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.
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 w
Wade Lightheart On Building the Body From the Inside Out, The Warning Sign You’re Ignoring for Your GI System, Enzymes for Recovery and More
Did you know that over 12% of emergency room hospital visits are related to gastrointestinal disorders? Recent research suggests digestion issues affect over 100 million people per day in the United States alone. And many of these people are using over-the-counter or prescription medications to combat the distress, pain and social embarrassment related to digestive problems.
Unfortunately, many of the common treatments and prescriptions are actually compounding digestive dysfunction with unintended complications, over time treating symptoms, but not the root cause. Digestive health information, digestive health diets, and products are some of the fastest growing trends in the health high performance industry.
And today I'm talking to Wade Lightheart. He is an author, athlete and nutritionist and specializes on fixing digestion. Wade is a three time Canadian national all natural bodybuilding champion who competed as a vegetarian, a former Mr. Universe competitor, and host of a really cool podcast, Awesome Health.
He majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick and has authored many books on health, nutrition, and exercise, which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He is the Co-Founder and President at BiOptimizers, a digestive and health optimization company.
In my conversation with Wade, you'll discover:-Wade's background, and what got him interested in GI issues...02:45-Building the body from the inside out...07:00-How to develop a mindset that will allow for success in your health and life...10:15-Three components to healthy digestion...16:45-About the probiotic produced by BiOptimizers and why they only use one strain...23:15-Why we need enzymes to assist with digestion...28:42-How to know when to use which enzymes...33:45-The biggest mistakes people make when using digestive enzymes...35:36-How to use enzymes for recovery and while fasting...41:25-What warning signs of bad digestion might we be ignoring?...43:02-The most underestimated element of fixing the digestive system...48:03-How to build and maintain muscle on a low-protein, vegetarian diet...49:45-Wade's practices...50:55-And much more!Resources mentioned:-https://bioptimizers.com/ (BiOptimizers website)
-BiOptimizers social media
-https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bioptimizers-awesome-health-podcast/id1265940397 (Awesome Health Podcast)
-https://amzn.to/3kOWutB (Education of a Bodybuilder)
-https://amzn.to/3zfZbZ4 (The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell)
-https://amzn.to/3BlEEEd (The Wizard of Us)
Sleep Quality and Sleep Cycles, Why Your Wearable Can’t Control Your Sleep, How to Overcome Insomnia, and Much More with Suzanne Byrne!
We spend about one third of our life doing it or attempting to do it. I'm talking about sleeping. Sleep is one of the most important pillars of health, longevity, and peak performance. And research shows it's not the number of hours of sleep that we get that matters most. If we want to be more productive, stronger, and happier, we need to focus on optimizing the quality of our sleep.
Amongst other, high quality sleep helps improve brain function, protects our heart, balances our hormones, fights fat and boosts athletic performance. Half of all people in America say they suffer from insomnia and millions are using prescription medications for sleep. Sadly, those pills have a long list of side effects and don't address the root problem of why people can't sleep in the first place.
That's why I'm very excited today to speak to Suzanne Byrne, an expert on sleep and peak performance. Suzanne has been implementing effective fatigue management programs with professional and high performance athletes and teams for a decade. She has worked with sports teams and major leagues around the world, including the NBA, NHL and NFL, in addition to multiple university, Olympic and national teams.
Suzanne herself is a former NCAA volleyball player and award winning athlete. She has a recently co-authored the groundbreaking book Inconvenient Sleep: Why Teams Win and Lose, to help educate the readers on the importance and complexities of sleep and how sleep affects performance.
In this conversation, you'll learn...-How Suzanne got into sleep studies...03:05Sleep research is very new, only started in 1940
American sleep researcher and founder of the Sleep Research Center at Stanford University William C. Dement
Book: Inconvenient Sleep
Helzberg's EEG in the 1930's paved the way to brain mapping while sleeping
Cultural and social misconceptions about sleep
-Biggest misconceptions about sleep...07:15http://byrne-co.com/ (Elite Fatigue Solutions)
In order to sleep better, I need a better mattress
Assumed sleep disorders
-Difference in quality of sleep and sleep cycles...08:30Sleep cycles are determined by our brains, we have no control over them
Typical sleep cycle: light sleep - deep sleep - REM
Most of the population doesn't fall under the typical sleep cycle
The many reasons we're not sleeping
-How to find the root cause of sleep problems...10:30Sleep questionnaire
Medical gradehttps://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-actigraphy-3015130 ( ActiGraph) helps find sleep problems
AI medicine program: Sleep-EVAL
Sleep research is so new, there might not be answers for your problem yet
-Best ways to tackle insomnia and stress related sleep issues...13:10Insomnia is the inability to fall and stay asleep
Most common self diagnosed sleep disorder
There is no one fix
Meditation, stretching, decompressing before bed
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to retrain your brain
Alcohol and marijuana can mess up sleep stages and are not recommended
-Why most products or technology for sleep are NOT recommended...16:05Gadgets and supplements are bandaid solutions and don't address the root cause
ActiGraph that you can buy on the market are not the most accurate
There are still no ActiGraph's on the market that can tell you what sleep state you're actually in
Your sleep is determined by your brain, not your wrist
-The current state of sleep research and what we can look forward to...19:20-How the average person can incorporate better sleep practices...21:30Sleep hygiene
Night lights for midnight bathroom breaks
Keeping a schedule
Jet-lag recovery - recommends to maximize sleep up until travel day, easier to recover
Sleep when you're tired
-Negative effects of living in a sleep deprived state...26:35-Suzanne's practices...28:15
Derek Gaunt On Hostage Negotiation Tactics For Business And Life, Managing Egos And Difficult Emotions
Many things in life are based on negotiation and being able to successfully conduct one, sometimes even our lives and livelihoods depend on it. My guest today is an expert on all things negotiation.
Derek Gaunt is a lecturer, author of Ego, Authority, Failure, and trainer with 29 years of law enforcement experience, 20 of which as a team member, leader and then commander of hostage negotiations teams in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is a hostage negotiation and incident command subject matter expert who frequently speaks at hostage negotiations and SWAT conferences across the country.
As a member of the Black Swan Group, he is a negotiation trainer and personal coach. Derek has trained throughout the US and around the world, instructing business organizations on how to apply hostage negotiation practices and principles to their world.
In this discussion, you'll learn...-How Derek became passionate about hostage negotiation...01:40Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
-How to train your mind to keep calm in high risk situations...05:15FMRI emotions in the brain
-Why the counter-attack is the worst thing you can do...08:30-The most challenging hostage situation in Derek's career...11:30-How to learn from hostage negotiation communication skills...14:30-Emotional empathy vs. tactical empathy...18:30-Why mindset and empathy is the best way to overcome the fear of getting it wrong...20:20-What forced empathy is and why it's a powerful negotiation tactic...24:25-The five levels of listening...27:23-The biggest lesson Derek has taken from his career as a hostage negotiator...29:15-Common mistakes that big corporations and CEO's tend to make in negotiations...31:50-What to do when you detect deception from your counterpart...34:10-How to position yourself on top with the Oprah Winfrey rule...38:17-Derek's practices...41:30About Derek: Derek Gaunt is a lecturer, author of "Ego, Authority, Failure: Using Emotional Intelligence Like a Hostage Negotiator to Succeed as a Leader." He's a trainer with 29 years of law enforcement experience, 20 of which as a team member, leader and then commander of hostage negotiations teams in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is a hostage negotiation and incident command subject matter expert who frequently speaks at hostage negotiations and SWAT conferences across the country.
Derek’s passion for interpersonal communications began when he was selected as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Section of a municipal police agency. He spent the majority of his law enforcement career in the Criminal Investigations Section as a detective, supervisor, and eventually commander of major crimes. In 1997, he took his passion for interpersonal communications to the next level, becoming a hostage negotiator. Once he became a supervisor, his passion transitioned from “doing” to teaching the concepts to others. As a member of the Black Swan Group, he is a negotiation trainer and personal coach. Derek has trained throughout the US and around the world, instructing business organizations on how to apply hostage negotiation practices and principles to their world.
Resources:Derek's Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/164137182X/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_q2XWEb0CQRHDN (Ego, Authority, Failure)
https://www.blackswanltd.com/home (The Black Swan Group)
Alex Tarnava: Why We’re Being Sold a Bill of Goods About Hydrogen, Therapeutic Molecular Hydrogen Doses and the Importance of Following a Scientific Protocol when Biohacking
As a biohacker, I always love speaking to fellow biohackers who are equally, or even more invested than me in self optimization and self experimentation in order to better all over health. And as those of you have been following this podcast, no, I have been paying attention to the a miracle molecule molecular hydrogen for quite a while.
Molecular hydrogen is one of the most potent antioxidants in nature. And currently the scientific research around it, as well as the market for supplements is exploding. Molecular hydrogen can help to reduce the biggest factors, contributing to aging and has also been shown to improve issues associated with mitochondrial impairments, diabetes, metabolic issues, as well as reducing liver fat.
And in fact, it's becoming so popular and renown that professional athletes have begun to use it, to help their bodies respond better to exercise and recovery, and also to increase their performance and energy. And I am really excited to welcome Alex Tavana is my guest today. He is a bio-hacker and CEO of Green HRW a molecular hydrogen water tablets company.
He has also developed a clinical outreach program under his company and works with universities worldwide, researching how molecular hydrogen works as a therapeutic agent.
In this conversation, you'll hear...-Alex's backstory and his love of hydrogen...02:05Alex became very ill at age 29 during the best physical shape of his life
Was told he would have to quit exercise completely
Learned about hydrogen therapy and bought a hydrogen water machine
Tested hydrogen levels in hydrogen water machine (0.3)
Absolute minimal therapeutic hydrogen dose = 0.5 ppm
Only about 4% of ingredient manufacturers that are required to get an NDI have got one
-How Alex began to heal...11:15Started importing products from different countries and testing out various products
Got his water to 3 ppm hydrogen
Immediately felt better but didn't want to support most of the companies he purchase from
Many companies were buying their magnesium from firework suppliers
Military grade magnesium to make hydrogen
Partnered with Dr. Holland (name check) - refined formulas within a few weeks
Spent over a year getting first product ready
-What hydrogen water actually does...18:30Delivery method to get hydrogen gas into your body
Hydrogen water vs hydrogen inhalation
Molecular hydrogen and various pharmaceuticals = 70-90% more effective for optimized health, especially heart health
Public research vs private research
Alex works with about 15 different research institutions around the world for the most legit research
-The importance of following a scientific protocol in biohacking...28:05Alex only participates in double blinded placebo studies and controlled studies
High dose combination with BPC157 and TB500 = repaired Alex's rotator cuff
80% of people respond to hydrogen, 20% are super-responders
Researches claim then researches more about why they make that claim
Alex's Non profit:http://myjourney.science/ ( MyJourney.Science)Reliable data that's been proved from scientists
-Alex's best practices...36:00Cold therapy
Walks through the forest for an hour 3-4 times per week
Alex's https://drinkhrw.com/ (blog on website) is a great resource for more information
Resources:Alex's https://drinkhrw.com/ (website)
Ann Louise Gittleman: Supplements That Improve Immunity, Reverse Memory Loss and Become a Super-Ager!
Most of us have a deep desire to live long and to also live well. And we're blessed to be living in a time where we have access to some of the most cutting edge tools and knowledge ever to radically extend our lifespan. And today I have the pleasure to speak with a true visionary of health and wellness and a pioneer and holistic longevity.
Ann Louise Gittleman is one of the world's foremost experts in functional and integrative medicine. She's an award winning New York Times bestselling author of over 35 books on health and nutrition, covering issues such as diet detox, women's health, men's health, perimenopause, menopause, beauty, and the environment.
Ann Louise holds an MS in nutrition education from Columbia University, has the title of Certified Nutrition Specialist from the American College of Nutrition and a PhD in holistic nutrition. She has also served as the chief nutritionist of pediatric clinic at Bellevue Hospital. As the former director of nutrition at the Pritikin longevity center in Santa Monica, California, she has won numerous awards, including the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence.
Ann Louise first revolutionized diet and detox with her hugely successful Fat Flush series. And she is living proof that getting older does not have to mean slowing down or living life on the sidelines. And then her highly anticipated new book, Radical Longevity, the powerful plant will sharpen your brains, strengthening your body and reverse the symptoms of aging.
She reveals her radical principles for ageless aging and the best kept secrets for expanding our youth span. As she says, "Our biology is not destined to be our biography.)
In this conversation, you'll discover...-The most essential supplements for peak immunity...03:25Zinc 45-50mg/day
Vitamin D, at least 70-80mg/day
Vitamin C, between 5g-15g/day
Vitality C - 1 scoop provides 4g Vitamin C
Using high doses of vitamin C with lysine and proline is very important as anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-flu protocol
Helps to build collagen
Quercetin, antioxidant that helps with anti-inflammatory
-First steps in healing the gut-brain connection...08:20Most prevalent dysbiosis in gut = yeast and candida
First step to a healthy gut is to get rid of the candida
Prebiotics/Probiotics (not more than 10b cfu)
Use probiotics with caution, particularly if you have an autoimmune disease (anything more than 10 billion cfu is too much)
Dr. Ohhira https://drohhiraprobiotics.com/ (probiotics)
-How to speed up metabolism with a sedentary lifestyle...11:45Book: Radical Longevity
To boost metabolism, you need energy
Most important thing you can do = Take Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tsp in 8oz of water, 3 times a day (between meals or with meals)
Hemp seed oil - 1-2 tbsp/day does wonders for your metabolism, skin and sex drive
-Most important steps to take at the beginning of detox journey...14:40Key ingredient = ACV
ACV bath 2 cups ACV in full tup of water - energized and rejuvenating
Dilute in water for face mask - really good for the skin and hair
Our skin has a natural 5.5 pH, try to keep skin products at that pH
-The cinderella mineral that can help prevent memory loss...17:00Lithium in a micro-dose 5-8mg per day
Can actually stop Alzheimers and reverse memory loss
If you do nothing else, Love Lithium
-Brain aging hazards hiding in our home...19:10Pay attention to the pots and pans, aluminum and iron
You can also kill food enzymes if you're using high and dry heat
Ann Louise's recommendations on non-toxic cookware:
Infrared head element in clay that has so many health benefits
Waterless cooking utensils, SaladMaster
-Forbidden foods that make us feel years younger...22:25Hemp seed oil
Forbidden because it's an Omega-6
Pine nut oil - great for ulcers, GERD
Siberian pine nut oil
Sesame seed oil
-The 10 commandments of rad
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!