Piggybacking on our spirituality theme over the past few episodes, we have another enlightening show this week. We bring on Tai Chi and Qi Gong master Sifu Charles Dowda. Charles has been practicing Northern Shaolin Chuan Fa and Yang style Tai Chi for over 16 years under Sifu Kevin Miller and Grand Master Andrew Lee. He also runs Tai Chi Memphis located in Memphis, TN.
Tai Chi Memphis website - taichimemphis.org
Charles "24 movement" form -
The Dao of Taijiquan (book) -
Do you have a morning routine when you wake up that you abide by? If you don't, you should. In today's show, we discuss the importance of creating a morning practice and some of the associated health benefits that you might be missing out on.
In this week's show, we take a deep dive into meditation with spiritual teacher Wells Jones. In the oversaturated realm of mindfulness and meditation, Wells cuts through the B.S. and shares with us the true essence of what it means to engage in these practices. Tune in and get ready to blast off!
Wells Jones received his MAE in art education from Rhode Island School of Design but considers his real education The Enquiry of Self. He studied with spiritualist Danny Castro and performed with SUN RA and Sound Awareness Ensemble with Brother AH.
We are finally back from hiatus! Apologies for the inconsistency, life circumstances got in the way. But we vow to be more on our game in the second part of 2018.
In today's show, we discuss a really important topic: alternative forms of treating sickness and disease. As health practitioners in the field for over a combined 25 years, we have witnessed firsthand the problems with our current paradigm when it comes to diagnosing and treating sickness. Listen in as we offer our perspective on 3 commonly mistreated conditions: depression, NSAID (Ibuprofen) use and heartburn/indigestion. The conversation is structured more around promoting critical thinking rather than giving guidance or advice.
A fun episode on today’s show. We welcome on “paleo dentist” Dr. Al Danenberg to the pod. Dr. Al is a periodontist, certified functional medicine practitioner, ADAPT trained health professional and certified primal health coach. He is one of the few health professionals out there right now making the connection between our gut, gums and overall lifestyle. We go in on a number of topics, including:
Dr. Al’s big bang theory towards health and nutrition
Intersection between the microbiome in the gut and mouth
Comparing our teeth 10,000 years ago to today
Importance of breastfeeding towards dental health
How physical consistency of our modern diet has affected jaw/bone health
What foods feed “good” bacteria vs. destroy them
Why you should substitute your toothpaste for honey
What is the climate in modern dentistry?
Dentist nerd talk about dental procedures
Oil pulling and ozone therapy
Check out Dr. Danenberg's new book: Crazy Good Living! on Amazon
We're back solo today with another jam-packed show. We begin by discussing all of the recent injuries in the NBA, which segues into an in-depth conversation about the correlation between diet and sports injuries. Other topics we touch on include: understanding fight-or-flight in digestion, importance of non-muscle meats in the diet and we bring you up to date with what we have been experimenting with in our personal wellness routines.
A powerful episode on today’s show. We talk about the concept of fitness justice with health coach and social activist Shawn Garcia. Shawn is one of the founders of Revolutionary Fitness, an organization aimed at providing health and fitness education and services to underdeveloped communities. On the show, we cover a number of in-depth topics, including:
Shawn on social media:
We're back solo today with another jam-packed show. In today's episode, we cover a number of topics, including this idea of rethinking fitness and why it is important to always re-assess what your goals are in and out of the gym. We also give updates on our Whole30 experiences, de-brief on last week's show with Dr. Lyne and Andrew admits he has a problem. Check it out:
Another fire episode this week. Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. John Lyne stops by the show to talk about the oft-overlooked role that argumentation and rhetoric play in determining scientific findings. In the era of alternative facts and fake news, we discuss the importance of always being a critical observer of science as you navigate your own personal health journey. Listen in as we discuss, among other things: the "medicalization" of health problems, predatory publishing in scientific journals and the lack of checks and balances in health research.
Dr. Lyne's bio @ University of Pittsburgh
Season 2 is under way and we are out of the gate with some straight heat! In today's show, we cover 2 main topics: the effectiveness of New Year's resolutions and our experiences with the Whole30 diet reset program. The energy is on point as we bring that fire from all angles to help get your 2018 off to a phenomenal start!
Another jam-packed episode today. We start by recapping some of the highlights from last weeks show with Adele and then attempt to piss off every food lobbyist in America by re-writing the federal USDA dietary guidelines and replacing them with our own (peep the full PDF below). Help us spread the word by sharing and engaging in the conversation. This is an ongoing project where we want to create a movement and touch as many people as possible! Check it out:
A must listen for this week's show. We bring on Adele Hite, MPH, RD and PhD candidate at North Carolina State University to discuss the political nuances of the U.S. food system. With all of the recent social media chatter about the morality of our current food industries, Adele brings some pretty powerful ideas about how to rethink your relationship with food and the food system. Check it out:
In this week's show, we welcome Kimberly and Tim from TK Stretching to discuss the concept of fascial stretching. We break down a number of topics, including what fascia is and its importance to the body, how you can improve fascial health and strategies to "unbundle" sedentary individuals.
What is fascia?/Concept of FST
Why aren't more people talking about this?
FST vs other stretching techniques
What are some of the reasons people have unhealthy fascia tissue?
Strategies for sedentary individuals to improve fascial health
FST for athletes
Visions for the future
DNA nutrition testing
Paleo pancake faceoff
TK Stretching social media:
No guest on this week's show, but we still try to bring some heat! Listen in as we go in on a number of topics, including the phenomenon of eating more calories to lose weight, the connection between indigestion and lower back pain, the role of your doctor in the healthcare experience and we offer a preview about our upcoming 3-part series on the current state of health policy/healthcare systems.
Re-capping our experiences/what we have implemented since starting the show
Previewing our series dedicated to the current state of health policy/healthcare systems
Discussing the phenomenon of eating more calories to lose weight/get leaner
Jared explains his most recent health challenges
The connection between indigestion and lower back pain
What is a liver/kidney flush?
Practices for administering a liver/kidney flush
Discussing the role of your doctor in the overall healthcare experience
The Scholar and the Guru go all natural this week as we welcome naturopathic doctor Jason Phan on the show. We go in-depth on a number of topics, including what the difference is between a ND and a MD, common misconceptions about naturopathic medicine, why mainstream health is so far behind and Jason gives us his top 5 nutrition tips.
What is the difference between a ND and a MD
Common misconceptions that people have when it comes to naturopathic medicine
Health communication/other challenges in traditional Western medicine frameworks
Why are naturopathic approaches not mainstream?/Challenges with getting people on board
Jason's 5 top nutrition tips
Discussing the recent AHA study looking at coconut oil
Steps for getting a naturopathic degree
Services offered at LIVV Natural
Dr. Jason Phan, NMD - LIVV Natural Health
Naturopathic medical doctor specializing in IV vitamin therapy, PRP/prolotherapy regenerative injections, men's and women's health and optimal living.
LIVV Natural, IV Vitamin Therapy
Special edition of this week's Scholar and the Guru. Jared and I invite a bunch of our childhood friends on the show to discuss our unique experiences and upbringing in Moorpark, CA. Coming from various racial and social backgrounds, our crew has known each other since grade school and all grown to have success in so many different areas. From district attorney to lead pastor, mayoral candidate, medical device sales district manager, entrepreneur, doctoral student, fitness/nutrition expert and Hollywood screenwriter, we have quite the eclectic range of talents and interests. Listen in as we discuss, among other things: the role of community in fostering collective success, dealing with life challenges and adversity and the real keys to finding and defining your own success and happiness
Pictured (from left):
CJ Miyake - Entrepreneur at Rescue Strong
Jeff Illions - Deputy District Attorney at County of Los Angeles
Jeff Hirth - Former mayoral candidate (2016) City of Moorpark, President at Batteries Plus
Todd Tomlinson - District manager at Entellus Medical
Andrew Carter - PhD/MPH student at University of Memphis
Jared Tavasolian - Reflexology expert, movement, nutrition & fitness coach
In today's show, we re-cap the craziness that was last week's San Diego trip. Among topics that we cover include: the importance of community, Jared's insane baby feeding technique, paleo pancake shenanigans and our crazy uncle Rick.
Dinner from last night:
White sweet potato fries (cooked in avocado oil), pan-fried chicken thighs, organic brussel sprouts (cooked in chicken grease)
The Scholar and the Guru is finally in the same place at the same time! In this week's episode we travel down to San Diego to spend a few days with movement coach Julie Angel. Among other things, Julie is an independent filmmaker/artist/academic/writer and just all around badass of a woman. In the show we discuss her work as a parkour aficionado, including common misconceptions, its transformative potential as a model for resistance and women empowerment and its superiority over traditional forms of fitness.
What is a PhD in parkour?
The accessibility and value of parkour versus other forms of fitness/movements
Moving without purpose/parkour as a "culture of effort"
Parkour as resistance/reappropriation of space/transformative potential
Empowering women through movement
Real world applications of parkour
People's inability to be uncomfortable/face adversity
Parkour as a way to bridge community
The idea of "reveal and heal"
Julie as an exemplar of alternative way of doing fitness
Follow Julie's work:
See-Do inspiration project:
In today's episode, we spend the entire show breaking down some current events and latest news stories in the world of health and fitness. We give our take on Tiger's DUI and how pervasive prescription meds are today, discuss the recent craze in wearable technology and fitness trackers, break down Katy Bowman's notion of "active sedentary" and crush the dreams of winos across the country when we get into Chris Kresser's blog post on all the crap that is in wine.
Current Events -
Tiger's DUI/prescription drug culture
Wearable technology/technologies of health
"Consumer mentality" towards health
"Active sedentarism"/how applicable it is in current society
The romanticization of alternative food/fitness movements
The evolution of wine making/health ramifications of drinking wine
Rabbi explains lobster responding to stress:
The Scholar and the Guru goes X-rated! In this week's episode, Jared breaks down his recent trip to Bali for a sex retreat workshop. Throughout the conversation we discuss dominant gender roles in society, energy transfer from sex to the real world and how breathing and meditation affect sexual performance. We also de-brief about last week's show on food justice and alternative food spaces.
Jared breaks down his recent trip
The role of breathing/meditation in sexual exercises
Junk food sex vs. farmers market sex
The concept of blocks
Traditional beliefs of manhood
Energy flow in men v. women
Debriefing on last week's Dr. Garrett Broad discussion
Long-term implications of our current food system
Individual examples of what we're seeing in our own lives
Show wrap-up/closing thoughts
Dr. Broad is an Assistant Professor in the department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. His research investigates how storytelling and communication technology shape contemporary communities and networked movements for social justice. He is particularly interested in the role of local and global food systems as a force for neighborhood health and environmental sustainability. An engaged scholar, Professor Broad produces theoretical and empirical work for academic audiences, develops collaborative research projects in conjunction with community-based organizations, and strives for teaching excellence in the classroom and across digital spaces.
The "crisis" in our current food system
The tradeoffs associated with food production
What role does communication play in how we understand food issues?
Why is no one talking about this stuff?
Some of the intricacies/challenges with modern food justice movements
Who is holding back progress?
The role of the Black Panther party in early food justice initiatives in the U.S.
How can the everyday person contribute?
Resources for listeners
In this week's show, we break down 2 main topics: why people have such a hard time losing weight and emerging trends in the worlds of health, fitness and nutrition. Some great rants ensue, before we end the show giving our own diagnoses to a potential client trying to lose weight.
Biggest challenges to losing weight
Tips for getting people back on track
Emerging trends in health, fitness and nutrition
Emerging trends (con't.)
Closing thoughts: Sample client diagnosis
The title tells you all that you need to know! Beware as Jared drops truth bombs in 2 separate 15 minute rants on why supplements usually don't work, the hidden dangers of environmental toxin exposure and alternative strategies to combat exposure. Other topics that we delve into include why people's idea of health is so far off and break down the shift from qualitative to quantitative conceptions of health over time. We end the show with providing a checklist for taking health information as gospel when shopping, getting advice, etc.
Why people's ideas of health are so far off
Qualitative v. quantitative conceptions of health
Hidden culprits that contribute to adverse health outcomes
Environmental toxins 101
Strategies to combat toxin exposure
Checklist to determine quality when shopping, getting advice, etc.
We're up and running! Welcome to the Scholar and the Guru. In this introductory episode, Jared and I break down our personal backgrounds and research interests, before jumping into a number of various topics, including: conflicts of interests/inconsistencies in science research, the BMI myth and what we are currently doing with our own programs and protocols. Finally, the show ends with our tips/strategies for eating healthy on a budget. Listen in as shenanigans ensue!
Show introduction/our backgrounds/research interests
What's the deal with science?
The BMI myth
Reflecting on our own fitness programs and protocols
Tips/strategies that we use for eating on a budget