Podcasts, Show Notes

Season 2 Episode 7 – Neurofeedback with Dr. Freddy Starr

Hello listeners! We’re pleased to bring you a brand new podcast today in which we interview Dr. Freddy Starr who works in the field of Brain-Machine Interfaces and neurofeedback. We really enjoyed doing this interview and have several more casts involving interviewees coming up.

A few notes: 1) This cast covered many borders, both state and national, so the recording quality may not be quite what you are used to. The discussion is fascinating though so we hope you’ll bear with us. 2) We mention “Cz” several times throughout the cast. This refers to a point on the scalp at which an electrode is placed. If you google EEG electrode placement you can find maps of common scalp coordinates. 3) We mention different brain wave rhythms at several points in this cast. There are a lot of pseudoscience-touting, BS websites out there that will mislead you. Therefore, we recommend you get info from a reliable source such as this one (though the website is under maintenance at the time of posting) – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-function-of-t-1997-12-22/

Show Notes

Episode 5 – The Power of Broccoli! Show Notes

In this episode, Ryan’s buddy Mike Paolillo describes the benefits of a plant-based diet for treating and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Position of the American Dietic Association:

Vegetarian diets can meet nutritional needs for everyone according to the American Dietic Association. No need for ‘animal protein.’

Astounding Heart Disease treatment study:


Figure 1 shows a coronary artery opening up after 3 weeks of plant-based diet. Figure 2 shows the left anterior descending artery greatly expanding blood flow after 32 months of diet. In addition, there were markedly fewer heart attacks and other blood occlusions in the patients adhering to a plant-based diet. Check out the paper if you’re interested in the effectiveness of this treatment.

Beebe hospital one of many to fight heart disease with diet:

Apparently the treatment is catching on with physicians across the country, despite some of the diet obfuscation that we discuss in the podcast. One of the main concerns of physicians is whether they can actually convince their patients to switch to a radically new diet. In the case of severe cardiovascular disease, patients do have a much greater incentive to undergo such a dramatic lifestyle change. In the Esselstyn study above, 89% of his patients were able to adhere to the strict diet.

 Ryan’s Butternut Squash Soup:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 apples (I like Fuji or Granny Smith for this)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3/4 cubic inch of ginger
  • 1-2 chilies (I like poblano here)
  • Cream/soy milk/yogurt
  • Spices to taste (I like cinnamon, allspice, curry, and pepper

Pre-roast (350 or just half an hour; or just microwave for 6-9 minutes–I do the latter) and dice the squash and sweet potatoes. Dice the apples, onion, chilli, and ginger. Toss the lot of it in some oil in a pot on medium-high heat. Cook until everything starts to sweat, about 5 minutes. Add water until it just covers the top of the mass of veggies. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Blend, add spice and creamy agent of your choice to taste. Garnish with roasted squash seeds or oats, or with yogurt on top instead of your creamer agent.

Mike recommends checking out the Good and Cheap Cookbook, especially for those trying to spend less on food.