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095: Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) with Dr. Ted Achacoso. II part

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Welcome back for part II of our episode with the creator of the Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) model, Dr. Ted Achacoso. If you haven’t listened to part I please do and then rejoin us here.

To recap from Part I, Dr. Ted is a foremost expert in holistic health and anti-aging. He has a tri-continental practice based on the framework he created called Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe). He is also a certified genius who earned a Doctor of Medicine at 22, and went on to develop a nootropic troche called Blue Cannatine. He’s also an advanced meditator and a shaman with Ancient Tibetan Bonpo Shamanism/Bonpo Dzogchen.

On part two of today’s Awesome Health Podcast with Dr. Ted, we continue headlong into the world of HOMe and talk about the seven pillars of health optimization and why he prefers the terms the health maintenance and health promotion (versus preventive medicine). He reminds us every person is different and needs to be addressed as their own individual with their own internal network. So an imbalance for one person should be treated differently than an imbalance in another person, health optimization medicine (HOMe) is about backtracking and correcting imbalances within the individual person rather than giving a diagnosis and treating a disease.

Dr. Ted also shares what set points are in people, how set points are determined by many things including our environment and the people around us and how this all relates to the limbic system and the brain. 

We also talk about how the prefrontal cortex in human beings differentiates us from animals. Without it we wouldn’t be able to focus on anything but the present moment, which is helpful in some ways (like appreciating the here and now!) but also hinders us from advancing because the prefrontal cortex is used for planning and future endeavors.

Dr. Ted encourages the use of meditation to help balance the need for planning and forethought with the peace and joy being in the present moment gives us. He says to use meditation to help us detect when we’re not present and then correct this by noting when we are present for all of our activities. He goes on to explain he spends time planning his day and then the rest of his day is executing those activities (and being present as he does so).

We finish the show with Dr. Ted’s recommended health practices and the latest on his products and activities in the world. These topics are a drop in the bucket of one of the most insightful and information-packed shows in the history of our show. Please be sure to listen to both Part I and Part II of episode 95 of Awesome Health Podcast with Dr. Ted Achacoso.

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Wade Lightheart: Wow. So are they doing this with like backdated data based on DNA?

Dr Ted Achacoso: This is from the Framingham Heart Study, so it's basically a robust data set and it's respected in the medical committee. But what I like so much about this is, that now I can have my protocols in health optimization, which I'll explain shortly, which is very simple really, and hold them against illness medicine protocol and say: hey, your illness medicine protocol aged the patient by 15 years in six months, and look that same patient, I took him out of your protocol and in three months I've basically made him younger by five years. So you could see now…

Wade Lightheart: That's a 20 year variance.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. So you could see now the comparison, right? That's why it becomes exciting for me, because no one's paying attention to this. In fact, Wade, when I tried to get CME credits for a lecture, like I was going to deliver a lecture and said: I want this lecture to have CME credits. The board said: no, you can't get CME credits for this, because mitochondria is basic science. Can you imagine?

Wade Lightheart: That's so arrogant.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. It's pretty bad. So no one is paying attention to mitochondria, microbiota, epigenetics and then of course, we're seeing a lot of things about sleep, chronobiology, how it raises your inflammatory cytokines if you don't get enough sleep and how it changes your mood, your neurotransmitters, and so on. No one was paying attention to dark efficient light that we were using, the room temperature, et cetera, what is sleep reall like, why do we need it, what are the sleep cycles? And I thought that this was important information to give to a patient. Like, for example, a patient comes to me and say: I'm already become so forgetful, blah, blah, blah, suddenly, and so on and so forth. And then if you just dig a little bit on the sleep, it's like, have you been getting sleep recently? Not in the last few weeks, because of blah, blah, blah, stress, and so on. You're ready to treat the patient with some drug that will address or worse a drug that will address a mild cognitive decline, because you test, and it has mild cognitive decline, but it's temporary, right? If you address the sleep, then the cognition will return back to his baseline.

Wade Lightheart: Wow. Very, very, very, very cool. So this is what you're doing, you're actually building models, a health optimization models comparing it to medical intervention?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yes. There are seven pillars of health optimization.

Wade Lightheart: Can you share those?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yes. The mitochondria is by energetics, right? There's an index called the bioenergetic index, was developed by a company out in Boston. And then there's a microbiota, Mayo has developed a health index there, I think they're validating it now. And then of course, epigenetics, there's the clocks. There's now a sleep scoring available but currently you have to use the EEG to actually create an index for sleep. So it's not yet the practical, but we dry electrodes and stuff, I think you should be able to do that as well. And then the other thing, the main module, in fact, that I started with, is a module called clinical metabolomics.

Dr Ted Achacoso: This is my response to the fact that we've become so genetically oriented that no one's paying attention to the metabolites the body's producing and the technology now exists for us to be able to measure these metabolites. Before we just used to memorize the metabolites of the Krebs cycle, now you can not get away with just that anymore. You have to know what the co-factors are that make it run and so on and so forth, because the technology exists to measure them. In other words, you can take a look inside the cell, they can look at the metabolites. And people don't know that there's a human metabolome database. Much as there's a human genome database, there is human metabolome database. And why did I focus on a metabolome? Well, it's very simple Wade. You know, I can not see a mercury poisoning in your gene, so…

Wade Lightheart: Right. The metabolites will be deposited in amongst the cells, which can cause disruption to it's function.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yes. So the farther you go away from the gene, the more you could see the interaction of the body with the environment. The more you could see, and that is clinically actionable. You could see, for example, deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, hormones, and so on. That's basically the key module that I worked on. Now that we can measure this, don't fucking ask me whether or not you need vitamin E. We can measure that stuff. If you need it, we'll give it. If you don't, we won't. Let's make use of these developments that are already there. Then after that I did bioenergetics, gut microbiota,chronobiology, epigenetics, and then there's a whole field called exposomics, which is your total exposure to the environment, for example…

Wade Lightheart: Pollution?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yes. Pollution, heavy metals from food. You know I've had a rise in my patients lately that haveI call them borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities. You could see the mercury slowly rising, and you could do something immediately about that. For example, alpha-lipoic acid is a natural collator of the body, produced by the body specifically for that purpose. And the other module that we're looking at is evolutionary medicine, right? And evolutionary medicine, as I told you, gives you an evolutionary perspective, that much of what we regard as disease is actually the body's compensatory mechanism. The easy way to explain that is that for example, all of your cells are in agreement that they are going to abide by the rules, but if you provide noxious stimulus, like a poison or something like that, one cell will say: holy shit, my primary directive is to survive and reproduce, and therefore it will break the chains off the regulation. It will say: I'm not going to be subject to immune surveillance and you have the genesis of the cancer cell. From the level of the cell if you look at it, it is doing what it's supposed to do to survive and reproduce, but for us as an entire multicellular organism, it's bad for us. But for the cell, it's good. So yeah, when we're talking about health now we have to look at it from this various different levels. I consider the body a network of operating cells and they throw off metabolites that you can measure. So what you do is that if you could see a borderline deficiency, for example, you bring those levels back to when you were between 21 and 30 years old.

Dr Ted Achacoso: There's no claim. It's just you balance them back to between 21 to 30 years old, because it's a time that your body is deemed to be optimal. You bring the levels back there and then any side effect would be a beneficial side effect. People have been telling me: dr. Ted, what did you say, you're able to treat diabetes and you cure diabetes and so on. One patient, 30 years on Metformin and then now not on any single drug.That's what I don't want to do, because then I will be abutting directly into illness medicine. I came from there, I know how that thing, a whole system thinks. Everything in 30 in terms of disease and in terms of five-year survival rates and so on, but my model is actually very simple, because in medical school, you are taught anatomy, physiology, pathology, right? And then pharmacology and surgery. That's all you do.

Wade Lightheart: But not optimology.That's why we call our company BiOptimizers, the study of that.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. That's why I call it health optimization medicine. Health optimization medicine is the maintenance and promotion of health. In other words, if you're a car, what we know how to do as doctors is to change your tire, meaning you get a heart transplant, or to give you a coolant, because your engine is overheated, we give you something for your fever. We know how to do that, but we don't know how to… Before we didn't have any signals, right? Like, oh, your rear tire pressure is actually decreasing, or you need to change oil now, or you need the servicing of this, you need more of this fluid and so on.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Those indicators are now available in your metabolite levels. The technology did not exist before, but it exists now. So why don't we move away from illness medicine and take a look at health maintenance and health promotion. And that's why I don't call it preventive medicine, because preventive medicine is really a term from illness medicine, which has to do with vaccines and so on and so forth.

Wade Lightheart: Right.

Dr Ted Achacoso: And it has to do and to deal with populations. Here we're dealing with an individual person as an ecosystem. So when illness medicine is asking for where are your quantitative studies, we cannot do quantitative studies.

Wade Lightheart: They are qualitative studies.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Qualitative, see, and you understand it. So because what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander in this case. As indicators of…

Wade Lightheart: Some of the high levels of mercury, for example, require different interventions to take that before anything else needs to be addressed if you're looking at resources. For someone that doesn't have that, that has bad higher metabolites of something else, or they have maybe a physical condition like heart disease or something, you have to develop protocols and systematically based on the most egregious issue versus the next one, the next one, and then ultimately like, okay, well, how do we go in a direction that reverses the aging, that'd be right?

Dr Ted Achacoso: No Wade, you're too neat. Because it's a network, you cannot put anything in a hierarchy and this is very true for hormones. For example, we know that the hormones, they now do the replacement therapy, or, you know bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and I don't like that, because you're only replacing one of them when you know very well that this is a network. You have to take a look at where they are in the network and what they're doing, because they are all attached to one another. What we see in illness medicine are extremes, but what we're doing here is simply taking a look at what's optimal, right?

Dr Ted Achacoso: What's optimal for you to maintain health. And to make the point about being highly individual more poignant is that the husbands usually come to me after their wives have seen me and they go: I want the same thing that you're giving her. And I said: why? And she's always asking for sex now. No, I can't give you what I'm giving her. You'll begin to grow boobs. Anyway, it's just drives home the point that each person's health is different. And for me those imbalances, right? So instead of illness medicine, diagnosis and treats disease, health optimization medicine detects and corrects imbalances. And right now it's at the level of metabolome, because it's what we can prove. But Wade, if you can give me a machine that detects the subtle energies in the body that is verifiable and so on, then we can go down to that level of subtle energies and say: okay, this is, this is validated and so on, it's repeatable, and here are theways to correct this.

Wade Lightheart: We can do this, for example, in brain state neurofeedback training that we can detect the prevalence of various types of brain frequencies that are being generated or created in the brain in various peoples. And we can train these things. Would you say that that's the beginning, like scientific feedback systems starting with the brain that we might be able to develop in the future in a variety of areas of the body?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yes. Wade, I know you're a big fan of neurofeedback and all of this, but I also would like to challenge you with something.

Wade Lightheart: Please.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Because neurofeedback and all of that is dependent on the electric chemical activity of the nervous system. Essentially what they call the digital component.

Wade Lightheart: Right.

Dr Ted Achacoso: But that's the young. Energy, right?

Wade Lightheart: Yes.

Dr Ted Achacoso: But there is an older system that's equivalent to grandma, which is the hormonal system or the messages that are going through blood, which is hormonal. That's why, when you try to do a work with patients on that, you cannot say 'grandma now'. No, it goes and so on and so forth. And so it should be, for example, when we're looking at these types of detections, we should take a look at both the analog and the digital system and not just a digital system. The digital system is great, because it's easy.

Dr Ted Achacoso: You can detect, even if that technology or engineering can be challenging to separate out the waves and so on and so forth, but it could be done. But what I'm looking at is like, yeah, what about the other component? The one that is not electrochemical, the one that's actually in the liquid portion of your body, that's circulating. And if you take a look at the body, the body is about 60 to 80% water, so we have to be paying attention also to that part. And that's a challenge, like how do you detect both so that you could actually balance both and not just the electrical?

Wade Lightheart: And what's the optimal correlation between the two would actually be?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah, because Wade what kind of the key thingsthat I would like to share with your listeners actually, is I look at what's exactly is fundamental, for example, in terms of our behavior, right? And you could see that very clearly in the development of our autonomic nervous systems, the sympathetic is for fight and flight and parasympathetic is rest and digest. If you take a look at even single cell organisms they will move away from noxious stimuli and they will move towards food. So you could already see that. Then if you take a look at the current models of emotion, you'll see that there are only two axis. One is going towards to…

Wade Lightheart: Or going away from. Moving towards, moving away. Tony Robbins does this in his seminars, talking about what are you avoiding and what are you moving towards.

Dr Ted Achacoso: The Y axis is actually the intensity, right? And you could draw the all the different emotions right there and you could see that it's just really drawn from two things. The primitive response of your autonomic nervous system and the energetic requirement of that particular emotion. So when you put them together, you see whether it's an approach or avoidance. If it's an approach of something that you like with high intensity, then you're excited - joy. If you approach at high intensity and it's something that you actually don't like, then you have anger.

Wade Lightheart: Wow. So that's very interesting. That's a very amazing distinction and I'm going to just share this with my listeners, cause' that's a personal thing. One of the variances in my own consciousness that I've noticed most common, almost everybody who knows me, knows me as a very, what they would classify as an intense kind of guy. And my two vacillations that I would say that I deal with is intense joy, which is the primarily default system, which I've worked really hard to get to that more often, but if it's not, it's an intense anger.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. They're both up in energy.

Wade Lightheart: Correct. Yeah. They're both up in air. So what would be, and I'm going to be totally selfish here, what would be the correlative components that would create that based on what you've just described? Imagine, now obviously you would just be kind of figuring this out.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Alright. In terms of, you're asking about the neuro correlates or the correlates of the functioning of the brain, or you're asking me why is it exactly that you're that way?

Wade Lightheart: Yeah. Is there a biochemical reason or a neurophysiological reason, or a hormonal reason that would lead a person towards maybe that where someone else might feel low energy and maybe depressed would be the things that they feel?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. Each person. So imagine the Y axis would be intensity. High energy, low energy, and this is approach and avoidance. Then you could imagine, you can plot all emotions like the numbers on the clock. You can put a fear at noon and anger at noon. You see?

Wade Lightheart: Right.

Dr Ted Achacoso: This brings us to the center of the clock, which is what's called the individual set point. So your set point is actually, if you imagine that there is a putative center of the clock and your set point, Wade, is probably set higher into Y axis, because you imbue a lot more things with energy. That's your individual set point. It can be determined by many things. By your genetics by environment, like the the personality developed as a result of your interaction with the environment and people. I always tell people that aside from the fact that we are pre-programmed by evolution, right when the senses begin to hear or feel things like vibrations and stuff, you start getting programmed.

Dr Ted Achacoso: This is why a baby would know the mother's voice or the father's voice, you could pass that and so on. There are so many of those things that when you actually are old enough to realize that… Like you Wade, oh, this is me, my friends telling me I'm this and this and I think there's some truth to that. Now you see, with this kind of model, you could actually take a look at where your set point is. You're not exactly at the center of the clock.

Wade Lightheart: Correct.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. And then for people who are optimistic, there's probably skewed more towards the approach side. And for people who are pessimistic they're probably skewed more towards the avoid side. And people who are depressed they're on the avoid and depressed and low energy.That's just really coming in from something fundamental in us. That already existed when you were still single cells, you know, those are the things that we did and that encapsulated in our system. And then what happens is that, okay, now these are, what's called, the limbic system, where the emotions are processed, et cetera, are considered a part of the lower and a higher systems would be the cortex. But the cortex has a new addition, or there's a part of the brain that's in the folds, et cetera, et cetera, that's a new addition. And my sense right now is that we haven't even scratched the surface on how to use it. As it is, we're fucked up with the way we're mastering the prefrontal cortex.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Because we have a prefrontal cortex, I think we're just early in the development right now that, you know, instead of before, when we were not humans and we didn't have any prefrontal cortex, we would be like dogs and we would be the dogs, and we would just essentially be focused in the present moment. That's why they say the cat is a great Zen teacher, because it's just focusing on the present moment. But once you put the prefrontal cortex that can plan and can think about the past, then suddenly you're always planning and thinking about the past, or looking, worrying about the future, thinking of the past, without staying in the present moment. And I think that's remedied by meditation. Of course, it's one of the things that you do.

Dr Ted Achacoso: I think that's good training for us. I think meditation, if you don't want to think of it as anything else, as a spiritual experience, anything else, I think it's a way for you to master at least the functioning of your prefrontal cortex, that it is not on all the time, to make you live in the future, or to always remember the past, but be present, because, hey, your daughter is asking you a question, stop scrolling your Instagram. So these kinds of things are very simple, right? In the end, what matters is how do we apply it to our life. We have all of these modules and so on, but for me, what's important is how do I apply this in my life, such as I decrease suffering in myself. And smarter, not harder, which makes all of these products like nootropic line and other products that are coming up with cannabis,for sleep, for pain and in some effort for anxiety, the slogan of smarter not harder is actually to decrease suffering in myself and to decrease suffering in others, knowing that there is no other.

Wade Lightheart: It's beautiful, we are looking to end physical suffering and activate biologically optimized health and so we search similar intentions.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. For me, it's like, we already know right now what's making us suffer and it's age old, but we're now able to prove it neuroscientifically that it's there, it's an illusion, it's a processing of the brain and so on, and we do our best with various techniques your feedback is one of thempsychedelics is another, meditation is a big tool because aside from recognizing the self from arising, you could also stay in the present moment without having to engage the planning ability of your prefrontal cortex and saying that hey, my companies are going to make $4.5 billion soon. So instead of worrying about that, you're actually in the present moment and doing that.

Dr Ted Achacoso: So what is important and this is a question that was asked of me, and I was surprised, because I've always wondered, but of course, I had an answer, I thought about it. This is like, how do you measure, how do you measure something like this, because I'm all for measurement, like detect and correct. So how do you detect and correct? Well, the detection is done by meditation and the correction is actually a lot simpler than you would think. It comes from saying that I just made up which is measure your day not by the goals that you achieve, or you checked off that day, but by the time you were present for each and every activity that was there.

Wade Lightheart: Beautiful.

Dr Ted Achacoso: If you just plan for 15 minutes every day, like these are the things that I might eat, these are my inputs. I explained this to my students. Where's like, these are my inputs, these are the things that I need to read or want to read today, information. And these are my outputs, I have to be able to write at least 250 words in my journal, finish my lecture, dah, dah, dah. And then, that 15 minutes is there. Finish, planning done. The rest of your day is execution. So when you execute be present. When you execute each activity, there's no point in actually thinking about the future or the past, you are just executing. You're fine for thinking about the future and the past is finished. There was 15 minutes that morning. It's like done.

Wade Lightheart: Right. Two questions come up because you've been so generous with your time. Two questions, and you can answer them in whatever order that you would like. Number one, what are the health practices that you advocate maybe for yourself or universally things to be aware of for health optimization? And then the second one is, can you talk about your work with Troscriptions and the whole line of products and things that you are doing in the world?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Okay. For the first one we already talked about health optimization medicine and practice and as I said, if you want to really be serious about your health, and you can afford it, get yourself your nutrient metabolise, your hormones tested.

Wade Lightheart: Any particular test that you like?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Actually most of my tests are actually coming from Genova, because they were the first ones out, but there are many other labs out there that offer the same services. But I'd take a look at nutrients, the macronutrient components, like your essential amino acids, your fatty acids, how your carbohydrate is metabolized, and then the metabolites of the Krebs cycle, and then after that, all the micronutrients that are needed. They can plot out all the levels for you now and you could see if you are eating the same food constantly, what you need to add in your food and what you need to remove.

Dr Ted Achacoso: When you correct those imbalances, remember that, when you're taking these nutrients, or if you have a doctor working with you, these hormones, it takes the blood about three months to replenish itself. It's 90 to 120 days for each fresh blood cell, so you expect the levels to actually start going up then. And when they do, usually, you won't experience anything anywhere from three to nine months. I want you to keep this in mind when you're doing this, is that prevention is always in hindsight, right? If no one bombed the world trade center, then no one would ever know the extent by which they tried to prevent it.

Dr Ted Achacoso: It's the same thing. So a patient would come to me and say: dr. Ted, I've been a year in your protocol and I don't feel anything. It's like the year before you came to me, how many times did you get sick? Six times. What about this year? Oh my God, I've not gotten sick at all. It's that kind ofa hindsight that happens here, because the thing that's important to remember is that if you think of yourself as a car and we topped off all of your hormones, et cetera, I cannot prevent you from off-roading all the time. That's how rough life is. It's beyond my control. All I can guarantee you is we could actually erase those, but I can't guarantee you your lifestyle, that you will follow a lifestyle recommendations. However, if you don't pass or you do not have the resources to get yourself tested and work with the health optimization physician which is a health optimization medicine or a health optimization practitioner, the only difference is that the latter can prescribe hormones, is actually to live a lifestyle that's conducive to health. Number one, you sleep well. You learn about sleep and what the good sleep habits are, sleep hygiene and so on. Sleep well. When you wake up in the morning hydrate well. The body's usually is dehydrated, after night you drink a couple of glasses of water Males need about 2.9 liters of water a day. Females need about 2.7 liters of water a day, including those from food. And then you eat well studying nutrition. If you want to do intermittent fasting, so you can boost your mitochondria do so because all of those information are available there. So, you eat well, and then you move well. Meaning you exercise, right?

Dr Ted Achacoso: This was surprising in a journal of American Medical Association, it's an illness, medicine journal, they basically said 8,000 to 12,000 steps of whatever intensity, will decrease all-cause mortality by over 60%. So you could already put those, move well. Then breath. Aside from making sure that the air that you're breathing is not polluted, that also means meditation, right? You calm down and calm your mind, observe the contents of your consciousness. The goal is not being a good meditator. The goal is being able to take that state out when your eyes are actually open and dealing with the world. Because you're very present when you're imagining you're meditating and you need to transfer that same thing when you are actually, that's what I meant by saying, being present.

Wade Lightheart: Beautifully said.

Dr Ted Achacoso: And then you relate well, because toxic relationships will kill you. They will drive up your stress levels and I recommend to people, no matter how difficult it is, if you are dealing with a toxic boss for example, and you can't stand it anymore, and it's making you sick all the time, et cetera, it's not worth it, it's not important to you. For me, there are very few things that are important that you should hold sacred. One is your life. You hold your life as extremely valuable, that's why you don't put yourself in situations that's going to kill you. I have done sky diving, I know what the odds are but you can't make me ski because I don't want broken bones.

Dr Ted Achacoso: The next thing is your health. What's the point of living a life in pain? You should value your health. And the next thing is time. Where are you allocating your time? And corollary of that actually is the fourth one, which is very important and very practical, is attention. You could see the quality of your life by what you pay attention to. So those things, because if you take a look at it, your attention is probably your most precious resource here that that can be stolen by others. For each email that you read it, that's actually attention that's stolen from you. For me, these are the real treasures.

Dr Ted Achacoso: I know there's a say, health is your true wealth, et cetera, et cetera, but there's life, there's health, there's time, there's attention. And all of these are actuallynot experienceable right? You cannot experience any of them if you don't have any awareness. And that basically is the big encompassing circle to all of those. It's the awareness. It's what makes you experience these things. It's like the fear, the joy, the this, the that the accomplishment, et cetera, there are just appearance in that field of awareness. So when you are able to be in that state where you seeing that, then you see how valuable that awareness is, because, nothing can come to awareness if you're dead. Not life, not health, not time, not attention. So that's for living a good life. And of course, love well. If you have a horrible relationship with your partner, or if you're polyamorous partners then ditch them. You don't need to spend time with someone that actuallyraises your stress levels so much that you can't function.

Wade Lightheart: Beautiful. Really poignant for people and the importance of ending toxic relationships, because of the cost on all of those levels are so high.

Dr Ted Achacoso: I have a personal saying, something that I invented for myself, from the side from relating with people, it's your relationship with money, and for me, it's like this: no amount of money is ever going pay for my emotional aggravation. Between being emotionally aggravated and getting a lot of money, get rid of the emotional aggravation. So that, and we go through the things that I do, as I said, there is Health Optimization Medicine and Practice Association, which is essentially a nonprofit that teaches doctors and health practitioners on how to do a health optimization.

Wade Lightheart: Where do they find that, cause' we want to put all this in the show notes?

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah, they are

Wade Lightheart: Okay.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Homehope.Org and there's a free introductory lecture in there. That was actually $2,000 a seat when it was released, but it's now being given for free. That was a whole day lecture.

Wade Lightheart: Beautiful.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Right. So you get the flavor that we really have no claims, we just really balance you. We detect your metabolites. We balance them to you between 21 and 30 years old and then the way we balance it by shifting entire networks, not just single things. If you take a look at that, as I said earlier, in order to experience the benefits of that, it takes about three to nine months before you get anything, but we have actually patients or clients who need immediate relief, like for example, from pain or insomnia or anxiety. Those need immediate relief. I started a company called Smarter, not harder and this is essentially the for-profit company that sustains the non-profit, so whatever you buy from us the proceeds are actually all going to, mostly going to the nonprofit association. And this is the one with the slogan of to decrease, suffering in myself and to decrease suffering in others, knowing that there is no other. People think that's how optimizations are. Actually, it's more than that, it's more like our egoic suffering. We teach the world how to decrease egoic suffering, but the initial product of that is a brand called Troscriptions, TX.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Troscriptions are actually showcase P R O C H E and are actually infused with nootropics. The first one that we came up with is a Blue Cannatine, that's made up of methylene blue caffeine CBD and nicotine. I made this for myself, Wade because before the pandemic, I wasn't able to be in a single place for two weeks and heaven was being in the same time zone for at least two weeks for me. So I am in heaven right now. But when you land, you need to be able to deliver a lecture or see an important client, or attend an important meeting and so on, and you have to be on, so methylene blue of course works in the mitochondria by donating electrons and provides energy for the brain.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Nicotine, of course, works on your nicotinic receptors, the same receptors to deal us choline. It provides you with a better working memory and of course also raises your dopamine. Caffeine, we know the effects of that is basically an adenosine inhibitor, it contributes to your arousal. As CBD, I put in there, it's known as anti-seizure anti-inflammatory, but the reason that I put in there is as an anti-anxiety. It also increases blood flow to the brain, but as an anti-anxiety because the spike, the sympathetic spike, that's produced by caffeine and nicotine can be rounded by CBD. That's why we don't have a spike, it's a very gentle rise and a very gentle decline. Caffeine and nicotine CBD and methylene blue.

Dr Ted Achacoso: So that's Blue Cannatine. And then we've gotten a lot of requests for just methylene blue, because not only does it optimize the health of the neuron, it also is able to produce a cognitive enhancing effects. I think many of your listeners know who have family who have Alzheimer's, et cetera. It's being trialed, for example, for Alzheimer's to decrease the blacks, but we have no claims we're just using this as performance optimizers. I'm making a difference actually between health optimizers, which is optimizing your health, and performance optimizersis actually more being fit for a particular task. You're not necessarily healthy, but you're fit for a task.

Dr Ted Achacoso: For example, if you take Modafinil and you're sleep deprived, you probably would experience the same level of cognition as when you were not sleep deprived and that's not healthy. That's more of a performance. So performance for me is more of a fitness thing. You're fit to perform that. Whereas the other one is actually more of a health thing. Those are the nootropics that we have right now, Blue Cannatine andJust Blue, which is performance method and 16 milligrams Methylene Blue. Both of those products are squared, it can be quartered. They're squared, so you can quarter them. If you're a scaredy cat or caffeine naive for example, or nicotine naive you can try one fourth first, and then another fourth. I'm bad, because I'm a Canary in a coal mine. I would respond to one fourth, like crazy.

Dr Ted Achacoso: It just shows you when your brain is health optimized. You don't need a lot of this stuff to boost performance. This is about Troscriptions, it's like prescriptions, but we get TRO after Troh-key. And these are buccal troche, they're just like square lozenge that you basically insert between your upper cheek and gum. The reason why I chose the deliveries is closest to the base of the brain and therefore, like methylene blue, for example, crosses the blood brain barrier and therefore we could have a faster absorption and a faster effect. The products that are coming up are addressing our patients and clients concerns, so we have THC CBD combinations with some additionals to deal with pain, for example. We're exploring some molecules in there. We are also looking at THC CBD combination for sleep. We're looking at the valerian molecules. We're looking at anxiety. Again, we teach GCBD combinations Essentially the formulations are already mostly done, however, as you know, Wade, when you're doing things like this, it's not the formula, it's the fucking taste.

Wade Lightheart: Yeah, that's one of the challenges that always comes up, cause' interesting, a lot of the nootropic stuff really tastes horrific.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Yeah. You know, I can't stand the taste for example of knopthe liquid knop. I can't stand the taste of rhodiola, it's like ugh, and then they will oversweeten the thing. But it's a good thing I'm working with another physician dr. Harry McIlroy, who is also an expert in cannabis. He has just this magic touch. I deliver him like the most bitter, but most effective pain Troh-key and he comes up with like: Oh my God, this thing is really good.

Wade Lightheart: It's beautiful.

Dr Ted Achacoso: So those THC CBD products are coming up next year. Blue Cannatine and Just Blue already out now.
Wade Lightheart: We're coming up to the top of the hour, I gotta jump on another call, but I want to thank you, dr. Ted for joining us today, we're going to put everything in the show notes. We'll probably split this up into two links, because it's just such a wealth of information and knowledge. You've been so generous with your time, I can't thank you enough from all our listeners and from BiOptimizers and everything. And I'm encouraging people to follow you. Is there any place that they can follow you through social media or anything like that, where people can get access to what your latest stuff is?
Dr Ted Achacoso: You know, I'm social media shy, but my company is @troscriptions that's Instagram @troscriptions and that's about, we have a Facebook group, you could find at Generally, I don't even handle any social media stuff.

Wade Lightheart: Attention. I get it.

Dr Ted Achacoso: I used to but it's like, where do you really want your attention to be? Where do you want your attention to go?

Wade Lightheart: There you have it folks.

Dr Ted Achacoso: It's a valuable resource.

Wade Lightheart: Dr. Ted, you have been an absolute gem and thank you so much, dr. Ted Achacoso.

Dr Ted Achacoso: You're putting all the accolades, but actually, it's the interviewer that's able to draw the interviewee, right?

Wade Lightheart: Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

Dr Ted Achacoso: So that's the secret in there.

Wade Lightheart: Well, I hope that at some time, if you come out to Los Angeles, you stop by the Bio home, we got Tony Flow and you can talk neurofeedback, we can get into some nootropics discussions and of course, it's an open time. Anytime you want to come back and share your wisdom with any new breakthroughs or anything, I'd love to have you.

Dr Ted Achacoso: Thank you.

Wade Lightheart: Thank you so much. And for all our listeners, that's another episode of The Awesome Health show with BiOptimizers. Make sure you talk and check out dr. Ted Achacoso. He is truly a gem to humanity and thank you so much for joining us today. And that's it for this episode. We'll see you again on the next one. Take care.

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