Sleep Optimization, The Definition of Health, Calming the Overstressed Nervous System, and More with Dr. Gus Vickery

He founded Vickery Family Medicine in 2005 which has grown to multiple medical providers serving in 3 locations including The Clinic at Biltmore, an innovative direct to employer clinic for The Biltmore Company. Vickery Family Medicine has received numerous awards for customer service and quality.

Dr. Gus Vickery is a board-certified family physician who specializes in personalized health consultations focused on total body and mind optimization. He is also a speaker and the author of Authentic Health. 

He offers personalized health consultations both virtually and in-person at his office in Asheville, NC. He uses advanced biometrics, genetics, hormonal assessments, metabolic and nutritional assessments, and other advanced diagnostics to determine the proactive and comprehensive strategies that will help his clients experience their best health and lifespan. He is an expert in the use of peptides, targeted supplementation, and hormonal optimization to potentiate an individual’s best health.

Dr. Vickery is an honor graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, and teaches medical students for the department of family medicine of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as president of the Western North Carolina Medical Society.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

-The impetus for Dr. Vickery’s new book…01:44

-Which of the 5 pillars of community and environment are the most urgent to address…08:34

-Why the environment around us is designed to sabotage our health without our own intervention…

-Signals your health is not optimal…13:56

-Questions to ask to know what kind of doctor you’re working with…22:54

-Ways to optimize your sleep…27:30

-The definition of good health…34:20

-Why fitness and nutrition need to placed in their own separate buckets…37:45

-Posture is one of the most neglected element of our health…42:20

-How playfulness contributes to our overall fitness…46:01

-The foundational importance of maintaining strength…51:50

-Benefits of exercising parts of the body you don’t usually use…58:20

-Stressors in our environment that throws our health out of whack…1:02:12

-A breathing exercise that can immediately center your mind and spirit…1:15:05

-The “physiological sigh” the most efficacious means of claiming the nervous system…1:20:21

-The best way to reduce body fat without compromising testosterone…1:26:15

-The leading distractions from living a balanced life…1:29:20

-And much more!

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Resources to feature: books, additional websites, albums, etc.

Dr Gus Vickery’s book

Becoming a Supple Leopard, by Kelly Starrett

Deskbound, by Kelly Starrett

Huberman Physiological Sigh

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl

IronMind Captains of Crush— The grip strength trainer James uses

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