Guts and Brains Go Together with Perry Nickelston

Dr. Perry Nickelston is a Chiropractic Physician who has evolved his focus over the years into Performance Enhancement, Corrective Exercise, and Metabolic Fitness Nutrition. He also has training from The American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders. He is an expert in myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy.

In this episode Josh and James chat to Dr. Nickelston about his treatment methodology and really dive deep into the importance of nutrition and the gut in getting the best out of your body in your lifetime. Dr Perry has a wealth of experience in treating people using his Body Eco-system hierarchy methodology and in this episode, he explains in great detail how he uses his fairly “alternative” (yet still scientific) treatment method to improve people’s overall health.

Discussion points:

  • Dr Perry – still learning
  • Don’t underestimate starting with the basics/working with beginners
  • Body Eco-system hierarchy
  • The Gut-Brain axis
  • Sensory Input driving motor output
  • Nervous system types
  • Bodily systems and their relationships
  • The importance of Food
  • Tell-tale signs of the gut impacting the skin
  • Supplementation
  • Stimulating the Vagus nerve
  • Chronic inflammation caused by stress
  • Immune system and the gut


SCP Website

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Taping Demonstration

SCP Instagram

Strength Matters System of Athletic Development

Fit over 30 Facebook Group

Strength Matters Website

Strength Matters Magazine

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“The fastest way to shut down discovery is losing possibility, right? So that’s the way I look at it and plus when you can go back and work with somebody just starting out, you realise how critical those basics and those fundamentals are that people either have a tendency to overlook or they want to move on to the more important, really cool shiny new stuff, not realising that what they’ve already been through is what’s gonna take you to that mastery.” – Dr Perry Nickelston


“It’s about interactions and relationships and no system in the body ever works alone, and when you get an injury to one, there’s never just an injury to one. It’s all of them. And if you want to heal and you need to see how all of them are working together.” – Dr Perry Nickelston


“Think about this for a second, what you stick in your mouth for food, that’s the only thing that your brain [body] has to work with in order to give you the nutrients that you need to create new cells and regenerate old ones, like, that’s it. So what you put in there, really friggen matters.” – Dr Perry Nickelston


“High stress lowers stomach acid. So when you’re under a high amount of stress, you naturally shut down digestion.” – Dr Perry Nickelston


“See here’s the thing, most people are walking around with underlying inflammation in their system, they just don’t know it and that’s called chronic disease. Chronic disease is chronic inflammation, and we’ve just become accustomed to being a society that looks like crap and feels like crap… and we just think it’s normal. It’s not normal. It’s common, but it’s not normal” – Dr Perry Nickelston

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