Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance

How Modern Lighting Can Destroy Your Sleep, Your Eyes & Your Health (& What You Can Do About It). 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 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: - 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 - 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: -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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Past Episodes Nov 16, 2017 Podcast: 375 - How To Heal Fascia Faster, Everything You Need To Know About Supercompensation, Amino Acids In Supplements Vs. Foods, How To Mentally Recover From Hard Training, and Free And Easy Recovery Biohacks. 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. News Flashes: [3:32] Yet another reason to avoid NSAID's like the plague - loss of muscle and strength. Yep, wearing compression garments to bed may not be sexy but sure does enhance muscle recovery Would you get a fashionable tattoo to monitor your blood glucose? (Ben also mentions this anti-aging lab test). But yet...some folks just KEEP on telling me our "ancestors didn't take supplements" You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. 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Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. -November 28: Advanced Brain Biohacking for Cognitive Performance at The Alchemist's Kitchen, in New York's Bowery neighborhood. Discover from America's top personal trainer little-known tools, techniques and tricks you can use to maximize cognitive performance, enhance IQ, increase working memory, and upgrade your mental hardware at "The Alchemist" at 8:00 pm. -November 29: "A Biohacking Adventure" with Ben Greenfield and Chef David Bouley - Join us at Bouley Test Kitchen for a biohacking adventure! The experience is part of "The Chef and the Doctor"- our series of health-focused, multi-course culinary experiences featuring world renowned doctors and Chef David Bouley. -Dec 7-9, 2017: XPT Experience, Kauai, Hawaii. Join me, Brian Mackenzie, Kelly Starrett, Julia Starrett, Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece, for an epic, all-inclusive performance living workshop this Dec 7, 8 and 9 in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. Come and join us for pool training, underwater workouts, gym training, breathing instruction, outdoor workouts, recovery biohacking and much more! Get your tickets here. -Dec 11-23, 2017: Runga Retreat, Cambutal, Panama. This retreat spans 8-days and centers around fostering heightened awareness, presence, and connection with others through a mandatory "Digital Detox" - or no cell phones, computers, and other technology. Yoga is offered twice per day, everyday. There is also an off-site adventure ranging from hiking volcanoes to white water rafting or zip lining. World-class spa treatments are available and 100% of the food are suitable for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, or ketogenic dieters. Get your tickets here, and use code BEN for $10 off. Giveaways & Goodies: -Click here to get your own gift pack, handpicked by Ben and chock full of $300 worth of biohacks, supplements, books and more. All at 50% discount! -Grab your 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! ------------------------------------------ Listener Q&A: [34:45] As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. How To Heal Fascia Faster Piotr says: What would you recommend for recovering from a fascial injury? Would you recommend peptides or something else? In my response, I recommend: -Core Foundation by Eric Goodman -Becoming A Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett -My article BPC-157 -Flexpulse PEMF -Marcpro EMS -Magnesium lotion Everything You Need To Know About Supercompensation Jen wrote: How far down into the "red" do you allow yourself to go with HRV? As a cyclist, I follow my coach's periodized training program- weekly, monthly, seasonally... (I race crits most weekends from April until July). So often I will have a hard week of workouts where I don't fully recover, followed by a lighter week where I might be recovered the entire week. I don't like how I feel when I see that I am only 21 or 25% recovered, and I worry that I am doing some damage. I don't get sick but I do feel extreme fatigue sometimes, which requires extra recovery methods. I guess I always wonder if this makes me a better athlete, or just increases the need to recover-know what I mean? In my response, I recommend: -NatureBeat HRV -Oura Amino Acids In Supplements Vs. Foods Caleb says: In terms of the recovery benefits, what is the difference between pill amino acids, powder amino acids and naturally taken in amino acids - like food? In my response, I recommend: -Kion Aminos -My podcast on amino acid utilization with Dr. Minkoff How To Mentally Recover From Hard Training Elaina wrote: I'd really like to delve into understanding the recovery of self-esteem, particularly when placing expectations on oneself to perform and train when the body is ready but the mind throws a load of negatives. As an athlete and as part of a team it was easy to recover quicker as camaraderie and sharing of muscle pain seemed to overcome it psychologically. Now with family commitments and in an industry of helping others it becomes mentally draining to then recover for my next training session. In my response, I recommend: -Book: The Brave Athlete: Calm The F*ck Down Free And Easy Recovery Biohacks Jeff wrote: What are your top 5 free or least expensive recovery musts. In my response, I recommend: -Cold showers (I cite this new study on cold water immersion) -Intermittent fasting -Sun bathing -JOOVV light -Walking barefoot on ground -Earthrunners -Earthpulse -Flexpulse -Deep sleep cycles -NatureCBD -Sleep Remedy -Passionflower Extract -Acupressure Mat -Kava -Blue Light Blockers -SleepStream App (use pink noise) -tDCS (e.g. Halo) Prior to asking your question, do a search in upper right-hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!
01:35:36 11/16/2017 David Weck is slightly insane. You may already know this if you have seen any of his crazy "Weck Method" videos. And the dude is wicked smart. He is the creator of WeckMethod and the CEO and Founder of BOSU Fitness. He is the inventor of the BOSU Balance Trainer, the new WeckMethod BOSU Elite, the RMT Club, and other products. He has worked in fitness for more than 22 years and has helped people of all fitness levels including elite athletes from multiple sports. He is a consummate student of movement who believes physical education is the foundation for a happy and healthier world. Not only that, but just a few weeks ago, he descended upon my home in Spokane, and you get to listen into the pure fitness madness that ensued - and pick up some very fringe, little-known tactics that are going to make your core absolutely unstoppable. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The crazy thing that happened to David when he was just six years old...[11:45] -How David's father's expectations for him to be "the best" transitioned into violence, trouble, and drinking...[23:27] -How David ate 10,000 calories a day in high school and college...[26:17] - How David, while playing D3 football, invented his own defense system using brains, not brawn...[27:40] -The reason Ben reads a book a day and why David learned speed reading too...[31:00] -The rollerblading obsession that turned David into a student of biomechanics, with very weak feet...[39:30] -Why David consumed 4-6 drinks a day and a bottle of Aleve a week for years, and eventually developed a toxic, "oozing" body...[44:50] -The very first core "breakthrough" David had after seeing Paul Chek land on a stability ball...[48:40] -How David built the very first ever Bosu Ball - and turned it into a global phenomenon...[54:00] -The stimulating THC experience that allowed David to make huge strides in his movement training...[62:30] -The electroconvulsive therapy that David used to break his addiction to weed...[69:00] -Why David thinks so much of what is done in training today is complete nonsense, including the movement advice from people like Stu McGill...[84:00] -The reason most people train their core completely wrong and the new handheld device David invented to fix that...[86:25] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Facebook Live video shot with David in my driveway -The Weck Method -The Bosu Ball (Use code Ben10 for 10% off) -RMT Club (Use Code Ben10 for 10% off) -The "Pulsers" that David invented to hold in your hands while running and moving to teach the coiling motion as you run using the "double down" pulse - use 10% code BEN10 -My podcast with Chris Holder -My podcast with Paul Chek -Vision Gym training program -Awareness Through Movement book on Feldenkrais -The podcast about the Circadia device that Ben uses for mild electroconvulsive therapy Show Sponsors: -Quip - Go to to get your first refill pack FREE with purchasing a Quip electric toothbrush for just $25! -MVMT - Get 15% off your purchase by visiting -Kion Flex - Take care of your bone and joint health with Kion Flex by visiting Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for David or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:45:10 11/11/2017 Kasper van der Meulen is an author and lifestyle adventurer. He went from being overweight, burnt out and unhappy, to developing what he calls "superhuman focus, fitness and personal freedom". The guy is actually pretty dang interesting... ...for example, he put himself through numerous experiments and challenges, optimized his lifestyle, conquered the cold, ran ultramarathons on his bare feet, tested countless diets, read a ton of scientific literature and explored as many esoteric practices he could find. With over ten thousand hours of experience in teaching science, self-mastery and innovation, he decided to demystify and methodize these principles in a fun and bitesized manner. As a final test of his focus, he wrote his new book within 30 days, so that he would have to practice everything he preaches. Suprisingly, he book "MindLift - Mental Fitness for the Modern Mind" became an Amazon best seller. Kasper now travels the world on a mission to teach others to be the healthiest, happiest and strongest version of themselves through transformative experiences and down-to-earth scientific understanding. He is the head-teacher of the Wim Hof Academy, he runs experiential retreats in extreme nature and he trains elite performers and professional athletes. All while keeping a playful and creative approach to self-optimization. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Kasper wrote an entire book in just 30 days...[6:25] -Kasper's top nine tips to get things done faster...[12:00] -Why the Pomodoro technique may not work for you to get "deep work" done...[16:50] -How to transform your workplace into a focus temple...[21:50] -Why what you smell and what you taste while working is so important...[29:00] -How to use "video game music" and "coffee naps" to becomer a productivity machine...[39:18 & 44:45] -How, by using tactics such as 300 word paragraphs and elimination of line breaks that carry into the next page, Kasper wrote Mindlift in a way to support your natural ability to focus...[49:35] -How you can combine cold, running and breathwork in one single workout...[56:45] -A hack for the nervous system to modulate between sympathetic and parasympathetic states...[59:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -MindLift - Mental Fitness for the Modern Mind -Mogo Upright Stool -Topo mat -Foot roller massage device -Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World -Simply Gum -Feedly for reading blogs -Brain.FM -The Earthpulse device for alpha brain frequencies -The FisherWallace Circadia -My most recent interview with Wim Hof -The Stanford cooling glove experiment Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order, or discount code BEN for 20% anything else! -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Kasper or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:13:16 11/9/2017 She taught us how to look like a million bucks from head to toe in the podcast episode: "Making Biomechanics Fun: How to Fix Your Body, Align Your Posture and Look Like a Million Bucks From Head To Toe." Then she told us why kegel exercises suck, and why most ab exercises are useless in the podcast: "Why You Shouldn't Suck In Your Stomach, Why Standing All Day Is Bad For You, And How Kegels Are Killing Your Core." Today's she's back to take a deep dive into her new book "Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement". And her name, if you haven't guessed yet, is Katy Bowman. Part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world. Blending a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible, whole-life movement solutions, her website and award-winning podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes. Her many books, including bestsellers like Move Your DNA, Diastasis Recti, Movement Matters, and Dynamic Aging, Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief, Don't Just Sit There, Whole Body Barefoot, Alignment Matters, and Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide. Passionate about human movement outside of exercise, Katy volunteers her time to support the larger reintegration of movement into human lives by providing movement courses across widely varying demographics and working with non-profits promoting nature education. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington state, travels the globe to teach Nutritious Movement courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and children. Movement Matters is a collection of essays in which biomechanist Katy Bowman continues her groundbreaking investigation of the mechanics of our sedentary culture and the profound potential of human movement. Here she widens her You are how you move message and invites us to consider our personal relationship with sedentarism, privilege, and nature. Bowman explores: -How convenience often means less movement, not more time -The missing movement nutrients in our food -How to include more nature in education -The impact of adding movement to permaculture and ecological models -Our need for vitamin community and group movement Unapologetically direct, often hilarious, and always compassionate, Movement Matters demonstrates that human movement is powerful and important, and that living a movement-filled life is perhaps the most joyful and efficient way to transform your body, community, and world. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Katy got rid of all her furniture and temperature regulators in her house...[10:05] -Why Katy's kids go to nature school, and how you can replicate forest school or nature school at your home if your kids don't have a nature school...[17:45] -The fascinating foraging scenarios you can create for your family...[28:50] -What Katy would update from her old popup books on muscle from the 80's...[33:55] -The new idea of a mechanical trigger as a vasodilator (because up to this point, most folks only talk about chemicals like nitric oxide as vasodilators)...[40:30] -Why weight training "counts" as cardio...[45:45] -Why your grip strength is so important and practical methods you can use to make your hands far stronger...[49:35] -What Katy mea ns when she says bone is made up of "goo", and why you should focus on having "wet bones"...[58:36] -Why you should not always use a food processor or blender or grinder and instead force yourself to chew your own food...[63:40] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -book: Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement -podcast: Making Biomechanics Fun: How to Fix Your Body, Align Your Posture and Look Like a Million Bucks From Head To Toe. -podcast: Why You Shouldn't Suck In Your Stomach, Why Standing All Day Is Bad For You, And How Kegels Are Killing Your Core. -podcast: The Road to Sparta: How Dean Karnazes Relived The Ancient Battle & Epic Run That Inspired The World's Greatest Footrace Show Sponsors: -Bark Box - For a FREE EXTRA MONTH of BarkBox, visit when you subscribe to 6 or 12 month plan! -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Organifi - Go to and use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order, or discount code BEN for 20% anything else! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Katy or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:11:22 11/4/2017 Two months ago, I released one of the most popular podcast episodes of the year: "Heavy Rock Lifting, Building Your Own "Water Charging" Station, Biomechanical Fixes, Plant Medicine Journeys & More With Paul Chek." In that episode, you discover one of the most internationally-renowned experts in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology - a guy who's unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide. We delved into everything from Mandala art therapy and ayahuasca/DMT (an experience Paul and I journeyed into before recording today's podcast episode) to how to build your own water rock charging station to Paul's extremely crazy past as a top triathlete, boxer, motocross and rally car racer and beyond. I found Paul to be such an intriguing man who I consider to be literally decades ahead of just about every health and exercise professional on the face of the planet, that I ventured back down to San Diego to spend a few more days with him. So on today's podcast, Paul is back. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Paul's special tea blend that we drank for stabilized energy before heavy rock lifting...[5:30] -The easy-to-learn morning Tai Chi practice that is the ONE practice that will totally transform your life if you do it every morning for 100 days...[8:50] -What Paul means when he says you should "never rush in a rock garden"...[17:35] -The single biggest mistake that people make when they finish a big goal like an Ironman triathlon, a marathon, losing lots of weight, writing a book, etc...[22:45] -Why every human needs a winter in their life, and exactly what type of physical activities to do during that winter...[28:15] -Why pro athletes like Danny Way, Laird Hamilton and Robbie Madison come to Paul when nothing else is working...[34:40] -What a "One Prong Guru" is and how you can break the mold of falling into that trap...[38:10] -How Paul Chek picked a 6'8" 245 pound Highland Games competitor over his head and did walking lunges...[44:00] -Why too much Christmas is dangerous...[48:09] -How to ensure that you put yourself, or your children, through a rite of passage...[55:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -All of Paul Chek's books -Chek Institute (gives you Lesson 1 of HLC 1 Online for FREE and a free download of Chek Healthy Core cycle)! -Paul's Coaching Program for Training Unhealthy Clients for the Tai Chi exercise Paul discusses -Metabolic Man: Ten Thousand Years from Eden (The Long Search for a Personal Nutrition From our Forest Origins to the Supermarkets of Today) -Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion program for Vision Quests Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% off your Green Juice order! -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Casper - Go to AND use promo code BEN to save $50 off your purchase. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Paul or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply, and enjoy the photos below Paul lifting a strongman over his head!
01:19:00 11/2/2017 I first mentioned Barry Morguelan in my review of Dave Asprey's book "Headstrong". In a section of the book, Dave describes something called mitochondrial meditation, and I was actually quite intrigued... "I have been meditating for years, and in many different ways (including with lots of sensors glued to my head), but I wanted the Head Strong meditation to specifically benefit your mitochondria. So I sought out a five-thousand-year-old Chinese energetic medicine practice used to protect China's emperors. It translates to New Life Energy, and Dr. Barry Morguelan is one of twelve remaining grandmasters of this form of training in the world, as well as a highly respected UCLA surgeon. He spent years at the top of a mountain in China while he was growing his Western medicine practice, studying and doing the kind of training where you sit with your shirt off and learn to melt snow around you with your body heat. Talk about mitochondrial function! Barry is one of the most powerful energy medicine workers I have ever met; he has helped me in many tangible ways, he has treated the presidents of multiple countries, and he flies in for Tony Robbins's big events to help keep Tony's impressive energy at its peak. I could not imagine a more qualified person to design this meditation for you. The entire practice of New Life Energy is built around increasing and controlling the mitochondria, allowing them to create more energy and to direct it with more power. This is a core meditation from the practice, one Dr. Barry selected specifically for mitochondrial function. There are no clinical studies of this specific form, but I'm happy to go with five thousand years of observation from the creators of this school of energy medicine. And if I'm wrong, it's still an amazing meditation!" Needless to say, I was intrigued. So I hunted down Dr. Barry and got him onto the podcast. Who is this guy, exactly? Turns out that Dr. Barry graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School in 1973. He is a double board certified Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine doctor trained at UCLA and now practicing in Los Angeles. Throughout his time as a western doctor, he has been profoundly interested in cutting-edge techniques that would more efficiently treat, heal and prevent disease. In 1980, Dr. Barry Morguelan's desire to advance the western medical field resulted in a worldwide search for alternative forms of healing that could complement western medicine. The Asian symbol of wholeness, the Yin/Yang, is an analogy representing the complement for which he was looking. If Western medicine is one side of the Yin/Yang symbol, then the other side of the symbol is what his worldwide search was seeking. He learned many alternative practices over a ten year period of time. In 1990, after extensive worldwide travel, Dr. Barry Morguelan began exploring China. He exchanged his work as an accomplished Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine physician for information on Chinese healing methods. During this time he was introduced to a select group of people in remote areas of China who resolved multiple illnesses without drugs or surgery. He realized that this was the modality he had been searching for all these years and which could powerfully complement western medicine. Energy For Success (EFS) was created by Dr. B to provide people with access to the energy source he discovered that profoundly supports success towards personally defined goals. In addition to achieving personal success, people have found that by learning how to use this Energy in their everyday lives gives them a greater sense of peace and fulfillment. EFS believes that this unique method can be used on a global scale to achieve peace throughout the world. This unprecedented opportunity to affect positive global change is what fuels Energy For Success. Since its creation, EFS has supported world leaders, entrepreneurs, health-care professionals, scientists, professional athletes, attorneys, politicians, teachers, moms, dads and many more. Energy For Success provides the support necessary to stay connected to this Energy in order to successfully accomplish your personal goals while simultaneously enhancing relationships in your personal life, local community and ultimately the world. Dr. B was invited by the elite group he found in China to train in an over 5,000-year-old system of Energy Treatments referred to as the "Grow Younger" Treatments. He traveled to China several months each year to undergo the rigorous training that was required. He accomplished this while still operating his western medical practice in Los Angeles. In 2000, Dr. B began offering his Energy Treatments to the public. The Energy Treatments that Dr. B provides reacquaint one with the core and sacred body of Energy that they had as a child. This Energy may be used in developing a successful life and is a vibration that connects one to lifeforce. It can connect you to everyone and everything else in the world. This Energy affords a huge expansion in one's ability to love oneself and other people as well as a huge expansion in happiness. Participants report that this Energy has expanded their general knowledge, freedom, and power so that they experience higher degrees of success in their lives. Dr. B now delivers these Energy Treatments in various forms: an Individual Energy Treatment in Los Angeles or Austin, the Energy for a Successful Life Course Series in multiple cities, private Personal Success Calls with him, and the Monthly "Stay Connected to the Energy" Audio Series for people worldwide. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Barry went from being a double-board certified, successful gastroenterologist to becoming the "Indiana Jones" of fringe healing methods...[8:15] -Crazy stories and near-death experiences from the 13 countries Barry visited - spanning Central America, South America, Europe and finally China...[20:20] -What Barry's colleagues thought of all this and how he kept his medical practice alive...[24:18] -The gross experiences Barry had while learning to work at a pharmacy in China...[35:00] -An old book Barry discovered about a Chinese mystic healing people's horrible diseases without even touching them...[44:18 & 92:15] -What Barry discovered on a tall mountain in China, and the crazy things he witnessed there...[45:50] -How, after two years, Barry gained the trust of the Grandmaster who looked something like the guy from the movie Kill Bill 2...[54:10] -What eventually happened when Barry completed training in China...[60:20] -Ben's mind-blowing experience working with Barry in his treatment room, and why he wasn't allowed to touch anyone...[69:15 & 71:00] -The 8 distinct areas you can use Barry's special energy for...[79:00] -The Energy For Success free app you can use to tap into Barry's energy and meditative practices...[107:20] -And much more! Resource from this episode: -The HD Video interview, accompanying article, and breathing exercise video. -A Personal Letter To Dave Asprey, 7 Biohacking Discoveries From Near And Afar, And How Dave Cost Me $440.31. -The Energy For Success free app you can use to tap into Barry's energy and meditative practices Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% off your Green Juice order. You can also use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order! -Onnit - Go to and save 10% on your purchase. -Blue Apron - Check out this week's menu and get your first THREE meals FREE?WITH FREE SHIPPING by going to -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Barry or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
01:51:35 10/28/2017 In today's podcast, the roles have been reversed... ...*I* am the interviewee. This rare, up close and personal interview is a continuation of my recent four-part series. If you haven't been following along, you can click to read Parts One, Two, Three, and Four. If you have been following along, you've already learned about my two-year journey into creating my brand new company, Kion, by answering the question that I pondered while roaming a Kauai beach two years ago... it time to move on? Should I take two decades of time spent immersed in the fitness trenches, over 4,000 health books consumed, a Master's degree in physiology and biomechanics, voracious studying of every nutrition, digestion and diet tactic in existence, hardcore lessons learned from subjecting my body and brain to the most masochistic events on the face of the planet, ten years of researching and answering podcast questions on everything from muscle gain to memory to migraines... ...and simply walk away? Or... it time to take my years of "dabbling" in the fitness industry and actually do something that helps people on a much more massive scale than me writing exercise programs, making naked YouTube videos of cold showers, running around in the forest throwing spears at hay bales and hacking together superfood smoothies in my kitchen? Is it time to be open to greatness? Be open to bringing to this world on a much more massive scale everything I've learned traveling the globe interviewing the world's longest living, happiest, hard-charging, high-achievers, everything I've learned reading thousands of books and research papers on longevity, happiness, fulfillment, human potential, and everything I've learned immersing myself as a devoted student of the human body, mind, and spirit. Take that creativity, that curiosity, that thirst for knowledge, that education, that experience and that intuition and give it back to the world in a much, much bigger way than I ever have. Well, there's a lot more to the story than just what's happened the past couple years. So to give you the full scoop, I sat down with Kion's Chief Operating officer, Angelo Keely, for a deep-dive into my life up to this point. During our discussion, I reveal plenty of insight and juicy secrets, including: -The poignant history of my parents and how they ended up in Idaho...[10:00] -How my unconventional upbringing and education led to my first successes as a 14-year old entrepreneur...[15:30] -My intro into tennis and how I fell in love with the sport...[23:10] -How I - a scrawny book-loving computer geek - became an elite hard-charging athlete and a New York Times best-selling author and...[28:22] -My adventures as a 16 year old first year college student...[32:00] -The "perfect storm" that brewed in my second year of university that led me to take a deep dive into exercise, nutrition and entrepreneurship... [37:45] -How I managed to work 3-4 jobs at a time, while being a full-time university student...[46:45] -What turned me off of medical school and becoming a doctor...[50:54] -Here we break for a stretch, and to be guided through a meditation with Ziva Meditation Founder, Emily Fletcher... [58:40] -How I met and married the love of my life...[70:40] -Why I gave up bodybuilding to become a personal trainer...[78:15] -How I was voted - and won - America's Top Personal Trainer in 2008...[87:50] -What spurred me to write my first online training program and how it became a top-seller...[92:00] -Why I value habit, and how habits help me be productive...[113:45] -How I - an Idaho born and raised, home-schooled conservative Christian - came up with a company called KION...[122:10] ...and much more. Resources from this episode: -The high resolution, HD, studio video version of this episode Show Sponsors: -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting -Ziva Meditation - To learn how to meditate, visit for a special discount on the zivaMIND Meditation Training Program. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Angelo or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
02:12:11 10/26/2017 I thought I really knew everything there was to know about estrogen exposure until I read the new book written by Anthony Jay, today's podcast guest and the author of Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile. In it, he delves into everything from cannabis to lavender to licorice... genetic triggers that can cause a parent's choices to make a child fat or have higher risk of breast cancer... hidden estrogen sources that food and cosmetic manufacturers can legally hide from us... ...and much more. Who is Anthony Jay? Anthony grew up in rural Minnesota.He went to college at Ave Maria University, Florida, and earned a B.A. with a double major in Biology and Theology and a double minor in Chemistry and Classics. It was in college where he began researching inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and where he also acquired a unique reputation as the founder of the University Shark Fishing Club. After college, Dr. Jay began working in an Alzheimer's disease lab in Boston for the U.S. Veteran's Affairs. Next, Dr. Jay earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, researching different types of fats and cholesterol. Today, Dr. Jay continues to lead the "AJ Consulting Company", which he founded in 2010, where he predominantly analyzes DNA for high performing individuals. In addition, Dr. Jay is the President of the "International Medical Research Collaborative", a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that trains and educates medical students and doctors from around the globe within American hospitals and labs. Working within the medical and research systems, Dr. Jay has become disenchanted with many aspects of the "conventional" medical and research culture in America and has become vocal about these problems and passionate about strategies for mental and physical health optimization and disease prevention.Dr. Jay is also an expert on artificial estrogen chemicals and recently published Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You, Fat, Sick, and Infertile. Dr. Jay has other upcoming books as part of this book series called "Chagrin & Tonic" and a YouTube channel under that name, all focused on simplifying important scientific ideas During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Anthony is concerned about two things I use before I go to bed at night (lavender and cannabis)...[6:10 & 10:18] -Whether licorice can increase estrogen or decrease testosterone...[14:35] -Which types of plants are the most estrogenic, and whether those plants be processed in such a manner such as fermentation, that decreases the estrogens...[17:40 & 22:15] -The little known estrogenic fungus ZEA and why Anthony talks about it in his book...[30:20] -Why you need to be careful with any soap that creates high amounts of "suds"...[39:50] -How a plastic can be BPA free but still be estrogenic...[42:40] -What the chemical atrazine has to do with turning male frogs into female "princesses"...[46:20] -How infertility and obesity issues caused by estrogens can actually be passed on to future generations...[53:15] -Anthony's top strategies to detox ourselves from estrogens, and how long it takes...[57:10] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile -Why Lavender Won't Give Your Boys Man Boobs -Do Phytoestrogens Raise Estrogens and Modulate Cancer Risk? -Ben's "How To Detox Your Home" article -Ben's podcast about "OralIV" -Zach Bush's "Restore" product for mitigating the effects of glyphosate -My article on hacking an infrared sauna Show Sponsors: -Me Undies - To get your 20% off, Free Shipping AND their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and get the best and softest underwear you will ever own, go to: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% off your Green Juice order. You can also use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order! -Quip - Go to to get your first refill pack FREE with purchasing a Quip electric toothbrush. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Anthony or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:06:08 10/21/2017 Robert Peng is a world-renowned Qigong Master, healer, and author of "The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom" book, CD and DVD series. Robert was born and raised in Hunan, China. At age eight, he began an intensive apprenticeship under the close guidance of the legendary monk Xiao Yao, an enlightened master known for his profound healing ability and martial arts skill. At age fifteen, Robert performed a 100 day water fast in a small dark room at a secluded monastery in the remote mountains of Hunan province. He underwent a radical spiritual transformation and awakened amazing healing powers. Master Xiao Yao encouraged Robert to develop his healing skills by studying with other Chinese masters. He pursued his training quietly while attending university in Changsha where he majored in English Literature. When he was twenty-nine years old, he began to teach publicly, and within five years he had trained over 150,000 students all over China. With his deep understanding and practice of this ancient Chinese healing art of Qigong, and with extensive life and teaching experience in the western world, Robert has developed a unique way to teach Qigong that people from different culture can easily understand and follow but meanwhile still enjoy the real essence of this ancient Chinese art of wisdom, love and vitality. In 1997, Robert was invited to relocate to Australia. Seven years later, he moved to New York City. And it was to his New York City offices where I traveled - all the way from Washington State - for a personal one-on-one deep dive into Qigong with the man himself, Robert Peng. During the fascinating discussion that ensued, you'll discover: -Why Robert went form severe pain at eight years old to discovering the mysterious "Mr. Tan"...[8:22] -How Robert's master stopped a raging bull with his bare hands...[16:55] -Why Robert held "horse stance" in a trance for over 4 hours...[18:35] -What he discovered during a 100 day water fast in a small dark room and his radical spiritual transformation that occurred afterwards...[25:35] -How to gather nutrients with the way that you breathe...[39:30] -How Robert "zaps" people with healing powers...[43:40] -Research into the physical benefits of Qi Gong, like anti-aging, lower cortisol and lower blood pressure...[46:50] -The six emotions that humans worry about, and how Qi Gong addresses each...[49:45] -The first exercise you should do if you want to experience Qi or "awaken Qi power" if you have never have done Qi Gong before...[54:03] -The three dantians and the different types of imbalances that can arise if your dantians are not all strong...[59:55] -How you can "secretly" practice Qi Gong 24 hours a day...[65:15] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Book: The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom -All Robert Peng's "Master Key" titles on Amazon -My podcast with "The Scraper" Scott Dolly -Kung Fu Tea -The" Zapping" video (Robert Peng zaps Australian Prime Minister) -Four Golden Wheels video -Robert's YouTube channel Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. -Human Charger - Just go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Robert or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
01:14:19 10/19/2017
Keto bread? Keto waffles? Keto fruit salad? Yep, all those low carb option and more are totally possible on a ketogenic diet. You just need to know what to do, and my guest on today's podcast, Maria Emmerich, knows exactly how to do it. Maria is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is the author of several cookbooks and three nutritional guidebooks, including the global bestseller The Ketogenic Cookbook, Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking and the books we talk about on today's show... ...The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse... ...Keto Comfort Foods... ...and Keto Restaurant Favorites... Maria's success stems from her passion for helping others reach and sustain optimal health through programs and education that work on a personal level. She understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel inside and out. Her specialty is brain chemical neurotransmitters and how they are affected by the foods we eat. After struggling with her weight throughout her childhood, she decided to study health and wellness so she could help others who are discouraged by their appearance and do not feel their best. The nutrient-rich, relatively high-fat dietary approach that she developed for herself and the exotic, little-known replacements for typical high-glycemic starchy foods and sugar are what finally gave her total peace with food, something she never imagined possible. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Maria is such a big fan of using potassium and magnesium to maintain lean muscle when on a ketogenic diet...[9:35 & 11:50] -How to make a ketogenic snow cone...[13:42] -Why one of the common keto mistakes is consuming too many nuts and seeds...[17:05] -What are the top sweeteners that Maria likes and why do she "blends" sweeteners...[22:45] -The one sugar alcohol that is best and OK to use...[26:50] -Maria's amazing chicken and waffles recipe...[28:20] -A low-glycemic index, healthy twist on a "hot pocket"...[35:40] -How to make a "fat bomb"...[39:15] -Maria's recipe for a ketogenic fruit salad...[41:30] -How to make dairy-free and nut-free ketogenic bread...[44:00] -How Maria makes healthy refried beans...[47:11] -The shocking truth about omelette batter in restaurants...[50:55] -Maria's definition of a comfort food, and why you get a unique psychological benefit from eating comfort food...[53:50] -What Maria's favorite comfort food recipe is...[55:50] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse: Reset Your Metabolism with 160 Tasty Whole-Food Recipes & Meal Plans -Keto Comfort Foods -Keto Restaurant Favorites -Shaved Ice machine -Omica Organics stevia -Swerve stevia -Stevia glycerite -Kettle & Fire bone broth -USWellnessMeats Liverwurst -Stand mixer Show Sponsors: -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% off your Green Juice order. You can also use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $250 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Thorne - Go to to check out pure, high quality supplements. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Maria or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
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