGF podcast w/ building biologist Brian Hoyer Shielded Healing dirty electricity filters Will humans evolve to tolerate these hazards? BluShield signal scrambling device Acoustimeter Holding your phone makes you a conductor of EMF Phase Angle (recommended by Dr. Mercola) Defender Shield bluetooth device Yur Buds (amazon) -Ben's thoughts on vaping, particularly CBD [47:25] -Ben's thoughts on the Viome results recently discussed on the podcast [49:35] BGF podcast on Ben's Viome test results Kion Flex is being reformulated When eating at a steak house: HistaBlock Kion Lean Gluten Guardian (4) Charcoal capsules before bed -What is the cause of low ferritin? [57:06] High ferritin is usually the concern Look at diet adjustments High red blood cell turnover Ferritin pyrophosphate - Floradix (link) Increasing intake of iron could be risky for men -How does one know they're ready to begin the process of detoxification from heavy metals and toxins? [1:00:20] -What is a MTHFR gene mutation and should anyone care? [1:04:00] Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch Stratagene, Dr. Lynch's company Impaired metabolism It would affect a supplementation protocol -What has piqued Ben's interest in the realm of anti-aging [1:06:40] Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Deuterium depleted water BGF podcast w/ Robert Slovak of Water and Wellness Auto immune control Mistletoe extract (link) Keto, CBD, infrared light Hyperthermia Awareness of mitochondrial health Mitigation of EMF Stem cell treatments -Ben's thoughts on Carbon 60 [1:13:30] An upcoming podcast will be on the topic -Should fats be combined with starches? [1:16:00] Potential oxidation of cholesterol Formation of lipopolysaccharides -How can skinny guys gain muscle mass? [1:20:15] Similar to a body builder's approach (stronger by science) Dan John's 18 Week protocol Creatine (link) Peptides -What kind of massages Ben recommends [1:24:55] Deep tissue massage is very beneficial; injury-free Every Wednesday, 2.5 hr. massage Essential oils Music w/ healing frequencies Essential Oil Wizardry BGF podcast w/ Dr. Nick Berry -What do you recommend to enhance recovery from exercise and recovery from injury?...1:28:30 BPC 157 and TB500 peptides Amino acids PEMF therapy Infrared sauna JOOVV light Water and non-weight bearing exercise Magnesium bath salts Fasting (with caution) -Is airplane mode on our cell phones safe, or should we turn them off completely while we're sleeping? [1:32:25] -What can parents do for their pre-teen children to become strong and healthy young adults? [1:33:45] Unschooling to University by Judy Arnall John Holt Free to Learn by Peter Gray -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: - The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo - Ben's Kitchari recipe - BGF podcast with Dr. Dan Pompa - BGF podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda - HistaBlock - The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF's by Nick Pineault - BGF podcast w/ Nick Pineault - BGF podcast w/ building biologist Brian Hoyer - Shielded Healing dirty electricity filters - Acoustimeter - BGF podcast on Ben's Viome test results - Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch - Stratagene, Dr. Lynch's company - BGF podcast w/ Robert Slovak of Water and Wellness - Dan John's 18 Week protocol - Essential Oil Wizardry - BGF podcast w/ Dr. Nick Berry - Unschooling to University by Judy Arnall - Free to Learn by Peter Gray Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance
01:42:28 7/17/2019

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Since releasing a previous podcast episode about peptides, I've received a ton of questions about them, including: -What's the best way to store peptides and for how long are they stable? -What's the most updated anti-aging peptide stack? -What's the best nootropic or cognition enhancing peptide formula? -Can peptides be used to slow or stop hair loss? -What's the unique peptide that stops gas and bloating in its tracks? So on today's podcast I have two guests. The first guest, Dr. William Seeds is a leading researcher and educator in the field of peptides. He is a Medical Doctor board certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine. Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Seeds provides this leading edge care at the world renowned Spire Institute, Olympic Training Center in Geneva, Ohio. He has treated athletes from all over the world, helping them compete on the playing field and fulfill their dreams of winning gold metals. As a consultant for ABC's Dancing with the Stars, he enables their dancers to stay competitive and recapture their careers after injury. Dr. Seeds is the Medical Director for the New Initiative of Regenerative Medicine at the NFL's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio Dr. Seed's passion is bringing Peptide Medicine to the forefront as treatment of all major disease processes, traumatic injuries as well as Mental, Addiction and pain disorders. As a researcher of peptide therapy protocols for over 25 years Dr. Seeds Founded and Chairs the International Peptide Society. The only Organization with Certification and Fellowship Training in Peptide Therapies. This academic medical society leads the forefront as the Authority in Peptide practices and is the leader in Education for Physician, and health care providers. Mr. Jeremy Delk, my other guest, has been a successful entrepreneur for over a decade, with a keen eye for innovative new products, technologies and unexploited market niches. Mr. Delk utilized the financial acumen he learned in the financial sector with Fidelity Investments, while working in both Boston and NYC, to incorporate Delk Enterprises in 2002. With the growth of Delk Enterprises, Mr. Delk made the decision to move back to his native Kentucky focusing on the growth of his company, which includes the peptides arm Tailor Made Compounding. Over time, Mr. Delk expanded Delk Enterprises from primarily a real estate holdings firm to a diversified private equity portfolio including equity holdings in animal health, sports medicine, human health care, pharmacy & creating access to future IP through strategic investments in technology and human health R&D initiatives. Today positively disrupting healthcare through portfolio companies and other strategic investments is where his primary focus lies. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Just what is a peptide, exactly...7:45 Natural signaling agent made up of amino acids, sequences, chains, etc. Reproduces what the body already knows to do in signaling, neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, etc. Maintain a state of neutrality in a cell "We can find the pathways involved in cellular progression into generation, and change it by isolating the signaling agents that aren't working and induce it via a peptide" "Cells are intelligent; we're just giving it the ability to show its intelligence" Impacting neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, autoimmune dysfunction and more Peptides are not new; what's new is the ability to hold the peptide in the system and pinpoint the synthesis in the cells The lack of intellectual property protection causes some hesitancy among pharmaceutical companies to proceed full speed ahead on peptide R&D -How peptides can be used for an anti-aging protocol...14:20 "Aging is a disease, the #1 risk factor for everything..." Cells have different receptors to detect problems (infection, environmental stressor, etc.) Cell can organize itself and take on the adaptive stress Allostatic load: Wear and tear on the body as it is exposed to repeated or chronic stress Phenotype: The composite of the organism's observable characteristics or traits True senescent state: The condition in which cells change their phenotype Autophagy: The natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that removes unnecessary or dysfunctional components. Certain peptides can naturally upregulate cellular autophagy, thus slowing down the aging process -Which peptides should the consumer consider for an anti-aging protocol...21:05 It will vary depending on the individual A cell is like a see-saw: AMPK and mTOR AMPK gives the cell energy (calorie restriction and intermittent fasting) mTOR builds the cell back up If mTOR is always going, you can't have autophagy MOTS-c is a "magic bullet" for autophagy Corrects metabolic imbalances Improves metabolic flexibility of muscle FOX04 induces a cell into apoptosis; specific to senescent cells (cell directive) The protocol and schedule for each peptide will vary on the state and health of the user MOTS-c works by downregulating Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) If you can control GSK-3, you can control a great deal of disease processes in a cell Humanin is a mitochondrial derived peptide in the same category as MOTS-c; it has specific functions in the body when used Human in slightly more complicated in determining the dosage and mode of injection than MOTS-c Is there a protocol that would alternate MOTS-c, FOX04 and Humanin? Yes, but be aware of what mechanisms you're improving and what you're slowing down -The peptide Ben recently discovered to help with SIBO and gut stability...45:15 LL37 was discussed on Super Human Radio w/ Carl Lanore LL37 can be very powerful, but also the wrong thing to use The gut can go very well or very wrong It only works if we have all the bacteria we should all have working for us If you're feeding the gut the right nutrients, the microbes make short-chain fatty acids The gut produces its own LL37 when its functioning properly LL37 can induce discomfort and nausea if used to fight SIBO -How to best inform one's self on the proper use of peptides...52:00 They should be used under the care of a properly educated physician The International Peptide Society is a self-governing body created for oversight and accountability Other industries (such as stem cells) have suffered due to the lack of a similar organization NYT Article: At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias -Peptide protocols to use for hair loss...58:45 PTD-DBM Used to affect suppression of Wnt/?-catenin pathway Upregulate the pathway that rescues the stem cell from being suppressed Thymosin-Beta 4 (TB4) goes after senescent cells that affect interleukin 1 beta TB500 is a generic form of TB4 GHK-Cu Valproic acid Microderm abrasion -Peptide stacks that are good for memory and cognition...1:05:25 FGL puts microglial cells into a quiescent state FGL improves already normally functioning memory; a sign it's on the right track Neuro inflammation is a big problem in the current day and age of busyness, lack of sleep, etc. Dihexa upregulates brain-derived neurotropic factors Can change a pro-inflammatory microglial cell into an anti-inflammatory one It's applied topically -Facts around ghrelin and the GHS-R1a and GHS-R1b and how it effects dosing of the GH secretagogues...1:12:05 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -My previous peptides podcast with Jean Francois Tremblay -Dr. Seed's Oral BPC-157 (use code BEN for 15% off ) -The International Peptide Society -Super Human Radio w/ Carl Lanore -NYT Article: At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Four Sigmatic: I've been using Four Sigmatic products for awhile now and I'm impressed by the efficacies of their mushroom products. I use them. I like them. I support the mission! Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase when you use discount code: BENGREENFIELD -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn't just our slogan, it's a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jeremy, Dr. Seeds or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
01:25:58 8/16/2019
Carnivore diet expert Dr. Paul Saladino was my guest on the show "The Truth About The Carnivore Diet: Everything You Need To Know About Dangers, Benefits, Mistakes & Hacks For Eating Only Meat." And now he's back! In this episode, we discuss my time at the Swiss Mountain Clinic, liver detoxes, European Biological Medicine, peptides, spirituality, hunting, survival, homemade pesto, BFR training, the carnivore diet (of course!) and much more. Throughout the course of his life, Paul Saladino has embarked on many adventures that have shaped his personal interests - including his unique, individualized approach to medicine. After studying chemistry at College of William he spent 6 years traveling and exploring. Highlights included a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, a summer in the New Zealand backcountry, and 2 years skiing and climbing in Wyoming's Teton Mountains. He returned to academic studies after these adventures, first becoming a physician assistant and practicing in cardiology before training at the University of Arizona, obtaining his M.D. in 2015. He is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner (IFMCP) through the Institute for Functional Medicine and will complete his residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington this June. When he is not researching connections between nutritional biochemistry and chronic disease he can be found in the frigid waters of the pacific northwest in search of the perfect wave. In my conversation with Paul Saladino, you'll hear... -About my recent trip to the Swiss Clinic...7:38 BGF podcast of Q&A sessions delivered at the Swiss Clinic Colon cleanses Hyperthermic therapy for cancer Liver treatments (INDIBA) UV treatments for blood Vitamin IV's Biophotonic therapy Intensive fasting first 5 days; diet customized according to individual's needs or condition Digital detox: no wifi, no bluetooth, etc. Nature therapy; hikes and walks in the mountains Ben's two boys attended BGF podcast on Unschooling -About my 12-week "bastardized" version of the carnivore diet...24:18 Very positive results Good bowel movements Good energy Significant increase in muscle mass Missed the social aspect of food (veggies from the garden, home-made recipes, etc.) "Quality of life" equation BGF podcast with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines People have varying tolerances for plant foods My two biggest takeaways from the experience Raw vegetables are interfering with my digestion Organ meats are energizing for libido, performance, muscle gain Ancestral Supplements -Nutrient profiles of organ meats...38:50 Kidney, heart and liver are high in riboflavin and Vitamin B2 White Oak Pastures Suet - fat around the loins and kidneys U.S. Wellness Meats Pack the organs when hunting "Animals will go for the viscera before the meat" Book: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky Animals in captivity become infertile when fed only muscle meat -Differing returns on investment hunting small vs. big animals...51:21 Paul Saladino's podcast with Miki Ben Dor Bigger animals have more fat Increased risk of disease, no protein in small animals Fatty fish show potential -What are the best edible plants?...54:06 Some plants contain more amino acids (ex. nettle) Plants that have a damaging effect have another one close by that will soothe it Morel mushrooms, Oregon grapes, black raspberries BGF article on curing Giardia naturally -How to understand the effect vegetables have on your body, for better or worse...1:01:00 Raw garlic helped Ben with his giardia, but otherwise can cause bloating Paul was vegan for 7 months Was bloated constantly Remained committed to the ideology in spite of the unpleasant consequences -Ben's thoughts on peptides...1:04:52 You can create amino acid sequences that target specific cellular function Some peptides cross the blood brain barrier and act as neuro inflammatory Decreased risk of all-cause mortality (Epitalon) Humanin and motsC are the two most studied peptides currently Unscheduled Not approved by FDA for human consumption The International Peptide Society Many peptides are inexpensively produced in China; have undesirable compounds in them and incorrect amino acid sequences Tailor Made Compounding The industry has expanded beyond body building to more useful functions such as mitochondrial function, gut healing, nootropics, etc. Frequency of injection varies by type of peptide and by individual need Dr. Vladimir Khavinson did clinical research on epitalon 10 day protocol, 2x yearly Inject epitalon every day Ben's personal experience with peptides Saw no noticeable effects after doing the epitalon protocol Big difference after BPC 157 and TB500 "Clean burning energy with enhanced focus" -The most radical thing Ben Greenfield has done in the last month...1:15:35 Read two books while suffering from giardia Falling Upward by Richard Rohr The Second Mountain by David Brooks "I've realized that my family isn't just my wife and kids. It's the people around me and in my community. I need to be more committed to that family as well." -And much more! Resources mentioned in this episode: -BGF podcast with Paul Saladino -BGF podcast of my Q&A sessions delivered at the Swiss Clinic -BGF podcast on Unschooling -BGF podcast with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines -Ancestral Supplements -White Oak Pastures -U.S. Wellness Meats  (code GREENFIELD gets 15% off storewide. Offer good for up to 2 orders per customer. Excludes orders over 40 lbs, sale items, volume discounts, and gift certificates.) -Book: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky -Paul Saladino's podcast with Miki Ben Dor -BGF article on curing Giardia naturally -Book: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr -Book: The Second Mountain by David Brooks Episode sponsors: -Kion Flex: A bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order at Kion when you use discount code: BGF10. -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -Clearlight Saunas: You can be sure that I researched all the saunas before I bought mine and Clearlight was the one that stood out from all the rest because of their EMF and ELF Shielding and their Lifetime Warranty. 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01:23:14 8/14/2019
Q&A Episode 401 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. News Flashes...5:30   -Ben mentions this new San Pellegrino Essenza in the intro -Innovative New Process Converts Vegetables Into Meat By Feeding Them To Cows -This Obscure, Potentially Dangerous Drug Could Stop Aging (but in my opinion, there are safer ways to mimic calorie restriction with fewer side effects) -Great N=1 experiment on the beneficial effects of adding some amount (about 100g) of carbs into a ketogenic diet for athletes or active individuals Special Announcements...20:15 - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram for epic posts and photos about his morning, day and evening routines, recipes and much more. - Click here to follow Ben on Twitter for daily news flashes and research. - Click here to join Ben's free Facebook page for conversations with listeners and even more useful information, posts and support! Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. -Spartan World Championships: September 26-29. Register here -View Ben's Calendar Here   This podcast is brought to you by: -Ben Greenfield's upcoming book, Boundless. Sign up for updates on when it will be released! -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Gold: A new take on an ancient secret: Pain-soothing herbs, incredible antioxidants, and phytonutrients all in one delicious, soothing "Golden Milk" nighttime tea! Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: BENG20. -ButcherBox: Delivers healthy 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door on a monthly basis. All their products are humanely raised and NEVER given antibiotics or hormones. New subscribers will receive 2 LBS of FREE wild caught Alaskan salmon + $20 OFF their first box by going to butcherbox.com/ben -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn't just our slogan, it's a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. Get 10% off your order, PLUS free shipping on any order over $99 when you use discount code: BENG. Listener Q&A Can Genetic Testing Tell You How To Exercise & Eat?...27:40 Kathleen asks: Have you heard of a company called ID Life? It does genetic testing to determine how you should exercise and what you should eat. It's relatively new technology so I want to know whether or not it's legit. In my response, I recommend: -23AndMe -DNAFit -My podcast with Dr. Mansoor Mohammed of the The DNA Company -My podcast with Karim Dhanani -Strategene -The DNAFit study I mention Tips To Increase Your Power & Speed...39:30 James asks: I'm a 35 year old basketball player. I play once or twice a week and I'm trying to increase my vertical jump and lateral quickness. I'm interested in what type of exercises or rep ranges you'd recommend in order to do that. In my response, I recommend: -Plyometrics by Function & Intensity -My article on Power and Speed enhancement Should You Eat Carbs In The Morning Or The Evening?...51:45 Charlie asks: I'm a competitive distance runner and I typically train in a fasted state first thing in the morning. I consume a post-workout meal usually within 30 minutes of finishing my run, which is in line with what you've recommended in the past. But I think I may depart from your advice just a bit by including carbs in my morning meal. I've experimented with putting off carb consumption until the evening, and my energy levels throughout the day haven't been to my satisfaction. While my main focus is performance, I was hoping to hear your thoughts on what tradeoffs from a health and longevity standpoint I might be facing by introducing carbs early in the day. Do you have any thoughts on how I might modify my routine? In my response, I recommend: -Kion Lean ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
01:04:42 8/9/2019
"Held Hostage. The FDA ruled last week that your own stem cells from your own fat are a drug and only they have jurisdiction over them. All stem cell treatments using your own cells in the USA now must be from bone marrow. Japan, Panama and many other progressive countries have moved in the opposite direction and have approved stem cells from your fat for their citizens due to the high safety and efficacy rate. This affects all of us. Big Pharma is now regulating your body. Legally." My podcast guest on today's show, Dr. Tami Meraglia is a double board certified MD, who recently posted to a private Facebook group we are both part of the message above. I found this post so disturbing that I invited her on my podcast to discuss the current state of stem cells and legality in the US and we take a deep dive on this show. Dr. Meraglia is the author of The Nationally Best Selling book The Hormone Secret and the CEO of Global Stemology and Seattle Stem Cell Center, the only Stem Cell Clinic in the Nation that provides complimentary hormone, nutrition and inflammation program to every stem cell patient. She is keynote speaker for the American Academy of Anti-Aging and conferences in the US, Canada, Asia and Dubai. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox National News and has hosted multiple radio shows. After an illustrious career in the ballet, she discovered that she had a great talent for chemistry; combining that with her intense desire to make a difference and a career in medicine was launched. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Tami's history in the realm of stem cells, and how she began using them in her practice...8:55 Her dad had COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Research to save his life led to stem cells over and over Initial treatments, while positive results, took 3-6 months or longer to see any results Further research led to knowledge of supplements, sleep, even quantum physics Book: Bruce Lipton's "Biology of Belief" "Look to the environment, not the cells" Negative thoughts can lead to the immune system shutting down Dr. Dawson Church's book "Mind to Matter" Carotenoids and the risk of developing lung cancer: a systematic review Carotenoids should be ingested as food in order to see any efficacy -How the FDA is currently regulating stem cells...15:26 Many stem cell clinics store their cells at U.S. Stem in Florida U.S. Stem uses a collaganese enzyme to break down fat and access the stem cells U.S. Stem was issued a cease and desist by the FDA Anything that is more than "minimally manipulated" (by the FDA's parameters) has become a drug, and therefore must be regulated by the FDA It must go through a pharmaceutical manufacturing process Extremely expensive process; pharmaceutical companies will profit handsomely while delivering an inferior product "Why should the FDA say we have the right to one source of stem cells and not the other?" The next wave of stem cell scrutiny will be with bone marrow Big Pharma perhaps sees stem cell industry as a threat to the status quo, hence this legal action Pain is a perceptive thing; the procedure isn't really painful Bone marrow transplant is as good or better than fat -How concerned consumers can get involved with this issue should they wish to do so...26:40 An attorney has been retained by several previous stem cell patients It's a waiting game The judge ordered all stem cells stored at U.S. Stem to be destroyed Thousands of people wrote letters asked for a stay on the motion, and it worked Visit USStemology.com if you'd like to be involved -The current legality of non-autologous stem cell sources...32:45 very small embryonic-like stem cells (vsels) are not stem cells antigen-specific immunoglobulin expressing cells synonymous with adult pluripotent stem cell (apsc) Dr. Holland Chen CoQ10 NAD antioxidants VSEL's require a light and temperature stress They pass the blood brain barrier -The type of protocols co-administered with stem cells to increase their efficacy...36:20 Can't be done with the typical Western medicine mentality If your stem cells are seeds that are growing, the soil in which it grows matters a great deal There's "clean" lifestyle and there are things that help the stem cells and the mitochondria that supports them Stem cells are attracted to areas of inflammation Don't waste them on the gut when the gut can be healed in other ways Modern farming practices make our soil deficient in magnesium -About the upcoming documentary and masterclass Tami is producing...41:15 Fasting to up regulate stem cells Intermittent fasting is ideal for most 24 hour fast is necessary for some Every spiritual discipline in the world includes fasting -Under the radar procedures related to stem cells Tami does in her practice...44:05 IV administered Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Hyperbaric oxygen Hormones (pellet insertions) Popular with physicians who are procedure oriented BGF Podcast w/ Jay Campbell (ref. testosterone cream vs. injection) Tami's book The Hormone Secret -Why Tami is a strong advocate for the use of progesterone...56:11 "If there was a fire in my house, I'd grab my children and my progesterone..." Sleep problems are often because of a progesterone deficiency A lot of men are on progesterone (if estrogens are high) Stimulates "osteo blasts" Use caution in administering it (recommend by doctor's prescription) -Whether or not PEMF is used for the upregulation of stem cells in bone marrow...1:01:30 Rife therapy BGF article on overcoming giardia (re: rife therapy as mentioned) Tami will use PEMF outside of the U.S. Tami prays for each of her patients The Christian Gratitude Journal at ChristianGratitude.com The Healing Power Of Prayer? BGF podcast with Dr. Barry Morguelan -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Books by Tami Meraglia, including "The Hormone Secret" -Bruce Lipton's book "Biology of Belief" -Dr. Dawson Church's book "Mind to Matter" -BGF Podcast:The Single, Most Comprehensive Stem Cell Procedure Known To Humankind: How A "Full Body Stem Cell & Exosome Makeover" Works. -BGF Podcast w/ Jay Campbell -Carotenoids and the risk of developing lung cancer: a systematic review -USStemology.com -Dr. Holland Chen -Comparison of the Effects of Testosterone Gels, Injections, and Pellets on Serum Hormones, Erythrocytosis, Lipids, and Prostate-Specific Antigen -Progesterone cream on Amazon -The Effects of a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field on the Proliferation and Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells -My podcast interview with Dr. Barry Morguelan -The Christian Gratitude Journal at ChristianGratitude.com -The Healing Power Of Prayer? Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -FBOMB: Say goodbye to sugar cravings, extra body fat, unhealthy foods and discover the amazing health and weight loss benefits of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet! Get 15% off your order when you use discount code: BEN -Perspire Sauna Studios: Perspire is bringing infrared sauna and chromotherapy to communities across the country. They use Clearlight Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas with Medical Grade Chromotherapy. This is the same sauna I own and I use every day. Try a week of unlimited sessions for only $49 when you check out my link! -Zip Recruiter: As your qualified candidates roll in, we make it easy to screen & rate them, allowing you to make the best hiring decisions for your business. Try it for free when you use my link. 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01:12:26 8/7/2019
A few months ago, I briefly mentioned on a podcast that I discovered that by taking a specific blend of nutrients to support my vagus nerve, I was able to completely get rid of morning constipation. Today, my podcast guest, Dr. Diana Driscoll, is the individual who actually designed that blend, and who knows a heckuva lot about the vagus nerve and its interplay with our bodies. Dr. Diana Driscoll is an optometrist who had always been healthy - she was also a bit of an exercise fanatic who also geeked out with nutrition. But despite this history, she was struck down by an illness that few understood and was disabled for over a decade. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with something called POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) - a disorder of the autonomic nervous system and was told there was no cure for this mysterious condition. When her children also became ill and doctors had no answers, she formed Genetic Disease Investigators to formally study these conditions. Dr. Driscoll is considered to be "the patients researcher", bypassing notoriously slow academic research institutions to get answers quickly. Twelve years later, she is now the director of POTS Care - the only POTS Clinic focused on searching for the underlying cause of POTS, and treating it at its source. She has received two patents to date, and is now not only helping patients who are ill -- she is reaching out to healthy folks who want to improve their quality of life and maximize their health, even into old age. Dr. Driscoll graduated summa cum laude from both The University of Houston College of Optometry and The University of Texas at Austin. She is a geek, through and through. She is a member of the International Society of Neurovascular Disease, the American Headache Society, the Medical Advisory Board for EDS Network C.A.R.E.S, the American Optometric Association, the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and served as a medical advisor for the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation.   Her peer-reviewed medical abstracts include those involving vascular abnormalities in the fundus of POTS patients, the etiology of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, and the use of acetazolamide in multiple sclerosis. She is the author of "The Driscoll Theory" and "Your Eyes and EDS", and was the chief author of the "Ophthalmology Medical Resource Guide" for Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation.  Dr. Driscoll is the recipient of numerous awards for patient advocacy and continues to donate her time to help others across the globe through her online forum and videos on YouTube. Her work in chronic inflammation, the autonomic nervous system, collagen disorders, and organ dysfunction can help others live their best life, as well as have their best body and mind. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Diana's story and how she first became interested in her field of work...8:15 Contracted a virus during a missions trip to Costa Rica, but she was unable to kick it Difficulty breathing Poor sleep Racing heart Poor digestion Developed a tremor Memory loss Difficulty handling any type of stress Her kids began to develop similar symptoms Treatment included more exercise; but nothing worked Was disabled due to fatigue for over a decade -The results of Diana's studies and research...14:15 "Layers of discovery" over the course of several years Diana's blog The Driscoll Theory Abnormal inter cranial pressure Inflammation was a factor The exaggerated symptoms actually made it easier to discover the causes Genetics play a large role (her children experienced the same symptoms) Started by looking at the eyes (great window into systemic illness) -A working definition of POTS...21:20 POTS is not a disease, it's a symptom There was no specific diagnosis for her condition Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system ALS/Parkinson's begin with POTS symptoms Astronauts get POTS while in space, due to the lack of gravity -How dysfunction of the vagus nerve is correlated with POTS...24:30 The abnormal inter cranial pressure is indicative of a poorly functioning vagus nerve When symptoms occur simultaneously (difficulty breathing, racing heart, gut dysfunction, etc.) it could be the vagus nerve Ileocecal valve is linked to POTS and nerve function Vagus nerve controls the function of the valve Gastro motility linked to migrating motor complex (cleaning up digestive system) Triggered by signals from the vagus nerve -The nicotine-induced method Diana devised to repair the ileocecal valve...30:10 A kidney stone turned up 3 days after being cleared for kidney stones The doctor confirmed the ileocecal valve was problematic A surgeon refused to open the valve Two parts of vagus nerve: preganglionic (extremely long) and postganglionic (extremely short) Diana tried to stimulate the postganglionic nerve The vagus nerve is a nicotinic acido cholinergic nerve (nicotine is the imitator of the vagal neurotransmitter) She put a nicotine patch over the side of the ileocecal valve Within hours, the symptoms began to subside This changed the way Diana viewed the cause of the problem: It wasn't an autoimmune condition affecting the receptors It was either a preganglionic vagus nerve or a neurotransmitter problem Ultimately nicotine was not a viable long-term solution -The long-term solution Diana used to address her problem...40:10 Parasym Plus (use code GREENFIELD for 10% off on all products) Established goals: Use supplements already deemed safe by the FDA Wanted it to work in spite of genetic issues Stimulate postganglionic nerve just as nicotine did Cross the blood-brain barrier to help cognition Vagus nerve problems can be mistaken for acetylcholine production issues and vice versa CHAT gene provides instructions for making a protein called choline acetyltransferase It needed to account for nutrient malabsorption Finding the right balance between stimulation and overstimulation of the vagus nerve was a challenge Parasym is not a stool softener or a laxative; it allows a normal bowel movement by making the vagus nerve work properly Primary ingredients: Huperzine, Acetyl-L-carnitine, Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine Onnit Alpha Brain (use BEN for a 10% discount) Diana was able to acquire a patent because of the unique blend (and balance) of ingredients; it's not just another nootropic -The importance of the eyes in discovering vagal nerve issues...51:50 Pupil size is an indicator of the condition of the autonomic nervous system The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are out of balance, resulting in large pupil sizes High sensitivity to light Pupils responded more consistently than HRV -How to test for acetylcholine problems...55:00 Need to look for symptoms; there's no codified way of testing for problems Genetic tests can identify issues to a limited degree BravermanTest.com  BoundlessBook.com -The amount of time one can expect to use Parasym...58:00 Some will always need help Feeling "good enough" can be deceptive Vagus nerve is the anti-inflammatory pathway of the body Reasons typical stimulants of the vagus nerve won't work: Damage to the nerve Genetic issues Some inflammatory psydochines block the release of acetylcholine -The current direction of Diana's work and research in light of her discoveries thus far...1:03:00 -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Parasym Plus (use code GREENFIELD for 10% off on all products!) -Huperzine -Tianchi -Diana's blog at PrettyIll.com -The POTSCare.com website -Book: The Driscoll Theory  by Dr. Diana Driscoll -My podcast with Dr. Sarah Myhill "The Ultimate Guide To Beating Chronic Fatigue With Specific Vitamins, Minerals, Biohacks & More - A Conversation With Dr. Sarah Myhill." -The LUCY nicotine gum Ben chews -Onnit Alpha Brain (use BEN for a 10% discount) -Qualia Focus and Qualia Mind -BravermanTest.com  -BoundlessBook.com -My podcast on "32 Ways To Support The Vagus Nerve" Episode sponsors: -Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -JOOVV: After using the Joovv for close to 2 years, it's the only light therapy device I'd ever recommend. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed. Order using my link and receive a nice bonus gift with your order! -Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! -NetSuite: With NetSuite, you save TIME, MONEY, and UNNEEDED HEADACHES by managing sales, finance and accounting, orders, and HR instantly- right from your desktop or phone. Click my link and download the free guide: "Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits". Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Diana or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  
01:10:26 8/2/2019
These days, traditional school, such as a public or private school, is only one of many options to get an education. You've probably heard of homeschooling (I was personally homeschooled K-12). But another method that isn't as well known is known as "unschooling" It's a method of education I've recently adopted for my boys using resources such as the book "Unschooling to University". Many parents are frustrated by the school system, perhaps because of bullying, crowded classrooms, and outdated, dull, online courses. Disengaged learners that have no say in their coerced curriculum tend to act out, tune out, or drop out. Education must change and unschooling is the fastest growing alternative method of learning. T wo decades ago, students registered with their local school based on their house address. Now, with the internet, students are borderless. Learning can occur anywhere, anytime, anyway and from anyone - including self-taught. Self-directing their education, unschoolers learn through: -Play -Projects -Reading -Volunteering -Games -Sports -Mentorship -Travel -Life In this scenario, it's then the parents' job to provide an environment rich in resources: books, videos, cameras, computer and video games, workbooks, textbooks, projects, jobs, museums, field trips, volunteer programs, atlases and maps, science centers, zoos, museums, theaters, TV, toys, concerts, musical instruments, board games, mentor and apprenticeship programs, music, internet, libraries, instructors, living history parks, art galleries and supplies, sporting venues and equipment, science equipment, corporate venues, parks, travel, and many more. In her book Unschooling to University, my guest on this podcast, Judy Arnall, explores the path of 30 unschooled children who self-directed all or part of their education and were accepted by universities, colleges and other postsecondary schools. Most have already graduated. She outlines that what children need most are close relationships - parents, teachers, siblings, relatives, coaches, and mentors within a wider community, not just within an institutional school. Educational content is everywhere. Caring relationships are not. Families that embrace unschooling do not have to choose between a quality education and a relaxed, connected family lifestyle. They can have both. Judy is a keynote speaker and distinguished toastmaster who gives interactive presentations around the world. She specializes in non-punitive parenting and education practices, and regularly appears on television interviews on CBC, CTV, and Global as well as publications including Chatelaine, Today's Parent, Canadian Living, Parents magazine, The Globe and Mail, Metro and Postmedia News. As a Certified Canadian Family Life Educator (CCFE), she teaches brain and child development, and family communication, at the University of Calgary, Continuing Education, and has taught for Alberta Health Services for 13 years. She founded the non-profit organizations, Attachment Parenting Canada Association, and Unschooling Canada Association. She is also the bestselling author of the following print and e-books:  -"Discipline Without Distress: 135 Tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery." (Translated into 5 languages) -"Plugged-In Parenting: Connecting with the digital generation for health, safety and love." (DVD) -"The Last Word on Parenting Advice." (A lovely little journal) -"Parenting With Patience: Turn frustration into connection with 3 easy steps." (Translated into 2 languages) -"Attachment Parenting Tips Raising Toddlers to Teens." -"Unschooling To University (and colleges): Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content." As a parent of five children, who were raised without any kind of punishment, Judy has a broad understanding of the issues facing parents and the digital generation. She is the proud parent of several university graduates who self-directed their education. During our discussion, you'll discover: -When formal schools were first established, and why...9:00 Schools began around the time of the Industrial Revolution; was a means of keeping kids occupied while parents worked in factories Critics claim it's simply to create factory worker mentality; obedient citizens, quashing critical thinking It has transformed into a billion dollar industry; it's difficult to imagine life without institutionalized school The brain interacts with its environment; it's not a bucket to fill up with facts and figures -Where the modern school system has failed us as a whole...13:00 Schools have stress for kids as well as teachers Teaching is a highly stressful profession Kids experience stress via bullying, expectations, etc. The big failure: a one size fits all approach It does not encourage individualism; it can't because it's a bureaucracy Technology has revolutionized many facets of life; formal education lags behind -How unschooling is different from homeschooling...20:05 "Empowering the learner to choose what they learn, when (or if) they learn, and how they learn." It's a matter of control and ownership With homeschooling, the parents control and own the process In unschooling, the skills and knowledge are learned and embedded with the experience, applied through their curiosity Self-directed, free learning -The value of play and unstructured time when it comes to learning...24:40 Kids need a period of time to "deschool" Approximately 1 month for each year they're in school Their natural curiosity takes over and they embrace We underestimate the value of play and downtime: it gives your brain rest and time to think about creative ideas Research shows that play and daydreaming is a sign of a better equipped brain (similar to meditation) Overscheduling doesn't allow for this quality time Unstructured play means it's not dictated by adults (soccer doesn't count) Play mimics what they would learn in school, but on their own terms -The conspicuous difference in testing and its results in unschooling vs. traditional schooling...34:30 Tests and essays begin to increase around the 6th grade Teachers need to stick to the schedule; teach to the test The emphasis is on accreditation/evaluation; but the journey to the destination is important It's not as difficult to prepare for the standardized tests as one might think -Yes, unschoolers can go to college too!...41:20 No benefits in year to year testing; ties students and parents to the local curriculum Appropriate to do a standardized test at age 18 for college entrance 13 year olds can do 8 grades of math in one year because their brain is ready to understand abstract concepts A strong homeschool lobby can influence legislation and enforcement of local education laws -Creative ways to satisfy governmental education requirements...44:30 Unschooling is a methodology; many schools do unschooling within their schools Look for skills that can be learned in video games, journals, etc. -The concept of "Block learning" and why learning something every day can do more harm than good...47:35 If a child doesn't want to do a particular task, don't make them do it Turn what they do naturally and turn it into a "subject" they need to learn: math, science, etc. -What a typical day of unschooling might look like...50:00 It's relaxed Lots of family activities, such as nightly family dinner -Success stories and research on the benefits of unschooling...55:00 Team of 30 Survey of parents of unschooled children All 30 of them got accepted into university 1/3 in arts fields; 1/3 in humanities; 1/3 in STEM courses 22 of the 30 have graduated from their programs John Holt's website John coined the term "unschooling" Judy doesn't like the term because it sounds "anti-school" -How unschooling compares with a Waldorf or Montessori method of learning...1:01:00 They incorporate unschooling in their methodology without calling it that "What do you do if the child doesn't want to do that?" Is it coercive or not? Most government schools are coercive Much easier to unschool outside the school system Templates or set curriculums lead children to a preconceived outcome Kids are natural communicators and collaborators -Why "time-honored" traditions like handwriting don't need to be emphasized in schooling today...1:06:05 It takes 15 years to change a curriculum in a government school Instead learn coding, social media, blogging, youtube, etc. Life experiences, world travel can replicate what is taught in university -Resources Judy recommends to learn more on unschooling and free play...1:16:30 Books by Thomas Armstrong on Amazon Book: Free To Learn (and Peter Gray's other books on Amazon) Hslda.org -And much more! Click here for a PDF version of this episodes's show notes Resources from this episode: -Book: Unschooling to University -John Holt's website -Book: Free To Learn (and Peter Gray's other books on Amazon) -Books by Thomas Armstrong on Amazon -Hslda.org Episode sponsors: -Kion Coffee: Carefully selected and roasted for taste, purity, high antioxidants and health. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Glow: A plant-based beverage that helps support the body's natural ability to produce collagen, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun exposure and toxins. Receive a 20% discount on your entire order when you use discount code: "BENG20" -Policy Genius: Whether you're an insurance expert or a newbie, Policygenius created a website that makes it easy for you to compare quotes, get advice, and get covered. -Birdwell Beach Britches: Quality is our Gimmick isn't just our slogan, it's a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. 100% money back guarantee. 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01:24:10 7/31/2019
Q&A Episode 400 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. Click here for some tips on how to have the best chance of having your question featured on the show! News Flashes...10:15 -Natural Giardia Remedies -This is pretty cool... It's why CBD can "wake you up" in the morning, but then a similar dosage at night can enhance sleep and increase Deep Sleep percentages: Read more here. -BGF podcast w/ Ted Achacoso -The new "CBD is Toxic To The Liver" study claims are bullshit, and here's why. -The latest on weed and exercise performance - basically, it may slightly reduce anaerobic performance (e.g. power output while cycling all-out) and may also cause slightly higher inflammation (but these were only VERY slight differences). Read about it here. -I'm personally pretty happy that alcohol is slowly getting replaced by sexy new alternatives (although I still endorse one healthy glass of wine or healthy cocktail each day, many simply can't stop at that): Read more Special Announcements... - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Here's where I'm speaking and traveling around the world coming soon. - View Ben's Calendar Here -August 3-4 - Aspen Snowmass  This podcast is brought to you by: -Kion Lean: Support for normal blood sugar levels and healthy energy metabolism, even after large, carb-rich meals. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners, receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. -Organifi Red Juice: Enjoy all the benefits of the 11 superfoods and their micronutrients that help increase resting metabolism, support cardiovascular health, and remove toxins to turn back the hands of time! 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In my response, I recommend: -Podcast: The Effects Of Exercise, Carbohydrates, Saturated Fat, Protein, Fiber & Micronutrients On Sleep! -Ooler bed cooler  (use code BEN25) -Red light trick for iPhone -Iris app  -L-Theanine or a packet of Reishi with any cups of coffee after noon -CBD (here are the three options I like): BioCBD Element Health CBD  (use code BEN15) Wild Health CBD  (BEN10 for 10% off) -Sleepstream -Pzizz -Bose wired noise-blocking headphones -Mindfold sleep mask -My podcasts with Dr. Joe Zelk on sleep apnea -24 hour Pulse Oximeter -Genova Diagnostics GI Effects 3 day Stool Panel The Best Way To Lower Stress During Detoxification...58:05 Kaitlin asks: I've noticed what appear to be signs of impaired or blocked elimination while under psychological and physical stress, specifically acne and PMS. If such a relationship does exist, how could one tamper the effects cortisol has on detoxification and/or support detoxification better under periods of stress? In my response, I recommend: -My article on breathwork -My podcast on 32 different ways to hack the vagus nerve -Thorne Iso-Phos -Inner Peace -Pulsecenters -Stephen Porges work on polyvagal theory -Autonomic Nervous System and the Liver Should You Eat Carbs & Fat Together In The Same Meal?...1:09:30 Ben asks: So many people say that if you eat carbs alongside fat, you're going to store the fat because of the insulin response from the carbs. However, it seems pretty hard to never mix the two and a meal especially if you're doing strength training with some high intensity and you want to get those calories up. Like for example, when you posted that long article about your muscle mass gains protocol from a few months ago. There were things like extra virgin olive oil alongside tubers and things of that nature. That makes sense to me intuitively, but I was curious if I could get your take on if there's an upper limit on the amount of carbs that is safe to consume alongside fat if you are an active person. In my response, I recommend: -Dietary patterns reflecting healthy food choices are associated with lower serum LPS activity -Endotoxemia is modulated by quantity and quality of dietary fat in older adults. Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
01:25:08 7/26/2019
I recently read the book "The Kaufmann Protocol: Why We Age and How to Stop It". It is the first comprehensive approach to aging that tackles why we age, and then recommends a strategic, scientific formulation to decelerate the process. The book brings practical information to everyday people, and takes the science of aging out of the laboratory and into the real world. The first half of The Kaufmann Protocol discusses aging on a cellular level, which separates it from all other anti-aging fads. We age because our cells age and it is this understanding that allows the protocol to combat aging for people from all walks of life. This is presented in terms of the seven tenets, or categories, of aging which comprise topics such as DNA alterations, mitochondrial energy, and aging pathways. These are explained in both scientific and laymen terms, such that anyone can understand the process. A series of analogies paralleling the cell to a factory assist the reader in following the logic. The second half of the book reviews the top fifteen molecular agents that curb the aging process. Each agent is examined, discussed and then rated in terms of the seven categories, thus granting it a Kaufmann Rating number. This number is essentially a snapshot of its anti-aging properties, and allows the reader to create a regimen to fit their personal needs. Alternatively, the book suggests the most common protocol, the PANACEA, which is a combination of five molecular agents. This regimen is fantastic for most people over the age of 40, but it certainly is not comprehensive. With the tools and knowledge presented in this book, the reader can determine what is best for them as individuals. This book is also meant to be a complimentary addition to the Kaufmann Protocol App which will allow the user to track their progress and stay up to date with all of the new scientific findings that will continue to make aging truly optional. Dr. Sandra Kaufmann began her academic career in the field of cellular biology, earning a Master's Degree from the University of Connecticut in Tropical Ecology and Plant Physiology. Turning to medicine, she received her medical Degree at the University of Maryland, and completed a residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins in the field of pediatric anesthesiology. For the last seven years she has been the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, a nationally recognized center of excellence. Her avid interest in the science of anti-aging begun many years ago as an intense hobby. Utilizing her knowledge in cell biology, human pharmacology and physiology, this hobby has now become a main focus. The Kaufmann Protocol represents years of non-clinical research leading the first ever, comprehensive theory of aging, complete with an explanation of why we age and the tools to decelerate the process. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Kaufmann, a pediatrician, became interested in longevity and anti-aging... She became interested in it simply because she wanted to enjoy her life as long as possible After reading and researching, she realized there was no overarching theory, nor a comprehensive system on anti-aging and longevity Aubrey de Grey's SENS Research Foundation -Dr. Kaufmann's 7 Tenets of aging... The 7 Tenets of Aging Information Systems (DNA) Cellular Energy (Mitochondria, NAD) Cellular Pathways (AMP Kinase and mTOR system) Quality Control (autophagy) Security System (Immune system) fails for 3 reasons: Unable to fight infection over time Cells become cancerous over time Upregulates systemic inflammation Work Force (Individual Cells) Short acting cells (few hours to a few days) Goldilocks cells (1-12 years) Cells that live forever Senescent vs. quiescent cells Quiescent is reversible, a state of repair Senescent is partially repaired; damaged but still of some use Waste Management (AGE's, lipofusion) -The numerical ratings system Dr. Kaufmann created based on the 7 Tenets of aging... The Kaufmann Rating System Ratings are from 0-3 (0 being of no value, 3 being highly efficacious) Criteria to determine efficacy: Does it work in theory Does it work in a test tube Does it work in a small rodent lab Does it work in humans It gives people an educated guide to make decisions for themselves -How the app Dr. Kaufmann created helps people understand their genetics and longevity... The "My Protocol" app Her work began as a hobby, yet more and more people came to her seeking a protocol; the app was created to help as many people as possible The app experience Starts out with a quiz Asks if you want a standard protocol or if you want to build your own It follows you every day Rates exercise and foods -The most overhyped yet least effective ingredients, as well as the most effective... The up to date list of recommended ingredients and compounds from Dr. Kaufmann's website The least effective Vitamin E; astaxanthin and delphinidin are more potent alternatives BGF podcast w/ Dr. Barrie Tan on Vitamin E supplements Co enzyme Q Fish oils Use Visomitin eye drops and Carnosine eye drops for superb vision The most effective: Pterostilbene Astaxanthin Nicotinamide Riboside Curcumin Carnosine -Pterostilbene: Why is it so great?... Epigenetic modifier Very strong free radical scavenger Increases activity of endogenous antioxidants Activates your sirtuins Activates AMP kinase Caloric restriction mimetic (tells your body you're starving when you're not) Increases DNA repair mechanisms Increases autophagy Similar chemically but more potent than Resveratrol -Why Astaxanthin is the bomb... Bioastin is Dr. Kaufmann's favorite brand (edible sunscreen) Increases exercise capacity It's not a supplement because there is no endogenous astaxanthin in our system -The magical attributes of Carnosine... Gets into your muscle and is a buffer (don't get the burn) Transglycosylating agent; blocks formation of AGE products Men have more than women, and young people have more than old people Can only get it from muscle -Dr. Kaufmann's thoughts on the latest research regarding Metformin and its hampering of mitochondrial response to exercise... It uncouples mitochondria and electron transport chain; becomes less efficient May not be the best for an athlete (unless you take it at night) Everything is "best guess" when it comes to dosing for anti-aging Take branch chain aminos Decreases absorption of B Vitamins -Dr. Kaufmann's anti-aging lifestyle beyond the supplements and compounds discussed thus far... Rock climber Haritaki holiday Chebulic acid is the strongest antiglycation agent there is A huge flood intermittently is the best way to go Doesn't use stem cells -The maximum potential human lifespan based on protocols like the Kaufmann Protocol... -And much more Click here to get a PDF version of the show notes for this episode Resources from this episode: -The Kaufmann Protocol: Why we Age and How to Stop It -My podcast with Dr. Barrie Tan -Visomitin eye drops -Carnosine eye drops -BCM95 Curcumin -Metacurcumin -Superessentials Fish Oil with Astaxanthin -Organic haritaki powder (for chebulic acid) -My podcast with Bill Andrews about TA65 and TAM818 Compounds recommended by Dr. Kaufmann -Aloe Vera - 5,000~10,000 mg/day -Alpha Lipoic Acid - 300~600 mg/day (diabetic treatment- 600~1,800 mg/day) -Andrographolide (Andrographis Paniculata) - 400 mg/day -Apigenin - 50 mg/day -Astaxanthin - 2~12 mg/day (Athletes 12 mg/day) - take with food -Astaxanthin - 2~12 mg/day (Athletes 12 mg/day) - take with food -Astragalus TA-65 - 100~250 mg/day (Cycloastragenol 5~25 mg/day, Astragaloside IV 50 mg/day) -Carnosine - 500 mg - 2 times daily -Chebulic Acid - 200~500 mg/day (Can take up to 1,000 mg/day) -Cistanche Deserticola - 675 mg/day -Curcumin -Delphinidin  (usually available as Maqui Berry) - 500~2,000 mg/day -EGCG - 400~500 mg/day (1 cup Green Tea = 50 mg) - Take without food -Ecklonia Cava - 50 mg/day -Ellagic Acid - 250~500 mg/day -Melatonin - 3~10 mg/day - Take before bedtime -Metformin - 500~2,000 mg/day -Naringenin - 250~500 mg/day -Nicotinamide Riboside - 250~500 mg/day -Polypodium - 500 mg/day -Pterostilbene - 50~150 mg/day - Take with food -Pyridoxamine - 50~250 mg/day -Quercitin - 500 mg/day (up to 1,200 mg/day) -Resveratrol - 100~250 mg/day (up to 500~1,000 mg/day) -Rosmarinic Acid  (available as Lemon Balm or Rosemary) - 100~400 mg/day -Sulphoraphane - 400 mg/day -Yerba Mate - 600~900 mg/day Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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01:15:49 7/24/2019
Lately, I've been thinking quite a bit about life. I've been engaged in some deep introspection and self-inspection, which I think is healthy for everyone to do on a regular basis. In this case, I was forced into this exercise of self-examination, and into a state of extreme humbleness and ego dissolution when I failed to complete a recent event. See, during the Train to Hunt National Championships in Colorado, I came down with an extremely high heart rate, dizziness, extreme fatigue, and an inability to simply put one foot in front of the other. This was likely a combination of pushing myself too hard lately (in both work and travel), along with mild jet lag from having just returned from Europe, the 9700 foot altitude of the race that I hadn't had a chance to prepare for, and a cluster of other emotional factors (feeling guilty about being away from my kids again, missing my wife, feeling too distant from my company Kion) that basically left me dropping out of the race, and lying in my hotel room bed for about twelve hours, barely able to sleep, staring at the ceiling, and thinking generally about life. This is what I posted on Instagram about it. It wretched my heart to have to drop out of the Train To Hunt National Championships competition this weekend. Although I didn't wake up feeling 100% I never imagined I wouldn't make it through the day. I am a firm believer in the sage wisdom that "Pain Is Temporary, But Quitting Lasts Forever". And I've only ever had one DNF in my life. However, in this case in very high altitude and extreme heat, my body and brain were sending me every signal that I needed to hit the brakes hard - shortness of breath, very high heart rate, numb hands and feet, extreme dizziness - the works. Feeling like this, I made it through the first several hours of the competition, but realized at that point I needed to live to fight another day. I never like it when I can't "represent" on the field of battle the way I should be able to, but I know when I need to stop before I do lasting damage. Don't worry, I'll be back in action soon! A post shared by Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfieldfitness) on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:16pm PDT As I lay there with a journal, a bottle of water, and a plate of kiwi fruit (about all I could find that was healthy to eat in the local area), I had some interesting thoughts that I think you may find valuable for your own life, and give you deeper insight into where I'm coming from, and where I plan to go in the future. Now one thing that you need to understand is that I'm a fan of personality tests. It's something that we are actually very big on at Kion: everyone takes an Enneagram,and my personal Enneagram score puts me in a very, very high category of a what's called a Perfectionist (type 1)and an Achiever (type 3). That is a pretty dang dangerous one-two combo (or I suppose in this case, a one-three combo) because, as you can imagine, this causes me to expect a lot of myself in every task that I attempt to perform while simultaneously taking on a lot of tasks all at once. That's an exhausting combination that in many people can lead to burnout, into spinning too many plates at once, and into trying to do everything that you're doing (which is often too many things) perfectly. This means that you do everything with near-perfect precision but have zero time left over for relaxation, for hobbies, for family, or for self-care, or... ...perfection becomes impossible to sustain, projects begin to decline in quality, and all those plates you're spinning crash to the ground, then eventually you crash to the ground too. In addition, the Achiever personality type on the Enneagram dictates that one who fits that profile tends to try to be who others expect them to be, or at least who they think that others expect them to be. As a matter of fact, the direct quote from the Enneagram is that... ..."in the headlong rush to achieve whatever they believe will make them that more valuable, Achievers can become so alienated from themselves that they no longer know what they truly want or what their real feelings are. Thus, the deeper problem is that their search for a way to be of value increasingly takes them further away from their own essential self with its core of real value. Step-by-step, their own inner core - their heart's desire - is left behind until they no longer recognize it." Now that problem, combined with the perfectionist mentality, can create a person who tries very, very hard to seek the approval of others, to be perfect, to try to be someone they're not and to neglect what makes them truly happy. And frankly, I feel like I've begun to slip into that scenario myself. That's not to say it's wrongto want to achieve excellence in things. Nor is it to say it's wrongto want to achieve great things in life and create a lasting impact. Indeed, when steered in the right direction in a state of true authenticity and also a state that enables one to accept the fact that they cannot be perfect, one can go on to achieve great things as an Achiever and a Perfectionist. But in my case what I've done to myself is this: I've built constant 24/7 pressure to do many things all at once - to be fit as a fiddle for my next event, to be a CEO of a massively expanding supplements company, to complete a huge book, to be on an airplane nearly every week to give a speech, to juggle podcast appearances, podcast production, article writing, article editing, to maintain attempts to write fiction and make music simultaneously, to coach ten different executives and CEOs and athletes who rely on me for advice, and to try to fit in time with family and spiritual growth in the process. For example, take the constant pressure I place on myself to be on the "pointy-edge" of fitness. In the past, I have told others (I think in partial error) that in order to drive you to be motivated to be fit, you must always be signed up for something that slightly scares you, pushes you to the cliff edge of fear, or challenges you while pushing you far outside your comfort zone?and while this can be healthy, in some cases it can backfire. In my case this means, that I'm finding myself no longer able to travel and spend time with my family without waking up an hour early to crush the gym, to sit in a movie without feeling like I should be out training, to enjoy life without simply thinking about whether or not I'll be ready to represent on the starting line of a race, and to do just about anything without the thought at the back of my mind that I need to be that perfect person who inspires others to greatness and must be able to perform at the drop of a hat. It's been that way for a long time. Whether I'm competing in tennis tournaments, bodybuilding, water polo, volleyball, cycling, triathlons, obstacle course races or anything else, there's never really been a time since I was thirteen years old that I haven't had some type of event I was preparing for, or that I haven't worn the mask of an athlete, a competitor, a gladiator, or a warrior. In addition to feeling the pressure to be fit for the next event, I often also feel that I need to project the perfect person to the world: the perfect skin with no crow's eyes and no suspicion from anyone that anything I'm doing in the anti-aging department isn't working, the perfect six-pack abs, rippling muscles, extreme fitness and everything that I've grown to define myself as... ...because I'm under the impression that that's who the world expects me to be. To dig myself even deeper into that while all my bios, and all the information about me you can find on the internet, or when I'm getting up on stage to speak, are not focused on whether I'm smart or intelligent or witty or studious or any of those things that I try to try to maintain and pride myself on, but instead: what sets this guy apart is that he's the Ironman triathlete, the masochistic globetrotting adventurer, and the man who's able to handle any physical obstacle. I truly feel like that has dug me into this hole of needing to be that person?that hard-charging, high-achieving CEO with the chiseled chin who can handle anything life throws at them and simultaneously kick your ass in a 10K, triathlon, the gym, or anywhere else. Well, let me tell you something: that's exhausting to constantly be that person, and I often feel like I'm a failure if I'm notachieving. I feel like I'm a failure if I'm just lying around reading a work of fiction or watching a movie with my children. In that scenario, I feel as though I'm somehow shorting myself and not being that person who I'm called to be. And sure there's somewisdom to that: there's somewisdom to the idea that you don't want to laze around and spend your time unwisely; but at the same time that mentality can be taken to the extreme, and it can very much affect those around you because they sense that what you'd rather be doing is figuring out a way to make yourself even more perfect and go out and achieve even more. But what's interesting is when I wrote my entire Lifebooklast year?a book that dictated everything I hold dear in life, the mark I want to make upon the world, what will be written on my tombstone, and much more?frankly, being an extreme athlete wasn't really a big part of that book. Sure, I did include the fact that I think it's important that I occasionally go out and engage in challenging adventures like climbing a mountain or swimming in an icy cold river or doing something that makes me a little bit physically uncomfortable?and I think that's fine. However, I think that my life has become skewed much too far in that direction, and the other elements of my Lifebook that I dictated that I hold dear?such as being in a community and forming close friends and building quality relationships and spending more time with my children and immersing myself in nature and building my spiritual self?have been allowed to fall by the wayside because there simply isn't enough time to do all that and also push my body to the absolute limits with exercise, travel, and work. It's a vicious cycle, isn't it? Race, achieve, project the perfect person, post that person to Instagram, rinse, wash, repeat.  But when I stop and ask myself: what do I really want? What do I really want?And even more importantly, what would God want of me? Well, in this stage of my life, after a deep amount of introspection the past couple days, I can especially tell you that, in addition to simply spending more time with my children, with my wife, and forming deep, meaningful relationships with other people, I want the following... ...I want to be more present in my local community: I want to know my neighbor's names, I want to attend events in my local community, and I don't want to feel like I have to hop on a plane or go to a conference or go to a mastermind or go to a meet-up in order to be with my friends. Instead, I want to build ties and roots in my local community... ...furthermore, I want to be able to help people without feeling rushed. I want to be able to find out about, for example, an opportunity to go play my guitar at a nursing home or go volunteer at a park cleanup, or go help out at my church, or go do other things that involve helping others?and not look at my calendar and think "Well crap, I can't do that because I've stretched myself too thin, I'm busy and I'm in some other state, some other country, or some other nation far from my home." I'm not saying that I don't want to still travel the world and help people and use the platform that God has given me in that way to affect global change in people's lives when it comes to their health and fitness and longevity and spirituality and happiness?but again, there's an imbalance. I have almost no ties in my local community... ...I want to spend more time in nature, but not time in nature as a workout or time in nature being crushed in a race. I just want to be able to go out and learn more of plants, of plant medicine, of hunting, of tracking, of trekking, of building with my hands, of spending time in sunshine and fresh air and water because I want to and not because I'm there to run intervals or to post an Instagram story about how good I am at wild edible identification. Instead, I want to be able to enjoy nature for the simple sake of nature... ...I want to participate in sports without the feeling that everything has to be a workout. I want to play tennis like I did when I was a kid for hours, where I was just hitting balls and having fun with my friends. I want to be able to swim and hike and even lift weights and go to the gym, which I love to do, but without the pressure of it needing to be an absolute sufferfest because I have some event I'm supposed to be in peak physical fitness for... ...I want to care for my spirit and build my spiritual muscles in the same way I've built my physical body. I want to wake up in the morning and know that I have the time to pray and to meditate, to grow more deeply in my relationship to God, to memorize Scriptures, and even to fast. I've said this before, but there are many times when I want to fast and I want to to take care of my body in that way (almost as a religious practice), but can't because, yet again, I must dump calories down the hatch to be ready for the next workout and to get me fueled for the next hardcore masochistic event... ...I want to have the freedom, flexibility, and time to be able to devote focused, deep work and excellence into building my company Kion, and not feel as though it's a rushed afterthought because there are so many other items on my plate or because I feel like my company expects me to be out working out or buffeting my body so I can go be the big, perfect frontman face of the company. I want to build a company that will change the world, and me running around in the forest with my shirt off throwing spears at shit isn't really a sustainable, scalable way to make that happen, no matter how many likes it gets on social media to drive traffic to a product... ...and finally, I want to do what I know truly makes me happy and has made me happy since I was a child. I want to write and play more music and I want to write and read more fiction. Both of those things are elements that I draw a great deal of happiness out of, and that might sound selfish, but I want to create music that makes people happy. I want to write books that tell the hero's journey and inspire people. And I don't want every piece of content I create to be about the next injectable anti-aging molecule or pill you can pop or biohacked workout, but instead perhaps just a nice story about a princess, an elf, and a dragon that makes children smile. So when I close my eyes and I see myself five years from now, I've achieved that balance. I have friends and relationships and local community and volunteering and time with my family. I have a deep relationship with every plant in my backyard and the acreage around my house and I actually know the names of all our Nigerian dwarf goats and I help my wife with planting the garden and tending to the fruit trees. I'm still enjoying physically challenging events, and I'm still a healthy human specimen, but not in the way I've been doing it?not as a hardcore athlete, but instead as someone who enjoys physical culture because it makes them feel good, not because they have the pressure to perform. I want to transition from being an athlete to being a mentor, a teacher, and a well-rounded person who enjoys and has time for other aspects of life. I'm telling you all this so that you can simply know my position, so that you can know where I'm coming from, and so that as you see me evolve over the next several months and years, you can realize that I still have a deep desire to explore the depths of performance and fitness and health and longevity and biohacking and beyond, but in a balanced manner that doesn't turn me into a person who is simply sitting on a plane, lonely and banging out yet another article on biceps and abs while I travel to a conference to speak to a group of people and foster the relationships I've built afar because I don't have any back home. I simply can't take the pressure of being that perfect person any longer, and I realized that the pressure that I've placed upon myself to climb Mount Everest every day is not truly making me happy. I don't want to be that alpha male with the yin dominance and huge bank account, but with tired eyes and a wife and children who resent him. I don't want to be full of sadness or regret on my deathbed because in the end I really just made a lot of money and did some hard things but never actually built a lasting, meaningful legacy, changed people's souls, made my family happy, or took time myself to smell the roses and savor life.   So I'm in a transitional phase. Yes there are certain obligations that I have committed to this year such as competing in some obstacle course races and doing some physically challenging events; but after that, I really truly want to focus more on simply enjoying life with far less of the extreme pressure and on building a platform of balanced health, longevity, adventure, joy, and fulfillment in life for myself and for others. And that's why I've created this article for you: so that you can understand where I'm coming from and perhaps so that you can learn a few things about yourself in the process. So I thank you for reading all this. I hope it's given you a little bit of perspective on who I am and where I'm coming from and where I plan to go. Feel free to leave any of your own questions, comments, feedback, wisdom and insight below. 
00:17:24 7/21/2019
Q&A Episode 399 Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the button at the bottom of the page (or go to SpeakPipe), or use the Contact button in the free Ben Greenfield Fitness app. Click here for some tips on how to have the best chance of having your question featured on the show. - The morning brew recipe Ben mentions in intro: Alright, this recipe is fully loaded fuel that tastes like ambrosia of the gods. I tried it out this morning and my brain has been humming along quite nicely since about 5am. Here's the full recipe (yeah, you need plenty of ingredients, but it's worth it). Into a Nutribullet or any other heat-friendly blender, add the following: - 2 heaping tablespoons of MiCacao mix (this is a mix of cacao nibs and cacao shells that gives you the experience of drinking pure chocolate with no calories) - 2 packets Four Sigmatic Chaga mushroom extract - 2 packets Four Sigmatic Lion's Mane extract - 1 dropperful Omica Organics butterscotch toffee stevia - 1 teaspoon of a good salt (I used Colima salt) - 12-16 piping hot ounces of Kion Coffee Blend on high for about 90 seconds, then open your blender carefully as contents can expand and get foamy (and the foam is oh-so-delicious). I may or may not have also put 0.5 grams of psilocybin extract into this mix, but that's your call. ;) Bon appetit! News Flashes...5:30 Turns out a very low carb diet doesn't seem to impair high-end exercise performance but there are SO many variables to this that I'll unpack in next podcast. If you are eating a very low carbohydrate diet and also limiting calories for the goals of weight loss, this study shows that you sure as heck better also be lifting weights. It's so ridiculous how the media thinks "fasting" is a newfangled eating disorder. They should read this. Interesting! A new review looks into the optimum exercise intensity, type, and duration for boosting mood. Special Announcements...28:45 - Click here to follow Ben on Instagram, and get ready for some epic stories about his morning, day and evening routine!  Here's Where Ben Is Speaking And Traveling Around The World Coming Soon - August 3-4, 2019: Colorado Rockies Ultra, Beast, and Sprint Weekend -  Aspen, CO. The mountains are calling! High in the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, team members from my company, Kion and I will be experiencing the immense beauty of Colorado while conquering climbs, crawls, carries, and traverses. We hope to see you there! Sign up here! - September 12 - 15, 2019: RUNGA Immersion, Napa Valley, California. I attend this total mind-body reboot retreat each year with my wife, Jessa, to connect with a handful of friends and YOU can be one of them! I would love if you could join me at this retreat. Click here for details on this incredible event! - September 27 - 29, 2019: Spartan World Championships, Squaw Valley, California. Right beside Lake Tahoe, this epic venue was once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Join me there for the greatest obstacle course race in North Tahoe Lake, Olympic Village, CA. Sign up here! - View Ben's Calendar Here This Podcast Is Brought To You By - Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. Ben Greenfield Fitness listeners receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you use discount code: BGF10. - Thrive Market: Organic brands you love, for less. Your favorite organic food and products. Fast and free shipping to your doorstep. Receive 25% off your order when you use my link! - Native: Native creates safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday. Count on trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Shop at my link and save 20% off your first purchase when you use discount code: BEN Listener Q&A Is Fasting Dangerous For Lean Females? Jenny asks: You've mentioned on the podcast that fasting doesn't always work well for lean females. So should lean females like myself avoid fasting altogether? Or is there a fasting protocol you would recommend that will have a positive impact on my health? In my response, I recommend: A recent tweet: Intermittent fasting + resistance training IS effective fat loss strategy for females but they did not analyze long term effects on endocrine system, thyroid function, etc.: Get Fit Guy's Guide To Achieving Your Ideal Body Type KetoFast book by Joe Mercola (and my podcast with him) Jason Fung's "Complete Guide To Fasting" How Newborn Parents Can Sleep Better Jack asks: You mentioned in Q&A 398 about the physiological changes that occur in men when they become fathers. About a month ago, my wife gave birth to identical twin boys, and as you know, all sleep schedules go out the window. Do you have some tips to improve sleep quality when I'm bound to be waking up every 2-3 hours during the night? In my response, I recommend: Sleepstream App NuCalm  (use code: BEN500 for $500 off  for the Performance and the Pro) Yoga Nidra Modafinil Qualia Mind or Qualia Focus Short frequent bursts of exercise or endurance, aerobic exercise Rotate nights, not rotate feedings Blue light blockers (Ben recommends RA Optics) when you get up at night to feed Red incandescent bulbs CBD Vape Pen (BioCBD is good brand) C-Reactive Protein Levels and Tendinitis Jackie in Japan asks: Is it possible to have plantar fasciitis and full-blown achilles tendinitis in both feet and have a C-reactive protein level of .01-.03? In my response, I recommend: Mention chronic vs. acute Kion Flex How Far From Your Body Should Infrared Light Be? Darryl asks: How close to my body should I put the JOOVV Go? The manual says it should be 2-6", but I oftentimes will put it directly on my skin to help heal an injury and it seems to be just fine. I also heard you say in a previous podcast that your wife puts the device on her face. Can you give some guidance on how close is too close? In my response, I recommend: JOOVV Lights Giveaways & Goodies - This week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some! ------------------------------------------ Prior to asking your question, do a search in the upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness! -----------------------------------------------------
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