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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.

 

CONNECT WITH DR. TED ACHACOSO

 

CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS

 

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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.

Find the podcast at www.growthisland.io or in your podcast app under Growth Island 

 

“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. 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

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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. 

Find the podcast at www.growthisland.io or in your podcast app under Growth Island 

“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

 

RESOURCES AND PEOPLE MENTIONED:

 

 

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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#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.

 

Find the podcast at www.growthisland.io or in your podcast app under Growth Island 

 


“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. 

 

PEOPLE MENTIONED:

 

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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

 

CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS

https://growthisland.io

LinkedIn

Instagram

 

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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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https://growthisland.io

LinkedIn

Instagram

 

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#21: Sofia Popov – Concrete Steps to Optimize Your Health Through Microbiome Research and Home Test

Poop test also called gut microbiome test seems to be the new black in health optimization From discovering what to eat, helping with IBS and so many other things. I, therefore, took a talk with Sofia Popov who is a microbiome scientist. She is also the founder of GUTXY which is a company that helps people figure out how to incorporate the latest scientific findings on the microbiome into their daily lives. In this podcast, we go through some of the latest research, how to use it, my experience with microbiome test and how a startup like Zemedy also focus on the microbiome for IBS.

“Gut is the pivot – the start of everything. And if you look at it more holistically, it is very central. If you are not digesting properly, other areas of your body aren’t functioning equally as well. It is key for everything.”

-Sofia Popov

 

 

 

 

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O1:20 – Sofia talks about how she got interested in studying more about the human microbiome

04:08 –  The importance of the first 3 years of life in the foundation the gut microbiome

05:58 – Getting microbiome test and knowing your microbial signature: the key to better understanding health and nutrition

07:58 – The role of probiotics and prebiotics in inducing gut immunity

10:59 – Microbiome test: how it is done and what it tells you about your health

15:12 – Determining your healthy bowel, an overview of the Bristol Stool Chart

16:41 – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), how it affects the gut-brain axis and how taking  a microbiome test can help to solve it

22:19 – How GUTXY’s microbiome program helps individuals get the proper intervention after getting their microbiome test results

27:00 – Food to optimize your microbiome: Sofia talks about the different microbiome friendly foods  

29:00 – How the Microbiome changed Sofia’s perception of having a healthy diet and restoring your gut

30:50 – Fermented food and its beneficial boost in getting good bacteria

32:47 – Microbiome and depression: how do they correlate?

33:56 – Sofia’s advice on becoming the best version of yourself

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SOFIA:

  1. Eat more leafy greens.
  2. Focus on being mindful.
  3. Believe in yourself.

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

CONNECT WITH SOFIA POPOV:

 

CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS:

 

 

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#20: Kiki Bosch – The Queen of Ice: Overcoming Rape, Anxiety and Pain

Kiki Bosch is an Ice Water Freediver, adventurer, practitioner, and coach at The Wim Hof Method. Having gone through rape, anxiety and pain she knows how to deal with the darker sides of life. She use these experiences to be positive light where she helps people break through barriers and overcome trauma in the journey of becoming happy, strong and healthy. She loves searching for truth and beauty in the world and helping others to do the same.

In this episode, Kiki’s takes us through some of her most incredible encounter with life and nature. She also shares her journey, and how the cold helped her overcome her past traumas, depression, and how you might be able to do the same. She also shares why ‘Disturb the Comfort’ is her life’s mantra.

 

 

“For me, the big shift is being able to shift my mindset…it is the constant reminder of the person I want to become.”

-Kiki Bosch

 

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01:59 –  Kiki’s transformation journey through her travels, how it helped her define herself

02:36 –  Finding her calling through freediving, feeling that it was something she needs to do

05:13 – Being raped by a colleague and how that caused her anxiety, pain, trauma and massive questioning of her purpose

07:44 – Regaining strength and health through The Wim Hof Method, how the cold therapy helped her find herself and live her present moment

10:58 – The mindset shift she had despite her bad experience

12:12 – The ice bath experience as your life’s mirror, experiences in the cold being a big mirror for life

13:41 – The tool in the toolbox: The Wim Hof Method benefits and component

16:57 – The power of being present in the moment, surrendering the pain and breathing technique, how Kiki handled her broken wrist and calmly bringing herself to the hospital

26:42 – Teaching the Wim Hof Breathing Method

27:57 – Embracing nature and being the nature and seeing nature in everything

29:57 – Compassion for her abductor, her perception on why he did the wrongdoing towards her and other victims

33:34 – Rewiring the brain through The Wim Hof Meditation, different ways to perceive life

33:45 – Forgiving and accepting, how to set boundaries and to be aware of people’s pattern of behavior

35:32 – Working and training elite athlete Mauricio Salazar. Helping him train for his challenges and events using the Wim Hof Method

42:15 – Visualization as a training routine to mentally prepare the body for the worst

46:06 – Kiki surviving a near-death experience

53:55 – Kiki’s parting words: “Stay focused, stay connected.”

 

Final recommendations from Kiki:

  1. Focus on yourself and how you fell
  2. Compassion for everyone and everything around you
  3. Know how much potential you have, realize how powerful you truly are

 

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Kiki Bosch

Connect with Mads Misiak Friis

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#19: Tim Gray – Five fundamentals of biohacking

Tim Gray is a serial entrepreneur and the leading biohacker in the UK. He founded and ran a psychology based digital marketing agency based in London, and has many years of experience in NLP and Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Two years ago he founded Londons first private Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic, and he also founded and runs the Health Optimisation / Biohacker Social Circle in London too. To top that off, he also is the Founder and CEO of the Health Optimisation Summit – which brings unity to the health space, by partnering with Paleo f(x)and Bulletproof Upgrade Conference. Tim shares concrete tips with his five fundamentals of Biohacking for top performance, or for taking back your health.

Show notes:

1.35: Tims story

4.50: Getting kidney stones and several other diseases

6.00: Getting into bulletproof coffee

7.02: What Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is

12.01: Starting the biohacker social group in London

13.40: Biohacking vs transhumanism

14.30: Biohacking or health optimization

18.40: Where to start with biohacking

20.15: Tims five biohacking fundamentals

20.30: How to optimize sleep

23.40: Using the Oura sleep tracker most effectively

25.00: Using a Grounding blanket

25.40: Using a Chilipad

27.45: Using lavender oil

28.15: Second area of Tims five fundamentals: Hydration optimization

32.45: Cutting down on supplements

35.50: Third area of Tims five fundamentals: Dental and oral optimization

39.30: Fourth area of Tims five fundamentals: Sun and light optimization

43.00 Understanding what grounding is

44.10: Fifth is of Tims five fundamentals. Oxygen and breathing optimization

 

Links to people mentioned:

Dr. Joseph Mercola: https://www.mercola.com/

Wim Hof: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

Dasha Maximov: https://growthisland.io/12-dasha-maximova-how-to-recover-from-a-heavy-brain-concussion/

 

Links to selected resources:

Health Optimisation Summit: https://summit.healthoptimisation.com/

Oura Ring: https://ouraring.com/

Chilipad: https://www.chilitechnology.com/

Totum sport: https://www.totumsport.com/

Quinton: https://originalquinton.com/

Health Optimisation/biohacker London Social Circle Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BiohackerLondon/

 

Final recommendations from Tim:

Relax and focus on the five fundamentals: 1. Sleep, 2. Hydration, 3. Dental & Oral, 4. Sun & Light, 5. Oxygen & Breathing

 

Links to Tim:

https://www.instagram.com/timbiohacker/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-gray-biohacker-health-optimisation/

https://www.facebook.com/healthoptimisationsummit/