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Why Some People Drink Camel Urine, The Fascinating History of Nutrition From Camels, 8 Big Reasons I Now Guzzle Camel’s Milk & Much More.

Prepare for your mind to be blown as you review the following three images. They are, long story short, step-by-step instructions for drinking camel's urine as an immune system tonic and anti-cancer aid. Not kidding. Check it out:

Still not convinced to rush out to your local zoo and collect a few glass mason jars of camel piss?

Then consider the following scientific papers…

…”The inhibitory effect of camel’s urine on mycotoxins and fungal growth“…

…”In vitro Assessment of the Antimicrobial Activity and Biochemical Properties of camel’s urine“…

…and last, but certainly not least…

…”Cytotoxicity of the Urine of Different Camel Breeds on the Proliferation of Lung Cancer Cells”.

And trust me, the stuff tastes freaking delicious. It's right up there with bear drool and tiger semen.

OK, OK, so perhaps you're not still not convinced that urine is a must-have addition to your diet. But in today's article, I do want to share with you a new addition to my diet that is something far tastier and attractive than camel's urine…

…camel's milk.

In today's article, I'm going to share with you the fascinating history of camel's milk consumption, the surprising and unique nutrition profile of camel's milk, eight big reasons me and my twin eight year old boys are now guzzling camel's milk on a regular basis as an alternative to goat's milk and cow's milk, and where I get my camel's milk (spoiler alert: I did not purchase nor do I personally milk an actual camel).

Let's do this, shall we? (insert Aladdin theme song here).


The Fascinating History of Camel's Milk

Since the domestication of camel several millennia ago, bedouins, nomads and pastoral cultures around the world have relished camel milk – so they've been drinking the stuff for a really, really long time. Surprisingly, camels are thought to have originated in North America, but somebody must have left the gate open, because they eventually migrated to Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

For nomads, camels are more than livestock. They’re a physical and spiritual link to nature. Plus, it’s their primary source of income, food and transportation, just as if you bundled your car, house and job on top of a camel and hit the road. Camels are life to nomads, and although their way of life is being threatened due to city growth and loss of roaming land, a growing commercial interest in camel milk can help them keep going.

Herders in many of these Asian and Middle Eastern countries have long said they survive solely on camel milk when taking the camels long distances to graze in desert and arid mountain environments (I'm pretty sure they certainly throw a few dates down their throats too when they get the chance). And the camels? They're like goats. They can thrive on thorns, bushes, a few scant grasses and an occasional bucket of water to make a desert trip.

Camel farming traditionally takes place in desert or mountain conditions, although it is now flourishing in Germany and The Netherlands. You'll now find camel milk is in supermarkets in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Mauritania, and there’s a new chain of camel milk cafes in Dubai! Camels produce tons of milk – with Pakistani and Afghani camels producing up to 30 liters per day. Because of this, and because camels, with their ability to go 21 days without drinking water and still produce milk even when feeding on low-quality fodder, are a sustainable option for food security in difficult environments.

In India, camel milk has been used desert communities like the “raika” for a very long time, it also finds its presence in the ancient Indian medicinal texts of Ayurveda. The National Research Centre on Camel in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India is a national camel research institute, and has participated in research projects on the therapeutic values of camel milk in autism, diabetes, TB, hepatitis, etc.

In the USA, demand for camel milk  originated from a growing number of people who had leaky gut issues and other irritable bowel complaints, and were looking for a milk the human gut can actually handle. Other people have utilized camel milk to boost their immune system (no camel urine required!) and to build a wider diversity of bacteria in the microbiome, which you'll learn about later in this article.


The Surprising & Unique Nutrition Profile of Camel's Milk

Camel milk is an extremely rich source of proteins, with very high antimicrobial and gut protective activities – since many of these proteins are not found in cow milk, or found only in minor amounts in cow milk. Camel milk has enough nutrients to easily sustain a person through the day as a sole source of food, and in many countries, camel milk is given to babies suffering from malnutrition.

Compared to cow, buffalo and ewe milk fat, camel milk fat contains fewer short-chain fatty acids, but the same number of long-chain fatty acids can be found, and is particularly high in linoleic acid. Some researchers claim that the value of camel milk is to be found in the high concentrations of linoleic acid (among other polyunsaturated fatty acids), which are essential for human nutrition. Camel milk has more fat and more protein than cow's milk, but the amount of cholesterol in camel milk is actually lower than cow or goat milk.

Camel milk also has a very high vitamin, mineral, and immunoglobulin content. It is three times higher in vitamin C than cow's milk and 10 times higher in iron than cow's milk. It is also very high in unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins, lower in lactose than cow's milk, and the levels of potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc are higher than in cow's milk.

Here's a few other fun facts for you from the Desert Farm Camel's Milk website:


8 Big Reasons I Now Guzzle Camel's Milk

There's a few other very interesting benefits of camel's milk that I've discovered in the past couple months that I've been consuming the stuff: eight big reasons that I now guzzle camel's milk on a near daily basis.

In no particular order of importance, here they are:

1. Colostrum

First, camel's milk is extremely, extremely high in colostrum.

Colostrum, also known as “first milk”, is a mammary secretion produced by cows, camels and other related animals. The results of supplementation with colostrum or consumption of milk high in colostrum are similar to supplementing with whey protein, although colostrum may offer some very unique benefits for both the immune and digestive systems.

For example, the undeveloped intestinal tract of a newborn allows the growth factors present in colostrum to pass freely through the intestinal wall for absorption. But fully-developed adult mammal intestines break down the beneficial compounds in colostrum before they can be absorbed into the blood stream. So although an adult's digestive enzymes prevent colostrum growth factors from significantly affecting muscles, colostrum in adults will still exert a local effect in the gut, which increase intestinal integrity, prevents inflammation (like the kind that can be caused by prolonged, intense exercise, especially in the heat). So supplementing with colostrum or drinking milk high in colostrum will have an effect similar to supplementing whey protein or casein protein, but offer even more of a benefit, especially for leaky gut issues or intense exercise.

The antibodies present in colostrum are also effective at reducing diarrhea caused by Escherichia coli and reducing the risk of HIV infection.

And it turns out that camel milk, compared to other animal milk, is particularly good at providing colostrum. In the study “A comparative study of milk serum proteins in camel (Camelus dromedarius) and bovine colostrum“, you can see that camel milk is chock full of the stuff, and the study “Chemical characterization of the oligosaccharides in Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) milk and colostrum” shows a host of beneficial oligosaccharides unique to camel milk. Finally, the study “Selected vitamins and fatty acid patterns in dromedary milk and colostrum” also shows the colostrum in camel milk to be extremely high.

2. Prebiotic

Camel’s milk provides prebiotics in the form of oligosaccharides.

Prebiotics are food components that are indigestible by humans, but that feed the microbial colonies in the gut. Essentially, prebiotics are soluble fiber like inulin, oligofructose, and oligosaccharides that our gut flora consumes and ferments. When microbial colonies in the gut aren’t getting enough prebiotic foods, the host (you) can suffer from indigestion, increased levels of inflammation, lower immune function, increased risk for weight gain, and an increased risk for various chronic diseases. This is because prebiotics are integral to maintaining the diversity, balance, and growth of intestinal bacteria, specifically increasing the number of the beneficial bacteria bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. By feeding and increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut, the body’s resistance to invading pathogens is increased.

Camel’s milk provides a great deal of oligosaccharides. More and more studies are coming out that show the health benefits of prebiotics. A diet supplemented with Galactooligosaccharides improved symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Oligosaccharides aid in weight control, glucose regulation in diabetic patients, and influence homeostasis of intestinal cells. Short chain fatty acids, the end-products of prebiotic digestion by bacteria, are a source of energy for epithelial cells in the colon and help inhibit pathogen growth, reduce gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers.

3. Modulation Of Human Microbiome (Restoration & Maintenance Of Healthy Gut)

Many compounds found in camel’s milk benefit the gut.

Moving past the benefits of the prebiotics found in camel’s milk, there are many more factors that influence gut health. Camel milk has anti-diarrheal properties with implications in treating complications with Autism, Crohn’s disease, and other digestive health issues. Vitamin-rich camel milk contains a high proportion of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids that improves carbohydrate metabolism. Camel milk lactoferrin has been found to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. Camel milk supplementation in rats exposed to Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli reduced the degree of pathogenicity, preventing damage to liver and kidney function and decreasing oxidative stress induced by the pathogens. It also has an antiulserogenic effect against gastric ulcers in mice. The probiotic lactic acid bacteria in camel milk prevents adhesion of pathogens in the GI tract. Lastly, the prebiotics and probiotics present in camel milk work synergistically to improve gut health and function.

4. Full Of Immune Activating Molecules

Camel milk has unique antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

We’ve already discussed some of the anti-microbial effects of camel milk, but it boasts many more immunity benefits. The lactoferrin present in camel milk directly boosts the immune system by maintaining immune homeostasis through controlling excess inflammatory response and by directly influencing the development of T-helper cells. Camel milk has an abundance of lysozymes, an enzyme that attacks pathogenic bacteria. Camel polyclonal antibodies helps inhibit hepatitis C  and hepatitis B virus infectivity. Camel milk casein hydrolysates have antioxidant and antimicrobial functions. Camel milk may help reduce inflammation associated with obesity. It also contain disease-fighting immunoglobulins that boost the immune system. Additionally, camel milk does not contain the beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin present in many forms of cow milk that has been linked to autism, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and type 1 diabetes. In a nutshell, camel milk helps boost the immune system and has protective properties against bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

5. Broad Spectrum Of Beneficial Bacteria

Raw camel milk is an excellent source of beneficial probiotics.

Raw camel milk contains over 120 strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that are both beneficial to the gut and have remarkable antimicrobial properties. LAB helps regulate bowel function, fights pathogens, alleviates allergic reactions, and lowers serum cholesterol levels. LAB play a key role in gut bacteria homeostasis and diversity, both necessary for a healthy gut. 

6. Bio-active Molecules (Lactoferrins, Immunoglobulins, Anti-oxidants, Vitamins, Immunostimulant factors)

These molecules provide ample nourishment and are potent disease-fighters.

Camel milk contains a wide range of both water and fat-soluble vitamins, but is most notably a good source of vitamin C and niacin. It also has a satisfactory balance of amino acids and contains some essential fatty acids with a high proportion of polyunsaturated fats that are integral to human health.

The immunoglobulins, lysozymes, lactoferrin, hydrogen peroxide, and lactoperoxidase present in camel milk have profound immune boosting properties. Although the mechanism is unclear, camel milk has a hypocholesterolemic effect, probably due to bioactive peptides. As mentioned previously, the lactoferrin inhibits hepatitis B and C. Because the immunoglobulins found in camel milk are different from those usually consumed and present in humans, they aid in strengthening the host immune system. Camel milk has been used to treat dropsy, jaundice, spleen ailments, asthma, anemia, cirrhosis of the liver, tuberculosis, autoimmune disease, and autism. It is highly effective as a viral inhibitor to human rotavirus. The insulin in camel milk is able to pass through the stomach to be absorbed in the intestines, making it an effective treatment for diabetes regulation and reduces the need for insulin in type 1 diabetics. Lactoferrin is an effective anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer agent. Because lactoferrin snatches up free iron, it helps inhibit iron-catalyzed free radical damage, reduces severity of candida infections because candida does poorly in low-iron environments, and it suppresses the spread of cancer cells by limiting the formation of new blood vessels necessary for tumor growth by limiting available iron. The lysozymes present target invading pathogens and work particularly well against Salmonella

7. High Levels of Selenium, Zinc & Other Minerals

Camel milk provides bioavailable minerals to the body. 

Camel milk is rich in calcium, zinc, iron (10x more than cow's milk), copper and manganese and also contains magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and sodium. We all know about the importance of calcium for strong bones and zinc for immune health, but these minerals are highly bioavailable in camel milk due to its low pH allowing for enhanced absorption from the duodenum.

8. Contains Bio-identical IgF-1

Fight obesity and depression while aiding your brain, heart, and muscles with IgF-1.

Camel milk contains IgF-1, or insulin-like growth factor, which aids in organ development and functions. Supplementation with growth factors are most notably used in treating skin disorders, gut dysfunction, and bone health. IgF-1 is present in other animal milks, but only in camel milk is it able to pass through the stomach and into the intestines to be absorbed. The lactoferrin in camel milk stimulates lean muscle gain in conjunction with IgF-1. Sufficient IgF-1 protects the brain, encourages activity of muscle protein synthesis, suppresses liver glucose production, and can alleviate depression.

I actually mentioned many of these IGF benefits of milk in my article “Should You Use This Controversial Hormone Marketed As A Natural “Fountain Of Youth”?“, in which I fill you in on trendy “fountain of youth” growth hormones and growth hormone precursors, their potential danger, and a trilogy of other natural growth hormone building alternatives you could use should you choose not to take the risk.

In that article, I also described how I swallow a handful of colostrum capsules every morning, I drink raw animal milk such as camel milk and goat milk on most days, and I use the equivalent of around 30 grams of grass-fed whey protein each day in a smoothie (if you’re vegan or if whey protein doesn’t agree with your stomach, you can combine digestive enzymes with a vegan protein such as brown rice protein, pea protein or hemp protein for an effect similar to whey protein, a digestive enzyme biohack I talk about in great detail here).

Here is exactly what I personally use to keep my IGF-1 naturally elevated:

NatureColostrum (4-8 capsules per day)

Grass Fed Whey Protein (20-30g per day)

Camel Milk (4-8 ounces per day – use code BEN20 for 20% off)

So there you have it: nine good reasons to guzzle down just a touch of camel milk every day (or to dump it into your smoothies or shakes, mix it into your coffee, make it into hot chocolate or teas, or do anything else you please with it…absolutely no urine required).


Summary

Alright, let's end with perhaps the most important consideration of all…

…how the heck does this stuff actually taste?

The fact that my eight year old kids guzzle it like a frat boy guzzles Bud Light oughtta give you some clue. But in my own opinion, and that of my highly sophisticated palate, the overall flavor of camel milk is light, sweet and surprisingly clean. It's not bitter or face-puckering like raw goat's milk, not thick and chunky like raw cow's milk, and it has a pleasant sweetness at the end that makes it linger in your mouth, and, due to the high mineral content, it's also slightly salty, which I quite like.

So let's finish with this: the brand of camel's milk that I drink is called “Desert Farms Camel Milk“. This is the raw, organic good stuff. There is nothing added and nothing removed, and their farms conduct regular lab testing for bacteria and pathogens before packaging, so you get a very clean, tasty bottle of milk on ice right at your doorstep.

They're giving any of my readers a 20% discount off any order if you simply use code BEN20 on their website. For your viewing pleasure, let's finish with what I consider to be a quite nifty video showcasing my own personal use of the Desert Farm's stuff, which I've now been drinking for the past two months:

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback about camel's milk, or anything else in this article? Leave your comments below and I'll reply, and in the meantime, I've also included a friggin' slew of scientific references on camel's milk should you decide you want to take the deep, deep dive. Bon appetit, and remember, you can click here and use code BEN20 to save 20% on any and all Desert Farms Camel Milk.


Scientific References

Antimicrobial activity of lysozyme with special relevance to milk

Antimicrobial Effects of Camel Milk against Some Bacterial Pathogens

Are camel milk proteins convenient to the nutrition of cow milk allergic children?

Comparison Of Chemical And Mineral Content Of Milk From Human, Cow, Buffalo, Camel And Goat In Egypt

Properties Diarrheal-Anti Unique its and Milk Camel

Science and camel’s milk production

A comparative study of milk serum proteins in camel (Camelus dromedarius) and bovine colostrum

A Review on Composition, Derived Dairy Product and Therapeutic Value of Dromedary Camel Milk

A review on medicinal properties of Camel milk

A study of the anti-diabetic agents of camel milk

Adenoviral targeting using genetically incorporated camelid single variable domains

Anti-infectivity of camel polyclonal antibodies against hepatitis C virus in Huh7.5 hepatoma

Antibacterial activity of Lactic acid bacteria isolated from Tunisian camel milk

Antibacterial and antiviral activity of camel milk protective proteins

Ascorbic Acid Concentrations in Milk from Sudanese Camels

Behavioral Benefits of Camel Milk in Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Beta-caesein variants and neurological conditions

Bioactive Components in Milk and Dairy Products

Camel and donkey milk based nutritive powder- A cheaper alternative of human milk

Camel Milk and Autoimmune Diseases- Historical Medicine

Camel Milk as a Potential Therapy as an Antioxidant in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Camel Milk as Adjuvant to Treat Alloxan Diabetes- Effect of Heat Treatment on this Property

Camel milk as an adjunct to insulin therapy improves long-term glycemic control

Camel Milk Beneficial Effects on Treating Gentamicin Induced Alterations in Rats

Camel Milk Is a Safer Choice than Goat Milk for Feeding Children with Cow Milk Allergy

Camel Milk Publications draft

Camel Milk Triggers Apoptotic Signaling Pathways in Human Hepatoma HepG2 and Breast Cancer MCF7 Cell Lines through Transcriptional Mechanism

Changes in Chemical Composition of Camel’s Raw Milk During Storage

Chemical Composition and Medicinal Values of Camel Milk

Effect of camel milk on collagen abnormalities in streptozotocin-diabetic rats

A Study of the Dromedary Milk Casein Micelle and its Changes during Acidification

Anti-rotaviral activity of whey proteins derived from milk of different animal species

Anti-schistosomal activity of colostral and mature camel milk on Schistosoma mansoni infected mice

Anti-viral, immune-modulatory and anti-cancerogenic effects, the role of lactoferrin

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of camel milk casein hydrolysates and its fractions

Applications of bioprocessed desert camel’s milk  In human neurodegenerative diseases prevention and control

Approaches to studying and manipulating the enteric microbiome to improve autism symptoms

Beef allergy in children with cow's milk allergy; cow's milk allergy in children with beef allergy

Camel milk ameliorates steatohepatitis, insulin resistance and lipid peroxidation in experimental non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Camel milk components inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells

Camel Milk for Food Allergies in Children

Camel milk lactoferrin reduces the proliferation of colorectal cancer cells and exerts antioxidant and DNA damage inhibitory activities

Camel Milk Modulates the Expression of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Regulated Genes, Cyp1a1, Nqo1, and Gsta1, in Murine hepatoma Hepa 1c1c7 Cells

Camel milk new observations

Camel milk protects your children from autism

Camel Milk- A Boon to Mankind

Camel Milk- Disease Control and Dietary Laws

Characterization of a camel milk protein rich in proline identifies a new-3-casein fragment

Characterization of Camel Milk Protein Isolates as Nutraceutical and Functional Ingredients

Chemical characterization of the oligosaccharides in Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) milk and colostrum

Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Activity of Camel milk

Composition and medicinal properties of camel milk- A Review

Compositional and Structural Analysis of Camel Milk Proteins with Emphasis on Protective Proteins

Compositional, technological and nutritional aspects of dromedary camel milk

Consumption of camel’s milk by patients intolerant to lactose. A preliminary study

Cross Reactivity between Dromedary Whey Proteins and IgG Anti Bovine α-Lactalbumin and Anti Bovine β-Lactoglobulin

Cytotoxicity of the Urine of Different Camel Breeds on the Proliferation of Lung Cancer Cells, A549

Detection of antimicrobial residues in camel milk – suitability of various commercial microbial inhibitor tests as screening tests

Differential effects of camel Milk on insulin receptor signaling – Toward Understanding the insulin-like Properties of camel Milk

Effect of heat treatment on camel milk proteins with respect to antimicrobial factors- a comparison with cows' and buffalo milk proteins

How To Learn Faster, Jump Higher, Increase Explosiveness, Push Harder & Biohack Your Brain Beyond It’s Normal Capacity.

Last week, I posted to Instagram the “most dangerous piece of workout equipment I own”.

And no, it was not a mace, or a unicycle, or a parachute or any other risky exercise device.

Instead, it was a simple piece of headgear that looks like a nice set of earphones.

But within that headgear is embedded one of the devices known to modern exercise science when it comes to doing things like making a hard, voluminous workout feel shockingly simple and short, allowing you to acquire skills like a tennis serve or golf swing at double or triple the speed you'd normally be able to, and enabling you to push much, much harder during a workout than you'd ever be able to do without a little bit of help from modern brain biohacking.

The device is called a Halo, and I call it “dangerous” because it allows me to push my body and brain to levels I'd never be able to reach on my own.

And it's all based on the science of something called “neuropriming”. Developed from fifteen years of academic research, neuropriming is basically the process of causing excitability of motor neurons before or during athletic and exercise training to things like improve strength, skill, explosiveness, and endurance.

Michael Johnson, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist says that “…it's doing something that we've never seen before – something the sports market's never seen before…”

We're talking explosive force development, increased propulsive force, enhanced skill acquisition, increased rate of force development, and host of other factors influenced by the ability of neuropriming to put the brain's motor cortex in a temporary state of hyper-learning that lasts for about an hour. During this post neuropriming time, feeding your brain quality athletic training repetitions results in this information being more fully incorporated into your brain. Essentially, the headgear I've been using allows me to push far harder than my brain would normally let me and makes practice of a skill far more productive and efficient for the brain.

Normally, athletes require literally thousands of reps to create the neurologic changes necessary to perform at the highest level come game time. But this technology changes all that.

It's called a “Halo“.

Dr. Daniel Chao, my guest on today's podcast, is a neurotech entrepreneur who specializes in devices that improve brain performance. He is the co-founder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience. The company's first product, Halo Sport, is the first neurostimulation system built specifically for athletes.

Before Halo, Dr. Chao was the head of business development at NeuroPace where he played a central role in the development of the world's first responsive neurostimulation system that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of epilepsy in a unanimous 13-0 vote. Prior to Neuropace, Dr. Chao was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and earned his M.D. and M.S. in neuroscience from Stanford University.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The special part of the brain mammals possess that other less complex species do not, and how you can target that specific area of the brain…[10:40]

-How something called transcranial direct current stimulation, also known as tDCS, can be used to stimulate certain section of your brain…[12:52]

-What kind of studies have been done on “neuropriming” to actually show whether or not it actually works…[15:10]

-Why workouts and skill acquisition actually feel easier after you “shock your brain”…[18:00]

-When shocking your brain can actually be safe, and when you should avoid it like the plague…[21:45]

-Whether something like this can be used general cognitive performance such as language learning or focus…[27:30 & 30:00]

-How to use tDCS stimulation for video gaming and playing instruments…[32:25]

-The super-charged sniper training RadioLab episode on which Ben first discovered tDCS and how the Halo is any different than the 20 dollar “make your own TDCS” threads on Reddit…[39:05]

-The pro athletes currently using the Halo and what they have reported for results…[45:25]

-Whether or not this type of brain training is considered neurodoping by the World Anti Doping Association…[53:20]

-What happens if you wear headgear is too far forward or too far back…[59:50]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

The Halo (save $120 with code BEN10)

GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

The Reddit tDCS groups

The 9 Volt Nirvana RadioLab episode

The Brain Zapping Olympians episode

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Kane or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

How To Legally Dope Your Blood (Without Actually Taking Illegal Drugs).

In the podcast episode “Shattering World Swim Records On 25-Piece Fried Chicken Buckets, Climbing Mountains While Eating Defatted, Vegan, Grass-Fed, Argentinian Liver Anhydrate & Much More” I interviewed athlete and supplement designer Craig Dinkel about a special blood oxygenating formula called “Biotropic”.

After that interview, I received an onslaught of questions about everything from grass fed liver anhydrate to cordyceps senesis to hidden benefits of beetroots, the detoxification properties of algae, whether it's really true you can get all the benefits of blood doping without actually blood doping and more.

So today, Craig is back to answer those questions, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-The one compound that research has shown to cause a 58% chance of a decrease in catching the common cold and the duration of a cold by 1 to 4 days…[9:20]

-The mechanism of action via which algae can detoxify your blood…[14:55]

-How algae can convert nitrates to nitric oxide…[19:05]

-Why chlorella could be the perfect pre-sex supplement…[20:50]

-How the polysaccharides in cordyceps contribute oxygen molecules to the blood…[22:10]

-The mechanism of action for corydceps to increase endurance or oxygenation…[28:15]

-How echinacea increases red blood cells in four different ways…[30:30]

-What it means for grass fed liver to be “anhydrated” or “dessicated”…[35:25]

-What it means for the iron in the liver to be “heme”…[38:40]

-The surprising way that beets support muscle stem cell repair…[44:00]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

BioTropic Blood Oxygenating supplement (use code “ben” to get a 20% discount)

-Study: The Use of Echinacea to Improve Oxygen Transport Capacity

GlobalDRO.com

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Craig or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

The Non-Pill, Natural Alternative To Viagra That Instantly Fixes Erectile Dysfunction, Boosts Libido In Men & Women, Enhances Orgasm & Much More.

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Last month, I hopped on an airplane and flew down to Miami, Florida, where I underwent a special type of protocol that is technically called “extracorporeal shock wave therapy,” also known as “Audio Frequency Shockwave Therapy.”

Basically, although the physician on today's podcast will be able to explain the nitty-gritty science behind it, this technique uses mild acoustical waves to “shock” a male or female's genitals either A) back to life in the case of things like low libido, erectile dysfunction or small size or B) turn one into the equivalent of, pardon the expression, a sex machine with more blood flow, bigger size, better orgasms and much more.

Let's just say I was pretty pleased with my own personal results, so pleased in fact, that I decided to get the doctor who oversaw my procedure onto a podcast. Whether you're a guy or a girl, if you're interested in enhancing your sex life, building new blood vessels, or fixing libido and sexual issues, this is a must listen.

Dr. Richard Gaines, MD, FAARM, ABAARM, is the Chief Medical Officer at an age management medical practice company called HealthGAINS. He is a leading practitioner of the rapidly evolving science of “physician-guided age management”, and has been administering bioidentical hormone therapy since 1993.

After a distinguished thirty-year career as a physician and health-care executive, Dr. Gaines became president and chief medical officer of the age management medical practice HealthGAINS, which he founded in 2005. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1981, completed his internship at Tufts University School of Medicine and his residency at Harvard Medical School and earned a fellowship in cardiac and obstetric anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He subsequently served as a physician at Huntington Memorial Hospital and as an anesthesiologist at Harvard Community Health Plan and Sheridan Healthcorp.

Dr. Gaines is also a member of the following professional organizations:

-ACAM – The American College for Advancement in Medicine
-A4M – The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
-IFM – The Institute for Functional Medicine
-AMMG – Age Management Medicine Group

His professional certifications include:

-Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

-Board certification from the American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM).

-Certification as a Functional Medicine Practitioner with advanced training at The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Hormone Replacement Therapy

Dr. Gaines is a pioneer in the use of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT for both men and women. Before dedicating himself to helping men and women be healthier, happier, and more vital from their 30s to their 40s and beyond through HRT, Dr. Gaines worked as an anesthesiologist. For three decades he was a board certified anesthesiologist at some of the most well-known hospitals in the country, and he maintains that specialty to this day.

Most notably related to today's podcast, Dr. Gaines is the creator of something called “Gaines Enhancement”, which is one of the only drug free, surgery free male enhancement procedures that not only provides effective treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), but that can also increase both the length and girth of the penis.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The shocking number of guys who take Viagra, Cialis or some other kind of ED med…[10:25]

-Aside from the exorbitant cost, are there any known deleterious side effects to Viagra…21:25[]

-The fascinating history of the use of sound wave therapy and pulse wave therapy in medicine…[25:45]

-How this same technique can be used to significantly decrease risk of heart attack…[31:40]

-Whether the GainsWave therapy is any different than a “pump” that many men use…[46:00]

-The “P-shot” and “O-shot” that Dr. Gaines injects into the genitals of men and women…[50:55]

-How what Dr. Gaines does is any different than a company like, say, Cenegenics does…[52:53]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

The GainsWave website (if you want to go to Miami, Florida and have the protocol done by Dr. Gaines, simply mention this podcast or “Ben Greenfield” to save 5% off your entire protocol and any follow-up procedures you decide to get done – from P-shots to sound wave therapy and beyond.)

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Gaines or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

WHOOP: The Performance Enhancing Wearable That Tells You When To Sleep, How To Exercise, Your Strain Levels & More!

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My guest on today's show – Will Ahmed – grew up loving sports and exercise. Many of his childhood heroes were athletes. He was recruited to Harvard and became Captain of the Men’s Varsity Squash Team. As a D1 athlete, he was amazed by how little he knew about his body. He would train for 3 or more hours a day with his teammates without knowing what gains he made. He was surrounded by athletes, himself included, who overtrained, misinterpreted fitness peaks, underestimated recovery and sleep, and got injured. Being prepared for game day often seemed…random.

So he became inspired by a simple idea: Humans, especially athletes, could optimize their daily performance. Optimizing performance was not a random sequence of events and decisions, but rather a systematic approach to understanding your body.

At Harvard, he met with cardiologists and physiologists. He read over 300 medical papers because he became obsessed with understanding the human body. What he learned was amazing: There are secrets that your body – your physiology – is trying to tell you. These secrets can help prevent overtraining and injury, they can detect fatigue and even sickness, and, sure enough, they can be used to optimize human performance. But few actually monitor those metrics.

He partnered with his co-founder John Capodilupo, who was studying math and statistics at Harvard before dropping out to found a self-quantification company called “WHOOP”, and also partnered with Aurelian Nicolae, a graduate from Harvard with a gift for mechanical prototyping and engineering. They then spent the past 4 years building a technology called “the WHOOP System”. They assembled a scientific and performance advisory board and now work alongside our team of 50 engineers, designers, and data scientists in a downtown Boston office overlooking Fenway Park.

They've been fortunate to work with many of the best athletes in the world. What they've discovered has amazed Will, and we talk about it all on today's show. Self quantification can transform your life and induce effects like positive behavior change, fitness improvements, injury reduction.

Will believes that the data he's collecting on athletes is unprecedented, both in its sophistication and scale, and that no physiological studies have ever occurred on this magnitude. WHOOP benefits from the fact that athletes also have tangible performance data (wins/losses, batting average, time trials, etc) across sports. They want to share this data: the unbelievable correlations between physiology and performance; the approach to health monitoring and the different ways to interpret or action your body’s feedback. Beyond building a product that people love, Will and the team at WHOOP hope to advance human knowledge with our discoveries.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The key defining characteristics that set WHOOP apart, including skin conductivity, accelerometer data, and continuous HRV monitoring…[13:25]

-Why WHOOP is the only company to measure the activity and fluctuations of the cardiac autonomic nervous system, particularly as it relates to recovery, training status, and training readiness…[13:57]

-The actual hard data being collected by the WHOOP, and HRV, pulse oximetry, temperature, respiration, etc.)…[15:30 & 24:30]

-Why the WHOOP uses a combination of PPG (photoplethysmography) sensors (4 LEDs and 1 Photodiode) along with 3-axis accelerometer, capacitive touch sensor, ambient temperature sensor…[18:17]

-How coaches and trainers can use WHOOP to monitor the sleep, training and recovery status of a large number of athletes and clients…[20:00, 30:00 , 35:50 & 47:50]

-Why the WHOOP has 90% sleep/wake accuracy compared to gold-standard sleep labs…[22:10]

-How the WHOOP sleep coach automatically calculates sleep needed based on your sleep baseline, any sleep debt that has accumulated over the last few nights, and any naps taken for that day…[39:15]

-The technology the WHOOP uses to tell you how much sleep you need and to give you a picture of when you should go to bed based on your habitual sleep efficiency and desired wake up time…[40:15]

-Why athletes like Lebron James and Michael Phelps are using the WHOOP…[59:15]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

WHOOP (use code GREENFIELD for $50 off at checkout)

How A Bear Attack Affects Your Sleep

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Will or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

The 9 Most Important Pages I Folded Over In Tim Ferriss’s New Book “Tools Of Titans”.

For the last two years, Tim Ferriss has interviewed more than 200 world-class performers, ranging from super celebs like Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger to professional athletes and icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing and beyond, to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.

For many of his guests, this is the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and this unusual depth has helped him create a massive collection of tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. 

Anyways, just this week, Tim took his entire notebook of high-leverage tools that he has vetted, explored, and applied to his own life, and published it for the entire world to delve into – all in the form of a nearly 700 page book that could probably double as a self-defense weapon. The name of the book, entitled Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, delves into the dozens of personal health, wisdom and wealth strategies and philosophies Tim has picked up from his guests and used successfully in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, and large business dealings, saving him millions of dollars and years of wasted effort and frustration.

On last Wednesday's podcast, you got to to tune in as I put Tim in the hotseat and we not only discussed his new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, but also went far beyond and delved into difficult, deep questions about Tim's life. 

However, as I am prone to do, in addition to interviewing Tim about his book, I have also dog-eared, highlighted, and generally abused Tools of Titans as I scoured through the pages looking for the tips and tricks I think you'll find most enchanting, intriguing or useful. Below, in order of appearance within the book, are 9 of the best tips I discovered…


Page XX In Introduction: What Do *They* Have In Common?

I was fascinated by several of the patterns that Tim highlights as extremely common habits among his interviewees, including:

-More than 80% have some form of daily meditation or mindfulness practice.

-A surprising number of the males over 45 years old (not the females, interestingly) either skip breakfast or only consume the scantest of fare for breakfast. This could be why this technique doesn't work so well for females.

-A large proportion of his guests use the “Chilipad” for cooling the body (this is a new under-the-mattress body cooling/heating toy I've recently picked up and found to have significantly increased deep sleep percentages and sleep latency).

-Many listen to single songs on repeat for focus, such as “Last Of The Mohicans” by free solo climbing phenom Alex Honnold or “Tonight Tonight” by obstacle course racer Amelia Boone. I have not ever done this and, being a guy who rarely watches the same movie twice or reads the same book twice, don't find it an incredibly attractive idea compared to the use of binaural beats for focus. But will probably try it in the near future to see whether it does indeed enhance productivity or focus.

Anyways, there are plenty of other common threads among Tim's guest, but those above are a few I found interesting or worth a try.


Page 14: Try Training Like A Gymnast

During our interview, I ask Tim if his body has changed dramatically in the past year, and his reply was an definitive “yes”. Specifically, Tim's biceps strength and size, core stability, mobility and explosiveness all notably increased the past year via the use of a strategy called Gymnast Strong.

Fortunately, gymnastics rings, walls, railings, bars and all other manner of chimpanzee-like training equipment abound at the Greenfield home, so here are several photos of moves lifted from Tim's book that I am going to attempt to perfect over the next month to see what happens to my own body. Who knows? I may wind up wearing a Team USA Men's Unitard and attempting triple-handstand-360-degree-twisted-somersault-backflip-swings.

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Page 83: Tim's Six-Piece “Gym In A Bag”

Tim takes the following six items with him wherever he travels, and actually purchases several sets, which live in trunk stored at hotels in the most common locations he frequents, such as L.A. and New York City. They are, in no particular order of importance:

-“VooDoo Floss“: rubber ACE bandages for increasing joint hydration and range-of-motion (can also be used for many of the techniques I describe in this mobility article.

-Furniture Sliders: check out the strange bridging motion in the gymnast photos above – just one of the ways Tim highlights in the book for using a cheapo pair of furniture sliders

Rumble Roller: also one of own favorite workout tools, and available in both travel and full-size versions. Here's a video of the mobility routine I perform ever Wednesday with my own Rumble Roller.

-Acupressure Mat: Tim swears by this as a healing modality for injuries, but I personally use mine for napping. How? Simply lay in a corpse-like pose with your back on this makeshift bed of nails for about 10 minutes, palms turned out and body completely relaxed. Then, chock full of the relaxing endorphins the acupressure spikes elicit your body to release, crawl into bed and collapse into a pile of your own drool for a power nap. Tim recommends the Nayoya Acupressure Mat.

-Goat Whey Protein: traveling with goat protein is based on a tip Tim picked up from his guest Charles Polliquin, based on the fact that goat whey protein (as I outline in my recent article on legal ways to increase growth hormone –  is highly anabolic and, due to the small protein size and lower levels of lactose, far more digestible than the milk from most other animals. To learn more, listen to my podcast with a Joe Stout, a nutrition science researcher and goat farm owner in Central Washington.

-Mini-Parallelettes: To enhance his gymnast training, Tim uses the Vita Vibe MP12 Ultra-Light mini-parallelette bars to do moves like L-sits, planche leans and parallette handstands

If I were to add one essential item to Tim's gym-in-a-box, it would be one of the most potent portable forms of resistance training that exists: a basic suspension strap.


Page 102: A Psychedelic Dosing Schedule

For increasing everyday well-being, developing empathy, and intensively exploring your inner self, Tim outlines the following psychedelic microdosing schedule. I'm quite curious about all three compounds he describes below, and while I've personally discovered intense insights and vivid, lucid, remarkable experiences (mostly in nature, such as hikes and river rafting) via the use of psilocybin mushroom dosing, I haven't yet tried the other two compounds Tim mentions below (ibogaine and ayahuasca). They are, however, on my “list” of compounds to responsibly experiment with during 2017.

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Page 248: James Altucher's “Daily 10” Practice

James Altucher, an eccentric, big-haired, highly successful entrepreneur (who has written at least two books I highly recommend: “The Power Of No” and “Choose Yourself“), engages in a “Daily 10” practice to generate new ideas, to develop brain muscles, to get constant creativity on demand and to gain the ability to think far outside the box. Here are a few examples of Daily 10 lists James creates:

-10 ideas I can make new

-10 ridiculous things I would invent

-10 books I can write

-10 business ideas for Google/Amazon/Twitter

-1o people I can send ideas to

-1o podcast ideas or videos I can shoot

-10 industries where I can remove the middleman

-10 things I disagree with that everyone else assumes is religion

-10 ways to take old posts of mine and make books out of them 

-10 people I want to be friends with

-10 things I learned yesterday

-10 things I can do differently today

-10 ways I can save time

-10 things I learned from X (where X is someone he's recently spoken with or read a book about)

-10 things I'm interested in getting better at

-10 things I was interested in as a kid that might be fun to explore now

-10 ways I might try to solve a problem I have

Oh what the heck, let's give it a try, shall we? How about “10 books I can write”? Here's my brain dump (and feel free to let me know which one you think I actually should write).

-The Jet Lag Cure

-The Longevity Code

-How To Raise Tiny Superhumans

-Beyond Fat Loss

-Why Every Diet Book Is Pure Bullsh#$

-The Biohacked Home

-The Invisible: Hidden Variables That Can Make You Superhuman

-The Look-Good-Naked Cookbook: 100 Fast, Go-To Recipes For A Sculpted Body

-The Dirty Kitchen: Fermenting Made Easy

-The Performance Manifesto: 40 Uncommon Training & Recovery Strategies To Destroy Your Competitors


Page 258: A Few Ninja Investing Tips From Tim Ferriss

As an influencer, Tim invested a very small amount in a few select startups, and did his best to deliver above and beyond the value of his investments. In other words, he wanted the founders to ask themselves, “Why the hell is this guy helping us so much for a ridiculously small amount of equity?”. By doing this, he established a reputation as a major value-add, not just a human checkbook.

Next, he began negotiating blended agreements with startups involving some financial investment, but additional advisory equity.

Finally, he made the jump to pure advising, meaning that by the end of the first year of this strategy, more than 70% of his startup “investments” were made with time rather than cash, allowing him to reduce the total amount of capital invested while ultimately producing better results for the startups he was helping.

When I read through these investment tips, it certainly gives me pause.

After all, I've invested in several companies: specifically Aurora medical marijuana clinics in Canada, Botanica Seattle, EAD Labs (the cannabidiol production that synthesizes the bioabsorbable CBD I use in my top selling product NatureCBD), Thrive grocery store , Kettle & Fire Bone Broth, and Falcon Fulfillment (the warehouse/shipping service I use for shipping all my products from GreenfieldFitnessSystems.com), to name a few.

As Tim recommends, I certainly use the products and services of these companies I invest in, but I'd never given much thought to focusing more on my ability to advise and be an influencer for companies like this in the health, nutrition, longevity, biohacking and fitness sectors as opposed to simply writing checks and giving money to these companies.

Equity in exchange for advising and expertise: it's a concept I dig, since I feel I can give far greater value with my brain and education vs. my bank account.


Page 277: The Law Of Category

Once a week, I have a pop-up on my computer that displays to me a summary of a book called “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing“. In that book is a chapter entitled “The Law Of Category”, which is based around the following question:

“When you launch a new product, the first question to ask yourself is not “How is this new product better than the competition?” but “First what?” In other words, what category is this new product first in?

The Law of Category basically means that if you can’t be the first in a certain category then you can create a new category you can be first. For example, Charles Schwab didn't open a better brokerage firm. He opened the first discount broker. Or Amelia Earheart: she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but she was only the third person overall to fly the Atlantic (behind Lindberg and Hinkler). People do not remember her because she was the third person to fly the Atlantic, but they do remember her because she was the first woman to do it.

When I was reading Tools of Titans, I realized how much value successful guys like Tim place on this law, and how I should implement it more in my own business.

For example, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most powerful substances I've used in the past decade. When added to or combined with just about any other compounds (such as turmeric, adaptogenic herbs, sleep supplements, etc.) it seems to vastly improve the effectiveness of those compounds, probably via stimulation of the endocannabinoid pathway and the multiple mechanism I discuss here.

So, following the “Law Of Category” exercise: what if every supplement I created were simply “insert product name here + CBD”.

Men's testosterone enhancement with CBD?

Sleep and relaxation formula with CBD? (I've actually already done that one)

Pre-workout booster with CBD?

Smart drug with CBD?

You get the idea. All those supplements are existing categories, but I could, for example, invent a new subcategory niche in those category by including cannabidiol. I would be first in that new category.First, that is, until everybody in the supplements industry reads this blog post.

Of course, other options could include things like a nootropic or smart drug compound…for hunters. Or a five-fingered, minimalist shoe…for cycling. Or a health club franchise…for airports.

Fun though experiment, eh?


Page 449: The Dickens Process

The “Dickens Process” is actually based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, in which Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Using the Dickens Process, you examine your own limiting, handicapping beliefs by answering the following questions:

-What has each belief cost you in the past, and what has it cost people you've loved in the past?

-What is each costing you and the people you care about in the present?

-What will each cost you and the people you care about 1, 3, 5 and 10 years from now?

Then, after you feel the pain of your own handicapping beliefs, you formulate one, two to three replacement beliefs to use moving forward.

This could be uncomfortable, but I'm going to dive headfirst into this process and say something I don't think I've ever really talked about in my blog or on the podcast…

…and that is this: I've always struggled with the notion that I'm judged primarily by how my body looks. From being a skinny teenager in my basement hoisting 10 pound dumbbells so that I could impress the girls at the pool to being a massive bodybuilder trying to outflex the other silly-looking, gold-flaked behemoths on stage to getting into the tightest pair of cycling spandex possible for an Ironman triathlon, much of my physical drive has been fueled by – as shallow as this may seem – the desire to look good naked.

Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with caring for your body, being functionally strong and fit, and even taking pride in your body being a temple-like display of what the human physique is truly capable of.

But taken to extremes, this constant body self-improvement quest can cost you dearly.

In the past, I've skipped important family time, social events, experiences, concerts, parties and even scrumptious meals because they didn't fit in with my gym time or body fat goals. That has cost me precious hours of my life spent with my parents, friends, family, wife and children that I'll never get back.

In the present, I've dug myself into a hole of becoming stressed, self-judgemental, worried and anxious should I ever miss a workout of not hit my allotted exercise time, often thinking about a workout while I'm, say, eating breakfast or talking on the phone. This continues to cost me not only in terms of time spent with loved ones, but also simply inhibits my ability to be mindful, present and happy to simply be “where I'm at”.

In the future, if this habit continues, I will be that father who skips his childrens' basketball games and tennis matches so that I can squeeze in my precious sauna or trail running time, that husband who doesn't have time for a Friday night date because I decided to hit the gym after a day of work, or that washed-up ex-athlete racked with joint pain from always pushing and never resting.

So what is a replacement belief?

I am more than my body. I am my mind. My personality. My creativity. My value to this world is not based on my abs or my muscle striations or how fast I can swim or how much weight I can deadlift: it is based on my God-given ability to be able to inspire others to greatness, to educate, to teach, to write, to learn, to read, and even to entertain with talents such as music and writing fiction.

As Tim says in this section of Tools of Titans, it's incredible what can happen when you stop driving with the emergency brake on.


Page 594: The 17 Questions That Could Change Your Life

In what I found to be one of the most impactful parts of the book, Tim highlights the following 17 questions that have dramatically changed his life (we dwell upon question #15 quite a bit in the podcast I recorded with Tim).

#1: What if I did the opposite for 48 hours (e.g. make sales calls only from 708:30am and 6-7:30pm instead of 9am to 5pm)

#2: What do I spend a silly amount of money on and how might I scratch my own itch (e.g. I spend a lot of money on supplements and could start a supplement company)

#3: What would I do/have/be if I had $10 million and what's my real Target Monthly Income (TMI)?

#4: What are the worst things that could happen? Could I get back here to where I am if they did happen?

#5: If I could only work 2 hours per week on my business, what would I do?

#6: What if I let them make decisions up to $100? $500? $1000? (e.g. telling his team ‘from this point forward, please don't contact me with questions about A, B or C. I trust you. If it involves less than $100, please make the decision yourself and take a note in one document so we can review and adjust each week. Just focus on making our customers happy.')

#7: What's the least crowded channel? (Tim started a podcast because it was underutilized communication medium)

#8: What if I couldn't pitch my product directly (e.g. to help with a book on fat loss, write a whole bunch of useful blog posts on fat loss rather than a bunch of big fat loss book sales letters)

#9: What if I created my own real world MBA (Tim gets into this in detail in book – focusing on real world experiences instead of formal university education)

#10: Do I need to make it back the way I lost it? (last week, I personally lost $1600 writing a check to a fake Polish company in this very trademark scam. I could try to sue them and get the money back the same way I lost it, or I could figure out a new, creative way to make $1600 which actually helps people, such as by writing a new e-book)

#11: What if I could only subtract to solve problems (what can you simplify? what can you put on your not to-do list?)

#12: What might I put into place to allow me to go off the grid for 4-8 weeks, with no phone or email?

#13: Am I hunting antelope or field mice? (based on this anecdote from a Newt Gingrich speech)

#14: Could it be that everything is fine and complete as is?

#15: What would this look like if it were easy?

#16: How can I throw money at this problem? Can I “waste money” to improve my quality of life? (e.g. forking over the cash for business class on a flight so you can arrive to where you are going well rested and able to enjoy the experience)

#17: No hurry, no pause. (you don't need to go through life huffing and puffing and red-faced, and you can get 95% of the results you want by calmly putting one foot in front of the other)

Similar to my practice of having a synopsis of the “22 Immutable Laws Of Marketing” pop up on my computer every Monday morning, reading Theodore Roosevelt's “Man In The Arena” on my coffee mug each morning, and dwelling on Heinlein's “Competent Man” quote written on the whiteboard in my office, I plan on having these 17 questions greet me at some point during each week, probably by simply having them pop up on my computer (I use the Expersis software IMOnTime for this).


Summary

Want more?

First, read Tim's new book: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

Second, should you be a glutton for massive, multi-hundred page literary works, you can also feel free to check out The 4-Hour Body Book Review: Why Tim Ferriss’s Book Could Be A Huge Waste Of Your Time, But Might Change Your Life.

Third, you can follow these links to listen to my first podcast with Tim “Tim Ferriss Cold Thermogenesis Special Episode” or my second podcast with Tim “Behind The Scenes Of The Tim Ferriss Experiment: 15 Pounds Of Muscle, Turmeric Tea, Urban Evasion & More!“.

Finally, if you have questions, thoughts or feedback about Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, or your own tips to share that you learned from the book, leave your comments below and I'll reply!

How To Defend Yourself Against Cell Phone Radiation (& Keep Your Laptop From Frying Your Body.)

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My guest on today's podcast is an internationally recognized and influential expert in shielding electronic emissions and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) protection, with particular focus on the effect of exposure from mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones.

His name is Daniel De Baun, and his concern regarding the health impact of electronic radiation emissions grew from over 30 years of engineering experience in the telecommunications industry where he held a variety of leadership and executive positions at SAIC, Telcordia, AT&T and Bell Labs.

Through the course of his career, Daniel has created requirements for large telecommunication systems, led technical divisions responsible for establishing industry standards and formed analysis adherence testing for next-generation digital transmission systems. Daniel also oversaw laboratories which analyzed electromagnetic radiation (EMF) interference, electrical signals and digital formats. He and the teams he led were looked upon as industry authorities.

Daniel is the inventor of DefenderShield®, the most effective EMF radiation protection technology for mobile devices ever developed. In addition to his work with DefenderShield®, Daniel is a highly-regarded industry consultant, writer, and speaker as well as frequent guest national radio and television programs discussing EMF heath issues.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why your smartphone actually isn't that much different than a microwave…[8:15]

-The four types of radiation your phone produces…[10:00]

-Exactly where to find concrete evidence that phones are harmful…[12:50]

The shocking evidence of DNA damage that can affect kids that haven't even been born yet…[22:50 & 46:30]

-How you can protect your ears and brain by using a non-Bluetooth headset, and which headsets are best…[31:20]

-The best type of phone case for blocking radiation from your phone…[41:50]

-Whether things like cell phone chips, diodes, holographic stickers, the bracelets, pendants, the plug in harmonizers, USB resonators, etc. work to actually block radiation…[50:15]

-Why tablets, e-readers and computers have similar issues and what you can do about it…[55:12]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

The Environmental Health Trust website

Bioinitiative.org

The ethernet to firewire cable Ben uses

Click here and use code BEN to get 15% off any DefenderShield product!

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Daniel or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Cool New Research On Cold Thermogenesis.

If you read “A Day In The Life Of The Ultimate Fat Burning Weapon Inventor“, then you may be familiar with this guy named Eric Grove. One could say that Eric is mildly obsessed with the use of cold exposure to burn massive amounts of calories and in that fat burning weapon article, Eric describes a vest he invented call the “Cool Fat Burner” vest, then goes on to describe in great detail the results of his groundbreaking indirect calorimetry experiment, which shows that high intensity cold stress can boost your metabolism by over 300%.

Since then, Eric has also shown that wearing a Cool Fat Burner vest can boost adiponectin (a protein involved in regulating glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown) by 60%, and keep brown fat active for hours after removing the cooling vest. I also reported on the impressive research behind body cooling gear in my own article at T-Nation entitled “Cold Temps For A Hot Body“.

So how does this vest work, exactly?

You simply place the vest (which is filled with cold packs) over your shoulders, where your body carries the majority of your rapid calorie burning brown adipose tissue, and then you just sit there.

So anyways, you may be scratching your head, you may think all this is woo-woo, you may already know about “cold thermogenesis” but you’re not quite sure how practically to do it, you don't like getting wet in cold showers or jumping into frigid lakes, or you may simply want an easy way to nudge any extra holiday calories off your waistline and instead use them to generate pure, clean body heat.

Either way, keep reading, because Eric is today’s guest author, and he’s going to give you a glimpse inside the nefarious, shivering mind of the ultimate fat burning weapon inventor, and a very interesting group experiment he just conducted on the Cool Fat Burner combined with the newest addition to his line-up: the Cool Gut Buster…*

…specifically, you're going to learn about recent randomized group experiment that once again confirms the ability of the cold thermogenesis “gear” to cause a huge boost to metabolism and calorie burning, as well as positively effect hormones related to health and longevity.

*There is special a discount coupon code on any of the Cool Fat Burner products for the 2016 holiday season at the bottom of this article.


A Cold Thermogenesis Refresher

Cold thermogenesis is the practice of intentionally exposing parts of the body to specific levels of cold stress. Years of research now shows this can cause significant increases in metabolism and calorie burning, can increase insulin sensitivity and help control blood glucose levels, reduce systemic inflammation, help with sleep and recovery, and potentially fight certain types of cancer as well as promote overall longevity.

How can cold thermogenesis do all this?  

Think about it this way: human beings are probably not meant to be in environments constantly at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, our average modern temperature in which we live, work, play and exercise.  Constant temperature control is a modern, technological contrivance. Whether it was an asteroid that blocked out the sun and wiped out the dinosaurs, to reports of a flood that left the planet underwater, our ancestors at some point experienced a dark, cold world, some form of an ice age, and a very likely necessity to evolve and even thrive in cold temperatures.  Some researchers have even correlated the increase and control of indoor heating to the rise in obesity (and yes, you must keep in mind, correlations should be taken with a grain of salt)

The point here is that we’re arguably not meant to be at a constant, comfortable temperature, and that true, optimal health requires at least occasional cold thermogenesis practices.


The Problem With Cold Thermogenesis

The problem with cold thermogenesis is that most people will not stick to ice baths as a regular practice, cold showers only last for a few minutes, and simply having a cooler room, office or house has little significant impact on metabolism.

That's why I'm a fan of making long-term, habitual cold thermogenesis quick, easy, and hassle-free, and that's why I've run a series of independent third party experiments showing the following:

Metabolic Boost & Calorie Burning Effect

There was the original groundbreaking indirect calorimetry experiment, where CFB inventor Eric Grove was shown to reach a 300% boost to metabolism, burning 500 calories in two hours, tested at the University of CA, San Diego.  This had never been done before, not in this manner, nor recorded for all to see. Check out the video below.

Activation of Brown Fat

Then there was the unprecedented PET scan experiment – showing “brown adipose tissue” (BAT) activity from the Cool Fat Burner:

  1. BAT still active for hours after removing the vest, in a 70’F room
  2. High BAT levels even at the end of summer; most people otherwise lose their BAT during summer
  3. High intensity cold thermogenesis does not turn off BAT, contrary to what others had claimed

Remember – brown fat or “brown adipose tissue” (BAT) is good.  It’s a metabolically active fat. BAT is found around major vessels so that it can help to heat the blood.  BAT turns on and burns calories when you get cold.  If a person is subjected to cold on a regular basis, they will increase their levels of brown fat.  BAT is also inversely correlated to obesity, meaning the fatter you are, the less BAT you tend to have.  Most mammals have high amounts of BAT to keep them warm. For example, farmers know that cold exposure is a major factor in animals losing weight, so they have to increase their feed over winter to keep their weight up.

BAT doesn’t store calories, it burns them.  Human babies are born with plenty of BAT to help keep them warm, but humans tend to lose our brown fat as we get older.  Seasonal workers have been shown to have increased BAT levels during the winter, but then lose that brown fat as summer rolls around.

Now compare this energy-burning BAT to regular subcutaneous white adipose tissue, which is what most people typically think of as fat (the fat on their stomachs, hips, and legs) that stores calories and is the result of obesity and related to metabolic disorder and all manner of disease.

So brown fat, or BAT, burns calories and is good.  Regular white fat (white adipose tissue, or WAT) that makes up the subcutaneous fat is not completely bad, but can be bad, especially when it grows to the point that one becomes obese. Interestingly, brown fat can burn white fat when we get cold.  Thus it can help with weight loss.

The image of the Cool Fat Burner vest below shows how the vest covers major areas of BAT on the upper body.*

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*Note: researchers have recently identified “beige” fat, which starts out as regular white fat, but that is somewhat converted to have properties of brown fat, meaning that it can burn more calories than regular white fat.  So there is white fat, beige fat, and full brown fat. Beige has properties of both. Why is this important? The hormone irisin, released during high intensity cold thermogenesis, is involved in the browning of white fat.  Merely holding cold packs against the skin above the fat can alter the white fat underneath the packs, causing the white fat to transform into beige fat, and causing your body to burn far more calories than usual.

Increased Insulin Sensitivity

We’d also seen that the Cool Fat Burner could massively increase insulin sensitivity, drastically lowering blood glucose levels in a manner comparable to running, and this is after a single session of wearing the vet.  Keep in mind that chronically elevated blood glucose levels are tied to diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and obesity in general.  Anything that can help lower and control blood glucose levels can probably help combat those disorders.

Spot Reduction of Stomach Fat

While not endorsed for this use, we even showed that the Cool Gut Buster could replicate the conditions necessary to induce fat cell apoptosis, allowing for the spot-reduction of stomach fat, similar to the expensive surgical process of “cool sculpting”. Currently, targeted cold exposure is the only known way to significantly spot reduce fat.

Apoptosis is the intentional, programmed death of a cell.  It happens all the time in the body when a cell is supposed to die and be replaced by another newer cell.  It has been shown that when the skin is held at a specific cold temperature that apoptosis occurs in the fat cells underneath.  But unlike fat loss from exercise (in which fat cells shrink or are replaced), when those fat cells are gone, they are not automatically replaced.  They’re gone for good (admittedly, if a person undergoes a period of over-eating, they could theoretically create new fat cells over time.)

Increased Adiponectin

As you can see in the video below, we have also demonstrated a 60% boost to the hormone adiponectin after a 2 hour CFB & CGB session.

Adiponectin is being studied for its role in insulin sensitivity and diabetes, cardiovascular and heart health, its ability to kill certain types of cancer, and its role in longevity.

 

The Synergistic Effect

Once you put all these biochemical variables that occur as response to cold thermogenesis, you experience the same type of synergistic fat-burning effect I demonstrate in the video below*:

*The full plan I use for this video can be found at www.CoolFatBurnerGuides.com, and is free to all CoolFatBurner vest owners.


A Few Practical Ways To Make Cold Thermogenesis Pleasant

But wait…isn’t cold thermogenesis unpleasant?  

Don't most folks hate teeth-chattering, skin-burning cold?

No, and there are several reasons why.

First, when you do cold thermogenesis properly, only your torso (where all that BAT is) needs to be cold.  You can keep your fingers, toes, ears, and nose warm.  Since these areas have a high percentage of cold-sensors, you can make yourself feel warm by keeping them warm.  Ever get too hot lying in bed, then you stick your feet out from under the covers, and it cools you off?  That’s the same concept, in reverse.

So keeping your fingers, toes, ears, and nose warm makes you feel warm, even as your torso is cooling.

Second, wearing gear that has ice packs in it allows you to move around or engage in other activities while you wear it. Television, typing at the computer, working around the house, whatever.  I’ve had quite a few users report back that they wear their vests in their morning driving commutes to work.

 

Third, there is the obvious phenomenon of “cold adaptation.” As your physiology transforms, you get more efficient at cold thermogenesis.  You’ll be comfortable at temperatures that you used to feel cold in, and be burning far more calories per session than you used to. Cold temps often won't even cause goosebumps in a cold-adapted person.  They’re burning so many calories, they’re like an efficient heat-generating human furnace.


The Randomized University Group Experiment

So up to this point, all Cool Fat Burner experiments have been done on a few individuals.  This newest experiment was to be the first time ever that a cooling vest was tested in this manner on both metabolic calorie burning and also on the hormonal response of cold thermogenesis.

Let's delve into what we planned to study.

There would be 16 subjects, 8 male, 8 female. All subjects were non-smokers with a BMI between 25-35kg/m2 and confirmed to be classified as overweight. None were cold adapted and none had experience with cold exposure. All testing was done in the mornings, in a fasted state, and the subjects would wear the Cool Fat Burner and Cool Gut Buster for 90 minutes total.

The first 30 minutes would be at low intensity cold thermogenesis (CT), meaning not approaching shivering.  The last 60 minutes would be higher intensity CT, approaching or even entering shivering level intensity. Subjects were allowed to drink ice water between the low and higher intensity portions, to help push up the CT intensity.

Blood samples would be taken before putting on the cooling vests, then again at the 30 minute mark (between low and higher intensity cold thermogenesis) and again at the end, after the 60 minutes of high intensity CT, thus yielding 3 total blood samples per subject.  Indirect calorimetry would be used on the subjects to monitor calorie burning and metabolic boost. The blood samples would each be tested in triplicate (3 tests per each blood draw, then take the average), for each of adiponectin and irisin.  This gives 9 total tests per each of the two hormones per the 16 subjects.

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So what happened?

All subjects experienced a small metabolic boost during non-shivering thermogenesis, and around a 200% boost during higher intensity cold thermogenesis.   That level would yield nearly 300 calories burned in a two hours session at their average body composition!

However, this 200% boost is lower than the previous tests we've run, which have shown a 280% and a 300% boost in earlier subjects. So the subjects did not go to as high an intensity as previous trials on the Cool Fat Burner.  There are several possible reasons why this could be:

  1. The subjects simply didn’t try to go as hard with cold thermogenesis because they weren’t as motivated as previous experiments with cold-adapted individuals.
  2. Since subjects were new, unpracticed, and not yet cold-adapted, it’s established that more experience with cold thermogenesis would allow them to reach higher calorie burning numbers
  3. The subjects carried much more white fat than previous subjects and their fat may have acted as “insulation” against the cold.

In this respect, I suppose using cold thermogenesis as a fat loss strategy can be likened to going to the gym. If you’re overweight, out of shape, and are going to the gym or to exercise for the very first time, your workout will not yet be very productive when it comes to actually increasing fitness parameters like lactate threshold or maximum oxygen utilization. But as you put in the time exercising, building muscle, losing fat, increasing conditioning and even simply learning how to properly do the exercises, your workouts can get better and more productive and yield better results over time when it comes to increasing fitness.

Thus a new, overweight and out-of-shape person should not judge exercise based off their first workout, and this concept is exactly the same for cold thermogenesis.

If someone starts out overweight and carrying some fat, it may be tricky to induce the highest intensity levels on the very first cold thermogenesis session. Like all things, cold training takes practice.  One has to learn about their own tolerance levels, slowly increase cold adaptation and build up brown fat, learn how to relax during sessions, and so on.  As they lose fat (and ideally, build muscle) it gets easier to get better results during sessions.

Let's now take a look at what happened not just to calorie burn in these subjects, but also to fatty acid and blood sugar regulating adiponectin levels.

Half the subjects saw around a 10% boost in adiponectin levels from the beginning to the end of the session.  The other half saw minimal changes.  Compare this to a previous study that showed that after 10 weeks of a lycopene-rich diet (tomatoes), women subjects saw a 9% increase.

So the Cool Fat Burner reproduced in 90 minutes what it took those other subjects 9 weeks to do.

It’s been shown over the last few years that adiponectin levels can vary for different demographics and populations.  Not everyone starts at the same levels, nor responds to activities such as diet, exercise, and cold thermogenesis in the same way. For example, a recent published study showed that when testing children, different ethnicities have different adiponectin levels, and those levels can often predict how well they will respond to diabetes treatments (remember, adiponectin is involved in – amongst other things – insulin sensitivity and metabolism).

Also, bear in mind that adiponectin is inversely related to obesity, meaning that the more obese you are, the lower your adiponectin levels tend to be.  So already half of the subjects (all of which were already classified as overweight) saw an increase during the session, and it is reasonable to assume as they lose weight and get in shape, their adiponectin levels will increase across the board for all subjects.

Next there's irisin, which can help with the “browning” of white fat, can help build muscle, can probably kill certain types of cancer, and may promote longevity.  Unfortunately, the irisin results were problematic.  One third of the subjects saw increases, but others did not.  But the problem here is certainly due to the testing method.

During the initial stages of our experiment setup, a controversy arose over the testing accuracy of irisin.  Some critics were saying all testing methods were flawed, and doubted humans could even produce the irisin hormone.  The debate went back and forth, and eventually they used “mass spectrometry” to prove that humans do in fact product irisin.  However, it was then acknowledged that many of the methods used to test irisin may be flawed and inaccurate.

So at the last minute, we changed testing methods, and used one that was supposed to be “up to date” with the new findings.  However the lab reported to us that the first testing kit was not working right, so none of the findings were valid.  They purchased several more kits, and re-tested everything and those were the results we were eventually given.

Then another problem was revealed with the irisin testing. It has been postulated that freezing blood samples can damage the irisin in the sample.  What’s more, the longer it stays frozen, the lower the irisin scores.  All of our samples were frozen, and most were frozen for months and months before testing even began!

So at this point, I’m not real confident about the irisin results.  The reality is that all subjects surely had an increase in irisin, and all were larger than the tests showed.

But we already know high intensity cold exposure can increase irisin.  For example, a mere 15 minutes at high intensity cold thermogenesis (shivering) increases irisin as much as an hour of HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercise.  However as mentioned above, in regards to the metabolic boost and calorie burning, there’s a good chance the test subjects simply weren’t motivated to reach a higher level of intensity (evidenced by their huge, but still lower overall metabolic boost).  That may also have contributed to lower irisin levels, which is released during high intensity exercise and cold thermogenesis.


Summary

So that’s it folks!  Despite handicapping ourselves with a few of the tests, we still got great results. Huge calorie burning, an extremely significant hormonal response, and proof that yet again the Cool Fat Burner can work as well (but with more convenience) as jumping into an icy cold lake or taking a very long cold shower.

And please bear in mind that this test was performed on a randomized group of slightly obese subjects in a tightly controlled university exercise lab.  This is just further proof of the benefits of the Cool Fat Burner and cold thermogenesis!

In celebration of these test results, I am giving any Ben Greenfield Fitness reader a 12% Cool Fat Burner discount code on the vest or the gut burner (or you can get both). It's good until New Year's Day 2017, so it's perfect timing for buying a Christmas gift or simply giving yourself the ability to decimate holiday fat fast.

The code is Ben12CFB and you can click here to use it now. As I mentioned earlier, you'll also get full access to my Cool Fat Burner guide download along with your cold thermogenesis gear. Happy holidays, and leave your questions, comments and feedback below.

What Is The Best Workout To Rock A Man’s Suit With Style & Confidence?

I’ll admit it: until recently, I had the impression that a suit is a suit. Sportcoat, pants, maybe a special vest. Some shiny shoes. And a tie if things get really monumental. You get the idea.

Then I discovered the difference between any random suit from an off-the-rack sale at your local department store and an actual real suit that fits like a glove and looks like a million bucks thanks to NASA inspired technology and salespeople and tailors who know their product inside and out.

Fact is, if you’re serious about showing up confident to a wedding, a job interview, a hot date or any other situation where you could literally be judged by the clothes on your back, then you better know not only how to wear a suit, but you also better know which workout routines will give you a body that cuts an impressive figure in a suit, which suit fabric will make or break your luck, and how to ensure a suit doesn’t turn into a giant, stinky, sweaty full-body sauna.

You’re about to discover exactly how to rock your suit in style and confidence. Let’s jump right in.


Suit Confidence Tip #1: Mind Your Back

Back when I was a bodybuilder posing on stage, it was tempting to simply pay attention the front of my body: the shoulders, the chest, the abs, and the front of the arms. These areas don’t involve rocket science to tackle with efficacy. But I quickly learned that to look good, you also need to pay attention to your backside, which can be a tougher nut to crack.

When you’re wearing a suit, the most important part of your back to target is the part that literally gives you “wings” under each armpit: your lattissumus dorsi, AKA your “lats”. Two of my favorite exercises for the lats that spark an enormous amount of muscle fiber recruitment in your back include:

Deadlifts: Most people know how to pick a heavy object like a barbell off the ground, and that movement, called a deadlift, is great for the butt and hamstrings (your primary hip extensors). But to really get your lats involved, you must squeeze the shoulder blades back and do a slight “mini-shrug” at the top of each deadlift.

Pull-ups: Do copious amounts. Seriously. I have a pull-up bar installed in the door of my office and follow a special rule that I must perform 3-5 pull-ups every time I walk under it. The best style of pull-up for your lats is thumbs-off, wide grip, fingernails facing forward.


Suit Confidence Tip #2: Work On Your “V”

Even if your lats are suit ready, you simply won’t look good in a suit if it’s not hugging your waistline nicely, if you are sporting muffin tops or a beer belly, or if you aren’t working your full spectrum of stomach muscles.

If you really want a tighter tummy, you need to incorporate exercises that create a “belt” of muscle that encompasses your entire mid-section. This belt serves to draw in the waist, keep the stomach flat, and keep your stomach looking good in suit.

To work on all the stomach muscles, you need to include the following four movements:

  • Abdominal flexion, which will tighten the “rectus abdomonis”, or sheet of muscle tissue that is directly on the front of your stomach.
  • Rotation, which will work the internal and external oblique muscles that are on the sides of your stomach
  • Waist extension,which will incorporate the low back muscles to improve posture and allow you to keep your stomach sucked in
  • A planking exercise, which will allow you to tone each of the muscles listed above in one all-encompassing exercise.

For a stomach workout that suits a suit, try to put together exercises from each category as a circuit that you repeat 3-4x through with minimal rest, such as a crunch variation to a twisting variation to a low back extension to a plank, with 10-30 repetitions for each.


Suit Confidence Tip #3: Target Your Traps

Even if the rest of your body looks good, it can still be unflattering and asymmetric if you have a skinny neck that sticks up out of your suit. But if you have a skinny neck, the trick to get a muscular defined neck is not to work the neck muscles, but rather to target your trapezius, or “traps”. The traps are primarily responsible for “shrugging the shoulders”, so you’ll want to include exercises such as dumbbell shoulder shrugs, dumbbell or barbell deadliftsfarmer’s walks, or walking lunges. When you perform these exercises, make sure that you are allowing your shoulders to drop, but instead imagine the tops of your shoulders touching the bottom of your ear lobes, which will help you to keep your traps contracted.


Suit Confidence Tip #4: Squeeze Your Shoulders

If your shoulders are slouched or slumped forward, you might look just fine from the front, but a side shot of you in your suit may look more like a hunchback. If you sit at your computer for long periods of time, ride a bicycle in a hunched over position, swim frequently, or have a combination of tight chest muscles and weak shoulder muscles, then you probably already have at least a slight upper back hump, also known as “kyphosis”.

To address this issue, you need to include exercises that make you squeeze your shoulders back, such as seated rowsstanding rowspull-upspull-downs, and super-slow pushups (drop down for a 1-2-3 count, then push-up for a 1-2-3 count).

When you perform these exercises focus on keeping the shoulder blades aligned and the shoulder blade muscles contracted, the abs tight and “sucked in”, and the back straight. You can also improve posture by breathing in as you do the weight lifting portion of the exercise and then breathing out as you return the weight to the starting position.


Suit Confidence Tip #5: Fix Your Posture

This is a biggie. No one wants to look like Quasimodo in a fancy suit. Curious if your posture sucks? Try this 30 second wall test to check your posture:

-Stand with your feet flat on the ground, with your heels about 6 inches away from the wall.

Put your back flat against the wall.

-Then place your head against the wall as well, and tuck in your chin.

-Raise your arms out to shoulder height and bend your elbows. The tips of your fingers will be pointing forward, and your elbows will be straight out from your shoulders.

-Now rotate your arms upward at the elbows, keeping them bent, and try to touch the back of your wrists to the wall.

-If your back arches, or you can’t get your wrists to touch the wall, that indicates poor posture.

OK, so let’s say you discover you have poor posture. What can you do about it?

First, in the excellent book Deskbound, CrossFit San Francisco Founder Kelly Starrett teaches how quickly get into good posture while on your smartphone or computer. This is accomplished by extending your arms to the sides and then rotating your palms upward. This rolls your shoulders back. Then you can bend your elbows to type at the keyboard or hold your phone up in front of your face. When you're sitting, pull in your abs to about 20 percent of full strength, so that sitting becomes an active activity, apparently.

Second, start doing 5-10 minutes of “Foundation Training” every morning. This form of training, which I describe in detail in my article “How To Turn On Your Butt, Activate Deep Breathing & Decompress Your Spine (And Why I’ve Completely Changed My Morning Routine).” helps improve posture, alleviate back pain, and enhance biomechanics by engaging the major muscle chains in your body and helping you identify and utilize proper movement patterns that pull you out of poor posture or slouching. I swear by my daily Foundation practice.

Finally, to put the icing on the posture cake, learn a special form of myofascial stretching called “ELDOA”. ELDOA normalizes disc bulges, reduces scoliosis, delays disc degeneration, increases disc hydration, relieves chronic neck and back pain and tension, and massively improves head, neck, back and full body posture. ELDOA myofascial stretches are very specific and complex techniques that require strong attention to form and correct progressions, and you will likely need to learn from a certified ELDOA instructor. Once you learn it, you can squeeze in throughout your workday quick myofascial full body stretches that 30 seconds to 5 minutes. You’ll instantly feel half a foot taller, and also feel proud, tall and confident in any suit. Want to see what ELDOA looks like? Here a recent Instagram post showcasing me learning the ropes from an ELDOA instructor.


Suit Confidence Tip #6: Get The Right Suit

The final key to looking good in a suit is to choose a style of suit that actually looks good on you and that breathes and moves the way it should. Most people wear suits that are either too large, or made of material that doesn’t breathe, and that leaves you instead pitting sweat out the pits and emanating some serious body odor after a day in your suit.

If you want to get the right suit, I’d highly recommend the new Kenneth Cole AWEAR-TECH garment technology, which is available exclusively at Men’s Wearhouse stores or online at menswearhouse.com

So why do I like the AWEAR-TECH technology so much? In a nutshell, the patented “37.5” fabric maintains an optimum microclimate for your body, and removes moisture at the vapor stage, before sweat can form. It acts like a thermostat by removing moisture when you’re hot and retaining warmth when you’re cold, it absorbs and traps odor molecules that are washed away when cleaned, and, from liner to mesh to exterior, it easily layers with other 37.5 pieces to work as a system that allows for movement and comfort.

So basically, the fabric in this suit has the same stuff that’s used in athletic gear, which means it can help control your core temperature and sweat. I recently started wearing this new fabric in a suit from Men's Wearhouse, and trust me, it makes a night and day difference in suit comfort when your suit breathes and moves the right way (even when you're swinging a yellow kettlebell in your front driveway).

Plus, 1% contribution from every single one of these suits purchased is donated to Hire Heroes USA, which helps veterans find jobs, and Help USA, an organization that supplies housing to those in need. So you can look good and feel good about looking good. 


Summary

So that’s it…

…mind your back, work on your “V” shape, target your traps, squeeze your shoulders, you’re your posture and choose the right suit, and you’re guaranteed to rock your suit with style and confidence.

As for the tie? Well, that’s your choice. Just remember: the fact that your favorite aunt gifted you with a Christmas elf tie does not require you to add it to your suit setup.

But perhaps that’s a topic for a future post. In the meantime, check out the AWEAR-TECH technology and to learn more about the Kenneth Cole suit garment technology, and leave your questions, comments and feedback below.

Ben Greenfield’s 2016 Cyber Monday Specials – All The Deals, All In One Place.

Happy Cyber Monday. I figured I'd slap a few of my favorite keyboard-slobbering deals up for you.

Enjoy.

Actually, some of these deals are quite significant. Deep down inside, I think some businesses simply put items on a huge sale because of societal pressure to have big, fat, slightly insane discounts on Cyber Monday. Of course, this wipes out margins and profits for a business, but it does get them a new customer and it makes you happy. So either way, it's a win for them and a win for you.

Anyways, have fun shopping, and I'll try add more deals as I they get sent my way. ;)


Greenfield Fitness Systems

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Cyber Monday would not be complete with a sale at Greenfield Fitness Systems – my personal collection of all that enhances your brain and body. Use discount code CYBER20 at check out to get 20% off supplements and books. Click here to start shopping now.


Delta Sleeper SR1

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Read this “A Tiny, 1/2 Ounce Piece Of Game-Changing Sleep Technology (And How To Use PEMF For Sleep)” and then you tell me if you could benefit from the SR1 for a killer night's sleep. Until midnight Monday only you can enjoy  30% ($150.00) off the price of the SR1 sleep device, and yes, that's only for Cyber Monday. Click here and discount code greenfit10 at checkout.


Keto//OS

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Have you been thinking of trying an exogenous ketones supplement? Well, thanks to this sale available from Pruvit, you can get 25% off any one-time product purchase using coupon code PROMO1041 at checkout when you visit. Promo is still good for Monday! Not sure how this can help you? Then check this out, and then you can order your own personal supply of ketones here.


Oura Ring

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Get 20% off, plus free shipping, on the mighty ŌURA ring when you use code: “BlackFriday” at checkout. This deal ends Monday at midnight. Click here to get yours now. Want to learn more about the ring and why I swear by this ring as the best self-quantification device that exists? Read my post here.


Examine.com Research Digest

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Looking for the all the science in one place? There is simply no better resource than Examine Research Digest – my go to source for the best unbiased supplement and fitness research on the face of the planet. Here are the slammin' deals they have going until midnight Cyber Monday:

Supplement Goals Reference Guide – $29.99 (instead of $49.99)
Supplement Stack Guides – $119 (instead of $149) // $35 Each (instead of $49)
Monthly Examine Research Digest (ERD) – $24.99
Yearly ERD – $249.90
Lifetime ERD – $599


Have questions about how I use any of the resources above? Leave your comments below and I'll reply!

Decoding The Science Behind The Best Tasting Bone Broth On The Face Of The Planet.

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

There's much more to bone broth than meets the eye.

Take the bones for example. Killer bones make killer bone broth, but not all bones are created equal. Knuckle, patella, femur, and feet bones actually make the best broth, because these bones have been proven to contain the highest concentration of white and red stem-cell marrow, as well as the highest levels of collagen – one of the major benefits of drinking bone broth.

The ingredients matter too. For example, you can achieve one of the most nourishing bone broths on the face of the planet when you combine marrow bones like those listed above (from pasture raised, grass-fed cows) with organic carrots, organic onions, organic celery, organic bay leaves, organic parsley, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of black peppercorn, sea salt, thyme and rosemary extract.

Bone broth packaging matters too. Most bone broth companies aren’t USDA approved and require their bone broth to be frozen. This makes shipping a hassle (not to mention expensive!) makes the bone broth hard to store, and requires the heavy addition of preservatives, nasty additives and extra sodium or worse yet, packaging that is chock full of pathogens and germs.

But this kind of information flies under the radar, so in today's podcast, my guest Justin Mares and I pull back the curtain on all things bone broth.  Justin is the founder of Kettle & Fire bone broth, the first ever fresh, never frozen organic bone broth company, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why bone broth is supposed to form a gelatin when it's in your fridge, and why you shouldn't eat it if it doesn't “gel”…[9:52]

-Whether there's any actual research on bone broth, or just on the individual components of it, like glycine or glucosamine or collagen…[14:50]

-Which is the best type of broth: cow, chicken or fish…[22:37]

What the best kind of bones are for bone broth…[29:45]

-The difference between red-cell marrow and white-cell marrow, and which you should consume…[31:45]

-Why Kettle & Fire adds to their bone broth 100% grass-fed cows, organic carrots, organic celery, organic onions, organic bay leaves, organic apple cider vinegar, and reverse osmosis purified water…[34:10]

-The best temperature for bone broth to keep nutrients from degrading…[36:50]

-How can you actually get a packaged and shipped bone broth sent to your house without having a bunch of preservatives and artificial crap in it…[39:18]

-Why you should stay far away from any grocery store bone broths…[43:00]

-How bone broth can be used to lose weight, stay in ketosis, heal a leaky gut, fix constipation, and much more…[46:55]

Resources from this episode:

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth (that link gets you $10 off any order, and additional discounts if you add more bone broth cartons to your cart).

The study Justin mentioned about glycine attenuating the insulin spike that comes with glucose ingestion.

Ben's bark tea recipe

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Justin or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

Does A “God Pill” Exist?

Veins on both biceps bulging like pythons, the ripped kid in the t-shirt extended one arm towards me. He opened his clenched fist to reveal a tiny black ziplock bag. He grinned, displaying a perfect set of ivory white teeth and nodded, “Go ahead. Try it!”

I stepped back and raised an eyebrow. This guy had just finished completely destroying my “REALFit” test score at the ever-popular PaleoFX conference. The conference, a global gathering of biohackers, foodies, physicians, exercise freaks and bacon-and-egg-infused-coffee chugging Crossfitters, features the annual REALFit test to discover the fittest person alive. The fittest person alive at their conference, that is.

Anyways, I thought I had achieved a pretty respectable score on a host of tests including a forearm-destroying two minute maximum pull-ups test, deadlifting body weight as many times as possible in two minutes test (try that one sometime and just try to beat at least sixty, I dare you),  a shuttle run, a medicine ball hurl, a vertical leap: you get the idea. This wasn't any walk in the park.

But this guy had just blown my score out of the water, and he now seemed to be extending to me some semblance of a peace offering. That or he was attempting to pull off an illegal drug deal at a health conference.

“What…is it?” I leaned forward and peered into his hand. Emblazoned in tiny gold foiling on the front of black bag was a logo: Neurohacker Collective.

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“It's basically like a God Pill.”

“A God Pill?” Somewhere deep in the back of my self-quantifying, self-experimentation obsessed lizard brain, I felt a twinge of interest. Now don't get me wrong – as a Christian, I would never believe that a mere man or woman can truly possess the superpowers of God. But at this point – just two days into the conference and after having been offered copious amounts of kombucha, kefir and other little-known fermented beverages, cannabidiol-infused dark chocolates, bacon-flavored mints, kale-powdered beef jerky and all other manner of potentially explosive diarrhea inducing samples – the mention of a supplement that could potentially transform one into even a fraction of a deity was a proposition I hadn't yet heard.

I kept staring at the bag. “Um…what does it do?”

“Dude, just try it.” He reached forward, grabbed my forearm with a vice-like gorilla grip, and shoved the black bag into the palm of my hand. As if driven by an invisible, curious-infused force, my fingers closed hard around the tiny bag as though it were a handful of precious diamonds.

The guy grinned ear-to-ear one more time, winked at me, and as he sauntered away, seemingly unfazed by having just thrown down a shuttle run time that made me look like a arthritic sloth, he stopped and looked back over his shoulder. “Oh, and follow the instructions very, very carefully. Enjoy the experience, man.”

Oh geez. Enjoy the experience? What had I gotten into? This was supposed to be a freaking health conference. Not an MDMA-infused rave. And now I was about to potentially go on a full public display of a crazy drug-infused mind-trip.

I looked around. Nobody seemed to be watching. I carefully opened the bag, only to find two additional bags.

I took Bag #1 out and held it up to the fluorescent indoor lights. There were perhaps half-a-dozen capsules inside. On the front, in tiny letters, was written, “Step 1: Upon Waking, Take Three On Empty Stomach.

Before I read the front of the Bag #2, I suspected what it would say. After all, I'm a nutritionist, a self-professed guinea pig, and an adviser to a host of companies in the supplement industry. This means I basically design and consume pills for a living.

I'll betcha this will be the fat-soluble, take-it-with-food component.

Bingo. I was right. Bag #2 read: “Step 2: Take Six With Breakfast.”

I shoved Bag #2 into my pocket. Then I studied Bag #1 again. I hadn't just woken. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into. But my stomach was indeed empty.

So what the heck?

I glanced nervously towards my twin boys, who, oblivious to my suspicious dealings, were giggling and twirling around on a giant, elephant-sized Bulletproof Coffee mug. I looked at watch. I had two hours before I needed to be on stage as one of the keynote speakers for the event. I looked back at Bag#1, silently hoping that I wasn't about to turn into an embarrassing father who inexplicably begins climbing into the rafters at a Paleo health conference or a raging carbaholic who is suddenly struck by intense cravings for gluten-powdered baguettes. Then I tipped back my head and swallowed half the contents of Bag #1.

The next 120 minutes were a blur. Like gears gradually grinding into faster and faster motion, my thoughts and word recall and verbal fluency seemed to double in speed within about twenty minutes, and kept getting comfortably faster. As I chased my two eight year old boys through the expanse of the PaleoFX expo, colors became more vibrant, sounds and light more intense. Allow me to point out that I have indeed micro-dosed with LSD, psilocybin and MDMA – all of which produced comparable effects. But not at a response time near as fast. Or with as “clean” of a thought pattern.

What the heck was this stuff?

Two hours later, with a belly full of bacon-flavored truffles, beet-powder-infused salmon jerky and raw camel's milk, I looked down at my hand. My fingers were wrapped around Bag #2. I opened it, dumped six capsules into my mouth and swallowed. Then I clenched and unclenched my fists, took one deep breath, and stepped onto the massive PaleoFX stage to speak, ironically, about how to safely and effectively hack one's brain.


Limitless & Lucy

Perhaps it was the combination of eighteen different primal fuels and kombucha fermenting in my stomach, perhaps it was the edgy death-like, I-hope-I-zipped-my-fly fear that accompanies stepping onto stage in front of hundreds of people, or perhaps it was Bag #2 kicking into action, but the effects became even more magnified the moment I stepped on stage.

Whatever it was, I didn't complain. I just held on tight for the ride on stage as my mouth worked to catch up to my rapidly firing brain. My lucidity and clarity of thought became unparalleled. I wondered if someone had slipped a No-Doz caffeine pill into my camel's milk, but realized I had none of the agitation or nervousness that accompanies copious such amounts of caffeine. I wondered if this was how Bradley Cooper's character felt in the movie Limitless.

No, scratch that. Probably more like the way Scarlet Johansson's character in the movie Lucy felt when Asian terrorists sewed a leaky bag full of smart drugs into her gut lining, but without any scalpels involved.

I had to find out where this stuff came from.

I had to hunt down this mysterious “Neurohacker Collective“.

So I did. And in this article you'll discover exactly what I found about the most potent neurohacking compound I've ever used, and the actual ingredients packed into Bag #1 and Bag #2..


What Is “Neurohacker Collective”?

As you may have heard on the podcast that I just released two days ago entitled “42 Different Ways To Build A Better Brain, The Problem With Modern Smart Drugs, Hacking Your Neurons & More.”, I did indeed eventually connect with the brilliant minds at Neurohacker Collective – specifically a man named Daniel Schmachtenberger.

During that podcast episode, Daniel describes how he began seriously studying health and neurology when he became afflicted with neurological and autoimmune illnesses that had no known solutions in either allopathic or complementary medicine. The insights that lead to his healing came from developing a new model for understanding physiology and pathology, which he then applied to helping many people address various forms of complex illness and optimize their capabilities beyond their previous healthy baselines.

As he worked to create Neurohacker Collective, Daniel was simultaneously the academic dean for a college of mind-body medicine and consulted for a host of functional, integrative physicians and medical clinics to help find novel solutions for complex cases. He created and ran a think tank developing complex systems solutions for environmental and social issues, and directed a transdisciplinary group of scholars on a philosophy of mind project addressing core questions of mind-brain interface and what he calls “an axiomatic reformulation for the epistemology of neuroscience”.

And he's guinea-pigged extensively with psychedelics, nootropics, meditation, depth psychology, and a plethora of other tools for evolving states and stages of consciousness and evolving the human experience.

Ultimately, Daniel focuses on bringing together scientific research on each individual mechanism and pathway supporting cognitive development, and integrating them into a whole systems view, a complex framework of integrative neuroscience that focused for many years on creating one of the most comprehensive nootropic smart-drug like stacks ever made.

During our podcast, Daniel describes how many “smart drugs” work by artificially increasing one chemical in the brain by overriding its natural function. Problem is, this can cause depletion or neglect of other things, causing imbalances and negative consequences like dependency or a post smart-drug “crash” (Modafinil, anyone?).

This is because cognitive capacity is a nuanced relationship that involves many variables. Optimizing for one variable of cognitive function at the expense of other critical ones doesn't really bestow comprehensive enhancement of human capability. For instance, having cognitive drive without the ability to focus well could result in you leaping into your office in a post-smart-drug infused craze and churning out a hundred tiny multi-tasks like a keyboarded berserker…without actually accomplishing anything deep or meaningful or truly productive.

Or you could develop steely willpower without emotional resilience, resulting in you being the smartest guy or girl at the office who treats your co-workers like complete crap because you've suddenly become a robot-like, hard charging, high achiever with a complete loss of empathy. For that reason, Daniel's goal was to design a formula that deliberately balances subjective effects to give meaningful enhancement in a comprehensive way – what he describes as “a whole system upgrade”.

In other words, as he designed the capsules that I swallowed in Bag #1 and Bag #2, Daniel's goal was to support the body’s endogenous neurochemical production and regulatory processes, rather than creating fake, temporary, exogenous brain overrides.

Take IQ, for example – also known as “Intelligence Quotient”. Recent research suggests that notion of a single intelligence quotient vastly oversimplifies intelligence, which is in fact composed of various aspects of what are called “multiple intelligences”, such as verbal intelligence, problem solving, spatial reasoning, etc.

The studies on IQ were led by Adrian Owen of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western, and his studies included more than 100,000 participants from around the globe asking them to complete 12 cognitive tests looking at their memory, reasoning, attention and planning abilities. These findings were published in an article, “Scientists debunk the IQ myth: Notion of measuring one's intelligence quotient by singular, standardized test is highly misleading” and Western University: Canada: “Debunking the IQ myth“.

This is all based on a theory proposed by Howard Gardner, which states that intelligence is not unified, but rather multiple, consisting of a set of relatively independent intelligences including linguistic intelligence, mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence, musical intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, naturalist intelligence, and even based on more recent research, the addition of spiritual intelligence and emotional intelligence. According to this theory, different intelligences can develop at different rates in individuals, and thus a single measure like IQ neglects within person variability across multiple kinds of intelligence.

So basically, if a smart drug or nootropic promises to increase IQ, you must ask yourself if it is increasing multiple intelligences, or just one factor of IQ, such as your ability to blast through multiplication tables, or progress through your Suzuki violin manual at lightning speed.

It's an interesting theory indeed.

And a glance at the Neurohacker Collective website promises that they have fully researched this complex problem for years, and as a result have designed the most comprehensive, effective cognitive enhancement nootropic in the world today, contaning “42 scientifically researched ingredients” designed to amplify all the aspects that matter most for optimal cognitive and nervous system functioning.

Yep, that's quite a claim.

But it's one thing to wax flowery biohacking poetic on a website and quite another to produce a product that actually works. So leading up to my podcast interview with Daniel, and courtesy of Neurohacker Collective, I was able to get my hands on two full bottles of Bag #1 and Bag #2. which turned out to be Daniel's creation, a super-special formulation he calls “Qualia“.

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It was time to find out whether my experience at PaleoFX was an isolated fluke, or if this Qualia stuff actually works when used with longer term dosage in one's comfortable, familiar home and office environment. Let's delve into my own experience, shall we?


How I Took Qualia

Morning one of Qualia experiment.

I wake up, groggy-eyed, and stumble down the wooden stairs of our home, deep in the forest of Spokane, Washington.

Barefoot and still shivering from the morning chill, I flip on the lights to the pantry. I take the bottle of Qualia Step One off the shelf, turn it around and inspect the label, which reads as follows:

qualiastep1

I swallow three capsules with a giant glass of water.

I delve into my admittedly elaborate morning routine of Core Foundation exercises, infrared sauna, a cryotherapy dip into the icy cold pool hidden in the trees behind my house, and thirty minutes of my latest cognitive hack, EEG neurofeedback training while I write in my work of fiction.

Morning routine complete and brain already humming, I go about making my enormous morning smoothie, which I describe in teeth-gritting detail – Pau d' Arco bark tea, cacao nibs, ceylon cinnamon, Aztec salt and all – at “6 Crazy, Exotic Superfood Cocktails, Shakes & Mind-Bending Recipes.

Just before downing the smoothie, I grab the bottle of Qualia Step Two. I glance at the label:

qualiastep2

According to the Neurohacker Collective website, Qualia is to be taken in two steps as a total of nine pills – three pills from Step One bottle and six pills from the Step Two bottle, always maintaining a 1:2 ratio. So I dump six of the tablets into my hand and swallow.

Then I sit back and wait for the fireworks.


My Experience With Qualia

Now, I'm not going to kick a nootropic, smart-drug infused horse to death and dwell upon what you are probably already aware of when it comes to the claims behind these trendy cognitive enhancing compounds.

Sure, on my first morning (and for the next four days leading up to my podcast with Daniel), I certainly experienced a manifestation of all these claims.

Better focus.

Increased cognitive drive.

Faster reaction time.

Less distractibility.

Enhanced verbal fluency and memory recall.

Frankly, as I describe in my article on How To Make Your Own Smart Drugs, I've experimented with just about every nootropic that exists, and many psychedelic compounds and smart drugs to boot. I certainly get some semblance of the effects stated above with many, many of these supplements. So it would be unfair to claim that Qualia is isolated in it's ability to deliver these type of effects.

But with Qualia – and I realize this is a bit nebulous – these effects seemed to just happen faster and cleaner. And in addition to increases in focus, drive and emotional resilience, I noticed a host of other subtle, less-expected, positive experiences.

Take procrastination, for example. Like most people I know, I tend to have a history of procrastinating on everything from doing my taxes to cleaning out my desk drawer to organizing the ever-growing collection of random tools in the garage. But by the end of my first day on Qualia, I had somehow discovered the willpower, focus and drive to organize my entire biohacking gym corner-to-corner, neatly placing kettlebells, monster bands, maces, stability training balls, balance pads, foam rollers, vibration therapy tools, electrostimulation devices and all other manner of other fitness geekery in tightly systematized sequences.

Hooray for me, and perhaps more importantly, the bonus points scored with my wife.

Next came the dreams. Seriously. I dreamt like crazy.

Perhaps part of this was my recent foray into red light therapy on my gonads to increase testosterone production, but it began with mostly sex dreams. Not bad, horny-clowns-chasing-me-down sex dreams but instead intense, lucid and very pleasant dreams that at one point had me waking up my wife at 2am for a very, very early morning “workout”. I also experienced the sensation of flying through the air like an NBA player dunking a basketball (every time I took a step in my dream), soaring through space like Superman, driving a car extremely high speeds with extreme precision, and simply staring off the edge of a cliff while watching wisps of clouds below and seeing the whole of planet Earth, as if I were some kind of – well – deity.

Daniel informed me later that within the first week of taking the product, many people do indeed report a reregulation of their sleep cycles – sometimes needing less sleep, and sometimes sleeping at different times. They notice they remember their dreams more, there’s more lucidity to them, and that they feel more meaningful. Since science suggests that dreaming is associated with memory consolidation and psychological processing of events, I'll take this as a good sign.

The next phenomenon was one I didn't notice until after four days. On my fourth morning of taking Qualia, I began to wake up in the morning with an almost lazy feeling that I possessed an “affluence of time”, which may seem ironic considering that a nootropic should actually speed up cognitive processing speed and task achievement. But despite experiencing an enormous boost in cognition, I still felt more patient, settled and relaxed as I connected my heart rate monitor and began my daily HRV measurement. I spent more time writing in my gratitude journal. I dwelt more heavily on the truth in my OurDailyBread devotions. Life seemed less hectic, less fast-paced.

On the fifth day I noticed something that Daniel mentioned during our podcast: the ability of a full-spectrum nootropic to allow one to respond gracefully to difficult things – specifically an increased sense of empowerment in how one deals with the difficult challenges that arise in life. Instead of going into overwhelm or hopelessness or devastation, Daniel describes that a Qualia user may feel capable of doing what needs to be done in the presence of challenge.

Now mind you, I hadn't yet spoken to Daniel about this effect, and I didn't notice this until after five days, but on that fifth day, when I finally turned on my computer to work and the e-mails came flying out of my inbox like a rabid chihuahua wielding a bullet-slinging uzi, I simply sat there, took a deep breath, and experienced an overwhelming wash of relief and a sensation that everything was going to be just fine.

In other words, the normal morning stress did not faze me. This was getting interesting.

Since recording the podcast with Daniel, I've noticed two more interesting phenomenon while continuing to take Qualia. First, I'm experiencing less internal emotion and drama, including feeling less concern about what other people think or about proving something to the world.

This manifested itself physically too. My voice has become just slightly more monotone, and a little bit more robotic, especially during business dealings. This had been a tendency for me already, as you may know if you listened to the podcast entitled “I Am A 98% Angry, No-Nonsense, Perfectionistic, Extremely Unconventional, Rule-Breaking, Fearless Assassin-Sniper“. But it became more pronounced, in a good way. meaning that I thought more quickly, had better verbal fluency, experienced superior memory recall, and became more like a well-oiled Ferrari engine, but without an actual loss of empathy for others.

The best way I can describe this is that I spoke and argued and debated and podcasted and had phone calls with far fewer vocal “ups and downs”. Sure, I suppose this could be a bad thing if I were, say, an opera singer, but pretty good for getting business done like a well-sharpened sushi knife – cutting straight through the flesh of a conversation or problem like butter.

The final unpredictable sensation I'm now experiencing while taking Qualia is that of epiphany, which I'd describe as a sense of “aha” or revelation about things that involve though synthesis. This was a pretty cool hidden gem that has led to breakthroughs in business and personal areas that I was originally stuck. I've actually been forced to begin carrying my Moleskin notebook around more religiously because thoughts and epiphanies have begun to strike me at any moment. Brainstorms. Big picture business insights. Sudden plot breakthroughs for my work of fiction. You get the idea. All good things.

So…

…dang.

What on earth is in this stuff? Let's find out.


Ingredients and How This Stuff Works

Each ingredient included in Qualia is based on a whole system design methodology. This means that Daniel and his team have taken singular care to understand the specific effects of 42 different ingredients and how they combine with each other to effect the mind, brain and body interface.

They pulled this off by engaging in a rigorous examination of something called “neuropsychopharmacology“, an interdisciplinary science that combines psychopharmacology (which is the study of how chemicals affect the mind) and neuroscience (which is the study of the neural mechanisms that chemicals act upon to influence behavior).

The team at Neurohacker Collective performed a comprehensive analysis of neuroscience research to determine the underlying regulatory hardware responsible for mediating the desired subjective and performative effects they wanted to get out of a pill. Along the way, their goal stayed constant: to magnify all normal and healthy physiologic pathways and processes, with the goal of evolving a more robust and complex neural network and regulatory system functioning.

The end result was 42 different ingredients split into 7 different categories, and below you will find a full list of Qualia’s ingredients and categories. You can click here for very intense, nitty-gritty details about why they included these specific compounds in this stack and to read more of the research behind the formulation.

Category 1: Nootropic Compounds.

These are psychoactive and neuroactive chemicals that play key roles in modulating receptor sites, synaptic enzymes, membrane structures, cerebral perfusion, biogenic processes, neuroendocrine regulation and more.

Noopept (very similar to Racetam)
Huperzine A
Phenylethylamine
Uridine Monophosphate
Phosphatidylserine
Hordenine HCI
Vinpocetine
Theobromine
DHEA
Pure Energy (Pterostilbene bound to Caffeine)

Category 2: Choline Donors.

These are active forms of choline donors that work through different pathways in the peripheral and central nervous system to support acetylcholine levels, along with the other synergistically stacked cholinergics (acetyl donors, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, racetamic compounds, etc.)

Centrophenoxine
Citicoline (CDP Choline)
Alpha GPC

Category 3: Amino Acids

These are the building blocks for key neurotransmitters and hormones, and agents that are part of the processes of cellular energy production, osmoregulation, signaling, antioxidation, neurogenesis, and neuroprotection.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine
N-Acetyl Tyrosine
DL-Phenylalanine
Taurine
L-Theanine

Category 4: Neuro-Vitamins

These are key limiting factor vitamins in specific activated forms required for major neuroregulatory and neurodevelopmental processes.

Vit B1 as Benfotiamine
Vit B3 as Niacinamide
Vit B5 as Calcium Pantothenate
Vit B6 as Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P)
Vit B12 as Methylcobalamin
Vit C as Ascorbic Acid
Vit D3 as Microencapsulated Cholecalciferol

Category 5: Adaptogen Extracts

These herbal adaptogens are concentrating active compounds while maintaining complex synergistic co-factors – supporting Adrenal/ HPA regulation, Long Term Potentiation, AMPK activation, neurogenesis, catecholamine production, tissue regeneration, and many regulatory functions.

Bacopa Monnieri: 55% Bacosides
Mucuna Pruriens: 98% L-Dopa
Ginkgo Biloba: 24% glycosides, 6% terpene lactones
Coleus Forskohlii: 20% Forskolin
Artichoke Extract: 5% Cynarin
Rhodiola Rosea: 3% Rosavins, 1% Salidrosides
Lion’s Mane: 30% polysaccharides
ActivAMP Gynostemma

Category 6: Neuro-Minerals

These are limiting factor minerals required for major neurochemical regulatory processes in forms that are bioavailable and can cross the blood brain barrier.

Lithium Orotate
Magnesium Threonate
Zinc Picolinate

Category 7: Neuro-Anti-inflammatories and Antioxidants

These are synergist compounds that support nutrient transport and utilization, cytokine and eicosanoid modulation, neurotrophin factors, redox reactions, cholesterol regulation, and much more.

BioPQQ
Quercetin
Curcumin
Algal DHA
Green Tea Extract: 98% polyphenols, 45% EGCG
Bioperine

Whew.

And lest you think these raw ingredients are sourced from out-dated, giant wooden bins in China where they're getting sprayed with ethylene oxide and other preservatives, then take heart.

These folks are using, for lack of a better phrase, high quality s&*t.

For example, all the Qualia ingredients are chosen based on the strong empirical basis of their safety and efficacy. They take into account several kinds of research: Phase II & III university and clinical trials, quantified self-research data, and over 40+ years international research on nootropic stack formulation.

All the ingredients are tested for heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides, and other forms of environmental toxin, and ensured to be at levels far lower than FDA GMPs requirements. No silica, magnesium stearate, animal, or toxic binders or fillers are used.

They use only high quality raw ingredients, many of which come from patented sources and are considered “best in class” in the supplements industry. (e.g. BioPerine piperine, pTeroPure pterostilbene, etc.)

They concentrate each ingredient to the highest potency and bioavailability currently commercially possible, and all their herbs and botanicals are standardized for potency and purity of active ingredients. Every single ingredient that Neurohacker Collective uses arrives from a supplier with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) ensuring its purity and potency. Then they go a step further and batch test every ingredient coming in by using the most chromatography and spectrometry and the same spendy kind of lab analysis techniques I talked about in this behind-the-scenes supplement interview with the lead physician at Thorne, including, in addition to batch testing raw materials coming in, pulling bottles of market-ready product and verifying the formulation inside each capsule.

All their nutraceuticals are in the most biologically active form for the purpose intended (i.e. methylated, acetylated, phosphorylated, L-form, D-form, etc). The form of the nutrient makes orders of magnitude difference to its effectiveness (that's why the $30,000 bottle of ketones I chugged in a recent Snapchat video beats the pants off other forms of ketone salts – because it's in a certain molecular configuration I talk about here).

In addition to Neurohacker Collective‘s manufacturing lab, they also have a research & development lab where they produce and test dozens of iterations of their nootropic formulations. They have had over 2 years of internal testing demonstrating safety and efficacy, and have consulted dozens of doctors, researchers, and formulators in the development of Qualia.

Yes, it's vegan.

And gluten-free, lest you not want bread with your smart drugs.

Non-GMO? Check.

No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners.

Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) vegetarian capsules. Fancy word for fiber, basically.

And here, in all its glory, is what Step One and Step Two actually look like, should you be concerned about branding and aesthetics and color.

Limitless” or “Lucy“) you probably have a sense of what may one day be possible, at least if you your friend gives you a secret drug while you're facing unemployment and a girlfriend's rejection, or you're being captured by Japanese terrorists. Qualia isn’t quite like what you see in these thrilling movies, but it’s the closest thing to a “magic pill” movie experience that’s out there. Which is especially impressive considering that it is legal. And readily purchaseable.

A God pill?

Mmm…that's a bit too potentially blasphemous and offensive for me to continue to label it as such.

But a “magic” pill?

I'll take it.

And now you can too.

If you want to play it safe and just try a month's supply, which is a single bottle of Step One and a single bottle of Step Two, then just click here and use 15% discount code ben15.

If you're all in and ready to spring for a monthly subscription (which can be cancelled at any time) click here and use 15% discount code BEN15r (“r” as in “repeating” – and that code will only work for a repeating order which, by the way, is already discounted 20%. So you're getting a pretty slammin' deal).

Finally, should you be a soccer mom or college student or bartender scratching your head about whether this is something that no folks other than professional athletes or hard-charging CEO's or insane biohackers would ever take, then please know that Qualia is not just some “natural” Modafinil or Adderall alternative for fringe rich people or self-quantifying guinea pigs. Scientists, artists, creators, entrepreneurs, activists, parents, and students of every kind are now using this stuff. Qualia is designed for anyone who wants to do meaningful things with their life, have deep and profound experiences, and fully optimize their capability towards those goals, even if it means lucid dreaming, late night sex sessions, and achieving zero e-mails in your inbox at an unfair rate of speed.

Anyways, if you have questions, thoughts or feedback about Qualia, about the concept of “neurohacking” in general, about nootropics, smart drugs, or anything else related to enhancing cognitive performance via nutrition, then leave your comments below and I will reply!

You can also click here to listen to my podcast with Qualia creator Daniel Schmachtenberger, and again, if you want to get your hands on this stuff now, just use code “BEN15” at the Neurohacker Collective website for a single order or code “BEN15r” for any recurring order.  And as that dude in the beginning of this story told me, enjoy the experience. ;)

42 Different Ways To Build A Better Brain, The Problem With Modern Smart Drugs, Hacking Your Neurons & More.

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

My guest on today's podcast believes there's a big problem in the field of nootropics, smart drugs and cognitive enhancement: namely that the entire movement has followed some pretty extreme reductionist tendencies.

When it comes to popping pills and using biohacks and self-quantification to make your body and brain smarter, research has indeed proliferated. There is a dizzying plethora of scientific findings focused on individual neurotransmitters, mechanisms, parts of the neurotransmission cycle, cell walls, receptor sites, brain/blood flow, and hundreds of other isolated variables.

In other words, there are lots of parts and plenty of “findings” and “mechanisms.” But to date, there exists no prevailing meta-theory of the complex interactions that make up the whole of cognitive enhancement. Many various disconnected insights have so far fallen short of addressing the complex dynamics of all the interacting parts. For this reason, most nootropic, smart drug and brain biohacking products are developed to narrowly optimize one aspect of cognitive capability, only to have unexpected drawbacks, deleterious side effects and impacts on other areas.

By performing a principled meta-analysis and synthesis of existing research, we can better understand the complex dynamics and emergent homeostatic relationships within the brain and from these kinds of insights we can yield a truly advanced complex meta-theory of cognitive enhancement. Daniel Schmachtenberger, my guest on this podcast, wants to do just this.

Daniel began seriously studying health and neurology when he became afflicted with neurological and autoimmune illnesses that had no known solutions in either allopathic or complementary medicine. The insights that lead to his healing came from developing a new model for understanding physiology and pathology, which he then applied to helping many people address various forms of complex illness and optimize their capabilities beyond their previous healthy baselines.

Daniel was the academic dean for a college of mind-body medicine and has consulted for many cutting edge integrative doctors and medical clinics to help find novel solutions for complex cases. He created and ran a cutting edge think tank developing complex systems solutions for environmental and social issues, and has directed a transdisciplinary group of scholars on a philosophy of mind project addressing core questions of mind / brain interface and developed what he calls “an axiomatic reformulation for the epistemology of neuroscience”. He has a significant background with and love for psychedelics, nootropics, meditation, depth psychology, and all effective tools for evolving states and stages of consciousness and evolving the human experience.

Daniel focuses in bringing together the best scientific research on each individual mechanism and pathway supporting cognitive development, and integrating them into a whole systems view, a complex framework of integrative neuroscience and one of the most comprehensive nootropic stacks ever made called “Qualia“.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What a “dream nootropic” would look like if it were to target every single component of cognitive enhancement…[16:55 & 68:45]

-How nootropics can go beyond an acute effect and actually chronically change your brain structure or “wiring”, including neuron and synapse development, increased mitochondrial ATP, healthier cell structures and increased neural complexity…[21:00 & 49:30]

-How you can actually induce the creation of new brain stem cells to heal things like traumatic brain injury, excitotoxicity and oxidative damage to the brain…[24:54]

-Two easy ways to test how your central nervous system and memory recall is responding to certain compounds you consume…[27:45]

-My personal experience with the “God pill” that Daniel developed…[42:45]

-What makes something a “nootropic” compound vs. just a nutrient or a vitamin or a smart drug…[47:00 & 59:35]

-The little-known substance know as the “love drug” that can increase euphoria and empathy…[50:18]

-A compound that can be bound to caffeine to cause caffeine to last longer without a crash…[52:20]

-The little-known effects a nootropic can have that you may not know about, such as decreased tendency to procrastinate, increased stress resilience, lucid dreaming, and beyond…[55:20 ]

-How Vitamin D delivered in a form called “Microencapsulated Cholecalciferol” can act on specific brain targets…[61:25]

-Which form of magnesium is best for neural targeting…[74:55]

-Why it's absolutely crucial that you include something called “choline donors” when you consume a nootropic…[78:00]

-The actual clinical research behind the Qualia formulation that Daniel helped to develop, and why it must be taken as a 1-2 combo…[82:25]

-Whether this stuff safe to take if you compete in sports sanctioned by organization such as WADA, USADA, the Olympics, etc…[86:35]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Qualia Nootropic Supplement

(use code ‘BEN15' for 15% off any single purchase or code ‘BEN15r' for 15% off any monthly subscription – and note that the subscriptions are already discounted 20%, so you get an additional 15% off if you spring for the subscription option!)

NeuroStem stem cell drugs

The Vielight Neuro device

The Muse meditation headband

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Daniel or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

How *Not* To Microwave Yourself In A Sauna, Cooking Turkeys With Infrared Rays, Low EMF Saunas, Heat Detox Protocols & More!

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

It's no secret that I am obsessed with heat therapy, infrared sauna, heat shock proteins, infrared and just about anything that has to do with sitting in a sauna…

For example, in the article “Ben Greenfield’s Sauna Workout (The Exact Sauna Workout I Do Every Morning)“, I describe my elaborate morning routine that I perform each day in my sauna.

In “Ten Scientifically Proven Reasons I Am Addicted To A Daily Sauna“, I delve into the nitty-gritty science behind sauna use for everything from increasing growth hormone to maintaining muscle to enhancing skin health and more.

Then, in “Three Ways To Biohack A Sauna For More Heat, A Better Detox & Enhanced Fitness“, I show you how I biohacked my own home sauna to maximize the effects of daily sauna.

My first guest in today's podcast, Dr. Raleigh Duncan, is a Chiropractor who recognized the health benefits of infrared saunas early on when he was using them with excellent results with his patients. In 1996, he decided to dedicate his efforts to designing, manufacturing and distributing infrared saunas, as a way to help people heal and live healthier lives. Dr. Duncan is recognized as an early pioneer in the infrared sauna industry and has numerous patents and patents pending for his unique sauna technologies. Prior to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Duncan spent 20 years as a manufacturing consultant. He's actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Sauna Works and Clearlight Saunas and he's always discovering better ways to heal the human body through the power of infrared.

Andy Kaps is also on this show. He is the President / COO of Sauna Works, and has spent the last 25 years building and implementing management systems, networking and Internet systems to streamline businesses. Andy joined the Sauna Works team in 2004 and has worked closely with Raleigh to develop the new technologies and innovations used in Clearlight Saunas.

Together Raleigh and Andy have collaborated to take the infrared sauna to new heights of functionality and therapeutic value. Some of their firsts include combining carbon and ceramic into one ultra-powerful hybrid infrared heater, eliminating EMF and ELF exposure in the sauna, utilizing powerful 500 watt Full Spectrum heaters, and creating the world's 1st full spectrum yoga sauna.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How to cut through the confusion between near-infrared, mid-infrared and far-infrared…[11:20 & 17:55]

-Why your body produces infrared wavelengths…[14:45 & 16:05]

-How you can “lower EMF” in a sauna, and what happens to your body if you don't do that…[20:55 & 23:00]

-Why you keep sweating for a long time after you get out of an infrared sauna…[26:48]

-Two easy ways to accelerate the detoxification effect that occurs in a sauna…[35:30]

-How you can use a sauna to maintain muscle mass…[43:50]

-How the use of a sauna can increase heart rate variability (HRV)…[46:40]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-For more information on getting yourself a Clearlight sauna, call 800.317.5070 or go to HealwithHeat.com. Use discount code “BEN” to get $450 off the regular Clearlight sauna prices for any sauna and a “Gift with Purchase” of a very cool ergonomic backrest.

Ben Greenfield’s Sauna Workout (The Exact Sauna Workout I Do Every Morning)

Ten Scientifically Proven Reasons I Am Addicted To A Daily Sauna.

Three Ways To Biohack A Sauna For More Heat, A Better Detox & Enhanced Fitness

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The YoungLiving Essential Oils Ben uses in his sauna (try the blend “Clarity”!)

The BenGreenfieldFitness Clearlight Sauna giveaway

Niasafe by Thorne as a non-flushing form of niacin

The Trace Liquid Minerals Ben uses in a sauna

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Raleigh, Andy or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

5 Recent Health Discoveries From Near & Far: Is Fermented Cod Liver Oil Is A Scam? The Finnish Super Smoothie, Kettlebell Walks, Infrared Brain Therapy & Fascial Reboots.

I'm constantly tweaking, guinea-pigging, experimenting with, quantifying and designing new biohacks, tips, tricks, tools and toys that can make your life better.

But honestly, I only get a chance to talk about perhaps 25% of what I actually mess around with and discover in my constant quest to learn techniques for a better body, brain and spirit.

So in today's short and sweet article, I'm going to give you the skinny on five recent health discoveries from near and far, including the fermented cod liver oil scam, a Finnish super smoothie, kettlebell walks, infrared brain therapy and how to reboot your fascia. If you like these kind of quick tips, let me know in the comments section below and I'll keep 'em coming!


The Finnish Super-Smoothie

Remember Veli-Jussi Jalkanen, known by his nickname “Vessi”? I interviewed this eccentric Finnish businessman, biohacker and health advocate in the episode “An Anti-Aging Chat With A 65-Year-Old Finnish Businessman Who Plays Tennis Left & Right Handed, Defies Modern “Unhealthy” Clothing Fashion & Invented The Most Unique Chair In The World.

I'm always fascinated by the personal habits and daily protocols of healthy old people like Vessi, so much so that tomorrow I will be flying to the Finland Biohackers' Summit and tacking on a two day trip to Vessi's farm near Helsinki. Anyways, I was overjoyed when he e-mailed me after our podcast with three detailed spreadsheets that spelled out his entire daily protocol for his “Super Smoothie”, his extensive record-keeping of every herb and spice he's experimented with, and his detailed supplement protocol. Now the files are yours for free download. Enjoy.

-Vessi's full “Super Smoothie” recipe: click here to download full recipe in Excel format. My favorite part of this is his footnote (read all his entertaining footnotes, by the way) which reads: “…most noticeable impact is that your intestyne starts to empthy itself 2-3 times a day which is very sound. The peristaltic motion shall activate. You also get huge amounts of nutrients…”

-Vessi's extremely detailed spices and herb effects chart: click here to download. Pay close attention to the ones he has marked “S”, which means “Strong Effect”.

-Vessi's full supplement routine with detailed notes: click here to download. From his daily protocol for everything from parasites to psychopharmacology, it's all there. I find it quite interesting that most of the very robust, long-living, anti-aging enthusiasts who I know, from Mark Sisson to Laird Hamilton to Dave Asprey, take copious amounts of supplements each day, and one could argue our healthy ancestors, in the absence of encapsulation and tablet technologies, did the same thing, albeit from teas, oils, tinctures, powders and extracts.

A huge thanks to Vessi for supplying us with these. Vessi was also a significant contributor and source of knowledge for the Biohackers' Handbook on Nutrition, so if you like these tips, then go read my review of that groundbreaking book at “21 Unfamiliar Nutrition Tricks I Discovered In The Biohackers’ Handbook.


Kettlebell Walk

This is a new invention of mine, sparked by an evening on which I was stressed from a long day of work, hadn't yet done a workout, and, wanting a dose of fresh air, didn't really feel like an indoor workout at a gym.

So I shouted at my wife that I was going to head out for a walk, and on my way out the door, I noticed the kettlebell sitting by the garage door.

Then I thought, “What the heck?”, and I grabbed the 1 pood (~36 pound) kettlebell – with a plan to warm-up for my walk with a few kettlebell swings, carry the kettlebell for the first few minutes of my walk and then set it down at the end of the driveway.

An hour later, I found myself dripping in sweat with very activated glutes, an exhausted core, and bulging veins on both arms from an intensive grip workout. So what exactly did I do on my “kettlebell walk”?

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell in the right hand.

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell in the left hand.

Stop and do 30 kettlebell swings.

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell held to your chest.

-Stop and do 30 kettlebell rows for each arm.

-Walk 100 steps with the kettlebell held overhead.

-Stop and do 30 kettlebell squats.

-Repeat this sequence for entire length of walk (I recommend shooting for 60 minutes).

Finally, follow this simple rule: never, never, ever set the kettlebell down. No matter what. Your neighbors are going to give you funny looks, but screw 'em – try this workout out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

If you want crazy, one-of-a-kind kettlebell carved with images of things like zombies and chimps, I'd recommend you grab akettlebell or two using my Onnit discount code, which gives you 5% off of any piece of fitness gear. Just click here and the discount will automatically apply.


Full Head Infrared Therapy

Last week, I released the podcast “Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low-Protein Diets & More!“. During that episode, my crazy smart guest Matt Gallant made me feel like a complete slacker when he informed me that intranasal light therapy I've been using to shut down inflammation in neural tissue and to stimulate my brain into alpha-brain wave production was inferior.

It's such a first world problem to find out that the light you've been sticking up your nose is indeed not the ultimate brain biohack. Instead, Matt described to me the “Vielight Neuro”, which is a transcranial-intranasal near infrared (NIR) headset, engineered for domestic use. It delivers a hefty dose of intranasal light therapy along with transcranial photobiomodulation for whole-brain stimulation and targeting of the brain's “Default Mode Network (DMN)”, which translates to better sleep, more relaxation, more focused brain wave production and according to the podcast I recorded with the inventor (How To Use Low Level Light Therapy and Intranasal Light Therapy For Athletic Performance, Cognitive Enhancement & More.) significantly reduced risk of cognitive issues like Alzheimer's and dementia.

So (no surprise here, and please don't tell my wife), I ponied up the one-thousand-dollar-plus investment and bought one. I've been experimenting with it for focus by using it in the morning for 20 minutes, and also experimenting with it for sleep by using it in the evening for 20 minutes (not on the same day, because excessive stimulation of mitochondria with infrared light can cause too much free radical production).

Holy moly. The thing works. I'll admit it's a spendy biohack but in my opinion, if you want your brain to keep up with your body for the long haul, or just want memory and verbal fluency that makes you as sharp as a tack, it's well worth it. And if you're wearing a white lab coat sitting in your mom's basement stroking your neck beard and curious about the biochemistry behind this, here, in all it's glory, is the explanation from researcher Lew Lim at Vielight:

“The current widely accepted proposal is that low level visible red to near infrared light energy is absorbed by mitochondria and converted into ATP for cellular use. In addition, the process creates mild oxidants (ROS) that leads to gene transcription and then to cellular repair and healing. The process also unclogs the chain that has been clogged by nitric oxide (NO).[1] The nitric oxide is then released back into the system. Nitric oxide is a molecule that our body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout the entire body. Additionally, nitric oxide helps to dilate the blood vessels and improve blood circulation…

Near-infrared light stimulates mitochondrial respiration in neurons by donating photons that are absorbed by cytochrome oxidase, a bioenergetics process called photoneuromodulation in nervous tissue.[5]The absorption of luminous energy by the enzyme results in increased brain cytochrome oxidase enzymatic activity and oxygen consumption. Since the enzymatic reaction catalyzed by cytochrome oxidase is the reduction of oxygen to water, acceleration of cytochrome oxidase catalytic activity directly causes an increase in cellular oxygen consumption. [6]Increased oxygen consumption by nerve cells is coupled to oxidative phosphorylation, ATP production increases as a consequence of the metabolic action of near-infrared light. This type of luminous energy can enter brain mitochondria transcranially, and—independently of the electrons derived from food substrates—it can directly photostimulate cytochrome oxidase activity…

…[1] – “Biphasic Dose Response in Low Level Light Therapy”; Sulbha K. Sharma (PhD), Ying-Ying Huang (MD), James Carroll, Michael R. Hamblin (PhD)

[2, 3, 4] – “Is light-emitting diode phototherapy (LED-LLLT) really effective?”; Won-Serk Kim (PhD, MD), R Glen Calderhead (PhD)

[5, 6, 7] – “Augmentation of cognitive brain functions with transcranial infrared light”; Francisco Gonzalez-Lima (PhD), Douglas W Barrett (MD)

So…basically it's like Viagra for your brain.

You can check the Neuro out at Vielight and I've negotiated a 10% discount code for you: “GREENFIELD”. And yes, you will get even more strange looks from your neighbors.


Fascial Rebooting

I recently had a young man fly all the way from Alabama to Washington state, knock on my front door, and train me for a solid eight hours in a special form of myofascial release called “ELDOA”. His name is not-yet-to-be-released – as he's one of those brilliant practitioners who flies under the radar – but I'm trying to wrangle him down for a podcast that I promise to release soon.

In the meantime, I must admit that this was one of the best (and most difficult) forms of stretching I've ever found. You can learn more and find an instructor (recommended to take a course) at ELDOAMethod.com, but in a nutshell, doing just a few minutes of these stretches each day is one of the best ways to eliminate low back pain, heal the spine, hydrate tissue and joints, and get a full body myofascial stretch.

But don't have to hire a private instructor.  Just watch the videos below, which my instructor informed me was the “80/20” (the 20% of ELDOA that will yield 80% of the results) and then find a time every day to hold each of the following stretches for sixty seconds to 120 seconds. Hold each stretch as hard as you can with as extreme an attention to form and deep breathing as possible.

ELDOA T6-T7 video

ELDOA T8-T9 video

ELDOA L5-S1 video

The videos above are ones that I simply found via YouTube searches and I don't necessarily endorse the perfection of the instructors, but they give you a very, very good idea of the basic moves.

You do not need to do these all at once, and can break them up throughout day, but I guarantee that if you learn these and make them a daily “movement snack”, you're going to feel about two inches taller, and any back or joint pain will significantly diminish. They're especially effective after car rides, airplane trips, meetings or any other situation in which you've been sitting for extended periods of time.


Is Fermented Cod Liver Oil A Scam?

In last week's podcast, in response to a listener question about whether kids should use nootropics or smart drugs, I mentioned that one supplement my twin eight year old boys take on a nightly basis is Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil. And I am currently at the Weston A. Price conference, where fermented cod liver oil is getting handed out like candy (and where I shot the featured image for this blog post). But after releasing that podcast, I received a notice from my friend Dr. Mercola informing me about a shocking expose of cod liver oil authored by “Naughty Nutritionist” Kaalya Daniels and entitled “Hook, Line & Stinker: The Truth About Cod Liver Oil“. Here's an anecdote from the report:

“Lab tests indicate the Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is rancid; putrid; low in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K; apparently diluted with a trans-fat containing vegetable oil — and not even from cod. We have reliable reports that the X-Factor Gold Butter Oil comes from Argentina, not the Great Plains, and it tests rancid as well. And contrary to Green Pasture’s advertising, Dr. Weston A. Price’s own words make it clear that these are not products he would ever have endorsed.”

Yikes.

Anyways, you can click here to download and read the full, free .pdf report, but suffice it to say, I have decided that until I see concrete evidence proving that fermented cod liver oil is indeed safe, I am going to play it prudent and put a pause on feeding fermented cod liver oil to my kids. As a replacement, I'm shifting to organic, grass-fed ghee, which costs substantially less, but is just as high (or higher) in fat soluble vitamins, without these potential concerns associated with fermented cod liver oil.*

As far as ghee goes, I'm honestly not to picky on ghee brands, but here are a few of the better organic options from Amazon (or if you have a membership to Thrive Market, you can find really good, organic stuff for up to 50% off).

*After writing this statement, I had dinner with Chris Masterjohn, who informed me he wrote this extensive blog post addressing the fermented cod liver oil concern. The following morning, I had brunch with Sally Fallon, who informed me of this nuclear magnetic resonance testing and an extensive rebuttal regarding fermented cod liver oil.

This all happened over the weekend. Egads. Now I'm confused. Ah…first world problems.

So, currently, I am still planning to err on the safe side and don't plan on fermented cod liver oil retaining a hallowed place in my refrigerator until I have done pre-and-post blood and biomarker testing on myself after supplementing with it for one to two months. I'll particularly look at my lipid panel, cholesterol particles, inflammatory markers, glucose, insulin and omega fatty-acid ratios. So stay tuned.


Summary

So that's it.

Short and sweet, I know, but if you dig these type of quick reviews, just let me know in the comments section below and I'll keep publishing them!

And leave your questions, comments and feedback about cod liver oil, kettlebell walks, Finnish super smoothies, infrared brain therapy, and fascial reboots below, and I promise to reply.

An Anti-Aging Chat With A 65-Year-Old Finnish Businessman Who Plays Tennis Left & Right Handed, Defies Modern “Unhealthy” Clothing Fashion & Invented The Most Unique Chair In The World.

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

At last year's Biohackers’ Summit in London, I met an intriguing 65 year old man named Veli-Jussi Jalkanen.

This guy goes by the nickname “Vessi”, and he is one of the most physically talented older men I've ever met in my life. He competes in several sports on a national and competitive level, including shooting, military 3-skill sport, diving and sprinting. He also rides horses, plays tennis both left-handed and right-handed, swims, skis, skin-dives, walks extremely long distances and swing dances. The guy can crank out 25 pullups, speaks multiple languages, owns several multinational corporations and looks like he's about 40 years old.

Vessi's primary business is the Finnish company “Salli Systems” which develops ergonomically friendly furniture based on some very unique sitting concepts, like his “Salli Saddle Chair” (a unique seat modeled after horse-riding techniques) and electrically adjustable tables with elbow and wrist support.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Vessi only spends about 10% of his day in a standing position, and what he does the rest of the time…[7:45]

-How a desk can automatically detect whether you're typing or reading…[8:50]

-How a saddle chair allows you to sit but “fools” your body into thinking you are standing…[10:50]

-Why clothing is an unfriendly nuisance to your body (and the sitting-friendly clothing that Vessi uses)…[16:30]

-How Vessi gets away with not wearing underwear all day long…[18:45]

-Why you really don't need a backrest behind your chair…[23:10]

-How Vessi taught himself to play tennis with both his right and left hands…[27:20]

-The 6 toys that Vessi keeps in his office to stay fit…[35:30]

-Why Vessi eats so many berries, and only one specific type of grain…[43:00]

-How Vessi healed himself of osteoarthritis…[50:25]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-Salli's website BackDesigns.com (use code BGF2016)

-The November 18 Biohackers’ Summit in Helsinki, Finland (use 10% discount code BEN)

-The Luxe Bidet Ben uses

-The JOOVV light Ben now uses to “shine on his balls” for testosterone

-The MOGO Upright stool Ben mentions

-The JABRA 930 headset

Vessi Super Smoothie

Health Spices Effects

Vessi Supplements

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Veli or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!

The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More!

Welcome to my new Weekly Roundup!

In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this week, including the latest news from the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking and anti-aging research, the top photos, videos and stories from this week, upcoming events and speaking appearances, giveaways, specials and a host of other things you may have missed.

Let's do this!


Podcasts I Recorded This Week:

Futuristic Inventions That Could Save Your Life, The Best Way To Purify Your Water, How To Fight Food Cravings & More!

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Blood Oxygenation Tips, Negative Calorie Foods, Self-Testing Your Adrenals & More: Yuri Elkaim’s 7 Commandments Of Energy

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Podcasts I Was On This Week:

The Total Human Optimization Podcast #115: Ben Greenfield. On this live streamed Total Human Optimization podcast episode, brought to you by the Onnit Academy, Aubrey Marcus and I discuss the cognitive and recovery benefits of creatine, bcaas, digestion, and what I use to optimize my own health.

Obstacle Dominator #67: The Best World’s Toughest Mudder Wetsuits, How To Stretch Your Fascia, Top Obstacle Tackling Tips & Much More! In this episode of the Obstacle Dominator podcast, Hunter and I discuss how he has been training for the World's Toughest Mudder, his full clothing kit for racing, the new Obstacle Dominator 2.0 program, the ELDOA training method, and much more!

Wise Traditions “Fuel For Athletes” podcast. On this Weston A. Price Wise Traditions podcast episode, I contrast popular sports drinks, gels, and bars with real fuel, discuss the science of how various proteins, fats, and carbs work in our bodies, and reveal my own sweet spot of carb, protein, and fat percentages.

Articles I Published This Week:

Do Training Masks Really Work?

How To Turn Yourself Into A Complete Beast Who Is Prepared To Take On Any Challenge Life Throws At You.

Rewriting The Fat Burning Textbook – Part 2: Why You’ve Been Lied To About Carbs And How To Turn Yourself Into A Fat Burning Machine.

New Chapter In My Work Of Fiction:

Yep, I write fiction, and my entire work of fantasy adventure fiction is now free to read online using a very handy, free, interactive website/app called “Wattpad”. Click here to check out the latest chapter of my book “The Forest” on Wattpad...and if you like the story, you can even vote, leave messages, etc.

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This Week's Inner Circle News:

-Inside the Ben Greenfield Fitness Inner Circle, my private forum for personal interaction with me and my family, my amazing wife, Jessa Greenfield, releases her Inner Circle Healthy Home Workshop every month. Check out the cover below to see the topics, and click here to learn how to live a more creative, natural, and simplified life!

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Upcoming Events:

November's calendar is filling up quick, and here's a snapshot of what's to come:

-Meet me this weekend for the Las Vegas Tough Mudder meetup. I'll be running the race with Matthew Oliphant and hosting a sushi meetup that you won't want to miss. You can click here to RSVP and join me on October 29th.

Join me at the Weston A. Price Foundation's annual conference in Montgomery, Alabama from November 11-13.

I’m one of the keynote speakers at the Biohacker Summit – November 18, Helsinki, Finland.

-I'll also be speaking at Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine's “The Unbeatable Mind Retreat” -December 2-4, Carlsbad, California.

Finally, you can click here to view the full Ben Greenfield Fitness calendar and all the events I will be at, including where you can join me for fun meetups, future events, conferences, races and more!

This Week's Most Popular Instagram Pic:

-Get to know the ELDOA method…

This Week's Most Popular Tweet:

This Week's Most Popular Facebook Post:

This Week's Most Popular Snapchat Story:

I gave you a sneak peek into what my daily neurofeedback based brain training looks like these days…but, as you may know, Snapchat deletes stories after 24 hours of going live – so you will have to follow me on Snapchat to get these goodies.

This Week's Most Popular Pin from Pinterest:

This guy drags firetrucks with his hair. Not kidding. Check it out.

 

Cool New Products:

-The world's top obstacle course racer, Hunter McIntyre, and me launched our new Obstacle Dominator – Obstacle Racing and Spartan Race Training Plan 2.0 (Full Digital Package).

“This is the groundbreaking, done-for-you obstacle training program designed by Greenfield Fitness Systems head coach Ben Greenfield and top Spartan athlete Hunter McIntyre. You can click here to go to the official page for this training package, or you can simply keep reading below to get details on all nine components of this complete obstacle racing and Spartan race training plan!”

…and, we're running a $20 discount – the $97 Full Digital Package is only $77 until Oct 31st.

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Click here for everything else I have created, including supplements, books, gear, and more.

And…This Week's Big Giveaway:

We're still giving away a sauna. Yep, a full-on, giant infrared sauna…

…and you can click here to enter to win a Clearlight Saunctuary Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna!

Only Clearlight Saunas have no EMF or ELF exposure, a 100% Lifetime Warranty and 500w Full Spectrum heaters with near, mid and far infrared.

Free shipping to the Grand Prize Winner is included! (total value $5995) Winner will be announced on Ben's mid-November upcoming sauna podcast.

Leave any questions, comments, or feedback below – or any news of the week that you think I should have added – and I will be sure to reply.

Cheers,

Ben