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Walter Crinnion: Environmental Toxins & Autism

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Bulletproof Radio welcomes Walter Crinnion, a Naturopathic Doctor with over 30 years of medical experience and an expert in the field of environmental medicine. Walter shares how excessive environmental toxicants are leading to autism, autoimmune diseases and weight gain and what to do about it. Enjoy the show!

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Walter Crinnion received his Naturopathic Doctor degree in the first graduating class from Bastyr University in 1982 and went on to develop the most comprehensive cleansing facility in North America in the Seattle area. Individuals at the facility were able to reduce their body burden of environmental toxicants and recover their health – with spontaneous remissions of all autoimmune disorders, certain cancers, chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, Parkinsonism and even ALS.
Dr. Crinnion has been a faculty member at four different Naturopathic Medical Schools and was the founding department chair for Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ) from 2003-2013. He now focuses on training other healthcare professionals in Environmental Medicine.

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  •      0:00 – Wix
  •       1:10 – Cool fact of the day
  •      3:00 – Welcome Walter Crinnion
  •      5:43 – Toxicants and autoimmune diseases
  •    10:50 – BPA, infertility & endocrine disorders
  •    17:30 – The emmergence of environmental medicine
  •    23:47 – Mental illness or environmental illness?  
  •    28:43 – How to fix damaged mitochondria  
  •    35:00 – Toxicants and children
  •    45:36 – How mitochondria impacts weight loss  
  •    52:00 – Understanding fat toxins
  • 1:00:28 – Alkaline water, is it right for you? 
  • 1:04:42 – Top 3 recommendations for kicking more ass and being Bulletproof!

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Clean Green and Lean

Crinnion Opinion

Dr. Crinnion of Huffington Post

Resources

Autoimmunity

Immunotoxicity

Cytokines

Hashimotos

Sculoderma

Lupus

CDC.gov

Plasticisers

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

Organophosphate pesticides

Bisphenol A (BPA)

PubMed

MEDLINE

BPA exposure during pregnancy

Stachybotrys

Linus Pauling

Methylated B vitamins

Electrostatic air filters 

High end air purifiers 

Environment Health Symposium 

Gilles-Éric Séralini

Epigenetics

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TEDX

Our Stolen Future

Phthalates

How arsenic is brown rice? 

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Green Wave EMF Filter

Glutathione

Mycotoxins

Collagen

Activated charcoal

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Better Baby Book

Ketosis 

Mitochondria

Rapid Fat Loss Protocol 




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3 Simple Ways To Hack Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter is here, and it can bring with it bouts of the blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately abbreviated SAD) is your body’s response to the darker, shorter days of autumn and winter. Generally, SAD is subtle. While some people do plunge into a deep depression as the seasons change, more often the winter blues are mild. An estimated 10-20% of Americans get mild SAD with the changing seasons, with higher risk in darker, more northern locales; if you do get it, SAD usually starts in your 20s, and it tapers off as you age [1]. Common symptoms include:

  • Increased sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Apathy
  • Depressed mood
  • Trouble focusing

Fortunately, you can hack SAD. Three effective methods are light therapy, supplementation, and exercise. Here’s a closer look at each one.

 

Bright light therapy: the seasonal antidepressant

A primary reason for SAD is the decreased daylight that comes with the colder months. The shortened days throw off your circadian rhythm so you have trouble sleeping. Adding more light to your day can reverse seasonal depression. One placebo-controlled, double-blind study found that 30 minutes of bright, non-UV, white fluorescent light first thing in the morning improved seasonal depression as well as Prozac did [2], and a 2005 review of light therapy research found that bright white or blue light and antidepressant treatment are equally effective at relieving SAD [3].

One of the best sources of light is a good old-fashioned work lamp, like the ones construction workers use on job sites. A halogen work lamp will run you about $40, and it’ll be easier on your eyes than a fluorescent one will. These things are BRIGHT. Shine one or two work lamps on yourself for half an hour right when you get up. Make sure the light is hitting your eyes at an angle; looking directly into a work lamp can damage your retinas.

Avoiding bright light at night is important, too. Bright white or blue light suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin [4], and low evening melatonin levels can decrease your sleep quality. Use the free app f.lux to filter blue light from your computer after sunset, and opt for dim, amber or red light at night. These low-blue night lights work well.

Tweak your supplements

As the seasons change, you may want to change your supplements, too. Decreased sunlight means you’re probably getting less vitamin D than you were during summer. You make vitamin D in response to UV-B light, and while you get plenty of UV-B from the sun, many indoor lights have UV filters. Vitamin D deficiency is common [6], and low vitamin D links with poor sleep [7]. Taking a high-quality vitamin D3 supplement like in the morning may help you sleep better (don’t take it at night – D3 suppresses melatonin). (Vitamins A, D, and K are complementary fat-soluble vitamins that work together for heart, bone, and immune health. You can ingest all of them in one supplement now: Vitamins A-D-K.) Also get a blood test to check your vitamin D levels before increasing the amount you take.

St. John’s wort also stabilizes mood in depressed people, often performing as well as low-dose prescription antidepressants without the antidepressants’ side effects or withdrawal [5,6,7]. While St. John’s wort is excellent taken alone, it can decrease the effectiveness of common medications, including blood thinners, antivirals, and birth control pills, and it can increase the effect of SSRIs [8]. Before you add St. John’s wort to your winter supplement list, check here to see if interacts with anything you’re taking.

Move more

Exercise is great for mood. According to a review of more than 40 studies, aerobic exercise like running improves symptoms of depression considerably, strength training is even more effective at boosting mood, and the combination of the two works best [8]. While any movement is good movement, high-intensity interval training will give you the biggest mood boost in the shortest time.

Exercise also increases energy levels [8], making it ideal for beating the mid-afternoon slump that comes from a 4pm sunset. If you find you aren’t motivated to go to the gym, join a recreational sports league, take a dance, yoga, or martial arts class, chase your kids around the house – whatever makes movement fun. Find something active you enjoy. Adults benefit from playtime, too.

Have you tried these seasonal affective disorder hacks before? Do you have any of your own to add? As always, personal stories and recommendations are great. Thanks for reading!

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder
  2. http://www.ubcmood.ca/sad/CAN-SAD%20AJP.pdf
  3. http://litebook-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/ckeditor_assets/attachments/8/original_apa_journal_light_therapy_for_depression.pdf
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21552190
  5. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.159.8.1361
  6. http://www.sound-mind.org/support-files/internal-medicine-st-johns-wort.pdf
  7. http://img2.timg.co.il/CommunaFiles/32117163.pdf
  8. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/244918384_Mental_Health_Benefits_of_Strength_Training_in_Adults

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Regain Energy & Lose Weight #273

Why you should listen –

Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D., is the author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet.  A weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert, Dr. Petrucci has a private practice and is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles. Dr. Petrucci is a regular guest on television shows including The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and national news programs. She comes on Bulletproof Radio to discuss the incredible performance enhancing properties of bone broth, how to reverse aging and more. Enjoy the show!

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  •      0:00 – Avant
  •      1:15 – Cool fact of the day
  •      1:45 – Wix
  •      3:34 – Welcome Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
  •      7:55 – Why bone broth?
  •    16:29 – Why do you have food cravings?
  •    21:26 – How to make bone broth
  •    31:04 – The importance of bone marrow
  •    39:18 – Boosting your immunity
  •    43:58 – Fish broth
  •    48:37 – The health benefits of organs & chicken feet
  •    59:00 – Pigs ears
  • 1:02:27 – Top 3 recommendations for kicking more ass and being Bulletproof!

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Wix

Avant

Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet

Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

Living Paleo for Dummies

Boost Your Immunity for Dummies

PBS – 21 Days to a Slimmer You

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Irlen lenses

Microbiome

Glutamine

Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

B6 deficiency

Chris Masterjohn

Broths and immunity

Zinc

Bulletproof

Bulletproof Cookbook 

Brain Octane

Upgraded Collagen

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January Q&A: Light Therapy, Lipoic Supplements, Dental Health & More!

Why you should listen –

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we’ve selected the best questions that Bulletproof fans submitted voicemail, Facebook and the Bulletproof® Forums, for another great Q&A. Hear Dave answer questions with recurring guest Dr. Mark Atkinson about light therapy, the Bulletproof Conference, mercury amalgam teeth fillings, alpha lipoic acid, handling mouth ulcers and alternatives to coconut oil. This episode covers a variety of topics based on your questions. Thank you and enjoy the show!

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  •     0:00 – Ting
  •     1:59 – Fun Fact of the Day
  •     2:37 – Avant
  •     3:40 – Welcome Dr. Mark
  •     7:51 – Light color and therapy
  •   16:45 – How Dave got started
  •   22:07 – Solving nausea from coconut oil
  •   26:22 – Dehydration and lipoic supplements
  •   31:59 – Bulletproof Conference DVDs
  •   38:25 – Biohacks for creative intelligence
  •   45:54 – Hacking mouth ulcers
  •   51:08 – The dangers of mercury amalgam teeth fillings
  •   56:18 – Green Bulletproof Coffee beans
  • 1:01:33– Gratitude

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Dr. Mark Atkinson

Resources

Red lights

Light therapy

Mercury fillings

Aniracetam

Propolis

Nicotine

Bulletproof

Bulletproof on YouTube  

Bulletproof Coach Training Program

Bulletproof Cookbook 

Bulletproof Conference

Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil

Stress Detective Bulletproof App 

Coffee molds  Bulletproof Post

Bulletproof Upgraded Charcoal 

Bulletproof Coffee 

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4 Minutes to Perfect Posture and Less Pain

So you say to the mailman: “Can you believe it? I was gardening last summer and pulled my back out. That’s the second time I’ve done that in one month!” Or maybe you’re at the breakfast table with your partner and you mention that ankle of yours — the one you twisted again on this morning’s run. Well, recent stats prove you are not alone.

According to one recent study, nearly 50 millions Americans — or 30 percent of the population — have chronic or severe pain[1].  Another shocker: 38 percent of Americans took a prescription painkiller in 2015[2].

Some experts believe that proper posture and body alignment prevents injuries and chronic pain. When you are in alignment, your spine (which holds you together) remains unstressed and your muscles can work as they are supposed to. Out of alignment, and your body parts start to compensate for each other — which is what breeds trouble, and is painful to boot.

Pete Egoscue is one such expert. A Vietnam veteran, Egoscue suffered from years of hip, back, and leg injuries until he landed upon a unique exercise regimen that resolved his chronic pain. The exercises, since dubbed the Egoscue Method, address pain through proper body alignment and breathing, and boast a 94% success rate.

Here, Brian Bradley,  VP of Therapy Protocol for Egoscue, shares the fundamentals of Egoscue — and how it can help you take control of your pain. (Listen to the full Bulletproof Radio podcast episode here).

Egoscue 101:

How to assess your postural alignment

When it comes to proper, pain-free alignment, first look at the position of your head compared to your hips. If your head is too far forward, it puts too much stress on the spine. Adjusting isn’t as simple as pulling your neck back, says Bradley. Instead, you need to focus on your pelvis, your center of gravity. “Once you reposition the pelvis and get a person to be more hip-driven, then the head will automatically position itself,” he explains.

Easier said than done? Bradley offers up this simple exercise to make sure your alignment stacks up correctly.

Pigeon-toe your feet, so that your toes are touching together. Tighten up your thigh muscles, which will feel like you’re sticking out your butt. Stand there for one minute with your shoulders relaxed, then have someone take a picture of you standing in this position. Notice how your head position is now in line with your ankles. This is where you want to be. Watch this video at the bottom of this story for exercises that will help you to maintain perfect posture.

A solution to painful, shallow breathing

Now notice when you breathe that your diaphragm sits at the base of your rib cage. Can you feel that your breath might actually get stuck there? Well, the nerve that runs to the diaphragm and helps you breathe comes from the neck. When your head is pitched forward more than it should be, this position puts a kink in the spinal cord, interrupting the brain’s message to the diaphragm to breathe. The result is shallow and sometimes painful breathing in a north-south motion rather than an expansive east-west motion. The diaphragm is meant to expand out, not up to help you fully empty your lungs. When you limit its range of motion, you put extreme stress on other parts of the body that have to compensate — namely, the neck and chest. This can lead to more pain…as you can see, the workings of a vicious cycle.

To get your breathing back on track and help your body find its natural alignment, put your hands around your waistline and take a deep breath in and out. Your diaphragm should expand outward (east-west) when you breathe in, instead of upward in a shoulders-up, shoulders-down motion, notes Bradley. If you practice yoga, think of these as belly breaths — letting your belly expand with each breath. Practice a few times and see how it feels.

How to get rid of pain while sitting

Use this method to relieve discomfort any time you’re stuck sitting for long periods of time (think long car rides or flights). The key here is to flatten out your lumbar spine, so roll up a small pillow or jacket and place the roll behind you at the base of your seat. Then push yourself back, pressing your tailbone against the roll. This will force your upper back into proper alignment with the seat. Remember, your spine has natural curvature, so you are honoring that.

How to use postural alignment to increase energy

Increasing energy is about improving lymphatic flow. Remember, the body pumps northbound, or upward, so if you are out of alignment, there will be inevitable build-up in the lymph system from the hips down, especially around the side of the pelvic girdle and hip joints. That’s because the fluid is trapped at the cellular level with nowhere for it to go.

To allow lymph fluid to flow everywhere it needs to go, stack those joints properly — toes, ankles, knees, and hips. To do this, first put your hands behind your head with your elbows extended back and shoulders pulled down. Notice how when you step, your entire foot strikes the floor. This is a key signal informing you that from head to toe, you are holding a posture that allows lymph fluid to flow. Continue to practice the exercises featured in the video at the end of this story until your body holds good posture on its own. Open your alignment and the fluids will flow again. Alignment for increased energy. Now, that is a nifty idea.

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Here’s Why You Should Consider a Dry February

  • Among the reasons to abstain from alcohol for one month, you will have the opportunity to take stock of your drinking habits and understand your relationship with alcohol. You’ll also likely save money, and experience noteworthy health benefits.
  • Health benefits may include: increased energy, greater productivity, regular digestion, better sleep, clearer skin, weight loss, stronger immune system, and improved mood.
  • Make your month of abstinence as easy (and temptation-free) as possible — clear your calendar, clean out the fridge, and pre-plan your meals in advance.
  • Follow these tips to make it through the month: download an app to stay on track, venture out of the house to try something new, and remember why you started…

So you missed your chance to do a dry January. No worries. You can challenge yourself to go alcohol-free any month of the year, and bonus: February, being the shortest month, is one of the easiest ones to tackle. Dry February gives you a chance to observe your drinking habits and welcome greater health and balance into your life. Whether you intentionally missed the boat with #DryJanuary or are just warming up to the notion of a month of abstinence, it’s never too late to embark upon a health challenge. Still need some convincing that a month without wine is actually a good thing? Read on to learn the surprising health benefits of giving up alcohol. Plus, get some pre-planning tips and tricks to help you get through the month without falling off the wagon.

Here’s why you should go dry in February

Undeniably, your reasons to abstain from alcohol for a month are personal. However, you if you are still on the fence, consider these perks:

  •    It’s an opportunity to take stock of your drinking habits and better understand your relationship with alcohol – how much you drink and why. Ask yourself what you want your drinking habits to look like long-term, and keep the big picture in mind so you don’t go hog wild come March 1.
  •    It’s a chance to hit the reset button. If you drink more than you probably should (or even if you don’t), a dry February lets you see how your body responds to less alcohol. Chances are, you’ll feel better, sleep better, have better focus, and maybe even lose weight.  
  •    You’ll see more of life and what it has to offer. When you can’t reach for a cocktail at the end of a long week, what other outlets will you discover?
  •    You’re bound to experience more meaningful connections with others when the booze is out of the equation.
  •    You’ll likely save money. Enough said.

Health benefits of a dry February

No matter how much you want it to be, alcohol is not good for humans, especially in large quantities. (No judgment; it makes us sad, too.) Research shows that drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body that leads to permanent genetic damage and increases the risk of cancer.

While the end results of your dry February depend somewhat upon previous drinking behavior (you’ll notice the most profound changes the more you were drinking before), here are some of the health benefits of giving up alcohol, even temporarily:  

  •    Clearer thinking
  •    Increased energy
  •    Greater productivity
  •    Regular digestion (too much alcohol messes with your gut’s microbiome)
  •    Improved motivation to stick to good habits
  •    Better sleep
  •    Clearer skin
  •    Weight loss
  •    Greater sense of achievement
  •    Stronger immune system
  •    Less stress on the liver
  •    Improved mood
  •    More money in the piggy bank

Related: Alcohol Addiction: How to Quit Drinking for Good

How to ease your way into dry February

The month before going booze-free, start cutting back on alcohol to make the transition easier. Aim to cut your alcohol intake to half of your normal consumption. This will help shift your mindset and bodily response to alcohol before you go full-throttle in February.

If alcohol is your salve for a rough day, find healthier ways to cope with stress before February hits, so you don’t have to white-knuckle it. Visit yoga studios, download meditation apps, try an endorphin-boosting workout or soak in a bubble bath. See what works for you and what doesn’t.

  •       Mix up your alcohol outings with dancing, games, or conversation. Did someone say pool or darts?
  •       Slow down – give yourself an hour between drinks and switch between alcohol and water.

How to head off temptation ahead of time

A little planning can go a long way toward your success for the month. Keep these tricks of the trade in mind for February:

  •       Get a handle on your calendar. Ensure that you aren’t battling too much stress in February and do whatever you can to minimize excess engagements now.
  •       If you have plans that might lure you from your goals – rein in a sidekick who will help you stay on course through the month.
  •       Come up with crafty drink substitutions – mocktails, ginger beer, non-alcoholic beers, wines, herbal tea, and coffee. Did you read that last one? Coffee!
  •       Pre-plan your meals with thorough shopping lists for the month.
  •       Clean out the fridge, freezer, and cabinets of all tempting substances.
  •       Mentally prepare – snatch up a quote book for on-the-go inspiration. If you are the writing type, get your hands on a journal too, so that you can process the month one day at a time.

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How to make it through the month – and enjoy it

Though you might be overwhelmed – even a little panicked – come February 1, you can make it through the entire month without alcohol. Here are some fresh tips to shift the pendulum toward success:

  •       Educate yourself further about the benefits of abstinence. It’ll go a long way to keep you motivated.
  •       Download an app like Sobriety Counter or Sober Grid to help you stay on track and mark your progress.
  •       Go for the double whammy – pair your alcohol-free month with another health goal like exercise. Every time you desire to drink, focus on your other goal as a positive distraction. Want a drink? Go for a walk. Friends doing brunch? Hit Soulcycle instead.
  •       Hang out with people who don’t drink or are doing a dry month as well. This is a great month to widen your social circle.
  •       Venture out of the house with all that new energy you have to try something new – something noteworthy you’ve always wished to try before.
  •       Get cultured. Ditch the bars for a sporting event, peaceful evening at home, or trip to the cinema.
  •       Worried about questions from onlookers? Go for soda water with lime or lemon when you’re out – it looks just like a gin and tonic.
  •       Remember why you started. Whatever your motivation for embarking on a dry month, remind yourself of this intention throughout the 30 (ok, 28) days to help you keep on keeping on.

Before you know it, you’ll be ringing in March 1 with a glass of champagne – or maybe a cup of relaxing kava tea. Either way, you’ll have learned something meaningful about the experience and given your body a well-deserved break from alcohol.

Related: What to Drink: Bulletproof Alcohol Infographic and Hangover Cures

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Take the 28-Day Kindness Challenge and Restore Your Faith in Humans

Make February your month to flex your kindness muscle. Studies show that just one random act of kindness a day reduces stress, anxiety, and depression[1]. According to David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., one small act of compassion invigorates your body with feel-good hormones like serotonin — making you calmer, healthier, and happier. Kindness accompanied by emotional connection also releases oxytocin, which in turn is cardioprotective as it lowers blood pressure. Kindness makes others feel good, too. Ready to feel more energized, confident, and even perhaps live longer? Pay it forward each day this month with these simple acts of kindness. Go for it — start small and maybe, just maybe, you’ll spark a chain-reaction through your community. After all, kindness is contagious.

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