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Ep 76: Dr. Anne Andrews & Brain Chemistry
Principle Investigator at the Anne Andrews Research Group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Leads research on anxiety & depression
Trying to understand how neurotransmitters are used in chemical communication by coming up with new sensors to measure what’s going on.
Focus on serotonin system & how serotonin transporters influence behavior.
Ep 75: Shannon Jay, Abalone Diver & Cat Rescuer
From abalone hunter to national park service law enforcement to viral video cat rescuing star, Shannon Jay is the kind of guy you just love to sit down and listen to. A fantastic story teller, he is one of my favorite people to catch up with.
He talks about hunting giant red abalone on the Lost Coast, what he learned in 31 years of law enforcement (and some of the most important things he teaches) and his world famous (literally) cat rescuing stories from the burn zones of 3 major wildfires.
Ep 74: Stanford Graham, A Fast Runner
Stan Graham sticks out in any crowd. At 6'5" with a shock of white hair, he's a physical presence.
He can also move that mass pretty quickly. In October of 2019 he's aiming for a world record for the 50 and over crowd.
We talked about running a bit in the show, but went more deeply into his beliefs, how he got into running, and why he started Elements meals.
A rad human with a story worth sharing. Enjoy!
Ep 73: Scott Mann, Green Beret turned Storyteller
Scott Mann shares his journey from revenge-driven Green Beret "putting scalps on the barn" in Afghanistan to creative storyteller helping guide other veterans through the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life.
Scott takes us through his career including why he turned down a military command opportunity 3 times: "I joined to be a Green Beret, not a Colonel".
He tells us about his journey out of the military, how despite all his planning and outside stability he still started to flame out.
Scott walks us through how Bo Eason, a former NFL player turned actor, helped guide him through to his next journey.
Scott is a powerful speaker and a good human; I would have been stoked to have had his leadership when I was in the military.
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Ep 72: Currents of the Earth
Been working on this piece of writing for a while, thought I'd share one of the first drafts with you. As you'll hear, this comes from my experiences riding earth energy, would love to get your feedback on it. Rock on!
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Ep 71: Eric Bostrom, Motorcycles & Health
After a chance meeting while coaching young athletes I stayed in touch with Eric Bostrom for two reasons. First, he had a clean energy. I know that sounds pretty damn woo-woo, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve just learned to trust my gut more when it comes to meeting people.
Eric was soft spoken but from the moment I met him there was an obvious intensity to him.
That leads to the second reason: He was a champion motorcycle racer. You don't get to be a champion by being unfocused, and God knows I love the folks who can dial in focus to the white hot intensity of a thousand burning suns.
Getting on a motorcycle (for me) represents the fastest way to transition from the normal humdrum of life into an experience that puts you at mortal peril. One minute you’re straddling an inert piece of metal and plastic in front of your house, the next you’re in traffic, whipping along at speeds humans just weren’t meant to attain, surrounded by heavy and fast beasts that basically don’t notice or care whether you exist.
Bloody dangerous, and open to anyone crazy enough to swing a leg over and twist the throttle.
Racing motorcycles is a few steps further, and something I’ve always thought far too dangerous for me.
Eric is one of those guys who raced at a bunch of levels, who chased victory hard for years because that’s how he paid the bills, and who squeaked through the injury cycle of professional motorsports and out the other side with a combination of skill and luck.
On that far side of competition he created a solution for the neck and back pain that had come from the crashing, dings, and dents that are a part of hurtling through space with basically no protection.
At the end of the show we talk about the Backmate, which we use at the Paleo Treats office. Not only does the thing work and provide relief, it stands as a shining example of how to ROCK a Kickstarter campaign.
You’ll notice some common themes with Eric and Brian Enos. Competition forces you to get better. The more skilled you become, the better you are at listening to your environment. You don’t need to try harder to go faster, you need to think better.
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A great view on life
I was walking around the block laughing my head off and people were looking at me funny. Nik doesn’t hold back on any sacred cows he tells it like he sees it and I just love his straight up pitch. A thoroughly enjoyable use of time.