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Ep. 8 Mighty Mighty Mitochondria w/ Richard Vuksinic ND | ReWildMyBio

Today my wild and wonderful co-host Dr. Richard Vuksinic and I dive deep into cellular metabolism as it pertains to our evolutionary biology and rewilding. Why is cellular metabolism important? How is it relevant to rewilding? The story of how we evolved from a single celled organism and became able to create energy from oxygen is where we begin. It is important because the story of these ancient bacteria we call mitochondria are why we are here in this form today. Plus understanding how these ancient bacterium evolved and working with that through rewilding practices can decrease cellular dysfunction and rewrite the current cultural biography the west has with aging. When we engage in activities that are commonly considered to be part of a rewilding lifestyle we are by default building resilient mitochondria. Healthy mitochondria function has its benefits, like aging well and enhanced longevity. However building stronger mitochondria that are more resilient is a byproduct of rewilding, not necessarily the main reason one seeks to reconnect with the land and their local environment. But it is a darn good one and worth exploring in detail!  And though it is true all living things will die, by engaging in some of the rewilding practices we speak about today we can age well and live optimally well into older age. Enjoy the Show.

Topics Discussed:

Intro; Story of evolution; Richard speaks about his clinical observations with mitochondrial degradation leading to illness and disfunction; Collaboration over competition throughout evolution; Death of Patriarchy and mitochondria’s relationship to the divine feminine; Mitochondria defined and how they make energy; Endosymbiosis theory; A more holistic and functional medicine approach to mitochondrial function; How our mitochondria evolved to be resilient and how domestication could be weakening our mitochondria; biochemical individuality, geolocation and building resilience through technology and ancient nature connection practices and techniques; Detoxing and eliminating vs adding resilience through hormesis; nature connection can ameliorate mitochondrial disfunction; Cellular autophagy and the cell danger response; ‘how a rewilding lifestyle and evolutionary medicine can create mitochondrial resilience; Shawn and Richard talk about their experience aging; The end.

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