Folding Inner Space: Part I – Iron Zen: Exercise-Induced Altered States

October 1, 2015

Tibetan Lama Dungse Jampol is the son of a Tibetan meditation master. At a young age he asked his father to explain to him, “What is the nature of the mind?” and “What is ‘pure existence” and what is the meaning of “enlightenment?” His father sat down and said to the boy, “Come closer.” The […]

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Quieting the Mind-Monkeys

September 17, 2015

“This restless monkey, which is thought, has broken up this world and has made a frightful mess of this world, it has brought such misery, such agony. And, thought cannot solve this, however intelligent, however clever, however erudite, however capable of efficient thinking, it cannot, thought cannot possibly bring order out of this chaos. There […]

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The Stress Cup and Training

September 10, 2015

How full is your stress cup? For those that have not read the incredible book, Strong Medicine, the stress cup is a great way to view your overall stress levels. The cup can only hold so much before it overfills and starts to spill. If your cup is running over then you are not able […]

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East Meets West

September 3, 2015

I’ve been waiting a very long time to write this blog post. Something near and dear to me, the state of the medical situation not only in the United States but everywhere in the world should create concern for all of this planet’s inhabitants. The answers are out there. We have them all. Unfortunately, money […]

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Rekindling the Fire: The Dragon Door Health and Strength Conference

August 20, 2015

I must admit to feeling burned out of late. Strong Medicine was released several months ago and I have just completed the final requirements of a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Both of these have been monumental personal achievements for me following my passion and mission to improve the dismal state of public health, […]

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Back in the Coaching Saddle… After a Twenty Year Hiatus

July 23, 2015

I stopped coaching at the national and international level when my superstar powerlifter, Kirk Karwoski, retired in 1996. After a ten-year rocket ride with the Kirk, the undisputed King of powerlifting, anything subsequent would have been anticlimactic. Kirk crushed the best with yawning nonchalance: he won seven straight national titles in three different weight divisions. […]

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Finding a Balance Between Building and Repair: Part 2 Intermittent Fasting

July 16, 2015

Prolonged calorie restriction seen in many fad diets is not a sustainable practice. Weight will be lost for sure, but a significant amount of the disappearing pounds will be from valuable muscle mass. Loss of muscle mass with prolonged caloric restriction has a huge health cost in the long term, especially for those with metabolic […]

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Breaking Down the Barriers to Exercise

July 9, 2015

Another day and another pep talk. I know that exercise is good for me but some days I find myself making excuses and rationalizing why I can’t exercise today. As a former scientist and current physician-in-training, I am well aware of the research that shows the benefits of exercise for health and wellness. I know […]

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Finding a Balance Between Building and Repair: Part 1

July 2, 2015

For the second MHS (Maximizing the Health-Span) post, I set out to write an article focused on intermittent fasting (IF). But, I quickly realized we needed a “first principles” foundation for context first. We need to understand the underlying physiological systems that are affected by intermittent fasting instead of taking a reductionist approach. A very […]

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Roots and Mentors: Mac McCallum’s Profound Insights Are Still Relevant

June 25, 2015

There is no school like Old School! “Train, eat, sleep, grow – repeat!” John “Mac” McCallum was a hugely influential figure that burst onto the muscle and strength scene in the 1960s. He built a cult following with his superb column in Strength & Health magazine. The “Keys to Progress” series ran for years and […]

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