For episode 100, Orion Talmay takes the reins and turns the tables on her husband, Stephan Spencer. In their conversation, Stephan pulls together some incredible information from past episodes, talking about some of the very best wisdom, tips and tricks, tools, and insights he’s gleaned from these 100 episodes of the Optimized Geek. If you aren’t a regular listener, this is a great place to start, because this episode is something of a snapshot of the very best and most valuable conversations that have taken place throughout the course of this podcast.
Today our conversation is with Jack Andraka about his love of science, how persistence paid off for him, and about the future of medicine. Prepare to be charmed by the 20-year-old wunderkind, who was only 15 years old when he invented groundbreaking cancer-detecting technology. Jack is also the author of the book Breakthrough, on the faculty at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, a TED speaker, and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Listen in to this thought provoking episode.
Elissa Epel, today’s guest, is an expert in the field of telomeres. She co-wrote the The Telomere Effect with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who won a Nobel Prize for discovering telomerase. Elissa, an associate professor at UCSF, explains in this conversation how certain behaviors and experiences can impact telomere length. She talks about stress, for example, which affects telomeres differently depending on the kind of stress. She also offers insight into how to protect yourself from premature cellular aging through mindset and lifestyle choices.
Dr. Susan Blum, who wrote The Immune System Recovery Plan, knows the ins and outs of the immune system, and is intimately familiar with the types of choices and behaviors that negatively impact it. We’re constantly bombarded by pathogens and toxins, but fortunately the immune system offers a defense against them. However, most of us are compromising our own immune systems through poor lifestyle choices, often without even realizing we’re doing it. If you’re ready to make the changes necessary to protect your immune system and help it protect you, listen in to learn how. And if you’re not ready now, after listening to this conversation, you will be!
If you know much about pain management, body alignment, and chronic pain relief, chances are you’ve already heard of the Egoscue Method. As the creator and developer of the method, Pete -- who I have the pleasure of introducing as today’s guest -- knows it intimately and understands exactly how it works. This exercise therapy program is globally acclaimed for treating chronic musculoskeletal pain and offering safe, effective, permanent relief from chronic pain. To hear how it works, as well as to learn about tips and techniques you can use to keep yourself fit, healthy, and pain-free, tune into this episode!
On the show today we have Kurt Johnsen, the vision keeper and co-founder of Simplified Genetics. Kurt is passionate about positively impacting the lives of people around the world. In fact, as you’ll hear in this episode, one of his strongest motivations is to do good and give back. In addition to his work at Simplified Genetics, Kurt is the senior columnist for Yoga Digest and the official yoga trainer of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.