Episode 27 – 10 Longevity Lessons to Extend Your Health Span | Peter Bowes

Episode 27 – 10 Longevity Lessons to Extend Your Health Span | Peter Bowes

Peter Bowes is a reporter for the BBC and the host of the podcast LLAMA (Live Long And Master Aging). Through his podcast, he has interviewed both professionals studying human longevity as well as everyday people, including centenarians, to find out what drives them and keeps them living to a ripe old age.

What does your health span have to do with your quality of life? What’s the difference between health span and life span when it comes to human longevity?  What is a long life worth if you’re riddled with disease by the time you achieve it? These are the questions Peter asks.

In this podcast, you’ll hear Peter Bowes share with Dave Korsunsky the top 10 longevity lessons he has compiled through his research and podcast interviews so that you, too, can get to live your best and healthiest life — and master aging!

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How metrics tracked over time allow you to see trends for longevity [5:11]
  • Peter discusses ten items that are important to track for longevity [6:25]
  • Lesson One – Simplicity is Good. What you feel from clutter surrounding you physically to how you organize your life alters how you make other decisions. Chaos in your life can lead you to overeat or distract yourself with other things. (Think twice before clicking buy online: “Do I really need it?”)  [7:05]
  • Lesson Two – Be Precise. Precision in the things that we’re doing such as keeping focus with Intermittent Fasting – ex. do you do it daily, weekly, monthly? [13:00]
  • Lesson Three – Fasting is Good for Us. (Disclaimer: you should check with your provider to see if it’s right for you right now.) [15:45]
  • How the different types of fasting affect you and how only through tracking your data can you see which way is best for you right now. [17:13]
  • Lesson Four – Stop Eating at 6 pm. Peter talks about Satchin Panda’s work regarding the circadian rhythm. [20:00]
  • How rising with the sun and winding down with the sun setting, and eating your last meal at 6 pm can help you get to sleep and stay asleep better. [21:00]
  • About how the Oura ring can track when you reach your lowest resting heart rate in the night to help you figure out what is working for you regarding the last meal of the day and more [22:00]
  • About N=1 Experiments and how they are really beneficial; as you share with your friends who are doing the same things, you’ll start to see patterns that are more universal [23:20]
  • Lesson Five – Never Stop Having a Project. Keep doing what you love whether you get paid for it or not. (Ex. Megastar Herb Albert is still working well into his early 80’s as a sculptor, artist, painter, and musician.)[24:25]
  • Lesson Six – Keep Moving Every Day, Every Hour. There is no reason why you can’t do that in any job. Just get up every hour and walk around for a few minutes [27:57]
  • To get moving, park further away from the place you’re going and take the stairs if you’re able to. Walk around the building before going into it and you’ll get your steps in every day. Take the long way there! [31:45]
  • How Dave noticed that being in a metropolitan area he got more exercise when everything was within a 6 block radius, versus living somewhere where things were further apart and more driving was required [33:15]
  • That being active isn’t about weight loss per se, but about the movement that benefits your muscles, cardiovascular system, mood and more.  You don’t need a device to achieve that, but tracking it can motivate you to keep consistent [34:00]
  • Lesson Seven – Moderation is Not Everything. But what does moderation actually mean? “Moderation is that word you use when you don’t want to push yourself to the limit” – Joe De Sena. It doesn’t really mean anything. Do it precisely, not wishy-washy. Go all in! [35:40]
  • Play the game of life full out. Some days are good, some days aren’t. [37:00]
  • Lesson Eight – Enduring Discomfort is Good for You. Take a cold shower instead of a hot shower, and you’ll feel great coming out of it. Everything is appreciated more when it’s infrequent [37:45]
  • The good will feel so much better after you’ve endured some discomfort regularly like a cold shower vs hot or really healthy food vs. a very occasional treat. It will be so much better than if you had access to that treat every day [40:30]
  • Lesson Nine – Eat Clean, Eat Simply. Choose clean vegetables; homegrown is great! The appreciation of freshly harvested food is so beneficial. Appreciate food and eat simply. You don’t need gourmet food to lead a good life. [41:45]
  • Lesson Ten – Simplicity is Good. – How you run your life/day/mind and environment (decluttering).
  • About the reward circuits of hyper-palatable foods of modern culture [44:00]
  • The number one reason that people want to be able to live to a long age? They want to do it for their children and their grandchildren. Family and connectivity and sharing wisdom is the main reason for wanting to live to an old age with a high quality of life. What’s yours? [46:09]
  • Extending life is important to share the wisdom that is gained in a life well lived [49:45]

References

Valter Longo 

The Circadian Code by Satchin Panda

Dr. Felice Gersh on fasting

Joe De Sena

Cold water immersion video of Dr. Limansky and Dave Korsunsky

Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

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Episode 26 – Ketogenic Therapy for Epilepsy & Beyond | Beth Zupec-Kania (Charlie Foundation)

Episode 26 – Ketogenic Therapy for Epilepsy & Beyond | Beth Zupec-Kania (Charlie Foundation)

If you haven’t heard about Beth Zupec-Kania, then you’re in for a treat! Beth spent the last 27 years as a Registered Dietician helping many parents implement a keto diet for seizures. Through the Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies, Beth worked primarily with children using ketogenic therapy for epilepsy. Also the designer of the KetoDietCalculator, which has been around for 20+ years, Beth has been using keto long before it was a popular dietary approach. 

A pioneer in ketogenic therapy’s resurgence, Beth Zupec-Kania has been instrumental in spreading knowledge about the keto diet through the Charlie Foundation. She educates hospital staff and parents on how to implement ketogenic therapy all over the world, giving many families hope. So far, Beth and the Charlie Foundation have trained over 200 hospitals in ten countries! 

Founded in 1994 by Jim Abrahams, The Charlie Foundation came into existence because of Jim’s son Charlie, who found success with a keto diet for seizures. In 1993, when Charlie, a baby then, failed to respond to epilepsy medications, Jim wasn’t willing to take ‘good enough’ as an answer. Digging into the textbooks, he found a possibility in the ketogenic diet. Within a month, Charlie became seizure and drug free. Most important, now an adult, Charlie has never had a seizure again! 

Now in its 25th year, the Charlie Foundation is a non-profit organization. It provides information about ketogenic therapy for those with epilepsy, neurological disorders, and certain cancers. All donations are not only used directly for education but are matched by Jim Abrams. You can contact Beth through the Charlie Foundation Contact page for educational training. This is also a great resource for finding practitioners trained in the ketogenic diet for therapeutic use.

Note: Charlie Foundation’s Keto Ambassador series highlights stories of people who have found success using a ketogenic therapy for epilepsy. Gillian Szollos (featured on episode 23 of our podcast), is also a Keto Ambassador for the Charlie Foundation. She shares her story and favorite keto diet for seizures recipe here: http://bit.ly/GilliansStory

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How Beth got started with the keto diet for seizures at the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Also how she came to learn about Jim Abrahams from The Charlie Foundation, becoming their lead nutritionist [5:00]
  • Jim Abrahams’ story as a Hollywood writer, movie producer, and father. How his youngest son Charlie developed epilepsy around age one [7:45]
  • How available drugs fail 30% of those with epilepsy [9:42]
  • Why ketogenic therapy is really effective for those that have been on two anti-seizure medications, yet are still having seizures [11:00]
  • That the diet works in at least 50% of those who try it with medical supervision when the meds don’t work or surgery isn’t an option [11:05]
  • How after Charlie started the keto diet all of his seizures went away [12:15]
  • How Jim found information on the ketogenic therapy for epilepsy buried in textbooks [13:50]
  • Why First Do No Harm, the movie Jim created about a boy’s story with epilepsy, is still a large reason that people hear about the keto diet. Hence, showing how underutilized the keto diet for seizures is still used today [17:41]
  • That trials in children and several in adults show repeatedly the same statistic, no matter what type of seizure. (At least 50% have at least 50% or more reduction in seizures. About 15 up to 25% get complete seizure freedom, depending on the unique circumstances.) [20:50]
  • About the prep that has to happen before implementing a keto diet for seizures. Also learn about the resources Beth has created for the transition [23:00]
  • How just removing gluten or sugar can provide relief for a lot of patients before going full keto [26:00]
  • Why knowing your biomarkers can help you to identify things that are triggering your seizures [29:45]
  • About the Charlie Foundation and how people can get started using the keto diet. (Used for everything from autism and brain cancer to Parkinson’s and migraines, plus more.) [38:00]
  • The education Beth has done, conducting trainings in 250 hospitals across the globe with patients/staff. How she teaches others how to implement the keto diet for seizures [40:45]

References

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You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

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About Heads Up Health

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Episode 25 – How Terpinoids Can Help Patients Fine-Tune CBD & THC for Condition-Specific Treatments Like Cancer | Steve Ottersberg

Episode 25 – How Terpinoids Can Help Patients Fine-Tune CBD & THC for Condition-Specific Treatments Like Cancer | Steve Ottersberg

Steve Ottersberg is driven to change the way the world sees cannabis. He’s hoping to destigmatize the cannabis industry to allow more individuals to benefit from the use of CBD and cannabis for everything from anxiety and sleep to depression and cancer. Steve believes that consumers should understand and be armed with information on which terpenes are beneficial for their medical condition and whether or not they are contained in the product they are purchasing.

In this podcast, Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health, interviews Steve Ottersberg, who is a wealth of information on all things CBD oil, cannabis, interpreting genetic data, and more! (In fact, when recommending  a cannibus product for use in a condition-specific treatment such as cancer, he first starts by looking at the genes that influence neurotransmitter metabolism.)

Have you ever wondered why some strains of CBD or THC make you feel either high or low?  Ready to go beast mode, or ready to hibernate for winter? Steve shares what makes the effects of the different strains more or less beneficial for different conditions and why he doesn’t believe in the classification of Indica or Sativa anymore. This is one episode you won’t want to miss!

Steve Ottersberg graduated from Fort Lewis College with a B.S. in biochemistry and has an M.S. in Bio-organic chemistry from Arizona State University, where he also taught both organic chemistry and nutritional-biochemistry. He also held a faculty position teaching chemistry at Fort Lewis College. Currently, Steve is Owner and Supervisory Analyst of Green Lab Solutions, living in Colorado with his wife, cancer survivor and thriver Dr. Nasha Winters, whose work (she is also the author of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer) complements one another. 

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About his work doing genetic coaching with clients in wife Dr. Nasha Winters’ practice bringing in the biochemistry of CBD into her practice and their work with Alex Swanson of Nutrition Genome [4:30]
  • Hear what gene markers Steve looks at when recommending a cannabis product [8:35]
  • How you may be functioning well on the surface, but biochemically you may be struggling, creating a higher burden on the body which can lead to cancer and other ailments [10:05]
  • About the terpenes in the plants and how Steve recommends CBD strains based on them for different ailments and conditions [12:20]
  • That hemp and marijuana are both cannabis Sativa but the difference between the two is marijuana has been bred to selectively produce THC [13:25]
  • How myrcene binds to opioid receptors [14:00]
  • A study in Japan showed smelling limonene was as effective as anti-depressants in an institutional setting [17:35]
  • How his lab is calibrated for 21 terpenoids, but it only seeing 5-10 at levels that are significant in a typical marijuana plant in Colorado [20:30]
  • Why Steve doesn’t believe in the Indica and Sativa classification anymore [21:0]
  • How beta-pinene and limonene counteract the sedative effect of THC to make them more uplifting [21:45]
  • What one of the most powerful antidotes to THC is [22:20]
  • How to reverse the effects of too many edibles that have snuck up on you [23:00]
  • Why we need to start with terpenoids and end with cannabinoids in our description and high THC needs to come to an end except in extreme cases [23:50]
  • Where most people go wrong with edibles [25:00]
  • What Steve wants to see in a dispensary, and how you should start with CBD vs CBD/THC strains [26:25]
  • How high myrcene strains can provide high pain relief rather than opioids [27:00]
  • About how some of the labeling laws differ in different states and what to look for [29:50]
  • Recommendation to consumers to ask for lab testing data from your dispensary, even if it’s not labeled [34:00]
  • Cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors tune our neurotransmitters, and THC and CBD allow us to fine-tune our normal neurotransmitter function. The terpenoids are the way we as consumers can fine-tune CBD and THC for desired effects [36:25]
  • Steve’s plea to the growers [39:00]
  • Top terpenes and what they’re good for [40:00]
  • Steve’s work to publish a website and a book as a resource for patients seeking condition-specific support [51:45]
  • How in the future, Heads Up will be able to crunch all that data — genetic SNPS, terpene profiles, blood test data, blood sugar values and more — to help both patients and clinicians track data more efficiently. [52:25]

References

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You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

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About Heads Up Health

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Episode 24 – Using Biohacking Technology to Upgrade Your Mind and Body | Martin Tobias of Bulletproof Labs & Upgrade Labs

Episode 24 – Using Biohacking Technology to Upgrade Your Mind and Body | Martin Tobias of Bulletproof Labs & Upgrade Labs

How can you use biohacking technology to upgrade your mind and body, your cognitive and physical performance? And how did a poker game, along with an interest in biohacking and meditation, lead to Martin Tobias becoming the CEO of both Bulletproof Labs and Upgrade Labs?

Find out the answers to these questions, and more, in this podcast episode with Dave Korsunsky of Heads Up Health as he talks to Martin Tobias about Bulletproof and Upgrade Labs and what they offer to the biohacking community. Listen in to see how your health and life can improve by tracking and having accountability for your own health, even if you’re not anywhere near one of these state-of-the-art biohacking facilities. And whether you want to improve your workouts, lower inflammation, heal from injury, or just improve brain health, Bulletproof Labs and Upgrade Labs are leading the way.

Having a professional background and mind for data, Martin realized that there had to be a way to connect quantifiable health data to different inputs and find what works for individuals who want to make big gains in shorter amounts of time, a path that led him to Dave Asprey, Founder of Bulletproof Labs.  

Find out more about Martin Tobias on his blog, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow Upgrade Labs on Instagram here.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How Martin Tobias found Dave Asprey’s 40 years of Zen but didn’t have $15k to do it; however, he won exactly $15k that night at a poker game, changing his life and leading to him running Bulletproof Labs [4:05]
  • Dave Korsunsky’s first N=1 experiment was doing a Bulletproof diet using DEXA scan and blood tests as biomarkers [8:30]
  • Why people need to know their data and learn what it means as the first step in any health journey [10:25]
  • “The medical system is set up for acute care, fixing people after they’re broken, not actually keeping them healthy” [11:25]
  • How Dave Asprey was using a spreadsheet and Martin thinking there had to be a better way which led to him learning about Heads Up Health at a conference [12:35]
  • Learn about the type of sessions and data they track and use at Upgrade Labs [13:35]
  • Dave talks about touring a Bulletproof facility, and what biohacking technology they use [14:25]
  • Martin’s favorite labs and how he’s quantified them [15:20]
    • Cold HIIT machine which increased Martins’ testosterone from 468 to 1098 in 2 weeks with just 2 total hours of exercise [15:55]
    • How blood testing is available onsite [18:45]
    • Breath EZ water machine to reduce oxidative stress, enabling you to have more power in your cells to use for exercise more intensely [20:05]
    • CVAC to give your cellular energy system a workout, which can increase your aerobic capacity [24:30]
    • Why hacking and stacking can benefit you [26:30]
    • Why meditating in a virtual float tank can put you into a theta state much faster [27:15]
    • Full body nitrogen based cryotherapy to -240º [30:15]
    • About infrared light beds and how they’re more effective than infrared saunas due to the distance from the body [32:00]
    • Why PEMF is great for recovery, discharging electrical energy like grounding but does it in just 12 minutes for a full electrical reset, speeding up healing time for injuries [33:15]
  • Learn what Dave at Bulletproof is doing to improve mitochondrial function [37:35]
  • How tracking with the Oura ring can show how poorly you sleep after a couple of drinks, even though you think you’re sleeping well [39:00]
  • About cold immersion therapy and how it can improve your REM sleep [39:45]
  • How quality of sleep is more important than quantity and how tracking can help you biohack your way to better sleep [40:30]
  • Dave Korsunsky found that using the Oura ring to track heart rate and varying last meal times affected heart rate and therefore sleep [41:45]
  • Where you can find Bulletproof Labs (Santa Monica) and the new company Upgrade Labs and how every new location from here on out will be called Upgrade Labs. (They have a pop-up at Nike in Hollywood currently, and the third location will be in Beverly Hills opening in September. Four more locations in LA and one in San Jose coming soon! [43:50]

References

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You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

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About Heads Up Health

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Episode 23 – How Gillian Szollos Became Seizure Free with a Keto Diet for Epilepsy

Episode 23 – How Gillian Szollos Became Seizure Free with a Keto Diet for Epilepsy

Gillian Szollos had forgotten about her epilepsy. It had been 30 years since she’d been seizure free, and those memories had faded so much that her husband didn’t even know about them. But when the seizures returned suddenly — full force — she began medications to suppress them. However, it wasn’t effective this time around so Gillian was left to find another way. She credits her husband for seeking support online, discovering and beginning the keto diet for epilepsy on October 2014. Two weeks later, Gillian had her very last seizure, and her own diligence in tracking keto has kept her seizure free ever since!

After tracking her basal body temp, ketones, blood sugar, menstrual cycle, and other metrics, she was able to take her data to her doctor who then was able to see a pattern and diagnose her with catamenial seizures, which are hormone triggered.  

Had Gillian accepted what she was told without question, she may not be here today. As it turns out, she also has an MTHFR gene variance that causes her to not metabolize medications in a typical way. Her medications left her in such anguish that at one point she was willing to risk death from seizure rather than the side effects of the medications.

Join Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health as he talks with Gillian Szollos about her experience with epilepsy and her choice to treat it with a keto diet for epilepsy. Through daily keto tracking, she lost over 90 pounds, lowered her A1C from 6.2 to 4.2 in just a few months, as well as eliminated her seizures by knowing her triggers.

You can follow Gillian on Instagram as @ketoalldayeverday and @keto.for.life you can also check out her website Ketoalldayeveryday.com or email her at ketoalldayeveryday@gmail.com

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Gillian Szollos’ pleading message to physicians to please read the drug insert and know that side effects do happen [14:00]
  • Using the app, Seizure Tracker, she was able to further categorize the type of seizure she was having. (catamenial seizures-hormone related); otherwise, she wouldn’t have been able to target her therapy [17:20]
  • Why doing your own research and taking it to your doctor can empower you, helping you get the results you desire for your health. [18:30]
  • How although her hormone levels were “normal,” they were actually at the opposites ends of normal (indicating an imbalance providing her one more piece of the puzzle) [20:30]
  • The difference between optimal functional ranges vs “normal” lab ranges [19:30]
  • How keto came into Gillian’s life when she had hit a point where she’d rather take the chance of dying from a seizure than to continue on with the medications that caused her suicidal ideations [23:25]
  • How her husband joined Facebook and found a seizure support group that led to the idea of utilizing a ketogenic diet for seizure suppression [24:30]
  • About her search for sources in implementing a therapeutic ketogenic diet, which was scarce at the time, so she went straight to the source – Dr. Eric Kossoff at Johns Hopkins [24:50]
  • After starting the keto for epilepsy diet in October 2014, Gillian had her last (30 minute) seizure two weeks later. Even though her doctor wanted her to go back to Tegretol, she never had to take it again! [27:05]
  • How eating and tracking keto helped Gillian remain seizure free. Also the benefits of reducing estrogenic foods and upping nutrients to protect her body and managing her sleep. [28:50]
  • How the side effects of the meds nearly killed her, but the side effects of keto saved her life. [31:00]
  • Why she overcame her fear of lifting free weights in the gym and how she went from a bone density score of 1.1 to a 2.2 which is unheard of for a 49-year-old woman [38:45]
  • How ovulation causes high ketones and low blood sugar. Right before menstruation, you’ll see low ketones and high blood sugar, regardless of what you’re eating. She wouldn’t have noticed without tracking, as this provides more markers to watch for in catamenial seizures. [45:00]
  • Why you should master your own body by tracking and testing to know your triggers [47:00]
  • Learn about the Charlie Foundation and why a community is so beneficial [47:45]
  • About the use of cannabis and CBD oil for seizures [50:20]
  • Importance of asking for your lab results, not just the summary of findings, to uncover things like thyroid swings from one end of normal to the other [52.45]
  • Carrie Brown and MTHFR support for mental health [58:55]
  • How to work with doctors that are uncooperative in a way that is not antagonistic [1:00:00]
  • How Gillian pays it forward by sharing others’ success stories with keto and epilepsy [106:00:00]
  • How she ditched over $3000 of monthly meds switching to keto [108.00.00]
  • Why it’s important to spread the message that this is an effective treatment plan [108.00.00]

References

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to manage their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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