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Conversations on achieving greater health and fitness and natural ways to manage pain, along with training tips for "staying in the game".

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Conversations on achieving greater health and fitness and natural ways to manage pain, along with training tips for "staying in the game".

    EP 26 Best Anti-Aging Advice From an Integrative Medicine Doctor

    EP 26 Best Anti-Aging Advice From an Integrative Medicine Doctor

    Dr. Rahi is an integrative, aesthetics and anti-aging MD in LA and NYC whose clinics have a remarkable reputation in cosmetic rejuvenation and inner health.
     
    Dr. Rahi prefers to have a holistic and integrative approach when treating her patients. At her clinic, she wants to help them solve underlying issues that result in long-lasting, optimal health.
     
    Her treatment techniques involve much more than just medicine. Nutritional food maps, tips and exercise for stress reduction, sleep therapy, hormone replacement therapy and supplements are just some of the ways Dr. Rahi offers care for her patients.
     
    In this episode, Dr. Rahi share the best tips for anti-aging and longevity.
     
    Show Notes:
     
    1:35 How Dr. Rahi became involved in integrative medicine.
    4:55 Focusing on diet is super important to our overall health and longevity.
    6:40 Antioxidants from leafy greens and adequate intake of magnesium are important for all cells of our bodies to function properly.
    9:15 Loves turmeric as a spice and it can also be used topically to decrease inflammation; Can also be used on face and neck for beauty purposes.
    10:50 Water, coffee (no more than a cup a day), celery juice and green tea are her choice of beverages.  Adding reishi, cordyceps or a mixture of mushrooms to a cup of coffee or another beverage can provide a lot of health benefits.
     
    12:49 Exercise is great for brain function and necessary for anti-aging.
     
    14:45 A poor diet, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep and not getting enough Vitamin D can exacerbate aging.
     
    16:20 Use sunscreen on face and neck every day, but getting sun exposure on other parts of the body is important for Vitamin D intake. 
     
    16:50 Dr. Rahi’s top recommendation for inner and outer health is balancing our hormones as we age. Checking our hormones and optimizing them is key to any anti-aging program. 
     
    18:50 Dr. Rahi recommends using bio-identical hormones under the care of a physician and does not recommend synthetic hormones.
     
    20:10 Being able to create a positive change in the life of her patients is the most satisfying part of her job.  Also excited about performing minimally-invasive procedures for aesthetic rejuvenation that allow people to feel better about themselves without undergoing surgery.
     
    21:05 Through her practice, Dr. Rahi has been able to help people lower cholesterol and blood pressure and lose weight through an integrative medicine approach.
     
    23:10 Glutathione can help promote detoxification in the body.
     
    24:47 Her approach to making lifestyle changes is to take things slow. Focusing on one or two changes at a time will ensure more long-lasting changes.
     
    25:30 New advances in anti-aging involve collagen stimulation. Also incorporating more supplements and detoxification will help create a healthy inside.
     
    26:30 Dr. Rahi recommends detoxing or “resetting” our bodies at least 4 times a year with a careful water fast and regular intermittent fasting.
     
    30:00 For optimal gut health, Dr. Rahi recommends only taking antibiotics when absolutely necessary and working with an integrative medicine doctor to assess which probiotics would be the most beneficial.
     
    33:00 Trying to focus on the patient as a whole is super important to Dr. Rahi. Lifestyle, diet and even one’s spirituality are important to a person’s health. She tries to create a warm environment in her practice.
     
    35:25 How to get in touch with Dr. Rahi and some additional pieces of advice for those wanting to look and feel better inside and out.
    Connect with Dr. Rahi:
    Instagram
    https://doctorrahi.com
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Bruise Juice Dit Da Jow
    Dit Da Jow Collection
    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 
    Thank You For Listening!
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  S

    • 38 min
    EP25 Learning the Self-Healing Art of Qi Gong with Tomm Voss

    EP25 Learning the Self-Healing Art of Qi Gong with Tomm Voss

    In this show, we are speaking with friend and long-time user of Plum Dragon products, Tomm Voss. Tomm is a Qigong teacher and world champion martial artist as well as a holistic nutrition, fitness and life coach.
    After a decade as a professional bodybuilder and spokesperson for Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness magazines, the extreme demands of that industry took a toll on Tomm’s body. In 2007, he was sent to the ICU and diagnosed with a severe autoimmune disease known as Henoch-Schönlein Vasculitis, the treatment of which caused Hypothyroidism. He was told he would need to take prescription drugs for the rest of his life. 
    Tomm then embarked on a journey to heal himself.  He became a student of Grandmaster Zhou of the 18th generation Wudang Dragon Gate Qi Gong lineage. Through the guidance of Master Zhou, Tomm learned to balance his system through Qigong and holistic nutrition, and cleared himself of any need for medication.
    In 2015, Tomm traveled with his mentor to the holy temples in the Wudang Mountains of China. When he returned to the US, it was clear that the time had come to begin teaching the art of Qigong. 
    Tomm now supports groups and private clients in healing themselves from imbalances and chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. He facilitates people in learning Qigong anywhere in the world on Skype, or in-person in Los Angeles.
    Over the years, Tomm has studied many forms of martial arts. In 2016, Tomm became the Eskrima World Champion, and attributes much of his success in competition to the strong foundation that Qigong has given him.
    As a Qigong, nutrition, fitness, and life coach, Tomm is honored to help guide people of all ages and walks of life in achieving the balance and vitality required to live their greatest lives now.
    Show Notes:
    1:50 Tomm explains what Qi Gong is and the philosophy of a balanced qi.
    3:57 How Tomm ended up in the ICU, staring down the idea of being on medicine for the rest of his life.
    6:37 Pushing his body to the extreme and having to be fit all the time for photo shoots created very unhealthy balances in his life.
    11:00 Learning Qi Gong and applying principles of Chinese medicine was the life-changing solution Tomm needed to overcome thyroid disease naturally.
    17:00 The ancient practice of Qi Gong teaches us how to replenish our qi and how to clear out any stagnant qi.
    22:00 Not only was Tomm able to regain his health, but he went on to becoming a world champion stick fighter (in escrima).
    28:00 With an interest in helping everyone from young executives to elderly clients restore balance in their body and incorporate holistic practices, Tomm began teaching Qi Gong in studios and more recently, with a new online course.
    31:00 One of Tomm's clients, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, saw rapid success with his Qi Gong instruction. In the first 20 minutes of practice, her symptoms were greatly reduced. She would remain symptom-free for several hours after sessions and was eventually able to reduce her medications.
    38:00 Having a mindset of positivity and service has been life-changing for Tomm, who says he used to have an ego-driven pursuit of life.
    49:00 We've become so accustomed to looking for the quick fix to solve our health problems, which has caused a great disconnect with understanding our bodies.
    50:00 Tomm's new Qi Gong course provides access to everyone wanting to learn this self-healing art.
    56:00 Using Plum Dragon's Dit Da Jow for both his escrima and qi gong practices has allowed Tomm to heal faster and remove qi stagnation.
    57:10 Helping people believe that they can accomplish anything is one of Tomm's key messages.
    Connect With Tomm Voss:
    https://www.qiwithin.com
    https://www.facebook.com/tomm.voss.3
    https://www.instagram.com/tommvoss/
    https://plumdragonherbs.com/pages/co

    • 58 min
    EP24 Original Oakland JKD and Plum Dragon Founder Talk Iron Palm (Part Two)

    EP24 Original Oakland JKD and Plum Dragon Founder Talk Iron Palm (Part Two)

    We're having a more in-depth discussion on iron palm training in our second discussion with Sifu Felix, Master Alex and Josh Walker.Sifu Felix Macias is a second generation instructor of Jeet Kune Do in its original form. His father, Felix Macias, Sr., trained under the great Kung Fu Sifu James Yimm Lee, the man that introduced Bruce Lee to iron palm training. They were all part of the Original Jeet Kune Do club in Oakland, California.Master Alexander Witthar is a freestyle artist and a 10x Masters of Martial Art Hall of Famer. He was also a gold medalist in Tae Kwon Do in the Pan American Games in 1996. Both Sifu Felix and Master Alex are current instructors at the Original Oakland Jeet Kune Do and conduct seminars on the classical principles of JKD.Original founder of Plum Dragon Herbs, Josh Walker, is a senior software engineer and runs the central U.S. chapter for the Tabimina Balintawak Group, a combative style of martial arts that originated in the Philippines.Oakland JKD students Pablo Coral and Jovan Ayers also join us for a part of our interview.
    Show Notes:
    0:50 What drew Josh to founding Plum Dragon Herbs.
    6:01 Introductions.
    9:47 Explaining the Way of the Intercepting Fist.
    13:32 Alex shares his martial arts training history.
    17:48 Felix Macias, Sr. used to always say that fighting and training are two different things.
    21:20 Felix isn’t concerned about stripes, belts and certificates--it’s about learning how to respond when the hands start flying.
    25:25 Felix shares how Iron Palm and using Chinese herbs takes your gung fu training to a different level.
    29:55 Why there needs to be a clear distinction between Dit Da Wan (an internal jow) vs. Dit Da Jow (used externally).
    34:15 A lot of the iron palm knowledge is too often overlooked now in modern martial arts.
    42:00 Jovan Ayers shares how during his trip to China many Wing Chun martial artists were impressed with his knowledge of old customs and authentic style.
    46:00 Josh shares his experience with Wing Chun and other Chinese martial arts and how he learned iron palm.
    51:30 Josh’s perspective on moving through the four seasons of iron palm training and common problems with beginners.
    54:45 How the JKD stance differs from the Wing Chun stance, according to Felix.
    1:05:09 Alex opens the VIP Package from Plum Dragon while Josh talks about punching mediums/bags.
    1:13:05 Looking ahead and considering doing some training videos with Oakland JKD.
     
    Connect with Sifu Felix and Master Alex:
    Instagram (Oakland JKD)
    Facebook (Oakland JKD) Facebook (Alex)
    Connect with Josh Walker:
    Find out more about Josh Walker and connect with him on Facebook,  LinkedIn, or Youtube
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Ku Yu Cheong Iron Palm Dit Da Jow
    Bruise Juice Dit Da Jow
    Dit Da Jow Collection
    VIP Promo 3-Pack 
    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 
     
    Thank You For Listening!
      
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  Share your comments and takeaways below.  
      
    And if you liked this episode, please subscribe to our iTunes and YouTube channels and be sure to follow, like and comment!
     
    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    EP23 Original Oakland Jeet Kune Do Instructors Discuss Legendary Roots

    EP23 Original Oakland Jeet Kune Do Instructors Discuss Legendary Roots

    In our last podcast, we were speaking to Leo Rodriguez about how he was introduced to Dit Da Jow by one of our guests today, Sifu Felix Macias. Sifu Felix is a second generation instructor of Jeet Kune Do in its original form. His father Felix Macias, Sr. trained under the great Kung Fu Sifu James Yimm Lee, the man that introduced Bruce Lee to iron palm training. They were all part of the Original Jeet Kune Do club in Oakland, California.
     
    Our interview also includes guest Master Alexander Witthar, who is a freestyle artist and a 10x Masters of Martial Art Hall of Famer. He was also a gold medalist in Tae Kwon Do in the Pan American Games in 1996. Both Sifu Felix and Master Alex are current instructors at the Original Oakland Jeet Kune Do and conduct seminars on the classical principles of JKD.
     
    We are also joined in this interview by the first owner of Plum Dragon Herbs, Josh Walker. He currently works as a senior software engineer and runs the central U.S. chapter for the Tabimina Balintawak Group, a combative style of martial arts that originated in the Philippines.
     
    During our discussion, Sifu Felix shares some of the history of the original Oakland JKD and what it was like to be among some of the greatest martial artists, James Lee and Bruce Lee. We also discuss iron palm training and Dit Da Jow.
    Show Notes:
    1:20 Introductions.
    5:45 How iron palm training has fallen out of certain Jeet Kune Do groups but is still a part of the curriculum of the Oakland JKD, which originated with Jimmy (James) Lee and Bruce Lee.
    11:10 How Sifu Felix and Master Alex got started in martial arts. Felix’s father Felix Macias, Sr. met Jimmy Lee who was doing brick breaking with Al Novak. Bruce Lee and Jimmy Lee met up in Oakland, California. 
    12:44 Alex's first class in martial arts was in Wing Chun Kung Fu. Later he started doing Tae Kwon Do. Meeting Felix was an eye opener with the types of skills he could learn from Jeet Kune Do and Iron Palm.
    16:50 Felix still enjoys learning about the internal martial arts and using Chinese herbs, which is the same thing that Jimmy Lee was doing.
    18:15 Josh Walker discusses quantity and quality of herbs and strength of alcohol used in dit da jow formulas.
    21:20 More discussion on Qigong, Iron Palm and Dit Da Jow.
    25:24 For different levels of training, you can progress to stronger and stronger Jows.  
    27:10 Master Alex shares his advice to keep students dedicated to training.
    33:10 Josh Walker talks about perseverance in coming up with Plum Dragon formulas.
    38:20 Best training for those limited on mobility.
    43:45 How to develop fast hands.
    44:35 How to break more pavers.
    46:40 How Dit Da Jow formulas differ for internal and external martial arts.
    49:55 Benefits of alcohol-based Dit Da Jow including absorption, penetration of herbs and drying quickly. 
    54:45 Why Plum Dragon would not use dimethyl sulfoxide (DSMO) in Dit Da Jow.  And why you should never take external Jows internally.
    57:11 What are some ways to condition your mind for training and martial arts
    58:55 What Dit Da Jow did James Lee and Al Novak use?
    1:00:45 Felix’s favorite story about meeting Bruce Lee.
    1:03:20 How internal martial arts has shaped Master Alex’s career in martial arts.
    1:05:45 Getting in touch with our guests and a possible follow-up FB Live.
     
    Connect with Sifu Felix and Master Alex:
    Instagram (Oakland JKD)
    Facebook (Oakland JKD) Facebook (Alex)
    Connect with Josh Walker:
    Find out more about Josh Walker and connect with him on Facebook,  LinkedIn, or Youtube
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Ku Yu Cheong Iron Palm Dit Da Jow
    Bruise Juice Dit Da Jow
    Dit Da Jow Collection
    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 
     
    Thank You For Listening!
      
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  Share your comme

    • 1 hr 8 min
    EP22 Bruce Lee Fan Discusses Fighting, Dit Da Jow and Concussions

    EP22 Bruce Lee Fan Discusses Fighting, Dit Da Jow and Concussions

    In this episode, we're speaking with Leo Rodriguez, a Bruce Lee enthusiast and martial artist who had to adapt his training routine to lessen the side effects of multiple concussions. He hopes his story will help others to recognize some of the signs of brain trauma and get the help they need. 
    Rodriguez also shares how he was introduced to Dit Da Jow—herbal liniments with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties—through a friend whose father knew James Lee, the martial artist who is said to have introduced Iron Palm training to Bruce Lee.  Dit Da Jow has been used for centuries in martial arts and Chinese culture and has been an integral party of iron palm training.
    2:00 Leo begs his dad to let him study boxing.
    9:30 Leo’s boxing coach at the New York Athletic Club, Shawn Raysor, dies of cancer. This devastating news became a turning point in Leo’s life, and he decides to pursue training in jiu jitsu.
    12:45 Meets UFC Fighter Wonderboy Stephen Thompson at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City who tells him, “At first, you’re the nail. Over time, you become the hammer.” 
    22:00 Experiencing double vision from multiple concussions and doctors not being able to help him address his concerns.
    26:00 The back of your head (occipital lobe) is where most of the process is for vision; the frontal lobe is where your emotional and cognitive functions take place.
    32:00 Severe concussion symptoms feel like a daily hangover including nausea, headaches and double vision.
    38:00 Mentions how Bruce Lee died of a brain hemorrhage.
    42:00 James Lee introduced Bruce Lee to iron palm and used lots of Dit Da Jow to accelerate their training.
    43:15 Dit Da Jow has been used for hundreds of years in martial arts and is necessary for iron palm training to help prevent injuries and provide post-training conditioning.
    47:20 Leo’s friend, Felix Macias, Jr., introduces him to Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow, and he recognizes the quality and effectiveness of these products.
    57:00 For injury prevention in iron palm training or for addressing other types of pain like back pain, Leo recommends using Dit Da Jow.
    1:03:00 Leo decides to train smarter than giving up training altogether. Jiujitsu has been an amazing art that has allowed him to avoid impact and blunt force to his head.
    1:05:00 How to get in touch with Leo.
     
    Resources Mentioned on the Show:
    Black Belt Magazine Article: "Meet James Yimm Lee: "The Man Who Helped Make Bruce Lee a Success"
    Inside Kung Fu Magazine Article: "Al Novak's East Wind Gung-Fu Club"
    The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 1: The Birth of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do
    The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 2: The Untold Story of Jun Fan Gung-fu and James Yimm Lee
    Connect with Leo Rodriguez:
    Instagram
     
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection
    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 
     
    Thank You For Listening!
      
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  Share your comments and takeaways below.  
      
    And if you liked this episode, please subscribe to our iTunes and YouTube channels and be sure to follow, like and comment!
     
    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP21 Doctor Shares the Secrets to Optimal Health and Fitness Gains

    EP21 Doctor Shares the Secrets to Optimal Health and Fitness Gains

    In this episode, we're speaking with Dr. Carl Russo, who has been a doctor of chiropractic since 2010 and received a masters in Clinical Nutrition in 2018. He grew up in New York and is married with an almost 2-year-old son.
    His current practice is inside a CrossFit gym.  Dr. Russo shares his journey leaving a more traditional medical office to pursue what he truly enjoys: helping people unlock their potential and be the best that they can be. 
    Show Notes:
    2:17 Why Dr. Russo re-started his practice in a cross-fit gym.
    5:11 Felt drawn to natural healing over mainstream medicine.
    8:52 Carbs are not necessarily the enemy; some people aren’t getting enough “gas” to fuel their bodies
    13:00 Losing weight slow and steady is better than speeding to the finish line...and other weight loss tips.
    17:45 Problems that young athletes face when they push their bodies too hard.
    25:00 Getting the word out on alternative medicine to address inflammation in the body.
    29:00 How Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow herbal analgesics work.
    32:00 Using natural remedies may involve smaller incremental improvements over time rather than providing "instant fixes". Mainstream painkiller medicine focuses on shutting off pain but does nothing for healing.
    38:30 Specific Tips for Men’s Fitness:
    Hydration: Drink half of your body weight in ounces and a 8 oz of water for every cup of coffee that you drink (which is dehydrating).
    Flexibility: Before doing physical activity, make sure you are doing stretches or working on mobility for those things.
    Warm-up your body before your activity.
    Don’t overdo it!
    42:38 Why sleep is your biggest recovery tool.
    Find out more about Dr. Carl Russo:
    https://www.instagram.com/functionalcarerx
     
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection
    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 
     
    Thank You For Listening!
      
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  Share your comments and takeaways below.  
      
    And if you liked this episode, please subscribe to our iTunes and YouTube channels and be sure to follow, like and comment!
     
    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 45 min

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