The Genius Mad Scientist Who Invented The Very First Fitness Product Ben Ever Bought – Along With “The Best Water Filtration System That Exists” & Much More.

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Peter Spiegel is a serial entrepreneur who has founded numerous successful companies related to direct response advertising, marketing and consumer products. In the advertising space, Peter was the founding partner of Direct Partners, which was acquired by NYSE conglomerate Omnicom. Mr. Spiegel has also founded several vertically integrated consumer products companies which have sold a variety of products direct to customers via infomercials and to big box retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Sears, JC Penny's and others.

Mr. Spiegel is considered by his peers to be one of the definitive experts in the direct response television advertising (DRTV) and infomercials. A top marketing, financial, product development and operations strategist, he has been active in the industry for more than 25 years, developing a wealth of experience and success that spans all product categories and all channels of distribution including DRTV, retail, catalog, print and internet. Peter has been named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Direct Response Industry” – by Response TV Magazine.

Peter is an encyclopedia of television direct marketing knowledge, and he knows how to take an idea or an invention from concept to cash flow with speed and precision.

Peter Spiegel is the founder of Envion, LLC, a home environment company that manufactures and distributes the best-selling brands of air purifiers including Ionic Pro® and Therapure® at Walmart, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond and other leading retailers.

He is also the founder of the Ideal Living group of companies, which sell products such as the Paint Zoom™ painting system, 30 Second Smile™ electric toothbrush, Prosvent® nutritional supplement for prostate health, Cebria™ nutritional supplement for age-related memory loss, Walkfit® Orthotics, and Light Relief®, a FDA-cleared pain relief device.

Mr. Spiegel also founded companies that sold the following products: AbSlide™, Ab Flex™, Ab Sculptor™, Miracle Blade® III, Ultimate Chopper™, Bun and Thigh Roller®, Sobakawa Pillow® and 4 in 1 Total Trolley®.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Ben, as a fledgling young exercise enthusiast, at age 14,  saved up for and purchased an AbFlex…9:00

-The most important things in Peter's personal home when it comes to optimizing his health?…20:00

-Why a HEPA filter is not enough to adequately filter your air…33:30

-How adding a negative ion system to the air you breathe can enhance your neurotransmitters…44:00

-Why under-the-counter reverse osmosis systems become bacteria-laden, and what you can do about it…49:45

-The problem with popular pitcher filters for water filtration…59:15

-Why Ben keeps his treadmill in the garage…1:05:00

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

The AbFlex


Full spectrum incandescent bulbs

Ben's “How To Biohack The Ultimate Healthy Home” e-book

The best home detox tips

The Air Doctor

The Molekule – enter promo code BEN for $75 off your order

Aquatru perfect minerals solution

Steripen portable water purifier

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44 thoughts on “The Genius Mad Scientist Who Invented The Very First Fitness Product Ben Ever Bought – Along With “The Best Water Filtration System That Exists” & Much More.

  1. marina says:

    i have used aquatru for 2 years..very finicky and leaks all the time. i wouldnt purchase it

  2. Wally says:

    AquaTru has a lot of poor reviews on Amazon with people saying it breaks within months and even weeks, tank malfunctions and is cheaply made of plastic.

  3. Andrew says:

    Do you have a recommendation for a whole house filter if you are on a well?

      1. Monica says:

        Hi Ben! This link isn’t working. What is the name of the system you have?

        1. Sophia says:

          Hi Monica! Here is the link:

  4. Naor says:


    With products coming out every day, research coming out every day. Are the Air Doctor and the Molekule still your two choices for air purification?

    I tried to find the latest blog/podcast you did speaking about this to try and get my comment answered. I am living in LA where air quality is atrocious, would really love to get your insight into what your current recommendation would be

    1. Yup, promo code: BEN will save you $75 off the Molekule. Also, look into getting some of the plants mentioned in this study:…

  5. Sharon says:

    You run both the Molekule and the Air Doctor Pro? If I can only get one, start with the Air Doctor? It sounds like it does more filtration? Thanks.

  6. Gary Rossen says:

    Hey Ben, I bought the air doctor.. and it seems to stay on forever? Does that mean my house has some issues or do I have on wrong setting?

  7. Fedfan says:

    Do not by AquTru water filter. While it no doubt cleans water very well, physically the device is finicky and will stop working despite replacing filters and it takes an eternity to filter water after a while. I would love to have mine serviced but ….

  8. leslie Jacobs says:

    I am not able to order this Air Doctor because I am overseas with the American military.. and you do not list a options for APO or FPO addresses., which is where I get my mail and my credit card is registered.. I know this is the same with the Aqua Tru.. This is VERY UNFORTURNATE, also very unnecessary.. The American Military addresses in Europe and Pacific are subsidized by the U.S and the costs re the SAME.

    I order an receive products from Amazon, Vitacost, BareNeccessities…and others.. This is where I get my mail and where my credit card is registered.. Most of the military is stationed here for over 3 years..Come on Peter Spiegel you can do this!

    Ben please pass this along to him..


    1. What is the voltage where you are? If you're in a country where power is on 220V outlet, they don't recommend it.

  9. Elena Sultana says:

    So there is no discount on AquaTru?

    1. Michael says:

      also curious about the discount on Air Doctor which was mentioned in the show?

      1. Michael says:

        just found it at the bottom of the comments, thanks!

    2. Les says:

      yes there is. Follow the links, it’s there.

  10. Fitness Control Central says:

    I would like to know more about resources and learn more about making fitness product as I have some ideas of my own…Ben do you have any ideas or can I contact Peter myself?

  11. Eric S says:

    Hey Ben. Send me that AquaTru that’s lying in a box in your garage haha. I have no H2O purification system at my abode. I’ll pay the shipping.

  12. Dave Russell says:

    Word to the wise on purchasing a hepa filter for your home. Most residential units can’t handle how much airflow is restricted by using these filters, it can cause problems with the unit, just beware and keep an eye on its performance if using one.

  13. Matt Simms says:

    Ben, which air filter do you recommend for your home central air system?

  14. Finding out that I can not order the Dr Air because the cart does not seem to allow shipping to a place other than the billing address! I can also not find any way to contact the company!!! Very frustrating to say the least…..after deciding to pull the plug after 2 days of consternation. (this is a common fault of shopping cart design in my experience.) Will go back and look and see if I am missing something. Anyone else experience this?
    TIA (thanks in advance)
    OK I finally found their email:
    [email protected]

  15. Justin says:

    no Shipping to UK?

    1. Joe in Missouri says:

      Looks like the don’t ship anywhere, unless your shipping address and billing address are the same….
      Very disappointed with the “shopping cart”, but that is SOP it seems these days.

      Here is a screen shot of the cart. I am afraid to hit the purchase button, since it looks like they transaction will be completed without asking where to ship!

      1. A work around is to use Paypal. But be careful… go to paypal a make dern sure that you have configured a shipping address as they do the same thing and don’t ask for a shipping address either and will ship to your billing address without ever asking you where to ship…

      2. Wish I could edit these comments. Found the ship to check box right in front of me.(in very small text) Too much information on most of these pages. You can hardly take it all in…
        Sorry for the mistake.

  16. Brian says:

    not much discussion on whole house systems – I imagine the bacteria accumulating in tank would be an issue there as well. Is there a whole house system that Speigel recommends that mitigates the need to do a periodic deep cleaning of the tank? Individual shower filters + Aquatru might be the best strategy to limit cleanings.

  17. Rose says:

    Its nice to hear another long-time vegetarian!!

  18. Florian says:

    What was the name of the water filtration expert, mentioned in this show?

    1. Thijs says:

      Robert Slovak

  19. Shannon Kamieneski says:

    I’m a little disappointed Ben. You had recommended the Aquatru water filter back in episode 361, and I bought one because I trusted your recommendations and thought you would never recommend a product without trying it first, forget outright lie about allegedly using it . According to this latest episode , it appears you knew absolutely Nothing about it and it never made it out of your garage. Clear to me now your motivation is to just push products. Lost a 3 year listener today .

    1. Sharon& John craig says:

      Research BERKEY WATER system
      It could make water out of a slimy creek drinkable
      But of course you would have to get NEW filters after

      We have this 2 yrs now and never got sick or had bad reaction to cleaning tap water that is filtered this way

      My husband cleans the inside of the tip&lower water jugs twice year ricing the water through the filters also and wants to change the filters at end of oct which is our 2yr anniversary

    2. Matt Simm says:

      I too am disappointed as I purchased the Aquatru after your recommendation as I was under the impression you (Ben) had tested and was using the unit in 2016.

      1. Nathan says:

        Have you been happy with the Aquatru unit?

        1. As I've stated before, I do not have RO nor do I currently use Aquatru or any other standard system because my entire home is on well water, and that passes through two custom filters that address iron and manganese in our water, then passes through a structured water filter.

          My setup is very unique, and I don't "paint with a broad brush" and make the same recommendations to everyone. This is why, even though I don't currently use it, I have recommended it because it satisfied, and actually far exceeded, all my criteria for a water filter.

  20. Joe Tittiger says:

    Haven’t Even read this yet but thought I would post it here before I forgot.
    Very interested as I just put in an RO unit:
    Here is another way to do the sterilization:

    Neither looks too difficult, the second one perhaps a bit easier.

    Have not found out how to use a steripen to do the sterilization as mentioned in the podcast.
    Sounds like it might be a better way to go.

    If you want to do an RO install yourself. I can not recommend these highly enough.
    This was my third purchase of this exact model:

    iSpring RCC7 5-Stage Residential Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System – WQA Gold Seal Certified, 75 GPD

  21. Nadia says:

    i found the link for the 50% discount but they do not ship to France :(

    1. Joe Tittiger says:

      I don’t know about cost Nadia but there are remailer type services, or perhaps someone reading this thread could remail it for you.

    2. Elena Sultana says:

      They do not ship to anywhere except USA and Canada! What a shame!

  22. Kate says:

    Instead of using bleach to clean your reverse osmosis water system, do you think it would be okay to use somethg in less toxic, like on guard?

  23. Nadia says:

    Hi Ben did Mr Speigel give you the 50% discount?

    1. Nadia says:

      for the AirDoctor filter

      1. Yes, use the link in the shownotes and the discount will automatically be applied

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