Van Orden speaks to Ostrolenk about his endeavors to inspire reform within the American Legion, specifically, to motivate the leadership to police up their ranks and call to task members who lie about their service in order to make the Legion a place where younger veterans will join in greater numbers. This goal is to decrease the isolation of veterans and stop the epidemic rate of suicide in the community.
Ostrolenk speaks to Jonathan Bydlak, Founder and President for the Institute for Spending Reform. Bydlak begins by detailing the importance of evaluating spending in all areas of Government, and how this was the impetus behind his recent work – a Guide for a Strong America, which looks at spending reform at the Pentagon. Ostrolenk and Bydlak then discuss the five sections of Bydlak’s report: acquisition, veteran services, personnel, infrastructure, and foreign policy. To learn more about Bydlak’s work, visit their website and read the guide at strongamericaguide.org. The guide is dynamic and will present new ideas as they are developed.
Ostrolenk speaks with Dr. Lacey Chittle, a functional medicine specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chittle explains functional medicine, a root-cause approach to treating medical conditions. Chittle’s own experience with autoimmunity, IBS, chronic pain and fatigue lead her to discovering the immense benefits of functional medicine, an experience that inspired her to practice functional medicine in treating her patients. Chittle also discusses the transition of conventional medicine towards adopting the approaches of functional medicine. To learn about Dr. Chittle’s work, visit her website.
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Ostrolenk speaks with Sempai Jessica Lara, one of the chief instructors at Potomac Kempo in Alexandria, Virigina. Lara details her background in martial arts and how her mother and father have inspired her career. Lara also speaks to her experience teaching women’s self-defense classes, the importance of situational awareness, and the techniques and strengths women can use during self-defense situations. To learn more about her upcoming workshop or other lessons, visit the Potomoc Kempo website or follow them on Facebook.
Ostrolenk speaks with Brent Gleeson, Navy SEAL combat veteran and accomplished entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker. Gleeson begins by detailing what led him to join the Navy and how the lessons he learned from that experience were instrumental in his success in business. He now uses these lessons to guide business leaders in developing successful work environments. Gleeson describes some key challenges faced by business leaders today, and how they can overcome these to cultivate a culture of resilience and openness. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on Inc.com and Forbes.com and visit his website at www.brentgleesonspeaker.com
Ostrolenk speaks with Stew Smith, Special Ops Team Coach at the US Naval Academy, former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness books. Ostrolenk and Smith begin by discussing Smith’s recent book Tactical Fitness For the Athlete Over Forty, one of Smith’s best-selling books that focuses on increasing strength and avoiding injuries. Ostrolenk and Smith also discuss the many training programs he has designed for various fitness tests, from beginners’ programs to successful fitness throughout your career. Among all the factors that contribute to success in completing training programs, Smith notes, is will to persist and improve. Smith has written 10 published books and nearly 40 self-published books. To learn more about Smith and his work, visit stewsmith.com and stewsmithfitness.com and follow him on twitter @StewSmith.
Ostrolenk speaks with Jess Poitra, founder of The Self Healing Body Project, which teaches individuals to heal autoimmune conditions naturally. Poitra details her personal journey with rheumatoid arthritis and failed pharmaceutical treatments. This led her to extensively research nutrition as a foundational component in treating autoimmune conditions and through self treatment she was able to put herself in remission. Through her continued work and study of self–healing modalities, Poitra also discovered that developing a strong sense of introception — i.e., an ability to tap into and communicate with the innate intelligence of the body — facilitates and deepens the healing process, far beyond what nutrition alone can do. This research is the basis of Poitra’s 12-week program, The Self Healing Body Project, which guides participants through learning about autoimmunity, developing introception, and making personalized adjustments to diets. To learn more about her program and sign up, visit theselfhealingbodyproject.com.
Ostrolenk speaks with Jim Turner, co-founder of The Transpartisan Review and co-author of Voice of the People. Ostrolenk and Turner begin by discussing how people are withholding themselves from politics, and the changing nature of our society that has led to this. Although a partisan culture flourishes in DC, this is contrary to the transpartisan way in which many communities conduct themselves. This leads them to a conversation on the changing sources of information, and how Americans are currently operating within these changes. To learn more about Turner’s work, check out The Transpartisan Review (www.themaven.net/transpartisanvoice) and read his book (www.amazon.com/Voice-People-Tran…can/dp/0615215262).
Ostrolenk speaks with Lawry Chickering, author of Beyond Left and Right, co-author of Voice of the People, Founder and President of Educate Girls Globally, and founder and co-editor of the Transpartisan Review. Chickering discusses his transpartisan approach to foreign policy and how it centers around governance – the interactions among people to solve problems. This is in contrast to our current model of government, in which debats centers around how money should be spent. Chickering provides examples of his work with Educate Girls Globally to highlight how creating institutions based on leadership and ownership can foster this change. To learn more about Chickering, visit the website of Educate Girls Globally and check out his books and the Transpartisan Review: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-
Ostrolenk speaks with Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Ostrolenk and Preble discuss the recent passage of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) without provisions for BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure). Preble details the common arguments against BRAC – which likely resulted in its lack of inclusion in NDAA – and the reasons these arguments hold little weight. Even in the event of large-scale military growth, the military would still have nearly 20 percent excess capacity. Secondly, contrary to the claim that maintaining unnecessary military bases protects local communities from economic harm, the repurposing of bases often spurs greater economic activity. Preble concludes by discussing the likelihood of base realignments and closures in 2018 despite the lack of inclusion in NDAA, and the other efforts being undertaken to allow the U.S. military to more efficiently deploy resources while maintaining its war-fighting capabilities. To learn more about Preble’s work, visit Cato.org.