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    Dr. Casey Means: 5 Early Warning Signs of Disease & What Your Body is REALLY Trying to Tell You

    enJune 10, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Self-Empowerment through TechnologyIndividuals can use technology, wearables, biosensors, and direct-to-consumer lab testing to understand their bodies and make necessary changes for optimal health, questioning the healthcare system and relying on personal insights for better health outcomes and self-empowerment.

      Trusting oneself and taking charge of one's health through technology and self-awareness is crucial in today's world where chronic illness is rampant and the healthcare system has failed to effectively address these conditions. The speaker, Casey Means, encourages individuals to use available tools like wearables, biosensors, and direct-to-consumer lab testing to understand their bodies and make necessary changes for optimal health. She also emphasizes the importance of questioning the healthcare system and relying on personal insights rather than relying solely on doctors or external sources. This approach can lead to better health outcomes and increased self-empowerment.

    • Metabolic dysfunctionMetabolic dysfunction is a root cause of chronic symptoms and diseases, but we have the power to improve it through daily choices like diet and lifestyle to meet our cells' needs and expectations.

      Metabolic dysfunction, or "bad energy," is a fundamental root cause of many chronic symptoms and diseases facing Americans today, including high blood pressure, prediabetes, cancer, and more. These conditions are not random, but rather interconnected, and can be understood and improved through a focus on our own metabolic health. The good news is that living beings are processes, not entities, and we have the power to rebuild a healthier version of ourselves through our daily choices, such as our diet and lifestyle. By giving our cells what they need and expect, we can express health and potentially reverse chronic conditions. It's important to remember that health is a matching problem, and by matching the needs and expectations of our cells with what we provide them, we can express health and build the healthiest version of ourselves possible.

    • Fear of death and metabolic healthUnderstanding our eternal nature can help make better health decisions, while prioritizing sleep, whole foods, and reducing synthetic chemicals can improve metabolic health and overall well-being

      Our fear of death and existential anxiety can make us vulnerable to being manipulated into making unhealthy choices, but understanding our eternal and limitless nature can help us make better health decisions from a place of abundance rather than fear. Another key takeaway is that metabolic health, or how our bodies convert food energy to cellular energy, is essential for our life force and overall health. Unfortunately, modern lifestyle changes have negatively impacted our mitochondria, which are responsible for converting food energy to cellular energy, leading to metabolic dysfunction and chronic diseases. To combat this, it's important to prioritize healthy habits such as getting enough sleep, eating whole foods, and reducing exposure to synthetic chemicals. By focusing on the root causes of health issues and adopting a holistic approach, we can unlock our full potential and live healthier, more vibrant lives.

    • Nutrition and Health ConfusionThe intentional confusion surrounding nutrition and health is designed to make us doubt ourselves and rely on external experts, leading to more sickness and disease. Focus on basic needs like nutritious food, adequate sleep, regular movement, managing stress, and avoiding toxins to address root causes and improve overall health.

      The confusion surrounding nutrition and health is intentional, designed to make us doubt our internal knowing and rely on external experts. This confusion leads to an increasing reliance on healthcare, research, and medical subspecialties, resulting in more sickness and disease. Instead, we should view symptoms as gifts from our bodies, communicating what they need. By focusing on basic needs like nutritious food, adequate sleep, regular movement, managing stress, and avoiding toxins, we can address the root causes of symptoms and improve our overall health. Additionally, new technologies like wearables and direct-to-consumer lab testing provide valuable insights into our bodies and can help us make informed decisions about our health. By embracing these simple yet effective approaches, we have the potential to live longer, happier, and more vibrant lives.

    • Identify root cause of inflammationInstead of relying on medications to alleviate symptoms, it's crucial to identify and address the underlying causes of inflammation for overall health and wellbeing. Chronic inflammation can result from stress, fear, or other factors, and addressing these issues can lead to better health and reconnection with our bodies.

      Instead of relying on anti-inflammatory medications like Advil to alleviate symptoms, it's essential to identify and address the root cause of inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to perceived threats, and chronic inflammation can contribute to metabolic dysfunction. By considering what might be causing our bodies fear or stress, we can take steps to address the underlying issues and promote overall health and wellbeing. Additionally, over-reliance on medications can lead to disconnection from our bodies and intuition, making it harder to reconnect and communicate effectively with our health. Other common medications or practices that may contribute to disconnection include antibiotics and a lack of consideration for the root causes of health issues. By adopting a more mindful and compassionate approach to our health, we can empower ourselves to address the root causes of inflammation and promote overall wellbeing.

    • Mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic conditionsFocusing on dietary and lifestyle interventions for chronic conditions can be as effective as medication and may prevent more serious health problems in the future.

      The stress of planning vacations and dealing with chronic health conditions can be overwhelming. Booking.com simplifies vacation planning, while the healthcare system's reliance on medication for chronic conditions may not address the root cause of the issues. The speaker argues that focusing on dietary and lifestyle interventions can be as effective as medication and may prevent more serious health problems down the line. The body's cells, each with unique functions, require energy to function properly. Mitochondrial dysfunction can manifest in various ways, from Alzheimer's to infertility, and addressing the underlying issue can lead to better health outcomes. However, the healthcare industry's financial incentives prioritize chronic disease management, making it essential for individuals to take ownership of their health.

    • Healthcare Profits from SicknessThe current US healthcare system prioritizes profits from sickness over promoting health, leading to an increase in chronic diseases and a focus on intervention rather than prevention

      The current healthcare system in the United States is designed to profit from sickness rather than promote health. This creates an invisible hand that influences every aspect of healthcare, from research to medical education and doctor's practices. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and fatty liver disease, which were rare in the past, are now common among children. The pharmaceutical industry's significant advertising budget on news outlets shapes the information we receive, making it difficult for people to access unbiased health information. The system's focus on intervention rather than prevention is a major concern, as it fails to address the root causes of metabolic dysfunction. To start addressing these issues, policy changes such as banning pharmaceutical ads on news outlets could help shift the focus towards promoting foundational health. Additionally, aligning profit with health through innovative companies is a promising step towards a better future for healthcare.

    • Healthcare profits vs. people's healthThe healthcare system and food industry prioritize profits over people's health, evident in the corrupted value-based care system and conflicts of interest in academic departments, leading to a need for a reimagined economics of health and wellness.

      Our current healthcare system and food industry prioritize profits over people's health. This is evident in the corrupted value-based care system under Obama, where good outcomes were defined by medication adherence rather than functional cellular health. Additionally, academic departments that receive federal funding while also taking money from pharmaceutical companies create conflicts of interest. An example of this is the USDA's rejection of the scientific advisory board's recommendation to lower added sugar in the National School Lunch Program. These issues call for a reimagination of the economics of health and wellness, with a shift towards purposeful, profitable companies and policies that prioritize real, unprocessed food and functional health outcomes.

    • Added sugars and health issuesReduce added sugar intake to prevent insulin resistance, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Self-care practices and natural herbs can also improve overall wellness.

      Our bodies are being overwhelmed every day with added sugars, leading to insulin resistance and health issues like obesity and type 2 diabetes. The body tries to cope by blocking glucose from reaching cells and converting excess sugar into fat. To address this, it's essential to reduce added sugar intake and advocate for policies that limit it. Another takeaway is the importance of self-care and reducing stress through practices like using the Hatch sleep device and traveling. Additionally, natural herbs like ashwagandha can help reduce stress and improve overall wellness. Understanding health data from biomarkers can be overwhelming, and Function Health aims to make it more accessible by providing comprehensive testing and resources for interpretation.

    • Metabolic biomarkersFocus on five free biomarkers: fasting glucose, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, waist circumference, and blood pressure for valuable insights into metabolic health. Lifestyle changes can improve these markers and reduce risk of metabolic diseases.

      Understanding your basic metabolic biomarkers is simple and essential for maintaining good health. Start by focusing on five free biomarkers: fasting glucose, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, waist circumference, and blood pressure. These tests, which usually come standard on an annual physical, provide valuable insights into your metabolic health. Fasting glucose and triglycerides reveal the cellular stress and damage caused by lifestyle factors. HDL cholesterol indicates the body's ability to remove damaging cholesterol from the blood vessels. Waist circumference measures visceral fat, which contributes to insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction. Blood pressure reflects the impact of insulin resistance on nitric oxide production and blood vessel dilation. By monitoring these biomarkers and making lifestyle changes to improve them, you can reduce your risk of metabolic diseases and live a healthier life.

    • Metabolic dysfunction indicatorsFocusing on interconnected indicators of metabolic dysfunction like fasting glucose, triglycerides, HDL, blood pressure, and waist circumference, and implementing simple lifestyle changes such as eating slowly, increasing daily steps, maintaining consistent sleep patterns, and reducing social jet lag, can significantly improve metabolic health without relying solely on medications.

      Our current approach to interpreting lab results for prescribing medications focuses only on individual markers and ignores the connections between them. This limits our understanding of core physiology. For instance, fasting glucose, triglycerides, HDL, blood pressure, and waist circumference are interconnected indicators of metabolic dysfunction. Simple lifestyle changes, like eating slowly and increasing daily steps, can have a significant impact on metabolic health. Eating slowly, even without changing the type of food, can reduce the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome by four times. Walking 7,000 or more steps per day can decrease the risk of premature mortality, depression, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. These steps are a proxy for overall body movement, which is crucial for insulin-mediated glucose uptake and mitochondrial activity. Additionally, maintaining consistent sleep patterns, or reducing social jet lag, is another simple yet often overlooked factor for metabolic health. By focusing on these lifestyle habits, we can improve our overall health without relying solely on medications.

    • Circadian rhythms and metabolic healthMaintaining a consistent sleep schedule, regular meal times, and exposure to natural light helps synchronize circadian rhythms, supporting metabolic health and minimizing confusion for our bodies. Keeping social jet lag under 2 hours also promotes optimal gene expression, hormone regulation, and cell signaling.

      Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, along with regular meal times and exposure to natural light, plays a crucial role in synchronizing our circadian rhythms and supporting metabolic health. By keeping social jet lag (the difference in sleep schedules between weekdays and weekends) under 2 hours, we can minimize confusion for our bodies and promote optimal gene expression, hormone regulation, and cell signaling. Additionally, embracing a mindset of fearlessness and focusing on creating a safe and joyful environment can further enhance our overall well-being. This spiritual journey of health involves recognizing our interconnectedness with the universe and channeling the divine within us through healthy choices. By prioritizing consistency in our daily habits and adopting a mindset of appreciation and curiosity, we can honor the miraculousness of life and foster a strong foundation for lasting health and happiness.

    • Interconnected Well-beingChoices like healthy habits and biohacks contribute to a better connection with our source of bliss, while fear hinders this connection and negatively impacts health.

      Our spiritual and physical well-being are interconnected. The choices we make every day, such as practicing healthy habits and biohacks, contribute to building a "radio tower" that can better connect us with our source of bliss. Fear, on the other hand, can hinder this connection and divert resources away from thriving. It's essential to identify and limit the sources of fear in our lives, as fear leads to oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction. Additionally, expressing our authentic selves and starting each day with love can help keep the flow of energy open and maintain our overall health.

    • InterconnectednessEmbrace the interconnectedness of our bodies, nature, and relationships for personal and planetary healing. Slow down, listen to our bodies' intuition, and promote laws and practices that reduce silos and foster interdependence.

      Our connection to our bodies, nature, and each other holds the key to personal and planetary healing. The speaker emphasizes the importance of slowing down and listening to our bodies' intuition, which is deeply interconnected with the natural world. She advocates for laws and practices that promote this interconnectedness and reduce silos, such as incentives for sustainable agriculture and fostering loving relationships. The speaker also emphasizes the importance of understanding and embracing the natural cycle of life and death. By recognizing and nurturing these connections, we can create a healthier, more interdependent world.

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    How do you stay motivated when progress is slow?

    Today, Jay welcomes Johan Hari. Johan is an acclaimed writer and journalist known for his deep investigative work on topics ranging from addiction to depression. He is the author of best-selling books like "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections," which explore the root causes of addiction and depression, respectively. His latest book, "The Magic Pill," investigates the new generation of weight loss drugs and their impact on individuals and society. 

    Johan shares the story of how he first learned about these drugs at a Hollywood party and his subsequent journey to understand their true effects. This journey took him across the globe, interviewing leading experts and individuals who have experienced the drugs’ effects firsthand. He candidly shares his own experiences with Ozempic, including the unexpected emotional challenges he faced as his long-standing relationship with food was disrupted.

    The conversation also explores the broader societal implications of widespread use of weight loss drugs. Johan and Jay discuss the potential for these drugs to change cultural attitudes towards body image and obesity, for better or worse. They consider the economic ramifications, such as the declining market for fast food and medical procedures related to obesity, and what this might mean for the future of public health.  

    In this interview, you'll learn:

    How to evaluate benefits versus risks

    How to navigate social stigmas

    How to deal with obesity

    How weight loss drugs could shape future societal norms

    The psychological reasons behind overeating

    This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the complexities of modern weight loss solutions, offering a balanced view that considers both the remarkable benefits and the significant risks.

    This interview took place at Soho Home at Soho Works 55 Water. 

    With Love and Gratitude,

    Jay Shetty

    You can pre-order Charlamagne’s latest book, Get Honest or Die Lying here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/p/get-honest-or-die-lying-preorder

    What We Discuss:

    00:00 Intro

    03:30 Is the British Accent Authoritative?

    04:16 Biggest Misconceptions About Ozempic

    08:20 Three Ways to Treat the Magic Pill

    11:35 How Obesity Became a Health Crisis

    19:42 ‘I Don’t Feel Hungry’

    28:17 The Benefits and Risks of Weight Loss Drugs

    34:36 Shame and Cruelty Against Obesity

    47:09 Advocating for Body Positivity

    54:14 Is the Fast Food Industry Shrinking?

    57:26 Big Risks When Taking Ozempic

    01:06:34 Varying Clinical Results

    01:14:18 The Most Horrific Side Effect Recorded

    01:16:11 Is Ozempic Safe for Kids?

    01:19:22 Oprah’s Ozempic Challenge

    01:22:50 Is It Cheating?

    01:26:41 Investing in Weight Loss Drugs Research

    01:27:30 How Japan Is Able to Control Obesity

    01:37:01 The Cultural Models We Can Learn from Japan

    01:40:23 Better Eating Habits is Still Necessary

    01:42:52 Johan in Final Five  

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    How to Know if You've Been Lying to Yourself & Learn to Get Comfortable Being Honest With Yourself and Others with Charlamange Tha God

    How to Know if You've Been Lying to Yourself & Learn to Get Comfortable Being Honest With Yourself and Others with Charlamange Tha God

    Why is it challenging to acknowledge when you're lying to yourself?

    How can one maintain a habit of honesty in daily life?

    Today, let's welcome The Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God. He is a prominent media personality and New York Times bestselling author, best known for his candid approach to celebrity interviews and his advocacy for mental health. His latest book, "Get Honest or Die Lying," challenges readers to forego the superficial and engage in meaningful, transformative dialogue.

    Charlamagne shares his insights on the societal detriments of small talk and why  superficial conversations are not only a waste of time but also a significant barrier to meaningful human connection and understanding. He argues that the small, meaningless exchanges that fill our daily interactions should be replaced with deeper, more substantial dialogues that challenge, enlighten, and engage us on multiple levels.

    With Jay, Charlamagne explores the psychological and social impacts of engaging in—or avoiding—small talk. He illustrates his points with personal anecdotes and experiences, including his own struggles and breakthroughs in striving for more genuine interactions in both his personal life and professional endeavors. He stresses the importance of being present in conversations, listening actively, and expressing one’s true thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.

    In this interview, you'll learn:

    How to initiate deeper discussions

    How to be honest in conversations

    How to set personal boundaries

    How to reflect on personal growth

    How to encourage others to engage

    This episode not only challenges listeners to evaluate the quality of their own conversations but also inspires them to make every word count in the quest for deeper understanding and genuine relationships.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    Jay Shetty

    You can pre-order Charlamagne’s latest book, Get Honest or Die Lying here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/p/get-honest-or-die-lying-preorder

    This interview was held at Soho Home at Soho Works 55 Water.

    What We Discuss:

    00:00 Intro

    03:01 Why Small Talk Doesn’ Work

    05:15 Be Honest About Your Feelings

    08:00 How Do You Stop Being Offended?

    09:27 Realizations During Therapy

    12:14 Not Setting Proper Boundaries

    13:32 Stop Being a People Pleaser

    16:50 Online Oversharing

    18:13 Detaching from Your Ego

    20:23 Getting Caught Up in Lies

    23:33 Passing Judgment on People We Don’t Know 

    29:09 Confronting a Cheating Father

    34:48 In-Tune with Your Visions

    39:21 Why Some Things Don’t Work

    42:36 Successful But Unhappy

    01:03:10 Don’t Make a Decision Based on Emotion

    01:06:32 Don’t Confine Yourself In Small Boxes

    01:13:24 Honest Conversations with Your Kids

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