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 Jan 18, 2017 Podcast: 378 -†The 30 Second Fat Loss Trick, Does Weed Lower Testosterone, Do Exogenous Ketones Actually Put You Into True Ketosis, Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes. 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: [5:15] In the news flashes, Ben mentions the book "Beyond Human" and the PeakFitPro exercise machine†- use code greenfield to get $200 off Here's a cool, little-known strategy to survive an all-nighter. Guess what? Your brain shrinks far less than previously believed as you age. Chalk another one up for compression tights for recovery (turns out a lot of studies don't use enough pressure). Kettlebell swings for low back pain can work. Holy cow. Turns out that you CAN take antioxidants after exercise without impacting fitness - IF they are green tea / polyphenols. 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Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. -January 26-28, 2018:†California Jam combines a TED talk format with chiropractic education and a rock n' roll show! Over two dozen speakers, who are experts and innovators in their field, take the stage throughout the weekend as two live bands play in between. The driving objective of the event is to get attendees up to date on chiropractic research, scientific studies, and useful practice management strategy. The hope is that attendees bring all they learn at Cal Jam back to their communities to implement real, rippling change. Get your ticket! -March 2, 2018: Academy of Regenerative Practices Winter Conference & Scientific Seminar @†Weston, FL, USA. Sign up today! 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: [38:20] As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. The 30 Second Fat Loss Trick Randy says:†I recently read a study that fascinated me - and seemed a little too good to be true. The participants did a 30 second sprint (I think it was on a bike) in a fasted state. And that is all. And this resulted in fat loss. The concept being that sprinting in a fasted state increases leptin receptors which makes your body think that leptin levels are high therefore it blunts your appetite and raises fat metabolism. I wondered if you knew anything about this concept? In my response, I recommend: -My Look Good Naked & Longevity Plan -The original study:† Does Weed Lower Testosterone? Brian says:†I am looking at a study from 1979 called "The Effects of cannabinoids on testosterone and protein synthesis". They found that THC and CBD actually inhibited testosterone production in the rats. This seems like bad news for those of us who use those. So I wanted to get your thoughts on it and any other research you might know about. In my response, I recommend: -More research on cannabinoids and testosterone -My article: The Effects Of Weed On Exercise Do Exogenous Ketones Actually Put You Into True Ketosis? Lele says:†I am wondering if the products that contain ketone salts (like Ketoburst) put you into actual ketosis (the kind that comes from the liver and blood) or is it is a false ketosis? Are they the same thing or is one better than the other? In my response, I recommend: -Could This Ketosis-Based Elixir Hold The Key To Weight Loss, World Record Performances, Brain Healing and More -Four New, Cutting-Edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-Burning Mode & Ketosis -How To Use Ketones For Longevity, How I Personally Use Ketone Salts & A New Chemical-Free, Clean Way To Get Into Ketosis -Which Ketone Supplement Works Best: Ketone Salts vs. Ketone Esters With Dr. Dominic D'Agostino -Exogenous Ketones, Deuterium-Depleted Water, Near Vs. Far Infrared, Scorpion Stings & More! A Special Episode Recorded Live In Panama Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes Margie says:†I am looking for some advice on lowering the effects of menopause (hot flashes and dry lady parts) by using flax seeds and soy lecithin granules. I have been taking 3 tbsp of fresh ground flax for a month and have noticed softer hair and better facial skin tone. I want to add 3 tbsp of soy lecithin as well. Am I on the right track? Is this a good idea for daily consumption? I am 54 years old and in super terrific physical shape! In my response, I recommend: -Chilipad -CBD -Passionflower -Black Cohosh -Chasteberry -Maca -Soy isoflavones 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! †
01:21:06 1/17/2018 Well, I've been at it again folks: putting my mind and muscles through a brutal ringer for the sake of science.† In my recent post "Biohacking Your Manhood: The Proven Habits, Foods, Exercises, Workouts, Nutrients & Tools That Boost Testosterone & Libido", you learned how Men's Health magazine recently sent me on a 3 month global expedition to do everything a fella could possibly to do increase testosterone, size, orgasm quality, libido and a host of other manhood related parameters - including stem cell injections, acoustic sound wave therapy, red light blasting and beyond. Shortly after completing that article, I received my next writing assignment: outfit my pantry with an arsenal of the latest trendy hangover cures - from Oriental raisin extract†hovenia dulcis†to prickly pear concentrated extract to self-administered Myer's cocktail IV's - then engage in extreme alcohol hedonism and see what happens (you can read the surprising results here). So, after all this brutality, I've decided to kick off 2018 by pushing the reboot button and cleaning up my entire system with a giant, scientifically proven detoxification mop, and I'm inviting you to join me. In this article, you'll learn why detoxification is not a myth, exactly why you should seriously consider detoxing (even if you live an ultra-clean lifestyle and don't necessarily treat your body as an N=1 guinea pig like I do), and how I'm personally going to detox using a relatively unique approach. Is Detoxification A Myth? A few years ago, The Guardian†released an article entitled:†You can't detox your body. It's a myth. So how do you get healthy? In the article, the author says that: "...detoxing ? the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go ? is a scam. It's a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things." So is this true? Can you really not detox your body? As you go into the New Year, during which detox diets and claims are sure to surround you, it's important to know the truth about detoxing. It's important to begin with an understanding of what toxins actually are. No matter how "clean" you live your life, just about everybody shows some evidence of a buildup of toxins. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the†Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, they found some pretty shocking results. On average, the CDC's report found 212 chemicals in people's blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. The chemicals included: Acrylamide (formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, and as a byproduct of cigarette smoke) Arsenic, found in many home-building products Environmental phenols, including bisphenol A (found in plastics, food packaging and epoxy resins) and triclosan (used as an antibacterial agent in personal care products such as toothpaste and hand soap) Perchlorate, used in airplane fuel, explosives and fireworks Perfluorinated chemicals, used to create non-stick cookware Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, used in fire retardants found in consumer products such as mattresses Volatile organic compounds (VOC's), found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, carpets, dry-cleaned clothing, wood preservatives, and paint strippers When you put all these together, these chemicals can potentially present a toxic burden to the human body, and (as the CDC has found) can accumulate in your body's blood, urine and tissue ? possibly one reason why the plastic-based versions of these chemicals are sometimes referred to as "obesogens," due to the†suggestion that they may somehow accumulate in fat tissue. While your body does actually have detoxification organs (your liver and kidney) that can process many of these chemicals and toxins, they can potentially cause medical problems if your liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened with a poor diet. While the kidneys are indeed important for acting as a filtration mechanism†for your blood and removing wastes and excess water from the body, it's the liver that has an incredibly important job when it comes to detoxification. Along with filtering your blood to remove toxins, your†liver uses a two-phase process to break down chemicals and toxins. During phase 1, toxins are neutralized and broken into smaller fragments. Then, in phase 2 they are bound to other molecules, creating a new non-toxic molecule that can be excreted in your bile, urine or stool. But order for this liver detoxification to work properly, your body must have adequate nutrients. If not,†the phase 1 and phase 2 processes may not work adequately, which can leave toxic substances to build up in your body. There are specific nutrients that support both pathways. For example: Phase 1: B-Vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid) Flavonoids, found in fruits and vegetables Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E (eg, carrots, oranges, wheat germ, almonds) Glutathione, found in avocado, watermelon, asparagus, walnuts, fresh fruits and veggies, and the nutrients n-acetylcysteine, cysteine and methionine. Branched chain amino acids, found in animal protein (dairy products, red meat, eggs and whey protein) Phospholipids, found in eggs, meats, organ meats, fish and soybeans Phase 2: Indole-3-carbinol, found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts Limonene, found in oranges, tangerines, caraway seeds and dill seeds Glutathione, found in avocado, watermelon, asparagus, walnuts, fresh fruits and veggies. Fish oil Amino acids from protein Multiple studies†have demonstrated the†efficacy of these nutrients†for supporting proper liver detox pathways. In addition, as you can learn in this recent "Nourish, Balance, Thrive" podcast on everything you need to know about detoxification, Dr. Bryan Walsh has introduced the concept of a third "Phase 3" detoxification pathway. Now that you understand detoxification, let's delve into how detoxification products are actually supposed to work. The first claim in the article from†The Guardian†is based on a quote from†Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University. He says: "...there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn't. The respectable one is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you're supposed to have accumulated." The article goes on to explain that when it comes to products that range from dietary supplements to smoothies and shampoos, not one of the manufacturers can actually define what they meant by detoxification, or name the toxins these products are supposed to remove. However, just because a manufacturer of ? say ? spirulina powder (a popular green powder found in the detox section of many health foods stores) can't say how it works, doesn't mean there isn't scientific evidence for it's potential to remove toxins from the body. For example,†cyanobacteria is a specific type of bacteria found in spirulina that is an accumulator (also known as a "biosorbent") of heavy minerals. It does this via a process called ion-exchange binding, and can†significantly reduce heavy metal toxicity in tissue. 100 micrograms (a very small amount) of spirulina hexane extract has been shown to†remove over 85% of arsenic in tissue. At a does of 250-500 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, spirulina has been shown to†prevent metal toxicity from occurring in pregnant rats' offspring when the mothers were given fluoride, and it has also been noted to†reduce lead accumulation in brain tissue, protect against heavy metal cadmium buildup, and†attenuate mercury accumulation in the testes. Granted, spirulina is one of the few molecules in existence that actually has a large body of evidence to support it's detoxifying activity, but other compounds such as†dandelion extract,†ginseng†and†zinc†have also been clinically proven to reduce heavy metal buildup. And while heavy metals are only one form of a toxin that can accumulate in your tissues, there is no doubt that science has proven that these toxins can indeed be removed via the use of these specific "detox" compounds found in nature. So when the article in†The Guardian†"guffaws" at the ideas of superfoods such as spirulina, I would actually beg to differ. Or take milk thistle extract, another popular detox or cleansing supplement. While the article in†The Guardian†would have you to believe there is no value whatsoever in consuming this type of nutrient,†studies show†that milk thistle actually protects and promotes the growth of liver cells, fights oxidation (a process that damages cells), and actually blocks toxins from entering the cell membrane. Silymarins, a group of antioxidants extracted from the seeds of milk thistle, have antioxidant properties several times greater than that of vitamins C and E, with†silybin as one silymarin that has been shown to be especially effective in promoting liver health. Milk thistle also helps to†enhance detoxification by preventing the depletion of glutathione, which is necessary for phase 2 liver detoxification to be completed. As you can see from the two simple examples of spirulina and milk thistle, things aren't quite as simple as painting with a broad brush and saying that detox supplements and diets simply don't work. While the detox evidence for ? say ? cayenne pepper and maple syrup juice really doesn't exist, evidence for other nutrients actually does exist. The article in†The Guardian†then goes on to address colon cleanses, noting that: "...proponents will tell you that mischievous plaques of impacted poo can lurk in your colon for months or years and pump disease-causing toxins back into your system. Pay them a small fee, though, and they'll insert a hose up your bottom and wash them all away." And also: "Some colon-cleansing tablets contain a polymerising agent that turns your faeces into something like a plastic, so that when a massive rubbery poo snake slithers into your toilet you can stare back at it and feel vindicated in your purchase." When you think about it, the idea of toxins being somehow reabsorbed by your body as they sit in your colon actually makes some sense. After all, rectal suppositories are used to rapidly administer drugs ? so if drugs can enter your bloodstream from your colon, it's certainly possible that toxins could be entering too. However, your colon is equipped with several natural mechanisms to keep toxins from building up. For example: Natural bacteria in the colon can detoxify food waste. Mucus membranes in the colon can keep unwanted substances from reentering the blood and tissues. The colon sheds old cells about every three days, preventing a buildup of harmful material, and even allowing for expulsion of parasites I personally suspect that if colon cleansing or enemas have any effect in making you feel like you have more energy or have been "cleansed", it is more likely to do with an†activation of specific reflexes in your gut that cause your nervous system to relax, along with†stimulation of bile production by the liver, which can indeed improve digestion, have a laxative effect, relieve constipation and cause you to go to the bathroom. Sure, this could potentially make you feel better by allowing you to better digest your food, or to even pass some feces that may have built up over the past few days, but I'd have to agree with the article in†The Guardian†that there is no evidence that poo can simply sit inside you for years, slowly rotting and toxifying your body. So should you detox? Ultimately, as the article in†The Guardian†alludes to, your body has it's own powerful methods of detoxification ? and can activate these methods without the use of fancy diets or†fancy detox spa visits. These methods primarily come in the form of your liver and your kidneys. For example, your liver prevents pathogens from passing into your bloodstream, processes environmental toxins for safe removal, and helps to rid your body of excess nitrogen that build up from the breakdown of proteins and amino acids. Your kidneys filter blood, remove excess water, pass urea (which is a toxin that builds up as a byproduct of protein breakdown), and sends this all out of your body via your urine. So if you eat foods that support your liver and kidneys, or avoid foods that stress your liver and kidneys, you're already detoxing every day ? and theoretically, unless you've gone through something like a serious bout of alcoholism or heavy metal toxicity, you don't really need any fancy herbal blends or colonic cleanses (at least, that's what I used to think. More on that in a it may not be quite that simple). But first - to start simple indeed: for your liver, you can do things like avoid high amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats from processed and packaged foods like canola oil and French fries, and instead eat those type of fats from fish, meat, seeds and nuts. You can avoid high amounts of fructose and sugar, limit alcohol, consume plenty of egg yolks (which contain choline that your liver uses to process fats), eat good, organic liver every now and then and†pay attention to what kind of soaps and shampoos and household cleaners you're using. For your kidneys, you can limit†intake of high fructose corn syrup, drink plenty of water, limit alcohol intake, and ? if you are predisposed to renal issues ? limit†excessive protein intake†(e.g. more than 200g/day of protein). So, as†The Guardian†article notes, many popular detox and cleansing diets probably feel beneficial very much in part because of what they eliminate. All the processed fats, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, candy, soda, commercial meat and snack foods you're eliminating on a detox diet are giving your liver and kidneys a chance to step up and do their normal detoxification duties, since they're no longer overburdened with bad food and not enough micronutrients and minerals to support their normal function. But alas, the plot thickens, and it turns out that in our modern, post-industrial, radiated, metal-laden, polluted, glyphosate-sprayed, GMO-concentrated era, you may need to engage in a bit of better living through science and supplementation to truly detox. The Detoxification Plot Thickens So you eat a clean diet, take care of your liver and kidney's, and you don't need to detox, right? As I alluded to above, it's likely not that simple. See, when I interviewed Dr. Dan Pompa in the podcast episode†"The Most Effective Detox You've Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It), he†described a serious issue†called "cellular toxicity" and explained why it is†an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more. Once again, the cause of this modern phenomenon is not "woo-woo" or non-quantifiable toxins, but rather measurable†physical compounds: plastics, phytoestrogens, metals, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and all manner of other chemicals†that can overwhelm our liver, kidneys and built-in detoxification system. And what's especially unfair is that you and me (even when we're living a clean lifestyle) have to get exposed to these toxins on a constant daily basis, whether from brake dust on car roads, or mercury from electronic equipment, or herbicides on the apples at our friend's house, or estrogens in the shampoo at the hotel, or mold on the carpeting at the gym (don't even get me started on gyms - just read this two part series† on gym issue - Part 1 and Part 2) get the idea. So even if your waistline and fat cell storage survived the holidays,†the same might not be said for your brain, your lungs and the rest of your insides.†In other words, over the past year, was your body ever exposed to over-processed and refined foods, chemical additives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated water, artificial sweeteners or anything else that might remotely be consider "unnatural"? Did you drink many diet sodas? Eat much non-organic or farm-raised meat? Travel extensively? Chomp on fruits and vegetables without washing them? Get sick and have to get on a drug protocol? Engage in a few excessive nights of drinking? Get exposed to second-hand smoke? Spend much time around cleaning supplies? You get the idea. To make matters even worse, the world's largest study on air pollution, just†published October 25 in the European Heart Journal, found that when you breathe the average air in the average city (with all other variables held constant, such as eating healthy and exercising) you develop a huge risk for high blood pressure. How? In the study, the biological mechanisms for the adverse effect of air pollution on the functioning of the heart and blood vessels included: -Local and systemic inflammation... -Oxidative stress (a build-up of damaging molecules in the body)... -An imbalance in correct functioning of the nervous system... This also means that no matter how healthy you eat, how much you workout or how clean your water is,†you're still getting blasted with toxins from air pollutant every time you step into a city, or airport, or public gym, or just about anywhere else they aren't using massive HEPA filters. How I'm Going To Detox This Year So why am I telling you all this? Frankly, everything that you've just read about is exactly I'm going to detox my entire body and brain beginning this February of 2018, and I'm asking you to join me. That's right,†I'm going to detox my entire body and brain, beginning Monday, February 12, 2018. And I'm not going to do just any ol' detox like putting cayenne pepper into a nasty concoction or pushing giant grocery shopping carts full of random herbs through the supermarket. As you can learn about by clicking here, these popular detoxes can actually release toxins from tissues such as fat cells and shove them into the brain, causing even more damage and serious brain and body repercussions that include permanent brain fog, weight gain, skin breakouts, mood disorders, and much more. Instead, I'm partnering up with one of the most brilliant detox minds on the face of the planet: the guy I mentioned earlier named†Dr. Dan Pompa,†and Dr. Pompa's is going to walk us through the exact brain and body detox program that he's studied and perfected for years. But I'm not going to stop there. I'm then going to combine Dr. Pompa's proven detox formula with my own exercise and biohacking protocols so that I can completely clean up my body without losing fitness by doing only, say, hot†yoga and trampolining for weeks upon weeks. See, I don't want to come out of my detox having lost my muscle or having to huff and puff whenever I climb a flight of stairs, so I'm pulling out all my fitness tricks that allow me to sculpt my body while I detox, without actually causing adrenal fatigue issues or ruining the detox protocol. I going to incorporate many of the similar modifications that I included in my detox last year, which you can listen to in nitty-gritty detail here, where you'll discover: -The 5 strategies I'm personally using to ensure I don't lose fitness or muscle during my detox... -How fringe techniques like dry skin brushing, rebounding and infrared therapy can maximize the effectiveness of a detox... -The exact workouts I'll be performing during my detox... -Whether or not you should use the dietary strategy of ketosis during a detox... -The best fasting strategy to use during a detox... -How meditation can fit perfectly into a detox program... -How oil pulling can assist with detox... -Why fermented foods are crucial during a detox... -The crazy, unique tea blends I'll be using to accelerate my detox and wean myself off coffee... -And much more!† During that episode, you'll learn why I'm going to incorporate strategies such as: -The True To Form book -Infrared sauna -Kundalini breathwork -Body By Science super slow training -Rebounding -WholeTones therapy CD's -Dry skin brushing -Rumble roller deep tissue work -Coffee enemas (yep) -Organic bone broth Now don't worry - if this all sounds crazy complex or if you don't have time to go back and listen to that podcast, then please understand that I've taken all the guesswork out of it for you, and mapped out the entire program out in an easy-to-understand and simple-to-use dashboard, training plan, and downloadable pdf's. You simply wake up each day, and do exactly what the plan says, and you can, of course, look forward at the beginning of each week to preview the entire program. No head scratching or laying awake at night worrying whether or not what you're doing is actually working (your detox even includes simply and easy-to-interpret urine strips to track your detoxification progress) The True Cellular Detox Challenge My "True Cellular Detox" Challenge begins on Monday, February 12, and†you can click here to join me.†When you join, this means Dr. Pompa and I will walk you through every step of the†detox, and you'll get things like: 90-Days of Supplement Information and instructions Free Toxicity Testing To Measure Your Progress 20+ Hours of Detox Training 130+ Cellular Healing Recipes 90 Day Meal Plan with Grocery Lists 30 Delicious Smoothie Recipes Monthly Calls with me & Dr. Pompa Option to Include Advanced Strategies such as†Intermittent Fasting, Ketosis, Diet Variation Burst Training Benefits & Explanations De-Bunking Fat Burning Myths Mindset Training Stress/Emotional Detox Strategies FAQ Board and Online Support† And much more! Whether you can't seem to decimate a single fat cell and you're experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy†or†you want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it... ...this challenge is the ticket: it will completely reboot your body. You can†click here to read all the nitty-gritty details and to sign up now, but please be sure to get in on this†detox soon because it will fill up fast and Dr. Dan and I†want to be able to fit everybody in... ...the deadline to signup is by February 8th at 4pm! The same way you need instructions on how to detox the right way without harming your body, I need your help and your accountability to get me through this detox. Goodness knows that even though I'm a pretty healthy guy, I'm going to need a proper detox after both the holidays and an entire year of hard-charging, fast-living, daily post-industrialized world exposure, along with all that guinea-pigging. So let's do this together. Click here to get in on the True Cellular Detox now, which begins February 12, and I'll see you on the inside. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about the 2018 True Cellular Detox challenge? Leave your comments at and I will reply! (and remember, you must sign up no later than February 8th at 4pm).
00:55:33 1/15/2018 Although most of us strive to eat well and avoid weight gain, our behavior doesn't always live up to our lofty intentions. The remarkable explanation, argues neuroscience obesity researcher and today's podcast guest Stephan Guyenet, is that we're betrayed by our very own brains, which drive us to crave and overeat food. In THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat†Guyenet deploys his humor, wit, and extensive research experience to explain the instinctive brain circuits that compel us to overeat. He shows how those circuits expand our waistlines and undermine weight loss, and how we can use them to manage our weight more effectively. Stephan Guyenet has put his finger on a critically important explanation for our global obesity epidemic: the human brain. Although it's indisputable that the brain is the cause of overeating - since the brain is the source of all behavior - this disarmingly simple insight has never before been the focus of a general-audience book. THE HUNGRY BRAIN starts from the very beginning, uncovering how our (leaner) ancestors lived, both in recent history and the distant past. From there, it explores the brain circuits that kept us alive in that rugged world: those that drive our cravings, make our food choices, govern our appetites, and regulate our body fatness. And it explains how the genetic roulette that determines how these circuits are wired is a major reason why some people are lean and others are obese. Unfortunately for our waistlines, we no longer live in the world of our ancestors, yet our brains keep playing by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. Advances in technology and affluence let us tempt our brains with seductive, convenient food more than ever before, and willpower bows before the force of instincts honed by millions of years of evolution. And once we gain weight, the brain works to keep us from losing it again. The result is a world that's fatter than at any previous time in human history. THE HUNGRY BRAIN explores the brain in a vivid and accessible way, weaving in illustrations, humor, and unlikely scientific discoveries to bring readers inside areas of science that have remained off limits to a general audience until now. Ultimately, it leaves you with profound insights into how the brain works, how the brain drives us to overeat, and what we can do about it. So who is this guy? Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D. is an obesity researcher and health writer whose work ties together multiple fields of science to offer explanations and solutions for our global weight problem. He received a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in neurobiology at the University of Washington. He is the author of the popular health website Whole Health Source ( and he is a frequent lecturer on topics of obesity, metabolism, and diet history. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why what Stephan presents in his book is absent from all popular theories of obesity...[7:45] -The story of the fattest man on the island...[12:10] -Why kids like ice cream and not brussels sprouts...[18:50 & 27:00] -How chocolate serves as a prime example of reinforcing properties that characterize modern food addictions...[23:15] -How you can beat the "buffet effect"...[29:00] -The three things all nonindustrial diets have in common, and how you can use these things to keep yourself from overeating...[36:05] -Why the idea of moderation in eating is totally foreign to hunter-gatherers...[48:40] -A simple mechanism you can fight your natural, ancestral tendency to overeat...[57:00] -What lesioned rats can tell you about the mysterious "satiety factor", and how you can maximize your own satiety factor...[64:05] -Why do the people from the Biggest Loser gained so much weight back after the competition...[75:10] -A cortisol-like drug that causes intense, unconstrained eating, and what that means for you and your waistline...[84:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -In THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat -The book The Jungle Effect -Jack Kruse's Leptin Reset -My podcast with Rick Rubin Show Sponsors:† -Oak - Meditation & Breathing -† Go to now to download the app, completely FREE. -Kion Lean - Go to purchase Kion Lean - the best supplement for longevity and fat loss! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Stephan or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:31:43 1/12/2018 My guest on today's podcast - Gary Taubes - just wrote a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposť entitled "The Case Against Sugar" that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And Gary believes sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. In the book, he delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society. The ever prolific Gary Taubes is cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He's an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The difference between glucose and fructose, and how is that related to sucrose...[7:35] -Why the fructose we eat now is different than the fructose we find in nature...[14:20] -How German researchers discovered sugar to be just as as effective as "crack cocaine"...[21:10] -The fascinating marriage of tobacco and sugar, and why sugar is in cigarettes...[27:50] -How "metabolic imprinting" causes a baby's pancreatic cells to become dysfunctional...[33:35] -Why salt may not be the cause for hypertension, but sugar may...[44:00] -The relationship between sugar, gout and uric acid, and why gout and uric acid may not just be protein related...[47:10 & 57:00] -Why different people have different blood sugar responses to sugar...[49:20] -What Gary thinks of the fact that he's been called out on the fact that the NuSci metabolic ward research found no insulin-obesity link, and whether it's calories, not macronutrients, that are most important...[65:00] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The Amazon page for all Gary's books -NuSI Hall Study: No Ketogenic Advantage (ICO 2016) Show Sponsors: -Wild Mountain Paleo†- Visit and use code BenPili10 for 10% off your order. -Purathrive†- Go to to automatically get 15% off on Curcumin Gold or Radiant C (a liposomal vitamin C that actually tastes GOOD), or anything else that tickles your fancy. -Oak - Meditation & Breathing -† go to now to download the app, completely FREE. -ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Gary or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:20:57 1/10/2018 A few months ago, I interviewed today's podcast guest - a former professional triathlete and now one of the most respected icons in health and fitness - in one of our most popular episodes of the year, entitled "Primal Endurance: How To Escape Chronic Cardio & Carbohydrate Dependency & Become A Fat Burning Beast." His name is Mark Sisson, and Mark just released a brand new, excellent book entitled: "The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever". In today's podcast episode, we take a deep, deep dive into principles, practices and concepts you've probably never before heard when it comes to ketosis. Mark is also the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and several other Primal Blueprint-branded books. His blog,, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. Mark, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships to his credit. Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosted 9 multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico from 2010-2014. He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children. Before jumping into this podcast, please realize that I already have several articles and podcasts I recorded in the past about the basics of ketosis. You can find all those in the resources section below. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Mark took the the ketogenic diet, which has a reputation for being relatively restrictive, and instead presents a unique two-step, scientifically validated approach for going keto the right way...[7:40] -Why Mark highly recommends you spend 21 days low-carb before switching to 6 weeks of ketosis...[11:30] -How long does takes to get back into ketosis after a "carb binge"...[31:00] -How something called "myogens" actually allow you gain lean muscle mass while on a ketogenic diet...[32:30] -What Mark thinks about some people saying that ketosis might diminish metabolic flexibility in some people by promoting physiological insulin resistance...[40:30] -Whether a cup of coffee is technically "breaking" a fast...[48:50] -How ketosis can reprogram your genes and increase longevity...[54:55] -Mark's favorite keto breakfast, favorite keto lunch and favorite keto dinner...[63:10] -What Mark eats before ultimate frisbee...[67:40] -Mark's take on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and why he personally uses it...[69:40] -And much more... Resources from this episode: My previous articles and podcasts on ketosis: 374: How To Maximize Ketosis, Should You Have Sex Before Competition, Do Power Poses Really Work & More How To Use Ketones For Longevity, How I Personally Use Ketone Salts & A New Chemical-Free, Clean Way To Get Into Ketosis Ketogenic Pizza, Ketogenic Toast, Ketogenic Cornflakes, High Fat Coffee & More: The Ketogenic Kitchen Cookbook 368: Building Muscle & Testosterone On A Ketogenic Diet, Food Combining, Psychedelic Experimentation, Natural Depression Remedies & More Cyclic Ketosis, "Thinkitating", Bad-Ass Meditation, Morning Routines & More With Quest Nutrition Founder Tom Bilyeu Fast-Tracking Your Body To Ketosis, Biohacking Hypoxic Performance, Marijuana Legalization, Constipation & More With JP Sears A $17,000 Whole Body Healing Machine, Fish Oil Overdoses From Giant Steelhead, Eating Bones, Killing Tumors With Ketosis & More Six-Egg Breakfasts, Ketosis For Bodybuilders, Resetting Weed Tolerance, Kratom Experimentation & Much More With The Mindpump Guys Which Ketone Supplement Works Best: Ketone Salts vs. Ketone Esters With Dr. Dominic D'Agostino Elephant-Poop Coffee, Chocolate Ceremonies, Cold H2O Training, Holotropic Breathing, Nootropics, Ketosis, Meditation, Fasting & More: The Kevin Rose Podcast 362: Donald Trump's Exercise Routine, Altitude Vs. Heat Training, Can Kids Take Smart Drugs, Can Ketosis Cause Muscle Damage & More Could This Ketosis-Based Elixir Hold The Key To Weight Loss, World Record Performances, Brain Healing and More Everything You Need To Know About How To Use Amino Acids For Muscle Gain, Appetite Control, Injury Repair, Ketosis And More Four New, Cutting-Edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-Burning Mode & Ketosis Amino Acids, BCAA's, EAA's, Ketosis, Bonking & More With 41 Time Ironman Triathlete Dr. David Minkoff How Breath-Holding, Blood-Doping, Shark-Chasing, Free-Diving & Ketosis Can Activate Your Body's Most Primal Reflex 10 Things Your Pee Can Tell You About Your Body: Taking A Deep Dive Into Urinalysis, Dehydration, Ketosis, pH & More 322: The Truth About "Starvation Mode", Does Ketosis Work For Crossfit, Measuring HRV During Exercise & More Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Ketosis But Were Afraid To Ask Ketosis Dangers: How To Maximize the Nutrient Density of a Low Carb Diet A Deep Dive Into Ketosis: How Navy Seals, Extreme Athletes & Busy Executives Can Enhance Physical and Mental Performance With The Secret Weapon of Ketone Fuel Combining Low Carb And Extreme Exercise - The Official Results Of The Great Ketogenic Ironman Experiment The Official "Ask Me Anything About Ketosis & Ironman" Premium Podcast with Ben Greenfield 245: What Are The Best Fat Loss Supplements, Controlling Blood Sugar During Ketosis, Natural Asthma Remedies and More The Great Ketogenic Ironman Experiment - Can You Go Low-Carb And Be A Fast Endurance Athlete Without Destroying Your Body -All Mark's ketogenic friendly food products at Primal Kitchen (use code: GREENFIELD for to get an extra 10% OFF any products) -The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever -My article on longevity and ketosis/exogenous ketones -Miracle Noodles Ben uses for lunch -Dr. Thomas Cowan's vegetable powders -Aminos Ben mentions Show Sponsors: -ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Human Charger - Go to purchase Kion Lean - the best supplement for longevity and fat loss! -Oak - Meditation & Breathing - Go to now to download the app, completely FREE. 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Jan 4, 2017 Podcast: 377 - Cold Therapy vs. Cryotherapy vs. Cold Thermogenesis, What To Do About Liver Issues & High GGT, How To Deal With Self-Healing Overwhelm, and Fit Teens On A Budget. 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: [4:20] I read one book every day. Here's how I remember what I've read. WOW: The big vitamin D mistake... I smear rosemary on steaks and diffuse rosemary essential oil for COGNITION, but here's a new use for rosemary. Does alcohol make you live longer? Here's what NOT to consume with your alcohol. You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on,,,, and Google+. 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Ben's Adventures: [35:45] -NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar. -January 26 to 28, 2018: California Jam combines a TED talk format with chiropractic education and a rock n' roll show! Over two dozen speakers, who are experts and innovators in their field, take the stage throughout the weekend as two live bands play in between. The driving objective of the event is to get attendees up to date on chiropractic research, scientific studies, and useful practice management strategy. The hope is that attendees bring all they learn at Cal Jam back to their communities to implement real, rippling change. Get your ticket now! -March 2, 2018: Academy of Regenerative Practices Winter Conference & Scientific Seminar @ Weston, FL, USA. Sign up today! 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: [36:55] As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick. Cold Therapy vs. Cryotherapy vs. Cold Thermogenesis Ashleigh says: Can I get some (or most) of the benefits of real cold therapy by just going outside on my balcony in -20 degrees celsius, in slippers and not much else... or will I just get cold? I have done cold water immersion (at an XPT event in Montach) and am convinced of the benefits but am looking for a more practical way of doing that in my condo. In my response, I recommend: -Recovery following a marathon: a comparison of cold water immersion, whole body cryotherapy and a placebo control. -The Effectiveness of Whole Body Cryotherapy Compared to Cold Water Immersion: Implications for Sport and Exercise Recovery -Recovery From Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage: Cold-Water Immersion Versus Whole-Body Cryotherapy. -Tapping The Power of Cold to Lose Weight -Cold Temps For A Hot Body -CoolFatBurner and CoolGutBuster What To Do About Liver Issues & High GGT Beau says: I have had lab tests done over the past three years and my GGT is consistently elevated (around 110-111). Besides glutathione supplementation, what are some other supplements that lower GGT? What else can I do aside from cutting out alcohol and increasing antioxidants? I am concerned about this since GGT has been linked to more than just liver disease. (Another caller asked what you, Ben, are doing about your liver issues that were found when you visited the Human Garage?) In my response, I recommend: -Pharmanac -Liposomal Glutathione -Intranasal Glutathione -Whey Protein -Liver -NatureCleanse -This video on black seed oil How To Deal With Self-Healing Overwhelm Kathy says: I need some help with mindset and overwhelm. I was diagnosed with Lyme and am feeling overwhelmed with all the things that are out of whack with me and all the things that need addressing. How can I handle this feeling of overwhelm? In my response, I recommend: -Podcast: How To Quit Obsessing About Health, Eating & Exercise: Dodging The Silver Bullet Of Orthorexia and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. -Book: Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fit Teens On A Budget Kyle says: If you and a partner had 40 minutes a day, for 30 weeks, to improve the nutrition and exercise habits of low socioeconomic teens (11-18 years old) what would your curriculum look like? Especially if your budget was $500-$1000 or less. In my response, I recommend: -Book: The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest -Growing/Finding/Eating/Foraging Whole Foods -Reading Nutrition Labels -Importance Of Environment -Fasting -Exercise As Play/Habit, Not "Gym" -Breathwork -Nature Immersion -Family/Love/Relationships 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! Ask Your Question [gravityform id="2" name="Ask Ben" title="false" description="false"] -----------------------------------------------------
01:26:44 1/4/2018 If you've ever tested your genes (or wanted to) and had a completely head-scratching experience when it comes to interpreting your results or translating your genetic testing results into actionable information, then today's podcast is right up your alley, as I interview Dr. Ben Lynch, one of the world's leading authorities in interpreting and "fixing" your genes. Dr. Lynch, ND received his Cell and Molecular Biology, BS from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR, methylation defects and genetic control. Dr. Lynch is the President of, a supplement company oriented towards disease prevention and health promotion. He also founded and directs, an educational institute providing specialized training for both health professionals and consumers. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Nadia, and three boys, Tasman, Mathew and Theodor. He first discovered the power of epigenetics in 2008. At the time, he was a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, graduate of Bastyr University, with a special interest in environmental medicine?helping people recover from the assaults of industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and other environmental toxins. When he discovered what a big role genes played in this whole process, he began eagerly reading every scientific paper he could get is hands on. Dr. Lynch quickly realized that there was a huge gap between what the geneticists published in their research papers and what the medical providers practiced in their offices. The scientists were ridiculously far ahead of doctors and nurses, who often had no idea how to help their patients respond to genetic abnormalities or even to follow the basics of good gene health. Nor did practitioners have any idea how to create a targeted program geared to specific genetic issues. So he made it his mission to bring that cutting-edge science right into the doctor's office. He threw himself into genetic research, chasing down any article or paper that could shed any light on what we regular folks could do to improve health. He began working with individuals whose health-care providers just weren't giving them the help they needed. And he started to give seminars, webinars, workshops, and talks so that practitioners could learn how to help their patients. In a remarkably short time, he had established himself as the go-to guy on treating genetic abnormalities through diet, supplements, and lifestyle. In 2011, he founded Seeking Health, a research-based company producing high-quality supplements targeted to particular health issues. In 2015, he was named Number 37 in Inc.'s list of 500 Entrepreneur Superstars from America's fastest-growing private companies and Number 1 in Washington state. In 2016, he made the list again. He also established Seeking Health Educational Institute (SHEI), a website for both health professionals and lay people who want to learn more about nutrigenomics and methylation. SHEI quickly became one of the most trusted resources on genetics for health professionals and laypersons worldwide. In 2015, he developed StrateGene, a unique approach to helping people develop natural strategies for overcoming genetic abnormalities. People who were getting their genetic challenges from websites like 23andMe or Genos Research were receiving massively confusing documents with wildly contradictory information. His system zeroes in on the genetic abnormalities that pose the greatest challenges in people's health and then provides comprehensive plans for overcoming those challenges through diet, environment and lifestyle. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Dr. Lynch first become interested in genetic and genes, despite this being uncommon in naturopathic medicine...[8:30] -Why most genetic analysis programs give you a ton of clinically irrelevant info, when most of it is not what you actually need...[11:30 & 26:00] -How to upload your raw 23andme data into a website like Stratagene to get very relevant information about your genes...[29:30 & 31:20] -How the "warrior" vs. "worrier" gene works, and what you can do if you are a worrier...[34:50] -Examples of very common SNP "issues", and what the impact of those is, along with potential associated symptoms and conditions and what you can do about it...[44:15] -Why you should consume bifidobacter probiotics, SAM-e and molybdenum, when you drink wine or other alcohol...[60:55] -How to know what your own "dirty genes" are...[65:30] -And much more... Resources from this episode:-Ben Lynch's website, and Stratagene -My own personal Stratagene results -23andMe genetic testing -The Show Sponsors: -eHarmony - Come see how eHarmony can change your life. Go to and get started. Enter my code GREEN at checkout to get a FREE month with every 3-month subscription. -Organifi - Go to and use discount code BEN for 20% your order. -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Bob's Red Mill - Head to to get 25% off with promo code GREENFIELD. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Lynch or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:17:28 12/30/2017 It's absolutely no secret that I, of late, have taken a deep dive into what many would consider to be "woo-woo" forms of healing and enhancing the human body and brain, including the use of modalities such as acupuncture, biofeedback, yoga, homeopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, energy medicine, acupuncture, ayurvedic "energy points" and traditional Chinese medicine... ...along with a developed growing interest in the concept of chi, Prana, chakra and life force. Before the 1960s, most of these practices such as sound healing, yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture, Reiki, therapeutic touch, meditation, martial arts, homeopathy, alternative anticancer diets, etc. were dismissed as medically and religiously questionable. But now that these once-suspect health practices have gained approval and been re-categorized as somewhat non-religious and instead falling under the auspices of healthcare, fitness, or scientific modalities, they seem to have gained a great deal of cultural legitimacy because people interpret them as science instead of religion. Therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback, and "Therapeutic Touch" (the laying on of hands to channel "Universal Life Energy" to the patient) are increasingly accepted and utilized by physicians, hospitals, and clinics across the country. The use of meditation and visualization are commonly prescribed to reduce stress. Chiropractic, long considered anathema by orthodox medicine, has recently acquired a new respectability, and spinal adjustments are not infrequently combined with more exotic forms of "energy balancing." And yet I've certainly been called out many times about the fact that I am a professing Christian who - despite having a strong belief in the power of prayer and the ability of God to spontaneously work miracles and heal - also embraces many of these so-called unconventional therapies that stem from non-Christian traditions. Recently, I was listening to a sermon by pastor Toby Sumpter, in which Toby describes the link between spiritual health and physical ailments. It was a really great message, especially considering that while listening, I was attending a medical conference where there was a lot of chat among some of the world's top physicians about energy medicine and it's growing relevance and efficacy. So in an attempt to frame for myself (and you) how energy medicine and alternative healing modalities can best be presented from a Christian standpoint, I invited Toby onto the podcast. Toby is the Pastor of Preaching at Trin ormed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Erskine Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New St. Andrews College. He's the author of Job: A Son for Glory and Blood-Bought World and the host of the "CrossPolitic" show. He and his wife Jenny have four kids. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Christians have been appropriating other religious traditions for centuries (such as Easter, which used to be a fertility ritual; you have bunny rabbits and eggs so that you'll get more babies) and the difference between yoga and Christmas...[11:45] -What Scripture has to say about things like aromatherapy and essential oils...[29:05] -If denial of energy medicine is a form of "flat earth" Christianity...[35:30] -The two most important questions you must ask yourself about any alternative health practice before you dive into them...[42:40] -Whether transcendental meditation (and other forms of meditation) is a form of idol worship or a practice Christians shouldn't do...[44:05] -Whether Jesus and the apostles were using some form of energy healing...[52:10] -The amazing effects that prayer and positive emotions can have upon molecules and matter...[55:50] -Why we need a case-by-case analysis of each therapy, rather than a blanket rejection, before accepting or rejecting them...[58:50] -The idea that these forms of energy involved the breath of life that God breathed into man, and whether this vital energy needs to be manipulated in our bodies to promote health as the basis of energetic medicine is essentially a pantheistic view and cannot be conformed to biblical theology...[66:00] -Whether invisible energy forces are the common denominator of creation is not scripturally heretical and it's only offensive to our traditionally accepted world view...[67:20] -If Christians these days spend an unhealthy amount of time focusing on health and engaging in "health idolatry"...[68:40] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Toby Sumpter's blog -Toby Sumpter's books on Amazon -Trinity Reformed Church podcast -Toby's new "CrossPolitic" podcast -The specific podcast episode on healing/energy medicine that Toby and Ben discuss -Podcast: Healing Your Body From The Inside-Out, Repairing Relationships, Eliminating Digital Addictions & More: Key Highlights From The 4 Most Life-Transforming Books I Recently Read. -Podcast: What Is The Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. -Books by Monte Kline about how to combine energy medicine, health and Christianity -The Marma Points book Ben mentions about Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine -Joel Salatin's book the Pigness of Pigs Show Sponsors: -TradeStation - Active military and veterans, as well as First Responders get to trade commission free. TradeStation is dedicated to helping everyone who has invested so much into this country. Learn more and sign up today at -Organifi - Go to and use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order. -Molekule - Go to and enter promo code BEN for $75 off your 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 Toby or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:18:30 12/28/2017
In this special episode recorded live from RUNGA retreat in the Panamanian jungles with co-host Aaron Alexander of Align Therapy, you'll discover: -Ben's perspective on EMF's, recovery and the BEMER mat...[6:30] -When to use and when not to use exogenous ketones...[10:30] -The difference between near and far infrared and UVA and UVB rays...[15:55] -How to deal with stings and bites from mosquitoes, scorpions and more when traveling internationally...[31:45] -What the deal is about the new "deuterium-depleted water" craze...[34:50] -Why Ben wears his pink banana boxer underpants when he records a podcast... -And much more... Resources from this episode: -The Biomat -The EarthPulse -The BEMER mat -The JOOVV light -Exogenous Ketones -Digital Detoxing, Travel-Proofing Your Immune System, Underground Body Weight Workouts & More With Joe DiStefano -Kettlebell Yoga, The Best 5 Cardio Machines You Can Use, How To "Reset" Your Body With An Adventure & Much More - RUNGA 2018: RUNGA is a once a year retreat, currently hosted in December. RUNGA is designed to facilitate a dramatic shift in attendee's current outlook, lifestyle choices, self-efficacy, motivation, love, even spirituality. The 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, every day. 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 is suitable for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, or ketogenic dieters. It is also delicious. Click here to sign up for 2018. Use code BEN (or let them know I sent you) to get VIP treatment and a free gift valued at $100! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Aaron or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
00:45:15 12/24/2017 Dr. Billy DeMoss is an energetic and passionate speaker who has been a chiropractor and powerhouse within his community for over three decades. His passion for chiropractic care, community wellness, and global sustainability is far-reaching and his influence is international. Along with heading an innovative practice that educates and strengthens his community, Dr. Billy is the founder the Dead Chiropractic Society (DCS), which is a coalition of Southern California chiropractors who meet monthly to discuss chiropractic philosophy and advancements. In 2008, he decided to expand DCS by founding California Jam. Cal Jam allows him to invite world-renowned experts in public health and global sustainability to educate and empower people, not just chiropractors, from around the world who find natural solutions more attractive than harmful man-made ones and share a desire to ensure the well-being of future generations. His mission for Cal Jam is simple: awaken, empower, action. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Billy keeps himself in top shape (and why he doesn't own a cell phone)...[7:50] -The whole list of exercises on Billy's website that you probably haven't heard of, like "Wobble Chair", "Denner Roll" and the "Pettibon"...[12:00] -Why you shouldn't encourage a baby to walk too early in life...[16:05] -Why Billy is a huge proponent of Diagnostic Thermography for accompanying spinal adjustments...[27:44] -Why Billy calls CBD a superfood and how he juices it...[41:45] -What Billy does to protect himself against GMO's...[55:00] -Billy's thoughts on The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 984 with Yvette d'Entremont during which he got called out for being a quack...[57:00] -Billy's thoughts on chemtrails...[61:40] -And much more! Resource from this episode: -Previous podcast: Is Chiropractic Really Bull? -CalJam conference - Use code Greenfield for a special rate! -Wobble Chair -Portable Wobble Chair -Pettibon cervical neck traction system -The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 984 with Yvette d'Entremont -CBD Thrive Vape Pen -Zach Bush's "Restore" program for glyphosate Show Sponsors: -Four Sigmatic - Go to and use code BENGREENFIELD for 15% off. -Bob's Red Mill - Head to to get 25% off with promo code "GREENFIELD." -Organifi - Go to and use discount code REDBEN for 20% off your Red Juice order. -Onnit - To save 10% off your order, visit Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Billy or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
01:12:52 12/23/2017

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