In this episode of Prescription for Success titled “Strong bones and muscles in minutes”, Dr Emil Haldey will interview Dr. John Jaquish, PhD in biomedical engineering. The interview will start with Dr Jaquish telling us about his educational background and the circumstances that led him to become an inventor. He invented a machine that will revolutionize how osteoporosis can be treated safely and will bring dramatic improvements in the lives of diabetic people as well as the ones who suffer from chronic pain. He will talk about osteoporosis, the importance of bone and muscle health for a person’s overall well-being, the intricate roles of some minerals and hormones in these conditions and healing process using this machine. Then, Dr Jaquish will introduce the listeners another device he invented that impacted immensely the fitness world – X3 Bar exercise band bar system and will address some points of confusion about his message.
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Dr. Emil Haldey: Hey, everyone. Welcome to Prescription for Success. This is your host, Emil Haldey. We will be having a great show today. In fact, today’s show will be outstanding, standing out from the rest. We will talk about being outstanding in the world of fitness and health, more specifically, bone health and muscles. You see, life is different when you look at it through the lens of fitness. It looks better. It is definitely more fulfilling and healthier. What do well-known people like Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, President Barack Obama have in common? Well, they’re all super professionals and top of their game. You’re correct. But all of them for a long time have known that regular physical activity like chronic yoga, lifting can give you extra hours of productivity per day so you get an edge over the next guy or gal. Who will want that? Fitness, health, working hard, and working out go hand in hand. But wait, we’ll discuss that with an amazing guest in a few moments. I have an outstanding guest here with me today. Yes, he stands out from the rest. My guest today is Dr. John Jaquish. Dr Jaquish is a biomedical engineer, inventor, author, and a scientist. He has been featured on many top health podcasts, TV and radio programs. He’s the author and editor of multiple medical journals. Dr. Jaquish is the inventor of the most effective, yes, most effective bone density building medical device. He partnered with Tony Robbins and OsteoStrong for rapid clinic deployment of this medical device. Dr Jaquish is also the inventor of X3 Bar variable resistance system, a device that helps build muscle faster without lifting. Welcome to the show, Dr. Jaquish.
Dr. John Jaquish: Emil, thanks for having me.
Dr. Emil Haldey: I am thrilled that you’re here. We’re going to have a phenomenal discussion.
Dr. John Jaquish: Absolutely.
Dr. Emil Haldey: So you made quite a journey, yeah, with doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. Tell us about your journey to physical medicine to inventor of a machine that treats osteoporosis.
Dr. John Jaquish: Okay. It’s very unconventional. So I was a student athlete in undergrad. I played rugby, and I had interest in physical fitness and science in general. My father’s a engineer who worked for NASA and did a bunch of different things. I really just wanted to go into business and wasn’t quite sure. I was doing some enterprise software sales, and then this is while I was getting my MBA, and then my mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis. When that happened, she was very depressed. She thought her quality of life was going to change drastically for the worst because she was afraid of fragility fracture, and she felt that she was too young. She was in her early 70s. So I saw the situation, I said, “Let me look into this, and I might be able to come up with something that no one else has thought of.” Because she didn’t want to take the pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceuticals had some pretty significant side effects connected with them. So what I did was identified a population of super responders. Who has the highest bone density in the world? Is there a group of people? If there is, how did they do it? I found those people very easy when I started searching through the scientific literature. It was gymnasts, and it has to do with the way they contact the ground, very high impact. There was impact research that went back over a hundred years. So this was in the 1800s this was discovered. When looking at all of this data, I thought, “Okay. Well, I’m not going to tell my mother to be a gymnast.” Right? But what if I can create a medical device that can deliver the benefits of high impact forces without the risks? Because ultimately, gymnasts on average retire at 19 years of age, and they do that because of injuries. So, even though they’re getting the best stimulus for bone density, they’re also getting a lot of fractures. So right. So the taking the bone density, the bone right to sort of the brink of fracture in order to strengthen it. So what I wanted to do was not do that. I wanted to take an out-of-control event and force it to become a very controlled event. Then in that controlled event, we wanted to see what could be done by loading a bone in this slow and controlled manner using the body’s own comfort, and there was actually a process in the human body called neural inhibition. For this reason, you can’t squeeze your own fist hard enough to break a finger. You’re capable of creating enough power in your hand to break your own finger, but your body won’t let you do it because of your central nervous system. So the device uses the body’s precautionary mechanism to protect itself, and then the devices I design are robotic so that it takes you to exactly the right position to emulate high impact, puts you in a position where you’d normally absorb high impact, and it was very slow and controlled [inaudible 00:07:50] monitored with the robotics and the computer monitoring. It’s right in front of you. So I built products. I tested it with my mother. Within 18 months, she went back to having a bone density of a 30-year-old. So she not only addressed it right. She not only address her problem, but she had for her age, well, for really any age, she had perfect bone density, and then her quality of life went right back to the way it was. She was playing tennis and gardening and hiking and do all the things she loved to do.
Dr. Emil Haldey: You’re her hero, right?
Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah, yeah. We were on a Fox TV show on mother’s day not that long ago talking about what kids do for their mothers, and that’s what I did for mine. But hey, nobody wants to see their parents suffer. When you’re a little kid, you think your parents are indestructible. It’s a letdown when you find out that they’re not, and so you want to do anything you can to help. My mother’s fantastic. It’s funny, we have very little in common. She’s very emotionally driven. I’m very logically driven. So conversations between the two of us are hilarious. But she’s my mother, and I’m going to make sure she’s going to be as healthy as possible. So I did that and then ended up developing prototypes and launching the product. Now, there’s over 120 locations in seven different countries of OsteoStrong. So it’s rolled out in clinical format, and people can go and go through this experience. It’s not a drug, it’s not really workout. It’s an intervention that really gives the benefits of high impact without the risks and broad population can use it. Now, it’s not for everybody. There are certainly contraindications, like anything else. Jumping rope is fantastic for a certain group of people, but it’s really not okay for somebody with a balance problem, for example. So when you look at OsteoStrong, people who are hypertensive and un-medicated, not addressing their high blood pressure, so they have to address that first. People have to be relatively pain-free. Now, if you have chronic pain in a joint, OsteoStrong can actually help with that. But if you’re in acute pain, you just injured something, you’ve got to address that first. You have to meet relatively ambulatory. So somebody who’s a quadriplegic, they cannot voluntarily apply force to the bone mass.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Right. The primary indication is osteopetrosis though, right, or osteopenia. Can you define those two conditions for our listeners?
Dr. John Jaquish: Sure. So osteoporosis, osteo means bone, porosis means porosity. So there’s a Latin background words, so means porous bone. If you look at the cross-section of a bone, it kind of looks like a honeycomb. There’s these little walls inside, and there’s voids in between these walls. So when somebody has lower bone density, those voids are bigger, and there are fewer walls. When the bone density gets higher, those walls become thicker, and there are more walls. So that has to do with basically the pressure applied to those little walls and mechanical pressure that is manifest in the bending and distortion of those walls, which act as a stimulus to build more and thicker walls within what’s called the… It’s called the bone matrix is when you get what that is. So that’s what this impact emulation does, is it triggers the body to build a thicker, more powerful bone matrix, thereby addressing bone loss. Now, it’s also important to point out that anybody with bones benefits from this. So right? [crosstalk 00:11:56]-
Dr. Emil Haldey: Anybody with bones.
Dr. John Jaquish: Anybody with bones, right. [crosstalk 00:11:59]-
Dr. Emil Haldey: That makes quite a few of us.
Dr. John Jaquish: … “Is OsteoStrong right for me?” And I’m like, “I don’t know. Do you have bones?” “Yup, okay. Yeah, probably.” The reason I say that is because there are athletes that can benefit from building higher bone mass because the neural inhibitory process has to do with engagement of muscle. So, if you build more powerful bone mass and you load that bone instantaneously, let’s say when you’re sprinting, that means that you have the potential of being able to switch on more musculature, which means you have a speed difference. So-
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. So your body will not allow your muscles to overexert to the point that you hurt yourself. So what you’re thinking is going to hurt yourself is going to [crosstalk 00:12:44]-
Dr. John Jaquish: Right, right. Yeah. [crosstalk 00:12:44] the model of squeezing the fist, you can’t squeeze your own fist hard enough to break your own finger. Sometimes I speak to a large group of elderly people, and they’re worried. They don’t want anything to hurt. They’re older. So all kinds of stuff hurts already. They don’t want anything else to hurt. But when I say to them, “Can you break your own finger by squeezing your fist?” Usually, they make the fist, and they look at the fist, and they think about it for a second, and they say, “No, I don’t think I can do that.” I don’t think anyone can do that. Right. Neural inhibition. But that neural inhibitory process happens all throughout the body all the time. So here’s another example. The more balanced you become, the less likely you are to fall, the more musculature gets turned on when you sprint. Sprinting is a little like gymnastics, in that the replicability of different sprint actions of different athletes are very similar. When sprinters start to do it right and they get to an elite level, they all sprint in a very similar manner, same with gymnasts, the way they contact the ground. So it’s much easier to study. So some studies on these neural inhibitory processes and the ability to switch on musculature are very positive as ones become more athletic, and that has completely to do with looking at pain reception or the lack of pain reception, thereby allowing for greater neuromuscular engagement.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. This is phenomenal, so especially as you mentioned to athletes. If you’re lifting weights or you want to grow your muscle mass, this is truly phenomenal because by increasing your bone strength, right, you potentially could grow more muscles. It becomes stronger. Is that correct?
Dr. John Jaquish: Absolutely.
Dr. Emil Haldey: That’s a phenomenal finding. So you went from a concept, from kind of a need that you saw your mom needed help. You invented this concept and the [inaudible 00:14:46] motion, and now you have franchises called OsteoStrong that are all around the world, correct?
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s right. Yes.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Pretty amazing. It’s pretty amazing what [crosstalk 00:14:57]-
Dr. John Jaquish: With Tony Robbins as… He’s promoting it, and at every Tony Robbins conference, the CEO of the company, the guy who came up with the clinic concept, [inaudible 00:15:09] is he speaks at those and talks about the business and getting people to come either and check out the locations or opening up a franchise. Because a lot of people go to Tony Robbins events because of business opportunity. They’re going to do something a little different. Yeah. And-
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. This is something phenomenal. So congratulations on achieving great.
Dr. John Jaquish: Thank you.
Dr. Emil Haldey: That’s impacting so many people positively, and this is-
Dr. John Jaquish: When physicians walk into an OsteoStrong and they experiment with how it works, unless they’re just given some bad information or they misunderstand something, I’ve never witnessed one that didn’t say this is absolutely spectacular. It’s simple. It’s elegant. It makes perfect sense. It’s based on principles of human physiology, not one or two studies. A hundred years of research has gone into this because we knew what impact did. We just didn’t have a safe way to apply that, and now we do.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. What about the role of minerals and vitamins, such as calcium, vitamin D, and other considerations for the bone, magnesium. What role does it play in preventing osteoporosis in your opinion?
Dr. John Jaquish: So that’s a controversial subject because in some of the earlier work that we did, we told people not to take calcium because we want to see if we could build bone density without it, and the subjects did build bone density without it. So calcium is the only mineral that your body self-regulates. So magnesium, for example, you have magnesium if you’ve ingested magnesium. If you have not ingested magnesium, you won’t have it. However, with calcium, the less calcium you take in, the more your body keeps and recycles and maintains. So is it important? Yes. Is it as important as something else? Here is the analogy I like to look at, it’s a building block. Now, think about weightlifters. They take extra protein in their nutrition, eat extra steaks or protein powders or whatever, and then they lift weights, and that contributes to building a larger musculature. Imagine they just have more protein and didn’t lift any weights. Would they build muscle?
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah, of course not.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right. They would not. So why would taking extra calcium build bone. There’s plenty of research that shows that you have to have the stimulus, you have to have some kind of action on the bone to give the body a reason to hang on to it. Otherwise, it’s just passing through.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. So your recommendation is to combine the machine that you’ve developed with calcium supplementation.
Dr. John Jaquish: Maybe. Or maybe you get enough in your nutrition because right now, the normative data is based on inactive people, because right now, it’s mostly a post-menopausal population that’s studied, and that’s mostly a population that either does not exercise or their exercise program is from a bone density perspective absolutely irrelevant. Because you need to exceed four multiples of your body weight, that’s a very key piece of information, to trigger bone growth in the hip joint. Think about your body weight, multiply that by four. So people who are out, they go to the gym in the whatever they do, like let’s say they do like press or whatever. They’re dealing with maybe their body weight plus 50 pounds or something like that. They’re not even close. So it doesn’t matter what they’re doing. They’re not stimulating the bone. Now, they might be doing wonderful things for their mental health and their blood circulation, and that’s all fine. But they can’t fool themselves into thinking that they’re doing something for bone density because they’re not. There’s even an article when this study first published. It came out in 2012. It took a couple of years before the mainstream media picked up on it. New York Times did an article talking about how regular exercise for the post-menopausal population is not really affecting bone density. I loved the articles. It was perfect because it pointed out exactly what I was trying to show everyone. You need tremendous forces. You need the emulate impact, which is a much higher force but in the way we apply it much safer as well.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. So why, in your opinion, is bone health and muscles so important? What are the implications?
Dr. John Jaquish: Well, there’s very little you can affect in your body to contribute to your health other than what you put mechanical force through. So you can’t just meditate and make your liver twice as good, right? There’s no exercise for that. You can quit drinking alcohol. It’s certainly putting less damage in the liver. So how do we improve the performance of organs? What do we really have effect over, our physical bodies, so the mechanical structures and mechanical engines being muscle that we place force through. So I can dramatically affect my musculature, which I have, and I can dramatically affect my bone density, which I have, which then puts… It has greater demands on the organs, which makes the organs all perform better. So being as strong as possible. So the two things that lead to the longest amount of life. So you read all sorts of articles about nutrition and some articles which are pushing [inaudible 00:21:19] or pushing more meat or ketogenic nutrition. So there is very little consensus when it comes to nutrition. Now, I have my positions on that because when you take the financial biases out of it, I think the answers are pretty clear, but that’s probably for a different show. But ultimately, there are two things that contribute to long life that have really never been disproven. Number one is strength. Stronger you are, the longer you live. So what does that mean? That that has to do with your musculature and your musculature asking the organs to perform certain tasks. So when someone becomes sarcopenic, which is associated with old age, the loss of muscle mass, the organs stop having a reason to function, so they start to fail. So strength is number one, and the other one is low body fat. I think a low body fat one really has to do with a metabolic dysfunction. So I think the body fat in itself isn’t what ends up limiting someone’s life. It’s the life that is the nutrition that they follow that got them there that’s kind of poisoning everything. So being lean and being strong are the two things that drive the longest life. So my position is just focus on those things. Focus on the things that are going to drive the greatest amount of strength and the lowest amount of body fat, and you’re going to live a long, healthy, happy life, and you can do whatever you want when you have those two things.
Dr. Emil Haldey: This is actually pretty cool. I’m going to repeat what you just said because it’s absolutely phenomenal. In order to live a healthier, fuller life and live longer, you recommend two things, increasing your bone mass and muscle mass, right, or bone density, right. This makes stronger bones and stronger muscles, right? Two things in your opinion that increase longevity, strength, what I would agree with, and also if you’re lean and fit. [crosstalk 00:23:32]-
Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah, strength [crosstalk 00:23:33] the two biggest drivers. Now, I would say bone density, it’s associated with strength. It’s not the same thing though. Also, one of the largest life-ender, in fact breast cancer and fragility fractures from osteoporosis have a similar mortality rate. So we talk about breast cancer through all the time. I think the term cancer is just scarier, right? Then you hear about somebody’s mother who slipped and fell, broke her hip and went to the hospital and never recovered from the hip fracture and died in the hospital or died six months later. You have a 50% chance of death one year after a hip fracture if you’re over 50 years old.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Can you repeat it again? It’s tremendous. 50%.
Dr. John Jaquish: 50% chance of death within one year if you’re over 50 years old, 50 over 50.
Dr. Emil Haldey: That’s absolutely astounding with the numbers. Numbers never lie, and numbers tell you the truth as [crosstalk 00:24:39] what’s out there.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right. Yeah. Great study with a huge sample size, big epidemiology study. Good news about that kind of epidemiology study it’s not like, did somebody sort of die? Because other epidemiology studies, they’re studying things that are a little more subjective.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Or you could say someone’s sort of had bones, right?
Dr. John Jaquish: Right, right, right. Yeah. They’re alive or not. Right. So it’s a much more concise-
Dr. Emil Haldey: Not debatable. So this is super important. If you’re listening to this, and if you know that someone has osteoporosis or osteopenia, right, and going in the direction of losing bone, this is tremendous. It’s not only affecting people who are older, when I say older, 60, 70, 80. The data speaks with people over 50s. That’s relatively young. So it’s really important that you listen, and you may have family members of friends who are impacted. So this is some powerful information.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right. By the way, people in their 80s and 90s are building bone density with this, not just maintaining. Now, if somebody freezes their loss, that’s considered a massive success. People in their 80s and 90s are growing new bone, very important to point that out. Because previously, that was assumed impossible, but they can do it with OsteoStrong.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. Wow. This is pretty, pretty cool. So we having a phenomenal discussion. When we come back after this break, we’ll have a deeper dive into fitness. We’ll take a little pivot. But this is absolutely lifesaving information for many people. Please tell your families and friends to listen, to tune in. It’ll be right back. After these messages.
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Dr. Emil Haldey: Welcome back to Prescription for Success. This is your host, Emil Haldey. Today I have a very special guest with me. Dr. John Jaquish is a biomedical engineer, inventor, author, and a scientist. To learn more about Dr. Jaquish, please visit his website at johnjaquish.com. You can also connect with him via Instagram @drjaquish, Dr. Jaquish or via Facebook at Dr. John Jaquish. So we were having a phenomenal discussion before the break. We talked about osteoporosis. We talked about your fascinating journey as a scientist, and you helped your mom, you became your mom’s hero by creating something and treating her osteoporosis, and this is actually a massive franchise structure right now and growing worldwide where there are hundreds of locations worldwide, and you’re helping people with osteoporosis, osteopenia, pain, et cetera. What was fascinating about the early discussion, and I love what you’ve talked about, two things that would increase longevity is increased strength and decreased body fat. With your system and systems, and we’ll talk about fitness in a little bit, you are accomplishing just that, increasing bones, increasing strength and muscle mass and decreasing fat. This is phenomenal.
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s right.
Dr. Emil Haldey: So what made you go into the fitness? You made a pivot during your career, and you took a professional pivot into fitness.
Dr. John Jaquish: Sure. Yeah. Well, I’ll tell you the truth, I didn’t really want to. What happened was OsteoStrong was a smashing success, and I already had a business that was doing great, and I made some observations based on the product when I was researching with the prototypes of the medical device for bone density. I observed that humans are vastly stronger, seven times stronger in a stronger range of motion than they are on the weaker range of motion. So impact-ready range versus the [inaudible 00:30:45]. So, if you think about a pushup, when your nose is close to the ground, that’s the weak range of motion. When your arms are just short of locking out and being straight, so let’s say you have 120-degree angle between your upper and lower arm, so just slightly bent, that’s your most powerful position. So now, we all knew, anyone who’s done a pushup knows you’re stronger in a certain place, and you’re weaker in a certain place. But I actually had the data to quantify the differences. I had also looked at variable resistance training. So I had identified 10 different studies that showed the variable resistance training was superior. You grow more muscle and get stronger by using a weight that changes through space, so think like band training. But once I looked at my data and the 10 studies, I realized the band training’s not going to work because if you’re just stretching a band, you’re twisting your joints and you’re not able to get a high enough force without twisting the joint to be relevant for straight, especially at those high levels of seven fold difference from the starting range to the more powerful impact-ready range. So I knew that just saying people should apply variable resistance, that was too generic a recommendation because I thought about it at this point. Maybe they could write a book. I could just write a fitness book and then go back to what I was doing with OsteoStrong medical device company. So then I realized, “No, this is not band training. Well, yeah. It’s an interesting concept and it does address the variable capability that the human body has, but not in any practical sense.” Also, when you look at what triggers strength, like hypertrophy and greater outputs, there’s no getting away from heavy. You have to go really heavy, especially now knowing that we’re seven times more capable, we can put huge forces through the body that we didn’t even know we could based on that variability. So, for example, when I do a chest press exercise, I hold 540 pounds at the top. I know that sounds dangerous and very heavy.
Dr. Emil Haldey: It’s a lot of weight.
Dr. John Jaquish: Well, now I’ve built up to that. But in the middle of the movement, I’m only holding 300 pounds, and at the bottom of the movement, I’m holding 100 pounds so I can fatigue in accordance to buy to my biomechanics. It’s a much deeper level of fatigue because the load is coming on as the muscle becomes more efficient or less efficient through the range of motion and each repetition. So that-
Dr. Emil Haldey: Mimicking with natural biology as an-
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s right. That is the biology. So what I needed to do was I needed to invent a special Olympic bar that could accommodate these forces and have rotations so nobody was bending their wrists at any awkward angle because these are forces you don’t really want to put any joint in an awkward angle. It’s got to be perfect. So developed this Olympic bar and then a second ground. So a platform you stand on, the bands can move freely underneath and flex and stretch so that ankles don’t get twisted and wrists don’t get twisted because ankles and wrists are the interface to what you apply low to the body. Right?
Dr. Emil Haldey: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. John Jaquish: So you’re standing, and you’re hanging onto something. Typically, you’re pushing with your feet or pulling or pushing with your hands. So those are the contact points. That’s what we needed to perfectly protect. So that’s what I developed and then filed patents on, now multiple patents in 37 different countries on this technology. So I developed this product, and the last thing I wanted to do was launch a fitness product. Because the fitness industry is very different from the medical industry. I really liked the medical industry. I liked talking to physicians because you show them the data, and they understand it, and I knew with fitness industry, show them the data, and they don’t understand data at all. Now, I don’t mean everybody, I mean, the vast majority. So it was going to be very challenging, and there’s a lot of people who have a lot of preconceived ideas. Some personal trainers certifications are amazing, and they go through all types of coursework, and they really learn a lot about physiology, and they learn some very good training principles. Other personal training certifications are a couple of hours of just clicking some buttons on the internet, and then you’re certified. These people don’t… They may think they know something, but man, they really don’t. They could also know a lot of the wrong stuff because there’s plenty of articles out there that are misleading. I do a YouTube show called Falsehoods of Fitness, where I point out… You’ve probably seen me. Yeah, you see us. Yeah, I point out principles that you’ve been taught in our articles or from trainers or gyms or whatever, they’re absolutely false. The one that’s most shocking to people’s, there’s 40 years of research that shows a cardiovascular exercise is one of the worst things you can do to lose body fat because you up-regulate cortisol, and cortisol has two objectives, getting rid of muscle, right, and protecting body fat, as in keeping you from losing it. So, when you lose weight from doing cardio, you may be losing more muscle than body fat. There’s 40 years of research that says this, yet [crosstalk 00:37:00]-
Dr. Emil Haldey: So that’s pretty incredible. I want our listeners to hear it. So you do cardio-
Dr. John Jaquish: Oh, it’s [crosstalk 00:37:03]. Yeah. Cardio is right. Cardio is just a recipe for mediocrity. Then there’s a look of shock I get on people’s faces, and they say, “On top of that, I know people who work extra hard, and they do strength training in cardiovascular training,” which are actually giving the body opposing hormonal states. So one, they’re up-regulating cortisol, and the other one, they’re down-regulating cortisol, up-regulating growth hormone. So because they’re giving the body conflicting hormonal messages hormonally, nothing’s happening, which means even though they’re putting in double the amount of work or getting very little or most likely nothing, they may get some joint damage. So right. So it just-
Dr. Emil Haldey: This is pretty cool. I want to make it a point to our listeners to hear you and hear your well. So cardiovascular, of course, there are many benefits, but one of the things you get is you up-regulate your cortisol, and they also protect your body fat. So, if you do those things, you are likely to lose weight, but it’s going to be muscle mass most likely you’re losing.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right. You are actually less likely to metabolize body fat because you’re protecting the body fat. You want the opposite. You want to up-regulate growth hormone and down-regulate cortisol. Now, this makes cortisol seem like it’s a bad hormone, and there’s no such thing as a bad hormone, but it has its place, and there are stresses on the body where cortisol goes up, but for a very brief period of time, then goes back down. After you exercise, cortisol goes up, any type of exercise. So, as long as there’s a cycle, like a cardiovascular excise, it stays elevated for a very long period of time. So it’s pretty much the worst thing you can do. Strength training, however, may be the best thing you can do because you’re more likely to up-regulate growth hormone, which assists in lipolysis in metabolized body fat at an accelerated rate and down-regulates cortisol on a longer term scale, so especially with stabilization firing. In fact, in 2016, I published a meta-analysis that looked at the association between stabilization firing and the up-regulation of growth hormone. As long as load is added to that, so we saw people with 300% increases in growth hormone with stabilization firing, sort of like balance training or just sort of soft knees on a vibrating platform or something like that. Then we look at people who are exposing tremendous forces to the body while being forced to self-stabilize, and they saw 2,600% increases in growth hormone levels.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Wow.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right, right. That’s absolutely incredible and can vary… Tremendous health can be given to somebody who is going through that type of process. So, when I patented the bar and the ground plate for X3 Bar portable home gym, I knew that the stabilization firing was going to be incredibly high because if we’re mimicking free weight-lifting, however, it’s free weight-lifting, where the weight goes up, where you are in a strong range of motion, and so we’re getting that additional load and more stabilization firing, which means more growth hormone and the weight loss, fat loss, I should say. Because a lot of times, people’s weight goes up because they put a little bit of muscle, but they’re losing body fat very quickly because of that stabilization firing, growth hormone, and lipolysis that are associated. So we’ve seen incredible results with X3 variable resistance exercise system. You can see on the website x3bar.com. So the fat loss and then because of the efficiency of the fatigue in the muscle, so remember what I said about my chest press, so 500 pounds at the top. I’m 43 years old now. I had a birthday last week.
No Weights, No Cardio
Dr. Emil Haldey: Happy birthday.
Dr. John Jaquish: Thanks, man. So if 100 pounds at the top, 300 pounds, the middle, 100 pounds, the bottom, and then fatigue in accordance. So first I can’t get to that 500 pounds anymore, 540 pounds actually, and then I can start doing mid-range reps, so 300 pounds. Then the last one or two repetitions might only be 100 pounds and that weaker range motion. I have fatigued all ranges of motion in accordance to what their capabilities are much deeper level of fatigue. It’s how much tissue did you fatigue is going to yield you the greatest amount of growth. So you hear principles like time and attention and progressive resistance. While those are principles that apply to standard weight-lifting, there are other principles like constant tension and diminishing range of motion that are infinitely more important when you’re looking at the maximum level of growth that you want to trigger with variable resistance. So it is a very unorthodox approach. You can imagine the negative comments that I get with this unorthodox approach. But fortunately, we have 30,000 users out there right now who are posting all over the internet their great results, and there’s really no stopping it now. But it was [crosstalk 00:42:43]-
Dr. Emil Haldey: Give us some kind of success story. Give us a success story that you personally intervened and are maybe aware of.
Dr. John Jaquish: Typically, it’s the people that I grab and ask, “Hey, can we share your photos on the website,” are the ones who put on more than 20 pounds of muscle in right around six months, it might be seven months, or it might be five. But gaining 20 pounds of muscle in half a year is absolutely unheard of. In fact, most people will work for five years to gain 20 pounds of muscle. We’re talking about natural training athletes. So when they have that kind of effect, I say, “Hey, can I use your pictures?” Usually, they’re honored and excited. What I notice is every one of them, 100% follows my nutritional recommendations as well. The people who [crosstalk 00:43:41]-
Dr. Emil Haldey: They have very unique recommendations, where you-
Dr. John Jaquish: I still have very unique recommendations.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yes. Tell our listeners about that.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right. Because as soon as I developed this device, I was not in shape. I was a very average-looking guy, maybe even a little chubby. So I thought, “Okay.” I had not really cared. Like I said, I fly a quarter million miles a year for OsteoStrong and just eating junk food in airports. In a German or Austrian airport, all they have is pastries and beer and chocolate. It’s all they have in the airport. So I can just like, “All right. So I’m eating garbage today.” But once I got ready to launch this device, and like I said, I didn’t want to launch this device, but I talked to a bunch of fitness companies, and because it had a scientific argument connected to it, and it was so unorthodox, they were terrified. They were like, “I don’t think you can succeed with this. This is a very, very difficult thing. We wouldn’t wish this on anybody.” So they didn’t want to do it. So I won’t mention who I talked to. This is kind of embarrassing.
Dr. Emil Haldey: We’ll keep it private.
Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean, I talked to a number of different fitness manufacturers, and just they were honest. They’re like, “We’re terrified of some of the things, the very unorthodox scientific message.” So then I realized, I just got to do this myself, and I’ve got to be the guy. I’ve got to be the example because if I hire somebody, they may not understand all the science that I’ve done. They may screw it up and go and lift weights and screw up their recovery ability and fail, or they might think that they’re going to go do some other thing at the same time, and nobody will find out, and somebody will get a picture of that, and then it’ll be like, “Oh, the guy’s only muscular because it does pull-ups or some stupid thing.” There’s millions of people doing pull-ups, and they look like nothing. So nothing against pull-ups, but let’s be honest. So I knew I needed to be that guy because I’m going to follow it. I’m going to do exactly what I’m recommending to absolutely everybody, and the people that follow those recommendations, the people that follow the nutrition and the program I laid out to the letter had absolutely amazing results and-
Dr. Emil Haldey: That’s phenomenal. Can you tell our listeners quickly about your nutrition recommendations? Because I know they’re quite unique.
Dr. John Jaquish: Right. So you really needed a gram per pound of body weight or 2.2 grams per kilogram of body weight. I know you have international listeners, just [inaudible 00:46:19].
Dr. Emil Haldey: Thank you for that.
Dr. John Jaquish: It’s important. In fact, our imperial system only matters in the United States, Burma, and Liberia. Yeah, that’s hilarious. So when looking at these protein recommendations, people look at it, and they think, “Wait a minute. I got to eat a lot of protein for that.” Yeah. I mean, yes you do. But that’s what’s required for muscle protein synthesis because you’re underfeeding the body. You’re not giving it enough nutrients to build the muscle, it won’t. Because there’s other things that happened before building the muscles, like repair of tissue. So, in the studies that show the highest levels of muscle protein synthesis, those were the levels that were associated with that. So the people who got the right amount of protein, which typically means eating a significant amount of animal protein mostly because the vegetable protein, it’s not very bio-useful. I mean, bioavailable, yes, it digests. But we’re looking at a non-nitrogen output of maybe 10%, maybe 7% of the protein that are taken in is actually usable by the body, and then everything else gets excreted in the form of nitrogen, which really has to do with the lack of essential amino acids that are seen in vegetables, and majority of those are in eggs and different meats.
Dr. Emil Haldey: One of the coolest thing you do is you also limit the time you eat, right, and-
Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah, absolutely. Right. When you cook carbohydrates out of your diet, which is something I tell people to do, there’s no such thing as zero carbohydrates because even in meats, there’s muscle glycogen in meat, so there’s some carbohydrates in meat. But you go very, very low carbohydrates, anywhere from 5 grams to 40 grams in a day. Sometimes somebody puts some chimichurri sauce on your steak, and yeah, okay. Fair bit off or not, but you’re getting a gram or two. But the point is you focus your nutrition on that, you’re really giving the body the nutrients to grow. It becomes very crystal clear that things like fiber, Dr. Shawn Baker has a great video on, do we really need fiber? There’s never been a study that shows that fiber has any impact on length of life, quality of life, anything. The idea that it gets things mechanically moving through the digestive system is like saying as soon as your toilet gets plugged up, you should flush a towel down the toilet to get everything moving. No, that’ll make it worse. So people who have high levels of fiber get diverticulitis and colitis, and then they have Crohn’s irritation.
Dr. Emil Haldey: I love you examples. So-
Dr. John Jaquish: It’s because I want to make it crystal clear for everyone like, “Oh, yeah. I guess that doesn’t really make sense.”
Dr. Emil Haldey: So one thing I want to point out to listeners, I’ve had guests here who promoted the vegetable type of diet or plant-based diet, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. So this is an option that’s available to and clearly very successful. With Dr. Jaquish, you should check out his Instagram, Facebook, and you’re going to see very impressive results, very inspirational. So this is something that worked very well for Dr. Jaquish and for a lot of people out there. So it’s-
Dr. John Jaquish: Yeah. People who follow the program, they’re doing fantastic. I do understand people who want to be want to be vegan or vegetarian or want to have less animal products in their nutrition system because they’ve probably been misled on the dangers, or there are no dangerous when it comes to eating animal protein. But-
Dr. Emil Haldey: I got to bring to you and Dr. Baker to the show. We’re going to have… and maybe someone who’s a plant-based proponent [crosstalk 00:50:34] discussion.
Dr. John Jaquish: Sure. Totally. Debates with Dr. Baker [inaudible 00:50:37]. That’s really his field. I just got into it because I wanted to recommend a nutrition program that would help people use my device, my muscle-building X3 Bar resistance band bar system device so that they could trigger the maximum amount of growth, and it just so happened that once I figured that out, I was never going back. I actually haven’t had any fruit or vegetables since November, 2017. All I eat is meat.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Wow.
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s it.
Dr. Emil Haldey: You don’t miss fruits and vegetables?
Dr. John Jaquish: No. No. Because I know that there’s oxalates in there, and there’s… It’s not optimal human nutrition. Another thing I’ve noticed is my waste, my intestines have actually gotten smaller because you need a lot of intestinal wall to digest a plant-based diet. Right? You need that wall to be able to extract the nutrients from fiber. Well, because I don’t have that problem, my intestines are smaller, which means there’s more room in my chest cavity. As I breathe, I’m taking in more oxygen. I’ve never done anything to make me feel better. X3 Bar exercise band bar system was fantastic. But as far as my feeling, my feeling of health, vitality, switching to 100% carnivore nutrition was just absolutely fantastic. I feel great. My blood work is awesome. I’m leaner, stronger. I look younger. My skin’s better. I see my fraternity brothers from undergrad, and they see me, and they’re like, “What are doing? It’s like every time I see you, you’re a year younger.” So yeah.
No Weights, No Cardio
Dr. Emil Haldey: That’s amazing to hear. I’m glad it’s working for you. But I want to have you back, and I will reach out to Dr. Baker, and I’ll bring up-
Dr. John Jaquish: Oh, he’ll do it. He’s awesome.
Dr. Emil Haldey: … some of my plant-based friends and the folks who are on our show, we’ll have a debate. This is really good. But I know-
Dr. John Jaquish: The good news is unlike them, I don’t want to tell them how to live. That’s a big difference between the two communities. I think that I’m-
Dr. Emil Haldey: I think they have different options.
Dr. John Jaquish: … doing what they want to do. They actually want to change the way I live my life, and I got a problem with that.
Dr. Emil Haldey: Yeah. I always say to my listeners, people with more options have better lives. This is a tremendous option, and you’re a very, very accomplished scientists. I respect you a lot, and I love you message. So I want all my listeners to hear, and this is an option that it’s working for you and for many other people. So it’s a great option if it’s working for you. So we are having such a powerful discussion. So give our listeners an inspirational or motivational or any message that you wish.
Dr. John Jaquish: So remember I said in the previous segment, the two things that drive longest life are the highest level of strength and the lowest level of body fat. So what I’d like them to do is start following me on social media, Instagram, it’s at D-R-J-A-Q-U-I-S-H, @drjaquish. Also, I want them to start following Dr. Shawn Baker, S-H-A-W-N Baker. He talks about nutrition and performance and longer life and better quality of life. He and I both have very unorthodox messages, but I believe both of us are on the track to drive longer life, lower body fat. Everyone’s going to look better, feel better, be stronger, be happier, live powerful and exciting lives.
Dr. Emil Haldey: That’s a powerful message. People with more options have better lives. So check out Dr Jaquish on Instagram, at his website. To learn more about Dr. Jaquish, please visit his website at johnjaquish.com. We mentioned Instagram and other social media portals. This makes it a show, ladies and gentlemen. Dr. Jaquish, thank you so much for joining us, having [crosstalk 00:54:45] discussion-
Dr. John Jaquish: Absolutely. [crosstalk 00:54:46] was great.
Dr. Emil Haldey: … and educating our listeners. Truly inspirational and a lot of value that you’ve added here. If you want to live a happier, fuller, healthier, and a more fulfilled life, you need to be the CEO of your health. You need to be guided by an amazing practitioner. That’s your life, you lead it. Thank you for joining us. Until next time, be happy and healthy.
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