<![CDATA[BiohackHumans - BiohackHumans]]>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:26:14 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[The Greatest Biohack of All Time]]>Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:09:57 GMThttp://biohackhumans.com/biohackhumans/the-greatest-biohack-of-all-time
By: Jim Goetz and Dr. Michael Brandon

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Vegetable Nutrient Absorption

To review from weeks previous, there are ways to ensure better absorption of our foods. In previous weeks, we discussed that breaking down the cellulose on vegetables allows our body to absorb nutrients as our bodies lack the ability to break down cellulose. Therefore all the kale we desire to eat raw does nothing more than roto rooter our colon without the intended benefit of the plethora of vitamins, minerals and other valuable nutrients contained within.

Another important aspect of nutrient absorption comes from eating our vegetable with fat. Fat soluble vitamins (A,E,D,K) as well as beta carotene are all fat soluble. Therefore research has shown that the way best to absorb these nutrients is to eat with fat. In fact, we absorb these nutrients up to 16x more efficiently if eaten with a fat than without.

The Greatest Biohack of All Time- Chiropractic

The greatest biohack of all time is without a doubt chiropractic. A profession that has been shrouded in mystery and lies, chiropractic has proven time and time again to be able to help individuals heal their bodies and function better as a result.

Joint manipulation (adjusting) has been around since the times of ancient Egypt and Hippocrates. It was only when an individual who used magnets on individuals to heal them of their ailments did DD Palmer bring adjusting into the main stream. 

DD Palmer and later his son BJ Palmer (a phenomenal marketer), touted chiropractic as a cure all for literally everything. DD Palmer and his students were accused of practicing medicine without a license and were often jailed for adjusting patients. As a result, DD Palmer began to create the illusion that chiropractic was more of a religion than a healing art. This is where much of the confusion began in what chiropractic truly is and can do.

Chiropractic is not so much a treatment for a diagnosis. It is not a band aid as medicine is often used for. Chiropractic adjustments are utilized to remove interference in the human body in order to allow it to heal itself. As a result, our bodies may perform better neurologically, muscularly and skeletally. 

Doctors of chiropractic receive a 4 year post graduate education as well as passing four parts of a National Board exam and an additional section on physiotherapy. Chiropractic colleges require 2,419 hours of classroom work as compared to 2,047 hours in a medical college. Chiropractic colleges require:

456 hours Anatomy and Embryology
243 hours Physiology
296 hours Pathology
145 hours Microbiology
61 hours Chemistry
408 hours Diagnosis
149 hours Neurology
271 hours x-Ray
56 hours Psychology and Psychiatry
66 hours Obstetrics and Gyneclogy
168 hours Orthopedics

Medical Colleges Require:

215 hours Anatomy and Embryology
174 hours Physiology
507 hours Pathology
145 hours Microbiology
100 hours Chemistry
113 hours Diagnosis
171 hours Neurology
13 hours x-Ray
323 hours Psychology and Psychiatry
284 hours Obstetrics and Gyneclogy
2 hours Orthopedics

The main differences between the education of doctors of chiropractic and doctors of medicine is that of the treatments. Doctors of medicine utilize pharmaceuticals while doctors of chiropractic utilize non- invasive manual medicine. 

As opposed to having the two professions battle one another, true patient centered care is best found when the two professions compliment one another. At the end of the day it is about the patient, not the physician.

Some misnomers about chiropractic is that chiropractors put bones back into place when they are misaligned. This could be further from the case. Bones lie where they lie. Due to tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscles, the bones are where they are. However, improper movement of a bone through it's desired range of motion can cause inflammation and dysfunction. A properly executed adjustment may correct this aberrant motion and allow for proper function and improve the performance of the individual.

Another misnomer is that chiropractic adjustments cause stroke. This is absolute hogwash. The research has shown that one is no more likely to have a stroke from a chiropractic adjustment than one can from drinking water at a water fountain. This poor research was done in an effort to discredit the profession and executed in poor taste with sever lack of personal ethics.

Some proven benefits of chiropractic though are:
-decreases back pain
-decreases neck pain
-eliminates head aches
-improves bowel regularity
-improves mental clarity
-decreases ear infections
-decreases arthritis and joint pain
-may improve asthma
-may improve blood pressure
-may ensure a healthier pregnancy
-may improve organ function
-may prevent surgery
-may improve athletic performance
-may improve vertigo and other dizziness
-improved Bells Pallsy
-may improve sleep quality
-reduces inflammation
-may reduce anxiety

The quality of chiropractic physician is the same as any other physician of any other profession. some simply use heat, ice, stim and do what is called, "the flying seven", which means they go head to toe and adjust everything, even if asymptomatic. Then there is a newer breed of doctor who has a very intensive education and takes the time to make a proper diagnosis and delivers a very specific treatment.

Chiropractic is by no means a cure all for every disease known to man. It certainly does though improve upon human performance and in doing so through the extremely intricate physiological changes that occur as a result, can be seen and known as the greatest biohack of all time.

Next Week 
On next weeks podcast, we will be joined by Chantea Goetz, MS who will be discussing with us heart rate variability as it applies to human performance and the advancements of what we can learn from it and to create a truly functionised human.
<![CDATA[The Myth of Healthy Dairy, Osteoporosis Prevention and a Follow Up on Intermittent Fasting]]>Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMThttp://biohackhumans.com/biohackhumans/the-myth-of-healthy-dairy-osteoporosis-prevention-and-a-follow-up-on-intermittent-fasting
Show Notes:

By Jim Goetz and Dr. Michael Brandon, DC

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Follow Up on Intermittent Fasting

This past week we have been receiving countless emails and approached by individuals asking about muscle growth and fasting. Some believe that they feel stronger while fasting for brief durations and this may lead to enhanced muscular development. 

The results of short term fasting may be near negligible in terms of both subjective and objective muscular development. However, if you have ever seen anyone who is truly starving; they appear emaciated. 

When one fasts for 16 hours to multiple days at a time, the body acts in many phenomenal physiological ways (as was discussed last week). One of these ways though is to shut off mTOR. This is directly proportional to protein synthesis. If the mTOR pathways are shut down, your body is no longer developing muscle. This is because all your body's resources are focused in efforts to keep your organs functioning. 

This is the main reason your body will go through autophagy. It is the effort to rid itself of non- essential cells. Afterwards, the body may be strengthened (if done properly and under the direct supervision of an educated healthcare professional). This in a way is a metaphor to "Sharpening the Saw", as described in the book Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Steven Covey. 

​We will cover much more in depth the concept of autophagy in a future podcast.

Milk and Osteoporosis Prevention
Next we tackle the concept of osteoporosis prevention. There's typically two things that first come to thought with protecting/reversing brittle bones, and that is increasing calcium stores and adding resistance training. Exercise appears to be the #1 preventative measure for keeping our bones nice and strong. This concept is supported with “Wolf”s Law” which states how when bone is stressed and used with impact like running or being pressured by the extra weight of resistance training, our body lays down more bone to make it thicker, and helping to prevent fractures. 
We then discuss the power, or cautions of calcium supplementation. Studies have repetitively shown that moderate to high does of calcium supplements increase the risk for stroke and myocardial infarction, especially in those predisposed like post menopausal women. This seems to be from the high does of calcium increasing clotting factors and promoting atherothrombic events, like blood clots which can embolize and go through our blood stream and cause a stroke or get stuck in our hearts causing a myocardial infarction.
Another caution with supplements, as Dr. Brandon and The Mad Scientist Jim Goetz, spoke about in week 1's podcast, is we only absorb so much of any given nutrient at a time, and not all forms of a supplement are created equal. For example, calcium carbonate is a common form in supplements and is often found cheaper than calcium citrate, which has over double the bio-availabilty and we absorb much more of it. If you supplement with a higher dose then we can absorb, it just gets push through and we have a little more calcium in our urine that day.
Supplementation is just that, its to supplement what we aren't getting in our diet. To note on that, getting calcium, and all nutrients for that matter via food is by far the best. It is already in the best bio-available form because we evolved to be able to break those down and get the most absorption possible from it. So what is the best sources to eat for calcium? Good Question!
The best sources of calcium appear to be from leafy greens such as turnips, kale, and the like. They also have other nutrients involved which help with calcium absorption, such as magnesium. The most commonly advertised source however, as most are aware of, is dairy, and milk specifically.
So what's the story with milk? There's been multiple epidemiological studies that have shown that countries and  even regions within countries that have the highest milk intake, also have the highest amount of fractures, specifically broken hips. How can this be?
There's been some studies to suggest that cow's milk “strips” calcium from the bones due to high phosphorous levels, and high protein content. The theory is that the high protein and phosphorus makes the body more acidic, so our bones break down the calcium they hold to help balance the acid/alkaline ratios of our body. This makes sense until you realize that milk doesn't appear to make the body's PH more acidic! Furthermore, if this were true, we would find this occurring with high protein diets as well, which is also simply not the case.
What seems to be the main cause, goes back to the bio availability and absorption rates. Milk does have high levels of phosphorus, and that alone decreases the body's ability to absorb calcium. Mix in the low magnesium levels (which helps Ca+ absorption), and the fact that the calcium in milk isn't easily absorbed, it makes sense that we aren't using it to strengthen our bones, because our body simply cant! We weren't made to digest cow's milk properly. It's made for cows, baby cows, which grow approximately 10x faster than humans.
Is all dairy bad? It doesn't seem so. Similar studies have been performed on cheese and fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt, and these do appear to help decrease mortality and hip fractures in women by over %15! It's amazing what the difference of proper absorption does. So the good news is, it appears that you can have your dairy, and eat it too.
<![CDATA[Intermittent Fasting and Fasting in General]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:16:59 GMThttp://biohackhumans.com/biohackhumans/intermittent-fasting-and-fasting-in-general
Show Notes:
By Jim Goetz 

We first visit with Jersey Strong Gym General Manager Dane Cuccinello. Dane has developed the reputation for bieng able to build and grow successful teams to ensure the success of an organization. We biohack ways to do the same and apply these principles to any organization.
Dane also agreed to take a 30 Day Keto Challenge. For 30 days and 30 nights, Dane will eat only a ketogenic diet. Any deviation of this and he has agreed to allow Dr. Mike and Jim to dry shave his head on a future Biohackhumans podcast.

"I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency" - Plato

There is a commercial out now that asks, what if you only had one car for the rest of your life. How would you treat it? We go through vehicles every few years. If a lease is up, one trades it in. If one finds a newer model, one trades in their vehicle for it. With this mindset, one may not take care of their vehicle as well as they should but it is amazing how most will put in the right fuel, change the oil regularly, ensure the fluids are filled and clean, wash their cars, etc. In reality, we only have one vehicle for the rest of our lives. It's our body. We have but one body for an entire lifetime but we often abuse it. Due to the abuse, we end up spending too much time and money to patch it up in order to enjoy our activities of daily living to the fullest as opposed to living activities of daily living to the fullest without the aspect of self damage.

Fasting has been an idea around as long as time can remember. Plutarch was quoted as saying, "Instead of using medicine, rather, fast a day."  Today it appears all the rage has become an idea of intermittent fasting. Individuals believe they will be healthier as a result of intermittent fasting. Unfortunately, most cannot define health for themselves and what it truly means. However, understanding what they are doing or not may prove beneficial to some while having no effect on others, which depends on the purpose and methods utilized.

Beginning with intermittent fasting in humans; the general health benefits have not been fully explored in literature. While most human results in research are found to be inconclusive, they do show a tendency to improve metabolic conditions (glycemia and blood lipids), which could possibly reflect in the reduction of cardiovascular events, the reversal of diabetes mellitus type 2, and a plethora of other neurological and inflammatory conditions.

What most utilize intermittent fasting for is not what it is designed to do. Many believe when they fast for short periods of time, they detoxify their bodies and lose body fat. In reality, short fasts such as a 16/8 or a 5/2 for example really help some individuals lose weight. Instead of reducing portion sizes, they reduce a time frame for feeding, thus reducing caloric intake of their diets, which most likely may be lacking in proper nutrients in the first place. 

If one consumes an abundance of sugar and other processed foods, they will continuously spike their insulin levels and as a result, continue to store fat as opposed to releasing it into the system to be processed as energy and eliminated. Intermittent fasting only reduces the amount of unhealthy calories consumed. However, it does appear intermittent fasting has been made popular by Hollywood celebrities such as Hugh Jackman praising their success on intermittent fasting (not the hypothetical anabolic steroids, SARMS and clenbuterol). 

It does however appear that longer term fasting may have positive benefits other than reduction of weekly caloric intake. None of the benefits however have any research that point to detoxification. Heavy metals are stored in bone, which is not released with lack of food. 

It does appear a shorter fast (just water) such as 48 hours may result in higher parasympathetic activity and decreased resting frontal brain activity, increased anger (yes, it makes one cranky) and improved prefrontal cortex related cognitive functions, such as mental flexibility and set shifting. However, no functions of the hippocampus are affected. Fasting for 48 hours (prior to contrary belief) has not shown to improve working memory, visuospacial discrimination or spatial orientation ability. 

With a lack of food intake, one increases HGH output, increased cortisol release and increased catechlomines. This is a part of gluconeogenesis. Larger meals increase parasympathetic activity as one does not need to release epinephrine/ norepinephrine in order to release glucose into the system. This may put one in a more relaxed state and allowing blood to flow to organs and heal and repair any possible damage that has occurred from abuse over the years.

In the brain, intermittent fasting may reduce the effects of aging as reducing food intake (especially incidence of unknown inflammatory foods) has anti-inflammatory effects. 

Here is how it works:
At six hours of non- food intake, the body becomes catabolic, tearing down damaged cells in a process known as apoptosis. The cells recycle waste material, regulate waste products and regenerate. These mechanisms are enacted through the release of human growth hormone (HGH). 

With the release of HGH, the body may repair tissue collagen, therefore improving the strength of joints (tendons, ligaments), bones, muscles and skin. Burns heal faster and wrinkles may diminish. 

Research has shown that men who have fasted for only 24 hours have a 2000% increase in circulating HGH. Women have an increase of 1300%. Individuals who fast for a prolonged period of time have reduced levels of triglycerides and boosted HDL cholesterol with more stabilized blood sugar levels (inhibited insulin release.) 

While a high fat (ketogenic) diet will inhibit insulin release, it does inhibit the release of HGH (as do carbohydrates and proteins). 

When it comes to the disruption of neuronal autophagy, disruption of this increases neurodegenerative states throughout the brain. Elevated circulating levels of insulin reduce the amount of neuronal autophagy and cause metabolic dysfunction and accelerated degenerative states.

It may be essential for bouts of fasting for the brain to "clean itself up" in order to improve cognitive function and less "clutter" that blocks healthy cognitive function. 

Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)  levels govern the creation of neural and synaptic formation. High levels of BDNF lead to healthier neurons and increased synaptic transmission processes between neurons. Low levels of BDNF have been shown to be linked to dementia (Alzheimers), Parkinsons and  oher cognitive disruption. Fasting for 36 hours has been shown to boos BDNF levels by up to 400%.

Having just completed 5 days of fasting (water only), 36 hours is extremely difficult. One is choosing to cause pain upon themselves to improve themselves on many levels. As with exercise; one push up will not build muscle or prevent any diseases. It is the culmination of multiple movements such as push ups done each day for long periods of time to see benefits. In the same regard, one long and painful fast will not cause lifelong health. It is the culmination of prolonged fasts that may possibly accomplish this. However, research has yet to prove this so it is purely theoretical at this point. 

There are ideas of how best to fast such as drinking herbal teas, taking cleanses, etc. No research has yet to fully back this up. 

What is known about fasting thus far is that it may have improved cardiovascular health, reduces cancer risk, repairs genes and may increase longevity (due to a retarding of the shortening of telomeres). The primary mechanism of intermittent fasting is due to the impact on insulin sensitivity. Reduced insulin levels does allow your body to burn fat for fuel (ketosis). Mounting evidence shows that as a result of ketosis, you have a reduced risk of chronic disease. 

Before fasting, one should understand what the purpose of it is. What are you trying to achieve? Some believe not eating will help them lose weight. In reality, your body does go into a self preservation state (during longer fasts) and when it does, your resting metabolic rate slows (reduced metabolism). Doing any type of fast then should be done with not only a deep understanding of human physiology but also with the oversight of a seasoned healthcare professional.

Those that should avoid fasting are those who have chronic stress, cortisol dysregulation, pregnant and nursing mothers, and those who do not understand the science and efficacy of long term fasting and intermittent fasting.

<![CDATA[Biohack Humans Episode 2- Nutrient Timing, Clean Eating and Testosterone Increasing Laser]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 22:15:38 GMThttp://biohackhumans.com/biohackhumans/biohack-humans-episode-2-nutrient-timing-clean-eating-and-testosterone-increasing-laser

Show Notes

The MadScientist Jim Goetz and Dr. Mike delve into nutrient timing. Should nutrients be ingested all at once or spread out? How often? Why? What's the proper way to increase anabolic effects in the body? 

Is the timing of protein better to be injested pre or post exercise? The results may surprise you! We delve into the anabolic window and decipher between gym smarts and real smarts.

What really is clean eating? It's something different to everyone. We discuss clean eating and what it truly means. 

Lastly we find how to increase testosterone levels using low level laser therapy.

<![CDATA[BioHackHumans Podcast]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:06:47 GMThttp://biohackhumans.com/biohackhumans/biohackhumans-inaugural-podcast
Dr. Mike and Jim discuss stretching that lasts by changing the DNA of ones muscle cells (myocytes). They also uncover the most recent research on how much protein is enough and what is too much. Lastly, they touch upon Earthing and it's benefits. 
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