“First of all, whatever supplement you take, if you can't pronounce it, don't take it. If it's not from a food, don't assume it's going to do the body good. It's a form of a chemical produced in a laboratory, and like any drug that you would take, there is also a downside to it. If you're taking it in a synthetic form, a chemical isolate, then it actually inhibits the free radical activity of what would be in a whole food form to do it…”
“…all the studies that you will see… they're studying these synthetic chemicals. They are not vitamins. They are industry's attempt to replicate something in a cheap form. I'm going to give you an example. I have mentioned before, ascorbic acid is the go-to form for vitamin C. Almost all ascorbic acid today comes from China. It used to come from laboratories in the US, but it's cheaper there. I can buy ascorbic acid for $4 a kilo. My vitamin C comes from pure organic acerola cherry that, by nature, is 25% whole food vitamin C. Now, to get 100% vitamin C, then I'd have to four times that. I pay $116 a kilo for it... That's why I don't really put my product on-shelf because you can't explain why it is what it is. That's why, I do things like I'm doing, to explain people the difference between a synthetic chemical isolate produced in a laboratory with a name vitamin C versus something from whole foods that does the body good.”
Frank is the CEO of Optivida Health, which uses cutting-edge technology and specific sourcing to provide natural wellness supplements that turn fresh fruits and vegetables into powder with minimal loss of nutrients, colors, or flavor.
It’s no secret our food is grown in nutrient-deficient soils, treated with herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, and then transported thousands of miles over weeks of time before arriving in our grocery stores. Over time, temperature and distance, the nutritional value of all foods degrades.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, we touch on the state of US nutrition, agriculture practices, “food as medicine,” the supplements industry and the how difference between commonly found synthetic vitamins and minerals in our foods and multivitamins are so very different than those found in whole foods.
One more thing - Frank was also nice enough to offer a discount to The Matt Feret Show listeners – type in FERET15 at checkout to get 15% off at https://www.optividahealth.com Thanks, Frank!
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“What goes on in this country but worldwide, is it's not about preserving, and the nutrient integrity of the plant. It is about speed to market, it's about money, it's about... That's the industry. So, what do we do? Everybody turns to supplementation. They think, okay, I might not be getting all those things, but I'll take some pills and I'll cover the gamut. I'll get this. I'll only need one of these a day, and only that. I look at the supplement industry, in a similar fact, I think it's even worse than the state of our farming, and agriculture industry. ”
- Frank Davis
“The less processed food you can eat, the better. The more you can eat raw, the more you can eat organic, the more you can grow it yourself, the better you're going to be. I'm 100% convinced, if you give your body the right nutrients, it will work miracles. I use the analogy I said, most of us are operating on four cylinders, because we're giving our body four-cylinder fuel. We have no idea; we were created with eight. We're so used to operating at less than our capacity.”
“The optimal is, if you were growing this produce in your backyard, or growing organically, and then you were able to harvest it and consume it within six hours. Because within six hours after you harvest, the oxidation process begins, where you start slowly degrading the nutrient value of the food. The longer it's in transport, the longer it is before you eat it, the less nutrient value you're getting out of it."
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00:00 The Matt Feret Show Introduction.
02:00 Frank Davis introduction and background.
09:38 Frank discovers “Food as Medicine.”
11:15 How nutrients in food degrade over time.
15:36 Organic, flash-freezing and farmer’s market are best, but not perfect.
17:13 Nutrient value story sourcing from a family farm.
18:49 Optivida Health’s strict process.
23:49 Fortified food vs. real whole food.
26:01 Lab chemical vitamins vs. natural vitamins.
28:01 Advertising whole food tricks and labels.
33:44 Frank’s personal health and healing power.
39:12 What’s actually in Frank’s nutrition supplements!
42:58 How to find Frank and his team on the internet.
44:03 “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t take it.”
48:40 Complete Essentials
50:34 Be very selective what you put in your body.
54:25 The Matt Feret Show wrap
“There are very few people today who just have a 40-hour a week job and that's their only source of income. I mean, we're approaching like 60-70% of people who have traditional jobs who do have a side hustle. They have something they're experimenting with on the side, and I very, very much encourage that, and I've got a process that whereby I say, "If you use 15 hours a week in your side hustle, you can be very successful." And really what I lay out is a plan whereby I expect somebody to be able to replicate their ordinary salary within six months if they really have an idea that's viable and move in that direction.”
“Now, here's what happens. People say, "Well, I want to start a side hustle." And so, they start reading books, they list the podcasts, they go to conferences, and six months later they have their head full of knowledge, but they've never generated a penny. See, that's not where I want people. I want people to have something where you're generating money right away. So, there must be a split, a division in how you're using your time, so it's not just more and more learning. You can't keep doing that. You also have to be creating something.”
Lots of people have dreams of being their own boss — but feel terrified of giving up the security of a paycheck. It makes sense. You’re a professional. You’ve done what you’ve “supposed” to do - got a degree or two, landed a job, which turned into a career, built a life – maybe not where you thought you’d be, but you’re by all counts, you’re “successful.” Now what? If you’ve reached a certain age or stage, but secretly you're starting to get tired of the grind and would love to start something new, this episode is for you. Dan Miller and his team at 48 Days specialize in helping professionals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources, and achieve balanced living for increased personal and business success.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, we’ll talk about how successful people with good incomes and fancy job titles can actually find themselves trapped, unwilling to embrace a desired change. And what you can do to go about fixing that.
“I talk to 27-year-olds who think "I majored in the wrong thing in college" or "I am in my third year in law school, and I realize I don't want to go in that direction" and they imply, "Gee, I made a mistake there, so now I'm just going to have to kind of coast into the grave." And I think, "Oh my gosh, you aren't old enough to even ask the right questions yet." Value your life experience. If you take a fresh look at it at 45, 55, 75, that's fine. It's exciting to see what's going to be coming next, what are the next three years going to unfold, so never too late to have a new beginning.”
- Dan Miller
“I had doctors, attorneys, dentists, accountants, pastors, engineers coming and I'm like, "What are you guys doing here?" They're like, "Well, things are going okay. Everybody sees me as doing okay and I am, but I think I live in somebody else's dream. I'm not sure this is really it for me." That's the space that I moved into, and I've spent 30 years there helping those people who by all outward appearances are doing great, but they're saying, "You know what? I think there's something else. I think there's the dream I had back when I was a kid that I haven't really acted on. I got caught up in doing what was practical and responsible, and here I am, but I'd like to see a new chapter in my life."
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02:00 Dan Miller introduction.
03:43 Career transitions in middle age.
06:43 The Millionaire Next Door vs. reality.
10:11 Golden handcuffs vs. entrepreneurship.
12:18 How professionals can think about side hustles.
17:23 Values, dreams, and passions - recurring themes when you were in the “zone.”
20:45 My AC kicks on and interrupts the podcast (Ha!).
23:48 K-12 Education prepares us for… what, exactly?
33:37 Layoffs might be the perfect time to jump into entrepreneurship.
38:28 The illusion of job security.
42:13 Dan’s a fan of side hustles.
46:19 How to find Dan and his team on the internet.
50:37 The Matt Feret Show wrap.
“The other type of growing in a relationship, and it can be for men or women, is what if you do have a childhood wound? Do you want to grow beyond it, or do you want that wound to get expressed in your marriage? And if it's getting expressed in your marriage, what kind of pain is that bringing to the table? So, if couples take the time, even if they think they will have one foot out the door, to really express and learn about the five secrets, they can come to some recognition that there are things missing in their relationship that they'd like to have. And the truth is it's not about whether your partner is going to bring it. It's about whether you're going to bring it to your partner because the minute you do, the entire tone of the marriage changes.”
- Ana Mann
Ana Mann is an educator, therapist, corporate trainer, speaker, and relationship coach. Her husband John Mann is the coauthor of more than 30 books, including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers. His 2008 parable The Go-Giver (coauthored with Bob Burg) earned the 2017 Living Now Book Award’s “Evergreen Medal” for its “contribution to positive global change.” His debut novel, Steel Fear, was nominated for a Barry Award.
Put the two together, and you’ve got the makings of a wonderful take on making marriage work over the long haul: The Go-Giver Marriage.
You’ve heard the phrase – marriage is a journey. On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, John and Ana talk about how to keep a marriage flourishing, how it can break down, how to rekindle it, how relationships evolve over time and its impact on family members, and how individuals evolve within a marriage.
“People wake up, it's been 25 years, they don't know the person that they're sleeping next to really and/or something about the relationship has really dried up or died and they don't know how to rekindle it. And so, the kids are old enough that they think they'll survive it and/or they're out of the house and so they just decide to hang it up. They're facing the decision of do I stay in this marriage until I die, or do I want to start a new life right now and have a different last 20 years or last 25 years?"
“There are simple things. It's so easy to just find those three things to appreciate per day, but it's so easy not to do, especially as you say, when everything is going pretty well okay. It's like, why do I even think of telling my wife how much I appreciate her, because she knows that? We're happy together. She knows how much I love her, because we courted and I told her a hundred times a day how crazy I was about her, and now we're married and life is good, and we've got other challenges, as we all do.
And there's this quote in the book, Warren Buffett says when the tide goes out that you find out who has been swimming naked. And marriage is like that. It's when trouble happens, when someone loses a job or when someone breaks a bone or someone has an illness or when one of our parents dies or when something catastrophic or even just highly stressful happens in our life, that's when we find out how our relationship is, how strong it is.”
- John Mann
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00:00 The Matt Feret Show Introduction
02:00 John and Ana Mann, co-author introductions.
03:53 Why John and Ana wrote the Go-Giver Marriage.
06:43 The COVID Divorce Boom.
08:28 The Gray Divorce Epidemic.
12:35 How marriages must evolve to survive.
16:57 Gray divorce impact on family and kids.
26:56 Fading love, saying thank you and paying attention during a marriage.
37:06 Is it ever too late?
42:48 Starting over after a divorce.
53:04 The Matt Feret Show Wrap
“I woke up in the middle of the night and thought, "I'm going to name my boobs and they're going to be boobs, and they're going to be called Agnes and Bea, A and B." And then I was like, "Agnes, Bea, Cancer and Me. So, in the morning I was like, "Yeah, Agnes. Agony, Agnes. And I hate Agnes because she had cancer." And it made me separate a body part from me. I was angry. Throughout the book, I'm angry with Agnes because she's done her cell division incorrectly and I'm mad at her. And then she's passed on those bad calculations to Larry the lymph node, and he's doing the same thing, and it's all gone bad. And I somehow enjoyed disconnecting it from me. A cancer journey everybody thinks should be really, really sad, and there is a lot of sadness about it. But I think sometimes, you've just got to build on something. And for me, it was that humor. And to be angry with Agnes was brilliant. I had somebody to target my anger at, and I did."
- Helen Bullen
Hellen Bullen’s life was all going to plan. She’d put in years as an Osteopathic Doctor, ran a successful large practice and had retired early. Right as she was on the cusp of launching her own business, she got a surprising wake-up call – an aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis.
As you’re about to hear, Helen very much thinks a positive mental outlook including large doses of humor helped her, her family and her friends all navigate her cancer journey.
The book she’s written a book about her experience, “Agnes, Bea, Cancer & Me” (you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out how she came up with that title, and it’s pretty funny) is an honest, open, amusing, thoughtful, tearful, and as she puts it, “Kindly blunt” account of her journey.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, you’ll hear Helen’s suggested approach to dealing with a cancer diagnosis, how caregivers, family and friends need a little guidance as well and above all, how to help others going through cancer treatment. From the type of cancer they have, to the multitude of treatments they can receive, everyone’s cancer journey is their own, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. This is Helen’s journey, and her advice is based on her own experience and as you’ll hear she very much hopes it brings support, hope, and some laughter to all who listen to it.
“I remember reading something once and it said, "Let yourself have a breakdown, but do it for five or 10 minutes or do it for half a day." And I came up with a quote years ago for my business group, and I'm going to give you a cleaner version. Negativity feels awful. It will never make anything better, so don't do it. And although that's really simple, actually that always has helped me. It's like, "Well I could be really miserable over here. Or if this is going to be the end of my life, I may as well enjoy, I may as well try and get some joy out of what I'm doing, because there's no point lying in a place feeling terrible. Coming back to my medical background, if somebody feels really that bad and terrible, please see your doctor, if you're in a black place you can't get out of. That is not where I was. I was in a place where I could say, "Right come on, get your butt up." Even if we just go out the door and sit on the wall at the end of my garden, I'm just going to get some fresh air, and I'm going to listen to some good music.
“I think it's just maybe being in contact, sending a little message, and doing it for... One friend sent me flowers every month. She got a subscription going. So, every month, I had flowers arrive with a little message from her. Perfect. Another friend, every time I went to chemo on day three or four, or normally both, she'd say, "How you doing today? Tell me honestly. And if you want something I can pop it over." That was really nice. Somebody sent me cards. Somebody in America sent me cards saying, "I'm really proud of you." I quite like that. I think I reverted back to being a child. I was like, "Well, you're proud of me." But again, that could trigger somebody else. So it's not necessarily right. I just felt like it was my mum talking to me again, "I'm proud of you." Whereas all my mum said to me was, "My friend had got it and she's fine." I went, "Okay." Because people tell you that a lot as well. They try and tell you stories of other people they know that have got cancer that made it through fine. And that is great. But when you're in the place that you don't know, it's quite hard to listen to those stories. All the worst one was, "My aunt had that and she died." I was like, "Thanks." But I laughed at that one.”
Kindly Blunt a Podcast by Helen Bullen
Agnes, Bea, Cancer & Me
I’ve Got Your Back
00:00 The Matt Feret Show Intro
02:21 Helen’s background as an osteopathic doctor and entrepreneur.
03:38 Helen’s retirement and being a business mentor.
05:08 Helen’s two books, including Agnes, Bea, Cancer and Me!
06:08 Helen’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2021.
09:37 The diagnosis and the denial.
11:28 How Helen’s brain processed a Stage 3 cancer diagnosis and processing it.
14:30 Going from shock and tears to a bit of humor.
16:04 How humor helped Helen deal with treatment and outlook.
18:42 Self-care, positive podcasts and connecting with people.
21:14 The importance of a support structure.
24:10 “There’s no wrong way to handle cancer.”
26:04 How to help and empathize with a friend or acquaintance with cancer.
31:08 How Helen approached the dark days.
36:54 How a cancer diagnosis woke Helen up to life.
43:08 “I don't want people to feel sorry for me, or pity me, or worry about me.”
46:00 If something doesn’t feel right, get it checked right away.
47:20 How Helen came up with the title of her latest book.
50:54 Writing as therapeutic outlet for Helen.
47:30 “A marriage ending doesn’t mean it’s an end of life.”
48:44 Getting to know yourself, getting help, asking for help if you need it.
52:43 The Matt Feret Show Wrap
“If you go to my website, Natren.com, it tells you how to read a probiotic label. So, what is the most important thing in the probiotic? That you know exactly who was the researcher and formulator of that product, and why did they choose those microorganisms? What's happened now is that because of mass marketing and bulk manufacturing practices, they throw a bunch of bacteria together to assault the poor consumer, not knowing what the mix of bacteria is. They just think, "Oh, the more bacteria in there, the better for me. The higher the potency, the better for me." Nothing can be further than truth because bacteria are smarter than we are. And you have to know exactly what bacteria you're choosing. Has it been in the literature for a hundred years or more? Has it evolved with us as a human species forever? Is it part of our original probiotic flora and has it been safe under all and any conditions? You don't know those factors; you're really playing a wild card here. You have no exact knowledge of if that probiotic product will do you any good or will it just evacuate your system.”
- Natasha Trenev
Natatsha Trenev has been called the “Mother of Probiotics.” Her lifelong passion is researching, developing and spreading the word about the many benefits of probiotics – but also – the correct kind of probiotics. Not all probiotics are the same and she goes to great length to explain what to look for.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, hear how Natasha’s decades of experience has shaped the probiotic industry and her profound contributions to probiotic beneficial bacteria supplementation, which can influence every aspect of your physical, mental, emotional, skin, and organ health.
“Online or in a real health food store that has a real live nutritionist walking the aisle of the store is one of your best bets. But here's what you can eliminate. Since I am a probiotic expert, I'm going to tell you what to eliminate first. Do not buy anything that tells you it's shelf stable. It's a bogus statement because when they're talking about shelf stability, they're talking about a temperature of 72 degrees, which does not exist in transportation, warehousing, or even with an ignorant consumer who says, "Oh, this is shelf stable," and they throw it in a hot car, or they put it on the window still, or they put it close to a heater. That bacteria is basically dead by the time you buy it off the shelf or if it has anything in there, it's some cheap bacteria that they've compressed in there at large numbers so that something comes up in the lab report, which is not what you want to be paying for.
So, believe me, as a 54-year veteran, forget about the so-called shelf stable. It's an illusion, not going to give you bacteria. They're going to survive your stomach and your bile and really make an impact in your GI tract.”
“Nobody really complies with any labeling standard. They comply with most of it or some of it, but they don't truly comply with the labeling standard. And that labeling standard was first affirmed in 1989 by the entire membership of an organization called the National Nutritional Foods Association. About 5,000 members of retailers, manufacturers, brokers, distributors, educators, all voted for that standard and passed it in 1989, and then it was readily ignored. And then they came back to me in 1994 to prepare another standard, which eventually got read into Congressional Record to pass something called the DSHEA Amendment. So, without understanding that labeling standard, you're really just wasting your money and time.
So, I’m not here just to promote my own brand because that's not my purpose in life. My purpose in life is to educate. And that's why I went into the business because I couldn't persuade anybody to do the right things because it's difficult, not an easy way to make money, and most people don't want to deal with it. So that's what I'm saying. The times now are too serious for people to be wasting their money or thinking they can get a cheap product that's going to do them any good. It's like I said, if you're initiating skydiving and now you want to save money and you buy a cheap parachute, not a good idea.”
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01:45 Natasha’s over 40 years of experience and background in the probiotic field
03:06: Categories of probiotics.
05:18 Labels, standards, additives and how to look for probiotic certifications.
09:47 Probiotics in food.
11:16 Shelf-life and packaging in the probiotic product field.
11:34 Probiotics and yogurt.
14:05 How do you find the “good” probiotics and avoid the “bad?”
12:40 The percentage of probiotic products meet Natasha’s labeling and guidelines.
18:16 Do I need probiotics in my life?
22:12 What will I feel when I start taking probiotics?
25:12 Do probiotics impact my mental health?
28:18 Pregnancy and probiotics
30:48 At what age should I start taking probiotics?
33:12 How to find Natasha and Natren on the internet.
38:58 The Matt Feret Show Wrap
“Are you tired? If you wake up every day exhausted, and you've been tested for things like sleep apnea, it's not something like that, it's your bed, or you feel aches and pains. This is for people of all ages, but lower back pain can be exacerbated or caused by an improper mattress, or you're a side sleeper and you're sleeping on a firm mattress, and you feel pain the morning on your shoulders and your hips, probably time to upgrade to something more fitted to your style or a new mattress just all together.”
- Marten Carlson
How much should you spend on a mattress? How long do you keep a mattress? What kind of pillows and bedding best promote sleep health? Back sleeper? Side sleeper? Stomach sleeper like me? Marten Carlson of Mattress Clarity has reviewed hundreds of mattresses, pillows, and other types of bedding. His articles on sleep science has helped thousands of people understand the importance of healthy sleep.
On this episode of The Matt Feret Show, learn how to properly assess and customize your sleeping setup, how to research buying a mattress, what these new “bed in a box” mattresses are all about, and a ton of other helpful hints to improving your sleep.
“I don't go too crazy for, I don't like to spend a lot on bedding, honestly. Personally, anything over $200 for a set of sheets I'm like, no. I think it's worth it when you think of durability, like long staple cotton, or Egyptian cotton will last longer. You're going to have fewer issues sometimes with types with pilling. So, the more you wash it, you don't want it to start to fray. I don't go too deep, again, on thread count. I'm not as, to be honest, not as much of a bedding guy's mattress, but in my experience, I try to stay away from things that are too much and expensive. We reviewed $500 sheets, and it's nice, I guess, but it's like nice scotch, I don't think I'm sophisticated enough to feel the difference.”
“I would say generally the minimum for me would be about $800. There are some brands that I have tried a queen size, and I'm talking queen size is usually what I use to compare, $800 I think you could still get a good quality. You get below that and, like you said, you're going to be dealing with durability issues, this might not last as long, not the best investment. Anything, in my experience, over 3000, I have not seen an insane jump in quality. I know there's that $10,000 Swedish mattress that has real horsehair in it, it's handmade, and I'd love to try it, just for information's sake or just curiosity's sake. But like any kind of item, when you get into the luxury end, it's more about looking at what we have in the bed versus this is actually going to give you a better sleep. There are leather couches that are going to be less comfortable than just some basic polyfoam couch. It's all about what you want, and if you have the money to spend. But yeah, I think $10,000 is crazy.”
00:00 The Matt Feret Show Intro.
01:37 Marten’s background as lead reviewer at Mattress Clarity.
03:23: When should I replace my mattress?
05:17 How to start shopping for a new mattress.
08:23 What kind of sleeper are you?
10:33 How to I find the best mattress rankings?
15:57 Should you shop at a retail mattress store?
17:23 What’s a bed-in-a-box?
19:49 Can you really return a mattress?
22:58 All about pillows?
25:16 How to train your body to sleep in the correct position.
27:08 Adjustable beds.
27:35 A negative fixed mindset about retirement.
28:18 Smokey and the Bandit reference (awesome).
30:30 All about bedding!
33:47 Sleep divorce issues and bedding.
35:00 The aging process and making sure you have the right sleep setup.
38:58 How much money should you spend on a new mattress?
47:30 Listen to your body; it’ll tell you whether or not you need a new sleep setup.
45:58 The Matt Feret Show Wrap
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