Humans have come a long way over the last 200,000 years. But, with all the genetic and environmental factors impacting our health, including the coronavirus that’s engulfed the planet, it can feel like no matter how well we eat and how regularly we exercise, we still have relatively little control over our life expectancy. My guest today, the incredibly smart Dr. David Karow, is trying to change all that. Dr. Karow is President and Chief Innovation Officer at Human Longevity Inc. and an expert in advanced genomic analytics and magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. He and his team at HLI obtain from their client various imaging, genetic, and clinical biomarkers and then analyze this data with the help of machine learning, all in the hopes of identifying disease in the earliest possible stages when it is most treatable. You’re about to learn some fascinating stuff about the human genome, about risk assessment, about biomarkers, and about medical imaging. It’s surprising more people haven’t had their genomes sequenced. You might think you’ve had your genome sequenced because you signed up for 23andme and spit into a vial, but that’s a far cry from getting your entire genome sequenced. You’ll understand why in a little bit, when Dr Karow explains the difference between whole genome sequencing and SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms. If you wish you could have a clearly-drawn map to navigate your own health, or even a crystal ball, you’re in for a treat! Let’s dive right in with Dr. David Karow.
The inspiration for me starting this podcast was really my fascination with biohacking and personal optimization - merging the world of science with the spiritual and cognitive experience. When you hear about the tech that today's guest Scott Donnell is going to speak with us about, you're going to feel like you've stepped into a Star Trek episode. I met Scott during a dinner at the Genius Network annual event back in November, and I was so impressed with some of the projects he was working on. I knew I wanted to have him come speak on my show. Scott is a prolific entrepreneur. He founded Apex Leadership, then a marketplace for kidpreneurs called MyFirstSale. Now he is CEO of Hapbee, which is an amazing wearable device. The technology of which comes from over 15 years of research studying molecular actions using some of the most sensitive SQUID, which stands for superconducting quantum interference device, magnetometers in the world. Actually, I was reminded of a discussion I had had on episode 232 with Ariel Garten, who also developed a really interesting wearable device specifically for meditation, called Muse. In this episode, Scott shares the science behind the frequencies that trigger emotional states, the implications of this device for psychology and neuroscience, and where things are headed in terms of wearable tech. So if you geek out about the future, and especially if you love gadgets as much as I do, the future is here. Tune in and check it out.
I've always considered myself a pragmatic thinker. Breaking down how things work is fun and it makes sense. But on my journey of personal growth, I've had experiences that have challenged my mind to see a greater, more empowering view of life. I traveled to India and had a spiritual awakening. I met my soulmate. I've created a life I truly enjoy. Part of my love for biohacking and personal optimization, is it merges the scientific with the spiritual. My guest for Episode 232, Ariel Garten, has done just that. She's a neuroscientist, psychotherapist, and is the co-founder of Muse, the brain sensing headband that helps you meditate. This episode we discuss her development of Muse and how the device helps you more effectively meditate by keeping you in a state of "focused attention." We discuss the neurological, psychological, and spiritual benefits of meditation. Like past guests Dr. Andrew Hill and Chris Keane, Ariel brings new insights and a few scientific shortcuts to get the most from meditation. So if you are still fairly new to meditative practices or on the path to Divine Oneness, this episode offers a fascinating insight into the deeper neurological processes at work when we meditate. So let's get on with the show.
Of all the organs in the human body, the brain is arguably the most important, yet we still don't understand exactly how it works. When it comes to diseases of the brain, like Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia, there are no cures and oftentimes, treatments focus on managing symptoms rather than stopping or slowing the disease. Dr. Joe DiDuro has treated many patients with neurodegenerative diseases and has seen firsthand just how devastating they can be to every aspect of a person's life. As a chiropractic neurologist and founder and president of the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America, Dr. DiDuro has made it his life's work to end the suffering of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. This has led him to develop a new treatment called Photobiomodulation, which uses light to stimulate neuro tissue and regenerate neural activity. Early testing has shown promise that the treatment may be able to reverse the effects of neurodegeneration. On this episode number 222, will be talking about Dr. DiDuro's amazing discovery and he'll be providing plenty of practical advice on brain health and overall health and longevity, including how to have an incredible HRV or heart rate variability score. This is an episode every biohacker and anti-aging aficionado needs to listen to. Join us.
Sleep is essential if you want to maintain stamina, achieve peak performance during your workday, and not get sick like I am right now. Unfortunately, our natural sleep patterns get disrupted by TVs, laptops, and cellphones that we look at for hours each day. Blue light emitted from the screens of these devices have been shown to delay the release of melatonin to make you more alert and to reset your body's internal clock. When you're exposed to blue light before bed, it takes you longer to fall asleep. You have less REM sleep and you often wake up feeling groggy. One option to combat the effects of blue light is to impose a digital curfew on yourself. But we're so reliant on our devices that this can be difficult. Another option is simply to get yourself a pair of blue light blocking glasses, like those developed by my guest for this episode number 220, James Swanwick. James began his career as a journalist in Australia, eventually moving to Los Angeles where he worked as an ESPN SportsCenter anchor and interviewed A list celebrities like Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, and many champion athletes. Although successful, James struggled with sleeplessness throughout his career. Desperate for a solution, he tried everything from herbal remedies to changing his diet without success. Until he discovered a research on blue light exposure. Came to share his discovery with the world, James partnered with his brother Tristan in to create Swanwick Glasses. And after an extensive testing process, they launched their blue light blocking glasses to help people around the world improve their sleep quality and their lives. James and his glasses have been featured in The New York Times, GQ, BuzzFeed and Men's Health. James is also the creator of the 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge and host of The James Swanwick Show. If you've ever had trouble getting a good night's sleep, you're going to want to hear what James has to say. Let's get this party started!