Podcast #48- Modern Medicine

Podcast #48- Modern Medicine

In this episode we all all about modern medicine, but mostly we discuss some of the major problems with it that should concern us and make us think twice before relying on medicine to solve our problems. Topics include:

  • The business of modern medicine. Why modern medicine will probably never cure you of what ails you.

  • I give an example of a way in which many modern pharmaceutical companies operate.

  • I talk about the way medicine is practiced these days and how critical concepts and ideas are overlooked as a matter of standards.

  • I talk about the slow pace in which modern medicine adapts to the latest science.

  • Then we jump into medications and the way modern medicine abuses the use of medicine. I explain a common way in which a minor issue becomes a dependency on multiple prescriptions with no end in sight.

  • I go into the misuse and abuse of antibiotics and how there are many infections showing up that are resistant to antibiotics.

  • And that segues into my final gripe with modern medicine, which is the negligent attitude towards side effects. So many medicines we take have serious side effects and we just act like it isn't a big issue. Meanwhile some of these side effects are so serious they require additional medicine to treat.

  • I offer my thoughts on a wholesome approach to health, which is based around diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. I put the onus on you to take responsibility for your own health and to stop relying on doctors to solve your problems.

  • And in this week's Call-to-Action we all evaluate any medicines we take, whether prescribed or over the counter. We ask ourselves if we really need to be taking it and if there's lifestyle changes we can make to solve our problem instead. We ask ourselves how many of these medicines are for life with no finish line? And we ask ourselves if this is what we want for ourselves?

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Thinker's Apprentice #47- Self-Talk

Thinker's Apprentice #47- Self-Talk

This episode is all about self-talk and mainly negative self-talk. It's a topic that is very important and personal to me and I think the listeners will find great value in this episode.

  • We start by defining self-talk as that voice in our heads that constantly talks to us. For some of us this voice can be very negative and even downright abusive. This voice has a major influence on how we experience our lives.

  • And while this is something so many of us deal with, nobody ever talks about it, we never learn about it, and we mostly pretend it isn't a problem. But for many of us it's a big problem.

  • We talk about the difference between us and that voice. We are not that voice, though most of us think we are.

  • Then I tell you the truth: that voice is a liar and it lies to you all day long. But once you believe the lies they become the truth. And when this happens we reset ourselves.

  • I discuss why the mind lies to us when it should have our best interests at heart. And I define that voice for what it is: our voice of knowledge, and that knowledge is contaminated by lies.

  • We talk about where the self-rejection leads us and it's not a place you want to be.

  • But we all have the power to change our self-talk

  • We do this by challenging the voice of knowledge and catching it in its lies and proving it to be a liar.

  • Then I reference the fact that we've known about this liar inside our heads for thousands of years. The Christian faith knew it, the Toltecs knew it, The Buddhists knew it, the Stoics knew it, and modern psychology knows it. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is rooted in this concept.

  • Then we get into how to change the voice inside our heads, how to rewrite our story. It's a simple process, but it takes time and is easier said than done.

  • And for this week's Call-to-Action we have 2 assignments. First, we start to challenge the voice in our head, we catch it red-handed and prove to ourselves that it is indeed a liar. And once we understand this the process becomes so much easier.

  • The second part of this week's assignment is to talk about this, to raise awareness. If you are depressed or know someone that's depressed then I encourage you to reach out. There's too much shame and stigma around mental health issues and people are reluctant to admit to having problems and seeking help. We need to eliminate the stigmas and start having meaningful dialogue about this. 45,000 people in America commit suicide every year and the rate of child and teen suicide is the highest it's ever been in history. Aren't we living in the best times? Isn't this the best it's ever been? How is this possible. It's time for action and it's time for change. And that starts with all of us.

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References:

The Voice of Knowledge, by don Miguel Ruiz

The Coddling of the American Mind, by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

 

Thinker's Apprentice #46- Chaos

Thinker's Apprentice #46- Chaos

In this episode we talk all about chaos, which we've probably all encountered before and will certainly encounter again. Topics include:

  • The inevitability of chaos showing up in our lives, whether we like it or not, whether we accept it or not.

  • What chaos does to us and our lives. How we react to it, and the illusion of control we impose on our lives.

  • I tell a few stories of my own chaos throughout my life.

  • And I use those stories to explain the ways we can choose to navigate chaos and use it as a tool for growth and self-development.

  • And then I explain what I gained from each of my stories of chaos and how it has shaped me as a person.

  • And then I explain the most valuable lesson chaos has to offer.

  • I talk about how easy it is to bath in the shadows of anger, resentment, jealousy, regret, and other damaging emotions or to choose to see the light and follow it's lead.

  • Then we talk about post-traumatic growth.

  • We go over the two truths we need to accept in order to engage in post-traumatic growth.

  • And in this week's Call-to-Action we review the chaos we've experienced in our own lives and try to see how it has shaped us, what lessons we learned, and what lessons might still be lurking, waiting for us to uncover them.

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Thinker's Apprentice #45- FAQ

Thinker's Apprentice #45- FAQ

In this episode I answer the questions I get most often both podcast related and personal questions as well.

  • There's really not much to put in the show notes.

  • For one answer I recommend two books. They are Mastery of Love, by don Miguel Ruiz, and The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts. Both are tremendous books that have massive value to anyone who reads them.

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Thinker's Apprentice #44- Demystifying Dietary Marketing Terms

Thinker's Apprentice #44- Demystifying Dietary Marketing Terms

In this episode we break down all the most common terms you'll find on the foods you buy every single day. Most of them are marketing terms and have no meaning. There are a select few you should pay attention to, however. 

  • We start with a few examples of how a marketing term can influence your purchase and even make you think you're making a healthy decision. We review how most of these terms are either unregulated or very loosely regulated.

  • Then we talk about what a CAFO (concentrated/confined animal feeding/farming operation) is and why we should steer clear of them if our budget allows.

  • Then we get into the terms. The most important distinction is USDA Certified Organic, which will be accompanied by a label that looks like this:

  • The organic label carries strict regulations and enforcement and is the most trustworthy label around.

  • Then we talk about non-GMO or GMO free. The issue, as I explain is not necessarily that the product has been modified, but the effects of that modification. For example, the most common modification is to make crops resistant to Round-Up, which contains glyphosate, proven to cause cancer. This glyphosate ends up in our foods and we barely know the long term effects of this chemical in your body.

  • Grass-fed if the next distinction, but it exists on a spectrum. 100% grass-fed or grass-finished is what your looking for. If it simply says grass-fed then you have to exercise caution, as these animals may have been fed grains. Also, grass-fed does not indicate a lack of antibiotics or hormones in the animal product. That distinction lies with the USDA Certified Organic distinction.

  • Pasture-raised is the next term. It is loosely regulated and I wouldn't let it influence my purchase. 

  • Then we move on to chicken. When buying chicken and eggs you'll run across terms like cage-free, free-range, pasture-raise, vegetarian fed, and humanely raised. These all mean nothing as I explain in the episode.

  • Then we move on to fish where the main distinctions are farm-raised and wild-caught. Most farm raised fish are objectionable due to the grains and synthetic ingredients they consume. I use the example of atlantic salmon, which does not have pink colored flesh. They add and ingredient to the fishmeal to change the color of the flesh to convince you that it is indeed a salmon like all the other wild salmon. Also farmed-fish are exposed to various toxins and it takes an average of 5 pounds of wild-caught fish to generate 1 pound of fresh fish. There are some exceptions, which I note in the episode. Also, avoid everything from Asia, no exceptions.

  • All natural is unregulated by the FDA. All natural does not mean healthy.

  • No artificial ingredients means that the compounds are naturally occurring in nature, but it does not mean they were synthetically recreated in a lab for cost efficiency purposes. Also not an indicator of a healthy choice.

  • No sugar added. Does not mean that the product isn't high in sugars

  • Local is loosely goosey. It could mean that the product was grown or raised within 400 miles of purchase or that it was grown in the same state. I go a bit deep into the locavore movement at this point, which will probably be a topic of a future episode. But it can be a cost-effective way to feed yourself and your family healthier foods.

  • Then I run the list of terms that mean nothing meaningful and are solely on the packaging to influence your purchase. These terms include, but are not limited to: unprocessed, sugar-free, fat-free, superfood, fortified, made with real fruit, good source of omega 3, whole grain, whole wheat, multi-grain, and any other phrase that seems attention grabbing or buzzy. These are marketing phrases with no meaning and no regulation and indicate nothing as to the health of that food.

  • Now I go into the buying guides for the various categories of foods and how you should apply your newly gained knowledge. We do purchasing strategies for: fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry (we touch on pork), eggs, fish, dairy, and nuts and seeds.

  • I reduce the most important terms to 4: USDA Certified Organic, 100% grass-fed or grass-finished, non-GMO, and wild-caught. If you can only focus on 4, these are the 4.

  • In this week's Call-to-Action I ask the listeners to look around the next time they shop and just see how manipulative the food industry is in trying to influence your purchases.

  • Also I ask that you search online for cheaper ways to source your meat if you're comfortable buying in bulk and I touch on cow pooling (google it). 

  • I encourage you to check out your local farmers market and chat them up. Smaller operations can't afford to get the USDA certification, but may still raise their crops and livestock that way. A simple conversation will give you the answers you seek.

  • For eggs I ask you to ask around. Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that grows chickens and sells eggs.

  • Then I give some final advice on what to focus on if your budget is a concern. 

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