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Aug 24, 2016

There are very few people who I consider to be personal mentors, extremely trustworthy individuals in my life who I can look to for fitness, health and longevity advice, or people who I think put out truly "cutting-edge" health information. Dr. Joseph Mercola is one of those people. Dr. Mercola is a board certified family physician who had seen tens of thousands of patients before transitioning to a full time internet journalist, as he felt he could help far more people than he could in private practice. It turns out he was right...because every month he has ten million unique visitors and 80 million unique visitors each year. has been the most visited natural health site for the last 12 years and is now translated into six different languages.

Dr. Mercola's passion is optimizing mitochondrial health, and during today's discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Mercola built into one of the most popular health websites in the world...[14:00]

-Dr. Mercola's unique system that allows him to digest dozens of books each month while taking a quarter billion+ steps over his lifetime...[19:15]

-Why you should wear blue light blocking glasses during the day, not just at night...[24:30]

-How to ground your computer and keep your laptop and monitor from destroying your health...[26:35 & 35:20]

-Why Dr. Mercola eats both seafood and one surprising compound found in seafood every day of the week...[29:20]

-The little-known biohacks Dr. Mercola uses to maximize his mitochondrial density...[36:50]

-Why scrambled eggs are very bad for you, and what you can do about it...[41:30]

-The myth about iron levels and a crucial test you must take to keep iron from "rusting out" your body...[53:55]

-The best book Dr. Mercola has ever read on strength training, and how he combines it with a special hack called "EWOT"...[20:20 & 79:10]

-Dr. Mercola's take on whether or not quantification devices like rings and wristbands are good or bad for you, and what he personally uses...[60:45]

-Why Dr. Mercola limits protein intake, and how he strikes a balance between anti-aging effects of muscle and aging effects of too much protein...[67:30]

-How to make your own "anti-aging" cocktail...[72:30]

-A unique one-two combo you can use prior to saunas to maximize your detoxification, fat burn and fat cell death...[75:10]

-Two ingredients Dr. Mercola sprinkles on his garden soil to get 10x+ production of cherries, organic produce and more...[87:40]

-The liquid dropper that Dr. Mercola takes on every airplane ride...[94:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Tripping Over The Truth -My interview with Dr. Minkoff "Why You've Been Lied To About Cancer" -My podcast with Dr. Mercola's girlfriend Erin Elizabeth on Lyme disease -The book "Deskbound" by Kelly Starrett -Negative ion generator -Eizo computer monitor -Iristech software for reducing blue light on monitors -Swannies stylish blue light blocking glasses -Laptop grounding cable -Organic fish roe -Induction burner for cooking foods at low heat -DIY Exercise With Oxygen Therapy -HARAPad anti-radiation laptop pad -Whole House Charcoal Water Filter structured water filter (use 15% discount code "friendofben") -Tank-free reverse osmosis filter with remineralization -Neobdyium magnet -Ionic ocean minerals -Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor's Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease -Gerald Pollack's book "The 4th Phase Of Water" -Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health -DeltaSleeper SR1 Device -Oura ring -Magnetico sleep pad -Ben's article on strength training and anti-aging -Ben's article on using NAD+ and pau d' arco bark tea for anti-aging -This one-two combination of d-Ribose and niacin pre-sauna -Ben's article on "hacking your sauna". -Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe -Quicksilver Scientific IMD Intestinal Cleanse -Biochar -Clearmind NI focus unit -Ben's podcast on the Quantlet 

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


Addendum: Ben's notes on the DeltaSleeper/PEMF discussion: The info below regarding the "Ramazzini Team" study on PEMF and cancer does not take a genius to figure out. The Ramazzini team followed what is commonly known as an initiation-promotion protocol. Male and female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed in their mothers’ wombs and then for the rest of their lives to 50 Hz magnetic fields at an intensity of either 20μT or 1,000μT (200 mG or 10 G). At the age of six weeks, they each received a single 0.1Gy dose of gamma radiation, a known cancer agent. So let's take a look at what we have here. 1. The six week old rats were given a single 0.1 Gy dose of Gamma radiation. A KNOWN cancer agent. Gamma rays are classified as ionizing. This means they have the power to cause permanent cellular damage. See Below: Primer on Electromagnetic Fields. 2. They were exposed continuously for the rest of their lives to 50Hz magnetic fields at either 200 milliGauss or 10 Gauss fields. This is completely unnatural. The Earth's magnetic field is 3-6 milliGaus (0.3-0.6 Gauss). The SR1 creates a field exactly within this natural range. I don't believe the 50Hz magnetic pulse itself would cause any damage however the SR1 device provides a much lower frequency pattern. So basically, these rats did not stand a chance of not developing cancer. Further into the report we find the following from Fiorella Belpoggi, the Scientific Director of the Institute who notes that:

"No Cancer Seen with EMFs Alone"

In an interview, Belpoggi said that they are planning to publish the results of a concurrent experiment in which rats were exposed to power-frequency EMFs, without any other treatment. “In our preliminary data, ELF EMFs alone didn’t appear to show an increase of cancer in experimental animals so far,” she disclosed. "The main result of our experiment,” she said, is that “ELF EMFs have a synergistic effect: They are able to enhance the effects of a well-known carcinogen at low doses that was negative at those doses in the same experimental model." It's important to understand the difference between EMF's in something like a DeltaSleeper and EMF's from higher power devices, so keep reading... ...EMFs are classified as ionizing or non-ionizing according to their frequency. Ionizing fields have very short wavelengths and frequencies between 1016 Hz. and 1023 Hz. These fields are above visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum (1015 Hz.) and include cosmic rays, gamma rays and X-rays which have the power to knock electrons off their nuclear orbits and cause permanent cellular damage. Non-ionizing fields have longer wavelengths and frequencies below 1014 Hz. Although they have less power than ionizing fields they are still capable of having biologic effects. Important EMF modalities in medicine today are non-thermal applications of non-ionizing radiation. Medical applications of non-thermal, non-ionizing EM fields include non-union fracture bone repair, neuronal stimulation, nerve stimulation, tissue regeneration, immune system stimulation, osteoarthritis therapy, wound healing etc. Non-ionizing fields are classified as thermal, which means in biological terms, causes gross tissue heating, or non-thermal, indicating no gross tissue heating is involved. And the SR1 Device is a non-ionizing, non-thermal device. Furthermore, is switched on for just 22 minutes per use. The Earth's magnetic field ranges from 0.3 Gauss - 0.6 Gauss. The SR1 Device field strength falls within this range. They are in effect "Copying Nature" with that technology.