February 8, 2024
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In this weekly post, I share with you my most interesting discoveries of the week, including the latest news on the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking, and anti-aging research. I also recap my upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with opportunities to learn, giveaways, discounts, and more!
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Uncover the Secrets of Methylene Blue in Dr. John Lieurance's Latest Guide
Imagine a molecule with the prowess to thwart infections, fend off diseases, elevate energy levels, and heighten mental acuity — a true “magic bullet” lauded by scientists for good reason.
Positioned to redefine the realm of health and wellness, methylene blue emerges as one of the most intriguing substances ever unearthed.
Dr. John Lieurance's latest book, Methylene Blue: Magic Bullet, explores the transformative power of this remarkable compound, guiding you through an enlightening journey into its depths. Discover how methylene blue works its magic within your body, supercharging cellular energy through enhanced mitochondrial function, as well as practical knowledge on how to harness its power.
Often referred to by me as the “Dr. Strange of Medicine,” Dr. John Lieurance is a chiropractic neurologist and one of the world's leading experts on methylene blue's mechanisms of action, benefits, and best practices. His new book is nothing short of a treasure trove of fascinating information on the deep science behind this impressive molecule, as well as practical ins and outs of how to use it.
If you're ready to reap the benefits of methylene blue, grab your copy of Dr. Lieurance's insightful, captivating book here or dive deeper into his unique therapies and practices with these podcast episodes:
- “Crazy Prostate Injections, Skull-Cracking Nasal Adjustments, Defying Disease, Revitalizing Cells, And Safeguarding Your Sexuality With Dr. John Lieurance.”
- “The Crazy Future Of Medical Biohacking: Skull Resets, Suppositories, Nasal Sprays, Nebulizers, Sound Therapy & More With Dr. John Lieurance. [Best of BGF]”
- “The ‘Dr. Strange' Of Medicine & Biohacking: Methylene Blue, Stem Cells, Lasers, Earth, Air, Water, Fire & More With Dr. John Lieurance.”
What I Think About Ozempic (& Natural Alternatives to GLP-1 Agonists)
On a quest to become bigger, stronger, sexier, and faster as you age, and you've already adopted smart strategies like weightlifting, protein-rich nutrition, all-day low-intensity activity, and steering clear of inflammatory foods?
Peptides can be a valuable addition to your toolkit. Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, fashion models, and increasingly what seems like half your neighborhood are now taking these drugs in vast quantities. This is because they're one of the smartest hacks for simultaneously building muscle and shedding fat, which is usually no easy feat.
Peptides, typically administered orally, through injections, or intranasally, are short chains of amino acids that have garnered significant attention in medical research, particularly in fields like hormone replacement therapy, immunology, and drug development.
One of the most renowned categories of peptides is GLP-1 agonists, such as semaglutide (Ozempic® and Wegovy®) and liraglutide (Victoza® and Saxenda®). These peptides, initially designed as diabetes drugs, mimic the effects of glucagon-like peptide-1, a hormone released when you eat. They stimulate insulin release, inhibit glucagon release, slow down gastric motility, and enhance satiety.
So, do these peptides work for losing weight?
Absolutely, and probably more effectively than just about any weight loss drug that has ever been developed.
Out of all the weight loss drugs the industry has pushed, tested, and tried, the GLP-1 agonists actually help people lose weight at rates of up to 15% body fat loss over a couple of years, compared to just 2% loss in placebos. Moreover, these peptides can lower blood pressure, reduce cardiovascular risks, and improve blood sugar balance.
However, there are downsides to these weight loss drugs, including the need for long-term use, potential adipogenesis (the creation of new fat cells), and side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and muscle loss once you stop taking them. For example, journalist Tucker Carlson has shed light on the pharmaceutical industry's push to profit from these drugs and their questionable long-term safety data.
But fear not, there are natural ways to stimulate GLP-1, like probiotics, fasting, exercise, and newer supplements with good research behind them, such as one I've been trying called “Calocurb,” which can reduce hunger by up to 30% and considerably lower calorie intake. Calocurb seems to really crush carb cravings and acts very similar to Ozempic, without the side effects.
In addition, there are also alternative weight loss peptides and peptide stacks that come with fewer side effects while still supporting lean muscle gain.
My favorites include IGF-1 LR3, Ipamorelin, CJC-1295, Tesamorelin, and 5 Amino-1MQ. Let's break these down:
- IGF-1 LR3 stimulates muscle growth, while Ipamorelin safely boosts growth hormone secretion.
- CJC-1295, especially without DAC, mirrors natural growth hormone pulses and aids in fat loss and muscle protein synthesis.
- Tesamorelin reduces visceral fat and triglyceride levels.
- Ipamorelin, a potent muscle-building peptide, has major effects on skeletal muscle and function.
- 5 Amino-1MQ blocks an enzyme associated with obesity and fat storage, promoting weight loss and providing clean energy.
Here are dosing guidelines to get you started:
- IGF-1 LR3: 50–150mcg 1x/day for a 4-week cycle, usually via subcutaneous injection, preferably pre-workout or with your first-morning meal.
- CJC-1295: 100mcg 1–3x/day for a 12-week cycle, preferably taken before sleep on an empty stomach.
- Tesamorelin: 1mg 1–2x/day for five days per week, for a 12-week cycle, preferably pre-workout or with your first-morning meal.
- Ipamorelin: 100-500mcg 1–3x/day for a 12-week cycle. For muscle gain and fat loss, I’ve experienced the best results using it before bedtime on an empty stomach.
- 5 Amino-1MQ: One capsule taken by mouth per day in the morning. Take it for two days on, two days off for a total of 8–10 weeks.
So where do I like to get peptides? Here are a few of my favorite trustworthy brands (check out my Ultimate Peptides Resources Page for discounts):
- Jay Campbell (his Peptides Dysmistifed course and book are excellent resources for learning more about peptide stacks)
- Peptide Sciences (use code BEN10 to save 10%)
- LVLUP Health (use code BEN to save 10%)
- Limitless Life Nootropics (use code BEN to save 15%)
- Anti-Aging Systems BioRegulators (use code BGF15 to save 15%)
To supercharge fat loss and lean muscle gain, consider running 12-week cycles of the peptides listed above throughout the year five days on, two days off, while maintaining a consistent weight training routine, adequate protein intake, and an active lifestyle. Give them a try and you'll find that your goal of becoming stronger, leaner, and healthier is within reach.
Want to uncover more about peptides and specific peptide stacks for weight loss? Check out these resources for additional information and guidance:
- “Everything You Need To Know About Peptides Part 1: What Are Peptides, Where to Get Peptides, How To Reconstitute Peptides, Peptide Storage, Peptide Injections & More!”
- “What Are Peptides? Find Out the Best Peptide Stacks”
- “How To Use Testosterone, Peptide Stacks That Will Blow Your Mind, The Truth About Getting Peptides On The Internet, & Much More With Jay Campbell.”
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Brain Rejuvenation Retreat: February 15–16, 2024
Join me from February 15th to the 16th at the Brain Rejuvenation Retreat, where world-leading peptide expert Regan Archibald and I will merge our knowledge in longevity, peptides, and fitness. This unique collaboration aims to offer you a transformative health experience, propelling you forward on your path to optimal health and vitality. Discover more about the Brain Rejuvenation Retreat and how these insights can shape your journey to complete well-being here.
Unlock Longevity: February 24, 2024
On February 24th, I'll be live in Austin, Texas, for Unlock Longevity, a unique gathering with leading regenerative medicine experts from North America. This exclusive event is your chance to gain insider knowledge in the realm of anti-aging and vitality. Our distinguished speakers will unveil groundbreaking treatments and secrets in rejuvenation and longevity, previously unshared with the public. Don't miss the opportunity to engage in deep, personal discussions on health and anti-aging, and interact directly with our experts. Learn more about Unlock Longevity here.
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Kion Product Of The Week: Kion Protein Bar
You know I’m a huge fan of Kion.
And their new Chocolate Crunch Protein Bar is out of this world delicious.
Not only that but it is made with only real, whole-food ingredients— giving it balanced macronutrients for clean, stable energy.
The Chocolate Crunch Protein Bar’s complex flavors and texture come from real, natural, whole-food ingredients such as…
- Organic almonds
- Organic cocoa nibs
- Organic chia seeds
- Organic coconut
- Organic honey
And, it contains 11 grams of satiating protein from grass-fed whey protein isolate to support your active lifestyle.
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