The Uses & History of Wine, Mead & Beer

845 AD- Paris, France- The plague was beginning to sweep through the Viking army camped outside of Paris. The army of over 5,000 warriors led by Ragnar Lodbrok had been pillaging towns along the Seine and meeting little to no resistance. Once they came upon Paris, the Viking army was confident that their siege would be a success. Soon after they began the siege of the city, a plague erupted within the Viking encampment. It seemed that the herbs they had brought could do nothing to combat the sickness. Even after the offerings and pleas for help to the Norse Gods, the plague continued to spread. As their hope dwindled, one of their ships that they had thought lost at sea arrived. This ship contained a large supply of mead that they had brought from home. Most of the sick had been hydrated with the water from the river because that was all that was available. Once the ship arrived, many men took to drinking the "nectar of the Gods" to give them strength and dull the pain inflicted by the plague. A short time later, many of the men began to recover. So many recovered that they were able to defeat the forces protecting the city and sailed home with a ransom of 7,000 pounds of silver. Whether it was the mead that saved them is unknown, but the honey used to make the mead, which has many anti-bacterial properties could have been a contributing factor.

 

HISTORY OF VARIOUS ALCOHOLS

The consumption of alcohol has both a very positive and negative history. Archeological evidence points to the use of these beverages more than 8000 years ago and in multiple locations around the world.

What were these people using the alcohol for? Was it just to get drunk?

Was it just to get drunk?

While I'm sure many of them enjoyed a little buzz from time to time (who doesn't?), I doubt that was a very big reason. In fact, many cultures mixed their alcoholic drinks with water so that it wasn't as strong and looked down on people that were intoxicated much of the time.

MEAD

Ahhh, the nectar of the gods. The favorite drink of the Norse Gods and what all the warriors looked forward to drinking in Odin's hall, Valhalla. The mead of the giant or Jotun, Suttung which was made from the blood of Kvasir was the source of wisdom and poetry.

The history of mead can be traced back until at least 9000 years ago. The oldest known examples of this are from around 7000 BC in northern China where pottery was found with the presence of honey, rice and other things associated with fermentation.

It's been described in religious texts and in literature throughout the world from India to Europe. The word for drunk in classical Greek is even "honey-intoxicated." The word "honeymoon" is even the practice of the father of the bride giving her husband enough mead for a month-long celebration of the marriage.

Mead is a type of drink made by the fermentation of honey with water. Sometimes other ingredients called "adjuncts" or "gruit" are used such as fruits, herbs, grains or spices to give it a different flavor or for medicinal use.

Medicinal Properties of Mead

Pliny the Elder or Gaius Plinius Secundus was a Roman author, philosopher and also a military commander that lived between 23-79 AD. Some of his writing talks a lot about the medicinal properties of honey drinks.

Hydromel which was essentially money mixed with water along with numerous other ingredients like vinegar and sea salt was used for anything from weight loss to gout.

In England, people mixed many different herbs and spices with mead for many different ailments. Things like digestion and even depression were improved using these concoctions of what was called metheglin, which is the Welsh word for medicine.

Omphacomel was another drink mentioned by him that was a honey and grape mixture used as a tonic to keep people strong and healthy.

The benefits of honey by itself are outstanding and many of these benefits carry over to the mead and can even be amplified by the fermentation process.

Gut Health

Mead is made up of a diverse set of good bacteria during the fermentation process. All of that good bacteria can help to iprove the health of your microbiome.

Antibiotic  

Honey has been used as a treatment for many types of infections including antibiotic-resistant strains like MRSA. This property of honey seems to be present in mead as well.

Present Day

Mead making has recently started to become more popluar, and not just with people at Rennaissance fairs, but also with people looking at its medicinal properties. Much of this can be attributed to microbioligist Tobias Olofsson from Sweden's Lund University. He has been developing a probiotic mead to help in the growing battle with drug-resistant infections. While most people don't think of mead for it's medical uses, many of our ancestors may have.

Antibiotic-resistant infections have been in the news quite a lot over the past few years and for good reason. For many years, doctors have prescribed antibiotics for almost every type of infection imaginable along with the overuse of antibiotics for livestock. For this reason, many common pathogens that used to be easily treated, have now mutated in an effort to survive.

What can be done about this scary development?

Well, drinking what Gizmodo called "Viking crunk juice" might just be the solution.

Sign me up!

Olofsson thinks that harnessing the power of an ancient alcohol and making it even better with modern science could be the solution. His research has found that the microorganisms inside honey called lactic acid bacteria (LAB) could be one way to kill resistant infections like MRSA which can be a potentially fatal. He found that when making mead in traditional ways, the LAB content was even higher than in regular honey.

While this could be great news, don't think that just going out and buying a bottle of mead from the liquor store or even a winery will give you these effects. Most commercial mead makers sterilize their products before selling it similar to how the milk industry pasteurizes milk before it can be sold.

To truly get the benefits we're going to need to either start making it ourselves or find someone that makes it in a more traditional way.

Sounds like it's time to take up the old craft of mead making.. For medicinal reasons of course!

WINE

The archaeological evidence of winemaking dates to around the same time as mead (7000 BC). The oldest discovered winery was found in Armenia and dated to around 4100 BC. Within this site they found jars, cups, fermentation vats and even a wine press. 

The historical significance of wine throughout the centuries is enormous. It seems like most ancient cultures mentioned wine in some form or another. Our love of wine can be traced back as far as written words have been used. Many writers, philosophers and the great thinkers of the ages have professed their love and even hatred of this fermented beverage. While people have used wine for its health benefits for thousands of years, it has only recently been studied in depth to find out what makes this drink healthy.

Medicinal Properties of Wine

The Egyptians believed that wine should be reserved for those closest to the gods because it could help to improve vitality and improve the longevity of the people who drank it. Healers in those times also used wine mixed with medicinal herbs in a way that resembles the making of tinctures. The wine would be used to draw out the medicinal properties of the plants and make the medicine more potent.

Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" talked quite a bit about the heal properties of wine. The acidic properties of red wine would help to break down rich foods and make them easier to be digested. He also prescribed white wine for people suffering from bladder issues. It would also be used to break down kidney stones to help them to pass much quicker and without as much pain.

Before the discovery that boiling water would make it safe, many people would mix water with wine to help to sterilize and rid it of harmful bacteria that was a result of contaminated water supplies.

Longevity

A Finnish study over a period of 29 years, using 2, 468 men found that wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinkers [r].

Stronger Heart

Wine drinking has been associated with 30% less chance of heart attack for people who have high blood pressure [r]. The tannins found in red wine also contain procyanidins that protect against heart disease [r].

Brain Function

As we age our brain function tends to decline, some faster than others. One study has shown that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol show less cognitive decline than people who abstain from alcohol completely [r].

Type 2 Diabetes

Moderate drinkers also haev 30% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes [r].

Present Day

The biggest issue with wine today is that it can be pretty overwhelming trying to choose from the thousands of choices at the store. Especially since most of them will probably make you feel like crap.

When choosing a wine, there are a few things that you should consider.

The first criteria I have when choosing a wine is that it has to be either organic or biodynamic.

The second criteria is sugar content. We all know that sugar can cause many problems and should be avoided when possible.

The best place I have found to get high-quality wine is from Dry Farm Wines and you can even get a bottle for just a penny by clicking on that link. The guys over at DFW scour the world for the best wines imaginable.

BEER

I LOVE a great craft beer. IPA's are some of my favorites. We're not talking about normal domestic beers like Bud Light. YUCK!

Beer is an alcoholic drink brewed from cereal grains.

People have been brewing beer for at least 7000 years.

Some of the first evidence of beer is from the ancient Babylonians. People in those days really took their beer drinking seriously. Brewers were a prestigious part of the community and well respected.

At least until they brewed a bad batch of beer. If that happened they would be drowned in it. Sounds a little harsh to me, but what do I know?

Beer was also a large part of European culture. Many inns were rated not on the cleanliness of their lodgings or the quality of their food, but on the quality of their beer!

Many people claim that the rise of beer in the Middle Ages was because the water was so contaminated. The water used to make the beer would be made safer from the alcohol. While that may have been the case is small places, I haven't found any accuracy to this at all.

Medicinal Properties of Beer

While wine is known for his high levels of antioxidants, beer is almost it's equal when it comes to that. The hops that are used to brew many beers are a great source of flavonoids.

Bone Density

According to a report from the International Journal of Endocrinology, moderate consumption of wine or beer can lead to an increase in bone density in men. Much of this is due to the silicon in beer which affects the formation of bone [r]

Inflammation

Hops, one ingredient in beer, has been used as medicine for thousands of years as a sedative and anti-bacterial remedy. Recent research has shown that hops also has anti-inflammatory properties [r].

Kidney Stones

One study recently found that people who drank beer or wine had between 33-41% less chance of developing kidney stones than people who didn't drink [r].

Digestion

Drinking beer also increases the production of gastric acid which aids in digestion so go ahead and have that beer with dinner [r].

Present Day

Over the past decade or so we've seen an explosion of micro-breweries all across the US. You can find one in almost every city and many towns across the country. Whether you like a porter, stout, lager or ale you're sure to find something that meets your standards.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL

Prior to Psammetichus I, Egyptian pharaohs didn't drink wine or offer it to their Gods because they thought that it was the blood of people who once battled the Gods and that once they were killed they became part of the earth, and from that earth came the grape vines. So the next time you drink wine, just remember that you're drinking the blood of people who fought against the Gods and lost.

We all know that too much alcohol whether it's wine or bourbon can be a bad thing. I'm not just talking about how it makes you run down the street butt naked in the middle of the night. Oh, you don't do that? Me either.

Besides making you do and say things that you wouldn't normally, it can also have serious negative consequences on your health. Binge drinking and drinking heavily over long periods of time can cause things like brain damage, cancer, high blood pressure and damage to many organs like your liver, stomach, pancreas and intestines.

Alcohol is also a neurotoxin that can poison your brain and wreak havoc on your liver.

Since we're a site dedicated to optimizing every aspect of your life, it's also worth mentioning that while drinking may seem like it helps your sleep, it actually hurts your sleep quality quite a bit.

Like most things, moderation is the key along with the quality of the alcohol you're consuming. 

"A worse provision no man can take from table than too much beer-bibbing: for the more he drinks the less control he has of his mind" - Odin, The Havamal

Hangovers

No post about alcohol would be complete without a little information about combatting hangovers.

Feeling like shit after excessive drinking is something that I'm sure has plagued mankind since the discovery of alcohol. Surprisingly enough, there are many historical texts that actually mention hangovers and other dangers of too much drinking.

"If the headache only came to us before drank to intoxication, no one would ever indulge himself in wine immoderately" - Alexis, The Phrygian

Step 1- Don't drink excessively... Pretty simple right? Since I'm sure many of you won't follow this guideline lets look at some other ways to combat hangovers.

What causes a hangover? Too much alcohol... DUH!

Seriously though there are some things you can do to mitigate the crappy feeling you get the day after to much drinking. Here are some of our top choices to wake up without a headache and rumbling in your stomach if you happen to drink too much.

  1. Drink a glass of water in between each glass of alcohol.
  2. Eat a hearty meal before you start drinking. Choose things that are high in vitamins because those will become depleted when drinking.
  3. For breakfast, consume healthy fats and they will help to absorb the acidity????
  4. "Hair of the dog" - While having something else to drink when you first wake up probably isn't a good idea, it does help to get rid of some of the symptoms.
  5. Take activated charcoal before and after you drink.
  6. Supplements that replenish your vitamins and minerals can also be a be help to combatting hangovers.

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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.

 

Soltec Health SMS ZGEN Sleep System Review

 

Way back in February 2021, Tomorrow and I were able to try out the OLTEC Health Sleep Management System (SMS). 

Immediately when the SMS was turned on, we could feel it. A few minutes later we were struggling to keep our eyes open.  Read on for details. 

Our experience was incredible! After talking with Dr Dan and experiencing the technology, both Tomorrow and I immediately wanted one.   

This is a one of a kind, new to the world system that helps guide your body into the stages of sleep it needs in real time.  

We met the inventor and medical doctor, Dan Cohen, back in 2020 and he told us that he had been working on a new sleep tracking and management system. This is significant because Dr. Dan knows what he’s talking about.  

You see, Dr Dan is the person who launched the Breathe Right Strip and also automated sleep labs for the hospitals and universities.  

After he did those things he began work on something that would immensely benefit humanity. 

They call this system the ZGEN SMS sleep system.  SMS stands for Sleep Management System.  

Dr Dan had been explaining the system to us for about 6 months before we were able to try it out. After hearing how it worked and what it did, we were so excited to experience it.

The fact is that most people don't get enough sleep. We are missing out on deep and REM sleep and total sleep. 

When this happens we perform worse the next day, we don't recover very quickly, our learning decreases and studies show our health may decline. 

I'm so excited about this technology because this is the only device I've ever experienced that claims to be able to help me get more sleep, and importantly deep sleep. 

About Soltec SMS

The Soltec Sleep Management System consists of 3 parts that all work together. 

The first is a wearable wristband, called the ZTRACK, like a fitbit, that you wear at night. The wearable tracks your sleep and also communicates to the SMS unit. 

The SMS unit sits on the ground under your bed or near your bed and provides the signal to help your body achieve the level of sleep it needs by communicating with the ZTRACK. 

Last there is an app that you can install on your phone or tablet to view your sleep data. 

Together this is called the SOLTEC●SMS™ System.

The SOLTEC Sleep Management System (SMS) is a scientific breakthrough in sleep technology engineered to analyze, record and condition your sleep and conscious state in real-time.  

 SMS is intended to help users fall asleep, stay asleep and experience deeper, delta sleep.   Delta sleep is the deep stage of sleep where our body does so many good things for us.

The founder and inventor spent decades researching the latest technological advancements and incorporating them into a device that works.  The SOLTEC•SMS unlocks your potential to experience better sleep while you’re asleep.  

The SOLTEC•SMS is a closed-loop feedback system that generates low frequency magnetic waves that support normal sleep patterns. These frequencies are the same as those throughout the nervous system that are associated with the various sleep stages. 

According to the company the wearable, Z●TRACK™ Analyst is a Quantum Leap in Sleep Wearable Technology. It's Like Having a Sleep Lab on Your Wrist. That's because the founder, Dr Dan Cohen is also the guy who automated sleep labs for hospitals and universities. He knows what he's doing. 

 

Here are the ZTRACK Hardware Specs 

  • Accelerometer: Motion analysis for correlation with wake frequencies helps determine wake vs. sleep.  
  • Microphone: Detects snoring and correlates with O2 drops to monitor for breathing disturbances. 
  • Advanced Sensors:  Measure pulse and blood oxygen levels for precise sleep staging. 
  • High Speed Microprocessor: Instructs Z•GEN in real time 
  • Upgradeable Firmware 

 

The Z•TRACK Analyst instructs the Z•GEN™ Magnetic Conditioner which specific frequencies to use helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. 

 

Z●TRACK contains an oximeter for recording blood oxygen levels and a microphone for recording snoring sounds. As such, it can analyze for events during which your blood oxygen levels drop (O2 drops or desaturations), in addition to snoring events. The analysis also shows when these snoring events are associated in time with the O2 drops. Such sleep disruptions can seriously fragment your sleep by causing sleep arousals and awakenings.  

 

Engineered specifically for sleep, Z•TRACK measures pulse rate variability which it then correlates with built-in motion analysis to provide an accurate picture of your sleep. 

 

Z•GEN is placed under or at the foot of your bed. The magnetic waves, containing the relevant frequencies, influence the environment surrounding you. The frequencies of that field can be produced to support and impact the various stages of sleep (light sleep, deep or delta sleep and dream or REM sleep). 

 

To be the smartest sleep wearable, the data collected must be accurate and robust. Z•TRACK doesn’t just track data thoroughly and with precision, but it learns from that data and it adjusts the activity of Z•GEN for each, individual user, providing customized frequencies associated with sleep. This machine learning is personalized. The more you wear Z•TRACK, the more it learns. 

 

SOLTEC●Z™ App 

 

In the morning, your sleep data is available for you to review through the SOLTEC•Z App. Inspect last night’s sleep and the commands that the Z•TRACK Analyst issued to the Z•GEN Magnetic Conditioner, plus trended data from your past recordings. 

 

On the main SOLTEC●Z dashboard screen, a user can view their nightly Z●TEST™ sleep score.  

 

The overall Z●TEST is a composite sleep score benchmarked against normative data for young health adults.  We call this Ideal Normal Sleep. By calculating your sleep metrics this way, we give you an honest and comprehensive assessment of how you are sleeping.    

 

Z●TEST assesses your Sleep Time, Sleep Latency, Time in Delta, Time in REM and your Sleep Efficiency. The aggregate score is reported as single score ranging from 0% to 100%.   

 

Not Just Sleep

Because of the way Soltec works, it can be used for more than just sleep. As most of us know, we are completely stressed out most of the time. 

Between emotional stress of work, kids, bills, and the news it's a pretty good indication that most of your are stressed right now. 

Of course, what most of us need is to deal with these inner emotional issues and upgrade our spirits and trust more. 

In the meantime, SMS is able to help our body get into a parasympathetic state. This is the rest and digest state that is so elusive for most of us. 

I was intrigued by this. I thought about how I could put the SMS under my chair at work and stay relaxed all day at work. 

I also thought about using it during yoga, mediation, and even at retreats when we do group yoga or group meditations. How cool would it be to put us into parasympathetic while doing these things? Usually my mind has a hard time slowing down, so something like this is so exciting to me. 

I'm sure there are many more applications I haven't thought of. What about using this during a discussion with your significant other to keep everyone relaxed and calm?

Our Experience with the Soltec Sleep System

As of this writing, April 30, 2021, there are no commercial units of the SMS to be had. The are all still in production. 

Luckily, Tomorrow and I were able to drive over to Dr Dan's place to try out the Soltec SMS. 

At 3pm we both sat up in chairs with our feet propped up on an ottoman. The Soltec SMS was placed at our feet on the ottoman. 

Facing each other, we settled in as Dr Dan turned on the machine. He used his phone to tell the SMS to go into Sleep Mode. 

The device is about as big as an old school record player. It has a spinning magnet inside an aluminum tube. Around this, a plastic fan type device spins inside of a plastic housing. Here's a photo of it.

Te Soltec Health SMS Sleep Management System

 As Dan initiated the program, Tomorrow and I both felt a pulsing immediately going through our legs and up our body. It was subtle but noticeable. 

As Dan left the room and closed the door, we stayed open to what we might experience. About 5 minutes later my head was nodding off toward my chest. I caught myself falling asleep about 4 times, all while sitting up in a chair in the middle of the day. 

After a half hour we were convinced that the SMS absolutely can help someone fall asleep. 

For the next half hour Dan set the SMS to a parasympathetic, relaxation setting. 

We closed our eyes and felt very relaxed. Whether it was the current setting, or feeling relaxed from the sleep setting previously, we absolutely felt like we had entered parasympathetic. After a half hour we were pretty blissed out, like coming off a deep guided meditation. 

 Now, the Soltec SMS is not yet available except on Kickstarter. So we haven't had a chance to use it overnight at our own house yet or experiment with it on more people for meditations during the day. As soon as we get access to a pre-production unit, we will begin posting on Youtube and IG and to the blog with our experiences as well as to update this post. 

Based on the one hour experience we had, I more than ever want to get one of these for myself! 

If you want to claim your own unit during the kickstarter while they are heavily discounted, CLICK THIS LINK.