“There is more out there than what your physician is telling you. They have your best interest in mind, but they have education and training that is in a fairly narrow area. And if I've done my job, it's sort of to expand your listeners' minds about what is possible in the realm of natural and alternative medicine. And hopefully do it in a way that is science-validated, evidence-based, and not the kind of dismissive quackery that a lot of doctors will try to convince you that it is.”
- Dr. Josh Levitt
Dr. Josh Levitt is a naturopathic physician with over 20 years of direct clinical experience with thousands of patients. He’s has helped thousands of people find natural solutions to common, chronic conditions like inflammation, muscle tension, biomechanics and posture, and pain management.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, you’ll get an insider’s guide to Dr. Josh’s approach to total wellness using natural solutions.
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“Turmeric or curcumin, the active ingredient inside turmeric is amazingly useful as an anti-inflammatory compound. Boswellia is a resin from a tree, it's commonly known as frankincense, also very effective anti-inflammatory, which may even have some cartilage resurfacing capability at a microscopic level. Bromelain, which is an antifibrotic enzyme, breaking up scar tissue. Magnesium decreasing muscle tension in joints. I mean, these are the kinds of things that can be employed as a protocol that can get somebody who has a severe pain situation, not just mild, completely out of pain without any of those intensive Western medical interventions. I've seen these hundreds and hundreds of times.”
“In Europe, in many of the Western European countries, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the use of herbal medicine remains first-line therapy. I mean, it's very common for what we would think of as Western medical doctors, MD type of doctors, to recommend herbal or nutritional approaches first. And that was true 25 years ago. It's certainly still true now. And the way I like to think about this, and I don't know, maybe this is a kind of an uniqueness to America, and it applies not just in medicine, but in other sectors as well, we have a fascination with the new.”
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00:00 The Matt Feret Show Intro
00:45 Prepare for Social Security book launch announcement!
01:06: Dr. Josh Levitt introduction.
02:05 Dr. Josh Levitt background.
04:09 Eastern vs. Western medicine and naturopathic medicine.
09:50 American billing practices and its effect on treatment protocol.
13:45 The appeal of the “flamethrower” approach in Western medicine.
14:26 OTC herbal and natural solutions to joint pain.
18:06 An alternative approach to knee and foot pain.
24:00 How to identify a good naturopathic doctor.
27:29 Preventive natural homeopathic supplement use.
28:38 Spices and fish oil as supplements.
31:04 Old injuries, excessive inflammation, muscular tension, joint pain and fibrosis.
33:13 All about inflammation. Is it all bad?
38:33 Annual physicals and special blood test recommendations.
40:09 OTC Supplement quality issues example.
44:01 Differences in European vs. American regulation for supplements and herbal treatments.
48:22 Common health markers to measure and potentially supplement for.
50:58 Supplements: Powder, pill or liquid?
54:50 The Matt Feret Show Wrap
Loneliness, Contentment and Inner Peace with Speaker, Author and Health Food Entrepreneur Udo Erasmus
Udo Erasmus is a fascinating health, wellness, spiritual and human nature educator. Udo is the co-founder of Udo’s Choice line, which can be found in Whole Foods and other health food stores worldwide. He was born in Europe shortly after World War Two and was immediately subjected to unspeakable trauma, tragedy and danger.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, you’ll get an insider’s guide to Udo’s journey from losing everything to spending a lifetime of discovery, faith, teaching and providing others the foundations of health, peace, and harmony.
"What we should be doing is sitting quietly in the heartache, in that feeling, because it's so close to where your wholeness lives, because your wholeness lives. Now, this is true for every human being on the planet. No matter what language they speak, which gender they are, what race they are, this is part of the way a human being is built. When you get disconnected from being present in the space your body occupies, then a pain goes with that. It's like hunger for food, thirst for water, need to breathe for air. This is need to feel whole for wholeness, for unconditional love."
- Udo Erasmus
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00:00 Intro to The Matt Feret Show.
01:42 Breathing and meditation.
02:25 Loneliness, longing, and ache.
05:05 Udo's childhood trauma.
09:56 Heartache and heartbreak.
14:50 Doing "nothing" hard.
17:15 Shifting your focus from trauma and pain.
18:08 Udo on focusing.
22:50 Udo on mindfulness and meditation.
26:11 Udo on processing change.
30:38 Your mind is always 50% for you, and 50% against you.
32:37 How to start practicing inner peace.
37:17 Udo's book suggestions.
41:31 Udo's Choice Oils background.
44:41 How to find Udo on the internet.
47:54 The Matt Feret Show Close
Entrepreneur, HSN/QVC Personality and Author Diane Gilman on Inspiring Women for Second and Third Act
Entrepreneur, HSN/QVC Personality and Author Diane Gilman on Inspiring Women for Second and Third Act “I'm always dealing with something, learning something new, trying to keep the audience alive. And then last year, I just thought, "Okay, you're going to turn 78. Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life because you can, or do you want to challenge yourself?" And I thought, "What were you when you were a young woman?" I was determined. I was more than willing to be an explorer and carve a whole new path for myself. I was adventuresome. I was brave. I didn't necessarily listen to outside extraneous noise. It was like, "La, la, la. I'm just going to do it." And I thought, "Why are you not that now?”
- Diane Gilman
Wondering about your second act? How about your third? Diane Gilman is 77 years young and celebrating her most successful years yet! An inspiration for women for decades, in 2020 she surpassed $100 million in sales of her signature DG2 jeans at the age of 74.
Her book, “Good Jeans,” is a self-help book for women with advice on aging joyfully and productively. Her latest book “Too Young to be Old,” is another on conquering life’s challenges to live a “third act” filled with fulfillment.
This episode of The Matt Feret Show will give you an insider’s guide to how she did it and how her life continues to be an inspiration for all. Enjoy!
“I really think my purpose and my goals are almost to give women permission to be their new self. I'm not going to say, "Oh, 77 is the new 60." It's not. But 77 is the new 77, and nobody knows that better than me because I waited forever in a career until I was 60 years old to become a star designer.”
“Go where you are appreciated. In other words, for me, even doing a hundred million dollars a year in fashion sales, if I went to a big corporation and said, "I can make you a fortune in fashion. Let me design a line or be the consultant or be the head consultation designer," they would look me up and down and their thought would be, "What? She's too old. Fashion is all about the young." So I would say, first of all, don't go for a corporation past 55 years old, unless you're Jeff Bezos or something. They're never going to appreciate you. They're going to just see you and think to themselves, "I could hire someone half her age who is half is expensive and get double the work out of her." They don't ever think about all your accrued knowledge.”
00:01:54 Diane’s light bulb moment.
00:03:24 Diane’s early life.
00:05:49 Diane moves to NYC!
00:09:03 How Diane began her HSN/QVC journey.
00:12:31 How Diane started DG2 Jeans
00:16:25 Diane’s drive.
00:13:10 How to think about your third act.
00:23:14 Diane’s lessons learned from cancer and family relationships.
00:36:53 Diane’s approach to goals and passions.
00:42:02 Diane’s fear of failure.
00:46:36 Diane’s advice for women considering their second or third act.
00:52:45 Show Wrap!
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Too Young to be Old – Diane Gilman
Online Course Creation - Monetize Your Work and Life Experience with Lucas Marino D.Eng., PMP
“You need to be confident you can do this. You have come a long way. You have learned tons of things. You have done all kinds of things. You can do this. It may be a little intimidating at first, but it's really easy for you to figure out. You just give yourself some grace, give yourself some time and have fun with it. I think at this point in your life, you're an expert in something. You don't need to worry about mastering the topic. You've already done that.”
“Now you can just focus on how to get it in the right people's hands. And when that feels a little challenging or it feels a little arduous just remember that you can't quit. You have to help people. There's no quitting. You can do this, and someone needs you to do this. So, get out there, put your course together, write your book, launch your consulting business. Whatever the case is, do all of it if you want. Don't feel like you have to be the master of everything all at once. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just get started. Be confident knowing that you'll get there. It'll happen. And there's tons of resources to help you, and you can absolutely do this.”
- Lucas Marino D.Eng., PMP
Lucas Marino is a veteran, author and CEO of Marino Consulting Services, a company that helps individuals and organizations create and publish online training. On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, you’ll get an insider’s guide to creating, pricing, and launching an online course to monetize your life experience and skills.
“I think a lot of people when they start creating curriculum, they feel like I have to do this in its final form the first time, and that's not true. You can just jot it all out on a Word Document or on a Google Doc if you want, and you could create a video of you just talking about it. I have developed full courses talking into my phone and transcribing what I've said, just riffing off of a topic every day and then taking the transcript and then editing it, cutting out the stuff that doesn't need to be there, keeping the stuff that absolutely should be and using that as a way for me to get the information out of my head and onto paper, because some people are better at writing, some people are better at teaching and talking. Some people are better in certain settings. They say, do whatever works best for you to get the information out of your head onto paper and then use that in and put it into that outline, fill the outline, and then you have to start recording. It's just no two ways around it. You're either going to do video and audio or just audio. You can hire people to do animations. You can do animations yourself if you really want to learn that stuff. There are tons of options out there.”
- Lucas Marino D.Eng., PMP
“I have a five key points to a course development that I encourage everyone to follow.
The first one is to identify the ideal learner. Who are you going to educate?
The second is identify the problem that you're going to solve for that person.
The third is your solution. Is it a real solution to that problem? What you teach them, is it really going to solve their problem? How do you know that? How do you know it's a solution to their problem? And how do they know that it's a solution to their problem? That leads into your marketing down the road.
The fourth piece of this is, well, what outcome would they experience if this problem didn't exist in their life? If you help them solve this problem, what does that outcome look like? What does that person experience? How does their life get better? And you want to document that.
And then the fifth part is, well, what steps would they have to take to implement that solution and reach those outcomes?”
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00:02:13 Lucas’s background as a online course training entrepreneur.
00:03:49 Online courses and training 101
00:05:54 Learning management platforms and software
00:07:20 How to find, test and choose an online course learning management platform.
00:08:41 How to determine work and life experience can be converted into a course.
00:10:16 Doing market research for course viability.
00:13:10 Online courses, teaching and supply and demand.
00:15:42 When to hire a firm to help you with online course development.
00:18:20 “Riches are in the Niches.”
00:24:50 Using live training and social media to test your course ideas
00:28:01 Determining your audience: Direct-to-consumer or business?
00:29:30 The five key points to online course development.
00:34:34 People and businesses buy outcomes.
00:37:29 Equipment needed for online course creation.
00:41:34 How long should an online course be?
00:44:51 Online course pricing and how much money you can make.
00:46:38 The Four Keys to Online Course Pricing.
00:51:00 The relationship between volume and price.
00:52:31 Downstream benefits of creating an online course.
00:57:59 Lucas’s businesses and what they do.
00:58:47 I have an online course idea; now what? How to get started.
01:00:30 Developing a Minimally Viable Product and outsourcing thoughts.
01:03:33 How to contact Lucas and find his books!
01:04:45 Lucas promotes my books, courses and resources and I get embarrassed.
01:06:58 Confidence is the toughest hurdle to overcome in online course creation.
01:09:15 Show Wrap!
Physical Therapy Tips for Older Adults and Caregivers with Dr. Beth Williamson, DPT
“I think a lot of people avoid physical therapy or avoid going to the doctor because they're afraid that that's exactly what the doctor or the physical therapist is going to say to them; "Nope, you can't do that anymore. We're going to take that away from you."
“Just know that a good doctor and a good physical therapist will help you be as functional as you want to be in a safe way. Now, there are certainly things that might be taken away because they're contraindicated or they're just in general bad for your health. But for the most part, a good therapist and a good doctor will help you find a way around that or find new activities that you'll be happy with.”
- Dr. Beth Williamson, DPT
Dr. Beth Williamson is a physical therapist with a long history of getting people healthy. On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, you’ll get an insider’s guide to choosing a physical therapist, when to make a change, striking the right balance between doctor, surgeon and your physical therapist, and a caregiver’s most important role in physical therapy. We take a look at physical therapy outcomes and age, and touch on how limitations in insurance coverage for physical therapy can throw a wrench in your recovery journey.
“My biggest advice to caregivers is don't drop and leave. I'm not kidding. I see a lot of family members or just hired caregivers that are like, "Okay, here she is. Here he is." And then they walk out of the appointment. And it's like, "Wait a minute." Even when they're dropping off patients that are of sound mind and can remember things, I still think it's a good idea... You're caregiving for a reason. The patient can't drive, the patient can't remember, the patient can't physically get in and out of the house without you. There's some reason that you're there and they're not there by themselves. So, stay there and sit with the physical therapist and sit with the doctor and hear what they're saying so you are the second set of ears to help them navigate whatever they're going through.”
“I think that if your doctor has a specific therapist that they recommend, I would listen to them. I've built my practice on getting to know a lot of my physicians and I have three or four close physicians that send directly to me. So if you know that about the therapist, that's a good sign. If the doctor writes a specialty or you know you have had it in the past such as dry needling, active release technique, or if they have lymphedema specialty, you obviously want to look for those certifications.”
“I think it's also important to know the dynamic of how the clinic runs and what kind of care you want to receive. So if you're an athlete and you need a fast-paced clinic and you're okay with having multiple people in the same room at the same time and you're in that environment and that works for you, that's good. If you're somebody who's a little bit more private and you want to make sure they have a private treatment room and that they're seeing people maybe one-on-one, or they have a little bit of overlapping schedule and that's okay with you. So, I do think it's a good idea to look at the clinic and you can always just pop in and ask them.”
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00:01:44 Beth’s professional background and journey.
00:03:39 What Beth likes about Physical Therapy.
00:05:03 Time with a doctor vs. time with a physical therapist.
00:06:50 How to find a physical therapist that’s right for you.
00:11:28 Physical therapy and older adults.
00:13:34 PT recovery time as you age.
00:15:09 Balance issues and physical therapy.
00:18:13 Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi for balance issues.
00:20:53 Low back pain in older adults and physical therapy.
00:23:24 Spine issues and physical therapy.
00:25:30 Physical therapy and recovery timelines as you age.
00:26:59 Surgery vs. Physical Therapy.
00:29:09 Caregivers and Physical Therapy.
00:30:43 Insurance limitations and your physical therapy care plan.
00:32:34 Medicare and physical therapy
00:25:20 Show Wrap!
“It's really important to understand the reasons that you are doing estate planning and the goals and objectives. Down the line, it's going to save money, and it's going to save hard feelings and save your loved ones' time and energy to do this correctly. And if you can save money, whether it be tax-wise or administratively, I think it makes all the sense in the world to at least at some point... you don't have to think about it often, but every five to 10 years, you should be thinking about what you want to have survive you, and whether that's your own legacy in making sure that your ideas and thoughts are surviving you, which can be built into a plan, whether it's just monetary related...”
“Everyone's here for a certain amount of time and you want to be sure that that time is well spent and meaningful, but you also want to leave what you can to the next generation and be able to continue that legacy.”
- Bill Ellsworth, J.D.
Less than 50% of adults have a will, and only 33% have an estate plan. They're not just for "rich" people; not having a proper plan can cost thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal fees. Those fees could cost your family and estate even more than the cost of creating an estate plan! What's more, leaving assets and people behind without the right paperwork could cause enormous heartache, family conflict, and burden your loved ones with days, months - even years of estate settlement work if you become disabled or die.
Bill Ellsworth is an Estate Planning attorney who has spent years creating comprehensive estate plans for a wide range of incomes and ages. This episode of The Matt Feret Show will give you an insider’s guide to all the aspects and considerations of estate planning, including healthcare power of attorney, wills, trusts, special situations, and a whole lot more.
“The times that I see the most problems is when the planning hasn't gotten done or hasn't been thought through in the proper manner. So, if there are illiquid assets, and frankly, they haven't used an estate planning attorney, maybe they had someone else do these documents or they didn't get done at all, they never wanted to think about it, that's when there tends to be a power struggle, when there's a lot of shuffling, estates don't get administered in the timeframe that would be expected. I've seen estates drag on for 20 years.”
“When designating a healthcare power of attorney, I think it's important to try to think about your closest relations and then who you trust to be able to make these decisions. I like to tell clients that this is one of the roles that you definitely want to talk to, the person you're designating, before the need arises. Make sure that, number one, that they're comfortable with making these decisions on your behalf. Number two, make sure that they understand what you'd want those decisions to be, what it looks like as far as treatments. Is there any treatment that you've seen that you know you don't want? I've had clients tell me very specific treatments that they've had other loved ones go through that they know it's not worth it, they would never want that for themselves.”
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00:02:09 Bill’s professional background and specialization
00:03:21 What is estate planning?
00:06:46 When you need a will and what wills cover.
00:08:51 Wills, assets and age.
00:10:51 How wills and trusts work together.
00:12:02 Trusts and tax planning.
00:16:46 Should you DIY wills and trusts?
00:20:10 Estate planning and power of attorney.
00:22:12 Risks of not having power of attorney designations.
00:24:02 How to choose a healthcare power of attorney.
00:27:20 How to choose a property or financial power of attorney.
00:29:42 Beyond estate planning basics – premarital agreements and general asset protection.
00:30:43 Gifting trusts.
00:31:52 Irrevocable trusts and intentionally defective grantor trusts.
00:33:12 Estate planning with children.
00:39:51 Do you have to be present for the reading of a will?
00:42:08 Estate planning and family dynamics.
00:45:48 How do I make my passing easier on my family and heirs?
00:49:31 Show Wrap!
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