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  • In this episode of The Light Diet Podcast Matt interviews Dr. Chris Shade, Founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific. Dr. Shade shares how he became who he is, why he ended up in Colorado and his experience with photobiophysics (the use of mirrors to reflect light and polarize it). Join Matt and Dr. Shade as they dive deep into the supplements which are capable of supercharging and improving our bodies, where to get the right phosphatidylcholine, about DHA and Dr. Shade’s go-to protocols to overcome health issues and build overall health! As Matt wonders whether it’s possible to overuse NAD during mitochondrial dysfunction he asks Dr. Chris what his take on this subject is. Press play and stay tuned to learn more about metal mitochondrial inhibitors, cell membranes, detoxification and so much more!

    “Too much protein does the same thing as sugar [because] all that protein, you turn it into sugar.” - Dr. Chris Shade



    Episode Highlights:

    [00:23] Matt’s bio of Dr. Chris Shade and what they discuss in this week’s episode. [08:54] How Quicksilver Scientific’s success took him to Colorado! [13:00] How he became who he is: physical experiences, mind expansion & academics. [17:02] Photobiophysics: the use of mirrors to reflect light and polarize it [20:05] Dr. Shade and Matt discuss the purpose and mission of their work. [24:58] What are the go to supplements to improve our bodies? [30:38] Phosphatidylcholine: Which to take and which to avoid. [34:48] Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) [36:24] Lifestyle: What Dr. Chris has found to be useful in building overall health. [42:55] Dr. Chris’ recommendations when it comes to repairing someone with NAD. [50:59] Mitochondrial function: how to boost it and the most dangerous inhibitors! [01:00:50] Dr. Chris’ one-size fits all detox protocols. [01:07:01] Melatonin and the negative feedback loop? [01:12:02] What is his take on the optimal “Light Diet” protocol?



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  • Join Matt as he brings on guest Darin Olien, aka the “Superfood Hunter!” Darin is co-host of the Netflix docu-series “Down to Earth” with Zac Efron and host of the #1 Health & Wellness podcast “The Darin Olien Show.” Today, as Darin shares about the experiences he lived that led to his early awakening the conversation takes us into the psychological aspects behind the question about true essence: “Who are we?” Matt contemplates asking himself this question on a regular basis, thus, asks Darin whether he has figured it out himself or if it is more of a constant evolution. Darin speaks about what led to his belief that ‘it’s not happening to us, it’s all happening for us’, what recapitulation and energy are truly capable of and briefly touches on his experiences with ayahuasca. He dives into how the Netflix docu-series “Down to Earth” came to be, his experiences throughout pre-production and the 3 months on the road. Stay tuned to join Matt and Darin through this eye-opening and enlightening episode!

    “I do not think anything is happening to us, whether we have the skills yet or not, I believe it’s all happening for us” - Darin Olien

    Episode Highlights:

    [00:17] Intro focused on this week’s guest, Darin Olien. [05:47] How to support Matt’s mission for The Light Diet Podcast! [12:17] Why Darin asks himself ‘Who am I?’ everyday and how his story transpired. [23:48] ‘Who are we?’, ‘Do you know who you are?’, ‘Do other’s figure out who they are?’ or, is it a constant evolution? [32:45] Purpose, getting closer to our true essence, and Darin’s incredible awakening. [43:43] Recapitulation and Energy. [59:49] Allowing pain to take him to researching metaphysics, the concept of transpersonal research and integration of the mind, body, and spirit. [01:07:23] How did “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” come to be? [01:18:35] Where will Darin’s heart call him from here?

    Related Links Mentioned:

    Netflix series: “Down To Earth with Zac Efron Podcast: “The Darin Olien Show Barukas™ Nuts Fatal Conveniences

    About Darin Olien:

    Aside from being co-host on the Netflix docu-series and host of his own podcast, Darin is also a highly recognized exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and author of the New York Times bestseller book, “SuperLife: The five fixes that will keep you healthy, fit and eternally awesome.” He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition and a Masters in Psychology, which he has put into great use working with companies to formulate a whole-food supplement called, “Shakeology”, the plant based, “Ultimate Reset 21-day” detoxification program, and being one of the founders of Barukas™, new super nut from the Savannah “Cerrado” of Brazil. To learn more about Darin, connect with him via the links provided below.

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  • Join Matt Maruca and Dr. Dylan Petkus as they chat about the key drivers to maximizing your body’s energy production! First, they explain that you should begin by assessing your mitochondria and optimizing your body through The Light Diet protocols. Much of what they discuss today is based on their understanding of mitochondrial functioning in relation to Dr. Wallaces’ findings. In this episode you’ll learn about entropy, the short and long term effects of mitochondrial damage, NAD+ in mitochondrial functioning and so much more! Stick around to learn info about fighting fatigue by enhancing your body's mitochondrial performance.

    “The mitochondria is the central hub of when things go wrong in terms of someone's health overall because it is the big place in the cell where information and energy are flowing.” - Dr. Dylan Petkus

    About Dr. Dylan Petkus:

    Dr. Dylan Petkus, MD, MPH, MS holds a Master’s in Public Health, a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Doctor of Medicine, and has published peer-reviewed papers. He is known for being able to simplify the complex science of fatigue into a clear step-by-step process. Dr. Dylan and his fiance, Molly McKinney, MD, MPH, coach those who suffer from fatigue and are ready to transform their lives by living to their fullest potential.

    Episode Highlights:

    [00:41] How Dr. Dylan found his way into health and wellness. [05:15] Understanding the relation between our modern lifestyle and chronic diseases. [11:34] “The Vital Question” by Nick Lane, Entropy, and more! [23:52] All about OAM: Orbital Angular Momentum. [28:03] How is Dr. Dylan able to use his laptop outdoors for soooo long?? [30:15] More about OAM and natural vs. artificial light. [36:30] The mitochondria as the “central hub” of the immune system! [45:53] CO2 levels during Wim Hof’s “Breath of Fire” & other types of breathing. [53:01] Mitochondrial functioning: what improves or hinders it? [01:05:19] Why some day to day activities are negatively affecting your mitochondria. [01:12:30] What’s the average lifecycle of a human cell and how often do they turn over? [01:17:07] Heteroplasmy: short and long term effects of mitochondrial damage. [01:21:01] Why would someone have chronic carbohydrate cravings? [01:24:10] The blueprint and the wiring diagrams. [01:30:40] The long term ramifications of cell death and cell turnover. [01:38:29] A few of the top 5 key functions in energy production. [01:40:40] NAD+ in mitochondrial functioning. [01:46:55] Deuterium aka heavy hydrogen. [01:50:04] NAD+, NADH, the krebs cycle and redox. [01:57:20] Defining pseudohypoxia. [02:02:48] What would make the krebs cycle function poorly? [02:06:45] A short tangent about the conversion of serotonin to melatonin. [02:06:45] NAD+ drips and your circadian rhythm!

    Related Links Mentioned:

    The Vital Question by Nick Lane Check out this episode on The Light Diet YouTube

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  • Today, your host Matt interviews guest Dr. Laszlo G. Boros, an ‘absolute biochemical wizard’ of heavy hydrogen and the effects of deuterium in health. Join them as they discuss deutenomics and where deuterium can be found in nature. Dr. Boros teaches us about heavy hydrogen, why oceanic water is highest in deuterium concentration, about over hydrating, and how deuterium negatively affects our mitochondria. In this episode you'll learn about excess carbs, the high deuterium counts in our modern drinking water, the process of quantum destabilization and the importance of bone marrow in your diet. If you’re ready to learn why we need to say no to the carbs, grab your pen and paper and tune it!

    “I would not drink water under any circumstances because I ate something that is too high in deuterium...this actually disrupts hormone regulations of energy production.” - Dr. Boros



    Episode Highlights:

    [00:18] About deuterium depletion and a bio of Dr. Boros. [05:00] Brief intro to today’s episode. [07:12] Deutenomics and diseases! [14:14] All about deuterium! [22:09] How hydrogen’s ‘big, fat, brother’ affects living organisms and the environment. [40:25] The relationship between hydrating properly and your mitochondria. [50:32] Quantum destabilization and the food we eat. [01:02:40] How is deuterium clogging and damaging our mitochondria? [01:06:55] Two doctors are better than one with Dr. Kruse & Dr. Boros. [01:14:42] Info about deutenomics from ancient writings, like The Bible. [01:21:16] The ketogenic diet: fats vs. carbohydrates and omega fatty acids. [01:38:32] Seasonal foods and bone marrow in your diet. [01:48:40] Evolutionary biology: shellfish vs. bone marrow. [01:55:17] Effectively depleting your deuterium? [02:00:43] Should we eat seasonal fruits? [02:05:30] Saying no to the carbs!



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  • In this episode of The Light Diet Podcast Matt interviews Luke Storey, host of The Life Stylist Podcast. They dive into all things about perspectives, the consciousness, and spirituality. Luke mentions his favorite principle, “mind like water”, which he explains as ‘always being willing to take on information from multiple sources and always being willing to reconsider your point of view’. He conveys how our physical body can be hurt, but in the quantum world the true essence of ourselves - the soul - cannot be harmed. They discuss the importance of light in relation to human life indoors. Luke shares how for him the interplay between the spiritual health in the subconscious came first and subsequently bounced toward his physical health. Stay tuned and enjoy the show!

    “Surrendered action: the power of learning that not all battles need to be fought and applying it.” -Luke Storey

    Episode Highlights:

    [01:24] Introduction of today’s guest, Lukey Storey. [03:59] Centering and perspective during these uncertain times. [10:15] Listen to Matt interviewing Luke on episode 233 of The Life Stylist Podcast! [13:24] Perspectives: How did the ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ come to be? [28:52] Consciousness: The soul apart from the body. [36:32] A glimpse into the true essence of who we are. [51:13] ‘Surrender’ versus ‘Surrendered Action’. [01:02:17] Spiritual principles crush adversity! [01:27:24] Mistakes or decent regrets? [01:34:56] The pineal gland is run by light. [01:38:55] Living indoors is a modern zoo humans created. [01:43:15] The practices of moving from the physical world to the spiritual world and creating the consistent ability to react positively to life circumstances. [01:55:13] What is the interplay between physical and spiritual health? [02:07:00] Spirituality: Devoting my life to God. [02:13:00] How far can you go and how much can you love? [02:17:25] Our cells communicate with high frequency light. [02:19:50] The electromagnetic force. [02:23:50] Profound experiences change your life. [02:31:10] “The eye is the lamp of the body” Mathew 6:22

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  • Today Matt Maruca interviews Dr. Jacob Israel Liberman, an innovator in the fields of light, vision, and consciousness. Dr. Liberman was intrigued to learn a deeper understanding of light and the science of life after experiencing the miraculous healing of his own eyesight.

    “There’s something within our humanity that knows, without knowing that it knows.” - Dr. Liberman

    Join them as they dive into discussing direct experience, luminous life, and automation. Dr. Liberman teaches us that light creates our harmonious relationship to life due to the simple fact that our bodies are made of light. He shares why most people materialize the mind, yet some experience an awakening that allows them to occupy more of their full humanity, which he experienced in 1976! In this episode you’ll learn why each human has a purpose for being, how light affects living things, the use of color for healing and so much more. Stay tuned to continue learning how to “enter the zone” from Dr. Jacob Liberman himself!

    “The energy from the sun is the optimal fuel mix for our life.” - Dr. Liberman

    Episode Highlights:

    [00:00] Brief intro of this episode. [01:08] Dr. Liberman explains the concept of “direct experience.” [04:30] He dives into another way a “Luminous Life”! [08:13] What is “ungraspable”? [14:00] Is there anything physiologically that you control? [26:12] How light creates our harmonious relationship to life. [37:15] Truth beyond opinion: our, consciousness, and essence. [50:08] You can call it ‘consciousness’, but I call it ‘awareness’. [53:45] The instance of his revelation! [57:51] Why his true calling is engaging in life altering conversations. [01:04:30] How can we implement the “Luminous Life” on a daily basis? [01:14:08] Clearing away the problems through the true essence of who we are. [01:20:00] How to feel content? If the shoe fits, say yes to it! [01:24:45] Each of us has a purpose for being. [01:31:38] Light and its impact on living things. [01:48:51] Stop ‘practicing’ light exposure, instead, receive it naturally.

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  • In today’s episode Matt chats with Dr. Jack Kruse, a respected neurosurgeon and CEO of Kruse Longevity Center. The Kruse Longevity Center is a health and wellness establishment which helps their patients avoid the healthcare burdens people typically encounter as they age.

    “Instead of working with the paleo movement, I decided I was going to teach them a lesson [about circadian biology].” -Dr. Jack Kruse

    Matt and Dr. Jack Kruse delve into the lightbulb moment he experienced regarding leptin and how he impacted the paleo community through circadian biology. Dr. Kruse briefly discusses evolutionary biology in terms of the mitochondria, factor x, cold thermogenesis, and the brain gut. During a brief overview of evolutionary biology he shares why he loves Mexico so much! The conversation circles back to the importance of cold thermogenesis, the brain gut and Dr. Jack’s research on these concepts throughout the past 15 years. Later, they discuss why mammals cannot live without DHA from Omega-3. Take a seat, relax, and get ready to learn more through Matt’s chat with Dr. Jack Kruse!

    “Eat like a great white shark and live like a polar bear.” -Dr. Jack Kruse

    Episode Highlights:

    [02:00] Jack Kruse shares his origin story. [06:30] A birds eye view of leptin and how it works in the body. [11:11] Blue light toxicity and COVID19. [16:32] How he impacted the paleo community. [20:11] What is causing leptin resistance today? [29:05] His brief overview of evolutionary biology. [47:05] Cold thermogenesis, brain gut and UV light. [58:40] The East African Rift and DHA. [01:11:32] The importance of scientists that continue researching what they believe in!

    Related Links Mentioned:

    Dr. Jack Kruse Blog Index Circadian Cycle Blogs Series: Leptin Series: Cold Thermogenesis Series: Brain Gut

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  • In this episode of The Light Diet Podcast Matt interviews Ben Greenfield, who declined 6 medical programs for a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics. Ben takes you along his 8 year brick-and-mortar journey in the world of fitness and why he eventually switched into writing, speaking, consulting, and podcasting. He discusses his experiences since starting the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast 12 years ago to what the world of podcasting offers now. Matt and Ben talk about ancestral health and Ben shares whether he sees their small footprint making its way to the mainstream route anytime soon. Ben expresses why he recently began managing his daily information consumption through a quality over quantity perspective. Then, they dive into the idea of finding true fulfillment through spirituality. Sit tight and enjoy today's episode!

    “In my opinion, taking on debt to hire an assistant or outsource in order to build out a company is actually prudent.” -Ben Greenfield

    Episode Highlights:

    [00:22] Ben’s experiments with the magical butter machine and ketamine! [09:10] The light diet in its spiritual form. [11:00] Who is Ben Greenfield? [21:53] How he created a name for himself in the fitness world. [23:50] His podcasting journey over the last 12 years. [29:14] Will this small ancestral health footprint go mainstream? [34:08] What fascinates you most about natural living? [36:50] Matt’s lightbulb moment! [42:57] How do we make the most impact on this planet? [51:34] Why outsourcing eliminates information overwhelm and the perspective of quality over quantity. [01:01:20] Spirituality through the hero’s journey. [01:21:00] Where to start your holistic path?

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  • In the first episode of The Light Diet Podcast, your host Matt Maruca, walks you through his story, how he got to where he is today, and his reasons why self optimization is necessary for our bodies. He starts by sharing that growing up he was very fortunate, but in 9th grade he hit a wall due to several ongoing health issues. When he started dealing with acne breakouts, he recalls that it was his vanity that led to the obsessive research and consumption of every bit of data he could find in order to heal his body. The information he took in about human health being tied to much more than just food and exercise fascinated him in so many ways, he thought: “wow there’s something here and there has to be much more!”

    The real game changer was when he learned about a controversial figure, Dr. Jack Kruse. Through Dr. Kruse’s blogs he learned the positive impacts of the DHA Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acid, the concept of grounding, and the effects of light exposure on the mitochondria and our body over all. If you’ve made it this far you’re ready to learn how to optimize yourself through the 8 steps of the Light Diet. Grab your pen and paper and enjoy the show!

    “Controversial figures, like Dr. Jack Kruse, are typically the people who impact the greatest change in the world.” -Matt Maruca

    “You can't fix a broken car engine with premium fuel and fuel added if you can't fix broken human mitochondria with a clean diet, supplements and exercise.” -Matt Maruca

    Episode Highlights:

    [01:41] The story that led to his journey of self optimization. [09:15] The controversial figure! [13:24] Dr. Jack Kruse and his work. [25:16] Optimizing the mitochondria through the light diet. [50:23] How does our body resemble a car? [56:10] Food diets are not the way! [59:40] Trying to understand human diseases by understanding genetics. [01:08:57] Let’s talk about the different types of diseases. [01:13:28] The importance of Dr. Jack Kruse’s research. [01:24:38] Blogs and books about research encompassing the light diet. [01:34:52] Has science helped people to be happy? [01:38:55] The negative effects of our modern lifestyle and how it bridges over. [01:42:53] Let’s talk about the steps of, what Matt calls, ‘The Light Diet’. [02:09:14] The purpose of The Light Diet podcast.

    Episode resources:

    Dr. Jack Kruse’s blog Dr. Wallace Alexander Wunch The Fourth Phase of Water Health and Light The Body Electric Light shaping life Going Somewhere: Truth about a life in science

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  • I’m Matt Maruca, and this is The Light Diet podcast! After struggling with health issues as a young kid, I’ve spent nearly half my life seeking to understand how our bodies work in order to achieve optimal health.

    On my journey, I learned about little-known Western research from expert scientists confirming that our bodies are electromagnetic in nature, meaning that we are truly beings of light, and our body’s functions are controlled by light. This research opens the doors to an entirely new and deeper understanding of previously misunderstood Ancient Eastern wisdom about health, energy, and wellness.

    As the saying goes, heaven and hell have the same address: half way between our right and left ears. My goal is to travel the world and learn from leading Western Experts and Eastern Masters all of the things that we can do in our time on this earth to live in the states of bliss, flow, and love that everyone has experienced, but we have been taught to believe are only accessible under special circumstances.

    Achieving optimal health and self-realization in the modern world involves more than just diets of our food and exercise. It requires a new relationship with Light, externally and internally.

    Welcome to The Light Diet!

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