The goopfellas Podcast

The goopfellas Podcast

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.... Show More

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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December 11, 2019 43 min

“Allow the thought to be there, but change your relationship to the thought,” says Judy Ho, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist and author of Stop Self-Sabotage. Dr. Ho shares her toolbox for overcoming self-sabotaging and self-destructive behavior. She explains to Will Cole and Seamus Mullen how trauma plays a role and why we might find ourselves in situations that mimic old wounds. She teaches de-stressing practices: box-breathing, s... Read more

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“That terrible thing that happened to me is a major reason why we’re so successful,” says Steve Madden. The founder of the renowned shoe brand joins Will Cole and Seamus Mullen to talk about the big and unlikely factors that can lead to success. Madden shares lessons from his childhood, from experiencing addiction, from becoming his own boss, and from being in prison. They talk about growing up in an environment where certain feeli... Read more

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“If I’m not well related to myself, I’m not well related to you,” says Jennifer Freed, psychological astrologer and author of Use Your Planets Wisely. Freed joins Will Cole (who just had a session with her) and Seamus Mullen (the skeptic) to explain how she combines tenets of astrology and psychology to help people become their best selves. They talk about what we can learn from our birth charts and sun signs and how we can be more... Read more

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“We’re only as good as our gut microbiome,” says Steven Gundry, MD, author of The Longevity Paradox and The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook. Gundry joins the goopfellas to talk about the foods and habits that promote longevity and health; some might surprise you. He explains why our current culture leads us to live longer, but unhealthier, lives. He breaks down—in fascinating detail—the nutrients in our food that keep us well and deb... Read more

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November 13, 2019 44 min

When Dan Kois, author of How to Be a Family, realized his family was struggling and disconnected, he and his wife did something drastic: They packed up their things and traveled around the world—from Wellington, New Zealand, to Hays, Kansas—with their two daughters, for one year. They wanted to see how other cultures viewed family. They thought they’d learn new ways to strengthen their relationships and function as a unit. And Kois... Read more

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“This idea of needing people or feeling needy…that is the natural state of the human primate,” says Stan Tatkin, renowned therapist and author of We Do. Through his work with couples, Tatkin has developed a keen understanding of what makes relationships work—and what makes them tank. He shares his principles for developing and maintaining a long-term relationship, and he explains how our early attachment styles affect how we expres... Read more

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October 30, 2019 42 min

This is a wild one. Shaman Durek, author of Spirit Hacking, is sharing his story: how he became a spiritual guide, the near-death experience that brought his life purpose into focus, and what he’s learned about the power each of us holds over our future. The goopfellas ask him about his tools and strategies for deepening awareness, creating meaning, restructuring old thought patterns, and “soul-talking.”  (For more, see the goopfel... Read more

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October 23, 2019 57 min

“We don’t get to choose the rules of the game,” says Simon Sinek, organizational consultant and author of The Infinite Game. “But we do get to choose how we play.” Sinek joins Will Cole and Seamus Mullen to explain the difference between finite and infinite thinking in business and in life. He explains why we all lose when the sole goal is to win—and why winning is never really an option. He talks about how we can begin to see othe... Read more

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October 16, 2019 40 min

“The biggest changes happen through direct experience,” says Diego Perez, known as Yung Pueblo, poet and author of Inward. Perez joins the guys to share how he found poetry, meditation, and intentional awareness as a way to heal his pain—and how he came to realize that he could no longer ignore himself and the way he felt. He reminds us that our behaviors have ripple effects on others, on our relationships, on the world. And that i... Read more

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October 9, 2019 35 min

“The basis of most chronic diseases is inflammation,” says Dr. Alejandro Junger, cardiologist, creator of the Clean Program (the OG elimination diet), and author of Clean7. Today, Junger shares how he came to functional medicine, Ayurveda, and intermittent fasting—and how he melded the three into a new, seven-day detox and clean-food plan that he believes will change the course of our health forever. The goopfellas cohosts ask Jung... Read more

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