A lot of people are in dire need of optimization, but they are being ignored and overlooked. What are some of the biggest failings of modern medicine that are causing this problem? What should doctors be paying attention to? How can we start fighting for the men that desperately need our help? On this episode, we have roundtable with Dr. Keith Nichols, Dr. Merrill Matschke, and Dr. Rob Kominiarek to talk about how medicine is falling short when it comes to deciding who gets treated.
At the start of the show, Dr. Nichols shared on testosterone resistance theory and how it’s overlooked in the media. We talked about the importance of paying attention to symptoms instead of numbers. The doctors shared how there’s no correlation between a number and the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency. We also talked about the lack of physician awareness of metformin.
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There are many factors that can interfere with metabolism and action of testosterone, which is why it’s possible for a man with “normal” numbers to still experience symptoms of deficiency. Unfortunately today’s doctors are so obsessed with studies and lab results, they aren’t paying attention to the living, breathing patients in front of them. It’s important that doctors stop fearing the numbers and consider what’s at stake if more men don’t get their hormones optimized.
Obesity in children is no longer a rare occurrence. Technology has made it easier for children to play and communicate without leaving the house. What are the long-term consequences of consuming too much junk food and lacking exercise? What role do parents play in this? How can it be fixed without making your children feel frustrated? In this episode, Mike Ritter speaks about the hormonal mutations that appear in obese children over time and what can parents do about it.
If your child is living in your home and they are obese, you are guilty as a parent. -Jay Campbell
In the beginning of the podcast, we discussed how many children are suffering from obesity and what long-term effects come from carrying excess weight. We then talked about what happens when kids stay indoors and remain sedentary from an early age.
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The number of teenagers and children who suffer from Type 2 diabetes is steadily rising, and it’s your responsibility as a parent to lead by example. Just telling your kids to eat healthier and exercise won’t work if you have unhealthy habits. You have to conduct yourself as a healthy parent because children imitate what they see in their own home.
Mike Ritter is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Specialist, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, and a Certified Metabolic Fitness Practitioner.
In short, he helps people determine what hormonal imbalances they have and comes up with an all-natural, holistic solution to their issues, without the use of pills or addictive medicines. You can find out more about him and his services at http://resultcult.com/about-us/.
One in four people have anxiety, and millions across the world are battling with depression. What is one of the simplest solutions to this problem, and why isn’t it discussed? How can parents help children who are “riding the dragon” of anxiety and depression? What supplements and minerals are helpful to people suffering from mood disorders? On this episode, Dr. Rob talks about how we can solve the anxiety and depression epidemic we are facing.
"There’s such a strong connection between low thyroid, low testosterone, low estrogen, low DHEA, low pregnenolone and anxiety and depression. It’s really remiss of a health practitioner to not look at these things." - Dr Rob Kominiarek
- If you’re suffering from anxiety, depression, or PTSD, you really need to have your hormones comprehensively examined.
- Neurotoxins like alcohol and drugs damage the intimate structures of the brain.
- Taking magnesium and zinc before bedtime will do a great job of alleviating anxiety and blockading NMDA receptors.
At the start of the show, Dr. Rob shared on his own journey with anxiety and depression, and how he came out of it. We discussed why mood disorders can be linked to low hormone levels and how substance abuse affects the brain. We also talked about what to do when you have a depressed child and the power of minerals like magnesium and zinc.
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- The connection between food sensitivity and neurologic disorders
- The importance of sleep to good mental health
- How opioids affect developing brains
So many people today are angst-ridden, overmedicated, and under-optimized, yet so few have had their hormones checked. There’s an intimate connection between loss of hormones and these disorders, and we can see mood disorders alleviated if this is addressed. The honest truth is: the solution is never an opioid. That’s like putting a band-aid on a wound gushing blood. Don’t underestimate the connection between the lack of hormones, minerals, vitamins to depression and anxiety.
Medicine is in a bad place right now, and the only way it can change is if a huge disruption takes place. What will the disruption entail? Why are so many people suffering from addiction and escapism? What are the keys to being optimized? On this episode, Dr. Michael Sagner goes deep on these insights in a high-level conversation.
At the start of the show, Dr. Sagner shares what he sees as the future of medicine, and why medicine as we know it today is going to crumble. We also discussed increasing lifespan, healthspan and performance.
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There’s nothing left for the current model of healthcare and medicine besides a huge disruption and crash. Technology and consciousness are moving at such a rate and speed that all the old brick and mortar systems cannot survive. It’s so important to stop people from going down the spiral of the sick care model. For this to happen, doctors are going to have to be less like “white coat gods”, and more like bio-engineers who want to help their patients achieve optimization.
Dr. Michael Sagner is a medical doctor and sports medicine & preventive medicine specialist. He is also a certified strength and conditioning coach as well as a certified sports nutritionist.
So many men fixate on their testosterone numbers, but why is that a bad idea? Are you getting the correct test to measure your estrogen levels? What should you know about cholesterol? On this episode, we discuss how to understand certain biomarkers in a blood panel.
"It’s more important that you feel good and have no side effects than it is to have a specific number." -Jay Campbell
- It’s important to understand the oxygenation of your red blood cells.
- If you have a level of above 200 in cholesterol, make sure that you are: exercising, trying to suppress your insulin sign, and doing cardio and resistance training before you even consider going on statins.
- Estrogen is still necessary for some key functions, and you can only consider suppression when you have side effects AND the correct test for it.
At the start of the show we talked about the importance of measuring White Blood Cells and Red Blood Cells, hemoglobin and hematocrit. We talked about why keeping close track of your insulin is so necessary, and the importance of testing for estrogen the right way.
We also discussed:
- What people get wrong about erythrocytosis
- Whether taking statins is a good idea
- Measuring prolactin
The most important thing when you want to get optimized is to get your blood work done. It helps you get a clearer picture of your health, and it keeps you from going down the path of the sick care system. You have to go private, because getting this information is not how the sick care model functions, and you can easily get manipulated by a garden-variety GP. Ultimately, the more you know, the more you can optimize yourself.
A gaming addict has a quality of life score of 3 out of 10, and this is causing a huge crisis in our society. What is the root of video game addiction? What are the three ways video games wreak havoc on the brain? What can parents do to save their children? On this episode, Game Quitters founder and speaker, Cam Adair, shares his own story and explains how we can help our children live healthier and happier lives.
At the start of the show, Cam shared on his story and experience recovering from video game addiction, as well as how rejection can lead young men to turn to video games. Next, we talked about how gaming affects people’s view of the real world since it is a safe space to fail. We also talked about the role parents have in this addiction crisis.
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Overexposure to video games numbs our pleasure response, numbs satisfaction with other experiences in our life, ruins willpower, and harms the quality of our relationships. From an emotional, physical, and mental standpoint: detoxing from gaming takes quality of life up from 3/10, to 7/10-- in 90 days. This is how powerful it is. It is so essential that we solve video game addiction so that we can make men strong, emotionally resilient, well-adjusted and healthy.
Cam Adair is a speaker, entrepreneur, and pioneer on video game addiction.
He’s the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, serving members in 91 countries. His work has been published in Psychiatry Research, and featured in two TEDx talks, Forbes, BBC, ABC 20/20, and VICE, amongst many others.
Imbalances in the microbiota usually lead to inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and an array of unpleasant symptoms. How do we prevent and treat it? Are there any risk factors? How is our gut linked to aging? In this episode Dr. Sajad "Dr. Z" Zalzala, owner of LDN direct and Root Cause Medical clinic, talks about gut health, autoimmune disease, and what we can do to improve our quality of life.
In the beginning, we talked about how a damaged microbiota can lead to autoimmune diseases, and how stimulants and a bad diet contribute to it as well. Next, we talked about withdrawal symptoms on a gluten-free diet and how metformin can cleanse the microbiota.
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Metformin and intermittent fasting are the best ways to cleanse your microbiota, prevent inflammation and autoimmune diseases, and lose weight. Since most inflammatory responses are triggered by a damaged microbiota, you need to remove junk food from your diet, practice intermittent fasting, and use metformin if diet alone doesn’t take care of the problem.
Dr. Sajad Zalzala is a board certified physician in family medicine and an entrepreneur. He is the owner of LDN direct and Root Cause Medical clinic, and his focus is on integrative and functional medicine. Dr. Z is certified across many states, and he is currently the Vice President of the International College of Integrative Medicine.