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Apr 28, 2020

You can control your health and how long you live by examining your deeply held belief systems and resolving generational trauma. How? This episode with Dr. Mario Martinez explores the links between cultural beliefs and longevity.

About Dr. Mario Martinez

Dr. Martinez is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. He proposes, based on credible research evidence, that longevity is learned and the causes of health are inherited. He has studied healthy centenarians (100 years or older) worldwide and found that only 20 to 25% can be attributed to genetics - the rest is related to how they live and the cultural beliefs they share. 

He is the author of the bestselling book, The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success that teaches his theory and practice of biocognitive science to the general public. In addition to longevity, he also explains why our immune system is not just a protector. Instead, it responds to the cultural premises we learn to perceive the world.

In this episode, Dr. Mario explains why some cultures live longer and how we can adopt some of their beliefs and practices in our own lives. He also shares the scientific basis for how generational trauma happens and what we can do to heal from this. Dr. Mario also talks about the creative outcome from discipline and positive patterns.

You know one of my favorite hormones is Oxytocin - the love hormone - well, Dr. Mario talks about what some daily activities are that will increase our Oxytocin and why we should. His research into centenarians has revealed the true role of Oxytocin plays in our longevity. He also shares how creating and following simple rituals can increase your lifespan.

We talk about how this collective quarantine we’re experiencing with the Coronavirus can actually alter the way our minds work. What was important to you before this supervirus might not hold the same weight when we’re through this health crisis.

What we need to do in order to increase our longevity is to create our own eudemonic pleasure. This is a simple part of your daily life, like taking a shot of rum at the end of the day, which brings you pleasure for no other reason than creating joy. For you, this might look like regular phone calls with your friends, an indulgence that fills your cup, or even a morning run.

Do you have any daily rituals or eudemonic pleasures you participate in? As always, you can ask me anything and let me hear your thoughts in the comments on the episode page. If you have questions, email

In This Episode:

  • What some of the cultural standards are that lead to longevity
  • How you can be experiencing generational trauma
  • What discipline and positive patterns create
  • Why you should practice compassion
  • How to increase your Oxytocin
  • What power there is in rituals
  • How a long-term traumatic experience, like collective quarantine, can change your perspective on what’s important now
  • How to create your own eudemonic pleasure
  • What a subculture of wellness is and why you should create one


“That’s a powerful statement. Embody your truth, essentially, embody what is true to you versus the lies that have been told about you. Embody what’s true to you and practice it.” (19:15)

“Find out what is good about your culture and see what you’re not doing that your culture taught you that you can incorporate. Then, also look at how your culture limited you. And, sometimes even berated you, and begin to question that.” (43:22)

“The antidote for shame is honor-consciousness. And I use honor-consciousness as an anti-inflammatory.” (49:39)


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