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Human Regeneration Project

Human Regeneration Project

By Eeden Medical Bioscience
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#10 - Male Health: Penis Augmentation
Continuing with our Male Health series, we discuss penis enhancement procedures with Dr.Sam van Eeden. Many men are curious about these types of procedures, how they work, and if they are even necessary. A huge part of considering having a treatment like this revolves around the underlying reasons for why a man might feel inadequate in the first place, and Dr.Sam explains the psychology and social implications of penis size, and enlargement procedures. Show-notes: 5.20 - Studies show that 45% of men in the UK believe that there is an issue with the size of their penis. 7.20 - How is a penis augmentation procedure performed? 7.40 - The psycho-social impact of penis size and augmentation procedures is very important to understand. 10.30 - Dr.Sam explains what areas of the penis are actually treated. 14.00 - As you age, the aesthetic appearance of the penis also deteriorates, and this can be treated as well. 15.40 - It is possible and likely that the penis will shrink with age. 19.00 - The facts on penis size, what is considered 'normal' and 'average'? 23.30 - Worrying about penis size often results from comparing to other males, and mot necessarily from any functional or medical issue. 26.00 - Dr.Sam discusses 'Micro Penis', a legitimate medical concern. 27.45 - Are penis augmentation procedures painful? 29.10 - What is the recovery like from these types of procedures? 34.40 - Does the penis look and feel normal afterwards? 37.05 - What are the risks or side effects associated with penis enlargement procedures? 40.30 - How long do the results last? 46.45 - How much do these procedures cost? 50.00 - You can contact Dr.Sam directly at Check out our previous podcast - Functional Medicine - Managing Disease or Promoting Health?
October 29, 2019
#9 - Male Health: Circumcisions with Dr. Ernu de Villiers
As part of our Male Health series, Dr.Sam van Eeden and Dr.Ernu de Villers discuss circumcision, a procedure that helps thousands of men every year with a variety of reproductive and genital issues. They break down this simple procedure, discussing the indications, health benefits and possible complications of circumcisions, and remove the taboo from what is a very common and normal issue for men of all ages. Show-notes: 3.50 - Dr.Ernu de Villiers is from Namibia. 6.30 - Circumcision is often seen as a taboo subject, particularly in Ireland. 8.10 - Dr.Sam mainly sees medical circumcision cases. 11.40 - BXO is a precursor for penile cancer. 13.10 - In Namibia there is a national drive for voluntary circumcision. 14.40 - In Africa, the national circumcision rate is 62%. 15.45 - In the UK the rate is 7% , and in Ireland the rate is 5%. 19.00 - Circumcision is used in some cultures as part of a manhood initiation ceremony. 21.20 - There is an argument currently about the issue of young babies and consent for circumcision procedures. 23.20 - There are many different strains of the HPV virus. 26.50 - Dr.Sam outlines the risks involved in these procedures. 31.00 - Managing risk comes down to proper surgical practice. 32.40 - Complications are very rare with circumcisions. 36.00 - Exposing the glans and stretching the foreskin is vital from a young age. 40.00 - The doctors explain how a circumcision procedure is performed. 43.10 - Almost all Irish males request a partial circumcision. 48.30 - One risk of a partial circumcision is phymosis. 49.30 - Wound healing in the penis is very quick. 50.30 - Some people experience an increase in sensitivity post procedure, some people experience a decrease. 52.00 - Premature ejaculation is a medical condition. 53.50 - SSRI's can reduce sensitivity. 58.00 - Hyaluronic Acid fillers in the penis can reduce sensitivity of the corona. 1.00.00 - Discussing pain and discomfort during and after circumcision procedures. 1.02.00 There is very little pain, all clients are discharged with pain medication but it is rarely needed. 1.04.45 - What is a frenuloplasty? 1.09.40 - The foreskin and the lower eyelid share similar physical characteristics. Check out our previous podcast - Functional Medicine - Managing Disease or Promoting Health?
August 29, 2019
#08 - Be Mindful, Be Considerate, Be Healthy with Gina O'Callaghan
It takes a lot of bravery, determination and belief to change your life. It takes even more to save your own life, and to take charge of your body and your health, even as doctors, friends and family are advising you differently. Gina O'Callaghan tells a story of how a shocking discovery and diagnosis of not one, but two types of rare cancer inspired her to radically overhaul her life, focusing on being as healthy as she could, and how this helped her not only recover from the disease, but transformed how she lives today. Show Notes 06.30 - Gina lived with her family in Asia. 7.00 - Her son suffered a lot with chest infections when he was younger. 8.44 - She made a decision to slow down her pace of life. 11.00 - On October 2013 she got a clean bill of health from her doctor. 12.25 - Early one morning in March 2014 she wok with excruciating pain. 16.45 - The doctors told her they had performed a sub total hysterectomy. 18.10 - Gina discovered she had cancer. 23.38 - They found a second cancer that had been missed. 25.40 - The chemotherapy she was offered was used for palliative care. 30.20 - A book she recommends is called 'Radical Remissions'.  34.00 - Gina went vegan, juicing, ignoring the advice given to eat cakes and sugar. 35.30 - It's not just about 'being positive', you have to apply your focus. 44.40 - She started thinking about how to stop the cancer from coming back. 48.00 - Most doctors won't recommend alternative options. 50.20 - A diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean you'll die tomorrow, take your time. 52.00 - How did Gina get cancer? 54.00 - She did some genetic testing and found that she had an issue with B12 absorption. 57.10 - Cancer is a symptom of underlying problems. 59.50 - The power of your mind on your body. 1.04.30 - Does Gina bring her personal experience into her treatments with her clients? 1.06.40 - What does a typical day look like for Gina?  1.10.00 - You need tot take time for yourself to reflect and consider.  1.13.30 - Be mindful of where your food is coming from. 1.14.30 - She is studying naturopathic nutrition at the moment. 1.18.15 - Use an 80/20% approach to food. 1.20.10 - How we chew can affect our digestion. 1.26.30 - Gina is practicing sound therapy. 1.30.00 - It's important to understand that health is a multifaceted thing. 1.34.00 - The body wants to heal itself. Check out gina's website : Check out our previous podcast - Functional Medicine - Managing Disease or Promoting Health?
July 31, 2019
#07 - Aging - Fighting the Health Effects of Getting Older
Getting older is generally associated with a decrease in performance and an increase in health issues and disease, but why does this happen, how is aging actually defined, and once we understand the process itself, is it possible to do anything to slow the process down or manage the negative effects? Dr.Sam van Eeden discusses how aging fits into the bigger picture of medicine and functional health, and explains the concepts behind the approach he takes to helping people manage their own aging process. 3.30 - Aging can be classed as a disease or a degenerative condition in some ways. 5.10 - "That's normal for your age" is normal for some doctors to say to patients. 8.00 - ICD codes are the worldwide standard for classifying disease. 10.00 - How do insurance companies view a disease? 11.30 - You are on your own until you have an active ICD code and a disease. 13.20 - Preventative medicine is not classed as guideline treatment standards for doctors. 15.00 - What is actually happening as you age? 17.20 - On a cellular level you are actually aging from when you are born. 18.00 - Cell senescence is when cells cease to be able to divide themselves. 21.40 - Metabolic disease is the biggest threat to human health ever. 27.00 - Can you potentially boost human lifespan by understanding and applying the science? 28.50 - Sharks never develop cancer. 30.40 - As long as your cells have the ability to repair, you can manage disease better. 32.00 - How Dr.Sam helps clients understand what they need to do themselves. 37.00 An accumulation of damaged DNA leads to cell senescence. 42.10 - If you want to slow down disease, slow down DNA damage. 45.40 - It's the patient's decision whether to engage in this type of medicine or not. 48.10 -Education is the key to effective treatment. 50.00 - We can use a wide range of biomarkers as an indication of health. 53.00 - How do you manage a client in life who's cells are already senescent? 57.00 - Senescent cells are not dead, they can still function. 58.00 - Age is not particularly relevant to functional medicine treatments. 1.03.00 - Aging and it's effects are unique to every individual. 1.07.30 - It's never too late to treat a client with a functional approach. Check out our previous podcast - Functional Medicine - Managing Disease or Promoting Health?
June 17, 2019
#06 - Functional Medicine - Managing Disease or Promoting Health?
What sounds better to you: waiting until you get sick, visiting your doctor and trying to manage the disease, or taking a proactive approach and optimizing your health, to try to prevent the disease from ever taking hold? Dr.Sam van Eeden, a functional medicine practitioner, speaks about his approach to preventing and managing the illnesses and metabolic diseases that have become so prevalent in modern society, like heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes, his views on the issues with the current healthcare system, and explains what functional medicine actually involves, as a concept and a practical treatment format, touching on the importance of considerations like proper nutrition and lifestyle, and treatments like IV vitamin therapy. 3.03 - How is functional medicine sometimes interpreted? 4.14 - Functional medicine is science and evidence based practice. 6.10 - Functional Medicine is a study of external factors and the ability of the body to adapt to those factors. 15.10 The World Health Organization did a study about the link between statins and a reduction in cardiac surgery, but this is not entirely relevant any more. 17.00 - It's not no longer accepted that statins decrease heart disease. 17.47 - Does Dr.Sam think people are being kept sick for profit? 18.48 - Insurance companies are happy to pay for disease management but not for disease prevention. 20.28 - Dr.Sam illustrates the problem with modern healthcare using a Bell Curve. 22.45 - The individual has to make the call about their own health. 27.40 - Cannabis is a good example of change affected from the bottom up. 28.10 - In Canada a doctor can prescribe cannabis as part of a supervised treatment protocol. 35.30 - Health screens generally test for current issues, not future ones. 37.20 - The absence of disease does not indicate the presence of health. 37.50 - Are men and women both tested the same? 40.12 - Are men or women better at making moves and decisions regarding their own health? 45.10 - People are revolting against chemicals and drugs. 48.00 - We know statins don't change the requirements for cardiac surgery, but the current medical guidelines have not changed to reflect this. 49.20 - Cholesterol is like a firetruck responding to a fire, statins stop the firetruck but not the fire. Inflammation is the fire, in the endothelial cells. 51.00 - It's not just about the LDL levels tested, it's more about the levels of inflammation in the blood vessel cells. 56.00 - It's about reducing systemic inflammation in the body. 57.10 - Taking statins can prevent further plaques from forming, but there's no evidence to suggest it helps plaques already formed. 58.05 - Things like Lecithin, Phosphatidylcholine etc can reduce these plaques. 1.00.12 - There is no link between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol levels. 1.07.00 - The fast food industry in the UK has grown by 56% over the last 3 years. 1.15.30 - What are IV bars and how do they differ from functional medicine clinics? 1.17.30 - the body is very good at identifying the nutrients it needs through craving and hunger. 1.25.10 - High dose IV vitamin therapy introduces huge amounts of electrons to stabilize free radicals. 1.29.40 - It's up to the individual to investigate the options for their own health. 1.31.00 - IV Therapy bypasses the gastrointestinal system. 1.34.00 - It's important to do IV therapy in the context of a guided and tested approach to get maximum benefit. Check out our previous podcast about Taking Control of Your Health and Wellness with Eoin Lacey
April 18, 2019
#05 - Eoin Lacey - Take Control of Your Health.
 Eoin Lacey, expert in Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Health and Wellness from the Irish Strength Institute, has built a career around helping people achieve their health and fitness goals, from the average person seeking weight loss, to the elite and Olympic level athlete chasing world records. Today Eoin speaks with Dan about the importance of taking an individualised approach to your health, setting proper goals and plans, and the steps you can take to regain control of your own body and make the improvements you have been yearning for in your own life, even if the aim is just to simply feel good. Show-notes: 0.35 - Eoin Lacey describes his own background, and how he started out his career in commercial gyms. 3.30 - Eoin set up the Irish Strength Institute with John Connor. 5.05 - In government departments, you are very restricted in terms of courses you can study or develop. 7.58 - The GTI principle applied by Eoin, what is the objective of the training? 9.20 - Be specific about whatever it is you want to do or achieve.  10.40 - Get advice on training before starting, don't think you can simply show up and start training with no advice or experience. 15.10 - Treadmills force you into extension and do not mimic a normal running pattern, and can actually hamper performance. 17.00 - You don't want all show no go, you want to apply the training to the activity. 18.30 - If you're not testing when it comes to training, then you're guessing. 19.25 - If you are calorie deficient on a diet, then you will definitely be low in micronutrients. 21.10 - The thyroid gland is affected by cutting calories. 22.05 - On the standard American diet it takes 5 years to recover the nutrients lost during pregnancy. 24.55 - Dr.Joel Evans has a book called Dead Execs Don't Get Bonuses. 25.06 - The absence of disease doesn't mean the presence of health. 31.00 - It is always important to give a client what they want as a motivational factor. 32.41 - Dan calls these treatments a 'break in the clouds' which can help people get over the hump or obstacles to change. 33.00 - Some people respond well to crash diets, it provides a form of motivation when they see results. 33.28 - Most people don't realize what it is to actually be healthy or feel good. 34.00 - You are 100% responsible for where you are in life. 34.34 - The things and people you surround yourself with in life have a direct effect on you and your health. 38.16 - Eoin failed with clients, and that motivated him to learn more and develop successful techniques to help people. 39.05 - Is your health your priority? You have to make time to take care of yourself. 39.38 - A lot of trainers just give general advice to cover themselves. 40.40 - You cannot be a generalist with health, you have to be specific. 41.50 - Corporate Health Medical with ISI gives you useful information. 43.25 - Polypharmacy is rife, taking many medications generally causes a bunch of other side effects. 50.20 - Eoin discusses the importance of sleep, and how approaching sleep has to be so individualized. 51.45 - The body does 2 things while you are asleep: detoxifies and regenerates. 54.15 - CPAP machines are given to people to address sleep problems, but there is no coaching or follow up provided. 55.15 - Eoin discusses mouth taping to help train people to breathe through the nose. 55.58 - The Oxygen Advantage provides good information for nasal cleansing techniques. 57.00 - Eoin gives seminars and talks for industry professionals on health, wellness, fitness etc. For more information please visit Human Regeneration Project page.
March 27, 2019
#04 - NAD - The Miracle Anti-Ageing Molecule?
NAD therapy has been hailed as a 'miracle treatment' in the world of anti-ageing, biohacking, longevity, health and wellness in recent years. NAD stands for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, and this molecule exists in every cell in the body. NAD IV therapy involves supplementing NA intravenously, and is used to combat chronic fatigue, increase energy and performance, improve general health and wellness and many other applications. John Gillen and Tom Ingoglia, two men with lots of experience in the world of NAD, join the podcast to discuss the many health benefits of using this little molecule.   Show-notes: 0.35 - What is the function of NAD? It is important for energy production in the body, and acts on sirtuins, a set of enzymes that control genetic pathways for ageing. 1.00 - NAD levels decrease with age.  1.48 - Fasting and exercise can increase Nad levels.  3.45 - NAD stands for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, and this exists in all cells in the body. 4.05 - NAD is important for energy production and brain function.  4.35 - Tom Ingoglia got involved with NAD because of a personal illness, and was experiencing chronic fatigue and brain fog among other symptoms. He spoke about this in detail on the Ben Greenfield podcast.  7.50 - NAD treatment is usually performed via IV (intravenous) therapy, and protocols can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days.  12.00 - Where does NAD fit in with functional medicine?  18.20 - Many people worry about the side effects of new treatments, what side effects are associated with NAD?  21.30 - NAD is a form of B3 Niacin.  22.25 - What are the natural ways you can boost your NAD levels?  23.14 - Fasting, stretching, decreasing alcohol, better sleep, resveratrol, vitamin B3, Niacin, Nicotinamide Ribicide, NMN are all ways of increasing NAD levels. 24.10 - As you age your levels of NAD gradually decline, and this is thought to be due to the increase in a compound called CD38. 24.35 - NAD levels are at their highest when you are born, by the age of 20 they can decrease to about 50%, by 40 they can be down to about 25%. 30.48 - Is NAD recommended for general health optimization if you are not sick? 32.25 - There is a worldwide intellectual deficit when it comes to NAD. 33.28 - Tom explains the history of NAD and Joseph Goldberger and the connection with Pellagra. 36.45 - Why is there a push-back against these types of treatment? It's similar to cannabis, the intellectual property cannot be owned by big pharma, so it's hushed. 40.50 - Anti-ageing is becoming the main application for NAD therapy. 42.00 - There is an increased interest from the sporting community in NAD. 44.05 - Is NAD a performance enhancing drug? 46.55 - NAD therapy is different than IV Vitamin Therapy.  48.30 - NMN is coming out as a product designed to boost NAD.  1.00.25 - Common complaints seen in clients attending NAD Treatment Centre in San Diego are addiction, depression, anxiety, chronic disease, anti-ageing.  1.04.35 - It's better to have many tests done to get a bigger picture view of overall health, rather than just a simple blood test.  Check out our previous podcast about Hair loss
February 21, 2019
#03 - Hair Loss The Modern Approach.
About 50% of men and women are going to experience some form of hair loss by the time they hit 50. That means that either you, or someone you know, is going through this process right now. A lot of the common questions we hear are: why am I losing my hair, is there anything I can do that actually works, and who can you can I talk to to if this is something that’s upsetting me? During this podcast we discuss with Dr.Sam, who is a highly qualified and experienced hair restoration surgeon, the facts and myths surrounding hair loss, and find out what are the very best treatments and techniques available today to manage hair loss. Show-Notes 0.40 - Hair Loss is a chronic medical conditions, and as such it is treatable. 2.20 - The difference between gene-protected and non-gene-protected hair. 4.00 - Dr.Sam explains hair loss patterns, how this is influenced by genetics, and the role of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) in hair loss. 5.40 - How the miniaturisation process of hair follicles works. 9.11 - When a hair falls out, is the hair follicle actually dead? 13.03 - We discuss the medications for hair loss, Finasteride and Dutasteride. 15.50 - Discussing the potential side effects and worries surrounding Dutasteride and Finasteride. 25.30 - What are the downfalls of breaking tablets for consumption, do we get the full effect? Do they work? 33.29 - Dr.Sam explains some of the different types of hair loss. 39.09 - What are the steps you can take when you are experiencing hair loss? 42.45 - In a nutshell, what treatments are relevant to you personally? 48.44 - Dan explains that knowledge and education when it comes to hair loss is so important. PRP is a bit of a modern buzzword, and if your hair loss doesn't bother you, that's OK too! 51.31 - Hair loss can be viewed like diabetes, it's not a quick fix, and requires ongoing management. 54.50 - There is nothing inherently wrong or shameful about hair loss, it's normal, it's not vanity, and it can contribute to significant confidence issues. 56.30 - We are observing some social changes in mindset when it comes to these types of treatments. 59.20 - There can be many psychological effects attached to hair loss. 1.0.54 - We discuss the observation that many clients are very private about the treatments and don't want anyone to know. 1.02.47 - Hair loss can often become a burden, and a distraction from other things in life, and people often experience hurtful comments from the opposite sex. 1.06.19 - Many clients tell us when they return for a follow up that they have actually forgotten about their hair issues, which is exactly the point. 1.08.05 - Dr.Sam discusses his own hair loss story. 1.11.47 - Hair loss touches many lives, roughly 50% of the population will experience hair loss at some stage in life. 1.13.19 - We need more honesty in the industry, and less people praying on desperate clients. Check out our previous podcast about Stem Cells with Dr.Ali Ghanem.
December 19, 2018
#02 - Dr. Ali Ghanem & Stem Cells
Stem cells are specialized cells which develop into all the structures and tissues that make us up as human beings. Many modern regenerative treatments harness the power of these cells to help with injury, illness, aesthetic issues, medical concerns and more, but the use of stem cells in medicine is often a controversial one. Regenerative medicine expert, Dr.Ali Ghanem, pulls back the curtain on stem cells, explains how they actually work, and how they should be adopted into modern medicine, alongside more traditional treatments, to achieve incredible results for us as patients and wellness clients. He also cautions against the many pitfalls we can face when considering these types of treatments. Show-notes: 0.25 - Dr.Ali describes his own background and the origin of stem cells. 3.18 - The limitations of plastic surgery when it came to tissue repair and regeneration. 3.55 - How water salamanders can completely regenerate tissue after injury, and how this inspired more research into regenerative medicine. 5.05 - Dr.Sam's story has numerous similarities to Dr.Ali's story. 7.10 - Dr.Sam describes seeing incredible regeneration of skin on burn wound victims after gas explosions. 7.40 - Aesthetic medicine can be described as "controlled injury". 8.50 - Dr.Ali was very interested in cleft palates, deformities, and the stigma that is attached to scarring. 12.58 - We explore why there is resistance in the medical field and in the public to regenerative medicine. 17.45 - A contributing factor to some resistance was a Korean scientist who's research was discredited after it was shown that some of the data was falsified. 19.45 - Who is doing these types of treatments using stem cells? 24.10 - Many unqualified people are taking advantage of the grey areas in the legislation surrounding regenerative medicine. 25.27 - Regenerative medicine is being called 'stem cell treatments' by many, but if people knew the difference they might select their practitioner/clinic a bit more carefully. 28.08 - In 1982, embryonic stem cells were actually thought to be cancer cells! 28.59 - Dr.Ali explains that we ourselves were once totipotent stem cells. 30.22 - During early development, as we grow from 4 - 8 cells, we lose the ability to be totipotent. 31.20 - Cells change from totipotent cells to multipotent and pluripotent cells. 33.20 - Selectively isolating tissue and administering it properly is what regenerative medicine is when done correctly. 35.43 - There is huge importance to having specific training and understanding the finer details when performing a regenerative treatment. 37.53 - It is not ethical to tell a client that you are giving them a "stem cell therapy". 38.33 - Dr.Ali distinguishes between research based stem cell medicine and standard regenerative treatments. 39.34 - The best terminology to use in this field is "regenerative cells". 42.55 - There are stem cell banks where specific research and cell isolation is possible, but that is different from regenerative medicine. 44.28 - It is illegal to falsely claim or advertise a specific stem cell clinic. 46.00 - Regenerative medicine is going to expand. 46.44 - As a consumer, should you be wary of clinics claiming 'stem cell treatments'? Check us out at:
December 11, 2018
#01 - Wellness and Regenerative Medicine
What is wellness? Is it an airy fairy term used to describe something we can’t see, or does it have a base in measurable medicine, with real outcomes? How does regenerative medicine fit into this picture, and how Can this modern and functional approach to health benefit you? Dan and Dr.Sam van Eeden discuss the growth of regenerative medicine, and the use of real science in the quest for wellness and feeling good. Show-notes: 0.33 – Dr.Sam van Eeden’s journey into Regenerative Medicine – how did it all start? 2.04 – Seeing how burn wound victims recovered from traumatic injury with amazing recovery inspired Dr.Sam. 2.57 – How is regenerative medicine different from a more traditional approach to medicine? 4.38 – Dr.Sam’s Medical Research degree taught him how to question things more. 5.45 – How snake bite victims recovered from other illnesses using the regenerative capabilities of the body. 11.25 – What is the point of regenerative medicine? 14.00 – Doctors who are using regenerative medicine are pioneers in the medical field. 14.52 – Being too comfortable sticking to the same old treatments kills progression in the field. 20.57 – Dan’s background and how he became involved with regenerative medicine from a physiotherapy standpoint. 22.45 – Medicine has lost the personal touch in many cases. 25.00 – The guys discuss wellness and what that actually means. 29.09 – The link between your wellness, neuroscience and the ability of the power of your mind to actually affect your medical health. 37.43 – Combining science and medicine with actually feeling good, not just ‘getting better’. 43.47 – Why shouldn’t a beautician do a filler? 53.55 – What does Dr.Sam get from regenerative medicine, why does he do it? Check us out at:
November 30, 2018