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Exploring physical and mental health through ancient wisdom and modern science

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#52: The Paleo Way with Paleo Robbie Co-Founder Erik Verspui

EI sat down with the co-founder of Bangkok based Paleo Robbie, a company that provides high quality wild caught fish and pasture raised meats, along with a host of other delicious and nutritious products. For those based in Bangkok they also offer a meal plan service. Erik is a wealth of information beyond just nutrition. Brief background on Erik: After a gritty 7-year career in finance in 14 countries, Erik was stranded in Bangkok after the global banking credit crisis in 2008 and went from a 90 hour work week to playing elephant polo and investing not sosuccessfullyin water recycling. While training for 5 triathlons in 2010 and having nothing to do during the Thailand civil war he ‘discovered’ the paleo diet from Mark’s Daily Apple, and after his baby brother Robbie also had his Just Eat Real Food awakening and finally fixed all his chronic health issues they agreed to start up a paleo delivery service in Bangkok in 2013. Paleo Erik now eats one regular size Paleo Robbie meal a ...

65 MIN2019 MAR 7
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#52: The Paleo Way with Paleo Robbie Co-Founder Erik Verspui

#51: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 2

EThis is the second half of my conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various,exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace. A brief description of Roger’s story from the Herb Works website will give you a taste of what you’re in store for in this conversation: “I truly believe in the healing power of Chinese herbs. They have transformed my life, and I’ve witnessed it happen for countless others in my 26 year career. As a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, I’ve put tens of thousands of people on herbal programs with great success. What makes Chinese herbology unique, is its fundamental principal of recognizing a person’s core imbalance and correcting it. It also recognizes that a healthy constitution can withstand tremendous outside influence. Therefore, restoring and maintaining vitality is the foundation of Chinese herbology. People are suffering from chronic stress and losing vitality, whi...

57 MIN2019 JAN 26
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#51: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 2

#50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

EThis is the first of a two part conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various, exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace. A brief description of Roger’s story from the Herb Works website will give you a taste of what you’re in store for in this conversation: “I truly believe in the healing power of Chinese herbs. They have transformed my life, and I’ve witnessed it happen for countless others in my 26 year career. As a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, I’ve put tens of thousands of people on herbal programs with great success. What makes Chinese herbology unique, is its fundamental principal of recognizing a person’s core imbalance and correcting it. It also recognizes that a healthy constitution can withstand tremendous outside influence. Therefore, restoring and maintaining vitality is the foundation of Chinese herbology. People are suffering from chronic stress and losing vitality, ...

60 MIN2019 JAN 10
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#50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

#49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

EIn my fourth and final conversation with acupuncturist Ben Elan we learn about the differences between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ben’s insights are highly relevant to anyone interested in Chinese Medicine, “alternative” approaches to Western Medicine, Medical Qi Gong or Daoism. In particular, this information is highly valuable to anyone interested in seeking Chinese medicine treatment. It’s helpful to know the advantages and limitations of each school before committing to working with a practitioner without first understanding the different approaches of these two schools of Chinese medicine.

29 MIN2019 JAN 4
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#49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

#48: Crash Course in Yin Yang & The 5 Elements with Ben Elan

EIn my third conversation with Ben Elan, Ben gives us a glimpse into two foundational pieces of Daoism and Classical Chinese Medicine: the concepts of Yin Yang & 5 Element Theory. Guest Bio: Benjamin Elan, Dip. Ac has been been studying and practicing Classical Chinese Medicine for 13 years. Trained in the Stems & Branches acupuncture tradition, he is a certified Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Medical Qi Gong instructor. He also holds a Masters degree in Narrative Therapy from Melbourne University. Benjamin began his journey doing community and health work with indigenous tribes in Southern Israel. Today, The scope of his practice incorporates elements of humanistic psychology, ethnography, shamanism and community work. Ben is currently practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine in Northern Thailand.

37 MIN2018 DEC 21
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#48: Crash Course in Yin Yang & The 5 Elements with Ben Elan

#47: Chinese vs Western Medicine with Ben Elan

EIn the second conversation in our series on Ancient Chinese Medicine with acupuncturist Ben Elan, we cover the following topics: * fundamental differences in approach between Chinese & Western medicine * the pros and cons of each methodology * what kinds of problems or symptoms are each of these effective at treating * challenges in talking about, or comparing, these two systems As always, if you enjoy the show please consider supporting the podcast by writing a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting platform, sharing the episode on social media, and/or supporting Hacking the Self on Patreon. I welcome questions, comments or any other constructive thoughts that you would like to share on the FB page for Hacking the Self. You can also email: hackingtheself@gmail.com. Thank you for listening. Adrian

32 MIN2018 DEC 4
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#47: Chinese vs Western Medicine with Ben Elan

#46: What is Chinese Medicine? with Ben Elan

EThis conversation is the first in a series on Chinese Medicine. I’m tinkering with a new format for the show in which I do a series of shorter (20-30 minute) conversation with one guest where we unpack one theme or topic over a number of shorter episodes. Here is the overview of topics for the upcoming series on Chinese Medicine: * What is Chinese Medicine? * Advantages of Chinese Medicine vs. Western * CM Theory: Yin & Yang 5 Elements * Difference between kinds of Chinese Medicine Guest Bio: Benjamin Elan, Dip. Ac has been been studying and practicing Classical Chinese Medicine for 13 years. Trained in the Stems & Branches acupuncture tradition, he is a certified Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Medical Qi Gong instructor. He also holds a Masters degree in Narrative Therapy from Melbourne University. Benjamin began his journey doing community and health work with indigenous tribes in Southern Israel. Today, The scope of his practice incorporates elements of humanistic psychology, ethn...

26 MIN2018 NOV 23
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#46: What is Chinese Medicine? with Ben Elan

#45: Biohacking Light & Sleep with Dayne Barkley

EIn this episode I sit down for another conversation with Dayne Barkley who shares helpful suggestions for biohacking light and sleep. Dayne also discusses his latest venture: developing a multi use and more stylish model for blue light blocking glasses. Dayne educates us on the following topics including: circadian rhythms what types of light you want exposure to, when, why, and how much, natural light, when and what kinds of light you want to avoid, and other hacks for feeling our best and for optimal sleep Guest Bio: Founder and CEO of interchangeable blue blocking glasses range, Barkley Eyewear. A certified Human Potential and Primal Health Coach with an integrated holistic approach to human health and performance, with a particular focus on sleep optimization and Quantum health principles.

48 MIN2018 OCT 22
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#45: Biohacking Light & Sleep with Dayne Barkley

#44: Rewriting Ancient Wisdom in Modern Code with Vincent Horn

EThis week is a special week for me because I sit down with Vincent Horn, the host and founder of the podcast Buddhist Geeks, which was the first show, along with Waking Up with Sam Harris, that turned me onto podcasting. Buddhist Geeks has a keen interest in several of the topics that we like to explore on this show and most recently Vince’s interests have focused on the relationship between meditation and psychedelics. Vince and I spoke about our personal thoughts on the connection between entheogens and contemplative practices, as well as some of the challenges around having this conversation. We also discuss Vince’s evolving relationship with Buddhism and why he now says that he keeps one foot within the circle of Buddhism and one foot outside the tradition. Vince is also deeply interested in the intersection of ancient wisdom and modernity, hence why I had such a great time speaking with him. Enjoy. Guest Bio: Vincent Hornis part of a new generation of teachers translating age...

84 MIN2018 AUG 23
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#44: Rewriting Ancient Wisdom in Modern Code with Vincent Horn

#43: The Art of Awakening with Katchie Ananda

EThis week I speak with Katchie Ananda who teaches Dharma Yoga: an approach to teaching hatha yoga that integrates the insights of Theravada Buddhism. Katchie and I discuss studying with exceptional teachers like Richard Freeman and Jack Kornfield and how these teaches have impacted her. We also discuss the ways in which entheogens, such as Ayahuasca, can complement contemplative practices and further augment the art of awakening. Guest Bio: KatchieAnandais an international yoga and dharma teacher who has been teaching as a full-time yoga teacher since 1990. She is certified in Integral, Jivamukti, Anusara, and Ashtanga yoga by Richard Freeman. A committed student of Vipassana Meditation, she has practiced with Jack Kornfield, her Buddhist mentor, since 2000. The co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a beloved yoga center in San Francisco dedicated to yoga and dharma,Katchieoffers trainings in Europe and the USA. She is dedicated to raising awareness about human and animal rights, the ...

76 MIN2018 AUG 18
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#43: The Art of Awakening with Katchie Ananda

Latest Episodes

#52: The Paleo Way with Paleo Robbie Co-Founder Erik Verspui

EI sat down with the co-founder of Bangkok based Paleo Robbie, a company that provides high quality wild caught fish and pasture raised meats, along with a host of other delicious and nutritious products. For those based in Bangkok they also offer a meal plan service. Erik is a wealth of information beyond just nutrition. Brief background on Erik: After a gritty 7-year career in finance in 14 countries, Erik was stranded in Bangkok after the global banking credit crisis in 2008 and went from a 90 hour work week to playing elephant polo and investing not sosuccessfullyin water recycling. While training for 5 triathlons in 2010 and having nothing to do during the Thailand civil war he ‘discovered’ the paleo diet from Mark’s Daily Apple, and after his baby brother Robbie also had his Just Eat Real Food awakening and finally fixed all his chronic health issues they agreed to start up a paleo delivery service in Bangkok in 2013. Paleo Erik now eats one regular size Paleo Robbie meal a ...

65 MIN2019 MAR 7
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#52: The Paleo Way with Paleo Robbie Co-Founder Erik Verspui

#51: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 2

EThis is the second half of my conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various,exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace. A brief description of Roger’s story from the Herb Works website will give you a taste of what you’re in store for in this conversation: “I truly believe in the healing power of Chinese herbs. They have transformed my life, and I’ve witnessed it happen for countless others in my 26 year career. As a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, I’ve put tens of thousands of people on herbal programs with great success. What makes Chinese herbology unique, is its fundamental principal of recognizing a person’s core imbalance and correcting it. It also recognizes that a healthy constitution can withstand tremendous outside influence. Therefore, restoring and maintaining vitality is the foundation of Chinese herbology. People are suffering from chronic stress and losing vitality, whi...

57 MIN2019 JAN 26
Comments
#51: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 2

#50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

EThis is the first of a two part conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various, exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace. A brief description of Roger’s story from the Herb Works website will give you a taste of what you’re in store for in this conversation: “I truly believe in the healing power of Chinese herbs. They have transformed my life, and I’ve witnessed it happen for countless others in my 26 year career. As a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, I’ve put tens of thousands of people on herbal programs with great success. What makes Chinese herbology unique, is its fundamental principal of recognizing a person’s core imbalance and correcting it. It also recognizes that a healthy constitution can withstand tremendous outside influence. Therefore, restoring and maintaining vitality is the foundation of Chinese herbology. People are suffering from chronic stress and losing vitality, ...

60 MIN2019 JAN 10
Comments
#50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

#49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

EIn my fourth and final conversation with acupuncturist Ben Elan we learn about the differences between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ben’s insights are highly relevant to anyone interested in Chinese Medicine, “alternative” approaches to Western Medicine, Medical Qi Gong or Daoism. In particular, this information is highly valuable to anyone interested in seeking Chinese medicine treatment. It’s helpful to know the advantages and limitations of each school before committing to working with a practitioner without first understanding the different approaches of these two schools of Chinese medicine.

29 MIN2019 JAN 4
Comments
#49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

#48: Crash Course in Yin Yang & The 5 Elements with Ben Elan

EIn my third conversation with Ben Elan, Ben gives us a glimpse into two foundational pieces of Daoism and Classical Chinese Medicine: the concepts of Yin Yang & 5 Element Theory. Guest Bio: Benjamin Elan, Dip. Ac has been been studying and practicing Classical Chinese Medicine for 13 years. Trained in the Stems & Branches acupuncture tradition, he is a certified Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Medical Qi Gong instructor. He also holds a Masters degree in Narrative Therapy from Melbourne University. Benjamin began his journey doing community and health work with indigenous tribes in Southern Israel. Today, The scope of his practice incorporates elements of humanistic psychology, ethnography, shamanism and community work. Ben is currently practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine in Northern Thailand.

37 MIN2018 DEC 21
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#48: Crash Course in Yin Yang & The 5 Elements with Ben Elan

#47: Chinese vs Western Medicine with Ben Elan

EIn the second conversation in our series on Ancient Chinese Medicine with acupuncturist Ben Elan, we cover the following topics: * fundamental differences in approach between Chinese & Western medicine * the pros and cons of each methodology * what kinds of problems or symptoms are each of these effective at treating * challenges in talking about, or comparing, these two systems As always, if you enjoy the show please consider supporting the podcast by writing a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting platform, sharing the episode on social media, and/or supporting Hacking the Self on Patreon. I welcome questions, comments or any other constructive thoughts that you would like to share on the FB page for Hacking the Self. You can also email: hackingtheself@gmail.com. Thank you for listening. Adrian

32 MIN2018 DEC 4
Comments
#47: Chinese vs Western Medicine with Ben Elan

#46: What is Chinese Medicine? with Ben Elan

EThis conversation is the first in a series on Chinese Medicine. I’m tinkering with a new format for the show in which I do a series of shorter (20-30 minute) conversation with one guest where we unpack one theme or topic over a number of shorter episodes. Here is the overview of topics for the upcoming series on Chinese Medicine: * What is Chinese Medicine? * Advantages of Chinese Medicine vs. Western * CM Theory: Yin & Yang 5 Elements * Difference between kinds of Chinese Medicine Guest Bio: Benjamin Elan, Dip. Ac has been been studying and practicing Classical Chinese Medicine for 13 years. Trained in the Stems & Branches acupuncture tradition, he is a certified Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Medical Qi Gong instructor. He also holds a Masters degree in Narrative Therapy from Melbourne University. Benjamin began his journey doing community and health work with indigenous tribes in Southern Israel. Today, The scope of his practice incorporates elements of humanistic psychology, ethn...

26 MIN2018 NOV 23
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#46: What is Chinese Medicine? with Ben Elan

#45: Biohacking Light & Sleep with Dayne Barkley

EIn this episode I sit down for another conversation with Dayne Barkley who shares helpful suggestions for biohacking light and sleep. Dayne also discusses his latest venture: developing a multi use and more stylish model for blue light blocking glasses. Dayne educates us on the following topics including: circadian rhythms what types of light you want exposure to, when, why, and how much, natural light, when and what kinds of light you want to avoid, and other hacks for feeling our best and for optimal sleep Guest Bio: Founder and CEO of interchangeable blue blocking glasses range, Barkley Eyewear. A certified Human Potential and Primal Health Coach with an integrated holistic approach to human health and performance, with a particular focus on sleep optimization and Quantum health principles.

48 MIN2018 OCT 22
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#45: Biohacking Light & Sleep with Dayne Barkley

#44: Rewriting Ancient Wisdom in Modern Code with Vincent Horn

EThis week is a special week for me because I sit down with Vincent Horn, the host and founder of the podcast Buddhist Geeks, which was the first show, along with Waking Up with Sam Harris, that turned me onto podcasting. Buddhist Geeks has a keen interest in several of the topics that we like to explore on this show and most recently Vince’s interests have focused on the relationship between meditation and psychedelics. Vince and I spoke about our personal thoughts on the connection between entheogens and contemplative practices, as well as some of the challenges around having this conversation. We also discuss Vince’s evolving relationship with Buddhism and why he now says that he keeps one foot within the circle of Buddhism and one foot outside the tradition. Vince is also deeply interested in the intersection of ancient wisdom and modernity, hence why I had such a great time speaking with him. Enjoy. Guest Bio: Vincent Hornis part of a new generation of teachers translating age...

84 MIN2018 AUG 23
Comments
#44: Rewriting Ancient Wisdom in Modern Code with Vincent Horn

#43: The Art of Awakening with Katchie Ananda

EThis week I speak with Katchie Ananda who teaches Dharma Yoga: an approach to teaching hatha yoga that integrates the insights of Theravada Buddhism. Katchie and I discuss studying with exceptional teachers like Richard Freeman and Jack Kornfield and how these teaches have impacted her. We also discuss the ways in which entheogens, such as Ayahuasca, can complement contemplative practices and further augment the art of awakening. Guest Bio: KatchieAnandais an international yoga and dharma teacher who has been teaching as a full-time yoga teacher since 1990. She is certified in Integral, Jivamukti, Anusara, and Ashtanga yoga by Richard Freeman. A committed student of Vipassana Meditation, she has practiced with Jack Kornfield, her Buddhist mentor, since 2000. The co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a beloved yoga center in San Francisco dedicated to yoga and dharma,Katchieoffers trainings in Europe and the USA. She is dedicated to raising awareness about human and animal rights, the ...

76 MIN2018 AUG 18
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#43: The Art of Awakening with Katchie Ananda

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