Biohacking rehashes what most of us know as taking personal responsibility for your health, proving the old adage that “there is nothing new under the sun!” Hacking appeals to the Millennials who grew up on computers so they incorporate the term hacking into their own biology.
The dictionary definition of hacking is to gain unauthorized access to computer data but it also means a rough cut or a heavy blow. Perhaps the violence of the word hack appeals to a generation made soft by sitting in front of their computers and playing on their smart phones.
At any rate, if you are going to biohack your body, you want to use effective tools. But unfortunately the right tools are just not available. In a 2015 podcast called “The Tricky Art of Testing for and Fixing Magnesium Deficiency” on The Quantified Body website, I spoke with Damien Blenkinsopp about inaccurate magnesium testing using the Serum Magnesium Test. Since magnesium is necessary for 700-800 enzymatic processes in the body and since you have no way of knowing your true magnesium levels, you can’t do a proper biohack on your body because you leave out magnesium!
Between 2012-2015 Damien invested over $50,000 in doctors’ consults, lab tests and technology to understand and treat his own illness and support his recovery. He said that working carefully through all this data, mostly with expert help, led him to answers that have taken him step by step toward his former self but he said he’s still not back to normal.
I’ve run across countless people who are in the same boat. Very bright, very sick, and very motivated people trying to find answers. A lot of them, in order to pass on the information and make a living, become health coaches. But frustratingly most of them are still missing a huge piece of the wellness puzzle and aren’t completely well because they don’t know about magnesium. Yet, they are in the vanguard of coaching other people about health and wellness!
You can follow this biohacking trend on the internet. One website called it “Do-it-yourself biology”, a social movement in which individuals and organizations pursue biology and life science with tools equivalent to those of professional labs. They want to quantify every body process and every nutrient to make them optimum. But, I repeat, you immediately run into the problem that for something as essential as magnesium – there is no tool available to properly measure it
What if that’s the case for other nutrients and other body processes. And who is setting the standard for optimum? We know cholesterol is being hacked for the benefit of drug companies to sell more statin drugs – so what is the optimal number for health! We know that too much Vitamin D is being prescribed without attention to taking magnesium along with it. We also know that most vitamins and minerals are not developed for efficient absorption. There is little research on nutrient absorption or attention to nutrient absorption, which I have done with my 100% absorbed ReMag, ReMyte, and ReCalcia minerals.
What this new terminology does is make people afraid they are missing out if they don’t start biohacking by doing massive lab testing and worrying themselves with unanswerable questions. It’s engendered a whole wave of hobby researchers and scientists who without the right educational background are making a lot of stuff up. They are mixing terminologies and inadvisably putting science on a pedestal at a time when science has become very corrupt and misdirected by the drug companies. I won’t say too much more except you can read all about that misdirection my book Death by Modern Medicine to know that modern medicine does not have the answers you are seeking. Modern Medicine limits itself to drug and surgical solutions, with devastating side effects.
Looking further into Biohacking you find the Transhumanist Movement, which is an intellectual movement aiming to transform the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology. It’s based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase
This philosophy very much resonates with our Completement Formulas and especially our RnA Drops because we want people to be able to adapt, adopt and survive in our increasingly changing environment. An article came out on Sept 13, 2017 called “The Great Nutrient Collapse” on Politico.com. It says “The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.” Well we are paying attention and have developed these formulas to deal with the changing environment, specifically the increase in carbon dioxide. So, don’t let this be the next doomsday proclamation that keeps you up at night!
Biohacking became even more surreal for me when I found a “Guide to Biohacking” at SupplementPolice.com. They say Biohacking is the practice of managing your own biology using medical, nutritional, physical, or electronic techniques. They give 7 Steps To Biohacking, which are absolutely and totally nothing new but just a rehash of good commonsense advice like:
1) Improve Your Posture
2) Improve Your Nutrition
3) Be One With Nature
4) Change Your Perspective
5) Use Music for Biohacking
6) Hack Your “Flow” – which is the old saying ‘go with the flow’
7) Implement Other Biohacking Tips and Tricks, one of which is to — “Try taking a nootropic supplement: smart drugs or cognitive enhancers—are drugs, supplements, or other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals.”
Of course I immediately thought of ReMag as the perfect nutrient that biohackers are seeking. Even the extreme biohackers who want to alter genetics are missing the aspect of nutrients, especially magnesium, being the epigenetic factor that directs our genes to work optimally. Extreme biohacking also supports the use implants to enhance their bodies, which will just make the Millennials accept the implanted tracking chip that governments will offer “for your convenience” that will better keep track of the population!
As for lab testing your way to health, I think that’s a pipe dream for most people. I’ve said many times that I don’t trust a lot of lab testing, so it never struck me that more testing and more body measurements are the answer. I think giving the body the right building blocks to create a balance is the start of any health program. As many of you know already I find that the two main causes of imbalance in the body are mineral deficiencies and yeast overgrowth. If symptoms remain after addressing these two areas, then you can start testing.
You can google to find the books I’ve written about these topics and the supplements that I recommend that will enhance your body which are the ultimate Biohack!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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