“Dr. Sam Shay Show”

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On the “Dr. Sam Shay Show”, we solve health mysteries and learn the latest on health, wellness, and functional genetics for better health expectancy, not just life expectancy.

Podcast episodes

Episode #5: Ben Warren
Personalized Nutrition as the future of Health

April 6, 2017




Episode #4: Guy Hatchard, PhD
Your DNA Diet
(Book Launch)

March 30th

(Recording to be posted very soon)

Episode #3: Eric Bakker, ND
Psoriasis and Gut health

March 23rd

(Recording to be posted very soon)

Episode #2: Dr. Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD
Moral injury, trauma, and trust
(also, he’s my dad)

(Recording to be posted very soon)

March 15, 2017

Today I’m interviewing my father: Dr. Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD. I’m really looking forward to interviewing my dad on his life’s work on helping combat veterans heal from moral injury, trauma, and betrayal of trust.

This episode is particularly relevant for those who are in the armed forces or are connected to the armed forces (e.g. a family member). Even if you don’t know anyone in the armed forces, this discussion is relevant to anyone who has experienced a profound loss of trust in someone in higher authority. You’ll learn how trust is at the root of moral injury and how to help heal.

For 20 years Jonathan Shay was a staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Boston, where his only patients were combat veterans with severe psychological and moral injuries. He retired from clinical work in May 2008 to devote himself full time to preventive psychiatry in military organizations—what he calls his “missionary work.” While he has written and lectured on matters that have interested academics, he has not held a conventional faculty position anywhere for decades. Sporadically, he has held positions within US military institutions: he performed the Commandant of the Marine Corps Trust Study (1999-2000), under the supervision of [then] BGen James N. Mattis, was Visiting Scholar-at-Large at the US Naval War College (2001), Chair of Ethics, Leadership, and Personnel Policy in the Office of the US Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (2004-2005), and was the 2008-2009 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the US Army War College jointly with Dickinson College. He was a MacArthur Fellow for the 5 years beginning January 2008.

He is the author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (1994) and of Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (2002), where he introduced the concept of moral injury. The latter book has a Foreword authored jointly by US Senators John McCa
in and Max Cleland. He is currently attempting to “wrestle to the ground” a work titled, Trust within Fighting Forces: Its Significance, Its Creation, Maintenance, and Destruction. He has contributed to understanding the role of theater in the democratic polity of classical Athens, where every citizen was ipso facto a soldier or sailor, and the polity itself constantly at war. He is planning expansion of this theme into a book, once the Trust book is done.

Dr. Shay has delivered a number of endowed lectures in Classics over the years, for example, the Eitner Lecture in Classics at Stanford University. That title was “Agamemnon, Achilles, Odysseus: Homer on Military Leadership.”

Dr. Shay graduated from Harvard College in 1963, and received an MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970/71.

Best contact: [email protected]

Additional references:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Shay
  • “Moral Injury”: https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/4602-moralinjuryshayexcerptpdf
    • Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 2, 182–191


Episode #1: Dr. Paul Beaver, PhD –
Fitgenes personalized gene profiles for optimal Diet and Health, including CarbChoice AMY1 gene profile.

Dr. Paul Beaver, PhD

March 8th, 2017

For the full description, citations, and bio, go to: http://drsamshay.com/1-dr-paul-beaver

Show notes: 

  • The difference between monogenic disease testing vs. functional genetic profiling.
  • Why your genes are not your destiny (Dimmer switch analogy).
  • Why identifying more gene variations isn’t necessarily better, but better organised data of key genes is better.
  • Why it’s important to find the upstream genes that control and drive downstream processes rather than simply identify more and more genes.
  • The differences between a SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) vs. a Copy Variant.
  • The significance of the AMY1 gene on carbohydrate digestion, specifically the production of salivary amylase.
  • How AMY1 copy numbers track the difference between Paleo diet vs. high agricultural diets.
  • Genetic mismatching of the AMY1 copy numbers with current high carb environments.
  • The Link between low AMY1 copy numbers with increased risk of diabetes.
  • What foods suppress amylase production.
  • How to temporarily boost amylase production, e.g. if you need to go to a high carb event like a birthday party or social function.
  • Why men will listen to the results of a genetic profile more than other functional tests.
  • The mindset difference between get a ‘genetic profile’ vs. a ‘genetic test’.
  • Why genetic profiles are the future of personalised, proactive, and preventive healthcare.
  • How knowing your genetic profile will remove the confusion and can help end yo-yo dieting.
  • The trouble the health hysteria over a singular focus of one SNP (e.g. MTHFR) vs. looking at the groupings of SNPs in context of their entire influence.
  • Health Expectancy vs. Life Expectancy
  • Energy dense foods vs. Nutrient dense foods
  • Why health expectancy is going backwards
  • Why genetic profiling is bridge between western medicine science and natural medicine lifestyle expertise.
  • The key distinctions between Fitgenes and other genetic profile companies, namely:
    • Genetic profiles based on patient health and empowerment instead of disease-models and fear.
    • The focus on the key ‘upstream’ genes instead a lot of ‘downstream genes’.
    • Genes are grouped by key driving processes in the body (e.g. inflammation, free radicals, liver detoxification, methylation, etc), instead of single disease-based models.
    • Genes must have the ability to be changed beneficially through lifestyle changes that are proven in the scientific literature.
    • Science-based: Practitioners can see all the citations referenced for each recommendation.
    • Not attached to a any product or supplement company (Fitgenes is not a front for selling supplements of another company).
    • Focused on practitioner training and education to help practitioners properly guide patients with their genetic profiles.

Special offer from Dr. Shay of 20% off your CarbChoice genetic profile: 

  • To learn more about the CarbChoice genetic profile and to receive 20% off promo code for your CarbChoice profile test with me, opt-in at http://drsamshay.com/carbchoice. There you’ll opt-in for a video where I teach how functional genetics compares and integrates with 15 other diets (including the 5 types of vegetarianisms, paleo, keto, slow-carb, mediterranean, fodmaps, Weston A. Price, and more).
  • You’ll learn all about CarbChoice, how easy the test is to do anywhere in the world, and get your 20% promo code. Just opt-in at http://drsamshay.com/carbchoice. 

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should see a qualified health professional. Do not disregard, avoid, or delay obtaining medical or health-related advice from your health-care professional because of something you heard here. The use of any information provided here is solely at your own risk.

The views and opinions expressed by Dr. Sam Shay are based his education, personal experience, and clinical practice as a chiropractor, acupuncturist, Fitgenes practitioner, and functional neurologist. His views and opinions are not necessarily the official positions of any of these professions or their professional organizations. The views expressed by the guests on this show are solely their own.

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