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Dec 21, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/examinepodcast

I'm a voracious consumer of knowledge.

On an average week, I read 3-5 books, listen to 15-20 podcasts, and read several dozen research articles. And one of my secrets to this hyperproductive digestion of information is through the use of services, websites, journals, newsletters and, well, "digests" that disseminate information into readily accessible bite-size pieces that allow me to cut through the clutter and quickly get to the main summaries, takeaways and actionable items from all the content. For example, I'm a huge fan of the book reviews produced by gentleman such as Derek Sivers and James Clear. In addition, I stay up to date with health, medical and science news via the Stone Hearth Newsletters, exercise and nutrition research via the website Suppversity, and, for general life knowledge, I'm a recent subscriber to the Farnham Street blog for staying up-to-date with the best recently published books and articles from around the web.

And - for one of the most comprehensive exercise, diet, supplement resources I have ever accessed - I am a frequent visitor to the website Examine and their monthly publication The Examine Research Digest, which is produced by today's podcast guest: Kamal Patel.

Kamal is the director of Examine.com, an independent and unbiased encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. He is a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and is on hiatus from a PhD in nutrition, in which he researched the link between diet and chronic pain.

He has published peer-reviewed articles on vitamin D and calcium as well as a variety of clinical research topics, and in today's episode, you'll discover:

-How supplement companies and the media manipulate science for their own benefits...[11:38 & 16:30]

-Why Kamal thinks the "elimination diet" for nightshades is a hoax...[18:55]

-The best way to know if a diet or supplement website is delivering you fake information...[29:35]

-The truth about what they really feed lab rats and mice in high-fat diet studies...[31:35]

-Why an extremely high percentage of the research released in medical journals is flawed or biased...[35:00]

-The best way to quickly review an abstract without reading a full article, and red flags to look out for when reading an abstract...[44:50 & 48:30]

-The top three most proven and researched supplements that just about everyone could benefit from...[54:56]

-The surprising benefits of daily creatine intake...[61:50]

-Why Kamal   doesn't take fish oil, but Ben does, and how genetics should influence supplement intake...[65:35 & 68:35]

-The two supplements most people most infatuated with that Kamal thinks have very low credibility...[72:15]

-The most beneficial one-two combo stack you can take for daily mental performance...[77:45]

-Why you should spread your vegetable intake throughout the day to maximize your nitrate exposure...[80:48]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Supplement Goals Reference Guide -Supplement Stack Guide -The Examine Research Digest -The SuperMemo sleep website Ben mentions -Ben's article about whether or not weed causes heart disease -The CreaPure Creatine that Ben recommends -The SuperEssentials fish oil that Ben recommends -IFOS website for testing fish oils -WellnessFX blood and biomarker testing -A 3 day gut panel for testing your bacterial balance -NaturalStacks "SmartCaffeine" caffeine/theanine blend

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

Dec 17, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/detoxpodcas

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I'm going to detox my entire body and brain, beginning Monday, January 9, 2017 (and you can listen to today's podcast episode to learn what the random, strange photo above has to do with this). Anyways, I'm not going to do just any ol' detox like putting cayenne pepper into a nasty concoction or pushing giant grocery shopping carts full of random herbs through the supermarket. These popular detoxes can actually release toxins from tissues such as fat cells and shove them into the brain, causing even more damage. Oops. That's a bad thing.

Instead, I'm partnering up with one of the most brilliant detox minds on the face of the planet: the guy I interviewed in the podcast "The Most Effective Detox You’ve Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It)." His name is Dr. Dan Pompa, and Dr. Dan is going to walk me through the entire brain and body detox program that he's studied and perfected for years. I'm then going to combine his proven detox formula with my own exercise and biohacking protocols so that I can completely clean up my body without losing fitness by doing only, say, hot yoga and trampolining for weeks and weeks. See, I don't want to come out of my detox having lost my muscle or having to huff and puff whenever I climb a flight of stairs, so I'm pulling out all my fitness tricks that allow me to sculpt my body while I detox, without actually causing adrenal fatigue issues or ruining the detox protocol. And I'm inviting YOU to join me.

During today's solo podcast episode with yours truly, you'll discover: 

-Why most detoxification programs can severely damage your body and brain...[6:55] -What a "true cellular detox" is...[10:56]

-How to detox your body using a "Prep Phase", a "Brain Phase" and a "Body Phase"...[17:53]

-The 5 strategies I'm personally using to ensure I don't lose fitness or muscle during my detox...[20:52]

-How fringe techniques like dry skin brushing, rebounding and infrared therapy can maximize the effectiveness of a detox...[29:00 - 39:45]

-The exact workouts I'll be performing during my detox...[30:00]

-Whether or not you should use the dietary strategy of ketosis during a detox...[46:00]

-The best fasting strategy to use during a detox...[41:25]

-How meditation can fit perfectly into a detox program...[41:38]

-How oil pulling can assist with detox...[49:00]

-Why fermented foods are crucial during a detox...[50:45]

-The crazy, unique tea blends I'll be using to accelerate my detox and wean myself off coffee...[53:50]

-And much more! 

Resources from this episode: -The True Cellular Detox challenge I'll be taking on in 2017 (click here to join me before January 1) -True To Form book -The Clearlight Infrared sauna I use -Kundalini yoga -Body By Science book -JumpSport Rebounder -WholeTones CD's -Dry Skin Brush -Rumble Roller -My article on coffee enemas -Kettle & Fire Bone Broth -Eat Wheat book

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

Dec 14, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/mindpump2

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Remember the guys from the MindPump Podcast: Sal, Justin and Adam? If not, perhaps you didn't hear my podcast episode entitled "The Mysterious Kuwait Muscle-Building Phenomenon, The Too-Much-Protein Myth, Anabolic Triggering Sessions & More With The MindPump Podcast Crew." It's a definite must listen. As a matter of fact, that episode turned out to be such a must-listen that a few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew to San Jose, California to hang out with and record with these guys once again, and to delve into their extreme knowledge of all things fitness, nutrition, muscle building, fat loss, biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychedelics and beyond. During the discussion that ensued, you'll discover:

-Why Justin is creating a special stick that can measure your central nervous system integrity...[16:35]

-The crazy form of electrostimulation that can simulate a 600 lb squat...[21:40]

-How you can recover with lightning speed by using a strategy called "trigger sessions"...[24:15]

-The special phone app that Adam uses to induce an instant "power nap"...[37:05]

-The shocking dose of melatonin Ben uses for jet lag, and why Sal think melatonin isn't such a good idea...[42:15]

-The best way to block blue light from screens, phones, street lights and oncoming cars...[46:35] -Three proven ways to turn on your butt, deactivate your hip flexors and eliminate low back pain...[51:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The Mindpump trigger sessions and MAPS programs -Ben's brand of blue light blocking glasses -Iristech software for blocking blue light on screens -Dr. Kirk Parsley's Sleep Remedy -My podcast with Jay Schroeder -Hip flexor deactivation MindPump video -Why your butt won't turn on MindPump video -Core Foundation Training: How To Turn On Your Butt, Activate Deep Breathing & Decompress Your Spine (And Why I’ve Completely Changed My Morning Routine). -ELDOA Method -Deskbound by Kelly Starrett -Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman

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

Dec 11, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/hairpodcast

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The lady who cuts my hair must think I'm a freak. It seems like every time I visit her for a haircut, I'm politely requesting that she save several clumps of my hair clippings for me to place in a small envelope and mail to my friend Wendy Myers. Why am I mailing my hair? Because Wendy is the expert when it comes to something called "hair mineral analysis". And she doesn't stop there: she does urine and stool too, so I sent her that way last month, and she was able to reveal a host of health information we can find from our hair, our urine and our stool - all topics that we address on this podcast. Wendy is a functional diagnostic nutritionist (FDN), a certified holistic health coach (CHHC), and the founder of Liveto110. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and has a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. She is certified in Hair Mineral Analysis for the purpose of designing programs for clients to correct their metabolism and body chemistry with customized targeted nutrient therapy. Wendy’s interest in nutrition began with the death of her father from esophageal cancer. Intuitively, she knew his chemo, radiation, and ten medications killed him prematurely. She vowed to find out what made him sick, why he died, what role medications played in his demise, and how she could avoid the same fate. The more Wendy learned, the more she realized that all the answers to health do not lie in our medical system.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why a lot of people say that the hair is really not a reflection of what's going on inside the body...[4:00]

-How hair analysis actually works in terms of accuracy and lab testing...[6:25]

-Why you need to look at mineral ratios and metal ratios when you do a hair tissue mineral analysis...[8:25]

-Why Wendy thinks my "soil" is high in heavy metals...[15:45]

-Why cooking in cast iron skillets can actually cause oxidation in the body...[23:02]

-The problem with the way that most physicians do a urine test...[36:15]

-What Wendy learned from my urine test in the "pre metals" and "post metals" results...[38:55]

-What the Fukushima disaster in Japan is doing to people's metal levels of metals like cesium...[40:50]

-How a stool metals test is different than a stool test for gut health...[50:15]

-What Wendy learned from my stool test...[51:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -My hair mineral analysis results -My urine pre-metals results -My urine post-metals results -My stool test results -Get your own testing done -Wendy's special offer for you is that you get $50 off her testing program we talk about in this episode. Just click here use coupon code GREEN50.

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

Dec 10, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/defend

My guest on today's podcast is an internationally recognized and influential expert in shielding electronic emissions and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) protection, with particular focus on the effect of exposure from mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones.

His name is Daniel De Baun, and his concern regarding the health impact of electronic radiation emissions grew from over 30 years of engineering experience in the telecommunications industry where he held a variety of leadership and executive positions at SAIC, Telcordia, AT&T and Bell Labs.

Through the course of his career, Daniel has created requirements for large telecommunication systems, led technical divisions responsible for establishing industry standards and formed analysis adherence testing for next-generation digital transmission systems. Daniel also oversaw laboratories which analyzed electromagnetic radiation (EMF) interference, electrical signals and digital formats. He and the teams he led were looked upon as industry authorities. Daniel is the inventor of DefenderShield®, the most effective EMF radiation protection technology for mobile devices ever developed. In addition to his work with DefenderShield®, Daniel is a highly-regarded industry consultant, writer, and speaker as well as frequent guest national radio and television programs discussing EMF heath issues.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why your smartphone actually isn't that much different than a microwave...[8:15]

-The four types of radiation your phone produces...[10:00]

-Exactly where to find concrete evidence that phones are harmful...[12:50]

-The shocking evidence of DNA damage that can affect kids that haven't even been born yet...[22:50 & 46:30]

-How you can protect your ears and brain by using a non-Bluetooth headset, and which headsets are best...[31:20]

-The best type of phone case for blocking radiation from your phone...[41:50]

-Whether things like cell phone chips, diodes, holographic stickers, the bracelets, pendants, the plug in harmonizers, USB resonators, etc. work to actually block radiation...[50:15]

-Why tablets, e-readers and computers have similar issues and what you can do about it...[55:12]

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -The Environmental Health Trust website -Bioinitiative.org -The ethernet to firewire cable Ben uses -Click here and use code BEN to get 15% off any DefenderShield product!

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

Dec 7, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/titans

For the last two years, my guest on today's show has interviewed more than 200 world-class performers, ranging from super celebs like Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger to professional athletes and icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing and beyond, to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.

For many of his guests, this is the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and this unusual depth has helped him create a massive collection of tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else.  If you hadn't yet guessed, my guest is Tim Ferriss, and just this week, Tim has taken his notebook of high-leverage tools that he has vetted, explored, and applied to his own life, and published it for the entire world to delve into - all in the form of a nearly 700 page book that could probably double as a self-defense weapon.

The name of the book, entitled Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, delves into the dozens of tactics and philosophies Tim has picked up from his guests and used successfully in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, and large business dealings, saving him millions of dollars and years of wasted effort and frustration.

In this episode, I put Tim in the hotseat as we not only discuss his new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, but also go far beyond and delve into difficult, deep questions about Tim's life. During this episode, you'll discover:

-How Tim got started in business by creating and selling a smart drug that turned out to be a physical ergogenic performance enhancing aid...[9:55]

-The ingredients of Tim's first supplement he created...[12:10]

-The biggest "stacks", techniques and biohacks Tim now uses for enhancing cognitive function that he doesn't think he ever would have discovered without having a podcast...[17:50]

-The #1 tactic Tim eventually used to heal himself of Lyme disease...[20:55]

-What Tim's workstation looks like, and how he manages to write massive books while maintaining fitness in his work environment...[43:15]

-The exact contents of Tim's "six-piece gym in a bag"...[50:20]

-Why Tim is convinced that training like a gymnast is one of the best way you can sculpt an amazing body...[56:54]   -

The major fitness, diet and lifestyle modifications Tim has made since starting the podcast that he doesn't think he would have made had he not had a podcast...[65:30]

-The 17 absurd questions Tim asks himself to change his life and solve problems...[66:20]

-What Tim has implemented lately to enhance his anti-aging and longevity (and his thoughts on anti-aging supplements)...[75:30]

-The dead inventor Tim would want to bring back to life and have on his podcast (and the questions he would ask)...[85:35]

-Why Tim hasn't created a "brand"...[88:55]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers -The 4-Hour Body Book Review: Why Tim Ferriss’s Book Could Be A Huge Waste Of Your Time, But Might Change Your Life. -My second podcast with Tim: Behind The Scenes Of The Tim Ferriss Experiment: 15 Pounds Of Muscle, Turmeric Tea, Urban Evasion & More! -My first podcast with Tim: Tim Ferriss Cold Thermogenesis Special Episode -Dr. Daniel Amen NFL study -BrainQuicken -Pruvit Keto / OS -Furniture Sliders -My podcast on NAD therapy -Benjamin Franklin biography

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

Dec 3, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/speedofsport

My guest on today's podcast is Coach Nick Curson, owner of Speed of Sport. He has produced multiple World, National, International, and Collegiate Champions. He is the head strength and conditioning coach for the famous ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu, Philippines and his primary areas of study are Eastern Bloc Strength & Conditioning, Plyometrics, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Rehabilitative Exercise.

Speed of Sport is owned and operated by Nick Curson. With over 18 years of experience in nearly every type of strength training modality, Nick has studied extensively with top scientists, sports trainers, strength coaches, Olympic lifters, physical therapists, bio mechanical engineers, professional boxing trainers, martial artists, and more to develop the unique system of training for speed that we discuss on today's show.

During our discussion, you'll discover: -Why Nick is so into training the nervous system when it comes to full body performance (vs., say, the cardiovascular or muscular system)...[10:50]

-The training components Nick emphasizes that most other coaches and personal trainers don't...[14:40]

-Why heavy strength training is something that you shouldn't do very often vs. power and speed training...[24:30]

-How to strike a balance between muscle hypertrophy and muscle speed...[34:30]

-The best way to measure the speed of your muscles and rate of force development...[38:45]

-Why Nick always starts by training an athlete's feet and proprioception...[46:40]

-How this type of training can be used by endurance athletes like triathletes, marathoners and obstacle course racers...[54:32]

-How new "biohacking" headsets like tDCS can increase rate of force development, power and explosiveness...[58:45]

-Nick's top body weight exercises for developing speed...[61:40]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -SpeedOfSport.com - use coupon BEN -Halo Neuroscience headset for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) -Shuttle Systems plyometric machines -My interview with Jon Bruney on Neuromass training -The Bjornsen study Ben discusses (from Paul Jaminet's website) -The mPower device for measuring rate of force development

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

Nov 30, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/melissa

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 -SurvivingMold.com -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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Nov 26, 2016

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/kettleandfire

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 BenGreenfieldFitness.com 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, JackKruse.com, 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.

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