Mind, Matter, and the Power of Philosophy

  On Mind and Matter: Harnessing the power of philosophy for major health and performance gains (plus abs, of course) One might not initially think that philosophy and psychology have a lot to do with your body’s health and fitness but a deeper inquiry should convince you otherwise.  After all, you think on some level before …

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A Healthier You

A Healthier You: How to Make Positive Changes to Your Lifestyle Healthy tips for our diet and exercise routines are all over the internet, but many don’t take into consideration how to make positive changes to other aspects of life. Because our physical and mental health are closely linked, there are many different ways you …

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How bad are antibiotics for your health?

Evidence Shows Antibiotics Cause Mitochondrial Dysfunction   I get this question nearly every time I work in the emergency department, “Hey Doc, I feel like something is coming on.  I thought I’d get checked out and get some medicine to ‘nip it in the bud’.” The symptoms are usually congestion, maybe a cough for a …

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The Law of the Farm and the Building Blocks of Success

Two concepts combined give us a truly powerful formula for success. Steven Covey has a well-known parable called “The Law of the Farm” in his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  It speaks to the fact that in agriculture it is readily evident that natural laws and principles govern the effort and determine the harvest.  …

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Areté : The Quest for metaphysical excellence

What is Areté? How would you describe the ideal human? What traits would this person possess? Think of your favorite heroes.  What are their most noble qualities?  What makes them heroic? Is the ideal the Olympic athlete, with a powerful body and remarkable athletic ability – and the years of calculated training endured to attain …

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Flow States and The Force

Flow States and The Force A review of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler The Force is real and accessible – but do you may have the will to develop it? The Rise of Superman covers how a handful of men and women have pushed the envelope …

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DTS: The need for principles of fitness

The Dynamorphic Training System (DTS): My own return to first principles “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates Principles form the basis of how you think and how you move. As with all the sciences, human anatomy and movement, physiology …

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Psychology of Pain

Psychology of Pain Hi, my name is Jake Evans. What follows below is my story. It’s a personal story of Chronic Pain, Pelvic Pain, Femoral-Acetabular Impingement, Labral tears, Mindfulness, and the complete, 100% psychological shift that follows mysterious, unrelenting, debilitating pain. I’m writing this in the hopes that it’ll help just one single person going …

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Arete: Virtues and Values

Virtues and Values      In the first installment of Areté, we discussed this concept’s origin in the ancient civilization of Greece, and its meaning: metaphysical excellence.  Now that you know what the concept describes, it is time to focus on how areté might be attained. For centuries humans have been divided by philosophers into …

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