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August 4, 2016

How do I know if I’m a Narcissist?

Dr Craig Malkin is taking a cold hard look at Narcissism. He’s a Harvard professor who’s challenging the stigma attached to the word and shedding light on some of the positive traits…baby out with the bathwater kind of stuff.

So what’s Narcissism?

The Core of Narcissism According to Dr. Malkin (The 3 E’s)

1- Exploitation

2- Entitlement

3- Empathy Impairment

These need to be there for someone to be diagnosed as having the disorder but he notes that NOBODY can get tagged with this without a full workup by a trained psychologist. People on TV? That may be a front, external persona, or something else. In fact, according to [...]

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July 29, 2016

I’ve got a gut feeling…

Emeran Mayer, MD is a sensible man. I’ve interviewed scores of health celebrities who’re all touting some miracle solution to something people want to relieve…but not Dr Mayer. He looks at data- HUMAN data because lab rats are not the end all. His book, “The Mind Gut Connection” helps us understand the science (the stuff we actually know) of the gut and how it relates to our psyche, emotions, and even to our future degenerative conditions. We talked about the negative effects of emulsifiers alongside gluten and fad diets along the way. Enjoy 🙂

Here’s the transcript:


Everybody talks about the gut and important in our [...]

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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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