Primal Blueprint Podcast

Elle Russ chats with Debbie Mirza - a restorative coach, author, and singer/songwriter. She is the author of the best-selling book, The Covert Passive Aggressive Narcissist: Recognizing the Traits and Finding Healing After Hidden Emotional and Psychological Abuse, which has helped thousands of people around the world understand the most hidden and insidious form of narcissism that is currently affecting millions of people without them realizing what they are dealing with, and The Safest Place Possible: A Guide to Healing and Transformation, a book about the power of self-love to heal the mind, body. This book includes some of Debbie’s personal story of healing, as well as 21 practical, gentle exercises of self-love.

As a coach, Debbie helps people recognize the truth of what they have experienced, and come back to their genuine magnificence, after being in relationships with covert narcissists. She offers supportive online courses as well as guided meditations and calming music to help with the healing process. Learn more about Debbie’s books, music, online courses, coaching, and guided meditations at DebbieMirza.com

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Elle Russ chats with Abel James - a New York Times best-selling author, musician, and virtual outdoor adventure guide. He’s the host of the award-winning Fat-Burning Man Show, which has ranked as the #1 Health Podcast in 8+ countries around the world with more than 25+ million downloads.  Abel has starred as a coach on ABC television and has been featured in WIRED, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, and hundreds more. 

As a recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Abel is releasing a new immersive 360 VR music video (or virtual adventure) every day for the next year. 

Hailing from the woods of New Hampshire, Abel James lives with his wife, Alyson, and yellow lab, Bailey, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. 

AbelJames.com

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Host Brad Kearns covers an assortment of interesting questions from athletic-minded podcast listeners, including: using the Primal Endurance method to train for 100-mile ultramarathon runs; can you eat keto and still set a PR at 5k?; A highly fat and keto-adapted eater who does frequent 5-day water fasts likes to go hog wild and binge on carbs, then quickly recalibrate to keto—any long-term concerns?; Can eating carnivore-ish one meal a day (OMAD) overstress the digestive system with too much protein?; and finally, Primal Bear Kevin himself went from 285lb to 199lb but has plateau'd—learn some tips to breakthrough weight loss plateaus! Enjoy the show and send your questions to info@primalblueprintpublishing.com
 
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Elle Russ chats with Karen Martel - Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and women’s weight loss and hormone expert. Founder of the OnTrack women’s hormone balancing and weight loss program. Host of the top rated women’s health podcast and video cast The Other Side of Weight Loss.

After struggling with her own health issues, Karen was determined to bring her knowledge to others with a bold new approach to women’s health and weight management. Karen's passion lies in helping women breakthrough weight loss resistance and find their personal weight loss code through balancing hormones, stress management and uncovering emotional blocks. Karen is a health leader and researcher determined to revolutionize weight loss for modern women.

KarenMartel.com

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Host Brad Kearns welcomes geobiologist Brian Hoyer to the show to discuss the dangers of EMF exposure and how you can mitigate these dangers with some simple and do-able strategies. Brian is the founder of ShieldedHealing.com, offering home evaluation and action plans to optimize your home environment for health regarding both EMF and blue light health hazards. This show gets into the science of EMF but is easy to follow and always tying into practical tips to make simple lifestyle changes to improve health. The most profound insight is that EMF damage is far more concerning at night, when we are programmed for rest and repair, then during a busy day when we are less sensitive and vulnerable. The show ends with an awesome top-10 list of things you can do immediately to battle EMF in your home, especially in your bedroom. Check out Brian's operation at ShieldedHealing.com

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Elle Russ chats with Dr. Terry Wahls - an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. 

She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every summer where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success.

TerryWahls.com 

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Host Brad Kearns talks to the rising young star in the ancestral health scene named Matt Maruca. Only 20 years old, Matt has been on a six-year obsession to reclaim his health that started to decline in middle school. The journey has led him to an intense focus on the extreme health hazard of excess blue light exposure in modern life. Matt provides a beautifully understandable account of why blue light is harmful and what to do about it, but you will be fascinated to hear about how a member of the younger generation has leveraged the power of the digital age to make a name and a life for himself in the most progressive fashion. Check out Matt's RAOptics.com website to learn more about his unique daytime and nighttime blue light blocking eyewear (discount code Brad for 15% off your order!)

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Elle Russ chats with Integrative Physician Gary E. Foresman MD about perimenopause and menopause and the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

In 1994 when Dr. Foresman opened a private practice, he quickly became dissatisfied with the inability of established Western medical treatments to effectively treat many of his patients. Dr. Foresman 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.

Dr. Foresman 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.

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Dr. Michael Platt on Adrenalin Dominance

Host Brad Kearns talks to Dr. Michael Platt about the controversial and cutting edge subject of Adrenalin Dominance, the title of Platt’s new book and a topic that Platt argues is widely misunderstood and misinterpreted. Dr. Platt explains that the catch-all health disturbance of adrenal fatigue is diagnosed by low salivary cortisol, which is actually indicative of adrenalin dominance. Adrenalin Dominance, as you might guess, is driven by hectic, high-stress modern life and the desperate need for our brain to consume glucose around the clock. Whenever your brain detects the slightest drop in glucose supply (from an insulin rush after high carb meal, or after a strenuous workout, or after a hectic, high-stress day at work), your body will produce adrenalin (also referred to as norepinephrine) to keep you humming along. 

 

We are going outside the boundaries of mainstream medicine to attack the cause of many mental and physical disorders. Dr. Platt makes a compelling case that dumping too much adrenalin into the bloodstream is the root cause of most psychiatric conditions and also the primary driver of excess body fat. This is because adrenalin levels peak at 2:30 am and all that glucose production isn’t burned off and is thus stored as fat while you sleep. Hint: if you get up to pee in the middle of the night, you have a problem. This seemingly innocent and common occurrence is actually a sign of excess adrenalin—remember your Latin lessons where “adrenal” means next to renal. Your overactive adrenalin stimulates the kidneys and you have to pee. Other symptoms include grinding your teeth and nervous tapping of your legs. The net effect of overproducing adrenalin is chronic conditions like ADHD, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, severe mood swings, and road rage. 

 

Dr. Platt is not all about bad news. He says the condition is surprisingly easy to fix with the application of the wonder hormone progesterone. Yes, you can buy 5% progesterone cream and apply it before meals, which blocks both adrenalin, insulin, and estrogen. Note: while females may be familiar with using progesterone for estrogen-related health conditions, Dr. Platt notes that males over 50 stop producing progesterone, setting the stage for the dreaded space tire accumulation—a hallmark of which is excess estrogen. 

 

Dr. Platt is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has nearly four decades of experience working with patients in varied clinical settings from medical groups to eldercare medicine to health research. He’s currently the president of Platt Wellness Center in Rancho Mirage, California, where he specializes in bio-identical hormones, hormone balancing and the causation of illness. Learn more at Plattwellness.com

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Episode #407: Elle Russ chats with Meik Wiking - the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute.  He is a Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, member of the policy advisory group for the Global Happiness Policy Report and Founding member of The Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies.  Meik is a New York Times best-selling author and has written several books and reports on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life. His books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

 

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Elle Russ chats with Paul Saladino MD - the leading authority on the science and application of the carnivore diet. He has used this diet to reverse autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and mental health issues in hundreds of patients, many of whom had been told their conditions were untreatable. In addition to his personal podcast, Fundamental Health, he can be found featured on numerous podcasts including The Minimalists,  The Model Health Show, Bulletproof Radio,  The Dr. Gundry Podcast, The Ben Greenfield Podcast, Dr. Mercola, Health Theory, Mark Bell’s Power Project, and many others. He has also appeared on The Doctors TV show and will release his first book in 2020 titled, “The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to our Ancestral Diet.”

CarnivoreMD.com 

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Host Brad Kearns welcomes the amazing Sara Hall to the show, fresh off her stunning lifetime best and #6 all-time American performance of 2:22 at the Berlin Marathon. At age 36, Sara proclaims that she is both fitter and healthier than ever. This show is full of tidbits and reflections that will help you become a better runner and a better person. Sara discusses overcoming her string of injuries to achieve her recent breakthrough and the risks associated with elite-level training. Her insight that “you just need the pounding” is an interesting counter to the popular notion that you can “hack” peak endurance performance with HIIT workouts, or that recovery entails sitting around. In fact, an easy day for Sara is two hours of running (2 workouts) at 7-8 minutes per mile at high altitude in Flagstaff, AZ.

 

Sara talks about what she’s learned and the support she’s received from her husband Ryan Hall, retired Olympic marathon runner and still US record holder at 2:04.58, Listen to his show on this channel to learn the amazing story of their adopting four Ethiopian children in 2015 and raising them in the USA. Sara talks about the balance between trying to eat the healthiest, cleanest diet and the reality of the raw fuel requirements for elite training. She talks about training at altitude for years, variation in training approach among elite athletes. Her comments on overcoming fear of failure and loving yourself how you are, without regard to results in competition, can actually unlock higher levels of peak performance because you are free to take risks and go for it! A great show with an inspiring runner dedicated to her faith and her charity called the Hall Steps Foundation. 

 
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Elle Russ chats with David Morin - an accredited strength & conditioning trainer & coach for 16 yrs. His clients include the U.S. special forces military to NBA stars like Allen Iverson. David’s skill set continues to evolve through various modalities rooted in  movement, martial arts, Chi Kung, mediation, bio feedback, free weight training, HIIT and advanced bio-hacking techniques. David Morin is a German born American Fitness trainer, model, corporate wellness speaker & entrepreneur. He has appeared on more then 40 fitness magazine covers like Muscle & Fitness, FitnessRX, Men’s Health & Ironman magazine. For over 10 yrs & in 15 countries David has been featured over 100 times as a editorial contributor & instructional fitness model for print media. 

 

After David’s near death experience & 5 day coma for a pulmonary embolism caused by a heart tumor in 2015, David created the worlds first essential oils respiratory enhancement workout supplement, FLO2! 

 

David appears on Netflix & Amazon as a star in the documentary “The Perfect Physique”. As well as working on director Micheal Bays Block buster film “Pain & Gain,” with the Rock & Mark Wahlberg. As a father of 4 who’s active,  David had to create a effective, efficient at home training regime called “LynxFitness”. David is the founder & engineer of the training you’ll find on lynxfitness.com

 

David is a fitness lifestyle influencer with his own fitness app on FITPLAN available on the App Store. He’s currently traveling the world doing instructional fitness training and seminars at resorts from Phuket Thailand to Tulum Mexico, sharing his energy, experience & his passionate journey of gratitude through fitness. 

www.Getmorin.com

www.Getmorinfitness.com 

Connect with Show Host Elle Russ

 

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Elle Russ chats with Dr. Mark Hyman - a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a twelve-time New York Times best-selling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the host of one of the leading health podcasts, The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dr. Hyman is a regular medical contributor several television shows and networks, including CBS This Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN. He is also an advisor and guest co-host on The Dr. Oz Show. 

https://www.drhyman.com

Connect with Show Host

http://www.elleruss.com 

 

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Elle Russ chats with Courtney Contos, a chef, wellness expert, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, and speaker. Courtney was raised and mentored in downtown Chicago under the expertise of her acclaimed restauranteur father, Bill Contos. He was the owner of Chez Paul - an ultra-elegant French restaurant and known in popular culture as the fancy restaurant from the iconic classic films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Blue Brothers. Chez Paul is where her love of food and appreciation for quality was born.

Courtney carried on her father’s vision by working in restaurants and cooking schools until ultimately attaining my  degree in culinary arts from Kendall Culinary School in Chicago. I opened Chef Contos Kitchen & Store in Vermont, which was featured by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the best cooking schools in the world - focused on culinary education and chef-curated retail.

Amidst her successes, she struggled and suffered for 12 years with chronic pain due to a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Her rheumatologist declared on numerous occasions that her condition would never change and that she would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life. Unwilling to accept this fate, she persevered to find a solution, and in 2018 - along with her Functional Medicine doctor, she set out to overcome her autoimmune disease. After decades of systemic inflammation, multiple health issues, surgeries, and over six years of severe foot pain, she now takes pain-free steps with immense gratitude for having zero RA markers. Boom! 

Now Courtney supports others on through their life transformations in her virtual health consulting business. Having been so positively impacted by her healing journey - she merged her rich experience as a culinary leader and educator with overcoming autoimmune disease by becoming a certified Functional Medicine Wellness Coach. her mission is to help others transform their health by guiding people in the right direction when they find themselves stuck without wellness support.

www.ccontos.com 

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Elle Russ chats with Keith and Michelle Norris - co-founders of Paleo f(x)™ the largest Paleo platform and event in the world which has been featured in the New York TimesThe Huffington PostThe Telegraph, and Men’s Health

Michelle is the CEO of Paleo f(x)™ and has been a speaker at SXSW Health Expo, Ancestral Health Symposium, Conscious Media Festival, Society of Women Entrepreneurs and the Academy of Regenerative Practices Conference. Keith Norris is a former standout athlete and military veteran.  He is an elite strength and conditioning specialist and habit change expert with over 40 years of in-the-trenches experience.  As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is a co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo platform in the world, Paleo f(x).  As well, Keith is the CEO of Phoenix Equipment Group, LLC, and a founding member of ID Life, a company whose mission is health and lifestyle optimization. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness and personal development blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice, and is the author of The Five T’s, the art of goal setting and continual improvement.

 

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www.paleofx.com

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Elle Russ chats with Dr. Corey Riser - a Chiropractic Physician and a practicing Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 300 hours of post-doctoral Functional Endocrinology and Clinical Nutrition education. 

Originally from Zanesville, Ohio, Dr. Riser began his work in alternative medicine through his award-winning Undergraduate Thesis study on Bacteriophage Therapy of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as a preferred treatment method over traditional antibiotics.

While attending graduate school, Dr. Riser’s passion for alternative medicine developed after the passing of his grandmother, mother, and father in a two-year span.  He watched as conventional medicine treatment with drug therapy and a lack of nutritional guidance continued time and time again to fail his family members and ultimately led to untimely deaths.  It was at this time that he redirected his efforts toward Functional Medicine education.

In 2017, Dr. Riser founded Functional Health Center of the Carolinas, a highly regarded Functional Medicine clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has quickly become one of the most sought after “Chronic Disease Reversal” clinics in the region.

As the Clinic Director, the focus of Dr. Riser’s practice is primarily Functional Medicine treatment of Type II Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders, Cognitive Decline, and Autoimmune disease. Dr. Riser has made it a priority to help the Carolina region combat a devastatingly high incidence of chronic disease and obesity through Functional Medicine, Paleo, and nutraceutical interventions.

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www.fhccarolinas.com

instagram.com/fhccarolinas

facebook.com/fhccarolinas

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Elle Russ chats with Kate Cretsinger, CNC - a Certified Nutrition Coach. Kate’s path to becoming a Nutrition Coach began during her own struggles of migraines accompanied by bloody noses. Kate suffered 23 years from unexplained rashes, stomach pain as well as many days of not being able to socialize due to severe stomach pain, headaches and joint pain that was located in her arms, hips, legs and feet. Kate became determined to take control of her own health through nutrition. And she did!! In 2004, Kate graduated from University of New England with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.  She became certified as a Nutrition Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  In addition, Kate has over 15 years of experience in the health & wellness field as a personal trainer, instructor and nutrition coach. 

 

SELECTED LINKS:

Website:  www.k84wellness.com

Podcast: K8 4 Wellness Podcast

Instagram: k8_4_wellness

Facebook: K8 4 Wellness

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Welcome to the world of the cool dudes! Host Brad Kearns welcomes Brian McAndrew and Will Shewfelt to a fabulous round table discussion focused on the emerging carnivore diet, but covering a bunch of peripheral topics relating to losing excess body fat, performing and recovering from workouts and executing some interesting strategies that will help you break through typical setbacks and frustrations. Regarding exercise, both Brian and Will emphasize the point that chronic patterns will screw up your best efforts to align with a keto or carnivore. Brian says, "Choose an exercise program that's not gonna make you hungry." You'll also learn about the trio's exciting new book, Carnivore Cooking For Cool Dudes, which helps make a carnivore-ish experiment or longer team eating pattern easy, fun, and sustainable. 
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Elle Russ chats with Darryl Edwards - a movement coach, nutritionist, physical activity researcher and creator of the Primal Play Method™. Darryl developed the Primal Play methodology to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

Darryl is the author of several award-winning books including Paleo Fitness and Animal Moves. His work has been published in titles such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Elle Magazine, Men’s Fitness and he has featured on the BBC TV documentaries Eat to Live Forever and Doctor In The House.

 

SELECTED LINKS:

Check out Darryl’s TEDx Talk “Why working out isn’t working out” at www.primalplay.com/tedx

Find him on Facebook at facebook.com/DarrylFEdwards Twitter @fitnessexplorer and Instagram @fitnessexplorer

Click here to download your FREE ebook on The Importance of Play.

 

 

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Fasting is generally healthy when done properly. The same goes for exercise and carb restriction. These behaviors help many people; but they can also be unhealthy for certain people or when used too much or in the wrong circumstances.

Today I’d like to wade into potentially controversial waters and talk about when fasting potentially crosses the line into disordered eating territory.

(This Mark's Daily Apple article was written by Mark Sisson, and is narrated by Tina Leaman)

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