Posts by Higher Health

HH072: Chase Chewning – Ever Forward


“I knew that if I wanted to reduce my chance of injury, I needed to learn how the body moved, and needed to learn nutrition. I need to learn the human body.”

“You have to be so selfish with your time—it is the most precious thing.”

“Interrupt your system. Your system being you, the machine.”

Key Takeaway: This week we got to chat with founder of Ever Forward, Chase Chewning. Hear about his military background and how that led to the creation of Ever Forward, an all-encompassing brand that aims to educate clients on how to take control of their lives through bettering their physical and mental toughness.

  • Chase’s interest in nutrition – his family grew up on a large property in the mountains in Roanoke, and they had a huge garden that produced a lot of the food they ate
  • He grew up eating well and he grew up always being active, whether playing outside as a kid and also playing sports through most of his schooling
  • After high school, he joined the military and entered as a linguist for Russian
  • He was facing intense physical training but also intense mental training and emotional training
  • Chase found out his dad had a terminal disease at the end of his basic training boot camp, which was still towards the beginning of his military career. This time of his life was his most emotionally challenging.
  • Chase was medically discharged from the army after his body needed a lot of work and attention.
  • He started studying exercise science which catapulted into a few jobs (personal training, etc.)
  • Ever Forward was always one of his personal mantras (as well as high license plate since he had his first car)
  • Chase and his brother worked together and came up with the Ever Forward brand. His brother was the videography creative person driving the brand while Chase was still working for other companies.
  • The brand grew from there—podcast, apparel, working on a charity foundation
  • 35:10 – “I just create what I want to create.”
  • You have to have enough gas in the tank to take care of yourself. If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t put your best into the world to try and help others.
  • 51:51 – “If you’re not at a place to delegate things, just be open to getting another opinion.”
  • We can get lost in a lot, but once you start realizing your thoughts and your thought patterns, you can start understanding why you respond in ways that you usually do
  • Reads The Daily Stoic every morning to start the day with truths and objective perspective
  • 55:40 – True success is monotonous. There is a lot of repeat behaviors. If you want to create and do, you need to warm up the engine and put yourself in the right mindset and environment.
  • Connect with Chase & EverForward:

HH071: Tony Stephan – I Believe


“If I was going to do it on my own, I already would have done it.”

“No matter what you’re going through, it’s up to you to interpret it how you want.”

Key Takeaway: This week, hear from Tony Stephan, a dietician entrepreneur who has loads of knowledge and determination to match. You’ll hear how he took huge risks when it came to his own business along with some super sound general life advice.

  • Everything changed for Tony when one day, his Dad sat him down and told him that his mother had unexpectedly died
  • His Dad took him to a weight room and told him that he wanted fitness to be an outlet for him and his grief, instead of drugs or alcohol or anything destructive
  • Growing up his had this scarcity environment and a lot of things against him
  • He thought education would allow him to help more people; instead, what he realized what that more education only brought on more debt. He had tons of education but no clients.
  • Things changed for him when he was personally mentored for his business. His mentor told him it was his duty and mission to use his mother’s situation to help people.
  • His large investment for his mentor made him show up and not even let failure be an option.
  • 14:45 – 15;45 I’m a big believer that success leaves clues.
  • People that pay, pay attention
  • 17:00 – I challenge my mindset everyday.
  • One way he challenged his mindset was to start doing things outside his comfort zone that he normally would never do.
  • Challenge your mindset with money.
  • You are a Badass at Making Money – book suggestion
  • All trauma to the brain is the same; it impacts neurology in the same way. It’s up to you to choose to look at it in a positive way.
  • The best thing he did for being a coach was his initial work as a personal trainer.
  • Coaching is an art and a science.
  • Formal education will make you a living, but self-education will make you a fortune.
  • It’s what you do after your formal education that really matters.
  • As a coach, just because you can give someone 10 things to do doesn’t mean you should. Your brain will go on freak-out overload mode
  • “People are afraid to sell themselves.” People are afraid to tell them they’re educated, that they’re worth investing in.
  • Money is energy, energy is currency.
  • Why are you afraid to sell yourself when you can deliver an amazing outcome to clients?
  • Awareness precedes change.
  • Sometimes the answer you need the most is the simplest answer.
  • Knowledge is only power if you follow up with decisive action.
  • Connect with Tony:

HH070: Ryan Conley – Reflexive Performance Reset


“The first time I experienced it, I felt great and I went and crushed weights.”

“You heal 70% faster.”

 “Just start somewhere.”


Key Takeaway: Elite Powerlifter and Strength Training Coach Ryan Conley joins us this week to talk about RPR – Reflexive Performance Reset. You’ll learn how this therapy works to improve the durability of athletes and the ability to keep individuals injury free.


  • RPR (reflexive performance reset) aims to switch your body from a sympathetic from parasympathetic state
  • This system (RPR) has only been around for 3-4 years
  • If the body is firing energy out of order, you’re creating damage
  • When there are stressors that you allow to overtake your body, you’re always in the sympathetic, “fight or flight” reaction
  • RPR allows you to reboot and get your breathing right so that you can mentally get alright and release some of the tension that is released in your body
  • 9:00 If you can get your breathing right and have your hip flexion and extension working right, everything else should work better
  • Breathing is usually the first thing that’s evaluated; it’s the ultimate basic. Once this is improved, everything else will be improved.
  • Talking about natural frequencies and systems in regards to both nature and in regards to the RPR machine that has worked wonders on clients
  • Ryan and Joe talk Jordan Peterson and about the way he thinks and addresses topics in an intellectual but also humble manner
  • High performers usually hold themselves back because they put themselves in a box, are too worries about not delivering perfection, and can’t get themselves to just start
  • Things that you’re good at, you have a subconscious program for. You can usually go back to these things and usually be successful.
  • Everything comes back to perspective. It all comes back to how you view yourself and your life and your limits.
  • Areas where Ryan has seen the most improvement with RPR – his breathing
  • Oxygen Advantage – book recommendation, talks a lot about the applications of good breathing
  • To connect with Ryan:


Instagram: @ryanconleypsa

HH069: Joe Sheehey – Comparison


Key Takeaway:  This week, get an introspective look into Joe’s mind, and hear what he has to say about comparison and how he doesn’t let distractions overcome his thoughts. His insight will help you ask yourself whether what you’re doing is truly for you or based off comparison with someone else.

  • It’s been quite easy for Joe to forget what has been accomplished in the last year since starting Cured
  • Struggling to not compare yourself to other’s that are simply different is difficult
  • Regardless of success and accomplishment everything disappears when you can’t sit in your own uniqueness
  • There are always going to be competitors in everything you do. You must remember that it’s impossible for there to be a 100% carbon copy of you. Own that
  • Do you know yourself? Do you know what makes you unique? Many of us can’t answer these questions instantly simply because we don’t allow ourselves to
  • Joe shares his entire trip to Tulum; what it’s purpose was and what was learned
  • Sitting in discomfort is hard and our instant reaction is to suppress it in someway. The first day in Tulum showed exactly that, an instant feel/need to be surrounded by someone and not feel loneliness
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer is an amazing book that Joe recommends for those on a path to further understanding themselves
  • Understand what you believe goals and accomplishments are going to create in your life and if it is based off of comparison to someone else
  • Own your story, you are the Hero of it
  • Comparison truly is the thief of all joy, it proves true time and time again

HH068: Jeff Chilton – Nammex Organic Mushroom Extracts


“Mushrooms don’t work immediately. You have to take them regularly and they work in the background.”

“Our society conditions us in a way.”

“We often get into pathways that are fixed.”

“We are nature; nature is us. That ultimately is probably the most important thing we could realize.”


Key Takeaway: This week, we got to chat with a world-leading expert on mushrooms, Jeff Chilton. Tune in for a super educating episode about the nutrients mushrooms provide, how to distinguish between different types of mushrooms, and common misconceptions people have about mushrooms.


  • Studied Anthropology in university and started studying mushrooms in different cultures and society throughout time
  • Different types of mushrooms – psychedelic, types you see at the store, and more medicinal-types of mushrooms
  • How to Classify Compounds – different types of mushrooms produce different compounds. The type of compound that is produced is how you would differentiate between psychedelic vs. medicinal mushrooms
  • Mushrooms have nutrients that are really positive for us. Mushrooms are really high in fiber; it’s something that’s really helpful in our bodies
  • 1989- Made his first trip to China for a mushroom conference. At this point, he realized he didn’t want to be working with fresh produce for the market.
  • Sourcing mushrooms in China was the only way to be bringing medicinal mushrooms to the United States
  • Most (if not all) American companies that are selling “mushrooms” aren’t actually mushrooms; they’re different types of fungus that are being labeled as mushrooms
  • Most people don’t know how to “look” for the right information to make sure they’re getting quality products and quality mushrooms. Most people have no clue about them, how they grow, and what they should look for. The people selling these products capitalize on that lack of knowledge.
  • Some ways to know if you have a genuine product – look at the label, look for words like mycelium
  • Taste the product! If the product tastes bland or like grain, chances are you have a pseudo mushroom product.
  • Another detector method is to empty the capsules and put a couple drops of iodine in there. Iodine reacts with starch and mushrooms aren’t supposed to have any starch. If there is a reaction, your product is not purely mushroom.
  • Jeff talks about some of his mushroom products and extracts, and explains some of the benefits of these products
  • Jeff Chilton talks specifically about Lions Mane mushrooms and how they relate to neurons
  • Sometimes it’s not noticeable right away; sometimes you have to stop taking mushrooms to realize that they were working
  • When you’re out in nature, you feel energy differently.
  • Deep down, these mushrooms can take you to the place that is the ultimate healing experience.

Jeff”s Company: Nammex – raw material provider for mushrooms