What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength

Scott Carney / Feb 19, 2020

What Doesn t Kill Us How Freezing Water Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength What Doesn t Kill Us traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us Our ancestors crossed the Alps in animal skins and coloni

  • Title: What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength
  • Author: Scott Carney
  • ISBN: 9781623366902
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What Doesn t Kill Us traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us Our ancestors crossed the Alps in animal skins and colonized the New World in loin cloths They evaded predators and built civilizations with just their raw brainpower and inner grit But things have changed and now comfort is kingWhat Doesn t Kill Us traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us Our ancestors crossed the Alps in animal skins and colonized the New World in loin cloths They evaded predators and built civilizations with just their raw brainpower and inner grit But things have changed and now comfort is king Today we live in the thrall of constant climate control and exercise only when our office schedules permit The technologies that we use to make us comfortable are so all encompassing that they sever the biological link to a changing environment Now we hate the cold and the heat We suffer from autoimmune diseases And many of us are chronically overweight Most of us don t even realize that natural variation sweating and shivering is actually good for us What Doesn t Kill Us uncovers how just about anyone can reclaim a measure of our species evolutionary strength by tapping into the things that feel uncomfortable When we slightly reimagine how our body fits into the world, we can condition ourselves to find resilience in unfamiliar environments.The feeling that something is missing from our daily routines is growing and has spawned a movement Every year, millions of people forgo traditional gyms and push the limits of human endurance by doing boot camp style workouts in raw conditions These extreme athletes train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders and challenge themselves in Spartan races They are connecting with their environment and, whether they realize it or not, are changing their bodies No one exemplifies this better than Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose remarkable ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study Because of him, scientists in the United States and Europe are just beginning to understand how cold adaptation might help combat autoimmune diseases and chronic pains and, in some cases, even reverse diabetes Award winning investigative journalist, Scott Carney dives into the fundamental philosophy at the root of this movement in three interlocking narratives His own journey culminates in a record bending 28 hour climb up to the snowy peak of Mt Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

    Stronger What Doesn t Kill You Writing and production Originally titled as What Doesn t Kill You, Stronger was written by Jrgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin in September In an interview with American Songwriter, Tamposi revealed that the song was inspired by the Friedrich Nietzsche adage That which does not kill us makes us stronger that her mother told her as advice. Kelly Clarkson What Doesn t Kill You Lyrics MetroLyrics What doesn t kill you makes you stronger, stronger Just me, myself and I What doesn t kill you makes you stronger Stand a little taller Doesn t mean I m lonely when I m alone What Doesn t Kill You Makes You Stronger Sep , Accepting isn t the same as condoning or approving To accept means to stop resisting or struggling against what is because to do so causes pain and suffering. Glee Cast What Doesn t Kill You Stronger Lyrics Lyrics to What Doesn t Kill You Stronger song by Glee Cast You know the bed feels warmer Sleeping here alone You know I dream in colour And do the things I wan Harpocrates Speaks Measles Doesn t Kill, Except When It Does Jun , For the last seventeen years, there have been deaths due to measles and its complications reported to the NVSS plus additional death each in David Staples Bill C doesn t just kill pipelines, it Albertans are alarmed than other Canadians about Bill C , the most ambitious, aggressive and dangerous piece of legislation put forward by the Trudeau government This doesn t make us Mike Pence in said smoking doesn t kill people Jan , Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, has said he doesn t believe smoking kills people He made that case in an op ed article published in and has made no public effort to windows Taskkill f doesn t kill a process Stack Overflow if that would be so easy no, it doesn t help I think his problem is because the unkillable process is in some loop socket, i o, pipes where the main process Science Tells Us Marijuana Doesn t Kill Cancer, So Does Oct , Around the same time, another story emerged entitled Hollywood Stuntman Claims Cannabis Oil Cured His Stage Cancer This one, in particular, Myth Debunked Spicy Food Doesn t Really Kill Taste Buds Sep , Go ahead drench your taco in hot sauce Spicy food doesn t damage your taste buds.

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      • Scott Carney

        Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist whose stories blend narrative non fiction with ethnography He has been a contributing editor at Wired and his work also appears in Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, Playboy, Details, Discover, Outside, and Fast Company He regularly appears on variety of radio and television stations from NPR to National Geographic TV In 2010 he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for the story Meet the Parents which tracked an international kidnapping to adoption ring His first book, The Red Market On the Trail of the World s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers was published by William Morrow in 2011 and won the 2012 Clarion Award for best non fiction book He first traveled to India while he was a student at Kenyon College in 1998 and over the course of several years inside and outside the classroom he learned Hindi In 2004 he received a MA in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Madison All told, he has spent than half a decade in South Asia He lives in Long Beach, CA.Source scottcarney


    1. The book was very fun and interesting to read. The big idea is how we can use environmental factors such as cold exposure to trigger certain adaptive mechanisms that might be beneficial for our wellbeing. My favorite part of this book were the stories how hardcore obstacle course races become popular and the part talking about different types of training regimes that incorporated the Wim Hof's breathing method. Overall, fun read. Check it out!

    2. Provocative, mostly clear-eyed look at Wim Hof and his remarkable claims. Hof is the originator of a method of breathing, cold exposure, and meditation that supposedly has very remarkable effects on health, endurance, and even the immune system. Carney, a journalist, tests out the method in a variety of extreme environments (including summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro shirtless) and reports on his experiences. There's also a fair amount of reporting into related fitness gurus, like surfer/Santa Monica t [...]

    3. Boy do I have mixed feelings about this book. I'll start with the positives. How exciting is it to think that some athletes and fringe researchers have begun to discover one of the missing elements that's creating so many of our modern problems. Being in the cold can help you lose weight and reverse autoimmune diseases? So strange! So provoking. This is the kind of stuff I eat up. It's not just fascinating new medical science, it's stuff you can apply to your own life.Well, sort of.This book beg [...]

    4. Read this book!An extraordinary account by an investigative journalist that is as pleasurable to read as a good novel. An inspiring nudge to reconnect with the environment if you have been living an a narrow comfort zone.I am in the process of working my way through Wim Hof's ten week course but even though I am familiar with the method this book added to my knowledge of it.This book has reinforced my view that breathing exercise, meditation and embracing cold is possibly as close to the mythica [...]

    5. How interesting! The narrator's tone of voice and the general perkiness reminds me of Born to Run, but if you aren't bothered by such things I'd highly recommend this book. I, for one, enjoy being cold and very easily overheat. I'll dress more lightly come winter and for once ignore all the "oh but aren't you cold!?". The breathing techniques are another matter. I'd like another book like this one but without the emotional stories and people.

    6. What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney takes an immersive journalism approach into the world of extreme environmental sports and training which includes a look into the emerging phenomenon of obstacle course racing. A large portion of the book centers on Wim Hof, otherwise known as the Iceman, his training and his disciples. Win is a dutch daredevil who holds world records for performing feats of endurance such as marathons under subzero temperature conditions. Without clothes. Carney employs a [...]

    7. While it was an interesting read, it is light on details of the Wim Hof Method. Maybe this is because Carney wants you to pay for Hof's method, which is fine, but the book ends up reading like a love letter to Hof. If you do any internet reading on Hof, you're likely to find conflicting accounts of the method and inconsistencies in Hof's statements. This book isn't really about Hof, though, who is an interesting character and by his own admission, not great at communicating a "big" message.Carne [...]

    8. Paradigm shift, Check! These are the type of books I truly love, teach me something new about being human. Give me a challenging perspective that is supported with evidence, well thought out and persuasively reasoned. I have found again and again that the best template for understanding humans is going back to the Stone Age, where the bulk of our evolutionary history was spent. Learning about that template will help modern humans figure out how to maximize healthy living. Though I have discovere [...]

    9. This book does for thinking about environmental conditioning what Chris McDougall's Born to Run did for running. I didn't know much about Wim Hof's ideas about using extreme environmental exposure to improve physiology & conditioning and was impressed by the in-depth research Scott Carney did to ascertain the scientific credibility of Hof's methods (spoiler: Carney sets out to debunk Hof, and ends up becoming an acolyte). Bottom line: too much comfort = stagnation and atrophy; challenge & [...]

    10. This was my first introduction to Wim Hof and his method. After reading this you will probably want to watch all the videos available and read all the articles too. This is some really interesting stuff. After following breathing technique, in less than 20 minutes, from my 3rd trial I managed to hold my breath for 2 minutes 53 seconds, which I found insane! And it was so easy. Also this book contains quite some information about our biology, how things work in our bodies, but I'd say it was expl [...]

    11. Our ancestors crossed the frozen Bering Strait half naked and these days, most of us require specialized high tech clothing just to dash from one climate controlled environment to another. Wim Hof, a Dutch fitness guru, argues that we still have the ability to control our body temperature and cure ourselves of diseases including diabetes and Parkinson's. Hof teaches these techniques in weekend workshops and has been leading climbs up Mt. Kilimanjaro, wearing nothing but shorts, for years. Invest [...]

    12. Scott Harney is an investigative journalist with two other books under his belt before this one. He says that after first seeing information about a Dutch health guru who encouraged people to stand nearly naked in the snow he thought it would be worth looking into and possibly exposing. Harney was already working on his book A Death on Diamond Mountain (also known as The Enlightenment Trap) about the dehydration death of a 38 year-old follower of an Arizona enlightenment instructor. He thought [...]

    13. This book, at its core, is about the Wim Hof method. Devoloped by a Dutch man, it is a series of breathing exercises and cold exposure that supposedly bring a host of health benefits, also, possible superpowers. Because what is a health program nowadays without over inflated claims. Still, at its core the theory is that "by routinely stimulating a stress response" you gain some health benefits, and because as a society we are so comfortable, there is a lot of room for improvement in those system [...]

    14. Scott Carney has written a book extolling the health benefits of deliberate exposure to the elements, but readers may suspect early on that Carney chiefly wants to find a justification for taking his shirt off whenever possible. Which happens a lot over the course of the book.Not that “clothing-lite” exercise is a novelty. Carney acknowledges in the epigram that the Greeks had him beat by a few millennia; the Spartans were especially insistent on being underdressed for all occasions. Nor is [...]

    15. When a man jogs in ice cold weather in just his shorts and some running shoes, he is bound to gain some traction. When the scientific community then proceeds to lend credence to the feats, the traction will flare into a full-fledged rage. So it is with the Iceman, aka Wim Hof. Humans have several ways of dealing with cold. One is to be insulated well (ie, white fat), or to shiver vigorously, thereby generating kinetic energy, which result in more body heat. However, babies have neither of those [...]

    16. It was 3 stars most part of the book but I actually learned some stuff and added some pointers for further research, so it deserves a 4.The good part of this book is to convince you, or at least inspire you to research a little bit on the topic, that we can be more than what we are now. The human body is capable of many extraordinary things but we usually don't practice methods to improve ourselves. The technology around us made us lazy for many things and it may be a disadvantage for some situa [...]

    17. Erm, mixed feelings. Will give this 2.5 stars.I really love books that are written by journalists, especially those that rely on heaps of research in combination with human interest angle.But this book falls short. I am really intrigued by the idea - it feels like the physical version of Moonwalking with Einstein (where a journalist taps into his mental abilities and becomes the US Memory Champion). But as I said before, this book falls short. I feel like the book lacks focus, and the stories ar [...]

    18. A fascinating book which reports in detail on the emerging science of "biohacking", through author Scott Carney's direct experiences while following Wim Hof (aka the Iceman). Carney exposes himself to extreme environmental conditions using The Wim Hof Method. He steps into Wim Hof's world as a critic but he comes out of it as a true believer. He doesn't just summarize Hof's ideas and methodology, he gets in to the whole idea of controlling our own immune systems and self-healing. The book is pac [...]

    19. A great book that I cannot recommend enough.People need to know what the body (and mind) is not designed to be kept at a constant, manageable temperature.Exposure to heat, cold and the stress of exercise can bring great physical and mental benefits. Furthermore proper breathing, meditation and attitude can compound these benefits.After hearing Wim Hof discussed on the Tim Ferriss podcast I have been taking cold showers daily for almost 2 years and been doing the breathing exercises in average 2- [...]

    20. At times, this book felt very pseudo-sciencey. For example, at one point, the author references a study, then proceeds to mention that others have been unable to duplicate the finding. However, overall, I found the book very thought-provoking. Carney argues that we can exercise the nervous system in a positive way the same way we exercise our cardiovascular system. I thought it would be a more general book about how things our early ancestors experienced were good for them, but it's very focused [...]

    21. Exciting and motivational.Story about Wim Hof and his breathing method, which has helped many people to fight very serious illnesses and many - to set new world records. AND in some cases - both at the same time.Story is told by a journalist who first started with a goal to debunk the method, but pretty soon change the camps.What's the magic formula?Powerful breathing techniques + cold exposure + mental focus = super human abilities.However, the science behind this is still not figured out yet a [...]

    22. I enjoyed this book. I was drawn to it by the focus on Wim Hof, and I found it to be an enjoyable and apparently honest account of what the author learned through his contact with the odd Dutchman. It got a little geeky at parts, but he ended strong with a thorough analysis of environmental conditioning and fitness. A very worthy read that I recommend to anyone looking for ways to break out of the modern rat race in all its cages and mazes.

    23. I liked it more for the subject matter than I did for the writing. I don' t know that I'll ever be able to embrace the cold and the "method" like Scott and Wim Hof have done, but I am still very interested in challenging the limits of the body. The concept that you can and should "exercise" your circulatory and respiratory systems is intriguing. Start with ending your shower with cold waterjust breathe!

    24. I listened to this book, mainly outdoors and one chapter I found myself in the rain.It started slowly, and then came down in a torrent.The temperature was 21 C along my walk, and I immediately sought refuge under a tree so I wouldn't get "wet".Then I recalled what I was reading/listening to . and I changed my tune to get wet.I remember starting the book and thinking it was BS.Then came the data.And the true story.I am going to change the way I workout.I am going to give this a shot in small dos [...]

    25. It is one of those books that you can credit with having changed your life! Have not stopped taking daily cold showers ever since and have also adopted the wim hof breathing methods as often as I can. The benefits (at least to me) have been more than obvious, and I try to get better daily at some of the techniques presented in the book. My mindset has definitely improved as a result of the time I put into it. Highly recommended to all the "bio-hackers" out there :)

    26. I have known about Wim Hof for a while but was delaying what I knew would come eventually, cold therapy, or torture depending on where you are with it. But now that I have read this book I have decided to take the plunge. I live near Puget Sound so 50 degree dunks are easily accessible. I am able to take the cold better and the cold showers and dunks into Puget Sound are almost addictive, believe it or not. I am also getting psyched up to do some obstacle courses. I have the breathing down since [...]

    27. I love when a book complies a abstract concept and promisary results into a very comprehensive action. I read the book over three dyas and tried the methods. The results where true to description. Not only could I do 3 times as many push-ups/pull-ups as normally, run much faster but also enjoy ice-baths! Its pretty cool what some input does.

    28. What. A. Ride. The book starts out as the confessions of a skeptic-turned-believer, and morph by the end, into an honest explanation of an amazing personal triumph. Man, this is good! More importantly, maybe, the book is an honest study of both the Wim Hof Method, and what potential exists for those whom breathe deeply of it. Highly recommended!

    29. 4.5 stars. Really big eye opener in training your body in a whole different kind is way. Breathing and training your body to adhere to cold is just the basics as Scott goes all over the world and trains and tests with some of the most world renowned people who practice the Wim Hoff technique. These peeps include surfer Laird Hamilton, HIIT enthusiast Brian Mackenzie and many others.

    30. I'd heard about the Wim Hof Method not too long ago. This was a great introduction to it in more detail. I appreciated the other accounts of people using the method and the scientific research into it, as well. I've been doing cold showers for a year or two and feel they've increased my cold tolerance. I'm excited to try this method and see how it effects my athletic endeavors and life in general. As someone who's been increasingly pushing her limits physically and loves doing hard things, this [...]

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