goopfellas

goopfellas

What drives people to change, to heal, to reinvent themselves? How do we reclaim our health, bounce back from heartbreak, flip the script? On goopfellas, two friends who have become familiar with unlikely personal transformations have raw conversations with people who have experienced profound shifts in perspective and well-being. Together, functional medicine practitioner Will Cole, DC, and chef Seamus Mullen get at the catalysts that bring people out of their dark night and into their purpose. Each of their goopfellas guests—from athletes to actors to authors—is different. As are the hosts: Mullen himself almost died from rheumatoid arthritis, and Cole’s day job is helping people uncover and overturn the roots of dis-ease. But you’ll likely see pieces of yourself in all their conversations, reflected in every one of their challenges. And we hope, from the lessons they learned along the way, you’ll find something you need to bring about a change, big or small, in your own life.

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April 29, 2020 44 min
“Each of us has a story of why we burn out,” says Reiki master Kelsey Patel, who just released her first book, Burning Bright. It’s in our nature to keep striving for more, to contribute, and to help others, says Patel. But we don’t have to suffer in order to do it: Today, Patel teaches us how we can begin to turn inward to fill ourselves up so that we can more productively turn outward to take on the world. She talks about tools t...
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“Why force aging on somebody prematurely?” asks Nigma Talib, ND. The naturopathic doctor and author of Younger Skin Begins in the Gut joins the goopfellas to break down the factors that lead to premature aging—and to remind us that aging, simply, is natural, normal, and beautiful. In her practice, Talib finds that skin health is typically a reflection of what’s happening in our gut. She explains the four “faces” she’s come to recog...
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“If we have a better grasp of the origin story of disorders of the mind,” says Donna Jackson Nakazawa, “we have a better chance of resolving them.” The science journalist and author of The Angel and the Assassin joins Will Cole and Seamus Mullen to explain the newly understood role of the microglia: a brain cell that has the capacity to help—or hurt—our brain function. Jackson Nakazawa explains how microglia—in healthy states—are l...
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April 8, 2020 50 min
Paul Saladino, MD, wanted to find a solution for his chronic eczema. The former vegan ending up trying an extreme carnivore diet and later wrote a book called The Carnivore Code. Today, he’s making his case for a meat-prominent diet: why he believes it helps our bodies get the nutrients we need, may reduce inflammation, and could be part of sustainable agriculture solutions. He breaks down toxic compounds found in plants that may i...
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While looking for help managing migraine pain, neurologist and neuroscientist Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, decided to take a detour from a conventional path in medicine to explore sound healing. She now incorporates ancient practices, like sound medicine, at her wellness center in rural India, and wrote a book called Sound Medicine. Chaudhary says that sound medicine is simply a recognition that sound affects us—and an attempt to use the...
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March 25, 2020 43 min
Clinical nutritionist and Ancient Nutrition cofounder Josh Axe, DC, is sharing his food philosophy, starting with why he believes collagen is so critical and the best sources of it. Axe also breaks down common (and less common) adaptogenic herbs; explains his own, mostly plant-based diet; and shares what he’s learned from studying traditional Chinese medicine and ancient diets and practices. However you like to eat, though, Axe und...
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Mark Hyman, MD, author of Food Fix, lays out a master plan for reversing the global epidemic of chronic disease. Hyman explains the way our food industry undermines our health, economy, and environment. The statistics he’s gathered are staggering: We spend an estimated $2 trillion worth of resources on growing food that is thrown away. According to the UN, we have about sixty crop cycles left. The conventional way we grow food is d...
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March 11, 2020 51 min
New York Times–bestselling author and health and science journalist Max Lugavere has compiled everything he’s learned about the mind and body in his newest book, The Genius Life. And he’s sharing the highlights of his personal lifestyle program in this episode. He breaks down the science of circadian rhythms and explains “social jet lag,” blue-light-blocking glasses, and how to set yourself up for a quality night’s rest. He tells u...
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“When you get your brain right, your mind follows,” says Daniel Amen, MD. The psychiatrist and author of The End of Mental Illness urges us to care more about our own brain health. He believes that our current approach to mental conditions is missing the mark. He explains why factors like the health of your microbiome, nutrient deficiencies, quality of sleep, hormone levels, and blood pressure might affect your mental health. And h...
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February 26, 2020 44 min
“The erotic is expected to be sacrificed in the name of these cultural narratives,” says psychotherapist Doug Braun-Harvey. “And that’s a big conflict.” As a certified sex therapist, Braun-Harvey has focused on helping men with out-of-control sexual behavior or with what feel like uncontrollable urges. He believes that we shouldn’t look at sexual behavior as a disease or an addiction. And that oftentimes, a man’s perceived dysregul...
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February 19, 2020 42 min
“One of the biggest misconceptions is that people don’t want to help you,” says entrepreneur Chris Winfield. The cofounder of Super Connector Media, Winfield is known for getting good at—you guessed it—connecting and networking with people in a different, deeper way. His personal story includes a failed business, a rocky path to sobriety, and a challenge to himself: to meet with one new person every day. The rules? To be open, hone...
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“Relationships are chapters in a long story,” says James Sexton, author of How to Stay in Love. Today, Sexton teaches us what he’s learned from twenty years as a divorce lawyer and from his own divorce. To make a marriage last: “Never stop trying to close your spouse,” says Sexton. Take preventative measures. Have a plan for how you’re going to argue and be in conflict—before you’re in conflict. Mind your plate. Pay attention. It’s...
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“We need to free ourselves from the tyranny of the to-do list,” says Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable. Eyal joins the guys to teach us a different—and more effective—method for optimizing our input and realizing that we don’t generally control output. We tend to allow distraction to prioritize the urgent at the expense of the important, says Eyal. Instead, he uses something called time-blocking to reframe how we view productivity...
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“The degree to which the diet is difficult to follow will determine how long someone will continue to do it,” says nutritionist and trainer Harley Pasternak. Why we like his conversation with Seamus Mullen and Will Cole: Pasternak doesn’t believe in dieting. He doesn’t believe in extreme exercising. He’d rather we go for a walk and call a friend. He understands why we like sugar (he’s also the cofounder of a mint brand called Sweet...
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“From the get-go, boys are raised in a more emotionally impoverished landscape than girls,” says Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls and Sex and her latest, Boys and Sex. Orenstein’s research on how girls, boys, women, and men view sex, love, porn, the hook-up culture, and modern masculinity is: fascinating. In this episode, she shares from the many conversations she’s had about sex and vulnerability that have changed her own perspect...
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“Men are sometimes shocked to learn that they have estrogen,” says integrative medicine physician Taz Bhatia, MD. In this episode, Bhatia shares the primary health issues that she sees among her male patients—from low testosterone to other hormonal disruptions, imbalances in the gut, and nutritional deficiencies. She talks us through hormone replacement therapy—and why she thinks you need to be very careful—and which supplements sh...
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“You are the architect of your future brain,” says neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, coauthor of Brain Wash. Today, he joins the goopfellas with his son and coauthor, Austin Perlmutter, MD. The Perlmutters share what they’ve learned about our brain’s ability to make good—and bad—decisions. The amygdala is responsible for emotional reactions and impulsivity, explain the father-son doctors. Willpower (or rather “won’t power”) fails b...
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Elissa Goodman is a holistic nutritionist and author of Cancer Hacks. Despite the controversy, she’s a big juicer. Her soup cleanses—which include forty-five different vegetables—are becoming famous in LA. Inside her supplement box, there are probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and B12. She likes adaptogens—and Tulsi tea—a lot. She’s into collagen, and in this episode, she goes back and forth with functional ...
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December 23, 2019 52 min
Will Siu, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, shares what he’s learned about anxiety, depression, and mental health from experiencing and practicing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy—along with other tools for understanding deeper parts of ourselves and our consciousness. Siu sees mental health as inextricably connected to physical health and he’s found that sometimes processing emotions or trauma involves a physical experience. In this...
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December 18, 2019 47 min
“We have to make the issue of gender equality discussable,” says journalist Joanne Lipman. Which is what she’s done in her fascinating, well-researched, and even enjoyable book, That’s What She Said. Lipman joins Will Cole and Seamus Mullen to dissect the double standards men and women face at the office and throughout their careers and lives—many of these biases are unconscious and surprising. She shares insights from cultures and...
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