The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Kelly Starrett

Sitting can wreak havoc on your health, and not just in the form of minor aches and pains. Recent studies show that too much sitting contributes to a host of diseases—from obesity and diabetes to cancer and depression. The typical office worker, who spends most of his or her day at a desk, suffers from more musculoskeletal injuries than those workers who do daily manual labor. It turns out that sitting is as much an occupational risk as is lifting heavy weights on the job. The facts are in: sitting literally shortens your life. Your chair is your enemy, and it is murdering your body.

In his groundbreaking new book, Deskbound, Dr. Kelly Starrett—renowned physical therapist and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard—unveils a detailed battle plan for surviving, and thriving, in our chair-centric society. Deskbound provides creative solutions for reducing the amount of time you spend perched on your backside, as well as strategies for transforming your desk into a dynamic, active workstation that can improve your life.

I’m sure you will get a lot out of this interview as did I. Maybe you’ll even want to watch it standing up!

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  • John

    When it comes to chronic back and knee pain we need to look at the unconscious mind. Dr John E Sarno MD is a pioneer in this field and has helped thousands including well known patient like Howard Stern. You should interview him:-)

  • Julián González

    Thank you very much for the information, have been really useful.

  • Craig

    another idiot who wants to spend taxpayer for his cause.

    • PharmDoc

      Lets not make negative remarks about which we have not done the research and know nothing!! It makes you look very unintelligent, you know?

      • Emmalee

        Agree PharmDoc………kids get hardly any recess time…..many of us spend too much time in front of screens. My PT reminds me…….have to be up and around every 30 minutes to get blood flow to muscles. Good points by this PT. I am a RN of many years.

  • Shirley Plant

    Love this interview and I watched it sitting on my CoreChair, the only active sitting chair on the market. I am able to keep blood flowing, strengthening and building my core and shedding calories according to the recent study the Mayo Clinic did on the CoreChair. Plus CoreChair is now NEAT approved. check it out http://www.corechair.com

    • Emmalee

      Hi Shirley. Checked out the CoreChair website. The cost of $995.00 is steep. It is true that we can’t put a price on the importance of health and wellness but there are people who can’t afford it. Glad you like it and it does sound wonderful.

      • Shirley Plant

        Yes it is but for me over the past few years I have bought 3 computer chairs which ended up being more expensive and not comfortable or good for me in the long run. Often times CoreChair has specials, They offered 20% off at Fathers Day so keep a look out.

    • Mary

      If you are already unstable on your feet, I would be very careful using that chair. I won’t even buy a regular-type office chair since I want one that does NOT move. They help me get up out of it.

  • Health Looks Beautiful

    Something about standing is so tiring. Is it just me? If I go for a 30 minute walk I feel great! But if I stand for 30 minutes I am exhausted! Why is that?

    This was a great video and it got me thinking! I will be looking for more opportunities to move!

  • Heather Graham

    I so enjoyed this interview. I am in a wheelchair and so sitting 12 hours a day. 14 months ago I started my research into a stand-up wheelchair. The first one I demoed was $43,000. (I am on disability, and despite popular belief the average person did not become a millionaire when they became disabled.) I have finally found one at $23,000 which I bought in April – and is being delivered next week – if you can feel my excitement. However, to receive a slight ($2,500) reimbursement from my insurance I required a signed letter from my doctor, and she wouldnt do it for me unless I found proof standing would be beneficial. (I bypassed her and got an OT to sign my letter. The hilarious part is that now this doctor is so excited about my chair coming.

  • hpesoj

    Wow, this is so enlightening. I have my own business where I sit using a computer 100% of the time I’m working, and even though I’m very conscious of a healthy diet and I dance a lot, I’ve recently started having problems in my hips. I bet it’s the amount of sitting! So I just bought the varidesk and the book Deskbound! I also believe that one of the reasons most people are so unaware of how they can or cannot help address these chronics problems is it is not part of our modern medical model. I can’t tell you how skeptical and scoffing others in my family are about this kind of cutting edge research because they are part of the medical profession/establishment, and there is something very unhealthy about the attitudes inculcated into doctors concerning all this. Why are they so close-minded to research that is validated in peer-reviewed journals? It’s the medical equivalent of climate change denial. It seems to me that doctors (with the exception of functional medicine), just like their patients, are habituated to this model of “a pill will solve it” and they rarely focus on trying to get to root causes.

  • Chris Paulus

    I loved this quote at the end: “i don’t think people realize that they don’t feel as good as they could, they don’t live the life physically the physical self-actualization that they’re entitled to with very little input, we always try to say: eat this way not because you may or may not get cancer, instead, guess what you sleep better, you look better, you feel better, you look better naked, all aspects of your being…energy, clarity, goes up you might feel great, but you can feel even better. loved that.

  • bonnie k

    I trust your readers will be interested in Awareness Through Movement® lessons and The Feldenrais® Method: http://www.feldenkrais.com

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