Biohacking Your Brain With Precision Medicine, Genomics, Psychedelics, Advanced Nutritional Strategies & Much More! – Ben Greenfield Fitness

Drs. Matt Dawson and Mike Mallin are the head honcho docs at Wild Health, with locations in Versailles, KY, and Bend, OR. I first interviewed these guys in the episode “How To Use Precision Medicine To Enhance Athletic Performance, Defy Aging, Balance Hormones, Fix The Heart & Much More.” then again in “Why Your DNA Is Worthless (& What You Need To Focus On Instead)“.

In this episode, they’re back to talk all things brain optimization, brain biohacking, and a medical-based precision genomics approach to upgrading the brain.

Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the Wild Health Podcast, and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app. Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity.

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing your mental clarity and mobility to keep up with your grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping you perform at your absolute peak.

Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the Wild Health Podcast. He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in emergency medicine in Salt Lake City, UT, where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance. Mike currently practices in Bend, OR, and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the Ultrasound Podcast, an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound.

In this podcast, we discuss the September brain biohacking event coming up in Lexington, KY, September 26-28 (use code BEN to save 20%).

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Matt and Mike’s work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic…10:30

-Tests that determine cognitive function…19:10

  • “No biohacking before the basics”
  • DNA, genomics, etc. to get a full picture of the health
  • Scoring system takes into account cardiovascular health, insulin resistance, inflammation, cancer risks, and other metrics
  • You get to a certain point when you’re considered “optimized” and ready for more advanced brain tests
  • Examine both genotype and phenotype
  • APOe4 most associated with Alzheimer’s; many more SNPs associated with Alzheimer’s
  • Don’t examine specific SNPs individually
  • Tissue necrosis factor (TNF) + APOe4 gene elevates risk of Alzheimer’s by 6x
  • TNF levels are determined by genetics
  • Neurotransmitter balances are determined from a genetics standpoint
  • KetoFlex 12/3 (The Bredesen Protocol) – thinking of Alzheimer’s as a metabolic disease
  • Efficacy of ketones on the brain
    • Insulin degrading enzyme and interleukin 1B correlate with insulin levels in response to ketones
    • The wrong genes lead to a worsening of conditions when ingesting ketones
    • Genomics as a predictive model
  • CNS Vital Sign Test: attention, memory, processing speed, etc. to determine appropriate further tests
  • Brainscape
  • Lumosity
  • CNS Tap test
  • Brain HQ app
  • N-Back training app
  • DUTCH test
  • Organic acids test (Organix® Dysbiosis Profile (Organic Acids)-Genova Kit)

-The link between immune function and the brain…39:00

-Recommended brain optimization modalities and strategies…43:30

-How to and how not to use plant medicines for cognitive function and brain health…57:15

-Peptides, ketamine, synthetic substitutes for plant medicines…1:04:20

  • Dihexa if BDNF SNPs are low
  • Semax
  • Downsides to any compound, monitor properly

-About the event being held at the Kentucky Castle this September…1:06:00

-And much more!

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

Wild Health:

– Podcasts and articles on peptides:

Podcast with Drs. Joel Dudley and Chris Mason of Onegevity Health

– “Better Living Through Science: Two Advanced Biohacking Strategies & “Stacks” For Enhancing Sleep & Meditation.”

– Gear:

– Tests:

– Other resources:

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