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Jay Campbell Interview | Amino Acid Utilization & Why Most Recommended Protein Foods Aren’t Good Enough

by Dr. David Minkoff January 01, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Jay Campbell Interview | Amino Acid Utilization & Why Most Recommended Protein Foods Aren’t Good Enough


Jay Campbell is a former champion men’s physique competitor and a four-time international bestselling author. His bestselling books include The Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible, Burn Fat with the Metabolic Blowtorch Diet, and The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy Bible.

His podcast, The Jay Campbell Podcast, covers health-related topics such as hormones, biohacking, and achieving higher consciousness. He is dedicated to helping everyone optimize their bodies, minds, hearts, and souls, becoming the best versions of themselves.

This episode of The Jay Campbell Podcast covers:

  • 2:17– Dr. Minkoff talks about the set of events that launched him into alternative medicine and how his wife was suffering very serious symptoms due to mercury toxicity. How this propelled him to get trained in the diagnosis and handling of mercury toxicity.
  • 6:40 – A discussion about how LifeWorks, Dr. Minkoff’s practice, grew exponentially since he began applying the revolutionary techniques that resolved his wife’s mercury toxicity problem. He describes how it went on to become one of the largest alternative health centers in the USA.
  • 10:47 – An explanation of how the majority of the immune system is around the small intestine and how an unhealthy gut can lead to autoimmune disease, joint pain, and arthritis. He explains how these conditions can be alleviated through healing the gut, so it no longer produces antibodies that attack your own tissues. 
  • 15:44 – Dr. Minkoff discusses psychosomatic illness and that it is estimated that 80 percent of diseases are associated with your emotional response to life. He explained how patients are often prescribed a medication to treat depression rather than evaluating the level of toxins and other conditions that affect hormone levels.
  • 18:05 – A discussion about a patient who was so severely affected by mold, Lyme disease, toxins, and parasites that she was unable to function normally, and when she went to the ER for help, she was put in the psych ward for 17 days. After her treatment with Dr. Minkoff for over four and half months, she was restored to good health and sane mental functioning.
  • 28:58 – Dr. Minkoff speaks explains all about protein, including:
    • How the body utilizes protein
    • That proteins are made up of smaller units called amino acids
    • How each type of food is a different blend of amino acids
    • How different foods vary in usability
    • That varying quantities of different foods and supplements can be utilized to make the protein your body needs to build and maintain muscles
  • 35:05 – An explanation of how the body absorbs amino acids and how the unutilized proteins in food are turned primarily into carbs. He discusses how the body utilizes different types of protein and how the solution is essential amino acids, of which 99 percent of the product is made into body protein – PerfectAmino.
  • 36:59 – A discussion about ketogenesis and how he measures it in cancer patients and athletes. He speaks about ketosis, what it takes to meet your protein requirements and burn fat, and the benefits of adding amino acids to a keto diet. He explains how many people on the keto diet are not getting enough protein, which leads to the body consuming muscle tissue, and how this can adversely affect the immune system.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.

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