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Natural Birth Control Alternatives & The Dangers Of The Pill

My guest on today’s show, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is a functional medicine naturopathic doctor and the founder of Rubus Health, a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in women’s hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best-selling author, speaker, and regular contributor to several online publications including MindBodyGreen. She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.

You might be familiar with her also as the author of 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.

Out of the 100 million women (almost 11 million in the United States alone) who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging drive, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse.

Dr. Brighten specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not.

Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, this podcast will be a crucial step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-An overview of how the pill works…9:38

  • Dr. Brighten is a former user of the pill; didn’t understand the ramifications until studying in natural medicine
  • It works at your brain level
    • How do the ovaries know when to ovulate?
    • The pill distorts FSH/LH levels, thus affecting ovulation, menstrual cycles, etc.
    • Causes mood alterations and even difficulty getting pregnant once off the pill
  • What normal FSH/LH levels should be sans the pill
    • Day 1 of the period begins the “flow” of maturing eggs
    • FSH and estrogen rise
    • Once ovulation occurs, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone
  • Every form of birth control produces progestin, not progesterone
    • Weight gain is common
    • Water retention due to lack of progesterone
    • Moodiness is common
  • Key point: A woman stops ovulating because the pill is affecting her body at the brain level

-Dr. Brighten’s thoughts on supplementing w/ progesterone…16:03

  • There’s a time and place for it, but first ask “why” you need it
  • Can help w/ anxiety, sleep quality,
  • Women need progesterone to strengthen the myelin sheath in the brain; also w/ neuroplasticity
  • Important for bone health and the immune system
  • Book: Adrenaline Dominance
  • Book: The Warrior Diet
  • Some men can benefit from progesterone supplements
  • A safe environment is vital for progesterone levels
    • Stressful environments affect natural progesterone levels
    • The body will produce cortisol rather than reproductive hormones

-Why women are not equitably represented in the scientific community…23:43

  • Lean females should use caution while participating in intermittent fasting
  • Laws forbidding women from participating in studies have inhibited accurate data
  • Basic economics: it’s cheaper and easier to study males, be it humans or animals


-Real-time consequences of being on the pill…33:30

  • It affects which partner a woman is attracted to
    • Makes a woman less attractive to ideal partners
    • A woman may not be attracted to their partner when they come off the pill

-Effects of the pill on athletic performance…45:20

-How to go about getting off the pill…57:15

  • “All or nothing situation”; don’t wean yourself off
    • The brain is confused w/ reduced amounts of the pill if taking smaller quantities
  • Women use the pill for symptom management, vs. birth control
    • The symptoms will return if you don’t adjust your lifestyle
    • Prep the body for 90 days before going off the pill
  • Protocol  for Post Birth Control Syndrome, like addressing leaky gut issues, like slippery elm bark, marshmallow, aloe vera extract, colostrum, CoQ10
  • Organ meats are good (nature’s multivitamin)
  • Focus on every system in the body
  • Women have been able to save their own lives, advocating for themselves w/ doctors, in the ER, etc. (medical gender bias)

-More natural birth control alternatives…1:08:38

-And much more…

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

Resources from this episode:

– 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 by Jolene Brighten

Birth Control Hormone Reset™

– Book: Adrenaline Dominance by Michael Platt

– Book: The Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler

– Article: Science is male-dominated

– Article: Women aren’t properly represented in scientific studies.

– Book: ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life by Stacy Sims

– Book: In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life by Alisa Vitti

Organ meats by U.S. Wellness meats

Ancestral Supplements organ capsules

Oova birth control tracking method

Natural Cycles app

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The Link Between Air Pollution, Glyphosate & Pandemics

Zach Bush, MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice care, who first joined me for the episode “Why You Can’t Get Away From The Toxin Glyphosate (& What You Can Do About It).

He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr. Zach founded Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His passion for education reaches across many disciplines, including topics such as the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, immunity, and gut/brain health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet.

During this show, we get into the viral pandemic, the George Floyd crisis, how we can save our planet, your microbiome and how to treat it properly, and much, much more.

Hand-in-hand with this podcast, I highly, highly recommend you listen to the four interviews that my friend Rich Roll conducted with Dr. Zach Bush:

Zach also recently recorded an excellent interview about viruses with Del Bigtree of The Highwire, which you can listen to here.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Zach’s thoughts on the global reaction to the coronavirus pandemic…7:30

  • The reaction in Fiji (where he was living) was on community
  • Awareness that the focus was mostly on Italy, the U.S., China, etc. not on them
  • The effects of COVID-19 pale in comparison with respiratory disease in developing nations

-Whether or not we should fear viruses…10:00

  • The “demonization” of the current virus was inaccurate scientifically and extremely harmful to the response to it
  • More were killed by the response than by the virus itself
  • Viruses are incorrectly labeled as a part of the microbiome
  • Microbiome = “small living organisms”
    • Viruses are not “alive” like the microbiome is alive
    • None of the genomic workforces, even found in seeds, are found in viruses
  • A minuscule amount of genetic info is contained in a virus
  • Viruses alone cannot kill people
  • Much more dangerous to be admitted in an ICU with COVID than to have the Ebola virus

-The importance of viruses to life as we know it…18:30

  • The number of viruses in the air (1031) is 10 million times the number of stars in the universe
  • There’s a similar number of viruses in the ocean, and the same number in the soil
  • If viruses could kill human beings, we never would have proliferated as a species
  • Viruses predate multicellular life by billions of years
  • 50% of the human genome is shown to be the result of viral insertion
  • Retroviruses perform critical functions to life
  • Adaptation and biodiversity are the codes of life on the planet
  • There’s no such thing as static biology; always looking for the next best adaptation
  • The biohacking community is forcing biological adaptations in the human body via change in lifestyle, environment, etc.
  • Knowledge of the viral kingdom in and around us is crucial to understanding how we can foment these biological changes
  • Viruses that affect humans originate in humans
  • We do not produce antibodies to viruses; we produce antibodies to proteins made by genetic info held by viruses


-How dramatic changes in the production of food in 1976 led to the current pandemic…26:25

  • Viruses are engineered by the human body to have a specific target
  • A virus in the body doesn’t cause sickness unless it reaches a concentration level that overwhelms the genomic data
  • Between 1976-81, the understanding of viruses related to the human body changed
  • Coronavirus events 1200 and 700 years ago
  • Human blood banks contain HIV virus as far back as 1967; first case of AIDS wasn’t until early 1980s
  • 12,000+ pandemics worldwide since 1976 (influenza, flu, other viruses)
  • We need to be plugged into nature in order to be resilient and balanced with nature
  • We’ve been separating from nature via technology for hundreds of years
  • Millions of people have HIV latency; carry the virus and show no symptoms
  • Glyphosate is rampant via pesticides and herbicides; spreads genetically modified seeds throughout the agricultural ecosystem
  • Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body
  • They are processed via the Shikimate pathway, which is blocked by Roundup; inhibits the production of other essential amino acids
  • Rise in Hepatitis C cases in 1992, the same year wheat began to be sprayed in the U.S.
  • A genomic update occurs as a result of genetic modification of food
  • Map showing glyphosate use in the U.S. between 1992-2012
  • COVID-19 hotspots are synonymous with high glyphosate spraying
  • Clumping of the COVID virus leads to high mortality rates
  • Hubei Province in China is the highest spray of glyphosate as well as the highest use of antibiotics in pork production in the world
  • COVID-19 does not cause the illness; it is the dramatic changes in the environment that create toxicity when exposed to the virus
  • Histotoxic hypoxia
  • PM 2.5
  • ACE2 receptor
  • Changes in the lung as we age, which upregulate ACE2 receptors beyond normal functions
  • People with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease are most susceptible; all 3 are treated with ACE inhibitor and statin drugs
  • A more sensible approach would have been to promote a plant-based diet, remove statin drugs from seniors, and halt influenza vaccines

-Why COVID-19 became a global pandemic…53:49

  • Viruses are crucial to life on the planet; have always been around us
  • Glyphosate exposure inhibits scissor mechanisms in our genes
  • Air pollution causes viral “clumping”
  • Medications increase expression of ACE receptors
  • COVID-19 became a much bigger issue than a typical coronavirus for all the reasons listed above
  • “We’re dying of our own toxicity”
  • Flu season occurs during high carbon exposure (typically in mid-November after leaves fall off, harvest is completed, etc.)
  • It’s not the virus; it’s the body’s relationship to the virus in relation to the amount of carbon in the environment
  • Coronavirus peaked in March-April, when carbon levels are at their highest globally
  • Herd immunity = balanced genomic relationship to the virus (exposure to the coronavirus is a good thing)
  • We don’t need a vaccine; the human genome will be in balance with the coronavirus in due time (as with SARS, MERS, etc.)
  • The reaction to the current pandemic is contradictory to what science has been revealing for the last ~30 years

-An informed and rational response to the current COVID-19 pandemic…1:03:00

  • A sterile ICU is the worst place to be after exposure to a coronavirus
  • An ideal ICU: breathing natural air, allowing bacteria to proliferate, bringing the body into balance with nature
  • The microbiome is a gift to prevent and treat infection
  • Need to create cities that are integrated with agricultural settings
  • Farmer’s Footprint
  • The future will be a regenerated planet; learn to build and engineer within the context of life
  • A paradigm shift of perspective regarding human life and the environment is necessary for our survival
  • Species are going extinct at alarming rates (10k fold increase in the last 35 years)
  • Scientific orthodoxy is not prepared for the changes that need to occur for life on the planet to proliferate
  • Consciousness is rising; evident through both the positive and negative responses
  • The current pandemic caused the entire world to focus on one thing (similar to how meditation causes you to focus on one thing)
  • Air pollution in Hubei Province (ground zero for coronavirus) went down to lowest levels in 40+ years due to a reduction in air pollution
  • Mortality often goes down when access to pharmaceuticals or access to sterile ICU’s is restricted
  • Only use oil and fossil fuels when the earth can handle it (summer months)

-How regenerative farming differs from organic farming…1:17:15

  • Organic farming is a list of “don’ts”
  • Change in focus from the highest yield of product to highest quality and nutrient density in the soil
  • Healthy soil makes healthy plants which don’t need herbicides and pesticides
  • Change demand and relationship between humans and the land where food is grown
  • Taking care of biology can reverse years of dysfunction in a short time (days, weeks, months)
  • Halting spraying of herbicides and pesticides can renew life in the soil as early as the next planting season

-What the Black Lives Matter movement can teach us about the earth’s microbiome…1:23:00

-And much more!

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

Resources from this episode:

Dr. Zach Bush:

– Other resources:

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Is JOOVV’s red light therapy the next big thing in medicine?

It can improve the appearance of your skin, help you deal with pain and inflammation, and even boost your mood…

What I’m describing isn’t some previously undiscovered nutrient — I’m talking about red light.

My guest on today’s episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast is Scott Nelson, the cofounder of JOOVV, a red light and near infrared light therapy startup. Just a few years ago, Scott was a self-admitted skeptic of the benefits of red light… until he started reading the science.

On today’s show, Scott and I are going to dive into the science behind red light therapy, how and why it could help YOU slow aging and heal faster, and a simple and free way to get many of those benefits today.

So tune in to this episode and learn all about the next big thing in health and longevity.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why light can actually give you MORE energy (2:45)
  • The proven beneficial effects of red light on your skin and on pain and inflammation (4:00)
  • What the San Francisco 49ers know about red light therapy — and why everyone else is finally catching up (5:00)
  • Why red light and near infrared light are nothing like the “scary wavelengths” you find in 5G and other electronic devices (10:00)
  • You spend a shocking 93% of your entire life doing THIS (13:45)
  • The free and abundant source of healing energy you’re not getting enough of (16:30)
  • The “Home Depot solution” for red light therapy and why you SHOULDN’T try it at home (18:45)
  • How one big skeptic came around on the science of “woo woo” red light therapy (21:15)
  • The 1 type of light you MUST avoid to improve the health of your entire body (27:45)
  • What happened when I tested red light on my own body (and why my dogs absolutely loved it) (31:30)
  • The “forehead trick” for using near infrared light to improve your sleep (35:00)
  • Why aiming red light at a certain part of the male anatomy can have a DRAMATIC effect on testosterone levels (38:15)
  • Why you should ditch the “happy lamp” and get “more bang for your buck” with red light (38:15)
  • How much wine you’d need to drink to get 100mg of resveratrol (it’s A LOT more than you think) (40:45)

Mentioned on this episode:

JOOVV (official website)

PubMed search for red light therapy

Chromophores (definition)

Source of that 93% statistic

Red light therapy and increasing testosterone in men (from JOOV)

If you like this episode, you may also enjoy:

Biohacking — Bulletproof Style

Yes, You CAN Exercise Too Much! Will Ahmed Talks Overtraining

How Shawn Stevenson Beat Degenerative Disc Disease

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Reshaping Fat Cells, Young Muscle, & More!

It’s time for Part 2 of my monster podcast with Joel Greene. If you missed part 1—in which we discuss rebooting your gut and sparking fat loss using some very unique biohacks and strategies—you can click here to listen to it now. Also, check out Joel’s recent guest post on my blog entitled “Your Body Fat Is Your Immune System’s Mothership: The Mysterious Relationship Between Fat Cells & Immunity.

So who is Joel Greene, exactly?

To put it simply, he’s a man who had his 10,000 hours in before I was even born.

  • In the 1970s, he was interval training.
  • In 1979, he was doing Olympic lifts 3 hours every night.
  • In the 80s, he began studying MCTs.
  • In 1990, he began studying the keto diet.
  • In the early 90s, he was doing what would be called intermittent fasting today.
  • In the mid 90s, he experienced the rebound from chronic starvation. You read this today for this reason.
  • In the late 90s, he went through his clean eating phase, his macro phase, and his ancestral diet phase.
  • By 2001, he had his first nutrition website publishing cutting edge research.
  • By 2006, he came to the end of all the above and discovered none of it worked over time and under real-life pressure.
  • In 2007, he authored the first article to the health and fitness community based on the new science linking gut bacteria and obesity.
  • In 2008, his website lookcut.com hit #2 on Google for weight loss—with over 1,000 original groundbreaking articles that today represent many of the most widely copied ideas in nutrition.
  • In 2009, he launched the world’s first diet system based on targeting gut bacteria.
  • In 2010, he was implementing signal activation of the AMPK pathway. The gurus only began speaking to AMPK in 2017.
  • By 2013, he had the world’s largest body of anecdotal outcomes for body composition targeting the gut bacteria.
  • In 2013, he published the first article to the health and fitness community on the dangers of MCT oil supplementation.

Today, at 53, on 1 workout a week, eating whatever, whenever, with no drugs, SARMS, prohormones, or ergogenic aids ever, he is the world leader in hacking the body. He is the real deal. He has done it longer and always been far ahead. He looks it, he lives it. What the gurus say is impossible, he was living every day before they were gurus.

He has hacked peak human…

Working out once per week…

Eating whatever, whenever…

…and does it all on fast food!

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition, today.

Joel is the creator of the VEEP Nutrition System, the world’s first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to effect biomarkers. He is a featured author, speaker, and guest in top tier publications like Muscle and Fitness24 Hour Fitness Digital MagazineCBS OnlineSuperhuman Radio, and beyond. His system has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, where it has delivered astounding life-changing results.

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition—today, and his new book was one of the most nitty-gritty deep dives into “rebooting your body” that I’ve ever read. The Immunity Code is simply a new paradigm and an entirely new way to think about caring for your body. The new goal is learning to control immunity, health, and aging using new science-based techniques (or hacks, if you will), to steer immunity for health, and to slow or even reverse aging. ​

This book will change everything you know about your body. Starting with simple, easy to-dos that build one on top of the other, you will emerge with a powerful understanding of how your body really works and how to control it over time, in the real world. Simply put, you will jump 10 years ahead of anything else on the shelf today.

Click here to get The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Real Health & Radical Anti-Aging now (not available on Amazon, but is available with this link).

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Refilling fat cells vs. reshaping the extracellular matrix (ECM)…6:35

  • Reshaping the ECM is preferable; refilling the fat is more common
  • FGF21
  • Post-fat loss biome intervention (4-8 weeks at conclusion of the fat loss period)
    • End of the fat loss period is best to set the body toward the lean phenotype
    • Similar to rehabbing an injury
  • Reset leptin with high protein in the morning
  • Get bioavailable collagen (use code BGF20 to get a 20% discount)
  • Leptin interventions: high-calorie intake short-circuits leptin shortage
  • Molecular hydrogen can enhance intramuscular fat production (use code GREENFIELD for a 10% discount)

-How hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF-1) and breathwork affect our sleep…15:15

  • Two things necessary for energy production in the body: substrate (fuel) and oxygen
  • Backup mechanisms for substrate (i.e. you have no food): liver and muscle glycogen, body fat, etc.
  • HIF-1 is the backup mechanism for oxygen
  • Cyclic hypoxia (insufficient oxygen) occurs most often during sleep
  • Warburg metabolism has a unique chemical signature
  • Immune cells do well in a low oxygen environment (macrophages)
  • If too many, the chemical signature is the same as that of cancer
  • HIF-1 stabilizes in the cells, and activates oncogenic (cancerous) genes
  • Metabolism of immune cells is paramount in an immunity-centric paradigm
  • How to mitigate the effects of HIF-1:
    • Learn to steer macrophages (populations of immune cells) from inflammatory to anti-inflammatory
    • Niacin and Zinc at bedtime
    • Exogenous ketones (use code BGF20 to get a 20% discount)
    • Omega 3s while fasting
    • HIF-1 is great post-workout, not during sleep
    • Nasal breathing during workout

-How to mitigate pexophagy…25:30

  • Pexaphogy: selective autophagy of peroxisomes
  • Paradigm shift in thinking regarding mitochondria: coequals with peroxisomes
  • Membrane of peroxisomes stiffens with age; proteins don’t pass as smoothly
  • Resulting in imbalance among free radicals in the cells
  • Strategies to mitigate pexophagy:


-Circaseptan vs. circadian rhythms…35:05

  • Chrono-immunology: certain days of the week have unique nutritional requirements
  • 7-day rhythm
    • Sodium retention works on a circaseptan rhythm independent of sodium intake
    • Cortisol levels peak on Mondays
    • Cardiac rhythms reach peak on Wednesdays
  • Seasonal biological needs

-Why NAD supplementation accelerates aging…39:50

  • Immune cells and immune cell signals drive the aging process by accelerating the inflammasome
  • Before taking NAD, watch inflammatory markers
  • NAD makes inflammation worse
  • Quercetin

-How to keep muscles young…43:30

  • Massage post-workout: deep tissue and stimulate blood flow
  • Muscle growth, young muscle, and blood flow are synonymous
  • Book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett

-The “daisy cutter” diet protocol…46:00

  • Flood the gut with hemicellulose and cellulose (found in green beans)
  • Lots of protein and no fat
  • Don’t do it too often

-The molecule that may make the keto diet impractical…47:30

  • Keto diet increases oxidative stress short-term
  • 4HNE electrophile: the mechanism that mediates oxidative stress
  • Is produced in high amounts with alcohol consumption and fried foods
  • 4HNE in high amounts with long-term keto diet

-And much more!

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

Resources from this episode:

– Joel Greene:

– Podcasts and articles:

– Book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett

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– Studies:

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11 Anti-Aging Tips

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Mike Greer is one bad-ass old dude.

I first met Mike at the Become Superhuman live event. The guy wandered into our morning workout and proceeded to destroy a handful of fit young guys and girls at burpees, lunges, push-ups and Turkish get-ups. With his Ironman gear and well-tanned skin, I figured he was one of these 50-some year-old triathlete workout enthusiasts.

Then I found out he was 75.

As I got to know him, one of the first things I learned about Mike Greer is this: just call him Greer.

The guy has worn many hats over the years: entrepreneur who has started over eight businesses, a military career as a retired Lt. Colonel, a football player,  a seven-time Ironman triathlete, the past president of the board of USA Triathlon, the president of the board and CEO of the Obstacle Racing Association, in the Texas Triathlon Hall of Fame, a father, grandfather, and a freaking great-grandfather…the list goes on and on and on.

Greer has what he calls “Eleven Points of Healthy Ageless Living”, and in this audio podcast episode, we delve into his anti-aging tips and ageless living secrets, including:

-What Greer means when he says “healthy, ageless living”…

-How to live an active sex life as you get older, and why you need to do it…

-Greer’s tips for eating to live as long as possible…

-Greer’s exercise protocol for healthy, ageless living…

-Why holding a grudge is one of the worst things you can do for your longevity…

-How stress can actually make you live longer…

-Greer’s biggest mistake he’s made that you can learn from…

-Greer’s biggest tip for achieving amazing feats of physical performance without destroying your body…

If you enjoyed this episode, you may also want to tune into:

7 Natural Anti-Aging Strategies That Will Stop Your Body From Getting Prematurely Old And Worn-Down.

Why You’re Aging Faster And 5 Things You Can Do About It.

The Zen Of Aging: How To Stay Fit and Look Amazing As You Get Older.

Questions, comments or feedback about Mike Greer and his anti-aging tips? Leave your thoughts below!

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Rebooting The Gut, Fasting, Fat Loss & More!

My guest on today’s podcast, Joel Greene, already had his 10,000 hours in before I was even born.

  • In the 1970s, he was interval training.
  • In 1979, he was doing Olympic lifts 3 hours every night.
  • In the 80s, he began studying MCTs.
  • In 1990, he began studying the keto diet.
  • In the early 90s, he was doing what would be called intermittent fasting today.
  • In the mid 90s, he experienced the rebound from chronic starvation. You read this today for this reason.
  • In the late 90s, he went through his clean eating phase, his macro phase, and his ancestral diet phase.
  • By 2001, he had his first nutrition website publishing cutting edge research.
  • By 2006, he came to the end of all the above and discovered none of it worked over time and under real-life pressure.
  • In 2007, he authored the first article to the health and fitness community based on the new science linking gut bacteria and obesity.
  • In 2008, his website lookcut.com hit #2 on Google for weight loss—with over 1,000 original groundbreaking articles that today represent many of the most widely copied ideas in nutrition.
  • In 2009, he launched the world’s first diet system based on targeting gut bacteria.
  • In 2010, he was implementing signal activation of the AMPK pathway. The gurus only began speaking to AMPK in 2017.
  • By 2013, he had the world’s largest body of anecdotal outcomes for body composition targeting the gut bacteria.
  • In 2013, he published the first article to the health and fitness community on the dangers of MCT oil supplementation.

Today, at 53, on 1 workout a week, eating whatever, whenever, with no drugs, SARMS, prohormones, or ergogenic aids ever, he is the world leader in hacking the body. He is the real deal. He has done it longer and always been far ahead. He looks it, he lives it. What the gurus say is impossible, he was living every day before they were gurus.

He has hacked peak human…

Working out once per week…

Eating whatever, whenever…

…and does it all on fast food!

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition, today.

Joel is the creator of the VEEP Nutrition System, the world’s first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to effect biomarkers. He is a featured author, speaker, and guest in top tier publications like Muscle and Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness Digital Magazine, CBS Online, Superhuman Radio, and beyond. His system has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, where it has delivered astounding life-changing results.

He is the future of real-world health and nutrition—today, and his new book was one of the most nitty-gritty deep dives into “rebooting your body” that I’ve ever read. The Immunity Code is simply a new paradigm and an entirely new way to think about caring for your body. The new goal is learning to control immunity, health, and aging using new science-based techniques (or hacks, if you will), to steer immunity for health, and to slow or even reverse aging. ​

This book will change everything you know about your body. Starting with simple, easy to-dos that build one on top of the other, you will emerge with a powerful understanding of how your body really works and how to control it over time, in the real world. Simply put, you will jump 10 years ahead of anything else on the shelf today.

Click here to get The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Real Health & Radical Anti-Aging now (not available on Amazon, but is available with this link).

During the first part of this discussion, you’ll discover:

-A peek into a typical morning for Joel…8:40

  • “Fasting amplification” the day prior and the morning: Ensure signaling pathways for fasting are working (without actually fasting)
  • Timing of the workout (4-6 am)
  • Berberine
  • Apigenin
  • Replicating starvation at the optimal time of day
  • One bodybuilding workout per week: Deadlifts and sprints
  • Difference between a “young” body and a “fitness” body

-Joel’s history in the realm of biohacking…14:45

  • Began workout out at a young age watching kids shows on TV
  • Frank Shorter, silver medalist in the 1972 Olympics marathon, began a running fad in the U.S.
  • Joel lived in San Jose, CA, a mecca of sorts for athletics
  • Consumers were told all fat was bad; a product called Metabolol 2 by Champion Nutrition promoted fats as a good thing.
  • MCTs – fatless fats
  • Keto diet became popular in the ’90s
  • MetRX – promoted by Jeff Everson
  • Short-term gain, long-term consequences
  • Early 2000s – went from a ripped dude to overweight, chronically stressed while leading a tech company
  • Article on the gut biome
  • This led to the “Daisy Cutter” protocol
  • Key was understanding how to affect gut flora so that the body extracts fewer calories from food
  • Article in Muscle & Fitness magazine on L. Reuteri

-Ben’s process for writing a book…29:15

  • Write in chunks
  • Give a timeline (2-3 years)
  • Treat each chapter like an article: skeleton, bullet points, etc.
  • A new cookbook is upcoming (written during quarantine of 2020)


-Why eating apple skins is Joel’s first advice for his readers…34:45

  • Breaking down how the gut gets built: substrate and immunity
  • Apple skins contain pectin (good for high-fat diets)
  • Polymerized procyanidins combined with pectins produce 8x akkermansia bacteria than any other food
  • Target LPS (lipopolysaccharides) directly
  • Human milk oligosaccharide (HMOs) are found in mother’s milk for infants
  • HMOs:
    • Pair perfectly with apple skins for gut health
    • Act as “decoys”; bind pathogens and viruses
    • Drive akkermansia production
    • Steers the gut toward immunity
    • Steer the macrophages toward restoration of gut lining (with apple skins)
  • Red phenols in the apple peels contain substrate that feeds akkermansia and bifidobacteria

-The two bacteria to focus on for resetting the gut…45:30

  • Akkermansia and bifidobacteria
  • Common in lean people and for longevity
  • Find proper balance in everything: right amount, at the right time, in the right way
  • Akkermansia and bifidobacteria are common among lean people
    • Akkermansia maintains mucin layer of gut surface (calorie controller)
    • Bifidobacteria activates genes that keep a person lean
    • Involved with energy production in cells
  • Fasting-induced adipose factor
  • Bifidobacteria dies off with age, and corresponding energy levels
  • Don’t supplement directly with butyrate (can strengthen cancerous cells’ resistance)
  • HMO powder (PureHMO brand)
  • Red phenol powder
  • Food is the best transporter

-Why Joel is not a fan of probiotics but loves prebiotics…58:25

  • When having clients use probiotics, they experienced brain fog, SIBO, etc. and it stopped when off probiotics
  • Very difficult to control where they’ll open up in the gut
  • Paper in Journal of Gastroenterology on probiotic use
  • Structure-function is why probiotics can’t replicate food
  • Food, when done right, is capable of things not possible with capsules and supplements
  • Prebiotic foods: semi-green bananas, grapefruit,
  • Causally incorrect notion of the function of food
  • Order of operations is missing (related to structure-function of the gut)
    • MCT1 transporter doesn’t work when gut mucosae are inflamed
    • TNF-A must be cleared before fiber can work (fiber makes an issue worse if not)
    • Clear inflammatory mediators, then rescue butyrate transport
  • Analogy of using the wrong fuel and wondering why the engine won’t work
  • 2017 study on gluten intolerance – dysbiotic gut bacteria profile characterized by decreased butyrate production
  • 3 genomes interacting that run the body are in the bacterial genome, which can be acquired via the food you eat

-How orange juice in the morning helps to heal the gut…1:14:30

  • Foods have unique functions that work independently of calories
  • People’s personal biases and ideologies skew their thinking regarding the efficacy of certain foods
  • Ascorbate in the orange juice helps to reduce inflammation in the gut
    • Unique foods possess unique functional properties; work independent of calories – true in the plant kingdom, true with meats, true in fats
  • Research suggests ascorbate may have properties that reduce the spread of certain viruses

-How to lose fat by eating cheesecake…1:20:15

  • Real-world parameters regarding food consumption (time, availability, etc.) are problematic
  • The body burns and stores fat multiple times and at different times during the day
  • Ben’s cheesecake recipe
  • Eating meals in sequences of 3: develop a natural rhythm of burning and losing fat
  • Fat gain is inevitable, however, you can time it during the times of day the body burns fat vs. storing
  • Use fat loss strategies in other meals throughout the day
  • Adding whey protein, shifting time consumption, temperature of baked potato fluctuates into fat loss friendly

-Whether or not cold thermogenesis is an effective weight loss strategy…1:29:40

  • Cold is a foundational toolset (different functions for different purposes)
  • Cold flips macrophages from inflammatory to non-inflammatory state
  • Cold drives down akkermansia (body needs more energy to survive in cold)
  • FGF 21 induces a “futile cycle” in adipose mass
  • Shrinking fat cells cause a regain of fat mass
  • Cold is good strategically, not as a permanent practice
  • Hack to amplify cold thermogenesis: topical application of menthol where adipose mass is
  • “Combination therapy” – fasting, cold induction, menthol

-How to mitigate the effects of cycling fat loss strategies…1:38:15

  • Fat loss becomes more and more difficult with age
  • Immune-centric paradigm is necessary for fat loss in the 21st Century
  • Change paradigm on how we view fat loss
  • “Fat loss is an injury”
  • Fat is a system of multiple components:
    • Collagen fibers in extracellular matrix
    • Fat cells contain tiny immune cells
    • Preadipocytes are types of stem cells
  • Mechanobiology – transfer of physical forces in the fat cells
  • Traction stress injury
  • Energy gap problem – you want to eat more, but harder to get full and lower metabolism

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

Resources from this episode:

– Joel Greene:

Podcast with Dr. Jack Kruse on cold thermogenesis

– Supplements:

– Studies:

– Other Resources:

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Overcoming Addictions with Plant Medicine – Gerard Powell – #650

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking to a guest who by all outward appearances had it all. A member of the “one-percent,” Gerard Powell made his millions from creating and selling multiple companies. But his life was a mess in many ways, and he battled multiple addictions.

In his new book, “Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Transformation,” he says, “My many addictions during those years—drugs, alcohol, sex—were certainly destructive to myself and damaging to the people around me. But if there was anything good about that behavior, it would be the fact that I was seeking a different state of consciousness. I was seeking it in all the wrong places, but at least I was a seeker.”

Through plant medicine he mapped a psycho-spiritual path that helped him overcome his addictions and achieve lasting peace. Today, Gerard shares his journey and life-changing experience with ayahuasca—as well as how he now brings what he’s learned to others.

Gerard now is a consciousness thought-leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and inspirational speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica, which is a go-to destination for a spiritually awakening experience.

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Links/Resources

Website: rythmia.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Rythmia
Twitter: twitter.com/rythmialac
Instagram: instagram.com/rythmia_
YouTube: youtube.com/rythmialifeadvancementcenter

Sh*t the Moon Said

Instagram: instagram.com/sh*tthemoonsaid
Facebook: facebook.com/sh*tthemoonsaid

Key Notes

  • Gerry had a “very bad start” in life 00:06:45
  • How Gerry used plant medicine to heal 00:15:55
  • Does Gerry worry about mind control aspect of these drugs? 00:20:00
  • People can go crazy from meditation 00:21:30
  • Having visions during breathwork versus plant medicine 00:23:4
  • How do you come back from a trip like this? 00:25:00
  • Why Gerry doesn’t vote 00:30:30
  • How do you know you are “merging with your soul?” 00:32:15
  • What the skeptical science minds say about shamanic practices 00:34:00
  • You don’t have to do drugs! 00:38:30
  • The relationship between addiction and trauma 00:42:00
  • The breathwork that Gerry does 00:46:20
  • Is this really happening or is it a placebo? 00:49:30
  • What are “machine elves” 00:54:20
  • Do people like what they find when they do this work? 00:57:45

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What The Mycobiome Is & What You Can Do About Fungal Overgrowth

Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for digestive health and overall wellbeing. But what about the mycobiome―the fungi that live inside our bodies? This podcast introduces this important component of the microbiome and explains how diet affects this population and how its balance or imbalance can make you feel. A poor balance of fungi can lead to weight gain, pain, bloating, low energy, and can even worsen symptoms for those with IBS or Crohn’s.

Good news: Gut fungi respond quickly and dramatically to dietary and lifestyle changes. Within 24 hours, you can remake your mycobiome—supporting a path to weight loss, better digestion, and more energy. Alongside this accessible gut science, my guest, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, author of the new book “Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness” outlines fast changes for fostering healthy fungi. In it, you’ll discover 7- and 20-day diet plans—with more than 50 dietician-tested recipes—to cultivate a thriving mycobiome as well as methods for tweaking your lifestyle for long-term gut health.

Dr. Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in Lebanon, England and the United States, he received his PhD in microbial physiology from the University of Technology in England and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publish-ing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms.

Over the past decade, Dr. Ghannoum recognized the role of the microbial community (both bacterial and fungal) in human health and published the first study describing the oral fungal community, coining the term “mycobiome.” He described the bacterial microbiome (bacteriome) and the mycobiome in HIV-infected patients and led the characterization of the interaction between bacteria and fungi as they relate to health and disease. In 2016, he published an opinion piece in The Scientist on the contribution of the mycobiome to human health and was consequently invited to speak at a number of meetings organized by the National Institutes of Health. He conducted a study characterizing the bacterial and fungal communities in Crohn’s disease patients that resulted in the first model of microbiome dysbiosis that implicated cooperation between bacteria and fungi in biofilms. This work resulted in a publication that received national and international coverage.

Dr. Ghannoum is also a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a past president of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). He has received many distinguished awards for his research, and in 2013, he was selected as “Most Interesting Person” by Cleveland Magazine. In 2016, he received the Rhoda Benham Award presented for his continuous outstanding and meritorious contributions to medical mycology from the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas and the Freedom to Discover Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb for his work on microbial biofilms. In 2017, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He continues to be a pioneer in the characterization of the human microbiome.

With over 400 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and six published books on antifungal therapy, microbial biofilms, Candida adherence, and related topics, Dr. Ghannoum continues to be a prominent leader in his field. The National Institutes of Health has continually funded his research since 1994, and he recently received a large NIH grant to study the mechanisms of bacterial/fungal interaction in intestinal inflammation, such as in colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has also consulted for many international pharmaceutical and biotech companies and co-founded multiple successful and profitable companies, including BIOHM Health, launched in 2016, that engineer products and services to address the critical role of the bacterial and fungal communities in digestive and overall health and wellness. BIOHM Health was just awarded the Science and Innovation Award by Nutrition Business Journal. Dr. Ghannoum lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-The story behind Dr. Ghannoum coining the term “mycobiome”…7:40

  • Mycology is the study of fungi; mycobiome refers to the fungi in our gut and parts of our body
  • Focusing just on bacteria leads to overgrowth of candida
  • Showed through research that over 100 fungal species exist in a typical human mouth

-Why the human body benefits from having fungus inside it…10:15

  • We need fungi in our gut; good fungi, even candida in low doses, helps the body
    • Helps in breaking down, fermenting food
    • Candida or fungi at colonizer level cleans the immune system
  • Gut Report to test fungus levels in the body
  • Other microbiome tests examine the bacteria only
  • biohmhealth.com

-What good and bad fungi are…14:18

  • It varies by the species
  • Saccharomyces boulardii and Pichia are good all the way around
  • The level of candida is the determining factor, good or bad
    • There are different strains of candida


-Signs and symptoms of a fungal overgrowth…18:32

  • Diarrhea
  • Allergies
  • Pain in the GI tract
  • Damage to gut lining results

-How biofilms protect the gut…21:38

  • Candida cooperates w/ E. coli and Serratia Marcescens (both pathogens) to make a biofilm
    • Plaque on teeth is an example of a biofilm
  • Organisms in the gut are not free-floating; they stick to the gut
  • Complex polysaccharides form around organisms; shields from drugs or immune cells
  • Biofilms are resistant to being broken down
  • Echinocandins inhibit the synthesis of the fungal cell wall:
    • Caspofungin
    • Micafungin
    • Anidulafungin

-How people get fungal infections…29:00

  • Immunocompromised patients typically have lots of antibiotics (killing useful bacteria and allowing candida overgrowth)
  • Goes through GI tract and attacks blood
  • Nurses and doctors are carriers
  • Surgery
  • Steroids exacerbate susceptibility to candida infections

-Differences and similarities between SIFO and SIBO…35:40

  • Similar symptoms
  • Nausea is more prevalent and severe in SIFO patients
  • Abdominal pain and gas is more prevalent in SIBO
  • SIFO patients grow candida
  • 19% of patients can have both SIBO and SIFO

-How popular diets may contribute to fungal overgrowth…39:05

  • Mediterranean diet:
    • Lots of grains, carbs, pasta (can encourage growth of candida)
    • Follow the diet, provided you consume alcohol in moderation (sugars are problematic)
  • Paleo diet may contain too little prebiotic content
  • Mycobiome diet is customizable to the individual

-What life looks like on the mycobiome diet…46:10

  • Goal is to limit growth of candida, and pro-inflammatory bacteria
  • People low in Vitamins A, B, C are vulnerable
  • Encourage beneficial bacteria (fibers, resistance starches)
  • Stop biofilms (harming gut lining and causing inflammation)
  • Cruciferous veggies are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • The best food can still result in imbalance in the gut
  • Lifestyle factors:
    • Exercise, walk, hike, etc.
    • Blood can divert from the heart, lungs during extreme exercise
  • No full-fat dairy
  • Herbs and spices that are particularly efficacious:
  • Supplements
  • Sample breakfast:
  • Sample lunch:
    • Lentil soup, spring onions, lemon, chicken
    • Salad w/ cucumber, spring onion, garlic, lettuce, salmon
    • Pistachios are great for the biome
  • Sample dinner:

-How to find a physician who is knowledgeable in treating SIFO…1:05:11

-And much more…

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

Resources from this episode:

– Book: Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness

BIOHM Health testing

Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals B-Lock for biofilms

Fiber and Colon Health On A Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet: New Insights Question Its Role As An Unconditional Requirement

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Dr. Olga Stevko Shares Her Method For Venturing Into The Subconscious

Dr. Olga Stevko, MD is an expert at helping people achieve rapid transformation for professional and personal growth. Her clients include over 1,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, celebrities, doctors, and other professionals and their family members. Dr. Stevko helps her clients identify and transform unconscious programs that create issues in various areas of their lives, including health, relationships, and business.

Her unique methodology allows her to see patterns in how the nervous system reacts to the outside world with flight, fight, and freeze responses. These patterns affect both the mind and body, how people look, think, feel, react, communicate, and behave, as well as aging and longevity.

By observing her clients’ faces, posture, quality of voice, and verbal and nonverbal communication styles, Dr. Stevko can rapidly assess their patterns in life and what unconscious programs cause them. After transforming key limiting unconscious programs, Dr. Stevko’s clients experience fast and permanent results. Clients have also reported dramatic positive changes in their face, posture, voice, mental processing, communication, behavior, and energy.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-How your unconscious shapes your life experience and is tied to your nervous system…7:06

  • Neuroscience has shown that 95% of our life experiences are shaped by our unconscious programs
  • Everything in our environment—what we see, hear touch, smell, and taste—can trigger some unresolved trauma

-What epigenetic trauma is…8:41

  • Environment creates nervous system responses like the fight, flight, or freeze modes, which affect pretty much everything in your body—including muscles, immune system, and cardiovascular system
  • How people respond shows up in their faces, posture, how they walk, quality of voice, how they write
  • Trauma is passed on genealogically; genes can express traumatic experiences
  • BGF podcast with David Rabin
    • Apollo wearable developed to help with trauma (15% discount automatically applied at checkout when you use my link)
    • Dutch hunger winter
    • People on plant medicine journeys release various epigenetic traumas

-How training to link deductive and observational analysis with neurolinguistic programming and physiology works…9:57

  • Olga created her methodology by combining aspects of her training in medicine, philosophy, and psychology


-How Olga identifies trauma using neuromuscular indicators…12:13

  • Looks for tension in the face and posture. Is the body rigid or fluid?
  • Differentiates source of trauma/tension by how distress is manifesting
  • Muscle tension creates certain lines in the body, like in the forehead, nose, and mouth
  • Tension in the jaw and vocal cord muscles affects voice

-How unconscious programs affect behavior…18:50

  • Identify what unconscious programs cause certain issues
  • Looks at how the neck and head are aligned with the entire body
  • Ben’s neck position is a little bit forward and a little bit in; could be an indication of an unconscious need to protect himself
  • Unconscious mind creates that protection all the time
  • When listening to voice, listen to pitch, volume, melody, intonation…
  • Talking too slow and in monotone, for example, could be an indication of a more ‘freeze’ state of the nervous system
    • Sometimes an indication of a very fast mental process, but a slow physical reaction

-The link between physiological presentation and interpretation of trauma…24:30

  • Everybody has experienced unpleasant events
  • Experiments show that trauma passes genealogically, even through several generations
  • Trauma manifests in muscle tone, voice, posture
  • Energetic psychotherapy practitioners are successfully resolving trauma by looking at face muscle tension, posture, etc. by identifying certain unconscious programs that create the fight, flight, or freeze responses
  • Transforming these programs could automatically change the speed of mental processes, voice, speech, even facial muscle tone

-The combination of modalities used to treat the unconscious mind…32:30

  • No supplements, talk therapy, or hypnosis in Dr. Olga’s treatment modalities
  • Uses a combination of modalities, some of which were studied under Milton Erickson, who used “trance” and language pattern, among other techniques
  • Identifies trauma from the face, posture, and drawings, what unconscious program caused it, uses the unconscious mind to resolve identified trauma
  • Created a how-to process that brings up awareness of what caused the trauma, what unconscious program causes the experience of physical sensations, shortened emotions, or metaphorical sensations
    • A feeling of emptiness in some part of the body, great tension, even pain for some people, some kind of anxious feeling, “butterflies,” a sense of chaos—or in some people, not feeling anything, a sense of numbness, shutting down, no way out
    • Focus on one specific sense and establish communication with the unconscious mind
    • Unconscious mind finds all memories that created that sensation
    • Work on the unconscious program processes
    • The unconscious program will be transformed, the feeling will be gone, and the nervous system will never respond in the same way around the same triggers
  • Yale University Psychology professor John Bargh: Unconscious thought, and in general, the unconscious mind affects most things, how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, affects our decision making, choices, behavior, motivation

-An analysis of Ben’s physiological indicators…47:10

  • Ben’s face, without the neuromuscular looks on his forehead, eyes, mouth, and chin, would look 10 to 15 years younger
  • Look for symmetry or asymmetry. Ben has more neuromuscular looks on his left eye; “subjectively, things look a little better through the left eye”
  • A lot of things going on in Ben’s mind, multitasking…

-An analysis of Ben’s drawing as a psychological indicator…53:02

  • More or less, Ben’s thoughts are organized
  • Multiple thoughts at the same time, sometimes doesn’t finish one thought before moving on to the next
  • Some people don’t have the ability to focus on multiple thoughts

-Indications of multitasking proficiency and efficiency…55:20

  • Multitasking manifested in work, such as multiple tabs while working on a computer
  • Ben usually finishes things he starts
  • Most people cannot multitask
  • Leaving a task unfinished will bug you incessantly, expending more energy

-FOMO and scarcity versus abundance…1:01:34

  • Some people have a very busy life schedule, can’t not say no
    • Living with a spirit of scarcity versus abundance
  • Activities become more structured after treatment

-How to affect behavior change…1:02:38

  • Identifying the unconscious program and what it manifests as in the body: muscle spasms, feelings, and transforming this unconscious program will change behavior

-Chasing challenges and the sense of achievement…1:08:36

  • Ben is very driven and has an unconscious need to do something else after accomplishing a challenge or a task

-Dr. Stevko’s individual and group services, including audio and video resources…1:14:12

-What psychoimmunology is…1:16:35

  • Psychoneuroimmunology; subconscious programs influence the nervous and cardiovascular systems
  • Unresolved trauma can create health conditions that manifest into disease, even in healthy people
  • Book: Biology Of Belief by Bruce Lipton
  • Book: Healing and Recovery by David Hawkins
  • Book: The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd

-How high blood pressure and hypertension fit in…1:18:02

  • Anxiety and stress cause high blood pressure and hypertension.

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Dr. Olga Stevko, MD.

-Books:

-Other resources:

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