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Life By Design Podcast

Dr. Jamie Richards and Dr. Kresimir Jug discuss health, performance, paleo, crossfit, training, boosting your energy, fat loss, diet, exercise and positive thinking.

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We believe that every human being is designed to be extraordinary. That means you reading this right now… yes you! Have you ever been scared about the health of a loved one, or about the health of your children? Have you ever felt hopeless about your health and wondered… “I’ve been doing everything they have told me to do… why am I not healthier”? If you are at all interested in health, life, success, and happiness, this podcast is for you. Dr. Jamie Richards and Dr. Kresimir Jug never shy a ...
 
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When I tell people what we eat, their first response is... "That sounds pretty restricted!" After which I ask them what they had for breakfast today? "Cereal." And the day prior? "Cereal." How about for the foreseeable future? "Cereal." You get the idea. Most people are already eating a fairly restricted diet, only with poor food choices! So, what …
 
How is it possible for a simple, seemingly logical statement, to have the capacity to lead to such potentially detrimental outcomes? That is the crux of the problem. This statement, while appearing innocuous, is far from it. What is this cliche we've all said at one time or another? "Everything in moderation." I know. It just doesn't seem like an i…
 
One way to stack the deck in favour of the highest quality sleep experience is to craft the perfect restoration routine. A routine is a series of actions done repeatedly. Not all routines are helpful, or move you towards a predetermined goal, they’re simply routines due to repetition. You’ll see routines, even rituals, a more intentional form of ro…
 
Salt is bad for you! Right? Or is it? Now I'm confused. That's OK... Most of us have been convinced that salt consumption is something that must be restricted at all costs. Too much salt increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, damages the kidneys and will lead to early death. That's scary! But what is the truth? Have we been told a lie? It…
 
Most people assume they'll know when they have a problem with their spine. The criteria is simple... it hurts! Until that point, the spine is just a bag of bones doing it's job to keep us upright. Imagine if that's how we thought about our teeth? All good until your tooth hurts. How about the heart? No problem here, until the first heart attack tha…
 
One of the most under appreciated facets of health is the gut. In the past, the digestive system was seen as a simple system. Food entered and left one long tube, only to be digested and nutrients absorbed along the way. Now, an incredible amount of research is accumulating to establish the gut as a primary focus for disease reversal and health opt…
 
Germs are a part of the world we live in and are necessary to a healthy productive human life. Bacteria plays a vital role in our normal physiology and not all types should be feared or avoided. It's one of those things that belong in the 'optimize' category. This means you want to avoid deadly or harmful bacteria while maximizing the 'good' or ben…
 
Does vitamin D have any positive direct effect on the immune system? That's the question we seek to answer this week on Life By Design. We are using direct to mean, if you take Vitamin D, is there any data pointing out that you may have a decreased chance of contracting the flu? There is already data and professional hypotheses on how people with "…
 
Despite a growing body of evidence, the peanut gallery still repeats the mantra... "There's no evidence to 'prove' Chiropractic works." Of course, when asked what is meant by 'evidence' and 'works', there is no clear response, yet the same tired rhetoric continues. In this episode, we will review these claims, discuss what does and doesn't exist in…
 
There was, and maybe it's still being circulated on your social media feeds, a meme that goes something like this: "Losing weight is hard; being overweight is hard; choose your hard." "Being broke is hard; Becoming rich is hard; choose your hard." "Change is hard; staying the same is hard; choose your hard." You get the idea. There was just somethi…
 
Real food first. That's the number one rule for Eating By Design and for good reason. Nothing will improve your results faster than simply eating more real food. Rule number two is eat protein with every meal. That's what today's episode of Life By Design is all about and I'm sharing the details from a recording I made for our private Facebook Grou…
 
This week we review research published in the Journal of Athletic Training, looking at the importance of checking and correcting and movement deficiencies in the necks of people who have suffered a concussion. The challenge is that since the anatomy is very similar - meaning that the nerves and structures that supply and innervate the brain also ha…
 
Don't make the mistake of thinking fish oil is good for you or your children. Fish oil is a vehicle to help deliver omega-3 fatty acids into your body, and because our current lifestyle and environment make that a challenge to get, fish oil might help. That's a real mouth full, but let us explain more concisely on today's episode. An interesting st…
 
So here we are in September... Are the kids going back to school? Should they go back to school? When is life going to return to normal? Is life going to return to normal? Am I putting my kids at risk? Will they be safe? Am I a bad parent for sending them back? What will others think of me? How are we going to pay for all this? What if Jim loses hi…
 
"Some people have a lot of pride in not taking drugs or supplements, but the primary goal should be to feel your best. Not using a medicine that improves your health because you take pride in being 'substance-free' is counter-intuitive to your main goal of feeling well." This was an online quote from an excellent physician that we respect. We find …
 
You are what you eat. Maybe not literally, but to pretend that what you put into your body doesn't affect your health and performance is nonsense. Today we review a study from the University of Michigan seeking to establish an association between chronic spinal pain and diet. In some ways, we already know (there was a Nobel prize given in 1982 for …
 
They do, but probably not in the way that you think. If anything, emotions are the part of your consciousness that makes life worth living. What we mean by them not mattering, is simply not in the process of making decisions. Imagine if you couldn't feel love, pride, happiness, joy and even negative emotions like anxiety, depression, and grief...em…
 
A study from the International Journal Of Spine Surgery concluded that individuals with Type-II diabetes have an accelerated rate of spinal degeneration, and the amount of degeneration is more severe than non-diabetics. We also don't think it's too far of a stretch, although you can't claim this study as a source, to suspect that prolonged elevatio…
 
To say that poor mental health is an issue would be an understatement. Mental health, at least to us, is the most important asset you have in your arsenal of human powers. Since humans live and depend on ideas (all of which rely on mental health), the health and well being of your mind is priority number one. That's why when we see any information …
 
We pick up from where we left off in Part 1 of Getting Your Diet Right... Nothing has changed, we still think the whole world has lost it’s mind when it comes to nutrition! The purpose of this podcast is to review and continue teaching the principles of Eat By Design. What we cover What type of veggies are best? Cooked or raw? How about organic? Is…
 
"The thing about common sense is that it's not so common." Voltaire Nutritionally, the whole world has lost it’s mind. How can you have one group telling you to eat meat and another telling you avoid it. They both can’t be right, but they both can be wrong. Every once in a while it's important to go back and remember the principles from which you o…
 
Do people with high self-esteem adopt an open (power) posture, or does an open posture produce high self-esteem? In general, it's commonly believed that your feelings produce your outward appearance, but that concept is being challenged. In the late 70's Richard Bandler and John Grinder founded a controversial psychological technique called NLP (Ne…
 
How do you prolong healthy aging? For us healthy aging is normal aging. We know that we are not getting any younger and that eventually, we will die. In the meantime, since loving your life is essential to Life By Design's core beliefs, we want to do everything we can to ensure the quality and length of our lives. Today we examine a study looking a…
 
"Chronic low back pain (LBP) is the most common cause of disability worldwide. New ideas surrounding LBP are emerging that are based on interactions between mechanical, biological and chemical influences on the human inter-vertebral disc (IVD). The degenerate IVD is proposed to be innervated by sensory nerve fibres and vascularised by blood vessels…
 
Dr. K here... My relationship with food used to suck. It's hard to admit that to you. Growing up, food was the go-to for everything. 'Have a bad day? No problem, let me make you a pie'. 'You made the team? Awesome, let's celebrate, let me make you a pie.' Let me be clear: I used to think fat made you fat, I used to think carbs made you fat, I used …
 
Anytime you deny your nature as a human being, you are hurting the most essential part of yourself, namely your mind and consciousness. Such is the case with the common saying - don't compare yourself to other people. Are we saying you should compare yourself to others? Not really, more like you can't stop comparing and contrasting since it's liter…
 
To say that the recent events (more so the reactions to said events) haven't shaken up our lives, would be a tremendous understatement. We all react differently to stress and stress impacts us differently depending on where we are in our lives. If you're in a better spot - great relationships, support and solid finances... you will handle your stre…
 
Once upon a time, in fairy tale land, it was believed (and unfortunately, it is still believed by many in health care, especially those who make the decisions) that pre-existing damage done to your cervical spine was not a barrier to the recovery of whiplash. Think about how absurd that sounds. If you had had two homes, one brand new, the foundatio…
 
In order for anything to grow and develop, you need the proper environment. Tomatoes don't grow in Antarctica and maple trees don't grow in the ocean. Unfortunately, we don't live in an environment that is conducive to the development of genuine mental health for the majority of the human race. Of course, some humans will be able to do it, but for …
 
Does your diet affect your pain levels? In a study published in PubMed, researchers examined three groups of adults all between the ages of 65-75 diagnosed with knee pain. The participants were asked to follow one of three diets for a period of 12 weeks while functional pain, self-reported pain, quality of life, and depression were assessed every t…
 
What happens when your perfect fitness & lifestyle routine gets completely abolished and you're instantly stuck trying to figure out how to keep your results while never leaving the house and having an endless supply of food within arms reach? In terms of fitness, what is bound to happen is very little positive momentum unless you are able to overc…
 
One of the most powerful scenes in the Shawshank Redemption is when Andy (the main character) locks out the prison guards from their office and plays an operetta from Figaro for all the prisoners in the yard to hear. The prisoners all stop what they're doing and listen to the beautiful music as it reminds them that yes, even though they've committe…
 
This week we found a fascinating study from the Irish Journal of Medical Science examining spinal manipulation (we would like to see one looking at specific chiropractic care), brain chemistry, and comparing pre and post groups. The randomized control trial involved 25 patients diagnosed with generalized, nonspecific low back pain. The group was di…
 
Without a doubt, the most polarizing episodes we record are the random topic generator episodes. Some of you love that you get to know us better, others are horrified that we'd think that way about a certain topic. So why do it and should you listen? Because, either way, it's good entertainment value. Have you ever heard of the Incredible Hulk? It …
 
Our days go to heck in a hand basket when we don't execute a daily routine. Things have the vibe of that time between Christmas and New Years with one major difference...there is no end in sight. If we were to gauge the current tone of society, we would say the dominant emotions are fear, apathy, and dread. This is not a judgement on those emotions…
 
The #1 New Year's Resolution is, no surprise, fat loss. Why does fat loss also continue to be the #1 resolution? If it were easy, everyone would be fit and the top new year's resolution would be a new relationship or new job. On today's episode of Life By Design I simplify the process and review the best ways to burn fat. What I covered Get this bo…
 
Protein is a macronutrient that plays an essential role in thousands of functions within the human body. The building blocks that protein delivers, known as amino acids, are a requirement for normal and healthy development. This means because amino acids are located in muscle, bone, ligaments, skin, hair, blood...effectively every tissue, kids need…
 
Wednesday, February 26th, was Pink shirt day in Canada. If you're not familiar with what this represents, as the story goes... In 2007 two high school students in Nova Scotia witnessed other classmates bullying a grade 9 for wearing a pink shirt. In response to this, the two who witnessed the bullying, went to a nearby discount store and purchased …
 
Kids get a bad rap when it comes to their brains. Everything and anything seems to be bad for brain development... cell phones, screen time, sitting, inactivity and sugar. All are true and their effects are varying but instead of focusing on what NOT to do, we thought in true Life By Design fashion we would talk about what TO DO in order to positiv…
 
Seeing that last week was Valentine's, or as our children say it, Valentime's Day, we thought it would be fitting to visit a core concept that is integral to living an extraordinary life - love. Although much importance, rightfully so, is placed on love, the definitions surrounding it and, how to achieve it are, in our humble opinions, incorrect an…
 
The subcommittee of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research organized an expert panel, conducted a literature review and a Delphi process to develop a consensus-based practice guideline for clinical use of polyunsaturated fatty acids in Major Depressive Disorder. This systematic review of the published literature emphasized ra…
 
The Asian Spine Journal published something so seemingly unrelated that It needed discussion. The study used 655 participants (262 men and 393 women; mean age, 72.9 years; range, 50–92 years) and it's purpose was to investigate a possible relationship between sagittal posture and blood pressure. Full spine and pelvic x-rays were taken, and thoracic…
 
Logical fallacies stink! In a 2020 world full or irrationality, logical fallacies, untruths, and just downright lies are being used left, right, centre and being passed off as the truth and logic. The problem is that logical fallacies, because of how common they are, can be a challenge to recognize and interpret. This is especially true in the heat…
 
Happy New Year from all of us at Life By Design! May 2020 be the best year you and your loved ones have ever had. At Life By Design, we love New Year's resolutions. Truth be told, we love anything that makes you better, more successful and, happier...New Year's Resolutions hold that potential. There is one problem... We have a really tough time sti…
 
If you have children, you likely have goals and desires as a parent. You want your children to grow up to be honest, hard-working, independent, happy adults who know how to think and provide for themselves. At least, that's what we want for our kids. Before beginning on any journey, you have to know where you want to finish. Parenting, in our opini…
 
"The path to success is to take massive, determined actions." -Tony Robbins The two keywords in that sentence are determined and actions. Determined can have two meanings and, I like both of them in this context. The first meaning of determined is 'achieving the desired outcome' and the second, 'that you've given some consideration as to what outco…
 
Well, it's almost here. To quote the lyric, "the most wonderful time of the year." I've always loved Christmas, and now, ever since having kids, I love Christmas and the whole holiday season even more. More fun than getting gifts yourself, is watching how excited your kids get when they open up their presents. Not to mention the parties, get-togeth…
 
New research presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology linked an increased risk of your child developing allergies if they were born via cesarean section. Studies also presented showing how mom eats while pregnant and what she feeds her child during infancy have an impact on the risk of the child developing allergies. The …
 
Meat is bad for you; the world is going to collapse in 11 years, LDL cholesterol is harmful; chiropractic can cure XYZ, etc. How do you know if any of the above statements are true, or if they are outright lies? The answer should be reason and the scientific method, unfortunately, in today's modern culture, the answer is the public consensus. You'v…
 
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