21st of January 2016

Helping Joe, Episode 47


This week on Helping Joe, Nils and Charlie talk with Joe about his health, why his energy is so low and what to do to get better. They also talk about gratitude & gratefulness (Joe doesn’t have any) and the first week of his new job.


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Show Notes:

The work of Dr. Weston A. Price

“…whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price‚Äôs research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.”

“They are happy because they eat butter!”

Liquid Vitamin B Supplements

Go with NOW Foods or Maxx Labs (Different Max, not Tucker)

Spectracell micronutrient test

Order here ->

Why you should go to bed early

Here’s a decent Huffpo article on the science behind this and some advice on how to go to bed earlier here, here, and here. It’s a lot of the same stuff we tell you to do in MATE.

Fancy Hands $5 personal assistants

This is Joe’s referral code for Fancy Hands so you can help yourself to their services while helping his poor ginger ass get some free tasks to use on things like scheduling a doctor’s appointment, making a restaurant reservation for a date, or outsourcing list research.

Research on Vitamin B Research

B12 is here, here, and here.

Possible treatment for depression and here

Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD)

Nils talked about dealing with this in the beginning of the podcast. Studies show that up to 25% of people in states like Alaska can be affected by SAD.
WSJ article on treatments for SAD.

Comedian Patton Oswalt on depression:

“To all my fellow depressives, getting hit hard by the suddenly shorter, colder days? I’m with you. I’m on an unshakeable schedule when it comes to Seasonal Activated Depression (SAD — aww. Nice acronym. But wouldn’t Feeling Under-Cheerful, Killing The Happy Inside Syndrome be more accurate?)

Leading up to Halloween? Couldn’t be happier. The second after midnight on the 31st? The gloom & grey come down like a mildewy theatre curtain.

Please don’t forget, these next few months, until the spring kicks in and we can all start skateboarding on the serotonin rainbow of summer — you CAN get through this. One way is to go regularly help someone else. In a big or small way. Talk to someone regularly, or bring someone food or just your company. One selfish benefit of charity is it gives you a free vacation from inside your own head. Don’t worry — all that gorgeous nonsense & noise you’ve got rattling around inside your skull will politely wait until you come back.

And now I’m going to give you a weird piece of advice that’s always worked for me.

Read something Russian. Novel, short story, play, poem. Especially Pushkin or Dostoyevsky. Holy moley did those guys live train wreck lives, and they lived them in a state of near-constant, tomb-like winter.

They didn’t write happy stuff, those Russians. But man did they sling some defiant word-bricks at the darkness, as if to say, to their own depression and madness, “I own YOU. You’re merely renting space within my mind & soul. You REALLY want to stake a claim to my headspace? Then you’re gonna have to share it with some darkness of my OWN creation. I’m gonna give you a roommate called CRIME & PUNISHMENT that’ll
send you screaming out onto the Russian steppes.”

Read something Russian. Remind your depression that you have access to ancient, arctic gloom-blasts, and that if you can’t make it leave your head, you can sure as shit frighten it into being a polite guest until the snow melts.”

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