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Does It Work? A Health and Wellness Podcast

Welcome to the Does It Work? podcast from Biomarker Labs offering wellness without the woo, hosted by Cathy Reisenwitz. Biomarker.io is an app that helps you scientifically measure the impact of your nutrition, diet, exercise, supplements, and wellness choices. We provide clarity and transparency through objective data to cut through the marketing-speak and get to the truth.Join us at Biomarker.io.

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Ep 14: Staying off Opiates and Other Life Skills with Lindsay McLeary

“At the same time that I was an opiate addict, and a graduate student at Stanford, I was also a straight-A student,” Lindsay said. “I was on my way to getting a PhD. I was buying my Oxycontin from a math graduate student at Berkeley. So you kind of see this strange correspondence between high-achieving intellectuals and academics and either drug or alcohol addiction.”Welcome to the 14th episode of the Does It Work? podcast by Biomarker Labs, where you can find wellness without the woo.In our conversation we discussed:How Lindsay and I met on Tinder and what his Tinder strategy isHow Lindsay began using Oxycontin in graduate school at Stanford as a performance enhancerThe central role stress management plays in addiction and recovery“My therapist says, ‘Look, i’m not saying all the problems we’re going to psychiatrists would be solved if we did these five things. But, I’d say about 80% of people in the United States, right now, currently seeking whatever type of mental healthcare would probably not need it if they did these five things,’” Lindsay said.Want to try products at steep discounts and find out how well they work for you? The Biomarker app offers products at steep discounts and connects with your wearables to objectively measure the effectiveness of your wellness choices. Download today on the iTunes app store. Questions? Email me at cathy@biomarker.io. To learn more about the Does It Work? podcast, check out http://www.biomarker.io/podcast Music credit: Eli Carlton-Pearson http://psdspmusic.com/

44mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 13: How CBD Actually Works and How to Buy the Best with Evan Hunerberg

Evan Hunerberg is an old friend from my time in DC, marketing pro, and former cannabis entrepreneur. Evan’s former company found a way to extract THCA out of “crude” cannabis, or a low-quality hash. He and his partners saw an opportunity to introduce non-psychoactive cannabis products and psychoactive cannabis products at lower and more specific doses than are currently on the market. This conversation was so valuable because Hunerberg’s got the experience to give us the real deal on the cannabis industry and because he’s no longer in the business there’s no reason for him to hold back. Welcome to the 13th episode of the Does It Work? podcast by Biomarker Labs, where you can find wellness without the woo.In our conversation we discussed:Why he went into the cannabizHow an afternoon with me in Dolores Park gave him the idea for one of his productsHow CBD impacts inflammationCBD bioavailabilityAppropriate CBD dosagesHow to not get screwed when shopping for CBDWhy he got out of the businessOne of my favorite topics: fecal transplants. Selected quote, “It’s very difficult to buy Amazonian poop.” Want to try products at steep discounts and find out how well they work for you? The Biomarker app offers products at steep discounts and connects with your wearables to objectively measure the effectiveness of your wellness choices. Download today on the iTunes app store. Questions? Email me at cathy@biomarker.io. To learn more about the Does It Work? podcast, check out http://www.biomarker.io/podcast Music credit: Eli Carlton-Pearson http://psdspmusic.com/

30mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 11: Allergies and Sleep with Dr. Andrew Pugliese, aka The ID Doc

Dr. Andrew Pugliese, aka The ID Doc (https://www.theiddoc.com/), is thrice board certified in Infectious Disease, Sleep, and Internal Medicine. He writes on chronic sinusitis, PIDD, sleep disorders, and more.We talked about how allergies can impact your sleep and what you can do about it. Welcome to the eleventh episode of the Does It Work? podcast by Biomarker Labs, where you can find wellness without the woo.“When I started initially doing work with chronic sinusitis what i noticed off the bat was that chronic allergies can affect sinusitis,” Dr. Andrew Pugliese said. “We want patients with chronic sinusitis to be evaluated for allergies.”Dr. Pugliese realized that many of his chronic sinusitis patients were also having sleep disturbances, which was having a negative impact on their ability to get better. “Many of the patients that were coming in with complaints of chronic fatigue had some sort of sleep disorder which may have been the real culprit behind the chronic fatigue,” Dr. Pugliese said. He found that treating patients for the sleep disorder often cured the fatigue. Find out what Dr. Pugliese recommends for getting your allergies, and you sleep, under control by listening to this episode or reading the blog post at http://biomarker.io/blog.Want to try sleep aids at steep discounts and find out how well they work for you? The Biomarker app offers products at steep discounts and connects with your wearables to objectively measure the effectiveness of your wellness choices. Download today on the iTunes app store. Questions? Email me at cathy@biomarker.io. To learn more about the Does It Work? podcast, check out http://www.biomarker.io/podcast Music credit: Eli Carlton-Pearson http://psdspmusic.com/

26mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 10: The Atmosphere of Sleep with the Sleep Sherpa, Ben Trapskin

Ben Trapskin is Founder of The Sleep Sherpa (https://sleepsherpa.com/), a website dedicated to educating people about the importance of sleep and how to get a better night’s rest. He was inspired to start the site when he was 36 years old and going through some major life changes. Between kids and moving and other life disruptions, he found he and his wife were only getting a few hours of sleep a night. Welcome to the tenth episode of the Does It Work? podcast by Biomarker Labs, where you can find wellness without the woo.Ben saw multiple medical professionals without much luck until he found a psychiatrist with an expertise in sleep medicine. Sleeping pills got him on the right track. Then he started looking at other factors. The result is the Sleep Sherpa. There, Ben reviews all kinds of products meant to enhance sleep, with a focus on mattresses. I asked Ben whether I’m crazy or are mattresses rarely or barely mentioned in discussions of insomnia. We also talked about how much a mattress matters when it comes to insomnia and how a regular meditation practice can help with sleep. The last part of the conversation centered around so-called sleep hygiene tips. Would you like to test a better mattress or many other wellness products and get help assessing how well they work for you? The Biomarker app offers products at steep discounts and connects with your wearables to objectively measure the effectiveness of your wellness choices. Download today on the iTunes app store. Questions? Email me at cathy@biomarker.io. To learn more about the Does It Work? podcast, check out http://www.biomarker.io/podcast Music credit: Eli Carlton-Pearson http://psdspmusic.com/

22mins

3 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 9: The Philosophy of Food with Martin Cohen, Author of I Think, Therefore I Eat

Martin Cohen has been published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Independent and is the author of several books. His latest, I THINK, THEREFORE I EAT, uses the great philosophers to help us think about what we should put in our bodies.Welcome to the ninth episode of the Does It Work? podcast by Biomarker Labs, where you can find wellness without the woo.In this episode we discuss what we can we learn from Silicon Valley experiments like Soylent, how to avoid the complex chemical additions to foods that seem (and should be) simple, like bread, whether free-market fundamentals are at odds with health and wellness when it comes to Big Agriculture, the international efforts to promote the health benefits of a vegan diet, what got Martin interested in food, grazing vs intermittent fasting, the logical fallacy of the “Appeal to nature," whether GMO food is good or bad, the interaction between body weight and emotional well-being and whether fat-shaming works to help people lose weight, putting excrement in bread and distributing it to German townspeople, and how to avoid ingesting plastic by eating organic and unprocessed food.Before reading this book, I had no idea how much philosophers had to say about food! Would you like to assess the effect of eating less processed food or any wellness improvement on yourself? The Biomarker app connects with your wearables to let you know how well your wellness choices are working for you. Sign up to beta test at biomarker.io. Or email me at cathy@biomarker.io. To learn more about the Does It Work? podcast, check out http://www.biomarker.io/podcast Music credit: Eli Carlton-Pearson http://psdspmusic.com/

27mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #5