World No.1 Biohacking Expert: I Tested 100,000 People's DNA. This Diet Will Kill You - Gary Brecka

World No.1 Biohacking Expert: I Tested 100,000 People's DNA. This Diet Will Kill You - Gary Brecka

Intro (00:00:00)

  • Anxiety is often caused by deficiencies rather than external triggers.
  • Gary Brecka, a human biologist, spent 20 years predicting when people would die for life insurance companies.
  • He is now on a mission to extend people's lives.
  • A DNA swab test can reveal gene mutations that can lead to common ailments such as mental illness, ADHD, OCD, manic depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and severe gut issues.
  • Conventional therapies and dietary changes often fail to address these ailments because they originate from within the body rather than the external environment.
  • Brecka believes that sharing this information can make a significant difference in people's lives.
  • Five simple things can be done regularly to prevent chronic diseases:
    • Upon waking, check DNA test results for any health implications.
    • Subscribe to the podcast to support its growth and attract bigger guests.

What We're Getting Wrong About Supplements & Deficiencies (00:02:18)

  • Gary Brecka, a human biologist and biohacking expert, stresses the importance of identifying the root causes of health issues rather than solely relying on supplements.
  • Nutrient deficiencies, especially in methylation, can lead to various health challenges such as weight gain, water retention, brain fog, and poor sleep.
  • Supplementing without addressing the underlying cause is ineffective and can result in "paralysis of analysis."
  • Individuals should prioritize their health by gathering data about their bodies, including key health markers, to make informed decisions about their well-being.
  • Many individuals diagnosed with ADD and ADHD may actually have "attention overload disorders," where their minds are overactive rather than lacking attention.
  • Stimulants like Adderall and amphetamines may not be the best solution for ADD and ADHD, as they can further stimulate an already overactive mind.
  • Replenishing essential minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids can significantly improve overall health and well-being.
  • Genetic methylation testing can provide personalized insights into an individual's nutrient conversion abilities and guide effective supplementation.

Humans Aren't Functioning Optimally (00:09:20)

  • Humans are not functioning optimally due to genetic variations and nutrient deficiencies.
  • The human body is intricately designed, with raw materials being processed and waste products from one process becoming inputs for another.
  • For example, folate from green leafy vegetables is converted into methylfolate, which helps regulate homocysteine levels and contributes to brain function and sleep quality.
  • Methylation is a crucial process that can be disrupted by genetic mutations, but supplementation can often restore its function.
  • The MTHFR gene mutation affects 44% of the population and impairs the conversion of folic acid into the usable form, methylfolate.
  • Methylfolate deficiency is linked to various health conditions, including neural tube defects.
  • Supplementing with methylfolate is an effective and inexpensive way to address this deficiency.
  • Understanding methylation provides a roadmap for targeted supplementation, avoiding unnecessary and random supplementation.

The Biomarkers That Predict Your Health Outcomes (00:11:49)

  • A glycemic profile measures glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and insulin levels to assess insulin resistance.
  • A hormone panel checks DHEA, SHBG, and nutrient deficiencies like vitamin D3, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B12.
  • A methylation test analyzes genes involved in processing what you consume, including the COMT gene that affects neurotransmitter processing.
  • Anxiety can be caused by elevated catecholamines, the neurotransmitters involved in the fight-or-flight response.
  • Anxiety disorders involve specific triggers like fear of heights or flying, while anxiety without an obvious cause may be linked to B vitamin deficiencies, particularly methylcobalamin and methylfolate.

The Link Between Your Genes & Anxiety & Trauma (00:17:53)

  • People who have experienced trauma tend to wake up with negative thoughts and have a tendency to overthink and go straight to worst-case scenarios.
  • This heightened state of alertness can lead to anxiety.
  • Catacol amines, which include neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and adrenaline, play a role in anxiety.
  • People with a gene mutation that slows down the breakdown of catacol amines may be more prone to anxiety.
  • Anxiety can be a lifelong condition, with people experiencing it on and off throughout their lives.
  • Anti-anxiety medications may not be effective for people with this gene mutation.
  • The speaker mentions that a certain diet can kill, but no specific details about the diet are provided in the given text.

Common Deficiencies That Keep Us Away from Our Optimal Health (00:22:16)

  • A study involving 100 random people revealed that half had a clinical deficiency in vitamin D3, which is essential for immune system function and bone health.
  • Darker-skinned individuals are at higher risk of vitamin D3 deficiency.
  • Sunlight exposure is a primary source of vitamin D3, and its deficiency was the second leading cause of morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Many people have nutrient deficiencies, especially vitamin B12 and DHEA, which can lead to hormone imbalances and poor blood sugar control.
  • A high intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates can overload the pancreas and cause blood sugar to get out of control, leading to prediabetes.
  • Nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances, and poor blood sugar control can affect mood, focus, and concentration, and may contribute to mental health issues.
  • Addressing nutrient deficiencies and hormone imbalances can improve overall health and well-being.

Working with High Profile People (00:30:24)

  • Gary Brecka works with many high-profile individuals, including Dana White, Steve Harvey, Stephen A Smith, Steve Aoki, and Kendall Jenner.
  • He does not want to be known only for working with celebrities and professional athletes, but rather for his message that is intended for the general public.
  • Brecka believes that his job is to educate the masses and inspire them to make positive changes, rather than impressing them with his knowledge.

How Your Life & Business Changed In The Last Year (00:32:00)

  • Brecka's life and business have changed significantly in the past year.
  • He has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity on podcasts and social media, and his business has grown exponentially.
  • Brecka attributes his success to his ability to take complex information and distill it down to make it accessible to the general public.
  • He has become more cautious and guarded with his words due to the scrutiny he faces, but he remains committed to spreading his message to the masses.

Life Insurances Know When You're Going to Die (00:34:43)

  • Life insurance companies use various data points, such as blood tests, medical records, and lifestyle factors, to predict an individual's life expectancy.
  • Factors that can increase the probability of death or mortality include obesity, diabetes, anemia, cognitive decline, and non-compliance with medication.
  • Certain combinations of health conditions, known as co-morbidities, can significantly impact mortality risk.
  • A former medical records analyst realized he could make a positive impact by sharing critical health information with individuals but was prohibited by law from doing so.
  • Frustrated by this limitation, he quit his job and started a wellness firm to help people live healthier and happier lives.

I Knew Thousands of People Would Die but They Wouldn't Let Me Help Them (00:41:51)

  • Gary Brecka expresses regret for not being able to help people despite knowing they would die based on their DNA test results.
  • He reflects on the emotional impact of realizing that the data he was working with represented real individuals with families and lives.
  • Brecka now feels a sense of responsibility to use his research and knowledge to extend life and improve people's health and happiness.
  • Brecka acknowledges that there are counterarguments to his research and findings.
  • He intends to address these counterarguments and provide evidence to support his claims.

Fixing Your Deficiencies Could Save Your Life (00:43:18)

  • Gary Brecka, a biohacking expert, analyzed data from over 100,000 people's DNA, identifying patterns related to diet and health outcomes.
  • He challenges conventional medical wisdom by suggesting that many diseases are caused by deficiencies rather than pathology.
  • Brecka recommends supplementing with sodium, such as Baja gold sea salt or Celtic salt, to prevent migraines and using amino acids like trimethyl Glycine to lower homocysteine levels and improve blood pressure.
  • He criticizes modern medicine for often mistaking simple deficiencies for pathological conditions and highlights the negative consequences of certain medications, such as corticosteroids, which can lead to joint replacements and reduced mobility.
  • Brecka emphasizes the importance of addressing basic nutrient deficiencies and optimizing hormone levels to improve health and prevent premature death or loss of healthspan.

What I Learned Analysing Thousands of Medical Reports (00:50:44)

  • Analyzed thousands of medical records.
  • Noticed modifiable risk factors affecting life expectancy.
  • Simple things like anemia, if not treated properly, can lead to worse outcomes.

Fix the Simple Things Before It's Too Late (00:51:57)

  • Chronic diseases often stem from decisions made earlier in life.
  • Societal and individual actions can prevent chronic diseases.
  • Simple actions like filtering water and taking mineral supplements can help.
  • Drink mineralized water upon waking (Celtic Sea salt or Baja gold salt).
  • Take a DHEA EPA fish oil supplement or fatty acid supplement with DHEA or EPA oil.
  • Take an MCT oil, fatty acid oil, or Omega 3 supplement in the morning.
  • Develop a morning routine that includes sunlight, grounding, breath work, and cold.

The Importance of Grounding for Your Blood Cells (00:54:52)

  • Grounding, or connecting with the Earth's surface, has numerous health benefits and can be achieved by spending time outdoors, walking barefoot, or using grounding mattresses or mats.
  • Lack of grounding due to modern lifestyles and indoor living contributes to various health issues.
  • Touching the Earth's surface helps discharge the body and repolarize red blood cells, improving their function and overall health.
  • The pH of the blood is a narrow range of about 7.35 to 7.45, and alkaline water does not change it.
  • An alkaline state is associated with good health, while an acidic state is associated with disease.
  • To change the pH of the blood slightly and achieve an alkaline state, one can either touch the surface of the Earth or use a PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) mat.

The Most Important Exercise to Oxygenate Your Blood Cells (01:00:02)

  • Laying on a PEMF mat can make blood more alkaline and separate blood cells.
  • Breathwork, such as the HyperMax method based on Nobel prize-winning work, can help oxygenate the blood.
  • Engaging auxiliary muscles of respiration and pushing air into the lower lobes of the lungs improves oxygen uptake.
  • After age 35, most people stop using their auxiliary muscles of respiration, leading to shallow breathing and hyperventilation of carbon dioxide, which accelerates aging.
  • Grounding and breathwork are essential for overall health and well-being.
  • Consistent morning routines, including grounding, sunlight, and breathwork, can improve self-confidence and trust in oneself.
  • Breathwork, such as the Wim Hof method, can help regulate the body's rhythm and prepare it for the day.

The Incredibly Health Benefits of Red Light (01:04:26)

  • Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, uses different wavelengths of light to improve cellular function and overall health.
  • Red light, in particular, reduces inflammation, increases blood flow, and enhances mitochondrial function by increasing oxygen delivery and stimulating nitric oxide production.
  • Sunlight, especially early morning light, provides similar benefits to red light therapy.
  • Red light therapy beds emit low-level infrared light for therapeutic purposes, while infrared saunas emit high-level infrared light to induce sweating.
  • Red light therapy offers various benefits, including improved sleep, hormone regulation, and relaxation.
  • Morning sunlight helps reset the circadian rhythm, regulate sleep, and balance cortisol and melatonin levels.
  • Red light at night does not disrupt sleep as it's not in the disruptive blue light spectrum.

How Hydrogen Gas Helps Your Body (01:12:15)

  • Hydrogen water has many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving supplement absorption, enhancing athletic performance, and reducing muscle soreness.
  • Hydrogen gas can be consumed through nasal cannulas, ear cannulas, eye canes, or by drinking hydrogen water.
  • Drinking hydrogen water is an effective way to reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Hydrogen gas dissolves more easily in colder liquids.
  • Hydrogen tablets can also be used to consume hydrogen gas.

The Issues with Ozempic (01:15:23)

  • Ozempic (semaglutide) is a GLP-1 inhibitor used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  • Ozempic has become increasingly popular and is now worth trillions.
  • Ozempic can cause side effects such as gastric emptying, paralytic gut, and constipation.
  • Some people are using Ozempic for vanity purposes, despite the potential risks.

How Is Gary's Life and His Pain (01:16:42)

  • Warns against using semaglutide or tirzepatide for vanity purposes.
  • These peptides can cause side effects like sunken cheeks and eyes.
  • Recommends using them only for individuals who are morbidly obese, have significant weight to lose, or struggle with cravings.
  • Suggests combining these peptides with a growth hormone peptide and a strength training regimen to minimize muscle loss.

Advice to His Kids (01:18:18)

  • Expresses gratitude for being able to monetize his passion for biohacking.
  • Enjoys the intellectual stimulation and opportunities that come with his work.
  • Acknowledges the responsibility and pressure that accompanies his success.

The Loneliness Epidemic (01:19:18)

  • Gary Brecka, a renowned biohacking expert, feels a responsibility to support those in need and has shifted his focus to training qualified individuals to reach a broader audience.
  • Brecka's children have followed in his footsteps, with two pursuing Ph.D.s in nursing, which brings him immense joy and fulfillment.
  • Brecka emphasizes the importance of community and highlights the detrimental effects of isolation on life expectancy, citing the phenomenon of "broken heart syndrome" as an example of how emotions can impact physical health.
  • Studying components of the body or cells in isolation can lead to inaccurate assumptions about their behavior in the body, as cells exist in communities, exchanging with their environment, eliminating waste, repairing, and detoxifying.

Unethical Insurance (01:25:13)

  • Loneliness and isolation have a significant impact on life expectancy.
  • Isolation can be a comorbidity factor, especially in the elderly.
  • Community and social interaction are increasingly important for overall well-being.

Gene Test Results (01:27:09)

  • Centenarians in Blue Zones share commonalities such as mobility in older age, a sense of purpose, and unique dietary habits.
  • Privacy and legal restrictions prevent the speaker from sharing potentially life-saving information with patients or training physicians.
  • Databases used in predicting mortality could revolutionize healthcare but are not being shared due to potential disruption of the current medical system.
  • Genetic testing can identify variants in methylation genes that affect the body's ability to convert and utilize nutrients, leading to various health issues.
  • Dr. Carrie's genetic test results indicate overall good genetic health, with no red genes and only one yellow gene.
  • Variants in methylation genes can impact sleep, thyroid function, gut health, mood, detoxification, inflammation, and antioxidant defense.
  • Activated nutrients, such as methylated B12, can improve the body's ability to convert and utilize nutrients.
  • Genetic testing can reveal gene mutations inherited from parents, but determining which parent passed on a specific mutation can be challenging without testing them.
  • Severe methylation profiles involving a mix of red and green markers can lead to significant personality alterations, mental illnesses, addiction, sleep disorders, and severe gut issues.
  • The methylation cycle involves five key factors that sequentially process ingredients in the body, with MTHFR being the earliest gene and having both copies mutated can have various health consequences.
  • MTHFR gene mutations have been linked to numerous health conditions, including miscarriages, ADD, ADHD, and anxiety.
  • Despite its simplicity and accessibility, genetic testing is often overlooked by frontline clinics, missing opportunities for early intervention and personalized supplementation.
  • Biohacking expert Gary Brecka conducted DNA tests on 100,000 individuals, providing insights into the impact of diet on health.

Last Guest Question (01:42:10)

  • Gary's mission is to help people live healthier, happier, and longer lives.
  • He continues to spread his message to achieve this goal.
  • Many people have reached out to express gratitude for the positive impact his advice has had on their lives.

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