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Author: Max Lugavere

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You don't have to be born a Genius to become one. Follow health and science journalist, New York Times bestselling author, TV personality and nutrition expert Max Lugavere as he speaks to the most insightful minds of our time about what it means to live like a Genius.
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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. Dr. Leaf is also the bestselling author of Switch on Your Brain, Think, Learn, Succeed, Think and Eat Yourself Smart, and many more. Her latest book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking, is out now. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/157-dr-leaf
Luke Storey is a motivational speaker, kundalini yoga and meditation teacher, world-class biohacker, host of The Life Stylist Podcast, and founder of the world's premier online fashion school for stylists, School of Style, which he founded in 2008. Luke has spent the past 23 years developing and refining the ultimate wellness lifestyle, based on the most transformative principles of primal health and ancient spiritual practices, while at the same time embracing the most cutting-edge natural healing and consciousness-expanding technologies. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/156-luke-storey
Dr. Will Cole specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems, and has been named one of the top 50 functional-medicine and integrative doctors in the nation. Dr. Cole is the host of The Art of Being Well, and has co-hosted The Goopfellas Podcast and Keto Talk. He is also the bestselling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum and the upcoming Intuitive Fasting, in which he shows us how to use the powerful benefits of flexible intermittent fasting to gain metabolic flexibility and find food peace. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/155-dr-will-cole
James Nestor is a journalist and bestselling author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly over the past several hundred thousand years and is now suffering from a laundry list of maladies—snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, autoimmune disease—because of it. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/154-james-nestor
Dave Asprey is the "Father of Biohacking" and CEO and founder of Bulletproof 360, Inc. He is a New York Times bestselling author, host of the Bulletproof Radio podcast, and the creator of the global phenomenon Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof Diet. His new book, Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be, is out now! Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/153-dave-asprey
Rich Diviney draws upon more than 20 years of experience as a Navy SEAL officer where he completed more than 13 overseas deployments – 11 of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since retirement in early 2017, Rich has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc. He is the author of The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/152-rich-diviney 
Josh and Ryan, aka The Minimalists, have helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and Netflix films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, NRP and many others. Their latest documentary, Less Is Now, shows how it’s never too late to start over with less, and why simplifying can lead us to greater fulfillment.
In this episode, something different! Max is interviewed by comedian Ari Mannis about his career, family, dating, politics, money, drugs, nutrition, and mental health. Ari is the host of the Unlicensed Therapy podcast and can be seen touring all over either by himself or opening for comedians such as Michael Kosta, Andrew Santino, Dan Soder, Erik Griffin, Tony Hinchcliffe, Theo Von, and Pauly Shore. We use the (very) occasional expletive. If you are sensitive, do not listen!
Dr. Gabrielle Lyon has a doctorate in osteopathic medicine and specializes in what she calls “muscle-centric medicine.” The application of her expertise ranges from brain and thyroid health to lean body mass support and longevity. She leverages evidence-based medicine and cutting-edge science to restore metabolism, balance hormones, and optimize body composition with the end goal of helping others discover lifelong vitality.
Ashley Stahl is a counter-terrorism professional turned career coach, host of the You Turn Podcast, and author of the book You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career. For her free quiz to get clarity on your best career path options, visit ashleystahl.com/freequiz. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/148-ashley-stahl
Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist working in the trenches of high-stakes environments with some of the best in the world, training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and revealing one’s potential. His clients include world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, MVPs from every major sport and Fortune 100 CEOs. He is the host of the Finding Mastery podcast.
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark's Daily Apple, as well as the Primal Kitchen condiment empire. He's a record-holding endurance athlete and author of numerous books including the Primal Blueprint, the Keto Reset Diet, and Keto for Life.
Shawn Stevenson is the author of Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot Your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life and creator of the Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Health podcast on iTunes with millions of listener downloads each year. Shawn has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Men's Health magazine, ESPN, FOX News, and many other major media outlets. He is also a frequent keynote speaker for numerous organizations, universities, and conferences.
Craig Clemens went from being a community college dropout to copywriter with $1 billion+ in sales. He's and investor, philanthropist, renowned motivational speaker, and one of my closest friends.
Charles Brenner, PhD is the chair of the new Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope National Medical Center. He is a major contributor to work on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide metabolism, who discovered the eukaryotic nicotinamide riboside (NR) kinase pathway.
Light Watkins is a globally-renowned meditation teacher, speaker, and author of Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying. We discuss monogamy, marriage, and divorce, how to beat the perpetual feeling that the grass is always greener on the other side, how to get out of your own way to achieve big goals, and how to fight racism.
Michael Breus, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Breus was recently named the Top Sleep Specialist in California by Reader’s Digest, and one of the 10 most influential people in sleep. He is the author of The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and Learn the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More.
Rich Roll is an ultra marathoner, podcaster, and author of the new book Voicing Change: Inspiration and Timeless Wisdom from the Rich Roll Podcast.
Pedram Shojai is a Taoist abbot, a doctor of Oriental medicine, a kung fu world traveler, a Qigong master, and the author of the new book Focus: Bringing Time, Energy, and Money into Flow. His previous book, The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace, is a New York Times best-seller.
Sal Di Stefano is a personal trainer with 20+ years in the fitness industry. He brings together science and practicality to crush fitness myths and provide effective, real world advice to the masses.
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Clayton Diebert

perfectly splendid podcast

Dec 15th
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ID18856732

Is Ben Greenfield running while doing this interview? Exertion was evident in his voice throughout most of the podcast... his voice under stress is very distracting.

Aug 11th
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Pan GrubyJan

Serotonin is one the worst things to boost, it's neurotransmitter of lethargy and hibernation.

Jul 26th
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Tiffany Saltzman

Max, just when I think I can't love this podcast any more, you continue to outdo yourself. Every single person I've ever heard on this podcast has resonated so deeply with me, I simply want to say thank you for what you do!

Jul 13th
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Heather Leigh Carlile

A fellow Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner got me listening to you and I love, love, love your podcast. I was extremely hurt you and Ben put down what we do. Yes, it sounds weird, but so do a lot of ideas the guest you have on do. Research Terence Bennet Reflex points, Riddles Reflex points, Chapman reflex points and lingual neuro testing. it is amazing how using these points in a functional evaluation and by placing a food or toxin on ur tongue for 15 seconds will tell u what your body does or doesn't need. I eat very clean but no matter how hard I try i can't loss 40 extra pounds. most of my points had no reaction until it came to the thymus and i couldn't bend over and touch my toes, I was about 6 inches off the floor and this is not a point to push on depending on pressure placed on it. after tasting a supplement to support these issues, in 15 sec I could touch the floor and 30 minutes after swallowing these supplements to support thymus and histamine I could but my hands flat on the floor. since then I have been working with foods to support these lymph system point. I'm losing inches after 5 years of struggle.. my pain went from a 9 to a 2 on these points. I was blown away and now I am helping others "listen" to their bodies needs thus its likes and dislikes. I'm so glad I joined the NTA and this learning style. no biohacking here, just real food choices. u can LNT with pineapple, salmon, or salt as u body's needs change so can ur reflexes. I not a writer but I'm working on clearer writing skills. I've been a RN for 24 years and into nutrition for about 16, after my peers could not help me, I turned to nutrition and got my life back. thanks for all u do. I think this is something u would find fascinating. There are a lot of healing modalities that have not been heavily researched and this is one of those. in health Heather Carlile, RN, FNTP

May 10th
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Heather Leigh Carlile

been in the medical field for 26 years, in November I graduated from the NTA as a nutritional therapy practitioner, and doing 2 years of keto opened my eyes to the importantance of salt but this was the icing on the cake, this podcast and his book blew me away. I listened 8 times. thanks

Apr 15th
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Heather Leigh Carlile

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your podcast. as a new nutritional therapy practitioner and an RN of 24 years. I have used your podcast as inspiration for a few of my Facebook lives and the salt fix blew me away, I listened 8 times and bought the book. this episode I loved also until the virgin shaming. as a l&d nurse and my husband's virgin of 34 year's and seeing all the 11,12, and 13years having sex. I don't think sex is shameful but great and we have learned lots of fun things and have more sex than any of our friends married or not married. we have 6 granddaughters and the implying that promiscuity is a good thing and that being a virgin with no experiance is a bad thing, turned my stomach.

Apr 14th
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Denise Lawrence Templeman

Everything happens

Mar 6th
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Tim Turner

The noise in the background was distracting. Sounded like Ben was first in the bathroom, then hiking in rainforest, all while chewing gum.

Jan 22nd
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Cliffy B.

Ep48. I don’t buy What this guy is selling completely I think he’s right I think he’s wrong I think he didn’t know a lot of stuff before he wrote a book which I suppose your most books and stuff like that

Jan 21st
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Chloe Elise

Loved this episode!

Jan 20th
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Cliffy B.

EP66. MJ is such a clinic. I always feel smarter after listening to him go yard

Jan 19th
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Cliffy B.

Ep83. All this panoramic state business sounds pretty dope. I’ve never heard most of this anywhere else which is fantastic I love new biz.

Jan 9th
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Cliffy B.

Ep62. I love this westernized version of TCM/Oriental medicine. Maybe people will get it now.

Nov 18th
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Cliffy B.

Ep72. If you need to be locked out of your grub your problem is EMOTIONAL. Get ready to play wack-a-mole

Nov 9th
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Cliffy B.

Ep78. This episode is so dope that I had to re-subscribe to the podcast yo

Nov 7th
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Jessica Stauffer

on so my favorite episodes with Sal from MindPump!

Oct 31st
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Niclas Daniels

Interesting and informative show. A diverse diet is important. 01:03:22 A list of what induces #inflammation in the gut

Oct 2nd
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Kirk Fontaine

love Aubrey Marcus and I am listening to his book own the day I love the first chapter of his book own the dsy the first 20 minutes to set the rest of the day he is awesome love his life-changing experience

Sep 9th
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Cliffy B.

Ep59. So dope. I like this dude. The natural outlook on biohacking is refreshing.

Jun 19th
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