A new turtleneck sweater.
The latest iPhone smartcase-dongle-magic-automated charger device.
A fancy creatine smoothie shaker.
Frankly, what-to-buy-after-Christmas blog posts are a dime-a-dozen, and you're certainly going to find plenty of them, but in today's article, I'm going to make a concerted attempt to provide you with some of the more unique and fringe mind, body and spirit optimizing tools, tricks and hacks you can purchase that you may not find listed elsewhere.
So, from LSD microdosing alternatives to psychedelic essentials oils to tea that keeps your telomeres long, let's delve in, shall we?
–1P-LSD. I am a big fan of microdosing with both LSD and psilocybin – but the former can be a bit difficult to purchase and contains highly questionable legality implications. However, something, 1-Propionyl-lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as 1P-LSD or 1P-LAD) is a semi-synthetic psychedelic substance that produces “classical psychedelic” effects reported to be near-identical with those of LSD when administered. As with LSD itself, 1P-LSD does not meet the criteria to be considered addictive or toxic by the scientific community and unlike LSD, it's far easier to obtain. I got mine at Lysergi and yes, I needed to access my Bitcoin wallet to do it (click here for a guide on purchasing psychedelics with cryptocurrency and a cloaked browser). Alternatively, you can also get your 1P-LSD from TryptamineLabs.
-tDCS. In the podcast episode “How To Learn Faster, Jump Higher, Increase Explosiveness, Push Harder & Biohack Your Brain Beyond Its Normal Capacity.“, I introduced the concept of transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) as a method of stimulating your own motor neurons for achieving better hand-eye coordination, motor skill acquisition, making soul-crushing workouts far easier to accomplish, etc. A sexy, “Beats By Dre-esque” set of headphones that allow you to self administer tDCS safely in your home or gym is the “Halo device” – a personal neurostimulation system that pairs with your phone and easily walks you through the entire brain stimulating experience. Click here to get a Halo for yourself (save $120 with code BEN10).
–Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF). PEMF uses electrical energy to direct a series of magnetic pulses through tissue. The tiny electrical signal from each pulse stimulates cellular repair by upregulating a tissue-repair protein called “heat-shock protein” and increases the uptake of oxygen and nutrients into tissue. Tons of studies have shown PEMF to be effective in healing soft-tissue wounds, reducing inflammation, decreasing pain, and increasing range of motion. By stimulating ATP production through a process called myosin phosphorylation, PEMF can also decrease the amount of time it takes to replenish energy stores after a workout. PEMF may also accelerate bone repair, which can come in handy if you have a stress fracture or broken bone. I've recently been using a PEMF device called the Flexpulse, which is best described as a “DJ for your brain”. I can put it in 3Hz mode for relaxation, 10Hz for focus, 100Hz for muscle healing, 1000Hz for anxiety – you get the idea. It's small and extremely portable You can click here to get the Flexpulse (use discount code “greenfield” to save $200)
–Human Charger/reTimer combo. For the ultimate jetlag and sleep biohack, you need to combine eye phototherapy with in-ear phototherapy, and to accomplish that I've been using a one-two combo of the Re-Timer glasses (all details at The “Re-Timer” Effect: How To Re-Time Your Circadian Rhythms If You Wake Up Too Early Or Stay Up Too Late.) combined with the Human Charger earpiece (The Ultimate Guide To Using Light To Biohack Your Circadian Rhythms, Sleep Better & Beat Jet Lag Forever.) Let's say you are waking up at 4:30am each morning, you're sick and tired of it, and you instead want to sleep until 6:30am. Simply reset your circadian rhythm to the new time by waiting until the time you normally want to get up, then blasting yourself with eye and ear light at that new desired wake time. For added effect, up until that point (if you do decide to get out of bed at 4:30am), simply wear a decent set of blue-light blocking glasses.
–Pau D' Arco Bark Tea. Here’s the science behind this one: if you listened to my podcast on the anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer benefits of a compound called “Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide” (NAD), you may have heard that you can spend hundreds of dollars on NAD supplements or thousands of dollars on NAD injections.
But after a bit of research following that podcast, and a fascinating discussion with a man who I consider to be one of the brightest minds in medicine: Dr. Joseph Mercola, I discovered that a compound called “beta-lapachone” can massively increase levels of NAD, and that this pricey chemical can actually be quite inexpensively obtained via a pau d’ arco tree bark tea from the Peruvian jungles. Dr. Mercola is way ahead of his time in terms of his experiments with and knowledge on NAD, he’s working on a new book on mitochondria that will go into this and much more (I’ll be interviewing him soon for the podcast about the book) and he clued me into and gave me instructions on how to prepare an absorbable NAD precursor for pennies on the dollar – instructions he put together after hearing this fascinating interview with anti-aging expert Vince Giulliano.
Follow this recipe:
-Mix 1-2 teaspoons of pau d’ arco tree bark with 4-8 ounces of warm water and allow it to sit overnight for 10-12 hours.
-In a good blender for 2-3 minutes, blend the water and soaked bark with fats, which will form liposomes that can increase absorption of the beta-lapachone from the tea. For fats, you can use ghee, brain octane oil, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil or full fat coconut milk – but Dr. Mercola advised me that the best solution, aside from a special krill oil formulation that is not yet available on the market, is simply a half teaspoon of organic, non-GMO sunflower lecithin, which contains good amounts of phosphatidylcholine, an excellent way to make phospholipids.
-For even more absorption, add 1-2 teaspoons of organic turmeric powder to this mixture.
-Strain after blending.
You can then use the resulting foamy white bark “milk” as an ingredient in smoothies or shakes, or you can drink it straight.
–NanoVi. The NanoVi is a computer-sized device (one sits currently on my desktop) that I consider to be one of the fastest, safest, most cutting edge methods for DNA repair, faster recovery and extreme regeneration of tissue and cellular membranes. It’s also one of the best things that you can do for your mitochondrial health, your longevity and is a perfect addition to any anti-aging or fitness or recovery protocol. In simple terms, the device creates a specific electromagnetic wave that has precisely the same wavelength as the ‘good’ (excited) reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in our cells, which is crucial for initiating rapid cellular repair. The signal is transferred to humidified water and the effect is delivered to you across humidified air that you breathe from the device while you're working, typing, etc. You can click here to read more about it, or to get one for yourself.
–Circadia. I first wrote about the Circadia in “The Story Of How An Electric Torpedo Fish Can Put You Into A State Of Deep Relaxation, Enhance Sleep & Eliminate Stress.”, then interviewed the inventor in the podcast “A Deep Brain Stimulation Device That Causes Your Body To Experience A Massive Natural Surge Of Dopamine & Serotonin…& Fall Into A State Of Deep Relaxation – No Drugs Required.” The device, which you wear on your head for 20 minutes before or during sleeping, causing a massive drop in cortisol, followed by a surge in serotonin and dopamine that puts you into a relaxing sleep state in no time flat, and it works like gangbusters. Fisher Wallace Labs has partnered with Ben Greenfield Fitness to offer anyone who discovers this article a $100 discount on any purchase of CIRCADIA®: just go to Circadia.info and when you checkout, enter the coupon code GREENFIELD.
–CoolFatBurner. The science behind the Cool Fat Burner vest and Cool Gut Buster waist wearable is based on the well-known concept of cold thermogenesis. In Aug 2013, the Cool Fat Burner made scientific history. As the first-ever cold-thermogenesis, brown fat weight loss device, it was put to the test under laboratory conditions and shown to boost metabolism and calorie burn up to 300% above resting when worn for 20-45 minutes. It's basically a way to get cryotherapy or ice bath effects without hunting down expensive cryotherapy or getting wet – and it really does melt fat off the body (I suppose I should say “freezes fat” off the body). Get yours here (sorry, no discount code, but they're very affordable). And yes, you can wear the shoulder and stomach version simultaneously for a double whammy effect.
–Frankincense. Of all the essential oils that I use a cold air diffuser to diffuse in my bedroom or office (or that I put into an herb vaporizer when I vape organic tobacco, weed, etc.) frankincense is my favorite. Why? Some studies have shown that this traditional incense used in religious ceremony shows some psychoactive properties, and also acts as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiolytic. It has also shown to have some health benefits as well for cellular health, hormone balance and anti-cancer effects. I try to smoke a small amount in a bowl, vaporizer, or get into the air via a diffuser, and have observed quite pleasant effects. You can get frankincense essential oil, or any of my other favorite essential oils, here.
–Smudge Stick Kit. Smudging is a common, contemporary term for “The Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing”, a traditional Native American ceremony that uses the smoke from burning herbs for purification. For the best effects, a good smudge stick kit or incense bundle should contain a variety of ancient incense used in ceremonial settings, such as White Sage, Palo Santo, Mini Sage, Desert or Sweetgrass. Here's an example of one of my favorite smudge kits, which can be used for burning in a sauna, during or before meditation or journaling, or anytime you want a very enlightening, full body calming and soothing effect that enhances any spiritual activity.
–Love Tuner. In simple terms, a Love Tuner is a therapeutic tool that comprises of a subtle necklace and a single-note flute set to a frequency of 528Hz, which is the “love frequency”. You blow into it anytime you need a mood uplift, you are about to meditate or pray or journal, you are stressed or you simply want to flood your body with a surging emotion of love. It sounds woo-woo, but the thing actually works. I have two around my house at all times, one often hanging around my neck, and use it frequently – most often to “love tune” my children to bed. You can get one here.
–BioMat. If you need to release stress by relaxing your muscles and enjoying soothing far infrared ray heat during a nap, meditation, relaxation, journaling, a massage, or even a night of sleep, simply lying on a BioMat promotes a feeling of well-being for a healthier mind and body. The US FDA’s Medical Device 510K indications for use cover relaxation of muscles, increase of local circulation where applied and relief of muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness, spasms, sprains, strains, back pain and overall stress or high cortisol. The core of the BioMat technology is a combination of far infrared rays, negative ion and the conductive properties of amethyst crystals embedded in the mat. These three stimulators are combined in a single, easy-to-use product with remarkable benefits. I have the BioMat pillow and the full mat, and my kid's have the mini BioMat, which they often curl up on when reading their favorite book. You can get one here.
So there you have it.
You now have no excuse to try LSD, blow on a Lovetuner and sleep with electrodes attached to your head.
Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback – or your own post-Christmas shopping ideas to add? Leave your comments below and I will reply! Happy holidays.