Dr. Matt Cook & Ben Greenfield Get Put In The Hot Seat


He’s back! Not only is one of my most popular guests of all time, Dr. Matt Cook, back on today’s show, but he is joined by the CEO of BioReset Medical, Barb Branaman, along with my wife Jessa Greenfield…

…both of whom put Matt and I in the hot seat with a host of questions inspired by Tim Ferriss’ Tools Of Titans.

Dr. Cook, MD is a regenerative medicine specialist and the president of BioReset Medical in Campbell, CA. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco in 2001. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently, Dr. Cook is the president of California Anesthesia and medical director of the National Surgery Center in Los Gatos, CA. Dr. Cook also sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including VMDOC, FREMedica, & Vasper Systems. His early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and nerve hydrodissection.

Dr. Matt Cook previously appeared on the podcast episodes…

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Ben and Matt recall hunting stories…7:20

  • Cerebrolysin peptide Matt gave Ben, Jessa, and Barb
  • Pigs and sheep are surprisingly smart; the size of the brain doesn’t determine intelligence
  • Butter of the Gods: bone marrow, salt, thyme, rosemary
  • Cerebrolysin taken to improve neurological performance
  • Calm nerves for hydrodissection and recovering from injury
  • Bone broth smoothie:

-Question 1: What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why?…17:30

  • Ben: Poor Charlie’s Almanac by Charles T. Munger and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Matt: The Brothers K by David James Duncan
  • Jessa is dyslexic so not a big reader
    • Introducing fats into the diet
    • Read for children (no judgment)
  • Dyslexic people tend to be more successful in life
  • Books by C.S. Lewis:

-Question 2: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?…25:45


-Question 3: How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?…31:00

  • Ben: transactional and not transformational relationships with clients, employees, etc.
    • The antisocial qualities of social media
    • Absence makes the heart grow fonder; familiarity breeds contempt
  • Matt: Went into anesthesia as a profession; found himself detached from his patients socially and emotionally
  • Work one hour a day less
  • Yoga and meditation to find the proper balance between work and joy in life
  • Ecstasy in seeing an idea come to fruition

-Question 4: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?…38:53

  • Ben: “Be Nice” by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Matt: “It’s gonna be amazing…”
    • Transitioning into the future state of being
    • Opportunity to take our health to a greater level

-Question 5: What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?…49:50

  • Ben: The land and home where his family currently lives
    • Book collection is a close second
  • Matt: Knowledge and education
    • Functional medicine education platform (going live soon)

-Question 6: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?…56:00

  • Ben: Walk in the sunshine 5-7 miles (ruthless walking)
  • Matt: Play and sing along with music at full volume
    • Hydrodissection has helped with vocal cords, clarity in the voice

-Question 7: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?…1:04:05

  • Ben: Meditation and journaling as a family
    • In the morning:
      • What am I grateful for?
      • Who can I pray for or serve today?
    • In the evening:
      • Self-examination in the evening?
      • How did I fulfill my life’s purpose today?
    • Spiritual Disciplines Journal (coming soon)
  • Matt: Letting go of dogma, injecting peptides
    • We’ll be able to keep ourselves young by harnessing tools and techniques that double in quality every 2 years

-Question 8: What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world?” What advice should they ignore?…1:09:15

  • Ben: For whatever career you want to pursue, find the best in that field and shadow, be mentored by them
  • Matt: Don’t put yourself in a box for life

-Question 9: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?…1:18:15

  • Ben: Exercising is the best way to get fit
    • Low-level physical activity
    • Destressing
    • Cold practice in the morning
    • The fittest people are not constantly in the gym
  • Jessa: The thought that you can “will” yourself into a particular frame of mind or emotional state without doing the work to get into that state
  • Barb: The ability to not judge, particularly yourself, is lost in the current culture in which we live

-Question 10: In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)?…1:27:30

  • Ben: Competitive events
    • Transitioning from an athlete to a greater calling into being a mentor, spiritual leader, motivator, etc.
    • Gratifying ego vs. fulfilling life’s purpose
  • Matt: Travel all over the world
    • Yes to gratitude, meditation, introspection

-Question 11: When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?…1:33:00

  • Ben: Deep, centering breaths; in through the nose, out through the mouth
    • Underlying anxiety is the cause of loss of focus for many
  • Matt: Sit with people, deep breathing, talk with them, share and embrace the emotions moving inside
    • A funny or whimsical idea often comes and leads to engaging conversation
    • The ability to be aware of both the struggle and the relief is so freeing

-And much more!


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