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Today, I am blessed to have Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist and the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation's “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps. In this episode, Robb Wolf talks about what inspired him to get started in the health space and the inspiration behind his three best-selling books. If you're having difficulty adjusting to a keto lifestyle, Robb explains what could be happening. First and foremost, you need to make sure your electrolytes are up to par; that's why Robb created LMNT, an electrolyte drink mix with everything you need. Tune in as we chat about the 7-day carb test, genius chip scientists, and the benefits of time-restricted eating. Order Keto Flex: http://www.ketoflexbook.com -------------------------------------------------------- / / E P I S O D E S P ON S O R S PureForm Omega Plant Based Oils (Best Alternative to Fish Oil): http://www.purelifescience.com Use ben4 for $4.00 off. Upgraded Formulas Hair Mineral Deficiency Analysis & Supplements: http://www.upgradedformulas.com Use BEN10 at checkout for 10% off your order. Paleo Valley beef sticks, apple cider vinegar complex, organ meat complex & more. Use the coupon code KETOKAMP15 over at https://paleovalley.com/ to receive 15% off your entire order. Farmers Juice keto friendly green juices and shots. Visit http://www.thefarmersjuice.com Use the coupon code ketokamp at checkout for $10 off. Text me the words "Podcast" +1 (786) 364-5002 to be added to my contacts list. [00:40] How Robb Wolf Started On His Health Journey and Writing Three Books Robb's mom had a lot of health problems. He had this sneaky suspicion that better food and exercise could lead to better outcomes. So, Robb was interested in health at an early age. He was a California State powerlifting champion and got into Thai boxing and jujitsu pretty early on. It led to an undergrad in biochemistry, and then he was looking at either medical school or the research track. In college, Robb was experimenting with his diet. He was tinkering with a low-fat, high-carb vegan diet. Robb ended up making himself very sick. On his vegan diet, Robb was on a blood sugar roller coaster all the time, he had all these gut issues, and his depression was in pretty rough shape. Eventually, he changed over to a paleo diet, and it saved his life. [08:30] Spoiler Alert: Not Everyone Knows What They Are Talking About on The Internet If you're new to eating a raw diet or keto, you need to know the basics. Paleo, keto, and carnivore all revolve around protein. Providing nuance can be confusing when starting a new lifestyle. It's valuable to look at a variety of different people when finding advice on the internet. Learn from people who have had success in their lifestyle and are flexible. Remember, when starting a new lifestyle, it should be simple. [14:45] Are You Having A Hard Time With Keto? Robb Wolf Explains Why A lot of the problems that people experience is just inadequate sodium intake. If you keep your electrolytes up, you can often subside cravings. Keto can be a train wreck if you are a high-intensity athlete. On hard training days, you may or may remain in ketosis despite eating 200 grams of carbohydrate per day. [19:40] It's Critical To Keep Your Electrolytes Up To Help With Sugar Cravings You need adequate sodium. Otherwise, you may suffer from lethargy and fatigue. If you are fairly active and live in a hot, humid environment, your base level of sodium intake needs to be higher than what you probably think. If you're eating a minimally processed diet, then a lot of your food doesn't come with salt. You need to add salt to your diet or make sure salt is included in your foods. If you have an electrolyte imbalance, it can feel like you're hungover. [22:35] Drink LMNT: A Tasty Electrolyte Drink Mix With Everything You Need Get LMNT: https://amzn.to/2YiZaXe Robb created an electrolyte drink mix that is formulated to help anyone with their electrolyte needs. They are perfectly suited to folks following a keto, low-carb, or paleo diet. The mixes contain an ideal ratio: 1000 mg sodium 200 mg potassium 60 mg magnesium [27:15] Are You Overdoing It With Electrolytes? Here's What You Need To Know The first and most common thing if people really overdo electrolytes is disaster pants. If you're attached to the bathroom, then you might be overdoing it on electrolytes. The Japanese culture has traditionally consumed ten to fifteen grams of sodium per day as part of their diet. The average intake in the United States is recommended to be below two grams of sodium. Sodium isn't a potentially dangerous element to the diet. Overall, keto reduces blood pressure in most people, and fasting reduces blood pressure in everyone. [30:55] Scientists Masterfully Crafted Chips To Make Them Hyperpalatable There's this new product called the Dorito Roulette. All of the Doritos are hot, but they vary in heat. Some of them are mildly hot, medium, and then one random chip that will burn your face off hot. The scientists understand palate fatigue and novelty at a super high level. How do you get people to eat more food? Well, you need some sort of randomness of exposure. Also, you need an anticipated but unpredictable, intense experience. Smart scientists understand how the brain works, and they're using it against us to make a big profit. [36:30] Robb Wolf Talks About His 7-Day Carb Test Choose a test carb from the list in Wired To Eat. Or find 50g of effective carbs or another carb source. Get Wired To Eat: https://www.amazon.com/Wired-Eat-Cravings-Appetite-Determine/dp/0451498569/benazadi-20 With the carb test, you can determine if carbs are a great option for your lifestyle. Some people have to be really smart and mindful about which carbs they are eating. When people start lifting weight, they become more metabolically flexible. Then, they can go back and retest their carbs. Learn more about the 7-Day Carb Test: https://robbwolf.com/wiredtoeat/7daycarbtest/ [41:55] Should You Try Time-Restricted Eating? What Are The Benefits? Time-restricted eating can be a wonderful tool for inducing calorie control. Some people will respond well to eating anything between 10 am and 5 pm. Eventually, they'll start to get healthier and make better food choices. We all know that somebody who exercises and eats healthy is shockingly healthier than an obese sedentary individual. Robb is not sold that a lean and healthy individual can gain a lot of benefits from fasting. AND MUCH MORE! Resources from this episode: Check out Robb's website: https://robbwolf.com/ Follow Robb Wolf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robbwolfonline Twitter: https://twitter.com/robbwolf YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7XONJSXAV7wrt-Y-myXHg Read The Paleo Solution: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982565844/benazadi-20 Get Wired To Eat: https://www.amazon.com/Wired-Eat-Cravings-Appetite-Determine/dp/0451498569/benazadi-20 Buy Sacred Cow: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZKYFGBJ/benazadi-20 Drink LMNT: https://amzn.to/2YiZaXe Listen to Robb's podcast: https://robbwolf.com/category/podcasts/ Join the Keto Kamp Academy: https://ketokampacademy.com/7-day-trial-a Order Keto Flex: http://www.ketoflexbook.com -------------------------------------------------------- / / E P I S O D E S P ON S O R S PureForm Omega Plant Based Oils (Best Alternative to Fish Oil): http://www.purelifescience.com Use ben4 for $4.00 off. 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US Navy SEAL Jeff L. Gonzales is a nationally recognized weapons and tactics instructor. He serves as president of Trident Concepts, LLC and director of training for The Range at Austin. Jeff's background comes from Naval Special Warfare; where he served as a decorated and respected operator and instructor. Participating in numerous combat operations throughout the globe, his duties involved a wide variety of operational and instructional assignments on both the East and West coasts. On this episode Clint and Jeff discuss LTC vs. Constitutional Carry, the UFC vs. the NFL, and much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Robb Wolf - a former research biochemist is the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation's “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps. Robb lives in Montana with his wife Nicki and daughters Zoe and Sagan. Sign up for a chance to win JEEP at OCR Stars at OCRStars.com
We live in a fast-paced world, with more everyday demands. And we know that we need good health to keep up. Nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness are often hailed as important pillars. However, there is something even more fundamental for better health—sleep. Sleep ensures we can actually perform. With better sleep, we'll be living better lives. But, how many of us actually prioritise sleep? Dr Kirk Parsley joins us in this episode to explain how sleep affects our lives. Poor sleep can significantly change our bodies and performance. He also shares that we can achieve good sleep through lifestyle changes. A better life is not about taking more supplements or using gadgets and tools; it's about creating new and better habits. If you want to know more about the science of sleep and how sleep affects our lives, then this episode is for you. Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode: Learn how sleep affects our lives and why it is so fundamental to our health. Understand that it's more important to change our behaviours and lifestyle rather than depending on supplements. Discover the ways we can create the right conditions for better sleep. Resources Get Dr Kirk's Sleep Remedy here! Gain exclusive access and bonuses to Pushing the Limits Podcast by becoming a patron! A new program, BoostCamp, is coming this September at Peak Wellness! Listen to my other Pushing the Limits episodes: Episode with Mark Divine Connect with Dr Kirk: Website I LinkedIn I Instagram I Facebook I Email You can also get the free downloadable resource on decreasing stress before sleep here. The Unbeatable Mind Podcast with Mark Divine Dr. Kirk Parsley - How to Supercharge Your Sleep Dr. Kirk Parsley on Sleep And Longevity Melatonin Supplementation with Dr John Lieurance in the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast. 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Episode Highlights [03:28] How Dr Kirk Started Working on Sleep Dr Kirk used to work for the SEALs. Later on, he enrolled in the military's medical school. After getting his degree, Dr Kirk became the manager of a sports medicine facility for the military. Here, he worked with other medical experts. Those in the military will usually lie to healthcare providers so they won't get excluded from work, but they tend to be more honest with Dr Kirk because they have worked with him before. After testing for vitamin deficiencies and adrenal fatigue, Dr Kirk realised that many of his patients were taking Ambien, a sleeping drug. After learning more about sleep, Dr Kirk realised that every symptom his patients were presenting could be explained by poor sleeping. [17:31] Sleep's Various Cycles With a sleep drug, you are just unconscious and not sleeping. Proper sleep needs to go through a repetitive pattern of deep sleep at the beginning of the night and then REM sleep by morning. The different cycles are important since they affect our bodies in different ways. Sleep can help boost your immunity and memory! Learn more benefits in the full episode. [20:12] How Sleep Affects Our Lives If you don't give yourself time to recover, sleep pressure can accumulate and have progressively worse effects. If you go to bed with high stress hormones, this can worsen your sleep. Poor sleep then leads to higher stress levels, and the cycle gets worse. People who get poor sleep age faster, not just in appearance but also in their physiology. Poor sleep can lead to protein structure breakdown, decreased blood supply, aged tissues, and more. As we age, we also face the problem of not repairing as fast. This is how sleep affects our lives. [23:56] The Foundation For Better Health We are often taught the basics of health are sleep, nutrition, exercise, and stress management. However, these pillars cannot function without sleep as their foundation, emphasising how sleep affects our lives. For example, exercise becomes counterproductive when you're sleep deprived because you're not recovering. Poor sleep can also change your insulin sensitivity and gut biome, which changes your nutrition levels. Because of how sleep affects our lives, it should be our priority. Sleep deprivation is the fastest way to break someone down, this is why it's used as an interrogation technique. [28:35] How Do We Sleep? We need eight hours of sleep a night. Make your sleeping routine simple. The more complex it is, the more likely you will fail. First, convince yourself that sleep is important. We are all born to sleep, and we don't need to learn how. Before electricity, people used to fall asleep three hours after sunset. Tune in to the full episode to learn more about the neurochemical process of sleep. [35:36] Creating the Right Conditions for Sleep During sleep, our senses still work, but they don't pay as much attention to external stimuli. For our ancestors, the sunset will lead to decreased blue light, decreased temperature, decreased stimuli, and increased melatonin. Better sleep is just creating these conditions in our environment. If we take melatonin, we should be careful to take only small amounts. [39:20] Melatonin Supplementation Some have argued that melatonin supplementation does not downregulate our brain receptors, but there are no definitive studies on this yet. In fact, measuring melatonin is difficult due to its quantity and concentration in each part of the brain. It's okay to take melatonin supplements but not in physiologic amounts. [45:15] Can We Reverse Aging? You need to understand your genetics and what ratios will work for you. While good habits and supplements can improve your overall health, we don't know if it undoubtedly reverses age. Our bodies are more complex than we think. Shorting yourself two hours of sleep can change over 700 different epigenetic markers. We can only describe biology. We don't know how to manipulate it most of the time. Dr Kirk also shares his experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the full episode. [1:03:36] Paradigm Shifts in the Medical Industry There is a lot of dishonesty in both the media and the medical industry. Many doctors and medical experts have been silenced on potentially better cures, especially during this pandemic. Western medicine is effective in treating the sick, but it doesn't keep people from getting severely sick in the first place. A lifestyle change is more important than taking supplements. [1:12:22] The Importance Of Behaviour Change People often don't want to work on their behaviour because taking medicine is easier. We also need to be aware of how the food industry is tapping into our addictive mechanisms to keep us eating more. Caffeine consumption can also ruin our sleep. More than 200 milligrams can give the opposite effect of staying awake and alert. Learn exactly how sleep affects our lives, together with caffeine and sugar consumption, when you listen to the full episode. [1:19:40] Widespread Impressions on Sleep and How It Affects Our Lives People have grown to believe that sleep is for the weak and lazy. This belief also impacts our children, especially since they are still developing. Losing two hours of sleep can decrease testosterone and growth hormone by 30% and increase inflammation by 30%, among others. Dr Kirk delved into researching how sleep affects kids after giving a lecture for American kids overseas to professionals in the school system. Kids' brains are still developing. The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that allows us to simulate things, experiences a shift during adolescence. [1:26:34] How Sleep Affects Our Lives as Kids Dr Kirk delved into researching how sleep affects kids after giving a lecture for American kids overseas to professionals in the school system. Kids' brains are still developing. The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that allows us to simulate things, is formed during adolescence. Furthermore, adolescents also require more sleep because of a shift in their circadian rhythm. Requiring kids to do more with less sleep interferes with their development. [1:31:40] How Sleep Affects Our Lives When We are Sick A new field in medicine called chronobiology is studying how sleep deprivation precedes any psychiatric disease or psychological flare-up. An Ivy League hospital managed to get their patients off medication by regulating their circadian rhythm and chronobiology. [1:34:34] It's More Than Switching Things On and Off Medications can be difficult to get off because they have too many side effects. For example, most antidepressants are not just working on serotonin. Instead, they affect several neurotransmitters as well. Physiological doses are artificial and can cause you more trouble. Learn how sleep medication and affects GABA receptors that slow down the brain when you listen to the full episode. [1:41:17] Dr Kirk's Sleep Remedy Dr Kirk discusses how cavemen took around three hours after the sun went down to fall asleep. In the present day, what can people do in those three hours? To fall asleep, stress hormones need to come down due to lifestyle. Dr Kirk's Sleep Remedy involves getting the proper ratios of substances. His product comes in the form of tea, stick pouches, and capsules. [1:46:27] Dr Kirk's Final Advice Change your environment by decreasing blue light and stimulation. Learn to slow everything down. Just like how you slow everything down to get a kid to sleep, so should you do the same for an adult. 7 Powerful Quotes ‘You aren't actually sleeping when you're on sleep drugs. You're just unconscious. Your brain is dissociated, but it's not sleep.' ‘Often, if you're sleep-deprived, more is worse for sure. You don't really need to do any exercises. You just stay active until you've recovered, and then you can exercise again.' ‘Insulin sensitivity is decreased by 30%, just by losing two hours of sleep. One night with two hours of sleep. So you go from sleeping eight hours of sleep to six. If you're pre-diabetic, you're waking up diabetic.' ‘Even though I'm known for sleep, the hardest thing for me to coach people to do is to sleep.' ‘The most sleep-deprived years are the most horrible years of the brain development.' ‘Get rid of the blue light. Decrease the stimulation. Lower your body temperature. That's sleep hygiene.' ‘Part of lowering stress is just slowing down your thinking. You can't work on your computer until 9:59 and get in bed in 10 and think you're gonna be asleep.' About Dr Kirk Dr Kirk Parsley was a former Navy SEAL who went on to earn his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda in 2004. From 2009 to 2013, he served as an Undersea Medical Officer at the Naval Special Warfare Group One. He also served as the Naval Special Warfare's expert on sleep medicine. Dr Kirk has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and consults for multiple corporations and professional athletes. He gives lectures worldwide on wellness, sleep, and hormonal optimisation. He believes that many diseases and disorders are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits. We can achieve the highest quality of life possible by changing this habit problem. Interested in Dr Kirk's work? Check out his website. You can also reach him on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and email. Enjoyed This Podcast? If you did, be sure to subscribe and share it with your friends! Post a review and share it! If you enjoyed tuning in, then leave us a review. You can also share this with your family and friends so they can learn how sleep affects our lives and what we can do about it. Have any questions? You can contact me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For more episode updates, visit my website. You may also tune in on Apple Podcasts. To pushing the limits, Lisa Full Transcript of the Podcast Welcome to Pushing the Limits, the show that helps you reach your full potential with your host Lisa Tamati, brought to you by www.lisatamati.com. Lisa Tamati: Well, hey everyone! And welcome to Pushing The Limits. This week, I have another amazing guest for you. I managed to get some incredible people. I have Dr Kirk Parsley with me. He is an ex-Navy SEAL, and also a medical doctor. A little bit of an overachiever, this one. He spent many years in the SEALs, an incredible man. He also was involved with the first sports medicine rehabilitation centre that was working with the SEALs, an incredible expert on sleep. And that's what we do a deep dive into today. We also talk about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We also go into areas about the current state of the medical system, one of my favourite topics. And I hope you enjoy this episode. It's really, the most important thing is around sleep. Sleep is something that all of us, I think, are underestimating its importance. And that this is the biggest lever, not food, not exercise, not meditation, not mindfulness, not anything else. Number one of all leverage points is sleep. So how the heck do you get enough sleep? What is enough sleep, and how to get it is what this episode is about. Before we head over, I just want to remind you we have Boost Camp coming up. This is our eight-week live online program. There, Neil Wagstaff and I, my business partner and longtime friend and coach are doing. And we're going to, if you want to come and hang out with us live every week and learn everything about upgrading your life, basically, your performance, how to optimise all areas of your life, then we would love you to check the information out, head over to peakwellnessco.nz/boostcamp. On that point, if you're also interested, come and check out our flagship program, which is our epigenetics program, where we look at your genetics, and how to optimise those specifically, all the areas of your life: your food, your nutrition, your exercise, your mood, and behaviour, your hormones, all these important areas, specifically to your genetics. One-on-one time with us and help us to understand everything about your genetics. It's an incredible platform and amazing AI technology behind us. And we'd love you to check that out. Go to peakwellnessco.nz/epigenetics. Or reach out to me if you didn't get that. We will also have the links down in the show notes, if you want to just click over to that. Or you can just head over to my website, www.lisatamati.com. And hit the work with us button for our programs listed on there as well. So without further ado, now over to Dr Kirk Parsley. Well, hi, everybody! And welcome to Pushing the Limits. This week, I have a superstar, who is a good friend of Commander Mark Divine, you may have heard previous weeks on my podcast. We have Dr Kirk Parsley with us today. Welcome to the show. Dr Kirk Parsley: Thank you. I feel very welcome and happy to be here. I'm still here. I'm happy to be sharing this airspace with you or whatever it is sharing. Lisa: I'm really super excited. I've heard you a number of times on Mark's show and just thought how hefty you're on because you're such an expert. We're gonna dive into a little bit into your background, but you're an absolute sleep expert. So I'm really keen to help my audience with their sleep, and their sleep patterns, and all of that good stuff. But before we get into that, we were just chatting about genetics and endurance. So, give us a little background. You've been a Navy SEAL. You've been in the military, in the naval military. So give us a bit of background on yourself, personally. Dr Kirk: Yes. So ironically, I actually dropped out of high school. I was a terrible student my whole life, didn't have any interest in school. And after you don't do well for long enough, you just convince yourself that you can't do well. And so you're just, ‘I'm just done. I can't do it'. I was always very physical, very athletic. Just fortunately, genetic lottery, I won, just be an athletic and strong guy. And it came pretty easy to me. But I worked hard at it because I didn't do school work. So when I dropped out of high school, to join the military and do the hardest training in the world. And that was what the SEAL training was supposed to be, as the toughest training in the world like, ‘Well, I'm gonna go do that.' So I went to do that. This was a way long time ago. This is 1988. So, it was long before anybody knew what SEALs were. They didn't have the notoriety they have now for sure. And when I would come home from the Navy and tell people as I was a Sealer, like, ‘What do you mean, you work for SeaWorld or something? What do you do?' Kinda. So, I went through SEAL training, I would say I made it through SEAL training, I became a SEAL. That was pre-9/11, obviously. So we didn't have the combat that the SEALs of this generation do. So it's not really comparable. We were still mainly working in Southeast Asia doing police work and training other militaries. I did three deployments. It was really the same thing over, and over, and over again because there was no combat. So you just did the same training, and then you deployed, and then came home, and you did the same training. And of course, I was like, ‘Maybe, I'll go do something else.' And I thought I would be—I was dating a woman who would become my wife. She was getting a master's in physical therapy. And I was reading her textbooks on deployment to make myself a better athlete. And I thought, maybe I could be a physical therapist. And so I started working, I started volunteering in a physical therapy facility in San Diego, called San Diego Sports Medicine Center. And it had every kind of health care provider you could possibly imagine. And this building, it's just this healthcare Mecca. It's the most holistic thing I've ever seen to this day. I decided pretty quickly, I didn't want to be a physical therapist, but I don't know what else I wanted to do. But I got to follow the podiatrist around, and acupuncturist, and massage therapists, and athletic trainers, and conditioning coaches, and the orthopedist, and the family practice, and the sportsmen. I just got to follow them around and see how everybody worked. And a group of young doctors there, who were probably only five or six years older than me, and they were saying, ‘Well, you should go to medical school.' And I was like, ‘Pump the brakes, kiddo. I didn't even graduate high school. I'm not getting into medical school.' And then the senior doctor overhears the conversation. He comes out of the office. And he says, ‘Kirk, the question isn't, “Can you get in?” The question is, “Would you go if you've got in?”' And I said, ‘Of course, I'd go.' So, well, there you have it. So, he sort of shamed me into it/ I studied hard and got really good grades. And then when it came time to apply for medical school, this was pre-Internet, so you had to go to the bookstore and get your book review and look and see what schools are competitive for. And when I was going through one of those books, I found out that the military had their medical school. The military was a closed chapter in my mind. I'd done that. That's something that I figured I'd always do in my life. But it was never meant to be my whole life. And so I had done that. I was, I figured I was done. But I was already married and had kids. And I was like, ‘Well, the military will pay me to go to medical school. Or I can pay someone else to go to medical school and my wife can work while we're in medical school.' I made enough to support my family and go to medical school for free. And then to pay off in the military's, they'll train you to do anything. You have to give them years of service and your job. So once you finish your medical training, you have to be a doctor for the military for eight years. And so I figured, ‘I'll get back to the SEAL teams, I'll go pay something back to the community that helped me, was hugely formidable in who I became in my life.' And went back to the SEAL teams, really well-prepped to do sports medicine and orthopedics. And I knew quite a bit about nutrition, and performance, and strength and conditioning. I was pretty sure I had the exact pedigree. When I got there, they had just gotten the money to build a sports medicine facility, which was actually their vision was exactly what I told you that I worked in in college. That's exactly what they wanted to build. I'm like, ‘I got this.' So they put me in charge of building this out. And I was a significant part of us hiring everyone we hired. So we hired our first strength and conditioning coach, our first nutritionist, our first PT, our first everything. We built our own sports medicine facility. And then orthopedics was coming through every week, and they had to do rounds there. And we'd have pain rounds, pain management rounds come through. We had an acupuncturist coming through. And we hired all these people from the Olympic Training Center, and professional sports teams, and the best colleges. And so, we had all these brilliant people who knew way more than I did about what they do. Lisa: So you went from there to there. Dr Kirk: Yeah. And so at that point, I was the dumbest person around, right? Because we had all these experts in every little niche that I knew this much about. We hired experts who knew that much about. And so in the military, when you're the dumbest guy, they put you in charge, right and say, ‘Well, you manage this,' right? And so, I'm managing all these people who know more than I do, however that works. But my office was in this facility that we built. The SEALs are a lot like professional athletes in that you put them on a bench, so to speak, right? Because they're injured, they need some help. So they can't work. It's the worst thing. Worst thing. So when they see a health care provider, they just lie because they don't want to be— Lisa: They don't wanna be taken out. Dr Kirk Parsley: They will take money out of their pocket, and go into the city, and find a doctor to treat them so that the doctor at work doesn't know, so they don't get put on the sideline. But because I was a SEAL, and there were still a lot of SEALs at the SEAL team. It was close enough to my time. There are still a lot of SEALs at the team who I worked with, and I trained with, and deployed with. And so they knew me. And I had a good reputation. And so they trusted me, and they come in my office and they say, ‘Let me tell you what's going on with me.' They reported this litany of symptoms that didn't have any pattern that I could recognise. And so they were saying that their motivation was low, that they're very moody, that they couldn't concentrate. They're super forgetful. Their energy was low. Their body composition was shifting. They felt slower, and dumber, and colder. None of them were sleeping very well. They're all taking sleep drugs. They had low sex drive. They had a lot of joint pain, a lot of inflammation. And I didn't have the slightest idea. I'm like, ‘And I know it sounds like you're obese and 65. But I'm looking at you and you're not. So I don't know what's going on.' I just started testing everything I could possibly test. I tested literally 98 blood markers. They were giving 17 vials of blood. Now just shotgun approaches, test everything, and see what's abnormal. And I started seeing some patterns. And they had really low anabolic hormones, so the DBTA, and testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone, pregnenolone. All of that was low. They really have high inflammatory markers. They really had poor insulin sensitivity for how healthy I knew they were, and how well they ate, and how much they exercised. But it's still within the normal range. But it wasn't. Everything was in the normal range. But everything that should be really high was just like barely in the normal range. And everything that should be really low, it's just barely inside of that range. They didn't have a disease. And I was a medical doctor, so I had learned how to treat disease, then they didn't have disease. So I was like, ‘I don't know. What am I going to do?' So that led me to having to train with outside providers. And fortunately, at that time, the SEALs did have the reputation. They'd already done all these amazing things. This was in 2009. So, I think they'd already shot Bin Laden and at that point. So I could call anybody, right? I'd watch somebody's TED Talk, read their book, I'd see them lecture. And I'll just call them and say, ‘I'm a doctor for the West Coast SEAL team. Could I come train with you? Can I consult with you? Can I ask you some questions?' And everybody was generous and said, ‘Absolutely'. So I get to learn a lot really quickly. I take a lot of leave from work and just go sit in these guys' clinics for four or five days. And just pick their brain, go see patients with them, and take notes, and learn. And then I just call them every time I have a question. And I just got to learn really quickly. It's like this team of experts who knew everything about the alternative world. I was trying to treat people for adrenal fatigue. And I was trying to treat people for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which are obvious from what was going on. And I couldn't quite figure out what it was. And about 100 patients into it, and probably after 30 guys came in, I could have told everybody, they could just sit down. I'll tell you what you're going to tell me. I could have just just route it off; it's so similar. And about 100 guys into it, embarrassing that it took so long, but I remember this guy telling me that he took Ambien every night. What do you guys call it? Stilnox, I think, right? I was married to an Aussie, so I know a lot. I mean, I know you're not an Aussie, but I know a little bit about your world, as in your language. And I remember putting a note in the margin, ‘Seems like a lot of guys take an Ambien.' Then I go back through everybody's records, 100% of the guys who had been in my office were taking Ambien. So I thought, ‘Well, maybe that's an issue, right?' So, let me go look at the side effects of Ambien. And it was a fairly new drug. And the pharmaceutical industry, they get to cherry-pick their data. So they were like, ‘Oh, it's the safest drug ever. There's nothing, no problems.' And I'm like, ‘I don't quite believe that.' Unfortunately, like every other doctor in America, I didn't know anything about sleep. I never had a single class on sleep in medical school, didn't have the foggiest idea what should be happening. I knew what you called a mechanism of action on this drug, which means molecularly what does it do. Well, it binds GABA receptors and has an effect called GABA analog, and benzodiazepines are the same, things like Valium. And so that's about as much as I knew, Well, what is GABA doing? What is GABA supposed to do? And then you can't really understand that without understanding what's actually going on in sleep. Then, I had to learn about sleep physiology. And what's supposed to happen during sleep? And what are the normal shifts and changes? And what does that do? And if that doesn't happen, what effects do you get? So after studying quite a bit, I figured out the general Occam's razor principle of the thing with the least assumptions is, literally, every single symptom that these men told me about, could be explained by poor sleep. Now, I didn't think that it would be, right? I wasn't naive, but it could have, then, right? So if this was definitely the most powerful thing, because being a Western doctor I wanted to give them Cortef and raise their cortisol. I wanted to give them testosterone and raise their testosterone. I wanted to get like, I wanted to give them medication to improve their insulin sensitivity. I wanted to just go in there and do it. But I couldn't do that, right? Because you can't give SEALs medication that they're dependent upon. Because then, what if they go out on the field, and they don't have their medication, they can't do their job and it's a waste. So that puts people on the bench, that disqualifies people. So I couldn't do that. I had to figure out, well, what else can I do? So like I said, sleep seemed like the unifying theory. So let me see about that. And this was right around the time that everybody was catching on to the important vitamin B3. And that was associated with poor sleep. So, I tested all my guys. Every one of them had low vitamin B3. So I'm like, ‘Yeah, I'm going to give them vitamin B3. I'm going to be a hero. Everyone is gonna love me. I'm the best doctor ever.' And it helped a little bit. But it wasn't everything. Like I said, I had this epiphany with this sleep drug. And once I learned enough about the sleep drug, you aren't actually sleeping when you're on sleep drugs. You're just unconscious. Your brain is dissociated, but it's not sleep. Because sleep has to have, as one of its criteria, you have to have this predictable sleep architecture. You have to be going through these sleep cycles that take you through these different stages. And a particular pattern is repetitive, and it's primarily deep sleep in the beginning of the night, and almost exclusively REM sleep by morning, and you have to do that transition. If you don't do that, then it's not sleep. It can be partially sleep, if you're just getting poor sleep. But I was having these guys do sleep studies. And they were coming back with 99.9% of their sleep study being stage 2 sleep, which is just the transition. It's what we call a transitional sleep phase. So it's not deep sleep or REM. So they weren't really getting any of the benefits of sleep. And of course, that's an oversimplification. They're obviously getting something, or they'd be dead. But we don't know what they're getting. That's all we know is that healthy sleep does this, and when you go through these cycles, we know these things happen. Like when you're in deep sleep, we know that's when you're the most anabolic, and you're secreting your anabolic hormones like growth hormone, and testosterone, and DHEA is being ramped up, your immune system's being ramped up. We know this happens. And then we know in REM sleep, what's going on in the brain: the physiological changes, forming more durable neural tracks, that neurological memories, shifting things from working memory into long term memory, pruning off useless information, these little buttons that grow on the side of your nerves that are starting to bud new information. You're like, ‘I don't need that.' You clean up all that. You get rid of weak products and you get the brain working better. The whole purpose of going to sleep tonight is to prepare myself for tomorrow, right? Whatever I do today, that's what my brain and body are gonna think it needs to do tomorrow. It's gonna use today as a template to try to make me better tomorrow at doing what I did today. And if I don't get enough sleep, if I don't get to restore, I still have to do tomorrow. And how do I do that? Well, I do it the same way you do anything. I'm stressed out. I use Marinol and a bunch of cortisol and DHEA. And I start robbing all my nutrients for my cells. My blood glucose is going up, I'm getting fuel sources that way, epinephrine and norepinephrine stimulate my brain and my tissues to be able to get energy where there's really no energy there. And then I'm going to bed with these really high stress hormones, which are supposed to be low when I sleep, and then I'm trying to sleep with high stress hormones. Then, I get worse sleep. Then, I need more stress hormones tomorrow. And that's what breaks people. In fact, when you see somebody who doesn't sleep well for even six months, they look so much older. ‘Why does he look old? That doesn't make sense. Is it just because they're tired? Is it tired old?' But if you think about it, you're born into this contract. You're born into this contract; you can't get around. It's just like you're born knowing you're going to die, 100% certain you're going to die. There's also this other contract that certainly is your body ideally worked for about 16 hours, and it needs eight hours to recover. That's the way it works. That's what you're born into. There's small variations there. But obviously, you can't get around that. If you don't get those 8 hours, you didn't recover from those 16 hours. And so if you think about it logically, obviously, when you're a kid, you need more sleep. So it's not a great example, when you're really young. Kids actually sleep a lot more than eight hours by and large, but you see them actually getting better every day, right? They're growing. They're getting smarter. They're getting more coordinated. You can see that every day. But if you think about, say, like, once you hit 25, and your brain's fully formed, and everything's static. If you could recover 100% every night, and wake up the next morning as good as you were that other morning, you wouldn't age, right? There would be no aging because you would have recovered 100%. Lisa: It's very important, yep. Dr Kirk: Everything that you're deficient in, if you're missing 10%, you're going to age that 10%. And if you're missing a little more, you're going to age faster. So when you see people who haven't been sleeping well for a year, they are literally older because they've been recovering less and less every night. So yeah, there's a breakdown in their protein structure. There's decrease in their blood supply, their peripheral vascularisation. Their tissues are aging. There's a buildup of waste products that aren't getting out, and that's toxic. And that's damaging the mitochondria and forming more senescent cells, and all these other things, they're building up. And every marker that we have, even genetic marker, when you look at your children and linked methylation on the genes. Every marker, they look older. And then when you look at them, they look older. That's why. That's really what aging is. It's really just the absence of being able to recover 100% every night. And as we get older, we just don't repair as fast. And that's, unfortunately, when most people quit sleeping as much. And now that's double whammy there. You're getting twice the aging effects that way. And there's no reason to sleep less when you're old. It's typical, but it's not something you have to do. I've had 84-year-old women who haven't slept more than 4 or 5 hours in 20 years, and I get them to sleep eight hours a night. Lisa: I've got one over there who's rustling around, walking around behind me. She's 80 years old, nearly. Hey, mum. And she's struggling with sleep in the early morning hours. And therefore, you know her memory and things. So I want to pick your brain on that. Can I just slow you down a little bit because we just covered a ton of ground here. Dr Kirk: You just asked me about myself, and I just couldn't stop. Lisa: No, but you were on an absolute roll. So I didn't want to interrupt you because there was so many things, but my brain's just going like, ‘There's so many questions!' Dr Kirk: That was just meant to be an overview. Lisa: That was an overview. Now can we dive deeper into some of the weeds because now I understand why you've become, classically, the sleep expert because obviously that was the biggest leverage. In other words, this is the biggest leverage point that you see. When we think of the SEALs, we think of the SEALs as being these gods of amazingness that can do everything. But what you're saying is like these guys are pushing their limits: endurance, and in fatigue, and all things like that. And so they're going to be the Canaries in the Gold Mines in a way because they're going to be coming up against the limits of everything. For you to say, as an ultra marathon, so I've come up against the limits in certain ways, like with sleep deprivation. And I sort of understand some of the things now that you were talking about. So you've ended up finding out that this is probably the biggest leverage point in anybody's life, basically, for their health is their sleep. So people, take a bit of a grip on that one. It's not necessarily the food or nutrition, it's the sleep. Would you agree? Dr Kirk: When I first started lecturing, I used to say there were four pillars of health: sleep, nutrition, exercise. And then the fourth pillar is audience dependent. It could be mindfulness, stress medication, it could be community, whatever it is that controls your stress hormones, and your emotions, and your mood, and all that stuff. Then after a while, I shift to there's three pillars sitting on the foundation of sleep. Because if you take the sleep away, none of those are going to work. There's nothing you can do. In fact, if you exercise when you're sleep deprived, it's counterproductive because you're not recovering. And we all know that you don't actually get better when you exercise. You damage yourself when you exercise. Then when you sleep, you recover, and you come back stronger. When you deprive yourself of sleep, you change your entire gut biome, you change your insulin sensitivity. You change everything here. And now your nutritional status doesn't work anymore. And when you don't sleep well, as I said, you increase your stress hormones. So you can do the mindfulness training and all of that stuff, meditate and all that, but you're just going to bring yourself down maybe to where you would have been if you just slept well and didn't do any kind of training. It's really the foundation for everything. And I say that all the time. It sounds hyperbolic, but I'm 100% convinced it's true. There's nothing that you can do that will, nothing that will break you faster than poor sleep, and poor and insufficient sleep. There's a reason we use it as an interrogation technique. Lisa: Exactly. Yeah. Dr Kirk: There's a reason we break people down, intentionally, this way because it depletes all your resources. It interferes with your brain function, your willpower, your problem solving, your speech, your ability to formulate plans, your motivation, your mood. Everything goes almost instantaneously with one night of lack of asleep. Never mind keeping somebody up for three or four days in a row. They're just a mess. They're just in input mode. They just want you to just, ‘Tell me whatever I have to do. I'd do it. Then I'll sleep. Anything I can do to get sleep, I'll do it.' You don't have to rip people's fingernails out of stuff. You just deprive them from sleep. Conversely, there's nothing that will improve the quality of your life and your performance faster than sleeping. Well, if you're an inadequate sleeper, which most people are. They don't even know they are. Everybody has these 30-day challenges and 60-day challenges. I'm like, ‘I only need seven days.' Again, one week where sleep is your number one priority. And you do everything right, and you get eight hours of sleep, at least eight and a half hours in bed every night, and you're sleeping approximately eight hours a night. And give me that for a week. And then, if you're not convinced this the most powerful thing, go back to wherever you're going. But nobody's ever gone back. Lisa: A lot of us, I can hear people saying, ‘Yeah, but I go to bed, and I can't sleep. And I wake up at 2 am. And my brain is racing and I've been told to do some meditation. And maybe it's my cortisol.' Let's look now because if we haven't got the message across now that sleep is the number one thing that you should be prioritising about everything that you do, we haven't done very well for the last half an hour. How do we sleep? What foods do we need to eat before we go to bed or not eat? What supplements can we take? You've got your sleep remedy that we'll get into a little bit. What routine can I do to optimise? What light-dark cycles? All of these things that can be leveraged points for us in optimising our sleep. And how do we test that we're actually in that deep-sleep phase? What are one of the best tools that you've found to work that out? So that was a mouthful, but yeah. Dr Kirk: So the first thing we need to do is get away from that phonetic question right there, which is what everybody's going through in their heads up like, ‘What about this? What about that?' And so my job is to make this really simple. Because simple things we can do, and the more nuanced your plan is around sleep, the more likely it is to fail. And we're doing big, macro movements here. So the very first thing is, what you said, I think we've already covered. The very first thing is to convince yourself that sleep is the most important thing. And to make it your priority for at least one week to get everything going. Now, when I say your priority, I mean the true meaning of that word. There's only one thing there's nothing else, that's the one, including raising your kids, and your dog, and your exercise routine, and everything else. The most important thing is to sleep. The most important thing for winning. If you aren't quite convinced yet go to PubMed, or go to Google Scholar, or something like this, then put in sleep and anything else you care about: being a parent, mood, dating, sex drive, athleticism, strength, endurance, concentration, memory, I don't care. Whatever it is you care about—strength and this, strength and business, strength and I don't care. Anything you want. Read to your heart's content. It will convince you that the one good thing about sleep, in the sleep sciences, it's not actually controversial. There's no one out there saying, ‘Oh, you don't really need to sleep.' Everybody agrees. There's nuances and people are different. Everybody agrees you need about eight hours of sleep a night. And just convince yourself that is the most important thing. Once you're there, that's the most important thing. After that, recognise, ‘Okay. I'm going to make this my number one priority.' Recognise that you're born to sleep. You don't need to learn; you need to unlearn some stuff, right? You're designed to do this. And this should feel good. You should enjoy sleeping. You should usually look forward to going to bed and waking up in the morning, like, ‘Man, I feel so much better. I'm ready to go do my day.' This should be as easy as selling sex but it's not. People resist this forever. I have no idea why. It's great. Why don't you like sleep? I've always liked sleep. So then you just think, ‘Okay, when did sleep go bad for humankind?' Probably in the last seventy years. Lisa: Yeah, when we got electric light. Dr Kirk: That's about it, right? It's only been, really since rural electrification, right? Since they got electricity out to everybody. That's really when it started. When you look back in America just 100 years ago, look at people's journals in the winter, they spent like 14 hours a day in bed. That's a certain thing they do. So if you think about it, and just say, ‘I know this is simple. I'm going to let myself fall into it.' And then I'll tell you, there's all the sleep hygiene. You can get on the Internet, and you can find, ‘Oh, do this. Drink a hot cup of tea. Drink milk. Do this. Make your room really cold. Make your room really dark. Make your bed really soft. Make your bed really hard. And get a white noise machine. Get rid of all the EMF.' A million people are going to tell you all sorts of different things to do. And I'll cut through all the BS, and then you can pick and choose. The real answer is all of that stuff works, to some extent. All of that's important to some extent. The way I work with clients is at least 95% of all the successes is from lifestyle. And then all these little gadgets, and your mitigation tools, and supplements, and all this stuff back, that's the other 5. It's 95% behavioural. So you just look back, how did we evolve to sleep? Nobody teaches people how to sleep, right? You're born as a baby; you sleep. So how did we sleep as adults in cultures 100 years ago? Well, when the sun went down, we fell asleep about three hours later, and we woke up around the time the sun came up. It was pretty much that easy. Okay, so let's reverse engineer that a little bit. I think most people know that blue light is a stimulus for being awake. We don't truly have a sleeping program. If you think of it like software, we don't have any sleeping software. We just have lack of awakening software. So we have things that go on in our brain and body that make us still awake and make us interact with our environment. And then when you take those things away, we're in what we call sleep. The blue light, actually, has nothing to do with the vision. There's nerve cells in the back of your eyes. It senses blue light. That's all they do. And then they fire pathways back to the circadian pathway membrane, essentially. And then the pineal gland secretes melatonin. The melatonin is a hormone, the starter pistol. It initiates all these cascades. And then one of the cascades that it initiates is the production of this peptide called GABA, capital G-A-B-A, gamma-Aminobutyric acid. And what that does is it slows down the neocortex. When you think of the human brain, the picture of the human brain, we all have that big, wrinkly, massive crescent shape. That's what we call the neocortex. And that is how we interact with the world, right? All of our senses get processed in that, and then all of our movement is processed from that, right? So when we're asleep, all that's really different with our sleep, about in a general sense, right? There's nuances in every neuron and every molecule. And then, in the neural sense, there's a barrier between us and our environment is how it's phrased. What it means is we aren't paying attention to our environment anymore. Our eyes obviously still work, right? You can turn the light and you can wake somebody up. Our ears still work, you can make your noise and wake somebody up. Our sense of touch still works. You can shake somebody. They can roll into something sharp, and their pain receptors will wake them up. Heat will wake them up. Cold will wake them. So we still work. Everything still works. We start processing it. We're not paying attention to it. What helps us do that is GABA. So GABA involves neurons. A neuron has what's called a resting potential. So there's like an electrical current in here. And when you put in enough electrical current, it goes like this. And that neuron fires. And then, does whatever it does and forms pathways. Well, GABA lowers that. Now, it takes more energy to make that thing fire. And you can overcome this by just putting a lot of energy into the cells. So if you've ever been exhausted, woken up exhausted, didn't get enough sleep for whatever reason. Like, ‘I'm going to go to work. I'm gonna come home. I'm going straight to bed. I'm gonna sleep 12 hours a day.' And then your friends talk you into going out or you get a cup of a drink. You stay up ‘til midnight, ‘I feel fine.' And then you suffer again the next day, right? Because you just overcame that. You can actually read about this because this still exists, believe it or not, they're still I think 35 or 45 pretty large communities around the globe that have never experienced electricity. And they just lived like hunters and gatherers. They go out. And the men go out and hunt. And the women pick, and nurture their kids, and weave. And just when you think of your caveman doing, they still live like that today. And we study these people. And we did actigraphy. So it's not true sleep, say. It's just movement to know when they're likely to be asleep. And what we find is, the sun goes down. Again, the blue light goes out of their eyes. It fires, the brain starts secreting melatonin that leads to a cascade of 365 billion other chemical changes in the brain, right? But that initiation has to happen. Once that initiation is going, one of the things it does is secrete GABA, increase GABA production in lots of regions of the brain that starts slowing the brain down. The sun goes down. They don't have electricity, right? The best they have is a fire. So what else happens? Their body temperature goes down. So when the sun goes down and it is dark, we can't see well at night, we can't see very far. So there's way less stimulus, right? They don't have flashing lights. They don't have loud music. So there's not much to stimulate them. So they sit around a fire. Maybe if they're lucky, if not, they just stare around the dark, and they have some quiet, calm conversations, and then they drift off to sleep. That's all sleep hygiene is. That's it. Those three things: decrease the blue light, decrease the stimulation to your brain, and drop your body temperature. You need a cool place to sleep. One of the things that you can do to speed these things up is to concentrate the right nutrients in your brain. If you are going to take melatonin and just take a very, very, very, very small amount. You just want to initiate. You don't want to put so much melatonin in your brain that your brain doesn't need to make melatonin because then you start running insensitivity to melatonin, and now when you take it away, you don't have, you're essentially melatonin deficient because you've downregulated the receptors, and your brain is not sensitive to melatonin anymore. Lisa: Can I just stop in the first, one second. Dr John Lieurance is his name and he was on the Ben Greenfield podcast, and he's written a book about melatonin. And he argued that melatonin, interesting work, doesn't downregulate when you take melatonin, and doesn't cause that downregulation. All the other hormones do. If we take testosterone, we're going to downregulate our own testosterone, if we take right whatever. He said that they didn't. And he was advocating in his book for actually, super-physiological doses of melatonin. Certainly when you're doing things like jetlag, or whatever you're trying to reset, but also for a raft of other ailments to help with many diseases. Have you heard of his work or? Dr Kirk: I'm familiar with him and his work. Lisa: Yeah. What's your take on that? Because I was like, ‘I don't know.' Dr Kirk: So, I disagree, obviously. Lisa: Yeah. That's what I want to know. Dr Kirk: But specifically, so what he's talking about, 90% of his work is about the antioxidant. Lisa: Yes. Is it an antioxidant? Yep. Dr Kirk: The studies that he's quoting are saying that melatonin doesn't downregulate. We don't know for sure. It's like, maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. The only way we would know is if we could actually drop a catheter into somebody's brain and sample their fluid in their brain 24 hours a day and study this over months. And so we can't say for sure. We can do animal models. Again, it's hard to quantify because from the time the sun goes down, which is about three hours before you'll fall asleep, to the entire time you slept, until the sun comes up, you're looking at somewhere between 11 and 12 hours. That entire time your brain will only produce five to six micrograms of melatonin. Lisa: Tiny amount. Dr Kirk: So how do we study, right? It's really hard to study, and you think of it in a mouse model, how much smaller the quantities are we're looking at that point. And the concentration of melatonin in each region of the brain is not the same, it depends on some cells in the brain can actually be stimulated by melatonin. It's somewhere. It's different. And same with GABA. GABA doesn't go to every region of the brain because it can stimulate regions of the brain. But what we do know, so first, I always go with, we don't know anything. We have research that makes us believe certain things are likely to be true based on the best science we have right now. So we don't know anything. And I believe that to be true about everything in science. Just wait a week, it might change. But what we do know is that every other hormone does this. Lisa: Yes. Dr Kirk: But if it doesn't do this, it's the only hormone in the body that doesn't. Pretty unlikely. But what we do know with 100% certainty is that it does downregulate melatonin receptors. Lisa: Right. Dr Kirk: It can take away melatonin receptors. If I normally have 10 melatonin receptors, and I go down to just having one, now even if I'm sprayed with melatonin, I only have one. And I have to have this supersaturation for this one receptor to do all this work. And if I go down to normal physiologic levels of melatonin and this one receptor, there's just getting an occasional melatonin coming by, I'm going to be, it's no different. It doesn't matter whether I'm not producing enough, or I don't have enough receptors, it's the same end result. You have to have melatonin binders stuffing pulled into the cell to have it function. Lisa: So can I ask one question there like, so for elderly, who, from what I understand, in my basic research on melatonin, is that their melatonin production goes down with age, and, therefore, they could benefit from melatonin supplementation. Is that a thing or? Dr Kirk: Yeah, I agree. And so what happens is that the pineal gland calcifies just like our arteries. And every vessel, everything in our body calcifies, right. That's sort of aging. Lisa: One of the majors. Dr Kirk: And so it calcifies, and you do almost certainly secrete less melatonin, right? And again, the only way we would know is to drop a catheter into somebody's brain. But I'm not saying that you shouldn't take melatonin at all. I'm just saying you shouldn't take super physiologic. So his example of when you're speaking about the melatonin work earlier, right? His example is, well, this is a great antioxidant. Now, if I do these super physiologic amounts, there's all these benefits to it. Well, if I give you 10 times the amount of testosterone that your body ordinarily has, you're gonna feel fantastic. If I give you something that secretes a bunch of epinephrine and norepinephrine, like cocaine. And you have this huge rush of norepinephrine; you feel fantastic. And you're super productive, and your brain's really sharp. Does that make that a good idea? I don't think so. I don't deal with anything super physiologic. Again, I'm the behaviourist, and 95% of all your health is going to come from re-approximating the way you revolt. This body takes hundreds of thousands of years to adapt to this planet. And now we're just like, ‘No, we're smarter. Like I'm a 35-year-old biohacker. I read a bunch of books. I know I can do it better than–” We know nothing about the body. Lisa: Can we all mean for people–we also know that people tend to die. If we wanted to extend our healthspan and their lifespan, but healthspan mainly, can we, with hormone replacement therapy, there's a raging argument: should you be on hormone replacement therapy, should you not? If you're wanting to optimise. Now, there's downsides. And you need to understand your genetics, and you need to understand all of those aspects. There is benefits for us to taking testosterone or DHEA or all these things in the right physiological doses of, say, a 30-year-old, like, I'm 50 or 52, I want to be at the level that I was, say at 30–35. I understand my genetics, I know where my risk factors are. I can keep an eye on all of that sort of stuff. Can I all meet that so that I live and function longer? Because I think the core question here is how do we optimise? Yes, we've developed like cavemen but then they die at 70–80, as well. Can we extend that with the knowledge that we currently have? Dr Kirk: Well, so I don't ever promise anybody that I can make them live longer. I say, ‘You might live longer from this.' If you think about it, think about it this way: at first, we talk about what sleep does, right? And if we could catch up every night, we wouldn't age. So what are we doing when we're doing things like hormone-replacement therapy? We're doing metabolomics. And we're doing all sorts of supplementation around that, or we're doing artificial things like hyperbaric, and near-far IR sauna, and ice baths, and doing all these steps to stimulate the production of the thing. Of course, now we have antibiotics, and we have all sorts of treatments to keep people from dying as young from certain diseases. So certainly, we should be able to either, probably add years to your life. But if not, definitely we can add life to your years, right? If you're going to die at 80 either way, one version of this, you could die hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, another one you're dying in a little chair in a nursing home. So I don't know. The question is, even with the longevity work that people are doing, really smart guys like Sinclair and all these guys are doing all these things, and they're doing all these things with clearing senescent cells, we're doing all these things with peptides. And now I give my patients peptides for certain things. I don't know nearly as much about the longevity stuff as I'd like to. And we and we're reversing aging genetically, right? We're going in there and saying, ‘Actually, over the course of a year, with a lot of work, a lot of effort, a lot of tries, a lot of modalities, really focusing on your lifestyle and doing everything. Ideally, we can actually, probably, reverse your genetic age a little bit.' Are we actually reversing age? I don't know, we made your telomeres longer. The increased the methylation on your genes, and those are markers for age, does that reverse it? We don't really know, right? Lisa: We haven't been around long enough to work it out. Dr Kirk: Right. It's like with omega-3s. If your omega-3s are this, then we know that certain things go this way. Well, but if we supplement your omega-3s, is that the same as you having that nutritionally. Or vitamin B3? Is that the same? We don't know. We're thinking that it probably is. And we're thinking if we're reversing the markers we know for genetic aging that's making you genetically younger. But maybe there's some totally different information in there on aging that we don't know anything about yet. That's possible, too. I think from what I know about you, you probably agree with me. I think epigenetics is more important than genetics, anyway. You have certain genetics and you change half a dozen things about your day, and your epigenetics are totally different. If you short yourself 2 hours of sleep, you change 735 different epigenetic markers from just 2 hours. All your pro-inflammatory ones are the ones turning on, and all of your anabolic ones are the ones turning off. And again– Lisa: That's still the biggest leverage point, isn't it? Dr Kirk: It's still a crazy complex to think that you can decipher what 735 changes in epigenetics mean. We have some ideas of what certain things, how does all that work in synchronicity, but even though we're the smartest animal on this planet, we still have a very feeble mind. Lisa: We're still dumb. Dr Kirk: When it comes to understanding the complexity of our bodies, we can't understand the complexity of the planet, much less our bodies. And life is just this amazingly complex thing. We don't have systems in our body. We divide the body up in systems as a way to learn it so that we can systematically learn and we can test about the learning, but the body doesn't work in systems. Lisa: I have such an issue with it, too. It's nothing like the way that the medical model breaks us all down. Dr Kirk: The reductionist model doesn't work for life. And if you think about it, most of biology is purely descriptive. All of it is, we've come up with better and better ways to test things and look at things, and then we can describe what's going on. We don't know how to manipulate it most of the time. If we do, it's really clumsy. And it's causing 500 other changes because we wanted to flip this one switch this way. Then what are the downstream effects? We don't know. We'll find out in like 30 years after 100,000 people go through this. It's really clumsy. I don't know if can I make somebody live longer. I'd never make that claim. But can I make people look, feel, and perform better? Absolutely. I can do it all the time. And me, personally, like you're saying, I just approximate use. Their arguments, there are people out there saying, ‘Well, these hormones will cause this or that.' I'm like, ‘Okay. If high estrogen levels cause breast cancer, why don't young women get breast cancer? Older women, they're the ones who are getting breast cancer, why?' That thing with men and prostate cancer, giving them testosterone is gonna cause prostate. No, it's not. If that were true, then a 20-year-old would have prostate cancer, and a 60-year-old wouldn't, right? It's a lack of this. And I think breast cancer is a lot like prostate cancer. What we know with prosta
Former US Navy SEAL and Founder/CEO of Bonefrog Coffee Company & Bonefrog Cellars, Tim Cruickshank, shares how he's using coffee and wine for his next mission, the meaning of the BoneFrog & SEAL Brotherhood, the struggles of being a Dad while serving, why his wife is the true hero and the importance of giving back to the Naval Special Warfare community. www.bonefrog-coffee.com www.bonefrogcellars.com FB/IG/Twitter: @BonefrogCoffee/@BonefrogCellars www.BuildUponTheGood.com *Special thanks to Sean Kelly and The Samples for use of "Streets in the Rain", www.TheSamples.com
Your hosts, Eric and Ted, sit down with Dustin Winn, Canine Trainer & Instructor, and go through Winn's remarkable career. Winn began his career in 1999 as a United States Marine Corps Working Dog Handler when he graduated from the 341st Training Squadron, Military Working Dog Handler Course in Lackland Air Force Base Texas. During his active duty career in the Marine Corps, Winn was deployed to "Ground Zero", Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his active duty service, Winn continued his career as a contracted canine trainer with private security companies tasked with the physical protection of U.S. dignitaries in the Middle East. In 2012, Winn left the Middle East and took a position as a Multi-Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer with Naval Special Warfare (yeah, same place Eric worked ) where he served for two years before taking a position with the Department of Defense as an MPC Instructor. The Boys even chat about things they learned from the other units, and how MARSOC does it a little … differently. During the last 20 years, Winn has honed his dog training skills, and has developed a unique training style through experiences and lessons learned. His passion for dog training, and desire to create an unbreakable bond between dog and owner, is second to none. Check out his website and follow him at @dustin_winn www.northcountycanine.com Thank you to our AMAZING partners. Go support these dog companies. @KineticDogFood kineticdogfood.com 513-615-6904 @nck9llc nck9.us 919-438-0141 @americanaluminumaccessories 800.277.0869 ezrideronline.com @horizonstructures 888-447-4337 horizonstructures.com/commercial-dog-kennels @rayallenk9 rayallen.com “WORKINGDOGRADIO” 10% off @dogtraofficial dogtra.com “WDR10” for 10% off of a single item over $200 @hits_k9 Training and Conference Jeff at 863-529-5113 hitsk9.net @quickdermbyvetcare vetcare.us Discount “10WDR” 10% off of your 1st order @almk9equipment almk9equipment.com Discount “WDRADIO” 10% off of your 1st order Music by @brotherdege brotherdege.net
Tim Cruickshank is the founder and CEO of Bonefrog Coffee & Bonefrog Cellars Company. A Veteran-owned and operated premium, small-batch coffee roastery & premium boutique winery both located in the Pacific Northwest.From their websites https://bonefrog-coffee.com/ & https://bonefrogcellars.com/After serving 25 years in the U.S. Navy, I created Bonefrog Coffee & Bonefrog Cellars as a tribute to the “Brotherhood” of U.S. Navy SEAL's, the Naval Special Warfare community and to all Americans who bravely served, or who are currently serving, in our United States Armed Forces. Each label we create tells a story to remind us of battles fought and great American heroes who answered the call. We feel these stories are worth repeating and sharing with others so their memories and legacies will never be forgotten."I consider Bonefrog Coffee Company my next mission and I take great pride in the coffee we roast. We do this to support those brave Americans at the tip of the spear, we honor their sacrifices and preserve their legacies.We make this coffee for you, our fellow flag waving, freedom loving Americans, with a heartfelt thank you to our veteran, law enforcement and first responder communities".A large portion of the proceeds goes to the Navy Seal Foundation and other Veteran Support non profits.https://www.navysealfoundation.org/https://www.instagram.com/bonefrogcoffee/https://www.instagram.com/bonefrogcellars/If you're looking for American made, quality men's grooming products from a company that is veteran owned, then shop Dapperguru. That's thedapperguru.com and use promo code cornerstone for 15% off your order. Enjoy!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZV837Q7N62W36&source=url)
Jack Carr is a New York Times Best Selling author and a Navy SEAL Sniper. He is the author of The Terminal List, True Believer, and Savage Son. As a Navy SEAL, he led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Jack retired from active duty in 2016 and lives with his wife and three children in Park City, Utah. Visit him at officialjackcarr.com and follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @JackCarrUSA. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Commander Michael H. Imhof, U.S. Navy (ret.), and former Navy SEAL, was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and raised in Blasdell, New York. He attended the State University College of New York at Buffalo, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. After completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, California, Commander Imhof was assigned to SEAL Team TWO, subsequent Naval Special Warfare commands, and other duty assignments. He was commissioned in 1973. Commander Imhof, possessing a Naval Special Warfare designator, has served throughout the world in numerous positions. Assignments include Platoon Commander, Training Officer, Operations Officer, Staff Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. A graduate of the U.S. Army Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, he earned a Master's Degree in Administration from George Washington University. He served as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. His awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars in place of second and third awards; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star second award; United Nations Medal; and other service awards. He has lived in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Panama, South Korea, Liberia, Sudan, Somalia, Sinai, and Afghanistan, besides serving in numerous other countries. On 17 December 1981, he was hijacked in Southern Lebanon while on duty with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. He believes his later escape was truly a blessing of God. Commander Imhof, a military officer of strong Christian convictions, is ready and willing to share his faith with all. He is convinced that the Bible is the authoritative and uncompromised Word of God and gives thanks for the wonderful blessings of God in his life. Connect with Mike. Watch Clips About Zimbabwe. Watch The Prophecy Series.
Dr Keith Rose gave a stirring reminder to all of us that we need to die to ourself and let Christ live through us. Meet Surgeon Keith Rose, MD. Dr. Keith is an internationally recognized surgeon and tactical medicine physician. He has been performing plastic and reconstructive surgery for CURE International and SMILE TRAIN in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Africa for the past 11 years. He is also the CEO of Southwest Medical Strategies, a South Texas based company providing medical risk management to over 250 companies. Dr. Rose is a former Army Captain who was assigned to a Forward Surgical Team supporting asymmetrical ground operations. Upon leaving the military, Dr. Rose continued to work as a tactical medical physician training, military, law enforcement and government agencies. In 2008, Dr. Rose developed and patented The Integrated Tourniquet System (ITS) which has been used by Naval Special Warfare, law enforcement, and militaries around the world.
13JUL21: AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO… Did you know that black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden was saying in Philadelphia Tuesday. G.I. JANE PT. DUEX For the first time, a female sailor has successfully completed the grueling 37-week training course to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman — the boat operators who transport Navy SEALs and conduct their own classified missions at sea. WUHANA HEAR SOMETHING CRAZY? According to a TIPP poll done for the Center for Security Policy, 63% of Americans think China should pay pandemic reparations. Bizarrely, that number only rises to 78% “if investigations reveal that the Chinese government released the SARS-CoV-19 human coronavirus on purpose.” If they released it on purpose, that could fairly be described as an act of war against the rest of the planet. If that doesn't merit reparations, what would? I'M JUST SICK… AND TIRED. Liberals and Conservatives, at least Conservatives admit they are idealogues. But mainstream liberals from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama — and the intellectuals and journalists who love them — often assert that they are simply dispassionate slaves to the facts; they are realists, pragmatists, empiricists. Liberals insist that they live right downtown in the “reality-based community,” and if only their Republican opponents weren't so blinded by ideology and stupidity, then they could work with them. Tonight on an all new Don't Unfriend Me! #Wuhan #TheBigLie #GIJane #Sickandtired ⏺ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DontUnfriendMeHost ⏺ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dontunfriendmehost/ ⏺ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRq8HdarvQ3ZGN1zviuoahA ⏺ Podcasts: http://www.anchor.fm/dontunfriendme ⏺ Website: http://www.dontunfriendme.com ⏺ Intro Music By: https://www.reverbnation.com/stiilpoint --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dontunfriendme/message
Doc Parsley (Dr. Kirk Parsley) served as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One from June 2009 to January 2013. While there, he led the development and supervised the group's first Sports Medicine Rehabilitation center. He is a former SEAL, and received his Medical Degree from Bethesda, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2004. Doc Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and has served as Naval Special Warfare's expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doc Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization. Before we jump in I'll give you my disclosures. I take no outside funding or sponsorships for this podcast or any of my work. The only thing supporting it is my company http://NoseToTail.org that I started well after I understood the health benefits of including quality animal foods in our diet. In other words I have no outside interests influencing the information I present and I am not creating this content to sell my products. My foundational belief is that animal foods are healthy so I connected with the best producers around the country to help people purchase them. We raise them humanely and sustainably. We don't use additives or curing agents. Everything is all natural. We use the animals nose to tail. We have products such as primal ground beef that includes liver, heart, kidney, and spleen for all the amazing nutrients and none of the hassle or taste you may not be used to. That's at http://NoseToTail.org We ship boxes straight to you and have free shipping options. We also have biltong if you want grass finished meat on the go. This is a traditional South African meat snack that's air dried, soft, and delicious. We have body care products made from beef tallow and only a couple other natural ingredients. We also have seasonings to go along with these wonderful products and make cooking that much easier. Make a custom box today at http://NoseToTail.org and take advantage of the free shipping options. That's how these interviews are all possible along with all the other content we produce on youtube and social media. Thanks for supporting the ranchers, my other producers, and my team. The other way you can take advantage of this win-win-win situation is at http://Sapien.org where we have the Sapien Tribe. It's a private members community where you get the extended show notes for these podcasts, discounts on NoseToTail products, zoom calls with Dr. Gary and myself, and a lot more. There's also the Sapien Program if you'd like some help making a lifestyle change. Go to http://Sapien.org to find out more. Now onto the show! GET THE MEAT! http://NosetoTail.org GET THE FREE SAPIEN FOOD GUIDE! http://Sapien.org SHOW NOTES [4:15] His background and work experience as a Doctor for Navy Seals. [11:00] Sleep drugs and their mechanisms of action. [21:35] A deep dive into sleep cycles. [29:45] The processes that occur when you go to sleep. [39:15] Sleep apnea. [42:45] Decline in performance with loss of sleep. [53:45] Sleep genetics. [1:01:00] We can't cheat nature and evolution. [1:07:55] How to improve deep quality sleep. [1:19:05 Caffeine consumption. [1:27:00] Biphasic sleep and waking up in the middle of the night. GET THE MEAT! http://NosetoTail.org GET THE FREE SAPIEN FOOD GUIDE! http://Sapien.org Follow along: http://twitter.com/FoodLiesOrg http://instagram.com/food.lies http://facebook.com/FoodLiesOrg
Thin Stools, Long-term Propecia Use, Berberine on Paleo, Pitting Edema, Nicotine and Caffeine Make your health an act of rebellion. Join The Healthy Rebellion Please Subscribe and Review: Apple Podcasts | RSS Submit your questions for the podcast here News topic du jour: When it comes to carbon capture, tree invasions can do more harm than good Trees are a logical solution to climate change, but allowing or encouraging trees to move into areas where they don't typically grow, such as tundras and grasslands, can actually do more harm than good. Invasive trees may capture less carbon than the treeless ecosystem they overrun due to soil disturbance, increased risk of fires, and changes in light absorption, a recent review paper shows. These results have implications for policies and initiatives, particularly in places where carbon credits have been used to discourage the removal of invasive, non-native trees. 1. Thin Stools [26:11] Tracey says: Hi Robb and Nicki- I hope you and the girls are both well. I'm somewhat of a new listener, having tuned in at some point during the covid closure and am now a faithful listener. Thank you for sharing your kindness and wisdom each week. I have a streak of celiac issues on my fathers side of the family and suspect that I have at least a sensitivity myself. I am 32 years old, and on/off the gluten free wagon. I struggle with the planning aspect and maybe more so struggle with speaking up about my intolerance in social and shared family meal settings. I apologize if this information can be found elsewhere but I do have a lingering but embarrassing question to ask. I find that the girth of my stools vary greatly and I'm wondering if gluten is the culprit. My suspicion is that when I consume gluten, somehow my stool becomes thin (maybe the diameter of a nickel or quarter) and quite long. Other times my stool is not thin and is quite regular. I don't know if this is a simple yes, x causes y scenario, or if it is a confirmation bias where I am looking to be correct in finding the cause when I may need to be concerned about something else. Sorry to be the one to bring up poo! It has been concerning me and I am relieved to have found a place for this question! Thank you, Tracey https://www.continence.org.au/bristol-stool-chart 2. Long-term Propecia use? [29:51] Brendan says: Robb & Nicki, You guys are das bomb. I have been taking propecia (or the generic equivalent) for about 8 years for male pattern baldness. It hasn't brought my hair back, but it seems to have slowed the progression of my hair loss to a near stop. I eat a paleo diet, do crossfit usually twice a week, and get adequate sleep. I don't have any health issues. I'm wondering whether you are aware of any long-term health concerns from using propecia. My doctor doesn't have any concerns, but I wonder. I would hate to be doing long-term harm to myself, just for the vanity of keeping my hair. On the other hand, I have a funky-looking head, so the shaved head look is probably not for me. Thanks very much. Brendan Finasteride side effects: https://www.healthline.com/health/finasteride-oral-tablet 3. Berberine on Paleo? [32:53] Lee says: Hi Robb, Love the podcast, long time listener first time question. I've recently come across a supplement called berberine. The research suggests its good for clearing blood glucose by making you more insulin sensitive. Some studies go as far as to say its comparable to metformin. My question is, given I'm on a paleo lifestyle, does berberine have a place in my diet? I'm thinking it could help clear some glucose when levels rise due to a higher protein meal and even when having sweet potatoes and bananas post training? thanks Lee Metformin and berberine, two versatile drugs in treatment of common metabolic diseases 4. Pitting edema [41:01] Adam says: Hi Robb and Nicki, I love the show, books, keto masterclass and now the rebellion online. Keep up the great work. I was just wondering what the best way to tackle pitting edema? Here's the background. I'm a decently lean 36 year old male that has been eating a low carb diet for 3 years with several years of paleo before that. No underlying health conditions. No meds. Protein is on point with 170-210 g per day. I weigh 195-200lbs. I use sodium in my water (I just order lmnt after the release of grapefruit). I lift weights 3-4x per week, HIRT 1x per week, sauna 3x per week and walk a minimum of 10k per day. Edema seems worsen in the heat. Sock marks remain in my lower legs for over an hour at times. I have it in my arms as well. I have a couple varicose veins. Any insight would be great! Thank you. Keep up the awesome work. Management of hyponatremia 5. Nicotine and caffeine [45:38] Darwin says: I recently heard you mention a protocol that you developed for the Naval Special Warfare using caffeine and nicotine as a stimulant stack for alertness. Could you go a little deeper, or link a summary if not the protocol. I'm a night pharmacist working 7 on 7 off at a hospital then a few days on my off week. I'm 53 and not bouncing back like I did when I started this foolishness 23 years ago. Thanks, Darwin S. 50mg caffeine every 2 hrs, shift to 1-2mg nicotine within 3 hrs of sleep period. Sponsor: The Healthy Rebellion Radio is sponsored by our electrolyte company, LMNT. Proper hydration is more than just drinking water. You need electrolytes too! Check out The Healthy Rebellion Radio sponsor LMNT for grab-and-go electrolyte packets to keep you at your peak! They give you all the electrolytes want, none of the stuff you don't. Click here to get your LMNT electrolytes Transcript: Coming very soon...
Will Thomas is the founder of Operation Hawkeye, an organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the families of fallen special operations servicemembers for a decade now. The really interesting part is that Will started Op Hawkeye when he was in middle school! Moved to action by the downing of Extortion 17 in Afghanistan in 2011, Will decided to do something tangible to help the families of the special operators lost on that mission. It started with simply shooting hoops - 17K baskets in a weekend to be exact - and grew into years of raising money through various challenges related to sports, along with a very successful social media campaign. At one point, Thomas's efforts even grabbed the attention of Adm. William McRaven. Hear Will's story of how he turned tragedy on the battlefield into hope for others - starting a movement when he was just a kid - on this special edition of HAZARD GROUND! @op_hawkeye Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Shop Amazon! As an Amazon Associate We Earn From Qualifying Purchases...You Know The Deal! (Paid Link) Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts! Episode Intro Music: "Prelude" by "Silence & Light" (www.silenceandlightmusic.com)
All of these problems that people usually ascribe to low-carb diets - the fatigue, the brain fog, the inability to get a pump while training, adrenal type issues, hormone dysregulation and what not - most of that is resolved with adequate sodium intake. - Robb Wolf Get 15% off your CURED Nutrition order with the code WELLNESSFORCE at wellnessforce.com/CURED ---> Get The Morning 21 System: A simple and powerful 21 minute system designed to give you more energy to let go of old weight and live life well. JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP | *REVIEW THE PODCAST* Wellness Force Radio Episode 403 Former research biochemist, New York Times Best Selling Author and Co-Founder of LMNT, Robb Wolf, returns for the fourth time to explore the relationship between electrolytes and our brain's ability to function well, the myths surrounding sodium, and why there is a direct impact to our thyroids when the body does not receive enough sodium. How much salt is actually good for your brain? Find out why sodium as well as potassium and magnesium are so vital to help keep your energy up and beat brain fog. Drink LMNT Click here to get your LMNT RECHARGE SAMPLE PACK (just pay shipping!) A tasty electrolyte drink mix that is formulated to help anyone with their electrolyte needs and is perfectly suited to folks following a keto, low-carb, or paleo diet. For a limited time, get your LMNT Sample Pack for the cost of shipping ($5 for US orders). Limit one per customer Listen To Episode 403 As Robb Wolf Uncovers: [1:30] Ivermectin - A Successful COVID-19 Treatment? Robb Wolf Drink LMNT – Zero Sugar Hydration: Get your free LMNT Sample Pack, you only cover the cost of shipping Click here to get your FREE e-book, The Fundamental Guide To Fasting by Robb Wolf 357 Robb Wolf 103 Robb Wolf The Case For Better Meat | Robb Wolf What Is Wellness? Sacred Cow Exploring the latest on COVID-19 and the breaking news about a lab leak hypothesis gaining traction and the efficacy of ivermectin. The toxicity of "cancel culture" and being opening to different possibilities for COVID-19 instead of seeing the vaccine as the only real solution. Examples of cancel culture and every day censorship including YouTube taking down Dr. Pierre Coriat's public statement to the US government about the possibility of healing COVID-19 with ivermectin. What we may see happen if it's determined that ivermectin was and is actually a beneficial treatment especially for those who are unable to get the vaccine due to other health concerns. The Paleo Solution Josh's recent experience doing a Native American Vision Quest for 10 days with a 4 day water fast and what he gained from it. Why we need to focus on less anger and more truth in our world. [15:00] How To Beat Brain Fog Breaking down how electrolytes can help heal brain fog. Why our PH and electrolyte levels need to be tightly regulated and what can happen if they go up or down by even just a little bit. The fact that having too low of sodium in our bodies is a much graver situation than having too much. Other common sources of brain fog including immunogenic foods such as eggs for Robb in his case. 125 Dr. Kirk Parsley Why our sodium intake decreases dramatically when we shift to a whole food, minimally processed diet because most of our sodium came from the processed foods we ate before. Everyday food products to help you keep your sodium levels normal if you feel a dip in energy and brain fog including chicken bouillon cubes, pickle juice, and olives. Why we tend to be scared of sodium because we so often associate it with processed foods. How electrolytes can be a good source to boost your energy in the afternoon rather than another cup of coffee. Why there really is no beneficial difference in the source of sodium you consume whether that is sea salt or refined table salt. Guillermo Ruiz Why iodine was first introduced to foods like salt because in the early 1900s people suffered goiters due to living more interior and not consuming fish as often. The difference between iodized salt and pink Himalayan sea salt and what to be aware of when we consider the minerals that are available. [31:00] LMNT's Health Mission For The World LMNT's mission and their focus to give you a product that tastes good and it's very convenient. Josh's biohacking experiments comparing drinking just water vs drinking LMNT both during and after a sauna session. 400 Cal Callahan Tyler Cartwright Luis Villasenor Keto Gains The fact that the main demographic that LMNT Co-Founders, Tyler Cartwright and Luis Villasenor, work with are women between the ages of 35 and 60. How LMNT's formula came to be after looking at 300 different diet records of people who largely ate a whole, un-processed low carb diet. How their product will help you address your sodium issues to improve your wellness. Why it's hard to keep your magnesium levels healthy if you're depleted in sodium. 140 Chris Kresser [42:00] Sodium Intake Truths & Myths Exploring the truths and myths about sodium intake especially during pregnancy, water tension, and hypertension. The fact that 80% of people are facing an underlying issue of hyperinsulinemia and their food choices are a primary driver of that. Unpacking why hypertensive individuals that are put on a low sodium diet don't really see a change in their blood pressure. Why hydration is not synonymous with water but with both water and electrolytes. How we get into a hyponatremic state when we keep drinking water but our sodium levels are very low. Why our hands, feet, and also brain swell when we over-hydrate and experience edema. What happens when we sweat and why we mainly excrete sodium but not really potassium and magnesium. Discussing when you should consume LMNT: pre, during, or post your workout or sauna. How adequate post training or post stress sodium dramatically enhances recovery because of its connection to cortisol release. What quantity of LMNT Robb personally drinks before going to the gym, class prep, and doing jiu jitsu exercise as a practical example. How Robb's focus on nutrition in the past compared to now has dramatically improved his personal wellness. Andy Stumpf | Cleared Hot Podcast Why it's important to keep your electrolytes stable pre, peri, and post workout for greater recovery. What you might experience if you consume too much LMNT or sodium. Why LMNT might taste very sweet when you're low on sodium and then you notice the sodium taste when you're leveled. Signs that you don't have enough electrolytes in our body's system including cramping as a late stage sign. [58:00] Are You Drinking Too Much Water? How Robb adds the chocolate flavored LMNT to his 2nd cup of coffee in the morning. What we do to disrupt our electrolyte status without even realizing it. Why Robb probably wouldn't even need the LMNT in his 2nd cup if he didn't drink as much coffee in his first mug. Why Robb believes our Paleo ancestors did not consume as much water as we're advised to drink today. How butchering techniques can increase or decrease the amount of sodium and potassium in our meats. Force Of Nature Meats Who shouldn't consume LMNT: those with hypertension and existing blood pressure. Why women can experience increased insulin resistance and gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Why you may want to consider a low carb diet to improve your wellness if LMNT is not a good fit for you. Lily Nichols Why what a woman eats before and during her pregnancy can impact her insulin resistance. Exploring when a woman could consume supplements and electrolytes such as LMNT during her pregnancy. Why LMNT is great for a woman who is breastfeeding to help with latching and increasing breast milk supply. [1:16:00] Honoring Your Own Health Our connection to nature and that we come from the earth. What wellness means to Robb one year later after episode 357 Robb Wolf | Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat. Being respectful of ourselves by honoring our time, focus and energy. How to put up healthy boundaries for yourself to help you live life well. The importance of health freedom and taking care of yourself. How to think for yourself and your own wellbeing. Paleovalley - Save 15% on your ACV Complex with the code 'JOSH' Belcampo Meat Co Botanic Tonics breathwork.io M21 Wellness Guide Wellness Force Community Power Quotes From The Show The Dangers Of Low Electrolyte Levels "Somewhere along the line hydration became synonymous with water but it is not. If you look in a textbook of medical physiology, hydration is water and electrolytes in specific ratios. If you just add water you end up in a hyponatremic state; a low sodium state and this explains things like hand swelling. Most people are familiar with experiencing their hands swelling up when they go hiking and they drink lots of water, they're sweating like crazy, and they're swelling up because virtually nobody supplements with sodium... ...When our sodium levels are low, we will tend to get edema and this is when our hands, feet, and brain will also swell. This is what kills people when they over hydrate with only water like in hazing events or while training for and running in marathons. The next time you go hiking, drink pickle juice or LMNT, and notice how you don't swell." - Robb Wolf Why Sodium Is So Important When You Sweat "When we sweat, we mainly excrete sodium. We don't really excrete potassium or magnesium; there's a little bit but it's orders of magnitude different. So, in that high sweat scenario: a sauna, exercise, ruck marching; stuff like that - you need to mainly focus on sodium. Over the course of a month yes we need sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphates, bicarbonates - all of the electrolytes but in that time course of a hard, physical event or sauna, the main problem is the rapid and significant loss of sodium. So, that is another reason why you really have to target that." - Robb Wolf Achieving Stable Sodium Levels Pre, Peri, and Post Workout "Adequate post training or post stress sodium dramatically enhances recovery and there are a ton of mechanisms for why but one of the things that adequate sodium levels effect is cortisol release because it's less of a stress. If the body is getting adequate sodium, it's signalling the body that it's okay and it has enough nutrient resources to be able to recover. So pre workout sodium intake is really important depending on the duration of the event and then on the recovery side we also need adequate sodium and electrolytes.... ...During the workout, sipping a drink like LMNT that will keep you well hydrated. When I was trying to do training like this ten plus years ago I would just be absolutely crushed after a workout and I think it was because I wasn't properly addressing my electrolyte levels like I am today. This pre, peri, and then post supplementation is really important to be on point if you want to optimize the whole workout experience." - Robb Wolf Links From Today's Show Drink LMNT – Zero Sugar Hydration: Get your free LMNT Sample Pack, you only cover the cost of shipping Click here to get your FREE e-book, The Fundamental Guide To Fasting by Robb Wolf 357 Robb Wolf 103 Robb Wolf The Case For Better Meat | Robb Wolf What Is Wellness? Sacred Cow The Paleo Solution Wired To Eat The Healthy Rebellion Radio 125 Dr. Kirk Parsley Guillermo Ruiz 400 Cal Callahan Tyler Cartwright Luis Villasenor Keto Gains 140 Chris Kresser Andy Stumpf | Cleared Hot Podcast Force Of Nature Meats Lily Nichols Paleovalley - Save 15% on your ACV Complex with the code 'JOSH' Belcampo Meat Co Botanic Tonics breathwork.io Leave Wellness Force a review on iTunes breathwork.io M21 Wellness Guide Wellness Force Community Robb Wolf Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter LMNT Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter About Robb Wolf Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation's “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps. Robb lives in Texas with his wife Nicki and daughters Zoe and Sagan. Build Immunity. Breathe Deeply. A simple, powerful 21 minute morning system designed to give you more energy to let go of old weight and live life well. 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I had the pleasure of interviewing Robb Wolf, a 2X New York Times Best Selling author and a veteran in the health and wellness space. We discuss the following in chronological order:Robb Wolf's introduction.Diet lifecycles tend to evolve. What kind of advice can you share with someone like Judy that's in the nutrition space?Did you evolve with paleo or now do keto, etc.?Do you see advocates on social media just evolve with the diet trends?What is an ideal food for someone's diet?Thoughts on too much protein causing increased blood glucose levels.Have you seen anyone have prediabetic figures but their other markers are good?Thoughts on women needing carbs for hormone health.How and why LMNT was started.Thoughts on censorship and allowing for open discussions.Nutritional differences between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.Where do you see our food going from here?Where to find Robb Wolf.About Robb WolfRobb Wolf is a former research biochemist and the best selling author of 'The Paleo Solution' and 'Wired To Eat'. He has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation's “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability.Robb also holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. He has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps._____ RESOURCES:Robb's website: https://robbwolf.com/Healthy Rebellion: https://join.thehealthyrebellion.com/LMNT: https://drinklmnt.com/Sacred Cow: https://www.sacredcow.info/_____ CHECK OUT MY BOOK, CARNIVORE CURE: https://amzn.to/37R4lOY _____ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Nutrition with Judy BLOG: https://nutritionwithjudy.com/blog/ Nutrition with Judy Resources: https://nutritionwithjudy.com/resources _____ FIND ME:
In today's episode Pete is joined by award-winning HR professional commonly known as the “HR Force of Nature”, Brenda Neckvatal to discuss her story and how she got to where she is today. Together they talk through deciding when to change your own narrative, how to have fire in the belly is to have gumption and desire and the importance of being open to anything and everything. KEY TAKEAWAYS Fire in the belly is your gumption. It is your desire for life and the big furnace inside you that keeps you going. If you do not have fire in the belly then you are not living, you're just existing. Nobody should be on this planet to just exist, everyone should be out there trying to live. We all have a narrative of how we see our life and where we see it going. What we don't realise is that we are the author of that narrative and we can change it anytime we want to. There is nothing easy about doing it but you can change it anytime you want. It is all dependent on whether you want to put the time in to change it. Finding the right people in life and attaching your loyalties appropriately is a great way to further yourself. Let go of the people in your life that are not on the same page as you. As you grow older you will become a better judge of character. When you drop what you think you know and you are open to anything and everything, your eyes are widened. Your aperture opens up, you may not always like it and may not like what you find in the process or what you see in the mirror but it is much better to be open than closed. BEST MOMENTS “Nobody trusts anything but yet everyone is willing to listen to it.” “Nobody should be on this planet to just exist.” “We all have a narrative.” “I am a very loyal person.” ABOUT THE GUEST “Brenda is an award-winning HR professional and is often referred to as the “HR Force of Nature” by her clients. Not only does she help business leaders solve their most difficult people issues, she is a specialist in crisis management, government contracting HR compliance, and mentor to women in HR working in a HR department of one. She started as an HR sprout after fourteen years in retail management. She discovered that she really enjoyed helping people solve their unique problems and human resources offered her the ability to support her co-workers in a greater capacity. Having the benefit of working for a total of five Fortune 500 companies, she converted her experience into a series of focused best practices helping small businesses achieve their workforce goals.In her 30 year career in human resources and business, she has consulted to nearly 500 small businesses and C-suite leaders. She has optimized employee effectiveness and helped mitigate the high costs that are associated with making hasty employment related decisions. Brenda is a devoted volunteer in the Navy SEAL Community and finds new ways of supporting veterans of Naval Special Warfare. She dedicates 32 weeks a year working with The Honor Foundation to support the career transition of Special Forces personnel by providing them with her knowledge, insight, and creativity. Perseverance, integrity, and relentless optimism are just a few of the ingredients that make up what you experience in Brenda's character.” LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neckvatal ABOUT THE HOST The ‘Mighty Pete Lonton' from the ‘Mighty 247' company is your main host of ‘Fire In The Belly'. Pete is an Entrepreneur, Mentor, Coach, Property Investor, and father of 3 beautiful girls. Pete's background is in Project Management and Property, but his true passion is the ‘Fire in The Belly' project itself. His mission is to help others find their potential and become the mightiest version of themselves. Pete openly talks about losing both of his parents, suffering periods of depression, business downturn and burn-out, and ultimately his years spent not stoking ‘Fire In the Belly'. In 2017, at 37 years of age that changed, and he is now on a journey of learning, growing, accepting, and inspiring others. Pete can connect with people and intuitively asks questions to reveal a person's passion and discover how to live their mightiest life. The true power of ‘Fire In The Belly' is the Q&A's - Questions and Actions! The ‘Fire In The Belly' brand and the programme is rapidly expanding into podcasts, seminars, talks, business workshops, development course, and rapid results mentoring. CONTACT METHOD https://www.facebook.com/mightypetelonton/ https://uk.linkedin.com/in/mightypete https://www.facebook.com/groups/430218374211579/ Support the show: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430218374211579/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For parents:A great conversation with Robb Wolf, we talk health, homeschool, homesteading, alt tech, and more.Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars.Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation’s “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability.Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps.Robb lives in Texas with his wife Nicki and daughters Zoe and Sagan.www.robbwolf.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8256128)
This week we welcome Tim Cruickshank, founder and CEO of Bonefrog Cellars and Bonefrog Coffee Company. After serving 25 years in the U.S. Navy, Tim created Bonefrog Cellars and Bonefrog Coffee Company as a tribute to the “Brotherhood” of U.S. Navy SEAL’s, the Naval Special Warfare community, and to all Americans who bravely served, or who are currently serving, in our United States Armed Forces. Bonefrog Cellars is a premium boutique winery located in the Pacific Northwest. Each bottle starts a conversation about the men and women that have served this great nation. Whether you choose the Merlot aged in French Oak, or the Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel, a portion of the sale goes to the Navy SEAL Foundation, the SEAL Veterans Foundation, and the Navy SEALs Fund. Bonefrog Coffee Company follows suit producing premium, small-batch coffee roasted to order. The beans for these specialty blends are grown specifically for Bonefrog Coffee Company in Central and South America. Tim talks about how both businesses strive to give back, and also raise awareness of other veteran owned and operated businesses. To that end, Tim has set up Focal Point, a central location to advertise veteran businesses. So if you're listening early in the morning, pour a fresh cup, or if it's time to settle down, pop the cork on a nice Merlot, and enjoy this week's episode.For more information or to try out these great products go to https://bonefrogcellars.com/ and https://bonefrog-coffee.com/Sign up for the Bulletproof Veteran 5k at www.bulletproofveteran.com
Master Chief Jason Gardner, United States Navy SEAL Retired. Jason Spent more than 30 years in Naval Special Warfare and successfully retired after having earned 1 Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart among many other service awards. He is a veteran of both the first Gulf War and the Global War On Terror, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He served through 9 deployments over his time in service, with 5 of those deployments seeing combat. The lessons he learned through his time in service to our country has carried over into his transitional career with the Leadership Consulting company, Echelon Front. Echelon Front is a consulting firm created by Jocko Willinck and Leif Babin that brings the lesson of high performance team leadership and dynamics to the business and public safety arena. Sit down and listen to the wisdom earned from his 51 trips around the sun. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Andrews & Wilson joined the show to talk about their new book SONS OF VALOR and we talk all about their collaboration with Bonefrog Coffee! You've seen Bonefrog on The Protectors. They teamed up with Andrews & Wilson to give back to the community.Andrews & Wilson is honored to partner with Bonefrog Coffee—a veteran-owned and operated premium, small-batch coffee roastery located in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by former Navy SEAL, Tim Cruickshank, Bonefrog Coffee is a tribute to the "brotherhood" of all those who served in the Naval Special Warfare community as well as all Americans who served in the US Armed Forces. At Bonefrog, giving is the mission, and a of all proceeds to these important organizations. Sons of Valor Specialty Blend is roasted and packed in the USA. At Bonefrog, giving is the mission. 100% of A&W proceeds from this joint venture are donated to veteran causes and non-profits supported by Bonefrog Coffee. #bonefrog #bonefrogcoffee #andrewsandwilson #theprotectorsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/theprotectors)
“Whether you're a military person in conflict or war, whether you're an entrepreneur starting out, whether you're a person struggling through disease, to understand our behavior really helps us in our processes.” – Rich Diviney On this episode of The Leadership Locker, Rich is joined by author and retired Navy SEAL Commander Rich Diviney. Listen in as Rich and Rich talk about Rich Diviney's book, The Attributes. They discuss the difference between skills and attributes, perseverance and discipline, as well as how to evaluate your own attributes. Rich Diviney is a retired Navy SEAL Commander. In a career spanning more than twenty years, he completed more than thirteen overseas deployments-eleven of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. As the officer in charge of training for a specialized command, he spearheaded the creation of a SEAL directorate that fused physical, mental, and emotional disciplines. He led his small team to create the first ever "Mind Gym" in Naval Special Warfare that helped SEALs train their brains to perform faster, longer, and better, especially in high-stress environments. Since his retirement, Diviney has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant, training more than five thousand business, athletic, and military leaders. 00:09 – Introduction 04:06 – About Rich Diviney 06:19 - Why Rich wrote The Attributes 08:10 – What The Attributes is about 09:34 – Skills vs. attributes 11:46 – Misjudging someone's attributes 13:10 – The Dream Team Paradox 15:19 – Peak performance vs. optimal performance 17:50 – Evaluating your own attributes 20:30 – Accepting your own attributes 25:42 – The categories of attributes 29:16 – “Courage can not exist in the absence of fear.” 31:14 – Courage and entrepreneurship 34:54 – Perseverance and discipline 38:41 – Self-discipline 41:58 – Resilience 46:03 – Durability and happiness 48:35 – Compartmentalization 52:24 – Focusing on what is relevant 56:20 – Learnability and going after your passion 59:23 – Getting in touch with Rich Diviney Connect with Rich Diviney: https://theattributes.com/ (The Attributes by Rich Diviney) https://www.linkedin.com/in/richdiviney/ (LinkedIn) https://www.instagram.com/rich_diviney/?hl=en (Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/pg/theattributes/community/ (Facebook) Connect with Rich Cardona: http://www.richcardonamedia.com/ (Website) https://www.linkedin.com/in/richcardona/ (LinkedIn) https://www.instagram.com/richcardona_/ (Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/richcardonamedia/ (Facebook) https://www.youtube.com/c/RichCardona (YouTube)
On today’s episode Ryan talks to Daniel Barkhuff about his path to the Naval academy and becoming a Navy SEAL, our individual obligation to each other and to serving the common good, Admiral Stockdale and restoring the 4 Stoic virtues to leadership, and more.Daniel Barkhuff is the president and treasurer of Veterans for Responsible Leadership. He attended the United States Naval Academy and served 7 years on active duty as a member of Naval Special Warfare and completed multiple combat tours. Upon leaving active duty he attended Harvard Medical School and is now a faculty member and Emergency Medicine doctor at the University of Vermont, and the father of three small girls.GiveWell is the best site for figuring out how and where to donate your money to have the greatest impact. If you’ve never donated to GiveWell’s recommended charities before, you can have your donation matched up to $1,000 before the end of June or as long as matching funds last. Just go to GiveWell.org/STOIC and pick podcast and The Daily Stoic at checkout. Streak is a fully embedded workflow and productivity software in Gmail that lets you manage all your work right in your inbox. Streak gives you tools for email tracking, mail merges, and snippets to save time and scale up your email efficiency. Sign up for Streak today at Streak.com/stoic and get 20% off your first year of their Pro Plan.Go Macro is a family-owned maker of some of the finest protein bars around. They're vegan, non-GMO, and they come in a bunch of delicious flavors. Visit gomacro.com and use promo code STOIC for 30% off your order plus free shipping on all orders over $50.The Jordan Harbinger Show is one of the most interesting podcasts on the web, with guests like Kobe Bryant, Mark Manson, Eric Schmidt, and more. Listen to one of Ryan's episodes right now (1, 2), and subscribe to the Jordan Harbinger Show today.***If you enjoyed this week’s podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. It helps with our visibility, and the more people listen to the podcast, the more we can invest into it and make it even better.Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: http://DailyStoic.com/signupFollow @DailyStoic:Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailystoicInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailystoic/Facebook: http://facebook.com/dailystoicYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/dailystoicTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@daily_stoic Follow Daniel Barkhuff: Veterans for Responsible Leadership: https://vfrl.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DBarkhuff
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Ellen Gustafson is a social entrepreneur, author, activists, and, most importantly, Mom and Military Spouse. She has done extensive work toward food system change (Authoring “We the Eaters: If We Can Change Dinner, We Can Change the World”, Co-Founding Food Tank: the food think tank, giving 4 four TEDx Talks on food system change and advising big food businesses like Barilla and start-ups like Food Stand). She is the Co-Founder of FEED and the FEED Foundation, an early give-back fashion brand that has helped provide over 100 million school meals to children around the world, has been the Co-Director of the Summit Institute since 2016, which applies creative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges and has helped create diversity, inclusion, and anti-harassment programs at multiple conference companies. She is the Mom of three miracle toddlers and lives with them and her husband in “just seasonal enough” Virginia Beach, VA. Katy Bell Hendrickson is a Military Spouse to a retired career Naval Special Warfare officer and mother of five children. She and her husband have experience with adoption, assisted reproduction and third party reproduction. Katy was the Reserve Flag Spouse Advisor for the Command Spouse Leadership School at NLEC in Naval Station Newport, Flag Spouse Advisor for CORE San Diego, and an Advisor to Naval Services FamilyLine in Washington DC. Katy has been active in the Warrior and Family Support Group at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado as a Senior Peer Mentor and has led multiple workshops on Family Building covering the topics of ART and Adoption. In her spare time, she is an architect by education and training - having spent the last decade working mainly in residential design and historic preservation. She is a former Board of Director for the Coronado Historical Association, Chairperson for the Heritage Committee, Chairwoman for the Coronado Historical Home Tour 2017-2019 and the recipient of the Cobb McCarty Preservation Award. Katy is currently on the Women's Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts and lives in Washington DC with her husband, youngest son, and twin daughters. Listen to Katy and Ellen as they discuss with (the other) Ellen and Jenn: • How they came about forming the Military Family Building Coalition. • Ellen’s background and infertility journey in the military healthcare system. • Katy’s journey and how she got involved. • The current status of fertility coverage in the military healthcare system. • What MFBC is doing to help families. • How you can help and support MFBC. Want to share your story or ask a question? Call and leave us a message on our hotline: 303-997-1903. Learn more about our podcast: https://iwanttoputababyinyou.com/ Learn more about our surrogacy agencies: https://www.brightfuturesfamilies.com/ Get your IWTPABIY merch here! https://iwanttoputababyinyou.com/merch Learn more about Ellen’s law firm: http://trachmanlawcenter.com/ Learn more about Military Family Building Coalition: https://www.militaryfamilybuilding.org/
The DR5 model In this episode, Dr. Zab Johnson, Dr. Al’ai Alvarez, and Dr Preston Cline will break down the DR5 model using a Trauma Resuscitation scenario. The DR5 represents the latest version of the original MCTI Learning Diagnostic Tool (The LERP and then the DR4) that was developed through a collaborative inquiry process between the Mission Critical Team Institute, Naval Special Warfare, and the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative (UPENN), to improve the training for hostage rescue teams. This version was specifically developed for use in medical resuscitation. As always, it is designed as a tool to help Instructor Cadre improve performance within immersion events and is currently being utilized by teams worldwide. Initially created to move past the all too common “You Suck! Suck Less!” instructor/student interaction by providing instructors a more precise language to overcome the Tacit Knowledge Transfer Problem . This is the problem that experts face when trying to explain or articulate their expertise (e.g., Having the skill to ride a bike versus explaining that skill to another). Using research from Psychology, Education, and Neuroscience, the DR5 model breaks down the immersion event into 5 distinct areas of Detection, Recognition, Reaction, Response, Reset, and Reflection. While neurologically, these stages do not behave sequentially , the model provides Instructor Cadres a mechanism for specificity  to diagnose better and mediate learning within and after immersion events. Guests: Dr. Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson Executive Director, Wharton Neuroscience Initiative Senior Fellow, Wharton Neuroscience Initiative Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson is the executive director and senior fellow of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative. Her research focuses on vision and visual behavior. Her work spans physiological approaches in the retina and early visual cortex to using eye tracking to investigate how human observers look and navigate through the world, how these processes unfold over time and with experience, and the role of social cognition and decision making in these processes. She is an expert on color vision. She received her PhD in Neural Science at New York University. Al'ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM (https://twitter.com/alvarezzzy (@alvarezzzy)) Assistant Residency Program Director, Emergency Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor - Co-Chair, WellMD Physician Wellness Forum Stanford University School of Medicine Al'ai is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and an associate residency program director (APD) at the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is the APD for Residency Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion). Dr. Alvarez focuses on the intersectionality and interdependence of wellbeing with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. Additional Articles https://app.box.com/s/8p9ge6riycjala802sdo2405ezumstd6 (DR5 Model) https://app.box.com/s/lrubr832nldh6lh7ndugjxx2eu3huexc (High Performance Resuscitation Teams)
Barring Jocko, there is no one who we talk about on this podcast (who we haven't actually had on) more than Robb Wolf. That changes today! We've talked about Robb Wolf on nearly every episode in conversations around challenging the stereotypical narrative around health. He has been instrumental in redefining what health means not just for me, but for hundreds of thousands of other people too. ROBB WOLF Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. He has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top-ranked iTunes podcast, books, and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation’s “Unconquered Life” initiative, and a number of innovative start-ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Wolf holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry, and the United States Marine Corps. PLACES YOU CAN FIND ROBB Instagram - @dasrobbwolf Twitter - @RobbWolf Books - https://robbwolf.com/shop/ MORE CONTENT Follow me on social to get the latest updates and Essential content. Instagram: @mattbeaudreau Twitter: @mattbeaudreau YouTube: Matt Beaudreau THE MISSION Many of the young people who would thrive the most at Acton Academy (a school founded by Matt Beaudreau), simply can’t afford it. The Essential 11 was created to fill that gap. Our goal is to provide scholarships to as many Acton Academy students in need as we possibly can. 100% of all proceeds from this podcast go directly towards sponsoring young heroes here in the Sacramento area. We know and believe that a greater future starts with greater education for more students. More About E11 Podcast
Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top-ranked iTunes podcast, books, and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation’s “Unconquered Life” initiative, and a number of innovative start-ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Robb holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry, and the United States Marine Corps. Allform Babbel MD Hearing Aid Magic Spoon ExpressVPN
In this episode of the JSOM Podcast, Alex and Josh begin the podcast with an interesting open discussion about recent cases of patients travelling to Mexico to receive plastic surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Josh and Alex provide their analysis on the articles outlining the Secondary Traumatic Stress in Emergency Services Systems (STRESS) Project and Conversion of the AAJT to REBOA in a Swine Hemorrhage model. Guest reviewer, Naval Special Warfare medic PJ Pelaez discusses the article on Performance Characteristics of Fluid Warming Technology for Austere Environments. Visit our Social Media @jsomonline https://jsom.us/Podcast
Yes, that title is correct! Jack is currently working on taking his first book “The Terminal List” to screen, and big time Hollywood actor Chris Prat is playing his main character James Reece. Today, I have a very special returning guest, who is a former Navy SEAL, now best-selling author, Jack Carr. Jack has just released the fourth book in “The Terminal List” series, “The Devil’s Hand.” Even though this book is fiction, it contains a ton of valuable inside knowledge on the current and past fight agains terrorism. I know a lot of my listeners will enjoy Jack’s new book, so make sure to go check it out in your favorite local bookstore. More About Me Guest Jack Carr is a former Navy SEAL who led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Jack retired from active duty in 2016 and lives with his wife and three children in Park City, Utah. He is the author of The Terminal List, True Believer, and Savage Son. Topics Discussed: * A bit about Jack * Jack talks about his new book “The Devil’s Hand” * How it has been working with Hollywood celebrity Chris Pratt * The process of how his first book “Terminal List” is currently in the works of becoming an Amazon Prime series * What current events influenced the plot line for his new book * How and when did Jack decide to try and become a fiction author * How is it dealing with the Hollywood “woke” crowd - you might be surprised * How does today’s current political climate influence his books * How did Jack apply his time as a Navy SEAL to develop his characters and plot for his books Episode Resources: * Jack’s New Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/danger-close-with-jack-carr/id1557814875 * Jack’s Website: https://www.officialjackcarr.com * The last episode Jack appeared on with me: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/e69/ * The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com *Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider's Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/
Evan Hafer welcomes John Barklow to BRCC headquarters for this episode of Free Range American. John spent over 20 years in the Navy including time instructing Naval Special Warfare personnel cold weather survival skills. Along with Trevor Thompson, the three discuss survival skills, gear, and John describes the process of bringing hunting outerwear designs from concept to final product.
Nick Norris is a former United States Navy SEAL, now the CEO and co-founder of Protekt Products. He is a graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 247. Upon completion of SEAL training in 2004, Nick assumed progressively higher positions of leadership within Naval Special Warfare. Nick is sharing how his leadership training in the SEALs can help entrepreneurs excel in business. Subscribe Apple | Spotify | iHeart Radio | Stitcher | Radio FM 3 Golden Nuggets We are only limited by our minds. Most of what stands in our way is head trash and it just takes a shift in mindset in order to push yourself and succeed. Have humility and be humble enough to know you're not the expert in all things. This gives you the insight necessary to put the right people in the right seats and trust them to do their job effectively in order to grow your business. Preparedness is the key to conquering stress. Training scenarios and mission planning are at the core of what Navy SEALs do so they aren't caught off-guard by any situation thrown at them. Entrepreneurs should tackle business the same way in order to be successful. Sponsors and Resources Verblio: Today's episode of the Smart Agency Masterclass is sponsored by Verblio. Check out Verblio.com/smartagency and get 50% off your first month of content creation. Our team loves using Verblio because of the ease in their process and their large pool of crowd-sourced writers. Show Transcripts Jason: [00:00:00] On this episode, I talk with him former Navy SEAL, Nick, who goes through how they would make decisions, how they apply that to the civilian world, how you can be a better leader and get out of stressful situations. It's a really amazing episode. I'm so honored to have Nick on the show and you guys are going to really love it. Hey Nick, welcome to the show. NIck: [00:00:29] Well, thank you for having me, Jason. Jason: [00:00:31] Yeah, I'm excited to have you on, so tell us who you are and what do you do? NIck: [00:00:35] Oh, my name is Nick Norris, I guess I would be known as a former SEAL by a lot of people, right? That's why I've connected with people, but I currently am an entrepreneur. Uh, I have a company called Protekt Products and, and we are in the wellness space, producing supplements and sun care products. And our supplements are geared toward improving people's hydration and helping them sleep better. Jason: [00:01:04] Awesome. Fantastic. Well, first off, thanks for your service, especially for all the people that I've ever served. So thank you very much, but what made you decide to be a Navy SEAL? NIck: [00:01:15] Uh, so I wanted to do something difficult, you know, when people ask me that question and I've thought a little bit about it now because the question comes up often, I always was looking for something that was personally challenging. I wasn't the most naturally talented person athletically growing up, I had to really work hard and I wanted to find something that I could apply myself to that required a tremendous amount of personal discipline and that commitment and personal discipline would be. The thing that would drive success, not necessarily innate athletic ability or just innate talent. So I gravitated towards the SEAL teams because it was really difficult. I knew I could apply myself diligently in a disciplined way and get results. And that happened, I kind of fixated on it early in life or right around seventh grade. When a friend of mine had told me about the community and how difficult it was to enter that community specifically. Did someone tell you if you can never do it, is that what pushed you to do it? So my, the initial friend, a guy named Mike Hurley, who's a police officer in Chicago. He's the one that brought it up to me. He was a big fan of the Marine Corps. He wanted to be in the military and he mentioned the Seal teams and he was always super positive. But the second that I latched onto that concept and I was actually pretty vocal about it, you know, growing up seventh, eighth-grade high school. But I, I definitely had people close to me that told me. Dude, you're crazy. There's no way you're going to do that. And if it added fuel to the fire, right, that's typically what happens, right. People that are very driven get told that they can't do something and then you want to prove them wrong and improve that you're capable of controlling your own destiny. Jason: [00:03:02] Yeah. I remember, uh, I came back from college one time and my dad used to run all the time and we used to run this like one and a half-mile loop. And he was like, Hey, can you with me? I was like, yeah, I'll run with you. And literally, we passed right in the very beginning, we pass this old guy just walking. And when we got back around this loop, my dad was way ahead of me. And I was so embarrassed. I remember walking by the old guy and the old guy was like, well, you better get them next time or something. And then. I saw something where people were doing this triathlon. And I told my dad, I said, I'm going to do a triathlon. Or maybe I told him I was going to do an iron man or something. And, uh, and he was like, Oh, you can't do that. And literally it fueled me and I was like, I just finished under the cut. NIck: [00:03:49] Yeah. Yeah, it's good. Right? That, that external motivation is, is motivation and powerful motivation on the left. Yeah. Jason: [00:03:57] So I heard something, I guess you guys have, or maybe it's a rule it's like a 70/30 or something where you feel like your body's like completely shot, but you still have a ton to go. Is that true? Or is it there's a 70/30 rule? NIck: [00:04:13] So I, I haven't heard of it specifically like that, but it definitely makes sense. I mean, generally speaking, we're limited by our mind, not by our body and you know, I, I've gone through a bunch of stuff in my personal life that has shown me that, I mean, growing up as an athlete and not being as talented as everybody else and knowing that I could dig deep and that my, you know, my mind wanted to tell me to stop. And, and to keep going and then going into buds was another very pointed example of that, that whole program, you know, the SEALs, selection and training program, which is called BUD/S., Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training is structured to break every single person down to a point where you are not physically capable of doing it on your own, and you're not physically capable of just crushing it the entire time. It gets you to a point where you have to dig deeper, you have to face kind of those mental barriers and then draw, I passed them. And in doing so you find out that. You are capable of doing so much more than your mind is telling you you're capable or your body's capable of, uh, so much more than your mind thinks it is. Jason: [00:05:32] I can only imagine that's gotta be a humbling experience because I would think obviously I was not in the military and it's a regret I've had, but I can only imagine. The people that go through BUD/S, they're probably at the top of their game, on the physical ability. And then just to be broken down and to have to depend on other people, I guess that's the whole design of it. So that's, um, it's really pretty cool. We had to, I mean, a huge amount of people that were tremendous athletes, I mean, very talented, like Olympic caliber athletes that faltered, when things got really tough. You know, and, and not necessarily the, on the physical side of things, but immersion in cold water is something that's a big part of our pipeline, our selection pipeline. And, you know, there's really nothing you can do. It's like physically, yeah, you might be a bigger guy and you might be more insulated than, than the guy that's, you know, 130 pounds next to you. But both of you will get to a point where you're going to get cold. And that's where like you really have to dig deep. I mean, that's where kind of that mental toughness and kind of that ability to kind of drive past discomfort and push yourself beyond where you think you can go, uh, comes in. So I saw guys that were tremendous athletes, you know, falter in that regard. And then I, you know, the counterpoint to that is I saw guys that you would have bet everything they would have failed because they just were not. You know the most impressive physical specimens and they were the toughest guys that I went through training with and the polar opposite of what you would imagine a SEAL candidate to look like. You know, they were maybe 15, 20 pounds overweight, not athletic, you know, struggled in most of the physical evolutions, but could just crush it when things got extremely tough. That's awesome. So let's talk about high pressure situations because obviously, running an agency is very different than being in the military and you guys have gone through a lot of high pressure situations, being a SEAL and a lot of agency and entrepreneurs that think they're in high pressure situations for their business. And I've always found when there's emotion or a lot of stress, or I guess stress creates emotion, which emotion creates bad decisions. How did you guys learn how to deal with that and to get that under control in order to make the right decision? NIck: [00:07:56] Yeah. I mean, so just dealing with stress, right? I mean, stress is stress regardless of where the origin of that stress is coming from, you know, whether it be high-risk financial decisions as an agency owner or an element leader in a SEAL platoon in combat. I mean, you're still going to be exposed to stress and in our community, you know, we, we train a lot. We train significantly more than the time that we actually spend in direct combat operations. Um, I mean there's guys pre 9/11 that didn't really get to see any combat and spent 20, 30 years in training, basically preparing for that opportunity to excel in kind of the high-stress kind of game-day scenario. And I would say that that extreme level of preparation or commitment to preparation, uh, becomes a stress inoculator. The training that I went through and I've referred to this example several times and it, and I will continue to refer to it. Jocko Willink, who is a very well-known SEAL owns Echelon Front, which is a consultancy here in the States. Jocko was my sister troop commander. He also put me through training when I was a platoon commander and he was running our training detachment on the West coast. And I specifically remember multiple times during my training where I felt significantly more stress because I knew I was being critiqued by someone that I respect. And I was being critiqued by my peers in that kind of a high-performance training scenario. I felt more stressed there than I did an actual combat operations. And I have memories of being in uh, direct engagement with the enemy, you know, receiving incoming enemy fire and making calls and making decisions on the battlefield and feeling more comfortable and more confident because of the training that high stakes, high level, high stress training that I went through. So, you know, it's a testament to the fact that you know, preparation breeds inoculation distress. And will allow you to control those emotions that seem to overwhelm people that are ill-prepared. Jason: [00:10:16] Yeah. Whenever I think about the points in my life, when was the most stressful, it was really, it came down to being prepared or not being prepared. Like I just was like, ah, kind of wing it. I'll be good at that pitch. And then I would go in and be like, Holy cow, but then if I look at situations where I felt totally relaxed, it was, I've done this a thousand times. Like you were saying that repetition and I was just prepared and I was just like, No. Now I can get on, like, I look at getting on stage because a lot of people fear getting on stage. And I remember when I ran the agency, I would get on stage and I would talk about stuff I really didn't know about just to get on stage. But then now I get on stage and talking about, you know, running an agency I'm like, ask me anything. Like, I feel totally prepared. Like there you can't throw me any curveballs. That is so true. NIck: [00:11:09] There is no easy solution. Right? You got to put the work in, you have to be well-prepared and it was evident in every single thing that we did in the SEAL teams. You know, whether it was the training scenarios, uh, whether it was our mission planning and kind of the preparation prior to going out on an actual real-world operation, you know, we prepared diligently. Uh, we exhausted every scenario that we possibly could think through in order to contingency plan, plan, and really try to have, have the answers before the tests. You know, we, we tried to go through everything and come up with theoretical problems and solutions and did it in a manner where everybody on the team understood what those scenarios could be and how we would potentially address them. And 99% of the time, we never even had to address those contingencies on the actual operation. The operation, typically it would just be easy, right. But it's that 1% opportunity where something bad goes wrong and you have to deal with it. And if you know what you are going to do ahead of time, because you've already talked through it with your team. Emotion doesn't even play into it. You go into autopilot and you just start addressing the issues and taking care of business. Jason: [00:12:35] Other than just putting your team through repetition, repetition, and let's think about it on, on a business front, right? Because a lot of entrepreneurs, a lot of leaders, you know, they hear that, you know, they hear you talking about them and they're like, well, it's a life-death situation. Like they have to do it all. But a lot of business leaders and including me sometimes, and I'm actually going to think about the way I do it is like, we don't have time to plan for every single result. We'll just go. We'll react and then we'll react to however happens, which is probably the wrong way. Cause if you told people like, Hey, your life depends on this. Don't you want to think of every result? Like what do you say to those people? NIck: [00:13:17] Yeah, I mean, but I mean, even as a, as a business leader, you have the opportunity to put systems in place, right? I mean, you know, let's say on the sales front, you know, you can put together your targets, you can talk about how you approach those targets, the way that you're going to pitch certain people. Cause it's different. Every single time you're going to bring different people on your team to certain pitches because they're going to be received better by certain demographics that you're pitching to. And. You can plan all of that stuff. And it's not a waste of time and energy to do that. I mean, you're going to know your team better by doing that by digging in and understanding what strengths each and every person on your team has. You're going to be able to tap into those strengths easier. Uh, more fluidly and be able to apply those strengths from your team appropriately in the right pitches. And then, you know, the, the actual pitch itself, it becomes pretty robotic and pretty structured. You know, it's not like there's a tremendous amount of variance in kind of pitching to a new client. You can really lay that stuff out well, and, and even, you know, you should be practicing that you should huddle as a team. You should have people practicing their pitch, the way that they converse with you as the way they converse with the client. So, you know, I know people may say, yeah, you know, we, we just read and react and, uh, and we don't have the time to do this, but I don't think you have time not to do that because if you get in front of somebody, That's a decision-maker. I mean, that's life and death, financially. I mean, people will downplay it and say, Oh yeah, well you're in combat. Yeah. It is life and death. Yeah. True. You know, you're not going to die in a pitch if you lose, but you know, if you lose a big pitch and you're in financial dire straits, I can say this. I said this before we started our call, I would be more stressed. And I probably would allow that to impact me more emotionally if I was in a situation where I, I felt out of control and I lost my financial security and I couldn't take care of my family. That still produces an extremely high level of stress. So I think it all, it's all relative. Jason: [00:15:29] Yeah, I totally agree. And I remember one time we, we over-prepared for this one pitch going in and I remember just going in there, like yeah, we'll decide with you. I'm like, but I was thinking in my mind, we were so prepared. You need to ask us this question so we can like it. Wasn't waiting for time. It wasn't wasted. We made us that much better for the next pitch, the next campaign, the next, you know, initiative that we needed to do. Let's change, focus a little bit around building your team and being a good leader. How did you guys select who you wanted on your team and really kind of get them to the next level where everybody was in sync, because it's the same within business. Like you have to get the right people in the right seat, all that believe in that certain vision or mission ahead of you. NIck: [00:16:17] Well, so in the SEAL team, it's actually easier because we all go through the same selection process. For the most part, you get a tremendous product. On the backend of that selection process, and you get sent to a SEAL team and you get put into a platoon and there's really, you don't want people in the, in the background picking these people out, like handpicking them, you just get a bunch of SEALs. You get like you get a rough cut SEAL that has made it through the same selection process that every other SEAL has made it through. So you know what you have to start with. So as a leader, you know, that's easier for me, you know, I think it's actually the leadership in the SEAL teams was easy because of that, you know, as opposed to being in the civilian world where you don't necessarily get that high-level selection process, you know, you get to interview somebody, maybe put them on as an intern and get to see them perform for a period of time, but you don't get to vet them for a year, a year and a half. And, uh, for us, the leadership really. I mean, leadership is always important, but it became critically important in the way that you grew your people, you leverage their strengths and their weaknesses, and you slotted them into the right role with the right responsibilities as part of that team. So. I didn't have a choice as to who I got, but I did have a choice as to where I put those people on my team. Jason: [00:17:48] Man, maybe I need to create BUD/S for agency employees. NIck: [00:17:54] Put them through like a six-month just grinder and just like every like high stress all day. But, but you know what, from a leadership standpoint, to give you more of a granular answer, you know, we trust and respect are two big things. As far as leadership is concerned, successful leadership in the, in any team and also humility as a leader. So being humble enough to know that you don't have all the answers. And even if you're in a position of leadership where you are accountable, you still. Should never say I need to be the end all be all. I need to know everything. I mean, it's great. You should tap in and try to learn as much as you can, but be humble enough to know that you're not the expert. You got people on your team that are absolute experts in the role that they're there to execute. And in the SEAL teams, you know, we had people that breached doors, we had people that were snipers. We had people that were communicators. We had people that conducted all of our medical training and, and cared for our unit from a medical standpoint. And, you know, as a leader, I wanted to know the capabilities that each of those people brought to the team, but they were the expert and I needed to be trusting enough. And confident enough in their ability to perform and to be experts in their field to allow them to do their job effectively, let them lead in their own right in their lane. And then be able to apply those strengths at the appropriate times in order to put together a successful operation. Jason: [00:19:31] Yeah. I think the perception too, and I learned this the hard way, and I guess a lot of people listening, you know, they think of Navy SEALs, all alphas, right. And you probably alphas in your own realm, but I think you mentioned the keyword humility and being humble to know that they don't know everything because I remember. I was looking for this graphic designer many years ago. And I remember coming across, they were the most amazing designer I've ever, ever seen on this one particular thing, but they were the cockiest son of a bitch I've ever met. And I was like, I cannot put this poison in this company, even though they're the best. They're not the best for the team, you know, going forward. Now I heard a story. Now this is not around me, but I want to understand how you guys make decisions as a team. As well, as, as a leader, I was listening to a podcast and Scott Kelly on the, you know, the astronauts lived in space for a year. And I think they had some problems with the heat shield and NASA was like, Hey, you know, it's your decision. And he said, I could have asked everyone in a group setting, you know, what do you guys think we should do? Should we go out and do a spacewalk fix it? Or should we just, which could actually damage it more? Or should we just come down? And he said, he goes, we actually, um, I went to everyone individually and asked them rather than having committee make the decision. What were kind of like your decision process when you were leading your team? NIck: [00:20:58] So I'll refer back to kinda my Afghan deployment, my last active duty deployment as a SEAL, you know, I went into a platoon that had some leadership issues. And I was replacing a, another officer that had been removed from the platoon. So kind of a broken scenario, a lot of distrust, a lot of, uh, internal conflict. And I was showing up from a different theater. I came from Iraq and I was going into Afghanistan and. What I did initially just sit back and listen. I mean, I think it's important when you have the time when you're not in the high-stress scenario is get to know the people that are in your team. Listen to them. Don't just talk, right? The more you can shut your mouth and listen, you learn a tremendous amount. And what I learned in listening is who are the trusted experts, who are the people that really have a finger on the pulse and know how other people in the team are feeling. And, you know, I, I was able to gauge the level of credibility of each individual that I listened to. And by doing that, I basically formed. This, uh, abstract advisory board within my team where when things were, I guess, getting more high pressure and we needed to make some serious decisions and decisions that were going to be high stakes, you know, we're going into a dangerous area, or we were going to do a certain type of operation. I could always go back and I could talk to some of these critical leaders within my element. Because I've already vetted them. And I knew who I could go to, uh, who was credible and who was capable of giving me sound advice. And I think in doing that, I was able to confidently make decisions because ultimately as the leader, the top person in a unit, I'm accountable for the decision. So as much as I want to take the advice of everybody else and the council. When it comes down to it, I need to be confident in making the decision. And I gotta be the one that falls on the sword, if things go wrong, uh, because I'm definitely the one that's getting the credit when things go right. You know, so I need to be willing to accept that level of accountability and stand on my own two feet. Jason: [00:23:17] What were some of the questions that you would ask when you were coming in in order to get them? Just because a lot of times I would think, you know, as a leader comes into an organization that has a little, little fun going on, some people are going to be a little standoffish or be like, what are you going to do for me? What were some of the questions that kind of disarmed that? NIck: [00:23:38] Well, I think empowering people, right? So like giving people the opportunity to say, Hey, like what have you seen go, right? What have you seen go wrong? What are things that you would change or what changes would you enact? Uh, if you were given the opportunity to do that, and then not just kind of hypothetically talking about it, but actually empowering people and letting them make decisions. As the leader, you don't always have to be the one that's making kind of you're accountable for the final call, but you don't have to be the one that makes that final call. There was a lot of the times that I mean, I say typically our mission planning process was allowing each individual kind of unit or element within the bigger element to actually run the planning process and make decisions as to where they're going to place themselves, how they're going to execute a micro portion of the plan. And they actually go through brief that. And they would brief all the contingencies associated with that micro portion of the bigger plan. So in essence, I'm allowing them, I'm empowering them as leaders in their own right. To make decisions, to build confidence. So they already are like, Hey, you know what? I'm not only the leader. Isn't, uh, you know, the, the high-level leader, isn't just asking me for my opinion, that leader is actually allowing me to make decisions and trust me to make decisions that he's cool with, he's ready to execute on. So I think that's important. It's like, don't just be talk, don't just be kind of, don't give people the warm and fuzzy actually trust people, show that you are confident in their ability to make decisions and execute on things. Jason: [00:25:17] Yeah. I love that. What was the major decision for really kind of leaving the SEALs and going kind of the corporate, the civilian route. NIck: [00:25:29] Uh, so, so I have a bit of an unconventional transition, I guess I came off my last deployment and I think two things for me happened that really changed the dynamic as a SEAL officer. I knew that I was 100% committed to my job to be in a combat leader, leading men well in combat and making sure that I make sound decisions that are going to put them first and bring them home safe. And. My wife got pregnant with our first child, our daughter. And that was, it was a big deal. And not necessarily the. The linchpin catalyst that led to my decision to leave, but it definitely weighed in. And the second major event in my life was my younger brother. My middle brother, Chris was killed in an inbounds avalanche in Winter Park, Colorado. So my little brother left behind a wife and two young kids. And, you know, they were the first ones to know that my wife was pregnant with our first. And it really was a perspective shift for me. You know, I got to see what my brother's family went through in losing him and knowing that I was about to become a father, you know, it was much easier for me to visualize the very real possibility of, of me. You know, being killed or just frankly being taken from my family for long periods of time and training, um, with the, the level of commitment that I owed to the SEAL team. So it was a perspective shift there that led to me saying, okay, I'm going to get out. I want to focus on my family. I want to be there for my family and other loved ones in my life. And at that point I said, I, you know, I wanted to reinvent myself. I wanted to prove people wrong. I wanted to prove that I could do something besides being a combat leader. I wanted to prove that I could actually be successful in a career outside of the military with direct kind of gun toting skills that I was coming to the table with. Jason: [00:27:39] I totally get that. You know, I, I used to race cars and, you know, I started seeing some of our, our friends that I would know would get injured. And I was just, you know, right when I had my second son, I was like, I was like you, I was like, if I get hurt, I get hurt, but it's going to affect my family going forward. And so that's kind of why I kind of hung up the race suit. NIck: [00:28:01] It's always a good exercise to step back and kind of evaluate your priorities at any point in life. And I think the more frequent you can do that exercise the better off you are, because it makes sure that you're staying on track. Right? I mean, if you don't do that exercise. From time to time, you're going to slowly but surely deviate from course to a point where if too much time elapses, you know, you may find yourself in a pretty bad place. And, uh, You know, and I, I wouldn't say I am immune to that because I have, I have spoke very openly and very freely about my own personal struggles and kind of losing course post-transition and it kind of losing focus on the priorities that led me to transitioning from the SEAL teams in the first. Jason: [00:28:51] No, that's great. Last question I forgot to ask was around, have you ever had to replace a teammate? NIck: [00:28:58] Well, so yeah, I mean, in my, on that last. Deployment to Afghanistan. I replaced a teammate that was removed relinquished from a leadership role over in Afghanistan. And that was the biggest learning experience for me as a leader, to be able to step into a broken scenario and have to figure it out, right. Have to win people over that don't necessarily know you very well. And, and kind of when that confidence and that trust, you know, in a short period of time. Well, when you came into that environment though, was there anybody that you had to replace, you know, going in or make that hard decision to be like that person on the team is not the right fit? Yeah. So let me think about it. I, so in that scenario, I was not the one that had to pull the trigger and, and replace that person. We did replace, uh, people in previous platoons and it's never easy. Right? I mean, it's you know, I think the things that we did, right, and we often did this because it was protocol in the SEAL teams is we brought the issue up early and often it was never a surprise for the person. If it was a surprise, it actually tied our hands in our ability to remove that individual from a position, regardless of whether it's a leadership position, a high level leadership position, or just a, a position within a, uh, a SEAL platoon, you know, we, we executed counseling multiple times and everything was recorded. And the person was very clear as to what our expectations were, where they were falling short, because if you don't give people clear expectations and you don't give them defined objectives for them to hit that, our metrics of their performance, how can you hold them accountable? How can you -- I think you are failing as a leader if you're not clear and you're not giving them those well-defined objectives. You know, you should be looking at replacing yourself or counseling yourself if you're not doing that. So if ever if you're pulling somebody into your, office to tell them that you're going to let them go, and that person is surprised or has his hearing those things for the first time, it's absolutely the wrong way to approach that scenario. Jason: [00:31:11] Yeah, looking back, I've done that so many times in the very early years and I'm like, man, why did I have to surprise them? Like if I just kind of let them know my expectation, the whole way and kind of just seed it the right way, it could have turned out totally different. NIck: [00:31:27] Yeah. It's always tough. Right? To be direct. Communication is scary for a lot of people. People don't like confrontation in the outside world. It's difficult to sit face to face with somebody. And tell somebody that they're failing at something, you know, or that, you know, you're disappointed in them. It's easy to tell them when they're, you know, they're... hey there, you're doing a great job and you're exceeded expectations, but people just, they shy away from confrontation and conflict. And, you know, I've noticed, and I've learned this myself because it's tougher on the outside because I, I am dealing with people that I did not. Have go through a selection process, right? So, you know, sometimes I'm bringing people in and I think they're going to be the best person ever to fill that role. And three months later, I'm finding out that they are inadequate, you know, might not have had the skillset that they, they came into it saying they did. And they might even have personality traits that are cancerous within the unit. And, direct communication. The times that I've been direct and very clear with my expectations and kind of clear in their critique of their execution in their role, it's been so much easier than those times where I've shied away from it and they don't know, they can't read your mind. They don't hear the conversations that you're having with your business partners about how you're disappointed in somebody. And it's like, you got to tell people, or they're never going to be able to fix it. Jason: [00:32:57] Well, I think as, as leaders, if I think back at kind of the early years, I think it was, comes down to a couple, I think two things it's comes down to, you don't know the solution that they actually need to go do to fix it. Or you feel like a, a bad leader because you don't know the solution for them. And then just this resentment builds up and then it just pops one day and then you surprise them and then it's just, it's not good for anyone. So it's yeah. It's crazy. Well, this has all been amazing. Is there anything I didn't ask you that you think would benefit the listeners? Oh, I mean, I, it's tough. There's so much to talk about. I mean, we could, we could talk leadership and, uh, in various scenarios all day long, so I'm happy to do it anytime, brother. Awesome. I appreciate it. If anybody ever wants to reach out to you or go to your business or charity, where can they go? NIck: [00:33:51] Yeah. I mean, so for me personally, I'm on Instagram, pretty easy to find there. I think I'm @Nick_Norris1981, and my business is protekt.com protect with a K. And we're @protektlife on Instagram. And then for the charity, I would say the C4 Foundation. It's a charity that I am intimately involved with. I am currently filling the executive director role in combination with my, my efforts as an entrepreneur. And, uh, so I have a little bit going on, but a C4 foundation was named after Charles Humphrey Keating IV. Who was a friend of mine that was killed in combat in the SEAL teams, uh, about four years ago in Northern Iraq. And, the foundation is building a 560-acre ranch about an hour and a half outside of San Diego in order to be a sanctuary for Navy SEAL families to kind of grow connection within their individual family unit. And grow connection amongst kind of other families to kind of build that organic support mechanism for guys and, and their families as they go through their deployments on active duty. And then when they finally leave active duty, they have people that they can lean on. So C4foundation.org is a phenomenal organization that I'm involved with. And, uh, if you want to check it out, there's some really cool videos on the website. Jason: [00:35:19] Awesome. Well, everybody go there. If you guys enjoyed this episode and you want to support the great cause that they do, please go there. That'd be great. Thanks Nick. For everything that you've done and you're doing currently and giving us your most valuable asset your time. And if you guys liked this episode, make sure you guys subscribe. Make sure you guys give it a good rating. And until next time have a Swenk day.
In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author and former US Navy SEAL Jack Carr, to discuss his latest thriller THE DEVIL'S HAND. About Jack Carr: He led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel and leave a comment. And if you want to learn more about the guys from The Crew or see additional author interviews, visit us at http://www.thecrewreviews.com Follow us on social media: Twitter| https://twitter.com/CREWbookreviews Instagram| https://www.instagram.com/thecrewreviews/ Facebook| https://www.facebook.com/thecrewreviews/
Jack Carr led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Now a New York Times bestselling author, his fourth book in the James Reece action/thriller series, The Devil's Hand is preparing to release April 13th. For more information about Jack, check out: https://www.officialjackcarr.com Allform Magic Spoon BetterHelp Ladder Life Insurance
Eddie Penney is an elite Tier 1 operator and entrepreneur. Eddie was a Marine, Navy SEAL (in SEAL Team 2), and member of the storied Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). This is an incredible inside look at the mind, perseverance, experience, and journey of those who serve at the very tip of the spear, including the moments that seemingly broke Eddie and made him who is today. Eddie shares insights that many would not, including the loss and courage that those of us who were never part of the Tier 1 community can only imagine. Since retiring from the military, Eddie founded and runs The Contingent Group, which provides risk mitigation services and executive protection to clients. He also created the UNAFRAID mindset and has an app called The Den where people can gather to share inspirational stories and seek motivation from others. You'll be excited to learn that Eddie is releasing a book with Keith Wood about Eddie's experiences that's sure to be an incredible read. Instagram @eddie.penney Unafraid and The Den The Contingent Group Show Notes 0:00 - Intro 0:43 - Eddie Bio 1:55 - Interview begins 2:17 - Where did Eddie's ambition come from? 5:02 - Hard to believe that Eddie ever quit anything. It's a great lesson though. 16:52 - A key loss in Eddie's life: his swimming coach Larry Lyons (who still has an award given out each year to the best coaches in Ohio). 19:25 - Marine Corps “boot camp was awesome.” 21:28 - A life changing event (“a switch” from boy to man) at boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. 30:18 - Decision to move from the Marines to the SEAL teams. 31:57 - An experience that almost pushed Eddie out of the military trying to get to Marine Sniper school. 36:34 - Another great story of how one man can leave a lasting impact on you by just believing in you. 44:18 - A scary gang attack in Chicago that could have been much worse. 52:40 - Combat Story #1 with SEAL Team 2 going into a house on an operation. 56:03 - How do you find your way to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU)? A description of assessing into the Tier 1 world. 59:58 - Intangible quality unique to DEVGRU that operators from other SEAL teams might not have. 1:01:23 - Combat Story #2 and how combat became like “crack.” 1:06:20 - Combat Story #3 when moving to assault a building. 1:08:06 - Combat Story #4 when a mortar landed nearby in Mosul, Iraq. 1:10:33 - Combat Story #5 where Eddie is in the stack and he felt a need to move while on an operation in Iraq. This is a tremendous story for those who also battle with “survivor's guilt.” 1:20:19 - Eddie describes “dark seasons” when he dealt with the emotional and psychological challenges that come from the Tier 1 community. 1:25:18 - “Unafraid” motivational mindset with a reference to the Skillet song “Lions,” the idea behind it and how to take on big plans beginning with Step One. 1:30:52 - Contingent Group's origins and focus now (spoiler...it sounds awesome). 1:35:32 - What Eddie carried on missions that had significant meaning to him. 1:37:11 - Would you do it again?
In this second part of an extended conversation with two of the best practitioners in their respective industries - with so many insights that we had to split the conversation over two separate listens! - we jump straight into the big questions: how do you train mental agility & toughness at the elite levels? And are there behaviors or actions we can all take that will help us improve in our own battles, at work and in life? Coleman Ruiz & Ceci Craft should know - not only did Coleman take lead hundreds of operations and dozens of sensitive military programs as part of the SEAL teams, he then went on to serve as an advanced training officer in Naval Special Warfare. Ceci, the recently appointed Director of Mental Performance for the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB, also has 6 years experience coaching US Army & Special Operations personnel, and at the time of recording was the Lead Mental Performance Coach for the program overseeing the mental conditioning of US Army & Special Operations soldiers. **Note - if you haven't listened to Part 1 of this conversation (literally the previous episode of this podcast) do that first!**
bengreenfieldfitness.com/nick No trip to San Diego would be complete without interviewing at least one Navy SEAL, which is exactly what I got up to on a recent trip to San Diego. Nick Norris (@nick_norris1981) is a graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 247. Upon completion of SEAL training in 2004, Nick assumed progressively higher positions of leadership within Naval Special Warfare. His deployed roles included combat advisor to Iraqi and Afghan military units, Cross Functional Team Leader, and Ground Force Commander during combat operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Nick was most recently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command — SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) as Officer in Charge prior to transitioning off Active Duty. Originally from Chicago, Nick received his Bachelor in Science from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 and his Masters of Science in Real Estate from The University of San Diego in 2013. He is the Executive Director of the C4 Foundation, which provides support and resources through science-based programs to active duty Navy SEALs and their families and is a Board Member of Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, a non profit focused on ending the veteran suicide epidemic via resources, research, and advocacy related to psychedelic assisted therapy. Nick is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Protekt Products, a wellness company that is committed to positively impacting customer health via both personal care products and nutritional supplements. Both Protekt and the C4 Foundation value the power of time spent in the outdoors and the positive impact it has on overall well-being. During this discussion, you'll discover: -Nick's history with the Navy SEALs...7:15 Nick's interview with Tim Ferriss Graduated SEAL training in 2004 Served in Iraq in the mid 2000's alongside multi services BGF podcasts with Mark Divine Potent Breathwork Tactics From A Navy SEAL Commander, Staring Down Your Wolf, Operating Calmly Under Stress & More With Mark Divine. Secrets Of The Navy Seals: How To Train, Eat & Think Like The World’s Toughest Fighters With Mark Divine. Mark Divine's Kokoro program (Ben says this is one of the more difficult things he's done) -Developing a mindset to overcome uncertainty and the unknown...11:00 COMT gene (shared by serial killers) Means you clear dopamine slower than others Driven by Dr. Doug Brackmann Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes (& Maybe You), With Dr. Doug Brackmann. What separates SEALs from the rest of their peers; it's also a barrier to civilian life when they leave the service High stress environment in SEAL training enables those not genetically endowed to operate under extreme stress -The most important quality of a SEAL leader in Nick's view...14:37 Nick was part of a drill carrying a very heavy object People were falling out, quitting left and right This led to Nick being extremely frustrated, nearly losing control of his emotions He realized that being in control of his emotions was the most important quality of being an officer in the SEALs Dr. Andrew Huberman of Stanford U. The Man Who Is Curing Blindness And Alzheimers, Growing New Brain Cells & Elegantly Fabricating Some Of The Most Powerful Nootropics Known To Humankind, With Dr. Andrew Huberman. Sometimes the best thing you can do is something to make you feel like you're making forward progress Lattice climbing group in the UK -Ibogaine used as treatment for PTSD...21:45 Oura Ring Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions org Nick mentions Blake Mycoskie and Pat Dossett of Madefor Studying Ibogaine as a treatment for PTSD/micro TBI Chris Bell documentary on Ibogaine Typical dose is around 800 mg; smaller than when used for opioid addiction Risk of cardiac arrhythmia, EKG is needed prior to treatment Ibogaine microdose for energy prior to workout -How Nick has treated neural inflammation and PTSD...27:15 Nick struggled with shame associated with PTSD (was reluctant to open up on Ferriss' podcast) SEALs are great at "compartmentalizing"; great for their job, not so much in civilian life Felt "flat" after leaving the SEALs Initially approached it from an endocrine standpoint Docs labeled it as a clinical depression Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Eventually led to Ibogaine on the recommendation (and social proof) of fellow SEALs Approach Ibogaine with much caution Hot/cold contrast therapy Morozko Forge (use code BENFORGE to save $150) -Dealing with unhealthy habits Nick took from the military to civilian life...43:30 Compartmentalization Fear of judgment; you're either "in" or "out" as a SEAL Overcoming "messiah" complex Relate love for our children with the love God has for us Unconditional love from a greater power -Nick's approach to sleep in and out of the military...49:50 Sleep was messed up for most of his military career (REM sleep was non-existent) Psychedelic assisted therapy Multi-modal approach Meditation to prepare for experience of ibogaine Sam Harris' Waking Up app Developed his own meditation practice (mindfulness and breathwork) Intuition Driven by Doug Brackmann Staying vigilant and operating between green and yellow is a good thing -Nick's fitness regimen post-military...56:00 Bouldering keeps him outdoors Ambulating under load (walking for extended period of time with weight) -Why drinking water is not the best way to hydrate...1:00:30 Protekt Products "Keep it simple" is the mantra for the brand Book on hydration - Quench by Dana Cohen (drinking water is inefficient for hydrating) Consume foods that are naturally plenteous in water (not dehydrated variants) What's in the water and water content of the food you eat is the most important factor Exercise and a good meal in the afternoon and evening often contradict conventional wisdom -Why Nick feels like he's living on borrowed time...1:09:00 Nearly drowned while cliff jumping on the Big Island of Hawai'i Belief in eternal life as a panacea to FOMO Heaven by Randy Alcorn -Life advice Nick shares with his children...1:14:00 -And much more! Resources from this episode: - Nick Norris: Protekt Products C4 Foundation Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions Nick's Interview with Tim Ferriss - Podcasts and articles: Potent Breathwork Tactics From a Navy SEAL Commander, Staring Down Your Wolf, Operating Calmly Under Stress & More With Mark Divine. Secrets of the Navy Seals: How to Train, Eat & Think Like the World’s Toughest Fighters With Mark Divine. Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes (& Maybe You), With Dr. Doug Brackmann. The Man Who is Curing Blindness and Alzheimers, Growing New Brain Cells & Elegantly Fabricating Some of The Most Powerful Nootropics Known to Humankind, With Dr. Andrew Huberman. Why You Can’t Afford Not to Meditate (& One Simple Mindfulness Exercise You Can Do Today) The Ultimate Breathwork Ninja Guide: How to Banish Stress & Kiss High Cortisol Goodbye - Books: Driven by Dr. Doug Brackmann Quench by Dana Cohen Heaven by Randy Alcorn - Other resources: Oura Ring Morozko Forge (use code BENFORGE to save $150) Mark Divine's Kokoro Program Waking Up App Dr. Andrew Huberman of Stanford University Chris Bell Documentary on Ibogaine Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Intuition Meditation COMT Gene Lattice Climbing Bouldering Episode sponsors: -Kion: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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Tim Cruickshank from BONEFROG CELLARS & BONEFROG COFFEE stopped by The Protectors to talk about transitioning from the Navy SEALS to opening up two businesses to a ton of other topics. BONEFROG was created to honor and remember the fallen, while shining a light on those that served and still serve our Nation here and abroad. Tim is a former Navy SEAL and has transitioned into the world of Wine & Coffee! While the episode is getting ready to premiere, head over and check out their website, it really is one of the best sites I have ever seen. Make sure to pick up some wine and/or coffee to get delivered right to your doorstep. Use code PROTECTOR for a discount!! From the company: Bonefrog Coffee Company was created as a tribute to the "Brotherhood" of US Navy SEALs, the Naval Special Warfare community and to all Americans who have bravely served, or who are currently serving, in our United States Armed Forces. We are making a humble and heartfelt commitment to give a portion of all of our proceeds to benefit many of the US Navy SEAL Foundations annually.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theprotectors)
When lives are on the line and people are pushed to their limits, what do the elite Special Forces of the US military lean on to find that extra gear? As a former officer in the U.S. Navy SEALs, with 13 years on active duty, during six (6) combat deployments in both the Afghanistan and Iraq, Coleman Ruiz should know - not only did he take part in and lead hundreds of operations and dozens of sensitive military programs, he then went on to serve as an advanced training officer in Naval Special Warfare. Joining him for this 2-part episode is Ceci Craft, the recently appointed Director of Mental Performance for the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB, who has 6 years experience coaching US Army & Special Operations personnel, and who at the time of recording was the Lead Mental Performance Coach for the program overseeing the mental conditioning of US Army & Special Operations soldiers. In a conversation with two of the best practitioners in their respective industries - with so many insights that we had to split the conversation over two separate listens! - we dig into the concepts of mental agility & emotional stability, and how the best of the best train them to prepare for their toughest battles.
So maybe we did these a little out of order? Here is the rest of the interview with Casey Gray describing how he ended up in Naval Special Warfare and how he found himself running for Congress! Grab a glass. There Will Be More Bourbon!
Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist, a 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, (The Healthy Rebellion Radio, The Paleo Solution Podcast) books, and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation’s “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability. Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Deadlift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps. Resources and Links: https://robbwolf.com/ The Healthy Rebellion Radio Connect with us: https://www.futureoffitness.co/
Ty Smith is an Illinois native and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1996. His first assignment was as a military police officer in Sardinia, Italy. Over nearly five years there, he immersed himself in the culture and language. Eventually, he was accepted to Basic Underwater Demolition School in 2001, graduating in 2003 and assigned to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA. Eventually, Ty transferred to the West Coast to serve as a Naval Special Warfare training instructor. Later he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 in Coronado, CA. After six deployments in the Middle East, Ty obtained his degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and his MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. In May of 2016, Ty retired from naval service and launched CommSafe AI (formerly Vigilance Risk Solutions) in San Diego, focusing on conflict and violence prevention.
Ty Smith is an Illinois native and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1996. His first assignment was as a military police officer in Sardinia, Italy. Over nearly five years there, he immersed himself in the culture and language. Eventually, he was accepted to Basic Underwater Demolition School in 2001, graduating in 2003 and assigned to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA. Eventually, Ty transferred to the West Coast to serve as a Naval Special Warfare training instructor. Later he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 in Coronado, CA. After six deployments in the Middle East, Ty obtained his degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and his MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. In May of 2016, Ty retired from naval service and launched CommSafe AI (formerly Vigilance Risk Solutions) in San Diego, focusing on conflict and violence prevention.“I’m not going to try to tell anyone else how they should leave behind a great legacy, because I think that’s up to each one of us individually. ”
Ty Smith is an Illinois native and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1996. His first assignment was as a military police officer in Sardinia, Italy. Over nearly five years there, he immersed himself in the culture and language. Eventually, he was accepted to Basic Underwater Demolition School in 2001, graduating in 2003 and assigned to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA. Eventually, Ty transferred to the West Coast to serve as a Naval Special Warfare training instructor. Later he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 in Coronado, CA. After six deployments in the Middle East, Ty obtained his degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and his MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. In May of 2016, Ty retired from naval service and launched CommSafe AI (formerly Vigilance Risk Solutions) in San Diego, focusing on conflict and violence prevention.“Servant leadership and empathetic leadership are extremely important to me, because my goal is to grow my tribe.”
Ty Smith is an Illinois native and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1996. His first assignment was as a military police officer in Sardinia, Italy. Over nearly five years there, he immersed himself in the culture and language. Eventually, he was accepted to Basic Underwater Demolition School in 2001, graduating in 2003 and assigned to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA. Eventually, Ty transferred to the West Coast to serve as a Naval Special Warfare training instructor. Later he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 in Coronado, CA. After six deployments in the Middle East, Ty obtained his degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and his MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. In May of 2016, Ty retired from naval service and launched CommSafe AI (formerly Vigilance Risk Solutions) in San Diego, focusing on conflict and violence prevention.“No matter what the mistakes were that I made when I was younger, no matter how backwards my priorities were. . . God loves me and he understands me, even when I don’t understand myself.”
Ty Smith is an Illinois native and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1996. His first assignment was as a military police officer in Sardinia, Italy. Over nearly five years there, he immersed himself in the culture and language. Eventually, he was accepted to Basic Underwater Demolition School in 2001, graduating in 2003 and assigned to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA. Eventually, Ty transferred to the West Coast to serve as a Naval Special Warfare training instructor. Later he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 in Coronado, CA. After six deployments in the Middle East, Ty obtained his degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and his MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. In May of 2016, Ty retired from naval service and launched CommSafe AI (formerly Vigilance Risk Solutions) in San Diego, focusing on conflict and violence prevention.
Show # 235 - Jack Carr: New York Times Bestselling Author | Navy SEAL Sniper | Outdoorsman This week Mike interviews New York Times bestselling author, Jack Carr. Jack is the author of three best-selling books (and soon a fourth). In addition, Jack Carr led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. To buy his books or follow on Social Media Visit Jack's site: https://www.officialjackcarr.com/jack-carr/ Follow These Links to Our Awesome Sponsors: Appalachian Standard: Appalachian Standard is a veteran-owned, craft hemp farm nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Shop Here and use code AWS15 for 15% off! Century Martial Arts: Save 20% while you take your striking skills to the highest level with a BOB trainer (Body Opponent Bag) and get a free video training series from Mike. Use code: “AWS20” and Learn More Here Coolfire Trainer: Convert your carry or competition handgun into the ULTIMATE training tool! Use code “AWSSP19” for $10 off! Check out the Coolfire Here Precision Holsters: These guys have a lifetime, no questions asked 100% guarantee. They are makers of high-quality holsters, belts, and magazine pouches. Visit them at: Precision Holsters and use code “seekAWS” for a discount. Atomic Athlete: Become STRONGER, FASTER, HARDER to KILL! Use "seeklander" during check out to get 15% off your online membership! Wilson Combat: The ultimate custom built 1911's, Berrettas, Glocks, and AR's! Wilson Combat About our show: The American Warrior Show, the podcast of the American Warrior Society. This show is designed for one thing: To help keep you safer through information, motivational concepts, and action steps! We appreciate your listenership and value your opinion. Please send comments, questions, or requests on the show to email@example.com Thank you so much for listening to my show. Please share it on social media and other methods with friends who want to be safer! If you are interested in sponsoring the American Warrior Show, please contact us!
John played 10 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. John is now the creator and operator of Power Athlete HQ and Johnnie WOD (a rebranding of Crossfit Football, which he previously created and operated). Since retiring from the NFL in 2009, John has consulted and trained athletes in MLB, NHL, NFL, CrossFit and the Olympics. He has also worked in the same capacity for Naval Special Warfare, teaching performance and training for Navy SEALs. John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition. Exclusive to WODcast listeners, InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition platform that analyzes your blood and DNA biomarkers along with your lifestyle habits to help you optimize your body and reach your goals. NOVEMBER 25- DECEMBER 1: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INSIDE TRACKERS BEST DEAL OF THE YEAR. Take control of your health and wellness with $200 off their Ultimate Plan, their most comprehensive package. Use code WODCAST30 at InsideTracker.com Goodr Sunglasses: This holiday treat yourself and your favorite people to a pair of goodrs, head over to www.goodr.com/wodcast FOR 17% OFF YOUR ORDER