Carnivore Diet- Sustainable Ancestral Diet or Dangerous Fad?

We will be adding more to this article in the future so make sure to check back in or follow us on social media to stay up to date. There is more and more information coming out every day as more people learn about the diet and try it for themselves. I will be trying this diet again this winter and Thaddeus is planning on doing the same. 

Imagine a diet where you only ate things that for many years were considered bad for you. Things like bacon, steaks, ribs, butter and burgers have been demonized for quite a while now for many different reasons.

What if someone told you that you could eat all those things, skip the veggies and still be healthy?

That's what many people are saying about the carnivore diet.

I'm typing away in between bites of a large ribeye and washing it down with some home-made bone broth. It's been a little tough to get used to but surprisingly not as much as I thought.

CARNIVORE DIET AKA ZERO CARB DIET

I've been seeing more and more talk about the carnivore diet and all the benefits people have gained from it so I knew I needed to investigate further.

Proponents of this diet have made some pretty amazing claims about the benefits that they've received by going on this diet. Some are a little hard to believe but because I love experimenting, I decided to dive into it and see what I could find out and even try the diet out for myself. I'll try to dig into the science behind this and also try it out myself for a few months while undergoing testing throughout the experiment.

WHAT IS THE CARNIVORE DIET?

If there is a diet that is the antithesis of the vegan diet, then the Carnivore diet is it.  As for anyone who has not heard of the carnivore diet, well it is exactly what it sounds like, a diet consisting of meat and water.  What about vegetables you may ask, well those are reserved for omnivorous and vegetarian/vegan diets.

Just like any diet approach, there are variables that can be tweaked on carnivore.  With Paleo you will hear zealots argue about legumes, some vegetarians will choose to eat poultry or dairy, the vegan community may not agree on honey, either way, you get the point; there are those 100% committed to the rules and others who see the strategy as a blueprint that can be adjusted for individual needs.  I have met carnivore purists who adhere to a diet of only meat and water, others who allow for dairy and even some that will pull in plant-based foods like coffee and/or plant adaptogen supplements.  For research and understanding, I have gone through periods of both strict adherence as well as allowing for some individualized leniency.  Personally, I have found value in the carnivore diet approach, with little to no subjective effect when deviating from strict adherence – intermittently I allowed for coffee and a few supplements that are plant-based.

Many people start this diet and stick to just a couple of things like ground beef and steak and have seen amazing results, but I'm going to incorporate a few other things that should help to optimize this diet.

Since I'm trying to perform at the absolute best and want to give my body and mind the best chance for success I'll be adding in many different animal products to give myself a more well rounded and ancestrally accurate type of diet (where meat is concerned). I'll be including meat from various sources including farm raised (grass-fed), wild game and also seafood. I'll also be including things like organ meat and bone broth to increase the number of nutrients that I am getting from my food.

So why start a diet in the first place that seems so extreme?  There are a whole host of reasons, but let’s start with something that provides visual feedback…weight loss!  Many Americans and other parts of the world that have adopted American food and lifestyle struggle with weight management, this focus is important not just for aesthetics but also to address the multitude to health issues that correlate with being overweight.  If you have seen the social media posts of people using the carnivore diet, you may wonder how anyone can possibly lose weight eating that much fat, protein and red meat.  While there are a lot of reasons that this seemingly counter-intuitive approach facilitates weight loss, we will limit our attention to a couple of reasons that are fairly easy concepts to understand.

Weight loss

Almost everyone has heard about insulin whether in the context of diabetes or maybe even performance enhancement. We know that insulin plays a huge role in our physiological health, but we also know that too much insulin can wreak havoc on our health.  Through diabetes research, we better understand how carbohydrates can potentiate the secretion of insulin, a hormone that signals the body to store available blood sugar as fat and glycogen.  If we reduce the volume and frequency of carbohydrates in the diet, we subsequently reduce the circulating blood glucose and insulin that can result in increased fat stores. 

Different macronutrients cause different levels of satiety after ingested, protein being the king of satiety [r]. If a diet or type of food improves the length of time in which one is satisfied and not hungry, we can then assume the person will eat less and are less likely to give into cravings.  Don’t get me wrong, you can out eat a good diet approach, but it takes focused effort to eat excessive calories if you are sticking to the macros guidelines – there are a small number of individuals with genetic and hormone imbalances that can allow people to overeat even on a highly satiating diet [r].

Lower Inflammation

Let’s not stop with the benefits, next up is inflammation and how it is affected by the carnivore approach.  As previously mentioned around heart health, excess sugar can cause an inflammatory response that can affect the gut, nervous system and multiple other tissues in the body.  Since the carbohydrate intake is so low on a carnivore diet, there is also a higher potential to dip in and out of ketosis.  The ketones produced during ketosis provide an anti-inflammatory effect, of which science does not fully understand, but no need to wait for science to explain before taking control of your own health.  Since I am not a doctor nor is this article written to treat disease, I will not dive into the proven benefits for individuals suffering from epilepsy, Parkinson’s and many other neurological diseases, but if you or someone you know suffers from a neurological disease it may benefit to look into carnivore or at least a ketogenic diet[r].

Testosterone boost

What about testosterone?  Men and women alike now better understand the importance of optimizing this hormone that seems to have the properties of the Fountain of Youth.   Since testosterone is made in the body from cholesterol and saturated fat, removing or reducing these fats can result in sub-optimal testosterone levels[r].  Testosterone helps maintain/increase muscle mass, ensure a healthy libido, promotes longevity, blood sugar control and a host of other positive impacts.  No one, man or woman, can neglect the importance of this marker on their health if their focus is to optimize overall wellness.

Better digestive health

POSSIBLE NEGATIVES

Digestive Issues

One of the first things that people ask when I mention trying out this diet is whether the lack of fiber caused constipation or other digestive issues and that was one of my concerns going into this experiment. I felt pretty confident after talking to a few other people that if I did have any issues then they would only last a week at most. Come to find out, I didn't experience any negative issues with my digestion at all.

Heart Attack Risk

Will all of this fat and protein cause a heart attack?  This is a concern mostly resulting from misinformation from the low-fat high-carb era, but does have some validity.  If you have had your 23andMe done and found that you are the lucky winner of the APOE4 variant, then a diet higher in saturated fat may not be best for you as it could result if an unsafe increase in LDL cholesterol.  On the flipside, there is a high likelihood that this approach can reverse plaque buildup in the heart/arteries of individuals who do not have the genetic hurdle previously mentioned.  Interestingly, Dr. Rocky Patel implemented the CarbNite diet strategy (not carnivore but it is high protein, high fat and low carb) popularized by physicist John Keifer, and found that both he and his patients had statistically favorable results with reducing built up arterial plaque [r].  Another interesting nugget of information is that excess glucose can cause an inflammatory response in the body and when paired with high cholesterol and blood triglycerides, the result can be the accumulation of arterial plaque; if you simply remove or reduce the variable causing the inflammatory response (sugar in this case), you may encourage the body to clean up the plaque as well as the cholesterol and triglyceride markers that are out of whack.

Environmental Impact

One concern that is important to me as a co-custodian of this earth is the sustainability of a high amount of meat consumption.  Unfortunately, we do not have any data to show how our ecosystem is affected by large swaths of people relying heavily or solely on meat, but we can at least look make good guestimates on the impact of our choices.  Similar to the argument against vegans and monocropping, probably the most important concept is – how is our food cared for prior to human consumption [r].  Monocropping and massive livestock feedlots are terrible for the environment and for our bodies.  On an organic, biodynamic farm where the livestock and vegetation are effectively rotated in such a way that the farm is seemingly mimicking a natural lifecycle, we are then promoting a practice that will symbiotically work with the natural rhythms of the earth.  This relationship with the earth will allow us to build the infrastructure needed to facilitate a productive environment that will give back to the earth in the form of soil nutrients, improvements in air quality and other environmental variables as well it will provide the nutritional support for all individuals, regardless of their diet strategy.  There are a lot of people on both sides of this argument with great points, but I have personally found a lot of value in Robb Wolf’s view.  I would highly suggest checking out a few of Robb’s podcasts on the subject where he passionately discusses the nuances and unknowns.

Cancer Risks

Another curveball that might derail preparations to start a carnivore diet is the misinformation around cancer that stemmed from the china study.  While meat is not inherently carcinogenic, the proponents of the china study would likely argue otherwise.  Below is a few of the shortcomings associated with the china study:

  • The claims are not fully supported by the data collected during the study
  • There was a full population of people involved whose diet was high in fat and protein – they were assessed and determined to be in good health
  • It was an epidemiological study – these do not determine causation, only correlation and furthermore does not account for the multiple other variables that may have also trended in populations with less than favorable health assessments
  • High blood glucose showed a significantly significant correlation with cancer – guess what has little to no carbohydrates in it….MEAT

I would definitely look at Denise Minger’s article debunking the China Study if this peaks you interest.  China Study aside, it is probably a good idea to select for meats that were raised ethically and naturally, as there is evidence to support the differences of nutritional quality and toxin load depending on how the animal was cared for.  If you are interested in the misinformation and propaganda around meat or want to understand more about ancestral diets and health, Nina Teicholz wrote an excellent resource titled The Big Fat Surprise.   

Not Enough Nutrients

Nutrient intake and variety is also a concern, one that was the first to pop into my mind when I heard about carnivore.  Where will I get my vitamin C from if I don’t eat any citrus fruits?  One of the first things to take into account is not just getting enough of the right nutrients, but also being able to absorb them.  Plants contain compounds referred to anti-nutrients, which affects the absorption of nutrients [r], so one argument would be to eliminate plants or at least the ones with the highest level of nutrient robbing compounds – check out The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry for more.  We must also account for bioavailability of the nutrients consumed because this can vary greatly when comparing animal vs. plant sources.  It is well supported that the animal forms for many nutrients seem to be more favorably absorbed and used in the body, Omega 3s and Vitamin A for example.  Next, we have to think about the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for nutrients and how they were determined.  Many of the reference points for nutrients detailed on the RDA(s) were developed in the context of an agricultural based diet, which means that some of the recommendations for nutrients that facilitate carbohydrate metabolism are either skewed or are completely irrelevant in this context.  To close the loop on the previous comment regarding vitamin C, glucose impairs the metabolism of this highly regarded vitamin, uric acid provides a sparring effect and there are several other factors at play provoking one to think “maybe we should go back to the drawing board on these RDA(s).”

While carnivore is not a panacea, it will provide benefit to many.  If you know how to effectively implement dietary changes, analyze the outcome of those changes and pivot accordingly, carnivore is an excellent option.  If you choose to give carnivore a try, just like anything, make sure to research in advance, carefully prep to ensure adherence and most of all enjoy the learning process.  Good luck to you and your nutritional endeavors, and on that note, I am going to finish up sizzling the ribeye and venison marinating in front of me.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE CARNIVORE DIET

Before I get into my experience with this way of eating, let me give you some background.

For many years I've been experimenting with all types of diets. Well, almost all types..

I've never tried a vegan or vegetarian type diet because, well, I like meat too much. I also believe that there are many advantages to eating close to what my ancestors would have typically eaten for hundreds and even thousands of years and last time I checked there wasn't any record of western and northern Europeans eating a primarily plant-based diet.

I'll start by listing what I typically ate. Then I'll talk about how I felt while on the diet. This includes energy levels, cognitive function, etc. I'll then go into the body composition and then finally my results from the blood tests that I ran. Recently I was asked what my workout routine looked like while on this diet so I will add a section about that as well.

What I Ate

I still did an intermittent fast 2 or 3 times a week. The benefits of IF are too good to cut out completely so I still utilized it as part of my routine.

On days that I didn’t fast, I usually started off with bacon and eggs or sometimes leftover ribeye from the night before. Here is a list of the primary foods that I ate with the things I ate more of at the top of the list. Keep in mind that all of the products were grass-fed 99% of the time. I know that looking at this list you're going to assume that I spent a fortune on groceries, but I really didn't. I did most of my shopping at either a local farm around here or when there was a good sale at Earthfare I would take a trip up to Indy and stock up on TONS of meat. I bought so much each time that I had to start calling in my order before I left home so that they could have that hour to get it all cut and packaged for me. I was really lucky that a few times I caught ribeye, strip, or filets on sale for 6.99- 9.99 a pound! I did order some steaks from US Wellness Meats a few times but they are a little more pricey.

  • Ribeye
  • New York Strip
  • Filet
  • Venison
  • Bone Broth
  • Liverwurst and summer sausage from US Wellness Meats
  • Grass Fed Beef Sticks
  • Ground beef
  • Salmon
  • Oysters

How I Felt

To be honest, the first week of the diet was tough. I was tired, moody, experienced brain fog and struggled with headaches and quite a few cravings. I almost felt as if I was getting sick. If you've ever experimented with a ketogenic diet then these symptoms might sound familiar. What I was experiencing was my body being completely confused. I wasn't on a ketogenic diet before starting this experiment because I wanted to experience the full effect of what someone coming from a typical (although very clean) diet would experience. Because of this, my body was used to using quite a bit of carbs as fuel. Once I started this diet I was essentially depriving my body of the fuel that it was accustomed to running on. 

Once I got past the first-week things really started to improve.

Energy levels were much higher than normal and the brain fog completely cleared. My ability to focus and my memory increased Well above normal levels. The cognitive benefits seemed to taper off after a few weeks but that was probably because it became the new normal.

What The Data Showed

For the first month I tracked my ketones and glucose pretty regularly. I was really surprised that my ketones were as high as they were because of the large amount of protein that I was consuming. My ranges were normally anywhere from .5 all the way up to 3.0! I think this had to do with the large amounts of fat I was eating along with the longer than usual periods of time in between meals. In the beginning, I usually only at once or twice a day because I just wasn't hungry. After a month I had to start to force myself to eat past the point of being full because I was dropping weight way too fast. When I started, according to my FitBit Body Scale, I weighed 195.2lbs with a body fat % of 20.15% and a body mass index of 25.77. Keep in mind that these scales aren't very accurate most of the time but they provide a good insight when using them consistently and under the same conditions.

Within 10 days on the diet my numbers were 189.8lbs, 20.11%, and 25.05 BMI. Keep in mind that I hurt my back right after starting the diet so I wasn't working out AT ALL, and wasn't even moving much for the first month so these numbers are from diet alone. By the end of the first month, I was at 185.56lbs, 19.41%, and 24.49 BMI. 

By the end of the third month, I was at 172.61lbs, 14.87% and 22.78 BMI according to my scale. Its been almost 3 months since I finished this experiment and am still consuming most of my calories in the form of animal products but do have plant-based foods sometimes. Right now my scale is telling me that I am at 170lbs, 22.44 BMI and 14.84% BF. I leveled out quite a bit and am very happy where I am at right now when it comes to my weight. Now I am working on increasing lean muscle mass and keeping my body fat % around the same.

Many biomarkers improved significantly, most notably my testosterone. There are a few things that didn't improve and I will be watching these things closely in the future. I used the Ultimate test from Inside Tracker. You can get a sweet discount by using the code PRIMALHACKER for your own testing.

Workout Routine

My workout routine was pretty much the same the whole time. I would usually only workout 3 to 4 times a week and most of them were at home using just a few pieces of equipment like kettlebells, steel maces and a pull-up bar. 

I did practice what is called "greasing the groove" on a daily basis. If you don't know what this is, I'll give you a little description.

Greasing the groove is a term coined by Pavel Tsatsouline, who is considered the father of the kettlebell in the west. According to Pavel, "Strength is a skill," and like any skill, it needs to be practiced daily to really get good at it. Basically, instead of lifting heavy weights which cause tiny tears in your muscles which cause them to adapt, repair and become stronger, you use lighter weight and reps but do them much more often than you would a normal workout. This trains your muscles to fire more efficiently and "greases the groove."

The way I take advantage of this is by setting up a series of basically If This Then That (IFTTT) scenarios. For example, when I walk into my office, I automatically do two pull-ups on the pull-up bar above my desk and when I go outside I do 10 kettlebell swings. When I take a break every 30-60 minutes, I do 10 pushups and when I go to the bathroom I do 10 squats. There are many other things I do throughout the day but these are the most common. 

One day a week I would go to a gym close by that has an ARX machine. If you don't know what an ARX machine is you should really check it out. 

 

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The rest of the days were just simple workouts at home using my pull-up bar, kettlebells, steel maces and whatever else I have around. These workouts lasted anywhere from 30-60 minutes and consisted of whatever I felt like doing at the time.  Here is a YouTube video showing the exercises I used most often during the diet.  I also did some functional movement and climbing a few times a week.

 

Sustainable?

There still aren't any long-term studies to prove or disprove this type of diet but many people have had greats results with this way of eating for long periods of time so for some people, it may be a good choice. We're all different so just because I did well on it doesn't mean that you will. Please consult your doctor before making any major changes to your diet.

From an ancestral perspective, I do think I will experiment with this diet for at least a few months every winter since this is when my ancestors would have eaten mainly things they could hunt or fish. We'll be adding to this article as we experiment more and come across more research.

Have you tried out an all meat diet? Let us know about your experience!

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Buying a Home for 5G

A cell tower for every 8 homes! 

500,000 more cell towers needed to connect 5G in the US. There’s only 300,000 out there today! 

The internet of things spying on you from every device in your home.  

The 5G power density is so high because it can’t travel as far as 4G and needs to be cranked up.  

How do you Mitigate the EMF in a 5G world? 

Remember with 5G, these are directed beam wave energy. Get a faraday cage pouch for your phone so it's not calling for signal when you don't want it!

One way is to buy a house that will minimize your exposure to 5G. 

Here’s what to look for. 

 

How to Search for a place to live When 5G hits 

5G frequencies are different from 4G, 4G LTE and 4G LTE advanced.  

5G is higher in frequency and the wavelengths are shorter meaning they are more powerful.  

They also don’t travel as far as 4G.  

5G is more easily blocked than 4G, unless of course you have a 5G enabled device in your home calling for 5G frequencies.  

Because 5G won’t travel as far, the antennas are going to be (many already are) placed at street and human level to allow them to enter homes. While 4G can enter homes from the walls and roof, 5G is largely blocked by these things.  

Keep in mind that when 5G is turned on, 4G isn’t going away and will be flooding the world in addition to the 5G.  

When looking for a house, you want to ensure to choose something that will block both 4G and 5G! 

Hire Building biologist 

Building Biologists are trained to identify EMF hazards around your home, or your future home. Hiring a building biologist is the best way to buy a home that will be as free as possible from EMF. 

If you have the money, typically $1200 or more for a visit, a building biologist has tools to measure exactly what your unique 5G issue is. They have tens of thousands of dollars of meters that measure the exact frequencies, wavelengths, and hotspots in your house.  

In addition, they can recommend the best mitigation strategies for your unique situation.  

We hired Brian Hoyer from Shielded Healing, discount code sleep for $100 off your assessment. 

Buy a fortress 

Metal and earth block 5G. If you can find a home that’s sided in metal with a metal roof, you will have gone a long way to stop 5G and 4G from entering your home. If you can find a rammed earth home or a home that’s partially underground, or even a home where the bedrooms are in the basement, these all will protect you and your family from much of these frequencies.  

Move to the country (till 5G comes form above, quote about every square inch of planet) 

Cities have a high density of people. Everyone has their phone on, their WIFI routers on all the time, their Smart TVs, their self driving cars and more...  

To serve all these people, cities have to install more antennas and towers emitting 5G and 4G. This is because each antenna can only handle so many incoming and outgoing communications, usually 4 at most. So an apartment building with 1000 people will need a hundred antennas per se.  

When you buy a home in the country, there are fewer people per mile and therefor fewer antennas and WIFI and cellphone leakage from neighbors. In some places you will not even receive cellphone coverage. That’s an ideal area if you ask me.  

Find a home in the country that gets little to no cellphone reception and is far away from any neighbors. In addition, steer clear of overhead powerlines and sub stations.  

 

Pine trees 

Trees block EMF like that from 4G and 5G. Specifically, pine trees are said to block the most EMF.  

Find a home surrounded by pine trees.  

Build a cold plunge or cold pool or even hot tub 

Water acts as a natural farday cage. A faraday cage blocks EMF.  

Look for a home with a pool or hottub, or even a natural body of water.  

Get in this water often to let your body detox from the EMF bombardment it gets all day long.  

Bonus points for using cold water because this activates ancient pathways that can lead to healing and improved health.  

 

Take our EMF course! 

Tomorrow and I created a FREE EMF course. We could have charged actual dollars for this, but we didn’t. Take advantage of it now.  

The Earth Makes EMF and It's Good For You

 

Yes, it’s true, there is EMF that’s good for us, and it comes directly from the Earth and Sun.  

We all live indoors these days and we’re insulated from Nature.  

We don’t get out in the sun, and many doctors today will tell you the sun is toxic.  

Manmade EMF like Wi-Fi, cellphone radiation and Bluetooth causes inflammation and can lead to health problems.  

We rarely if ever touch our feet to the earth and instead insulate ourselves from the ground by wearing rubberized soles in our shoes. 

By doing this, we miss out on the beneficial EMF that heals us and restores our vitality.  

We call this nature’s EMF.  

Anything created by man, that our bodies haven’t been designed to deal with we call Non-Native EMF (nn-EMF). And these are the fields that largely harm our biology.  

Nature’s EMF is used by our bodies to heal, sync us to the Earth and Nature, and even helps us sleep. 

 

Daytime Electric Field..Thanks Sun  

During the day the sun shines on the Earth. There is an electric field produced on Earth wherever there is daylight. This field is energizing and create by photons entering the atmosphere.  

In addition, the Earth receives thousands of lightning strikes every second. These strikes drive electrons into the earth and also create the Schumann Resonance.  

Our bodies can use the electrons in the Earth and are also attuned to the Schumann Resonance. Science is still learning how this works and what effect it has on us, but we know that when humans travel to space and leave these fields, their bodies break down.  

The Russian’s recreate a Schumann Resonant frequency in space to keep the cosmonauts healthier.  

 

Nighttime Magenetic Field..Thanks Earth  

 

At night, without photons bombarding the atmosphere, the Earth’s Magnetic Field is more prominent. Our opinion is that this magnetic field is healing and we take advantage of it in our sleep to heal our bodies.  

If we sleep above ground level, like in 3rd or 10th floor apartments, or even just in a 2nd floor bedroom, we are quite far away from the proper Earth fields we should experience and rather bombarded by manmade fields from cell towers and Wi-Fi and electrical currents in the walls.  

If you want to take advantage of the healing magnetic field, sleep as close to the ground as possible.  Sleeping in a basement bedroom both allows you to be close to the Earth's magnetic field and minimizes or eliminates the manmade EMF fields.  

 

Grounding 

Remember all those lightning strikes hitting the Earth every second? This embeds electrons into the Earth, which is why the Earth is the largest source of negative energy and why we “ground” electrical things into the Earth. You can stand barefoot on the Earth and allow positive charge in your body, known as inflammation, to drain out into the ground. How amazing is our Earth?  You’ll want to be barefoot to do this and stand on a conductive surface like grass, dirt, rocks, cement, concrete. If you stand on a wood deck, asphalt or plastic you will not be grounded. You also cannot ground through your shoes or through nylon or polyester socks, those are plastic. Get some wool or cotton socks or go barefoot.  

 

Schumann Resonance 

Those lightning strikes hitting the ground create a band of frequency close to the surface of the Earth.  

The collective lightning strike frequency is known as the Schumann Resonance. Humans and animals, probably plants too, are tuned to this frequency. Cosmonauts in Russia recreate this frequency in their spacecraft to keep healthy.  

The Schumann Resonance averages to 7.83Hz. This is exactly the alpha brain wave humans attain when in meditation. It’s probably important to tune into this.  

When you sleep or live further from the surface of the Earth, like in an apartment or 2nd floor bedroom, you are more removed from this resonance. 

 

Sunlight is Information 

When we talk about nature's frequencies, the majority of those come from the Sun.  

Sunlight, both visible and invisible, is information to the body.  

Ignore this information – by wearing sunscreen, clothes, and living indoors – and you will be worse off for it.  

Obviously get safe sun exposure. This means building a solar callus and slowly working to get more sun.  

Getting sun on your naked sun is pure information to the body. This sets your circadian rhythm, tells your body what time of day it is and what time of year. This information can be used to make vitamin D and more.  

When we hide from the sun, we completely miss out on this quantum information.  

Studies actually show that people that get the most sun die less often.  

Sun has both visible light and invisible light. We know there is invisible light, like ultraviolet and infrared. I would argue that there are more invisible wavelengths that we even know about. Science isn’t all knowing. I would also guess that these invisible wavelengths we don’t know about are extremely important to health.  

Bottom line is get outside.  

 

When is the Best Time to Get Earth Based EMF?  

If you want to take advantage of all this good juju the earth and Sun provide, then you need to do a few key things.  

The best times are dawn and dusk. However, any time you can get outside is a win. 

 

Get Outside First Thing in the Morning 

At sunrise your body will read the light and set your circadian rhythm for the day. This is extremely important.  

Also, dawn sun has no UV in it. Your body has receptors for UV and it will know there’s none, so be prompted to correctly set your circadian rhythm.  

When we stay inside and look at our phone, the body is tricked, through the blue light of the phone, into thinking it’s later in the day and then mismatches your rhythm to the actual time.  

 

Where BlueBlockers 

We can’t stress this enough. Get those BLUEBLOCKERS on.  

These are to be worn whenever the sun is not in the sky (After sunset and before sunrise).  

Blue light frequencies mess up your rhythm and are associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity when you see blue light at night.  

At night during sleep  

Lights out, connect to the earth by sleeping as close to the ground as possible. Turn off the breakers to your bedroom or better yet the whole house, or better yet, just sleep outside.  

You could also use a grounding sheet from Earthing Company. We use a King size grounding sheet under our bottom sheet to stay grounded all night.  

Magnetico mattress pad can help create a static magnetic field around you mimicking the earths field from centuries ago and possibly protecting you from the cell tower down the road.  

WiFi off at night and cell on airplane mode and into a farday cage pouch so it’s not tracking you and you guarantee no one can turn it on at night and radiate you with the wrong signals. Yup, I do think some companies turn on cell phones for brief milliseconds even when in airplane to download a bit of data on you.. don’t take the risk. 

 

Faraday Cage Bedroom  

We highly recommend sleeping inside a faraday cage. This is material that blocks manmade nnEMF like that from your WiFI, celltowers and your daughters cellphone that’s on all night. To create a primal environment while you sleep, think about investing in a faraday cage for your bed. We use one from Brian Hoyer at Shielded Healing.  

 

 

First thing in the morning when we wake, we get on our blueblockers to avoid signaling our body with the wrong messages.  

Get outside first thing to expose yourself to the electric field and the sun.  

Preferably barefoot on the earth so you can take advantage of the photoelectric effect and absorbing more electrons from the earth while dumping positive charge (inflammation).  

I understand it’s winter in northern climates and this is difficult to be barefoot, and that’s why we’ve sourced these grounding heel straps you can attach to any boot or shoe and be grounded without be barefoot.  They just slip on and off in seconds so you just put them on when you want to ground.  

 

Conclusion 

Get outside as often as possible and remove as many non-native sources of EMF as you can during the day and especially at night.  

Where blueblockers at night.  

 

 

Do you want to learn more about the EMF that comes into your home 

Do you want to learn more about grounding and “earthing” 

Do you want to learn more about EMFs from you cell phone, WiFi, and Bluetooth?  

Do you want to learn more about sunlight and the benefits?  

Best Nightlight for Kids

 

The right type of light at night for your kids is more important than you realize.  

Kids are far more affected by the wrong type of light at night than adults.  

While it’s true that most kids are more resilient than adults, when it comes to light this isn’t the case.  

Using the wrong light at night for your kids can lead to sleep issues and degenerative eye problems.  

Children may be terrified of the dark, but we have fund this is largely because adults light up their rooms at night starting from the time they are babies. Personally, our kids have slept in dark since they were less than a year old and they need to light to go to sleep.  

If you aren’t this lucky and your kids need light to sleep, or you want to light up their hallway or bathroom to ensure safe passage at night, then having the right type of light is critical.  

 What’s Wrong with Light?  

At night, lights harm our melatonin and circadian rhythm. This means kids don’t sleep as well at night if they experience light after sunset.  

In addition to sleep disturbances, light at night has been shown to negatively affect mood the next day.  

Humans have receptors in their eyes for blue frequencies of light. Since most all lightbulbs, phones, TVs, and computers, and night lights contain blue light, we stimulate the receptors in our eyes each night. When this happens, our bodies think it’s daytime. Cortisol, the stress hormone is increased while melatonin, the hormone of darkness, is suppressed. This is a bad combination at night. In adults this light at night is associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.  

Simply put, seeing light at night, and especially sleeping with lights on in our rooms leads to negative health consequences.  
 
Considerations when choosing night lights 

So, you have decided that your kids can’t sleep without some kind of light, or perhaps you just want a light in the bathroom.  

You want to avoid lights that give off blue light. That doesn’t mean you can just buy any bulb that doesn’t look blue.  

Every light you can buy at your local hardware store has blue light in it. LED and CFL lights have more blue than incandescent lights, even if the light coming out of them looks warm or more yellow.  

We took spectrometer readings of many lights and have not found a conventional light that is free of blue anywhere.  

Remember, the blue in light bulbs, including dim light can lead to circadian rhythm disruptions and possible health concerns.  

You want to find a night light that provides just enough light but not too much. In addition, it needs to be free of blue, and preferably green light. These are the two wavelengths studied and shown to impact circadian rhythm.  

Believe it or not there are pure red lights you can buy.  

These red lights have no blue or green and are just pure red light that has been proven not to destroy melatonin at night. 

Portability 

If you want a light at night that can be moved from place to place or even one used to read books at night, look no further than those from Gembared.com (Discount code SLEEP for 10% off).  

Gembared makes reading lights and portable red light therapy lights. While I wouldn’t use one of their lights as a “nightlight” because they are too bright and used for red light therapy, I would use that same therapy light as my lighting at night and I actually do. A nightlight is something I would use in a hallway for dim light at night, or you could use in your child’s bedroom. While a light is something to light up a room like your living room, kitchen, or dining room.  So while we don’t use nightlights here, we do use Gembared lights to light up our hone after dark in our bedroom and living room.  

For reading at night, they make two portable reading lights that are pure red lights. We use these at night to read and bring then with us when we travel. Our kids use these to read books at night and to navigate their bedrooms.  

In addition, Amazon stocks a pure red plug in night light here that we used to use in our hallway. Now we just use the Gembared Rave light strip (discount code sleep) for our hallway lighting. You can see that in the newspaper article we were featured in here, just look for the photos.  

Brightness  

If you want something with more ambience and slightly less red, you can put a Himalayan salt rock lamp in your child’s room. While this is not as ideal as pure red, since it will still give off some, but not much, blue light, it’s far superior to conventional lights.  

 

Night lights we recommend  

The best of the best 

Gembared Crane and Calm (discount code SLEEP) 

Gembared Rex 

Sunlite Red Bulb 

Decent 

Amazon red night light 

OK 

Himalayan salt rock lamp 

 

Why You're Using Your Cellphone All Wrong

I bet You Don’t know How to Use a Cellphone 

Safely that is.  

Your cellphone is a microwave emitting device.  

Ever stuck your head in a microwave?  

No?  

Seems like a bad idea, right?  

Yet you have no problem holding  your cellphone to your head for hours every single day.  

Some of your even sleep with your cellphone under you pillow.  

Take a look at the safety sticker that’s on your microwave. I don’t have one, but I went to the neighbors and looked at it.  

Now, go and look at the sticker on the back of your WIFI router.  

You will now have a better sense of perspective.  

The frequency emitted by your microwave and by your wifi router are the EXACT same frequencies.  

So, if you don’t want to stick your head in your microwave, and your cellphone and wifi router emit the exact same frequency, what gives?  

Truth  

The truth is that microwave radiation and its effects on human biology has been well studied. In over 5,500 peer reviewed, published papers the truth is laid our in black and white.  

Microwave radiation, like that given off by cellphones affects learning, sleep, mood, behavior, and health.  

Modern humans are bombarded with an astounding 1 quintillion more microwaves today than ever before in human history.  

When you carry a cellphone in your pocket, you are exposing yourself non-stop to the frequency associated with that cellphone.  

Every cellphone or cellphone provider uses a slightly different signal. 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G all use different frequencies to connect.  

Because the frequencies are all different and each frequency has a slightly different effect and each human has more or less susceptibility to any particular frequency, it is hard to nail down that cellphones are negatively affecting us because each human, carrying a different frequency around will have a different effect from that.  

One person may have an issue with their eyes while another gets cancer. These frequencies affect us differently. One thing that is not in question based on centuries of research is that wireless radiation absolutely affects biology.  

Safe Use Instructions  

Oddly, your cellphone doesn’t come with safe use instructions. HOWEVER, it does tell you right in the safety/regulatory manual that touching your cellphone while it’s turned on violates the safety requirements.  

Read that again!  

Touching your cellphone while in use specifically stated to be avoided for safe use.  

I bet none of your has read that part of your cellphone manual.  

So… if you can’t touch your cellphone while it’s turned on, what do you do?  

 

Wireless radiation affects can be mitigated with 3 key strategies. Follow these and you will minimize your exposure to harmful man-made EMF.  

 

Time 

The less time you are exposed to microwaves, the better.  

Use your phone, WIFI, and Bluetooth for as little time as possible.  

Spend as little time in high EMF environments. These are places like coffee shops and even your office where high powered WIFI is pumped out for everyone to use.  

When I’m at corporate headquarters bathed in junk light and wifi, I make sure to spend as little time inside as possible. If I can work, meet, and take my lunch outside, I will.  

 

Distance 

Wireless radiation diminishing quickly with distance.  

There is a law called the inverse square law that is applied to wireless radiation. This means that for every 1X increase in distance from the source there is a 10X drop in the intensity of the radiation.  

Position yourself as far as possible away from a microwave radiation source. Even a few inches can make a huge difference.  

If you can’t turn off a wireless source of radiation, move as far away from it as possible.  

When a friend of mine measured the WIFI radiation in her son’s high school she found that just moving desks from under the WIFI router that was installed on the ceiling to a desk 5 seats away dropped the radiation levels by more than 10X.  

 

Blocking  

Obviously the best way to reduce wireless radiation is to turn it off. Most of us can’t do that completely. Though we do more than most people, which I’ll explain below.  

When you can’t turn off the wireless, you can block it.  

Microwave radiation can be blocked by metal.  

There are faraday cages you can put your wifi router into and it will significantly reduce the radiation. It will not block all the wifi or else your devices would not be able to connect to it. These are metallic cages with enough gaps in the metal screen to allow some of the wifi out but at significantly reduced signal power.  

You can buy a faraday cage (LINK) for your phone. These are metal lined pouches that block all radiation going to and coming from your phone. These are great if you have someone in your family sleeping with their phone or if you want to be absolutely protected from your phone.  

We keep our phones in the pouches while we sleep even when they are in airplane mode. We know that people have been measuring wireless radiation from their phones even when in airplane mode. This is likely due to software companies calling for private data about you to be sent to the cloud all the time as well as reveal your location. We do not consent to this and therefore keep our phones in pouches so they cannot connect to the cloud or spray us with radiation while we sleep.  

In addition, we take it a step further by surrounding our bed in a faraday cage. While we can turn off our wifi and cellphones at night, we cannot stop the cellphone tower from sending radiation into our bedroom while we sleep.  

Actually, we can stop it by surrounding our bed with metal mesh fabric. This blocks the radiation from our “sleep chamber”.  

Whenever we fly or travel, we always wear our Primalhacker EMF blocking hoodies. It’s impossible to get away from wireless when traveling and thus we do our best to reduce what we’re exposed to as much as possible.  LINK 

You can also mitigate some of the radiation given off by your laptop while on wifi by using one of these products from Harapad.  

Blocking wireless radiation is often our best choice these days when we cannot get away from it. 

 

Airplane Mode 

Your cellphone, tablet, and laptop all have airplane Mode.  

Use it! 

Whenever you are not downloading messages or making a phone call, turn your devices onto airplane mode.  

Don’t forget that when your laptop is connected to a LAN line, you need to enable airplane mode. Otherwise it’s still pinging wifi every once in a while for no reason.  

If you have your cellphone in your pocket, put it in airplane mode.  

This is why we have voicemail and texts.  

I modified my voicemail message to state that I do not listen to voicemail, honestly who has time for that.  

I ask callers to send me a text.  

When I pop my phone out of airplane mode and download data, I see the texts and call back whoever I need to. I am not on call 24/7.  

Airplane mode will disable your WIFI, cellphone, cell data, and Bluetooth.  

It will not disable the GPS. GPS is always on. You can convince yourself of this by using maps on your phone and then turning your phone to airplane mode. The maps will keep up just fine.  

Be careful though, because some people turn their phones to airplane mode and the wifi or Bluetooth is still on. Check to make sure these are actually turned off when your phone is in airplane mode.  

One phone hack is to only have the wireless on that you need. Instead of ALWAYS having Bluetooth, Cell Service, and WIFI on all the time, just turn on the one that you need.  

Each of these is a separate antenna microwaving you. Turn on only the antenna you actually need.  

 

Hardwire 

You can get rid of wireless at your home.  

We have “hardwired” our home. Here’s an article we wrote detailing how we did this without pulling wire through walls.  

HERE's OUR ARTICLE ON HARDWIRING 

Here is a video showing you how to disable the WIFI on your router.  

Go into your router settings and disable the WIFI.  

Get a LAN cable and connect all your devices to the wired cables. Your TV, video game console, cellphones, and laptops will all connect to a wired connection.  

The best part isn’t just that you’ll be protected from the wireless radiation but wired connections are faster than wireless.  

 

Stop being EMF’d.  Adopt some or all of the suggestions above to improve your health.  

 

A Blue Light Supplement to Protect the Eyes

If you've heard about the damage blue light can do to your eyes, then you'll be excited to learn there is a new product that was built to mitigate the blue light damage caused by our devices and LED home and office lighting. 

We're a Device Centric Culture

Wow, if we thought time spent indoors and on devices was increasing before, what just happened in 2020 was a showstopper. We spent all of 2020 mostly indoors and more connected to a device than ever before. Well, those of you out there that didn't take advantage of the empty parks and woods to get out constantly :)

In general people spend over 95% of their time indoors. Between cars, work, gym, store, and home we're larger indoors under junk lighting and connected to devices. 

What's the Downside?

Now, being on devices a lot means our eyes take a beating. We're looking at screens that are close to our eyes, which is stressful to the eye. Looking further away is relaxing to the eye. 

In addition, the high intensity blue light can be harmful to the eye. Without the red and infrared light (which is present along with blue from the sun) we don't receive the antidote to the blue.  most indoor lighting and device lighting is free of infrared and has little red compared to blue light. 

This blue light from devices can cause free radicals to be developed in the eye. Over time, scientists and doctors believe this can cause macular degeneration. 

What Can You Do? 

Wear blue light blocking glasses. Blue light blocking glasses, like those found here, have been shown to protect the eyes from blue light. 

Use Candles at night

Work outdoors

Try the ONLY supplement designed specifically to mitigate the damage to your eyes from blue light

Qualia Vision

 The folks at Neurohacker have done it again. Not only did they invent one of the very best, and the first ever, pre-built nootropic stack, and a longevity supplement, now they have invented a blue light supplement. 

We all know we should be outside ALL DAY. 

And wear blueblockers whenever the sun goes down. 

Most of us do not do this. 

Trust me, I know a lot of biohackers and I can count on one hand how many of them actually wear their blueblockers at night.  I wish more of your would just do that because it makes a HUGE difference. 

So, when you ignore my advice and work on a laptop indoors all day and don't wear your blueblockers at night, there's now a supplement built specifically to mitigate the damage the blue light is doing to your eyes. 

I've been using it for a month and I really like it. 

Way back in 1999 a friend of mine was working on a vision formula at a company in Boulder Colorado. He told me that the #1 ingredient to help vision was Bilberry. Guess what's in Qualia Vision? That's right...

Qualia Vision for blue light health

Qualia Vision Designed to:
  • Provide support for strained eyes
  • Protect eyes from blue light
  • Enhance visual performance
  • Support healthy vision
  • Lessen blue light impact on sleep
How it works:
  • Supports visual processing speed
  • Supports tear production
  • Supports retinal glutathione (GSH) levels*
  • Supports brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)*
  • Supports lens regeneration functions
*Qualia Vision supplies support for the entire visual system, providing plant-based pigments, vision super fruits & spices, and eye-essential vitamin and amino acid support 
What to Expect from Qualia Vision: 
  • Less eye strain
  • Reduced dry eyes
  • Less eye sensitivity 
  • Enhanced visual processing 
  • Enhanced light-sending abilities 
Notable Ingredients:
  • Lutemax® 2020
  • Mirtoselect® bilberry
  • Amla fruit

 Get a bottle to try it out for yourself for less than $20 and save money using discount code PRIMALMIND!

Vision wheel chart

 Here's What Each Ingredient is Formulated to do

  • Lutemax® 2020

Main Claim: Enhances visual performance and blue-light blocking

Lutemax® 2020 supplies the three antioxidant pigments—lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin—used by the macula to filter blue light and protect retina tissue.

  • MirtoSelect® Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Relieves eye fatigue and supports eye surface comfort 

MirtoSelect® bilberry is a vision superfruit that supports ocular blood flow, promotes recovery of eye muscles, comforts the eye surface, and provides relief from eye fatigue.

  • AstaPure® Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Extract (3% astaxanthin)

Main Claim: Supports eye muscle stamina and blue light resistance

AstaPure® is a natural source of astaxanthin, an eye antioxidant that supports eye muscle stamina & recovery, blood flow to the eyes, and defenses against blue light.

  • Saffron Stigma Extract

Main Claim: Supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, contains a variety of eye-healthy carotenoids, and supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function.

  • Goji (Lycium barbarum) Fruit Juice Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina health and photoreceptor function

Goji fruit is a Traditional Chinese Medicine eye tonic used to nourish the eyes and promote healthy vision that supports healthy retina and photoreceptor function.

  • Amla (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Supports lens health

Amla fruit is an Ayurvedic eye tonic that supports lens health and is believed to preserve eyesight, promote eye health, and relieve eye fatigue.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Root Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina and lens health

Ginger is a bioenhancer (it enhances the bioavailability of carotenoids) with antioxidant benefits that supports the healthy function of the retina and lens.

  • Taurine

Main Claim: Supports photoreceptor function

Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the retina, where it acts as an antioxidant and is essential for the function of the photoreceptor layer that captures light.

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Main Claim: Supports optic nerve function

Methylcobalamin (an active form of vitamin B12) is critical for the healthy function of the optic nerve that transfers information between the eye and brain.

 

There you have it.  I'm definitely excited about this product. I think this is the first and will be shown to be the best supplement in this market. Many others will follow now, but will they be any good? 

4 Specific Tips To Support Mitochondria And Cellular Health

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell”. 


It’s hard to overstate the importance of our mitochondria. Virtually every biochemical reaction and cellular process in the human body relies on them. Our energy levels, how we age, our exercise recovery times, and virtually any other category of health you can think of, have inexorable links to the health and abundance of our mitochondria. 


But advice on how to support mitochondrial function can be vague. “Diet”, “exercise” and “lifestyle” are obviously involved, but if you’re going to take mitochondrial function seriously, you need greater specifics.


These are specific recommendations for 4 major focuses of mitochondrial support: 


Specific Dietary Tip: Qualia Life + IF


You may already know the immense health benefits that come with intermittent fasting, and  its role in triggering biogenesis of new mitochondria. You also may know that limiting refined carbs (soda, white bread, pastries, etc.) is good for a host of health benefits including mitochondrial function. 


But you may not know that a 36-ingredient beast of a nutritional formula called Qualia Life is specifically designed to optimize mitochondrial function and cellular health. There’s nothing on the market that checks more nutritional boxes for mitochondrial support in one supplement than Qualia Life. 


I've taken Qualia Life for years and the difference it has made to my energy levels and personal training goals have been phenomenal. The company behind it, Neurohacker Collective, is well known for their premium nootropic products such as Qualia Mind, which I can't recommend enough for mental performance. I've gotten to know the Neurohacker team over the years and I was pumped when Qualia Life came out because Neurohacker specializes in very comprehensive formulas. Qualia Life contains NAD+ boosters, polyphenols, adaptogens, ergogenics, antioxidants, you name it. Neurohacker's calling card is how much you can nutritionally accomplish with one supplement. 

Qualia Life Bottle

 

Add coupon code PRIMALMIND at checkout and you’ll get an additional 15% off first purchase. 

 

Try Qualia Life by clicking here and take your mitochondrial nutrition to the highest level ever.

Specific Exercise Tip: High Intensity Interval Training

Sprinter on a track at sunrise

Needless to say, exercise is vital to mitochondrial production, and any exercise beats none, but if you want the biggest return on exercise training for mitochondrial health, I highly recommend high intensity interval training (often abbreviated as HIIT). A recent study in Cell Metabolism found that HIIT exercise in particular- such as 15 second sprint bursts or 30 second cycling bursts followed by brief recoveries- had the strongest correlations with mitochondrial production. Evidence also shows this is true for strength training exercises such as squat jumps and similar rapid burst exercises followed by brief recovery. 

 

Specific Therapeutic Tip: 30 Seconds Of Cold Shower 

cold shower handle

The benefits of heat and cold therapies for mitochondrial function- such as sauna, cryotherapy, and outdoor cold exposure- are vast. But for those of you lacking the time, money, or discomfort tolerance to follow through on hardcore cold/heat options, you still have no excuse according to a new finding. A recent study published by Plos One indicates that just 30 seconds of cold shower exposure can deliver significant benefits associated with mitochondrial support. So even if you hate cold therapy, just toughing out a mere 30 seconds at the end of your shower can deliver big benefits to mitochondrial function (and beyond). And don't forget that even walking outside for a few minutes in winter without a jacket is considered cold therapy!

 

Specific Lifestyle Tip: Ritualize Relaxation

Man sitting on top of mountain

After asking you to do high intensity exercises and cold therapies, this last tip is the gentlest of them all- relax! Stress hormones can negatively alter mitochondrial function, so any daily practice that prioritizes relaxation- from meditation to massage to nature immersion- is actually serving an important role in overall mitochondrial health. How you reach a relaxation state is less important than the fact that you do. Maintain that state for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day, taking it just as seriously as exercise, nutrition, or biohacking therapies. 

 

From nutrition, to exercise, to therapeutics, to lifestyle, those are 4 specific actions you can take today to address mitochondrial health in a comprehensive way.