June 20, 2020
From podcast: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/biohacking-podcasts/radiation-hormesis/
[00:01:53] Podcast Sponsors
[00:04:40] Guest Introduction
[00:09:31] Breathing In Ozone
[00:14:45] Jane's Story, And The Opening Of La Casa
[00:23:45] The Surprising Health Benefits Of Atomic Bombs
[00:26:18] What Exactly Radiation Hormesis Is
[00:33:39] Podcast Sponsor
[00:36:29] cont. What Exactly Radiation Hormesis Is
[00:39:02] The Effect Radiation Has On DNA
[00:42:42] The Effect Of Low Dose Radiation On The Immune System
[00:45:21] Radiation Frequency And Dosages
[00:49:17] How Radioactive Stones Work
[00:56:15] The Link Between Radiation And Fungus
[01:01:21] Jane's Upcoming Book
[01:02:53] Closing the Podcast
[01:06:07] End of Podcast
Ben: On this episode of the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast.
Jane: We want to go back to earth, back to nature, do things that just come from our ancestral understanding and figure out how to live in a healthy way with Mother Earth as our leader. When you have radiation therapy today, that's about equivalent to the same millirems that were there for the atomic bombs. And she walked. She walked around the apartment because she had enough energy to be curious about where she was. Again, she hadn't walked in a week.
Ben: Health, performance, nutrition, longevity, ancestral living, biohacking, and much more. My name is Ben Greenfield. Welcome to the show.
Today's podcast, I've alluded in the past a few times in the past few months about this irradiated stone in the shape of a cross that I have been wearing about my neck. I'm not kidding. I'm actually wearing this stone. It's a green stone. It's a mixture of malachite, chrysocolla, turquoise, silver, and copper. It's actually something that comes from King Solomon Mines in Israel or is known as the Eilat Stone. But I am wearing it about my neck ever since recording the podcast that you're about to hear to take advantage of the so-called benefits of radiation hormesis. Does it work? Thus far, I haven't done a lot of self-quantification to tell you, but based on what you're going to hear in today's episode, you may have your own ideas about this. It's with Jane Goldberg, who's kind of crazy, but also kind of cool. And I think you might dig some of the things that she has to say about hormesis, and particularly radiation hormesis.
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Alright, let's go talk to Jane.
Alright. So, if you heard my podcast called “The Ultimate Biohacked Workout & The Future of Fitness,” then you turned into a very interesting audio episode where I walked you through this crazy experience I went through at this place called SystimFit in New York City where I was hooked up to a Vasper machine and doing blood flow restriction and electrical muscle stimulation. And towards the end of that show, you may have heard that we were about to wander across the street to this place called La Casa to undergo this kind of cutting-edge ozone sauna recovery treatment with something called HOCATT.
Now, I will link to that podcast episode I just described if you go to the shownotes for this episode, and I'll give you the link to the shownotes momentarily. But anyway, so I went over there and I tried this HOCATT. HOCATT stands Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology. I realize that's a mouthful, but basically, it's an ozone steam sauna. You sit in there, your head's exposed to the air, but your body is inside this sauna where it's getting infused with ozone, and carbon dioxide, and steam, and these photons of light and oxygen, and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. So, it's quite a fancy device. It's like tens of thousands of dollars. This isn't something you just pick up and put in your living room.
But the proprietor of that place, La Casa, where I was doing this recovery treatment, she has a whole bunch of cool recovery biohacks and some more ancient treatments as well. The place is kind of like a spa for biohacking. And anyways, I was in there with my head sticking out of this ozone sauna and I said, “Is it okay if I'm smelling a little bit of this ozone?” And the lady who runs this place, her name is Jane Goldberg, she said — well, she wasn't too concerned about the mild amount of ozone that I might be breathing in because of this concept called hormesis. And specifically, Jane happens to be an expert in something called radiation hormesis. She has co-authored an entire book on it called the hormesis effect, this idea that things that would normally kill you or harm you in large amounts could be actually good for you and your longevity in small amounts.
So, she gave me a copy of her book while I was there and I read it on the plane ride home. And I was prepared because — I'll tell you the subtitle of the book, “The Miraculous Healing Power of Radioactive Stones.” So, the book is called “The Hormesis Effect: The Miraculous Healing Power of Radioactive Stones.” And like my woo-woo radar went off big time, as you can imagine, hearing a subtitle like “Healing Power of Radioactive Stones.” But the book turned out to be super-duper interesting. So interesting I decided to get Jane on the show to talk about this entire concept that the Earth, the planet Earth in its natural low-level radiation that may, in fact, be beneficial for us, and radioactivity, in general, may not be quite the villain that has been painted to be and may, kind of like sunlight, the UVA and UVB radiation from sunlight, be something that induces this mild hormetic effect.
So, Jane, like I mentioned, runs this La Casa Spa in New York City. She also has a La Casa in Puerto Rico. She is actually super OG in the realm of holistic wellness in New York City. She's been practicing there for many years. She's written eight different books. She has this super popular holistic newsletter called “Musings from 20th Street.” She has had her own television show called “The Really Well Reality Group Therapy TV Show.” She is a licensed psychologist, PhD, certified psychoanalyst, oncological psychoanalyst. She works a lot with cancer patients. Like I mentioned, she also is well-versed in the use of hormesis to heal the body. And I will link to all eight of her books along with this book “The Hormesis Effect“, her upcoming book about biohacking for women, and also her book “The Revolutionary Mind” if you go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect. That's BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect.
I'm running out of air here with this introduction, Jane. So, I think I should probably just shut up and say hello.
Jane: You have done such a great job of introducing hormesis, hormesis effect and the benefits of hormesis. I don't have anything left to say. We can call it a day right now.
Ben: Alright, good. We're done. Talk to you later. Okay. So, anyways, first, let's just cut straight to the chase for something that I briefly mentioned just then, and that's this idea of ozone. And the reason I want to talk about this is not to give a complete description on what ozone is because I actually just recently did a pretty comprehensive podcast on ozone because honestly, a lot of people are talking about it in its relation to antiviral therapies at this point because we're recording this during the whole quarantine viral pandemic that seems to be sweeping the world.
But with ozone, one of the things that people get concerned about, especially with the medical use of ozone is the exposure of the respiratory tract to ozone. And a lot of ozone therapy, although it's delivered rectally or sometimes like an ear insufflation or drinking ozonated water, generally, you're trying not to breathe in the ozone.
And so, when I was doing that HOCATT treatment, I could smell a little bit of ozone and I thought it might be dangerous. But what's your take on breathing in mild amounts of ozone? Because I know you have a unique perspective on this.
Jane: So, let me just say I'm so happy that we're starting about ozone because ozone has been like the sleeping beauty of holistic health for so many years and it's only caught on recently. I was involved with an organization, the Foundation for Advancement of Cancer Therapies, and we brought in Dr. Horst Kief. He was a German doctor. This was 1980. So, this was so long ago. And he was the first doctor that was treating aids and HIV with ozone. So, yes, I have a slightly different perspective on breathing in ozone because of my understanding of the hormesis effect.
So, basically, hormesis is — the biological effect you get from a low dose exposure is very different than the effect that you get from a high dose. And so, what you were breathing in was very low dose. Most of the ozone was going into the cabinet and the cabinet was heated, and so your pores were open, and the ozone was being pulled through the pores of your body into the rest of your system. But, yes, we try to cover the hole where your head sticks out. We use a towel. We use like an apron over it. But, yes, sometimes the ozone seeps out and I think that's only to the benefit of the person who's in the same cabinet because breathing in small amounts of ozone has a hormetic effect on the body, which means that it stimulates all good things to happen.
It does irritate the lungs a little bit. You might be coughing a little bit. And in that irritation, and the damage that it's giving to whatever system is being activated through the exposure to the small dosage of what would otherwise at a high dosage be a toxin, it stimulates the body to repair itself. And so, you might cough for a few minutes. You might even cough for a half hour. And then your lungs are stronger, better, and more able to deal with whatever comes their way.
Ben: Well, I'll have to ask, and I'm not asking this to be an asshole. I have to know. You said “I think”, but has anyone actually done any research on this on, say, the difference in terms of dose effect? Well, let me put it this way. In your book, which we'll get into momentarily, it's just chock-full of different studies on what types of radiation, small amounts versus large amounts, dose effect, et cetera. Have you looked into anything similar for ozone to see whether there's kind of like a law of diminishing returns in terms of how much is too much in terms of mild amounts of ozone inducing this hormetic effects when you are breathing it in?
Jane: No. I hate to say there have been no studies on the hormesis effect from breathing in ozone. There've been lots of hormetic studies for other stimuli like radiation, which is what we're going to get into, and drugs, lots of things, but nobody's done anything on ozone. So, yes. I think I'm the only person that's saying this because all of the ozone practitioners, they're doing a lot of IV. Of course, if you're doing an IV, it's going right into the bloodstream. There's no ozone in the air. There are not too many people who actually do the steam cabinet ozone these days. Most of it is IV. So, yeah. I think it, and I think it's strongly, and I think with good reason, but no, there's no research.
Ben: Yeah. I know that in the blood, there's a definite dose-response curve, and I found some compelling literature on the effects of ozone on hormesis. But even that literature, I couldn't find much in terms of the respiratory effect. But if you guys go to the shownotes at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect, you can see what I actually was able to dig up in terms of the hormetic effect of ozone. But again, most of the studies on that were blood. And so, for me, I mean honestly, my take on this is I'm still going to be super careful with not breathing in ozone, but I would love to see an actual study where they look at whether or not mild amounts of respiratory exposure to ozone could indeed have this so-called hormetic effect.
But that aside, there is quite a bit of research that's been done on radioactivity and radiation hormesis specifically from things like geological formations, et cetera. And I want to dig into that. But before I do, I really haven't had a chance to hear your backstory, Jane, because — I mean, when I told multiple people when I was in New York City that was at La Casa, ton of people knew of you and your name. You're like a legend in the holistic health industry in New York City.
So, I want to hear a little bit about how you came to open La Casa in the first place and what your actual background is.
Jane: Well, I think if you live long enough, you become a legend, and I'm like I'm as old as Methuselah at this point. But so I've been around a long time.
Ben: Are you going to tell people how old you are or are you going to keep it secret?
Jane: No. When I give speeches, I open by saying how old I am because people don't believe it. I'm living proof that you can go into old age and feel great and look great, be really healthy and die at 100 or past 100. One of the leading researches of radiation hormesis was [00:15:39] _____ Luckey, and he lived to 100, and wrote his last book I think when he was 98, which was a tome, a thousand pages. And he slept with the radioactive stone next to his bed, what he calls a hot stone. So, a lot of low-level radiation. Every night, he had that stone next to his bed.
Ben: Alright. Well, we'll get into radioactive stones in a moment, but you still have to say how old are you.
Jane: Yeah, I'm 73.
Ben: Oh, wow. Yeah. Okay. Well, I've met you in person, I've hung out with you, I would not have guessed that. I would have guessed maybe like early 60s, maybe. So, that's pretty impressive.
Jane: Yeah. Thank you.
Ben: Okay. Alright. So, I'm not just blowing smoke. You're remarkably well-preserved for that age.
Jane: And by the way, no plastic surgery, no artificial whatever techniques.
Ben: Yeah. You're just breathing the ozone through a garden hose. Okay. So, tell me about how you got into all this.
Jane: So, I just moved to New York and my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. That was completely unacceptable to me. And so, I found an organization that basically disseminated information about non-toxic treatments of cancer, and that was the foundation I mentioned earlier, the Foundation for Advancement of Cancer Therapies. And through the guidance of the founder of that organization, my mother was able to reverse her cancer. Again, this was so many years ago. This was like 50 years ago.
So, cancer is reversible and cancer was reversible even then. But we didn't have the internet, nobody was talking about it, so the doctor that was treating my mother said, “I don't understand this. I've never seen this before where the cancer had eaten away your pelvic bone. Now, your bone is completely normal.” So, that got me into holistic health and that's been an abiding interest of kind of a parallel track to my training and my practice as a psychoanalyst. So, that's why I opened these two centers in New York City and Puerto Rico.
Ben: What are the most popular treatments that you have aside from that HOCATT unit that I was in when I was at La Casa, either in your Puerto Rico location or in New York City?
Jane: Let's see. We really do a lot of PEMF. We do a lot of colonics. We do the ionic foot bath. I love the ionic foot bath. Dietrich Klinghardt says that it is probably one of number one treatments of detox because it actually detoxes from heavy metals and a very few things that do that.
Ben: And is that different than those little pads that you can buy off Amazon that you put in your feet that turn black the next morning that I think are probably just an oxidation reaction with the skin on the bottom of the feet? Or, are these ionic foot baths doing something different?
Jane: Yeah. This is based on electrical charge. So, yeah, it's a completely different, different process, different technique.
Ben: Alright, got it. And Klinghardt's great, by the way. I'm actually going to be interviewing him in a couple of months I believe about — he has some wonderful, wonderful research on everything from EMF to detoxification. Like, he's another guy who I really, really want to get on the show at some point. But regarding this concept of hormesis, I'd love to hear a little bit more about when that came into your wheelhouse as far as your interest.
Jane: Okay. So, I had a little dog. She was six-pounds poodle, Lily, and she suddenly got really sick. And so, for a week, she didn't drink, she didn't eat, she didn't move because she was so weak from not eating and drinking. I was keeping her alive by bringing her to the vet and having her subcutaneously rehydrated. So, one of my psychoanalytic patients came in. She had just gotten a dog herself and she looked at Lily and she said, “Oh, what's matter? What's wrong with Lily?” And I said, “She's dying. I'm like $4,000 into vet bills, four different vets including even a homeopathic vet. Everybody says she's dying. Nobody knows what's wrong, nobody knows why, and nobody knows what to do.”
So, my patient Suzanne said, “Well, you need to bring her to Donna on the Upper West Side. So, that night, I went to Donna on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and I had Lily on my lap, and there were these tubes that we put around her and gave her about a five, seven-minute treatment. And then I put her on the floor and she walked. She walked around the apartment because she had enough energy to be curious about where she was. Again, she hadn't walked in a week. That was a PEMF machine. The next day, I went out and bought —
Ben: PEMF, by the way, just for people listening in who may not have heard all the podcasts I've done, PEMF, that's pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, a pulsed form of EMF that unlike, say, a very, very a high-frequency pulsed wave-like 5G is actually — and we see this a lot with the EMF, is something that induces a positive cellular response and a decrease in inflammation and an increase in blood flow. And you guys can go listen to any of the previous podcasts that I've done in PEMF, but that's certainly a technology I personally use almost every day.
Jane: I have about five PEMF devices now. So, the next day, I went out and bought my first PEMF device. It was $25,000, but it's helped to save Lily's life. That was one of the things. So, now, I'm back at Donna's and she says, “Well, does Lily want some hormesis water?” I said, “I don't know. What is that?” So, she puts a bowl of water down. There's a little stone in it and I said, “Well, what's that stone?” And she said, “Oh, it's radioactive.” So, I did what I think most people would have done. I've jumped away. I went through the other side of the room and wanted to get as far away from that stone as possible, and I certainly wasn't interested in my dog getting exposed to it. But Donna said, “No, this is going to be very helpful to her. Trust me on this.” So, I brought Lily over to the bowl of water and she drank. And again, it was the first time she had drunk anything in a week.
So, what's really interesting about this story is that the next — so Donna gave me the stone to bring home. The next day, I put out five bowls of water. I wanted to do a little experiment, see what was really going on here. So, I had a bowl of alkaline water, I had a bowl of organic chicken soup, I had a bowl of honey water, I had a bowl of Pedialyte, because all the vets kept telling me, “Feed her Pedialyte.” And then I had a bowl of water with this little rock in it. And every time she went to the water bowls, she went to that one. She loved her hormesis water. So, Lily was cured I think from the PEMF and from the hormesis water. And for the rest of her life, she finally died — she was six when that happened. She lived to 19. She died about eight months ago and she lived a great life and was wonderful to me and to my daughter. And I absolutely attribute part of her health to the fact that she was drinking radioactive water every day for the rest of her life, as do I. by the way.
Ben: You do drink radioactive water?
Jane: I do. And I sleep on a radioactive bed every night, yes.
Ben: Okay. So, tell me about how you would actually make radioactive water.
Jane: Well, you have to get a stone and you have to know the millirems of the stone. It has to be the right dosage. And since we're talking about hormesis, obviously the point is that it's a low-dose radioactive stone. And the co-author of my book, “The Hormesis Effect” is Jay Gutierrez, and he's the one that actually perfected this technique and created a delivery system so that people don't have to guess and they're not going to get damaged. So, you get the stones, you get the mud pack, and whatever else you want that's radioactive. You can get stones that are precisely for your eyes. You can get the stones that are precisely for cancer tumors, depending on the millirems.
Ben: Alright, we're getting a little bit of head of ourselves and I want to come back to these stones, and I want to come back to this guy, Jay, who co-wrote this book with you because I know he did a lot of research in this area. But before we get into that, I think a perfect place to begin to highlight how radioactivity, which we just generally — kind of like ozone, we in our modern culture consider any of it to be completely bad.
I think that the atomic bomb would be a very good place to start here because that was where my eyes first began to open pretty wide when I was reading your book when we got into this so-called health effects of the atomic bomb. So, can you get into that? What were the health effects of the atomic bomb?
Jane: Yeah. I know, it sounds really bizarre, but it's true. So, we dropped two bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are four different kinds of radioactivity. There's alpha, beta, and X-rays, which of course we use the X-rays, and gamma. The bombs were gamma rays. These are highly destructive. These penetrate into the body. And basically, if you have enough of it, it'll kill you. So, the bombs did not cause burning to death because gamma doesn't burn people, it penetrates through. It doesn't sit on the skin. So, that's one myth that I wanted to spell, that people died of radiologically induced burns, they didn't.
There were a lot of deaths from the gamma radiologically induced cancers that came. But where it gets interesting is that if you take, let's say, concentric circles from the epicenter where people basically died almost instantly, and then you go out a little farther, you go at a little farther, you go out a little father, and then you get to a point where there was no exposure to radiation at all. And then if you come back in a little and then there was a low-dose exposure, these people that had the low-dose exposure have lived longer and healthier lives than the people that had no dose exposure.
Ben: Yeah. And there was actually — I guess back in the '90s, a Japanese researcher published the health effects of low-level radiation, which I think was a book, not a paper, in which they also reported significantly lower death rate for all those exposed to low levels of the radiation fallout than for those who had no exposure at all. Although as you pointed out, there is kind of a dose-response effect here where people with large amounts of exposure to these radioactive particles obviously died. And I, in no way, endorse dropping an atomic bomb anywhere to increase health. There are better ways to get radiation hormesis that we'll get into later. But it's really interesting. I've talked about this before on other podcasts with Chernobyl as well, how rodents seem to be living a disproportionately long period of time around the area of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
And so, there's definitely something going on here. But how would you actually describe radiation hormesis in terms of what actually is going on? What's the actual definition of radiation hormesis?
Jane: The definition is basically that you're using a very low dose of radiation and it's causing a slight damage on the cellular level and it's stimulating the cell to go into repair mode. And as it goes into repair mode, lots of things happen on lots of different levels genetically, biochemically, cellularly. And so, the body becomes strong. I want to go back to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki thing because there was another — it wasn't really a study, it was just an observation, that people went in to take measurements the first day after. And most of the radiation contaminants had been dissipated because of the wind currents. The people that went in the second and third days where there was further dissipation of the radiation, the first people had better lifetime immunity, they lived longer than the people that had the second and third day exposure. So, one more way that we can prove radiation hormesis is a good thing.
Now, I do want to say that X-rays, radiation therapy for cancer, this is high dose. This is not low dose. In fact, when you have radiation therapy or full-body CAT scan, for instance today, that's about equivalent to the same millirems that were there for the atomic bombs. We're exposing ourselves to high dose when we do medical treatments.
Ben: Wow. Interesting. Okay. I want to eventually get into a little bit of a difference between dangerous radiation versus helpful radiation. But back to radiation hormesis, there's a section in the book where you and your co-author Jay pretty elegantly define multiple theories in terms of the mechanisms of radiation hormesis, and I would love to unpack a few of those. For example, apoptosis or built-in cellular suicide, what's going on there when it comes to hormesis, especially via radiation?
Jane: The radiation actually induces apoptosis cellular suicide and that's really important for us because cancer is a situation where the cells don't commit suicide. I call these cells communists because they do it for the good of the rest of the organism. They kill themselves, suicidal communists. So, radiation hormesis induces apoptosis. And so, we've had pretty good luck with treating cancer patients also.
Ben: Do you know much about this Japanese researcher, Dr. Sohei Kondo, that you talked about in the book who did some of the study on radiation hormesis and cellular apoptosis?
Jane: It's interesting. The Japanese became the world's leading experts on radiation hormesis because of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. And after the bomb and they got themselves together at some point, they really understood radiation hormesis and they created spas where you would go in specifically for radiation, low-level radiation therapy. They would paint the walls of the spas with radioactive paint, hot springs all over the world. Anytime you go in a hot spring, it's radioactive because radiation comes from the sky, it rains down on us, and it comes from the earth that comes up. And so, if you're in a hot spring, you're doing radiation hormesis therapy.
Ben: Okay. Got it. Yeah. I've heard that as well that — and I had a discussion with Brian Hoyer, a building biologist who came to my home and did a building biological analysis of my home about this so-called geopathic hot zones, these areas of geopathic stress where — depending on how heftily you're exposed to them may actually induce too much stress such as — you wouldn't want your bed placed over an area of geopathic stress for a long period of time such as the one-third of your night while you're — or one-third of your life while you're asleep.
But then when you look at a lot of these hot springs, for example, or you look at locations like say Sedona, Arizona where they say that there's a lot of good energy or there's a lot of good vibes coming from the ground there, you can actually test and it turns out that there is a large amount of radioactivity associated with some of these Native American healing spots, hot springs, Sedona, some geopathic stress or spots. And so, yeah, it's one of those deals where you wouldn't necessarily, and this is just same type of logic you'd use with sunlight, you wouldn't go necessarily even build a house on one of those spots and live in it because that higher amount over long-term of radiation exposure could be bad for you. But going and visiting something like that on infrequent basis and getting this mild amount, kind of like 20 to 60 minutes of sunshine a day could actually be helpful, not only for this cellular apoptosis that you get into in the book, but then it appears there's also an effect on detoxification pathways, correct?
Jane: Absolutely. I don't know if I agree with you about long-term effect, long-term exposure because radon proves the opposite. How they discovered radon is kind of a funny interesting story. So, there was a nuclear worker, a nuclear plant worker and he was coming in, and of course, they test the workers when they come into the plant and when they leave the plant. And this guy set off the alarm when he was coming in. That was bizarre. He's not supposed to set the alarm before he's exposed when working there that day.
Jane: So, what they discovered was that in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, there's what's called the Reading Prong, and that's like where there's a fissure on the Earth. That's where radon comes up when there's a crack in the Earth's crust. And the gas, radioactivity, radio gas is there, and so it's just seeping up. So, they decided radon causes cancer. They just arbitrarily decided radon causes cancer. Everybody knows that. And so, this one researcher, Bernie Cohen, he was at the University of Pittsburgh, he decided to do what he thought was going to be a really simple study. This is, by the way, the largest epidemiological study that's ever been conducted in the U.S. So, he took a map of all of the counties, 90% of the counties of the U.S., and he overlaid on it all of the — with the cancer rate, and then he overlaid a map with radon and fully expected to see high radon, high cancer. Isn't that what you'd expect to see? Absolutely.
He didn't say that. He saw high radon low cancer, and he didn't believe it, so he started slicing up the data in various ways for age and diet and blah, blah, blah, and he kept getting the same results. And he still didn't believe it so he just set aside the test and forgot about it, and then repeated the whole thing five years later, and he got the same results. So, guess what he did. He went down into his basement and turned off his radon eliminator. So, on the basis of that one guy going into the plant, and then studying radon, and then they built this $100 million industry based on testing radon, eliminating radon. And I have a house in New Jersey. If I decide this on my house, by law, I am required to do a radon test. So, somebody has to buy that test kit to do the test.
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It's really interesting. I was actually able to find a study in the International Journal of Radiology and Imaging Technology, and this was published in 2016, and the title of that letter was “Rectifying Radon's Record” and it was an open challenge to the EPA. And I'll link to this letter in the shownotes if you go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect. But what it says is that they reviewed and critiqued the past policies of the EPA with respect to indoor radon exposure and their recommendation was that the Plan B re-reviewed because implementation of the radon mitigation strategies that they initially said would save thousands of lives by preventing lung cancer mortality. They said that based on all the research that's been done on radon, that that plan was more likely to increase rather than decrease the risk of lung cancer.
Jane: Yeah. And Donna Luckey says that we are radioactive-deficient, like we're magnesium-deficient, selenium-deficient, so many deficiencies that we have today. He says we're radioactive-deficient and that we really should be getting about 20 times the amounts of radioactivity that we're getting.
Ben: It reminds me of the article that I think Outside magazine published last year indicating that this whole idea of frequent use of sunscreen was probably killing more people of skin cancer than actually helping to mitigate skin cancer. And it seems like we're slowly learning the same thing about the natural radioactivity that we would find in nature. I mean, over and over again, it seems to be that nature is not trying to slowly kill us. I mean, even viruses, and I've been really steeped in studying viruses lately, it turns out that for the most part, they seem to be — this is probably not the right term because it refers to bacteria, the term biota, but they're almost very symbiotic.
I mean, viruses are crucial to life on this planet. They're crucial as a part of algal blooms, they're crucial as a cell signaling mechanism, very similar to exosomes. And so, this idea of completely stamping out viruses or completely eliminating exposure to UVA and UVB radiation, or in this case, completely eliminating exposure to radon or any other forms of radioactivity. Well, it turns out that in many cases, natural exposure to these type of things does have this so-called hormesis effect that is beneficial. And so, we've got detoxification, we've got apoptosis.
How about DNA? Because ionizing radiation, what people say over and over again is that that's going to damage DNA and cause either unraveling or direct DNA damage. And I'm curious what you guys were able to find regarding DNA.
Jane: There are 200,000 DNA repairs every day in every cell. Ted Rockwell, he was one of the people that was involved in the nuclear submarine, actually. He says, this is a quote, “It is the repair and removal process or lack of it that kills us.” So, if the body is not able to repair itself again, what radiation hormesis does is it causes a slight damage. By the way, this whole concept is now under the big title, big concept of stress, which Hans Selye created. He was working with mice, cute little guys, on rooftops in Canada. He was subjecting them to terrible, horrible things like starving them to death and freeze to death. He really wanted to see what happens when you put a living organism under stress. There was another concept called eustress, EU, for good stress. So, stress isn't always bad, and that's basically the hormesis concept that in the right dose, it does lots of good things.
Ben: Yeah. You talked about one study in the book that used electrophoresis to show the formation of new proteins in cells that were irradiated with low doses of radiation. And it turns out that what happened was there was actually an enhancement of DNA repair in response to low-level radiation. And then the coiling of the DNA also appears to be somehow affected by this. And you get into the coiling a little bit, but it looks like the reloosening of these coils because what happens in cancer is you see tightly wrapped coils in DNA, but it appears that loosening them is a mechanism of DNA repair that directly occurs in response to low-level radiation.
Jane: Exactly. So, of course, Watson and Crick discovered DNA and it's not just that they discovered that the DNA is coiled, but they discovered that it's supercoiled because to fit all of that DNA into that very small space, it has to be wrapped around really, really tightly. And, yes, what happens in cancer is that the — so as we age, the coils get a little loose a bit and in cancer, the opposite happens and they get really tight again. So, what low-dose radiation does is it return to the coils back to normal. So, it does so many things on so many levels to the body.
Ben: Now, there are some other mechanisms still. We just talked about the DNA repair. We talked about the apoptosis. We talked about the upregulation of cellular detoxification, and even the stimulation of this so-called superoxide dismutase. And by the way, part of some of the digging into ozone that I did prior to this call does indicate that possibly, even on a respiratory level, that there is a little bit of stimulation of superoxide dismutase oddly enough via the same mechanism of action that I've seen proposed for cigarettes.
There was one — I forget the longevity researcher who I was talking with, who said that there might actually be some evidence that smoking a cigarette on an average of about once every — it was like once every 20 days or so, may actually have a life extension effect due to, again, this hormesis effect. And I'm not going to condone that because I need to see more research on that. But regardless, it appears that cigarette smoking, that ozone exposure, and also this radiation exposure, it's pretty powerfully stimulating superoxide dismutase, which is one of our most powerful antioxidant mechanisms that blocks free radical damage.
And so, that's another thing that seems to be occurring. And then, a lot of people are very interested in the immune system these days. And we know that high doses of ionizing radiation are immunosuppressive. I mean, multiple research studies have shown that. But what's the effect of low-dose radiation in terms of the immune system?
Jane: It stimulates the production of lymphocytes, it increases helper T cells, it decreases the suppressor T cells. So, everything good for the immune system, it does.
Ben: Interesting. Okay. So, basically, this low-level radiation may actually enhance the specifically T cells while decreasing the number of suppressor T cells, which would antagonize these active helper T cells.
Ben: Okay. When we look at a lot of these mechanisms, obviously, they're going to act, to impart some amount of longevity or anti-aging when we're talking about DNA repair or immune system strength. But what about direct effects in terms of anti-aging due to the free radical theory of aging, a lipid peroxidation, which is one really compelling reason to avoid vegetable oils, for example? But it looks like based on what I read in your book that there may be some effect on lipid peroxides as well.
Jane: Yes. I confirmed that and I don't have much more to say about it because I'm really not a biology person, but you seem to understand it pretty well.
Ben: Yeah, yeah.
Jane: It has profound anti-aging effects for a variety of reasons.
Ben: Yeah. It looks like one of the main effects would be decreased permeability of cell membranes and decreased lipid damage, especially to the cell membrane. So, again, this low-level radiation seems to have an effect on that, too. So, there are a few other mechanisms that you get into the book including the production of endorphins and enkephalins, which are kind of like pain-relieving type of molecules and feel-good molecules within the body. And so, of course, folks can grab the book and read it to delve into some of the actual research behind all of these different mechanisms of action via again what we would call low-dose exposure to radiation.
But when we talk about low dose versus high dose, one thing I still need to wrap my head around is the different forms of radiation. So, are we looking — when we talk about things like dosage, or exposure time, or frequency, or ionizing versus non-ionizing, like using a stone, for example, because it looks like from what I've read in this book, using something like a radioactive stone or making radioactive water would be one way to get exposed to this low-level radiation.
What are we talking about in terms of the radiation frequency or the radiation dosage or amount? Have you looked into that at all?
Jane: Well, the body does not process whether radiation is man-made or natural. So, if you come across a radioactive stone versus you are exposed to an X-ray that wouldn't have the same dosage, which actually is probably not possible unless you got a really hot stone. The body doesn't know the difference, but the body does know the difference in terms of what the way particle is. So, whether it's alpha, whether it's beta, whether it's gamma. That's the main principle in terms of whether the body reacts to it positively or negatively. It's always going to react negatively to gamma. Gamma is always destructive.
Ben: Okay. So, from what I understand in the book, it's measured with something called mrem per hour, is that correct?
Ben: Okay. So, mrem per hour as far as like one of these stones, do you know what that would be?
Jane: Jay spends a lot of time being very specific about which stone had which millirem. I have a chart. Let me see if I can find that just there's some —
Ben: Well, as you're looking at that chart, one thing that was really compelling to me in the book was that things like Brazil nuts and bananas, and even the freaking human body itself is producing some amount of low-level radiation, like you talked about in the book, how sleeping next to another person for eight hours gives you two milligrams per year, do natural levels of radioactive potassium in our bodies. It turns out that bananas have a large amount of the same radioactive potassium, Brazil nuts have about 1,000 times the radioactivity of most foods due to their radium content.
And so, we find radiation being emitted by the human body, and also by freaking fruits and nuts. But the mrem of those, everything I've come across is showing mrem of like two up into the hundreds. But then if you look at like a dental X-ray, it's six. However, correct me if I'm understanding this incorrectly, but that dental X-ray is a huge dose all at once, whereas like sleeping next to another person all year might be close to the similar mrem exposure, but it's spread out over the course of an entire year. Am I on the right track there?
Jane: It's a good point. Six hundred and fifty millirems for a brain X-ray, 110 for a head and body X-ray, seven-and-a-half millirems, this is interesting, per year for spouses of recipients of cardiac pacemakers. So, you're being exposed all the time to this stuff. Yes, Brazil nuts is one of the highest of foods. The banana story is interesting because it was one port that was only bringing in bananas. And every time the bananas would come in, the detectives would go off, and so they were, “What's going on?” Well, bananas happened to be high in terms of food for radioactivity.
Ben: But it's not because they've been irradiated, it's because they naturally from their potassium content, potassium is a naturally radioactive element or mineral. And so, that's totally natural radiation for something like a banana?
Jane: Yes, absolutely. And we human beings are apparently also naturally radioactive. When we sleep next to each other, we get them from each other.
Ben: Now, after reading the book, I had thought about getting like one of these low-level radiation-emitting pendants or rocks and experimenting with a little bit, tracking my sleep cycles, tracking my HRV, tracking some of my blood work to see how I responded because I found this idea of using rocks and stones and pendants for this far easier than me just like, whatever, traveling to Sedona a few times a year.
So, talk to me a little bit about these rocks. I want to hear more about your co-author Jay, who sadly is no longer with us, but I would love to hear about how he found these rocks, where these rocks come from, how people can get these rocks, how the rocks are used. I know you're using them to make water. So, geek out on these rocks for me and fill folks in on that because that seems like the best way to be getting exposed to this if you were going to do it unless you're going to fill your home full of bananas and Brazil nuts.
Jane: It's the only controlled way to do it. Thanks to Jay. So, Jay was a helicopter repairman. He lived in Colorado. And whenever there was a downed helicopter in one of those states, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, where you live, they would send Jay and he would have to figure out what was wrong with it and then get it back. So, in these beautiful remote states where not many people live, he was always looking at rock outcroppings, and he noticed some really beautiful rocks that he thought, “You know, I could take some of that home. I could make jewelry from it.” So, he did. And so, he made bracelets, and he made necklaces, and he really had a lot of fun making jewelry. And then he started getting really bizarre feedback from people. So, a woman that was wearing a bracelet said, “You know, I had arthritis in my wrist and since I've been wearing that bracelet, it's gone. ” And another woman was wearing a pendant around her neck and said, “You know, I had a tumor in my breast I could feel it and now it's not there anymore.”
So, Jay got really freaked out. He didn't know what he was doing to people and he got scared. And so, he started doing research and he discovered that the stones that he was picking up were thorium and they were radioactive. And then, he started researching. He spent about a year researching all of the medical literature on the healing effects of low-level radiation. By the way, there are over 3,000 gold standard, studies, medical studies on the healing effects of low-level radiation. Most of the countries know about this except the United States.
Ben: Okay. So, where were these rocks actually coming from?
Jane: Well, they're coming from — Jay had his spots. So, he was just mining them, and now his widow say she obviously was with him when he was mining them and she knows where they are. And so, they're still mining them and they're still selling them.
Ben: Okay. So, these are like secret proprietary locations? But are we talking about like Chernobyl and like Hiroshima, or are they finding these things in the U.S.?
Jane: No, we're talking about your part of the world, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho.
Ben: Okay. Gotcha. And this wouldn't be because we've been burying nuclear waste in the ground, he's getting from around those areas, it's just natural radiation?
Ben: Okay. Do you know how he found it? Like, if he was actually going there with some type of radiation measurement device and then analyzing these stones and figure out which one's actually emitted a certain amount of millirem?
Jane: Eventually, he did that, yeah. How he discovered it was serendipitously because he just picked up a stone randomly and then somebody used it and they were cured of cancer. I think it was breast cancer. And so, he had the rock studied and essayed, then he found out what it was made of, and then he went back and found more rocks, and then he started — everywhere he went, he would have a Geiger counter with him.
Ben: Okay. Has any research been done on these stones that you're aware of?
Jane: Well, if you're talking about controlled studies, I don't think so. I think it's all just case studies.
Ben: Yeah. So, it seems to me that at some point, someone needs to do like some double-blind human clinical research on these stones because what I come across in the book is pretty compelling. But at the same time, we're talking about radioactivity. And so, it gives me pause although when I'm outside climbing around on rocks, walking outside barefoot, I feel amazing and I know that's due to the low-level radiation, and also the negative iron exposure that one would get from the practice of earthing, and grounding, and rock climbing, and tree climbing, and then getting the UVA and UVB radiation from the sun at the same time. But these stones that have it more concentrated, it's one of those things where I would love to see a few more studies before I start wearing one around my neck, yet I'm incredibly tempted.
Jane: It's not going to happen. It's not going to happen for the same reason. Ozone has not been used by Western medicine because air is free and stones are cheap. If you have a [00:53:38] _____, you can find the stones, you just go out and search. And so, there's just no money in it.
Ben: So, how does one actually find and use these stones? Like, can you buy them somewhere?
Jane: Yes. You can buy them from Jay's widow, Faye. The website is Night Hawk Minerals and the center where she is living and lived with Jay and does some therapies, she does do high — I started to say high, high level compared to what you would do at home. There's a room that you can go into and you sit in and you're exposed to radiation. So, that's in Pritchett, Colorado. So, she's available by phone and you can go there and have various treatments. And when La Casa reopens and New York has had enough of its corona stuff, we have a bathtub treatment with radioactive.
Ben: And how does the water treatment work? Are you drinking the water or are you just soaking in it?
Jane: Both. Either.
Ben: Okay. How do you make the water?
Jane: Get your filtered water so it's pure clean water and you put the rock in and you let it sit for a few hours and the water is radioactive.
Ben: Interesting. And do you wear these stones, too? Do you wear them as like a necklace or a pendant yourself?
Jane: I tend not to because I'm doing it otherwise and I'm so concerned about EMF that I actually generally am wearing an EMF protector as opposed to radioactive stone.
Ben: What's an EMF protector?
Jane: They make these little pendants that you wear that presumably protect you from the EMF.
Ben: Yeah. I don't know if those actually do. I mean, they're not going to hurt you, but I have yet to see again, like compelling research behind those, although I'm — I've got what I have on my desk here. I've got like a pyramid. I've got — what's this pyramid? It's a — people always send me this stuff. I've got a pee ball pyramid, which is made in New Zealand by LifeDesigns and supposedly mitigate some EMF exposure. I've got a Somavedic device behind me. I've got a Himalayan lamp upstairs. I've got a key emitting device. Like, some of this stuff, it's like I'm not going to necessarily go way out of my way to spend a ton of money on it, but at the same time, it's not going to hurt you to have these type of devices. Some of this stuff I have yet to see a lot of compelling research and I would never want to make people think there's good research behind them. But at the same time, some of the anecdotes that I've seen just in my own clients and people I talk to regarding sleep, decreasing inflammatory markers, et cetera, is pretty compelling.
One thing in this book that comes up over and over again that we haven't touched on yet that I definitely want to make sure that we fit into today's interview is the link between fungus and low-level radiation, because fungus in particular, a lot of people deal with Candida, and yeast, and fungal overgrowth, and I in no way think that all fungus is bad. I think as a matter of fact, small amounts of fungus are crucial to a healthy microbiome. But at the same time, fungal overgrowth is a big issue. And in the book, and I think Jay gets into this a little bit, like around Page 112 of the book in terms of this idea that radiation may have a specific effect very interestingly on fungus.
And there's kind of like this interesting anecdote about the interplay between fungus and specifically mushrooms that tend to be growing in areas with a high level of radiation and this idea that the consumption of mushrooms like chaga and turkey tail, et cetera, may have a protective effect against high doses of radiation. And then in the same way, low-level radiation may have an antifungal effect within the body. Have you looked into the relationship much between radiation and fungus?
Jane: Fungus is such an interesting problem because it's kind of ubiquitous. They were all over the place and they live forever. They've been around for a billion years. And, yes, I agree with you that they cause problems, but they also are extremely useful. And they're really aggressive creatures. They fall between plant and animal. So, Jay has this specific theory about why hormesis radiation, hormesis is good for fungus. So, what he says is that the radiation damages the healthy cells, but it also damages the fungal cells, but the fungus can't repair itself as quickly as the healthy cells, and so the fungus dies. And so, then the healthy cells are no longer stressed, and then they can return to homeostasis into the natural vigor that they have.
So, it's an interesting theory. It's only a theory but it does explain why it is that radiation hormesis is useful for fungal overgrowth. Mold is a fungus, so mold is kind of ubiquitous. A lot of people are suffering from mold toxicity. So, it's good to know. And I know that Jay used to say when you have mold growing in a wall, just put a stone on the wall itself and it'll help to get rid of the mold.
Ben: Interesting. Yeah. And I think it's also compelling in terms of the protective effects of mushrooms against some forms of ionizing radiation. I've talked before about how these voltage-gated calcium channels respond to some radiation exposure such as 4G and 5G to become open and flood the interior of the cell with calcium, and that a few ways to get rid of that would be, for example, high-dose magnesium intake, or for the DNA damage, that some of that radiation could cause using something like sirtuins along with NAD, or for some of the inflammatory pathways, using something that would help to modulate NF-kappa B like ketone esters or ketone salts.
And I think that I may be compelled after reading what I read about radiation in the book, and from what I've seen on some of the melanin content of sort of like chaga, et cetera, that mushrooms might actually be something that for the higher dose radiation or some of the damaging non-native EMF-based radiation, those could actually be useful to add into that protocol as well, supplementation with things like turkey tail and reishi. And furthermore, one of the things I got thinking about when it comes to fungus is that this might be a perfect way for someone to anecdotally test whether or not one of these stones is working. Like if you've tested positive for Candida or yeast or fungal overgrowth and you decide you're not going to take a bunch of supplements or introduce a lot of confounding variables and just use one of these stones for a certain period of time, or drink some of this radioactive water, I'd be quite curious what that would do to something like a Candida infection, for example.
Jane: Yeah. And my profession is I'm a psychoanalyst and I own these two health centers, but Faye is the one that's really been working, and Jay when he was still alive, with patients, working with the stones and working with the various diseases and conditions. And so, they really have the clinical data on that. But I'd like to add that the problem with fungus is not necessarily the fungus itself, it's the fungus eats and mostly it likes sugar, but the fungus poops. And what it poops out is mycotoxins, and the mycotoxins really are the problem.
Ben: Okay. Yeah. And I had a pretty comprehensive interview on fungus that I'll link to in the shownotes with an author of a recent book on what he calls the mycobiome and some of the beneficial effects of fungus, and also the deleterious effects, especially when it's part of a coinfection of mold, mycotoxins, Lyme, et cetera. So, I'll link to that in the shownotes. But just a couple other things that I wanted to touch on. First of all, I know that you have another book that you're launching on biohacking with specifically a focus towards women. What's the idea behind that book?
Jane: I'm co-authoring that with Carolyn Brooks. She's one of the greatest EMF consultants. So, she goes into your house and she figures out — like Brian Hoyer that you mentioned earlier. So, we're looking specifically at the biohacks that don't cost a lot of money, that you don't have to go into a place with a fancy machine like the HOCATT. The HOCATT costs $70,000. It's a great machine, but who can afford it? So, we just wanted to, we want to go back to earth, back to nature, do things that just come from our ancestral understanding and figure out how to live in a healthy way and with Mother Earth as our leader.
Ben: Interesting. When's that book come out?
Jane: We're hoping it's going to be ready in about six months. It's got a great title. It's “WW0.” It's not World War 1, it's not World War 2, because women don't believe in warfare. So, it's World War 0.
Ben: Okay. That's the newsflash to me that women don't believe in warfare, but I'll roll with it. So, what did you say the WW stands for again?
Jane: World War, World War 0.
Ben: World War 0. Okay.
Jane: Cut out all the world wars and all the wars.
Ben: Interesting. It's an interesting approach. Yeah. And you're very interesting yourself, Jane, with these eight different books that you've written. And I think for anyone to get an introduction to you, they should come check out the La Casa Spa. And you got one in Puerto Rico too, which I would imagine is a little bit more of a destination hotspot than the one in New York City. But regardless, I'll link to both of those spas in the shownotes if folks go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect. I'll also link to the podcasts that I did on biohacking in the future of fitness so you guys can, in that podcast and the shownotes for it, see a video of me in the HOCATT at Jane's facility there at the La Casa in New York City.
And then finally, perhaps most importantly, I'm going to link to this book because it really is quite thought-provoking, “The Miraculous Healing Power of Radioactive Stones.” I'll link to the Night Hawk Minerals website where you could find these stones. I'll link to some of the research on ozone and radiation that we talked about in the shownotes, as well as the research on radon and its potential health effects, and then of course to all of Jane's other books. And I will keep you guys posted if I wind up getting my hands on one of these stones and experimenting with it and using it. But if you have your own feedback to add, if you've used one of these stones, if you have more questions, if you think this is all [01:04:01] _____ a bunk and you want to jump in with your own opinions, you can go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect, and leave your comments and your thoughts over there.
Jane, anything else you want to share before I let you go?
Jane: Yes. If they want to buy the stones, they can buy them directly from La Casa's website, lacasaspa.com. And I also wanted to say that we're — Carolyn and I are planning to do two workshops in Puerto Rico on WW0. And finally, I've spent the last, I'd say about five weeks, spending practically every free hour that I had researching what's happening with corona and I've created a document that's more like a tome. Like what you do, Ben, you just dive so deeply into the topic that you get addicted to it. And so, if anybody wants what I've written, they can just email me directly, Jane Goldberg at janegoldbergphd.com and ask me to send them this very lengthy, very extensive, very elaborate understanding of what corona is, why it's here, what to do about it, et cetera.
Ben: Alright. That's dangerous giving out your full personal email address on a podcast like this, but you did it, not me, so have fun with your inbox after this. Alright. Well, Jane, thank you so much for coming on the show. And for everybody listening in, again, the shownotes are going to be at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/hormesiseffect. I realize some of this sounds kind of woo-woo, kind of weird, kind of new, but that's my job is to look into things that might defy what we would consider to be the status quo in health, and fitness, and nutrition, and medicine, et cetera, and perhaps give you some new things to think about and new avenues to explore, and low-dose radiation appears to be one of those.
So, Jane, thanks so much for coming on the show. And for everybody listening in, until next time. I'm Ben Greenfield along with Jane Goldberg of the La Casa Spa in New York City signing out from BenGreenfieldFitness.com. Have an amazing week.
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If you heard my podcast “The Ultimate Biohacked Workout & The Future Of Fitness: Minimal Effective Doses, Cold, Blood Flow Restriction, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Ozone & More!,” recorded at Systimfit in New York City, then you may have heard, towards the tail end of that podcast, how I was about to wander across town to a place called La Casa to undergo a cutting-edge ozone sauna recovery treatment with something called a HOCATT.
HOCATT stands for “Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology,” and the machine acts as an ozone steam sauna in which you sit with just your head exposed to the air, while your body receives the benefits of an infusion of ozone, carbon dioxide, steam, photon light, and oxygen—all while undergoing pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF).
While I was there, the proprietor of La Casa, Dr. Jane Goldberg—a New York-based psychoanalyst and holistic health consultant—commented that she wasn't too concerned about the mild amount of ozone one might breathe in while using this device. I asked her why, and she handed me a book. The book is called The Hormesis Effect: The Miraculous Healing Power of Radioactive Stones.
Yep, I know. Woo-woo alert.
But on the plane ride home from New York, I read the book, and it was actually quite compelling. Turns out that for thousands of years people have been treating pain, injuries, and disease with low-radioactive stones. In The Hormesis Effect, Dr. Goldberg and her co-author, the late Jay Gutierrez (a noted Native American healer and CEO of Night Hawk Minerals in Pritchett, Colorado) talk about rediscovering a forgotten ancient science that was supposedly once well-known to our ancestors: the healing power of low-level radioactivity.
It also turns out that the concept of using low-dose radiation for therapeutic purposes, called in medical literature “radiation hormesis,” has 100 years of solid scientific research behind it, and thousands of medical studies to support it. It is easy, affordable, and highly effective. If you're like most people, you're afraid of radiation, and all it implies. Yet, in other countries all over the world, millions of people have benefited from using low-level radiation on everything from tennis elbow, joint pain and arthritis, to far more serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, spinal meningitis, autism, stroke, macular degeneration, heart disease, and cancer. The book discusses an inexpensive delivery system that can bring this powerful, proven healing modality directly to you within the comfort of your own home: the concept of radiation hormesis and low-level radioactive natural stones.
So could radiation actually cause you to live longer and be healthier? That's exactly what we discuss in this podcast.
Dr. Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, a certified psychoanalyst, and an oncological psychoanalyst (having worked extensively with cancer patients). She is a Stone Carrier-Medicine Woman of the Nemenhah Native American Tribe. She is one of the founding conceptualizers of the application of psychoanalysis to group therapy. She is the author of 8 books, as well as writer and creator of a holistic newsletter called Musings From 20th Street. She owns and operates two holistic centers: La Casa Spa and Wellness New York (the oldest wellness center in NYC) and La Casa Spa and Wellness Puerto Rico in the El Yunque rain forest (established in 1986). For several years, she had her own television show called The Really Real Reality Group Therapy TV Show.
She is also a documentary filmmaker, having produced and directed “Because People Are Dying” (watch part 1 here and part 2 here), a film about radiation hormesis. Her latest project, about to be launched (but delayed by COVID-19), is a unique brain enhancement program called Brainercize. Accompanying the launch will be the publication of her most recent book, The Revolutionary Mind Project. Also, soon to be published is her book, co-authored with Karliin Brooks, on biohacking called Biohacking WW (Women's World).
During this discussion, you'll discover:
-Whether breathing in ozone is a good thing, and how much is safe…10:20
- Hormesis (low dose exposure) is very different from high dose exposure
- Precautions are taken at La Casa to minimize exposure to ozone via the breath
- Causes slight irritation to the lungs, which stimulates the body to repair itself
- No studies on the hormesis effect of breathing in ozone
- Ozone acting on human blood yields a hormetic dose-response relationship
- Mechanisms of Action Involved in Ozone Therapy: Is healing induced via a mild oxidative stress?
-Jane's story, and the opening of La Casa…15:00
- Jane's mom was diagnosed with terminal pelvic cancer shortly after moving to NYC
- Foundation for the Advancement in Cancer Therapies
- Her mom was able to reverse her cancer, much to the surprise of the doctors
- Opened the way to holistic health
- Most popular treatments:
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- Ionic foot bath
- Jane's dog was healed through PEMF therapy, which piqued interest in hormesis treatment
- A radioactive stone in the water was highly therapeutic for the dog
-The surprising health benefits of atomic bombs…23:52
- 4 kinds of radioactivity: alpha, beta, x-ray, gamma
- The bombs dropped in Japan were gamma rays
- Gamma penetrates, it doesn't burn
- People exposed to low doses of radiation from the bombs lived longer and healthier than those with no exposure at all
-What exactly radiation hormesis is…26:20
- Using a low dose of radiation to stimulate a slightly damaged cell to go into repair mode
- Radiation therapy for cancer is high dose, not hormesis
- Radiation induces apoptosis (cellular suicide)
- Dr. Sohei Kondo, researcher on cellular apoptosis
- Japanese became experts in radiation therapy after the atomic bombs were dropped
- Hot springs are radioactive
- Radon was thought to be correlated with high cancer rates, but the opposite was proven to be true
- Rectifying Radon’s Record: An Open Challenge to the EPA
-The effect radiation has on DNA…39:02
- 200,000 DNA repairs every day in every cell
- Radiation hormesis causes slight damage, which stimulates the repair process in DNA
- DNA is “supercoiled” with cancer; low dose radiation “uncoils” the DNA
-The effect of low dose radiation on the immune system…42:42
- Stimulates the production of lymphocytes
- Increases helper T cells
- Decreases suppressor T cells
-Radiation frequency and dosages…45:20
- The body can't tell if radiation is man-made or natural
- The body can discern the wave-particle (alpha, beta, x-ray, gamma)
- Gamma is always destructive
- Brazil nuts, bananas, and the human body produce low doses of radiation
-How radioactive stones work…49:20
- Jane's coauthor Jay made jewelry out of an attractive stone in Colorado
- People who wore the jewelry reported improvements in maladies from which they were suffering
- The stones he had been harvesting and selling were thorium
- There are over 3,000 gold-standard studies on the effects of low-level radiation
- Nighthawk Minerals
- Bathtub treatment available at La Casa
-The link between radiation and fungus…56:15
- Radiation damages healthy cells, as well as fungus
- The healthy cells recover, while the fungus doesn't
- Protective effects from mushrooms
- Potential to anecdotally test the efficacy of the stones or radioactive water
- Fungus “poops” out dangerous mycotoxins
- BGF podcast on the mycobiome
Resources from this episode:
– La Casa Spa and Wellness New York
– La Casa Spa and Wellness Puerto Rico
- The Hormesis Effect and other books by Jane Goldberg
– Other resources:
- Ozone sauna recovery treatment HOCATT
- Night Hawk Minerals
- Musings From 20th Street newsletter
- “Because People Are Dying” documentary, Part 1 and Part 2
- The Really Real Reality Group Therapy Show
- Study: Ozone acting on human blood yields a hormetic dose-response relationship
- Study: Mechanisms of Action Involved in Ozone Therapy: Is healing induced via a mild oxidative stress?
- Dr. Sohei Kondo, researcher on cellular apoptosis
- Study: Rectifying Radon’s Record: An Open Challenge to the EPA
- Scientific American article: Do Fungi Feast on Radiation?
- The PulseCenters PEMF unit that Ben uses (use referral code BEN2018 for 15% off through June 30th)
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3 thoughts on “[Transcript] – Is Radiation Actually Good For You? The Hormesis Effect, The Healing Power of Radioactive Stones, Ozo”
Great interview. I have studied radiation Hormesis for many years now and a strong believer in it. I have seen cancer reversed using it.
Years ago I interviewed Jay from Night Hawk Minerals and have this posted on www.brighteon.com. To see it just type in radiation hormesis in their search bar.
I drink radioactive water and sleep with the low dose radiation mud packs from nighthawkminerals every day.
Thank you Ben for this great interview.
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