501 Mickra Hamilton:
What does it look like to be operating at peak performance? In a “flow state” where intentions manifest with ease, you are optimized for productivity without burnout, and in full exuberant health? We all want that right? And guess what, it IS possible.
I’m Melinda Wittstock and today on Wings of Inspired Business we meet an inspiring entrepreneur whose entire business and mission is to get us to “precision performance” so we can live a limitless life.
Dr. Mickra Hamilton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Apeiron Zoh Corporation where she is a “Human Systems Designer,” and creative disruptor in the field of Precision Human Performance creating a new paradigm of what is possible for human flourishing.
Today we’re going to geek out a bit about complex systems thinking – how to connect the dots to reinvent so much of what needs reinventing right now, including our own holistic health, immunity and why women tend to be better suited to collaborative and complex business models that are needed right now to solve so many of the world’s biggest problems. Plus why it is vital we take an integrated approach to all things – including balancing of our masculine and feminine energies.
A retired colonel, Dr Mickra Hamilton spent 30 years in the US Air Force, where she served as a Human Performance Subject Matter Expert. Mickra skillfully works with a precision, systems-based approach to optimize performance and potential by leveraging genomics and epigenetic lifestyle strategies along with scientific research, advanced biologics, and leading-edge technologies. Her work as a creative disruptor in the field of Precision Human Performance is creating a new paradigm of what is possible for human flourishing.
These highly successful strategies address the physiological, emotional, mental, and energetic aspects of the “human system” to enhance life, improving our relationship with the internal and external environment and how this impacts the collective environment. Mickra focuses in on the epigenetics of the human environment, performance breathing, conscious leadership, peak psychophysiological performance and stress optimization.
She’s doing some cutting-edge work in the lab in the field of psychoacoustics in her company Apeiron’s R & D Division – focusing on 3-D soundscape/naturescape virtual reality programming and breath/heart/brain entrainment to restore systems equilibrium and create beneficial shifts in states of consciousness. Apeiron’s acoustic research aims to create advanced technology that works with the “human system” to restore resonance and propel the advancement of human evolution.
Did I ever share with you that I love when female entrepreneurs think and play big?
Today we go deep into how to optimize our health and our performance in all ways – plus why entrepreneurs seem to be faring better in coping with Coronavirus – as change is something we tend to take for granted. And challenges always present opportunity – so how best to thrive in these times? Can we turn a sick care system into a true health care system? Can we reinvent all the systems that need reinventing?
You’ve going to love this one!
Let’s put on our Wings and fly with Dr Mickra Hamilton.
Melinda Wittstock: Mickra, welcome to Wings.
Mickra Hamilton: Oh, thank you Melinda. It’s such a pleasure to be here.
Melinda Wittstock: It is wonderful to have you on too. And I am so excited to geek out with you about complex systems, precision performance medicine. Those are a lot of big words. And I want you to break it down for everybody first, so people really understand your expertise.
Mickra Hamilton: Sure. Well it’s interesting because I come from a performance lens. And so our medical system has never made sense to me. We basically, you take a reductionistic approach and treat the human system as if it’s a complicated system. So we have algorithms that say if this, then that. And I think that what the medical realm has lost sight of, because the Greeks certainly knew this, but the medical realm has lost sight of the fact that we are complex systems. And until we address all aspects of those complex systems, we aren’t going to move into our full expression. And by that I mean wholeness, and have a thriving and flourishing existence.
Mickra Hamilton: So complex systems, precision performance is about the uniqueness of each of us as individuals. And so it’s a data driven process that’s bio individualized. So yes, absolutely diagnostic things, not necessarily in the traditional medical lane. There aren’t tests that are not useful. So we look at each part of the human system, we do diagnostics across all of it. Then we actually whiteboard. So we have 12 of our providers that sit as a team, and we take all aspects of the human system. So we do genetics and labs, and DEXA scans for lean muscle mass, and body fat, and bone density.
Mickra Hamilton: And we analyze the brain. We do QEG mapping, 3D mapping of the brain. We map the nervous system to see how life has lodged in the nervous system. So we can actually see the thoughts of the mind creating an effect in the autonomic nervous system. And as we, and there’s so much more data than that, but as we pull all of it together, we’re able, along with the goals of the individual, we’re able to design a custom program that is so precise to each individual.
Mickra Hamilton: And then we work as guides to walk hand in hand and partner with them to meet their goals at their speed. And so it’s really a very precise process. We believe that this is the future of healthcare on this planet. And as AI and deep learning merge with the process, I think that we’re going to have the benefit of the human connection, where we’re actually serving as coaches instead of telling people what to do. And then also the brilliance of the AI process, it helps us see what we can’t yet see, by having all of the biomarker data points of the human system.
Melinda Wittstock: I have a thesis about this, that women are a little bit better at doing this. Because over many millennia when men had to go and sit quietly and wait for the wildebeest, and they had one chance to spear it and then they bring it home. And they very kind of focused one thing at a time, kind of thing. To do that providing. And women did everything else, everything else. And so it’s one of the reasons why we can sit there and say … We know where, we’ve got a billion things, plates spinning all over the place, and we still know where our partner’s socks are. That kind of thing.
Melinda Wittstock: So when you extrapolate that out to business models, I see women creating much more systems oriented businesses. Where they’re applying things or attaching things in new ways to come up with really novel solutions. When women come into business, especially with big transformational ideas in the entrepreneurial world. Is that consistent with your experience as well?
Mickra Hamilton: It is. So if you think about the women who have been in executive roles and leading large corporations, you can certainly identify that they’re complex systems thinkers. So I think that those early front runners, pioneers, visionaries like yourself, I think that, that was something that stood out.
Mickra Hamilton: And I find that what’s happening now is that as more and more women are going, “Wait, I have a lot to contribute,” and trusting in their ability to do that. And also going, “,Hey, I want that job because I can do that, and I can maybe do it in a broader lens.” I’m not going to say better, although that might be true, but in a broader lens.
Mickra Hamilton: The other thing that I’m finding that’s really interesting, is that what I’m watching is women are stepping into what I call a balanced and integrated being. And so they’re allowing both their masculine strength that can do the job, get the job done.
Melinda Wittstock: Right.
Mickra Hamilton: Feminine, intuitive nature to merge into one really powerful whole. And so I sense that, that’s why we’re seeing more and more women stepping into more and more leadership roles in this way. That’s creating a spectacular splash.
Melinda Wittstock: So in the context of Coronavirus, which is impacting the whole world in lots of different ways. I’m watching how entrepreneurs are dealing it differently from most people. So entrepreneurs by nature run towards problems, because we create solutions to problems that we see. We are by necessity, we’re really good at handling change, because you go down the path of an entrepreneur, and you get personal growth whether you like it or not, if you’re going to grow a business. Because you have to be resilient in all that change, you have to adapt quickly, all those sorts of things.
Melinda Wittstock: A lot of entrepreneurs seem to be weathering this a lot better. Even if they’re struggling to meet payroll or they’re having all these things, or disruptions of the financing rounds and all the kind of stuff that’s happening. Or having to pivot their business or whatever. They’re tending to come at it in more of “Where’s the opportunity in this?” There’s more of a positivity. Is that a lesson really, that entrepreneurial way, that the kind of rest of society needs to sort of learn? I mean, how can women lead that?
Mickra Hamilton: Well, what I love about this is, what you pointed to ab dd out loving change. This is, I think this is a big piece, a foundational piece. Entrepreneurs are constantly seeking new ways to invent, new ways to create. And change is a constant in our lives. We actually thrive on that. The people who are feeling like they’re not safe and they can’t do anything differently out of their routine, or they just shatter apart, this is the perfect storm for them, because they don’t know how to navigate it.
Mickra Hamilton: I think that we are providing an opportunity in all of this outreach and this conversation to have people go, “Hey, you know what? Life is all about change.” And as we embrace it and as we actually go, “Cool, I love change,” and “What can I do with this new scenario that I have before me?” I think they take a bit more courage and say, “Okay, I don’t have to stay in this tight container shell that I’ve been in my whole life. I can actually take a small step and create something new for myself.”
Melinda Wittstock: And also obviously too with Coronavirus we’re seeing a lot of problems that need to go get fixed. So if you put your systems thinking brain, but also all your background in human performance, but also epigenetics and sort of a holistic health approach to this, what are some of the biggest problems you think that entrepreneurs can solve right now?
Mickra Hamilton: Well, wow, that’s a really good question. And I have many, many, many answers.
Melinda Wittstock: And I’m just going to say to anyone listening that has any kind of idea, no matter how insurmountable or impossible it is, I think the energy has shifted that now is your time. It’s your time to step into the light and go for it.
Melinda Wittstock: Because our healthcare system that are obviously not working. And our supply chain, obviously not working.
Mickra Hamilton: Yeah. So if we just start with the … And you said healthcare, I’m going to say, let’s start with the word “sick care”. Because we don’t have, truly, we don’t have a healthcare system. Now you might call it a treatment care system, and that would be a bit more accurate. But it’s certainly a sick care treatment care system. So I’m going to say to all of the people out there, and I know this is going to resonate with almost everyone right now, we have an opportunity to flip everything on its head.
Mickra Hamilton: Now the human system is designed to thrive and flourish. Our genetics assists us to do that. The epigenetics, or how nature and nurture interact, meaning every single thing that you participate in has an opportunity to shift your genetic expression.
Mickra Hamilton: Now that doesn’t mean your genes change, but it means that every decision you make, every action you take, can create either a beneficial or not beneficial scenario in your human system. And so if we all made the decision to really focus in, I’m going to say double down on creating a performance machine. And I don’t mean machine in the robot perspective. I mean, what is the highest capacity of our human system, and what do we need to do to get there? I can tell you it’s an intelligence beyond any intelligence known anywhere. And it knows what to do.
Mickra Hamilton: And so if we got out of our way and we listened to what our system needed. If we nurtured our system. If we fed it whole foods. If we slept as we were designed to sleep. If we made love. If we connected. If we moved in nature, the way humans were designed to move. If we put things on our skin that were compatible with our cellular structure. If we cooked by fire, and that’s also electric stove. But if we cooked with natural methods as opposed to microwaves alter the expression of the food that then we eat. If we thought really high vibrational thoughts of connection.
Mickra Hamilton: And it’s interesting, the human is designed to survive in community. It is not the survival of the individual that our genes promote. So if we looked at ourselves differently and if we said, start with preconception planning. If we took the mom and the dad, and the mom and the dad were prepared to birth a new life. They took six months, minimum of six months to really create a thriving system, where they decrease their stress. Where they didn’t consume alcohol. They didn’t smoke. They ate whole foods. They made love a lot. They listened to relaxing music, and then they took their genetics. Because we have that precision data.
Mickra Hamilton: Now they’re guided on how to best promote thriving life in the womb. How to best connect with that life. Then that baby is born in a beautiful nurturing environment, not a cold stainless steel system that we have set up right now. And that baby is also consciously parented. And we use their genetics to go, “Hey, lactose is probably not a good idea for your baby.” So we programmed on purpose.
Mickra Hamilton: Now what I see that ability to do is in four generations we have a very different human experience in those who are grown that way. Now we can contrast that with what’s going on now, and we won’t. But except to say that we’ve got a lot of carb humans who are not behaving in the intelligent design of their system. Now what does that mean?
Mickra Hamilton: You can extrapolate that out as well. And you can ask the question if our healthcare system doesn’t change into this new model, good heavens. All of the dollars. We spend $10,500 per person in the US, in the most medically advanced country on the planet. $10,500, and that’s only for 20% of the people. The 80% who are healthy, they’re not spending those healthcare dollars. So what if we spent money on the 80% who are healthy to keep them healthy, so that they didn’t decline. They didn’t die, broken and addled. What would that bring on return of investment? Oh goodness, right?
Melinda Wittstock: What you say resonates very deeply with me, and I look around at the sort of habits that we’ve seen for a very long time. Where we have just really poor food choices, a lot of processed foods for instance. Schools next to farms, where the school children can’t get fresh food or even an apple right next to an apple orchard, and all they can get his junk. Strange anomalies like that, that don’t make any sense.
Melinda Wittstock: Rising diabetes, things like this. People who have diabetes or obesity, which is a big chunk of the country, are more vulnerable to Coronavirus than those who’ve really focused on their immune system. So I want to learn a little bit more about your business and your clients, how you help your clients and what the big vision is for what you’re doing right now in the world.
Mickra Hamilton: Well, the vision is big. And we have a goal of reaching 1 billion individuals on this planet by 2025. And we’re only really three and a half years away from that place. Now, when I say that, what I mean is, in place, yes, they’re broken, there’s no question, and we cannot fix them. We have to do a completely new design of the systems.
Melinda Wittstock: Right.
Mickra Hamilton: We have to educate across the planet. We’ve got to change the medical school teachings. We’ve got to change the mental health teachings. We’ve got to look at what does it take to thrive and flourish. And what that means is not getting sick, because we don’t have to get sick if our systems are functioning at their highest intelligence. Now cancer, all of the things that we see, all of these modern diseases that we see, are lifestyle driven.
Mickra Hamilton: They’re all lifestyle driven. The top 10 causes of death on this planet. They’re all lifestyle driven. And so we have an easy place to intervene. Now you can’t just say, “Let’s change our lifestyle.” We’ve got to move into a precision data, complex systems process. And what that means is, we’ve got to look at what is called total exposure health. As I said, with epigenetics, every input to the human system creates an opportunity in that system to either thrive or not. And so where we’ve lived, what we’ve breathed in, how fast we breathe. All of our work exposures, the things that we didn’t know were dangerous to our health. The things that we clean with. We’ve got to have a much broader system, that takes into account policies around health, cultural norms around health. We’ve got to really intervene in every system so that we look at health and wellbeing a different way.
Mickra Hamilton: I mean, it’s completely, it must become an axiom that there’s nothing to heal. And we’re very, very far away from that process. I think that even with, if the possibility of, faster computing comes online, it’s still going to take us a couple of generations to realistically create a shift. And in the human state, from a healing perspective, I mean all the statistics show you that cancer’s increasing. Diabetes, increasing. Obesity, increasing. It doesn’t have to, but we have to take action.
Mickra Hamilton: We have to really raise the consciousness on this planet. And I call it the health consciousness on the planet, because people don’t really have the information they need, because of the way we’ve put it in these little … We go nutrition, smoking, movement. And sometimes we say stress. But that’s really what we focus on in our corporate wellness programs. I mean, it makes no sense to have such a small lens on such an elegant process.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah, absolutely right. I love when women have big goals. I’m going back to your billion number. I, on this podcast we talk a lot about what it takes to play bigger. And I remember when I first started saying play bigger, just even to female entrepreneurs I was talking to face to face. And for a split second their eyes would have this look of dread, because they’re like, “I’m already doing so much, how can I do more?” And it was translated instantly to a doing. And I said “No, you don’t have to do to manifest big things.” So there was that little disconnect there.
Melinda Wittstock: When we’re in scarcity, yeah, we think we have to do everything. and we can burn out in that way. And a lot of women entrepreneurs do. They get into their forties and fifties and their health is going. They’ve been in this go, go, go, go, go. Not looking after themselves, putting everyone else first, which is lovely, but not really the best plan and it’s not sustainable.
Mickra Hamilton: Right.
Melinda Wittstock: And so this whole thing about playing bigger, you can create a small business or a big business, it takes the same amount of energy. So I just wanted to say I love that you have this big goal and you have a real plan for how this unfolds.
Mickra Hamilton: Me too. Our ecosystem was designed for scale and reach. We want global reach so that we are creating the solution for what we see as a very big problem. The ecosystem has performance centers. They’re not necessarily called medical centers, although we do performance medicine in them. They’re more like true precision for foreign centers, where it’s like “Here’s the uniqueness of you as a human.” And we know that you didn’t get to this place overnight. So we know that we can’t turn this ship around in 90 days. So all of our programs are one year long. So we’ve got the medical centers with really highly advanced trained individuals. We have an academy, where we actually teach epigenetic precision performance coaching. And that coaching is both for physicians, for providers who are doctors, non prescribing. But also for health coaches, for nonmedical coaches, to really understand how epigenetics or lifestyle modification based on the individual’s genetics, can really move the marker on human health and wellbeing.
Mickra Hamilton: So we cover all ends of the spectrum with that. And we also have a research and development division that works with advanced technologies, advanced biologics. The new age rejuvenation protocols that are coming down the pipe that are mostly now in rat research models. We’ve got Brian Kennedy on our advisory board, and he was the CEO at the Buck Institute. And we’re moving these things that have enough evidence base early on to show value. We’re getting the data. We are working on the research side, we want to stand up the opportunity to work with indigenous sciences. So, plant medicines MDMA with maps and psilocybin and ketamine is legal, and we can already do that from a trauma perspective. But the strategies that we know work, they don’t have 30 years of evidence base yet.
Mickra Hamilton: We’re working in those lanes, with brain stimulation and advanced brain and nervous system strategies, to align the system back into its innate intelligence, and even move it beyond that place. So what does the next sort of evolution of a thriving human look like? They’re performers. They’re making change moment by moment, because they have access to resources that we haven’t had access to.
Mickra Hamilton: We have a foundation now for complex systems, health and wellbeing, to help corporations move this out in a very big way. And also to do PTSD, whole systems resolution. And so this is a small, it’s a small beginning of a very large, large ocean, that we’re going to blanket the planet with this new perception, this new model. And one of my most thrilling types of creations right now is to partner with private industry to create a model that would blow the health departments out of the water.
Mickra Hamilton: If we had epigenetic life centers that were manned by the community. We’ve got every specialty in the community. We’ve got organic farmers. We’ve got chefs. We’ve got body workers, physicians. I mean you have, our communities could run these centers. They could cross all economic structures, and we could be using precision data driven bio-metrics to have new aging biomarkers. The families could all be involved together, so we could build community. I know without a doubt that within 12 months of these centers standing up, we would show such return on investment in so many lanes, not just financial, but the human connection lane, that we could get the US government to transition those health departments into these centers. They would be so much more cost effective, and there would be a lot of love right there in those centers too.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh gosh. So true. I mean Mickra, you’re here at the right time, doing the right thing. And I just want to thank you for that. It’s amazing and inspiring what you’re doing. And I just want to thank you so much for taking the time to share your wisdom and your insights with all the Wings listeners.
Melinda Wittstock: I want to make sure they know how to find you and work with you. How can they do that?
Mickra Hamilton: If we’re talking about our ecosystem, the best place is apeironzoh.com. Aperion Zoh, that means limitless life in Greek, apeironzoh.com. And there’s a thing that you can fill out that says what you’re interested in, because all of our ecosystem is on that website. And LinkedIn is another good place. But I’ll tell you, I’m going to share my private email. Well I guess it’s not private right as you share it. But anyone who really wants to have more conversations around any of this, I would love that. So it’s drhamilton, and it’s @aperionzoh.com. So same thing, aperionzoh.com.
Melinda Wittstock: Wonderful. Well, thank you so much for putting on your wings and flying with us today.
Mickra Hamilton: Thank you for having me. I’m so grateful to share all of this.