Humanity has been chasing peak performance and consciousness since history was first recorded. What are the three approaches we can take to achieve peak performance? What are the top-down and bottom-up approaches to optimization? What allows us to tap into enlightenment?
On this episode, Dr. Carlos Rivas talks about his work, and how we reach the pinnacle of the human experience.
You start to realize that as soon as you change your physical state, your consciousness shifts and that will shift your biochemistry.
-Dr. Carlos Rivas
The three pillar approach is about intervening with a patient’s biochemistry as bio-harmoniously as possible to make that intervention helpful, not harmful. Ultimately this is about one goal: reaching the pinnacle of the human experience and identity, which is peak performance and consciousness. Optimization is essential for us physically, but it's also about finding your purpose in life and redirecting your optimized self in that direction. It's up to us to make the most of what we've been given.
Since 1990, anabolic steroids have been classified as a controlled substance even though there’s a lot of data showing that they are actually beneficial. What drove lawmakers to clamp down on steroids? What problems have been created by the prohibitionist approach taken by the government? Why is therapeutic testosterone demonized by the media? On this episode, the foremost legal authority in the area of dietary supplements, fitness law and anabolic steroids, Rick Collins, joins me to discuss the truth behind the so-called risks of testosterone.
When you take a prohibitionist policy to a behavior, if there’s still going to be demand for that, there’ll be an alternative supply. -Rick Collins
At the start of the show, Rick shared on the shift that took place when steroids became a controlled substance. Then we talked about the true reason behind the classification of steroids as a controlled substance. We discussed how the demonization of substances has contributed to sick care, lack of optimization and obesity culture. Towards the end, we talked about recent findings regarding the use of testosterone for diabetic people.
It’s hard to imagine any other beneficial substance that has been as demonized and thrown under the bus like anabolic steroids. In the last 20 years, the research data supporting the therapeutic uses of testosterone for many things is monumental. We’ve clearly seen how powerful and transformative testosterone can be as a life molecule in changing the biological processes that are broken down due to the various diseases of aging. The problem is the legislature, along with the media and opportunistic lawyers. This needs to change.
There is no shortcut to the perfect physique, you have to be willing to put in the work. What type of mindset is required to build a great body? Why are shortcuts like steroids so dangerous? Why is the millennial mindset so counterproductive to growth? On this episode, Daniel Kelly and I talk with Dominic who shares on his journey with testosterone, and we talk about the long-term strategy for building a great body.
Muscle is the greatest deterrent to aging because it’s the biggest resistor of disease. -Jay Campbell
At the start of the show, we talked about what it takes to build a great physique. Next, we talked about why building muscle is is important, and how to train in the long-term. We talked about why instant gratification doesn’t work when it comes to health and fitness, and we also discussed the millennial mindset.
Training is all about time. Are you willing to invest 45-60 minutes per session, 3-5 days a week? This isn’t just about the short-term. If you want an elite level body, you have to commit to working at it consistently over your lifetime. This is how you build a physique that’s resistant to disease and aging, and the kind of body that allows you perform and show up in your life-- whatever your goals are.
From fertility rates and metabolic health, to pornography and blue light addiction, society’s health is at a crisis level in many ways. What is causing some of these issues, and how can we as parents help our children avoid these things? Where do forums fit into educating the public about optimization? On this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Rob Kominiarek, Dr. Jim Meehan, Dr. John Crisler, Dr. Merrill Matschke, and Dr. Keith Nichols to discuss these and other topics.
The blinders of traditional medicine do not come down until someone has really pulled on them hard for a long time. -Dr. Merrill Matschke
At the start of the show, we talked about whether forums really serve a purpose. Next, we talked about the importance of humility in physicians. We also discussed the crisis in fertility, as well as pornography and blue light addiction and their implications on health.
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We’re facing a huge battle to solve the fertility issues we’re seeing, as well as the many other health issues that are rife in our society. What doctors have to do is remain men and women of science, be willing to constantly learn new things, and put the health and wellbeing of our patients first.
People have been led to believe popping a pill is enough to solve any health problem, but this does more harm than good in the long-term. What are the merits of functional and holistic medicine when it comes to treating the root causes of disease? How can doctors get through to someone who is reluctant to get the help they need? Why is diet such a key point of cutting down inflammation? On this episode, Dr. Louis Esquivel draws on 3 decades of medical experience to share on why we should be adopting a more functional and holistic approach to our health.
A lot of drugs that physicians are prescribing to mask symptoms or “control” certain issues are actually doing something worse downstream.
The things that will keep us healthy and optimized often take more time and planning than the easy route of popping a pill-- but it’s worth it.
The fundamental basis of a lot of problems is inflammation, and diet can make a tremendous difference.
At the start of the show, Dr. Louis shares how his passion for holistic medicine was inspired by his interest in fitness and trying to help his own son. Next, we talked about why the zone of dysfunction is so important in functional medicine.
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Traditional medicine tends to ignore the space between normal health and bad health. However, this zone of dysfunction is very important because that’s where most people are suffering, and it’s where people can be saved before it’s too late. Sure, taking pills can control a symptom, but it won’t solve the problem at the root of the dysfunction. You have to care enough about yourself and realize you’re going to have to do things that take more time and planning for you to be optimized for the long run.
Dr. Esquivel is San Antonio’s leading holistic medicine physician, providing patients a balanced healing approach by combining the most effective holistic and integrative healing methods with the best that conventional medicine has to offer. Dr. Esquivel works with a passion to empower individuals to take responsibility for their health and well-being by promoting the link between mind, body, and spirit. Go to http://www.dresquivel.com/ for more information, and find his podcast The Holistic Medicine San Antonio podcast.
Living in today’s highly toxic and disconnected world is taking a toll on our society. What does it take to reverse some of these issues? What are the key components of health we all need to pay attention to? Why is it so important to find our mission and purpose in life? On this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Jim Meehan and Dr. Jim Nichols to go deep on optimization, spirituality, and finding meaning in life.
I see a lot of things in life as spiritual warfare. We’re constantly under attack. -Dr. Jim Meehan
At the start of the show, Jim shared what he learned from a recent conference about peptides. Next, we talked about the discipline it takes to stay optimized and how food addiction is hurting us. Jim and Keith also shared some powerful spiritual experiences they’ve had.
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For so many of us, our health struggles are just the manifestation of our disconnection, toxicity, and how we feel about ourselves. For us to change that, we have to be highly disciplined and focused. It’s necessary to make a conscious decision about what you put in your body, and to submit to something bigger than yourself. What we really need is a foundation to fight the toxicity. If we stop being selfish and taking responsibility for our actions, we’ll start to heal.
Dr. Meehan has advanced training in ophthalmology, medical informatics, functional medicine, interventional endocrinology, and nutrition. He is an expert in pain management, addiction medicine, diagnostic laboratory services, toxicology, pharmacogenetics, and the business of medicine, He created the Meehan Protocol(TM) for male hormone replacement and invented the MINDSET(TM) Wellness Operating System. Go to meehanmd.com for more information.
Dr. Keith is a medical doctor at Tier 1 Health & Wellness. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has served as a team physician for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League, a ringside physician for Strikeforce and the Ultimate Fighting Championships, and has consulted in the care of many other high school, college and professional athletes, including the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League and the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Go to http://www.t1institute.com/ for more information.