Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser


Turning Obstacles into Opportunities with Chris Ruden

Ep. 178
People are different in many ways. We have different views, different tastes, and different ideas about things. However, one commonality most of us share is that we all have that thing. That insecurity that we can’t seem to overcome or get past. It may not always be glaring, but it lives within us, ready to strike at any moment. And when it does, it talks down to us and it makes us feel small and incapable of chasing what we truly want out of life. This was the case for this episode’s guest, Chris Ruden, who used to feel humiliated as an amputee and Type I diabetic living in a non disabled-inclusive world. However, with time, Chris learned how to rise above his fears and see the world without limits. Chris joins me today to discuss his journey to overcoming adversity and how, through his keynote speeches and book, The Upper Hand, he’s dedicated his life to helping others do the same. Tune in to Episode 178 of REJUVENAGING® and start living without limits with Chris Ruden.Some Questions I Ask:What triggered the switch that made you change? (6:09)The advice that you give on stages, and elsewhere, is it specifically aimed at people with disabilities? (15:26)Do you find that major companies are receptive to what you speak about or are there some old biases that need to be overcome? (16:56)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Chris’ journey to seeing the world without limits (4:20)How Chris was able to change his mindset and his life (9:24)Why Chris chose not to opt for a skin-colored prosthetic arm (13:09)How Chris became a champion powerlifter (21:26)About Chris’ book, The Upper Hand (25:27)ResourcesChris’ book: The Upper HandConnect with Chris RudenWebsiteInstagramYouTubeLinkedInTikTokEmailUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Navigating Relationship Stress with Linda and Charlie Bloom

Ep. 177
No relationship is perfect. Despite what tv shows and movies tell us, it’s normal to have differences, it’s normal to get angry, and it’s normal to go through periods of turbulence. It’s how these periods are handled, however, that is the real indicator as to whether the relationship will survive. Linda and Charlie Bloom are trained psychotherapists and relationship counselors. Married since 1972, Linda and Charlie have lectured throughout the US and conducted seminars across the world on relationships and how to navigate them. On this episode, Linda and Charlie join me to discuss the ideas behind their latest book - An End to Arguing: 101 Valuable Lessons for All Relationships. They break down why arguing can be good, and where it goes bad, and offer a plethora of helpful advice for couples and individuals in all kinds of relationships. Tune in to Episode 177 and start bettering your relationships with Linda and Charlie Bloom.Some Questions I Ask:What do you do when you're not writing a best-selling book? (3:18)Is arguing necessarily bad? (10:17)​​Tell us about the book. What's in it, and why should we want to read it? (16:50)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Linda and Charlie’s journey as a couple (5:27)About the line that shouldn’t be crossed when expressing your feelings to another person (14:04)When it’s time for a couple to see a couple’s counselor (15:00)What Linda and Charlie would like readers to take away from their book, An End to Arguing: 101 Valuable Lessons for All Relationships (20:57)Linda and Charlie’s advice for new/young couples (23:37)Linda and Charlie’s advice for couples who have fallen into unhealthy habits (28:21)ResourcesLinda and Charlie’s new book - An End to Arguing: 101 Valuable Lessons for All RelationshipsLinda and Charlie’s other books:101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got MarriedThat Which Doesn’t Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken PlacesHappily Ever After and 39 Other Myths About LoveSecrets of Great MarriagesConnect with Linda and Charlie BloomWebsiteYouTube ChannelFacebookTwitterUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: 

Improving the World through Compassion with Dr. Rick Hanson

Ep. 176
Oftentimes, listening to the news can be difficult. Between wars, famines, climate change, and inequality (to name a few), happenings of the world can start to seem like a never-ending cycle of unfortunate events. It can be deflating to think this way and discouraging to feel like there’s nothing that you can do about it. However, you have more power and influence than you may think, and the spark to light the flame of change could be as simple as… being compassionate.My guest on today’s episode, Dr. Rick Hanson, is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His latest book, Making Great Relationships, offers practical guidance for developing a positive mindset and improving relationships. Rick joins me on my show today to talk about what compassion can do for the world as well as the Global Compassion Coalition, an organization that he founded that’s focused on creating a compassionate world where people and nature are cared for and thrive. Tune in to Episode 176 of REJUVENAGING® and channel your compassion with Dr. Rick Hanson.Some Questions I Ask:How do you define compassion? (3:12)If an individual wants to join the coalition, how can they do it? (24:03)Why should I, as a listener, join the coalition? What's in it for me and the world? (24:46)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About the aim of the organization Rick founded - The Global Compassion Coalition (8:05)About what leads to the basis of the evolution of altruism (18:19)About Rick’s theory of change (20:35)About some of Rick’s foundational practices (29:39)ResourcesThe Being Well PodcastRick’s Latest Book: Making Great RelationshipsRick’s Other BooksGlobal Compassion CoalitionConnect with Dr. Rick HansonWebsiteTwitterFacebookUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Dietary Supplements; Concerns and Benefits with Dr. Gerald Faich

Ep. 175
The use of dietary supplements is common in the U.S. and there’s evidence to suggest their increase in the past couple of years. Users of dietary supplements presumably view it as a safe and efficient way to meet recommended daily intakes. However, what many don’t know is how loosely regulated some of these supplements are and the real safety concerns associated with them.Dr. Gerald Faich is an M.D. and a Master of Public Health with a career in epidemiology, contract research, and clinical trial and pharmaceutical risk consultancy. He joins me on this episode to discuss dietary supplements, whether they actually work, and what his concerns about them are. Tune in to Episode 175 of REJUVENAGING® and supplement your knowledge with Dr. Gerald Faich.Some Questions I Ask:Can you just tell us a little bit about your journey and why you happened to focus on this area of pharmaceuticals, supplements, drug safety, and so on? (5:52)As soon as it says natural, does that mean it's safe? (28:26)What sources of information are there to help people sort out their questions? (33:05)Is there a logical reason why this industry isn't regulated? (41:46)In This Episode, You Will Learn:What exactly a dietary supplement is (12:13)What Dr. Gerald believes the one value of dietary supplements is (14:55)Some of the supplements Dr. Gerald says are of proven value and proven safety (15:56)One of Dr. Gerald’s biggest concerns about dietary supplements (21:47)The messages Dr. Gerald wants to highlight about dietary supplements (38:29)ResourcesMedlinePlusMayo ClinicNational Institutes of HealthOur sponsor's page and discountsConnect with Dr. Gerald FaichLinkedInUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Healing Your Spine Through Regenerative Medicine with Dr. Gregory Lutz

Ep. 174
Did you know that back problems are the most common musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain/disability worldwide? The number of people who suffer from chronic back pain is immense and it’s something that can be debilitating. One emerging solution that has shown promising results when it comes to fixing the source of back pain is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP is considered a form of regenerative medicine, which focuses on healing and restoring to full-function, tissues and organs that have been damaged by age, disease, or defects.Today’s guest, Dr. Gregory Lutz, is a physiatrist and founder of Regenerative SportsCare Institute. He is also the author of the recently released, Amazon best-seller, “Heal Your Disc, End Your Pain: How Regenerative Medicine Can Save Your Spine”, in which he details his groundbreaking work and research in treating patients with chronic back pain without drugs or surgery. Dr. Lutz’s methods involve intradiscal PRP injections and have yielded incredible results with his patients. In this episode, Dr. Lutz talks about his journey into regenerative medicine before taking us on a deeper dive into PRP treatment, how it works, and what results he’s seen from it. He also talks about his book, regenerative medicine as a whole, and what advice he has for those looking to try it.Tune in to Episode 174 and stand up a little bit straighter with Dr. Gregory Lutz.Some Questions I Ask:How common is back pain in the population? (7:49)What exactly is a disc? (10:47)Can you tell us a little bit about your journey to becoming who you are? (12:55)What kind of reception have you gotten from the medical community and from whoever approves the pay for these kinds of things? (20:57)Do you do PRP injections with other areas apart from the spine? (25:59)Are there any side effects or things that people need to worry about, either relative to the procedure or what they do afterwards? (34:05)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The idea that regenerative medicine proposes (11:51)What a physiatrist is (13:01)What intradiscal PRP entails (16:57)Dr. Lutz’s advice for those who wish to try regenerative medicine (29:21)About Dr. Lutz’s book, ‘Heal Your Disc, End Your Pain’ (31:46)ResourcesBook - Heal Your Disc, End Your Pain: How Regenerative Medicine Can Save Your SpineThe Regenerative Sportscare Institute Our sponsor's page and discountsConnect with Dr. Gregory LutzLinkedInUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

A Mindfulness Journey with Donald Altman

Ep. 173
Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can seem like your to-do list is never-ending. Other times you’re dealing with sudden loss or grief. Whatever it is that life throws at you, it can be difficult to process and easy for bad habits to prevail. But what if there was a way to deal with life’s hardships, or even just evolve into a better version of yourself? Mindfulness is a mental state achieved through awareness. Those who practice it see improvements in things like concentration, self-control, objectivity, and emotional intelligence. Donald Altman is a psychotherapist and mindfulness expert. A former Buddhist monk, Donald is an international workshop trainer whose passions lie in applying ancient practices in the modern world to help people deal with self-growth, relationships, and workplace dynamics. Donald is also an award-winning author, having penned over 20 books in his lifetime. His most recent book, Travelers, a story about a mystical journey through space and time set in the backdrop of a psychiatric hospital, was just released. In this episode, I speak to Donald about his newest book release, how he defines mindfulness, what he suggests for those wishing to get into the practice, and so much more. Tune in to Episode 173 of REJUVENAGING® and start your mindfulness journey with Donald Altman.Some Questions I Ask:From the standpoint of an expert, what is mindfulness? (7:33)Can you tell us a little more about your journey? (12:32)For somebody who lives mindfully, how does their day-to-day life differ from somebody who isn't really aware of mindfulness? (17:44)Do you find that there's any resistance among, say, older folks, of learning mindfulness? (25:35)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How Donald views mindfulness (9:25)What Donald suggests for those who want to start practicing mindfulness (11:27)How Donald got into writing (14:43)Which one of Donald’s books to read when starting your mindfulness journey (16:17)About the plot of Donald’s new book ‘Travelers’ (19:17)How Donald suggests introducing mindfulness to someone who has trouble focusing (28:09)ResourcesTravelers: A NovelDonald Altman’s other booksDonald Altman’s webinarsOur sponsor's page and discountsConnect with Donald AltmanWebsiteLinkedInUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Surviving Domestic Violence with Amanda Lee

Ep. 172
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that nearly 20 people in America are physically abused by their partners every minute. This equates to 10 million women and men every year. It can be difficult to wrap your head around numbers like this but these statistics prove that domestic violence is a real and prevalent issue. In fact, intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes in the country. For victims, self-degradation and shame spurred by the abuse can make leaving seem just as difficult as staying.In today’s episode, I speak with Amanda (A.E.) Lee who, in a captivating and moving account, talks about her experience of being in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband, and what it was that finally gave her the courage to leave. She also discusses the aftermath of leaving and how she was able to move forward and never look back.Tune in to Episode 172 of REJUVENAGING® with domestic violence survivor, Amanda Lee.Some Questions I Ask:What enabled you to ultimately break that pattern and leave? (10:38)Was there a time when getting out of the situation would have been less dramatic and safer for you? (12:30)Were you done once you'd made the decision to leave? Or was there any second thinking about it? (13:27)What motivated you to write the book? (16:43)What's the book about? (18:29)Is there anything that can prepare somebody to not get sucked into this kind of domestic pattern? (19:43)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Amanda’s background and life (6:25)About the escalation of abuse Amanda suffered in her relationship (7:39)Why many abuse survivors struggle with coming to terms with the fact that they are being abused (9:40)What happened after Amanda left her abuser (15:52)About Amanda’s experience writing her book (17:24)ResourcesThe National Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceAmanda’s book: One of the Lucky OnesOur sponsor's page and discountsConnect with Amanda LeeWebsiteUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Building Mental Fitness with Dr. Neeta Bhushan

Ep. 171
It’s no secret that, when it comes to taking care of ourselves, our mental health often falls to the wayside. We call the doctors when we’re physically ill, we reach out to the dentist when we have tooth pain, but what do we do when we’ve had a bad day or are dealing with the stress that comes with everyday life? Now, more than ever, solutions exist for us to take care of our mental health and understand ourselves and the way we navigate life. This episode’s guest, Dr. Neeta Bhushan, is a self-described mother, wife, entrepreneur, and performance coach. She started her career as a cosmetic dentist and now works to help others build their mental fitness by using techniques that blend psychology, neuroscience, and ancient philosophies. In this episode, she talks about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur and describes how her background opened her eyes to the importance of mental and emotional wellbeing. She also shares tips for those wishing to start their own mental wellness journeys. Tune in to Episode 171 of REJUVENAGING® to get mentally fit with Dr. Neeta Bhushan.Some Questions I Ask:What should we be thinking about when we think about ‘grit’? (16:33)Can you kind of give us a brief overview of the Fly Forward framework? (22:34)Are there some general principles that maybe parents can do? (29:39)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Dr. Neeta Bhushan’s journey to where she is today (8:23)How Dr. Neeta has practiced good stress (14:48)About the concept labeled “the bounce factor” (32:14)ResourcesDr. Neeta Bhushan’s podcast: The Brave TableGlobal Grit InstituteDharma Coaching InstituteDr. Neeta Bhushan’s new book: That Sucked. Now What?Connect with Dr. Neeta BhushanWebsiteInstagramLinkedInTwitterYouTubeFacebookUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

The Birthgap Trend: Why It’s Important, with Stephen Shaw

Ep. 170
Did you know that, in the past seventy years, fertility rates have decreased by 50% globally? This may be surprising to some, maybe not to others, but what are the long-term consequences of a monumental shift like this? Today’s guest, Stephen Shaw, is a data scientist, demographer, and documentary filmmaker. Although much of Stephen’s professional life has focused on data science and analytics, in 2016 he ventured into the world of filmmaking and his first movie, Birthgap, was selected for the Chelsea Film Festival in 2020. In this episode, Stephen discusses how learning about falling fertility rates inspired his film and gives us a sneak peek at what he was able to uncover while making the documentary. Tune in to Episode 170 of REJUVENAGING® to learn about the implications of the birthgap with Stephen Shaw.Some Questions I Ask:Can you give us a little bit of background about your journey to becoming who you are today? (5:28)I'm wondering about other solutions to the consequences of decreased fertility; is there something other than making the older age range more productive? (22:46)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Stephen’s experience traveling to 24 countries to make his film, Birthgap (8:28)Whether shifts in family size have contributed to a global decline in birth rates (13:08)How societal drive has contributed to a decline in birth rates (15:52)Why a declining birth rate is a problem for society (17:45)What you can expect from Stephen’s film Birthgap, and where you can watch it (27:19)ResourcesBirthgap websiteConnect with Stephan ShawTwitterLinkedInEmailUseful REJUVENAGING® ResourcesWebsite: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: TEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place