Health in Focus with Jacobus

Educating and entertaining you with information about health, healing, and healthy lifestyles, with your host Jacobus Hollewijn. To see more information from Jacobus, such as articles and older interviews, check out his website at

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Wednesday Feb 15, 2023

Andi attended the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned her first degree in the fields of Psychology and Philosophy, and later went back for a second time to study nutrition. She has always been intrigued by the way that different people think, perceive, and interact with the world around them. This curiosity eventually led her to the practice of astrology, which is the study of the alignment of the planets at the moment a person was born. Astrologers claim that the divine organization of the universe at any given moment in time can tell us something about the energetic nature of that moment, as well as give us insight into the minds and lives of the people who were born in that moment.
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Program Notes:01:35… Intro03:15… What is Astrology? 04:55… Why do people use astrology? Ephemeris? 09:10… Are there famous people who use astrology? 11:50… What do you need to know before you start practicing astrology? What different kinds do we have and what’s the difference? Western/Tropical astrology and Eastern/Vedic astrology. Why are these important to understand? 17:40… Why are people so interested in astrology? 24:45… Do people feel that the astrological “blueprint” is reductive, and puts people in a box? 27:40… What is the importance of your “rising sign?” What is a “house” in astrology? Andi explains all these houses. 38:20… Andi explains Jacobus’ chart.47:40… How does she use astrology in personal practice? It has become a second language for her. When was she introduced to it; and how did it become her interest?55:00… The Myers Briggs personality assessment tests. Astrology versus personality tests?1:00:25… The analogy of the Ship of Theseus. The Big Five personalities.1:04:50… Is astrology a subjective practice of self-understanding? Andi explains the Mercury placement, -energy, and -patterns.1:09:00… How does it work for twins, or triplets? There is always a male (Mars)/female (Venus) energy, which can actually adapt over time. How can the understanding of  astrology help in the field of health and healing?1:17:54… How can someone “become” a mass murderer or criminal in their life? Or how can someone change personality all of a sudden? Ted Bundy’s conjunction. Soldiers dying in war at the same time; or people dying during natural disaster. Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 1914.1:22:19… Was there a specific COVID conjunction? Again, Saturn/Pluto conjunction in early 2020. Will it happen again in the near future? Richard Tarnas’ book “Cosmos and Psyche - Intimations of a New World View.”1:25:47… What are the biggest mistakes people make when talking about astrology?1:30:01… Does Andi attract certain specific individuals and energies? Has astrology explained her relationships with others. 1:34:37… Explaining Saturn Return. What Saturn Return means to each of us.1:39:34… Can someone actually “believe” in astrology? Astrology is not a practice of how you should morally conduct yourself in the world. Astrology has taught her that the universe is neutral.1:47:50… How do you explain the practice of astrology? Why is astrology based on patterns? Correlation versus causation.1:54:45… Do you consider astrology to be a science? There is an observation which is followed by looking at synchronistic overlaps between planets. How can we check the scientific patterns of astrology?2:02:07… How can people benefit from practicing astrology? People are abandoning traditional organized religion.That is a problem. Astrology is a conceptional model that is based in a scientific discipline; and it is expansive. This may help people to, once again, make sense of the world around them.2:07:50… How can a planet correlate with certain behaviors, but not be the cause of certain emotions? Lunar (“Lunatic”) cycles and correlation with psychiatric emergency room visits. 2:12:00… Most people rather hear the good stuff, not the negative things. Tips of how NOT to practice astrology? What to focus on when just getting into the studies of astrology, or when seeing a professional astrologer? Allopathic medicine often makes fatalistic predictions without including the possibility of miracles.2:21:31… Do true Christians accept astrology? How often should people have their astrological chart done? And what chart-options are there? Try not to be closed-off in your approach to the information. The progressive chart: 90 days after being born represents 90 years in your life. Transit chart: what’s happening in your life right now today.2:31:20… Benefic Planets versus Malefic planets. Family dynamics are often great or challenging at times because of different individual charts. Stephen Forrest book “Inner Sky.”2:38:02… End

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Rick Brunner is an applied scientist and health coach with 35 years of experience educating many professional- and college coaches and athletes, as well as several thousand middle-aged and senior men and women. His passion is educating people over age 40 how to build strong muscles and bones while burning fat.
Program Notes:5:07 … Not just people 40 and up, also young men are concerned about hormone drop.6:37 … The importance of the scientific data in the journals. Examples of how to exercise.11:21 … Functional stress on the body through exercise: burning fat and building muscle. Where and how to exercise.14:56 … Resistance exercise and stimulating brain activity through a protein called irisin, produced in muscle contractions.16:25 … Statistics (Johns Hopkins University) about warning for rise in central obesity by the year 2030. What can we do now? What part do we the people not understand about this prediction?19:57 … Weight Loss versus Fat loss. Understanding mitochondria. Brown fat cells - white fat cells - beige fat cells. Subcutaneous fat, fat cells in the belly, fat around the organs and muscles (fatty muscle). Glucose Transport-4 (Gluc-4), Insulin’s role.27:57 … High Blood Sugar is a muscle problem. What are the four pillars to work on this issue: Diet - Exercise - Intermittent Fasting - Supplements. 31:43 … Rick’s approach to Intermittent Fasting. What is “mTOR?” What is AMPK? What is “PGC-1alpha?” Anabolic/Catabolic. The problem with yo-yo diets. What does the term “glycemic” mean? 38:29 … Over-fat versus Over-weight. How to figure out fat loss? Look in the mirror and/or use tape measure. Now, what is your plan? 42:16 … Exercising later in the day, followed by eating late? How about making shakes? Rick’s eating plan is different than it will be for others. Perhaps it’s better to have a big lunch. What fats to use in a shake. 47:29 … More research studies. Mitochondria and ATP. Fat cells can turn into inflammatory cells, perhaps causing systemic pain. Autophagy or Mitophagy: cleaning out the trash. The difference between flow and stagnant pond. We want to make more new mitochondria.54:55 … Working on the neuromuscular system with the four pillars as well, especially as we get older. We have to create the environment for our own future. 56:37 … Diet and the importance of digestion. What do carbohydrates do to us? What’s the function of the digestive tract? Are probiotics the answer to our intestinal woes; or do we need to look higher up the tract? Jacobus explains his understanding of what happens during digestion, and why the stomach and duodenum are so important.1:12:29 … How does this affect the Gut-Brain axis? The dangers of proton pump inhibitors on the importance of stomach acid. Symptoms of gas, bloating, acid reflux, GERD, etc. and too much/too little stomach acid. 1:17:09 … How do we still get energy if we are not breaking-down and absorbing our food? Efficiency versus stagnation.1:21:15 … COVID has affected the older generation in their flow. It just depends on how we adapt to the viruses we are exposed to. This has caused stress; how we need to create functional stress. We need to have that “plan” in place. Rick explains his workout routine.1:28:35 … Confusion about taking supplements/pills with your food. Your “plan” will work with the right timing. Rick’s development of new supplements to support his four pillars. How many hours are considered fasting; and what is a fat-burning cycle?1:34:16 … How couples can avoid becoming complacent. The dynamic between them is important to have success. We all need to lose unnecessary weight. 1:39:29 … The body is very complex; science about it is ever-changing. Rick’s upcoming paperback book. Today 5% of people over 65 year old are healthy; the rest are not. In part because they don’t do it because they don’t know where to start and how to create a plan. If no change: by 2030: 80% of women will be centrally obese, 55% of men. Things have continued to get worse since 1995.1:42:40 … 7-8 year old study shows that the average American over the age of 65 years old takes between 8 and 9 prescription drugs daily! Supplements supplement our diet and lifestyle, NOT replace them. Making some positive changes can be noticed relatively quickly, like two months.

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

This is a short introduction about Jacobus' nineteen years of experience doing radio shows about health, healing, and healthy lifestyles, as well as what you can expect from this new podcast.


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