The “Monster Mash” Muscle-Building Tactic, Live Like A Polar Bear, Decoding Vitamin C, Melatonin, Iodine, Magnesium & More With Dr. Leland Stillman.

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Dr. Leland Stillman is one fascinating doctor and a man after my own heart…

…meaning he's interested in everything from how polar bears use cold thermogenesis and hibernation to enhance longevity to how your environment drastically shapes your health no matter how hard you exercise or how perfectly you eat.

Early on, Leland was drawn to natural and integrative medicine. After majoring in environmental health at Connecticut College and earning his medical doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Leland completed his training in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center. Board-certified in internal medicine and specializing in integrative medicine, he is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to discover the root cause of his patients' medical problems through advanced laboratory testing, and then addressing those imbalances with dietary or lifestyle interventions. Leland focuses not only on the patient but on all aspects of the environment they live in. Some of Leland's professional interests include phototherapy (photobiomodulation), nutrition, toxicology, and the immune system.

In our previous podcast with me, “Light As Medicine, Metabolic Typing, COVID Controversies, Polar Bear Fitness, Healing Yourself With Laughter & More With Dr. Leland Stillman.“, Leland and I covered:

  • His history and training
  • Why he is not planning on getting vaccinated for COVID
  • How to mitigate the effects of, and how to avoid contracting, COVID
  • Optimizing light for biology
  • Proper home lighting
  • “Eat like a shark, live like a polar bear”
  • How to use melatonin as a “circadian reset”
  • Leland's breathwork protocols
  • Dietary protocol for him and his patients
  • The two elements of health he views as non-negotiable

And in this episode, recorded during a chilly walk in Spokane, Washington – combined with a “make-up” recording of the latter half from my home studio treadmill – we dive right back into some of that content and so much more.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Who is Dr. Leland Stillman?…05:33 

-What happens with over-exercising and over-training…07:55

-The importance of the seasons of life…17:00

  • Ben’s experience
    • Very intense and busy seasons vs. more relaxed seasons
  • Seasonality is crucial
  • Emotionally healthy people understand that it’s ok to have seasons in your life
  • Tracking HRV
  • Oura ring
  • Hyperbaric chamber
  • Yoga Nidra session
  • BrainTap
  • Jim Laird helped Dr. Leland put 18 pounds of muscle in 3 months
    • The secret was protein
    • 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a week in a gym
  • Monster Mash recipe by Stan Efferding 
    • A couple of pounds of ground beef
    • Onion, garlic, spices
    • Starch (potato or rice)
    • Greens and vegetables
    • Seeds
    • Bone broth
    • Shrimp, eggs
  • The Vertical Diet by Stan Efferding
  • Leland takes a gram of protein per pound of weight
  • Ben usually recommends 0.6 to 0.8 grams per pound weight as a general range

 -Leland's thoughts on melatonin..26:48

 – The vicious cycle of overworking…41:10

  • Podcast with Douglas Brackmann:
  • Driven by Douglas Brackmann
  • Some people are very ambitious and success driven
    • They need help to maintain their lifestyle and their pace
  • Blue light blockers
  • Liver King Brian Johnson revealed he was using steroids and hormones
  • People need something to help them push through the day then something to calm them in the evening
  • Talking to people about their problems is cathartic and most therapeutic thing; helps in healing
  • People get into the cycle of overworking
    • Importance of finding your authentic self
    • Talking to someone is essential
  • Overworking may be a strategy to cope with feelings
    • People do things because of how they feel and they try to rationalize it
  • Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield

– The benefits of iodine…58:40

– And Much More…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

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One thought on “The “Monster Mash” Muscle-Building Tactic, Live Like A Polar Bear, Decoding Vitamin C, Melatonin, Iodine, Magnesium & More With Dr. Leland Stillman.

  1. JB says:

    Ben, instead of trying to drop 1g of protein per pound of weight, would your Kion Aminos be a good substitute?

    And if so, how many Kion Aminos equal to around 1 gram of protein?

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