023: Where Eastern Meets Western Medicine with Dr. Azza Halim


Today’s guest on the Know Your Physio Podcast is Dr. Azza Halim, a board-certified anesthesiologist with a broad background in the anti-aging field who has an extremely unique perspective that blends eastern and western medicine. We had the opportunity to take a deep dive on several topics in today’s episode, including the preventive nature of functional medicine, the relationship between animal fats and skin health, and the dangers of intermittent fasting, as well as getting enough sunlight and vitamin D3 without increasing your risk of skin cancer. During the course of our conversation, Dr. Halim shares her aim to create and implement an overall plan that will enable her patients to achieve complete mass rejuvenation by focusing on their internal health to complement external beauty. Tuning in, you’ll find out more about Dr. Halim’s total wellness approach, which includes beauty and skincare, and why she believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, plus so much more! We hope you will join us for this fascinating and in-depth discussion about integrative medicine.

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Dr. Azza Halim, what she does, and how her career has evolved.
  • How functional medicine, which Dr. Halim describes as an ‘east meets west lifestyle’, is more preventative than conventional medicine.
  • The personal circumstances that motivated her to pursue such extensive experience.
  • Find out why she makes use of sub-speciality testing for her patients.
  • Where Dr. Halim believes her interest in integrative medicine began.
  • How is able to offer patients an entire wellness picture that includes beauty and skincare.
  • Learn more about the relationship between internal health and external beauty.
  • Dr. Halim reflects on the role that cholesterol and animal fats play in the health of your skin.
  • Why proper supplementation is important when we can’t eat a whole food, non-GMO diet.
  • Healthy saturated fats and skin health, particularly when it comes to elasticity and hydration.
  • Hear Dr. Halim’s opinion on intermittent fasting and why she believes moderation is best.
  • How to get enough sunlight and vitamin D3 without increasing your risk of skin cancer.
  • Learn why you should be wearing sunblock both outdoors and indoors.
  • Dr. Halim on melanin, circadian rhythms, and adequate protection from skin cancer.
  • Melatonin, magnesium, and supplementation; why Dr. Halim recommends specific products.
  • Omega 3, 6, and 9 and polyunsaturated fatty acids for skin health and cardiac health.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Azza Halim

Dr. Azza Halim on Instagram

Biosense

Magtein

Episode 19 with Dr. Jay Khorsandi

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

022: Building a stronger and more resonant voice, communicating confidently, and embracing the unknown with Per Bristow


During today’s conversation, we interview vocal and performance coach, Per Bristow and hear his philosophy on life and performance. Tune in to hear why the pressure is greater, the more talented you are, why understanding your psychology is pertinent to beating stage fright, and how the most dangerous thing about stress is our negative perception of it. Per doesn’t advocate avoiding fear, but rather urges listeners to embrace it, in order to empower themselves to do something about it. He believes that the principles he teaches in voice training should be applied to all areas of life, and encourages listeners to embrace spontaneity and aliveness over having a plan and being so attached to an outcome. His advice to people heading to the stage is to embrace and expect nervousness, and allow it to show us that we are taking part in a special moment. Next, we get into the technicalities of voice training and Per shares the story of how he learned that anyone can improve their vocal abilities dramatically, the same way that you can build muscle. You’ll hear all about Per’s philosophy on developing the voice, embracing your accent, and why folks who stutter do so far less when they sing. We touch on sleep, hydration, caffeine and more. We hope you join us for a jam-packed episode with today’s inspiring guest!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Andrés was introduced to Per Bristow through a video of him dancing.
  • Why the pressure is greater, the more talented you are. 
  • Per’s message for people with stage fright: understand your psychology.
  • How the most dangerous thing about stress is our negative perception of it.
  • Why you have to experience and embrace fear to do something about it.
  • What it means to train yourself in order to get into the present moment.
  • The power of embracing fear to become alert, focused, and in the moment.
  • Per’s philosophy in voice training, that you should be able to implement what you learn for performance in all other areas of life. 
  • Why a plan is wonderful, but spontaneity and aliveness is where life really is.
  • How most people want a specific outcome, but the process is the most important thing.
  • The power of embracing and expecting nervousness to show us that it is a special moment.
  • Why you should give yourself permission in order to be free.
  • How to evaluate what an embarrassment is and embrace spontaneity.
  • Making yourself vulnerable and foolish as a tool to make other people comfortable.
  • Per’s relationship with introversion and how this has nothing to do with performing.
  • The story of how Per learned that you can improve your vocal abilities dramatically.
  • Why Per prefers the term ‘influence’ to ‘control’ when it comes to developing the voice.
  • How singing is one of the most fearful activities, but one of the most powerful activities.
  • His belief that singing is about the energy that you release when you make sounds.
  • What it means to train your tongue without putting strain on your voice.
  • Why trying to hide your accent only makes it more significant. 
  • Advice for people who don’t want to speak because they have a stutter: do Per’s training.
  • Why people stutter less when they sing: singing trains people to develop a flow.
  • The role of sleep and the importance of being able to fall asleep quickly.
  • Why it is important to stay hydrated in order to sleep well.
  • The relationship between muscle strength and vocal tone.
  • Why Per has decided not to drink coffee: in rebellion to the norm, as a health freak. 
  • How you can improve your nitric oxide levels through breathing.
  • The reason Per is an effective coach: he is good at learning and can help others to learn. 

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Per Bristow
Per Bristow on Instagram
Per Bristow on Twitter

Making Stress Your Friend

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

021: Positive Reframing for Complete Life Balance with James Quandahl


Most of us have probably heard the phrase ‘change is an inside job’, but how many of us actually do it? Today’s guest believes that we overcomplicate the process of positive change. You already know what steps you need to take. It’s just a matter of removing the obstacles that are preventing you from getting there. James Quandahl is an author, speaker, and performance coach who is all about complete life balance; how to make sure that all of your buckets, the foundational pillars of true, lasting health, are filled up in harmony. In this episode, we take you through some positive reframing exercises that will help you pick through your previous life history so you can determine the skills and values that you can then apply to a new path, a new career, a new hobby, interest, or pastime, and excel at it with a newly evolved sense of self-awareness. We also speak candidly about our own personal stories and journeys, given the dramatic career shifts that both Andrés and James have made, and how positive reframing has made all the difference. Tune in today to learn more as James Quandahl explores self-fulfillment and creating complete life balance with a positive outlook!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • We start the episode talking about our preferred dark chocolate brands.
  • Why James doesn’t recommend the ‘healthy substitution game’; just eat the pizza!
  • Hear his favorite saying when it comes to healthy food: you are what the food you eat eats.
  • The power of the Cordyceps mushroom and increasing interest in wild mushroom foraging.
  • Why it’s important to consider the carbon footprint of the food you eat, hunt, or forage.
  • What James calls the foundational health pillars of a well rounded life, including nutrition, sleep, and physical exercise.
  • The seven buckets on Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life (spiritual, intellectual, physical, family, social, financial, and career) and how to balance them.
  • James emphasizes the roles that the journey and goal-setting play in complete life balance.
  • The benefits of creating space to truly disconnect, get bored, and dream about the future.
  • Hear about James’ morning routine and how he prevents his devices from ruling his day.
  • How to foster a creative mindset rather than a reactive one by scheduling your distractions.
  • Advice for building self-discipline; replace rather than remove the things you enjoy.
  • How James cultivated self-awareness and navigated a difficult career transition.
  • James highlights the effort required to find your purpose; you have to put in the work!
  • Some of the ways to relax in an active capacity rather than a passive capacity.
  • The value of choosing to do what you want to do every day and owning your choices.
  • James challenges listeners to imagine their dream life and write it down.
  • How to create a discipline of visualizing and manifesting the things you want.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

James Quandahl

The James Quandahl Show

James Quandahl on LinkedIn

James Quandahl on Twitter

James Quandahl on Instagram

Zig Ziglar

There’s No Plan B for your A-Game

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Skip the Line

020: Commitment and Discipline to Effectively Pursue your Aspirations with Idan Ravin


Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain a new skill, or run a marathon, you will no doubt need to put in a considerable amount of time and effort. In this episode, we get together with Idan Ravin to discuss his advice and insights on how to effectively pursue your aspirations. Idan is an elite performance coach and has worked with a range of individuals, from some of the world’s most respected basketball players to athletes and musicians. Listening in you’ll hear Idan share what he learned from coaching Kobe Bryant and why he was so in awe of Kobe’s mental stamina. Idan shares his insights on how to build lasting habits and explains why discipline and consistency are crucial. We end off by reflecting on the joy that comes with struggle and how it is a sign of passion and dedication. For all this and much more, tune in today!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Introducing today’s guest, elite performance coach Idan Ravin.
  • Idan shares an anecdote about training Kobe Bryant.
  • Why mental stamina was one of Kobe Bryant’s most impressive achievements.
  • Why consistency is what makes people remarkable.
  • Why you need to start with smaller commitments before working your way up.
  • The types of struggles that elite athletes and average people have in common.
  • Idan’s advice for maintaining good habits.
  • How to become comfortable with discipline and consistency.
  • How meditation can support discipline and consistency.
  • Why Idan’s advice is to start with small steps to improve your habits.
  • Why Idan advocates for a gentler approach to weight loss.
  • How gyms can discourage people from exercising.
  • How there can be joy in struggling because it means you’re passionate and dedicated.

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Idan Ravin

Idan Ravin on Instagram

Idan Ravin on Facebook

Idan Ravin on Twitter

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast