Show #278 – Are Physical Symptoms An Invitation To Explore How To Get Back To Homeostasis? Dr John Demartini Helps Us Unpack It


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And on this week’s show!

On this week’s show, I have the wonderful Brendan Vermeire, aka the Holistic Savage, on the show to talk about his passion for mental health. We are talking about neuroinflammation specifically and a variety of root causes – including a modern life of less resistance building and then we move through to interventions to support the healing of the body as well as the building of resilience. Clue: Many of them are painfully simple! 

Brendan is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer. He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic Health and Functional Education.

He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners, and the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.TM, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health.

When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most severe health struggles, or producing cutting-edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart, mind, and soul.

Questions I asked John:

  • Let’s talk about a wellness mindset – what is the research on how our mindset and attitude affects our overall health?
  • How successfully can we rewire our mindset to be a positive one? Can we teach our kids too if we’re parents? Tips/tools? 
  • Now to talk about energy saps and negative influence/indulgence. 
    • Polarising energy/beliefs and reminding ourselves we’re more common than we are different: There is a propensity to get stuck in the weeds on the granular and how I feel is that this kind of engagement detracts us from progress – What are your thoughts on effective discourse and debate that keeps us moving forward and how can we best show up in our own lives on issues that matter to us and our planet?
  • Now thinking of our internal conflicts: Self-sabotage: why are we our own worst enemies? What kinds of stories, trauma, conditioning might lead us to self sabotage? How do we know if something really isn’t viable/worth trying vs if it’s our lizard brain telling us to stay ‘safe’ and ‘comfortable’.
  • Most of your thoughts are not actually yours, right? So is building a more discerning relationship with our thoughts a good idea in all of this?
  • And if we realise we might be fighting against ourselves how do we go about being our best cheerleader? 
  • Burn out/chronic stress – rehab + prevention… A lot of people have come out of bushfires/wildfires we’ve never seen, floods that get called 100 year floods or storms that seem to now be every few years, over 2 years of pandemic, worry about global conflict escalation… Many people feel like they’re in the trenches… What is the power of asking ourselves questions, and 10 questions to ask to get yourself out of the trenches? (I know for me it was bushfires, pandemic, moving house 7 times because of mould illness and badly maintained houses, all while writing my second book… I gotta say, I’ve found it hard to come back to my vibrant, powerhouse, purpose-ninja self after all that and I still feel a lot of gratitude… will share my personal reflection there to give weight and a live example to the section)
  • You are a champion for the importance and power of gratitude and we’ve talked extensively about it before but I feel it can’t be talked about enough, so I’ll ask you this: why is it a recipe for success and what don’t we know about gratitude?

About Dr. John Demartini

Dr. John Demartini is a world-leading human behaviour specialist, researcher, best-selling author, educator, and founder of the Demartini Method – a revolutionary tool in modern psychology. He has authored 40 books that have been translated into 39 different languages and presented his insights alongside some of the world’s most influential people, including Sir Richard Branson and Deepak Chopra.

Harnessing almost five decades of research across multiple disciplines, Dr Demartini shares his life, business, financial, relationship, and leadership empowerment strategies with people all over the globe – enabling them to transform their lives according to their highest values. 

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Flood Donation Resources for Lismore/Northern Rivers and Brisbane:

Lismore Library

What do donate: Cash/Books in any of these categories: Adult Fiction/Large Print Books/Junior & Young Adult Books/Children’s Story Books/Children’s DVDs/Jigsaws/Audio Books/Parenting Collection (non-fiction books on parenting topics)/Junior Non-Fiction Books

Where to send books: Administration office, 6 Centenary Drive Goonellabah NSW 2480 (you can put in ‘Lismore Library – Flood Donation’)
Where to send cash:
  • Account Name Lismore City Council – RTRL Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Account
  • BSB 062-565
  • Account Number 10864916
Make sure to send an email to Amanda Binney (Management Accountant) [email protected] at the time of any donations being made with the following information:
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  • Address
  • Date of deposit
  • Amount of deposit
They will provide a Tax Deductible Receipt. This may take a little while to get out based on resources – but they will get them out as soon as they can.

Baby Give Back

What to donate: They are currently accepting cash donations and the following items:

  • Car Seats – New or Pre-loved
  • Prams – New or Pre-loved
  • Portacots, Cots, and Bassinets – New or Pre-loved
  • Baby Carriers – New or Pre-loved
  • Baby Food – ONLY (Can’t accept other food items)
  • Nappy Cream
  • Nappies, Wipes, and Formula
  • Toiletries

You can register as a volunteer

To donate cash, you can go here.

For more deets on their different drop-off locations and their opening hours, go here.

They’re also on IG @babygiveback.

Animal Rescue Cooperative is focused on supporting food, water treatment, pumps, and containment for Animals caught up in the huge QLD/NSW Floods.

To start donating, you can click here. They are also a tax deductive gift recipient with DGR and you will be issued a receipt.

Micah Projects Limited is still in need of your generous donations to help to continue to provide individuals and families with access to safe and affordable accommodation, utilities, food, and furniture. It will help prevent the marginalisation of the already marginalised population so they can get back on their feet with dignity and safety.

Ukraine Relief Resources:

New South Wales and Queensland SES

Community-based state emergency services provide rescue, first aid and so much more.

World Central Kitchen

Organisation founded by Chef Jose’ Andres’ serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as those who remain in the country.

Mercy Corps

A global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines is on the ground in Ukraine, Romania, and Poland, providing funding to local organizations that know their community needs best and working to meet urgent humanitarian needs.

United Help Ukraine

A global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper.his non-profit provides essential medical supplies and humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.

Voices of Children

This Ukrainian charity helps children recover from the psychological impacts of war

Revived Soldiers Ukraine

An organisation focused on assisting injured soldiers with rehabilitation

Sunflower of Peace

A non-profit providing medical aid in Ukraine and supporting medical teams on the frontline


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