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Rapamycin and Easter Island heads

Rapamycin, derived from bacterium found on Easter Island, could help you live longer. Dr. Kaeberlein explains the science behind rapamycin, and how he’s using it to help man’s best friend live longer.

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Jesse talks to Dr. Lucy Cheke about the memory-imparing consequences of obesity.

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Jesse talks to Dr. Richard Wurtman about Souvenaid, a new medical food that seems to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

melted chocolate with text reading yum! you're smarter

Good news for chocoholics: People who eat a small amount of chocolate at least once a week perform better cognitively.

scientific researcher with chemical molecules

Jesse talks with Dr. Carhart-Harris about the prototypical psychedelic, LSD, how it changes the brain in long-lasting ways, and why you’ll never look at bicycles the same way again.

Episode 128 image: manufacturing expertise

We’ve all heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, but what about deliberate practice? Dr. Ericsson talks us through becoming an expert through deliberate practice, including visualization, finding a mentor, and more.

Smarter babies

More intelligence is “lost” to inadequate fetal nutrition than to anything else, period. In this special Mother’s Day episode, Jesse speaks with Dr. Kavitha Menon about the greatest dangers to the development of baby brains, in both the developing and the developed world. Get your maternity checklist ready with items from iodine supplements to skillets to workout videos and give yourself better odds at a little Einstein.

exercise-cognition

Brains and Brawn, long positioned as polar opposites, turn out to be anything but. In this episode, Jesse talks with fitness trainer Sal di Stefano — also the co-host and resident science geek at the MindPump podcast — about best practices to use physical exercise to enhance your cognition.

cannabidiol, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics, marijuana

Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the “endocannabinoids”) are named after the plant — ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

supplement, quality assurance, nootropics, smart drugs

LabDoor’s goal is full-spectrum testing of the majority of consumer supplements — upwards of 10,000 different products. One piece of their innovative approach is to have users vote on what category of supplements gets added to their next battery of tests.

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