Inspirations (updated 10.22.2016)
These people are currently the main nodes for my network of health education. If not directly introducing new topics/perspective/research, the guests on their podcasts and websites are always heavy-hitters in their respective fields. In no order of importance:
The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim Ferriss’s podcast has been ranked #1 of all podcasts and it’s no wonder why, judging by his list of interviewees. He speaks with the best in every field to “dissect” their habits and methods for becoming top in their field (e.g. everyone from Jamie Foxx and Tony Robbins to Ketosis expert Dom D’Agostino and altruistic philosopher Will MacAskill). Tim’s the author of the best-selling “The Four-hour Workweek”, “The Four-hour Body”, and “The Four-hour Chef” so he’s gained popularity as a producer of high-quality guidance for general effectiveness in several fields. These fields include nutrition and health, as he dives deep into meditation, fasting, sleep hacking, workouts, etc. to share the details of exactly how to perform at a high-level no matter your profession.
Peter Attia’s Blog – From his site: “Peter earned his M.D. from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. He is licensed in California (A96452) and New York (281406-1). He trained for five years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in general surgery, where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including resident of the year, and the author of a comprehensive review of general surgery. He also spent two years at NIH as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute where his research focused on immune-based therapies for melanoma.” He’s one of two key sources of info on nutritional ketosis, fasting, and longevity (the other is Dominic D’Agostino). I appreciate his Socratic approach to effective health, taking little for granted. Over the few years I’ve been following his work, he’s increased his focus on solving the health crises in America, specifically.
Mark Sisson/Mark’s Daily Apple – The forums alone make it worth adding to your ‘favorites’. Mark’s consistent participation is appreciated; his emphasis on current research keeps me tuned in. Open discussions on all health-related topics – just be careful not to confuse “Primal” with “Paleo“!
Dave Asprey a.k.a. the “Bulletproof Executive”. His podcast “Bulletproof Radio” never fails to introduce a new, absolutely unique perspective, and often a new topic. They’re usually about 45 minutes with little to no idle chat. Don’t listen if you’re tired–this stuff is laden with hardcore science talk due to the experts he interviews. The most visible biohacker, he put it best when he said, “I own my biology. I’m gonna have to manage it.”
Monica Reinagel a.k.a. the “Nutrition Diva”. Her podcast (“Quick and Dirty Tips”) episodes are short, usually under 10 minutes. Her dietary ‘rules’ (really, guidelines) are less-restrictive than those from many big names in nutrition, in my experience. Her hesitance to make major behavioral changes without concrete evidence makes me more determined to thoroughly research topics before behaving differently. The podcast is great for anyone with a short commute/walk who still wants practical advice from as close to an ‘expert’ as any.