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Shawn Phillips is an author, entrepreneur, and expert in the area of performance training and nutrition. He created the Full Strength® Premium Nutrition Shake, clinically proven to swap body fat for lean muscle. He is the author of ABSolution: The Practical Guide to Building Your Best Abs and has just released Strength for Life, published by Ballantine/Random House.
PJ Manney is a writer and futurist and a leading voice in the H+ movement. She has written extensively on transhumanism and related topics, as well as for television (Xena Warrior Princess and Hercules the Legendary Journeys) , and has a novel under development. PJ is the Chairman of the board of directors of the World Transhumanist Association, she's a senior associate at the Foresight Nanotech Institute, and she is on the scientific advisory board for the Lifeboat Foundation.
Brian L. Wang, M.B.A. is the Director of Research for the Lifeboat Foundation. Brian is a long time futurist who has been involved with nanotechnology associations since 1994. He is now a member of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) Task Force where he moderates the technology sub-task force. He is also on the Nanoethics Group Advisory Board. He is also the mastermind behind Next Big Future.
- We got started by talking about the future of nutrition. Brian Wang mentioned vertical farming, genetically modified foods, vat meat, and a computerized nutritionists that resides "onboard" - we walk around with it and it informs us what and when we should optimally eat. We're already seeing this for diabetics. Maybe pre-diabetics - basically anyone who is fat - could use this kind of help as welll.
- PJ mentioned the idea of "nutraceuticals" - food as medicine.
- Phil mentioned the lesson of smoking. Getting the information out about how smoking harms health is, perhaps, part of the reduction of smoking. But the social stigma may have moved this even more. Stephen was thinking (but didn't get around to saying) that maybe we taxed smoking until it was reduced. Smoking, of course, is optional. We don't have to smoke to live. We do have to eat. Having the discipline to eat right when the world is full of tempting poor options is the difficulty.
- PJ mentioned that we may be seeing a tiered system of nutrition. Some can afford to eat better. Brain Wang believes that convenience may be a larger reason that people eat poorly.
- Stephen asked why there is a disconnect between our buff entertainers and our fat butts. Shawn believes the disconnect is caused by a lack of self awareness. We wait for the doctor to tell us we're dying before we pay attention to our health.
- PJ mentioned the new documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster."
- We talked about the promise of Myostatin inhibition. Whether caused with drugs or with genetic mutation myostatin inhibition makes cattle look like this:
...and dogs look like this:
There have been some human cases where people lacked myostatin. Our panelist Brian Wang wrote about it here.
Brian thinks that Myostatin inhibiting drugs will soon be available.
- Stephen talked a little about his work out program. He wrote about it at length here.
- Shawn Phillips made the point the people that are out of shape don't realize how bad they feel. Feeling bad becomes the new normal.
- Brain Wang was on FastForward Radio back in November. We spoke with Brian about the crappy beta versions of human enhancement that some people are experimenting with today, often to their detriment. When will better enhancements be available?
- Shawn half-jokingly suggested that we need a drug to make us take as much joy out of activity as a five-year-old. For them it's not exercise... it's play.
So we got started talking about fun ways to exercise. Brain Wang mentioned Dragon Boating:
Phil enjoys biking, Stephen enjoys the solitude of early morning exercise, PJ goes by a rigid schedule. They agreed that whatever gets you active is good.
PJ mentioned that the kids in California are experimenting with Kite Surfing:
Stephen was reminded of another new extreme sport - parabouncing:
And check out panelist Shawn Phillip's new book:
Our front bumper is a sample of Marginal Prophets' "The Difficult Song."
Our exit music this week is from Dirty Proper. The song is "Time."
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