Vital force forming part of any living entity in traditional Chinese philosophy
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Over the past two years, the world has witnessed an onslaught of lifestyle stress and disruption brought on by a global pandemic and its ripple effects. The mental stability of many has suffered, and we are currently witnessing a mental health implosion like never seen before. On the podcast today, with remedy and reason for staying robust and ready for any invasion (microbial or psychological), we have our favourite lifestyle medicine man/Qi practitioner, Jost Sauer; Supercharging us with wisdom and guidance on maintaining sovereignty and strength. If you're a regular listener of the SuperFeast podcast, your ears have most likely been blessed with Jost's lifestyle elixirs before. Given the current circumstances, we thought it was time for another injection of Jost's knowledge, guidance, and warrior mindset. This episode carries a potent message of going within, getting back to earth, and taking care of our inner world, our health, and not being sucked into noisy distractions of the outside world. Jost shares his insights on approaching COVID as a personal growth strategy; An opportunity for a new level of growth not yet encountered, and a reason to nourish the body, spirit, and essence. Jost also breaks down simple Daoist instructions on how to get in sync with nature, our organs, protect our Jing, Qi, and Shen, and follow the path of yin and yang; So we can maintain sovereignty and strength, no matter how many times we get knocked down. Be sure to tune in for this poignant, powerful conversation. "If the blood gets weak, we get caught up in politics. If the blood is strong, we feel good within ourselves; And if we feel good within ourselves, we stay detached. That's all it is. So when I talk about detachment, it requires strong blood and strong Jing. Just focus on your Jing, focus on your blood, take your herbs, take your mushrooms, live the lifestyle, and that's really all there is; The rest will come naturally". - Jost Sauer Host and Guest discuss: Signs of depleted/weak blood and Jing. The best hours for deep rest, and why. Why blood/Qi levels are at an all-time low. How fear triggers weakness within the body. Lifestyle practices to harness and guard Jing. The Metal element Lung-Kidney relationship. The importance of having a spiritual connection. Why we guard the three treasures; Jing, Qi, Shen. Why people are feeling depleted and weak right now. Following the Qi cycle model to strengthen blood/Jing. Why rest and recovery are essential for a robust immune system. Supporting your health/wellbeing through consistency and lifestyle. The body/mind connection and how weak blood/Jing leads to a weak mind. Who is Jost Sauer? Jost (aka the lifestyle medicine man) was born in Germany in 1958 and is an acupuncturist, author, Qi practitioner of 40 years, and healthy lifestyle expert. His background includes competitive skiing, body-building, and ironman training. Post-drug addiction and suicidal depression led him to martial arts, TCM, the power and cycle of Qi, and the understanding that a natural rhythmic lifestyle holds the secrets to anti-aging, health, and success. Jost has been using lifestyle therapeutically for his clients for over 20 years. Jost is an expert in Chinese Medicine, which he lectured in for over a decade at the Australian College of Natural Medicine, has been running successful health clinics since 1991, initially specialising in addiction recovery, and has treated tens of thousands of clients. His passion is sharing his ongoing discoveries about making lifestyle your best medicine through his books, blogs, articles, workshops, and retreats (all of which we linked in the resources below). CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCAST Resources: Jost Website Jost Facebook Jost Instagram Jost Youtube Jing Blend SuperFeast Eucommia Bark SuperFeast The 15 Minute Bodyweight Workout Higher and Higher Book - Jost Sauer Chi Health Cycle- Jost Sauer's new book Qi Cycles And The Dao with Jost Sauer (EP#48) Lifestyle Medicine with Accupuncturist Jost Sauer (EP#63) The Importance of Sleep For Healthy Hun and Qi with Jost Sauer (EP#102) Q: How Can I Support The SuperFeast Podcast? A: Tell all your friends and family and share online! We'd also love it if you could subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. Or check us out on Stitcher, CastBox, iHeart RADIO:)! Plus we're on Spotify! Check Out The Transcript Here: Mason: (00:00) Okay. Jost, Welcome back, man. Jost Sauer: (00:03) Yeah, welcome back. Nice to be back on here again, I think. Mason: (00:07) Yeah, I think fourth podcast? Jost Sauer: (00:11) Must be. Mason: (00:11) Look at this [inaudible 00:00:12] I'm sorry. I'm so excited. Mostly because I know the realms we're going to be touching on. But I'm genuinely excited. I know the pace that you move in and your chemical process is transforming at such a rate that I know I'm going to hear things from you and the way that you've synthesise them based on all this material that's going on in the world. I'm going to hear it completely newly plus some new downloads. I can't wait. Let's jump straight in. How you going at the moment and how you are finding the world and where's your work taking you? Jost Sauer: (00:50) Okay, look, I've been working with people for 40 years now. It's 2021, I started in 1981. And so obviously, originally I started in social work. The focus on mental health always was the main focus. So 40 years working with people you come across a lot of stories, and you really observe people's inner world, because you have to dig in. But what I'm experiencing the last year, what I've observed in the last year, I have not observed before. That's obviously something a totally new game that's playing and impacting on people more than all the other ramifications and troubles and tribulations I worked with in the past. Obviously, stress level is going through the roof, and because the question was about how I cope with this, I mean, from a Chinese medicine perspective, stress is a good thing. I mean, when we do tai chi, we stress the body. We need the stress in order to evolve. And so the body is actually designed to unleash forces during stress that otherwise wouldn't come forward. There's obviously a massive growth potential right now, if we know what to do. Jost Sauer: (02:14) If you don't know what to do, then it's obviously, it can be a killer. It can really destroy you. And so the key element is here that without a stress factor, that means churning on the organs and churning on the blood, we can't actually produce vital forces. The one thing we can do to the body is to be lazy. Sit around all day, be comfortable, and just waiting for things to happen, and get delivered the action, rather than us actually stimulated to act on stressful situation and needing to get up and dig deep. Especially, dig very, very deep, and unleash forces that otherwise we didn't know we had. There's obviously always a principle of all-growth factors. We get thrown into a situation, we didn't know we could cope with, and suddenly, we discover we got vital forces available to us that before we couldn't. So from a Chinese medicine perspective, that would say, "The universe would never give us a problem if we don't have the potential to cope. The universe would never give us a situation if you don't have the ability to grow from." Jost Sauer: (03:23) It's almost like the situation that we're facing, it's like what a martial artist would look at. Is that COVID, the virus, it's a threat, but it tries to invade the body, and we need to fight against it. So in order to fight against it, we will get stronger. It's like a battlefield right now and we need to look at life we are at war. But the war is a little bit tricky because it's not only COVID, the virus, it's also the government and it's also Big Pharma, and it's also people will buy into a belief pattern that are definitely based on some sort of like development from the dogmatic foreign politics and big business. So the enemy is not really direct. Personally, I'm not worried about COVID because I know what to do, but I'm more worried about what the government is going to do. Mason: (04:31) I'm curious there because you said in 40 years, you haven't you haven't ever seen anything like this, and with your patients and with people that you're talking to. We talked about cracks showing, big crack showing mental health issues been gone through the roof. I'm curious. There's a few ways to approach this question. Now, what is it about the approach? What is it about that? The virus, the pharmaceutical companies, the media. Why are so many people... Let's say if no one has a challenge that maybe you don't get through it, but you do have the potential if you make the right choices to get through this challenge, why are people stumbling more than ever? What's tripping them up that's leading to so much mental disharmony and how are people going to get back into a flow and meet this battle in staying mentally healthy? Jost Sauer: (05:25) The primary reason is, people's core is deficient and weak as never been before. From a Chinese medicine perspective, people's blood and chi level is at an all time low. That's as a result of having lived a life in comfort, too much in comfort, or the life of not needing to work as hard physically. Instead, to hand over to the computer to do the work. So means, getting up and sitting down and straight, alleging all the work done mentally and wire the computer without engaging bodily function, which would produce blood. Blood production is vital in China's medicine, because that's your fuel, that's your Elixer, that's your life. If your blood is strong, you got passion, you got drive. You want to express yourself, and you feel strong. This is the most important thing if the blood is healthy, your Jing is healthy, you feel strong. If your blood is deficient, and your blood is unhealthy, you feel weak. Of course, when you feel weak, you need to be protected, you've got the instinct, I need to get protected. Jost Sauer: (06:42) And so over the last 10 years, society has depleted their blood, their Jing and their Chi, and therefore progressively year after year feeling more and more weak. And so people are actually starting to reach a point now where they feel weak just by getting up and all day they feel weak. And having observed people for 40 years, I must say this year is probably the highest number of weak people I've ever seen. I do regular workplace wellness talks. I'd go to companies and I talk about health measurements. And the last few weeks the talks I've been doing in particular last week, I was talking to a company, and there were 60 people in the audience. I've never seen so many weak people in one spot. I'm not judgmental, but I'm observing and I know what to look for. I know the signs of when blood is deficient. I know what to look for when the Jing is deficient. And I look at the face, I look at the way their [inaudible 00:07:41] the posture, the body, and I can see, "My God, these bodies aren't producing enough blood. Not producing enough Jing." If they don't produce enough blood and Jing, your self awareness is tempered by your psychological self profile of being, I am weak. Jost Sauer: (08:00) If I feel weak, I am prone to accept the protection from a higher instances. That's why the government obviously now is doing all this fear mongering in order to trigger that weakness, and then obviously people are, "I need to get protected. I need to get protected." If that would have done the same thing, like 2,000 years ago to a village, [inaudible 00:08:25] the Vikings they wouldn't have had a problem. They would have got up and put the sword up and, "Get the fuck out of here. You don't get fuck with us." But if I feel weak, and the fear comes in, obviously, I defeat myself. So obviously, in all ancient cultures, the most important thing is, always nourish your essence. Always nourish the treasures. The Jing, the Chi, the Shen, because that gives you the feeling of being strong. If you feel strong, you will ward off enemy. If someone tries to invade the village, you are ready to attack, you're ready to fight. And obviously, I mean, people would say it was done [inaudible 00:09:17], whatever it is. Over the last 10 years, the lifestyle has led to a high level of lifestyle disease as never before. So we're looking at an enormous number of people dying because of lifestyle disease. But fundamentally, lifestyle disease is the deficiency in the vital forces. And that is really the real problem. Mason: (09:38) When you talk about weakness, I can't help but just bring up in my terminology, like a weak mind. And we know the blood is transporting the Shen, our mental acuity to the rest of the body. And I do so to bring up the term "weak mind" because I know that people will think what I'm saying is, if you go and trust the government, you have a weak mind. Or if you go and do ABC, you have a weak mind. But it's not that it's what... You've nailed it. You bought into the fear, and you've got a weakness within yourself that you're not self generating, and you can topple over. And so you reach for a higher power an institution to tell you what to do. I mean I always feel, there's people listening to this that are choosing one road or the other road. I know, people that have beautifully with a strong mind, choosing to do medical interventions, and I know other people that are just freaking out with a weak mind and choosing to do that same thing. And there's a very big difference there. I love the way that you describe that man. Jost Sauer: (10:41) I mean, the mind in Chinese medicine is affiliated with the substance, and that is obviously once again, connected to an organ. When we talk stronger mind, we don't really talk stronger mind, we talk strong organ, strong blood, which then means you have a strong mind. It's like, in order to experience power, you need a strong engine. And so the body-mind connection is obviously always number one in Chinese medicine. And so when we're talking about a weak mind, what we mean is, "I got weak blood, I got weak Jing." Mason: (11:25) [crosstalk 00:11:25] no will no capacity to have that will take on responsibility for yourself. Jost Sauer: (11:29) Yeah. If you if the battery's low, you feel defeated. If you've got lots of Jing, lots of power, lots of blood, and you're wrestling with someone or you go for a run, obviously you're trying to win. But if you come at the end of a marathon, and you're completely depleted, the battery is empty, and then someone tackles you, you would give in to the power invasion and say, "Okay. I can't do it anymore." That's what we see now. On the line is that people can't do it anymore. I hear this all the time now in clinic and when I do my talks, "I can't do this anymore. I had enough. I can't do this anymore." So when the battery is empty- Mason: (12:16) Do they just mean life in general or? Jost Sauer: (12:18) What they say with that is, "I can't fight against this anymore." Mason: (12:21) Yeah, right. Jost Sauer: (12:22) I had enough. I can't fight. It's too much fighting. But what it means it's like saying, "If we would have the same problem we have now 30 years ago, it wouldn't have been a problem." 30 years ago, people were still much healthier than what they are now. So 30 years ago, Jing and blood on a communal level was four or five times higher what it's now, if you want to give it a hypothetical figure. Mason: (12:52) People that were like a strong piece of German rye bread versus a piece of flabby tip top white bread these days. Jost Sauer: (13:00) Yeah, yeah. It's been too long. But the most important thing is obviously, the endless stimulation and lack of sleep. When it comes to what builds blood, every effort will tell you, it's recovery. We work hard, we get stressed, we work hard, we recover. We engage with the stimulus, we work hard we get our best, we recover. That's a principle that all the ancients have been doing. The vikings you fight hard, and then you recover. But recovery is now completely impaired in the western society, because recovery requires a deep, nourishing sleep. And for recovery purposes, the best sleep is before midnight. 9:00 PM go to bed, and then you sleep beautifully till two or three. So you got this six-hour sleep. The sleep before midnight is like four or five times more powerful than the sleep after midnight. That has been established already in the old times from way back. Everyone knows you got be trying to get that sleep before midnight. I still remember back in the early '80s, when I came to Australia, television stopped at 10:30 PM. Mason: (14:22) It goes, "Fyiii." Jost Sauer: (14:24) Good night everyone. And those of us who stayed up and smoked lots of bongs, we were staring at that ABC symbol for endlessly. Mason: (14:37) I've vague memories, vague memories of that little like rainbow.[crosstalk 00:14:41] Jost Sauer: (14:44) It was totally hilarious. The way I looked at it. Shit is still the same shit. But what it meant, good night, everyone. Let's go to bed. If you didn't go raging and partying, you actually had your sleep. And then you went to bed and there was no stimulation. But over the last 10 years, that has been dramatically changed. So first of all, television has gotten several channels now so it goes on 24/7, then you got the internet. But the next problem is the smartphone. Obviously, that means people have the phone, the stimulation brought up into the midnight and later. And so the body never actually goes into the recovery mode. There is absolutely no traces anymore for us to recover proper. Therefore, people would say, I just had enough I can't cope anymore. If exercise constantly, if you do like one of those ultra marathons and you do three, four days in a row, after the fourth day, you would say, "I had enough." You need to go home, you need recovery. Jost Sauer: (16:04) Recovery is something that has been taken outside the equation of our lifestyle, we don't have that anymore. And so it's just people taking emails home, people working. I mean, we get emails that, when me see that next morning, when we go through the emails like after breakfast when I turn my computer on, I see emails have been sent at 2.00 AM, 1:00 AM and things like that. And especially with all those lockdowns people going working later into the night. And so obviously, all that impacts on the blood. And so the vital force needs to be replenished. If the vital force is not replenished through effective recovery, we're getting weaker. You would never see a martial art fighter in the UFC, before a big fight, having six weeks stay up all night. You never hear that. Never hear that. I live in the martial art world, I love martial art, and that need you to be strong because you don't know what that opponent is about. You don't know what the fight is going to be. You got to be prepared. You don't know the outcome. It's all about being as prepared as possible. You don't go in unprepared, you've got to be totally prepared. And then you're ready for surprises to come forward. Suddenly you discover a strength you didn't know you had. Jost Sauer: (17:33) And this strength, this power that suddenly comes through, is stored in your blood, and it's stored in your Jing, and it's stored in your kidney. Your kidney stores the essence. And so therefore, the lifestyle of the fighter, or the female fighter, because there's a lot of incredible female fighters out there now, like women I would not face up to. I wonder, "My god, their power is mind boggling." But when you look at their lifestyle, all of them, early to bed, up early especially before an event in order to get the maximum recovery. And because we are at war now, we got to understand, "Okay, the only choice we have right now is, we're going to just protect and guard our essence." Those government, I mean, I nearly said those government assholes. It's absolutely it's fiery it's what they're doing now.[crosstalk 00:18:37] off their heads. It's complete insanity. They should all be shot. That's it, finished, start new. It's almost like we need a revolution shot at everyone's head and start again. I mean, it happened before in the past. They're crossing the line, they're crossing the line. Mason: (19:01) The whole nature. I mean, I remember our last podcast went into sleep as well. And I want to keep on talking about it. Because we're not listening. I know why. I've I haven't. I mean, but I'm kind of like that battlefield. This is what we're looking at. We don't know how long and we don't know what's coming next. I have a lot of friends that when I do talk about it from this combative kind of mindset, and I also kind of have faith and trust in the process and I just simply do. I have, as we both know, there's that yin yang goes, on the Dow and something's going to happen eventually. There's going to be opposite reactions and I love having faith with that. It doesn't mean that I don't also call a spade a spade and acknowledge that there is a huge assault on the natural human right now. And so, the battlefield... And lot of your posts recently that spurred me to kind of get you on again, is just like I might be putting my own terminology into it. How do you maintain your sovereignty and not get knocked over, regardless of your choices through all of this? How do you guard your centre, guard your essence, and remain you and don't get compromised? Mason: (20:21) Don't lose this battle essentially. The fact that you've gone up going to sleep, it's such an unlikely battlefield, isn't it? Jost Sauer: (20:28) Yeah. Mason: (20:29) Because right now we need stamina. We don't know how long this is going to go for. Maybe everyone forgets about it, like next February. Who knows what comes next? Who knows how much corporate interest and pharmaceutical interest goes in trying to the claim ownership over the human body? Who knows regardless of what choices you make, hopefully strong choices, not from fear, how much do you stay an individual. And the first battlefield the fact that you've gone back to sleep, and I feel like something's ringing in me right now. Because I have not been treating it as such. And I can feel I'm like, "Now, this is where you need to start." And I will ask you what other elements you see emerging as going, "These are the basics that you need to be aware of in order to stay within the natural and not fall over into reliance." But I really appreciate you hitting that space again. For the sake of our sweet kidneys and livers. Jost Sauer: (21:30) Yes. And spleen. First of all, I always remind myself that being here in the physical is a battle. All the ancient scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita is based on a battlefield, the Taoist look at being in the physical is a battle, is a fight. That's why they're all trained warriors. The sea culture that I've studied quite extensively under, they carry a dagger and a sword with them all the time. So they understand that you've got to be a warrior or a female warrior. And so we are in battle. So the nature of the physical of planet Earth is, it's a battle. It's a battle between good and bad, yin and yang and so you got that constant struggle between one force trying to override the other force. You always have, obviously, from a Taoist perspective is like the source of inspiration. There are two forces, there's a dark force and there's the light force. And depending on how you live, and what you want, you will be guided by that source of inspiration. Jost Sauer: (22:53) So if you got sinister motives and incentives, you will be guided by the source of inspiration that comes from a darker source. If you have a well being in mind of all humanity, you affirm with the lighter force, then obviously, your source of inspiration will be the light and you will be guarded accordingly. The support is obviously always behind the scene from either force. So Big Pharma, those people, obviously, their source of inspiration comes from the darker side, where, obviously, us freedom fighters, our source of inspiration comes from the light. So that means we have our connection to the light, they have their connection to the dark. And so behind the scene, those forces will actually move through us in order to act on us. For some reason, this planet Earth, which is considered planet number four, in the constellation of developments towards the journey of the soul towards higher realms, this is always been the planet of war and peace or the battle in order to understand the forces within. Jost Sauer: (24:06) For example, they've identify that there's trillions and trillions of viruses in our body and those viruses fight each other all the time. Some of them are good and some of them are bad, and that the battlefield that creates the field of yin and yang, and that creates actually, what that physical makes up to be. And so it is dark and light, wet and dry. And so as a result of that is we got our existence, and that then shapes us somehow. So every morning, I remind myself that that is actually what we're here for, to engage with that field. And that's obviously the yin and the yang and the readiness to prepare to fight. And so then the next thing is that Taoism in particular has given us a lot of instructions, how to deal with that battle, how to fight the battle. So the first thing what they do is obviously they have identified the lifestyle. And the lifestyle is those who follow the path of yin and yang will become invisible to those who try and to control yin and yang. Jost Sauer: (25:20) Big Pharma tries to control yin and yang. If you follow the path of yin and yang, you got under the radar. And this is something been said for thousands of years. So what we're experiencing right now has not been here before. It's just like in our lifetime, for the past 40 years, we haven't experienced it to such intensity. But it has been before many times and it's been observed in the history of Taoism and Buddhism all along, which is why obviously, those cultures always dedicate themselves to prayer and worship towards the forces, so that the group forces support them. And if you obviously you don't do that, then you may not have as much support. So obviously very important is to have a spiritual connection. Very, very strong, just be firmly grounded in a spirit of connection every morning to, "Boom. All right, I am a fighter of the light, I am connected to the light, I want the light." And obviously in that moment, it will come through to us. Every time you say, "I am light," bang, it's there. Jost Sauer: (26:28) Obviously, if I can neglect that I weaken my position. That means I am on my own and that is not a good idea. I mean, my genetic background is, I'm the Viking. That's my philosophy, the Viking philosophy. The Vikings were enormously grounded and connected to the spirit of belief, that would not go into battle without being spiritually connected. That was their absolute most important thing. I am spiritually connected to my spiritual path, and when I lose my body, I will continue my battle. And that's all the training I've had all along with the Masters I studied under for all those years, that the spiritual of connection is crucial. So if you've got the spiritual connection, that means you actually feel supported. And then you understand deep down, "Okay." It's all part of life what we go through now. Jost Sauer: (27:23) So the next thing is that Taoism has given us the instructions about how to nourish this body so we can fight effectively, such that we can keep getting up because what makes a good warrior, a strong warrior is the person who keeps getting up. They get flogged but they get up again. Like Rocky said, "It's not about how hard you can punch, it's about how hard you can get punched." It's about getting up again. That's why all those Rocky movies are great, because he just gets flogged, he gets up again, gets flogged, gets up again. And that's the spirit. That's the spirit that we need. Of course, they're trying to flog us, but that's the nature of the game. If I go into the ring for a sparring session, of course I get flogged. But I also keep getting up. Mason: (28:26) That tenacity and that knowing that no matter what happens, I'm never giving up. I'll never going to stop. That connection. And then you come back to lifestyle, which is always amazing. Lifestyle [inaudible 00:28:42] it's always so fun to forget that it comes back to the consistency and lifestyle. That that's the thing that's going... And always when you start getting battered and beaten a little bit and you feel like you're losing your way, you get up, you go right. I'm going to get into my bad habits again. I'm going to like, [crosstalk 00:28:59] Jost Sauer: (29:06) That's boom. That's a downward spiral. Mason: (29:06) Well, and that's what you reiterate here because what we were talking about is our capacity to stay within our warrior, within our warriors centres, within our natural self with strong blood with a connection to what our own unique spiritual path is, to regardless of what choices you make know that you're not compromising and that you're willing to just get up again and again and again no matter what life throws at you, you never give up and hopefully doing so without deteriorating as you go along. Ideally doing it that way. Again we've talked about sleep. For you, going back into those basics and what's going right now, why are the cracks widening and people being exposed mentally having weak blood and weak bodies and then showing I can't do this anymore. I can't get up anymore. What are we introducing again to the lifestyle? Why don't we just reminding everyone about it, what we need to be doing and what are our staples and what of our flows in order to keep that blood strong? Jost Sauer: (30:05) Okay, before we get into that, China's Medicine says that your blood and your Jing is your armour. If I live incorrectly, it's like, I'm going into battle and throw away the armour. I don't need it. So guarding the one is the holy mantra, the highest mantra in Daoism. Guard the one, and the one is your blood, your Jing, your Shen the treasures. Obviously that means I need to understand that this requires a certain life. If I live incorrectly, I will throw away the armour. That means, bullets will enter. The sword will get me, because the attack is obvious. I mean, anyone can see now that we are under attack. So when you get under attack, you're going to put the armour on. So obviously, it's not about choice anymore it's about a necessity. We need to shift in our mindset that it's not about, "Well, I'm going to say up late tonight, whatever." No. You got to put your armour on. Because if I don't follow the rules of Dao, if I don't follow the natural laws, those fuckers will get me. Whatever Bill Gates, whatever those fuckers are, they will get me. But if my blood is strong, he fucking can't get me. It's a promise of all masters, if our Chi is strong they Jost Sauer: (31:40) That's why they do all this technique. That's why they're trying to undermine you. They're trying to make you weak. Because if you weaken your blood, they can get into you. It's a war tactic. Dismantling the beautiful castle, dismantle the foundation. First of all, we need to understand we are it's an urgency right now. It's not about a debate anymore. It's like we have no choice. We've got no choice other than nine o'clock, nine thirty, you got to turn off that phone. If you're not, Bill Gates is going to get you and fuck you. And he will. If not, there's going to be Pfizer, or some other fucking spike protein shit going on. Some other moderated gene that's coming next time. They're gonna have a lot of weapons, they haven't even started yet. But it's all part of a process and they will never do anything if our blood is weak. They can't get in. It's been a [inaudible 00:32:46] and it's been forever like that. The strong will always survive. It's how it is. And the strong are the blood and the Jing. Jost Sauer: (32:56) So therefore, first of all, we need to switch the mind to, it's not about free of choice anymore. It's about we have no choice. It's because of those big pharma. We got no choice. We don't live in peaceful times anymore. There's rockets throwing everywhere now. And so it's silly to go without putting the armour on. It's totally silly. But when the armour is on they can't pierce yourselves. That's how it is. That's the first thing. The mindset needs to take you from choice to urgency, so I don't have any choice. We are at war, they are after me, they're trying to get me. And if my blood is strong, they can't get me. That's the first thing. So the next thing is obviously, to develop the discipline to ward off to the demands of the physical to be stimulated 24/7. We got to just ward that off and say, "Okay, if I'm stimulated 24/7 I jeopardise my recovery phase. If I jeopardise my recovery, my armour will get weak. My blood will get weak. Jing will get weak, so I got no choice." Jost Sauer: (34:21) That means the Chi cycle is in fact, the ultimate model right now because it tells you what to do. The Chi cycle is like the model that will strengthen our blood, our Jing. All along, it's a system to make us strong, so we can live our path, so that we can follow up on our ideas without getting infected or impacted by those who are trying to stop us. And so obviously, that means we need to understand that it's there to support us. Once again, the universe will not give us a challenge without giving us all the possibilities to succeed. It's in old scriptures. Whatever God is, whatever that higher consciousness is it, it will constantly give us challenges, but it has given us also the ability to succeed. So it's within us. Jost Sauer: (35:23) It's just like the dark forces like Bill Gates and Big Pharma. They know that. They're really sneaky little shits, because they're undermining you why you believe. So they give you a 24 simulation, they give you all the beautiful gadgets so that you are completely addicted to it 24/7, so you're lost in it, so all your blood gets weak and weak and weak, year by year, so you feel weaker all the time so they can get in and get you. It's not much point demonstrating against those guys, it's more important to build our blood and Chi because then they can't do anything. Mason: (36:07) It's a huge point. It's the classic point, make your own bed before you go out and try and change the world. It's never been more palpable. As you're saying, we are on. We are on at the moment in terms of thinking that, "Going out and protesting, fine." A part of really does love that, regardless of what it's for, I really love watching people go and do that. But as you said, that's secondary. To you taking responsibility- Jost Sauer: (36:42) That's it. It's secondary. Of course, we need demonstrating. We need to speak up. Of course, we need to speak our truth. But you need to have your armor up, you got to be strong. You got to believe in yourselves. And really just, "Fuck, you can't get me." I mean when I was young, back in the days as an anarchist in Germany, I was facing up against the cops. We were fighting the cops in demonstrations. They came to us with their plastic shields just like Melbourne. They came up with their rubber bullets and their gas bombs. So they're in formation, they matched towards us. And obviously, we learned very quickly, we also need to be armoured. And obviously, I learned all the tricks how to get armoured. And so obviously, then you can actually go face-to-face with that force. Because there is a psychological warfare, fundamental and underlying to that, that is far more impactful and far more sinister. And that psychological warfare wards off, can't get in if your blood is strong. Jost Sauer: (37:51) Jing is stored in the kidneys. Jing is just your shield that's like the shield of a strong animal. Like when you look at a tiger, that's Jing. And of psychological warfare of the tiger. And of course, if there's this little mosquito bang warfare goes in. And obviously, but the beauty of that is, we have got all the tools available to get so strong, we got all the tricks, we know everything how to get so strong, stronger than those guys who are trying to screw us. Stronger than Bill Gates. And when I look at those Big Pharma dudes, they don't look strong. If I would have a wrestling match with them, I would flock them on the ground straightaway. They don't have that power. But they have these collective cheers, this psychological warfare, but they're not strong warriors. They're just like, they actually are weak. Imagine as one of those guys, by yourself on a street, it would be a totally different scenario. Look at Bill Gates. Look at him. It's just like if I probably move a little flag on his face, he will break his arm. Mason: (39:05) I have this I have this joke. I'm not sure if I'll ever be allowed to do stand up comedy again at this point. I have this joke that I'm with Bill Gates, that when you look at his body, it's so flabby that they call it the antibody. They talk about the fact that when he has sex with his wife imagine all the vaccine sexual innuendos that she has to put up with. But just looking at the fact that, "Oh my God," Bill Gates, the antibody. When he has sex with his wife, he inoculates her and then she has his antibodies in him. He's the human vaccine. Jost Sauer: (39:52) Yeah. It's very twisted. I know exactly what you mean. I mean, in order to get into that lifestyle of what they're doing, in order to have that intent, you got to be twisted psychologically in the first place. And then obviously getting evolves this loss force of the source of inspiration in order to keep you going. Obviously, they're going to twist you more and more and more, because they suck out Jing. Dark forces live on Jing. It's like vampires. They live on Jing. So they're sucking you out- Mason: (40:19) Can you talk a little bit about that how Jing... With the fear cycle, I assume it's something to do with them. How exactly is that Jing funnelled off and out of somebody? Jost Sauer: (40:32) Okay. It's metal element, which is the prime element to armour the Jing. So the metal element is lung. Your lung communicates with the kidney, kidney-lung communicating. Pathologies are the result of kidney-lung not harmonising or kidney-lung not communicating. For example, a lot of pathologies develop because people's inability to breathe correctly. When we breathe in, we take the Chi from the kidney, from the lower path, right up to the lungs, but then we're going to ground it again in the lower path in the lower genitals. And when you look at the whole spectrum of your breath, starting at the sacrum, going right up to the upper chest, so pathology develops, if that ratio that gets smaller and smaller and smaller. It starts initially as the whole range, but then the range gets smaller and smaller and smaller, till people only breathe in the upper region, only the upper region. Now they're not communicating, lung and kidney not communicating anymore. And that obviously when pathology starts to develop. Jost Sauer: (41:48) When you have sex, automatically you engage lung and kidney. That's why sex is important. Tantric sex is important because immediately, it rectifies that deficiency in the breathing, and brings the whole ratio and the spectrum of the breathing all the way from the upper to the lower. You got that long, deep, connected breathing again. And then obviously gets rhythmatic, and when it comes to the combination of the orgasm, what happens now you breathe in all the cosmic Chi. And now the body gets flooded with cosmic Chi. That is all instrumental to metal. So the metal element is the prime element that regulates the function of having the ability to connect to this breath correctly. So this is where the protection of the Jing comes in, and the leaking of the Jing. So someone who just breathes with only in the upper region, and never Breathes deeply, most likely suffers from premature ejaculation or has got no patience in sex. So the more you get into deep breathing methods, the better lover you become, it's a fact. And that's why a lot of tantric movements work with the breathing first. Jost Sauer: (43:09) The Jing needs to be guarded. So when we have sex we guard the Jing effectively. If you wouldn't guard the Jing and guide the Jing through the body, you would lose the Jing which is means premature ejaculation, you would lose the semen. And then obviously, bang, that's all and done with. You need to de la musica, no good sex. Obviously, that means if you have unhappy sexual experience is because the Jing is not nourished. The Jing was weak, it's that the essence has been lost. It's not a happy experience, if a man gets involved and then loses it straight away. And then obviously, both parties men and women, are not happy. Whereas, a really profound sex experience is where the Jing is hold on to on every level. So you take it through all the body parts, you play with the Jing in all different postures till it comes to the final culmination, and that makes it really, really happy both parties. The result of that is, the happiness is the result of holding on to that Jing. Jost Sauer: (44:18) The trick in life is to know how to hold on to that Jing. And so that's where obviously, the metal strategies come into. That's why the Qi cycle is so important, because the Chi cycle always starts at metal time. Metal element is the harnessing of the Jing. We're getting up at a time when metal is in its peak time. So that means, I can now go in and get a grip of the Jing, harness the Jing and then circulate through the whole, body through my practise. So whatever practise I do, if it's Yoga, if it's tai Chi, martial art, it's all the same. First of all, we need to hold on to that Jing. And that's obviously the pranayama breathing technique, all kinds of breathing techniques. What we spoke about last time in depth about the Wim Hof and things like that. That allows me to hold on to the Jing, and then I move it through the body. That means now I have actually got a grip of the Jing. So in order to prevent the Jing leaking, I need to get a grip of the Jing, I need to feel it. So metal is armour, metal is holding on and some holding on. And so that means I'm holding on to the Jing. Jost Sauer: (45:37) And obviously, holding on is also affiliated for letting go. So at the same time, I'm letting go. And as I'm letting go, what comes in is the cosmic Chi, because metal is breath. And your breath is directly connected to the cosmic Chi. So if I do the practise straight on waking up, that allows me to hold on to that Jing, but also connects me to the cosmic Chi, and then through the mechanism that is inherent in all of us, which we don't need to understand, we just have to do, the Jing comes in. And once we get a grip of that Jing, it is with us all day. And then we hold on to it, we feel it, we feel the armour is up. And then obviously the next thing is, once we have done that process, the next step is now we're going to have a nourishing meal. A nice substantial nourishing meal. Where we sit down in peace, because we do feel at peace by them. Because we went through all the incredible pathways where every emotion has been looked up and transformed. We feel at peace. And that means we feel good. There's no need to engage with the stimulus of the physical world because we feel so connected to the inner world, that the outer world is irrelevant. Jost Sauer: (46:56) So there's no need to go to look at the phone, there's no need to go on Facebook. There's no need because I feel too good. It's like a good drug. That's what good drugs do. You feel good within yourself. And that's what Jing is. Is like a good drug. So I feel good, I don't need the outer. I'm happy. If you got good gear, you don't need the outer world, you're happy. And so that's exactly the same thing. So I feel good. I then eat a substantial meal and as I eat that beautiful substantial meal, of course with lots of good herbs, I always have my Eucommia bark. I do my beautiful porridge, then I have my beautiful porridge sold overnight with seeds lots of seeds and lots of ginger, lots of cinnamon I mean a big pot not a little pot. A huge pot. And then I have a beautiful cup of tea with the Eucommia bark. Because I found it works really well to eat porridge in peace transcended in a deeper state, and then having this dip of Eucommia bark with every bite. And be like, "Whoah," this goes in, goes in, goes in. I feel like, "Whoa," I just want to sit there and just don't move. Jost Sauer: (48:07) And then may have a little bit more, and then maybe have a bit of Reishi. Because when I have my breakfast, I usually have little cups. I showed them on the website here. I got my little cups and I got my cup with my Eucommia bark, I got my cup with my Reishi, I've my cup with knowledge of the tongue under the four major. And then I've got them all there. It's like a banquette. What a feast. [inaudible 00:48:40] like a glass of water. I have a couple of Eucommia bark. And while I'm eating I'm sipping a bit of this and I'm sipping a little bit of Reishi. I just go with my feeling. I don't go by, "How much is supposed to be put in there?" I usually always put more in then I sip. And then sometimes I drink the whole out, sometimes I'll leave half behind. I'll just go with how I feel. And same with eating. I can go with how I feel. And then when I eat, then I drink and I'm always, "Ah." Then I just sit back and then I realised, "Ah, it's 2021 and there's other people out there. Oh, there's Bill Gates trying to screw me. Fuck him. Ah, there's like Facebook or whatever. Ah, all right there's emails." Jost Sauer: (49:27) It's sort of like I was totally gone, totally in a different world. And obviously I use my Jing practise, I use my metal practise, and I use the tiny syrups, I use the mushrooms. And I use all that. And then obviously that has taken me into the inner world and it makes me strong and happy. And then that's the reference point for the rest of the day. It's far more pleasant to be there then dealing with the outer world which is bullshit. So of course I want to return. Mason: (49:58) Oh Man. I feel I've got so much to digest of my own. Really it's nice. One thing I've really remembered today is the gravity of the situation. Just in western civilization, as the technology gets rolled out, the gravity of the situation of staying connected to our essence, and remembering with these little disciplines that we don't, and as you said, we don't have time, there's no there's no choice anymore. There's no time to muck around. If you're ready, if you're doing this, if you're going to be one of these people that goes, "I'm watching this. I'm not going to be able to be knocked over permanently I will get up again and again and again" Jost Sauer: (50:46) Yes. Get up again. Mason: (50:47) I'm going to [inaudible 00:50:47] on the side, I'm looking for one of those ways where someone needs just to be committed to putting roundup all over everything always. I'm not going to be a weed, you will never get rid of.[crosstalk 00:51:02] I mean, weeds is where it all starts. And then the natural ecosystem always does return. Jost Sauer: (51:09) Yeah. That's the whole idea. Because that's the whole idea. It will always continue. This is not the end. We need to understand that this is how life works. But it will continue, it will not be finished. Of course, they always will try to get the old upper hand but they will never get the upper hand. That's not possible. It will always move towards the good. Tao always got the final saying, because we are protected. We are protected. We have given blood and Jing. And those people don't have that. And because they're using chemicals, they're using all these weird shit, I don't even know what it is anymore. Whatever the fuck that is mRNA whatever the bullshit. The body is so complicated, they will never get even close to it. The body is far beyond every one of those scientists. We don't need to understand how the body functions, we need to align the body with the forces then will understand why other feeling? Why that annoying? But we can't put it into words, is not necessary. Because we are healthy we are fit and living correctly is the most important thing right now. And whatever that is that created everything, it is good and it only as good in mind, but it wants to make a strong. That's all it is. Mason: (52:50) I love it. I love it. I always love chatting to you mate. I feel like I'm getting the sense I can feel everyone listening to this throughout time and I think it's a good time to let everyone go and digest everything and really get the gravity of the situation. You're the lifestyle medicine man and just really let it sink in and allow you your lifestyle to emerge in relation to protecting your essence and your treasures. And you mentioned, for everyone listening, you're talking to a lot of businesses you're giving talks to people on how to stay healthy and radiant. From business culture perspective and you're also doing, you're doing your own clinic as well still? Jost Sauer: (53:39) Yeah. I still got my own clinic. The reason why I'm doing talks at the moment, it's actually is about how to cope with COVID. But not about from the point of view, what is COVID, more like looking, "Okay. How are we going to get stronger as a result of that." I look at COVID as a personal growth strategy. My focus is personal growth. I look at COVID is just other means for another level of growth we haven't had before. And so if I go to the gym, and I've got to put five kilogrammes on the bench press, of course, it's going to not care and going to take me far. But if I going to put 85 kg on the bench press, I can go somewhere. And so that's obviously the situation. But in order to know how to deal with it, I need to be prepared. I go into businesses at the moment because they really truly suffer from all that because just so many people are so scared, and that we really are scared, and because of so much fear, it impacts on their mental health. And as a result of that mental health is now deteriorating rapidly as never before. Jost Sauer: (54:47) So my books are out in the UK, so I'm talking to a lot of people in England, and they're observing the same situation that mental health is deteriorating rapidly. And so obviously what also realise is that counselling techniques don't deal with this anymore. Because when you are riddled of fear of COVID, because of the government, you just... Like here in Queensland the CHO is just every day, "Delta is coming. Delta is coming. Delta is coming. You will get infected." I mean this is just part of... And I emailed him anytime and said, "You got to shut up. You're going to cause one too many anxiety problems." Because I've got clients now, who don't leave the house anymore, because they're too scared Delta is around the corner, because the chief health officer said, "Delta is coming." And obviously, but the emails not seem to getting through. So from a psychological perspective, counselling perspective, what they do is completely opposite to what we need, we need encouragement, we need like a Winston Churchill who'll make us strong, not someone who tells you, "You'll all be fucked." Jost Sauer: (56:03) So that one works or the businesses suffer from that, because a lot of workers are scared of turning up at work, and then they're too scared of someone around them has got Delta and they're going to get Delta or so are you vaccinated. If you're vaccinated, I could get your spike protein, if you're unvaccinated I'll soon get Delta. So either way, I'm screwed. That means if I got the vaccine, I can't get transmission, but then the other source said, now you'll still transmit, but then you've got a higher viral load if you're not vaccinated. So people have no idea what's going on anymore. And as a result of that if you can't resolve it, trying to resolve a Facebook or Instagram discussion on the vaccine. Try to resolve it. Mason: (56:54) Try the Byron Bay community board. I think that's the least humanity and the funniest as well discussions around the vaccines. Jost Sauer: (57:07) This is like, "You can't go there." So because we can't resolve it, as a result of that is we got now the highest level of mental health weaknesses before. Because mental health is a part of the five attributes of focus, memory, nourishment, and the ability to perception and reaction. So the five elements make up your mental health. But if you can't get any information anymore you can resolve, and now you're trying to resolve, you're going circles, you're going in loops. And as you go in loops, you are there, where a drug user finish off when they take too many drugs. So that's why we have a mass psychosis now. Everyone now is basically in the same situation, same stage, as someone who has taking a little bit too many drugs. They're trying to resolve and you can't resolve it, you're going in loops. Jost Sauer: (58:09) But once you start going in loops, what happens is you weaken your spleen, your earth element. And earth or spleen is transformation and transportation. Transform, transport, move, move, move. But if you can't resolve it's going in circles, you don't move. So if the spleen doesn't move, that means nutrients aren't assimilated and they aren't moved up to the heart to produce blood. So trying to resolve and can't resolve leads to blood deficiency. That's what I observed when I worked with drug users. The whole world is exactly there now, what I've seen in drug rehab. It is the tweaking, too many drugs you're trying to tweak, if you finish you are in psychosis. Mason: (58:53) The dopamine hit, like that as well? Jost Sauer: (58:56) They can't get it anymore. When I treated psychosis back in the day in my rehabs, all I did, I didn't engage with the psychosis. I tried not to make the client resolve the situation. I just focused on building the spleen by herbs and lifestyle, and practise, and acupuncture. And as you build the spleen, transformation and transportation takes place. Suddenly things are moving again. Suddenly, it's clear. When the spleen starts moving again, mental health is going strong again. Mental health is either weak or strong. We all have mental health, but it's either impaired or it's strong and fundamental to mental health is your spleen. And so mental health is deteriorating over the last year because of people's innate desire trying to resolve the situation. You can see the whole trouble on the internet because people try to resolve what's going on, and they get really, really angry with each other because they can't resolve the debate. And you can't, and that's exactly the psychic war tactic that Bill Gates and those Big Pharma evils are doing. They're basically, "Make everyone loop, loop, loop." And then make everyone's spleen weak, weak, weak. As a result of that your mental health goes weak. Jost Sauer: (01:00:26) Now, obviously, businesses suffer. Your business suffers. If your mental health is low, you're not productive. That's why they're realising that the vaccines don't do anything in terms of building mental health. And the campaign makes it worse, it weakens mental health. Obviously, some businesses started looking at alternatives, and that's they approached me, so I go into businesses, because I'm not going looking into what is COVID from a scientific or medical perspective, I look at how it's impacting on your organs? How is the government programme impacting on your organs? How is the whole mass psychosis caused by all these constant mental warfare they're doing? And all we need to do is build your spleen. So I'm doing strategies with businesses. I take everyone through a process. Do this, do that, eat that food, take this mushroom, take that herb, do this breathing technique. And automatically, the spleen gets stronger. And as a result of that is it will start impacting on the other organs, which are affiliated with mental health, and suddenly your mental health gets good again. This is the other thing, that this, whatever they do this Big Pharma dudes, it has a massive impact on your spleen. And that's obviously another aspect we need to look into. That's metal, Jing, and then there's the spleen. Mason: (01:01:59) I think we've talked about the spleen, I think on our other podcast with Jost. And we've said it multiple times, if you're out of sync with your organs and with nature, the place to start stepping back in his start standing on the earth and on the soil, which is the spleen. Jost Sauer: (01:02:18) Yes. Get back to earth. Mason: (01:02:24) Get back to earth. Don't get fancy around going into kidney time and liver time and all that just yet. Just get back in three square meals, consistency. Jost Sauer: (01:02:35) I never focus when I work with clients, I never focus on get up at five, I don't follow the organ clock I follow rhythm. And the rhythm, always the Chi cyclic rhythm. So it's about the rhythm, and then the rhythm eventually will move it towards the right time. But that will happen naturally. But the rhythm is always metal, earth, fire, and then water, and then wood. That's how the rhythm works. Because, everything metal is reaction. Every chemical process, everything in your life is dependent on the reaction. Metal is the starting point to everything. What I hear lots is, "My life is so out of control. I don't know where to start." And the Chi cycle says, "Of course, you can start. The start is always metal." It always starts with metal, because metal is your breath. Metal is the change in state, metal is reaction. You can't have anything in life without a reaction. A reaction is prior to something. And if you want change, it means you need to instigate the reaction. And that's metal. Jost Sauer: (01:03:53) So we always start getting up to metal. So that means we start getting up to do breathing first, because everything starts with breath. When you look at all the spiritual practises, if it's martial art, Kung Fu, if it's yoga, if it's Tibetan Buddhism, it all comes down to 8,000 years ago, the first practise was breathing. It all comes down to breath and breath is metal. So it all starts with metal. Then from metal, that means you start the day with breathing. You're getting into the breath, you're going into metal, then we'll start to initiate a cycle of reaction that will move you towards betterment. And then you go into earth, and then you go into fire, and then you go into water, and then into wood, and then to sleep. It's just the rhythm which is more important than anything else. And that automatically then, once you follow the rhythm, you will discover the Tao. Like jazz music is all about getting the rhythm and you suddenly know what to do. Get into the rhythm. Like sex when two partners meet and have sex, you and get into the rhythm first. And once you have the rhythm, you discover what do. Mason: (01:05:02) It emerges, it's a good exercise to go. Okay, can you tell me, Jost, exactly what time do I get up and what time [inaudible 01:05:09] breathing you're looking from that Western medical, give me the solution versus what you're saying? There's a rhythm. I mean, remind everyone that you've got a book. What is the new book's name I kind of- Jost Sauer: (01:05:25) That's The Qi Health Cycle. Mason: (01:05:28) That's the Chi Health Cycle. Jost Sauer: (01:05:29) The Chi Health Cycle. That's actually now in 11 languages. So that's published in the UK, it's published in Germany, it's published in Italy. It's going really well in Europe. Welbeck Publishing took over that book about two years ago, and they made incredible beautiful job out of it. It's one of those really expensive high class, British publishers who just put like a real lot of effort into that book. It's all beautiful gloss and beautiful symbols in there. And it's beautiful. It's really well presented, a lot of nice pictures, a lot of yin and yangs. And it's all about that real lifestyle. Because Tao says over and over, "It's not our job to understand it." We can't. That's why we don't have to be scared of Big Pharma because what they know about the body is just so minimal to what really goes on. The secrets of life they never will be able to tap into it. They're trying to corrupt it, but they won't win. And the real power is within. And if we align with those forces, and commit ourselves to the light, that information will come through us. And we get stronger. Mason: (01:06:46) Yes. I love it. You're my favourite warrior. I selfishly do these podcasts. I come out firing and just I'm like, "Yeah, that's right. Yup, that's right. I remember." So I love it. I really encourage everyone to jump over to your website. We've got all that in your show notes. Is your website the same? Jost Sauer: (01:07:07) Yeah, still the same? Mason: (01:07:11) Guys, go get after it. Jost Sauer. Jost Sauer: (01:07:18) That's correct. J-O-S-T. Jost a Viking name. Viking warrior name. It means hope. Mason: (01:07:28) Fill me with hope. All right. Everyone go get [crosstalk 01:07:30] the book that will give you the Chi cycle. Get on your herbs, get some good sleep. And you can work with the Jost as well. I've had a few friends go and do it. And just always incredible. You've been around doing this for so long. I've got so many incredible stories. It's definitely an asset to our community here. So get on it. Love your work, man. Thanks so much for coming. Jost Sauer: (01:07:56) Thank you. It's always great fun. Mason: (01:08:00) Well, until next time, we'll give it what? Maybe we'll just keep it at a four to six months cycle. Jost Sauer: (01:08:05) Yeah. There is always something that goes on in the western world in the physical that needs to be discussing. Mason: (01:08:12) Yeah. Maybe next time everyone will start calming down and will digest the intensity- Jost Sauer: (01:08:19) Maybe Bill Gates is gone. And the Big Pharma blew up, new communities everywhere. Mason: (01:08:27) That's a lot to do in six months. Beautiful. Anything else you want to share with everyone? Or you're good? Jost Sauer: (01:08:34) We just have to understand that what we go through right now, it's all part of a bigger picture. If the blood gets weak, we get caught up in the politics. If the blood is strong, we feel good within ourselves. And if we feel good within ourselves, we just stay detached. That's all it is. So when I talk about detachment, it requires strong blood and strong Jing. Just focus on your Jing, focus on your blood, take your herbs, take your mushrooms, live the lifestyle, and that's really all there is and the rest will come naturally. Mason: (01:09:08) I love it, mate. All right, catch you next time sending lots of love. Jost Sauer: (01:09:13) Yep. I will do that. Okay, [Mason 01:09:16]. Talk to you then. Okay, bye. Dive deep into the mystical realms of Tonic Herbalism in the SuperFeast Podcast!
Welcome to the place where we get to let our geek flags fly and talk about all things geek. Basically a fuzzy guide to life, the universe, and everything but mostly geek stuff. This is a look into the world of geekdom and some geek news, comics, The Simpsons, Star Wars, and whatever randomness finds its way onto the recording. This level of the podcast is another one of those fuzzy trio tackle an interesting premise and for this one, we attempt to discourse on building a better (or at least slightly different) Star Wars franchise all by just changing a thing or two. Completely a discussion born out of love for most of the movies but join as as we contemplate potential different things in a very fun dialogue between friends. Our ideas are cliff-noted (aka listed lazily) below. Congrats on completing Level 270 of the podcast! Think positive, test negative, stay safe, wash your hands, wear a mask, and good luck out there. Feel free to contact me on Twitter and/or Instagram (@wookieeriot). You can also reach the show by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org., or by joining the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1879505335626093). I'd love to hear from you. Merch is available at teepublic.com/user/laugh-it-up-fuzzball. Also subscribe to the feed on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, IHeartRadio, RadioPublic, Spotify, or any of the apps which pull from those sources. Go do your thing so I can keep doing mine. If you feel so inclined, drop a positive rating or comment on those apps. Ratings help others find the madness. Tell your friends, geekery is always better with peers. Thank YOU for being a part of this hilarity! There's a plethora of ways to comment about the show and I look forward to seeing your thoughts, comments, and ideas. May the force be with us all, thanks for stopping by, you stay classy, be excellent to each other and party on dudes! TTFN… Wookiee out! Episode 1: TFM – Add Dooku and/or Grievous to movie / older Anakin / no midichlorians / more Darth Maul, he wins & no death Episode 2: AOTC – get rid of 30 min love on Naboo stuff / more Clone Wars / stronger Jedi in the stadium / Jango lives Episode 3: ROTS – Flesh out Padme / better death by Anakin / no dead by broken heart / instead of no just Vader breathing / Padme's broken heart is a no go / re-do Order 66 / Anakin v Dooku duel is different / no Yoda v Palpatine Solo – not killing Thandie Newton's Val / Lady Proxima speaks Huttese / No Empire music in a minor key / change Han & Lando relationship / no Kessel Run / more Summa-verminoth / more for Maul & Qi'ra ending Rogue One – no Bor Gullet / better Leia CGI / no end Vader scene / Chirrut Imwe survives and tells stories / more Bor Gullet Episode 4: ANH – No Jabba scene / Han shoots first / add Biggs Darklighter scene / Han shot first / more Mos Eisley / dive deeper into Luke & Ben relationship / change Luke & Ben story / Greedo shoots first / Han has something to prove Episode 5: ESB – No… Obi Wan killed your father / More of the bounty hunters / Different Yoda training Episode 6: ROTJ – Wookiees / more rebel characters / more Ewoks and technology Episode 7: TFA – no Starkiller Base / Chewie kills Kylo / no Rathtars / new better ending / no mentions of Vader / Finn with force sensitivity Episode 8: TLJ – Luke drops lightsaber / better death for Admiral Ackbar / more focus on Finn & the Force / larger fleet battles & dogfights / different Luke stuff / use Finn force stuff Episode 9: TROS – No Emperor no Exegol / make Colin Trevorrow's Duel of the Fates (look up Andrew Winegarner) / no Papa Pimp Palps / Rey is a nobody / change Rey's lightsaber / Leia force ghost / no lightspeed skipping / change the whole frenetic opening / Snoke is the big bad / no Reylo / Finn! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/laugh-it-up-fuzzball/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/laugh-it-up-fuzzball/support
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In this episode I speak with Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork expert Michael Bijker. Michael helps people live a more fulfilling life. We talk about how our minds work and how they create most of our suffering. We talk about how in our society we chase comfort and try to escape negative feelings which is impossible. He talks about how meditation helps us have a different relationship with our thoughts and suffering. Michael tells us how certain emotions cause tension and blockages in our bodies. He talks about how you can use breathwork to become aware of these blockages and also to release them. He explains to us the different types of breathing exercises. He tells us the different benefits of using stronger, faster vs slower, calmer breathing techniques. Michael also practices Qi Gong. He explains what the practice is about. He talks about how movements, breathing and focus can be used to open ourselves up. He talks about the eastern concepts of Qi (Chinese Philosophy) and Prana (Yogic Philosophy). Qi and Prana are seen as life-force and explain how they are viewed in different practices. Check out Some of Michael's courses here. Use YAYORNAY code for a free coursehttps://yogalap.com/courses/meditation-and-breathwork-essentials-course See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What business expenses can be deducted? Are memberships, technology, coaching, training, and supplies included? Jeff Webb and Eliot Thomas of Anderson Advisors talk about how to claim business expenses on year-end taxes and other topics. Submit your tax question to taxtuesday@andersonadvisors. Highlights/Topics: Can the owner of a C Corp and the founder of a nonprofit have a 401k plan for the C Corp and a 403b plan for the nonprofit without there being a control group? Depends on who is controlling the nonprofit (i.e., directors vs. shareholders) Are capital gains from stock sales/options trading included in calculating minimum income for IRA/Roth IRA limit? Capital gains from stock sales/options are all considered portfolio or non-earned income When trading crypto, if you trade an altcoin for bitcoin, is that a taxable event? Yes, it's similar to securities but more of a direct conversion; whenever you buy something or trade with bitcoin, that is a taxable event I have rental property that I would like to sell. Can I find a replacement property first and still do a 1031 transaction? Yes, you can do a reverse 1031, but you need to loan money to a qualified intermediary (QI) to buy the replacement property on your behalf For all questions/answers discussed, sign up to be a Platinum member to view the replay! Go to iTunes to leave a review of the Tax Tuesday podcast. Resources: Infinity Investing by Toby Mathis https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Investing-Rich-Richer-Same/dp/1950863271 Retirement Plans https://andersonadvisors.com/retirement-plan/ Entity Formation https://andersonadvisors.com/entity-formation/ Schedule C https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-schedule-c-form-1040 1031 Exchange https://andersonadvisors.com/1031-exchange/?highlight=1031%20exchange Anderson Advisors https://andersonadvisors.com/ Anderson Advisors Events https://andersonadvisors.com/all-events/ Anderson Advisors on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX5nh607M8hSBLiMB9MgbIQ Anderson Advisors on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AndersonBusinessAdvisors/ Anderson Advisors Podcast https://andersonadvisors.com/podcast/
Have you ever been in a tense encounter with patients or their caregivers? What are some techniques to de-escalate the situation? How are Drs. Vukin and Rippstein developing a curriculum to equip residents with the necessary skills for de-escalation? What was their needs assessment? How do you ask a good QI question?
Noah and Danny return to the Mustafar Madness bracket to finish off the first round with the Anthology/Grab Bag Region. Matchups include Cassian Andor vs Geode, Embo vs Whorm Loathesome, Qi'ra vs a Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett vs Ziro the Hutt --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Saving a big one for last! We're looking at the history of Crimson Dawn. And while we're at it, we're looking at Qi'ra's history as well, projecting forward to The Book of Boba Fett, and exploring a surprising Rise of Skywalker connection as well. Punch it! This episode is brought to you by Cufflinks.com, the exclusive officially licensed cufflinks provider for Star Wars! Head to their site and use promo code SW7x715 to take 15% off your order sitewide, with no minimum purchase. (advertisement) ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***
This week we have a speail LIVE episode, which we recorded in front of actual people (who were socially distanced + weairng masks), but it was SO much fun to be back out able to talk about grief and death as truthfully as we can. I'm joined by comedian + podcaster Dan Schrieber (No Such Thing As A Fish, Qi), writer + actor Brona C Titley (Tracey breaks The News, The Last Leg) and stand up comedian Ola Labib (Funny Women, The Dog Ate My Homework). As ever we chat grief, blowing up our own dead corpse like it's a balloon + picking up a date at a funeral.You can follow Dan on twitter @schrieberland, Brona @bronactitely and Ola @TheOlaLabibYou can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcastGriefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018."the pandemic's most important podcast" TelegraphSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 68 is a week late, but it's all good, because that gave hosts Alyce and Laura an extra week of Star Wars news to recap and discuss*:Hoarding for the holidays, but only the important things. Like pumpkin coffee creamer.Actor Matt Smith plays coy with Josh Horowitz on what could have been in The Rise of Skywalker on the Happy Sad Confused podcastWhat to expect from Disney+ Day on Friday, November 12 (via SWNN)More Maul and Qi'ra? Yes, please! The new animated series possibly coming soon? (via Cinelinx)Speculating about how and in what form Hayden Christensen will appear in the live action Ahsoka showHot take: the ships portrayed in Star Wars porn are… not great. Are you all okay? There's a new excerpt from Star Wars: Queen's Hope on starwars.com - check it out hereReady for more Thrawn? We sure as f-ck are! Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil (book 3) is out November 16. Need a recap of what happened in book 2, Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good? We recommend Youtini's here. More Ripped Qi'ra in the upcoming comic, Star Wars: Crimson Reign? Color us intrigued…Recap on Tap: Boba got a facial before rolling up to Tatooine for The Book of Boba Fett trailer and we would like the name of his esthetician, please and thanks!Spoilers Beware! Some spoilers for The High Republic: Into the Dark 52:20-54:45.Helpful links referenced in this episode:The Banthaverse is back, baby! As part of Podathon 2021 to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation, Alyce joined Blue Bantha Milk Co. and friends for another Star Wars story written by A.I. Click here for a link to the ~3-hour mark of the stream for Death Star Attack, written by A.I.On the newest episode of The Jedi Way, Rocha and Laura discuss Hayden in the Ahsoka series, what they're reading and favorite Star Wars novelsStay tuned for the next episode of The Jedi Way, where Rocha and Laura go live to talk about The Clone Wars: Anakin and Ahsoka essential episodesLaura joined frenemy Evan “Gold Leader” Bushkar and friends to talk about Star Wars' ultimate lightsaber battles on Schmoes of the North Twitter: @forcetoastpod | @sLeiaAllDay | @ShutUp_LauraInstagram: @forcetoastpodEmail: email@example.comWebsite: forcetoastpod.com*This podcast contains a sh!t ton of profanity and boozin. You can find a bleeped version of this podcast absolutely nowhere. Cheers!
Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer, actor and podcaster. Well known for his work with improvisation group Austentacious and podcast No Such Thing As Fish, Andrew is also one of the amazing elves that work on QI. We talked to Andrew about school and discovering improvisation groups at university, the perils of social media and how our brains might be getting a little lazy in the 21st century. PLUS we have extra chat with Andrew just for our Patreons at patreon.com/blankpodcast Massive thanks to our Patrons: Mary Catherine Byrnes, Victoria Nielsen, Manya Kay, Alex Williams, Joel Piveteau, Richard Astill, Samantha Beaton, Claudia McKelvey, John Holland, Katherine Keen, Lynn Robinson, It's Coming Home 2022, Alice Chrystall, Maddie Lightfoot, Alex Collis, Martin Grimm, Liam Deacy. @blankpod @eliistender @jimdalycomedy @andrewhunterm firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally. After the buildup of the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event, Leia and Qi'ra meet face to face in Star Wars #18 over their shared love of Han Solo. It's an intriguing story that goes far in setting up the Crimson Reign mini-series, as well as the next arcs of Star Wars, Darth Vader, Bounty Hunters and Doctor Aphra, too.Bounty Hunters #17 delivers a deft punch to the gut as readers see Valance unleashed with a final page that had us agog.In news, we talk about the publishing delays and our plans to keep you informed.Upcoming Star Wars comics include:Nov. 10 | The High Republic #11, Star Wars Legends Boba Fett: Blood Ties TPB (Collects Blood Ties #1-4, Blood Ties — Boba Fett Is Dead 1-4, Empire #7, 28, Boba Fett 1/2, Boba Fett — Twin Engines of Destruction, Boba Fett — Agent of Doom and material from Star Wars Tales #7)Nov. 17 | Doctor Aphra #16, Star Wars Adventures #12, The High Republic Adventures #10, The Monster of Temple Peak #4 (of 4), Darth Vader (Vol. 2) Omnibus (Collects #1-25, Annual #2), The High Republic Adventures (Vol. 1) TPB (Collects #1-5), Star Wars Episodes IV-IX Adaptation Box Set (IDW)Nov. 24 | Star Wars: Life Day #1 (One-Shot), The Trail of Shadows #2 (of 5), Star Wars #19, Star Wars Adventures Annual 2021, War of the Bounty Hunters TPB (Collects Alpha #1, War of the Bounty Hunters 1-5), War of the Bounty Hunters Companion TPB (Collects Jabba, IG-88, Boushh, 4-LOM & Zuckuss)Nov. 30 | Nothing scheduledDec. 1 | Crimson Reign #1 (of 5), Darth Vader #18, The High Republic Adventures #11, Star Wars Adventures (Vol. 2), Vol. 1, “The Light & the Dark” TPB (Collects #1-5)Dec. 8 | Star Wars #20, Darth Vader #19, Trail of Shadows #3 (of 5), The High Republic, Vol. 2, “The Heart of Drengir” TPB (Collects #6-10)Dec. 15 | Doctor Aphra #17, The High Republic #12, The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021, Attack of the Clones Graphic Novel Adaptation from IDW, Doctor Aphra (Vol. 2), Vol. 3, “War of the Bounty Hunters” TPB (Collects #11-15)Dec. 22 | Star Wars Adventures #13, The Weapon of a Jedi TPB (Collects #1-2), Darth Vader (Vol. 3), Vol. 3 TPB (Collects #12-17)Dec. 29 | Bounty Hunters, Vol. 3, TPB (Collects #12-17), Star Wars (Vol. 3), Vol. 3, “War of the Bounty Hunters,” TPB (Collects #12-18)Jan. 5 | Trail of Shadows #4 (of 5)Jan. 12 | Eye of the Storm #1 (of 2), The High Republic Adventures #12Jan. 19 | Doctor Aphra #18, The Halcyon Legacy #1 (of 5), The High Republic #13, Star Wars Adventures #14, Galactic Bake-Off SpectacularJan. 24 | Bounty Hunters #18Jan. 26 | The High Republic — Edge of Balance Vol. 2Feb. 2 | Crimson Reign #2 (of 5)Feb. 9 | Star Wars Legends: Rise of the Sith Omnibus (Collects Star Wars: Jedi -- The Dark Side #1-5, Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan -- Last Stand on Ord Mantell 1-3, Jedi Council -- Acts of War 1-4, Star Wars (1998) 0-6, Darth Maul 1-4, Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1/2, 1-4, Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi and material from Star Wars Tales 1, 3, 5, 7, 9-10, 13-14, 20 and 24)Feb. 16 | Star Wars #21March 2 | Star Wars Legends: The Empire Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Collects Republic #78-80, Purge, Purge — Seconds to Die, Purge — The Hidden Blade, Purge — The Tyrant's Fist #1-2, Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1-5, Dark Times #1-17, Dark Times — Blue Harvest #0, Dark Times — Out of the Wilderness #1-5 and Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1-5)March 16 | Star Wars Legends: Legacy, Vol. 4 ( Collects Legacy (2013) #1-18 and material from Star Wars Tales #19 and Star Wars Visionaries)April 13 | Darth Vader (Vol. 1) Omnibus (New Printing) (Collects #1-25, Annual #1, Vader Down and Star Wars (Vol. 1) 13-14)April 27 | Star Wars (Vol. 2), Omnibus (Vol. 1) New Printing (Collects Star Wars #1-37, Darth Vader (Vol. 1) #15-15, The Screaming Citadel, Doctor Aphra (Vol. 1) #7-8 and Star Wars Annual #1-3)Summer 2002 | The New Republic Vol. 1 Omnibus
Boba Fett finally has an opportunity to recover Han Solo and claim his bounty from Jabba the Hutt. He just has to get past the Rebels, the Empire, and the Hutts first. In this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss: Luke's decision not to fight Darth Vader, Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca's pursuit of the Imperial shuttle, Whether Boba Fett was a side character at times in this series, Qi'ra's overall motivations for this scheme, The Hutts' decision to challenge the Empire, Boba Fett's recovery of Han Solo, The fate of Breilert Vallance, Whether Star Wars needed to integrate all their current ongoing titles into this series, and The epilogue of the series. Find our previous discussions of the War of the Bounty Hunters series: Episode 278 covering the Alpha issue and issue 1, and Episode 311 covering issues 2 and 3. Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Find Jay and her cosplay adventures on J.Snips Cosplay on Instagram. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.
O que é mais importante para a liderança que obtém resultados: QI [quociente de inteligência] ou QE [quociente emocional]? O paradoxo é que ambos importam, mas de formas bem diferentes. Não há dúvida de que o QI é a melhor forma de encaminhar as pessoas para as carreiras que lhes são mais adequadas: é preciso um QI com um desvio padrão (um QI de 115) para lidar com a complexidade cognitiva de profissões como medicina, direito ou contabilidade, ou para ser um executivo de alto nível. No entanto, uma vez que as pessoas estejam nesses papéis, a capacidade do QI como previsor do sucesso decai gradualmente. Existe um “efeito piso” para o QI — todos nesses papéis foram selecionados por conta do QI alto, mas na hora de prever quem dentre essas pessoas extremamente inteligentes irá emergir como a mais produtiva, o melhor membro de equipe ou um líder destacado, a inteligência emocional passa a ter mais importância. Nos ajude a empoderar a humanidade com o conhecimento dos livros? Compre essa e outras obras na loja do ResumoCast lá na Amazon www.resumocast.com.br/amazon Sabia que você pode entrar no Clube do Livro do ResumoCast e debater esse e outros grandes livros junto em um grupo de leitores empreendedores? Saiba mais em www.resumocast.com.br/apoiase Entre para o Clube do Livro: https://www.resumocast.com.br/apoiase
O que é mais importante para a liderança que obtém resultados: QI [quociente de inteligência] ou QE [quociente emocional]? O paradoxo é que ambos importam, mas de formas bem diferentes. Não há dúvida de que o QI é a melhor forma de encaminhar as pessoas para as carreiras que lhes são mais adequadas: é preciso um QI com um desvio padrão (um QI de 115) para lidar com a complexidade cognitiva de profissões como medicina, direito ou contabilidade, ou para ser um executivo de alto nível. No entanto, uma vez que as pessoas estejam nesses papéis, a capacidade do QI como previsor do sucesso decai gradualmente. Existe um “efeito piso” para o QI — todos nesses papéis foram selecionados por conta do QI alto, mas na hora de prever quem dentre essas pessoas extremamente inteligentes irá emergir como a mais produtiva, o melhor membro de equipe ou um líder destacado, a inteligência emocional passa a ter mais importância. Nos ajude a empoderar a humanidade com o conhecimento dos livros? Compre essa e outras obras na loja do ResumoCast lá na Amazon www.resumocast.com.br/amazon Sabia que você pode entrar no Clube do Livro do ResumoCast e debater esse e outros grandes livros junto em um grupo de leitores empreendedores? Saiba mais em www.resumocast.com.br/apoiase Entre para o Clube do Livro: https://www.resumocast.com.br/apoiase
This week's episode of FOB was recorded in front of a ready and willing audience in London's glittering Soho and a fair few of them made it up on stage to assist Jenny and Lucy in the quizmania!And joining the hosts and eager participants was a very special guest in the form of No Such Thing As A Fish and QI's very own, James Harkin!As well as finding out what he was up to in lockdown (be prepared it WILL make you feel inadequate in your own lockdown activities), James also takes part in some serious quizzing, including going head to head with his fellow Bolton Brainic, The Vixen herself. James also proves to be a more than adept quiz show host when Jenny and Lucy are pitted against each other in FOB's own homage to Blockbusters ... I'l have a P please James .... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
♪♫This is Halloween! This is Halloween!♫♪ Supporters on our Patreon and fans in our FB group chose the topics for today's episode (plus now there's a sub-reddit): 01:35 sorting Dracula fact from fiction 07:49 how horror stars got their stars 20:01 when did clowns become scary 23:29 the history behind zombies 28:38 movie monster fast facts! Mentioned in the show: Overly Sarcastic's Frankenstein run-down Cutting Class podcast on Christopher Lee Oh No! Lit Class on The Phantom Who needs a costume when you could wear this?! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by Kevin MacLeod Sponsor: City of Ghosts Brandi B. asked that we sort fact from fiction on Vlad Dracula. Personally, I can remember a time when I didn't know that Vlad the Impaler was thought to be the inspiration from Bram Stoker's genre-launching vampire Dracula. Hop in your magic school bus, police box, or phone booth with aerial antenna, and let's go back to 15th's century Wallachia, a region of modern day Romania that was then the southern neighbor of the province of Transylvania. Our Vlad was Vlad III. Vlad II, his father, was given the nickname Dracul by his fellow Crusade knights in the Order of the Dragon, who were tasked with defeating the Ottoman Empire. Wallachia was sandwiched between the Ottomans and Christian Europe and so became the site of constant bloody conflict. Without looking it up, I'm going to guess that they failed, since the Ottoman Empire stood until 1923. Dracul translated to “dragon” in old Romanian, but the modern meaning is more like devil. Add an A to the end to denote son-of and you've got yourself a Vlad Dracula. At age 11, Vlad and his 7-year-old brother Radu went with their father on a diplomatic mission into the Ottoman Empire. How's it go? No too good. The three were taken hostage. Their captors told Vlad II that he could be released – on condition that the two sons remain. Since it was his only option, their father agreed. The boys would be held prisoner for 5 years. One account holds that they were tutoried in the art of war, science and philosophy. Other accounts says they were also subjected to torture and abuse. When Vlad II returned home, he was overthrown in a coup and he and his eldest son were horribly murdered. Shortly thereafter, Vlad III was released, with a taste for violence and a vendetta against the Ottomans. To regain his family's power and make a name for himself, he threw a banquet for hundreds of members of his rival families. On the menu was wine, meat, sweetbreads, and gruesome, vicious murder. The guests were stabbed not quite to death, then impaled on large spikes. This would become his signature move, leading to his moniker Vlad the Impaler, but wasn't the only arrow in his quiver. Facing an army three times the size of his, he ordered his men to infiltrate their territory, poison wells and burn crops. He also paid diseased men to go in and infect the enemy. Defeated combatants were often treated to disemboweling, flaying alive, boiling, and of course impalement. Basically, you turn your enemy into a kabob and let them die slowly and, just as important, conspicuously. Vlad's reputation spread, leading to stories we have trouble sorting from legend, like that he once took dinner in a veritable forest of spikes. We do know that in June of 1462, he ordered 20,000 defeated Ottomans to be impaled. It's a scale that's hard to even imagine. When the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II came upon the carnage, he and his men fled in fear back to Constantinople. You'd think Vlad was on the road to victory, but shortly after, he was forced into exile and imprisoned in Hungary. [[how?]] He took a stab, no pun intended, on regaining Wallachia 15 years later, but he and his troops were ambushed and killed. According to a contemporary source, the Ottomans cut his corpse into pieces and marched it back to Sultan Medmed II, who ordered them displayed over the city's gates. History does not record where the pieces ended up. Vlad the Impaler was an undeniably brutal ruler, but he's still considered one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history for protecting it against the Ottomans and a national hero of Romania. He was even praised by Pope Pius II for his military feats and for defending Christendom. So how did get get from Vlad Dracula, the Impaler, a warrior king with a taste for torture, to, 400 years later, Dracula the undead creature of the night who must feed on the blood of living, can morph into bats or mist, and must sleep in his native earth? Historians have speculated that Irish author Bram Stoker met with historian Hermann Bamburger, who told him about Vlad III, which ignited some spark of inspiration, but there's not actually any evidence to back this up. Stoker was actually the first writer that we know of to have a vampire drink blood. Vampires are actually a common folklore baddie around the world, from the obayifo in Africa which can take over people's bodies and emit phosphorus light from their armpits and anus to the manananggal of the Philippines who can detach her torso from her legs so she can fly around with her organs trailing behind her and use her snakelike tongue to steal babies from the womb. In Western culture, though, Vlad the Impaler became the basis for everything from Bela Lugosi's Dracula to Count Chocula. That means he's also the source of the Twilight saga, truly one of history's greatest monsters. Ronnie asked for “how some legends got their stars.” I wasn't sure what that meant, so I asked for clarification. No, I didn't, I launched off immediately and at a full gallop with the first interpretation that came to mind, as I do in all aspects of my life. So let's talk horror actors and the Hollywood walk of fame. Even if he weren't a recognizable face, Vincent Price is probably the most recognizable voice in horror history. For folks my age, you probably heard him for the first time on Michael Jackson's Thriller. Folks in their 30's might have heard him first as Prof. Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective. Price wasn't always a horror icon. He'd done theater, radio, including Orson Wells Mercury Theater of the Air, and other genres of films, but 1953's House of Wax, which was also the first 3D movie to crack the top 10 box office gross for its year, solidified his place in horror history. It's almost odd that Price went into acting at all. His father was the president of the National Candy Company and his grandfather had set the family up with independent means thanks to his brand of cream of tartar. Price and his wife Mary wrote a number of cookbooks, one of which my mother had when I was young. You cannot fathom my confused disappointment that it was just a regular cookbook full of regular, boring, non-scary recipes. And now, for no other reason than it makes me smile, is another amazing voice, Stephen Fry, talking about Price on QI.: Romanian-born Bela Lugosi was a classical actor in Hungary before making the move to movies. In fact, he was already playing Dracula on stage when the movie was being assembled. Lugosi wanted the role so badly he agreed to do it for $500 per week, about $9K today, only one quarter that of actor David Manners who played Jonathan Harker. It was a good investment, I'd say, since everyone knows Lugosi and this was the first time I'd ever seen David Manners' name. Though Lugosi turned down the role of the monster in Frankenstein, he was quickly locked into horror. He appeared in minor roles in a few good movies, like “Ninotchka” with Greta Garbo, but mostly bounced like a plinko chip from mediocre to bad movies, with ever decreasing budgets. His drug addiction probably had a cyclical relationship with his work prospects. He died two days into filming the absolutely dreadful “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and was replaced by a much younger and taller actor and his ex-wife's chiropractor because he fit the costume. Peter Lorre is a name you might not recognize, but you would absolutely recognize his overall aesthetic. It's still being referenced and parodied to this day. See the bad guy? Is he short, with round eyes, and a distinctive way of speaking? What you got there is Peter Lorre. Hungarian-born Lorre struck out at 17 to become a star. For 10 years he played bit parts in amateur productions, but in 1931 he got his big break in the German film “M,” and Hollywood took notice. His first English-speaking role was in the Hitchcock thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” The character spoke English, but Lorre didn't. Just like Bela Legosi during his first turn as Dracula, Lorre had to memorize his lines phonetically. Imagine how difficult it must be to put the right pacing and inflection into a sentence when you don't know which word means what. He continued portraying psychopaths until John Huston cast him in a quasi-comic role in “The Maltese Falcon” with Humphrey Bogart and Sidney Greenstreet, which led to lighter roles like the one he played in Arsenic and Old Lace. If you never seen it, make it you next choice. It's a comedy, but you can definitely watch it with your horror movies, since it's about a pair of serial killers hiding bodies in their cellar. Arsenic and Old Lace also features a bad guy getting plastic surgery to avoid the police, which accidentally leaves him looking like Boris Karloff and he's really touchy about it. I don't know why. Even though he played many monsters and villains in his career, Karloff was said to actually be a kind, soft-spoken man who was happiest with a good book or in his garden. We hear him narrate How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year. He doesn't sing the song, though. That's Thurl Ravenscroft, who was also the original voice of Tony the Tiger. The title role in Frankenstein took Karloff from bit player to household name. Karloff said of the monster, “He was inarticulate, helpless and tragic. I owe everything to him. He's my best friend.” By the way, if you're one of those people who delights in going “Um, actually, Frankenstein was the name of the doctor,” can you not? We all know that. And since it's the last name of the man who gave him life, aka his father, it's a perfectly passable patronym to use. Oh and by the way Mr or Ms Superior Nerd, Frankenstein wasn't a doctor, he was a college dropout. I refer you to my much-beloved Red at Overly Sarcastic Productions on YouTube for a thorough explanation of the actual story. Penny Dreadful did get pretty close in their interpretation. Here's a name more people should know, John Carradine. Wait, you say, the guy from Kill Bill? No, that's his son David. Oh, you mean the FBI guy the sister was dating on Dexter. No, that's his other son Keith. Revenge of the Nerds? No, that's Robert. The patriarch John Carradine was in over 500 movies, big names like Grapes of Wrath and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, but he also did a lot of horror, though it could be a mixed bag — everything from Dracula in House of Dracula down to Billy the Kid vs Dracula. Not always for the love of it, either. Sometimes a gig's just a gig. He told one of his sons, “Just make sure that if you've got to do a role you don't like, it makes you a lot of money.” Good advice for many areas of life. If you've got Prime Video or Shudder, look for The Monster Club. It's an darling, schlocky little anthology movie, which they just don't seem to make anymore, starring Carradine and Vincent Price. Jaime Lee Curtis could have been on this list since she was in 5 of the Halloween films, but I just don't think people think “horror” when they hear her name. There were a few names surprisingly not set in the stones. While ‘man of a thousand faces' Lon Chaney, who played the original Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame, has a star, his son, Lon Chaney Jr, who played the Wolfman, the Mummy and numerous other roles in dozens of horror movies, does. Somehow, Christopher Lee doesn't either. In addition to the 282 roles on his imdb page, he deserves a star just for playing Dracula 10 times and still having a career after that. Also, he was metal as fuck, recording metal albums into his 80's and there was the time he corrected director Peter Jackson on what it's like when you stab someone, because he *knew. My buddies over at Cutting Class diverged from their usual format to tell us all about his amazing life. Over in the Brainiac Breakroom, (plug sub reddit, thank Zach), Alyssa asked for the history behind clowns being evil. One day, a man dressed up as a clown and it was terrifying. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. No? Okay. Fine! It's not like I have to research them and keep seeing pictures of clowns. Clowns weren't really regarded as frightening, or at least a fear of clowns wasn't widely known, from the creation of what we'd recognize as a clown by Joseph Grimaldi in the 1820's until fairly recently. David Carlyon, author, playwright and a former clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1970s, argues that coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, was born from the counter-culture 1960s and picked up steam in the 1980s. “There is no ancient fear of clowns,” he said. “It wasn't like there was this panic rippling through Madison Square Garden as I walked up through the seats. Not at all.” For centuries, clowns were a funny thing for kids — there was Bozo, Ronald McDonald, Red Skelton's Clem Kaddidlehopper and Emmet Kelly's sad clown– then bam! Stephen King's hit novel “It,” the doll in “Poltergeist,” and every incarnation of The Joker. It could be seen as a pendulum swing. Clowns had been so far to the good side that it must have been inevitable they would swing *way the hell over to evil. Not so fast, argues Benjamin Radford, author of the book “Bad Clowns,” who argues that evil clowns have always been among us. “It's a mistake to ask when clowns turned bad because historically they were never really good. Sometimes they're making you laugh. Other times, they're laughing at your expense.” Radford traces bad clowns all the way to ancient Greece and connects them to court jesters and the Harlequin figure. He points particularly to Punch of the Punch & Judy puppet shows that date back to the 1500s. Punch was not only not sweet and loveable, he was violent, abusive, and even homicidal. Maybe when isn't as important as why. Why are some of us afraid of clowns? Personally, I think it's their complete disregard for personal space. Kindly keep your grease-painted face at least arm's length away. The grease paint may be part of it. It exaggerates the features. The face is basically human in composition, but it's not. It dangles us over the edge of the uncanny valley, where something makes us uncomfortable because it is *almost human. The makeup obscures the wearer's identity, so we don't really know who we're dealing with. Clowns also act in aberrant ways, contrary to societal norms and expectations, and that might subconsciously get our back up. As for coulrophilia, sexual attraction to clowns…. I got nothing. You do you. Charlie asked for the real history behind popular horror icons, like werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Even though the zombie craze held on longer than the 2017 obsession with bacon, most people don't know about them pre-George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The word “zombie” first appeared in English around 1810 in the book “History of Brazil,” this was “Zombi,” a West African deity. The word later came to suggest a husk of a body without vital life energy, human in form but lacking the self-awareness, intelligence, and a soul. The Atlantic slave trade caused the idea to move across the ocean, where West African religions began to mix with force Christianity. Pop culture continually intermixes many African Diasporic traditions and portrays them exclusively as Voodoo. However, most of what is portrayed in books, movies, and television is actually hoodoo. Voodoo is a religion that has two markedly different branches: Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Vodoun. Hoodoo is neither a religion, nor a denomination of a religion—it is a form of folk magic that originated in West Africa and is mainly practiced today in the Southern United States. Haitian zombies were said to be people brought back from the dead (and sometimes controlled) through magical means by voodoo priests called bokors or houngan. Sometimes the zombification was done as punishment (striking fear in those who believed that they could be abused even after death), but often the zombies were said to have been used as slave labor on farms and sugarcane plantations. In 1980, one mentally ill man even claimed to have been held captive as a zombie worker for two decades, though he could not lead investigators to where he had worked, and his story was never verified. To many people, both in Haiti and elsewhere, zombies are very real and as such very frightening. Think about it. These people were enslaved, someone else claimed dominion over their body, but they still had their mind and their spirit. What could be more frightening to an enslaved person than an existence where even that is taken from you? In the 1980s when a scientist named Wade Davis claimed to have found a powder that could create zombies, thus providing a scientific basis for zombie stories, a powerful neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin, which can be found in several animals including pufferfish. He claimed to have infiltrated secret societies of bokors and obtained several samples of the zombie-making powder, which were later chemically analyzed. Davis wrote a book on the topic, “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” which was later made into a really underappreciated movie. Davis was held up as the man who had scientifically proven the existence of zombies, but skeptic pointed out that the samples of the zombie powder were inconsistent and that the amounts of neurotoxin they contained were not high enough to create zombies. It's not the kind of thing you can play fast & loose with. Tetrodotoxin has a very narrow band between paralytic and fatal. Others pointed out nobody had ever found any of the alleged Haitian plantations filled with zombie laborers. While Davis acknowledged problems with his theories, and had to lay to rest some sensational claims being attributed to him, he insisted that the Haitian belief in zombies *could be based on the rare happenstance of someone being poisoned by tetrodotoxin and later coming to in their coffin. Bonus fact: Ever wonder where we get brain-eating zombies from? Correlation doesn't equal causation, but the first zombie to eat brains was the zombie known as Tarman in 1984's Return of the Living Dead. This wasn't a George Romero movie, though. It's based on a novel called Return of the Living Dead by John Russo, one of the writers of Night of the Living Dead. After Russo and Romero parted company, Russo retained the rights to any titles featuring the phrase “Living Dead.” Cindra asked for movie monster facts. The moon is getting full, so let's hit these facts muy rapido. 1922's Nosferatu was an illegal and unauthorized adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stoker's heirs sued over the film and a court ruling ordered that all copies be destroyed. However, Nosferatu subsequently surfaced in other countries and came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema. Not a single photograph of Lon Chaney as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) was published in a newspaper or magazine, or seen anywhere before the film opened in theaters. It was a complete surprise to the audience and to Chaney's costar Mary Philbin, whos shriek of fear and disgust was genuine. In the original Dracula, Lugosi never once blinks his eyes on camera, to give his character an otherworldy vibe. Francis Ford Coppolla did something similar by having Dracula's shadow move slightly independently, like the rules of our world don't apply to him. Even though he starred in the film, Boris Karloff was considered such a no-name nobody that Universal didn't invite him to the premiere of 1931's Frankenstein. Karloff's classic Mummy the next year did not speak because the actor had so many layers of cotton glued to his face that he couldn't move his mouth. The Creature from the Black Lagoon's look was based on old seventeenth-century woodcuts of two bizarre creatures called the Sea Monk and the Sea Bishop. To make a man invisible for 1933's The Invisible Man, director James Whale had Claude Rains dressed completely in black velvet and filmed him in front of a black velvet background. The movie poster for The Mummy (1932) holds the record for the most money paid for a movie poster at an auction: nearly half a million dollars. Boris Karloff's costume and makeup for 1935's Bride of Frankenstein were so heavy and hot that he lost 20 pounds during filming, mostly through sweat. His shoes weighed 13 lb/6 kg/1 stone apiece. The large grosses for the film House on Haunted Hill (1960) were noticed by Sir Alfred Hitchcock was inspired to make a horror movie after the seeing the box office gross for William Castle's House on Haunted Hill. Filming the shower scene for Psycho was pretty mundane, but actress Janet Leigh was so terrified by seeing the finished product –thanks to the editing by Alma Reveill-Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann score– that she did not shower, only bathed, from the premier in 1960 to her death in 2004. You can read more about Alma Revill in the YBOF book. According to our friends Megan and RJ at Oh No! Lit Class podcast, the first use of Toccata Fuge in G Minor in a film was the 1962 Phantom of the Opera. It's hard to imagine classic horror without it. In Night of the Living Dead, the body parts the zombies ate were ham covered in chocolate sauce. George Romero joked that they shouldn't bother putting the zombie makeup on the actors because the choco-pork made them look pale and sick with nausea anyway. A lot of people know that Michael Myers' mask in the original Halloween was actually a William Shatner mask painted white. They bought it because it was on clearance and the film had a small budget. Most people don't know that Shatner later repaid the favor by dressing up as Michael Myers for Halloween. Freddy Kruger's look was based on a scary drunk man Wes Craven saw outside his home as a child. His glove made of leather and steak knives was actually inspired by Craven's cat. Looks down at scratches on both arms. Yeah, that checks out. The idea of being killed in your sleep comes from real deaths of people who survived the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, only to die mysteriously later. 1987's The Monster Squad. With a werewolf, a mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein's monster in the mix, the group looked suspiciously like the line-up of the 1930s and '40s Universal horror movies. To avoid confusion (i.e. lawsuits), filmmaker Fred Dekker made some subtle changes to his monsters, like removing Dracula's widow's peak, and moving Frankenstein's neck bolts up to his forehead. See? Totally different! Yes, those were real bees in Candyman, even the ones in Candyman's mouth. Tony Todd had a clause in his contract that he would get $1k for every bee sting he got during filming. Even though juvenile bees with underdeveloped stingers were used, he still got $23k worth of stings. You might think 1991's Silence of the Lambs was the first horror movie to win an Oscar, but Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde beat them to it by 60 years with Fredric March's Oscar for Best Actor.
It's easy to decide to do something like exercise, or a hobby to improve your wellbeing, but actually following through and make that a regular part of your week can be much harder. In this podcast, Pedro Delgado, vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, joins Abi and Cat to explain how he turned some of the QI methodology he's been taught over the years on himself, and improved his wellbeing during the pandemic. www.bmj.com/wellbeing
We discuss the Star Wars: Visions soundtrack, an excerpt from the new Thrawn novel, new animated shorts, and what Qi'ra is up to in the comics. On this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss: The soundtrack for Star Wars: Visions on streaming platforms, New animated shorts from Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures, An excerpt from Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil, The announcement of Qi'ra's ongoing adventures in Hidden Empire, and LEGO Star Wars: Castaways coming to the Apple Arcade. Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Find Jay and her cosplay adventures on J.Snips Cosplay on Instagram. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.
Scalar Energy o Energía Escalar, es también conocida como prana, chi, energía radiante, energía de punto cero, qi, orgón o energía elóptica. Tom Paladino ha desarrollado una técnica de curación para transmutar patógenos en forma rápida y sin dolor. Esta técnica utiliza fotografías de personas que buscan alivio de los síntomas de enfermedades patógenas. El proceso de transmutación se muestra prometedor para desmontar los agentes de la enfermedad. El instrumento Scalar opera a nivel cuántico y está diseñado específicamente para desmontar patógenos,Observa la entrevista en videohttps://youtu.be/3HlPY1le3oo#scalarlight #TomPaladino #HealingEnergy #prana #chi #energíaradiante #energíadepuntocero #qi #orgón #energíaelóptica #kikeposada #BioEnergyBalance #radiantenergy #zeropointenergy #ScalarLight #PathogenCleanse #remotehealing #sanaciondistancia #reiki #magnifiedhealing #sanacioncuantica #pranica #Hieronymus #Moray #Priore #Nikolatesla #freeenergy #theshift #awakeningVisita Scalar Light https://scalarlight.com/
Michael Burianyk discusses his new book, Understanding Amplitudes: Basic seismic analysis for rock properties. In the book, methods and techniques used to estimate rock properties from seismic data, based on an understanding of the elastic properties of materials and rocks and how seismic reflection amplitudes change, are described. Using AVO and other techniques, we can characterize rocks and the reservoirs inside them with a degree of qualitative, and even quantitative, detail. In this episode, Michael explains why Newton's ideas still matter despite Einstein, how to approach machine learning with healthy skepticism, why real data can be a hindrance to learning, and why he took the time to discover who was R. Hill. This is a conversation that scientists of all experiences will benefit from and learn. Visit https://seg.org/podcast to find links to Michael's books and past podcasts. RELATED LINKS * Check out the book, Understanding Amplitudes (https://seg.org/shop/products/detail/351710806) * Listen to Michael's podcast on Understanding Signals (https://seg.org/podcast/Post/7301) * Check out his first book, Understanding Signals (https://seg.org/shop/products/detail/114405237) BIOGRAPHY Michael Burianyk was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc in physics and geophysics, and later received from the same institution an MSc in geological sciences, writing his thesis on seismic data he helped collect on an Arctic ice station. Next, he earned a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alberta, studying the crust and lithosphere of western Canada, planning and participating in several LITHOPROBE field programs. After spending time in academic research, he moved to the petroleum industry where he gained expertise in amplitude vs. offset methods, seismic inversion, rock physics, and seismic petrophysics with Core Labs and later Shell Canada. He lived in The Netherlands for a decade, working with Shell's R&D group in gravity and magnetics and later in their software development division as a geoscience subject matter expert directing the development of software applications and creating associated workflows for gravity and magnetics, EM, QI seismic, seismic balancing, surface gridding, and geodetics. Currently, he lives in France, creating geophysical educational material and pursuing other writing projects. SPONSOR This episode is brought to you by TGS. TGS offers a wide range of energy data and insights to meet the industry where it's at and where it's headed. TGS provides scientific data and intelligence to companies active in the energy sector. In addition to a global, extensive and diverse energy data library, TGS offers specialized services such as advanced processing and analytics alongside cloud-based data applications and solutions. Visit https://www.tgs.com/ to learn more. CREDITS Original music by Zach Bridges. This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis. You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
In this episode, Ian reviews some literature and some questions surrounding the idea of whether quality improvement (QI) projects are just "research lite" or whether they have valid standing in and of themselves apart from research. Many people have written on whether QI is just 'research which doesn't require IRB approval and can't be gneralized,' while others are staunch proponents of the immediacy and primacy of QI initiatives, for various reasons, some of which will be explored in this episode. Ian discusses three primary components of this problem which are interesting to him: 1. QI and research may only differ on the front end regarding human subjects and ethics committees, 2. QI and traditional clinical investigations might be bridged by leveraging implementation science, and 3. generalizability and statistical inference may be the Achille's heel of the QI proponent.
The Canadian comedy queen is our series finale! An actress, presenter and now author, Katherine has been a stalwart on the comedy circuit for many years appearing on all the major UK panel shows - 8 out of 10 cats, mock the week, QI - you name it! Last year she wrote and starred in her own Netflix comedy series called ‘the Duchess' and having accepted that being audacious is her gift, has just released her debut book ‘the Audacity'. She also has her own podcast ‘Telling Everybody Everything' which frequently tops the podcast charts.But what is Katherine thankful for today? Angela finds out…You can order a copy of Katherine's book ‘The Audacity' here:http://unbouncepages.com/theaudacity/If you're not already, make sure you're subscribed to my Weekly Newsletter. It's FREE and is an email hug of a Sunday morning packed full of wellbeing tips, tasty recipes (the food and fashion kind), interviews with my favourite people and a whole load of loveliness. Sign up here:https://angelascanlon.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9bab7f9de32315678140972a4&id=5dcb6c5225GET IN TOUCHinstagram.com/angelascanlon twitter.com/angelascanlon facebook.com/angelascanlon#ThanksAMillionTrio https://www.instagram.com/kathbum/?hl=enhttps://twitter.com/Kathbum See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
"Depuis quand, comment et surtout pourquoi a-t-on créé ça ?" Vous ne vous êtes peut-être jamais posé la question. Qu'importe ! Lui a la réponse… David Castello-Lopes remonte, avec humour, aux origines d'un objet de notre quotidien. Aujourd'hui, les tests de QI.
Shaparak Khorsandi, formerly credited as Shappi Khorsandi, is one of the UK's finest comedians having performed standup around the world and appearing on TV & Radio shows including; Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI and Just a Minute. She was a contestant on the 17th series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and her latest book, Kissing Emma, was released in September 2021. Shaparak Khorsandi is guest number 136 on My Time Capsule and chats to Michael Fenton Stevens about the five things she'd like to put in a time capsule; four she'd like to preserve and one she'd like to bury and never have to think about again .Tickets for Shaparak Khorsandi's latest tour can be found here https://www.shappi.co.uk/live .Shaparak's new book, Kissing Emma, is available here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/kissing-emma/shappi-khorsandi/9781510106994 .Follow Shaparak Khorsandi on Twitter: @ShappiKhorsandi .Follow My Time Capsule on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook: @MyTCpod .Follow Michael Fenton Stevens on Twitter: @fentonstevens and Instagram @mikefentonstevens .Produced and edited by John Fenton-Stevens for Cast Off Productions .Music by Pass The Peas Music .Artwork by Matthew Boxall .Social media support by Harriet Stevens .This podcast is proud to be associated with the charity Viva! Providing theatrical opportunities for hundreds of young people. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Volume 6 a.k.a. the TUNED arc follows Alita as she joins a ragtag group of mercenaries. And James and Steve can't help but compare it to films like Aliens, War movies and Westerns, not bad for a cyberpunk story, no? Skip summary @6:27 071: Battle Angel Alita vol. 6 Chapters 30 to 35 “Judgement Day” and “Rainmaker” By Yukito Kishiro Translation by Stephen Paul Lettering by Scott Brown Synopsis After the defeat of Zapan, Alita is condemned to disposal for the crime of using a firearm. However, she is saved by a man known as the Director Bigott Eizenburg, he communicates to her via a dream in the middle of her disposal procedure before saving her, Alita is hesitant to believe him, but when Bigott reveals that he is after Desty Nova it is then that Alita decides to work for his group TUNED, in the hopes that she can find Ido by tracking Nova. We head towards an ambiguous time in the future where the authority of the scrapyard a.k.a. ‘the Factory' hires mercenaries to protect their cargo from a gang of bandits. A man called Figure Four Joins them, his most distinctive trait is that he is an organic flesh and blood man who is able to fight machines and cyborgs through his Qi and Hertza Hauen martial arts. He meets another mercenary, Yorg, who warns him about the dangerous woman on the other carriage. Alita. Figure Four introduces himself to Alita by pinching her harmonica and playing it badly! Luckily for him Alita finds him charming. The train is attacked by Bandits. Their leader being Knuclehead. Alita manages to extinguish this threat and keep Knuclehead detained, cutting his vocal cord so that he can no longer make verbal threats. During the attack the nuclear-powered train went into meltdown, both Figure Four, Yorg and Alita survive the fallout by ditching the train; but it becomes apparent that the two men only slow Alita down. This leads to a tense discussion with Bigott on deciding the fate of the men. Figure chooses to settle things by fighting Alita. He loses. And he wakes finding out Alita has left him with Yorg and took off in a Dune Buggy. A lot happens during these events, Alita obviously has a conscience, and Yorg has a family back home so she returns to pick up the men, but a cyclone creates the contrivance of losing Knuckehead and Alita and the mercenaries stubble upon ruins of a city not knowing at first that it is a military base owned by Barjack. The whole cyclone ordeal has Figure tie up Alita and scavenge for rations until he can trust her again. And although Alita is very happy to be fed by Figure Four, the man isn't exactly a smooth operator when it comes to winning Alita over. A repaired Knucklehead returns with reinforcements, a party of the Barjack rebellion lead by Colonel Bozzle. Alita gives away her position by screaming and shooting at a butterfly, apparently the appearance of beady eyes on its wings creep her out. A shot from a tank targets them. Alita manages to save them due to the wall that falls having smashed out windows. Bozzle is an old friend of Yorg's and so Yorg sides with Bozzle in order to save his himself, this brings confusion to the fight and Alita is apprehended whilst Figure Four is left for dead. Alita loses her legs and is interrogated by Bozzle yet Knuclehead is angry at being used as bait for the attack on Alita, Knuckehead attacks Bozzle and his socket soldiers. He kidnaps Alita and in their final showdown Figure manages to make a surprise attack and save Alita. Alita goes to give Figure a kiss until she is interrupted by gunfire. Bozzle and an unknown socket soldier have survived and seem to want to settle the score. In a twist of fate, the soldier is Yorg, and his final act of redemption is to rebel against Bozzle. Yorg dies in the arms of Figure and Bozzle dies too. After burying Yorg, Alita and Figure travel on foot through the desert wasteland, with one last bastion of hope being that Figure thinks he can make it rain by singing. And you know what? By some miracle it does. Why fish is pouring from the Sky has yet to explained. Topics The ending and the ambiguity of the miracle. The disposal scene. The train ambush attack. The romance between Alita and Figure Four. Yorg as a character. Other references Figure Four is the second character appearing to use Hertza Hauen and Qi, the first being Jasugun during the Motorball arc. The Dryad Butterfly, Minois Dryas. Alita shares the fear of this butterfly with the Author Yukito Kishiro. Volume 6 contains visual allusions to the 1987 movie, Robocop, Alita smashes her hand through a wall to grab a soldier by surprise. And the socket Soldiers themselves are based on Peter Weller's costume and bald cap headpiece in the movie. Yukito Kishiro must have thought the bald cyborg in that film resembled a lightbulb and the socket soldiers are screwed into their bodies through such a way. This is no surprise since, Kishiro has mentioned how at one point he hoped the Robocop director, Paul Verhoeven would direct a live action film version of Alita/Gunnm, according to the October 1993 interview in Animerica magazine with Seiji Horibuchi. For Kishiro's interview and more you can purchase this book here. You can also find old scans and transcripts online too. Facebook - facebook.com/weappreciatemanga/ Instagram – weappreciatemanga.co.uk Twitter - @RealJamesFitton Website – Weappreciatemanga.com Email – Weappreciatemanga@gmail.com
War of the Bounty Hunters comes to its end and sets the stage for Crimson Reign and, further into 2022, The Hidden Empire, as Qi'ra lays out the chess board pieces and prepares for the long game.Daniel José Older and David Wachter strike the right tone in the first issue of The High Republic -- Trail of Shadows #1 as the crime noir-inspired mystery tale reveals even more questions than answers.In Ghosts of Vader's Castle #4 (of 5), Lina, Thom and more face down their starkest nightmares while readying for what could the final showdown on Mustafar.Doctor Aphra #15 continues an unparalleled streak of success as she and Sana form temporary alliances and uncover a massive conspiracy with tendrils throughout the galaxy.Upcoming Star Wars comics include:Oct. 20 | Ghosts of Vader's Castle #5 (of 5), Star Wars Adventures #11, The High Republic #10Oct. 27 | Star Wars #18, War of the Bounty Hunters — IG-88 #1, Darth Vader #17, Bounty Hunters #17, The Monster of Temple Peak #3 (of 4), The High Republic #1 (Marvel Halloween Comic Book Extravaganza 2021 Edition)Nov. 3 | The High Republic #11, Star Wars Legends: Rise of the Sith OmnibusNov. 10 | Doctor Aphra #16, The Trail of Shadows #2 (of 5), The Monster of Temple Peak #4 (of 4), Star Wars Legends Boba Fett: Blood Ties TPB, Star Wars Episodes IV-IX Adaptation Box Set (IDW)Nov. 17 | Darth Vader #18, Star Wars Adventures #12, Star Wars: Life Day #1 (One-Shot), Darth Vader (Vol. 2) Omnibus, The High Republic Adventures (Vol. 1) TPB, Star Wars (Vol. 3), Vol. 3 TPB (Collects #13-18)Nov. 24 | Star Wars #19, Bounty Hunters #18, War of the Bounty Hunters TPB (Collects Alpha #1, War of the Bounty Hunters 1-5), War of the Bounty Hunters Companion TPB (Collects Jabba, IG-88, Boushh, 4-LOM & Zuckuss)Nov. 30 | Star Wars: The High Republic, Vol. 2, TPB (Collects #6-10), Doctor Aphra (Vol. 2), Vol. 3, TPB (Collects #11-15)Dec. 1 | Crimson Reign #1 (of 5), The High Republic #12, The High Republic Adventures #11, Star Wars Adventures (Vol. 2), Vol. 1, “The Light & the Dark” TPBDec. 8 | Star Wars #20, Bounty Hunters #19, Darth Vader #19, Trail of Shadows #3 (of 5), Star Wars (Vol. 3), Vol. 3, “War of the Bounty Hunters,” TPB, The High Republic, Vol. 2, “The Heart of Drengir” TPBDec. 15 | Doctor Aphra #17, Star Wars Adventures Annual 2021 #1, Attack of the Clones Graphic Novel Adaptation from IDW, Doctor Aphra (Vol. 2), Vol. 3, “War of the Bounty Hunters” TPBDec. 22 | Star Wars Adventures #13, The Weapon of a Jedi TPB, Darth Vader (Vol. 3), Vol. 3 TPB (Collects #12-17)Dec. 29 | Bounty Hunters, Vol. 3, TPB (Collects #12-17)Jan. 5 | Trail of Shadows #4 (of 5)March 2 | Star Wars Legends: The Empire Omnibus, Vol. 1April 13 | Darth Vader (Vol. 1) Omnibus (New Printing)April 27 | Star Wars (Vol. 2), Omnibus (Vol. 1) New PrintingSummer 2002 | The New Republic Vol. 1 Omnibus
We have one of our favourite returning guests on the podcast today, entrepreneur and practicing MD Molly Maloof, who is back this time going straight to the heart of health and happiness; Love, sex, relationships, and the harmonious intersection of medicine and love. One of the many reasons we love the work of Dr. Molly is she's all about maximising potential and better function within the human body. Evolving in her practice and true to form with her ever-innovative mind, Dr. Molly's work has recently taken a more focused move into the space of relationships and how the quality of our close relationships significantly determines our long-term health. Healthy relationships help us cope better and defuse the external stresses of life; So why not focus on improving relationships? Inspired by years of experience and research in psychedelics, the neurobiology of love, and drug-assisted therapy, Dr. Molly is developing a company that aims to improve relationships and strengthen bonds through drug-assisted therapy. A complete paradigm shift in the way we view modern medicine and an upgrade to the human condition and relationships. As always with Mason and Dr. Molly, this episode is energised and thought-provoking. They explore the topics of psychedelic-assisted therapies, sexual dysfunction and the root causes of relationship problems, the history of MDMA and couples therapy, where modern medicine is falling short, and so much more. Tune in for good convo and sovereign health. "I think technology is where we see these bonds decay. We're seeing people give up their marriages, we're seeing people walk away from long-term relationships, and we're seeing families and children affected. One of the most adverse childhood experiences a kid will have is a divorce. Why are we not looking at these fundamental facets of society and saying, gosh, why can't we do better?" And maybe there's a way we can do better that's ethical, honourable, that's scientifically sound, and will leave people better than we found them". - Dr. Molly Maloof Mason and Molly discuss: Natural Aphrodisiacs. Entactogens (empathogens) The psychedelic movement. Psychedelic assisted therapy. Combatting stress through love. Relationships, community, and happiness. How relationships affect long-term health. Exploring root trauma and healing sexuality. Technology and the decay of relationships. Sexual dysfunction and relationship problems. Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Oxytocin, and Serotonin. Who is Molly Maloof? Dr. Molly Maloof's goal is to maximise human potential by dramatically extending the human healthspan through medical technology, scientific wellness, and educational media. Her fascination with innovation has transformed her private medical practice, focused on providing health optimisation and personalised medicine to San Francisco & Silicon Valley investors, executives, and entrepreneurs. Molly's iterative programs take the quantified self to the extreme through comprehensive testing of clinical chemistry, metabolomics, microbiome, biometrics, and genomic markers. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCAST Resources: Cordyceps Deer Antler Molly's Twitter Molly's Linkedin Molly's Website Molly's Facebook Molly's Instagram Psychedelic News Hour with Dr Molly Maloof Maximising Your Human Potential with Dr. Molly Maloof (EP#47) Spiritual Awakening and Biohacking with Dr. Molly Maloof (EP#108) Q: How Can I Support The SuperFeast Podcast? A: Tell all your friends and family and share online! We'd also love it if you could subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. Or check us out on Stitcher, CastBox, iHeart RADIO:)! Plus we're on Spotify! Check Out The Transcript Here: Mason: (00:03) Molly, how are you? Molly Maloof: (00:05) I'm alive and well in the middle of a chaotic world. And somehow I feel like one of the more sane people in the room these days. Mason: (00:14) You're the sane person. It's great because I like the fact that the sane person and one of the sane people on Instagram. I love your Instagram endlessly. Molly Maloof: (00:23) Thanks. Mason: (00:23) And I love you're the doctor whose drugs I want to take. Molly Maloof: (00:28) Yeah, right. Like I kept on asking myself, "What if we made drugs that people wanted to take? What if we made drugs that actually improve the human condition?" What if we made drugs that actually improved resilience and improved our relationships? How come that's not medicine? Mason: (00:46) Now, let me start with this little light question. Molly Maloof: (00:48) Yeah. Mason: (00:49) Where does the intersection of medicine and love begin and integrate? Molly Maloof: (00:56) Yeah, right? Okay. Here's what occurred to me. And I haven't really even announced my company because I've been stalled, but I can talk about the big picture because I think it's really important. I spent my entire life trying to figure out how and ever since I was a child, and I was like, wanting to become a doctor at a young age, and then hit puberty in all sorts of hormonal disarray. And I was just like, "What is this happening to my body?" I remember thinking, someday I'm going to figure out my whole body, and I'm just going to understand all this weird shit that's happening to me. And so I spent a lot of my life trying and testing out things to see what would they would do. I would take supplements when I was in ninth grade. I was just constantly doing weird stuff to see what I could do to make my body function better. Molly Maloof: (01:41) And then, left my residency, started my own medical practise, and really was like, "Fuck, I want to make a practise around optimising health, instead of just fixing sickness." So I want to understand health from first principles. So I spent all this time studying and practising . And fortunately, I had patients who would pay me a lot of money to like, be my lab rats. And they were willing, they were coming to me with experiments that they're like, "I want to do this, will you be help me?" And I'm like, "Sure." So I was one of those doctors that was just like, helping executives find greater performance. And then I had a bit of a come to Jesus moment. Molly Maloof: (02:18) And I was just like, I did not go into medicine to be doctor just to rich people. That's not cool. And this is like been an interesting experiment. But I should probably be doing more with my life than just helping rich people stay healthy. So it really was that. That was really going through my head. I was at Esalen Institute, and I was just like, "Yeah. I'm pretty sure that there should be more to life than this." Mason: (02:39) It's an elephant a lot of the time in the health sector. Molly Maloof: (02:42) Yeah. But at the same time, I'm super grateful that I actually was able to do what I did because A, I could show I actually was part of like a massive trend movement, which was like, precision medicine for individuals was like, not a thing until, a few years after I started practising . So I've always been a bit ahead of the curve. But I've always also been one of those people who's just like, I can't settle for like surface level anything. So I have to get under the surface. So I got asked to teach at Stanford, a course. And she was like, "You seem to be this healthspan expert. So why don't you teach about it?" And I was like, well, of course, I got really insecure. And I was like, "Well, I know a lot. But I can't know enough to teach a second best school in the country." So I went and I started researching even deeper and started studying even more and started like coming up with this framework of what health was about. Molly Maloof: (03:28) And in my process of studying everything, I was creating electron relationships. And I started figuring, I saw a couple TED Talks, and I started looking into the research of these two psychologists and this researcher from Stanford. And basically, the conclusion was that long term health and happiness is literally dependent on your relationships, like the number one factor in whether you're going to live long and healthy or not is your relationships. And why do you think that is? Well, usually they're the biggest source of stress or stress relief. And we know that stress is a huge source of disease, and yet everybody talks about stress, but nobody talks about what to do about it. Even like some of the best most famous doctors in America. Molly Maloof: (04:11) Well, even doctors are on stress, like sit around talking about how they don't know what to do with stress. So I was like, "I wonder if we could actually create medicine, that improved relationships." And so I started figuring out through the psychedelic movement, that a lot of what entactogens do is they fundamentally reproduce the neurobiology of love. And so I started digging into the neurobiology of love and I was like, oh, so dopamine, norepinephrine, oxytocin, and serotonin are essentially like some of the bigger molecules involved with love and connection as well as hormones. So to me, it was like kind of a lightbulb moment happened when I was like, "Whoa, what if we actually were to create medicine that can reproduce the love that you had early in your relationship when you first got married, when you first started dating?" What would happen if you could actually reintroduce that feeling again, in your relationship, when you've been together for 10 years, and you're already annoyed by each other constantly. And there's all this resentment built up? Molly Maloof: (05:17) And what if you could work on that resentment, work on your attachment issues, work on your relationship and your bond and strengthen that bond, through drug assisted therapy? And so that's kind of what I came up with as an idea. And so I'm in this process of investigating the possible ways to do this. But really, it's like a complete paradigm shift in modern medicine because A, it's not about individuals taking drugs, it's about two people taking a drug together. And B, it's not about doctors just handing people drugs, but it's drugs plus therapy. Drugs plus a therapeutic journey that you take, in order to achieve a certain outcome. So not only does medicine have to change in a few different ways, like A, we have to like see if the FDA will even let us give two people drugs. But B like, the payment system of medicine is about you go to a therapist, you go to a doctor, you get a drug, and the doctor is paid for that visit. And that psychologist is just paid for that visit. Molly Maloof: (06:14) So I have friends that are in payments systems, and they're developing like bundled payment programmes because essentially you need to like create an entire outcome based experience that is paid for in a lump sum. And so there's a lot of things that need to change about in medicine. But I think that fundamentally the human bonds that we create, like are the hugest source of survival that we have. And a lot of people have overlooked this in this pandemic. We know now from isolation, that there's nothing healthy about people being by themselves in their homes, especially the elderly. Come on, and young people and children with families in one house, like we're meant to be in community, we're meant to be touching other people, we're meant to be around other people. And I think it's really a shame that we have ignored this factor for so long, and we're continuing to ignore it while people are killing themselves with alcohol and drugs and other substances. Molly Maloof: (07:07) And it's just like, and even food, right? Like kids are gaining weight at record rates, people are gaining weight at record rates. And it's all because we're not supposed to be alone. We're not supposed to be indoors by ourselves isolated, like it's not productive, and it's the antithesis of health. So that's my shtick in my soapbox description. And I'm just going to say this, this is a really ambitious endeavour, there is a very good chance that it will not work because the government will stop me. That doesn't mean that people shouldn't be doing stuff like this because we actually need to change the way that people think about medicine. We actually need to change how medicine is delivered. Mason: (07:42) You know what, like what brings up, I've been reading a lot of like management books because I'm at that stage by my business where I was like Peter Pan and I'm back in the real world a little bit where am I growing up and becoming a little bit adulty. Molly Maloof: (07:56) We're both becoming adults, dude. Mason: (07:57) We're both adulting the shit out of life right now. Molly Maloof: (08:01) We're adulting the shit out of life. Mason: (08:04) The one Tani got like the whole management team to raid was like a Patrick Lencioni one. I don't think that's how you pronounce his name, but he's got business fables, and it's the Five Dysfunctions of a Team and one of the dysfunctions, I can't remember if it's an exact dysfunction or just something I took out of the fable, but it's like you get an executive team and you go through all the different departments like what's our goalposts? Like what are we all agreeing on that we're looking at as like what we're all trying to get? Is it like customer acquisition? Is it customer happiness ratings? Is it revenue? It doesn't matter what the hell it is, we just focus on that and we go for it and then that unifies you. I think most people and including people that get into health and are entrepreneurs in the health same doctors what the thing that happens is they still they can't get over the hangover of getting dumped. Mason: (08:53) The goalposts been put on you by a pretty old medical system that just like, just keep people alive. Just improve the condition somewhat. And I think why when you speak and when people listening, I know people like loving my team like listening to your last podcast in the community really excited is because the boldness that you have and it's screaming me, you're like, "No, I'm creating my own goalpost, not taking on that one, and I can see the bridge, and I'm going..." Like you actually can bridge it. It's not just, I'm defying you. It's like, "No," I'm just like, I can work with in that and I can see what you're focused on. And I'm very clear about what I'm focusing on. It's like relationship and then measure the markers to see that your relationships have improved and we know it because we have these markers. And that focus is really inspiring. It's really intimidating for people that have just allowed themselves to be handed what the goalpost is. So cheers you, I raise my hot chocolate to you. Molly Maloof: (10:00) It's like I ask myself, "Okay, I've got this personal brand. If I like go and be Dr. Molly brand, Dr. Molly, how is that going to like..." Okay. So let's say there's Andrew Weil, there's Dr. Oz, there's all these, like leaders in the space. I could do that. And I can always fall back on that if this thing doesn't work, like I'll only be 40 by the time I fail at this, right? So I think I'm going to give myself like solid three years before I give up. Look, it's really hard to do this thing, but I'm going to give myself some significant time and commitment, like five to 10 years, then we'll see what happens. If I can get through past three years, I'll be fucking stoked. So point is, is like I can always fall back on like the Dr. Molly brand because it's like, that's cool. But that's just an evolution, right? That's just like, me becoming branded doctor 2.0. But the thing about this other thing is like, if we actually were to accomplish this, this just fundamentally changes medicine, and also could transform human relationships, which are falling apart. Molly Maloof: (11:02) People are getting divorced after eight years, and kids are getting damaged by these relationships. Kids are missing their relationships with their parents, parents are not bonding, kids are feeling neglected. We've got to save the family unit and I think it starts with the primary relationship. And to me, this is something that is interesting to me that, I just don't think a lot of people work on their relationships, like I don't think it's something that a lot of people consider to be a thing that they should be doing every day. But it's actually so fundamental to survival, right? And yet, it's like when things are getting really bad, that's when they get to work. So we are looking at different indications. But fundamentally, the big picture, what I'm trying to do, it's kind of like bring what people have been doing underground above ground. Molly Maloof: (11:49) The history of MDMA was like couples therapy, right? And Shulgin was giving it to psychologists to improve couples relationships. And it turns out, like underneath a lot of dysfunction, a lot of sexual dysfunction in men and women is relationship problems. So if you just keep on getting to the root cause of anything, it's like, "Oh, why don't we just like deal with the root cause? And go with that?" So it's pretty- Mason: (12:15) I've definitely experienced with underground MDMA. Molly Maloof: (12:17) Yeah. Mason: (12:19) Therapy? Molly Maloof: (12:19) Sure. Exactly. Mason: (12:22) Yeah. With my wife. Can you just enlighten people about how you'd use it in like a clinical setting and why in particular it has been used there? Molly Maloof: (12:37) So MDMA, we're not technically using MDMA, unless we can't use the substance we're going to work on toward developing which there's a lot of reasons why, like drug developments hard, right? But MDMA would be a good backup solution because of its history. MDMA is essentially an entactogen. So what it does is it means to touch with that it means to generate, it's also known as enpathogen. So it creates a deep sense of empathy and human connection. And that empathy reminds you of like, "Oh, there's this person next to me." And I can actually feel how they feel right now.I can actually, more noticeably understand their emotional experience. And I can be a part of that experience, rather than feeling so separate from someone else. And fundamentally, it also works on the neurobiology of love. So it's a love drug. So it creates a similar experience to what I call post coital bliss, which is kind of like right after you had sex, and you're feeling like really comfortable and really blissed out, it's like, that's kind of the MDMA experience. Molly Maloof: (13:42) And the interesting thing is that through different types of combinations of different chemicals, we're going to be able to modulate consciousness in ways that we never thought we could do and it's fascinating, just this whole field of psychedelic medicine because it's just beginning like this whole revolution is just beginning. And it's like happening from a place of like deep interested in science and understanding the brain, but also from like a deep reference to the past. So like MDMA, for example, in the past was used in couples therapy. So two couples would come in and take the medicine with the therapist. And the therapist will help them work through their issues whether it be like attachment trauma, or deep seated resentment that's been carried or anger or betrayal or just trust issues. And therapist would use this medicine to help people come together again. Molly Maloof: (14:32) And one of the rules interestingly, for couples therapy with when Ann Shulgin was doing it and was giving it to other therapists was no sex. So it's funny because I actually think that psychedelics go great with sex. And I think that like, you have to know what you're doing, you have to know the dose, but I do think that there will be a role in the future for psychedelic assisted therapy, and there should also be a role for psychedelic aphrodisiacs. Mason: (15:00) Speak more about that. Molly Maloof: (15:02) Well, okay, so I'm giving a talk at delic on this is actually quite kind of interesting. I'll give you a little preview of my talk. So it turns out that psychedelic aphrodisiacs have probably been used since like the beginning of human history. Mason: (15:17) Cool thing. The two best things. Molly Maloof: (15:21) Right? So people are fascinating, right? So turns out that there's like a whole bunch of categories of psychedelic aphrodisiacs. And they're so interesting. So there's the Acacia DMT, harmelin combo, there's an Alaska DMT harmelin combo, there's also the combination, that combo the drug. There's also MDMA, and MDA, which is the entactogen class of synthetic love drugs. There's LSD and psilocybin, which are the tryptamines. There's actually like a salamander that in Romania, they put into a vodka, and they use it as aphrodisiacs. There's also toads that people use as aphrodisiacs. There's Morning Glory, which is an LSD derivative, there's Hawaiian woodrose, there's all sorts of cool plants and animals that have been used since primitive times that are psychedelic, and that can turn you on. Molly Maloof: (16:25) And there's also dangerous ones things like scopolamine, which is not technically a psychedelic, but it's a deliriant. And you don't really want to take like the tour up. But people in Brazil apparently, occasionally accidentally get dosed by like prostitutes, who are trying to take advantage of them. So there's actually a pretty good Vice episode on that. But turns out that it's not exactly a psychedelic, but you can't have psychosis and hallucinations. So I was like, "Wow, these are really interesting. There's all sorts of different mushrooms and fungi that people use, there's also like, what is it called? There's a type of fungus. Actually, let me look it up. I've got my computer right here. So why don't I come out and give you a little bit more detail on this because it's kind of getting good. Molly Maloof: (17:14) So there's like this substance, there's actually a fruit in Southeast Asia called my Marula bean. And it has all sorts of weird ingredients in it, that can make you trippy. And then interestingly, alcohol has the effect of creating beta-carboline in the body, which I didn't know. So it's actually technically slightly psychedelic, which I never knew this. And then absinthe has wormwood which has thujone in it, which is mildly psychedelic as well. So it's essentially there's different doses of different ingredients that are kind of used for different reasons, right? And so there's basically like the medicinal dose, they said, which is the lowest dose, like the sort of the micro dose of medicine. And that's kind of like people taking things just for overall improvement of their health, mental health. And then there's the sort of aphrodisiac dose, which is a little bit higher than that. So it's enough to get you to start noticing a shift in your perception, but not so much to make the trip really hard. Molly Maloof: (18:12) And then there's the shamanic dose, which is like what's being used in a lot of clinical studies, which is like people try to get to the root of really deep trauma. And oftentimes, getting to the root of trauma is actually what a woman or man needs to do in order to actually heal their sexuality. So I got particularly interested in this space because MDMA kind of accidentally helped heal my sexual dysfunction that I had in my 20s because of some trauma that I had in college, that I didn't even realise was causing sexual dysfunction because I didn't know I had sexual dysfunction. I just knew that I wasn't aroused. I was in pain every time I had sex, and it wasn't orgasming. And then I met a guy, we were using MDMA together and all these problems went away. And I was like, "What just happened"? And I had my first orgasm with a guy. I had orgasmed on my own, but never with a man before because of unfortunately, my history of sex was not positive. Molly Maloof: (19:07) So I basically been trying to figure this out, "Wow, it seems like there's an opportunity for healing sexual dysfunction." Because a lot of the root causes of sexual dysfunction are relationship problems and trauma. And so then I started uncovering the whole trauma, Pandora's box, and I started discovering natural numbers on sexual trauma. And it became this whole holy shit moment, like fuck the world is so fucked up when it comes to sex. Talk about like, this Me Too movements, just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath all of it is like, clearly dysfunctional sexual upbringing that most people have because of our completely outdated religious culture, right? Basically really religiosity in a lot of ways really ruins sexuality for people because it makes it into this forbidden fruit and then in that you start wanting all sorts of things that are wrong because you're like, "Oh, I can't have it. So I want all these things that I can't have." Mason: (20:05) Forbidden fruit. And the guys our snake tells us you want the fruit. Molly Maloof: (20:09) Oh yeah, and women want it too, by the way. I was like, when I discovered masturbation was a sin in like fifth grade. I was like, "Oh, dear god, I've been masturbating my entire life." So funny, right? And there was just this moment I had growing up being like, really feeling like I went from like a really good Christian girl to like, a very bad child because I masturbated. And that's just not okay. So then I get into the history of psychedelics. And this talk and essentially, before Christianity, psychedelics were being used by medicine women and priestesses, and medicine men, and they were given to people as a tool for enhancing their virility and their fertility and their sexual function. And it was like, part of nature, sex was something beautiful, it was something acceptable, it is something that was part of life, right? It was celebrated. And then Christianity basically turned polytheism into this monotheistic culture, and basically started burning witches, and saying that these love potions are evil, and that anything related to sex was wrong. Molly Maloof: (21:09) And now sex is the thing that you have to have in the bounds of marriage, which the church of course has to govern. And if you do anything outside of that, or let alone, you're homosexual, you're now a deeply evil person, and you deserve to be harmed. And you really think about this history. It's kind of epically fucked how much, no offence to men, but like patriarchy, took over religion, and basically made it all about men being in charge of the religious experience. Even though women were actually very much part of like polytheistic religious culture, and sexuality was part of that culture. And so it's like all this stuff is really went downhill from there. Molly Maloof: (21:50) And now we live in this modern time where like, the Catholic Church has unending problems with brutalising children sexually. And we have not woken up to this reality that sex is not evil. It's part of life. It's a beautiful part of life. It's a part of life that is one of those magical mystical, if not psychedelic experiences. And it shouldn't be demonised, but I do think we need to return it back into a place of wholesomeness and respect and love and really treating people the way we would want to be treated and I don't think any woman or man wants to be raped. Molly Maloof: (22:29) I don't think any woman or man wants to be assaulted, and I don't think if any child grows up thinking that, that's normal. And I don't know what changes in culture that makes it okay for kids and adults to like mistreat each other, but I really think that like part of my mission in life is actually to create a better culture around sex and love and really this company that I started called the Adamo Bioscience is basically a company that's dedicated to studying the science of love because I think that if we understood it better, we might be able to create more of it, and through multiple pathways and products and services. And yes, I have a commercial interest, but mostly because like it seems totally a better thing to be spending my life making money off of than anything else right now, which is like why not try to create more love in the world? I think there should be like 15 to 20 companies trying to do this. Mason: (23:22) I think there will be once you show them the way. That's the that's the beautiful thing about being someone who's charging and leading the way. Something as a couple, I was just like thank you, epic download by the way and I saw... And I think it's nice openly talking about religion this way, we can see that it's gone far away from the natural and the original intentions. And I saw you like, I can just see you reshare the meme the other day. It tickled me the most of it was just like white Jesus cuddling someone going, "I'm sorry I made you a drug addict. Let me a book before I send you to hell." It just popped me in school I was like doing things that potentially was going down the way of being like condemned and told by teachers, "Well, your stepfather is going to go to hell because he believes in evolution." Molly Maloof: (24:16) Oh my god, I remember being in sixth grade being like, "I think evolution is real and my school thinks I'm..." But they don't believe in it. Like, holy shit, that was our lives. Mason: (24:28) Oh man, I got a few pop moments. I was like, "Hang on. So I'm going down this route. Where I'm sinning because I'm trying to think critically here and so now I'm going to go to hell, but you created me in your image and I'm doing? You set me off. You know all, you know I'm going to end up here. And then you're going to send me to hell?" I'm like, "You asshole. You sadist." Anyway, that was my pop. Molly Maloof: (24:54) What got me to like what really challenged my beliefs when I was 18 was talking to a guy who went to Harvard and messenger, you're in messageboard you're talking to people smarter and older than you. And I remember talking to this guy and he asked me this question. He's like, "How can God be omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent and how can there be a hell? If he's everywhere all the time all at once? How can it be ever a separation from God because hell is a separation from God?" And I was like, brain explode like oh that's impossible logical, total it felt like this doesn't work, right? Like does that work does not compute. And my brain just exploded I went into the bathroom and cried and cried in front of the mirror. I was like, "Oh my god, it means I'm all alone." I actually still believe in God now, but like my belief in God is much different than the patriarchal God that I grew up. Molly Maloof: (25:50) I still pray to Jesus because I'm used to it's like a pattern, but I don't think Jesus is the only God. I think there's plenty of Gods you can pray to. But realistically I think that God is like infinite intelligence and beauty underneath everything that whether, and it's totally no gender or God can't have a gender. Mason: (26:09) I'm going to send you my podcast with George Kavassilas. It's another mind blowing one. It's talking about the God matrix and the universe, the natural, the synthetic it's like really, really clear. Molly Maloof: (26:25) Oh, cool. Mason: (26:25) I'll send you because it's a very good one. And you know what, you were saying things that don't work and you know what I like that does work is aphrodisiac. So this is like telling before we move on from that point it's something that really jumped out at me that I really love and I might go a little bit of a tangent because I just wrote about it this kind of topic, this nuance. Yesterday we sent out a newsletter around lion's mane and I'm like I really love Lion's Mane because it's a bridge herb and for so often people are looking at, "I want a nootropic and so they go into a narrow," which is nice sometimes. It's nice to go reductionist. And you go, "I want something that's going to increase output and give me something now and I'm going to use this nootropic in order to get something. And then they eventually fall to Lion's Mane as like a nootropic and the word sits there very medical and very [inaudible 00:27:20], which is nice as well I use it. Mason: (27:24) But then Lion's Mane is one if you get like a complete non grown on grain, you get one grown on wood, it's got elements of wild to it, all of a sudden you look past the textbook written black and white, in the tropic and you got the same intention here and then you look up at nature and you see, "Wow, my brain is so much more than what I thought it was and the output of my brain and the way the way that it operates in conjunction with my organs in my blood and my outlook in my life, it's connected to where I'm going to be. What I do now is connected to how I'm going to be when I'm 90 years old." Molly Maloof: (27:59) Totally. Mason: (28:00) it's not just take something get some output, it's like this pattern you can see the brain function connecting to the constant pattern of like, like the waves in never ending. Internally there are things that are like constantly happening that I can cultivate and work with and look at and ease into that are going to have my brain on the sea of marrow is the Daoists. Molly Maloof: (28:21) I love that. The sea of marrow. Mason: (28:26) And the aphrodisiacs are the same like that. And it's a fun one because people go, "Oh, aphrodisiacs great, it'll get your horny." And what you're talking about it's like a carrot that leads like you go and that's what I see. Like how I see Daoist aphrodisiacs as well, like deer antler in your pants. Molly Maloof: (28:46) Yeah. Mason: (28:48) Horny goat weed, like epimedium. These herbs cordycep, Eucommia, schisandra. People say the word aphrodisiac, and you go, "Great, okay, cool. I'm going to engage because I want to be horny." And you think there's more substance too, behind it. And then you get onto these aphrodisiacs and you start engaging with your sexuality, and all of a sudden it's an opportunity to connect to yourself and the word aphrodisiac falls away, and you start connecting to the sexuality. And I just heard it, then you're saying we're using aphrodisiacs to go and connect to the sexual trauma so we can connect to ourselves and our partner. And I think it's beautiful. I love it. Molly Maloof: (29:32) Well, it's actually that the sexual trauma can damage your relationship to sex. So because it actually programmes your brain. There's this thing called the Garcia effect, and it's like when you eat something that makes you sick, you don't want it anymore because your brain associates that with feeling sick. Now not all women or men who have trauma end up with having sexual dysfunction, but a large percentage of women do that. In fact, like somewhere between 60 to 80% of women who had sexual trauma have some form of sexual dysfunction. And like in America, the numbers, which I think are underreported, are like one in five women are raped, one in four women are abused as children, one and three are assaulted in her lifetime. And so there's quite a lot of women who have sexual dysfunction because of the fact that their sexual experience was not pleasant. And it was, in fact, potentially scary and dangerous. Molly Maloof: (30:26) So now their brain says, "Oh, that experience that's not good. I don't like that. And that's scary." And so it's kind of programmed as a traumatic memory. Now, only 30% of women with sexual trauma end up with PTSD, which is interesting. So there's actually more women with sexual dysfunction, than PTSD from sexual trauma, which is fascinating. So the theory is, is that with MDMA assisted therapy, that the medicine can actually help you revisit the trauma from a place of feeling safe and feeling okay and loved with a partner, preferably with a partner, if you're with someone that you feel safe with. And you can revisit that trauma, and then it gets reprogrammed in your brain, reconsolidated as, "Oh, this is not the worst thing in the world anymore." This is not something I need to like, fear or be afraid of anymore. That was just an event that happened. And in fact I think the real magic will come from when women can experience pleasure, again, through psychedelic medicine. As I did. Mason: (31:32) How ironic that there's an aphrodisiac involved in that process. Molly Maloof: (31:36) Well, you think, right? You think that like, that would make sense. It's just funny. I think we're just beginning to understand space. But I don't know if people even though this, but there's actually like three phases of neurobiology of love. The first is like the intense sex drive, which is like, our body is designed to get us to fuck a lot of people when you're young. Actually, the sex drive is like oestrogen and testosterone. And then like, you're horny, and you're young, and you want to have sex, and not everybody does. A lot of young people aren't these days, but the point is, is that it's designed to get you to be turned on and attracted to a lot of people. And then when you meet someone and you have sex with them, what happens is, is that you start activating other hormones. So dopamine starts getting released, oxytocin gets released after orgasm, and that can actually increase the attachment to this person. Molly Maloof: (32:29) So especially in women particular. So then we start moving on to romantic love, which is actually an attachment device that's designed like we really evolved it in order to basically bond ourselves to someone, become obsessed and addicted to someone, so that we're more likely to have a baby with that person. And then keep that baby alive long enough that they will not die, right? And so the romantic love starts to switch over to pair bonding. And pair bonding is actually designed to keep that baby alive and family unit strong. Because pair bonding hormones are very similar to familial bonds. Like they think it's all mostly oxytocin vasopressin. So like, you actually look at the neurobiology of all this. It's highly adaptive, and it's a huge survival advantage to have love in your life, huge survival advantage to find someone to care about them. You're more likely to reproduce, you're more likely to make a child and a family and you're more likely to have a healthy family if there's healthy bonds. Molly Maloof: (33:26) And so I think that we should be really looking at these things from the lens of science because a lot of what's happening in society today because I think technology is seeing these bonds decay, we're seeing people give up their marriages. We're seeing people walk away from long term relationships, and we're seeing families affected and children affected. And one of the main adverse childhood experiences a kid will have is divorce. So I'm just like, "Fuck, why are we not looking at these fundamental facets of society and saying, gosh, why can't we do better?" And maybe there's a way we can do better that's ethical, and that's honourable and that's scientifically sound and that will actually leave people better off and we found them. But again, this is like very much new territory. I don't think anybody has tried to do this or thought about doing this. And I'm actually giving you a lot of information that I like is going to keep kind of quiet but whatever you like might as well announce it to like your community first. Mason: (34:20) Yeah. I think we're worth the drop. It's interesting, it's such a return to the natural. And I've been using that a lot because I feel like I'm saying for the matrix. I'm like nailing all over the bloody place at the moment like people. Molly Maloof: (34:36) All the time. Mason: (34:39) And it's so confronting for people which and I agree, as a system we haven't... What you're doing is going like, "Screw it, go to the core and think, multiple generations around leading to the core. Like, let's look at the divorce rates, let's look at the unhappiness and the lack of love in relationships and how that impacts ourselves and children." And I think about it a lot. And it gives me that raw, even talking about it now, there is tingling and there's a rawness and a raw excitement, when you know you're actually in the right place. But it's very confronting, looking at just how much healing there is to be done. Molly Maloof: (35:18) Yeah. Well, someone told me when I was like, everyone was like, "No one's going to invest in this, and no one's going to do this. And this is crazy." I know, actually, I have a lead investor. So if investors are listening, I'm about to fundraise. So you should probably email me because it's going to be really good. It's going to be a really exciting time in the next few months because I'm actually going to be- Mason: (35:37) I think I have like, probably $400 liquid at the moment. Molly Maloof: (35:45) I'm not going to take your last $400. But maybe we could do something with- Mason: (35:47) But that's not the last 400. We're being responsible in other areas. Molly Maloof: (35:50) ... Lion's Mane. Yeah. No, but it's interesting. So like, I have a lot of people from biotech say, "This is absolutely never going to happen. It's impossible. Don't even try." And then I had a lot of people who are starting biotech companies say, "Fuck, if this problem is as big as you describe it is, then I'm pretty sure we should be throwing like a billion dollars at this." And I was like, "Fuck. Yeah, dude. Totally." Mason: (36:16) Absolutely. Is there a market for this? If the people who would poohing it are probably the ones that just can't look in the mirror and be like, "I am the market." It's like, it's in your backyard. It's everywhere. Every time you go to a family reunion, every time you go to bed. Molly Maloof: (36:40) I shouldn't say this out loud, but family members of mine- Mason: (36:43) Just say it in a monologue. Molly Maloof: (36:44) Yeah. I know my family story pretty well. I like deconstructed all of our problems at this point. I've plugged my computer in. And having deconstructed a lot of these problems, and really examined the people in my family who struggle with different problems. In my extended family, in particular, like my aunt and my grandmother, and just people I know. There's a lot to be said about early relationships, and about how important families are to the long term health of children. And when things go wrong in families, it can really, really hurt people long term. And I just looked at like, my great, great grandparents and their relationship with my grandmother. And I looked at my grandmother's relationship with her daughters, and I just looked at all this, and I was like, "Wow there's so many things that we don't realise that if we just fix that one thing, right, then it would have transformed the entire rest of a person's life." Molly Maloof: (37:59) But there's a lot of things, we don't have solutions for. A lot of things we don't have pathways for, and a big one of those is healing trauma. And I recently did about 21 hours of deep, deep neuro somatic trauma healing from a friend of mine who's like a super gifted healer. And I can't explain in scientific terms what he did with me, but I do know one thing, and that's that we do not do a good job in our society, helping people who have trauma, heal, and express it immediately right over this happened. In fact, the medical system typically, when a girl has raped, she'll basically get a rape kit, and maybe sent to a psychologist. And if she's lucky, she'll get in, in a few months. And it's like, we don't actually have pathways for healing and caring for kids who've had major... I saw this, by the way, in health care system. I saw kids who were abused by their parents. And they go to social workers, and they kind of handed around the foster care system. Molly Maloof: (39:00) And it's really crazy how much people experienced trauma in society. And there's really not a lot of good solutions besides talk therapy. And if talk therapy worked so well, we probably not be seeing so many problems. Like if talk therapy was like a really effective solution for all of our problems, we'd probably be seeing a lot of problems solved. Now I'm not saying talk therapy doesn't work. Mason: (39:23) It doesn't pop the champagne. I think that's where I'm with you on that. I'm at the point in my journey where I'm like talk therapy with someone who's got a Jungian background is like perfect for me because I went so hard on psychedelics. And so I'm loving just the groundedness of it. But to get it going- Molly Maloof: (39:36) Totally. I'm not saying it doesn't work. I think talk therapy is very much like working on your consciousness, right? Your conscious brain. Everyone actually need to talk therapy in order to fundamentally create sense, sense making around their life experience. Like that's the best thing it does. Is it creates a framework of understanding of like, "This happened to me, this happened to me, this happened to me and I understand why, and I understand how I dealt with it." And I'm trying to do a better job at it, right? But I think what's really more interesting about like, what's happening in psychedelic medicine is what's on a subconscious and the unconscious level, right? Like hypnotherapy does a pretty decent job at getting into the subconscious level. Molly Maloof: (40:27) But what's fascinating is like all this stuff that's buried in the unconscious, right? That comes out in your dreams, that comes out in your... A lot of people have nightterors. That is most definitely a bunch of unconscious process trauma, like unprocessed trauma that needs to be like addressed. And I don't think people see it that way. They're just like, "Oh, it's a nightmare disorder." It's like, "No, you probably have like a major unresolved trauma from your childhood that you really should look at." And oftentimes, I know, multiple people who've taken psychedelics, and it just comes up to them. They're like, "Oh, my God, I was raped in high school by a few guys." And it just like comes up. Or they're like, "Oh, my God, I was sexually assaulted as a child." And this stuff comes up underneath because it's lifted out of the subconscious and unconscious. Molly Maloof: (41:21) And that's what we don't talk enough about in like modern medicine. And even like psychology, I think, is this like, "Oh, wow," like everybody has deep trauma. But if you do have deep trauma, and it's like running in the background, it's like malware, it's just draining your energy. It's draining CPUs, it's actually playing a huge role in your behaviours and your triggers and how you interact with people. And if it's not looked at or addressed, and especially if they're things like internal family systems, like there's a lot of good forms of talk therapy that can really do a good job of bringing you back to your childhood or bringing you back these moments. And I don't even think drugs are completely necessary to get to these places. Meditation is also a phenomenal tool that a lot of people don't take advantage of. And there's a bunch of different types of meditation that are fairly obscure that can do a great job at helping people get underneath the surface of their pain. Molly Maloof: (42:11) But a lot of this stuff is isn't mainstream. And it's a shame because a lot of people are still just like, "Where do I go to deal with all this stuff?" Most of the stuff that's worked really well for me has been very obscure stuff that I have had to find through word of mouth. And it's like not highly advertised experiences and therapies and meditation schools and it's like a lot more on the realm of like woo, but it works these things have worked. And it's like strange to me that they're not more well studied and in the mainstream. Mason: (42:46) Yeah. We've got such a wide array of people with such a wide array of histories at different stages in their processes. And there's naturally going to be different therapies and different angles that are going to pierce the veil to whatever is sitting there behind the curtain in the subconscious and I definitely, like for me it was like personal development back in the day going like you know landmark forum was like one of the things to kind of like a bang. And I could see behind it and then okay that lost its relevance at some point. And then psychedelics became very relevant, got me probably went a little bit too hard into identifying with that community and the mannerisms around taking medicine and like that feeling like I finally belonged rather than doing the work. And then getting beautiful lessons and now it's like getting to the point where talk therapy for me 10 years ago just would have been like I think just sort of lapping up against a great wall. Mason: (43:48) Whereas now I know how to scale that concrete wall, and I know what it looks like when I do connect to the subconscious. And I understand my processing bringing it out and what my process is, thanks to the work I did with psychedelics. I know how I'm going to bring that into awareness in my everyday and that's when personal practise comes in. That's where I know to the extent of like, with my exercise regime, I know keeping me strong enough and healthy enough to be able to handle staying in that space, where I can constantly acknowledge that part of me that wants to hide behind that veil and run everything. And I know someone like Tani she's like, there was a point where psychedelics were like, incredible. She goes, "I know I need that." And then she's like, "I don't need that anymore." And my meditation practise is exactly where I need to be and that's where I'm going to get the biggest bang. Mason: (44:39) Not that it's about a bang, but she's going to get the rubber hitting the road. So I think that's like that integration because you see a lot of people in the psychedelic world, kind of pooh poohing therapy going like modern therapies like this domesticated little dog and psychedelics are this big dog in terms of what it can do. And it's like, true in one context, and in another context, if it's just integrated, you have an array of ways of approaching as you're talking about them. Then all of a sudden, the approach becomes multicoloured and multifaceted. And hopefully, it becomes more effective. Molly Maloof: (45:16) I really think that we just maybe just need to marry them more. Even like MDMA assisted therapy today, is largely like, hands off. It's largely don't talk to the patient, let them do, they have their own experience, and let them do whatever they need to do to heal, it's not really guided at all. It's mostly kind of like, it's guided, but it's not really like lead. It's like, you're there. You're like going through this process, and you're having these experiences, but they're not actually trying to get you to go anywhere on your trip, they're trying to let you have your experience. Whereas like, I think that, in particular, it may be possible that like, we can give people medicine that gives them have the... I think that the idea is that you have the preparation. And then you have the creating the right set and setting. And then you take the medicine, and then you have this like deep integration experience. And that's typically what the experiences for psychedelic assisted therapy today. The question is, will the FDA let us give people drugs that turn them on unsupervised? Molly Maloof: (46:26) Because you kind of need to be a little bit... You don't really want anyone watching you while you are with your partner. So I got a lot of questions, I need to figure out to make this thing, an actual proper model. But I think that it'll be really interesting to see how this thing evolves because I'm at the very beginning of this journey. I have an idea of what I think that this business model could look like. I have no idea what I think this therapy could be. But a lot of it is I'm like figuring it out, right? I'm like in this total creative mode of what will the future of medicine look like, if you could create it from scratch? And I've already done this once, and it turned out really great for me. And I could easily have just gone and scaled personalised medicine clinics for wealthy people. But now I'm like, "Let's see if we can create a democratised version of this medicine that actually is like it's going to start out expensive, but let's figure out how we can make this something that's eventually affordable for people." That's the goal. Mason: (47:28) I think the other thing, that's why it feels like a safe bets. And interesting way to put it, but it makes sense, and has substance is because I think a lot of people approach this, and what we've always been taught how to do, lecture people on how they should be, and I'm going to create a product based on how I think you should act. Whereas what you're talking about, is going there's, let's say we're looking at, like morality around let's stay in our marriage, so that we don't destroy this family unit. There's a way that, that's been happened, we've been told what to do by the media. And therefore the part of us goes, if someone goes you have to stay on your marriage because it's the morally right thing to do. You're bad if you do that, there's no attraction there because it's an external like judgement , and we want to revolt against being told what to do, especially by society. Mason: (48:31) It's why we get your rage against the machine, etc. And then, if you just understand the patterns that emerge when people do connect back to themselves, and do deal with their trauma within a relationship, what's natural for people and seems to be the pattern is people do naturally resonate with maintaining the relationship that they've chosen or maybe in some instance. Like a very conscientious uncoupling in a way that you're very connected and aware to the way that children are going to be affected by it and minimising that impact. Either way, there's an emergence of morality an emergence of ethics, rather than being told what to do. Molly Maloof: (49:19) Yeah. There's emergence of just like, knowing what's right and wrong. Like, "Oh, yeah. We're not meant to be together. But we're also not meant to destroy each other's lives as we get divorced." I think if we were to be able to help people stay together, that would be ideal. But if we're also able to help people consciously uncouple in a way that doesn't destroy their lives. And I've heard this from multiple people, like one of my friends did MDMA with his ex wife when they were getting divorced and it completely transformed the divorce process because they were actually able to love each other through the process, and they're now really good friends. They're like super good friends. They just didn't want to be married. And it's like, that's appropriate, right? Like, it's also appropriate not to hate people for years. Just the number of people I know that have deep seated resentment for their exes. And it's like, that's not healthy for your nervous system, that's not healthy for your long term health. That's not going to keep you well. Mason: (50:20) So we've both dived into exploring what health is, especially in the context of, and in this what we're talking about in this context of like synthetic morality, versus what emerges as right. I've just started in the last few months really feeling icky about the way I've used the word health and the way it's been used because it's natural, if you talk about healthy, then naturally, there's an opposition of unhealthy there. And so much of what's implied is basing yourself on, "I'm healthy because I'm not that." And so there's this intrinsic opposition, that... An opposition and kicking back against something in order to form identity around health. And we need the word because healthy, it's just a fun word that everyone knows. But kind of similar and synonymous with what we're talking about, and the emergence of morality and the emergence of ethics coming just through whether it's psychedelic therapy or whatever, how are you relating to health now? Mason: (51:28) Because I definitely am finding, the more I move away from being wrapped in and around that world of being healthy versus unhealthy, and the more I kind of sit in that middle and see. What's emerging through the patterns of myself doing, I don't know, finding harmony for myself, delving into my shit, coming out the other side. Doing things that are maybe I've seen is unhealthy in one way, in one ideological circle. So I want to talk about dropping that coming back to what emerges within me. It makes the space, I don't know, I feel very roared and identified in terms of, even though we're leaders in the health space, I feel very, unidentified with anything that revolves around that word healthy. I'm curious as to where you're at, in your relationship to what is healthy. Molly Maloof: (52:25) I used to think it was what the WHO said, which was like the complete absence of disease or infirmary. And then I was like, "No, it's not realistic." Health is actually a dynamic function of life. And to me, I have a very unique perspective on how I think, and it all stemmed from this other definition, that was the ability to adapt and self managed in the face of adversity. But I started digging under the surface, and I really started understanding things like biology, and fundamental human anatomy, and microbiology and physiology and molecular and cellular biology. And I was really thinking about it from like a mechanistic perspective as well. And I think that if you actually just look at any system, you can ask how healthy a system is based on its capacity. And whether it's able to perform its functions properly, basically, whether it's able to maintain its integrity of its structure. And that's usually a function of how much energy and how much work capacity is available. Molly Maloof: (53:31) So, for example, the healthcare system, deeply unhealthy in America. Demands outspent capacity and it just completely started crumbling, right? Like just did not work, was not resilient, was not flexible, it was actually really struggling and breaking a lot and a lot of people have been broken through the experience of going to the healthcare system. So capacity and demands, if there's more capacity than demands, you're usually in a really good healthy state because you have enough energy to maintain the structure to do work. Now, when your demands are really high, and your capacity is really low, shit starts to break down. And so this is like the mitochondrial theory of ageing, which is fundamentally that when we lose about 50% of our functional capacity of organs, they start to malfunction, they actually start producing the ability to do the work functions that they had. And then we start to break down. Molly Maloof: (54:27) And largely this is driven by metabolic dysfunction and stress. And like lack of exercise is really a big huge driver of disease because it's the number one signal for making more energy. So basically, I look at how we... If you actually think about like the biology of like metabolism, when we breathe air, we drink water, we eat food, it goes into our cells, it gets turned into substrates, those get put into the mitochondria, which are like little engines that could of our cells, and they have this called the electron transport chain which pulls off electrons kind of like power line. Like electrons are running through this electron transport chain. And they're powering this hydrogen turbine that creates an electrochemical gradient. And that gradient creates a battery and a capacitor. So a battery is like a differential charge between two, it's like a charge polarity. And then the capacitor is like a differential charge between two late membranes. Molly Maloof: (55:22) And then so capacitors can deploy energy quickly. Batteries store energy as potential energy. So when you really look at it, like most people have broken their metabolisms in modern society, there's so many people with diabetes, so many people with heart disease, somebody with cancer, so many people with dementia. And those are really symptoms of broken metabolism, broken mitochondrial function. And it's funny because like, we look at all these things as separate diseases, but actually, they have the same root causes and like half of cancers are made up of metabolic in nature. So everyone's been kind of obsessed with this like, DNA and genetics theory of ageing. I'm just so unconvinced because it's kind of like, okay, that's like the architectural plans of the body. But in order to actually express those plans, you need energy. You actually need to make energy to take the plants and turn into a structure, which is proteins, right? Molly Maloof: (56:15) So my perspective is that, like life is this interplay between energy matter and information. And essentially, like life itself, is negative entropy. So we're just constantly trying to fight against entropy, and the best way we know how to do that is like, maintain our functional capacity and be able to repair ourselves. And so this lack of being able to repair ourselves is often a function of the fact that a lot of people are just like, the biggest complaint in medicine is, "I'm tired," right? Being tired all the time is actually a reflection of energetic inefficient, insufficient energy production. Mason: (56:56) Is that in particular with like the battery storage as you work- Molly Maloof: (56:59) Yeah, exactly. Mason: (57:00) Which is funnily used when you talk about, like his Yin and Yang. Molly Maloof: (57:05) Yes. There you go. Right? We need time off to store energy. The most interesting thing about the Yin and Yang, is that there's this clear relationship between this toggling of switching between different states in biology to flourish. So you actually have to go from intense work to relaxation or rest. You have to go for ideally if you actually just look at all the best [inaudible 00:57:30] stressors, it's like, hyperoxia hypoxia breathwork. What is that? It's breathwork. Right? If you look at cold and heat, that's sauna and coal plant right? What are these things work so damn well, for making us feel healthy and feel good? Well, they're literally boosting mitochondrial biogenesis. And in some cases, like eating fasting is my toffee G, right? It's throwing- Mason: (57:53) Being awake, being asleep. Molly Maloof: (57:56) Being outside being indoors, like we actually need to spend way more time outdoors than we're doing. And like being in buildings and having your feet grounded into the earth, like being alone being with people, like life is this constant interplay, right? Yeah, there you go. Mason: (58:14) That was earthing that I just mumbled. Molly Maloof: (58:16) Yeah. So like today I've been experimenting with like different ways of movement throughout my day because I'm kind of sick of being in front of the computer constantly. And it makes me feel really unhappy. And there's this great meme you posted, feel dead inside, go outside. Fucking love that meme. And it's like, everybody loved that meme. I got it posted so many times. And it was like, actually, I spent two hours today on phone calls outside. And like, people get annoyed when you're not on a Zoom call. But I'm like, "Look, if I can walk, I will walk." And I got two separate workouts and that were like about 10 minutes each in the gym that were like broken up throughout the day. And it's like, holy shit, did I feel better today than I did for like many other previous days where I was just in front of a computer the whole time? Like, we're not meant to be in front of screens all day long. It's not healthy. Molly Maloof: (59:06) It's not a healthy period. So the more that we can try to align our lives as much as possible with something with how we're actually like primitively programmed because our genes have not evolved since primitive times. We're the same genetically, there's been a few changes, but fundamentally, we're basically the same people as we were in hunting and gathering times. So it's no question that we've lost a lot of our health in the process of becoming more modern because we basically hijacked all of these different pathways that are actually ancient pathways of survival that are now being used to take advantage of people. Like the salt, sugar and fat in foods, the convenience of cars, right? Like humans are designed to conserve energy and to find food. Molly Maloof: (59:53) So the society is now designed to like make everything ultra convenient, and eat too much. And it's like, okay. We don't move our bodies enough, we drive everywhere, we know what that's done to society. And so it's kind of like the real process of becoming a truly modern human is to actually try to like life according to your genetics, while also existing in a modern culture. It's a huge challenge. Mason: (01:00:19) Can be a great thing. This is like the Daoist and the Yogi's would need to go outside of society to go and live in a cave so their life could revolve a
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Do you want to live a healthier, happier, more energized life? Do you wonder what role your chakras and channeling energy have to do with anything? Then do we have the Charge and the Energy Body, show for you. Today I'll be speaking with Dr. Anodea Judith a ground-breaking writer and spiritual teacher, and one of the preeminent experts on chakras and energy work and author of another brilliant must-read of a book, that after nearly 1000 books on the show, really blew me away and will become a go-to guide, Charge and the Energy Body. We'll talk about the vital key to healing your life, your chakras and your relationships! That plus Prana, Qi, Libido, Aura, and even "The Force". So may the Force be with you in this incredibly energized show! Charge and the Energy Body Self-Improvement & Self-Help Topics Include: What is the energy that's pulsating through each one of us? What does CHARGE stand for? What does CHARGE feel like? How can we experience CHARGE for ourselves? Is the CHARGE positive or negative? How does CHARGE get blocked? What does it mean to harvest the charge into the tissues and subtle channels of the body? How do we become overcharged or undercharged? What do charging activities do and how do they move? What are common charging activities? What are common discharging activities? What kind of activities can do both? What are the different stages of charge? What is blocking and what do we need to know about it? How do we block at the different stages of charge? What can we do to unblock our charge? What is our “comfort zone” and why is it so important to expand it? What does it mean that “healing happens at the edge of the comfort zone, not over it” What's the practice of FOCUS and EXAGGERATE? What does it mean to bound our charge? What does it mean to track our charge? How do we track our charge? What's the importance of tracking other people's charges? What are key ways to discharge? Why do we want to hold onto our charge??? What do we need to know about bipolar and CHARGE? What are the top 3 tips for mastering our charge? To find out more visit: https://anodeajudith.com/ https://amzn.to/3qULECz - Order Michael Sandler's new book, "AWE, the Automatic Writing Experience" www.automaticwriting.com ……. Follow Michael and Jessica's exciting journey and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access. Go to https://www.patreon.com/inspirenation For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: https://inspirenationshow.com/ We've got NEW Merch! - https://teespring.com/stores/inspire-nation-store Follow Inspire Nation, and the lives of Michael and Jessica, on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/InspireNationLive/ Find us on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@inspirenationshow
Dr. David Shirazi is the founder of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Center of Los Angeles, he holds multiple advanced degrees in dentistry and acupuncture, and he has traveled the world to find the best solutions for the problems that may be hurting you while you sleep. Dr. Shirazi joined me to discuss medical science, ancient wisdom, current practices, and how they all intersect to form his view of the best ways to maintain and even improve our health. Healthy sleep is vital to healthy function. But what makes sleep "healthy"? So many of us experience low-quality sleep for years or even decades, and may not even be aware that they have a problem. Did you know that children who are breastfed are far-more likely to develop proper breathing/swallowing mechanics? Not to mention, better breast-handling skills. Sleep apnea is an increasingly common threat that affects a growing swath of the population, including kids! But did you know that a commonly administered treatment can literally change the shape of a child's face, causing serious damage that can impair development and cause disordered breathing? No? Well my friend, get ready to learn some new shit. A big THANK YOU to Dr. Shirazi for being an excellent guest. Enjoy the show! Topics/Keywords: Howard University; Temporomandibular Joint Disorder; craniomandibular orthopedics; polysomnographic technologist; sleep research; sleep technology; polysomnogram studies; sleep labs; first-night effect; China-Beijing International Acupuncture training center; Acupuncture; Taoism; Qi; energy; Human Genome Project; junk DNA; psychedelics; pharmaceutical drugs; eastern medicine; western medicine; preventative care; massage; Japanese needles are the best; New German Medicine; breath; breathing; Sleep health; box-breath technique; fight-or-flight mode; nasal rinse; essential oils; functional orthodontics; nasal breathing; mouth-breathing; evolutionary biology; breastfeeding; Sleep apnea in children; human growth hormone; Nutrition and Physical Degradation; Weston Price; passive self-ligation; holistic health, integrated medicine. ------------------------------------------------ Breath, By James Nestor [Audible link] --> Click here. -------------------------------------------------- CONNECT WITH DR. DAVE SHIRAZI Website https://tmjandsleeptherapycentre.com/ (https://tmjandsleeptherapycentre.com/) Twitter https://twitter.com/DocDavidShirazi (https://twitter.com/DocDavidShirazi) Facebook www.facebook.com/DavidShiraziTMJ/ Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/dave-shirazi-2281917/ ----------------------------------------------- Ramble by the River Links: Join the Patreon for exclusive access to bonus content! https://my.captivate.fm/Patreon.com/Ramblebytheriver (Patreon.com/Ramblebytheriver) ----------------------------------------------- Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.nesbitt.9619 (https://www.facebook.com/jeff.nesbitt.9619) Instagram: https://instagram.com/ramblebytheriver?r=nametag (@ramblebytheriver) Twitter: @RambleRiverPod Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCNiZ9OBYRxF3fJ4XcsDxLeg (https://youtube.com/channel/UCNiZ9OBYRxF3fJ4XcsDxLeg) Business inquiries/guest booking: Ramblebytheriver@gmail.com ------------------------------------------------------ Website: (For episode catalogue): https://my.captivate.fm/Ramblebytheriver.captivate.fm (Ramblebytheriver.captivate.fm) (Podcast main website): https://my.captivate.fm/RamblebytheRiver.com (RamblebytheRiver.com) ----------------------------------------------------- Music Credit(s): Still Fly, Revel Day. Mr. Wilson Visits, Mary Riddle. They Say I'm Mad, Mary Riddle. PANTRY DROP (instrumental version), Zorro. Support this podcast
Stine Krage and Asim SacredFire, co-creators of The Prostatic Portal, illuminate how when a safe and sacred space is held for prostate (sacred spot) massage, it can serve as an effective practice for facing and releasing emotional and energetic shadows of the male psyche, an efficient means for increasing blood/Qi/energy flow throughout the pelvis & awakening pleasure innervation, as well as leading to deep wisdoms that come from expanded orgasmic, receptive states of surrendering to our sexual/spiritual nature.
"Qi Gong helps us get into that flow state where we feel our best selves and bring our best selves into all the activities of our lives."Lee Holden (8:56-9:08) Would you like to be able to release stress and gain energy in just a few minutes? By practicing a form of ancient Chinese medicine called Qi Gong, you can do just that. It's is an easy feel-good practice that can be done in just a short amount of time to access your internal energy and clear stress and tension out of your system. Qi Gong involves stretching and breathing exercises along with flowing movements and is easier than either Yoga or Tai Chi. It is actually the most widely practiced form of exercise in the world - even though it's not well-known in the western hemisphere. Lee Holden, a doctor of Chinese medicine and a world-renowned teacher of Qi Gong, is working to change that. By bringing it to public television and working with corporations like Weight Watchers, Lee has been able to make Qi Gong more mainstream and accessible to westerners. "What you've done is taken this ancient practice of Chinese medicine and translated into the modern western lifestyle." - Lori Taylor (4:47-5:03) The key to Qi Gong's overall effectiveness is doing it consistently and habitually. Just as brushing your teeth is meant to be done at least twice a day, doing Qi Gong twice a day will bring the results you desire. Doing Qi breaks of seven minutes or so throughout the day recharges your whole system and makes you more efficient. Lee often calls Qi Gong “mindfulness in motion.” By practicing Qi Gong, we can meet life's demands with relaxation and flow instead of stress and tension. Qi Gong is a means of gaining energy to flow with life's demands and not get stressed out, tense, and depleted. Fruits and vegetables are the ultimate Qi. In connecting Qi Gong to fresh produce and healthy eating, Lee emphasizes that eating is really about gaining energy (Qi) to give our bodies the sustenance it needs to perform. The Qi (energy) of food is important, which is why getting organic, locally produced, and good sources of fruits and veggies is so important. They give us that Qi that we need to get us through our days and keep us healthy. "Our bodies have tremendous healing power. And if we remove the blocks and charge up the system, our bodies heal themselves." - Lee Holden (23:41-23:50) In our western mindset, we often think that we need to take something to make ourselves feel better. However, in the long run, taking something can create other problems. Having tools and resources to take charge of our own health and healing is tremendously empowering. The practice of Qi Gong is one of those tools. Visit Lee's website for 30-day Qi Gong challenge that only requires seven minutes of your time each day! It's great for moms (and dads) to do with their kids each day to give everyone a nice dose of energy and stress relief. Qi Gong will give the whole family a wonderful resource to deal with all of life's demands. How to get involved Join The Produce Moms Group on Facebook and continue the discussion every week! Reach out to us - we'd love to hear more about where you are in life and business! Find out more here. If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Jake Steiner claims he is just another guy from the internet, but for the past 20 years, he's been successfully pioneering natural myopia (nearsightedness) control and built a global community of people seeking to do the same through his website endmyopia.org where he offers a plethora of resources, articles, and courses for free. Prior to his journey of scientific exploration Jake Steiner was very nearsighted with minus 5.00 diopter's of high myopia, on a path of his vision getting progressively worse, with no end of wearing lenses insight. Today Jake no longer wears glasses, has 20/20 eyesight, has corrected his myopia without the use of eye vitamins, eye exercises, or surgery, and is passionate about providing guidance and resources for other myopes to do the same. One thing Jake touches on a lot in this conversation is screentime. Screen time has become so prevalent and woven into our everyday lives that we consciously need to counterbalance and mitigae its effects to prevent strain on our eyesight and Liver Qi. In TCM the Liver meridian is connected to the eyes and supports blood circulation and the flow of Qi through the eyes. It is the main meridian responsible for healthy vision. Mason and Jake discuss the fundamentals of myopia, lifestyle factors that affect our eyesight, the massive wholesale to retail lense markup, herbs to nourish the Liver, and empowering people to take back control of their health, no matter what the diagnosis. Tune in. "The muscle spasm I talked about, you can measure it. You can measure your eyesight, and you can find out that it's very variable. You can buy or print out an eye chart, hang it up somewhere, measure out the correct distance you need to be from the chart, and see which line you can read? And then have a four-hour Netflix binge and try that same thing again. You're going to be kind of surprised that you probably can't read that same line anymore". - Jake Steiner Jake and Mason discuss: Pseudomyopia. Screen addiction How diopters work. Lens-induced myopia. Natural myopia control. Measuring your eyesight. Acupuncture for eyesight. Eyesight muscle spasms. The Liver-Eye connection. Herbs to nourish Liver Qi. Screen addiction and eyesight. Lifestyle habits that affect eyesight. Who is Jake Steiner? Jake Steiner began his journey to reverse his -5.00 diopter myopia 20 years ago. Through a great deal of experimentation, and trial and error to apply theoretical concepts found in clinical journals and peer-reviewed studies, eventually, he was successful in getting back his natural 20/20 eyesight. Over the years, Jake has cataloged the many tools, resources, and experiences that made his myopia recovery a reality. Much of it exists now as part of the resource that is endmyopia.org. Jake created endmyopia.org to help share and connect with his fellow myopes so that more people could get their natural eyesight back. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCAST Resources: Shisandra Beauty Blend End Myopia Website Shortsighted Podcast Jakes 7 Day Free Course To Fix Eyesight Q: How Can I Support The SuperFeast Podcast? A: Tell all your friends and family and share online! We'd also love it if you could subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. Or check us out on Stitcher, CastBox, iHeart RADIO:)! Plus we're on Spotify! Check Out The Transcript Here: Mason: (00:00) Jake, welcome, man. Jake Steiner: (00:01) Thanks for having me, Mason. I appreciate it. Mason: (00:03) Yeah, no, absolute pleasure, absolute pleasure. Bangkok treating you well? Jake Steiner: (00:09) Bangkok is treating me amazing, actually. I can't complain. Mason: (00:14) We had a little bit of a jam, I'm enjoying lockdown way too much in my quiet little South Golden suburb, but I've got... I know I shouldn't say it too, I've got too many friends in Melbourne and Sydney and other places in the world who are not enjoying it. Let's not go into that. I don't mind if you want to go into how awesome Bangkok is, though. That'd be cool to hear a little bit of... we'll get into that. But I want to hear about just eyesight, glasses. I want the whole shebang. Where did you start out? Digging into this, when was your moment when you realised you'd... or did you feel like at some point, was it the feeling of being hoodwinked by an industry or something that got you spurred on? Or what was your motivation to start restoring your eyesight? Jake Steiner: (00:59) You're getting me in a totally different angle on this now. So I started wearing glasses when I was maybe 12-ish, somewhere around there. I'm super old, so I lived in a time before screens. So I didn't get into glasses till school, till well into school. And so maybe 12-ish, somewhere around there, my parents took me to an optometrist, optometrist said, "You need glasses," I got classes. And from there every year or two or so, I got stronger glasses. And when I started out, I played water polo, which I've really enjoyed. You're in water that's too deep to stand in, so you're treading water, and you're throwing and you're catching a ball that you're only allowed to touch with one hand. It's somewhat intense and it requires decent eyesight, you got water splashing around, stuff's going on. Jake Steiner: (01:51) And as my eyes got worse, the ball turned into just more of a yellow outline that just kept getting bigger because it's just a blurry thing. And I was trying to kind of aim at the middle of it, because you got to catch it with one hand. Eventually I couldn't play anymore, because you can't really wear contacts and glasses doesn't work. And I turned into more of a introvert nerd type in retrospective. Because kids wouldn't pick me for sports because once I started getting into glasses... once you wear glasses, you get afraid of balls flying because you don't have peripheral vision. You can't see stuff that comes flying at you from the side nearly as well. And if a ball hits your face and your glasses go flying, you just can't see anything. So it makes you kind of vulnerable and you act more afraid of your moving environment. And that sort of reflect in how you just behave. Jake Steiner: (02:47) So I went from just being a kid to being more of an outsider because glasses. On hindsight. At the time, I didn't realise. I started reading a tonne, got into a lot more of the "nerdy stuff," computer stuff, that started merging. And then I worked glasses till I got to minus five and I was stock trading and doing just screen stuff a lot. And then one day I found myself in... somewhere in Asia and looking for taxi and I couldn't see, and I went back to the optometrist and they said, "You need stronger glasses," and I said, "Why?" And they said it's genetic. And that was just a moment where I was like, it can't be genetic. Because it's a problem that didn't exist to this extent 50 years ago. My parents don't wear glasses, my grandparents don't wear glasses. The genetic answer doesn't make sense. So I went to library and I started researching and I found out that short-sightedness, nearsightedness, myopia is not at all a genetic condition. It's a 100% environmental and all the glasses thing, all my youth that I spent in glasses was completely pointless and unnecessary. Mason: (04:00) I mean, a lot of things are jumping out at me, but the one that really annoys me the most is when a professional, a doctor, an optometrist in this setting, that they're so confident in the talking point that they've been given from their professors or their institution and they don't get the severity. And just how irresponsible it is to spout something that they don't actually know for themselves is true. And they just say, "No, it's genetic. Literally, this changes your whole life. You're crazy. You think you can do something about this?" Well, do you know it's genetic? "Yeah, yeah, of course. My institution told me. I paid heaps of money to be there. And they're really smart people. I'm not looking into it myself." That happens so much and so many people's lives goes... it's a curve ball because of it, unnecessarily. Jake Steiner: (04:52) Yeah. It's amazing. And my parents are both medical doctors, and I'm generally not against modern medicine in a lot of ways. There's amazing stuff that they're figuring out. But when it comes to not acute symptoms, like long-term just stuff, so often there is the profit motive runs away with the story, right? Glasses, the wholesale cost for lenses is like 2 to $5. Hundreds of dollars in a retail store. They make on average about 5000% profit on selling glasses. Mason: (05:28) Far out. Jake Steiner: (05:31) It's crazy. It's crazy. It's crazy. Mason: (05:33) That's insane. Jake Steiner: (05:33) It's crazy. People pay 200, 300, $400 for glasses. It costs nothing. It costs the optometrist nothing. Mason: (05:41) Wow. I mean, not to say there's an inherent corruption there in people, like it's a thing that you trust your institution, you trust the entire medical institution's good-willed, et cetera, and probably morally and ethically you probably get in and you go, "Oh, it's just the way it is. And that's just the benefit. This is how I get my payday after putting in so much energy to become a doctor and become an optometrist and pay the service to society." But if you were able to get rid of the survivalist in nature, like, "I need this to pay for all this stuff I've gone and... I need to pay my kids and my family and all these..." If you take all that away and you just look at it objectively, very unethical doing that. Jake Steiner: (06:30) Yeah. And okay, here's the weird thing, and before we fall too deep into the rabbit hole, I always recommend people go to Google Scholar. If anybody's not familiar, scholar.google.com is the Google search engine that only shows you clinical research studies. If you don't want to look at normal internet where who knows what you're getting for results, it doesn't mean that a scientific study is correct, it just means you're only looking at those. You're looking at peer-reviewed studies. So whenever I hear a podcast with a crazy dude from the internet claiming that a whole entire trusted institution is wrong, I always go there first. Because I'm like, "Is there any basis to this at all?" Super helpful, because there's so much stuff out there that is maybe a little bit kind of crazy, who knows? So Google Scholar, super handy. Just go over there, type in pseudomyopia, P-S-E-U-D-O myopia. That means not real near-sightedness. Jake Steiner: (07:33) And that tells you, if you just spend five minutes, see there are 20,000 plus search results of all clinical studies that say your near-sightedness starts out as a muscle spasm. And it's kind of mind-blowing and you don't have to, but you can certainly, dig into studies that tell you there's a round, circular muscle around a lens in the front of your eye that shapes the lens. So the closer you look at something the more that muscle tightens up and the more it bulges the lens out that you get clear, close-up vision, focuses the light in the back of your eye on your retina. And the further you look at something, the more that muscle relaxes and what happens, super short version is, if you're a kid studying in front of a book for many, many hours or now people just living in front of screens, that muscle gets stuck. It's just a muscle spasm. It's not designed to be in this super tight mode that it's in when you're looking at a phone for countless hours every day. And it doesn't completely relax. Jake Steiner: (08:37) So since it controls that lens, it not relaxing means the lens doesn't go back into full distance vision. It's just like if you turn off the autofocus on a camera and leave it in close-up and then you point the camera at a distance and things are blurry. That's exactly what happens in your eye. If the optometrist at that point said, "Go camping for a weekend and then come back," you'd have a better result after the camping. And it's super important because myopia is not genetic. It starts out as pseudomyopia. Google Scholar, easily 20,000 search results explaining this in fish. I don't know how they figured that out fish, in birds, in monkeys, and in humans, anything that has our kind of eye has that same response. I just wanted to put that out upfront. So when people are listening, they're not dragged into this not knowing what's going on. Mason: (09:34) Yeah. I mean, and before we go into your... I don't even know whether protocols is the right word, but all the insights and the work that you do, which I'm really... it's been a few months or a couple of months since I really dived down through your website and was like, "Oh, holy shit, this is my..." Because I've had a lot of people who have come and have wanted to be on the podcast. I think we reached out to you. I think Alex found you and reached out to you. Didn't want to make everyone think that you were out there reaching out, when I think we did it. A lot of people though, reaching out to be on the podcast with eyesight healing techniques. And I know it's always, it's always pretty stretching and do the eye movements and all that kind of stuff, but yours was... I'm looking forward to getting the refresher, it's going to kind of be new, but I remember looking into it being super impressed and kind of excited. It was just very... I don't know, it had a connectivity to life rather than just being this isolated treatment that was completely packageable and sellable in a course or something like that. Mason: (10:40) But just put out there again, I realise, we're talking about the optometry industry, and I know that even though we're going to go into some solutions right now, I know there are people who are just kind of happy to have glasses and just grateful for that opportunity when their eyesight goes. Even if it is something that you know is lifestyle based or environmentally based, it's not just an inevitable deterioration of your genetics. So gratitude there for everything that's possible and the support that that can can give. But man, that realisation, do you think is it scary for most people? Do you think realising that it is inevitably your choices and the way that you've just fallen into living that has determined the deterioration of eyesight and that you have... it's fully within your capacity to get it back on track? What do you think is the biggest thing that stops people there just jumping in straight away and doing it? Is it daunting, don't believe it, you know? Jake Steiner: (11:41) Okay, somebody explained this to me one time that finally made sense, because I don't talk about this even to my friends, because I know people don't care and it makes me frustrated. But this guy said, make a list of the 10 most ongoing important things in your life, pressing, that you're doing, or you have to do, or you really wish you could get done. He's like, 10 things. And he's like, the first three is how far are you going to make it. And maybe that's extreme and maybe that's not right, but it stuck in my head as eyesight is number 15, right? Like you'd love to run a triathlon and you'd love to pick a painting and you'd love to travel to New Zealand. For you I guess that's not that far. And then, yeah, sure [crosstalk 00:12:33]- Mason: (12:32) I'm pretty far at the moment, man. [crosstalk 00:12:35]. Jake Steiner: (12:36) [crosstalk 00:12:36]. Oh man. Yeah. But so it's like, it would be interesting to do, but you know what? You get up in the morning and it takes you exactly 40 seconds to pop in your contact lenses. And that problem, number 12 on the list, is solved. It'd be nice not to pop them in, but it's not that big of a deal. The alternative I'm suggesting is you learning about biology a little bit and questioning your day-to-day habits a little bit and coming up with better things to do with part of your free time and becoming aware and sort of biohacking a thing that's just always been neglected. And that's kind of a big undertaking for, "I'm saving those 40 seconds in the morning." You know what I mean? I think that's kind of the, "I already fixed that." [crosstalk 00:13:27]- Mason: (13:27) I think the gravity of it though... I completely get it. I mean, it's something I'm constantly doing. There's things that are obviously massively important to me and to my health and I berate myself that I don't... I'm not creating space for this one little aspect of my health. But got kids, got a kid and another kid on the way, business is going off. But I think the complete sympathy for people, or empathy, if that is the case, but I just think this is a great reminder to be like, "Don't let go. Just hold onto that number 14 and really create a structured... within your life. Make sure you're not just getting stuck, washed away within your life just grinding." If you can get to that point where you can automate particular things, get down that list, and make sure... and have faith that there's going to be a point where you go like, "Ah, okay, I'm ready. I'm really ready. And I've got the space to kind of nail this now." Mason: (14:27) I mean, just hearing you talk about the difference as a child and just that that's... I'm sure that's altered the way that you operate in the world, the way that you think the way you relate to your body, due to maybe not engaging in sports and being as active for particular reasons. Not for particular reasons, for that reason. I think the gravity and just the opportunity of doing things like this is, it comes down to everything, is like with our herbs that we have at SuperFeast, it's like if you start to engage with the capacity, you actually have control of how the chi in your organs flow, and you can, with your lifestyle and herbs and movement, you can generate your own energy. You do not have to be reliant on external sources of energy. And just that's like too huge for some people to take on and it takes them a long time to come to terms with that. To come to terms with something like the eyesight, being able to turn your eyesight around, I mean, it's exciting, but yeah, I can completely imagine why people don't sink their teeth in immediately. Jake Steiner: (15:36) Okay, for example, I've poked around your website and I'm like, that made it on my list of, "That would be interesting, but will I ever get there?" You know what I mean? Realistically, I'm like, "Okay, I'm in Thailand, shipping, understanding how much of it makes sense? How will it affect my life?" Who knows, right? It's in the same spot on the list, where I'm like, I'm sure it could make a difference but how big is my motivation? And when it comes to eyesight, I'll throw this in there, one part is it changes who you are. In just simple examples, if you wear glasses, when you're walking outside, you're looking at the ground because you don't have peripheral vision, you can't look straight ahead. Jake Steiner: (16:22) A person without glasses, or if you have contacts you can, you can see the ground from your periphery. So you're walking in the world, not necessarily staring at the ground. If you wear glasses, you're walking, you're looking at the crowd. Your experience of the things in front of you is the ground. You don't think of it because that's just your life, but it would not be the same if you're not wearing glasses. If you're talking to people, your eyes look through the centre of the lens, because that's the optical centre, that's where your best vision is. So your eyes are trained just to look just through that one point. Versus people who don't want glasses who have a much more fluid eye movement and neck movement. So when you're talking to people, you appear to be kind of stiff and weird, just slightly, just so slightly that nobody's consciously aware of it, but people treat you differently because you are a little bit weird behind the glasses. Potential tendency to make you a little bit more introverted, potential tendency to view yourself differently because you are different because you kind of have a weird... you're not right in how you're interacting. Jake Steiner: (17:31) Another thing, for example, I spend three months of the year kite surfing. Not now anymore, apparently, but I used to. Since I don't wear glasses. And I still catch myself going, "Unbelievable that my body can do that." Because I was so believing that I'm clumsy and fearful and I don't have the athletic ability because the lenses, no peripheral vision, my eyes are stuck looking through the centre of the lens, that I don't have the confidence to move. The fine motor control, your brain just goes, "Whoa, careful." None of this works very well. Going from there to not wearing glasses, I spent years paragliding. I lived in Nepal, paragliding. Crap I would have never done, never, ever, ever, ever. Because I don't believe that I can. Now I'm fine. But it took a lot of years and habit changes and just exploring how does it make my life different, that made this journey of going from glasses to no glasses, super worth it. Because it's like, I got a second life. I went from this nerdy dude who lived behind screens, trading stocks, to having all sorts of interesting physical, outside experiences that are super amazing, that I would have probably never had. Mason: (18:53) After you went to the optometrist and they said, "It's genetic, you're getting worse. You need," whatever, thicker glasses, whatever the terminology is, what was the first thing that you went and did when you were doing research and you started putting a technique to action or something like that, or an insight to action? What was the first thing you did that then actually yielded results and started putting real faith in you that you can do this? Jake Steiner: (19:20) That was a long time. First, I bought everything that was out there. I bought the books, whatever courses. First I found pseudomyopia. So there's two things I found. One, I found pseudomyopia, it's a muscle spasm. The cause of your near-sightedness is a muscle spasm. It's not a question. This is in optometry journals. It's weird that the retail optometrist doesn't know what the academic optometrist writes about. This is- Mason: (19:54) Just conveniently doesn't know, just be like, "No, no, just don't even let it in. I just want to be happy over here selling my 5000% increased product." Jake Steiner: (20:07) Not to knock all optometrists. There are awesome optometrists, for sure. There are helpful optometrists, optometrists that know this, there are optometrists that are willing to support you. Some of them are in a tough spot because the regulatory boards don't let them talk about this. That's a whole big topic. They're not bad people. It's just I hold a grudge because that really put me in a direction. so I found pseudomyopia and then I found another terrible thing, terrible, terrible thing, on Google Scholar. You type in lens-induced myopia. And that will piss you off a little bit because as the name suggests, once you start using the treatment they sell you, your eyesight will get worse because of the treatment. Not because of genetics, not because blah, as soon as you start wearing the glasses... and I can explain if you want, but that's kind of a long biology topic, your eyesight will get worse because of the glasses. Again, [crosstalk 00:21:07]- Mason: (21:07) Because of the spasming? Are we still on spasm? Or does it deteriorate in any way? Jake Steiner: (21:12) Worse. Much, much worse. The eye is like a fluid-filled ball, right? And it's not solid, it's not like a bone, so it's never perfectly round. And you've got the lens in the front and the retina where the signal is received in the back, and between there's fluid and a skin basically. And it's not a perfect one, it's just held together. It has a mechanism built-in that adjusts its length, like how much distance is between the lens in the front and the retina in the back. And when you're a baby, you start out hyperopic, like the eyeball is too short, you can't see up close clearly. But then that mechanism, that works throughout your whole life, adjusts the eyeball in length that you have perfect vision. And that Megan doesn't always works. And there's a few different things that run it, pretty well understood in science. When you put on glasses, what happens is, glasses moved the light further back in your eye, because you have a muscle spasm, you're stuck in close-up mode, the light focuses just in front of the retina because it wants to be in close-up. And what the lenses do, is they just move the light back a little bit. So it's basically... it's making it so despite the muscle spasm, the light focuses in the right spot for distance. Jake Steiner: (22:28) Problem with that is it's not perfect. Glasses are not... they're 16th century technology. So some of the light focuses behind the retina and that is the signal that tells the eye that it's too short. It's called hyperopic defocus. You can look it up on Google Scholar. So a little bit of the light focuses behind the retina and then the eyeball, that mechanism in the eyeball, "Well, crap, I'm too short," and the eyeball physically elongates. And that's why a year later you need new, stronger glasses because the eyeball has compensated for the lens. Mason: (23:06) So [crosstalk 00:23:08]- Jake Steiner: (23:07) Literally you're selling new glasses. Because of the glasses, you're selling more glasses. Mason: (23:17) I mean, that makes sense. I'm sure for a lot of people, that's a bit of a shock, but it makes sense. If you don't use it, you lose it. And it's just, I think it's kind of coming out more in... well, consider the alternative, but even in some circles around healing body and trauma to the body, broken bones, [inaudible 00:23:39] like strains, rather than do complete mobilisation, those people that are getting the best results are using... obviously they're putting... they're not just taking the cast off and letting it go wild. They're putting some care into it, as I'm sure we'll hear about your process here, but it's like, no, don't just mobilise the thing that needs healing that needs to move. And then you get the chi moving in there, you get the blood flow going in there, you can eventually heal it. So it sounds like it's a similar connection that you're making there. All right, so you're discovering all these things and I'm sure you're feeling very good about what you've been told so far on your eyesight journey? Jake Steiner: (24:18) It was unbelievable because I found all this stuff and I printed stuff out and I went back to the optometrist. I'm like, "What is this?" And the second one I went to just kicked me out. Literally, they were just like, "Out of here." I'm like, "This is your journals. Literally this is..." And they were just like, "Out. Out." And from then I just kind of... a lot of Endmyopia is a bit of a grudge I had. Mason: (24:46) I can imagine. Jake Steiner: (24:46) I bought all the books. I bought all the books, I bought all the stuff. I was travelling a lot at the time because I was sort of retired. I tried eye acupuncture, I tried eye exercises, I did the Nepalese healers. Tried all this stuff because I assumed, understanding that my eyes are not broken, that somebody figured this stuff out. I don't even have a cool beard, right? On the website a claim I do, but it's a total lie. You have a cool beard. Mason: (25:15) Yeah. Sorry, I can't be with you on that one. Jake Steiner: (25:17) Yeah, I know. I'm screwed. So I tried all this stuff and it wasn't working and because of my background, I analysed stuff. From what I do, is the only way you make money is if you really, really, really understand what is going on. And I'm like, "Okay, cause. How do these ideas, how does this book, address the cause? I figured out the cause already. How does it address the muscle spasm? How does it address the lens, the lens-induced myopia part?" And when I started looking at it that way... because first I wasn't. The first year, I was just like, "Yay. Let's try all this stuff." Is how does the acupuncture address muscle spasm and the lens making my eye longer? It doesn't. And then how does the eye exercise, how does this Bates method thing address it? It doesn't. Mason: (26:09) Bates, I was going to ask you about. Jake Steiner: (26:11) Yeah, so the problem there for me, as a weird German, analytical, boring guy, I'm really not good at not being able to connect the cause and the treatment. I want to understand. You have to understand it, because how can you treat it without understanding what's wrong in the first place? And I couldn't find a thing that started with, "Here's the cause." I couldn't. And it's weird, and I feel weird, because I have imposter syndrome to some extent. Because it can't possibly be that my dumb ass... I'm not a doctor, I'm just barely... I wasn't even good at stock trading, I was just... whatever, it was a good market. I don't know anything. How can it be that there is no... I'm never going to figure this out. There was a period where I was just like, "Ugh." Jake Steiner: (26:59) But the logical idea is that the mechanism in the eye is the name of the game. Like, my eye just got worse because I put on the lenses, eye got longer. There are studies that show that the elongation of the eyeball is not a one way thing, the eye just adjusts. It gets shorter, too. So my thought was, if I wear weaker glasses, slightly, slightly weaker glasses, then instead of the light focusing a little bit behind the retina, it focuses just a little bit in front of the retina, and that same mechanism is going to shrink my eyeball back to the correct size. Giant leap, right? But there was plenty of science showing that the elongation is permanent, it's just an adjustment. It's not growing longer, it's just changing like a football shape. But both ways. And that thing works your whole life. Jake Steiner: (27:49) So I started wearing weaker glasses and I didn't know what I was doing. This was almost 20 years ago. It's like the first guy discovering that lifting weights makes you stronger. It was like that. I just wore a weaker glasses. And they were two weeks in hindsight, like I went from minus five to minus three, couldn't see shit. I remember I went to Laos with those glasses. I threw away the old ones because I'm just like that. Couldn't see anything. It was terrible. It was a stupid idea. But I kept wearing those because I'd thrown away the stronger ones, and eventually I remember I was sitting in a subway somewhere, Hong Kong, I think, one day, and I'm sitting there and I could read the map on the other side. And it was just a sudden realisation that I could do that. I never was able to do that before. And I was like, "Crap, this is working." Jake Steiner: (28:39) But there was a big period where I just kind of... I don't know why, I just kept weighing those minus threes, life, it sucked. My vision was just... it was not fun, but somehow I couldn't get myself to go back. And there was just that moment that was like, "Well, this crap is really working," and then from there, some friends got involved. And from there, in the intervening 20 years, so many people tried different variations of this, that by now we have a system that one diopter a year. Every three to four months, you can buy a weaker set of glasses and that's all you need. And your vision just improves. Super short, that's the answer to the whole thing. This is why there's not really anything to sell. There's no money to make off of it because the solution... it's a theory, right? It's an unproven theory. Because testing the eyeball length is not cheap, doing it consistently is not cheap. We've done it in the past, but there's not enough evidence for me to go definitively, right? Jake Steiner: (29:38) I'm saying, you could try this and play with it, I'm not responsible for your result. But tens of thousands of people have done it. We have a huge Facebook group and forum and all kinds of stuff. And I'm super simplifying, there's tonnes more little details, just like lifting weights makes you stronger, there's more details. But it boils down to just small adjustments to the strength of your lenses. Mason: (30:02) Okay. Because I still have no idea of the structure of what you're offering, but I do remember now that you had a community and that's always... I think that's a good sign. How many people did you say is in the Facebook group? Jake Steiner: (30:14) 22,000 or so, thereabouts. Mason: (30:17) Yeah. I mean, Facebook is savage. To have a group with that many people, you've got to like... I like hearing that because having a group like that revolving around distinctions, it might be somewhat of a system, but I like what you're saying. It's kind of the same way we do herbalism, tonic herbalism. I'm like, I don't want to be a clinical herbalist. This is a herbalism style, like a folk style of herbalism for the people that isn't rigid, so rigid instruction that it doesn't fit into the romance of the lifestyle and the kitchen and so on and so forth. And I feel like, that's what I'm hearing there that it's just... take the edge off. It makes it more accessible. But you've got free guides and stuff that people can go get, right? Just to start getting them into biology and see the studies and all that? Jake Steiner: (31:10) It's free. We have a few courses that nobody needs to buy. If you want to support the resource, I'm trying not to pay all the bills. It's not that cheap actually to run out of pocket. It doesn't make me happy if I have to. That is more structured where I offer support, but they're not necessary. I've written like 1,200 articles on the site. Nobody needs to spend money to do this. And the basis is simple, the practical approach takes a little bit of... Once you dive into it, you're going to end up having a lot of questions, like, "I have astigmatism. I have presbyopia. I have this, I have that." That's why I've written a tonne of stuff. So all the things I've figured out with the help of lots of other people, the last 20 years is on there, it's free. There's no paywall, there's no nothing. Jake Steiner: (31:56) And then you dig into that a little bit, and then you pop up in the Facebook group, which is super active. We've never manipulated stuff, it's just the people in there are the people that found it. And we have a big forum that's bigger than the Facebook group where people are having discussions, trying other stuff. [inaudible 00:32:16]. And so it's an evolving, ongoing thing. Jake Steiner: (32:18) For me, the most interesting thing is once you dig into it, you start going, "A big problem is that I'm addicted to my stupid phone." I have replaced all of the fun things I do with playing on my phone. Eventually, and people don't need to, but the fun part of this whole thing is going, "I need distance vision time to improve my site." I pop on slightly weaker glasses or contact lenses, but now I need to go do something. Birdwatching, tennis playing, bike riding, something that is going to be less fascinating than just picking this up and scrolling through it. Jake Steiner: (32:52) And to me, I think the funnest part, and who cares because addiction is not my topic, but people slowly going, "Well crap, I do spend six hours on my phone, it says. And I don't have any hobbies anymore. And I could..." And for me personally, that's kind of the super fun bit, if you stop in the forum, sometimes people are talking about how they're rediscovering the boring-ness and fascinating-ness of life that starts with not turning on a screen. Mason: (33:23) I've got a friend, Jake, he's been on the podcast before. He teaches bushcraft and survival skills and he's an activist as well. But he spends a lot of time in town. And then he was just telling me every now and then he goes bush for however many weeks, three weeks. Whenever I'd talk to him after he was doing that, or if he'd be giving a little update every few days, he's just like, he goes, "The first thing I noticed is all my senses come back online." And he goes, "And my eyesight, all of a sudden, starts becoming sharper, I didn't even realise how fuzzy it was spending all that time." And he's not even a big computer or a phone guy, but even just for him, he gets into the bush and... I mean, that's what walkabout is, you go and you look and you just walk for as long as you need to release the tension from your body. Which of course is going to be connected to the eyes as well. Mason: (34:25) And so they say, they just watch that breeze move the trees up on the mountain, on the ridge line, or we'll just watch the waves and just watch the sand on the horizon, and eventually that... My indigenous mates who talk about that, they talk about that pulling out the trauma as you go along, because you're looking at things that your brain goes, "I don't have to remember this," but so as you start spitting up... in this walkabout state, you start spitting up all the traumatic memories that create the tension for you, that natural vista that's off in the distance plucks off all that trauma. And that can release the tension from your body. And that just ties exactly into what you're talking about here. And what a gift to give people, remembering just the importance to balance out all that close screen time with getting out there into something where you're looking far away. Jake Steiner: (35:21) I'd love to do that. I'd love to do that. We should do that. My audience is so diverse and from so many different places, there's... I spent a fair amount of time in Hong Kong, or I used to before Hong Kong became a forever locked island. There's nowhere to go. Real estate is so expensive you live with your parents or you live in this tiny hole. And then every time I go there, people are on the phone, on the subway, on the bus, walking to the subway to the bus. They're on the phone in the bar, in the restaurant with friends, they are just glued to those things. And then when I have people that participate from Hong Kong, they go, "Man, I am feeling like an alien. I put my phone down and I'm the only one with their phone down. And I'm just alone in the city, surrounded by people on the phone." And I'm like, that's kind of traumatising. So being in a place where you can have a walkabout, for one, that's a brilliant start. Mason: (36:24) It's literally going for a walk and looking into the distance, right? Jake Steiner: (36:28) Yeah. Yeah. Mason: (36:31) When you boil it down, I'm sure there's many little techniques and things that pop up in the forum or in... I mean, you've got a bunch, I'm looking at the courses now. Child myopia, prevent and reverse, myopia post-LASIK, there's some pretty chunky ones in there, like 14 week programmes- Jake Steiner: (36:56) Not available for the most part though. Mason: (36:58) Is that because of availability of spots? Jake Steiner: (37:01) Because I do support and I've got... especially this year, I'm super busy. In that whole course thing, there's only one or two that are actually available. Again though, you don't need any of them. There's a seven day free email guide that kind of... because it's such a thick topic, like where do I start? And the website has so much stuff on it that it kind of walks you through start with understanding why. And people get mad at me for this because they just want the steps. But I'm like, the reason you wear glasses is because you just trusted a thing. I'm not looking that trustworthy and I don't try to make it about trust, so I'm like, understand the cause first, take 10 minutes, an hour, a week, however much you need to understand what's up with the biology. And then people get pissed because they're like, "Just give me the steps. I believe you." Jake Steiner: (37:52) But I'm like, get what it is. And so the seven day guide walks you through the here's what's going on and here's how you can question this whole thing in the first place. And then here's the basic stuff. And then I release you into the wild of website and community and stuff. And that's really all you need. So I'm kind of anti-selling the courses, but I really don't think that's where you need to start. It's more of a slightly weaker pair of glasses. And I have a podcast, but I only do improvement stories. Whenever there's somebody who surfs, for example, on there, I'm like, that's going to be good. Because if you surf, you have motivation to rid of those stupid things, because contacts out there, you lose a contact lens, it's a lot less fun experience coming back. And those people improve really quickly and really consistently, because there's no excuse. If you're in the bush, if you're doing that kind of thing, if that guy wore glasses, I promise... well, I shouldn't promise, but he would take to something like that so easily because he needs the eyesight and he uses it. Mason: (39:05) And I know what you mean by promise. I mean, you're probably just watching that there's a pattern. If people apply themselves, you see the pattern of improvement. Weaker glasses, time off the myopically looking at a screen or books or video games or whatever it is. Are there any other little cool add-ons that you're like, maybe they're not the Big Kahuna in the protocol, but just little things that help improve? I'm thinking as well, there're a lot of people listening, wanting to... like the prevention. This is just something beautiful, even though you're preventing eyesight from deteriorating or becoming myopic, there's a beautiful... these are all just beautiful things to add into a lifestyle anyway, to keep you sharp and loving life. Jake Steiner: (39:51) True. You can measure your eyesight. The real starting point... and that's the seven day guide thing, too, the difference between hearing this and being like, "Huh, that's an interesting topic," and then forgetting about it a half hour after you listened to it, and having an experience, is you can measure your eyesight. The muscle spasm I talked about, you can measure it. You can measure your eyesight and you can find out that it's very variable. You can buy or print out an eye chart, hang it up somewhere, measure out the distance that you need to be at the right distance from the chart and see how your eyes... Which line can you read? And then have a four hour Netflix binge and try that same shit again. And you're going to be kind of surprised that you probably can't read that same line anymore. Jake Steiner: (40:40) That experience of going, "Well crap." Or if you eat a big pizza and drink a Coke and get a giant insulin spike, try to read that chart and see what happens. Or be stressed out and angry and read that chart and see what happens. If you do that and if you get really into it and you just keep a little log, because you're going to forget. What line could you read and what was the connecting... where were you at in that moment? You notice that your eyesight is connected to your diet, is connected to your mood, is connected to your interactions, everything. And if you start doing that... and for example, if somebody wears glasses and their glasses are just giving them perfect vision, you can take them off and the way diopters work, so the strength of the glasses is just a distance measurement. Jake Steiner: (41:30) And I don't want to get too far into that, but it's just, if you take a book or a screen and you just put it... how close do you have to put it for it to be perfectly sharp? And then how far can you get it from your eyes to where it's still perfectly sharp? And then once you start to see the tiniest bit of blur, measure that distance, however many centimetres, 100 divided by the distance equals diopters. So if you can see 50 centimetres, 100 divided by the 50 is two. You need glasses that are two diopters to have perfect distance vision. Jake Steiner: (42:06) So if you are a two diopter person, you're going to see the 50 centimetres perfectly. But now eat the pizza or now try to do that in a nice, natural, full spectrum light, you're going to see 60 centimetres. Try to do that in a shitty lit fluorescent room, you're going to see 40 centimetres. The numbers are not exact, but it's going to vary that way. And you're going to be like, "Fluorescent light is shit for my eyes." Because you're going to be able to measure the... And once you get into that rabbit hole, then it's tempting. Because then you're like, "Oh crap. I don't have to go to the optometrist. I don't need to get measurements there. This thing is variable. And it's another way for me to quantify how I'm doing with my body." Mason: (42:52) And it is all connected. Always. I was curious when you brought up acupuncture, whether you've ever had someone dive in with you about that connection between eyes and sight and muscle tension and the liver much. Because it's like, it's been popping up in my mind a little bit. Jake Steiner: (43:12) My mom loves acupuncture, which is funny because she's a paediatrician, medical doctor, but she's also into that stuff. With eyesight, everything is connected. Mason: (43:22) Right, right. Jake Steiner: (43:26) I've been on podcasts where first the host is like, "Your topic has nothing to do with us." And I'm like, "Body, it's all one thing. It's all connected together." The thing that improves eyesight and makes the eyesight worse is close-up and glasses. Mason: (43:40) Yeah, right. Jake Steiner: (43:40) It's the main thing. If you want to fix that stuff and you just want to fix it, that will fix it. But there are lots of other things also. Trauma can absolutely affect your eyesight. I do blood tests two, three, four times a year because all this stuff works together. If you have messed up blood values, if you're lacking stuff, it's going to affect your eyesight also, definitely. Everything plays together. I'm just focusing on what's the way that's just going to fix it for most people in most cases. Mason: (44:13) Yeah, absolutely. And I like it. I get asked about eyesight a lot and I know there is that connection of the liver Meridian ending at the eyes and sight is that sense connected to the liver. But at the same time, sometimes I get people reporting an improvement in vision when they get onto certain liver herbs, but it's not... it's kind of like, "Yeah, but I can't..." What you were saying at the beginning, where's the actual, down to the wire, causality and do I know there's actually going to be enough of a connection there or there's not going to be all these other things in the way for most people that you're really not going to get that much improvement if you just get onto the herbs, but- Jake Steiner: (44:52) But try it. But try it. You know what I mean? Address the big elephant first. If you have screen addiction, no amount of herbs are going to fix your eyes. But if you're taking care of every else, I'm all for it. You know what I mean? Because especially because you can measure and you can experience and you can go, "Okay, what does this do?" And I'm not saying it doesn't. I'm a big fan because I'm into this topic. If you've got herbs for eye stuff, I'm like, "Send me herbs, I'll try some." Mason: (45:18) I'll send you the Beauty Blend because that's the only one with schizandra and goji in there that are known to bring brightness to the eyes. They go through and get the chi of the liver flowing. And a lot of the time what creates the tension is an excess of liver yang. And if there's an excess of liver yang, then what is regulated by that, the whole liver [inaudible 00:45:40] system is the peripheral nervous system as well. And so you're going to get a tightening up through the entire nervous system, lose that smooth flow in the muscle and a smooth flow of chi. And I can see you, there's probably a connection there with tension in the eye, but... Yeah? Jake Steiner: (45:55) That and floaters, people bring up a lot. People get floaters, don't know if [inaudible 00:46:01]... And especially in the forum, because we have such a wide audience I'm boring, because I'm just like, "Just give me the thing that works and how simple can I make it?" But at the same time I'm interested in these things, A, and B, there's a lot of audience that leans into a different direction from here than I do. You know what I mean? You talk to me about chi, I'm like, "I don't know. I don't know." Mason: (46:28) I don't know either. I think it's just fun thinking about it. [inaudible 00:46:30] with herbs, I don't offer any of these formulas, but just that the [Plerium 00:46:36] blends, like Free and Easy Wanderer, these are the herbs that smooth out the flow within the liver. That's the one I think for people, but like these plerium blends and formulas, I think would be really nice addition for a lot of people, especially to hopefully smooth out some of the excessive emotions that come out of the liver sometimes or with anything. In any process like this, I'm sure you see people go through all manner of emotional processes going through this. Jake Steiner: (47:04) For sure. And that's why I'm like, especially in the forum, there's a lot of people who are a lot more into this side of the topic who would love that kind of stuff. You know what I mean? And I'm super open-minded about, "I'm not right, I just figured out one little sliver of one little thing. You have a whole other thing." And I'm learning. There's so much interesting stuff that people figured out that isn't mainstream, isn't easily packaged and sold in every grocery store. You know what I mean? I like to make that connection. So if you have stuff like that, I'm always interested. Mason: (47:40) Definitely send you some Beauty Blend, man, couple of other things. But I mean, as I said, I like having this, a podcast resource like this, because when we get asked, it makes me feel so much more secure and comfortable going, "Yeah, hit this first." And then you start adding in all the other things and it just becomes this massive bonus. But there's an actual technique here that's somewhat proven, anecdotally even, with tens of thousands of people at this point, which is nice to have anecdotal evidence getting to those numbers. And then can't hurt, can't hurt, add the Beauty Blend in there, get the liver chi flowing. The ancient Taoists said that this is how you keep the eyes sparkling. It sounds fun. Other good shit's going to happen when you're doing it anyway, so just go and enjoy yourself. Jake Steiner: (48:32) And also speaking of herbs, I have a house in Myanmar, which is currently not in a good situation, but they only do herb stuff. They use this stuff on their skin, right? They draw these circles on their skin with bark, it's bark from some kind of tree. You do not get sunburned. Your skin doesn't even get dark. Everybody uses it. It is some magic stuff. And it would put sunscreen companies out of business, because it's a tree bark, you just rub it up, you put it on your skin. It looks cool. It keeps your skin smooth. No sunburns. Mason: (49:08) Wow. Jake Steiner: (49:09) It is amazing. Yeah. And all Burmese, that's how you can recognise Burmese people in Thailand because they draw these things on themselves. But that's that tree bark. And they've got this for all kinds of different things there. And because I live there and I have a fully off-grid house, and when I get... something funky happens, they always bring out some herbs and the herbs always work. So I've learned like there's certainly an art there that's getting lost a little bit in our pharmaceutical world. Mason: (49:39) Yeah. It's called thanaka, T-H-A-N-A-K-A, apparently. Jake Steiner: (49:45) Yeah, that's right. Mason: (49:45) Is that it? Jake Steiner: (49:45) Yeah, yeah, yeah. Mason: (49:46) Yeah, cool. Jake Steiner: (49:46) Yep. Mason: (49:47) Looks amazing. I mean, I'd love a lot of those... Yeah, look at it. Look at the designs that they pop on their checks, everyone going like... Yeah, if you just write, if you write thanaka, or I've just written Myanmar bark sunscreen and then gone to images. Beautiful. It looks great. That's the goal. Because here, that's what we do with... we had an auntie up north who's from [Moranbah 00:50:13], and she's just like, "Yeah, use ochre. That's what you guys should be using. You just put ochre all over you." And so when got it, just pop that on our daughter. It doesn't like... sunscreen, we weren't going to use like a zinc based anyway, but it's so more badass as well. Jake Steiner: (50:28) That stuff is cool. And people use it. This is not an old ancient thing that is no longer in use. Right now, you go to some island in Thailand, you want to figure out which are Thai people are Burmese, look for the ones that have things drawn on them. It's cute. Mason: (50:44) Man, this has been so rad. I hope people jump over to your website. Easiest way for them to find you? Jake Steiner: (50:52) Endmyopia.org. Mason: (50:56) Endmyopia.org. You do have a crap load of resources on there. Jake Steiner: (51:03) It's many years of stuff. Mason: (51:07) I can tell. A lot of resources. There's apps there. Gosh, I mean, Shortsighted Podcast in there. I mean, yeah, I can see you've got a Discord going as well. Is that still happening? Jake Steiner: (51:23) Yeah. A lot of that stuff is community stuff. I'm not on Discord much, but somebody said we need Discord, and so yeah, they're talking on there. Mason: (51:33) It's a movement, you can tell. You've started a movement, which is awesome. It must feel good. I hope you feel good. Jake Steiner: (51:39) Yeah. I feel like an imposter mostly. It's weird for me to be the... You know what I mean? If I had a cool beard for a start, then you know- Mason: (51:47) Maybe. Maybe that's the first... because it's the same thing. In all only imposter stuff it's the same as the eyesight, it's just environmental. It's just what you're putting around yourself and what you're saying to yourself, it's a process. I kind of still feel it. I recently just figured my way through it and finding my place in the whole herbal world and the health education world. I had to just embrace a little bit more of my full spectrum of self. Like a full spectrum of eyesight. I had to kind of get a little bit more into my comedy career, put less pressure on myself to kind of be a know-it-all in the health and herbal space. And I feel like I'm slowly have an appropriate... All of a sudden that impostor feeling has an evolution to being a much more appropriate emotion or feeling that actually gets some momentum behind me rather than... I definitely know that feeling of being stuck in that... Excessively. Jake Steiner: (52:41) If you have suggestions, I always welcome them because that's definitely a weird problem I have. Because it feels like I can't possibly be that dude. You know what I mean? There's a lot of jokes on the site. I constantly joke about my imaginary beard and being the last living eye guru. Because I'm like, how is it possible? It continues to be the thing and I like talking about it and I think it's important. But at the same time it should be somebody more wise or with the right titles or something. Mason: (53:08) Yeah. For me, I was always in the back of my mind... it wasn't an actual threat. I was just like, I was worried, I knew the things, I could call the things out about myself that were gaps in my knowledge and where I knew that potentially someone could... there was a in my armour and someone could call out my lack of experience in this element of what I do or in this element of what I do. And I've had it in the past when I've been a bit more overt and bravado about my expertise, which weren't there and had that person who was a big gift now, but you know, kind of whack me down on social media and be like, "Here, how about some facts? You want to back it up? You want to be able to do this, then let's go at it." And I'd get really angry and, "How dare you pull me down?" And then my housemate at the time was like, I was telling her, I was venting about it. And she was like, "Oh wow, this guy's really helping you sharpen your pencil. You're really reacting to this and showing your hole." And I was like, "Oh, shit. Yeah, they're definitely... Yes." Jake Steiner: (54:09) I love those. I love those. Especially in the forum. I don't sensor stuff. So when people come and say... There's a thread in there now of some guy who said he got massive amounts of floaters and I didn't say it and it was because of me, and I welcome those because whatever my imposter feeling is, I'm like, please do point it out. Just bring it. You know what I mean? Because it's such a weird topic. Nobody needs these things in front of their eyes and it makes us less... it makes us timid and it makes us hide behind screens and books and it stops us from expressing and experiencing and I am not the dude to tell that story, in a way. Right? Because I'm just a dude. Mason: (54:51) Well, but you obviously are. I don't know. I reckon you're probably on the path anyway and something will pop eventually. Because you're calling yourself out. As long as you're calling yourself out in a progressive... in a way that it progresses forward. That was my big thing. I started pulling all the herbalists and the acupuncturists onto the podcast and I just- Jake Steiner: (55:10) Oh, cool. Mason: (55:11) ... started owning my position. I started owning my shortcomings, all the things I thought if I kind of admitted to and mentioned that everyone would just go, "You're a fraud." And everyone was like, "Yeah, we know mate. We know you're only this." And I'm just like, "Yeah, I'm just the herbal scallywag and I'm making my own formulations. And I work within tonic herbs, which are super easy." Everyone can do it. I have a certain amount of experience, I understand patterns, I understand how to formulate, I understand how to source because that's just my passion. I used to call myself out in a really self-deprecating way and I used to kind of joke about it, I'd be like, "Yeah, I can't do this and I can't do that." Mason: (55:49) Now, I feel like I'm more in a position where I'm just like, " I need to put boundaries up, need to have good boundaries around my capacity and make sure that I state what my capacity is and my want. I'm not going to go and study more. So don't expect any more from me than this." And then I just kind of went into cultivation and within those boundaries, I just owned it. This is who I am, having so much fun doing this and I'll go to the experts and I just started... like you do as well I guess, just started, "Well, I don't know that bit. I actually don't know how to answer that bit, but I'm going to start pulling in experts and start getting really curious." Mason: (56:28) I started getting really curious and started becoming a student again. I really owned my expertise and what I do well, and it's like, "Screw it. I'm going to own it." I'm sure I can feel a lot of relatedness with you there. And then going off and going, "I'm going to continue to learn." And yeah, I'm just going to continue to learn. Be a student. Jake Steiner: (56:45) I like that. And I like that, especially because I think we spend so much time online with these things is trying to figure out where's the scam, where's the catch? That's always my first thing. I'm like, "Ah, what is this crap about now?" I really like when somebody goes, "Let me just tell you." Like, when you said this is my expertise and this is the limit of it, I'm like, I'm already a fan. Because you're not forcing me to go find a whole... because you're not happy until you go, "What's the real..." Everything has a certain amount of bullshit in it. I do that probably too much, because I'm probably... People who randomly show up at the website are like, "What is with this fool?" But I'm like the librarian of this thing. People bring what works and what doesn't work and I just collect it all and I put it all in one place and that's it, right? Mason: (57:41) I feel you, man. It's a trippy feeling knowing that there's like... when you start getting like website traffic and you start knowing there's heaps more people having that initial reaction, "What the hell is this?" I tripped out about that a lot and wanted to control that a lot. That's kind of shifted. I just started getting into more comedy stuff on my personal Instagram, and that kind of, for some reason that just alleviated the pressure valve for me. And that was where I got to practise going, "All right, they're going to come and they're going to see this, and this is the one thing they're going to see and they might not get the whole backstory and I haven't had time to explain myself and that..." I'm going, "All, I'm going to just accept it. This is me being vulnerable." And so I just started becoming really prolific, for me anyway, prolific in that rather than perfect. And it- Jake Steiner: (58:32) I want to see that. I got to go check that out. I like it. Yeah. Mason: (58:38) masonjtaylor.com. No, masonjtaylor, @masonjtaylor. Masonjtaylor.com, don't go there anyone, that website is very out of date. Jake Steiner: (58:45) That's cool. I like that. Especially when you're like, "I didn't explain it clearly." I think there's something to just letting go of some of the veil of perfection and just being like, "I'm making a thing and it's an ongoing experiment in evolving it, making it better." Mason: (59:04) I think it'd be really nice for it to happen more and more. Because I mean, you've provided so much, it'd be nice to see... it would have to go. I'm sure every business or offering or charity or whatever it is, it's always going hit a point where it's like, "All right, things need to change. And it needs to take on a new way of being... new way of being structured or professional," or whatever it is. I can imagine yours is with that many people behind it, you could step it up and take it to another level. It's just going, "All right, cool. Do we just sit, let it be here or do we jump into the unknown once again and take it forward?" Either way, I think the resources and the offering is magic. It'd be awesome to see it continue to evolve and grow into the world so people can have that place and make this more of a norm, make the knowledge more of a norm and the insight that you can actually restore your vision, a norm as well. Jake Steiner: (01:00:02) Yeah. Just be happy, the people that listen to your podcast and enjoy your approach, to maybe look at their eyes and go, "Maybe I'll take care of these things a little bit." Mason: (01:00:16) We're doing all HR stuff and at the moment, like that's where our structure is coming in, bringing more and more love to everyone working in the business and this is the one of the resources... we have blue blocker glasses and things that people can wear, but just start putting this... because we're growing, put this into the fabric of the... a bit more into the fabric of the workflow. And for everyone, taking pride and this leads a little distinctions of how to ensure that our eyeball doesn't become elongated and we don't start deteriorating the health of the fluid within it, and just these little things you've mentioned, it's just like, bang, I'm on. I'm on. I'm implementing that right now. Some people are wearing glasses, I'm going to send them this just as an option. But for those that don't... I feel it right now, I've been staring at the screen all day. I'm like, "Jeez, the blurriness." Jake Steiner: (01:01:09) Buy an eye chart. Buy an eye chart. Hang it up somewhere in your house, and just mark a spot that's the right distance from it. And sometimes when you walk past it, just stop there and look at it. And start noticing how that goes up and down. Because that prompts action, then you're like, "Well, maybe I'm going to not do four hours, maybe three hours." Because there's also a time where the muscle starts to lock up, for me that is three hours. I spend more than three hours in front of a screen, I can't see the small line on the eye chart anymore. Mason: (01:01:38) Wow. Jake Steiner: (01:01:39) The muscle just locked up. And then if I take an hour walk, I can see that line again. So I know what my screen limit is before that muscle just gets stuck for the rest of the day. An eye chart is super handy just as a quick reference of, can you read the thing still or can't you. Mason: (01:01:56) I mean that immediate feedback, as well. Where do we get the eye chart? Is that just something we purchase in our local area? Jake Steiner: (01:02:04) Yeah, or you can print it out. I have some somewhere, but I don't know where. It should be easy to get, just buy it online somewhere. Mason: (01:02:11) We'll have a look, see if we can find it on your site and put it in the resources for the podcast, otherwise like you said, I'm sure it's just one of those things that's easy to order online. But that's good. I'm definitely doi
“ Qióng/ zé/ dú shàn qí shēn ， Dá/ zé/ jiān jì tiān xià ” shì shén me yì sī a ？ “穷则独善其身，达则兼济天下”是什么意思啊？ What does it mean to "focus on yourself when you are unknown and care about the people when you have status"? Zhè jù huà/ dà gài/ jiù shì/ shuō/ néng lì/ yǒu dà/ yǒu xiǎo ， néng lì/ xiǎo/ de shí hòu/ zhào gù/ hǎo/ zì jǐ ， néng lì/ dà/ de shí hòu/ yào/ lè yú zhù rén 、 huí kuì shè huì 。 这句话大概就是说能力有大有小，能力小的时候照顾好自己，能力大的时候要乐于助人、回馈社会。 This sentence probably means that the ability is big and small, when the ability is small, take good care of yourself, when the ability is large, you should be willing to help others and give back to society. Zhè gè/ wǒ dǒng ， néng lì/ yuè dà/ zé rèn/ yuè dà ！ 这个我懂，能力越大责任越大！ I understand this. The greater the ability, the greater the responsibility!
Welcome back to our weekend Cabral HouseCall shows! This is where we answer our community's wellness, weight loss, and anti-aging questions to help people get back on track! Check out today's questions: Lorena: Hi Doc! I'm a 23 year old and it's been 3 weeks since I got the virus and my hair started falling dramatically. I was very healthy prior getting it: DNS, omega 3, zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, collagen, vitamin C and probiotic every day. Even added NAC, quercetin and reishi mushroom to my daily supplement protocol. Exercised 4-5x a week, eat an organic and 90% plant-based diet. I'm very diligent with my protein and always make sure there is about 20-30g of protein in each meal. I was very surprised on how hard the virus hit me, I thought that it wouldn't affect me much due to being so young and healthy... Anyways my questions are: 1. Why do you think my hair is falling so much after the virus? I'm taking around 50mg of zinc everyday 2. I still have a lot of mucus stuck on my chest and I keep coughing. I thought this should have been gone by now. Any advice? 3. My taste and smell are not back yet, any advice? 4. My fitness is still far from what is used to be. Is this normal Melanie:What's the reason as to why your health coaching team only work with children above 3? BTW your work is amazing, I recommend this podcast to everyone! Aleita: I am suffering from chronic dry mouth. I've had trouble with it within this last year. I thought maybe doing the cleanse would help. But I am on my second week and still no relief. What podcast would help me gain some information? Yeysebell: Hi, your podcast is so amazing. Thank you So here it is. Back in country (Cuba) pharmacist prepare a remedy for the body to clear impurities and other agents that cause a reaction on people's health. It's magnesium sulphate at 33% (it is diluted in water) I would love to know why it works. I had one time like cystic acne that happened over night literally. Woke up one day with huge pimples everywhere. After taking that, which it was an entire littler (taking like a shot every morning) everything cleared in 15 days. Not just that, I also had te glow of a baby and that Qi. I looked much younger than what I was (I was only like 17 at that time). My brother who used to have a extrema reaction to insects bites and other allergens, wasn't ever again so allergic after taking it as well. He is now 33 and even the biggest cut heals super fast. A little more, it's used to treat preeclampsia as well there. Thank you so much in advance Michael: Hi Dr Cabral, how can someone reduce die off symptoms when using biocidin to kill mold, candida and h pylori? Estefania: Hello, My name is Estefania Ramirez, I am 38 years young. I was born in Mexico, but I currently live in Spain. I began intermittent fasting in mid 2017. I began with 12 hours, now I do 15 hours. I fast, but do not have a low caloric diet. My ingest is mainly plant based and seafood, I try to avoid meat. Also, I do eat other sources, besides vegetable, CHOs. I do avoid simple sugars. In mid 2018 my menstrual cycle began to disappear. I am currently in hormone replacement therapy. I do not have any other side effects, only amenorrhea. My lab tests have always been normal. I had hypothiroidism when I was 14/15 years young. After taking levothyroxine for a 3 years, my physician cleared me off the medication. Even when I'm under medical supervision, I would love to hear the opinion of Dr. Cabral. Thank you in advance! Thank you for tuning into today's Cabral HouseCall and be sure to check back tomorrow where we answer more of our community's questions! - - - Show Notes & Resources: http://StephenCabral.com/2060 - - - Get Your Question Answered: http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral - - - Dr. Cabral's New Book, The Rain Barrel Effect https://amzn.to/2H0W7Ge - - - Join the Community & Get Your Questions Answered: http://CabralSupportGroup.com - - - Dr. Cabral's Most Popular At-Home Lab Tests: > Complete Minerals & Metals Test (Test for mineral imbalances & heavy metal toxicity) - - - > Complete Candida, Metabolic & Vitamins Test (Test for 75 biomarkers including yeast & bacterial gut overgrowth, as well as vitamin levels) - - - > Complete Stress, Mood & Metabolism Test (Discover your complete thyroid, adrenal, hormone, vitamin D & insulin levels) - - - > Complete Stress, Sleep & Hormones Test (Run your adrenal & hormone levels) - - - > Complete Food Sensitivity Test (Find out your hidden food sensitivities) - - - > Complete Omega-3 & Inflammation Test (Discover your levels of inflammation related to your omega-6 to omega-3 levels) - - - > View all Functional Medicine lab tests (View all Functional Medicine lab tests you can do right at home for you and your family)
Is your body fully aligned? Is your energy fluid? Are you taking time to support your body and your energy flow, and really encourage your vital life force to support you in all your doing on a consistent basis, or are you waiting until you're in crisis mode? Now is a good moment for a Wise Walk. On the True Stride podcast, we take a Wise Walk to slow down and check our reality. True Stride is that feeling you get when you're aligned in your heart with all that you do, and you feel energized and happy with each and every step that you take. I'm your host, Mary Tess Rooney, and I connect with Dr. Melissa Jordan to go on our Wise Walk for this guest episode. Dr. Melissa Jordan is a practitioner for life force in different modalities. Dr. Melissa pulls much of her insight from an advanced Doctorate in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine with a focus on Integrative Oncology, specifically Breast Cancer, and the utilization of Acupuncture to enhance quality of life and tolerability to oncological treatment. Her background as a healer also includes her completing a dual enrollment in a Naturopathic Medical Program and the Masters of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), and also a national board certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM ®). She works with maintenance in the body and energy systems, alongside being an avid gardener and passionate cook. On our Wise Walk, Dr. Melissa and I share our thoughts on these questions and more: What is one thing to do to support life energy? What are some of the things we notice when it's time to check, and how can you support it in a way that makes sense? What simple modalities work for - clients? What feeds your mind, body, and spirit? What fills you with joy? Place energy towards a new productive beginning. Take an opportunity to open yourself to becoming more aware of the energy balance you carry throughout life. Acknowledge all the feelings, and turn those feelings into something useful. If you want to start, discover a useful question to guide you towards the most effective awareness. Take a Wise Walk to uncover a new sense of freedom. Within that freedom is the opportunity to voice our value and a path to connect with an inspiring community. From there, we can explore what it looks like to move forward in our journey. In this episode: [00:23] - Welcome to the show! [02:24] - Dr. Melissa describes her intention of being a healer stretching back to her childhood. [04:51] - Dr. Melissa explains what reiki and Qi relate to in life force. [06:11] - Energy force is the body's intelligence to communicate how we are operating. [08:16] - Dr. Melissa encourages everyone to balance for optimal harmony as we move through life. [09:59] - Are you holding onto any tightness in your body? [11:41] - Mary Tess and Dr. Melissa talk about the need for consistent energetic maintenance like a car needing regular maintenance. [13:26] - Shift energy and life force after a pause. Dr. Melissa talks about the balance of rest and stillness in response to movement. [15:10] - Take an opportunity to open yourself to receiving. Acknowledge all the feelings, and turn those feelings into something useful. [25:35] - Dr. Melissa encourages everyone to listen to their body. Mary Tess reminds everyone about the importance of being intentional. [27:03] - Thank you for listening! Memorable Quotes: “I hope we all have this place where you close your eyes and you get in that part of yourself that just knows, like that old, ancient, wise part.” - Dr. Melissa “Feel whatever is in alignment, or out of alignment, with your body, with your energy, with your surroundings, because we're not just affected internally by what's happening with our system and our energy cycles, but we're also highly influenced by what's around us.” - Mary Tess Links and Resources: Mary Tess Rooney Email Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram
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This week we enter the worlds of fellow education and echocardiography to review a recent report of a QI project performed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia regarding the performance of echocardiograms by first year fellows in cardiology. Can the implementation of a checklist protocol improve the consistency of echocardiograms performed by fellows? What was the impact of this protocol? What areas were particularly well served by this approach? Dr. Brian White, senior cardiology fellow at CHOP provides important insights into this project that he co-authored. doi: 10.1111/echo.14441
Today on the podcast we sit down for a fascinating conversation with Bonnie Crotzer, dancer, teacher, and founder of ghost flower activewear -- the world's only activewear scientifically engineered to activate your QI. Bonnie is also a renowned teacher of fascia flossing -- a class that stretches to floss your fascia, activate your meridians, and keep your immune and lymph systems moving. In this episode we learn all about fascia flossing, what it is and how to do it, and hear Bonnie's incredible personal journey to this work. We also discuss GhostFlower, a line of clothes that explore the ancient road map of Chinese Medicine and a perfect complement to wear when fascia flossing. We loved this conversation and hope you enjoy the episode! To learn more about Bonnie visit: https://thefloss.com and https://www.ghostflower.comyou can also follow her on instagram @bonzsi Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review Courageous Wellness! We release new episodes each #WellnessWednesday! To learn more about our health coaching subscription service visit: www.patreon.com/courageouswellness Save 20% on Sakara clean boutique and meal delivery with code: xocourageous at checkout! You can also follow us on instagram @CourageousWellness and visit our website: www.courageouswellness.net to get in touch. This episode is brought to you by Milk+Honey. To receive 15% off your purchase visit www.milkandhoney.com and use code: CWPODCAST (all one word) at checkout! Milk+Honey is a line of non-toxic, effective, and safe bath, body, and skincare products made in small batches in Austin, Texas. We are so excited to partner with Seed! You can save 15% on Seed Synbiotic by using code: courageous15 at checkout. Head to www.seed.com to learn more. We are so happy to offer our listeners a discount with Recess! To save 15% on all beverages or subscriptions, you can use code "courageous" at checkout when you visit: https://takearecess.co/ We are so happy to offer our listeners 10% off on all Four Sigmatic superfood coffee and elixirs! For 10% off Four Sigmatic products visit https://foursigmatic.com/and use the code: courageous at checkout! Are you interested in becoming a health coach or furthering your nutrition education? We loved our program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and are happy to offer our listeners a discount on tuition! To receive up to $2000 off tuition (for payments in full and $1000 off tuition for payment plans) you can use our name Aly French or Erica Stein when you enroll. To learn more you can also take a Sample Class, check out the Curriculum Guide, or visit the application page to enroll.
Honest question: if clone commanders consume steroids to get bulky, do we think their junk still shrinks? In episode 65, hosts Alyce and Laura ponder* this question and more while they trim their beards, catch up on the latest in Star Wars news and discuss Star Wars: The High Republic!
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, the scents, sounds, and sensations of Spring are upon us again. The Sun is beaming longer, warming up the earth and our bodies as we are transition away from contraction, welcoming the feeling of expansion. Here to help us bridge this shift in season, we have TCM Food Therapist Kimberly Ashton on the podcast, chatting with Mason and taking us on a journey through the energetics, foods, and flavours of Spring; The Wood Element, and Liver Qi. As a healer, Kimberly Ashton's work centres around the power of functional food, Chinese medicine, the 5 Elements, food energetics, emotional anatomy, and energy medicine. When talking about the energy of Spring, Kimberly describes it as, "A season of transition, ideally, one that we ease our way into patiently and enjoy at its own pace". Observing our master teacher (Nature), we look around and see everything right now is in a moment of birthing; Slowly emerging from hibernation, gently transitioning in movement, reflection, and animation. Is your body craving some Spring regeneration? Can you feel a bit of Liver stagnation? Tune in as Kimberly brings her depth of food wisdom forth with a breakdown of the foods, herbs, flovours (and desserts) that cultivate the distinct energy in the body required to support Liver Wood and its function in this season. “I like to emphasize the word feeling. How do you feel about food? How do you actually feel when you eat something? Come back into the body and to your centre and make food choices from a place of embodiment”. - Kimberly Ashton Host and Guest discuss: The Wood element. Liver Qi stagnation. Liver Qi building foods. Teas and herbs for Liver heat. Foods and habits to avoid in Spring. Foods to support Liver Wood function. The emotional energy in the Wood element. Liver Wood cooking and preparation methods. Functional foods to cleanse the Liver and Gallbladder. Who is Kimberly Ashton? Kimberly Ashton is a Holistic Wellness coach that focuses on the 5 Elements, Food Therapy and Chinese Medicine. She spent over 18 years in Asia and Shanghai, 8 of which she co-founded China's first health food store & plant-based nutrition cooking studio. Now back in Australia, she launched Qi Food Therapy in 2020, a platform offering e-books, online courses, and coaching for “balancing life energy” through food, food energetics & emotional wellness. In 2019 she published her second book “Chinese Superfoods” in Mandarin, which encourages new generations of food therapy enthusiasts to explore Asian traditional foods, everyday ingredients & get back in the kitchen. It has sold over 7000 copies in China. Her approach is centered on cultivating an intuitive relationship with food and helping people understand their energies through food choices, cooking techniques, the 5 Elements, emotional & energy practices. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCAST Resources: Kimberly's Website Kimberly's Instagram Soothing Liver Qi Stagnation 5 Elements & Cycles e-course Q: How Can I Support The SuperFeast Podcast? A: Tell all your friends and family and share online! We'd also love it if you could subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. Or check us out on Stitcher :)! Plus we're on Spotify! Check Out The Transcript Here: Mason: (00:00) Kim, welcome to the podcast. Kimberly Ashton: (00:02) Hello, Mason. Mason: (00:03) You got a lovely IGTV live chat, is that right? Back on- Kimberly Ashton: (00:09) We did. Mason: (00:10) Gosh. Was that in- Kimberly Ashton: (00:11) Months ago. Mason: (00:12) Yeah. It was months ago. Kimberly Ashton: (00:14) Yeah. I think it was well before winter. Mason: (00:17) I think we had the arrangement, the intention, to have a winter diet, food, ingredient, cooking technique podcast, but then things happened. I don't know what these things are, haven't been watching the news. Don't know what's going on in the world, but something happened out there and people aren't moving around for some reason. Kimberly Ashton: (00:34) That's all right. We hibernated in winter and now it's a chance to change the season. Mason: (00:41) Springtime, your favourite. Kimberly Ashton: (00:43) It is my favourite. Yes. Mason: (00:46) Why do you think that is? Kimberly Ashton: (00:48) Lots of reasons. A, I love the colour green. Predominantly my five elements, numbers, or predominant elements are wood. I've got two words. The beginning, out of the three numbers, the first and the third number are both wood energy, so I don't just like spring, I love spring. Mason: (01:10) Are you still facilitating people to run through their... I don't know what to say. Their details in order to hone in on which element is dominant for them in their constellation? Kimberly Ashton: (01:20) Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, there's two main ways you can do it. One is go see a TCM doctor and they'll do a diagnosis and tell you what's your constitution, but also condition, what's happening. Which is a great way to just understand more about your body and what's going on, and your health tendencies, as well as food preferences. And then the other way is a system that I use, called Nine Star Ki. It's based on astrology, but I take the food, personality, emotion side of it. So, that's what I mean when I say the three numbers. So, my predominant number is a three, tree, which is the branches of a tree, which goes in 10 directions at the same time. Mason: (01:59) It's like I, for some reason, there's certain things where my slight dyslexia comes in, and that's a lot of the time in, for lack of a better word, my diagnosis. I definitely get big vibes of where someone's at within their elemental journey, but honing in on the constitution, for some reason it alludes me because I go in so many different tangents. And the acupuncturist I was working with for years spoke to me about the fact that sometimes it's elusive to him, because in fact where what's coming up and emerging is dominant, is just where we're at on the journey and tracking back and finding where the truth is... He used to call it, true deficiency lies, and that's where you are. So, he's about far more pessimistic, and so I take it that basically your constitution and what dominates is your biggest weakness, and what's eventually going to kill you as long as you stay unbalanced- Kimberly Ashton: (03:01) Absolutely agree. So, I mean, our conversation today is all around spring and wood elements and everything that goes with that. We'll get to lots of food and yummy stuff later. But absolutely. So, when I say, wood element is my predominant element, my liver and my gallbladder, they're the first to go. And we can talk with emotions, we can talk with food, so it's absolutely your best friend, but it could be your worst enemy if you're not aware of how to balance that, or how easily you get out of balance. So, it's really important. It's being factual probably, not so much pessimistic. Mason: (03:38) factual is very- But then I think I'm more just in the sense of like, I'm such a romantic in the sense of that maybe that where the weakness is, but my goodness, the opportunity and the dance and the lessons, cosmic and both the practical that you're going to be able to learn from that deficiency. Maybe it's not a deficiency after all. Maybe it was your greatest strength. I'm too much of a... Never want to grow up and face the music of the reality of the world. So, I like to balance it out with all the romantic language, but I remember he was like, "Cool. Whatever. It's still the thing that's going to kill you." All right. Good. Kimberly Ashton: (04:19) And then he sticks the needles in you. Mason: (04:21) Then he stabs you right in the back. Kimberly Ashton: (04:23) Love it. Mason: (04:26) Yeah. Springtime. I'm excited. I'm going to come, and I think I really want to have a session with you as well. And just make sure that everyone listening knows that I've been. It's great to have you on the podcast finally. I can send everyone your way so that they can get that insight, it's a beautiful offering for our community. So, yeah. I hope a few people can send a few people your way and- Kimberly Ashton: (04:49) I would love that. Thank you. Mason: (04:49) And springtime. It'd be great to do this seasonally with you, but I'd love for you to take us on that journey and the distinction around why particular foods are going to come into the diet, outside of just seasonality. And what the energy of spring is, and what it is in the liver wood function that we're actually attempting to support through our diet and cooking techniques. Kimberly Ashton: (05:14) Yeah. There's so much to talk about and to share. And I'll start with the energy of the season, of the external, and then we'll bring it into the body. But the wood element, or the springtime energy, is all about transition and shifting. And a lot of us, whether they're as passionate about spring as me, or even yourself, we rush into it. We're like, oh, it's warm weather, the sun's out, and we take off the clothes and we go for ice cold drinks and ice cream and salads and cold beverages. Nothing against that. Mason: (05:47) Quiet now. Kimberly Ashton: (05:50) We do rush and there is also this emotional energy in the wood element of impatience. So, we get quite excited, myself included. It's like, oh, it's beach time. And we start thinking of all these beautiful activities or foods or lifestyles that we want to jump into. It could be summer. A lot of people are more of a fan of summer. So, spring is like a big step towards summer and the expansive openness of that. So, it really is a transition season, and ideally we ease our way into it, patiently, and enjoy it at its own pace, rather than rush to do everything that we want to do. The other thing that can happen is that we over organise, or over control things, and that's the element of the liver and gallbladder expressing themselves as well. And then we just want to do, do, do more and we can get pretty tired very quickly. We don't make it to summer. Mason: (06:45) Yeah. I mean, that's the nature. It's a transitory season, yet it's its own entire season, like summer and like winter, which obviously are pinnacles, but a transitory season like spring is just as important and has the same amount of impact as those two are going to have as well, because so many people get sick at the change of season. And funnily, it's like it's from jumping from the waters of winter, straight up into the wood of spring. And as you said, we get impatient and we forget that there's earth between the seasons, and you need to step onto the soil and ground yourself in order to not get sick. Have you got a couple of tips at the moment, because maybe people are listening and recognising that, yes, I've done that again this year. And over the next five years, because you get a new opportunity every single year, and it also impacts day to day as well. We get to spring and we get a wood season every single day- Kimberly Ashton: (07:40) Every morning, yeah. Mason: (07:41) A couple of easy tips, especially since you're such an expert of jumping into spring and getting so excited as well. Just little things that help you ease in so that you don't burn yourself out too soon. Kimberly Ashton: (07:52) Yeah. Absolutely. I mean, physically, you can not strip down to, depending where you live of course, where you are it's a lot warmer, but physically easing yourself in, whether it's appropriate dressing, doing too much as well. So, we go from hibernation in winter and sitting on the sofa or doing less. I didn't, that's my biggest problem is actually stopping in winter. I'd have no problem going in spring, but it's actually the season before. So, paying attention, as you just said, into what you're doing in all seasons, so that there is that element of balance. But definitely in spring, not rushing, in terms of your thought process, keeping your mind too busy, packing in your schedule. Sleep is a really important one too. We tend to think, oh, there's more hours of sunshine in the day, so I'll just... Kimberly Ashton: (08:44) A lot of people cut off from winter to spring. It's just this big change, rather than a gradual transition. But the biggest thing for me is movement and exercise in this season. So, I tend to find I have more energy to want to move and do things, so do that. I work with a lot of people in my coaching practise who don't move enough, and there is a lot of liver stagnation and then it gets to spring. I'm like, "Come on, let's go." So, there is an element of that. So, definitely moving appropriately and then eating. I mean, all seasons are important to eat, but spring's a really lovely opportunity to add new ingredients and flavours and move with the season and energy. Mason: (09:28) So, what are you... Because I mean, it might seem like an obvious thing... I guess, even for myself, it seems obvious that I'm going to have a look at what is more of an appropriate diet. We live in this incredible world where we've cultivated particular vegetables. Maybe some of them a bit hybridised, others not, but we've got this widespread availability of foods. And across that repertoire, yes, there's wild foods in the environment, which are going to be endemic and obviously going to be seasonal, which is a great anchoring. But going to the farmer's markets, it's just always such a great reminder to remember, yes. There are going to be those staples and things that you always base your diet on, but there's going to be particular foods that you can start to get a little bit more creative and a little bit more intentional in bringing that particular energy in the body, to support the liver wood and its function in this spring. So, I'm like, yeah. I'm looking forward to hearing what we're getting onto, and how we're preparing as well. Kimberly Ashton: (10:26) Yeah. Absolutely. And of course it depends where you're listening from. If you're in a tropical place like Thailand or Singapore, then your spring energy is not as excitable as it is for us in a four season climate, where the prevalence of green vegetables really will come out now. Tropical places have an abundance of what I'm about to share, all year round. And that is another factor and problem as well. I find that people will say, "But I can eat greens all year round. It's not just springtime." But yes, there's a lot more of them and we can, as you just said, intentionally look for these foods. Kimberly Ashton: (11:07) So, whenever I talk about vegetables I categorise them, because people just think of vegetables as one big group. But there's many more than three, but I will break it down into leafy greens, and in there we'll put sprouts and leeks and chives, and I'll talk about those. And then round and ground vegetables, which are all the onions and pumpkins and sweet potatoes, cabbages, that are very earth element like. And then the root vegetables, carrots, parsnips, all the radishes, beetroot, burdock, arrowroot. So, this season is all about the upward energy and the leafy greens and that whole category, so I like to talk about food in terms of arrows and energies. So, it's pretty much like asparagus, it's like the best arrow I can think of, which I love. Mason: (12:01) That's always for me like it's first on... For me, it's always, for some reason, not saying that this is the most important, but for me, when I'm like, okay, cool. Spring. It's upright. It's upright, it's got a firmness to it. I'm thinking asparagus, and I always think of rosemary. Kimberly Ashton: (12:18) Yeah. Mason: (12:20) It's just such an over... I've got a tendency towards rosemary over thyme. Even to an extent, or even in a more of a yin... I'm like, oh yeah, there's the yang, really upright rosemary. And then other times it will be a little bit more yin, a bit more creepy. Kimberly Ashton: (12:34) There we go. Yeah. Yeah. I haven't thought about the herbs in that way, but yeah. Absolutely. So, asparagus is, in terms of purely energy of food, that's the perfect example. And closely followed by leaks and anything in that family. So, chives, spring onions. Again, it's not to say that you can't eat them in other seasons, but this is the season energetically, and when it's ripe and when it's going to taste the best. The other thing is, in terms of green vegetables, really anything that's leafy and green. I always go to the Asian greens because there's just so much more choice. But of course, the more Western green vegetables are great too. And then sprouts, it's really sprout season. I know people eat sprouts all year round. I tend not to, and I really save them for spring and summer on salads and other- Mason: (13:28) I'm with you there. It's such an eventful food, I find. I mean, there's a celebration in spring and I find if I continue to do sprout something that's so vibrant for me, when I used to have them sporadically, becomes a bit of a bore. Kimberly Ashton: (13:53) Can't put them on everything. Some people do, but I don't tend to put them on everything. Mason: (13:57) And going on the greens. I mean, I know not necessarily the ones that are available to everyone, but just if you get the opportunity to get the chicories and the dandelions at this time, how do they go for you? Kimberly Ashton: (14:11) Absolutely. So, a lot of the vegetables that you just mentioned and a few others that I'll mention, we can have them in their sprout form or in their more salad leaves form. But then save the root for autumn or winter. So, as a dried tea. So, it's nice to use the whole vegetable, especially if it is a root vegetable with the leaves. Another example is beetroot. Fantastic now if you can get beetroot, most people can. Eat the leaves, so a lot of us are throwing the leaves away. I'm sure you aren't, but a lot of people do. Even at farmers markets- Mason: (14:47) I swear. Again, I get my little dyslexic things that pop up every now and then, and diagnosing where someone's actually on a constitutional level with their elements and whether it's... Is it beetroot or radish leaves that I can't eat? I can't, just for the life of me, I just can never nail it in my memory. I constantly need to go and Google. So, yeah. No. But the beetroot leaves, I know Tarny uses them every time, just when we're doing a little juice. Kimberly Ashton: (15:16) Yeah. So, it's that energy. So, if the beetroot was under the ground and that's a good root vegetable, then go for the leaves as well. And a lot of people don't eat carrot leaves, radish leaves, daikon leaves, beetroot leaves. Yet it's really a nice addition in the season to start adding in the leaves of vegetables that we're used to eating. So, don't waste that. I'll keep going with the greens and the green theme, but I do want to come back to something called liver qi as well. So, a lot of people will say, "Well, beetroot is purple, it's not green. Why are you talking about beetroot?" But there is an element of nourishing the blood in chi, and there's a separate list in Chinese medicine just for that. They're not necessarily green foods or vegetables, but yeah. It's really an important element of this discussion as well. Kimberly Ashton: (16:03) So, a few other examples would be pretty much all the mustard greens and collard greens. You mentioned dandelions. I love [inaudible 00:16:11] or rocket, depending where you live. That's a really nice one. It's got a slight bitterness to it, but it's got that beautiful energy. And fennel. I'm a huge fan of fennel. If you just look at the way that fennel is grown, it's just this... Not so much upward, but up and out energy, and the leaves again, the leaves are just huge. People don't have the opportunity, depending where you live, if you're shopping in a supermarket, for example, you'll just see the poor little fennel bulb, and you won't see the full expression of a fennel. Mason: (16:43) That's beautiful bringing that back from the markets and trying to fit it into a crisper. I'm like- Kimberly Ashton: (16:47) You've got to eat it fast. Celery is a great example too, of this energy. And then there's a few other things, herb's and tasty things like parsley, any type of basil. You mentioned rosemary as well, which is lovely. And nettle. I've really gotten into drinking nettle tea, like just organic tea leaves lately. Beautiful, really nice and cooling. If you're in Asia and you're listening to this, green tea is lovely. So, I start to switch my warm drinks in the morning to more of a matcha. Whether it's a smoothie or a hot latte or something like that, anything green you can get your hands on. And then there's the raw food community, and they get very excited about wheat grass, spirulina and chlorella at this time of year as well. But more greens in there. Mason: (17:44) They're always excited about wheat grass and chlorella and spirulina. Kimberly Ashton: (17:47) That's true. But now's a good time to bring that on if you're really weaving in Western nutrition and Chinese medicine, they do share the same concept of the liver and spring being a detoxing, cleansing, uplifting season. And you can definitely do that really well in the kitchen. Mason: (18:12) Yeah. I mean, yeah. As an ex raw foodist it was definitely an exciting time, when you're like, ah. I'm energetically aligned right now. Kimberly Ashton: (18:18) Exactly. Mason: (18:20) And then in autumn, you're just like, la, la, la. All external stimuli. Kimberly Ashton: (18:27) Yeah. Mason: (18:27) Beautiful. All right. Let's crack on. Kimberly Ashton: (18:29) Yeah. So, I'd like to mention a few liver qi building foods, because that might be a concept that... Actually, even in China or in Asia, a lot of people, they understand green vegetables are good for them, and especially in the spring season, but there is an element of nourishing the liver. We can talk about yin and yang, but the qi, so the yang side of things, and really having enough blood and energy more functional from the liver. And it's really important for men and women, but especially for women with menstruation as well, like a strong liver is needed to start that process. So, sweet potatoes, again, not green, but sweet potatoes have a very blood nourishing liver qi function. And the leaves of sweet potatoes are delicious just sauteed as a green vegetable. Beetroot and beetroot leaves, as I mentioned. Mushrooms, I know you love mushrooms, but all mushrooms are really yin nourishing, blood nourishing, and wood ear fungus is something that I've been adding in more of lately. Wood ear mushrooms or black fungus. Mason: (19:36) Sauteing those or doing them in a soup? Kimberly Ashton: (19:39) All of the above. So, I get them fresh, but also I always have dried ones in my kitchen cupboards. So, if you're using dried ones, just rehydrate them for about an hour. So, I would put them whole in a stir fry, or I like to slice them really thin and put them in noodle soups or even fried rice. And then more Western dishes you can... I'm not sure how many people listening are familiar with seaweeds or sea vegetables, but RMA. If you get some RMA and then also the black fungus and slice them up really small, you could put that with some lentils or meat, and make a pie or a pastry filling or Shepherd's pie. Kimberly Ashton: (20:23) So, you get quite creative with how you use black fungus. You don't need to just make an Asian noodle soup or in a stir fry. You can put them into Western dishes as well. But, yeah. They're ideally rehydrated or used fresh. So, they're really good for nourishing the liver as well. And then good old red dates, or jujube dates. They're good for everything in Chinese medicine. I know you have them in quite a few of your blends as well, but I just eat them as a snack, or I chop them up and steep them in hot water as a tea. Mason: (20:59) Are you sourcing them... Because I remember, it was... Oh gosh. At the markets I used to be up at Frenchs Forest Market, we got a grower, a local grower, who used to come and- Kimberly Ashton: (21:08) There is one here, yeah. I get them from them. Mason: (21:10) Is that who you get it from? Kimberly Ashton: (21:11) Yeah. They're called Pickle Hill. Mason: (21:15) That's an appropriate name. Pickles as well- Kimberly Ashton: (21:18) I think so. I think they have a lot of citrus, and then they have plums. And then I don't know when, but more recently, but I think it's been a few years, they have the jujube dates and a lot of them. And they're delicious and they'll go and... Yeah. Mason: (21:36) Chinese red date, citrus, and then a stone fruit. That's pure spring qi, liver qi contributor. They're like pickled liver hill. Kimberly Ashton: (21:45) Yes. No wonder I like them so much, but yeah. It's been really good to get more local produce, as much as possible. So, those are good for building the liver. So, if anyone listening is having liver issues, whether it's liver qi stagnation or menstrual issues, look at the liver for sure. In any season, but now's a good time to really nourish that. Mason: (22:11) I mean, just quickly just catch everyone up. I think there's a few distinctions around why the recommendation is there if you just get a little reminder of the basic function of... Into the liver wood system and the liver organ. One of them being the storage of blood, and there's a lot of damage that comes to the liver qi, the flow of liver qi, when there's [inaudible 00:22:33] and no blood. Qi is pushing along and there's not actually enough in there, and especially for women being run by blood and men run by qi. Still for men, it happens for us in other ways. But, yeah. So, I guess you're talking to jujube and there's other elements of this diet which are blood building. But it is always nice to remember that the spleen contribution and the kidney contribution is always there and building the blood so that the liver isn't deprived. And then it's the natural cleansing of the blood. And so, that the blood isn't toxic, which I think everyone can just be like, yeah, of course. All these things that you're recommending are beautifully cleansing to the blood. I guess the chief factor is, if your liver qi is stagnating or interrupted, the liver is responsible for distributing and for the smooth flow of qi being distributed to the rest of the body. Kimberly Ashton: (23:29) To the whole body. Yeah. And if people are wondering, how do they know if their liver is blocked or stuck, apart from the obvious things or even more Western views, like fatty liver or there's lots of Western nutrition and diagnosis. But then there's the Chinese physical, but also energetic. So, I heard you recently talk about bamboo and being adaptable, so it's more like when people think of a tree in this season, it's like a big, old tree trunk, that's stuck and stubborn, which we can be, but ideally we're creating more of a soft supple bamboo wood element, rather than being too fixed. And that goes into diets as well. We don't want to get too stuck in a box of, oh, Mason and Kimberly said, I've got to eat this, this and this. It's not that kind of approach in Chinese medicine. But definitely not in the spring season. We want to listen to the body and see what it wants and what it feels like. If it wants salad or if it wants steamed greens, or if it wants stir fried greens. Kimberly Ashton: (24:34) There's many ways you can cook your food and I'll get to that as well. But definitely there is a softness to it. And the next thing I want to share is also the liver heat, because that can be a big problem to getting blockage in the system, in this season as well. So, whilst we said not to jump into too many cold things or cool things at the beginning of the session, if we need to, then we need to look at things like peppermint, nettle, as I mentioned, green tea and also rose bud or rose petal tea is very, very nice in this season. And for anybody, men or women with any liver issues or anger issues or frustration issues, could be physical, it could be emotional. It's a very soothing, calming, cooling ingredient. So, there's so much to draw from in terms of food and flowers and herbs in this season. We can really utilise them. Mason: (25:34) And the only other one flower really jumping out at me right now in that list is the chrysanthemum- Kimberly Ashton: (25:41) Yeah. That's good too. Mason: (25:44) ...just draining the heat down. And so that the liver isn't just sending it up. Kimberly Ashton: (25:48) Yeah. A funny story, a true story about chrysanthemum. When I first started getting into Chinese medicine and food and herbs, back in China, my TCM doctor would say, "You need to eat these foods." And she didn't mean go and eat a bucket of them, but that's what I... Chrysanthemum was one of them. Kimberly Ashton: (26:07) Okay. Yeah. So, with chrysanthemums, it was in the height of summer in Shanghai and it's very, very hot and humid there. So, whatever she said, I would take in large doses. And she didn't think to tell me how much. With chrysanthemum I've overdosed on chrysanthemum. I would take like a whole handful and drink a cup a day, and it made my spleen and stomach a little bit too cold. So, everything in moderation, including all the food that I mentioned. Mason: (26:34) One of the symptoms, have a freezing hand, and just too much heat strain from it. Kimberly Ashton: (26:38) I did. I think the heat did go away. It was great. But yeah, just causes a little bit of sensitivity in the gut, and a little bit of diarrhoea, susceptibility to different things. So, chrysanthemums are great. I save it personally for summer, and enjoy it a lot. But it depends on the person. So, absolutely. Mason: (26:59) I love hearing... I mean, because chrysanthemum, it does fall into that category of a tonic herb, and I love how classical Chinese medicine, but especially regimented, a westernised traditional Chinese medicine, there's a lot of stagnancy and there's a lot of distrust in people going about and engaging in herbalism on their own accord. The practitioner controls it, but I love... The role of the practitioner is to help to eliminate disease and for the longest term possible, so therefore it's lifestyle based. And a tonic herb there like chrysanthemum, and for you at that time, you're like, cool. Like whiz bang, great. Mason: (27:45) You said chrysanthemum, I'm going to go hard and charge hard. And sometimes that pays off for you. And then in this instance, you've just gone and done some cooling, got some diarrhoea, so what happened? I knew I put basically in too much and that's what happens, and I know the ramifications. And it's a tonic herb, so it's not relative, it's not toxic. You can't do too much damage, as long as you've been somewhat sensible. And you learned about your body, you learned about respecting a herb, understanding the energetics. And so, I can just sense, for you, you've developed a relationship there and an insight in yourself, and it's something I try and make sure everyone remembers when it's on the journey of tonic herbalism, whatever. Or diet, and you do something wrong. Like damn. It's like, no. Look. Look at what you've got now. You've got more experience. You've gained insight. You understand nuance a little bit more. So, I just always like reminding that, because sometimes people can be like, why isn't this working exactly the way that I want it to straight away? It's like, because it's a dance. Kimberly Ashton: (28:45) Yep. Absolutely. And to add to that, you need to feel it. I mean, my world is with food, so don't just trust what I say and say sprouts are good or leaks or asparagus are great. When you eat, feel what it's doing for you, and later that day or the next day, and then if it's not working for you, then stop. We've lost a lot of this listening to the body or the stomach or different organs. If I drink peppermint tea, I enjoy it, and I'm like, oh, it's cooling me, I can feel it here. And maybe it's taken a lot of time, and as you've said, different experiences, but it is an opportunity. Every meal is an opportunity to feel into the body and listen to what it needs or how it reacts. Kimberly Ashton: (29:31) And then I do want to also mention another good ingredient at this time. It is green, it's mung beans, a fantastic ingredient at this time of year. It's very cooling, very high in protein. It's so versatile, you can do so much with it. So, I want to make sure to mention, if you're going to eat mung beans, now's the time, spring and summer. Really good in Western cooking, obviously Indian dahls and curries as well. And in China, it's pretty much green bean soup. That's about the only way they know how to do it, but I mash it. I cook it and make it into a burrito filling. Or you can do it with Indian spices. Just be careful of Indian spices at this time, because a lot of them are quite warming, so not for everyone. But, yeah. Also a really good ingredient to add in. So, get some mung beans. Anything green and mung beans. Mason: (30:24) Anything green. I mean the other... You know what I get attracted to, I can't remember what book I read it in, but it was just like, look at the greens, look at things that are growing on vines. Look at how, this time of year, the vines explode. And I'm like, oh yeah. That's the wood element right there. And so, yeah. I'm always... Like the peas and beans and snow peas this time of year. I think you might have mentioned some of them already, but just want to reiterate. Kimberly Ashton: (30:49) Absolutely. So, in the peas and beans section, yeah. Anything that's... Whether it's a green pea... And most people have frozen peas, not that I'm encouraging frozen foods, but definitely anything that's green. Edamame as well is really nice, fava beans. Again, it's energetic so watch what nature is naturally producing. If you're fortunate enough to grow your own food or have a veggie patch, then you would have hopefully planted those and you'll reap the benefits of that coming to fruition now. Yeah. So, those are the main foods. I also wanted to talk about foods, because it's TCM and there's always yin and yang, and two sides to the story, so you can eat as much kale or leek or asparagus or fennel. I forgot artichokes by the way, which is actually my logo, but that is what I love. Kimberly Ashton: (31:40) That's also a really good one for liver qi, and yeah, it's so high in fibre and flavour and all of it. So, it's a short season that we can get them here anyway, but I highly recommend them. But foods not to eat are really important. I did a post on this, I think it was a few weeks ago, and I had so many people write because the first one I put, or maybe it was the last point, was peanut butter. And so many people wrote to me complaining, going why can't I eat peanut butter? And going [crosstalk 00:32:10] exactly. But going back to your point on feeling, I'm like, I didn't say you can't eat peanut butter. I was just saying, feel into it and see if your liver likes the peanut butter. So, any of these nut butters, anything with lots of oil or fat. So, that includes deep fried foods, heavy cheeses. Not that anybody listening would be eating fried chicken, but you never know. Mason: (32:31) Every now and then, maybe in the middle of travelling, you go to a really great Korean restaurant. Kimberly Ashton: (32:39) Absolutely. That's the place to have it. But, yeah. So, just watch out in the spring season as well. So, don't overburden the liver. You can have all that rich, oily, comforting, nourishing food, more in autumn/winter. That leads into different ways of cooking as well. But definitely be careful if your liver is having issues. If your liver is fine, then go for the peanut butter or almond butter, it's up to you. Mason: (33:04) Yeah. Well, I mean, I was never keto, but I used to enjoy going down the route of more of a high-fat raw food diet. And this would always be the season where it fell down, and I could see my bowel movements weren't as great. I don't think I was willing to admit to myself that the excess coconut oil at the time, and even now, just with... Maybe it's the buttery tonics, a huge amount of avocados, a huge amount of olive oil that I used to eat as well. All those things, I just watched my digestion slip at this time. And I think that was the first time I started opening up to the variants of the way my diet worked, because going into winter, it feels really great for my protein and my fat intake to go up. Mason: (33:59) And then it's just a matter of being adaptable enough to not drag it into this stage. I think this is where a lot of people... This is the season where a lot of people want a hardcore keto diet, or a carnivore diet, that kind of... Or even just a ketogenic style, raw food or vegetarian or whatever it is, you can see and you can undeniably feel that little bit of queasiness that can emerge and gives you a little bit of a ugh, like your body can't handle that fat. And so, just really good advice. I've just got to say, it's palpable at this time of year. Kimberly Ashton: (34:36) Yes, absolutely. So, just noticing those small things, and it's just a small adjustment. I don't think I said alcohol as well, just to finish that section up. But I'm just noticing and feeling into the body. Okay. Maybe before summer and party season and more alcohol, or moving out of winter and heavy cheeses, or nut butters or whatever it is, just to make that small adjustment, just to get the body through this transition season of spring. Mason: (35:06) Liver cops a lot and it's going to cop the excess, so it's recreational- Kimberly Ashton: (35:14) It's all the excess. Mason: (35:14) ...drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, coffee. They have lots of fat, lots of protein, sugar, booze, any of those, if you hit them, if you keep on going in excess, it's a good time to reevaluate if you're leaning on any of them and doing them in excess, and try and pull it in. And then balance out with the greens, the fibres, the array of colours on the side of that dominance of green. It's a really good season for that. Kimberly Ashton: (35:38) Absolutely. Yeah. And so, this idea of detox in Western nutrition is a great time for exactly what you just said with all that excess, but in Chinese medicine, it's never eliminating one. It's also about adding in and rebalancing on our nourishing. So, definitely we can use Western terms like alkalizing or cleansing or that kind of thing. Mason: (35:59) Nah. Kimberly Ashton: (36:01) But we can, but we can apply it to food and TCM concepts. I like to bridge them together. And on that note as well, with some functional foods, I'm a big fan of functional foods. I'll just mention two great ones for this season. One is shiitaki mushroom, and one is daikon radish. If you can get dried daikon radish, even better. Mason: (36:26) What daikon, sorry? Kimberly Ashton: (36:28) Daikon radish, but dried. Mason: (36:30) Dried. Right. Kimberly Ashton: (36:31) Yeah. So, it looks like... It's like an off beige, or off yellow, off white colour. So, those two are really cleansing. I use the words melting fat quite loosely, but it actually can help with the liver and the gallbladder, release or melt. Mason: (36:53) I mean, because we've talked a lot of bitterness within the greens. Within Chinese medicine, we're looking at... It's like a sour flavour though, being associated with liver. And hearing you talk about the melting of the fat, that's always... I feel that contribution comes in from those bitter greens and that cleansing and getting that roughage in to support that process. But when you bring up... For some reason, when you bring up daikon, the reason I then go and start associating with sour is because I used to pickle. I used to ferment my daikon. And when I think about it and when I think about lemon and lime and citruses during this time and that sourness, I can always feel that contribution of them, just going in and helping that fat to melt away, or just being contributed to... It's taking it along in this process in digestion. Kimberly Ashton: (37:51) Yeah. Yep. Absolutely. And I know daikon is more of a metal element vegetable, but yeah. We could, as you said, have some pickled or all the other beautiful radishes as well. Or if we need more functionally or medicinally in a detox or spring diet, a little bit of the dried radish and the dried shiitake can just add, purely on a functional level, to help the liver and gallbladder along their way of processing all the oils. And then, I definitely want to touch on the flavours of the season. So, sour, and then we can wrap up with cooking styles, my favourite. But definitely the citrus, I'm a huge lime fan. Lemons are okay. Grapefruit is really wonderful in this season. We really like the ruby grapefruits at the moment. But, yeah. If we can start getting in more of that, whether it's just consciously buying them and snacking on them, or putting them into a salad, or getting creative with the juices of them as well. Kimberly Ashton: (38:57) And I always like to remind people, in every traditional diet, whether it's German or Japanese or Italian or whatever it is, there was always some sort of radish or lemon or parsley or coriander, to help digest a meal. And we've also lost a little bit of that, I feel, in modern food culture. We don't have these herbs and functional ingredients to help us build a meal, digest a meal, cleanse after a meal. And traditionally all food, all dishes, had five flavours, in maybe not one dish, but in a meal. So, it's great to say yes, sour is good for the wood element, but it doesn't mean to say that we have vinegar or lemons on everything. I could, I actually really enjoy it. Mason: (39:41) Me too. I can put it in and go all over everything. Kimberly Ashton: (39:44) Me too. The food is just the carrier for the vinegar actually. Mason: (39:49) It's just the delivery system for the vinegar that I truly crave. Kimberly Ashton: (39:53) You must have a strong word element as well. Mason: (39:55) Yes, I do. Kimberly Ashton: (39:58) Yeah. So, definitely looking at apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, any vinegar really, but starting to get that into... A little bit. Again, everything in moderation. Mason: (40:09) God, I'm excited. One thing is champagne vinegar, white wine vinegar. Kimberly Ashton: (40:11) Yeah. Mason: (40:12) Oh gosh. I'm like, yes, yes. You're speaking my language. And just bringing up that element, that sour element, like the side, whether it's a radish and Tarny... We just get the radishes and just shave them and make quickles with them. It's like no time at all for you to have that at the start of your meal prep, and by the end of it, you've got some really decent pickles and they'll sit there for a couple of weeks and be that side. Kimberly Ashton: (40:41) Yes. Mason: (40:42) So, do you feel that way in spring, like the nattos, even in a kimchi, or even getting misos and kefirs and [inaudible 00:40:53] and all those kinds of things, do they fit in at this time of year for that flavour profile? Kimberly Ashton: (40:58) Absolutely. Yeah. For those short-term pickles, like you said, the quick ones, quickles. I like that quick pickle, medium pickle, or long pickle, absolutely. For a long pickle, that'd be more in winter because we're also adding more salt. So, salt is very yang and more of a winter element. But absolutely, it's a nice time. Something we also do, it's a little bit more on the Japanese side, is called a... Like a pressed salad, similar to what you just said. So, you could just get some cabbage or any veggies, but cabbage works well, a bit of vinegar and you just massage it with your hands, and then you let it sit for while. Very similar to what you just said with the shave. So, trying to get a little bit of raw vegetables, a little bit of sourness, but again, building it slowly, rather than saying here's a bowl full of vegetables with vinegar on it, ease our way into that. Kimberly Ashton: (41:50) But definitely starting to add a little bit of the kimchi as well. Again, depending on your digestion and whether you want the chilli or not. But definitely starting to have some sourness through... I'm not a big lemon water person, where you drink lemon water all day, everyday, but now would be a good time to maybe a couple of times a week start to have a bit of that. I prefer just to eat grapefruits and all the citrus fruits. But definitely, yeah. Adding them in where you can. If you wanted to take it to desserts as well. I love raw food. I love lime cheesecake. It's my favourite thing. So, starting to even change your desserts, and flavours, and making them a little bit lighter and fresh with those citrus flavours. Mason: (42:39) Change the rules and just say, cashews are good at all times during the year. They are the base of those raw cakes. That was a time... That was the other thing about being a raw foodie. You're like, it's healthy, it's a healthy key lime cake, or it's a chocolate cake. What's the base? Just a shit load of cashews. Kimberly Ashton: (42:57) Yeah. So, if you have liver qi stagnation, not too many rich, nut based desserts, because the first thing an acupuncturist will say, if you have liver qi stagnation is how many nuts and seeds? Seeds not so much, but nuts can be quite heavy in those quantities. Yeah. I actually prescribe desserts to people. I'm like, you need to eat more desserts. They're like, "What?" Because there are a lot of people with... I mean, I deal a lot with spleen and liver energies. I actually have an ebook just on liver qi stagnation, by the way. It's the first one we wrote with some recipes in there, no raw desserts in there, unfortunately. Or fortunately. Mason: (43:36) Fortunately for the liver. Kimberly Ashton: (43:36) Fortunately for the liver. But we do tend to have a lot of salt in our diets, or a lot of sugar, but we don't tend to have good quality, relaxing, sweet flavours or sweet vegetables even. And that can impact both ways with the liver as well. So, that can contribute to stagnation and tension, frustration and anger. Mason: (44:02) I mean, sorry to interject again, the use of relaxing desserts and tying in with what you said then around the liver stagnation and that frustration. Then that anger and the liver, I guess another function we haven't talked about is the liver being responsible for helping smooth muscle, remain smooth and the peripheral nervous system not being tight. Kimberly Ashton: (44:25) Yeah. And fascia and tendons. Mason: (44:29) Fascia, tendons, yeah. Can you talk to us more about relaxing desserts? Kimberly Ashton: (44:35) Yeah. So, the opposite of the sour would be sweet, which is why it works really well in many dishes and cuisines. But a lot of us use sugar in terms of a stimulant, and I'm talking white refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup and all those bad things, which are in a lot of commercial desserts, pastries, beverages, ice cream, things like that. But it's really the body craving something to relax, to let out a sigh, or calm down after a busy day at work, or social media or whatever it is, looking after the kids. We get a lot of tension built up and the spleen, stomach really just want to relax. So, we can do that with desserts. We're just eating, for the most part, the wrong desserts, for lack of a better word. Kimberly Ashton: (45:24) Whereas if we have things that are soft and creamy and things like tofu pudding or creme caramel, or there are a lot of fantastic Asian desserts, like bean soups, bean pastes. Smoothies to an extent as well, just no ice. That can be a better option. Then lots of chocolate, which is heaty and with refined sugar, for example, like commercial chocolate. Or ice cream, which shocks the spleen, or too many dried foods like cakes and muffins. So, it's more about getting healthy sweeteners and healthy ingredients. So, like a carrot juice is actually really relaxing to the body, compared to another beverage or a dessert. Mason: (46:11) This is always where dessert... I don't know where to sit on it. My body generally doesn't enjoy it, probably because it's cold or it's heavily... Heavy amount of sugar. As well as just in my mind, it's like at the moment we've got good seasonal fruits. It's the time of berries and there's grapes and then all the pit containing fruit, so plums and apricots and peaches and nectarines are a natural choice. And putting them on top of a meal that's got a little bit of... I guess we haven't talked about protein yet, but springtime for me, I like having a little side of protein since that's such a building part of the liver that it's an appropriate amount, not excess meat. Mason: (46:55) Not excess beans or legumes or anything like that, but a nice little side. And then putting any sugar on top of that... Have you got any little combination techniques? I know there's alcoholic drinks, digestives that have been taken around that time, but maybe that aren't cocktail based that we can just help that, I don't know, that process of... Or maybe just bring some further distinction around putting natural sugars even, like berries, on top of a meal that contains proteins and fibres. Kimberly Ashton: (47:25) Yeah. I definitely don't suggest eating them together, and I'm actually... As much as I love desserts, and I was just saying to prescribe them or to encourage people, I like to have them in between meals. So, if it was late afternoon, it's actually a really good time to have... Afternoon tea is actually energetically or even the 24 hour Meridian clock system, is a good time to have something, if that works for you in your day. Or if it's after dinner, which I'm assuming more on top of a meal is what you're referring to, I wouldn't actually have it on top of a meal or right after. Leave a bit of time. Let the body digest because definitely having all those... As amazing as nectarines and berries are, a lot of fruit on top of beans or chicken or whatever, is not going to work so well in digestion. So, yeah. I would separate them just purely by the time. Mason: (48:20) Moving dessert to afternoon tea is such a revelation. I'm like, of course. Of course. Kimberly Ashton: (48:26) Yeah. At four... I mean, I don't even have a slump, a lot of people do, and that's when they reach for chocolate or cake or things like that. And I don't have it every day, but it's a good idea. Depending on when you exercise, because I also like to work out or do yoga and things at four or five, that's just... So, it really depends. You have to work dessert into your day or week, maybe week. But definitely after dinner is- Mason: (48:49) You practise. Kimberly Ashton: (48:50) Into your practise, dessert practise. That would be good. But no, if you're going to have it after dinner, I mean, ideally have an early enough dinner, then you can have a break and then maybe have something sweet. But, yeah. I wouldn't suggest it necessarily [inaudible 00:49:03] purely for food combining. But, yeah. And then let me quickly share also some cooking for spring. I'm big on different styles of cooking as well. So, with the five elements with different seasons, adjusting the way you cook. I don't tend to use the oven so much in spring or in summer. It's not like I never do it, and again, depending where you live. If you live in Tasmania or, I don't know, Sweden or somewhere where it's not super hot in summer, then it doesn't matter. Kimberly Ashton: (49:35) But for the most part, I'm more of a fan of steaming, blanching, boiling, some broths instead of heavy soups from winter, you can still have beautiful lighter soups. One of my favourite soups is a bunch of different green things, fennels in there, green peas, broccoli, spinach. There's one more. I think I put a potato in there and you boil it and then you blend it. So, it's a green blended soup. Very light, very cleansing. And the fennel is super tasty, so lighter soups. And then a quick saute. So, just something light and fresh. And then maybe, as you said, adding a little bit of pickle or raw, I don't know, a little [inaudible 00:50:18] salad on the side or steamed asparagus. Yeah, some sprouts. So, just thinking in terms of a lighter and fresh approach, rather than boiling and slow cooking and baking, which is more autumn/winter. So, yeah. You can get seasonal with food, and you can get seasonal with cooking styles as well, which will help you adjust to that transition of the spring season. Mason: (50:46) Yeah. And I guess, even if you are habitual in... I know sometimes I'm like, oh my gosh, I am using the oven a lot. And my mind goes I'm not meant to in this season, not meant to. I'm like, okay. I think, right now I've got my meals, I've got my style, just adding the freshness, adding pickle, and then slowly bringing in the other cooking styles. I mean, it's such a good reminder that maybe we get some cobwebs on the oven during- Kimberly Ashton: (51:18) Yeah. It's okay. During the next few months. And again, as I said, it's not that you can't use it. It's more about learning what your body needs and when you need it. So, for example, say you are going hardcore raw food from now until Christmas. And then suddenly in December you think, ah, I need more energy or I need more, we call it yang things. You can go to different foods or herbs or the oven, or the slow cooker, in the middle of summer if you need that energy and that quality from your food. So, nothing is set in stone. It's more about adjusting for your lifestyle, or that condition of your body and mind on the day or that week. So, you don't have to stop using the oven, but ease up on the oven after winter. Mason: (52:06) Yeah. Just getting a few salads going. Like I'm really just back in salad season. Kimberly Ashton: (52:10) Yeah. Salad, it's great... As you said, it can be a meal or it could be a side, half a meal or even less. But just last point on the oven. A lot of people will argue with me and say, "I want to have bread." Well, you can eat bread whenever you want, that's fine. But a lot of traditional cultures actually steamed their bread and not just in Asia. So, the idea of... If you just think of a steamed sourdough versus a pretzel or [inaudible 00:52:39] and dry rye bread, there's a very different quality. They're both good, but there's a very different quality that it'll bring to you as well. So, yeah. Start getting curious about steaming things or different ways to prepare food or warm it or energise it. Mason: (52:58) I love the approach because ultimately I see everyone developing and allowing the emergence of their own food culture, their own personal culture. Hopefully not in just taking from other cultures, but respecting the entire tradition, and just seeing what the appropriate spillover is, towards you and your life, while you respect the entire lineage of what it took to bring us this wisdom. I think that's always important. But naturally there is a practical emergence of what you and your family on this land do. And there's going to be contributions from many areas. For me, it's always going to be my four or so years I had as a raw foodist that are going to inform something. I really love the French, Italian living kitchen. Italian mama, lots of aromatics there. I've got that beautiful grounding and insight though, from Chinese medicine, reminding me to tune in with the seasons, tune in with the alteration and maybe changing up of what the energy of the meal is, thanks to the cooking and the sourcing. Mason: (54:07) And the type of food, what that's going to bring to my body. And notice that, wow, that actually, I'm feeling very different. I'm feeling... I don't know. Not as edgy, not as angry. I moved through my anger a little bit more. And it can be that obvious, just through having that slight... You've maybe taken the rules for a little bit, as I did, and then going, well, hang on. I can throw the rulebook a little bit out here because they've just pointed me towards what is possible for me to perceive. And I think it's been important to remember that, for me, I'm also balanced out with that around ancestral style diets, but I don't want to live fully in that indoctrination of any one of those. Those are my influences and they all balance each other out and bring an emergence. But I've got to say, Chinese medicine is that one that keeps me grounded and keeps me in sync with the... Not just off with what my mind thinks I need, but in sync with my actual environment and how my body is relating to the environment. Kimberly Ashton: (55:06) Yeah. And just to reemphasize the word feeling. It's like, how do you feel about food? Oh, I like this. No. But how do you actually feel when you eat something? And as you mentioned, just to come back into the body and to centre and make food choices from a point of empowerment, if you like, or embodiment. Very trendy words, but really understanding what your body needs, rather than just seeing an ad on TV or at the food court or whatever, and then just eating. But actually understanding what your body needs. It will take a while for sure. And I love, like you said, drawing on different food cultures and flavours and wisdoms. But they all essentially have the same... Whether it's an Italian grandma or a Japanese grandma, they understood food and they knew it intuitively and innately. Kimberly Ashton: (55:59) Like if you were sick, you'd have this herb. They'd just know these things and we've lost that as well. So, it's exciting though, I feel, that in terms of food and nutrition has really changed globally a lot. And things like [inaudible 00:56:15] Chinese medicine, there's a lot of interest in it. And food as energy is a wonderful... I was going to say new, but it's an old topic that people are getting re-introduced to, and that's where my heart lies. It's like, flavor's good. Cooking is good. But how do you actually feel when you eat the food is something that we need to tap back into. Mason: (56:36) And then we've only just gone over what you faced... In the beginning, it was just like, what's on the shopping list, what are we looking out for? Basic intentions, basic cooking styles. And then, I know you go in, like you mentioned, the Italian mamas and grandfathers and all that. It was just they were like, we know that the tomato with the basil leaf, with the olive oil and salt, there's wisdom in that combination. That's just not random. And I know you go into that in other ways. Just for people, this is a 3D, 4D and 5D conversation that does go deeper, and we'll keep on bringing Kim on, but you can go and check out... What's your best website, where's the best place? Qi Food Therapy, I love your Instagram. Kimberly Ashton: (57:22) Yes. Qifoodtherapy.com is where to find me. And there's some eBooks and an e-course and more and more. I've got three or four things that I'm working on, which is really exciting. So, be great to connect with people there, and they can pop their email for the newsletter. Yeah. Mason: (57:42) Qi is spelled the proper way. Q-I. Kimberly Ashton: (57:46) Qi. Mason: (57:47) Qifoodtherapy.com. Yeah. Follow Kim on Instagram as well. You've got lots of IDTVs, which are really great resources. You're really generous with your video content I find. Kimberly Ashton: (57:59) Thank you. Mason: (57:59) It's really... That's great. I tune in every now and then, just go and see, just go and get a little... Glean off a little insight around what I'm doing with my diet, when I'm clicking into... I just click into auto mode with life and family and that, and I just go, Jesus, what am I doing here? Where am I? Spring? Okay. Kimberly Ashton: (58:17) I'll do more kitchen ones. I've been out of the kitchen for a little bit, but I think it's time to come out of retirement. Because my joy and passion is being in the kitchen. Not just talking. Mason: (58:28) Well, I think everyone's enjoyed this. I'm sure everyone will be getting greens and doing beetroot juice and getting onto... Maybe switching up into matchas and maybe letting some cobwebs form on the oven a little bit, getting into steaming. And, yeah. I think it's been great. It's been a great reminder and touch base and I'm really happy that we'll get to introduce everyone to you on the podcast now. And we'll... Yeah. They'll just appreciate it so much, really inspiring, really concise, which is nice as well. Really practical information, which I know we all... But the ability to go very deep, which is I think something we all appreciate. Kimberly Ashton: (59:05) It's been a pleasure. Thank you so much for having me. Mason: (59:08) Hopefully we catch you for some summer vibes. Kimberly Ashton: (59:11) Yeah. Mason: (59:13) Enjoy your double wood spring. Kimberly Ashton: (59:15) Thank you. Mason: (59:16) See you. Kimberly Ashton: (59:16) Bye. Dive deep into the mystical realms of Tonic Herbalism in the SuperFeast Podcast!