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.
Why Your Anxiety May Be Your Biggest Asset, How to Reclaim Your Body, Mind and Soul, and Much More with Julian Brass
In this discussion, you'll learn...
-What 'Own Your Anxiety' actually means...2:50
Being vulnerable enough to admit that you're anxious and still crush the anxious task
Anxiety is energy
"With the right lifestyle and mindset decisions, we can all own our anxiety"
-.Julian Brass' journey as an anxious, young entrepreneur to now...06:00
2008 Notable life: Solution to inspire young, professional millennials to live the 'notable life' with a well balanced lifestyle
Notable Awards - Awards for young professionals across Canada
9 years of running the business, Sold the company in 2017
Had his first anxiety attack at the launch of this first startup
Pro athletes and musicians are able to take nervous energy and transform it into an almost superhuman performance
Julian figured he could get "athlete-level" with his anxiety
Meditative state, picturing the energy and transforming it into propelling energy
-How we can normalize talking about our anxiety...15:55
>45 million adult sufferers of anxiety
Most common mental disorder in the Americas
Be very intentional about how and when we share, especially in the workplace
Using Julians anxious energy transfer tools accordingly
Opening up at the right place at the right time can create an authentic, vulnerable connection between yourself and others
Show up without judgement, especially for family
-Top reasons anxiety may be showing up...22:45
A worry of what could happen vs. real life anxiety triggers
"Anxiety is our life alarm," telling us something is wrong physically or metaphysically
Physical: Too much caffeine, sugar, drugs, alcohol
Metaphysical: Our feelings, beliefs, energetic space
-4 things to do right now if you're feeling anxious..29:10
Try to get out of the moment by realizing that this is just a sensation and ask yourself, "What can I do about this feeling?"
Try to dissect a previous anxious episode to understand why it happened
Reduce caffeine intake, try Matcha tea instead
Julian's fun anxiety reduction idea: "The Triple P" - Personal Power Points
-Julian's key tips for reclaiming body, mind and soul...36:25
Shifting your self talk
Moving your body - anxiety is energy
Hydration - women should consume 2-3 liters of water, men 3-4 liters
Empower yourself with the ability of knowing your direction in life
The mirror trick - shift our mirror dialogue to something confident
-Julian's best practices...42:45
Breath and gratitude
10 very deep breaths from nose to belly
"Grateful am I for..."
-What's next for Julian...45:35
Recently launched a new program to help people build their brand and a healthy entrepreneur mindset
Julian'shttps://www.instagram.com/julianbrass/ ( instagram)
Julian's https://julianbrass.com/ (website)
Bioethicist James Hughes On Human Enhancement Technologies, Political and Social Implications, Democratic Transhumanism, Psychedelics, Moral Personhood and the Illusion of Self
New technologies are coming in the near future that will push the boundaries of what we understand to be human and that will radically change what it means to be human. Cybernetic and biomedical technologies such as cloning, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are just a few of those and could make life better for everyone.
What this could mean is the elimination of most diseases, babies free of genetic defects, the creation of non-human sentient beings that may have legal rights and the possibility of near immortality.
All of these technologies hold great promise, but they also pose profound challenges to our culture, to our health and our democratic political systems.
When humans become more than human - "post-human" or "transhuman" - these new technologies will require new answers for questions, such as: What limits should we place on the freedom of individuals to control their own bodies? Who should own genes or other living things? And which technologies should be mandatory, which voluntary and which forbidden?
Democracies must assess and respond to these possibilities now and recognize the tremendous opportunities as well as the dangers, in order to actively decide what kind of society we want for ourselves and our children.
My guest today has devoted his life and career to pondering and answering these questions. James Hughes Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a bioethicist and sociologist who serves as the Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning for the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Dr.. Hughes holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future.
In this discussion, you'll learn...-Technology enhancements we can we expect in the near future...02:45Concerns: The issues we face with the emergence of these new technologies
Trends: increasing control over our bodies, brains and reproduction
The moral questions around controlling the brain
-How the moral dilemma plays out in the political arena...08:25-Bioconservatism vs libertarian transhumanism and the 'third' way: democratic transhumanism...15:30Book: Citizen Cyborg
Bioluddism (bioconservatism) vs. libertarian transhumanism (techno progressivism)
How being positive about these technological futures and not being anxious about social change is correlated with other social attitudes, particularly gender roles
-Transhumanism and religion...21:551600-1700: aspirations of healing the sick, raising the dead, achieving enlightenment, etc.
Religious views and transhumanistic views
-How James' Buddhist background informs his work...26:20Buddhism discusses the idea of transcending the human condition
Meta-ethical question: Why do we believe that any particular argument for right and wrong is the right argument?
-The Self, explained...31:15Buddhism = the rejection of a centralized self, we are verbs, not nouns
Debate of patterns in authentic personality
"The self is something real, but it's not a real thing. It's a vision"
Artificial intelligence may completely lose the thread of the illusion of "self"
-Will choosing to remain "biological" be considered a handicap in the future?...37:00Concerns and questions about people having "superpowers"
-The utilization of psychedelic drugs in transhumanism ...42:55The inclusion of plant medicine, MDMA, ketamine, LSD and DMT in enhancements
Creating lasting changes in open-mindedness, reduces fear response, increasing our sense of connection
Article: Tripping Our Way to Social Democracy
-When a being has the right to moral personhood...43:15Top 10 things that give a being moral personhood
John Locke: Enlightened Thinker (We're just our memories)
Moral personhood in animals as the next big debate
Cognitive enhancements of great apes
Why Everything You Know About Water May Be Wrong: Elisabeth Muhr On The 8 Parameters of Healthy Water, Consuming Natural water vs Engineered Water, Asbestos In Tap Water And More
Research has found that the three leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, and stroke—are caused predominantly by poor nutrition. While genetic factors do have an impact, it is possible to either accelerate disease processes or reverse them, through food choices. And water is an essential part of that. The water we consume has a profound impact on our immune system, our performance, our wellbeing and all over health.
Today I am talking to an expert on water. Elisabeth Muhr is a passionate advocate for improving global drinking water and an acknowledged expert in hydrobiology. She graduated from Vienna’s University of Environmental Engineering in Environmental Engineering and Ecology, and was a visiting lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona teaching “Ecology Applied to Landscape Architecture.” Additionally, the Austrian Tyrolian Government tapped her expertise to evaluate the ecological impact of hydropower plants and the influence of highways on ecology and human well-being.
Elisabeth is also the Co-Founder of Hallstein Water, a company renown for producing the highest quality drinking water in the world, emanating from an artesian aquifer, 700 ft deep in a layer of rock beneath the Dachstein mountain in Austria. It is the only water not pumped, filtered or treated, neither chemically nor mechanically.
In this discussion, you'll hear...
- The history of Hallstein Water...05:55
- Why marketing and packaging of water is so confusing ad often purposefully misleading...10:05
-Debunking common beliefs on so called "healthy" water...13:00
Reverse osmosis machines
Alkaline water and babies
-The quality, or lack thereof, of our tap water...17:40
Infrastructure problem leads to asbestos being found in tap water
2% of tap water is consumed
98% is used
Some big name brands selling filtered tap water as bottled wate
- The 8 core parameters of good water quality...21:30
https://www.hallsteinwater.com/ (Hallstein Water)
https://www.linkedin.com/company/alpinewatergmbh/ (Elizabeth's LinkedIn)
Renegade Beauty: Nadine Artemis on Rebalancing the Skin Microbiome with Sunlight, Clear Gut means Clear Skin, Dental Microbiome and Cognitive Health, Celebrating Our Pheromones and Much More!
Today, I'm speaking with a visionary in the fields of holistic beauty and wellness. Nadine Artemis is an aromacologist, and has been a green beauty botanical formulator for over 25 years. She has pioneered the Beyond Organic luxury skincare, and wellness brand https://livinglibations.com/ (Living Libations), a company that provides the highest integrity botanical products for outer end, inner beauty and balance. Her line of essential oil serums and elixirs has culled a following around the globe.
Full disclosure. I am one of the biggest fans, and the wonderful thing about Living Libations is it's a company that is a women-led operation. It's celebrated for its forward thinking culture and philosophy, including a de-centralized and self-organizing management method, as well as an established record of embracing fair trade and ethical farming and harvesting practices.
Nadine is also a speaker educator and the author of the books, Holistic Dental Care, as well as the book, Renegade Beauty. The concept of Renegade Beauty focuses on an ethical alternative to costly cosmetics, problematic pharmaceuticals and environment eroding chemicals.
Nadine's mission is to inspire people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness. And she is someone whose knowledge and products have uplifted my life over the last year.
In my conversation with Nadine, you'll learn:-The importance of pheromones in armpit care...03:30
Poetic Hip deodorant
Pheromone communication system
-Damaging affects of conventional skin care products...10:20
Work with the body's microbiome
Modern skin care disrupts and mutates the human ecosystem
Good bacteria on skin = natural beautician
-Nadine's suggested skin care routine...14:45
Clean water source
Wash with oil
Best Skin Ever
True organic virgin olive oil, jojoba oil or organic virgin coconut oil
Organic hemp cloth
Clean water rinse
Best Skin Ever or Olive oil as moisturizer
Always include neck area too
Nature and sun exposure
-How long it takes to detoxify and rebalance the skin...19:15
Typically 48 hours - 30 days
Significant cystic acne relief
96% of the time, no detox phase
4-5% of the time, 1-2 week detox phase
-Best DIY skin detox methods...22:30
Turning on your protective genes
Natural extracts = botanical antibiotics
-Importance of sun exposure to overall health and resilience...26:20
Concerns with Melasma
Oxybenzine in chemical sunscreen is not carcinogenic until its exposed to sunlight
1920s - heliotherapy to cure variety of diseases
Sun exposure health benefits
Reduces breast cancer risk by 50% with a body that is sufficient in vitamin D, alone
80-90% of adults are vitamin D deficient
-Water soluble vs. fat soluble vitamin D products...32:35
Issues with sunscreen = blocks UVB rays
Roles of UVB and UVA rays
Direct correlation between vitamin D levels and severity of COVID-19 illness
Melanin based sunscreen system - again, working with the body
-Connection between skin health and gut...38:20
Blackheads could be from constipation
Acne around chin could be an issue with digestion and liver function
Daily probiotic enzymes
Clear gut = clear skin
What is our skin trying to communicate to us?
-The important role of the dental microbiome...40:05
Living libations dental hygiene product line
Connection between dental microbiome and cognitive health
Keys for healthy dental microbiome:
8 step mouth care on Nadine's website
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar vs. commercial products
Dental microbiome affects our gut and our brain
-Nadine's best practices...43:55
Taking the time to meditate
Connect with Nadine:
Resources mentioned:https://livinglibations.com/ (Living Li
The Mighty Phallus Has Fallen: Dr. Emily Willingham Puts Male Genitalia In Its Proper Place
As a culture, we are obsessed with penises. Our society often associates the phallus with social power and worth. And the pervasive focus on the phallus has a greater and potentially more negative impact on a plethora of issues, such as the self worth of women and men and gender equality, than many realize.
Today I am talking to an expert on all things penis.
Emily Willingham is the author of Phallacy: Life Lessons From the Animal Penis. Her writing has also been published in the New York Times, Scientific American, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and many others. She has a PhD in biological sciences and a BA in English literature, both from The University of Texas at Austin.
In Phallacy, Emily Willingham explores animal genitalia while also delving into the social and cultural significance of penises as symbols of power and identity. She challenges the notion that the penis makes the man and the fallacy sold to many of us is that the penis signals dominance and power.
In short: Emily Willingham thinks it's time to put the human penis into perspective ... for the sake of all of humanity.
In this episode, you'll hear:
The roots of our culture unhealthy obsession with Penises...02:25Book: Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis
Anthropologist, Wednesday Martin
Roman beliefs of the male role
Penis trees and plants
How the human penis measures up to the animal kingdom?...08:10The human penis is not so spectacular in comparison to some animals
Dr. Emily breaks down the vast diversity of penises in the animal kingdom
Why men are deathly afraid of losing their manhood...12:10Witches would gain more power by eating a man's penis
The glamour of penises stems from witches and fairy tales
Why penises have been historically more fascinating than vaginas...14:10The truth behind the roles the penis and vagina play in evolutionary biology
The sexism of the female cycle
YouTube of pink plastic gloves on SharTtank
How menstruation was viewed as something unclean and shameful
What the experts get wrong about female sexual desire...20:35The narrative imposed on women is completely contradictory to how women were biologically wired
Book: The Pleasure Gap by Catherine Roland
How differing narratives on the human sexuality inform public policy...21:25Sexual politics + building roles around penises
Socioculturally and psychologically, we need an intentional language shift
How the social discussion around transgender roles contradict biology...23:35Biology does not support binary gender roles
How the mighty phallus has fallen...25:00The fall has come as men send pictures of their penises rather than their faces
We should focus on the brain, not the penis
How to shift the assumptions that the penis = masculinity...27:40Shifting the language will create a cultural shift and acceptance
Constraint in our culture about how boys and men are allowed to express themselves
Parental support in gender identification
How the discussion of size is detrimental to self-worth...30:45Humans don't have super large penises relative to the animal kingdom
"Small dick" vs "Big dick" attitudes
Dr. Emily talks about her new book...32:55Being published later this year: The Tailored Brain
Micro-dosing, Ketamine, pets and companionship
Uplifting others allows us to uplift ourselves as well
Emily's best practices...35:15Non-negotiable daily walks with her partner
Unlock Your Inner Champion: Shayamal Vallabhjee on Optimizing Mental, Physical and Emotional Performance, Creating Genius Habits, Tapping Into Intuition and Much More!
How can we unlock the champion in ourselves? How can we optimize human performance mentally, emotionally, and physically? This is the quest of all peak performers. And my guest today is not only a peak performer himself, but is a sought after expert in self-transformation and personal mastery, Shayamal Vallabhjee is a South African sports scientist and performance coach.
He's the author of five books on sports science and motivation, a TEDx speaker and Men's Health Trainer Of The Year. He has two decades of on field experience with olympians and championship winning teams, works with athletes and executives to unlock their potential mentally, physically, and emotionally.
He has also spent three years of his life as a monk and in his new book ''Breathe, Believe, Balance'' he shares his combined knowledge and experience from the world of science, spirituality and psychology. His dream is to touch the lives of a million children by making sports an equal opportunity platform, devoid of politics, religion, race, gender, or social economic basis.
In my conversation with Shayamal you'll hear...03:21 Becoming a sports scientist, psychologist and high performance coach in apartheid-era South Africa
06:26 The unseen effects of discrimination
08:00 Studying ancestral wisdom
10:35 ''We can't trust the sources of supplementation we are getting''
12:11 Lessons learned from a monastic life and the bedrock of learning
22:52 Daily routine including fasting, breath work and meditation
27:00 By observing nature we gain wisdom
28:03 ESP and ''The Secret Life of Trees''
30:22 Using the five natural elements as supplements
33:33 Breath work for different energy types. It's not a ''one size fits all'' prescription and why you should never eat when you're angry
36:25 Rice, wheat and corn are behind most of our illnesses
39:20 A new theory around flow states
44:30 Helping peak performers who fear listening to intuition and how to measure it
50:30 Shayamal's practices
Resources mentioned:https://amzn.to/3vmfRfA (Breathe, Believe, Balance by Shayamal Vallabhjee)
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!