EPISODE 45 - Epigenetics, MTHFR Gene & Potential Dangers of Folic Acid w/ Dr. Ben Lynch

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews epigenetics expert Dr. Ben Lynch, who dives into the emerging field of epigenetics, outlining how the environment impacts how your genes are expressed. Dr. Ben discusses the MTHFR gene, responsible for producing the rate-limiting enzyme in the folate pathway, and the implications on your health and performance. He shares insights on methylation and its role in optimal heath, as well as highlighting the dangers of excess folic acid, efficacy of different types of supplemental folate, and most importantly how to make sense of genetic tests.

Lay-Ups From This Episode

  1. Leafy greens are an ideal source of dietary folate
  2. Supplemental folic acid is not naturally occurring in food and first synthesized in the 1940s.
  3. Genetic tests must be interpreted with caution. Always remember… “Genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger.”

Performance Tips In This Episode

  1. Supplemental folinic acid is highly beneficial for supporting improved energy levels.

  2. Dairy antibodies, methotrexate, low methionine (amongst other thigns) block intermediaries in the folate pathway.  
  3. Optimize.me – “Plus One” helps to support creativity in the morning and productivity in the morning. 

Coffee Talk

Ben wakes when fully rested + water and electrolyte

About Dr. Ben Lynch

Dr. Ben Lynch received his degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR, methylation defects and genetic control and is the author of the new book Dirty Genes. Dr. Lynch is also founded and directs www.seekinghealth.org, an educational institute providing specialized training for both health professionals and consumers.  Follow Dr. Ben Lynch on Twitter

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EPISODE 44 - Physical Development, Managing Athlete Recovery & Building Buy-In w/ Josh Bonhotal

In episode 44, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Josh Bonhotal, Director of Strength & Conditioning for the Purdue Boilermaker men's basketball team, Big 10 conference champions in 2017. In this episode, Josh talks about how he got started in Strength & Conditioning, lessons learned from working with Al Vermeil and the Chicago Bulls, how he prepares his guys in the off-season, the importance of solid nutrition & sleep fundamentals with young athletes, things to consider in-season to keep the team fresh and of course, perhaps the most important area, how to build buy-in and build relationships with players to really propel their success. Great, practical tips and insights here from Josh.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

  1. Off-season – train general capacities, build maximal strength and speed development. (rather than a focus on conditioning)
  2. In-season – Build the “repeatability” of those qualities
  3. What is an athlete’s “trainability” – how do they control movement and how is their posture. 

Performance Hacks From This Episode

  1. Match up qualities in the weight room with qualities trained on the track or playing field.
  2. Player interactions, outside of the use of technology, are key in forming player bonds.
  3. Prioritize how athlete moves, rather than how much they move, to be able to drive maximal long-term gains.

 

 

 

Coffee Talk

Josh’s early morning reading + coffee primer

About Josh Bonhotal

One of the most highly regarded strength coaches in America, Josh is in his seventh season as Director of Strength & Conditioning for the Purdue Boilermaker men's basketball team, Big 10 conference champions in 2017.

Josh played a critical role in the development of 2017 All-American Caleb Swanigan, helping him cut weight while developing improved quickness and explosiveness. Swanigan lost over 20 pounds from his arrival date to his selection in last year’s NBA Draft.  Prior to his arrival at Purdue, Bonhotal spent nearly three years with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Bonhotal's philosophy centers on increasing general strength and stability, while also removing limitations, deficiencies and imbalances to support the development of strength, power and speed.