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Wearable Sleep Tech: Advice from Sleep Expert Dan Gartenberg, PhD

Wearable Sleep Tech: Advice from Sleep Expert Dan Gartenberg, PhD

Does wearable tech actually help you sleep better? Daniel Gartenberg joins us to answer this question. He shares his best tips to address your unique sleep challenges and offers suggestions for how to best utilize wearable sleep tech. Gartenberg has a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Penn State University.  His current research is focused upon accurately tracking sleep quality through wearable technology. But he doesn’t just want to measure it, he wants to make it better.

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Evidence-Based Nutrition: An Interview with Dr. Michael Greger

Evidence-Based Nutrition: An Interview with Dr. Michael Greger

In order to take control of your health, it’s important to learn how to make your own decisions on nutrition based on the information available, and carefully looking at both sides of arguments. Dr. Michael Greger joins us to shed light on corruption in the food industry and to share resources on where you can find info on evidence based nutrition. His mission is to give people the tools to make the right decisions.

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Interview with Dr. Dale Bredesen on Ending Alzheimer's

Interview with Dr. Dale Bredesen on Ending Alzheimer's

Dr. Heather Sandison is joined by Dr. Dale Bredesen to discuss the latest research on cognitive decline, how to prevent dementia and how to slow aging.  There has been an increasing amount of hope for Alzhmeimer’s since Dr. Bredesen started his journey, and in this episode he shares what he has learned since he published his last book in 2017.

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The Formulator's View of the Qualia Night Ingredients

The Formulator's View of the Qualia Night Ingredients

QUALIA NIGHT combines 25 ingredients used to support a broad array of processes and pathways involved in relaxation, sleep, stress resilience, cognition, rejuvenation, and immunity.

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What Is Fatty Acid Oxidation? How Cells Use Fats to Make Energy (ATP)

What Is Fatty Acid Oxidation? How Cells Use Fats to Make Energy (ATP)

Fatty acids are an important fuel for the generation of cell energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Fatty acid oxidation, also known as beta-oxidation, is the metabolic pathway of fatty acid breakdown for energy production.

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Sleep Tips and Tricks For Improving Sleep Quality

Sleep Tips and Tricks For Improving Sleep Quality

Everyone knows how wonderful it feels to wake up after a refreshing sleep. But you may not know just how critical getting a full night of sleep is to your health and to achieving optimal mental performance. In this post, we're going to give you a sense of why sleep is so important to your brain, and offer some actionable sleep tips and tricks that will help you wake up feeling amazing.

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Qualia Night Survey Results

Qualia Night Survey Results

Qualia Night was designed to support the shift from daytime function, a period characterized by activity, into the rest, repair and rejuvenation functions that dominate the night.

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What is Glycolysis? Where Glycolysis Takes Place, Definition, and Steps of the Glycolysis Pathway.

What is Glycolysis? Where Glycolysis Takes Place, Definition, and Steps of the Glycolysis Pathway.

Glycolysis is the metabolic pathway that breaks down the carbohydrate glucose to produce cell energy in the form of ATP. Glycolysis generates ATP directly, as a product of the pathway’s chemical reactions, and indirectly, using energy generated by electrons extracted from the chemical bonds of glucose.

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Interview with Dave Asprey on Biohacking for Longevity

Interview with Dave Asprey on Biohacking for Longevity

We invited the biohacking pioneer, Dave Asprey, to talk about the science backed practices to age better and live longer. He shares with us his favorite biohacks to improve your gut bacteria, your heart rate variability, your mitochondrial function and more. There is not just 1 thing that causes aging, but 7 functions that contribute to the aging process.

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Interview with Thomas DeLauer & Simon Shawcross on Exercise for Longevity

Interview with Thomas DeLauer & Simon Shawcross on Exercise for Longevity

Dr. Heather Sandison is joined by YouTube star, Thomas DeLauer and the founder and director of HITuni, Simon Shawcross to talk about training your body for optimal health and longevity. We dive into the science behind resistance training, and explain the protocols that are safest and the most effective to support wellbeing and healthy aging. We also cover how to eat the best diet to go along with your training program. 

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A Q&A with the Founder of an Innovative Residential Care Facility

A Q&A with the Founder of an Innovative Residential Care Facility

Dementia is one of the top causes of dependency and mental impairment in our elderly population. Dr. Heather Sandison was looking for residential care facilities where they were serving organic food and incorporating Dr. Bredesen’s insights for dementia patients, but couldn't find one. As a result, she founded one of the first residential care facilities where dementia patients can immerse themselves in the lifestyle described by Dr. Bredesen in his book “The End of Alzheimer’s”. Read on for a Q&A on the MARAMA experience. 

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Transcript: Doug Evans, Nora Gedgaudas and Dr. Jade Teta Interview on Nutrition for Longevity

Transcript: Doug Evans, Nora Gedgaudas and Dr. Jade Teta Interview on Nutrition for Longevity

What can nutrition experts agree on? We got together a plant based vegan, a pioneer in the paleo eating movement, and two naturopathic doctors who have seen the results of many different kinds of diets. Doug Evans, Nora Gedgaudas and Dr. Jade Teta join Dr. Greg Kelly to discuss nutrition.

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Transcript: Rick Doblin Interview on Psychedelic Research and Culture

Transcript: Rick Doblin Interview on Psychedelic Research and Culture

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He shares the in depth founding story of MAPS, and gives a glimpse into what he's currently working on. Psychedelics have played a huge role in shaping cultures throughout history. Join us to learn about what we can expect for the future of psychedelic research and how the way they are perceived in our culture will continue to change.

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Qualia Night - The Building of a Comprehensive Sleep Support Stack

Qualia Night - The Building of a Comprehensive Sleep Support Stack

What we do in the beginning parts of our evening can affect the rest of our night … our sleep … and how we perform the next day. It’s a period where, like the early morning, there can be a big ripple effect from what we do. The importance of the early evening is why we created Qualia Night.

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Transcript: Andrew Hill Interview on Sleep and Biohacking

Transcript: Andrew Hill Interview on Sleep and Biohacking

Andrew Hill is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and biohacking educator. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA, and is a peak performance coach and EEG scientist with a practical emphasis of optimizing executive function and improving brain performance at any age though EEG biofeedback, or neurofeedback, and an advocate of understanding our brains through QEEG Brain Mapping. Join us as we explore tools for improving sleep, boosting brain performance, and busting anxiety.

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Antiviral Immunity: Understanding Viruses and How the Immune System Responds to Viral Infections

Antiviral Immunity: Understanding Viruses and How the Immune System Responds to Viral Infections

Viruses are everywhere cellular life is present, often in unfathomable numbers. They mutate very often, frequently by recombining with other viruses. This means that new viruses are constantly being generated.

As we’ll learn in this article, viruses are very simple, but despite their simplicity, they are very effective and impressive little creatures. We’ll also learn how our immune system rises to the challenge.   

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How Does the Immune System Work? Part 1: An Exploration of the Functions, Responses, and Processes of the Innate Immune System

How Does the Immune System Work? Part 1: An Exploration of the Functions, Responses, and Processes of the Innate Immune System

The immune system is the collection of cells, tissues, and molecules that work together to recognize the healthy cells that make up the body, and protect us against the unfamiliar or damaged. 

The immune system monitors our body continuously searching for certain categories of things that may threaten our health: infectious microbes, viruses, fungi, and parasites (i.e., germs or pathogens); toxic cellular products; and damaged or diseased cells, including senescent or tumor cells.

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Transcript: Dr. David Rabin Interview on Stress, HRV and Psychedelics

Transcript: Dr. David Rabin Interview on Stress, HRV and Psychedelics

We experience a stress response when we feel a threat, whether the threat is real or perceived. Teaching our bodies to respond appropriately to stressors is key in maintaining wellness. Dr. David Rabin joins us to discuss forward-thinking approaches to train the mind to turn on the parasympathetic nervous system and relieve chronic stress.

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Transcript: Jim Kwik Interview on Brain Training to Become Limitless

Transcript: Jim Kwik Interview on Brain Training to Become Limitless

To build a better brain you need to address the mind, heart and body. Jim Kwik is a widely recognized world expert in memory improvement, brain optimization and accelerated learning. He has exceeded all expectations after suffering a traumatic brain injury at 5 years old, and now performs remarkable feats with his brain to inspire what is possible.

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Transcript: Dr. David Haase Interview on Treatments for Dementia

Transcript: Dr. David Haase Interview on Treatments for Dementia

The answer to degenerative brain diseases is not an easy one. We have the brilliant Dr. David Haase with us to explain a systems medicine approach to treating dementia. One of his core ideologies? Stay humble, curious and have a love for being proven wrong. 

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Transcript: Valter Longo Interview on the Science of Longevity

Transcript: Valter Longo Interview on the Science of Longevity

There is so much advice on longevity and aging that it can be hard to sort through all of the information. In this podcast transcript we dive into the science-backed approaches for living a longer and healthier life. Valter Longo, Ph.D., has thirty years of experience in longevity and healthy eating, and is one of the world’s experts in the field.

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Transcript: Scott Barry Kaufman Interview on Practical Tips for Balance & Sanity

Transcript: Scott Barry Kaufman Interview on Practical Tips for Balance & Sanity

Humanistic Psychologist, Scott Barry Kaufman, joins us to discuss what it looks like to become the best version of ourselves, even in the challenging times we’re experiencing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He reveals that if we access our full potential, we not only are deeply filled with creativity, purpose and fulfillment, but we also are deeply connected to one another. He offers practical tips you can do today to advance your journey on the path to self-actualization.

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Transcript: Aubrey de Grey Interview on Solving the Aging Problem

Transcript: Aubrey de Grey Interview on Solving the Aging Problem

Imagine a world where we live to 130, 150 or 500 years old. Anti-aging pioneer, Dr. Aubrey de Grey, joins us to share his confidence in how technology will dramatically extend human lifespan. He joins our host, Heather Sandison, ND, to look at aging as a problem to be solved. In this episode, Dr. Aubrey de Grey offers hope to people looking for cutting-edge therapies to live longer. 

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Peter Attia Drive Podcast on COVID-19

Peter Attia Drive Podcast on COVID-19

Brief Summary of Two COVID-19 Episodes from the Peter Attia Drive Podcast

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Can Gargling Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections?

Can Gargling Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections?

There’s no data suggesting that gargling prevents infection from the virus causing COVID-19. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is too new to know. But, in general, gargling might have modest preventive benefit for colds (and likely less so for the flu). Once someone has an upper respiratory infection, gargling is not a treatment for the infection. It would, at best, offer some degree of soothing of sore throat symptoms.

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