What Doesn't Kill Us

What Doesn't Kill Us

How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

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What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us.

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our ancestors?

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an Army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process, he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, What Doesn't Kill Us explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Rodale,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9781623366902
Branch Call Number: 612 CAR 2017
Characteristics: xxxii, 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: What does not kill us


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Dec 30, 2018

Mostly interesting because of Wim Hof's method.
Whish he'd better explained how Hof's method was applied by the people that overcame great disabilities. The stories themselves were very encouraging though.
The rest is not as interesting for me.
All together is a good read though.

Dec 24, 2018

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist, anthropologist and author. He reviews how environmental conditioning can improve our health by boosting our metabolic efficiency and improve our immune system.
Most people alive today, climate-controlled comfort has been the experience throughout our life, and we have no reason to believe that exposure to harsh conditions might be beneficial. But, according to Carney, the evidence suggests the human body actually needs those extreme temperature variations.
There are simple things that we can do. To get started just lower the temperature in our homes. Shower like normal with warm water followed by about 1 minute or more of cold water.

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