Mike Mutzel | Syndemic vs. Pandemic: What The Health Do We Do Now?

“What is a syndemic? We've been told that this virus is a global pandemic but we know that it disproportionately affects people with chronic conditions. So, we have two epidemics meeting and that's what a syndemic is; when you have one epidemic affecting the other one. Without one, the other one is not as severe.” – Mike Mutzel

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 380

Founder of High Intensity Health, Host of High Intensity Health Radio, Founder of Myoxcience Nutrition. and Author of Belly Fat Effect, Mike Mutzel, returns to share the differences between a pandemic and a syndemic, the truth about “healthy-looking” people getting COVID-19, how to heal and make your immune system strong plus the top three unintended consequences of lockdown.

What the health do we do now in 2021? 

Find out why calling the virus a global pandemic is misguided because it's actually a syndemic.

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Listen To Episode 380 As Mike Mutzel Uncovers:


[1:30] The Syndemic Model

[10:30] Making Lifestyle Change Part Of The Narrative

  • The fact that we are not seeing lifestyle change as part of the narrative in the mass media when people need to hear that message from them.
  • What we can do to make greater lifestyle change happen.
  • Looking at the statistics and seeing that 95% of North Americans over the age of 45 have two or more chronic diseases and thus having a much higher chance of a negative outcome with CV19.
  • Why we should be questioning why gyms are being forced to close yet fast-food restaurants can remain open.
  • How else we can be more conscious in our decisions as consumers by not ordering takeout that comes in Styrofoam containers or brands that use single-use plastics such as Amazon.
  • Unpacking what exactly is a Syndemic and why it’s happening.
  •  Simple, easy changes we can make to improve our health such as breathwork, meditation, nature, nutrition, movement, and stress-management practices.

[15:30] The Questions About CV19 We Should Be Asking

  • Asking why vaccines are being tested and tried with young, healthy people that don’t have any chronic conditions.
  • The COVID-19 syndemic is not global: context matters
  • The confusion by design we’re so clearly seeing that is creating more and more division with people.
  • Why many Americans especially those in black and brown communities don't have easy access to real food.
  • The harm that is caused by politicians not making any changes to subsidized crops like corn, sugar, and flour.
  • Unpacking why mainstream medicine has been inefficient and ineffective at managing chronic disease where lifestyle is what really matters.
  • The problem with mainstream medicine using an acute care model to manage chronic conditions.

[26:30] The Top Three Unintended Consequences Of Lockdown

  • The devastating impact of social isolation as it is linked to our physiology, depression, poor health habits, and substance abuse.
  • Why lockdowns are not good for our blood sugar and are making people more susceptible to severe outcomes.
  • The high risks that are at stake for children from the 2020 lockdowns and pandemic.
  • What quality adjustment life years are and how to maximize them to support our health.
  • Looking closely at the pool of quality-adjusted life years to help us break down the aggregated health model.
  • The negative impact of hand sanitizer and wipes for children as it can change their bacteria and is linked to asthma, allergies, and obesity.

[34:30] Mass Media Mind Control

  • How the mass media is hacking our empathetic state for clicks.
  • What he thinks is really going on with all these narratives from the media to politicians to the big business to impact our choices.
  • How people are merchandising the virus to boost their profits and influence.
  • Why we’re so terrified to explore the shadow side of ourselves.
  • Exploring the unconscious capitalistic model that has been created from COVID-19.
  • Comparing the laws of nature and how we’re worshipping science as if it were a God.
  • Unpacking the immense amount of unintended damage that we are doing to the environment.
  • Why fear-mongering is just making it easier to control us rather than empower us to make change happen for our health.
  • The fact that most people who are living in fear of the coronavirus are the ones who lack spirituality or inner peace in their lives.

[43:00] The Real Solutions To Take Back Our Health

  • What solutions are out there to help us fortify our microbiome health and boost our immunity.
  • 7 Immune Boosting Habits Based on Science, Not Hype
  • Why breathwork especially box breathing is a great way to let go of stress and intentionally support the body’s immune system.
  • The Benefits of Breathing Exercises | Wim Hof Method
  • Why breathing through your nose rather than your mouth will help you get much more restorative sleep.
  • The fact that the immune system is very active while we’re sleeping.
  • Other easy ways to fight disease and stay healthy: exercise, go outdoors and get natural sunlight.
  • Why you’re much more likely to get exposed to the virus at McDonald’s than at the gym.
  • The importance of eating low-carb foods full of natural nutrients and staying away from processed meals, snacks, and sugar.
  • Why it’s so important to slow down and be mindful while chewing and eating.
  • How our health is being sacrificed by CDC guidelines including mask-wearing.
  • Why children have the most to lose from 24-hour face mask guidelines.
  • The fact that being exposed to other germs is so important for a child's developing immune system.

[53:30] The Truth About ‘Healthy’ Looking People Getting CV19

[59:30] Exploring The Real Data on CV19

  • Why relying completely on the CDC and seeing them as a ‘God’ figure is not good for our minds.
  • Examples of how science has been wrong including to our health such as nutrition and portion sizes.
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz
  • The fact that yes, scientists, can be bought to push the wrong information onto the public.
  • Why he insists that people start exploring the history of nutrition, government subsidies, and the influence of organizations such as the American Heart Association.
  • Unpacking why science is never settled as we’re constantly learning new things.
  • The randomized study that has been done in Europe on face masks over the summer and the conclusion that it didn’t matter if you wear a face mask or not.
  • Why the math on COVID-19 has been way off and over vamped since the beginning when Fauci said that 2 million people were going to die.

[1:05:30] Healing Ourselves With Nature & Breathwork

Power Quotes From The Show

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COVID-19 Guidance That Actually Helps

“If you look at the data, the individuals that are disproportionately affected and have a more likely severe outcome. They have multiple comorbidities and chronic conditions that can be ameliorated and helped with diet and lifestyle change but this has not been part of the narrative which has been really frustrating. So, of course, the government and organizations have been saying that their approach has been all about health and ‘staying safe' yet there's really no proactive, preventative measures being communicated from ‘the powers that be.' Guidelines from these organization that explain how to support our health from breathwork to optimizing sleep to losing weight to exercise to stress management – none of those things have been prioritized by pretty much anyone until the World Health Organization finally came out to share the data on this in September 2020 that I've been talking about since March 2020.” – Mike Mutzel

Why Lockdowns Are Bad For Your Health

“On the individual level, I really think that the biggest unintended harm that we're doing to ourselves is social isolation. We know that social isolation's impact on our health is on par with smoking. I see a lot of depression amongst my clients that is reverberating and causing deleterious health outcomes from weight gain to diabetes. We are tribal creatures and lockdowns are not good for your blood sugar and what is paradoxical is that they are making people more susceptible to severe outcomes. This ‘treatment' is increasing the probability that when people are exposed, they're going to suffer more severely from the disease that we're trying to prevent them from getting.” – Mike Mutzel 

Enough With The Fear-Mongering

“Enough with all of the fear-mongering; we need to empower people because fear-mongering just makes you more controllable and it doesn't empower you to make more intentional decisions about how to improve your health. So, we need to help people shift their attention and realize that they have to start taking care of their health. Start exercising and if you're afraid of being around people – take off your mask and go for a walk. The risk of outdoor exposure transmission is really low. We need to do things to help empower people and wake them up. I feel that the people that are the most scared and the most convinced that they're just going to die from this virus if they ever get exposed to it are the very people that are not meditating or doing any spiritual type of work; they're just believing in what this authoritarian state is telling them to do. The more intentional people can be about their health, the less fear they're going to feel.” – Mike Mutzel

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About Mike Mutzel

Mike Mutzel | Syndemic vs. Pandemic: What The Health Do We Do Now?Mike Mutzel has an B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Mike has completed the Institute for Functional Medicine's (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) and all Advanced Practice Modules (APMs).

In April of 2014 Mike published Belly Fat Effect: The Real Secret About How Your Diet, Intestinal Health, and Gut Bacteria Help You Burn Fat.

To continue his quest for knowledge Mike attends many Continuing Medical Education (CME) events held by various organizations around the country, learning from top researchers in the field through groups like AACR, ACAM, A4M and IFM. He has currently completed four of six Advanced Practice Modules (APMs) to earn the only board certification in Functional Medicine through IFM.

Learn With Mike

Mike regularly conducts workshops for health care practitioners, teaching leading-edge science in a concise format that can be utilized by progressive clinicians for the prevention of chronic disease. Often termed Translational Medicine, this bench-to-bedside approach is key to ensure the application of pioneering research and concepts in systems biology a preventative health care setting, optimizing patient outcomes.

Mike lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife Deanna Arnill- a Doctor of Chiropractic- with their daughter and two dogs Shasta and Rainier.

They enjoy cooking locally grown whole foods and adhere to an active outdoor life of skiing, hiking and biking. Dr. Deanna practices in Bellevue, WA with her twin sister Dr. Pauline Haugen. They can be contacted a bellevuewachiropractic.com

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