[Transcript] – The Latest Health Hacks, How To Use Methylene Blue, The Guy Who Ate A Human Finger, Alcohol Microdosing & More With UK’s Leading Biohacker Tim Gray.

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[00:00:00] Introduction

[00:01:04] Dual Ben and Tim Gray's podcast episode

[00:03:13] Dr. John Lieurance's methylene blue prostate procedure

[00:08:18] Cool new technologies for the Summit of 2024

[00:14:16] The explosion of breath working

[00:17:34] Methylene blue and underwater swimming

[00:20:50] The idea of mitohormesis

[00:29:44] Indian vs. Western microbiome

[00:32:49] Problems with FODMAP foods

[00:37:07] Ben's beauty protocol

[00:42:40] The use of peptides

[00:44:21] Ben's ad for the house

[00:46:00] What is peptide?

[00:51:15] Guests at Health Optimisation Summit 2024

[00:54:58] The number one personal upgrade for 2024

[01:01:53] The benefits of microdoses of alcohol

[01:07:02] Closing the Podcast

[01:08:02] End of Podcast

[01:09:03] Legal Disclaimer

Ben:  My name is Ben Greenfield. And, on this episode of the Ben Greenfield Life podcast.

Tim:  Biohacking typically focuses on the body, supplements, technologies, but often our programming, the software that's gone in, because you could have the same two twin brothers that go through different experiences and become very different humans and don't react in the same way. And, I think having cognitive hypnotherapy and ketamine therapy and various other things like that have actually really helped me. I would say focusing on your stress levels and reducing or improving childhood traumas so you don't fall into the same negative patterns is underrated and should be rated more in our space, I think.

Ben:  Fitness, nutrition, biohacking, longevity, life optimization, spirituality and a whole lot more. Welcome to the Ben Greenfield Life show. Are you ready to hack your life? Let's do this.

I just got done with a fantastic podcast episode. I interviewed this guy named Tim Gray. He's known as the UK's leading biohacker. Anyways, we talked about like methylene blue, ozone, the guy who ate a human finger, alcohol microdosing, the latest health hacks and plenty more.

One of the things that came up was or I mean in London. So, if you want to go to this event in London and join Tim and I and try out all the crazy stuff we talked about, go to BenGreenfieldLife.com/HOS24, as in Health Optimisation Summit 2024. BenGreenfieldLife.com/HOS24.

In addition, if you want the shownotes for everything that we talk about in today's show, go to BenGreenfieldLife.com/BiohackerTim. That's BenGreenfieldLife.com/BiohackerTim. I'll link to episodes mentioned, products, supplements, technologies, everything we talk about. The shownotes will be juicy for this one. So, BenGreenfieldLife.com/BiohackerTim. And, the shownotes are there and then hit us up at the summit in London this coming June 15th and 16th at BenGreenfieldLife.com/HOS24 where you can get your ticket or your VIP ticket. I hope see you there.

Tim:  Ben, it's great to have you on the podcast or the dual podcast today. Looking forward to this riffing session.

Ben:  Yeah, it's kind of turned into an annual thing, huh? I've seen in the headlines you advertise as the UK's leading biohacker and I've heard me advertise as America's most foolish biohacker. So, great minds unite. So, here we are yet again.

Tim:  Totally. It's funny the labels that people give us.

Ben:  I know. This is always fun though. It's kind of like our annual random show review of all things biohacking and health optimization. So, I get a kick out of it.

Tim:  Yeah, totally. Me too, actually. Yeah. I guess it's our third year.

Ben:  Oh, third year. Yeah, probably. Was this a third year I've been coming over to the–we usually do this as the leadup to the Health Optimisation Summit. So, yeah, I get to pick your brain about all the crazy technologies you're going to have over there. Yeah, man.

So, what's been new lately? You added anything interesting into the daily routine?

Tim:  Well, I'm going to start right on in with the most extreme thing I've done in the year actually that you recommended on your Instagram a few months ago. Oh, yes, Dr. John Lieurance. So, yeah, I saw you on your Instagram having a procedure done with methylene blue, antibiotics, and ozone therapy being injected into your prostate. And, I was just like, “Ben is definitely out there.”

Ben:  Yeah. I mean, I want to hear your feedback on it, but I was on a walk with John when I was down there in Florida. And, he's telling me about this protocol that had plummeted prostate-specific antigen in people and resulted in a marked reduction in nighttime urination frequency. And, my ears kind of propped up when he talked about that just because what guy doesn't want to wake up at night to pee less. So, anyways, it involved like a, I mean you did it, Tim, super long, long needle that goes into the prostate. Fortunately, there's a little bit of numbing and, what's it called, the nitrous oxide, the laughing gas that he has you breathe as you're doing it so you don't feel as much pain during. But yeah, he injects the prostate using ultrasound-guided imaging with methylene blue and ozone. And interestingly, there's a little bit of an antifungal antibacterial effect of that as well. So, hurt like a mother, this is probably bad advertising for him, hurt like a mother for like two or three hours after he injected. It was just sore down there. I had like an ice pack on my crotch. And, I'll be interested to hear your experience, but basically, nighttime urination reduced significantly.

And, what's super interesting, I didn't expect this. This might be a little bit of a grimace TMI for people, but my wife, for the longest time, had been kind of having almost cloudy urine in the morning, almost like a yeast fungal type of type of thing most likely and totally went away after I did the procedure. And, I think that, and Dr. John verified that this often happens. Men carry yeast fungal infections, et cetera, in their prostate, and this seems to have nuked that because as soon as I got home, whatever I had likely been passing on to her during sex just completely disappeared.

Tim:  Yeah, I concur. I mean, when you shared out about it, I was like, “This is out there.” But, I'd had prostate issues on and off for years. When it's used too much, it flares up a bit, and also my partner at the time was getting frequent urination after sex. So, of course, when I saw it, I thought I'm going to dive in and I'm going to Miami anyway so I'm going to take a drive up and see him in Sarasota. Well, I obviously didn't have the nitrous oxide. I actually had ketamine IV because it's obviously legal there. And, I had 50 milligrams twice. I left the planet, saw the divine, didn't even know the needle went into me. I was gone. I was on one of his–

Ben:  The advantage of that, by the way, is the ketamine stage in your system afterwards you're probably less sore than I was.

Tim:  I wasn't sore at all. It was a bit weird going for pee for the first time. But, apart from that, it was fantastic. And so, I went back and did it a second time as well a few weeks ago. And, as I was lying on there, high out of my head on ketamine while they were doing this procedure and I was listening to this meditation device on a vibrating warming pad and whatnot, and I was just like, “What do I get myself into? What am I doing?” But, to be honest, the frequent urination has been fantastic. I've not been waking in the night to go pee at all. There's a lot less pressure there and I'm peeing faster as well.

So, for the ladies, listen to this. Sorry, we've gone on about this for men, but I think the benefit, as Ben said for the females in our lives is fantastic because getting UTI after sex is quite common for women. And, that's because men harbor bacteria and yeast in their prostate.

Ben:  Yeah. Tim, you can't glass over what you said there, the interest thing urination afterwards because that's the only time I've ever, pardon the expression, ear muffs on the kids in the minivan, farted out of my dick. Matter of fact, Dr. John came up to me afterwards and said he wants to rename it The Barking Elephant Protocol because that ozone gas has to go somewhere. In this case, it came out the urethra. So, instead of pee, it was gas.

Tim:  I had that and I was like, “I'm pretty sure I should not be having air coming out of that thing.” And, it was it was very strange. I was a bit freaked out. So, I'm glad you had it too.

Ben:  Everybody needs at least one opportunity in their life for the wrong stuff to come out of the wrong orifice.

Tim:  Oh, man. Yeah, anyway. So, it was a fantastic procedure, and I'm very grateful for you sharing it out even though it was the most outdare procedure I've ever heard. 

Ben:  Yeah, absolutely.

So, related to maybe not fringe procedures but actual technologies, the past few years I've kind of picked your brain about anything cool that might be appearing at the Summit this year, at the Health Optimisation Summit in London. Is there any kind of inside or glimpses you can give us, any new technologies? I think last year was some kind of a, what was that thing, is like big anti-aging plasma technology bed or something like that.

Tim:  The Human Regenerator. So, yeah, ions, electrons in a 50,000-volt electric static field. So, basically recharging you on a cellular level. That was fantastic, actually. I love that device, but a bit too expensive to have at home.

Ben:  Yeah, that was over $100,000, I think. I went and tried it and felt super relaxed afterwards. There's a bed over here that's been going around to the different health expos in the U.S. at least called the Ammortal, which is ozone therapy, PEMF, infrared, sound therapy, kind of all in one. And, it's a similar type of thing but just not that accessible to the general population to put in their own home. But, what are you excited about this year over there?

Tim:  Personally, it's not new but I'm most excited about actually is BrainTap, again, because I lost track of my BrainTap. It actually broke quite some time ago so I hadn't been using it and I forgot how amazing it is in terms of putting you into alternative states. So, if you're doing a ketamine journey, for instance, and you put your BrainTap on it, fantastic, or if you had a stressful day or if you want to get ready for bed. So, I've actually refound my BrainTap. And, they're at the show actually quite in a big way this year. So, I'm really excited for that really, really nice experiential booth setup.

Ben:  We should probably explain to people what the BrainTap is, huh?

Tim:  Yeah. So, think of it as headphones, similar to what I'm wearing right now if you can see with like a mask that comes down with LED lights behind it. So, it changes different light therapy for your eyes to help induce states and gives you audio, which does have Dr. Patrick Porter‘s voice in it, sometimes, in terms of hypnosis so you can hear chilled tunes with hypnosis over the top of it. And, sometimes you have different words in each ear. So, therefore, your unconscious accepts because you can't listen to both. So, it puts you into different brain states. 

And, I find the best time for me using it is actually when I'm in a hyperbaric chamber. So, I find that I fall into the state of dreaming the moment you just about fall asleep and you know you start having all the crazy thoughts. BrainTap puts me into that when I'm in the hyperbaric every single time, nearly every single time. And, it's fantastic. When I come out the other side, I feel like I've had a four-hour sleep, a top-up. How about you? What's your thoughts on BrainTap?

Ben:  Same thing. First of all, it's like turkey and cranberries when you use it in the hyperbaric. Meaning, if you want to use one of their sessions for meditation or hypnosis or deep sleep onset. I mean, he's got all sorts of crazy sessions in there like turn your body into its own painkilling machine. There's one for low back pain. There's one for headaches. There's like 800 different recipes in it. But yeah, there's something about the hyperoxygenation and the pressure that occurs in a hyperbaric even though the BrainTap works well even if you're not in the hyperbaric that shifts you into this. Yeah, it's basically like a hypnotic state in which you're half-awake, half-asleep, is basically hypnosis.

And, I'm not hypnotizable. I've had many hypnotists try, but that BrainTap shifts me into that state within about five minutes flat. So, I've got about 20 of my favorite sessions downloaded so I can use it in airplane mode in the Hyperbaric or elsewhere, anything from 10 minutes up to, my favorite protocols are 40 to 60 minutes long, particularly the ones where he's got that doctor in there that's walking you through these mind journeys to like Egypt and outer space and Atlantis. And, there's something about this cartoonish exploration of the universe right in the middle of a busy day when you just need to check out and relax. It's absolutely incredible. And yeah, it's something about the combination of targeting the photoreceptors in the ears, the photoreceptors in the eyes, the sound. What's it called when there's the second voice, the dual voice?

Tim:  Yeah, subliminal. It's subliminal, yeah.

Ben:  Yeah, subliminal. That's the word I was looking for. Yeah, it's almost like a little bit of a subliminal messaging worked in. And man, that thing just works. I've got it hanging next to my hyperbaric right now. So, absolutely, I agree. It's pretty incredible.

Tim:  Did you do a track on it once, was on BrainTap?

Ben:  Glad you asked. Yeah, I've got six tracks on the BrainTap. Most of them are spiritual in nature like gratitude, exploration, breathing protocols, prayer protocols, and then got this other app I've been working with called the Breath Source. I don't know if you've messed around with that one, but I was looking for an app that could combine spirituality and breath work. Because I find that breath work helps to shift me into a little bit more of a more of a spiritual state and combines well with prayer, reading scripture, et cetera. So, I recorded a bunch of sessions for this Breath Source app and some of them are just like, there's one that's a total kick your ass, like 75-minute holotropic session all the way down to 10-minute-long Jesus prayer sessions. So, most of the stuff I've recorded that lives in an app is either in BrainTap or in the Breath Source app.

Tim:  Yeah, it's really good. Isn't it crazy how breathwork is going literally exploding everywhere right now? I mean, in London we have different breathwork session pretty much every night of the week in different locations everywhere. It's like really catching on quite quickly. I think it's bringing a lot of people into the space.

Ben:  I have a new guy I've been following. I'll tell you about him. His name's Kitaro Waga, K-I-T-A-R-O Waga, W-A-G-A. My sons and I are going to go over to Germany in December and do a Wim Hof course together. This is kind of like a little father-son adventure out in the mountains with the ice and the breath and everything because they're leaving to go on their gap trip. They finish high school here in a few months and they're just going to go travel the world by themselves just to learn how the world works at 16 years old. So, they're going to do Ireland, Iceland and Scotland. They got a bunch of hikes and farm stays and hostels all picked out. And then, we're meeting up in Germany at the end of that for Wim Hof.

And, a lot of these breathwork apps, Othership would be one example. There's a lot of YouTube channels obviously. There's that Breath Source app that I talked about. Many of them have kind of like a pranayama breath of fire type of feel to them. A lot of times the demos will be like — A lot of really rapid sympathetically stimulating breathwork. That's really not like classic Wim Hof though. And, this Kitaro Waga guy, he's got a bunch of free sessions on YouTube, around 20 minutes in length. And, this is what my sons and I been doing in the morning. We did a session this morning. We just finished about an hour and a half ago. And, it's more of a cadence like this. It's belly chest head. And, you're just doing that for two or three minutes.

And then, similar to what a lot of people have done, Wim Hof, are familiar with, you finish with a big inhale, you exhale. During the exhale, there'll be a body scan or a meditation or gratitude work or something like that. But, doing Wim Hof properly, slowly, mindfully with typically a real focus on a big belly chest head, inhale has been a really different journey for me with breathwork. And, you know what's interesting is the first few times we did some of his sessions I was sore as hell; low back, diaphragmatic muscles, inspiratory/expiratory muscles, even my stomach and my abs. So, there's something that's a little bit more activating for a lot of that musculature when you go slow but you go deep on the inhale. And then, the exhale is basically just like a relaxed puff.

And, what's also interesting is the exhale holds. You can go way longer with that type of approach, I suspect, because you're not getting your heart rate up and almost fatiguing yourself with kind of the more rapid frantic breathwork. So, yeah, absolutely, I'm still into the breathwork, still doing it multiple times per week. And, that Kitaro Waga guy is my latest find.

Tim:  Well, I just followed him on Instagram. So, I'm sure after people hearing this, he's going to get a few more followers.

It's something that I had about a week ago, no two weeks ago now, was I've been practicing my breath holds for swimming underwater, actually. And, since I've been doing nose breathing now for quite a few years, being able to hold under the water and swim using oxygen as well as holding breath has got better and better and better. But, I found the other last week or the week before that when I took methylene blue and I was at 50 milligrams, I could swim underwater significantly further and with more activity. I.e., not having to restrict my or should I say use less energy to swim. I found that I could do almost double as much underwater as I could do without it. So, I don't know if you've pair your methylene blue with breathwork or anything like that.

Ben:  Yeah. I mean, I have it. It's interesting. Methylene blue is not just something you inject into your prostate, fellas. It's a very interesting selective antioxidant. So, for example, it'll quell the formation of some reactive oxygen species like endogenous nitric oxide synthase, which can cause harm and cell membrane damage long term while it also acts as a prooxidant that's a mild oxidative stressor, as well as an antioxidant. The only other thing I think kind of works similarly is molecular hydrogen. But, methylene blue, of course, also, I shouldn't say “of course” as though people know this, but it helps to activate the cytochrome c oxidase pathway. Meaning that in response to photons of light, oxygen, even radiation that you might get from PEMF or grounding or earthing or something like that, it'll increase ATP production. And hence, the oxygen that you might be holding for a breath hold is going to go for a longer period of time because less is necessary for ATP production.

Now, of course, we should come around and say this, Tim, like shallow water blackout is a thing. Don't do something like Wim Hof like we were just talking about and then underwater hypoxic swimming.

Now, when I am at a hotel, when I'm traveling and have access to a good pool, I love to get in the water in the morning, take a big breath, hold my breath, swim to one end of the pool, get up, take a few deep breaths, hold my breath, swim to the other end of the pool. And, for me, it's got this real nice underwater yoga type of feeling to it, but I never push myself farther than maybe like 80% of what I could actually do for a breath hold because a lot of people have passed away with shallow water blackout. And, sometimes you don't know that you're going to pass out until right before you do, and then you do. And, that's actually happened to me on dry land before in some free diving and spearfishing expeditions. My last spearfishing expedition, 5:00 a.m., I knocked myself out on the dock and just woke up with my son standing over me asking me what happened. So, you do you do need to be careful. But yeah, methylene blue, it's interesting in that sense.

And, this is actually something I was thinking about mentioning or talking about at the Health Optimisation Summit in more detail when I come over to London this June. And, that's this idea of mitohormesis. Have you talked about mitohormesis much in your podcast, Tim?

Tim:  No, not yet.

Ben:  Okay. So, when you look at oxidative stress and the whole free radical theory of aging, which also known as the mitochondrial free radical theory of aging and somebody can make an MRFer joke somewhere in there, the mitochondrial free radical theory of aging. It's this idea that reactive oxygen species, superoxides and the like, hydroxy radicals in the body can cause cellular damage, DNA damage, and accelerate aging, which is a reasonable hypothesis. But, when this was proposed way back in the '70s, one of the proposed mechanisms therefore to fight aging was the consumption of a high amount of antioxidants. And paradoxically, consuming a high amount of antioxidants seem to actually slightly shorten lifespan in a lot of these fruit flies and worms and yeast and the like that they were doing these experimentations on.

So then, upon further investigation, and this has gone all the way up till this year, it turns out that appropriate kind of like Goldilocks zone doses of reactive oxygen species induce this so-called hormetic benefit like damaging the mitochondria and the cellular membranes just slightly to an extent to where you get a large amount of endogenous antioxidant production and a life extension effect. And, this would be true for everything from exercise to heat, to cold. So, hypothermia and hypothermia do it. Hyperoxia and hypoxia do it. So, something we said for breathwork, exercise with oxygen therapy, intermittent hypoxic training, hyperbaric therapy, and then radiation like low-dose radiation, even something as simple as what you get from the earth while earthing and grounding, sunlight radiation like mild amounts of UVA and UVB radiation, and even alcohol interestingly as one of these mild hormetic stressors that induces mitochondrial biogenesis and increased efficiency of mitochondrial pathways while also inducing cellular resilience in the body because of the body's ability to produce its own antioxidants.

As a matter of fact, it's kind of funny because some of the literature I've been reading on this refers to this idea of mitohormesis from mild oxidative stressors being a sub-lethal stressor. That's literally what one of the papers I was reading the other day calls, a sublethal stressor. So, it's basically this whole like what doesn't kill you makes you stronger type of effect. And, any of these things you could do in excess. One of the ones I didn't mention, for example, Tim is wild plants and herbs and spices like berberine and curcumin and the like. Sulfurane is also a perfect example. You could overdo any of those and get gut distress. You could obviously overdo alcohol. You can overdo exercise. You can stay in the sauna for too long. You can get too much sympathetic activation from cold. You get excess radiation. You get sunburns from the sun. But, in small doses, these things are all inducing a mitohormetic response.

And, back to methylene blue, the fact that methylene blue acts as a selective antioxidant, so rather than like high dose vitamin C or vitamin E or some kind of antioxidant powder that would quell the hormetic response, methylene blue and hydrogen would be two examples of an antioxidant that is not going to limit mitohormesis. And, that's not to say that other antioxidants aren't appropriate, but you wouldn't want to do them close to a heat session or a cold session, or an exercise session. And, you'd want to be careful with dosage. So, I am a fan of methylene blue.

Tim:  Yeah. I mean, I read a book on methylene blue recently. I can't remember what the title was, but it had methylene blue in it. So, it's going to be fairly easy to find on Amazon. But, I was shocked by the amount of benefits and how selective it is for bad cells and damaged mitochondria apparently, and how it avoids the cells that doesn't need it and goes to the cells that does need it. It's so very selective and it's fantastic how it donates an electron to the electron transport chain for obviously energy production. It's fantastic molecule, fantastic drug should I say. And, I love how it's seems to be popping up everywhere now. And, it was first introduced, I think, well reintroduced by Dr. Ted Achacoso with the Troscriptions guys. Yeah, they made it popular again, and now it seems to be everywhere.

Ben:  Yeah. My dentist doesn't like it though. My dentist doesn't like the troches. As a matter of fact, so much so because I've been doing a lot of holistic dentistry at a place down in Phoenix, this gal I've had on my podcast, Dr. Eniko Loud. She just reinvents your whole mouth. She does cone scans, CT scans, X-rays, analyzes the jaw, the bite, the teeth, reforms the jaw using mouthwear that you wear at night and during the day. And then, once she's done all of that, and I'm on the tail end of reshaping my job to like a year, she then goes in and does the actual work as far as whether it'd be reshaping the teeth, veneers, the like, to really improve your smile. But, she complains the past few times I've been in that you can find little specks of blue in my teeth.

So lately, I've been using this stuff called BioBlue. It's a form of methylene blue that bypasses liver digestion. It's a dropper and I like it because I can put it right towards the back of the throat. It's got NAD, gold, silver, minerals and methylene blue in it, like really high-quality pharmaceutical grade methylene blue. So, company is called BioBlue. I like it for anybody who wants to avoid the Smurf mouth phenomenon.

Tim:  Yeah. I get a brand from a clinic here in London. They have a compounding pharmacy make one for it. And, it's IV boost in Wimpole Street that do it. Yeah, they do it. They do it capsules at 20 or 40-milligram, something like that. And, I find that to be fantastic. It bypasses the mouth. And, I did hear the other day that if you have it in the mouth way too much, then it can completely disrupt your oral microbiome which then obviously affects nitric oxide production and your gut bacteria a little bit too much. But, if you take it and it goes straight into the stomach, apparently it has a different effect on the microbiome. So, that's just one thing I'm quite conscious of.

Ben:  It's kind of similar to ozone in that sense. Excess use whether it's like blood ozonation or swallowable capsules or rectal insufflation or whatever. If you overdo it, there is a thing as far as the idea behind being too clean, right? It's kind of the opposite of the hygiene hypothesis. Kids who have stronger immune systems grow up with a lot of brothers and sisters and are on farms and kiss their dogs in the face and get outdoors a lot and kids who are kind of like live in a bubble with an N95 face mask on in their bedroom playing Tik Tok have weaker immune systems because they're not getting all that exposure.

Well, we as biohackers could create the same scenario with excess methylene blue or ozone or anything like that. Yet, I think there's a protocol that Dr. John Lieurance suggested of about four to five days on, two to three days off with methylene blue. And then, with ozone, my own approach is I actually do mouth swishing with ozone. And, I do that every morning for about two to three minutes. And, I've had my oral microbiome tested and it has improved remarkably after doing that for about a year and a half. I get this ozonated oil-pulling oil from this company called Simply O3. Put it in my mouth. I swish when I get up. And then, I have a home ozone generator from Simply O3 also and I do rectal ozone once a week. And then, typically about once a quarter, I'll do a blood ozonation protocol like the EBOO, what is it, the extracorporeal blood ozonation and oxygenation or some type of ozone plasmapheresis.

But, methylene blue and ozone wouldn't be an everyday thing because you don't want to totally clean yourself out with excess dosages or frequencies. But, I think both are good medicine, especially for people who travel a lot, might be exposed to mold, micotoxins, viruses, bacteria, et cetera.

Tim:  Well, there's one thing about when I went to India, I went to a retreat in Chennai recently, and English people or should I say Westerners get food poisoning or Delhi Belly quite quickly. But, when the Indians come to England or the West, they don't get London Belly or whatever. And, I think that shows quite clearly how we're wrapped in bubble wrap or cotton wool or whatever. And, we're so clean these days that it causes us problems. And, they don't have the same health problems that we do. And, I think their microbiome profile is significantly better than ours in the Western world.

Ben:  Yeah. Well, they don't have the same gut. Obviously, chronic disease like obesity and diabetes, especially since seed oil has replaced ghee and coconut oil and some of the common cooking oils over there, those are all issues. And, I've seen this as well, the actual microbiome of the Indian population is more diverse as far as microbial diversity compared to those on a standardized Western diet. And, that's likely due to the high intake of plants, legumes, a lot of fermentable carbohydrates. The flip side of that is because I recently got back from India as well, guys there want to put on muscle and they have a hard time doing it because it's hard to get enough protein and calories from plants without getting a little bit of bloating and digestive distress. Yet, on the flip side, their microbiome is very healthy.

I don't know if I ever told you this, Tim, but that was my second time doing a tour of India. And, my first time which was about three and a half years ago, I did a pre- and post-gut test. And, I ate the Indian diet when I was over there. Again, a lot of foods I don't even like frankly. I'm not a huge fan of legumes and beans and not eating much meat and huge platters of plants. But, I took one for the team and I did it and my pre- and post-gut test with India, and this is published on my website like three or four years ago, the microbial diversity was through the roof. At the same time, I had a lot more gas and bloating because probably my gut had to get used to it. But yeah, you're right that there's something to be said for the immune-boosting effects of increased microbial diversity from eating a diet that is rich in a wide variety of plants and legumes and herbs and spices if your gut can actually handle that. And, if it can't, there's other things you can do like immunoglobulins from colostrum or the human milk oligosaccharide you'd find in yogurt or dairy, the use of some of those other things we were talking about like ozone or methylene blue, fiber sources that don't ferment quite as much like a lot of kimchi, sauerkraut, things like that. But yeah, it is interesting to compare the diets of different populations.

Before we move on to the next point because you just mentioned colostrum and I want to ride on that one, but I just want to point out something. So, I find that not a lot of things really upset my gut like they used to because I've worked on it so much. However, one thing that does hit me quite hard is when I have artichoke. And, I give off 30-foot, walking along for 30-foot, worth of gas. I heard the other day that someone was saying that if that starts happening they should power on and have more because it's the prebiotic that's causing the bacteria to actually repopulate. But, I tried that but to be honest, I just kept on having serious bloating and farts for ages. So, I don't know. What do you think?

Ben:  The response to prebiotics, resistant starch, green bananas, artichokes so-called high FODMAP foods, fructans, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, and polyols like you would find in wheat, garlic, onions, and apples. A lot of people, especially those who have small intestine bacterial overgrowth or SIBO, they have genetic predispositions in terms of their microbiome in their gut that dictate high amounts of hydrogen or methane production in response to those foods. And, even with an herbal eradication protocol or a rifaximin or certain things to just nuke the bacteria in the gut, those people always struggle with not fermented carbohydrates but fermentable carbohydrates like some of those I've just listed including artichoke, a lot of these common gut healing powders that are high in inulin and other resistant starches.

And, really the best approach to something like that if that truly is the way that your biome is genetically hardwired is to try to fight through the gas and the bloating and the discomfort that you experience from eating those foods or simply avoid them. And, for me, for the most part, I avoid wheat, apples, garlic, onions, artichoke, resistant starches, inulin because even after following a low FODMAP diet and trying a reintroduction, those highly fermentable foods still cause issues. Yet, my microbial diversity, I actually just recorded a podcast I didn't release yet on this with a gut testing company called Vitract. My microbial diversity is very high, and that's because I still do homemade yogurt, homemade kefir like water kefir and dairy kefir. I do sauerkraut. I do kimchi. I do annatto. I do small amounts of kombucha. And so, I've got a pretty wide variety of fermented foods. And then, I do a lot of sprouts and microgreens and plants that have been fermented or sprouted or soaked or rinsed, et cetera, slow prepared.

And so, I think you can have good microbial diversity and not have to deal with all the gas and the bloating that occurs from the way that a lot of people try to get microbial diversity, which is via the consumption of resistant starches or highly fermentable carbohydrates like the fartichoke.

Tim:  Fartichoke and chicory root was another one. I remember when I first had the Bulletproof bars Dave brought out, and I was just like, “These things are amazing.” They're great. And, I was at a Tony Robbins event and I must have had three or four of them.

Ben:  Yeah. Well, with those or with these newer keto snacks, like I went to the keto conference a few years ago and the party for the speakers was catered by this keto donuts and baked goods company. I must have mowed through six donuts before I started to just bloat like a pregnant Ben Greenfield and horrific gas the rest of the night. And, that wasn't because they contained a lot of fermentable carbohydrates that was because they contain a lot of sugar alcohols. Alright. So, that's the other issue is sorbitol, erythritol, even in some people xylitol. Those sweeteners are sometimes just as much of an issue as the fermentable carbohydrates.

Tim:  Actually, my colleague, Isabelle, can't have any of those alcohol sugars actually because it really affects her gut so badly. It's one of the worst things for her actually.

So, anyway, let's move on because one of the things you mentioned a minute ago was colostrum. And, this is a personal favorite of mine actually, but you recently shared your morning beauty routine, including ozone oil pulling and clay masks and colostrum.

Ben:  Okay.

Tim:  Tell me about this.

Ben:  So, actually, I've been a fan of colostrum for a while. The reason that I got into colostrum was because I used to race Ironman. I used to race Ironman a lot of hot places: Thailand, Japan, Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, California. And, there was a large body of evidence that suggested that the intake of colostrum prior to exercise and especially prior to exercise in the heat would reduce gut permeability and a lot of the digestive distress that athletes experience when exercising in the heat. So, I found this small goat farm in Washington owned by a guy who I went to church with at the time, Joe Stout. Mount Capra was his farm and he was making colostrum from goats, from goat milk, which is the very first part of the milk that comes out and it's got a lot of growth factors and immunoglobulins and things that help to seal up the lining of the gut in it. Which makes sense because a baby mammal is born with a relatively permeable gut. And, when that baby mammal consumes colostrum from its mother's milk, that helps to heal up the lining of the gut, preparing them for solid foods and a wider variety of foods later on in life. That's also why women who do not breastfeed should make sure that they feed their baby some type of formula that contains human milk oligosaccharides or immunoglobulin or colostrum.

But, back to racing, it worked for me very well. So well, in fact, that when I started a supplements company Kion, we contract with a grass-fed, grass-finished cattle source for colostrum. And, we make this powdered colostrum, which is in my opinion a better way to supplement with colostrum compared to a capsule because the salivary enzymes in your mouth activate the growth factors in colostrum. Again, that makes sense if a baby mammal is kind of like suckling. The colostrum is first going to hit the mouth and the salivary enzymes before it gets into the gut. So, this powder, you put it in your mouth for about 30 to 60 seconds. I do one scoop in the morning, one scoop in the evening or I put a few scoops in my smoothie because a lot of times the smoothie you're working that in your mouth anyways. But, I don't put that stuff, the Kion colostrum on my face.

This other company called Alitura, and I thought this was a joke when I got my first bottle of the Alitura Clay Mask, it contains a bunch of different types of clay, bentonite clay and kelp and a bunch of different healing factors for the face. But then, it also contains I think they call it four-hour post-milk colostrum, something like that.

Tim:  Yeah, yeah.

Ben:  It's kind of like unicorn tears harvested by a one-armed monk when you read it on the label, but they're serious. And, it turns out that colostrum has very beneficial effects on the skin, on healing, on scars, on collagen and elastin formation. And so, it's part of my weekly beauty protocol. I put it on my face after I derma roll my face and my scalp and then I let it dry. So, it's on there for about 30 to 45 minutes. I typically do some kind of red light therapy that's close to the face during that time. Not a sauna session because it'll all just melt off clay on the floor of your sauna, but usually like a red light face mask or just standing close to one of these red light panels. And then, just rinse it off get on with the day.

And, compared to probably a more effective but also more expensive microneedling beauty type of protocol you could have done at a medical spa, it's a pretty cool way to DIY your own version of that at home. I've been doing that for three years now and I feel like my skin is pretty healthy, particularly on the face. And, it seems to have an effect on hair growth and hair quality as well. So, I'm a fan.

Tim:  Amazing. Yeah. I mean, so it's Alitura brand. I mean, obviously, Andy from Alitura has got a really good range of products actually out there. And, they did a scent once that I really used to like.

Ben:  Yeah, Presence. Their cologne, their fragrance, Presence, it's fantastic.

Tim:  Yeah. So, that's Alitura is the brand.

There's one thing that you just said about having red light on your face after you had put the colostrum on and the clay. There's actually a mask that is called The Qure mask, Q-U-R-E. And, it's a red light or colored light therapy mask. It's a proper one. A lot of them on the market actually look like a plastic sheet, something like your Hannibal Lecter. This thing has got silicon lining. It's got various different protocols for different light therapy and things like that. Actually, they sent me one of these things. It's actually really nice. And, I find that using copper peptides serum and the face mask together as well works really, really well.

Ben:  Yeah. Was that the red light mask that was in the video about two biohackers going on their first date? Did you see this video?

Tim:  Yeah, they had something similar.

Ben:  Yeah. I mean, it looks nice. I have probably one of the cheapo wraparound red light ones that I steal from my wife's drawer. But yeah, that's interesting that you say that about copper peptide. It's probably a good insider pro tip for people. Not a lot of peptides are absorbable transdermally, but GHK copper peptide is about 50 Daltons as far as the size goes. So, that one actually has a lot of beneficial effects and anti-inflammatory effects for the skin, and you can apply it topically or transdermally just like you could like magnesium on a sore joint. And, it's fantastic for joints and for the skin.

And then, the other thing that's interesting about these peptides is a lot of the injectable sources are becoming frowned upon at least by the FDA over here in the U.S. So, I've been getting more and more into oral peptides. So, there's one company called Limitless Life Nootropics over here, and they have some really great performance peptides like one called 5-Amino-1MQ right at the top of the totem pole. The guy that told me about it Ryan Smith who runs TruDiagnostics. He improved his vertical by several inches. Didn't change his training at all and just started supplementing with this. And, even though this wasn't a study, obviously it's pretty anecdotal. He said that he feels that that was the thing that did it.

And, this other company out of Australia called LVLUP Health, they've got oral BPC-157, terazopeptide, KPV, GHK copper peptide, a bunch of stuff that's orally bioavailable. And so, they're one of the better oral peptide supplement companies out there is LVLUP Health out of Australia.

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Tim:  So, do you want to just explain what a peptide is exactly for the listeners? I mean, because I can give a very simplistic version of it, which I always say that proteins are made up of amino acids. And, those amino acids when chained together, they're usually two or three or four or whatever. Then our peptides, you have peptides, polypeptides, and then amino acids, which are the basic building blocks of it. And, proteins are a lot of these amino acids altogether, it's like human growth hormone. I think, it's 91 or 92 amino acids chained together in a link and then folded over on itself. So, it's super sensitive.

So, yeah. So, how would you describe peptide specifically?

Ben:  Yeah, you're kind of on the right track. I mean, a human being is just one giant clump of a bunch of chains of amino acids folded in different configurations. But, a peptide is pretty short. It can be anywhere from 3 amino acid sequences up to a few dozen. And, the way that an amino acid configuration is architected will influence which cell receptors and which organ systems that that peptide acts upon.

Insulin is probably the most well-known peptide because it interacts with the cell surface receptor for uptake of glucose. Another one that's very popular now is the glucagon-like peptide like Ozempic or [00:47:26] _____. These would allow for the upregulation of glucagon-like peptide. And, that is an internal signal for a feeling of fullness or lack of hunger. I don't think that those peptides, the glucagon-like peptides are without risk.

There's some data about acute pancreatitis and some different mental type of issues, even depression and anxiety. And, I'm not a huge fan of those. I think they're one giant human experiment. And, considering that there's certain extracts from hop, the same stuff you'd use to make beer, as well as certain probiotic strains, particularly akkermansia and a few others that work similarly, I think that there are ways to suppress hunger really, really well without taking glucagon-like peptide. I would say the top three would be drinkable ketones, product called Calocurb, which is made up of these hops. And, I actually do a couple capsules of that after lunch and I don't think about any food until dinner. And, dinner is usually good six or seven hours after lunch for me. And then, Pendulum, the company that was made famous by producing this akkermansia-based probiotic, which is fantastic for the gut. They have a new one. I think it's actually called GLP-1 something, but it's a probiotic strain or series of strains that simulate the same feeling of fullness as the injectable GLP-1 agonists do, the actual peptides like Ozempic.

But basically, these peptides will act on different areas in the body like BPC-157. It's very anti-inflammatory. It's like a healing gastric peptide. Another one called TB500, works on the thymus gland and on tendons. There are so-called peptide bioregulators, very short peptide chains. One that will work on the pineal gland. One that will work on the thyroid. One that will work on the gonads for testosterone production. There's a whole host of different peptides.

And, I actually recently released, it should be on my Instagram page still, peptides cheatsheet. That's got 20 of the different most commonly used peptides list and what they're good for and how to take them and whether they're orally available injectable, et cetera. So, maybe I'll link to that in the shownotes if people want to see it. But yeah, peptides, I mean they're kind of spendy and you got to know why you're taking what because there's like a billion of them. You don't want to take all of them. But, if you have specific issues that you want to target with the peptide, they're kind of like a laser pointer as far as the precision with which they can be used.

Tim:  Yes. I mean, one thing that I think is so fantastic about them actually is, and someone once said to me, I think it's the future of medicine because obviously, peptides are naturally occurring often if in the body. So, for instance, the things that the body produces itself to heal itself. So, for instance, BPC 157, I remember a piece you did on it said heal like Wolverine. I think it was like years ago. It must have been like five or six years ago now. And, that was my introduction actually to BPC 157 was your article on it. And, it's funny because the BPC 157, for instance, if you cut yourself or you need to heal from something quickly, then using BPC 157 and I think it's almost the indicator for your body to start healing itself in some way. And so, I always stuck that with TB500 and BPC 157.

For instance, I had a surgery and it was supposed to be quite a long healing time, red light therapy, BPC 157, TB500, and red light therapy, and I was healed in no time. It was like a third of the healing time. The surgeon said it was a miracle and I said no, it's biohacking.

Ben:  Yeah. Hey, I was going to ask you. Do you have any crazy guests who are coming over to the symposium this year? I think last year I met this guy named Jack, is it Jack Alocha?

Tim:  Jack Allocca.

Ben:  Yeah, Jack Allocca. And, he's this crazy guy who's eating just about everything on the human planet, including a fried human finger. And, he's this crazy like shaman guy who does intravenous DMT infusion, just super wacky but intriguing dude. But, I don't know, you got anybody interesting coming over this year?

Tim:  I love Jack. He's a very dear friend of mine, neuroscientist. Yeah, he did an hour-long DMT IV study in London last year. It was pretty heavy stuff. I mean, the lineup this year is actually looking quite amazing. We don't have anyone quite as weird and wacky as Jack. I don't think anyone can top Jack to be quite honest. But, some of the stories I heard from Jack are just incredible.

We've got Steven Gundry coming this year, which I'm really looking forward to actually, and JJ Virgin as well.

Ben:  I'll be sure not to buy any kale at the cafe out there.

Tim:  You're right. And, Sadia Khan as well. Sadia Psychology from Instagram. I'm not sure you've heard of her, but she's big psychology in dating and relationships and whatnot. So, she's actually someone I'm really interested to hang out with this year. But also, Calley Means. Don't know if you know Calley not or if you've recorded with him yet.

Ben:  Yeah, that's Casey Mean's brother, the guy who's been kind of going around doing a little expose on the pharmaceutical industry and metabolic disease.

Tim:  Yeah, that's exactly.

Ben:  Yeah, I haven't interviewed him yet, but he's fascinating.

Tim:  Oh, he's brilliant. I love Calley. He's awesome. Yeah. I mean, I can't remember where I heard him. I saw him on TV somewhere or other and he was like used to work for the cola corporations and was a whistleblower on it. So, he did all the tricks behind the scenes.

Ben:  Yeah. Better hope you get him over there soon because he probably going to get assassinated.

Tim:  Yeah, I hope not. Gary Brecka, actually. So, yeah, Gary's coming. Yeah, really interesting. I mean, why I wanted him was when I first met him, he told me about his history and I won't go on about it for too long. But basically, he was a health insurance mortality statistician. And, instead of a pharmaceutical rep trying to sell drugs, he was the opposite side of that, which was a mortality statistician. So, looking at statistics to see what indicators actually meant that people live longer or shorter. And so, their financial interest was keeping people alive longer or should I say making sure they don't insure the people that are doing certain things that shorten their lives.

And, one of the interesting things is the thing that cut expected life expectancy in half but so by 50% was bad or no relationships. And, the other thing that they noticed was high cholesterol generally meant longer life. Statins meant shorter life. So, this is super interesting. So, when I heard these, I recorded with him when I was in Miami.

Ben:  So, prioritize relationships and pork chops.

Tim:  Exactly. Pork chop. Couple's night in with pork chops. Yeah. So, it's going to be a really interesting talk on that. I couldn't believe it when he started. I mean, there was a lot more stats that he went on about on our podcast. So, it'll be out soon.

Ben:  Yeah. He's a fascinating dude. That'll be super cool. And, by the way, folks, the coolest part about is you get to come over and meet and party and hang out with a lot of these folks who are traveling and also try out all the things on the expo floor.

But, Tim, I want to ask you because I know we're limited on time even though we can go on for hours on this thing. What would you say is, besides the methylene blue and the ozone into your prostate, the number one personal upgrade either to your psychology or your body or your mind or your spirit or your relationships, anything that comes to mind for you this year?

Tim:  I would say healing childhood trauma, whatever that may be is probably the biggest win of the year for me. Actually, I recorded with Trevor Silvester, he is a cognitive hypnotherapist. He was actually my mentor for many years. And, I hadn't caught up with him for 10 or 12 years and did an episode with him. But, I realized with my relationship, and I was getting through troubles at the time, that I had some work to do because there was repeated patterns coming up of how I was reacting to things. And, in fact, as a result, the relationship was quite stressed. Therefore, I was quite stressed. Therefore, my health took a turn, and even with all the biohacking I was stressed, unhappy, losing weight and putting a smile on my face, and continuing. And, I realize that until you actually heal your childhood traumas and work through those things, a lot of these patterns are going to keep on coming back up.

So, I would say that's actually my personal biggest win for the year is actually doing cognitive hypnotherapy and working through those things. And, I'm still working through them. I don't claim to be perfect by any means, but I think biohacking typically focuses on the body, supplements, technologies, and Daniel Amen obviously with the brain and looking at the brain and then optimizing your life for it. But, often are programming the software that's gone in because you could have the same two twin brothers that go through different experiences and become very different humans and don't react in the same way. And, I think having cognitive hypnotherapy and ketamine therapy and various other things like that have actually really helped me. I would say focusing on your stress levels and reducing or improving childhood traumas so you don't fall into the same negative patterns is underrated and should be rated more in our space, I think.

Ben:  Yeah. Related to that, I don't if you've heard of this before the idea of journaling or writing. There's even a certain series. I think Dr. Huberman did a story on it at one point, Dr. Andrew Huberman, about writing for about four or five days in a row or for four weeks in a row about some experience. And, I actually have the journal somewhere up on my bookshelf. I didn't try it yet because I had such a boring childhood. I actually open it. I couldn't think of anything traumatic at all. I had the most plain Jane homeschooled out in Idaho, just living out in the sunshine and hiking up rocks and reading books and playing the violin.

So, I mean, I don't want to make people feel bad who have been through trauma, I couldn't use the book. But, I thought it was interesting, this idea of writing to process. And, I do a little bit of that. I have always an open Word document on my Chrome browser. And, that document is simply there to write problems that I have because I process really well when writing. And, similar to that concept of if you have, let's say, business issue and you start to write to an associate or employee or employer or a virtual assistant or anybody like that about the problem. And, by the time you finished the email you solve the problem, you don't send the email. The same could be said for relationship issues, whatever. Sometimes you just need to get it down in writing in front of you to process it. And, I actually process better through the written word than I do verbally. So, I always have that document open on my computer for that.

Tim:  That's brilliant. So, I created a group WhatsApp chat with just myself in it and then pinned it to the top, and it's Tim's tasks and reminders.

So, whenever I have a stressed message to send to someone, I'm triggered or something or other, I write it to myself and then I leave a few hours and look back, and then often I'm like, “Tim, you're a dog. Why would you ever send that?” And, sometimes I tweak it and then send it. So, that's one of my strategies.

Ben:  I love it. That's like the old movie with Bill Murray, “Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I.”

Tim:  So am I, yeah. Yeah. But, I also have a task app. It's called Things 3. And, every day at the end of the day, it gives me the task of gratitude. So, what are three things you're grateful for? But, I also have a task that says Problems and solutions daily. So, every day, I list down any problems that have come up in the day and write down potential solutions for each one of those. And then, each week, I'll copy those into a Word document and see actually how many are actually left. And, it's actually quite funny because on the day you think it's a major problem, you write down a solution for it. You put it into a Word document and then at the end of the week, most of these problems are not problems and they were never problems in the first place and they kind of just almost dissolve. Occasionally, there's a big whopping one that you take a few weeks to resolve, but I find that my brain is always then looking for solutions to any problems, and then trusting that they're going to go quite quickly if I'm focused on the solutions.

Ben:  Yeah, there's a little bit of a manifestation there. It's like when I do my prayer in the mornings, I have a notes app that I keep track of my prayers on and what I've asked for and what prayers have been answered. But, even just the fact of waking up in the morning and naming your problems to God usually results in you acting on those problems because you've brought them to the front of mind first thing in the day and working to solve them rather than running from them, also infused if you believe in God with the idea that you have a higher power behind your back that you've asked for help to solve the problem. So, yeah, I kind of have, I suppose, a little bit of a similar approach with my prayer journal.

Tim:  Yeah, it's powerful. It's really powerful. It's one of my top hacks along with my morning silence.

Ben:  Yeah. I dig it. I actually just interviewed a guy who sits into silence for 30 minutes every morning. And, his name is Justin Roethlingshoefer and he wrote this book called “The Power of Ownership.” After interviewing him, I decided to challenge myself with five minutes, and that's why I'm wearing this bracelet. It says “Be still and know that I am God.” It's just a bracelet that reminds me to stop in the morning and just do nothing for at least five minutes. And, it's actually been really interesting because a lot of people if they have a spiritual practice, it's kind of like a 911 phone call with God, like give me this, give me that. Hey, I need help with this. I need help with that. But, when you just sit and listen, it becomes a two-way form of communication. And, a lot of times you'll hear kind of a little bit of a nudge, a little bit of a voice, a little bit of direction. Sometimes, you'll see a word or a phrase. And, I'm not quite up to 30 minutes, but even just five minutes of doing absolutely nothing in the morning but just thinking and listening to the voice of God has been something that I really, really been digging lately.

Tim:  Yeah, it's powerful. It's very powerful that morning silence.

So, one thing I want to touch on before we wrap up is just that you recently spoke about microdosing alcohol, which is really controversial to a lot of our listeners and followers because like, “You can't drink alcohol. Why are you doing that?” Obviously, I do drink alcohol from time to time. I love a Negroni. I like clean alcohol or Dry Farm Wines‘ biodynamic wine. But, why do you think microdosing alcohol is good for you, Ben?

Ben:  Comes full circle to what we were talking about as far as mitohormesis. The stress induced by one to two servings of alcohol induces an endogenous antioxidant production of things like glutathione and superoxide dismutase that unless people actually have some type of a acetaldehyde enzyme insufficiency or inability to break down the byproducts of alcohol outpaces the production of free radicals and any so-called toxic effects of the ethanol. And so, the idea is that a small dose of alcohol, just like a small reasonable dose of exercise, heat, cold, wild plants, herbs, bitters, spices, radiation, et cetera, induces that same hormetic response that I was talking about earlier.

And, I got called out recently because I was like, well, yeah, I typically have a glass of organic wine in the evenings. Sometimes I'll have a clean like mescal tequila or gin or vodka with a little bit of soda water, fruit juice, lemon, or the like. A few times a week I still do the ketone drinks, the KetoneAid hard ketones, which is a 1,3-butanediol, which is technically an alcohol but it's a ketone, doesn't produce acetaldehyde like alcohol does but kind of socially lubricates you in the same way that you might be looking for from alcohol without any of the side effects if you have a sorted pass with alcohol or alcohol use disorder or something that might make alcohol a bad idea for you.

But, I've also talked about, and this is what I got called out for, well, yeah, I do alcohol but I'll take some glutathione or n-acetylcysteine, and I'll take dihydromyricetin the next morning to make sure I stop up any acetaldehyde that might be left over in the liver. And, people like, “Well, if it's so good for you, bro, why do you have to do all that stuff to combat the damage?” I'm like, “Well, look, I do like hot-cold contrast, foam rolling, and recovery boots to recover from exercise. I replenish with minerals and electrolytes and hydration when I've gotten out of the sauna. I do burpees and push-ups to warm up when I get out of the cold. I take digestive enzymes to assist myself to digest a meal including a meal that has hormetic stressors like plants and herbs and spices. And, even if I'm if or something get exposed to low amounts of radiation, I'll even take iodine to help out with that a little bit.” But, the idea should not be that just because you take certain things to enhance the effects of or mitigate any unwanted side effects of a compound, that doesn't mean the hormetic stress from that compound is still not doing you a favor, it's kind of like you can have your cake and eat it too, right? Literally, you could take berberine or bitter melon or one of those glucose disposal agents we were talking about earlier and have a piece of cake or a piece of bread or a cracker or cookie and experience a lower blood sugar response, but also get the benefits of the sugar and the carbohydrates and the glycolysis and also the enjoyment of the cookie.

And, the same can be said for alcohol. It's like small frequent doses, not in excess. I haven't been drunk in over 15 years, rarely have more than two drinks. Usually accompany the drinks with some type of something to sop up any excess acetaldehyde that might be left over like ZBiotics or DHM or something. But, there's a lot of data behind the fact that there is no risk of mortality with one to two drinks a day. And, in fact, there actually may be cardiovascular benefits and potentially even life extension benefits due to the endogenous antioxidant production, the cellular resilience and the hormetic stress effect.

Tim:  I concur. For me, I find glutathione makes all the difference. And, there's actually a brand that's at the conference. It's called Hinnao, and they are nano liposomal basically. And, I find if I have three droppers of that after I've had a drink, my HRV doesn't get affected, my heart rate doesn't get affected. I don't wake up feeling groggy at all.

Ben:  Yeah, liposomal is the second-best form of glutathione. The reason for that is that glutathione get broken down into cysteine, sulfur and I believe glycine. And, a lot of people are sensitive to sulfur and they have a deleterious response to oral glutathione even though it doesn't happen as much with liposomal. But, the best form of glutathione is transdermal, just like the peptides that we were talking about. There's one brand called Glutaryl. You spray it on. And, for people who take glutathione and don't feel that great afterwards, that's a good solution.

Tim:  Amazing, amazing. So, we could go on forever, Ben. We got a list of things to talk about. I'm really looking forward to seeing you, again, in June for the Summit. Really looking forward to it. t's going to be the biggest show we've done yet with probably 30% more people we're projecting right now. And, the show is at 150 vendors, so 150 different biohacking brands, check out. And, I expect about 3,200 to 3,300 people. So, it's looking pretty big this year. Really excited for it.

Ben:  Dude, I can't wait. Our conversation is just a tiny taste of what people are going to get over there. And dude, you know this, I freaking love it. I'm like a kid in a candy store over there every year. And so, yeah, if you want to come, if you're listening you want to come party with Tim and I, I'm sure wherever you hear this, wherever you visit the shownotes, there'll be links to the Summit. So, get in while the getting is good.

Tim, it's always incredible to talk with you. I always learn.

Tim:  Likewise, man.

Ben:  New things about what I can put in my body or write down or learn about. So, thanks so much, man. 

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After years spent self-healing his body from chronic health conditions through biohacking alone, Tim Gray embarked on a mission to educate and empower the masses.

As such, he created the Health Optimisation Summit, Europe’s largest health conference, which aims to provide people with the knowledge, tools, and resources to take their health and performance to the next level.

In this episode, Tim and I discuss a range of topics, including new technologies and the lineup for the 2024 Health Optimisation Summit, breathwork, mitohormesis (mildly stressing your mitochondria to enhance your health and longevity), peptides, protocols for using methylene blue, my beauty regimen, and much more!

So, who is Tim Gray?

Tim is known as the UK's leading biohacker and the founder of the fantastic Health Optimisation Summit. The Summit is a world-first collaboration between US-based health titans ​Bulletproof Biohacking Conference and ​Paleof(x), showcasing the best speakers from the health, biohacking, fitness, longevity, nutrition, and functional and preventative medicine spaces. Tim is also the man behind the ​Biohacker London Meetup​ group, a growing global community that laid the foundation in the UK for the Summit’s success.

Tim is also a multi-time podcast guest, and has joined me on the shows:

With his in-depth expertise and knack for curating high-caliber content, Tim successfully draws in the biggest names in the health optimization arena to speak about the most cutting-edge health-enhancing techniques, and he's always a wealth of knowledge when I interview him on my show.

Be sure to join Tim and me in London on June 15–16 at the Health Optimisation Summit 2024 — the ultimate gathering for anyone passionate about biohacking, wellness, and living their best life. You can grab your tickets here!

During this discussion, you'll discover:  

-Tim Gray…01:04

-Dr. John Lieurance’s methylene blue prostate protocol…03:13

-New technologies for the Summit in 2024…08:16

  • Last year's Summit had the Human Regenerator — a cellular regeneration therapy chamber
    • Ions and electrons in a 50,000-volt electric static field recharge the body at the cellular level
  • Ammortal
    • Ozone therapy, PEMF, infrared, sound therapy — kind of all-in-one
  • BrainTap
    • Uses light and sound to put your brain into different states
    • Tim likes to use it in a hyperbaric chamber
  • Ben’s thoughts on BrainTap
    • Using BrainTap while in a hyperbaric chamber shifts Ben into a hypnotic state
    • He has his 20 favorite sessions downloaded and can use them anywhere
    • Favorite protocols are 40–60 minutes long
    • Ben has 6 tracks on BrainTap, most are of a spiritual nature
  • Ben recorded some sessions for the Breath Source app

-The explosion of breathwork…14:16

-Methylene blue and underwater breath holds…17:28

  • Tim practices breath holds for underwater swimming
    • 50mg methylene blue helped to almost double his time underwater
  • Methylene blue is a selective antioxidant but also acts as a pro-oxidant
    • Suppresses the formation of some reactive oxygen species
    • Molecular hydrogen works similarly
  • Methylene blue activates the cytochrome c oxidase pathway — essential for generating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of cells
  • Increase ATP production in response to photons of light, oxygen, and even radiation from PEMF
    • You can hold your breath longer because you need less oxygen for ATP production
  • Ben never pushes himself further than 80% of what he can do for a breath hold
  • The danger of shallow water blackout


-Indian vs. Western microbiome…29:44

-Problems with FODMAP foods…32:49

  • Tim bloats after he eats artichoke
  • Ben avoids foods like wheat, apples, garlic, onions, artichoke, resistant starches, inulin
  • A lot of people have a genetic predisposition for hydrogen or methane production in response to FODMAP foods
    • Always struggling with fermentable carbohydrates
  • If your biome is genetically hardwired like that, the best thing is to avoid FODMAPS food
  • Vitract (use code BEN10 to save 10%)
    • A gut testing company
  • Ben’s microbial diversity is very high
  • He consumes:
    • Homemade yogurt and kefir
    • Sauerkraut and kimchi
    • Small amounts of kombucha
    • Sprouts and microgreens
  • Sweeteners are sometimes just as much of an issue as fermentable carbohydrates
  • Q&A 468: Can Cardio Grow Muscle, The Dark Side Of Microdosing Psychedelics, Gluten Free Vs. Low-FODMAP & More!

-Ben’s beauty protocol…37:07

-The use of peptides…42:40

-Ben’s ad for his Spokane house…44:21

-What peptides are…46:00

  • Molecules containing two or more amino acids connected together
  • Insulin is probably the most well-known peptide
  • Glucagon-like peptides are used as hunger suppressors like Ozempic
    • Not without risks
  • Other ways to suppress hunger:
  • Peptides that work on different parts of the body
    • BPC-157 is very anti-inflammatory, like a healing gastric peptide
    • TB-500 works on the thymus gland and tendons
  • Peptide bioregulators for the pineal gland, thyroid, and gonads for testosterone production
  • Ben's Ultimate Peptides Resources
  • Peptides Cheat Sheet
  • Jack Allocca

-Guests at the Health Optimisation Summit 2024…51:15

-The number one personal upgrade for 2024…54:58

-The benefits of microdosing alcohol…1:01:53

-And much more…

Upcoming Events:

  • Health Optimization Summit — London: June 15–16, 2024

The Health Optimization Summit is the ultimate gathering for anyone passionate about biohacking, wellness, and living their best life. Dubbed a must-do event, it promises a transformative weekend filled with the opportunity to meet and learn from over 35 world-class speakers (including yours truly) in nutrition, longevity, mental health, relationships, and more. Learn best-kept secrets, try out the latest high-tech health gadgets, and discover the cleanest supplements and foods on the market. Don't miss this life-changing weekend — grab your tickets before they're gone here.

  • The Longevity Circle Retreat in Croatia — Superyacht Wellness Adventure: Sept 4–10, 2024

Step aboard the ultimate luxury wellness journey: the longevity-focused Superyacht Wellness Adventure, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Croatia from September 4–10, 2024. This exclusive, invite-only event offers an unparalleled experience that blends opulence with the pursuit of wellness, disease prevention, and a long, happy life. With only 10 cabins available, this intimate retreat promises personalized attention and an atmosphere of elite exclusivity. Each day, I will lead 5–6 invigorating workouts, share insights through 1–2 enlightening talks, and engage in organic discussions and Q&A sessions, ensuring a transformative experience. Secure your spot here on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and be part of a select group dedicated to elevating their health.

  • Biohacking Retreat with Ben Greenfield — Costa Rica: Oct 28–31, 2024

Join me this October for an unparalleled biohacking retreat set in the breathtaking landscapes of Costa Rica. This is an exclusive opportunity to dive deep into the world of biohacking, wellness, and personal optimization at Kinkára, a sanctuary of rejuvenation and adventure. Over three nights, you'll get to explore cutting-edge strategies for enhancing your health and performance, from engaging lectures to hands-on meditation and breathwork sessions. We'll bond over group hikes, savor three meticulously prepared meals daily, unwind with live music, and experience the transformative Temezcal ceremony. Plus, you'll enjoy luxury amenities and quality time with me and a community of like-minded individuals. Space is intentionally limited to 50 guests to ensure a personalized and impactful experience. Don't miss this chance to elevate your well-being and connect with the essence of biohacking amidst Costa Rica's natural beauty. Secure your spot here to ensure you don't miss out!

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