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Decoding Superhuman is a show for those looking for an elevated human experience through health. 
Boomer Anderson, Decoding Superhuman’s host, interviews the top thought leaders in the fields of health and performance optimization.
This includes deep dives into chronobiology, minimum effective exercise, technology, the future of work, nutrition, productivity, applications of Eastern medicine, neuroscience, data, omics testing and technologies, and tactics to live a healthy and optimized life.
Explore the latest science, technology, and tools to optimize your health and performance whether it be at work or home.
New episodes released every Tuesday.

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Decoding Superhuman is a show for those looking for an elevated human experience through health. 
Boomer Anderson, Decoding Superhuman’s host, interviews the top thought leaders in the fields of health and performance optimization.
This includes deep dives into chronobiology, minimum effective exercise, technology, the future of work, nutrition, productivity, applications of Eastern medicine, neuroscience, data, omics testing and technologies, and tactics to live a healthy and optimized life.
Explore the latest science, technology, and tools to optimize your health and performance whether it be at work or home.
New episodes released every Tuesday.

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    Uncovering Truth: Where Are We in Genetics, Cannabis, and Traumatic Brain Injury with Tommy Wood

    Uncovering Truth: Where Are We in Genetics, Cannabis, and Traumatic Brain Injury with Tommy Wood

    Not one to shy away from controversy, Dr. Tommy Wood has worked with some of the highest performing athletes in the world. From Formula One to Ironmans, what are some of the key takeaways Tommy had on behavior change from that experience? You would be surprised at how little free time these people have. I also get the chance to pick Tommy's brain on the problems with nutritional epidemiology, genetics, and how to evaluate nascent supplements and compounds where little research may exist.

    Who is Tommy Wood? 
    Tommy Wood is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Washington Division of Neonatology. The majority of his academic work has focused on developing therapies for brain injury in newborn infants, but also includes adult neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases, as well as nutritional approaches to sports performance.
    Tommy received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Oxford. After working as a doctor in central London, he moved to Norway for his PhD work, and then to the University of Washington as a postdoc. Alongside his academic training, Tommy has coached athletes in a dozen sports, from weekend warriors to Olympians and world champions. He is the outgoing President of the Physicians for Ancestral Health society, a director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and sits on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance, which includes researching performance optimization strategies for F1 drivers.
    Tommy’s current research interests include the physiological and metabolic responses to brain injury and their long-term effects on brain health, as well as developing easily-accessible methods with which to track human health, performance, and longevity. He and his wife Elizabeth share their home with two energetic (and goofy) boxers, and in his spare time, Tommy can usually be found cooking, hiking, reading, or lifting something heavy. 

    Highlights
    [7:21] Bad science and nutritional epidemiology
    [12:03] Are direct to consumer genetic tests a joke?
    [32:05] How can we improve the research on cannabis?
    [40:10] Behavior change in Formula One drivers
    [47:55] Sacrificing longevity for short term performance
    [51:30] Traumatic brain injury
    [1:00:08] Is there hope for exogenous ketones?

    Resources
    CHEMEX Coffeemaker
    AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
    High Protein Intake Is Associated with Lower Risk of All-Cause Mortality in Community
    23andme
    When Brains Collide by Michael Lewis
    Behave by Robert Sapolsky

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    Continue Your High Performance Journey with Dr. Tommy Wood
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    Is There Hope for Anxiety? with Dr. Joseph LeDoux

    Is There Hope for Anxiety? with Dr. Joseph LeDoux

    Anxiety is fascinating and something I've dealt with my entire life. New York University Professor, Neuroscientist, and Bestselling Author Dr. Joseph LeDoux, explains why the amygdala may not be the fear center of the brain, anxiety vs. fear, and a three-part construction for how to deal with anxiety which differs from the traditional anti-anxiety therapies.

    Who is Dr. Joseph LeDoux? 
    Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute. He also a Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical School. 
    His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion and he is the author of The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self, and Anxious. LeDoux has received a number of awards, including William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, the Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science, Jean Louis Signoret Prize of the IPSEN Foundation, the Santiago Grisolia Prize, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, and the American Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award. 
    His book Anxious received the 2016 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. LeDoux is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids and performs with Colin Dempsey as the acoustic duo So We Are.

    Highlights
    [5:40] Anxiety vs. Fear
    [7:50] The role of the amygdala
    [18:48] Studying split brains
    [28:56] The set point of anxiety
    [43:33] Understanding consciousness

    Resources
    Anxious by Joseph LeDoux https://amzn.to/2II8Imy
    The Deep History of Ourselves https://amzn.to/3f4AB4p
    Synaptic Self https://amzn.to/2IyFTJO
    The Emotional Brain https://amzn.to/3f7vobT

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    Continue Your High Performance Journey with Joseph LeDoux
    Website https://joseph-ledoux.com/
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    This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. This is being provided as a

    • 54 min
    Nicotine with Dr. Neil Grunberg

    Nicotine with Dr. Neil Grunberg

    Nicotine is shrouded in controversy. Dr. Neil Grunberg has published >180 papers addressing behavioral medicine, stress, and leadership. Dr. Grunberg has received awards from the U.S. Surgeon General, CDC, FDA, American Psychological Association, NIH, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and USU. He has served as President of the USU Faculty Senate and has chaired many USU committees. In this fascinating conversation, Dr. Grunberg and I chat about the neurobiology of addiction, the potential for nicotine in pharmaceutical drugs, what nicotine does to your brain, and Dr. Grunberg's thoughts on the growing psychedelics movement.


    Who is Dr. Neil Grunberg? 
    Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., is Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine (MEM), Medical & Clinical Psychology (MPS), and Neuroscience (NES) in the Uniformed Services University (USU) School of Medicine (SOM); Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN); Director of Research and Development in the USU Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program; and Director of Faculty Development for MEM. He is a medical and social psychologist who has been on faculty at USU since 1979.  His role in LEAD is to ensure that the LEAD program and sessions are based upon sound evidence and scholarship and to oversee original research relevant to leadership education and training.
    Dr. Grunberg earned baccalaureate degrees in Medical Microbiology and Psychology from Stanford University (1975); earned M.A. (1977), M.Phil. (1979), and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Physiological and Social Psychology from Columbia University; and received doctoral training in Pharmacology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons under a National Research Service Award (NRSA, 1976-79). Dr. Grunberg helps train physicians, psychologists, and nurses to serve in the Armed Forces or Public Health Service, and scientists for research positions. He has published >180 papers addressing behavioral medicine, stress, and leadership. Dr. Grunberg has received awards from the U.S. Surgeon General, CDC, FDA, American Psychological Association, NIH, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and USU. He has served as President of the USU Faculty Senate and has chaired many USU committees.
    Dr. Grunberg is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Society for Behavioral Medicine. He is a founding member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Neuroscience, Sigma Xi, and the Academy of Medicine of Washington, D.C. He has been an editor for Addiction, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and US Surgeon Generals' Reports. He serves as a scientific consultant to the Maryland Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Resource Center, the Maryland Smoking Cessation Quitline (MD Quit), and the Maryland State Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment programs. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Wisdom Council, the editorial board of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, and a contributing reviewer to F1000 (an electronic biomedical research journal source).

    Highlights
    [5:01] What was Dr. Grunberg's first interest to study?
    [9:00] Nicotine dosing and addiction
    [16:50] Neurobiology of addiction
    [22:48] The effect of different delivery mechanisms
    [35:45] Are there benefits to nicotine?
    [46:07] Are lower doses addictive?
    [53:41] Who should avoid nicotine?
    [1:02:20] What does Dr. Grunberg think of the resurgence of psychedelics?

    Resources
    Stanley Schachter
    1988 Nicotine report
    Nicotine Dependence by Dr. Rachel Tyndale
    Yerkes Dodson function
    Zen in the Art of Archery

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Muscle, Organ Meat, and Bodybuilding with Ashleigh VanHouten

    Muscle, Organ Meat, and Bodybuilding with Ashleigh VanHouten

    Skeptical on Organ Meat? Ashleigh and I talk about the dark sides of bodybuilding and the benefits of organ meats and the impact of the carnivore diet (including carnivore fasting). The Muscle Maven’s book “It Takes Guts” provides a great path to enjoying and incorporating organ meat into your diet.

    Who is Ashleigh VanHouten? 
    Ashleigh is a health and nutrition author and journalist, speaker, podcast host, certified health coach, and self-proclaimed health and fitness nerd. 
    She has written for Paleo Magazine for more than eight years, as well as a number of other health publications. She hosts the Muscle Maven Radio podcast and has worked with other top-rated health-related podcasts.
    Ashleigh is also a Primal Blueprint Certified Expert and has her CrossFit Strongman and Olympic Lifting certifications. In her spare time, Ashleigh is a nationally qualified natural figure competitor and also trains in powerlifting and BJJ.

    Highlights
    [5:40] Ashleigh’s journey into the fitness realm
    [14:08] What would you do differently if you can do everything again?
    [22:20] Tendencies to push things to the extreme
    [25:30] Peptides and SARMs
    [30:11] Who is the carnivore diet for?
    [37:13] The importance of meat-based protein
    [41:48] Why should we care so much about organ meats?
    [52:52] Risks from overdoing organ meats

    Resources
    It Takes Guts
    US Wellness Meats
    Sacred Cow

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    Continue Your High Performance Journey with Ashleigh VanHouten
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    Disclaimer 
    This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. This is being provided as a self-help tool to help you understand your genetics, biodata and other information to enhance your performance. It is not medical or psychological advice. Virtuosity LLC, or Decoding Superhuman, is not a doctor. Virtuosity LLC is not treating, preventing, healing, or diagnosing disease. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. For the full Disclaimer, please go to (Decodingsuperhuman.com/disclaimer).


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Is CO2 Tolerance the Answer? Deeper Explorations in Breath with Patrick McKeown

    Is CO2 Tolerance the Answer? Deeper Explorations in Breath with Patrick McKeown

    Patrick McKeown, bestselling author of The Oxygen Advantage joins for round 2 on everything you need to know about breath work. Patrick and I delve into CO2 tolerance, freediving, capnography, and the specific protocols for training. He talks about devices and technologies that can be used to track your breathing.

    Who is Patrick McKeown? 
    Patrick’s book, The Oxygen Advantage (published in fourteen languages) combines the simulation of high-altitude training and specifically-formulated exercises which empower readers to improve their corporate and exercise performance. For the first time, individuals are afforded a reliable and accurate means to measure their progress using the Body Oxygen Level Test, enabling them to address poor breathing habits; understand in simple terms how oxygen is released to working muscles, and to practice breath hold exercises that naturally increase aerobic and anaerobic capacity. A summary of the science can be found at http://oxygenadvantage.com/science/
    To date, Patrick has worked with some of the top athletes in the world across a variety of sports including tennis, cycling, weight lifting, American Football, MMA and track and field.
    A TEDx Speaker, Patrick’s work has touched the lives of thousands and more worldwide.

    Highlights
    [4:08] CO2 tolerance
    [12:50] Training the lungs and the diaphragm 
    [18:51] Light breathing training
    [26:45] Length of breath work protocols
    [35:49] Resonant breathing frequencies
    [43:44] Capnography VS pulse oximeter devices
    [52:30] Breath Training protocol for busy people

    Resources
    The Oxygen Episode with Patrick McKeown
    The Oxygen Advantage
    Oxygen Advantage Website
    Buteyko International
    Konstantin Buteyko
    Buteyko belt
    Dr. George Dallam
    HeartMath emWave Pro
    Lipseal Tape
    Pulse Oximeter

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    It’s the closest thing that I found to NZT and I think you guys should try it out. 
    Get yours at troscriptions.com. Plug in the code BOOMER for an extra 10% off your limitless experience. 
    Full disclosure: I am involved with the company (I like the product that much).

    Resilient Nutrition
    The guys at resilient nutrition have done a fantastic job of tackling the endurance nutrition space. 
    Their first product, Long Range Fuel comes with not only what they describe as Beyond Nut Butter, energy-dense food, but also nutrients to support you in your endurance endeavors.
    I use for everything from cognitive endurance to my physical endurance. 
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    Continue Your High Performance Journey with Patrick McKeown
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    Disclaimer 
    This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. This is being provided as a self-help tool to help you understand your genetics, biodata and other information to enhance your performance. It is not medical or psychological advice. Virtuosity LLC, or Decoding Superhuman, is not a doctor. Virtuosity LLC is not treating, preventing, healing, or diagnosing disease. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. For the full Disclaimer, please go to (Decodingsuperhuman.com/disclaimer).


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Virtual Vacation: Routines, Rest, and Randomness with Dasha Maximov and Mads Friis

    Virtual Vacation: Routines, Rest, and Randomness with Dasha Maximov and Mads Friis

    I invited some of my closest friends, Dasha Maximov and Mads Friis, to join the show today. Dasha, Mads, and I play a game of drawing the question out of the hat amidst a fun conversation around biohacking, being happy, inner work, routines, and much more.

    Who is Dasha Maximov? 
    Dasha Maximov, former-management consultant turned health explorer, found that the available information for addressing her chronic pain and depression from multiple concussions was limited and frustrating. Specialists across the globe offered reductionist approaches and outdated recommendations. Her last brain injury was, ironically, when she was doing her masters in neuroscience. Knowing about the brain and feeling the frustration of shrugged shoulders, led her on a path of health exploration to take control of her health and educate herself on alternative ways to heal her brain. 
    In 2019, after healing many of her immediate, chronic pains via natural hacks, Dasha turned to bring this information to others by organizing The Health Optimisation Summit, Europe’s largest alternative, and preventative health conference. Quickly she saw that a gap existed in the health world surrounding women-specific health topics. 
    To solve this, she created WhealthCo, an online global community focused on evidence-based science for women. The online forum bridges together doctors, researchers, healers, and ‘laywomen’ to focus specifically on knowledge sharing about women’s health issues. Each week the forum has guest doctors and researchers provide answers to members’ questions. 
    Dasha believes that health is best achieved when a person is informed about their options and that this is possible only through connecting together and learning from each other. A problem is solved much quicker when there are diverse perspectives looking at it from multiple angles.

    Who is Mads Friis? 
    Mads Friis is the host of the Growth Island podcast which is focused on how to live a happy, healthy, and meaningful life. He is also a partner in the Venture/Startup studio/factory KRING where they utilize the knowledge from the podcast to build startups focused on health/biohacking. He has a background in Business and Psychology from Harvard and Copenhagen Business School. 
    When not nerding out on health-related aspects then he surfs, kitesurfs, skydives, or does other forms of movement.

    Highlights
    [6:26] What does a cheat day look like for Dasha and Mads?
    [13:05] Is Biohacking a cult?
    [20:45] Best gadget purchased in 2020 for under $100
    [28:42] What’s the line you would never cross for a better life?
    [37:00] The things that your friends and family will never understand about biohacking
    [1:07:30] What makes you really happy?

    Resources
    Kavaplex
    Discussing Kava with Cameron George
    Sensate 
    Man's Search for Meaning
    Blue Cannatine use code BOOMER for 10% off
    Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
    The Art of Happiness
    The Giver
    Protecting the Asset: A Conversation on Essentialism with Gregory McKeown
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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    • 1 hr 38 min

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Awesome Podcast!!!

Boomer, host of the Decoding Superhuman podcast, highlights all aspects of health, performance optimization and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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One of my top 5

Excellent podcast packed full of riveting information from amazing guests. The host Boomer Anderson does a great job interviewing and bringing his own knowledge and experience to the conversation.

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Currently my top health podcast

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