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The Golden Ratio and Aging Gracefully with Dr. Adam Scheiner

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My guest today is my friend Dr. Adam J. Scheiner, a world-renowned Laser Eyelid and Facial Cosmetic Surgeon. He has expertise in many modern facial cosmetic surgery techniques, as well as non-surgical treatments, to improve your appearance with minimal downtime. Dr. Scheiner’s patients appreciate his friendly, approachable manner, as well as his advanced skills and attention to detail, a unique combination that places him among the top plastic surgeons in Florida. Dr. Scheiner received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheiner Eye Institute. Dr. Scheiner is also respected for his skills and experience administering BOTOX Cosmetic. In fact, he is one of only a select few physicians in the U.S. chosen by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX Cosmetic, to be a National Education Faculty member. In this capacity, as well as for other groups, he trains other physicians in the safe and effective cosmetic use of the product. Dr. Scheiner’s other professional accomplishments include co-authoring book chapters on laser eyelid surgery, presenting original research in the use of lasers for cosmetic surgery at national and international scientific meetings, and lecturing for other physicians on the use of lasers for surgical procedures. Dr. Scheiner is also a Bitcoiner, he has been investing in Bitcoin since 2015 and accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment at this medical practice. In our conversation, we discussed the definition of true beauty, Bitcoin, the importance of the psycho-social relationship, how to avoid aging and wrinkles, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the definition of beauty, the golden ratio, and its presence throughout nature. We go on to discuss how Dr. Scheiner got into Bitcoin and our approaches to long-term investing. We discuss the importance of your psycho-social relationship to a person's psyche and the most common reason people seek out cosmetic surgery. Dr. Scheiner gives advice on how to best slow the aging process and avoid wrinkles. We discuss the effects of sun damage and Dr. Scheiner gives some best practices to avoid sun damage. He even discusses how he has developed a technique to help prevent and reverse sun damage. We finish our conversation by discussing the dangers of politicizing medical procedures. Dr. Scheiner gives advice to the listeners about general best practices for living a healthy life. This is an amazing conversation with so much to learn about how to optimize your health and the aging process. Please enjoy my conversation with Dr. Adam Schiener. -- Kava connects the world's largest cryptocurrencies, ecosystems and financial applications on DeFi’s most trusted, scalable and secure earning platform. Built to scale on the largest decentralized PoS network, Kava lets you mint stablecoins, lend, borrow, earn and swap safely and efficiently across the world’s biggest crypto assets with a simple and intuitive user experience and the full confidence of institutional-grade security and quality . To learn more visit https://untoldstories.link/kava -- Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC. For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin. Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN -- This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

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    Decentralized Data Almanac with Nicholas Fett

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    My guest today is Nicholas Fett, CTO of Tellor. Tellor was launched in 2019 by a U.S.-based team with the aim to address the oracle problem on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. Tellor is an Ethereum-based, decentralized, secure oracle for decentralized finance (DeFi) decentralized applications (DApps). Tellor is a decentralized oracle that provides price data on Ethereum. Tellor uses game theory and crypto-economic incentives to maintain the security of the system, similar to how layer ones have harnessed the power of these methods to reach consensus. Tellor is decentralized and currently provides a price feed every 10 minutes. The speed and potential costs are the areas of concern, but it is decentralized and expensive to censor or manipulate the data. The economic incentives are also set up properly to provide a proper liveness guarantee even in times of stress on the Ethereum network. Nicholas Fett is an economist, developer, and founder at Tellor, a decentralized oracle on the Ethereum network. Former positions include an economist at the US CFTC, the federal regulator for derivatives and cryptocurrencies, where he studied market structure of derivatives markets and implications of new technologies. He then went on to found Daxia, a derivatives protocol focusing on a truly decentralized architecture. He received an Ethereum foundation grant in 2018 to study security features of oracles and their potential uses in scaling and financial products. He then used this knowledge to build Tellor, a crypto economically secured, censorship-resistant focused oracle. In our conversation we cover Tellor, decentralized oracles and the importance of data, the rising cost of goods, how the CFTC works, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing how Nick got into crypto and his time at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We continue our conversation by discussing the CFTC and why Bitcoin is regulated by the CFTC. We also discuss the power struggles between government agencies for regulatory oversight and the impact that has on broader society. A very interesting topic of discussion we talked about centered around how the rising cost of goods will impact the derivatives markets and forecasting models. Our conversation flows into what are oracles and Tellor. Nick discusses the importance of data and oracles to DeFi and how Tellor is prioritizing decentralizing data collection. Nick does an excellent job at explaining how oracles work and the current vulnerabilities of oracles. Another topic of discussion that was very interesting was how oracles will facilitate more granular data sets to give a clearer picture to real-world problems like inflation. Our final discussion topic centered around the applications of bringing real-world data on-chain. --- ParaSwap: If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage. Public: Start investing with as little as $1 and get a free slice of stock up to $50 when you join Public.com today. Visit public.com/UNTOLDSTORIES to download the app and sign up. --- This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

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