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In the Darin Olien Show, each episode is packed with honest, inspiring and enlightening conversations with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same - to save the planet one conversation at a time. We’ll talk about how to fuel your body, boost your immune system and even sustain yourself on a plant-based lifestyle. We present tangible tips, tricks and methods to get you feeling your best and living your best life. My mission is to stop you from falling into society’s fatal conveniences- the things we do that we’re indoctrinated into thinking we have to, even though those very things are negatively affecting us, and in some cases, slowly destroying and killing us.

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In the Darin Olien Show, each episode is packed with honest, inspiring and enlightening conversations with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same - to save the planet one conversation at a time. We’ll talk about how to fuel your body, boost your immune system and even sustain yourself on a plant-based lifestyle. We present tangible tips, tricks and methods to get you feeling your best and living your best life. My mission is to stop you from falling into society’s fatal conveniences- the things we do that we’re indoctrinated into thinking we have to, even though those very things are negatively affecting us, and in some cases, slowly destroying and killing us.

    Marta Zaraska on How Kindness and Connection Keeps You Young

    Marta Zaraska on How Kindness and Connection Keeps You Young

    We all tend to stress about finding the perfect diet or exercise plan to keep us as healthy as possible. But there’s so much more to it than that. To keep your body healthy, you have to focus on other aspects of your life as well. What if I told you that kindness, connection, and love have just as much to do with your health as diet and exercise?
    WELCOME TO THE DARIN OLIEN SHOW. I’m Darin Olien, the “superfood hunter.” On this podcast, you’ll hear honest conversations with extraordinary people that inspire me. I hope that through their knowledge and unique perspectives, they’ll inspire you, too.
    Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same. We want to save the planet. So we’re going to try, one conversation at a time. If you’re interested in expanding your view of the world while learning new angles on health and nutrition, you’re at the right place.
    Marta Zaraska found the Fountain of Youth. And it’s probably not what you think. Marta is an incredibly knowledgeable science writer and journalist, published in the Washington Post, Scientific American, and The Atlantic among many others. Her new book Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100 quickly became one of my favorites. It’s a research-driven look at the power of human connection and attitude, and how they biologically drive our existence. 
    In this episode, Marta and I chat about all the things that some health gurus seem to forget. It’s not just about what we eat and drink, it’s about how we interact with the people around us. It’s about our attitude towards the world, and how we nurture our emotional health. Marta is full of a massive amount of scientifically backed information and insights, I really had a blast with this conversation. She breaks down the biology behind friendships and relationships, and why they really are key to our quality of life. We chat about hormones, microbiomes, and why everyone should have a dog like my Chaga. We’re not talking about superfoods in this one, guys, but it’s just as important. 
    Other topics in this episode: The backstory of Growing Young Why you need to find your tribe The science behind the human/dog bond How the pandemic has tested us Exchanging microbes How having friends makes you live longer Can an introvert learn to be more extroverted? Random acts of kindness  The power of romance Links: Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100 - https://www.growingyoungthebook.com/ 
    Marta’s Website - https://www.zaraska.com/ 
    Marta on Instagram - @mzaraska
    Marta on Twitter - @mzaraska
    Download Darin’s amazing new lifestyle app and get 3 days free at 121Tribe.com
    For amazing skin using an all-natural serum made with wild-harvested ingredients, get Caldera Lab’s “The Good”, the only skincare product I use. Use code “DARIN” for 20% off your first order!
    The Darin Olien Show is produced by the team at Must Amplify. If you’re looking to give a voice to your brand and make sure that it’s heard by the right people, head to www.mustamplify.com/darin to see what Amplify can do for you.

    • 52 min
    Fatal Conveniences™: Tea Bags: Are They Safe?

    Fatal Conveniences™: Tea Bags: Are They Safe?

    Tea is an amazing way to utilize the health benefits of plants. I drink tea daily, and you should, too. But do we really want to soak a bag made of who-knows-what in hot water and drink it?  Folks, it’s time to talk about store-bought tea bags.
    Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™ This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society's Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they're actually good for us. But it's those same things that are breaking down our health, and the health of the environment around us.
    I've spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these "conveniences." On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. 
    So, if you're willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.
    Most store-bought tea bags are made of layered plastic.
    Yes, your healthy green, black and other herbal teas come in a bag full of toxic plastic. Then you’re seeping this plastic bag into hot water as its toxins leak into the liquid. You’re drinking plastic tea! This is terrible, guys. Tea is a healthy product. And we’re transforming it into something unhealthy. Why? Because it’s cheaper for companies to make a leak-free bag out of plastic than other materials. This is just silly.
    In this segment, I’m going to break down how and why tea bags are made with toxic plastic and what it’s doing to your body.  I don’t want you to stop drinking tea, I just want you to be aware of better alternatives. I prefer using a stainless steel mesh tea ball or just making loose leaf teas. But there are some amazing tea companies out there making safe tea bags, so I’ll tell you all about those, too. Listen up, guys, it’s tea time.
    Other info in this segment:
    The history of tea bags
    What chemicals lurk in the tea bag materials
    The major brands to avoid
    The majesty that is loose leaf tea
    Tea balls
    Responsible brands that make safe tea bags
    Links & Resources:
    Video: How to Test Your Tea Bags for Plastic
    Plastic teas release billions of microparticles 
    Time Magazine: A Brief History of the Tea Bag
    BBC News: Microplastics
    Video: What Tea Bags Brands Contain Plastic? 
    Traditional Medicinals
    Pukka
    Numi
    The Republic of Tea
    Stash Tea
    Yogi Tea
    Netflix’ Down To Earth’ Official Trailer
    Download my amazing new lifestyle app and get 3 days free at 121Tribe.com
    Barukas Nuts 15% discount with code “DARIN”

    • 19 min
    Naveen Jain on Taking Control of Your Gut Health

    Naveen Jain on Taking Control of Your Gut Health

    When it comes to improving your health, focusing on whole, natural foods is, of course, better for everyone. However, there is no such thing as universally healthy food. The truth is food affects different bodies differently. What’s good for me, could be causing problems for you, and visa versa. By understanding your personal gut health, you can be the one in control of whether or not you get sick.
    WELCOME TO THE DARIN OLIEN SHOW. I’m Darin Olien, the “superfood hunter.” On this podcast, you’ll hear honest conversations with extraordinary people that inspire me. I hope that through their knowledge and unique perspectives, they’ll inspire you, too.
    Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same. We want to save the planet. So we’re going to try, one conversation at a time. If you’re interested in expanding your view of the world while learning new angles on health and nutrition, you’re at the right place.
    Naveen Jain wants to change the world by putting you in control of your gut health.
    Naveen is an entrepreneur driven by the desire to make the world a better place. Every single one of the seven companies he’s founded was created for that purpose. His latest venture, Viome, is a uniquely designed biology company set on “making illness optional.” By ordering a test kit from Viome, you’re able to learn key information about your gut health that will change your whole approach to preventing disease. Each personalized test measures your overall gut health by measuring your gut microbiome, mitochondria, and immune cell function. Your test results provide you precise nutritional recommendations geared to change the trajectory of your health.
    In this episode, Naveen breaks down why it’s so incredibly important to individualize nutrition. He, like me, is a huge believer in food as medicine. However, he knows that diet is not a one size fits all kind of thing. We have to understand our own biological make-up to know what kinds of foods work best for our bodies.
    I really hope you all pay close attention to this episode and consider ordering your own test. No, Naveen isn’t a doctor. He’s what he calls an “outsider” to the medical-industrial complex. But with the help of experts all over the world, he’s developed this amazing company, and this amazing way to help us all take control of our own health.
    Other topics in this episode:
    Naveen’s driving force Why it’s better to be an outsider in your industry Understanding human biology at the molecular level DNA and RNA Personalized Nutrition The hypocrisy of the Hippocratic Oath The messed up incentives of the medical industry How the Viome test works The worst kind of diet vs. the best kind of diet for gut health Why you should always take care of your gums Links:
    Naveen on LinkedIn
    Naveen on Instagram
    Viome on Instagram
    Viome  - Be sure to use code OLIEN20 for $10 off your first purchase of tests!
    Download Darin’s amazing new lifestyle app and get 3 days free at 121Tribe.com
    For amazing skin using an all-natural serum made with wild-harvested ingredients, get Calera Lab’s “The Good”, the only skincare product I use. Use code “DARIN” for 20% off your first order!
    The Darin Olien Show is produced by the team at Must Amplify. If you’re looking to give a voice to your brand and make sure that it’s heard by the right people, head to www.mustamplify.com/darin to see what Amplify can do for you.

    • 56 min
    Fatal Conveniences™: Crayons: Safe or Toxic?

    Fatal Conveniences™: Crayons: Safe or Toxic?

    Everyone has fond childhood memories revolving around crayons. These colorful waxy sticks represent hours of creative fun. I was an avid coloring book fan, and I can’t even tell you how many boxes of crayons I went through as a kid. No one wants to have these cherished memories tainted, but are crayons safe or toxic? And what are they doing to our planet?
    Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™ This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society's Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they're actually good for us. But it's those same things that are breaking down our health, and the health of the environment around us.
    I've spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these "conveniences." On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. 
    So, if you're willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.
    Between 45,000 and 75,000 lbs of broken crayons are discarded in US landfills every year.
    This one is tough for me, because I really don’t want to bash crayons. I love crayons! We all did. And I’m sure if you have kids, you have multiple boxes of these colorful things all over the house. So I’ll just cut to the chase. Crayons consist of paraffin, which is a petroleum, crude oil by-product. And lab tests show some crayon brands are full of toxins like lead and even asbestos. 
    In this segment, I break down the uncomfortable truths about this kid-favorite drawing tool. It’s not just our kids we need to worry about. Unfortunately, these things are ending up in our landfills and waterways. But it’s not all bad news. Some brands are safer than others. Like most things, the cheaper it is, the more toxic it probably is. Thankfully, there are plenty of environmentally friendly, safe alternatives. And I’ll be sure to give you plenty of resources to find those as well. So don’t worry guys, you don’t have to hide those coloring books. Let’s just make a conscious effort to be aware of what’s in our kids’ favorite crafting supplies.
    Other info in this segment:
    The history of Crayons The history of Crayola Why are these toxins allowed in kid products?  Crayons and the planet Safe alternatives Links & Resources:
    Major Brands of Crayons Contain Asbestos 
    Warning After Asbestos Found in Crayons
    Toys R’ Us and Other Retailers Remove Crayons
    The Efforts Crayola is Making to Improve
    Crazy Crayons - The National Crayon Recycling Program
    Eco-Friendly Crayons?
    The Best Non-Toxic Crayons for Your Kids
    Netflix’ Down To Earth’ Official Trailer
    Download my amazing new lifestyle app and get 3 days free at 121Tribe.com
    Barukas Nuts 15% discount with code “DARIN”

    • 18 min
    Dr. Jerry Tennant on The Voltage in Our Bodies

    Dr. Jerry Tennant on The Voltage in Our Bodies

    I want you all to envision using a blow dryer to style your hair. If there’s not enough voltage hitting your dryer, it’s not going to work. However, too much voltage and sparks will fly. Believe it or not, our bodies work the same way. Every muscle is essentially a battery. Without the right amount of charge, nothing is going to work properly.
    WELCOME TO THE DARIN OLIEN SHOW. I’m Darin Olien, the “superfood hunter.” On this podcast, you’ll hear honest conversations with extraordinary people that inspire me. I hope that through their knowledge and unique perspectives, they’ll inspire you, too.
    Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same. We want to save the planet. So we’re going to try, one conversation at a time. If you’re interested in expanding your view of the world while learning new angles on health and nutrition, you’re at the right place.
    Dr. Jerry Tennant wants you to understand the voltage in your body. As a world-renowned physician, international author, and integrative health practitioner, Dr. Jerry Tennant, MD, MD(H), PScD knows his way around the human body. He is a Harvard-trained ophthalmologist and has performed complicated eye surgeries on thousands of patients all over the world. He is also the founder of The Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine and was named one of the “Top 20 Alternative Doctors in America”.
    It was his world-renowned talent in eye surgery that ultimately led to him contracting three different viruses in his brain. His health began to rapidly deteriorate which forced him into early retirement. For the next seven years, he spent most of his days sleeping. When he was awake, he was in a mental fog, unable to do much of anything. Top doctors all over the country gave him no hope, telling him there was no cure for his illnesses. He was left to figure out the answers himself.
    Then Dr. Jerry discovered the concept of voltage, and everything changed. He learned that chronic disease occurs when the body loses its ability to make new cells that work. Through his research, he began to understand that loss of voltage in cells is directly related to the body’s inability to heal. As he studied this information, he began to heal his own body naturally. His career took a natural turn as well because this information has to be shared.
    In this episode, Dr. Tennant breaks the very complicated concept of the voltage in human bodies. It’s very likely that this is the first time you’re hearing about this stuff, so it can be a bit overwhelming. I highly recommend heading over to Dr. Jerry’s website after listening to this episode and checking out his videos on the subject. There’s so much information to process, guys. But I promise once you catch on to how this stuff works, so many things will fall into place in your mind about your own body and health. I had like a million lightbulb moments about my own body once I stumbled upon his work. For example, did you know getting your wisdom teeth removed eliminates a key circuit connection to your brain? We talk about this and many other unknown mind-body connections. You’re not going to want to miss this one, that’s a promise.
    Other topics in this episode: The doctor’s personal health story Root canals and the connection to overall health pH levels in the body Electron donors and electron stealers New cell growth The human body as a portable electronic device The largest batteries in the body The 5 reasons why muscles lose their “charge” The frequency of memories vs. emotions How each emotion affects different “circuits” of the body How food and water affects your voltage Links: The Tennant Institute
    Senergy Medical Group
    Buy Dr. Tennant’s Products
    Tennant Institute on Instagram
    Senergy Medical Group on Instagram
    Healing is Voltage: The Handbook
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    Fatal Conveniences™: Carpet: Walking on Chemicals

    Fatal Conveniences™: Carpet: Walking on Chemicals

    It sure feels nice to swing your legs out of bed in the morning and rest your bare feet on a soft squishy carpet. But have you ever thought about the kind of things your sensitive skin is absorbing when you do that? Or what might be lurking between those synthetic fibers? The truth is we may be sacrificing our health for the comfort of rugs and carpeting.
    Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™ This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society's Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they're actually good for us. But it's those same things that are breaking down our health, and the health of the environment around us.
    I've spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these "conveniences." On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. 
    So, if you're willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.
    Carpets account for 70% of the flooring in the United States.
    Even if you have tile or hardwood flooring in your home, you probably have at least a small rug or patch of carpeting somewhere. I had a throw rug on my yurt floor until I did the research for this segment. Now it’s gone, because I was disgusted at the danger lurking in these plush, fluffy things we use for comfort in our homes. 
    Nearly all the carpets in the US are made from synthetic fibers. These fibers are full of toxins that off-gas into our homes and fill the air with irritants and chemicals. These toxins are doing damage to our bodies. Not only that, rugs can be a breeding ground for bacteria, allergens and mold that our pets and kids are crawling around in and breathing in.
    In this segment, I go through the different toxins and VOCs that are hiding in your carpet. We go through the history of carpeting in the United States and why so many families choose it over any other flooring. And don’t worry, I also give you some options to wean yourself off of this fatal convenience. And I give you some alternative options to choose from. I know, carpet is soft and warm to walk on, and it looks nice. But like I always say, it’s about making small changes in your home, and your life, so that you get used to better, safer ways of living. And I think hardwood floors look classier anyway.
    Other info in this segment:
    The chemicals in carpets The materials carpet fibers are made from Lead and how it gets into your rugs The history of carpeting in American homes My obsession with slippers The amount of carpet that ends up in our landfills and waterways Gross stuff in carpet dust The signs that you’re allergic to your carpet What carpets do to your immune system HEPA filters Natural products to clean your carpets with Links: 
    The Carpet and Rug Institute
    Report on Chemical Exposure
    Do carpets impair indoor air quality?
    A longitudinal study relating carpeting with sick building syndrome 
    Norwegian Research Study
    VOCs in Carpet
    Eliminating Toxins in Carpet
    GreenPeace - Hazardous Chemicals in Carpets
    Alternative Fibers Make Healthier Carpets
    Netflix’ Down To Earth’ Official Trailer
    Download my amazing new lifestyle app and get 3 days free at 121Tribe.com
    Barukas Nuts 15% discount with code “DARIN”

    • 24 min

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