Alex Fergus – Bodybuilding and being your own health advocate

Alex Fergus – Bodybuilding and being your own health advocate

Alex Fergus is an Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion, health and fitness coach, researcher and author. After finding his health declining at the age of 23 and feeling a lack of support from his doctors, who dismissed his concerns, he took his health into his own hands.  By being his own health advocate in researching, testing, and biohacking, he found his way back to optimal health and found a new passion for helping others to improve their life and health from a foundational perspective.

In this episode of Data-Driven Health Radio, Dave Korsunsky interviews Alex Fergus about his personal and professional journey of turning his own health, as well as his clients,’ around from struggling to thriving. 

Listen as Alex Fergus sheds some positivity on empowering your own health. By creating optimal health through foundational supports, your body will be in a much stronger and resilient state.

You can find Alex Fergus on his website and blog at www.alexfergus.com

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Alex Fergus’s story of finding his health struggling as a bodybuilding athlete at the age of 23, and having doctors tell him he must just have a virus or need testosterone to feel better leaving him feeling dismissed [1:40]
  • After doing his own research and asking for lab testing he wanted to explore, he was dismissed by his doctor which lead him to find a doctor that would look deeper. [3:50]
  • Always playing by the rules in bodybuilding and sports, he was disappointed when his doctor alluded to the fact that she thought it was all the supplements he was taking that was causing his health issues [4:45]
  • About the differences between lab testing options for your health in Australia vs. the USA [7:10]
  • Why you shouldn’t consult Dr. Google and why getting feedback through health markers is important in navigating your health by having a trusted provider to consult with the results of your specialized testing [8:50]
  • The role of HRV in the everyday person and how they can utilize that to see how their diet and lifestyle is working for them [14:30]
  • What biomarkers Alex Fergus monitors for himself and how the amount of feedback needed varies as your health progresses [15:25]
  • How people can use medicinal cannabis or think they sleep better after a few drinks. However, tracking with the Oura ring or other device can help you to see the real effects on your body that you may not have noticed otherwise [20:50]
  • Lab testing that Alex Fergus tracks now and why [23:16]
  • How to monitor your thyroid and stress response with basal body temperature [25:15]
  • How to use basal body temperature to change your macros [27:50]
  • About Alex Fergus’s protocol, he developed for clients focusing on the fundamentals of health – gut health, resetting baseline hormonal markers, dietary changes, meal timing, education, etc.[29:05]
  • The benefits of reducing and over-adding in training, etc. to be able to move forward in a healthier way [34:00]
  • The importance of slowing down your exercise, which can show you a much more accurate reaction of what your body is ready to do – energetically and otherwise. [35:00]
  • How to know when you’re ready to go back to exercising after taking a break to allow your body to recover [39:45[
  • About blue light – how it affects health and how to navigate it in the modern world [41:45]
  • How to hack our way back to optimal health in a modern world [42:55]

References

www.alexfergus.com

About Heads Up 

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Keith Norris from Paleo f(x) on Biohacking, Business and Burning Man

Keith Norris from Paleo f(x) on Biohacking, Business and Burning Man

If you’ve been around the health and wellness world for a minute, then surely you’ve heard of Paleo f(x) and its co-founder, Keith Norris. Paleo f(x) is the premier health and wellness event in Austin, Texas every year, gathering health and wellness industry leaders, as well as companies creating biohacking products, to bring the paleo lifestyle to the 21st century. Interestingly, there is also a beautiful overlap with the Burning Man community. 

We think you’ll enjoy this engaging interview with Keith Norris and Dave Korsunsky about Paleo f(x), holistic entrepreneurship, MDMA and psilocybin therapies, biohacking, Burning Man and more. It’s also about finding yourself at a place in life where you feel you have nothing to lose and building a dream to change the world. 

Whether you’re someone who just enjoys biohacking your own health, or you’re a practitioner working to help people change their health and their lives, there is something in here for all of you. 

This year, the Paleo f(x) event will be held on July 14-16, 2020. The Health Entrepreneur f(x) event will take place on July 13, 2020. And it sounds like there are some after-parties that you won’t want to miss!

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About the interesting connection that Keith Norris made when Paleo f(x) partnered with the Health Optimisation Summit in the UK last year, which revealed a greater desire there for biohacking to optimize health. Is this focus higher due to their healthcare system vs. the U.S. where we are more focused on just regaining our health? [1:50]
  • That having achieved the “American dream” and feeling hollow inside, Keith Norris left the pharmaceutical job he’d worked his way up the ladder to, and along with his wife Michelle — and co-founder of Paleo f(x) — they shifted gears to create something that helps contribute toward healing the world [6:25]
  • More about the exact moment Keith knew he was done working for a pharmaceutical company [8:30]
  • After losing their daughter in 2009 and most of their money in the Great Recession of 2008, Michelle and Keith Norris felt they had nothing to lose and dreamt big [10:25]
  • About Keith and Michelle’s start in the paleo world running gyms and a paleo catering business in Austin, TX [11:22]
  • That Paleo f(x) was born sitting on the tarmac at LAX on the flight back to Austin. By the time they were back home, they had a business plan and 6 months later, the first Paleo F(x) show took place in 2012 [11:50]
  • About bankruptcy and the side of entrepreneurship that you don’t see [13:30]
  • About the contrast of what Paleo f(x) began as and what it is now with paleo principles layered with technology [14:10]
  • In the 2020 Paleo f(x) show, a whole section of the hall will be dedicated to biohacking [17:30]
  • How the only way to know if changes are working is to use a platform like Heads Up to layer the metrics and see what is causing the changes – good or bad [18:25]
  • Why tracking the effects of sleep, alcohol, and inflammatory foods, etc. and the impact on your recovery ability and overall wellness helps you to learn what specific inputs are most important to your wellness [20:05]
  • The top two lifestyle/dietary choices that have the biggest effect on Keith Norris personally [22:00]
  • “Paleo is much more than diet and exercise. It’s 7 pillars. It’s mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, relational and tribal. That is paleo.” [23:30]
  • In 2016 Michelle and Keith Norris were massive proponents of plant medicine for use in PTSD, depression and other conditions, and utilized a shaman to roll it out on stage at Paleo F(x), uncertain if it would be well received. It turned out to be the most highly attended panel with the highest ratings to date and has been a huge part of the event since then. [28:25]
  • Discussion around the use of psilocybin, cannabis, and microdosing and more vs. socially acceptable forms of mind-altering substances like alcohol [30:24]
  • Mental health and pharmaceuticals vs diet, nutrition, and nutrient depletion as well as the effect of MDMA on PTSD [32:40]
  • About plant based ceremonies for healing like Ayahuasca and Huachuma that works and is cheap relative to pharmaceuticals [34:00]
  • The Millennial generation is getting hammered financially – struggling with an average of 40k in student debt (which can’t be wiped clean with bankruptcy) and can affect overall health. The paleo lifestyle and biohacking can help to support them as they navigate the working world [35:50]
  • The Health Entrepreneur f(x) came about because they saw a need to provide motivated health driven business owners that were lacking the business tools for successful holistic entrepreneurship [37:50]
  • Paleo f(x) is the wrecking ball to challenge the old paradigm. Keith Norris wants an army of heart-driven entrepreneurs to fill that void after breaking the old paradigm [38:25]
  • The beautiful overlap between Paleo f(x) and Burning Man communities [40:05]
  • “The healthier a person is, the harder they party because that is a natural expression of joy.” [40:55]

References

Health Entrepreneur F(x)
Paleo f(x)
FDA Grants Psilocybin Second Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Resistant Depression
The Health Optimisation Summit 2020
Burn for a Cause Event
MAPS

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How to Lose Stubborn Body Fat with Hormone Imbalance and Weight Loss Expert, Karen Martel

How to Lose Stubborn Body Fat with Hormone Imbalance and Weight Loss Expert, Karen Martel

Have you tried every diet under the sun yet still have trouble losing stubborn body fat? Even when you fit in regular exercise? Meet Karen Martel, a Transformational Nutrition Coach and Hormone Imbalance and Weight Loss expert from Canada. Despite following mainstream dietary strategies, including plenty of exercise, Karen wasn’t able to lose weight after her pregnancy. She soon figured out the connection to hormone health and quickly rebounded to lose the stubborn weight.

Using strategic testing methods and tracking, Karen Martel now helps her clients to achieve weight loss and lose stubborn body fat when all other methods and diets have failed. With a focus on hormone imbalance, she includes not only the sex hormones — estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone — but also cortisol, as a major indicator of stress intolerance and why the body won’t release excess weight. 

If you’re struggling with losing stubborn body fat and need some help or inspiration, listen to this cutting-edge interview with Karen Martel. Learn the most common reasons you might have hormone imbalances and what you can do about it. Become empowered to learn just how to take back your hormone health and get the answers and body you desire!

You can find Karen Martel at www.karenmartel.com where you can book a complimentary 15-minute call, book a session, enroll in group coaching, live coaching, online courses – hormone healthy keto, or order a hormone kit and receive a complimentary 20-minute session with Karen. Be sure to check out her free hormone quiz on her website too!

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How to tell if you have a hormone imbalance is happening to you. If you eat well, exercise, and do all the right things but the stubborn body fat won’t budge you likely have a hormone imbalance [8:45]
  • If you’re doing keto, low carb, low calorie, and/or fasting and you’re already experiencing some hormonal imbalance, you’re adding fuel to the fire by going too low carb for too long. It’s too much of a stressor when cortisol is already dysregulated to restrict food intake [9:10]
  • About Dave’s experience with taking a step back from the day-to-day stress, giving his body time to heal so he could come back and train to regain his strength [10:00]
  • Why while running her own business as a single mom, Karen Martel, had to quit Bootcamp and do yoga to allow her body time to heal [11:45]
  • Go to www.karenmartel.com to take the screening quiz to see if hormone testing would be warranted for you [13:00]
  • How doctors only test blood hormones which only reveal bound hormones that are not what is available for the body to be used. Unbound hormones can only be tested through saliva or urine for metabolite testing. If you can test all three, that would be optimal [14:50]
  • If you can only pick one form of testing, choose this one [16:00]
  • More about cortisol regulation and testing [16:30]
  • Why disrupted cortisol rhythm can lead to insomnia and add to weight gain through dysregulation of ghrelin and other hormones [17:45]
  • About the ZRT saliva testing – the Female Comprehensive 3 panel tests estradiol, estrogen, progesterone, the ratio of estrogen and progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and 4-point cortisol test [19:00]
  • How suspected thyroid hormone imbalances can be tested at home with a blood spot kit [21:35]
  • Even if you can’t afford to do the specialized tests, go to your doctor and have them run these blood tests for screening [23:00]
  • Most common reasons you might have a hormone imbalance and what you can do about it. (Environmental exposures and dietary sources of hormonal imbalance contributors.) [23:45]
    • Diet – check this first
    • Check estrogens – look for xenoestrogens, in our food, pesticides, plastics, grains, etc.
    • Remove scented products from laundry detergent to aftershave and shampoo
    • Check water sources
    • Opt for at least hormone-free meats
    • Remove as many processed foods as possible
  • How you can clean your home with natural products very inexpensively [27:45]
  • About the quarterly cleanse that Karen Martel runs with her women to support the liver and gallbladder and other detox organs [28:50]
  • How fat cells produce estrogen, so the more extra stubborn body fat you carry on your body, the more estrogen you will produce [30:00]
  • Why lifting heavy things (strength training) can help you become more healthy and strong, create healthy bones and lower blood sugar [30:45]
  • Reasons why regularly doing Crossfit and marathon running can be more stressful on your body. Also, how yoga and lifting weights can be much more beneficial to your hormonal health and weight balance [32:05]
  • As women age, we need to work on balancing the body’s stress and bringing our system down like yoga, meditation, tai chi, massage, etc. rather than adding stimulation [33:40]
  • As we age, the ovaries begin to shut down production of estrogen and the adrenals take over that task. However, if the adrenals are having to make lots of cortisol, it will favor that task over other hormones. Perimenopausal symptoms will become worse [34:40]
  • Hormones go in a 3-month cycle – it’s not a quick fix. Recheck hormones every 3-6 months at least with yourself and your symptoms if you’re unable to do testing [35:10]
  • How tracking with Heads Up while working with bioidentical hormones or lifestyle changes can help you keep track of how things are working [36:05]
  • HRV and sleep metric tracking can be one of the best metrics to monitor for stress markers – Biostrap, Oura ring, FitBit, etc [36:40]
  • How tracking fasting blood sugar is an affordable way to help you lose stubborn body fat. High cortisol will raise blood sugar, especially when it’s high in the morning and comes down later in the day. Even when you’re eating well. This can be an indicator of too much stress on the body [38:00]
  • How to use an affordable Gera Thermometer to determine where your metabolism is at. And also to find out if you have indicators for hypothyroidism. Take your temperature for 10 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning (98.6 in AM) and again in the afternoon (98 or 97.9 in the PM). [39:10]
  • Track your basal body temperature as mentioned above with the Gera thermometer in Heads Up. An indicator of thyroid issues, as well as adrenal issues depending on the pattern, this can be revealed through tracking [40:32]
  • How it’s possible to eat like a normal person again. Once you have in check your blood sugar, hormone imbalances and exercise levels you can enjoy life with occasional indulgences [30:50]

References

https://karenmartel.com/
https://www.zrtlab.com/
www.ewg.org
https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Geratherm Thermometer

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Bill Hanks on Fighting Inflammation with Cryotherapy

Bill Hanks on Fighting Inflammation with Cryotherapy

Bill Hanks is a former engineer who left his career three years ago to open Cryo Recovery in Houston, TX. After suffering from a workout injury that refused to heal, Bill turned to cryotherapy and immediately felt the benefits. Before cryotherapy, the options presented to him were limited to surgery, injections or long-term anti-inflammatory medications. Within just a couple of cryotherapy sessions, he realized the possibilities. His own personal experience motivated him to provide those in his own community access to drug-free healing opportunities.

Bill Hanks and his wife now own and operate their clinic, which offers more than just cryotherapy. They’re both passionate about helping others recover and improve their well-being, whether it’s working with athletes or with individuals who have chronic illnesses that can benefit from mitochondrial support. 

Listen in to learn more about what cryotherapy is, how it’s used and who is using it. Hint: It’s not just athletes. And it’s becoming more affordable. Heads Up will soon be releasing a tracking feature for cryotherapy so you can see how your cryotherapy sessions affect your HRV, inflammation markers like Hs-CRP, deep sleep and more. 

Check out Cryo Recovery when you’re in the Houston area, and make sure to follow Bill Hanks on social media: @billhanks and @cryorecovery on Instagram, Cryo Recovery on Facebook. 

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Bill Hank’s story with tendonitis from Crossfit not being helped with traditional therapies. After deciding against surgery and cortisone shots, he began to research alternative therapies [2:00]
  • About cryotherapy as an alternative to anti-inflammatories [6:35]
  • How repetition and consistency with cryotherapy is where you see the real benefits, and what that means [7:45]
  • How tracking health while using cryotherapy can help with recovery. Why tracking can help quantify just how much it’s supporting your health [9:00]
  • What is cryotherapy, and how it’s different from a cold bath [11:45]
  • The Hunting [response] effect and how it’s replicated in cryotherapy, boosting norepinephrine which helps with focus, clarity, and mood and prevents TNF alpha which can be measured in a C-Reactive Protein test [12:55]
  • Bill Hanks had a client whose RA marker disappeared on testing after a couple of months of cryotherapy [16:30]
  • How cryotherapy is good for reducing inflammation and reduces the effects of aging [17:10]
  • Cryotherapy upregulates the PGC-1 alpha gene, which creates mitochondria biogenesis, which activates more energy – useful for high-performance athletes [17:20]
  • Why high-performance athletes get double the benefits by upregulating energy and also improving their recovery from cryotherapy [17:55]
  • How overtraining and injury prevention is supported by keeping inflammation low and recovering well with cryotherapy [18:10]
  • What metrics could be tracked with cryotherapy 
    • Hs-CRP
    • HRV
    • Inflammatory markers
  • How cryotherapy can be useful for chronic health issues as well as high-performance training [20:50]
  • About the air temperature in the cryotherapy tank and the differences in the types of chambers. And how they can have different therapeutic effects as well as why monitoring skin temperature is most important [21:04]
  • Why Cryo Recovery uses electric instead of nitrogen-cooled tanks and why you should ask about the method used at your center of choice [23:25]
  • Why a skin temp to drop about 30 degrees is important and why where you measure skin temperature matters [24:15]
  • The differences between men and women’s body temperature variances [25:15]
  • Some of the best practices for anyone looking to start adding this practice to their health or training protocol [26:15]
  • Some top questions for individuals to ask before shelling out money on this treatment (e.g., Is there privacy? What’s the long term plan? What kind of cost savings are available? What is the environment?) [28:25]
  • What biohacking health-tracking can be correlated to recovery with cryotherapy? [32:45]
    • Increase in deep sleep
    • Increase HRV the day after
    • Lowered heart rate over time
    • Balancing of the nervous system creating more resilience
  • Heads Up will be rolling out a tracking metric for cryotherapy [38:20]
  • Weighing the cost of cryotherapy now vs. long term inflammation and the costs associated with that vs. cold plunges [38:40]
  • If you have a less than optimal experience, try another center as they are all run independently and have their own styles of operation [39:50]

References

www.everlywell.com

Cryotherapy study of athletes and sleep and hormone balance

Cryo Recovery

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Dr. Kevin Sprouse – Tracking Health Metrics for Elite and Recreational Athletes

Dr. Kevin Sprouse – Tracking Health Metrics for Elite and Recreational Athletes

Dr. Kevin Sprouse is trained in both emergency and sports medicine, making him one of the most sought after physicians working with some of the top athletes around the world. His patients have included many elite, Olympic and professional endurance athletes, including Tour de France cyclists. Utilizing cutting-edge and routine tests, he is able to help tailor protocols to his patients, which now also include recreational athletes. His focus is to help them to optimize, not only their physical endurance and strength, but their recovery as well.  

In this episode, Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up, talks with Dr. Kevin Sprouse about exercise medicine for top athletes. You’ll learn how these principles and techniques can apply to recreational athletes and anyone interested in health optimization and performance as a goal.

Tracking health metrics such as blood tests, lactate, HRV, HRV-CV, sleep and more, and pairing it with the Heads Up app, his patients can see for themselves how the metrics they are tracking are affected by the choices they make in training, recovery, sleep, diet and more. If health optimization and performance is your goal, you’ll want to hear how Dr. Kevin Sprouse, who has worked with people who are at the pinnacle of performance in athletics, to learn what really allows them to perform at their best and how that information can trickle down to the rest of us.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How we have a lot of access to data tracking, but not a lot of good ways to correlate it to see what’s actionable data. This is why Dr. Kevin Sprouse is excited to work with Dave and Heads Up to help him holistically manage and interpret his patients’ measurements. “Tools like yours helps us to distill those metrics and helps us to see which ones are useful…without that, it’s a lot of shooting in the dark, a lot of guess and check.” [3:00]
  • This is Dr. Kevin Sprouse’s 7th year at the Tour de France and that he spends 60-100 days a year at professional races with his patients. However, the emergency component (not just the crashes) along with other stuff that comes up (the asthma attacks, stomach pains, etc.) allows him to stay in both sides of the medicine he’s trained in [7:45]
  • How Dr. Sprouse has always enjoyed being in sports – baseball, tennis, basketball, soccer, running, Triathalons, mountain biking, cycling. Yet what made him look deeper into exercise medicine was that it’s a missing piece in most of the medicine in preventative care [8:35]
  • Although he is fascinated by the musculoskeletal injury healing, he’s also interested in using the supportive nutrition and performance promotion to heal his athlete patients. The goal is for them to be resilient and to perform their best [9:35]
  • How metric tracking can help those who have been into sports, yet not seeing their physical body change as they would have expected, can help them identify the areas to tweak to get where they want to be [11:00]
  • Metrics Dr. Kevin Sprouse checks for top elite athletes – physiological levels [12:50]
    • Endurance athletes – physiological markers in a sports lab – VO2 max, lactate (testing with a device that works similarly to a blood glucometer), metabolism, etc.
  • How non-athletes can use the same metrics such as lactate to learn more about their health and their metabolic status (e.g., diet, insulin resistance, etc.) [18:55]
  • Advice for people who work out and eat great, but can’t lose the weight. How doing high-intensity exercise can be making them metabolically deficient. How the solution may be to drop the intensity way down (e.g., from CrossFit to brisk walking) to get them to finally lose the weight [20:20]
  • Discussion on fat-adaptation and when it’s best utilized. And how at the high-level, athletes end up fat-adapted just due to their training schedule. [22:15]
    • How you can go too far with seeking a fat-burning state at the expense of hormones, etc. [24:00]
  • Why fat-adaptation, ketosis, etc is not the goal and that there is no shortcut to get you there super fast [26:20]
  • How you can use tracking to help you figure out what your inputs are that help keep you resilient [27:40]
  • A more in-depth discussion on lactate in high-level athletes [28:40]
  • About the KRAFT insulin test that helps to find undiagnosed diabetes [30:00]
  • That sports are a series of surges and recoveries. Recovery is as important as the performance [31:20]
  • Dave and Dr. Kevin Sprouse discuss mouth breathing vs. nose breathing and strategies to simulate altitude training [33:45]
  • Top labs Dr. Kevin Sprouse likes to run and what he’s looking at with them [36:40]
    • Hemoglobin and hematocrit
    • Ferritin and what anemia of an athlete is defined as
    • Testosterone-to-cortisol ratios
    • Fasting glucose, fasting insulin, cholesterol
    • Thyroid status for hormones
    • Creatinine kinase, ALT, AST, and LDH as acute muscle damage markers
  • Tools that Dr. Kevin Sprouse uses to track data with his patients including Garmin, Training Peaks, Strava, Oura ring, Whoop — all based on the athlete and their tolerances to see their recovery [44:30]
  • How Dr. Kevin Sprouse uses a 3-day vs 45-day HRV, including HRV-CV, with his patients [46:00]
  • More discussion about health metric tracking and how Heads Up can be a great central hub for putting all the pieces you’re tracking together [49:30]

References

Podium Sports Medicine – Dr. Sprouse
The FASTER study
KRAFT Insulin Testing

About Heads Up 

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Taking Charge of Your Health with Joel Sprechman –  Crohn’s, Colitis and IBD

Taking Charge of Your Health with Joel Sprechman – Crohn’s, Colitis and IBD

Joel Sprechman is an engineer-turned-health-crusader on a mission to help those struggling with IBD, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis. Suffering from his own health crisis (after simply eating a homemade oatmeal cookie from his mom), Joel realized that conventional medicine wasn’t the answer to the questions he had. This began his quest to discover his own answers. 

After being sent to a gastroenterologist and being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, and later Crohn’s, Joel Sprechman was given limited options for treatment from mainstream medicine. With an outlook that allowed him the opportunity to think differently, he found his own path. That mission would guide him to start One Great Gut, a foundation to help others see that there are other options available to them, outside of medication and surgery. 

If you’re living with Irritable Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or other chronic digestive issues, you’ll want to hear Joel’s journey back to health. Joel keeps it real and recognizes that while there are times for medication, the majority of the improvements over the long term come from diet and lifestyle changes. Learn how alternative therapies, meditation, stress management, and functional testing can help to gain a better insight as to what imbalances are contributing to the symptoms. 

You can find Joel Sprechman and his work at his website www.onegreatgut.com. There is a whole resource section available for you to see just what the options are, as well as a Mastermind group you can apply to join.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About the community Joel Sprechman has built around people living with Crohn’s that are not using pharmaceuticals to control their symptoms [3:30]
  • How the One Great Gut Health Collection was launched in October 2019 [4:20]
  • Joel’s history of issues since childhood that came to a head in 2001 when he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis [8:45] 
  • Why Joel now sees his diagnosis as a gift, using it to see when his body is under too much stress [12:25]
  • Joel defines colitis and what can contribute to it [13:30] 
  • Just how much stress affects digestion [14:40]
  • That about 10 million are living with Crohns or colitis and is considered autoimmune [14:50]
  • How inflammation with a gut health condition like Colitis or Crohn’s affects other parts of the body, more than just the colon [15:20]
  • Joel Sprechman and Dave Korsunsky talk more about contributors to developing a disease like Crohns or UC. How root causes can be different for each person [17:15]
  • How Joel is managing his “gift” through natural approaches. Also how Joel believes that conventional medical care is a big reason so many are living with chronic illnesses [20:50]
  • How chronic illness is becoming more and more prevalent. Conventional doctors are working from the “prescribe and perform surgery,” without any emphasis or training on prevention, diet and lifestyle mitigation [22:00]
  • About how ozone therapy and hyperbaric treatment can be really helpful for optimizing health with IBD [23:45]
  • Why slowing down and paying attention to our bodies can help to understand what is happening. This can possibly prevent you from going into a full-blown attack, before realizing you need to course-correct [26:10]
  • How we tend to default to wanting to mask pain through the use of NSAIDs, TV, caffeine, etc. We use this to power through and live in our heads instead of our bodies. This can lead us further down the path to disease, one day waking up to a full-blown autoimmune illness [27:20]
  • Why getting the right type of healthcare provider can help you ask the right questions. This can help you to find out how to properly support your body. [28:30]
  • How do you get started with a functional medicine practitioner for Irritable Bowel Disease or other gut health ailments? [30:00]
  • Joel’s recommendations on where to go to find functional medicine doctors, and how most of them work remotely as well [31:25]
  • What kind of diagnostic testing is helpful that Joel recommends. As well as the at-home tests he recommends utilizing and monitoring [33:15]
  • About Joel’s personal experience with utilizing some of the functional tests before going on a new medication [35:50]
  • How hyperbaric and ozone therapy helps with gut health; rectal ozone therapy can be helpful to someone with a compromised colon; and ozone topicals can be helpful for use in the mouth or even used with fistulas [37:45]
    • There are topical, rectal and IV ozone therapies available for fighting pathogens and invaders to the body
    • Hyperbaric therapy can boost the immune system
  • That CBD and cannabis can be helpful to offset symptoms and get off of pharmaceuticals. Though medical marijuana seems to have a stronger medicinal effect for stress mitigation for most. How a topical marijuana salve can help keep things moving in the gut that can be shut down due to stress [42:50]
  • Regarding hyperbaric therapy – when using just the chamber you have 25% more absorption than without, and if you add a concentrator or mask you can get up to 35-45% high-quality oxygen [45:30]
  • What Joel Sprechman finds to be supportive as a starting point for someone trying to heal. And how you can use personal belief and your intuition to guide you as you experiment with your health [47:05]
  • Fasting and/or elemental or elimination diets can halt things really fast if you’re trying to make a big change quickly; however fasting should be done under the guidance of a physician [47:25]
  • How the elemental diet helps to arrest the progression of symptoms of IBD. And why SCD, paleo, and GAPS can also be great for people who like to cook as well [49:00]
  • More about the summit and interviews Joel Sprechman has conducted that have been very well received with audiences. And how mindset and medication can help to go deeper with the healing capacity [53:10]
  • How Google is censoring information and about the type of information you will find. How to decipher what is helpful and what is not [56:44]
  • More about One Great Gut 2.0 is forthcoming with a lot more great information [58:10]
  • How Joel uses the Heads Up app for tracking his own health and labs after years of using just a spreadsheet [59:10]

References

Institute for Functional Medicine

A4M.com

One Great Gut Mastermind 

Diagnostic Solutions CytoDx

Thryve stool testing

Great Plains Laboratory

Crohn’s and Colitis Summit

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