Over the years “Iceman” Wim Hof has put a number of extraordinary achievements to his name, including 21 Guinness World Records. Here are some of his most memorable achievements. Running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle, barefoot only wearing shorts, Swimming underneath ice for 66 meters, Hanging on one finger at an altitude of 2,000 meters, Climbing the highest mountains in the world while wearing shorts, Running a full marathon in the Namib Desert without drinking, Standing in a container while covered in ice cubes for extended periods of time.
Voluntary Activation of The Sympathetic Nervous System & Attenuation of The Innate Immune Response
The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced. Healthy volunteers practicing the learned techniques exhibited profound increases in the release of epinephrine, which in turn led to increased production of anti-inflammatory mediators and subsequent dampening of the proinflammatory cytokine response elicited by intravenous administration of bacterial endotoxin.
Wim Hof On Defeating Extreme Cold & Attenuating The Immune Response
Wim holds the world record for the longest ice bath (1 hour and 53 minutes and 12 seconds), just to name one of his many impressive feats. Dr. Patrick and Wim talk a bit about Wim's back story that culminated in him trying out cold water immersion, the 2014 scientific publication of the “Wim Hof Method” which includes cold exposure during training, exposure to bacterial endotoxin, Wim's breathing techniques, and meditation.
Sauna Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Cardiac, All-Cause Mortality
A sauna may do more than just make you sweat. A new study suggests men who engaged in frequent sauna use had reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, according to a new article.
Sauna Use 4-7x Per Week Lowered Dementia Risk By 66% & Alzheimer's Risk By 65%
In the male population studied, moderate to high frequency of sauna bathing was associated with lowered risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Further studies are warranted to establish the potential mechanisms linking sauna bathing and memory diseases.
Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risk For Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
High exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides increased the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41%. In this case, high exposure refers to a level a farmer that dispenses the herbicide would be exposed to.
Molecule With Anti-Aging Effects On Vascular System Identified
A ketone body called beta-hydroxybutyrate, that is produced during fasting or a ketogenic diet, protects the vascular system. This molecule produced during fasting or calorie restriction has anti-aging effects on the vascular system, which could reduce the occurrence and severity of human diseases related to blood vessels, such as cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.
This study aimed to compare changes in genes expression associated with inflammation and apoptosis in response to heat stress caused by sauna between people with varying cardiorespiratory fitness levels.
Popular Multivitamin & Mineral Supplements Provide No Health Benefit
The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto. Published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the systematic review of existing data and single randomized control trials published in English from January 2012 to October 2017 found that multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C—the most common supplements—showed no advantage or added risk in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death. Generally, vitamin and mineral supplements are taken to add to nutrients that are found in food.
Stress can lead to anxiety and symptoms of depression, which are caused, in part, by neuroinflammatory processes. Studies in mice by a team at the University of Colorado Boulder have now shown how injections of the bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae can prevent these stress-related inflammatory responses in the brain and reduce stress-induced anxiety behavior.
Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown Thinks The Future Is Meatless
By now you’ve heard all the reasons to go plant-based or vegan. Or so you thought. On today’s podcast, Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown discusses his company’s rise as a producer of plant-based meat replacements, heat he’s facing from Big Beef and why even professional athletes are choosing Beyond burgers over the real thing.
The health benefits of whiskey include its ability to aid in weight loss, slow down the onset of dementia, improve heart health, prevent and manage diabetes, increase HDL cholesterol, fight against cancer, eliminate blood clots, and strengthen the immune system. Generally, whiskey is one of the healthiest forms of alcohol available.
If you’re searching for a brain boost in pill form, your hunt may lead you to nootropics. Nootropics get their name from the Greek word for “mind," and manufacturers claim they enhance focus, memory, and cognitive function.
Study: Daily Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline
While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows older, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study results were published in the Dec. 20, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Stanford scientists have identified a small group of neurons that communicates goings-on in the brain’s respiratory control center to the structure responsible for generating arousal throughout the brain.
The changed landscape in obesity and dietary patterns suggests a need to reassess the dominant diet-heart paradigm and related dietary recommendations, ie, the strategy of replacing total and saturated fats with carbohydrates.
Diet High In Saturated Fat & Low In Refined Sugar/Processed Foods Improved Triglycerides, Insulin/Blood Sugar & More
This may be further evidence that it is the processed foods and refined sugar that can make saturated fat dangerous but in the absence of that junk food saturated fat is not bad (however, other genetic factors can also be important here). Many of the studies out there do not differentiate between a person eating a low refined-carb/high-saturated fat diet and the standard American diet.