How can Biohacking work if the hacking tools you use are all wrong? That’s right! Biohacking is only as good as the tech and tools used to collect the data. Data is useless if it’s wrong! But most young people who gravitate to the world of “Biohacking” don’t know that the tools are defective. Most research scientists and doctors don’t even know!
Take the simple example of magnesium testing. The Serum magnesium test is highly inaccurate, only 1% of the body’s total magnesium is in the serum. Yet it is still the standard test used in hospitals, clinics and in most clinical trials – and it doesn’t even appear on an electrolyte panel along with sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride. The heart is so dependent on magnesium that if the serum levels do go down, the body immediately pulls magnesium out of storage from muscles and bones to keep the heart from going into arrhythmia. Thus, Serum magnesium always stays within a certain narrow margin. But this body wisdom is misinterpreted by doctors who just think magnesium is always stable and doesn’t have to be supplemented! Nothing could be further from the truth because up to 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium.
Biohackers who are also into extreme fitness activities will find out sooner or later that they are magnesium deficient as they develop muscle cramps, twitchy nerves, insomnia, anxiety, and heart palpitations because they are sweating out their magnesium and aren’t replacing it because they aren’t measuring it.
Millennials’ fondness for tech has them brainwashed to think that all tech is good tech. We’ve never voted for any of our new technologies even though all technology has the power to change us and our environment in ways we could never predict.
On Sept 19, 2017 I wrote a blog called “Biohacker is the New Health Nut”. 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. However, I repeat, if you are going to biohack your body, you want to use effective tools. You think you are biohacking your body but your body is being biohacked by the internet, by medicine, and by the pharmaceutical industry and you become the statistic. When your iPhone asks you to enter data points to track your “health” you don’t realize you are setting yourself up for surveillance that will encourage you to submit to health screening, medications, and even surgeries – based on inaccurate tools and fabricated endpoints.
The biohacking I’m most concerned about is genetic testing. In spite of having no standardized diagnostic or treatment protocols, people are being told they could have a few dozen gene mutations. What does that do to the brain but create confusion and fear that they have incurable conditions.
Before you take one more step into the Biohacking world, read the following books to understand the giant medical experiment you’d be participating in.
- Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health – Gilbert Welch
- Less Medicine More Health – Gilbert Welch
- Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America – Nortin Hadler
- Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All Into Patients – Ray Moynihan
Then, you can decide for yourself whether you want to continue to be a guinea pig in an inhumane project that promotes more and more medical testing and more and more drug intervention for profit, or whether you would rather just get better at listening to your body.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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