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#40: Camilla Sløk: The hard things they don’t teach you in leadership courses

I gotta be honest: it is much easier getting top grades at university in leadership and consulting, than actually practicing it! Anybody else got that experience? 

I thought I had a good take on leadership after studying a master’s degree on the subject. But becoming a leader definitely humbled me. Especially when facing the dilemmas where being responsible for the greater good of the organisation and not only the individuals, that I cared about. Taking the time to listen to employees, care for their development and moving a startup fast enough to get the next funding. All aspects that seem simple in theory but much harder in practice. I am no longer in a startup with extreme uncertainty but I still struggle with being the manager and leader I aspire to be and what I actually am.  

I therefore had an honest talk with Camilla Sløk who has a Master from Princeton and PhD from University of Copenhagen, has published several books, is currently working as an Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School. And then she also just published a new book on leadership “Magt og omsorg i det eksistentielle lederskab” translated to “Power and care in the existential leadership.

We talked about the hard things in leadership which are normally not focused on in the classic leadership literature. An example is how you as a leader navigate difficult times that also challenges your own values. Something that is even more relevant now with the coronavirus where leaders have to make tough decisions.

 

 

Shownotes:

01:10 – Camilla’s studies in theology 

01:46 – Introduction to Camilla’s new book “Magt og omsorg i det eksistentielle lederskab”

06:53 – Balance between power and care

11:05 – Thoughts on how to handle a situation with a vulnerable employee

14:54 – Thoughts on freedom and leadership

18:45 – Humbleness and leadership 

20:50 – Balance between manager and a human being 

23:50 – The use of the term “family” within companies 

28:30 – Leaders and vulnerability towards employees 

31:23 – Leadership, responsibility and stress    

42:24 – How to get in touch with Camilla 

 

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#39: Dr. Ulrik Hjerpsted: Thoughts on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus

How do you best protect yourself from the coronavirus? Something that is on most people’s mind these days. 

I had a chat about this with Dr. Ulrik Hjerpsted who is a vascular surgeon and has been exploring the world of functional medicine since 2001.
It was on the 8th of March, so before all hell broke loose with closing of borders. The interview is still very relevant and Dr. Hjerpsted predicted that the majority of Danes would get the virus and that it would become a global pandemic.
He also gives his advice on how to take care of our health in general and specially in times when we are more exposed to getting sick because of circulation of virus’. 

 

Shownotes:

  • How Dr. Hjerpsted got into functional medicine. 01:02
  • What is functional medicine? 02.35
  • Introduction to the subject of the day: Coronavirus 03.35
  • Why are people so worried about the coronavirus? 04:38
  • How to avoid the virus and how to get through without getting too sick. 07:55
  • What food to eat and which supplements to take in order to avoid corona. 12.10
  • Which kinds of clients does Dr. Hjerpsted have as a functional medicine doctor? 14.07 
  • Fasting and the benefits. 18.57
  • Fasting and the coronavirus. 22.02
  • Exposing the body to stress when being sick. 23.30
  • How to get a consultation with Dr. Hjerpsted. 24.35

 

Final recommendations from Dr. Hjerpsted:

  • Fast, sleep and get some exercise especially walking  

 

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#38: Life Lessons From a Successful Entrepreneur and How to Use Business as a Force For Good

I got to interview one of my personal inspirations :) Martin Bjerregaard is a big inspiration for me not only because he has been extremely successful in his professional life but more importantly because he is an amazing human being.

Martin is one of the strongest advocates in Denmark for changing the world with compassion by being present in the moment, kind, and loving. Something I believe we need to see more off and that I hope to be a small part of. 

Martins impressive bio includes starting the company factory “Rainmaking” where he helped build more than 30 companies and accelerate over 700 companies all over the world. He mentors and assists founders, change-makers, and pioneers. Martin is also the author of Winning Without Losing; a best seller book, and also the author of How to Be a Leader; published by School of Life. 

Martin shares some of his life lessons and how to use business as a force for good.

This episode produced in collaboration with KRING.

Show notes

  • Learn how Martin’s foundational childhood experience helped ignite his entrepreneurship fire. 2:49 
  • Two insightful lessons that Martin has learned about the correlation of Happiness and Success 4:38
  • Martin discusses changing the world with compassion and detaching from the outcome. 7:22
  • We discuss the concept of “giving it the best” 11:09
  • Find out one of the main contributing factor that got Martin to where he is today 12:58 
  • Learn how Martin re-invests and aligns himself. 17:41
  • Why Martin thinks planning is not paramount and what we need to do instead to achieve amazing results. 19:27 
  • The importance of a North Star and optimizing on what excites us. 21.28
  • Humility as the better option 26.36
  • Acknowledging our ego. 27.09
  • Advice for start-up founders when they feel out of sync. 35:44
  • Martin’s thoughts on healing organizations 41:34
  • Martin advice on how to deal with worries.  43:12
  • Martin explores impactful investment. 49:19 

Final recommendations from Martin:

  • Try to live a life without attachments
  • We should be very aware of what kind of stories we internalize

Links to selected resources

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Books 

 

 

 

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#37: Solo Episode With My Key Takeaways From The First 4 Episodes

In this episode, I’m discussing what I have learned from the first four episodes, how I’m implementing some of the things, what I didn’t manage to implement and what I’ve learned from that. 

Some key takeaways are morning smoothies, pomodoro technique, mushrooms, mindfully using tech and questions to ask yourself to find your direction with life. 

The guests were Niels Vium, Daniel Espeland, Alaxander Avanth, Sarah Hemmeken.

Show notes

  • Find out about the mistake I was making while taking my morning smoothie and how I rectified this. 1:56
  • How I have been using the Pomodoro Technique we discussed in EP 1 and the kind of results I have been getting. 2:00
  • Discover the knowledge I acquired about Mushrooms from Daniel who is a mushroom expert in Ep 2. 2:30
  • Find out how one of my friends has been using Reishi powder. 03:08
  • Find out how I have been using some of the products derived from mushroom i.e. the Lion Mane, the Oyster. 3:20
  • The lessons I have learned from the third episode featuring Alexander, how I’m currently using my phone and tech mindfully. 4:23
  • How I’m setting intentions for the day and the next day and the kind of impact I’m experiencing. 4:54
  • After shying away from mediation, how I managed to finally get into a meditation habit.  5:29
  • My meditation routine and the App that I’m using 6:03
  • The smoothie prepping trick I learned from Sarah my guest on Ep 4, which really has been a game changer for me time wise. 6:50
  • What is the one question to ask yourself in order to find out what direction you want to take in your life. 7:13

 

Links to episodes  mentioned:

Episode 1: https://growthisland.io/1-niels-vium-how-to-start-your-day-and-be-productive-at-work/

Episode 2: https://growthisland.io/2-alexander-avanth-how-to-use-technology-in-a-mindful-manner-that-improves-your-life/

Episode 3:  https://growthisland.io/3-daniel-espeland-why-you-should-start-eating-mushrooms-today/

Episode 4: https://growthisland.io/4-sarah-hammeken-what-to-ask-yourself-to-figure-out-what-you-really-want-to-do/

 

Links to selected resources:

Insight Timer Meditation App: https://insighttimer.com/

 

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#36: Top Up Your Performance with Concrete Biohacking Techniques with Martin Kremmer, Olli Sovijarvi and Martin Tobias

5-20% performance increase might be the difference between success and failure. This is one of the promises of biohacking. In a high performing start-up culture, burnout is a real issue and often people are too stressed out to even see a doctor. 

As a result, many fall into a vicious cycle of bad habits including energy drink, sleep/stress medication, quick and unhealthy meals and no time for exercise. This again is where biohacking comes into the picture. Focus on maximum benefit with the least amount of resources and time.

This is a special episode for you because this is from TechBBQ, which is one of the leading Tech and Innovation Summit in Scandinavia. 

I had the pleasure of putting together a panel debate so I found some amazing people actually three former guests, Martin Kremmer, one of the leading Danish Biohacker, Martin Tobias, the CEO of Upgrade Labs, which is one of the coolest labs in the world with the coolest and newest biohacking gear. And no other than Olli Sovijarvi, medical doctor, author of the Biohacker Handbook, the Biohacker Summit and one of the leading figures as well in this biohacking space. So we’re going to go into the topic of “Top Up Your Performance with Concrete Biohacking Techniques”. 

So big credits to TechBBQ for hosting the event and credit to Vinia Media for recording this event. Let’s jump into this episode.

This episode is also brought to you in collaboration with KRING. KRING is the Venture builder that I am a partner in. We focus on building new companies that can make a positive difference within the health and wellbeing space. So if you are considering starting or company as a co-founder or joining a startup then please check out www.kring.com 

 

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“A more popular way of describing biohacking: it’s the art and science of really optimizing your life.” 

– Martin Tobias

 

 

“Use technology to learn how to interpret your own body signals and understand what stress actually is all about.”

Martin Kremmer 

 

 

 “In biohacking, we are creating a preventive health care system so that people don’t need that sick care system as much.”

– Olli Sovijarvi

 

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

 

What is biohacking? (05:06)

“This is just a tool and manual for how to operate your system more functionally and how to become a better version of yourself.” – Olli Sovijarvi

“A more popular way of describing biohacking: it’s the art and science of really optimizing your life. And I often add to that, that it’s about finding the balance between what’s emerging science that you can apply.” – Martin Tobias

 

 

Demystifying biohacking: What is the biggest clashes in the Medical world?  (10:22)

“So the biggest clash is that we don’t have a preventive health care system. And this is a system for preventive health care. In biohacking, we are creating a preventive health care system so that people don’t need that sick care system as much.”– Olli Sovijarvi

 

 

Biohacking and technology? (11:08)

“Use technology to learn how to interpret your own body signals and understand what stress actually is all about.”- Martin Kremmer 

 

 

What are the top hacks? What do you guys do and what would you recommend for mental health? (11:47)

“One of the things that we do at upgrade Labs is that we have a lot of technologies that train the brain. And many people in the past thought that health was only about physical fitness, how you look in the mirror your BMI, but it turns out that your brain is much more.”– Martin Tobias

“For me, the most beneficial biohacks in that area have been meditation. And if you take that another notch neurofeedback and what neurofeedback can do is use technology, put electrodes on your head, you look really funny, but it trains your brain using technology to get it the benefits of meditation, but in less time.”– Martin Tobias

“You can actually reprogram your mind, you can reprogram your habits. You actually notice that nothing is really disturbing you and when you have some thought patterns.” Martin Kremmer 

 

 

What is inflammation its effect on the body?  (16:23)

“An inflammation that you don’t necessarily notice. Usually, people don’t notice. There’s some degree of inflammation in the cells and in the body going on all the time. But the higher it gets, the more risk you have for all kinds of degenerative diseases.”– Olli Sovijarvi

 

 

What is your view on micro-dosing? (19:53)

“I’m a big fan of micro-dosing nicotine You should never smoke, but nicotine is actually very good for you.” – Martin Tobias

 

 

What is the most useful biohacking technology? (20:24)

“For me, the most important technology that I implemented was the Oura ring, which is for tracking sleep. And what it did is give me some real-time data but also connected with actual actionable things.”– Martin Tobias

“A lot of these kinds of biofeedback devices where you get immediate feedback, as per se, your physiological responses to different things. So this is really interesting, in my opinion, to have like, actual data on the moment, there’s a question about like some physical laboratory tests.” – Olli Sovijarvi

“It’s called the HeartMath Inner Balance Sensor. And it’s literally a clip that basically connects via Bluetooth to your phone, and it builds on that heart rate variability. With a metrical heart rate called coherence. It is a real-time signaling system of whether you’re stressed or not.”– Martin Kremmer

 

Low hanging fruits: what are the top five hacks? (26:39)

  1. Get your sleep.
  2. Figure out what food is best for you. 
  3. Get out in nature. 
  4. Learn to meditate and take control of your body. 
  5. Use Oura ring or different devices to figure out and track your stress level.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE GUESTS: 

 

  1. NADH supplementation. Do something to improve their energy levels. – Martin Tobias
  2. Do something to improve your sleep, which includes firstly tracking your sleep.– Martin Tobias
  3. Do something for the regenerative nature of your immune system like stem cell treatment.– Martin Tobias
  4. You have to do something to manage inflammation. You really need to be aggressive about reducing inflammation in your body.– Martin Tobias
  5. Do heat and cold alteration. Develop this kind of resilience. – Olli Sovijarvi

 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

 

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#35: Dr. Ted Achacoso – How to Get Your Health Foundation Right to Enjoy the Pleasures of Optimal Performance

How do we get everything we want out of life? For Dr. Ted Achacoso, one cornerstone is getting a good health foundation first before focusing on the pleasures of optimal performance. Dr. Ted Achacoso became a medical doctor at the age of 22. Ben Greenfield called him the smartest physician on the planet. Luke Storey calls him the Cosmic MD. He is the founding pioneer of the clinical practice of Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe), which is the detection and correction of imbalances at the level of the metabolome. And he also formulated Blue Cannatine which is one of the most sought-after nootropics in the biohacking world. Despite formulating a nootropic himself, Dr. Ted is also a spokesperson for taking nootropics with care. 

Dr. Ted is also one of the pioneers of machine learning. And he’s just extremely cool and fun, someone who makes you laugh, and who exudes a good attitude towards life. He has also been advising heads of states, CEOs, world-class athletes, and so on. 

Dr. Ted was very generous with his time, which means that I divided the episodes into two episodes. One is a full-length episode and another one is a shortened version. Both of them are really informative. 

This is the full-length episode. 

I look very much forward to getting this to you and I’m super proud to have Dr. Ted Achacoso with me today.

 

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“I tell my students:  Always be curious and allow your curiosity to come from your area of interest.” 

– Dr. Ted Achacoso

 

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

 

How did Dr. Ted get into being this rock star of a doctor and a pioneer in what we call artificial intelligence now? (01:12)  

  • “I’m a specialist in Interventional Neuroradiology. And the easy way to understand that is: I used to poke brains for a living. So I was doing a lot of imaging. I was there at the beginning of the development of the CT scans and all the way to the development of the MRI.”, Dr. Ted shares.

 

Challenges he faced in developing accurate imaging before any brain procedure? (03:57)  

  • “I went back to my lab and I coded the fuzzy logic into the algorithm, and that accounted for the patient’s breathing. And pretty soon it was that kind of artificial intelligence logic that actually stabilized the image so that you could actually do your procedure.“, Dr. Ted explains how he nailed the problem of stabilizing a patient’s head in order to get a clear image before and while doing minimally-invasive brain surgery.

What is Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) (07:45)  

  • “The technology to detect all of these metabolites, small molecular intermediates inside the cell, have advanced and they’re now in our clinics. So now we are able to go into a maintenance mode instead of just a repair mode. That’s the kind of thing that I’m doing — putting in the other half of medicine, which is the maintenance medicine.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

Why health is A plus B plus C according to Dr. Ted (11:05)   

  • “A is the Absence of disease, B the Balance between anabolic and catabolic processes, according to C the life Cycle of the organism.” as Dr. Ted explains.

 

 

What are metabolites (12:11)  

  • “… the small molecules that are found inside your cells that are the results of the functioning of the cell. It’s like a factory. It’s like all of the things that are being produced inside the cell in order to make something else work.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

All about normal blood testing and metabolites (13:45)  

  • “For me, what I’m trying to measure are metabolic markers. So my endpoint is different. So when you discuss optimization, and the way I say this is that if the World Trade Center were never bombed, no one would ever know the extent by which people tried to prevent it, right? And that’s just like optimization.” as Dr. Ted explains.

 

 

Before recommending botanicals, what are Dr. Ted’s considerations (19:00)   

  • “Once I see that it’s been standardized, and they have good clinical test results, and I’m assured that they’re getting it from where they are getting it, which is the clean source, then I do recommend it or tend to recommend it.“as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

‘After the quality of life’, the Eos and Tithonus story (21:00)   

  • “If you want Immortality, which is what illness medicine is asking for, don’t forget to ask for Eternal Youth which is what health optimization medicine is asking for.“   as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

Why he started Health Optimization Medicine (22:15)  

  • “The reason why I started Health Optimization Medicine, which is for doctors and Health Optimization Practice for non-doctors 10 years ago, is precisely because we have these developments now, like clinical metabolomics as I discussed, but we also have the developments in bioenergetics, which is the mitochondria.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

Epigenetics, what is this all about  (28:24)  

  • “The way of thinking of epigenetics is that you are not only passing on your DNA. Epigenetic changes that are in your histones and in the methylated portions of your DNA — they are also inherited.” as Dr. Ted points out.

 

 

Transition to a better medical and health practice using the holobiont concept (30:29)   

  • “In order for us to transition to better medical practice or to better health practice, we have to look at the body itself as an ecosystem. The body itself is an ecosystem. And we have to start treating our microbiota as part of us. You know, they’re growing with us, they’re inside us, and in fact, they control us.” as Dr. Ted explains. 

 

 

 Why you cannot have any performance optimization unless you have health optimization. (35:34)  

  • “…that’s fundamental because a lot of people and many health gurus out there are always teaching about performance optimization. Well, how can you have performance optimization when your basic cell isn’t healthy?”, as Dr. Ted points out.

 

All about his Blue Cannatine, how he tested it to himself first? (36:15)  

  • “When I formulated that, I actually was making sure that before trying it on myself, my neurons or at least my neurotransmitters were optimized. And how do you do that? You do that by metabolomics. You check the neurotransmitter metabolites.“, Dr. Ted explains to address the stir around his supplement.

Why Dr. Ted disagrees with many people on how they define nootropic (39:55)  

  • “For me, the first characteristic of a nootropic is that it should be neuroprotective. 
  • “First, it should protect your brain. Before it overclocks performance, it should first protect your brain.”
  • “So okay, so you guys are going to insist on taking loads and loads of nicotine and all of these things, you know, then why don’t we do health optimization as a neuroprotective and then we could give you these things to overclock your performance.”, Dr. Ted shares.

 

Dr. Ted’s goal for his patients (sick) and clients (not sick)  (43:28)  

  • “My goal for you is to get you addicted to the feeling of wellness. So that when you get away from that feeling — let’s say, you ate a piece of cake — you will feel so rotten that you say ‘Argh, I’m never going to do that again!”  as Dr. Ted explains.

 

 

Dr. Ted’s take on IgG4 food panel testing  (48:00)  

  • “People who are saying, well, it doesn’t work, etc. Yeah, but do they practice? What’s your experience with it? For me, it was the best test available at the time and it has worked for my clients. 
  • “And I’ve developed a very simple way of actually dealing with this because, knocking out the foods that you’re sensitive to — that’s a very involved process.” 
  • “So I just have a very simple guideline on how to go about it. And essentially, all of my clients and patients have gotten better by just eliminating things that are in there and then reintroducing them systematically.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

Your gut bacteria’s role  (52:30)  

  • “Your gut bacteria pre-process everything that you eat. Everything that you put into your mouth and swallow, they will pre-process that.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

What’s a high-quality life means for Dr. Ted?  (58:31)  

  • “A high-quality life is a life without pain. When you wake up in the morning, and you feel no physical pain, there is quality right there. But then we expand that to a life with no emotional pain and a life with no mental anguish, you know, and so quality escalates that way.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

Looking at a person as an ecosystem (holobiont)  (01:03:40)  

  • “If you stop looking at the person with eyes, nose, mouth, etc, and just look at them as an ecosystem of cells, it’s easier to get them healthy.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. TED ACHACOSO: 

 

  1. Sleep well. 
  2. Hydrate well.
  3. Eat well. 
  4. Ground well. Walk barefoot in the sand.
  5. Sun well.
  6. Move well.
  7. Relate well.
  8. Love well.

 

 

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#34: Dr. Ted Achacoso – How to Get the Benefits of Cognitive Enhancers (Nootropics) Without Harming Yourself

Cognitive enhancers, smart drugs, also called nootropics are getting more and more traction these days. The promise of being more focused and being able to achieve more in less time is fantastic for many of us. However, cognitive enhancers can really cause harm if your fundamental health is not in order. I, therefore, got one of the pioneers of the field with me on the Podcast. Dr. Ted Achacoso became a medical doctor at the age of 22. Ben Greenfield called him the smartest physician on the planet. Luke Storey calls him the Cosmic MD. He is the founding pioneer of the clinical practice of Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe), which is the detection and correction of imbalances at the level of the metabolome. And he also formulated Blue Cannatine which is one of the most sought-after nootropics in the biohacking world. Despite formulating a nootropic himself, Dr. Ted is also a spokesperson for taking nootropics with care. 

Dr. Ted is also one of the pioneers of machine learning. And he’s just extremely cool and fun, someone who makes you laugh, and who exudes a good attitude towards life. He has also been advising heads of states, CEOs, world-class athletes, and so on. 

Dr. Ted was very generous with his time, which means that I divided the episodes into two episodes. One is a full-length episode and another one is a shortened version. Both of them are really informative. 

In the shortened version, we look at topics such as how you make sure that your body’s really ready for a nootropic. In the full version, we go further into Health Optimization Medicine and Practice (HOMe/HOPe) and also chat about machine learning and a lot of other cool experiences from Dr. Ted’s life.

This episode is the shortened episode. 

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“If you are not going to optimize your brain first — your neurons first, with proper neurotransmitters and having no brain inflammation and so forth — then you cannot overclock it. You cannot ask for performance from it.” 

– Dr. Ted Achacoso

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

 

Why you cannot have any performance optimization unless you have health optimization. (01:23)

  • “…that’s fundamental because a lot of people and many health gurus out there are always teaching about performance optimization. Well, how can you have performance optimization when your basic cell isn’t healthy?”, as Dr. Ted points out.

 

All about his Blue Cannatine, how he tested it to himself first? (02:12)

  • “When I formulated that, I actually was making sure that before trying it on myself, my neurons or at least my neurotransmitters were optimized. And how do you do that? You do that by metabolomics. You check the neurotransmitter metabolites.“, Dr. Ted explains to address the stir around his supplement.

Why Dr. Ted disagrees with many people on how they define a nootropic (05:41)

  • “For me, the first characteristic of a nootropic is that it should be neuroprotective. 
  • First, it should protect your brain. Before it overclocks performance, it should first protect your brain. 
  • So okay, so you guys are going to insist on taking loads and loads of nicotine and all of these things, you know, then why don’t we do health optimization as a neuroprotective and then we could give you these things to overclock your performance.”, Dr. Ted shares.

 

The evolutionary imperative of the cell, a mechanism of cancer cell formation described  (11:05)

  • “Some doctors are now looking at cancer differently, and the way they’re studying it is that it’s a mechanism of the cells to want to survive. So a cell breaks away from the ranks of cooperation because the rest are dying and he says no, I want to survive.”, as Dr. Ted reveals.

 

 

Dr. Ted’s goal for his patients (sick) and clients (not sick) (09:21)  

  • My goal for you is to get you addicted to the feeling of wellness. So that when you get away from that feeling — let’s say, you ate a piece of cake — you will feel so rotten that you say ‘Argh, I’m never going to do that again!”  as Dr. Ted explains.

 

Your gut bacteria’s role  (17:54)

  • “Your gut bacteria pre-process everything that you eat. Everything that you put into your mouth and swallow, they will pre-process that.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

Dr. Ted’s take on IgG4 food panel testing  (21:39)

  • “People who are saying, well, it doesn’t work, etc. Yeah, but do they practice? What’s your experience with it? For me, it was the best test available at the time and it has worked for my clients. 
  • And I’ve developed a very simple way of actually dealing with this because knocking out the foods that you’re sensitive to — that’s a very involved process. 
  • So I just have a very simple guideline on how to go about it. And essentially, all of my clients and patients have gotten better by just eliminating things that are in there and then reintroducing them systematically.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 What’s a high-quality life means for Dr. Ted?  (29:31)

  •  “A high-quality life is a life without pain. When you wake up in the morning, and you feel no physical pain, there is quality right there. But then we expand that to a life with no emotional pain and a life with no mental anguish, you know, and so quality escalates that way.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

Looking at a person as an ecosystem (holobiont) (21:51)

  • “If you stop looking at the person with eyes, nose, mouth, etc, and just look at them as an ecosystem of cells, it’s easier to get them healthy.” as Dr. Ted shares.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. TED ACHACOSO: 

 

  1. Sleep well. 
  2. Hydrate well. 
  3. Eat well.
  4. Ground well. Walk barefoot in the sand.
  5. Sun well.
  6. Move well.
  7. Relate well.
  8. Love well.

 

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#33: Andrew Hill – The Secrets of Neurofeedback and Peak Mental Performance

Ever felt the feeling of lack of focus? Do you suffer from migraines? Or do you are someone you know get the label ADHD? Well, then this episode is for you. Because there is a solution that does not include a lot of nasty drugs. It seems like one of the best-kept secrets the more I have a look into it. It is Neurofeedback and top Performers such as Tony Robbins, Ben Greenfield, Dave Asprey, etc have utilized it. I there got an expert on the field for an interview. And he actually did an image of my brain. Luckily it didn’t look that bad 🙂 

Andrew Hill is an expert on neurofeedback, he has trained Ben Greenfield’s brain. Andrew is the founder and director of Peak Brain Institute. He’s been a lecturer at the University of California UCLA for almost 13 years. And then, of course, he has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience. 

So I’m really excited to have Andrew here with me today.

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“Neurofeedback essentially is operant or instrumental conditioning that is involuntary and produces implicit learning.” 

– Dr. Andrew Hill

 

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

 

What Does He Do? (02:19)

  • “Everything I do is about that giving people control and understanding of how their brain ages, how it changes, how it gets, you know, performance bottlenecks, how you can take control of resources, how you can use different forms of neuroimaging or assessment to figure out how your brain might be performing in ways that aren’t obvious to you.” as Andrew shares.

 

What is Neurofeedback? (03:18)

  • Andrew stated that essentially neurofeedback is operant or instrumental conditioning that is involuntary and produces implicit learning. 

 

Where Does Neurofeedback Work? (07:26)

  • He said that Neurofeedback is a big help in ADHD, epilepsy, trauma, sleep issues, executive function, and even migraine.
  • The majority of the field are first therapists and then learn this technique as a way of another toolset with their therapeutic practice. This process was discovered because it actually reduces seizures and a lot of the things we do have nothing to do with the therapeutic aspects of the mind or the therapeutic relationship you may have and healing.
  • “In 2012 the American Academy of pediatricians knocked neurofeedback up to level one best support for efficacy against ADHD. The only other thing in that category being stuff like stimulant medication.” Andrew adds.

 

What To Know About The Neurofeedback Sessions (12:43)

  • The process is mostly involuntary because the brain tends to produce whatever activity internally it will get the most output in the world in some ways, so for only applauding with spaceships flying and beeps and music, some things the brain is doing, it starts to feel a little bit more of those things, but you don’t really have a strong sense of that in the half-hour training session. 
  • What happens is over the next day or so, your brain does a little more of what produced the input to get the visual and auditory output.
  • After five sessions or so, you start feeling more and more self-controlled. Sleep onset starts to get better. Impulsivity starts to drop away. If you’re a user of stimulants or cannabis, your tolerance gets abolished for those things. You have to sort of ramp down your use. 

 

Potential Side Effect from Neurofeedback (26:53)

  • “Think about this like the gym a little bit. If you go to the gym and set the machine up wrong, too much weight or the wrong machine, the next day you’re very sore and you feel a little weird and if you ignore it and you go back and exercise again, you actually end up causing problems.” Andrew points out.
  • “You feel weird, your sleep gets thrown off, you feel a bit anxious, you feel wiped out. If you ignore the negative trend and you keep reinforcing it after five or 10 sessions, side effects start to really stick in. I’ve gotten clients and other practitioners who train somebody in the wrong direction for a long time and made a permanent  ‘negative change’.” Andrew further stresses a point.

 

Ways To Optimize The Brain Aside From Neurofeedback (30:18)

  • “I view that you need to get your foundational resources sorted out quickly first and then you can start working on optimizing. And there are some easy things to do. Like the first things to do are the things you’re already doing. You’re already sleeping, you’re already breathing and moving and eating.”, Andrew suggests.
  • “And then if you aren’t meditating, add that. And then if you aren’t doing neurofeedback or saunas or something else, add that. And then if you aren’t testing your blood amino, then, add that.”, he adds.
  • “Do those things in a way that can get you the most benefit and the least detrimental to your health.”, Andrew reminds.

 

What To Know About Circadian Rhythm (32:20)

  • The last meal of the day is the strongest one for circadian timing. Because if you go to sleep, you either have insulin in your system or don’t. If you don’t have insulin in your system because you haven’t eaten, then you have a massive pulse of growth hormone, that gets released about an hour and a half into sleep. And if you’ve eaten before bed, that has not happened because your body thinks it’s still essentially a different time of day. 
  • Andrew points out, “The rule of thumb is, the most important rule for circadian timing, go to bed hungry, wake up full and refreshed. If you go to bed full, you wake up hungry and tired.”
  • The second rule is to wake up at the same time of day every day.
  • The third rule is, don’t eat yet, exercise instead. 

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ANDREW HILL:  

  1. You have to rely more on the feeding, more on keeping your sleep habits tight more activity because those things will override a wonky light cue.
  2. Do not eat too much crap.
  3. Maintain your sleep and circadian habits. They are as important as everything else. 

 

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#32: Roland Pankewich – What You Need to Know About Your Microbiome and How to Stress Less

Microbiome health has been getting into the consciousness of most of us lately. People talking about that microbiome, the gut, poop. Yep, it is not your normal dinner conversation, but it’s starting to become so. 

So I found one of the really cool experts in this space that knows a ton about that. It is Roland Pankewich, CEO of Health Optimization Medicine (Canada).

Roland has been advising pro athletes to reach their top level. He focuses on the clinical practice of health optimization utilizing a framework that detects and corrects nutritional deficiencies, subtle toxicities, and excesses at a biochemical level. Roland shares what you need to know about your microbiome and how to stress less.

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“The window into the health of the gut is a window into the health of the individual.” 

– Roland Pankewich

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

What got Roland into microbiome optimal health? [01:43] 

  • Roland has always been really interested in health. He was a competitive athlete at a younger age,  training people, and learning how to optimize his own training for performance. 

 

Why the need for microbiome health? [04:06]

  • It made him think that the foundational principles of what governs your health and wellness and energy production is always the base. 
  • “I took it upon myself to go elbows deep in shit and figure out what’s going on inside the human GI system.”  as Roland stated

 

Understanding microbiome to get the idea of the whole matter [04:47]

  • The microbiome is the combination of the organisms that live inside of our gut, the cells of the GI system, the immune system, the new layer. It’s the entire network of the organ and of itself, and it’s all the interactions of those things that dictate the overall function of the microbiome. 

 

The leaky gut – what is it about? [06:39]

  • When the cells of the gut have a breakdown of these protein structures, the cells start to move apart a little bit and when they move apart, there’s essentially a gap between what is meant to be a barrier and then things that are in the gut can get between this gap, get into the bloodstream, and then the immune system has to be called upon because they’re not meant to be in the bloodstream in the first place. 
  • The body has essentially a foreign invader and those things could be food antigens and completely digested food proteins or amino acids. They could be bacterial markers, they could be environmental toxins, they could be internal toxins that are from dead bacteria.
  • And the problem becomes, if this happens chronically over the course of weeks, months and years, it’s always going to signal an inflammatory response inside the body, which the body is going to have to respond to. 
  • Overall, it’s going to have, a compromised effect on the overall health of many people. 

 

Indications of a leaky gut. How would you figure out whether you have a leaky gut or not? [08:53]

  • “You have to assume that if someone has a long-term chronic inflammatory scenario going on in their gut, there is a degree of leakiness that the body might be able to remedy but likely not if it’s never remedied itself.”, as Roland reminded us.
  • “With an autoimmune disease, the connection there usually is that if proteins have specific foods or specific origins get into the bloodstream and digested, the immune system becomes overburdened and becomes confused and if the protein structure looks like that of body tissues, this phenomenon called molecular mimicry can take place where the immune system constantly poked and stimulated starts to turn on its own body tissues because it loses the ability to distinguish self from not-self.”, Roland added 

 

You have to be aware that there is no perfect microbiome test [11:24]

  • “What was something that we took to be true a year ago might actually be shown to be something not valid today. The 16S method is the most longstanding way of doing genetic model sequencing. But even when you’re testing someone, there’s still no such thing as a perfect microbiome or an ideal microbiome it’s even as far as to say a certain strain of bacteria and one person is a big problem, that same strain of bacteria and another person might be totally problem-free.”, Roland added 
  • “What I like to look at are the trends and patterns of what the person is presenting to me in terms of the overall health of their system. And what you can measure from the metabolic arm of the microbiome, is, there is an imbalance to which you can actually do something about and improve that person’s overall condition and health status.”, Roland explained. 

 

Probiotics and Prebiotics fix microbiome health [13:48]

  • “Probiotics is essentially organisms or specifically live organisms that are bacteria that you’re introducing into your microbiome. Prebiotics are the fiber that you consume that ends up being the food for the bacteria to sustain.”, Roland explained. 
  • “They’re like temporary vacationers.”, as Roland clarified.

 

The plant kingdom is the food that feeds the probiotics [16:29]

  • Anything in the plant kingdom. So any kind of fiber that you’re consuming is good for probiotics.
  • Some of the most prebiotic-rich foods are Jerusalem artichoke, high-fiber vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, things of that nature. 
  • “There’s also a lot of people who do things. They report an amazing benefit. And then they tell the world that this is the greatest thing ever, and then someone else tries it and it could be the potentially worst thing ever.”, as Roland warned us.

 

Common ways to get probiotics [20:48]

  • “The most common way to get probiotics is through supplements but you can also get it from fermented food.”, as Roland shared.

 

What to do if you have leaky gut problems [24:09]

  • “The thing that I would suggest that most people can instantaneously do is if you have issues with leaky gut, the first thing you do is support your digestion.”, as Roland explained.
  • “The digestive process is essentially the thing that helps them neutralize any pathogens from entering your body.”, as Roland clarified.

 

Additional things you need to know about the microbiome and digestive system [28:09]

  • “The average bowel movement should be between 12 and 16 hours from the time you eat food to the time that you go and do your business. It’s like emptying a septic tank or cleaning out a sewer.”, as Roland reminded.
  • “You can also use a stool, which is a much cheaper and easier option. The reason is that when you’re sitting on a toilet and your body’s at a right angle, the bowel is kind of just laser only hanging in the torso. Whereas when you squat, it puts the bowel in a better position for the muscles to force your waste out. So anatomically it’s a more optimal scenario.”, as Roland suggested.
  • “Fasting is actually very healing and therapeutic for the gut”, as Roland pointed out.

 

Roland’s morning activities that are worth emulating (37:37)

  • Roland expresses some form of gratitude and starts his day in a good state. 
  • And watches what he eats and does some fasting
  • And he’s not being rigid about life in general.

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ROLAND PANKEWICH:  

  1. Getting rid of toxic relationships or toxic environments is a way that you can improve your health.
  2. Try to prioritize not getting too crazy with all this technology and gadgets and getting back to the basics with spending some time in nature, spending time with good people.
  3. If you have the goal to optimize your health, have the commitment to do it.

 

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#31: Tobias Schmidt Hansen – Optimize Your Health with a Plant-Based Diet

More and more people are getting into a plant-based diet so I found an expert on the field to interview 🙂 Tobias Schmidt Hansen is a medical doctor and co-author of the book THE PLANT-BASED DIET“. The book guides you through why a plant-based diet is good for you and how to live a plant-based life. Tobias shares some of the highlights from the book in this interview. 

 

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“We tend to make the diet very complicated. But if you just follow these two basic rules, you’ll be well off. Like your risk of getting most of the lifestyle diseases that we see are extremely common today.” 

– Tobias Schmidt Hansen

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

Why did Dr. Hansen start his journey to become a medical doctor [00:56] 

  • Tobias had experienced brain inflammation encephalitis when he was quite a young age; that’s why he decided to study and quickly learn ways how to change his life through eating right. He started eating a whole food plant-based diet without even having a piece of knowledge, by just applying trial and error. The illness got him interested in health and made him study all sorts of alternative therapies. He tells how medicine changed his outlook on health and wellness as he started his journey of studying medicine 

 

Lifestyle affects your health, be considerate to your body, and contemplate a healthy based diet.  [7:36]

  • It’s was not easy to teach and tell people all he had learned in medical school in just 15 minutes, and that made him decide to write a book about the plant-based diet. 
  • By writing ” THE PLANT-BASED DIET,” he has helped so many people changing their lives.

 

 Choose what you eat. You don’t know how that affects you. [13:45]

  • “People don’t have any idea to a healthy diet if they only follow two basic rules on a healthy diet it can almost eliminate the risk of diseases.” as Tobias explained
  •  “Each gram of processed meat you eat increase your risk of type two diabetes increases by 1%. Avoid processed meat.”. He advises minimizing animal fat and all inflammatory food. There are some examples he provided in replacement of meat as you go by this podcast

 

The plant-based diet is good for people with heart disease [19:59]

  • “Plant-based design is the only diet ever that has been shown to reverse atherosclerosis, which is a root cause of heart disease.”, he explains. 
  • And most people think that by eating a plant-based diet, “You will not get the protein that you need in your body, which is wrong.”, as Dr. Hansen clarifies.
  • “If you are eating plant-based, you will get the protein you need.”, he assured. But what are the examples of plant-based food we can get proteins from? As he proposed, we could eat beans, lentils, and even broccoli or rice as these have many protein ingredients in them.  As you go by this podcast he will also enumerate the importance of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D in your body.

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. TOBIAS SCHMIDT HANSEN: 

 

  1. It’s never too late to change your diet
  2. Look to the science, not to newspapers, but actually, find sources where there’s complete transparency to where the literature is.
  3. Eat more plant-based.

 

 

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