Primal Blueprint Podcast
Primal Health Coach and extreme health expert Dude Spellings returns to the show for a wide-ranging discussion about his wild and wacky journey to his current highly optimized primal lifestyle. Dude started as state high school distance running champion in Texas, went to corporate couch potato, and then back into the endurance scene with a random marathon performance after a single 21-mile training session to prepare! As Dude returned to enthusiastic endurance training in his 30s, he shockingly gained excess body fat despite his intensive training regimen. 
 
This is the so-called Elephant in the Room mentioned at the beginning of the Primal Endurance book. Why do endurance athletes, despite hours of weekly training and attention to sensible eating, struggle with excess body fat? Dude has lived through this ordeal and emerged with groundbreaking insights that you will absolutely love. We talk about the balance between discipline and enjoying life, and the slippery slope of bad habits, how the Maffetone 2-week test (carb restriction) prompted a diet overhaul, and how a chance conversation with Brad at a Speedgolf event 4 years ago convinced him to slow down and emphasize MAF heart rate training. 
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Elle Russ chats with Integrative Physician Gary E. Foresman MD about Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and its benefits in treating autoimmune disorders, cancer, and much more.

In 1994 when DrForesman opened a private practice, he quickly became dissatisfied with the inability of established Western medical treatments to effectively treat many of his patients. DrForesman began investigating alternative therapies and has since expanded his training in many systems of healing—not just through meditation and stress management, but also using botanical, orthomolecular and functional medicine systems. His scientific mind combined with a holistic integrative perspective, makes him a skilled practitioner who therapeutically synthesizes optimal healing modalities for each individual.

DrForesman ranked among the top in the nation on his Internal Medicine Board Exams and has some of the most comprehensive Internal Medicine training to be found - including serving as a Clinical Professor who trained other physicians at a University Medical Center. 

In-depth commentary on thyroid dysfunction by Dr. Gary Foresman can be found in The Paleo Thyroid Solution written by Elle Russ.

 

Selected Links: Dr. Gary Foresman - Website

Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_GaryForesman_LDN_AD.mp3
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Host Brad Kearns talks about the importance of tracking testosterone and other key blood values, and how we can have a tremendous and immediate influence over our blood values without having to resort to medication regiments. Brad mentions how he doubled his testosterone level, going from clinically low (and candidate for drug therapy) to beyond 99th percentile for males over age 50 six months later. The first reading was after several months of "chronic cardio" in the form of frequent Speedgolf. The second reading came after months of rest and recovery following a string of surgeries. The story comes with an important message about getting help when you are in pain instead of trying to tough it out like a tough guyBrad's medical ordeal of an emergency appendectomy and months of complications and a few additional surgeries after could have been much less troubling had he insisted on further medical care instead of toughing it out. A few athlete Q&A is also included, including how "180 minus age" is a great reference for training, but not too relevant for a short sprint race. 
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It's time for the annual Paleo Fx recap podcast with super duper podcast hosts Elle Russ and Brad Kearns. Brad and Elle go off on assorted interesting topics of mind and body, inspired by the consciousness expanding experience at the show. Brad and Elle talk about how vegan creeping into the conversation in Austin, and the importance of examining self-limiting beliefs and manifesting empowering beliefs. Elle won a freaking standup paddleboard at a raffle simply by intentionalizing her victory! We talk about how flawed science, or blanket reliance on science as the end-all, can be detrimental to your personal results. The pair discuss the awesome Primal Health Coach crowd, and some interesting products at the show: Therapeudic near-infrared red light exposure (and Brad's strategic application on key body parts), CBD products, and more. If you couldn't make Paleo Fx, now you can feel connected and inspired to attend next year.
 
Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_PaleoFxRecap.mp3
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Elle Russ chats with Justin Perry - the founder and CEO of the world's largest Law of Attraction YouTube channel, YouAreCreators™. He founded YouAreCreators™ in 2012 which has over 1.4 million subscribers and over 100 million views combined.

Justin’s life changed drastically when he discovered the principles of the Law of Attraction - he went from working on an assembly line to buying a house on the water with two boats, and much more. Justin has made it his mission to share his knowledge of positive thinking and the power of the subconscious mind…to help you create the life you desire, deserve, and love.  Visit his YouTube Channel for inspiring videos, guided prosperity and wellness meditations, positive affirmations, and much more!

 

SELECTED LINKS:

YouAreCreators - YouTube Channel

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Brad welcomes Ironman triathlete, personal trainer, and holistic health coach Debbie Potts to discuss her area of expertise: Slowing down, being happy, playful, and mindful, and escaping the disastrous consequences of the hard driving, orthorexic, Type-A mindset that often takes you right to breakdown, burnout, illness, and injury. Debbie is on a long road to recovery after a decade-long binge at the highest levels of amateur triathlon racing (12-time ironman finisher) destroyed her health and well-being. Brad and Debbie talk about a healthy approach to dietary transformation, emphasizing eating wholesome, colorful foods, choosing the best in each category, and never struggling or suffering in the name of diet. This episode is syndicated on Debbie's WHOLEAthlete podcast so check out that channel and get deeper into a holistic approach to endurance training and healthy, fit living. 
Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_Endurance_DebbiePotts.mp3
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Dr. Cate Shanahan, the author of Deep Nutrition and Food Rules, pulls no punches when discussing how our conventional view of screening and treating cancer could be ill-advised. Referencing the work of Dr. Thomas Seyfried, Cate explains that cancer is actually a metabolic disease, rather than a genetic disease. This implies that instead of aggressive chemo and radiation treatment to attack cancer at the genetic level, the dietary modification could be the most effective strategy. This aligns with Warburg Effect principle, which suggests cancer cells feed preferentially on glucose, at a rate greater than regular cells. The idea is that starving cancer cells of glucose with fasting and ketogenic eating patterns makes it possible to shrink tumors and heal. Cate tackles the big C question, our biggest fear: What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer tomorrow? Cate says she would get to business with fasting and ketogenic eating, and head off to Turkey, yes Turkey!, to participate in cutting edge insulin therapy. While it might be unsettling to rethink the template strategy of cancer-fighting, Cate's commentary can help you reflect further about how your thoughts, beliefs, and food choices affect your overall health. Enjoy this discussion with one of the great leaders of the ancestral health movement, and be sure to read Deep Nutrition to learn the hows and whys about choosing the most nutritious foods that your genes expect for optimum health.

Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_Keto_CateCancerProof.mp3
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Elle Russ chats with Jeffrey M. Smith - the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. For more than two decades, his research has exposed how biotech companies mislead policy makers and the public, and put the health of society and environment at risk. In 2018, he and Amy Hart released Secret Ingredients, a documentary that highlights numerous individuals and families that healed from serious conditions after switching to an organic diet. 

Mr. Smith’s books include: Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. They expertly demonstrate why the safety assessments by the FDA and regulators worldwide are based on outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our top food safety priority.

Jeffrey is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), a leading source of GMO health risk information for consumers, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. Mr. Smith resides in California, as well as Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.

SELECTED LINKS:

Secret Ingredients - Movie

 

 

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Host Brad Kearns gives you a comprehensive education into the breakthrough technology of Heart Rate Variability, one of the most valuable biofeedback data available today. Measuring HRVgives you a direct window in the functional state of your autonomic nervous system, so you can accurately observe your stress levels, recovery rate and readiness to train, and make better decisions to balance stress and rest in daily life. 

HRV values are revealed by an EKG test in hospital or laboratory, but recent technology innovation enables you to track HRV in real time using the BradBeat HRV iPhone app, which has been custom designed to Brad’s specs to make it easy to use for athletes and anyone else interested in monitoring stress/rest balance. The BradBeat HRV, and other mobile HRV apps, pair with a wireless chest transmitter to reveal realtime data on your iPhone. HRV measures the beat to beat intervals in your heart rate. Greater variation indicates a harmonious balance between sympathetic (fight or flight) function and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system function, and delivers a higher HRV score on the 1-100 HRV scale. A metronomic beat with minimal variation in beat to beat intervals indicates you are stressed, overtrained, or have poor cardiovascular health, resulting in a low HRV score. 

 

This show gets a little technical as you learn about the nuances of the additional readings of low frequency and high frequency autonomic nervous system function, but you will come away with an excellent understanding of the benefits of HRV and how to use them to your maximum advantage to make better decisions and learn to gain more control over your stress response. 

Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_Endurance_HRV.mp3
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Host Brad Kearns welcomes William Shewfelt back to the show to get into assorted healthy lifestyle and peak performance subjects. William is big into the carnivore diet and helping people get shredded by combining carnivore eating with a focused fitness program and a methodical goal setting process. At only 23 years old, William is making waves in the ancestral health scene with his carnivoreshredding.com website, his new Primal Body Podcast, and his no nonsense approach to making body composition dreams actually happen and stick. William promotes his peak performance "anchor point" of waking up at 4:30am and getting to work at the gym right away. Brad thinks that's a bit early, but could this mindset represent a self-limiting belief? Brad shares how his loosening of dietary guidelines became a slippery slope of indulgence and diminishing discipline, and the recalibration of focus he has achieved with his morning chest freezer cold plunge and his latest experiment of fasting until 12 noon; doing these mainly to ingrain pro-active patterns, guidelines, and self-discipline. This show will help you leverage your best intentions for diet, fitness, and lifestyle goals. William urges us to "take action, then ponder things later!" Good stuff, get to listening and get to work!

Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_Keto_WilliamShewfelt202.mp3
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Elle Russ chats with Ben Pakulski, founder of Ben Pakulski Fitness International, the Muscle Intelligence podcast and the Muscle Intelligence and MI40 brands. He is a former Mr. Canada, and IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. Ben is most well-known for his intelligent approach to building maximum muscle and has helped 100,000 men and women change their body and life with his methods. 
Ben began building his body at 15 years old and turned professional at his 6th show at 26 years of age. Ben’s first pro show was the 2009 Tampa Pro where he placed 3rd and qualified to compete in Mr. Olympia.  Highlights from Ben’s career include placing 2nd at the Arnold Classic, the second largest bodybuilding show in the world, twice competing in Mr. Olympia and placing 1st in the 2016 Vancouver Pro.

Since retiring from competitive bodybuilding, Ben focuses on spending time with his wife and three children while building the Muscle IntelligenceTM  brand. The mission is to empower men and women with the knowledge and skillset to build their greatest body and live their greatest life. 

Ben’s passion for helping others change their body, and live their greatest life led him to create the world’s foremost muscle building and body transformation educational brand, Muscle Intelligence™ which offers a simple framework around the 6 Pillars of a Lean and Muscular Body. 

 

SELECTED LINKS:

Ben Pakulski's Website

Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_BenPakulski.mp3
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Host Brad talks to all-time American distance running great Ryan HallRyan retired from elite international competition a few years ago, and has been up to some amazing stuff since literally removing his racing flats for the last time. Ryanhad a phenomenal career as the top American marathoner, best known for his breakthrough performances like the 2:04.58 Boston Marathon, and the sub-60 min half-marathon in TX that remains the American record to this day. This guy shot for the stars, pushed himself as hard as any runner has, and displayed a fearless competitive disposition at all times. 

Ryan is an easy going guy but he gets pretty deep in this show, when discussing the importance of following his dreams, honoring his basic nature with his training approach, and having a go for it attitude about everything instead of living in fear or insecurity. This is the kind of stuff that makes his new book, Run The Mile You’re In, more than the typical athlete memoir. After Ryan retired, he jumped right into strength training and became an absolute beast in a short time. He’s packed on 30 or 50 pounds of muscle onto his previous 127-pound waif marathoner frame, and has reached the esteemed 1,000-pound club that combines his dead lift (over 400lb), bench press (over 300lb) and squat (well over 300lb). Seriously, pairing the 2:04 with a 400-pound deadlift is certainly a world record combo that will be hard for anyone to break. Interesting for all endurance athletes, Ryan describes how his transition over to strength training has made him healthier and more energetic overall. 

As running fans know, Ryan is married to Sara Hall, who is still going strong with an extraordinary career that has spanned from middle distance track to marathon. She recently set a PR 2:26 and is trying for another Olympic team in 2020! Ryan shares the incredible story of how the couple decided to adopt a baby from Africa and ended up bringing home (today it’s Flagstaff, AZ, but you never know tomorrow with the Halls!) four daughters from Ethiopia. 

Direct download: Ep_PrimalEndurance_RyanHall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am PDT

Host Brad Kearns starts from the beginning with a big picture presentation of the what, why, and how of the ketogenic diet. You’ll learn why its so important to health and longevity, including the benefits for disease protection, improved cognitive function, , reduced inflammation and oxidative stress (these represent the essence of disease and accelerated aging), and the rapid and efficient removal of excess body fat. Keto is the red-hot dietary trend of the day, but it’s important to understand how to do it correctly and avoid the very common backsliding and burnout that occurs from a rushed approach or ill-advised approach. Brad talks you through the multi-step process detailed in the Mark Sisson with Brad Kearns New York Times bestseller, The Keto Reset Diet. This show is deeply informative and illuminating, but always in plain talk so you can grasp the concepts with needing heavy prior knowledge. If you are thinking about keto, this show will give you the essential tools to succeed without the nonsense of the keto flu that some people describe as inevitable.

Direct download: Ep_PrimalBlueprint_Keto_IntroToKeto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm PDT

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