460: Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucliotide Supplement, NADOVIM (NAD+) The Missing Link to Energy, Brain Function and Longevity
Ashley James And Caspar Szulc
- What is NAD+
- Benefits of using NAD+
- Importance of having passion and purpose for the overall well-being
- Anything that’s a toxin required NAD+
NAD+ is important for the body's overall function, but not a lot of people have heard of it. In this episode, Caspar Szulc explains what NAD+ is and what are the benefits of taking NAD+. He also shares how Nadovim is different from other NAD+ supplements on the market.
Hello, true health seeker and welcome to another exciting episode of the Learn True Health podcast. This episode is about a supplement that I had never heard of. It’s a molecule that our body absolutely needs in order for the mitochondria to convert food into energy. I’m surprised I had never heard of it until a few weeks ago. My friend and I were sitting around talking while our kids were in gymnastics. She said, you know my favorite supplement, have you ever heard of it? And I had not.
She said this is the difference between me just dragging through the day and me skipping through the day, and she’s a very busy mom with a demanding career. I’ve always known her to be full of energy and always be standing and moving around completing stuff. When she has days off she wants to go for hikes. I mean, she's that kind of person. I’m like, you're on a day off, why don't we just chill here? She's like, no, let's go. Let's go do stuff.
She's one of those people that has such energy, and I never thought she had energy problems. But she told me that she really relies on this and a few other supplements just to make her body function more optimally, which then, in turn, gives her sustainable energy. That's when I got really excited about learning more about this, and it just so happens that I was interviewing this guest the next week.
Now, when I did the interview, I had never tried the supplement before. Since the interview, I have tried it. I’ve been taking it for the last few days and I really did notice a difference, which is cool because there are so many supplements out there that I haven't noticed a huge difference. This one I was having a particularly hard day, it was a few days ago and I was having kind of a rough day. If you've been a listener and you've listened to past episodes, you may know that I was pregnant, I lost my daughter at birth, and then a few days later I got COVID and my body was just really run down because of grief, being in shock, and healing from postpartum.
The last month, my body's been through a lot, and on top of that, we're moving. We're actually downsizing 2700 square feet into a Fifth Wheel RV. Our life has been kind of crazy the last month and a half. So a few days ago I just had really low energy. Emotionally just very drained, kind of feeling depressed but pushing through it. Definitely feeling grief, and I was just continuing to mentally stick to focusing on this positive outcome we're going to have, focusing on what I’m grateful for, but still, my body was not where my mind wanted to be. It was definitely very low energy.
Caffeine can wake you up, but it doesn't really give you energy. You can still be awake and exhausted, so that's not really the answer. I take all my vitamins and I eat as healthy as I can. Then I took this supplement and about an hour later I just noticed I’m not exhausted anymore. It's not jitters, you're not feeling hyper. I wasn't feeling hyper. I haven't felt hyper on it. I just noticed that all that fatigue was gone. We've gotten so much more done since then. We've been able to complete so much more of our moving, decluttering, selling, giving away, donating, or getting rid of all of our stuff. That's really neat.
I’ve also noticed that sort of deep depression has really eased up, the sensations of deep sadness have really eased up. And then in this interview, he talks about that. He talks about how this supplement really supports the brain as well as the body in producing energy, but people have noticed better sleep. I’ve noticed I’ve had, since taking it, much deeper dreams, much more vivid, colorful, detailed dreams, which is really interesting, so I must be getting deeper sleep.
Not that I ever really have had brain fog lately, it's just coming down from all the events that I’ve had recently, I’ve noticed that this supplement has made things a bit easier. That's a lot. That's a lot of really positive payoffs for me. Even late into the evening, I just have the ability to keep going whereas I might have just called it a day at 4:00 or 5:00 PM and said, okay, I’m done with these tasks until tomorrow. Like last night, it was much later in the evening and we're like, oh, I could keep going. This is really interesting.
It's what the body uses to convert our food into energy and we're often depleted in it. We talk about in this interview why we're depleted in it, where it comes from, and how we can take this supplement. The guy I interviewed, he formulated one that's very high quality, so I recommend you check out his. The links are going to be the show notes of today's podcast at learntruehealth.com. He gives us a coupon code. All the listeners, we get a discount which is great. The coupon code being LTH.
Enjoy today's interview. Share it with your friends who might be going through some mentally or emotionally stressful times. I think it's good for anyone who wants good sustainable energy, but it's also good for people who have brain fog or are just really stressed out because I have noticed it has made it easier for me the last few days that I’ve been on it. That's really exciting.
Enjoy today's show, share it with your friends. Let me know if you do try it and what your results are. I’m always curious to hear how different natural supplements or natural programs help people. You can join the Facebook group. Just search Learn True Health on Facebook or go to learntruehealth.com/group, that'll redirect you to the group. Share what your experiences are with Nadovim and let me know. I’m really curious, let everyone know. I will keep sharing my experiences.
I also shared it with my husband and he noticed that there was just—it's not like this boom like if you take a shot of espresso, you feel something jittery almost right away. It's not that, it's just like an hour later you go, wow, I can feel it. I’ve got more energy. You got more drive, you got more motivation. Your body's just functioning better, so that's really cool. Awesome. Well, enjoy today's show and let me know what you think. I’m really curious to hear the results that the other listeners get, so stay in touch.
[00:07:11] Ashley James: Welcome to the Learn True Health podcast. I’m your host, Ashley James. This is episode 460. I am so excited for today's guest. Caspar Szulc is on the show, President and co-founder of Innovative Medicine. Now, what's really serendipitous is about two weeks ago I was hanging out with one of my friends while our kids did their gymnastics class together. We were talking about different supplements. She goes, have you ever heard of NAD+? I look at her, I’m like, that sounds familiar but tell me more. She goes, well, it is my favorite supplement. And I said, okay, why?
Now, this is one of my friends who's super healthy, crazy. Probably the healthiest friend I know. She's so fit, she always has energy. She has two young kids. She has a career so she's just like always, always on. She's always standing or hiking, and I’ve never seen her sit. She just has energy, and I never ever think of her as someone who needs a supplement. But what she tells me about NAD+ is she said she experimented with a lot of supplements and NAD+ had the most noticeable energy boost for her. I’m quoting her, “It's the difference between dragging through the day and skipping through it,” and I always see her skip through her days. Now I know her magic formula is not cocaine or coffee, it's NAD+.
Then I saw that I was interviewing you and I thought, whoa, this is so cool because you, your father, and your company created this supplement. I’m really excited to learn about what it does and how it supports our body's ability to properly produce enough energy so we can skip through our days. Welcome to the show.
[00:09:07] Caspar Szulc: Thanks for having me, and that was a great intro. I’m hoping to skip through this and give people a lot of good information.
[00:09:14] Ashley James: Now, do you take your own supplement?
[00:09:16] Caspar Szulc: Of course. I mean, honestly, I think a lot of what started like why go into the supplement world because we were really in the medical world—we have a medical clinic—was what would be something I would like to take. That's why I started a company. It's like what would I want to see? That was the basis of it. So I take Nadovim daily.
[00:09:35] Ashley James: So Nadovim, which the links to everything that we talked about today are going to be the show notes of today's podcast at learntruehealth.com, and you're giving us a discount code. You're giving us a coupon code. The coupon code is LTH as in Learn True Health. Of course, that’s the one we like to use, so all the listeners know that one.
Nadovim is a supplement, it's an NAD+ supplement. I have so many questions. We're going to talk about why is it better than the other brands out there, what it does, how it affects the body, and how it supports the body's ability to make energy in a really healthy way? But before we get into all that, I’d love a little bit of background information. What happened in your life that led you to where you are now? What happened to lead you into helping create being part of the team that has created and distributed this supplement?
[00:10:34] Caspar Szulc: It's a good question, one that I get asked a lot. It's like what happened? I was recently asked this for a survey for top entrepreneurs to fill out that my PR team had me do. It was like, what was your aha moment of all this? I don't have one. I don't know, I was frustrated. I was born into this, first off, in a sense, meaning my father is a doctor, my mother's a psychologist. They come from Europe, they have a little bit of a different background, but I’ve always been around medicine, health, and this idea of being healthy is just something that was really ingrained in me from day one on this earth.
It's not that this is something new or I had anything happen to get me into the field somewhat. I used to travel around the world with my father. When you go to conferences and just be around doctors as a five-year-old in China or something, that was just normal to me. I had that sort of upbringing, that happened in a sense.
Then I went to school. I went to Boston University and got into finance and marketing, which was a little bit different. My father definitely wanted me to be a doctor. I was just like, you work really hard dad. I see patients and blood isn't my thing. Here I am 20 years later after that conversation in medicine talking to a lot of patients and working really long hours also.
After I graduated with a finance and marketing degree I went into finance, became a financial analyst, thought this was the corporate road, the ladder to success, and living the American dream. Within a year I was burned out, frustrated, and miserable. It wasn't what I thought. It wasn't creative. I was just hitting buttons really and just typing in trades and seeing that they are correct and answering to 10 people above me that didn't want any input on anything.
A year of that is someone that is creative that really did value health and feeling burned out when you're 21, 22. That’s not good. That's a sign that something is going on. There was an opportunity actually that my co-founder who was a family friend growing up who was in medical school at the time and was also frustrated with things and saw what my father was doing in this integrative field because my father left the conventional field and being an anesthesiologist at a hospital to start to help patients regain their health rather than just mass symptoms and manage the disease.
He said, there's a great opportunity here to get involved with a company side so that would get more people to know about this because not enough people do know about this idea of advanced integrative medicine, of personalizing, of really approaching things at their root causes, and mind, body, spirit, and all these things that are now pretty popular but this was the early 2000s when no one was really talking about it so much.
That’s what led me into this, into starting a company in innovative medicine, into really pushing the boundaries of what we do in our medical center, and still traveling the world as I did like a little child to find out what is new out there. Experts in different countries and continents, what are they doing that we can apply in medicine to help people because we do have a problem right now? Over 60% are chronically ill and people are depressed. They have less energy than ever. They're just depleted. It’s become a mission.
The whole thing is I’ve done this my whole life, been around it, and I just want to expose more people to it to empower them. That's really the backstory to everything I do and what I’ve been doing in this company for about 20 years now.
[00:14:29] Ashley James: Now, what you told me before we hit record is that your team for 10 years was researching and developing Nadovim, this NAD+ supplement, but in the last two years it was very intense R&D research. Can you tell us a bit about that?
[00:14:51] Caspar Szulc: Yeah. So I mean 10 years ago would be from the point of, hey, let's do a supplement. We know there are great things that we're utilizing within the clinic that are getting great results with patients, and they're all different types of things. It wasn't just NAD+. NAD+ we probably introduced around five or so years ago in an IV format into the center after learning more about it. We were looking at everything early on—glutathione—and we were kind of like, what will it be? What will our supplement be? And that was like 10 years.
And then around two, three years ago, maybe a little bit more, we started to really focus on NAD+ because what we saw when applying it intravenously was that patients who had brain fog, neurological disorders, early-onset dementia—anything related really to the brain—saw a vast improvement when using this compound. We’re seeing it firsthand in really tough cases—parkinsonism, Lyme disease, neurological Lyme disease, again, dementia, anyone with a brain injury, and they were improving drastically in some cases.
[00:16:05] Ashley James: Multiple sclerosis?
[00:16:07] Caspar Szulc: MS. I mean, you could go across the board naming neurological pieces or something with a neurological function. When you talk about brain fog or depression, that's linked to so many chronic conditions also. That's a symptom, and that was greatly improving as we added this into the treatment—NAD+ infusions.
[00:16:27] Ashley James: What about autism?
[00:16:29] Caspar Szulc: Again, I look at everything from the source. Autism, while it's a neurological disorder, you could also say it's a toxicity disorder, it's a disorder of emotions, and all sorts of things there too. I don't like to ever say diagnoses that are multi-pronged outside just neurological, especially in children that this is the key or the answer. Again, NAD+ isn't the answer to anything, I would say really. It's a wonderful addition to help with the functioning of something, and we could get into that later.
[00:17:05] Ashley James: Perfect. Yes, absolutely. Now, my limited understanding—I’m really excited for you to help us dive in deep and understand it much more—is that this supplement supports the mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cell. I definitely want to get into that. First, can you tell us what is NAD+? What does that stand for and what is it?
[00:17:26] Caspar Szulc: So nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. NAD+, and there's a plus added, is basically a coenzyme factor that is in the electron chain transport—the whole transition of it basically. Actually, when I talked to experts about this originally, it was explained to me that it's as important as oxygen in the body. Every single cell in your body needs NAD+, and it's basically the way we transfer over from food and everything we take in water into energy within the cells within the mitochondria. It’s incredibly essential.
The one thing I also learned is NAD+ gets depleted rather quickly as we age, and especially with modern-day living, meaning whenever you drink alcohol, one molecule of alcohol, it requires two molecules of NAD+ to get that out of the body. Same with prescription drugs, same with oxidative stress or just general stressors in general.
[00:18:33] Ashley James: This is fascinating, sorry to interrupt. Does the body make NAD+?
[00:18:39] Caspar Szulc: The body basically has stores of NAD+ that it will require to create this energy, but no, it requires an outside source, and you get it from food as well. It's just things that are usually higher in protein or anything. You could actually do that, it's just not a large amount you could say. Again, at the rate we deplete today, it is problematic. This is probably the reason so many people don't know what NAD+ is because if it's as important as oxygen to life and every single cell needs it, how come we don't know about this?
I was thinking the same thing, and everyone I spoke to answered because we never really had a problem with it before. We always had these stores, as we age it goes down, but it's not enough to really cause an issue. If we eat normally, then fine. We have no need to know about this NAD++ because things are working fine. If it's not broke don't fix it or you don't even need to know so much about it.
But because we live in a day and age where we are go, go, go, where we consume lots of things that actually take up our NAD+ supplies, we're being depleted at an exponential rate. We basically have NAD+ depletion or something called NED that is happening to us, and it's happening faster and faster and faster. It's almost like as we're aging a little bit quicker as well, it's really the NAD+ that’s shifting out of us. And with that, we have the myriad of things that can go wrong when your mitochondria don't have the energy to replicate, to do all the functions a cell has to. It’s really at the cellular level that we're looking at where dysfunction starts to happen and that could turn into so many different things.
[00:20:32] Ashley James: To simplify it, the mitochondria, which is this part of the cell that makes energy, and actually, fascinatingly enough, mitochondria is like a bacteria. So it's this really interesting beautiful symbiotic relationship we have with it. It needs NAD+ in order to take our food and turn it into energy, and when we don't have enough of it, we can eat lots of food but it's not getting converted into energy because NAD+ is being used up because of the stressors in our life—the alcohol, the toxic stress, drugs over the counter or prescription.
70% of adult Americans are on at least one prescription medication, so 70% of Americans are being depleted, their NAD+ is being depleted, and almost everyone drinks alcohol. I feel like an oddity because I very, very, very, very rarely drink. We don't have alcohol in our house. I could enjoy a glass of wine maybe twice a year, but that's just it. It's a very rare treat, and it's not even a treat. It's just a very rare thing in my life, and everyone's ordering drinks. It's very interesting.
So I imagine the greater population is consuming alcohol on a daily or weekly basis, so they're depleting their NAD+ significantly. In addition to the NAD+ being depleted from the drugs they're taking, in addition to the NAD+ being depleted from the toxic environment that their liver is trying to get rid of all the toxins. There are 50,000 man-made chemicals that are new to our body that has been invented in less than the last hundred years. It's over 50,000. I’ve heard other doctors quote 80,000 chemicals that are in our air, water, and soil, so they're in our food, they're in our environment, and our liver does not know what to do with it, but it takes up a lot of resources for the body to have to get rid of this.
No wonder we're feeling so sluggish. So thinking back to my friend who says NAD+ is the difference between just being draggy all day or just skipping through her day, that makes so much sense. So Nadovim is your NAD+ supplement. Is there anything else in Nadovim? Is Nadovim in any way different from all the other NAD+ supplements out there?
[00:23:05] Caspar Szulc: Yeah, it's actually drastically different in a number of ways. So Nadovim is one of the first to market that actually uses fully formed NAD+, so it's not a precursor. Most of the others go with the precursor, which is nicotinamide and nicotinamide riboside (NR). So anytime you take an NR supplement, you require other elements to it as well to then recombine and turn into NAD+. Absolutely, I’m not saying that won't help, but there are processes that have to happen in the body. Some energy is actually expensed to require you to take that precursor, turn it into NAD+, bring it to the cells, and then fuel those cells.
What we realized was that listen, you don't use NR in infusions and no doctor does that. They use real full-formed NAD+. It is a larger and delicate molecule, but we also realized when we looked at the research is taken alone, it is true that it gets somewhat hydrolyzed within the small intestine and you lose some of that bioavailability. But when you combine it with other elements, especially ones like coenzyme q10, which have been studied when they take it orally with NAD+, it's great for chronic fatigue syndrome patients. They showed a study out of Spain that showed great improvement in HRV and general energy levels when done together in specific ratios.
We did that and really we approached this as what is the best synergistic model of different elements we could use in ingredients to get the best results? I always say it's like creating a wonderful meal. If you're going to a Michelin star restaurant, they're never going to just put a really nice piece of steak on your plate and say eat it. They're always going to garnish it with something. They're always going to put some nice vegetables that complement it, whatever it is—mashed potato, anything with it that comes together and you get a really good meal.
That's what you should be looking for also in a supplement—something that enhances each ingredient and works together synergistically. So we also included glycine, great for the brain, great for memory. We included thiamine. We included bacopa, which is of course a known herbal and enhancer of cognitive function. Cat's claw, inflammation was an issue we looked at as well.
So there are eight ingredients in it together and we looked at the precise dosage of everything in there. So when you have 33 milligrams of coenzyme q10, it doesn't sound like a lot, but it's really there to boost the actual NAD+, which you get 200 milligrams of. That increases the bioavailability, which helps with the actual delivery of it. Why we say where most people look at NAD+ or NR supplements is just cellular health and overall well-being, we looked at the brain because we added those elements such as bacopa and everything and realized 20% of all your energy and NAD+ is consumed by the brain. That is where you should be looking if you have things like brain fog, if you have things like memory loss, and even very small.
While we used it in the first year or two strictly within the clinical aspect, gave this to doctors with our network and used it on the tough cases of neurological diseases. Once we opened it to the public and started getting the feedback, you get things like I used to forget certain words, where I put my keys, that doesn't happen anymore. I used to need that second cup of coffee in the afternoon, that doesn't happen anymore. I used to forget different things throughout the day, that doesn't happen anymore.
It was wonderful to see that what we looked into the research, what we planned out, what we did lots of R&D about was actually happening, both in the population that was sick and really required to boost, but also the population that thought they were healthy and thought this was just declined in aging but it really wasn't. It was NAD+ depletion. Lots of people are going through just fatigue and brain fog, that's a huge population.
That's why we created this product because we said, what's the lowest hanging fruit that could impact the most people? What we saw on our patient basis was brain fog, neurological decline, and then that also related to the general population because I think everyone can say we have a little bit of this depletion and this need for focus more than ever.
Where most people thought they were aging and going through this decline in their just general being, we realized that they were probably being depleted of NAD+, so this addition of this formula that gave them not just NAD+ but gave them the coenzyme q10, gave them bacopa, gave them thiamine, gave them the glycine. These were all together really helpful in restoring the proper brain function, getting rid of that brain fog, and also increasing energy throughout.
[00:28:15] Ashley James: That's fascinating. You guys, for two years, did almost like a clinical trial? Drug companies do clinical trials. In that, you worked with doctors and their patients, had the doctors observe what was happening with their patients and then reported back to you. Then, of course, you and your own clinic, you'd been using NAD+ intravenously like you had shared, and then you're using Nadovim in your clinic and seeing the results you were getting before you opened it up for the public to buy.
[00:28:49] Caspar Szulc: Right. And we were fortunate enough that we started as a company that really worked with practitioners first. Where we started this company was really education with other practitioners to show them what we were doing within our clinic. So we built up a network around the world of doctors that we went and spoke to. We were in India, we were in Brazil, we were in all these places showing them different techniques in integrative medicine. So when it came time to introduce a product, we said, well, why don't we prove it on the medical side of things? It's one thing to prove it in a lab, it's another thing to prove it with the toughest cases and actually get the medical and clinical experience of what is going on and to have that come from the doctors themselves.
When the doctor said, I did nothing, I changed nothing in the protocol. I gave this supplement to someone with parkinsonism and their tremors greatly reduced. That was a testament to us. And while that's not a double-blind placebo, we understand that. We really do value that clinical experience because as we know, tons of things have gone through double-blind placebos and shown great, great success in them only to then be used by the general population they don't see that same level of success.
We value doctors’ opinions. We really value those connections we had with the medical community itself that was already in this integrated world and trying to look at what else can I give to my patients that can improve their outcomes. When we were able to provide them with Nadovim and some of these people already doing NAD+ infusions, but perhaps it was supplemental to take that home because NAD+ infusions are costly, number one. They're lengthy, they're several hours. They do sometimes have some—they're not side effects, but they're unwanted. If you push NAD+ too quickly intravenously, you'll get this tightness in the chest and a feeling of anxiety, and a lot of people don't like that.
When you could provide them with a daily dose of NAD+ orally and they're seeing similar results to what they were doing in the IV on let's say a bi-weekly basis, that’s a wonderful extra option for any doctor to utilize. And then to be able to provide that safely to the public as well, we were really happy with the outcome from what we saw, probably more so than what we thought would happen.
[00:31:06] Ashley James: Oh absolutely. Now, the IV is getting right in the body. How did you figure out how to make NAD+ orally be readily absorbed by the body? Is it the cofactors that are also in the Nadovim supplement? How did you guys figure it out? In many supplements, so much is lost through poor absorption. If someone has a messed up gut, they're not absorbing all their nutrients. How do you bypass that?
[00:31:40] Caspar Szulc: First off, knowledge of bioavailability is really important and understanding. We've worked with so many different compounds orally over the years at the clinic understanding that number one, quality is always the most important I think. There are so many different sources of NAD+, and that's what sometimes upsets me is just this idea that NAD+ is NAD+. That's the same idea as like, all right, a car is a car. Show me a Ferrari and then show me like a beat up old car, they're not the same thing. You will gladly pay a premium for one and some you don't even want to get into because you might not make it to point B in that.
The same thing goes for supplements that goes for medicine, and I always say, in no other realm is it more important to put quality first than in medicine and health where it literally dictates your results. We had to go around from different suppliers and different nutritional manufacturers and see and test their NAD+, look for those purity sources, look for ones that are unadulterated, and really look for ones that had the highest quality to them. Then when you add in the cofactors on top of that, I think that alone is already a successful way to increase bioavailability.
Now the one thing I’ll say about NAD+, I think it's still often misunderstood as to how it really works, and I think we're still learning about it because a lot of the competitors or people in our world state that yes, once you ingest it, it’s hydrolyzed and it won't make its way into the bloodstream. That's based on a 1980 study of rats that you could look at, and we did. There were definitely some flaws to that and some conceptions there that didn't really make all that much sense. Once we did look at other studies that were more recent coming out of Japan and other places, you could see that there is new knowledge to understanding how it can be broken up and basically recombined.
My co-founder who's a doctor looked into this and started looking at those studies and published an article on the bioavailability of not just precursors but NAD+ itself. There's a couple of conclusions that it came to.
Number one is that it gets broken apart but then it gets recombined. If you had to take a car through a smaller space than it could fit, what would you do? You take off the wheels maybe, you’ll separate a little bit, but once it's back in there, you can recombine it pretty easily. As opposed to even the precursors do need to be broken as well to go through and be available, and then they need to recombine with something else that's in the bloodstream before they become NAD+. So you're going to require those extra elements whereas you already had the whole car going in.
Then there are new understandings of how certain transporters in the gut can actually take the whole molecule and bring it through. That's something scientists are just tapping into I think just last year they found that larger molecules host that NAD+ and those that are actually associated with some of the precursors that even larger the NR are crossing fully formed through the gut barrier in and become bioavailable and useful that way.
I mean, science is ever-changing. That whole idea of the science is settled always makes me chuckle a little bit when people say that because science by nature changes almost every single day when we make new discoveries, and we'll never stop making new discoveries about these things. It's kind of interesting to see it anecdotally because that's where we started. We started, okay, you give someone NAD+, they get better. All right, what about oral? They got better too, that's anecdotal.
And then you start to see the data that's coming out that you research and it's matching up. We didn't even know when we first started putting coenzyme q10 with NAD+ that there were any research papers or anything. We just went off the knowledge of each individually. And then it got brought to our attention, hey there is this study out of Spain where they did it and they put the two together and supplemented over eight weeks and saw a vast improvement in HRV. It was like, oh, wow. That’s basically validating what we were seeing.
That is the breakdown of where we went in this idea of bioavailability—always looking at quality first, looking at the purity of it, looking at what the cofactors can be that can increase not just absorption rate but effectiveness once it gets in, and then, of course, looking at what the data is showing. Are we seeing a placebo in all these patients, or is there something to it? And I think the science is catching up that there is something to it, and I know there are a lot of great, great researchers out there that are just looking at NAD+ and finding new things all the time.
I think we're still in a relatively early stage of understanding the usefulness and also how it works, the mechanisms of NAD+ within the body that go beyond this understanding of it just supplies the mitochondria with energy, it gets in through this, and you need precursors or you need this. It’s ever-evolving, which is kind of cool. At the same time, I understand it could be a little bit confusing for some. But at the end of the day, we care about results. We care about actually helping people. If that comes first before the data and research can really validate over and over, we're okay with that. We hope it'll catch up soon enough.
[00:37:14] Ashley James: So, Nadovim is giving the body the nutrients that are natural to the body, the body needs, but the body is depleted in. That's vastly different from taking a drug or even self-medicating with coffee, with sugar. I remember a time in my life where I would go to coffee and sugar just to wake up in the morning.
I had a really, really bad chronic adrenal fatigue in my 20s, it was ridiculous. I went to see a functional medicine doctor who actually performed in the Olympics twice. She and I are still friends today, she's amazing. She's in her late 70s and she still runs marathons. She's just super awesome. I want to be her when I grow up. This was 12 years ago and she looked at my cortisol levels and said, I have never seen cortisol levels this low. You absolutely have chronic adrenal fatigue based on all my symptoms and my blood work. And then back then, I went to several MDs and they just brushed me off. They hadn't learned about chronic adrenal fatigue. They're like, well, you don't have Addison’s disease. Just go home, drink coffee, or whatever.
But I went to her and she's like, okay, we're going to get you better with supplements, a better diet, and lifestyle changes. It validated me because doctors said there's nothing wrong with me or whatever until I saw her and she knew to run the labs to see that I had chronic adrenal fatigue. She said, I’d never seen someone so low. The closest I’ve ever seen was after I finished the Olympics, after her training. After very intense, she goes, my cortisol levels were about the same, but I bounced back and you've been this way for years.
I know she would absolutely have put me on Nadovim if she had had access to it back then, but how she helped me to start to get on the path to healing was finding out all the different vitamins, minerals, and things that my body was missing and changing my diet.
It took me years of just constantly researching and looking through natural medicine and working with several Naturopathic doctors until it all clicked and I found the keys to solving my health problems.
I’m really excited about Nadovim because it's what the body is missing, and when I started taking what my body was missing, even a really high-quality methylated multi B vitamin supplement was life turned on. All of a sudden, the lights turned on in my body because my body was depleted. And then I started taking different minerals, 60 minerals highly absorbed by the body, all of a sudden it was like the lights turned on even more and I started to feel my body come online.
These are things that should be in our food but aren't in our food because they're food supply. They're not our food in the amounts that our body needs, and our body is under way more stress so it burns through our nutrients much quicker. Doctors wanted to put me on drugs. They had different drugs for me, and of course, my body doesn't have a deficiency for whatever drug they wanted to give me. My body was missing these key nutrients that are in Nadovim. So it's very intriguing.
I’ve had clients who say, because I’ll help them get on like a really great multi B vitamin that's highly absorbed by the body and actually all 16 vitamins and some minerals. They'll say, well, how long do I have to take this? I take it every day but when can I get off of it? It's just such an interesting question. It's like, well how long do you want to feel healthy because this is what your body uses every day. When you're supplementing, when you're filling in the gaps of your nutrient needs, you want to take that every day for the rest of your life.
Your body needs vitamin C every day right, so if you're not getting enough from your diet you need to supplement in order to give your body all the raw building blocks it needs to have a proper cellular function. So your body's using everything in Nadovim to properly function. We have to think this isn't a drug. You get on a drug and you want to know when you're going to get off the drug, right? But with this, this isn't a drug. This is supplementing what you are lacking, what your body needs in order to optimally function.
Now, that leads me to my question because biohackers and athletes have really latched on to Nadovim and NAD+ to boost their results. I’d love for you to talk about it because we talked about people who are feeling sick or even just people who think they're healthy but notice they have a decline in their energy or their mental clarity. But what about those people who are just super healthy like athletes, why are they so excited about Nadovim?
[00:42:27] Caspar Szulc: Well, one thing I want to get to that you say was really interesting that I’ve heard echoed by so many doctors is this idea that you will never be depleted of a chemical. You will never be depleted of a drug or anything. You will be depleted of so many other things, and that's a cause of the way we live. Even our food supply is depleted, even our soil somewhat being depleted. I had Dr. James DiNicolantonio recently wrote the mineral fix. He said basically the soil we have right now is 30%–50% less magnesium than it was 30 years ago. So we have 30%–50% of Americans are basically depleted of magnesium.
The numbers add up right there, and so much of what is going on is not a depletion of a chemical. It is a depletion of the nutrients, which we require, which are building blocks to our body’s functioning. That's really important for people to realize that when you go on a drug, that's just keeping you in a state where you're managing something, you're managing the depletion in a sense that is more natural, and then you start to become dependent on a drug. We never like that approach. I do think it's really important to state that something like Nadovim and everything we do at our company and how we try and teach other doctors to work is not to look at someone as, oh, you're depleted of a drug, let me give it to you. But let's find out what's really going on. What's at the source of this? What is that underlying dysfunction or root cause and go after that?
That's a really important distinction of how you approach your health as well because anyone could say, oh, you want more energy, just take in more caffeine. Drink 5-hour Energy all day, some people do it. But trust me, that's not healthy. That is the opposite of healthy. Our biorhythms and the chronobiological system are totally screwed up when you do that. That's what causes adrenal fatigue, causes hormones to go out of balance and everything else, and a cascade of other things you don't want happening.
Now, to get into that idea, I’ve always said that if you look at biohackers and performance optimizers, they are doing the same thing that medicine should be doing, which is absolutely just how do we get you to your best self? How do we optimize your body, mind, and spirit? When we approach medicine, it's not that we're just trying to get you to this absence of symptoms, which most of medicine would say, yes, we did it. We cured you because you don't have symptoms right now. Meanwhile, underlying dysfunction is still there. You probably require ongoing maintenance and you may not feel that good here and there.
Really, if you push the goal and the end zone, let's say, to having complete optimization of your health, of self-healing, of self-management, of getting you to a state where you don't require caffeine or other things to wake up or pills to go to sleep, that's what the aim of any medical treatment should be. And that's also the aim of where biohackers go. They know this because they're very, very passionate about it.
So when they're looking at compounds to help their mitochondrial function, to help how they're feeling throughout the day, to give them that 1%-2% edge. I was on Dave Asprey's podcast and he told me about his experience. He said, it's really nuanced and that's when I know something works because I’m already healthy. I’m already taking so many things to optimize me and I’m not in a sick state anymore. But you're looking for these nuanced improvements and being able to say, okay, I could focus for 20, 30 minutes longer without having to take a break. I can go a little bit more in my workout.
We had a professional soccer player who said I’m 21, 22. He said, I’m already full of energy on the field. What was great for me was when I was doing the back area looking at tape and doing all the training that way and the homework you got to do, I was zoned in so much longer after a long day of doing practice. After the physical exertion, I would usually be a little bit mentally exhausted. But with Nadovim, I had that extra edge to now have that mental strength to keep going, to stay really focused when others were zoning out on these things, and I could pick up on the reeds and different offensives I had to defend against.
That's where when you're talking about these top performers, they're looking for just any little edge to get ahead, and Nadovim was able to provide that. So I think that's why they latched on. You had these big guys taking them, talking about it, and saying yeah, I noticed it. I do everything I can. I take 100+ pills sometimes to see what works and what doesn't, and Nadovim was one of those that actually did bring them to those nuanced senses of improvement and they actually saw it. For them, that means the world. We're really pleased with that.
We started with patients, we started with people that are pretty sick and said, hey, can we help you guys? We didn't even focus, but what became of it was, yes, the biohackers and athletes know what NAD+ is. They're also depleting it with lots of energy and just what they're bringing into their body and also expelling. They understood that if you could optimize and even something that we call pre-plenish your NAD+ levels.
It's not about replenishing. Many of them would probably show that they're really taking care of themselves and have pretty good levels of NAD+, but what about really stressful times? Can they pre-plenish so that when the stress hits, when they do have to work 12, 14 hour days, or really go deep into the competition, will they have the levels to keep going? That was something really interesting and something we didn't see and just kind of happened. It happened very naturally that these top biohackers just got into it as something that started in the medical community. That's something I’m really looking at right now, how do we bridge that gap between medicine and biohacking? Because I think it's one in the same really. It's about how do we get you to your most optimized self and basically the spot where you're healthiest and happiest.
[00:48:53] Ashley James: I love that you brought it pre-plenish because it reminds me of when athletes carb load. They don't need all the extra glucose stores for day-to-day function, but they are about to do something really big. They know their body is going to go through the stressful event of a marathon, their competition, or their game, and so they’ll make sure that they're getting enough carbs and then extra so that they've got all the full stores of the blood sugar, the glucose stored in their muscles and their liver. So that when their body is under that stress, it can reach into those reserves.
There are certain athletes that are choosing to use ketones for energy, and they don't have a lick of fat on them so they can't really wait for the body to burn off some fat for ketones. They’ll supplement with ketones before they go into an event so the body can use up those ketones as energy.
My friend had a question and I thought that was interesting. You just mentioned this so this is perfect. You mentioned that we can preload if we know we're about to go into a stressful event. Let's say you're going out for a night drinking with your girlfriends, you can pre-load some Nadovim. And please, take your B vitamin, hydrate, and all that. I don't advocate for alcohol, but I understand, once in a while, if you're going to blow off some steam with your girlfriends or something, there are things you can do so you feel really good the next day instead of really crappy the next day. You definitely want to add Nadovim to that to preload if you're going into that kind of stress. You're having fun but you know you're putting stress on the body.
But is there a point where it becomes toxic? Is there a point where there's a dose we should avoid, or is it something the body uses? It doesn't hurt the body to use it. Getting into understanding that, how long does it take for the body to clear it out of the system? Is it cleared out through the kidneys or through the liver? Can you just explain a little bit about just understanding how much we should take? Is there an upper limit to the dose, and what happens if someone takes too much? How is it cleared out of the body?
[00:51:16] Caspar Szulc: With everything, you could have too much water, you could have too much oxygen, you could have too much of anything in this world. I don't like when people like there's no way this could ever harm you or anything. I mean, listen, you could take a bunch and this isn't anything that is toxic. It will be flushed through the liver. It will be broken down. Will it cause some stress? I’m sure if you took an enormous amount.
But you have to understand that a lot of times when you do these infusions, you take in thousands and thousands of milligrams sometimes at a time. We're talking about 200 that's going through the oral system, as opposed to 1000 that's going through an intravenous directly into the bloodstream. There are no toxic elements to that, and that's a completely safe method of getting NAD+ into the system and utilizing that. It will be somewhat utilized within the cells, and those that aren't are easily passed out without any of that toxic element that you would have in many synthetic drugs and chemicals.
We found it as an incredibly safe method of delivering something that will provide you with energy and that every single cell utilizes, so you go through a lot of NAD+. Again, if you're talking about someone that is depleted, then it's important to look at that as a cause of symptoms as a cause of dysfunction in a healthy state.
When we look at this idea of are there toxicity, I think at any high, high rate, anything can be a toxin to the body. We all say the devil is in the dosage, but there's a lot of forgiveness with something like NAD+. There's a lot of forgiveness with applying it through an oral method where you could take double the dosage, four-pill, that really wouldn't do too much as opposed to something where if you took a synthetic material, if you doubled that, it may have a huge impact on you.
The body is utilizing it. It’s just like with oxygen or anything else, it knows what to do with it. Even if it's too much, it will change and adapt to that in a way that doesn't make it toxic that the kidneys can expel, that goes out within the urine and through just through your GI system.
We felt it was a wonderful option for those who are suffering from any type of brain fog, anything like that. And again, I do believe that too many people don't even recognize that they are suffering from some small kind of version of brain fog, short-term memory loss, all these things. I think it's almost an epidemic right now where we're required to focus so much. We're required to use our brains.
You talk about the industrial revolution, we're required to use our muscles a lot. Now we're in the information age. We're in an age where we sit in front of a computer for long bouts of time and need to process things very quickly. All these tabs open you think about and then you have your phone. You walk around anywhere in this day and age, everyone's going to be looking down their phone and processing so many pieces of information. That's just the brain at work. We're asking so much of our brains these days. That's why it was really important to find something, well, how do we protect that one thing that top scientists said is the most complex object in the universe is your brain?
It was really important to find out how to do that without being like this limitless pill, let's say, from the movie that had so many side effects, that was a chemical. There are definitely ways you could stimulate the brain that is chemically induced. Lots of drugs do that. Adderall is a type of methamphetamine that does that, but that has serious consequences. While I would never compare having Nadovim to something like that, to a drug, I would say that I think it’s a happy medium between nothing or just going about your day and being in that state of brain fog and trying something like Adderall or anything else.
We've actually had people that were Adderall utilize this and say that it was actually really good to utilize that instead of that and get away from the jitters, get away from the side effects of that, get away from the sleepless nights. I mean, NAD+ is really useful for chronobiological restoration. So people have deeper sleep and we noticed that with people wearing Oura rings. Their sleep score went up dramatically and their deep sleep went up. That was again an unintended benefit for many people who are just trying to enhance their cognitive functioning, then saw better sleep, and saw better skin because again, this is getting into every single cell and helping it regenerate, and helping it do what it needs to do. That's absolutely going to impact your skin, which needs to regenerate so much. It needs to get toxins out of it, how do you do that? Every cell needs to do that also and expel.
When you really break it down, we are truly happy with creating this because while we were honed in on the brain, it had so many other uses, and we hear that from users all the time that so many other improvements happen on top of improving brain function.
[00:56:47] Ashley James: ADHD, people who have problems with concentration, they were enjoying the benefits of Nadovim and seeing that it helped them much better than Adderall, which like you said has those side effects. I have a really close friend who 15 years ago was on Adderall and to this day still suffers from the side effects because it compromised his ability to make healthy stress hormones. This is 15 years later after he’s off those drugs, his body is still not regulating his stress hormones appropriately, that is a side effect.
You can get off a drug and you may have side effects years later, which just blows my mind. We're not given true informed consent when we get on drugs. Informed consent is when the doctor tells you here are all the possible things that could go wrong, here are all the things that could go right, and here are all the alternatives that you could choose to do instead of this. I mean, have you ever had that talk with your doctor? No. They're like, hey, get on this. You might notice diarrhea, call me if you do. They might list three side effects, but they're not really telling you you might have long-term damage from this. They're not going to sit down with you and give you all the studies and explain to you, give you true informed consent. We have to essentially advocate for that and also go do our own research, read through some papers, and inform ourselves about the effects of a drug or a treatment, not just leave it up to the doctor. That's what true informed consent is.
I think if everyone got true informed consent, a lot of people would ask for a second opinion, go see some other kinds of doctors, hopefully, holistic doctors, functional medicine doctors like at your clinic so they're getting better integrative medicine, and look at other options, look at other choices that would have less side effects or hopefully no side effects and just side benefits seeing other parts of their body healing. Like we're doing with Nadovim, seeing all these other side benefits like skin. You already knew it was going to help with the brain but seeing that it's helping improve other systems of the body because every cell that has mitochondria will use NAD+. That makes so much sense.
But the fact that you had the testimonials from people who have been on Adderall or know they have ADHD and are seeing that they're able to perform better on something natural that isn't going to harm them. It's natural in that the body is deplete of this substance. It's what the body needs, not an artificial substance that has all these side effects that actually ends up depleting the body more of NAD+ because the body has to use up more NAD+ in order to clear out those toxins of the drug. It just blows my mind. We take someone with an illness or with symptoms like ADHD, give them something that then depletes them further of NAD+ when their brain actually needed more NAD+ to function better.
[01:00:23] Caspar Szulc: It's a vicious cycle and you can't blame the doctors if that's the option they're giving. You can't blame a handyman if he comes and he only has a hammer and he's trying to fix the pipe and just using that instead of a wrench. Can you really blame them so much? Another point to that whole informed consent is that I think it's really difficult nowadays to truly have informed consent because it's so hard to weed through so many different pieces of information. You have one piece of data that shows it's good, you have another research study that may show you something else.
The thing that I would love to see with people that are going through anything is the ability to go in a pattern that makes sense to try things that are the least toxic and easiest to get and then work your way up. Why would you come in with a little bit of pain and go straight to surgery? That happens a lot. A lot of doctors are like, oh, this could be this. Let's go in with back surgery, which my father performed back surgery. There is a lot of complications that may arise when you start opening and start working on the spine, tons.
When I looked at medicine, I thought we had it positioned incorrectly. Aside from the whole informed consent piece of it, it's that we went from 0 to 100 way too quick. We went from I have pain to being on painkillers like that. Why didn't you go to a chiropractor first? Why didn't you go to acupuncture? Why didn't you try this anti-inflammatory? Why don't you try turmeric? There's a list of things we should try. For me, the same is with, okay, you have some brain fog, why go directly to Adderall?
Or you have someone with ADHD, why would you put them on something that is a Class III or so drug that can be abused so easily, that has real side effects? That even if you were informed that much, you could easily find stuff that is just like, whoa, that kind of scares me a little bit what I’m hearing about some people that use this. And of course, you could look at something like Nadovim and be like well, it's not a double-blind placebo and it doesn't have a vast, vast improvement in this. Yeah, but sometimes that's what your body is just craving a little bit. You don't have to go all-in on something that has all of these side effects.
I sometimes have to sit there and laugh when I watch a pharmaceutical drug commercial. It's like 10 seconds of people being happy followed by 30 seconds of really quick talk about everything that could go wrong with you.
[01:03:07] Ashley James: It could cause inner leakage and death.
[01:03:09] Caspar Szulc: And then they're happy in the background, dancing to the nice music and everything. It's like, why would you turn to that as your first recourse? Unfortunately, what happens and what we see in medicine is that they turn to that, they turn to surgery, they turn to really big things, they still don't get better, and then they turn back to the easy stuff like Nadovim, going to a holistic center, or something like that when already, it's like, whoa, there's a lot going on wrong now. If you came to us first, maybe it would have been much easier.
So I think it's a little bit backward in that sense alone. Even with informed consent, it's just about the number of options. If you started training like if you were just out of shape, maybe a little overweight, you wouldn't go to an Olympic trainer and be like, all right, I’m going all-in with this Olympic trainer—six times a week, three hours, moving into this big gym out there. It would be like, why are you doing that? Just do some push-ups in the morning, start there. Start with something simple and easy that won't require so much of you and go from there.
On top of doing their own research, which I think is incredibly important, I think what I’ve heard from a lot of people is it's confusing. There is a research study by the manufacturer of this drug that shows it's amazing. Then there are people on forums that say they grew a third arm from this. Then there's this, then there's that. The paradox of choice isn't good, that's not informed consent either in a sense. I think you just want to go with, well, why don't I try this?
And again, I think there is this element of what do you feel? Don't listen to the doctors, to the commercials, to the people trying to get your money. Don't even listen to me in a sense, I would say. What are you feeling? What does your intuition say? And I feel that's something we've totally gotten away from. Because I see patients all the time being like, should I do this? It's like, I’m not answering that question for you. This medicine isn't for everyone. There's a lot of responsibility involved. You'll have to change your lifestyle, you'll have to do a lot of things that you may not want to do, but I think this is a great option. But at the end of the day, you have to make the choice. What feels good to you? Maybe going on the drug is right for you right now because you know you won't go through those lifestyle changes right now. Maybe in a little bit you will.
Where we are with Nadovim is like well why won't you start there instead of let's say Adderall or going to something even bigger or really undergoing some big medical procedures for the brain or anything like that. Give it a try. It's not a huge investment. It is relatively safe, you could say. I won't sit here and be like it's absolutely 100% safe. I mean, you could have some reaction to something in there, thymine or something maybe, but incredibly small because again these are all-natural elements. You should be getting them from your food anyway.
That's my input on that because I do see that happening a lot within the medical field and within just this idea of all right, what are my options? It's like, whoa, you went really quick from being like I have a little pain to again going under the knife, or I have a little brain fog to being on a high dosage of something that's addictive and has a lot of side effects.
[01:06:28] Ashley James: Right. I have a friend who's a Naturopathic physician and she became—I don't know, jaded maybe because when she first started out, she'd get patients that came in with high blood pressure. She'd be like, okay, you're going to walk 20 minutes every day, you're going to eat this way, and take these supplements. Then they'd come back and they still have high blood pressure and they hadn't done anything or maybe they did one out of three things that she told them to do. It's like, no, you've got to make these lifestyle changes because that's what's causing the high blood pressure. We're going to listen to the symptoms of the body and give the body what it needs.
Not everyone is willing to, motivated to, or are ready to make lifestyle changes that would give them better health, which just blows my mind because I’m like, tell me what to do, I’m ready to do it. I want to be better. I want to be even better. I’m always striving for better health because I suffered for so many years. So many of my listeners are sick of being sick and they're motivated. They're here listening, they're listening for over an hour because they are motivated to make healthy changes in their life. But maybe they have a husband, a friend, an aunt, or whatever that has these problems but they're not willing to stop drinking a bottle of wine a night. They're not willing to go for a walk for 20 minutes every day.
You can't do it for them. The Naturopathic doctor or the functional medicine practitioner isn't going to come home with you and get you to make these lifestyle changes. It is up to us as individuals. I like that Nadovim is a small thing you can start. If it seems too daunting, too overwhelming to exercise every day. If you haven't been exercising for years, it's like oh gosh, that just seems overwhelming. But could you start your day off with a big glass of water and a capsule of Nadovim? Yes.
That's what my friend does who says she just floats through her day, bounces through her day. She gets up at I think 5:30 in the morning to be able to beat the traffic to drive because she lives pretty far away from Seattle. She has a beautiful cabin in the woods, so she has to get up before everyone else and go downtown Seattle. Then she manages this huge, huge ordeal. She does manage this big company, all the people below her that report to her, and all the decisions she has to make throughout the day.
Every time we make a decision, it uses up our brainpower. There are some fun studies about that at the end of the day, that's why at 11:00 at night you can't stick to your diet and you're standing there in front of the fridge, I’ll just eat everything. Because every time we make a decision, we only have a certain amount of decisions. The power of our brain can only handle so many decisions in a day because the brain now ran out of its NAD+ and it's just shovel food in my face, I can't take it anymore. Throughout the day, every decision we make depletes more of that energy of the brain.
I just wonder how NAD+, how Nadovim would help since it's supporting the brain's ability to have energy. How that would then translate into increasing our ability to have willpower at the end of the day? So there are fun studies about willpower and how it gets depleted if we work at a job that requires us to make a lot of decisions, a lot of choices throughout the day. I don't know if you've ever done that where you had to make a ton of choices and at the end of the day, your brain is spent and you can actually feel it. It's like it’s depleted of its energy and nutrients.
But yeah, she just always has energy and always bounces around. I’ve always been impressed by her, now I know her secret, and I’m so excited to know that it's because she's been taking the supplement. She said it’s her absolute favorite supplement.
What about depression? You kind of mention that. How does Nadovim help people who have depression?
[01:10:42] Caspar Szulc: Again, depression is one of those things you got to look at from a holistic standpoint. I even read and interviewed Dr. Jodie Skillicorn who wrote a book about healing depression without medication. She basically said the idea being chemical imbalances has been debunked and we're going about all wrong, depression. There are so many different contributing factors—diet, of course, your microbiome now is really linked to depression and certain strains even being there.
I mean, there are so many different causes of depression. But at the end of the day, if you have the vitality or the energy to make decisions that are going to be better for you, I think that's everything. I think that's a huge part of getting out of a depressive state somewhat. Depression is a terrible state to be in, but it's also one that drains you considerably. It's one of those states that if you look at the scale of consciousness and what David Hawkins put out there, it's a negative conscious state, very low and draining of energy, and keeps you down. You need to work yourself up from there—from feelings of guilt, hate, depression, shame—up into neutrality.
The idea that you would have more energy to make certain things, to go to certain things, to get outside, and have these small wins can be the difference in starting to get out of depression. Of course, each case is different. I’m not going to say that if you're chronically depressed and take Nadovim you'll be better. There's a ton of things you probably have to do to get your state into a good emotional state out of depressive moods.
The one thing that I keep turning back to when people ask about these things in general wellness, depression, depressive moods is this idea of you never have time or you're just stuck and you have this outlook on life that is depressive. I think when you have energy and vitality that shifts. The greatest resource, everyone has 24 hours in the day, do you have the energy to actually do things? Do you, like you said, come home and just lay around, turn on Netflix, sit there, and then start to question your life, what am I doing? I’m just sitting around not meeting people. That could keep you in a depressive mood.
I think what we've realized even through this whole lockdown is we need connection, but at the same time, if we don't have the willingness, the vitality, the energy to even get up out of bed when we get in really early at night, just sit there and like you said, just veg out because we have no will power left, and just sit there and kind of become zombies to a TV screen or even a computer screen. That can lead to a loss of purpose, a loss of connection. I think those are some of the biggest causes of depression. I would much rather look at those sorts of things than look at chemical imbalances and just drug you up and say take this pill, this antidepressant. We know that can have serious consequences as well as dependency.
When I look at something like depression, this feeling which I also correlate with a feeling of lack of purpose, which I see in tons of patients. At one point, we were creating a program for patients of things they could do outside of the office because we knew we only had them an hour or two a week in the office for treatments. So many would ask, what should I do outside? And of course, we gave them all these tips but we wanted to put in a program.
We interviewed hundreds of patients, hundreds of doctors, and really wanted to get it down to an X factor. What's that one thing that was the difference between two people with the same diagnosis, same treatment plans, same everything, demographic. So what we saw when we took two patients with a similar demographic, similar diagnosis, similar background, and went through similar treatment plans was that if one got better and one didn't, we wanted to know what the difference was. Why was one receiving the same type of treatment plan getting better and the other one would maybe see improvement but then slide back after the treatment plan was done?
The thing we really broke it down to, this X factor, was purpose. It was this idea that one had a purpose to go live, see her grandchildren, and travel the world. Whereas the other one didn't. They were still very much stuck on I am disease X, that is who I am. They didn't really have a purpose. Maybe they've been out of work for a while and were chronically ill in bed, and suddenly even the idea of what do I do, what is the next step in my life kind of scared them. And they didn't have that purpose. We really ingrained in this program, what we did was first, create a purpose for you. It could be anything. It could be I would love to go skiing in the Swiss Alps, or I’d love to run a 5K and just keep that in mind.
I think something like a supplement like NAD+, it gives you the vitality and the cognitive functioning to be able to really focus on that, to be able to do certain things and take those steps. Have that little bit of energy to start with one small win, one small step. Like you said, if it's getting better, start with just waking up and having that glass of water and that'll be one step. The next day, get up and take a few deep breaths. The next day, have a little bit more energy and stretch a little bit. See yourself running that 5K more and more and be positive. The next day takes a few more steps down the stairs, maybe walk outside, maybe do 0.1 k your first time right and then keep going from there. I think where Nadovim falls, it gives you that little bit of energy, edge, and clarity to do that and to always be focused on this purpose.
So I think when you look at anything, whether it's depression, whether it's getting out of a state of feeling stuck in your life, or being disconnected, it's about finding what really brings you passion and that purpose. It could be something small, it could be something big. That's up to you. Don't look anywhere else for that. Really sit down with a journal. Write that down. But then use little things, little pieces, little tips. Whether that's breathing techniques or anything else, or Nadovim to then give you the best chances to see that through, to take those little small steps.
I think when you're really stuck on that, when every day before you go to sleep, when you wake up you're thinking about that thing, what you want to do, what you want to accomplish, that becomes a priority. Like you said, I think right now what people are suffering from—health isn't a priority to them. That's the truth. The unfortunate truth is that for too many people, they have the ability to make the right choices, they have the ability to do these things, and they don't. They will drink every night. They will stay up late, take pills, or whatever. That's not to fall. I never like to put blame and guilt, but it's just to say take responsibility.
If you truly prioritize something, if that means the world to you, you'll put it at the top. You'll stop, you'll close your computer screen at 9:00 PM because you know that's going to screw up your circadian rhythms and probably keep you up at night stressing. Then you'll have a bad day, you'll need coffee again, your adrenals will go down, it'll become habitual, you'll need sleeping pills to go to sleep, lots of caffeine in the morning, and suddenly you're wondering why your hormones all screwed up and you're chronically ill. That's the thing.
I think when you take something like Nadovim, it gives you an edge to actually see through those choices. It gives you that little bit of a boost to then say, okay, I want to do this. That's what I realized. I mean, I’m not immune to any of this. Even though I work in a center, I have access to wonderful things. I live in New York City, it's stressful. I run multiple companies, that's stressful. Sometimes I work way too long, but when I do realize, hey, I prioritize health. I have the energy to see through certain things and do them correctly, then I do take 20 minutes to meditate on a stressful day. I do drink more fluids and stand up a lot more even though I could be glued to my computer doing work all day.
I think that's what leads me to believe where Nadovim’s place in something like depression isn't the treatment of depression so much. Although it could be the source, you never know. I’m not saying it is or isn't. NAD+ depletion may be a cause of depression for sure, but at the same time, even if it weren't, I would say take it also because I think it'll lead you to have that clarity and that extra mental boost to then see through actions that bring you out of a depressive state, that get you connected again to the world that brings you into your purpose and passion.
[01:19:35] Ashley James: Oh, I love that answer. That's so fantastic. So many studies have shown that those who have depression or even suicidal, if they volunteer, they find that they get more joy and more out of volunteering than what they're actually giving. We think volunteering is almost like being a martyr. Oh, I have to give away my time and my energy. But really, you actually get back more. It's just amazing. You can make an impact on the world and then that is helping you even more. There are so many studies that show that it not only helps with depression, it actually increases longevity. Those who volunteer, who have a life purpose, or feel that they're making a difference in their community live longer. That makes a lot of sense.
That NAD+ depletion, in and of itself, could be the factor that's having them feel depressed. Like you said, we're just starting to understand how this very complex system works—the brain. We're even discovering that the gut is like a second brain, and then they're discovering now that the heart is almost like a third brain. We always thought it was just the brain telling the organs information. But what we're seeing is that all this new information that we're discovering is that the heart and the gut is actually giving information back to the brain. It's like these three brains in the body are communicating.
The book, The Holographic Universe—a fantastic book to read—talks about how we think all of our cognitive abilities and all of our neurological functions happen in the brain. It actually happens holographically throughout the entire nervous system. That we can store memories not just in the brain, but in other neurological tissue throughout the body. I recommend reading that book for anyone that wants to just have their mind blown literally. Understanding that what we think we know, what we've been taught about neurology is so far off from what we actually are and it's very complex.
Of course, a nutrient deficiency could be the root cause of these issues. That makes total sense. Also, everyone benefits from focusing on a life purpose, focusing on feeling like they're making a difference in this world, a difference in their family, or a difference with their friends, whatever is within your value system.
Anti-aging was a big buzzword for a long time. They call it other things now, even reversing aging. Dr. Daniel Amen, I’ve been fascinated with his research and have been following him for the last few years. He was able to scan the brain and see that there are certain pockets in the brain that as people aged, and it depended on their diet, their lifestyle, and their nutrient deficiencies because a 20-year-old can start to have these sort of age spots within the brain. When he did these scans, he could see that there were pockets of the brain that weren't functioning optimally that it was almost like Swiss cheese. That there are pockets of the brain that weren’t getting enough oxygen, weren’t getting enough nutrition. The blood flow was being restricted.
When we think about heart health, there are certain diets that actually will blood flow and make the arteries healthier and you can reverse heart disease. I had Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn on the show who has performed the world's longest study on using diet to be able to reverse heart disease and prevent it. He wrote the book How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. He shows pictures of hearts that were totally clogged and the arteries that were not getting blood flow through. Then two years later, the same patient completely clear heart. So we can reverse arterial sclerosis and calcification of the arteries. It's amazing.
You go to a regular MD or maybe most cardiologists and they want to put you on drugs or put stents in, and they haven't seen this research. They haven't seen that we can completely reshape, restore, and reverse the aging or the damage. Maybe we shouldn't be calling it anti-aging anymore. It's reversing the damage of living and your lifestyle.
If you eat fries every day, that kind of thing, it puts a huge strain on the cardiovascular system. But Dr. Daniel Amen sees that the same things that cause heart disease, we’re basically having heart disease in the brain. That we're having cardiovascular disease of the brain. It's like Swiss cheese brain where there are just whole parts of the brain that aren't getting enough blood flow and they're kind of dying off or just not functioning optimally. He's been doing this for over 30 years. He's been able to follow patients, change their diet, get them on supplements. I wonder if he's using NAD+ or Nadovim as one of his supplements, and you should definitely reach out to him if he's not. He has then maps and does these scans and he can see the blood flow coming back, the brain's restoring, and the Swiss cheese going away. People were having dementia reversing that.
Anti-aging is one of those keywords, one of those catchphrases, but really, it's reversing the damage that has happened from living—I don't want to say from aging but from living—because I think there can be a 20-year-old that's unhealthy as a 60-year-old given lifestyle choices.
With Nadovim, I know that there's a lot of anti-aging experts that are really excited about Nadovim and have been using it. What are they seeing in terms of reversing the damage or slowing down the aging process?
[01:26:00] Caspar Szulc: Well, there are two parts of this that are pretty exciting when you look at aging and the reversal of aging. Number one would be the mitochondrial theory of aging. That really all aging starts with the mitochondria, which as you said, was originally a bacteria, one cell kind of an organism that predates as far beyond where humans were around and exist in. Really understanding that that's where it starts on a cellular level. You want to understand everything.
I think there are two ways to understand it. Number one is through energy because we all are energy really—frequencies and vibrations, and that's Einstein’s wonderful contribution and many other quantum physicists’ contribution to science and changing it forever was that understanding that we aren't matter at all. The other way is also to look at things really at the building blocks that are kind of visible are physical. Energy packets are in your cell. Understanding that the function of the cell to regenerate and to get the ones that are no longer functioning out requires energy. Once that stops happening, you'll have aging occur. You'll have dysfunction occur. That’s really what is triggering an aging response so that this max life potential is really just dictated by mitochondrial function. So if you can improve your mitochondria, that is one great way to increase the age you can live for.
The other way to look at of course is somewhat through DNA and understanding telomeres and understanding how DNA starts to basically work against this in a sense and how we protect DNA and how we again regenerate ourselves. NAD+ does have a positive impact on both of those. NAD+ is directly correlated to something called [inaudible 01:28:00] which helps out with telomerase and also helps with longevity that way.
Looking at it from those perspectives is that NAD+ is a vital compound into great arenas that you could say are dictating how we age. Now, the other element outside of NAD+ and I think something you mentioned there as well is this idea of us aging. I think aging, what we're doing is living unnaturally. If you're closer to nature, if you live a natural existence, I think you age at a natural pace. But when we live with light bulbs on all the time, that disrupts our endocrine system. When we eat things that are unnatural and also disrupts so many systems within the body.
We have to kind of reap what we sow, in a sense. Part of that is aging, it can be seen as disease. If you age the body, the functioning of everything doesn't work as it should and leads to dysfunction, which leads to disease or symptoms and then a disease really.
Those are things you got to incorporate as well because I hate to sit here and be like, take NAD+ and you won't age, keep eating poorly, smoking, and doing all these things negatively. Live a natural life and you might not need NAD+. Now, at the same time, I have to say, we live in a day and age where you can't really go out and just hunker down in a cave and be away from everyone and just live naturally there. We do live within the constrictions of being in this modern world, meaning most of us have cell phones, most of us are around light bulbs all the time. You could protect yourself as much as possible, but you're still going to have an impact on your body. All the actions you do, you're going to be impacted in this world right now.
That’s the reason also when people like, well, I probably don't need NAD+, right? I’m really healthy. I get it, you really are. I take care, I’m really healthy, but you still live in a world that unfortunately has introduced so many unnatural things in it that you're going to be impacted. Even if you're living far off now, you're still impacted. That's just where we are right now, and that's why I say something like NAD+ is useful for everyone because even if you're quite healthy, why not pre-plenish? Why wait? Why not take proactive steps? That's what I think health really is.
I talk about choices and everything like that, but it's also being proactive to prevent it. To prevent aging and prevent disease, which I say synonymous, are taking the action before they happen. Every one of us usually waits to go see a doctor until something's wrong. With a dentist, you get your tooth cleaning. Unless it's in pain, why would you go see a dentist, right? Really go into it. The same is for a doctor and all these things related to our health.
I wish medicine became more about prevention. I wish it was more proactive. I wish we could catch things earlier on. Even if you didn't go to a doctor, why not take things like supplementation that you know can absolutely benefit your cellular function, mitochondrial function, all these things that can relate so closely to aging? You could say beauty, to preventing disease, preventing really tough chronic things that again, right now, if you're healthy, you're in a minority in the United States. That's crazy to me. That is a crazy stat that most people don't realize. That right now, if you're healthy, you're a minority. Trust me, in 20 years, you're going to be a really small minority the way it's going. It's going to be 80%, 90% are going to be comorbidities through the roof. Obesity, all of this chronic fatigue, diabetes, it'll be so normal, then you're going to be a freak if you're healthy. That's scary to me because health is the greatest wealth.
If we don't start turning things around, we're in for a really sick society, in many different ways to say that. I will say, be proactive. It doesn't have to be Nadovim only. I think that's one little thing. That's not everything I do. Drink more water, breathe more. All sorts of things. I just wish. I think by taking a pill though you kind of put a burden. You put some money into that pill so there is like a value intrinsic that I’ve seen. It's almost like when people take medicine they start acting differently almost like a placebo. I’m paying for it, I might as well do other things, and I think that's a good thing too. I do.
[01:32:45] Ashley James: Yeah, it motivates you.
[01:32:46] Caspar Szulc: It’s why I think you should pay your trainer. Pay them more than you pay up because you won't skip workouts if it costs a lot and then really take care of yourself. This idea of also free and not having to be responsible for your health, it's crazy to me. I think it's part of the reason that the majority of us are sick and waiting for someone to help us out when in reality, we could absolutely take a lot of preventive and proactive steps to being healthy.
[01:33:15] Ashley James: Yeah. The listeners listening right now, we are the people who in a sense we're like salmon. We're swimming upstream. We don't want to be a statistic. One in three people will have a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. That is ridiculous. If you're in a room with three people, one of them is going to have cancer. That is insane. That is absolutely insane.
The idea that our soil is so deplete of minerals and plants can't make minerals, animals can't make minerals. They have to come from the soil. If our body is minerally depleted, especially magnesium, which out of all the 60 essential minerals, magnesium is the most important. 1800 enzymatic processes in the body use magnesium. Zinc is the second most important at 800 processes.
Calcium's not even in the top two, and we're marketed that we need to drink cow's milk for calcium. Cow's milk has a whole host of health issues that it comes with. It causes obesity and heart disease. It depends on who pays for the research, you always have to watch. If there's a research paper that says cow's milk is healthy, go follow the money and you're going to find that it was paid for by someone who benefits from selling cow's milk. It's just crazy.
People are unhealthy because of what they were taught, what they were told. We've been raised watching McDonald’s commercials and Kellogg’s Fruit Loop cereal, Lucky Charms commercials. We've been raised to see that these are actually foods. They're not foods. They're something that represents food that's pretending to be food, but it's not nutritious for the body. A lot of them are fortified with artificial vitamins that actually do more damage, especially for people who have methylation issues like the MTHFR SNP. So many people have MTHFR because of the toxicity in our environment. That's what we're seeing more and more.
My listeners are like salmon, like me. I’m one of those people who's going to go upstream. I’m okay with not following the herd because if I eat like, act like, and have a lifestyle like the majority of the people out there, then I will be a statistic. I don't want to be one of those people that one in three has cancer, one in three has diabetes or pre-diabetic.
I was diabetic. I reversed it with natural health changes and following holistic medicine. I’m not going back. My A1C is 4.7. I’m never going back to diabetes. I am just going towards better and better health. I know my listeners are doing the same. They're highly motivated to make these changes. Even if it's just adding a supplement and then drinking more water. It's okay, baby steps. And then going for a walk three times a week. Just add what you can and keep on that path.
My last question is about depletion. When people are on cholesterol meds, and I’ve had several doctors and cardiologists on the show say do not under any circumstances take cholesterol meds. I interviewed a Ph.D. and MD who is also a cardiologist, and he's a cardiologist researcher. He looks at thousands of patients instead of just one at a time. He was the discoverer of the true cause of heart disease. That the true cause of heart disease is inflammation, and actually the cause of most diseases. You have to look to inflammation, then look to what causes inflammation, and then make diet and lifestyle changes to decrease that inflammation.
This was 30 years ago 40 years ago, while all the doctors were being told to put everyone on cholesterol-lowering meds, he said cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. It's a symptom that comes later after inflammation has done its damage. What's causing inflammation? We have to go deeper, go deeper. The symptoms are being treated, but the root cause still continues to progressively do damage to the body.
When people are put on cholesterol-lowering meds, there are so many side effects that happen. The patients end up not being able to feel their hands or their feet, then they can't walk properly, then they stop exercising, and they live a more sedentary lifestyle. That leads to early death. So that's just one problem that we see is happening with cholesterol-lowering meds because the neuropathy is caused by reducing the body's ability to make healthy cholesterol that is used for the myelin sheath of the nervous system. So it's doing damage to the nervous system.
Well, another thing it does, by taking cholesterol-lowering meds, is that it decreases the coenzyme q10, which if you don't have any coenzyme q10 in your body, your heart is not going to beat. Your heart will stop beating. That’s fuel for that wonderful muscle that we all love so much. It's great that there's some coenzyme q10 in because it's one of those cofactors that you saw really benefited the nervous system. It’s absolutely needed.
What doctors will say now when they keep their patients on cholesterol-lowering meds, they tell them to take a low dose actually of coq10. Now you mentioned that the body, when it needs to clear out drugs like the liver, has to process the toxins from these artificial chemical drugs and that depletes NAD+ in the body. Are there any drugs that significantly decrease NAD+, like absolutely what doctors should be doing if they ever put them on XYZ drug, that they should be taking an NAD+ supplement because it has such a drastic effect on our NAD+, or is it just like all drugs in general?
[01:39:38] Caspar Szulc: I mean, honestly, it's all drugs in general. Every single drug has a toxic element to it and it's going to require NAD+ to then flush that. Anything that's a toxin and the body basically requires NAD+. That's why you look at things like oxidative stress within the body and then just free radical formation—all these things are all part of the equation. Of course, the more toxic, the stronger drugs are, the more NAD+ is required. What do we do with everyone that's on a lifelong intervention? At a certain point, you have to boost because you're getting used to the drug, right? Your body is adjusting to it in a sense, which the body always does. It always adjusts.
You're giving it something synthetic, it’s not supposed to be there in a way, the body will adjust. It will try and maintain and go into homeostasis. What do we do? We give stronger drugs. We go higher milligrams and dosage. Guess what, that just depletes more and more NAD+. So we go in this vicious cycle of well, you're going to need more because you're not getting the effects of the lower dosage anymore so we'll put you on this. And then what happens, you get a symptom from that down the line. Okay, that's a known symptom. No worries. We'll put you on another drug. Guess what, more NAD+ depletion.
This approach we have with medicine right now, if you really took a step back, it makes no sense. It's something that we're just trying to manage everything in the body with something synthetic, which has lots of side effects that we're not even incorporating. No doctor is thinking about NAD+ depletion when they give you a cholesterol medication. They can care less. They're solving a problem, in a sense. Your cholesterol is here, we want it here, take this drug. That's all I care about. That's all I’ve been taught. And again, I’m not faulting doctors. I love them. My father's a doctor. He was in conventional medicine for tens of years and I still have tons of friends and very close colleagues that are still abiding by the conventional and orthodox way of going about it. They are taught that way and they are doing good in the sense that someone comes in with pain and they leave without pain.
But the long-term ramifications of chronic disease, you can't really say that we're winning that battle. That we're doing something that's really getting to the core of it and reversing disease. When you have this many people on this many medications, you're bound to be depleting not just of NAD+, many other really, really important elements within the body that are critical to just regeneration to health in general.
To anyone listening, I’m not bashing it because it's required at times. But I would want to take a different approach that yes, it's required at times, but what's the quickest way to get off of them? What's the quickest way to get your body back to where it's in a self-regulating space? It doesn't require outside intervention of drugs within the body to do what it should be doing, and that's really my mission is to show people. Because again, I’m not a doctor, I’m not going to go out there and push all the clinical data on everyone and go in that really technical analysis of each disease.
I’m here to tell you what I’ve seen within the 40 years or so I’ve been in medicine or around it to say that prioritizes health, and understand that your natural state is health. Don't buy into that disease, I’m going to live with that forever because that's not a narrative you want to be in because it is one that will lead to depression and this giving up on your own body to do what it should be doing. These miraculous things of healing itself every single day and so many processes that allow us to live are just really phenomenal when you take a step back and say, damn, my body does all of that in one second. Trillions of chemical actions that allow us to live and in perfect unity and harmony doing all this.
Put more faith in your body in a sense and start to understand that there are options out there. One of them is taking, of course, something like NAD+ or Nadovim, but there are so many other options out there to bring you back into a healthy state because as long as you are taking any drugs or anything, that's kind of the admission that you're in a disease state. Without the drugs, you are in a disease state and you still are. Your cholesterol is high. Yes, we're managing it. Then you're telling me if you got off that pill you'd be healthy, no. It’s not making you healthy. It's just managing your disease.
I want people to think about it differently. Stop managing disease. Yes, there's a time and place you need to manage things, but it's not a lifelong process. It doesn't have to be. If you prioritize health and you start listening to great podcasts such as this one and start to appreciate a different approach to what health can be, what it should be, which is this natural state where you don't need this intervention, other people giving you things to make you healthy, that’s when you know there is going to be a breakthrough, I think, not only in yourself but in society as a whole. That’s really what I’m aiming for. If Nadovim is just one of those hundreds of thousands of probably solutions out there, that's great. Try it out. I will say, experience is what's going to lead you there. You could look at all the evidence in the world, but until you start experiences, start taking an action, it doesn't really matter what the evidence says because you're not applying it to yourself anyway.
It’s one of those things that so many of us rely on medication that in reality, if you broke it down even to this one thing of looking how can I be NAD+ depleted? Because you're taking lots of medications, that's one of the reasons. Even to take them, there really should be no contraindications of the medication. I won't say that for everyone. I do think you need to talk to your doctor before anything. I can't speak for every medication out there. I know there are somewhere if you provided energy to the mitochondria, you might have a reaction of pushing certain toxins from certain drugs that you may not want to and it may exacerbate some conditions. That’s true I think for anything you do if you're on certain medications. Do speak with your doctor about it.
I will say this, a lot of doctors don't even know what NAD+ is, and that's kind of sad to me because it is such an important compound. But we've had customers be like my doctor didn't know what it was so he didn't want me on it. I would say you have the power, doctors don't. They think they do. I know doctors and they're like, I’m telling you, I went to medical school. If they don't have patients they don't have a practice, they don't have a career. They listen to patients, they really do.
I’m not saying be nosy. Well, you should do research, but just ask your doctor. I’ve heard this, other doctors said this about, maybe you'd want to do a little research. Push back a little bit. I think this idea that doctors are infallible and know everything, that's just crazy to me. They're regular people. They don't know everything, and why would you expect them to?
[01:47:03] Ashley James: Yeah, they're not machines, they're not computers.
[01:47:05] Caspar Szulc: No, no, no. They're not computers. They're specialists normally. I’ve met doctors that know nothing about other systems of the body and only about the GI. If you ask them anything about the brain, they would know very little. I mean that training, they forget it. You don't remember everything you trained and learned about in college. I don't remember my first year of college, what I learned in marketing there. Probably terms they're completely outdated anyway now.
I think there is something to be said. When a doctor says something, you're allowed to ask why. Not in an adversarial way because I love doctors and I know a lot of people come in and just print out WebMD things and be like, oh, I think I have this. Doctors don't like that, but I think there's this ability to see yourself in a relationship with a doctor.
Our doctors here and everything, they're coaches. You're the athlete, you do need to listen, but it's a back and forth. It's a relationship of trust. It's a relationship of being able to look at all the options and both sides doing the research. And be able to find a doctor that you really feel comfortable with I think. It's not that all doctors are created equal, they are not. There are many different. All I think have good intentions, but that doesn't mean every doctor is the right one, or just because they’re in your health insurance plan that you should just listen to them. Seek out other options and see, and then maybe one is going to be like, oh yeah, NAD+, I know that stuff. That would be great for you, you should do that.
[01:48:38] Ashley James: Your New York Center for Innovative Medicine, can people from around the world work with your functional medicine doctors through Skype? Can they do telemedicine basically with them, or do they have to go there in order to work with your doctors?
[01:48:57] Caspar Szulc: We're old school in that way, we want to work with people here. This is where the treatments are. There's only so much we could do. You could do a consultation. We have a patient ambassador that we speak with that is a practitioner here that you could do consultations with and talk to. But when it comes to actually getting treatment, it's here because of the fact that we have over 100 therapies here. I mean, we really take pride in the amount of therapies and the way we personalize them to each. But if you're not here, we can't do that.
The idea of being training with a coach and him not being there when you're doing labs or doing all these other things, that's difficult, that's tough. A lot of times, if you require an intravenous infusion because you are depleted of something, it's very difficult to do that when you're not here. We want to be responsible for that. While we understand that traveling isn't always easy, we also think health is a priority. If you want to get it done right with us, then come. We’ll make it as easy as possible, trying to do it as quickly as possible if you're traveling. We have people come here from all over the world and it is unique in that way that you have so many options and it's not just NAD+. That's again just one of the tons of different ingredients we'd use in IVs, but we also have spiritual things, psychological. We have a psychologist on hand, psycho-emotional therapies, all types of energy medicines, anti-aging. I mean you got to run the gambit.
Again, if you show up to a house with just a hammer, you may not fix the problem. You want a good tool kit, you do. You want all those things in there. That's important. But at the same time, I will and everyone here will speak to anybody, even if they can't come into the center, we have great resources, great information, and a great network of people that can help in some way, shape, or form. So if you're not ready to make it over to New York or you're not sure, I mean, there are still so many steps you can take. Whether that's just taking Nadovim, that's a great step. It's learning, listening to our podcast, or doing anything like that. We wanted to make it easy for anyone to empower themselves and make the right choices for their health even if they can't get into the clinic.
[01:51:15] Ashley James: Awesome. Thank you, Caspar Szulc, for coming on the show and sharing about NAD+ and Nadovim. Back when I was just starting to get on the health train, I decided to buy my B vitamin supplements and I had no idea that I had MTHFR. I bought my B vitamin supplements from Trader Joe's and I didn't really notice the difference. I didn't really feel that much more energy. I kind of felt nauseous actually when I took them, and then my pee turned a bright yellow. It wasn't until years later that I met with a naturopathic doctor who formulated his protocol and it was life-changing. Within five days, I was waking up just so much energy in the morning with mental clarity. I felt like I was a kid again, and that's the difference between really high quality and it was the same. If you look at the back of the package and they look kind of similar if you don't know what you're looking for and you don't know about the companies, okay, this has B vitamins, that has B vitamins. Why was it that taking one kind of made me nauseous and didn't really give me energy, and the other one no nausea and it was a total game-changer, totally life-changing, and yet they looked on paper sort of similar supplements?
When you go to a company that puts so much into making sure there's quality and bioavailability and that really they developed it so that doctors could see a difference, so that they could do blood tests and see a difference, that they could study it and study the effects of it, that company has put in all the work to make something that is quality that you're going to notice a difference you'll really notice a difference.
There are other NADs out there I’ve seen, and it's buyer beware because, in the supplement industry, someone could sell a bottle that says they NAD+ on it, or says ginkgo biloba on it, or vitamin C and there actually has no ginkgo biloba, no vitamin C, or no NAD+ in it. It could be all filler, and that is the buyer beware of the supplement industry. It's not regulated, which we don't want it to be because the second it becomes regulated, then they will take it all away and make it drugs. We don't want it to be regulated, but that means we have to do our research and make sure the company is legitimate and really the company has the ethics and the high-quality standards to make sure that what's in the bottle is what's on the label.
That's why I’m happy to know that Nadovim exists, the quality is there. It's nadovim.com and the coupon code is LTH for our listeners. I’m really excited for listeners to try it. Get a bottle, just try it for themselves, and then come into the Learn True Health Facebook group and share their experience. I want to hear from everyone, I’m going to do it as well, and we'll just see what differences we notice. Big differences, small differences, no differences. I’m excited about the energy and the sleep, I think that's great.
I’m looking forward to, over the next few months, hearing back from listeners as we try it out for ourselves. Just give it a try and see what differences we notice. The proof in the pudding is in the eating so let's try it and see what happens.
It was wonderful having you on the show. I’m excited to try all this and see for ourselves. Thank you for coming here and explaining it today.
[01:54:41] Caspar Szulc: Thank you. Real pleasure, Ashley.
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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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