#44: Bio-Hacking – Empty Promises or The Future of Superhumans?

Biohacking DNA

This is episode 44 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we take a look at the concept of Bio-Hacking. Is it all hype and empty promises or does it hold the future of superhuman health? We talk about what bio-hacking is, what bio-hacking isn’t, and a couple of the very popular bio-hackers on the scene. This show will clue you in on what people are really selling when they sell “bio-hacking”.

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Episode 44 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • What is bio-hacking?
  • What isn’t bio-hacking?
  • Is bio-hacking just normal diet and fitness concepts repackaged with a trendy name?
  • What kinds of things do the popular bio-hackers promote?
  • What are some simple solutions to avoid the need to “bio-hack”?

Show Notes

Bio-hacking (Wikipedia)

Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart (NPR) ( http://tinyurl.com/oojw46l )

Why it’s so easy to believe our food is toxic (PLOS) ( http://tinyurl.com/onk88c3 )

The Monitored Man (NY Times) ( http://tinyurl.com/q5xt2ge )

For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results (NY Times) ( http://tinyurl.com/mc9ftvc )

Breakfast, blood glucose, and cognition (PubMed) ( http://tinyurl.com/npmtgjs )

A high-fat meal induces low-grade endotoxemia: evidence of a novel mechanism of postprandial inflammation (PubMed) ( http://tinyurl.com/kkp4c7a )

The BulletProof Diet ( http://www.donotlink.com/hr5 )

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/

Comments

  1. Karl Hungus says:

    Great episode! Good thing bullshit isn’t “Bulletproof.”

    http://www.precisionnutrition.com/bulletproof-coffee

  2. The market for quick and easy solutions (be it diets, pills, gadgets or magic spells) for any problem (real and imagined) has always been huge.

    One of the principals of the “Quantified Self” movement is that you have to figure out what works for you; the assumption is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. Recording some actual data makes it more difficult to delude yourself into thinking that something is working when it isn’t, and vice versa.

    Disclaimer: I run zenobase.com, a service that helps people (ok, “type-A” personalities…) use their data to figure out what is working, and what is a waste of time and money.