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Biohackers Lab: Health Show for How to Live Your Best Life

Biohackers Lab: Health Show for How to Live Your Best Life

Author: Gary Kirwan

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Health show that explores how to biohack your health including your mind, body and gut so you can live the best life you can, customised to how your body works. This is biohacking your own ideal life. Your host, Gary Kirwan, talks with people all around the world who are helping to improve health in interesting ways. This may includes diet, supplements, exercise, mind training & gadgets. The ideas shared are meant to be actionable so you can start creating a better you starting today. For more information about Biohackers Lab please go to the website BiohackersLab.com
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Dentist, Dr Meghna Dassani, is today’s guest interview. Meghna talks to us all about how to identify and ways to deal with sleep apnea. She explains what sleep apnea is and how to recognise the signs and symptoms. We then find out that sleep disordered breathing should never be ignored as it can lead to more serious problems and what we can do to treat it. We also go into discussing sleep apnoea in children, the importance of breastfeeding in early development, snoring, how dentist can help diagnose breathing problems, risk factors such as obesity, misdiagnosis, as well as treatments such as CPAP machines and dental braces. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 111 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep111-dr-meghna-dassani/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Captain of the American Butchers’ Guild Team and head butcher at Taylor’s Market, Danny Johnson, is today’s guest interview. Danny talks to us about how to choose the best cuts of meat for your budget. He explains why it is a good idea to build a good relationship with your butcher and how to know when you found a good one. We then find out about sourcing meat and get tips on lesser known cuts of meat, how to talk to your butcher, buying in bulk and how trends drive prices. We also go into discussing organ meat, cooking tips, freezing meat, ageing, questions to ask your butcher when buying bacon and sausages as well as the Butchers Guild mission and the World Butchers Challenge. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 110 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep110-danny-johnson/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
The man behind the Bodyweight Strength Training YouTube channel, Jerry Teixeira (JT), is today’s guest interview. JT talks to us about how you can get superior results at home without the use of gym equipment. He explains why we should focus on compound movements to build strength for the best and fastest results. We then find out about the benefits of callisthenics as well as how maintaining our strength and incorporating exercise in general into our routine are vital for health and longevity. We also go into discussing age related muscle loss, how to get started, progressive bodyweight training, tips on recovery and active recovery, benefits of stretching and the role of diet in training. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 109 at  https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep109-jerry-teixeira/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Sleep, nutrition, and metabolism researcher, Greg Potter (PhD), is today’s guest interview. Greg talks to us all about sleep quality and the many factors that influence it. He explains where to begin when fixing a broken sleep schedule and why good sleep hygiene is important. We then find out about what makes good sleep quality and the many factors that influence this; in particular we talk about how diet affects sleep. We also go into discussing chrononutrition and time restricted eating, stimulus control, metabolic health, carbohydrates, creatine, shift work, stimulant consumption and caffeine, alcohol consumption and tips on improved sleep. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 108 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep108-greg-potter/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Associate Professor, Dr Ben Bikman, is today’s guest interview. Ben is back with us to talk about how insulin resistance is making us sick. He explains how a wide range of diseases are in some ways connected to insulin resistance and how lifestyle interventions in terms of diet can stop progression. We then find out about different types of fat and combining fat with carbohydrates. We also go into discussing listener questions about protein, low ketones, the carnivore diet, OMAD, high fat meal replacement shakes, as well as tips on mitigating the insulin response. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 107 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep107-dr-ben-bikman/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Owner of SES Research and founder of MyVitalC, Chris Burres, is today’s guest interview. Chris talks to us all about the anti-aging supplement, C60. He explains how research has shown that C60, when taken as a ESS60 supplement in olive oil, improves longevity and has a range of other possible health benefits. We then find out about why ESS60 is the preferred supplement form and the problems that may arise when processing C60. We also go into discussing toxicity, solvents, different oil mediums, the perfect dosage, olive oil, healthy skepticism, various reported benefits and more. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 106 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep106-chris-burres/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Tim Spector, is today’s guest interview. Tim shares with us the importance of considering our own gut microbiome when making nutrition choices. He explains how the gut microbiome trumps genetics in determining how we respond to diet and why we develop disease. We then find out about why generalised nutrition advice fails and how personalised prediction models might soon give us highly individualised diet recommendations. We also go into discussing what data on twin studies tells us, other important factors such as circadian rhythms, timing of meals, fasting, microbes and drug efficacy as well as probiotics, prebiotics, the carnivore diet and the effect of location on the microbiome. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 105 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep105-tim-spector/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Husband and wife carnivores, Laura and Chris Spath, are today’s guest interview. They share with us how switching to a carnivore diet helped them lose 250 pounds of excess weight and regain their health. They explain their diet background and the health scare that led them to considering an all meat diet. We then find out about what made this diet different from keto and low carb. and why it worked long-term to help them keep their weight off. We also go into discussing satiety, family dynamics, reversing type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and other health issues, women mentors, consistency, as well as tips on getting started, sourcing and cooking meat. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 104 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep104-laura-and-chris-spath/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Author of the blog Fire in a Bottle and creator of The Croissant Diet, Brad Marshall, is today’s guest interview. Brad shares with us how The Croissant Diet that he came up with helped him lose weight and reduce his waist size. He explains how historical French way of eating inspired the idea of creating the Croissant Diet weight loss experiment and the scientific hypothesis behind it. We then find out about why fat quality trumps macros, why Brad decided to increase the stearic acid ratio in the butter he was using and incorporating carbohydrates. We also go into discussing satiety, insulin, saturated fat and unsaturated fat ratios, as well as all things stearic acid (tips, cost, percentages and more). Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 103 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep103-brad-marshall/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Life sciences entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Seed, Raja Dhir, is today’s guest interview. Raja shares with us how the right probiotics can improve and optimise our health. He explains exactly what probiotics are, the differences between probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics and what to look out for when choosing a suitable strain. We then find out about upcoming research into the role of microbes in a myriad of conditions and their application in improving digestion, skin and cardiovascular conditions as well as oral health, cancer therapies, food allergies and more. We also go into discussing fermented foods, possible risk factors, CFU and AFU numbers, antibiotics, dosage and the best way to take probiotics. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 102 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep102-raja-dhir/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Founder of Ra Optics, Matt Maruca, is today’s guest interview. Matt explains what is 'The Light Diet' and why it is so important in restoring the health of our mitochondria. He explains the artificial light we are exposed to damages our mitochondria which are critical for our health. We then find out about the importance of getting out into the sunlight and minimising artificial blue light exposure. We also go into discussing WiFi, nutrition, exercise, the inner light principle, different wavelengths of light and Matt shares tips on achieving a better light lifestyle. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 101 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep101-matt-maruca/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Co-founders of Apollo Neuroscience Inc. and inventors of Apollo technology, Dr David Rabin MD, PhD and Kathryn Fantauzzi, are today’s guest interview. Dave and Kathryn help me review how the new wearable technology Apollo that they designed works to help restore balance to our nervous system and manage stress levels. They explain how Apollo uses vibration to help rapidly restore balance through our sense of touch. We then find out about the clinical studies and case studies that showed improvements to heart rate variability, sleep and focus. We also go into discussing user goals and various applications, Bluetooth connectivity and Airplane mode, FDA, HIPAA and bioavailability testing, how to wear it as well as how to use it. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 100 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep100-apollo-founders/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Urologist and male sexual health expert, Dr Judson Brandeis, is today’s guest interview. Judson discusses the issue most men are afraid to talk about, erectile dysfunction (ED). He explains all about what erectile dysfunction is and how we can recognise and test if we have a problem. We then find out about different types of erectile dysfunction, different treatment options  from medication to diet, exercise and supplements, plus, how GAINSWave shock wave therapy treatment can help fix the root of the problem. We also go into discussing prostate cancer and ED, nitric oxide supplements, night time and morning erections, low libido and testosterone, diabetes, penile shortening, P shots, as well as, how to maintain good penile health as a man gets older. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 99 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep99-dr-judson-brandeis/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Adjunct Professor, Biotech Entrepreneur and former Head of Research at Virta Health, Dr James McCarter (MD, PhD), is today’s guest interview. James is back with us today to debunk the top 12 common myths about the ketogenic diet for diabetics. He uses data from peer reviewed studies as well as Virta’s own data from following Type 2 diabetics to explain why these claims against low carb or ketogenic diet are not true. We then find out about what the reality is when it comes to sustainability, ketoacidosis, blood-sugar, cardiovascular disease and cholesterol, inflammation, thyroid hormones, as well as the effect on the kidneys, the liver, bones and muscle. We also go into discussing the new 2019 ADA guidelines and the effects of diabetic medication. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 98 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep98-dr-james-mccarter/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Co-founder and CEO of Natural Stacks, Roy Krebs, is today’s guest interview. Roy shares with us the important things to consider and lookout for when buying high quality CBD oil in a poorly regulated market. He explains how to spot fakes and avoid tainted products that can result in unwanted side-effects. We then find out about the different extraction processes and boutique vs industrial grown hemp. We also go into discussing the importance of lab-testing, carrier oils, omega-3s, full-spectrum vs isolate oils, marijuana vs hemp, THC and the important questions we should be asking companies. Go to the show notes for BioHackers Lab podcast episode 97 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep97-roy-krebs/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
A physician and expert in nutrition and in the role omega-3-fatty-acids have on our health, Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, M.D, is today’s guest interview. Artemis shares with us why maintaining a good balance of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is essential to our health and well-being. She explains the negative effects and symptoms that can result from an imbalance in the ratio. We then find out about how the introduction of vegetable oils and grain-based animal feeds has altered our food supply and in turn our fatty acid ratios. We also go into discussing the ideal ratio, how to test your ratio, what foods to avoid, foods high in omega-3, supplements, vegan/vegetarian diets, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Go to the show notes at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep96-dr-artemis-simopoulos/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician with a Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine certification, Dr. Scott Sherr M.D, is today’s guest interview. Scott describes what HBOT (i.e.hyperbaric medicine or hyperbaric oxygen therapy) is and how it works. He teaches us about oxygen saturation and the benefits of hyperbaric chambers: decreased inflammation, reversing hypoxia, killing bugs and releasing stem cells. We then find out about oxidative stress and ways to protect yourself as well as important risk factors and contraindications to consider. We also go into discussing the limits of pulse oximetry, how different chamber types and pressures target different goals/conditions, enhancing the experience, intermittent hypoxia, using an integrative approach to medicine, cancer and more. Go to the show notes at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep95-dr-scott-sherr/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Australian dentist and holistic health advocate, Dr. Ron Ehrlich, is today’s guest interview. Ron shares with us his personal story of how he coped with a prostate cancer diagnosis. He explains what he believes are the five types of stresses that put a daily strain on our health. We then find out about the five pillars of health that can help us counteract these negative stress effects and help support our health and recovery ability. We also go into discussing balancing blood chemistry, vitamin D, sleep, meditation, PSA levels, reducing carbohydrate intake, fasting, dental health and mouth taping. Ron shares all this info in his book titled: "A Life Less Stressed: the five pillars of health and wellness" which is available on Amazon. Go to the show notes at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep94-dr-ron-ehrlich for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Health coach, Leigh Ewin, is today’s guest interview. Leigh shares with us how cold exposure training, starting by using a cold shower, can benefit us. He explains what cold adaptation is and the best ways to incorporate cold showers into our routine. We then find out about the two components of the Wim Hof Method, what studies show about cold exposure benefits and the optimal temperatures at which we can begin to see these. We also go into discussing why we shiver, exercise, cycling hot saunas and cold exposure as well as safe ways to try dipping into a hole in the ice. Go to the show notes at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep93-leigh-ewin/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
Scientist, Dr Michael Lustgarten PhD, is today’s guest interview. Michael shares with us how our gut microbiome affects ageing. He explains what some of the main hallmarks of ageing are and how the health of our gut determines how well we age. We then find out what Michael does himself to live longer and healthier. We start looking about how a high-fiber diet can help and what the impacts of too much protein may be. We also go into discussing checking biomarkers, sarcopenia (muscle loss), intestinal permeability, insulin resistance, deep sleep, probiotic supplements, faecal transplants, the benefits of fat as we age, cellular ageing and mitochondria. Go to the show notes for episode 92 at https://www.biohackerslab.com/ep92-dr-michael-lustgarten/ for more links & highlights. Support the show.
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savewldlife 3

I really love your work Ivor! Being a RHN, I think your work in cardiovascular /arterial health is fantastic. Thank you for spreading the word that Insulin resistance and diabetes is "deadly" when it comes to heart and body health. I'm wondering how you feel about Arginine and Citrulline therapy for cardiovascular/arterial health. Thank you again.

Sep 19th
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Colleen Lunt

which company is being used for the microbiome sequencing?

Jun 28th
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Cliffy B.

Ep2. Great infos. The future is going to be a lot of filtering and shielding

Jun 8th
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Cliffy B.

Ep. People also think the world is flat. Eliminate glyphatesteysyeysyetz.

May 27th
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Bekki Boo

Keep up the amazing work! I absolutely love your podcasts and interesting guests... Becky

Feb 1st
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