Superhumanize and learn how to transform and transcend your human experience, and achieve the highest potential of mind, body and spirit. Our host Ariane Sommer brings you deeply insightful interviews with the global thought leaders in health, personal development, business, biohacking, science and spirituality - to inspire YOU to live your best life ever.
Ariane is a published author, vegan biohacker and wellness entrepreneur, journalist and keynote speaker.
Born in Germany and growing up in diverse places including Sierra Leone, India, Spain, the UK and the United States, Ariane has a unique global perspective on our individual struggles, as well as the challenges we face as the collective human family.
The Superhumanize Podcast was born out of Ariane’s passionate quest to create the ultimate human experience, merging the best of ancient wisdom with cutting edge scientific discoveries and advanced technologies.
Kimberly Evans on Female Leadership in Finance, Diversity and Inclusion, Transformative Business Strategies, Maximizing Team Talent and How To Navigate The Current Financial Landscape While Prospering Long Term
What does it take to excel as a female leader in a male dominated environment? The following conversation is about so much more than the secrets of success of women in finance. It's about overcoming life adversities and major obstacles and being the best version of yourself along the way. It is about elevating others by focusing on diversity and inclusion.
My guest, Kimberly Evans is an executive vice president at Northern Trust and Alternative Fund Services. She's the North America Head of Private Capital Fund Services where assets under her administration have grown by 82% since her appointment in 2018. Prior to this role, she led the Governmental, Sovereign Wealth, and Taft Hartley/Union pension and treasury business, in the US, Central and South America. with over 880 billion US dollars in assets in her custody. Kimberly currently also serves as the President of the Women in Leadership Business Resource Council at Northern Trust whose mission is to engage and empower women in the workplace.
With over 25 years of experience, Kim is a business transformation expert. Kim has developed, led, and executed business and change strategies for five financial services organizations, managed teams in six countries, and has implemented technical and organizational programs that have impacted over 27,000 financial services professionals throughout her career.
She has also owned and operated businesses as an independent consultant and as a franchise owner. Kim’s core expertise includes creating and executing business strategy, developing and maximizing talent, and ultimately driving change and transformation to make organizations competitive, effective and efficient.
In 2020 she was named one of the Leading Women in Hedgefunds and in 2019 she was named a Chicago United 2019 Business Leader of Color and was also recognized as a Leader in Philanthropy by the University of Chicago.
In this conversation, you'll discover...
-What it takes to become a successful female leader in the still, male dominated financial world...03:40
-How women can voice their contributions in the workforce...09:00
-Why the best thing you can do is shine and share your shine...13:30
-How Kimberly got started in business...16:05
-The secret in Kimberly's secret sauce of success...19:30
-The practice of preparing, the tools Kimberly uses to own the room every time...24:40
-How the average investor can navigate the current financial landscape...26:35
-"Yesterday's success means nothing today;" where Kimberly gets her motivation...32:35
"Some days of making it count includes restoration"
-The most important lesson Kim learned from her near fatal car accident...37:55
-The perfect time to start...41:50
-How Kimberly navigates the many emotional dynamics within a team...44:30
-The current global trends that could have major impacts on investment decisions...48:45
Environmental Social Governments (ESG)
-How to connect with Kimberly...53:05
Kimberly's https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-evans-9125a9a/ (linkedIn)
https://www.northerntrust.com/united-states/who-we-serve (Northern Trust )
How To Re-Program Your Brain To Stop Trauma Loops And Increase Performance with Dr. Don Wood
Many of us deal with unresolved trauma or disturbing experiences from our past and we try to cope with it the best we can. There is a broad spectrum of trauma that affects us and influences our lives in countless ways.
According to my guest today, it is possible to eliminate traumatic responses instead of just coping with them. Dr. Don Wood is the founder of the Inspired Performance Institute and the author of You Must Be Out Of Your Mind: We All Need A Reboot and his newest book, Emotional Concussions.
Dr. Wood is an expert on emotional trauma and during his years of research, he coined the term, "emotional concussions," which are events and experiences in life that may have had a profound effect on our current behavior and habits.
Dr. Wood discovered that traumatic subconscious blocks, PTSD-like symptoms, as well as health issues related to an overactive sympathetic nervous system can be eliminated and rebooted with a simple and non-invasive program. The same neuroscience based program also helps his patients overcome impediments with regards to their progress in business, relationship issues and athletic performance.
As Dr. Wood says, "Nothing is wrong with you, you might simply just need a reboot."
In this episode, you'll discover...
-Dr. Don's reasoning for not calling his program 'trauma therapy'...02:30
-Emotional concussions: What they are and what specific signs to be aware of...03:20
-How to identify WHY we procrastinate...06:30
-How society programs us to manage our emotional concussions rather than FIX them...11:05
-The breakdown of Dr. Don's 4 hour program and why it is so powerful...13:10
-Why it's not important to share your traumatic experience during the program...19:25
-Our brains and bodies are self-healing, so why do we need help to heal our traumas?3:35...21:20
-The three things we actually need to heal our trauma...23:34
"I never told you I had a fear of heights, but now it's gone"
-The success rate of Dr. Don's program and who it can help...26:00
-The constant lion loop: What it is and how it can affect physical health for your entire life...27:15
-Our two memory systems and how they work...30:10
-The one-and-done program that helps you stop constant re-looping of trauma...33:55
https://www.drwoodphd.com/ (The Inspired Performance Institute)
-How emotional concussions are linked to performance...35:50
-Getting to the root of trauma, even if someone is unaware of stored trauma...40:15
-Dr. Don's practices...45:45
Dr. Don's https://www.drwoodphd.com/ (website)
Dr. Don's https://www.instagram.com/drdonwood/ (Instagram)
Retired Navy SEAL Nick Norris on Optimizing Sleep, Use of Ibogaine to Heal and Improve Performance, The #1 Characteristic of a High Performing Team and Much More
Navy SEAL teams are renowned worldwide to be at the absolute top of their game, physically and mentally. It takes a very strong mindset and endurance to become part of this elite group of highly trained warriors. My guest today, Nick Norris is a graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Class 247.
Upon completion of SEAL training in 2004, Nick assumed progressively higher positions of leadership within Naval Special Warfare. His deployed roles included combat advisor to Iraqi and Afghan military units, Cross Functional Team Leader, and Ground Force Commander during combat operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
After transitioning off Active Duty, Nick had to battle with depression, and after all other treatments failed, he went an unusual route and sought treatment with ibogaine. This is the psychoactive substance found in plants like Iboga. The compound ibogaine is currently getting a lot of attention via international clinical studies as a treatment for addictions and also for issues such as depression.
Nick's mission today is helping others heal and optimize their lives. He is the executive director of the C4 Foundation, which provides support and resources through science-based programs to active duty Navy SEALs and their families. He is a board member of Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, a nonprofit focused on ending the veteran suicide epidemic via resources, research, and advocacy related to psychedelic assisted therapy.
Nick is also the co-founder and CEO of Protekt Products, a wellness company that focuses on personal care products and nutritional supplements. Both Protekt, and the C4 Foundation value the power of time spent in the outdoors and the positive impact it has on overall wellbeing.
In my conversation with Nick, you'll discover...-Why Nick decided to become a Navy SEAL...-How to avoid being impacted by other people's negative opinions...-About Nicks preparation for Navy SEAL qualification...Ultrarunning
Cold water training
-Why high stress training made Nick better in combat...SEAL training exercises were more stressful than actual combat
Pressure and stress help you perform at a better level
Inoculated Nick against the shock of stress/uncertainty
-The role of failure in success...Fail quickly
"If you're making the same mistake twice, you're not learning from the experience"
Constantly expose weaknesses to your SEAL team
Take ownership and accountability
Jocko Willink's Book: Extreme Ownership
-#1 characteristic of successful high performance teams...Humility
-Nick's transition from military to private sector life...Repurposing life became all consuming
Lost focus on family
Transition led to feeling lost
Difficulty with humility
-Nick's use of ibogaine as a healing modality...Ibogaine derived from the Iboga plant
Psychoactive substance, considered strongest plant medicine on planet
Nonprofit VETS - Veterans Explore Treatment Solutions
Pre-ibogaine protocol = Bloodwork + EKG
Significant preparation: meditation, journaling
VETS is doing a study with Stanford on the effects of brain inflammation and ibogaine
MTBI is the root cause for a lot of PTSD symptoms in veterans
Nick's noticed immediate benefits:
Physically felt better
Felt detoxified and healthier
Better mental clarity
"I got to debrief my life"
Nick's long term benefits:
Made course corrections in relationships and marriage
Focus on friendships
Galvanized personal accountability
Motivation to maintain meditation, diet, exercise
-If you fear losing your "warrior edge" when taking plant medicine...You don't lose the edge
Nick changed for the better after ibogaine
Submit to being vulnerable
Ask for support
-How Nick's ibogaine experience improved his physical performance...Ibogaine is not a performance enhancing drug
Immediate improvement came from reduced inflammation in the brain
More self compassionate as a...
Jodi Cohen On How Essential Oils Are Vital to a Healthy Nervous System, Detoxing the Brain, Optimizing Mitochondrial Function and Much More!
I thought I knew everything there was to know about essential oils. They've been an important part of my life ever since I lived in new Delhi, India when I was four years old. My childhood there smelled like Jasmine and frankincense. And I also remember the neem oil that was put on my skin to soothe it when I had a wreck.
Today I use essential oils all throughout the day, whether it's to enhance my mood by diffusing them into the air. Or whether it's for beauty, by applying them to my skin, such as rose oil or to help my immune system, for example, with oil of oregano.
And until I came across Jodi Cohen, I thought I was kind of an expert on all things essential oils.
Turns out I was not!
In this discussion, you'll learn...-How Jodi got started with Essential oils...02:40Needed healthy adrenal gland support
Rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, menuka and galbanum
https://vibrantblueoils.com/ (Vibrant Blue Oils)
-How to subdue anxiety and calm panic attacks...06:10Oils are small enough to get through blood brain barrier
3 factors trigger fear response in anxiety:
Autonomic nervous system
Kevin Tracy - FDA approved epilepsy treatment
Subduing anxiety - placement of stimulating oils
Panic attack hack - how you use oils
Anxiety = overactive right frontal lobe
Smelling anything through left nostril balances out frontal lobe and decreases anxiety
-Why the autonomic nervous system is so vital to maintaining health...13:10Body signals for danger in sympathetic state
Blood flow and oxygen flow directed to arms and legs so that you may run
Immune function is down regulated
Inflammation is temporarily paused
Can't heal when you're in sympathetic state
Parasympathetic state allows for easier and faster healing as all functions are working properly
-Vagus nerve infection hypothesis...15:25Dr. Christine Shotner - sonogram photos of neck
Majority of toxins are taken in through the mouth and drain along the jaw toward maxoid bone
Neurons take on toxins and create small infection in neck
Sending danger response to whole body
Sympathetic responses cause negative effects on body
Clove - detoxifying agents
-Maintenance protocol for detoxifying the brain...18:55Reboot the Brain kit: circadian rhythm oil, lymph oil, parasympathetic oil
Topically applying oils in a downward motion along neck = better lymphatic function levels
Toxins trigger the immune system and create inflammation
Inflammation causes many neurodegenerative diseases
Goal: decrease inflammation in brain
-What you will find in Jodi's book...23:50Essential Oils to Boost The Brain and Heal The Body
5 common imbalances in most patients:
Lack of sleep
Lacking mental and physical energy
Signs of inflammation
How and why oils work
5 areas of imbalance and explains what's going on
Exact oil recipes for proper treatment
Book: Healing With Essential Oils
-Oils that balance homeostasis and optimize mitochondrial function...27:20Need to be in parasympathetic state to release toxins
Ensure that drainage pathways are open
Toxins line cell membrane; Oils help clean cell membrane
Oregano and thyme
-Vibrational frequency and essential oils...29:40Healing is Voltage by Jerry Tennant
Up-regulate energy and get body to higher vibration
-History of Rose oil in exorcisms...31:25High frequency use
Rose and Frankincense historically are used before performing exorcisms
Combination allows protection thanks to its high energetic frequency
Mood lifting and protection from low frequency vibrations
-What you should know about oils...33:35Try to buy organic
Don't worry too much
-Vibrant Blue Oils developments...35:30Resilience blend
What worked for Jodi - coming soon in her next book
Mailing cute cards to friends
Sense of humor
Resources mentioned in this...
Former FBI Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Agent Joe Navarro On How To Be A Better Observer, Read Body Language And Becoming Exceptional
Being able to read others and being skilled in communicating well is a key to successful living and an absolute requirement to being a successful leader. Today's guest, Joe Navarro, is one of the most respected experts in the field. And his personal story is a fascinating one.
Not many can say they were personally approached to join the FBI, but this is exactly what happened to Joe Navarro at the age of 23. He accepted their offer and became one of the youngest agents ever to join the agency.
Joe spent the next 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism, pursuing spies and other dangerous criminals across the globe.
Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of nonverbal communications. His acumen in this field and his success as a spy-catcher, led Joe to begin training FBI agents and the intelligence community.
Today Joe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on reading nonverbal communications. An internationally bestselling author, Joe has published 14 books about human behavior and body language.
His books include the #1 selling body language book in the world, What Every BODY Is Saying, and his new book, "Be Exceptional" is the culmination of the 40 years Joe spent analyzing human behavior, with more than 10,000 interviews in the field and countless high-stakes behavioral assessments.
In Joe's former line of work successful leadership was literally a matter of life and death. And in Be Exceptional he distills his experience into the five key principles that outstanding individuals live by.
In this episode, you'll discover:-How being a Cuban refugee has influenced Joe's life and led him to reading body language...03:10
-The universal history of nonverbal communication and how it differs amongst cultures...07:05
-How Joe got involved with the FBI and what he learned over his 25 year career...12:00
Behavioral Analysis program
-Behavioral cues that everyone needs to know for survival and how to stay safe...19:45
Joe's book: http://joenavarro.net/ (Dangerous Personalities)
-5 Key traits that set extraordinary people apart...30:10
Joes's book:https://www.amazon.com/Be-Exceptional-Master-Traits-Extraordinary/dp/0063025396 ( Be Exceptional)
"To be exceptional, you have to do exceptional things"
-What you can do to become a better observer...39:35
-Why observation is the key to innovation...42:55
-Universal body language characteristics of a true leader...44:20
Joe's latest book, https://www.amazon.com/Be-Exceptional-Master-Traits-Extraordinary/dp/0063025396 (Be Exceptional)
Joe'shttp://joenavarro.net/ ( website)
Dr. Rachel Yehuda On MDMA and Psilocybin Treatments for PTSD, Biological and Generational Trauma Studied in Holocaust Survivors
At present, we're witnessing exciting developments with regards to novel and effective treatments for trauma and PTSD. There have been compelling results using substances like MDMA and psilocybin, and they could become absolute game changers with how we treat individual and maybe even collective suffering and trauma in the future.
My guest today, Dr. Rachel Yehuda, is the director of the Center for the Study of Psychedelic Psychotherapy and a professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Yehuda has researched trauma and its treatment for three decades. She has authored more than 450 published papers in the field of trauma and resilience.
Her work with populations, including military veterans and Holocaust survivors, has revealed the underlying biology of trauma and PTSD, including its intergenerational effects.
In my discussion with Dr. Yehuda, you'll learn...-Why the government is suddenly interested in psychedelics again...03:15Randomized clinical control trails are showing great efficacy for treatment of PTSD and depression
-MDMA treatment for PTSD...04:55Synthesized in 1912
Recent studies at MAPs (multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelics)
MDMA in psychotherapy is very helpful for PTSD patients
Still doing research and waiting for approval to begin treatment
-Pharmacologic effects of MDMA and how it helps heal...07:30Releases serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine
Still unsure if the surge of hormones is what gives the therapeutic effects
It's still a very big mystery that needs more research
Learning how best to facilitate the therapeutic process
Helps people feel more open, feel more self-compassion, are more ready to engage in a trusting relationship - these qualities are what is conducive to healing
-Effectiveness of therapeutic MDMA treatment...11:50Medicine is administered to suppress symptoms; MDMA treatment is an acute administration that will allow someone to experience transformational change
The goal is that they will no longer have to suppress symptoms
"Psychedelics are to psychiatry as the telescope is to astronomy"
Stuck in a narrative
-How trauma affects us biologically...15:50The question of whether PTSD be something pathological or something that teaches us to cope and adapt
The effects of trauma are systemic and very overwhelming to metabolize
Not all trauma effects are "bad"
Psychedelic psychotherapy helps to accept the trauma and make space for it
Most successful path is to learn from the trauma and grow through the trauma
-Intergenerational trauma link and Intergeneration transmission...27:25Study of Holocaust survivors and genetics of 22 survivors born from these survivors
The children of people who have been exposed to trauma may also feel affected
American Journal of Psychiatry: Epigenetic's on the stress related gene in Holocaust survivors vs. Jewish children of American parents that were not exposed to the Holocaust
Experiences with ancestral heritage can intersect in our own lives
-What influenced Dr. Rachel Yehuda to become a scientist...35:15Philosophy background
Curiosity of what our purpose is and why we are here
-Psilocybin for therapeutic PTSD treatment...37:05Companies focused on psychedelic treatment
-The importance of bullet-proof science in studying psychedelics for therapy...38:05Creating knowledge about how these drugs work with psychotherapy and without
Clinical trials, science and discoveries are important
Currently evaluating individual differences in people and environments in various treatments
-Dr. Yehuda's experience from therapeutic MDMA...44:15FDA protocol says therapists must also experience the same therapy
Yehuda was in a study where she experienced placebo one day and psychedelics another day
8 hours of psychotherapy + placebo day was very beneficial for her
Experienced safety, self-compassion and willingness to open up
-Rachel's practices...47:35Walk daily in
Love this show! Health and wellness with a spiritual and scientific perspective!
Love this wellness podcast
A truly inspiring podcast that adds something positive to my life, every time I listen. Thank you, Ariane.
Great biohacking content!
Ariane is a wealth of knowlege and always has amazing guests!