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Podcast #300
Sea World, Breast Cancer, and Tighty Whities.


Guest: Katy Bowman

You’re probably wondering what the 3 things in the title have to do with each other.

Well, if you’ve ever been to a place like Sea World or watched the movie Blackfish, you’re certainly familiar with what some call Floppy Fin Syndrome — how a captive whale’s fin flops over to the left.

Floppy fins seldom happen in nature, where whales swim straight ahead while encountering the natural loads and forces of the ocean which keep their fins strong and upright.

Meanwhile, whales in captivity always (for some reason) swim in their tanks in a counterclockwise fashion. Always to the left. Just like their floppy fins.

Human beings like you and me aren’t much different.

No, we don’t have floppy fins. But we do have our fair share of low back aches, trick knees, tight hamstrings, and neck pain, as well as the more serious stuff like cardiovascular disease and cancers.


Because we MOVE like humans in captivity.

Instead of swimming in circles, we sit in chairs for 12 hours a day. Then we try to “offset” all of that sitting by hitting the gym for an hour, performing all of nine movements that make our strong muscles stronger and our weak muscles weaker.

Floppity flop.

Speaking of flopping, we modern humans like to wear special clothing to keep our man and lady parts from flopping around. But did you know that your body came equipped with muscles that support and hold these parts up for you?

And wearing such clothing not only weakens these muscles, but the restricted movement of the tissue is being shown to increase the risk of breast and testicular cancer. Not good.

No, I’m not suggesting you stop wearing underwear.

But I do recommend you check out this week’s podcast with Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA, to find out what you can do about it and how you can squeeze more movement into your busy schedule — at your desk, at home, in the modern world.

Katy is HILARIOUS and the only person I know in the whole wide world who can make topics like biomechanics and mechotransduction fun.

Here’s what we talked about:

4:10 – Floppy Fin Syndrome in captive whales and how it applies to you, me, and our DNA.

22:58 – Why exercise in a modern context creates disease. (It’s not what you think!)

27:33 – What you can do at home or work to jump start your physical activity flatline.

29:42 – Is my standup desk any better than sitting at my desk?

32:54 – Why running on a treadmill and running over ground are two DIFFERENT movements.

38:28 – What REALLY pumps your blood.

42:32 – How arterial plaque is a good thing … well, to a point.



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Podcast #299:
Food Was My Boyfriend

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Guest: Neely Quinn

Neely Quinn — host of The Women’s Weight Loss Solution — stopped by the podcast to share her story of emotional eating, overcoming fear, and losing weight the right way.

Here are my notes:

2:02 – Why Neely decided to come out from behind-the-scenes and go in front of the camera to share her story and help others.

5:22 – Neely’s emotional story of vegetarianism, weight gain, and bizarre health problems.

11:38 – How an episode of vision loss led Neely to a new diet and lifestyle.

14:07 – Dealing with the guilt of eating meat.

17:20 – “Eight to ninety-percent of the time I was conscious of how BIG I was.”

19:00 – How removing gluten helped Neely lose 15 pounds, fast!

24:36 – How to address the emotional underpinnings of binge eating and food addiction.

26:45 – The unconventional “therapy” that helped Neely overcome binge eating.

31:47 – Substituting addictions: Trading one addiction for another.

35:23 – Why a low-carb diet can be problematic for women.

38:14 – 4 must-see talks at The Women’s Weight Loss Solution

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Podcast #298:
Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season is right around the corner.

What can you do to protect yourself from those nasty bugs going around this winter?

Katie the Wellness Mama stopped by the podcast to reveal her top homemade remedies for cold and flu.

Here are my notes:

2:03 – Check out my talk at The Wellness Family Summit!

3:38 – How Katie gets stuff done with 5 kids and a full load, including homeschooling!

5:24 – A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul

6:25 – The fear of being “found out”. What kept Katie from “coming out” as the Wellness Mama.

9:58 – How a history of health problems led to a Hashimoto’s diagnosis.

12:42 – Do homemade cold and flu remedies actually work?

15:29 – How an herbal tonic saved four thieves from The Plague. Plus, how to make it!

18:46 – A recipe (and a precaution) for making elderberry syrup — when to take it, and how much.

21:00 – Natural and SAFE formulas for cough drops and syrup. Perfect for children!

23:00 – A homemade Vapo Rub with coconut oil, bees wax, and essential oils.

24:25 – The benefits of local honey for allergies, bacterial infections, and wound treatment.

25:31 – An old Japanese remedy for muscle soreness.

29:06 – How to make arnica spray for pain and soreness.

30:58 – “The current generation of American children will be the first in 200 years to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”

33:26 – Get all of the recipes mentioned in this episode!

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Podcast #297:
How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy

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Every tried going “paleo”?

I mean FULLY immersed yourself into the paleo lifestyle — the CrossFit workouts, the toed shoes, the endless bacon and coconut oil.

Let’s face it, going 100% paleo isn’t for everyone. Even me.

To the average person, despite its benefits, paleo can seem intimidating, restrictive, and at times kinda annoying, to be honest.

But paleo doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with adopting some of its principles (like ditching the gluten) while skipping others (like the bleeding calluses you get after your first encounter with “Cindy” at CrossFit).

Why not go Part-Time Paleo?

It’s way better than nothing. Plus, dinner party invitations cause a lot less anxiety.

This week on the podcast, my friend Leanne Ely — author of Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy — joined me to discuss a more realistic approach to going paleo.

Here’s what we talked about…

3:23 – How Hashimoto’s and a “life out of control” led Leanne to the paleo diet.

7:30 – When CrossFit, pemmican, and toed shoes just don’t fit.

9:15 – “Embrace the parts that work for you and change it up for the parts that don’t.”

10:10 – The Part-Time Paleo Rules: How to find your inner nutritional guru.

13:00 – How is sourdough bread different or better than standard grain-based bread?

14:00 – How to navigate dinner invitations when you know the food won’t be paleo.

17:17 – An incredible 5-minute workout that saves time and can be done anywhere!

21:00 – 3 must-have essentials for the Part-Time Paleo kitchen.

26:20 – Sprouting: An easy, inexpensive way to get more veggies in your diet.

Click the PLAY button below to listen to Episode #297 with Leanne Ely.

I’ll see you next week with special guests, Katie the Wellness Mama and Neely Quinn.

Enjoy the show.


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Podcast #296:
A Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s.

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Andrea Nakayama — founder of The Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s — stopped by the podcast this week to discuss all things Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Click the player below to listen in.

Here are my bullets!

1:04 – Whoops! I mis-numbered the podcast episodes. My bad.

2:06 – The Digestion Sessions registration page is OPEN!

4:06 – The journey that brought Andrea to her Hashimoto’s diagnosis.

6:42 – Almost everyone with Hashimoto’s is dealing with stress, genetic predisposition, and digestive issues.

7:16 – How a practitioner completely overlooked Andrea’s thyroid and made her feel worse!

8:38 – How does someone with Hashimoto’s feel? The A-Z checklist.

11:04 – Let’s back up. What exactly is Hashimoto’s?

12:34 – The 3-Legged Stool: 3 things that must be present for Hashimoto’s to express itself.

18:10 – Women with Hashimoto’s outnumber men 10 to 1. Why?

19:54 – The problem with lab ranges and the soaring rate of thyroid misdiagnosis.

22:00 – How to create a “strategic partnership” with a practitioner who can work WITH you to heal your thyroid.

23:41 – Does Hashimoto’s ever go away, or is it something that must be managed and “danced with”?

26:00 – Defining your bike lane and your poison ivy. Andrea’s best tips for taking care of yourself when life get stressful.

30:40 – To iodine or NOT to iodine. Andrea’s take!

33:51 – Checking Out: A common yet seldom discussed obstacle that gets in the way of healing.

36:37 – How “owning your Hashimoto’s” is a GOOD thing.

42:28 – Learn more about The Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s.