Mads Friis

#20: Kiki Bosch – The Queen of Ice: Overcoming Rape, Anxiety and Pain

Kiki Bosch is an Ice Water Freediver, adventurer, practitioner, and coach at The Wim Hof Method. Having gone through rape, anxiety and pain she knows how to deal with the darker sides of life. She use these experiences to be positive light where she helps people break through barriers and overcome trauma in the journey of becoming happy, strong and healthy. She loves searching for truth and beauty in the world and helping others to do the same.

In this episode, Kiki’s takes us through some of her most incredible encounter with life and nature. She also shares her journey, and how the cold helped her overcome her past traumas, depression, and how you might be able to do the same. She also shares why ‘Disturb the Comfort’ is her life’s mantra.



“For me, the big shift is being able to shift my mindset…it is the constant reminder of the person I want to become.”

-Kiki Bosch


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01:59 –  Kiki’s transformation journey through her travels, how it helped her define herself

02:36 –  Finding her calling through freediving, feeling that it was something she needs to do

05:13 – Being raped by a colleague and how that caused her anxiety, pain, trauma and massive questioning of her purpose

07:44 – Regaining strength and health through The Wim Hof Method, how the cold therapy helped her find herself and live her present moment

10:58 – The mindset shift she had despite her bad experience

12:12 – The ice bath experience as your life’s mirror, experiences in the cold being a big mirror for life

13:41 – The tool in the toolbox: The Wim Hof Method benefits and component

16:57 – The power of being present in the moment, surrendering the pain and breathing technique, how Kiki handled her broken wrist and calmly bringing herself to the hospital

26:42 – Teaching the Wim Hof Breathing Method

27:57 – Embracing nature and being the nature and seeing nature in everything

29:57 – Compassion for her abductor, her perception on why he did the wrongdoing towards her and other victims

33:34 – Rewiring the brain through The Wim Hof Meditation, different ways to perceive life

33:45 – Forgiving and accepting, how to set boundaries and to be aware of people’s pattern of behavior

35:32 – Working and training elite athlete Mauricio Salazar. Helping him train for his challenges and events using the Wim Hof Method

42:15 – Visualization as a training routine to mentally prepare the body for the worst

46:06 – Kiki surviving a near-death experience

53:55 – Kiki’s parting words: “Stay focused, stay connected.”


Final recommendations from Kiki:

  1. Focus on yourself and how you fell
  2. Compassion for everyone and everything around you
  3. Know how much potential you have, realize how powerful you truly are


Resources Mentioned:

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#19: Tim Gray – Five fundamentals of biohacking

Tim Gray is a serial entrepreneur and the leading biohacker in the UK. He founded and ran a psychology based digital marketing agency based in London, and has many years of experience in NLP and Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Two years ago he founded Londons first private Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic, and he also founded and runs the Health Optimisation / Biohacker Social Circle in London too. To top that off, he also is the Founder and CEO of the Health Optimisation Summit – which brings unity to the health space, by partnering with Paleo f(x)and Bulletproof Upgrade Conference. Tim shares concrete tips with his five fundamentals of Biohacking for top performance, or for taking back your health.

Show notes:

1.35: Tims story

4.50: Getting kidney stones and several other diseases

6.00: Getting into bulletproof coffee

7.02: What Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is

12.01: Starting the biohacker social group in London

13.40: Biohacking vs transhumanism

14.30: Biohacking or health optimization

18.40: Where to start with biohacking

20.15: Tims five biohacking fundamentals

20.30: How to optimize sleep

23.40: Using the Oura sleep tracker most effectively

25.00: Using a Grounding blanket

25.40: Using a Chilipad

27.45: Using lavender oil

28.15: Second area of Tims five fundamentals: Hydration optimization

32.45: Cutting down on supplements

35.50: Third area of Tims five fundamentals: Dental and oral optimization

39.30: Fourth area of Tims five fundamentals: Sun and light optimization

43.00 Understanding what grounding is

44.10: Fifth is of Tims five fundamentals. Oxygen and breathing optimization


Links to people mentioned:

Dr. Joseph Mercola:

Wim Hof:

Dasha Maximov:


Links to selected resources:

Health Optimisation Summit:

Oura Ring:


Totum sport:


Health Optimisation/biohacker London Social Circle Group:


Final recommendations from Tim:

Relax and focus on the five fundamentals: 1. Sleep, 2. Hydration, 3. Dental & Oral, 4. Sun & Light, 5. Oxygen & Breathing


Links to Tim:

#18: Dan Brulé – breathing for self-healing and top performance

Dan has personally trained more than 150,000 people in over 60 countries to use breath and breathing for self-improvement, self-healing, and spiritual awakening. He has trained Olympic athletes, elite warriors, and martial artists. He coaches leading medical experts, corporate executives, and peak performers including Tony Robbins. He is the author of several books including “Just Breathe: Master Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business and Beyond.” He shares some of his wisdom about breathing and concrete techniques in this episode.

Show notes:

3.02: What the best way to breath is

4.10: Working with Tony Robbins

5.20: What Breathwork help with

7.02: Why awareness is so important

10.00: Different breath techniques and how to get rid of the pain

12.15: Triangle breathing

13.40: Letting go through breathing

15.20: 70% of toxins are released through the breath

17.40: Breathing into different parts of the body

22.00: Science and medicine is catching up on old wisdom

23.02: Group flow might be the next thing western science will catch up on

25.20: Circle breathing

27.10: How to breathe in the morning “sniff and poo”


Recommendation from Dan:

Become conscious of your breath


Links to mentioned people:


Links to Dan:

#17: Martin & Artur – How to breathe for optimal energy and performance

Martin Petrus and Artur Paulins are both Wim Hof Method certified instructors and teach different breathwork techniques around Europe. They share some of the latest research and very concrete techniques for breathing optimally whether you’re an athlete or looking to improve your energy and health.


0.40: Artur’s journey into breathwork

1.03: Martin’s journey into breathwork

2.40: Why breathing is important

5.50: Whether you should breathe through your mouth or nose

7.08: How to breathe when doing high-intensity exercise

10.12: Good techniques for breathing

11.20: Diaphragm breathing

13.20: Technique for breathing after an exercise: Legs up against the wall

16.30: Is breathing in slowly and breathe out slowly really such a great technique?

20.40: Tips for holding your breath longer

22.30: Wim Hof breathing

27.05: What to do when you work in an office and hardly move

28.18: Breath light technique

32.02: What to do when breathing through your nose feels hard

34:00 Duct taping your mouth?

36:03: Artur’s other routines for being the best version of himself

37.25: Martins other routines for being the best version of himself

38:02: Tips for getting the most benefit out of a sauna

39.30: Cold exposure

44.30: Box breathing


Links to selected resources:


Links to people mentioned:


Links to references and studies:

Oxygen cost of exercise hyperpnea: implications for performance:

Suffocation and respiratory responses to carbon dioxide and breath holding challenges in individuals with panic disorder:

Transcutaneous carbon dioxide application accelerates muscle injury repair in rat models.:

The effects of nasal breathing on exercise tolerance:

Nasal nitric oxide in man:

Physiology and pathophysiology of blood volume regulation. The Spleen:

Ventilatory control in the athlete:

Effects of prolonged physical training on ventilatory response to hypercapnia:

Spleen volume and blood flow response to repeated breath-hold apneas:

Increased erythropoietin concentration after repeated apneas in humans:


Final recommendations from Martin and Artur:

  • Martin: Do some kind of breathwork. A simple way can be box breathing which is used by navy seals and athletes
  • Artur: Use the Wim Hof breathing followed by a mindfulness and awareness practice


Links to Martin and Artur:

#16: Dr. Olli Sovijärvi – Concrete steps to getting better deep sleep

Olli Sovijärvi is a medical doctor and biohacker. He is co-author of “Biohacker´s Handbook” which a new book on biohacking with more than 1500 references. He is also co-founder of Biohacker Center and Biohacker Summit. He shares why he got into biohacking and how you can improve your deep sleep. He was also so kind as to provide a discount code for his new book. Just type “10OFF” when checking out. I don´t get an affiliate for promoting it but the book is fantastic. I can really recommend it!  


Show notes:

2.20: Ollis story from being a medical doctor to leaving the established system to finding a better way

5.05: Going deep into deep sleep

8.05: Genes that have an effect on your sleep

10.00: What DNA test to take

11.10: What to do to get good sleep

12.50: When to get your blue blocking glasses on

14.36: What temperature to sleep in

16.16: EMF and grounding

17.50: Ideal time to do sauna before sleep

21.10: Infrared sauna vs normal sauna

21.45: Difference on sauna that burns wood and runs from electricity

24.55: The nutrition and supplements that works well for sleep

30.22: Eating once a day

36.30: How to track sleep

49.40: How meditation can be key to better sleep

50.40: Honing before bed or not

52:29: Kiwis before bed or not


Final recommendations from Olli:

Be curious. Become the master of your own health. See yourself as an experiment.


Links to selected resources:


Links to Olli:

#15: Jeppe Skovgaard – Get out of your head and start feeling yourself again

Jeppe Skovgaard is a movement expert. He was part of bringing parkour to Denmark and later Akroyoga. He has been teaching movement around the world and has now started his own movement studio in Copenhagen. Jeppe shares his story of going deep into different movement forms and how to get out of your head so you can start to feel yourself again.

Show notes:

2.17: How Jeppe got into movement

4.00: Crawling with the founders of Parkour and getting the nickname “Hulk”

5.45: Fainting after training

5.50: Getting into yoga

7.30: Getting into Acroyoga and teaching around the world

9.45: Starting Rört and why the word movement is important

12.14: Why it is a problem that we are not touched as much today

13.45: How stress is taking us out of the body and into the mind and why that is a problem

15.10: What Jeppe think is the best form of movement  

18.40: Why Jeppe has started getting into dancing and what dance can do for you

20.03: Doing the movement that you actually do

21.30: Why it can be a challenge to have your personality tied up to one form of movement

23.45: Is it meaningless to be flexible?

27.04: How to get started with movement and how much you have to move

28.00: Mindfulness exercise

30.00: Getting into a shitstorm after being on national television

33.45: The power of a squat

35.30: Squatting when pooping

38.02: Jeppes routines

42.00: The importance of community  


Final recommendations from Jeppe:

Choose a practice. Commit to a practice.


Links to selected resources:


Links to Jeppe:

#14: Danni Liljekrans – Five steps to give better feedback

Danni Liljekrans is a feedback expert and coach. He started a consultancy called “Bedre Feedback” (Better Feedback) where he helps companies get better at giving feedback. Danni shares some of his strategies and tips for giving and receiving feedback.

Show notes:

1.30: How Danni got into feedback

3.10: Why feedback is important

6.50: How to give good feedback

8.08: What happens in the brain when we receive feedback

9.15: The Burger Model and whether to use it or not

11.10: The model Danni use for giving feedback

12.20: Why it can be so hard to receive feedback

12.42: How to receive feedback

13.50: Why you should not get feedback from everyone

14.54: The 3 different ways we reject feedback

17.30: The five steps when giving feedback

19.00: Giving feedback to emotional people

25.00: Receiving feedback in a good manner

25.50: The 3 buckets of feedback

27.10: Giving feedback in a difficult co-founder relationship

29.48: How to give a boss feedback

31.15: What to do when you ask for feedback and don´t receive it

33.00: How to give your spouse good feedback

36.50: Who Danni gets inspired by

37.50: How to get help with feedback


Final recommendations from Danni:

More than half of us believe we are better than average which is theoretically impossible. We have a tendency to overestimate our self. When doing personal development: Ask what is one thing I don´t know about myself. Ask people around yourself about feedback on that subject. Be curious about yourself.


Links to selected resources:


Links to Danni:


#13: Bart Kloosterhuis – How to ask meaningful questions

Bart Kloosterhuis is a coach and entrepreneur. He started Vertellis which started as a card game with meaningful questions that has since expanded to other products which have now been used by more than one million people. Bart shares how to ask better questions, start new habits and live a minimalist life.


0.45: What Vertellis mean

1.30: The story behind starting Vertellis

6.50: Questions to ask for a deeper connection

9.30: Who Bart gets inspired by

10.00: Taking time to reflect

10.30: Journaling

12.20: Questions to ask when journaling

13.10: Going into the woods in Sweden for a week without food

16.45: Finding the meditation that works for you

18.00: Some of Barts routines

18.30: Cold showers and how to get started with it

22.00: How to get new habits

22.30: Reading one page a day

24.10: How to get skeptical people to play Vertellis with you

25.00: Simple living

27.10: Why Bart does not have internet on his phone

28.30: Fasting  

30.00: Ketogenic diet


Final recommendations from Bart:

  • 80/20. Don´t be too hard on yourself. Relax. Ask yourself one questions a day, read one page a day and do one sit up a day.  


Links to selected resources:


Links to Bart:


#12: Dasha Maximov – How to recover from a heavy brain concussion

Dasha Maximov is former M&A consultant turned biohacker after six concussions. She has started a female biohacker community and is the COO of Health Optimization Summit. Dasha shares how she has gone to dozens specialist and tried several biohacks to now finally getting her health back. She ends up with some tips for female health and what test to get as a woman to improve your health. This show notes provides a lot of scientific resources to go deeper into the proof behind some of the aspects that are often met with skepticism.

Show notes:

0.45: How Dasha got into biohacking

2.30: Six brain concussions and how that changed Dashas life

6.30: What a concussion is

8.30: Brain health hacks

9.14: Flickering light and why it is not good for you

10.20: Some of the different specialist Dasha went to

11.10. Why Dasha changed her diet from being a vegetarian to eating a lot of fish

12.13: The fish that Dasha eat

14.30: Light, grounding and non native EMF

16.00: The importance of light

19.50: What grounding is and why it is good for you

23.00: Non native EMF

24.48: How being electro hypersensitive is now recognized as a condition in the UK

26.00: Whether you should sleep with your phone next to you or not

28.03: How big of a difference does EMF really do?

30.02: Dashas setup for the bedroom

34.30: How the regulation of mobile phones was made and why that is a problem

36.15: Airtube

38.10: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

40.02: Starting a Female health community

41.20: Where to start when looking into female health

44.01: What test to get as a women

47.00: Health Optimization Summit


Final recommendations from Dasha:

  1. Start getting DHA
  2. Get the sunlight in the morning and block blue light
  3. Stop or eliminate Non EMF


Links to selected resources:

Erica Mallery Blythe – Researcher on EMF. She was featured in the documentary, Resonance, Beings of Frequency:

– Children & EMF:

– More info about Electrohypersensitivity

Reference on Grounding

– Metanalysis of Grounding from 2012:

– Grounding and Mood: Improved Mood after grounding for >1 hour (2015 study):

– Analysis of Ion Flow between Human Body and the Local Ground (honor thesis explaining what grounding is; more informative rather than research, but interesting nonetheless):

– Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons (2012 study):

– Grounding improves vagal tone in preterm infants and improves resilience to stress in preterm infants (2018 study):


Reference on Non Native electric fields

There are loads of references I could send you, these are probably the top ones:

– Good, easy to read, and practical book about nnEMF from my friend Nick Pinaeault — The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs:

– Wi-Fi – New meta-analysis paper by Prof. Martin Pall (2018) – The paper summarizes the various health effects found to be caused by WiFi. Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health:

– Cancer from Cell Towers – Meta Analysis Paper- Yakymenko et al (2011) – a good summary of studies that show that wireless radiation from cell towers and radars have severe adverse effects. Long-Term Exposure to Microwave Radiation Provokes Cancer Growth: Evidences From Radars and Mobile Communication Systems:

– Reduced Sperm Count – Zilberlicht (2015) –  Dozens of studies prove beyond a doubt that wireless radiation adversely affects the sperm. Habits of Cellphone Usage:

– Oxidative Stress Mechanism – Meta Analysis Paper – Yakymenko (2015) – This study shows that 93/100 studies show that wireless radiation causes oxidative stress, a mechanism that can lead to cancer, non-cancer diseases and DNA damage. This study disproves the wireless industry’s misleading statements that there is no mechanism by which non-thermal levels of wireless radiation can affect the body. Oxidative Mechanisms of Biological Activity of Low-Intensity Radiofrequency Radiation:


Video with a meter and phone next to it where it is turned on, turned off etc.

Here is a simple video on this:



Note, read page 139 of the Non Tinfoil book re: bluetooth devices… specifically footnote 422 – “In one case, EMF expert Michael Neuert reports having measured levels of RF radiation emitted by a Bluetooth earpiece which were 7 times higher than the levels emitted by a cell phone. Yikes.”

Links to Dasha:


#11: Dr. Imran Rashid – How to live in a highly digital polluted world and get the most out of technology

Imran Rashid is a medical doctor with a specialization in Family Medicine. He is also a IT entrepreneur. And bestselling author now out with the new book “Offline”. He is currently one of the most sought after speakers in Denmark when it comes to healthy use of technology. Imran shares how to stay away from digital pollution and get the most out of technology.

Show notes:

1.06: How Imran went from being a Medical Doctor to an IT entrepreneur

3.45: Being pro-technology and pro-human

6.05: What you do when your young daughter ask to get a smartphone

8.05: Is social media good or bad for you?

11.24: Understanding stress

14.00: How often do you think about your work after you leave work?

14.45: Why screen time is not the right thing to focus on

15.43: Digital pollution

18.03: How our brain is changing with the use of technology

21.02: Exercise you should try at home

27.03: How much screen time the founder of Snapchat allow his kids

28.30: Acknowledging that we have limited control over our brain

30.01: Digital self-defense

31.40: Imran’s background screen on his phone

32.30: How to change behavior

38.01: How Imran gives his kids veto to get his attention

38.30: How Imrans kid got introduced to using a smartphone and how he got smartphone restrictions on his daughter’s school

40.02: Friday apps

42.31: Imran’s rule for posting on social media

45.02: Do the ones you love know or do they feel they are loved

53.01: Why long hugs can make a difference

54.26: The WE hormone and ME hormone


Final recommendations from Imran:

Deep and meaningful relationship is key to happiness


Links to selected resources:


Links to Imran: