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Nov 30, 2016

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 -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 at and one of us will reply!

Nov 26, 2016

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 at and one of us will reply!

Nov 23, 2016

Two months ago, I laid in a long, metal tube in a London hospital, staring at the blank white walls around me as the entire room buzzed and hummed with the sounds of high-tech analysis.

I was getting a "Magnetic Resonance Imaging" procedure done - also known as an "MRI". But this was no typical MRI. I wasn’t injured and I wasn’t sick: I was simply immersed in a brand new form of cutting-edge image analysis - an ultra-fast MRI scan to deliver precise quantification of fat and muscle tissue within hours - designed to give me a complete analysis of the entire structure of my body and brain - from extremely accurate body fat percentage and body fat distribution of visceral and subcutaneous fat, to the nitty-gritty details of everything from lean muscle and the brain, and beyond.

In today’s podcast, I'm going to take a deep dive into how you can do this type of advanced analysis of your body’s structure, the future of MRI testing for performance, longevity and aesthetics, and much more - including a very special appearance by Dr. Jack Kruse on how MRI's can be used to analyze something called the "redox potential" of the human body.

My first guest in this episode is Marcus Foster. Marcus spent most of his career as a Product Manager for technology companies, including 8 years at Google. In November 2011, he was involved in a serious cycling accident, breaking four ribs and his collarbone. He started playing around with 3D volume renderings of the CT scan that was done of his thorax as a result of the accident. He was blown away by how beautiful the human body looks on the inside. A year later he got knocked off his bike again, this time breaking his wrist, leading to another CT scan. The next year he was diagnosed with a tumor in his head and had to have a series of MRI scans. While he was gradually collecting imagery of different parts of his body, it seemed difficult to scale this model. In 2014, Marcus left Google and started Klarismo with the goal of making medical imaging more accessible to consumers as a means to explore and understand their own bodies.

My second guest in this episode, Dr. Jack Kruse, is a respected neurosurgeon and CEO of Optimized Life, a health and wellness company dedicated to helping patients avoid the healthcare burdens we typically encounter as we age. He is currently in private practice in the Gulf South. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Kruse’s research has been published in respected dental and medical journals. His popular blog,, gets over 250,000 unique worldwide visitors per month from countries like Australia, Germany, Russia, and Zambia (Africa).

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-The series of horrific cycling accidents and eventually a tumor that led Marcus to delve into the fascinating world of CT scanning and MRI scanning...[10:45]

-The little-known medical condition that can lead to low testosterone in men, and how you can find out if you have it...[18:20]

-How something called a "Klarismo" scan is different than any other form of MRI...[24:12]

-Whether MRI's are dangerous at all, especially in terms of radiation or exposure to "dirty electricity"...[25:30]

-How you can find out the size of your brain, and the link between that and intelligence...[35:00]

-What you can actually do with data that shows your precise fat and muscle distribution...[38:07]

-The future of MRI testing, and how you can actually determine the positive and negative charges within tissue...[45:00]

-What exactly "redox potential" is and what an MRI can tell you about your body's redox potential...[58:10]

-Why Jack Kruse thinks Ben's tattoos have deleteriously affected his redox potential...[71:40]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Prolactinoma (benign tumor that can cause low testosterone in men) -The "Dixon" MRI method -MRI vs. CAT scan -Dr. Jack Kruse's articles on "Biohacking Your MRI" and "Fixing Your Redox" -The Niox Mino device that Jack mentions for measuring nitric oxide -My intranasal light therapy podcast -Click here to download Ben's complete raw data from his own Klarismo scan. There are several free tools you can use to view this raw data (DICOM files): -For Mac users: Horos -For Windows users: RadiAnt -For Linux users: RadiAnt, also check out this video.

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

Nov 19, 2016

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 at and one of us will reply!

Nov 16, 2016

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 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 at and one of us will reply!

Nov 12, 2016

Matt Gallant is an entrepreneur, a poker champion, an ex-rock guitarist, a strength and conditioning coach with a degree in kinesiology, the CEO of a company called BiOptimizers, and a guy who send me e-mails like this:

"Subject line: probiotic enema

Break open a handful of capsules and ferment in coconut water...reaches peak power around 4-5 hours of fermentation. However you live in a cooler climate so it might take longer. You can drink it, and if it's still sweet then you can go longer. When it starts to become a bit acidic, that's when it is at it's peak. For enema, retention time should be 15-20 minutes. I like doing the Batman enema. I'll go upside down with the Om Swing so it really works it's way down. I tend to do this after two days of fasting so it really takes care of old bad bacteria..."

As you can imagine, this dude thinks outside the box when it comes to nutrition and health. He is also joined on today's podcast by , a natural bodybuilder, vegetarian and low-protein diet advocate. Wade is a 3-time All Natural Bodybuilding Champion, advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute, director of Education at BiOptimizers Nutrition and a vegetarian for over 13 years. He is also the author of several books including the best-selling books “Staying Alive in a Toxic World”.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The reason Matt does probiotic and digestive enzyme enemas...[9:25]

-The full-head laser light therapy treatment Matt does on his body each morning...[14:40]

-What you need to look for if you are going to use an ionizing water plate to alkalinize your water...[16:30]

-The method Wade uses to breathe in 10 kilograms of oxygen each morning...[22:20]

-Why Wade consumes Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) each morning...[25:15]

-How Wade maintains and builds muscle on a low-protein, vegetarian diet...[32:40]

-Why can't your body just digest food all on it's own without an enzyme...[37:00]

-The 13 different types of digestive enzymes, and how to know when you should take which...[45:20]

-A muscle-building hack you can use by breaking open digestive enzymes and probiotics and adding them to a shake or smoothie...[50:20]

-Why BiOptimizers only has one single strain in their probiotic formula...[53:50] -What happens if you take digestive enzymes on an empty stomach...[57:50]

-How to use digestive enzymes combined with salt as a potent meat tenderizer...[63:25]

-The groundbreaking enzyme study that showed hematoma recovery to go from 15.6 days to 6.6 days, swelling from 10 days to 4 days, restriction of movement from 12.6 days to 5 days, inflammation from 10.5 days to 3.8 days and unfit for training status from 10.2 days to 4.2 days...[64:45]

-The biggest mistakes most people make when using digestive enzymes...[68:00]

-Whether you should take digestive enzymes before, during or after a meal...[71:55]

-Matt's step-by-step protocol for giving yourself a highly effective probiotic enema...[74:15]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Bioptimizers website where you can find Matt and Wade's probiotic and MassZymes P3-OM digestive enzyme blends <--click for discount -OmSwing Yoga swing -The Power Of When podcast about Wolves, Dolphins, Lions and Bears -Vielight Neuro (10% discount code is “GREENFIELD”) -Kangen water machine for alkanizing and structuring water -Website with study: "Double-Blind Clinical Study Using Certain Proteolytic Enzymes Mixtures In Karate Fighters" -Website with study: "Therapy Of Ankles Join Distortions With Hydrolytic Enzymes; Results Of Double-Blind Clinical Trials" -Traumatic Injury In Athletes paper -Website with study: Enzyme Therapy And Sports Injuries

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

Nov 9, 2016

November 9, 2016 Podcast: 362: Donald Trump's Exercise Routine, Altitude Vs. Heat Training, Can Kids Take Smart Drugs, Can Ketosis Cause Muscle Damage & 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.

Can Kids Take Smart Drugs?

Jens says: He's from the Netherlands, and he's wondering what the best supplements are for kids to get their max performance at school?

In my response, I recommend: -L-Theanine by Thorne -Fish Oil -Magnesium (e.g. Kid's Calm Liquid Multi) -Neurohacker Collective Qualia (use code BEN15 to save 15% or BEN15r to save 15% on recurring)

Can Ketosis Cause Muscle Damage?

Dave says: He's 4 weeks into ketosis and 5 weeks out from his first marathon. He did a 24k run yesterday and afterwards he had pale brown urine and he was advised to go to emergency where they told him he has rhabdomyolysis because his body could no longer burn fat and that it started to break down his muscles because he had no carbs on board. His question is, is that possible? Why would his body stop burning fat because of a lack of carbs? They recommended he take some carbs before a long run, which sounds like carb loading, and he's concerned if he does that before the marathon, once they are gone, his body won't be fat adapted and he'll be in worse trouble than when he started. Can you clarify?

In my response, I recommend: -My How To Get Into Ketosis article

Can Infrared Saunas Lower Sperm Count?

Jay says: He appreciates your bad-assery and appreciates you putting it on your podcast. He has some questions about sauna. He bought a sauna a while back and didn't think about EMFs - does this mean he needs to get rid of it and get a new one? And do you know anything about sitting on an ice pack while sitting in a sauna, just so the 'gentlemen's' boys don't get too hot.

In my response, I recommend: -My biohacked sauna how-to article

23andMe vs. DNAFit

Polly says: Polly is from Columbus Ohio, she started listening 4-5 months ago and got interested in biohacking thanks to you. She's interested in getting her DNA tested because she thinks she'll find out a lot to optimize her well being, but she's not sure about the difference between 23andMe, DNAFit and the other programs, like Promethease. She has read your blogs but she's still confused, can you help her out?

In my response, I recommend: -23andme -23andyou -DNAFit

Services that provide analysis of Raw23andMe data

Some of these pages are actually more or less replacing the old reports of 23andMe with health risks, some are ancestry related.

  • Page exclusively written about this post topic - 23andYou - repository of many tools dedicated to extracting information from your data by 23andMe
  • Promethease - a literature retrieval system that builds a personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia, analysis cost $5–10.
  • - is run by Joe from and is in beta-release for biohackers
  • Genetic Genie - provides some methylation and detox reports (for me, at least for now, detox is just kind of buzzword with no exact meaning)
  • FamilyTreeDNA - family finder thing
  • - geneticists from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center that will use your data for research and provide you some report and /or find some relatives of you
  • Livewello - costs about $20, reports for 600,000 SNPs, AND attach 12 resources for generating reports
  • DNAFit - reports from 23andMe data about fitness and diet

Servies that can help you with SNPs analyzed

  • SNPedia - kind of a wiki pages of many SNPs analyzed by 23andMe
  • PubMed - I use it as a newspaper
  • dbSNP - repository not only for human species’ SNPs
  • Ensembl
  • Gene Cards
  • Genetic Home Reference - consumer-friendly information about human genetics from the National Library of Medicine
  • MalaCards - an integrated database of human maladies and their annotations, modeled on the architecture of GeneCards database of human genes
  • OMIM - an online catalog of human genes and genetic disorders
  • Sterling’s App - I don’t know much about this, but could be usefull for findings about methylation, costs $10–30.
  • WikiGenes
  • ..and of course SciHub and LibGen could be usefull too. Or just any good library.

Other interesting services

  • GEDmatch - tools for DNA and Genealogy Research
  • - service for creating your own family tree (I got to this while searching in 23andMe database of user’s names that could be related to me)



Nov 6, 2016

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Psychedelic drugs such as MDMA (AKA "Ecstacy") LSD and Psilocybin (AKA “magic” mushrooms) are very likely going to be the next set of drugs after marijuana to be destigmatized and potentially legalized, not necessarily because people are "partying more", but instead largely due to research going back to the 1950s which has shown that these drugs have a significant positive effect on those with depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Psychedelics are supposedly able to disintegrate entrenched or destructive ways of thinking in people who have depression, anxiety and PTSD. And brain imaging has indeed shown that in the brains of PTSD patients who took MDMA, their primitive fear center responses shrunk while their rational thought processes overrode them — the opposite of how their brains normally function. Even Silicon Valley executives are now taking microdoses of LSD to enhance creativity and productivity (a typical dose of LSD - enough to make a person hallucinate or trip - about 10 micrograms of LSD, and a microdose is about 1/10 of that dose). Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), claims people who microdose feel more energetic and insightful but don't necessarily see the face of God inside their water coolers. Just as with marijuana, I suspect we will continue to see the destigmatization of psychedelics if their proven health or cognitive benefits outweigh the prejudice against them. As more scientific data emerges on these drugs, they will probably become mainstream, if not for your average person, then definitely in a controlled, therapeutic setting by licensed professionals. So if you're not in-the-know about psychedelics, you should be. Enter today's guest: Dr. William Richards. Dr. Richards (Bill) is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, where he and his colleagues have been pursuing research with psilocybin, the active molecule in the so-called “sacred mushrooms”, for the past 16 years. His graduate degrees include M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, S.T.M. from Andover-Newton Theological School and Ph.D. from Catholic University, as well as studies with Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University and with Hanscarl Leuner at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, where his involvement with psychedelic research originated in 1963. From 1967 to 1977, he pursued psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, including protocols designed to investigate the promise of entheogens in the treatment of alcoholism, severe neuroses, narcotic addiction and the psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals. From 1977-1981, he was a member of the psychology faculty of Antioch University in Maryland. His publications began in 1966 with “Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism,” coauthored with Walter Pahnke. His latest book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences has just been released by Columbia University Press, and is described as "the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological processes, human consciousness, and revelatory religious experiences".

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Dr. Richards personally uses psilocybin and other psychedelic compounds in his own life...[6:00 & 28:20]

-Why is it that research into psychedelic drugs seems to be growing in popularity, and why it waned in the first place...[7:00 & 18:00]

-Whether wandering through a cow's field and picking mushrooms from dung is any different than what is being used in lab research...[22:50]

-What mushrooms have to do with sacred geometry, and why the kaleidoscope colors or visions one sees when on higher doses of psilocybin are related to these geometries...[41:50]

-Where you can "source" or grow your own psilocybin if you want to try it...[49:50]

-How you can combine psilocybin with other compounds to either increase or decrease their effect...[52:00]

-Psychedelics that Bill thinks "fly under the radar" but that more people should know about...[54:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences -Psilocybin research page -The pharmacology of psilocybin study Ben mentions -The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge -100% Sugar-Free Grapefruit Juice

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Nov 5, 2016

I first met today's podcast guest when he sent me a bottle of strange pills in the mail. Normally, I would toss such a bottle into my pantry or garage with all the other random powders, oils, capsules, pills, lotions and creams that often show up at my house... ...but this bottle intrigued me. Along with echinacea and beet root extract, the bottle contained a bunch of other stuff I'd never heard of. Stuff like "Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae". "Defatted, Vegan, Grass Fed Argentinian Liver Anhydrate". A version of Cordyceps with the name "Sinesis".

So I called the guy who sent it to me and asked him what it was for. It turns out that he, and this bottle, are far from normal. His name is Craig Dinkel, and on today's podcast, you'll discover:

-How Craig went from almost drowning in the pool to being one of the fastest swimmers in the world... [8:30]

-How Craig cut 7 seconds off his 100-meter time while swimming in highschool...[14:40]

-Why Craig took bee pollen and royal jelly while training for the Olympic swim team...[22:20]

-The fitness strategies Craig used to train the celebrity musicians he worked with...[25:45]

-The training Craig used to switch from swim performance to mountaineering...[49:00]

-How echinacea can increase red blood cell count just as much as the illegal performance-enhancing drug EPO...[69:26]

-The fascinating new research on the ability of beet extract to turn white storage fat into calorie-burning brown fat...[68:30]

-How high amounts of desiccated liver increased time-to-exhaustion in the lab by over 750%...[71:42]

-The rare fungal extract from larvae that can cause your body to produce ATP, even in the absence of calories...[67:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The beet juice/brown fat study Ben mentions -Into Thin Air" book -Thorne Niasafe -BioTropic Blood Oxygenating supplement (use code ben to get 20% discount and free shipping)

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

Nov 2, 2016

I first introduced you to Dr. Thomas Cowan in the podcast episode released a few weeks ago entitled "How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables, Why A Plant Is Like An Upside-Down Human, Little-Known Superfood Plants & More!"

In that episode, you learn how when Dr. Cowan was a 20-year-old Duke grad-student, bright, skeptical, and already disillusioned with industrial capitalism - he joined the Peace Corps in the mid-1970s for a two-year tour in Swaziland. There, he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and Weston A. Price - two men whose ideas would fascinate and challenge him for decades to come. Both drawn to the art of healing and repelled by the way medicine was―and continues to be―practiced in the United States, Cowan returned from Swaziland, went to medical school, and established a practice in New Hampshire and, later, San Francisco.

For years, as he raised his three children, suffered the setback of divorce, and struggled with what we didn't really talk much about in that previous podcast: a heart condition. He was intrigued by the work of Price and Steiner and, in particular, with Steiner’s provocative claim that the heart is not a pump. Determined to practice medicine in a way that promoted healing rather than compounded ailments, Cowan dedicated himself to understanding whether Steiner’s claim could possibly be true. And if Steiner was correct, what, then, is the heart? What is its true role in the human body?

In his new book "Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor's Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease", which is a deeply personal, rigorous, and riveting account of his own struggle with heart disease, Dr. Cowan offers up a daring claim... ...not only was Steiner correct that the heart is not a pump, but our understanding of heart disease - with its origins in the blood vessels - is completely wrong. And this gross misunderstanding, with its attendant medications and risky surgeries, is the reason heart disease remains the most common cause of death worldwide.

In today's episode, Dr. Cowan presents a new way of understanding the body’s most central organ. He offers a new look at what it means to be human and how we can best care for ourselves―and one another. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The strange root vegetable (which you probably haven't heard of) that Dr. Cowan had for breakfast before our interview...[7:56]

-Dr. Cowan's own heart struggles that caused him to have a heartbeat of over 200 beats per minute while playing basketball...[9:20]

-Why it is physically impossible for the heart to be able to pump blood through the body in the way that you (and your doctor) have learned...[13:25 & 15:25]

-How the way that blood flows through your body is actually quite similar to the way that water flows through a giant, tall tree...[28:45]

-What a "chestahedron" shape is, why is the exact shape of your heart, and how it creates a very unique vortex inside your chest....[40:35]

-How I personally structure my family's water in a way extremely similar to the way that the heart structures and "spirals" your blood...[42:30]

-Why most doctors don't know about this concept of the heart not being a pump...[45:50]

-Why coronary angiograms, bypass surgery and stents don't work...[54:00] -A strange Brazilian plant molecule called "Gstrophanthin" and why Dr. Cowan talks about it in the book...[66:50]

-How to use fats, oils, vitamin K, parasympathetic nervous system activators and compression therapy to drastically lower your risk of a heart attack...[70:15]

-The single biggest key to preventing heart disease...[76:20]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor's Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease -My interview on structured water "Is All Water The Same" with Dr. Gerald Pollack -The whole house structured water filter Ben uses to create a "vortex" for his drinking water -The NatureBeat heart rate variability system Ben uses every morning to measure his nervous system -The Strophansus extract / ouabain Dr. Cowan mentions -Organic emu oil -Vitamin D/K2 blend -The Normatec recovery compression boots that Ben wears

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