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.
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
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There’s a big mistake that most doctors make with their patients: We NEVER talk about poop.
That’s because this one topic can make people feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, and maybe even a little bit sick.
But poop is incredibly important for your health.
That’s why on today’s episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast, I’m talking poop!
You’re going to hear answers to questions you might have always wondered about — but were too embarrassed to ask. So if you want to know what poop is made of, what healthy poop looks like, and why “floaters” are a sign of bad health, then you need to tune in to this episode.
I’m also going to teach you the foods you need to eat for healthy bowel movements, which foods you MUST avoid, and why one popular leafy vegetable is like a “ticking time bomb” for diarrhea.
So even if this topic makes you a little squeamish, don’t skip this episode — believe me, your “gut buddies” will thank you later.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
The TRUTH about what’s in your poop — and what it can tell you about your health (1:45)
My “anaconda” method for recognizing a healthy poop (4:15)
What “floating poop” says about your diet — you might be missing THIS (5:30)
The surprising reason why most people quickly lose 4-5 pounds on a 3-day water fast (6:45)
The “backyard toxin” that’s threatening your fragile gut bacteria (10:15)
Why eating this one “health food” is like “swallowing razor blades” (12:30)
What traditional Africans knew about diet and healthy eating that Westerners didn’t (14:00)
The REAL number of bowel movements you should be having every day (16:30)
3 simple (and cheap) additions you can make to your diet for bigger, smoother bowel movements (18:15)
Why this one trendy vegetable is NOT your friend (22:30)
The crazy reason why poop can make a lean person fat and a fat person lean (28:45)
How “crapsules” could be a game changer for children on the autism spectrum (31:00)
A simple reason why you don’t actually need a “toilet stool” for proper pooping (35:00)
The brain-boosting nutrient that’s abundant in this controversial breakfast food (36:00)
Why you might never need toilet paper again (seriously!) (38:15)
Last year I spoke at an event called “A4M” in Las Vegas on how to increase testosterone naturally with no injections or hormone replacement protocols required.
I’m not against bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), but I do think one should explore as many natural alternatives as possible first. Or, for even more bang for the buck, pair BHRT with the tactics you’ll discover in this episode.
A4M, which stands for “The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine” is dedicated to the advancement of tools, technology, and transformations in healthcare that can detect, treat, and prevent diseases associated with aging. They promote the research of practices and protocols that have the potential to optimize the human aging process. The organization is also dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and practitioners, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breakthrough technologies, and medical protocols through our advanced education entity: Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI). Their event in Vegas each year is, in my opinion, well worth checking out.
Recently, in two separate papers, testosterone therapy has gotten a bad rap (Testosterone and the Cardiovascular System: A Comprehensive Review of the Clinical Literature and Age-Related Low Testosterone), and been blamed as a culprit for coronary artery disease and stroke risk, but as I discuss in my podcast with Jay Campbell, this is simply not true. As a matter of fact, in Jay’s Testosterone Optimization Bible, he clearly lays out the research behind optimized testosterone levels improving heart health, optimizing cognitive function, combating Alzheimer’s disease, staving off bone loss, and much much more. My friend Carl Lanore also recently addressed some of this unfair testosterone vilification in Superhuman Radio episode #2451. Furthermore, as I explain in the introduction to this podcast, I recently began to use microdoses of testosterone cream (compounded by Dr. Craig Koniver) in the morning and evening to simulate the natural diurnal release of testosterone, and have noted a profound impact in my own energy levels and recovery (although this is not a strategy I endorse as a “band-aid” but instead the icing-on-the-cake for males in their late 30’s and beyond once all other foundational practices I outline in this podcast are established). Incidentally, my wife is now using progesterone from Dr. Koniver for similar purposes.
In this episode, I will review the key biomarkers for achieving peak male health, along with the most potent and effective practices for optimizing biological variables for men’s fertility and longevity. I will also unveil a host of little-known biohacks proven to enhance or restore peak testosterone and drive, along with how to practically implement a blend of ancestral wisdom and modern science to amplify sexual performance.
You’ll discover a multimodal approach to optimizing male sexual performance, learn how to identify key biomarkers to assess male health and get the best ancient practices and modern scientific strategies that enhance or restore men’s fertility and longevity.
Oh, and by the way, women need testosterone too, and all these tactics will work for the ladies as well.
In this episode, you’ll learn…
-Research I’ve encountered since I last spoke on this topic on the podcast…2:00
Microdosing (transdermal application) testosterone cream (code BEN2020 at checkout to receive 15% off our products)
Simulates diurnal increase of testosterone (vs. a sudden increase via an injection)
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World-famous biohacker Dave Asprey is back on The Dr. Gundry Podcast.
And this time, he’s got a brand new book to talk about. It’s called Super Human, and it is absolutely PACKED with some of the most cutting-edge science about longevity out there (and makes a fantastic companion to The Longevity Paradox).
On this episode, Dave and I chat about the dangers of heavy metals, the energy-enhancing benefits of a good night’s sleep (and how to get it), and why bloodletting (yes, bloodletting) may not have been such a crazy technique after all.
So if you’re interested in how YOU can live to 180, or if you just want to learn some tips for living a longer, healthier life, then don’t miss out on this episode.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
Why 100 million American households may be at risk of MAJOR health problems (2:35)
One ingredient in gasoline that’s “1000 times more toxic than lead” (7:00)
How “dirty coal” ends up on your dinner plate (and the simple tips for protecting yourself) (8:10)
Why these “tiny power plants” in your cells are the MOST essential components of healthy aging (PLUS: The single best way to boost them to enjoy more energy right now) (13:15)
What might be “bleeding” into your bedroom every night — and how you can fix it for better sleep TONIGHT (17:05)
Why this simple morning technique can radically improve the health of your whole body (18:10)
How eating too much of this “healthy” food can increase your risk of mortality by 4x (21:00)
The “unhealthy” food that can provide more energy than sugar WITHOUT getting stored as fat in your body (25:15)
An “atmospheric” solution to killing bacteria and boosting your health: “It’s about to take the medical world by storm” (28:05)
That something you do thousands of times every day may be causing systemic inflammation — and the simple, $15 solution (31:30)
Why some people think “virgin blood” is an effective anti-aging remedy (38:10)
Why a common form of “bloodletting” can actually lead to a longer life (42:00)
If you’ve ever wondered how you can help your entire family follow The Plant Paradox diet plan, I’ve got exciting news…
My newest book, The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook, is PACKED with helpful tips, powerful stories, and 80 brand new recipes your whole family is going to love.
And to celebrate, I’ve recorded a special podcast “extra.”
On this episode, you’re going to learn 5 of the biggest myths about childhood nutrition, my tips for keeping your kids from eating too many sweets, and the one food you and your kids should NEVER eat for breakfast.