Richard Jacobs

Future Tech: Almost Here, Round-the-Corner Future Technology Podcast

Future Technologies Poised to Transform Our Lives For The Better
Future Tech: Almost Here, Round-the-Corner Future Technology Podcast


Future Technologies Poised to Transform Our Lives For The Better are the focus of this podcast. Almost here means these technologies are Now Here, or Just Around The Corner: from Bitcoin to Artifical Intelligence, 3D Printing, Blockchain, Virtual Reality and More.




Microbial Mission – Peter Christey, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of GALT – Greater Access to Microbes, Transforming Microbiome Research & Product Development

Nov 11, 2019 42:46


Peter Christey, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of GALT (General Automation Lab Technologies), on the web at (, discusses his work in microbial cultivation.

Christey has over 20-years experience commercializing research instruments for a number of complex applications. Prior to his launch of GALT, Christey helmed the DNA Sequencing Business Unit and DNA forensic product line for Life Technologies.

Christey discusses his background and how his focus in microbial cultivation in a laboratory setting drove him to develop microbes for use in multiple areas. He explains proteomics applications, microbial diversity, and his company’s platform—detailing how they work to get a pure isolate (a culture of living microorganisms) into culture in the lab in order to study biochemistry and physiology. They strive, primarily, to deliver pure, living isolates to researchers and product developers. Utilizing the GALT technology, entire populations of microbes can be screened efficiently and quickly for low-abundance species or perhaps strains that demonstrate selected characteristics.

Estimations have surmised that there are approximately one-trillion microbial species on our planet, but remarkably, less than one percent of the known species have actually been cultured. So many species remain unexplored and we just don’t have any information on them. Christey discusses how isolates are understood, and how scientists can test them. He discusses the microbiome, and the growth media that they use in their research. And he provides extensive information on how bacteria grow, and the requirements that are necessary, including a discussion of symbiotic relationships.

Hey Look, No Hands! – Michael Schwarz, Director of the PBS Documentary, Look Who’s Driving – The Push to Get Self-Driving Cars on the Roads and Highways, But Is the Technology Really Ready?

Nov 11, 2019 29:38


Michael Schwarz, director of the popular PBS / NOVA documentary, “Look Who’s Driving,” provides some interesting information on artificial intelligence (AI) and the current state of autonomous vehicles.

How do self-driving cars (autonomous vehicles) work and is society ready to trust them? In this interesting podcast, director Michael Schwarz discusses the expanding technology that is pushing its way into the transportation industry.

Schwarz talks about his interests, and the lead up to making his current documentary, “Look Who’s Driving.” He recounts how he learned about some of the early companies that were seeking to develop autonomous vehicles, and how General Motors was very interested in grabbing the new technology quickly. After many years of waiting and anticipating what they might be like, autonomous vehicles are finally sharing the roads with us at least in testing mode, but experts caution that there are massive challenges to overcome still, and some caution that the tech is just not there yet to provide safety for everyone.

Schwarz discusses the safety issues in detail. As he states, there are nearly 40,000 deaths per year on the roads in America, and the idea that developers of autonomous vehicles boast is that their self-driving cars don’t drive drunk, drowsy, or distracted, making them, potentially, a safer alternative. Schwarz goes on to discuss the challenges ahead for autonomous vehicles, talking about the high bar that the technology must meet because there are millions and millions of miles driven by human drivers before even one fatality occurs. Schwarz talks about some of the leading companies that are developing these self-driving cars, and how they are focused on pushing the technology to handle the entire driving experience. As he states, although passengers can ‘take over’ in a potential accident situation, it is perhaps unrealistic to expect a relaxed passenger to suddenly take action effectively. Thus, some say that the technology must be developed until it is good enough to no longer need any human input, or intervention, while driving.

Conservation Crisis! – Dr. Gerardo Ceballos, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ecology of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – The Conservation Efforts that Must Happen Now to Curb Climate

Nov 11, 2019 45:17


Dr. Gerardo Ceballos, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ecology of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), discusses his work in conservation efforts worldwide, and the quest for solutions to environmental problems.

Dr. Ceballos holds a degree in Biology from the Metropolitan Autonomous University Campus Izatalapa, Mexico. He received his master's degree in Ecology from the University of Wales, working under the close supervision of the well known ecologist, John. L. Harper. And Dr. Ceballos earned a PhD in Ecology from the University of Arizona, working with Dr. James H. Brown. Additionally, Dr. Ceballos has been on sabbatical at the prestigious, Stanford University working in close collaboration with Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, one of the preeminent ecologists of our time.

Dr. Ceballos's extensive, important research program addresses the conservation of species and ecosystems, and the connection between conservation and development. Dr. Ceballos discusses his current projects dealing with conservation and extinction crises. He talks about habitat requirements of endangered species and their work to set aside protected areas. As he explains, he and his contemporaries are working to push public policy to do more for conservation. Dr. Ceballos outlines the importance of the Amazon forests due to their incredible diversity of species, many of which are endangered or about to become endangered. He explains how they look at the problems and challenges to develop solutions to maximize their conservation efforts. As species become extinct, human activity is certainly a factor, he states.

The type C conservation researcher talks in detail about the general consensus between various governments regarding what needs to be done to preserve species, and to make global actions to curb the extinction crises and climate change. Unfortunately, many governments are not doing what they need to do; they do not seem to understand the severity of these global crises. Wrapping up, Dr. Ceballos discusses ocean conservation, and some of the recent reports that talk about the toxification of water, soil, and air, and what he and his colleagues are trying to do to persuade nations to do more, and now.

Biologically Speaking – Denis Noble, CBE, PhD, FRS, Renowned British Biologist – The Complex Biology of Cells and Extracellular Vesicles

Nov 11, 2019 56:08


Denis Noble, CBE, PhD, FRS, the famed British biologist, delivers an interesting overview of his life’s work studying the intricate details of biology and what new developments can mean for the treatment of disease.

As a celebrated British biologist, Noble held the Burdon Sanderson Chair of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford for two decades and was later bestowed the honor of Professor Emeritus and appointed Co-Director of Computational Physiology. Noble’s work has been groundbreaking and he is one of the earliest pioneers of systems biology who developed the very first useful mathematical model of the heart, back in 1960.

Noble talks in detail about extracellular vesicles (EVs), which are lipid bilayer-delimited particles—naturally released from a cell but, unlike a cell, they cannot replicate. He discusses the interior of cells, and explains how extracellular vesicles occur, touching on DNA and RNA, and the processes utilized by cells. As he explains, we “used to think that the cells were more or less cut off from each other,” but Noble states that this is just not true. Cells are actually exchanging information all the time, and the extracellular vesicles are little packets that contain information for exchange.

The celebrated biology expert goes on to discuss how Darwin saw the potential significance of transgenerational information being passed on. Noble explains that we can use the expanding information to develop tools to diagnose and treat diseases earlier on, which will be incredibly beneficial of course to patients. Noble continues, and talks about how digital intelligence and AI can help to organize information and opportunities. He explains how intelligence is created, and discusses his theories on the topic.

As one of the world’s preeminent biologists and evolution scientists, Noble continues to lead some of the most pertinent discussions in the scientific community regarding life, genetics, and cellular processes.

Harness the Authority of an Author, In Just a Few Hours—Secrets of Attorney Marketing—Richard Jacobs and Tracy Merda

Nov 8, 2019 32:39


Most attorneys aspire to one day author a book…to put all of the knowledge and expertise they’ve compiled over the years into a concise, informative, and easy-to-read guide for prospective clients and the public at large. Attorneys want this because they know the benefits are numerous, but nevertheless, they simply don’t have the time to actually sit down and put pen to paper.

On today’s episode, Richard Jacobs of Speakeasy Marketing, Inc. is joined by Tracy Merda to discuss how you can author a book by putting in a couple hours’ worth of your time and simply speaking it. The Speak-a-Book™ method has helped hundreds of attorneys harness the authority that comes with being an author, and the returns are proving to be lucrative. In addition to differentiating you from the others, having your own book to reference will significantly influence the way others perceive your authority and expertise, demonstrate to clients your worth (and one more reason why they should retain your services), allow you to command higher fees, elevate your status as an attorney in your area of practice, bring in many new referrals, increase your chances of being featured in the media, and allow you to hand out copies to hundreds of colleagues and prospective clients almost anywhere you go, for free.

This isn’t a long process; within 30-60 days, you could have a published book that translates to profit for years to come. Tune in for more information, and visit

Disconnection in an Entirely Connected Society—Stever Robbins—Author, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Host of the Get-It-Done Guy Podcast

Nov 8, 2019 52:14


In addition to being an author, serial entrepreneur, time management expert, and co-host of the Get-It-Done Guy podcast, Stever Robbins played a critical role in the development and implementation of the internet. Robbins joins the podcast today to share his insight and knowledge on several issues centering on the internet—how it came about, what it’s become, and where it’s going.

He discusses the good and the bad and the strengths and weaknesses of the internet, but expounds on the way it’s affecting society as well as people on an individual level. “The internet acts as a tremendous amplifier…if something makes it onto the top 10 list…once it’s on the top 10 list…you have audiences in the sizes of millions or billions…the problem is, just because something’s on that list doesn’t mean it’s worth focusing on…” says Robbins. He continues to explain how this can lead to irresponsible social behavior, an emphasis on emotional reactivity, a decrease in our ability to focus, an increase in the prevalence of censorship, the manipulation of our biases, and a disconnection from our own creativity and ability to focus on our goals. 

Robbins provides an in-depth and eye-opening examination of something that’s so commonplace in the modern world that many of us don’t even see it anymore. Press play to hear the full conversation. Learn more about Robbins’ work at

Probiotic Problem Solving – Zack Abbott, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of ZBiotics – Engineering Probiotic Solutions for Health Problems and Health Protections

Nov 6, 2019 31:18


Zack Abbott, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of ZBiotics (, discusses his company’s mission, acetaldehyde toxicity, and the future of probiotics for health protection.

Abbott is the creative scientific mind behind the proprietary technology and foundation for ZBiotics. Abbott holds a PhD in microbiology & immunology from the University of Michigan, where he worked on bacterial gene regulation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, in immunology as well as classical art and archaeology. In his earlier years, Abbott was a researcher, studying HIV vaccines and pursuing novel antibiotics.

Abbott’s company has developed ZBiotics™—the planet’s first genetically engineered/modified probiotics designed to break down a toxic byproduct of alcohol known as acetaldehyde. He explains how the product works to combat the negative effects of alcohol, discussing the live bacteria aspects and the way they have engineered it to fight those negative effects. As he explains, by mimicking what our livers do to metabolize alcohol, ZBiotics takes its inspiration from nature.

Instead of manufacturing the enzyme separately, ZBiotics has engineered some probiotic bacteria to produce this enzyme anew, inside your gut, thereby transferring the trait for acetaldehyde breakdown out of the liver to probiotic bacteria. Abbott talks about the future of ZBiotics, as they look to build new products that can help our bodies handle many potentially problematic issues, from everyday chemicals in alcohol and dairy, to severe contaminants and problems, such as radiation and lead in water health effects.

Global Glue – Joan Diamond, Deputy Director and Senior Scenarist, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability – Bringing Together Great Minds and Educating the Public to Help Advance Solutions to Solve Our Planet’s Major Problems

Nov 6, 2019 20:27


Joan Diamond, Deputy Director and Senior Scenarist, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability delivers an overview of her important work educating the public and assisting with the development of solutions for global crises.

Diamond is Executive Director of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, an advanced Stanford University initiative that addresses the chasm between current knowledge of global problems and societies’ failure to respond. Diamond is also a visiting scholar at the Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, where she actively oversees the Institute of Foresight Intelligence there.

Diamond talks about her experience and background. As she states, there is a vast amount of knowledge about the world’s major problems, and that many systems are simply not working, from environmental issues such as water/drought to soil degradation, to fragile financial systems (credit/debt issues), etc. Many people are working to shift the trajectory from collapse to sustainability. In her role at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, Diamond works to bring minds, public intellectuals, together to meet the world’s challenges and assist with overpopulation solutions as well as economic growth and overconsumption solutions.

The Deputy Director explains many of the current inequities in the world, such as health care and education quality in developed nations like the United States. Educating the public through library materials, blogs, etc. are some of the ways that the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere can make a difference. Diamond talks about their focus—the human predicament, civilization collapse. And as she states, unless societies engage then we are on a somewhat dire path, but individuals can be empowered and come together to find solutions.

Toxicity & Disease – Thomas Hartung, MD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – New Technology Advances to Improve Toxicity Testing and Disease Modeling

Nov 6, 2019 37:33


Thomas Hartung, MD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, delivers an insightful overview of his work studying toxicity testing improvements, organoids, and advancing technologies.

Dr. Hartung has departmental affiliations with the Environmental Health and Engineering and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology departments at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Hartung’s work is heavily focused on creating a paradigm shift in toxicity testing to improve overall public health. Dr. Hartung has been an integral part of the implementation of the 2007 NRC vision document known as, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century – a vision and a strategy.”

Dr. Hartung discusses his background, and the road he has taken to arrive at his current place as a leading voice in the discussions concerning toxicity and animal testing. He explains that the technological opportunities have advanced significantly in the last few years. Dr. Hartung discusses ‘organ on a chip’ technologies and other advanced tissue, etc. work. As he explains, this field is permanently moving. The advancement of organoids, which are small, self-organized 3D tissue cultures that are actually derived from stem cells, is changing the way research is done.

The research doctor talks about the importance of toxicity testing, cellular communication and tissue technology, as well as genomics and metabolomics, discussing nutrients, types of cells, and the coming research that will certainly advance the field. Learning from current experiences, he explains that the ‘human on a chip’ technologies will continue to change as more research is done. Organoids are being used to test various compounds to observe the relative toxicity, but they are utilized for other reasons as well, such as modeling diseases. As Dr. Hartung states, the future will likely bring these types of

systems into all kinds of toxicity testing, and replace animal testing altogether if possible.

The Gene Game – Katie Hasson, PhD, Writer, Researcher, Educator – The Political and Social Issues of Human Biotechnologies

Nov 6, 2019 28:00


Katie Hasson, PhD, writer, speaker, researcher, educator, talks about the political and social aspects of human genetic technologies.

Hasson has an active role with the Center for Genetics and Society ( as their Program Director on Genetic Justice. The Center for Genetics and Society is a public interest nonprofit social justice organization that seeks to ensure a fair and impartial future in which human genetic and reproductive technologies will benefit the collective good.

Hasson explains the social justice perspective they seek to cultivate through important public discourse regarding human biotechnologies. She discusses her role and her goal of bringing more important and diverse voices into the conversation regarding human gene editing. Hasson explains the current thoughts on human gene editing, and the uses of CRISPR (clustered regular interspaced short palindromic repeats). Hasson outlines the differences in the types of gene editing, discussing treatments for actual patients versus gene editing that could perhaps affect the traits of future generations, the latter of which tends to be the most controversial. She talks about some of the more surprising uses of gene editing that pushed the conversation forward rapidly, talking about some of the ethical and safety issues, as well as social concerns.

The science educator talks about the current technologies, and the risks, ethics, and benefits. Hasson explains the concept of normal, in regard to gene editing and the idea that some ‘problems’ may be edited out. In regard to correcting disease, she discusses the policy that could be implemented pertaining to gene editing uses. Continuing, she talks about some of the international commissions that have pulled together various voices from countries around the world to discuss and think about frameworks for utilizing some forms of gene editing.

Hasson holds a PhD in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the prestigious University of California at Berkeley. She is a former Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

Also, there is this link for a session about CRISPR Consensus:


Foiling Fraud – Kevin Lee, Digital Trust and Safety Architect at Sift – Using Technology to Combat Various Types of Digital Fraud

Nov 4, 2019 22:47


Kevin Lee, Digital Trust and Safety Architect at Sift (, talks about his company and their mission.

As the Trust and Safety Architect at Sift Science, Lee is very involved in Sift’s core mission—securing trust and safety for the digital age. Lee is skilled in building high-performing teams and systems that will combat suspicious and malicious behaviors. Before bringing his expertise to Sift, Lee was a manager at Facebook, Square, and Google in roles pertaining to risk, and spam, as well as trust and safety.

Lee discusses how Sift started out in the payment fraud area, using machine learning and other technologies to outsmart fraudsters. Today, they are focused heavily on digital trust and safety issues. Lee explains the mechanics of their solutions, and he cites specific examples of client work, from Airbnb, Twitter, and others, helping to stop data breaches and fraud. He explains how ‘bad actors’ take over accounts and the kinds of malicious acts they try to implement.

Lee discusses some of the e-commerce sites that they offer protections for, and how attacks against them are designed. Continuing, Lee explains some of the signs they look for that could indicate fraud is potentially happening. He talks about iPhone fraud attempts, and the telltale signs of fraud that they see in that platform/family versus android. From account take over to trolling and financial fraud, Lee explains some of the most current problems businesses are combatting. As he states, in account take over scenarios, often trust is destroyed, which could result in the loss of customers and clients.

Wrapping up, Lee explains how easy it is to get started with Sift and the protections that companies can take advantage of right away. As digital disrupters, Sift is innovating daily, taking its position as a leader in the digital security space.

Prosthetic Improvements – Luke Osborn, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – Using Technology to Improve Amputees’ Experiences with Their Prosthetics

Nov 4, 2019 34:00


Luke Osborn, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, discusses the lab’s exciting work in modern prosthetics and biomedical engineering.

Osborn is a postdoctoral researcher in the Intelligent Systems Group in the Research and Exploratory Development Department at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Osborn’s expertise lies in multiple scientific areas, specifically concentrated on neuroengineering and applied neuroscience. His intensive work explores the groundbreaking new areas of advancement in tactile sensing and feedback for sensory augmentation.

Osborn often works with upper limb amputees. He discusses the problem known as phantom limb, which is the sensation that an amputated limb is still actually attached. Statistically speaking, 80 to 100% of people who have had an amputation report experiencing ‘phantom’ sensations/feelings in their amputated limb, and unfortunately, most of these types of sensations are painful. He explains how the muscles that still exist in partial limbs can cause amputees to feel sensations. He talks about their work in the improvement of prosthetics, utilizing sensory feedback. The big issue: embodiment, and as Osborn explains embodiment is the integration of an artificial limb (prosthetic) into someone's own body identity so to speak, essentially the fusion of body and perception. The goal is to get people to feel that their prosthetic is a part of them.

The prosthetics researcher talks about the ways they work with amputees, and the methods they use to get them to feel sensations, such as pressure, etc. Restoring sensation is a key element of their work, and Osborn explains how they target functionality. Osborn’s questions lead to more research and advancement. Ultimately, the goal is to figure out what types of sensations and perceptions can be improved, and how to improve them via new technologies.

Genetic Pathways – Dr. Theodore Piliszek, Founder and Medical Director of the Advanced Health and Wellness Center in Houston, Texas – Genetics, Health, and Disease

Nov 4, 2019 33:33


Dr. Theodore S. Piliszek, founder and medical director of the Advanced Health and Wellness Center in Houston, Texas, delivers an interesting overview of his life’s work in health, wellness, and genetics research.

Dr. Piliszek has over 30 years of experience in preventive medicine that has taken him to multiple continents. Dr. Piliszek is a nutritional specialist who has dedicated his life to the study and advancement of Functional Longevity Medicine and Clinical Nutrition for the prevention and reversal of vascular, metabolic, and degenerative diseases.

Dr. Piliszek has extensive experience in Hematopathology research and has studied with some of the world’s greatest geneticists, including the celebrated geneticist, Sir David Weatherall at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Piliszek has been certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and today he continues to

share his vast knowledge with the medical community and public.

Dr. Piliszek talks about his interest in anti-aging, the medtech impact, and nutrigenomics, which is the science that analyzes the relationship between the human genome, nutrition, and health. By evaluating one’s genomic expressions, Dr. Piliszek states that we can learn a lot about possible future outcomes, and risks, and potentially provide information that could help individuals delay or avoid possible medical maladies. Dr. Piliszek continues his discussion and dives into a detailed analysis of foods and exercise and the impact each has on health. Citing examples of how genetics plays a role in the trajectory of long term health, Dr. Piliszek lays out the many genetic abnormalities that could be factored in to bring about a medical problem, such as Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases.

The genetics, health, and medical technology expert discusses some of the puzzling questions that he is most curious about, discussing nutrition and micronutrients—including vitamins and minerals. To counteract modern stressors, micronutrient supplementation often produces a good outcome. Dr. Piliszek goes on to discuss disease treatment and some of the changes that are coming that may be beneficial.

Relationship Repair – Nicola Beer, Internationally-Recognized Expert in Relationship Psychology and Transformation – Improving Relationships, Healing Trauma, and Living Your Best Life

Nov 4, 2019 24:29


Nicola Beer, internationally-recognized and award-winning expert in relationship psychology and transformation, provides an interesting overview of her work with individuals—helping people improve relationships, heal trauma, and live fuller lives. She is a leading authority on save your marriage techniques.

Beer has dedicated her life to helping people repair, renew, and reinvigorate their relationships. For more than ten years, Beer has assisted thousands of men and women from many corners of the world to live more vibrant lives by healing their damaged relationships and traumas. Her popular empowered love program has helped countless people and she is dedicated to helping bring positivity into lives. 

Beer discusses her background and her path toward her current career and focus. She talks about the difference between her male and female clients, and the areas that are of most importance to each, on average. From separations to divorces, emotional issues and distance between partners, Beer works with many and various issues and the couples that struggle with them. She cites specific examples of the challenges couples face, discussing emotions, guilt, communication, and more. And Beer delves into some of the areas and times in a relationship that are most challenging, when problems tend to develop, often because of unmet expectations from one or both partners. From financial struggles and beyond, Beer talks about the many ways that we can take action to seek improvement. 

Beer co-authored four international best-sellers and she has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, HuffPost, and Wall Street Select.

Conservation Connections – Peter H. Raven, Celebrated Botanist and Conservationist – Conservation Can’t Wait—A Serious Look at Climate Change, Population, and Future Scenarios

Oct 30, 2019 24:14


Peter H. Raven, internationally celebrated Botanist, and Conservationist provides an interesting overview of his life’s work in the life sciences.

Raven has spent the better part of his life advocating for conservation, educating the public about the grave threats to Earth’s biodiversity. His work and research are so significant that Time magazine hailed him as a “Hero for the Planet.” For four decades, Raven headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, a distinguished institution and world-class center for the advancement of conservation, botanical research, and education, and known worldwide for its horticulture display. Raven is currently President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Raven discusses his long background and current work promoting major scientific projects, from plant observation and study to conservation efforts. Raven discusses his decades of work and interest in the tropical rainforests, which house more species than anywhere else on Earth. He states that there are incredibly important implications for climate and that we need to preserve the trees and their interactions, and the storage of carbon within them to prevent global warming. He discusses the potential problems in detail, and that we effectively have about two generations to correct the problems.

The Missouri Botanical Garden conservationist discusses consumption and population growth, and how it all affects preserved areas. Clearly, not enough is being done as our actions have demonstrated that preserved areas are not a high priority, unfortunately. Raven talks about the increasing population globally, and how it is important to empower women worldwide. As women are often ignored, Raven states, their true talents—that could be incredibly significant in the search for global crisis solutions—are wasted. He underscores the stupidity of ignoring women and the potentially massive contribution they could bring to global problems and issues. 

Raven continues by discussing how we can empower smaller nations to help themselves, and form alliances to think globally regarding solutions to the world’s problems. By helping to strengthen their infrastructure they can get more benefits from their own productivity. Additionally, Raven talks about the progress they are making globally, in agriculture and other areas. And he talks about the importance of social justice initiatives, helping some of the poorest countries in the world to rise up out of poverty and stabilize themselves. 

As he states, there are ways we can help, by consuming less, recycling, living closer to our jobs, etc. But ultimately, the moral argument is what could really change things… essentially we all need to acknowledge that these are the right things to do, to make a difference, to help solve the poverty problem, and work toward conservation on a global scale. 

Holistic Health – Samantha Gladish, Author & Holistic Wellness Coach – Making Strides Toward a Healthier Way of Living and Healing

Oct 30, 2019 26:44


Samantha Gladish, author and holistic wellness coach ( delivers a wealth of information about holistic health and holistic wellness.

As a longtime sufferer of various health issues, Gladish battled blood sugar levels, mood swings, poor digestion, and troublesome gut health, as well as tremendous PMS cramping and bloating. She endured numerous bouts with devastating migraines and day to day headaches, and she set out on a path to heal herself. Currently, Gladish is healing from autoimmune Hashimoto’s, and sharing her success path with others so they can also find healing solutions.

Gladish discusses her background and her early love for nutritious foods, exercise, and healthy living. But in spite of her early knowledge, she found her health was suffering. By taking things into her own hands, she studied nutrition in detail, and ditched unnatural pills in an effort to find a path back to great health. She discusses the problems with birth control pills, and the health issues and side effects that are not often talked about. And she talks about various studies that have linked the birth control pill to estrogen dominant cancers. She explains in detail how the taking of synthetic hormones changes the way a woman’s body produces estrogen and progesterone. As she explains, maintaining the proper fertility is important, regardless of whether a woman wants to become pregnant or not. Gladish’s programs incorporate many facets of healthy living, including healthy recipes and food choices which can assist with weight loss and health improvements.

Gladish continues by discussing various health conditions that have incredible alternative solutions for healing, but how the mainstream medical community may not always consider these healthy alternatives. She discusses vitamins and medications, and the importance of studying root cause medicine, and how we need to look deeper for the origins of medical problems in order to truly eradicate them or relieve them.

Gladish has over fifteen years in the health and wellness field and she has worked with women in more than 30 countries worldwide. She is a sought-after consultant and coach.

Finding Calm–Charlotte Reznick, PhD, Author, The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success – Meditation and Mindfulness for a Healthier Life

Oct 30, 2019 36:08


Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D., child educational psychologist, and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success, provides an overview of her work in meditation and mindfulness practices.

For three decades, Dr. Reznick has had a meditation practice, and she is the creator of positive coping skills, mindful program, Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment. Dr. Reznick is a noted authority on mindfulness, imagination creation, and meditation, and is a leader in her field.

Dr. Reznick talks about her background and education, and what pushed her to develop her programs and write about her work. As a specialist in child and teen mindfulness and meditation, she talks about how she combined imagination and mediation to help those she worked with. A primary goal is to help kids access their inner wisdom through their own imagination. She talks about some specific case studies and the progress she made. 

Continuing, Dr. Reznick provides further examples of brain/body meditation and imagination that transformed some of the kids she worked with. As Dr. Reznick states, fear is sometimes known, but sometimes we don’t know where it is coming from, and the imagination work helps young people find comfort, to relax, and sleep better. Talking about stress, Dr. Reznick states that today we have more complications in life with technology, etc., and that it is all combining to potentially accelerate stress and anxiety. 

Dr. Reznick discusses texting and social media, and the emotions that are communicated, and not communicated in exchanges between people. Wrapping up, Dr. Reznick discusses her travels and the teaching she provides, giving people tools to help them find healthier paths, better solutions, and to promote joy and success through change and growth.

Hemp Hemp Hooray – Ryan Lewis, Chief Business Developer of Global Cannabinoids – The Incredible Potential of Hemp-Derived Products

Oct 29, 2019 29:02


Ryan Lewis, Chief Business Developer of Global Cannabinoids, talks about the emerging markets for CBD and hemp-derived products.

Global Cannabinoids is a high volume producer and distributor of bulk and wholesale phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) industrial hemp—naturally high in CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, CBDA, and terpenes. Additionally, Global Cannabinoids is a large manufacturer of private- label CBD products, one of the biggest in the US. They are a serious CBD oil distributor that is changing the marketplace.

Lewis talks about his background, starting with the building of the very first bulk and wholesale B2B distribution platform for American-grown hemp and cannabinoids derived from hemp. He discusses some of the challenges, and some of the advances that were enabled after the passing of the US Farm Bill.

Lewis explains that hemp is excellent with phytoremediation, a form of bioremediation that applies to all the chemical or physical processes that involve plants for immobilizing or degrading contaminants within the soil and/or groundwater. He recounts some remarkable stories of how hemp has shown it can literally absorb all kinds of contaminants and survive, which makes testing incredibly important. Lewis explains their testing processes in detail. And he provides details about upcoming federal regulation and the marketplace, as well as his expectation for the near future in regard to the hemp-derived phytocannabinoids market.

Working Out, For Yourself and the Planet—Rubin Mejia—SportsArt

Oct 28, 2019 20:37


Most of us value our health, and we know that exercise can help us achieve and maintain it, but it can still be a challenge to get to the gym on a regular basis. The team at SportsArt is trying to change that by giving us one more reason to work out: we can help improve the planet by doing so. The fitness equipment manufacturer has created a product that's like nothing else on the market: a line of cardio equipment that actually generates electricity when it’s used.

On today’s episode, CTO of SportsArt, Rubin Mejia, explains the technology behind the product, the reduction in electricity use (and bills) resulting from it, and how the product has been received in general. The equipment can be found in nearly every large city in the world, but it’s just starting to gain traction in the U.S.

Tune in and check out for more info.


Game Changer – Robin Arnott, CEO of Andromeda Entertainment – New Immersive Video Games that Seek to Provide Transformative Content in an Exciting Platform

Oct 28, 2019 37:00


Robin Arnott, CEO of Andromeda Entertainment (, discusses his work with the next wave of gaming and the ever-expanding world of entertainment technologies.

Andromeda Entertainment is the first publisher to serve the advancing interest in mindfulness and wellness with truly transformative content and amazing virtual entertainment experiences for users.

Arnott talks about his background as an audio engineer and game designer. Through working in games in the entertainment technologies space, he came to truly understand how games capture our minds perhaps better than anything else. It’s about practicing and being, and can really bring people into a specific environment. He talks about how games can play an important role in people’s introspective journeys, hitting deep states of consciousness. With video games, we can package practices that are good for us, in a fun, engaging, deeply involved game environment. Arnott explains that video games can become addictive, but most games can actually exercise parts of your mind, thus the benefits are there.

Arnott discusses how their games engage people on a somatic level, to move out of deeply held trauma, to approach self-actualization. As we learn, he states, we can really take advantage of this form in a positive way, elevating the gaming experience. Arnott talks about some of the games that are coming out soon, and their mental and physical benefits. Continuing, Arnott says they, as a company, are looking for original genius ideas; he is looking for creators who are engaged on a higher level. As a publisher, Arnott states that they often take on games that may be somewhat unusual, but offer transformative experiences. And Arnott discusses how game designers might draw from the mind/body connection to inspire their designs, to make a new kind of game for self-actualization and beyond.

Diabetes Discoveries – Professor Jeffrey M. Karp, Principal Investigator, Karp Lab – Reversing Diabetes? An Amazing New Breakthrough

Oct 28, 2019 29:45


Professor Jeffrey M Karp, Principal Investigator, Karp Lab (, provides an overview of the current state of diabetes treatment.

Dr. Karp is a celebrated Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Karp is a principal faculty member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, as well as an affiliate faculty member at the Broad Institute and with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Karp specializes in the fields pertaining to drug delivery, stem cell therapeutics, medical devices, and tissue adhesives.

Dr. Karp discusses his background, from his early undergrad training as a chemical engineer at McGill University, a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to his PhD work at the University of Toronto, continuing with a postdoc at MIT. The research doctor discusses diabetes in detail, and the incredible resources that are needed for this one medical condition. He talks about some amazing discoveries made through gastric bypass surgeries, and how doctors quickly acknowledged that many of their gastric bypass surgery patients no longer needed medication for their type 2 diabetes after the procedure.

Dr. Karp talks about the medical community’s mission thereafter, to achieve the same response in a more minimally-invasive way.

The solution—a pill. Dr. Karp discusses the immense work that got the medical community through the research and to the solution. As he states, the pill they’ve created, which is taken before a meal, forms a transient coating that can limit nutrient absorption, effectively limiting the nutrient contact with the GI tract and thus mimicking the effects achieved earlier through the gastric bypass surgery.

Dr. Karp continues by explaining some of the treatments for weight loss and diabetes, and he expounds upon their progress getting their research into the clinical trial stage. Dr. Karp has published more than 125 peer-reviewed papers, with greater than 18,500 citations, and he has given over 300 lectures on topics within his areas of expertise. And Dr. Karp has 100+ already issued or pending patents (national and international).

Managing Chronic Pain with the Oska Pulse - Dr. Jeff Marksberry, Chief Medical Officer – Oska Wellness

Oct 28, 2019 19:48


If you’ve ever experienced chronic pain, odds are that you’ve tried various solutions to mitigate that pain. Maybe you’ve found something that works. Great! If not, you may be looking for an alternative to your current therapy. One of the latest technologies in pain management utilizes painless electromagnetic pulse therapy to provide long-term pain relief. Dr. Jeff Marksberry, Chief Medical Officer of medical technology company Oska Wellness, discusses the Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology that is utilized in the Oska Pulse. This device emits precise frequencies of pulsed electromagnetic fields to provide pain relief on virtually any area of the body that may be painful.

Dr. Marksberry discusses the many benefits of using the Oska Pulse (of note – there are no known side effects), and how patients have achieved significant pain reduction – some patients have been able to manage their pain exclusively with the Oska Pulse.

For more information, visit and find the device on Amazon.

Meditation for the Busy Millennial—Andrew Feinstein—Founder and CEO of Find Your Mind Meditation

Oct 28, 2019 42:16


Many of us have heard of the numerous benefits of meditation, yet many of us have also faced numerous challenges in adopting this practice into our daily lives. Maybe we are too busy. Maybe we don’t know what we’re doing. Maybe it’s a combination of the two. Without judgment, Andrew Feinstein, founder and CEO of Find Your Mind Meditation joins us today to discuss his meditation journey as a busy young professional.

He discusses how he overcame the barriers that many of us face while learning how to meditate and how and why how he incorporates meditation into his daily life. Andrew advocates that we can find the time in our day to practice meditation­­—no matter how busy we are­­­­­­—and explains why and how it will benefit us in the long run.

For more information, visit

On the Latest in AI Research and Development—Alexey Potapov—SingularityNET

Oct 25, 2019 28:05


Smart cities, personal assistants, and human longevity; what do each of these things have in common? They’re all—in one technical way or another—possible only by virtue of the fact that neural networks and other models for AI processing exist. Alexey Potapov, PhD, is a researcher in the area of AI at SingularityNET, and he joins the podcast to talk about a number of topics, including the limitations of neural networks and how natural symbolic networks can compensate for them, areas of research in AI that are continuing to grow, the demand for improved AI presented by the rise of smart cities, and the current popularity of natural language processing models.

Tune in for the details and learn more at

Generating Genius – Robin Eric Weiner, Author

Oct 25, 2019 40:42


Robin Eric Weiner, author, The Geography of Genius, talks about his book, his interests, and why geniuses are the way they are.

In The Geography of Genius, the New York Times bestselling author, Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss, journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and takes a look back at history to show how truly creative geniuses flourished in very specific places at very specific times.

Weiner explains how we have been looking at geniuses all wrong. He talks about the myths of geniuses. Weiner states that myth number one is that geniuses are ‘born.’ He provides the example of Mozart, who was certainly born with amazing talent, but Weiner states that we must also consider that he was born into a very musical family in area that was musically-oriented, in an extremely musical period in history. Myth number two, he states, is that genius is made through hard work. Weiner states that hard work does play a role, but that’s not enough. Thus, Weiner proposes that geniuses are actually grown, cultivated. Weiner’s point: geniuses are not random, but there are groupings—certain places produce more geniuses, and he talks about the many factors that are involved. Weiner provides detailed information about some of the places in the world, and their companion times, that produced the world’s greatest geniuses.

Continuing, Weiner talks about the tyranny of expertise, and how there is a now common problem in academia in which individuals are not allowed to freely expound upon their ideas unless those ideas are specifically in their exact area of expertise. And Weiner talks about how we romanticize geniuses, but as the times change so do our perceptions.

In Tune to Autoimmune – Josep Bassaganya-Riera, DVM, PhD, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Landos Biopharma – Safer Therapeutics for Autoimmune Disease

Oct 25, 2019 33:25


Josep Bassaganya-Riera, DVM, PhD, founder, Chairman and CEO of Landos Biopharma, delivers a fact-filled overview of his company’s work, developing safer therapeutics for autoimmune disease.

Dr. Bassaganya-Riera has received numerous research grants from a wide variety of science and health institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as many industrial corporations. Dr. Bassaganya-Riera holds the title of Principal Investigator and Director for the Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens (MIEP) project, which investigates the various immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying infections with certain gut pathogens by introducing mathematical systems to current mucosal immunology.

Dr. Bassaganya-Riera discusses his work with Landos Biopharma, an emerging biotech company that is already an integral player in the development of groundbreaking oral treatments for patients who suffer from autoimmune diseases. He discusses the unmet needs in Crohn's disease treatment in detail, as well as colitis—a chronic digestive disease recognized by inflammation of the colon’s inner lining. Dr. Bassaganya-Riera discusses their successful completion of phase one clinical trials, and he talks about his enthusiasm for further advancement of their therapeutics.

The research doctor discusses other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. He outlines their progress thus far and explains their lead clinical asset, BT-11, which is a unique, oral, locally-acting tiny molecule that targets the Lanthionine Synthetase C-Like 2 (LANCL2) pathway in the gastrointestinal tract for the treatment of IBD (inflammatory bowel


Dr. Bassaganya-Riera has a prolific track record of publishing and securing his important work and has published over 100 scientific papers, and secured 9 patents. He was awarded the 2018 Research Excellence Award from the prestigious Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech.

Medical Gamer – Samantha Bond, Certified Medical Illustrator & Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago – Exciting and Educational Medical Games for Learning and Training

Oct 25, 2019 28:05


Samantha “Sam” Bond is a Certified Medical Illustrator and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In this podcast, Bond discusses her work, and her excitement about illustration, medical game development, and much more.

Sam Bond wears many diverse hats in the business world. She is a successful medical illustrator, Unity developer, and innovative interactive designer. In 2016, Bond graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master's of Science in Biomedical Visualization (BVIS). She is an Atlanta, Georgia native and proudly attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Scientific Illustration.

Bond talks about her background and journey. She enthusiastically explains the emerging medical game field, and how these beneficial games can educate people about medicine and healthcare. She discusses the wide audience for select games, from technical games designed for neurosurgery residents, and more general games for the average person who wants to learn more about health. From general anatomy to vaccines, the topics are wide and varied, for a seemingly unending receptive audience of diverse inquisitive minds. By using the power, and fun, of games, Bond explains that gaming can be a great tool to educate and inform.

The medical gaming technology guru talks about some of the institutions that are interested in utilizing this groundbreaking platform. From companies that focus on surgical training and beyond, the need is clearly real. Bond talks about the success of the immunity and vaccination games and how they are changing the way we learn.

Why Healthcare Should Come Naturally – Dr. Joseph Mercola –

Oct 24, 2019 42:14


After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Joseph Mercola practiced conventional medicine for about five or six years before discovering more natural approaches that were actually more effective for improving his patients’ health, allowing him to heal people that other healthcare professionals couldn’t. When people began coming from around the world seeking his help, he decided to create a website that would allow him to educate a greater number of people. Dr. Mercola is passionate about improving people’s health without the use of drugs or surgery. 

Click play to hear practical tips that you can incorporate into your lifestyle, learn about why life expectancy in the U.S. is declining, and get specific advice on how you can take hold of your own health to change this trajectory.

For more information, visit Keep an eye out for his book on the dangers of electric and magnetic fields, EMF’d.

Ketone Kaleidoscope – Steve Zarpas, President and CEO of PHK Inc. – The Amazing Benefits of Ketone Supplementation

Oct 23, 2019 34:48


Steve Zarpas, President and CEO at PHK Inc. ( discusses ketones, and his company’s mission. Zarpas’ company, PowerHouse Ketones is a beverage company that features 100% bioavailable, all-natural ketones that mimic ketones that our livers naturally produce.

Steve attended George Washington University where he majored in the scientific areas of chemistry and biology. Zarpas talks about his early interest in ketones, and the exciting new field of exogenous ketone supplementation that has created a buzz in the health community. Zarpas discusses the many and varied, immense benefit of ketones and ketone supplementation. And as ketones produce more energy per each breath of air than carbohydrates do, they are an excellent way to not only improve health but make our bodies more efficient in processing. Unfortunately, to date, many people do not experience the incredible physical and cognitive energy benefits that come with a ketone-fueled body and mind, because the American diet is largely carbohydrate based.

Zarpas discusses bioactivity, and how ketones work. He explains the differences—ketone esters versus salts, but makes the distinction that his particular focus is on ketone acid, which is exactly what the liver makes when the body converts fat into ketones. The ketone and good health enthusiast talks about some of the best ways to utilize ketone acid. Zarpas talks about their upcoming products, such as their functional beverage that some early testers have said tastes great. Effects can be seen quickly, and it promotes the production of endogenous ketones. He talks about the benefits to athletes as well as sedentary people. The cognitive effects are obvious and the improvements in energy level and sharpness are demonstrable. And Zarpas explains how he uses the product to increase his endurance, increase recovery, and energy.

Transforming the Way We Look at Disaster Response – Tony Cowan – Clinics on Wheels

Oct 23, 2019 30:26


During the Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2014, a response camp was designed in order to create a clinical environment that included observation bays, recovery bays, and areas for isolation. When the project didn’t go through at the last minute, the assets in place had to be burned due to an inability to disinfect the canvas structures that made up the camp. Not only is this an unsustainable use of resources, but the lack of pre-existing medical public health infrastructure created conditions conducive to an outbreak in the first place.

Clinics On Wheels wants to develop medical public health infrastructure in austere environments in order to provide general public healthcare on a regular basis, while also being ready to respond immediately should an outbreak occur. In this episode, Tony Cowan, Director of Emergency Response Technology for Clinics on Wheels explains the varied uses and economic benefits of quality care that has mobile capabilities.

For more information, visit, or their parent company, World Housing Solution, at You can also email Cowan directly at

Deep Thoughts About Nutrition - Dr. Cate Shanahan –

Oct 22, 2019 38:01


Around 2001, Dr. Cate Shanahan acquired a mysterious pain and inflammation in her knee, which her medical providers could not explain and even surgery could not fix. The pain sometimes made her febrile and even unable to walk. When she finally learned that it was caused by a virus in her knee resulting from a diet she had once believed to be healthy, she became inspired to learn more. 

A medical professional herself, Dr. Cate is familiar with the nutritional science training, or lack thereof, provided in medical school. She has turned her pursuit of knowledge of nutrition into a book, Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, with a new edition recently out. She joins us today to share her insights on nutrition. Press play to hear more.

Find her book on most online retailers, including Amazon and Audible. You can find out more about Dr. Cate and what she does at <a href=""></a>

This Company Has Our Hearts – Steven Morris – BIOLIFE4D

Oct 22, 2019 31:01


BIOLIFE4D is back to tell us more about the technology they are using to create a bioengineered heart! In the United States, there are about 200,000 people who could use a heart transplant to save their lives, but only about 3,500 heart transplants take place each year.  

This discrepancy is due to a lack of viable donor hearts. BIOLIFE4D is addressing this problem by developing the technology to create a heart out of the cells of the very patient who will receive the heart for transplantation. Listen in to hear Steven Morris, CEO, and president of BIOLIFE4D, explain how such a heart can be made, why such a method reduces rejection risk, and how it can improve accuracy and ethics in drug testing.

 Learn more at <a href=""></a>.

Autofocals: A New Way of Looking at the World—Nitish Padmanaban—PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering at Stanford University

Oct 22, 2019 19:50


According to Nitish Padmanaban, the problem in vision is deceivingly simple: as a person ages, the lenses in their eyes stiffen and become unable to change shape enough to focus on different objects in their environment. As a result, a person might get reading or bifocal lenses to help them see what they need to. As a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Stanford University, Padmanaban is working on a unique solution to this problem, which is a focused, tunable lens that replaces the functionality that’s lost by the eyes over time. 

These autofocus function as a combination of two types of eye-tracking software and a depth camera, and are able to determine exactly which object a person is looking at, how far from the person the object is located, and change shape accordingly so that the person can seamlessly focus on anything in their line of vision. 

In today’s episode, Padmanaban discusses the technical details of how the product works, how the technology of the lenses is based upon the technology behind virtual reality headsets, what they’re aiming to improve about the product in the future, and more. Tune in to hear the full conversation and check out <a href=""></a> to learn more.

AI Advancing – Gary Marcus, Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Author – Discussing the Current State, and Future, of AI and Learning

Oct 21, 2019 26:42


Gary Marcus, the scientist, entrepreneur, and author of the buzz-worthy book, Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust, talks about the current state of AI and learning.

Marcus is a scientist, first and foremost, and his extensive research has often focused on natural and artificial intelligence. Marcus was Founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence, a successful machine learning company that was acquired by Uber. Marcus talks about his background, and his early interest in AI, and the possibilities to, as he states, “make machines do smart things.”

Marcus discusses his path from studying human cognition to AI. He states that much ‘intelligence’ is narrow, meaning the intelligence can only accomplish one or a few tasks. With general intelligence, the goal is to build machines that can figure things out for themselves, to analyze and adapt. The scientist and educator talk about human intelligence and our abilities. 

Continuing, Marcus discusses early chatbots and their relative intelligence levels. Additionally, he talks about self-driving software and some of the accidents that have caused injuries and even death. He states that none of this software has been properly debugged, but many people feel comfortable already. Marcus expounds upon the concept of deep comprehension, discussing data representations, and the ability to analyze things like space, time, causality, and individual objects. He explains his thoughts on how some things will be ‘learned’ but others will be built in. He talks about how AI needs to have a ‘rough draft’ of the psychology built-in, information and knowledge it needs to possess in order to function in the world around it, and that will ultimately make the learning process easier.

Marcus discusses some of the problems and challenges that arise in the quest to advance AI and neuroscience. He explains his theories and expands on some of the themes in his new book. He discusses which aspects of problems can be readily solved and how machines often fail in analytical thinking unless proper programming is implemented. 

Gary Marcus, the scientist, entrepreneur, and author of the buzz-worthy book, Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust, talks about the current state of AI and learning.

Marcus is a scientist, first and foremost, and his extensive research has often focused on natural and artificial intelligence. Marcus was Founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence, a successful machine learning company that was acquired by Uber. Marcus talks about his background, and his early interest in AI, and the possibilities to, as he states, “make machines do smart things.”

Marcus discusses his path from studying human cognition to AI. He states that much ‘intelligence’ is narrow, meaning the intelligence can only accomplish one or a few tasks. With general intelligence, the goal is to build machines that can figure things out for themselves, to analyze and adapt. The scientist and educator talk about human intelligence and our abilities. 

Continuing, Marcus discusses early chatbots and their relative intelligence levels. Additionally, he talks about self-driving software and some of the accidents that have caused injuries and even death. He states that none of this software has been properly debugged, but many people feel comfortable already. Marcus expounds upon the concept of deep comprehension, discussing data representations, and the ability to analyze things like space, time, causality, and individual objects. He explains his thoughts on how some things will be ‘learned’ but others will be built in. He talks about how AI needs to have a ‘rough draft’ of the psychology built-in, information and knowledge it needs to possess in order to function in the world around it, and that will ultimately make the learning process easier.

Marcus discusses some of the problems and challenges that arise in the quest to advance AI and neuroscience. He explains his theories and expands on some of the themes in his new book. He discusses which aspects of problems can be readily solved and how machines often fail in analytical thinking unless proper programming is implemented.

A Chiropractor Conversation – Dr. Amelia Mazgaloff, Principal, Chiro-Health, Inc.

Oct 21, 2019 20:11


Dr. Amelia Mazgaloff, principal, Chiro-Health, Inc. (, provides an overview of her work as a chiropractor, helping people heal their nervous system.

Dr. Mazgaloff holds a master’s degree in physical education and kinesiology (the study of human movement). She completed her education in X-ray technology and began her tenure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, a top-rated spine orthopedic hospital.

Dr. Mazgaloff discusses joint pain and inflammation, and how chiropractic techniques can be utilized. She expounds upon the various treatments for misalignments of the joints, all of which can affect our nerves and muscles. She discusses the many ways that body problems can occur, from slip and fall injuries to accidents, and more, and how trauma can impact our joints. As she states, when there are alignment problems that cannot realign on their own, that’s when chiropractors get involved, to manually realign and return the body to its normal state. 

The doctor discusses some of the issues she deals with, and how some patients respond. She explains that her goal is to fix problems permanently if possible, not just relieve pain and problems. She outlines their techniques and processes and explains how they adjust joints, with a discussion on maintenance adjustment and how they schedule patients for follow-ups. Typically, maintenance schedules are four to six weeks, but it depends on a particular person’s activities and activity level. 

Combatting Cancer – Charles J. Meakin, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Care Oncology Clinic USA – Finding New Ways to Fight Cancer, Combinations of Drugs, and Rethinking Treatment

Oct 21, 2019 40:40


Charles J. Meakin, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Care Oncology Clinic USA, provides an overview of his life’s work in oncology and research.

Dr. Meakin amassed 30 years of radiation oncology practice before joining Care Oncology in the summer of 2019. Dr. Meakin is interested in health optimization strategies and uses his extensive oncology background to develop and implement ‘whole patient’ care. Dr. Meakin completed his premed education at Notre Dame University, Medical School at the University of Cincinnati, and his oncology training at the prestigious Stanford University Hospital.

Dr. Meakin talks about his early thoughts on diet, yoga, and other alternative elements to standard of care, in his pursuit of metabolic solutions to disease. He discusses the concept of reappropriating drugs that were designed for some other malady that can also be effective in cancer treatment. Dr. Meakin discusses tumors and drug/treatment options that impact disease on the cellular level.

Dr. Meakin provides an overview of the Care Oncology Clinic’s mission and some of its methods. Scientists have spent many years working to find safe and viable combinations of medicines to target the metabolic pathways of cancer. They are seeking combinations that will benefit a large section of people suffering from cancer as well as preventative cancer combinations. And Dr. Meakin discusses their protocol and some of their promising work and successes. 

Radiation Reaper – Trisha Pritikin, Lawyer and Radiation Exposure Survivor – Radiation Danger: The Health Calamity of Dangerous Radiation-Dispersing Plants and Facilities

Oct 17, 2019 39:52


Trisha Pritikin, lawyer, and radiation exposure survivor talks in-depth about her past health problems, causes, and her efforts to educate the public about the dangers of radiation exposure.

Trisha Pritikin was born and raised in Richland, Washington, just a couple miles from the Hanford Site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex that was operated by the United States government, on the Columbia River in Benton County, Washington. Her father worked around the reactors, overseeing operations. Eventually, the family moved away, but at the age of 18, Pritikin began to develop health problems she believes were caused by childhood exposure to radioactive iodine and other toxic radionuclides that were released from chemical separations at Hanford. 

Pritikin tells her story and explains her background. As she explains, the Hanford Site as part of the government’s early plutonium production. She outlines the process they used and how toxins were released into the air and water. Pritikin’s health deteriorated over time due to an undiagnosed autoimmune thyroid disorder known as Hashimoto’s disease, and other related health issues. 

Pritikin explains the depth at which residents of the area were exposed to harmful radiation, and how, surprisingly, the public was never really informed for years and years. She talks about the many cancers that people of the area experienced, and how it is easy to see the connection. Pritikin talks about her efforts to make an impact, and the 24-year litigation that went on and on in an effort to gain settlements for plaintiffs. She talks about her book of stories, stories of people who suffered, and the release of her book. Continuing, she discusses her efforts to spread the word about dangerous exposures and provides information on some of their websites and info for the public. 

Rethinking Dentistry – Dr. Hanan Elsaie, Voted One of ‘America's Top Dentists’ – Modern Dentistry Practices and Procedures with a Holistic Approach

Oct 16, 2019 37:28


Dr. Hanan Elsaie voted one of ‘America's Top Dentists’ discusses her background, goals, and extensive work in dentistry.

Dr. Elsaie is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center - Dental Branch, in Houston. Dr. Elsaie is skilled in all areas of general dentistry, and she specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Elsaie received the honorific—‘one of America’s Top Dentists’— Consumers’ Research Council of America, Guide to America’s Top Dentists.

Dr. Elsaie discusses her background and her holistic method of modern dentistry. She believes in taking a whole-body approach when caring for her patients. She promotes more natural medicines and supplements in her overall care plan. The doctor goes on to talk about gum disease and how it can affect the health of the entire body. Dr. Elsaie explains some of the problems that can develop, from gingivitis to periodontitis. 

The recognized dental doctor discusses her thoughts on fluoride and mouthwashes with preservatives (or alcohol), explaining that she is not an advocate whatsoever as they can do damage to the body. She delves into a discussion of saliva and things to watch for in regard to that. Continuing, Dr. Elsaie provides information on a few of the many natural foods, supplements, and more that can combat inflammation, and are excellent for gum health, etc. She discusses, in great detail, various sweeteners—the good versus the bad, discussing ingredients and effects. And she continues, discussing some of the potentially harmful chemicals that we could be exposed to. 

Wrapping up, she discusses new technologies and advances in the dental field. Dr. Elsaie’s work has been recognized by her peers, and she is passionate about providing outstanding dental care to everyone. Dr. Elsaie is skilled in general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as oral surgery, including implant placement and surgical extractions, endodontics, periodontics, and prosthonotics.

The Big Science Question – Perry Marshall, Marketing Expert, Engineer, Entrepreneur, and General Scientific Enthusiast – The Quest for Scientific Explanations—Origin of Life

Oct 16, 2019 38:01


Perry Marshall, a marketing expert, engineer, entrepreneur, and general scientific enthusiast, talks about the current state of scientific development, approaches, and practices.

Marshall’s sought-after consulting service provides independent entrepreneurs an opportunity to take part in high-level mentoring groups, to solve problems, and find exciting pathways to incredible success. Though Marshall’s lifetime of marketing and business knowledge, he has developed a system that delivers state-of-the-art marketing methods to company owners and executives, managers and marketers, as well as hungry salespeople—all who want to find new ways to thrive. And Marshall’s 80/20 Sales and Marketing concept is a foundation in the business world.

Marshall discusses his Evolution 2.0 Prize, the largest “origin of life” prize thus far, that seeks to bridge the divide between the scientific fields of chemistry, genomics, and modern computing. Marshall discusses the difficulty level of attaining funding for research. He discusses some of the hurdles that scientists face in their attempt to get work published. He explains the peer review process and how ‘good science’ is evaluated.

Continuing, the electrical engineer and general scientific enthusiast discuss his process to find judges for his Evolution 2.0 Prize. As he explains, many scientists wanted no part in it, but the ones who chose to be involved tended to be outspoken ‘rock stars’ so to speak in the world of science. He states, to take controversial positions, it requires some maneuvering that many ranks and file scientists are not able to do, due to lack of time/schedules, etc. 

Marshall explains why most scientists don’t typically share their information with the general public from the outset. Going further, Marshall talks about how some scientists break out and become ‘popular scientists,’ such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and others. 

Wild Ride – Joshua Perry, Keto Consultant, Former Professional Athlete, Coach – Sage Advice and Consulting from a Former BMX Champ Who, Today, Rides for Team Health

Oct 16, 2019 28:27


Joshua Perry, keto consultant, former professional athlete, coach, and brain tumor survivor, (<a href=""></a>) talks about his life and work as a keto consultant and public speaker.

Perry provides some background on his life and interests, starting out with his high school years, and how he found a love for BMX (bike motocross). He talks in-depth about his competition years, and how regular pain, nausea, and vision loss caused him to look deeper into his health issues. He explains the difficult process and path that led to the discovery he had a brain problem that had to be dealt with. He explains the process, from diagnosis to surgery, and how he coped along the way. 

Moving forward, he sought a way to improve his life, after the brain tumor surgery, and he found keto. He discusses physicians and his feelings about medicine in general, discussing his aversion to taking regular pain meds, etc. As he explains, diet and nutrition are the key elements he focuses on to maximize his health. As a keto consultant, Perry has clients all over the globe. 

Perry utilizes communication and a results-oriented program to help clients increase cognitive function, enhance their quality of life, and bring their overall performance and health to the highest level possible. Wrapping up, Perry talks about how to prioritize, and focus the brain, and he discusses the many types of people he interacts with and coaches. 

Healing Your Home – Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA, Architect, EcoNest Architecture Inc. Healthy Home Design and Consulting – Taking Control of Your Environment Via Healthy, Green Architecture, and the Simple Changes We Can All Make to Improve Health

Oct 14, 2019 24:23


Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA, Architect, EcoNest Architecture Inc. Healthy Home Design and Consulting, discusses her important work in the emerging arena of healthy, green architecture.

Baker-Laporte holds degrees from the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, and The International Institute of Bau-Biologie and Ecology. Baker-Laporte’s firm is dedicated to environmentally sound and health-enhancing architecture. She is a noted advocate for environmentally-sound architecture and was recognized as a United States ‘Top 10’ green architect by Natural Home magazine.

Baker-Laporte discusses her interest in ‘healthy’ architecture. She talks about her personal background and her incredible sensitivity to various chemicals that negatively impacted her health. As she states, after battling pneumonia literally every year, and her regular bouts with dizziness and her general loss of focus, she began to dig deeper into how our environments, specifically architecture, can greatly impact our health and wellness.

The recognized architect discusses the many problems that homes can have, from mold to chemicals to electromagnetic radiation. She talks about the ways we can improve our living environments, and begin to rid our homes of the negatively impacting agents. From standalone filtration systems, to reorganizing how you use your space (considering where you are sleeping), to vacuuming and cleaning practices and solutions, to simply opening windows, she discusses it all.

Baker-Laporte was elected into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, recognized for her groundbreaking architectural and educational work in the emerging area of Natural Healthy Building.

Helping Healing – Cass Nelson-Dooley, M.S., Owner and CEO of Health First Consulting, LLC – The Microbiome, Plant Diversity, and Natural Pathways to Healing

Oct 14, 2019 46:32


Cass Nelson-Dooley, M.S., owner and CEO of Health First Consulting, LLC, discusses her work and research into the microbiome and beyond.

Nelson-Dooley has conducted extensive research into the pharmacology of medicinal plants at the University of Georgia and AptoTec, Inc, and she was an innovator at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory as well as Genova Diagnostics.

Nelson-Dooley is passionate about human health, passionate about improving it through a comprehensive approach that addresses the many and various underlying causes of disease. She is a student of ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, and natural product chemistry and has experience in integrative and functional medicine, and the integrative medicine laboratory industry, as well as nutraceutical research and development, osteoporosis, and obesity.

Nelson-Dooley discusses her background and her desire to learn all she could about medicinal plants. Natural medicine, as she explains, has long been something she and her family were interested in. She discusses her work and time in Panama, studying indigenous people and the plants that they used for common illnesses.

Nelson-Dooley’s book, Heal Your Oral Microbiome: Balance and Repair your Mouth Microbes to Improve Gut Health, Reduce Inflammation and Fight Disease, is a good read for anyone who wants to seriously work on improving their health. Nelson-Dooley explains how plants need vitamins and minerals, and she discusses the many similarities of living organisms. She outlines the nutrients that plants have within them that we as humans could harness and take advantage of. Continuing, she explains some of the problems that occur with modern drugs on the market.

Nelson-Dooley discusses her evolutionary perspective on why certain plants do what they do, and how they continually work to advance their lineage. She cites the example of the fruit tree, and how it is perfectly designed to promote its survival, as fruits are eaten and then the fruit seed is carried and deposited through feces, which creates a perfect environment for the growth of a new tree.

Continuing, Nelson-Dooley discusses her book and microbiome testing, including her work in diagnostic testing. She talks about the gut microbiome in detail and explains her research into the oral microbiome. She explains the similarities between the two. And she talks about the many functions of the microbiome, from making vitamins to calming


Psilocybin Salvation – Alan K. Davis, PhD, of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University – Unlocking the Power of Magic Mushrooms in a Clinical Setting that Could Offer New Hope for Depression Sufferers

Oct 14, 2019 26:45


Alan K. Davis, PhD, of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his important work researching the powerful and positive effects of psilocybin on depression sufferers.

Dr. Davis has vast clinical experience in multiple areas and he regularly works with people who are dealing with trauma-based psychological problems, including addiction, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Dr. Davis discusses his research, and his work as a guide for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for people suffering from depression. The doctor’s work focuses on psychedelic research that includes clinical trials with psilocybin (the active psychedelic ingredient in “magic mushrooms”) for people with depression. His research explores the many psychological mechanisms through which the psilocybin can potentially ameliorate mental health and functioning. Remarkably, approximately 50% of the people who participated in their study stated that their depression was completely eradicated after about one month of treatment. And following up, at the three and six month marks, Dr. Davis states that a good number of those people are still free of depression entirely. Dr. Davis explains their treatment process and how actual psychotherapy is an integral part. As he states, it’s important to build a rapport with study participants and create a level of trust, so they are comfortable with the environment and the process.

Dr. Davis talks about some of the upcoming trials and the data that the FDA will need to approve the psilocybin as a specialty drug that can be prescribed by psychiatrists or general practice doctors and then administered by psychologists, social workers, and counselors. Dr. Davis discusses some of the states that are working to push legislative changes, and how the DEA is involved with the scheduling of the drug.

Continuing, Dr. Davis discusses in detail the mechanisms that allow psilocybin to work. As he states, the psilocybin takes action on serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Dr. Davis explains that serotonin is the chemical in the brain that regulates many things such as mood, appetite, and sleep. And as depression sufferers often experience negative mood, decreased or increased appetite, and sleep disruption, psilocybin is potentially a great alternative for depression, especially for those people who have found no relief through other meds that are typically prescribed for depression.

Putting You (And Your Baby) To Sleep—Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, Sleep Psychologist

Oct 11, 2019 48:00


In this episode, we hear from Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, sleep psychologist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Schneeberg works with adults who suffer from sleeping disorders and helps educate and coach guardians of children who struggle with sleep. 

Today’s conversation is focused on helping babies and children to have better sleep health. Dr. Schneeberg tells us that the most common sleep challenge for children is behavioral insomnia, which may be caused by learned methods of falling asleep—methods that aren’t necessarily ideal. 

Click play to hear her discuss her new book, Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach: The Bedtime Doctor’s 5 Step Guide, Ages 3-10, and learn her general tips for raising healthy sleepers.

Saving the Planet – Louise Charles, Communications Manager at Climeworks – CO2 Removal Technology to Help Combat Global Warming

Oct 10, 2019 25:01


Louise Charles, Communications Manager at Climeworks (, provides an overview of how Climeworks’ technology is helping with CO2 removal from the atmosphere.

Louise is a multilingual, expert communications specialist with vast experience working cross-culturally in communications, project management, as well as translation. Louise discusses the history and founding of Climeworks and how it has grown to a company of seventy employees to date.

Louise discusses their innovative CO2 collectors, and how their system’s fans draw in the air and filter it. As climate change is driven by the activities of humans, through the burning of fossil fuels that release dangerous levels of carbon dioxide into the air that are directly causing global warming, Climeworks’ technology seeks to help with CO2 removal from the atmosphere. Climate change desperately needs advanced carbon removal technologies and this is where Climeworks is stepping up to meet the challenge, because climate scenarios have demonstrated that negative emissions will be necessary in order to keep global warming below critical levels.

The Communications Manager talks about the many ways that they can utilize the collected CO2 in various other uses for multiple industries. She explains their storage options and the economic options for countries who are utilizing the CO2 collection technology. Continuing, Louise expounds upon the rewards systems that parties can take advantage of when they provide information on their offset emissions. She talks about the costs of CO2 capture, as well their goals for decreasing costs in the future as they streamline and expand.

Wrapping up, the technology expert and Communications Manager talks about their larger projects that capture even greater amounts of CO2, possibly even millions of tons. And she discusses the Climeworks timeline and their goals for CO2 capture as they expand their operations.

Climeworks’ expansion of the world’s first commercial carbon removal technology will hopefully lead us to a negative emissions future that will be better for the planet and the living organisms, including us, who reside upon it.

Cannabis Concepts – Edward Sawicki Jr., MBA, Chief Executive Officer at Think20 Labs, LLC – Unlocking the Many and Various Medical Uses for Cannabis

Oct 10, 2019 26:20


Edward Sawicki Jr., MBA, Chief Executive Officer at Think20 Labs, LLC (, discusses his vision for the future of cannabis.

Sawicki’s mission is to help expand personalized medicine and ensure safety for consumers in the cannabis market. He is a cannabis advocate and is heavily involved in the education of consumers about the many benefits of cannabis. Sawicki has a rich background in the biotech space assisting with lab design for DNA-sequencing and molecular biology labs.

Sawicki talks about the premise of Think20 Labs and his background. He explains that Think20 Labs is much more than a testing company, that his company wants to encompass everything they know about molecular development and beyond. Think20 Labs is heavily involved in not only compliance testing, but the sequencing of DNA, epigenetic work, and so much more in research, and the design of projects as well. Sawicki explains that Think20 Labs seeks to get to the core of what cannabis can truly do to move medicine forward and help individuals who suffer from a wide variety of maladies. As he explains, full legalization is needed in order to expand the research.

The cannabis research expert talks about the individualized work they do with local growers, and the massive data that they are collecting about plants and soil conditions, etc. As he states, the most important issue right now is ensuring safety for consumers, and compliance. He discusses the dangers of products that come from the black market, and how full legalization with standards will help to improve safety.

Wrapping up, he talks about how research into epigenomic and RNA profiles will help them to figure out where the important correlations lie, in regard to understanding what they need to learn, and how to approach that in an ordered fashion. Sawicki states that by starting with genetic profiles of patients and of plants, their research can begin to find important correlations that will guide further research, ongoing.

The Future of Surgery – Sean Buchanan, Co-Founder of Visom Technology, Inc. – How Innovative Technology Will Change Modern Surgery for the Better

Oct 9, 2019 25:55


Sean Buchanan, co-founder of Visom Technology, Inc. (, talks in detail about the incredible AR + AI software-enabled technology that his company offers.

Visom’s mission is to enable surgery without any compromise whatsoever. By bringing together AR + AI software, Visom is innovating how surgeons can see and operate, by overlaying important images directly over patients which places crucial information surgeons need right in their easy view.

Buchanan talks about Visom’s mission in detail, discussing Augmented Reality (AR). As he explains, Visom’s technology offers a way to simplify surgery and potentially help decrease errors, 75% of which occur during the surgery. Buchanan delivers an overview of how their system works, providing information on the technology. Transitioning imagery to 3D, while challenging, will provide more thorough information than the standard 2D. He explains how pre-surgical planning can be augmented by the Visom system. By utilizing 3D holograms, surgeons can really get a better grasp of what they will be doing in surgery, before the surgery begins.

The technology guru talks about some of the partnerships and business relationships that they have engaged in, to expand and accelerate the use of their amazing technology. Buchanan provides information on how they are taking their technology to institutions that want to use it for training purposes. The technologist speaks in depth about the healthcare industry in general, discussing innovation.

The critical data that is generated and subsequently interpreted by Visom can truly provide surgeons the insight they require and assist them in making better, more informed decisions, allowing surgeons to focus on the patient. The Visom mission is to simplify healthcare through innovative technology that is easy to use, and provide mobile surgical navigation software that can be utilized anywhere.

Buchanan wraps up by talking about the future of Visom and when he expects their tech will be commercialized and opened up to the wide market in the healthcare industry.

Mood Tracking Made Easy—Dan Seidler—

Oct 9, 2019 30:30


After being diagnosed with a serious mental health condition eight years ago, Dan Seidler began to track his mood at the recommendation of his psychiatrist. The idea was that the more he could understand aspects of his experience, such as what triggers his anxiety or depression, the better he could deal with managing it, the better he could work with his mental health providers, and the better he could regulate his own behaviors in a way that could reduce his symptoms. 

This mood tracking practice has brought him improved self-awareness, increased happiness, and reduced stress levels. Though continuing to deal with life’s struggles is unavoidable, he now has a better sense of control and knows how to implement more effective coping strategies. Seidler wants you to have access to these tools as well. He joins the podcast today to talk about his experience and his app, Misu, an automated mood tracking tool. Listen in to learn more.

Misu is still in closed beta, which you can obtain access to by going to If you are too excited to wait, email Seidler at and he will bump you to the front of the line!

The Heart of the Matter:—Dr. Jeffrey Morgan—BIOLIFE4D

Oct 9, 2019 29:38


Right now, there are thousands of people who need a heart transplant, yet there are not nearly enough organs available to meet that need. Additionally, those who do receive a donor heart run the risk of rejection and must on lifelong immunosuppressants, which consequently makes them more susceptible to infection. As Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, M.D., says, with the methods we have in place today, heart transplant recipients are essentially trading one disease for another.

Dr. Morgan is the Chief Medical Officer at BIOLIFE4D, a biotech company that is developing a bioartificial heart, which would increase availability of hearts for transplantation and eliminate the risk of rejection, as the heart would be generated from the patient’s own cells. 

Press play to hear more. Be sure to visit the BIOLIFE4D website at

Clearing the Mind – Adele Anderson, Life Coach, Destiny Coach, and Neuro-Linguistic Programmer – How Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Can Help to Open New Pathways for Healing and Success

Oct 8, 2019 31:22


Adele Anderson, life coach, destiny coach, and neuro-linguistic programmer, talks about her passion for helping others and the transformative work she engages in with all her clients. 

Adele provides an overview of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and shares her insights about how it can help to change neuropathways in the mind, to learn and accelerate learning, and actually install the ‘excellence’ of others. She explains the science behind NLP and cites examples of groups of people who have utilized NLP to improve performance and increase learning. As she explains, our minds take it all in… all the emotions, and external stimuli. Adele talks about the kinds of trauma that she sees in her clients and how she uses the process of NLP to bring healing and resolve. 

Adele believes in the power of positive movement, moving your life forward into your destiny so that you can fulfill your dreams and meet your goals. Adele provides a safe, supportive and holistic environment that allows her clients to find a path that works for them. 

The coach and NLP expert explain neural pathways and how they function. As she states, NLP provides hundreds of ways we can engage with the mind to rewire neural pathways that are interrupting our ability to be happy, move forward in life, to reduce stress, etc. As she explains, our minds take everything at face value, and through the work individuals can make significant changes, helping the mind to see things through a new lens so to speak. 

Adele explains the methods that she uses. She explains how she works with her clients to create physical identifications of traumas in the mind, and then change them through a meditative process that allows for transformations. 

Seeking Sleep – Biquan Luo, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Lumos – The Sleep Mask That Could Help Put an End to Jet Lag and Chronic Fatigue

Oct 8, 2019 42:39


Biquan Luo, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Lumos (<a href=""></a>) provides an overview of her company’s incredible Lumos Smart Sleep Mask and its companion mobile app that have been precisely designed to provide sleeper-specific solutions for those who suffer from jet lag, generalized chronic fatigue, or anyone who is seeking a better sleep solution. 

Luo received an undergraduate degree from Peking University in China and her doctorate in Biology from the University of Southern California, then continued her studies as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Through her extensive work with genomic datasets to predict how diseases progress, and her natural interest in finding treatment strategies, she was motivated to discover new ways the human body can thrive in its regular routines when powered by scientific research. 

Luo talks about her background and the reasons for launching her company. After experiencing much discomfort on her regular trips to and from China, Luo’s training as a bioscientist, and her personal experience as a sleep clinic patient motivated her to find the best way to eliminate jet lag once and for all. Luo talks about the research and methods she used to develop the Lumos mask, and she explains how neurons respond to light input. 

Luo explains the tech behind her amazing sleep mask. Lumos utilizes technology transmitting imperceptible pulses of light to prepare us for our future days. And as this light is considerably less intense than a natural light source such as the sun, our bodies are able to receive these specialized organic indicators without disrupting sleep in any way. Thus, these environmental cues of light help our bodies adjust to a new time zone incredibly faster than would happen normally (without the use of the technology-enabled mask). 

Luo provides information to listeners on how the Lumos mask can be used to help anyone retrain their bodies, and ease into a new sleep schedule. The Lumos mask’s technology can help us to literally shift our body clocks via the timed light flashes. Luo talks in-depth about insomnia and the ways to combat it. She explains the various ways that our sleep can be problematic, can be interrupted, and how we can address the problems and find solutions to overcome them. 

Wrapping up, Luo provides information on melatonin secretion, and why teenagers are generally more likely to be ‘night owls’ than their parents. She talks about sleep deprivation and the adjustment of circadian rhythms and how that could reduce depression. 

Sifting Out the Dead Ends: How B2B Technology Companies Can Focus Sales Efforts on the Those Most Likely to Buy - Tukan Das - LeadSift

Oct 8, 2019 22:44


Tukan Das knows that if you are in a B2B technology company, it is nearly impossible to confidently identify which organizations will buy your product. While such a problem can be ameliorated through manual research, the process can be tedious and time-consuming. For this reason, he and his team at LeadSift have found a way to identify signals and collect data from public web spaces in order to help you determine which organizations are worth focusing your sales efforts on. Listen in to learn more.

Das encourages you to visit <a href=""></a> and request a demonstration oret a free report.

The Environmental Equation – Thomas E. Lovejoy, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation – Conservation, Biodiversity, Climate Change, and the Future of the Planet

Oct 8, 2019 28:54


Thomas E. Lovejoy, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and the “Godfather of Biodiversity,” delivers a thoroughly interesting overview of his environmental conservation work and scientific research.

Lovejoy discusses his interest in biodiversity and environmental science. As he explains, he had an early interest in animals, and after taking his first biology course he was hooked. Lovejoy talks about his work in graduate school, and how he was then motivated to travel and understand what was happening globally, which led him to lead conservation efforts and push to make life better on the planet.

Lovejoy discusses in detail his early work with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and his experiences in the Amazon in Brazil. He talks about the dangers of breaking a forest into fragments. As he explains, when you break a forest into fragments, and a fragment is no longer part of a larger system, it will no longer be able to support all the species that reside within it. Thus these fragments become simpler ecosystems, having shed some of their species.

The environmental science expert explains the dynamic changes that we are seeing today globally, discussing drought and deforestation. He explains that the most important thing to do to improve the dire situation is to back off from the tipping point by actively pursuing reforestation practices, and building connections between forest fragments. Continuing, Lovejoy explains details of the biology of a forest, discussing treefall gaps, which are obvious holes in a forest with vertical sides. He explains how seeds are distributed and how certain small animal species aid in the process.

Wrapping up, he talks about the “tipping point,” the point at which the loss of global biodiversity greatly increases, and he discusses the negative impacts of carbon in the atmosphere that will directly affect climate change.

Policy Matters – Stephen Ezell, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation – Public Policy, Innovation, and Economic Growth

Oct 8, 2019 32:43


Stephen Ezell, Vice President of global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, provides an overview of public policy and the innovations in technology that are impacting economic growth and security.

As Vice President of global innovation policy, Ezell is focused on trade, international competitiveness, science and technology policy, as well as manufacturing and services issues. Ezell discusses his background and explains the mission of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which is a number one ranked science and technology think tank according to the University of Pennsylvania’s think tank index. As he explains, their mission is to advocate for public policies that drive innovation-based economic growth across the US and around the globe.

Ezell explains how high performance computing is one of their important areas of focus because sophisticated, highest power computing systems are essential for all countries’ economic competitiveness and national security. Ezell explains why super computers are important and how they can rapidly solve computational problems, detailing the reasons why this level of computing is needed in various areas, from national security to performance.

The global innovation policy expert discusses the level of computing that is necessary to participate in new technologies. He talks about the symbiosis and design of the systems, and software. As he explains, high performance computing use and adoption is equally important to production at a national level. Ezell discusses the various nations globally that are investing currently to expand their capacity and increase their abilities, to open new doors to possibilities, especially in the life sciences that deal with chemical and biological interactions, space travel, and many others. Wrapping up, Ezell discusses in great detail some of the incredible tasks that can be accomplished as nations take advantage of the advancing technologies.

Success Through Daily Coaching—Scott Smith—The Daily Boost Podcast

Oct 7, 2019 24:12


Scott Smith, creator, and host of the Daily Boost podcast joins us to discuss the philosophies that he shares daily with listeners of the Daily Boost. His aim with these brief but uplifting episodes is to help listeners overcome obstacles, find their purpose, and find motivation; these concepts can be applied to both business and personal ventures. Each day, Scott delivers important messages on personal growth, productivity, procrastination, developing relationships, and more. 

With over 10,000 podcast episodes recorded and produced, Scott Smith discusses where he finds his material each day and how he aims to help his listeners through these small but mighty episodes. 

Feeling inspired already? Find the Daily Boost on iTunes and Spotify. 

Measuring Metabolites in Sickness and Health—Alessandra Sussulini, Ph.D. —University of Campinas, Brazil

Oct 7, 2019 26:30


As an assistant professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Campinas, Brazil, Dr. Alessandra Sussulini studies metabolomics, which describes the set of all metabolites—such as sugars, lipids, and amino acids—in an organism and considers how those metabolites change under specific conditions. For example, what are the type and quantity of metabolites in a person who is in a state of health versus disease? How might metabolite populations change during or after treatment for a specific condition? What might metabolomics tell us the underlying causes of disease? These are the types of questions being investigated by Dr. Sussulini.

Most recently, her research has been focused on identifying biomarkers for bipolar disorder and treatment-resistant depression, as well as the use of ayahuasca for the treatment of drug-resistant depression, and more specifically, what the metabolic picture under ayahuasca use looks like.

Tune in to hear the full conversation.

Crowding Out the Bad with the Good: Forming Microbial Alliances for Better Health—Alex Lewin—Health Strategist and Author

Oct 7, 2019 51:57


Olives, chocolate, beer, and bread; what do these things have in common? They are all either started or driven by fermentation, the process by which—simply put—bacteria are deliberately introduced to an environment in order to crowd out harmful bacteria. Alex Lewin, health strategist and author, explains why he finds fermentation both fascinating and empowering. As the author of two books on the subject, Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond, and Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen, Lewin has become quite the expert on all things fermentation.

He joins the podcast today to discuss the science behind it, how the body essentially carries out its own fermentation processes by forming alliances with good microbes in order to push out the bad, the digestive and nutritional benefits of fermented goods, how to make your own fermented goods, and so much more.

Tune in for all the details.  

Becoming Indistractable: Forming Healthy Habits and Overcoming Distractions—Nir Eyal—Author

Oct 7, 2019 38:44


The temptation of smartphones is undeniable. Let’s say you’re having dinner with your family or friends as you feel the familiar buzz of a text message arriving to your phone. You could be having the most fascinating discussion, yet once that notification pops up, the temptation to check that notification is almost overwhelming. Many of us would be tempted to glance down if only to see who it was messaging us. These interruptions, however brief, can completely derail our train of thought and productivity. 

Most of us aren’t going to get rid of our smartphones, email or social media, so what can we do to minimize these distractions? Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, joins us today to discuss what actions we can take to minimize our distractions at work and at home, overall improving our focus and ability to stay present in all that we do. In this podcast, Nir also discusses the importance of habit-forming and its applications to habit-forming products such as apps and websites. 

For more information and to purchase Nir’s books, <a href="http://visit">visit</a>.

The Network of Life—Nathalie Gontier—Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Oct 7, 2019 35:11


Classic Darwinism places organisms at the center of evolutionary theory, positing that natural selection is the sole mechanism by which evolution occurs. In the 1970s, the ideas within Richard Dawkins’ book, The Selfish Gene, initiated the first shift away from this by arguing that the true unit of natural selection is not the organism itself but the genes within the organism. Today, the way we understand evolution continues to change to include many more mechanisms of it.

Nathalie Gontier, Director of the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab and faculty member in the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, joins the podcast today to discuss the nature of her work, which revolves around an investigation of evolutionary theory and an examination of different mechanisms and processes of evolution that extend Neo-Darwinism. She expounds on a number of topics, including an increasingly recognized mechanism called reticulate evolution, which is an evolution as it occurs by symbiogenesis and describes evolution as a network rather than a tree of bifurcating branches. 

She also discusses what might lead to speciation, how epigenetic inheritance occurs, epistemological pluralism as it relates to evolutionary theory, multi-level selection, and how evolution is a process acting on everything—not just organisms or genes, but writing, cultural artifacts, ideas, and technology.  

Tune in for a fascinating conversation that might change the way you think about life itself. 

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Darwinian Dentistry – Kevin Boyd, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentist – Early Orthodontics, Evolutionary Medicine, and the Future of Dentistry

Oct 4, 2019 47:32


Kevin Boyd, DDS, MS, discusses his innovative medical theory known as Darwinian Dentistry. Dr. Boyd’s theory and hypothesis is based on the study of prehistoric fossil remains of human ancestors and could offer much information about the past, and future, of children’s health care. Dr. Boyd is a board-certified pediatric dentist with over two decades of experience.

Dr. Boyd explains the history of evolutionary medicine, commenting on some of the early pioneers of medicine who looked at modern diseases that seemed to be a function of cultural industrialization. Dr. Boyd discusses pathogens and causes, and focuses on how people adapt over geological time to gradually changing environments, and he discusses how it all impacts the genome. He cites examples of mammals that experience illnesses and survive to live another day, within the context of evolutionary fitness. Continuing, Dr. Boyd discusses tooth decay and why we now need orthodontists, considering the history and the time chronology, meaning when that first entered the human condition. He explains how he adapted the model of evolutionary medicine specifically to evolutionary oral medicine, or Darwinian Dentistry, aligning his theories with his 20 years of expertise as a dentist.

Dr. Boyd discusses his work in pediatric dentistry, talking about orthodontics, and the management of anxiety in kids. Early oral evaluation, beginning at or around the ages of 3 or 4 is recommended, he states. Around this age, thumb sucking, pacifiers, or other oral habits can greatly influence the shape of a child&#39;s jaw, teeth, and even face.

The doctor explains the merits of early orthodontics, widening the jaw and airway, etc., and how there is clear evidence of kids doing better in school, ending their bed wetting, and experiencing many behavioral improvements, after orthodontic procedures. He provides further information on the many problems that can be created and caused by crowding of

the airway, and how early orthodontic procedures can facilitate and improve potential problems.

Robotic Future – David Ewing Duncan

Oct 4, 2019 34:50


David Ewing Duncan, journalist, researcher, and author of many books, including the celebrated, Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures, provides an interesting overview of his work and life.

Duncan’s written work is focused on new discoveries and their many important implications in the life sciences. He has a particular interest in artificial intelligence and robotics. Duncan has authored ten books, and they have been published in 21 languages to date.

Duncan talks about his background in writing and media in general. He gives an overview of his book, Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures. He provides details on the topics his book covers, including how robot and AI systems are built, what they say about us as a society and as creators, and what we might expect in the bold new future that is coming. As an author he takes a visionary look into possible futures—24 possible visions of human-robot futures to be exact. Duncan contemplates a future, with highly-detailed, incredible scenarios, considering the concept of Politician Bots, Teddy Bots, Warrior Bots, and even Sex Bots—all based in technology and in respect to how the future will adapt to our creations.

Duncan talks about smart technology, discussing where we are now in society in terms of utilizing technology such as Uber and others. He explains the ways that we interact with robots, and the importance of bringing ethics and morality into the development. Duncan expounds upon his view of where we are heading in terms of programming of systems, government regulation, etc. He provides his thoughts on the various kinds of bots that could exist in the near future. Duncan provides information about the subtle issues that relate to robotics, such as companionship. As he explains, many people like to connect with technology as a means of communicating or connecting, but the irony is we often connect with our technology more intimately than we do with real humans.

Duncan is a renowned science journalist for print, television, and radio and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, Wired, The New York Times, Atlantic, and many others. In addition, he has been published in Fortune, Discover, National Geographic, Newsweek, and Outside. And Duncan was a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s popular show, Nightline, amongst his many other accomplishments.

Diet and Disease: Are We What We Eat?—Semir Beyaz, Ph.D.—Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Oct 4, 2019 36:52


Our diet can play a huge role in how well, or not well, our bodies function. While we have an understanding of how our digestive tract processes food, there is a lot of ambiguity around what happens next. Dr. Semir Beyaz and his team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory aim to understand how what we eat affects us at physiological, cellular, and molecular levels. He joins us today to share some of his findings and future directions of his research. Listen in to hear more.

Dr. Beyaz acknowledges that there are a lot of claims around nutrition that are not scientifically backed. He encourages you to seek out primary literature when doing your own research. He recommends the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and FDA guidelines if you are interested in learning more about nutrition. 

If you have questions about his research or would like more information, email him at

From the Red to Green Ergonomic Zone: A Mechanical Exoskeleton for Industrial Workers—Joseph Zawaideh—Levitate Technologies

Oct 4, 2019 21:45


Imagine reaching above your shoulders to change hundreds of light bulbs in a row with no rest, day after day. It wouldn’t take long for this to take a toll on your body--your neck, arms, shoulders, and back especially. Not many of us think about it, but this is essentially what’s required of surgeons as they perform minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures day in and day out. It was from this realization that Mark Doyle invented AIRFRAME, wearable upper body exoskeleton for surgeons in the operating room.

Soon after the prototype was made public, a number of manufacturers began expressing interest in trialing it, including BMW, Toyota, John Deer, and aerospace tech companies. It turns out that the exoskeleton prototype created by Doyle was not only perfectly suited for surgeons, but for industrial workers on assembly lines, painters, construction workers, and those who work within fulfillment centers and for maintenance operations in various industries.

Mark Doyle joined forces with Joseph Zawaideh to found Levitate, a company focused exclusively on providing this wearable exoskeleton for industrial workers who are forced into an ergonomic red zone due to the nature of their jobs. On today’s episode, Zawaideh discusses the details of the product, describing how it’s been proven to move workers from the red to green ergonomic zone, how it functions mechanically, and why it will never impede a worker’s productivity.

Tune in to hear the full conversation, visit to learn more, and don’t hesitate to email your questions to

Preventative Medicine Through Health Optimization--Dr. Darshan Shah--Founder, CEO, and Medical Director of Next Health

Oct 2, 2019 24:55


After decades in more traditional settings as a medical doctor and surgeon, Dr. Darshan Shah became tired of the disease-focused healthcare system in which he worked; rather than addressing a person as a whole, as he believes should be done, doctors seem to be encouraged to provide pills and surgery, thereby masking underlying problems. He decided to become part of the solution and started Next Health, a “health optimization and longevity center.” Next Health applies the latest science and technology to create effective evaluation and treatments for their members in order to help people take control of their health before pills and surgery are even on the table. 

Click play to hear more. 

Next Health currently has two locations in Los Angeles and plans for locations in New York City, San Francisco, and Orange County.  

Visit the Next Health website at <a href=""></a> or Instagram at @next_health. 

The Promise of 3D Projection Technology—Dr. Daniel Smalley—Smalley Holography

Oct 2, 2019 23:51


Despite being otherwise enamored by the intrigue of holography, Dr. Daniel Smalley says that unfortunately the scene in Avengers during which Tony Stark puts his gloved hands into holographic projections would not be possible; holography couldn’t allow light to travel through his hands and certainly couldn’t bend the light to go around it.  Such imagery could, however, be created by 3D projections and Dr. Smalley, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Brigham Young University, is happy to tell us how.

Listen in to learn more about holography and 3D projection technology, including its potential uses in medicine, aerospace surveillance, and telepresence. Visit his website at and the Brigham Young University ElectroHolography Research Group at

Self-Improvement – Marian Bacol-Uba, Bestselling Author, TEDx Speaker, Conscious Business Coach, and Founder of Thriver Lifestyle – Methods to Achieve Personal and Career Goals, and Reach Our Maximum Potential in Life

Oct 1, 2019 25:13


Marian Bacol-Uba, bestselling author, TEDx Speaker, conscious business coach and founder of Thriver Lifestyle, provides valuable insight on the many ways we can maximize our potential and lead more productive happier lives.  

Marian is passionate about empowering women, helping them reach their full potential to thrive in not only business but in their personal lives as well. She understands the roadblocks that many faces on their journey to fulfillment, because she has faced them herself, and overcome them.

The coach and author talk about her background, and how she arrived at her current career and passion—helping others to improve their lives and maximize their potential. She speaks candidly about the abuse she suffered, as well as her past problems with drugs and alcohol. As she explains, she went on to become incredibly successful in business but was still leading a double life, trying to numb her pain with alcohol and drugs, and in 2014 she overdosed and had a near-death, out-of-body experience that changed her. Seeking to change her life, she moved from LA to Miami, to start over and begin a life transformation, looking inward to heal herself. Marian began extensive research into healing and meditation; she attended conferences and read book after book, seeking the answers that would improve her life completely. Through the process, she healed herself from the inside out, and she began to wonder why this information was not readily available for everyone. She came to the conclusion that she needed to take all that she learned and develop a program and coach others to find ways to heal themselves as well. 

Marian’s intensive journey of personal healing, transformation, and development, has helped her to help others. She talks about the importance of disrupting negative patterns, and how we can all change our mindset and bring positive thinking into our daily lives. Marian talks about her clients and how she works with people. While she predominantly works with women, she does have male clients as well. She talks about her typical coaching scenarios and the methods and practices that are involved. 

Wrapping up, Marian talks about abundance and how we can all be successful. She discusses her big goals for career and life, and how we can get our maximized results when we remove distraction from our lives. And she explains how her one-on-one coaching is what makes her thrive, and is her motivation for pushing forward, as she sees her clients reach their own goals. 

Why You Might Have More Than Just Your Father’s Eyes—Corrado Spadafora—Institute of Translational Pharmacology; Italian National Research Council

Sep 30, 2019 40:28


In this episode, we are joined by Corrado Spadafora of the Institute of Translational Pharmacology and the Italian National Research Council. Spadafora gives us an inside look at how his laboratory discovered that mature sperm cells of several species can take up DNA molecules from outside themselves and bring that DNA to oocytes during fertilization. Because this can compromise the genetic identity of the resulting embryo, the seminal fluid that surrounds sperm protects it from exogenous DNA upon ejaculation.  

However, the sperm cells are not protected when still in the epididymous. While Spadafora is more focused on the evolutionary implications of these findings, he does note some possible medical consequences; particularly the suggestion that the father’s lifestyle and environmental conditions could be reflected in the makeup of his children, potentially predisposing them to certain metabolic conditions.

Press play to hear more. If you are interested in reading about his research, you can find his papers on Medline by searching at <a href=""></a>.

A Path to Better Health – Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, Sought-After Speaker and Recognized Expert on Autoimmune Diseases – Autoimmune Issues, Toxins, and How We Can Be Healthier

Sep 30, 2019 51:30


Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, sought-after speaker and recognized expert on autoimmune diseases, offers us his interesting perspective and deep knowledge on health, food sensitivities, toxins in our environment, and the development of autoimmune diseases. His book, The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease is a must-read for everyone who wants to find a path to better health.

Dr. O’Bryan’s mission: ‘Making It Easy to Do the Right Thing’ is more than an idea, it’s a way of life. Dr. O’Bryan is an internationally celebrated, sought-after speaker on multiple issues that affect our health, from environmental toxins, to food sensitivities, to the early development of autoimmune diseases and how to manage them.

Dr. O’Bryan talks about his journey, the path that inspired him and led him to his current passion—helping people lead healthier lives. He talks about some early problems he and his wife had with infertility. Through his research he found the key to fertility issues that opened the door to a healthy pregnancy, and he quickly became the go-to guy for couples who were experiencing problems with infertility and just couldn’t get pregnant. He explains testing, and some of the mineral deficiencies that relate to fertility issues.

As Dr. O’Bryan explains, most traditional health practitioners are simply not trained to go ‘upstream’ as he calls it, meaning they don’t often know how to take a deeper look into issues that could be confounding or extremely complex. As he explains, traditional health practitioners are more like ‘crisis practitioners’ as they deal with crises, and they do it well, but there are many underlying issues in ‘healthcare medicine’ that could be overlooked.

Dr. O’Bryan talks in detail about environmental toxins, and provides some surprising information about common products that may be putting toxins into our bodies, products that millions of people use daily. He talks about toxins in regard to accumulation, explaining that long term use of a toxic product, or exposure, are possible paths to health


The autoimmune disease expert discusses the concept of patience, meaning that we all need to take a more patient path to solving our health problems, applying sensible principles to improve our health overall instead of looking for the quick fix, as we so often do. As he explains, reading is the key, as there is a wealth of information on health, and how we can all go upstream, meaning we can find better solutions, better ways of managing our health, and new ways of eradicating toxins from our bodies and our environment.

The Heart of the Matter – Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham – New, Promising Science that Could Help Patients with Debilitating Heart Failure

Sep 30, 2019 49:13


Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, delivers an insightful overview of his extensive education, work, and research in cardiac tissue engineering and heart-related issues in general.

Dr. Zhang is an internationally recognized leader in myocardial bioenergetics, biomaterials, and stem cells for use in cardiac repair. Dr. Zhang is a tenured Professor of Medicine and of Engineering. He is the T. Michael and Gillian Goodrich Endowed Chair of Engineering Leadership, as well as the aforementioned Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Zhang talks about his background and research interests, which include, cardiac tissue engineering, NMR imaging, and heart failure. Dr. Zhang explains that myocardial bioenergetics pertains to how energy is produced in the mitochondria, transported, and utilized to generate force to pump blood. Dr. Zhang explains how the processes work, and some of the reasons why hearts fail to pump properly.

The research doctor explains the energy metabolism reserve as it relates to dysfunction. He talks energy production in detail as he explains how the mitochondria can utilize glucose, fatty acid, and literally anything available. Dr. Zhang states that researchers are getting closer each day to understanding some of the complex problems of the heart, getting closer to being able to alter pathways—to utilize as a therapy method to prevent heart failure altogether or at least delay its occurrence.

Dr. Zhang talks about the structure of the heart and its various components. He explains the use of gene therapy in their work, and discusses the current work and research regarding the use of patches that could possibly cure debilitating heart failure.

Dr. Zhang earned his MD from Shanghai Medical University in the early 80s, and went on to earn a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1992. In addition, Dr. Zhang holds a master of science in engineering as well as a certificate of business administration from the prestigious Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Zhang completed his post-doc work at the University of Minnesota in the Cardiovascular Division.

What is Life? – Arnold de Loof – Department of Biology, Animal Physiology Research Group, University of Leuven

Sep 30, 2019 32:30


“If none of the existing definitions of ‘life’ please you, then why don’t you find one yourself?” While not verbatim, this was the challenge presented by an undergraduate student to Arnold de Loof while he was teaching zoology at the University of Leuven in the 1970s. So began his years of searching for a suitable answer, during which he discovered a flaw central to many definitions: they compared living things to non-living things, rather than examining what changes when something goes from being alive to no longer living. So what changes at the moment of death? Tune in to find out.

De Loof has authored several papers, many of which can be found on ResearchGate and Pubmed. He has also written two books, What is Life: The Immaterial Dimension, and Communication, Life, Mega-Evolution: Decrypting Life’s Nature.

The Air We Breathe – Albert Presto, Associate Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University – Monitoring Air Quality & Emissions

Sep 30, 2019 34:37


Albert Presto, Associate Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, provides an overview of the ways our air quality is changing and what is being done to improve air quality.

As an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Presto is passionate about his work; his research focuses on important areas of science concerning pollutant emissions from energy extraction and consumption, as well as the ensuing atmospheric transformations that these types of emissions go through. Dr. Presto holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Presto discusses his background, and his work as a member of CMU&#39;s Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. Dr. Presto explains his particular interests and some of the areas they focus their efforts upon, such as understanding how air quality impacts various environments from neighborhood to neighborhood. He explains how weather and topography play a role in pollution drift and air quality. Source activity, such as roads and highways, also obviously play a role.

Dr. Presto explains the dose-response curve. A dose–response relationship describes the significance of of an organism’s response, as a function of its exposure to stimulus or perhaps a particular stressor over a span of exposure time. These dose–response relationships are often described by dose–response curves. He explains the levels of particulate matter that exist in certain areas, such as areas of a city that may have a large amount of restaurants, because cooking is one of the activities that can increase types of emissions. Dr. Presto explains the role of the sun in changing chemistry, detailing the mechanisms related to how it can affect air quality.

And the scientific researcher discusses ways that we can work to reduce emissions. Additionally, he talks about some of the legislative bills that are being passed that relate to air quality and emissions monitoring.

Wake Up and Don’t Smell the Coffee – Jeff Sanders –, The 5 AM Miracle Podcast

Sep 30, 2019 22:22


If you want to establish a routine of getting up early, but are faced with the difficult task of first getting to sleep on time, Jeff Sanders offers this advice: for three days, get up early, work out in the morning, and avoid caffeine. You may be tired for those few days, but you will ultimately set yourself up for a schedule that allows you to be your most productive self. Sanders, founder of and author of The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast, joins the podcast today to share his experience and tips for becoming an early riser, and the benefits it can bring to your life.

Click play to hear more. Sanders also hosts a podcast, The 5 AM Miracle Podcast. You can find the podcast, his books, and other resources at

Is Modern Technology Cutting the Cord Between You and Your Health?—Lawrence Gust—Gust Enviro

Sep 30, 2019 24:58


“Your home is your castle and it’s the place you’re going to heal from the ravages of the day, and you want to have a clean environment for yourself,” says Lawrence Gust, who has a long history of helping people determine the ways in which their homes and offices could be affecting their health and quality of life. Due to the massive influx of wireless technology over the past couple of decades, Gust has become largely involved in the evaluation and mitigation of electromagnetic radiation in the environment. 

Wireless routers, wireless phones, entertainment systems, virtual assistants…there is no doubt that these products have made our lives more convenient and more exciting, but what else are they doing to our lives? Are we paying a greater price than they’re worth, without even knowing it? And is there a way to protect our well-being while still enjoying modern technology? These are just a couple of the questions Gust explores in today’s episode. 

Press play for all the details and check out<a href=""></a> to learn more.

Physical and Mental Improvement – Swoop Radio with Josh Sanchez – Mental Health, Performance, and the Power of Setting Goals

Sep 26, 2019 29:54


In this special podcast, Josh Sanchez of “Swoop Radio With Josh Sanchez” and “Behavior Vortex” discusses mental health, performance, and the power of setting goals. From life advice to sports, Swoop Radio's mission is one of inspiration, as they seek to inspire and motivate people to be their best and achieve more in life. 

As a mental health and psychology podcaster, Sanchez’s podcast, “Behavior Vortex,” provides his listeners an opportunity to discover what goes on in the human mind, and it seeks to explain the role mental health plays in the human experience. But as Sanchez states, it was his early love of sports that led him to podcasting. 

Sanchez talks about sports in terms of how we can relate it to other things in our lives. He provides an overview of the three types of goals we can all reach for, such as process, performance, and outcome goals. He explains that process goals are the goals we set for ourselves daily, to accomplish tasks, etc. and performance goals are our yearly expectations, means in which we can hopefully achieve our ultimate outcome goals. Finally, outcome goals are comprised of the vision we have for ourselves over time—where do we want to be in our lives in three to five years. As he explains, athletes set these types of goals for themselves, but all of us can utilize these same goals to improve our lives. Sanchez talks about the power of visualization—mentally preparing yourself for success.  

Sanchez discusses the physical trials that athletes go through daily, and the importance of taking care of your body and mind equally. He explains the importance of mental health and the value of therapy. The podcasting specialist talks in detail about his own personal journey, and his methods for physical and mental improvement, and how setting goals is important for long term progress. But he also explains the importance of hitting the reset button, essentially taking a break here and there during your journey of improvement. We must remember to enjoy ourselves during the journey. 

Wrapping up, Sanchez discusses the joy he finds in podcasting, talking to many diverse people and learning so much along the way. 

Synthetic Biology Bettering the World—John Cumbers—SynBioBeta

Sep 26, 2019 34:57


Did you know that E. coli—that feared and detested bacterium blamed for many illnesses and death—can actually be beneficial in some forms and when used in certain ways? Did you know that there’s a naturally-occurring gut bacterium that breaks down a harmful byproduct of alcohol metabolism, and that it can be consumed as a probiotic hangover cure? Or consider spider silk being brewed and enhanced in such a way as to form a durable, stretchy material that could function as a jacket. These are just a few examples of the incredible new things being accomplished in the world of synthetic biotechnology, and SynBioBeta is a company that’s working to connect academics, founders, and investors in the industry with the goal of strengthening the community and encouraging creative innovations that could change the world in countless ways.

On today’s episode, John Cumbers, founder of SynBioBeta, discusses the newest and most exciting advances in the field and what he’s doing on a daily basis to encourage them. Press play to hear the full conversation, sign up for the weekly newsletter at, and follow them on Twitter.  

Every Cloud Droplet Has a Silver Lining - Ryan Sullivan, Ph.D. – Carnegie Mellon University; Department of Chemistry and Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sep 26, 2019 37:09


As human activity and emissions continue to change the types of particles in the air, there is consequently a change in the particles that act as cloud precursors in our atmosphere. Some of these precursors generally create liquid clouds, or cloud droplets, and others create ice crystals, or frozen clouds. So why do these changes matter? 

Liquid clouds play an important role in offsetting a lot of the warming affects caused by greenhouse gases, whereas frozen clouds actually warm the planet. In other words, the way our activities change the air subsequently changes the clouds, which in turn affects global climate. In this episode, Ryan Sullivan, Ph.D., joins us to discuss the relationship of cloud chemistry and climate change. Click play to hear more.

Sullivan is an atmospheric chemist, associate professor in chemistry and in mechanical engineering, and associate director of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Keep an eye out in a month or two for his website to launch. In the meantime, you can learn more about him at or

Good Food, Good Life – Cassie Bjork, Nutrition and Weight Loss Expert, Founder of Cassie.Net – Eating Better, Losing Weight, and Feeling Great

Sep 25, 2019 35:32


Cassie Bjork, nutrition and weight loss expert, founder of <a href="http://Cassie.Net">Cassie.Net</a>, provides a wealth of information that we can all use to live healthier lives.

Bjork has a passion for helping others feel great and live healthier lives. She is an industry leader in the weight loss field, an outspoken advocate and an in-demand speaker. Her International bestseller, Why Am I Still Fat? The Hidden Keys to Unlocking That Stubborn Weight Loss is a must-read for anyone who wants to lose weight and feel great. 

Bjork discusses her background as a dietician, and the journey she took that led her to become a passionate weight-loss expert and good health advocate. As she explains, she spent a long time following diets, exercising, and working hard, but she couldn’t really lose weight. And it wasn’t until she brought all of that to a full stop, and began eating whole foods—even real butter, nuts, and bacon—that she started to see a change. Bjork expounds upon the importance of eating whole, quality, unprocessed foods. She states that the stress of wanting to lose weight can actually make losing weight more difficult and that it is important to enjoy life. She explains that our bodies are complex, and many of us have food sensitivities—that it’s not all just about food and exercise. She talks in-depth about chronic inflammation that can occur with eating poor foods and being stressed out. 

Bjork discusses the shift, meaning that it is important to consider making changes for the long term, not just for a quick fix. She underscores that calorie counting is one of the first things you want to discard when making an effort to actually eat better and lose weight. As she explains, metabolism burns the excess weight, and in order to have good metabolism you need to eat healthy, quality foods, including eating more healthy fats. “Fat doesn’t make you fat,” Bjork states. She relates how healthy fats such as coconut oil, butter, avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, and olive oil, etc. actually do a lot to support a healthy metabolism, helping your body burn fat for energy. Not only will healthy fats help support metabolism, but they are good for your brain function as well. 

Weight loss and health advocate talks about cravings, sugars, and alcohol. She explains the phases of achieving a healthier lifestyle and diet, and she states that many people actually experience their greatest weight loss in phase two of her program. Bjork continues; she talks about healthy supplements such as probiotics, glutamine, and fish oil. And she wraps up the podcast by discussing some of the mass marketing that has influenced the ways we have been eating through the years.

Exploring the Bioethics of Genetic Engineering and More—Arthur Caplan—New York University School of Medicine

Sep 25, 2019 19:25


Arthur Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and he has a long history of studying a variety of topics in bioethics. On today’s episode, he dives into the details of his most recent focus, which is on the latest developments in the field of genetics, including the emergence of genetic engineering of cells and human embryos.

For instance, many of us would agree that genetic engineering for the sole purpose of developing cures and therapies for diseases is beneficial and that its development is justifiable, but the same can’t necessarily be said about the same techniques being used to “design” human beings. Caplan offers his view on a number of other topics as well, including the high cost of health care, policies which mandate vaccines, and the control and protection of genetic information.

Press play to hear the full conversation, and message or follow him on Twitter at @ArthurCaplan.

Out of Thin Air: Clean Fuel for Heavy Transportation and Industry—David Keith—Carbon Engineering

Sep 25, 2019 23:35


Most of us are aware that we’re in the midst of an energy and environmental crisis, two problems for which a number of efforts are being deployed in an attempt to find a solution. For example, solar panels are commonplace, and various efforts are being made to capture CO2 from the atmosphere in order to limit its detrimental effects on the environment and human health. Neither of these efforts, however, are able to meet the high-energy needs of heavy transportation such as airplanes and other freight modes, as well as some industrial equipment. So, what do we need to do?

According to David Keith, chief scientist and founder of Carbon Engineering, we need a method for taking carbon free energy from solar power and turning it into fuel which is transportable, storable, has a high energy density, and can be compatible with existing infrastructure. This is exactly what he’s working on, and he’s accomplishing it by taking solar power and combining it with CO2 from the atmosphere. It is from this method that the synthesis of fuels that are chemically the same as existing fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene is made possible, and it’s all being done cleanly, without exploiting fossil fuels.

Tune in to hear Keith explain the ins and outs of what his company is establishing, and the promise it may hold for the future. Learn more by visiting

Elikqitie – Travel Gluten Free Podcast

Sep 24, 2019 41:56


Giving up the foods you’ve grown up with can be hard enough, you shouldn’t have to give up the activities you love too. But how do you cope when those foods and activities coincide? As a woman who loves to travel but who also is gluten intolerant, Elikqitie knows this story all too well. She joins us today to share a bit about her podcast, Travel Gluten Free Podcast and gives tips about how to go out and enjoy life while adhering to eating habits that keep you feeling your best. She also explains the difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease, and why it is imperative to follow your diet if you do have celiac disease.

 Be sure to check out her podcast, which you can find at <a href=""></a>

Unblinded By the Light: Controlling the Shape of Light in Space - Dr. Hasan Yilmaz – Yale University, Department of Applied Physics

Sep 24, 2019 19:17


If you’ve ever driven through thick fog in the evening, you are likely familiar with the feeling of futile attempts at improving visibility through the use of headlights. Light that should be guiding you instead diffuses across the space in front of you, thereby worsening the situation. What if you could control the way light traveled through material in a way that allowed you to see right through it? 

Enter Dr. Hasan Yilmaz, postdoctoral research associate at Yale University in the Department of Applied Physics. Dr. Yilmaz and his fellow researchers are developing methods to control light scattering and have recently discovered a way to transmit light in a straight path, thereby allowing us to see through materials that we otherwise could not. 

Listen in to learn more about potential applications of such methods.

How to Change Your Life In Order to Save It—Dean Ornish, MD—A Leading Expert in the World of Health and Wellness

Sep 23, 2019 35:43


“Bypass surgery became a metaphor for an incomplete approach; we’re literally bypassing the problem without also treating the cause, and I wondered what would happen if we treated the cause, which to a large degree is the lifestyle choices we make each day,” says Dr. Dean Ornish, as he reflects on his experience during medical school. Dr. Ornish has since become a well-known and well-respected physician who emphasizes the impact of diet and lifestyle on overall health.

On today’s episode, he discusses a growing amount of research which shows that a whole foods plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress management, and love can reverse countless chronic diseases, including early prostate cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and that it can even reverse ageing at the cellular level.

He also discusses numerous specific benefits associated with a whole foods plant-based diet, some of the main topics in his latest book Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases, how loneliness and depression affects physical health, his perspective on the ketogenic diet, and how to begin changing your life in ways that will improve and lengthen it. 

Hawaiian Bobtail Squid: Using Light to Hide in the Dark—Dr. Margaret Mc-Fall Ngai—The Squid Vibrio Labs

Sep 23, 2019 51:17


Margaret Mc-Fall Ngai, Ph.D., is director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center and professor in the Kewalo Marine Lab at the University of Hawaii. Her research is focused on animal-bacteria symbioses, and she’s using the symbiosis between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and an illuminous bacterium as a model for this research. Burying itself in the sand during the day, the squid comes out at night and waits for its prey, camouflaging itself within the moon and starlight by utilizing the bacterially-produced light. In this way, the squid avoids casting a shadow which could be identified by its predators.

Dr. Mc-Fall Ngai dives into the details of the research she’s carrying out, offering a wealth of information which includes how and why the Hawaiian bobtail squid is an ideal model for her research, how the bacteria induce gene expression changes in the squid and the nature of how these gene expression changes manifest, how hosts identify symbiotic partners in general, findings of related research, and where her research is headed.

Tune in for all the details and visit for more.  

Inside Our Human Minds – Robert K. Logan, Author and Educator – Language, Culture, Communication, and the Human Mind’s Desire to Understand

Sep 20, 2019 17:33


In this informative podcast, Robert K. Logan, the noted author of The Extended Mind: The Emergence of Language, the Human Mind, and Culture, talks about human intelligence, language, and communication. 

Logan holds a BS and Ph.D. from MIT. He completed two post-doctoral appointments as a Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and at the University of Toronto. 

As a physics professor with an inquisitive mind, Logan has spent a lifetime studying the important elements of the human mind, and how we use our language, and intelligence. Logan talks about his idea of ‘the sixth language,’ which was the foundation for his book, The Sixth Language: Learning a Living in the Internet Age. 

The professor and author explain that the six languages are comprised of the following: speech, writing, math, science, computing, and the internet. He talks about how each developed and emerged, as well as their relative impacts on society and culture. 

Logan discusses a possible seventh language, which as he states could be ‘social media,’ ‘artificial intelligence,’ or maybe the smartphones we use daily that have irrevocably changed how we interact with each other as human beings. As Logan states, human intelligence is not merely the possession of information, but it’s about our curiosity, our interest in knowing and understanding. 

Terrible Toxins – Leah Segedie, Author of Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!) – Making Smarter Food and Product Choices

Sep 20, 2019 54:24


Leah Segedie, author of Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!), delivers a wealth of important information that we can all use to make smarter choices and lead healthier lives.

Leah Segedie is a passionate food activist and social media consultant. She is the founder of the Mamavation® community as well as the ShiftCon Social Media Conference. Segedie talks about her background and how she has always had an interest in being an activist. She talks about her father’s death from cancer and how that impacted her.

Segedie talks in-depth about foods and products, with a special focus on ‘indirect additives. Indirect additives actually become part of some foods, in miniscule amounts, throughout the processing and packaging of a particular food item. She discusses how these potentially harmful elements are ubiquitous in many food products on our grocer’s shelves. Segedie talks about the potential for harm, and poses the question: how many of these hormone-disrupting chemicals can we build up in our bodies before they start to have a seriously detrimental effect, and begin to disrupt our entire system?

Segedie talks about marketing and how women think. She explains why some advertising works for women and why much of it doesn’t. As she states, women want to be heard, respected, and valued, and if product makers listen to women’s input, then their brand will be championed by women.

The food activist gives her thoughts on how society can move forward, and make better choices for food, products, etc. As she states, big companies are now acquiring many smaller companies, as people have begun to be more aware of health issues. As more and more people begin to make smarter choices regarding healthy products, naturally big companies will take note when they see a decrease in their market share. And this is the best way to make change happen, and ultimately get big corporations to manufacture better, healthier, less harmful products. Segedie is extremely passionate, and she works

tirelessly to help shape products and policy, striving to create a toxin-free world for us all.

Creating a Source of Collective Knowledge and Applying Genomics to Advance the Medical Field- Dr. Rakesh Nagarajan, M.D., Ph.D. - PierianDx

Sep 19, 2019 20:27


In Greek mythology, the Pierian Spring was a sacred source of knowledge believed to inspire those who drank from it. Driven to create a similar collective source of information in the quickly evolving field of precision medicine,

Dr. Rakesh Nagarajan and his team at PierianDx have integrated technology, content, and human medical expertise to help provide insights for the treatment and management of complex medical conditions.

Click play to learn more about PierianDx’s unique software and hear examples of how sequencing is already being used to help some conditions.

PierianDx works with some of the most advanced cancer centers, medical centers, laboratories, and health systems; visit to learn more.

Keep Your Eye on the Buckyball, Because Organic Solar Cell Technology is on the Rise – Quinn Burlingame, Ph.D. – Loo Group, Princeton University; Andaluca Technologies

Sep 19, 2019 34:09


Quinn Burlingame, Ph.D., is an organic photovoltaic researcher and postdoctoral fellow in chemical sciences with the Loo Group at Princeton University. He joins us today to discuss recent advances in technology for organic semiconductors and solar cells. While the use of carbon and hydrocarbon-based materials for organic solar electricity is still a research-based technology, Burlingame reports that they are seeing rapid improvements in its efficiency and anticipates that it will soon be comparable with the more traditional silicon-based solar cells. Furthermore, the ability to make organic solar cells lightweight, flexible, and even transparent will open access to niches that aren’t possible for silicon, such as use in windows.

Click play to hear more. Visit Burlingame’s Twitter page @QuinnBurlingame and be sure to check out Andluca Technologies at


Demonstrating Consciousness in Non-Human Animals - David Edelman, Ph.D. - Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College

Sep 18, 2019 52:14


David Edelman, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College and former lecturer at the Department of Psychology University of California, San Diego. In this episode, Edelman gives us a peek into his research on the consciousness of non-human animals. Edelman’s primary interest is visual perception and cognition in octopuses.  

Listen in to learn about some of the octopus’ sophisticated behavioral adaptations and find out why Edelman considers it a profoundly wonderful model organism for his research.

For more information, Edelman encourages you to keep up with his work and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth: <a href=""></a>.

Denial is Not Just a River in Egypt, It’s an Increasingly Warm River in Egypt: The Truth About Human Activity and Climate Change - John Harte, Ph.D. – Harte Lab, University of California, Berkeley

Sep 18, 2019 30:58


In this episode, we hear from John Harte, Ph.D. and professor at University of California, Berkeley. Harte has studied the effects of climate change on our lives and our ecosystems in various habitats around the world. The science states quite clearly and unambiguously that the planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, and that these changes are due to human activity. Additionally, Harte describes a feedback effect in which the ecosystem responds to these changes in a way that actually exacerbates the problem. 

Climate change threatens all of life on earth, yet denialists and political pressures are impeding our transition to more sustainable ways of living. Click play to hear Harte discuss global warming, the biggest culprits, and specific ways we can help reduce our impact.

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In-Depth with Epigenetics – Nessa Carey

Sep 16, 2019 45:26


Nessa Carey, author of Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance, discusses the interesting field of epigenetics.

Carey talks about the basics of epigenetics. Epigenetics is a scientific discipline that investigates and explains many things that cannot be succinctly explained by genetics alone. It seeks to answer the puzzling questions, such as how two things that are genetically identical can in fact be different from one another. Her field of epigenetics hopes to explain why different biological outcomes are possible. Epigenetics, as she states, refers to another level of information that is added to the DNA script.

The scientific author discusses stem cells, specifically focusing on the zygote, and the embryonic stem cell. Epigenetics informs our understanding of the complex structure and behavior of all biological life on Earth. It helps us to more fully grasp why simply mapping an organism&#39;s genetic code is not nearly enough to determine how it will develop or act.

Epigenetics, as Carey explains, is a broad topic. It demonstrates how nurture and nature can combine to successfully engineer biological diversity.

Carey discusses gene expression in a fetus, and how it can affect an individual for life. She discusses the connection between mother and fetus. And she talks about the passing of genetic information in the animal kingdom. Carey explains how they work with organisms in their study. She delves into a discussion of Darwinian evolution and how it relates to her area of study—epigenetics.

Continuing, she discusses chronic conditions that people suffer from, such as neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, etc. and why they take such a long time to develop. Carey is deeply involved with scientific studies and her work and writings in the field of epigenetics are truly must-reads for others in the field.

Snore No More – Janet Bennett, Speech Pathologist and Founder of the, I Just Want To Sleep, Program – Specialized Tongue Exercises and Treatment to Combat Sleep and Breathing Problems

Sep 16, 2019 43:49


Janet Bennett, Speech Pathologist and founder of I Just Want To Sleep (, provides an overview of her innovative treatment that can help people achieve more relaxing sleep.

Bennett is a successful Speech Pathologist with a private practice in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. She is passionate about her work as it is very personal and rewarding. Imagine helping someone learn to speak again after having a stroke. Imagine the joy a mother experiences as her brain-damaged child speaks to her for the very first time. These are powerful moments and Bennett takes pride in her work helping others.

Bennett talks about her background and discusses her innovative program. She states that she’s been in the business of speech pathology for over 40 years and for the past 25 of those years she has specialized in treating tongue thrust. She discusses treatment and some of the various problems that can develop due to tongue thrust, such as buck teeth or an

open bite. The key is that tongue thrust can cause someone to swallow incorrectly. She recounts the amazing story of a 14-year old football player who had come to her for treatment, and how, to his family’s surprise, her treatment ended his thunderous snoring. He acknowledged that his treatment had not only eliminated his snoring problem, but that he was more focused, was now making better grades at school, and he had even improved his speed on the field. This particular case was a true epiphany for the veteran speech pathologist, and marked the beginning of her work specifically to treat snoring.

Bennett explains mouth breathing, and how tongue exercises can train your tongue to live at the roof of your mouth, forcing you to breathe more naturally through your nose. She discusses nitric oxide, which helps regulate the body and rejuvenates the body, and is produced by breathing through one’s nose.

Bennett discusses how she made a checklist of various conditions that her patients suffered from, such as dry mouth, restless leg syndrome, sweating, heartburn, insomnia, high blood pressure, etc. After treatment, she says 94% of people stopped snoring. She explains her exercise program and how it is implemented. Bennett’s IJustWantToSleep® program is unique. It’s a tongue exercise program that has been proven to stop troublesome snoring that is due to mouth breathing and also incorrect tongue position.

The Social Impact – Dr. Moshe Szyf, Pioneer in the Field of Epigenetics – How Social Epigenetics Plays an Important Role in Behavior and Health

Sep 16, 2019 27:14


Dr. Moshe Szyf, one of the preeminent pioneers in the field of epigenetics, provides an interesting overview of his life’s work and specialization in social epigenetics.

Dr. Szyf earned a PhD from the Hebrew University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Working, researching, and educating through his James McGill Professorship and as a GlaxoSmithKline-CIHR Chair in Pharmacology, Dr. Szyf is breaking new ground in the field of epigenetics.

Dr. Szyf discusses his background, 40 years of scientific research in epigenetics devoted to understanding how genes can be programmed, with an intense focus on how different experiences in life impact their programming. Dr. Szyf’s lab proposed that DNA methylation is a chief therapeutic target specific to cancer as well as other diseases, and they provided the initial set of evidence supporting the concept that the ‘social environment’ early in life may in fact alter DNA methylation. His lab’s work essentially debuted the field that is known today as, social epigenetics.

The research scientist talks in detail about some of his early observations with rats, discussing how rats that lick their pups more frequently effectively alter their pups’ lives for when they become adult rats themselves they will have different stress responsivity and different characteristics. Thus, high maternal care shapes the lifelong behavior and physical characteristics of their offspring. Dr. Szyf’s work, as he states, is focused on fully grasping how these actions and behaviors alter how genes are programmed.

Dr. Szyf discusses the methods they use to study specific epigenetic changes, discussing in detail—proteins, DNA, and the various factors that impact genes and gene programming. Dr. Szyf talks about the many broad areas of application that the study of epigenetics can lend support to, from understanding aging to disease development.

Dr. Szyf provides a wealth of information on the changes in cancer cells, systemic changes, and the specific alterations in various genes. And he discusses epigenetic approaches to manage/prevent/intervene in cancer without needing to resort to the traditional, and toxic, solutions currently used to treat cancer in the modern world of medicine.

Dr. Szyf is the co-director of the Sackler Institute for Epigenetics and Psychobiology at McGill and an esteemed Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Experience-based Brain and Biological Development program.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: An Unexpected Solution for Insomnia—Michael L. Perlis, Ph.D.—University of Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2019 36:45


What is the function of dreams? Why do we dream at all, and why do we remember so little of them when we do? These are just a couple of the questions that drove Michael L. Perlis, Ph.D., to dive into the world of sleep medicine and research when he was still in his early twenties. Today, he is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and spends most of his time conducting research on insomnia, placebo, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia research. He joins the podcast to discuss a number of interesting subjects, including REM sleep and dreams, lucid dreaming, subjective experiences in insomnia, the need for more CBT for insomnia therapists, his opinion of the idea that establishing a sleep hygiene routine can fix sleep problems, how insomnia may have evolved, and so much more.

Press play for all the details and visit to find a CBTI specialist near you. 

Chemistry in Your Cup—Niny Rao—Thomas Jefferson University

Sep 12, 2019 41:01


In this episode, Niny Rao gives us an energizing chemistry lesson and shares findings from her research on the acidity and antioxidant activity of coffee. Rao, an associate professor of chemistry at Thomas Jefferson University, aims to provide home brewers with an understanding of coffee brewing chemistry so that they can apply that knowledge when customizing their own cup of joe.

You can find Rao on Twitter @NinyRao or email her directly at If you are a world traveler and a coffee lover, you can check out one of the international coffee expos in countries including Tokyo, Costa Rica, Brazil, or Thailand. There will also be a Specialty Coffee Expo in Portland, Oregon in April of 2020.

Healing Hearts – Wolfram Zimmermann, Professor and Lab Researcher at the University Medical Center Göttingen – How the Development of Engineered Heart Muscle May Be Giving Hearts a Second Chance

Sep 12, 2019 48:34


Wolfram Zimmermann, professor and lab researcher at the University Medical Center Göttingen, delivers an interesting overview of his lab’s work.

Zimmermann discusses heart failure and what exactly happens to the heart, and the solutions that his lab is seeking to bring to reality as medicine advances.

Zimmermann’s lab focuses heavily on research related to remuscularization of the failing human heart and the development of engineered heart muscle (EHM) for clinical applications in heart failure repair. Additionally, the lab is interested in multiplexing EHM and combinations with other engineered macro organs specifically for applications related to the new discovery of regenerative therapies.

Zimmermann discusses the depth of his research and their hopes for the future. In regard to advances in myocardial tissue engineering and heart regeneration, we can now see that with the availability of human pluripotent stem cells, the sophisticated engineering of human myocardium for direct and significant therapeutic applications, or as a type of model system for realistic simulations of human heart pathologies, is now possible.

Zimmermann talks about the development of their laboratory technology and how it will affect their future. He discusses the building of tissue and the regulatory requirements that have an impact on their work. He discusses the evidence that shows his lab’s approach is relatively safe, and discusses safety concerns in general. And he outlines the various cellular elements and explains how the transplantation of engineered tissue patches that contain specific cells are used for cardiac repair.

Stand Up for Your Health – Shawn Faver –

Sep 12, 2019 33:25


Shawn Faver is an advanced posture therapist who currently works as a physical education coach for children, focusing on healthy posture for improved mobility and overall quality of life. Faver has a background in kinesiology and is invested in learning as much as he can about the body in order to be able to help anyone in any situation.

Faver notes that students as young as seven years old are already reporting neck and back pain. He also regularly observes forward neck posture, putting weight on toes when standing (which puts pressure on the back), and shortened hamstrings. He attributes this to the amount of time spent sitting and/or looking at screens. Luckily, posture is more manageable when we are young. Faver states that after having his PE class students do five minutes of posture intervention three times a week for two months, the posture of over 63% of his students improved significantly. Faver also refers us to StandUpKids, an organization dedicated to combatting the health risks of prolonged sitting by encouraging standing desks in school. In addition to the physical health benefits, standing desks have been shown to improve student engagement in classroom activities.

Click play to learn more about Faver and posture therapy, including some tips and tricks you can try yourself. For continued education, visit and

The Solution for Poor Sleep Is Here! – Richard Jacobs, Entrepreneur and Founder of The Good Night’s Sleep Project – AI-Powered, Customizable Pillows Helping to Bring Quality, Restorative Sleep to Everyone

Sep 11, 2019 27:57


Richard Jacobs, entrepreneur and founder of The Good Night’s Sleep Project, discusses their AI-powered, custom-tailored pillow line that is creating a stir in the sleep industry.


Jacobs talks in detail about his own personal experience struggling to get good-quality, restorative sleep. For many years, he struggled with sleep – just like a lot of people do. Physician after physician simply told Jacobs he was stressed, anxious about his life and business. He was prescribed pills, and given all kinds of advice but nothing worked. Frustrated, Jacobs knew there had to be a solution, so he created it himself. 

The Good Night’s Sleep Project has developed the world’s first handmade, custom-tailored pillow that has literally changed people’s lives overnight, as many of them experience the first restful night’s sleep they’ve had in months, possibly years. As Jacobs explains, we can all remember those days in which our sleep the night before was so restful that we woke up feeling full of energy and ready to take on the day. But for most of us, sadly, those days are few and far between. Jacobs talks about his own experimentation with nasal strips, new mattresses, humidifiers, head pillows, knee pillows, huggable pillows, and more. Sadly, nothing worked completely, though the combination of many things helped somewhat. After finding some relief but not complete relief, Jacobs focused on the pillow, and sought to find a way to improve it. As he explains, he has a particular body type, with wide shoulders, so if he can get a prescription for glasses that are tailored specifically to his needs then why wasn’t there a pillow option on the market that could be tailored to his specific body measurements? 

Jacobs decided to build the pillow. He began focusing on the ways that AI and machine vision could be integrated into his design process to extract customized measurements from people who were seeking a better night’s sleep. Jacobs’ app will take your picture and extract all the vital measurements that are needed to then custom-build a pillow for you and you alone. He states that when we sleep on our side, our back, etc., these various positions create potential problems for sleep, and thus Jacobs devised a process to deal with nearly every issue that could arise, so he could design and produce a pillow that really worked, and would provide a better night’s sleep for people. 

The Good Night’s Sleep Project head pillow keeps your spine, head, and neck in an aligned position that prevents discomfort and allows for quality restorative sleep. Jacobs’ company is also developing customized huggable pillows that help keep the body in a good position so great sleep can occur. In addition, they are focused on a knee to ankle pillow that improves lower spinal position and thus enhances comfort in a healthy, supportive manner. And lastly, a hand pillow which provides needed support for the arm and hand rounds out their full sleep line. 

Jacobs talks about the future of their project, which will delve into mattresses and more—all with the unified goal of helping people sleep better.

The Collagen Quest – Charlie Bailes, Founder and CEO of CB Supplements – Improving Our Health with Important Supplements

Sep 11, 2019 33:31


Charlie Bailes, Founder and CEO of CB Supplements (<a href=""></a>), delivers an overview of the many types of supplements we can add into our lives to improve general health.

Bailes talks about his background and what led him to launch the company. He explains how the birth of his first child, who suffered many types of childhood illnesses, motivated him to look at life, and health, differently. After many visits to asthma doctors, various pediatricians, and emergency rooms, Bailes knew that he had to do his own research to find another path to improve his daughter’s ailing health. Bailes read over a hundred books and engaged in extensive research, and he began to form opinions based on what he’d learned. He made the connection between health and food and began experimenting with dietary changes for himself first, to see how he would be impacted. After much experimentation he found the way, and introducing certain dietary changes into his daughter’s diet had a drastic impact—improving her health immensely. 

Collagen, Bailes states, was a huge piece of the puzzle, and one of the many factors in his daughter’s, and his own, health improvement. Bailes believes that collagen could be the missing food group within our daily diet. He believes that collagen should be in a group by itself, equal to other important ones such as fats, carbs, and protein. As collagen is a specific type of protein found naturally in our own bodies, in our skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, bones, blood vessels and even our digestive system, its importance to the body is undeniable. 

Bailes talks about his path to launching CB Supplements. He details the health benefits of bone broth and some of the other ingredients that are in his supplements. As Bailes explains, our diets are extremely important for our metabolic health and many of the illnesses that are plaguing society today could perhaps be eliminated or at least diminished by making dramatic dietary improvements. He expounds on his own personal benefits from the daily intake of collagen, and how it makes him experience less pain and feel much better overall. Collagen has an incredible amount of benefits in general. With aging, collagen production slows and this can produce wrinkles, as well as many general aches and pains within our bodies. It reduces our hair density, creates skin problems and for some—creates a nagging leaky gut situation. 

Wrapping up, Bailes talks about the many and various health-improvement products and supplements that his company offers. And he talks about his passion for helping others improve their health. 

The Importance of Airway Health—Dr. Howard Hindin

Sep 11, 2019 49:03


We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and while this may seem like a waste of time, Dr. Howard Hindin assures us the time we spend sleeping has important implications for how good the other two thirds of our lives are. When we sleep, we consolidate memories, our immune system repairs itself, and our body gets rid of wastes. One night of poor sleep can change the immune system, increase chronic inflammation, and affect brain function. This can have compounding affects when experienced regularly. Our airway health could be affecting the quality of our sleep, and the real kicker is…we may not even know it.

Click play to hear Dr. Hindin, DDS, talk about the importance of airway health, collaborative healthcare, and quality sleep. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Foundation for Airway Health and a partner and founder of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD).

Dr. Hindin is passionate about airway health and encourages you to become an advocate as well. October 2 is Global Airway Health Day; sign up to be an advocate at He also encourages practitioners and non-practitioners alike to visit

Cannabis Communication – Joshua Neilly, Chief Growth Officer, CannabisMD – CBD & Cannabis, Information, and the World’s Changing Perceptions

Sep 6, 2019 34:35


Joshua Neilly, Chief Growth Officer of CannabisMD (<a href=""></a>), discusses the fascinating world of cannabis. 

Neilly talks about the company and its decision to name it utilizing the “MD” element. He discusses some of the major players they have brought on board to help guide the company’s trajectory. Neilly talks about how their company and vision are starkly divergent from the traditional ‘smoke-oriented’ sites that offer information on CBD (cannabidiol). As Neilly explains, with CannabisMD, they have taken cannabis information to the next level, delivering information for a global audience in a format that would rival any major publication—moving into the mainstream. As he states they are creating what the market needs just as much as what the market wants. 

Neilly explains that they are taking their information to the public in a manner that is evolving at the same rate as the public is, in regard to cannabis and CBD acceptance. Currently, CBD is the primary focus as there is less aversion to it in the general population. As he states, a large group of people are currently using CBD and the numbers are growing. 

Neilly provides detailed information on CBD, and he sees a future in which, eventually, society will begin to treat it like an amino acid, something that can benefit many people in a variety of ways. Neilly talks about his thoughts on the benefits and bonuses to using CBD. He discusses THC and how CBD rails in the traditional negative aspects associated with THC, such as drowsiness, sleepiness, paranoia, and anxiety. 

Neilly discusses their website and new developments. He explains the kinds of information that they currently offer and the information that will be coming in the future. 

Discussing Genomics – Dede Willis, President & CEO, and Harold Garner, Chief Scientific Officer, Orbit Genomics – Microsatellite Markers, Searching for Answers in the Human Genome

Sep 6, 2019 51:31


Dede Willis, Orbit Genomics’ Board Member, President &amp; CEO, and Harold “Skip” Garner, their Chief Scientific Officer and Board Member, discuss their important work at Orbit Genomics.

Willis has amassed over 25 years of impressive international leadership experience in a wide variety of interesting start-ups. Before she helped launch Orbit Genomics, Willis was co-founder and COO of the successful, Boulder Diagnostics Inc, whose innovative technology was later acquired by Oxford Immunotec. Willis has been CEO or COO of many life science start-ups in the US as well as Germany.

Garner, Orbit Genomics’ Chief Scientific Officer is the originator/creator of Orbit Genomics’ groundbreaking platform technology. Garner’s extensive background includes academic and corporate work as a renowned engineer, physicist, and biomedical researcher. Garner has held numerous positions at major players in the areas of his expertise and is a sought

after scientific mind in the fields of genomics, engineering, and biotech.

Garner & Willis discuss the core elements of Orbit Genomics, outlining what the company is based upon. Garner talks about his early work studying the human genome, detailing information about microsatellites. Simply defined, a microsatellite is an area of repetitive DNA in which particular DNA motifs can be repeated. Garner states that microsatellites can be used successfully as markers in the study of disease, health, aging, and more. And from his early research, Orbit Genomics was born.

Garner discusses microsatellites in detail, recounting some of his research with dog traits. As he states, these microsatellites could play a role in human morphology, our ability to fight off disease, preferences, etc. Garner explains how microsatellites seem to be a sort of ‘tuning knob’ that allows for the control of traits and diseases that impact all life forms.

The Chief Scientific Officer fully explains some of the specific information from their research that they have published. He talks about the various mechanisms of microsatellites and how the genome is affected. Going further, Garner talks about aging rates and longevity. He explains genetic variance in terms of inheritance and environment.

Willis discusses some of their studies in the area of genomics. She recounts one particular study that showed that genomes do change over time. As she explains, we are born with some risks to disease, but lifestyle may play a role in changes.

Darwin by Default?—Michael Behe, PhD Explains How, Where, and Why a Widely Accepted Theory Falls Short

Sep 6, 2019 49:25


Michael Behe, PhD, author, and professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, shares with us his findings after 20 plus years researching the evolution of complex biological systems.

Once a believer in Darwin’s theory of evolution, Behe now argues that rather than random changes filtered by natural selection, most of life’s major features are overwhelmingly purposely designed by an intelligent agent. Behe acknowledges that this is not necessarily a popular view in the world of science, where the culture seems to suggest that if you doubt Darwin’s evolution then you are either dumb or blinded by religion.

However, Behe has found that while it is clear that Darwin’s mechanisms explain some of life’s characteristics, they do not explain all of them. Upon researching Darwinism more deeply, he found that it appears the theory is held in high regard not because of solid supporting evidence, but because it is the best and most acceptable one thus far. 

Press play to hear more about his findings, including specific examples. Behe has written three books, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, and Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution.  He also has essays that can be found at the Discovery Institute website,

From Pain to Purpose: Understanding Neurotoxicity—Dr. Daniel Pompa—Natural Detox Health Solutions

Sep 5, 2019 28:14


In 2005, Dr. Daniel Pompa became severely and inexplicably ill. It began with fatigue and progressed to all sorts of strange symptoms, including seemingly random panic attacks, extreme sound sensitivity, and allergic reactions to foods he’d never before had a problem with. His instincts were telling him that his hormones were off balance, and he was convinced there was some sort of dysfunction going on in his pituitary gland, the control tower to the body’s hormones. Eventually, Dr. Pompa spoke with an endocrinologist who suggested that it might be chronic mercury poisoning. This set Dr. Pompa on a path of research, discovery, healing, and eventually, education and coaching of fellow physicians.

These days, he’s guided by a purpose and passion for training as many doctors as possible to consider neurotoxic sources of sickness in patients who simply get can’t better, regardless of their malady. On today’s episode, he discusses the many neurotoxins in our environment, and how many of us are completely unaware that we are even being exposed or affected by them. He also explains the phases of his 90-day program of true cellular detox, shedding light on the fascinating science behind it all.

Tune in to learn more and visit his website at


Using AI to Increase Your Company’s Efficiency and Efficacy—Bruno Aziza—Oracle

Sep 5, 2019 36:24


In this episode, we hear from Bruno Aziza, Group Vice President at AI and Data Analytics at Oracle. Aziza encourages his customers to think of the AI acronym not simply as artificial intelligence, but rather as an “applied and invisible” form of augmentation that allows organizations and individuals to get to their end goals faster.

Data analysts spend about 80% of their time just preparing data before it can even be analyzed. By applying AI, that time can be cut to nearly nothing, errors can be reduced, and business analysts can reappropriate their time. This allows companies to analyze more efficiently and ask better questions to create a more productive organization.

Listen in to hear Aziza share more, including specific examples of company successes. Visit for more information. Aziza also encourages you to learn from customer stories and interviews in his web series, Destination:Insight, on The Oracle Analytics YouTube page.

The World’s First B2B Podcasting Platform—Lindsay Tjepkema—Casted

Sep 5, 2019 18:35


Not long ago, blogging was an activity done primarily by hobbyists, but over time it has evolved into something that brands embrace in order to boost awareness of and advertise their products. According to Lindsay Tjepkema, the same trend is playing out with podcasts. 

In today’s episode, she discusses her work with Casted, a High Alpha portfolio company based in Indianapolis that’s offering the world’s first-ever B2B podcasting platform. Casted is helping podcasting companies and hosts make the very most of every single episode rather than follow the “one and done” method that dominates the arena. 

Those who sign up with the Casted platform can simply submit the audio recording of an episode and receive a transcript that will allow them to dive deeper into the material and make the most of it by pulling clips that will resonate with their audience, posting highlights from the episode on blogs and social media, creating Q&A articles based on the content, and repurposing the content for myriad applications. 

Tune in for more details and visit more info.

A Shoe that Puts Your Foot’s Desires First—Steven Sashen—Xero Shoes

Sep 3, 2019 51:03


Modern athletic shoes seem to be constantly changing and improving, with the newest versions usually coming out with extra padding in certain locations and backed by claims of being good for your body by absorbing the shock of running. But does anyone ever ask to see the evidence that supports the claims these major shoe companies are making? Is there anything to be said for less padding…for a shoe that allows the foot to function more in the way that it would without a shoe at all? According to Steven Sashen and a growing body of research, the answer is a resounding yes.

Steven Sashen is now the head of Xero Shoes, a company that focuses on letting your foot do what it was meant to do: flex, bend and actually feel the surface it’s contacting. The modern shoe restricts this movement and prevents this sensation, essentially immobilizing your foot, and as a result, weakening it over time. 

In today’s episode, Sashen discusses the ins and outs of his products, the science behind their design and how an understanding of human anatomy guided it, and his personal experience with and without Xero Shoes. 

Interested in learning more or getting a pair of your own? Check out <a href=""></a>.

You’re Grounded!...and Your Body Thanks You – Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D.

Sep 3, 2019 37:23


In this episode, we hear from Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D. in engineering physics. Dr. Chevalier is the director of the Earthing Institute, an organization dedicated to research and education on the benefits of earthing. Earthing, known more commonly as “grounding” in the United States, takes place when our body is in direct contact with the earth. Research has suggested that time spent grounding can help calm the nervous system, relax muscles, and reduce pain and inflammation.

Dr. Chevalier explains that the body’s immune system uses acids when fighting infection, and if there are insufficient electrons to neutralize these acids, the increased acidity leads to further damaged cells, thereby creating a positive feedback loop of inflammation. Because the earth’s surface is negatively charged, time spent grounding enables the body to neutralize its otherwise acidic state. Dr. Chevalier has seen improvements to many inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and many cancers. For those whose geographic location, lifestyle, or mobility limits their ability to walk barefoot outside or sit on the grass, sand, or pavement, there is an array of products designed to allow for grounding—even when you sleep!

Listen in to learn more. For more information on the Earthing Institute, go to You can also email them at

Changing the Solar-Powered Game—Colin Touhey—Pvilion

Sep 3, 2019 20:12


“Anything that is made of fabric and can sit in the sun is an opportunity to generate electricity,” says Colin Touhey, CEO, and co-founder of Pvilion, a company that specializes in designing and manufacturing flexible solar-paneled fabric with versatile functionality.

Pvilion’s innovative solar-powered fabric can be integrated into a range of products, from consumer items like backpacks, bags, and coats, to architectural structures, such as building facades, sports stadiums, canopies and awnings, wedding tents, airplane hangers…the list continues to grow! This technology is particularly useful in providing energy in remote locations for rapid response teams and military camps.

Press play to hear more about Pvilion’s unique technology and current projects. Check out <a href=""></a> to learn even more.

A Practical Plan for Life Improvement – Katherine Brown, Holistic Health Coach, Lifestyle Designer, and Founder of Just Bein’ Honest – Understanding the Mind Body Connection, Methods to Improve Our Lives, Live Healthier, and Longer

Sep 2, 2019 23:53


Katherine Brown, holistic health coach, lifestyle designer, and founder of Just Bein’ Honest (<a href=""></a>) talks about the many ways that we can make dietary and health changes that will improve our lives.

Brown is passionate about health. Unfortunately, many people suffer from chronic diseases and/or daily pain, and they are simply unaware that their own patterns, lifestyles, nutrition, and behaviors are causing their poor health. But the good news is, for most, changes can bring dramatic improvement. Brown’s mission is to help people restore their gut health so they can mentally and physically perform at optimum levels.

Brown talks about her passion for sharing the secrets to good health. From mental awareness to body awareness, incorporating fitness and nutrition, Brown’s methodology is proven to reshape the body and mind and improve health. Brown talks about her background and the neurological issues she experienced earlier in her life. 

She talks about the many ways she works with people. Brown focuses on mental awareness first and how we talk to ourselves, and only after making progress there does she move on to body awareness, posture, exercise, etc. But this is only the surface; she goes deep with her clients and really assesses their issues to help them improve their lives in multiple ways. 

Brown talks about her abilities to connect with people and the forces of various energies. She explains the basic tenets of her work with clients and the transformations they can make. Brown seeks to inspire people to enhance their health and well being as well as their overall lifestyle by providing a truthful perspective on eating healthy foods and reaching our potential on a mental and physical level.

Brain Feedback – Dr. James V. Hardt, President and Founder of Biocybernaut Institute, Inc. – Analyzing Our Brainwaves for Life and Skills Improvement

Sep 2, 2019 31:37


Dr. James V. Hardt, President and Founder of Biocybernaut Institute, Inc., discusses his interesting work with brainwaves.

Dr. Hardt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology, as well as a Masters Degree in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and a PhD in Psychology, also from Carnegie-Mellon University. Continuing his research and studies, Dr. Hardt immersed himself in intensive Post-Doctoral work in Psychophysiology at the Langley Porter Neuro-Psychiatric Institute of the University of California at San Francisco.

As Dr. Hardt explains, a biocybernaut is to inner space as an astronaut is to outer space. A biocybernaut utilizes advanced technology to go on an inner journey into their own mind. It’s a journey of learning, growth, healing, and transformation. Dr. Hardt discusses their brainwave feedback training, and he shares that through this training people can become less anxious, increase their creativity by up to 50%, and simply become smarter across the board. The IQ boost, Dr. Hardt states is a remarkable 11.7 points, which stabilizes and is maintained. Dr. Hardt explains the origin of brainwave study which dates back to 1908. Dr. Hardt talks about his background and how he came to his current area of study and interest.

Dr. Hardt discusses the basic elements of their training, and he compares and contrasts it to zen meditation. He explains that this meditation over many years, will allow one to change their brainwaves. But Dr. Hardt wanted a method to impact brainwaves that was more efficient and could impact great change in a shorter period of time. He talks about alpha waves and the powerful technology that the Biocybernaut Institute utilizes. As he explains, they use technology to boost the microvolt levels about one-hundred thousand times so brainwaves can be read by the computers which then turn amplitude of the brainwaves into the loudness of musical tones. Thus, people can sit in soundproof chambers and listen to their brainwaves emit tones of flutes, clarinets, and oboes, etc., and when the music becomes louder, this means that you’re making more alpha. Thus, whatever you are doing you keep doing, to increase and advance your brainwaves.

Sleep Paradox – Mark Burhenne, Dentist, Author, and Noted Speaker – The Many and Various Issues Related to How We Sleep

Sep 2, 2019 38:15


Mark Burhenne, DDS, author, and sought-after speaker, talks about his practice, his new bestseller, and ways we can improve our health.

Dr. Burhenne is the author of the #1 best seller, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox, and is a respected practicing sleep medicine dentist in beautiful, Sunnyvale, California. He has over 30 years in dentistry.

Dr. Burhenne discusses his own personal experience with sleep apnea that led him to write his best-selling book, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. He gets into the heavy issues of his book and explains how the effects of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders and issues can leave people feeling less than their best, and can impact health negatively. If you wake up exhausted every morning in spite of your regular 7-8 hours of sleep, if you regularly make excuses for your lack of energy, if you snore so loud that you could wake your neighbors next door, grind your teeth, etc., you could be suffering from a sleep problem that needs further review.

Dr. Burhenne talks about how sleep apnea can produce dental warnings that are obvious signs that a problem exists. He explains how we sleep and the processes that take place that create sleep issues, obstructed breathing and other problems that interfere with our ability to get quality, restorative sleep.

And Dr. Burhenne shares his own personal experiences with sleep and nutrition as well. He talks about intermittent fasting, muscular and bite changes, and other issues that affect the body. And he provides valuable information on TMJ, pain in the jaw joint and clicking.

Dr. Burhenne is a celebrated TEDx speaker, and he shares his important advice and knowledge regularly in various media outlets, such as CNN, Yahoo!, CBS, HuffPost, Prevention, Men’s Health, and The Washington Post.

Science, For the People by the People – Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Communications at the National Academy of Sciences – Promoting Science and Education for a Better World

Sep 2, 2019 40:14


Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Communications at the National Academy of Sciences, discusses some of the important work the Academy has accomplished through the years.

Merchant’s work is heavily focused in the planning of a variety of engaging science communications events, and the management of unique and interesting outreach programs that combine to contribute to a dramatic increase in overall public understanding of science.

Merchant discusses the origin of the National Academy of Sciences way back in 1863, created under the authority of President Abraham Lincoln’s administration with the goal of utilizing scientists and engineers to help guide policy initiatives in regard to important scientific endeavors and achievements. From the creation of the national park system to the prevention of smoking on airlines, the National Academy of Sciences has been instrumental in shaping American policy.

Merchant discusses some of the important issues that they are facing currently, such as those in health and medicine. From long term health to the culture of health, the National Academy of Sciences is working toward improvements in a myriad of areas. As Merchant states, they are constantly releasing new studies on medical issues and diseases, exposures, and other issues that provide important scientific information and guidelines that can help to promote good health. Nearly every day they are releasing new information, which keeps them busy, but the work is important.

The Deputy Executive Director talks about how their many reports and videos are released, and how some of their information is translated into multiple languages to truly best serve an increasingly diverse population. Merchant states that it is most important to circulate information that people need in a form that they can grasp easily and thus make the most use of it for their lives. And that was the goal in Lincoln’s time, and it is still the goal today, to help as many people as possible by enriching their knowledge base with important and useful information, which subsequently affects policy for the betterment of society as a whole.

Balancing the Body by Immersing it in Magnetic Waves—Allen Braswell—Magneceutical Health

Sep 2, 2019 35:11


Imagine reclining in a large, futuristic-looking medical device for 30 minutes to an hour and leaving feeling significantly more relaxed, and knowing that after a few more sessions, any problem you may have with energy levels, pain, sleep, or digestive processes would begin to resolve. It sounds unlikely, or at least too good to be true, but it’s exactly what’s being offered by a new technology developed at Magneceutical Health. 

CEO and president of the company, Allen Braswell, joins the podcast to discuss all the details of the device, the mechanism, and the science behind how and why it works. He explains the importance of bringing the two branches of the autonomic nervous system into balance, what heart rate variability can tell us about our health, and how stimulation of the vagus nerve can improve these metrics. 

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Holistic Health Coaching—Andrew Farina—Fearless Health Coaching

Sep 2, 2019 42:34


From the day he was born, Andrew Farina has had to overcome one physical limitation and poor prognosis after another, but today he’s a well-known figure in the health industry who provides life, career, relational, nutritional, and sleep coaching to anyone who’s facing a challenge they are trying to overcome, and anyone who feels they aren’t living life in accordance with who they truly are. “Working with your deep inner sense, asking the harder questions of life, of what you believe and why; these things can help you move forward or they can keep you from moving forward,” says Farina.

He offers an informative and uplifting conversation on today’s episode, discussing the nature of his work with clients, the strategies and approaches he’s found most successful, the most challenging aspects of his job, the role of technology in the quest for achieving greater health, and so much more.

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An AI-Powered Custom-Tailored Pillow with a Simple and Effective Design—Richard Jacobs—The Good Night’s Sleep Project

Sep 2, 2019 22:46


Richard Jacobs, entrepreneur and host of Future Tech and Future Tech Health podcast, discusses one of his latest endeavors as the founder of The Good Night’s Sleep Project: the development of an AI-powered pillow that’s truly customized to the individual sleeper rather than labeled simply as soft or firm, or queen or king-sized. After a lifelong struggle with achieving good sleep and never finding a pillow that didn’t leave him with neck, shoulder, or back pain in the morning, Jacobs decided to finally take action and create a solution of his own. 

How does it work? With nothing more than a picture of the person interested in buying the product, Jacobs’ company employs machine vision AI algorithms that extract a number of measurements, such as the length of their face, the height of their head, and the width of their shoulders. The product is a carefully designed pillow suited specifically for the individual. 

On today's episode, Jacobs discusses the importance of maintaining spinal alignment during sleep, how the wrong pillow can contribute to snoring and lead to sleep apnea, how the right pillow could allow you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, and the importance of sleep for general health. 

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Promoting an Evidence-Based Approach to Health and Fitness—Parker Lennon and Chuck Stach—FAQ Fitness Podcast

Sep 2, 2019 24:55


With a combined 20+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Parker Lennon and Chuck Stach found each other constantly bouncing ideas off one another about the best and most evidence-based decisions to make under certain circumstances, frustrations commonly encountered in the industry, and just general experiences they’d face while working with a diverse range of clients. 

About four years ago, they decided to bring these discussions to the general public with the goal of addressing all different needs presented by people in this field, helping improve people’s fitness, and even helping guide other personal trainers. Since its inception, the FAQ Fitness podcast has grown in popularity and become a well-known resource for videos and programs for people to follow. Lennon and Stach place emphasis on what the evidence says about different approaches to and theories about fitness, reading up to 20 research articles a day on different topics that they cover on the podcast or discuss with clients. 

In today’s episode, Lennon and Stach share all of their experiences, some of the newest research they’ve been covering, and the behavioral aspects of achieving health and wellness. 

To get in contact or learn more, visit <a href=""> </a>and find them on Instagram at fat fitness

Sleep & Health – Karen L. Lee, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, NYU Langone – The Many Advances in Sleep Medicine

Aug 30, 2019 47:02


Karen L. Lee, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, NYU Langone, delivers an overview of her important work in the fields of neurology and sleep medicine.

Dr. Lee holds board certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sleep Medicine), 2013, and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology), 2012. At NYU Langone, she specializes in treating patients who suffer from sleep disorders. 

Dr. Lee discusses her background in neurology and her personal story. During her extensive medical studies, she found the study of sleep to be particularly fascinating from a neurological perspective. As she explains, while you might think of sleep as a shutting down period, there are actually many important processes taking place during our sleep.

Dr. Lee talks about sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. As she explains, restless leg syndrome is sometimes hard to diagnose because many people who suffer from it have difficulty truly describing exactly how it affects them, but it typically manifests in discomfort, either in the legs, possibly arms as well, or other parts of the body. She discusses the many ways that sufferers describe it, like discomfort or a tingling sensation, a prickly feeling, or soreness. She explains when it often occurs and talks about treatment options, and how many people experience relief by moving their legs, though relief may be only temporary. 

Dr. Lee details sleep apnea and explain how it affects the upper airways. She elaborates on the symptoms and treatments, and the many options for apnea sufferers. Poor quality sleep is related to multiple conditions and various diseases, such as stroke, anxiety and depression, headaches, poor concentration, chronic pain, heart disease, dementia, obesity, hypertension, and more.

Dr. Lee has a keen interest in treating patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, and other disorders related to sleep.

The Heart of the Matter – Philippe Menasché, MD, PhD, Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Paris Descartes – Heart Failure Treatment, Stem Cells, and Medical Advances

Aug 30, 2019 32:18


Philippe Menasché, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Paris Descartes, discusses his work with stem-cell-derived extracellular vesicles for the treatment of heart failure.

Dr. Philippe Menasché earned his MD and Ph.D. degrees from the prestigious University of Paris. As a noted Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Paris Descartes, Chief of the Heart Failure Surgery Unit of the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, and Director of an INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) laboratory that is focused on cell therapy for cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Menasché keeps a busy schedule indeed.

Dr. Menasché talks about his background and current work. He explains in detail how cells function and how transplanted cells, as those that are transplanted into the heart, die. However, Dr. Menasché states that improvement does happen, and their current thinking is that the repair actually comes from the heart itself as it is stimulated by the molecules that are secreted by these transplanted cells during their presence, even if their presence is only for a limited time.

Dr. Menasché discusses the issues with injecting directly into the heart. He explains that you can functionalize biomaterial and use it in such a way that it will release secretome over time in a controlled fashion. The term ‘secretome’ is a simplified word that denotes all of the many factors that are secreted by a cell, along with the secretory pathway constituents. This process allows the myocardium to be exposed to the secretome for a longer amount of time, which is beneficial.

Dr. Menasché talks about the idea of stem cells in the heart and the serious discussions that are occurring in the medical science community that questions whether stem cells actually exist in the heart or not. The Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery wraps up by talking about clinical trials, the types of heart disease that exist, as well as patients who can benefit from new treatments.

Itchy, Sneezy, Red and Running – Ron Barshop, CEO of Beacon Clinics – Getting a Handle on the Rampant Allergy Suffering Many People Experience Regularly

Aug 30, 2019 31:48


Ron Barshop, CEO of Beacon Clinics (<a href=""></a>), delivers a stirring overview of their intensive work in the field of allergies.

As CEO of Beacon Clinics, a top ancillary income provider for many primary care providers, Barshop is in the center of what’s happening and developing in medical science. Beacon has been heavily involved in allergy outcomes, developing industry-leading safety protocols, and increasing patient volume.


Barshop talks about Beacon’s involvement in the area of allergies, and how the scope is huge because so many people suffer from various allergies. He explains that primary care physicians (PCPs) are starving for ways to stay afloat financially, and allergies is a wide-open field. As Barshop explains, allergies are officially a disease, and there is a cure. He talks about the various types of pollens and weeds that affect people, and his own personal story growing up, suffering from intense allergies. 

Barshop explains the process of allergy impact, and how the body’s immune system tries to rid the allergen, the invader, from the body. He talks about airborne allergy issues and also discusses food allergies, which affects different systems. Barshop explains how skin tests and blood tests are effective at determining the problems a particular patient is dealing with. He explains the differences between taking allergy meds, like Flonase, versus allergy shots, the latter of which he advocates. Sadly, many people find themselves in an endless loop of suffering, medicating, and suffering again. 

Barshop talks about molds and dust mites, and other major offenders that keep people suffering from a litany of dreadful, nagging symptoms. Barshop explains the importance of mycology. Mycology is the specific branch of biology that deals with the study of fungi, inclusive of its genetic and biochemical properties, their specific taxonomy, and use to human beings as a true and proper source for medicine and food, and inclusive of the various implications for toxicity, etc.

Barshop describes Beacon’s business model and its efficiency. Barshop’s important work has earned him multiple leadership awards as well as prestigious honors in the state of Texas. He was recently named CEO of the Year 2019 by IAOP, and he is a member of many San Antonio civic boards and organizations across the state.

Understanding Sleep Apnea and CPAP Machines, Jason Sazama—Free CPAP Advice

Aug 29, 2019 37:59


Through his experience as a sleep disorders technologist, Jason Sazama has become an expert in the world of sleep apnea, CPAP machines, and sleep studies. In addition to founding his own sleep diagnosis business and carrying out sleep data analyses for people, he also has a well-established YouTube channel that provides educational resources for people struggling with sleep, searching for a sleep diagnosis, or trying to figure out how to best benefit from their CPAP device.

On today’s episode, Sazama explains the home sleep study kit offered by his company, highlights the advantages and disadvantages of in-lab versus in-home sleep studies, REM-specific versus positional sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, the two most common problems people encounter with CPAP machines and masks, and much more.

Tune in and search for Sazama’s YouTube channel to learn more.

Guided by the Light: Cell Communication—Dr. Daniel Fels—Biophysical Cell Communication Lab

Aug 29, 2019 1:01:24


Daniel Fels, Ph.D., is a scientist who has devoted his career to the study of cell biology and biological research. He’s currently developing his own lab and conducting independent research on cell-to-cell communication. His research has been guided by a desire to determine whether cells communicate with each other using electromagnetic waves. Knowing how integral cell-to-cell signaling is in a number of processes and phenomena including animal behavior, Dr. Fels understands that discovering more about the nature of cell communication could lead to a deeper understanding of many other biological processes.

On today’s episode, he delivers a detailed overview of the experiments he’s employed, the observations he’s made, and what these observations suggest. He explains how he went about testing whether groups of cells can influence the cell division rate of neighboring groups of cells, and observations which indicate that cells have the ability to perceive neighboring cell death and respond with what he refers to as “death compensation.” Dr. Fels is a wealth of knowledge, offering an informative and intriguing glimpse into life and communication on the cellular level.

Tune in to hear the full conversation and find his publications on the web.

Avoiding the Perils of the Standard American Diet—Nathaniel Jordan—The Minister of Wellness

Aug 29, 2019 28:27


Nathaniel Jordan is a keynote health and wellness speaker, nationally certified health coach and nutrition fitness specialist with the American Council on Exercise, and certified master trainer with the National Federation of Professional Trainers. But he wasn’t always the picture of health and fitness; growing up, Jordan had a lot of health problems, including severe acne, high blood pressure, and significant weight gain. Similar problems ran in his family, with his father having suffered several strokes and his uncle experiencing several heart attacks and diabetes.

Jordan saw where his future was headed, and decided to make a change. He began researching everything he could about nutrition and fitness, embracing the lessons of a variety of nutritional gurus and eventually adopting a plant-rich diet. These days, he spends his time helping to educate others on the human body, food addiction, and the power of plant-based foods, all while sharing inspirational success stories from around the globe. Among many other topics, Jordan discusses his take on the ketogenic diet, fasting diet, and vegetarianism versus veganism.

Tune in for a compelling, informative, and inspiring conversation, and learn more about Jordan and his mission by

Eye Can See! – Jake Steiner, Founder ( – Reversing Myopia & Improving Lives

Aug 28, 2019 42:25


Jake Steiner, the founder of (, delivers a truly eye-opening analysis on the common problem of myopia, and how it can be reversed.

Steiner is extremely passionate about eyesight and is thrilled to share his information with the world. As a boy who grew up with glasses, then reached a -5.00 diopter myopia in his 20s, but today has 20/20 natural eyesight, he is convinced that his method works and takes pride in helping others who suffer from poor eyesight issues.

Steiner talks about his background and how he came to eyesight issues organically. Steiner’s past includes much more banking and stock trading than medically-related career issues, but his myopia was so severe he was determined to find a solution. Frustrated with his worsening eyesight, he began to dig deep into research of vision biology. As Steiner

explains, through his research he found that myopia starts out as something called, ‘pseudomyopia,’ a focusing muscle spasm of the eye. He was shocked to discover that it’s not a medical condition at all. The causality is not a defect.

Steiner states that myopia (short-sightedness) can be reversed without the use of prescription glasses because it’s a refractive state that can actually be corrected naturally. Surprisingly, the glasses we wear to correct the myopia may be making our eyes worse over time. He explains focal planes, and how minus lens move the focal point further back

which compensates for the muscle spasm. He explains how the eye changes shape, detailing axial elongation, which is an elongating of the eyeball.

Steiner talks about reversing the stimulus, and how the eyeball isn’t getting longer, but it is adjusting. By reversing the stimulus, you can shorten it, and thus decrease the myopia. Therefore, by continuing to wear glasses, but wearing less strong ones, you can help to achieve improved vision—essentially challenging the eye to see. He says you want to get rid of your distance glasses when you’re doing close up work. Steiner states that when you see the eye doctor, they typically find a strong prescription that works for you, and then that’s that, but there isn’t much discussion of alternatives to improve eyesight through other means than just continually prescribing stronger and stronger glasses. Ultimately, as Steiner states, our screen addiction, with the constant use of laptops, desktops, pads, and smartphones, is a significant contributor to eye problems.

Communicating About Cancer – Allison Rosen, M.S., Lead Project Coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine – Community Outreach and Education About Cancer Prevention

Aug 28, 2019 31:41


Allison Rosen, M.S., Lead Project Coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses her important work in cancer prevention.

Rosen’s work at Baylor College of Medicine is multifaceted, and educating the public about cancers is one of their primary areas of focus, especially minority communities and young people. They provide a community outreach that works toward the goal of prevention.

As the Lead Project Coordinator, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Outreach and Health Disparities at Baylor College of Medicine, Rosen takes an active grassroots approach to community education.

Rosen discusses her background in oncology research and her journey toward her current career and passion—cancer prevention. She talks about symptoms, especially symptoms that younger individuals might experience, and what healthcare providers need to look for. She explains in detail, one of her areas of expertise—colorectal cancer.

Rosen relates her own personal medical story as a colon cancer survivor. Her personal journey was at times a struggle, with years of varying medical issues, but once she got her diagnosis of cancer, she set out to begin her fight. Now, as a survivor, Rosen is passionate about taking her message of prevention to the streets. Rosen discusses her path to recovery and the important work that is happening in their outreach efforts.

Helping You Live The Healthiest Version of Yourself—Aimee Tariq—Author, A Life with Health

Aug 28, 2019 25:22


When Aimee Tariq was just a teenager, she began developing serious, debilitating symptoms—symptoms that led her to dial 911 and end up in the hospital with a heart rate of over 200 beats per minute. She couldn’t hold down a conversation or even brush her own teeth, and no one could tell her what was wrong. With multiple diagnoses, none of which seemed to address her ailments, and no treatments or medications that were alleviating her symptoms, Tariq found herself at a total loss. 

But it was at her lowest point that she realized she had two options: get healthy or die trying. From that point forward, she stopped searching for answers within the U.S. medical system and began carrying out her own research on toxic chemical exposure in daily life, food allergies and sensitivities, hormones and vitamins, and the importance of spinal alignment. Eventually, Tariq rediscovered herself—her healthy self, the one who was athletic and could enjoy all aspects of life unimpeded by poor health. 

In today’s episode, she discusses the details of her journey and everything she has learned over the years, touching on a few aspects of her Amazon best-seller A Life with Health. 

Tune in for an inspiring conversation and to learn what Tariq has going on in the works. Learn more about her by visiting <a href=""></a>.

Houston, We Have a Skin Problem – Tommaso Ghidini, PhD, Head of the Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division, European Space Agency – The Amazing 3D Printing of Skin That’s Improving Medical Options for Astronauts

Aug 27, 2019 28:12


Tommaso Ghidini, Ph.D., Head of the Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division at the European Space Agency (ESA), delivers a rousing overview of the medical advances that are improving options for astronauts on long-term missions.  

Ghidini holds a Ph.D. in experimental and numerical Fracture Mechanics from the Institute of Materials Research of the German Aerospace Centre. Ghidini has been involved with many important civil and military aircraft developments through the years, including the A380, the A350, and the A400M developed at AIRBUS Industries. In 2007, Ghidini joined the European Space Agency (ESA) and is the Head of the Materials Technology Section. 

Ghidini explains his work, detailing the 3D printing of human tissue for long-term missions in space, such as going to Mars. As he explains, on long-term missions you cannot stop and come back, you must continue, so if there is a medical emergency you need to be prepared to handle it in space. Even the healthiest astronauts can have accidents, burns, etc. that must be dealt with when they happen. As accidents on Mars, such as falls, could be more severe than on the moon, advanced surgery capabilities are going to be necessary. 

Ghidini talks about the various medical options for these missions. He outlines what will be necessary, such as appropriately trained staff on board, and suitable surgery rooms, etc. And while telemedicine would seem like a good option, it is not possible because of the delays in transmission. However, if there was a space station on Mars, there could be telemedicine from the space station, but that is not yet a consideration. 

Ghidini discusses their extensive testing of the 3D printers, in reduced gravity, etc. Ghidini explains the process and gives details about the 3D printed skin that comes from stem cells. With 3D printed skin there is no need to retrieve skin from another part of the body for a burn, etc., thus, a second wound is not created—better for recovery, and better for efficiency. Ghidini states that ‘rejection’ is low because the skin comes from stem cells from the astronaut’s own body. 

The ESA expert continues by discussing the many challenges of taking 3D printing into space. He explains that radiation is a factor to consider, as is sterility. Ghidini’s work at ESA is on the cutting edge of technology and his contributions to space travel will be seen for many years to come.

Listening to Sheep to Go to Sleep—Wei-Shin Lai and Jason Wolfe—AcousticSheep

Aug 27, 2019 31:12


Listening to music, white noise, or even podcasts before bed can be relaxing for a lot of people, giving them just what they need in order to fall asleep. But earbuds and headphones are bulky and uncomfortable, impeding the ability to fall asleep comfortably and thereby mitigating the relaxing effects of different sounds. Returning guests Wei-Shin Lai and Jason Wolfe discuss why and how they founded AcousticSheep, a company that provides people with a solution to this problem in the form of a stretch headband that contains thin, high-quality speakers.

On today’s episode, they share their newest application of this technology: a “genome” that has hundreds of thousands of potential variations on sound and layers of music, with different alleles functioning as different frequencies or tones, and different variations of sound being referred to as “sheep.” Lai and Wolf explain how these “sheep”—particularly the ones with high user ratings—can reproduce to create another sheep comprised of the “genetic” material of each parent sheep. It’s a revolutionary idea, and the first product of its kind.

Interested in checking it out for yourself? Download the app for free and visit to learn more.

Building Fruit Fly Avatars in the Search for Personalized Drug Therapies for Cancer—Laura Towart—My Personal Therapeutics and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Aug 27, 2019 28:54


As the CEO and founder of My Personal Therapeutics and a biotech aficionado, Laura Towart’s passion is personalized medicine, which is an area of research she’s been working on for well over a decade. For the past seven years, she’s been working with the Mount Sinai Medical Center on the Personal Discovery Process (PDP), a technology that uses “fruit fly avatars” in the study of certain malignant tumors and the testing of new, best-fit drug therapies for treating them.

Towart explains all the details of this process, which begins by sequencing a patient’s tumor biopsy, microinjecting genetic mutations into fruit flies, and then carrying out large-scale high-throughput drug screening to identify new combinations of drugs for patients. Using robotics, they screen 1,500 FDA-approved drugs in combinations of up to three—meaning they screen tens of thousands of drug combinations before making human treatment recommendations.

On today’s episode, Towart discusses the ins and outs of this new method, including the limitations and challenges it presents, the benefits of using a fly model, and where their work is headed in the near future. Click play and check out to learn more.

Cancer in Dogs and Humans: An Unprecedented Approach to Studying and Treating Both—Wesley Wierson—LEAH Labs

Aug 27, 2019 30:41


About 50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 and one in three in total will ultimately die of cancer. For most of us, this is a pretty devastating statistic, but founder and CEO of LEAH Labs, Wesley Wierson, joins the podcast today to explain how and why this could change. The key may very well lie in a newly FDA-approved therapy for leukemia and lymphoma in humans known as CAR T-cell therapy. Since dogs are commonly affected by B-cell lymphoma, which is the same as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, why aren’t we trying CAR T-cell therapy in dogs? One of the primary reasons is simply a matter of resources, as CAR T-cell therapy costs hundreds of thousands of dollars in humans. According to Wesley Wierson, however, it doesn’t have to.

At LEAH Labs, they’re flipping CAR T-cell therapy development on its head. Rather than using viruses to engineer T-cells, they are using gene editing to reprogram T-cells, and rather than generating autologous CAR T-cell therapies, they’re generating allogenic CAR T-cell therapies; together, these techniques significantly reduce the cost of an individual treatment to just about $1,000. This is paving the way for CAR T-cell therapies to be used in dogs with cancer, which not only provides hope for dogs and their owners, but also provides a superior model for understanding how this form of therapy works. As it currently stands, CAR T-cell development is done using immunocompromised mice, which is less than ideal for a number of reasons on which Wierson expounds in this episode.

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A Glimpse Into NASA’s Latest Deep-Sea Mission—Dominic D’Agostino—University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Aug 26, 2019 1:03:34


Returning guest, Dominic D’Agostino, is a researcher and professor in the department of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. On today’s episode, he offers fascinating insight into a recent mission he completed in collaboration with NASA, which involved a number of experiments carried out under sea with the purpose of emulating activities that are essential to space missions. He explains how different space analogs under the sea can mimic neutral buoyancy and microgravity in space, the use of mini DNA analyzers to analyze the microbiome of the habitat and surface of astronauts’ skin, the physiological effects of hyperbaric pressure which presents three times the amount of oxygen and nitrogen than the average person is accustomed to, a number of extravehicular activities (EVAs) to include the testing of astronaut rescue devices and drills for sampling rock or coral, the health impact and ways of dealing with extremely high concentrations of carbon dioxide, and decompression sickness.

He also discusses what he considers the biggest challenge in space, which is living in confined habitats for long periods of time. Navigating these issues means addressing team cognition and psychology, as well as the practical concerns associated with performing a variety of scientific experiments and tasks in such small and enclosed spaces. These are just a few of the subjects D’Agostino discusses on today’s episode, and he brings an impressive amount of knowledge to every single one.

Press play to hear the full conversation.  

Understanding the Social Determinants of Addiction—Aaron Ferguson and Zach Rhoads—Social Exchange Podcast

Aug 26, 2019 43:18


“There are benefits to all mind-altering activities or substances…and it can almost be radical to even recognize that in a culture that seems hell-bent on convincing us all that drugs are evil and that drugs are the cause of the problem. What we’ve tried to do with The Social Exchange…is to broaden the definition of addiction beyond just drugs and to broaden it beyond just an over-medicalized mentality around it,” says Aaron Ferguson, co-host of The Social Exchange podcast.

On today’s episode, he is joined by his co-host Zach Rhoads to discuss the creation, development, and goals of the podcast, as well as what they’ve learned by interviewing countless experts and pain patients who've experienced addiction on a firsthand basis. Among many topics, they discuss differing viewpoints and arguments surrounding the concept and experience of addiction, the philosophy of harm reduction, and chemical dependency versus environmental influences.

Tune in for all the details of this compelling and passionate conversation.  

Exploring the Value of Fuel Cell Technology in the Effort to Introduce Widespread 100% Renewable Energy—Jack Brouwer—UC Irvine and National Fuel Cell Research Center

Aug 26, 2019 42:17


As a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC Irvine and the director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the Advanced Power and Energy program, Jack Brouwer brings an impressive amount of information to today’s episode, discussing stationary fuel cell technology, which is a form of zero pollutant emission energy that can complement solar and wind power. He also discusses the value of renewably-produced hydrogen and the potential for introducing 100 percent renewable energy into society, as well as the challenges presented by this technology. 

Currently, the biggest competitors of fuel cell technology are gas turbines and reciprocating engines, both of which are very cost-effective, but also less efficient and significant contributors to poor air quality. Brouwer explains what needs to be done in order to lower the cost of fuel cell technology and thereby make it a more feasible form of energy use, the science behind different forms of electricity, how fuel cell technology has developed over the years, and what he sees as the most important aspects of future adoption and implementation of fuel cell technology. 

Tune in, and visit <a href=""></a> for more information or reach out to Brouwer directly by emailing him at

Mind & Body Connection – Dr. Eva Detko, PhD, Natural Health Specialist, Author, and Speaker – Natural Medicine, the Human Mind, and Pathways to Healing

Aug 23, 2019 34:54


Dr. Eva Detko, Ph.D., natural health specialist, author, noted speaker, and podcaster, delivers an overview of her interesting background and work with natural medicine. 

Dr. Detko has a keen interest in natural health and has devoted her life to the field for nearly two decades. Her work is primarily based in psychology and she uses multiple methods, such as hypnotherapy, Havening Techniques, NLP and mindfulness. Dr. Detko believes in the power of food and as such, she has written two cookbooks and is a strong believer in nutritional therapy.

Dr. Detko talks about her own medical history. As she suffered personally with fatigue and digestive issues and was eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and fibromyalgia, Dr. Detko starting digging deeper to find a holistic solution to her maladies. Starting with nutrition and biochemistry to manage her conditions, she later expanded into psychology and psychotherapy, as well as a plant medicine. And today, feeling better than ever, she is sharing her vast knowledge with others, with patients who are suffering needlessly with a whole host of nagging, painful medical problems. 

Dr. Detko discusses nutrition, and she explains how our bodies must also contend with more toxicity in the environment today than in decades past. She shares her thoughts on electromagnetic sensitivity and toxic metals. She outlines the ways that our bodies deal with multiple levels of toxins, emotional stressors, and so forth, and how it can build up and contribute to medical issues and symptoms. 

Dr. Detko talks about water purity and the importance of water filters. And she discusses cosmetics, deodorants, and creams that we put on our skin and the collective impact they are having on our health. Going deeper, Dr. Detko explains how people may first discover what is ailing them. She explains that those who suffer from complex and multiple symptoms should see a naturopathic practitioner who is skilled and trained and can help them diagnose their problem. She explains that testing is important, in order to figure out why symptoms are occurring. 

Dr. Detko has studied natural medicine, the human mind, and the body/mind connection for over two decades and is dedicated to helping people who suffer from the many medical problems that have both physiological and psychological/emotional elements. 

Good Relations – Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, Speaker, Psychologist, and Author – Building Healthy, Happy Relationships

Aug 23, 2019 36:06


Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, speaker, psychologist, and author, talks about her important work helping people build healthy relationships.

Rapini is a noted psychotherapist who specializes in intimacy, sexual issues, and relationships. Rapini is a celebrated author, lecturer, and frequent television personality. Rapini’s stated mission is to help others build healthy relationships, and that process begins with the relationship we have with ourselves.

Rapini talks about her extensive work with individuals and couples dealing with sexual issues, physical and emotional. She discusses some of the major issues that many people deal with, and how these problems can catch up to us quickly. While pills work for some people, grief and emotional issues/stressors can promote feelings of anger and depression

that may not be solved by pills. Therapy may be the answer for those who are suffering.

Rapini discusses marriage and emotional maturity, and the reasons why some marriages have trouble. She talks about cognitive behavioral therapy and its importance to her therapy practice. She outlines some of the many social problems that lead people to therapy. As she states, in order for therapy to work, the person must be curious and want

to change. She speaks about the importance of awareness, and how we must approach therapy with a self-awareness about what we want to accomplish.

The psychotherapist discusses the importance of having purposeful relationships, and the many hallmarks of healthy relationships. What’s really important is not so much how you communicate but that you do communicate. She explains that it is important to not compare your marriage to others, and that each partner of the relationship will have their own desires and needs. She talks about the importance of sharing, keeping balance, and accommodating for your partner, and other issues that are critical to maintaining a good, healthy relationship. And she discusses how she deals with many of these issues one on one with her clients.

I Saw It on YouTube – Dr. Armando Hasudungan, Online Medical Educator – Modern Learning—Grasping Complex Medical Topics Through the Use of Innovative Explainer Videos

Aug 21, 2019 27:36


Dr. Armando Hasudungan, a successful online medical educator, and creator of Armando Hasudungan (<a href=""></a>) deliver a thoroughly interesting overview of his background and medical science interests, and how his passion for learning led him to create unique explainer videos. 

Dr. Hasudungan earned a bachelor of biomedical science from the University of Southern Queensland before going on to complete his MD. His medical science interests are varied and include rheumatology, immunology, endocrinology, oncology, and pain.

Dr. Hasudungan discusses the happy accident that got him interested in medical videos, which led to him becoming the prolific creator of medical explainer videos that he is today. As he explains, in his early education years he was more of an artist type student. When he was required to take a particular scientific pre-med course he found that the subject matter was difficult to grasp, and thus he concluded it might be easier to understand through a more visually-oriented presentation. 

He decided to try drawing things out and then recording them, and this illustrative technique discovery became the launching pad for his current work in explainer videos. He found that this technique was able to help him learn and retain the information at a much higher level. Once he began to upload his videos to YouTube he got great feedback from viewers and he knew he was onto something. 

The MD and science enthusiast talks about some of the techniques he uses in the creation of his YouTube videos, and which are the most effective for powerful learning. Dr. Hasudungan talks about the graphics and the drawing style he used in the early years, and how he has improved his visuals through the years. He talks about some of the extremely difficult and complex topics he covers and some of the popular videos such as his immunology videos. From the story to visuals, and narration, he tries to encompass many elements into his videos to make them as useful as possible to learners. 

Dr. Armando Hasudungan is one of the most successful online medical educators today, and as his explainer videos cover such a wide swath of topics, there is certainly something for everyone.

Cancer Causation – Dr. Anthony B. Miller, Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto – Taking a Closer Look at Cancer and Its Causes

Aug 21, 2019 29:52


Dr. Anthony B. Miller, Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, discusses his extensive career in medicine, studying cancer.

Dr. Miller is the Director of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study as well as an independent research consultant. Dr. Miller’s research has covered many areas of his interests, such as the evaluation of screening for cancer, the epidemiology of breast cancer, non-communicable disease control, the environmental aspects of cancer etiology, control of

cancer, and more.

Dr. Miller talks about his extensive background in medicine, his tenure with the British Medical Research Council, and some of his work studying tuberculosis, then lung cancer. Through his research he came to the conclusion that treatment of diseases such as lung cancer was very inefficient, and thus the primary goal should be prevention of the disease

entirely. He talks about his pioneering work at the National Cancer Institute of Canada, as the director of the epidemiology unit, which he directed for fifteen years. He talks in detail about some of the research he was involved with, citing specific examples of research and testing with certain occupational groups who showed increased risk for certain cancers

due to the activities they performed regularly while working.

Dr. Miller talks about the various types of radiation that exist in our technological world. He talks about cell phone use, and radio frequency, and some of the international studies that have shown a link between usage and an increased risk of cancer. The research doctor talks about electromagnetic fields, and the potential risks, and some of the leading researchers in

this subject.

Dr. Miller talks about nutrition and how it affects cancer. He discusses some of the foods that may increase risks for certain cancers, such as increased risk for colon cancer from red meat consumption. He explains that stomach cancer risk can be reduced by a diet that is high in vitamin C, and he outlines other foods and their relative good and bad potential, in

terms of health and disease.

The Kombucha Mamma – Hannah Crum, Author and Kombucha Educator

Aug 21, 2019 34:21


Hannah Crum, “The Kombucha Mamma,” is an author, a master brewer, Kombucha Kamp founder, educator, commercial consultant, and general kombucha ambassador. In this podcast, Crum discusses her passion for kombucha and why she wants to share it with the world.

Crum talks about her background and experiences that led her to become obsessed with kombucha, in a good way. She recounts the story of visiting a friend who was brewing kombucha, which made an impression on her, and upon returning home she began to see the somewhat sour beverage popping up in organic stores everywhere. She was hooked.

Crum talks about the old days when people regularly made their own foods and beverages, and how we have gotten away from that, but maybe need to get back to it! As Crum explains, kombucha is essentially fermented tea at its foundation. She explains the living culture in kombucha. She talks about some of the worries that home brewers have regarding mold. But she explains that it is very easy actually to know if there is mold and when to get rid of a batch if need be.

Crum explains that most people already have what they need to get started with a home brew venture, such as tea, sugar, jars, tightly woven cloth covers, etc. What people will probably not have, she states, is the scoby, which is a syntrophic mixed culture comprised of yeast and bacteria. But she says that there are many ways to get this, either from Crum’s

website or other ways.

Crum discusses the differences between concentrate forms of kombucha and traditional home brewed kombucha. And as she explains, the home brewed kombucha is generally more potent, and you can control freshness and other issues when you brew yours at home.

Since 2004, Crum has been brewing kombucha and educating the public about this healthy “longevity elixir.” You can find more information about Crum and the powerfully potent, good for the gut, kombucha at her website (

The Ethics of Editing – I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard University – The Many and Varied Ethical Issues that Relate to Advancing Technologies

Aug 20, 2019 34:54


I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law and faculty director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics at Harvard Law School, delivers an interesting overview of the many and varied ethical issues that pertain to new and emerging technologies.

Professor Cohen is a noted expert on the nexus of bioethics (often referred to as ‘medical ethics’) and the law, inclusive of the health law. Cohen is also heavily involved in the education opportunities regarding the civil procedure. Cohen has spoken at countless legal, medical, and industry conferences at spots all across the globe. His celebrated work has been featuredin or covered by, numerous media outlets including PBS, ABC, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, The NewYork Times, Mother Jones, the New Republic, and many more.

Cohen talks about his extensive background and training in law and medical ethics, as well as philosophy. Cohen’s expertise covers a wide swath of subject matter, from artificial intelligence and healthcare to gene editing, organ transplantation, food and drug law, translational medicine, and others. Cohen talks about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural net applications as they relate to predictive medical applications and decision-making specifications for patient care.

Cohen expands our understanding in the areas of pattern recognition as it relates to medical applications, and how algorithms must adapt to differing variables, for example, the differences between people such as racial makeup, citing a specific example about breast density and mammograms. He explains that the algorithm training data must accommodate all the options and variables in order to produce successful outcomes/results. And he discusses privacy issues as they relate to data.

The Harvard professor details electronic health records, and how some physicians are experiencing burnout with the input of data, and how it is critical that data be input accurately and thoroughly in order for viable medical information to be helpful. He discusses reproduction, cloning, and some other issues related to genes within the context of technology. Cohen delves into gene editing further, discussing a particular case in China. Cohen explains that there was no real medical need for the gene edit and that caused quite a stir.Cohen talks about other use cases, and where things will go in the gene-editing world, and how regulations surrounding gene editing will perhaps become more relaxed if the benefits are justified. Cohen states that in the future we will probably see more debate about what is acceptable and what is not, in regard to gene editing. While there is clear prohibition right now, things could change as more scientists around the globe push the envelope.

I Want a New Drug – Lowry Curley, Chief Executive Officer at AxoSim – The Amazing New Biotech Solutions That Are Literally Reinventing the Ways We Develop and Test Important Drugs

Aug 20, 2019 38:11


Lowry Curley, Chief Executive Officer at AxoSim, a New Orleans based biotech startup, takes us on a thought-provoking journey through the major advances we are now seeing in drug development.

Curley is an entrepreneur with a keen interest in biotech. He has an extensive background in biomedical engineering and major experience in tissue engineering, product development, and drug development. 

Curley’s biotech company seeks to leverage its unique Nerve-on-a-Chip™ technology to truly transform drug development. Curley discusses his company and how they are improving drug development. He states that animal models are actually terrible predictors for how drugs will work in humans, and drugs that are tested with animals end up failing for human use a shocking 94% of the time, after going through extensive testing. That’s a lot of work to end up with a drug that is essentially useless. Animal biology is simply not human biology, and Curley’s company’s method is changing the whole process and creating models that will work. 

Curley explains how they create models for drug testing, talking about how they take skin cells and turn them back into stem cells and then differentiate that into a nerve cell. They then engineer this into a three-dimensional environment, to directly mimic the interactions that a cell would experience in a human body. 

Curley talks about their funding, NIH, and others. He discusses some of the cancer drugs on the market that they are taking a look at, in order to improve or understand better their limitations. By using the AxoSim methods they are able to better grasp why drugs work and understand the side effects that they produce, which can help the pharmaceutical industry craft superior drugs with hopefully fewer side effects. 

Curley says that his company is scouring academia and new companies for similar tech, and they are acquiring some new startups in order to bring everything together so AxoSim can be the industry leader. 

AxoSim’s innovative platform technology seeks to advance the efficacy, and safety, of novel therapeutics, which they believe will also help manage costs and bring important new drugs to the market.

Optimizing Mental and Physical Health, In the Workplace and Out, through Meditation – Masha Kouzmenko – Co-Founder – Silicon Valley Wellness

Aug 19, 2019 19:29


Some people are lucky enough to have low-stress jobs and few workplace conflicts between them and co-workers. For the rest of us, it’s extremely common to experience stress and fatigue as a result of your duties and professional relationships at work. Tensions in the workplace can hamper productivity and can cause physical and emotional tension that we often inadvertently take home with us at the end of the day. Although wellness incentives (such as gym memberships and massages) can help sooth our physical ailments, this doesn’t always help our psyche.

One company, Silicon Valley Wellness, is aiming to change this by offering meditation services to workers. Silicon Valley Wellness was co-founded by Masha Kouzmenko, who joins us to discuss the benefits of meditation and mindfulness; she focuses on how her company helps people let go of negative associations from their past and move forward with their lives. These sessions can be scheduled at the company’s convenience, and Silicon Valley Wellness is able to travel to workplaces so that employees can return to work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

If you are interested in having a consultation with Silicon Valley Wellness, visit and one of their team members will reach out to you to schedule a call.

Utilizing Blockchain Technology to Improve the Patient Healthcare Experience – Ray Dogum – Show Host – Health Unchained

Aug 19, 2019 22:01


Ray Dogum joins us today to discuss his podcast, Health Unchained, and his interest in blockchain technology and its applications to healthcare information management. After seeing his family and friends navigate frustrating obstacles in the healthcare system, Ray began dedicating his career to improving the patient healthcare experience. Specifically, Ray is interested in changing how patient information is handled and stored and believes blockchain technology may solve some of the inefficiencies that are frustrating to both healthcare providers as well as patients. In this episode, Ray and Richard discuss the applications of blockchain technology to managing patient healthcare data, what that would look like to everyday patients, and how long we might expect healthcare companies to start adopting this technology. 

Ray also discusses his current and previous podcast shows, and how hosting podcasts has helped him gain insight into the players and possibilities of the healthcare industry. 

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The Business Executive’s Benefit – Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chairman & CEO of C-Suite Network

Aug 19, 2019 27:01


Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chairman & CEO of C-Suite Network, primetime TV & podcast host, delivers a thoughtful overview of his life and work in the business arena.

Hayzlett is a man with many areas of expertise. He is the primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on the popular, C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is also a noted business podcast host of the celebrated, “All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett” on C-Suite Radio. Hayzlett is known the world over as a business celebrity, speaker, noted author, and of course as the Chairman of C-Suite Network.

Hayzlett discusses all the many things, ventures, and people that comprise the C-Suite Network. As Hayzlett states, time is important, and executives don’t want to waste time when they are looking to grow their businesses and network. Hayzlett’s powerful C-Suite Network is the most trusted, comprehensive network of C-Suite leaders in the world. 

Hayzlett goes into detail about the value of the C-Suite Network. He explains how they put their priorities in order for real results, as they focus on incredible growth, development and networking opportunities, and partnerships for eager, successful business executives who want to expand and take their businesses to the top.

Hayzlett discusses his extensive background in business, and how as a business executive in charge of a $17-billion-dollar marketing budget for a $187-billion-dollar company, he needed to make sure that every minute counted; there was no time to waste time. As he explains, with C-Suite, they get to know the habits, the needs, the network interests, etc. of busy executives, and they put this information to work; it’s a community that provides a platform for education and services. Management of time is critical at the executive level, and C-Suite is a trusted guide to provide executives with the network and trusted services that they need to maximize their efficiency and get more out of life.

Hayzlett is an inductee into the NSA’s Speaker Hall of Fame, and a sought-after business expert whose work and innovative ideas are regularly featured in Forbes, Mashable, Marketing Week and many others. Additionally, he can often be seen on Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and others, providing insight into various topics of the business world.

Robots with Muscles: Utilizing Organic Materials for Sustainable Robot Creations - Victoria Webster-Wood, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Founder of the Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group at Carnegie Mellon University

Aug 17, 2019 24:18


Animals have long been sources of inspiration for robotics and engineering. Their unique features, behaviors, and ways of moving are frequently mimicked and replicated; one lab at CMU is incorporating a fundamental animal feature into their nontraditional robot design: muscle and neurologic tissue.

Victoria Webster-Wood, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and leader of the Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group (B.O.R.G), joins us to discuss her research in developing biohybrid and organic robots. In this episode, you will hear about Webster-Wood’s current research and how her team is integrating muscular and neurologic tissue into these robots of the future. If successful, this research could produce completely organic and programmable robots that would be able to exist in the natural world unlike any other robot today; with applications in environmental disaster response and prevention, search and rescue, and biomedical research, the future is very exciting for this technology. 

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Breaking Up with Fried Foods and Damaged Oils--Udo Erasmus--Founder of UDO’S CHOICE Supplement Company

Aug 16, 2019 39:51


More health problems of physical origin are a result of damaged oils than any other component of nutrition. Oils elevate meals and make food tastier, but oils are also incredibly sensitive to temperature and oxidation. In this episode, Udo Erasmus explains how exactly oil molecules are damaged during the extraction process and which types of oils are the most prone to damage. As a general rule of thumb, the better the oil is for your health when cool, the more damage it sustains when heated or fried. This damage can be passed onto your body, once ingested. Two important oils that are particularly susceptible to damage are Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are essential fatty acids (cannot be synthesized by the body and must be taken in via diet). This doesn’t mean that you should stop eating oils entirely – in fact, Erasmus argues that there are many benefits to having the right oils incorporated into your diet.

Tune in to find out which oils you should include, how much, and why. For more information on Udo Erasmus’ work, visit

Branding Breakthroughs – Mario Natarelli, Managing Partner at MBLM – Awakening Your Company’s Brand for the 21st Century

Aug 16, 2019 16:33


Mario Natarelli, Managing Partner at MBLM, delivers an insightful overview of branding, discussing how businesses can evolve and grow. 

Natarelli is a seasoned professional in the business world and he has advised numerous executives of Fortune 500 companies who seek to grow their businesses and leverage their brands. Utilizing his past training as an architect, Natarelli employs the essential fundamentals of art and design to enhance brands, building out from a brand’s strategic core. Natarelli has launched his own successful businesses and he is tuned in to the role that digital plays in achieving great success.

Natarelli sums up his thoughts on brands and branding, discussing the bonds we build with products and services that are nurtured over time, and sometimes severed if things go awry. Natarelli delivers his insights on what entails a solid brand. He cautions us to be aware that a brand is not a logo, but a brand is an essence (the foundation of a brand that doesn’t change), story (how does the brand communicate, what is its voice, style, tone, etc.) and experience (how does a brand come to life, what are its touchpoints—digital or real-world). Great brands have all of these factors. Natarelli discusses how Disney is an example of a very successful brand, in all of its functioning. 

The marketing and branding expert discusses Amazon and the many independent brands that are under its wing. He relates how very large corporations with multiple areas of business are challenged to push their narrative in a cohesive way. Natarelli discusses major brands that have fallen, such as Sears, and others. He discusses how Sears missed the opportunity to move into the digital environment. Natarelli talks about how nothing lasts forever, and even longstanding family businesses moving into their 3rd or further generations sometimes have trouble maintaining the core vision and spirit that accelerated them in earlier years. 

Natarelli discusses the ways that his company, MBLM, works with clients, helping them with services, research, and software/tools. For more than 17 years, Natarelli has led multiple teams spanning three continents, working for varying clients in the technology, travel, real estate, sports, and hospitality spaces.

Small Robots,No Small Feat-Sarah Bergbreiter-Carnegie Melon University

Aug 16, 2019 27:03


Robots have been helping humans since their invention in the 1950s; while there is an infinite number of purposes they can serve, robot production is constrained mostly by logistical and mechanical details. Sarah Bergbreiter, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Melon University, joins us today to discuss her work in the field of robotics. She works to create small, mobile robots – some as small as ants – as well as improving sensors and actuators that improve the capabilities of larger robots. 

She calls this area of research the “intersection of microsystems and robotics.” Bergbreiter discusses the possible applications of this research, from medical devices to assist with natural disaster recovery. Bergbreiter also discusses some of the challenges involved in working on small-scale robots – specifically, how different materials must interface in order to create a working robot that may only be only a few millimeters long. 

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Exploring the Value of Supramolecular Chemistry—Dr. Matt Webber—Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame

Aug 16, 2019 32:26


In his lab in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Matt Webber is just one member of a team of engineers, chemists, and biologist who are working on supramolecular chemistry, which involves non-covalent interactions between ensembles of molecules to produce strong, interesting, and useful structures that behave in defined and predictable ways, lending themselves to a variety of potential applications in medicine and the development of therapeutic drugs.

Dr. Webber explains the fundamental interest that drives his team, which is to use non-covalent interactions to build synthetic systems that resemble nature, such as the perfect symmetry of viruses and their perfectly defined components, or the ability of immune systems to recognize and respond to threats in their environment. He also explains how the use of non-covalent bonds and host recognition has allowed for the development of shear-thinning and self-healing hydrogels for use as injectable therapeutics, and discusses his recent work on creating a glucose-activatable glucagon, which he says has the potential to act as an “insurance policy” for people with diabetes to protect against dangerous dips in blood glucose levels.

Tune in to learn more about this exciting area of research, and visit to learn more about the work being done in Dr. Webber’s lab.

Long, Beautiful Hair – Hasan Erbil Abaci, Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center – New Discoveries, Hair Follicles and Hair Growth

Aug 9, 2019 34:15


Hasan Erbil Abaci, Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center, delivers an extensive overview of tissue engineering, specifically in regard to hair follicles. 

Abaci has published his work in many areas of scientific research including the following: Tissue engineering of human hair follicles using a biomimetic developmental approach, Human Skin Constructs with Spatially Controlled Vasculature Using Primary and iPSC-Derived Endothelial Cells, Human-on-a-chip design strategies and principles for physiologically based pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling, and many more.

Abaci discusses skin, a very complex organ composed of many different components that goes much deeper than simply the dermis and epidermis we typically think of. He talks about how hair follicles are connected, and how they are very complex organs themselves. Abaci describes how hair follicles function and how they communicate with other tissues in the skin, such as the blood vessels, for example. He explains how cells within the skin system can signal, and how tissues regenerate. Abaci talks about hair follicles, in regard to their growth cycle, and how this process requires newly formed blood vessels and a custom supply of blood. 

Abaci explains the geometry. He explains in detail how they work with their samples in the lab, providing information on their use of 3D printed molds with hair follicle extensions embedded. He discusses the hydrogel that forms around the hair follicle-like extensions, and how they work with this process to explore the open channels that now have the geometry of actual hair follicles. 

Abaci discusses what we know and don’t know about the chemical and physical signaling within the body. But if researchers can decipher how some of these processes work it may be possible to recreate signals in vitro, then scientists will have insight into how to grow hair follicles efficiently—in vitro. And as Abaci explains, this—is the crux of true tissue engineering. 

Biotech Breakthroughs – Raymond McCauley, Chair of Biology at Singularity University – How Biotechnology May Help Solve Global Problems

Aug 9, 2019 42:28


Raymond McCauley, scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and Chair of Biology at Singularity University takes us on a fascinating journey as he explains the many ways that biotechnology is changing our world.

McCauley is a biotechnology expert who is interested in the ways that biology, genetics, medicine, and agriculture impact our lives. He is the Co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious—a not-for-profit in which scientists, bio hobbyists, as well as entrepreneurs can align their interests to launch the latest and greatest technology-based discoveries. McCauley’s extensive, groundbreaking work has been featured in Wired, Forbes, Time, and others.

McCauley discusses his background and explains why he is so motivated to work on a vast number of different projects at once. From his early work as a computer scientist working on web-enabling databases to his shift to biophysics, McCauley has a wide range of interests. Later adding molecular biology into the mix, McCauley’s experiences and knowledge led him to his current diverse career. McCauley discusses some of the work he does for Singularity, helping to advise startups, Fortune 500 companies, and governments, and working with the players who are at the leading edge of biotechnology.

McCauley discusses some of the advanced work/projects he is involved with. He provides some details on a genetic engineering manifesto and his desire to work with companies that are doing good work. McCauley talks about recent new genetic engineering work and the ethical questions that some raise, specifically citing a Chinese project that made world headlines. He discusses some of these bigger issues, such as if a company does work in an area of genetic engineering or other area that is for their net gain, what are the repercussions and how could their work perhaps affect all of us, negatively?

McCauley talks about world population, and food supplies/diet, delving into the specific diets of various nations globally. Specifically, he discusses the global demand for protein and meat and how that is affecting the planet. He analyzes it as a global problem, discussing the fact that it is probably unrealistic to think we will stop eating meat globally, or that we’ll cut down all the rainforests to open up more grazing lands, so there needs to be a different way to meet the food supply-demand. He states it’s a trade problem and an ecological problem. McCauley’s work is at the center of this and many other diverse, global problems, working to find solutions that benefit humanity and are also ecologically sound.

How Your Home Can Affect Your Health—Stephen Collette—Your Healthy House

Aug 8, 2019 30:38


Stephen Collette is a building biologist; what’s building biology, you wonder? It’s a German school of thought that considers built environments and how they interact with and impact occupant and environment health. The field arose post-World War II, when as a result of widespread destruction from the war, the Germans found themselves having to build a lot of homes in a short period of time. This led to the creation of neighborhoods of poorly constructed homes that eventually became associated with a number of illnesses in the 1960s.

Today, this problem still exists, and according to Stephen Collette, some of the biggest concerns are found in the homeowner market. When on the market to purchase a home, most people are focused on details such as the colors of the walls, the carpets, and updated appliances, but not nearly as many consider the fundamental aspects of the building itself, such as whether there is the potential for water to leak into the basement, whether there are new chemicals off-gassing through the space, or whether there are phone towers nearby. “We don’t really take into consideration the fact that although our homes are our castles, they can in fact also make us really sick,” says Collette.

He joins the podcast today to discuss what he does as a building biologist, building scientist, and environmental consultant focusing primarily on residential buildings. He also discusses how buildings work and how they catastrophically fail, indoor air quality concerns, mechanical ventilation in modern homes, and how he leads clients to develop greater understandings of their homes and their health. Learn more by visiting

Power in the Presence of Kin: Understanding Communication Between Bacterium—E. Peter Greenberg—Greenberg Lab, University of Washington

Aug 8, 2019 36:10


A single bacterium isn’t capable of doing much—it can’t overcome the host’s immune response or make enough of an impact to create changes within the host. But it’s a whole different story when many bacteria exist in the same environment, as together they have the ability to generate virulence factors, unleashing the full force of their weapons, if you will, and as a result, overpowering the host’s immune response. But what leads to these coordinated activities? What must happen in order for an individual bacterium to sense others of their kind, and to respond accordingly? The term for it is quorum sensing, and it’s the focus of Dr. E. Peter Greenberg’s research in the Greenberg Lab at the University of Washington. For him, understanding the fundamentals behind quorum sensing, such as the nature of the signal generators involved, how the receptors work, what genes these receptors control in bacteria, and how to interpret the sociobiological aspects of quorum sensing is critical to further this area of research and use it for beneficial and therapeutic ends. Dr. Greenberg discusses a number of interesting topics, including nutrient and temperature cues for bacteria, antibiotic resistance, and the focus of his most recent research. Interested in learning more?

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A Glimpse Into the Life and Development of Plants—Anthony Trewavas—Emeritus School of Biological Sciences of the University of Edinburgh

Aug 8, 2019 51:27


How do plants control what they do? How do they grow and develop, and how is their growth and development controlled? At its core, all of Dr. Anthony Trewavas’ work as a molecular biologist has revolved around these questions. He’s been studying plant life and biochemistry for decades now, collecting and developing an impressive amount of technical knowledge along the way. On today’s episode, he explains what triggered this lifelong interest, how his career has developed and evolved over the years, and what he’s learned about a number of aspects of plant behavior and development. One of his main focuses has been on protein phosphorylation, which he explains is the most basic method of changing what cells do by modifying enzymatic activity. He also explains the role and effects of a plant hormone called auxin, plant mechanical stimulation, the importance of calcium in the process of responding to signals, how plants take up and store calcium, general systems theory as it applies to the study of plant hormones, and so much more.

Press play for the full conversation, and find out more about Dr. Trewavas’ work by searching for his name on the web.

Mr. Roboto – Aaron Johnson, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University – Designing Robots That Meet the Challenges of the Real World

Aug 7, 2019 30:48


Aaron Johnson, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, delivers an informative overview of the future of robotics.

Johnson’s work focuses on the design of intelligent interactions between a robot and its specific environment. Johnson is interested in the practical applications of robotics, taking robots out of a lab or industrial setting and putting them in the real world. Johnson’s areas of study have varied widely, from unique robot design and behavior design to platform and controller design, dynamic transitions, physics-based planning and management, robot vision, bio-inspired robotics, ethics, and more. 

Johnson elaborates on the complex environments in which robots are expected to flourish. As he explains, advanced robots are often designed and tested in environments that are created with a robot’s movement and needs in mind. But what happens when robots enter the real world and are faced with impediments, such as debris, clutter, or uneven surfaces, not typically found in an industrial factory setting? Johnson explains how these problems relate to progress gained in the development of autonomous vehicles. And even in engineered environments, variations and difficulties can exist, such as lighting that makes painted road lines or information difficult to see. Johnson talks about these issues and more that impact robot design and the improvements that are on the horizon. 

The mechanical engineering professor talks in detail about robotic vision, sensors, and how much information can be collected. He discusses data and computational limits, and how these limits can be overcome through advancing technologies. Johnson discusses the various kinds of robots that he works within his lab and the bioinspiration that is driving some of their work. 

Johnson received a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in electrical and systems engineering from the prestigious, University of Pennsylvania. 

Duly Noted – Dr. Sönke Ahrens, Author, How to Take Smart Notes – Finding Efficiency in Note Taking to Achieve More Comprehensive Learning and Increased Productivity

Aug 7, 2019 39:17


Dr. Sönke Ahrens, author, How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning, and Thinking – for Students, Academics, and Nonfiction Book Writers, provides valuable information that we can all use to help us take better notes and be more productive.

Dr. Ahrens is a noted writer and researcher in education and social science. He regularly publishes, and his book titled, Experiment and Exploration: Forms of World-Disclosure: From Epistemology to Bildung is an award winner and continues to be a talked-about piece. In addition to being a prolific author, Dr. Ahrens still finds time to teach at university in the area of philosophy of education.

Dr. Ahrens talks about his background and how it was his own Ph.D. education experience that inspired him to later write his book on taking notes. He states, as students, we are constantly taking notes, but Dr. Ahrens was interested in how we could more efficiently retain the data and information that we are given—how do we take notes? Dr. Ahrens discusses his interest in the work of Niklas Luhmann​, the​ German sociologist​ , and ​philosopher of social science​ who was a major voice in the field of systems theory​. ​He explains the theoretical studies of Luhmann and his discoveries about the man and how Luhmann was incredibly efficient and productive in the taking off and producing notes that allowed him to spark new ideas. Luhmann essentially mastered productivity, and his technique is at the center of Dr. Ahrens’ keen interest and study. 

Zettelkasten is the German word for ‘slip box,’ and the slip box technique was Niklas Luhmann’s major contribution to modern-day note taking and information gathering. The German sociologist used index cards for all of his notes and thus developed a systematic method of cross-referencing and connecting all of his many notes. Luhmann assigned each card a specific number, which positioned the card in a certain place within his filing system. This technique allowed Luhmann to have it referenced on other cards.

Dr. Ahrens elaborates on some of the techniques and processes that make for more efficiency in learning and note-taking. Dr. Ahrens explains how certain organizational techniques can be standardized and thus become a daily routine, which increases productivity. He discusses how the everyday person can utilize steps, such as collecting, then processing, and writing information that makes connections to other data that you’ve collected, etc. Dr. Ahrens states that the key is to get into a topic at the content level where we last left it, and pick up our research or study again as quickly as possible.

Changing the Footwear Game: Combining Adaptability with Convenience and Widespread Desirability—Billy Price—BILLY Footwear

Aug 6, 2019 25:14


It’s adaptive, convenient, and also fashionable: BILLY Footwear is completely changing the game in terms of versatile footwear that’s desired by anyone and everyone—not just those who actually need it. Founder of BILLY Footwear, Billy Price, joins the podcast to discuss the shoe that’s garnering a lot of attention due to its unique and unprecedented design, which, rather than forcing you to shove your foot into the shoe and use dexterity of the fingers to maneuver shoe laces, allows you to step into it with ease and pull a single zipper to secure it on your foot.

Billy Price shares his story with us, explaining what led to his need for the shoe, as well as his process in developing and marketing it. He draws attention to what many people may be all too familiar with: that feeling of being the only person to wear something purely adaptive, and having to experience the negative attention that can come along with it. For those who have disabilities, this shoe can change everything for them by restoring independence, while at the same time allowing them to wear something that everyone finds desirable and convenient. In fact, the vast majority of his customers seek the shoe simply because of its attractive design. In addition, the design is attracting a number of think tanks interested in a shoe that can act as a receptacle for studies designed to study differences in gait. Interested in learning more or getting a pair for yourself? Visit  

On the Latest in Gene Editing and Genomic Research—Dr. Dana Carroll—Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah School of Medicine

Aug 6, 2019 40:26


Not more than 20 years ago, epigenetics was something not many people understood or even knew much about, but now we not only have a good understanding of epigenetics, but the ability to manipulate the epigenome. CRISPR is one of the new tools used in accomplishing this, and additional genome editing tools are contributing to the growing pool of data on the genome and epigenome of both plants and animals.

On today’s episode, Dr. Dana Carroll from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine imparts a significant amount of insight and information on this growing field of research, including the latest developments, implications, and future possibilities. Among other topics, Dr. Carroll discusses how genes function and why it’s been challenging to come to a consensus definition of what a “gene’ actually is, how cells repair DNA in different ways (some of which can lead to problematic mutations at the site of repair), how viruses are being used to support CRISPR technology, ex vivo therapy, and when he thinks clinical applications of gene editing tools might be widely available. Press play to learn more.

Exploring Toxic Nerve Agents and Possible Antidotes Using Virtual Reality—Dr. Zoran Radic—UC San Diego

Aug 6, 2019 45:41


Dr. Zoran Radic is a scientist working at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at UC San Diego, where he focuses his research on nerve agents and the development of good antidotes that have the ability to treat or even prevent nerve gas toxicity. He’s using a tool from a company by the name Nanome that allows for virtual reality 3D visualization and analysis of molecules that could function as antidotes to a range of toxic substances. He explains that this tool allows scientists to observe and examine with the natural senses compounds that are microscopic, which is opening the door to an unprecedented level of understanding of the ways nerve agents and antidotes interact in the body and with one another.

On today’s episode, Dr. Radic also discusses the mechanisms of the most common nerve agents that effectively disable normal neurotransmission in our bodies, which means disabling our ability to control bodily movements and breathe. He explains why developing antidotes has been so challenging, how the Nanome 3D tool is aiding in this process, his research on a particular class of substances that could treat a wide range of toxicities, and what he predicts will happen over the next few years in this exciting field of research. Find out more info about Dr. Radic’s work at

Avoiding “One Pill per Ill:” Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to Achieve Optimal Health: Cheryl Burdette, ND, Director of Education for the Naturopathic residency program at Progressive Medical

Aug 5, 2019 46:16


When was the last time your doctor took the time to ask you about your lifestyle to identify and address the root of your symptoms? Did they prescribe a medication and send you on your way, or did they take the time to delve into your lifestyle and diet to devise an individualized treatment plan? Naturopathic Doctor Cheryl Burdette joins us today to share the principles that guide her medical practice. In today’s episode, Dr. Burdette emphasizes the importance of taking thorough and accurate patient histories to help patients address health abnormalities as well as maintain their optimal health. Achieving optimal health, Dr. Burdette explains, takes time. Just like going to the gym once doesn’t give us chiseled bodies, taking care of our bodies for one day won’t heal chronic illness. Naturopathic doctors such as Dr. Burdette can help us find and maintain optimal health so that we may feel our very best in our day-to-day lives.

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Silicon Reporting – Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tech Reporter for The New York Times – The World Through Silicon Valley Eyes—Technology & The Human Experience

Aug 5, 2019 28:57


Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning tech reporter for The New York Times, talks about his background and work, covering technology and Silicon Valley.

As a celebrated author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, Richtel has been, to say the least, a little busy, and in demand. He is an outspoken voice on many and varied subjects, such as science and technology, business, cancer immunotherapy, and technology’s effect on behavior as well as the brain. His work has also focused on the dot com boom (and subsequent bust), venture capital, startups, and all that is… Silicon Valley.

Richtel talks about his vast background studying, researching, and reporting on Silicon Valley. The author and reporter discuss how he came to write his book, The Man Who Wouldn’t Die, a comedic detective novel set in Silicon Valley that Richtel penned under a nom de plume that he humorously refers to as his nom de guerre. Richtel explains how he and his publisher came to the idea that they should publish it under a pen name. As he explains, after a lifetime of serious reporting, they decided that the public should have a little warning that this book was a great departure from the usual reporting Richtel delivers, and is celebrated for. 

The Pulitzer Prize winner muses about some of the early history of sports reporting, and how a program would gather facts and data to assemble a story. Further, he makes the connection to universal income as he talks about automation. Richtel discusses his thoughts on universal basic income and states that while he sees both sides as a journalist, it is certainly a conversation worth having, as automation is taking over jobs, livelihoods, and family incomes. 

Richtel talks about choices that people have available to them, and how especially in Silicon Valley, the entrepreneurial spirit leaches into literally everything. He discusses the advantages of technology and all that it has brought forth but underscores that even with such innovative changes that have made our lives better, technology has still failed to solve our existential challenges. 

Richtel won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, for a series of groundbreaking articles on the hazardous use of cell phones, computers, and various other devices during driving. As an author he is a New York Times bestseller and continues to report and write on various subjects of his interest, often focused on technology or its effects.

Sensational Satellites – Creon Levit, Director R&D, Planet Labs – How Satellites Are Changing the Way We See and Study Earth

Aug 5, 2019 29:22


Creon Levit, Director R&D, Planet Labs, provides an interesting overview of the advanced satellites that are being launched to help us better understand and monitor our planet.

Levit is a seasoned scientific expert. As an award-winning research scientist of the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley for 33 years, he was a leader and manager of many advanced projects that combined new techniques in scientific computing, machine learning, and complex graphics, to find solutions for crucial NASA problems.

Levit discusses his background and his current mission at Planet Labs, where they build, launch, and operate the world’s largest constellation of satellites to make changes on Earth more visible and actionable. As he states, Planet Labs has launched over 300 satellites to date, though approximately only half of those are still in orbit currently. Many that were simply launched for testing have now re-entered the atmosphere and burned up. 

Levit explains their high-resolution satellites, discussing what they image and how they gather data. The research scientist talks about medium resolution satellites that image the Earth in visible, and near-infrared colors. He explains their resolution and quality level. Levit discusses their data set in regard to climate change, and he expounds upon their data that many environmental researchers access to further studies in multiple areas, such as climate, ice flow, species diversity, land use, and much more. 

The Planet Labs scientific expert provides an overview of some, particularly interesting use cases. He describes one specific use of their daily data that delivers valuable information to ranchers, informing them about the optimum stage of grass development for ruminate animals to graze. By utilizing this data, ranchers can manage grass health and animal health simultaneously. 

Additionally, Levit talks about the value of infrared and the many amazing things it can help researchers learn and differentiate. He explains spectral bands and elaborates on the detection of gases, specifically the tracking of environmentally-relevant gases.

On the Future of Digital Storage and Synthetic DNA—Thomas Coughlin—Coughlin Associates

Jul 22, 2019 34:36


As the president of Coughlin Associates, Thomas Coughlin is a widely-respected digital storage analyst and business and tech consultant with over 35 years’ worth of experience in the data storage engineering industry. He also has six patents under his name and is the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide. On today’s episode, he discusses the future of digital storage technology, which may very well lie in the strands of synthetic DNA. He explains that DNA can store a high density of information, with a potential capacity 1,000 times greater than what’s currently achievable with modern storage technology like hard drives. He explains what it will take to get there, the challenges that must be overcome, and a rough timeframe for when DNA-based data storage could become commercialized and mainstream.

In addition, Coughlin talks about a number of fascinating topics, including the work being done towards using microfluidic silicon matrices as storage devices, technology obsolescence, neuromorphic computing, brain to electronics interfaces, artificial telepathy, deepfake technology, and the legal and ethical implications of these emerging capabilities. Tune in for all the details, including info about an August 29th conference on emerging memories and AI.

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From Fly to Host: Understanding Parasitic Life—Dr. Richard McCulloch—University of Glasgow

Jul 22, 2019 41:24


There’s a lot of research being done on the human genome, but less so on the genome of parasites. For a number of reasons, including their surprising and impressive ability to avoid attack by the human immune system, understanding more about how parasites function and behave could prove useful in preventing and treating the human diseases they cause.

Dr. Richard McCulloch from the University of Glasgow joins the podcast to explain the ins and out of the research that’s being done in his lab. He and his team are looking at two different parasites, both of which enter their host via the bites of sand flies, and both of which cause disease. Once in the host’s bloodstream, however, these parasites behave very differently. In what ways do they behave differently, and what advantages are conferred to the parasite as a result of each behavior? How do they avoid attack from the human immune system on a seeming indefinite basis? And in what way do they utilize pseudogenes? These are just a few of the questions explored by Dr. Richard McCulloch—both in his lab and on today’s episode. Press play to hear the full conversation and learn more about his work by visiting

Functional Fungi – Nicole Hynson, Associate Professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – Fungi, Plants, and their Symbiotic Relationships

Jul 19, 2019 37:02


Nicole Hynson, Associate Professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, delivers an impressive overview of the fascinating research she and her team are conducting at Hynson Lab.

Hynson heads the Hynson Lab for Community Ecology that is located in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The lab’s primary focus is the ecology of plant and fungal communities, with a particular interest in the symbiosis that exists between plants and fungi, which is known as mycorrhizae. Since 2012 her lab has been digging deep into the science of fungi. Their diverse laboratory group is comprised of advanced scientists with backgrounds in varying fields from ecology and evolution to physiology and computational biology.

Hynson details the work they do in her lab, studying the interactions fungi have with other organisms, specifically—plants. She discusses the symbiotic interactions of fungi over time. Additionally, Hynson discusses how different capacities are required to gain nutrients, detailing the function of fungi in the symbiotic relationship with plants, in which fungi assisted plants to transition from a water growth environment to soil. In exchange, the plants provided the fungi with carbon to complete their lifecycle—a truly symbiotic exchange.

The fungi expert and Ph.D. talk about the complexities of microbial symbiosis, explaining the intricate interactions that could take place between bacteria, fungi, plants, etc. As Hynson states, her job, as she sees it, is to untangle these interactions—to understand the role that they play, and how the interactions can change depending on the environmental context. Hynson says that one of her lab’s goals is to use these microorganisms, specifically fungi, in restoration and conservation practices. Hynson elaborates on the other areas of great interest in regard to fungi, such as increasing crop yield, sustaining resources, and limiting the need for fertilizers.

Hynson continues with her discussion of how nutrients are transferred to hosts and how competition and diversity impact the processes. Hynson received her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of California Berkeley and worked extensively in the Bruns Lab. And she was a vital postdoctoral researcher in the well-known lab of Prof. Kathleen Treseder at the University of California Irvine.

Insight from an Expert on the Bugs in Your Gut—Dr. Samantha Nazareth—A Clinical Internist and Gastroenterologist

Jul 17, 2019 33:39


As both a gastroenterologist and internist, Dr. Samantha Nazareth has become an expert and go-to resource for anything that has to do with our gut and the bugs that live within it. On today’s episode, she talks about a number of interesting topics, including the most common complaints she receives from her patients, what leads to heartburn, stomach ulcers, bloating, internal bleeding, and how to go about treating or preventing some of these things, how sugar intake, neuropathy, and gut health are interconnected, how the gastrointestinal system communicates with the brain, probiotics, and a number of questions about the microbiome, including whether research is being done on a part of the microbiome that will provide a sufficient snapshot of an individual, whether or not there is a “normal” microbiome, and how further research on the microbiome could lead to an unprecedented level of personalized medicine that could take us a step away from pharmaceuticals.

To read articles on these topics written by Dr. Nazareth or to contact her clinic, visit

Unearthing New Patterns of Plant Behavior—Paco Calvo—Minimal Intelligence Lab

Jul 17, 2019 36:36


Plants: they add color and oxygen to our world, they release self-protective chemicals in response to the presence of pathogens, and they grow toward the sun. We know that plants are intelligent in the sense that they can adapt to their environment, but in what other ways might we be able to say that they are intelligent? Do they exhibit anticipatory behaviors? Are they goal-oriented? What does it mean in general to say that a living system is intelligent? These are the questions that Paco Calvo from the Minimal Intelligence Lab is exploring. And while he’s more concerned with the acquisition of data rather than the ability to draw definitive conclusions, the work he’s doing in the lab is revealing new and surprising information about plant growth and development.

“We miss most of what plants do…these sophisticated behaviors…we simply miss them because of the timescale of observation…. when you slow down the scale of observation to the timescale of their behavior, then you are able to start unearthing some patterns which are really interesting,” says Calvo. In order to do that in the lab, they’re time-lapsing plant growth and development by taking pictures every one to five minutes and then assembling all of the footage after a few days. They’ve been taking this approach for over two years now, and while the data they’re gathering is exciting, Calvo emphasizes the importance of considering all alternatives and never losing sight of the human tendency to anthropomorphize what we see and to commit confirmation biases. He details the experiments they’re doing on three plant models in the lab, discusses the results they’ve gotten so far, and touches on the running hypothesis that at least some plants exhibit evidence of endogenous control over their behavior. 

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Neural News–Keith Hengen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis – Neural Networks and Variance, the Implications for Disease

Jul 16, 2019 47:15


Keith Hengen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, a private research university in St. Louis, Missouri, delivers an interesting overview of his research and what it could bode for understanding disease development. 

Hengen discusses his self-described “wandering” path to get to the area of his current research. He outlines some context to explain the kinds of research he delves into. Hengen provides an overview of brain function, in regard to some of its processing. As he explains, the brain is not crystallized or ‘locked in’ and our synapses are responding to various experiences all throughout the day. Change is occurring rapidly and yet the final outcome at the end of the day so to speak is incredibly stable. We think a myriad of thoughts and learn things, but the foundation of who we are remains stable. He explains how our continuous narrative, our identity remains steadfast and firm, in spite of millions of interactions and inputs, and constant learning/changes. The brain is computationally stable, and this is one way our brains differ from artificial neural networks. 

Hengen’s neuroscience laboratory at Washington University focuses on the investigation of the role of sleep and wake in chaperoning various interactions between specific and distinct plasticity mechanisms.

Hengen recounts some of his experiences in the lab and some of the findings that have come forth during their research. He goes into detail about particular experimentation, discussing findings regarding cortex issues in healthy mice, discussing the organizational processes, and criticality. He explains how networks of neurons work, and how information is encoded. Hengen details how there are many variances to the same neural responses to the same stimulus. Neurons are not always predictable. While you can make predictions and averages, variances produce invariant behavior. And diseases can develop when there are variances. 

Hengen’s lab’s primary area of research and interests are based in the self-organization of select intact neural networks that support functions such as sensation, perception, and cognition, and how information transmission within these important systems is established during the development process, and ultimately disrupted in disease. 

Plant Life – Brett Younginger, Postdoctoral Researcher at Washington State University – Plants, Soil, and Symbiotic Relationships

Jul 16, 2019 31:58


Brett Younginger, postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University, discusses the fascinating research into plant tissue and diversity.

As a postdoctoral researcher, Younginger is interested in investigating the diversity and function of fungal endophytes, fungi that live in plant tissue without causing any symptoms of disease.

Younginger talks about his interest in plants, his background, and his current focus. As a lifetime lover of plants, Younginger was fascinated with farming and the natural world. Starting with an undergraduate degree in biology, he advanced his study to plant microbial symbiosis. Younginger explains the areas of research they delve into currently, studying the symbiotic relationships some plants have with bacteria in the soil in which they grow. Remarkably, plants they study are able to convert nitrogen in the atmosphere into a plant useable form—essentially fertilizer.

Younginger describes his work with fungal endophytes, and the bacterial issues he is researching. The postdoctoral researcher explains how nitrogen is dispersed when it is deposited in the soil. Continuing, he talks about ‘partner choice’ the process that plants and bacteria undergo in order to associate with different strains of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Younginger explains how communities exist within the soil, and how nodules vary in size and shape, with variations in position and the bacteria that is present. Root nodules, specifically, are located on the roots of plants, mostly legumes, that form a coordinated symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and with the precise nitrogen-limiting conditions, some plants can form a symbiotic relationship with host-specific strains of certain bacteria.

Additionally, Younginger describes how applied science works in a practical sense. As Younginger explains, he is most interested in the processes that impact the patterns we see occurring in nature. And as new knowledge is gathered, Younginger hopes to see more progress toward combatting critical soil erosion and water pollution problems.

Tackling Diseases of Ageing and Diseases of Childhood with One Approach—Elizabeth Parrish—BioViva

Jul 15, 2019 39:43


I realized that in medicine…we essentially treat symptoms; we have a sick-care system instead of a healthcare system,” says Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva. It was her son’s diagnosis and experience receiving treatment for type 1 diabetes that compelled her to learn more about childhood diseases, risks, prevention, experimental medicine, and stem cell regenerative medicine. She explains how effective cell type technologies and regenerative medicine can be at curing a multitude of childhood diseases while at the same time targeting one of the greatest unmet needs: treatment for diseases of biological aging, including cancer, heart disease, organ failure, and Alzheimer’s. 

Among the regenerative therapies being explored is polymerase induction, which causes telomere extension for combating diseases of aging while at the same time treating progeria, a childhood disease known to cause “accelerated aging.” Parrish discusses the details of all this and more, including the foundation of BioViva in 2015, her personal experience undergoing two gene therapies, and the global impact that this technology could have on the world. 

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Leaping Into a Programmed Universe, Richard G. Bower, University of Durham

Jul 15, 2019 47:24


Imagine walking down the streets of Durham, England and coming upon a cathedral—not just any ordinary cathedral, but one of the oldest in the world, with images depicting the history of the Universe and the evolution of human understanding of the Universe projected upon its walls. Dr. Richard G. Bower, professor at Durham University, was a member of the team who made this awe-inspiring piece of artwork a reality. But how did they do it? On today’s episode, Dr. Bower explains how he and his team have programmed a digital universe that nearly mirrors what we observe of the actual Universe. With the use of the laws of physics in terms of mathematical equations and the theory of the Big Bang, and by teaching the computer program to understand how stars, galaxies, and even black holes might be formed, they’ve not only created a digital universe, but embedded a camera inside that universe to see what it would be like to live inside of it and look out through the lens of a telescope. This provides an unprecedented way to compare observations of the Universe to a universe programmed to follow the scientific laws by which we currently understand it. Tune in for a fascinating conversation and visit for more.

Convenience at the Cost of Human Health and Wellness, Dr. Paul Héroux—Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University

Jul 15, 2019 39:41


The development of power systems and wireless technology has without a doubt revolutionized human life and activity, in many ways for the better. But these technological advents have been made possible only with the use of non-natural electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation—a type of radiation that exists somewhere between the natural, nearly static magnetic field of the Earth and the extremely fast field generated by the sun. Over the past few decades, humans have increased levels of non-natural EMF by a very large factor of about 1.0×1018 (that’s one with 18 zeros behind it!). The question naturally arises: when such a significant change is thrust upon the environment of living systems, how will those living systems respond?

This is the question that Dr. Paul Héroux from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University has been trying to answer through a series of experiments in his lab. He has shown that when these fields are eliminated from and then reintroduced to the environment of biological cells, there is a very clear and decisive response by those cells. Specifically, he explains that low-frequency magnetic fields which are contained in power systems fields and cell phone signals directly influence cancer cells of all types by generating free radicals. In addition to cancer, there are numerous conditions and diseases that are very sensitive to free radicals, including infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s. As our environment has becoming increasingly enriched with non-natural EMF radiation over the past century, these conditions and diseases have become increasingly common.

Dr. Héroux explains the precise biological mechanism triggered by exposure to this type of radiation, referring to multiple recent studies supporting the hypothesis that technology radiation is having an impact on our cells, and not a beneficial one. These studies, however, won’t be given much credit by the industry supporting technological products. “Industry likes to push the bar of proof very, very high…but industry is not a specialist in health, industry is a specialist in making product and making profit…but while this happens, people can get sick and people can die from the exposure,” says Dr. Héroux. So, what’s the solution? While any solution will first necessitate industry’s acknowledgement of the problem, Dr. Héroux lists several simple ways of reducing or eliminating exposure. Tune in to learn what they are and what you can do to start mitigating your exposure today.

Learning Level (pro) – Scott Young, Author, Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career – Cranking Up Our Internal Learning Mechanisms for Maximum Productivity

Jul 12, 2019 49:48


Scott Young, author of the exciting new book, Ultra learning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career, delivers a thought-provoking analysis of the methods and ways in which we learn, and how we can learn more efficiently and faster if we put our mind to it. 

Young discusses his path of discovery that led to an interest in ultra learning and motivated him to write extensively on the subject in his new book. As he recounts it was his own personal struggle to learn the French language that pushed him toward ultra learning techniques. Young talks about other ultralearners who inspired him, and how their impact was something he simply needed to share with his readers. As Young explains, ultra learning is not just a technique for the elite, it is something we all can apply. 

In Young’s book, Ultra learning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career, Young outlines the ways that we can all improve our learning process and skills. If you want to master a new talent, or stay relevant, perhaps even totally reinvent yourself, or smoothly shift with the rapid changes in your work environment, Ultra learning provides nine solid principles that can help anyone master difficult skills quickly. 

As Young details, ultra learning can help us to maximize our competitive advantages in a changing economic and technically-oriented business landscape. Staying ahead, staying on top of things, mastering the newest ideas and vital skills, is necessary in today’s world. 

Young talks about the ways that ultra learning can be applied. Ultra learning is, at its core, a highly self-directed process. Those who engage in ultra learning must be motivated, without question, but a benefit comes from the fact that projects are geared toward exactly the kinds of information and skills that an ultralearner is most interested in overall. It’s a combination of aggressive learning tactics that immerse the learner into the core of a subject, tackling the most difficult elements first; it’s demanding, sometimes uncomfortable, but almost always more productive when applied with planning and intense self-motivation.

The Ultra learning author elaborates on how much information we miss in traditional learning practices. Young states that when we think of learning, we need to understand that books and classes are not the only means to learn, but that learning is the practice of building up many tiny subconscious skills that bring together the big or overall concept. In explaining this concept, he utilizes an example of cracking an egg when preparing a meal. The many and various skills that our brain is commanding during the cracking—forming the hand around the egg properly, tapping with just enough force to crack it but not get eggshell in the bowl, and separating the eggshell so that the egg flows into the bowl—are all sophisticated skills that demonstrate complex learning. And thus simply reading a book about something may not deliver enough real information necessary to provide that immersive experience where ultra learning can thrive.

Programming the Code of Life—Stephen Ekker, The Genome Writers Guild

Jul 12, 2019 35:20


Not long ago, the idea of being able to edit DNA with the same precision as we edit a Word document or computer code was merely science fiction, but today it’s reality, and it’s having an impact on the world around us. Technology that’s been in the making for the past three decades is now being implemented into everyday life, and holds the potential to completely transform the way we live our lives. Dr. Stephen Ekker is Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic. He’s also a member of the Genome Writers Guild, a genome engineering society which promotes understanding, education, and awareness surrounding the value and implications of gene editing and genome engineering. He joins the podcast today to discuss the way in which this technology has already impacted the world, current research being done in the area of immunotherapy for cancer, how this technology could contribute to the development of truly customized therapies, and what to anticipate in the coming years. Learn more by tuning in and visiting

Bonded – Preston J. MacDougall, PhD, Author, and Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University – Atoms, Molecules & Quantum Theory

Jul 12, 2019 47:01


Preston J. MacDougall, Ph.D., author, and Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University, delivers an overview of how atoms bond and the importance of quantum mechanical methods in modern scientific research.

As the former doctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, MacDougall studied the computational modeling of materials. At Middle Tennessee State University, MacDougall is an integral part of the Molecular Biosciences and the Computational Sciences Ph.D. programs. MacDougall specializes in theoretical chemistry and the innovative development of quantum chemistry-based design tools specifically for pharmacology and molecular electronics applications.

MacDougall talks about quantum mechanical methods utilized to model the behavior of macroscopic systems such as plastics or enzymes, etc., systems that are too large to be treated by quantum mechanical theories that were developed for individual atoms. He discusses the modeling of bonds and when Newtonian mechanics can work versus when quantum mechanical methods become necessary. 

The Ph.D. discusses bonding and electrons, and modeling methods in detail, and how quantum mechanics find ‘lumps’ in valence shells. A valence shell is the outer shell of an atom in its natural, uncombined state, and as such contains the electrons that are most likely to account for the nature of any possible reactions that involve the atom and also of any bonding interactions it may have with other atoms as well.

MacDougall explains that chemists are interested in atoms and ions as they exist in actual compounds. MacDougall talks about colliders, particle accelerators, and how they are used to fire electrons at targets, at nearly the speed of light. By studying how electrons scatter off after penetrating a nucleus, researchers can get a better idea of what the nuclear structure is like. 

MacDougall continues his discussion of bonds, which are mutual attractions between two atoms. He explains how atoms are attracted, and how some may come close together as they are attracted, but they won’t change or disturb the shape of either. But some other bonds, in which two atoms come close together, may cause them to deform and form a new bond or wedding. And by understanding the structure of electron clouds, scientific researchers can better understand why bonds are as they are, and how they function.

Understanding Epigenetics, Changing the Course of Your Genetic Fate—Tom Stubbs—Chronomics

Jul 11, 2019 38:50


Epigenetics is the science of how DNA is controlled and how it’s affected by the environment and the lifestyles we choose; sleep hygiene, chronic stress, and diet are just a few examples of lifestyle factors that can directly affect the expression of our genes. This may sound scary at first, but the silver lining is that epigenetics is dynamic, which means that unlike the genetic information that is fixed from birth, epigenetic changes can be identified and changed before causing health problems. This means your epigenetic profile, when understood properly, can be used as an immensely powerful tool in redirecting the course of your genetic fate. Tom Stubbs is the CEO of Chronomics, a company that’s not only giving people access to their epigenetic information, but providing them with an analysis of what it all means for their health and future, and connecting them with a team of coaches who will help them to meet their desired goals—or rather, to redirect the course of their genetic fate. Stubbs joins the podcast to discuss exactly how the product works, as well as the science behind epigenetics and various forms of DNA modification.

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Re-muscularizing the Heart—Dr. Charles E. Murray—Center for Cardiovascular Biology, University of Washington

Jul 11, 2019 45:05


Heart failure is a disease that currently affects nearly five million people in the U.S., and it’s also a disease that’s defined by cellular deficiency. What does this mean? According to Dr. Charles E. Murray, professor of cardiovascular pathology at the University of Washington, this means that there’s actually a pretty simple solution to the problem: all we need to do is figure out a way to replenish the deficiency and promote heart tissue regeneration, and this is exactly what he’s working on in his lab. By differentiating stem cells into human cardiac muscle cells, Dr. Murray has discovered a way to create an endless supply of heart cells. When injected into injured or dead portions of the heart, the cells begin doing exactly what they should—dividing, connecting with existing heart cells, and eventually beating right along with them. Re-muscularization of the heart in this way provides great promise for those who have heart attacks or deal with any variety of heart disease. Dr. Murray explains in detail the physiology of the heart, how differentiated stem cells are assimilated into existing heart tissue, the tools that are allowing for unprecedented research and new findings in the field, the relationship between the microbiome and heart function, and so much more.

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Rethinking Therapy – Dr. Paul Anderson, Anderson Medical Group – Beating Cancer and Staying in Remission

Jul 10, 2019 43:07


In this podcast, Dr. Paul Anderson of Anderson Medical Group discusses cancer treatment and the changing views toward integrative therapies.

Dr. Anderson is an experienced naturopathic medical doctor who has devoted his life to helping patients via integrative therapies. As the founder of Anderson Medical Group, Dr. Anderson works with patients to help them on their journey to fight cancer and stay in remission.


Dr. Anderson discusses the many options for cancer patients, in addition to the standard options of chemo, radiation, and surgery. He explains how diet, nutrition, clean eating, intermittent fasting, herbal extracts, intravenous therapies with natural substances, and exercise can all be considered as part of a comprehensive solution to help patients find their way back to good health.


The naturopathic MD explains the approach they take with their patients. Dr. Anderson talks about the restrictive policies of the past in regard to how the oncology community was once quite unaccepting of different approaches to cancer treatment. Today, however, and fortunately for patients, oncology doctors are seeing the vast array of benefits that alternative type therapies can offer to their patients.


Dr. Anderson talks about ways to help patients stay in remission, outlining the importance of diet, discussing other therapies, explaining why toxins need to be strictly avoided, and how cells are impacted.

Nerve Regeneration, Working Toward a Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury, Jacob Koffler- UC San Diego Neural Engineering Lab

Jul 10, 2019 34:13


After receiving a PhD in biomedical engineering, Jacob Koffler wanted to take what he’d learned into a new field where there was a big need for biomedical solutions and research. This desire led him into the field of spinal cord injury repair in 2010, when there wasn’t much being done to advance treatments using the interdisciplinary approach of biomedical engineering. With a strong belief that tissue engineering could contribute to the development of a successful treatment for spinal cord injuries, Dr. Koffler has been working at UC San Diego with this goal in mind. On today’s episode, he discusses the unique technique they’re using to tackle this problem, which involves 3D printing, tissue engineering of scaffolds and longitudinal linear channels, implementation of stem cells to elicit nerve regeneration, and perhaps most importantly, a study of gene expression after regeneration has been elicited, in order to better understand it and promote additional regeneration. He describes the ins and out of the science behind this approach, and also touches on the difference between the peripheral and central nervous system when it comes to nerve regeneration, nerve growth and development in juveniles, the role of stem cells in spinal cord repair, the nature of ongoing studies in the field, and so much more.

Shuffling Toward a Better Night’s Sleep, For You and Your Children—Kim West—Author of Good Night, Sleep Tight

Jul 9, 2019 24:16


Kim West, better known as The Sleep Lady, has been a family therapist for over 25 years and specializes in helping babies and children achieve healthy sleep, while ensuring that parents remain healthy and rested at the same time. She joins the podcast to discuss her book, Good Night, Sleep Tight, the path that led her to become a well-regarded resource in the area of sleep, and what she’s learned along the way. She explains several methods for achieving healthy sleep patterns in babies under six months of age, including the controlled crying or graduated extinction, and full extension methods. But she also explains why neither method sits well with her, elucidating the benefits of her own method, which she refers to as parental fading or The Sleep Lady Shuffle. Kim West details why she doesn’t recommend attempting any sleep coaching for children over the age of six, as it’s critically important to first rule out generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the need for psychotherapy.

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Measured Meditations—Gavin Andrews—HeartMath

Jul 9, 2019 26:05


“We’re not primarily about HRV [heart rate variability]; HRV is just a way of measuring the state that we help people get into. We are a transformation business…we help people learn how to increase their self-awareness, regulate their thoughts, their feelings, their emotions, their behaviors, and the state that we help people create or access can actually be measured with HRV,” explains Gavin Andrews, managing director of HeartMath.

While we go about our day, we encounter and respond to countless stimuli, some which slow our heart rate, some which speed it up, and some which seem to have no effect at all. And while most of us are acutely aware of what it feels like to have a pounding heart, few of us are aware of the constant fluctuation of our heart rate throughout the day. But according to Gavin Andrews, this variability in heart rate can reveal a tremendous amount of information about our physical, mental, and emotional states of health.

HeartMath is a system of tools and strategies for improving our ability to respond healthfully to the world around us, which will in turn be evidenced and measured by our heart rate variability (HRV). The technology being offered by HeartMath teaches us different ways to relieve stress, practice balanced breathing, and increase our ability to identify and control our own moods. Andrews joins the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of what HeartMath has to offer, as well as insight into his experience using HeartMath techniques for over 10 years. Check out to find out more.

Tony Altar PhD Senior Scientific Fellow and Advisor of Verge Genomics New Treatment for Brain Illnesses

Jul 9, 2019 40:06


Tony Altar, PhD, Senior Scientific Fellow and Advisor of Verge Genomics, delivers a thorough overview of new mechanisms and treatments for brain illnesses. 

Altar is helping to guide Verge forward with his 35+ years of experience helming CNS drug discovery and development teams, from initial concept to commercial productivity and success. Altar is the former Global Head of Neuroscience at Otsuka. During Altar’s tenure he led his team in the discovery and FDA approval of aripiprazole (Abilify™) for multiple uses in bipolar disease, depression, as well as schizophrenia. Altar was also the Chief Scientific Officer at Assurex Health, CSO of Psychiatric Genomics, and he co-founded the Regeneron vision program, and led teams at Genentech. 

Altar discusses his background and how he became interested in the brain and the potential problems that can develop. He talks about his time as a high school student when there was a lot of use of psychedelic drugs in the community. As a curious high school scientist in the making, Altar’s scientific mind wondered… if a single molecule could create temporary psychosis and states of euphoria, etc. then could the mechanism of psychiatric illnesses perhaps share the same features? Completing his high school studies in advance, Altar began a volunteer position at the Neurobiochemistry Lab at the Brentwood Veteran’s Administration, which accelerated his interest in disease and brain issues. 

As Altar explains there are 20,000 genes, approximately, in the human body and the brain expresses almost half of those. And fortunately, it is now possible to study all 20,000 of them to understand the coding of proteins and measure mRNA in diseased tissue. The mRNA is ‘messenger RNA,’ a subtype of RNA. The mRNA are molecules that carry a portion of the DNA code to other parts of a cell for processing.

Altar discusses cell types and neurons and how various brain diseases impact them. He explains how some neurons are more vulnerable and thereby more susceptible to succumb to disease. He talks about the various methods and companies that are working toward solutions to treat schizophrenia and other mental health issues. Altar explains the mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease and how changes can be very subtle. He explains the loss of dopamine neurons and the impact that has, and he details some of the protective mechanisms and explains why cells die.

Altar talks extensively about enzymes, and brain injection therapies that are utilized for better results due to the fact that the brain is not easy to access, and intravenous solutions may or may not get to the brain. 

Verge was founded by some of the industry’s best machine learning experts and neuroscience drug developers. And Altar and his fellow Verge contemporaries are excited about the amazing advances in computational genomics and new insights into neuroscience that are creating great progress in drug discoveries, that can help combat neurodegenerative diseases.

Electronic Overload – Peter Sullivan, Founder of Clear Light Ventures – Environmental Health Threats - What You Need to Know

Jul 8, 2019 48:15


Peter Sullivan, founder of Clear Light Ventures, discusses his extensive work in the environmental health community.

Sullivan has been an important voice in the environmental health community for many years. His work has been heavily focused in many important areas, such as toxic metals screening, electromagnetic field safety and awareness, as well as the environmental factors that play a role in autism. His company, Clear Light Ventures, seeks to improve overall human health and functioning via the removal of environmental health threats.

Sullivan talks about the journey toward his current career in environmental health, discussing his own health issues as well as his children’s. He states that with chronic disease, by the time you notice symptoms, it’s usually many things not just one thing, that is impacting your health and how you feel. Sullivan talks about all the gadgets, wearables, and other electronic devices that we take for granted and utilize, but what could they be emitting, and how could they be impacting our health? Sullivan discusses mercury poisoning and its effects, as well as the health symptoms and effects of various environmental toxins. 

Sullivan introduces the ways we can all reduce our exposure to environmental toxins. He explains that there are many things we can do, such as either turning off our smartphones at night, or making sure that they are not sitting right by our beds when we sleep. Something as simple as moving the device away from your bed area could help a great deal. As he explains, dropping exposure can be achieved by distance, the further away we move the device from our bodies, the more we decrease our exposure. Sullivan goes on to discuss sperm damage and potential DNA damage, and how wireless radiation could be one of the big suspects. 

Sullivan talks about other ways we can keep ourselves safer. We can turn off phone chargers, routers, and anything that is receiving or emitting, that could be causing potential health issues. The environmental toxins expert goes into detail on some of the kinds of meters that are available on the market such as EMF meters and meters that measure wireless radiation, magnetic fields and electric fields, and other factors. All of these, along with dirty electricity, are to be avoided if at all possible. You can also seek out the help of an expert who specializes in the area and can make assessments for you in your home.

Sullivan’s work on detoxification and EMF has been featured in many current books and periodicals and he is a celebrated authority and expert in the field of environmental toxin exposure. 

Thyroid Problems and How to Fix Them: Increasing Awareness and Education—Dr. Zana Carver—Author, The End of Chronic Fatigue

Jul 8, 2019 25:18


Prior to becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Columbia Basin College, Dr. Zana Carver immersed herself in the world of biological research, where she learned a lot about the way chemicals move through and interact with the human body. But perhaps more than anything, her drive to become the author of The End of Chronic Fatigue sprang from her experience with the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, and the consequent surgery to remove her entire thyroid. 

On today’s podcast, she discusses her experience as a patient on thyroid suppression hormone (TSH) for over ten years and what it was like to be taken off of TSH in the direction of her doctor. She also talks about the differences between T4 and T3 levels, recent research on and the relationship between chronic fatigue syndrome and low thyroid hormones, what happens to reverse T3 in our bodies when we’re under stress, misdiagnoses associated with thyroid problems, and a load of insight into the biochemistry of thyroid disorders. 

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Electromagnetic Kinetic – Cecelia Doucette, Technical Writer and Education Services Director at Wireless Education – Environmental Toxins

Jul 8, 2019 44:11


In this podcast, Cecelia Doucette, Technology Safety Educator, Education Services Director at Wireless Education, talks in-depth about the many potential toxins in our environment. 

Doucette is a technical writer and public health safety advocate. Her extensive background in the understanding of, and writing about, technology has motivated her to now educate the public and work for important policy change. 

Doucette provides an overview of electromagnetic fields, commonly referred to as EMFs, and the ways they are impacting our general health. She discusses wireless technology and how the now ubiquitous digital technology introduced significantly more electromagnetic fields into our environment that we come in contact with daily. Doucette says that these EMFs are affecting our bodies on a cellular level. 

Doucette is a leader in the fight to change public policy. She helped push Ashland Public Schools in Massachusetts to become the nation’s first to implement, Best Practices for Mobile Devices. Doucette delves into other work she has been involved with in terms of public health, and she outlines how EMFs can affect our health. She delivers information on how we all can do more to avoid potential threats, such as home-based solutions—hardwiring cellphones to access the internet, and so much more. And she explains the steps she took to hardwire her own home. Doucette talks about the satellites and antennas in our environment and how they too could impact our health. 

An Inconvenient, Overcrowded Truth Paul Ehrlich, co author of The Population Bomb

Jul 5, 2019 28:02


Today’s episode features Paul Ehrlich, co-author of The Population Bomb. This book, published in 1968, predicted that the earth’s growing population would soon surpass a sustainable number. Dangers of continued population growth, Ehrlich predicted, would lead to global pollution, famine, economic collapse, and exhaustion of resources such as food and water. Ehrlich argued that a growing population would threaten the existence of humanity as we knew it in 1968. Now that the global population has doubled since the book’s publishing, we revisit Ehrlich’s predictions and compare them to current events. In this episode, Ehrlich discusses what he believes to be the “optimal” amount of people that the earth may sustain, as well as the barriers we face in reaching that population. 

Listen in for a fascinating discussion on history, ethics, and the current trajectory of the human race.

Electrifying Environments – Dave Stetzer, Founder of Stetzer Electric – Discovering Dirty Electricity and How to Reduce Its Negative Health Impact

Jul 4, 2019 37:09


Dave Stetzer, founder of Stetzer Electric, discusses his company, his early work and long career in the field of electricity. 

Starting in 1974, Stetzer Electric made a name for itself as the go-to company for electrical services, from electric motor repair and rewind, to commercial as well as industrial electrical contracting, and power quality analysis. The company also distributes a registered product, STETZERiZER® Power Line EM Filters.

Stetzer discusses his 30+ year career in the field as an electrician and electricity specialist. Getting his initial training during his years in the United States Air Force, his interest in electricity grew and Stetzer was buzzing to begin putting his skills to work in the private sector. He discusses the many changes, the kinds of loads (linear versus non-linear), and the problems that can exist, detailing issues that pertain to the electrical grid. Alarmingly, Stetzer states that since 1998, 70% of all current in North America that travels out on high line wires returns to the substation via the earth, which causes a wide array of technical problems with equipment as well as human and animal health problems. Stetzer explains the codes that prohibit the earth from being used in this manner, but utility companies are still using the earth in spite of codes. Stetzer explains how much current we are getting in our everyday lives, and the implications for health problems and disease. 

For over a decade, Stetzer has been troubleshooting power quality problems and dirty electricity (electrical pollution, stray voltage), that exists in the US and around the globe. Utilizing his expertise in the field, Stetzer developed the STETZERiZER® Filter, which is the first power line EM (electromagnetic) filter.

Stetzer discusses motor starts and dirty electricity, and the cumulative effect on animals, such as dairy cows. He explains his startling results, finding that cows that were getting shocked from stray power, etc. produced less milk, and his observations were consistent from farm to farm. Stetzer details how every computer and gadget we use can potentially be putting current into our environment and possibly creating a negative health impact.

Stetzer details how his STETZERiZER® Filter works. He talks about how the filter lowers the numbers and shorts out higher frequencies that are detrimental. And the filter actually causes meters to even read more accurately. 

Livers, in Sickness and in Health - Dr. Kevin Moore – Professor of Hepatology – University of College London – Liver Specialist

Jul 4, 2019 33:18


Dr. Kevin Moore, Professor of Hepatology at the University of College London, joins us today to discuss liver health, ailments, and function. In this episode, we learn all about specific conditions that affect the liver, such as fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatitis. Dr. Moore discusses the causes of fatty liver disease, whether or not there are effective medications to treat it, and what we, as patients, can (and shouldn’t) eat and drink to keep our livers in optimal health. Dr. Moore also discusses how chronic alcohol intake can harm the liver, and whether or not that damage can be mitigated later on in life. 

Tune in to hear Dr. Moore provide an overview of liver function tests, what they mean, and specific things you can do to keep your liver healthy.

Eliu Huerta PhD Gravity Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jul 4, 2019 32:32


We are all familiar with gravity’s effects on Earth, but many of us have yet to learn what gravitational waves mean in the context of the Universe. Dr. Eliu Huerta, head of the Gravity Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joins us today to answer our simple and complex questions about gravitational wave analysis. 

A theoretical astrophysicist by training, Dr. Huerta’s research focuses on developing artificial intelligence that aids scientists in detecting and analyzing gravitational wave observations. These observations provide information about black holes and neutron stars in the Universe. Dr. Huerta explains how we quantify gravitational waves, and answer questions varying in complexity, from “What is gravity?” to “What is gravity in the context of space-time?” Tune in to hear about the previous, current, and future fascinating technologies of astrophysics. 

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Sleeping Well? – Dr. Katharina Lederle, Human Sleep and Fatigue Specialist, Somnia – How Everyone Can Learn to Sleep Better

Jul 3, 2019 29:13


In this podcast, Dr. Katharina Lederle, a noted sleep and fatigue specialist at Somnia, provides a detailed overview of the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Dr. Lederle’s company, Somnia, seeks to educate the public and offer skills that can help people improve their sleep quality. Achieving better sleep can result in a significantly happier, healthier life. Somnia’s program works to resolve sleep problems and improve overall sleep habits. Dr. Lederle and her team of sleep specialists provide individualized services, including one-on-one private consultations designed to analyze an individual’s sleep problems and generate solutions.

Dr. Lederle grew up in a rural area near an army base, and the sounds of helicopters offered her a comfortable auditory background for optimum sleeping. But her dad had a totally different reaction, and this intrigued her, which may have ultimately led to her career in the study and improvement of sleep. 

Dr. Lederle goes into detail about sleep cycles and she explains chronotypes, which are the behavioral presentation of one’s internal circadian rhythms. A particular chronotype is one’s desire to sleep and sleep better, at a particular time during a 24-hour cycle. As Dr. Lederle explains, everyone needs to discover their own chronotype and avoid input from society on this matter, because everyone has their own ideal chronotype that works best for them. 

Dr. Lederle discusses sensitivity to light, and how light affects our internal body clocks. As she states, we are designed to sleep through the night and work in daylight hours, because our abilities in regard to night vision are quite poor by comparison. 

Dr. Lederle uses her wide base of sleep knowledge and a hands-on approach, combined with her years of practical experience in sleep science and sleep therapy to help people feel better and get the quality sleep they need. 

Nerve Repair Using Peripheral Nerve-Based Hydrogels-Dr. Young Hye Song—The Schmidt Lab, University of Florida

Jul 3, 2019 20:33


As a post-doctoral associate at The Schmidt Lab at the University of Florida, Dr. Young Hye Song is working on utilizing naturally-derived biomaterials to develop in vitro disease models and create scaffolds that can be used for nerve repair. She discusses the types of biomaterials being used and the way they are produced, the difference between nerve regeneration in the central versus peripheral nervous system, the process of desterilizing peripheral nerves to create injectable hydrogels for the treatment of spinal cord injuries, when this method of repair may be tested on humans, challenges inherent in this approach to spinal cord injury repair, and so much more. 

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Investing in Health – Greg Kieser, Founder at LLC – Superintelligence, Changing Technologies, and Innovations in Healthcare for Improving Our Lives

Jul 3, 2019 23:28


Greg Kieser, Founder at LLC, and author of the book, Dear Machine: A Letter to a Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM), discusses his passion for investing in forward-thinking companies that help people improve their lives. is a think-tank and angel investment firm based out of Brooklyn, NY that is wholly dedicated to preparing humanity for the coming emergence of superintelligent entities via the study and proliferation of ‘supersystemic’ perspectives and groundbreaking innovations.

Greg Kieser’s particularly strong interest in complex systems science led him to launch Kieser’s previous work at a poverty-relief type foundation enhanced his growing interest in how investments affect the physical and mental well-being of lower-income New Yorkers in general.     

Kieser discusses his new book, Dear Machine: A Letter to a Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM), and how he hypothesized that superintelligence will emerge to improve lives, from our transportation networks to our shopping, google maps, facebooks learning, etc. He elaborates on the mechanisms of our current technologies, including a detailed analysis of blockchain and how it will be utilized to improve systems. 

He discusses his idea for an investment firm that has a truly positive impact. He talks about health issues and the microbiome. He explains how one of his first investments was in a microbiome company that was working in the area of fecal therapy, a therapy that is designed to help improve issues such as autoimmune disorders, skin problems, digestive conditions, IBS, etc. 

Kieser talks about some of the important factors in fecal transplantation. Fecal transplantation also referred to as bacteriotherapy, is the actual transfer of stool from a healthy person into the gastrointestinal tract of another, to treat recurrent C. difficile colitis. In our modern world, many antibiotics may be disrupting the microbiome causing disease by wiping out the healthy, good bacteria in our guts. Kieser discusses the screening and testing of donors, looking for healthy people who ideally have never had antibiotics, and have lived lives essentially free of disease and health problems. 

KIeser discusses some of the other health-positive companies that he is interested in, companies that are helping people with all sorts of health problems, from the physical to the mental. He explains various studies that are ongoing and how we are learning about new treatments that could prove to be highly beneficial.  

Energy Storage, and All Things Organic Chemistry—Christopher Hendon—Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon

Jul 2, 2019 52:03


As a result of applying scientific principles to the creation of the “perfect” cup of coffee, he’s earned the name “Dr. Coffee.” But in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon, he’s also known as Dr. Christopher Hendon, who was one of three professors hired to work in an emerging field of technology: energy storage and the development of supercapacitors. 

As a theoretical chemist, Dr. Hendon explains that while we are good at capturing light and turning it into electricity, we aren’t so good at storing that energy. In order to do this, we need a material that has an extremely high surface area of electrical conductivity, and in order to find that type of material, Dr. Hendon and his team are looking at a new class of materials called metal-organic frameworks. 

Dr. Hendon dives deep into the science behind his work, explaining how and why similar compounds have vastly different properties, the principle of electron tunneling, how to determine the melting point, color, vibrational modes, and other properties of different substances, non-bonding versus bonding electrons, the relationship between electron relays and enzyme function in the body, anti-cancer drugs based on platinum, and so much more.

Slow and Fast Heart Rates, and Everything In Between: Using Heart Rate Variability to Identify Health Conditions – Abraham Otero – Associate Professor of Information Technology - San Pablo University

Jul 2, 2019 29:55


We experience huge variations in our heart rates on a daily basis; from the slow heart rate that occurs just before drifting off to sleep, to the chest pounding we’ve all experienced after climbing a particularly challenging flight of stairs. There are more subtle variations even when we are at rest, though, that are now being considered as a means to track well-being. Abraham Otero, Associate Professor of Information Technology at San Pablo University, joins us today to discuss the technology that may someday enable us to diagnose health conditions based on our individual heart rate variability. He discusses his research on heart rate variability analysis with the R package RHRV, a heart rate variability analysis software tool.  

Otero introduces us to how algorithms are used in this package, how heart rate variability is currently being used to identify sleep apnea patients (when compared to control patients without sleep apnea), and how this technology may be used in the future to diagnose patients with other health conditions. 

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Put it Where the Sun Shines:Solar Technology Implementation in Frontline Communities–Erica Mackie–Co-founder of GRID Alternatives

Jul 1, 2019 25:09


Erica Mackie joins us today to discuss solar technology and her non-profit, GRID Alternatives. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit that installs solar electric systems exclusively in disadvantaged communities. They promote sustainability by training members of these communities on the installation and maintenance of solar technologies, providing them with job training and basic experience in the industry. Mackie discusses why solar technology is superior to traditional energy resources and how their work helps families reduce their utility bills, while also improving their quality of life through job training and access to these resources. 

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Microbial Machination–Jamie S. Foster, Professor, Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida – The Artful Existence of the Microbe

Jun 28, 2019 38:50


Jamie S. Foster, Professor, Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida, provides an interesting overview of the many benefits of microbes.

Dr. Foster’s research program is keenly interested in and focused on, the cooperation and actions between microbial communities and their neighboring environments, to improve understanding of the various molecular mechanisms that select microbes utilize to respond and adjust to variations and modifications in the environment. Her work is specialized in multiple areas of interest, including metagenomics, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, host-microbe interactions, space biology, and metatranscriptomics.

Dr. Foster discusses her background and her overall interests in the field. She states that her research is varied and wide, from studying microbes within squid to the microbes that form rocks in the environment, and beyond. From what we eat to almost everything we interact with—is the product of microbes, she states.

The Microbiology & Cell Science expert explains that 90% of the cells in our bodies are microbial. She states that while eukaryotic cells are larger, we are in fact mostly microbes in terms of sheer number. Dr. Foster elaborates on squid and talks about the microbes that cover them as they swim through the water. She explains ‘a mutualistic symbiosis,’ which is when a bacterium is assisting the host to perform a specific function. Over time, humans have also developed special relationships with microbes. 

Dr. Foster elaborates on the selection process that takes place in organisms that allow for adaptation. As she states, bacteria will do whatever they can to survive. She outlines some specific examples regarding microbes and the selection process that is the basis of evolution. She explains how future generations are benefited by this selection process and selection pressure, improving the organism’s ability to better survive. She elaborates on what they refer to as ‘competition experimentation’ in which they may add genes or take away genes to observe how that may affect fitness, or the ability to colonize and thrive. 

The microbial expert discusses how they are working with microbes in a space environment, to better understand how immune systems of astronauts could become compromised in space. And she talks about some of the publishing they are currently conducting in regards to how beneficial microbes are critical under microgravity conditions. 

The Sleeping Breath – Dr. Barry Raphael of the Raphael Center for Integrative Education – Understanding How We Breathe and the Disruptions That Can Affect Our Health

Jun 28, 2019 48:51


Dr. Barry Raphael of the Raphael Center for Integrative Education discusses sleep medicine and breathing issues.

Dr. Raphael is a skilled practitioner in the field of orthodontics. He is particularly interested in sleep/breathing issues (airway-centered dysfunction) and malocclusion, and the early treatment techniques that can help to avoid them. Dr. Raphael teaches at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and at the post-graduate level in the US and abroad, and of course at his center, the Raphael Center for Integrative Education in New Jersey. Dr. Raphael is the president of the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists and is a respected authority in his field at large.

As Dr. Raphael states, today we know more about sleep and the reasons behind sleep disruption than ever before. He delves into a detailed explanation of how we take air in during our sleep and the processes that take place as we breathe. He explains the kind of suction activity that the chest creates that helps to pull air in through the nose, and when all is functioning properly this is a fairly effortless process and the diaphragm will distribute air evenly throughout the lungs. However, for some, there is ‘turbulence,’ which is a ‘swirling’ of the air as it moves through the body that causes a significant amount of negative pressure. Dr. Raphael explains that this can cause the sidewalls of the airway to flutter, which makes noise, and this noise is what we have labeled as—snoring. Snoring, he states, is one of the hallmarks of negative pressure in the airway. Dr. Raphael discusses the discomfort that can be created and the ways to deal with these airway issues. 

The orthodontics expert outlines other ways that turbulence can be created in the breathing process, specifically detailing nasal issues, and ways that a ‘narrowing’ can be created that will impact breathing negatively. Continuing, Dr. Raphael discusses the fields of sleep medicine and sleep dentistry and the innovative progress that is being made in them, offering new hope for sufferers. 

Dr. Raphael says that eight to fifteen percent of the population has sleep apnea, but of those, many never figure out that this is a problem for them at all, leaving the issue unaddressed. He explains the many ways the body tries to adapt during sleep, in order to get the air that it needs. Dr. Raphael explains how apnea can stress the organs, and how it usually is developed over a long history of intermittent breathing issues that occur during sleep. Additionally, he outlines autonomic responses, and how stress affects breathing and the body. 

Cell Wars–Dr. Gail McIntyre, Chief Scientific Officer, Aravive – Researching Ways to Combat Disease at the Cellular Level

Jun 27, 2019 31:52


In this podcast, Gail McIntyre, Ph.D., DABT, Chief Scientific Officer of Aravive, delivers a comprehensive overview of her work as CSO developing options to treat an assortment of diseases.

Before arriving at Aravive, Dr. McIntyre was a principal and/or consultant at multiple innovative pharmaceutical and biotechnology-oriented companies. Opening the podcast, Dr. McIntyre discusses in detail all the groundbreaking work they are producing at Aravive, developing treatments to stop the progression of life-threatening diseases. Dr. McIntyre explains how the Aravive system is built upon an approach to target influential signaling pathways that sustain the activation, the migration, and eventual invasion of abnormal cells into otherwise healthy tissue.

The scientific officer explains how tumors work to survive in less than ideal environments. She discusses the secretion of interleukins that can affect white cells. She provides a thorough analysis of the varied processes that sometimes work to improve multiple factors for tumor growth that allows them to survive in all kinds of conditions. She talks about their current work studying the effects and impact of select oncology drugs, observing GAS6 levels in monkeys. Dr. McIntyre further explains how select particular doses of drugs can suppress GAS6 levels, specifically in regard to their ongoing study of ovarian cancer.  

Dr. McIntyre has authored many regulatory submissions and she is a board-certified toxicologist with noted expertise in oncology and infectious diseases, etc.

Shining the Light on Cancer, and then Killing It—John S. Ho—Department of Electrical Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore

Jun 27, 2019 24:30


Chemotherapy is an integral part of the gold standard for cancer treatment in the U.S., but it’s well-understood that it’s not without side effects—some so significant that some people choose to forego it altogether. The reason that chemotherapy drugs cause systemic side effects is relatively simple: the drugs act systemically, killing the cancer cells, but at the same time killing the healthy cells that our bodies rely upon. But what if we could control exactly where and how chemotherapy drugs are activated in the body, so as to direct them to the specific site of a tumor, and nowhere else?

Professor John S. Ho from the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore joins the podcast to explain how and why we can. It’s called photodynamic therapy, and while it’s not without its challenges, it holds promise for the future of cancer treatment. By shining light of a certain wavelength into a tumor in the body, and then administering chemotherapy drugs that have been designed to absorb that same wavelength of light, the drug would become active only in the presence of the light, and therefore only at the site of the tumor.

The principles that underlie this technology, surprisingly enough, are similar to those that underlie other bioelectronic devices, such as pacemakers, pill cameras, and cochlear implants. Aside from explaining exactly how photodynamic therapy works, Dr. Ho discusses a number of interesting topics, including the benefits and difficulties of wireless power transfer to the body, energy harvesting, and what’s ahead in the coming years in bioelectronic device development.

Holistic Pet Care – Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA – Complementary and Holistic Veterinary Medicine

Jun 27, 2019 47:30


We all love our pets and want to provide the very best for them. It can be difficult, though, to sort through the varying recommendations on how to provide the very best care for our beloved pets. Grain-free or grain-based diets? Raw food or kibble? Bones or no bones? Dr. Royal, an integrative veterinary medical practitioner in Chicago joins us today to discuss holistic pet nutrition and how we can help prevent and reduce our pets’ illnesses through proper nutrition and integrative veterinary care.

In this episode, Dr. Royal dispels myths about raw-food pet diets. In doing so, she provides tips on how to safely transition pets to a balanced diet that’s free from the preservatives and artificial additives that are commonly found in pet foods worldwide. The key is making sure that your pet’s diet is balanced—tune in to find out exactly what Dr. Royal means. 

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Bacterial Diversity – Meagan Rubel, Graduate Student, Department of Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania – An Anthropological View of the Microbiome, Parasites, and Healthy Bacteria, etc.

Jun 26, 2019 44:37


Meagan Rubel, Graduate Student, Department of Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, provides a thorough overview of her work studying anthropology and the microbiome.

Rubel is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in molecular anthropology, studying biological anthropology in detail, and specifically focusing on evolution and adaptation in human beings. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A/B.I.S., Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies Foci in Biology and Geography, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Rubel is particularly focused on how diet, survival/subsistence practice, as well as environments are unified with genetic variation, phenotypic adaptation, and overall health. And her specific area of research pertains to the gut microbiome and helminth (parasitic worms) analysis and study within select African groups utilizing human genetics and various statistical methods.

Rubel talks in detail about health biomarkers of some of her study groups, specifically talking about her work in Botswana. She discusses how we define a normal healthy microbiome because it is very context-dependent. She gives examples of how different types of people have varied microbiomes, and she states that there is a lot of research taking place currently that seeks to answer the question of what certain missing bacterial diversity could be doing to our health in the long run. She talks about microbial diversity that could be lost due to changing diets and changing activities. Diet changes could change bacteria composition. What kind of diversity is good diversity she asks, but she states that you don’t necessarily need to be a hunter/gatherer to have a healthy microbiome and healthy bacteria.  

And Rubel discusses how modern society has impacted bacteria and health, from air pollution to reduction in pathogens, and improvement of living standards overall. She discusses how parasites can actually reduce allergen-induced inflammation. Further, Rubel talks about some of her current work that she has not yet published, that studies blood parasites and fecal parasites, etc., and she mentions some of the predictive modelings they use to make associations between parasites and the microbiome.  

Tasty Ferments — Kirsten Shockey — Co-Author of Fiery Ferments and Fermented Vegetables

Jun 26, 2019 27:05


What do kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, and miso all have in common? Not only are they delicious, but these foods are also all fermented. Kirsten Shockey, the co-author of several books on fermentation, joins us today to share some of her knowledge on fermented food. Shortly after her family began growing their own food twenty years ago, they turned to fermentation as a means to preserve what they were not able to immediately consume. This soon expanded to fermenting foods for its many health benefits. Kirsten and her husband currently teach classes and workshops on fermentation.

In this episode, Shockey shares a few of the many health benefits of fermented foods and assures us that fermenting foods is easier than we might expect. After listening to this episode, you might feel inspired enough to try fermenting your own vegetables! Learn all about the fermentation process from Shockey, and hear what benefits that fermented foods can provide for your body.  

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Encouraging the Growth of Your Inner Scientist—Beth Tuck—Genspace

Jun 26, 2019 25:06


Have you always had an interest in the bioscience and tech worlds, but never really had a chance to truly explore them? Have you had trouble finding good resources for learning more about biotechnology and the biological design space? Or maybe you’ve learned a lot, but never really had the chance to practice any of it in hands-on fashion? If so, Genspace is an open access life sciences lab catering directly to you. 

Simply put, Genspace is a safe, inclusive space where you can receive hands-on instruction and engage in open dialogue about exciting and emerging biotechnologies, including CRISPR-Cas9, protein engineering, next-generation drug development, and a number of other fields in cutting-edge science. And when you become a member of Genspace, you’re given 24/7 access to the lab for exploring your own questions and topics of interest, or for starting your own personal project.

Beth Tuck is the Director of Science Education at Genspace, and she joins the podcast to provide a glimpse into this exiting and creative world that’s kept in motion by pure curiosity, creativity, and a desire to learn. She provides a few examples of projects being carried out by Genspace members, surprising new areas of interest in the bio-design space (including the creation of furniture from mushrooms!) and how biology communities with similar goals as Genspace are popping up around the world. 

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The Magical Microbiome – Andres M. Gomez, Microbiomics, University of Minnesota – Microbiome Research, Health, Nutrition, Disease

Jun 25, 2019 36:43


In this podcast, Andres M. Gomez, University of Minnesota, discusses his research in the area of microbiomics. 

Gomez talks in detail about his field of microbiomics. As he explains, within microbiomics they use many and various techniques to study microbes—how microbiomes function, and how they interact and exist in their environments. His lab focuses on determining factors that play a part in the composition and function/processes of the microbiomes of animals and humans. The lab uses metagenomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, machine learning and more. 

Gomez discusses fatty acids and how they are produced as he explains the microbiome and the complex activities taking place there. Microbiome research can deliver valuable information about microbial communities, their environments and critical changes that can take place within the environments. 

The microbiomics expert talks about information released recently regarding a few case studies of fecal transplantation therapy, which is the transfer of stool into a recipient for treatment purposes. Gomez seeks to fully understand, through extensive research, all of these issues, and the discoveries they make just might provide critical insight into the human microbiome and how it affects our health, and what role it plays in the development of the disease.

Managing Hyperthyroidism With The Thyroid Expert – Jules Chandler – Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist

Jun 25, 2019 34:27


Jules Chandler joins us today to discuss her journey with Graves’ disease and her approach to health after undergoing total thyroidectomy. Chandler’s interest in thyroid conditions began after she noticed symptoms of her own overactive thyroid. In this episode, Jules shares her experience of conventional medical treatments, including the roller coaster of fluctuating hormones, a side effect of her treatment. Despite being told by doctors after years of treatment that her condition was cured, Chandler did not feel that her symptoms had fully resolved; as a result, she began experimenting with adjustments to her diet and was able to identify gluten as a trigger for inflammation in her body. 

By making changes to her diet - which expanded to changes to her lifestyle - Chandler was able to find relief for her symptoms in ways that previous treatments were unable to provide. This inspired her to pursue a degree in naturopathic nutrition, and today she helps her clients manage many of their symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes.

Tune in to hear Jules Chandler’s inspiring story, as well as a list of resources that Chandler believes, may be helpful for those looking to take control of their own thyroid health. For more information, 

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Tapped Out on Clean Water—Jafar Noori—Intelligent Pollutant Monitoring

Jun 25, 2019 32:39


Most people are under the impression that the water they consume is being monitored for harmful chemicals and quality-checked on a continuous basis, but in reality, this generally isn’t the case. In some locations, water safety is only verified once every two years, which leaves room for periods of contamination to be missed, and citizens to unknowingly consume chemicals that are harmful to their health. 

Over the past year in Denmark, reports of pesticides in the water have become increasingly common, putting everyone on edge about their health and safety, and bringing to light concerns over safe water practices in other countries, including the US. So, what’s the solution? As the head of a new project at Intelligent Pollutant Monitoring, Jafar Noori is working on one. 

He joins the podcast today to discuss the development of a new device designed to detect the presence of harmful chemicals in the water, primarily glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup). The device will be available for use by municipalities, and will provide a continuous stream of data—up to the latest millisecond—related to the health of the water people are consuming. 

Noori discusses a number of surprising, and even frightening topics, including the life-threatening effects of common water pollutants on human health. 

Tune in to hear the full discussion.  

Lettuce, Carrots, Soybeans, and Vaccines—Tedrick Thomas Salim Lew—Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Jun 24, 2019 34:20


What do lettuce, carrots, soybeans, and vaccines have in common? Not much, until now: a team of engineers at MIT have figured out a way to introduce DNA nanoparticles into the chloroplasts of living plants, which has never been done before. Tedrick Thomas Salim Lew, Ph.D., is a member of this team of engineers, and he joins the podcast to discuss why this is so significant, explaining that chloroplasts have previously been impenetrable by any type of material due to the double plasma membrane. 

As the site of photosynthesis, having the ability to introduce genetic material into the chloroplast will allow for the chloroplast genome to be modified in a variety of ways, resulting in higher protein production to protect against disease, more efficient use of nutrients, higher growth rates, and perhaps the most surprising of all…the production of human vaccines and hormones, such as the polio vaccine and insulin. 

Dr. Tedrick Thomas Salim Lew explains why this method of genetic engineering is far superior to conventional methods, how it will allow for the elimination of costly purification steps in the development of vaccines, new findings in the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in plants and the benefits that this method confers, and where their research is heading.

Keeping You on Track to Meet Your Goals—Cynthia Loh—Digital Advice and Innovation at Charles Schwab

Jun 24, 2019 20:59


Do you need to save one million dollars for the retirement you want? Do you have one year to plan for the wedding of your dreams? Are you looking to buy a new house? Do you want to plan for two vacations per year, rather than just one? Regardless of your goal, the team at Charles Schwab is ready to harness the power of technology and put it in your hands so that you can make your goal a reality. “We find that clients actually find investing to be much easier with the help of technology,” says Cynthia Loh, VP of Digital Advice and Innovation at Charles Schwab. 

In today’s episode, she explains everything their robo-advisor has to offer and the specific details of the basic and premium Schwab Intelligent Portfolio services. She also discusses the overwhelmingly positive feedback they’ve received from clients, what makes Schwab stand out among other robo-advisors, and the direction of their future growth. 

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Breathe Well – Erin Elliott, Dentist, Sleep and Breathing Specialist – Understanding and Treating Oral Health and Related Airway and Breathing Issues and Conditions

Jun 21, 2019 40:23


Erin Elliott, D.D.S., is a dental, sleep, and breathing specialist and in this informative podcast, she shares some of her vast knowledge of the aforementioned, amassed over her extensive career. Dr. Elliott is an ASBA Board Certified Diplomate. The ASBA is the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, a professional academy that promotes excellence in many areas of her specialty such as the various upper airway, breathing, and sleep issues in sleep-related dental medicine. The doctor’s educational path to her current career included graduation from the noted dental school, Creighton University Dental School in Omaha, NE.

Dr. Elliott talks about her background, and how she became motivated to study and work in the field of dentistry and sleep-related dental medicine. After much personal research of her own, she came to the realization many years ago that dentists were actually well-equipped to help patients with their breathing and air flow issues. She became a champion of these breathing-related issues and set out to change the way we think about sleep and breathing conditions, such as sleep apnea. As she describes, her entire team at her dentistry practice is trained to identify signs and symptoms of potential breathing and airway issues. 

The sleep and breathing expert talks about constriction of the space that the tongue has and other issues that impact breathing and flow. She talks about the connection between heart and oral health. She details some of the older treatments for snoring that did not actually treat the problem of apnea itself. And she discusses various current sleep/breathing aids such as the many varieties of CPAP machines. CPAP, which stands for ‘continuous positive airway pressure,’ is provided to patients who wear a face mask, while sleeping, which is connected to a pump (the CPAP machine) that forces air into the nasal passages and helps them overcome obstructions in the airway.


Dr. Elliott is a noted speaker and educator on sleep apnea and she has been published in countless dental journals. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as well as the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Understanding Evolutionary Changes Katie Peichel Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern

Jun 21, 2019 36:50


Why do species look and behave differently from each other? It seems like a simple question that would have a simple answer, but it’s actually an incredibly complex question that’s found at the core of evolutionary biology and the center of Professor Katie Peichel’s work at the University of Bern. When it comes to adaptation, speciation, and evolution, Dr. Peichel is an expert, but she’s also the first to admit that there’s a great deal of debate among biologists regarding how new species develop, how phenotypic changes occur, and how a species should be defined. 

In today’s episode, she touches on a number of interesting subjects, including marine stickleback reproduction, evolution, and behavior, and the ins and outs of the research going on in her lab. She also discusses how genetic changes can accumulate in such a way as to lead to behavioral isolation, how a species’ behavior can explain reproduction barriers and the performance of hybrids in the wild. 

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What We Eat and How We Live – Beran Parry, Nutritionist and Author of, The Ageless Metabolic Cure: The Science of Looking 20 Years Younger: Natural Hormone Reset: Get Lean and Genetically Clean

Jun 21, 2019 26:38


Beran Parry, author of, The Ageless Metabolic Cure: The Science of Looking 20 Years Younger: Natural Hormone Reset: Get Lean and Genetically Clean, provides an overview of her work in the nutrition and wellness field.

Parry’s personal website (<a href=""></a>) is a treasure chest filled with all kinds of interesting health information that can help people literally transform their lives.

Parry talks about her background and how she arrived at her current state of health and then immersed herself into a successful career as a nutritionist and well-being expert. She describes her new book, The Ageless Metabolic Cure: The Science of Looking 20 Years Younger: Natural Hormone Reset: Get Lean and Genetically Clean as a “health encyclopedia.” She discusses the many topics her book discusses, from hormones to thyroid issues, to diet and weight loss, to inflammation, intermittent fasting, genetics, DNA testing, and much more. 

Parry’s new book will help people to analyze their personal health, metabolic, and hormonal conditions and build an idealized, tailored epigenetic eating program that will work for them. The Ageless Metabolic Cure can help everyone to rebalance hormone levels and recharge their energy, build muscle and decrease fat, fade wrinkles, improve mood, and generally take control of their bodies.

The nutrition guru talks about the steps she takes to help people, starting with a complete evaluation of their entire medical history, diet, nutrition as a whole, emotional and mental health. She discusses how she evaluates big issues like toxins, cortisol, etc. to get a sense of what the body is communicating about its state of wellness or distress. 

Parry discusses some specific case studies and some amazing results of people who have turned their lives around, beating inflammation, and losing weight dramatically, etc. She discusses yoga and mindfulness, and the many physical ways people can improve wellness. And Parry elaborates on the significance of DNA testing to understand what is happening in our bodies at the cellular level. 

The Healing and Reparative Function of Food—Kelly Dorfman—Nutritionist and Author of Cure Your Child With Food

Jun 20, 2019 38:04


Kelly Dorfman is a clinical nutritionist and expert in the field of nutrition who specializes in the treatment of ‘walking wounded’ conditions, such as chronic autoimmune diseases, allergies, generalized fatigue, and a variety of behavioral and brain-related problems. While the approach in conventional Western medicine is to throw some pharmaceuticals at these conditions with the hopes of alleviating the symptoms and not creating too many additional ones, Dorfman is focusing on the healing and reparative potential of food as a replacement for most medications commonly prescribed. 

She is a wealth of information on the topic, discussing everything from food irritants that far too frequently go undetected, the danger of mismanaged chronic conditions that many people become complacent in living with and how the right foods can repair or manage these conditions, how Prilosec interferes with vitamin B12, iron, zinc, protein, magnesium, and calcium in the body, how and why the generic drug crisis is hurting people’s health, and so much more. 

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Skin Discoveries – Raja Sivamani, Doctor, and Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology, UC Davis – Treating the Skin

Jun 20, 2019 44:42


In this podcast, Raja Sivamani, M.D., M.S., C.A.T., Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at UC Davis, talks about the skin, our largest organ, and the many conditions that impact skin health.

As an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Sivamani has devoted his career to the study and treatment of skin, with a particular focus on diseases that affect the skin. Sivamani discusses how he got into the field of dermatology. He elaborates on sebaceous gland disease and bioengineering adaptations for the field of dermatology.


Sivamani provides an overview of his practice, discussing tools and techniques, including the various kinds of lighting that they use to observe their patients. He explains ultraviolet light and talks about the benefits of using various types of lighting. He details how a Wood's lamp works and how it can help with an examination, using light to help doctors find bacterial or fungal skin infections, as well as discovering/viewing skin pigment disorders, and additional conditions.

Sivamani goes into detail about glands and pores and outlines certain skin conditions such as eczema and additional types of dermatitis that can irritate the skin, creating dry or itchy patches, or producing rashes, and/or possibly some swelling. 

Further, Sivamani provides more information about bacteria function, highlighting probiotics and the microbiome. And he explains the therapeutic use of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics for the skin and its many conditions.

Taking Control of Thyroid Health – Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor – BOOST Thyroid CEO and Co-founder

Jun 20, 2019 28:18


Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor joins us today to discuss her app, BOOST Thyroid. Dr. Högqvist Tabor’s idea for this app stemmed from her experience as a patient who sought to understand and manage her own Hashimoto’s disease diagnosis. With a background in research, she wanted a digital platform that would help her track lab work, remind her to take medications, and track her symptoms. 

This idea was further developed into an app that helps patients worldwide keep closer tabs on their symptoms, keep up to date on the latest scientifically-reviewed research, and become part of a community of other patients who seek to take control of their health. In this episode, Dr. Vedrana Högqvist provides us with an overview of Hashimoto’s disease and how her app is empowering patients all over the world to take thyroid health into their own hands. 

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Visual Cortex Contex –Pouya Bashivan, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences – Brain Activity & Advanced Visual Recognition

Jun 20, 2019 33:43


In this podcast, Pouya Bashivan, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, discusses brain activity and visual recognition.

Bashivan’s lab is particularly interested in how the brain sees, how the visual cortex recognizes objects, etc. Working with Kohitij Kar, the neuroscientists have engaged in some of the most significant testing to date of computational models that seek to approximate a brain's visual cortex. Using their models of a brain's visual neural network, Bashivan and Kar provided a new way to control individual neurons as well as populations of neurons in the middle of the network. Their research shows that certain versions of these new models are similar enough to a brain that they could perhaps be used to control brain states in animals.

The MIT neuroscientist discusses upcoming developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence. He talks about self-driving cars and various new technologies, and the challenges developers and manufacturers face in regard to vision in their operating systems. 

Continuing, Bashivan states that the future of machine vision could be focused well beyond basic object recognition. Specifically, Bashivan discusses new models that are being trained to play digital games, which could advance to training in more realistic style games that could provide significant data on how human brains are affected by various experiences. 

Psychedelics as Healing Truth Serum-Stephen Gray—Ninth Annual Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

Jun 19, 2019 42:19


In the late 60s, Stephen Gray began his journey into the world where spirituality and psychedelics intersect and has since worked with a number of psychedelic substances, become an editor and contributor to a book called Cannabis and Spirituality, and now serves as the head of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, where people come together in search of spiritual growth, enlightenment, an insight through the use of substances such as ayahuasca, psilocybe mushrooms, iboga, peyote, cannabis, huachuma (San Pedro), LSD, and MDMA.

Gray joins the podcast to discuss the ancient connections between spirituality and psychedelics, why many of these substances are described as ‘unspecified amplifiers’, the experience of Native American rituals and peyote ceremonies, how these substances have and continue to help people uncover and cope with childhood traumas, and so much more. 

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The Cellular Grind–Louis E. Metzger, Chief Scientific Officer at Tierra Biosciences – Discovering New Molecules Originating from Nature

Jun 19, 2019 38:21


Louis E. Metzger, Chief Scientific Officer at Tierra Biosciences, delivers an interesting overview of his company’s innovative work.

Metzger’s company, Tierra Biosciences devised proprietary methods that make it possible to discover new molecules originating from nature. Their advanced technology builds upon the progress made in the areas of cell-free synthetic biology, computation, and automation, which allows it to seek molecules that were previously thought to be inaccessible by past methods. 

Metzger discusses his background and the premise of Tierra Biosciences. He states that many chemicals and enzymes used for biotechnology purposes, from insecticides in agriculture tech to drug-like molecules that are natural products used in biopharma, are often produced by expressing them in host organisms. But a limitation of this process is, for example, if one were to make a compound in an e-coli or yeast cell, and the enzymes for that compound are toxic to the host cell—it can die or simply not produce the results one was hoping for in the experimentation. Thus, it puts a limitation on the types of proteins that can be expressed or the types of chemicals that can be found. Metzger continues, to say that Tierra Biosciences’ method grinds up the cells while preserving their specific biochemistry (what the cells can do, etc.), which ultimately can lead to the ability to express proteins in cell-free systems that are derived from living cells but are not in fact, living. By this method, Metzger states that they can uncover proteins, etc. that would normally be toxic to the host.

The scientific officer elaborates further on other companies that are making strides in this area of science. Metzger mentions that they have quite a few proof-of-concept projects that are in the works at Tierra Biosciences. He discusses some interesting work that they are doing in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that may offer hope for the treatment of malaria. 

The science expert discusses small molecule metabolites and cell-free reactions that have provided some notable and surprising reactions. He talks about the methods they use and their attention to testing and calibration in order to get consistent results. Essentially, Tierra Biosciences has found an innovative new approach to replenish the natural product pipeline by ultimately accessing DNA to find the incredible molecules of the next century and beyond.

The Path of Development – Dr. Mark Bertin, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and Author –Developmental Issues in Children—Status & Treatment

Jun 18, 2019 32:00


In this podcast, Dr. Mark Bertin, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, and celebrated author discusses ADHD and provides a general overview of child development.  

Dr. Bertin has studied extensively in the area of developmental-behavioral pediatrics, early on at Cornell University and the UCLA School of Medicine, then wrapping up his pediatric training at the Oakland Children’s Hospital in Northern California. He followed this education with a fellowship in neurodevelopmental behavioral pediatrics at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. 

Dr. Bertin provides an extensive overview of ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). He talks in detail about ‘executive function’ and how skills/areas such as attention, emotion, behavior, time, and others are managed. He describes how the genetics are crystal clear on ADHD, as clear as a genetic map for height would be, plain as day. He goes into detail about the many contributing factors that exist and the long list of ways that parents can help decrease symptoms, such as controlling diet and sleep in a healthy way. Dr. Bertin is noted for authoring the books, How Children Thrive and The Family ADHD Solution. 

Wrapping up, the pediatric doctor provides further details on the symptoms of ADHD that parents can look for. And he talks about the more internal types of ADHD that could go undiagnosed until later in a child’s life.

Oral Health, Holistic Health – Nadine Artemis, Noted Author of the Book, Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums – The Whole-Body Approach to Oral Health, Healthy Extracts, and Wellness Solutions

Jun 18, 2019 32:36


In this podcast, Nadine Artemis, the celebrated author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums discusses holistic oral care and healthy extracts for wellness. Artemis is a promoter of good oral health, an author, and an entrepreneur. Her company, Living Libations, produces serums, elixirs, and essential oils for health and beauty.  

Artemis discusses her book, Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. Finding almost no comprehensive information on holistic oral care, Artemis was motivated to fill the gap. She set out to write a book packed with useful information that was interesting and informative because as we all know our oral health is directly connected to our overall body health. 

Artemis discusses various topics such as oral care, lymphatic fluids, blood sugar spikes, mineral deficiencies in the diet, hormones, and more—all which are important issues that pertain to, and affect our oral health. She discusses saliva and explains some of its more important functions such as lubrication and caring for the microbiome. The book is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in improving their natural oral care. From self-care strategies to the prevention of oral problems, it’s a whole-body approach to better oral health and ultimately better health in general. 

Artemis talks about her line of botanical extracts. She discusses how extracts can be used to improve oral health, as a mouthwash, to seal gums, and much more. And she acknowledges that many people are seeing shorter dental visits—which is something we can all smile about.

Helping Those with Diabetes Live Their Best Lives—Jeff Dachis—One Drop

Jun 18, 2019 29:49


When Jeff Dachis was unexpectedly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013, he was given nothing more than a short conversation with a nurse practitioner, an insulin pen, and a prescription. He was shocked by the life-threatening diagnosis and left with so many questions and concerns that all he could do in those moments was break down. But after a few days, he decided to make a change. With a background in technology, Dachis began brainstorming the ways in which he could obtain all of the data related to his health and new diagnosis, and make use of it in a way that would allow him to make better choices and prevent negative events from happening in the future; this is when One Drop began.

One Drop is a diabetes management platform that uses mobile computing and data science to help people make sense of and utilize their health and lifestyle data in ways that enable them to live their best lives. The app makes it easy for people to enter their data on the One Drop platform, and once they do, that data not only benefits them but the entire community of One Drop users. The One Drop glucose meter is wireless with the ability to automatically sync all glucose data into the One Drop app, automatically track a user’s every step, and integrate seamlessly with any wearable fitness tracker on the market. It automatically integrates information such as weight, blood pressure, medication intake, and more. 

The One Drop app focuses on accomplishing three goals: harnessing the power of predictive data science to benefit their users, providing dedicated, personal care and coaching to every user, and ensuring an ecosystem of connected devices and supplies. Dachis makes for a fascinating episode, discussing the details of all this and more. 

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Improving Quality of Life--Dana Lewis--Open Artificial Pancreas Project

Jun 18, 2019 36:23


When Dana Lewis was 14 years old, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and that’s when her interest in the pancreas and how it functions in the body began. While there’s technology like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM) that help people manage type 1 diabetes, Lewis quickly learned the drawbacks associated with the fact that these devices don’t communicate with each other and are not automated; those dealing with type 1 diabetes still have to do a lot of work to manage their condition. 

This compelled Lewis to leverage open source code so that she could access her glucose data in real time from her devices, build a set of predictive alarms that would alert her to impending events related to her glucose levels, and create an algorithm which would allow for her insulin pump and CGM to interoperate in a closed loop system and communicate with a phone or computer in order to tell her when she needed more or less insulin. Enjoying the relief from having access to this technology, Lewis wanted to share what she’d created with everyone who could benefit from it.

She joins the podcast today to discuss why this technological capability has not already been made available in the health care sector, the challenges inherent in the development and widespread implementation of this type of technology, the details behind how the closed-loop system works, the results of studies looking at the effectiveness of the system she’s built, misconceptions about how insulin pumps work, how the technology has drastically improved her sleep, level of energy, and clinical outcomes, and much more. 

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THC and CBD-Infused Sugars—Latham Woodward—Shoogies

Jun 18, 2019 20:20


THC and CBD-infused gummies are popular and available in dispensaries throughout the US and Canada, but there’s something that you may not know about them until it’s too late: there is no guarantee that you’re going to get a specific amount of THC, which means there’s no guarantee that you’re not going to get a super-saturated gummy that’s going to result in an unpleasant experience involving paranoia, perceived heart palpitations, or a number of other unsettling effects.

Shoogies is a sugar-based company that’s changing this by employing advanced engineering and a tertiary testing system in the production of THC and CBD-infused sugars. The result? Individualized packages that are guaranteed to contain exactly five milligrams of THC, which means you can rest assured that you won’t be hit with way more than you bargained for. This product was made to be easily integrated into your daily life; no bongs, papers, or other devices are required to use it, it comes in child-proof, inconspicuous packaging, and can be added to whatever it is you already add sugar to, such as your morning coffee or tea.

Latham Woodward is the CEO of Shoogies, and he joins the podcast to discuss all the details of this new product that’s a guaranteed good time. 

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Growing Beating Hearts from Cells – Dr. Jeffrey A.Morgan – Chief Medical Officer for BIOLIFE4D

Jun 18, 2019 31:51


Dr. Jeffrey A. Morgan, a cardiac surgeon and Chief Medical Officer for BIOLIFE4D, provides an overview on surgical therapies currently used to treat patients with heart failure and overviews the current and future direction of bioprinted hearts.

In this episode, Dr. Morgan explains what causes heart failure, the physiology of a healthy and diseased heart, and outlines the most common surgical therapies currently available to patients with heart failure. He explores the benefits and drawbacks of current surgical therapies such as the total artificial heart (TAH) and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Dr. Morgan also discusses the current challenges with heart transplants, which leads us to a discussion on bioprinted hearts as a therapy currently undergoing development.

Dr. Morgan provides insight on why using bioprinted hearts would be superior to traditional heart transplants and explains what challenges scientists currently face in developing these technologies. His insight as a practicing surgeon and as a figure in the biomedical technology industry offers a unique perspective on how bioprinted hearts can be useful in every stage of treating heart failure – from drug research and development to clinical use. Tune in to discover how this technology has the potential to save thousands of lives.

The Myth of Aging – Aubrey de Grey, PhD, Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation – Debunking the Myth That Nothing Can Be Done About Aging, Through Scientific Research and Development

Jun 14, 2019 47:32


Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation, delivers an overview of aging and the many health problems that develop in our advanced years.

Dr. de Grey is a respected member of the science community; he is the noted biomedical gerontologist who devised the innovative SENS platform and co-founded the SENS Research Foundation to further it. Dr. de Grey has written about his work and as an established researcher, he has been appointed to the editorial and scientific advisory boards of many journals, organizations, etc. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America as well as the American Aging Association. He holds a BA in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Biology from the prestigious University of Cambridge. 

Dr. de Grey discusses his research in aging and the motivations for tackling the career. As he states, aging is the number one medical problem as it causes more suffering. He was motivated to research in this area because he found that not enough was being done to focus on aging and the myriad of problems that come with it. He talks about the many excuses that are given as reasons to simply accept aging as it is, or not focus on it at all, such as “it’s inevitable…everything ages,” or the philosophical—“death gives meaning to life,” or social—“maybe we could do this, but it would create new problems worse than the problem we are solving.” And as the Ph.D. states, none of these excuses stand up to even the faintest scrutiny, however, they still remain quite popular. 

Dr. de Grey explains that ‘why’ and ‘how’ we age are fairly well understood, but it is the understanding of what we already know that is important, to take the information we know to be true and utilize that to design and implement therapies that will prevent the health problems of old age. And this is the core of what Dr. de Grey’s foundation, SENS Research, seeks to accomplish. SENS Research Foundation works to create, promote, and provide wide-ranging access to all kinds of therapies that can cure and prevent the diseases and detrimental disabilities of aging by essentially repairing the damage that builds up within our bodies over long periods of time. SENS Research seeks to change the way the world researches and thus cares for age-related ill health.

The Ph.D. discusses stem cell therapy and its ability to repair the damage, loss of cells, etc. As he explains, stem cells can be injected that target areas within the body and repair damage, replace lost cells, and thus keep the body area, organ, etc. functioning in a healthier state. He explains in detail how cells function and the processes used to make genetic modifications. Additionally, Dr. de Grey expounds upon the kinds of complex research they engage in at his foundation, and the types of conditions that they seek to bring more understanding to in order to combat them.

Seeing What We See – Carlos R. Ponce, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine – Using AI to Better Understand Biological Vision

Jun 14, 2019 46:11


Carlos R. Ponce, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine discusses his work studying conscious understanding.

Dr. Ponce’s research program seeks to explain and elaborate on how various brain regions interact to solve motion processing as well as visual object recognition, by utilizing a combination of reversible deactivation and sophisticated microstimulation techniques, and computational modeling. Dr. Ponce holds an MD-PhD from Harvard Medical School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah.

Dr. Ponce talks about what motivated him to study and research the brain, cells, and signals, and he explains how the interaction happens that creates a consciousness of vision. Building upon fifty to sixty years of work in vision, Dr. Ponce seeks to learn more about the brain’s hierarchy of visual areas—groups of neurons. As he explains, cells in the occipital lobe respond to basic information, lines and dots, but these cells communicate with other cells that respond to slightly more complicated information such as corners and curvature, and then these cells project to other cells that respond to texture, and so on, in a systematic way that ultimately provides conscious understanding. 

The physician-scientist explains the process and the stages that take place as light enters the eye, from light hitting the retina, to the center of the brain, to the primary visual cortex cells, and eventually the temporal cortex, which completes visual comprehension. He expounds upon his thoughts on how his research is related to AI, and how neural networks respond to complex shapes. He details how neural networks receive information and how they learn, and compares that to how the human brain learns. As he explains, the human brain has much-unsupervised learning, which is different than AI. Dr. Ponce explains his thoughts about the human brain, and how it is a form of a neural network. 

Dr. Ponce cites some examples that explain his theories and research. He details generative adversarial networks (GANs), which are a class of machine learning systems, and he explains evolutionary algorithms, and then outlines how they utilize this combination to find and extract information that is hidden by a cell. 

The Harvard Ph.D. explains the state of machine learning, and he discusses some subtleties of machine vision. And Dr. Ponce cites examples of early experimentation in machine vision, discussing symmetry and other factors. 


The Blood Knows – Dr. Sam Rodgers, Medical Director for Medichecks – Utilizing Convenient, Advanced Blood Testing Options to Regularly Monitor Health and Improve Wellness

Jun 13, 2019 39:49


Dr. Sam Rodgers, Medical Director for Medichecks (, provides a thorough overview of his company and their mission.

Dr. Rodgers joined Medichecks as their Medical Director in 2017. He has worked extensively as a GP in the London area for over a decade. The Medichecks mission is to deliver advanced laboratory blood screening options to everyone. By connecting the top pathology laboratories with innovative consumer technology Medichecks offers blood testing that is efficient and simple to utilize.

The Medichecks director discusses the background and history of his company. He explains the process and the methods for sampling they use. Medichecks offers convenience in that users have the option of collecting their blood samples through simple-to-use, at-home finger pricks or the standard doctor’s office venous sampling. Results are provided online replete with a doctor’s report. As Dr. Rodgers states, the essence of the service is easy to use and provides tremendous convenience. 

Dr. Rodgers talks about the many benefits that their system offers, such as getting some early results before a doctor’s visit, because visit scheduling is such that it may be three weeks or so before most people can get in to see their doctor in the UK. And as Dr. Rodgers communicates, at Medichecks they are particularly interested in focusing on the lifestyle measures that people can take to improve their health and wellness. 

By looking at results, individuals can help themselves to make better choices and potentially avoid some health problems down the road. And he talks about their early experimentation with AI as a means to further improve their successful system that is currently in place. While he hesitates to say that AI will ever replace doctors, it can certainly enhance and augment their diagnostic skills. 

The diagnostics innovator discusses how different types of people can utilize their system, such as athletes, for example, who can use the Medichecks platform to improve health and performance. Whatever the goal of the individual… to feel better than they currently do, to strive to live longer, or exercise harder, etc., the Medichecks system, with its easy, at-home testing options makes health monitoring simpler than ever before. 

Digital Diagnosis – Sharmin Habib, OD, Optometrist, Wellness Advocate, and Co-Founder of Umay – Thermal Therapy for Reduction of Eye Strain and Improved Relaxation

Jun 13, 2019 30:25


Sharmin Habib, OD, optometrist, wellness advocate, and Co-Founder of Umay provides an overview of digital eye strain and how her company is working to reduce it for everyone.

The innovative, patented technology developed by Habib’s company is predicated upon years of thermal therapy research with a focus on restoring eye health. Umay’s proprietary ‘Thermal Meditation’ can assist digital device users who seek to reset the effects of screen time via relaxation of the mind and restoration of the organic function of our eyes. Umay was selected as a finalist of the Global Accelerator program.

The eye doctor and relaxation innovator discuss how she and her brother combined their skills to launch Umay. Habib states that many of us may have regular symptoms such as itchy, red, burning or dry eyes, which could very well be an indication that digital eye strain is occurring. With daily average screen usage times accelerating up to nearly 11 hours per day, Habib says that digital eye strain puts excess stress on the oil glands found along the eyelid margin. Remarkably, our blink rate is reduced by up to 70% when we are looking into screens. And as she states, it is these needed blinks that help pump out healthy oils from those glands that help keep our tears from evaporating or drying out. Heat, Habib states, is the way to get those oil glands working again to do their job in protecting the eyes. Habib’s brother’s own eye problems were the inspiration for them to find a better way to apply heat, in a controlled manner, that would be efficient and easy, and allow those suffering from eye strain to find relief. 

Habib states that most eye doctors who direct patients to use warm compresses over their eyes for eye strain report that many of their patients are noncompliant. With the difficulty in regulating temperature, mess, and impracticality, patients just simply were not making the effort. These problems of use were important considerations in the design of Umay’s device. 

Habib talks about the sensory experience and she explains the many benefits of their device, providing feedback they have received from their users. She explains their other device integrations such as meditation experiences with the guided breath, and she details how their device can vary the temperature and how it can help users enhance focus, at the moment, on their sensory experience. And Habib discusses how this mindfulness before sleep can create a relaxed state that can improve sleep quality. 

Umay’s product is designed to easily fit into an individual’s bedtime, wellness routine, or during the day whenever they feel the need. 

Improving Health and Sleep – Joana Vaz de Castro, Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Specialist – Modern Medicine and the Treatment of Various Diseases and Conditions of the Ear, Nose, and Larynx

Jun 13, 2019 44:23


Joana Vaz de Castro, ORL, discusses the research and treatment of diseases of the ears, nose, and larynx, as well as sleep disorders.

Joana Vaz de Castro is an Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Specialist, commonly referred to as an ear, nose and throat surgeon, or ENT. Joana earned her Masters in Medicine from the Nova Medical School, went on to complete her specialist degree in ORL, then began her work in the Ph.D. Neuroscience Program of the University of Lisbon Medical School. Additionally, Joana trained for certification in sleep medicine at the European Sleep Research Society in the Centre of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology (CENC).

The Ph.D. talks about her background and her particular interest in sleep-disordered breathing. She explains how snoring and sleep apnea affects the body. She discusses the obstructions to breathing and elaborates on how they work with patients to treat the whole problem, not just one element. And she talks in detail about the anatomical disorders and options for treatment. 

ENT doctors can provide advanced medical and surgical care for patients who suffer from many issues related to the proper functioning of the ear, nose, and throat areas of the body, including but not limited to chronic allergies, facial pain, headaches, sleep disorders or other sinus or ENT conditions.

The sleep doctor details some of the current issues with insurance and the types of evaluations sleep doctors should engage in with all their patients, and the discussions doctors should have pre and post surgery. 

The sleep expert and Ph.D. further discusses how insomnia and sleep apnea often go together, especially with women. She states that both must be treated at the same time in order for treatment to be most effective. Joana provides valuable information on some of the various breathing masks that are available and some of the issues that users occasionally have with them. 

Additionally, she discusses mild sleep apnea and how it may progress as patients get older, put on additional weight, etc. 

Shifting the Focus in Orthodontic Practice—William M. Hang DDS MSD—Face Focused

Jun 12, 2019 45:05


William M. Hang, MSD, has been an orthodontist for 47 years now. He was trained in a conventional way like everyone else; taught to focus on the straightening of the teeth and not pay much attention to the structure of the face. But in the early 80s, he began noticing differences between the way his patient’s faces looked before and after tooth extractions, realizing many of these patients were made worse off by the procedure. He also started hearing about the procedure leading to problems such as chronic headaches and neck pain. That was when he started travelling the world in search of a new way of doing things. In 1989, he started reopening extraction spaces for people who had previously had bicuspid teeth removed, and this was resulting in restored facial balance and relief from headaches and neck pain. For the past 20 years, Dr. Hang’s focus has been on another issue associated with all of the problems that extractions and traditional orthodontic approaches can cause: breathing problems and sleep apnea.

He joins the podcast today to offer an in-depth look at what’s wrong with the traditional approach in orthodontics, the effects of retraction, the growing number of children being diagnosed with sleep apnea and why this is, the possible misdiagnosis of sleep apnea as ADHD in children, why the advent of agriculture marked the beginning of the development of the facial features we see today, a technique called orthotropics, myofunctional therapy, the importance of optimizing facial growth in young children, the services offered at his practice, Face Focused, and so much more. 

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Insights on Video Capsule Endoscopy from a Gastroenterologist—Dr. David Cave, MD—University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jun 12, 2019 38:17


He’s had countless interests over the course of his career as a gastroenterologist and professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, but Dr. David Cave’s most current interest is an approach in gastroenterology called video capsule endoscopy. This procedure involves a pill not much larger than a pill of aspirin that has the capability of taking pictures all throughout the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. By providing an unprecedented way of looking at the GI tract, this technology has resulted in a treasure trove of new, incredibly useful diagnostic information. Dr. Cave was the first in the U.S. to utilize this technology and was the only one using it for over a year since the first device was introduced in 2001.

He joins the podcast today to discuss how the technology had advanced and evolved over the years, the information that’s been discovered as a result of this technology, the recent development of a magnetically controlled capsule, the possibility of using artificial intelligence in reading the images captured by these capsules, the results of a randomized controlled trial that compared capsule endoscopy with the standard of care in detecting active bleeding in patients, and so much more.

Human-on-a-Chip – Dr. James Hickman, PhD, and Chief Science Officer of Hesperos – Utilizing Science and Technology to Design for Disease Modeling and Drug Testing

Jun 12, 2019 35:14


Dr. James Hickman, Ph.D., and Chief Science Officer of Hesperos (<a href=""></a>), the ‘Human-on-a-Chip’ company, delivers a thorough overview of his work designing custom systems for disease modeling and drug testing.

Hickman is a pioneer in his field and noted for Hesperos’ technological ‘Human-on-a-Chip’ platform. Dr. Hickman is renowned for his work in general, and for publishing the very first serum-free, defined culture system specifically for neuronal systems (Schaffner, Barker, et al. 1995), which has now been extended from rat to mouse, and more recently—to human. Hickman is also recognized for his work that established functional in vitro systems.

Dr. Hickman explains the origins of Hesperos. As the Ph.D. explains, he combined his technology… functional in vitro systems and his collaborator’s multi-organ metabolic systems to create, as the old axiom states, an end result in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This collaboration between Dr. Hickman and Michael L. Shuler, Ph.D. led to the beginning of Hesperos. 

Dr. Hickman explains functional readouts, and how they recreate functions such as muscle contractions, cardiac electrical activity, and force, neuronal communication, etc. and combine them into a multi-organ system where the fluid is recirculating. Dr. Hickman explains the Hesperos method and what they offer. Hesperos can provide four human-on-a-chip systems specifically designed for disease modeling and drug testing. And their multi-organ, human-based screening platforms are successful as a means to identify first-in-class drugs and develop unique medicines for complex diseases.

The Ph.D. explains the differences between in vivo tissue engineering and in vitro tissue engineering in regard to reproducing function. Further, he discusses their hopes and expectations for approval to the clinical trial phase, for drugs that have been tested in the Hesperos systems. He talks about some of the FDA requirements for drugs, in regard to how the drugs work within systems, how long they stay active, etc. Dr. Hickman explains how the Hesperos system is especially great for difficult, rare diseases, as they can build a phenotypic model, produce aspects of the disease, and then demonstrate that the disease can be reversed or ameliorated. 

Wrapping up, Dr. Hickman talks about the specific types of models that their clients have requested. And as most of what Hesperos delivers is custom designed, there is a great scientific opportunity on the horizon.

Organ-On-Chip Technology: Replacing Traditional Methods in Drug and Scientific Research—Dr. Thomas Neumann—Nortis

Jun 11, 2019 43:43


It’s about the size of a credit card and contains nothing but several microfluidic channels which connect to a 3D chamber where segments of human organs are grown and subjected to a multitude of tests that have historically only been carried out in vitro or using animal models: this is the Organ-on-Chip technology being developed at Nortis. CEO of the company, Dr. Thomas Neumann, joins the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of the science behind this technology, as well as the benefits of testing on human tissues directly as opposed to animal models, how the Organ-on-Chip technology allows them to zoom in on particular functions of complex organs like kidneys and livers in a way that would be impossible with the model of an entire organ, how the technology allows for the modelling of diseases such as polycystic kidney disease, the tracking of drug pathways in the body and measurements of drug secretion, and the variety of tissue-engineered structures they’re creating. 

Dr. Neumann discusses how this technology could advance personalized medicine and the development of drugs for the treatment of cancer, as well as the potential it holds in the near and long-term future. 

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A Bold New World – Jamie Burke, Founder and CEO of Outlier Ventures – Emerging Technologies, and the Tools That Are Changing How We Do Business in the 21st Century

Jun 11, 2019 30:10


Jamie Burke, Founder, and CEO of Outlier Ventures provides an overview of bitcoin and blockchain and the ways that companies can aggressively push their businesses forward with emerging technologies.

Burke is a pioneer in the blockchain industry. As Europe's 1st Web 3.0 blockchain venture builder, he and his team have pushed forward on utilizing blockchain as a significant key to emerging trends (AI, Mixed Reality, IoT, and Autonomous Robotics) that will play key roles in multiple industries such as Industry 4.0, eGovt, Health, Mobility, and Smart Cities.

Burke talks about his background in blockchain and cryptocurrency. He explains that he wanted to launch Outlier Ventures as a means to deal with the technology and tools that would be fundamentally changing the web and how it is structured, and subsequently society as a whole. Discovering bitcoin, he decided to immerse himself in the space, studying the technology, rooting out the problems, and identifying areas that could be improved upon. 

Burke discusses the disconnect with proprietary business models building on open source technologies, meaning that even if an entity could create something truly unique, there was the problem of someone else potentially coming in and copying what you’ve created, and doing it at a lower price even. 

The technology guru explains the many ways that Outlier Ventures can assist companies, as an advisor or board member, helping them find the most efficient and aggressive ways to utilize emerging technologies. As he discusses, Outlier Ventures can help them design their token economy or assist them in designing their governance model. He explains how their staff of analysts really dig into the technology and the technology layers to maximize a company’s market-forward position. 

Continuing, Burke talks about how Outlier Ventures invests in projects that reinforce their previous investments, which is a markedly different approach than what is considered a traditional VC path in which investments are diversified to offset risk. 

Burke is a regular speaker at various conferences around the globe, and throughout his career he has amassed a strong network of significant corporate partners, investors, and government agencies as well, working together to build better tech for the benefit of many industries.

Exposed – Michael Skinner, PhD, Professor, School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University – Explaining How Various Toxins Can Potentially Impact Multiple Generations of a Species

Jun 11, 2019 57:26


In this podcast, Dr. Michael Skinner, School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University, discusses epigenetic transgenerational inheritance and the potential long term impact of toxins.

Dr. Skinner discusses his research within the area of epigenetic transgenerational inheritance. He explains the different ways males versus females are potentially impacted. He outlines how gestating females may be exposed to toxins, and what type of affect exposure can have on not only the offspring but future generations as well. 

Dr. Skinner discusses the various types of toxins, toxins that could come via our nutrition, from factors such as smoking and alcohol, and of course detrimental environmental toxicants. The biological expert’s work centers upon the study of gonadal growth and differentiation, as it pertains to reproductive biology. 

The PhD talks about the differences between men and women in terms of how they are affected. Dr. Skinner explains that men ‘turn over’ their sperm at a rapid rate, and that a man’s environmental exposures can change the epigenetics of the stem cell within, that produces the sperm. This change could then impact all the subsequent sperm that is generated thereafter. Additionally, Dr. Skinner discusses how females are affected by toxins, and how the research shows that females have an ability to somewhat ward themselves against environmental toxins, etc. and are therefore more resistant.

Dr. Skinner recounts some of their research with the finches on the Galápagos Islands. Some of the finches there, as he explains, showed changes within their phenotypes—alterations of metabolism, color, beak structures, and more, even though the genetics was the same for all the finches across all sites. After their research was complete they were then able to say with confidence that environmental epigenetics does generate a shift in the phenotype that is independent of the internal genetics. 

Technology for the Modern Age: An App and Wearable Device for Treating and Preventing Burnout—Kathryn Fantauzzi—Apollo

Jun 10, 2019 30:59


Despite the human ability to adapt to new and changing environments, our bodies simply weren’t designed to live in the modern world. Take for instance the physiological stress response: you see a bear, your heart starts pumping harder and faster, your system fills with adrenaline, digestion gets put on hold, and all of your body’s attention is focused on survival. In this day and age, our bodies are being triggered to show this stress response multiple times a day—whether, during an argument with a significant other, the ping of an email notification that you know is from your boss or an alert for a new exam result on your college account. We’re constantly bombarded by signals, messages, requests, expectations, and demands, and we’ve entered a state of chronic stress as a result. The result? Burnout, a term recently recognized by the World Health Organization as an actual medical syndrome characterized by exhaustion, the inability to focus, a feeling of disengagement from our surroundings, and the inability to fall asleep.

CEO and co-founder of Apollo, Kathryn Fantauzzi, joins the podcast to discuss a potential remedy for burnout, which is a software platform, mobile app, and wearable device that sends vibrations to the body which the brain interprets as safety, and when you feel safe, your heart rate and breathing even out, which makes it easier to concentrate, feel calm, and fall asleep. Fantauzzi explains that this technology harnesses and amplifies the benefits of practices such as mindfulness and meditation without requiring the user to do anything other than wear the device on their wrist or ankle. In clinical studies, users have shown a 25% improvement in cognitive performance and accuracy under stress, as well as the ability to fall asleep faster, and improve heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s overall resilience and recovery from stress. And since the software is integrated with Apple Healthkit, it can pull from a user’s biometric data to curate the best solution for their experience with burnout. 

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Re-thinking Yourself To Sleep—Sasha Stephens—Author of The Effortless Sleep Method: The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia and Chronic Sleep Problems and Creator of Sleep for Life

Jun 10, 2019 40:54


For the first 23 years of her life, Sasha Stephens never thought twice about sleep, and she never really had to because she never had a problem with it. But after a bout of sleepless nights during her college years, the problem that seemed to come out of nowhere only seemed to worsen. And when she sought relief from sleeping pills, things got even worse. This was the beginning of a 15-year case of insomnia for Sasha, and it took over her life. But if it weren’t for this experience, Sasha likely wouldn’t have the insight she has today, nor be the author of The Effortless Sleep Method: The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia and Chronic Sleep Problems, nor the creator of Sleep for Life, an insomnia cure program that’s received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

“Having the odd bad night of sleep or even the odd run of bad nights is completely and absolutely normal, and I think this is something we don’t allow people to realize. The reason that people suffer for years…and the reason that I suffered for such a long time…is because…we start throwing all sorts of things at the problem…without actually realizing that the more you do about insomnia the worse it becomes,” says Sasha. She goes on to explain the unhelpful habits that lead to and reinforce insomnia, misconceptions that many people hold about insomnia, some of her main recommendations for setting the right circumstances for sleep, and what a person can expect by enrolling in her program. “The main crux of my advice is in changing the way that you think about this problem,” she says. 

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Getting to the Root Cause of Crooked Teeth—Barry Raphael, Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry—The Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics

Jun 3, 2019 31:52


“Soft tissue dysfunction is the etiology of malocclusion.” Those were the words that ultimately compelled Barry Raphael, Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD), to take a deeper look into the way the posture and functions of the tongue determine how well the jaw grows, how well the teeth come in, and how well the airway takes shape—all of which impact quality of sleep. For 27 years, Dr. Raphael practiced conventional orthodontics, but the way he practices now is completely different, aided by an approach that encourages healthy breathing, tongue posture, nutrition, and sleep.

Dr. Raphael is a wealth of information on these topics and many more, so tune in, and visit <a href=""></a> to learn more. To locate a dentist who recognizes the critical importance of and connection between airway formation, dental health, and sleep, visit <a href=""></a>. 

Blending the Best of Western and Chinese Medicine—Shiroko Sokitch, MD—Heart to Heart Medical Center

Jun 3, 2019 41:18


In the West, the main facets of Chinese medicine have historically been ridiculed or otherwise dismissed as ineffective, and this includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. But today, perceptions of Chinese medicine are changing, in part because of the rise of notable and respectable physicians who began their careers in conventional Western medicine before realizing the value and effectiveness of Chinese medical practices. Dr. Shiroko Sokitch is one such physician, who abandoned her surgical residency after just two years to pursue an approach to medicine that blends the best of Western and Chinese medical practices and principles. 

It’s now been over three decades since Dr. Sokitch began this approach to the treatment of her patients, and she sees an 85 percent success rate in treating and alleviating her patient’s symptoms. She joins the podcast to discuss how effective acupuncture can be in immediately relieving pain, Chinese herbal medicines that can improve quality of sleep by balancing the body’s energy, the strengths and weaknesses of Western and Chinese medicine, the way that Chinese medicine categorizes and understands the body’s organ systems, and some of the most common conditions she treats in her patients on a daily basis. 

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The Power of the Gut – Stephanie Schnorr, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – An Interesting Look at the Gut Microbiome and Its Contributions

Jun 3, 2019 43:30


Stephanie Schnorr, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses her work studying digestion and the gut microbiome.


Schnorr is fascinated with diet, digestion, and what’s going on in our guts. She is a biological anthropologist who studies the human diet and gut microbiome as they pertain to human evolution. Of particular interest is how humans have such large brains. Schnorr studies dietary behavior, physiological adaptations, as well as the complete gut microbiome in relation to various environments humans have occupied. She takes a scientific eye to the study of these elements and environments, seeking evidence of the basic components that ultimately enable the existence of large-brained hominins.


As a trained biological anthropologist, Schnorr talks about the path she took from early education to her current advanced study and research. As she explains, her interest in sports performance, as well as muscle function and metabolism, made her more curious about what it takes to sustain a human organism. And her graduate dissertation work existed within this area of study. Her fascination with the gut microbiome pushed her to expand her research and look at what may be the greatest contributions it provides.


She discusses human development historically and poses the questions: what are we specialized to do, to eat, etc. Answering her question, she states that we actually have no specialization historically, that we are extremely adaptable. These questions pushed her to dig deeper into the power of the gut microbiome, metabolism, etc. Everyone, to some degree, has allergic reactions she states, which indicates there is a reaction to the environment. She discusses antibiotics, sleep, foods we eat, sanitation, stress, and pesticides, etc., and how it all affects us. She explains the connection to a healthier life via a mineral-fueled, more nutritious diet. And ultimately, the higher nutritional value in a diet helps one’s body to better adjust or combat allergies and other things that our bodies must contend with. Our immune system, as she states, is there to keep the microbial community in line. 


Schnorr has worked in a wide variety of locations and laboratories, from deep within the beauty of East Africa, to specialized, ultra clean lab spaces designed for the study of ancient DNA, and many other kinds of labs and environments in between. Her detailed research and analyses have been published in many academic journals and noted in some of the most well known scientific periodicals and papers.

Stem Cell Manipulation – Donny Hanjaya-Putra, Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame – Utilizing Contemporary Engineering Principles to Control Stem Cell Differentiation, Cellular Repair, and Drug Therapy

Jun 3, 2019 35:08


Donny Hanjaya-Putra, assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, discusses his research and work in the field of stem cell therapy.

Hanjaya-Putra is an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, as well as an assistant professor in the Bioengineering Graduate Program, and a concurrent assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and received his BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

Hanjaya-Putra discusses his work. He explains how his team utilizes engineering principles to try to control stem cell differentiation. Ultimately their work is centered on discovering new ways to model and understand diseases. Major areas of focus include stem cell engineering, biomaterials for stem cell morphogenesis, and targeted drug delivery.

Hanjaya-Putra’s lab is focused on the nexus between engineering and medicine, with the goal of utilizing stem cell and molecular therapies as a successful means to model and treat various diseases. The lab’s work integrates stem cell engineering, biomaterials synthesis, as well as micro/nano-technologies, combining the various scientific methods to enhance their study and research.

The Ph.D. provides detailed information about stem cells and the expression of proteins. He explains stem cell differentiation and tissue repair, and how the processes work. As he explains, stem cells know exactly where to go within the body, once injected. Hanjaya-Putra explains that through their ex vivo manipulation of the cells in the lab, and then injection of those cells back into the body, the reintroduced cells can use targeted molecules to repair cellular injuries.

Hanjaya-Putra expounds further upon the ways they can utilize small molecule drugs to enhance cellular repair. He explains how drugs work within the body and talk about the ways to design drugs to reduce side effects while maintaining the drug’s therapeutic effects.

Reengineering Plant Behavior in Preparation for Environmental Changes—Dr. Clay Wright—Virginia Tech Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Jun 3, 2019 39:59


Climate change is happening, and its impact on plant and human life will only increase in severity in the coming years. With this in mind, assistant professor at the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, Dr. Clay Wright, is focused on developing a deeper understanding of plant behavior and the way genes play a role in plant defense mechanisms and responses to environmental changes. Once equipped with this knowledge, Dr. Wright believes it will be possible to re-engineer plants in a way that will better equip them for the coming changes in their environment. As one example, he discusses the possibility of preserving and protecting plant growth by creating a novel signal that would repress the formation of buds for a designated period of time, such as the length of time of a hard frost, and implementing an additional signal that would relieve that repression only after the hard frost has passed. 

Dr. Wright also discusses plant defenses to pests and pathogens, the ability of microbes to manipulate plant defenses and what this tells us about the evolutionary development of plants and microbes, how different types of plants might respond to high temperatures versus high concentrations of CO2, and all the details of two specific chemical hormones he’s studying in the lab at Virginia Tech. 

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Evolving Industries–Sarah Boisvert, Author of, The New Collar Workforce: An Insider's Guide to Making Impactful Changes to Manufacturing and Training – How New Technologies are Pushing Us to Expand and Evolve Manufacturing

Jun 3, 2019 44:02


Sarah Boisvert, author of, The New Collar Workforce: An Insider's Guide to Making Impactful Changes to Manufacturing and Training, discusses her research, her new book, and the skills needed to operate in new industries such as AI, 3D printing, and robotics.

Boisvert talks about the motivations and inspirations that led to her latest project, and the writing of her book, The New Collar Workforce. As she explains, upon selling her laser machine tool company, she took up research residence at a lab at MIT where she began to interact with other researchers and expand her interest in the processes and learning necessary to use digital fabrication tools, and others. Boisvert was most interested in methods to expand the skills gap for new disruptive industries. 

As the manufacturing and tech author states, many skills that modern workers have and were hired for will no longer be needed in the coming future as tech expands. She explains how new technologies such as 3D printing are evolving rapidly. She cites examples of how new technologies will not have the benefit of calling on experienced veterans of the industry for help with machines and tech when problems arise because the technologies are evolving so quickly that everyone is new to them. Thus, in regard to servicing, the new technicians will have to be adaptable and have the ability to troubleshoot at the moment. They’ll need to be problem solvers in order to stay afloat in an ever-changing technology space. 

Boisvert talks about how people of different ages will be able to function in a vastly changing economy. She discusses automation and the kinds of jobs that may be disappearing in the next five to ten years or so. As she explains, there will be a significant shift, and those with transferable skills will thrive the most. The education model has to change from lecture to development and cognitive thinking types of skills. As the blacksmith job gave way to the production line, so will our current economy and the ways we utilize new skills. Wrapping up, the author discusses what’s on the horizon for her and her lab. 

Boisvert’s in-depth interviews with over 200 U.S. manufacturers enabled her to see that a paradigm shift is going to be necessary in order to return good paying manufacturing careers to middle-class Americans.

The First-Ever Rendezvous with a Comet—Dr. Paolo Ferri—The European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission

May 30, 2019 33:40


Toward the end of 2016, after three decades’ worth of planning and 12 years in space, the European Space Agency’s historic mission, Rosetta, ended. The unprecedented mission managed to establish a rendezvous with a comet, which means that it stayed in close proximity to a comet—orbiting at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per second—for over two years. It took 10 years just to reach and maintain the proper speed to establish the rendezvous. Dr. Paolo Ferri is Head of the ESA Mission Operations Department, and for today’s episode, he brings all of the insight and experience gained from having worked on the Rosetta mission. He explains the challenges presented by the comet’s gas and dust emissions, what it was like as Rosetta approached the nucleus of the comet, the characteristics of the surface of the comet and how they changed as the comet approached the sun, and some of the most surprising findings. 

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Ingestible Electronics: Developing a Novel Approach to Biomedical Device Manufacturing—Dr. Yong Lin Kong—University of Utah College of Engineering

May 30, 2019 24:58


As a professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Utah, Dr. Yong Lin Kong is focused on developing novel additive manufacturing technologies to create unique interwoven architecture and devices that can’t be created using conventional fabrication methods. By using a multi-scale, multi-material 3D-printing approach, Dr. Kong explains that the geometrical, mechanical and material difficulties present in conventional methods can be overcome, allowing for the creation of a broad range of 3D biomedical devices that can address a range of clinical needs. For example, one use case of this technology is ingestible electronics, which will not only allow for surgical integration of electronics in the human body to be bypassed, but also circumvent the inherent immune system response that would identify and attack such systems as foreign to the body.

The 3D-printing approach is also superior to conventional manufacturing processes in that it allows for the personalization of biomedical devices, tailored gastric residence time periods, and controlled dosage and release of drug compounds in the body. Dr. Kong makes for an insightful and compelling discussion, explaining the details of all this and more, including important safety measures for this technology, such as on-demand device disintegration in the event that an individual has a negative reaction to a device, how this approach could allow for the integration of electronic functionality into various prosthetics and regeneration implants, and what’s next on their itinerary.

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Editing the Code of Life—Tarun Wadhwa—On the Current and Future State of CRISPR Technology

May 29, 2019 33:18


What makes us human? What do we want the human gene pool to look like? How much can we change without changing who we are as people? These are just some of the ethical questions that are being asked in response to a rapidly developing form of gene editing technology known as CRISPR. It’s a technology based on a system that bacteria have used for millions of years in fighting off viruses, and it involves editing a gene by adding or inserting portions of the genetic code. Essentially, this means editing the code of life, which can mean altering how organisms work, creating new organisms, or bringing back extinct species.

Tarun Wadhwa is the founder and CEO of Day One Insights and instructor at Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, and he joins the podcast to discuss CRISPR technology, its current and future implications, and how he’s trying to advance the conversation about it in order to increase understanding and awareness of the benefits and unknowns surrounding it. He explains that CRISPR technology is particularly powerful due to its low cost, simplicity, and democratization, and how these features make for countless unknowns in terms of future applications. He also discusses the importance of understanding the role of the cultural context in the development and manifestation of this technology, and what he predicts will happen over the course of the next couple of years, and much further into the future.

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Crowding, Braces, and Sleep—Sandra Kahn and Paul Ehrlich—Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

May 29, 2019 53:00


What do braces or crowding in the mouth have to do with sleep? At first, you may think there’s no connection, but according to Sandra Kahn, Paul Ehrlich, and a growing body of research, they’re directly related. Kahn and Ehrlich join the podcast today to discuss their new book, Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic, which details the connection between jaw size, the need for braces and sleep quality. They explain how the transition from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to agriculture and industrialization is perfectly correlated with the shrinkage of jaws, which has caused detrimental overcrowding in the mouth and alterations to facial anatomy that has prevented us from doing what we were evolutionarily designed to do: breathe through the nose, rather than through the mouth. This has led to an epidemic of sleep problems in people of all ages, including children, and is evidenced by the growing number of children who require braces. “It’s not that braces are necessarily bad, but they’re not addressing the real problem; they’re causing us to think that things are fine when they’re not,” says Kahn.

Despite the fact that most dentists and orthodontists blame genetics for these changes, Kahn and Ehrlich have devoted over five years’ worth of research to the issue and have found that everything points to environmental rather than genetic causes, explaining that the changes have occurred at a rate significantly faster than genetic evolution ever could. “We’re in a really sad epidemic—one that a lot could be done about, but that not much is being done about,” says Ehrlich. They go on to discuss the connections between Alzheimer’s and jaw malformation, how conditions such as depression and ADHD could actually be caused by poor sleep quality, how wisdom teeth are an “invention of industrialization” and their removal a huge money-maker, and the importance of shifting our focus from treatment to prevention. 

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Telling the Stories Behind the Sciences—Thomas Hager—Author of Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine

May 29, 2019 31:23


The average US citizen consumes 50,000 pharmaceutical pills over the course of their lifetime, at least 50 percent of Americans take a prescription drug regularly, and many people who are over the age of 50 regularly take between five and 10 different prescription medications. With this much consumption, the fact that these drugs impact our lives is unquestionable, but what are those effects, and are we even aware of all of them? According to Thomas Hager, the use of pharmaceuticals impacts us in ways we don’t even realize and have been shaping culture for decades now.

Hager was working on a Ph.D. in medical microbiology when he came to the realization that, despite how interesting he found the material, he simply didn’t want to work in a lab for the rest of his life. As a result, he switched educational tracks, pursued a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, and merged his love of medicine and science with his love for writing. He has since become a well-known author of narrative nonfiction, turning science into the stories that exist within it.

On today’s episode, he discusses aspects of his newest book, Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine, comments on the current state of drug use in America, and clues us into what his next book might be about. Tune in for all the details, check out <a href=""></a>, and find his books on Amazon, Kindle, or your local bookstore. 

Sleep Better – Hugo Mercier, CEO of Dreem, An Innovative Sleep Improvement Product – Fixing Our Fractured Sleep via Technology and Harvesting Data

May 28, 2019 20:24


Hugo Mercier, CEO of Dreem (, discusses their innovative solution that helps people achieve better quality sleep.

Mercier discusses the early ideas that intrigued him and led him down the path toward founding Dreem. As students at École Polytechnique, Hugo Mercier and Quentin Soulet de Brugière became fascinated by the scientific studies that indicated sound stimulations actually improve deep sleep. They wanted to dig deeper.

Mercier explains their product and how it works. Dreem is a headband and accompanying app that works with you to achieve better sleep. Many of us do not get the quality sleep that we need to feel refreshed and ready to take on the new day, which can lead to problems from fatigue, to stress, and more. The Dreem headband measures brain activity, heart rate, and movement through the night, with the kind of accuracy you would normally only be able to get in a sleep lab. As he explains, all the data collected through the night is accessible through your phone. And inside the Dreem app, users can access personal advice that will further help them improve their sleep. Working with cognitive behavioral therapists, Mercier and his team have developed a tool that helps people not only improve the quality of sleep but decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. 

Mercier talks about the kind of data that Dreem collects and what it can tell you. He discusses their studies, and how the Dreem data compares with expensive sleep lab equipment. And as he states, their numbers and results are very good, in regard to the accuracy and quality of their data collection! He explains how their product can help many types of sleep problems and disorders, including how it helps insomniacs. Mercier details the problems insomniacs struggle with, and how their sleep problem is further exacerbated by their stress about not being able to fall asleep. 

Mercier explains that Dreem has developed a program with sleep doctors that offers Dreem users accurate, insightful advice that gets to the root of their sleep problems from an analytical perspective, to help users understand how to correct sleep problems. By understanding one’s sleep and sleep habits, we can find a way to combat problems and get better quality sleep, which leads to improvements in a vast number of ways in regard to wellness.

Baby Thoughts – Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Director of the Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory for Innovation in Autism at the University of Strathclyde – Understanding the Infant Mind

May 24, 2019 32:29


Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Director of the cross-disciplinary Laboratory for Innovation in Autism and Reader in Child Development at the University of Strathclyde, discusses his interesting research in early cognitive development.

Fascinated by psychology, Delafield-Butt’s work studies the genesis of conscious experience as well as the deep emotional foundations of general psychological development, with a special focus on the motor disruption seen in autism spectrum disorder. Delafield-Butt earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Edinburgh Medical School and completed his postdoctoral work while attending the Universities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen. He is a contributing writer to the notable book titled, The Infant Mind: Origins of the Social Brain.

Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt talks about his background and the reasons why he was so motivated to study the infant mind and infant development. As he states, he was interested in the mind, and he thought it best to start at the beginning, to understand the human mind in its early development. As he explains, his early work was in the field of chemistry, then he moved into neuroscience to get a better understanding of the structure, composition, and origins of the human mind. Delafield-Butt talks about how he wanted to truly pinpoint the emergence of consciousness and the development of the human agency. By studying movement, Delafield-Butt was seeking to ascertain exactly when movement is first organized with an awareness, conscious actions. 

The Ph.D. provides an overview of the stages of development, and how awareness and conscious actions are developed, and progress. He discusses participatory awareness and the moments that infants begin to demonstrate their conscious awareness. He cites important studies and the historical work of other scientists working with consciousness theories, going back to the early 1950s. And he provides an overview of newer data that discusses cortex and brain stem theories. As he states, all of our experiences are taking place through the brain stem, and that the brain stem does have associative memory. Ultimately, Delafield-Butt states that some areas of the brain are more to the foreground than others, depending upon the given need at the time. He discusses various layers, memories, and associations—incorporating instinct, problem-solving, etc. Delafield-Butt states that while infants do not have the same conceptual organization, an abstraction of ideas, or the mastery of language, they are in fact as conscious as adults.  

Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt is a respected member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Society for Autism Research. He is also an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at the University of Gothenburg. 

Do Plants Have Feelings? – Arthur S. Reber, Cognitive Psychologist, Professor of Psychology – Implicit Learning and Conscious Cells

May 23, 2019 52:42


Arthur S. Reber, cognitive psychologist, professor of psychology, and prolific author discusses implicit learning and consciousness on the cellular level.

Reber is a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Reber earned his BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and Ph.D. from Brown University.

Reber discusses the origin of his fascination with implicit learning. He recounts an interesting story in which he observed a caterpillar in his garden that seemed to be so obviously making conscious choices—which leaf to chew on, should I check for predators, etc. This experience intrigued him and he pushed his research further. As he began to research and write about the topic of conscious cells, he found there seemed to be, initially, no interest in the scientific community for his research. But as time passed, he dug deeper relating his research to all his knowledge in cognitive function, and the scientific community took note. 

Reber is celebrated for his work in the nexus between biology and psychology and he is widely known in the scientific community for introducing the concept of implicit learning, and for utilizing the elementary principles of biology to demonstrate how implicit or unconscious cognitive functions contrast with those that are conducted consciously.

The Ph.D. discusses prokaryotes and their functioning. A prokaryote, simply defined, is a unicellular organism lacking a supporting membrane-bound nucleus and mitochondria, as well as any other membrane-bound organelle. He talks about prokaryotes, the simplest living organisms, and their astonishing skills in learning. He relates some information on various experiments that provided insight into cells and how they function while defending themselves from viruses and toxins. He discusses daughter cells and the metabolic adjustments that are made and how it all impacts a cellular colony. 

Reber provides further information on bacteria and how they are sensitive. He talks about the effects of anesthetics on bacteria’ behaviors, and the remarkable skills they have to minimize their suffering. He relates this information to plants and discusses how plants have experiences that cause them to produce anesthetics. While we tend to not think of plants as being sentient, able to feel or perceive, Reber states that they probably are. As he explains, plant roots are sensitive to nutrient contents and will shift depending upon the circumstance within the soil. And as he states, this brings up an interesting point in regard to ethics, specifically for vegans, for if plants are sentient, they feel and have consciousness. 

How Good Business Practice Can Make Us Better People—Minter Dial—Author of Heartificial Empathy: Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence

May 23, 2019 41:51


“Today, whether it’s an increase in narcissism, a reduction in time, or an obsession with technology, there are many reasons why people are understanding themselves to be and seeming to feel that there’s less empathy out there,” says Minter Dial, keynote speaker and author of Heartificial Empathy: Putting Heart into business and Artificial Intelligence. He goes on to explain the effects that this minimal amount or complete lack of empathy has in the world of business, one of which leaves customers feeling as though their needs and desires aren’t being heard, understood, or addressed. As a result of this, people, on the whole, are beginning to lose their loyalty for certain companies, and are unable to establish it for new ones. 

A seemingly obvious answer to this problem might be to program empathy into the machines with which we increasingly interact, to encode our experiences with empathy in order to ensure that it’s there—whether in an application online, an AI-driven personal shopper or automated checkout stands at the market. And while integrating empathy in AI might be a good idea, is it possible? Are we capable of encoding machines to show empathy when we are incapable of showing it ourselves? According to Minter Dial, this is an important question to ask, as it will force us to turn the mirrors on ourselves and consider why empathy is so important and whether we are capable of practicing it once again. 

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From Sunday Preachings to Psychotherapy and Psychedelics A Journey for Spirituality—Bruce Sanguin – Author of Dismantled How Love and Psychedelics Broke a Clergyman Apart, and Put Him Back Together

May 23, 2019 30:12


“The realm of the invisible and the ancestral realm opened up to me, and the fundamental principles of reality were suddenly obvious to me, just about the nature of reality itself and the big picture, and I felt more connected to source—whatever term you want to use, god, goddess, the great mystery—than I ever did in my years as a clergyman,” says Bruce Sanguin, who for 30 years practiced as a minister in a progressive church, preaching every Sunday and living life as a true clergyman before realizing that there was still something missing, some sort of personal unrest, something preventing him from expressing deep love. Separated from his life and duties as a clergyman, he didn’t hesitate to go when a friend invited him to an ayahuasca ceremony. Soon after, he found himself immersed in the world of psychedelic psychotherapy, undergoing at least a dozen sessions under the influence of MDMA and LSD, each session lasting four to five hours. “I was taken into dimensions and domains that ordinary consciousness doesn’t make available,” he says, explaining how it was in this space that he not only achieved a more profound gratitude for life than ever before, but also identified, and dismantled the core unconscious beliefs that were for so many years holding him back from being his truest and best self. Sanguin delivers an enlightening and inspiring message about overcoming past trauma, learning to love truly and deeply, finding peace, and practicing empathy.

Managing Diabetes – Adam Brown, Author of Bright Spots & Landmines – Effective Tips for the Successful Management of Diabetes

May 22, 2019 40:08


Adam Brown, the author of Bright Spots & Landmines, shares his thoughts on managing diabetes in a modern world. 

Adam doesn’t just write about diabetes, he has firsthand experience—16 years in fact—from his personal life, living with and managing his diabetes. His popular book, Bright Spots & Landmines, is a must-read for anyone who seeks to properly manage their diabetes, or for those who have loved ones dealing with diabetes and simply want a better understanding. The book provides useful information and diabetes tips. It answers questions that many have when they embark on their diabetes management journey, from what foods one should eat to reduce or minimize blood sugar shifts, how to handle stress, and how to improve sleep quality and exercise performance. 

Adam discusses his life before and after, as he talks about his diagnosis in 2001 with type 1 diabetes. He shares his experiences dealing with diabetes, and highlights some impactful moments that occurred during his college years upon discovering bodybuilding; he was intrigued by the intense monitoring and tracking that many bodybuilders rely upon to regulate their body’s performance and overall health. After taking some nutrition classes he came to realize that eating is one of the most important tools that can help manage diabetes. 

The diabetes writer discusses continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), which is a method that can be used to track glucose levels all through the day and night. CGM systems can take important glucose measurements at consistent intervals around the clock, and translate those readings into actionable data, as it generates glucose direction as well as the rate of change reports, to help manage diabetes optimally. Adams explains how CGM users can take a more proactive approach, and manage their glucose highs and lows, as well as get a better understanding of how food and exercise are affecting their body chemistry.

Adam discusses fasting and time-restricted eating, as well as other issues often discussed in the diabetes community. And he details some of the CGM devices that are on the horizon, smaller and less expensive, making body monitoring even easier for individuals with diabetes.

Adam is a senior editor with diaTribe, an online community for those with diabetes, and his column, “Adam’s Corner,” is a popular feature of the site that offers truly amazing diabetes tips to many people across the globe. In his column, he shares a wealth of knowledge on mindset, foods, exercise, and strategies for getting better sleep—all of which have helped him live a fuller, healthier life as he manages his diabetes effectively.

Bountiful Bacteria – Fatima AlZahra´a Alatraktchi, PhD in Nanophysics – Bacteria Communication and the Development of Tools for Diagnosing Infection

May 22, 2019 29:44


Fatima AlZahra´a Alatraktchi holds a Ph.D. in nanophysics and is creating a buzz in the science and technology world. In this interesting, informative podcast she discusses her work and how we can learn so much from bacteria.

Fatima AlZahra´a Alatraktchi of DTU Nanotech is a celebrated nanophysicist and she was recently awarded the PhD thesis of the year award for the groundbreaking work entitled, Micro- and nano-sensors for early diagnosis of bacterial infections. Fatima’s buzzworthy PhD project was completed in collaboration with DTU Bioengineering, DTU Biosustain, as well as DTU Nanotech.

Fatima discusses her background and how she found her way into her current area of research. She recounts how she was extremely fascinated by the idea that bacteria actually communicate, talk to each other in a language that they can utilize to coordinate their activities. Over the years, her interest in this topic never waned and eventually, with a wealth of knowledge and education to her credit, she began to strategize on methods to isolate these molecules that enable bacteria communication, as a means to develop prediagnostic tools with the goal of diagnosing infections at an early stage. Fatima explains how the bacteria world parallels to the human world. She details how bacteria communicate and how they exhibit collective behavior, performing tasks to benefit the group or community and allowing it to thrive. 

The nanophysics Ph.D. and science tech entrepreneur explains the ways that bacteria communicate and the sensors that she and her team have developed to understand the colonization. As she explains, bacteria behavior can even sometimes be seen with the naked eye in an exciting visual manner. The bacteria expert goes on to discuss cooperation between bacteria strains, explaining competition and domination within the bacterial communities. Fatima talks about how they work with their samples, regarding the molecules that bacteria secrete. She discusses her work in relation to the medical practices doctors use to detect infection, and as she states, it’s best to detect and treat infections early on. 

Further, Fatima provides information on the types of bacteria they work with and their potential for furthering medical care. In her groundbreaking thesis, Fatima developed a method for detecting one of the most troubling and problematic types of bacteria. Her method is based upon a nanosensor and is simpler, quicker, and extremely more sensitive than any of the current methods that exist. 

Engineering Complex Tissues in the Lab for Implantation in the Body—Dr. Lawrence Bonassar—The Bonassar Research Group

May 22, 2019 33:08


To put it mildly, Dr. Lawrence Bonassar is an expert on tissue engineering; prior to working as a professor at the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, he served as a faculty member of the Center For Tissue Engineering at UMass Medical School and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in orthopedic research at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Center for Biomedical Engineering at MIT. He’s also on the editorial board of the journal Tissue Engineering, and head of The Bonassar Research Group. 

His work is focused on bringing engineered tissues to the clinic as a way of treating tissue degradation that occurs with aging and disease. The tissues he and his team are engineering are responsible for providing mobility and mechanical functions in the body and include articular, meniscus, and intervertebral disk cartilage. He explains the complexity of intervertebral disks, which are composed of a combination of different types of cartilage and an end plate, and the challenges present in creating them in the lab and ensuring that they will fit any individual patient. The engineering of these tissues is aided by imaging technology that allows Dr. Bonassar and his team determine the correct length, width, depth, and overall shape of an implant based on a patient’s existing anatomy.

Dr. Bonassar discusses the science and technique underlying the development, implantation, and effect and function of these tissues once in the body, as well as the results they’ve seen in studies using these implants in Beagles with intervertebral disk disease. Tune in to hear all the details and learn about the future direction of this research. 

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Self-Driving Cars Tempering the Hype, Evaluating the Problems—Christian Wolmar—Transport Policy Pundit and Author

May 21, 2019 37:08


Media coverage on the prospect of self-driving cars leading the future of transportation has been almost entirely positive, highlighting the potential benefits and avoiding discussion of the numerous questions that remain. At first, Christian Wolmar, a pundit and author who’s been an authoritative source on transport matters for over 25 years, swallowed the hype surrounding this new form of technology. But he didn’t have to look too closely to realize that the hype was undue, with too many technical and social objections to ignore.

On today’s episode, he delivers an overview of the many concerns with driverless cars, and the many challenges that would need to be overcome in order to realistically and safely consider a future in which they are the primary means of transportation. Tune in for an important and informative conversation on this emerging form of technology that’s generating excitement, fear, and uncertainty.

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An Alternative, Natural, and Effective Approach to the Treatment of Fibromyalgia—Dr. David Brady, MD—The Fibro Fix

May 21, 2019 38:29


Unexplained and profound fatigue, a general feeling of achiness in the muscles, higher perceptions of pain to touch and pressure, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, poor sleep, never feeling rested, gut issues…the list could go on. These are many of the symptoms experienced by those who have fibromyalgia, a condition that for much of its history in the world of conventional medicine has been poorly understood, misdiagnosed, untreated, or altogether dismissed as unreal. But for those who deal with these symptoms on a daily basis, it is very much real and can make life next to unbearable. Dr. David Brady didn’t learn much about the condition during medical school, and what he did learn proved to be incorrect or overshadowed by doubt in the legitimacy of the condition. But as he continued to see patients who presented with the same or similar collections of signs, he was compelled to take a deeper look into how the condition should be characterized, understood, and treated.

As the author of The Fibro Fix: Get to the Root of Your Fibromyalgia and Start Reversing Your Chronic Pain and Fatigue in 21 Days, Dr. Brady has developed a toolbox of treatments and methods to address the needs and alleviate the symptoms of his patients, and the very last tool he ever uses is often the immediate go-to in conventional medicine: pharmaceuticals, which are not designed specifically for fibromyalgia, but merely repurposed and relabeled drugs used for other conditions, such as depression or epilepsy. Not only are these drugs largely ineffective, but linked to countless side effects. Dr. Brady discusses how he approaches the assessment of patients who may have fibromyalgia, the elimination process that leads him to feel confident in his diagnoses, and the alternative approaches he takes to the treatment of the condition, which includes heart rate variability exercises, improving quality of sleep, naturally increasing the levels of serotonin in the body, using herbal medicines that calm the central nervous system, making dietary changes, and implementing meditative and other relaxation practices in the daily routines of his patients.

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Synthetic Organelle Accomplishing One of the Cell’s Most Complex Tasks—Christopher Reinkemeier—Institute of Molecular Biology, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

May 21, 2019 20:05


At the Institute of Molecular Biology at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Christopher Reinkemeier is a Ph.D. student who’s involved with a project that’s providing breakthrough evidence of the ability of synthetic organelles to carry out complex tasks in living cells. How complex? One of the most complex and important processes that cells carry out: translation or the synthesis of proteins. In the body, translation involves hundreds of organic molecules, but the synthetic organelle Reinkemeier has helped to develop requires just five components, which, once in a living cell, recruit all of the other necessary components of translation. 

Reinkemeier provides an in-depth discussion about the science behind what they’ve created, and the significance of the fact that it’s capable of modifying one messenger RNA (mRNA) for the production of one, specifically modified protein. Tune in for all the details.

Tiny Robots – Dr. Volodymyr Koman, Postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Smaller Than a Cell, the Amazing Possibilities for Colloidal Nanoelectronic State Machines

May 21, 2019 33:05


Dr. Volodymyr Koman, a postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), discusses his work with cell-sized robots and explains their many possible uses in our ever-increasing technological world.

Dr. Koman received a BS in Applied Physics from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, then an MS in Photonics from Ghent University, before moving on to earn and complete his Ph.D. in Photonics at the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. Dr. Koman has a particular fascination with cell-sized robots and his work is focused in this area currently.

Dr. Koman discusses their cell-sized robots and how they arrived at the name of ‘colloidal nanoelectronic state machines’ for their groundbreaking tiny robots. He describes state machines as simple robots with several states on board, essentially state machines that are doing computations on board of the particle. Dr. Koman describes his team’s fascination with nature, which caused them to pose questions such as, can we think like nature? Their work takes the question into the test phase, as they seek to make advanced cell-size ‘state machines’ or robots that can form tissues and create bigger structures. 

These minuscule robots can sense their environment, store data, and complete computational tasks. They consist of tiny electronic circuits comprised of two-dimensional materials, riding along atop minuscule particles known as colloids. Dr. Koman explains how these tiny state machines can communicate with each other while completing tasks. He expounds upon their vision for the future of these infinitesimal robots.

Dr. Koman provides details on the structures and circuits of their tiny state machines, and how they hope to effectively allow them to transform and change shape. These machines will look very different from our current machines and from our cells, Dr. Koman states. 

The cellular-size technology expert provides further information on uses within the bloodstream. One particular area of expansion for the technology could be for diagnostics. By combining these tiny objects with complex circuitry, it may open up possibilities for the creation of devices that could be utilized to carry out diagnostic journeys into the human digestive system. Colloids can exist in environments and move about in ways that other materials simply cannot, which makes them particularly attractive for specialized tasks. Dr. Koman talks about the future of robotics and his team’s outlook for their advanced tiny robots. From bloodstream to tissue, the uses and possibilities are nearly limitless.

Plants as the Masters of Chemistry—Frantisek Baluska, Ph.D.—Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany, University of Bonn

May 20, 2019 50:18


The mutualistic relationship between the acacia plant and a certain species of ant is fascinating: the plant produces an addictive chemical substance that attracts a certain species of ant, and the ant survives off this substance while providing protective benefits for the plant. As another example of the amazing ways in which plants leverage chemicals to their advantage, tomato plants that are overeaten by caterpillars have the ability to produce chemicals that induce cannibalism in caterpillars. How do plants know to respond in these ways? How do they know which chemicals to produce and when to produce them in order to protect themselves in these ingenious ways? According to Dr. Frantisek Baluska from the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany at the University of Bonn in Germany, the answer is that plants have a rich mental life that is far more complex than previously thought. Although there is a growing body of research that suggests a form of true plant cognition, mainstream science still largely reserves words such as ‘sentient’, ‘intelligent’, and ‘problem-solving’ for humans only. But Dr. Baluska argues that plants are masters of chemistry and that this mastery indicates the presence of complex cognitive mechanisms similar to those found in the human nervous system. Dr. Baluska discusses a range of topics—all of which are the perfect mix of intriguing and informative, leading you into the world of the masters of chemistry. Tune in and visit for more. 

Quality Breathing – Patrick McKeown, Author of Close Your Mouth: Buteyko Clinic Handbook for Perfect Health – The Buteyko Method & All That It Can Do for Your Health

May 20, 2019 36:55


McKeown was a chronic asthmatic who suffered from regular wheezing and coughing for more than twenty years before he discovered the Buteyko Method. After mastering the method, he has been completely free of symptoms, as well as medication, since the late 90s. Today, McKeown is a qualified practitioner after training with Professor Buteyko, the originator of the method.

McKeown talks about his background and how his own struggles with issues such as asthma, constant stuffy nose, and mouth breathing motivated him to find a solution. As he explains, having these issues can seriously impact the quality of our sleep, and as such McKeown used to wake up very tired often, before discovering Buteyko.

Further, the Buteyko practitioner delves into the various techniques people can use to decongest their noses, to allow clearer breathing through the nose. The nose, in fact, is so important, that it is responsible for over 30 functions in the human body, so it’s clear that we want to keep it clear! As McKeown explains, nasal issues that prevent quality nasal breathing can contribute to so many problems from dry mouth/inflammation, to learning difficulties, reduced IQ, decreased productivity, and much more.

The breathing expert talks about blood vessels and how breathing affects carbon dioxide levels. Blood circulation and breath are directly connected. Anxiety, depression, and high stress can greatly benefit from slower, fuller breathing. McKeown’s book, Close Your Mouth, is a respected self-help book that offers an easy to follow, complete instruction set for the Buteyko Method, to help combat asthma, nasal congestion, and snoring. And the proof is in the results, as multiple clinical trials have proven that the Buteyko Method is highly effective and provides a true remedy for the reversal of asthma, resulting in 70% less coughing and wheezing, and an astounding 90% reduction in the need for reliever medication, and a remarkable 50% reduced need for preventer medication.

McKeown talks about how he works with clients to help them develop an exercise plan that works for them. He can measure their breathing during their first visit and ascertain how they will be able to function in various exercises and periods of physical exertion. Through the Buteyko method, many people have found relief from their nagging, lifelong problems, and McKeown is helping to spread the word to the world, to help people find real solutions to their debilitating health issues.

Tap It Out – Gene Monterastelli, Founder of Tapping Q&A – Using Tapping to Overcome Anxiety and Stress, Manage Pain, Improve Relationships & So Much More

May 20, 2019 36:36


Gene Monterastelli, the founder of Tapping Q&A (, provides an overview of tapping as a therapy option to help people overcome obstacles in their lives.

Monterastelli earned his degree from the Catholic University of America. His vast experience in various therapeutic techniques includes hypnotism, guided imagery, NLP, parts work, as well as meridian based tapping protocols such as EFT.

Monterastelli talks about his background. He discusses how social anxiety led him to discover tapping. Monterastelli’s road to recovery and healing from his anxiety issues were aided by this interesting therapeutic technique and he decided to share his knowledge with others in his eBook. His popular audiobook, Recovering Self: A Healing Manifesto is available for everyone, at no cost. Monterastelli recounts how his social anxiety had gotten so bad before he discovered the power of tapping, that he couldn’t even call out his stop on airport shuttle buses, or help friends with favors that required a simple phone call to someone. In short, his life was in need of a solution, and he found it through tapping.

Monterastelli talks about studies regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture and how it has been proven to be a useful tool in pain management and also in battling depression and phobias. He discusses the early work of tapping therapy founder, Dr. Roger Callahan, who first decided to take the concept of acupuncture and adapt it to a form of healing using only hands and fingers to tap meridian points, abandoning the needles, to provide benefits to more people. However, the algorithms of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) are rather complex, and thus one of Callahan’s students, a man by the name of Gary Craig​, ​simplified the technique even more and thus became the founder of what we know today as EFT Tapping Therapy.

Monterastelli talks about the tool-sets that people can utilize within the context of this therapy. He talks about the basic tenets of tapping that include tuning in to your issue (physical pain or emotion) and then tapping points. By moving from tapping point to tapping point, and talking through the problem, you can then conquer the problem. Monterastelli talks about trauma and how much tapping could be necessary to find relief and to recover. He talks about the many and various issues that tapping can be utilized to combat.

The tapping expert discusses how tapping can be used in a clinical setting. He outlines how simply being present is important in the process. And he goes into detail about some of the kinds of issues that people can tackle by utilizing tapping. Monterastelli works with clients across the globe, one-on-one over the phone as well as through Skype. Some of the main areas he provides his expertise on are as follows: stress, limiting beliefs, anxiety, smoking, learning disabilities, pain management, and even relationship issues.

Harnessing the Power of Data to Advance Mineral Exploration—Roman Teslyuk—Earth AI

May 17, 2019 21:51


During his work as a doctoral student, Roman Teslyuk noticed that there was something missing in the world of geological research and mineral exploration: objective, big data analytics. In its place were less objective forms of localized analysis that were failing to take advantage of the massive amounts of archived data gathered from past research in the field. With the goal of advancing mineral exploration by leveraging all of the available data, Teslyuk founded Earth AI, a company that’s focused on locating deposits of technology metals that are crucial components of growth in the high-tech industry, such as copper, zinc, nickel, lithium, and vanadium. 

With the use of a geological AI training system that learns from geochemical, magnetic, radiometric and multi-spectral remote sensing data from previously explored regions, the AI system generalizes all of the data and develops predictions for which locations have the highest likelihood of metal deposits. It takes the Earth AI team just two weeks to cover 100 square miles of land; traditionally, it would take the same amount of people months to search different locations based only on signs of mineralization—a much more expensive and less efficient method. Earth AI’s technology currently boasts a success rate that’s 50 times greater than the industry’s. Tune in for all the details, and visit <a href=""></a> to learn more.

Streamlining the Routine Negotiation of Contracts—Lane Lillquist—InCloudCounsel

May 16, 2019 23:20


When businesses have high volumes of contracts that need to be negotiated on a regular basis, they usually do one of two things: hire a big law firm to do it for them or use their in-house legal team. However, there are several drawbacks to both of these options. For example, when a company leaves it to a big law firm to handle, they spend more money, lose visibility on the process, and never build long-term relationships with the lawyers who do the work for them. And when these contracts are dealt with on an in-house basis, time and attention are taken away from other, more pressing and high-value tasks within the business.

According to Lane Lillquist, co-founder of InCloudCounsel, there’s a third, far superior solution that incorporates machine learning and not only provides a consistent stream of work for the attorneys who work for InCloudCounsel, but provides businesses with a personalized team of experts dedicated to the proper, efficient, and low-cost execution of their contract negotiations. In addition to discussing the ins and outs of how the service works, Lillquist talks about document abstracting, which is a process that is powered by machine learning and capable of scanning hundreds of pages of documents for answers to specific questions.

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Rethinking the Thyroid–Meghna Thacker, Thyroid Expert, Author of, Seven Steps to Heal Your Thyroid: A proven plan to Increase Energy, Elevate Mood & Optimize Weight – Investigating the Many Frustrating Thyroid Conditions—Treatment and Recovery

May 15, 2019 29:40


Meghna Thacker is a trusted doctor, thyroid expert, and celebrated author. Her book, Seven Steps to Heal Your Thyroid: A proven plan to Increase Energy, Elevate Mood & Optimize Weight is a must-read for anyone who wants to achieve better health and wellness. In this informative, interesting podcast, Dr. Thacker shares her vast knowledge of thyroid health and wellness. 

Dr. Thacker has long been a passionate healer, particularly focused on thyroid disease, motivated by her own struggles with this frustrating, troublesome condition. Her book, Seven Steps to Heal your Thyroid, provides pertinent information to help everyone who suffers from thyroid issues—to increase their energy, elevate their mood, and achieve/maintain a healthy weight. 

Dr. Thacker is a respected, licensed Naturopathic Physician in Arizona. She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine after successful completion of her bachelor’s in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Mumbai, India.

Dr. Thacker talks about her personal history battling Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, gaining weight, losing her hair, and being frustrated with multiple symptoms when she was growing up in India. She talks about her experiences early on, medications, and the various effects of thyroid conditions. Dr. Thacker explains that it is important to find a doctor who truly understands thyroid issues because blood tests might show normal range results, but people are still suffering, thus you need a doctor who will dig deeper, to test and find a solution to the problem. The thyroid doctor talks about specific cases and patients, and how she worked to find an answer to each person’s unique situation. 

The thyroid naturopathic doctor talks about diet, supplements, botanical medicines, and micronutrient analyses that provide detailed information. Understanding things on the cellular level allows physicians to better strategize on appropriate treatment. And she explains thyroid balance and how the body detoxifies. 

Dr. Thacker’s holistic practice focuses heavily on helping women balance their hormones and treat their thyroid disorders naturally.

Getting Emotional – Rana Gujral, Investor, Noted Speaker, and CEO of Behavioral Signals – Using Technology to Gain a Better Understanding of Speech, and the Emotional Context Within

May 15, 2019 40:45


Rana Gujral, an investor, noted speaker, and CEO of Behavioral Signals, delivers an interesting overview of the current state of AI regarding communication and user experience. 

Gujral has a proven track record in enterprise software, business building, and strategy, as well as emerging markets. Gujral’s successful past accomplishments include his tenure as founder and CEO of TiZE Inc., a groundbreaking SaaS platform. Gujral was an essential member of the team for Cricut Inc. where he worked to build an innovative product for their DIY community which brought them to profitability within just 2 years. And earlier, Gujral held leadership positions with Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc.

Gujral discusses the AI that they are developing which, remarkably, understands the emotional context of what we speak. Gujral and his predecessors have long pondered the question: can you truly have artificial intelligence machines without emotions? Gujral states that this emotional element is a critical piece of voice interactions. With voice recognition accuracy now reaching its necessary apex, emotion and interaction is the next great frontier. Communicating intent is crucial. It’s not just what is being said, but how someone is saying it; context and emotion are the missing links that Gujral’s company is innovatively bringing into the mix. Gujral states that we gather more emotional context from hearing someone speak, much more than viewing facial expressions even. 

The technology expert and entrepreneur talks about various business use cases and how technology is enhancing our communication. He explains how agents can speak with clients and enhance their experience by utilizing the technology, as it provides helpful input that improves communication. For example, the tech can provide input about the call in real time that may provide a range of information from, ‘you need to speak faster,’ ‘you sound angry, you should change your tone,’ or ‘the client sounds upset,’ etc., real-time information that can help improve the communication and thus enhance the experience for all parties involved. 

Gujral acknowledges that it is an exciting time for AI in general. AI is here and taking a more prominent role in all business transactions, and successful, forward-thinking companies are integrating AI technologies into their technology stacks, for improved communication, efficiency, and success.

Black Hole Space Spectacle – Ethan Siegel, Astrophysicist, Author, Science Communicator and Educator – The Physics of Space, Black Holes, Space Time, and Why Acceleration of Matter Matters

May 15, 2019 54:22


Ethan Siegel, astrophysicist, author, science communicator, and educator, as well as a senior contributor for Forbes and other publications, delivers an insightful and thorough overview of space/time, black holes, and the physics that seeks to explain it all. 

Siegel is an award-winning science writer and founder of the popular blog, Starts With A Bang. And he has two books currently available, Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive, and Beyond the Galaxy: How humanity looked beyond our Milky Way and discovered the entire Universe.

Siegel discusses the recent black hole photograph, obtained by using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87, that created a buzz around the world. As Siegel states, nothing will be the same in physics afterward. He underscores the importance of this image. He states that the goal in science is to test and try to disprove, in order to cement theories. And Siegel explains, in great detail, how this image establishes the accuracy of Einstein’s theory of relativity and other scientific ideas. Siegel explains Newton’s theories and describes gravitational principles in regard to what we now understand about black holes. 

The astrophysicist discusses the space-time continuum. He goes into detail about how space is being dragged faster than the speed of light in an event horizon, in regard to the acceleration of matter and differences of temperature. And he explains the fabric of space-time, in regard to what is happening in the event horizon, detailing information about the rotation of a black hole with an outer event horizon and an inner event horizon. Siegel explains the significance of these discoveries that again underscore the importance of the recent black hole photograph that Siegel states is one of the most consequential

moments in the science of the last decade.

Strengthening the Skills that are Fundamental to All Others—Lindsey Biel –Occupational Therapist and Author of Award-Winning Book, Raising a Sensory Smart Child

May 14, 2019 25:48


Fine and gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, and self-regulatory skills all play an important role in a young person’s ability to participate in learning, playing, and socializing, but as an occupational therapist working with children, adolescents, and young adults, Lindsey Biel focuses on what she says underlies all of these skills and serves as the foundation for them: sensory processing. She provides the listener with an image of a paper plate that holds a hot dog, then a handful of chips, followed by some coleslaw; it isn’t until it’s asked to hold just a little bit of potato salad that the whole plate falls apart. “Teachers and parents need to figure out how much you can put on a person’s paper plate before they fall apart, and as a therapist, I need to start building a stronger paper plate,” says Biel. She goes on to explain how she goes about doing that, which is a process that always begins with a thorough assessment of the individual’s strengths and challenges.

Biel explains that sensory sensitivities exist on a continuum, with what most people would consider “pet peeves” on one end and extreme, disabling sensitivities on the other. She also discusses the relationship between sensory sensitivities and autism, examples of the range of sensitivities people can experience, a growing body of science that points to the potential causes of sensory sensitivities, and how stress impacts an individual’s already compromised ability to self-regulate.

Having been in the field for over 20 years and authored two books, Raising a Sensory Child and Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens, Biel is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. 

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Employing Advanced Technologies in the Search for Signs of Life on Mars—Hakan Svedhem—European Space Agency

May 14, 2019 29:41


According to Hakan Svedhem, the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is a beast of a spacecraft, weighing in at 3.7 tons, but on board, you’ll find very sensitive instruments, capable of detecting one molecule of methane out of 10 billion molecules of carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere. In addition to these sensitive pieces of technology referred to as spectrometers, you’ll find a camera capable of generating 3D landscape images, and an instrument that can detect the presence of water molecules a meter deep in the surface of Mars.

Svedhem is a project scientist on the ExoMars mission and he joins the podcast to discuss a variety of topics, including how cosmic rays aid in the detection and quantification of water molecules, conflicting reports as to whether or not methane has been detected in the Martian atmosphere in the past, and if so, the significance of that finding, global dust storms and temperature fluctuation on Mars, and a bit about the launch of the ESA’s Mars rover slated for 2021. Learn more about this and all the other projects going on within the ESA by visiting <a href=""></a>. 

A Marketplace where Local Makers Collaborate, Learn, and Grow—Karen Rzepecki—Mason Jars Makerplace

May 14, 2019 24:12


In today’s world, it seems that large marketplaces and corporations dominate. Many people go straight to Amazon when they’re looking for a product, where five million-sellers compete for business. This experience, however, lacks personalization, the benefit of buying local, and the opportunity to support small communities of makers who are creating organic, small-batch products. As a maker herself, Karen Rzepecki wanted to carve out a marketplace for makers of original brands to collaborate, learn, and grow from each other, all while providing consumers with unique, local products. With this goal in mind, Rzepecki founded Mason Jars Makerplace, where there are already over 100 sellers on the platform or signed up to be.

Rzepecki talks about some of the most popular products on the Mason Jars site, many of which are recipes for and ready-made fermented goods, including kombucha, vegetables, sauerkraut, hot sauce, and honey. She also discusses the benefit of having access to regional goods and loads of DIY resources. Tune in and check out what they have to offer at <a href=""></a>

Sleep Apnea and the CPAP Machine: Encouraging Awareness, Appreciation, and Empowerment—Stacy Erickson Edwards—CPAPBabes

May 13, 2019 31:44


As the founder of CPAPBabes, Stacy Erickson Edwards is making it her mission to raise awareness of sleep apnea and the importance of receiving the right diagnosis early on, encourage people to appreciate the CPAP machine, which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep apnea, and empower people to use the machine with confidence and a sense of pride.  

She discusses the tendency of people to associate sleep apnea and CPAP machines with overweight, unhealthy, older people, so it came as quite a shock to her when at 32 she received the diagnosis herself. But it is precisely these stereotypes—which are not at all reflective of reality—that are so detrimental and cause people to feel self-conscious about the diagnosis of sleep apnea, reluctant or embarrassed about using the machine, and ashamed for needing it. Edwards explains that this can easily lead to untreated cases of sleep apnea, which pose a threat not only to people’s health but to public safety. Among other topics, she discusses sleep apnea in kids and how untreated sleep apnea can be misdiagnosed as ADHD, the growing number of sleep apnea diagnoses among millennials, how the personalization of CPAP masks and machines could help change the stigma attached to them and make people more excited about using them, and a common problem with auto-adjust pressure machines.

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Delivering a Power System that’s Cheaper, Cleaner, More Convenient, and More Versatile—Canon Bryan—Terrestrial Energy

May 13, 2019 33:17


At Terrestrial Energy, the team’s goal is to commercialize an advanced nuclear technology with four leading characteristics: cheap, clean, versatile, and high temperature. According to the company’s CFO, Canon Bryan, these are the ingredients necessary for a nuclear power system to reach beyond electricity and provide power for industry, heating, and transport. He explains that while nuclear energy has been a stable source of power for decades now, high upfront construction costs were too great for even national economies to accept. Terrestrial Energy is addressing this drawback by delivering smaller and cheaper plants that maintain scalability and afford greater versatility. Bryan discusses a range of topics, including public perception of nuclear energy, the safety and risks of nuclear energy versus other types of energy, how economic innovation occurs, and the promise of nuclear innovation for the future of the world. Tune in and visit <a href=""></a> to learn more.

Empowering People to Make the Most of Their Own Data-Bastian Tzovaras-Open Humans Foundation

May 13, 2019 31:42


Data is everywhere these days, and there are more ways than ever to collect it, from having our genomes sequenced for cheaper than ever before, to tracking our level and type of activity at all times of the day. But are we ultimately making the most of all this data, and are we even aware of the amount of data being collected on a daily basis? According to Bastian Tzovaras, head of research at Open Humans Foundation, there’s actually a lot more data being collected than we’re aware of, and we aren’t making the most of it. He joins the podcast to discuss how Open Humans Foundation is empowering people to get copies of their data from numerous sources for the purposes of their own growth and to power new kinds of research.

Tzovaras discusses the types of data they’re helping people collect, the importance of removing data from silos and aggregating it for the benefit of communities and society, how he’s made use of his own data through the Open Humans Foundation, new types of experiments that increased access to data is making possible, and the correlations that can be drawn by combining silos of data, such as the relationship between glucose levels and activity. Interested in learning more or joining Open Humans Foundation? Check out <a href=""></a>.

Health Management Revolution – Louise Short, MD, MSc, National Clinical Leader for Strategic Benefit Advisors – The Changing Health Landscape, How Innovation Is Improving Healthcare

May 10, 2019 33:42


Louise Short, MD, MSc, National Clinical Leader for Strategic Benefit Advisors (SBA) and Brown & Brown discusses the current state of healthcare and health management and how employers can embrace new innovative ideas to improve health strategies.

After earning an undergraduate degree at Harvard and an MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Short received further training at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City before embarking on her illustrious career in healthcare strategies. 

As an innovative leader in her field, Dr. Short works with businesses and employers to develop progressive strategies and solutions that will aid families, and support them, with the goal of making good choices to help them avoid the detrimental effects of poor health.

Dr. Short talks about Strategic Benefit Advisors and its mission. She discusses their work in population health, assisting employers with improving health, medical care, costs, and productivity. She outlines the issues that employers face, such as escalating healthcare costs… from high-cost claimants to specialty drugs, chronic disease and more. Dr. Short relates her thoughts about ongoing care and the possibility of it being delivered virtually, to save time and money. And she discusses virtual coaching that is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) compliant, which increases health awareness and health improvement. 

The health enhancement strategist provides detailed information on the many ways that employers can take advantage of new opportunities in healthcare management. And she explains various health plans and provides her opinions on why some are better than others. She highlights some of the best features, from virtual care to robust chronic disease care management, and other important options such as diabetes monitoring, glucose monitoring, and behavioral health. 

The best care, she states, provides personalized attention that helps people get the right care at the right time. And Dr. Short expresses her zeal for health literacy and education, helping people understand their health choices. 

Some of Dr. Short’s areas of specialty include the following: population health and health management, innovation and health strategies, as well as managed care and preventive medicine/wellness.

Accelerating Microbiome Research for Improved Human Health—Dr. Sandrine Miller-Montgomery—UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

May 10, 2019 33:10


Dr. Sandrine Miller-Montgomery is the executive director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation and professor in the department of bioengineering whose aim is to understand and foster microbiome diversity and develop technologies that leverage the findings in the exploding field of microbiome research. For years, microbes have been generally viewed as bad for health and as things to get rid of, but a growing body of research is showing that the microbiome is actually essential for the development of our immune systems and our overall health.

Dr. Miller-Montgomery delivers an intriguing overview of the role of the microbiome in everyday life, reminding us that for millions of years prior to humans showing up, the microbiome world was adapting, evolving, and developing an incredible diversity of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. She explains how the human immune system develops within the first three months of life and relies heavily upon the presence of microbes in the environment, and how shielding a child from the environment too much can actually result in illnesses and allergic reactions in adulthood. She also explains the type of work being done at the Center for Microbiome Innovation, where, rather than pinpoint a single focus on the microbiome and work in silos, over 130 scientists remain nimble in their research, sharing data, collaborating, and adapting their research to the evolution of our knowledge in the field.

The team has ongoing studies looking at the relationship between the microbiome and aging, schizophrenia, depression, diet, and more. Dr. Miller-Montgomery is a wealth of information, explaining the ins and outs of all of the above, and discussing the potential for the microbiome to serve as a biomarker for diagnosing, preventing, and treating disease. Visit <a href=""></a> to learn more.

Unprecedented Advances in Mattress Design—James J Abodeely—Level Sleep

May 10, 2019 36:38


Level Sleep is a company that was founded just over three years ago with the goal of doing something no other company in the world of sleep was doing: designing and distributing mattresses that accommodate the natural curves of the human body. Founder of Level Sleep, James J Abodeely, explains the two primary goals of product development at Level Sleep: spinal alignment and uniform low pressure. He explains that until now, these two features have essentially been at odds with one another, forcing consumers to sacrifice support in favor of pressure, or vice versa. The mattress they’ve designed provides people with just the right amount of each, providing both spinal alignment and low pressure where it’s needed.

Their product has undergone a 30-person sleep trial and has been market-tested with positive reviews and a majority of consumers being patients of chiropractors—people who understand the value of spinal alignment and the right amount of pressure in the right locations, and what it’s like to deal with the chronic pain that can result from having neither. Abodeely discusses a number of topics, including the look, feel, and function of the mattress, how the recent revolution in online purchases of mattresses have led to a “been-in-a-box” model that’s actually improved the long-term integrity of mattresses, the specific details of the results of the sleep trial testing their mattress, and their patent pending adjustable Snore Relief pillow that provides superior support for the neck, reducing snoring.  

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Back to the Future Past – David Sax, Author of The Revenge of Analog Real Things and Why They Matter – Our Growing Cultural Desire for Analog Things of the Past

May 10, 2019 32:51


David Sax, author of The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, provides a fascinating overview of the technology and how we yearn for the physical products of days recently gone by. 

David’s book considers the new analog revival. In a world of digital technology, people are now craving much of what we’ve been told was obsolete. In a sort of reverse revolution, more and more independent bookstores are popping up in spite of e-books’ supposed decimation of all things ‘print,’ record stores with real vinyl are rebounding in spite of our downloadable empire of digital music, and people are even beginning to write actual letters again—on paper, believe it or not. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter reveals the hidden truth of our society—that people like things.

David talks about his background and how an old turntable with real records intensified his interest in music, which got him thinking about technology, analog products, and our desire for the tangible things of the past. His curiosity about this stirred him to write his book, The Revenge of Analog. As David states, the world is physical, so it is only natural that we relate best to physical things that give us a deeper connection and appeal to all our senses. We love three dimensional, tangible items, and it should come as no surprise that we are yearning for the past in some ways. 

The historical tech guru explains why our current technology is leaving us feeling less enthused. He talks about his own personal connection to modern technology and how he tries to limit his exposure somewhat, in an attempt to really connect to family and friends without the technological interruptions. 

David discusses technology’s rise to power in regard to its promise for making lives better, but as he states, technology is messy and is never really that Star Trek version we might have expected it could be. He says that our future is never really as we predict, and that skepticism of coming technologies is actually a smart behavior, that we should evaluate technology and understand how it works for us, and whether it is truly enhancing our lives in ways that are healthy and productive. 

Lastly, David talks about his upcoming book that takes a hard look at entrepreneurship. He discusses the reasons why people become entrepreneurs and how their goals motivate them to build and create. 

Voice-Activated Access to Your Data in Real Time, 24/7—Adrien Schmidt—Bouquet

May 9, 2019 31:06


Need answers that are buried in pages of data reports or countless spreadsheets and dashboards, but don’t have the time to sift through it all? Do you need to know how a particular sales employee is doing, how a particular consumer uses a product, or how many versions of a particular product were sold last month? These are just a couple of examples of the pieces of information that can now be delivered to you within seconds; all you have to do is ask. The name of the product that’s making this a reality and boasting the potential to revolutionize the B2B space is Aristotle, and it’s been developed by the team at Bouquet.

Adrien Schmidt, CEO of Bouquet, joins the podcast to discuss how they’re developing AI algorithms that will quickly interpret voice commands, analyze the relevant data, and deliver a clear, accurate response in real time. This system acts as a virtual assistant for data analysis around the clock through whatever channel is most convenient for you, whether that’s Siri, Alexa, Slack, Microsoft Teams, or any other instant messaging service you use. Schmidt explains that talking to Aristotle is just like talking to a colleague—there’s no complicated log in process, little room for error, and no hold times associated with the recruitment of data analysts; simply ask your question and receive your answer within seconds. Schmidt discusses how this casual data usage will benefit the B2B space, improve business operations and customer service, and lower overhead expenses. Tune in to learn more about Aristotle’s use cases, challenges to overcome, what stage they’re at in development, and what to look for in the near future. Visit <a href=""></a> for more information.

Bringing to Light the ‘Dark Matter’ of the Genome: Understanding Noncoding RNA—Dr. Andreas Werner—Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University

May 9, 2019 33:43


Although we know a lot more about the human genome now than we did prior to the start of the Human Genome Project almost two decades ago, countless questions remain, as do research opportunities. At the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University in the UK, Dr. Andreas Werner is carrying out research on noncoding RNA molecules, which comprise a significant percentage of the genome and have long been regarded as “junk” or “dark matter” elements of the genome. According to Dr. Werner and a growing body of research, noncoding RNA actually plays a significant role in the human body by helping to drive transcription, regulate the expression of proteins, and contribute to the evolution of organisms. He explains the extremely context-dependent nature of noncoding RNA especially as it relates to the expression of certain diseases, and offers an overall intriguing and informative conversation that takes an in-depth look at the science behind his research. 

The Hypothyroidism Struggle – Rachel Hill, Author, and Founder of The Invisible Hypothyroidism – Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Issues, Symptoms, Treatments, and Finding Your Way Back to Health

May 9, 2019 33:40


Rachel Hill, the founder of The Invisible Hypothyroidism (<a href=""></a>), delivers an interesting overview of hypothyroidism and her personal journey back to good health.

Hill is an award-winning thyroid patient advocate. She is a noted writer and author on the subject and has received a staggering six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations as well as many other accolades for her writing and her popular website. Speaking of the latter, The Invisible Hypothyroidism was cited by The National Academy of Hypothyroidism as one of the best thyroid advocacies contributing to thyroid awareness. Hill holds multiple certificates in her various areas of study and training, some of which include the following: Life Coaching and Motivational Speaking, Diet and Nutrition, and Reflexology as well.

Hill talks about her background and her own personal struggles with hypothyroidism. After beginning a blog in which she shared her experiences, she became motivated to expand her work as a thyroid health advocate. Hill talks about the symptoms people might experience that could lead to a diagnosis. She shares her personal story, and the frustration she experienced during the years before her diagnosis.

Hill’s celebrated book, Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired is a must-read for anyone who is seeking a comprehensive guide to thyroid issues. The book discusses in detail her path back to good health after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. She covers all the basics and then some. Hill’s book details information on medications, supplements, blood tests, mental health, emotional support, motivation, other valuable resources for learning, and so much more. Hill talks about the range in testing that indicates a hypothyroid diagnosis, and she stresses that even someone who is borderline could still have a significant amount of troubling symptoms that interfere with one’s life. 

The thyroid expert stresses the importance of finding a doctor that understands thyroid issues well and is willing to work with you in a manner that is helpful. Hill talks about medications in detail and the pros and cons of trying other medications that may offer improvements over your current meds. She talks about the lingering issues of brain fog and gut health, and how everything is connected. Ultimately, Hill states that experimentation and research regarding nutrition, exercise, and vitamins, and making adjustments along the way, can help to improve your symptoms and overall health. 

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well as in her book: Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate (

You’ve Got Data! – Erik Rind, Founder and CEO of ImagineBC – Blockchain, Data, Consumerism & Profits

May 8, 2019 39:02


Erik Rind, the founder and CEO of ImagineBC, delivers an informative overview of blockchain and the new technology that is helping users control their data.

As an experienced technology executive, Erik is passionate about the digital community and the technology tools that enhance it. Erik talks about the ImagineBC experience. In the ImagineBC community, users are able to have control over their personal information in ways they may not have imagined possible. The ImagineBC platform is built on blockchain security, and thus empowers people to shop how they want, safely and securely. Essentially, they are innovators in the space and as such, they aspire to do for blockchain what “You’ve got mail” did for the internet. 

Erik talks about his background as a technologist writing software in the HCM space (human capital management) such as payroll, HR, and benefits administration. Erik’s love for history combined with his skill in software development was the foundation for his company, ImagineBC. After some initial doubts about the power of blockchain, then copious amounts of research, Erik came to the conclusion that blockchain’s potential for peer to peer commerce was enormous, “game-changing,” as he describes it. Erik talks about bitcoin and currency, but he stresses that ImagineBC is not a ‘crypto play,’ but is, in fact, a US dollar-based community.

The technology expert talks about their upcoming launch, and where ImagineBC is in their launch process. He discusses some potential clients who are interested in the ImagineBC platform, and how they can get more bang for their buck in advertising leads. Erik explains their community and how they interact with information, and how ads can become targeted, precisely connecting with real leads that are worth the time to pursue. 

The technologist discusses some of their partners in the health field, and how data is utilized in a secure manner. As Erik recounts some companies betray the trust of their clients by selling their data, but ImagineBC seeks to help users control their personal information, to control how it is used, and be free to monetize it for their own benefit, not some big corporation’s benefit. As the ImagineBC website touts, “The status quo says it’s okay that Facebook and Google profit from your data. We say that money should go in your pocket.”

Humanizing the Human-Machine Interaction—Adria Recasens—MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

May 8, 2019 17:16


Virtual assistants have come a long way in recent years, but they’re still limited in the ability to interpret the spoken word and match objects with their corresponding descriptions with speed and accuracy. On today’s episode, Adria Recasens from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab discusses the research they’re doing to create a system that can outperform Siri and Alexa in terms of correctly and quickly identifying objects based on spoken descriptions, allowing for our interactions with computers to be more like interactions with other humans who speak our language. 

Recasens discusses the use cases of this technology, which include higher and better-functioning robots or personal assistants, as well as image analysis in medicine. He also discusses the areas of research they plan to explore in the near future, which include teaching the system different languages and concepts.

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Energy Explosion – Dr. Daniel Kammen, Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) – Climate Change and Renewable Energy

May 7, 2019 33:57


Dr. Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy & Society, Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), provides an overview of the current state of energy around the globe and the changes that are happening rapidly.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Cornell and then graduate studies at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in 1988, Dr. Kammen embarked on his long career in the energy field. His postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard led him to a position of

professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from the early to late 90s. Notably, Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and he holds additional appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as the Department of Nuclear Engineering. And in 2010, Dr. Kammen was honored to be named the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow, tapped by former Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton. 

Dr. Kammen discusses his background and training as a physicist and the steps that he took to reach his current area of study and development in the energy field. Upon seeing an ad seeking engineers for work in Central America, the young physicist convinced the group to include him as well, alongside the engineers, and thus his journey began on the path to energy studies—solar, wind, etc. Dr. Kammen discusses how energy is thought about by various governments, and how new technology and climate change issues are changing the game. He talks about how old utility models are giving way to newer models, and how solar and cleaner energy is leaping forward in the market. As he states, clean energy can make energy management and production actually easier while helping to reduce climate problems. 

Dr. Kammen details many of the current problems with energy in America. As he explains, regarding the US government, the current administration is still investing in antiquated energy sources, such as coal, that absolutely cannot be a part of our future, as modern society attempts to move to more sensible, climate-friendly energy sources. The energy expert talks about the future of clean energy in regard to transportation, etc. He talks about emissions, discussing the number of emissions that are created by not only the operation of cleaner energy vehicles but also in the manufacturing of them. As he states, electric vehicles use lighter materials, composite materials, that make them more favorable, with a smaller carbon footprint simply in manufacturing, thus tipping the scales in favor of electric over gas-powered, before consideration of the batteries (which most people think is the main issue). Dr. Kammen goes on to discuss lithium batteries and sources of lithium. He states that even with the lithium and recycling taken into account, the incredible benefits of using cleaner energy vehicles is clear. 

Dr. Kammen talks about the future of energy, greenhouse gases, and air quality, and how investing in new sources of energy is good for the environment, as well as the economy!

Using the Body's Largest Organ as a Diagnostic Guide—Dr. Trevor Cates—The Spa Doctor

May 7, 2019 34:35


<strong>Bio:</strong> Dr. Trevor Cates is founder and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is the host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.<a href=""></a>

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it’s also the most noticeable. As a result, it can be a serious source of embarrassment for people who have acute or chronic issues with their skin, such as eczema, acne, rosacea, or one of the other countless types of skin maladies out there. To avoid embarrassment, many people will just try to cover up the problem, brushing it off as nothing more than an inconvenience. But what many people don’t realize it that skin health is an indicator of overall health, and skin issues almost always point to an underlying cause or process that’s occurring within the body.

As Dr. Trevor Cates puts it, “Skin is an outer reflection of what’s going on inside the body, and oftentimes it’s the first sign that something is out of balance in the body.” As the founder and owner of The Spa Doctor, the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California, and author of Clean Skin from Within: The Spa Doctor’s Two-Week Program to Glowing, Naturally Youthful Skin, Dr. Cates helps patients from around the world identify the root causes of their skin issues by letting the skin itself be the guiding diagnostic tool.

Tune in to hear her discuss a variety of different skin conditions and what they can indicate about underlying illnesses and imbalances, the six root causes behind skin issues, the role of gut health in skin health, the psychological aspect of poor skin health, and a bit about her two-week program that’s had great success for people around the world. Interested in reading her book or discovering what might be causing your skin issues?

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Healthy Lives – Katelyn Parsons, Holistic Health Coach and Founder of Katelyn Parsons Modern Girl Holistics – Transformational Changes to Improve Overall Health, Make Smarter Choices & Focus On Achieving Our Goals

May 7, 2019 32:17


Katelyn Parsons, holistic health coach and founder of Katelyn Parsons Modern Girl Holistics (<a href=""></a>), talks about lifestyle and nutrition choices that can help us all to feel better and live healthier lives.

As a certified Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Teacher in San Diego, California, Katelyn specializes in helping career women let go of weight while feeling more empowered when around food, which provides the confidence, and powerful energy, to push forward and accomplish their dreams. 

Katelyn discusses her background and the personal struggles that led to her career. From a young age, she was constantly on diets trying to lose weight, which led to bulimia that she battled until her mid-20s. After hitting a low point, she sought help and treatment, and emotional support from her family, and began her path toward a healthier life through better nutrition, using food to heal not harm. Moving forward, Katelyn wanted to share her success with others, and help people find balance in their lives. 

Katelyn talks about the joyful experience of helping other women with their own struggles. As Katelyn states, her holistic health approach focuses on lifestyle as well as nutrition. She states that she looks at every person individually, and the multiple areas of their lives, in order to devise a plan to help them. She talks about how we compare ourselves to others and the importance of focusing on the path that you are on individually. The nutrition and lifestyle expert talks about internal health and detoxification, and the concept of ‘plate building’ in terms of choosing new ways to eat healthier, eating nutritious food abundantly. 

Katelyn discusses the ways to stop food cravings. She expounds upon the benefits of adding healthy fats to our diets. Finally, Katelyn talks about the variations within her program and the many types of training and resources she provides to her clients. From balancing blood sugar to know how to make smart choices when shopping, and beyond, Katelyn works individually with people to help them make their transformations.

Harnessing the Antimicrobial Properties of Komodo Dragon Blood—Monique van Hoek & Barney Bishop—Antimicrobial Discovery Research

May 7, 2019 31:30


Antibiotic resistance and multi-drug resistant pathogens pose a serious danger to the health of humans and the ability to treat life-threatening infections. Since 2009, a bacteriologist and peptide chemist, Monique van Hoek and Barney Bishop respectively, have been joining forces to address this growing threat by attempting to identify natural sources of peptides millions of years of evolution in the making—peptides that provide reptiles with robust, innate immunity that allows them to survive loss of limbs, open wounds, and the consumption of decaying corpses without any negative repercussions. In particular, Hoek and Bishop have been analyzing very small amounts of Komodo dragon blood, and after testing hundreds of peptides against a number of bacteria, they’ve isolated and synthetically stabilized one peptide that has shown antibacterial, anti-biofilm, and wound-healing properties. They join the podcast today to discuss all the ins and outs of their research and the potential it holds for the future of antibiotic resistance and human health.

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Sleep Strategies – Teresa Rebelo Pinto, CENC, Center of Sleep Medicine, Portugal – The Science and Psychology of Sleep

May 6, 2019 35:20


Teresa Rebelo Pinto, CENC, Center of Sleep Medicine, Portugal, delivers an overview of her work in the areas of psychology and sleep.

Teresa Rebelo Pinto has an extensive background in sleep science and psychology. She holds an integrated master’s degree in educational psychology and did her post-graduate work in sleep sciences at the Lisbon University, Faculty of Medicine. She has been working with the CENC, Lisbon Sleep Medicine Center since 2007 and currently holds the positions of psychologist and somnologist.

Teresa Rebelo Pinto talks about her clinical work as a psychologist and psychotherapist, as well as a sleep consultant for companies, non-profit organizations, and schools. She is part of a sleep psychology team that works with many different groups and ages, from children to adults, to individuals, and families. As a part of her work, she seeks to advance sleep education. She is actively involved in a sleep education initiative known as the Sleep-Schools Project that provided sleep education to thousands, on a national level.

The sleep expert talks about sleep patterns, and how they change as we age. While it is different from person to person, some people can shift their sleep schedules; however, it is difficult for adolescents who tend to want a later sleep schedule though society requires early morning schedules for school. She stresses that it is important for adolescents to get eight to nine hours per night—every night. Continuing, Teresa Rebelo Pinto discusses methods to help children get to sleep, bedtime stories, etc. But she stresses these stories should be geared toward getting to sleep. She discusses certain issues such as behavioral insomnia (children refusing to go to sleep), fear of going to sleep, night terrors, sleepwalking, and sleep apnea.

Teresa Rebelo Pinto discusses her education efforts in the community to help the public understand the importance and function of sleep. She talks about the positive feedback they received and the increase of sleep awareness they achieved. She states that while parents were very concerned about their children’s sleep patterns, they also had many questions regarding their own sleep and sleep schedules. And she discusses the function of dreaming as a means to explore different realities and problem solve.

The Role of Object Permanence in Sleep—Dr. Carey Chronis—Dr. Carey’s Baby Care

May 6, 2019 23:37


The host of Dr. Carey’s Baby Care and well-regarded practicing pediatrician, Dr. Carey Chronis, joins the podcast today to discuss infants, sleep, and how to make sure they—and their parents—get enough of it. “A lot of it stems from how the parents sleep,” says Dr. Chronis, as he goes on to explain that most parents make the mistake of tending to an infant every time they cry or wake in the night. The question comes down to determining at what point it’s okay, and actually beneficial, to stop responding every time their infant cries, and to simply let them work through it on their own. According to Dr. Chronis, there is a straightforward answer: four months. What’s special about the four-month mark?

Dr. Chronis explains that at four months of age, an infant has yet to develop the concept of object permanence, which means that when you, as their parent, walk away from their crib, they don’t know that you’re just one room over; they don’t understand that you continue to exist—in fact, they don’t conceptualize your existence at all unless they’re looking right at you. Once an infant is able to conceptualize that you’re in the next room over, it is harder for them to accept the discomfort that may accompany your absence during what should be the sleeping hours of the night. If good sleep patterns have already been established when an infant begins to understand object permanence, it will be much easier to maintain those patterns in the long-term. 

For more resources on this topic, check out Dr. Carey’s Baby Care show on CAPS-TV in Ventura, CA, and visit

Understanding the Mechanism of Stroke and Recovery in the Chronic Stages—Dr. Svetlana Pundik—Cleveland FES Center

May 6, 2019 32:25


Dr. Svetlana Pundik’s interest in neurology was sparked when she was just an undergraduate student working in a lab where the research was being conducted on post-stroke mechanisms of injury in the brain. When she got to medical school, her interest in neurology only grew, compelling her to enter a neurology residency and complete additional training in vascular neurology. In her work as a clinician, Dr. Pundik sees patients ideally within minutes of the onset of stroke in order to treat them during the short window of opportunity allotted. In her work as a researcher, she focuses on post-stroke recovery processes that take place over months and years after a stroke. Specifically, she’s looking at how to improve upper and lower extremity motor function and determine what exactly is happening in the brain when a patient does show signs of improved function.

She offers an interesting and informative look into the world of stroke medicine and rehabilitation, discussing the two different types of strokes and how the treatments differ for each, what warning signs to look for at the onset of stroke, the degrees to which patients can recover from motor and other deficits resulting from stroke, and what she sees as the future of stroke rehabilitation.

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Sleep & Circadian Rhythms – Catia Reis, PhD Student, Faculty of Medicine at Lisbon University – Understanding How We Sleep and Its Impact on Health & Safety

May 2, 2019 43:09


Catia Reis is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Medicine at Lisbon University. Lisbon University is a public research university, one of the largest in Portugal. And the Faculty of Medicine is a top medical school with an established history dating back to the 19th century. 

Catia Reis discusses her interest, and background, in the area of sleep and circadian rhythms. She recounts how her earlier work in marine biology stimulated her interest in sleep deprivation and fatigue, and ultimately deeper into the study of sleep. And her own personal struggles with fatigue, being tired all the time from her work, also piqued her interest in this area of study. 

A circadian rhythm is essentially an approximately 24-hour cycle within the overall physiological processes of animate beings such as animals, plants, fungi, cyanobacteria, etc. In a rigid interpretation, circadian rhythms are known to be endogenously produced, however, they may be regulated by certain external cues as well, such as light from the sun and temperature. Reis explains how melatonin affects shift workers. She explains that this kind of work can be very problematic. Unfortunately, regarding shift workers, their melatonin profile may have trouble realigning properly as they work at night and try to get their sleep during the daytime hours. And a misalignment of one’s melatonin profile, and the circadian system, in general, can contribute to fractured, or disturbed daytime sleep. Additionally, it may have a profound impact on their alertness during the night shift and could be a contributing factor to other health problems. Reis discusses in detail how inadequate sleep can affect job performance and she talks about the inherent dangers of being sleep deprived on the job.

The sleep researcher talks about genetics, social behavior, and light, and how they influence our cycle. She provides information on the potential for success in the management of these influencing factors. Light, for example, is a strong signal for our internal clocks. Light therapy might be one way to help shift workers ease their bodies into an adjustment to an irregular schedule. Light has a general alerting effect, and it can aid with shifting sleeping patterns, related to the relative timing of light exposure. In light therapy, individuals will sit very near a light box for a preset period of time. Time of day is critical. Bright light exposure early in one’s day and dim light exposure at the end of the day can help shift the internal clock to an earlier position, while exposure to light later in the day may delay the timing of one’s internal clock. Therefore, the timing of exposure can assist with shifting their internal clock to accommodate needs for work, etc. 

Reis wraps up by discussing her overall expectations for further research and how there is so much to learn from people as she digs deeper into her research. She underscores the importance of our sleep and talks about some of the areas she wants to explore in her field. 

Insights from an Expert in Nutrition, Health, and Exercise Physiology—Beran Parry

May 1, 2019 30:07


When Beran Parry was 40 years old, she discovered a lump in her throat; at first, she didn’t know what it was, and she also didn’t know that its existence would change her life forever—in many ways, for the better. Parry had a five-centimeter polycystic tumor that would require the removal of her thyroid gland. Although she’d almost always had an interest in health, nutrition, and exercise, this event compelled her to learn more about the thyroid gland specifically, how the thyroid hormone interacts with the body, and how to live a quality life without it. 

She brings an impressive amount of information to the conversation today, discussing the most common symptoms seen in thyroid diseases, the significant impact of inflammation caused by poor diet and stress and how to go about fixing it, the role of reproductive hormones in health, and her process of patient evaluation, which often includes DNA health testing in order to better understand a number of less common symptoms. 

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Finding and Maintaining Happiness in Life—Elisha Goldstein—The Center for Mindful Living

May 1, 2019 34:16


Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based Center for Mindful Living, author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion and The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, and creator of a six-month program called A Course in Mindful living, whereby he helps people understand and learn how to live mindfully, happily, and healthfully. 

On today’s episode, he explains the personal background that compelled him to devote his life to these values and help others, the importance of surrounding yourself with people who lift you up and encourage you to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself, tips for taking steps towards attaining a sense of inner peace, and misconceptions people tend to have about mindfulness. Overall, he offers an inspiring and enlightening message you don’t want to miss.

Mutation & Change – Kunwoo Lee, PhD, CEO and Co-founder of GenEdit – Gene Editing That Can Help Combat Disease

May 1, 2019 32:05


Kunwoo Lee, Ph.D., CEO, and co-founder of GenEdit delivers an interesting overview of his company’s groundbreaking work in gene editing.

GenEdit is a future-forward company that has a primary focus on genome editing, developing advanced technologies for CRISPR/Cas9 based therapeutics. Their proprietary technology supports the delivery of unique gene editors to an array of tissues utilizing nanoparticles that are non-viral and also polymer-based delivery vehicles.

Lee talks about the origin of his company. He provides some background information about DNA sequences and discusses in detail how DNA is assigned at birth, and he explains that although there are some mutations, it has generally been very difficult to change the DNA that we are born with. As Lee states, in the past, if one was born with a genetic disease there was not much that could be done to alter that on the DNA level, but now, with new advancing technologies, there are many more options. 

Genetic diseases exist in many organs such as the brain, liver, muscle, and blood. As Lee outlines, their GenEdit platform can screen the polymer-based nanoparticle library to ascertain the optimum delivery to a target organ. Their unique nanoparticles can enclose gene therapy molecules as well as CRISPR proteins.

The gene expert talks about how their system works in detail, explaining their delivery system, delivering genes to target tissue areas. He discusses their many challenges, and some of the processes they have used to accomplish their goals. He speaks about viruses and how the human body reacts. Lee talks about how they utilize CRISPR/Cas9 to precisely impact the gene that has a genetic mutation. CRISPR/Cas9 is a breakthrough technology in the field of biotech that has now become a go-to laboratory tool for many high-end researchers globally. CRISPR is, in its simplest terms, a collective of DNA sequences that can be found in the genomes of various prokaryotic organisms such as bacteria.

Lee explains muscle regeneration and nerve regeneration, and the possibilities for both, considering the technologies his company has developed, and are continuing to advance further. He discusses the permanency of gene editing and how technology is literally changing the way we think about combatting diseases. As animal testing has shown some incredibly exciting possibilities, Lee talks about his enthusiasm regarding their road forward with the technology, and the steps they must take before human clinical trials will begin.

Where Psychology and Medicine Meet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia—Lynelle Schneeberg, Psy.D—Yale School of Medicine

Apr 30, 2019 38:57


Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg has always had an interest in the area where psychology and medicine intersect, finding it fascinating how correcting a psychological issue can translate to the correction of a physical problem. She found sleep medicine at the center of this intersection and has devoted her life to helping people improve their lives by improving their sleep. She works as a sleep psychologist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and centers her focus on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI). She discusses a common mistake people make once they realize they’re not getting enough quality sleep, which is to start allotting more time to being in bed and opting out of activities they would otherwise be doing, such as going to the gym or engaging in social activities. Dr. Schneeberg explains, however, that by doing these things, they’re actually just perpetuating the problem.

She joins the podcast to discuss a range of other topics, including the details of how and why CBTI works, and the “three Ps model” that underlies it--referring to precipitating factors, precipitating events, and perpetuating factors. She explains each one in detail, and how CBTI helps people identify and change the way they influence sleep. The two foundational techniques of CBTI are restriction and stimulus control; Dr. Schneeberg explains how she implements both in her work with patients and the kinds of results her and her patients are seeing.

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Anti-Ageing Gene Therapies—Elizabeth Parrish—BioViva Science

Apr 30, 2019 41:32


“The first thing to do is to break down those basic myths of… ‘At some point I will be happy to die’…It’s not in line with an organism's survival to think that way, so we project it off into the future, and that’s how we create this illusion of strength and being satisfied with that…what I would rather be satisfied with is…people testing technologies and deciding to take a risk today to make the world a better place tomorrow,” says Elizabeth Parrish, and testing technologies and taking risks today for the possibility of a better tomorrow is exactly what Parrish does in her role as CEO of BioViva Science.

At BioViva, the mission is to utilize gene therapy as a new tool in regenerative medicine, with the ultimate goal of genetically modifying humans to live healthier, stronger, and longer lives. She explains the process and hallmarks of ageing, how gene therapy functions as a valuable new tool in regenerative medicine by upregulating a human gene that makes cells function and look like young cells, the type of bioinformatic work they’re doing on a daily basis to make these things a reality, the use of telomerase inducers and myostatin inhibitors, and the difficulties and technicalities of developing these biotechnologies.  

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Revolutionizing Medical Imaging with GPU-Enabled Instruments—Abdul Hamid Halabi—NVIDIA

Apr 30, 2019 26:12


NVIDIA Clara is a platform that’s changing diagnostic imaging for the better by capturing higher-quality images and automatically identifying critical pieces of information, such as by identifying evidence of hemorrhage, measuring the anatomical parts relating to a patient’s clinical signs, or calculating the amount of blood being pumped by a patient’s heart. This is made possible by graphics processing unit (GPU) circuits and AI, which together are becoming extremely useful tools for radiologists, and ultimately allowing for more accurate, faster, and preventative patient care. For example, when an AI-powered instrument is able to automatically identify which images from thousands indicate a bleed in the brain, it can automatically prioritize that study in the radiologist’s work list so that the radiologist knows which images need immediate attention. In this way, the technology being offered by the Clara platform is potentially life-saving.   

Head of healthcare at NVIDIA, Abdul Hamid Halabi, joins the podcast to discuss all the details of this technology, its implementation in clinical medicine, the potential it holds, and what’s on the horizon. 

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Reducing the Stigma of Addiction and Dramatically Increasing the Success Rate of Treatment—Dr. Indra Cidambi—Center for Network Therapy

Apr 29, 2019 36:12


“Not everyone with the disease of addiction is able to access treatment…being a physician, that was very hard for me to digest, and the result is that we see so many preventable overdose deaths…I would like that to change, and I think reducing the stigma associated with the disease of addiction and moving more treatment to an outpatient setting will greatly increase access to care,” says Dr. Indra Cidambi. With this vision, she founded the Center for Network Therapy, New Jersey’s first state-licensed outpatient detoxification facility.

Dr. Cidambi explains that in contrast to the traditional model of inpatient care, which many insurance policies will not cover, an outpatient detoxification program will allow more patients to obtain care without the consequences of inpatient care, such as the required isolation from friends and family members, and having to take time away from work. In addition, outpatient care allows patients to recover from addiction in their normal environment, encouraging them to integrate what they learn into their daily lives. Approximately 65% of Dr. Cidambi’s patients remain sober after 90 days, and the same can only be said for about 40% of patients who undergo inpatient treatment. Tune in for an interesting discussion about how exactly outpatient detoxification works, the four key components of Dr. Cidambi’s program, and so much more.

On the Latest in Sleep Medicine from a Sleep Telemedicine Physician—Dr. Barry Fields—Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory University

Apr 29, 2019 47:03


Ever since he was a medical school student, Dr. Barry Fields knew where his interests rested: in improving and extending people’s quality of life and caring for them on a long-term basis. He quickly realized that sleep medicine would allow him to do just that, and just as quickly realized that the patient to provider ratio was high, with many patients being geographically limited in their ability to seek help from sleep center-based specialists. This is what led him to become a leader in sleep telemedicine working for the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory University.

Dr. Fields is a wealth of knowledge in the field of sleep medicine, discussing how sleep telemedicine works and what type of patient is best served by it, environmental and genetic causes of sleep apnea, the short and long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea, the differences between obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, and novel treatments for sleep apnea, including a hypoglossal nerve stimulator, a phrenic nerve stimulator, drug-based therapies, and the potential for artificial intelligence and machine learning to facilitate the identification of patients with sleep apnea and deliver treatment modalities that best suit their data profiles.

Tune in for all the details and to learn how to contact a sleep telemedicine specialist for yourself.

Approaching Wellness – Dr. Thaddeus Gala, Founder and CEO of Complete Care – A Fascinating Look at How We Can Help Heal Ourselves With Lifestyle Changes and Nutritional Improvement

Apr 29, 2019 37:39


Dr. Thaddeus Gala, Founder, and CEO of Complete Care delivers a riveting overview of his work in integrative medicine.

Dr. Gala is a skilled chiropractor who has given many of his career years to the goal of improving health and wellness for all. He is a sought-after lecturer on multiple topics related to wellness, including general nutrition, weight loss, management of diabetes, and more. Dr. Gala’s research has been published nationally and he is the successful author of notable publications such as the popular, “The Secret to Defy Disease and Decay,” cookbooks, and other works. 

Dr. Gala talks about the events that motivated him to become passionate about wellness and natural medicine. As Dr. Gala recounts, his mother faced a serious illness that doctors had trouble explaining, but one that put her into a wheelchair. Frustrated by the fact that doctor after a doctor offered little to no help to improve his mother’s condition, Dr. Gala devoted his life to find better solutions for people suffering from chronic diseases, to help them naturally reverse their diseases without the use of drugs or surgery. Dr. Gala talks about his integrative medical clinics and his desire to be actively involved in his patients’ care.

The natural medicine expert delves into the topic of inflammation and he explains how it happens. He explains how inflammation is the body’s natural response to something it considers to be an injurious type stimulus. He details multiple examples and outlines the body’s processes. He talks about the many nutritional problems people suffer from and goes into detail about the choices we make that impact our overall health. 

Dr. Gala is a strong supporter of lifestyle changes as a means to reverse disease. His philosophy is based in the whole person approach, one that proposes we should be investigating the deeper underlying causes of body disturbances to root them out and make lifestyle adjustments that will help push the body back to a healthy state and normalize body function.

Sleep as the Foundation of Health—Terry Cralle—Registered Nurse and Certified Clinical Sleep Educator

Apr 26, 2019 27:19


Early on in Terry Cralle’s career as a registered nurse, she found herself working in clinical research on insomnia, but it wasn’t until one of the sleep doctors she was working with invited her to his sleep lab to gain a deeper understanding of what it’s like to test people for a variety of sleep disorders that she made a realization which prompted an abrupt change of direction into a career in sleep medicine. “I’ve been in sleep medicine for 22 years now, and we used to say that sleep was one of the three pillars of health and wellness, along with diet and exercise, and now we don’t say that because we’ve learned that sleep is actually the foundation of health and wellness, and exercise and nutrition and diet are completely contingent on sleep,” says Cralle, who in addition to an RN is a Certified Clinical Sleep Educator.

She joins the podcast today to discuss what it’s like to play an integral part in patients’ experiences in sleep labs, the most common misconceptions and complaints people have about sleep trials, the impact of sleep on physical and mental health, the parallel epidemics of sleep deprivation and obesity, how social perceptions and pressures have linked the need for sleep with characteristics such as weakness, laziness, and a lack of work ethic, and the range of sleep disorders they test for, which includes narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, REM behavior disorder, and restless leg syndrome. 

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Increasing Access to Genomic Data and Driving Data-Driven Medicine—Kevin Puylaert—SOPHiA GENETICS

Apr 26, 2019 18:19


Kevin Puylaert is general manager of North American operations and VP of business development at SOPHiA GENETICS, a company that’s offering software as a service platform for the democratization of data-driven medicine. They have already connected nearly 1,000 institutions that are sharing genomic profiles across the platform, which means any given institution that’s analyzing a genetic profile can easily determine how it compares to another institution’s analysis of that profile somewhere else in the world.

To date, they’ve looked at over 300,000 profiles, and they see about 15,000 more profiles analyzed through the platform on a monthly basis. Puylaert joins the podcast to discuss how their platform sifts through the noise often found in genetic data and standardizes the way data is generated in order to allow researchers from a variety of places to make comparisons. He explains the type of research they’re helping to advance, which includes determining whether certain genes are associated with cancer, procuring prognostic information based on a variety of DNA and RNA samples, and recommending certain treatments for patients. He also discusses the other types of work they’re doing to get closer to a system of data-driven medicine.

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Preparing the Workforce for the Future of Automation—Mike Bartlett—Economic Opportunity Division of the National Governors Association

Apr 26, 2019 29:15


The rate of technological advancement seems ever-increasing; not long ago, we didn’t even have cell phones, but now everyone has the equivalent of a tiny computer in their pocket with artificial intelligence-powered apps and the ability to complete transactions in a completely digital and automated fashion—transactions that used to require the work of a human. We’re entering an age where driverless cars, robotic surgery, and automation in a number of fields no longer belong in the category of science fiction, but science reality. These advancements are met with excitement by many and uncertainty by many others, especially in terms of the future of jobs in the United States. Will all of our jobs be replaced by computers? What effect will automation have on our societies and livelihoods?

As a senior policy analyst for the National Governors Association (NGA), Mike Bartlett is focusing on post-secondary education and workforce development amidst this changing landscape, and preparing for the future of work is at the top of his list. He joins the podcast not to incite fear of imminent mass job loss—in fact he will put your mind at ease by explaining why that’s not necessarily going to happen—but to explain the reasonable changes likely to occur and the steps necessary in order to prepare and help people adapt to an imminently changing work environment.

Tune in to learn how the NGA is helping all 55 governors of the states and territories in every policy area, what Bartlett sees as the three biggest trends in automation, examples of how other countries have dealt with similar changes in the workplace, how to address the challenges of rural communities and ensure that residents have what they need, the Good Jobs for All Americans initiative, and so much more. 

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The New Nuclear – Jessica Lovering, Director of Energy at The Breakthrough Institute – How Efficient Nuclear Power Might Help To Mitigate Climate Change

Apr 25, 2019 28:50


Jessica Lovering, Director of Energy at The Breakthrough Institute, delivers an interesting overview of the current state of energy production, considering the advantages of nuclear power.

As Director of Breakthrough’s Energy program, Lovering has contributed to significant research considering new innovative avenues in nuclear energy that could reduce costs and increase efficiency, while helping to alleviate climate change. For over a year, the groundbreaking, peer-reviewed paper entitled, Historical Construction Costs Of Global Nuclear Power Reactors, which Lovering was the lead on, was hailed as the top paper in the field of energy policy. Additionally, Lovering authored and co-authored an assortment of other significant policy papers such as 

Atoms for Africa: Is There a Future for Civil Nuclear Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa? as well as many others on energy innovation and clean energy. Lovering has been featured in many outstanding news outlets and papers, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, Forbes, Wired, and others. 

Lovering talks about her background and explains how it was a concern about climate change that motivated her to focus on nuclear energy. Coming out of a master’s program in environmental policy, Lovering knew that energy was the principal driver behind greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear offered a way to provide a significant amount of power with less plant construction than other forms of power. Lovering discusses the energy generation output of nuclear plants versus coal plants, natural gas, solar, and wind. Lovering recounts how she was impressed that nuclear accounted for approximately 20% of US power production and its carbon footprint was low as well.

The nuclear expert talks about safety and transparency in nuclear power management today. She explains that there are many safety features that make the future of nuclear even more appealing. She discusses small, modular reactors that are cheaper, and faster to build. She explains that these smaller reactors can rely on natural convective cooling if an accident were to occur, which provides additional safety in a worst-case scenario.

Lovering explains various reactor designs and how they work in regard to energy production. And she explains how each rate in regard to sustainability and safety. She delves into the benefits of efficiently utilizing the fuel. And she discusses how some of the newer reactor designs will be coming to the market in the near future. 

Lovering is a sought-after guest speaker in energy circles and for conferences and events globally. Lovering’s expertise in the nuclear energy field has created a demand and she is happy to share all that she has learned in an effort to educate the public and improve nuclear energy.

Quality Issuers with Quality Investors on a Global Scale Syed Hussain Liquidity Digital

Apr 25, 2019 30:12


If you’re an entrepreneur in today’s world looking to raise capital for a blockchain-based startup, your options are going to be limited by the traditional capital formation process. This traditional system is structured in such a way as to capitalize on technology that’s being leveraged on legacy systems—systems that existed prior to the rise of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. “With where technology is today and with the market demands that are needed, we need to be more creative and innovative about the capital formation process,” says Syed Hussain, CEO of Liquidity Digital, a startup that aims to introduce new ways of making funds available for the creation of assets within previously underserved markets, including blockchain technology.

By automating every aspect of the regulatory process (e.g. know your customer (KYC), due diligence, anti-money laundering (AML), accredited investor checks), structuring deals and issuance securities, creating smart contracts pre and post-issuance, and dealing with tax compliance issues, dividend distributions, on-boarding, transfers, and more, Liquidity Digital is an integral part of the entire life cycle of a startup, connecting the right issuers with the right quality investors on a global scale, and they’re doing it in a much more economically efficient way than traditional methods.

Hussain joins the podcast to discuss a bit about his personal background, the creation, and development of Liquidity Digital, the details of how it all works, and their future plans. 

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Healthy Dentistry – Mark A. Cruz, D.D.S, Innovative Dentist and Lecturer – Considering Oral Health from a Holistic Perspective

Apr 24, 2019 44:50


Mark A. Cruz, D.D.S, innovative dentist and lecturer, delivers an insightful overview of his holistic approach to modern dentistry.

Dr. Cruz is an experienced family dentist who believes in approaching all dental issues from a big picture perspective, not simply treating problems as they occur. His successful methods are evidenced by the scores of people who remain his patients for life, as well as the new patients that are coming to visit his practice regularly. Dr. Cruz received his formal education and degree from the esteemed UCLA School of Dentistry in the mid 80s and has been practicing in California ever since. Notably, he served on the National Institute of Health/NIDCR (National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research) Grant Review Committee in Washington D.C. and was also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice (Elsevier).

Dr. Cruz discusses his background and the mission for his practice. He talks about IFL, Inspiratory Flow Limitation, a term used widely in pulmonology and sleep medicine. He explains how it often refers to upper airway resistance syndrome. Dr. Cruz talks about airway issues such as obstructive sleep apnea, etc. He details how sleep fragmentation in children can cause inflammation in the brain and noticeable increases in inflammatory markers that could relate to a child’s failure to thrive, cognitive problems, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and possibly more.

Many dental practices take the approach that problems can simply be treated as they occur; however, Dr. Cruz believes active prevention is critical. Dr. Cruz seeks to help all his patients avoid oral issues, and thus he focuses on education, prevention, and early detection.

Dr. Cruz goes in depth on the various airway issues and their impact on health. He discuss his interdisciplinary team’s approach to care, and their process for providing a complete method of care for all patients, bringing together multiple specialists to look at the big picture, thus providing a more comprehensive analysis.

Dr. Cruz is an active member of his community and has been practicing dentistry in beautiful Orange County since 1986.

Lessons Learned from Hosting over 1,800 Podcasts—Richard Jacobs—Future Tech Podcast

Apr 24, 2019 9:51


In October of 2016, Richard Jacobs created and began hosting Future Tech Podcast, which has since become the source of over 1,800 episodes featuring some of the most highly regarded experts in some of the newest and most exciting fields in technology and science. On today’s mini-episode, Richard Jacobs answers the questions everyone seems to ask of him: why do you do this, and what do you get out of it? Tune in to hear about the lessons he’s learned, the newfound enlightenment he’s gained from the process, and why there’s no reason you couldn’t do the same.

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Invisible Force Driving the Sickness of Technologically Advanced Societies-Dr. Martin Pall-Washington State University

Apr 23, 2019 44:47


Wi-Fi, smart meters, cell phones, cell phone towers, and cordless phones are just a few of the many items in our environment with electromagnetic fields (EMFs)—invisible forces that interact with our body every day. To date, at least eight different effects of EMFs have been identified, each demonstrated and reviewed by 12-35 articles. These effects impact neurological and neuropsychiatric function in a cumulative fashion—the higher the number of exposures, the more severe the effects; eventually they become irreversible, and can cause anything from the inability to sleep, anxiety, the inability to concentration, depression, poor memory, and headaches. So, what is the mechanism by which this occurs and what’s being done about it?

Dr. Martin Pall, Ph.D. is a professor at Washington State University who joins the podcast to answer these questions and more. He focuses his work on understanding the relationship between EMFs and the activation of voltage-gated calcium channels, which are present in every cell membrane in the body, but play a particularly important role in electrically active tissues, such as the nervous system and heart, as well as the release of hormones and neurotransmitters. He explains that the electrical forces produced by EMFs impose a force on the voltage sensor that’s 7.2 million times stronger than the force imposed by the cells in our body. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Pall touches on a range of topics, including his concerns about imminent 5G technology, the difference between the intensity of radiation and the intensity of effect, exposure windows, and different types of DNA damage shown to be caused by EMFs.

Tune in for all the details, including tips for finding the best resources to learn more.

The Power of the People’s Data—James Turner—Personal Genome Project, Open Humans Foundation

Apr 23, 2019 41:00


As a participant of the Personal Genome Project (PGP), which was initiated in 2005 at Harvard Medical School, James Turner has donated a significant amount of information to the project, including an extensive personal health survey, 20 years’ worth of notes pertaining to doctor visits, lab tests, treatments, etc., and MRI images. Once submitted to the PGP, a participant’s information becomes available to any all researchers for the purposes of driving genetic research. The program has two main goals: to perform whole genome sequencing on as many samples as possible, and to correlate the genetic information obtained with phenotypic data.  

As a descendent of the PGP, the Open Humans Foundation takes a slightly different approach to the same idea; it allows participants to choose whether they want their data to be available to everyone or only select researchers, works to facilitate the transfer of information from personal devices to biological data banks, and makes use of data inspired by the Quantified Self Movement (e.g. Fitbit/Apple Watch, diet data). Turner now serves as the treasurer and chairman of this foundation, and he joins the podcast to provide unique insight on the world of genomic data and biological research driven by the people.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Nutrients – Dr. Jake Kushner, Medical Director for McNair Interests – A Fascinating Discussion of How the Body Processes Foods and a Closer Look at Diabetes from a Preeminent Pediatric Endocrinologist

Apr 23, 2019 58:23


Jake A. Kushner M.D., Medical Director, McNair Interests, provides a thorough overview of his research and study of diabetes.

Currently, Dr. Kushner serves as the Medical Director for McNair Interests. He is a renowned diabetes researcher as well as a pediatric endocrinologist with a particular expertise in biotechnology, biomedical research, type 1 diabetes and other specific endocrine disorders. Dr. Kushner is the former Chief of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology and McNair Medical Institute Scholar at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He has worked with the National Institutes of Health, served on the type 1 diabetes advisory council for Lexicon Corporation, and been a strategic advisor for Sanofi.

Dr. Kushner discusses his background as a pediatric endocrinologist and how he came to be interested in the research and study of diabetes. Dr. Kushner is a respected, nationally recognized expert in type 1 diabetes research. His background in medicine is significant and includes endocrinology and diabetes, specifically caring for children with type 1 diabetes, as well as cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, and treating children who have hypoglycemia. He explains type 1 diabetes, and talks about how it affects many people worldwide. 

Dr. Kushner delves into the complex issue of insulin and how the body reacts and responds to nutrients. He explains in detail, the storage of glucose, carbohydrates, and how the body processes everything that comes into it, as well as how stress affects everything. He talks at length about the kinds of meals that people eat, and explains how specific foods are processed by the body for use, including what the body needs, especially for those who have special dietary requirements due to health conditions or disease.

Dr. Kushner is a UC Berkeley graduate and earned a medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. Dr. Kushner completed his medical residency in pediatrics at Brown University. Additionally, Dr. Kushner engaged in a clinical fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston and a prestigious research fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s largest diabetes research center, at Harvard Medical School in Boston. 

The Breath of Life – Joan E. Nichols, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston – Bioengineering Tissue For Life

Apr 22, 2019 1:06:25


In this informative podcast, Joan E. Nichols, Ph.D., professor, and a lead researcher, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, provides an overview of the lung, and her lab’s important work developing bioengineered tissue.

The celebrated Ph.D. discusses how she settled into bioengineering for her life’s work, and her motivation to study organs. She explains the incredible need for lungs and other organs, and how so many people are waiting for transplants to save their lives. Her lab hopes to be a part of this process, as their work is primarily in the area of developing bioengineered tissues. 

Nichols explains why she chooses to research certain areas of science and outlines her interest in the variations within the human immune response to specific microbial pathogens. Her lab studies reaction and response of the lung after certain exposures to various pollutants, as well as respiratory pathogens. In addition, their research includes the study of disease pathogenesis, as well as inflammation, stem cell-based treatments, and more.

By utilizing adult and embryonic stem cells as well as advanced tissue engineering techniques to create human ex-vivo organoids/tissue constructs, they seek to create intricate human model systems to study disease pathogenesis and the complex human responses to pathogens. The Ph.D. explains the structure of the lung, covering topics such as gas exchange and the mechanisms of the lung.

The View of Earth from Space Observing, Learning, Applying—Benjamin Koetz—European Space Agency

Apr 22, 2019 30:28


As an Earth observation application engineer at the European Space Agency, Benjamin Koetz spends his time trying to figure out how Earth functions by tracking patterns from space that can’t be seen from the ground, monitoring different environmental processes, collecting data regarding human activities, and making sure that information gathered from satellites is conflated into something that’s useful for the management of natural resources. 

He joins the podcast today to discuss all the details of these activities and more, including the different types of observation techniques they employ, applications for Earth observation data, the advantages of having a global view from space, the environmental trends being observed from space, food security intervention efforts informed by the data they gather, laser observation, and the resolution of satellites. 

Tune in for all the details, and search the web for real-time satellite images of Earth from space.

Inducing Genetic Expression with a Removable Oral Device—Dr. Ted Belfor—Homeoblock Appliance

Apr 19, 2019 43:51


What does dentistry have to do with epigenetics? Dr. Ted Belfor was a practicing dentist for decades before he could answer that question. In fact, when he began talking about epigenetics twenty years, no one even knew what he was talking about. Today, epigenetics is arguably the largest science of the 21st century. Dr. Belfor joins the podcast to discuss what he’s learned over the years about the overlap between epigenetics, craniofacial development, and sleep disorders.

While the environment can’t change our genes, it can determine how our genes are expressed. Dr. Belfor explains that, due in large part to our diets now consisting of over 60 percent processed foods, we haven’t been chewing and swallowing the way we were designed to, and as a result, we aren’t fully expressing our genes for facial development. Expression of these genes can be stimulated by oral appliances and breathing exercises that work to tone the airway and enhance the growth of the jaw. When craniofacial development occurs properly and airways are toned, breathing problems such as apnea and upper airway resistance during sleep simply don’t exist.

In order to help people combat these problems, Dr. Belfor has created a removable oral appliance called the Homeoblock that imitates nature by putting the force back in our chew and imitating the signaling of the periodontal ligament, which he explains is crucial to proper development. He discusses a variety of other interesting topics, including the differences between sleep apnea and upper airway resistance and why one is actually significantly more detrimental than the other, how proper alignment of the jaw improves homeostatic capacity and the ability for the body to maintain a healthy state, the consequences of mouth breathing, and how to go about getting a Homeoblock for yourself. Tune in and visit <a href=""></a> to learn more.

Robotic Reaction – Giuseppe Loianno, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, NYU – The Development of Advanced Tracking and Control for Robotics Technologies

Apr 18, 2019 19:34


Giuseppe Loianno, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as well as the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, discusses his robotics lab’s work.

Loianno is a passionate professor with a deep interest in many types of applied engineering. Loianno runs the Agile Robotics and Perception Lab (ARPL), a lab that is heavily involved in fundamental and applied research as it pertains to robotics autonomy. Their work is primarily focused on the creation of agile autonomous machines that can navigate independently using nothing more than onboard sensors in unstructured, and dynamically altering environments, without GPS or motion capture, etc. The researchers seek to refine and develop further, active machines that can collaborate with humans and with each other, and perform at an optimum level in unknown environments.

Loianno discusses eye-tracking glasses and the control of drones with the eye. He explains the benefits of eye tracking, and how it can make drone use easier and smoother. He states that this technology is non-invasive and exceptionally easy to use. While this technology is early-stage, Loianno is hopeful that new computer vision algorithms will help further their development. As he explains, gesture and voice interaction can also be utilized to better control the drones and improve robotic development. 

The applied engineering expert talks about some of their current trials and the new data they are gathering to further technological development. He envisions a complete framework that will incorporate multiple robots for control by a single user, then multiple users. Ultimately, these machines will be able to improve human work, in our environment and even in space, performing advance work that will inform humans about unknown environments, safety issues, and so much more. 

Loianno discusses how line of sight control can be switched to camera control when drones are out of range. And he answers specific questions regarding the complexities of line of sight issues. Loianno discusses the necessary training that users will need to control the technology in various environments. As he states, one of the greatest attributes of this tech is the interaction with humans… in that, the robotic drones can perform analyses and relay the information in real time to the human partner, for various tasks.

Insights from a Physician and Evolutionary Biologist-William B. Miller Jr., MD-The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome

Apr 18, 2019 1:11:03


Just a few decades ago, medicine was an entirely different animal than it is now—one in which exploratory surgeries were undergone more or less without hesitation in order to rule out differential diagnoses, palpation was one of the primary ways to diagnose appendicitis, and microbes were seen only as the enemy, as germs that were bad for us. Today, diagnostic imaging is arguably the fulcrum of medical diagnoses, and a growing body of research is indicating that the microbiome has an influential role in almost every function of our bodies, from growth and development to mate selection and behavior. But how are radiology and microbiota related?

That question is perhaps best answered by Dr. William B. Miller Jr., radiologist, evolutionary biologist, author of The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome, and lecturer on the emerging science of the hologenome. For him, the point at which he realized that diseases form reliably identifiable patterns on x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT) was the point at which he began to realize that individual organisms should be seen through a lens that encompasses all of the microbes that interact with it.

Dr. Miller is an endless source of interesting information, discussing a range of topics to include the influential role of the microbiome in our daily lives, how infectious diseases produce the same patterns as metastatic cancer on MRI, CT, ultrasound, and x-ray images, repeating patterns in nature, different forms of intelligence, and how to define and understand cellular self-awareness. Press play for the full conversation, visit <a href=""></a> to learn more, and find his book on Amazon or in the stores.

Virtual Humans – Mariano Vázquez, PhD, Co-founder and CTO of ELEM Biotech – Creating Simulations of Complex Systems to Test Devices and Treatments

Apr 18, 2019 27:37


Mariano Vázquez, Ph.D., co-founder, and CTO of ELEM Biotech, discusses the many possibilities for testing and advancing treatments by utilizing virtual humans. 

Mariano Vázquez, Ph.D., has spent many years as a prominent researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and he has worked in tandem with many multi-disciplinary, international researchers with diverse backgrounds spanning physics, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering. By activating the most powerful supercomputers on the planet, researchers seek to gather a more sophisticated understanding of nature by developing a computational world for their ongoing research. 

Vázquez talks about their work at ELEM Biotech. Their simulations of complex systems such as the human body, open up many doors for further research and testing. Overall the company is immersed in biomedical simulations, cloud, machine learning, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system, advanced medical devices, etc. Vázquez explains that while ELEM Biotech is interested in many areas of study and development, they are mostly focused on the cardiovascular system. Their information states… “Imagine a virtual human, not made of flesh and bones, but bits and bytes.” 

As Vázquez explains, they create virtual humans with the goal of facilitating the testing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, etc. Ultimately, virtual humans are created in a cloud infrastructure, where pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, etc. can test their products and fine-tune treatments to best-fit patients. In theory, so many devices and systems can be tested, from pacemakers to valve replacements, as well as stents and anti-arrhythmic drugs. Additionally, treatments for asthma, obstructive pulmonary diseases and so much more can be set up for study.

Vázquez talks about the future study they hope to approach. He explains the manner in which they develop their models and the relative complexity. He details how they combine systems to work in coordination. He further elaborates on their desire to link systems in a more advanced way, such as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Vázquez explains also, the wonderful possibilities to test devices in relation to male versus female, for as he states a pacemaker, for example, is designed for both male and female, but the hearts are different.

Finally, Vázquez talks about the research and development they expect to delve into in the coming months and years

A Novel Therapy for Sleep Apnea that Targets the Root Causes—Sarah Hornsby—Faceology

Apr 17, 2019 35:45


According to a meta-analysis study in 2015 that considered 226 studies, the practice of oral and breathing exercises lowered subjects' apnea–hypopnea index (an index of the severity of apnea based on how many times and for how long breathing ceases per hour of sleep) by 50%. So, what exactly are oral exercises? It may sound a little odd at first, but Sarah Hornsby is a myofunctional therapist who teaches people how to strengthen their tongue, throat, breathe through their nose, and keep their tongue resting at the roof rather than the bottom of their mouth through a series of exercises she leads via Skype-based appointments, video programs, and YouTube videos. Her goal is to make this knowledge and resource globally accessible to the many people who are unnecessarily suffering or unaware that there is an actual fixable problem underlying their daily fatigue.

“It really is something that actually addresses root causes, and I appreciate that so much because I feel like a lot of what we do in modern medicine and dentistry is just about treating symptoms,” says Hornsby. In addition to sleep apnea, headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, teeth grinding, and chronic sinus issues are just a few of the symptoms associated with oral myofunctional and breathing problems. Ultimately, a person’s overall health and well-being can be severely compromised by something that's treatable without the use of pills or bothersome devices.

Hornsby makes for an insightful and eye-opening conversation that covers everything from craniofacial development and growth in children (and how it can be altered by the position of the tongue in the mouth), why snoring shouldn’t be brushed off as simply a nuisance, the importance of the respiratory disturbance index in evaluating the seriousness of a person’s sleep apnea, and what an initial consultation with her would look like.

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Swarm Intelligence for Improved Medical Decision Making & Diagnoses-Matthew Lungren, MD-Stanford University Medical Center

Apr 17, 2019 27:40


About two years ago, a group of highly talented senior researchers from a startup named Unanimous approached Dr. Matthew Lungren, assistant professor of pediatric radiology at Stanford University Medical Center, with an inquiry: in what ways, if any, could technology designed to harness the power of collective human intelligence benefit the world of radiology or medicine in general? A collaboration between these researchers and Dr. Lungren commenced soon after, around the time when Stanford researchers released data showing that the detection of pneumonia on x-ray could be accomplished by AI with the same level of accuracy as human radiologists. The investigative question then became whether or not collective human intelligence could outperform the independent power of both AI and human radiologists.

So, what exactly is collective or ‘swarm’ intelligence and how is it better than just having a conversation with colleagues about a particular problem or decision? Dr. Lungren describes it like this: “If you can imagine a puck on ice that can be slid around, and each person has a magnetic force that they can apply to that puck to pull it toward the answer they believe is correct…eventually a decision is reached…and it’s fascinating to see how accurate they end up being as a group.” Unlike sitting around a table with your colleagues and eventually coming to a conclusion, no one knows the identity of anyone else in the swarm, which immediately eliminates the hierarchical and sociological influences of decision-making processes that involve perceived leaders or people of power; even if subtle, the dynamics that emerge from such heterogeneous groups often play influential roles on the final decisions that are made. Swarm intelligence removes that influence, and replaces it with distributed anonymity in decision making.

The possible use cases of this technology extend far beyond the world of radiology and hold promise for a future filled with better, more accurate diagnoses and decision making in medicine, but that’s not to say it’s not without its challenges and drawbacks. Press play to hear the full conversation, learn more by visiting the web page of the ones who started it all ( and feel free to email your questions to Dr. Lungren at <a href=""></a>.

Informed Drug Selection Tailored to the Individual-Dr. Martin Dawes-GenXys

Apr 17, 2019 36:52


In Canada, 27 people are going to die today because of an adverse drug reaction, and in the US, ten times that number will die for the same reason. But with the right patient-specific prescribing software and enough time for thorough patient-doctor conversations prior to choosing or prescribing a new medication, many of these deaths can be prevented. 

GenXys is a company that’s developed software that considers every relevant aspect of an individual's health history, current health status, and current drug list before providing a comprehensive list of the drugs that could be used to treat a particular condition, along with information about risk factors, warnings, adverse drug interactions, efficacy, and more. Current drug interaction software programs are designed to send alerts only after a drug has been chosen, thereby acting as more of an afterthought warning for what’s already been decided. GenXys software delivers these warnings to clinicians before they even sit down for the discussion with their patients. 

“In the end, what we’re trying to do is give the physician and the patient all the drug options and the information about those drugs options precisely and very, very quickly…you want to have the time in the consultation focused on the discussion, not on the software, so our aim is to make the software almost in the background, so you don’t notice it as the clinician or as the patient,” says Dr. Martin Dawes, MD, Co-Founder, and Chief Scientific Officer of GenXys. He brings a wealth of information to the conversation, discussing the current state of affairs in drug development and approval, the current process of deciding upon and prescribing drugs, and the importance of changing the status quo in these areas. Press play for the full conversation, and visit <a href=""></a> to learn more.

Oral and Overall Health Understanding the Crucial Connection—Dr. Doug Thompson—Wellness Dentistry Network, Integrative Oral Medicine

Apr 16, 2019 36:46


Bacteria, yeast, and viruses inhabit our mouths, but the role they play in the overall health of our bodies is just beginning to be explored. Currently, factors contributing to sick mouths are being cross-referenced and studied with up to 57 systemic diseases—diseases that would otherwise seem unrelated to oral health, such as colorectal cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pancreatic cancer, chronic high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and even dementia.

Dr. Doug Thompson runs his own practice that’s based around the mouth-body connection and aptly named Integrative Oral Medicine. “You can’t separate the mouth from the body; it’s absolutely integrated, and as dentists become more and more aware, they’re helping patients become a lot healthier,” he says. He joins the podcast to discuss the specifics of how poor oral health contributes to and indicates the presence of other diseases, and how medical doctors and dentists can collaborate to identify these connections and improve—and sometimes even save—the lives of their patients.  

Dr. Thompson is also the founder of the Wellness Dentistry Network, which he uses as a platform to teach dentists how to provide better care to their patients by embracing a more holistic view of oral health and to provide resources on best practices and new methodologies in the field.

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The Table of Life–Dr. Eric Scerri Noted Scientist and Author A Detailed Overview of the Truly Amazing Periodic Table

Apr 16, 2019 59:35


Dr. Eric Scerri, noted scientist and author of the book, “The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance,” and many others, delivers a fascinating overview of the origin and importance of the periodic table.

Dr. Scerri is an experienced scientist who has logged many years in the field of chemistry. His formal education was primarily with the Universities of London, Cambridge, and Southampton. Interested in sharing his love of science with hungry young minds, Dr. Scerri spent a decade teaching chemistry at various private colleges in the London area. Dr. Scerri completed postdoctoral fellowships with the London School of Economics and Caltech then went on to teach again at Purdue University and Bradley University, eventually landing at UCLA in 2000.

The science expert talks about his background and how he became interested in the periodic table in his early childhood years. He recounts how the periodic table truly encompasses all the stuff from which everything is made. No other science has anything quite like it, which is remarkable and makes the periodic table that much more intriguing scientifically. He talks in depth about some of the more obscure elements and where they exist or might exist, in the universe. And he provides detailed information about the life of elements and their half-lives.

The chemist talks about the origin of the periodic table, as well as the discovery of the atom, etc. He explains many surprising insights that he has encountered in relation to the early equations that explained the complexity of the atom. He goes into detail about various equations from the pioneers of quantum mechanics that set out to explain the periodic table.

Dr. Scerri goes on to explain how superficial behavior can be misleading, and that deeper examination is required to fully explain and classify elements within scientific study. He talks about how every object is quantum mechanical, and that quantum mechanics is the more fundamental theory. Dr. Scerri discusses the various areas of his study and recounts some of the commonly asked questions he has fielded over the years in the many and various interviews he has taken part in. 

Additionally, the science author explains how there is a fundamental unity of everything, and how this concept is often lacking in western philosophy and literature. He talks in detail about how science is, in fact, one unifying area, and that the individuals are less important than the overall advancement of science. 

Ceasing the Direct Attack on Cancer Cells, Helping the Body Do It Instead—Masoud Tavazoie, MD, Ph.D.—Rgenix

Apr 16, 2019 49:02


It’s only within the last decade or so that there’s been an understanding and growing appreciation of the ways in which cancer cells interact with the body, and the important clinical impacts of these interactions. Prior to this, the main focus was on developing therapies that only targeted the tumors themselves. However, due to the hyper-evolving nature of cancer cells and their ability to manipulate and adapt to the environment in ways that promote their growth, therapies designed to attack only them don’t always provide clinical benefit for the patient. 

Masoud Tavazoie, MD, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of Rgenix, a company with a scientific approach to this problem that models the interactions between tumors and tumor microenvironments to not only learn more about the ways in which tumors communicate with the body, but also identify specific targets on immune cells that, when provided with novel therapeutics, will bolster the body’s ability to mount an effective response against tumor growth. Since the therapies being developed by Rgenix don’t necessarily act on the cancer cells themselves but on the body’s ability to combat them, they have the potential to treat multiple types of cancer.

Rgenix currently has several drug programs in clinical development, and Dr. Tavazoie joins the podcast to discuss each of them, as well as a range of other important and interesting topics in this new and exciting realm of cancer technology. 

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The Power of Film and Storytelling: Transporting To New Worlds, Inspiring New Passions—Shaun MacGillivray—MacGillivray Freeman

Apr 15, 2019 31:57


Imagine an experience so immersive it truly feels like you’ve been transported to another world or transformed to fit the mold of a flying bird, your seat moving in tandem with the visual experience, your feet hanging in mid-air. Imagine being able to conveniently access such an experience with the whole family, leaving with a newfound sense of insight, motivation, inspiration, and appreciation for life.

This is exactly the type of experience MacGillivray Freeman, the family filmmaking company based out of Laguna Beach, CA, aims to provide for as many people as possible. “We are really good storytellers and that’s what we pride ourselves on, so being able to have something that is not only really cool and immersive but also emotional and inspirational, we strive for,” says Shaun MacGillivray, president of MacGillivray Freeman. He goes on to explain the impressive and important impacts of their films. For example, by partnering with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Coca-Cola in a text-to-donate campaign inspired by their film To The Arctic, four million dollars were donated for a protected place for polar bears.

Shaun MacGillivray joins the podcast to discuss how the company began, how it’s evolved, what they’ve accomplished, and what’s in store for the future. 

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Employing Cell-Sized Robots in Aerosolizable Electronics and Chemical Detection—Albert Liu—MIT Department of Engineering

Apr 15, 2019 29:33


With the creation of an entirely inorganic robotic system about the size of a red blood cell—just seven to ten microns in diameter—the team in the lab of Michael Strano at the MIT Department of Engineering is reaching previously inaccessible locations in the human body and various other environments found within and useful to industry, such as chemical reactors, oil pipelines, and soil matrices.

In 2018, they published landmark papers detailing two prototypes of these tiny robotic systems, one which was used as a component of aerosolizable electronics in which they were nebulized and sent through a pipe, light enough to travel along with the air flow. The robots were able to detect different chemicals and respond to light within the pipes, and then be gathered for the collection of data. The second prototype was launched into a body of water where it was capable of detecting various chemicals and responding to magnetic fields, and therefore able to detect nutrients in soil matrices that were good or bad for plant growth.

Albert Liu is a presidential fellow and member of Michael Strano’s lab at MIT, and he has an extensive laboratory background. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation, explaining the ins and outs of this new technology, the challenges that come along with creating and powering such small systems, and the tradeoffs between artificial and biological systems.

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I Saw It — I Bought It! – Jarett Boskovich, Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer at WowYow Inc. – AI Solutions To Expand Business Opportunity and Create Instantaneous Consumer Experiences

Apr 15, 2019 20:21


Jarett Boskovich, cofounder and chief marketing officer at WowYow Inc. (, delivers a comprehensive overview of his AI-based company’s exciting technology.

Boskovich has more than a decade of solid entrepreneurial experience and has worked with many successful Fortune 500 companies. With a distinguished background operating in sales and marketing, Boskovich seeks to bring all of his skills to WowYow Inc., the advanced AI-based company he cofounded.

Boskovich’s company has developed sophisticated technology that can scan video content to unlatch fresh supply and demand sources that can solve an assortment of digital media problems. Boskovich talks about WowYow’s position in the digital media space as a forward-thinking visual AI company. As he states, WowYow’s AI can be used to identify, index, search, and monetize visual content, across multiple platforms and devices. It’s people, places, products and things… in useable metadata delivery. As he explains, users can literally search video and unlock the data within. Imagine seeing a pro baller’s sneakers in a game, and wanting to know what they are, and if you could buy them for yourself… WowYow can help.

The tech entrepreneur talks about the depth of data that companies can use to create business opportunities. He states that while many things can be identified in video content, not every piece needs to be, or should be, so the technology is expanding as are the safeguards. Boskovich discusses the kinds of content in which the AI can be utilized to assist consumers. 

The innovative company seeks to turn the industry on its ear, to literally change how we interact with and monetize deep visual content to provide an intense, original experience for businesses and companies as well as consumers interacting from various devices and platforms. Boskovich has high expectations for his company, and the company is working continuously to expand further into augmented reality, television, gaming consoles, and virtual reality.

Moving forward, Boskovich states they will be rolling out many new platform innovations that will create all new ad experiences for consumers. As the technology expands, Boskovich will be working with his team to bridge all tech gaps to make the consumer experience more exciting and productive.

A New, Accurate, and Simple Test for the Early Detection of Dementia—Tom Sawyer—Cognetivity

Apr 15, 2019 31:45


One in two people around the world who have dementia will never receive a diagnosis for it, and those that do will likely receive it too late for existing treatments to be helpful. This is a problem that’s not only depriving patients of quality time, but also costing significant amounts of money due to earlier needs for residential care.

As it currently stands, testing for dementia usually begins only after a patient or their friends and family members notice cognitive impairment, usually in the form of forgetfulness. Once memory problems set in, however, it’s usually too late to slow the progression of the disease. In addition, the current tests designed to identify and help a clinician diagnose dementia rely on rudimentary, pen-and-paper tests that depend heavily on self-reporting. Cognetivity is a company that's offering a new type of test that could change all of this.

COO of Cognetivity, Tom Sawyer, explains that much like blood pressure or cholesterol check, their test can be completed as part of a routine physical exam. The premise of the test is quite simple and involves showing patients different images for a short duration and then prompting them to say something about the content of the images they’re shown. Capable of detecting very small changes in cognitive function and mild incompetencies that no test before it has been able to, it can identify pre-symptomatic stages of dementia 10 to 15 years before most people would receive a diagnosis today. This significantly earlier detection allows for the implementation of behavioral and lifestyle changes, mental exercises, and some medications in order to delay the progression of the disease and the need for residential care. 

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Keto Battles Cancer – Miriam Kalamian, EdM, MS, CNS, Author of Keto for Cancer: Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy as a Targeted Nutritional Strategy – New Discoveries—The Power of Nutrition, Fighting Disease

Apr 12, 2019 46:42


Miriam Kalamian, EdM, MS, CNS, discusses her work as an educator and nutrition expert, and talks extensively about the connection between diet and disease.

Kalamian has devoted much of her life to the study of nutrition. She is board certified in nutrition (CNS), bestowed upon her by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists. As a noted nutrition consultant and educator, she spends a great deal of her time focused on the importance of diet in an overall healthy lifestyle. And as a successful author and nutrition expert she is interested in the implementation of ketogenic therapies, and has written extensively on the topic. Kalamian holds a master of education (EdM) from Smith College and a master of human nutrition (MS) from Eastern Michigan University.

Kalamian discusses her background and what led to her current career focus. As she recounts, her world was rocked back in 2004 when her young son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Standard therapies did not stop the aggressive progression of his disease, and thus it was clear to Kalamian that she simply had to go in a different direction to fight for her son. After much reading and research, Kalamian discovered Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s extensive research that was based on the ketogenic diet as a means to fight cancer. She discusses in detail, the journey she went through with her son, and talks about the ways in which the body turns up its power to fight, when a stricter diet commands the body to work efficiently.

The nutrition expert delves into the inner-workings of the body and its abilities to handle and process foods. She talks about the effects of too much protein in a diet, and explains what happens internally. She explains how cancer cells work and how exercise and diet combine to provide benefits. Kalamian explains fatty acids and ketosis, and the removal of glucose from the bloodstream. As she states, low-impact exercise, such as a nice walk, helps to remove glucose from the bloodstream in a safe and effective way. She explains that nutrition, when controlled, can benefit the body’s health while simultaneously working against cancer.

The effects of a ketogenic diet can have a significant impact on some cancer patients in combination with their doctor’s other treatments and therapies. While keto may not be the sole solution, it certainly can enhance traditional medicine treatments.

Eating Through The Ages – Alyssa Crittenden, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) – Civilizations and Diet, the Impact of Diet on Human Development

Apr 12, 2019 39:10


Alyssa Crittenden, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, delivers a thorough overview of anthropology and diet.

Crittenden has spent many years deeply researching the evolution of human behavior, specifically as it pertains to nutrition and reproduction. With a keen interest in the many questions that circulate regarding what makes our human species so incredibly unique, Crittenden’s research taps into the direct links between diet composition, growth/development, as well as the formation of families and child rearing. 

Crittenden discusses her opinions on diet and nutrition. As a nutritional anthropologist, she is particularly interested in historical diets as they relate to what we know today. She delves into a discussion on the paleo diet. The paleo diet, short for Paleolithic diet, sometimes referred to as the caveman diet or stone-age diet is a complete diet that requires an individual to restrict their diet to foods thought to have been readily available to humans throughout the Paleolithic era. Crittenden explains the benefits of various diets and substitutes people can make to stay true to their particular diet. As she states, while the paleo diet is popular, many clinical nutritionists don’t advocate it. From an anthropological perspective, she explains that the enlargement of human brains was related to higher quality food sources. 

The Ph.D. discusses how many diets exist in our society, but most of the world does not have the same dietary options or access. She delves into some of the questions we ponder in relation to our food sources and diet and relates how our microbiome is directly impacted by not only foods we eat but also our environment. She talks about worms and insects and how many people in the world commonly eat them, though most Americans are quite averse to the idea. She explains how the harvesting of insects is more sustainable, as large animals require significant amounts of land for grazing. She details some of the statistics that relate to food growth and crop productivity. Incorporating insects into the diet, Crittenden states is perhaps one of the best ways that we can enhance our food supply, with a lower impact.

The professor discusses how access to adequate nutrition is still a privilege but not a right. Many people in the world are malnourished, unfortunately, and obesity adds another element that contributes negatively to global health. 

Crittenden has worked extensively with the Hadza of Tanzania, East Africa — one of the world’s few remaining hunting and gathering populations. Crittenden’s work has been published often in academic journals and highlighted in notable media sources such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Psychology Today, and many others.

From Skin Cells to Sperm and Egg Cells—Hank Greely—Stanford University

Apr 12, 2019 40:18


It’s already been successfully accomplished in mice: the joining of sperm and egg cells that were developed from skin-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), and the consequent creation of healthy infants. But could the same thing be done in humans? And if so, should it?

Dr. Hank Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and professor by courtesy of genetics at Stanford University with expert knowledge on the social, legal, and ethical implications of various research endeavors in genetics and the biosciences. He’s also the author of The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction, a fascinating book that focuses largely on the concept of embryo selection, which, aided by the latest developments in stem cell and iPS research, could become a reality in the coming years. Imagine being able to flip through a catalog of hundreds of options of embryos—some with a high likelihood of having blonde hair and brown eyes and a low risk of developing a certain disease, and others with a high likelihood of having brown hair , or blue eyes, or a high risk of developing that same disease.

Dr. Greely discusses a range of interesting topics, including the potential for the development of skin-derived induced pluripotent stem cells to allow hundreds of thousands of couples to have genetic children despite not having functional sperm and/or eggs, the potential for homosexual couples to have genetic children, and unibabies—the concept of developing an embryo created by egg and sperm cells from the same individual. What would that look like, and what's the next step after unibabies? Dr. Greely discusses all this and more, so tune in, check out his book on Amazon, and watch his Ted Talk by following this link

DNA Origami A Radical New Way to Develop Microrobots and Mechanosensors—Rebecca Taylor, Ph.D.—Carnegie Mellon University

Apr 12, 2019 37:56


Many of us have fond memories of playing with Lincoln Logs and Legos as children, constructing cities and vehicles and whatever else we felt like we needed. As an assistant professor of mechanical engineering with courtesy appointments in biomedical engineering as well as electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Rebecca Taylor gets to play out a version of those memories every day in her lab. How? By engineering and developing control schemes for ‘DNA origami’—tiny DNA-based electromechanical systems from which rafts or giant bundles or elastic hinges or any number of other conformations and features can be made. Once programmed to follow a certain pathway, these systems essentially build themselves, making for immensely powerful tools in bioengineering.

Dr. Taylor joins the podcast to discuss how exactly DNA origami works and the specific projects her lab is currently working on, which include the creation of microswimmers—tiny robots capable of swimming through the smallest passageways in the human body, such as capillaries measuring eight microns in diameter. Using DNA technology, Dr. Taylor and her team are able to control the assembly of these systems, dictating the level of stiffness, and where and how they’ll function in the body. The future direction of Dr. Taylor’s work will focus on engineering DNA origami that could act like molecular chaperones, facilitating their own more complex assemblies and changing shape dynamically, bending, twisting, carrying, and moving things into position in order to fulfill a variety of roles within the body.

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But, What Came Before the Big Bang?—Ethan Siegel—American Theoretical Astrophysicist and Science Writer

Apr 11, 2019 1:01:49


Returning guest and theoretical astrophysicist Ethan Siegel joins the podcast for an eye-opening and incredibly informative discussion that will lead you to question one of the most fundamental aspects of existence: how the universe began. Scientists and laypersons alike almost always point to the Big Bang theory, which posits that 13.8 billion years ago, all matter and energy that would give rise to the entire universe as we observe it today was condensed into a single dense point before starting to expand. In simple terms, the Big Bang theory was developed by extrapolating backward from what we observe today—an expanding universe that’s becoming less and less dense as wavelengths are elongating and objects are getting further apart.

So, what’s the problem with the Big Bang theory? If you were to ask Ethan Siegel that question, he would respond with some questions of his own: “Why is the universe the same temperature in all directions to one part in 30,000? Why is the universe perfectly spatially flat and balanced between expansion rate and all energy in the universe? And why are there no high-energy relics left over from this early, hot, dense state if the temperatures got arbitrarily high?” According to Siegel and many other cosmologists who study the universe for a living, these are some of the puzzles that the widely accepted theory simply cannot account for. He explains each of these questions in detail (what exactly they mean, how they’ve come to be asked, and why it’s important to answer them), and also what we need to do in order to move beyond this theory. What would a new theory capable of replacing the Big Bang theory even look like? And how would we go about determining if it gives correct predictions? Siegel discusses all of this, drawing from a seemingly endless wealth of information and making for a fascinating conversation that’ll take you out of this world.

Interested in diving deeper into this topic? Siegel is writing a whole book on it, which is set to be released during the first quarter of 2020 (and maybe even earlier). In the meantime, check out his blog, Starts With A Bang!

Informing Ecological Restoration Projects Around the Globe Thomas Crowther Crowther Lab

Apr 10, 2019 30:16


In an attempt to combat the Great Chinese Famine in the 1950s, the Chinese government ordered the cull of huge numbers of sparrows in order to preserve the grain that comprised the majority of their diet, but in the absence of sparrows, the insect population exploded, decimating crops and leading to the death of millions of people; this is just one example of ecological restoration gone wrong, and the catastrophic consequences of uninformed action.

With the use of big data analytics and machine learning tools, Thomas Crowther, Ph.D. is making the most of data that was previously unavailable to us—data that will allow us to make better, more ecologically-informed decisions that will aid in the restoration of the planet’s ecosystems and circumvent the potentially disastrous consequences of ecological reform gone wrong. Whether ‘restoration’ means changing the composition of soils, removing farm animals from sections of land in order to allow for the return of natural vegetation, or simply planting trees will depend on the geographical location in question and the nature of the ecosystem present.

The Crowther Lab app is informing various restoration efforts around the world by allowing them to select and zoom in on a particular geographical region, and identify which form of action would best serve the ecological system. “We are a single location that brings together the full holistic ecological status of the system. There are lots of researchers around world working on soil microbes, soil bacteria, trees, etc., and we are providing a platform where we bring all of that information together,” explains Dr. Crowther.

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Powering the Future of Space—Beau Jarvis—Phase Four

Apr 10, 2019 21:13


In all likelihood, you directly interact with at least three phases of matter on a daily basis—gas, liquid, and solid. But the same can’t necessarily be said about plasma, the fourth phase of matter. In fact, some people might be inclined to say that plasma doesn’t relate much to our daily lives at all…but they’d be mistaken. To understand the impact of plasma, it’s only necessary to understand the impact of satellites—spacecraft that orbit Earth’s atmosphere and allow for global telecommunications, navigation, weather forecasting, environmental forecasting, and so much more.

Historically, the noble gas xenon has been the primary source of fuel for electric satellite propulsion, but the team at Phase Four is creating plasma propulsion technology that’s allowing for cheaper, more efficient, and more flexible satellite missions. Phase Four technology allows for electric satellite propulsion to be fueled by any neutral gas (e.g., xenon, argon, and krypton) as well as novel propellants, such as water vapor, air, and methane. The ability to use such novel propellants will remove the necessity of carrying earthbound fuels into space, and allow for the use of locally available fuels, thereby making for cheaper and lengthier missions.

CEO of Phase Four, Beau Jarvis, joins the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of this new technology, as well as a number of other interesting topics, such as the imminence of megaconstellations and the potential for space-delivered internet in the coming years. 

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Brain Stimulation – Phil Deschamps, President & CEO, Helius Medical Technologies – Using Technology to Stimulate the Human Brain and Accelerate Recovery From Neurological Symptoms

Apr 9, 2019 33:07


Phil Deschamps, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Helius Medical Technologies delivers an overview of brain function and brain stimulation.

Phil Deschamps has been on board with Helius Medical Technologies since 2013. Deschamps has amassed an impressive 28 years of continuous experience in the growing pharmaceutical and healthcare industry and has worked with major corporations such as Bristol Myers Squibb, GSW Worldwide, and MediMedia Health. Deschamps has overseen the strategic development of multiple companies and is a seasoned veteran and noted authority in the industry.

Deschamps discusses his work at Helius and the new, advanced portable neuromodulation stimulator they refer to as simply, PoNS. He provides a detailed overview of how external stimulation of the brain works, with an emphasis on neuroplasticity. Helius focuses on noninvasive platform technologies, with the intent to provide outstanding new treatment options for many patients by amplifying the human brain’s innate ability to actually heal itself. PoNS is a medical device that looks very promising in various clinical trials. Deschamps speaks about their work with traumatic brain injuries, but he states that over time they hope to be cleared to provide solutions for many more medical areas such as MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, cerebral palsy, etc.

The medical technology expert discusses rehabilitation in regard to brain function. He describes the exercises in physical therapy that help a patient recover, and how PoNS can enhance the physical therapy to provide permanent improvements. He delves into the design of their device and how it works, but he underscores that clinical trials are ongoing and with each new trial they continue to learn more about the benefits of this new technology. Scientifically, there is much to learn still, but researchers are working steadily to progress the tech to help many patients.

Deschamps talks about their clinically significant results and their review process with the FDA. Additionally, he provides information on the various groups that they have worked with in regard to physical therapy. He discusses placebo and blinding, and the other means they use to gather the most honest data they can in their clinical trials. He expounds further upon specific trials and discusses some of their surprises, as well as some of the expectations they went into the trials with, that were met. He states that they found some significant brain changes that have been very encouraging. 

Down the road, Deschamps hopes to find even more advanced ways to help patients affected by neurological symptoms caused by trauma and disease.

Introducing 5G The Fastest, Most Responsive Wireless Technology in the World—Ignacio Contreras—Qualcomm

Apr 9, 2019 36:32


The age of fifth generation cellular technologies is upon us, which means faster connectivity by three to 10 orders of magnitude, lower latency by 10 orders of magnitude, virtual and augmented reality capabilities, and within a few years, connectivity to IoT, including personal computers, vehicles, manufacturing plants, and homes.

Ignacio Contreras is the director of 5G product marketing at Qualcomm, a company that has expedited the deployment of 5G technologies in response to unexpected and substantial consumer demand for greater data capacity and smartphone capabilities. He explains the evolution of cellular technologies over the years, starting from the 1980s when 1G—the first analog cell phones—was the breakthrough technology that the world had never seen before. He also details the fundamental differences between 5G and all previous generations of cellular technology, underscoring the globally transformative potential of 5G.

Launches start this year across the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and China. 

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Streets Paved with Plastic Waste—Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E.—Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas Arlington

Apr 8, 2019 30:00


On December 1, 2017, China passed a policy banning the import of plastics from several foreign countries, including the US. For over a year now, this policy has been in effect and the plastic has been piling up, with much of it actually being redirected to other developing countries. In other words, the problem of plastic waste and what to do with it is not new—it’s just shifting to other parts of the world. But it’s also forcing Americans to face what’s becoming an increasingly pressing question: how do we go about handling the millions of pounds of plastic waste we’re producing each year?  

Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor at the University of Texas Arlington Department of Civil Engineering who is working on a solution that utilizes a characteristic of plastic which makes it particularly problematic in landfills: non-degradability. Since plastic does not degrade, it takes up a significant amount of space in landfills and prevents other materials from degrading, which just worsens the problem. However, the non-degradability of plastic makes it a particularly useful material in civil engineering pursuits, and this is the focus of Dr. Hossain’s work.

His work in this realm began with an investigation into the use of plastic waste for slope-stabilizing pins, which led to a well-funded project in 2013 that proved immensely successful. With one pin containing about 500 plastic bottles, and 600 pins used in just one project, Dr. Hossain and his team recycled about 300,000 plastic bottles. Now, imagine how much plastic waste could be recycled if a similar technique was used in the construction of roadways. This is exactly what Dr. Hossain is focusing his research efforts on now, and he joins the podcast to discuss all the details of what this would entail the challenges that must be overcome and the current, ongoing application of this technique in India.  

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A Tortoise-Inspired Alternative to Subcutaneous Injections—Alex Abramson—Chemical Engineering at MIT

Apr 8, 2019 24:06


Most of us are familiar with the self-righting movement of tortoises and turtles—it’s a display that serves as entertainment for some, and wonder for others, but for Alex Abramson, it served as inspiration for a new drug delivery system for insulin and other biologic drugs. He has engineered an ingestible, self-orienting pill that is designed to deliver tiny injections in the stomach wall, thereby removing the need for subcutaneous injections such as those that diabetics have to self-administer. How does it work? Once the pill is swallowed, it is designed to land at the bottom of the stomach within five minutes and orient itself toward the tissue wall where the drug needs to be delivered. Equipped with a hydration-based actuator, the pill senses the humidity of the stomach environment and inserts a drug-loaded post directly into the stomach tissue with a needle less than one millimeter in diameter. The post then dissolves and allows for systemic uptake comparable to subcutaneous injection.

Abramson is a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering at MIT, and for the past four years, he’s been working closely with Novo Nordisk, the pharmaceutical company that has sponsored this project. The project has been published, multiple studies using large animal models have been completed, and they are looking to bring the product into clinical trials within the next two years. Among other topics, Abramson joins the podcast to discuss how the shape and density distribution of the pill was inspired by the shape and density distribution of self-righting tortoises, what prevents perforation of stomach tissue with injection, why the sensor was designed to detect humidity rather than acidity, and the many benefits of this system of drug delivery that you probably haven’t even thought of.

Tune in for all the details, and follow this link <a href=""></a> to watch a video on how exactly the pill works. 

CRISPR Gene Editing and Cocaine-Proof Mice—Xiaoyang Wu and Ming Xu—University of Chicago

Apr 5, 2019 30:46


Addiction, relapse, and acute overdose are the three core features of cocaine abuse, and researchers have figured out a way to make lab mice completely immune to them. How is this possible? Xiaoyang Wu and Ming Xu are researchers at the University of Chicago who have joined forces to tackle the problem of cocaine addiction, for which there is currently no FDA-approved treatment.

The key to their method involves the naturally-occurring cocaine-degrading enzyme known as butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), CRISPR gene editing, and skin grafting. The procedure involves removing a patch of skin from a donor mouse, genetically modifying the skin cells within that patch of skin to produce high amounts of BChE, and then grafting those genetically-modified skin cells back onto the same mouse. Once the enzyme hits the bloodstream, it reaches every location in the body that requires a blood supply, and therefore reaches the central reward center where cocaine addiction develops. By degrading cocaine faster than it can accumulate in the mouse’s system, the high levels of this enzyme protect the mouse from cocaine overdose, addiction, and relapse. Wu and Xu offer fascinating and informative insight on what could potentially be the first-ever FDA-approved treatment for cocaine addiction.


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Cellular Activity – Toshihiro Shioda, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School – New Developments In Cellular Research That Could Impact Human Health

Apr 4, 2019 48:09


Toshihiro Shioda, MD, Ph.D., serves as Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School and is a Member, MGH Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Shioda discusses his lab’s work in regard to cellular biology. 

Shioda’s lab studies a wide variety of issues such as the various roles and actions of certain estrogens and antiestrogens pertaining to breast cancer in humans, pharmacogenomics and toxicogenomics of estrogens as well as xenobiotic environmental estrogenic substances, and the impact of environmental materials and bioactive food elements on fetuses during early development, just to name a few.

Shioda discusses primordial germ cells in detail, commonly referred to in the scientific community as simply, PGCs. As he states, PGCs are the basis for study for much of their lab research. By generating PGC-type models, the lab team members are able to study many areas related to cellular science. Shioda has published on multiple topics related to the field. The Harvard researcher is particularly interested in the various ways that primordial germ cells produced, and tested, within his lab are similar to typical, natural germ cells. Shioda talks about the possibilities for his team’s research, and how, notably, these types of cultured cells could provide a useful model in which to intensively study germline epimutations produced by an assortment of exposures.

Continuing, Shioda talks about chemotherapy and the effects on men and women. He details some of the papers they have published on their studies of epigenetics. Epigenetics is defined as the study of heritable phenotype changes, changes that don’t require or pertain to alterations within the DNA sequence. 

Shioda explains some of the difficulties researchers encounter. Specifically, in regard to fully comprehending germline exposure risks, there is a greater need for effectual, reliable models for important mechanical studies. Shioda and his research team utilize the most advanced tools related to stem cell biology as well as deep sequencing technology to produce germ cell models, with the intent of performing more toxicological tests that hopefully will provide answers to impact human health in a positive way, for cancer research and more.

On Superorganisms and the Theory of Collective Intelligence—J Scott Turner—Physiologist, Professor, and Author

Apr 3, 2019 49:17


“The fascinating thing about the [termite] mound is that…it’s not just this big pile of dirt; it has complex architecture, it’s differentiated in structure…and it has a function—it serves to capture wind energy in the environment, and that helps power the gas exchange needs of the termite colony located underground, so it’s literally a lung made from soil,” says J Scott Turner, explaining one of his well-known discoveries that contributed to the theory of collective intelligence. His discoveries not only led to a greater understanding of a South African species of termite and their enormous mounds which pepper the Cape Town landscape, but opened the door to many more questions which would influence the direction of his career moving forward.

As a physiologist, professor, and author, J Scott Turner has made it his life’s work to understand where and in what way physiology, adaptation, ecology, evolution and philosophy intersect. He joins the podcast to discuss what he’s learned over the years, including the different ways in which organisms construct and adapt to their environments in ways that resemble superorganism assemblage, animal architecture as expressions of physiological needs, the ways in which human gut flora interact with their environment, the cellular cooperation and mutual accommodation that’s present in the development of malignant cancers, and the fluid relationship between hereditary memory and function.

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Introducing a Revolutionary Way to Objectively Measure Sleep—Roy Raymann, PhD—SleepScore Labs

Apr 3, 2019 31:57


Sleep: it’s essential for our health, mental well-being, work productivity, quality of life…the list continues. Identifying sleep issues, however, can be a long and difficult process. Why? Sleep is difficult to measure, which means it’s hard to generate the data that’s necessary in order to better understand and address sleep problems. Why is it difficult to measure? According to Roy Raymann, Ph.D., true measurements of sleep—those that are more objective than simple questionnaires—are obtrusive, requiring multiple sensors on the brain, face, wrists, etc., which neglects the fact that comfort is a crucial element of good sleep.

On today’s podcast, you’ll learn about a new form of technology 13 years in the making that could very well change the way sleep is studied from here on out. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Raymann has conducted research in sleep science for more than 25 years, his work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he currently serves as Vice President of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs at SleepScore Labs. He discusses the ins and outs of SleepScore’s technology, which utilizes sounds waves, algorithms, and a whole lot of data processing to detect and translate micro-movements during sleep into useful data about sleep quality. All that’s required is a small bedside device, which means no annoying sensors tacked to your head and no wires in your bed. 

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Dirty Water – Pedro J. Alvarez, George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University – Powerful Technology That Can Treat Wastewater and Drinking Water

Apr 3, 2019 23:58


Pedro J. Alvarez, George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, delivers an interesting overview of the important new technologies that can help provide clean water to global communities.

Alvarez is truly passionate about science and engineering and has devoted his career to the study and research of the environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology, the water footprint of biofuels, bioremediation, antibiotic resistance control, toxic chemicals, and water treatment and reuse. He is the founding Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) at Rice University.

Alvarez discusses his work at Rice, and his passion for bringing clean water to everyone, to support global health and economic development. The engineering expert explains the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics, and he details how it affects fertility and reproduction rates. He states that many contaminants are not regulated, and wastewater treatment often meets the bare minimum only. Unfortunately, many cans for foods such as soups, baby foods, etc., have linings that may contain BPA or similar compounds. He talks about the need for better water treatment, and discusses the micron-sized spheres that have been developed to capture and destroy BPA. Alvarez talks about their work utilizing technology and advanced materials to bring clean water to the global population, in areas where it is desperately needed. He explains how the original concepts were lacking in regard to energy efficiency and thus not adapted by industry. With new developments, energy usage can be cost-effective and exceedingly more sustainable.

The technology expert delves into the processes that they use to develop these advanced technologies. As he states, water is somewhat of a difficult space to make changes within, and some barriers do exist. He explains the scientific methods that are utilized for the treatment of water. Fortunately this advanced technology can potentially work for other polluting compounds in addition to BPA. He details the scientific technology they use for treating wastewater and also drinking water. He cites specific examples of the use of their photocatalyst that showed it was capable of successfully treating the water in select communities, eliminating pesticides and fecal matter.

Finally, Alvarez lays out their plans for future development and how they hope to expand, to help curb potential problems with contamination of water in many areas and industries. Professor Alvarez received a B. Eng. Degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University as well as MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

A 100% Drug-Free, Wearable Solution for Chronic Pain Relief—Frank McGillin—Quell

Apr 3, 2019 21:41


Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is more than the number of people suffering from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease combined. Considering this statistic, the current opioid epidemic isn’t terribly surprising. And even over-the-counter medications have a variety of side effects that can lead to kidney, liver, and GI issues over time. For many of these people, there’s a solution: Quell 2.0, a completely drug-free, wearable device that blocks lower-extremity pain signals by stimulating nerves with high-frequency electrical stimulation. No bigger than the size of a credit card, the device is worn comfortably and discretely around the calf and is the only over-the-counter therapeutic pain device that’s been FDA-cleared for use while sleeping. This is important since there is a positive feedback loop between pain and sleep; pain leads to loss of sleep, and sleep loss leads to the exacerbation of pain.

Frank McGillin, COO of Quell, joins the podcast to discuss all the details of how the product works, feedback from chronic pain patients who’ve used it, how long it takes to start working, the device’s ability to track quality of life measures to provide users with useful information over time, and the soon-to-be-launched AI-assisted Quell product that utilizes years’ worth of data to make the device smarter and more personalized to the individual pain sufferer.

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AI Brain Boost – Louis Rosenberg, PhD, Chief Scientist and CEO of Unanimous AI – How Artificial Intelligence Is Helping to Amplify Human Intelligence

Apr 1, 2019 35:23


Louis Rosenberg, Ph.D., founder, chief scientist and CEO of Unanimous AI (<a href=""></a>), delivers an insightful overview of the many ways that AI is improving human intelligence and yielding higher quality outcomes in many industries.

Rosenberg is a seasoned scientific mind and has been instrumental in the success of many companies, public and private. He founded Unanimous AI as a means to further his interests in the study and development of collaborative systems, artificial intelligence (AI), as well as human-computer interaction. Rosenberg received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University and then went on to complete his Ph.D., also at Stanford. He has spent many years developing for robotics, human-computer systems, and of course, virtual reality—an area of particular interest. 

Rosenberg discusses his extensive background in artificial intelligence, and human intelligence, and the bridge between. While he states that society often worries about people being replaced by algorithms, he underscores that people are actually very smart, and the goal is to use AI to amplify human intelligence. He discusses the use of groups… a swarm functionality as he calls it. In a swarm system, people can answer questions to a problem together, which increases overall accuracy. The AI can measure general confidence level, etc. and help to zero in on the most accurate answers to a question or problem. Regarding medicine, doctors are able to reduce errors significantly by using swarm / collective intelligence. Ultimately, people are smarter collectively than on their own, and AI is helping this to become a reality in business and industry.

Rosenberg talks about the major companies, small businesses, universities and more that are taking advantage of swarm technology. As he explains, human knowledge provides an edge and AI is amplifying this significantly. He details some of their work implementing swarm-based predictive insights for upcoming products, entertainment, etc. The tech expert expounds upon their innovative technology and the many ways that everyone can get involved and utilize the swarm concept to increase their results, outcome, knowledge, etc. Additionally, Rosenberg discusses how predictive technology can help manufacturers better understand their markets. 

As a noted expert in his field, Rosenberg has been awarded an astounding 300+ patents globally for his contributions to innovative technology in the areas of virtual and augmented reality, AI, and of course, human computer-interaction.

On Greek Philosophy, Creationism, and Evolutionary Theory—Wynand De Beer—Author of From Logos to Bios: Evolutionary Theory in Light of Plato, Aristotle & Neoplatonism

Apr 1, 2019 42:59


Wynand De Beer has always had an interest in evolution as a mechanism for life on Earth, but it wasn’t until about a decade ago that he really started diving into the study of it, guided by a question similar to the one that framed his doctoral work at the University of South Africa: is it possible to reconcile the Christian belief in creationism with the scientific evidence for evolution, and if so, to what degree? In the search for an answer, Wynand De Beer found himself immersed in Greek philosophy and surprised by what he was learning about cosmology, biology, and the connections between the two. He has since authored an account of all this and more, titled From Logos to Bios: Evolutionary Theory in Light of Plato, Aristotle & Neoplatonism.

Wynand De Beer offers a compelling conversation that touches on a variety of topics, including the mathematical foundations of the cosmos taught by Pythagoras, Platonism versus Neoplatonism, Aristotle as the first Western thinker to analyze biological phenomena among pants and animals, the concept that matter is shaped by the soul, physical versus metaphysical realities, how quantum behavior might be compatible with notions of a higher reality, the inaccurate conflation between evolution and Darwinism, the standard scientific explanation of the mind and the rebuttals to it, and the potentially imminent merge between man and machine.

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Improving Business Operations with AI and Augmented Reality-Enhanced Remote Assistive Devices—Kieran Hall—Rokid Glass

Apr 1, 2019 26:49


Business operations are often bogged down by slow or inaccurate transfers of data, and project costs can skyrocket when specialists have to be called on site to redirect or explain specific tasks. Kieran Hall, head of strategic partnership development at Rokid, explains the solution he and the Rokid team have developed: Rokid Glass, an AI and augmented reality-enabled, wearable remote assistive device designed to streamline enterprise and B2B operations by speeding up the transfer of important information and allowing for two-way calls between workers in the field and specialists on off-site locations. How does it work?

By combining computer vision technologies and AI learning, Rokid has developed glasses with a built-in camera that allows off-site managers or specialists to see exactly what their workers in the field are seeing and make real-time annotations in the worker’s field of vision. For example, the specialist could circle a problem area or type directions in the worker’s line of vision. In this way, a worker’s attention can be drawn to the correct location at the correct time, they can receive pertinent information precisely when they need it, and the specialist can maintain full oversight and provide ongoing instruction from anywhere in the world. The AI aspect of Rokid Glass benefits the worker by not only providing them with important information about their environment, but even predicting and preempting them with the information they might need as they approach a new or changing work site, thereby keeping them prepared and informed.

Hall discusses other use cases of this technology, one of which has already allowed a company to reduce their information overhead by 99% and to reduce a project's completion time by 66%. Tune in for all the details, and with the official launch just right around the corner this May, stay up to date by visiting

Getting to the Root Cause of Cavities—Dr. Kim Kush—CariFree

Mar 27, 2019 49:46


“The average patient doesn’t understand what causes cavities, and quite frankly, the average dentist doesn’t understand it well enough, although that’s changing,” says Dr. Kim Kush, who’s been a practicing dentist in his hometown for 40 years now. It wasn’t until about 20 years ago that he started realizing that if everything he was taught in dental school were all there is to it, then his patients wouldn't continue to get cavities, year after year. Rather than focusing on how to repair the damage of cavities once it’s already occurred, Dr. Kush wanted to focus on identifying and targeting the factors that cause cavities in the first place. So, what are the causes? Why can some people go their whole life without a single cavity—and without particularly good oral hygiene—while others will have new cavities every time they see the dentist—despite flossing and brushing every day?

Dr. Kim Kush has identified four main risk factors in his practice, the first of which has been validated in large clinical trials with over 12,000 people: dry mouth, diet, biofilm, and genetics. He discusses how and why each risk factor contributes to the development of cavities, and along the way provides surprising facts about bottled water, mouthwash, prescription medications, the importance of when you brush your teeth, and how almost everything having to do with dental health boils down the pH in your mouth. 

Dr. Kush offers a fascinating and informative conversation on today’s podcast, so tune in and visit to learn more.

Train Your Brain to Sleep Better—Guirec Le Lous—URGOTech

Mar 27, 2019 26:22


One out of every three people in the world suffer from sleep problems, whether it’s the inability to fall asleep, the inability to stay asleep longer, or just waking up feeling tired. Of all the complaints surrounding poor-quality sleep, one, in particular, is the most difficult for people to deal with: trying to get through the demands of the day. While some people will successfully locate a sleep clinic in their area, many others won’t be able to; sleep doctors are in short supply and high demand. But what if you could train your brain to sleep better, from the comfort of your home, or whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you? Guirec Le Lous is the co-founder of URGOTech, a company that’s offering a product that will allow for just that.

URGOTech’s training material differs in no way from what sleep clinics and doctors use, which means you have the chance of receiving legitimate, medical-grade help with your sleep problem. It only takes three 15 to 20-minute training sessions per week to start seeing improvements within a month. In addition to falling asleep faster, users of URGOTech’s product have seen a 53% reduction in the number of times they wake up at night. The product comes with a headband which measures your brain activity and an app which gives you feedback on how you’re progressing along the way. 

Interested in learning more? Guirec Lu Lous explains all the details about how it works and when you can expect to get one for yourself. Learn more by visiting <a href=""></a>.

Expanding Access to the Benefits of Solar Energy—Noah Ginsburg—Solar One

Mar 26, 2019 24:29


Solar One is a non-profit organization that launched about 15 years ago with the goal of both educating people in the Greater New York community on solar energy and sustainability and making solar energy more accessible to everyone—particularly those who wouldn’t typically have access to it, such as community groups and affordable housing providers.

There are three main programs being run by Solar One: a K-12 environmental education program that’s been implemented in over 800 public schools in New York City, the Green Workforce Training Program that helps people obtain the skills necessary for entry-level positions in building operations and maintenance, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and solar installation, and Here Comes Solar, a program dedicated to making solar energy accessible to everyone by providing technical support to groups and organizations in need.

Noah Ginsburg is the program director of Here Comes Solar, which identifies organizations that are interested in utilizing solar energy, answers all of their questions, sets them up with preliminary solar designs for their buildings, creates financial savings estimates, and helps them get bids from local solar installers. The program has already helped 20 affordable housing communities go solar, and there are no signs of slowing. Ginsburg discusses several of the projects they’re working on, one of which is a community-shared solar project making it possible for renters to participate in large solar projects occurring somewhere else in the city, and to benefit by not only saving on their energy bill but by gaining shareholder status in the cooperation. For example, their subscription will entitle them to a 15-20% discount on solar credits and a vote as to what is done with any profits from the cooperation. In this way, consumers hold the power, rather than corporations.

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The Author of Console Wars and The History of the Future Oculus,Facebook,and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality Blake Harris

Mar 26, 2019 52:52


“Even if listeners are not very familiar with virtual reality or not sure if they’re interested in it, this really is just a universal story about a kid who invents something and decides to not sell out…and then he does end up selling out, which makes for a more interesting story,” says Blake Harris, commenting on his newest book, The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.  

It’s the story of how a young, brilliant teenager named Palmer Luckey set out to develop the first virtual reality headset during a time when the concept of virtual reality was still a technological punchline—akin to the idea of flying cars and jet packs. But, driven by passion and determination, it wasn’t long before he succeeded in his invention and founded Oculus, the virtual reality company that would soon catch the attention of Mark Zuckerberg and be bought out for more money that Luckey ever sought, or ever even imagined.

Blake Harris is also the author of Console Wars, the behind-the-scenes business battle story between Sega and Nintendo in the early 90s, and he joins the podcast today to discuss a little bit about both books, as well as a range of other topics, including insider information he’s gained from years of interest in the development of the virtual reality and gaming space, the material that he wanted to include in The History of the Future but couldn’t, the backlash surrounding Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, how the emergence of virtual reality can be compared to the emergence of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, and where he sees the future of virtual reality going.

Tune in for the full conversation, reach out to him via Twitter, and stay current on his latest work by visiting <a href=""></a>.

Investigating the Complexities of Alzheimer ’s Disease and Searching for an Effective Treatment—Erik Gunther, PhD—Yale School of Medicine

Mar 26, 2019 38:35


The search for a drug that can effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease remains ongoing and has been difficult to say the least—about 150 different drug trials for Alzheimer’s have already failed. But why? And what can be done about it? Erik Gunther, Ph.D. is an associate research scientist at Yale University who is asking the same questions.

He joins the podcast to give his opinion on why the search for an effective drug has failed up to this point, which leads to a discussion that touches on a host of other topics, including the beta-amyloid or plaque buildup hypothesis for what causes Alzheimer’s, what happens as the disease progresses, the role of glial cells in the clearance of plaque, the distinctly unique nature of the brain’s immune system, how the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier leads to hemorrhage and death in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, the role of sleep in the clearance of plaque in the brain, the way in which Alzheimer’s disturbs sleep patterns, and diabetes as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Gunther also discusses his current research, which has led to the identification of a neuron receptor on which the beta-amyloid protein binds, allowing for the eventual build-up of the plaque that’s hypothesized to cause Alzheimer’s. By developing a drug that also binds to this receptor, his team has found a way to block the interaction between the brain’s neurons and these toxic proteins, thereby preventing the buildup of plaque. It’s a novel approach to a long-standing problem, and he discusses how and why it could change things moving forward.

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The Ethics of Self-Driving Vehicles—Dr. Nicholas G. Evans—University of Massachusetts Lowell

Mar 25, 2019 41:06


Should we program machines to intentionally cause someone to die? “No, of course not,” would be most people’s immediate response. But what if doing so prevented a greater number of people from dying? 

The answer to the second question may be a bit more difficult to answer, which is the essence of the trolley problem in philosophy, and just one of the ethical issues that’s commonly brought up in discussions about autonomous vehicles, an emergent form of technology generating excitement from some and concerns for many.

Dr. Nicholas G. Evans is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts who focuses the majority of his research on national security and the ethics of emergent technologies. He joins the podcast today to discuss a variety of intriguing topics, including the susceptibility of programmed cars to hacking, the challenges of accounting for novel behaviors and the dangers of not doing so, corporate surveillance, and how the longer average lifetime of vehicles could drive the next big innovation in sensor and automated vehicle technologies.

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The Soon-to-be-Launched Mars Rover and the Search for Organic Molecules on Mars—Jorge Vago, PhD—Project Scientist at the European Space Agency

Mar 25, 2019 37:50


In just over one year on July 26, 2020, the launch window for the European Space Agency’s Mars rover (recently named Rosalind Franklin) will open. Once the mission lands on Mars, the public will have access to daily images and information about the precise location of the rover,

Jorge Vago, PhD is a project scientist on the Rosalind Franklin rover mission, and he joins the podcast to provide a glimpse into what they hope to discover, how they hope to discover it, and how this mission will be unlike any other.

Dr. Vago explains that, unlike previous missions to Mars, this one will not only explore over a half billion years further into the past, but will also drill significantly deeper than ever before—up to two meters as opposed to five to ten centimeters.

By positioning themselves in a place to study Mars in its infancy and by employing the novel strategy of digging deeper to reach samples which have been protected from cosmic radiation, they hope to collect samples which will later--after exhaustive analyses and scrutiny--allow them to announce the existence of organic molecules and the possibility of life on Mars.

Catch all the details by tuning in, and visit to learn more.

Financial Transactions – Frank Holmes, HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. – Blockchain, Bitcoin, and The Changing Financial Landscape

Mar 22, 2019 21:43


Frank Holmes, Interim Executive Chairman of HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.’s board of directors, provides an analysis of blockchain, bitcoin, and the future of finance. Holmes is a seasoned investor and financial strategist. Throughout his illustrious career, he has helmed many financial entities, and is currently the chief executive and chief investment officer at U.S. Global Investors, a forward-thinking mutual fund and asset management firm. 

Holmes talks about his background in finance. As a young analyst, he transitioned into corporate finance and pushed forward until he took his first company public. He became well known in the gold funds market and eventually discovered bitcoin and that was the beginning of his passion for the new currency. His excitement over the processing of these transactions led him to launch a company in the space.

Holmes’ passion for emerging financial markets is perfectly matched to his current role directing the board of directors at HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd., and he is leading the company forward evidenced by their significant innovation in the market. HIVE is a growth-oriented, TSX.V-listed company that has built a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. HIVE’s team seeks to create significant long-term shareholder value. HIVE has formed a solid partnership with Genesis Mining Ltd. to create the next wave of blockchain infrastructure. 

HIVE even owns the actual GPU-based digital currency mining facilities in Iceland and Sweden that produce these new digital currencies like Ethereum. Holmes discusses HIVE’s place in the market as a proxy, and he explains the interconnectedness of HIVE to the market, in terms of flow. He discusses the enthusiasm globally for blockchain, and he outlines the arrival of the JP Morgan coin that is backed by US dollars. Holmes goes on to explain regulations and speculation as they relate to investor interests. And he talks about the benefits of cash trades in the market and the future of emerging financial markets. Holmes discusses the mobile gaming industry and the astronomical revenue that is pushing that industry. Wrapping up, Holmes discusses volatility in the markets and how to steer in the right direction to financial stability as technology changes everything in our world.

Holmes is a regular keynote speaker at various international investment conferences and his popular “Frank Talk” CEO blog is one of the most read in the financial industry.

Gamifying Stroke Rehabilitation for Better Outcomes—Dr. John W. Krakauer—Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

Mar 22, 2019 23:19


Human beings enjoy a level of dexterity superior to most other species by virtue of what’s called the corticospinal tract, which is a projection that reaches from the motor cortex in the brain, down to the brain stem and spinal cord,  and connects directly to the muscles. As beneficial as this special pathway in humans can be, it comes at a cost: even a small amount of damage can have devastating results. When someone suffers from a stroke, it is this pathway that gets damaged and leads to many possible symptoms, including weakness, loss of dexterity, clumsiness, and the inability to isolate joint movements. The key to the best recovery from stroke is very early, very intense rehab, but it can be challenging to motivate people into maintaining such intense work.

Dr. John W. Krakauer works in the Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement (BLAM) Lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he’s not only studying the differences between movement in health and movement in disease, but also exploring and testing ways of engaging post-stroke patients in the intense rehab routines necessary in order to help them regain as much movement and control over their bodies as possible. He explains how important it is to create emotionally gratifying and motivating experiences for people early on in their recovery in order to engage them in ways that will best amplify the abilities they do have—the abilities they did not lose as a result of stroke. The same idea applies to all types of neurological diseases and injuries, including traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, cerebellar ataxia, and multiple sclerosis.

At the BLAM lab, they are developing interactive, exciting, and engaging games specifically geared toward patients with neurodegenerative issues, encouraging them to perform miles’ worth of movement without even noticing it. They are also working on forming cohorts of people who have suffered from stroke and who could benefit from working together in multi-player games. The idea is that this would build a sense of competition, thereby making it easier for people to sustain the level of rehabilitative intensity needed. Furthermore, by isolating problems with particular  body parts to particular characters in games, each individual’s specific problem area could be addressed in the most effective way possible. Interested in learning more? Tune in for all the details and visit

The Smartest Motorcycle Helmet in the World—Jeremy Lu—Jarvish

Mar 21, 2019 23:36


If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle, you might understand all too well the drawbacks of the helmet—it makes it hard to see, hard to hear, and feels very insulating. The team at Jarvish set out to improve this while keeping safety as their top priority. They’ve used traditional motorcycle helmets as their starting point, adding a high-resolution front camera for greater visibility in foggy or rainy weather, a sensor and alert system for detecting accidents and contacting an ambulance and next of kin, biosensors to detect the rider’s heart rate and other vitals which may indicate an impending medical emergency, and a crystal-clear sound system. The team at Jarvish has trained their AI to analyze videos and identify objects or vehicles obscured from the rider’s line of sight, as well as remove raindrops from videos and penetrate foggy conditions. All of this data is then analyzed and sent back to the rider warning them of dangers on the road ahead. It’s the world’s first truly smart motorcycle helmet, and it has the ability to save lives.

Jeremy Lu is the CEO of Jarvish and he joins the podcast to discuss all the details of this technology, how they are allowing for comfort customization of their helmets, what’s in store for them over the next year, and how their technology could be implemented in all types of helmets—bicycle, industrial, police, military, and even space helmets.

Previous press kit with most of the content, and below is the most updated crowdfunding prices and new updates: 

- a NASA iTech Finalist (2019) 

- Partnering with Qualcomm for its X-AR helmet.

- JARVISH Tron Electric Helmet: 

The brand just launched an awesome helmet design for the X and X-AR range. The JARVISH Tron Electric Helmet with LED strips, will certainly make riders stand out on the road. Current backers have the option to upgrade their pledges to this design. The LED light could be controlled by voice command or app. 

- secured over $420K in funding on Kickstarter and have continued their funding on Indiegogo.

-Discounted prices on Indiegogo campaign:






The X-AR and X models have been designed with a range of technology integrations, such as voice control, noise cancellation, built-in memory to give riders a safer, more enjoyable on-road experience. The X-AR also includes an AR-powered head-up display (HUD) for riders who prefer visual instructions. 

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The World’s First Electronic Completions Recorder for the Fracking Industry—Brett Chell—Cold Bore Technology

Mar 20, 2019 26:41


“If you don’t track it you can’t improve it… and you can’t pay enough people to go through the data fast enough to get a handle on it…but every other industry in the world…has switched over to sensors that drive software…which produces ten times the results you could ever get out of humans in the blink of an eye,” says Brett Chell, founder of Cold Bore Technology. 

The company began as a manufacturer of drilling tools, and it was through that line of work that the team at Cold Bore Technology made a realization which would completely change the focus of their efforts: frack locations were missing the operating systems and IOT software that drilling locations—and really every industry in the world—rely upon for efficient, accurate data collection and operations.

Instead, they’ve been relying upon the manual collection of data with the use of notebooks and Excel sheets—an inefficient method with tons of room for errors which could end up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fracking operations are complex and involve several service companies acting independently but simultaneously; this creates a constant flow of important data which must be accurately captured and organized in order for mistakes and inefficiencies to be identified and corrected.

Cold Bore Technology is offering a solution that will allow for exactly this. Despite being just a small to mid-sized company, they are now working with some of the largest oil companies in the world, delivering a sensor-based software solution and level of automation never before seen in the field.

The results? Greater operational visibility, the ability to identify important and costly errors that would otherwise continue to happen, less expensive and more efficient operations, and the ability to move data through businesses seamlessly and without anyone touching it.

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Alexa-Integrated Smart Pillow Designed to Improve Your Sleep—Kevin Houston—REM-Fit

Mar 20, 2019 19:37


Kevin Houston is head of execution at REM-Fit, a company that was founded about five years ago with the goal of harnessing the power of technology to improve one of the most important aspects of life: sleep. At REM-Fit, sleep is considered the most important factor in recovery, whether you’re recovering from a stressful day at work or an intense workout. The team at REM-Fit is passionate about sleep, and for the past several years they’ve poured that passion into the design, development, and continual improvement of a product which actively participates in your sleep: the ZEEQ smart pillow.

It’s Alexa-integrated and able to connect with other smart devices in your home, which means it can get your coffee brewing before you wake up, draw the shades back when you need to get up, change the humidity in your environment based on your sleep patterns, and heat your bathroom floor just a few minutes before you need to get ready for your day. The pillow is wrapped in a unique textile that’s antimicrobial-resistant, moisture-wicking, and cool to the touch. Perhaps the most popular feature is its ability to stream music, white noise, guided meditations, or whatever else it is you might want to hear in your own private ecosystem. With a compartment located on both the top and bottom of the pillow, you decide how much filling you want and where you want it—a feature which truly makes it infinitely adjustable.

The team at REM-Fit takes a personal approach with every customer and wants to hear feedback, whether it’s good or bad. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their product and working on the release of a new mattress line in the fall of 2019. 

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The Fabulous Life of Plants – Dennis van der Wiel, Co-founder at Polariks – Advancing Technology That Can Detect Problems With Plant Health and Help Agricultural Farmers Manage Their Crops

Mar 20, 2019 26:13


Dennis van der Wiel, co-founder at Polariks (, provides an overview of their groundbreaking technology that can help farmers assess their agriculture and improve their production. 

Polariks is all about precision agriculture and remote sensing. Polariks has developed a precision agriculture analysis method that is directly based on Hyperspectral Imaging. Their innovative technology enables better harvest planning with increased efficiency in resources, as well as early detection of diseases. And, importantly, it significantly reduces overall inspection costs.

Dennis discusses the premise of his company, Polariks, that uses reflected light to determine properties. By using their technique of light they can determine whether a plant is sick or healthy, which ultimately helps farmers to make better decisions. Dennis explains how their technology can be integrated with drone and aerial tech to make the assessments regarding agriculture.

From strawberries to grapes, Dennis discusses how their robotic and stationary systems-implemented technology can help improve agriculture and prevent outbreaks. He states that humans can easily detect coloring and other issues that could be indicative of a plant’s ailing health, but the real test comes from looking deeper, beyond what the naked eye can reveal. He outlines the infrared analysis that can assess photosynthetic activity.

The tech guru explains some of the overall goals that Polariks has in the works. He talks about the differences between outside farming and greenhouse growing. He states that greenhouses promote very homogeneous qualities and plant disease can spread quickly in a greenhouse environment. He explains that two plants side by side may both appear green and healthy, but one could already be well into a deep stage of sickness. 

This is why the Polariks technology is so useful, because the Polariks technology can identify problems with plant health several weeks before even the most trained human eye can. He explains the advanced principles of their technology and how it generates much more information that can be utilized to understand plant health.

Dennis discusses modern farming techniques and he talks about the importance of regular monitoring over time, in regard to plant disease or plant health conditions, including the effects of drought. Finally, the farming technology expert provides some thoughts on predictive modeling and other advances that Polariks expects to promote as they develop their innovative technology and platform further.

Dental Education – John Tucker, DMD, Founder of Tucker Educational Excellence LLC – Sleep Apnea and Dental Sleep Medicine

Mar 20, 2019 33:58


John Tucker, DMD, founder of Tucker Educational Excellence LLC (, discusses sleep apnea and treatment.

Tucker is an experienced medical professional who has treated many patients over his long career, as well as educated countless dentists on dental sleep medicine. Tucker Educational Excellence provides intensive educational programs that focus on the successful implementation of dental sleep medicine practices within the dental industry. Tucker is a respected dentist and Diplomate of The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Tucker explains that dental sleep medicine focuses on treating patients who have obstructive sleep apnea and are intolerant of their traditional CPAP therapy. Tucker describes CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, as a vacuum cleaner in reverse. 

CPAP provides a continuous flow of airway pressure to your throat to keep your airway open during sleep, which is generally successful as a means to treat the spontaneous pauses in your breath that are so often connected with sleep apnea. 

Tucker describes their process for diagnosing, which must come from a board certified sleep physician. He discusses home sleep testing, which is becoming more and more popular as it offers users the opportunity to stay within the comfort of their own home and bed.

Tucker talks about his experiences as a child, watching his father have snoring problems and extended periods without breathing. Tucker states that remarkably, some people they have seen, go up to a minute and a half without breathing when they are experiencing sleep apnea. 

The sleep expert talks about strategies to prevent various diseases; and he stresses the importance of early intervention, accessible care that is cost effective, and the family members need to be engaged. He talks about the costs of untreated sleep apnea, and the correlation with diabetes, sexual dysfunction, stroke, and GERD. 

Tucker states that 1 out of 4 Americans are undiagnosed. Tucker goes on to explain his practice and how they discover airway issues. He explains how they look into the mouth and search for what he refers to as a high-vaulted palate, as well as tongue issues, and gum issues.

Tucker Educational Excellence offers intensive learning experiences for all levels of knowledge. Their courses cover basic dental sleep medicine implementation, individualized onsite programs, as well as guided learning experiences working directly with Tucker for extended periods.

Biological Beginnings – Luis P. Villarreal, Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine – The Viruses In Our World

Mar 19, 2019 58:19


Luis P. Villarreal, Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, discusses his thoughts on viruses, life, and the changes that motivate evolution.

Is it possible to be passionate about viruses? The answer is yes. As a scientist who is constantly experimenting, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Luis Villarreal is definitely passionate about understanding viruses, indeed, especially with regard to viruses that linger either in the genomes or epigenomes of their host. For over 20 years, Villarreal has centralized his study on the overall role of virus evolution on life. And Villarreal states that viruses have had a significant and profound influence on the origin and evolution of life.

Villarreal talks about his early years in science and the classes and information that truly sparked his desire to learn more, and how it organically led him to his life’s work. He details his study of negative-strand RNA viruses, viruses that resemble rabies and ebola—highly pathogenic. He recounts his observation of regulatory RNA that had dramatic consequences, which was the beginning of his true curiosity about viruses. He delves into his study of rearrangements of the genome by various types of retroviruses. He describes how retroviruses actually work together to create the placental network. He questions why this would happen, and surmises that in order for a mother or host to create life, they must take in a foreign biological entity, the embryo, and suppress its natural immune rejection, feed it, and host it for its lifespan, which requires a significant amount of change. Villarreal states that the virus footprint is literally all over all of these functions. 

The biology expert provides an overview of cellular DNA and the many jobs that DNA can fulfill. He explains how RNA and DNA react with each other and outlines their complicated network, although he states that there is much work to be done still to understand the complexity. He discusses his thoughts on human evolution and recounts stories that relate, such as endogenization of the koalas in Australia. He explains that a particular virus that was within these koalas was becoming part of them, and thus their ability to deal with the virus in their immune systems was being changed in real time. He compares this example to human development over time and discusses theories about viruses as they relate to humans, discussing the details of modification as it pertains to viruses and survival. 

His discussion of viruses and biology continues as he summarizes his thoughts on the human species and the many elements that relate to evolution and brain function, etc. On a lighter note, Villarreal muses about some Hollywood versions of viral mutations and provides his thoughts on Hollywood’s interpretation of real science turned into fiction for the movies we enjoy. He goes on to explain the astronomic scale of viruses in our environment, discussing the ocean extensively, and the microbiome. 

Sleep Rockin’– Mark Russell, Founder of Rocking Bed – Sleep and Motion, the Science Behind It and the Potential for Great Sleep

Mar 19, 2019 23:01


Mark Russell, founder of Rocking Bed (, talks extensively about sleep quality, and their rocking bed that is causing a stir in the good sleep industry.

Russell is a self-described career entrepreneur, and his curiosity for creation has led him on an interesting journey in business. From small business to tree service, computers to marketing, with a little software design, advertising and sales thrown in, Russell has really done it all. In this interesting podcast, Russell talks about his exciting creation, Rocking Bed, the better way to fall asleep.

Russell discusses the bed that will literally allow you to sleep like a baby again, as it gently rocks you to sleep. Russell recounts his early experiences as a child, trying to sleep in the family car on long road trips. He talks about a cruise he went on in 2004 that literally rocked his world. As he describes, he was truly amazed by the quality of sleep he got due to the cruise vessel’s gentle rocking motion. After the cruise he was driven to find a way to create this experience in his own home, and after much study and research, Rocking Bed was born.

The sleep entrepreneur discusses various studies on movement and sleep, and explains that some studies are backing what he already knew to be true—that motion helps with sleep. As he states, the rocking motion of their product is so subtle that most people who try out their product at demo/trade shows think the rocking stops when they close their eyes, and then open their eyes quickly to discover that it’s still rocking. Russell recounts some of the stories he has heard from people regarding sleep and the rocking bed, and he talks about the immense potential for special needs children who need to be rocked to even fall asleep.

He talks about the mechanics of the bed, its movement, and the potential for helping those who have trouble falling asleep. And Russell explains some of the product tweaks that they are working on to try to keep quality high but lower the price point. Ultimately, it is Russell’s hope that they can launch the bed to a larger audience as they grow their business, and help everyone… find a way to better sleep.

Exploring the Neurobiology of Sleep—Dr. John Peever—University of Toronto Department of Cell and Systems Biology, Canadian Sleep Society

Mar 19, 2019 37:18


“Even Aristotle, over 2,000 years ago, remarked on the benefits of sleep…there’s no doubt that it’s beneficial, but we are trying to understand the specific benefits and how those benefits are occurring,” says Dr. John Peever, professor at the University of Toronto Department of Cell & Systems Biology and Vice President of research at the Canadian Sleep Society. 

It’s easy to identify the benefits of a good night’s sleep—we wake feeling more refreshed and alert, and we stay more focused and productive throughout the day—but it’s a lot harder to identify how exactly those benefits occur. Part of the investigation into this question involves understanding the neurobiology of sleep, which means understanding how different parts of the brain cause different behaviors relating to sleep.

The work being done in Dr. Peever’s lab is focused on the study of rapid eye movement sleep, commonly referred to as REM or dreaming sleep. Specifically, Dr. Peever and his team are trying to determine what part of the brain is responsible for pushing us into REM sleep, what occurs once we are experiencing REM sleep, the underlying mechanism of REM sleep behavior disorder, and why parts of brain that cause REM are so vulnerable to degenerative processes, such as those that underlie Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Peever offers an exciting and informative conversation that touches on a range of other topics, including sleep’s potential to repair DNA damage, genetic predispositions for being a night owl versus an early bird, and the importance of understanding the true nature of narcolepsy. Tune in for all the details and learn more by visiting

The Lexicon of Life – John Hands, Author of Cosmosapiens:Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe – Asking the Big Questions Regarding the Origin of Life

Mar 18, 2019 36:40


John Hands, a British author who received his scholarly training as a scientist, discusses his thoughts on the origin of life in the universe.

Hands’ book, Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe, is a crash course of sorts that bridges the gap between cosmology and neuroscience and hits a lot of points in between. In Cosmosapiens, Hands provides his theories on how humans evolved to be such a dominating force on Earth. It delves into current themes of study such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, and neurogenetic determinism. It examines various fields of study such as string theory and often challenges the general consensus in multiple areas of science from cosmology to biology, and even neuroscience.

Hands talks about his curiosity regarding various matters of science. He recounts how it was the passing of his wife that caused him to take an introspective look, as he began to ask big questions related to our existence on Earth, such as “what are we,” and “where do we come from,” and “why do we exist.” He explains how society has sought answers to these and other questions from the supernatural, and also from science. As a curious scientist, he was dissatisfied with the current literature on these complex subjects and decided to dig deeper on his own. He states that the specialization of science has perhaps prevented us from seeing the bigger picture as a whole. He embarked on a journey of discovery on his quest to get to the beginning of it all. He talks about some widely accepted theories in science, such as the big bang theory, that have been clearly contradicted by observation evidence. He delves into a discussion of dark matter and dark energy and explains how decades of research has failed to provide answers or evidence of what that is, leaving no scientific explanation whatsoever. He discusses the obvious fallacies in Darwinism and expounds upon the details that pertain to them. 

The scientific author explains the collaborative process that produces life and change. Continuing, Hands expounds further on his conclusion that humans are unique as a species. He states that it is actually reflected consciousness that makes humans unique. As neural complexity increased, human consciousness was created. Hands state, “We are the only species that not only knows but knows it knows.” Hands deliver an overview of ancient philosophies and other theories that make an effort to explain the origin of life. Hands talks about how it is important to admit when we do not know the answers, and though he has answered many questions about life in his book, there is so much we do not know. 

Hands talks about interesting feedback he has received from his readers, including validation of his theories from some of the world’s leading scientists and philosophers. And he talks about his plans for future works in the subjects of science.

Amid a Major Evolutionary Transition—Michael Garfield—Future Fossils Podcast, Santa Fe Institute

Mar 18, 2019 34:15


Michael Garfield is a paleontologist, futurist, evolutionary theorist, multimedia artist, and public speaker currently on the trail of a new unifying theory to explain major evolutionary transitions. In particular, he’s looking at the one he says humans are experiencing today, amidst unprecedented extinctions and innovation and rapid change—an environment that’s actually creating discomfort for many. He refers to the current major evolutionary transition as a conceptual one, whereby the human is seen not as separate from its environment or the systems around it, but embedded within its many layers. In his view, everything from single-celled organisms to the solar system itself can be seen as different layers of a single metabolic process; humans exist somewhere in between, as thinking organisms navigating their environment like any other.

He draws attention to the effect of technological advances and third-world development on the ecosystem within which we live, comments on the way in which AI and augmented reality will continue to impact evolutionary change, and challenges us to rethink the nature of our existence and perceived realities. 

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Wisdom Tooth Removal Replacing the Industry Standard with an Opioid-Free Surgical and Post-Op Solution—Dr. James Babiuk—The Wisdom Tooth Doc

Mar 18, 2019 23:34


It’s a procedure most people end up needing, and one that almost everyone dreads: wisdom tooth removal. But aside from the puffy cheeks and pain and misery that follow, there’s one other drawback that accompanies the standard protocol and actually threatens lives: the use of highly addictive narcotics for surgical and post-op pain management.

Dr. James Babiuk has been a practicing oral surgeon in Chicago for about 25 years now, and over time he’s noticed a marked increase in the number of people who have become reliant upon heavy-duty and highly addictive narcotics for pain management. He's seen first-hand how something as benign as a shoulder injury or back pain can result in long-term use of heavy narcotics for pain management and eventual addiction. As he began digging deeper into research regarding opioid use in the medical field, he learned that most people’s first exposure to narcotics is during and after wisdom tooth removal; this compelled him to take action.

Dr. Babiuk set out to alter his technique in a way that would allow him to perform wisdom tooth extractions without the use of IV narcotics and without having to prescribe narcotics for post-op pain management. This might initially sound impossible, but Dr. Babiuk has made it a reality—one that's proving to be incredibly effective. Rather than follow the standard protocol which is to expect and alleviate the pain associated with wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Babiuk’s approach focuses on reducing the cause of the pain, which is simply inflammation.

He joins the podcast to discuss all of this and more, including the need for medical providers to receive narcotic education and the long-term goals for his practice. 

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Master of the Tickets – Micah Hollingworth, Co-founder and CEO of BROADWai – High Tech Ticketing, Using Technology to Simplify the Ticketing Industry

Mar 18, 2019 26:38


Micah Hollingworth, co-founder and CEO of BROADWai (, delivers an overview of the current state of special event ticketing and the technology that drives it.

Hollingworth is a seasoned entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in creating, operating, and marketing live events. His innovative entrepreneurial skills include strategic planning, fundraising, and execution. And with an intensive fascination for all things technology it was inevitable that Hollingworth would launch another great tech-oriented business such as BROADWai.

Hollingworth talks about the many and varied interests that led him to launch BROADWai, along with co-founder, Jon Scott. He describes his entrepreneurial spirit as a child and the love for live theater he developed that led him to his current career. Moving to NYC about 25 years ago set the stage for his total immersion in the theater world.

The technology guru discusses the many challenges that people face when trying to purchase tickets for events. He states that difficulty in purchasing or reserving tickets for live events can often discourage ticket buyers, and providers may lose them to other events when the experience is arduous. Hollingworth explains how their technology platform works, and how it provides a smooth, efficient process for ticket buyers.  

BROADWai’s technology solutions assist customers with their total experience, helping them to navigate and effortlessly plan. The platform offers a valuable exchange between the guests and the Broadway community, a customized experience in one simple, single digital transaction that incorporates everything, from ticketing to parking, as well as preshow and postshow needs to provide real-time information regarding theater policies and so much more. Hollingworth discusses their integration with other ticketing partners, and the events that they currently support. Hollingworth expounds upon the future of ticketing. He states that voice-enabled devices will be a part of their future because the voice-enabled tech market is exploding. And he talks about their voice clients that will be launching later in the year. Regarding their platform, BROADWai’s AI/ML abilities continue to evolve during each conversation and with every question asked. Their innovative platform will set the bar high for competitors as BROADWai accelerates to the edge of technology and continually integrates the latest and greatest, in order to deliver a totally frictionless experience to the user.

Understanding Biological Meaning, Biological Versus Artificial Intelligence, and Evolutionary Agency—Victoria N. Alexander—Dactyl Foundation, Author of The Biologist's Mistress

Mar 15, 2019 49:59


“In biosemiotics, we say that the human ability to interpret signs—which is the ability to think really, to think creatively and adaptively and learn new things—didn’t just emerge with animals; rudimentary sign reading emerged in the simplest forms of life with single-celled organisms,” says Victoria Alexander, biosemiotician, Director of Dactyl Foundation, Fulbright specialist, and author of The Biologist's Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature, and Nature.

What’s biosemiotics, you ask? Alexander explains biosemiotics as the study of sign use in biological systems, where signs can be almost anything in the environment—a word, a pictogram, a smell, a sound, or a chemical gradient. Signs are intelligence; we can train a computer to read signs, but can we train a computer to interpret signs that depend on the context within which they exist? 

Answering this question is one aspect of the investigation into the differences between biological and artificial intelligence, which is what Alexander’s work is currently focused on. She explains that biological cells don’t just react to the chemistry around them, but interpret and respond to it. 

She goes on to explain how this underlies a system of interpretation that's related to random change in a way that’s changing the direction of evolution. In this way, Alexander argues that it is within the organism that evolutionary agency is found and explained, rather than in the mechanisms of randomness and competition.

Alexander offers an exciting and informative conversation that touches on a variety of topics, including metabolic pathways, the association of properties and the placebo effect, the idea that dysfunctional semiotic habits are the cause of some syndromes and conditions, cell differentiation, self-organization in nature, and butterfly wing pattern development. Press play to hear the full conversation.

Drug Discovery – Ilan Morad, PhD, Founder and CEO of Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. – How Advanced Biopharmaceutical Technology Is Making Great Strides Toward Treating Diseases

Mar 15, 2019 35:40


Ilan Morad, Ph.D., founder, and CEO of Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. ( discusses drug discovery and development on the cellular level.

Morad has been fascinated with biology most of his life and began practicing molecular biology and biochemistry in 1984. He is a noted expert in gene cloning, protein engineering, purification, and characterization, as well as drug discovery and development. Morad’s company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBI) is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company primarily engaged in the discovery and development of various therapeutic peptides and has developed an innovative combinatorial biology screening platform technology.

Morad discusses the origin of his company, AEBI. He details their groundbreaking screening platform and explains how it works. Their platform provides functional leads to extremely difficult targets, not merely those that best bind with the target.

AEBI’s novel technology that goes by the name, SoAP, allows them to develop drugs for many illnesses, among them cancer, and Morad expects to completely transform the drug discovery R&D phase by seriously reducing the attrition rate of any new drug candidates.

As Morad explains, peptides are microproteins. He elaborates on these and other building blocks and where they are produced and how. He discusses how they make large numbers of synthetic peptides and how they isolate them for research and development. Further, he expounds upon the roles of various peptides within the body. He discusses drug resistance, side effects of drugs, and cancer treatment. Digging deeper, he explains the properties of cancer and how the disease reacts to certain treatment, drugs, etc. Morad relates some of his thoughts on drug successes, such as the drug cocktail that has solved the problem of HIV for many patients. And as he states, drug cocktails are a possibility for other diseases. He details how cancer cells work and explains the related probabilities. 

The biology expert continues his discussion of cancer and peptides. He explains how toxic peptides can be utilized to poison cells and kill them very efficiently. This strategy shows great promise for future treatment. And he explains how immune systems work and how they recognize molecules, giving special attention to how cancer cells are targeted. Wrapping up, Morad talks about the expectations for his company and the areas they are expecting to make strides in as they move into the future. Finally, Morad talks about upcoming clinical trials and his expectations for the new cocktails and peptides. 

Self-Experiments and the Power of Data: When Medical Systems Fail to Diagnose—Damien Blenkinsopp— The Quantified Body Podcast,

Mar 15, 2019 42:50


In his early twenties, Damien Blenkinsopp lived a nomadic lifestyle, rolling with life’s punches and going in whatever direction it seemed to take him. But when it took him to Thailand, it presented something which would change him forever: a mysterious illness that would leave him intermittently bed-bound and battling symptom after symptom for years on end. No matter how many specialists he visited, he couldn’t get an answer as to what was going on with his body. Not many of us have found ourselves in such a position, but the prospect terrifyingly begs the question: where would we turn for help?

Forced to answer this question for himself, Blenkinsopp embarked on a journey filled with research, self-experimentation, and conversation with any and every scientist or layperson who might provide some insight. Along this journey, Blenkinsopp created The Quantified Body, a podcast that he used as a tool for collecting information and anecdotal evidence. 

Having tried countless avenues of potential relief, Blenkinsopp can attest to his personal success with two things: the ketogenic diet and the fasting diet. He has since founded Ketosource, a website dedicated to providing others with the information and insight he’s learned throughout his journey, which continues to this day.

Blenkinsopp has a one-of-a-kind story that is simultaneously inspiring and intriguing, informative and enlightening. Press play to hear all the details, including his advice on navigating medical systems that fail to provide diagnoses, the fasting mimicking diet, and how to take back control of your health by harnessing the power of data. For resources, check out his podcast and visit

Medical Crisis – Jack Rubinstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati – An Interesting Look at the Many Challenges and Problems in Today’s Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries

Mar 13, 2019 39:09


Jack Rubinstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati discusses his medical thriller, The Perfect Dose, and how it relates to real-world problems in the healthcare industry.

Dr. Rubinstein is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the greater Cincinnati area, including Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Rubinstein talks about his book, The Perfect Dose, which is a medical thriller that highlights corruption within the healthcare system, and those who threaten scientific progress. He outlines his reasons for writing the book, specifically mentioning that he thought a fictional thriller with interesting characters and story would establish a stage for societal dialogue regarding the very real, demonstrable problems within the American healthcare system. He discusses the case of Martin Shkreli, the much-maligned, now imprisoned American businessman and former hedge fund manager who sent shockwaves across the country when he raised drug prices thousands of percent. He uses Shkreli as an example of the constant battle in the industry—helping the most people possible versus helping shareholders of pharmaceutical companies make large profits. Dr. Rubinstein points out that many drugs are funded by the government agency, National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds academia that conducts much of the research that leads to new drug development. Then drugs are often licensed to pharmaceutical companies who may charge a very high price for the drug as they sell it back to taxpayers, the very people who funded the drugs in the first place.

Dr. Rubinstein discusses many of the drugs and medical issues in his spectrum of study. He studies select drugs that have had success in specific areas of medicine and through his research has repurposed some of them for cardiovascular issues such as heart failure. He delves further into the off-label uses of many prescription drugs. Further, he expounds upon how his book highlights many issues in the American system versus other countries outside of the US. Dr. Rubinstein talks about his experiences caring for other doctors and their family members. He speaks extensively about what makes a doctor a good doctor, and the systems and standardized treatments that play a part in reputation.

Thyroid Health and A Life Well-Lived – Dr. Christianson, Naturopathic Medical Doctor – Improving the Thyroid, Adrenal Issues, and the Path to Better Health

Mar 13, 2019 41:32


Dr. Alan Christianson is one of America’s revered naturopathic physicians and the bestselling author of several books, including The Metabolism Reset Diet, the celebrated book that teaches its readers how to repair the liver, stop storing fat and lose weight naturally. Dr. Christianson, or Dr. C as many of his patients call him, provides an interesting overview of the many factors that influence good health.

Dr. Christianson is a naturopathic medical doctor, a specialist in natural endocrinology who focuses on thyroid disorders. He is extremely passionate about bringing life-changing medical information to his patients and the general public alike. Specifically, he discusses the power of diet and how it can absolutely affect your body’s hormones. An understanding of these issues provides insight into the many interrelated issues of diet, weight, and hormone balance. 

The naturopathic physician talks about the personal journey that led him to his career path. Afflicted with cerebral palsy and seizures, abysmal coordination, and the onset of obesity, Dr. Christianson had many medical and physical struggles as a child. His struggles pushed him to learn more and shift his lifestyle, which led to a new physical life and career path as well. He talks about eating well, and being active, and discusses the studies in medical school that he found particularly intriguing, such as thyroid and adrenal problems. Hormones, endocrinology, and the connection points between lifestyle and health are the basis of his intensive study. 

Dr. Christianson goes deep into an analysis of thyroid issues and explains the many problems that people can and do experience regularly. He talks about compounded thyroid medicines, and Dr. C discusses T3 in detail. As he states, T3 is a thyroid hormone that is often overlooked in basic lab work. And measuring T3 is critically important for understanding the complete functionality of the thyroid. He talks about the many medical issues that patients struggle with and how his doctors diagnose and treat the myriad of complex thyroid issues. 

Dr. C underscores the importance of optimizing blood levels and taking a serious look at everything that patients are putting in their bodies, even down to the vitamins that they are taking, some of which could even block thyroid function for those being treated. From circadian rhythms to diet, hormones, and the importance of iodine, there are many impacting factors that will definitely influence health, and Dr. Christianson seeks to spread this important knowledge to everyone, to improve lives and health.

Increasing the Accessibility and Convenience of Healthier Food Options via Gene Editing—Ryan Rapp—Pairwise

Mar 12, 2019 21:15


The power of gene editing is putting nutritious, convenient produce in the hands of people who otherwise might not have access to it. Ryan Rapp is the head of product discovery at Pairwise, a company whose mission is to utilize gene editing technology to explore collaborations focused on gene editing in the production of real crops, such as cotton, corn, and soybeans, as well as the accessibility of healthy produce options for consumers. Still, in the exploratory phase, the team at Pairwise is looking into how to help plants make the transition to the lab, which tools in the gene editing process are most efficient and effective for their goals, and how to overcome the challenges presented.

Rather than trying to breed new crops, the team at Pairwise has been focused on improving those that already exist in order to bring spectacular options to consumers. There are many products out there that hold great potential but suffer from one or more hang-ups—perhaps it’s the taste, the convenience, or the production system. Regardless of what it is, the team at Pairwise is dedicated to fixing it and maximizing consumer satisfaction.

Rapp provides a few examples of real-world results of the type of work they’re aiming to accomplish, discusses how the production of ‘baby’ carrots has significantly increased the general consumption of carrots, explains what drives their work, and what makes a plant a good food source for human food production. 

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Addressing the Underrated Importance of Temperature In Sleep Quality—Nicolas Roux—Moona

Mar 12, 2019 23:12


As shown by many studies, a major commonality among chronic insomniacs is nighttime temperature dysregulation, preventing them from falling asleep. After beginning to explore additional research on the relationship between body temperature and sleep, it didn’t take Nicolas Roux too long to realize that temperature plays a key role in the ability to obtain quality sleep and to realize that this is a seriously underrated consideration in the area of sleep health.

He’s now the head of marketing at Moona, a company established in 2016 with the goal of developing a solution for poor sleep—something which is reported by over a third of the global population—by manipulating people’s experience with temperature before, during, and while waking from sleep. So, how are they doing it?

The team at Moona has created a pillow insert that rests in the space between a pillow and pillow case that’s designed to change temperature based on the needs of the user. The insert is connected to a bedside device that provides a constant, quiet flow of water at just the right temperature and at just the right time for an individual user. For example, cooler temperatures might be provided as someone tries to fall asleep because cooler temperatures facilitate the ability to fall asleep, and warmer temperatures might be provided before someone wants to wake up since they facilitate the ability to wake from sleep gradually and naturally, rather than jarringly from a loud alarm clock. The device is backed by AI-driven software that will provide temperature suggestions based on an individual’s sleep history data, and this is something which will only improve with an increasing amount of user data. 

This product is still in the beginning stages and there are currently only a limited number of prototypes, but feedback from user testing has been very positive, with almost everyone reporting the ability to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. Roux joins the podcast to discuss all the details, including his own experience with the insert. Interested in learning more? Press play and check out the website at

Nutrition & Disease – Andrew Koutnik, Biomedical Researcher, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine – Understanding the Complex Connections Regarding Nutrition, Metabolism, and Disease Complications

Mar 12, 2019 49:58


Andrew Koutnik, biomedical researcher, discusses cancer cachexia, wasting in general, the impact of inflammation within the body, and various other issues.

Koutnik is a seasoned researcher. His notable and extensive work studying nutrition and metabolism and their combined impact on health, disease, and even performance has generated much interest in the scientific medical community. He is actively involved in biomedical research with the Metabolic Medicine Lab at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Koutnik provides an overview of cancer cachexia, which he describes as a multi-factorial, dynamic, systemic wasting syndrome. And surprisingly, Koutnik states that in spite of its long history, the condition currently has no standard of care. Cancer cachexia is often characterized by a loss of skeletal muscle mass, sometimes with fat loss, that cannot be completely reversed by conventional and standard nutritional support and can result in progressive and significant functional impairment. Koutnik explains anabolic signals and synthetic responses as well as inflammatory responses. As he states, inflammatory signals may be inhibiting the synthesis response in the muscle. Koutnik explains, by citing specific examples, the ways in which atrophy is initiated, and why it occurs. And with up to 20% of cancer patients dying of this disease, it’s clear that advanced research is needed ongoing.

The biomedical research expert discusses the process of fasting and how it affects the body. And he provides information on past research and recorded studies on ketone bodies. Koutnik explains why adipose tissue is not always used first as an energy source during fasting. He states that in a normal, healthy response to a fasting scenario or carbohydrate restriction, adipose tissue, over time, becomes a preferential fuel. He explains that while fat is a very important fuel that we also need to use intermediary metabolites. Simply defined, metabolites are the intermediate products of specific metabolic reactions that are catalyzed by select enzymes that naturally occur within the cells. Koutnik goes into detail on inflammation issues that relate to atrophy, as it is an underlying current in many of these cases though it may not always be rapid. He talks about his theories on how the body sees and understands subtle information it is receiving regarding atrophy issues. And ultimately, he states that from a physiological perspective the body will always do whatever it can to survive.

Koutnik continues his discussion on ketones. He cites various studies that provided new and significant information on ketones and specifically, exogenous esters. He explains how antioxidant responses are related to ketone presence. He states that much of the work in this area has been implemented in rodent-based studies, and now the desire is to try to translate these studies to the human scenario, and more research is needed to understand the compatibility with previous studies.

Diabetes & Diet – Andrew Koutnik, Morsani College of Medicine – Nutritional Considerations and Impact for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 12, 2019 1:38:41


In this informative podcast, biomedical research expert, Andrew Koutnik, discusses nutrition as it relates to type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Koutnik has dedicated his life to the study of the many biological factors that impact disease and their implications regarding treatment. His body of work has often focused on nutrition and metabolism as they relate to disease and general health. A significant amount of Koutnik’s biomedical research has been conducted at the Metabolic Medicine Lab at the University of South Florida.

Koutnik provides an overview of the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He states that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and the current thought is that an inappropriate immune response targets specific cells in the pancreas that produce and/or secrete insulin (beta cells). And because the immune system response has targeted them inappropriately, they are seen as foreign, thus the body may produce antibodies against them or attack them. There can sometimes be a rapid change and ultimately the body may no longer be able to manage glucose levels. Therefore insulin and glucose must be managed by the patient/doctor, as the body is negligent in its normal duties in this regard. Koutnik explains that type 2 diabetes is generally described as insulin resistance, where you have the ability to produce insulin but the body is resistant to the insulin that is present. 

Koutnik discusses the relative blood sugar levels in diabetics and various treatment protocols for both types of diabetes from the traditional to new emerging concepts. He details dietary issues for diabetics and how that relates to their insulin and treatment, with a special analysis of ketones and an explanation of ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus that can certainly be life threatening, a condition that results from dangerously high levels of ketones and blood sugar. Koutnik provides a granular overview of the many processes that the body goes through touching on details of elevated blood sugar, carbohydrates, molecules, proteins/amino acids, lipid molecules and more.

Delving deeper into other related issues, Koutnik talks about the relationship between sleep and glucose control. He explains how stress, caffeine, time of day, etc. can influence insulin sensitivity. 

Koutnik details the many beneficial factors of regular exercise and how it directly impacts the effectiveness of insulin. However, he stresses that with type 1 diabetes there are numerous variables that influence insulin sensitivity. Additionally, the biomedical researcher provides an analysis of nutritional guidelines for diabetics. He talks about the effects of protein and explains the kinetics of protein. He expounds upon the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet and cites his own personal success after making the shift to low carb. 

He underscores the importance of glycemic management and its great impact on the quality of life. He talks about the positive feeling that someone can get when they finally feel that they are taking control of their diabetes through diet, and succeeding! And while taking certain foods, foods we might love, out of the diet completely can be difficult, ultimately the healthy feeling that you achieve is worth the sacrifice.

On the Relationship between Ketones and Pediatric Oncology—Adrienne Scheck, PhD—Phoenix Children’s Research Institute, Arizona College of Medicine, Cancer Biology Program at the University of Arizona

Mar 12, 2019 42:48


For nearly a decade now, Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D. has focused her research on the effect of ketones and the ketogenic diet on brain tumors. As the author of Cancer and the Ketogenic Diet, senior research scientist at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Research Institute, research associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, adjunct professor at Arizona State University, and associate investigator in the cancer biology program at the University of Arizona, she brings an impressive amount of experience and knowledge to the discussion today.

Her research on the effect of ketones on cancerous tumors began in collaboration with Dr. John Roe, a clinician, scientist, and expert in the field who at the time had only applied the use to ketones to the treatment of epilepsy. When they studied the effects of adding ketones to an aggressive brain cancer cell line, the results were surprisingly positive: significant enhancement of the effectiveness of chemotherapy. This opened the door to many other questions yet to be investigated, such as the role of ketones as epigenetic modifiers, the confirmation of DNA within cells and how it dictates susceptibility to damage, whether or not cancer cells can use ketones as an energy source, phenotypic differences between different types of tumors, and the coming advances in technology that will lead to better data and analyses in this area.

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Developing Genetic-Based Tests for the Acceleration of Neurodegenerative Disease Drug Development—Julie Collens, PhD—Vivid Genomics

Mar 11, 2019 31:41


Over the last 20 years, there have been about 150 failed attempts to get different Alzheimer’s drugs on the market. Why? Sometimes it’s because the drugs showed toxicity in clinical trials, and other times it's because study subjects simply weren’t responding to the drugs. When the clinical target and endpoint of a clinical study is not met, the drug simply won’t move forward. But what if there are unseen variables at play that are pointing to the inefficacy of otherwise efficacious drugs? What if drugs which actually do hold great potential to treat Alzheimer’s are being rejected simply because the trials themselves aren’t being run properly, or because the right patients aren’t being enrolled?

As the CEO and founder of Vivid Genomics, these are the kinds of questions Julie Collens and her team are investigating. “There are lots of reasons why drugs can fail aside from them not working,” says Collens, as she explains how different stages and forms of Alzheimer’s can affect how a patient responds to certain drugs, as well as cognitive impairment from vitamin B deficiency, vascular dementia, or having recently suffered a stroke. Their goal is to develop and implement genetic-based tests to identify forms of variation in the disease of Alzheimer’s that are known to exist, and thereby help pharmaceutical companies run better clinical trials, perform better analyses, and get more drugs approved.

Collens describes in detail the four prototypes Vivid Genomics has already developed, how they are utilizing information from genome-wide association studies in combination with the data they’re collecting to identify predictive effects on disease, and the general challenges presented by the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Where Artificial Intelligence Meets Interior Design—Leslie Oliver Karpas—Lexset AI

Mar 11, 2019 28:28


“Democratizing access to good design is absolutely core to our mission of helping people make the world more beautiful…there are millions and millions of people out there who would like to have better design in their environments, but they can’t afford an interior designer, and for all of those people, Lexset will be a go-to,” says Leslie Oliver Karpas, co-founder of Lexset AI, a company that has built and applied an AI visual recognition system from 3D models of objects to the world of interior design.

The team at Lexset has created a synthetic data generation engine of about 80,000 different objects of furniture imaged from thousands of different angles and in different lighting conditions in order to maximize the system’s ability to recognize those objects when presented with a photo or real-world space. The system is even able to distinguish between different styles of furniture (e.g. modernist vs. industrial) and materials (e.g. wood, stone, fabric). One of the use cases of this technology is a plug-in for furniture company websites through which images of what you’d like a space in your home to look like could be uploaded, scanned by Lexset AI, and compared to the products offered by that furniture company.

Karpas offers an exciting and intriguing glimpse into what the future of interior design might look like, explaining in depth how their technology works, the positive effect of good design on people’s well-being, the objective versus subjective aspects of interior design, and use cases unrelated to interior design involving robotics.

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MyCode Biobank Sequencing Delivering Potentially Life-Saving Information to Patient Participants—Erica Ramos—Geisinger

Mar 11, 2019 23:11