Share on Pinterest

118: Dr. Anthony Gustin — (Only) You Can Fix Yourself!

By December 2, 2017Podcasts
Reading Time: 5 minutes
The next Whole Life Challenge starts in:


118: Dr. Anthony Gustin — (Only) You Can Fix Yourself!We’ve all been to the doctor before. The typical advice that follows a cursory exam is basically, “Do this for the symptoms,” with little in the way of addressing the underlying issue. High cholesterol, for example, is a symptom, not an underlying issue — bringing down cholesterol is not the same as treating the underlying problem, if there even is one. Among the highly educated is a tendency to believe the answers are known. Dr. Anthony Gustin believes this may not be the case, and the more he studies the less sure he is of any “knowns.”

As a child, Dr. Gustin thought it was normal to be sick often, overweight, ridden with acne, have constant joint pains, and be generally unhealthy. When he realized he was in control of all that through diet and exercise, his life changed forever. Through many years of study and self-experimentation, Dr. Gustin developed a foundational support system for health and wellness. His longstanding pains went away, his mental performance skyrocketed, and his overall body composition finally improved dramatically.

Having built and sold a chain of sports medicine clinics, Dr. Gustin’s time is now spent on the day-to-day operations of Equip Foods (formerly pureWOD), his whole-food based supplement company, and his other ketosis-based supplement company, Perfect Keto. (Use that affiliate link and the coupon code WHOLELIFECHALLENGE for 15% off your order.)

In the interest of raising the bar for therapeutic care, Anthony also helps other clinicians, therapists, and trainers scale up and help more people through Health Fit Business and helps patients find clinicians through his platform Movement Providers.

Through all those channels, Anthony now focuses on educating as many people as possible about the four pillars of health: nutrition, movement, stress/mental health, and sleep/rest. Only with all of these operating in your favor can your health and quality of life be optimal. Join us for an insightful conversation with a humble truth- seeker, Dr. Anthony Gustin.

Andy Petranek Whole Life Challenge

P.S. I started the WLC Podcast because I wanted to bring out the real-life stories of health and well-being experts from around the world. Their stories, along with their advice, are compelling, inspiring, and actionable. To continue doing that, and to bring you the highest profile, most influential, fun, and exciting guests from around the world, I could really use your help.

If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe. If you already do, thank you and please write a review. Let’s grow this thing so these stories can breathe the light of day and get in front of more people, influencing them like they’ve influenced you. Thanks!

Episode Resources, Mentions, and Moments:

Paleo f(x) — the largest gathering of Paleo, ancestral health, keto, functional medicine, strength and conditioning experts in the world.

Dr. Gustin shares his method to shift your dietary habits.

Todd White/Dry Farm Wines (affiliate link) or check out the WLC Podcast with Todd).

Andy lost five poundswhen he went keto, but then the weight loss stopped. Where was all that extra food (especially carbs) going before? Did he even need that food?

Learn about some potential benefits and proper usage of supplements such as collagen protein — supplements are not “replacements.”

Meet Dr. Wes Hendricks of

Why exogenous ketones are useful.

Success with a keto diet (or any significant lifestyle shift) requires work and planning.

The inspiration to move from a chiropractic focus to a nutritional focus.

Dr. Gustin, you were a “fat kid” with lots of nagging health issues. How did you get where you are today from there?

When you began changing your diet as a kid, without any support from family or friends, how did you manage that?

Dr. Gustin talks about the paralysis too many choices can bring on.

The Atkins Diet.

Exploring a no-carb diet.

Dr Gustin, you had bad acne until only a few years ago. What did you finally realize the (easily solvable) issue was?

Dr. Gustin’s educational background.

Learn about personal differences in needs for carbohydrates and reactions to insulin.

Can everyone benefit in some way from a low-carb or ketogenic diet?

When it comes to nutrition, test yourself and learn what works best for you.

“It depends.” — why is this Dr. Gustin’s answer to many questions about carbs, protein, fat, supplements, exercise…?

The difference between “classic” chiropractic and Dr. Gustin’s approach.

The questionable value of chiropractic adjustments.

The best long-term approach to chiropractic care.

What is sports medicine?

Treating symptoms or fixing the real problem?

Why chiropractic adjustments are largely unneeded and ineffective.

Dr. Gustin, you don’t take a salary from the businesses you run. How do you make a living?

The most useful three pieces of advice Dr. Gustin can share.

How to stay on track and continue growing.

Dr. Gustin’s n=1 experiment right now.

Are there any 100% certainties in nutrition?

The importance of organ meats.

Favorite and most impactful reading list.

BIG THANKS to Dr. Anthony Gustin! If you enjoyed this podcast or have questions, please let him know by visiting and commenting on his Instagram.

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
104: Dr. Lane Sebring — Paleo Plus Ketosis for Super-Health
96: Robb Wolf — How We’re “Wired to Eat”

Connect with Dr. Anthony Gustin:
Dr. Gustin’s Instagram
Dr. Gustin on Twitter
Dr. Gustin on Facebook

Connect with Andy Petranek to offer feedback or ask a question:

Rate and Review the Whole Life Podcast:
Reviews of the podcast go a long way in helping us spread the word and grow the community. If you enjoy listening and are receiving value, please do us a favor and click this link, then click <open in iTunes> to leave us a review!

Andy Petranek on FacebookAndy Petranek on InstagramAndy Petranek on Twitter
Andy Petranek
Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.