Podcast #53- Supplements

Podcast #53- Supplements

In this episode we talk all about supplements. Topics include:

  • My own initial thoughts on supplements and the countless ones that exist for just as many reasons. I also share a few instances where I don't think supplements are the answer.

  • I talk about the big business of supplements, which has become a hundred billion dollar industry in America alone. Add to that the fact that there's very little regulation and you're left with the wild west. For every legit company there's probably ten just trying to make a quick buck.

  • I talk about unlisted ingredients and adulteration due to low standards and poor quality control within the industry.

  • Then I talk about the 4 companies that will put a seal on a supplement. These seals, however, don't indicate anything about safety or efficacy. They are just ensuring that what's on the label is what's in the bottle. That's it. And you can find those seals here.

  • Then we talk about bioavailability. This is one of those things I never hear anybody mention, but many of the ingredients in common supplements are in forms your body can't even use. So you end up paying for expensive urine.

  • Next I talk about how to make the right choices for you and how to source your supplements properly. This takes a bit of legwork, but if you're going to spend your money you should be sure you're getting something for it.

  • Then I talk about my top 4 supplements that everybody can benefit from. And I go into detail about them but they are a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, and probiotics. And if you're going to add a 5th then I'd recommend a greens supplement.

  • And then in this week's Call-to-Action I give you 6 rules/guidelines to supplements that should keep you from wasting your time and money.

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Podcast #52- Sunlight

Podcast #52- Sunlight

In this episode we talk all about sunlight and it's vital role in your health and longevity. Topics include:

  • Our phobia of the sun and why it's completely wrong.

  • The sun's role in our circadian rhythms and hormone cycles

  • The sun's role in vitamin D production.

  • Then we dive deep into what role vitamin D plays in your body, which is extensive, and how deficient we are as a society in vitamin D.

  • I bust the persistent myths about the sun and it's role in cancer.

  • We talk about the P53 gene and why it's so important to ensure it's doing its job to prevent cancer

  • Then we talk about sunscreen and why it's not necessarily your ally in health.

  • Then we talk about how to get the proper amount of sun to ensure optimal vitamin D production.

  • In this week's Call-to-Action we make a plan for getting the sun you need to optimize vitamin D levels, which will then optimize your health.

  • Thanks for listening. Be sure to subscribe and leave a review and share it with someone who could benefit from this information. And be sure to follow me on Instagram @ThinkersApprentice

Here's thelinkI promised to help understand possible toxicity and cancer risks associated with sunscreen.

And here's the link to The Primal Blueprint, which was the source material for much of this podcast.

Podcast #51- My Rules For Life

Podcast #51- My Rules For Life

In this episode I give you a snapshot of the rules that govern my life and have you consider whether you could benefit from creating your own rules. Topics include:

  • Why I had to create my own rules to govern my life for my own growth and benefit.

  • I also make the point that these are my own rules and are not meant to be yours.

  • I talk about how some people live by a code according to their religion, the upbringing, and their own moral compass. This is perfectly ok as long as it works for you.

  • Then I dive into my rules and unpack them and explain what they mean to me and how I apply them to my life.

  • That brings us to the rules:

    1. Resist, persist, and persevere always.

    2. Do unto others.

    3. Respect people's opinions and beliefs.

    4. Commit fully or not at all.

    5. Discover the wisdom in every experience.

    6. Never let other people's actions and reactions affect my own.

  • I go pretty deep into a few of these and share some personal stories that illuminate why I needed to make a rule in the first place.

  • I go into why 3 of my 6 rules govern social interactions and I spend a good bit of time talking about the current state of our society.

  • And that brings me to this week's Call-to-Action. This week we explore what rules, if any, govern our own lives and direct our actions. And we ask ourselves if creating some governing principles to live by can help us to become the people we want to become.

  • Thanks for listening. Be sure to subscribe and leave a review and share it with someone who could benefit from this information. And be sure to follow me on Instagram @ThinkersApprentice

Podcast #50- Unlearning

Podcast #50- Unlearning

In this episode we talk about how to unlearn what you think you know in order to make room to really learn what you'd like to know. Topics include: 

  • The way in which we stubbornly hold on to all these things we think we know, that, if really examined and challenged them, would prove to be untrue.

  • And these traps of ignorance only serve to hurt us int he long run.

  • I give a prime example of a classic way this plays out every day using the myths that abound about saturated fat these days.

  • I use this example to highlight how the conditioned mind can so strong that it can ignore overwhelming evidence and obvious data in order to keep pre-existing beliefs in tact.

  • The conditioned mind is created through years and years of repetition of what's right and wrong, good and evil, true and false. How we should think, act, dress, look, and the list goes on. Add to that the massive echo chambers that Social media creates and we fall into common traps of confirmation bias.

  • So in order to keep learning and growing we need to learn how decondition our minds and learn how to unlearn all that false data we stubbornly hold on to.

  • We then go over how the flaws in the human mind allow us to get caught in these traps and it goes like this: we use emotional reasoning to draw a conclusion, we FEEL like it's right, our ego tells us that we're right, and when we search the internet for supporting data we search to validate the conclusion we already made. This leads us to confirmation bias and cherry picking, both of which are logical fallacies that lead us to holding false beliefs.

  • The next problem is that because of emotional reasoning we tend to get attached to the outcome. We want it to be what our emotions tell us is right. When we're attached to the outcome we can't actually learn because we're not looking for truth. We're looking for data that validates what we already think.

  • All of this causes us to get stuck in our own ignorance. And so many people I hear preaching their gospel are preaching from a place of ignorance and refuse to challenge their own ideas and discover what the actual truth is. This is why we see so many people trying to silence their detractors these days, especially on college campuses. They refuse to debate them because they don't have intellectual arguments. They have emotional ones, which can be utterly dismantled by logic. Easier to silence the opposition than to have your core beliefs be proven untrue.

  • This is a symptom of another problem, which is attaching your identity to ideas and beliefs that you haven't fully examined and challenged.

  • And this leads to this week's Call-to-Action. This week we're going to take a longer look at the things we hold to be true and challenge them. This exercise involves you acting as the prosecution, the defendant, and the judge for each of your beliefs. As the prosecutor you must do everything possible to prove yourself wrong. As the defendant you must do everything possible to prove yourself right. And once all the arguments and counter-arguments are made, all the evidence is collected and presented then you must become the judge and decide what the truth actually is.

  • This is the essence of critical thinking. We're not after outcomes, we're seekers of truth. Do this exercise for everything you believe, especially if you're preaching this gospel to others. This exercise will catalyze extreme personal growth and development. Try it and see .

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Podcast #49- How To Learn Anything

Podcast #49- How To Learn Anything

In this podcast we talk all about the process of learning and how it applies to everything. Topics include:

  • How learning should go down way differently than it does in the classroom as well as how the classroom jaded most of us towards learning.

  • We talk about the critical component of mindset and attitude whenever you seek to learn something new. This includes adopting the growth mindset, belief, and the beginner's mind. It also means knowing that in order to be good at anything, you first have to be really bad at it. This is an ego challenge and most of us don't respond well to it.

  • I talk about that initial phase of learning we all go through, where everything is overwhelming, it feels like failure is a foregone conclusion, and insecurity and doubt make you question your decisions.

  • I use that segment to segue into what I refer to as the three phases of learning. Phase 1 I just went over a bit. But most people quit during phase 1. Phase 2 is where things finally start making a bit of sense. Insecurity and doubt is replaced by momentum and enthusiasm and progress is rapid. Phase 3 is when all the knowledge and skills that welcome easily have been learned. Momentum and enthusiasm wear off and all that's left is disciplined practice. Phase 3 is where you acquire your 10k hours and pursue mastery.

  • To better explain this process I use the analogy of a puzzle.

  • Then we go into research and choosing resources. Always go with the best.

  • That leads us into deconstruction of the whatever it is you're learning. Identify the foundational concepts as this is generally what the whole subject is built off of. Focus your energy here.

  • I go over some common mistakes of skipping the beginning and the foundational concepts.

  • Then we talk about discipline and practice, more importantly, disciplined practice. At this point we've already set ourselves up for success and that's 3/4 of learning anything. Now if you put in the hours success becomes imminent.

  • The final step is to find ways to get feedback so that you can make adjustments and not pursue your new subject in error. This is critical and should not be dismissed or overlooked.

  • And once you think you really understand it, I recommend you try and teach it to someone else. There is no better litmus test than this in testing your own understanding of the subject. If you can't explain it coherently to someone else, then you don't really know it as well as you thought you did.

  • And that brings us to this week's Call-to-Action. This week we're going to put this all to the test and learn that thing we've always wanted to learn or be good at. We all have something. It's time you get after it.

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