July 19, 2019
Welcome to Ben Greenfield's Weekly Roundup and Cool New Discoveries!
Ben Greenfield's discoveries, from 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 giveaways, discounts and more!
New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
– Book That Has Gotten Me Pissed Off & Simultaneously Excited About Health Care System Transformation
Curable: The Story of How an Unlikely Group of Radical Innovators is Trying to Transform our Health Care System is a brand new release from Travis Christofferson, who wrote the equally excellent cancer treatment book called “Tripping Over The Truth” several years ago. This book introduces how smart metrics, slow thinking, off-label drugs, and a “Moneyball” prescription for fixing modern medicine could be the key to transforming our health care system. It raises the question about whether the solution has been here all along, and we’ve just been too blind to see it. Travis looks at medicine through a magnifying glass and asks an important question: What if the roots of the current US health care crisis are psychological and systemic, perpetuated not just by corporate influence and the powers that be, but by you and me? It is now known that human perception is based on deeply entrenched patterns of irrational thought, which we attach ourselves to religiously. So how does this implicate the very scientific research and data that doctors rely on to successfully treat their patients?
A page-turning inquiry into a “moneyball approach to medicine,” Curable explores the links between revolutionary baseball analytics; Nobel Prize-winning psychological research on confirmation bias; wildly successful maverick economic philosophy; the history of the radical mastectomy and the rise of the clinical trial; cutting edge treatments routinely overlooked by regulatory bodies; and outdated medical models that prioritize profit over prevention. As stark as things are, Christofferson asks us to see health care not as a toppling house of cards, but as a badly organized system that is inherently fixable.
How do we fix it? First we must reframe the conflict between doctors’ intuition and statistical data. Then we must design better systems that can support doctors who are increasingly overwhelmed with the complexity of modern medicine. The book is a short read: I ate it up on a two-hour plane ride and folded over plenty of pages. You can get it here (and yes, I'll get him on the podcast!).
– A Morning Brew I Made This Morning That Blew My Mind & Taste Buds
Alright, this recipe is fully leaded fuel that tastes like ambrosia of the gods. I tried it out this morning and my brain has been humming along quite nicely since about 5am. Here's the full recipe (yeah, you need plenty of ingredients, but it's worth it).
Into a Nutribullet or any other heat-friendly blender, add the following:
-2 heaping tablespoons of MiCacao mix (this is a mix of cacao nibs and cacao shells that gives you the experience of drinking pure chocolate with no calories).
-2 packets FourSigmatic Chaga mushroom extract
-2 packets FourSigmatic Lion's Mane extract
-1 dropperful Omica Organics butterscotch toffee stevia
-1 teaspoon of a good salt (I used Colima salt)
-12-16 piping hot ounces of Kion Coffee
Blend on high for about 90 seconds, then open your blender carefully as contents can expand and get foamy (and the foam is oh-so-delicious). I may or may not have also put 0.5 grams of psilocybin extract into this mix, but that's your call. ;) Bon appetit!
Podcasts I Recorded This Week:
Ben Greenfield Q&A: Detox Myths, Amino Acids While Fasting, Muscle Gain Protocols, Cell Phone Dangers & Much More!398: Top 12 Keto Myths, The Dark Side Of Tabatas, Dad Bod, Healthy Sunscreen Alternatives & More!
Articles I Published This Week:
My full article feed and all past archives of my articles are here if you want to check out past articles.
::: Limited-time FREE Screening Of A New Documentary Series On Pain :::
Check out this brand new documentary series that includes a host of solutions you can count on for managing chronic pain. It's called Pain Revealed, and it's the perfect way to enhance your pain management toolbox with the latest, most proven tactics.
Dozens of the globe’s experts in medicine, science, and research (including yours truly)—along with previous podcast guests of mine (such as Dr. Dan Pompa and Dr. Jason West), and even real-world patients—share their knowledge, experience, and techniques for achieving a pain-free life, including:
- A tried and true, non-invasive pain relief technique that actually brings you relief…
- One surprising natural painkiller actually works to alleviate your suffering…
- Non-opioid treatments for chronic pain that actually work…
- The latest on which type of stem cells are best for healing injuries fast…
- And much more!
These world-renowned experts hold nothing back as they reveal exactly why and how they do what they do when it comes to dealing with acute and chronic pain of all types. Pain Revealed starts July 23rd so don't miss out on this limited-time FREE Screening. You can click here to sign up now.
::: Try Brain.fm FREE For 7 Days To Boost Creativity, Focus, Sleep & More :::
If you're not completely “zenned out” from Kion's Meditation Challenge this past week, I've got one more relaxation/focus/sleep hack for you to try.
It's called Brain.fm, and let me tell you, it knocks me out like a baby for sleep, especially for napping or when I wake up in the middle of the night. It also puts me directly into “the zone” when I'm writing fiction or reading, and when I play it on an airplane I doze off like a baby.
Using music to help you reach deep meditation faster, Brain.fm aligns the functional networks of your brain to communicate more effectively, which allows you to reach deeper states of meditation. Just pop in headphones, click the “Focus” “Sleep” or “Relax” modules depending on what you're meditating for, and let the music guide you to your desired mental state. Effects start in just 5 minutes!
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– August 3-4, 2019: Colorado Rockies Ultra, Beast, and Sprint Weekend – Aspen, CO. The mountains are calling! High in the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, team members from my company, Kion and I will be experiencing the immense beauty of Colorado while conquering climbs, crawls, carries, and traverses. We hope to see you there! Sign up here!
– September 12 – 15, 2019: RUNGA Immersion, Napa Valley, California. I attend this total mind-body reboot retreat each year with my wife, Jessa, to connect with a handful of friends and YOU can one of them! I would love if you could join me at this retreat. Click here for details on this incredible event!
– September 27 – 29, 2019: Spartan World Championships, Squaw Valley, California. Right beside Lake Tahoe, this epic venue was once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Join me there for the greatest obstacle course race in North Tahoe Lake, Olympic Village, CA. Sign up here!
Featured Product: Kion Coffee
After more than 2 years of hardcore coffee research, Kion Coffee was created to be crafted for health and is the only coffee that meets my strict standards for health benefits, purity, and freshness. Period.
Why? Other coffee companies are unwilling to do what my company, Kion, is doing to ensure these health-benefits—every decision made regarding this coffee formulation is based on health.
So what’s so special about Kion Coffee?
Kion Coffee is certified organic, is richer in antioxidants than any other coffee we tested, is rigidly tested for toxins, contains ZERO mold, is packaged using the highest industry standards, and much, much more. To read the complete list of Kion Coffee benefits, to understand the sourcing profile, the scientific roasting protocol, and freshness strategy, click here.
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