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

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!

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

Welcome to my 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

Tim Ferriss & Ben Greenfield Delve Into Tools Of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, Habits Of Billionaires, Icons, And World Class Performers.

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How To Get Faster Fast, The Best Shortcuts To Power, Why Conventional Speed Training Sucks, & More With Steve Curson

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Articles I Published This Week:

Cool New Research On Cold Thermogenesis

Five Killer New Muscle Gain And Fat Loss Workouts You’ve Probably Never Heard Done

This Week’s Inner Circle News:

-Inside the Ben Greenfield Fitness Inner Circle, my private forum for personal interaction with my family and me, my amazing wife, Jessa Greenfield, releases her Inner Circle Healthy Home Workshop every month. With the holiday season upon us, learn tips and tricks to make your season a little more festive! Stay tuned, December will be released very soon!

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Podcasts I was on this week:

My Latest Chapter In The Forest:

-Just published new chapter in my #wattpad fiction book The Forest – The Keeper – read for free.

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Upcoming Events:

-No more speaking events this month! I’m finishing up the year and beginning to plan all my events for next year. Stay in the loop by clicking here to follow my calendar.

-January 9th: I just announced my plans to take part in the “True Cellular Detox” program starting Jan 9 under the leadership of Dr. Pompa.

This not just another detox program…

Whether you can’t seem to decimate a single fat cell and you’re experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy OR want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it. Learn more and join me by clicking here. You can also learn more about Dr. Pompa by listening to our podcast: What is Cyto Detox?

This Week’s Most Popular Instagram Pic:

This Week’s Most Popular Tweet:

This Week’s Most Popular Facebook Post:

To ‘stache or not to ‘stache?

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This Week’s Most Popular Snapchat Story:

This week I continued to give you cutting edge, behind the scenes insight into my life, including the food I eat, books I read and secret workouts I do, on Snapchat. If you aren’t following me, you should be. You’ll see everything first on Snapchat!  Click here to follow me on Snapchat so you don’t miss any of the goodness!

This Week’s Most Popular Pin from Pinterest:

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 Ben Greenfield Fitness saved to Biohacking:
“The Iceman Returns: Wim Hof On Climbing Frigid Mountains In Underwear, Eating Only Once A Day, Activating Hormones With Breathing & More”. Here’s the podcast I recorded with him.

Cool New Products:

-I personally designed this sleep pack to enhance sleep, eliminate insomnia, and help you to wake refreshed and ready for a new day. The Sleep Pack contains a 30 packet box of TianChi adaptogenic herbs and 16oz powdered tub of Natural Calm Magnesium. Click here to get it now.

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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

Tim Ferriss and Ben Greenfield Delve Into Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

For the last two years, my guest on today’s show 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. 

If you hadn’t yet guessed, my guest is Tim Ferriss, and just this week, Tim has taken his 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 tactics 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.

In this episode, I put Tim in the hotseat as we not only discuss his new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, but also go far beyond and delve into difficult, deep questions about Tim’s life. During this episode, you’ll discover:

-How Tim got started in business by creating and selling a smart drug that turned out to be a physical ergogenic performance enhancing aid…[9:55]

-The ingredients of Tim’s first supplement he created…[12:10]

-The biggest “stacks”, techniques and biohacks Tim now uses for enhancing cognitive function that he doesn’t think he ever would have discovered without having a podcast…[17:50]

-The #1 tactic Tim eventually used to heal himself of Lyme disease…[20:55]

-What Tim’s workstation looks like, and how he manages to write massive books while maintaining fitness in his work environment…[43:15]

-The exact contents of Tim’s “six-piece gym in a bag”…[50:20]

-Why Tim is convinced that training like a gymnast is one of the best way you can sculpt an amazing body…[56:54]  

-The major fitness, diet and lifestyle modifications Tim has made since starting the podcast that he doesn’t think he would have made had he not had a podcast…[65:30]

-The 17 absurd questions Tim asks himself to change his life and solve problems…[66:20]

-What Tim has implemented lately to enhance his anti-aging and longevity (and his thoughts on anti-aging supplements)…[75:30]

-The dead inventor Tim would want to bring back to life and have on his podcast (and the questions he would ask)…[85:35]

-Why Tim hasn’t created a “brand”…[88:55]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

The 4-Hour Body Book Review: Why Tim Ferriss’s Book Could Be A Huge Waste Of Your Time, But Might Change Your Life.

-My second podcast with Tim: Behind The Scenes Of The Tim Ferriss Experiment: 15 Pounds Of Muscle, Turmeric Tea, Urban Evasion & More!

-My first podcast with Tim: Tim Ferriss Cold Thermogenesis Special Episode

Dr. Daniel Amen NFL study

BrainQuicken

Pruvit Keto / OS

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My podcast on NAD therapy

Benjamin Franklin biography

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

Five Killer New Muscle Gain And Fat Loss Workouts You’ve Probably Never Done

Once again, it’s time for me to give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week’s Get-Fit Guy article.

Each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.

Here’s your sneak peek from this week’s article “Five Killer New Muscle Gain And Fat Loss Workouts You’ve Probably Never Done“.

“…the special occasion on which I dish out some of the best new workouts I’ve made up, discovered, or been incorporating into what has been of late a busy, hectic, travel-infused lifestyle not too conducive to the same ol’, same ol’ routine at a health club.

But, as you learned in my episode Why the Best Workout Is the One You’re Not Doing on why, especially if your goal is simultaneous fat loss and muscle gain, you need to load your muscle fibers with different loads from different angles, you need to constantly switch up the workouts you’re doing (including exercises, sets and reps) and you need to challenge your lungs and heart with different intensities and different rest periods.

That, my friends, is how you constantly get fit, all year long.

So without further ado, here are my top five killer new muscle gain and fat loss workouts you’ve probably never done.”

Want to take a deeper dive? Read the whole article? Grab the audio version? Click here to go check it out now or bookmark for later.

Finally, if you have your own ideas for future fitness articles you’d like to see me write, leave your ideas in the comments section below.

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.

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

Welcome to my 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

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

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The Art Of Biohacking Your Feng Shui & Transforming Your Home Into A Complete Wellness Sanctuary.

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Articles I Published This Week:

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

Unbreakable Ankles: One Potent Tactic To Protect Yourself From Ankle Sprains (& Run Faster).

When Does Biohacking Fitness Go Too Far: Part 2?

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

This Week’s Inner Circle News:

-Inside the Ben Greenfield Fitness Inner Circle, my private forum for personal interaction with my family and me, my amazing wife, Jessa Greenfield, releases her Inner Circle Healthy Home Workshop every month. With the holiday season upon us, learn tips and tricks to make your season a little more festive! Stay tuned, December will be released very soon!

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A podcast I was on this week:

The Ancestral RDs (I wasn’t on the podcast, but they mentioned me- and I was fortunate enough to meet host Laura Schoenfeld at the Weston A. Price Conference last month).

-I also ventured down to San Jose to record a podcast with the guys from Mindpump, so stay tuned for that crazy episode, along with an episode I’m recording tomorrow with the great Tim Ferriss.

Articles I wrote or contributed to:

Not Your Typical Holiday List: 2016 – this is “On the Air with Ella” website, and her number one, is my number one!

Upcoming Events:

-Here is December calendar (from Carlsbad, California to Costa Rica I am racking up the frequent flyer miles this month!)

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

And, if you’d like to join me in Costa Rica for 8 days of epic food, twice daily yoga, salt water pool swims, therapy and spa services galore, and enjoy expert running clinics, kettlebell seminars, lecturing on nutrition, daily adventures, and a full digital detox, then register for “RUNGA” – Dec 3 – 10, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Code “BEN” gets you a free gift with your RUNGA registration valued at $75! If 2016 is full…then add this one to your 2017 calendar for sure!

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!

-One of the event I was at last month was the BioHackers Summit in Helsinki, Finland. This was an excellent conference and I would recommend it to anyone. So mark your calendars now so you can sure to be in attendance in 2017. Check out this article that Max at FlowGrade wrote about this year’s event, and click here to get your tickets now for 2017.

Special Announcement:

-I just announced my plans to take part in the “True Cellular Detox” program starting Jan 9 under the leadership of Dr. Pompa.

This not just another detox program…

Whether you can’t seem to decimate a single fat cell and you’re experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy OR want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it…

Learn more and join me by clicking here. You can also learn more about Dr. Pompa by listening to our podcast: What is Cyto Detox? 

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As I usually do, this week I continued to Snapchat some of my favorite sections of books I’ve been reading, particularly Eat Wheat, The Distracted Mind and The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. Click here to follow me on Snapchat so you don’t miss any of this goodness!

This Week’s Most Popular Pin from Pinterest:

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Ben Greenfield Fitness saved to Biohacking: “Neil Strauss is an American author, journalist and ghostwriter, perhaps best known for his controversial best-selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, in which he describes his experiences in the seduction community in an effort to become a “pick-up artist.” He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and also writes regularly for The New York Times. Here’s the podcast I recorded with him.

Cool New Products:

-I got a new suit. Yep. I’m dressed up like a big boy now. You can read more here: What Is The Best Workout To Rock A Man’s Suit With Style & Confidence?

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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

The Art Of Biohacking Your Feng Shui & Transforming Your Home Into A Complete Wellness Sanctuary.

When you imagine the spaces where you feel the most inspired, rejuvenated and energized, you probably picture a retreat or wellness sanctuary.

But why not make your own home a complete wellness sanctuary?

Enter the concept of Feng Shui, which is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. My guest on today’s podcast is a complete Feng Shui freak who specializes in enhancing the energy of your external environment – especially your home, so that you can be more productive and more healthy in the place you probably spend the majority of your time.

Her name is Melissa Ambrosini, and she is the bestselling author of “Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love“, a speaker, entrepreneur and self-love teacher. Melissa teaches women how to master their inner “Mean Girl”, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt so that they can start truly living the life of their dreams.  Named a self-help guru by Elle Magazine her mission is to inspire women across the globe to create a heart-centered life one that’s wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-Melissa’s special biohacks, tricks, tips and tools she specifically uses at her computer and with her recording equipment to keep her office Feng Shui “dialed in”…[9:30]

-Whether you should try to fix mold and fungus issues or just look for a different home…[17:00]

-Should you test a home or apartment before you move into it, and if so, what should you test for? [22:30]

-How you can create more negative ions in your home, and why you should do it…[29:00]

-What kind of plants Melissa has in her home that are specifically designed to detox the air…[33:20]

-How Himalayan salt lamps can completely change the health of the air in your home…[36:30]

-The special vacuum cleaner that Melissa uses to kill mold and fungi on carpet and flooring…[38:10]

-Why Melissa hired a woman to come to her house to do an “energy clearing”, and quantum physics proves this type of concept to actually work…[43:00 & 51:50]

-What Melissa does to improve the feng shui when she’s out of her element, like at a hotel…[50:50 & 58:30]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

How To Biohack The Ultimate Healthy Home by Ben Greenfield

Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love

The IrisTech software Ben mentions

True To Form book for Foundation Training

Ben’s interview with Dave Asprey about how to control mold in his home

SurvivingMold.com

Air Oasis Air Purifier

Negative Ion Generator

Himalayan Salt Lamp

The Rainbow vacuum

Essential Oil Diffuser

Drunk Tank Pink book

Ben’s “How To Detox Your Home” article

Ben’s interview on healing frequencies

Structured water filters than Ben uses

11 Ways To Biohack A Hotel Room, Stay Healthy When You Travel & Keep Globetrotting From Slowly Killing You.

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

When Does Biohacking Fitness Go Too Far: Part 2?

It’s that time of week again – the day when I give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week’s Get-Fit Guy article.

See, each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.

Here’s your sneak peek from this week’s article,“When Does Biohacking Fitness Go Too Far: Part 2?”.

“As you learned in last week’s episode, I’ve lately been “called out” quite a bit about my fringe, nerdy, technology-obsessed, biohacking shortcuts to achieve body and brain performance. In that episode, I presented natural alternatives to modern biohacks such as cryotherapy, electrical muscle stimulation and hypoxia.

In today’s article, which is Part 2 of this series, you’ll get plenty of examples of how and when biohacking can cross the line, and smarter, more natural, more ancestral alternatives to the current craze of cryotherapy, electrical muscle stimulation, digital meditation, nootropics and strapping your own equivalent of a goat-limb prosthetic to your body.”

Want to take a deeper dive? Read the whole article? Grab the audio version? Click here to go check it out now or bookmark for later.

Finally, if you have your own ideas for future fitness articles you’d like to see me write, leave your ideas in the comments section below.

Unbreakable Ankles: One Potent Tactic To Protect Yourself From Ankle Sprains (& Run Faster).

During my last 32 mile obstacle race in Lake Tahoe at the Spartan World Championships, I sprained my ankle.

We’re not talking a slight twist. We’re talking a full blown, golf ball sized chunk of swelling on the inner side of my foot.

And sure, I did things like inject BPC-157 peptides into my ankle, along with plenty of the other physical therapy modalities I recently discussed in my podcast with John Rusin entitled “7 Cutting-Edge Physical Therapy & Recovery Techniques You Can Use To Heal Your Body Fast“…

…but it’s one thing to heal your ankle and quite another to actually bulletproof your ankle against future injuries and sprains. In this article, written by my personal obstacle course racing and Spartan coach Yancy Culp, you’re going to discover exactly how to not only build an unbreakable ankle, but you’ll also learn a potent technique to run faster.

Enjoy (and click here if you want to learn more about Yancy Culp and his coaching programs).


There’s plenty of talk and plenty of research on the importance of midfoot strike when it comes to improving running efficiency. In the video above and in this article I’m going to shed some light on the importance of finding your midfoot strike for reducing ankle sprains.  In the sport of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), trail running, and fell running, ankle sprains are a common injury that occur during both training and racing – and frankly, weekend warriors and the average exercise enthusiast frequently suffer from these frustrating lower leg setbacks as well.

Let’s walk through the video above and expand on the information I provide, shall we?

In this video, I’m on a technical single track trail in Austin, Texas – where you’ll find rocks, roots, branches, drop-offs, and other variables that cause undulating movement.  This is a very typical situation in an OCR or trail running event. Many races take place in areas where course designers randomly mark courses that take you through pastures, rolling hills, and mountains where certain sections aren’t on existing trails and you find yourself running through ankle or even knee deep grass.

In all such trail and off trail situations, there are literally thousands of ankle spraining obstacles you’ll be forced to navigate through during your race or training run.

Not to mention the crucial importance of ankle strength for your posture, for squats, for deadlifts, for your lunchtime run, and beyond.

During a race or training run, your neuromuscular system must make thousands of split second decisions about where to your feet should make contact with the ground. While on the trail, these decisions can be very meticulous because you can see where the foot will hit.

But while running through the grassy areas that I describe in the video above, you can’t see exactly what the foot is going to make contact with.  This makes something called a “midfoot ground contact” extremely important.   In the video above, I discuss the anatomy of the ankle and foot: at the ankle joint, you have the tibia and fibula sitting on top of the talus bone. The joint’s planes of motion are dorsiflexion (foot rises and toes point toward your shin), plantarflexion (foot points away from you – as if you’re “planting” it in the ground), inversion (supination), and eversion (pronation).  In the foot you have 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

Now let’s go in to greater detail on why you can dramatically reduce the risk of ankle sprains when you consistently find your midfoot strike while running vs heel striking. 

As you see in the video above, I demonstrate the few things that can happen when you strike an object or uneven terrain with a heel strike. In many cases, your ankle is going to roll in the inversion or eversion plane and can cause a sprain.  When you strike the ground with your midfoot, you’re making ground contact with a surface than can quickly adapt and mold around the object and uneven terrain because of the many joints that make up the foot.

When the midfoot strikes first, there isn’t as much movement at the tibia, fibula, and talus joints.  This can prevent ankle sprain injuries while you’re out on trails, and when you’re in the uneven grassy areas it becomes even more beneficial at preventing injuries because you’re allowing your highly mobile and flexible foot joints to quickly adapt to the issue you couldn’t see as your foot was plunging down through the grass.

You’ll find that many top level, efficient and pleasant-to-watch runners are midfoot strikers and many runners not in the top level category are slightly more biomechanically ugly heel strikers.  With practice, you’ll find yourself being able to find your midfoot on flats and on most downhills.

Now let’s discuss a few of the running efficiency benefits you gain by midfoot striking vs heel striking.

When you midfoot strike, your foot is making contact under your center of gravity.  For most, when they heel strike, the leg/foot is overstriding and making contact with the ground out in front of the center of gravity. This creates a brief moment where you’re interrupting the smooth leg turnover and creating a braking action at the ground that sends more shock and impact up through the body and joints, and this can lead to various injuries that are common with runners, like knee pain, hip pain, and lower back pain. By midfoot striking, you erase the overstride that cause the breaking action and you reduce the amount of shock that occurs during ground contact.

The midfoot strike will also reduce vertical oscillation. Vertical oscillation is the up and down movement that occurs when you run.  Let’s look at this in greater detail.

A three hour marathon for a 180 cadence runner equals appx 32,400 ground contacts…

…so a runner with a 5” (13 centimers) vertical oscillation (2.5” up and 2.5” down) will total 162,000” or 13,500’ of up and down motion during a marathon…

…but reducing this vertical oscillation to 2” (5 centimeters) brings this same runner down to 64,800” or 5,400” of up and down motion!

You can start to quickly see the dramatic difference it can make on reducing the amount of shock your body takes on with the lower vertical oscillation number, reducing unnecessary up and down motion, and lowering your energy burn.  By midfoot striking you’re also reducing ground contact time.

In summary, ankle sprains are a common injury during OCR events, trail running, and fell running.  Working on finding your midfoot strike can reduce your risk of ankle sprains while also improving the entire kinetic chain of movement while running – and even if you don’t ever plan on obstacle racing, it will help you walk and move more efficiently, have better posture and avoid those frustrating twists and sprains that can lead to you being unable to play the sports and do the activities you desire.

Finally, I’ve been running competitively for 30+ years.  I’ve never been sidelined with an injury, but this doesn’t come without the help and education from others.  I’ve learned a lot over the years and I want to give a shout out to running coach Richard Diaz who I consider an industry expert when it comes to running gait analysis and quickly helping runners hone their running efficiency.  Attending one of his traveling running clinics or getting out to a session at his home base in California can go a long way at helping you become a more efficient runner while also reducing injuries. Click here to learn more about Richard.


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Want more of Yancy Culp?

Check out his previous Ben Greenfield Fitness video and article “Get A Grip: Why Grip Strength Is So Darn Important And 7 Potent Ways To Increase Your Grip Strength“…

…and, as a thank you for being a loyal blog reader, I’m also giving you a free month of coaching with Yancy Culp if you click here. Yep, that’s right. You can get access to the identail workouts I personally do each week to prepare for Spartan racing, general fitness, grip strength, running speed, looking good naked and beyond. Enjoy.

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

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

How To Explore Your Body & Your Body’s Electrical Charge In Unprecedented Detail: The Future Of Body & Brain Imaging.

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

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Articles I Published This Week:

-Does A “God Pill” Exist?

-When Does Biohacking Fitness Go Too Far: Part 1?

 

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 November 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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A podcast I was on this week:

Articles I wrote or contributed to:

Shape.com – Don’t Let Digestive Stress Cause Trouble on Race Day

SpotMeBro.com – 5 Little-Known Ways to Develop a Mammoth Chest

SpotMeGirl.com – How to get the Perfect Upper Body

MensFitnessArticleGuide.com – Beast Mode in a Bottle?

 

Upcoming Events:

-I am ending 2016 with a lot of events. Check out my December calendar. Here’s a rundown of events I will be at.

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

-And, if you’d like to join me in Costa Rica for 8 days of epic food, twice daily yoga, salt water pool swims, therapy and spa services galore, and enjoy expert running clinics, kettlebell seminars, lecturing on nutrition, daily adventures, and a full digital detox, then register for “RUNGA” – Dec 3 – 10, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Code “BEN” gets you a free gift with your RUNGA registration valued at $75! If 2016 is full…then add this one to your 2017 calendar for sure!

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!

 

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Lest than a week ago, I was in attendance of the BioHacker’s Summit in Finland. I snapped about an amazing biohacked molecular gastronomy dinner at the conference. Be sure to click here to follow me on Snapchat if you don’t want to miss big stories like this LIVE as they happen!

 

This Week’s Most Popular Pin from Pinterest:

How can you get a boost without coffee???

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Cool New Products:

-In the article I released this week, Does A “God Pill” Exist?, I detail my introduction to “Qualia” at PaleoFX. This is “neuropsychopharmacology” at its best. The combination of psychopharmacology (which is the study of how chemicals affect the mind) and neuroscience is in one word- outrageous, and in two words, outrageously awesome. Learn more in the article and in the the podcast: 42 Different Ways To Build A Better Brain, The Problem With Modern Smart Drugs, Hacking Your Neurons & More.

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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

When Does Biohacking Fitness Go Too Far: Part 1?

It’s that time of week again – the day when I give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week’s Get-Fit Guy article.

See, each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.

Here’s your sneak peek from this week’s article,“When Does Biohacking Fitness Go Too Far: Part 1?”.

“…a common problem in our era – even among the Paleo, Primal, ancestral, natural living community – is a growing obsession with self-quantification, biohacking, biomarker-exploring, Bluetooth-sporting, brain-zapping and beyond.

But how much is too much? When have we crossed the line from modern science and smart hacking into the realm of damaging our bodies, our happiness, our lives and even our genes? Where do we drawn the line between biohacking and ancestral living?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m definitely a biohacker. In the past twenty four hours alone, I’ve performed tDCS, electroencepholography, intranasal light therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, peptide injections, electric compression boots, eight different nootropic pills and much more. But in the same twenty four hours, I’ve also done a fifteen minute sit spot in nature, a gratitude journal, a boatload of natural spring water, a forest walk, yoga, a glass of raw goat milk and deep breathing.

So in this two part article series, you’ll get plenty of examples of how and when biohacking can cross the line, and smarter, more natural, more ancestral alternatives to the current craze of cryotherapy, electrical muscle stimulation, digital meditation, nootropics and strapping your own equivalent of a goat-limb prosthetic to your body.”

Want to take a deeper dive? Read the whole article? Grab the audio version? Click here to go check it out now or bookmark for later.

Finally, if you have your own ideas for future fitness articles you’d like to see me write, leave your ideas in the comments section below.

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.


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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, “Fractioning Human Intelligence, in the Journal Neuron in December 2012, and a couple follow-up articles appeared on Science Daily: “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:

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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:

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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.

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Summary

If you’ve seen the surreal smart-drug movies I mentioned earlier (“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!

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

How *Not* To Microwave Yourself In A Sauna, Cooking Turkeys With Infrared Rays, Low EMF Sauna’s, Heat Protocols & More.

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-Probiotic Enemas, Digestive Enzyme Myths, Breathing 10 Kilograms of Oxygen, Low Protein Diets, & More!

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Articles I Published This Week:

Six Time Hacking Fitness Tips

-Five Recent Health Discoveries From Near And Far: Is Fermented Cod Liver Oil A Scam, The Finnish Super Smoothie. Kettlebell Walk, Infrared Brain Therapy & Fascial Reboots.

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 November 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:

My November and December calendars are filling up quick. Here’s a snapshot of what’s to come:

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.

-And, if you’d like to join me in Costa Rica for 8 days of epic food, twice daily yoga, salt water pool swims, therapy and spa services galore, and enjoy expert running clinics, kettlebell seminars, lecturing on nutrition, daily adventures, and a full digital detox, then register for “RUNGA” – Dec 3 – 10, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Code “BEN” gets you a free gift with your RUNGA registration valued at $75! If 2016 is full…then add this one to your 2017 calendar for sure!

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:

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This Week’s Most Popular Tweet:

This Week’s Most Popular Facebook Post:

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This Week’s Most Popular Snapchat Story:

This week, I introduced my entire family to you on Snapchat – and gave you a chance to get a glimpse of what I’ll look like when I’m 60 years old, based on what my father and mother look like. Be sure to click here to follow me on Snapchat if you don’t want to miss big stories like this LIVE as they happen!

This Week’s Most Popular Pins from Pinterest:

…Beat Insomnia With These Natural Remedies

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…The Controversial Hormone Harkened As A Natural “Fountain Of Youth” And What I Use To Increase Muscle Mass

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Cool New Products:

Last week I introduced you to CBD and all it’s benefits – enhanced focus and calm, reduced inflammation, sleep aide, pain relief and more – so this week it seems fitting to introduce you to the reasons why you should vape CBD instead of smoke it. Vaping allows near instant delivery and instant experience of all the benefits of a compound, without producing thick, clinging smoke the same way combustion does, and without requiring tar or other chemicals present – annoying chemicals that cause damage to your body.  When you are drawing the CBD’s into your mouth and lungs with the vapor, you experience almost immediate absorption into your bloodstream because the thin membranes of the lungs soak up the CBD right away.

When you purchase your beautiful, fully functional THRIVE Vape Bright pure CBD vape cartridge, you get a 200mg pure organic CBD vape cartridge and battery, filled with an extra strength formula with no chemical fillers. Every puff, straight out of the attractive, small and easy-to-use carrying case that is smaller than a cell phone, gives you a precise 2mg dose of pure, extra-strength hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil, with great hemp taste and no extra additives.

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Our Sauna Giveaway is complete! After 30 days and over 4000 entries….. from 24 countries including Italy, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Germany and 12 others, the Grand Prize Winner of the Clearlight Sanctuary-2 Full Spectrum Sauna, with free shipping right to your door, as selected by RANDOM.org is –

Emily Johnson of Denver, Colorado.

Congratulations Emily! In December, just in time for the Holidays, you’ll be enjoying (sweating in) a beautiful, life-changing Clearlight Sanctuary Full Spectrum Sauna.

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

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

Infrared turkey fryer

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!

Six Time-Hacking Fitness Tips.

It’s that time of week again – the day when I give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week’s Get-Fit Guy article.

See, each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.

Here’s your sneak peek from this week’s article,“Six Time-Hacking Fitness Tips”.

“I recently tweeted the results of a recent study that indicated “…no difference in increased fitness with swimming 50’s vs. swimming 100’s”. In this study, twenty-four swimmers were equally divided into a short-interval training group that performed eight weeks of workouts that consisted of 12-16 × 50m with 15 seconds rest or a long-interval training group that performed 6-8 × 100m with 30 seconds rest, and finally, a control group. The researchers then measured predictors of aerobic performance such as lactic acid threshold and heart rate recovery, and also measured overall swim performance.

It turns out that, after eight weeks of training. the short-interval (50m) and long-interval (100m) protocols conferred very similar improvements in swimming performance and aerobic adaptations. Problem is, once you match the workouts for distance and time, they’re actually pretty similar. At first glance, there really isn’t much of a time-hacking exercise takeaway, but rather just an indication that doing short, hard repeats is just as effective as doing slightly longer repeats.”

Want to take a deeper dive? Read the whole article? Grab the audio version? Click here to go check it out now or bookmark for later.

Finally, if you have your own ideas for future fitness articles you’d like to see me write, leave your ideas in the comments section below.