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FC2O Solo 1 Episode 10- Panjabi’s Model Show Notes

…simplicity on the other side of complexity…

[Last week I was interviewed by Mark Sisson for his Primal Blueprint podcast… If you’d like to catch up on that and delve into the world of connective tissues, blood sugar regulation and archetypal rest postures, then head here: https://blog.primalblueprint.com/matt-wallden/#more-2161]

Now, back to FC2O Solo and simplicity on the other side of complexity with Panjabi’s model:

00:00. Introduction

FC2O Episode 3 – Barefoot Ted Show Notes

0:00. Introduction

2:46. Accepting “Barefoot Ted”

5:11. The epic Born to Run

9:06. Becoming a self-experimenter.

  • Solving the equation of Barefoot Ted

11:03. Aging – BFT at 55 years old.

12:54. Journey to the Copper Canyons.

14:28. The need for shoes.

15:53. The natural selection of footwear.

17:25. The Persistence Hunt.

18:25. Adding sandals to the equation.

20:39. Out of Africa.

21:11. (CORRECTION: 65K years – not 65M years!)

22:34. Feet as food ticket…

23:55. The Rarumari / Tarahumara.

  • Coming out of the canyons.

28:26. Old-Skool footwear.

29:56. Renegades in the Canyons.

31:00. Barefoot Ted’s Adventures.

  • Lieberman’s “Born to Run” paper 2004.
  • Persistence Hunt.
  • Investigation to advocation to vocation.

33:26. Sandal making.

  • A little piece of portable ground.
  • Your footwear quiver.

37:06.  Fivefingers Paradigm Shifting Trojan Horse…

Barefoot Ted running the Boston Marathon in Vibram Fivefingers
Barefoot Ted running the Boston Marathon in Vibram Fivefingers

40:07.  Christopher McDougall’s Running with Sherman – a sneak preview.

  • Back to basics.

43:23 An ultra-runner’s prescription for less…

  • Minimal effective dose.

48:08 Benefits of ultrarunning.

55:49 Running for health & happiness rather than performance.

56:47 Training & Play.

1:00:15 Training for Leadville.

1:02:08 Laird Hamilton connecting with the dots.

103:54 Kangoo Jumps.

106:44 Minimal effective dose & self-experimentation.

108:48 “the journey”…

109:41 Maximalism .

  • Mono Gordo Sandals & Portable ground.

1:13:50. The rift between foot and shoe.

1:16:32. Inverting the orthotics model.

1:19:32. You ARE a spring!

1:21:03. Running with feeling.

  • Lieberman & Endocannabinoid.

1:23:26. Going with the Flow.

  • Rhythm, breath, focus.

1:26:14. Applying the learning.

1:29:38. Special Sensory Awareness of the Sole.

1:31:15. Feet as roots.

  • Foundational special sensory organs.

1:34:03. Manuel Luna.

  • Turning water and sunlight into food and children.
  • Who’s helping who?

1:39:37. Visit the Canyons!

1:43:08. Luna Sandals – a minimalist philosophy and design.

1:45:45. el Mono…

  • The speaking monkey.

1:47:07. Broken by default?

  • Ghosts of a deeper cultural belief system.

1:50:53. Indigenous groups start with a different premise.

  • More supernatural than supernatural.

1:53:13. Facilitating more time in the now.

1:54:15. Turning a run into a sport. 

  • Every footfall is a chess move.

1:55:56. The gift of presence.

  • Participating.

1:56:36. Closing remarks.

  • How to find Ted: 
  • Improvisational Jazz Musician (over classicist).
  • See Ted’s improvised speech after our Barefoot Connections Conference in 2013:

2:00:00.  Closing offer:

To get hold of your very own pieces of portable ground, head over to Luna Sandals and use the special codes below to get your special deal!

  • FC2O15
  • FC2O

Living 4D with Paul Chek

It isn’t often you get to chat with a master of his craft; so I was delighted to have the opportunity to chat just recently with Paul Chek on his new podcast “Living 4D” episode 12, which is out today!

In this podcast we explore human function through the lens of evolution – a favourite topic of mine, and of Paul’s; which is a key part of what attracted me to his work in the first instance.

One of the concepts we cover is the idea that, while the Paleo approach to healthy living is built on solid foundations, there are other considerations we have to bear in mind if we are to be prudent in our advice or approach…  and that is, to strike the balance between phylogeny and ontogeny.  Here is the image I mention in the podcast to convey this:

As part of this concept, we mention how the recent trend in barefoot running and training is great example of where phylogeny (evolutionary principles) do not always match up with ontogeny (the development of the individual), and that this can lead to injury.  If you’re interested in making a transition to barefoot running or training, but want to avoid getting injured, we have a free Transition Calculator and guidelines available here.

We discuss how Paul’s concept of Primal Movement Patterns(TM) integrates beautifully with Phill Beach’s concept of Archetypal Rest Postures and Michael Tetley’s concept of Instinctive Sleep Postures.  In a chapter I wrote for Leon Chaitow’s Natural Medicine textbook in 2006, I synthesised these three concepts into an integrated model I termed Biomechanical Attractors.  Sadly the textbook (RRP £43.99) is now out of print but, if you’re keen to learn more about these concepts; the neurophysiology and the application to everyday life, you’re in luck!  You can still access an eCopy pdf here for the amazing investment of only £10!  This concept is also explored further in a recent webinar from my 2016 series 2016 series.

One of the beauties of evolutionary principles that struck me perhaps a decade, or so, back is what I term “the Star Wars principle”.  As many will recall, the opening scene of the original Star Wars movie, “A New Hope”, starts with an image of space and the words:

The genius of this is that, unlike other 20th Century Sci-Fi movies that tended to be set in the year 2000, or 2020, because Star Wars was set in the past it can never go “out of date”.  In a similar way, primal understandings of health are different from the latest technological trend (such as air pads, fixed-axis weights machines, or scientifically isolated whey proteins) as they will never go “out of date” – they’re how we got here and what our physiology has moulded itself to function around.  The notion of Biomechanical Attractors as an evolutionary principle seems to be sticking around too – and will  form part of an upcoming Editorial, co-authored with Primal Blueprint pioneer, Mark Sisson, in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (April 2019).

Paul and I go on to discuss Darwin’s theory of evolution and how, controversially, it has not only influenced our thinking around biology, but also our approach to psychology and society itself.  A true “biopsychosocial” exploration of evolution!

We finish with discussions on the evolution of consciousness and highlight the point that the prevailing scientific/materialist view of the world is not grounded in the lived experience, but requires an abstract line of reasoning which must pre-suppose a reality outside of consciousness.

The standard Scientific/Materialist view of Evolution… but no one has been able to solve “how” brains produce consciousness.

This is interesting as we know, at the most fundamental level of life’s building blocks, it is consciousness that determines outcome.  The point is that no one can – and no one has – ever experienced a reality outside of consciousness.  Yet, the leading scientific/materialist view asserts that matter (outside of consciousness), or that which is never experienced is the fundamental reality, while consciousness, or that which is always experienced, is an “accident” of evolution!  Sound deep?  It is!  It goes all the way down to the bottom!!

Physical Matter requires consciousness to determine its existence, without consciousness it remains indeterminate; this is the bedrock of quantum science. The question, then, is how could we even have physical matter without consciousness?

To hear more about these topics, you can access this and all of Paul’s other great Podcasts here:


…or on  Apple iTunes Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or on Google Podcasts (accessible on the link above or by clicking on the image below).

Reconciling the Divides

In this Information Age, the sheer volume of research, publication and change in ideas can leave us bewildered and confused…

What once we based our professional opinions on, and seemingly helped patients with is debased by new research and we are left either defending our old position or wondering if we need to completely change our way of working, of being.

In this series, Jator and I will be focusing on reconciling some of these divides – looking at topics from posture and biomechanics, to nutrition and exercise prescription.  We will investigate how the body responds to stress, and what we can do about it… is “Adrenal Fatigue” really a thing or is it a figment of the imagination?

These interactive iWEbinars will elucidate many of the questions you have and allow you to reconcile the older information with the new, providing tools and insights into how to sift through the incoming barrage of information and change.

The iWEbinars are £19 (~$27) each, or you can attend all 4 for £68 (~$97) as a package.

The first in our series is “What’s Your Stance? Controversies of posture, measurement & the trend toward pain neuroscience

We are offering a free taster Preview of the series on Sunday 11th March 2018 here.