Richard Rossi 5:23
Well, it was extremely profound. They both were Jews escaping Hitler and my mom from Austria, my dad from Italy, they immigrated to the US in the in the 1940s, got married had me 13 years later, they separated when I was in the third grade and I lived in the one of the richest towns in America and I was one of the poorest kids in that town really had almost nothing but I had a mom who loved me, and was 100% committed to me maybe 200% committed to me, and made sure that even though She had little to nothing. I had everything I got to go skiing trips, and I got to do sailing lessons and I got to feel just like a regular kid in, in the school system there in Greenwich, Connecticut, but it taught me a lot about sacrifice. I really was in every sense of the word, the sole focus of her life.
Jeremy Weisz 6:23
What did she do?
Richard Rossi 6:25
Well, she really was just she, she was a mom. But before that she was an artist, a graphic artist. And when she came to the US and got married, that she really became just just a great mom and I hate to say the word mom because just mom because every mother is a working mother. And it’s
Jeremy Weisz 6:48
like the hardest job. I mean, asking involved is insane.
Richard Rossi 6:54
And it is, it is an incredibly noble profession. So she Really we relied on the little money that we got from my dad every month and we just soldiered through and then went together to Washington DC when it was time for college,
Jeremy Weisz 7:11
you know, were some of the things that you learned from her. Because I know that she’s a big inspiration to you.
Richard Rossi 7:19
Well, you know, I learned positive and negative things. On the positive side. I learned about the power of love and commitment and there was no question it was total is absolute. There was incredible sacrifice every day. There was so many things that she could have done with the paucity of money that we had, but instead she decided there’s all kind of go to me I was at I was her hope I was her inspiration. I was her focus. And that was amazing. I also learned later in life when I reflected upon it about the the the power of survival because her parents died. Her sister died her aunt died. She was devastated. David, she never recovered. And as I thought about it later in life, I realized you probably never went through a day. without suffering. She didn’t really make that super obvious to me. But death and suffering, we’re always in the picture with her. And I think in a lot of ways, she just kind of white knuckled her way through life, this, there’s some people that because of their psychological makeup, they can get over it and live a great life. And there’s some people that just can’t get over it. And she just was one of those people that was knocked to the ground and couldn’t totally get up afterwards. But she certainly did everything to be a great mom. Yeah, it seemed like she put on a strong
Jeremy Weisz 8:39
facade for you. No matter what, right?
Richard Rossi 8:43
No doubt and on the negative side is also I think the was kind of the same thing which was I was the total focus I was the person that she was thinking about working with and, and in the science, directing every day, and that was suffocating right so and, and what I learned as a kid was how do I work around that? How can I be a normal kid? Have my friends go out Have a drink every once in a while, do some things that are naughty without disappointing her some pressure. Yeah, enormous, enormous pressure and it wasn’t even hidden. It was like, okay, Richard, I’m alive because for you, it’s the only reason why I’m like, Oh, great. So but no pressure there. What I have a Jewish mom. But what I learned was, how to kind of just get around that and with my own kids. It taught me a lot about you know, when to hold, when to fall, when to push when to hold back, and how much to get involved and how much to allow them to make their own decisions and mistakes.
Jeremy Weisz 9:48
There’s one story that sticks out to me that you have told about your mom’s candlestick holders, which I think demonstrate this whole way exactly what you’re saying.
Richard Rossi 9:59
Yeah. There’s really nothing that demonstrates as well as that. So, as I mentioned, we’re super poor, super, super, super poor. And one of the things that I wanted to do is play in the school band. I wanted to play the flute. But that was there was no money for a flute period. So she took the only thing that she had left from her parents, which was a set of silver candlesticks, took the train into New York City went to a pawn shop and pawn them so that we could have enough money to rent by the total rent floof. And every month, she would take the train in New York to pay the interest so that they wouldn’t sell those candlesticks. And I got to play the flute. I was never very good, but I got to play it. And it was just another thing that I wanted to do to be a real regular kid and she made every sacrifice to make it happen. And she eventually recovered those, those candlesticks and they’re down in my living room. dining room right now. But that’s a real microcosm. My mother for sure. sure
Jeremy Weisz 11:01
that it was easy.
Richard Rossi 11:02
And a lot of ways she lived a very tragic life. Because
when when something like world war two hits when you lose your entire family, there are consequences and they were with her the rest of her life.
Jeremy Weisz 11:16
Yeah, I mean, I can’t even imagine. Right. And how old was she when she came over? She was in her early 20s. Yeah. 20s just uprooting leaving your whole family and leaving them behind them. Never seen them again. You know, it’s just
Richard Rossi 11:29
Well, there’s also survivor’s guilt, right. So she tried to get them to come with her and they wouldn’t they it was the classic thing if you read about World War Two people stayed behind because they thought it wasn’t going to get worse. And then no idea how much worse it actually was going to get. By the time they realized that they couldn’t get out.
Jeremy Weisz 11:46
Yeah, I think you know what, you’re one of the main inspirations for your eventual business. Helping high achieving students was from your mom,
Richard Rossi 11:54
right? Oh, absolutely. No question about it because she Well, look, she died when I was 24 years old, and only a few miles from here. And I was sitting by her bedside when she died. And before she died, we had a conversation where I said, Tell me what you want from me. You have sacrificed everything. What do you want? And she said, Well, I want you to help people. And I thought, Oh, this is going to be that hard. I can be a doctor, I can be a social worker, whatever. And she said, No, no, I want you to help people. And at that moment, I realized she was actually referring to manatee. And I remember so clearly Jeremy thinking at that moment, well, that’s never going to happen. And yet, as time has gone on, I really feel like I have had an impact and that she would be proud of me.
Jeremy Weisz 12:47
So Richard, I mean, I want to hear hopefully ever wants to hear what do you do now? You know, in your everyday life, or have you done that you’ve experimented with the phone. You know, has worked for you. Obviously, you can only speak from your eyes brands so
Richard Rossi 13:03
Well, again, I want to emphasize that I’m not the poster boy, I’m not the role model as
Jeremy Weisz 13:07
well. That’s why I want you to talk, right? Because it’s more of a reality. It’s like you don’t you’re not waking up at like, you know, four in the morning drinking green juice every day necessarily. But you also look at the since you you said I’m quarter lazy, like I actually want to hear from a quote, you know, I don’t think you’re lazy, but a lazy person’s version because they’re going to find shortcuts. You know, that
Richard Rossi 13:33
my friend is what I’m always looking for is the shortcut. So give you a couple of examples. Yeah. And why there’s so many, but here’s some here. Here we go. Yeah. So I when it comes to exercise, I want maximum results in minimum time and minimum effort. So a couple of examples would be a machine called the vascular machine, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. It’s basically in a row, big piece of Arabic equipment. adds pressure to the legs and the arms along with cooling and creates an effect within the body, where 20 minutes moderate exercise is the equivalent of an hour, an hour and a half, two hours of intense exercise. And they will give you a book full of the evidence and the sport teams that they’ve tested this on and so on and so forth. I’m convinced it’s the real deal. A lot of our mutual friends have them. And I use one every day that I’m in DC. Another great example is something called katsu which is k AT su. And these are bands that go around your arms and go around your legs and on at the same time, and then inflate using a piece of equipment that does this into a very scientific level. Long story short, it allows you to use very lightweight But the effect on your muscles is this if you were using very heavy weights, so you could use a five or 10 pound weight, but your body thinks you’re using a 40 or 50 pounds away. And it has
Jeremy Weisz 15:13
less stress on the joints. It’s got a lot of that sounds. Yeah. Yeah,
Richard Rossi 15:19
no question. And bodybuilders have been using stuff like this for decades, but very crude and very dangerous versions of this. This is safe, it’s extremely well thought through. And I highly recommend that as well. As far as straight drugs are concerned. I think the one that is by far the most promising is called Metformin. And Metformin is a drug that was first developed 50 years ago for type two diabetics. And it just controls the blood glucose level. etc, etc. But it’s turns out it has some pretty amazing anti aging properties. And it is the first FDA approved trial which is going on now for anti aging drug the first time the FDA has ever acknowledged aging as possibly as a disease. So the people that are really into this have been using that form and for some for decades, really. Yeah. But what it does an act in essence is it simulates calorie restriction, and it shuts down something called the M to our pathway. And because of that, all kinds of amazing things happen in terms of resistance to cancer and so on, so forth. And again, I want to emphasize, this is an old line drug cost 20 bucks a month as a tremendous success record, and safety record. So that’s something that I would Put in like, I would call like the first anti aging drug. But there are others that are coming behind it in the very, very near future. The third thing I would talk about would be stem cells. So their stem cells that can be taken from your own body that your body fat or your bone, but they’re also stem cells that can be taken from an umbilical cord on day zero, which have dramatic properties to them. And if you go overseas, I shouldn’t say overseas, out of this country, to Mexico to Colombia to Panama, you can go to very reputable places that actually have the ability to multiply those stem cells that’s not legal in this country yet. And as a result, you can get a an injection or an IV with millions and millions of stem cells which go around the body healing and reducing inflammation and as we know, currently inflammation big, big cause of aging and disease. So huge believer in, in stem cells
Jeremy Weisz 18:08
in ideal world, Richard money’s no object. What What do you think the experts recommend? How often should someone get stem cells? And where should they get stem cells just just for health purposes? Not saying okay, like you have a back problem they injected in the back or a knee problem and jack the knee? If you’re pretty healthy. What is your recommendation out there? Like, yeah, stem cells every six months or something I don’t know.
Richard Rossi 18:34
The most aggressive that I’ve heard is every six months, six every year is reasonable. Some people would say every two years, there isn’t a ton of
track record on this.
The other thing that I really want to emphasize to your listeners is and they’re going to be people to say, Well, you know, this is all very interesting, but we’re not going to know whether you actually live longer. until years down the road. So this could all just be Hocus Pocus. And what’s really, really interesting is we’ve now developed away, which is mainstream science and a mainstream science to actually measure your biological age, as opposed to your chronological age. It’s called your epigenetic age. And that means that Jeremy, you know, could be 45, chronologically, but could be 55, biologically or 35. Biologically, and really, that’s what matters. It’s not your chronological age and biological age. So if you’re taking substances and you’re in activities, and you can then see that your biological age is going down. That’s hard evidence that good things are happening in your body. Good things are happening in your body.
Jeremy Weisz 19:53
Talk about Richard so tests cast people should do and now we talked about there’s a couple Calcium test, you know that you can get, you know, what are the tests you recommend? Or that you’ve had? Because I like, you know, obviously we can’t recommend that people can do their own research and do their own due diligence, but what have you done for yourself that I want you to recommend to me?
Richard Rossi 20:19
So I think one of the most important things is like bad news today is so much better than that news tomorrow. Right? So what you want to get information at the earliest possible stage, if you have a problem, the very earliest possible stage, people talk about like pancreatic cancer being a death sentence. It actually isn’t a death sentence. The reason is a death sentence is because it’s never discovered until stage four because there’s no symptoms. But were you to discover it in stage one, you could be completely cured of pancreatic. Right. So, a couple of things to that. First of all, I do full body MRI every couple of years now. MRI has no radiation whatsoever. And to the best of our knowledge, it has no negative impacts on the body. I don’t this is done without contrast. But it allows them to take a look at me, you know, top of my head to the bottom of my toes and say, is there any cancer in there? Are there any tumors in there? Is there anything going on there? And then they do a separate scan and my heart, separate MRI, just my heart, which is also very, very good. So that’s one of my primary detection methods. And the other is that calcium score, and I just want to explain what that is because President Trump just had one business executives have it all the time, and yet, you’ll never hear a typical doctor talking about it or recommend it. It’s basically a specialized kind of scan like a CAT scan that allows them to look at your arteries and tell Well, how much plaque is there in there. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damn good. And it gives you A score between zero and like 4000. And zero means you have no heart disease. up to 100 means you have a very tiny amount of heart disease and tiny amount of plaquing. And then it goes up and up and up to 1000, which is oh my god time, at which point you would immediately want to go in and have like an angiogram and maybe have stents put in. But the idea is to know this before you have the heart attack, right? So it’s like, oh, yeah, 90, you know, 90% 90% blocked, and then you had a heart attack to find that, right? That’s the first sign of heart attack is very often death. So the idea of being able to do this every few years and go, Oh, you know what? I’m a zero. Well, Richard, you know, your, your cholesterol is a little high. We should give you a Staten. No, no, you didn’t hear me. It’s zero. I’m not taking a step. Right. So it allows you to actually get a degree of insight along with many, many, many super sophisticated blood tests, liquid cancer screening through blood tests. Really amazing stuff that’s going on out there. The other thing is like when we talk about healthy aging, so much of this is about things like muscle balance, flexibility, you know, old people, they fall down, they break their hip, they lose their balance, they lose their flexibility. It just happens. And if you can keep your muscle now is, you know, in your 50s, and every much in your 60s, and beyond adding muscle is incredibly difficult. It’s actually thought to be impossible, but it is. There are some things called peptides that you can inject subcutaneously, which are types of amino acids that actually can allow, that can generate growth hormones, and allow muscles to grow at any age. So it goes on and on and on. But guess what, my friends you never going to hear this from your neighborhood doctor because the truth is your neighborhood doctor, hear me on this is thinking the way that a zekiel emanuelle is thinking, which is I’ll do whatever I can for you at 70 or 75. But I’m not expecting you to really live much longer. So I’m not going to. I’m not giving you all my best time and best work because you’re on your way to your grave. That is the way that’s a different paradigm. It’s a totally, totally, totally, totally different paradigm. But it’s the paradigm. It’s the way that people are going to be thinking 510 years from now, normally every day, but guess what, I don’t have five years I don’t have 10 years. And what we think it did eventually 50 is very simple, which is if the risk is low, and the potential reward is high, then you should have a propensity to action. Take the tiny risk for the big reward, and the doctor will not even take that tiny risk because of liability, but you are the CEO of your own health and you have to make those decisions and not subcontracted to your medical professional, who at the end of the day, is nothing more than a consultant.
Jeremy Weisz 25:14
So for like, is this for calcium score type of thing? would you ask your doctor to administer it?
Richard Rossi 25:21
I would ask them to write me a script because it can be done at any radiology center. And most doctors will do it upon request, they may go well, you know, I don’t know, you know, it’s not FDA approved, blah, blah, blah. You’re like, Hey, you know, just give me a solid and got me a script on this.
Jeremy Weisz 25:39
One, I’ve plaquing I’m gonna drop dead. Just sign this. Right. Right. But when
Richard Rossi 25:43
you learn, like, oh, the president gets it done, and chief executives get it done. Do you think they’d really do that if there was nothing to it? Right. So we know the President has a calcium score of 130 hundred and 40 because his personal physician revealed that a few days ago So he does have some early or some I should call it mild heart disease. There will be no way to know that for sure. And let’s see it actually gotten the scan, right. And again, I want to emphasize to your your viewers and listeners, this is not perfect science, you could have a score of zero and still have a heart attack because other elements, but it tells you that things are good things. It’s just
Jeremy Weisz 26:25
one measurement in in the whole graph, right? I mean, but it’s better than zero measurements in the whole graph.
Richard Rossi 26:35
Absolutely. And we could go on and on in terms of things that people don’t pay attention to like bettering their glucose control and their blood pressure. Yeah.
Jeremy Weisz 26:44
I wanted to ask you about the dietary things. You know, we’ve talked about your thoughts on intermittent fasting and other things. What do you what have you seen?
Richard Rossi 26:53
Oh, intermittent fasting is fantastic. I mean, it’s the real deal. There’s tremendous science. Behind it going back many years. And just to describe what that means to your viewership. This means that you only eat during a limited number of hours. So for example, you might say, Well, I’m only going to eat between one and eight, I’m only going to eat between 10 seven, right? So that you have a long period of time where you’re quote, unquote, fasting. Now you have people that are that are much more intense about it. I have a friend that only eats in a four hour, I think our three hour time span. And then you have folks like my wife, who actually doesn’t even get hungry until the mid afternoon. So it’s no big deal at all for her to be intermittent fasting for 1615 hours a day. Well, guess what? she’s losing weight. And she’s also helping in terms of all of all of her The things that that helps, yeah.
One of the biggest is inflammation.
Jeremy Weisz 28:05
I mean, people get scared off by that term intermittent fasting. It’s very simple. It’s just you’re eating within a desert, like you said, a seven or eight hour period, you’re fasting, quote, unquote, for a 16 hour period. Have you seen or heard? What’s optimal? Like you said, Oh, my, there’s a friend does each minute three or four hour period is that healthier or not as healthy? You know, that can put a strain on certain things to I imagine, like we had talked about, it could a strain and the kidneys and other organs. So I don’t know if you’ve seen like, okay, let’s say, I can choose any span of two hours, what would be the optimal and it’d be different. What would be the optimal? I’ve never really heard that many people talking about I hear more. Okay. You just eat within an eight hour period fast for 16. But I’ve always thought well, what if I’m only eating for a four hour period? Is that better? I don’t know.
Richard Rossi 28:59
Right? Well, and this is probably be a great time to re emphasize the whole viewership do not do any of this without seeking medical, with your own without, you know, without without, without getting a medical professional on it, because there are people who shouldn’t be doing this at all. And you just mentioned people with kidney disease, that would be great example. But for folks that are in generally good health, one of the most important concerns is what can I actually do every day consistently? It’s not what can I do, you know, like, occasionally, but like what my wife discovered was, you know what, I can actually start eating at four and then did eight or nine, and I can do that and there’s absolutely no,
Jeremy Weisz 29:43
there’s no problem with it.
Richard Rossi 29:44
Yeah. And it’s not interfering socially. Right. And if it and it’s not, listen, folks, if you’re out one day for brunch, go for it, right. It doesn’t have to be every single day. As one of my doctor said be religious Don’t be fanatical. It’s what you do 85% of the time that’s going to make the difference, not what you do 100% of the time. Yeah. But to me and my way of thinking, like, you know, if you were to eat simply, like, one to eight or one to seven, you’d be, it would already be a really good thing. Yeah, yeah, if you could make it maybe three to seven, that would be even better. But listen, if you just skip breakfast and started lunch, and then don’t snack after dinner, you are already doing amazing things that most no one else is doing. And by the way, again, it’s not theoretical, you’ll be able to see the actual results on your bloodwork, your C reactive protein will go down, your glucose will go down. All your numbers will start to improve. You’ll see it with your own two eyes.
Jeremy Weisz 30:54
Richard, I can do this for another three hours. I know you’re busy. So I just want to thank you. The first Thank you. And this has been tremendous phenomenal. Learning always, always learn from you. And where should we point people towards? We can tell them the checkout the da Vinci, five zero V and then da vi n ci 15. com. Where else is there anywhere else we should point people towards?
Richard Rossi 31:21
know I’ve got a little video there that talks about it. And then I also have a webinar there where I go on for 30 minutes about things that you can do right now. But the fact is, I guess the most important thing I want to leave everyone with is the times they are changing. We are at the cusp right now of a moment where I believe with all my heart and really, really brilliant people also believe that we can and will be able to cure chronic diseases and extend vibrant life in our time in our in our lifetime, right? So the first rule is don’t die. The second rule is to the best of your ability, don’t get sick, because even if you aren’t in the dementia 50 even if you aren’t at the very front of the line like we are, it’s coming, and it’s coming really, really fast. And you want to just be sure you’re on red alert for all of this as it becomes available.
Jeremy Weisz 32:31
Thank you, Richard. Fantastic.
Richard Rossi 32:34
It’s a joy. And thank you so much for inviting me totally.