Health & Fitness

#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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#30: Thomas Sylvest Håkansson – ØkoLyst Health Shots: Juicing for Optimal Health

This is a special episode where we’re going to go really deep, really fast into juice and smoothies. And to do that, I got Thomas Sylvest in, he has a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. So he really knows how chemistry works together. And he’s also the co-founder of something called ØkoLyst, the one seen in the video. They also have bigger juices.

 

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“You are not what you drink, you are what you absorb.”

 – Thomas Sylvest 

 

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During our discussion, you’ll discover:

Why juicing is an important part of one’s journey to healing [01:39]  

  • Thomas states how people rely on packaged juice to help them heal because of the nutrients that it can provide, however as he reveals, people don’t realize that they are losing fibers that the body could absorb. It’s better to blend to absorb the nutrients from vegetables or fruits, as he explains.

 

How to extract the juice and the need to get quality juice [03:06]

  • Centrifugal juicers vs. Slow juicers, which are better to use in juicing, Thomas enumerates the difference as he specifies the mechanism of each. He also tackles the importance of antioxidants as oxidation in your body as he provides examples for a more precise idea. But really, how long does the juice lasts after you blend them, and how will you store it after mixing? As you go by this podcast, Thomas will tell you how. 

 

How to store fresh juice to maximize nutrition [11:30]

  • Typically, we put our juices in the fridge to store it to last, but what is the ideal temperature we can set by not sacrificing its taste and its quality? Thomas provides an idea of how to store it better based on the study that they performed with ginger. They also conducted studies based on turmeric and pepper and the benefits of these to your body as you add it in your juice. 

 

Increasing bioavailability of antioxidants [14:23]

  • In case you’re not able to juice per se, and you need to buy commercialized juice in the market, what are the things you need to consider before you choose one? Listen to Thomas as he gives a piece of advice about what are the things to consider before buying. 

 

ØkoLyst Health Shots’ mission, why Thomas started the company [18:43]

  • The need to measure the strength and potency of your food
  • Finding good use of pulp after taking the juice out of it
  • The proportion of vegetables to juice to get the most nutrients
  • Thomas understands the importance of knowing what you drink, that’s why he came up with a mission with ØkoLyst to transform the view on foods and to get the knowledge from pharmaceuticals to measure the strength and potency of a food. He said, “secure the transparency and to make sure that the consumer has the transparency to take the product where they get the most antioxidant effect for the money.” 
  • It’s fascinating to know, as an expert, what sort of recipes does Thomas prepares for himself. On the remaining minutes of this podcast, he shares what type of juice he makes for himself and how this recipe helps regulates his blood sugar as well as how it promotes a healthy digestive system. 

(Note: This interview was recorded in a LIVE event during the Health Optimization Summit London.  Please forgive the audio quality.  We probably sounded better in real life.)

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THOMAS SYLVEST:

  1. Just get started juicing. Buy that juicer.
  2. Get some nutrients in your body.
  3. Thomas’ everyday recipe: 6-8 celery stalks + 1 cucumber + 1 lime

 

 

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#29: Martin Tobias – How I Reversed My Cellular Age by About 20 Years in the Last Two Years with Different Biohacking

One IPO, another successful exit and 80 investments in startups are just some of the accomplishments of today’s guest. Serial entrepreneurs and investor Martin Tobias has “retired” three times, but keeps finding interesting problems to solve. Currently CEO of Upgrade Labs which is one of the places in the world with the most awesome biohacking gear. Martin has started Upgrade Labs together with Dave Asprey who is often mentioned as the father of biohacking. They are building the biohacking gyms of the future where members reach their goals in less time enabled by advanced technology.

In this episode, Martin shares his biohacking journey, his leap from being a successful tech entrepreneur to shifting into the health optimization industry, and how his quest to treat his daughter’s alopecia made him dive into functional medicine to find the root cause. 

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“The only one who is able to be responsible for your health is yourself. And if you outsource that to doctors, or psychiatrist or anybody, you’re not doing yourself a service, they will never know as much about you, then then you do. And you don’t have to be a doctor, you just have to be aware.” 

– Martin Tobias

 

 

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01:24 – How Martin went from being a successful tech entrepreneur to diving into the health industry

02:30 – Dave Asprey’s 40 Years of Zen – Biohacking With Neurofeedback, how this helped Martin set his foundation into meditation

07:54 His biohacking journey, how it started

13:38 – Common sense of using alternative medicine to cure injury and disease

16:38 – Multisystemic problems of modern western medicine, why specialization gets in the way of treatment because of not knowing anything about the other parts of the body

18:49 – All about UpgradeLabs, what they do and the services they offer

26:24 – The difference between a person with cancer and the one without, the ability to fight toxins

29:30 – Martin sharing his biohacking routine: His Best 6 Treatments

33:02 – Resources: Dave Asprey’s books

35:10 – Martin sharing Tony Robbins’ biohacking routine before onboarding the stage, how it helps Tony to optimize his performance better

37:30 – Upcoming 7th Biohacking Conference: What it is all about?

40:36 – Martin’s best advice

(Note: This interview was recorded in a LIVE event during the Health Optimization Summit London.  Please forgive the audio quality.  We probably sounded better in real life.)

 

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FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM MARTIN TOBIAS:

  1. Realize that you can make significant improvements in your health.
  2. Start to get some data about you and your body.
  3. Try things that match with your data, you’re likely to get much better results when you do it in a data-driven way. 

 

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#28: Dr. Barry Morguelan – Unlock Unlimited Energy And Healing In Your Own Biology From a 5,000-year-old Chinese Source Energy Discipline

Who do the world’s highest performers get help from? Well, I had the pleasure of meeting one of them 🙂 Dr. Barry Morguelan who has helped people like Tony Robbins, Jay Abraham, and Dave Asprey. Dr. B is a world-class medical doctor and the only western Grand Master of a 5,000-year-old Chinese Source Energy discipline. He uses this mix of western medicine and the Chinese Source Energy discipline to empower individuals to quickly and easily transform their own lives, helping them to achieve breakthrough results with their most meaningful goals, no matter what their age, education, or condition. 

In this episode, Dr. Barry shares his approach to helping people get access to an energy source that profoundly supports success towards personally defined goals. In addition, he shares a few of the powerful Source Energy practices that you can do anytime you need to use them without the need for a practitioner, guru, or healer. Learn how you can use the power of Source Energy to fuel your own journey.

If you listen to the end you´ll find an exclusive free 8-day free course and a special discount for a longer program by Dr. Barry’s – more details in the show notes.

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“Be your own guru, be your own person who discovers what it is to take care of yourself and be your own shaman.”

– Dr. Barry Morguelan

 

 

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0139 – All about Chinese medicine and it’s branches

02:23 –  Dr. Barry Morguelans goal of helping people to keep them from feeling pain

03:03 –  His quest of learning alternative medicine that compliments Western Medicine from the world’s greatest people around the globe

07:34 – Foundations of alternative medicine in different countries and regions of the world

10:30 – Four different practices of Chinese Medicine

14:38 – Discipline of four categories, how to know a person through connecting to the multiple things in their fields

18:59 – All about vibration and frequency, the power of quantum physics, why you need all the different frequencies cranking

23:53 – Why Dr. Barry Morguelan loves Source Energy, why does he consider it as the source of world peace

24:19 – The 90 Minute Routine – How this help Dr. Barry Morguelan start his day

28:01 – The biggest challenges of his high-performance top-caliber clients, being not in their zone and flow

35:11 – How doing energy practice source energy helps you control the outcome of your life

35:54 – All about his health optimization programs: 8-Day QuickStart and the Extensive Program

(Note: This interview was recorded in a LIVE event during the Health Optimization Summit London.  Please forgive the audio quality.  We probably sounded better in real life.)

 

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FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. BARRY MORGUELAN:

  1. There is a solution to your problems. 
  2. The practices are available to you, and they will work for you.
  3. You don’t have to be stuck.

 

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#27: Thomas Sylvest Håkansson – Finding a Way When The Doctors Say There is Nothing More To Do

How do you deal with a chronic disease that the doctors say there is nothing to do about? What do you do when the healthcare system you have been depending on for years has not provided sufficient alleviation to what you are suffering from? This is something way too many people experience today. Thomas Sylvest was one of them and with a solid health background as a master in pharmaceutical science, he put his trust in new medicine for several years without seeing the results. That is when he embarked on a journey to learn more about functional medicine which has moved him from a wheelchair, lots of different medicine and severe pain to today’s walking, having a child, living with little pain and almost no medicine.  

Thomas shares his journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis and several other diseases that he has been affected by. He shares concrete tips for what has worked for him, what is backed by science and how you can structure your own health journey – because what works for Thomas might not be the same that works for you. But the overall strategy is similar for finding solutions.

If you listen to the end you can even win a price – more details in the show notes 🙂 

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“So for me, it’s not about the quantities of food. We can survive on restricted calories, restricted calorie intake, but it’s the content of nutrients. It’s the mineral profiles. That’s the one that is important.”

 – Thomas Sylvest 

 

 

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01:51 – What is he passionate about 

02:37 – How is it like dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis disease early on in his childhood

06:00 -The painful journey he had with the health care system that finds no alleviation to the disease he is having

11:44 – How did he start his journey to natural healing

13:57 – How your inflammatory disease relates to how your digestive system is doing

14:41 – His way of eating raw vegetables

18:58 – What is CRP and what does it tell you?

22:22 – What is elimination diet and how is it done and what foods to consider

 24:54 – What’s the deal with avocados

26:44 – Why the need for figuring out what works for you and the disease you have

27:41 – All about probiotics and prebiotics, what are the key things about them

29:16 – What does his everyday healing journey look like

30:55 – What is intermittent fasting and what are the benefits

34:00 – Why does he go barefoot

37:12 – Some more healthy stuff he does every day

38:36 – What are the important things to remember when juicing

 

 

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FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THOMAS SYLVEST:

  1. It’s your own journey. Take responsibility for this journey.
  1. The journey has bumps ahead, get strong support from loved ones and mentors.
  1. Just set your mind on the journey and you will conquer it.

 

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#26: Anette Sams – The Truth About Sugar and How to Reverse Diabetes 2

How do you reverse diabetes 2 through food and exercise? That is part of what this podcast episode is about. It also turns out this knowledge can help adults whether you have diabetes or not! How do we then make that knowledge into something fun and stop the shaming around food? That is part of the mission that Anette Sams is on. She is one of the leading experts in Denmark on the subject. She is a pharmacist with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Anette is a former Diabetes Biology Specialist and Director at Novo Nordisk. She is also the author of “The Truth About Sugar”  and “Getting out of Diabetes 2”.

Understanding the truth about sugar is part of the equation to reversing diabetes 2, getting out of several chronic symptoms and staying healthy. Anette provides concrete tools to take control of your health.

Anette will be in New York City from October 20 to 24 and she has a few time slots open for giving her talk SugarSmart (link: www.anettesams.dk/sugarsmart). So, reach out to her at sams@epoqe.dk if you are in the area.

 

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“We have to think of sugar like the way we think of fuelling our car. We fuel it, and then we drive and then when the tank is empty or nearly empty, we can fuel again. But it’s the period between the two fuels where you perform the best.”

– Anette Sams

 

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01:53 –  Why she left an excellent job, being a diabetes specialist and director

06:36 – The truth about sugar as it relates to diabetes, talking about her book, “The Truth About Sugar”

09:30 – What is “Biological Logic”

10:45 – What the fibre wall in fruits and vegetables mean and how it helps in releasing nutrients to the body

14:08 – The benefits of avoiding refined sugar, the Sugars ABC

17:26 – How to get out of Diabetes

20:44 – The refined and unrefined food, how to classify the two

23:03 – What’s in the meals, meal timing, and frequency of meals

27:05 – Her thoughts on going off insulin for three weeks for a particular diet plan

31:03 – The psychological stress of getting healthy

37:32 – One crucial recommendation to restore your ability to remove excess sugar from the bloodstream

39:56 – What has sleep got to do with diabetes 2

40:51 – Thoughts about fasting

43:45 – Giving her advice for a fantastic life

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ANETTE SAMS:

  1. Believe in yourself and get that basic biology knowledge. It’s fascinating!
  2. Start spoiling yourself with the right food
  3. Start feeding your microbiota

 

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#25: Chuck Hazzard – What Most Experts Got Wrong About Sleep And How To Get The Most Out Of A Sleep Tracker

If you care about sleep then you need to hear this episode! I have listened to a ton of podcast about sleep and read about the subject. But I never heard the real story about what we actually know about sleep and why this is essential to understand when hearing advice from sleep studies. If you have ever been stressed by your sleep tracking showing you that you are not getting enough deep sleep or looking into getting a sleep tracker then this is for you. 

Martin & Dasha told me several times that I had to interview Chuck Hazzard about sleep and health optimization. Thank you so much for that. This changed some of my views on sleep as Chuck might be one of the most balanced and knowledgeable people about health that I have meet and at the same time extremely pleasant to talk with.

He is an ultramarathon runner and Vice President of Oura Ring which most of the experts say is the best sleep tracker on the market. 

He shares his own personal journey, what we actually know about sleep, concrete sleep tips, what is important when selecting a sleep tracker and how not to get stressed by a sleep tracker but get true value from it.  

Another important thing Chuck shares is how to navigate this complicated health space.

 

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“Be your own scientist. You’re the best person to judge what works and doesn’t work for you. If it doesn’t cost you a lot of money, it’s worth trying. See if it helps and if it doesn’t, stop doing it before you invest big money. Do your own research. Talk to a lot of people. Don’t just trust the manufacturer.”

– Chuck Hazzard

 

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01:11 – Chuck shares how he became an expert in wearable devices, sleep tracking and running long distances

04:05 – How he became a test runner

05:25 – What a sleep tracker like the Oura Ring does and how the sleep study is done

07:54 – Interesting facts about sleep from a research standpoint

12:24 – Importance of deep sleep

13:29 – Determining the best time to sleep 

14:59 – How the Oura Ring tracks temperature and changes in heart rate

17:28 – Restlessness as a component of sleep and the factors affecting it

24:50 – Insulin load and how it affects your resting heart rate at night

28:07 – Explaining what chronotype means and relating them to the four animals in the book, The Power of When by Michael Breus

32:43 – Number of hours of sleep Chuck gets and shares the gadgets that help them achieve a good sleep

35:46 – Other routines and gadgets he uses while sleeping

40:05 – The importance of eating meals in a day

43:29 – The resources Chuck goes to when he wants to learn something new

44:30 – His advice on choosing who to listen to

47:13 – Where people can follow him

47:52 – Final words from Chuck

48:38 – Wrapping up the episode with the last question from Mads to better understand REM sleep

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CHUCK:

  1. Be your own scientists.
  2. Just try stuff. If it doesn’t cost you a lot of money, it’s worth trying. 
  3. Do your own research, talk to a lot of people. 

 

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#24: Dr. Scott Sherr – Biohacks That the Elite Uses in Silicon Valley and Fundamental Health Tips for All

I got a medical doctor who is at the forefront of health optimization medicine. He is also an expert in integrative hyperbaric medicine. And you might be wondering what the …. is that? Well, that and what some of the top consultancies, executives and tech companies are doing in Silicon Valley to get the edge is what you will learn about in this episode. 

Dr. Scott Sherr is the Founder of Integrative HBOT, a worldwide consulting, education, and advocacy telemedicine practice. He is also the COO of Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe), a nonprofit education company that is using a foundational approach to shift the conversation away from illness and into health. Dr. Scott also has the first HOMe clinic in the US-based in San Francisco. 

I got Scott personally recommended by great people such as Dasha and Tim. So really excited that I got a chance to talk with him and learn about health optimization medicine and nootropics. 

On today’s episode, Dr. Sherr also dives into the benefits and limitations of hyperbaric treatments as well as the expected results, how this therapy is helpful to treat a wide range of disorders and diseases, and how it positively affects patients with other conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, ulcerative colitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, musculoskeletal injury, stroke, and many others. Tune in and learn from Dr. Sherr’s health optimization expertise.

 

 

“The key is a foundation for all of us, in our own health. Then everything else is the icing on the cake to some degree.”

– Dr. Scott Sherr

 

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01:44 – How Dr. Sherr got involved with Health Optimization Medicine and especially into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

04:00 – What is HBOT and what certain diseases, complications or injuries it can heal

09:45 – Bringing the hyperbaric oxygen technology to more people

10:50 – HBOT sessions and how it works to heal acute injuries to chronic long-term injuries or diseases

16:00 – Soft (portable) chamber versus the hard chamber, their prices, which is suitable for neurocognitive diseases plus how HBOT can also help with jetlag

19:22 – The importance of foundational health and how Dr. Sherr utilize HBOT

20:16 – All about Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) 

26:10 – The three tests for the basic HOMe program and how to build a true foundational health

30:00 – Food sensitivity tests to improve your health – the regular IgE and the controversial IgG4

34:50 – HOMe’s mission and Dr. Sherr’s advice to feel better fast

36:51 – Nootropics and what you need to know about caffeine, nicotine, e-cigarette, and vape

40:05 – Blue Cannatine– a synthetic nootropic drug that is good for your health 

45:44 – The key to creating your own health journey

46:48 – Why sauna is one of Dr. Sherr favorite biohacking technology and his other health routine

 

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SCOTT:

  1. Have fun. Enjoy life and learn a lot in the process.
  2. Enjoy your failures because that’s where you learn the most.
  3. Always starts with you.

 

PEOPLE MENTIONED:

Dr. Dom D’Agustino 

Dave Asprey 

Dr. Ted Achacoso

Tim Gray

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Health Optimization Medicine

Troscriptions – Blue Cannatine

Oura Ring 

Sunlighten Infrared Saunas, Detox and Relax From Home

 

CONNECT WITH SCOTT SHERR:

Instagram 

homehope.org

home-sf.co

integrativehbot.com

Facebook

Facebook – Integrative HBOT 

www.hyperbaricmedicalservices.com

www.oregonHBOT.com

 

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#23: Mette Skjærbæk – Concrete Tips for Natural Health and How to Choose Skin Care Products

How do you select a skincare product? I am often quite confused when looking at different products. Which ones are really the ones without all the bad chemicals? I would love to hear how you navigate that jungle?

I was lucky that I got a chance to talk with a real expert on the subject. Mette Skjærbæk who is not just an expert but also extremely warm and pleasant person gave some insight on the subject as well as concrete tips for natural health. For as she says skin products are only one part of the puzzle. Mette’s deep knowledge comes from being the founder and creative director of a pure, natural and active skincare brand from Copenhagen, Karmameju where they work with a top scientist. She was intrigued by natural health at a very young age and took up a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health. She also worked as a model for ten years, starting out when she was just 16 years old. 

On today’s episode, Mette shares her near-death experience that changed her life and how she started and builds Karmameju. Mette goes into what she does to stay healthy every day, why she uses sunscreen sparingly and how she prepares her family’s morning smoothie. She also shares, among other things, the relevant questions to ask when choosing the skin care products and how to test it out. Tune in and get Mette’s absolute best health and beauty tips.

 

“I believe that if you stay open and reach out and meet the world with a sense of kindness and curiosity, so many good things will come to you.”

– Mette Skjærbæk

 

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01:20 – Mette’s background; being a model for 10 years, her turning point and how she got into natural health

05:26 – What is natural health and Mette’s 3 main focus points

11:35 – Mette’s near-death experience and how her life changed and started Karmameju 

14:10 – Growing her company, developing skills and focusing on skin care

17:38 – How to know whether a product is organic or not and questions to ask when selecting skin care products

23:20 – An important issue on sunscreen products that everyone should know

26:55 – Key factors in choosing a brand to trust, why skin care is important even for men and what you should do before buying any skin care products

31:00 – Mette’s 80/20% lifestyle – on taking care of the inside of the body, detoxing, oils, and making a balanced diet

39:45 – The smoothie with many names – why Mette started making them and what she puts in it

43:35 – Karmameju’s belief on beauty and skin care, why weeds are good for you plus how Mette prepares her smoothie ingredients 

48:58 – All about pH – the importance of maintaining the skin’s pH value and Karmameju’s breakthrough product to help achieve it

56:00 – Why she put proofs like research and study on their website for the consumers to see 

1:00:09 – Mette’s key essentials of a happy life

 

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM METTE:

  1. Hydrate 
  2. Sleep 
  3. Breathe 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Truth In Aging

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

How to Dry Brush the Body

How to Dry Brush the Face

 

CONNECT WITH METTE SKJÆRBÆK:

www.karmameju.com

Instagram – Mette

Instagram – Karmameju Skin Care

Facebook – Karmameju Skin Care

Youtube – Karmameju Skin Care

 

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