What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fascinating book which reports in detail on the emerging science of "biohacking", through author Scott Carney's direct experiences while following Wim Hof (aka the Iceman).
Carney exposes himself to extreme environmental conditions using The Wim Hof Method. He steps into Wim Hof's world as a critic but he comes out of it as a true believer. He doesn't just summarize Hof's ideas and methodology, he gets in to the whole idea of controlling your own immune system and self-healing. The book is packed with science but it never, ever gets boring because Carney continually returns to the individual stories - the moving accounts of the people who have completely or partially cured themselves of very serious diseases.
After training and conditioning using Hof's methods, the author climbs Kilimanjaro along with Wim Hof and twenty others. The group did this in two days - shirtless. Most will take 6 days in order to not DIE from acute mountain sickness. And most will be fully dressed for the sub-freezing temperatures.
I think we will be hearing a lot more on cold therapies, meditation, and deep breathing. These are a proven path to returning to the conditions that once threatened our existence, and through them we can tap in to extraordinary personal powers.
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