Join Nick Urban and Dr. James Chestnut to simplify the world of health and wellness. Get the expert’s views on how to live a simple balanced lifestyle that can transform your health and prevent medical interventions. Learn about the role genetics, environment, movement, and nutrition play in our quest for a well-balanced life
Episode HighlightsModern industrial life makes us chronically ill, not bad genes. Toxic environments created this unhealthy habitat. – Dr. James Chestnut Click To TweetIn the United States, 80% of the workforce has at least one chronic illness, and about 60% have two or more. – Dr. James Chestnut Click To TweetWe are genetically designed to exercise daily, and falling short of that means we are not reaching our full health potential. – Dr. James Chestnut Click To TweetThey place their faith not in pills but in doctors who dispense them because these doctors have received substantial funding from pharmaceutical companies, which grants them cultural authority and credibility. – Dr. James Chestnut Click To Tweet
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About Dr. James Chestnut
Dr. James L. Chestnut, a pioneer in lifestyle-centric healthcare, holds degrees in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, and Chiropractic. His research in neuromuscular responses to strength training has advanced the field. As an internationally recognized expert, his books and lectures on evidence-based lifestyle and wellness reach global audiences. He’s played leadership roles in the International Chiropractors Association, served as an Adjunct Professor at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic, and founded Innate Choice, an evidence-based supplement company. Dr. Chestnut has also developed influential clinical intervention protocols and is the first healthcare practitioner awarded a U.S. O-Visa for his expertise. His mission: promoting healthier lifestyle choices for enhanced well-being.
Top Things You’ll Learn From Dr. James Chestnut
- The impact of habitat or living environment on health and illnesses
- The industrial world humans have created is not a healthy habitat, leading to chronic illness
- The polluted, toxic environment, impacts food sources, exercise, and even our social structures
- Why our lifestyle choices matter
- Regardless of specific tests, our health is most influenced by eating habits, exercise, and mindset
- Even identical twins with the same genetic blueprint can end up with different health results because of their lifestyle choices
- The burdens of allostatic load AKA (stress box) we carry
- Allostatic load is the wear and tear on our bodies that results from constantly having to adapt to stress
- Stress hormones can help us cope with short-term stress, but they can damage our health if our bodies can’t relax
- A heavy allostatic load can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression
- Why medications may not always work
- Physiological changes like cholesterol levels and blood pressure are adaptations to environmental demands
- Taking medications alone doesn’t address the underlying allostatic load imposed by lifestyle and environmental factors
- Medication can actually increase allostatic load and be harmful to the body
- The necessity of exercise
- Regular movement practices like walking, biking, or jogging are essential to sustain a healthy body
- Rigorous physical strength activities should be done at least 2-3 times a week
- Exercise recovery is critical to balance our body chemistry
- Essential nutrients, avoiding toxins, and having gratitude and joy in life are keys for optimal living
- How health issues impact business and productivity
- The cost of health insurance would decrease if employees were healthier
- Healthy employees would make a significant difference in productivity
- Sick and medicated employees who show up for work, but can’t function properly leads to a loss of productivity
- Private sector companies are realizing that despite spending more money on healthcare, their employees are becoming increasingly sicker
- The preventative approach to healthcare is more effective than the current system of treating illness
- People need to be educated and have accurate beliefs about their health, including the causes of illness, to make lasting change
- Supplements: InnateChoice
- Book: The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach & Intestine
- Book: Ishmael: Daniel Quinn
- Teacher: Bruce McEwen
- Teacher: Bruce H. Lipton
Nick Urban [00:00:05]:
What if health and wellness and fitness What if these were all easy? What if we’re overcomplicating things and we can go back to basics and get better outcomes? That is the topic of today’s episode, and I had a good time recording this one with doctor James Chestnut. Hopefully, this episode will give you another frame, a different lens to look at health through. That way CHEK you’re building your own protocols, your optimizing your own health or you’re helping others, you’ll have more tools in your toolbox. In this episode, we reduce health into its core components. This is the root cause of health. And by addressing and improving these, you might just notice that any nagging symptoms you’re feeling dissipate. A quote from this episode that I liked is this. Health is simple and sickness is complicated. There were a lot of other things that we didn’t unfortunately have the time to discuss in this episode, such as certain conditions, I wanted to push back a bit and hear his interpretation of those and how they fit into his model But like I said, we didn’t have enough time to really dig deep into too many specifics. One thing that we discussed off air that didn’t make it into the episode was how stress and sleep and other components that most people view as the foundations of health and wellness how those fit into his model. And his answer was simple. Those are the byproducts of doing his big three things right. So in the case of sleep, those in perfect health tend not to suffer from insomnia or frequent sleep disturbances, So, really, that falls under the umbrella of as he calls it, thinking right. Don’t worry. This will all make a lot more sense in a few minutes when I bring him on. So our guest this week is Doctor James Chestnut. He’s a pioneer in the world of lifestyle centric health care. And he has advanced degrees in physical education, exercise physiology, and chiropractics. His research in neuromuscular responses to strength training has significantly advanced the field. As an internationally recognized expert, his books and lectures on evidence based lifestyle in wellness have reached worldwide audiences in leadership roles within the International Kyle Proctors Association and as an adjunct professor at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic, he continues to shape the profession. Doctor Chestnut also founded Innate Choice, an evidence based supplement company, and he’s developed influential clinical intervention Biohacking him the very 1st health care practitioner in history to be awarded an O visa by the United States immigration for his expertise. His mission is simple. To promote healthy lifestyle choices, to enhance physical and psychological well-being. You’ll find the links to everything we discuss in the show notes at mindbodypeak.com/ CHEK number 121. This format was more of a conversation, less of an interview. Let me know if you prefer this format or the usual format of Mindbody peak performance podcasts. Okay. With that out of the way, let’s bring in doctor James Chestnut. Doctor Chestnut, welcome to Mindbody peak performance.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:03:48]:
Thank you. Thanks for having me Nick.
Nick Urban [00:03:50]:
So, James, let’s start off today with a controversial that fact or belief you have around humanity, our upbringing, and where we’ve strayed from that. Over the last couple of millennia.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:04:06]:
It’s hard for me to to to categorize it as as controversial because it so based in the peer reviewed literature. So it might be uncommon. I guess, for me, because I’m a hardcore scientist that I find it difficult to categorize something that has so much evidence behind it as as controversial, but it’s certainly an uncommon worldview you know, that that clearly the reason we’re sick is because, you know, that that the chronic illness pandemic is a is a is a pandemic of self inflicted preventable illness. I’m not blaming anybody for their illnesses. I always say, but we but but really the leading cause of peneture in health care, the leading cause of hospitalization, the leading cause of death, the leading cause of reason for prescription drugs, the leading cause of of low quality of life, the leading cause of low energy, the leading cause of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, the leading cause of all of these things, is lifestyle induced. It’s not that it’s not that inborn genetic defect in human beings. Obviously, genes get better within a species over time, not worse. And so maybe perhaps to some people who have not yet who are unfamiliar with the literature or have just been listening to to mainstream media and mainstream medicine, you know, perhaps is controversial to those folks but it’s certainly not controversial in a in a basic science world.
Nick Urban [00:05:30]:
Well, I will bookmark then. That is a good topic to discuss momentarily. But first before we do, let’s warm up today with the unusual or non negotiable as you’ve done so far this morning for your health your performance and your Bioharmony?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:05:47]:
Well, I always exercise every day. You know, I always take my essential nutrient system, so I’ve always got my vitamin my omegas, my probiotic, and my, and my multivitamin, and mineral. That’s, that’s non negotiable.
Nick Urban [00:06:00]:
How’d you settle on those specifically?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:06:03]:
Well, through, again, through research. Right? So so I created an 8 choice based on the idea that I realized that the that the sort of natural health care world had as much, you know, sadly fraud and misinformation and and and predatory behavior as the pharmaceutical world did. So what I wanted to do was create create a supplement line, which I knew everybody needed. The tagline is everybody, every day life. So essential nutrients means that your body must ingest them because your body cannot make them. And essential nutrient is classified in biochemistry and physiology is something that your body re that your cells require for in order to produce healthy structure and function of the entire body and brain. And it’s something that you cannot make yourself so that you must ingest from the environment. And then I created a system that was based on the ones that are most missing in industrial and the industrial world. So, that’s how I came came up with those. I would look at it that everything that you do that is in that is congruent for your for your species type, is Bioharmony, but of course, I think it’s really important that everybody gets outside every day that that somehow you’re exposed to the pheromones from trees that you you ground yourself with some kind of contact with Earth. That’s that’s really important too. And and, and I think just being grateful.
Nick Urban [00:07:26]:
CHEK you were getting started on this journey, was there as much research around grounding or earthing and forest bathing and all these things are now becoming pop because the research is validating, and they were also like the way humans survived and thrived throughout history.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:07:42]:
You know, my my favorite expression probably is that our ancestors stole all our best ideas. So, you know, there’s a there’s a lot of cultures that have always done this. They they didn’t they didn’t have the the research for it, but they’ve always done it. I mean, in Japan, as an example, it’s very common for hospitals to have you know, gardens and and trees where where they take the patients outside every day. And then, of course, they were getting some interesting results. So the research is, I I guess, on some of that is fairly new in in our world. And so when we say new, what new means a lot of the times is new to us. And I think And I think, again, there’s such an an enormous there’s a very, very, very tight filter biased filter that keeps a lot of this stuff out of Western Medicine And Western Society. And it’s it gets in there, but it it’s not easy. Because there is a model, a monopoly, an a model that’s based on a monopoly, which says we don’t want anyone to think that health comes from anywhere except to diagnose and some kind of medical treatment. And so, I think a lot of these things are creeping in, but they’re they’re they’re certainly not mainstream, but they’ve been around for a long time. And some of those things now are starting to infiltrate the the sort of the western viewpoint, I guess.
Nick Urban [00:09:04]:
You wrote a book called Live Right for your species type. What exactly does that mean? Like, what is the difference between, like, what is our species type that you’re referring to?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:09:12]:
Humans were were human beings. So we we there’s a human species and and species species are defined by the by their genome. Another way to look at it is species are really kinda defined as who they can mate with and make a healthy baby. So that’s a simple way to put if you’re not really into into genome and genes and things and species. But so every species on earth is is is sort of defined literally. CHEK when we say what is a species what we really mean is what what what’s what’s that specific genome that belongs to that? So Girfs are, you know, the they have the Giraffe genome. Humans have the human genome. And what happens is is that over time, just the the way natural selection works is that those genomes develop, in in concert with environment. And so, essentially, what happens is that over time, that species when it, when it, when it, evolves or is, or is formed, that species has certain requirements that it has to get from its environment. So there’s a cert so a drafts have to specific foods for giraffes. And, you know, if giraffe starts to eat meat, it won’t do well. Giraffe has a giraffe diet. Alligators have an alligator diet. You know, lions have a lion diet. Humans have a human diet. And so all this nonsense about nutrition is really is, you know, even the
Nick Urban [00:10:28]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:10:29]:
food groups, they were never based on biology. In biology, we already know that that each species has to eat certain things. They have to move a certain way to be healthy. They have to socially interact a certain way. Some animals are very social. They live in pack. Some animals are very solitary, and they have to be alone. If you put the solitary animals in groups, they get stressed out. If you take a if you take a pack animal or social animal make a living isolation, it gets stressed out. And by the way, they’re going extinct, not because of bad genes. They’re going extinct because they’ve lost their habitat. We destroyed it. And so, therefore, they can’t eat, move, and think, or live according to their species type because in order to live according to your species type, you have to be able to eat, move, and think in ways that are congruent with your own genetic needs. And so the only way we’ve ever saved a species ever in the history of, you know, biology or ever is by putting saving his habitat and allowing that species to live in a healthy habitat. And when we put a species in a healthy habitat, the species gets healthy. And so I I’ve I’ve coined a term, which is as go as goes the, habitat. So go the inhabitants. And so every species needs to live in a congruent habitat in order to thrive and to be well. The industrial world that we’ve created is not a healthy habitat for humans, which is why we’re so chronically ill. It’s not because we have bad genes. It’s because we’ve created a living habitat for ourselves, which is polluted. It’s toxic. It has, our food sources have completely changed to how much we exercise is completely changed, how we socialize this completely changed. So We’ve created a very sick habitat for ourselves, and lo and behold, we’ve become very sick.
Nick Urban [00:12:10]:
The way I look at this is that if genes were were responsible, we would see this the rise in chronic degenerative diseases be a much slower gradual process, but if we look at that full, like, data. It skyrocketed over the last decades, and genes don’t change that quickly.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:12:30]:
No chance. Here’s the human gene change in basically 10000 years, but the chronic illness plague has really been really since the 19 sort of 50. Right? That’s CHEK it really ramped up seventies, really, but fit after World War 2. So you think, you know, CHEK chronic illness changes, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, all of these things like this. Right? Gene change
Nick Urban [00:12:54]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:12:56]:
Chronic illness, very steep slope. What else has been on a steep slope? How we eat, move, and think. Right? What we’ve done to our habitat, what we’ve done to our dietary patterns, what we’ve done to our exercise patterns, what we’ve done to our socialization patterns, our our our our amount of stress is skyrocketed. So
Nick Urban [00:13:14]:
— Yeah. Years ago, I read a book called biomimicry individuality by Roger Williams, and he went on to catalog basically every organ and system throughout the body and how you look at both extremes, there’s a huge, sometimes up to, like, 50 fold difference between individuals. How does your model account for, like, the tremendous differences between one person and the next.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:13:38]:
And fifty full difference in what that organ what that person should eat to make that organ healthy or a fifty full difference in some of the minute characteristics that are probably meaningless. I mean, how many different characteristics are there in height or skin color or eye color or hair tone or hairiness of a of an individual. Just because you can find differences doesn’t mean they’re significant. There’s all kinds of differences. We are individual physically. Physically, we’re we’re we’re all very individual, which which allows us to mate and not have, you know, genetic issues when we mate. But in terms of what a species looks I mean, do you ever run across somebody? Go, I wonder if they’re human. Like, how many times have you ever said? I wonder if that person’s a human or a giraffe. So these things that people come up with, they’re they’re they’re just not sensible. Right? They’re just ways of describing things that really don’t make any any any major sort of, differences in terms of of well-being. So if you find any species on ours that doesn’t have all our chronic illnesses, Do they have those same amount of differences in their organs? Do giraffes have that same amount of difference in their organs? Of course, they do. So again, what I would say is, so what CHEK? It’s just a non explanatory, variable. That talks about something that we can find out because we have a stronger microscope or a better or or or a better way to test something. But is everything that we can find that’s a difference isn’t significant. That’s the problem that people have. So again, I’ll just ask everybody. Have you ever run across somebody and wondered if they were a human mem member of the human species or a different species. That’s how recognizable we are. How do we figure out what to feed your apps? Because we can recognize what a giraffe looks like. So we don’t feed the giraffe, what we feed the zebras. And so that’s what I’d say. What are you gonna feed a human? The human diet. What humans have always been now. We can have a vast array of foods. Right? We can have different choices. And as you move around the world, Right? You humans had to as they moved. I mean, you moved out Africa. You ended up in the arctic as a as all the same species. You could take someone from the arctic. And inuit from the Arctic and make them with somebody from Africa and make a baby true or true. If they can mate, how similar are they genetically?
Nick Urban [00:15:52]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:15:53]:
So not similar enough, mate. So similar that you could take half a cell from somebody in Africa and half a cell from somebody from the Arctic and inuit and put those 2 half cells together, and they’re so similar. They make life. So let’s not get caught up in some of these things that that that that aren’t aren’t relevant. But as we moved around the world, We had to find foods that met our essential nutrient needs. Are we perished? So there wasn’t a lot of you know, citrus fruit in the arctic. So they had to eat a lot of skin because it was full of collagen that could get vitamin c. That way, there’s all kinds of things we can talk about. But everywhere humans went around the globe. Even even back as hunter gatherers, they all had to figure out how to get the foods they needed or they died. And they all had to figure what was toxic and avoid it, or they died. Trial and error. But if you look at it, they all ended up in same nutrients.
Nick Urban [00:16:47]:
Yeah, you’re focusing on the same, like, essential nutrients and that composition of the diet will vary from location to location based on availability and seasons and all these other things, but ultimately, you need to get these certain nutrients. If you don’t get those, it doesn’t matter who you are, what your genetics are. For the most part,
Dr. James Chestnut [00:17:05]:
The essential ones are essential. What that means is if you don’t get them, you get sick and die. So if you don’t get any vitamin c, all your blood vessels are gonna gonna get scurvy. You’re gonna die. If you don’t get vitamin d, you’re gonna have no immunity. You’re gonna have no bone density. You’re you’re you’re, you know, you’re gonna have chronic inflammation all the time. You’re you’re, you know, if you don’t have omega 3 fatty acids, just not gonna work properly. You don’t get any probiotics. Your gut can’t work properly. I mean, everybody’s trying to find differences. Right? Cause there’s a way to market that somehow, but but that’s the wrong question in science. CHEK question is, what are similarities? Then one is looking for sickness and the other one is looking for health. Just find out what people are healthy people do and follow it. Instead of trying to find out what sick people look like and try and treat it.
Nick Urban [00:17:44]:
Were you the one I heard say that the difference between, how was it, biology and medicine is biology is a study of life and health and medicine is the study of pathology?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:17:55]:
Very likely. I’m not sure I’ve said it many times, so there’s something very similar. Yeah. And so that’s what medicine is. Medicine looks for sickness. Right? And and and so it’s a very different question They ask a different question. They ask what’s wrong with this person. How do we treat it? I mean, just think about it. If you get diagnosed with a sickness, I don’t care what it is. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, you know, indigestion, anxiety, some kind of emotional issue. And you go into that system. Right? And you get all the best treatments that they have. In 5 years, are you healthy? After 5 years of all of the best that they can offer, and 5 years after your diagnosis, are you healthy? Now think about it for a second. That’s a bioaccumulation of the smartest minds money can buy. In the best labs money can buy, in the best schools, monies can money can fund all from big pharma. Right? And they’ve got millions of articles
Nick Urban [00:18:51]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:18:52]:
of studies going on every day, unique, and they’ve got this accumulated intellect and and and and and sort of money and resources for 50 years. They’ve been doing this and spending more every year. And with the 50 years of accumulated knowledge, right? When you go into that system, after 5 years, of the best they can offer of those 50 years of
Nick Urban [00:19:16]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:19:17]:
of dollars and 1,000,000 upon 1000000 of hours from the best minds asking the wrong question. Do you get better? Now compare that to going for a walk every day, eating healthy foods, being grateful and doing the eat well, move all think, well, stuff that I advocate. What would be better? Who would win in terms of outcomes for people? Watch this. So does you couldn’t find a human being who couldn’t tell you about better choices they could make every day. They already know things they could do. Right? The problem isn’t that. The problem is that they are convinced that it doesn’t matter by people who wanna sell them pills. They’re convinced that it doesn’t make a difference because they’re told that they have a genetic defect that is causing their obesity, that is causing their high blood pressure. That is causing their anxiety, that is causing their depression, that is causing their indigestion, that is causing their high blood sugar. Right? They’re told it doesn’t matter. So they don’t make the effort. But they’re sick, and they never get well. Ever. They never get well again.
Nick Urban [00:20:18]:
We’ll have to talk about behavior change because that’s obviously the crux of of this.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:20:23]:
Taking a pill is behavior change too. Remember that. Taking a pill is behavior change. It’s all behavior change. It’s just it’s just about what behavior you have, but you put your faith in. Which behaviors have evidence that they’re gonna do you benefits instead of do you harm? Everything’s a behavior change. Well, it just depends what you believe in. So they don’t believe in pills. They believe in the doctor who tells CHEK about the pill because the doctor has had 1,000,000 of dollars spent on his or her behalf from big pharma to buy cultural authority so that people have faith in the doctor. They don’t even like taking pills, but they do it. The pills don’t work, but they keep doing them. They don’t make them feel better. They feel worse, but they keep doing it. It’s because they have a belief in the authority.
Nick Urban [00:21:02]:
How do you envision going about changing that system? Because no one’s gonna fund the same amount, the same volume of research, or quality of research on the benefits of going for a walk. I’m sure there’s been an uptick and interest around this kind of thing and a little more research, but it pales in comparison to pretty much any blockbuster drug.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:21:19]:
Actually, the research is overwhelming, and there’s lots of it if you put your head into it, in which I do. So there’s overwhelming evidence. There’s evidence about it works well. There were evidence that works better than pills. It’s evidence that it works better than surgeries. There’s evidence that it can prevent things. There’s the evidence is there’s no lack of evidence. There’s just a lack of will of people. It’s not it’s not necessarily mainstream. Medical doctors are not taught this in school, how to do it. Right? All the focus is on diagnosis and treatment with the driver surgery that’s the entire focus is drugs and surgery, drug surgery, drug surgeries. Right? So so they’re not equipped to do it. They think it’s not even part of medicine. They think it’s something that’s alternative. They see it as being important. This is what I say because I I have this conversation off it, but I say to people, just imagine if if you could for a second a world where You had to pay cash to get the pill, but lifestyle was covered. Right? The every time you turn on the TV, people talk to you about the importance of lifestyle, all the research on lifestyle was put on TV all the time as much as the drug adds. That you’re encouraged to do lifestyle that you went to a practitioner and the practicer said, you gotta just change how you eat. You gotta go for a walk every day. In fact, we have programs where you can meet and go for a walk. We have personal change. We have people who help you go shopping because the money that you would spend on that would be literally about one tenth of what we spend on pills that don’t work right now. And surgeries that are right? Literally, we would prevent things. The hospitals would empty. They’d be 10% from trauma and thank goodness they’re there for that. We all appreciate it. But the fact of the matter is just if you would just imagine a world where you had all the things that are pushing people toward drugs and surgery now. Imagine if that was all pushing CHEK towards lifestyle. And it was funded. And it was advocated on television by the practitioners themselves that people were experts and that they talked about it all the time. Now ask yourself what would people do? So we gotta compare apples to apples, don’t we? Because right now, you can get you can get months off work. If you go get surgery, you can get months off to do the rehab, but if you decide that you wanna avoid surgery and do exercise, you can’t get any time off work. Right? You can get covered for pills. You can’t get covered for good food. Can’t get covered for the gym, but you can get covered for pills and surgery. Why is that? Cause pills and surgery work better because they’re cheaper because they get better outcomes or because there’s a monopoly somewhere that says, this is what we want covered. Who decides what gets covered? Who makes those decisions and who are they lobbied by?
Nick Urban [00:23:43]:
Yeah. So it sounds like the, I guess, it’s not simple change, but if there was gonna be change, it would make the biggest impact. It would be working with health insurance companies to change what gets funded and what doesn’t. And of course, there’s lobbyists, and that’s never gonna actually happen not —
Dr. James Chestnut [00:23:58]:
It will happen if the people change. So so think about dentistry. Right? Like, dentistry became so important to people that people demanded insurance covered it, not the other way around. Dentists didn’t go whining to get covered. Right? You’re never gonna beat the big farm in monopoly about insurance. You can’t win now. They own it. It’s just they have 1,000,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000 of dollars. First of all, people have to be educated and have the accurate beliefs. They have to have accurate beliefs and knowledge about their health where it comes from and why they’re sick. Once that happens, whether it’s covered or not, people will make the changes because I most people don’t like being sick. They go into that other system thinking they’re gonna get fixed, but they never get fixed. Never. Never. Unless they have a infection. They can sometimes get fixed, right, if they get anybody. But otherwise, chronic illnesses, they do not get fixed. They just become patients for life. Whereas if they go to the other way, they actually get better. And so I always think working with an individual, you know, people are gonna listen to this podcast. People will start to realize, and most people deep down kinda know that a pill’s not gonna fix a problem caused by lack of exercise or a crummy diet. And I think the other thing is is that in the private sector, what you’re starting to realize what they’re starting to realize is no matter how much money they spend on that system, their employees are sicker and sicker, and they’re spending more money all the time. So you know, years a few years ago now, I I got hired by a big huge insurance company, conglomerate, who who who who did all the government workers, firefighters, you know, municipal workers, you know, you know, people pick up the guard, you know, all municipal workers all around the Midwest in the United States, and they hired me as the keynote to come and talk. Because I was basically, they knew that I was gonna tell people, listen. You know, the reason your insurance is going up, because they were getting complaints about their insurance premiums were I said, but the reason your insurance premiums are going up is because you’re sicker every year. You’re sicker every year for the last 50 years. I mean, imagine if every year there was, you know, someone was insuring houses against fire and every year, the number of house fires increased. And every year, the cost to fix a house from a fire went up. How could they not increase their premiums? And nothing that you can do when you when you get diagnosed, nothing that that they that you go and pills that you get is gonna cost less money the next year. You cost more money the next year, not less. So how can they not increase the premiums? And that’s why they hired me. But it people went, oh, And so if they want to spend less money, they’re gonna have to make a behavior change.
Nick Urban [00:26:26]:
Yeah. Monetary incentives is a a big lever for change.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:26:30]:
You know, one of the nice things about flying a lot and, you know, doing well is that I get to ride, you know, in 1st class when I try. So I’m very often sitting beside CEOs of companies. And I’ve had many, many conversations about people where they actually think that a that their that their health insurance costs. Which are astronomical. You know, you know, motor car companies like Ford Motor spends more money on health insurance. Per car than they do steel. 80 percent of the workforce in America is has a one chronic illness. About 60% have 2, at least 2. And so the health insurance is what the bargaining is that the unions are bargaining for health care, not for wages, most of the time. Right? It’s just so astronomical expense, but they consider it a fixed cost. And so when I sit and talk to these people, I go, it’s not a fixed cost. It’s only a fixed cost if your employees don’t get any healthier. It’s only a fixed increasing cost you use the system you’re using now, which is they get sick. They get diagnosed. They get pills. Then they get another pill. Well, that system is. It’s not a costs. It’s a rising cost every year and they’re like, yes. Right? I said, but what if your employees didn’t get sick, or what if your sick ones got well? And he’s and they’re and they’re just like, Oh, and I like, why do people go overseas? It’s not just because the labor’s cheaper. It’s because when you go into an CHEK country in Taiwan, 80% of them aren’t obese. They’re not missing work. Presenteeism, which means you show up for work, but you’re so sick and medicated that you lose, on average, 45 to 90 days of pro bud productivity per year per person with a chronic illness. Imagine what the difference is if you have healthy employees.
Nick Urban [00:28:11]:
So the phrase root cause medicine gets bandied a lot banded around a lot in, like, functional circles and, like, the new age of, like, optimal health. And in your model, if you were to, like, look at certain things behaviors, like suboptimal labs, what would you say are like the at the root of everything to focus on. And, of course, there’s, like, the behaviors at a higher level like eating right, thinking right, moving right, all those. But what would you say is, like, the layer beneath everything that is the most important to start with.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:28:44]:
Okay. So I’m not gonna call it my model. It’s just my model applied to humans. But my model is the biological model. It’s the same model that we use for every other species. Right? So if you had an unhealthy species and you saw a whole bunch of a species getting sick, Would you assume it was genes? We go, wait a minute. Let’s check their habitat. Let’s CHEK. Are they eating, moving, and thinking in ways that are congruent with what their genome requires? So no matter no matter what you’re dealing with, no matter what lab, all the lab is is in effect. What’s in effect of? Our labs can labs change? Whatever whatever test you’re gonna do, can it change? Of course, it can change. Therefore, it is not the cause. Something’s causing it. So keep just swim upstream. And what do you get to every time? How people eat how people move and how people think? That’s it. I don’t care what your lab is. Not meaning. It’s meaningless to me. It might let you know that you’re doing something wrong, but don’t you already know you’re doing something wrong? I could take genetically identical twins. Correct? Meaning, they’re identical. Genetics identical. That means there’s no difference in the organs. That means there’s no difference in any of the biochemistry. It means they’re genetically identical. You know what I mean? And I give I put one on a health healthy diet, that exercises every day that has a good social group. And I put the other genetically identical twin on a crappy diet that doesn’t exercise and doesn’t have a a a healthy social group or healthy self esteem, what would happen to their blood work? Any lab you wanna measure, what would happen to them? The one in the healthy habitat doing healthy things would have healthy numbers, the one with doing the 6th step would have CHEK. Is that true or true?
Nick Urban [00:30:18]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:30:18]:
How many times out of a
Nick Urban [00:30:19]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:30:21]:
CHEK question is why is your blood work where your blood work is? Is high blood sugar an issue? Of course, it is. Why do you have high blood sugar? That’s the question. Not what herbert kind of sort of, you know, think from a bottle, you can take that to monitor your blood sugar. You wanna monitor your blood sugar do with exercise and healthy diet. And healthy attitude, get your cortisol levels down, then you’ll have healthy blood sugar. Yes or yes. I can give you healthy blood sugar, and you still be sick. True? Yeah. It’s called Ozempic. Correct? I can give you healthy cholesterol level, and you’re still sick. Yeah? Yeah. Yeah. It’s called Lipitor.
Nick Urban [00:31:00]:
And if you go the other direction, your healthy blood sugar is almost like a side effect of overall better health?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:31:09]:
You would think that maybe the question you would ask is, does it work? Is it working? And it works. You know what it works for? To change the number on the test. And that’s what they define as working. Not someone getting healthier, or happy or or having a longer better life, it’s does it work? Yeah. It changed the bud it changed the the blood pressure. They have lower blood pressure. Yeah. They’re dead. But they die with low blood pressure. They die with lower cholesterol. They die with lower blood sugar. They live the miserable life, and they’re dead.
Nick Urban [00:31:39]:
If someone comes to you with a condition that they’ve been labeled with, would you always 100% of the time look through those big three that you’ve mentioned several times now?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:31:49]:
A 100% of the time.
Nick Urban [00:31:51]:
And even if it’s some rare condition that few people have ever heard of, there’s a, like, biological thundering.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:31:57]:
Is it genetic condition?
Nick Urban [00:31:58]:
No. No. No. In this case, it would not be —
Dr. James Chestnut [00:32:00]:
In this case, it was. What would you do with someone with a genetic condition? Let’s say you have a genetic condition. You have trisomy 21. You have down syndrome. Is your life better if you eat, move, and think, well, than if you don’t,
Nick Urban [00:32:12]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:32:13]:
But if you don’t have tries, only 21, is your life better and your health better if you eat, move, and think, well? So what difference does it make? What label they have? Can you think of an example of the human being who has a poor diet and I improved their diet where I didn’t improve their life and their health? Can you think of an example of human being who does not exercise And I get them exercising. Can you think of it a human being regardless of any diagnosis they have or how rare this thing is that they wouldn’t do better exercising than not exercising. Can you think of anybody no matter how rare this illness is? That they wouldn’t do better if they woke up every day with gratitude, they created social connections that contributed to some kind of community. And got something back from it. And they were more honest, more kind, more generous, more hardworking, and more egalitarian, meaning they looked at everybody as as as having equal rights.
Nick Urban [00:33:00]:
Assuming that you’re looking at the population that from the outside looks like they’re doing everything right, at least they’re eating right and they’re moving right, and they have, like, really optimized that side yet they still have a condition or are sick in some way, and they’re trying everything.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:33:15]:
I haven’t seen one. Theoretically, do they exist? Usually, the people are really sort of quite good on their diet and exercise are are suffering some kind of emotional trauma. Right? That’s that’s pretty common, but but it’s I’ve never found somebody so far who is suffering from something because unless they had a genetic illness, and they do exist. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic illness. Down syndrome is a genetic illness. If you a genetic illness means this. If you have the gene you have the illness. There’s no exceptions. Right? If you have the that’s called that’s a real genetic illness. They’re rare, aren’t they? All this other stuff that they’re saying, well, that you have the genetic predisposition. That’s garbage. That’s ridiculous. However, there are genetic illnesses. So so what I’m saying is people don’t have illness for random chance. It’s not flu. There’s a reason for everything. Correct? So I just keep looking. And if it’s a gene, it’s a gene, but it’s that would be, but
Nick Urban [00:34:15]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:34:17]:
And I’ve never met someone with a genetic illness, who’s eating, moving, and thinking in ways that are maximized already. So I take people with genetic illnesses and I make their lives better and longer. I take people without genetic illnesses and I make their lives better and longer. Correct? Right. And and so but I’m not I’m not so, egotistical that if I’m searching for these things and and there’s still something not going on, you know, most of the time is because they say they’re doing something they’re not, But if it were something else, I I would I would just I when I’m perplexed and can’t figure it out, I’m honest. The same perplexed, I can’t figure it out. You need to go figure something out. So but, you know, who do I refer them to? So if it’s not a paris say or some kind of, you know, something else. What are the options? If it’s not genetic and it’s not some kind of parasite, what are what’s left? I always go to the most obvious rocks in the backpack first. The ones that I know most people in industrial society are suffering from. Right? And what I’ll tell you is removing those main rocks is pretty easy. It’s pretty obvious. And 90% of the time, 90% of the people get 90% better in 90 days. So I always start there. Don’t start with these looking for these weird little specifics and everything. I only start there. Everybody’s way better off. Now whatever else we do is working from a better healthier foundation because they’ve listened to me for 90 days. And now if there’s still something weird going on, either it’s gonna just require more time, which is the usual case or there’s something weird going on, we can look for it. But why start with the weird? And the minuscule and the least likely, why not start with the most obvious
Nick Urban [00:36:00]:
Are there benchmarks for these? Like, of course, for nutrition, like, getting the essential nutrients is one for movement I heard on another podcast. I think you mentioned that it’s a loose quote, but the average hunter gatherer was, like, the equivalent of a modern day Olympian. How do we know if we’re getting enough movement?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:36:19]:
Yeah. Well, it just it just so it’s dose responsive. So to a certain degree, obviously, you can over train if you’re, you know, an ultra marathoner and you’re doing one one a day or something. But, but, ultimately, what but the reason I tell people that is because they think, well, I did my, you know, the because the recommendations from the so called expert oh, well, 30 minutes of gardening, and you’ve got your, you know, your you’ve got your activity. No. That’s better than 0 minutes of of of of activity. It’s better than sitting on the couch. But the truth is humans need to get out there, and they need to go for a walk every day. And it and if it’s 5 minutes, fantastic, if you’ve never done it, but you need to get up to an hour. You need to be outside walking or jogging or riding a bike or, you know, even if it’s inside, it’s better out. But if it’s in, you know, you just gotta exercise. You just have to. And then you have to do some kind of rigorous physical strength activity, at least 2, but preferably three times a week. And there has to be a couple maximum efforts there, meaning what’s max left. It means that you had to stop because you couldn’t breathe. Like, you did push ups, but you had to stop at 20 because you couldn’t do 21. Those maximal effort kind of things are also very important for all kinds of physiological reasons, but that’s what genetically we’re designed for. So we’re hunter gatherers designed to to hunt and gather. So what were the physical requirements of that? And that’s what we’re designed to have. And without those things, we start to degenerate. You can take an Olympic athlete and and in one day of rest, you can start to see changes in blood sugar, insulin sensitivity, you know, all the hormones, everything. So so we are meant to exercise every day. That’s what we’re genetically designed for. And if you’re if you’re less than that, CHEK you’re less than your your your far less than your health potential. Right? We’re designed to get these essential nutrients. If you don’t have those essential nutrients, or if you put any toxic things into your body, well, then obviously, you’re gonna be less than than than your than your optimal. You know, if you don’t if you don’t have gratitude, enjoy in your life every day. And sadness is part of life too, but if you don’t have all these things together at the same time, so I always talk to people Outliyr, the plant analogy because it helps them understand science about this a little bit because in in most science and health care is very reductionist. So imagine if you had a plant that was wilting. What do most people think of?
Nick Urban [00:38:26]:
Too little or too much water.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:38:28]:
There you go. So so you wouldn’t go. It must have bad genes. Right? You you must you wouldn’t go. This plant needs a drug or some kind of, like, injection of plastic surgery or something because the plant just isn’t designed to be healthy. There’s something defective with the plant. That’s never where you go first. Is it? If your dog throws up, what do you think? Genetically defected, need some kind of pill like a tom’s, or the dog ate something I should.
Nick Urban [00:38:51]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:38:52]:
Okay. So this is Paul Biology. We’re innately were were meant to think properly. It’s just been we’ve just been brainwashed. So so you so you give the plant water. Right? Let’s say the plant’s super the the soil’s super dry, and you give the plant water. Right? So So if the plant was deficient in water and you gave it water, is the plant better? If it had no water and it needed water and you gave it water, it’s water’s right. But it could it still be wilting?
Nick Urban [00:39:18]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:39:19]:
Does that mean the water was useless? No. But that’s what they do. They go, oh, they took vitamin d, and they still got cancer. So therefore, vitamin d is used. Wait a minute. Maybe they were also deficient in exercising morons. Right? So they try this is what they do, though, to to to to try to discredit this stuff. So not say your plant’s still wilting. You don’t say, well, it doesn’t need water. I’m gonna give up on that. You say, no. I’m gonna the water steam camera, maybe it’s deficient in sunlight. Maybe I put it in too much shade or it’s got too much sun. Correct? So if it had not enough sunlight and you got it to and you gave it more sunlight as sufficient amount for that plant, genetically that plant requires a certain amount of sunlight, that could be different from a genetically different plant. True? Yeah. Okay. So so you figured out what that plant needs based on its genome, And you figure out that it needs 6 hours of sun a day and you get it 6 hours of sun a day. Is that plant healthier?
Nick Urban [00:40:10]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:40:11]:
But now it’s got proper amount of sun. It’s got the proper amount of water. Could it still be wilting? Yep. Would you suggest then that water and and proper sun is useless. So that’s a stupid intervention. There’s an alternative ridiculous natural intervention that doesn’t work because it didn’t CHEK the plan. No. In a randomized controlled trial, that’s what you’d have to conclude, right, if you did a reduction trial. So what if then you say, well, wait a minute. Maybe, maybe it’s not getting enough nutrients in the soil? Lo and behold, it was deficient in nutrients. So then you figure out based on the plant’s genome, what nutrients it needs, and you put the nutrients in. It’s the plant healthier.
Nick Urban [00:40:45]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:40:46]:
So now you got water, you got sunlight, you got nutrients. Is that plant better off than it was before it started seeing you as a practitioner?
Nick Urban [00:40:54]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:40:55]:
Okay. Could it still be wilting? Mhmm. What do you look for? Maybe somebody’s dumping something toxic. Maybe somebody’s dumping diesel fuel up the road or or doing something else and the plant’s getting toxic. Right? So you just keep working that way. But the idea that you would go, well, if I give someone’s deficient in vitamin d or the essential nutrient system that I created and we give them those essential nutrients and they don’t all all of a sudden aren’t miraculously, like, a 100% better, from all things. I go, well, that’s because it’s multi variable. But if you don’t take the hidden hunger of essential nutrient deficiencies, they can never be well. No matter what you did for that plant, if you didn’t get enough sunlight and you figured out the toxins from the you got rid of the toxic diesel fuel. You got you you did the proper amount of nutrients in the soil. You gave it a proper amount of sun, but you didn’t give enough water. Would the plant ever be healthy? No. It has to eat well, move well, and think well, and be toxin free at the same time for a period of time in order to express health. Correct? That’s what humans do. That’s all I teach is that I teach people that it takes time, but you gotta make sure you’re addressing all the main variables. Right? Eat well, move well. Think well at the same time for a period of time to allow you to stop wilting.
Nick Urban [00:42:09]:
So instead of going the reductionless route looking for one thing way downstream that may have this impact that we’re seeing, we start instead at the top level and say, like, These are the broad, like, general interventions and we’ll improve these and we’ll look downstream to see what effect that’s Biohacking. And if it’s not resolving the symptom, then we’ll continue working up there until eventually we we do fix it.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:42:33]:
Right. And you’re just gonna see that it’s very, very rare that that people don’t get better. But again, in in medicine, you have the specialist who’s the soil specialist. And they do the soil. And they put the nutrients in the soil, and then they retest and go, oh, the nutrients in the soil are good. That plant’s good. Off you go. Plant’s still sick. They don’t care that. They did their test and said it worked. Think about this way. When you go to apply for blood, pardon me, for for life insurance, you have to go through a battery of tests. Correct? Why?
Nick Urban [00:43:03]:
You wanna make sure you’re healthy.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:43:05]:
Or how sick you are. Why? Because your premiums will change. Right? If you have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and you’re obese. Do you pay more for life insurance than someone in the same age who is not obese, etcetera, has normal blood pressure, normal blood sugar, Yes?
Nick Urban [00:43:21]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:43:21]:
Okay. So what if you were and somebody else, you’re genetically identical twin. K. Scored the same on the tests. Right? Everything was the same. Your blood pressure was the same. Normal normal blood sugar. Normal cholesterol, right, didn’t smoke, didn’t drink. Would you pay the same for life insurance? You would imagine so, but you’d be dead wrong if your genetically identical twin had normal blood pressure because he was on medication. And your genetically identical twin had normal cholesterol, but they were on medication. In normal blood sugar test, but they were on medication. Who pays more?
Nick Urban [00:44:00]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:44:01]:
Nick Urban [00:44:02]:
Because it’s artificially skewing the numbers.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:44:05]:
So why do all these actuaries who have all the data in the world more so than anybody else? Why do they know to charge that person more when they have normal blood pressure? They’re considered healthy by the medical system, but they have normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol, normal blood sugar. Why do they pay more for life insurance? Because they know they’re sick. And they know they have an increased chance of costing the money and dying early. Yes or yes.
Nick Urban [00:44:27]:
Yes. It seems that in general, if you look at what actuaries do and say, that’s a good bet in terms of, like, what actually works for health and what might have long term consequences because ultimately they’re the ones who will foot the bill.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:44:41]:
Of course. So in life insurance, you can charge more for unhealthy behaviors. You just can’t do it with health insurance. Only life insurance. It’s a joke.
Nick Urban [00:44:49]:
We’re running low on time today. There’s so many different routes
Dr. James Chestnut [00:44:52]:
Nick Urban [00:44:53]:
can go here. I know that one of the thing you mentioned Allostatic load or CHEK your stress bucket and that being full. I’ve heard you mentioned that previously about how important that is. Where does that fit into your living right?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:45:06]:
Well, Allostatic load, Bruce McHugh and Theresa Seaman, George Schulkin, Peter Schurling, these people came up with this concept, which is brilliant. So so normally what what medicine does is they they use a homeostat, a homeostasis centric model. So they’ll say if your blood pressure is not 120 over 80, there’s something wrong with you. You need a drug. What these people discovered was that’s that that that doesn’t make any sense because your blood pressure goes up when you’re on a treadmill. Your blood pressure, you know, like, you look at an animal that’s hibernating. You know, when’s the bear sick, when it’s hibernating, he has super low blood pressure, or when it’s out in the spring and it has much higher blood pressure. When is the bear sick when it loses all its fur, in spring, and summer, or when it gains all this extra body fur and body weight and body fat to, you know, in winter to hibernate. And the answer is it’s not Biohacking either one. It’s basically adapting to what what it it’s shifting its homeostatic set points for blood pressure, for body fat, for body hair, according to environmental demand, which is exactly normal. When we go to altitude, we make more red blood cells when we’re, you know, which would be considered sick. If you’re if you’re at sea level, but it would be you know what I mean? And vice versa. So so Allostatic load is basically saying CHEK we shift our physiology when we shift our cholesterol levels, our blood pressure. Our blood sugar, these things are not because we’re defective. Our internal regulatory mechanisms are intact. What’s changed is our environmental demand. We’re not eating, moving, or thinking, well, we’re under stress all the time. And so that is a load and they call it the allostatic load. That is a load on your system, which is very taxing and harmful, but it’s not because you’re ineffective. And simply taking a pill to get your blood pressure down doesn’t change all the load that’s on your body because the load being put on your body is being put on by your environment and your lifestyle choices. Not from a lack of pills. So what they’re saying is giving people these pills isn’t that the that they’ve explained in this Allostatic model why giving pills doesn’t work. And why we spend more money on pills every year. And people are sick or sick or why they never get better when they take these pills. They stay sick. And the reason is because they’re still under a very high allostatic load. And in fact, the irony is giving a healthy person or a sick person medication adds to their allostatic load. It’s a toxin. Drugs are not healthy. And so although it might change your blood pressure, it didn’t it didn’t it it made your blood pressure lower than what it needs to be for the environment you’re in. And so what does your bond do? It re it releases more stressor. It wants to try and bump it up like you did in the first place because it knows the demand is here. But now your blood pressure’s been artificially lower because you’ve got an angiotensin converting enzyme blocker. And so they’ve explained it perfectly why modern medicine failing. Fantastic model. And then they say, so where should we intervene? And the answer is, of course, is lifestyle.
Nick Urban [00:47:49]:
Well, you managed to put a bow in that nicely. So Thank you for that. And James, if people wanna connect with you to find you online to grab one of your books, how do they go about that?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:48:00]:
The public should go to eat well, move well, think well.com. Eat well, move well, think well.com. And then, yeah, the books are there. The supplements are there. They can do, the the the the lifestyle health risk assessment online. They just do a questionnaire and it gives them a rating and tells them how to make it better. So that’s really and I think that’s, like, 25 bucks or something. It’s really inexpensive, and it’s amazingly informative. And there’s all kinds of other stuff. There are lots of people who wanna get on later and have a consult with me if they if they want, they can do that. We have a
Nick Urban [00:48:27]:
Dr. James Chestnut [00:48:28]:
day online lifestyle plan available. And then if you’re a practitioner and you wanna kinda start implementing this stuff into your practice, you can go to innate choice.com. Innateinatellchoice.com. So that that kind of covers it.
Nick Urban [00:48:40]:
Perfect. And I will put the links to all those that you just mentioned in the show notes for this episode. So people can easily access it. I have a couple more questions for you before we part ways today. First of all, if there was a burning of the books and all knowledge on Earth was lost, that you get to save the works of 3 teachers. Who would you choose and why?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:49:00]:
Wow. That’s a good one. I would have to say I’d probably, you know, I picked Stephen Covey. I really liked even Covey’s work, habits of highly affected people. It was very influential in my life. I would pick probably Bruce McEwen, for health. And then another one of my favorites I would have to say is, Quinn, Dan Quinn. Ishmaster. It’s an amazing
Nick Urban [00:49:22]:
— Oh, yeah. I’ve read that book. Yeah. What area of your own health, wellness, and performance are you currently working on?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:49:29]:
All of it, all the time. I think, I think, basically, it’s, it’s a lifelong endeavor. I don’t look at it as As a burden, I look at it as as something where if I want to live my best life, every day I have to be, I have to learn, how to enjoy the things that make that make me well. You know, if I have a bad day at something, if I make a bad choice, I never I never hold it against myself or think that I failed or think that you know, I just try and make up for it the next day. So it’s always kind of, kind of fun that way. And, and I just, I’m always trying to be a better human being, more, more, more, more grateful, more honest, more kind, more generous.
Nick Urban [00:50:06]:
What is one topic that you’re currently fascinated by, or you’re researching?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:50:12]:
You know, every day I read something about, lifestyle, for sure. So, you know, I did a graduate degree in science. So I’m just sort of like train to kind of find find an article every day to read, but I’m always generally reading something about eating, moving your thinking every day.
Nick Urban [00:50:27]:
And then finally, what is one thing that your tribe doesn’t know about you, James?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:50:33]:
I’m a car buff. I never talk about that much. Yeah. I I like, I like older cars. You know?
Nick Urban [00:50:41]:
Do you have a collection?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:50:42]:
Not really, but I’ve got I’ve got a Jag and a and a Mustang and I like I like Range Rover. I have a couple of those and, yeah, I like cars.
Nick Urban [00:50:52]:
Sweet. Any final thoughts how would you like to conclude our episode together today?
Dr. James Chestnut [00:50:58]:
I would just like to encourage everybody who’s listening to let you know that you are literally a genetic superstar that all of your ancestors had to survive for you to be here. So if you if you think of natural selection, you have naturally been selected with the best genome in the history of your entire germline all throughout history 10, 10000 years ago. You can think that you are the pinnacle of it. So you have this enormous potential inside of you to be healthy and happy and have a wonderful life, but you’ve got but your genes and your your incredible naturally selected genetic potential cannot overcome an unhealthy lifestyle. That’s the one thing that a a a wonderful perfect genome cannot do. It cannot overcome a toxic, deficient lifestyle or habitat. So when you start tapping into that knowledge, what you will see is you’ll start to express your your natural human innate self, which is a healthy, energetic, kind, generous, happy contributing, hardworking person who has a, who makes the, the best of this gift that that we call life. But you have all of that potential inside of you and never anyone can bid you otherwise.
Nick Urban [00:52:09]:
Well, Doctor James Chestnut, you are a wealth of knowledge, and I appreciate you for taking some time today to come on and simplify what appears to be a really complex world of health and wellness. And through your model that we just learned today, That makes a lot of the decisions much easier and we can focus on the things that matter rather than getting pulled in a 100 different directions So thank you for coming on. It’s been a pleasure chatting with you today.
Dr. James Chestnut [00:52:36]:
Thank you. It’s my pleasure too. Thanks, Nick.
Nick Urban [00:52:39]:
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