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The Pill Isn’t Bulletproof – Sarah Hill, Ph.D. – #665

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I talk with Sarah E. Hill, Ph.D., who leads research in the rapidly expanding field of evolutionary psychology. She’s currently a professor and research psychologist at Texas Christian University studying the effects of hormonal birth control on women.

She’s also the author of the book: “This is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences.” It’s an enlightening read that verifies what millions of women have always suspected, but no one confirmed for them until now: The pill changes women.

“Is the best way to prevent pregnancy to totally rewrite everything that creates the experience of being a who a woman is?” Sarah asks.

With more than 50 scientific publications and multiple prestigious research grants to her credit, Sarah has become an authority on the application of evolutionary ideas to human behavior and psychology. She’s been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American and The Economist.

“Our sex hormones are part of the signaling architecture that our brain using to create the experience of being the person that we are,” Sarah says. “When we change women’s sex hormones—which is what we do with the birth control pill—it’s going to change all sorts of activities in terms of psychological functioning.”

In our interview, Dr. Hill shares her incredible research findings that has uncovered the many ways that the pill changes women’s brains, bodies and lives.

Enjoy the show!

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Links/Resources

Website: sarahehill.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sarahehillphd2
Twitter: twitter.com/sarahehillphd
Instagram: instagram.com/sarahehillphd
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sarah-hill-39668431/

Key Notes

  • Did Sarah take a lot of flak for her work? 00:04:00
  • What are the unintended consequences of birth control? 00:06:15
  • If the pill isn’t right, what is? 00:09:50
  • Changing what makes a woman who she is 00:10:30
  • What is a woman most likely to do when she is most fertile? 00:13:55
  • Men notice when a woman is ovulating 00:14:40
  • Men change in response to suppressing cycles 00:17:45
  • Relationship changes when contraception methods change 00:20:55
  • Are men’s hormones also reacting to the pill? 00:23:00
  • A guy could not write this book 00:30:10
  • The patriarchal history of fertility 00:31:00
  • The importance of pheromones 00:32:30
  • What MHC genes are and what they do 00:35:45
  • When choosing a partner, go off the pill 00:40:45
  • Is the pill another way for men to control women? 00:45:00
  • A study about Mate Guarding 00:47:45
  • Pill taking women don’t get a rise in cortisol in response to stress 00:52:10
  • How the pill affects anxiety and depression 00:58:20
  • IUDs supply hormones to the entire body – not just locally 01:00:00
  • Brain development in adolescence is dependant on sex hormones 01:02:30
  • The pill gives a woman the ability to plan and achieve 01:05:30
  • It’s all about picking your poison 01:10:40
  • About 85% of women will be on birth control 01:12:00
  • We are taught that “being human is problematic” 01:15:25

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Grinding it Out, Finding Center and Heading Toward a Neon Future – Steve Aoki – #666

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I sat down (and jumped and bounced) with a global trendsetter, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Steve Aoki is a two-time Grammy-nominated record producer, electronic musician, music executive, DJ, and filmmaker. He’s one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 1.5 billion music streams on Spotify, with an additional 2 billion music streams on YouTube.

He’s also the founder of a record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line called Dim Mak. Since 1996, he’s helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers and The Kills, among many others.

His success has come through a work ethic for which he is well known. “I wouldn’t call myself a creative genius,” Steve says. “I’m a grinder. So, I grind it out. I’ll work three times as hard.”

“I look at life like that where I can achieve anything as long as I work hard,” he says. “Finding that center, I can be able to approach all these different things that I do. And whether they’re successful to other people is not what’s important to me. Whether it means something to me is what’s important.”

Another important part of Steve’s life is the Aoki Foundation that supports brain science and research with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation.

We touch on his new memoir titled “Blue: The Color of Noise,” and talk about the ways he maintains his health and energy amid his own force-of-nature life.

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Links/Resources

Website:steveaoki.com
Book: on Amazon
Facebook: facebook.com/steveaoki/
Twitter: twitter.com/steveaoki
Instagram: instagram.com/steveaoki/
YouTube: youtube.com/steveaoki

Key Notes

  • What makes Steve a “creative genius” 00:04:45
  • How hit-rate factors into success 00:08:20
  • How intuition and gut feeling fits into Steve’s career 00:10:40
  • The skill is “practice” 00:13:40
  • The importance of being self-aware and self-critical 00:16:15
  • Is there anyone you can’t work with? 00:17:25
  • Steve’s affinity for the colour blue 00:20:20
  • How to keep your energy up for performing 00:24:00
  • Steve thinks of himself as an athlete 00:29:50
  • How much of his body is Steve freezing when he dies 00:33:40
  • Why did Steve write a book? 00:41:45
  • Which superhero would Steve be? 00:48:00

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Thriving Under Pressure with NBA Star Blake Griffin – #667

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is Blake Griffin, a power forward for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and a six-time NBA All-Star.

To stay at the top of his game, he’s dedicated to high-performance training and a healthy lifestyle. “I just naturally enjoy healthy things,” Blake says. “And I think some people don’t believe that that’s a possibility. But I actually do, and I’ve always had this interest in it.” He keeps upping his athleticism, redefining health and wellness, and expanding his repertoire of skills.

Off the court, Blake has cultivated a reputation for business acumen—appearing on the cover of the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30.

And in a surprisingly non-athletic turn, he’s gained respect in the world of comedy with his impressive comedic timing. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show in advance of his annual comedy. by blake fundraiser, which he hosted at the world-renowned Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

Listen on to learn about Blake’s training and travel biohacks and how delegating opened up his time to follow new pursuits.

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Links/Resources

Website: blakegriffin.com
Facebook: facebook.com/blakegriffin32/
Twitter: twitter.com/blakegriffin23
Instagram: instagram.com/blakegriffin23/

Key Notes

  • Blake’s new podcast 00:04:25
  • Why Blake prefers to be busy 00:07:00
  • How Blake learned to delegate responsibilities 00:09:50
  • How long can you play the sport? 00:15:00
  • Blakes biohacking tools 00:16:40
  • How Blake deals with travelling so much 00:21:10
  • How to stay hydrated 00:25:30
  • Basketball and comedy? 00:27:30
  • How to deal with fear 00:29:20
  • Why Blake got into acting 00:33:10
  • Why non-profit work is important 00:34:45
  • What Blake’s parents did when he went pro 00:37:40

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Face Aging with the Science of Beauty – Rachel Varga – #668

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, the topic of skin gets to shine. Caring for your largest organ can take many forms. What’s right for you could range from skincare to rejuvenation procedures to lasers or light therapies. It’s all about your individual aging goals.

In this judgment-free show, I talk with skin rejuvenation and anti-aging expert Rachel Varga, BScN, RN, CANS. She’s been a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist since 2011. She’s an international clinical trainer, speaker, podcaster, and academically published award-winning author in the field of plastic and aesthetic nursing.

Through education on skin care, rejuvenation procedures, non-surgical solutions, and healing lifestyle practices, Rachel helps inspire others with her unique toolkit. “It’s all about the science of beauty, and it’s half art, half science,” she says. She helps people optimize aging through aesthetic medicine.

Understanding the biological happenings and the underlying science of again can help you decide what to do about it—if anything. “Three facets—the changes in the skin, the bone, and the fat—are really some of the key players that result in facial sagging and everything kind of going downwards,” Rachel says.

Listen on to learn practical tips about product safety, treatments to avoid, and how you can choose the skin rejuvenation options that match how you want to age.

Enjoy the show!

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  • 1:1 Virtual Consultation: Assessment and education on skin care, skin/laser treatments, and non-invasive skin rejuvenation
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Links/Resources

Website: rachelvarga.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/RachelVargaOfficial
Twitter: twitter.com/rachelvarga2019
Instagram: instagram.com/rachelvargaofficial
YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCZUxR4hUHm4Lf0WisIrudqw
Pinterest: pinterest.ca/rachelvargaofficial/
Podcast: rachelvarga.ca/category/beauty-podcast/

Key Notes

  • The five Ds that destroy your skin 00:07:00
  • DIY rejuvenation has become popular in the U.S. 00:10:50
  • How risky is it to not go to a professional? 00:12:15
  • The problems with buying rollers online 00:16:00
  • What is hyaluronic acid and is it keto? 00:17:30
  • What to look for, if you want these types of treatments 00:19:50
  • Are the “lip vacuum pumps” ok to use? 00:21:30
  • Injecting filler into someone’s ears 00:24:00
  • What to do if your filler has migrated 00:25:30
  • The difference between sagging and deflation 00:29:15
  • How sleeping affects your face shape 00:30:20
  • What dynamic discord is and what facial muscles it affects 00:37:20
  • Which face muscles should you exercise? 00:41:10
  • How safe is Botulinum? 00:42:45
  • How to plan your procedure 00:45:00
  • Why did Rachel get started on cosmetic procedures? 00:48:00
  • Body dysmorphia disorder 00:50:50
  • When you are a healer, you want to heal people in many different ways 00:54:00
  • What do lasers do to our skin? 00:55:50
  • Turning back the age of cells 01:06:10
  • What do you say to the naysayers? 01:08:05
  • What is wrong about “aging gracefully” 01:09:30

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The Master Mineral That Conquers Stress – BiOptimizers – #669

BiOptimizers founders Wade Lightheart and Matt Gallant join me on Bulletproof Radio to share exciting new research about magnesium and why you need the right kinds in the right amounts to get all the benefits.

Wade and Matt are known fondly as the “we fix digestion” guys. You may know them from their previous Bulletproof Radio episodes: #515—How to BiOptimize Your Gut & Digestion and #611—Every Little Enzyme Does Its Magic. (If not, take a listen!)

After experiencing some unexpectedly stressful life events, they turned their attention to researching magnesium. Especially the types of magnesium that play a critical role in your body functions. “What’s amazing about magnesium is we know it’s involved in 300 different metabolic processes,” Matt says.

In this episode, you’ll learn about the big 7: Magnesium Chelate, Citrate, Bisglycinate, Malate, L-Threonate, Taurate and Orotate. Getting all of these forms of magnesium, in the optimum dose, can upgrade virtually every function in your body. It’s especially important when combating all the stressors of our modern life—physiological and environmental. “One of the stress responses is that you actually burn out a lot more magnesium out of your nervous system,” Wade says.

Supplementing a little bit of magnesium won’t cut it—especially if you’re aiming for superhuman-level performance of brain, body and mood. Listen on for tips on how to change up your approach to magnesium.

Enjoy the show!

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Website: bioptimizers.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BiOptimizers/
Twitter: twitter.com/BiOptimizers
Instagram: instagram.com/bioptimizers/
YouTube: youtube.com/user/BiOptimizers
Blog: bioptimizers.com/blog/
Podcast: bioptimizers.com/category/podcast/
Bulletproof Radio: Every Little Enzyme Does Its Magic – BiOptimizers #611
Bulletproof Radio: How to Bioptimize Your Gut & Digestion – #515
Dave Asprey Blog: The 5 Stages of Digestion
Bulletproof YouTube: How Digestive Enzymes Help Your Mitochondria
Bulletproof YouTube: The Five Stages of Digestion

Key Notes

  • Why magnesium pairs with stress 00:04:20
  • How Wade got himself out of a deep stress state 00:06:00
  • The problem with RDA 00:07:20
  • Why Matt couldn’t drink coffee at all for a while 00:08:45
  • Is it caffeine, magnesium or mold? 00:10:15
  • Testing for magnesium deficiency 00:12:50
  • How biohacking allows you to hit the wall, going full speed 00:14:40
  • “Disaster pants” is the best test for magnesium 00:16:35
  • Can you get enough magnesium from food? 00:22:05
  • Blankets are the first trans-humanist tech 00:23:05
  • Why one-pill-a-day is decorative 00:25:50
  • The different types of magnesium and what they do 00:26:50
  • Take all the magnesiums that end in “ate” 00:31:20
  • Be careful with dosage 00:37:20
  • How magnesium can aid in fat loss 00:39:30
  • Using technology to combat technology 00:49:20
  • Magnesium is the “master mineral” 00:52:45

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Hormones Flex Their Superpowers – Dr. Jolene Brighten – #670

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Jolene Brighten returns to the show with more wisdom and honest talk about hormones. As an international speaker, clinical educator and medical advisor within the tech community, she’s considered a leading authority on women’s health.

She’s a prominent voice in the field of women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome. As a Functional Naturopathic medical doctor and nutritional biochemist, she concentrates her efforts on the effects of hormonal birth control on female health. She works to uncover the root cause of hormonal imbalances.

“We can acknowledge that all medical interventions have risks and that all forms of hormones that you are on internally making and also exogenous also have side effects,” says Dr. Brighten, “They can be out of balance, they can be used in the wrong way. Your genetics can come into play with all of this.”

When she was on the show for episode #617, we talked about her new book “Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill” and how to have way better sex without it—among other things. Before that, we looked at how women’s hormones affect their bodies and brains at different ages and stages of life in episode #415.

This time—we’re heading right into hormonal superpowers and why women are stronger in every way when their hormones are working in sync with their natural rhythms. When hormones—and even the immediate environment—are not aligned, gut health, brain health and virtually every body system is affected.

“When I talk about your hormones giving you superpowers,” says Dr. Brighten, “it’s understanding how to leverage their strengths throughout your menstrual cycle.”

She offers up knowledge and real solutions so you can manage your hormones at any age in ways that are as individual as you are.

(And for our guys listening who want to understand how hormones affect the women in their life, this information is for you, too.)

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Website: drbrighten.com
Facebook: facebook.com/drbrighten
Twitter: twitter.com/drbrighten
Instagram: instagram.com/drjolenebrighten/
YouTube: .youtube.com
Pinterest: pinterest.com/drbrighten/
Book: Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill drbrighten.com/beyond-the-pill/
Book Bonuses: beyondthepillbook.com
Free E-Book: Brighten’s Post-Birth Control Syndrome Detox Diet Quick Start Guide drbrighten.com/pbcsdiet/

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Way Better Sex Without The Pill – Dr. Jolene Brighten – #617 

On Women’s Health, Post-Birth Control Syndrome, and Brain Injuries – Dr. Jolene Brighten – #415

Dave Asprey Blog
What Is Post Birth Control Syndrome And Do You Have It?

Cycle Syncing: How To Hack Your Menstrual Cycle To Do Everything Better

Ditching Hormonal Contraceptives? 11 Non-Hormonal Birth Control Options

Key Notes

  • Hormones that I am on right now – 5:10
  • Your shamed either way in woman’s medicine – 6:18
  • Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease – 9:16
  • Night shift workers get cancer at a higher risk – 11:40
  • Historically speaking, we weren’t living this long and now we are – 12:55
  • There are lifestyle practices that we can use to hack our hormones – 15:10
  • A lot of people are walking around not understanding their bodies – 17:40
  • What are the specific hormone superpowers that you talk about? – 18:59 
  • We can actually gain more muscle mass in that follicular phase – 20:53
  • Bottom line is attention is a currency – 23:50
  • Mother nature is really smart – 26:57
  • Gut health and liver health, everything to do with hormones – 28:27
  • Calcium D-glucarate. This is a supplement that everyone should know about  – 31:04
  • How does a woman know when to take progesterone – 34:06
  •  I listened to this podcast and I think it might be helpful for you – 40:48
  • U-shaped dose response curve – 45:37

 

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Keto, Fiber and Strong Women – Naomi Whittel – #671

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is an entrepreneur, a nutritional expert, and a New York Timesbest-selling author of the book “Glow15.” Naomi Whittel is recognized as an innovator in the health and wellness industry, and an advocate for clean and safe nutrition.

Naomi cracked the Top 10 all-time favorite Bulletproof Radio episodes and has stayed there since her 2018 interview: Glow From The Inside Out: Autophagy And Women – #477.

Since then, she realized that much of the current ketogenetic information available does not consider the unique needs of female biology. So, she investigated the issue in depth. She went beyond the existing research to design and run her own clinical study.

Prevention magazine listed her as the top female innovator for natural products in the United States. She’s also appeared on numerous national media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, ABC News, PBS, InStyle, The View, The Doctors, The Dr. Oz Show, SHAPE, Good Morning America, and the TODAY show.

Naomi joins me again to discuss her new book, “High Fiber Keto: A 22-Day Science-Based Plan to Fix Your Metabolism, Lose Weight & Balance Your Hormones.” She shares her findings on how keto can best benefit women with a few points:

  • “Getting your body into a place where you’re using fat for fuel and you’re really in a consistent state of nutritional ketosis is the one thing that’s going to make the biggest difference once you start to incorporate the fiber.”
  • “Fiber is a very important piece in the nutritional ketogenic diet because it’s easy to go off track and not support your microbiome the way that we need to. It’s easy to have issues with too much acidity in the diet.”
  • “If I can activate my autophagy by getting into the state of utilizing my ketones and using my own body fat as a source of fuel instead of using the sugar as a source of fuel, how much more free time will I have in the day to be a better thinker?”

Listen on to find out more about the important fiber-keto connection. Naomi lays out the new science, gives tips on what to do and explains exactly why it matters to women.

Enjoy the show! … And get more resources at https://blog.daveasprey.com/category/podcasts/.

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Website: naomiwhittel.com

Instagram: instagram.com/naomiwhittel/

Facebook: facebook.com/NaomiWhittel/

Twitter: twitter.com/naomiwhittel

YouTube: youtube.com/user/naomiwhittel

Bulletproof Radio: Glow From The Inside Out: Autophagy And Women —Naomi Whittel #477 

Book: High Fiber Keto: A 22-Day Science-Based Plan to Fix Your Metabolism, Lose Weight & Balance Your Hormones

Key Notes

  • There are macro trends right now, one of them is safety – 7:07
  • What is the role of keto in women in modulating sympathetic and parasympathetic balance? – 11:11
  • Most women are really in a self-conscious place about their bodies – 14:50
  • The Confidence Code – 18:56
  • Keto is about becoming strong – 23:45
  • By focusing on this daily renewal process, I never restrict myself – 26:46
  • What I care about are me ‘Cakes’ – 29:20
  • We are eating a lot of different types of pestos – 31:59
  • If you want to make your microbiome happy, provided it it’s favourite food – 32:35
  • Where to get other sources of inulin – 34:25
  • What do you recommend people do when they can’t get enough vegetables? – 38:53
  • How Dave broke all the Health and Wellness boundaries – 41:08
  • Are there fibres to avoid ? 44:28
  • We are at a place where there is a scientific black hole – 46:17
  • Hydration from Gel water, cucumbers, celery – 48:56
  •  If you are getting fibre are you still in a fast metabolically? – 51:43

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Food Fight! Fixes for Better Health and a Sustainable World – Dr. Mark Hyman – #672

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m excited to bring back a guest who regularly appears on Bulletproof Radio because of his functional medicine expertise and his contributions to the health of people around the world. He’s always innovating and pushing boundaries of what’s possible for human wellness.

Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, and educator. He’s also a 12-time New York Times best-selling author. But it’s his brand-new book, “Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time” that he says is the most important one he’s ever written.

“Wait a minute,” Dr. Hyman says. “If food is not only making people sick, it’s also destroying our environment. It’s causing climate change. It’s causing social injustice. It’s threatening our kids’ academic performance in school, their future productivity and success, our global competitiveness, and our national security because kids are too fat or unfit to fight, leading to poverty, mental illness, violence.”

As you listen, you’ll find out why Dr. Hyman is:

  • invested in the health and economic impact of our food system;
  • working to save our food environment; and
  • taking on the many inequalities and injustices of our modern food industry.

Enjoy the show! … And then head to DaveAsprey.com to get even more cool stuff.

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Food Fight! Fixes for Better Health and a Sustainable World – Dr. Mark Hyman – #672

Links/Resources

Websitedrhyman.com
Facebookfacebook.com/drmarkhyman
Twittertwitter.com/drmarkhyman
Instagraminstagram.com/drmarkhyman/
YouTubeyoutube.com/user/ultrawellness
Pinterestpinterest.com/markhymanmd/
Vimeo: vimeo.com/drhyman/
The Doctor’s Farmacy Podcast  
The Doctor’s Farmacy #7 with Dave Asprey  
Bulletproof Radio Episodes with Dr. Mark Hyman: What The Heck Should I Cook, Dr. Hyman? #637, Why Disrupting Big Food Matters #533, Meat is the New Ketchup #288, The Dangers of Fructose #144

Key Notes

  • How do we hack the food system that is hacking us? – 04:43
  • Why do we have the food we do? 05:41
  • Benefits of fixing the food system 07:01
  • Dave asks if there is a demand problem or a supply problem   0:930
  • How do creators of food solve the problem of food costs?  14:50
  • Are we going to go back to distributed food production? 17:15
  • Composting the right way 21:00
  • How do small farmers handle thincredibly high regulatory burden in order to sell their food? 23:35
  • Obesity is a chronic disease epidemic 26:35
  • Regenerative farming 32:20
  • What can we personally do to help fix the food problem? 39:18
  • Ending food marketing is a really powerful intervention 45:22
  • Truth in marketing 46:00
  • We can fix this 49:55

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Get Your Brain Right and Your Mind Will Follow – Dr. Daniel Amen – #673

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’ve invited a guest who knows a lot about brains.

As a physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, professor, and 10-time New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Daniel Amen studies brains from the inside out. His clinical focus on studying brain scans has led to new understanding of behavior, brain injuries, and how the brain ages.

Now he’s taking on mental health and showing how neuroscience is transforming psychiatry and helping prevent and even reverse mental health issues. “Nobody believes it’s really biological unless you look,” Dr. Amen says. “It’s really a functional medicine approach to brain health.”

He has authored or co-authored over 70 professional articles, seven book chapters and more than 30 books. You may be familiar with some of his titles, like Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Healing ADD; Memory Rescue; and The Brain Warrior’s Way. Dr. Amen’s newest book, The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience Is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping Prevent or Reverse Mood and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Addictions, PTSD, Psychosis, Personality Disorders, and More changes the game completely for those experiencing mental illness.

Our conversation reframes mental health as brain health. “I think of brain health really simply,” Dr. Amen says. “It’s three things: 1-Care about it; 2-Avoid things that hurt.; and 3-Do things to help it.” Listen on for practical strategies.

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Key Notes

  • Brain health problem, not mood disorder  6:40
  • Mental health care  7:36 
  • Same pattern with obesity and mental health 9:46
  • New doc-series on YouTube 14:49
  • Positives and negatives that actually come with different mental illnesses 17:30
  • Impacts of improving, challenges, and outcomes 19:09
  • Genes only load gun for likelihood of mental illnesses 25:04
  • Getting serious about brain health 26:36
  • Study on soldiers with blast injuries 29:34
  • Learning your brain type and solutions 31:15
  • Correlation between weight going up and function of every area of brain going down 34:12
  • Toxins we are putingt on our bodies 37:08
  • Correlation between infrared saunas and Alzheimer’s disease 39:20
  • Effects of anesthesia on brain 42:21
  • NFL study 48:01
  • Mind meds vs nutraceuticals 50:22
  • Rigidity and habits, are they biological or mental 55:13
  • New Year’s Resolution asked of Bulletproof followers 57:56

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Recover Faster, Build Stem Cells & More!

I’ve recently become a huge fan of something called “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy” treatment.

After getting an HBOT USA softshell unit for my home (the Vitaeris 320 model), I’ve been in it every day for 40-60 minutes for reading or napping, and it’s become a complete game-changer in my personal recovery and health protocol.

You can read more in my guest’s new book “Oxygen Under Pressure: Using Hyperbaric Oxygen to Restore Health, Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Aging and Revolutionize Health Care,” but the benefits include:

  1. Hyperoxygenation: The delivery of 100% oxygen under pressure (1.5 to 3 ATA) within the hyperbaric chamber provides up to 20 times normal oxygen to all tissues within the body. This oxygen supersaturation is in marked contrast to breathing room air (21% oxygen at 1 ATA).
  2. Direct Pressure to Oxygen Molecules: Inside the hyperbaric chamber, oxygen molecules are compressed and become more soluble, obeying the scientific principles of Boyle’s Universal Gas Law. This phenomenon allows oxygen to effortlessly cross cell membranes and enter all of the body’s fluid systems, including plasma, synovial, lymphatic, interstitial (between cells) and cerebrospinal fluids. Normally, only the red blood cells are capable of transporting oxygen throughout the body. Now, all body fluids combine to provide alternate transport routes for extra oxygen and cumulatively can provide up to 20 times normal O2.
  3. Bactericidal Ammunition – Aids in Killing Bacteria: Conditions created within the hyperbaric oxygen chamber are not favorable for the viability of bacteria, fungi, and viruses – organisms that cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment. Extra oxygen is provided to the white blood cells (leukocytes) which become supercharged in the battle against bacteria responsible for causing infection and illness.
  4. Angiogenesis – The Formation of New Blood Vessels: Hyperbaric Oxygen stimulates the body to grow new capillaries (angiogenesis), essentially building a new collateral circulatory system to serve injured and healthy tissues alike. The resulting neovascularization is extremely helpful for reaching tissues and organs that have restricted blood flow (ischemic areas) as well as areas of the body that are lacking or compromised in available oxygen (hypoxic areas).
  5. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) Stimulation – A Surge of Antioxidant Capabilities: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an important enzyme found in human cells that inactivates superoxides, the most common free radicals in the body, responsible for the destruction of cells. Hyperbaric Oxygen stimulates SOD production thereby helping the body to rid itself of the byproducts of inflammation and damaging free radicals.
  6. Synergy With Antibiotics: Hyperbaric Oxygen has been proven to create a synergistic effect when administered in conjunction with certain antibiotics. Synergy can be understood as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently. Administration of HBOT biomechanically potentiates the effectiveness of antibiotic therapy. The capabilities of sulfonamides are increased up to ten-fold when HBOT is added. Increased oxygen levels from HBOT alone also act as antibiotics by impairing bacterial metabolism.
  7. Improves Osteoblast and Osteoclast Production: Faster regeneration of bone is derived by hyperbaric oxygen’s ability to stimulate and increase the production of specialized cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) responsible for bone repair and formation.
  8. Increases Fibroblast and Collagen Production: These essential building blocks of connective-tissue, tendon and skin matrix (fibroblasts and collagen) provide the structural framework throughout the body and play a critical role in wound healing. Fibroblast and collagen reproduction and growth are aided by the added availability of increased oxygen provided during hyperbaric conditions.
  9. Decreases Inflammation: Inflammation, one of the most common mechanisms of disease and injury, is caused by biochemical byproducts that are manufactured by the body’s natural immune response. Hyperbaric oxygen markedly decreases inflammation by stimulating the body’s own anti-inflammatory defenses. This may be the single most important function of HBOT.

This podcast is all about HBOT. Jason Sonners, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN is the owner and clinic director of Core Therapies Family Wellness Center, New Jersey Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, and HBOT USA Corp. As the owner and one of the doctors at Core Therapies, Dr. Sonners primarily practices functional medicine, taking on complex cases including autoimmune conditions, chronic inflammation, and neurologic dysfunction and using treatment methods to help improve function and tap into the body’s innate ability to heal. He uses nutrition, detoxification, hyperbaric oxygen, and herbal therapies to improve the health and quality of life for his patients. Dr. Sonners works with families all over the country helping them find answers to their toughest health questions.

As the clinical director of New Jersey HBOT and HBOT USA, Dr. Jason Sonners utilizes hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for many of his chronic patients and helps get hyperbaric oxygen both into the homes of patients in need as well into the offices of doctors who want to build hyperbaric therapy clinics.

Dr. Sonners is on the faculty for the Medical Academy of Pediatric and Special Needs (MedMAPS) as well as the International Hyperbaric Association (IHA), educating other doctors on alternative and complementary treatment methods. He also lectures for various functional medicine conferences around the country talking about the use of nutrition, fasting, red light therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen in helping the chronic illnesses plaguing our country.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-What HBOT is, and how Jason began using it…10:22

  • Herniated disk and injured foot; suffered drop foot for 18 months as a result
  • Several months of HBOT led to full recovery
  • Jason’s father had amazing improvements in his MS after HBOT
  • Eventually implemented it in his clinic
  • What is HBOT?
    • Hyperbaric = increased pressure
    • Air is 21% oxygen
    • Add varying amounts of pressure and oxygen to create different “doses”
    • Used traditionally in hospitals for more severe conditions: gangrene, radiation burns, diabetic neuropathy, etc.
  • How HBOT assists w/ wound care:
    • Trauma, infection damages micro-circulation (in the capillaries)
    • Hyperbaric oxygen can get into areas of the body that are oxygen-starved
    • HBOT is able to bypass the red blood cells and inject oxygen into the plasma; much more expedient delivery mechanism

-Various delivery mechanisms and how much oxygen one needs using HBOT…18:20

  • All gases move in gradient (high to low pressure)
  • A pressurized environment causes the pressure in your body to increase
  • The more pressure you’re exposed to, and higher percentages of oxygen, the larger the gradient of pressure
  • Oxygen concentrator increases the amount of oxygen you’re breathing in (and that’s pressurized in an HBOT chamber)
  • HBOT chambers in hospitals can have 100% oxygen inside
  • 3 types of chambers:
    • Hospital-grade (~$200k + cost of oxygen)
    • Hard chamber ($90-100k)
    • Home model ($15-22k)

-Actual use frequency and volume of an HBOT chamber…22:42

  • Match the right tool to your goals
  • Short-term benefits:
    • Increase in oxygenation
    • More ATP production
    • Some immune activation
  • Long-term benefits:
    • Superoxide dismutase increase
    • Body begins replicating mitochondrial content
    • Increase in stem cells
    • Rebuilding blood vessels
    • Antimicrobial benefits
  • Stem cell proliferation study
  • Front-load the therapy for the most efficacy in therapy (first 3-5 months), then space it out
  • Sessions range from 60-120 minutes
  • There is a point of diminishing returns
  • Extra oxygen stimulates parasympathetic nervous system (increased relaxation)


-The effects of HBOT on aerobic or endurance activity…35:23

  • Performance-enhancing effects do not come from red blood cell changes
  • Red blood cell adaptation has to do w/ hypoxia, not hyperoxia

-How HBOT promotes angiogenesis when cancer cells are present…38:04

  • BGF podcast w/ Dr. William Li
  • The understanding of the metabolism of cancer has changed in recent years
    • Cancer cells don’t use oxygen to make ATP
  • Drive blood glucose levels down, oxygen levels high
  • Starve cancer cells, while nourishing healthy cells
  • Bottom line: Angiogenesis isn’t the concern

-Antioxidant mechanisms affected by HBOT…42:35

  • Superoxide dismutase (SODS) upregulation is stimulated by HBOT
  • Hormesis: induce stress to the body, produce an adaptation

-The effect of HBOT on bacterial growth in the microbiome…47:11

  • Upregulation in your own immune system:
    • HBOT will affect neutrophils and macrophages
  • Used on anaerobic pathogens (serious infections)
  • Environment of high oxygen is conducive for healthy bacteria to thrive
  • Watch out for a new BGF podcast w/ Dr. Matt Cook!

-How HBOT works with bone repair and formation…51:25

  • It’s all about cell signaling
  • Growth factors are the signals for healing and recovery
    • Regenerator cells
    • Platelet derived growth factors
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) promotes angiogenesis
  • HBOT is one of many modalities used for healing

-Treatments that work well in conjunction w/ HBOT…57:07

-Safety concerns w/ HBOT chambers…1:01:05

  • The risk is when there’s 100% oxygen, not a home chamber
  • Oxygen is not flammable, it’s an accelerant
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will be problematic in an HBOT chamber
  • Don’t do w/ ear pain
  • The pressure you’re in is equivalent to being 10 feet under water

-How HBOT affects mental performance…1:06:10

-HBOT vs. exercise w/ oxygen therapy (EWOT)…1:07:31

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

The HBOT USA website to get a chamber for your own home or find a practitioner (Ben uses the Vitaeris 320)

HBOT USA YouTube channel

Stem cell proliferation study

– Book: Oxygen Under Pressure by Jason Sonners

– Dr. Nick’s Essential Oil Wizardry “Inspire” Oil

The Renegade Pharmacist 21 Day Soma Breathwork course

JOOVV Red Light Therapy

LiveO2 for EWOT

VASPER

– BGF podcasts mentioned:

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