The Warrior Soul Podcast

US Marine Corps Veteran Chris Albert and Medically Retired Special Forces Operator Andrew Marr take veterans and other listeners through the tools, tactics, and techniques to help them live their best lives. They explore everything from fitness and health to virtual reality and consciousness in an effort to bring knowledge for better living to everyone.
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Nov 15, 2017

Josh Lindstrom is a retired Special Forces Green Beret who suffered a career ending Traumatic Brain Injury in 2012. Emily Hightower is a Breathing and Yoga specialist who works with challenged athletes to improve their performance. Together they've adapted breathing and mindfulness techniques to help veterans to improve at specific sports like Archery and to help them gain better mindsets and healing. 

Nov 8, 2017

Plant medicines have been used for thousands of years and in many cultures and did not carry a social stigma until very recently. In this episode, we discuss uses of this medicine to treat veterans who have returned from combat for PTS, Depression, and other common issues affecting the veteran population.

Nov 4, 2017
In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog "with a big goofy head and little legs" who didn’t seem vicious or run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered—against military regulations—the dog began to follow him. "Looks like you made a friend," another Marine yelled. Grossi heard, "Looks like a 'Fred.'" The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.

Fred not only stole Craig’s heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag—risking jail and Fred’s life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig’s family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the U.S., it was Fred’s turn to save the wounded Marine from Post-Traumatic Stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—"it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it"--Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.
Oct 26, 2017

Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA and author of the 2016 book: The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing
the Pursuit of a Healthy Life from Dutton Penguin Random House. Rodney is in his 40 th year Cornell University faculty. He received his Ph.D. in immunogenetics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Rodney has more than 300 publications, including 200 papers and bookchapters, with most concerning environmental risk factors, developmental immunotoxicity, and
programming of later-life, non-communicable diseases. Recently, he has focused on the importance of the microbiome in health and safety. Among his prior authored and edited books
are: Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System (World Scientific Publishing, 2010),
Immunotoxicity Testing (Springer, 2010), Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease (Springer, 2012) and Science Sifting: Tools for Innovation in Science and Technology
(World Scientific, 2013). Rodney previously directed Cornell's Graduate Program in Immunology, the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and the Institute for
Comparative and Environmental Toxicology and served as a Senior Fellow in the Cornell Center for the Environment. Outside Cornell, he was President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty
Section (SOT) and Editor of Springer’s toxicology book series, Molecular and Integrative Toxicology. Recently, Rodney appeared in the 2014 award-winning documentary film on the
microbiome titled, Microbirth. In 2015, he received the James G Wilson Award from The Teratology Society for the Best Paper of Year (2014) with a peer-reviewed publication on the

Oct 16, 2017

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.


You can learn more about her work from her website, She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every August where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success. Follow her on Facebook (Terry Wahls MD) and on Twitter at @TerryWahls.   Learn more about her MS clinical trials by reaching out to her team

Clinical trials in which Dr. Wahls' team is participating:


The links to our Nations MS Society funded research

Two studies in Bastyr University that are asking patients with MS or Parkinson’s disease about whether they are following the Wahls diet. These studies are based upon surveys that are completed every 6 months and do not require visits to the study site.

Multiple sclerosis


Parkinson’s study

Oct 15, 2017

In this edition of Warrior Fitness Talk, Chris discusses why everything you've been taught about heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux is wrong, and how to fix it. He also talks about the importance of taking vitamin K2 if you're worried about heart disease, and he lists off some healthy keto snacks that you can take on the go - not just snacks, but some really delicious snacks like the Keto Brownie. 

Find the show notes for this episode at:

Oct 13, 2017

As one of the most established ghostwriters in the nation, New York Times best-selling author Michael Levin has written, co-written or ghostwritten more than 550 books, of which eighteen are national best sellers. He appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in January of 2012.

In the past, Michael has published with Simon & Schuster, Random House, St. Martin’s Press, Putnam/Berkley, and many other houses. His works have been optioned for film and TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others. One of his own novels became Model Behavior, an ABC Sunday night Disney movie of the week.

He has also made contributions to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Jerusalem Post, Writers Digest, CBS News. Michael teaches writing at the University of California – Los Angeles and has taught at New York University.

Michael appeared on the first episode of Season Three of ABC’s Shark Tank, is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and is most proud of having edited Zig Ziglar’s final book, Born To Win.

He has spoken on BBC worldwide radio and TV, discussing the Random House/Penguin merger and has been quoted in Inc. Magazine (April, 2016 and in a BloombergBusiness piece on ghostwriting.

He appeared twice on Fox News, in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox & Friends, and on Fox Business, discussing the 2016 election, and was the subject of an interview in July, 2016 on

Oct 10, 2017

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based supplements for neurological disorders, cancer and performance. He was a crew member on NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations 22 (NEEMO 22) and has a personal interest in environmental medicine and methods to enhance safety and physiological resilience in extreme environments. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.

In this conversation, Dom and Chris discuss applications of ketosis to enhance performance for the US Military warfighter and potential for neuroprotection to guard against future neurological issues with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. They also get into making the ketogenic diet easier and more palatable. 

Dom's Favorite Keto Foods:

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Oct 7, 2017

After serving in the US Army's Special Forces, Tony Aguiniga pushed hard into the civilian world. He graduated from the Fire Academy, got his Oil Broker's License, and began his civilian life in what many would consider responsible fashion. 

But something wasn't right. Tony wanted to do more. So Tony and some friends started a tactical shoe company called Woobies. These are awesome, fashionable, and comfortable shoes that you could wear hunting or out to dinner. With his first entrepreneurial experience under his belt, Tony decided to pursue another passion: educating veterans about the benefits of cannabis. 

In his new venture,, Tony's site teaches veterans about the potential benefits of the cannabis plant: what strains to use, the best dosages, and methods of use. He also runs a company called Grey Matter that makes some amazing glass pipes. 


Oct 4, 2017

Mark Sisson is one of the biggest names in the fitness industry and the Primal/Paleo movement. 

He's also 64 years old and looks better than a lot of guys half his age, which is why I think people should listen to him. But it wasn't always easy for Mark. 

Back in the 1980s, he was a high level endurance athlete, and he ate like one. Loading up on carbs to do day after day of grueling training was standard for his routine. But his diet and training schedule led to a near complete breakdown of his athletic career. Swollen achy joints and irritable bowel syndrome were with him every day. 

Mark decided to change his diet and training in favor of the paleo lifestyle, and he was able to continue to be active, out running and out muscling many guys in their 30s. 

Mark lays this all out in his book The Primal Blueprint, and his new book The Keto Reset Diet, explains how we can all tap into our evolutionary make up to gain the ability to burn fat for fuel at will. 

This was a fantastic conversation with one of my fitness heroes and I hope you enjoy it!


Oct 3, 2017

Tragedies such as the one we experienced on October 2, 2017 are horrible. But even in tragedy we can find lessons. 

This short episode discusses the public and media response to this horrible event, and Chris discusses a quote from Marcus Aurelius's Meditations: 

"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." 

So many of us are obsessed with fear of the future that we forget to garner lessons from the present. 

To learn more about Warrior Soul:

Sep 27, 2017

Daryl Hill is a United States Naval Academy graduate who served as a Marine Corps Officer. He is also a highly successful ecommerce entrepreneur. But it wasn't always flourishes and roses. At one point, just a few years ago, Daryl was living out of his car in North Carolina with nothing but his clothes and a few books. 

In this episode we get into the meat of what it takes to build a business and become a true entrepreneur. 

You'll learn:

- How Daryl goes about setting up his ecommerce businesses. 

- How Daryl went about building his network.

- How to find a mentor 

- Why it's a mistake to only depend on social media for marketing         your business. 

- Some of the biggest mistakes Daryl sees new entrepreneurs making   when they go into ecommerce. 

Sep 27, 2017

In this episode of Warrior Soul Health Talk we cover tactics for recovery from training for performance and tactical athletes. We cover everything from proper hydration to supplementation, along with simple practices that you can implement in your daily life to enhance your performance in the gym, in the field, or anywhere. 

Sep 20, 2017

Warrior Fitness Talk is a weekly segment where Matt and Chris get together to discuss the latest in health, fitness, and nutrition. 

In this week's episode we discuss:

- Whether or not whey protein is good for you

- Alternatives to whey protein powder

- Collagen protein and its benefits

- Why Connor McGregor seemed to gas in the Mayweather fight

Sep 19, 2017

When we think of Olympic champions, we often think about athletes who were bred into something and who thought of themselves competing in the Olympics for their entire lives. Erin Cafaro Mackenzie has always been an athlete, but the thought of Olympic Gold in rowing only came into her mind several years before she started competing. 

Erin's first love was basketball, and she came from the Central Valley in California. She got into rowing when she walked on at UC Berkley. At 5'9 she's much smaller than other competitors in rowing, and that meant she had to work her butt off. And work she did. A coach once said that she could "run through a brick wall," and she worked her way to becoming an Olympic champion...twice. 

Over the past few years, Erin has switched gears and begun coaching along with her husband and well known strength and conditioning coach, Brian Mackenzie, at Power, Speed, and Endurance. Today, Erin has stepped away from her leadership role at PSE and is examining her life in the sunset of her rowing career. 

This podcast is loaded with information for athletes, competitors, and those of you in the military and civilian world who are about to go through a transition or who are trying to figure out their next step and path to the future. 

Erin was also an awesome interview and I think we keep it very entertaining. 

Let me know what you think!


Sep 12, 2017

Remembering the sacrifice of those we lost on that day and since. 

Sep 9, 2017

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney ( has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. What Doesn’t Kill Us, his most recent book, is a New York Times bestseller; other works include The Red Marketand A Death on Diamond Mountain. Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2015 he founded WordRates, a website that aims to add transparency to the business of journalism with Yelp-esque reviews of magazines and editors. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. Carney has spent extensive time in South Asia and speaks Hindi. He attended Kenyon College and has a masters degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Denver, CO

Sep 4, 2017

Patrick McKeown is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. In 2002, Patrick completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia. This training was accredited by Professor Konstantin Buteyko. Having suffered from asthma, rhinitis and sleep-disordered breathing for over 20 years, Patrick is able to offer both theoretical knowledge and his own experiences to help clients to overcome similar challenges.

To date, Patrick has written seven books and produced four DVD sets on the Buteyko Method, including two and bestsellers for the management of asthma: Close Your Mouth and Asthma-Free Naturally. The Buteyko self-help manual Close Your Mouth has been translated into ten different languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian and Russian. His latest book titled The Oxygen Advantage,  improves sports performance by addressing dysfunctional breathing patterns and simulating high altitude training. The Oxygen Advantage is currently available in English and Italian, and due to be published in Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Polish and Spanish.

Patrick is Clinical Director of the Buteyko Clinic International and Chairman of its Advisory Board. Patrick’s professional memberships include Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology and full member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences. Patrick holds regular workshops and talks about breathing pattern disorders in countries worldwide including the USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, Denmark, France, Holland, the UK, and his native Ireland. He has trained Buteyko practitioners from 38 countries and delivers group Buteyko courses in London, Dublin, Galway and Sydney.  A TEDxspeaker, Patrick’s work has touched the lives of thousands and more worldwide.

Patrick’s work has been published by leading publishing houses including Harper Collins (UK), William Morrow Press (USA), Red Wheel Weiser (USA) and Sperling & Kupfer (Italy). Journal publications include The Journal of the American Orthodontic Society and Clinical Otolaryngology.

Aug 31, 2017

Nick Cavalier is an award winning director of music videos, commercials and documentary content. A visual and character-focused director, Nick is known for his gritty guerilla filmmaking style and poetic hero centered themes. Nick has been honored with awards and selections at festivals such as SXSW, Palm Springs, Cleveland International and many many more.  His work is featured in multiple national publications including New York Times, Devour, HYPEBEAST, Alternative Press, MTV, G4, Fast Company, Juxtapoz Magazine and more. Nick is more recently lauded for his award-winning film and character portrait on famed artist Derek Hess titled “Forced Perspective” available now through Gravitas Ventures & Redbull TV.

Aug 25, 2017

JERRI SHER is a 2 time EMMY Award-winning filmmaker.  A member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) since 1998, she has completed 22 film and television projects. The pilot for her television series, LIVE LIFE screened at the Chinese Grauman Theatre, LA. This 12-part television series has been bought by Discovery Communications; stay tuned for air dates.  Her short film STEP UP is part of a presentation SANTA MONICA CARES which she created for City/TV Santa Monica and the Directors Guild of America, and garnered her the 2 EMMYS.  Ms. Sher was the writer and producer of the Retrospective Tribute Film honoring Kathryn Bigelow for the DGA’s 75th Anniversary Gala. She also wrote and produced a film honoring Betty Thomas, Mimi Leder and Patty Jenkins for the Women’s Steering Committee of the DGA. Her short film LIVE LIFE A-Z won the My Hero International Film Festival. Her documentary SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, about the rebirth of 42nd St. NYC, won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at The Savannah Film & Video Festival. Jerri produced THE AUTUMN HEART, staring Ally Sheedy and Tyne Daly that was in the Sundance Dramatic Competition, 1999.

A native from Fall River, MA, Jerri earned her BFA from the University of MA at Amherst and an MEd from Springfield College. She has taught at several colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad. Then, Ms. Sher entered the transportation industry and worked in sales and marketing for 18 years, learning the necessary skills to become a producer. Her third career of directing and screenwriting emerged when she wrote a novel about a woman in the trucking business, “THE TWIG PAINTER”.  She is just completing the short film, SMILES IN TECATE and is in discussions about a documentary in Swaziland in Southern Africa. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD).

Aug 22, 2017

Scott Mann is a retired Green Beret officer who has trained over 15,000 Green Berets, Navy Seals, and FBI Agents. 

Since his retirement, he's made it his mission to teach other leaders in both the civilian world and government the "game changing" techniques he applied in combat, while also teaching veterans how to transition into the civilian world. 

Scott is a regular contributor as an expert on major news networks, and his books include Game Changers, his treatise on how to defeat violent extremists, and Mission America: Straight Talk About Military Transition. 

You can learn more about Scott and all he does at

Aug 12, 2017

Don Faul is the CEO of Athos, a tech company that makes smart clothing that detects muscle activation for better performance. Don served as a United States Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer and has previously worked for Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. 

In this episode, Don gives amazing advice to veterans seeking to make their ways in the civilian world. 

- How he made it through a rough transition out of the Marine Corps

- How he secured his first job at Google

- Where he found his greatest source of support in his quest to become a tech executive. 

- Leadership tactics he uses as a CEO and what carried over from the Marine Corps. 

- His personal practices and daily routine. 

- Why veterans should be hopeful as they make their own transitions to civilian life. 

You can find Don on Twitter at

You can find Athos at

Aug 5, 2017

Brian Mackenzie is a human potential specialist. He has spent the last 2 decades in human performance learning about movement and physiology. He is the innovator of the endurance, strength and conditioning paradigm. He has studied performance, movement, hypoxia, breathing mechanics, principles and methods, along with heat and cold exposure. He has spent a lot of his time training and understanding in and around the water, desert and mountain environments. He finished Ironman (Canada 2004), has run the Western States 100 and the Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance runs with success in using methods he developed.

He co-authored the book Power Speed Endurance, NYTimes Best Seller UnBreakable Runner, and UnPlugged. Brian co-founded and created Power Speed Endurance (PSE), which specializes in movement & skill development in sport. He has taken on a quality vs quantity approach for every aspect of the coaching and programming he’s put out. MacKenzie’s programs have taught more than 400 seminars worldwide and provided programming for thousands of athletes from beginner to elite via the PSE platform and private consultation.

MacKenzie and his programs have been featured in Outside Magazine, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Health, Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestsellers “The 4-Hour Body” & “Tools of Titans”, Scott Carney’s best seller “What Doesn’t Kill Us”, Men’s Running UK, LA Sport & Fitness, Muscle & Performance Magazine, and Rivera Magazine. Mackenzie has worked with professionals including Dr. Andy Galpin (CSUF Professor/Researcher & co-author of UnPlugged), Dr. Justin Mager (Health Incite, Marin CA), Dr. Brian Hickey (Florida A&M University Exercise Physiology Professor & PSE BIKE head Coach), and Dr. Andrew Huberman (Stanford Medicine Associate Professor at Huberman Lab). Mackenzie has also worked with athletes, special operators, and MIL/FIRE/LEO with the likes of Laird Hamilton, Jamie Mitchell (10X Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Champion and big wave surfer), Dusty Payne, Kai “Borg” Garcia, Pat Tenore (RVCA creator/founder), Oahu’s North Shore Lifeguards, UFC Light Heavy Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, CrossFit Games athletes including Rich Froning Jr (4X CrossFit Games Champion), and Annie Thorisdottir, James Newbury (2017), Olympic Gold Medalists Erin Cafaro (2X Olympic Gold Medalist in Rowing – W8+, Wife) and Taylor Ritzel (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist –W8+). He has worked with several other professional and elite level athletes in sports spanning from Triathlon, Running, MMA, Swimming, Cycling, Rowing, Surfing, Base Jumping, to invitations to work with Special Operations (US Navy SEALS, Army Rangers) and many other Military and Federal Units, and is working with Stanford Medicine / Huberman Lab on Research surrounding his work.

Jul 31, 2017

Doctor Kirk Parsley spent years as an enlisted Navy Seal. Then, after briefly leaving the Seal Teams, Doc Parsley decided to go to medical school. Once he graduated, Doctor Parsley returned to the Seal Teams as a Physician where he was the Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One. 

Doc Parsley knows what it takes to be fit, tough, and to get through any challenge, but unlike most other wellness experts, he argues that the most important factor is sleep. And since he's spent years helping some of the toughest men in the world get through some of the most difficult and trying situations, we believe him. This episode is full of knowledge gems that anyone can use to optimize their health, fitness, wellness, and life. The full show notes can be found under podcasts, episode 51 at

Jul 20, 2017

Walt Gragg is a US Army Vietnam veteran, retired attorney, and novelist. His first book, The Red Line, is a military thriller that takes the reader through a World War III scenario between a resurgent Russia and the United States. 

We get into Walt's experience in the military and his process as a writer. We also discuss Walt's advice for young veterans and veterans who want to become authors. 

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