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21: Victor Brick: Building A Fitness Empire and Changing the Perception of Mental Health

21: Victor Brick: Building A Fitness Empire and Changing the Perception of Mental Health

March 1, 2021

“I want everyone to know that you are not alone – Victor Brick. 

Victor Brick is the co-founder and CEO of Planet Fitness Growth Partners and the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation. Driven by his competitive spirit and alongside his wife, Victor has been able to expand his health and fitness empire all across the US. But one of his deepest desires is changing the perception of mental health and the treatments for it. Listen to today’s episode to learn how Victor and his wife are contributing immensely to solve the issues related to treating mental health conditions. 

Highlights of today’s episode 

  • His competitive spirit
  • How he started his path in the health and fitness industry   
  • Choosing your attitude!  
  • How influential it been to make his parents proud 
  • Understanding himself from the feng shui perspective 
  • Techniques to hold your breath 
  • His strategies to build his club empire 
  • What inspired his foundation’s work to support mental health 
  • Changing how the world sees and treats mental health 

Visit John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation to make a donation and find out more about their work around mental health 

Listen to Admiral William McRaven’s speech at the University of Texas commencement ceremony mentioned.  

Be sure to follow Victor on Facebook, Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn. Learn more about his foundation here

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20: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann: Former CEO and Senior Advisor To The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

20: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann: Former CEO and Senior Advisor To The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

February 22, 2021

“Understanding who drives decision making in a community, understanding who people believe and then working with them in a respectful way, will be the differentiator for science.” Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann.

We are incredibly pleased to announce today’s guest: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann! The former CEO and Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current board member of Pfizer. Throughout her 30+ year career, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has always been dedicated to improving the human condition with her knowledge and determination. Most recently she has made strides in public health, climate change and changing the conversation around science.

Today’s conversation focused around: 

  • Some of the biggest influencers in her life
  • Her journey of becoming an oncologist 
  • What circumstances get her to flow states 
  • Her vision of having eyes on the prize 
  • Having a sense of purpose and mission 
  • The importance of having a diverse and strong team that you can rely on 
  • Wanting to change the communication around science to regain credibility 
  • Educating people on public health and climate change 
  • How you can expose your children to science from an early stage 
  • And her admiration for Dr. Anthony Fauci! 

After stepping down as the CEO from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation she has been playing several different roles: 

  • Senior Advisor and board member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute.
  • Working with nonprofit organizations that are looking at the future of science in the US and the communication surrounding it
  • Teaching at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley 
  • Product development advisor for different organizations  
  • Current board member of Pfizer 

 

*Listener Note: when the episode was recorded, the vaccines for Covid had not been approved by the FDA yet.

Be sure to follow Sue on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and connect with her on LinkedIn. Learn more about her work with Pfizer here

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Until next week; take in a deep breath to find your Happiness Oxygen.

19: Dr. Lou Ignarro: Nobel Prize Recipient on the Health Benefits of Nitric Oxide

19: Dr. Lou Ignarro: Nobel Prize Recipient on the Health Benefits of Nitric Oxide

February 15, 2021

“Nitric oxide leads to a healthy lifestyle and prevents cardiovascular diseases.” – Dr. Lou Ignarro, Nobel Prize recipient who discovered the wide range of nitric oxide’s benefits for the human body. 

After struggling with language barriers early on in his life due to coming from an immigrant family, Dr. Ignarro was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1998. Since then, his life goal has been to use his key discoveries to help eliminate cardiovascular diseases and make nitric oxide a household phrase

Today’s conversation highlights: 

  • His unrelenting passion for ‘understanding the why’
  • The exact moment he realized he wanted to study chemistry and biology 
  • The language challenges he experienced at an early age 
  • His passion, drive and motivation in answering questions that have not been answered before
  • How breathing opens up his creativity 
  • What nitric oxide (NO) is, and why he considers it the miracle molecule  
  • Foods that increase the production of nitric oxide in the body 
  • Which supplements are key to intake on a regular basis 
  • His experience traveling globally to advocate about the things you need to do to maintain your nitric oxide production
  • What he does as part of the scientific advisory board of Herbalife Nutrition 
  • How NO protects us against hypertension, strokes and heart attacks  
  • How his work influenced the marketing of Viagra 
  • And the new research around how inhaling nitric oxide helps the body combat the novel coronavirus 

 

Be sure to follow Dr. Ignarro on Instagram, and Facebook and learn more about his findings and research on his website here

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18: Patrick McKeown: Breathing for Your Brain (Buteyko Method)

18: Patrick McKeown: Breathing for Your Brain (Buteyko Method)

February 8, 2021

“We need to train the brain to be focused, and one way to do that is by focusing on the breath.” – Patrick McKeown. 

Patrick is a breathing practitioner, author of The Oxygen Advantage and The Breathing Cure, and founder of the Buteyko Clinic. After struggling with asthma and difficulty concentrating when he was younger, Patrick changed his breathing to be strictly through the nose — and his life changed completely. Now, he has dedicated his life to teaching others how to breathe for better concentration, sleep, and stress management. 

Learn how to change your life by working on your breathing with some of today’s highlights: 

  • How Patrick matched his career to his skillset 
  • How breathing through his nose changed his life 
  • MYTH: the more air you breathe, the better for the body. 
  • How to train the brain to think, but also to STOP thinking! 
  • Reaching flow states through nose breathing, slow breathing, and practice 
  • The importance of sleep

Be sure to follow Patrick on Facebook, Instagram, and visit his YouTube channel. Learn more about his company The Oxygen Advantage here, his newest product the MYOTAPE and his most recent book The Oxygen Advantage.

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Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

17: Elissa Fisher Harris: Living a Life of Purpose and Intention

17: Elissa Fisher Harris: Living a Life of Purpose and Intention

February 1, 2021

“It’s never too early or late to tap into finding your purpose.” — Elissa Fisher Harris, partner and Chief Impact Officer of 5th Element Group. 

After losing two husbands and living in a house with toxic exposure that impacted her health, Elissa came to center everything she does around the intersection between purpose and wellbeing. In today’s episode, she speaks to us about her projects and how she finds fulfillment with her work at 5th Element Group. 

Today’s conversation with the host of A World on Purpose podcast: 

  • Revolving everything she does around purpose, and the intersection between purpose and wellbeing
  • How her tumultuous childhood taught her to be resilient, to bring out her best self 
  • Some of the pivotal moments when she got clarity on her path 
  • The digital learning platform for the first-ever Women’s History Museum 
  • Supporting the Community Healing Gardens project, which distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to underprivileged communities 
  • Some of the ways she offers acts of kindness 
  • Her incredible and fulfilling work at 5th Element Group 
  • Her new podcast: A World on Purpose 

Be sure to follow Elissa on Instagram, and LinkedIn and learn more about the 5th Element Group here. Also, don’t miss out on her podcast A World on Purpose, listen to it here!

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Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

16: Charlie Hartwell: Passionate Venture Capital Investor Who Is Elevating Humanity And Increasing Awareness

16: Charlie Hartwell: Passionate Venture Capital Investor Who Is Elevating Humanity And Increasing Awareness

January 25, 2021

“When I am in my passion, I am co-creating global movements.” – Charlie Hartwell. 

Charlie is a passionate investor who wants to elevate humanity and increase awareness through supporting entrepreneurs and companies in the health and wellness industries. If you are an entrepreneur interested in talking with investors, you don’t want to miss today’s conversation with Charlie! 

Charlie is a partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group of investors focused on mental wellness, consciousness and spirituality based startups. Some key takeaways from today’s conversation with him:

  • The moment he realized he wanted to make an impact 
  • How to navigate between trying to make an impact and trying to fit in into a family system where you don’t feel supported
  • Nature as a consistent technology throughout his life 
  • His experience in the Dominican Republic with whales
  • What Insight Timer  is, and how Charlie uses it
  • His passion for investing in health and wellness companies to elevate humanity
  • Some of the most recent companies he’s been involved with 
  • And the importance of doing the work to connect to your life purpose 

Be sure to connect with Charlie on LinkedIn and through his Medium blog here. Learn more about Bridge Builders Collaborative here and The ShiftIt Institute here

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Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

15: Dr. Shauna Shapiro: Integrate Mindfulness into Your Life with 3 Key Elements

15: Dr. Shauna Shapiro: Integrate Mindfulness into Your Life with 3 Key Elements

January 18, 2021

“I think that attention is our most valuable resource. I think that where we put our attention becomes our life. As a scientist, I've seen how these practices can literally re-architect our brain for greater clarity, greater peace, greater innovation, and greater compassion.” — Dr. Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D. is a best-selling author, clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion.

17-year old Shauna experienced a spinal fusion surgery that changed her way of living and led her to find mindfulness — through a gift from her dad. In today’s conversation, she speaks to us about: 

  • Why attention is our most valuable resource 
  • How having a spinal fusion surgery le her to find mindfulness
  • Mindfulness as a way of living 
  • The 3 key elements to integrate mindfulness into your life 
  • How we can train to be happy 
  • Her new book: Good Morning, I Love You
  • The misconceptions of meditation and mindfulness! 

Be sure to follow Dr. Shauna on Instagram, Linked In and Facebook and visit her website to learn more about meditation and her most recent book, Good Morning, I Love You. 

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Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

14: Jamie Sale: How An Olympic Gold Medalist Helps You Reach Your Highest Potential

14: Jamie Sale: How An Olympic Gold Medalist Helps You Reach Your Highest Potential

January 11, 2021

“I'm very, very passionate about helping individuals, teams and leaders to be able to bring out even more potential than they could without me.” – Jamie Sale, Olympic Gold medalist and founder of Jamie Sale International. After her career as an Olympic athlete, Jamie wanted to keep impacting other people’s lives, so she dedicated her life to become an incredible motivational life coach. Through her programs, she helps teams, organizations and individuals reach their highest potential. She is also very involved with – and is a huge advocate for – the Special Olympics and people with special needs. 

As an Olympic athlete, Jamie has been able to transfer her knowledge to many clients and organizations. Today’s conversations revolve around: 

  • How she is navigating her career in coaching 
  • How her parents’ divorce shaped her 
  • Skating as her escape and safe place 
  • Some of the flow states she experiences while skating 
  • That moment when she decided she wanted to be a champion 
  • Her performance during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics 
  • Why she wakes up every day with a grateful heart 
  • Her work with the Special Olympics 

Be sure to follow Jamie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and learn more about her offerings and work on her website here

Connect with John on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

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Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

Nitric Oxide, Breathing, and the Novel Coronavirus

Nitric Oxide, Breathing, and the Novel Coronavirus

January 9, 2021

In this clip, you’ll hear what John learned from Louis Ignarro, who had a key role in the discovery of nitric oxide. When you breathe in through your nasal passage, nitric oxide is formed, keeping viruses at bay. 

Nasal breathing will mean the difference between life or death for some people with the novel coronavirus. Nitric oxide opens up airways so you can breathe easier; it opens up arteries so blood gets pumped easier, and in turn you get greater oxygenation of the blood. Press play to learn all about it in this week’s mini-sode!

13: Dr. Michael Miller: How to Prevent Heart Disease

13: Dr. Michael Miller: How to Prevent Heart Disease

January 4, 2021

“If there's a good laugh, then you get tears to come down [from] your eyes. You feel great and it's because of the release of chemicals, such as beta-endorphins. And then it activates other blood chemicals in the cardiovascular system [like]: nitric oxide. And this kind of tag team, if you will, appear to really lead to the beneficial effects on the blood vessels.” – Michael Miller is a best-selling author, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and an innovative researcher in heart disease prevention. 

Taking care of our cardiovascular health should be, and has always been, a top priority. Some of the highlights of today’s conversation with Dr. Miller are: 

  • How losing his father at a young age impacted his life and career path  
  • What gets him into the ‘zone’  
  • His studies and research on how we process fats (e.g. coconut oil, omega 3 fats) 
  • Some of his earlier findings on how laughter and emotional health impact the heart’s health
  • Our physiological response to laughter 
  • Why it’s better to eat the food than the supplement 
  • Which foods have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities 
  • How to manage undue stress 
  • Tips to maintain good cardiovascular health through nutrition, activity, and emotional health 

Be sure to follow Michael on Twitter and LinkedIn and learn more about his work on his website here. To buy his best seller Heal Your Heart, visit here

Connect with John on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

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Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

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