362: Donald Trump’s Exercise Routine, Altitude Vs. Heat Training, Can Kids Take Smart Drugs, Can Ketosis Cause Muscle Damage & More.

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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.

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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?

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:

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.
  • Decodify.me – is run by Joe from selfhacked.com 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
  • DNA.land – 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
  • Ancestry.com
  • Geni.com – 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)


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8 thoughts on “362: Donald Trump’s Exercise Routine, Altitude Vs. Heat Training, Can Kids Take Smart Drugs, Can Ketosis Cause Muscle Damage & More.

  1. Scott Rankin says:

    Hi Ben and Rachel, great episode! I was looking on 23andme.com at this specific page [1] and noticed that they do have this caveat with regards to the raw data file,

    “Access your raw, uninterpreted genetic data file.** Must not be used for medical or diagnostic purposes.

    **This data has undergone a general quality review however only a subset of markers have been individually validated for accuracy. The data from 23andMe’s Browse Raw Data feature is suitable only for research, educational, and informational use and not for medical, diagnostic or other use.”

    [1] https://www.23andme.com/compare-dna-tests/

    1. That is because we live in the land of litigation. It is a CYA/FDA statement. That being said, I am not a Doctor either!! You have to take all of this information with level of responsibility.

  2. Mike Garcia says:

    Hi Ben, how can I use infrared to increase sperm count/testosterone? Is there a specific company/brand that I should choose. Thanks for your help in advance.

  3. Justin says:

    Can you please do a complete podcast on kids? Do you think its safe for them to use something like joovv, deltasleeper, etc…?

    1. If you call your questions in we can cover them on the podcast – speakpipe.com/bengreenfield

  4. Manny says:

    HI Ben, just some clarification please. If I get the 23andme test done. Can I then upload my raw data into promethease and other sites of the sort to see what DNAfIT would give me anyway? i.e fitness, sleep and nutrition stuff. Only reason I ask is here in Australia, the full fitness and diet test through DNAfit is close to $400AUD. Thanks for being awesome and doing your podcasts man, they’ve helped me immensely. Manny :)

    1. Yep, but DNAFit just helps you dig through the data very, very effectively with a precise, done for you pdf.

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