Ep 78 – Lifestyle and Brain Health with Dr. David Perlmutter

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“And I became, as a neurologist those first few years, very disenchanted with the notion of pretty much, ‘Diagnose and Adios.’  Meaning, we make these wonderful diagnoses, but we had such little to offer our patients, and I was very frustrated because I’m a do-er, I’m a fixer.  I wanted to be doing things.  So, I began looking at alternatives, and more importantly, I think, began to look at the notion of preventative medicine as it relates to brain health.  Which, I will say, even in those days, was very underrepresented, and even today as we have this conversation, is still very much underrepresented.  The notion that our lifestyle choices have a role to play in the destiny of our brain in terms of its health and functionality still doesn’t gain huge traction amongst professionals, more so perhaps amongst the general population, as they are learning that, matter of fact, our day to day choices are, in fact, important.” – Dr. David Perlmutter

Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award.  He has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, Scripps Institute, New York University, and Harvard University.  He also serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Perlmutter is the author of four New York Times bestselling books showing the connection between gut health and brain health, including Grain Brain, Brain Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and his most recent book, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.  Dr. Perlmutter has also been interviewed on many nationally syndicated television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, and The CBS Early Show.

He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders; the National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year award; the Humanitarian of the Year award from the American College of Nutrition; the Media Award from the American College of Nutrition; and the Healthy Living Award from The Invisible Disabilities Association.

Dr. Perlmutter and I sat down at his Naples, Florida home to discuss his background, the link between lifestyle choices, gut health and the brain, and what we can do to protect and improve our brain health.

Dr. Perlmutter’s bio was adapted from drperlmutter.com

In this episode we discuss:

  • The progression of Dr. Perlmutter’s medical career: when he first decided to pursue medicine, then specialize in neurology, and how that morphed into preventative medicine as it relates to brain health
  • The notion that our lifestyle choices are relevant to brain health, and that gut health ties into this equation
  • How the ultimate mechanism for brain degeneration is inflammation, and the need to focus on what causes the inflammation
  • How aerobic exercise may dramatically reduce dementia and other degenerative disorders
  • How changing gut bacteria can affect other body systems
  • The compelling phenomena that our lifestyle choices can impact our inherited genome and change gene expression
  • The importance of challenging prevailing beliefs and providing individuals with knowledge to make informed choices
  • The impact of gluten on the brain, and how individuals might not experience intestinal symptoms, while they still experience neurological symptoms
  • The relationship between damaging the gut bacteria and body weight
  • The danger of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the impact of glyphosate on gut bacteria and inflammation, and how that relates to the skyrocketing number of Alzheimer patients.
  • The importance of focusing on prevention rather than a cure
  • The dichotomy of nature vs. nurture and how both play a role in health
  • How watching his father die from Alzheimer’s motivates Dr. Perlmutter to take measures to ensure that is not his destiny
  • The need for a doctor’s help and support for blood testing, and which tests should be monitored for optimal brain health
  • What simple strategies we can implement ourselves for optimal brain health, including exercise, a high fat, low carb diet and restorative sleep
  • Which supplements can improve brain health
  • Additional measures and supplements individuals can take to protect their brain health such as a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting
  • Three things Dr. Perlmutter does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Dr. Perlmutter

You can follow Dr. Perlmutter on his websiteFacebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 77 – Austin Malleolo on CrossFit and Corporate Culture

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“My big, my goal… if someone asked me, “What’s your goal for the gym?” I’d say “I wanna get the 50 people in the company that don’t workout, that have never worked out, into the gym.  How do we do that?”  I can get anyone that wants to workout in the gym, and I can…that’s easy, that’s not hard.  And I can get people fitter, stronger, blah, blah, blah, that’s fun.  It’s good.  But I wanna get the person that is sedentary.  And they’re embarrassed, they’re nervous.  They’re intimidated.  Whatever it is that they have more negative self-talk than you could ever fathom.  How do we get that person in the gym and they… to realize that we’re all on the same playing field?  And you step foot in the gym, and you’re fighting the same fight we are.” – Austin Malleolo

Austin Malleolo is a three-time winner of the Northeast Regional (2011-2013) and six-time CrossFit Games competitor, including individual finishes in the Top 10 in 2010 and 2012, and a 5th place finish as a member of Team Reebok CrossFit One in 2017.

Austin got his start in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, and over time, has added an ever-growing list of achievements to his name, including becoming a CrossFit coach, earning his exercise science degree, excelling in his role as a flowmaster on the CrossFit HQ Seminar staff, becoming the head coach at Reebok CrossFit One and owner of Reebok CrossFit One Nation, and developing an online training program, The Ham Plan.

Each year, Reebok brings together CrossFit Games athletes to introduce Reebok’s brand campaign, apparel and footwear for the upcoming year. It’s an opportunity for athletes to give feedback, train together, and spend time with each other in a relaxed environment.  I was excited to sit down with Austin at this year’s Reebok Athlete Summit in the Bahamas to chat about how CrossFit has shaped the corporate culture of Reebok, how Austin’s experiences as a youth taught him the importance of personal responsibility and surrounding himself with the right kind of people, and why he is so driven to keep accomplishing more.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Austin’s relationship with Reebok began
  • What prompted the move of Reebok’s headquarters from Canton to Boston
  • What CrossFit has done for Reebok employees
  • How Reebok subsidizes their employee’s gym memberships and incentivizes them to attend
  • Austin’s goal to get people who have never worked out into the gym
  • Austin’s belief that corporate responsibility for preventative healthcare is the future
  • How CrossFit has impacted Reebok’s culture
  • What Austin was like prior to starting CrossFit
  • How Austin learned to take responsibility for his actions and surround himself with the right people
  • Austin’s introduction to CrossFit through the benchmark Fran and how he went all in
  • His desire to reach people and kids that have fallen off the straight and narrow path, and what he would say to help them
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with a good team so that you can positively impact more people
  • What a typical day looks like for Austin
  • Why Austin keeps up such a high pace with so many commitments
  • The advice Austin would give to an aspiring affiliate owner, aspiring competitor, someone who is just starting out with their coaching career, and someone who is afraid to get started in the gym
  • Three things Austin does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Austin

You can follow Austin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 28 – James Hobart on teaching, competing, and the real purpose of CrossFit
Ep 47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit
Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations
Ep 68 – Pat and Taz Barber on CrossFit, Coaching, and Kids

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

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This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit www.butcherbox.com and use code JULIE20 at checkout to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 76 – Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux

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“Especially in a field like this, it’s not…it’s not just about the food that you eat.  This is just the medium that I use to help people transform their lives.” – Adee Cazayoux

Adee Cazayoux has built a reputation as a nutrition expert, helping elite athletes such as Katrin Davidsdottir, Jessica Lucero, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet dial in their nutrition to enhance athletic performance.  She is the founder of Working Against Gravity, an online nutrition consulting program dedicated to helping athletes and everyday people change their body composition.  Known as the “Barbell Gypsy,” Adee is an elite athlete in her own right, having earned a National medal in Olympic weightlifting.

Adee’s passion for nutrition began at age 16 when she found herself overweight and struggling to participate in the sports she had once loved.  With the help of her mother and a nutritionist, she learned how to track her macronutrients and discovered the power of eating properly.  After college, she completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1, and more recently, has been studying to earn her Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance.

I caught up with Adee at the 2017 CrossFit Games to talk about her nutrition philosophy, counting macros, how she came to own one of the most well-known nutrition businesses in the CrossFit world, and what tips she has to share with individuals looking to improve their diets.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How nutrition applies to both athletes and those exercising a couple of times a week
  • Adee’s background in youth sports and how adolescent weight gain led her to be involved in nutrition
  • Her experience working with a nutritionist using macros to return to a healthy weight
  • How Adee’s nutrition has changed to support her athletic goals, including eating Paleo as she started CrossFit, and then tracking macros as she shifted to weightlifting
  • How Adee came to be a business owner
  • How Adee identified what her business’s scope would be and what training she needed to be successful
  • How Working Against Gravity uses mindset as part of their nutrition program
  • How Adee developed a positive relationship with food
  • The general philosophy behind macro-based eating
  • The impact of one-on-one relationships/coaching and community on achieving nutrition goals
  • How Adee came to work with CrossFit Games and other elite athletes, and what she has learned from working with them
  • What Adee eats on a typical day
  • Three things Adee does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Adee

You can follow Adee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and you can keep up with her business, Working Against Gravity, via their website,  Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Related Episodes:
Ep 13b – Umahro Cadogan on functional nutrition for athletes and recovery from injury
Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on functional nutrition
Ep 39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit www.butcherbox.com and use code JULIE20 at checkout to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

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“A CrossFit physician is a special physician, that’s not an ordinary doctor.  A CrossFit doc, she knows something that is not a consensus view, and at the same time it’s essential.  And I mean essential like in the sense of like an essential fatty acid or an essential amino acid… this is something that makes a huge difference in maybe whether maybe you’re alive or not and certainly the quality of your life.  And, it’s not trivial. And so how many docs are there, that have this knowledge?  And over about a year and a half, I was asking every affiliate that would talk to me, ‘How many docs in the box?’” – Coach Greg Glassman

Coach Greg Glassman, known to many as simply “Coach” grew up in southern California as a gymnast and he supplemented his training with modalities including weightlifting and cycling. When he began his career as a trainer in 1974, he brought innovation to the industry ultimately redefining fitness with CrossFit, otherwise known as constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement. He was kicked out of several globo gyms before finally opening the first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA in 1995. Shortly after, CrossFit.com was created where he posted Workouts of the Day, or “WODs.” Athletes from all over the world would complete these workouts and post their scores online. Beginning in 2003, CrossFit affiliate gyms began to open and CrossFit experienced exponential growth over the following decade such that there are currently more than 13,000 affiliates worldwide. During this period, we’ve also witnessed the growth of the CrossFit Games, the ultimate proving grounds for fitness which identifies the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth each year from a pool of hundreds of thousands of athletes across the globe. We’ve also witnessed incredible stories of transformation in the affiliates, with participants losing weight, gaining confidence, and ridding themselves of chronic disease. Coach is currently working to shift the public’s perception of CrossFit from a fitness company to a health company with an elegant solution to the world’s most vexing problem – chronic disease.

For his second visit to the podcast, Greg and I sat down after the first Level 1 seminar held exclusively for CrossFit Physicians at the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas.  We discussed the importance of networking CrossFit doctors, why CrossFit is about so much more than the Games, how he’s using the business of CrossFit to fund public health activism, and his vision for the future of CrossFit.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The impetus for the first Physician Level 1 held at the Ranch in February 2018
  • His plan to build a community around CrossFit Physicians
  • The importance of recognizing that fitness is just the “tip of the iceberg” with regard to health
  • What Coach hopes doctors will take away from their Level 1 weekend
  • Why he is driven to network these doctors
  • How a CrossFit Physician can attend a Level 1 exclusively for physicians
  • Using the CrossFit business to fund activism
  • How doctors can communicate the message of using CrossFit for health to patients who might be intimidated
  • The struggle of conveying that the Games are the least important part of CrossFit, and that individual health stories are where the real magic lies
  • Using media ad space to showcase the everyday people that do CrossFit
  • Coach’s goal of making the Games into the “South by Southwest of Fitness” so that the community gathering and learning takes the forefront
  • His excitement for the speaker line-up for the 2018 CrossFit Games
  • The need for CrossFit physicians to distinguish between their book knowledge and the observations of health improvements they witness in the gym
  • The National Strength & Conditioning Association false statements controversy and ensuing legal battle
  • Coach’s fight to remove Big Soda from the health space and how listeners can support this effort
  • How the cause and solution to chronic disease are exceedingly simple
  • Coach’s mission to shift the public perception of CrossFit from that of a fitness company to a health company
  • What inspires Coach the most
  • Where he sees CrossFit in 5 years

You can follow Coach Glassman on Twitter and Instagram.

To learn more about the CrossFit Health movement, follow @crossfit and @crossfithealth. If you are a CrossFit Physician (MD or DO), email cfdocs@crossfithealth.com to find out more about future CrossFit Physician seminars and other events.

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Related Episodes:
Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community
Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the Impact of Community on Health
Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”
Ep 78 – Lifestyle and Brain Health with Dr. David Perlmutter
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.