Bio hacking is an interesting school of health. It is different than the nutritionists or the body builders ect but at the same time can encompass aspects of all different of health. In fact in trying to figure out what is a bio hack and what isn't you just have to ask a person and see what they say. No official rule book here. Any thing that is healthy and an action can be considered a bio hack in the same way that any food that is healthy can be called a super food and is. or could be called food as other things people call food that contain no light, time or nutrients are some other thing....filler would be the right word. This is just the battle of quantity vs quality and the changing of language. Once everything that is healthy is marketed as a super food then there will be a new name for it like super dupper food. This is the natural progression of things. Bio hacking started, as far as I can tell, being largely device and drug/pill driven.
OG bio hackers where the people embedding electronics into their body. I was an econ student so I always follow the money and the bio hacker community is fueling the future of the health and wellness industry because of the age ranges the economics stability of the group and the intelligence behind their ideas. These are the silicon valley types on all kinds of nootropics. Another word that started out as a drug or not so natural substance for brain enhancement and ended up as well......anything that is good for the brain.
This is all ok I just think it is interesting. I myself have dipped into the device world looking for cool electronics to enhance my body and mind. Nootropics of all kinds and all sorts of different behaviors that increase health.
All these and more would be considered bio hacker focuses, like denominations under a religion. But what is emerging is clear line the biohacker reformists are return to nature people.
Whats the difference?
Cryotherapy vs jumping in the ocean
Red light therapy devices stuck up your nose ect vs sun light
Pills vs food
A device to mitigate a NNEMF frequency vs shutting of the router
The newest technology for an automated workout vs running on the beach
I can go on but hopefully you get the point.
Tech bio hackers are trying to get natural benefits from unnatural things and nature bio hackers are trying to alter their environments.
The pluses of the tech bio hacker school is many
-easy to make money off devices and pills
-its fun- like toys for adults
(getting a new bio hack device reminds me of getting a new Nintendo as a kid)
-it fits with a pro tech lifestyle (as life gets more tech it becomes easier to just integrate health into a the tech so your smart watch can send you emails and check your Heart variability ect)
-it lets the person be involved in the bio optimization process with pills and programs, the chemist and architect (in other words its great for the ego)
I could go on, this is an appealing position
There is only one negative that I have found.....it doesn't work.
Sometimes the best way to take a nap is with your eyes shut. This is the blind leading the blind and they have no idea what the tech does to their neurology. But the more tech is used the worse the neurology and so one. Like reasoning with a drunk as the night goes on is never a good idea and we are drunk on tech.
Yeah I know, it sucks all the pills, racitams and devices that we love so much are fun to play with but like it or not everyone who is alive is subject to nature. We can't improve nature wee have to submit to it and that is no fun. Nature doesn't need us and she has already figured everything out. After changing schools from the tech bio hacker to a nature bio hacker (which is someone who does natural things but maybe knows the science of why they are beneficial where the tree huger hippy does the same natural behaviors they just intuit their way into them, us brain people can't stand it when we work so hard just find out many others just kind of knew in their....heart... (I said it) that the fake stuff was bad.
And there is is. The tech stuff is fake and that is bad for business. Bad for device sales and for the companies pretending to be ancient when they are just powdering cheap stuff and selling it for a high price with a health claim that is just indirect enough to get past the regulators. Because an ancient keto product would be...butter. Not coconut processed into mct powdered and bound to a fiber or worse a powdered processed "protein" sold in a tub. At some point a thing ceases to be the original thing and becomes something else.
The problem with all the tech bio hack stuff, and I see the appeal, is that it is fake and there for a lie and lies that pretend to be true are still just lies. Nature wont reward these behaviors and the longer the tech biohack group goes on the more problems we will see with the brain drugs and the devices cause issues. Depending on your environment everyone has to do different "hacks" but the best hacks are getting as far away from the thing causing the problem.
I think the difference is that one school wants nature to submit to modern life where the other wants modern life to submit to nature.
An example would be the magnetico sleep pad is an amazing tool to enhance the earth natural unidirectional magnetism. And yes I am an affiliate and yes you should buy one. Why is this ok because it is in line with nature. If you find anything else let me know. nature bio hackers need to make money too but are just unwilling to sell things that are at best a waste and at worst unhealthy. Most people could never understand the true benefit of the magnetico or they would immediately do what ever they could to get one. But I call it a tool and not a device. It doesn't use any tech its just a big ass magnet. Its natural. Everything plugged into a wall plug has to be scrutinized.
Yes cold is good, keto is good, light is good, the earth is good but all these things are only good if they are done naturally and at the right time.
I don't know if I can call myself any type of a bio hacker anymore as I now can't seem top find any pills better than an oyster or any hack better than standing bare foot in the cold ocean facing the sun.
I'm submitting to nature and to be honest there are less highs and less lows.....because it just works and it doesn't need me.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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