The Model Health Show

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

Over the last few months, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about how you should be avoiding others, staying indoors, and wearing a mask. While there’s certainly a time for being cautious, I’ve found myself wondering why news outlets aren’t sharing more empowering information. There is a lot you can do to improve your immune function and protect your body from chronic illnesses so that you can better fight off infections. 

Feeling powerless and fearful is no way to navigate your life. Instead, I want you to be equipped with real, proven information that gives you peace and preparation. Together, we can change the conversation and shift from living in an epidemic of fear to thriving in our own knowledge and understanding. 

On today’s show, we’re going to discuss questioning not only what you hear on the news, but also your own self-serving biases. We’re going to focus on working with the scientific evidence that we already have, instead of waiting and wishing for a different outcome. I hope this episode arms you with the education you need to feel empowered in your choices and take authority over your health. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How a self-serving bias works, and how you can challenge it. 
  • Why the US has been hit so hard by COVID-19.
  • The three things you do every day that contribute to your cellular makeup.
  • How many American citizens have diabetes or prediabetes.
  • The link between immune function and viral infection deaths. 
  • How conventional medicine and specialization can often miss the big picture. 
  • The most effective thing we can do to improve the COVID-19 survival rate.
  • How simply going on a short walk can boost your immune system.
  • The relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 infection rates.
  • How quality sleep can improve your natural killer cell production.
  • Why we need to better utilize the data we have on immune function.
  • How chronic illnesses make us more susceptible to infectious diseases.
  • The top three causes of death in the US.
  • How many American people die from heart disease each year.
  • What you need to know about exposure to carcinogens.
  • The drawbacks of wearing a mask long-term.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:13pm CDT

Stress is a normal part of being human, and in our modern world, stress is something that we will always experience on some level. But lately it seems like stress triggers are in overdrive, and many of us are looking for ways to clear our minds and manage stress so that we can be our best selves. 

In this compilation episode, you’ll learn advice and strategies from eight experts on how you can better manage stress. While it’s impossible to totally eliminate the stressors in your life, you have the capacity to build your resiliency. This episode will teach you how to modulate your stress so that you can maintain your happiness and health—no matter what is going on in the world around you.

You’re going to hear about the different types of stress, and how your relationship with technology influences your stress levels. You’ll learn about the power of food, music, and exercise to manage stress, proven ways to improve your resiliency, and much more. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What percentage of doctor’s visits are due to stress-related illnesses.
  • Why your brain needs downtime.
  • What Micro Stress Doses are, and how to understand your personal threshold.
  • The two types of stress that we experience.
  • What xenohormetic molecules are. 
  • The power of eating colorful foods. 
  • What primary cilia are. 
  • How sound can actually change cellular structure in your brain.
  • Why play is a self-tuning mechanism for your brain. 
  • The importance of taking inventory of your time. 
  • What the Japanese term shinrn-yoku means. 
  • Why cortisol is not inherently negative. 
  • What cross-adaptation is. 
  • Activities you can engage in to help you manage psychological stress. 
  • How exercise can help build up your resilience to stress. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm CDT

“Race and racism are a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray that we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us.” – Michelle Obama 

Long-standing, deep-seated racial inequities are being uncovered in every aspect of American life. Not only do many western illnesses (and even the pandemic) disproportionately affect Black people, but now we’re seeing a widespread public outcry about racism in our criminal justice system. If you’re at all familiar with The Model Health Show, you know my tendency to dig into the numbers, look at the data, and find the root cause of any issue.

That’s what we’re going to dive into on today’s show. You’re going to gain a deeper understanding of systemic racism, racial profiling, and the disproportionate rates in which violence, poverty, homicide, and police brutality affect the Black community. I hope you will come into this episode with an open mind, and I also ask for your compassion as I share deeply personal and hurtful experiences. 

I invite you to view these current events through my perspective and the culmination of my experiences as a Black man in America. I also want to encourage you to be part of the change—offering specific action steps you can take in your heart, your home, and your community. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Where I come from, and how my early exposure to violence influenced me.
  • What the second most influential factor in the lower lifespan of black men is.
  • Why we need to start viewing violence as an epidemic of public health. 
  • How our life experiences shape our viewpoints and outcomes.
  • The experience that led me to always seek out truth. 
  • How being involved in a desegregation program affected me. 
  • An example of how societal norms can change in just one generation.
  • My experiences being racially profiled by the police and other authority figures.
  • The core issue that our society needs to address. 
  • Why I believe racial injustice is still an undercurrent in our society. 
  • The importance of recognizing your own cognitive biases.
  • History of Black Wall Street. 
  • How education and exposure can facilitate deep change. 
  • The link between poverty and violence, and what you can do to help. 
  • What qualified immunity is, and why we need to speak up about it.
  • The qualities and training that I believe should be mandatory for police officers. 
  • How to leverage your vote to create systemic change. 
  • What you need to know about prosecutor-police relationships.
  • How to use your voice as a force for compassion, equality, and love. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama 

Our society is experiencing deep disconnection, turmoil, and uncertainty. As we face two devastating crises, we also have an incredible opportunity. We get to decide if we will remain in fear, struggle, and disconnection—or instead create a brighter future focused on solutions, equality, and connection. 

I couldn’t think of anyone better suited to address this topic than Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. Michael is a thought leader, spiritual teacher, and the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center. His message has proved to be of abundant inspiration and empowerment to me personally, and I hope you will receive the same gift from this interview. 

This episode is about finding empowerment in times of despair and turmoil, opening your mind and heart to new paradigms, and how to step into a more elevated way of being. Michael is sharing his powerful insights on spiritual growth, societal change, and being an active participant in changing not only yourself but the world around you. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How spiritual principles are like gravity.
  • What the virus of the mind is.
  • The two different paradigms we’re caught between.
  • What fear does to your immune system.
  • Where solutions come from. 
  • How to transmute fear into excitement and enthusiasm.
  • What unfoldment is. 
  • How fear holds us back from creativity and innovation.
  • The difference between being a consumer and a creator. 
  • Why the US healthcare system is flawed.
  • How to increase your baseline of joy. 
  • The questions you should ask yourself when you feel stuck. 
  • What compassion really means. 

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Much of what you hear in the media about COVID-19 comes from a place of fear and uncertainty. Even the word pandemic itself incites a certain level of fear. But fear doesn’t paint a clear picture or give us solutions—only science can do that. 

That’s why I wanted to bring on an expert in the field of epidemiology to help us take a more rational, evidence-based approach to protect our health during this time. Dr. Alan Preston is a former professor of epidemiology & biostatistics. Today he’s helping us make sense of the data so we can make more informed, sensible decisions when it comes to protecting our health. 

You’re going to learn about the basics of epidemiology, interpreting data, and the function of the immune system. Dr. Preston is sharing why the information you see in the media doesn’t paint the full picture and the importance of accurate data. Click play, take good notes, and enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What an epidemiologist actually does.
  • The difference between incidence and prevalence rates.
  • An important distinction between asymptomatic and presymptomatic.
  • The truth about accurate reporting in the media. 
  • How to take personal responsibility for your health. 
  • The two big mistakes that made New York a hotspot for COVID-19.
  • Why generalizing data is a problem.
  • How death counts are reported. 
  • The societal impacts of long-term quarantine.
  • How stress and toxin production are interconnected. 
  • Why vaccinations aren’t the answer that many are looking for.
  • How your immune system evolves and adapts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm CDT

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