297: Mitochondria


Did you know that mitochondria hold the key to optimal health? A lot of people do not know what mitochondria are and how it affects our health. So to further explain what mitochondria are, I'm thrilled to have Dr. Warren Cargal in this episode.

How It Began

Back in high school, Dr. Warren Cargal was a track star. During a regional meet, he fell and ruptured one of his discs in his lower back. It led to the six months when he was in pain.

But because Dr. Warren Cargal's mother was a nurse, she diligently scheduled his doctor appointments. They went to one surgeon in particular who recommended surgery and told Dr. Warren Cargal he might lose control of his large intestine.

Questioning Everything

Dr. Warren Cargal's mother wanted another option without surgery for him. Hence, she set a chiropractic appointment. During the first chiropractic session, Dr. Warren Cargal was able to stand up. After another eight sessions, he was pain-free. 

“It questions our beliefs in healthcare and how we care for yourself. We are responsible for our health. Which means we have a responsibility to question things actively,” said Dr. Warren Cargal. 

Acupuncture And Energy

Dr. Warren Cargal narrates that there was an old Chinese guy down the street from him.  Doing acupuncture made Dr. Warren Cargal headaches go away for about six months. That's why he got curious about acupuncture and decided to go into training.

“The energy has always been referred to as chi. And it's the movement of chi and blood which gives us vitality. A lot of acupuncture treatments are done to either move chi or correct if there is a deficiency in chi,” said Dr. Warren Cargal.

What's excellent about acupuncture is that the practitioner and patient really talk and spend time together. Through that, there's some understanding that emerges about a treatment protocol.

Defining Mitochondria

Mitochondria are organelles. Organelles mean small bodies which reside in each of your cells. They produce the energy for the cells. That energy is called ATP or adenosine triphosphate. The ATP is used by all the mechanisms in the cells to drive the functioning. 

“The fundamental step where the ATP energy is produced is by the mitochondria. And that energy drives all the cellular processors,” Dr. Warren Cargal explains. “Every thought that you have and every image you see through your eyes, all those nerve impulses are all powered and driven by the ATP.”

According to Dr. Warren Cargal, the other limiting issue for these organisms is the fact that they can only grow so big because they didn't have internal structures. One time, something remarkable happened. And that something was one organism absorbed another organism for food.

That allowed specialization to occur and that allowed us to be where we are today. Because we are highly specialized individuals. Dr. Warren Cargal further reveals that our whole gut system is composed of microbiomes which are bacteria.

Unique Feature

Mitochondria have their own DNA. Dr. Warren Cargal says repeated rounds of antibiotics have profound effects on what's happening in our gut. It can change or destroy the make-up of the gut which has significant effects like anxiety, depression, sleepiness, and immune response.

“A whole microbiome also exists within our soil. And the roundup that is usually sprayed on our crops kills off some of the microbiomes in the soil,” said Dr. Warren Cargal. “When that changed microbiome is taken up by the vegetables, it affects some of the enzymes that the plant you can produce. When we ingest the plants, it affects the production of essential amino acids our body needs .”

Dr. Warren Cargal's Book

Dr. Warren Cargal's book is called Your Mitochondria Key to Health & Longevity. Through the book, he thoroughly explains everything you need to know about mitochondria; it's components and how it is essential to our health and energy.

He also says a skin cell might have a hundred mitochondria in it. And the heart muscle cell might have 5,000 to 8,000 mitochondria in it all producing energy 24 hours a day.

A female egg has around a hundred thousand mitochondria in it. That single cell turns into a multi-million cell organism. And it needs tremendous amounts of energy to accomplish that. That energy is achieved through the mitochondria.

“Most of the vitality for the offspring is inherited from the mother. All of the mitochondria are transmitted from the woman to the offspring. It's only through the female that this mitochondria energy is transmitted. Nothing is inherited from the male,” said Dr. Warren Cargal.

Revving Up The Energy

There are some doable steps to help us have healthy mitochondria. According to Dr. Warren Cargal, the mitochondria need oxygen. One way to have ample energy is finding ways to exercise regularly and be aware of your breathing.

Dr. Warren Cargal also recommends restricting calories and also eat healthy especially healthy fats. As for meat consumption, if you can't reduce it, at least opt for grass-fed meat. Also, increase vegetable consumption and be cautious if you plan to do intermittent fasting.

“Most people's concept of energy and production is about eating food and food going down into the digestive tract, to be broken down in nutrients. Thinking like this misses the fundamental importance of the mitochondria to provide the energy the body needs,” said Dr. Warren Cargal.


Dr. Warren Cargal believes that cancer is complicated. There are many factors involved because cancer requires energy. And that energy is fueled by ATP. If there is excessive consumption of carbohydrates and sugars. Cancer can use another pathway for obtaining energy.

“People can shift that balance through a more natural way. Consumption using the fats can slow that process down,” suggests Dr. Warren Cargal. “The nerve impulse is being driven by ATP. And there's a high concentration of mitochondria in the brain.” 

He adds, “Be aware of all the energy the brain is using and where that energy is coming from. There's a lymphatic system in the brain, and that lymphatic system is used for clearing the debris. But it is only activated when you are sleeping. So, sleeping is an issue.”

Dr. Warren Cargal also recommends considering probiotics if you had taken a lot of antibiotics. Because according to him, probiotics will nourish the serotonin.


For those who want to know more about mitochondria, check out Dr. Warren Cargal's fantastic website. You'll find a link to his book as well as an online store that sells Chinese herbs and supplements.

“People are having some issues already. They need supplements while they go through this transition period of fixing their diet,” said Dr. Warren Cargal. “The vision that we have is that people become vibrant. The aging process slows down and you feel better.”  

He adds, “There's a lot of places where there's limited dialogue. I encourage people to take note of that and have a little bit more compassion.”


Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinic director at Acupuncture Atlanta, Dr. Warren Cargal is a practiced Chinese medicine for over 20 years in the fields of infertility and chronic disease conditions. He maintains an active clinical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Warren Cargal's interest is in the integration of classical Chinese medicine with modern scientific study and evidence-based protocols. He's spent hundreds of post-graduate hours in Chinese herbology, nutrition, and endocrine education. Through work at his clinic, he recognized three fundamental factors that drive aging and the age-related diseases of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer (shallow breathing, excessive consumption of calories and carbohydrates, and lack of exercise.) 

Dr. Warren Cargal is the author of, Your Mitochondria: Key to Health and Longevity, which is based on the latest research on herbal isolates and nutraceuticals, presents approaches for correcting these three factors to reverse age-related diseases.

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Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

In 2016, Ashley launched her podcast Learn True Health with Ashley James to spread the TRUTH about health and healing. You no longer need to suffer; your body CAN and WILL heal itself when we give it what it needs and stop what is harming it!

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