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The Road to Sparta: How Dean Karnazes Relived The Ancient Battle & Epic Run That Inspired The World's Greatest Footrace

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/roadtosparta In 490 BCE, some maso...https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/roadtosparta In 490 BCE, some masochistic Greek guy named Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. In doing so, he saved the development of Western civilization and inspired the birth of the marathon as we know it. Even now, some 2,500 years later, that run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in the history of mankind. Dean Karnazes, my guest on today's podcast, came up with the crazy idea of honoring Pheidippides (and Dean's own Greek heritage) by recreating this entire ancient journey in modern times. During his run, Karnazes even abstained from contemporary endurance nutrition like sports drinks and energy gels and only ate what was available in 490 BCE, such as figs, olives, cured meats and even some stuff called "mastic gum". Then he wrote about the whole experience is his new book "The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace". The new book is intriguing, comical, sometimes tear-jerking, and certainly thought-provoking and entertaining, and Dean is probably even more intriguing. Get a load of this guy... TIME magazine named Dean one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. Stan Lee called him, "Super Human." He's an acclaimed endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, who has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He's run across the Sahara Desert in 120-degree temperatures, and he's run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions he's run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. He has swum the San Francisco Bay, scaled mountains, bike raced for 24-hours straight, and surfed the gigantic waves off the coast of Hawaii & California. His long list of competitive achievements include winning the world's toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley during the middle of summer. He has raced and competed on all seven continents of the planet, twice over. In 2006 he accomplished the seemingly impossible by running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat! In 2011 Dean ran 3,000-miles from the coast of California to New York City, averaging 40 to 50-miles per day (one day covering more than 70!). Along the way he stopped at schools to speak to students about the importance of exercise and healthy eating. When passing through Washington DC, he was invited to run through the White House to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama and be honored for his tireless commitment to helping this country get back in shape. Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, The Howard Stern Show, NPR's Morning Edition, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner's World, Outside, and Wired magazine's, and has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Men's Journal, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Telegraph, to mention a few. Dean is the winner of an ESPN ESPY and a 3-time recipient of Competitor magazines Endurance Athlete of the Year award. Dean has also raised millions of dollars for charity and was awarded the prestigious Community Leadership Award by the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why it is a myth that Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles...[14:50] -How humans can actually outrun horses...[19:30] -Whether Dean ran barefoot or in leather sandals in the same way that Pheidippides did...[22:30] -The hardest part of Dean's entire run...[30:45] -How it went for Dean to eat for this race different than he ate for your other races, and why he chewed on something called "mastic gum"...[38:55] -How Dean ran for 70+ miles with no food...[41:15] -Why Dean adds rosemary to his coffee and consumes large amounts of wild salmon...[46:15] -How Dean recovers so darn fast between his events, and why he bulked up before his 50 marathons in 50 days...[51:00] -Why Dean splits his day into multiple 12-14 minute body weight workouts, and what his exact routine is...[53:00] -How Dean manages with such little sleep when running marathons over multiple days...[57:50] -Dean's take on all the talk about chronic cardio being bad for testosterone levels, increased risk of mortality, etc...[63:05] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Dean's book: The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace -My Waterlogged interview with Dr. Tim Noakes -Earthrunners sandals that Ben wears -The mastic gum capsules that Ben and Dean talk about -The chewable mastic gum straight from Greece that you can order from Amazon -The fat based energy gel article that Ben wrote -The Elliptigo elliptical trainer that Dean and Ben use -The Oura ring Ben uses to track his sleeping Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dean or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!   Show More

01:15:17 4/26/2017

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https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/lifewater Today's special episode is a real doozy - recorded straight from a steelhead fishing trip with my twin 9 year old boys at the Lifewater Ranch near Kooskia, Idaho. One night, while feasting on beef heart, wild-caught steelhead fish, roasted chicken, brussel sprouts, bacon and mashed sweet potatoes, we flipped on the microphones, gathered around the table, and recorded an epic discussion on air, light, water, electricity, ketosis, fish oil, cancer, a $17,000 healing machine, chem trails and much, much more. Enjoy! Resources from this episode: -Lifewater Ranch (mention Ben's name and get a 5% discount on your entire stay) -The Quantum Pulse Vibe Machine -Christopher Claunch (our fishing guide and chef) GunsAndDuns website -Chris's nutbutter recipe -My Dr. Thomas Cowan interview on why the heart is not a pump/the importance of structured water -The dangers of smart meters -My article on estrogen dominance -The Zona high blood pressure device -High dose allicin via "Allimax" from Amazon -Recent research on sauna/Alzheimer's -Book: Tripping Over The Truth -Book: Fat as Fuel -Superessentials Fish Oil Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Chris, Sandy or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:13:44 4/23/2017
For the past couple months, I've been toying around with a new app and website called Brain.fm for everything from sleep to focus to creativity. Frankly, I have no clue how it works, but it can knock me out like a baby for sleep, especially for napping or when I wake up in the middle of the night, it puts me directly into "The Zone" when I'm writing fiction or reading, and when I play it on an airplane I doze off like a baby. I do know that it is far different than binaural beats and white noise, but know little else about the science behind Brain.fm, so for for today's episode, I managed to get the minds behind Brain.fm on the podcast to explain how you can use sound waves and artificial intelligence for sleep, focus, creativity and beyond. During today's podcast, I interview Junaid Kalmadi, the CEO Co-Founder of Brain.fm, along with Adam Hewett, the mastermind behind the sound innovation and technology, and during our discussion, you'll discover: Adam has been innovating with audio and brain stimulation for 14 years. Prior to brain.fm, Adam invented the first research focused entrainment software used by auditory neuroscientists and research labs around the world. Mind WorkStation (brain.fm's predecessor) remains the gold standard for auditory stimulation and branches of neuroscience. He holds a patent on a method of his own invention for embedding brainwave stimulation into audio among others pending. Junaid specializes in transporting innovation breakthroughs made in R&D to a consumer product experience that's easy for any human to use. Since April 2014, Junaid lead the company to growing to 300k+ users, 3 to 13 people in team size, published 2 pilot studies from respected neuroscientists, and featured on Inc Magazine, Guardian, Newsweek, New York Observer, Futurism. Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Vice, TechCrunch, Mashable, etc. Brain.fm also partnered with the team USA Olympic Wrestling team to help their insomnia & performance anxiety during preparation for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Their advisory board consists of leading auditory neuroscientists, notable serial entrepreneurs and angel investors. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What exactly is BrainFM...[8:45] -How music can create neuronal oscillations in your brain...[13:00] -Why listening to Bach or Beethoven for long periods of time can actually distract and "stress" your brain...[19:00] -How the music and soundtracks used in brain.fm is different than binaural beats (and the unfortunate reality of binaural beats research)...[ 25:30] -The fascinating artificial intelligence software that Adam invented to use "note-bots" for creating music for sleep, focus and creativity...[32:10] -Whether any actual studies exist on the use of something like brain.fm to changing brain wave states...[44:15] -The best kind of headphones to use with brain.fm...[50:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Brain.fm app and website -SleepPhones (Headphones For Enhancing Sleep or Naps) -My recent article on how I use brain.fm for naps -Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Junaid, Adam or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
57:29 4/22/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/drugdealer Three out of four people addicted to heroin probably started on a prescription opioid, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States alone, 16,000 people die each year as a result of prescription opioid overdose... ...but perhaps the most frightening aspect of the prescription drug epidemic is that it's built on well-meaning doctors treating patients with real problems. In the new book "Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop", my guest on this podcast Dr. Anna Lembke uncovers the unseen forces driving drug addiction nationwide. Combining case studies from her own practice with vital statistics drawn from public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, she explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients, the science of addiction, and the barriers to successfully addressing drug dependence and addiction. Chock full of extensive interviews with health care providers, pharmacists, social workers, hospital administrators, insurance company executives, journalists, economists, advocates, and patients and their families, this podcast and book is a must-listen for anyone whose life has been touched in some way by addiction to prescription drugs. Dr. Lembke singles out the real culprits behind the rise in drug addiction: cultural narratives that promote pills as quick fixes, pharmaceutical corporations in cahoots with organized medicin e, and a new medical bureaucracy focused on the bottom line that favors pills, procedures, and patient satisfaction over wellness. Dr. Lembke is Assistant Professor at the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the Program Director for the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She completed a residency in Psychiatry, and a fellowship in mood disorders at the Stanford School of Medicine. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, American Family Physician, and Addiction. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The shocking truth Anna discover when treating patients for substance abuse regarding where were most of them getting their actual drugs...[9:10] -What happens to a brain's reward circuitry over time when using something like a painkiller...[15:12] -How activities like hard exercise, cold, heat and even neurofeedback can be used to "reboot" the body's dopamine response...[24:10 & 26:35] -Why pain is good and why you shouldn't try to constantly shut it down...[25:15 & 29:00] -How people around the world are using something called "Pipemania" to get their hands on new drugs...[30:40] -Why we can't blame this all on big Pharma, and who is really responsible for the extreme surge of pill-taking in America and beyond...[43:30] -The 12 different strategies that drug seeking patients use to get drugs from their doctor...[56:30] -The growing problem of "pill mills"...[60:35] -What an RVU is and why it keeps a doctor highly motivated to do a "procedure" or "prescription"...[63:25] -Why something called "42CFR Part 2" keeps doctors from even knowing or having access to a patient's electronic medical record...[66:30] -How we can stop the cycle of compulsive prescribing...[70:20] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Kratom as a natural, non-addictive painkiller -The Peak Brain Institute to "rewire" the brain for tolerance to things like alcohol and weed Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Anna or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:15:55 4/19/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/rawmeat My guest on today's show eats raw. And I'm not talking raw kale and carrots, but rather raw meat. She eats raw meat. A lot. Yep, that includes raw dairy, raw eggs, raw beef and even raw chicken. Her name is Melissa Henig, she is a health coach and nutrition enthusiast who leads what she calls a "raw lifestyle" and in her new book "Raw Paleo: The Extreme Advantages of Eating Paleo Foods in the Raw", she makes the claim that raw foods are powerful medicine and offer a distinct health advantage over cooked foods. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What made Melissa start eating raw meat...[8:05] -What a typical day of raw eating looks like for Melissa...[10:00] -Why Melissa says our brain and nervous system need raw fat specifically...[12:30] -How you can prepare raw chicken safely...[21:35] -If you need to be concerned about parasites in raw meat...[24:11] -Why Melissa says probiotics in raw meat are naturally detoxifiers...[27:00] -Why many probiotic capsules can have some issues...[35:35] -Whether raw meat is really higher in amino acids...[42:30] -How raw protein may be easier to digest and does not impose a load on the kidneys...[46:00] -Why Melissa eats a small cube of raw cheese through the day...[49:55] -Whether the avidin in raw egg whites depletes biotin in your body...[52:45] -Melissa's take on the idea that "cooking" is what set humans apart and allowed us to have a bigger brain and smaller gut...[41:30] -Whether Melissa cooks *any* foods...[57:05] -And much more! Resources: -Books by Aajonus Vonderplanitz -Sous vide cookers on Amazon -The Caprobiotics that Ben uses -The Reddit thread on "high meat" Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Melissa or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:03:44 4/15/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/ziva Meditation for insomnia? Meditation as an alternative to a cup of coffee? Meditation for mind blowing sex? My guest on today's podcast has cracked the code on what kind of meditation works for all these goals, and for many more. Her name is Emily Fletcher, and Emily is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the creator of zivaMIND, the world's first online meditation training. Her mission is to make meditation attractive and accessible to people who are ready to up-level their performance and their lives. Recently featured in The New York Times, named top 100 women in wellness to watch and regarded as one of the leading experts in Vedic meditation, Emily has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank, sweetgreen, & Viacom to help improve company performance through meditation. She began her ten years of training in Rishikesh, India and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers & A Chorus Line. Emily has been invited to speak at Harvard Business School, Bulletproof Biohacking Conference, Summit Series, A-Fest and The Omega Center. So far, she has taught over 5,100 people to become self-sufficient meditators with this game changing practice to take with them for life. Here is a During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Emily went from being a Broadway actress to meditation...[7:55] -The new science of gratitude, and why you don't even need to think of something that you're actually grateful for...[12:20] -Why Emily does "lazy man's" meditation...[16:25] -How your body has a built-in mechanism to become less tasty to predators when you are stressed (and how this can make your skin ugly)...[21:10] -Why stress makes you stupid, and what you can do about it...[26:25] -The best way to do "cross-training" for your brain...[34:50] -What a sample meditation session would look like for energized focus if you, say, didn't want to drink a cup of coffee...[43:42] -How you can use meditation to get the equivalent of taking a power nap...[49:10] -The best form of meditation for sleep or insomnia...[62:30] -How to use meditation to help you have mind-blowing sex, and the specific chemicals that can inhibit female orgasm and erectile dysfunction...[68:40] -What Emily thinks of all the newfangled ways to meditate like the Muse headband and the Headspace app...[73:00] -How about neurofeedback as a way to "shortcut" the brain into meditation...have you ever experimented with that? [76:40] -And much more... Resources from this episode: -Ziva Meditation -NatureBeat app -Free Body Scan meditation videos on Google -The PeakBrainInstitute for neurofeedback Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Emily or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:21:36 4/12/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/andrewhill Six months ago, I visited the Peak Brain Institute in Los Angeles, California for a special type of advanced brain scan and brain mapping system called a quantified electroencephalography, or "QEEG"... ...and I was shocked at what they discovered in my brain. Dr. Andrew Hill, who oversaw the test and who you may remember from my podcasts "Can Weed Really Shrink Your Brain" and "The Little Known Truth About Smart Drugs And Nootropics" (and who you also may have seen on The Joe Rogan Experience, the Smart Drug Smarts show and beyond) discovered some pretty severe patterns of excess stressful beta waves, excess theta waves, and excess delta waves in my brain. What's that mean? Basically, this suggests that I have had some history of concussions and traumatic brain injury (which I indeed have had, in everything from football to mountain biking to kickboxing), as well as built-up deficits of attention, increased distractibility, limited sleep potential and less-than-optimal cognitive performance from life, travel, toxins, head injuries and beyond. Dr. Hill actually explored much of this in a follow-up article he wrote after my scan, entitled "How To Increase Your IQ, Decrease Your Distractibility, Create Better Sleep, Enhance Cognitive Performance & Maximize Your Ability To Enter The Zone." After that initial scan, I hopped on a plane to LA, and went back to the Peak Brain Institute for three days of intensive training to fix my brain, and then I returned from LA with a tiny suitcase full of every piece of neurofeedback technology necessary to transform and rewire my brain. In today's episode with Dr. Andrew Hill, who is one the leading neurofeedback practitioners and peak brain performance coaches in the country, a UCLA trained cognitive neuroscientist, lecturer, entrepreneur, avid biohacker, and host of the soon-to-be released podcast - Head First With Dr. Hill (stay tuned as one of the first episodes is with yours truly)... ....you're going to discover exactly what happened to my brain over my 4 months of over 60 sessions of neurofeedback training, how this method of brain fixing blows any other form of electrical brain stimulation out of the water, and how I felt while going through what is essentially like "meditation on steroids". During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Andrew discovered on my initial brain scan...[9:25] -How I was able to engage in neurofeedback while simultaneously watching Shark Tank...[14:10] -The difference between a "one channel" design and "two channel" design when it comes to how much you're asking of your brain...[25:50] -How you can be "doing other things", like typing, and still also at the same time doing neurofeedback and training your brain...[31:00] -One of Andrew's favorite "kitchen sink" neurofeedback protocols for sleeping like a baby, improving mood, and increasing focus...[33:00] -How to use neurofeedback to reset alcohol and marijuana tolerance with just one single session...[42:20] -The shocking results of the second scan that Andrew and I did...[50:15] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -The Peak Brain Institute -How To Increase Your IQ, Decrease Your Distractibility, Create Better Sleep, Enhance Cognitive Performance & Maximize Your Ability To Enter The Zone. -Can Weed Really Shrink Your Brain? -My pre-brain scan -My post-brain scan Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Andrew Hill or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:05:17 4/8/2017
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/questtocurecancer My guest on today's podcast, Eric Remensperger, has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. He is a partner at a major law firm, Proskauer, where he heads up the West Coast real estate practice. But that's not the most interesting part. Eric is also a major-league biohacker who has cured himself of cancer. I first met Eric at the PaleofX conference last May, and you may have seen his "daily shake" ingredients which appeared at the end of a blog I posted in July of last year entitled "6 Crazy, Exotic Superfood Cocktails, Shakes & Mind-Bending Recipes"... I ran into Eric again in December at the Runga event in Costa Rica, where he told me an incredible story about how his life had changed. In a nutshell, his decades long obsession with health and wellness hit the fastlane when he was diagnosed last spring with stage IV prostate cancer (with a Gleason score of 9), and as a result of that he did an incredibly deep dive into the science behind cancer and the various treatment protocols, some of which I'm sure we'll get into on the podcast. For those of you who are concerned about cancer, or have been touched by it, I think you will find this a very interesting conversation. As a non-health-care professional who has gone from stage IV metastatic cancer to full remission, Eric can speak freely about his experiences and what he has learned (and continues to learn) about the theories on the causes of cancer and the premises behind the various treatment modalities. His goal is to assist those who wish to take charge of their own care by providing the information needed to better assist them in working with their doctors and healthcare professionals to find the best path to manage the disease by shifting from "cancering" to the body's natural state of "healing". Eric lives in Santa Monica, CA, where he is an advanced yogi and a health nut. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Eric went from a cigarette-smoking, divorced lawyer to a complete yogi enthusiast and health nut, far before he found out he had cancer...[10:22] -The one book that stood out from the 21 books Eric read in the 14 days after discovering he had cancer...[24:05] -How "Qi" stagnation and emotional issues can cause cancer...[28:50] -The fascinating experiments by Wilhelm Reich in which he discovered something called "bions" that can precede cancer...[42:00] -The way that quantum physics and vibrational energies can allow you to believe yourself into a state of sickness (and vice versa)...[49:20] -The importance difference between nutritional ketosis and therapeutic ketosis...[52:25] -What Eric discovered about deuterium depletion and it's link to cancer...[54:25] -The one pharmaceutical anti-fungal drug that Eric takes and recommends looking into for anyone who has cancer...[57:40] -Why Eric swears by a one-two combo of hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapy via rectal insufflation for killing cancer cells...[59:05] -Why Eric completely shut down his testosterone levels and chemically castrated himself...[66:45] -The role of apricot pits and wormwood toxins for shutting down cancer cells...[71:10] -The Pau D' Arco tea blend that both Ben and Eric drink every day to support their mitochondria and cellular health...[74:00] -Why sunlight is crucial to producing something called "GcMAF", a crucial component of your immune system...[76:42] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Eric's Quest to Cure Cancer website -6 Crazy, Exotic Superfood Cocktails, Shakes & Mind-Bending Recipes -Book: Tripping Over The Truth - The Metabolic Theory Of Cancer -Book: Bion Experiments by Wilhelm Reich -Book: The Cancer Biopathy by Wilhelm Reich -Book: Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender -Podcast: Podcast On Fixing Your Mitochondria With Dr. Joe Mercola -Podcast: Why You've Been Lied To About Cancer & What You Can Do About It -Podcast: The Mold-Cancer Link, Resetting Your Nervous System, Dry Fasting, Nanonutrients & More With Ian Clark Article: Do Muscle Building Supplements Really Cause Cancer? Article: Why You Get Cancer And What You Can Do About It Article: Did Lebron James' Cell Phone Give Him Mouth Cancer? -Deuterium-depleted water Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Eric or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:31:46 4/5/2017
Last year, after racing the AT&T Spartan Stadium race in San Francisco, I took my wife and twin boys to a private screening of one of the only movies I saw during the entire year last year (I'm not much of a Hollywood guy). Actually, this wasn't even a movie. It was a documentary, a genre that I really only tap into when my assistant sends me an audio download of some documentary somebody tells me I "must-see" and then I listen to it while I'm walking through the forest and imagine what is going on from a visual standpoint (as a film nerd, my guest on today's podcast would probably throttle me for this). Anyways, I walked out of the screening incredibly impressed. I laughed, I was inspired, I was on the edge of my seat, my kids were howling with laughter, and my wife loved it. So what did we see exactly? The documentary is called "Rise Of The Sufferfests". It's all about the global obstacle course phenomenon, and in a highly entertaining and funny way, it explores the history of the sport, the psychology behind it, the personalities that drive it, and asks what it says about the world we're living in. Here's the trailer: Director Scott Keneally is my guest on today's show. This self-proclaimed "beta male" has been stuck in the mud since the fall of 2011, when he tackled his first Tough Mudder. Back then, the first-time filmmaker had no idea he'd be making a movie about any of this stuff. He went into it with a simple plan: to suffer and write a story about the suffering. Keneally had previously confessed to things like bedwetting and sweaty pits in places like the New York Times Styles section, and figured the one about training up and tackling a paramilitary assault course would make for funny material. That essay was featured on the cover of his local alt-weekly, but more importantly, while researching the history of the company, he stumbled upon a "Social Network"-style scandal surrounding its origins. He quickly reinvented himself as an investigative journalist, and his story ultimately landed on the cover of Outside. The exposť received widespread media attention, opening doors to a consulting gig with 60 Minutes Sports, a speaking engagement at Stanford Business School and?by kismet or luck?an unlikely new career path as a filmmaker. When he's not running in mud, Keneally works as a treatment writer for some of the top directors in music videos and commercials. Over the past 15 years, he has collaborated on videos for Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, as well as Paris Hilton's infamous burger commercial. He has also been known to play didgeridoo with the criminally under-discovered rock band OURS, through which he has toured with Marilyn Manson and recorded on the band's Rick Rubin-produced record, "Mercy." He received his B.A. from Boston College ('99) and his M.F.A. from University of San Francisco ('04). He lives on a vineyard in Sonoma County, CA, with his wife and little boy. During my discussion with Scott, you'll discover: -How raves, micro-dosing with LSD, and rebelling against being a preppie turned Scott from wanting to be the president of the United States to instead making music videos and eventually obstacle course racing...[13:45] -The crazy, eccentric man named "Mr. Mouse" who inspired Scott to make the Sufferfests movie... [19:45] -Scott's take on why millions of people are suddenly paying to suffer through ice, fire, electricity, barbed wire, mud and more...[28:20] -The concept of "The Strenuous Life" and why humans are hardwired to want to get out of our comfortable lives...[31:20] -Why a shocking number of people are doing obstacle course racing to get a good profile pic...[35:20] -The intriguing link between the "masculinity crisis" and obstacle course racing...[47:05] -Why you must have some aspect of fear and discomfort in your life...[52:00] -What were the craziest adventures you embarked upon while filming Sufferfest? [59:35] -What Scott thinks is the next "big thing" in OCR...[62:20] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -"Rise Of The Sufferfests" -A.J. Jacob's books on Amazon -ToughGuy.co.uk -Theodore Roosevelt's "The Strenuous Life" -Book: Generation Me - Revised and Updated: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before -What Doesn't Kill Us podcast with Scott Carney -The World's Toughest Mudder Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Scott or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:07:42 4/1/2017
Two years ago, Cate Shanahan came onto the podcast as a guest for the episode "How To Use Food As Your Body's Fat Loss Language". During that episode, we delved into into how the way your body interprets the food you eat in a manner that can make you either lean or fat - depending on your food choice. We also discussed Cate's book, which is one of the nutrition books that I find myself recommending most often, Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. This month, Cate published a brand new, updated version of the book, and we take a deep dive into it on this podast. In writing this book, Cate examined diets around the world known to help people live longer, healthier lives?diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and "Blue Zone". She identified the four common nutritional habits, developed over millennia, that unfailingly produce strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders, generation after generation. These four nutritional strategies?fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats?form the basis of what Dr. Cate calls "The Human Diet." Cate is a board-certified family physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For ten years, she practiced medicine in Hawaii, where she studied ethnobotany and the culinary habits of her healthiest patients. She currently runs a metabolic health clinic in Denver, Colorado and serves as the Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program. Not only do the LA Lakers follower her nutritional protocol (we discuss their snacks in today's show) but I just found out that the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team has been following a Deep Nutrition style diet for 3 years, Villanova won the college basketball championship in 2016 after adopting this diet the season prior. Do you think this might be good info to add to the show notes? Especially because the Lakers have been sucking, which can make a good diet look bad and sometimes draws ridiculous comments that don't benefit anyone. Rooted in her experience as an elite athlete who used traditional foods to cure her own debilitating injuries, and combining her research with the latest discoveries in the field of epigenetics, Cate shows in this new book how all calories are not created equal; food is information that directs our cellular growth. Our family history does not determine our destiny: what you eat and how you live can alter your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children. During our discussion, you'll discover: -The shocking story of what happened when Cate and her husband visited the Culinary Institute of America...[8:50] -Why vegetable oil is your brain's worst enemy...[14:05] -The little-known toxin called 4HNE and the havoc it wreaks on your brain...[18:07] -Why cutting vegetable oil from the diet potentially just as good for the gut as a fecal transplant...[24:20] -What happened at a Filipino buffet in Kuaui that got Cate seriously thinking about dynamic symmetry...[30:55] -What nutrition has to do with beauty and symmetry (and the fascinating reason why should women space their children out if they want to have beautiful women)...[37:30] -Why men should take preparation for pregnancy just as seriously as women...[45:15] -What the world's elite and rich people eat, and why that leads them to higher amounts of beauty and success...[51:10] -Why the total amount of LDL you possess can be practically irrelevant...[53:50] -Why Cate says that calories don't always count...[59:25] -How fat cells really become something other than fat cells...[66:00] -The dietary habits of the LA Lakers that allow them to follow these same principles...[70:50] -Five easy ways to get started with Deep Nutrition concepts...[74:35] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Cate's book: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food -Kettle & Fire Bone Broth -USWellnessMeats Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Cate or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!
01:22:13 3/29/2017

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