Wim Hof: They’re Lying To You About Disease & Inflammation!

Wim Hof: They’re Lying To You About Disease & Inflammation!

Intro (00:00:00)

  • Wim Hof is known as the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold and push his mind and body beyond perceived limits.
  • He believes that society is sick and unable to handle stress, leading to unhappiness and health issues.
  • Wim Hof emphasizes the importance of breathing exercises and using the power of the mind to overcome negative emotions and diseases.
  • He shares his personal experience of depression after losing his wife and highlights the importance of finding ways to break through grief.
  • Wim Hof announces a subscriber raffle as a token of appreciation for reaching 6 million subscribers on YouTube.

What is Wim's Mission (00:02:29)

  • Wim Hof's mission is to bring love and power to the world through tangible actions.
  • He believes that consumerism and hectic lifestyles have depleted people's energy and caused confusion in society.
  • His goal is to change the world by addressing issues like wars, unhappiness, depression, pollution, and abuse.
  • Wim Hof believes that every mother should be able to provide happiness, strength, and health to their children.
  • He uses science to communicate his message effectively and gain attention, as people often dismiss his ideas when presented without scientific evidence.

Society's problems in the modern day (00:04:52)

  • Society is complex and its problems are difficult to trace.
  • We have advanced technology but lack happiness, strength, and health.
  • We need to reset and elevate our consciousness to improve society.

The impact of the Wim Hof Method (00:06:24)

  • The Wim Hof Method can bring more energy and a sense of being alive.
  • It helps connect with one's purpose and live life with love and power.
  • Going into the cold activates the deepest part of the brain and helps overcome thinking.

We need more discomfort, we've engineered out discomfort (00:09:13)

  • Modern life has become too comfortable, leading to a lack of discomfort.
  • We should embrace discomfort to prepare for life's challenges.
  • Many people are not okay with the current system and need to stand up for change.

When did this start for Wim (00:10:45)

  • Wim Hof's journey began with a traumatic birth experience.
  • He was born unexpectedly as a twin, and the doctors discovered him almost too late.
  • This trauma led him to become a seeker, searching for answers and relief.

Your first experience with cold water (00:14:14)

  • Wim Hof's first experience with cold water was surprisingly different from how most people react.
  • He felt a sense of intuition and followed it, leading him to discover the innate capacity to deal with trauma.
  • Wim Hof emphasizes the importance of staying calm and composed in stressful situations.

What spiritual questions did the cold water answer? (00:15:04)

  • Wim Hof believes that his first experience in cold water answered many of his spiritual questions.
  • He felt a pure opening of his feelings and a sense of unconditional strength, health, and happiness.
  • This experience transcended words and provided a direct connection to a higher state of being.

Being outside of society (00:15:59)

  • Living outside of society as a squatter from age 17 to mid-20s was the best time of Wim Hof's life.
  • Living without money and relying on scraps from the marketplace allowed for a sense of freedom and constant celebration with like-minded individuals.
  • This lifestyle break from societal norms enabled Wim Hof to think freely and express himself without inhibitions.
  • Wim Hof emphasizes the importance of stepping outside of societal systems to rediscover one's true self and experience a more authentic existence.

What is a life force (00:17:40)

  • Wim Hof believes that everyone possesses a life force that can manifest in extraordinary ways when allowed to express itself freely.
  • He shares an example of a 76-year-old man with Lyme disease who, against all physiological expectations, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in a record-breaking 31 hours.
  • Wim Hof suggests that this man's life force drove him to take on an impossible challenge, demonstrating the immense potential within each individual.
  • He encourages individuals to listen to their inner life force and embrace its guidance to achieve remarkable feats.

Why don't we believe in ourselves? (00:19:54)

  • We are led to believe that we must serve systems that do not serve our souls.
  • The schooling system and society overwhelm us, narrowing our consciousness.
  • We are conditioned to believe that careers, cars, money, fame, and name make us happy.
  • The happiest time in the speaker's life was when he was effectively homeless, living in a squat with minimal possessions.
  • Society propagates the need for a house, mortgage, and 9-to-5 job, creating stress and preventing creative self-expression.
  • The speaker initially lived outside society in a squat, which allowed him to maintain his own identity and mental connection.
  • Entering society was a difficult experience, as he had to live in a flat with children and his wife, who later took her own life.
  • Society continues to function without emotion or regard for individuals.

Falling in love (00:22:25)

  • Wim Hof met his partner, who he describes as the love of his life, when they were both 22 years old.
  • She was a very light and expressive person, but her mental health deteriorated over time, leading to depression, mania, and schizophrenia.
  • They were together for 15 years and had two children together.
  • Wim Hof realized that her mental health was deteriorating but felt he had no means to help her.
  • After the birth of their fourth child, he told her she needed to get better and become healthy, which led to an argument.
  • A month later, she took her own life by jumping from an eighth-story building.
  • Wim Hof was devastated by his partner's death and felt hopeless and depressed.
  • He had to take care of their four children on his own with almost no money.
  • This led him to seek solace in the cold, which he found to be a powerful force that could help him overcome his pain and depression.

Dealing with the grief of losing loved ones (00:27:25)

  • Wim Hof describes the intense grief and pain he experienced after his wife took her own life.
  • He found that immersing himself in icy water provided a temporary escape from the constant agonizing thoughts and overwhelming emotions of grief.
  • The physical challenge of cold exposure created a small window of relief from the mental anguish.
  • He recalls receiving the phone call about his wife's death while leading a group in the mountains.
  • The initial shock left him unable to cry or process the news.
  • The grief and contemplation came later, allowing him to connect with his emotions and mourn her loss.
  • Sharing tears with his wife's father over her dead body helped him to let go and begin the healing process.
  • The burden of grief affected his children and led to a separation later in life, but they eventually came back together stronger than ever.
  • Wim Hof believes his wife's presence continues to guide and support their family.

Telling your children their mother has passed (00:30:36)

  • Wim Hof had to have a difficult conversation with his four children, aged between seven and 12, about their mother's passing.
  • He chose to tell them that their mother's body was gone and that she was no longer with them, avoiding the word "dead."
  • The children understood and accepted the news, finding comfort in their father's presence and their continued life together.
  • They had many questions, but their bond and shared experiences helped them cope with the loss.
  • Wim Hof credits the cold exposure practice with giving him the energy and mental clarity to create a positive and supportive home environment for his children.

The power of breathing exercises (00:32:11)

  • Wim Hof breathing exercises have been scientifically proven to impact the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system, changing blood chemistry and increasing pH levels.
  • Modern society has led to a lack of deep emotional connection and insensitivity, weakening the immune system and making people more susceptible to disease.
  • Controlled breathing techniques can help individuals connect with deeper emotions, allowing them to take control of their health and well-being.
  • Deep breathing can break patterns of conditioning and allow deeper traumas and feelings to surface, which can be transformative and beautiful.

Breathing exercises unlock trauma (00:39:29)

  • Traumas are stored as unprocessed chemistry in our deeper tissues and can be accessed through breathing exercises.
  • Breathing exercises can regulate mood and emotions by activating the Salient Network in the brain.
  • Wim Hof's techniques, including breathing exercises and cold exposure, can help overcome traumas and improve overall well-being.
  • Wim Hof overcame his trauma response to cold water through his method, which was demonstrated in a study at Wayne State University.
  • The study showed that cold exposure activated stress mechanisms in the brain, but Wim Hof could override this response through willful body warming, challenging conventional psychiatric understanding.

Controlling stress through breathing (00:50:01)

  • Scientists created a full-body suit to test if Wim Hof could control his body's responses to cold.
  • Without his breathing techniques, Wim's skin temperature changed similarly to normal people when exposed to different water temperatures.
  • Using his breathing and meditation techniques, Wim maintained a sustained skin temperature of 34°C for 25 minutes, which was previously thought to be impossible.
  • Brain scans showed that Wim's breathing technique engaged the sympathetic nervous system, releasing adrenaline and triggering the brain stem, leading to the release of cannabinoids and opioids, which created a sense of well-being and reduced anxiety.
  • This study demonstrated Wim's control over the autonomous nervous system and the brain's automatic responses to cold.
  • The implications of this study are significant for immune system disorders, diabetes, MS, arthritis, and psychiatry.
  • Stress can come in various forms (emotional, physical, spiritual) and can lead to biochemical stress, neurotoxins, blockages, and overall deterioration of well-being.
  • Wim Hof found relief from emotional agony through the Wim Hof Method, which allowed him to regain emotional mastery and provide energy and well-being for himself and his children.
  • A subsequent study showed that others could also achieve similar results without Wim's direct involvement, highlighting the potential of the method.
  • This landmark study, published in January 2023, provides compelling evidence for further research and larger studies to explore the potential of controlling emotional well-being and improving the immune system through the Wim Hof Method.

Fighting off a virus with your mind (00:54:48)

  • Wim Hof took part in a study at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands where he was injected with a dead strain of E. coli.
  • Despite the injection, Wim Hof had no negative immune response, except for a minor headache.
  • His blood results showed the release of cortisol, adrenaline, and the anti-inflammatory protein IL-10.
  • A group of 18 volunteers trained by Wim Hof in meditation, cold exposure, and breathing techniques also showed a significantly less immune response and recovered quicker when injected with the same bacterial toxin.
  • This study demonstrated that people can voluntarily control their automatic nervous system and immune response, which was previously thought to be impossible.
  • Wim Hof believes it is scandalous that the scientific community has not thoroughly examined natural ways that could equalize the results of medicines without side effects.
  • He suggests that the pharmaceutical industry's funding of scientific research may be a factor in this lack of examination.

Modern healing does not serve us (00:57:39)

  • Modern medicine often relies on medication and stress-free living, which is not sustainable and burdens the healthcare system.
  • A corrupt system focused on profit weakens people and threatens democracy.
  • Wim Hof believes he can reverse this weakness through the Wim Hof Method and fasting.
  • Self-inflicted acute stressful exercise, done consciously, can help people handle stress better.
  • Stress can lower the immune system, making people more susceptible to disease.
  • Modern society's focus on medication and stress reduction has led to a weakened population.
  • Wim Hof believes his method can strengthen people and make them more resistant to stress and disease.

Teaching Steven the method (01:01:58)

  • The Wim Hof Method, developed by Wim Hof, consists of conscious breathing, cold exposure, and commitment.
  • Conscious breathing involves deep breaths, inhaling fully into the belly and chest, then releasing completely, which helps cleanse the body, reduce trauma, and activate the adrenal axis, increasing blood flow to the brain and heart.
  • Holding the breath and pressing it to the head after breathing exercises flushes cerebral spinal fluid and increases neural activity in the brain.
  • Regular practice extends breath retention duration and deepens body control.
  • The method strengthens the immune system, reducing the risk of bacterial and viral infections.
  • Wim Hof believes in the body's powerful immune system and promotes accessing deeper healing by going beyond conditioned body and mind.
  • A study in Australia involving 540 people found the Wim Hof Method more effective than meditation and mindfulness in achieving positive outcomes.

Where did Wim learn the method (01:10:53)

  • Wim learned the method through intuition and his mother's influence.
  • He discovered that deep breathing in cold water allowed him to endure the cold longer.
  • Deeper breathing activates deeper mechanisms that make us stronger, which can be applied to everyday life.

The power of the mind (01:11:49)

  • A recent study involving 540 people found that Wim's method is more effective than mindfulness and meditation in reducing anxiety, stress, and improving cognitive awareness.
  • The method helps override conditioning and allows for deeper connections with ourselves.
  • It enables us to control and command our bodies, emotions, and sensations, allowing us to regulate and reset our systems.
  • This natural capacity should be taught from a young age to promote personal responsibility and reduce victimhood.

How do you train someone to stop becoming a victim of their mind? (01:16:27)

  • Wim Hof believes that by training someone to control their response to the cold, they can overcome their fears and anxieties and develop a sense of personal responsibility.
  • He suggests that this can be achieved through a combination of breathing exercises and ice baths, which can help individuals feel a sense of power and control over their bodies and minds.
  • This process can create a domino effect of positive feelings and self-belief, leading to a paradigm shift in how individuals perceive their abilities and limitations.
  • Wim Hof challenges the conventional wisdom about disease and inflammation, arguing that they are not necessarily harmful and can even be beneficial in certain circumstances.
  • He suggests that inflammation is a natural response to stress and can help the body adapt and heal.
  • Wim Hof believes that excessive inflammation occurs when the body is unable to regulate its response to stress, and that this can be addressed through lifestyle changes such as proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management techniques.

The ice bath (01:18:48)

  • Wim Hof explains the benefits of taking an ice bath, including strengthening the immune system, improving cardiovascular health, and reducing stress.
  • He recommends starting with a one-minute ice bath and gradually increasing the duration as the body adapts.
  • The cold exposure triggers the body's hormone system to oppose the impact, leading to increased strength and resilience.
  • Wim Hof emphasizes that the power to control the body's response to cold lies within each individual and can be achieved through practice.
  • Wim Hof shares his personal experience of taking ice baths, including staying in icy water for 60, 61, 62, and 63 minutes on his 60th, 61st, 62nd, and 63rd birthdays.
  • He highlights the importance of connecting with the deepest part of the brain to strengthen the immune system and cardiovascular system.
  • Wim Hof suggests that regular ice baths, even for just two to three minutes, can help individuals better cope with stress and improve their overall health.

Back to the studio (01:24:13)

  • The first 20 seconds of the process were challenging, causing panic and a feeling of needing to retreat.
  • Overcoming this initial panic revealed that the wall was a self-created figment of the imagination.
  • Breaking through self-limiting beliefs illuminates other such beliefs that constrain individuals in daily life.
  • Self-limiting beliefs become blockages, patterns, and conditions that prevent individuals from experiencing life lessons and growth.
  • Through practices like the Wim Hof Method, individuals can command their bodies better and overcome self-limiting conditioning.
  • Society suffers from a lack of connection with their invisible purpose, which lies beyond the walls of self-limiting beliefs.
  • Overcoming these walls empowers individuals to become who they truly are and discover their purpose.

Seeking discomfort (01:27:54)

  • Many people in society are choosing discomfort through activities like ultra-marathon runs and cold plunging as a counter-movement to excessive comfort.
  • The key discovered through scientific research is the innate capacity to command our bodies and emotions better.
  • The goal is not about going to extremes but about managing emotions and maintaining control regardless of circumstances.
  • Reacting to excessive comfort by seeking extreme discomfort is a reaction of the massive paradigm shift.
  • The true purpose is to learn absolute control over emotions, which is directly connected to one's purpose and soul.
  • The conflict lies in the realization of the soul and the unlimited power of the mind to find self-realization, which is unique for each individual.

Wim's routine (01:30:02)

  • Wim Hof wakes up between 4:30 am and 5:00 am and exercises intensely.
  • He practices intermittent fasting, only eating one meal later in the day.
  • Hof believes that the body should eat only when necessary, like animals in the wild.
  • Fasting improves his focus, conversations, and overall well-being.
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How do you find your purpose? (01:36:24)

  • Our energy is being drained by societal expectations and stress.
  • True philosophy serves the purpose of becoming happy, strong, and healthy, and passing it on to others.
  • We should prioritize being happy, strong, and healthy, and purpose will naturally follow.
  • Purpose is not in conflict with our soul; it is a natural consequence of being happy, strong, and healthy.
  • Simple daily exercises, such as 10-15 minutes of breathing exercises, can help us achieve this state.
  • By prioritizing our well-being, we can serve our purpose and positively impact others.

Last question (01:40:05)

  • Wim Hof believes people can overcome societal conditioning and limitations to embrace their happiness, strength, and health.
  • He emphasizes the need to change the current narrative and offers a counter-solution to address existing system shortcomings.
  • Hof promotes his work in studying people and providing a different perspective.
  • He recommends the energy drink "Perfect" for its all-day energy benefits and lack of crashes, giving him a competitive advantage.

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