Solo Q&A | Mitolife Radio Ep #200
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Matthew Blackburn 00:19
You're listening to episode 200, of Mitolife Radio. I'm your host, Matt Blackburn, 200 shows, I can't believe it, the last two years have gone by so fast. And I've learned so much. And I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to not just share my point of view on this platform, but to share the idea that it's okay to change your mind. Because I don't see a lot of podcasts doing that. It's an anti sugar podcast, or a keto or carnivore podcast, or fitness podcast, or whatever it is and it's very rigid in its messaging. And I'm doing something very different with Mitolife radio, breaking the mold, breaking the rigidity, and having a free flow of ideas and concepts, and essentially infinite expansion in awareness. Because once we think we have it all, we know it all, we got it down, that's when we're the most wrong. My big moment of understanding this year was that no nutrient or supplement is toxic, because almost every camp you go in, in the health field, they're going to say something is toxic or harmful, and that you should never take it. Whether that's zinc, ascorbic acid, iron, copper, vitamin B6, iodine, no matter what it is, everyone has their spiel an angle of why you shouldn't take a certain supplement. And I spent hours in supplement stores that's like my Disney Land. I could spend all day in the supplement section of the store and have an absolute blast. Because as a supplement company owner, I'm very adept at reading labels and understanding how nutrients work together. And always like improving on things and saying how could this supplement be better. And some people would look at those aisles and aisles, and rows and rows of different supplement bottles and say that it's all unnecessary. We just have to simplify and get it all from food. And I look at things differently, I look at them as tools that can be used to improve one's life. And obviously, supplements are meant to be combined with proper nutrition, high quality, nutrient dense foods. But I think the misconception is that you can mineral balance using whole foods, which is often not the case. If you have a severe zinc deficiency, yes, you can eat oysters every single day, and probably bring your zinc levels up. But then you might deplete your copper, which can happen eating a heavy oyster diet, you'll actually create a copper deficiency. And so proper supplementation combined with food is really the way to mineral balance. And next week's shows going to be all about that based on my hair tissue mineral analysis results. Shocker, I was copper toxic, and everyone has their own beliefs about high copper on an HTMA test. So just stand by for that explanation, I think the proof is in the pudding of the results that people get from mineral rebalancing based on their HTMA results especially with super super high copper levels like I have.
Matthew Blackburn 04:08
So let's jump into some listener questions that people sent in. "Should we take Dissolve-It-All separately from other Mitolife supplements?" So that depends, if you take your Mitolife supplements on an empty stomach which some people can't handle that, then sure you can take them all with Dissolve-It-All. If you take the Mitolife supplements with food, then you want to take Dissolve-It-All 30 to 45 minutes before a meal.
Matthew Blackburn 04:39
"Biggest challenge you are currently facing?" That's going to be balancing homesteading with running my business. I'm fully off grid. I rely on solar power and if there's no sun, then I have a generator and for 90% of this year, my generator has been broken. And so I had to rely on a backup generator, which ended up being several $1,000 every month to run, because it guzzles gasoline. Whereas my main generator works on propane, I have 1000 gallon propane tank, and that is the norm up here, at least with backup power, or with people that are off grid, they have propane storage. And that's what powers their house when there's no sunlight. So relying on the backup generator, it's been very stressful, because not only do I have to go and fill up eight gas cans at once from the gas station but then I have to pour that in the generator and it would often take five gallons a day of gas, I'm going through a minimum of one can a day, sometimes more. And I'm not running crazy, high powered stuff here, it's just to run the house, just the bare minimum. And it was so loud and obnoxious, which defeats the purpose of being off grid, which is peace and quiet. That thing just rattles your body, it's a 12,000 Watt champion generator and very grateful to have it, I can't complain. All these little trials and tribulations, I often have to pause and realize how far I've come and I'm still somewhat self sufficient, even though I'm reliant on gas, propane and diesel, I'm still moving in the right direction. And I'm out of the city, which was a huge stressor for me years ago, feeling very unsafe being around a bunch of unstable people, and a population dense city. So now I feel more secure, just being removed from that madness. But it also comes with more challenges. Stuff is constantly breaking here, especially at the absolute worst time. Like when it starts dumping snow, and then stuff stops working. Or I realized that something was not working for a while and the snow just highlighted it. For example, for my goats, I trenched water and power over to them to their waters. So I have automatic waters that automatically refill so I don't have to carry heavy buckets of water to the goats. Huge time saver and energy saver so it frees me up to do things like this and record. But they also have defrosters built in so when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, the heater pops on, or it's supposed to pop on and allow water to keep flowing in there and not turning into a brick of ice. So recently, that stopped working and now I have to YouTube, how to replace a GFI. I'm starting to learn that people that live off grid, they have to learn how to be their own plumber, their own electrician, how to fix their own things, because it's hard to get people out here to work. And my experience has been if I do get people out here, they are not reliable, or they don't do it right. And it's that old saying right? If you want something done right, do it yourself. And that's definitely true when you're off grid. So all that said, that has been my biggest challenge. And what I've been doing is just making sure that I'm not fasting, that I'm getting sufficient amino acids, sufficient sugar, you know, nutrition coming in, and that I'm especially being cognizant of my ascorbic acid and magnesium intake, both of which are increased requirements under stress. So your AA needs and your magnesium needs go way up when you're under stress. And boy have I been under stress. And I think everybody has. But the common problem is that when someone enters into a stressful season in their life, or a season of the year, like the start of winter, when you live somewhere that snowing and you're off grid, they forget about the foundational stuff. They'll go several hours without eating or they'll skip meals very frequently, which we should be able to do. I think that's a sign of resilience, but it shouldn't be an everyday thing. And they also neglect the vitamin C magnesium thing. And you could also B vitamins in there but all the nutrients that are depleted, under stress, it's very helpful. Like when I'm going through it, I take at least one gram of ascorbic acid every hour to buffer the increased energy requirements that life is putting on me. And it's been super helpful. I get superhuman energy and brain power, and I'm able to juggle more than I should be capable of. Just having that awareness that when life gets chaotic, that you need to have your nutrition dialed in, balanced nutrition, my go to is rice and beef bowl, just super quick five minute meal a little more than five minutes. But the easiest to prepare, just ground grass fed beef and wild rice that I have on my website, some butter, some salt, if you want to get crazy, harissa sauce and sour cream, and boom, that's it. And I am really living on that a lot during the winter. Just I'm into very simple meals, I don't need all the big bang, exciting flavors. I just need nutrition, especially in the winter when things are just very busy. It's a simple meal like that, and a handful of supplements and I'm off to the races in feeling incredible.
Matthew Blackburn 11:35
Someone asked, "What vitamin C supplement do you suggest?" Well, I'm a little biased because I just released my own. It's called Vitamin-C With Polyphenols. And that is simply ascorbic acid with a berry blend. So one serving has 100 milligrams of berry extracts. There's some interesting synergy there between ascorbic acid and bioflavonoids and I posted a few studies on the product page as it relates to a skin condition, progressive pigmentary purpura, and also herpes. And both conditions were improved by a mixture of ascorbic acid and bioflavonoids. But I think it applies to a lot of other conditions. And of course, this product is not meant to treat any disease condition, but just to generally support your health. And I was really inspired by Doris Loh's work on the electromagnetic radiation EMR in the connection with this redox balancer called ascorbic acid. Because ascorbic acid is only deemed as an antioxidant and that's its most important effect. But it's so much more and I've been experimenting for much of this year with taking it consistently throughout the day. Before I was doing it wrong, I was just taking mega doses once a day, and that was doing nothing. The power of ascorbic acid is really taking it every hour, or every two hours or so just that consistency, because that's going to maintain your plasma ascorbate levels, which ascorbate is the reduced form of ascorbic acid. And then that will translate into increased tissue ascorbate levels. And there's a ton of ascorbate in our brain tissue, in our adrenals. Everywhere throughout our body pretty much has ascorbate and different ascorbate requirements. And it's very protective, especially living on a microwave planet. That was the most fascinating thing to me about Doris's work is just because you're not having a cell phone in your pocket, or having air pods in your ears or maybe you turn off the WiFi at night, or you don't have WiFi at all and your house is completely Ethernet hardwired. People have this false sense of security that just because they don't have an EMR device on their body or in their environment that they are not getting microwaved. And that is so far from the truth. Just being on planet Earth by definition, you're getting microwaved, you're living in a microwave oven, and there is no escaping it, it is just a matter of strengthening the system, in my opinion via AA and magnesium. Those are the two primary nutrients there that buffer us against EMR induced oxidative stress.
Matthew Blackburn 15:05
Another question someone sent in is "How to reverse Hypothyroidism, after chronic fasting, low carb and under eating for years?" I would go back and listen to my podcast with Yan. He said that supplementing the amino acid taurine was instrumental in his recovery, in this regard, to restore his livers ability to store glycogen. He said that taurine helped a lot. And I believe he took two to three grams a day. So the capsules that I've seen, a taurine supplement is generally a gram, 1000 milligrams per capsule. I would definitely give that a shot. Of course in combination with not skipping breakfast, not drinking coffee on an empty stomach, eating frequent meals throughout the day that are balanced with both carbs and protein. And if that doesn't work, then you might want to work one on one with a health coach to figure things out.
Matthew Blackburn 16:16
Someone asks "Thoughts on iodine?" Actually a few people asked me about that. I've heard people getting great results taking kelp capsules. Back in my raw vegan days, I used to douse all my salads in nori, and various seaweeds. And that probably helped to mitigate some of the deficiencies that I was causing on that extreme diet. Just having that constant iodine coming in.
Matthew Blackburn 16:45
Someone asks, "What B complex do you take?" I take LifeBlud right now and really enjoy the different forms of the vitamins that Atom put in that supplement. I generally take it two to three times a day, just one capsule.
Matthew Blackburn 17:03
Someone asks, "How to best support teeth health, which supplements to take?" I would really focus on the fat soluble vitamins, so cod liver oil, my favorite is the Rosita brand and combine that with Mitolife PUFA Protect and Purely K. So you have A, D, E and K coming in. And also vitamin C, ascorbic acid is very overlooked for gum health and dental health in general. That's one of our first lines of defense against oxidative stress. And I think a lot of gum sensitivity and dental decay is caused by simply vitamin C deficiency.
Matthew Blackburn 17:50
This is a great question, "How does my new vitamin C differs from the rest in the industry?" I would say the excipients. There's no silicon dioxide or silica. There's bamboo silica, which is much different in its effects. I feel a lot better on it. I've been taking a lot of different vitamin C's previously this year. And now I just take the Mitolife vitamin C and Polyphenols and I feel incredible from it. The most inexpensive way to go about supplementing ascorbic acid is buying the bulk powder. And I was doing that for a while until I realized that every time I open that lid and oxygen floods into the canister, it oxidizes the vitamin C because it's very prone to oxidation by oxygen. And in a capsule, you don't have that because it's protected from oxygen. So if you plan on taking vitamin C long term, and having a lot of backups laying around which you don't want to run out of it if you're taking it long term, I would recommend against buying the bulk powder because you're going to lose potency over time. Ascorbic acid works, you know forget the liposomal marketing, forget all of the absorption marketing, it's well absorbed. It's ascorbic acid, it shoots your plasma ascorbate levels up within one minute of taking it. But whether it's whole food, vitamin C powder or a powder, if it's been sitting around for a while - if it's been opened for months, then the number let's say it's 1.1 gram per teaspoon on that label. That may not be accurate. Maybe it's 600 milligrams or 800 milligrams. You're going to lose milligrams of the active ingredient the longer it's on your shelf. That's why I opt for vitamin C capsules only at this point.
Matthew Blackburn 20:06
Another question, "Anything to think about regarding intake of cod liver oil" I went intuitive with it. I just listened to my body and took as much as it asked for, which, in the loading phase, in the beginning, it was quite a lot. Cod liver oil has been used for a very long time. It's a very natural supplement. So I think it's very safe especially to megadose. Especially if someone was vegan or vegetarian, like I was for two thirds of my life. Usually, there's going to be a vitamin A deficiency there, retinol deficiency. And I definitely had that. If you have any dental issues, and or skin issues, if you have both, then that is a definite vitamin A deficiency. And I've noticed an improvement in both conditions by supplementing vitamin A skin and dental got a lot better after taking cod liver oil.
Matthew Blackburn 21:12
"When is the water filter coming out?" That is a frequent question for sure. The original plan was by Christmas and I just got word a couple of days ago that it got extended to March. But we did lock in production and things are finally rolling. This has been two years in the making and we didn't just go to a water filter trade show like most people do, and private label a system from Alibaba or whatever, we were building this from scratch and that's why it took so long. So we finally found some help, they're finally going to get put together and the definite, definite release date is by March of 2023. It will be worth it, thank you for being patient, I promise the filter will be worth it.
Matthew Blackburn 22:08
"What is the first thing to address in male hair loss?" I would say lowering stress, lower cortisol. And whether it's psychological stress, physiological stress at all, plays together. Red light therapy is very helpful. Whether you have sunlight or not, red light therapy is tremendously effective at reducing stress and supporting the resilience of the body. My favorite brand is GembaRed, I really liked the LED form of red light therapy. And GembaRed makes great panels, I have this full body panel and I always feel it, every time. A lot of people shine red light right on the scalp and that has shown to be effective at preventing and potentially even reversing hair loss. I would stay away from extreme diets whether that's vegan or carnivore. Eat in a balanced way, eat all of the different foods, fermented foods, vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, carbs, protein, just live and eat in a balanced way. And that will naturally help to reduce cortisol. Interesting fact: Ultraviolet light, UV light from the Sun increases the enzyme 11beta-HSD1, which results in increased cortisol levels in the skin. So this doesn't mean avoid sunlight but you can use red light therapy to protect your skin from UV light. That's proven in literature that pre dosing with red light therapy protects the skin from UV damage. There was a study that used 660 nanometer light, this is from lasers in surgery in medicine. And they found that it had an SPF sun protective factor effect of 15 and prevented redness and could be useful in the treatment of patients with anomalous reactions to sunlight. Vitamin C and vitamin E are also very effective at protecting from ultraviolet light induced damage. I think that lipofuscin is a huge contributing factor to male hair loss or women's hair loss. And when you put UV light in the mix, it just makes things a lot worse. And it could be excess iron, it could be excess aluminum, excess metals in general, that contribute to lipofuscin information, and then adding ultraviolet light just sets it off. And having a deficiency and red light, shining blue light from above from stores and your home lighting all the time. It's just a perfect storm to disrupt the scalp and ultimately decrease mitochondrial function. Our mitochondria need to work well to make energy to support tissue function. Whether that's the tissue of your heart, your lung, or kidney, or liver, or your scalp.
Matthew Blackburn 25:43
Someone asks, "Balance of macros in a diet?" So SelfDecode just released a comprehensive report on your optimal diet based on your genes. And mine was 45% carbohydrates, 30% fat, and the least macronutrient, 25% protein. And this is in line with how I feel when I eat different ways. Because I've tried eating steaks for every meal and I don't feel satiated, I'm always hungry. Whereas if I eat carbohydrates in that same day, and a steak, I feel so much better, so much more satiated, and I can go longer in between meals. So this counters all of the diets out there that puts a blanket requirements on how much protein every human should get, or how much fat everyone should get. It is really individual, even saturated fat can mess some people up, because that's sometimes touted is the cure all for all toxicity and it's the most satiating, blah, blah, blah. That could actually push someone way out of balance to go on and oddness fonder planets, high saturated fat diet. So I find the SelfDecode thing to be very accurate and I liked that they rolled out this optimal diet thing, because it'll break down how you respond to each macronutrient. So for carbohydrates, it says for me, carbs don't tend to spike your blood sugar. And then it goes down the list with fats breakdown, supposedly I have an increased need for omega3's, kind of ironic, goes under sensitivities, says I have likely higher caffeine sensitivity, then goes down to vitamins. And for vitamin A says I have an increased need - again, this is all in line with what I found with my experimentation with supplements and trying different things.
Matthew Blackburn 28:09
Someone asks, "What is the best thing someone can do after a cancer diagnosis?" Well, if it were me, I would look into enzyme therapy and deuterium depleted water. I actually have a show that I did, what I would do if I was diagnosed with cancer. But those two things are really important, systemic enzymes and deuterium depleted water. And if it were me, I would purchase Mitolife Dissolve-It-All and I would use light water, whether it's the 5, or 10 parts per million, in plastic or glass, doesn't matter, whatever is financially feasible. And I would get my drinking water to at least down to 80 parts per million deuterium and that's all I would drink. And I would bank on those two things, doing a lot to improve that condition. You can also look at herbs like reishi mushroom, which is very effective at killing cancer cells. Here's a study by the Cochrane Library, "Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment" and this is from 2016. "G lucidum is the only known source of a particular group of triterpenes, also known as ganoderic acids, which have been found to have direct cancer cell cytotoxicity on a wide variety of cancer cell lines..." I personally consume Reishi almost every day, I use the ShenBlossom syrup, the Reishi syrup and put that on my ice cream. And I find it adds a really nice complement to high quality vanilla ice cream.
Matthew Blackburn 30:12
Thoughts on Browns Gas and the Aqua Cure Machine. I used to use the Aqua Cure Machine last year, and it broke after about nine months or so. So I threw it out, I didn't feel too much, I think most of the effect was from the frequency input onto the water, which you could do it a lot more affordably just by purchasing the Infopathy IC Pad, and you could set that to 528 hertz or whatever you want. And I noticed the difference using an Infopathy if I'm traveling, if I'm not using water from the spring here at my house, that makes a huge difference to run the water through that frequency first before I drink it.
Matthew Blackburn 31:02
"Tips for healing palpitations?" I'm going to guess they're talking about heart palpitations, that's going to be getting your magnesium up. And not just serum magnesium, but red blood cell magnesium, or ionized magnesium - even better. Or if you can't test those for whatever reason you don't have access, then just supplementing magnesium is a really good way to reduce palpitations, due to it being a natural calcium channel blocker. So with EMF radiation, calcium channels open up and calcium floods in. If you have sufficient magnesium, you can keep that process in check. I would also add to it ascorbic acid and ascorbate levels, which is just as important as magnesium is protecting from EMR damage. There's also other things you could try the Blushield devices, unplugging the WiFi at night obviously. You could try EMF blocking clothing, I like that NoChoice, protecting the torso there, that would probably help tremendously just wearing some type of a silver shielded clothing so that the EMFs instead of going through the heart, they go around it.
Matthew Blackburn 32:24
"Tips for healing the gut after antibiotics?" I would make sure you're getting enough fiber that's not often talked about and fibers are really important prebiotic, so it's not just about taking probiotics, but you have to keep them alive. Using fiber and raw carrots - not the only way to do that. You could try all different types of fibers and find what works for you. I feel good personally on beans, and really any kind of fiber. And as far as probiotics, try the Mitolife ones. See how those workout, try the Mitolife ones in combination with your regular refrigerated probiotics and find ones that work for you. I think the individual needs for different strains are going to be different. So that's where like a GI-MAP, stool test would come in so you can really dial things in. Or you can just shotgun it, nothing wrong with that, I do it all the time. And just see if you feel better on different products, try different ones, try different combinations. And if you can get your hands on bone broth, I would get on that, especially in the winter here. I crave bone broth a lot more. And so I'll often drink 50 ounces a day. I do pasture raised chicken broth, and I feel really good from that.
Matthew Blackburn 33:52
"Have you ever done a supplement fast?" I intuitively take days off of different supplements. I don't set a schedule for it. I just listen to my body and we'll just take a break for that day. I know some people take a whole week off supplements or a whole month. And I think that's great even just to show yourself that you don't feel as good not being on them. I've heard that multiple times that I didn't think my supplements were doing anything. I got off them for a month and my energy tanked and the same hour I took them, I felt back to life. So a little experiments like that could be super helpful to kind of remind yourself that these supplements are not just placebo, but they're actual physical substances that are actually doing something.
Matthew Blackburn 34:43
Someone asked, "Does the grounding sheet always stay plugged in?" The answer to that one is yes. Super easy to set up, super easy to use. You just keep it plugged into that third prong. Ideally I tell people, out the window, rod to Earth is a lot better, and you'll likely feel a lot better doing it that way.
Matthew Blackburn 35:05
"What would a lung cleanse look like for you?" Very simply, a lung cleanse to me would look like supplementing ascorbic acid and vitamin E, both of which are very important nutrients for lung health. So we had fires recently, up here, and I upped my ascorbic acid and vitamin E, and felt great, even when it was smoky for one to two weeks straight.
Matthew Blackburn 35:36
Someone asks, "How do you feel now and what helped you with your energy?" So I had been taking iron off and on. And that's a tricky one because it can easily cause constipation, I think that's why a lot of people go the infusion route, because it's a lot more comfortable, a lot quicker to just get an iron infusion, first dealing with the constipation and other issues that can come from supplementing something like iron bisglycinate. That said, I think iron bisglycinate did help improve my energy. I believe I've been iron deficient for most of my life, or from birth or before birth, which is totally possible. I feel great overall, now. I think ascorbic acid also played an important role, because ascorbic acid has that effect on iron and copper. And some people would say it's a deleterious effect, I would argue the opposite, that ascorbic acid actually facilitates iron and copper utilization, and tons of research available on that.
Matthew Blackburn 36:47
Here's a funny question, "Should Idaho and other red states secede?" I don't think that would make a big difference. Actually. It's funny when I moved here, shortly after I was in the woods, and I saw the Idaho militia rolling by and they were stocked to the hilt and it was quite the sight to see it actually made me feel at ease. Secure to know that there are people up here ready to roll, if necessary.
Matthew Blackburn 37:20
"Is near infrared therapy good for back and disc injury?" I think it's good for everything and whether using the 250 watt heat lamps, or the near infrared LEDs, I think both are effective. And I think ideally, you want to mix visible red with the near and mid far infrared. That's the GembaRed light that I mentioned earlier, it has all three of those incorporated into it.
Matthew Blackburn 37:51
"What's a good start for someone who hasn't taken or looked into vitamin C at all?" I think starting low is always good with the new supplements so try 600 milligrams, every hour, every few hours. If you want to jump in, then it's about one gram every hour or two. I think it's really good to take an assessment of your EMF environment, do you live in a big city? If you check that box, then your vitamin C requirements are way higher. If you've been stressed, or you are stressed now, your vitamin C requirements are way higher. If you're a human being on planet Earth, at this moment in history, then your vitamin C requirements are way higher than the small RDA of 90 milligrams. If you've had mood issues, if you've had schizophrenia in your family, or depression, or anxiety, or you've experienced any of those yourself, any mood disturbances, psychological issues, a lot of that could be excess dopamine. A lot of people talk about dopamine deficiency, but not a lot of people talk about dopamine excess, which is just as big of an issue if not more so than dopamine deficiency. And I never see this talked about with regards to vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, that it helps to detoxify excess dopamine and convert most of it into norepinephrine and some into epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. So vitamin C's effect on neurotransmitters is huge. It does it in two major ways, it maintains the activity of tyrosine hydroxylase by recycling it's a central cofactor called tetrahydrobiopterin. And then two: it gives an electron to dopamine beta hydroxylase, allowing it to hydroxylase dopamine to form norepinephrine. If these didn't happen, we would be in a lot of trouble with our mood. So ascorbic acid is facilitating a lot about our mood. And it could even send us to the psych ward, too high of dopamine causes hallucinations and paranoia. Those are already common now with children starting cannabis use at the age of 12, I saw that when I taught at a juvenile detention facility for four years. That's going to do a number on the brain and cause all sorts of issues, especially paranoia. But when that's compounded and stacked with iron deficiencies, zinc deficiency, heavy metal toxicity, then that's just going to add fuel to the fire and create tons of psychological problems.
Matthew Blackburn 41:15
There's been a lot of questions about buffered vitamin C. So sodium ascorbate, versus ascorbic acid. It's my understanding that sodium ascorbate is best used in IV form. A lot of IV nurses will buffer their ascorbic acid to raise the PH using sodium hydroxide and different alkalizing agents. I think ascorbic acids better as an oral vitamin C supplement, because it has those redox balancing effects that SA, sodium ascorbate does not have. I know that a lot of people's guts are messed up. I've experienced low stomach acid for a long time. So ascorbic acid being a weak acid has only benefited my gut health and our gut bacteria actually love ascorbic acid, they soak it up. That's another benefit of taking ascorbic acid orally versus IV is you're actually improving your gut health by taking ascorbic acid by mouth. I found an interesting study from 2021. It's called, "Vitamin C Supplementation in Healthy Individuals Leads to Shifts of Bacterial Populations in the Gut-A Pilot Study" And that's available publicly for free. I'll just read the conclusion. Here. "In conclusion, this human pilot study demonstrates that supplementation of high-dose vitamin C can manipulate the gut microbiota composition, leading to shifts of bacterial populations in the gut. This alteration of the gut microbiota composition and its associated anti-inflammatory effects with, for example, butyrate production may potentially be beneficial for a variety of diseases characterized by disturbed gut microbiota homeostasis, e.g., IBD, metabolic, cardiovascular and neurological diseases." So that's a fascinating study to read if you want to hear how vitamin C influences our gut microbes, it's in a positive way. And I think it overall upgrades the health of our intestinal tract.
Matthew Blackburn 43:43
"Best supplements for hormonal acne?" I would use the fat soluble vitamins, cod liver oil, vitamin E, vitamin K2, vitamin C, and B complex would also be beneficial really just all the vitamins, Shilajit for the minerals, keep your stress low or do what you can to support the system, red light therapy, having a nightly routine that winds you down before bed.
Matthew Blackburn 44:18
Your thoughts on BPC-157? I've tried a few different brands of the tincture. I haven't noticed too much. Some people have said that's fully healed their gut. I've not noticed huge shifts like that. It is a very expensive supplement and I'm still experimenting with it to see if I noticed anything.
Matthew Blackburn 44:39
"Are you still supplementing copper or is that on pause until your ferritin is at a better level?" I'm now a believer in HTMA, I was skeptical but when I looked at my levels, everything was high that I was supplementing. So it's definitely accurate and I really only megadose copper for about a month. Outside of that month, I was taking 10 to 20 milligrams a day, which is not a huge amount, to me huge amount is when you get above 40 milligrams a day, which I did pretty consistently for a month. How much of that was I absorbing is another question. But now I am more a fan of zinc, especially based on my personal HTMA results. Looks like there is a zinc deficiency there. And while I was taking zinc with a high dose copper, I don't think it was enough to balance it out. So now I'm doing the reverse, I'm taking a lot more zinc, than copper and feeling really good.
Matthew Blackburn 45:52
This is a good question to end on, "Share your social media phone break and the power of being present with life, instead" I think that's the source of a lot of people's health issues is just having their face glued to the screen, whether it's consuming drama, or consuming reels, or just mindlessly scrolling. I think that's doing serious brain damage and most people are not mitigating that with consistent vitamin C use, and B vitamins and all the things it takes to resist that stress, which the phone and that screen and the scrolling is a stressor. So taking frequent breaks, is really important for physical health for psychological health. It's funny how things seem so amplified on social media or on the phone but as soon as you turn off the phone and get off of it for a few days, you often don't want to go back to it. And it seems so silly that you put so much of your energy into whatever it is, debating someone or fighting people online. It all becomes very comical when you actually get back to reality and get back to real life and get back to face to face human interactions with loved ones and friends in person. Because that's real. And I think a big agenda is to get people to make these connections, like in the metaverse to where they're forming supposedly bonds with people online that they've never met before in person. And those bonds are often stronger than bonds with people they have in person, which is a real issue that's flipped of how it should be. So the internet's been invaluable for me to research and learn new information, and learn about new technologies and supplements and protocols and ideas. It's all been very fun and useful. But we have to remember that we're not designed to have this amount of stimuli coming in every day, all day, it does burn us out. And what regenerates us is meaningful relationships in person, realizing that everything on that screen is not an emergency. You don't have to call that person right back. You don't have to respond to that text right back, you can simply set your phone down and walk away. And when you come back later, those messages will still be there. You can always call back that person. Technology has trained us to always be on call. And someone in my situation that is especially stressful and inhibits healing and health. You can't be healthy if you're always on call because your nervous system is always activated, you're always ready to respond. And that's not natural. That causes stress and accelerated aging. If want to talk about hair loss, the whole thing. So it's really important to build a healthy relationship with technology in your life. A lot of people set a curfew or the last hour of every night their phone is off the first hour it's off. I think this is especially easy if you have a family or you have a spouse or a partner that lives with you. That's a lot easier if you're by yourself, I think it's more of a challenge to do that. You don't have to do that necessarily, to experience optimal health, some people will tell you that that you have to take the first and last hour off of your phone. My opinion, as long as you take breaks throughout the day, or once a month, or whatever the cadence is, that is so important. It's done more than any supplement or device for my health, to take time off of the screen and to realize that people can wait, whether that's people on social media, your friends, even your family, your mental and emotional health is really important and if you don't have that, you're useless to everyone. You can't help anyone. You're not going to have good interactions with people. So you have to cultivate that piece, and it begins off of your phone. So that's it for the Q&A, I do longer Q&A's on the Mitolife Academy that's $15 a month, you can find that on YouTube. If you want to check out my website, it's matt-blackburn.com. I just updated the CLF protocol, click that at the top. It stands for Calcification, Lipofuscin and Fibrosis, and that protocol has helped a lot of people to come back into balance. In combination with other things, I've had incredible testimonials about that. If you click on shop, you can see all of the recommended products that I use. And mitolife.co is my brand, you can find all of the Mitolife supplements there. The oyster just came back in stock. We have the new vitamin C in stock. And a lot of exciting things coming. The Purely K and the Magnesium we're working really hard to get those back. Dissolve-It-All should be back here in a week or two. And before the end of the year of the Purely K and the magnesium supplements will be back in stock. Thank you so much for listening. Appreciate your support. There's a new episode released here every Friday. See you guys next week. Stay supercharged.