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Mar 25, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/bodyscan

Last week, I placed my right hand on a fancy scanner that arrived in the mail and did what is called a mapping of my body's "energy field".

I then plugged the scanner into my computer and uploaded the results to my friend Wendy Myers, who is a functional diagnostic nutritionist (FDN), a certified holistic health coach (CHHC), and the founder of Liveto110. Wendy attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and has a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. Wendy is certified in Hair Mineral Analysis for the purpose of designing programs for clients to correct their metabolism and body chemistry with customized targeted nutrient therapy and a previous podcast guest on the episodes: "Why My Barber Thinks I’m A Freak (& Crazy Health Discoveries You Can Get From Your Hair, Your Urine & Your Stool)." and "Everything You Need To Know About Hair Mineral Analysis."

Anyways, this scanner, called an "NES Scanner" is designed to read electrical signals produced by the body. The skin is an indicator of what’s going on underneath it, plus it has a magnetic quality to it. So wherever there is a blockage in the energy flow or some other problem, the skin in that area becomes more magnetic or sticky, which is detected by the scanner. Then as you stimulate that particular area with specific therapies like pulsed electromagnetic fields (using another device called the miHealth), the body’s magnetic quality will begin to change, indicating to the device when the body has responded and created its healing reaction. Another way of looking at this is that cells have an electrical potential. Sick, tired and malfunctioning cells have a low electrical potential and this is what surfaces as magnetic or sticky quality on the skin. By putting energy back into the specific area at issue, this system can apparently then raise the electrical potential of those cells, restoring them over time to their normal, optimal functioning. This also stimulates the nervous system, sending a signal to the brain to direct resources to that particular part of the body as part of the natural healing response. The scan that I did reads the electrical information of the body and then uses the information to make a map of the human body's electrical field. The entire scan is completed in a few seconds. Once the scan is completed, the software returns a graphical representation of any located distortions in the body’s information, as well as recommendations for therapy that then stimulate the body’s healing response and correct the noted distortions. During our discussion, Wendy and I go over my scan results and you'll discover:

-The science behind scanning the human body and how the NES scanner actual works...[7:30]

-Whether any research actually exists when it comes to scanning and adjusting your body's electrical field...[9:30]

-How you can "biohack" your body in the same way that an acupuncturist would, without needles and acupuncture...[19:55]

-The shocking effects of airline travel on the body's electrical energy fields (and a simple way to fix the effects)...[22:45]

-How you can "imprint" water with specific frequencies, and the new science of something called infoceuticals...[24:10]

-How a small, portable handheld pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) device can be used to adjust the body's meridians...[29:25]

-An easy DIY technique you can use to banish constipation and large intestine issues...[44:50]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The MyoBuddy Ben uses for self-vibrational massage -The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton -Wholetones: Unleashing The Phenomenon Of Using Sound & Music For Performance, Recovery, Healing & More. -Wendy's new book: Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue -Nobel Prize Winner Discovers Quantum Field Effect of DNA -Correlating Physiology with Bioenergetics: An Overview of Space Resonance Matching -Bridging Orthodox Medicine with Bioenergetic Science -Seven Major Principles of the Human Body-Field -Information Physics and Global Scaling -Coherence and the Physics of Traditional Chinese Medicine -The Human Body-Field & Information Transfer in Biology -Drivers and Integrators: The Primary Systems of the Human Body-Field

-The SuperCharged movie: http://www.superchargedmovie.com/free-movie
 
-NES Health: The 21st Century of HealthCare (14 min)
 
-NES Health Explained: Overview and Testimony (19 min)
 

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Wendy or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Mar 23, 2017

March 22, 2017 Podcast: 367: How Females Can Lose Body Fat Fast, How To Fix Your Vision Naturally, 4 Science-Based Superfoods & Much More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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-Kimera Koffee - Best nootropic-infused coffee on the planet. Save 10% with code "BEN" at KimeraKoffee.com. -Human Charger - In-ear white light device for improving mood, beating jet lag and much more. Visit humancharger.com/ben and use code BFITNESS for 20% off. -Click here to donate any amount you'd like to support the podcast! -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories on his morning, daily and evening routine! What did you miss this week? A clay mask, a park workout, a morning routine change-up, an epic post-race salad and more. NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. Ben will be racing on the Spartan Pro Team for 2017! You can catch him at any of these races below and you can click here to register: -Emerald City Open, Seattle, April 22 -Golden State Classic, Monterey, June 3 -Blue Mountain Challenge, July 8 -Southeast Showdown, Asheville, July 29 -The Ascent, West Virginia, Aug 26 -May 5-7, 2017: Join Dr. Mercola, Dr. Pompa and I, along with many more health experts at this year's HCF Seminar in Atlanta, for health professionals, chiropractic docs, dietitians, nutritionists, personal trainers and beyond. Learn everything you need to know about ketosis, heavy metals, nutrition, marketing, how to build your practice and much more! Get your heavily discounted, early bird ticket now! Click here to register before special pricing disappears next week. -May 19-21, 2017: PaleoFX in Austin, Texas. Paleo f(x)™ is the Who's Who gathering of the ancestral health movement, with world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, leading physicians, scientists, and practitioners, athletes and fitness professionals, health entrepreneurs, activists, bloggers, biohackers, and more! Are you ready to learn, connect, and take action? Join our tribe! Click here to register.

-May 26-28, 2017: Infinite Man Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria. It’s my great pleasure to say that I’ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Infinite Man Summit 2017, where alongside speakers from around the world,  we'll cover the four key pillars of a successful life: health & fitness, dating & relationships, business & entrepreneurship, and passion & purpose. Click here for tickets!

Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Richard Aiken? It was a must-listen – "How To Fix Your Brain And Biology With Plants: An Interview With Neurodietetics Author Richard Aiken On The Best Diet For The Brain." Click here to listen now or download for later! Grab this Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some!

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick.

How Runners Can Lose Muscle In A Healthy Way (And Calorie Cycling 101)

Des says: She's big fan of the show and she's learned so much its overwhelming.  She has a strange question. Over the winter she managed to increase her muscle mass a lot, but now it's running season and she's too heavy. She needs to lose some of it but it's mostly muscle. What's the safest way to go about losing added weight while maintaining the benefits of the bone density, better hemoglobin, etc. Do you have any tips? Thanks!

In my response, I recommend: -John Kiefer's Carb Backloading Protocol -CoolFatBurner -NatureAminos

Natural Ways To Maximize Eye Health

Dave says: He's calling from Bloomington, Indiana. He's an active 29 year old and recently been diagnosed with Open-Angle Glaucoma. He takes a pressure regulating eye drop as recommend by his Ophthalmologist and he's also tweaked his diet to increase his intake of eye healthy food like sweet potato, carrot and dark leafy greens to help manage eye pressures. He's curious if you have any additional protocols that you recommend to combat the pressure of glaucoma specifically or promote better eye health in general? He loves the show and hopes to hear a response on the air.

In my response, I recommend: -Organic bilberry extract or organic bilberry capsules or organic bilberries -Astaxanthin/fish oil (recommend Superessentials) -Thorne CoQ10 or Thorne Resveracel -Natural Calm Magnesium -Frankincense / helichrysum oil / cypress essential oil -Brewer's Yeast  -Vision Gym -My podcast on healthiest computer monitors

How Females Can Lose Body Fat Fast

Heather says: She's calling from Michigan, she loves the show! She has a question regarding food. She's competing in her first body building competition in twenty weeks. She's doing the fitness division and the training is going really well. However, food has been a place of struggle. She frequently binges and its really uncontrollable and it feels primal. She was wondering if you have any advice, tips, supplements, things she can take to get it under control, so when she gets closer to competition she can get her body fat down to what it needs to be. There's two caveats, she's vegan, and she's been dealing with candida for five years. Any thoughts and tips are appreciated!

In my response, I recommend: -Thyroid support in the form of a natural thyroid supplement like Thyrogold -Progesterone support in the form of magnesium, whole foods vitamin C, L-arginine, Superessentials fish oil, chasteberry, DIM, and a full spectrum multi-vitamin -DHEA support in the form of Thorne DHEA -John Kiefer's Carb Backloading Protocol -Candida Cleanse protocol -My entire chapter on vegan athletes here

 

Mar 18, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/braindiet

A couple years ago, I released a podcast episode with Dr. Richard Aiken entitled “How Blenders Can Destroy Food, Why I Eat 20-25 Servings Of Vegetables Each Day, The Vegan-Paleo Debate & Much More During the show, Dr. Aiken explained the potentially damaging effects of high-speed blending on food and referenced a recent experiment he performed on bananas. Later, Dr. Aiken was kind enough to send me the complete results of that experiment, published in their full, scientifically nerdy details at "How To Biohack Your Green Smoothie (And Can High Speed Blenders Really Damage Your Food?)". Now, after publishing his new book "Neurodietetics: The dietary science of human flourishing", Dr. Aiken is back. Dr. Aiken, MD, PhD, is a chemical engineer and physician, and studies how diet has a profound influence on our minds and how, using food, we can relieve suffering and possibly help reverse pathology. He highlights in the book how - even if we don't have clinical signs or symptoms of physical, cognitive or emotional decline - we can achieve a profound state of mind-body wellness, eudaimonia – human flourishing with proper lifestyle choices. This book is about the science of mind flourishing through dietary choices that Aiken calls “neurodietetics”.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What exactly is Xenohormesis when it comes to consuming plants...[9:30]

-Why you should eat cucumbers that have been exposed to high amounts of heat, grapes grown in poor soil and water deprived turmeric...[19:00]

-The "Cinderella drug" you can find in plants that barely anybody knows about...[23:05]

-The hibiscus and green tea workout drink that Dr. Aiken considers to be a physical and mental performance game-changer...[38:00]

-The two crucial ingredients to add to a blender to "biohack" your smoothie and concentrate the antioxidants...[40:20]

-The single seed that Dr. Aiken recommends most highly for mental performance...[50:30]

-Why Ben threw out a 60 dollar bottle of liquid fish oil...[58:30]

-How to "rescue" any smoothie from tasting bad (even when you add the potent one-two combo of turmeric and black pepper)...[62:35]

-The brand new sleep hack Dr. Aiken has been experimenting with very successfully...[70:30]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Neurodietetics: The dietary science of human flourishing -My podcast on "Fit Vine Wine" -Lithium discussion with Kevin Rose -My article on "The God Pill" -How To Biohack Your Green Smoothie (And Can High Speed Blenders Really Damage Your Food?) -Organic green tea leaves -Organic hibiscus leaves -Study: Is docosahexaenoic acid synthesis from α-linolenic acid sufficient to supply the adult brain? -Omica Organics stevia -Circadian rhythms, time-restricted feeding, and healthy aging -Alteril Sleep Aid -Dr. Kirk Parsley's Sleep Remedy

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Richard or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Mar 15, 2017

Are you exhausted all the time, plagued by brain fog, and unable to lose weight? Do you struggle with insomnia, panic attacks, and tremors? But does your doctor insists your labs are normal, and that you just need to eat less and exercise more?

As anyone who has been there knows, nothing is more frustrating, stressful, and emotionally draining than feeling unwell and being told you're fine by the very person who is supposed to heal you. The truth is, your symptoms could be caused by a thyroid disorder - the hidden cause of a wide array of health problems that can threaten to ruin your life. Thyroid dysfunction affects at least 20 million Americans and yet conventional medicine frequently misses the diagnosis. The scariest part? Most doctors won't even order thyroid tests unless you specifically ask. Now, in her new book The Thyroid Connection, Dr. Amy Myers, my guest on today's podcast, teaches you how to take your health into your own hands. Dr. Myers, originally misdiagnosed herself, understands the struggles of thyroid dysfunction firsthand. Fortunately, she also knows how achievable recovery and well-being are, and just how to get you there. In The Thyroid Connection, Amy explains how to recognize the symptoms that could signal a thyroid problem, work with your doctor to ensure proper diagnosis, and make sure you're on the right treatment plan. Amy is a renowned leader in Functional Medicine a 2x New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection and the founder and medical director of Austin UltraHealth, a functional medicine clinic that treats patients from all over the world who are overcoming chronic illness. She has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Post, Women’s Health, Huffington Post, and numerous other television programs, radio shows, and print publications. She has helped hundreds of thousands recover from chronic illness through her dietary-based program, The Myers Way®, and she has created multiple programs, tools, and free resources to guide readers through her revolutionary approach to health.

During our discussion, you'll discover: -How your body converts T4 into T3 and how you can enhance that enzymatic process...[11:45]

-Why cortisol is surprisingly vital to healthy thyroid function, especially for shoving T3 into cells...[14:55]

-What makes the body produce more Reverse T3...[19:55]

-What blood work besides a full thyroid panel is crucial to look at optimal thyroid function...[28:30]

-Why most labs don't test for red blood cell levels of things like selenium, zinc and magnesium, and why this is such a big problem...[29:30]

-The details behind the "iodine controversy" and where you should be getting your iodine...[30:27]

-Dr. Myer's opinion on the use of low-dose naltrexone (and something you'd never want to combine it with)...[40:20]

-Why your genetic "SNP's" are such an important part of detoxification and thyroid health...[48:00]

-What does a "typical day" look like for someone using the Myers Way? [53:50]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight - and How to Get Your Life Back -Everything You Need To Know About Kratom -The Emerald Cove nori Ben uses that is low in heavy metals -23andme genetic testing -The Paleo Autoimmune protocol podcast I recorded 

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Richard or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Mar 12, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/caljam2017

In this special podcast, recorded from the "CalJam" event I recently attended, I join forces with Dr. Dan Pompa and Warren Phillips to geek out on mushroom coffee, kava extract, quantum physics, filtered water, biodynamic wine and beyond, including a very special conference in Atlanta from May 5-7, 2017, where Dr. Pompa, Dr. Joseph Mercola and I will be speaking! Dr. Pompa, D.PSc., is a global leader in the health and wellness industry, traveling across the country educating practitioners and the public on the root causes of inflammation driven diseases such as Weight Loss Resistance, Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders and other chronic conditions. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, graduating second in his class. His authority today, however, is rooted in his own personal battle, having overcome serious neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning using the cellular detoxification strategies learned in his journey back to health. Warren Phillips is the CEO and Co-founder of Health Centers of the Future. As a credentialed geologist, his background in environmental studies led him to understand the impact synthetic chemicals and environmental toxins have upon the human condition. A career shift landed him a position as VP of Sales and Marketing for a prestigious supplement manufacturer, but after a short run of success, Warren felt limited and knew he had to grow further. In order to have greater impact upon those in need, he pursued partnering with independent Health Care Practitioners to empower people, to protect them from being compromised by environmental factors the mainstream medical field didn’t yet understand. Because of the deep pockets and marketing power of the conventional medical marketplace, Warren fast learned his best resource for sharing vital information was the internet, and with a determination to “get the message out” he became an expert and renowned 21st century marketer for the medical field. His simple solutions to outperforming old, tired health-based marketing has landed the doctors Warren’s worked with on Page 1 of Google driving streams of new patients in search of answers. In founding Health Centers of the Future with Dr. Dan Pompa, Warren availed his extensive marketing know-how to committed practitioners committed to making a difference in a field where true health restoration is rare. He’s found unprecedented inroads into reaching people with serious conditions including thyroid illness, weight loss resistance, diabetes, and the diseases we’ve mistakenly come to associate with aging. Warren also owns and operates Revelation Health, a company with a commitment to helping people cut through the nutritional confusion and find real answers to their health needs. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Warren lives with his wife and two daughters living the lifestyle and walking the talk.

Resources from this episode: -The Live It To Lead It conference where Ben, Dr. Dan and Dr. Mercola are all speaking in Atlanta, May 5-7, 2017 -The Most Effective Detox You’ve Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It) -book: Biology of Belief -book: Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender -The biodynamic wine that Ben drinks -Mushroom coffee -Berkey Sport Water filtered water bottle Ben travels with -Kava powder

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Dan, Warren or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Mar 11, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/ELDOA

Four months ago, a guy knocked on my front door. He'd flown all the way up from Alabama to my house to train me in a new method of movement and deep fascial stretching that I had never before encountered…something called the "ELDOA Method". Now don't get me wrong: I've done my fair share of mobility training. For example, in the article "The 5 Essential Elements of A Training Program That Most Athletes Neglect – Part 3: Mobility",  I delve into how, on a weekly basis, I engage in everything from active stretching to yoga to foam rolling to traction to deep tissue massage and beyond. But Jacob Schoen, the guy who showed up at my house (and my guest on today's podcast) and trained me for eight solid hours over the course of a weekend, introduced me to this new form of extremely intensive "stretching", and helped me discover something I now take breaks from work to do each day and one of the best ways to eliminate low back pain, heal the spine, and get a full body myofascial stretch. It looks like this: Jacob Schoen is the owner and founder of SHIFT Sport and Wellness in New Orleans, La. Jacob is currently studying in the programs of a guy named Dr. Guy Voyer and is using this education to change the way people approach and associate with their pain or performance. By focusing on the purpose, precision, and quality of exercise Jacob inspires people to “move more aware” in the gym and in life. He hopes that by creating awareness in the individual through movement that he can create momentum towards a more connected and conscious culture of health.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Jacob discovered ELDOA after a series of injuries and poor movement patterns developed from cycling and triathlon...[9:47]

-Why ELDOA is like using an inversion table on your whole body...[15:15]

-What it means to create space within your joint s (and why joints aren't "stacked" the way you would think they are)...[18:30]

-On a physiological level, what does ELDOA do, exactly? [22:45]

-Why most stretching practices or techniques don't actually target your myofascia, and how ELDOA does...[25:30]

-How stretching your wrist and big toe at the same time can, surprisingly, decompress your actual spine...[29:20]

-What a sample ELDOA session actually looks like...[31:45]

-What it means to "normalize" your muscle tone...[41:12]

-What you probably don't know about the bones in the skull and why your jaw and skull bones are so important for decompressing your spine...[45:19]

-How to self-adjust your jaw with a dowel...[50:15]

-Why Jake is not a fan of foam rolling and deep tissue work and why Ben is...[54:15]

-The #1 completely natural supplement you can take that is almost free and that vastly decreases back pain...[69:20]

-How often you should do ELDOA...[72:45]

-The best way for you to learn how to do ELDOA yourself...[77:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Jacob's website ShiftSportWellness.com -ELDOAMethod.com -Some sample videos of a few of my favorite ELDOA stretches if you want to see what ELDOA training looks like: -T6-T7 -T8-T9 -L5-S1 -Jaw Realignment Therapy -The "Scrolling Under The Skin" video Jacob discusses -Why Foam Rolling is NOT Myofascial Release -Architecture of Human Living Fascia: Cells and Extracellular Matrix as Revealed by Endoscopy -SOMAFinder.com to to find an ELDOA workshop near you

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jacob or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Mar 9, 2017

March 8, 2017 Podcast: 366: Float Tanks, Strobe Goggles, Hacking The Vagus Nerve, Natural Marathon Fueling, How To Know When You're Recovered From Adrenal Fatigue & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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-Harrys - Get a free razor trial set. To redeem your free trial offer, go to Harrys.com/ben. -Hello Fresh -For $35 off your first week of deliveries, visit hellofresh.com and enter code FITNESS35 when you subscribe! -Click here to donate any amount you'd like to support the podcast! -Click here to follow Ben on Snapchat, and get ready for some epic stories on his morning, daily and evening routine! What did you miss this week? A clay mask, a park workout, a morning routine change-up, an epic post-race salad and more. NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. Check out the intimacy course Rachel spoke about, and remember, it's not for the faint of heart: Fearless Intimacy with John Wineland and Kendra Cunov. Ben will be racing on the Spartan Pro Team for 2017! You can catch him at these races, click here to register: Emerald City Open, Seattle, April 22 Golden State Classic, Monterey, June 3 Blue Mountain Challenge, July 8 Southeast Showdown, Asheville, July 29 The Ascent, West Virginia, Aug 26 Join Dr. Mercola, Dr. Pompa and I, along with many more health experts at this years HCF Seminar in Atlanta. Get your heavily discounted, early bird ticket now! Click here to register. Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Steve Kotler and Jamie Wheal? It was a must-listen – "Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work." Click here to listen now or download for later! Grab this Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle. And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some!

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick.

What Is Simulated Altitude Training?

Aussie says: He's from Perth, WA - he loves the show. His question is regarding simulated altitude training and it's benefits and drawbacks. He'd love to know your thoughts on training high and living low, rest periods, benefits for weight loss and benefits for type 2 diabetes.

In my response, I recommend: -Fingertip pulse oxygenation measurement device (pulse oximeter) -Altitude tents and altitude training devices on Amazon -How To Legally Dope Your Blood podcast -The Altitude Centre in London

How To Fuel A Marathon Naturally

Leanne says: She's a big fan. She's calling from London in the UK. She's training for the London marathon and she'd love to know what you recommend for nutrition both for prep and recovery, before long training runs (12 miles up) and also for after training? What are the best foods and drinks for during the marathon, and what do you recommend to take as snacks to keep their energy going? She wants to avoid glucose and sugary stuff and be as natural as possible.

In my response, I recommend: -Fat based energy gels -How to get into ketosis -Iskiate Endurance by MyNaturalForce (use code BEN10) -Feed Zone Portables Cookbook

How To Know When You're Recovered From Adrenal Fatigue

Ray says: He's a huge fan. He has a question on adrenal fatigue, he knows we have covered it in a bunch in the past but he was wondering when about 80% of the time he's feeling good, and the other 20% the symptoms are still present, what would be your take on how to get rid of these last few hurdles? He sees that he when he works out super hard the next day he has a longer period of time when he's not feeling greatest his because his body shouldn't be pushed this hard or because he's doing other things wrong, like not using adequate supplementation etc?

In my response, I recommend: -How to know if your body is recovered -DUTCH test

How Fasting Is Different For Females

Janelle says: She wants to thank you for years of great podcasts. As she wants to lose some weight, she's interested in intermittent fasting, but she's hesitant due to some research on how it messes with females hormones. She's post-menopausal, so her hormones are already low, but her morning cortisol is 24 which is high. What are your recommendations to pre and post-menopausal females with regards to intermittent fasting and would you suggest it for someone with elevated AM cortisol?

In my response, I recommend: -DUTCH test

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Mar 4, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/stealingfire

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder/director of research for the Flow Genome Project.

He first appeared on this podcast in the episode, "Decoding The Science of Ultimate Human Performance", in which he talked about his book "The Rise Of Superman – Decoding The Science of Ultimate Human Performance" and explained exactly how to biohack yourself into this state of flow, and how you can tap into this power to achieve amazing feats of physical and mental performance, even if you’re not a “super athlete”. Then, in our second podcast, "Why The Future Of Health Is Better Than You Think", we delved into Steven's book "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think" Steven presented the contrarian view that exponentially growing technologies and other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions on our planet, that the gap between the privileged few and hardscrabble majority is closing fast, and that this is drastically affecting human access to everything from water to food, energy, healthcare, education, and freedom. In today's episode, Steven is back to to present the fascinating topics in his new book "Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work". Stealing Fire reveals the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition. Steven Kotler, along with high performance expert Jamie Wheal (Executive Director of Flow Genome Project and a leading expert on the neuro-physiology of human performance), spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution: from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide. Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces - psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology - we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.

During the podcast discussion on this episode with Steven and Jamie, you'll discover:

-What ecstasis is, and what does it have to do with the SEALs...[7:30]

-The ancient, psychedelic, little-known substance called kykeon, and what it has to do with group flow...[11:28]

-How the SEALs cut the time it takes to learn a foreign language form six months to six weeks...[18:20]

-How meditation practitioners achieve in months what used to take years...[19:05]

-Why it is important to be able to shut down your prefontal cortex...[24:30]

-The surprising host of actual, measurable chemicals associated with flow state...[27:40]

-Why Google is so interested in hiring people who attend Burning Man...[32:45]

-For people interested in going to Burning Man, why do you think they should go and what can they expect...[34:35]

-How LSD helps people to solve technology problems...[42:40]

-How taking mushrooms before church could make church or other religious experiences more meaningful...[47:15]

-What you need to know about "The God Helmet"...[50:45]

-The big, big problem with Botox...[57:20]

-The fascinating tale of how animals use psychedelics to enhance lateral thinking...[61:50]

-How entire groups of people in a single room can synchronize their heart rates and brain waves...[65:05]

-The shocking impact of music on brainwaves and neurochemicals...[67:50]

-A few very important rules to follow if you decide to use psychedelics...[71:25]

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -The Peak Brain Institute in LA -The HALO headset for stimulating the cortex

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jamie, Steven or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Mar 1, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/chinesemedicine

My guest on today's podcast, Dr. Michael Smith, hails from the First Nations in Canada, grew up on the diet of his indigenous ancestors eating wild organ meats from the animals he hunted and feasting from the wild salmon that he caught. He learned many of the medicine traditions and the "Medicine Wheel" of the First Nations people. He studied Martial Arts and taught Canadian Military self defense techniques, and along the way, his Martial Arts teacher took him aside to say to tell him that he was "more of a healer than a fighter".

His teacher then began to teach him the Oral Tradition of Classical Oriental Science, or better known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Michael is now a huge pillar in the healing community of Nelson, BC. For example, restaurants in the Nelson area will produce a special menu at certain times of year when he holds the event of cleansing season. He's helped with bringing Medical Cannabis dispensaries to the city and produces supplements paired with Cannabis Medicine sold there. You often see him ushering in folks at open public sweat lodge ceremonies with burning of sage. Michael is an author, speaker, professional martial artist, teacher and clinician, and a respected integrative medicine pioneer with over 20 years experience. In his Nelson, British Columbia practice he combines functional medicine and evolutionary nutrition with the ancient wisdom and vast experience of Traditional Chinese medicine. His primary focus in medicine is complex chronic auto-immune diseases (as a patient, Michael had lived with both Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis for well over 20 years). He is a co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, the first five year full time doctorate level training program in TCM in Canada. He is also the primary developer of Neuro-Somatic Therapy, a hands on approach to reducing the way people embody distress, illness and trauma. As a Martial Artist, Michael has been training for almost 40 years. He has had the good fortune to train with some of the highest level teachers in the Western world, including a teacher of the late Bruce Lee. After training prison guards, police officers and members of both military and paramilitary organizations, Michael decided to leave traditional martial arts and develop his own approach to resolving physical violence. He has taught this approach, called Applied Combatives, for over 20 years.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The fascinating ancestral health, Dr. Smith learned while growing up in a hunting lodge with the "Mud Clan" First Nations...[9:55]

-How Michael got Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis that lasted for well over 20 years, and how he fixed himself...[14:40]

-What your body is telling you if you can see vegetables in your poop...[18:00]

-Michael's mouthwatering "ancestral" recipe for salmon rillette roulade...[21:30]

-Why Michael believes you should drink one liter of water within the first two hours upon waking...[25:45]

-The fascinating concept of gently "blowing" on your water before you drink it...[29:45]

-How Michael developed something called "neurosomatic therapy", and why some people go into a fit of rage after having it done...[42:40]

-How Michael implements blood letting, needling and cupping in his practice...[48:50]

-The shocking way that acupuncture has been used during open heart surgery for anesthesia...[56:05]

-Michael's thoughts on dream interpretation (e.g. associating teeth falling out in dreams as deficiency of Kidney Qi)...[59:15]

-Whether drinking your own urine is really a component of Chinese medicine...[67:20]

-How pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis work? [72:45]

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -Michael's website: Integrative Health Solutions -Michael's podcast: Fusion Health Radio -Michael's book: Returning To An Ancestral Diet -Video of open heart surgery using acupuncture as anesthesia -More about The Medicine Wheel -Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy video -More about "pulse diagnosis" -The Heart Of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work, Vol. 1: Origins, Destination Points, Unfoldment -NCCAOM website for finding local Chinese medical practitioner -Functional Medicine Practitioner directory -Medicine Wheeling - Native Wisdom for Healthy Relationships -The Four Worlds, Evolutionary Medicine and You

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Michael or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Feb 25, 2017

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/lighthealth

Light can have a significant impact on your sleep and your health. In today's podcast, you're going to discover the hidden dangers of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting that most people are completely unaware of, including the risk of cataracts, blindness, age-related macular degeneration, mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic disorders, disrupted circadian biology and sleep, cancer and more. LED light is currently used in applications as diverse as aviation lighting, automotive headlamps, advertising, general lighting, traffic signals, camera flashes, and lighted wallpaper. Large-area LED displays are used as stadium displays, dynamic decorative displays, and dynamic message signs on freeways. Thin, lightweight message displays are used at airports and railway stations, and as destination displays for trains, buses, trams, and ferries. LED's are also used in traffic lights and signals, exit signs, emergency vehicle lighting, ships' navigation lights, aircraft cockpits, brake lights, submarine and ship bridges, astronomy observatories, night vision, glowsticks and more. My guest is Dr. Alexander Wunsch, who is a physician, researcher and lecturer in light medicine and photobiology with particular interest in light effects and beneficial or adverse health impacts of solar radiation and artificial light sources on endocrine and cellular levels in humans. He conducts studies on photobiological effects of optical (UV, VIS and IR) radiation. In his private medical practice in Heidelberg, he uses therapeutic light spectra in combination with other biophysically based treatments and develops light equipment for medical and cosmetic purposes. He is associate lecturer at the Wismar University of Applied Sciences and mentors students in their master theses in light and health-associated topics. Alexander Wunsch presents at international conferences and operates as a consultant for federal authorities, media and industry.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why LED light is so much different than other forms of light, especially with regards to how it affects your biology...[7:10]

-The biggest sources of LED in your personal environment...[16:22]

-Why monitor and light bulb flickering is such a serious issue when it comes to your health...[19:35]

-How LED's (especially when used after sunset) vastly reduces the regenerative and restoring capacities of your eyes...[23:35]

-Why near infrared, which is missing from LED light, is so important for you to be exposed to...[38:45]

-What the healthiest type of lighting is to use and what should you look for when choosing a light...[53:00]

-The two parameters you must look for in a light bulb, and what numbers those parameters should be at...[54:20 & 56:20]

-Top recommendations for computer screens that don't damage your eyes...[70:15]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Ben's podcast about the Iristech software he uses with his computer monitor -The ReTimer glasses Ben mentions -The HumanCharger Ben mentions -The RubyLux incadescent lightbulb Ben has on his desk -The LightingScience lightbulbs Ben mentions -The Vielight Neuro that Ben mentions -The Civilights that Dr. Wunsch discusses -The Soraa lightbulbs that Dr. Wunsch discusses -Meanwell AC to DC transformer -LowBlueLights grounding cable -Greenwave dirty electricity filter -The Eizo Flexscan monitor that Ben uses -The Apple CinemaDisplay that Dr. Wunsch uses -Alexander's Vimeo video channel

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Alexander or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!


Addendum

I have received multiple questions about the "Joovv" light that I use daily for testosterone enhancement (read more here or watch this video) - specifically whether the LED lights in the Joovv are harmful. Here is my take on that: The guy who makes the Joovv (Scott Nelson) is a friend of mine. Before starting Joovv, he spent close to 15 years in the medical device industry (with companies like Medtronic, Covidien, Boston Scientific, etc) and worked closely with world-renowned physicians, primarily the "who's who" in the fields of interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, and cardiovascular surgery. I do know he's studied the field of photomedicine quite a bit and have learned the following in conversations with him: -There are hundreds of published studies that point to the benefits of LLLT at specific wavelengths (both red and IR). There is a robust amount of clinical evidence that supports both red light (in the mid 600nm range) as well as IR. That's why Joovv offers the ability to add red, IR, or a combination of red/IR to their devices. So I don't *think* it's just "simple red light". -I asked them why LED's are used in Joovv, and they replied that you get 10x the efficiency without the heat loss, and included a graph that compares the WARP 10 device (LED-based red light) to a 250-watt heat lamp. (although way over-priced, the WARP 10 device was developed based on initial funding from NASA.) -With that said, you can benefit from incadescent heat lamps. The first Joovv prototype utilized eight 250 watt incandescent infrared heat lamps (that tripped breakers constantly). Countless studies show that 4-5 Joules of energy is required to get noticeable benefits from red light therapy; many show treatments at more than 100 Joules. You would trip breakers and die of heat exhaustion (LOL) trying to get this from incandescent heat lamps. Their tests using irradiance meters mirror the photon flux and literally, an inch away, you are getting less than 5 mW/cm2 from these lamps because over 90% of the energy is wasted as heat. Alternatively, their Joovv devices deliver over 50mW/cm2 at 6" way. And well over 100 mw/cm2 at an inch away. The efficiency of heat lamps is low in comparison to LEDs. So it would take 100 of these incandescent heat lamps bulbs (and more electricity than a 200 amp residential service can provide) to equal the output from their devices - not to mention the over-heating issue. -The key with any light therapy device is consistency. And the major problem with most light therapy devices (heat lamps included) is twofold: small treatment area combined with subpar output. That's why most of these devices recommend treatment times of 20+ minutes. They designed their devices to optimize for these two gaps in the market - treatment area and power output. The "net net" is that you don't have to use teir devices very long while still receiving benefits over a large surface area. Compliance is king when it comes to light therapy - and they feel their Joovv devices help with this issue. - Their devices emit negligible EMFs. Well below the 2 milligauss threshold. - Regarding red light and its ability to energize mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase - see this seminal piece: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2790317/ - If you're comparing apples to apples, the Joovv devices are under-priced. Look at other players in the space - LightStim, Baby Quasar, etc. - when you consider the treatment size and power output, their devices are priced pretty fair. I mean, the LightStim LED bed is selling for $60k (not joking). The comparable Joovv Light Max starts out at $2395. And then there is this, from one of the lead Joovv engineers:

-Regarding the effect of LED lights on circadian rhythms, there have been many studies on the effect that different wavelengths have on the human body and how the time of day is also an important consideration (and I know you've covered this before on your podcast and blog).  I think Mercola has an article that has some interesting information surrounding the wholesale replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED lights (as our everyday light source) that probably merits further study.  
 
-LED lights are not necessarily problematic sources of EMF.  From the testing that I have done in multiple homes with EMF meters, the typical light switch and outlet generate more EMF than a high-quality LED transformer.  Additionally, the majority of studies that review negative effects of LEDs specify that the source of the issue is the heavy dosage of blue and green wavelengths at night that can disrupt sleep cycles.  This is consistent with what would be expected as the natural light we receive from the sun has a higher concentration of blue wavelengths in the morning and midday and then much of this is filtered out at dusk and we see a predominantly orange and red light distribution as our body prepares to rest.  Here is a great meta-analysis that helps explain these concepts - http://photobiology.info/Roberts-CR.html.  I have also seen several studies that demonstrate that red light helps with sleep quality (my teenage sons actually do their Joovv Light treatments right before bed).  Here is an example of a study showing benefits of LED-based red light for sleep quality: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3499892/.  
 
-Finally, I think it's important to clarify that the human body receives light, from whatever source, as a distribution of light photons at a given intensity.  Essentially, our cells don't care if the photons were created by the sun, LEDs, lasers, or incandescent bulbs; they simply respond to the wavelength and intensity of the light.  As previously stated, there is an overwhelming amount of clinical research that shows significant health benefits from red light wavelengths as well as other wavelengths.  Joovv constantly get reports from customers, some of which are MDs, that were initially skeptical but now have witnessed the healing effects of red light therapy.  
 
But to play devil's advocate...a physician I highly respect had this to say:
"There is no question that LEDs are far more energy efficient, that is why the government banned the incandescent.  They are energy efficient on steroids no question about that.  But you are making the same mistake as the government saying that there is all this wasted energy. It is only wasted from the perspective of being able to provide visible light that can help you see.  BUT that “wasted” energy is primarily FULL SPECTRUM near infrared with a touch of mid infrared in the example of heat lamps as you can see by the graph I sent on the last email.  This “wasted” energy has very powerful biological effects, especially on the mitochondria." Anyways, just threw in these last bits for you true geeks out there. In the meantime, leave your questions, comments and feedback below...
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