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Oct 29, 2016

At last year's Biohackers’ Summit in London, I met an intriguing 65 year old man named Veli-Jussi Jalkanen. T

his guy goes by the nickname "Vessi", and he is one of the most physically talented older men I've ever met in my life. He competes in several sports on a national and competitive level, including shooting, military 3-skill sport, diving and sprinting. He also rides horses, plays tennis both left-handed and right-handed, swims, skis, skin-dives, walks extremely long distances and swing dances. The guy can crank out 25 pullups, speaks multiple languages, owns several multinational corporations and looks like he's about 40 years old. Velli's primary business is the Finnish company "Salli Systems" which develops ergonomically friendly furniture based on some very unique sitting concepts, like his "Salli Saddle Chair" (a unique seat modeled after horse-riding techniques) and electrically adjustable tables with elbow and wrist support.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

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

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

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

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

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

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

-How Vessi taught himself how to play tennis with both his right and left hand...[27:20] -The 6 toys that Vessi keeps in his office to stay fit...[35:30]

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

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

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Salli's website BackDesigns.com (use code BGF2016) -The November 18 Biohackers’ Summit in Helsinki, Finland (use 10% discount code BEN) -The Luxe Bidet Ben uses -The JOOVV light Ben now uses to "shine on his balls" for testosterone -The MOGO Upright stool Ben mentions -The JABRA 930 headset

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

Oct 26, 2016

October 26, 2016 Podcast: 361: 12 Futuristic Inventions That Could Save Your Life, The Best Way To Purify Your Water, How To Fight Food Cravings & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick.

The Best Way To Purify Your Water

Karissa says: Karissa has a question about your home water purification system - she wants to know what brand it is and what type you use? She loves the show and thank you so much for all the hard work you put into it!

In my response, I recommend: -How To Detox Your Home article -Home water test kit -Public water supply reports from the EPA -State certified laboratories for drinking water from the EPA -Structured Water Filter: Hydro Energiser Whole House Structured Water Unit -Aquatru countertop filtration (you can get a $100 discount by using code "$100".)

Natural Fixes For Adult ADD & Autism

James says: He wants to know if you have ever heard about the brain balance centers? While they are mostly geared towards children, he's wondering if there's an application for this sort of training for adults? The center is based on the work of Dr. Robert Mololo and his book "Disconnected Kids - The Ground Breaking Brain Balance Program For Children With Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia And Other Neurological Disorders."

-Book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia -Book: The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be -My podcast with Peter Shankman on why ADD may be good -Z-Health podcast

How Diatomaceous Earth Works

AJ says: She was wondering if you have opinion or experience with Diatomaceous Earth. She's taking it for intestinal parasites and wondering if it has any research behind it, or if you have experimented with it Ben, because she knows you've had intestinal parasites before, or if there are any other benefits?

In my response, I recommend: -Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on Amazon -NatureCleanse

How To Fight Food Cravings

Tobey says: He's from Seattle and he's a firefighter. He's pretty good about fighting cravings on a normal day when he gets enough sleep, but after working a 24-28 hour shift, his willpower isn't very good, he's more hungry and he struggles to workout. Being in shape is important to the job, for injury prevention, and potentially for his life. Do you have any recommendations, biohacks, supplements, or nutritional facts to help him recover faster, fight those cravings and get a good workout in the next day?

In my response, I recommend: -Dark chocolate stevia -Good glass bottle sparkling water -Natural gum -Miracle Noodles -Mucuna Dopa extract -Dopamine Brainfood -Ketones -Electrostimulation (and other ways to maintain muscle when you can't workout) -Hot Cold Contrast -Kundalini Yoga

 

Oct 22, 2016

Your blood is a river. Food shouldn't drain your energy, period. Your adrenal glands need to be stressed strategically. Eating less can give you more energy if you do it the right way. Anything that clutters your head strips you of energy and productivity. Movement is life, excess healing and repair inhibits that movement, and stagnation (AKA rigor mortis) is death. Increasing energy is synonymous with increasing fertility, health and longevity, so if you decode an energy increase, the effects are exponential.

These are just bits and pieces of Yuri Elkaim's "7 Commandments of Energy" found in his All-Day Energy Book, and in today's podcast we take a deep dive into the commandments that Yuri claims can double your energy in seven days. Yuri is a nutrition, fitness, and fat loss expert and the NYT bestselling author of The All Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet.

He is a former pro soccer player turned health crusader, and he's most famous for helping people who've tried everything to lose weight and get in great shape, with little success, finally achieve breakthrough results. He is on a mission to empower 10 million people to greater health by 2018 by making fit and healthy simple again.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why all Yuri's hair and eyebrows fell out...[9:00]

-The little-known foods or lifestyle practices most notorious for limiting oxygen carrying capacity of blood...[17:50]

-Why chlorella and Vitamin B12 match the structure of your blood's hemoglobin...[12:12]

-Why it's a myth that your diet can't change your blood pH, and the specific foods that will make your body more acidic...[26:55]

-The simple protocol that allows you to determine exactly how much hydrochloric acid you need to take prior to a meal to assist with digestion...[52:30]

-How you can easily test your adrenals at home with two dollar flashlight...[66:40]

-The surprising billions of probiotics you should really be including in your diet...[69:45]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The All Day Energy Diet -The All Day Energy Cookbook (free + S&H) - BenGreenfieldFitness.com/freecookbook -Betaine HCl digestive enzyme

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

Oct 19, 2016

September 28, 2016 Podcast: 360: What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Health, How To Heal Tendons & Ligaments Faster, Natural Ways To Decrease Cortisol & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick.

What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Health

Annie says: Annie has a question about poop. She's noticed that some foods come out the same way they look going in. Corn, quinoa, nuts, raw carrots and beans are some of the perpetrators. She recently made a big batch of KIN-I-OA, which is similar to Quinoa, and she lost her appetite just looking at it. So she was wondering what it means when she can see pieces of food in her poop? Are they being digested, is she absorbing their nutrients? If not, is it worth even eating them? And is there anything she can do to make them more bioavailable? Like eating nut butters over whole nuts?

In my response, I recommend: -3 Day Gut Panel -Soak Time Chart -Digestive Enzymes

How To Heal Tendons & Ligaments Faster

Yoddy says: He's undergoing major ligament and tissue surgery his wrist at the end of the month for a congenital hand problem. His recovery time is 2-3 weeks for skin, 4-6 weeks for ligament and tissue, 6 weeks in a splint, and 10 weeks of physio. A couple of weeks ago you sent him an article on Twitter that was skewed toward healing bones and joints. What would you do in order to maximize recovery and healing of tissue and ligaments?

-My article on TB-500 -My article on BPC-157 -My podcast on stem cells strategies

Float Tanks vs. Epsom Salt Baths

Miguel says: Miguel is from Texas and he's wondering what your opinion is on float tanks and float therapy. He loves taking magnesium baths an he's curious if there's much difference between magnesium baths and float therapy. And finally, what are pros and cons in regards of increased brain chemicals, stress relief and recovery. Where does float therapy stack up compared to other relaxation modalities?

In my response, I recommend: -Magnetic Clay Magnesium Salts/Topical Magnesium

How To Get Your Cycle Back After Being On The Pill

Becka says: She's a 25 year old endurance runner and long time fan of the show. She has a question about preparing for pregnancy as her husband and her are looking to start a family soon. After 10 years of being on birth control, she's finally ready to get off the pill. Do you have any recommendations for how to get her cycle to restart naturally? She's also wondering what prenatal vitamins you recommend that won't break the bank? Also, should she scale back on exercise while she's trying to conceive? She listened to the last podcast with tips on how to increase fertility in men, but can you do the same for women? Do you have any other suggestions on how she can best increase her chances of getting pregnant?

In my response, I recommend: -Thorne Prenatal -Probiotic -Topical Magnesium -Code Red

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Oct 15, 2016

Peter Shankman, my guest in this podcast, truly believes that ADD and ADHD are good for you. He believes they're not just good for you, but that they can be keys to success.

He hosts the website Faster Than Normal, a blog that focuses on the benefits of having ADD/HD and a podcast that interviews CEOs, celebrities, and other successful people who have ADD/HD, and have turned it to their advantage. For several years, Peter has been public about the fact that he's ADD/HD, and that he blames ADHD for most of his success. He's best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and as the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc. a boutique social media, marketing and customer service strategy firm located in New York City. Peter spends the majority of his time on the road, keynoting corporate events for clients including AmericanExpress, Sheraton, Saudi Aramco, Cisco, SAP, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Walt Disney World and many more. In his little spare time he is a NASA Advisory Board member, angel investor in multiple start-ups, sub-4 marathon runner, Ironman and B-licensed skydiver. A tweet of his was voted one of the top 10 Tweets of 2011 by ABC News and Twitter. He also recently authored the bestselling book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. He lives in New York City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and two psychotic cats.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Peter thinks that ADD and ADHD are good for you...[7:30]

-How do you know if you have ADD or ADHD or if you're just a "busy" person...[16:20]

-The best book to read if you have ADD or ADHD...[16:46]

-Famous people who have ADD and ADHD (you'll be surprised), including Ben Franklin, Seth Godin and more...[18:17]

-Whether ADD and ADHD is an actual condition, or just an overdiagnosis for people who are busy and get stuff done...[21:35]

-Peter's three top easy and simple ways to "fast reboot" an ADHD brain...[30:14]

-Specific supplements that can help with ADD or ADHD...[38:27]

-How to eliminate decision-making fatigue and keep too many choices from "paralyzing" you...[41:40]

-What are the most important things you can do if you live with someone who has ADHD...[45:50]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Dopamine Brain Food by NaturalStacks -Book: Delivered From Distraction -My original interview with Peter: Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman AND A Massive Fitness & Nutrition Q&A Bonus!

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

Oct 12, 2016

Born without genetic gifts, my podcast guest today was once a weak and scrawny young man, who set out on a quest for the best body and brain secrets in his pursuit of super strength, mind power and radiant health. Nowadays, he’s known for his famous feats of pulling an 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair, juggling flaming kettlebells, supporting half a ton in the wrestler’s bridge and more. He is the author of many books, a coach and a public speaker, and you can access all the goodness he how produces on his website "Lost Empire Herbs".

His name is Logan Christopher. And yes, I am serious - as a performing strongman, Logan has pulled an antique fire truck by his hair, juggled kettlebells that have been lit on fire, done weighted back flips, supported half a ton in a wrestler’s bridge position, and many of the more typical old-time strongmen feats like phonebook tearing and nail bending.

In today's podcast, we delve into neurolinguistic programming, hypnotism, energy medicine, psychology, herbalism and beyond, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-What Logan discovered when he traveled to the Amazon jungle to spend time with indigenous people for two weeks...[4:50]

-The tea that Logan drank every morning while in the jungle to induce vomiting each morning...[6:23]

-How you can recall and interpret dreams more effectively...[8:35]

-How Logan went from being a weak and scrawny kid to pulling 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair...[14:00]

-The little-known strength training techniques Logan learned from old-timey strongmen training routines...[15:38]

-How Logan trained to juggle flaming kettlebells, and a simple trick to light a kettlebell on fire...[22:15 & 26:30]

-A trick called "sub-modalities" to get instant breakthroughs in strength and power, and to do exercises you haven't been able to do before...[32:50]

-The three different forms of energy in Chinese medicine, and how to tap into each...[50:28]

-Why Ben puts black ant extract into his smoothies and shakes...[49:20]

-How to increase your prowess in the bedroom by not ejaculating and by using "jing" based herbs...[52:05]

-Why you may want to think twice about using the new "magical mushroom" formula purported to block bitter tastes...[60:10]

-An herbal root that most people don't know about, but that has been used by Russian scientists and athletes for hundreds of years...[62:25]

-The Chinese root that keeps women "juicy"...[65:35]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams, Revelations, and the Spirit of Wisdom -Achuar tribe of the Amazon -Guayusa herbal tea -Lost Empire Herbs (where you can get any of the herbal formulation that we discussed) -Food, Genes & Culture: Eating Right For Your Origins -The Mighty Atom: The Life and Times of Joseph L. Greenstein; Biography of a Superhuman -The Multi-Orgasmic Man

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

Oct 8, 2016

It's not often I read a book that is less than 100 pages long and I fold over and highlight nearly every page.

But that was indeed the case when I read the book "How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables", a book with a very simple title but a very wide range of practical plant-eating information I've never seen published elsewhere, including little-known superfood plants, why humans are like an upside down plant, how to make extremely nutritionally dense vegetable powders and much more. The book was written by the guest of this podcast: Dr. Tom Cowan. Dr. Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price, as well as Rudolf Steiner’s work on biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree and he graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation™. During his career he has studied and written about many subjects in medicine. These include nutrition, homeoathy, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing and is the co-author of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the foundation’s quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three children and three grandchildren and practices medicine in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why a plant is like an upside-down human, carrots and roots are good for your sinus and head, leaves are good for your lungs, and flowers are good for your metabolic and reproductive systems...[15:30 & 19:12]

-Why Dr. Cowan believes that vegetables are vastly misunderstood and misused by modern "healthy" diets, such as the Paleo diet...[27:45, 32:50 & 45:00]

-How commonly vilified foods such as beans and grains are actually good for you and a crucial part of an ancestrally appropriate diet...[29:35]

-Why you should seek out and learn to eat a special superfood vegetable called "Ashitaba"...[37:30]

-The little-known plant that can lower blood sugar more powerfully than the diabetic drug Metformin...[41:50]

-The fascinating tale of how the vegetable variety of "ancient Californians" compares to the vegetable variety of modern Californians today...[44:45 & 47:50]

-How the container that you store a vegetable or other food in can drastically affect the energy and nutrient bioavailability of that food...[51:30 & 52:50]

-Whether you should eat vegetables in their raw vs. cooked form...[56:35]

-How to make vegetable powders from tomatoes that taste just like bacon...[60:35]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The 2016 Weston A. Price Foundation conference -The Fourfold Path to Healing -The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care -Nutrition and Physical Degeneration -Biodynamic wine -Anthroposophic medicine

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

Oct 7, 2016

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When it comes to your hormone balance, your sleep, your mood, your gut function, your physical performance, your cognitive power and nearly every other body and brain variable you want to optimize, nothing beats addressing the health of your vagus nerve.

In Podcast #341, I talk a bit about how to enhance your vagus nerve tone and "hack" your nervous system, but I really only scratched the surface of everything you can do to care for and enhance this incredibly important nerve. So in today's podcast, you're going to learn everything you need to know about your vagus nerve and how to properly care for it. If you implement the tips in this episode, I guarantee you will be shocked at the results and effects on stress and heart rate variability, mental horsepower, physical performance, recovery, digestion, hormone balance, libido and much more. My guest on this episode is Joseph Cohen. Joe is the owner and main writer at SelfHacked.com. Since upgrading or 'biohacking' himself, Joe has become an investor and entrepreneur, founding SelfDecode, a biotech company that helps people understand their genetics in order to optimize their health. SelfDecode will use genetics, blood tests, symptoms and other health data to predict beneficial outcomes for drugs, supplements, lifestyle and dietary changes in order to optimize health. Joe also consults with high profile executives, self-hackers and companies and is writing a book about optimizing health. Joe likes to spend his free time learning how to code.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Joe was, at one point, unemployable...[5:45]

-What the vagus nerve is and how it drastically affects health or disease various organs...[11:50 & 16:45]

-The nitty gritty science...how does the vagus nerve *work* exactly...[14:30]

-The best way to check your vagus nerve function...[43:15]

-Free and easy things you can do increase the health of our vagus nerve...[31:30]

-The best sleeping position for the vagus nerve...[44:15]

-Top foods and eating strategies hat help your vagus nerve...[35:30]

-Joe's top piece of biohacking gear for the vagus nerve...[37:20] -The three supplements for the vagus nerve...[41:20]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -32 Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve article -Podcast #341 on "How To Hack Your Nervous System" -Alan Aragon's Research Review -Perry Marshal book - Evolution 2.0 Breaking Deadlock Between Darwin & Design -Huperzine (club moss) -Galantamine nootropic herbs -Fish oil -Quick coherence technique video -ICES PEMF device -RS6330 genetic snip for vagus nerve health

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

Oct 5, 2016

Dr. John Rusin has a lot of alphabet letters after his name.

He is, after all, Dr. John Rusin, PT, DPT, CSCS, ART, FMS1-2, YBT, SFMA, FDN.

So when it comes to the best and the worst of physical therapy modalities, and the most cutting-edge physical therapy and recovery techniques you can use to heal your body fast, John is a wealth of knowledge. This guy has more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, and his job is to develop performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world's best power athletes, NFL and MLB athletes, gold-medal Olympians, competitive powerlifters, and bodybuilders. In addition to his sports-performance physical-therapy practice in Madison, Wisconsin, he's also the owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems, an online fitness platform geared toward synergizing the best of high-performance training and intelligently designed physiotherapy/regeneration programming to athletes and clients across the world.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why John says he's not a "run-of-the-mill" physical therapist...[11:10]

-The important difference between acupuncture and functional dry needling for healing an injury fast...[15:20]

-Whether Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) - also known as "scraping" - works...[22:45]

-How you can retrain your pelvis and bowel function using something called Pelvic Floor Postural Reeducation...[29:55]

-If "cupping" really works, and why Dr. Rusin thinks it is much like the infamous pump from the Austin Power's movie...[38:50]

-Dr. Rusin's opinions on blood flow restriction training, also known as Kaatsu...[44:55]

-How Dr. Rusin created the 12-week training program called "FHTP"...[51:20]

-How you can use elastic bands to get what is called "Rhythmic and Reactionary Dynamic Stability, Strength and Stabilization"...[53:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this show: -Dr. Rusin's Functional Hypertrophy Training Program (coupon code: “BG25” gets you $25 off of his FHT program) -This T-Nation article: The Absolute Best and Worst Therapy Methods -Chinese method of Gua sha rock scraping -The Edge tool that Dr. Rusin uses -Kaatsu occlusion training bands -Rogue Fitness bandbell bars

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

Oct 1, 2016

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. But Neil's interests go far beyond "seduction". For example, in his book Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, he spent three years surviving amongst survivalists, tax-dodgers, billionaire businessmen, and the government itself, and the book was hailed by Rolling Stone as an "escape plan" for the current world crisis. When I visited Neil's home in Malibu to record this interview, I found myself immersed with Neil in everything from advanced virtual reality game playing, crazy underwater pool workouts, surfing with internet celebrities and drinking "billion-dollar smoothies", all of which you'll hear about in this podcast recorded from Neil's kitchen.

During our discussion, which gets slightly explicit at times, you'll discover:

-Exactly how to do an underwater pool workout like Laird Hamilton...[7:25]

-The ingredients of the "billion dollar smoothie"...[12:50]

-Why Neil and I were surfing with internet celebrity Cameron Dallas prior to recording the episode...[16:20]

-Why Neil is so interested in advanced virtual reality gaming...[18:20]

-Why Neil checked himself into sex addiction therapy...[22:30]

-Neil's uncomfortable volley of questions to me in which I potentially throw my Mom and Dad "under the bus"...[36:40 & 55:00]

-Neil's three steps for "rewiring" your brain without the use of smart drugs or biohacks...[45:30 & 63:00]

-Why Neil paid to get thrown in the back of a trunk with his hands ziptied together...[77:30] -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -My podcast with Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece about underwater workouts -The book "Rules of the Game" -The book "The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships" -The book "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists" -The book "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness" -The book "Radical Honesty -The book "Superlife -Intranasal oxytocin 

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

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