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May 29, 2017

What are the odds that a skinny teenager from Latvia goes on to become a world-class fitness model? What are the odds that that same kid goes on to develop his own fitness methodology and to help others achieve and exceed their health and fitness objectives?

Meet Ru Wikmann. Ru is a London-based fitness expert, personal trainer, WBFF pro fitness model, and body transformation coach. As you will hear, Ru adds philosophy and mindfulness to his approach to fitness. He is also lots of fun and we get into a wide range of topics in this episode including:

  • Growing up in Latvia and moving to the UK;
  • Transforming from a skinny kid to a pro fitness model;
  • His philosophies on fitness and health, and making changes that will stick;
  • Taking risk and risk-taking;
  • Knowing your purpose;
  • Ru’s fitness app Fitswap;
  • Meditation and mindfulness;
  • Language and culture;
  • Lots more!

Show notes:

Ru’s website

Ru on:







The Shredded Brainiac podcast

Binaural beats

Binaural Beats apps

“What are the functions of various brain waves” in Scientific American


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May 21, 2017

Somewhat coincidentally with this week’s episode, I came across this article written by the late Alex Tizon, a Pullitzer prize winning journalist entitled “My Family’s Slave”. In it, Tizon describes how his parents effectively kept a woman against her will to cook, clean and take care of his family. This falls squarely under the modern definition of slavery.

This week, we delve into the topic of human trafficking and modern slavery. It is a topic that is sobering but important. It also mind-boggling to learn that that are some 25-30 million slaves currently in the world.

My guest is Nancy Hartwell. Nancy is an American author, translator and playwright. She has written three books on human trafficking. Nancy first became fascinated and horrified with this topic several years ago whilst she was living in Cameroon (Nancy lived there for fourteen years and has worked and travelled extensively across the globe). This was prompted when an acquaintance of hers, a German woman in her early twenties, mysteriously disappeared. It was later revealed that she was sold into the sex trade in the Persian Gulf.

Since then, Nancy has been collecting stories on human trafficking which she eventually turned into three books – two fiction and one non-fiction. She has also examined the various aspects of human trafficking in the modern world. In this conversation, we discuss:

  • What human trafficking is;
  • The scale and scope of the problem;
  • The different forms of human trafficking and modern slavery;
  • Why governments are not doing enough;
  • Ways in which we can help combat the problem;
  • How to protect our children and loved ones from human trafficking

Show notes:

Nancy's website: 

Nancy's ecourse on human trafficking: 

Nancy on Facebook: 

Nancy on Linkedin: 

Nancy's books on Amazon: 

The Madeleine McCann case: 

US State Dept. Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016 - 

"15 Ways You Can Fight Human Trafficking" on the US State Dept website - 

"My Family's Slave" by Alex Tizon - 

The CNN Freedom Project Report on Mauritania: 


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May 15, 2017

Building personal resilience involves taking care of both body and mind. To help do this, many people are increasingly turning to “alternative medicine” as Western medicine seems inadequately equipped to deal with disease prevention and optimal performance. At the same time, the world of alternative therapies is fraught with confusing information and dishonest practitioners.

This is why Dr. Kathy Gruver’s work is so valuable. Kathy is my guest in this week’s episode. She is someone who can bridge the gap between Western medicine and alternative therapies. Kath is a health expert, author, television host and speaker. Kathy has for many years focused on the mind-body connection and alternative medicine. 

Kathy is the author of a book called The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and is the host of a television show of the same name. Kathy is also an expert on stress management. While this is a bit of a shorter episode because Kathy had a limited time window, we still covered loads of great stuff including:

  • Health and the core components of health;
  • Alternative medicine and how it can be viewed as a complement to Western medicine;
  • Stress how to manage it;
  • How to make changes that stick;
  • How to spot potentially bogus alternative therapies;
  • Nutrition;
  • Risk-taking

Show Notes:

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Kathy’s author page on Amazon

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