Richard Aiken, MD, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist and chemical engineering research scientist with an emphasis on Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Aiken is a chemical engineer and physician emphasizing in Lifestyle Medicine. Has a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University and an MD from the University of Utah, where he was a tenured professor. His residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry were at Washington University in St. Louis. He has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and is the author of many peer reviewed scientific articles. He is Board certified in psychiatry and is associated with Missouri State University’s Taylor Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Aiken is the author of Neurodietetics: The Dietary Science of Human Flourishing. Instrumental Music from the song JUST SIMPLIFY Sung by Michel Pascal Composed by Paul Pesco Lyrics Michel Pascal and His Holiness Dalai-Lama, from the book “Instants Sacres” © 2016 A couple years ago, I released a podcast episode with Dr. Richard Aiken entitled ““.  During the show, Dr. Aiken explained the potentially damaging effects of high-speed blending on food and referenced a recent experiment he performed on bananas. Later, Dr. Aiken was kind enough to send me the complete results of that experiment, published in their full, scientifically nerdy details at "". Now, after publishing his new book "", Dr. Aiken is back. Dr. Aiken, MD, PhD, is a chemical engineer and physician, and studies how diet has a profound influence on our minds and how, using food, we can relieve suffering and possibly help reverse pathology. He highlights in the book how - even if we don't have clinical signs or symptoms of physical, cognitive or emotional decline - we can achieve a profound state of mind-body wellness, eudaimonia – human flourishing with proper lifestyle choices. This book is about the science of mind flourishing through dietary choices that Aiken calls “neurodietetics”. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What exactly is Xenohormesis when it comes to consuming plants...[9:30] -Why you should eat cucumbers that have been exposed to high amounts of heat, grapes grown in poor soil and water deprived turmeric...[19:00] -The "Cinderella drug" you can find in plants that barely anybody knows about...[23:05] -The hibiscus and green tea workout drink that Dr. Aiken considers to be a physical and mental performance game-changer...[38:00] -The two crucial ingredients to add to a blender to "biohack" your smoothie and concentrate the antioxidants...[40:20] -The single seed that Dr. Aiken recommends most highly for mental performance...[50:30] -Why Ben threw out a 60 dollar bottle of liquid fish oil...[58:30] -How to "rescue" any smoothie from tasting bad (even when you add the potent one-two combo of turmeric and black pepper)...[62:35] -The brand new sleep hack Dr. Aiken has been experimenting with very successfully...[70:30] -And much more! Resources from this episode: - - - - - - - - - - - - Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Richard or me? Leave your comments at  and one of us will reply!
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Springfield, MO, USA
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2 hours, 21 minutes