The HVMN Podcast is designed to help you perform, fuel, and eat better. Nothing is off-limits. Geoffrey Woo, your host, is here to discuss the cutting-edge, pick apart outdated traditions, and find the source of truth with professionals at the top of their field.
Each guest shares a common value: The absolute dire to succeed and make the world a healthier, happier, and more productive place.
Diving into the mother of all biomarkers: Heart rate variability. It is an accurate measure of the autonomic nervous system - which responds to nearly everything from how you exercise, recover, eat, sleep, and perceive stress. Jason Moore, CEO of EliteHRV, joins the podcast to discuss the basics and nuances of HRV and how it ties into optimal performance and health.
It is easier than ever to measure your biometrics. Ketone levels, HRV, step count, quality of sleep...so how do we translate these raw numbers into meaning? Gyroscope, a quantified-self app that presents your data in a cohesive dashboard, aims to not only give users an easy way to know their biometrics, but craft a narrative from it.
In 2018, the Major League Baseball Organization employed a record number of mental coaches. A former MLB player himself, John Baker helped guide the minds of the Chicago Cubs as they won the 2016 World Series. He joins us to discuss how invaluable mental skills, healthiness, and happiness are for elite athletes to stay on top of their game.
A day before the Hawaii Ironman World Championship, Tim Don was hit by a vehicle, breaking his C2 vertebrae...an injury known as the hangman's fracture. Six months later, he completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in under 2:50. After such a traumatic injury, how did Tim manage to get back on his feet so quickly? We dive into the determined, passionate, and astute mindset of one of the world's greatest athletes.
Before there was HVMN Ketone, there was the "Metabolic Dominance" Program. Initiated by DARPA, the program had a single, ambitious goal of enabling superior warfighter performance by controlling energy metabolism on demand. The result was the creation of the world's first ketone ester. Dr. Joseph Bielitzki, the Chief Program Manager that oversaw the decade-long ketone ester development, joins us this week to reveal the history that hasn't yet been covered in the books.
In previous conversations, host Geoffrey Woo has touched on many aspects of ketosis. This episode acts as the source of truth. Geoff and Dr. Brianna Stubbs sit down to lay down the fundamentals, review the history, and ponder over what the future will bring.
We all have a passion for self-improvement. For Andy Hnilo, a former athlete and actor, it was nearly the difference between life or death. After a tragic car accident, Andy became obsessed with accelerating his recovery. He made radical changes to his nutrition, exercise routine (doing daily hill sprints with his jaw wired shut), and created his own skincare concoctions to heal his scarring. His journey, inspirational and driven by pure passion, should be heard by every self-optimizer.
Focus, relaxation, sleep...what if we can scientifically use music to achieve these mental states in 15 minutes? This is the ambition of Brain.fm, a service that uses A.I. music to get your brain in a cognitive state that you want at any given time. We discuss the technology and potential of enhancing performance through the auditory system with Brain.fm CEO Daniel Clark.
Dr. Jason McKeown from Modius joins us this week to discuss an interesting area of neurology: How the hypothalamus influences metabolism. He believes that the hypothalamus plays a crucial role in how lean you are, your ability to train harder, your hunger levels, and, ultimately, weight loss.
With Sumaya Kazi's recent appearance on the Today Show with Megyn Kelly and her Medium article reaching over 600,000 views, Sumaya is the face of the everyday person who has fallen in love with intermittent fasting. After losing 55 pounds in 7 months, all without setting a foot in the gym, people around the world looked up to Sumaya as a resource to successfully turn intermittent fasting into a lifestyle.
Dr. Jason Fung is a forward-thinking doctor who helped pioneer intermittent fasting in the clinic. Geoff and Dr. Fung discuss the similarities of the end goals of fasting and the ketogenic diet, the hacks one can use during a fast and when they should use them, and how fasting can be the cure for the underlying root cause of Type 2 diabetes.
Two worlds collide as Geoff and Ben Greenfield discuss the broad spectrum of human performance and health. They share tips on incorporating functional fitness into one's lifestyle, dive into the history of how Ben utilized ketosis for endurance racing, and reveal what stem cell therapy for enhancement entails.
Chris Bair, the founder of Ketochow, recently completed a month-long experiment in which he survived on only the liquid food he produces and sells (ala popular meal replacement Soylent). Each week he would switch out the source of fat, utilizing coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and heavy whipping cream to see how different fats affected biomarkers such as his LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and ketone levels. Let's dive into one biohacker's interesting and entertaining N=1 experiment!
The CEO of Oura Ring joins us this week to share the cutting-edge technology behind the ring and its implications beyond sleep. Is one finger truly a better sensor point than the entire wrist (ala Apple Watch)? What else can heart rate variability tell us about the performance and state of our bodies? How can we use information from multiple biosignals to optimize sleep? We discuss and ponder over it all in this hour-long episode.
There's more to supplementing with Omega fatty acids than ensuring you aren't deficient (many people are). How do they affect performance and health? What are the different types of fatty acids? Which is the best for cognition and brain health? Geoff and Dr. Brianna Stubbs dive in and reveal all.
Optimizing the gut microbiome (the system of microorganisms living largely in our intestines) is increasingly being thought of as a crucial lever for many aspects of our health: Preventing metabolic disorders, reducing negative heart conditions, and even improving brain health. This novel area of the human platform is gaining a robust body of research, and Sun Genomics CEO Sunny Jain joins us this week to demystify the importance of gut health.
Dr. Molly Maloof is on a mission to radically extend healthspan and maximize human potential using scientific wellness, technology, educational media, & lifestyle medicine. Her iterative programs take the quantified self to the extreme through comprehensive testing of clinical chemistry, metabolomics, microbiome, genetics, & biometrics (e.g. heart rate variability & continuous glucose monitoring). We discuss the future of personalized, holistic health and performance.
Will the future of human enhancement include the ability to naturally modify the state of human tissues and organs in order to cure degenerative diseases and affect complex regeneration? We discuss this controversial field with Ira Pastor, the CEO of Bioqark, a biotech company that develops combinatorial biologics that aim to reverse underlying disease, degeneration, and the aging process.
Nelson Dellis, a 4x USA Memory Champion, was inspired by the passing of his grandmother from Alzheimer's disease to start training his memory so that he could keep his mind strong and healthy throughout his lifespan. Not only does Nelson share some tactical tips to improve memory, but he also provides live examples of his deep and impressive memory recall. Nelson also urges people to live a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement.
Dr. Felice Gersh is an established doctor that integrates both traditional and alternative medicine to assist and heal her patients holistically. We discuss the importance of human rhythm (circadian, hormonal, etc), the research behind more alternative interventions, and how the doctor-patient relationship needs to be reworked.
Over the last few months, HVMN co-founder Michael Brandt has doubled down on his fitness regimen to become an improved, enhanced version of himself. In this episode of our podcast, he shares his story of returning to his love for endurance running whilst dropping key fitness tips and hacks that employ the biohacking ethos.
One of the core HVMN philosophies is that humans are a system. Approaching the human system in a systematic, holistic manner allows us to fully optimize our outputs. Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of Quest Nutrition, which was ranked #2 on the Inc 500 fastest growing companies list, has his own experience realizing and pursuing this philosophy of body and mind empowerment.
Episode 49 features Dr. Scott Sherr, the Director of Integrative Hyperbaric Medicine and Health Optimization at Hyperbaric Medical Solutions. He believes that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) -- the administration of 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure -- is one of the most powerful ways to decreasing inflammation, accelerate wound healing, and optimize both physical and mental performance. Let's dig into the science and implications of this intervention.
Episode 48 features Dr. Kieran Clarke, the professor of physiological biochemistry at the University of Oxford and creator of ▵G, the raw ketone ester compound inside HVMN Ketone. As a key partner and collaborator, the launch of the world's first ketone ester wouldn't have been possible without her years of work, research, and input. An essential and educational piece for anyone interested in the space, this is one of our favorite conversations on the podcast thus far.
Geoffrey Woo sits down with Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, one of the leading researchers in the field of ketosis. Dominic shares his thoughts on the implications of ketone esters (namely HVMN Ketone) as a pathway for improved human performance, metabolism, and therapeutic potential.
Episode 47 features Serge Faguet, an accomplished entrepreneur who founded the leading online hotel booking company in Russia. His successful journey in entrepreneurship was paralleled by his desire to become the best he can possibly be in order to gain an edge in the cutthroat business world, leading him to invest $200,000 in biohacking (you can read about his experience here). Since diving into human enhancement, Serge dropped his body fat from 26% to 10%, reached a VO2 Max of 70 (akin to professional athletes), reduced his blood mercury to nearly 0, and can constantly be on top of his mental game.
By completely altering his diet, cleansing his gut microbiome, taking multiple lab tests (& discovering underlying metabolic sensitivities), Christopher Kelly began to understand what was having a toll on his health. From there, he implemented the right practices to reverse his diabetes, achieve an optimal cognitive state, and improve his overall lifestyle. Geoff and Chris discuss the strenuous journey achieving a healthy state Chris was proud of, the importance of starting from the basics and being aware of any nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, and ponder whether the ketogenic diet is truly the "holy grail" of diets.
Episode 45 features Melia Robinson, a senior reporter at Business Insider. Melia's forte of covering the advancements of the 21st century led her to become intertwined with the biohacking community in Silicon Valley. Geoff and Melia discuss her history reporting on the biohacking culture in San Francisco, the challenges and triumphs she had following the ketogenic diet, the rise of hospitality businesses in the marijuana industry, and answer questions from the community.
Episode 44 features Peter Bowes, a BBC reporter who has a foundational interest in longevity. Geoffrey Woo and Peter discuss the biological mechanisms of fasting (such as lowering IGF-1 levels, a hormone that has been linked to cancer when it reaches higher levels), the difference between working towards a long health-span vs. a long life-span, ponder how to keep that "spark" in you alive as you age, and answer questions from the community.
Episode 43 features Tim Cannon, a human host of multiple implants including RFID's (radio-frequency identification devices) and magnets. Geoff and Tim discuss his experiences with implants and the challenges and risks attached to being a grinder, the differences between the medical field and biohacking, and a host of community questions! Listeners asked Tim what he believes the most popular consumer augmentations will be in the near future, why he chose to invest in implants than wearables, and what measures are taken to ensure safety when implanting a device with a battery into a fellow grinder.
Episode 42 features Dr. Cameron Sepah, a practicing clinician and contributing academic who has a unique background where he has dipped his toes in many areas of medicine, science, and tech. Geoffrey Woo and Cameron discuss the relationship between mental health and metabolic disease, how modern mainstream culture is pushing unhealthy practices, and the recent PURE study that detailed the mortality rates of people who ingested either more carbs or fats.
Our guest this week succeeded in memorizing and reciting 59 decks of cards randomly shuffled together, breaking the World Guinness Record for "Greatest Memory". Geoffrey Woo and Dave discuss various memory tips and tricks (one is a HIIT version of mental training), the importance of PR and its impact on a business' success, and the rise of mental games as a serious sport.
We talk to one biohacker whose mission might sound like something straight out of science fiction...adding additional sensors to the human body. Geoffrey Woo and Neil dive into his experiences with his antenna (did you know Neil can detect active/false alarms in stores?), discuss the ethical and practical appliances of cybernetics, and why adding additional sensors found in other species (antenna = bug) has made Neil actually feel closer to nature than, say, a machine.
We always stress that tracking and measuring your biometrics is essential to successful biohacking, but sometimes you need to remember one simple thing: Listen to your body. Geoffrey Woo and Ben discuss the ins and outs of Ben's fitness and nutritional routine, the importance of recovery after training or working out, and the potential for exogenous ketones as a pathway to treat brain injuries.
If you begin thinking about the human body as a system, where inputs directly cause outputs, you'd become more mindful of the one input we put into our bodies every single day: Food. Geoffrey Woo and James discuss the importance of not being dogmatic about diets, how certain practices from the past are making a comeback to modern society (i.e. feast and famine periods), and the influence nutrigenomics (as well as nature-based philosophies) have on each individual.
"Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." Geoffrey Woo and Dr. Wali discuss the rapidly growing interest in the ketogenic diet, why more doctors should view nutrition as an integral part in health and medicine, and Geoff's experience fasting for seven straight days!
It's about time to start treating health...not just disease. Geoffrey Woo and Dr. Achacoso discuss the reasoning and science behind "Health Optimization Medicine", the problem with the incentive structure the current health care system seems to have, and Dr. Achacoso's own hardcore biohacking regime!
Episode 35 features Jasmina Aganovic, president of Mother Dirt, a product that flips the switch on the normal school of thought of modern hygiene. Instead of cleaning bacteria from your skin, Mother Dirt aims to restore & maintain the good bacteria. What's the rationale behind this, you ask? Listen to find out!
Geoff and Dr. Stubbs discuss the differences between industry-funded research and government-funded research, not shying away from the uncomfortable truths and nature of any funded study. Dr. Stubbs dives into the difficulties scientists have including women into a study, in which standardizing is a challenging process due to constantly changing variables (i.e hormones) that are present in women. Geoff also ponders about the role of science and research development in the world of top-tier athletics, in which Brianna reveals that it is tough to convince elite athletes to partake in any experiment, likening them to a well-oiled machine in which any outside variable can throw them off their track.
Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the most prolific thought leaders in the space of human enhancement. They've made a name for themselves (featured on NYT, WSJ, and BI) by building up Nootrobox as one of the leading nootropic companies. Now, they are taking the next step in their mission to make better humans by launching an all-encompassing human enhancement company: HVMN. This episode dives into the long-term vision Geoff and Michael have with HVMN and why now is the perfect time for human enhancement.
An avid polyphasic sleep practitioner, Nathaniel Krasnoff works around the clock to help start-up founders realize their company vision. Geoff and Nathaniel discuss productivity hacks, Nathaniel's journey to the top of the largest mountain in Africa (and how HVMN product SPRINT made it possible), and the culture of Silicon Valley.
Geoff and Daniel Doty (featured on the Joe Rogan podcast) discuss the importance of self-reflection, the problem with social constructions regarding what it means to be a "man", and the techniques Dan has learned over the years mentoring young troubled men and getting them on the right path.
Joel Stanley, the CEO of CW Hemp, joins us on the THINKING Podcast to discuss the origins of his family-run CBD company, the state of the rapidly growing industry, and how his CBD product can be used for biohacking.
If you've been keeping up with the recent emergence of more biohackers and athletes looking to optimize their performance and health by utilizing ketones, you know that the research behind this fuel source has been increasing steadily. As the data grows thanks to the hard work of talented and intelligent researchers, so does the proof of the benefits brought by being in ketosis.
The issue of the health care system is multi-layered and has been a source of debate for years, with seemingly no one able to crack the code. Dr. Pho gives us the valuable perspective of a doctor tired of the health care system and reminds us that at the end of the day, everyone is a human and wants to help make the world a better place.
Geoff sits down and has a 1:1 conversation with Professor Thomas Seyfried, a renowned researcher who authored the groundbreaking book "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease". Cancer has generally been considered a genetic disease since its inception, but Professor Seyfried fights against that dogmatic view and argues that it is a metabolic disease.
Geoff and Michael sit down with ultra-runner and endurance coach Jeff Browning. Jeff reveals how and why he can continually push himself to complete ultra-marathons, year after year. After 17 years of competitive running and experiencing various failures and successes, Jeff developed a methodical and scientific approach to nutrition and training that has allowed him to bring the best out of his athletic performance.
Geoff sits down with Brianna Stubbs, a British rower who has achieved numerous accomplishments, including being the youngest person ever to cross the English Channel in a rowing boat...at age 12. Not only is Brianna a full-time and world-class athlete , but she also studied rigorously at the prestigious Oxford University and went on to become a respected researcher in the space of ketones.
Geoff sits down with Niv Dror, the writer and social editor for Product Hunt. Niv, famous for his community skills in the Silicon Valley and for appearing on TIME because of his "shruggie" tattoo, shares his story of how he got to where he is today. Starting from humble beginnings, Niv grinded and hustled his way to becoming a social media guru. As he climbed the ranks of Silicon Valley, Niv never let formal qualifications get in his way and instead created "value" for himself that others could not ignore.
Episode 23 features Gary Taubes, an American author (The Case Against Sugar) who regularly takes a stand against modern nutrition conceptions. This episode not only details the science of modern nutrition and its faults, but also the dives deep into the history and root of the nutritional values the majority follow today. What events lead to the misconception that a high fat diet is unhealthy? Digging into the past gives us context into what is outdated and what needs to be changed for modern nutrition.
Episode 22 features Dr. Manuel Lam (or as the Nootrobox team endearingly calls him: Dr. Manny) the new Nootrobox Science and Medicine Lead. Geoff and Dr. Manny sit down to talk about a wide variety of topics, from Dr. Manny's prolific medicinal background to Geoff's thoughts about the current health care system to how Dr. Manny is curing people of their diabetes by coaching them as they fast.
Episode 21 features Elle Russ, a health coach and host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast. Elle shares her personal journey of fighting with two severe bouts of hypothyroidism, in which she was forced to take matters into her own hands after being failed by the public health care system. This experience transformed Elle into a biohacker, as she continually tinkers with her body to be the best and healthiest version of herself.
Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Geoff and Mike take a look back at 2016 and discuss all the scientific goodness that went down during the year!
Episode 19 features Ranidu Lankage, a Sinhalese R&B and hip hop artist who played a pivotal role in raising the international profile of Sinhalese RnB/pop. He is now the CEO of the hot new app Whale, and joins the THINKING Podcast to share the story of how his initial music startup transformed into a revolutionary video Q&A app that provides a social platform for anyone and everyone to become educated on various topics.
Episode 18 features Evan Clayton, a founder of Teespring. Geoff, Michael, and Evan discuss the nuances of start-up struggles, entrepreneurship ideals, and biohacks that keep them on top of the game!
Episode 17 features Dr. Jason Fung, a world-renowned nutritionist and author of "The Obesity Code". Geoff, Michael, and Dr. Fung discuss the nuances of health, diet, and fasting!
Episode 16 is an update to the 90-Day Biohacker Challenge as featured in Episode 10! Geoffrey Woo has been undergoing multiple tests and trials in this challenge, with the goal to spark and motivate our community to be more thoughtful about the inputs into their bodies and their daily regimens.
Episode 15 features Michael Wood Jr., a Baltimore ex-cop who is now a social activist in the fight against systematic injustice in the United States. Geoff and Michael discuss the nuances of racial bias, drug laws, and more in this special episode!
Episode 14 features Tim Brown, founder of the game-changing shoe company Allbirds. Michael and Tim discuss the nuances of entrepreneurship, innovation, and all things start-up!
Episode 12 features Megan Klimen, founder of 3Scan and fellow biohacker. Geoff, Michael, and Megan discuss the nuances of quantitative biotechnology and the growing space of human enhancement.
Episode 12 features Jerome Hardaway, founder of Vets Who Code and fellow veteran biohacker. Geoff, Michael, and Jerome discuss the nuances of biohacking and its applications for both active duty soldiers and veterans who deal with PTSD.
Episode 11 features Sumaya Kazi, founder of Sumazi and face of our WeFast group, losing 50 pounds in 6 months through intermittent fasting alone! Join Geoff and Sumaya as they discuss fasting protocols, questions, concerns, and more.
Episode 10 is a special one, as Nootrobox is launching an open-sourced Biohacker Challenge! Nootrobox co-founders and THINKING Podcast hosts Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt will be leading and participating in the three-month challenge. The goal here is to spark and motivate our community to be more thoughtful about the inputs into their bodies, their daily regimens, and how these factors may affect performance outputs and outcomes.
Episode 9 features Aubrey de Grey, the Chief Scientist Officer of the SENS Research Foundation. In this episode, Geoff, Michael, and Aubrey discuss the nuances of aging and health and their differing opinions and tactics of how to fully optimize these notions.
Episode 8 features Con Stough, the Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Stough's main interest lies in the area of intelligence, primarily the assessment of intelligence, theories of intelligence, the biological basis of intelligence and how to improve intelligence. He is a member of the editorial board of the Intelligence journal.
Episode 7 features Josh Whiton, a man of biohacking, philosophy, and entrepreneurship.
Episode 6 features a biohacker with RFID implants who goes by the name of Amal Graafstra. Michael and Amal discuss the nuances of human implants and the many reasons why it should be normalized in the future.
Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Nootrobox founders Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the foremost thinkers in this space, and they've proposed 5 Axioms that predicate biohacking and the framework driving Nootrobox. The fifth and final axiom discussed in Episode 5 is "A Smart Society is a Better Society".
Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Nootrobox founders Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the foremost thinkers in this space, and they've proposed 5 Axioms that predicate biohacking and the framework driving Nootrobox. The fourth axiom discussed in Episode 4 is "Human Enhancement is Inevitable".
Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Nootrobox founders Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the foremost thinkers in this space, and they've proposed 5 Axioms that predicate biohacking and the framework driving Nootrobox. The third axiom discussed in Episode 3 is "Hard Work as the Means to Self-Actualization".
Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Nootrobox founders Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the foremost thinkers in this space, and they've proposed 5 Axioms that predicate biohacking and the framework driving Nootrobox. The second axiom discussed in Episode 2 is "Intellect as the Driving Force in Modern Civilization"
Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Nootrobox founders Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the foremost thinkers in this space, and they've proposed 5 Axioms that predicate biohacking and the framework driving Nootrobox. The first axiom discussed in Episode 1 is "The Human as a System."
Welcome to a THINKING Podcast Special! Geoffrey Woo presents a thought-proving talk based upon the future of human enhancement to a large audience at the popular World's Fair Nano, laying out how the four broad concepts around the space. He stresses that human progress doesn't and won't stop, so why not do it safely and responsibly? Geoff also dives into why Nootrobox is leading the movement with cognitive enhancers such as the flagship nootropic set THE FULL STACK.
Once a week, we'll send you the most compelling research, stories and updates from the world of human enhancement.