Bulletproof Biohacker News with Dave Asprey – Episode 3

I'm Dave Asprey founder bulletproof here at bulletproof headquarters in Seattle shooting biohacker news for you Biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside of you so they have full control of your own biology This lets you do the things you want to do better faster with less effort and You'll probably look better feel better and maybe live longer too when you dial in some of these variables that are within your control Biohacker news is all about how to do that big thing just published news on a study from the University of Iowa that found a link between food allergies and autism and they found that twice as many kids with autism have food allergies as don't and they're quoting a mysterious link between Food allergies and autism they actually said we don't know which comes first food allergies or autism and what they stumbled across Here is something that's much bigger all cases of autism have a chronic immune system Autoimmune inflammation so the nervous system is attacked by the immune system Whether it's caused by food other things in the environment or things internally the microbiome We don't necessarily know but it's really interesting to see that this thing with inflammation happens and Special shout-out to the film the magic pill that tied in the effect of a ketogenic diet just having ketones in your body and What happens with autistic kids when they get this? It's really phenomenal what happens why because ketones turn down inflammation in the nervous system That's what's going on George Slough University recently published a study Looking at military veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury and they looked at the type of visual art That veterans would create and they found out that if people were drawing pictures of their psychological injuries or other Things that were darker and more about what was going on in their emotional system They were much more likely to have PTSD versus just a brain injury and this is interesting because they interviewed mark Gordon on episode 431 of bulletproof radio who was looking specifically at the link in clinical data between traumatic brain injuries a concussion whiplash hitting your head When you fall off your bike as a kid any of those things and the likelihood of getting PTSD? But it turns out just the kind of art you draw even the kind of doodles you draw can Indicate what's going on in there? Is it an emotional? Psychological injury on top of a brain injury or is it just a brain injury because it turns out a lot of us probably more than half have little brain injuries from a long time ago that are affecting how we show up in the world today and we Don't even know it recently The Telegraph Had a piece that was recommending that to protect yourself from the aging effects of blue light from your cell phone or from LED lights In your office or from your big screen TV The best protection was Sunscreen which is totally crazy because sunscreen actually blocks Ultraviolet radiation and there are ways to help mitigate the damage from blue light because blue light on your skin Does one thing blue light in your eyes in your brain does another thing to scramble the timing of your brain? Which itself makes you look older, but if you wanted to protect your skin You might look at something like the eye armor supplement from bulletproof Which contains astaxanthin this is the red colored compound found in wild salmon? found in crabs and marine algae and it serves as an internal antioxidant for your eyes and your skin and there's this other amazing piece of technology to protect your skin from the aging effects of blue light and It's called sleeves

So what you can do when you know, you're gonna be in a bad light environment have long sleeves Just expose your skin more to natural light and less the unnatural light and you'll find you probably like how you feel You'll like how you look and you don't have to worry about your cell phone making it look old because of light There's other things that does like EMFs that are much bigger issues Baylor College just came out with a study about a new molecule They found called PMI 43 that can target something called stat 6 in the lungs that is high in people with asthma It's really cool to see new Pharmacological approaches to dealing with something like asthma which was a major issue for me when I was a kid It turns out though, one of the number one causes of asthma is actually air pollution So maybe you don't need a new drug maybe you need an air filter and one of the biggest causes of asthma that's just not well-known is toxic mold in buildings if you have a water damage building of spores floating around there's a very very clear correlation between that and asthma It is very well-established and a lot of people suffering from asthma Don't look at the air quality in their bedroom to see what's going on So maybe we have to start with the environment around and then look at our microbiome Which is another trigger to see the environment inside us before we start adding new small molecules and drugs although I'm all for these new drugs because when you discover a drug You understand the pathway and then you see how the environment changes the pathway That's why I'm a national study of 5222 employees found that they eat at work at least once a week with food provided by workers and That the food itself was mostly empty calories with things like sugar and processed fats things like that the recommendation from the USDA after that though was so they should all be eating more whole grains and It's really important when you're looking at advice as a biohacker to say well Does this advice come from vested industry interests like selling the stuff that's cheap and you can store for a long time even if it's not good for you because telling you something that's good for you is Different than it actually being good for you and you can tell if you eat something that leaves you full for four to six hours So you don't want to snack and you feel a ton of energy? That's what you want to eat whether or not your employer gives it to you for free It doesn't matter if it makes you feel like crap It's very expensive to feel like crap So I look at studies like this as something that we can take with a grain of salt and by the way Did I mention salt can actually be good for you? If you're stressed, it's not always bad for you a new study from Uppsala University in Sweden just found that drinking green tea can lead to epigenetic changes in women and Epigenetics is the study of how the environment around us changes our genetic expression and they found beneficial changes in this which is awesome but what a lot of people don't know is that if you drink even one or two cups of green tea a day is that It can deplete your levels of folic acid or folate the natural form of folic acid That's in your body So if you're pregnant and switching to green tea or just low in folic acid You might actually want to supplement with that stuff on top of the green tea But we do know that green tea leads to positive epigenetic changes at least in women and probably in men Recent study of Nineteen hundred men aged between sixty and seventy eight found that men with erectile Dysfunction were more than twice as likely to die from heart attack stroke or other Cardiovascular disease, so what this means is that if you're having problems Down under for lack of a better word You might want to actually look at your entire lifestyle and do whatever it takes in your diet Exercise sleep emotional stress all the things that are actual stressors for your cardiovascular disease so that you know that that's not going to be able takes you out because if you're seeing this early warning sign it's not A matter of taking a little pill to fix it It's a matter of changing everything you might also look at the podcast with Amy Killen or Kate casts on bulletproof radio where I talk about some Specific erectile dysfunction hacks that you completely wouldn't believe in order to learn more about this kind of thing You should hand over to blogeee bulletproof comm where I write about this or listen to build your video where I interview some of the world's top leaders in Performance people who are breaking new ground in science or people who are just very high-performance at the very top of their game So we can all collectively learn

What are they doing? That works? What are they discovered that is going to impact what we can do to have control of our own biology It's a lot of fun

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