The A2Z Strength Show: Episode 7 - Dr Anna Lembke: Psychiatrist & Author of 'Dopamine Nation'

Dr Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and the chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic.

Dr Lembke sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, she has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, she keeps a very active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.

She is an accomplished author with previous publications being;

Drug Dealer, MD - How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, & Why It’s So Hard to Stop, which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. 

She is most famous for her book Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, this book was an instant New York Times Bestseller, Dopamine Nation explores how to moderate compulsive over consumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.

This was one of my favorite talks to date and I absolutely loved the topics that we covered;

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The A2Z Strength Show: Episode 6 - Dr Roy Sugarman: Psychologist & Neuroscientist

Dr Roy Sugarman is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society's Colleges of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, he is a member of the Royal Charter of Psychologists in the UK, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Neuropsychology and Faculty of Paediatric Neuropsychology, and a member of the American Psychological Association. 

He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, “Saving your life one day at a time”, and  "Client-centred coaching: A trainer and coach's guide to motivating clients" (3rd ed) His clinical work continues in traumatic brain injury, trauma, mood and anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders in children and adults, and he serves as an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at UNSW, assisting with the assessment of candidates for medicine and research into best practice in medical education. 

Dr Sugarman has developed an integrated approach to achieving peak performance in both body and brain where his state of the art approach is heavily used in Professional Sport and High Performance Corporate Environments.

This was an amazing talk and I thoroughly enjoyed where it went, and the pages of notes I took will serve me for many years to come!

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A2Z Strength Show Episode 5 - Dr Trevor Kashey: Nutritional Scientist & Biochemist

Dr Trevor Kashey, is a world leader in Nutritional Science where he holds a PHD in Biochemistry.

I first heard about Dr Kashey in the book ‘The Comfort Crisis’ by Michael Easter and I knew I had to get him on the show! His amazing, unique and ultimately simple view on nutrition, coupled with his incredible understanding of human psychology is world class and something that we have never really seen before, which is why he’s getting the credit he deserves.

His approach was noticed by Azerbaijan Olympic Team when he was just finishing up his PHD and they quickly secured his services during their Rio campaign where he became an integral part of their system and this Olympics ended up being one of their most successful to date.

He is now back in his native USA where he runs his Nutritional Science company ‘Trevor Kashey Nutrition’ where he trains and coaches all walks of life in their nutritional, training & weight loss journey.

This was a great episode and I thoroughly enjoyed the many directions this chat went on, and the takeaways from it are incredibly valuable.

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A2Z Strength Show Episode 4 - Paul Roos: Former AFL Footballer & Premiership Winning Coach

Paul Roos, is a former Professional AFL Footballer, 2005 Premiership Winning Coach, and Corporate Leadership Coach.

Paul has been talked about as one of the key people involved in turning around the fortunes of the Sydney Swans & Melbourne Demons during some pretty dark days both these clubs were facing at the time.

His person first, player second approach to coaching is a model that's still being replicated even to this day, and his impact on both these clubs are still very much felt.

He really 'gets' people and through his authenticity, and just being a good bloke, he seems to have the ability to get the best out of everyone that comes into contact with him.

Paul now co-runs a very successful Leadership and Culture Business that brings his wealth of knowledge and understanding of Professional Sport and High Performing Environments to the corporate world.

This was a great episode and I thoroughly enjoyed where this chat went and the takeaways from it will stay with me for years to come.

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A2Z Strength Show Episode 3 - Dan Cooper: Former Australian Special Forces SAS Solider, PHD Researcher & Adventurer Racer

Dan Cooper, is a former SAS Solider in The Australian Special Forces where he served for over 22 years, he holds an Undergraduate Degree, 2 x Masters Degrees and is currently doing his PHD at Macquarie University (Aus) in and around decision making in high performance environments. 

Through his work he is developing best practices and methods to help us civilians in the real world make better decisions under stressful environments/conditions so that we can all have the ability to perform at our peak.     

As well as all this work, Dan keeps himself entertained as an Extreme Adventurer and Endurance Competitor, this has seen him head all over the world to some of the wild places on earth to compete in crazy ass events like his most recent one to Alaska for the Iditarod Adventure Race. 

This was an amazing interview that went in many directions and there is some gold nuggets in here for all of us. 

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A2Z Strength Show Episode 2: Nathan Martin (Tennis Fitness)

Welcome to the Second Episode of the ‘A2Z Strength Show’, a space where I get to chat with some of the greatest Coaches and Minds in the world of High Performance and Human Optimisation.

Todays guest is none other than my good mate Nathan Martin of TENNIS FITNESS Nathan and his wife (Gisele) are the go to practitioners when it comes to world tennis. Their careers have seen them travel for 6 years on ATP Tour, run a successful academy in Spain, and also build a ever expanding business now that they are back home in Australia.

They have both played a major part in a tonne of the top ranked players you and I have come to know, Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Martina Navratilova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles, just to name a few.

Nathan is one of the good guys in the world of high performance sport, he’s incredibly humble, easy going and is one of the main guys who I go to for advice. If you are a aspiring player, coach or just keen to hear some great stories from the tour, this is worth a listen. Especially when he tells the story about Novak Djokovic up the tree.  

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A2Z Strength Show Episode 1: Dr Nic Gill 

Welcome to the first episode of the ‘A2Z Strength Show’, a place where I’ll be meeting with some of the greatest and most inspiring coaches, to hear about the world of high performance, but from their side of things. On to todays guest, and what a place to start! Dr Nic Gill has been the S & C coach for the All Blacks for 13 years, he’s a professor, an author, runs an avocado orchard, a husband and father; and after spending a couple of hours with him can confirm he’s a top bloke too. I’d heard a few interviews with him in the past which focussed more on the All Blacks and athlete side of things, but I was keen to take a different approach and find out more about him as a coach, and a person, which is what this show is all about.

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