Helen Irlen: Transforming Lives with Light –

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00:00:00 > hi everyone welcome to bulletproof executive radio this is Dave Asprey today's cool fact of the day is that men's faces tend to be reddish in color and women's faces are usually more green now part of me says that's because one of us is from Mars and the others from Venus but that's not actually why researchers conducted a study looking at hundreds of faces analyzed the main color hues to see what the pattern look like and they also asked the participants to identify the gender of a blurred face image and the evidence match most people say that men have reddish hues even if they can't make out the features and that women have green issues so somehow we know this in our skin color that's kind of cool I'd also appreciate it if you'd take the time to click like on facebook we've got almost 60,000 likes at this point and the more of those we have the easier it is to reach other people to help them with the

00:01:02 > free content that we provide there and on the website my goal by the end of 2014 is to hit 200,000 people because we are changing and improving lives on a daily basis so check it out bulletproof executive on facebook now this is a show that so many people have been waiting for you've all seen me in my cool sort of Cyclops orange glasses onstage in front of like thousands of people and people always go why do you do that and I like to say it's because I'm a genetic mutant but the real truth of the matter is that it's because of the work of the woman that you're looking at if you're watching us on iTunes or on YouTube or maybe you're just driving your car of the woman whose voice recording here and this is Helen Erlin of the Erlin Institute Helen graduated from Cornell with a master's in educational psychology and this matters to the school psychologist for 15 years and she started the irlande Institute in 1983 she discovered something called skeptic

00:02:05 > sensitivity and visual stress looked at how different colors affect brains and she did this with a research grant looking at how you could help people with disabilities she's also done a ton of work with wounded Marines in the semper fi fund people have brain damage who benefit from colored lenses so before i introduce you how and there's one other thing that i am so proud of you for and this is the fact that you are one of the healers that i've worked with who has been mentioned on quack watch so for all of you listening to this quack watch is a site run by someone who has been discredited many times as a tool of the pharmaceutical industry and he picks on the people with the coolest stuff that works so the best biohackers are almost always listed there so Helen congratulations and I hope to one day be listed on quack watch myself I'm really working on it so Stephen if you're listening dude please put me on your side I'd really appreciate that thanks Dave all right Helen that's so excited

00:03:09 > to have you on the show tell me about Irlen syndrome or skeptic sensitivity what is it how did you come about this just give me the story Oh give you the background to this um well you mentioned that I was I've been a professional for 40 years plus already so to my credit on the therapist I'm a school psychologist I'm adult learning disability specialist I'm and educational specialist but this all came about after working as a school psychologist and becoming very disenchanted with the fact that as a professional I wasn't able to identify all those children and adults who was struggling and suffering and every time I couldn't identify someone is having an actual problem then that person felt that it was their fault that they were dumb stupid or lazy and I realized that we as professionals didn't have all the tools nor we identifying all the

00:04:12 > underlying issues and I think a lot of people listening to this can recognize that because they may feel as if they have a child and now you know something's wrong but nobody's coming up with what the reason or the issue is and then as you mentioned it I was started a program for adults at California State University here in Long Beach and part of that was a federal grant for me to take a look at what kinds of problems stayed with an individual for a lifetime and I with the University students they were bright they have made it to a four-year university but they were still struggling and not functioning up to their full potential and this was the group that I get to do something very different with I got to ask them what they thought their problem was and in education that's something we don't do we tell people what their problem is we never ask them is this right is this

00:05:14 > wrong does this apply to you I got to ask them and the information that I got is what came and eventually formulated this whole concept of wait a minute here are all these issues and questions that we haven't asked that I then went ahead and had to find a solution for so you found a solution for people by asking them by measuring results and saying what do you want instead of here's what you'll get by asking them to describe their problem and starting to be pretty good at learning how to ask the right questions it really makes the difference how you asked your question what kind of information you get back that kind of brings up the point that most people are unaware in the areas that I'm dealing with whether they're forming up to their potential or if they have a problem can I give you a couple of examples we use it's interesting because we all cope or we avoid those things that are difficult or we develop strategy so let me give

00:06:16 > you a couple examples if you ask somebody who doesn't like to read what reading is like they'll just go it's boring I don't like it what do they do they try to get by without reading or doing skip reading and it's okay but then it can affect your career choices it can affect your advancement there's just so far that you can go and cope when you ask the question in a different way such as I want you to think about reading not when you start but when you get to that point that you want to stop reading how does how do you feel and how do things look you get a whole bunch of different responses for some people it's kind of funny I was unaware of your work and I read very very quickly I learned to read it 18 months when I went and I did a lot of vision hacking we actually tested my tracking and I have near-perfect tracking and that's pretty fortunate

00:07:17 > because until I did the testing for my Erlin lenses those cool orange glasses you all see me where I would look at at words and I could read but under bright fluorescent lights I could still read but I noticed i would get really really tired and I knew that the lights were hurting my eyes and now I understand it's because there's some some spectral differences in fluorescent lights and because my brain is fast enough to pick up a flicker that other people don't even with those modern ones they actually hurt like when I look at them I feel pain so I i looked at the page and when the guy was doing testing to see what color lenses caused the most I relaxation for me he said we'll look around the words do you see anything and I'd never paid attention to what wasn't the word and when I looked there was all sorts of weird shapes and colors moving around on the page and I never seen him because I never bothered to pay attention to them and I realized wow that's kind of interesting so when I put these lenses on those things go away but my eyes relax and I'm actually way more resilient so I wear those things especially indoors because I have three

00:08:20 > or four times as much energy all day because I spend less of my brain on filtering out frequencies that I don't like yeah that's exactly right it's actually you brain this under stress and that's an interesting concept because most of us when we think about stress we think about you know divorces and children and work but they don't think about their environment being stressful and the type of stress that we're able to eliminate is stress from the environment especially fluorescent lights bright lights glare high contrast which is black print on white paper computer screens because you're staring into a fluorescent light driving headlights at night and so that people don't think about their environment causing the brain to have to work harder and that's going to affect their functioning their performance or achievement their energy and effort and generally their health and well-being it

00:09:22 > it's really amazing but now that we've shown the willpower the willpower math around have limited amounts of willpower you have only so much energy and your brain can be tired and you can use your will power to make yourself do something but what if you just took away the things that made you tired that didn't cost you much to take away that's a good way of phrasing and the other thing is without realizing it you're paying a price and a lot of times it will show up when you're working so hard as being tired or fatigued and you just excuse it and think oh well you know everybody gets tired or fatigued everybody gets tired under fluorescent lights or everybody gets sleep because reading is supposed to put you to sleep yes I hear that a lot or of course you get headaches when you're under fluorescent lights or with reading or was driving everybody does and I asked my mom and she said sure I do it to everybody does so we're also not aware that you don't need to pay this kind of price and I want to bring up other you know it's

00:10:25 > amazing to me how many people accept the fact that they have to pay a physical price that they have to have I pain or strain like you say that they have def headaches will be nauseous or dizzy but anxiety irritability fidget eNOS are all physical symptoms that may be being triggered by the environment that my erlend filters can remove or eliminate it it's funny and one of the companies a publicly traded one where I was a member of the executive team we had this board room and it was the most horribly lit board room I've ever imagined they had compact fluorescent lights in directional cones mounted right over everyone's head and over the middle of the table with extreme tilt towards the blue speck and that room gave me a headache within three minutes I'm pretty resilient but you know I can go even without lenses for a while and this thing was like kryptonite and I don't think they ever had an effective board meeting in that room because everyone in there was hugely biologically stressed by the crappy design of the room in the lighting so instead of doing work in

00:11:26 > making intelligent decisions they made stress decisions they had to go private because well the company was sort of failing i'm going to say the lights cause it there were a few other factors but i think they contributed because people didn't think at the nervous system center of the company mmm and they didn't realize it i think what happens is the fact that we have gone higher and higher tech and the higher tech we go the more we've created an environment that makes it difficult to perform and function for some individuals and those are the ones that i work with think about it fluorescent lighting the brightness of the lighting has increased by over two hundred percent since World War two we used to have blackboards then we went to green boards now we have white boards we have interactive whiteboards we have high glare high gloss everything is higher contrast everything is brighter and everything then becomes much more stressful leading to difficulties and physical symptoms for those people that

00:12:29 > we can help yeah all right now and this is a question I've been wanting to ask for a long time do Mac computers make your eyes week because they have those damned glossy screens on them people complain a lot more about actually the mac computers and there's a lot of things that go online that i read about saying how do i dim them down what do i do about them i can't use a mac i'm going to go back and get a pc computer instead and then think about what we've done we not only have done that we have ipads and iphones and we're reading off of iPads and the brighter the better right I put anti glare filters on all of them and the first time i got a Mac with a glossy screen I had about a six month period where I I really had a decline in performance and I couldn't figure it out I was in a dream job I was working for you know a VC for but I was sitting in a room with you know fluorescence sconces very terrible indoor lighting and they were bouncing off my screen into my eyes so I was trying to stare through the reflection into my email and whatever else and I

00:13:32 > couldn't figure out why it was a zombie halfway through the day and I did eventually figure it out and I just wondered now that we've gone to super bright super glossy screens are you seeing an increase in demand for people who are saying well what's my color to cause I relaxation um well again it's brain it sprays or causes yeah I keep having to come back to the brain because the brain controls how you think how you feel how you act it is brain that I so it's all brain-based not your eyes yeah yes and also look at the television sets I get a lot of complaints about the HD TV sets and again the more high-tech we go the more difficulties we're creating for a lot of people so I I turned the brightness and the contrast way down on the modern things which helps enormously and I run software on my computer called flux which anywhere you are on filters yeah and I wear my early filters and sometimes to parent I'm just kidding but it has definitely made me way more resilient throughout the day to the

00:14:34 > extent that I'm willing to wear them then I don't really care if people think I look goofy I probably do for you beforehand anyway now what tell me more about the science behind this so so you say it affects the brain not just the eyes and and that's certainly my perception of it how does poor lighting effect the eyes poor lighting and let's define poor lighting again you've said it as fluorescent lights and very bright lights okay becomes poor lighting what happens is if your eyes are open it's not your eyes that have to read and process visual information at your brain and if your eyes are open your brain is being flooded by light okay and light is composed of all the colors of the rainbow traveling at different speeds and there are certain of those colors or wavelengths of light that's coming in in the wrong timing so if it's like a radio which like a lot of distortion to your brain

00:15:36 > and then your brain has to work harder and harder and it's not processing it correctly and then it starts to create physical symptoms and like you talked about distortions on the page that the things can flicker and flash and what you look at in your environment you may not have depth perception and not even realize it so it can affect everything you look at whether it's trying to read write copy or drive or function in your environment but that's that's the concept is your brain in your brain is connected to your spinal cords so that if your brain is stressed it just goes throughout your whole system do you have any like imaging studies or like what is it to your brainwaves like how do we know it's really affecting the brain versus just a bunch of picky people with Asperger's syndrome yeah okay good way of describing it David let me show you and you can we can talk about it for those that are driving in their car the top brain what happens is when the brain

00:16:38 > is stressed this is a spec skin where the looking at somebody trying reading on the computer in real time and the parts of the brain for those of you can see this that is white is the part of the brain that is over active and working too hard and that part of the brain that you're seeing that's working too hard is the back part of your brain which is your visual cortex but it talks out the parts of your brain so that it triggers the central part of your brain that you can see is also white and that's anxiety and irritability and fidgets eNOS and nervousness and to compensate the top part of your brain is under active and that's not functioning well and that is your attention and concentration that's somebody who needs clear to wear my filters the bottom pictures is the same person reading on the computer but they're wearing their own special filters now so that their

00:17:40 > brain can can perform at its peak performance without any stress or strain look how calm that brain is now if you're listening to this in your car we're looking at you know front of top view in a side view of a brain the top one when someone has visual stress and brain stress as a result of fluorescent lighting the whole brain is lit up looks like there's pieces of bubble gum stuck all over it and the bottom brain is just about clear and it's a relaxed brain and I certainly feel that that difference the specs can itself comes from injecting a radioactive sugar with a reductive tracer in it into the body and then doing a test in an imaging machine this is a kind of thing that I've done the pictures of my brain that you've seen online or from aspects can I've done it myself unfortunately when i did my specs can i did not have access to orland filters because i didn't know about them so I didn't do it before and after but I did do concentrating and not concentrating and my concentrating one showed basically flat line no metabolic activity in my prefrontal cortex partly

00:18:43 > I'm sure because visual stress and partly because of environmental stress and the wrong foods and an untrained mind and all the other things that I've since hacked so you showed us the brain scan pretty big difference did you work with dr. ayman who's a big fan of SPECT scans or is this yeah this is one of this was taken at one of the doc tame it's clinics one of our clients we have a number of them so yes we work with dr. Raymond dr. Damon if for those of you listening who haven't come across his work he's a very solid brain scientist who's so quantitative he looks at the brain sees what it's doing and then changes the environment to change it so he's an epic biohacker and when worth paying attention to so it's cool I wasn't sure if that was one of his cans or something yes it is okay so Helen we talked about like sensory overloads and you mentioned bright lighting fluorescent lighting and what about sunlight is this causing problems for some people we I think you let me take it yes but let me take it as a step

00:19:45 > which is interesting to me a lot of people who are bothered by sunlight they know they're bothered by sunlight they quickly go and grab sunglasses but this if they didn't wear their sunglasses and they stayed out and bright light the same physical symptom that would be triggered by sunlight are triggered by bright lights fluorescent lights glare white paper hi contra certain patterns reading and doing any visually intensive activity so it's a your brain interprets all of these environmental that I mentioned in terms of the environment as stressors and has difficulty coping with them and and I forgot headlights at night as well yeah headlights at night have always bothered me yeah here's a question for you though I know bright lights in blue spectrum light in the middle of the day signal to our body that it's daytime so our circadian rhythm is normal and when I work at home it looks like this I've got

00:20:48 > a thousand watts of halogen shining down on me doesn't cause any brain stress which is kind of unusual but if I had 40 watts of fluorescent light shining on me I would really feel like a headache coming on after a while why the difference between super bright almost sunlight intensity if you're looking at this on video i just turned them on and if you're just listening i'm now glowing really brightly so how what's the difference between those two settings well again it depends on the person's brain and everybody's brain is different i have people who cannot handle halogen lights either yeah if you ask me what the best lighting is for the population that I work with its indirect natural lighting or incandescent lights which are being banned all over the world I will admit that I might have a thousand incandescent and halogen bulbs in storage because in storage that's what a lot of my clients do they have them in the closet and storage right I like being able to see and I I can tell you that the curly lights those nasty

00:21:50 > compact fluorescents not only do they emit a sickly glow they do reduce human performance even in people aren't a delicate flower like me and they they also if if one of them breaks you should be trained if you're listening to this run out of the room because if you breathe a little of the gas in there you can get mercury poisoning just from that and there are cases of you know kids who broke one in the room and then slept in a room with the broken pieces who got found the ill as a result of that so these are toxic things that don't belong in your house if you can afford the iPad or the car you're listening to the show on you can afford proper lighting and that means no fluorescence if you care about your family care about your own health and your own long-term performance you ought to just toss them and if so except the Dave the government's totally against that because they're saying you must have fluorescent lights on which is creating a huge issue we've come up and done position papers in Europe and Canada in the US and saying wait a minute there's a huge population that cannot handle fluorescent lighting in terms of a

00:22:51 > creating physical symptoms difficulty performing problems with ability anxiety a whole bunch and because we're not the majority of the population the government's dismissed it and keeps promoting fluorescent lighting and it's not is refusing to take away the band except incandescent lights what about LED lights and let's make this not just for sensitive brains but just for people want to perform well yeah I don't know about that we haven't had enough time to really research and see it with the same population it's supposedly the wave of the future and the way it's going to go eventually is away from fluorescence and into LEDs I've started using LEDs in my light in my office here for part of my lighting I don't have the remote close to me but my eyes really like the red spectrum which enhances mitochondrial function anyway so since it's a color treatable light it costs thirty dollars from costco and it's a strip it's easy to get in direct light and you can tune the spectrum in the lights and I feel

00:23:53 > like the ability to recreate a natural spectrum and not stare at a super bright LED it's already changing interior lighting design and I know the bulletproof stores that we're opening starting in LA where we'll have actual like bulletproof coffee shops that I expect only LED lighting or halogen when possible because I won't allow fluorescent lights in the store cool you're controlling your environment I guess a whole my whole position is the fact that what happens when you can't control your whole environment isn't it easier to have a pair of glasses like you wear that you can just put on you have them on and it doesn't matter if you're in fluorescent lighting if you're in bright lighting if you're in LEDs or whatever bothers you it goes away and so your whole environment a hundred percent of the time stay stress-free and you don't have to worry about it being controlled or making changes because you can control your whole environment no you can't control your whole environment and the best that

00:24:54 > you can do is you can optimize the environment so that the average person is as highest-performing and as well as as you can arrange but either an outlier and you know I hate to say this people who are super high performance they are outliers by definition um you're going to need to you're going to need to customize your own environment and that may mean you know you carry your butter with you if you're eating a high-fat diet like the bulletproof diet yeah I do that may mean you have a bag of vitamins yeah I do that and it may mean that you have cool glasses and hey I do that too same thing with wearing a jacket even right you know you we do that and it seems very natural but controlling your spectrum is just so out there what are the benefits that people experience when when they put on lenses like what are the benefits a question you benefits of this in terms of reading you can read faster easier longer no physical symptoms you don't have to reread for comprehension you're not finding that you have to take breaks driving it's not

00:25:59 > stressful it's not hard to turn left in front of oncoming traffic you're not sitting there waiting because you're not sure it's easy here in terms of changing lanes in terms of night driving you don't have to look down you can stay looking at the road because the headlights aren't too bright and they don't bother you you can be pain-free and that's something that's always i find interesting how there are people who just assume well I've always had headaches I've had them for a long time I guess I just have to have headaches and i always think why why do you live with that thought that you have to have headaches when there's something is simple technology that can get rid of totally your headaches um in terms gee just in terms of and I can kind of talk about extreme cases in terms of people being misdiagnosed all right especially addn ADHD and that's become a huge issue in this country

00:27:01 > we're really diagnosing more and more children and adults and putting them on medication but what about if that's really a misdiagnosis and your inattentiveness and you're fidgety pneus is related to the lighting is related to you needing to take breaks and that you don't need medication and you've been diagnosed so we see a lot of people who just need their own filters and G they say you know I don't have a DD or ADHD guy the most severe cases and it's it's and I want to switch a little bit because you can inherit this problem so you get to blame either your mom or dad or you can acquire it through head injury or concussion and that's become a big topic today in terms of sports and concussions we've been doing research now for the last two years on head injuries and concussions with the

00:28:02 > military population they're the most severe in terms of experiencing repeated explosions and experiencing repeated concussions and TB is and then living literally every day of their lives with headaches and migraines no longer can they read no longer can they do any kind of academic tasks that they used to do and with arilinn filters it totally restores their capabilities and totally takes away their headaches and migraines so they're not living on a whole list of heavy duty medications in terms of surviving we deal with kids and sports professional athletes in the NFL and hockey leagues who have had concussions and it has really affected their ability and performance I think I've always been somewhat sensitive to colors just I remember or even in university years ago I I always wanted to wear a baseball hat sunglasses things like that I naturally

00:29:03 > did that not recognizing that it was visual strangest that I was more comfortable that way right now when I did my specs can this is going back 15 years I just been living in a really moldy house had toxic mold in it and my and this was I did my parents can with a guy had been trained by Daniel Heyman for about 15 years and I did the scan it came back with signs of toxic brain exposure and like two other pages of things that weren't working well in my head and I oftentimes wonder if I actually got damaged my brain that made my lights in 70 worse because it does seem to be worse now than it did you know when I was a teenager let's say so there are a lot of things that you can inherit the problem and you can also acquire it as I said but you can have things that even if you've inherited that have major license atividade siddity and moles in terms of Lyme's disease in terms of a whole bunch of issues that can contribute to increasing

00:30:04 > your light sensitivity I had that too come to think of it all right oh dear okay I think light sensitivity becomes the key issue that we're dealing with here but people aren't aware of how much it can affect you and how much it can affect your whole ability and ability to perform and how you're paying a price because when I work with people who have severe light sensitivity they're putting their brand into chronic stress and chronic stress affects the immune system that's serious now there are studies that show classrooms with fluorescent lights have more days of absenteeism for the teacher and students are sick more often too and these aren't all light sensitive kids these are just normal healthy kids it is a chronic stressor right yeah it is yes it definitely is and then you have classrooms are really are going to maximize the chronic stress by having bright fluorescent lights they have white desk they have white walls and white floors and the amount of headaches and migraines a phenomenal in

00:31:07 > classrooms that are like that the classroom of the future maybe it could be all mere I'll make it even worse give him time no what about people who are listening to this thing I don't really get a headache when i read my response there were people hey maybe you're getting a headache and you just don't even recognize it which sounds weird but if it always feels that that way when you read you won't tag it as an unusual condition it's just like oh when you read it feels like this yeah where you can get I pain or I strain or you get very good and knowing when to stop before any of these symptoms occur okay yeah I find that people aren't aware of the symptoms when they read their more aware of it in terms of bright sunlight triggering them and that's why I keep saying think about this one on one correlation whatever happens to you and bright sunlight after a while without sunglasses is happening to you when you're reading when you're sitting under fluorescent lighting when you're driving when your night driving it's exactly the same trigger you're just less aware of it or you coping and you're compensating

00:32:10 > so you're not aware of it the more I've used things like like neurofeedback the 40 years as n training that I do has made me acutely aware of like oh wait I'm wobbling from the state of high performance that I like to be in and immediately I start asking why the more I've become aware of like wow this is a variable that I didn't understand and the first thing that brought it into my awareness was your work and wearing meyerland lenses and it was profound the difference in just attention that I had but what about people who aren't as sensitive to sunlight or or whatever else look I am so if you're already say your CEO you can read pretty well you generally feel pretty good you're tired sometimes or you know you're a stay-at-home dad either either part of the spectrum you have different kinds of stressors right what what use would this kind of technology your filters have or do most people not be these and only the special cases need them well let's call special cases it's not a hundred percent of the population we're probably about forty six percent of the population out

00:33:11 > there that's more special no and that's on a continuum from very severe to not as severe and it just depends on how much you're compensating and coping without realizing it you're right there are people who are very aware of it cuz they're dealing with major symptoms physical symptoms and there are people who go yeah I'm okay I just daydreaming class or a daydream you know in a when I'm in a business meeting under fluorescent lighting I notice I kind of have to work harder attending and then I start to drift off they may not be aware that that's what's happening and it's being caused by the fluorescent lights so I've done some EEG experiments and being a biohacker that's just kind of how I roll and I I noticed during one of the 40 years of Zen trainings I was staring at a bright screen in a dark room a very brightly lit fluorescent LED screen and I was getting these symptoms that i get from super bright lights like that but we were looking at my brain waves with eight different channels so what I

00:34:12 > determined was that if I kept staring at this thing I would go into this like a day dreaming kind of state but what my brain did is I had eyes open theta and some eyes open alpha and both of those are tied with disassociation so I'm basically daydreaming and you should not have alpha with her eyes open for most people so my whole brain was going into this kind of chaotic state after about 15 minutes of staring it lights like that and if I didn't start the lights it didn't happen so we looked at electrical changes in the brain but if I started talking it would go away and it illuminated something fascinating for me throughout my career as a student if you can call it that I would always get in trouble for talking in class and that was because my brain was about ready to shut off and I'd have to say something and I think a lot of my early career growth i mean i was attending board meetings at a public company i was 26 because I was the guy who wouldn't shut up in a meeting so they had to promote me I think that was it because I would feel it coming on and then i would say something so I wouldn't like pass out on

00:35:13 > the meeting so maybe this is a gift after all for you learned a great strategy i don't think most people can use your same strategy I don't think that's when we're going to teach people it's just better to not get so over stressed out I wish I would have known about this much earlier in life it is out remember that I have to teach people that strategy it is fascinating that engaging at least in my case I don't know if this is for everyone that engaging my language centers would make the brain get out of that highly stress state and do something else and it was good for a little while I could do things like eat sugar or eat fat that would increase mitochondrial activity and that would give me more resilient so I had all these strategies like oh I'm starting to crater okay I need to get a chocolate chip cookie that's going to help I can drink some more coffee that's going to help and I'll say something and of course I weighed 300 pounds from those strategies but it's amazing how something as seemingly simple as a visual stress that ties to brain stress

00:36:14 > can affect everything that you do everything that you do and I think that's a good point Dave I have a story about a well I guess is one of my students who came to see me and was the C student at UCLA and with her own filters became an A student said to her brother you need to go in and see Helen Arlen or one of her clinics and he says I don't need to do that I'm a law student I'm wonderful well he he failed the bar twice and therefore they brought him in mama dada on one side and his sister on the other side and what he would do is within when he started to read within two pages he start to drink coffee non-stop within four pages he would have to hold his eyelids open to read so that they wouldn't close but he didn't have a problem right there's a thing of probably men are worse than us about you know admitting weakness yeah and if you see this as a weakness thing that's one thing the way I look at it

00:37:16 > even you know Michael Phelps you know he has a special swimsuit that gives them an unfair advantage over naked people in the water right so we all use tools to make ourselves stronger and to make ourselves faster and identifying those areas where tools going to help you the most it only makes you stronger and that's what the best athletes in the world that's what the most successful people do and the most fearful ones are the ones ago I might have a weakness but I'm not gonna admit it if I don't say it it's not there so yeah you know my my I brain interaction and honestly my auditory my hearing in my brain didn't work as well as they should and it's probably congenital probably has to do with sugar consumption and folic acid in my mom when she was carrying me at least that's the theory and it's a pretty plausible one so I know my weakness is pretty well at this point I know my strengths and if I can make my sup my strength stronger or make my weaknesses less week or even stronger I'm totally going to do that and it makes me more bulletproof and I'm saying you're talking about maximizing your brain potential and I don't see

00:38:18 > that as a weakness I think that is a strength to want to maximize your brain potential so now I'm this soccer you know soccer dad or CEO and how would I go about deciding whether land lenses are going to be something useful for me in my daily life or just when I'm reading or some other time okay there are two things one is we have a website Erlin IRL en calm and we have various self tests so it's very easy to identify a whether this is going to be helpful and then how much of a price you've been paying so we have those in we have self test general self-test reading self-test headache and migraine self tests available okay that's all we also work with autism and asperger syndrome because a lot of individuals on that continuum have a very very distorted environment and we have different self tests for that it's interesting you

00:39:19 > mentioned that I'm going to be presenting at the upcoming autism one conference and some of my nonprofit work has been around supporting families with autistic kids and my first book is what do you do as parents before you even get pregnant to reduce the chances of autism happening you know how do you reduce autoimmunity and the nervous system and things like that so I I love it that you're helping people who are adults or who are kids who have a visual component of a condition like that to address it because I it can change the whole way your brain works and if forty-six percent of people have some degree of improvement here like take a little online quiz I'm guessing these are free totally free all right so take a free quiz see if you're one of the one in to approximately people who might benefit from tuning your color at least when you're reading or some of the time or most of the time all the time is your under light all the time we may have like a whole bulletproof army of people out there wearing all different colored sunglasses in rooms after this I'm kidding but honestly I know if you like one of my very dear friends is a c-level

00:40:22 > executive at one of the top five nonprofit websites out there and she she has these really cool pink and yellow tinted glasses that her color and she doesn't wear the most of the time but when she reads sometimes she does and they relax our eyes and relax Oh Brandon she feels better right and so you know it happens and it's not like you're gonna wear these all the time but you may find that they're so useful that you do and then you'd be like me and I just one point we do have them in contact lenses so for people who have colors and they don't want to wear them we put them in contacts and we only tend to send a portion so it doesn't change the color of your eye and nobody knows that you're wearing them well if you wear contacts and you have this this kind of thing going on that would be a true superpower I wish my eyes weren't so dry I'd probably do it but yeah like my kind of like my glasses now Helen towards the end of a show there's a question that I've asked every gasps we're nearing our hundredth episode now and the question is what are the top three

00:41:25 > recommendations you have for people who want to perform better in all walks of life not just from your daily work but just your whole life three pieces of wisdom that high performers should know about I think one is know yourself and be aware of your own physical symptoms and be aware when you're using strategies or coping mechanisms to get by because you're also paying a price okay that's one thing that I would recommend to most people gee thats a you know interesting in terms of your asking it that way in terms of generally asking questions the other thing that I would probably recommend is it doesn't hurt to get educated and you know that all the time Dave you know you go online and you look things up and you question things and you ask questions if you don't ask questions and you don't get did you're never going to know and probably the third thing is don't assume

00:42:26 > just in general that stress is external that it can be related to the environment and you have a right to get rid of stress and if you don't you're going to pay a price very well said Helen would you please tell us your url one more time so people can check it out if they want we'll put it in the show notes will put links to the quizzes and all that there as well on bulletproof exact combo just people who are driving or something are probably wanting to enter this URL so they can check it out so what's your you okay is I it's Erlin irle n.com okay and I've written two books but I think people will first go to the website and then they can find out more information your two books are reading writing by the colors right and then the I can show you the pictures of them and then my other book is the Erlin can we see that okay the Earl and revolution okay and it's a guide to

00:43:29 > changing or your perception and your life it it works I can definitely vouch for it and Helen thank you for the work that you've done I know it's not always been easy to bring a condition that forty-six percent of people have and don't know it too light so I can tell how much energy you've dedicated since 1983 to bring out something that is an obvious problem from where I said if you're listening to the show and you want to check it out the way it works is you find on the erlend website a local practitioner who can help you get the right color tints for your eyes it's like a prescription tint almost and then they can cut the lens blanks for you they can make lenses that are the right color and then you can get them fit into whatever frames you want and at one point is everybody's brain is different and so there's no one-size-fits-all the color is totally customized for to each person's brain and that's the art of this technology and that's why it works so well yeah so everyone would not be

00:44:31 > wearing orange classes although at night time you might want to block some extra blue spectrum to sleep better and that's a different problem than what we're talking about here thanks Dave thanks Helen have an awesome day and I'm hoping that this podcast really helps a lot of people you certainly helped me thank you if you've enjoyed today show check it out on itunes and click the button that says this is a good show and you should watch it too I would totally appreciate that and while you're at it please swing by Facebook and give us a like if you haven't done it already we're at around between 50 and 60 thousand likes and the way Facebook has changed their algorithms means that the more likes you have the easier it is to share your message and I appreciate it if you help to show the message because this show and this work has helped a lot of people and it's making people stronger and better all the time thanks again and I'll see on the next bulletproof executive radio it's really easy for the lowest vibration may use that word just for a minute it's really for the lowest vibration in the room to win you know so

match you go into a group of eight people and you know six of them are actually in a pretty good state and edge to their just bringing the room down plus those six can really be intentional about holding their state it's going to be easy for the rest them to pile on and then sink the energy of that rouse the information comes in via the five senses we learn to filter the fallacies and false information out which we're essentially checking it instantaneously as it comes in now we also have all of this information in our minds now eighty-five percent of the information most people's minds has not been verified it's just stuff that they heard somewhere else and they typically repeat it