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  1. Judging by your name, you might live in Middle East or south East Asia, India ? Or northern Africa? Potentially a conservative Muslim or Hindu country? I might be wrong but if so, your parents are likely to be terrified by liberal ideologies, even something as benign as homosexuality. Taking it further and discussing gender neutrality might sound to them like their son needs to be taken into psychiatric ward. The fact that you think this is a normal discussion to have with Gen X or Boomer parents shows how little empathy you have for your parents. I would be careful with whome you discuss these topics, if you do indeed live in a very conservative society as you could significantly downgrade the public standing of your family, which is not a small thing . Don't assume people accept it just because you do. With such "radical" ideas, you might actually need to move to a more liberal continent like Europe (north or west), Australia or US to be able to live up to your values.
  2. @Schizophonia 🙏
  3. I've never lead a journal in my life and been postponing starting one online but it feels like the right thing to keep myself accountable and share a journey as so many others are doing. I love reading what other people are going through. So I am turning on my fav soundtrack from my fav movie and cracking on with the writing. My journey has started after coming to London from Slovakia, my home country. I was always lead to believe that having a good education, university and good grades was important. My dad works in business and is doing well for himself so naturally, I never saw any other way. I studied at business university and accepted that I'll just be clocking my hours for the rest of my life for some company that I have no passion or ambition at just because this is the "normal life". All changed when I found Leo through "how to stop caring what other people think about you". The more I listened to these videos the more it made sense to me. I started to realise how out of balance I was. A materialistic Eastern European with zero passion, zero motivation and no fulfilment. Somehow I convinced myself I was doing the right thing and was becoming "successful". Lol, if I had a dollar every time I hear this word..... I become a corporate rat, sucking up to my boss and depending on other people to tell me what to do. It took me 2 years to muster the willpower to make the next step and to buy the LP course which opened up a new dimension for me. I've always been interested in health, fitness and that side of life but never saw it as more than a hobby really. The course convinced me that I should pursue this passion and create a purpose out of it. I took 5 months of additional life-coaching after the course and by the time it ended, my journey was quite clear -> I wanted to lead a life where I would help other people get well and to stop suffering. I kinda assume it would involve some area of alternative medicine but wasn't really sure. Sometime later I discovered a post from College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and at that day they happened to have an Open Door day and the last opportunity to sign up for the new semester (starting in 4 weeks!!). To this day, I think this was a sign from the universe...or just google being really smart with adds ..either way, the moment I walked in I knew I found my temple of knowledge and that I was meant to be here. An hour later I was walking away with a prospect and a bill for the sign-up fee for 3 year course of Naturopathic nutrition. That was Summer 2017. Year 1 was all about anatomy. Endless revision of bones, muscles, organs, tissues and cells. English & Latin both. I seriously have massive admiration and respect for medics. We did not go into the depth they do but man.....I don't know how someone can remember thousands of Latin words and location of every single bone and muscle on the human body. Somehow my enthusiasm lasted the whole year which made learning easy but I lost a lot of it now. Years 2 and 3 were more into nutrition, biochem & pharmacology but also herbal med, Chinese med and most of all therapeutics. For the first time, I came face to face with real client which was an extremely terrifying experience but at the same time, it felt like the right thing. My very first client in the school clinic was a young finance manager. Burned out, depressed, stressed, overworked, overexercised, asthmatic and allergic. I could see myself in him couple years back. I was that superachiever, exercising 7 days a week doing Crossfit and always living on the run. During this time my asthma & allergies were the worst they've ever been so I had to slow down. I explained the same to him and 4 weeks later he came to his follow up with pretty amazing results. I realised that the modern epidemic is not really some sort of infection and fancy diseases but it is stress. I saw that in all my other school clients. Stressed, burned out, unhappy and overworked. The modern epidemic especially in cities like London. I am now in my final days of the naturopathic college pretty much just awaiting the diploma. Everything has been submitted but that's just the beginning of it. Marketing, accounting, taxes, Webdesign and all the other stuff comes next and it's giving me a lot of headaches. I'll be documenting the next steps of the journey on here.
  4. @ZenAlex Life seems to have mysterious way to send us these signals. Glad that was a dream and not a real scenario. Still, seems to have served its purpose.
  5. I recently learned that a former client of mine, the one I talked about previously, has died while crashing in the engine-less airplane. His wife is now left with 3 children, 2 of which in pre-school age. Life is so fleeting, so fragile. This thing we are all cultivating, building, honing endlessly and then one day, an accident happens and its all gone and you're out as if you were never here, leaving a void that can never be filled. Cherish the little things. Check on the people who care about you, then check on those who aren't doing too well. Most of all, reflect on the good things in life, stop aiming forward all the time (note to self) . Take care you beautiful people
  6. Other than directly contacting the company you are purchasing from and asking them or them expressly stating that on their website, you can't be sure. I also agree with @Salvijus that if you know the person yourself and you trust them and intuit that they are a conscientious person, they will probably go the extra mile compared to someone who is just selling anything for profit. So my advice would be to get to know your herbalist. Herbalists are unlikely to do 3rd party testing but it is worth asking what measures they take to obtain highest quality
  7. ^ what the Doc said In my limited clinical experience with cardiac/diabetic clients, HDL tends to improve as LDL gets better but only to some extend and then it sort of hits a certain level from where it is no longer moving. Eating more fibrous sources of of PUFA & MUFA like different assortment of nuts and seeds, even nut butters may help but only to the extend that they don't start making you fatter because then your LDL will creep up too HDL seems more relevant where LDL and non-HDL are over healthy limits. Once your full lipid profile is optimal, HDL is nice to have but not the most essential of the LDL, HDL, non-HDL cholesterol, triglyceride picture. If you want to go deeper, pay attention to non-HDL and get your ApoB measured as well for total atherogenic particle count
  8. @Salvijus nobody's cutting your wings butterfly boy All we're saying is that there is a reason why people train in herbal medicine for 5+ years. There are nuances which need to be appreciated. I mean, if you're prescribing for yourself, knock yourself out. The moment you recommend things to others who may have less knowledge and will just 'take your word for it' that's when you're putting yourself mildly at risk. Maybe my perspective is different to yours. I know our worldviews are completely different, at least basing on comments I've read from you in the past. The way I'm looking at it is through the lenses of health therapist, which is my side profession. If I give a client bunch of tinctures and they end up with anaphylactic shock response, I'm fucked. If I give a depressed client bunch of nervines and they end up with serotonin syndrom and kill themselves, we're both fucked. If I give a pregnant women Agnus Castus tincture because someone told me it "improves the alignment of her root chackra" or some nonsense like that, and then she loses the baby due to massive surge of Progesterone, I'm fucked and she will be traumatised for life. Maybe it is selfish but with each dispensing of herbs to others come a great degree of responsibility. But again, if you are only dispensing to yourself, this may not apply. I am not condemning anyone, to each their own. I'm just seeing too much bad, irresponsible advice (not pointing my finger at you, I'm generalising) given without consideration for the person's health history, environment, genetics, state of mental health and individuality. That's all I'm saying. I'm fine if you disagree
  9. Yes! Very important point to make! People shouldn't be administering large doses of herbs for fun. It takes some learning and responsibility. Herbs can contraindicate certain medications people take, cause rise of symptoms, allergic response etc, can be inappropriate for pregnancy, lactation, children, elderly, chronically sick individuals..lots of nuances Also, agreed on your other comment @Thought Art about price. You can find good quality for less, if you find the right provider
  10. @Salvijus Yeah. I found the best way is to find a herbalist company or a solo private herbalist who sell you whole products rather than supplements. If they make the tinctures and decoctions themselves and the dispense to their clients, even better. Especially if their website looks a little bit amateur-ish but they seem highly rated among the herbalist communities (worth joining some groups on FB) and they pride themselves with using organically grown herbs, seem to be doing things ethically etc. People like that are herder to find but they exist. Also a thing to look out for is if they seem to be excessively salesy like describing all these miraculous herbs and what they do and why you need them, that's a red flag. A good herbal company will talk a lot about sourcing, about the individual herbs, the categories, the way they are grown, harvested etc. They'll have blo articles about cultivating herbs and occasional low key articles like "making your own echinacea cream" ...that sort of stuff. The moment they do a lot of adds on their website and blast you with discounts, deals , that's when you know the company is likely doing too much sales and too little sourcing. I'd not buy from large international supplement companies even if they specialise on herbs. That level of supply chain complexity will increase the product price significantly or they are using some shady ways to do business if they are cheap and cutting costs on the labour force or quality standards. Good herbs aren't cheap. You should expect to pay 40 dollars + for a high quality 150ml tincture and up to 10 dollars for a good quality herbal loose tea from organically grown herbs.
  11. Interesting topic, thanks for raising the thread. I think with herbs the key factor is sourcing and processing. There are a lot of crappy herbal products which were planted and harvested incorrectly, sprayed with pesticides and processed in a way that a lot of the therapeutic benefits would have been lost. Different herbs also require different soil quality, environment, nutrient richness in soil, moisture, dampness etc. Some herbalist even claim that the time of harvest during moonlight adds some health properties, I don't know if i believe that but harvesting herbs i grown myself in the middle of a night under the light of the moon sounds like an incredible experience. I've used a variety of herbs in my practice with some clients with mixed results. I think one i consistently see results with is aswagandha. That one seems to work even as a supplement. A combination of lavender and chamomile works well for sleep and relaxation even when done as a simple infusion Oregano oil seems to work well for IBS in some people when combined properly with an elimination diet. I think fennel seeds help during those times too but I've never been able to pinpoint the effects to single things because the IBS protocol generally includes lots of things we do. Hawthorne is an interesting one I'd like to experiment with some day but it is a tricky one because the people who could benefit from it are already on other medication that contraindicate it. I've had single person i put on St John's Wort once during antidepressant withdrawal and it worked beautifully but we did a lot of other things but they had a consent of a psychiatrist while we did that so could have been a bias factor too With most of the other adaptogens like Ginseng Panax, Rhodiola or Passiflora so far I'm unconvinced they are anything but expensive fibre.
  12. Hey, No judgement here, I think everybody struggles with some fort of self-frustration in our lives. I agree with@RendHeaven in that it seems like you are somewhat keeping yourself in the " I am planning to start thinking about this thing that I've been meaning to do for some time but I haven't because I'm too busy with thinking about planning it. " but you never actually get to execute on those things. Maybe out of fear? Sense of being overwhelmed? Limited time? fomo? Let me throw this back at you. What do you really you want out of life? What are you truly passionate about? What makes you happy? What makes you frustrated? What do you think is holding you back from taking action? Take the example of credit card. What do you think is preventing you from: logging your details to the CC company, ordering the card, registering it and starting to use it. forget about paying your credit card debit for now - this is a completely separate process that comes later.
  13. It is important that you don't base your work on someone else's example entirely. Leo is a beautiful example of a fulfilling Life Purpose combined with a smart long term business strategy and marketing but some the things he does may not work for you. Rather than reaching outright, you need to find that to which you can connect within. As cliche as it sounds, the core of your Life Purpose should be tied to your values, your sense of integrity, personality and your strengths. This way each time you encounter an obstacle (and you'll encounter many if you are serious about this) you can muster internal resources to guide you rather than asking "what would Leo do". Getting inspired by someone else's work is totally fine but without finding your own authentic voice and brand feeling, it will just be a frustrating imitation of someone else. The worst thing about that is that there is already one authentic Leo out there. The questions you ask are deep and profound but in the end they need to be tied to one simple answer: Why should people care? Because if they don't your website won't get any traffic and the library of knowledge will remain inaccessible. I'm wrestling with the same thing. My personal greatest struggle is finding my authentic voice and a sense of brand individuality, I've actually been stuck on this for the last 5 months. So by no means have I figured it out
  14. Some people are extremely unlucky with dental health. My mom had to have nearly her entire palette replaced with implants by 35, cost her a small fortune. Me and my sister are both in 30s and neither of us has ever had a cavity or a tooth pulled. I don't even build up plaque the same way other people do, i blame it on lucky genetic lottery. I've been eating so much sugar during my childhood and adolescence that it can't be any other way. Only been paying proper attention to dental hygiene the last 6-7 years but before it was pretty bad and irregular You have your oral microbiome that had been developing your whole life and that's what's protecting you from invasive species. But genetics determine things like ph content in saliva, thickness of the enamel, resilience against damage and irritation, mucosal thickness, dental vasculature (how fast can you call on white blood cells during infection) the activity of local immune system, the thickness and height of gums above the root, resilience of gums to inflammation etc. . If you grind teeth at night it might weaken it. If you're stressed a lot. A lot of endurance athletes have horrible teeth because of all the crap they eat while fueling themselves during runs. It's also things like exposure to alcohol containing mouthwashes, personally I think these things are disastrous, long term, for your oral microbiome balance. I still use floral toothpaste and see no reason not to, while i have removed a lot of other chemical containing cosmetics like shampoos , commercia deodorants etc,this one I decided to keep, i think the cost of getting it wrong and ending up with erosion is too much of a risk. Maybe try a few different brands?
  15. Part of that is certainly that we've become better at screening and catching it much earlier and also that people are now more actively seeking medical assessment, especially men. But part of that is increased stress in younger people compared to previous generations who had a lot of things taken care of for them by the government. The average 30-year old couple can no longer afford their own house without becoming tied to a bank under riddiculopusly expensive 45 year mortgage. They struggle more and more with paying bills, they don't have time to cook so they get shitty food through deliveries, they don't exercise because they are always tired. They have sedentary jobs that keep them glued to their chairs for 8-12 hours a day. They spend additional 3 hours watching TV. All that stress is medicated through innocent alcoholism (half a bottle of vine daily to calm the nerves), vaping, smoking etc. Now add a child into the mix and your immune system is effectively down by 30% pretty much all the time. Plus add the cocktail of air pollution, unfiltered water, chemicals, pesticides, microplastics, mould etc etc.
  16. Nice thread idea! As someone who is in the middle of something similar and trying to make sales while being as ethical as possible, I can tell you that it feels like crawling naked and bare footed through thorn bushes. Especially when all you see around you are either examples of unethical marketing or bad practice. I've been exploring ways to do it better as a part of my own rebrand and migration to another platform so maybe this will help someone. This mostly relates to website content and writing a copy but that's how you make sales as a small business with relatively low audience and website traffic. Brand consistency - everything you do, write, create and show to people needs to fall under your branding guidelines. Best work with someone who has done this before. This helps the customer clearly distinguish your brand from the 5 other competitors they saw today. Brand colours - you can't blast random colours across your web and social content. You need to have a blend of agreed bland colours. Also, be clear on how those colours interact and how they work together, test the contrast (you want AA or AAA rating). Agree on font colours, leading colours, accent colours and special colours (for buttons, frames etc). Also make sure your colours pass the colourblindness test (use Adobe colour tool for that). Fonts, font sizing, font spacing - absolute consistency across all platforms Logo (used everywhere) - colour consistent with your branding colours Voice & Style of communication - has to be consistent across all platforms. Always know who you are talking to. Personally, I find this the most challenging part of the branding. When writing your marketing copy, focus on description rather than persuasion. Simply tell the story of what your product does rather than trying to convince the reader toi buy from you. Deliberately introduce some vagueness and let the customers fill in the gaps with their imagination A lot of copies are written in a "push push" way rather than simply describing how your product supports the client and helps you remove their pain. The moment you start pushing them to make a sale through buttons , CAPS and all sort of clickbait techniques, you're compromising your ethics and business integrity, in the future potentially even your Google SEO. Same goes for social advertisement. Not every website visitor is in the transaction stage - some people are just browsing and if you keep pushing them down a sales funnel they will get upset and leave. This is why it is important to have some simple "about" - subpage for those who are just browsing and a more direct sales funnel page for those who are almost ready for a transaction. Transaction page needs to be clear, simple and 100% concise. No bs, no fluff. Content over fluff - remember that every word on your website (unless your website is a blog) is a sales copy. So treat everything you write as such. Make every word count. Clarity, consistency, simplicity, stay away from technical jargon unless your audience is technical or academic. Empathy - if you are offering a service that is supposed to make someone's life better, spend some time, before writing your copy, about what state the reader is in when they read the copy. What do they feel? What do they fear? How easily overwhelmed are they? How easily confused are they? What is likely to discourage them? Create an avatar of your ideal client persona - self explanatory but not easy to do 0.2 - 2 - 6 second rule - the numbers may be a bit off but basically, people make a decision whether an article is worth reading within a fraction of second. This happens subconsciously, especially if you are trying to speak to people who are generally overwhelmed . Then if they decided that it is worth browsing, they may take another 2-3 seconds to photo reading through (keywords, highlights, words they are searching for, "is this for me?". Once they acknowledge that article is worth reading they will spent about 6-8 seconds reading the first paragraph which is why you need to grab attention immediately, in the first paragraph by talking about the client, not yourself. if you lose them there, they leave. Once they are past 6-10 seconds they continue reading unless it turns out that the article is not for them and about them - then they leave. Only talk about yourself through the lenses of the client: "Example: I am xyz and I help people who XYZ" Rather than writing 5 paragraphs about how awesome you are your education, background and why you do what you do. People generally don't care about you, they only care about themselves and their problems (I don't mean this in a negative way, more from a business transaction way. That's just how it is. ) Always assume that your website visitor doesn't know who you are, what you do, how you do it, why you do it - you need to be able to clarify these things to them immediately. Spell it out clearly without being too pushy Dangerous words & statements in your marketing copy Patronising - "let me tell you why" , "I'm sure you can do better" , "You haven't seen what XYZ is until you try my XYZ thing" Being too presumptuous - "I'm sure you've heard , I'm sure you've seen the ..." I assume you've come to this website because...." Bragging & belittling the reader Being too rational and too technical Talking too much about yourself Trying to sound like an influencer (unless your clients want that) Mixing tenses between present, future, past perfect, present perfect etc - stick to one Excessively masculine style of writing (bro language using words like - strategy, tactical, conditioning, workout, dominating, influence, power etc) Too much fluff & vagueness - turning the sales copy into poetry (Example of a fluff: "I will guide you through a journey of self discovery and recognition of your inner power, helping you rekindle that flame , showing you how to realise your greatest potential" caveat - some softness is good and it helps to empathise with clients and is more accepted by female readers but important not to soften up the entire copy unless your service requires it specifically Bonus: Don't assume that just because your business is ethical you don't need to master the technical side of online business. Even if you don't plan to abuse it, you need to educate yourself on Google SEO basics and the advertisement standards. There is much more but I find these were helpful.
  17. If the AH helps, it would be an indicator enough. It is important not to take it when you're testing for DAO, as it could skew the results.The evidence on DAO as a marker of histamine issue is still debated https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10346277/ but it might at least show you which direction to aim Fasting can temporarily get rid of your symptoms if they are caused by your digestive tract simply through the removal of triggers. In such case it could be useful to help you zoom in to the root of the issue. But starving yourself may not be sufficient enough to 'cure' this thing, whatever it is. I don't like to use fasting as a therapeutic long-term tool because of how catabolic it is and how stressful it is to the body. It tends to be used as an avoidance tool for people who have eating disorders (e.g. " I have a food phobia so I just won't eat anything convincing myself that fasting is good for me even tho I'm slowly turning myself into a skeleton"). And so, although it can be a good temporary strategy while seeking out the root cause of your symptoms, I wouldn't approach it as a long-term solution. Same with most elimination diets. Did you get the results of that fatty acid profile back, Alex?
  18. Sounds like you have a bit of self reflection to do. Too many assumptions that are unlikely to be evidenced by real life.
  19. Sam's content is so popular because he is a nice and chill dude. His content is sort of relaxing to watch like ASMR. He has a likable character, does not promote crappy supplement products and has been vocal about his steroid use unlike others in the industry. But yeah, his diet and lifestyle can be a bit worrisome and he might not make it pass 45 if he continues heading the similar way that Rich Piana did I am also worried about how his "normal" behaviour is sort of normalising steroid use and a lot of young guys are jumping that wagon. His dietary advice to his fans is also pretty bad I think. I hope he will seek help of some sort of support before anything happens but more likely scenario is sudden cardiac arrest.
  20. yeah, pretty much. Makes life simple I find and it is perfect if you don't have time to exercise daily, I no longer don't.
  21. @QVx basically this guy's protocol https://www.instagram.com/p/CxJOSG6Squd/ Barbell Squat Penchpress (occasionaly varied with inclined benchpress) Wide Pullups Standing shoulder press Pendlay Rows Dips unassisted Situps (+ I add hanging leg raises) It's pretty simple in design but fairly demanding. All of it is free weights, no cables, no machines. Overall, I really like his approach, I agree with most of his ideas as they are supported by the wider evidence, and in my entire fitness journey (since 15, I'm now 33), nothing has ever worked as effectively as this. Same as you I was following split training on and off for years but after some newbie gains, I felt like I was stagnating for years.
  22. Nice share! Andy is such a down-to-earth guy, explaining cutting-edge stuff with simplicity. He is the more accessible version of Peter Attia
  23. Best find out. If you have to pay for everything, the price will scale up. In general, I'd say there are tiers of tests that are worth doing as men and women age and then there are specialist tests which are worth doing if you experience symptoms (e.g. fatigue, hair loss, lethargy, palpitations etc) In general, if you are otherwise healthy and have no symptoms, I'd start with Tier 1 and see how much you can get from your MD. Then if you want to know more, Tier 2-4 you may need to pay private (possibly even Tier 1 as doctors don't like to test in the absence of symptoms which I can understand) . You can drop this all in Chat-GPT and ask it to explain to you what each does and why they are good to know. Tier 1 (very important to keep an eye on, past 30-35 or with a family history of heart disease, hypertension or FH) Very high level of evidence certainty in relation to all-cause mortality and CVD Blood Lipid Panel (inc. HDL, LDL and Total Cholesterol + triglycerides) Blood Pressure Anthropometric measurements - waist: hip ratio & BMI Glycated haemoglobin HbA1C + fasting glucose Liver enzymes (ALT, AST & GGT) + maybe liver scan if you're a bit older or have a history of drug/alcohol abuse. Tier 2 (fairly important to know), Kidney health (creatinine, GFR, cystatin C) for a start, more if something shows up TSH & fT3 (thyroid) Vitamin D Tier 3 (conditionally interesting - with occurrence of symptoms) Hormonal panel (LH, FSH, Testosterone, oestradiol, SHBG etc) Full Blood Count + B12 + Folate Full iron panel Red Cell Fatty Acids - only private Vitamin & Mineral panels Tier 4 (speculatively interesting) DEXA for bone mass - more relevant as you age, although sometimes they also do peripheral muscle mass and subcutaneous fat density, which is interesting even for a younger individual Bonus Tests - all will have to be 100% private funded V02 Max - massive predictor of all cause mortality and your overall fitness level Grip Strength - strong predictor of frailty risk and your overall strength ApoB100 - strong determinant of CVD risk LP(a) - once in a lifetime, a strong determinant of CVD risk ApoE4 - once in a lifetime, a strong determinant of Alzheimer's risk Methylmalonic acid (if vegan or vegetarian)
  24. First question, Do you pay for medical examination (US Model) in Canada or is medical care funded through taxes (EU model)?