Yearly Archives: 2019

Jeffrey M. Smith

Elle Russ chats with Jeffrey M. Smith – the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. For more than two decades, his research has exposed how biotech companies mislead policy makers and the public, and put the health of society and environment at risk. In 2018, he and Amy Hart released Secret Ingredients, a documentary that highlights numerous individuals and families that healed from serious conditions after switching to an organic diet. 

Mr. Smith’s books include: Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. They expertly demonstrate why the safety assessments by the FDA and regulators worldwide are based on outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our top food safety priority.

Jeffrey is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), a leading source of GMO health risk information for consumers, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. Mr. Smith resides in California, as well as Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.

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Endurance: Heart Rate Variability: Everything You Need to Know

Description: Host Brad Kearns gives you a comprehensive education into the breakthrough technology of Heart Rate Variability, one of the most valuable biofeedback data available today. Measuring HRVgives you a direct window in the functional state of your autonomic nervous system, so you can accurately observe your stress levels, recovery rate and readiness to train, and make better decisions to balance stress and rest in daily life. 

HRV values are revealed by an EKG test in hospital or laboratory, but recent technology innovation enables you to track HRV in real time using the BradBeat HRV iPhone app, which has been custom designed to Brad’s specs to make it easy to use for athletes and anyone else interested in monitoring stress/rest balance. The BradBeat HRV, and other mobile HRV apps, pair with a wireless chest transmitter to reveal realtime data on your iPhone. HRV measures the beat to beat intervals in your heart rate. Greater variation indicates a harmonious balance between sympathetic (fight or flight) function and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system function, and delivers a higher HRV score on the 1-100 HRV scale. A metronomic beat with minimal variation in beat to beat intervals indicates you are stressed, overtrained, or have poor cardiovascular health, resulting in a low HRV score. 

This show gets a little technical as you learn about the nuances of the additional readings of low frequency and high frequency autonomic nervous system function, but you will come away with an excellent understanding of the benefits of HRV and how to use them to your maximum advantage to make better decisions and learn to gain more control over your stress response. 

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Keto: William Shewfelt – “Compliance Is The Science

Description: Host Brad Kearns welcomes William Shewfelt back to the show to get into assorted healthy lifestyle and peak performance subjects. William is big into the carnivore diet and helping people get shredded by combining carnivore eating with a focused fitness program and a methodical goal setting process. At only 23 years old, William is making waves in the ancestral health scene with his carnivoreshredding.com website, his new Primal Body Podcast, and his no nonsense approach to making body composition dreams actually happen and stick. William promotes his peak performance “anchor point” of waking up at 4:30am and getting to work at the gym right away. Brad thinks that’s a bit early, but could this mindset represent a self-limiting belief? Brad shares how his loosening of dietary guidelines became a slippery slope of indulgence and diminishing discipline, and the recalibration of focus he has achieved with his morning chest freezer cold plunge and his latest experiment of fasting until 12 noon; doing these mainly to ingrain pro-active patterns, guidelines, and self-discipline. This show will help you leverage your best intentions for diet, fitness, and lifestyle goals. William urges us to “take action, then ponder things later!” Good stuff, get to listening and get to work!

Connect on Social:
Mark Sisson: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Brad Kearns: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

  • Download Keto Episode #337 here (right click to “Save As”)
  • View and subscribe to The Primal Blueprint Podcast on iTunes here and on Stitcher here
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Do you have a keto related question you would like answered on a future Primal Blueprint Podcast? Email us here: info@ketoreset.com.

Ben Pakulski

Elle Russ chats with Ben Pakulski, founder of Ben Pakulski Fitness International, the Muscle Intelligence podcast and the Muscle Intelligence and MI40 brands. He is a former Mr. Canada, and IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. Ben is most well-known for his intelligent approach to building maximum muscle and has helped 100,000 men and women change their body and life with his methods. 

Ben began building his body at 15 years old and turned professional at his 6th show at 26 years of age. Ben’s first pro show was the 2009 Tampa Pro where he placed 3rd and qualified to compete in Mr. Olympia.  Highlights from Ben’s career include placing 2nd at the Arnold Classic, the second largest bodybuilding show in the world, twice competing in Mr. Olympia and placing 1st in the 2016 Vancouver Pro.

Since retiring from competitive bodybuilding, Ben focuses on spending time with his wife and three children while building the Muscle IntelligenceTM  brand. The mission is to empower men and women with the knowledge and skillset to build their greatest body and live their greatest life. 

Ben’s passion for helping others change their body, and live their greatest life led him to create the world’s foremost muscle building and body transformation educational brand, Muscle Intelligence™ which offers a simple framework around the 6 Pillars of a Lean and Muscular Body. 

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Endurance: Ryan Hall, US Marathon Record Holder and Weightlifting Beast

Description: Host Brad Kearns talks about introducing brief, explosive, high intensity workouts into your training schedule to prompt quick and dramatic improvements in your performance at all levels of intensity, even ultra endurance. When you become competent at sprinting, you reduce perceived exertion and improve metabolic function at all lower levels of intensity. However, you gotta do this stuff right or you will fry your brain and body with ammonia toxicity and cellular destruction.

The end of the show gets really sciency so you can learn why the ideal duration for sprinting is just 10-20 seconds–breakthrough concepts from Dr. Craig Marker and his landmark article titled “HIIT versus HIRT.” You’ll learn why prolonged interval sessions with performance attrition and cumulative fatigue are more destructive and less effective than HIRT–High Intensity Repeat Training. Brief, explosive efforts coupled with “luxurious rest intervals’ (Pavel Tsatsouline of Strong Endurance). If you want to get faster very quickly, you best listen to this show and make some important revisions changes to your current training patterns. 

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Keto: Introduction to Keto And How to Do It Right

Description: Host Brad Kearns starts from the beginning with a big picture presentation of the what, why, and how of the ketogenic diet. You’ll learn why its so important to health and longevity, including the benefits for disease protection, improved cognitive function, , reduced inflammation and oxidative stress (these represent the essence of disease and accelerated aging), and the rapid and efficient removal of excess body fat. Keto is the red-hot dietary trend of the day, but it’s important to understand how to do it correctly and avoid the very common backsliding and burnout that occurs from a rushed approach or ill-advised approach. Brad talks you through the multi-step process detailed in the Mark Sisson with Brad Kearns New York Times bestseller, The Keto Reset Diet. This show is deeply informative and illuminating, but always in plain talk so you can grasp the concepts with needing heavy prior knowledge. If you are thinking about keto, this show will give you the essential tools to succeed without the nonsense of the keto flu that some people describe as inevitable.

Connect on Social:
Mark Sisson: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Brad Kearns: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

  • Download Keto Episode #334 here (right click to “Save As”)
  • View and subscribe to The Primal Blueprint Podcast on iTunes here and on Stitcher here
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed here

Do you have a keto related question you would like answered on a future Primal Blueprint Podcast? Email us here: info@ketoreset.com.

Arielle Ford

Elle Russ chats with Arielle Ford about the law of attraction mindset for love and life. Arielle’s The Love Codes Program looks into the way women’s thinking squishes their dreams and how to overcome obstacles in finding love.  She is offering a FREE 75-minute webinar on this topic at www.Soulmate11.com

Arielle is a gifted writer and the author of 11 books including the international bestseller, THE SOULMATE SECRET: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. She created the world’s first transformational coloring book based upon The Soulmate Secret, entitled, Inkspirations Love by Design: Coloring the Divine Path to Manifest Your Soulmate. This book blends Arielle’s step-by-step method for manifesting love with the romantic, original artwork of artist Manja Burton – a fun, creative and powerful process!

She is also the author Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate devoted to exploring a simple, fun and effective way to attain groundbreaking shifts in perception so that you can embrace and find the beauty and perfection in yourself and your mate. 

Arielle lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband/soulmate, Brian Hilliard and their feline friends. 

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Endurance: Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, Part 2

Description: Host Brad Kearns talks about introducing brief, explosive, high intensity workouts into your training schedule to prompt quick and dramatic improvements in your performance at all levels of intensity, even ultra endurance. When you become competent at sprinting, you reduce perceived exertion and improve metabolic function at all lower levels of intensity. However, you gotta do this stuff right or you will fry your brain and body with ammonia toxicity and cellular destruction.

The end of the show gets really sciency so you can learn why the ideal duration for sprinting is just 10-20 seconds–breakthrough concepts from Dr. Craig Marker and his landmark article titled “HIIT versus HIRT.” You’ll learn why prolonged interval sessions with performance attrition and cumulative fatigue are more destructive and less effective than HIRT–High Intensity Repeat Training. Brief, explosive efforts coupled with “luxurious rest intervals’ (Pavel Tsatsouline of Strong Endurance). If you want to get faster very quickly, you best listen to this show and make some important revisions changes to your current training patterns. 

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Keto: Brad and Brian Talk Carnivore and Striking a Balance Between Discipline and Enjoying Life

Description: Brad and Brian are back! Primal video and audio master Brian McAndrew comes to the other side of the mic and gets deep into it with Brad Kearns on all matters of keto, carnivore, and the optimal balance between discipline and enjoying life. The pair discuss the surging popularity of carnivore, wondering about the carni argument that plants might be difficult to digest. They discuss the incidental benefits of keto and carnivore, providing structure, focus, and minimizing decision fatigue and the tendency to get an inch and take a mile. On that note, Brad cops to some recent popcorn binge behavior, and reflects on whether we might gain deeper enjoying from our eating when putting in some restrictions.


Brian says keto is “easier” because you can skip meals comfortably—possibly the opposite logic of the SAD eater. As we get more and more sophisticated with dietary strategies, Brian wonders if we might be motivated by FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) instead of a true opportunity to enhance health and well being. This show flows into stuff that’s not usually covered in the informational-heavy programs and will really get you thinking. For example, if you were told that eating only salmon eggs for the rest of your life would deliver a 20% boost in peak performance and longevity, would you make that devils bargain?

Connect on Social:
Mark Sisson: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Brad Kearns: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

  • Download Keto Episode #331 here (right click to “Save As”)
  • View and subscribe to The Primal Blueprint Podcast on iTunes here and on Stitcher here
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed here

Do you have a keto related question you would like answered on a future Primal Blueprint Podcast? Email us here: info@ketoreset.com.

Gary E. Foresman MD

Elle Russ chats with Integrative Physician Gary E. Foresman MD about coronary artery disease (CAD) screening, statin drugs, cholesterol, and when and how you should get tested.

In 1994 when Dr. Foresman opened a private practice, he quickly became dissatisfied with the inability of established Western medical treatments to effectively treat many of his patients. Dr. Foresman began investigating alternative therapies and has since expanded his training in many systems of healing—not just through meditation and stress management, but also using botanical, orthomolecular and functional medicine systems. His scientific mind combined with a holistic integrative perspective, makes him a skilled practitioner who therapeutically synthesizes optimal healing modalities for each individual.

Dr. Foresman ranked among the top in the nation on his Internal Medicine Board Exams and has some of the most comprehensive Internal Medicine training to be found – including serving as a Clinical Professor who trained other physicians at a University Medical Center. 

In-depth commentary on thyroid dysfunction by Dr. Gary Foresman can be found in The Paleo Thyroid Solution written by Elle Russ.

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