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TRT Revolution Podcast

Jay Campbell is the Amazon Best Selling author of three change-making books in the optimization health care space. The 2018 release and #1 overall Men’s Health book, The Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Living a Fully Optimized Life. The 2017 IF masterpiece, The Metabolic Blowtorch Diet-The Ultimate Guide for Optimizing Intermittent Fasting: Burn Fat, Preserve Muscle, Enhance Focus and Transform Your Health. The 2015 released and #1 5 Star Rated book of all time on TRT/TOT, The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy MANual: How To Optimize Your Testosterone For Lifelong Health and Happiness. Jay is also the Founder of TOTRevolution.com and the TOT Revolution Podcast. Jay, along with his wife Monica, also founded FabFitOver40.com which is the top online destination for fitness over 40 information.
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Jun 18, 2019

The greatest barrier to optimization isn’t just the structures of the healthcare industry, but also the attitudes and mindsets so many people have towards it. Why is it dangerous to be so dogmatic about how healthcare should work? What are some of the things we need to align in order to be healthier? What are some of the challenges doctors face as they switch from the traditional healthcare system to optimization? On this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Bonner who shares how he left the sick care system and why he isn’t looking back.

 

Four Takeaways

  • If you’re dogmatic about medicine and sticking to the traditional system, you’ll get left behind and lose your health in the process.  
  • The information taught in the traditional study of medicine is very different from what doctors need to learn in optimization.
  • Everything that’s wrong with healthcare goes back to Big Pharma. They want men on ED medication and SSRIs so they can make more money. 

  • Screens destroy your optic nerve, and rewires your dopaminergic pathways.

At the beginning of the show, Dr. Bonner shared how he got started, and what led him down the path of optimization personally and professionally. Next, we talked about why it’s so challenging to switch from traditional medical training to functional medicine. We also discussed about why Big Pharma can be blamed for all the issues in healthcare.  

 

We also discussed;

  • How devices compromise sleep
  • Why you shouldn’t block estrogen
  • The metformin conspiracy

For many physicians who have been trained on the sick-care model, the idea of leaving that system is something they would never dare to do. Not only does it expose them to judgement, and possible financial setbacks, it also goes against every single thing they are taught in medical school. Most of these people are just too set in their ways, too dogmatic and too afraid to change; but as the optimization becomes more necessary, these people will get left behind.

 

Guest Bio-

Dr. Bonner is a board-certified anesthesiologist and Functional Health Physician. After being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that was not well addressed within the acute care model practiced in the United States, his foundation of medical knowledge was shaken. Dissatisfied with the potential side effects of the treatment prescribed by my endocrinologist, he looked to alternative therapies. Go to https://thewelldoc.com/ for more information and check out Dr. Bonner’s YouTube channel.

Jun 11, 2019

People are constantly encouraged to lift weights, but often the methods and equipment they use fail to change their physique and even cause injury. What is at the root of inefficient weight lifting that plagues so many workouts? How can you get your central nervous system to help you build muscle? What is the X3 Bar, and why it is the secret to growing muscle and reducing joint pain?

On this episode, I’m joined by author, entrepreneur and founder of the X3 Bar, Dr. John Jaquish, who shares how his invention is making a real impact in helping people grow stronger.

Being strong and lean are the two biggest determinants of long life. -Dr. John Jaquish

 

Three Takeaways

  • You don’t just go to the gym to lift weights. You go to contract muscle fibers to build up your muscles and bone density.

  • A lot of the soreness people experience after lifting isn’t caused by lactic acid. It’s just joint damage, which doesn’t do anything for your muscles.

  • Think of the central nervous system as an engineering team of deaf and blind entities in your body that can only communicate based on the environment you create in the body.

  • When you do fasted cardio, you reduce growth hormone and increase cortisol. When you lift, you increase growth hormone, which is important in improving your skeletal health.

At the start of the show, John shared what led to the creation of The X3 Bar, and why triggering adaptation in older people is so powerful. Next, we talked about the lessons John learned from gymnasts and why people are more powerful in the impact-ready range of motion. We discussed how to communicate with the central nervous system, and how the X3 Bar triggers androgen receptor sensitivity.

 

We also discussed:

  • The dangers of high pain tolerance
  • The connection between The X3 Bar, testosterone and androgen receptors
  • The growth hormone effect of the X3 Bar


Going to the gym shouldn’t just be about how much we lift, but about contracting our muscles so that they grow. If our weightlifting is overloading our joints and underloading our muscle, there’s so much potential we’re leaving on the table. How we lift weights needs to help our central nervous system increase growth hormone. To do that you need to train at the right intensity in impact-ready positions. The body is incredibly efficient if we know exactly how to train it.

 

Guest Bio-

John Jaquish, PhD, is an author and the inventor of the most effective bone density building medical device, which has reversed osteoporosis for thousands and created more powerful and fracture resistant athletes. His devices were put into production, and has since been placed in over 300 clinics worldwide. Osteogenic loading has now helped over 20,000 individuals with their bone health. For more information, go to https://www.x3bar.com.

Jun 4, 2019

Everybody in the health world talks about the importance of protein, but it still remains grossly misunderstood. What is amino acid utilization, and what does it mean for us? What are the best foods for amino acid utilization? What happens when you don't get enough essential amino acids as it relates to protein turnover, healing, anabolism effect with training?

On this episode, I’m joined by legendary physician, author and founder of LifeWorks Medical Center, BodyHealth, and PerfectAmino, Dr. David Minkoff, who shares the truth about protein we all should know about.

 

We need healthy food and supplements so we can change the trend of society and the planet to save us from extinction. -Dr. David Minkoff

 

Three Takeaways

  • Different foods have different levels of amino acids and usability. Whole eggs are the best while whey and soy are really low in amino acids, and don’t move the needle.

  • When you eat whey protein, the body can’t use the amino acid so it takes off the nitrogen you’re just left with a carb.

  • You can’t make protein out of 3 amino acids, you need 8.

At the start of the show, Dr. David shared how he got started in alternative healthcare, and how his wife’s experience with mercury toxicity led him down that path. Next, we talked about whether autoimmune disorders are being caused by toxic particulates, and why all that has a lot to do with gut health and the intestines. We talked about proteins, amino acid utilization, and the best sources of protein.

 

We also discussed;

  • Why all proteins aren’t created equal
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Best diet for endurance athletes



The body’s ability to utilize the protein it digests isn’t just about eating any protein, it’s about eating the right kind of protein. Protein is made up of smaller units called amino acids, and in order to get the full benefit of utilization, you have to remember that not all amino acids are created equal. One gram of protein in one food isn’t the same as a gram in another, and you have to be extremely discerning about the protein you choose, because it determines how your body recovers, and how the amino acids reassemble. If you’re an athlete, a bodybuilder this is incredibly important. Remember, casein, collagen, egg whites, and BCAAs are not good enough proteins to perform the necessary functions and you can never go wrong with whole eggs.




Guest Bio-
Dr. Minkoff is a 42-time full-Ironman triathlete, having qualified and competed at the Kona World Championships 8 times. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, Dr. Minkoff’s interest in alternative and complimentary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which as become one of the largest alternative medical clinics in the US. Furthermore, his search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to found BodyHealth in 2000, to provide a resource for thousands of doctors to give them the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Dr. Minkoff continues as the medical director for his thriving medical practice while lecturing at national conferences annually, appearing as a guest on TV, radio and podcasts. He writes two weekly newsletters while also continuing his training for Ironman Triathlon. Go to http://www.lifeworkswellnesscenter.com/ for more information or https://www.bodyhealth.com/ to buy the products. To buy David’s book The Search for the Perfect Protein, go to https://geni.us/perfectprotein.

May 28, 2019

One of the biggest issues in the nutrition conversation is that people are misinformed about what helps and what hurts their bodies. Why is it dangerous for us to be too restrictive in what we eat? How can we avoid thyroid deficiencies? Why is it so important to dial-in our sleep? On this episode, I’m honored to be joined by professional bodybuilder and Vertical Diet founder, Stan Efferding, who talks about the health issues many mainstream diets cause and how his diet rectifies them.

Optimization is the collaboration between sleep, hydration, nutrition, and training; but sleep is the mothership. -Stan Efferding  

 

Three Takeaways

  • Many diets that women adopt are terrible for their biological systems. By only eating egg whites, you diminish biotin. If you cut out red meat, you lose iron. If you limit dairy, you diminish calcium.

  • You have to be able to fuel your body relative to its energy demands, not just focusing on macronutrients.

  • When you take salt out of your diet and then sweat out the salt you have in your body, you create iodine deficiency.

At the start of the show, Stan talked about how he got started and the biggest problem he sees with a lot of people when it comes to nutrition and weight loss: being misinformed and looking for shortcuts. Next, we talked about some of the health issues women face when they restrict their diets, and the problem with taking salt out of your diet. Stan also shared how his diet helps athletes eat based on their body’s needs.

 

We also discussed:

  • How lack of sleep affects all biological processes
  • The two key factors that are necessary in weight loss
  • Why diets shouldn’t be too restrictive

The hard truth about staying healthy is that the basics like sleep, hydration, and nutrition are necessary but boring. As a result, people jump onto the more exciting elements like performance enhancing drugs and trendy diet programs which end up doing more harm than good. To be optimized, you have to fuel the body to meet its energy demands and very often that means being flexible rather than restrictive. Don’t just focus on macronutrients, because micronutrients are also key. If you can be disciplined and consistent with the right kind of nutrition, you will truly be healthy— not just healthy-looking on the surface.

 

Guest Bio-

Stan Efferding is an IFBB Professional bodybuilder, a World Record Holding Powerlifter and founder of the Vertical Diet. He is one of only 10 men in the world to ever total over 2,300 pounds raw in competition. Stan holds the title as the World’s Strongest Bodybuilder.

Stan studied Exercise Science at the University of Oregon and has been training high school, Collegiate, and Professional athletes for over 25 years.Stan conducts seminars all over the country for various sports and nutrition and training techniques. He has appeared in many magazines and writes for Muscular Development, Flex Magazine and Power Magazine.Stan is also a successful Entrepreneur having built three different start-up businesses into multi-million dollar companies. Go to https://stanefferding.com/ for more information.

May 21, 2019

Hair thinning and loss can have a negative impact on a man’s confidence, and often the people dealing with it don’t know what to do. What are some of the biggest strides medicine and surgery have made in solving this issue? How can laser light therapy, PRP, also be used to help? What does the treatment process entail? On this episode, leading hair transplant surgeon Dr. Alan Bauman shares on solutions for androgenetic alopecia.

Laser light therapy is a non-chemical, non-invasive and side-effect-free way to get better hair growth. -Dr. Alan Bauman

 

Four Takeaways

  • Laser lights cause an increase in energy production that’s going to rejuvenate skin, take away pain and improve the functioning of one of the most highly metabolic cell populations in your body: the hair follicle.

  • If you don’t have androgen sensitivity, no amount of testosterone will cause male pattern hair loss.

  • If you don’t have a viable follicle with hair over 2 mm in length, the only thing that will bring hair back is a transplant.

  • PRP for hair regeneration: There’s a dose-dependent response at the tissue level related to the concentration, and how stem cells mobilize. The more platelets concentrate, the better they mobilize and proliferate.  

At the start of the show, Dr. Alan shared how he got started, and why hair restoration doesn’t have to be painful. Next, we talked about how hair loss can impact your self-esteem and the use of low-level laser devices to regenerate growth. We also discussed whether all men on TRT will experience hair thinning or loss.

 

We also discussed:

  • How to create a physiologic regenerative effect with PRP
  • Compliance and how lifestyle plays a goal
  • The cost of a laser vs. topicals and medication

 

Losing hair is a challenge that leaves many people feeling like their youth and vitality is slipping away, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Investing in a laser light is one way you can start to get your hair back. If you buy a good quality one, it will last decades. PRP is another worthy solution that can help regenerate hair growth, but time is of the essence. For any androgenetic alopecia, if you want to save the maximum amount of hair, get started soon if you want the best result over time.

 

Guest Bio-

Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS, FISHRS is a full-time hair transplant surgeon who founded his medical practice in Boca Raton, FL in 1997 and has treated nearly 20,000 patients and performed over 8,000 hair transplant surgeries to date. He is the founder, CEO and medical director at Bauman Medical. For more information, go to https://www.baumanmedical.com/.

May 14, 2019

People are struggling to access hormone therapy all over the world. What are the benefits of TOT that it’s critics don’t seem to see? What options are available for those who genuinely want to optimize their health? On this episode, Sam Cook and Michael Kocsis of Balance my Hormones are here to discuss the options available in the UK.

TRT should be the first line of defense for treatment of anything. -Jay Campbell

 

Three Takeaways

  • There’s very little preventative medicine in the UK (or anywhere for that matter). Most medical systems are based on a sick care model.

  • In so many patients, optimizing testosterone has been the only thing able to treat anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking.

  • The UK has a private healthcare sector where patients can access TRT. This sector actually often ends up being more affordable for the patient, meaning there is an amazing opportunity for more people to benefit from optimization.

At the start of the episode, we discussed how TRT is viewed in Europe in general, and the UK in particular. We then spoke about the different options men have for optimization- namely, injections or topical cream. After discussing the merits of each, we agreed that there is a need for treatments to be prescribed according to each individual’s biochemical needs.

 

We also discussed;

  • That a lot of the doctors simply don’t know what they’re doing with optimization because they haven’t been trained correctly
  • Why you should choose between injections and cream, based on your needs and preference
  • That it’s becoming harder for high-profile sick care figures to discredit TRT

 

The TOT revolution is only just beginning. There is still considerable pushback all over the world, and doctors continue to shy away from TOT because their training has not taught them enough about hormones. However, there is hope for the future. More and more people are able to access the correct information about optimization. Plus, private sector TOT in the UK is surprisingly affordable. The revolution is in its early stages, but will only gain momentum as it progresses.

 

Guest Bio-

Michael Kocsis is the founder and Managing Director at Balance My Hormones Ltd. Michael is passionate about helping people with their hormone imbalances, so that they can become the best versions of themselves. Michael is at the forefront of the TRT revolution.

 

Sam Cook of Balance My Hormones Ltd strongly believes that patient experience is of huge importance. While he acknowledges that social media has become important to businesses, Sam advocates for giving patients the best possible care they can get.

 

To get hold of Sam and Michael and to find out more about Balance My Hormones, head to: www.balancemyhormones.co.uk

May 7, 2019

We’re taught how to take care of ourselves when we’re sick, but not how to prevent it from happening in the first place. How does our society lead us to believe that we need to live unhealthy lifestyles? Which bad habits are we developing because they’re seen as ‘normal’? On this episode, I’m joined by the host of ‘The Lifting Dermatologist’ Youtube channel, Dr. Steven Devos, to discuss the lies we’ve been taught about a normal lifestyle.

 

Three Takeaways

In most countries, medical schools do not teach students about hormones, prevention, or nutrition at all.

People who are genuinely concerned about their health are repeatedly demonized and ‘fit shamed’ for not abiding by unhealthy norms.

Enjoyment has been prioritized in our societies, and we’ve been taught that genuine enjoyment comes from unhealthy foods.

 

We also discussed:

  • That diet is about more than eating. Alcohol consumption is not ‘clean’ eating
  • How so many doctors and ministers of health fail to lead by example with their poor lifestyle choices
  • Why pharmaceutical companies are really providing you with medication to live longer

 

Almost everything the general public knows about so-called ‘healthcare’ comes from doctors. Those doctors are influenced by pharmaceutical companies, and it’s fair to say a large portion of them prescribe medication unnecessarily. Often, a lot of the things you’re treating with medication could also be solved by a lifestyle shift. Focus on keeping yourself healthy and block out the noise that suggests you should ‘enjoy’ yourself with unhealthy habits. Real enjoyment comes when you’re at your healthiest, most optimized self.

Guest Bio-

Dr. Steven Devos is a dermatologist based in Belgium. Having started his journey with testosterone therapy because of his inability to access hormones, today he is an advocate for using testosterone for body optimization. Dr. Devos started his own YouTube channel and has received amazing feedback for his phenomenal content.

Apr 30, 2019

With so many studies proving the importance and efficacy of testosterone, it’s infuriating when doctors don’t seem to take note. Why are so many medical professionals refusing to use testosterone in patients? Are any of the supposed risks even valid? On this episode, I’m joined by board-certified urologist and epigenetics expert, Dr. Tracy Gapin.

 

Three Takeaways

A lot of the supposed risks of using testosterone therapy are entirely false. For example, while testosterone was thought to be linked to prostate cancer, studies have shown that men with too little testosterone actually have a higher risk.

 

Medical schools do not teach students about the benefits of testosterone. This is a major reason why so many doctors don’t use it— they simply don’t have enough knowledge.

 

Testosterone has a bad reputation in the medical field because it has been misused for financial gain.

 

At the start of the episode, Dr. Tracy Gapin explained why he believes the current healthcare model is broken. He explained why he’s looking into preventative and proactive medicine, rather than waiting to get sick before finding solutions. We then spoke about why the medical industry needs to start looking at healthcare more holistically, and we shared observations on the depiction of testosterone in the media and in literature.

 

We also discussed:

  • That couples should get optimized together- this is a team process
  • Why you should consider doing DNA tests
  • How your environment and lifestyle significantly affect your health

For many doctors, the choice not to use testosterone therapeutically comes from a lack of knowledge, rather than bad intentions. Medical schools do not provide adequate knowledge of hormones. The reality is, there are so many factors involved in proactive medicine- from examining lifestyle to tailoring hormones to the patient’s needs. We need to take a more holistic approach to maintaining our health.

Guest Bio-

Dr. Tracy Gapin is a board-certified urologist and epigenetics expert. He’s the founder of Sarasota Prostate Care, as well as Smart Men’s Health. Dr Gapin is passionate about teaching people to live with intention and reclaim their health by focussing on their nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset.

 

To find out more about Dr Tracy Gapin, head to: www.drtracygapin.com

You can also download his e-book on health optimization at: www.ddgeblueprint.com

Apr 23, 2019

Many men are under the impression that high levels of estrogen are a bad thing, and have started taking AI’s as a result. Where does this assumption come from? Is there any truth to it at all? On this episode, medical research pioneer, Russ Scala is back to talk about the problem with prevailing views of estrogen.

 

Three Takeaways

Blocking estrogen is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body. By taking AI’s- even in tiny doses- you’ll damage your endothelial lining.

High estrogen levels do not exist. What is often misconstrued as high estrogen levels is actually high insulin, obesity and visceral fat.

A lot of what has come to be accepted about estrogen comes from the bodybuilding industry, not the medical industry. Make sure you’re concentrating on biological facts.

 

At the start of the episode, Russ and I discussed how paying attention to hormones could help doctors cure multiple ailments. We discussed that the reason doctors don’t pay attention to hormones is because basic biology doesn’t suit pharmaceutical companies’ business models. Both of us agreed that the sheer amount of disinformation online is further affecting the way we value estrogen.

 

We also discussed;

  • Why estrogen is important for your body’s functioning
  • That testosterone is not just linked to sex- it’s a life-giving hormone essential for both men and women
  • Why you have to educate yourself, rather than relying on doctors to have your best interest at heart

So much of what we’ve come to accept as normal comes from completely inaccurate theories. The popularity of online groups, frequented by body builders taking AI’s, means that those genuinely seeking advice are likely to be given false information. This is further complicated by the fact that a lot of doctors, backed up by pharmaceutical companies, are sharing disinformation for their financial gain. At the end of the day, what we need to do is be educated so that we can take care of ourselves- because no one else will.

 

Guest Bio-

Russ is the founder of Scala Precision Health. Coming from a family with a strong history in the medical industry, Russ became involved on the business during his teen years. After serving as a paramedic in the fire department in Central Florida, and the Orlando SWAT team, Russ has gone on to research health in athletes and now, everyday people. With access to testing facilities, research labs and more, Russ is now widely regarded as a medical research pioneer.

 

To find out more about Russ, head to: www.scalaprecisionhealth.com

You can also subscribe to his YouTube channel: Russ Scala.

Apr 16, 2019

For men today, we encounter so much in our day-to-day trying to get our attention, leading us away from our innate, raw, masculine essence. Why is it so important to reconnect with our physicality? Why are practices like meditation and changing your languaging so beneficial in optimization? On this episode, I’m joined by founder of the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, Nick Gregoriades. We have a deep conversation about what we can do to overcome our “lizard brain” thinking and all the things that hold us back.

Takeaways

Martial arts allows men to channel their masculine energy and tap into their physicality in a way that the modern existence doesn’t allow for.  

Testosterone, optimized hormones, and meditation are the edge of getting back that innate masculine presence.

If you’re not centered physically, that is reflected in the spirit.

Most people’s minds are so busy, distracted and splintered, they need to meditate and silence their minds for at least 40 minutes.

 

Nick and I discussed how martial arts can help you overcome your ego, and the importance of being physically centered. Next, we talked about meditation and why most people need to practice it for at least 40 minutes a day. We also discussed plant medicine and the insights Nick got from taking it, and how language and words can limit your reality. We also talked about dark nights of the soul, hitting rock bottom and why that is so necessary in spiritual development.

 

We also discussed:

  • Why you have to stop caring what people think of you
  • Benefits of yoga
  • How to gain success without sacrificing your soul

 

With so many things competing for our attention, clogging our brains and blocking our spiritual growth and development, it’s so important for us to ground ourselves physically. The body and the spirit are connected, and any time we neglect the body, we also compromise our souls. What also gets in the way are practices that are constructed by ego and greed. The way to win the game is to overcome those instincts and do the inner work. If we’re committed to taking the action and staying the course, we can achieve incredible things.

 

Guest Bio-


Nick is the founder of the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood and host of the podcast of the same name. To get in touch email nick@jiujitsubrotherhood.com or go to Jhttps://www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com/ for more information.

Apr 9, 2019

Sleep deprivation leads to so many biological system defects, and nothing impacts it as badly as our excessive exposure to artificial blue light. What are the biggest sources of this blue light, and how does it differ from natural blue light? What does it do to our health, and what can we do about it? How does alcohol consumption also affect our health and ability to sleep properly? On this episode, I’m joined by Swanwick Sleep founder, James Swanwick, who shares on his work helping people improve their sleep, how he got into making fashionable blue light blockers, and why he became alcohol-free.

 

Four Takeaways

  • Not all blue light is bad. In fact, the sun is the biggest emitter of blue light, and getting sun exposure during the day is good.
  • Overexposure to artificial blue light is what’s bad for us. Everytime we stare into our devices without eye protection, we’re blasting our eyes with mini suns which affects our pituitary and pineal glands. This is what causes issues for our sleep and health.
  • Drinking, even a little, may seem harmless, but it can have catastrophic effects on health, focus, sleep, and even how we look.
  • When it comes to wearing blue light blockers, remember this rule: clear lenses for daytime and orange for nighttime.

 

At the start of the show, James shared on his background, and we talked about why sleep is so important. We covered why it’s essential for replenishing and restoring the body, the difference between natural and artificial blue light, and how the latter negatively impacts our bodies. James shared the story of how he started his blue blocker company and all the other health-related work he does.

We also discussed:

  • How our super high-def TV screens affect our eyesight and health
  • The 30-day no alcohol challenge and how alcohol suppresses consciousness
  • Developing a muscle of gratitude

 

Nature intends us to get 6-8 hours of good quality sleep every night, but the man-made stuff we use daily is compromising our sleep and our health. Sleep is essential for so many biological functions and systems, and if we don’t prioritize it, we’re doing a lot of harm. Artificial blue light tricks our bodies into thinking that it’s daytime all the time, meaning we won’t produce the melatonin we need. Don’t underestimate what this does to your whole body and the long-term negative effects. Ultimately, you want to put your best foot forward and that’s impossible without good sleep.



Guest Bio-

James is the founder of Swanwick Sleep, Swannies Blue Light Blockers, the 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge and Project 90. He is also a New York-based ESPN anchor on SportsCenter, author of ‘Insider Journalism Secrets’ and co-founder of international agency, Crocmedia. He has been a print or TV journalist for 20 years, writing for newspapers and magazines in the US, UK and Australia. These include Associated Press, Sky Sports, ESPN, WPLJ radio, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Sky Movie Channel, Q104FM, Loaded magazine, Woman’s Day, The Courier-Mail and much more. Go to http://jamesswanwick.com/, https://www.swanwicksleep.com/ for more information.

 

To join the 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge, go to http://30daynoalcoholchallenge.com/.


If you’re an entrepreneur and want to join the 90-day No Alcohol Challenge for Entrepreneurs go to http://jamesswanwick.com/project90.

Apr 2, 2019

One of the most amazing developments in medicine is stem cell therapy and our ability to use life itself to regenerate our bodies. What are some of the conditions that can be treated with stem cell therapy? Is stem cell treatment safe and legal?

On this episode, I’m joined by regenerative medicine expert and Chara Biologics founder, Dr. Joy Kong. We discuss her work with stem cell therapy and how it can help people stay healthy and regenerate their bodies.

 

Three Takeaways

  • Stem cells have to be minimally manipulated. Using enzymes changes them, and it can digest certain surface receptors.

  • Not all stem cells are created equal. Mesenchymal stem cells have anti-cancer properties and put the immune system in a more balanced state.  

  • Stem cells from an older person are more sluggish, and they already have toxic build up so they don’t work as well. Birth tissue stem cells have a higher potency, so they are much more effective.

At the start of the show, Dr. Joy Kong shares how she got to where she is now, and how she aims to integrate different types of medicine. Next she shared more information on stem cell therapy including how legal it is, if the FDA regulations are justified, and the use of stem cell therapy for cardiovascular issues.

 

We also discussed:

  • Conditions that can be treated with stem cell therapy
  • The use of stem cells to treat infertility

Stem cell therapy is the future of health and regenerative medicine, but right now the medical industry is just not open-minded enough to adopt it yet. As a result, this movement is largely patient-driven, as doctors are more reluctant than their own patients. Medicine often lags behind the science, and this leaves people unable to access treatments that could make a huge difference in their lives.

 

Guest Bio-

Joy Kong, M.D. is the founder of Chara Biologics, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge regenerative medicine products in the US and the global market. Dr. Kong is an anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist, and the president of Thea Center for Regenerative Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Go to https://www.charabiologics.com/ for more information. Call the clinic on 888-906-4450 or email info@theacrm.com.

Mar 26, 2019

So many people are jumping on the low calorie bandwagon, without knowing that they are sabotaging their metabolism and general health. What factor causes a huge amount of diet failure? What is metabolic flexibility, and why is it what we should be implementing into our health and nutrition? Why is jumping into an aggressive diet and exercise program one of the worst things you can do?

On this episode, Bob Brown is back to share on why we shouldn’t become focused on only one method for weight loss and fitness, and why we need to be flexible in our calorie intake.

 

Four Takeaways

  • Metabolic flexibility is just the ability to jump between high calories and low calories depending on the energy demands, environmental demands and stress demands.

  • When you go low in calories, you create a massive discrepancy between your calorie intake and hormonal output. This leads to problems in energy, appetite, libido, cognitive function, sleep, and digestion.  

  • Metabolism is this adaptive and reactive mechanism the body has in place, it’s our brain communicating with other parts of the body to facilitate certain responses.

  • Hormones matter as much as calories when it comes to weight loss.

At the start of the show, Ben shared on why he transitioned out of the supplement space and his issues with the supplement industry. We talked about the importance of establishing your values and non-negotiables in your life, and working on being the most functional version of yourself. We also talked about why it’s difficult to find a diet and nutritional method that’s going to work consistently.

We also talked about;

  • The causes of diet failure
  • Signs that your metabolic output is out of sync and balance
  • How your body utilizes different fuel sources



The problem with a lot of the diet and nutrition programs we use is that they lack flexibility and balance meaning that the metabolism swings too far, and that’s when people start to experience difficulties in energy, hunger, libido, cognitive function, sleep, and digestion. Instead of focusing on jumping into an aggressive exercise program, it’s better to focus on your nutritional and lifestyle behaviour and the things that help manage their hormonal output because that’s what will create a caloric deficit in a healthier way. We have to maintain balance within a flexible environment so we don’t go too far down one path because that doesn’t do anything for our bodies.

 

Guest Bio-

Ben is the owner of BSL Nutrition, an online nutrition & fitness consulting business specializing in designing individualized nutrition, lifestyle, and strength training programs for highly driven men (and a few brave women). Go to https://www.bslnutrition.com/ for more information or follow @bslnutrition for more information.

Mar 19, 2019

The best way to sum up our existence right now is that the environment is conspiring against us. What are the telltale signs that we’re in deep trouble? Why is optimization really the only way we can fight back? How does testosterone completely change you for the better?

On this episode, my friend and mentee, Daniel Kelly is back to talk about his book Optimized Under 35, his own journey to optimization and why the work we’re doing is so necessary.

 

Three Takeaways

  • The difference in your physicality, spirituality, confidence and outlook on life is completely different before and after testosterone optimization.

  • Without an optimal balance of testosterone in the human body, both men and women suffer.

  • If a child is born to a mother who used birth control and an IUD, they will have a 2nd or 3rd generation epigenetic defect somewhere in their biological system.  

 

At the start of the show, Daniel shared why his book is such a passion project and his life pre-testosterone and post-testosterone. Next, we talked about how your spirituality shifts with optimization, and how bad lifestyle choices lead to a testosterone deficiency. We also discussed the importance of reducing stress.

We also discussed;

  • How chronic low level exposure to toxins is causing problems
  • Why doctors aren’t resource they once were
  • The three-pronged approach to optimization

 

We are dealing with a widespread, undocumented and wholly acknowledged disaster among young males. This isn’t a conspiracy theory; this is admitted, substantiated, and documented science. It’s past time for us to be debating whether optimization is good or not, because frankly, it’s the only weapon we have to claw back our health and fertility. Testosterone is the lifeblood molecule that is essential to overall health, and the sooner we give it to more people in need of it, the higher our chance of saving humanity.  

 

Guest Bio-

Daniel is the author of the upcoming book Optimized Under 35 and contributor on totrevolution.com.  Find him on Twitter @danielkellytrt and to join his life to find out about the book, go to http://optimizedunder35.com/.

Mar 12, 2019

One of the things we underestimate is the interconnectedness of our global habits, behaviors and phases in culture with hormones like testosterone and dopamine. How can we map The Age of Enlightenment, The Great Depression, and even the progressive virus we see today alongside the solar patterns and hormone levels? Is there a solution to this?

On this episode, I’m joined by researcher, author and independent scholar, Roy Barzilai who shares on a very overlooked field of study that is vital to understanding our society and the challenges we’re facing.

If we neglect or abandon the science of hormones and solar cycles and how it shapes our history, character and personality, we will remain impotent to doing anything about it. -Roy Barzilai

 

Four Takeaways

  • The problem in our society today is that we take a reductionist approach to science and fields of study. Not integrating these fields puts us at a disadvantage.

  • The Age of Enlightenment was connected to more solar activity. As a result there was more energy, higher fertility and birth rates. People were more reasoning and independent.

  • The ebb and tide of human culture and history is driven by the connection between hormonal cycles and solar cycles.

  • The decline in testosterone actually leads to more violence, imbalances and instability in the masculine ideal.

At the start of the show, Roy shared on his background and how taking a reductionist approach has destroyed the scientific establishment. Next, we talked about the cycles of history and why hormones play such a huge role in that. We also discussed how bad the next economic crash will be, and the link between increased addiction and low numbers of mood hormones.

 

We also discussed;

  • The connection between solar activity and the Independence of man
  • How we’ve gone from an age of enlightenment to anti-reason
  • How mental health manifests in male and female brains

 

We have a lack of hormonal balance in our society which is causing massive and far reaching issues in how we relate to each other, and how the world functions as a whole. In the past, increased solar activity increased enlightenment because of rising testosterone, serotonin and dopamine. Now the opposite is happening. With declining rates in mood hormones there isn’t much to motivate and make us happy. This doesn’t mean it out of our control though, we have to pay attention to these patterns to know how to change them.




Guest Bio-

Roy Barzilai is an independent scholar, researcher and author of Sex Wars - How Hormones Drive Gender, Race, & Culture Conflicts and two other books. By exploring the intellectual history of Western civilization, Roy seeks to reach a greater understanding of the human mind.

As a financial analyst for more than a decade, Roy became aware of the herd mentality in financial markets. He studied the Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior and the new science of Socionomics, focusing on how change in social mood affects society, its ideas, philosophy, culture, and economy. To learn more and to get Roy’s books, go to https://testosteronecivilization.com/ for more information.

Mar 5, 2019

From not optimizing ourselves, to drinking alcohol and not being devotional, there are so many things blocking our consciousness as a society. How does drinking block our own self-awareness and personal development? What is causing so many people to be disenchanted, depressed and anxious?

On this episode, I’m joined by my good friend, author of the Better Than The Binge, and founder of Renew Health RX, Adam Lamb, who talks about his journey of quitting alcohol, growing as a person and getting optimized.

If you drink to intoxication often, you have a drinking problem. -Adam Lamb

 

Three Takeaways

  • When we’re younger, all we want is to be older and we tend to attach ourselves to the tangible signs of being older, and drinking is one of them. Unfortunately this has led to major issues with alcohol in our society.

  • The pretty pictures you see on Instagram of perfect lives are just the results or even a lie about their lives. They aren’t the hard work, the uncomfortable moments and all the challenges.

  • Proper medicine isn’t treating sick people, it’s keeping healthy people healthy mentally, physically and emotionally and that’s what optimization is.  

At the start of the show, Adam shared on his story and his journey, the recent surgery he went through and what caused it. We talked about why so many people in America aren’t devotional, and the importance of having faith and believing in something. We also discussed how social drinking is one of the biggest issues we have in modern society. Towards the end, we talked about hormone optimization, the importance of client follow up and how pharma and insurance have meddled and messed things up.  



We also discussed;

  • The crisis in young men and the lack of physicality and masculine bonding
  • What Adam has learned about life through his marriage
  • How being parents changed us
  • The importance of health forward therapy

 

A lot of people in this world have so much anxiety, disenchantment, despair and self-destruction because they have misunderstanding of life and how it works. The good things in our lives; the success, the happiness and the health takes hard work, it doesn’t happen instantly. And when we rely on things like alcohol, unhealthy habits and being in denial about our need to delve into the devotional, we just delay our own progress and success. When we fix these things, that’s when we truly become free, and get the best results in our lives.

 

Guest Bio-

Adam is the founder of Renew Life Rx, and the author of Better Than the Binge: Eliminate Alcohol From Your Life. To get in touch and learn more, go to https://www.renewliferx.com/, to get the book, go to https://betterthanthebinge.com/.

Feb 26, 2019

One of the biggest issues we have in healthcare is the lack of knowledge around the biomarkers as people age. How can we solve this by taking a more integrative approach? Will we ever get to the mass consciousness that testosterone is good? What is wrong with the over-protocolization of healthcare?

On this episode, I’m joined by Director and founder of Precision Medical Care, Dr. Catherine Johnson to talk about how to help people get back to balanced health and the practical steps it will take us to get there.

If you over-protocalize and you don’t take a precision approach, you will lose validity to care and you will see errors. -Dr. Catherine Johnson

 

Three Takeaways

  • Longitudinal data point for biomarkers: if we know where someone’s biomarkers were in the past and there’s a drastic change, we can find the root cause quicker and solve the root issue.

  • Because we’ve lost balance when it comes to health, people’s opinions have become split and that’s a major reason for the demonization of hormones.

  • You will save money when you go to the right doctor because they will start low go slow and see what you need. The wrong doctor will mess you around as they try to figure out what you need.

At the start of the show, Dr. Catherine shared how she got started and why she made the change from emergency medicine to precision medicine. She talked about how chronic disease manifests when people aren’t taking care of themselves. We talked about how the Baby Boomers have been so influenced by popular media, and how that impacts their health negatively. We then talked about the importance of teaching young people about their biomarkers. Dr. Catherine also talked about her her Precision Testosterone Optimized Therapy.  

 

We also discussed;

  • The biggest issue we face in optimization
  • Why and how the sick care system is lashing out  
  • The risk of going too high, too fast with hormone optimization therapy

To help our society heal and get better, we have to take a very integrated approach and it starts with teaching young people about the biomarkers for good health. That includes tracking things like skeletal muscle mass, blood pressure, testosterone and other hormones, lipid profile, vitamins and other vital details. We must define what the biomarkers are for an optimal health span at every age so that we end up with longitudinal data points. That way we can find the stressor, and remove the contributing factors before it’s too late.   

Feb 19, 2019

Many patients and even physicians are so hung up on getting to what they consider the perfect testosterone number that they miss the whole point: wellness. What is driving doctors’ obsession with the number, and why does it have a lot to do with insurance? Why are AIs harmful to optimized patients? Why is patient feedback so crucial?

On this episode, I’m joined by the co-founders of Summit Rejuvenation Centers, Scott Otey & John Fogerty, to talk about how they are blazing the trail in optimization.

 

You can’t make your patients feel good when you’re billing them through insurance because you can’t even get them to an optimized level. -John Fogerty

 

Three Takeaways

  • In the absence of any symptoms or side effects, stay on the same course of treatment. Don’t use numbers to determine the action that needs to be taken.
  • The best people in optimization are able to bridge the bodybuilding, performance, and fitness world with the clinical science.
  • It’s so crucial to document and do case studies that demonstrate and support our treatment protocols and how they are working. It will protect us legally.
  • Even if you use AIs for symptom resolution for people who over-aromatize, it still causes harm.

 

At the start of the show, Scott and John shared their backstory and how they got started. Next we talked about the problem with testosterone pellet therapy, and why it’s impossible to titrate the dosage effectively with the delivery system. We discussed why traditional therapies just aren’t making sense anymore, the harm that comes with suppressing estrogen, and how this shows up in the health issues a lot of bodybuilders face.

 

We also discussed:

  • The importance of treating on symptoms and feedback, not numbers
  • How hard is it for women to get access to quality hormone optimization therapy  
  • The power of bridging the gap between fitness and clinical science
  • Why you can’t really help patients when you’re under insurance

 

So many men are trained on an understanding that there’s a number that corresponds to a level of happiness and acceptance, and this is driven by most non-optimization doctors. Doctors who are in the mainstream can’t really help their patients because insurance puts so much red tape on them. Therefore they feel like they are better off not treating people because they don’t want to end up losing the money they get from patients. Ultimately this drives men to be focused on their numbers and not their symptoms. This dooms them to stay in this tailspin until they work with an optimization physician who knows what they’re doing.

Feb 12, 2019

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are systemic in our society, and many military and law enforcement service personnel are suffering because of it. To make things worse, the mainstream medical system just doesn’t treat these people correctly. What misconceptions are getting the way of these men and women getting the treatment they deserve? What changes need to happen in mainstream culture to better respond to these issues? On this episode, I’m honored to be joined by my good friends Dr. Mark Gordon and Andrew Marr from the Warrior Angel’s Foundation to answer these questions and more.

TBI stems from the trauma, the inflammatory mechanism, and the down regulation of the brain hormones. If we can mitigate or modulate that, we have a real viable solution. -Andrew Marr

 

Three Takeaways

The biggest problem we have is TBI being erroneously diagnosed as a psychological issue and not a brain chemistry one.

The mainstream market isn’t driven by a desire to improve their quality of health but to make money off PTSD patients.

We look at testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone as reproductive, gender or sex hormones, but each of them has a whole other spectrum of benefits in the body.

 

At the start of the show, we talked about how erroneously labelling TBI as PTSD has been a setback for TBI treatment. We also discussed whether sick care would ever change this and what it would take to make that happen. Andrew shared on the upcoming documentary he’s working on and Dr. Gordon shared on the upcoming event they are running.

 

We also discussed:

  • How to produce superior patient outcomes
  • The recent Psychology Today article Andrew is proud of
  • Why this is the age of interventional endocrinology

 

If TBI is treated as a psychological problem by pumping SSRI medication into patients, it just won’t solve anything. What causes TBI is the effect of trauma which disrupts the chemistry in the brain by creating inflammation, and this inflammation stops important chemicals in the brain from doing their jobs. The true solution to the issue is hormonal and chemical. Sick care is just throwing a band aid on everything with drugs instead of looking at the core ideology of the issue. Until that’s corrected, the masses can’t be healed.

 

Guest Bio-

Dr. Gordon is the Medical Director of Millennium Health Centers, Inc. - Medicine for the 21st century, in Encino, California. Dr. Gordon has been a consultant to the Medical Board of California in Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, and Alternative Medicine (1998 - present).

Dr. Gordon's work has been featured by many major publications, including ESPN and Life Extension magazine. In early 2015, the Warrior Angels Foundation and Dr. Gordon teamed up to continue the fight against the status quo, and to disrupt and change the TBI patient care protocol for Veterans.

 

Andrew Marr is a Special Forces Green Beret, Co-Founder of Warrior Angels Foundation, and author of TALES FROM THE BLAST FACTORY: A Brain Injured Special Forces Green Beret's Journey Back From The Brink. His book is being made into a full feature documentary titled Quiet Explosions. Andrew is an MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management.

 

For more information, go to http://waftbi.org/ and to apply for treatment go to http://tbimedlegal.com/ and fill out the contact form.

 

Read the Psychology Today article Andrew talked about here https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-new-normal/201811/is-it-post-traumatic-stress-or-traumatic-brain-injury.

Feb 5, 2019

When the human body experiences different types of trauma it results in various types of scars, and these can actually impede health and performance. One of the most common modalities to healing these traumas is the application of microcurrents, but not all these modalities are created equal. What is the Dolphin Neurostim and what are its benefits? Why is it so much better than the electronic healing pads sold all over the place? How does it aid in healing and pain management? On this episode, I’m joined by master pain practitioner and pain management specialist, Kelly Armstrong, to talk about this awesome device and all its capabilities.

Not only can the Dolphin relieve pain, it can also empower the nervous system to work better. -Kelly Armstrong  

 

Takeaways

Micropoint stimulation (MPS) is an integrative mixture of a lot of different therapies that look at the body from a different perspective. You have to treat the whole body and treat all of the traumas for the body to actually heal.

The Dolphin Neurostim has a tip applicator or a point which functions like a non-invasive needle, and gives you the same outcomes when used to treat acupuncture points.

Electronic healing pads actually lower muscle oxygenation and recovery.

When you treat the body with the microcurrent, it is actually changing and improving the health of the tissue. This will decrease pain and increase movement.

 

 

At the start of the show, Kelly talked about the importance of healing and treating the body as a whole, and why past traumas need to be looked at as much as new ones. Next, Kelly shared on how the Dolphin Neurostim works, and the multiple benefits the device has. We also talked about scars and how they impede health, vitality and performance; as well as how the microcurrent helps prevent accidents and injuries in athletes. Kelly also shared on battlefield acupuncture and how it works.

 

We also discussed:

  • The Dolphin vs. the healing pads we see in malls and drugstores
  • How the Dolphin helps athletes recover and regulate
  • Using the Dolphin to reduce delayed muscle soreness from training
  • How military professionals can use the Dolphin

 

Not all electronic modalities benefit the nervous system or heal the body’s traumas. The Dolphin Neurostim is special because it performs multiple functions that are vital to the body’s healing. Its direct current mimics our own body’s energy, and the microcurrent works at a cellular level which helps cells create more protein synthesis and reestablish a more normal cellular membrane. As we age, we accumulate scars and traumas, and stress can prevent our healing. If we use the right tool, we can heal and improve our vitality to strengthen us and make our bodies more resilient.



Guest Bio-

Kelly Armstrong, OTR/L, MPP is a pain management specialist, therapist, teacher, speaker, and expert in treating chronic pain. Follow @PainExpertKelly on Twitter or find Pain Expert Kelly on Facebook.


To learn more about the device, go to https://www.dolphinotc.com/.

Jan 29, 2019

As we age and our bodies change, the ways we eat and train have to change, too. How do you encourage advanced hypertrophy, and how often should you be switching up your exercises and movements? Why do food intolerances become more of an issue as we age, and how can we combat this? On this episode, I’m joined by Infinity Fitness founder Scott Mendelsohn to talk about the factors that impede progress in muscle growth for older athletes and how to avoid them.

 

You have to shift from doing a lot of volume to higher intensity and less volume. -Scott Mendelsohn

 

Three Takeaways

People who are advanced in their training require fresh stimuli because their muscle memory is so much higher.

 

You should be switching up your movements and even overhauling your exercises every 6 weeks, but also changing things like timing of reps, tempo, rest periods more regularly.

 

Eating clean is not enough to maximize muscle growth and quality of life. You also need to rotate foods, and macro-nutrient cycles

 

At the start of the show, we talked about advanced hypertrophy and training protocols for aging lifters. Next, we talked about the importance of switching things up in your workouts, how to actually do it and how often. We talked about what causes people not to focus on a workout program and whether this is a genetic trait. Scott also shared on the necessity of switching up your macro-nutrient cycles.

 

We also discussed:

  • Why aging athletes need regular fresh stimuli
  • Why overtraining is more psychological than physiological
  • Nutritional sensitivity tests and why they are so important

 

If you’ve been training for decades, it’s critical that you constantly supply your body with fresh training stimuli through new exercises and routines within your day-to-day workouts. It isn’t just about changing things up in the gym though. It’s also important to think about what’s on your plate. A lot of health issues stem from food intolerances and allergies brought on by eating the same things over and over again. Even if you’re eating clean, you still may not  get the results you want. Learn to change the amounts of carbs, dietary fats, and proteins on certain days, and invest in eating plans that rotate foods. Whether it’s training or diet, the methods you employ should give you a return on your investment, and give you the confidence that you are doing your very best to take care of your body.

 

Guest Bio-

Scott is the author of the 100% Fitness Solution eBook and Director of Infinity Fitness. He is a highly regarded performance nutrition and training specialist. In addition to designing customized programs for his celebrity, weekend warrior and executive clients, Scott works daily with professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA. Scott has built an excellent reputation providing effective supplements, cutting-edge information and unmatched service to thousands of clients worldwide since 1999. Go to https://www.infinityfitness.com/ for more information.

Jan 22, 2019

Women’s health has been neglected and filled with myths and ignorance since the beginning of endocrinology. Why is progesterone one of the most underestimated and misunderstood hormones, and what are its uses? How has birth control destroyed the health of both men and women? How can we help chemically castrated women get access to lifesaving healthcare? On this episode, I talk with health practitioner, consultant, author, and educator, Victoria Felkar about what’s getting in the way of the help women need and what can be done about it.

 

The more you screw with hormones earlier in life, the more you’re setting yourself up for difficulty later on— but the salvation is in lifestyle. -Victoria Felkar

 

Three Takeaways

Progesterone is a wonder drug for perimenopausal women but it’s heavily maligned for no reason.

An athlete’s body in performance mode is under immense stress, and harm reduction needs to be prioritized so they can recover. Hormones are a huge part of that.

Many people, even doctors, conflate progesterone (which has so many benefits) with progestin (which has done a lot of harm) and this is what is making so many women suffer.

 

Women’s periods are getting heavier, and a lot more of them are suffering from pain and conditions like endometriosis. Medication and birth control don’t solve the problems, and that’s why we need to get to root causes.

 

At the start of the show, we talked about why women’s endocrinology is handled so badly, and the double standards that causes this. Next we talked about the connection between hormones and sport, and how the stigma was born. We discussed how hormones are used at the elite levels of sport and how birth control is destroying us. We also talked about the alarming warning signs about menstrual cycles that we shouldn't ignore.

 

We also discussed:

  • Why progesterone is a wonder hormone
  • How hormones can be used as tools, not crutches
  • The commonality of performance enhancement in sport
  • The importance of tracking your hormonal bio-feedback

 

So many women are suffering because hormones like progesterone have been so maligned. At the same time, birth control pills have been misused and abused. The truth is, the more you screw with hormones earlier on in life through birth control, fertility drugs, and other substances, the more intense the issues will be later on in life. Lifestyle is actually a very important part of women’s reproductive health, not the manipulation of menstrual cycles we are seeing today.

If you have lower rates of stress, you’re going to improve your reproductive health. The woman’s body has its own built in clock, and it’s like a symphony that requires all the instruments. If we start manipulating or removing some parts, there’s no telling how bad the impact will be, and we’re definitely starting to see the negative downstream effects now.

 

Guest Bio-

Victoria is a practitioner, consultant, author, and educator within the world of strength and fitness. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and instructor who works across the fields of kinesiology, medicine, critical studies and the humanities. She studies health, hormones, and the body, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate. Go to www.victoriafelkar.com/ and to read her blogs or listen to her podcast, go to https://www.victoriafelkar.com/resources-1/. Follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/victoriafelkar/?hl=en.

Jan 16, 2019

Therapeutic testosterone has been plagued by myths and misunderstandings for years, including the effectiveness of natural testosterone boosters, the necessity of blood donation, and pellets being a worthy delivery system. How and why are all these things untrue? How has all this bad information wrongly informed FDA rulings and decisions? This episode is a continuation of my conversation with Dr. Keith Nichols and Dr. Scott Howell about the biggest myths and misconceptions about therapeutic testosterone. In this session we talk about FDA mandates, whether testosterone leads to polycythemia vera, and many other myths.

 

If the FDA had looked at the totality of the evidence, their decision would have been clear. -Dr. Scott Howell  

 

Three Takeaways

Quality of life is a fundamental that needs to be checked when clients are being treated.

Doctors who are against testosterone optimization aren’t optimized themselves, don’t stay current with the research, and weren’t trained properly on how to interpret the data.

You only need to therapeutically donate blood as an intervention if the hematocrit is too high in reference to your normal values.


At the start of the show, we talked about the black box warnings placed on testosterone packets by the FDA and why the basis of this mandate unethical. Next, we talked about natural testosterone boosters vs. pharmaceutical bioidentical testosterone, the value of pellet testosterone therapy as a delivery system, and why polycythemia vera is more genetics-based than it is related to testosterone.  

 

We also discussed:

  • How doctors views on TOT are influenced by their training (or lack thereof)
  • Testosterone and blood-cholesterol levels
  • Why doctors confuse erythrocytosis and polycythemia vera

 

The biggest issue we have when it comes to testosterone and the myths and so-called controversies surrounding it are the way it’s studied and the people studying it. If mandates are being made based on a couple of studies and negative media reports, that isn’t just inadequate— it is downright unethical. Until the “experts” study the research in totality, whatever decisions are being made are misguided at best, and damaging at worst. We can only overcome this by demanding that physicians and experts stay current with the research and evidence-based medicine.



Guest Bio-


Dr. Scott is a leading global health epidemiologist, androgen researcher, and sport science educator. Go to tier1hw.com for more information and follow @periodization_ on Twitter.

Jan 15, 2019

Therapeutic testosterone has been plagued by myths and misunderstanding. How is this a result of the way data is interpreted? Do men need to block estrogen when undergoing hormone optimization? On this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Keith Nichols and one of the leading androgen researchers in the world, Dr. Scott Howell. Together we go through a list of testosterone myths and discuss the data that completely disproves them.

Interpretations of research influences many things, and misinterpretation of data causes problems for a lot of people. -Dr. Scott Howell

 

Four Takeaways

  • Anytime the ratio of androgen to estrogen is altered, it leads to definite cardio pathology.

  • Even with increased testosterone, lower estrogen levels lead to increased visceral fat, increased subcutaneous fat, decreased cognition, possible depression, and osteoporosis.  

  • Gynecomastia has a lot more to do with having a predisposition to it, not estrogen.

  • If you’ve always had hair and never experienced shedding, testosterone won’t suddenly make your hair fall out.

At the start of the show, Dr. Scott shared how he got started and got into research. Next he talked about the importance of interpreting research correctly, and how misinterpretations are at the root of a lot of myths and misconceptions. We talked about testosterone myths including Is whether AIs are necessary, testosterone and prostate cancer, as well as testosterone and gynecomastia. We also talked about one way you can tell if a doctor is actually really clued up on testosterone optimization.  

 

We also discussed;

  • If testosterone is linked to cardiovascular disease
  • Testosterone and androgenic alopecia/follicular shedding
  • The role of “bro science” in testosterone misconceptions


We have to get rid of all the locker room bodybuilding subculture pseudoscience that has led to people (even physicians) believing that testosterone is harmful and dangerous. The truth about many of the harms of testosterone is that they aren’t based on the whole population of people who are using it. Things like hair loss, anger problems and gynecomastia have more to with having a predisposed condition and not the use therapeutic testosterone. A lot of the so-called side effects people have come from fundamental, genetic and personality traits.  

Jan 8, 2019

Because we’ve demonized the use of anabolics for cosmetic purposes, there’s a lot of it being sold on the black market— much of which isn’t legitimate. What are some of the worst compounds to take from an unreliable source? Why is arachidonic acid such an important nutrient for performance? On this episode, I’m joined by author, scientist and anabolics expert, Bill Llewellyn, to discuss these questions and more.

Aside from protein, arachidonic acid is the most important nutrient in training and performance. -Bill Llewellyn  

 

Three Takeaways

  • Only ⅓ of the anabolic products sold on the gray market are actually legitimate.

  • Testosterone cypionate vs. testosterone enanthate when it comes to legitimacy: 35% of cypionate samples were legit while enanthate was legitimate over 70% of the time.

  • Arachidonic acid is a natural anabolic. It can help facilitate growth and muscle recovery, and it can help you break through plateaus.

At the start of the show, Bill talked about how he got started and why the demonization of anabolic steroids is a farce. Next, we talked about the work Bill’s company is doing in creating a test for growth hormone. We also talked about what percentage of the compounds on the market are actually legit.

 

We also discussed;

  • The best compounds according to label claim
  • How hard it is to tell the difference between the real stuff and the fake stuff
  • The power of supplementing arachidonic acid

The medicinal, life-enhancing and restorative qualities of anabolics and testosterone are incredible. Yet in order for patients to see these benefits, they need to be getting legitimate products in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to educate people on the right products and how to get them through legitimate channels to avoid harm or wasting money on glorified placebos.

 

Guest Bio-

Bill is an author and scientist in the field of human performance enhancement. He is also the founder of Molecular Nutrition. His books include the Anabolics Book and the Sports Supplements Reference Guide. Find him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWL/.

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