Podcast #251 from http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/08/251-how-totransition-from-vegetarian-to-meat-eating-fast-ways-to-heal-stress-fractureshow-to-use-colostrum/
Introduction: In today’s episode of the Ben Greenfield fitness podcast: How to
transition from vegetarian to meat-eating, the pros and cons of
circumcision, why you should avoid red rice yeast, fast ways to
heal stress fractures, and getting rid of varicose veins.
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Alright. After one false start, we are ready to rock.
One false start. Brock had to restart his computer.
Are you ready to rock?
You had to restart your computer and it took like 15 minutes to
restart, dude. So what’s wrong?
That’s because I’ve got all these extra malware and stuff on my
computer to make sure that everybody in the world can see what
I’m doing at all times.
Malware. You know the stuff that like…
Oh, malware. Yeah.
…monitors everything you do and sends it to the gangsters in
Yeah, we actually call it malware here in the United States of
Yeah, if you can make a word sound more harsh, that’s what the
Mal…Well, today should be, it should be…
Malware. How’re y’all doing?
If it’s any consolation, today will be a little bit easier for you ‘cause
my kids are at camp all week. So we’ve got no toilets flushing in
the background, no pets giving ______ [0:01:43.4], no
screaming, no eating.
You listeners would be surprised at the amount of post-audio
cutting that has to take place when you’re recording from a home
office. It’s pretty nuts.
I think my favorite thing was editing your audio book and there’s
actually what I believe was a goat in the background at one point.
Uhm, goat. That may have been just the gerbil. But we don’t talk
Don’t squeeze the gerbil.
Go on over to bengreenfieldfitness.com/251 to find these next few
awesome links that Ben’s about to tell us all about.
Let’s jump Friday, man. Let’s start with the moon. I don’t know if
you saw this article that came out.
I love the moon. I did. It’s pretty interesting.
Trouble sleeping. It’s probably the moon’s fault.
Stupid moon. Oh, moon. So the moon has these things that are
called circa lunar rhythms and as our listeners know, we’re big
time into like enhancing your sleep, just ‘cause all sorts of cool
things happen, you know, in terms of neuron, and recovery and
repair when you’re sleeping.
And it turns out that lunar rhythms influence sleep and humans.
And I’m gonna put a link in the show notes to this article but it’s
really cool. It basically talks about how the moon’s gravitational
pull and also the light that’s emitted by the moon affects
everything from like how deep you sleep to like menstrual cycles,
to other human sexual behaviors, as well as coral, coral sex, which
I thought was just kind of an interesting random thing to throw in
I want to know how they even thought to look there. That was,
I want to know how coral have sex. I didn’t know coral can do
that. But, anyways, so next time I’m snorkeling….
Very slowly. Yeah, interesting.
So, scientists found that during the time of full moon, what
happens is brain activity related to deep sleep drops by 30% and
people take 5 minutes longer on average to fall asleep, and they
sleep for 20 minutes less. And that may not seem like much. But
what it probably indicates is that, just like, we kinda sort of
already know do that, you know, ipad insomnia, or whatever that
we shouldn’t be using it’s an artificial light at night. It turns out
that by kinda honing in on both the sun in the morning and the
moon at night, that we can really keep ourselves locked in to these
cool sleep cycles. So, just more evidence that we all need to move
out to the wilderness and live intense.
See-through intense. You got the, you really got the circadian
rhythm of the moon and the sun. Although that, does that mean
that we shouldn’t have those really heavy curtains, and like the
real light-blocking curtains on the window?
That’s like kind of an ongoing argument in the whole like primal
ancestral community is whether or not black curtains because
they block out sun, moon, stars, everything, are actually a good or
a bad idea. I can tell you one thing. I think it depends sometimes
… you and how messed up you are chemically. So, we don’t have
block-out curtains. Our room is like super bright light in the
morning. If it’s a full moon, it’s gonna be bright at night. I usually
sleep masked, and I use sleep earplugs, and white noise apps and
all these other geeked out stuff. My wife, nothing. Sleeps, sleeps
on her back. And she sleeps like 9 or 10 hours a night, my wife
does. Like she goes to bed at 10, and she rolls out of bed at like 7
or 8 AM. And it’s not, I don’t know how she does it. But she
doesn’t use anything at all. She just gets into bed and falls asleep.
And so I think it depends a little bit. But I would say that, I
suspect that the less we use when it comes to black-out curtains
and stuff like that, the better, assuming we’re not exposing
ourselves to a lot of other artificial light. And that is another
important variable here. My wife doesn’t work on the computer.
She doesn’t watch TV. At night, she’s like, she’s kinda chillin’, you
know, sometimes working in the kitchen, or she’ll be like out in
the garden or whatever. So I think that probably helps her along a
little bit, too. I think you do have to hack things once you’re doing,
you know, if you’re like me and you’re writing an article ‘til 9
o’clock at night, you know, you might have to hack things a little
bit, so, there you go.
Oh, I suspect it probably has something to do on you or your
location would also influence like if you’re really far north and
you’re getting basically like no sunlight in the winter and all
sunlight in the summer. That probably, well, not probably, that
absolutely messes it up. So, that would be a great case for
definitely having some extra light and some heavy, heavy curtains.
And possibly also the next thing I want to talk about, which is
colostrum. And colostrum is kinda cool. It’s this thick fluid that’s
produced as a precursor to mother’s milk. I know I just grossed
out all the vegans and the vegetarians listening in.
Even vegans had some breast milk at some point.
You find it in humans, maybe goats, and other mammals.
Colostrum is used to kinda jumpstart a newborn’s undeveloped
immune system and turn a baby animal into a big animal and has
a bunch of cool properties in terms of its ability to heal the gut
lining. It’s got like lactoferrin in it which helps you out with iron
absorption. It has a bunch of cool antimicrobial characteristics.
It’s got like growth precursors in it, growth hormone in it. But the
reason I’m talking about it right now is because they just came out
with a study on colostrum last week where they gave about 10
grams of colostrums to cyclists who are doing 5 days of hardcore
cycling efforts. And two things that we’ve talked about on the
show before are heart rate variability and testosterone were both
improved in the group that used colostrum versus a control group
that just used whey protein. So it’s really interesting that you can
improve heart rate variability and you can also maintain your
testosterone. And they also, they looked at cortisol, too, and found
better cortisol rhythmicity which means that cortisol kinda went
up in the morning like it’s supposed to and down towards the end
of the day. So very, very cool stuff. Whereas, I don’t necessarily
think that people need to be taking colostrums if they’re just kind
of living a normal life and not going out and doing stupid long
events like an ironman triathlon or a 5-day cycling event or
something. This is better living through science. So we isolate this
stuff, get it from, like I use CapraColostrum which is from an
organic goat farm, actually out here in Washington state. And I
load with it. So the way that you use colostrum is you load with it
similar to creatin. So what you would do is, even if they used 10
milligrams in the study, a lot of previous studies have shown
benefits from as few as 3 milligrams to about 6 milligrams. But
what you do is you take 6 milligrams a day of colostrum which if
you’re using Capra colostrums that’d be like 8 capsules, 4 in the
morning, 4 in the evening. And you load with that for 2 weeks
before whatever big important event you’re gonna do. It decreases
gut permeability too, meaning that, especially when you’re in hot
conditions and you tend to get undigested food particles crossing
the lining between your gut and your bloodstream, that doesn’t
happen as much. Colostrum helps to basically seal up what’s
called zonulin, which are these linings in your small intestine. And
so it helps with that, too. Like it helps you not have gut issues
when you’re out competing. So it’s legal and theoretically if you
took a crap load of it, you might test positive for human growth
hormone, for a test that detects HGH but I think you have to take
a heck of a lot of colostrums. I’m not worried. So anyways,
So, you know what this actually, you know what this leads to
though is we need to talk to the guys over at Mount Capra and get
them to include that in one of their protein powders.
Yeah, that’d be 30 plus colostrum would be…
That would be like magic.
That would be kind of cool if they combine colostrums and
protein. I’m not sure why they don’t because probiotics and
colostrums taken together have pretty good effect. And the Deep
30 protein the amount Capra makes has probiotics in it. So I’ll
have to talk to Joe. He’s like their chief nutrition scientist over
there. He’s one of my buddies. I should ask him why they don’t
add colostrum to their protein ‘cause that’d be interesting. But
right now I just, like I’m leading up to Ironman Canada for
example so I’ll pop 4 in the morning and 4 in the evening,
vavaboom, vavabing, there you go.
So, last thing was a couple of studies that came out that were… I
believe both of them were done in the Netherlands. But they
looked at cold thermogenesis and cold exposure and specifically
sitting in a cool room, not even a cold room, a cool room, it was
like 68 degrees.
It’s like sitting in an ice bath or something, but just in a room…
No, it was uhm, actually I think I just said 68, it was 59-61 degrees
Farenheit which is 15-16 degrees Celsius in one room.
Yeah. I was just gonna do that conversion for everybody.
Yeah. People sitting in shorts and a t-shirt sitting in that room for
a few hours. And then the other study it was about 63 Farenheit so
that was 17 Celsius. In both studies they found increased
metabolism, increased resting energy expenditure which is the
same thing as increased metabolism but just makes me sound
smarter to say increased resting energy expenditure, and a
decrease of 5% in body fat mass compared to their control group,
which is crazy. I mean that’s…
Is that over six weeks?
That’s not 5 pounds. That’s 5% body fat mass. And that was for
six weeks. And that was just not doing anything at all except
sitting, twirling your thumbs, bored to death sitting in a cold
room. But of course you could just keep your….
For two hours a day.
Yeah. Like what I’d do is I’d get up in the morning. I usually
wander around in my boxers or my board shorts or whatever, for
as long as I can. I don’t put on a shirt. If I am eating a lot of food
or truly warm outside, I’ll put on my cool fat burner vest which I
get from coolfatburner.com and it says vest that hits all the brown
adipose tissues on your body.
They just came out with a new version, too, I think. They got like
the version 2.o.
Cool fat burner 2.0
Better than the one you have.
What makes it better?
I think it’s just a little different construction, I don’t think it’s
actually better. I’ve never seen…
Does it have like spikes coming out the shoulder like ving from
I think, it’s gotten…. like it plays music and makes you coffee.
Cold thermogenesis complete. So, yeah, you put on the cool fat
burner vest and that works. You can, like, this study shows that
you can literally just turn down the freaking thermostat in your
house and even that has a pretty cool effect. Plus I think that I
personally sleep better when it’s cool anyways, so I’m a fan.
Anyways, I’ll link to the studies in the show notes. But pretty cool
stuff and I think that, and this is something that in the article that
I’ll link to, they actually expound upon but we kinda have all these
modern conveniences like heating, for example, and those make
our lives more comfortable.
Yeah, and fire. And perhaps in some cases our body adapts and
burns more fat when it’s just a little bit uncomfortable, so.
So you’re heading up to Ironman Canada. Pretty darn scene, only
a couple of weeks.
Hey, I did my last long run on…
Yeah, you’re practicing?
…on Monday. I ran 20 miles on Monday. I haven’t run 20 miles
in a , shut up. I haven’t run 20 miles in a long, long, time.
I’m getting you accustomed to how people are gonna talk to you.
I know you are but I’m trying to brag about my run, and…
Ok, so…Twenty miles?
There you go. I’m doing the whole minimalist training thing and
so this means that one time before Ironman, I got to do one long
run which just beats the pants off of running long every weekend.
So every weekend up to this point I’ve only run 60-90 minutes
save for a getting lost up in when I went to check out the course in
Canada and accidentally ran more like 2 hours. Anyways, though,
run 20 miles the way I do it mentally is I run out 10 miles and I
kinda have to get home and I’m too embarrassed to call my wife to
come pick me up so I have to run back 10 miles and that’s the
trick I play on myself. So anyways, though….
I suppose you don’t see through that.
No, my brain hasn’t figured it out yet, apparently. So anyways, I
ran 20 miles and that was like my last long training session so
now I just sit around, get ready to race.
And the reason we’ve been talking about this is for any of you who
are triathletes who are gonna be up at Ironman Canada, just
announced over at Ben Greenfield Facebook page and we’ll link to
this in the show notes, we’re gonna have a pre-race meetup. It’s
gonna be Friday, August 23rd noon at this place called Mogul’s
Coffeehouse up there in like the main square at Whistler. So we’ll
put all the details, or deets as the cool people say in the show
All the deets?
We’ll put all the deets in the show notes at
bengreenfieldfitness.com/251. Go check it out if you’re gonna be
If I get my act together in enough time, I’ll be there, too.
Brock will be there, too.
I get in to Vancouver on the 22nd so I just have to, just have to
make sure I don’t miss the morning bus on the 23rd and I will be
there as well. So it would be like, we could….
So if you want to come and come and hang out…
We could do a live show.
We could do a live show. So come and hang out with Brock and I,
ask your last minute race questions, chill, plan our big post-race
parties, whatever, if you’re gonna be at the Whistler. So, couple
other things. If you’re gonna be at the Ancestral Health
Symposium, come say hi. You’re gonna see me pretty much on
stage the whole time ‘cause I’m leading all the stretch and the
workout breaks and everything during the entire day…
You’re just gonna sit in on everyone at the seminar, throw your
two cents in.
I’ll also be in the panel with Mark Sisson, Rob Wolf, Jimmy
Moore, Jimmy Scott and myself. We’re doing a panel on the
ketogenic diet for athlete performance. So...
How did you get paired up with those losers?
I don’t know, but we’ll be up there. Ketogenic diet…
These are not the best minds in this department at all.
Yeah. So if you’re going in the Ancestral Health Symposium, then
come and see me look really dumb next to a bunch of really smart
dudes. The next thing I wanted to mention, and I promise I won’t
go on with too many special announcements, but September 10th
to the 12th, if you live in London, I’ll be at the Global Business
Triathlon Conference. And I’ve got about 50 people on a list right
now of people who have emailed me who are listeners in London
who want to do a meet up on I believe it’s, it’d be Saturday the 13 th
and Sunday the 14th . I might have those dates wrong but it’s kinda
email@example.com if you wanna find out about the
meet up that we’re gonna have which from what I understand
from everyone who’s emailed me so far, is probably gonna be at
like some kind of a pub near Hyde Park. So anyway, there you go.
And that’s the same weekend as the ITU Triathlon World
Championships in Hyde Park. So there’s gonna be a lot of tri
athletes and stuff from town, and we’re just gonna get together
and have a formal meet up. So, that is gonna be in London.
Delightful! And tea.
Sounds very civilized.
Yes, very civilized, very civilized. Say hello to the queen and see
the new grandchild, the baby thing, baby thing.
Ok, last thing. There’s one freakin’ slot left in the Thailand trip.
One slot. So if you wanna get in on the adventure of a lifetime in
Thailand, we’ve talked about it enough on the show before so you
probably already know about it but it’s gonna be anywhere you
kinda have the option to come for anywhere from 2-3weeks but
it’s gonna be 2-3weeks of hardcore fun, family-friendly. You can
bring your wife, you can bring your kids, you can bring your
girlfriend, your significant other, your dog, your goat, your gerbil,
whatever. But Thailand. Here’s the url…
I don’t know about that.
Jot this down or remember it. Gerbil might get taken at customs.
Url is pacificfit.net/thailand. That’s pacificfit.net/thailand. If you
wanna go in there and get in, I’ve negotiated fat room discounts,
boat trips, excursions. We’re just gonna have a ton of fun, might
even eat some scorpions and drink some snake blood, we’ll see
Well, that’s part of the morning buffets.
Morning buffet. Come and do it.
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Listener Q and A:
Hi, Ben and Brock! This is Kim, and I am a 29-year vegetarian.
I’ve been eating a vegetarian diet for 29 years.
And I think probably next year, I’m gonna start to eat meat again,
Twenty-nine years is a long time and that’s a good effort. So, I
think it would be a lot easier for me, more convenient, and I could
certainly introduce a lot more variety in my diet by eating some of
those greener, more available proteins and yes, I know that I can
get grass-fed beef whey powder but it’s difficult to find in my area,
and they’re expensive and I can go through a tub of whey powder
pretty quick. So my question to you is, what kind of
gastrointestinal/digestive transition can I expect my body to make
and any advice that you may have to make this transition easier
would be appreciated. I really enjoy the podcasts and you’ve been
a real inspiration to me. Thank you.
Twenty-nine years. Wow!
That’s a long time.
That’s a long time to not eat meat.
Probably one of the more important things that you should begin
by doing is disguising your meat as vegetables, just to trick your
I don’t think everybody’s brain is quite as trick-able like yours,
Dress up your hotdog like a giant leaf of kale and shove that bad
boy down the hatch with some ketchup. No, seriously, your body
is probably going to be deficient in some of the enzymes that you
may need to digest meat. And those are some of the complaints
that you get from folks who switch from veganism or
vegetarianism into a meat-based diet. Now because we’re
complete lodites on the show, we’re not gonna talk about like the
psychology of this much or even, you know, talk about why or why
not you would choose from a moral perspective to eat meat versus
plants. We’re just gonna leave all that on the table and jump right
into the hardcore science.
Sorry, Brock. I know you were excited to talk about…
Oh, I was all ready to get on my soap box and start waving my
Yes, I know. Hmm.
That’s fine, that’s fine. Whatever…
Baby animals with cute faces, okay. So, anyways, what can you do
to make the transition easier? So what happens is you have this
reaction in your stomach that occurs when you consume a very
complex protein-containing food such as meat. That involves
hydrochloric acid being produced. Hydrochloric acid and that…
There you go again. Americans making things harsh. Acid.
That activates an enzyme called pepsin. And pepsin is what’s
gonna break down some of those proteins into their individualized
amino acids and make them more likely to be absorbed and used
for muscle repair and neurotransmitter formation and all the
good stuff that vegans, vegetarians completely miss out on. No,
I’m just kidding. You can get that stuff from a vegan diet. It’s just
a little bit more difficult and in a less complete form. Anyways,
though, so you may have to jumpstart your process of
hydrochloric acid production and I would consider taking a
hydrochloric acid supplement that includes something called
pepsin in it. For example there’s a company called Now Foods. I’ll
put a link to it in the show notes. They’re making HCl with pepsin.
And what you do is just take 1-2 capsules right before you eat your
meal. If you get a bunch of heartburns as soon as you take HCl,
you probably took too much. Many folks find that they start off
with 1-2 capsules and it works well to each week add 1-2
additional capsules of hydrochloric acid prior to your meal until
you get to the point where you got a little bit of acid, a little bit of
heartburn going on, then you back off to a maintenance dose of
whatever you started off with. And you generally need to take
hydrochloric acid for 30-60 days. And what that does is it will
gradually jumpstart your own ability to kinda, kinda make your
endogenous hydrochloric acid a little bit more easily. If the idea of
taking hydrochloric acid doesn’t really make you all that excited,
you can do….
It sounds a little terrifying, to be honest.
You can do some other things. No, it does work well. It works
really well on people who have heartburn and stuff who need to
jumpstart that process. But you can take lemon juice.
I think most people know hydrochloric acid that’s the stuff that
you used in like Grade 7 Science to dissolve a nail.
Yeah. I mean that…
It is the same stuff that’s in your stomach that will dissolve a nail
but, yeah, it’s not like you’re pouring it down your throat and
letting it eat through your tongue and your esophagus and
everything on the way down. It is safe to take.
Pleasant thoughts. Lemon juice is kind of an acidic pre-digestive
that can work pretty well if you can’t afford or you don’t want to
take an HCl supplement with pepsin.
And you can literally just do a glass of lemon juice prior to a meal.
And you can achieve kind of a similar effect as HCl with pepsin if
you take that glass of lemon juice and when you consume it, we’re
talking about squeezing the juice of one lemon into a glass of
water, swallow some digestive enzymes along with that. I’m a fan
of the CapraZymes stuff, same company that makes that
colostrum that we’re talking about. And CapraZymes is simply a
plant enzyme blend of a bunch of different enzymes pretty much
everything from like peptidase to lactase to all of your proteases
for protein, to some cool things that they’ve developed for even
people who have issues with like celiac, gluten intolerance, like
cerecalase. And they’ve got some papain, bromelain, some
proteolytic enzymes are in there. And a big botanical blend of stuff
like aloe vera juice, and yucca powder and stuff that kinda lines
and coats your stomach and helps to heal your gut. It’s actually
part of the gut-healing pack that I designed that’s over at Pacific
Elite Fitness, you know. It’s got like colostrum and probiotics, and
that digestive enzyme blend that I just described, and then some
antifungal oil of oregano. You kinda put all that together and just
take it every day. But you would at least want to use something
like a basic full digestive enzyme complex like this CapraZyme
stuff. So I’ll link to that in the show notes but that also, prior to a
meal, you could do one or the other. A lot of people do pretty well
just doing the lemon juice, the full digestive enzyme spectrum. So,
some other things that can jumpstart digestion would be to use
bitters, that’s the same stuff that you would use as like a martini
mix. Maybe you already have some in your house, hanging around
up there by the grey goose and the tonic waters, some bitters. You
can actually take a splash of bitters prior to a meal. And that can
help you digest foods a little bit better, that’s a very good
digestive. You can precook, not precook, but predigest meat by
making sure you marinate it in acidic-like mediums. So for
example, before I eat liver, I soak it for a couple of hours in lemon
juice. That not only helps make it more digestible, a little bit
softer, but it also can extract some potential toxins and things like
that out of the liver. So, you can use an acid like…
I’ve heard of soaking it in milk and but not in lemon juice.
Milk does it as well. I like the flavor better, though when I soak it
in lemon juice, frankly. You could tenderize meat in digestive
enzymes, like, you can literally take the digestive enzymes that I
just talked about and you could make whatever marinade you’re
gonna make and then just break open a couple of those capsules
and you put them into the marinade. And that helps to tenderize
the meat as well. There are some fruits like pineapple and papaya
that contain bromelain and papain and you could add the juices or
even chunks of those fruits to whatever marinade that you’re
using for your meat, and those also help to predigest the meat. So,
a lot of different ways you could kinda go about it. But all you’re
doing is making that meat a lot easier to digest. Eat it slowly when
you’re eating meat. Don’t eat it with a lot of complex foods. The
other thing that can really help is if you gradually transition
yourself from something that has some meat-based amino acids,
and talos, and collagens and stuff like that, without actually
forcing you to digest the meat fibers itself. And a really, really
perfect way to go for that is bone broth. So what you can do is
start off by just making bone broth. And that’s very easy to make
with a crock-pot and just like basic chicken carcass, or some pork
bones, or beef bones, or whatever. There’s recipes that abound on
the internet, if you just search for, you know, how to make bone
broth. Or you could even if you wanted to if you’re lazy, you know,
just order it to your house from a website like thebrothery.com.
Anyways, they’ll start off with bone broth. And you could literally
just do bone broth for a couple weeks to kinda jumpstart your
body’s digestive ability to be able to process meat. And that can be
a way to ease yourself in as well. They also make, if you wanted to
order like a bone broth like powder online, you can get organic
gelatin from a company like Great Lakes or Bernard Jensen. And
you could put that in the smoothies or shakes you know like if
you’re a vegetarian and you’re doing a kill shake every day and
you want to start to make that transformation to adding meat,
then, you know, these organic gelatins, are like beef-based organic
gelatins and they can put some of those compounds into your
body but they’re predigested so they’re easier on your stomach,
when you’re making that transition. So those are some of the
things that you can start off with. And that’s where I would start,
just with some digestive enzymes, a little bit of something to
jumpstart HCl production whether that is an HCl supplement
itself or some lemon juice, use some bitters prior to eating,
predigest the meat by putting some acidic compounds or some
enzymes into whatever you’re marinating it in. And then ease
yourself into some bone broth and some gelatin.
And then, you’d be chomping down on a giant Viking-sized leg of
turkey in no time. So there you go.
A big flintstone shop.
Rack of ribs. The only thing I’d add to it. I’ve used the papaya to
tenderize my steaks before and if you leave it on too long, it
actually starts to like digest it a little too much. So be careful how
much you leave it on there so it can make like a layer on your meat
of this sort of mealy powder, and it kinda grossness and it really
takes the pleasure out of eating meat when that happens.
Fun with chemistry.
Hi, Ben and Brock. I love your show, and thanks for all the great
content. My wife and I are expecting a baby. We have two
questions for you. The first is what are your thoughts on
circumcision and the long-term health implications. We don’t
know if it’s gonna be a boy so we have to plan for the event. The
second question is about cord blood storage. Are the benefits large
enough to outweigh the costs? Are there any risks involved? And it
seems like there are multiple companies that offer this service.
How do we pick? Thanks, guys. I hope to hear from you before the
Talking about fun with chemistry. This is a loaded question.
Well, you know, circumcision is kind of a polarizing topic. I’m a
little bit nervous to talk about this, honestly.
We talked about vasectomies.
It’s almost the same.
Yeah, yeah. I’ll just shoot this out there right now. I’m
circumcised. In my family heritage or wherever we come from a
Judea Christian background where that is highly encouraged. And
so even though, you know I don’t live in an area that’s rampant
with, you know, HIV and AIDS and some of the other reasons that
you might end up wanting to be circumcised, you know, many
people have it done for religious and ethical and traditional
reasons. In my opinion…
I come from a similar background and I am not circumcised. And
neither is my father and so on.
Blaspheming heathen. You are going to the depths of hell.
And there you go. There is your answer.
You need to get that taken cared of right away.
If you don’t circumcise your child, going to hell.
So, let’s jump back into the science here. Kinda like veganism and
vegetarianism. There is a butt load, pardon the analogy, of
evidence that circumcision can reduce the risk of things like
contracting HIV, human papilla viruses like HPV and other
sexually transmitted diseases, genital herpes, syphilis, a lot of
these issues that you would kind of logically expect to be an issue
if you had more tissue down there for stuff to collect in, right? So
that’s one of the reasons that kind of like removing the foreskin
would be something that you would do to control the spread of
disease. And it certainly has been shown in studies that
circumcision can help to control the spread of some of those
diseases in countries that have it done and it may also have a
productive effect against the risk of penile cancer which is kinda
pretty rare anyways, but, there you go. So as far as circumcision is
concerned, you know, it’s generally safe when it’s done by an
experienced practitioner. I think that in the day and age where it
seems like sexually transmitted diseases tend to be kind of an
issue, it may end up you know being a prudent health step to take.
Ultimately, like I mentioned, we’re not gonna get into the
religious implications, or ethical reasons, or anything along those
lines. Those are all up to you. But there is good evidence that it
may protect against some of the potential health effects. Urinary
tract infections was the other one I was gonna mention.
There’s a lot better interventions or a lot more foolproof
interventions than getting circumcised. I mean, the condom is
going to protect you far better than just having that piece of skin
Yeah. This is true. This is true. I think that potentially a big, big
part of kind of like the traditional reasons for circumcision stem
from when it was first kinda introduced just like an ethical or
moral or in some cases, a legal prerogative that we didn’t have a
lot of. You know, I think condoms are made out of well, like sheep.
Sheep’s skin or sheep intestines or whatever.
Stomachs or something.
That’s possibly notoriously leaky, no ______[0:34:42.8]
spermicide. So, yeah, I mean who knows? But what you’re getting
at, Brock, kinda leads into the next thing that I wanted to
mention. That is that there are some cons to circumcision,
particularly you’re cutting off a heck of a lot of nerves.
The foreskin contains a lot of nerves and so you may actually
experience less sexual pleasure when you’re circumcised
compared to someone who is uncircumcised. And that’s just kind
of a fact of life. So it’s kind of a trade off. Yeah, maybe you protect
yourself from some potential sexual diseases but you are also
going to potentially remove some of your abilities to enjoy sex.
That being said, I’m circumcised. I enjoy sex a heck of a lot. And
I’m not circumcised and I don’t really enjoy sex. I’m just kidding. I
Awkward. So there you go. I mean, like….
I hope my girlfriend’s not listening.
I’m totally not gonna pretend that I’m an expert on this but that’s,
I just exhausted my entire body of knowledge on circumcision. So
there you go.
I think given the amount of people who are one way or the other
in the world, it’s, there’s no right answer here. It’s not like half the
population is walking around wishing they have their foreskin
hanked. Probably after it happens, it’s forgotten and that’s that.
Until you take your first shower at school gym and everybody
starts looking at each other and going - Hey, why does, who,
Yes. Okay. Well, anyways. Now that all of our…
Excuse me. Was that too much?
Cord blood banking.
Did I go too far?
No, I think we’re good. I think we’re good.
Cord blood banking. And by the way, folks, just write in the show
if a stuff like totally offends you, and you never want us to talk
about it again and we will probably ignore you and talk about it
anyway ‘cause we talk about anything in the show. But you could
still write in and it might make you feel better. So, let’s talk about
cord blood. I think this is cool stuff. Because I am not a huge fan
for ethical reasons of embryonic stem cell harvesting, I’m just not
a fan of that. I am, yes, one of those dudes who believes that life
begins at conception and that’s just me. But that’s what I believe
and so I’m not a fan of, for example, you know, like, aborting an
embryo and harvesting some cells. I just think that’s not cool. Or
creating an embryo to, you know, for the purpose of aborting it
and harvesting some cells. So, that’s just me.
I’m hurting my tongue from biting it.
I know, I know. This is turning into such a political podcast. So,
but cord blood stem cells are just blood that is in the newborn’s
umbilical cord after birth. And so you can take that stuff and you
can harvest that and it’s full of stem cells which are our body’s
master cells which can be used, basically can differentiate into
other cells, let’s say…
Yeah, super cool.
Yeah, so rather than, let’s say you need a bone marrow transplant.
You’re older and for some reason your parents had blood banked
your umbilical cord stem cells, you could use those instead. And
that would probably be a little more pleasant for you than going
and harvesting some cells from your bone marrow which, from
what I understand, is not a pleasant process.
Yes, it’s a little painful, I think. But, it’s worth it, in some cases.
For a little bit of pain to help you with some, like blood cancer or
something, it’s a big deal.
Yeah, exactly. But the technology exists now to be able to harvest
and bank cord blood. I did not do with my kids because frankly I
was unaware of its existence. And recently in writing my book, I
started to dig into stem cells and using stem cells to repair more
quickly or using stem cell precursors like, you know, marine
phytoplankton, to recover more quickly from exercise and injuries
and came across this and I’m like, wow, that actually, you know,
would have been something useful to do. I have no clue how much
it costs. I have no clue if insurance covers it. But I do know that if
you’ve got all of these stem cells banked that you could potentially
use when you need a rich source of stem cells if you have like a
traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, you know, you need
some type of a replacement, this would be something that is of
course compatible to your own blood, or potentially compatible to
the blood of that of your family. So I’m a fan from everything I’ve
seen in terms of harvesting, and storing umbilical cord blood stem
cells, and apparently this can be stored indefinitely under the
proper conditions, like for the rest of all time. So, kinda like, Hans
Solo getting frozen in Star Wars. You’re just there until the bounty
hunter unfreezes you. So there you go.
There you go.
I wonder if there are stem cell bounty hunters out there. And I
wonder if they’re circumcised or uncircumcised. We shall see.
They probably think it’s cool.
By the way, if you’re gonna have a baby, there’s one book that you
should get, called “The Better Baby Book” by Dave Asprey.
That’s a really good book. I highly recommend it. So go buy that
because it’s got a lot of really cool information about how to make
your baby smarter. So, recommend, kudos to that book.
Yeah. I have a terrible confession to make. Adam’s baby was
supposed to be born in April. I actually was going back to our
voice mail service in which we had over a year’s worth of voice
mail and was cleaning it out and I came across Adam’s question
and thought it was really cool and that maybe we could help other
people by answering it. So I’m sorry, Adam if this information is
coming too late for you, but…
At the time of this recording, Adam is now deciding whether he’s
gonna take his four-month-old and to get circumcised basically,
that’s what you’re saying.
I pretty much…
He’s digging, he’s digging into the trash can for the umbilical
cord. “Where the hell did I put that? I need that back.”
I hope he made some good decisions. Yeah. But Adam, know that
you’re helping other people even though we were extremely tardy
on answering your question.
Yeah. You were the sacrificial lamb, so to speak, Adam.
Hey, Ben and Brock! It’s Charlie. Just wanted to say thanks so
much for all your work. Have a quick question. My cardiologist
recommended putting me on red rice yeast as kind of preventative
for cholesterol-lowering medication. Not sure if you know
anything about red rice yeast or if there are any concerns about its
effect on the GI tract. If you could let me know, that’d be really
helpful. If you have any other recommendations for natural ways
to handle cholesterol, that would be wonderful. Been able to do it
somewhat through exercise and nutrition but I do have a fairly
strong family history. So if you could let me know what your
thoughts are, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.
Well, first of all, let me say for Charlie that if you’re listening to
this podcast at the time that it comes out, stay tuned, because this
Friday I’m releasing a podcast with Jimmy Moore about his new
book, Cholesterol Clarity, and that’s gonna be really, really good if
you could listen to it.
Yeah, this will answer the question perfectly.
Yeah, so first of all, when your cardiologist recommends that you
go on red rice yeast as a way to help reduce the damage of
cholesterol-lowering medication, that makes absolutely zero sense
to me. And the reason that makes absolutely zero sense to me is
that red yeast rice contains albeit naturally-occurring substances,
but substances that closely parallel what you’re going to find in
statins, specifically inhibition of an enzyme called HMG coA
reductase which is an enzyme that triggers cholesterol production
and that’s how a lot of popular statin drugs work, is they inhibit
that enzyme. So red yeast rice products have a high concentration
of the type of substances that are going to inhibit that enzyme and
because of that, the issues with red yeast rice extracts parallel that
of statins, particularly their ability to break down muscle tissue
which can lead to kidney failure, as you have all these broken
down muscle tissue circulating in your bloodstream. It’s also
known as rhabdomyolysis. You can replicate that by doing like a
hundred dumbbell curls you know for hours and hours on end
and destroy your muscles that way. You could do the same thing
by using statins or high amounts of this red yeast rice stuff
Wow, really, you could put yourself into rhabdomyolysis just by
Yeah, and kidney failure.
That can kill you. Crazy!
Yeah. And related to that, in studies red yeast rice has been shown
to interfere with your body’s ability to produce coenzyme Q10
which is another huge side effect of statin drugs. You run out of
co-Q10 and that is one of your crucial internal antioxidants. It’s
also crucial for performance enhancement, utilization of oxygen,
cellular metabolism. I think that any physician who prescribes a
statin and does not recommend someone get on co-Q10 is
basically in malpractice because a statin is so potent at reducing
your stores of co-Q10 and completely depleting and draining
them. But red yeast rice extract can do a similar thing. And it can
also have some issues with damage to peripheral nerves, with, as
our listener noted, inflammation in the gut, inflammation in the
liver, increased levels of another inflammatory enzyme called
creatine kinase. So, I’m not a fan of it, and I have no clue how it
would fight against the damage related with cholesterol-lowering
medication ‘cause it’s paralleling it, doing a lot of the same things.
Now the dangers of statins go like even far above and beyond the
muscle pain and the muscle weakness, and the neuropathy, and
the drop in co-Q10 that you’re gonna get with something like red
yeast rice, even though a statin can do all of those things.
Statins have been shown to be associated with congestive heart
failure and that might be due to that drop in co-Q10 depletion
because you get decreased stability for you to produce ATP
specifically in cardiac tissue. You get a lot of downstream blood
pressure lowering effects which can lead to extreme dizziness
while being on the use of statins. There are some issues with
cognitive impairment and transient amnesia that have been
proven to be shown an issue with statins. Statins have caused
cancer in every study that has been done with rodents, putting
them on statins which is crazy. Pancreatitis which is inflammation
of your pancreas, depression, ton of issues. There are some small
populations that have been shown, you know like older males for
example, I think above 80 years or something like that, that have
been shown to have a very small lowering in risk of heart disease
when being on statins. But the risks far outweigh the benefits, in
my opinion. And we’ve actually talked, like I talked about this for
like 20 minutes once on a podcast. If you go to
bengreenfieldfitness.com and do a search for statins, like I just
kind of breezed over it just now, but it’s a pretty thing, big issue.
Yeah, I think Dr.Minkoff also went through tons of this stuff on
the Endurance Planet podcast as well so if you look there and do a
search for statins, you’ll probably come across that podcast. And
Dr.Minkoff is quite an expert on the subject, too. So…
Speaking of the Endurance Planet podcast, they also just had an
awesome podcast with the guy who’s doing the movie Cereal Killer
which talks about how cereal affects your heart and specifically
This is cereal, like grains…
Yeah. Cereal like grains and how he literally like got all these
genetic testing and hacked his genes to, ‘cause both of his, both
like his dad and his uncle who were awesome runners and
distance runners and athletes died from heart attacks. And this
guy figured it out why and fixed it. And it’s kinda related to this.
So go listen to that episode on Endurance Planet. It’s amazing.
Just Google Endurance Planet Cereal Killer or type in
enduranceplanet.com and go check it out. Anyways though, this
whole question returns to kinda like the ones through which you
see the world of health because lowering cholesterol as you’ll learn
in the podcast that comes out later with Jimmy Moore, is not
really that big of a deal, like that shouldn’t be your goal, is to lower
cholesterol. Your goal should be to ensure that the cholesterol that
you do have, the healthy cholesterol that you do have, is not
subjected to inflammation and oxidation. And so, rather than
getting ‘em red yeast rice extract and rather than getting ‘em
statin, just shut down information. I’ll tell you some of the best
ways that you can do it. Avoid heated vegetable oils. Ok, so when
you’re eating in a restaurant, unless something’s been heated in
coconut oil, or avocado oil, or regular olive oil, not extra virgin
olive oil, but regular olive oil, or some stable fat like butter or gee
or something like that, don’t order it. So you gotta be really careful
specially places where they like stir-fry foods like Asian
restaurants and stuff like that. And in your own home. So you
avoid heated oils, okay? So those are…
Only eat at French restaurants ‘cause they‘ll be using really heavy
Only eat at French restaurants or restaurants that serve just kale
and raw sesame seeds. So, there you go. That one bistro. Avoid
refined sugars because those are gonna amp up triglyceride levels
like they’re going out of style. Fructose is one of the biggies there,
too. I’m not talking about fructose in its naturally-found format
with phytonutrients and fiber and everything in a nice apple. I’m
talking about like any like concentrated form of fructose, like
high-fructose corn syrup, like, avoid like the plague if you’re
concerned about cholesterol. Because not only can that cause
higher triglycerides, but it can also stimulate clumping of blood
platelets. And clumping of blood platelets is a great name for a
band but not a good thing to be happening in your body.
Avoid it like the plaque.
Like the plaque.
The plaque that forms in your arteries, yeah.
Take a really good fish oil or really good cod liver oil. Because the
vitamin A and the vitamin D, and what’s called the EPA in that is
going to be awesome for shutting down specifically inflammation
of cholesterol, and high levels of what is called apo B, which is
your cholesterol particle number. And a few other things, you’re
gonna need lot of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins circulating in
your bloodstream. Ironically, you get those from saturated fats
like coconut oil, and coconut milk, and grass-fed beef, and fatty
cuts of wild fish and stuff like that. So it’s okay to eat that stuff,
assuming that you’re avoiding the other stuff that’s gonna cause it
to become inflamed like sugars and fructose and things of that
nature. I’m a big fan of primrose oil, or borage oil, or black
currant oil. I’ve mentioned before on the show that like in my kale
shake I add this really nice cold-processed oil called the Panacea
Five Seed Oil Blend.
I also take SuperEssentials Fish Oil which has a bunch of
primrose oil added to it. These are all sources of another thing
called GLA. Now saturated fats help you to make antiinflammatory prostaglandin, so does GLA. Okay? So you get those
into your diet from like a nice fish oil that has this primrose in
there or this that oil that I take is called Panacea, another example
that would be like Udo’s oil. A few other things that you should
consider. I talked about coconut oil and coconut milk. But not
only is it good for the saturated fat, but it also protects you against
bacteria and viruses that lead to inflammation specifically in your
arterial wall. So, ironically, once again, defying conventional
wisdom, use those. And then finally, avoid any sources of oxidized
cholesterol. A few of the biggies are like, well I can think of one
biggie, really, for all people listening in, and that is whey protein
that’s not processed via cold-processing methods. That’s a great
way to oxidize the cholesterol in the proteins. Like powdered eggs,
another example. I don’t know that a lot of our listeners like
downing spoonfuls of powdered eggs, unless you’re like eating
That must be in the army or something.
…eating the continental breakfast at, you know, Comfort Inn all
the time, but look at your whey. Make sure your whey is freakin’
cold-processed. So be careful if it’s not. If you can’t find coldprocessed whey and you don’t like it. By the way that Mount
Capra Deep 30 stuff that we talked about earlier, that’s coldprocessed. Just use like a pea or a hamper-rice based protein
product and just use that instead of powdered whey. So nothing
powdered that is from an animal source – powdered milk,
powdered eggs, powdered whey unless it’s all like super-duper
cold-processed. So I know that was a bunch of stuff I just listed
off. Rewind if you need to, listen to it again. But ultimately, when
it comes to lowering your cholesterol, that’s kinda like a bad
Assumption, yeah to go off of anyway so there you go.
Hi, Ben and Brock! This is Amy calling from Chicago. I just got
diagnosed with a stress fracture in one of my metatarsals. So, I
was just wondering if there’s anything aside from what’s normally
recommended by doctors and some other people in the running
community about you know the faster way to heal a bone. I’ve also
been using a bone stimulator that my doctor gave me and I would
be interested on your thoughts on that, the Exogen 4000 Bone
Stimulator. Thank you. I love the podcasts.
A bone stimulator.
Bone stimulator. The Exogen 4000. Yeah, the Exogen 4000 Bone
Why do we love Marvin the Martian so much on the show?
‘Cause he’s just bad ass Marvin the Martian. We like him.
Anyways, though, the use of electronic stimulation for healing
fractures is something that’s pretty cool. Now I have geeked out
on this podcast before about all the different supplements that
you could take to heal bone fractures. I’ll link to them in the show
notes so you could review. It’s like lactoferrin, liquid trace
minerals, vitamin D, some magnesium, and some K, too. Boom!
And like I’ve gone over that in great detail in previous podcasts so
I won’t geek out on that. Just go to the show notes. I’ve got links
to like kinda like my supplement stack, you know, so to speak, for
anybody’s got stress fracture, should not be ignoring that. But
bone stimulation using electrical stimulation, there are a variety
of different ways to do it. You’ve got ultrasound. You’ve got
pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. You’ve got electrical muscle
stimulation. And the way that a lot of these things work is they
send these low-intensity waves to bone tissue that stimulates
either release of healing factors or osteoblastic activity, re-growth
of bone. Frankly, most of them are kinda pretty easy to find these
days in a lot of different therapeutical clinics. And bone
stimulation devices are something that have been being produced
and marketed for a while. ’Cause when I got out of college in
2005, I worked for a company called Biomet. We did hip and knee
surgical implants. And there were two things that we’re kind of
like, marketing, so to speak, on the side, in addition to the
implants themselves. And that was platelet-rich plasma injections
to enhance internal growth factors, and then also external bone
growth stimulators, or implantable bone growth stimulators, like
Johnson & Johnson, Smith & Nephew, and you know all these
companies that make these. These can also get…
These are implantables so they’re actually like under the skin?
Like, usually in…
Yeah. But you can get a home unit, too. Most of the studies that
look into the use of electrical and electromagnetic fields to
enhance things like transferrin and calcitonin, lactoferrin,
osteoblastic activity, they’ve shown to have pretty good efficacy.
And there’s varying levels, varying frequencies. But the things
that have been studied the most and shown to be effective, one is
this technology that uses low-intensity pulsed ultrasound that I
talked about which is Exogen 4000. And it’s not gonna work to
heal, you know, a full on like fracture, whatever, if you’re femur’s
sticking out of your skin. You probably know about that anyways,
and you’re probably at the doctor getting that thing unionized.
But for basic stress fracture, yes. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound
can work. This other form called extracorporeal shock wave or
ESWT, that has a little bit of research behind it as well. Something
as simple as electrical muscle stimulation, these EMS devices, like
the compacts, that can work. The thing that has the most research
behind it, though, would be pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.
And that would be using something like, you know I‘ve talked
about the Earth Pulse before, for example, which I put underneath
my mattress when I sleep at night, ‘cause it releases, it’s basically
like grounding or earthing on steroids. Like it releases the same
magnetic pulse released by the planet Earth, and it helps you
sleep. But if you take the north pole end of this device, and you
just like jam it up against an injured area of soft tissue, or you
hold it up against a stress fracture, and you’re doing like daily
applications several times per day 15-20 minutes, it can stimulate
healing. And in bone, it would be through stimulation of
osteoblastic activity in soft tissue. Basically what it does is it upregulates mitochondrial metabolism and blood flow. So…
You know, they’re not cheap. That’s like a $600 device but it’s
called the Earth Pulse and lot to get research behind pulsed
electromagnetic field therapy in fractures. This ultrasound that
you talked about, the Exogen 4000, that would also be something
that would work. There’s just not quite as much research behind
that as there is behind PEMF. So, there you go.
Just keep it away from sensitive areas –children and kittens, and
you should be fine.
Hi, Ben and Brock! This is Wes. First of all I just want to thank
you so much for the podcasts and the website. I get a lot of
information there. My question today is about varicose veins and
deep vein thrombosis. I don’t think I’ve heard you talk about it
that much. Basically I’m a 38-year-old stay-at-home dad with a
small business so your advice on the best training will really help
to keep me fit in spite of my busy schedule. But basically, I’m
having varicose and leg pain. Just came on this year and it got so
bad once that I went to the urgent care, and basically they just
said take some aspirin, wear some compression socks, and look
into lasers. But what I want to know is what I can do to heal my
veins and valves in my veins that are not working right and
causing me all this pain ‘cause it gets really bad. Elevating my feet
helps a little bit. My legs feel fine when I’m exercising, it’s just
when I’m standing around taking care of household stuff or
working all day. It’s a little bit scary for me because my
grandfather and an uncle both seem to be very healthy, you know,
runners and downhill skiers and stuff. And right about my age,
they just keeled over and died. And nobody can tell me what
exactly it was, just something with the heart. Again, thanks for the
show and I look forward to the next podcast. Thanks. Bye.
Well, first of all, we have kicked the varicose vein horse to death
on this podcast before.
To death. Poor horse.
To death. Use the handy dandy search function. Before you ask a
question, use the search function, like search for varicose veins on
bengreenfieldfitness, you’re gonna find two previous pretty
expansive podcast episodes that we did on natural remedies for
varicose veins. We’ve talked about horse chestnut extract, grape
seed extract, butcher’s broom, all of these pretty cool natural
treatments for varicone… varicone? varicose veins that…
They strengthen veins. They reduce fluid leakage from vessel
walls. They improve various venous insufficiency.
So, yeah, I would definitely go back and follow the links that I’ll
put in the show notes for those. And remember we transcribe
every show so go read those, too. And, by the way, people, I
shouldn’t say people, that’s rude. By the way, our valuable
listeners, I do pay out of my pocket to get these things transcribed,
so if you need to go read them, they’re all there. Isn’t that cool?
Anyways, though, so let’s talk about things we haven’t talked
about before when it comes to varicose veins. Some like the little
things you can do during the day. It’s like I use a standing work
station, Now, I use compression socks and compression tights
when I’m standing for long periods of time to allow for better
venous sufficiency. But I also will stop sometimes and put up my
feet for a while. Like, during lunch, I usually work during lunch
with my feet up. I don’t work during lunch, you know, usually I’m
reading my Kindle or watching something on Hulu during lunch
but I do with my feet up. Okay. Now, what that means is that I get
my feet higher than my heart.
You mean really up?
Well, the way I do it is I just sit down usually outside at this point
in the year in my garden and I’m sitting on a chair and I put my
feet up on the table. Because my mom’s not there to tell me not to.
Is it higher than your heart?
That’s right. But I also do inversion, like I use an inversion table.
I have an inversion table in my garage. You can easily find them
on craigslist or you know, a classified website pretty easily.
Usually some rich dude bought an inversion table and never used
it, so. You could probably get it for almost free if you offer to go
pick it up. That can really help with blood flow back out the legs
but there are a variety of really cool yoga poses that are inversion
yoga poses and some of them are frankly pretty easy to do. Like a
plow pose, a supported shoulder stand. It’s kind of funny, my kids
do headstands and handstands against the wall. Because what I
do, I do the whole like, cross fit style workout where I’ll take a
couple of dumb bells, put them up against the wall, and take a
break and do like 5 or 10 headstand, or handstand push ups,
shoulder ups. You can also just like stand there or hang there in
that pose, just to drain blood off your legs. And I mean you can do
that a few times during the day. I’ll put a link ion the show notes
to some of the more common yoga inversion poses, from like the
easy pose like the plow pose to a full on handstand, which is called
No. I’m just kidding. I’ve no clue what it’s called. Most yoga
phrases sound like that so it could be your…
They all end with an ….
…invasion… inversion wishinashawashana. Wishin. Why do I say
wishiwashanashana? But inversion poses like yoga inversion
poses, with full respect to all the yoga practitioners who are
listening in, I apologize.
Yeah. We’re not making fun, we’re just having fun.
But use compression gear, get your feet higher than your head and
do that several times during the day. And in addition to all the
natural remedies that I mentioned in other shows which you can
go check out, that will help out quite a bit. Because a varicose vein
is just a big dilated blood vessel that is usually due to your body
having a hard time pumping that blood back up out of your legs.
So give your body a little bit of help. And if you do have to sit,
don’t cross your legs or do anything that’s gonna increase venous
pressure in your legs and your feet. Because long period of time
spending in that cross-legged position is gonna weaken the blood
vessel walls and can also lead to varicose veins.
If you have to cross your legs, do it at the ankles.
Yeah. ‘Cause once you get on your mini skirt and your high heels,
last thing you want is for that unsightly varicose vein to go down
the back of your calf less too. Also I would say that deep vein
thrombosis is probably a bigger concern there. So…
Same reason that I am relieved like when I travel to a race or a
triathlon or something like that, I usually give myself a padding of
at least 24-48 hours before I’m hopping back on a plane. ‘Cause
you know, just like sitting for long periods of time, period, not a
good idea. But, throw in inversion and compression gear and old
man socks as you like to call them and all that stuff can help out
quite a bit less. So, hopefully that helps you.
Alright. Well that’s awesome! That wraps this episode up except
for our iTunes review.
We got to give some the cool way. By the way, we had our ten
thousandth follower on Twitter so I sent them out a big old 7-lb
bag of magnesium salts. And we give out a bunch of Timex
watches on the Facebook page. And…
For this guy from iTunes ubermench44, I’m gonna hook you up,
dude, I don’t even know what I’m gonna hook you up with. I got
so many goodies I can give away. I’m sitting in my office right
now. I got boxes and boxes of like t-shirts, and bars and
supplements. I’m just gonna throw a bunch of stuff in a bag and
just send it to your house.
Straight from me to you. And if you want to get free stuff sent to
you, just leave a review on iTunes. We’ll put a link in the show
notes. So you get on iTunes and do a search for Ben Greenfield
It better be five stars and it better be amusing.
Yes, it has to be amusing. Because the last thing that we want is,
you know, a review that’s just…
To bore the listeners?
Yes. I learned so much about fitness.
We do that enough, boring our listeners. We don’t need your help.
I got to know my body so well if I listened to it. Okay, so anyways,
ubermench44 says, “Escape mediocrity” which caught my
attention right away ‘cause it sounds like a movie intro. “Escape
So Tom Cruise.
I wonder how ubermench44…Is he like German, you think?
That would be a good guess, I guess.
No, he’s ubermench44. He is, who’s the guy from Austin Powers,
you know? The guy who says Mini Me..Mini Me..Oh, gosh, it’s on
the tip of my tongue now. The Austin Powers guy. Ah, not Mini
Dr. Evil! Ubermench44, if you’re truly serious about taking your
body and mine to the next level, then you should listen to this
podcast and follow Ben. The information, yeah, he provides, and
tools and gadgets he recommends are cutting-edge. And that’s the
part where I bring my pinky up to my mouth. Not done yet,
Of course. Oh, yeah.
And yet, Ben shows you how you can implement them in your
own life to achieve superhuman performance in your mental and
physical endeavors without having a large bank roll or
professional athletic trainor, or sharks with lasers. I made up that
last part, the sharks with lasers. And then he says, “Now there are
no more excuses not to escape mediocrity”.
Ubermench, dude, send me your address, and I’m gonna send
some cool crap your way, ubermench. So, there you go.
Maybe we should send some cool crap to Mike Meyers as well to
placate him for your terrible impression.
That’s right. Well, didn’t I do his Fat Bastard the other day, too, as
Oh, yeah, I think you did. Yeah, we definitely owe him some stuff.
That’s right. And maybe we should end with that for our listeners
as one of the url that I’m gonna give to, that you need to go to if
you love this podcast. And I’m gonna tell it to you just like Fat
Go for it.
Don’t forget to go to bengreenfieldfitness.com/love. That’s
bengreenfieldfitness.com/love. Now get it going!
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