Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser


Finding Your Voice with Marcus Bales

Ep. 142
At some point in all of our lives, we’ve experienced anxiety in one form or another, whether it be the lump in your throat right before making a presentation at work, or the butterflies in your stomach when you’re invited to a party where you don’t know anyone. So when do we know if what we’re feeling is ‘normal’ or a problem?My guest today, Marcus Bales, has suffered from social anxiety since childhood. However, in a twist of fate, Marcus’ social anxiety is what inspired him to become a professional speaker, author, and coach. He has helped countless people find their voice and his book, Don’t Shut Up, offers advice on how to overcome social anxiety.In this episode, Marcus walks us through the debilitating social anxiety he faced as a child and how he was able to overcome it. He also discusses the spectrum of social anxiety and pinpoints when he believes one should seek help for their anxiety.Tune in to Episode 142 of REJUVENAGING® to listen to Marcus Bales talk about how he was able to face his fears and how we can do the same.Some Questions I Ask:Tell us a little bit about your journey from being a socially anxious child, to being somebody who can help others overcome the problem? (3:38)What is social anxiety? (9:38)What if somebody has been socially anxious all their lives? Is there a point beyond which they can't change? (18:58)Is there any link between social anxiety and depression? (20:37)What might somebody come away with having read your book? (23:56)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Marcus’ journey to overcoming social anxiety (5:16)How Marcus dealt with his social anxiety once becoming a professional speaker (8:07)How to recognize when your social anxiety is a real problem (12:59)The three sections of Marcus’ book, Don’t Shut Up (15:14)How to raise a child who is less likely to have social anxiety (17:19)About the times in Marcus’ life where he’s felt the highest levels of depression (20:58)ResourcesMarcus’ websiteMarcus’ book, Don’t Shut UpConnect with Marcus BalesLinkedInUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

The Path to Whole Body Wellness With Risa Groux

Ep. 141
Have you ever wondered why certain diets work better for some people than others? Or why certain people lose weight or see results from working out faster than other people? The answer may be rooted in our physiology and lifestyle. Functional nutrition is a holistic approach to diet that takes a variety of factors into account to determine the best nutritional path for an individual.In this episode, functional nutritionist and certified autoimmune coach, Risa Groux, walks us through the pillars of functional nutrition and breaks down how her practice works and why what we consume is so important to our everyday lives. She believes that optimal health comes from assessing root causes and uses functional nutrition guidelines and comprehensive testing to map out these causes.Tune in to Episode 141 of REJUVENAGING® and start your journey to whole-body wellness with Risa Groux.Some Questions I Ask:Who, and when, should somebody decide that they need to see a functional nutritionist? (5:49)Is there a particular diet or guidelines that would be best for me? (13:03)When I hear the word Detox or Cleanse, what is that process? (17:46)Is there a thing such as being too old to make the kinds of changes that you're recommending? (27:12)You did talk about getting some testing done: blood testing, stool testing. I think it's pretty hard to do that over Zoom. How does that happen? (36:33)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The four major pillars of functional nutrition (3:49)About Risa’s “food frame” methodology (7:53)Risa’s “fab five” supplements for autoimmune (26:08)What Risa urges we do to consume healthier (37:55)Risa’s health recommendation for anyone 50 and older (39:16)ResourcesRisa Groux’s websiteRisa Groux’s Achieving Optimal Thyroid Health CourseBook: FoodFrame: Diet is a Four-letter WordConnect with Risa GrouxInstagramFacebookTwitterYouTubePinterestUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

The Power to Surrender with Kute Blackson

Ep. 140
What do you think it means to truly surrender? Do you associate the term with giving up? How about letting go?In this episode, we hear from speaker and transformational coach, Kute Blackson, about what surrender means to him and the ways in which we can draw power from it. Having written two books, Kute is a bestselling author and has appeared on the Larry King Show, Dr. Drew, and NPR, to name a few. His mission is to “awaken and inspire people across the planet to access inner freedom, live authentically, and fulfill their true life’s purpose.”Today, Kute speaks to us about his earliest inspirations growing up in Ghana and the paths he took before eventually settling into his calling. He explains what surrender means to him and why it plays a vital role in the unconditioning process to realizing our true selves.Tune in to Episode 140 of REJUVENAGING® to start your self-reflection journey with Kute Blackson!Some Questions I Ask:How did you wind up becoming such an important transformational coach, speaker, and leader? (3:34)How do you spend your time? (11:03)Can you give us a cliff notes version of your philosophy? (12:21)How can we avoid raising a child who then has to get unconditioned? (18:30)What is the magic of surrender? (31:48)In This Episode, You Will Learn:What inspired Kute to move to Southern California (7:37)About the process of conditioning that we all go through as we move into adulthood (14:52)What self-protection can lead to (16:09)Why being a parent is the most important job in the world (18:39)Why Kute believes that everyone needs therapy/coaching (24:29)What Kute believes is the key to real transformation (26:54)Why we should re-shape our thoughts around what it means to surrender (32:55)ResourcesKute Blackson: The Magic of SurrenderKute Blackson: You Are the OneRe-Invent Seminar: Reinvent LiveWebsite: SoulTalkConnect with Kute BlacksonFacebookInstagramLinkedInUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

The Intersection of Chinese and Western Medicine with Dr. Reuben Chen

Ep. 139
In the midst of a global pandemic, it could be argued that now, more than ever, health is one of the most important things on the forefront of people’s minds. What does it mean to be healthy? Do all healthy lifestyles look the same? If not, how do we go about figuring out what works best for us?In today’s episode, we speak with physical medicine and rehab physician, Dr. Reuben Chen, about what health means to him and what he thinks living a healthy lifestyle looks like. As someone who specializes in pain management, as well as sports and Chinese medicine, Dr. Chen offers a unique perspective on Western medicine vs Chinese medicine, and how different cultures approach certain topics pertaining to health.Dr. Chen walks us through what drew him to physical medicine and rehab, the ways in which he evaluates and treats patients, and some of the things he believes contribute to us living healthier, happier, and longer lives.Tune in to Episode 139 to hear Dr. Reuben Chen impart some valuable health advice!Some Questions I Ask:If somebody comes to see you, what are the possible things that you might do once you've evaluated them? (13:26)Whether we're talking Sunrider or any other good supplements, does the average person need them? (19:38)Are there any among the 100, or a couple 100, popular diets that comes close to meeting your objectives for what a healthy diet is? (22:55)For those parents who are listening who have younger children, from a lifestyle management standpoint, what can they do to help their kids reduce the chances of having to see somebody like you too frequently? (27:10)Who is the type of patient who should go directly to you? (29:46)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The differences between Western and Chinese medicine (2:57)What Dr. Chen’s approach to treating patients looks like (7:00)What inspired Dr. Chen to pursue physical medicine at rehab (9:57)The difference between quality-of-life medicine and quantity-of-life medicine (12:18)About Sunrider, Dr. Chen’s family-owned business, and the products they offer (17:19)About Japan’s alternative to Western medicine’s food pyramid (20:58)What Dr. Reuben recommends physicians pay attention to during annual visits and check-ups (24:47)Why Dr. Reuben recommends yoga as an important means to combat aging and enhance physical well-being (26:32)Why high-fat diets are important for children (28:12)ResourcesYouTubeSunrider’s websiteDr. Reuben Chen’s podcast: Vital SignsDr. Reuben Chen’s clinic: Health AtlastConnect with Dr. Reuben ChenLinkedInUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with Enthusiasm

Optimizing Every Aspect of Our Lives and Living Enthusiastically with Michael Balchan

Ep. 137
People think feelings determine our behavior. In other words, we don't do the things we don't feel like doing. However, habit formation experts affirm that our identity drives our behaviors, so how we feel is a downstream effect of doing the things in alignment with who we want to become.So, how would you go through your day if you already were the best version of yourself?In today's episode, Michael Balchan shares thought-provoking concepts to help us get closer to our best version. Michael teaches personal growth, positive psychology, peak performance, habit creation, wellness, relationships, and leadership. He is the Chief of Staff and Head Coach at Heroic Public Benefit Corporation and the Head Coach and President of Optimize Enterprises. Michael is also a Harvard graduate; he holds a B.A. in Psychology and Economics.Moved by the ambitious goal to create a world in which 51% of the world’s population is flourishing by the year 2051, Michael and Brian Johnson developed the Heroic App based on Brian's knowledge acquired from over 25+ years of reading, studying, and teaching. The app helps us move from theory to practice to mastery, and it covers every aspect of living a fulfilling, healthy, and enthusiastic life.Throughout our conversation, Michael gives examples of how the app works, how it impacted him and his family life, and how to access the path of optimizing every single aspect of our lives.Tune in to Episode 137 of REJUVENAGING® and discover this fantastic resource to improve your life.Some Questions I Ask:The Heroic Training plan sounds so great, but let's bring it down to how it actually works. (6:15)If somebody is depressed or has gone through trauma, do they have to get to a certain level to take advantage of this program? (13:27)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How the ambitious goal of creating a world in which 51% of the world’s population is flourishing by the year 2051 was born (4:38)An invitation to commit to becoming the best version of ourselves (7:52)The transformative power of being surrounded by a like-minded community (12:19)The fragile, resilient, and anti-fragile mindset (17:39)About competing with ourselves in our goal-achieving journey (26:29)Resources:Heroic websiteHeroic app sign up pageConnect with Michael:LinkedInInstagramTwitterUseful REJUVENAGING® Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

The Secrets and Benefits of Active Aging with Ruth Yunker

Ep. 136
Not that many people have the REJUVENAGING® spirit so ingrained in their lives as today's guest, Ruth Yunker. Her way of carrying herself through life turns her into an advocate and a role model for growing older with enthusiasm, inspiring others in the second half of their lives, and finding joy in the small daily miracles.Ruth is an Author, Humorist, Memoirist, Vlogger, and Photographer. She also has a YouTube channel, "Ruth."As her father was climbing the ladder of corporate America during her childhood, the family traveled a lot. Ruth got used to being in constant movement and meeting new friends, which sharpened her abilities to read people, observe them, and pick up the different ways they see the world.In this episode, we travel back in time to Ruth's childhood, the travels, and the experiences of being a little girl constantly moving from one city to another. We talk about the life-changing decisions she made after she turned fifty, the new beginning she decided to gift herself, and her unstoppable drive to enjoy every aspect of life. We delve into Ruth's journeys to Paris, which meant so much to her and inspired her first two books, "Me, Myself and Paris" and "Paris, I've Grown Accustomed to Your Ways." Ruth shared tips and advice to regain control of our lives and hold ourselves accountable for our lives' outcomes, and she described the ageless feeling that inspired her third book, "Baby, I'm the Boss of Me."Tune in to Episode 136 of REJUVENAGING® to meet this energizing, inspiring, funny, and infectiously happy human being.Some Questions I Ask:Could you tell us about your journey to get to where you are today? (3:50)What kind of writing did you do aside from the books? (12:02)If somebody doesn't have the time, money, or health to do the traveling you did, what principles would you share with somebody who wants to begin taking charge of their life? (21:39)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Ruth's childhood and the learning experiences of traveling (4:09)The moment Ruth decided to regain control of her life (6:27)Ruth's relationship with school and writing before and after becoming a full-time writer (10:37)Why Paris? Ruth talks about why she decided to settle in the French city (18:43)About the importance of paying attention to the unnoticed daily miracles (25:02)Resources:Ruth Yunker websiteRuth Yunker's booksConnect with Ruth:InstagramFacebookYouTubeUseful REJUVENAGING® Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Finding New Ways To Thrive After A Life-changing Diagnosis with Kim "Kid" Curry

Ep. 135
The romance between our guest, Kim Curry, and the radio was love at first sight, or, to be more accurate, love at first listen. Born and raised in a small town in Colorado, Cañon City, Kim went to "babysit" the only radio station in the city on Sundays, and after hearing his own voice on the speakers, he was hooked.After studying Broadcasting at Colorado State University, Kim built a 30+ years career as a DJ and Program Director for the most prestigious radio stations in the country. Kim's career was abruptly interrupted by a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, making him look for new ways of going through his life with the same energy and enthusiasm.Kim Curry, aka Kid Curry, is a former DJ and Program Director and Author of three books, "The Death of Fairness," "Come Get Me Mother, I'm Through," and the soon-to-be-published "The Return to Fairness."In this episode, Kim kindly takes us back to his childhood, narrating the events that made him fall in love with radio broadcasting, his successful projects, and how his health started deteriorating under the stress of being a Program Director for so many years. We talk about how the diagnosis impacted Kim and his family's lives and how they supported him through the first hard years. We also delve into Kim's passion for writing and his learning process to become a full-time writer.Tune in to Episode 135 to learn Kim's story of resilience, overcoming adversity, and finding new reasons to thrive every day.Some Questions I Ask:How does somebody become a successful DJ? Could you tell us a bit about your journey? (3:23)You obviously never planned for, studied, or prepared to be an MS patient. How did you handle the news when you were diagnosed? (16:08)How do you spend your time nowadays? (23:21)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Kim's experience "babysitting" a radio station (3:26)Kim's transition from star DJ to Program Director (12:19)About the time when everything started to change for Kim after the MS diagnosis (17:56)Kim discovers writing and falls in love with it (24:11)Everybody has something. Kim shares advice for those facing debilitating conditions (26:26)Resources:Kim Curry's websiteBook: Kim Curry - The Death of FairnessBook: Kim Curry - Come Get Me Mother, I'm Through!Book: Alec Bowling - Optimal Health with Multiple SclerosisConnect with Kim:FacebookInstagramUseful REJUVENAGING® Resources:Website:

How To Understand What Our Cells Say About Us with Dr. Jon Lieff

Ep. 134
Today, Dr. Jon Lieff joins us to discuss a fascinating topic: cells' secret language. What are they saying? Why should we pay attention to their conversation? How are they communicating?Dr. Jon Lieff is a neuro-psychiatrist, neuroscientist, author, and the Founder of Searching for the Mind. He is a pioneer in geriatric psychiatry; he built some of the first geriatric medical/psychiatry hospital units and the largest geriatric treatment network in New England. He graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in mathematics and holds an M.D from Harvard Medical School.In this episode, we delve into a few of the main topics of Dr. Lieff's latest book, "The Secret Language of Cells." He explains some of the most complicated facts in layman's terms – how cells communicate with each other and how microbes can join the conversation and convince cells to do things. We also talk about the mind, what changes in our bodies when we are depressed, sick, or undergo prolonged stress, and Dr. Lieff's six conclusions of what we can do to preserve our health from a cellular perspective.Tune in to Episode 134 of REJUVENAGING® to learn how cellular communication is changing our understanding of diseases and life itself.Some Questions I Ask:What is a cell? And why are our cells so important? (4:31)How do cells communicate? (6:37)One of the earliest things a professor said in my first psychology class was "There's no such thing as the mind." Over the following decades, I've learned that that isn't necessarily the correct opinion. But, what is the mind? (16:37)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Dr. Lieff's first steps into science and how he got interested in cellular communication (7:48)Everything in biology is based on signaling (10:26)What happens in our body when we are depressed or under stress for prolonged periods (13:02)Six things we should be aware of to take proper care of our overall health (21:51)The best way to eliminate stress (27:36)Resources:Dr. Jon Lieff's websiteBook: Dr. Jon Lieff - The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversations Tell Us About the Brain-Body Connection, the Future of Medicine, and Life ItselfConnect with Dr. Lieff:LinkedInTwitterUseful REJUVENAGING® Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place