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Pain

Escaping the Dungeon of Obesity with Justin Lacy: PYP 193

Two years ago, Justin Lacy weighed 500 pounds, and could move about only on crutches — when he could move about at all. His tendonitis and lymphedema made standing painful and walking all but impossible. Following his mother’s stroke, the then-30-year-old Justin decided that he was going to make changes and get healthy, no matter… Read More

Q&A: How to Start Running

Someone I met at a plant-based conference emailed me the other day, looking for advice on getting started with running. I hope my responses will be useful to you, dear reader. The questions are indented, and my replies are not.

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Becoming Pain-free Like an Animal with Tom Dalonzo-Baker: PYP 182

When my right knee started hurting so bad that I couldn’t run, do yoga, squat, or ride a bike, I did all the things I knew how to do. I got massages. I iced. I rubbed hot and cold ointments into the skin. I visualized. I went to the chiropractor. I stretched. And nothing worked. Read More

Jim Gray on Defeating Genetics Through Diet: PYP 169

Jim Gray (middle of the photo) knew that he had been dealt a lousy health hand when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the tender age of 18. At that point, he was in good shape, a high school athlete, muscular and lean at six feet tall and weighing under 200 pounds. Read More

Tim Kaufman on Doing a Little More Today Than You Did Yesterday: PYP 163

When Tim Kaufman was in his late 30s, he weighed about 400 pounds, struggled with addictions to pain killers, and figured this was how his life was gonna be from now on. After all, he had been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic disease that messes with connective tissue and left his knees essentially… Read More

Doug Lisle on the Evolutionary Uses of Pain and Sacrifice: PYP 160

Doug Lisle, PhD, is an evolutionary psychologist, Director of Research at True North Health Center, and co-author of one of the most important and – to me – challenging books on human happiness and health, The Pleasure Trap. The other author, Alan Goldhamer, was a recent guest on this podcast, and credited his desire to… Read More

Howard Jacobson on Motivation and Transformation: PYP 156

Hey there, it’s me, Howard. My mind has been buzzing lately, full of input from some of the guests I’ve interviewed over the past few months. It’s like they’ve been talking with each other, in my mind, and I have these momentary revelations and confusions as I go on runs, sit down to write, and… Read More

PYP 151: Steven Sashen on Running Barefoot and Feeling the World

Steven Sashen is co-founder of Xeroshoes.com, and a fierce critic of the athletic footwear industry. Steven and I met when we were in the digital marketing world, and stayed in touch as we both migrated into health and wellness. Steven has been my “almost barefoot shoe” supplier since 2011, when I read Born to Run… Read More

PYP 148: Marc Schoen, PhD, on Surviving Our Survival Instinct and Defeating Bad Habits

True confession: I usually multitask while I eat, despite telling other people not to. I read, I Facebook, I talk on the phone, I create presentations, and so on. I rationalize it very well: I’m busy, I can still chew slowly (note to self: “BS!”), and this is the last time. And luckily, I tell… Read More

PYP 144: Irving Kirsch on Harnessing the Placebo Effect and Discovering the Truth about Antidepressants

Irving Kirsch is a soft-spoken researcher who accidentally stumbled upon one of the biggest and most costly errors in modern medicine. His cautious yet relentless search for the truth has made him persona non grata to much of the psychiatric profession and pharmaceutical industry, and a hero to the rest of us. His findings, documented… Read More