We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?”

Twice a week Navy veteran, former federal agent, and entrepreneur Gary Collins brings you fantastic guests (such as Rep. Thomas Massie, economist/actor Ben Stein, Sirius XM DJ Kristine Stone) covering topics such as financial freedom, building healthy habits, and finding your life’s purpose. If you’re ready to stop being a spectator in your own life and instead make real moves, this is the show you’ve been looking for.

We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?”

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Ep 133: Dopamine Nation – Best Selling Author and Stanford University Chief of Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, Anna Lembke, MD

Today, I have a special guest, Anna Lembke, MD, a Professor/Clinical Researcher at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book Dopamine Nation – Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. We dig deep into the behaviors of addiction and its relationship with the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is no secret that not only in America, but the world, humans are fighting what appears to be a losing battle with addiction in various forms. I hope that with the information in this episode, those battling addiction will better understand what is causing it and, most importantly, how to fix it.
Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps an active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.
In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.
Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times Bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.

Topics Discussed:

* A bit about Doctor Lembke
* What is the role of the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic
* What is dopamine and how does it affect our day to day lives
* How did Americans become addicted to dopamine dumps
* How does dopamine play a large role in addiction
* Doctor Lembke shares her own battle with addiction and her experience with Prozac as a young adult
* Why and how has America become addicted to drugs and fast food, and why is it on the rise
* How has a lack of disciplining children led to our current situation of it is “not my fault.”
* What is the pleasure/pain balance and how does it affect us
* Why is being constantly exposed to pain and adversity key for a happy and successful life
* Why does America lead the world in the consumption of anti-depressants
* The question of is it a “lack of self-care or mental illness
* Why do rich countries have a higher rate of “anxiety disorders” than poor countries
* Why are in the most pain and unhappiness even though being the most prosperous
* How and why the opioid epidemic caused far more pain than helping people deal with chronic pain
* How a drug like cocaine can alter the brains neurological pathways forever
* What is “Radical Honesty” the key for winning the battle with addiction and living a life of moral character
* How the way we portray ourselves in personal stories determines our mental health

Episode Resources:

* Doctor Lembke’s website and where to purchase her books: https://www.annalembke.com/
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
* Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 132: State of The Economy Update – Preparing for The Storm Coming

In today’s episode, I discuss where I think the economy is going, what you can do to weather the storm, and recent moves I have made financially to put myself in the best position possible.

I’m a realist, and I like to make decisions on what I can see and prove. But today, we are being told the empty shelves, and skyrocketing consumer good prices are just transitory. Again, I only make decisions on what I can see and prove, which doesn’t pass the rational thinking and eyeball test. I know most of these upper-crust bureaucrats haven’t entered a grocery store or pumped their own gas in decades. So how would they even know that their fifty pints of boutique ice cream have gone up in price… simple answer, they don’t, and don’t care.

So what does the economy look like in the near future for us working class citizens who have to actually work and pay for things with our hard earned money?

Topics Discussed:

How and why we have been lied to… the economy is a disaster and has been for the last year
What is the real state of our economy
How I made a whole host of financial and life moves in the last year to get prepared
Why I think the economy is going to crash in the next 12-18 months big time
Why the concept of “transitory inflation” is completely made up
How inflation really works in the real world, not politician’s heads
Why you should not make any large purchases now or in the near future
Why if you can you should sell all your high value items and sit tight
Why being flexible and able to move on a dime is incredibly important
Why the Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is so critical to your financial security

Episode Resources:

My prior Economy Update podcast: https://thesimplelifenow.com/where-is-the-economy-going-and-how-to-survive-the-storm/
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 131: False Prophets – Support and Follow Them at Your Own Peril

As some of you know, I have been planning this episode for a long time. This is one of the few times I have lost sleep on how to address an incredibly important topic that no one seems to want to tackle. I consider this episode to be one of the most important I have ever done. Will some misinterpret the information in this episode? Yes. But I don’t care, I’m going to say what I have to say. In order to soften it a bit, I bring on Rob Kendall, to keep it fair and balanced and not just a “Gary Rant.”
Rob Kendall joins me again on the show and we discuss the False Prophets in society today. Who are they? How do they destroy our lives by us believing their BS?
Miriam Weaver and Rob Kendall, or Mock ‘N Rob, are heard live in central Indiana Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon. Mock is co-founder of The Chicks On The Right, and Rob was the youngest elected official in Hendricks County when he won a seat on the Brownsburg Town Council. Every day they boil down a complicated world with passionate conversation and a wicked sense of humor. It’s the stories you need to know more about and the stories other media hope you miss entirely. No topic is taboo and no public figure gets a pass!

Topics Discussed:

Why and how the False Prophets are destroying society and our lives
Rob’s view and thoughts of today’s False Prophets
Examples of today’s False Prophets and how they trick us into thinking they really care and live the principles the prescribe
Understanding humans fascination with “idol worshipping”
How politicians constantly play the part of savior when they are actually a False Prophet
Why pro athletes are a terrible source of inspiration for bettering your life
Why it is so important to get your information from the people who have experience in what you are trying to learn
Why you should never get life advice from a celebrity

Episode Resources:

Mock N’ Rob Show: https://www.wibc.com/show/mock-n-rob/
Other Appearance by Rob on Podcast: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/robert-kendall-critical-race-theory-101/
https://thesimplelifenow.com/ep-125-robert-kendall-why-today-there-is-no-difference-between-republicans-and-democrats/
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 130: The 5 Principles to Living a Life of Freedom

It is hard to believe that I came up with the 5 Principles to Living The Simple Life about a decade ago. I have been teaching them for a very long time now, and I like to review them from time to time. Just like you, even though I created them, I can get off the train of The Simple Life from time to time. A great way to make sure you don’t get too far off track is to review the things that have worked and will continue to work as long as you consistently follow them.

What are the 5 Principles to The Simple Life and How did I come up with them
Principle 1: Knowledge is Power
Principle 2: Avoid Extremes
Principle 3: Keep it Simple
Principle 4: Something is Better Than Nothing
Principle 5: Take Action Today and Every Day

Episode Resources:

* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 129: The Truth About Health with Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Jorge Lopez

Today, I have a special guest, friend, and warrior in the obtainment of optimal health, Dr. Jorge Lopez. We dig into the primary things making most people unhealthy today, and what you can do about it. It sounds complicated at first, but you will be surprised how simple things become once you have the right information from the right people. Remember, the first and most important leg of the Three-Legged Stool of living The Simple Life is optimal health.

About Dr. Lopez:

Dr. Jorge Lopez attended medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. Dr. Lopez has practiced medicine for over seven years. Prior to becoming a Naturopath Dr. Lopez accrued 10 years of medical experience in various aspects of the medical field including NYC emergency medical services at Metrocare and as an emergency room medical technician at Baptist hospital in Florida. Dr. Lopez has experience in conventional and naturopathic care and is able to treat his patients using natural means safely and effectively. Currently Dr. Lopez works with and Dr. Alex Coracides at Southwest Family Naturopathic Clinic as well as Southwest Accident and injury.  Dr. Lopez was voted “Top Doctors” for Naturopaths in “The Best of Phoenix Magazine” 2018, 2019, 2020 and is excited to work with you in all your health needs. On his time off Dr. Lopez practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and makes plant liquid extracts for his colleagues and his patients. 

Topics Discussed:

* A bit about Dr. Lopez
* What is Integrative Medicine and how can it help you in obtaining optimal health
* What is the difference between an OD, ND, and MD doctor
* Why your health should be your number one concern and priority
* How healthy food is different from the Standard American Diet
* Understanding that everyone is a bit different when it comes to obtaining optimal health
* How food effects your overall health
* Understanding your thyroid and endocrine system, as it relates to your health
* Why an elimination diet is always the first place to start
* Why elimination diets are so difficult to stick to
* What types of testing you can take to figure out certain food intolerances
* Why your genetics is just a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to your health

Find Out More About Dr. Lopez’s Services at: https://www.southwestfamilynd.com/
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 128: Ask Gary Anything (Round 4)

Welcome to another episode of “Ask Gary Anything.” This is where you, the audience, get to send in your questions about anything, and I will answer them. That is right, you heard it… anything, because that is how I roll! On occasion, I will pick listener questions and answer them on the air.

If you want to have your question(s) considered, simply fill out the contact form on my website www.thesimplelifenow.com, or better yet become a member of “The Simple Life Insider’s Circle” link is at the bottom of the show notes. Today, we have some great questions:

1. (Adam) What drove you start your podcast?
2. (Martin) can you briefly go over suggestions and thoughts on how to stay focused and disciplined. working towards overcoming procrastination. and maybe touch on how to avoid starting to many hobbies, or projects, at the same time and not following through with any of them.
3. (Jamila) Why did you move to Arizona of all the states in the USA? (Apart from the weather because it’s not the only one with a hot climate.)

Episode Resources:

* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 127: Judah Friedman: The Truth Clause – Have We Hit The Delete Button

Are we living in a time where the “False Prophets” have completely overrun our ability to think clearly and pursue the truth? I believe so. So what do we do about it? Today, I’m joined by a very dear friend and podcast associate, Judah Friedman, producer of The World According to Ben Stein. We dig into this topic and dissect why the “truth” has become a dirty word that just might get you canceled by the anti-truth nob.

Bite Size Chunks of Who Judah Is:

– A Writer
– Podcast Personality
– Bred in a Brooklyn now California Living
– Breaking the Jewish Stereotype
– Youtube The Word According to Ben Stein. Aka/Ben Stein’s Boswell! Apple Podcast The World According To Ben Stein

Topics covered in this episode:

* Why has the truth and being honest become so controversial today
* Is “fake until you make it” really the motto you should be following
* Why following what is considered “normal” today is not normal
* Why dishonest people seem to never be punished today
* How The World According to Ben Stein is different and fights against the anti-truth mob
* Why you should not get life advice from celebrities and politicians
* Why that 80 year old lady down the street has more to offer in wisdom than Oprah
* Why talking heads are just talking heads
* Why politicians are just lazy criminals

Prior episodes Judas has been a guest on:
https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/judah-friedman-is-it-time-for-a-shadow-government/
https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/e85-dating-as-an-alfa-male-in-a-beta-world/
The World According to Ben Stein Apple iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-world-according-to-ben-stein/id1540015480
The World According to Ben Stein Youtube live Tues, Thurs, Sat 7PM PST: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1nfcI4QIP262AoNNCwUlYQ
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 125: Robert Kendall – Why Today There is no Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

Today, I have a very special guest, and fellow regular guest on The World According to Ben Stein Show; Robert Kendall of Indianapolis Radio Station 93WIBC. Rob dissects why he believes today there is no difference between the Hlack hats (Democrats) and White Hats (Republicans).

Miriam Weaver and Rob Kendall, or Mock ‘N Rob, are heard live in central Indiana Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon. Mock is co-founder of The Chicks On The Right, and Rob was the youngest elected official in Hendricks County when he won a seat on the Brownsburg Town Council. Every day they boil down a complicated world with passionate conversation and a wicked sense of humor. It’s the stories you need to know more about and the stories other media hope you miss entirely. No topic is taboo and no public figure gets a pass!

Topics Discussed:

* A bit about Rob and his super popular radio show Mock N’ Rob
* Rob’s perspective of our political strife today as a former politician
* How Rob came to his philosophy of Black and White Hats representing Republicans and Democrats
* When he believes the line between the differences of Democrats and Republicans became blurred
* He explains how both sides spend like drunken sailors, but continue to blame the other side
* Why picking sides is futile and why we need true Independents to solve the problem
* We go way off topic at the end, but you need to listen to find out what we discussed

Episode Resources:

* Mock N’ Rob Show: https://www.wibc.com/show/mock-n-rob/
* Other Appearance by Rob on Podcast: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/robert-kendall-critical-race-theory-101/
* The World According to Ben Stein Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-world-according-to-ben-stein/id1540015480
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 124: The Simple Life 3 Legged Stool: The 3 Keys to Living The Life You Want

The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is the bedrock of everything I teach. I don’t just say this willy nilly; the reason is I have lived the Three-Legged Stool myself. Well, that is how I came up with it, after all. One thing I can guarantee is you dial in the Three-Legged Stool, and your life will be much different and for the better. Here is the thing; it isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, it is really hard, and the work never ends. But that shouldn’t discourage you it should motivate you. As I always say, “Expecting perfection from yourself is unrealistic, but striving for it is a worthwhile goal.”

So today, I will review what The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is and why it is so darn important.

Topics Discussed:

* What is The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life and how I came up with it
* Why The Simple Life Three-Legged Stool is so important for you achieving your goals and living the life you want
* Why it is so hard to master
* Why most people don’t like to hear the truth, but it will ultimately set you free
* Why simple doesn’t mean easy
* Where you can find my products discussing The Simple Life Three-Legged Stool

Episode Resources:

* Special Coupon for Purchasing The Simple Life Journal Products: tsljournal10
* Link to my book Life Balance Reboot, which outlines The Three-Legged Stool: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/product/the-simple-life-life-balance-reboot-hardcopy/
* Link to my short course on how to implement The Three Legged Stool into your life: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/course-catalog/
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 123: Discussing the Downside of Starting or Living The Simple Life… Its Not That Bad!

As most of you know, I don’t beat around the bush; I give it to you straight. With that being said, as with any changes you make in life, there is a downside. It isn’t all roses and butterflies living The Simple Life. Comparably to the day to day of “normal” American life, the downside isn’t all that bad. We simple lifers have had many discussions over the years about how things definitely change once you go down this road. Today I want to address some of the struggles and changes you will experience, as the more you know, the more you grow!

Topics Discussed:

* What living The Simple Life really means
* How as you dive deeper into The Simple Life you will experience profound changes
* Why change is good
* Why struggle and introspection builds character
* Why so few these days pursue a simpler life
* You are part of a small group of go getters so embrace it
* Why pushing The Simple Life on others isn’t such a good idea
* Getting used to being the real you

Episode Resources:

* Special Coupon for Purchasing The Simple Life Journal Products: tsljournal10
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 122: Addressing Negative Reviews: How The Softies Love to Rant

Today, I want to address a negative review and comment on iTunes. Usually, I don’t give these the time of day, but this one hit a nerve, because of the false information it contained. Instead of providing an honest review of what they didn’t like about the episode, this individual distorts the topics and what I talked about to fit their negative thinking. I will dissect this review to show why I believe people like this are destroying this country and have no place in The Simple Life community.

See Negative iTunes Review Below:

Fudo 77 “Episode 119 is a tire fire, and resembles an audio version of a FB rant filmed by a goateed guy in his car. It’s a great subject to cover
(smartphone addiction), but this guy serves from the price of his toilet to NBA/BLM to Hispanic people on smartphones to women in the gym. He so
wants to say women are worse, but can’t find the stats to.”

To leave “nice” reviews go to my iTunes podcast page here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-simple-life-with-gary-collins/id1479302777

Topics Discussed:

* Why people (losers in life) feel the need to leave negative reviews
* I dissect what this individual is really in this review, and a lot about themselves
* Why I have an easy way to send emails to me to say what you really feel about me or what I do
* Why I will never shy away from the topics that need to be discussed
* Cowards leave personally attacking negative reviews don’t be one of them
* Why we have become a country of victims and if you don’t agree with them you are a racist, sexist, homophobe
* Why it is important for us “simple life” folk to start our own businesses and run for public office

Episode Resources:

* Special Coupon for Purchasing The Simple Life Journal Products: tsljournal10
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

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