#306: When Biohacking Goes Too Far, Hidden Carbs In Vegetables, How To Get Rid of Flat Feet & Is Miso Healthy & More

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Jan 21, 2015 Podcast: Are Inversion Tables Bad For Blood Pressure, How To Get Rid Of Flat Feet, Is Miso Healthy, Hidden Carbs In Vegetables, and When Biohacking Goes Too Far.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Skywalker Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick and Audio Ninja.

Are Inversion Tables Bad For Blood Pressure?

Kim says: She is interested in learning more about inversions tables. Not because she has a bad back but for brain biohack reasons. But, she has high blood pressure (her doc says she “has the gene”) although she doesn't have the lifestyle factors. Should she be worried about using an inversion table with high blood pressure?

How To Get Rid Of Flat Feet

Mike says: During a triathlon he felt a twinge in the bottom of his foot. After going to a podiatrist he was diagnosed with PTTD (Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction or “adult acquired flatfoot”). He is wondering if there is something he can do to treat that and his general tendon health.

In my response I recommend:
Toe Spreaders

Is Miso Healthy?

Ellie says: She eats a lot of miso. She squirts it pretty thickly on her sandwiches. Is there any problem with this other than getting a lot of sodium?

Hidden Carbs In Vegetables

Judith says: She wants to know about Green Leafy Vegetables. Can you get too many carbs from them? She heard that some people limit them… why would they do that?

When Does Biohacking Go Too Far?

Girlfriend says: My boyfriend is an avid follower of you. If I break it down simply — he will do anything you say in your podcast or blog. I'd be lying if I didn't say I have some resentment that he listens to you more than me… :) I commend him and you for optimizing your life. But you have to admit, a lot of the stuff you cover can easily appear as crazy to the average individual. I've watched my boyfriend swallow a dozen amino acid/or whatever pills in one gulp, wear orange glasses everywhere he goes, keep the thermostat at a chilly 60 degrees, and replace all his lights with red light bulbs. He rarely holds a conversation with me without rolling on a pipe, stretching, or doing yoga poses. You speak about better love & relationships, but I have this digging feeling that he's unwilling to compromise, and yes, I'll say it, obsessed with optimizing his life. Do you have any advice? Shouldn't there be a balance to this?

In my response I recommend:
-The book “Just Enough

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8 thoughts on “#306: When Biohacking Goes Too Far, Hidden Carbs In Vegetables, How To Get Rid of Flat Feet & Is Miso Healthy & More

  1. Pestodude says:

    According to a doctor I know who specializes in diabetes, the Pubmed ginger study is flawed because the placebo group was given lactose instead of ginger. Lactose is a sugar, which will increase blood sugar, so comparing people taking Lactose to taking Ginger, of course the Ginger patients will have better results.

  2. Steve says:

    Ben-

    You talked a little about cervical traction devices. I looked on Amazon and there is two types…one that hangs over a door with a water bag and pulley system attached and one that works with a pump. Just curious, which one do you recommend and have you tried both?

    All the best,

    Steve

  3. stinkyboomboom says:

    Great podcast. I recently got one of these balance pads and stand on it at my standing desk. It's interesting. https://amzn.to/2CfNtVD. And as a grammar nazi and UI developer, I just noticed here in the comments it says, "Login or signup now to comment." "Login" is a noun, synonymous with username. "Log in" is the verb I think you're intending to use there.

    1. If that is the only grammatical mistake we have made on this website – PHEW!

  4. dbf1234 says:

    Where can you find organic Chinese miso? I briefly looked online and couldn't find any.

    1. A good brand is Maruman but MOST OF IT is Japanese…check your local Asian grocer for organic CHINESE: http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=…

      1. dbf1234 says:

        Looks like Maruman is from Japan as well. I guess I'll just keep an eye out when I'm out and about. Too bad, I thought you could find anything on the internet! :)

  5. garden_dog says:

    I love ginger. I make ginger/tumeric tea every day in a large thermos.
    Peel and rough chop a handful of ginger root and tumeric root (can use powder if you can't get fresh tumeric root – approx two teaspoons). I use a 2 liter thermos. Add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional). Add boiling water and let steep for at least an hour. Voila – yummy ginger/tumeric/cayenne tea.

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