Ben Greenfield Q&A: Detox Myths, Amino Acids While Fasting, Muscle Gain Protocols, Cell Phone Dangers & Much More!

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In this podcast, recorded during the Swiss Clinic Retreat that I led in the Swiss Alps two weeks ago, we cover a host of questions from attendees. If you listen in and want to attend the Swiss Clinic yourself, you can join one of Robyn Openshaw's 2 to 3 week guided retreats that she arranges there by clicking here or you can contact the Swiss Clinic directly to arrange your own customized visit on your own schedule by clicking here.

Strap yourself in and prepare for this massive Q&A that includes the following:

-Are you increasing mTOR by taking Kion Aminos throughout the day vs. around a workout? [6:25]

-What are the best protocols for eliminating heavy metals and toxins, and how do you measure success? [10:20]

-How to find relief from exercise-induced rhinitis [18:40]

-Is there a threshold between the sympathetic and parasympathetic state? [21:30]

  • There is no threshold
  • Autonomic nervous system sends signal to the heart via vagus nerve
  • Good balance between the two dictates the vagus nerve communication with the heart will be clear
  • High HRV is indicative of healthy balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • Breath work is highly efficacious

-What is the latest science on carnivore, ketogenic, vegan diets? [28:15]

  • There is no one “perfect” diet to follow; it's highly individualized
  • Be aware of your ancestry and adjust your diet accordingly
  • Periods of caloric restriction are very beneficial
  • Ben does a Kitchari cleanse 4x per year

-How dangerous are WiFi, cellular, 5G signals? [35:15]

-Ben's thoughts on vaping, particularly CBD [47:25]

-Ben's thoughts on the Viome results recently discussed on the podcast [49:35]

-What is the cause of low ferritin? [57:06]

  • High ferritin is usually the concern
  • Look at diet adjustments
  • High red blood cell turnover
  • Ferritin pyrophosphate – Floradix
  • Increasing intake of iron could be risky for men

-How does one know they're ready to begin the process of detoxification from heavy metals and toxins? [1:00:20]

-What is a MTHFR gene mutation and should anyone care? [1:04:00]

-What has piqued Ben's interest in the realm of anti-aging [1:06:40]

-Ben's thoughts on Carbon 60 [1:13:30]

  • An upcoming podcast will be on the topic

-Should fats be combined with starches? [1:16:00]

  • Potential oxidation of cholesterol
  • Formation of lipopolysaccharides

-How can skinny guys gain muscle mass? [1:20:15]

-What kind of massages Ben recommends [1:24:55]

-What do you recommend to enhance recovery from exercise and recovery from injury?…1:28:30

-Is airplane mode on our cell phones safe, or should we turn them off completely while we're sleeping? [1:32:25]

-What can parents do for their pre-teen children to become strong and healthy young adults? [1:33:45]

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Longevity Diet by Dr. Valter Longo

Ben's Kitchari recipe

BGF podcast with Dr. Dan Pompa

BGF podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda


The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF's by Nick Pineault

BGF podcast w/ Nick Pineault

BGF podcast w/ building biologist Brian Hoyer

Shielded Healing dirty electricity filters

BluShield signal scrambling device


BGF podcast on Ben's Viome test results

Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch

Stratagene, Dr. Lynch's company

BGF podcast w/ Robert Slovak of Water and Wellness

Dan John's 18 Week protocol

Essential Oil Wizardry

BGF podcast w/ Dr. Nick Berry

Unschooling to University by Judy Arnall

Free to Learn by Peter Gray

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19 thoughts on “Ben Greenfield Q&A: Detox Myths, Amino Acids While Fasting, Muscle Gain Protocols, Cell Phone Dangers & Much More!

  1. Melanie says:

    Can you link the coffee enema suppository?

  2. Bryan says:

    Is it counter productive for cellular atrophy during fasting if I take EAAs? It helps take the bite of hunger away. Standard 16 hour daily fast. Thanks!!!

    1. I go into that as well as supplements you can take to enhance autophagy on this podcast:…

      1. Bryan says:

        thank you!

  3. Mitch says:

    You mentioned a BPC/TB megadose. I’ve got the same blend. Can you provide the exact dose please? I’ve been using your article and taking around 250mcg as mentioned in the article. Thanks!

    1. Unfortunately, I can't recommend exact doses on here. I can help you via a one-on-one consult if you sign up at You can also ask the Kion Facebook Community for support with this sort of question.

  4. Matt says:

    What’s the name of the superfood camp you plan on sending your kids to in Hawaii? Are you aware of other similar camps/schools for adults? I’m 25 and think a school like this would be an excellent break for a few months from office work.

  5. Greg Ross says:

    At the beginning of the episode you briefly mentioned mold. Are there any treatments at the Swiss clinic? Or anything else you recommend?

  6. Linda says:

    Could you include the link to the education newsletter you recommended at the end of your podcast? I couldn’t find it online and would love to check it out! Thanks for all you do!

  7. Dave Fellows says:

    Hi Ben,

    Another interesting Q&A. It sounds like you believe the Blushield is beneficial/effective? I bought one a long time ago but stopped using it as there were very mixed reports online regarding its validity and a lot of people claiming it was essentially snake oil.

    Do you have any specific research or evidence you’ve found to support your use of the device? I’ll probably start using it again if you think it has merit and valid science behind it.


  8. Eric says:

    Thanks for the awesome download Ben!

  9. John Mitchell says:

    Ben you mentioned on this podcast that you are buying Deuterium depleted water from Robert Slovak.

    Please give us this link to purchase the Deuterium depleted water.

  10. nikos says:

    Hello Ben Great podcast by the way ,I would like to ask you if you were just being polite to the Swiss clinics oligo scan heavy testing or it is actually valid?

    1. I've never been one to say something just to be polite :)

  11. Greg says:

    Hey Ben, I love your podcast and everything you do! I was just wondering if you could remember the name of that bodybuilder when you were talking about the parasympathetic and sympathetic state? The guy who sat in deep relaxation between sets. Thanks!

  12. Niel says:

    Thanks for all the links to resources! In the liver cleanse episode 998, your kitchari recipe includes rice. However, the kitchari recipe in this article does not. When you have a chance, will you clarify? When should rice be included or excluded? If rice is included, how much and what type do you recommend? Is the rice precooked separately, then added upon serving, or cooked along with the other ingredients? Thanks again for your research and providing very informative content!

    1. I do not use rice when I make Kitchari.

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