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How Modern Lighting Can Destroy Your Sleep, Your Eyes & Your Health (& What You Can Do About It).

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...

01:17:52 2/25/2017

Past Episodes

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/oxygenadvantage It's no secret that I'm somewhat obsessed with breathing. In the past years I've written articles on everything from combining ketosis, breath holds and freediving, to how to make your own hyperbaric "exercise with oxygen therapy" (EWOT) device, to Wim Hof style breathing for cold thermogenesis to underwater workouts with Laird Hamilton to making yourself high with holotropic breathwork to the use of fancy breath strips and "Turbine" devices to enhance nasal breathing during both exercise and sleep... ...and recorded plenty of podcasts with breathing experts too. Several years ago, Wim Hof appeared on the BenGreenfieldFitness show for one of his first ever podcasts, entitled "Conquer The Cold And Get Quantum Leaps In Performance In This Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Iceman Wim Hof". He came back again for "The Iceman Returns: Wim Hof On Climbing Frigid Mountains In Underwear, Eating Only Once A Day, Activating Hormones With Breathing & More." Then there's my interview with freediving expert Ted Harty "Freediving, Breathholding, Iceman Wim Hof, Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible Training, How To Use Static Apnea Tables & More!" along with my performance breathing interview with Brian Mackenzie on "How To Hold Your Breath For Four Minutes, Training Mask Myths, Performance Breathing & More". Just a few months ago, I interviewed Dr. Belisa Vranich for the episode "Pee Strips, Power Lungs & Pulse Oximeters: How To Flip The Switch On Your Body's Own Natural Ability To Heal Itself (& Little-Known Ways To Breathe Better)." And then there's this epic XPT performance breathing workshop you can join me at in Kauai, Hawaii Dec 7-10, where guys like me, Brain Mackenzie and Laird Hamilton will teach you every form of breathwork on the face of the planet. Today's guest is yet another oxygen expert, and the author of The Oxygen Advantage, one of the best breathing books I've read. In The Oxygen Advantage, the man who has trained over 5,000 people?including Olympic and professional athletes?in reduced breathing exercises, shares his scientifically validated techniques to help you breathe more efficiently. His name is Patrick McKeown, and in his book, you learn everything from the fundamental relationship between oxygen and the body, to how to use a Body Oxygen Level Test (BOLT) to determine how efficiently your body uses oxygen to how to increase your BOLT score by using light breathing exercises and learning how to simulate high altitude training, along with techniques used by Navy SEALs and professional athletes to help increase endurance, weight loss, and vital red blood cells to dramatically improve cardiovascular fitness. Patrick McKeown completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia in 2002 and was accredited by the late Professor Konstantin Buteyko. Patrick has spent the last 15 years working with tens of thousands of children and adults worldwide, who experience breathing pattern disorders, sleep disordered breathing and anxiety. To date, he has written eight books on the subject, including Close Your Mouth, Anxiety Free: Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind, Asthma Free Naturally, Always Breathe Correctly and Sleep with Buteyko. To date, Patrick has worked with some of the top athletes in the world across a variety of sports including tennis, cycling, American Football, MMA and track and field. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why we have always thought shallow underbreathing was a health problem, but why Patrick says the opposite: that's it's chronic overbreathing that is the issue...[9:18] -The scientifically proven benefits of nasal breathing...[13:20] -The fascinating links between acidity, alkalinity, overbreathing and weight gain...[19:30] -What happens if you're breathing 'too much' for shorter periods of time, like during exercise...[22:50] -What the BOLT measurement is and why it's important that you have a long BOLT measurement...[28:56] -Why Patrick is such a fan of humming...[32:00] -The best simple exercise you can do to increase breathing efficiency and increase your BOLT score...[37:00] -The oxygen saturation percentage level you need to get to before you start getting the benefits of holding your breath during exercise...[46:40] -The sprint and track breathholding workouts Patrick implements with the athletes he coaches...[48:00] -A quick breathing trick you can use to decongest congestion from a head cold...[51:45] -A baking soda, apple cider vinegar and carbonated water hack you can use to increase your breathhold time...[55:35] -Why you may want to consider taping your mouth shut while you sleep...[58:25] -How the way you breathe actually changes the structure of your face...[60:25] -Why the naked mole rat lives so long, and what this has to do with breathing...[64:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Patrick's latest book and the topic of our discussion "The Oxygen Advantage" -Pulse oximeter -3m micropore tape for taping your mouth shut during sleep -Living High and Healthy: Why Coloradans and Others Who Live at High Altitude Live Longer, and What Flatlanders Can Learn From Them Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Patrick or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply.
01:10:35 5/27/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/cleanskin Ever consider grabbing an avocado or papaya from your kitchen and smearing it all over your face? How about mixing up some pineapple and green algae to dab on your skin? Or how about this...did you know the first signs of nutritional deficiencies actually show up on the skin? My guest on today's show, Dr. Trevor Cates, just wrote a fantastic book called "Clean Skin from Within: The Spa Doctor's Two-Week Program to Glowing, Naturally Youthful Skin". In it, she presents guidelines and recipes to transform your skin from the inside out. She explains the "why" of what's happening, and how you can remedy problems. She opens by showing how to identify your skin type to reach the root cause of problems. From there you'll learn how to create nourishing foods to create a clean mind, clear skin, and healthy body. Collagen-boosting bone broths, antioxidant-rich salads, and delicious smoothies are just a few things on the menu. You'll also be able to whip up all-natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and masks... ...and get new skin within two weeks flat. Dr. Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She is also known, as "The Spa Dr." and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California's Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin. She has been featured on The Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is host of THE SPA DR. Podcast. Dr. Cates believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why it was skin issues that first got Ben and his wife to begin eating healthy...[11:50] -Why some of the first signs of nutritional deficiencies can show up in our skin...[16:10] -The five different skin types, and how to figure out which one you are...[19:40] -The two favorite natural ingredients for the skin that Trevor talks about in her book...[25:13] -Why water is not the correct pH for the skin and why you want something more acidic on your skin...[30:20] -How digestive enzymes from things like pineapple can be used to help turn over dead skin cells more quickly...[33:20] -What sea buckthorn does for your skin, where you get it, and why the "omega-7" in it is so important...[41:25] -How to ensure that your bone broth is high in collagen...[44:30] -Why mineral oil is something that should be avoided...[46:30] -The five natural ingredients for your skin that you can get straight from the kitchen...[52:00] -Why Trevor smears papaya all over her face, and an easy recipe with papaya, oats and yogurts that can make your face and skin look amazing...[56:55] -A simple coconut milk grape juice cleanser recipe you make with just three ingredients...[59:40] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Clean Skin from Within: The Spa Doctor's Two-Week Program to Glowing, Naturally Youthful Skin -The Greenfield Anti-Aging Skin Serum -Dr. Loren Cordain's Dietary Cure For Acne -TheSkinQuiz.com (MARGE FOR THIS AND FOR THE LINK BELOW ,USE OUR AFFILIATE LINKS) -Dr. Trevor Cates full line of skin care products Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cates or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:04:05 5/24/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/tom My guest today is no underachiever. His name is Tom Bilyeu, and if you've ever munched on a Quest Nutrition bar, you've probably nibbled on a bit of Tom's genius. Tom is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition - a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion - and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. His mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment. Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane. Tom has also been a guest on the Tony Robbins podcast and The School of Greatness podcast and has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Success, and The Huffington Post. Tom is also currently on the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Tom sleeps for five hours a night and wake with no alarm...[8:15] -Tom's technique of "thinkitating"...[16:45] -Why Tom says meditation is critical to becoming a bad-ass...[23:47] -The "push-pull" split Tom does in his home gym each morning...[28:20] -How Tom reads 50 books a year, all via audio...[30:45] -The best book Tom has reviewed or read so far in 2017...[40:00] -Why Tom wants to build a business that is bigger than Disney...[43:15] -How Tom eats a high-protein diet combined with ketosis in his own personal routine...[61:00] -Why Tom says that there is a "pandemic of physical and mental malnourishment" that he wants to fix...[73:20] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The Audible app that Tom and Ben talk about -Book "Disrupt You" by Jay Samit -Ben's Snapchat channel -Quest nutrition -The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton -Healing & Recovery by Dr. David Hawkins -Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf -The FASTER study by Jeff Volek Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Tom or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:20:11 5/20/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/childcare I first introduced you to the brilliant, well-spoken and outside-the-box physician Dr. Thomas Cowan in the podcast episode entitled "How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables, Why A Plant Is Like An Upside-Down Human, Little-Known Superfood Plants & More!". Dr. Cowan then returned to the show for the mind-blowing episode "Why Your Heart Is Not A Pump (& What Most Doctors Don't Know About The True Cause Of Heart Disease)." On today's episode, Dr. Cowan is back, this time to delve into shocking story of vaccines and specifically what happened regarding vaccinations in the last 100 years, the toxicity of prenatal ultrasounds, childhood play (including defending his controversial comment "don't play with your children"), and many other topics from the book he co-authored with Sally Fallon Morell entitled "The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care". Dr. Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price, as well as Rudolf Steiner's work on biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree and he graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003. He has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation?. During his career he has studied and written about many subjects in medicine. These include nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing and is the co-author of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. He writes the "Ask the Doctor" column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the foundation's quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three children and three grandchildren and practices medicine in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why kids are getting sick nowadays far more than they used to get sick...[18:20] -Why fevers should be allowed to run their course, rather than being shut down with toxic compounds such as tylenol...[23:00] -How drinking more good water can get rid of most chronic diseases...[35:48] -Why Vitamin A is one of the best things you can give to a child who has had a fever...[38:05] -Whether Ben vaccinated his kids, and Dr. Cowan's take on vaccinations...[46:40 & 50:15] -Why you should not shut down a cell-mediated response and you should "let a child" be sick...[49:00 & 54:00] -Ben and Dr. Cowan's clashing educational philosophies...[61:00] -The reasoning behind Dr. Cowan's controversial statement that you shouldn't play with your kids...[69:20] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Use code BEN and get 15% off on your order of any of Dr. Cowan's vegetable powders at Dr. Cowan's Garden. -Click here to get a free copy of Dr. Cowan's book "How (& Why) to Eat More Vegetables". -Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers -Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cowan or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:20:17 5/17/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/wired The last time I had Robb Wolf on my show, we talked about nicotine gum, alactic training, binaural beats, small-scale farming and a whole lot more. This interview with Robb threatens to be no different, as we delve into his new book Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You. The surprising truth is that we are genetically wired to eat more and move less, the exact opposite of the advice we are often given. Robb claims to have developed a more customized weight loss solution that works with your body, a solution based not on arbitrary restriction of foods but on what works for you. A former research biochemist, health expert, and bestselling author Robb Wolf, has designed an eating program, based on groundbreaking research, that will rewire your appetite for weight loss and help you determine the optimal foods for your diet and metabolism. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Robb decided to include a discussion of your "brain on porn" in his new book, and how chili-cheese nachos are like a porn site...[9:10] -The fascinating link between ketosis and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)...[14:50] -How one could theoretically build massive amounts of muscle with the use of (surprise) Viagra...[25:00] -The shocking study done in Israel that showed massive variations in blood sugar responses to everything from hummus to cookies to bananas...[26:30] -How you can test your poop and microbiome to generate an individualized diet based on your predicted blood sugar responses...[35:55] -Why hemoglobin A1C, which is what many doctors will test to see what your blood sugar levels have been at, may not actually be an entirely accurate marker of blood sugar history...[48:25] -What fructosamine is and why Robb recommends you track it...[49:55 & 52:20] -How to test whether or not a food is actually good for your blood glucose levels, and exactly which numbers to look for 2 hours after you eat...[56:00] -The best foods, herbs, spices and supplements you could add into a meal that is high in sugar to lower your blood sugar response...[61:54] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Wired To Eat book -A Day In The Life Of Robb Wolf -TrainToHunt bowhunting/obstacle course competitions -Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction -Stephen Guyenet "Hungry To Eat" book -StemTalk podcast with Ken Ford -DayTwo.com - use code "greenfield" to get 5% discount -Blood glucose monitor -The bitter melon extract Ben mentions for controlling blood sugar response -Jackson's Honest Sweet Potato Chips Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Robb or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:15:58 5/13/2017
https//bengreenfieldfitness.com/amplepodcast I recently had a chance to taste a new superfood meal replacement powder called "Ample" (you can use code GREENFIELD for a big, fat 15% discount). It was so tasty, and such an interesting approach to the burgeoning world of dime-a-dozen meal replacement powders (it actually was the #1 food campaign of all time on IndieGoGo) that I decided to get the inventor on a podcast to ask him about it. His name is Connor Young. Connor is a nutrition nerd, fitness freak and self-proclaimed biohacker, obsessed with optimizing the human body. He graduated with a degree in biology and while studying, he found passion for CrossFit, leading him to co-found Shackle Island CrossFit in Nashville, Tennessee. After selling Shackle Island and with continued interest in medicine, Connor joined Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Johnson & Johnson's surgery division. For two years, he advised surgeons on intra-operative device usage. After becoming jaded with the reactive nature of medicine, Connor left J&J to create a physical therapy start-up Koach, a platform that allowed PTs to more effectively engage patients in home exercises. This brought Connor to San Francisco, where he moved into an entrepreneurial "hacker house" with dozens others. Connor was exposed to how easy it was for his well-intentioned but busy housemates to eat unhealthily. After conducting nutrition and cooking classes for his housemates, Connor formulated Ample as a balanced meal for those looking for optimal nutrition who refuse to sacrifice health for convenience. His vision for Ample is to strive for perfect nutrition through a scientifically grounded formula made from real foods. Ample is pretty unique stuff, really. Here's the nutrition label: It comes in a 400 calorie version, and also a 600 calorie version, as shown below: And here's the macronutrient breakdown: During my discussion with Connor, you'll discover: -How Connor went from knowing how to cook only 3 things to become the inventor of a meal replacement powder...[10:35] -The actual macronutrient breakdown of 50-60% fat, 20-30% protein and 10% carbohydrate in Ample...[22:55] -How Connor figured out how to make Ample high-fat without actually having the fats oxidized...[25:27] -The best way to mix Ample to make it as thick as possible...[31:00] -The reasoning behind the carbohydrate, prebiotic, and fiber blend in Ample...[42:10] -Why Connor chose to add the particular sweeteners that are in Ample, while still keeping sugar content extremely low...[50:15] -Whether you need to be concerned about estrogens and plastics with the plastic bottle...[54:12] -How you can get a special version Ample if you are vegetarian or vegan or lactose-free...[56:30] -The fascinating studies that are being done on Ample...[60:00] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -"Ample" (you can use code GREENFIELD for a big, fat 15% discount). -The Plant Paradox book Ben mentions. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Conor or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:04:30 5/10/2017
For over a century, we've accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if cancer isn't a genetic disease after all? What if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm, and cancer isn't a disease of damaged DNA but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth could revolutionize our understanding of other diseases as well?and show us a radical new path to optimal health? In the groundbreaking new book Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy, the first of its kind, New York Times best-selling author, one of the nation's leading natural-health practitioner, and my previous guest on this podcast, Dr. Joseph Mercola explains how nearly all disease is caused by defective metabolic processes. Then he reveals what's really causing your metabolism to go haywire: damage and dysfunction in the mitochondria, thousands of which are at work in nearly every cell in your body, generating 90 percent of the energy you need to stay alive and well. When mitochondria become damaged in large numbers, it is impossible to stay healthy. That's his argument, at least. But in this podcast, you get to listen as Dr. Mercola and I take a deep dive in this new view of cancer and much, much more when it comes to optimizing your mitochondria. Dr. Mercola is a board certified family physician who has seen tens of thousands of patients before transitioning to a full time internet journalist, as he felt he could help far more people than he could in private practice. It turns out he was right, because every month he has ten million unique visitors and 80 million unique visitors for the year. It has been the most visited natural health site for the last 12 years and is now translated into six different languages. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why you must "eat today to control the hormones that will tell your cells what to do tomorrow." [10:35] -The problem with the popular diabetic drug metformin...[12:55] -Why Dr. Mercola lost too much weight and got too skinny...[14:10] -Why Dr. Mercola is such a fan of tracking iron levels, and what iron numbers are good to look for...[20:00] -The "selfie stick" trick Dr. Mercola uses to minimize his EMF exposure from cell phone use...[27:10] -Why berries and grapefruits are "acceptable" foods in Dr. Mercola's recommended diet...[33:50] -Why Dr. Mercola eats 1-3 avocados per day, whether you need to buy organic, how to save 50% on avocados, and a trick for transporting avocados easily...[36:00] -An extremely tasty high-fat fudge ball recipe...[36:30] -How heating eggs can make you allergic to them...[47:30] -The #1 food and macronutrient tracking tool that Dr. Mercola recommends...[54:20] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Book: Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy -Book: Tripping Over The Truth -Podcast: Killing Fat Cells, Fixing Mitochondria, Growing Superfoods & More: The Official, Much-Anticipated, Mind-Blowing, Geeked-Out Podcast With Dr. Mercola. -The bitter melon extract/rock lotus extract Ben mentions -The Greenwave dirty electricity filters Ben has in every room of his house -Cronometer.com -TrueDark glasses -Chadwick optical -Irlen lenses Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Mercola or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
01:11:13 5/6/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/spiritual My guest on today's show is one of the world's leading biohackers, and also a very well-versed and highly educated nutrition expert, fitness coach, and spirituality guru. He may indeed be one of the most cutting edge guests who I've ever had on the show, when it comes to a full working knowledge of everything from ancestrally appropriate diets such as ketosis and veganism to extremely efficient workout strategies including thermogenesis and hypoxic training to optimizing gut health with little-known tactics to achieving ultimate spiritual enlightenment, a topic discussed in detail in his new book: How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority. His work empowers people of all levels from around the globe to live more meaningful lives and has even inspired great thinkers such as Tony Robbins and also, me. You can view his extremely popular videos here. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The hot topic of weed and cannabis, and whether JP thinks we should legalize marijuana...[11:20] -JP's top tips for someone to figure out whether or not they can "handle" gluten...[16:50] -Practical tips for how to maximize the efficacy of a ketogenic diet, and a little-known way to actually measure ketosis without breath strips or blood strips...[22:45] -Which body parts you can utilize to maximize actual absorption of coconut oil...[26:50] -If someone finds they don't respond well to all this fat, what are your tips for switching to a vegan or vegetarian based diet...[41:45] -How to effectively transition from a meat-based diet to a vegan or vegetarian diet without disrupting your internal physiology...[43:15] -A form of exercise that enhances the health of both the lymph system, muscle gain, fat loss and blood flow...[48:45] -The single, most effective supplement that can effectively treat constipation and most other digestive issues...[59:30] -How to maximize sexual energy and satisfaction in the bedroom using simple tips from the animal kingdom...[66:50] -The best, little-known way to activate as many of body's chakras at once...[70:20] -The top three essential oils to enhance spirituality, and how exactly to use them...[74:45] -The simplest way to delve into the use of plant based medicines like ayahuasca...[80:15] -JP's favorite, top tips from his new book...[85:45] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority -Gradated compression boots -Mini-trampoline for rebounding -Squatty Potty -Lavender essential oil -The TrainingMask (use code GREEN1 for 20% discount) Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for JP Sears or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:31:12 5/3/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/telomeretest Recently, I had my telomeres tested by the company "TeloYears", which offers a simple and surprisingly affordable in-home genetic test that reveals the cellular age encoded in your DNA, specifically by using something called a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay. Teloyears measure your average telomere length by analyzing the DNA found in the many thousands of white blood cells (leukocytes) in just one drop of blood. Then, they enter your data into a mathematical model they derived from measuring telomere length at the population level to calculate your biological age in TeloYears, or the actual age of a typical man or woman whose telomere length is similar to yours. So, for example, my chronological age is 34, but my biological age (I was shocked) was far different. You find out what it was in today's podcast with my guest Jason Shelton. Jason Shelton joined Telomere Diagnostics in 2014 with nearly two decades of start-up, medical device, and consumer healthcare experience. Most recently, Jason was CEO of EarLens Corporation where he led the company's efforts in product development, regulatory affairs, and operational milestones. Prior to joining EarLens, he served as Vice President of Marketing, Health Policy, and Clinical Affairs for Sonitus Medical, a medical device company marketing the SoundBite? Hearing System. While at Sonitus he helped achieve critical milestones including product design, development, clinical trials, FDA clearance, reimbursement, and commercial launch in the US and Europe. Jason also held leadership positions at BioForm Medical, Align Technology, and SmithKline Beecham, Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline). Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What telomeres are and why they are so important when it comes to anti-aging and longevity...[14:40] -The results of the fascinating NASA twin study on astronauts on telomere length...[18:45] -Why different people of different ages and populations have different telomere lengths...[22:05] -How you can find out your age in "Teloyears" based on a single drop of blood that analyzes your white blood cells...[24:30] -How often to repeat a telomere test to see if what you are doing is actually working...[31:05] -How a "popular" Westernized version of a Mediterranean diet may be flawed when it comes to anti-aging effect...[33:00] -The best kind of exercise to do if you want to decrease the rate at which your telomeres shorten...[49:40 & 64:00] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -The Teloyears telomere testing Jason and I discuss -Ben Greenfield's own telomere testing results [pdf-embedder url="https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Greenfield-Ben-16004513.pdf" title="Greenfield, Ben - 16004513"] -Chilipad -Oura Ring -The Anti-Aging Secrets Of Some Of The Fittest Old People -Book: The Telomere Effect -Book: The Metabolic Approach to Cancer: Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Nontoxic Bio-Individualized Therapies Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jason or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:09:52 4/29/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/roadtosparta In 490 BCE, some masochistic Greek guy named Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. In doing so, he saved the development of Western civilization and inspired the birth of the marathon as we know it. Even now, some 2,500 years later, that run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in the history of mankind. Dean Karnazes, my guest on today's podcast, came up with the crazy idea of honoring Pheidippides (and Dean's own Greek heritage) by recreating this entire ancient journey in modern times. During his run, Karnazes even abstained from contemporary endurance nutrition like sports drinks and energy gels and only ate what was available in 490 BCE, such as figs, olives, cured meats and even some stuff called "mastic gum". Then he wrote about the whole experience is his new book "The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace". The new book is intriguing, comical, sometimes tear-jerking, and certainly thought-provoking and entertaining, and Dean is probably even more intriguing. Get a load of this guy... TIME magazine named Dean one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. Stan Lee called him, "Super Human." He's an acclaimed endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, who has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He's run across the Sahara Desert in 120-degree temperatures, and he's run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions he's run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. He has swum the San Francisco Bay, scaled mountains, bike raced for 24-hours straight, and surfed the gigantic waves off the coast of Hawaii & California. His long list of competitive achievements include winning the world's toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley during the middle of summer. He has raced and competed on all seven continents of the planet, twice over. In 2006 he accomplished the seemingly impossible by running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat! In 2011 Dean ran 3,000-miles from the coast of California to New York City, averaging 40 to 50-miles per day (one day covering more than 70!). Along the way he stopped at schools to speak to students about the importance of exercise and healthy eating. When passing through Washington DC, he was invited to run through the White House to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama and be honored for his tireless commitment to helping this country get back in shape. Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, The Howard Stern Show, NPR's Morning Edition, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner's World, Outside, and Wired magazine's, and has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Men's Journal, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Telegraph, to mention a few. Dean is the winner of an ESPN ESPY and a 3-time recipient of Competitor magazines Endurance Athlete of the Year award. Dean has also raised millions of dollars for charity and was awarded the prestigious Community Leadership Award by the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why it is a myth that Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles...[14:50] -How humans can actually outrun horses...[19:30] -Whether Dean ran barefoot or in leather sandals in the same way that Pheidippides did...[22:30] -The hardest part of Dean's entire run...[30:45] -How it went for Dean to eat for this race different than he ate for your other races, and why he chewed on something called "mastic gum"...[38:55] -How Dean ran for 70+ miles with no food...[41:15] -Why Dean adds rosemary to his coffee and consumes large amounts of wild salmon...[46:15] -How Dean recovers so darn fast between his events, and why he bulked up before his 50 marathons in 50 days...[51:00] -Why Dean splits his day into multiple 12-14 minute body weight workouts, and what his exact routine is...[53:00] -How Dean manages with such little sleep when running marathons over multiple days...[57:50] -Dean's take on all the talk about chronic cardio being bad for testosterone levels, increased risk of mortality, etc...[63:05] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Dean's book: The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace -My Waterlogged interview with Dr. Tim Noakes -Earthrunners sandals that Ben wears -The mastic gum capsules that Ben and Dean talk about -The chewable mastic gum straight from Greece that you can order from Amazon -The fat based energy gel article that Ben wrote -The Elliptigo elliptical trainer that Dean and Ben use -The Oura ring Ben uses to track his sleeping Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dean or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:15:17 4/26/2017

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