The Life Coach for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders – this episode is a wake up call, and a genuine eye-opener where Derek Lacey and yours truly discuss his theory on the leading causes of poor sleep, and insomnia. This self-professed “Life Coach for insomniacs”, thinks that artificial blue light from televisions, cellphones, and artificial lighting from LED, and fluorescent sources are not allowing us fall into a proper circadian sleep cycle. He further states that the lack of exposure to full spectrum light (Daylight) doesn’t allow the proper hormones and nutrients to be released by our eyes.
Derek’s solutions are practical and available for any of you who are suffering from insomnia and sleep disorders. His approach is based in science, and common sense. I urge you to listen to this podcast, and finally get some good sleep. Your life depends on it!
Derek Lacey Bio
Derek Lacey is a Sleep Coach who works with Insomniacs to discover their own power and internal resistance to sleep.
As a former Insomniac himself, Derek’s lifestyle brought him to rock bottom, with no solution for rising above. His commitment to a whole new set of habits around food, mindset, and spirituality helped him overcome his greatest lifestyle challenges, even beyond Insomnia. He began to see life differently and understand how to use his unique skills as a communicator and connector to influence the lives of others.
As a speaker, Derek offers a unique way to make incredibly complex scientific information about sleep accessible, inspiring audiences to make simple but radical changes to their lifestyle. As a coach, he enables people to rapidly transform their lives through good sleep.
Derek Lacey explains his unique approach to insomnia and sleep disorders
It’s difficult to one day decide it’s time to make sincere changes in your life so you can start sleeping again. Part of what makes that so challenging are the listless options you might be tempted to try instead, offered by people who really do know a lot about sleep. Their knowledge isn’t the problem, it’s the confidence you have in yet another sleep product, idea, or sleep tip to reverse years of sleeplessness or acute insomnia. This part is rarely, at least I’ve never seen it, addressed. In a way, these things are destined to not work before you even try them.
Not because they aren’t proven, but because what is missing, in my opinion, is the understanding for what an Insomniac is going through and the compassion for the catch 22 lifestyle they experience that’s posing the bigger problem.
It’s not just about falling asleep!
That puts more pressure on this “thing” to work so that you can start sleeping. Then there are no back up plans or victories of any kind to celebrate when they don’t work or stop working. There is no system to it. With so much pressure on something working, no wonder you’ve never heard of the sleep supplement that saved the day!
As a life coach for Insomniacs, this is where my approach is radically different. It is of the highest priority for me to help you experience a higher quality life, before you actually start sleeping better and not the other way around.
“Insomniacs appreciate sleep more than anybody else, because of the ‘or else’ factor.”
“It’s about avoiding toxic light, and also getting the good light. If you’ve got insomnia, and you’re not doing that, you need to start.”
“I call myself a life coach for insomniacs, because I’ve never met a person with a sleep problem. They’ve got life problems that affect their sleep.”
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Episode 29 – Ayurveda a blueprint for fatherhood – with Arun Deva, is a conversation with Ayurveda and Yoga therapist Arun Deva about fatherhood. Today I learned that Ayurveda is not just about food combining. It’s a system and science for living, with a special blueprint for fathers and how to raise a family, through respect, communication, and personal sacrifice.
About Arun Deva
Arun Deva, is a highly credentialed Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Ayurvedic yoga therapist. DASc. He’s a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA)*, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (NAMA), Yoga Therapist (IAYT**) and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher (E-RYT500).
Arun is also the founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM for over 15 years. Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.
Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma (detox and rejuvenation protocols) and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood.
What you learn
- Do they celebrate Father’s Day in India?
- The things that Arun feels his practice of Ayurveda has brought to his parenting, that gives him a unique perspective?
- What aspects of life has gotten better for Arun as he gets older? This is absolutely related to Ayurveda and yoga!
- Arun’s advice to young fathers, who are having difficulty communicating with their family?
- What it means when Arun says, “grow up before you grow old”.
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Take responsibility for your brain and nervous system health!
It’s been eight years since I was diagnosed with RSD, due to a work place accident. If I had continued to follow doctor’s orders I would be walking with a cane today. In early 2012, I decided that I’d had enough after hobbling passed my surgeon’s Bentley in the hospital’s parking lot. My goal was to be able to walk, run, and live a great life filled with physical activity. Brain and nervous system health were the keys. Even though I was determined to succeed, getting the right information, was a little more difficult than I imagined.
Of all the many specialists that I’d seen regarding my neuropathy not a single one asked me about my diet, sleep and exercise. They were all focused on their training. The surgeons wanted to do another operation. The pain specialists wanted me to try another medication. You get the idea.
Trial, Error, and Research
Through research and speaking to nutritionists, and fitness experts, such as Mark Sisson, I decided that food was to be my medicine. It took me several years to figure out truth from dogma when it came to brain and nervous system health. I’d like to give you the three nutrients and some foods and supplements that I found most useful to reduce the inflammation of my nervous system, and improve my cognitive function.
Creatine is one of the most researched natural supplements.
Few experts would argue the benefits of having enough creatine in their diet. Some folks think, creatine is just for athletes that want to put on more muscle. Well it’s also important for brain cognition too. It’s also important to the central nervous system. Creatine recycles ATP. The human central and peripheral nervous system, relies on ATP. Brain and nervous system health recycles its own body weight in ATP each day. ATP is also a precursor to your DNA.
Best source of creatine
Red meat is a reliable source of creatine. It’s also a great source for zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Grass fed and locally raised cattle or bison are usually the great sources of red meat. Sea food like Albacore tuna are also good. In fact, you can get up to 5 grams ( a good daily amount) of of creatine from a pound of fresh tuna fish. I doubt many of us can eat a pound of fresh tuna a day. So what can do you to up your intake of this valuable nutrient?
My preference is always to get my nutrition from food. However, Vegans, vegetarians, and people who normally do not eat much red meat or seafood can get the benefits of creatine without eating meat! They can benefit by taking a supplement called polyethylene glycosylated creatine. I find that it works better for me, than creatine monohydrate. You be the judge. Either one would be beneficial to your brain health!
Your body needs magnesium for pretty much everything you do. It’s one of the most important minerals for your overall health. Magnesium helps regulate your immune system, heart rate, and metabolism. If you are having troubles with injuries that will not seem to heal, magnesium can help.
Best sources of magnesium
Some of the best food sources are leafy greens like spinach, and kale. Seafood like salmon, and tuna are great. Black beans are dood, although some people don’t do well with legumes, so figs and bananas might be best for you in that case.
There are many types of magnesium products. They have several uses. You should know which one would work best for your needs. For instance, if you picked up a bottle of magnesium, at your local GNC, it might be magnesium oxide, which is commonly used as a laxative. Magnesium oxide is not as soluble as some of the other choices. That’s why it’s an excellent laxative. Your body will eliminate it quickly. Remember Milk of Magnesia?
I take Magnesium Orotate, which is known to have the greatest effect on the heart and nerves, at the cellular level. There are several choices that could work best for you. Some of these include magnesium sulfate otherwise known as Epsom Salts, Magnesium Chloride which comes in topical solutions as well as tablet form, and chelated forms such as Magnesium Malatate.
Zinc deficiencies have been linked to immune system disorders, and poor cognitive function. It’s the most common mineral deficiency along with iron.
Food sources for more zinc!
Pumpkin seeds pack about 7 milligrams in a single cup. That’s about half of a daily dose. Grass fed beef, lamb, and some fish are also good sources. Throw some pomegranate seeds on your salad for a delicious dose of zinc! One of my favorites is cocoa powder. I’ll put about 2 ounces of unsweetened cocoa powder in my afternoon veggie shake. That gives me about 5 milligrams from eating something that tastes chocolaty and satisfying!
Taking a zinc supplement
The most bio available form of zinc is chelated zinc orotate. Avoid zinc gluconate. It has poor absorption. and you’d be wasting your money.
Take Magnesium and Zinc Separately
Magnesium and zinc are involved in virtually every bodily process. these two minerals are essential to brain and nervous system health. They are often packaged together as a sleep aid. This is very convenient. Although, I recommend that you take them separately, for reasons of absorption. Zinc and Magnesium will fight for absorption when taken together so you should maybe take zinc in the morning and then take the magnesium about an hour later. If you prefer to take zinc and magnesium together, try using ZMA. There are several versions of this on the market. Just remember magnesium and zinc are best absorbed on an empty stomach, but if it messes up your stomach, then eat a light meal with your supplements.
Eat loads of leafy greens!
There are so many benefits to eating more dark leafy greens that I don’t know where to start. Fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and iron are just some of the nutrients that will keep you sharp and fit for years to come.
That said, I’m not a big kale fan. It’s not like I hate it. It’s just – everywhere. Swiss chard, bok choy, and dandelion greens are some of my favorites. I’ll eat some collard greens in the morning with some soft-boiled pastured eggs for a load of minerals like magnesium, zinc, and potassium. Pastured eggs are a great source of omega three fatty acids, which help your brain synapses fire more efficiently. These fats are highly bio-available in pasture raised eggs.
More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes.
To improve your overall health and wellness and not just your brain and neurological health, eat less sugar. In fact, cut out all processed foods and sugar from your diet. carbohydrate is one of the most important macro-nutrients. You don’t need to rely on pastas, breads, and other processed carbs. You’ll get plenty when you start eating more vegetables everyday.
I hope that these tips are helpful to you. Please subscribe!
Episode 28 of Happy and Healthy Over 40 – The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood – Coach and Facilitator Soma Miller discuss why he sees fatherhood as a sacred sacrifice, and why he thinks fathers should learn by talking with one another to discuss ideas on parenting, especially for young fathers. The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood, is a conversation that surprised me a great deal. Soma Miller is a friend and a wise man. I’d never heard fatherhood described as a sacred sacrifice.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who don’t get enough recognition, and to all the dads that do. This is the first in the Father’s Day series for all of those fathers out there who respect, the sacred sacrifice of fatherhood!
Can cookware cause cancer? – 4 Safe Non-Stick Alternatives to toxic Cookware – You have heard all about the importance of eating healthy foods. You understand how to measure your calories, and macro-nutrients like fats, protein, and carbs. But what about your non-stick cookware? Did you know that your shiny new copper coated non-stick skillet is potentially very toxic to you and your family? Even the healthiest diet can cause severe health problems if your pots and pans are toxic.
The cookware industry has been searching for a safe non-stick coating for healthy cooking for decades. The grand daddy of synthetic non stick surfaces for cooking is Teflon. Teflon cookware gets its non stick properties from a coating of PTFE. When heated above 572°F, this plastic polymer releases terrible toxins. These toxic fumes lead to flu-like symptoms called polymer fume fever. It’s more commonly known as Teflon flu. Several chemical compounds found in Teflon cookware are threatening to the body, as well as to the environment.
Like many other non-stick surfaces, aluminum cookware is usually coated. Just like several of the other toxic surfaces that are underneath the safe ceramic coating. Ceramic is an effective barrier to the negative effects of aluminum. However ceramic is prone to chipping while cooking or washing your cookware. Rapid heating and cooling can crack an expensive skillet. This allows the toxic metal to leach into your food.
Aluminum foil, is even more dangerous. There’s an established “safe” amount of aluminum the human body can manage. It’s approximately 20 mg per pound of body weight a day. When you wrap your food in aluminum foil and cook it this way, the amount of this substance that leaks into the food significantly exceeds the permissible level. For me personally, no amount of a toxic metal in my blood stream is okay.
Aluminum is a neurotoxic metal. Elevated levels of aluminum in the body have been linked to several central nervous system diseases, including ALS, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia.
Uncoated copper pots and pans, are quite toxic. A nice dinner of salmon in lemon sauce, could lead to desert in the ER with a case of metal poisoning. And that’s because it can release copper when you cook acidic foods.
Companies like All Clad, Calphalon, and Cuisinart are always cooking up expensive new non-stick surfaces to sell to you. A new skillet can run you upwards of $200. This is especially painful when you later discover that your shiny cookware is really poisoning you. Ouch!
So what should you do? Non-stick cookware makes clean up easier, and you use a lot less oils and fats in your cooking with non-stick cookware. The solution is easy. Stick with the classics, such as, cast iron, carbon steel, glass, and 100% ceramic cookware.
Here Comes Ironman!
Your grandma knew how to make a cast-iron cookware as smooth as any overpriced option from Wolfgang Puck. Cast Iron has great heat retention. So your food stays warm just in case someone’s a little late for dinner. Cast iron heats well and evenly.It doesn’t leak anything toxic into your food. Plus it has the added benefit of increasing your body’s iron levels.
Many manufacturers are now making preseasoned cast iron pans. If you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, your morning omelet will slide right out of the pan. Cast iron is also about as durable and rugged as cookware can get. You can make popcorn in your cast iron Dutch oven over a campfire, without a scratch on it. Try that with your $200 copper pot.
When in Rome
Carbon steel is very popular in Europe. It’s a lighter, and equally durable alternative to cast iron. Carbon steel is generally safer stainless steel, because stainless can contain nickel, another toxic metal. It’s better to be on the safe side in my opinion. The only draw back to carbon steel is it’s a little harder to purchase here in the United States.
Glass cookware is about as safe as you can get. It does not release anything toxic when heated, Glass doesn’t hang on to any old food flavors. It’s also eco-friendly!
You might be scratching your head as to why I suggest 100% ceramic cookware. Notice the 100% part of the sentence. The problem with ceramic coated cookware is not the ceramic part, it’s the aluminum, lead, and other toxic substances underneath. Ceramic coatings are usually soft. They chip and peel. All ceramic pots are much more durable, and don’t peel, or chip like coated versions.
So, can cookware cause cancer? The answer unfortunately is – yes. In my opinion, it’s always better to be on the safe side, when it comes to your health. Why go with a new and untried non-stick pan, when, all you have to do, is do what your grandma did. Iron, steel, glass, and ceramic have been around for a very long time, and they’re here to stay.
Episode 27 – How to Bounce Back when the World Knocks You Down – with Frank Ferrante
As the subject of the documentary MAY I BE FRANK?, Mr. Frank Ferrante, opened his heart in a courageous and vulnerable way. The ending has inspired thousands of people to face their own demons. Frank himself was inspired to become a spokesperson for personal transformation and weight loss.
Frank experienced the struggles of losing weight, and succeeded by taking a holistic perspective. His new mindset inspired Frank, to speak about the power of transformation, that rests in all of us. Today he shares what he’s learned since the success of the movie in 2010.
Synopsis of “May I Be Frank”
Frank Ferrante is 54. He weighs 290lbs. Frank’s had a lifetime of drug & alcohol abuse and as a result contracted Hepatitis-C. He’s on multiple medications including anti-depressants, undergoing chemo and drinks 10 espressos a day to stay awake.
One day Frank stumbles into Cafe Gratitude, a Raw food café in San Francisco. The cafe’s manager. Ryland asks Frank, what is one thing you’d like to do before you die? Frank answers ‘I want to fall in love one more time, but with a body like this, no one will love me, because i don’t love myself.’ Watch as Ryland, his brother Cary and best friend Conor, help Frank take on his weight, health, relationships and loving himself in just 42 days!
Frank Ferrante quotes
“I am not an expert nor do I have the answer. I have witnessed the indisputable fact that we are all connected. What we do can and will make a difference.”
“I have learned that the three most important things a man can say are: I don’t know.Would you please help me? I love you.”
“What happens when Tony Soprano meets Deepak Chopra? That’s how people have described my story. I might throw some Woody Allen in there and a dash of Hunter S. Thompson.”
Diet, diet book, May I Be Frank, Weight Loss, Losing weight, Transformation, Coaching, Courage
Episode 26 of Happy and Healthy Over 40: Understanding Neurofeedback with John Mekrut. This is a conversation with leading Neurofeedback expert, John Mekrut. We discuss the human brain, getting older, training your brain through Neurofeedback – and bees!
John Mekrut’s Bio
Mister Mekrut is the owner of The Balanced Brain Neurofeedback Training Center which specializes in training the brain in self-regulation for maximum performance. He is the father of two teenage girls. One of his daughters is on the autistic spectrum. Neurofeedback training helped her improve her self-regulation and stop taking medications. It was a wonderful transformation and set her on a path of success in school and life.
His experience with his daughter, led John to train at the Othmer Institute in Woodland Hills, California. John trained with Sue and Siegfried Othmer. They are two pioneers in Neurofeedback training.
“I keep myself informed about the latest developments in neuroscience, attend professional development courses and am always looking to add elements of mind/body work to my practice. Since the brain does not work in a vacuum, I encourage proper nutrition, sleep habits, and behavioral changes that will aid in the work of properly re-regulating a disregulated brain.”
John’s decade long experience with biofeedback and Neurofeedback technologies has made him a recognized leader in his field. He is the President of the Western Association of Biofeedback and Neuroscience. It is the oldest professional organization for biofeedback professionals and for the second year in a row.
John is also included in the TransTech 200 as one of the two hundred thought leaders promoting the use of technology for mental, physical and spiritual wellness. John Mekrut is a sought after speaker in a variety of venues. He maintains a robust clinical practice serving clients from toddlers to senior citizens.
What are some applications for Neurofeedback?
John Mekrut utilizes state of the art technologies, which provide direct awareness of the brain’s own signaling. Neurofeedback teaches the brain to build new neural pathways and increase blood flow to specific regions that need it, physically rewiring your brain to transform the way you think, feel, and experience the world. It is taught to re calibrate its behavior and promote stability and flexibility of response.
The clinical applications go back over 30 years. The applications include improving the symptoms of complex and developmental trauma. Some of the issues addressed are: ASD, ADHD, ODD, anxiety/depression disorders and many more. The holistic nature of the training complements and augments any other interventions that may comprise a treatment plan.
This led to Mr. Mekrut’s association with Hope Psychiatry, where integrated modalities are the cornerstone of long-term recovery. John is a valued member of the team, and his work is part of the integrative effort to improve the lives of the growing community.
The podcast, “Embracing Your Strength – Masculine and Feminine Power with Julie Fernandez”, is a conversation that came about on a sunny Southern California afternoon. Julie is my yoga teacher. We also share a love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Often times, our conversations center on exercise and strength training.
As we sipped mint tea, on the rear patio of La Maida Institute, the topic shifted to our vulnerabilities. It was a surprise to learn that Julie wasn’t always so confident and self-assured. Like many of us, Julie imagined that she was not meeting her own expectations.
Julie had a hard time accepting her physical strength as an asset. She considered it unfeminine. She felt it was a masculine trait. Anytime someone would complement her on how strong she was, Julie would cringe. Her idea of female beauty was a dainty, petite girly girl. Julie didn’t see herself in the corporatized slick advertising in the media.
This is her story of continuing evolution, and growth. She now understands that her beauty flows from her strength. How did she learn this lesson? Listen to the podcast!
I had a great time doing this one. Julie’s journey of greater understanding of masculine and feminine power and her own self acceptance, is inspiring, and informative.
Hector: This is episode 25 of happy and healthy over 40, the website and podcast for people over 40, where we discuss Health, sex, mindset, lifestyle, and relationships – as we enter our forties and Beyond. Whether you want to maintain your vitality, grow your competitive Spirit, or you want to keep a clear mind and a powerful body. Maybe you just want to feel healthy. You’ve come to the right place you may not be 21 years old anymore but you can feel like a million bucks.
On this episode of the show we’re going to be speaking with Julie Fernandez Julie is a trauma therapist and operations manager for La Maida Institute – a holistic Wellness Center here in North Hollywood California. She’s also a yoga instructor and program manager for Exhale to Inhale. Julie’s been on the show once before and it’s a real pleasure to have her back! Julie is also my yoga instructor. She’s helping me improve my flexibility and Joint strength so that I can continue to do Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She’s also Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners as well.
Our topic today is embracing your strengths and masculine and feminine power welcome Julie!
Julie: thank you thank you, nice to be back
Hector: Right on. We’ve had a couple of interesting conversations recently. We got into the topic of embracing your strength it started out as a conversation about martial arts and feeling strong and embracing that power. The power that you feel. It evolved into this conversation about embracing our power.
You and I both didn’t want to accept our own power. The way that you are powerful – the way that it came across to me was that you didn’t want to acknowledge that power. You’re finally acknowledging that. Please let the listeners know about that.
“I didn’t want to be seen as weak.”
Julie: it’s been a journey we talked about that it stems back from childhood. I’m a Survivor of a lot of abuse, a lot of sexual and physical abuse. In many cases my power was taken away I always felt really weak and in order for me to keep going I had to be tough. I wanted to do away with all the girly stuff.
I didn’t want people to see me as weak. Because, I had to be strong cuz I had to protect myself. It’s really helpful to have that and then as I got older.
As I grew into a woman, I also wanted to be seen as feminine so then I had to let go of that strong Persona or so I thought and whenever somebody would mention that I was strong physically. I remember having such a negative reaction to it and got to be seen as a strong woman. It’s just that whole dynamic is really hard for me to accept that I am strong I wanted to be seen as a beautiful woman it was hard for me to accept both – to be seen as both.
“…feeling my strength… it was really healing for me.”
The last few years I started getting into weight training, and I started tapping into my strength even my trainers and some of the people I train with would always comment that I feel so strong. I don’t want to be and I am actually really strong – physically strong.
It was something to see myself get stronger and stronger each time lifting heavier and heavier weights. this is me learning to accept that what would it be like for me to use that in different ways and that’s when I started to get into Jiu Jitsu and seeing and feeling my strength in that way it was really really healing for me for me.
Learn more by listening to the podcast…
Episode 25: Sexual Empowerment Over 40 with Celeste Hirschman. Some of our deepest pain is related to sex and personal relationships. Sexual empowerment over 40 with Celeste Hirschman, is an open conversation about feeling loved and held instead of abandoned and disconnected. It gets easier to be sexually empowered after the age of 40. Advertising and media are not marketing to you as heavily. This frees you up to live the life you always wanted. That includes great sex!
About Celeste Hirschman
Celeste Hirschman received her Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. Ms. Hirshman taught as a lecturer at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the Human Sexuality Studies Department and was a Project Manager at SFSU’s Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, where she co-authored numerous articles on adolescent sexual development. She is the Co-founder and the Co-creator of the Somatica Method ® and trains coaches in the method. Celeste also has her own private practice where she sees clients in her San Francisco office.
Somatica’s Mission Statement
Our Mission is to fill the world with love, erotic pleasure, connection, satisfying relationships, and self-aware people who feel free to fully express themselves and can support others in doing the same.
April 8th 2018 is when the next Introduction to Somatica Core Training. The program begins on the 26th of April. Enrollment is open until the 25th of April.
Episode 23 – How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helped Black Belt Mike Radell Beat a Heart Attack: 76-year-old, Mike Radell is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and a very wise man. In this episode, Mike explains how his strenuous training and dedication to BJJ helped him overcome the effects of a heart attack. He teaches the importance of vigorous exercise in your life, as you continue to get older, in order to stay out of the doctor’s office, and into the life that you love!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt Mike Radell shares his insights in training for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mike has been an inspiration for me personally. He’s always been one of the black belts at Machado academy that I looked up to, because he was older and yet always appeared to be very energetic and full of life. He’s the quiet humble dude that you’d never want to mess with and that impresses me most of all! I’ve been looking forward to this interview for several months now.
If you’re worried if you’re too old to try something new, then consider that, Mike was 55 years old when he began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career. Ten years after that, Mike suffered a heart attack. His cardiologist said the strenuous exercise and BJJ training had strengthened Mike’s arteries. In short, living an active lifestyle had saved Mike’s life.
Ironically, the doctor was also a judo player. His name is Maeda. The man who brought BJJ to the Gracie family in Brazil was named Mitsuyo Maeda. Coincidence or fate?!? When Mike asked him if it was a good idea to continue to train after the heart attack, the Judoka said, he didn’t see a reason why Mike shouldn’t.
Even though Mike is 76 years old, he makes time to practice Jiu Jitsu, every week. He’s built friendships, and continues to improve as a BJJ player. He admits that the life he leads is better because he stays fit and eats healthy. Mike advocates for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, not because of winning belts or medals, but because it makes his life better.
He also was the man who introduced the sport of Jiu Jitsu to Felicia Oh. She has gone on to win many titles, and is a member of the “Dirty Dozen”. These are the first twelve non-Brazilian women to achieve Black belt in BJJ. Felicia gives thanks to Mike in her interview here on an episode of the podcast.
Mike spends quality time, riding bikes, and surfing with his son. He travels with his wife, and usually manages find to a Jiu Jitsu Dojo for training during their travels. He is also preparing the next generation for BJJ by teaching his grand children this martial art.