The Model Health Show

The coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly a devastating outbreak that has disrupted our society in a widespread manner. Hospitals are overburdened, economies are crashing, and our modern society has been forever impacted. According to the CDC, the United States is amid the acceleration phase of the pandemic. But our country has been in a health epidemic for much longer than the lifespan of this virus.

Today we’re going to explore what viruses are, how they work, and how we can best protect our bodies from becoming infected. On a bigger picture, you’re going to learn about optimizing and fortifying your immune system year-round, and how to proactively create a community-centered on health and wellness. 

I hope to start a conversation that is centered on facts, rationale, and the empowerment that exists when you take care of your body and your community. As always, I wish health and safety for you and your loved ones. I hope this episode inspires you to support and improve your health not only today but for your entire life. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What percentage of the human genome is comprised of endogenous viruses.
  • The link between viruses and their hosts. 
  • How bacteria and viruses differ in size. 
  • Why viruses are medically treated differently than bacteria. 
  • What COVID-19 actually is. 
  • How viruses mutate and adapt. 
  • The problem with naming viruses after places or animals. 
  • How the human immune system works to fight invaders.
  • What humoral immunity is. 
  • Why social distancing protects our medical system.
  • The link between chronic illnesses and coronavirus fatalities. 
  • How fear and worry negatively impact our behavior and body chemistry.
  • What the nocebo effect is, and how it works.  
  • 4 practical things you can do to fortify your immune system.
  • Why walking is beneficial for immune function.
  • What cytokines are, and their relation to sleep.

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Have you ever considered how sound could improve your life? We’ve all experienced the calming effects of crashing waves or the way the sound of rain can induce a state of relaxation. And chances are, you’ve probably used music at some point to help you process or manage your emotions. 

In her new book, Sound Medicine, Dr. Kulreet Chaudry explains the biochemical and physiological effects of sound. Sound has the capability to make a tremendous impact on our cells, boost our mood, and even heal diseases.

Today you’re going to learn exactly what sound is and how we perceive it as humans. You’ll hear the multifaceted ways sound can improve your health, from both conventional medicine and ancient wisdom perspective. This conversation is a comprehensive look at sound medicine and the healing power that mantras have on our brains. No matter where you are on your health journey, this episode has something you can utilize to optimize your body and mind. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The power of meditation.
  • What sound actually is, and how we experience it. 
  • The mechanics behind how humans are able to hear. 
  • How sounds and feelings are interconnected.
  • The incredible magnitude of influence our words have.
  • How sound can change our biochemistry.
  • The mind-blowing way sound can change the cellular structure in the brain. 
  • What primary cilia are. 
  • How frequencies are used in conventional medicine. 
  • Why music is intentionally curated in stores and restaurants. 
  • How sounds can change our physiology. 
  • The healing power of reverberations in nature. 
  • What resonance is. 
  • Which ailments have been improved with sound therapy. 
  • What transcendental sound is.
  • Tips to start your own mantra practice. 

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Our modern world is incredible. We’ve got access to the best medicine in the history of mankind, wi-fi, social media, and podcasts. But there’s no denying that our convenience-based lifestyles have damaged our relationship with things like food inputs, activity levels, toxic burdens, and circadian rhythms. To make a shift that supports your biology, you don’t have to cut out all of your modern amenities and devices. We just need to be more intentional about creating an environment that allows our brains and bodies to perform at their optimal function. 

Today, you’re going to learn how to realistically implement habits and behaviors to heal your body and strengthen your brain. Max Lugavere is back to share the actionable research from his newest book, The Genius Life. Not only is Max digging deep into the science behind enhancing your health, but he’s also sharing practical habit shifts we can all engage in.

Max is bringing all of his best recommendations on how to revitalize your body and brain so that you can become your best self. We’re going to cover how and when to eat, the importance of different vitamins for your health, how to limit your toxic exposure in a practical way, and so much more. So click play, apply what resonates with you, and enjoy!  

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The truth about counting calories.
  • Why ultra-processed foods can lead to addiction.
  • How eating whole foods can naturally regulate your hunger signals.
  • What the thermic effect of feeding is.
  • The metabolic advantages of consuming protein. 
  • Three elements that make a food hyperpalatable. 
  • What mTOR and AMPK are, and how they work together.
  • The importance of optimizing your vitamin D levels.
  • How vitamin D plays a role in multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.
  • What the supplement astaxanthin does in the body.
  • The differences between magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate.
  • How to make informed decisions about sunscreen.
  • The history of BPA, and why you should consider using fewer plastics.
  • What you need to know about flossing.
  • The three P’s of detoxifying. 
  • How optimizing your sleep can improve your overall health. 

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What do you think of when you hear the term “women’s health?” Traditionally, women’s healthcare is limited to maintaining the health of the reproductive system. Standard practices in women’s health include pelvic exams, mammography, and pregnancy and childbirth services. And while those services certainly have their role, women have many other systems in their body than just their reproductive organs.

Just like everything else in healthcare, it’s time to stop compartmentalizing women and start thinking of their bodies as interconnected, holistic beings. Women are far more likely than men to suffer from autoimmune diseases, anxiety, migraines, and Alzheimer’s disease. This is because of unique functions and risk factors in the female brain that have been ignored in the healthcare field—until now. 

In her new book, The XX Brain, Dr. Lisa Mosconi fills in the gaps on women’s health and shares research-based insights on how to protect and sustain the female brain. Her work is massively shifting the conversation around what actually differentiates women from men, and more importantly how to nurture and appreciate those differences. I hope this episode will inspire and empower you to maximize your brain health and live a longer, healthier life. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The definition of bikini medicine.
  • How men and women’s brains differ in terms of functionality.
  • The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease prevalence in women.
  • What structural connectivity is.
  • How the XX chromosomes are related to brain function.
  • What estradiol is.
  • The impacts that estrogen has on the female brain.
  • Why the onset of Alzheimer’s is not like catching a cold.
  • How procedures like a hysterectomy affect the brain.
  • The difference between biological age and hormonal age.
  • What the grandmother hypothesis is.
  • The two species that can survive after their fertile window ends.
  • What you need to know about hormone replacement therapy.
  • The number one cause of early menopause.
  • Why at-home genetic testing kits aren’t always accurate.
  • The importance of protecting your brain with antioxidants.
  • How gut health and hormone function are related.

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“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” – Michelle Obama 

In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate some of the most impactful and brilliant women I’ve had the chance to interview on The Model Health Show. This episode is a compilation of ten of the most powerful, inspiring women that have shared their insights on the show.

On this compilation episode, you’re going to hear valuable tips on topics ranging from weathering life’s storms, to appreciating your body, to building strong and sustainable relationships. You’ll hear about stepping into your power, the impact of setting clear priorities, and how shifting your perception and realizing your value can change your life. 

Whether you are a woman, love a woman, or were born from a woman, I know these insights will bring value to your life. I sincerely hope something in this compilation will resonate with you and help you on your path to becoming your best self. Happy International Women’s Day!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How the women in my life have influenced the way I see the world.
  • What your number one job should be every day. 
  • How shining a light on your insecurities gives you authority.
  • The power that your words have on your reality.
  • Why realizing your innate value can transform your life.
  • How self-love can uplift you and allow you to reach your potential.
  • The importance of setting clear priorities.
  • Why connecting with a therapist can help you align your words with your actions.
  • The two major things you need to remind yourself during a difficult season of life.
  • How to break the cycle of being a victim. 
  • Why gaining a deeper understanding of yourself can improve your habits.
  • How thinking of your body as a gift can change the way you behave.
  • What an expectation hangover is, and the three things that contribute to it.
  • Why uncertainty is so difficult for the human brain.
  • How women can step into their superpower.
  • The power of having the courage to set boundaries in relationships. 

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Mental illness has been stigmatized in society since the beginning of time. And although society as a whole is becoming more educated and compassionate about this issue, we still have a long way to go in terms of changing the paradigm around mental illness. Today’s guest is leading the charge on this issue.

Dr. Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist, speaker, 10-time New York Times bestselling author, and one of my great teachers in life. Today he’s back on The Model Health Show to share the paradigm-shifting information from his new book, The End of Mental Illness. This information encompasses everything from improving the health of the brain to alter your emotions to physically shifting the way your body operates through brain health.

Your brain dictates your behavior, the way you see the world around you, and your overall health. I hope Dr. Amen’s insights will inspire you to change the way you think about mental health and begin taking steps toward creating and sustaining a healthier brain. Enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Dr. Amen became interested in medical imaging.
  • The problem with the term “mental illness.”
  • How deprivation can lead to issues with the brain.
  • What SPECT imaging is, and the three things we can learn from its results.
  • How improving brain health can make therapy more effective.
  • A brief history of psychology treatments. 
  • What the different brain types are, and how they operate.
  • Signs of low blood flow to the brain.
  • The difference between animal-based and plant-based omega 3’s.
  • How to know if there’s inflammation in your body, and how to reduce it.
  • What a mind storm is. 
  • How traumatic events can actually change your brain.
  • What percentage of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic.
  • The correlation between body weight and blood flow to the brain.
  • Why sleep is so important for brain health.
  • Three strategies to take care of your brain.
  • The four circles of the BRIGHT MINDS approach. 
  • How we can cure our society’s epidemics by focusing on brain health.

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