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April 27, 2016

Eat Fat to Get Thin (Awesome Interview with Dr Mark Hyman)

Dr Mark Hyman has been ahead on the curve of a very powerful conversation around fat. He’s been a strong voice in Functional Medicine and has written several best selling books. He is famous for his crusade against sugar- highlighting the addictive qualities of it and how sugar actually gets stored as fat.

In his new book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr Hyman dives into how the fat we eat and the fat we store are not the same thing. This misnomer has led to lots of confusion and a terrible “fat free” diet craze that’s totally backfired on us. In fact, eating healthy fats helps us burn fat better. It helps power the brain, synthesize hormones, not be hungry all [...]

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March 18, 2016

Set Your Brain Straight – New Tech Meets Traditional Meditation

Bill Harris is an old-school meditator who started messing around with sound tones in the 1980’s and got hooked. He and his friends were able to experience profound blissed out states and knew they were onto something. This led to a lifelong study of brainwaves, neurofeedback, and anything else helped inform what was happening in the heads of meditators.

I got a chance to geek out with Bill in this Urban Monk interview. We dig into the science of brain waves patterns and how they are related to our consciousness.


Here are the show notes from the interview:



Hey, welcome back to “The Urban Monk,” [...]

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January 23, 2016

How to be an Urban Monk

The world gets busier and more chaotic everyday. With traffic, wars, climate change, and lunatics harming innocent people, we’re constantly being fed bad news by the media. Of course we’re stressed out. The challenge of the modern world becomes one of sanity. How can we keep it together, provide for our families, be good global citizens, and not collapse under the “sky is falling” mentality that surrounds us?

Many have turned to yoga and meditation. Others have found Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Sufism, or chanting. All of these things are wonderful but they come with a major challenge. The majority of these practices have been developed for ascetics– [...]

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December 3, 2015

Meet Them Where They Are To Help Them

In this follow-up interview with Lt. Col. Scott Mann, we delve deeper into the wounds of the Middle East and how we can look at fixing this situation. Part of it is a battle of ideology. Mann’s opinion is that certain elements can’t and won’t change because they believe they’re ushering in the apocalypse. Not much sense in having a rational conversation with that it seems.

What about women and elders? How can we strengthen communities? How can we learn more about the local history of the places we have issues?

We covered a lot of topics and, as a former Green Beret, he brought some powerful insights back from 14 years of war he has waged against [...]

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