Health & Fitness

#29: Martin Tobias – How I Reversed My Cellular Age by About 20 Years in the Last Two Years with Different Biohacks

One IPO, another successful exit and 80 investments in startups are just some of the accomplishments of today’s guest. Serial entrepreneurs and investor Martin Tobias has “retired” three times, but keeps finding interesting problems to solve. Currently CEO of Upgrade Labs which is one of the places in the world with the most awesome biohacking gear. Martin has started Upgrade Labs together with Dave Asprey who is often mentioned as the father of biohacking. They are building the biohacking gyms of the future where members reach their goals in less time enabled by advanced technology.

In this episode, Martin shares his biohacking journey, his leap from being a successful tech entrepreneur to shifting into the health optimization industry, and how his quest to treat his daughter’s alopecia made him dive into functional medicine to find the root cause. 

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“The only one who is able to be responsible for your health is yourself. And if you outsource that to doctors, or psychiatrist or anybody, you’re not doing yourself a service, they will never know as much about you, then then you do. And you don’t have to be a doctor, you just have to be aware.” 

– Martin Tobias



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01:24 – How Martin went from being a successful tech entrepreneur to diving into the health industry

02:30 – Dave Asprey’s 40 Years of Zen – Biohacking With Neurofeedback, how this helped Martin set his foundation into meditation

07:54 His biohacking journey, how it started

13:38 – Common sense of using alternative medicine to cure injury and disease

16:38 – Multisystemic problems of modern western medicine, why specialization gets in the way of treatment because of not knowing anything about the other parts of the body

18:49 – All about UpgradeLabs, what they do and the services they offer

26:24 – The difference between a person with cancer and the one without, the ability to fight toxins

29:30 – Martin sharing his biohacking routine: His Best 6 Treatments

33:02 – Resources: Dave Asprey’s books

35:10 – Martin sharing Tony Robbins’ biohacking routine before onboarding the stage, how it helps Tony to optimize his performance better

37:30 – Upcoming 7th Biohacking Conference: What it is all about?

40:36 – Martin’s best advice






  1. Realize that you can make significant improvements in your health.
  2. Start to get some data about you and your body.
  3. Try things that match with your data, you’re likely to get much better results when you do it in a data-driven way. 






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#28: Dr. Barry Morguelan – Unlock Unlimited Energy And Healing In Your Own Biology From a 5,000-year-old Chinese Source Energy Discipline

Who do the world’s highest performers get help from? Well, I had the pleasure of meeting one of them 🙂 Dr. Barry Morguelan who has helped people like Tony Robbins, Jay Abraham, and Dave Asprey. Dr. B is a world-class medical doctor and the only western Grand Master of a 5,000-year-old Chinese Source Energy discipline. He uses this mix of western medicine and the Chinese Source Energy discipline to empower individuals to quickly and easily transform their own lives, helping them to achieve breakthrough results with their most meaningful goals, no matter what their age, education, or condition. 

In this episode, Dr. Barry shares his approach to helping people get access to an energy source that profoundly supports success towards personally defined goals. In addition, he shares a few of the powerful Source Energy practices that you can do anytime you need to use them without the need for a practitioner, guru, or healer. Learn how you can use the power of Source Energy to fuel your own journey.

If you listen to the end you´ll find an exclusive free 8-day free course and a special discount for a longer program by Dr. Barry’s – more details in the show notes.

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“Be your own guru, be your own person who discovers what it is to take care of yourself and be your own shaman.”

– Dr. Barry Morguelan



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0139 – All about Chinese medicine and it’s branches

02:23 –  Dr. Barry Morguelans goal of helping people to keep them from feeling pain

03:03 –  His quest of learning alternative medicine that compliments Western Medicine from the world’s greatest people around the globe

07:34 – Foundations of alternative medicine in different countries and regions of the world

10:30 – Four different practices of Chinese Medicine

14:38 – Discipline of four categories, how to know a person through connecting to the multiple things in their fields

18:59 – All about vibration and frequency, the power of quantum physics, why you need all the different frequencies cranking

23:53 – Why Dr. Barry Morguelan loves Source Energy, why does he consider it as the source of world peace

24:19 – The 90 Minute Routine – How this help Dr. Barry Morguelan start his day

28:01 – The biggest challenges of his high-performance top-caliber clients, being not in their zone and flow

35:11 – How doing energy practice source energy helps you control the outcome of your life

35:54 – All about his health optimization programs: 8-Day QuickStart and the Extensive Program

(Note: This interview was recorded in a LIVE event during the Health Optimization Summit London.  Please forgive the audio quality.  We probably sounded better in real life.)





  1. There is a solution to your problems. 
  2. The practices are available to you, and they will work for you.
  3. You don’t have to be stuck.






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#27: Thomas Sylvest Håkansson – Finding a Way When The Doctors Say There is Nothing More To Do

How do you deal with a chronic disease that the doctors say there is nothing to do about? What do you do when the healthcare system you have been depending on for years has not provided sufficient alleviation to what you are suffering from? This is something way too many people experience today. Thomas Sylvest was one of them and with a solid health background as a master in pharmaceutical science, he put his trust in new medicine for several years without seeing the results. That is when he embarked on a journey to learn more about functional medicine which has moved him from a wheelchair, lots of different medicine and severe pain to today’s walking, having a child, living with little pain and almost no medicine.  

Thomas shares his journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis and several other diseases that he has been affected by. He shares concrete tips for what has worked for him, what is backed by science and how you can structure your own health journey – because what works for Thomas might not be the same that works for you. But the overall strategy is similar for finding solutions.

If you listen to the end you can even win a price – more details in the show notes 🙂 

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“So for me, it’s not about the quantities of food. We can survive on restricted calories, restricted calorie intake, but it’s the content of nutrients. It’s the mineral profiles. That’s the one that is important.”

 – Thomas Sylvest 



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01:51 – What is he passionate about 

02:37 – How is it like dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis disease early on in his childhood

06:00 -The painful journey he had with the health care system that finds no alleviation to the disease he is having

11:44 – How did he start his journey to natural healing

13:57 – How your inflammatory disease relates to how your digestive system is doing

14:41 – His way of eating raw vegetables

18:58 – What is CRP and what does it tell you?

22:22 – What is elimination diet and how is it done and what foods to consider

 24:54 – What’s the deal with avocados

26:44 – Why the need for figuring out what works for you and the disease you have

27:41 – All about probiotics and prebiotics, what are the key things about them

29:16 – What does his everyday healing journey look like

30:55 – What is intermittent fasting and what are the benefits

34:00 – Why does he go barefoot

37:12 – Some more healthy stuff he does every day

38:36 – What are the important things to remember when juicing







  1. It’s your own journey. Take responsibility for this journey.
  1. The journey has bumps ahead, get strong support from loved ones and mentors.
  1. Just set your mind on the journey and you will conquer it.






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#26: Anette Sams – The Truth About Sugar and How to Reverse Diabetes 2

How do you reverse diabetes 2 through food and exercise? That is part of what this podcast episode is about. It also turns out this knowledge can help adults whether you have diabetes or not! How do we then make that knowledge into something fun and stop the shaming around food? That is part of the mission that Anette Sams is on. She is one of the leading experts in Denmark on the subject. She is a pharmacist with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Anette is a former Diabetes Biology Specialist and Director at Novo Nordisk. She is also the author of “The Truth About Sugar”  and “Getting out of Diabetes 2”.

Understanding the truth about sugar is part of the equation to reversing diabetes 2, getting out of several chronic symptoms and staying healthy. Anette provides concrete tools to take control of your health.

Anette will be in New York City from October 20 to 24 and she has a few time slots open for giving her talk SugarSmart (link: So, reach out to her at if you are in the area.


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“We have to think of sugar like the way we think of fuelling our car. We fuel it, and then we drive and then when the tank is empty or nearly empty, we can fuel again. But it’s the period between the two fuels where you perform the best.”

– Anette Sams


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01:53 –  Why she left an excellent job, being a diabetes specialist and director

06:36 – The truth about sugar as it relates to diabetes, talking about her book, “The Truth About Sugar”

09:30 – What is “Biological Logic”

10:45 – What the fibre wall in fruits and vegetables mean and how it helps in releasing nutrients to the body

14:08 – The benefits of avoiding refined sugar, the Sugars ABC

17:26 – How to get out of Diabetes

20:44 – The refined and unrefined food, how to classify the two

23:03 – What’s in the meals, meal timing, and frequency of meals

27:05 – Her thoughts on going off insulin for three weeks for a particular diet plan

31:03 – The psychological stress of getting healthy

37:32 – One crucial recommendation to restore your ability to remove excess sugar from the bloodstream

39:56 – What has sleep got to do with diabetes 2

40:51 – Thoughts about fasting

43:45 – Giving her advice for a fantastic life



  1. Believe in yourself and get that basic biology knowledge. It’s fascinating!
  2. Start spoiling yourself with the right food
  3. Start feeding your microbiota











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#25: Chuck Hazzard – What Most Experts Got Wrong About Sleep And How To Get The Most Out Of A Sleep Tracker

If you care about sleep then you need to hear this episode! I have listened to a ton of podcast about sleep and read about the subject. But I never heard the real story about what we actually know about sleep and why this is essential to understand when hearing advice from sleep studies. If you have ever been stressed by your sleep tracking showing you that you are not getting enough deep sleep or looking into getting a sleep tracker then this is for you. 

Martin & Dasha told me several times that I had to interview Chuck Hazzard about sleep and health optimization. Thank you so much for that. This changed some of my views on sleep as Chuck might be one of the most balanced and knowledgeable people about health that I have meet and at the same time extremely pleasant to talk with.

He is an ultramarathon runner and Vice President of Oura Ring which most of the experts say is the best sleep tracker on the market. 

He shares his own personal journey, what we actually know about sleep, concrete sleep tips, what is important when selecting a sleep tracker and how not to get stressed by a sleep tracker but get true value from it.  

Another important thing Chuck shares is how to navigate this complicated health space.


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“Be your own scientist. You’re the best person to judge what works and doesn’t work for you. If it doesn’t cost you a lot of money, it’s worth trying. See if it helps and if it doesn’t, stop doing it before you invest big money. Do your own research. Talk to a lot of people. Don’t just trust the manufacturer.”

– Chuck Hazzard


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01:11 – Chuck shares how he became an expert in wearable devices, sleep tracking and running long distances

04:05 – How he became a test runner

05:25 – What a sleep tracker like the Oura Ring does and how the sleep study is done

07:54 – Interesting facts about sleep from a research standpoint

12:24 – Importance of deep sleep

13:29 – Determining the best time to sleep 

14:59 – How the Oura Ring tracks temperature and changes in heart rate

17:28 – Restlessness as a component of sleep and the factors affecting it

24:50 – Insulin load and how it affects your resting heart rate at night

28:07 – Explaining what chronotype means and relating them to the four animals in the book, The Power of When by Michael Breus

32:43 – Number of hours of sleep Chuck gets and shares the gadgets that help them achieve a good sleep

35:46 – Other routines and gadgets he uses while sleeping

40:05 – The importance of eating meals in a day

43:29 – The resources Chuck goes to when he wants to learn something new

44:30 – His advice on choosing who to listen to

47:13 – Where people can follow him

47:52 – Final words from Chuck

48:38 – Wrapping up the episode with the last question from Mads to better understand REM sleep



  1. Be your own scientists.
  2. Just try stuff. If it doesn’t cost you a lot of money, it’s worth trying. 
  3. Do your own research, talk to a lot of people. 











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#24: Dr. Scott Sherr – Biohacks That the Elite Uses in Silicon Valley and Fundamental Health Tips for All

I got a medical doctor who is at the forefront of health optimization medicine. He is also an expert in integrative hyperbaric medicine. And you might be wondering what the …. is that? Well, that and what some of the top consultancies, executives and tech companies are doing in Silicon Valley to get the edge is what you will learn about in this episode. 

Dr. Scott Sherr is the Founder of Integrative HBOT, a worldwide consulting, education, and advocacy telemedicine practice. He is also the COO of Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe), a nonprofit education company that is using a foundational approach to shift the conversation away from illness and into health. Dr. Scott also has the first HOMe clinic in the US-based in San Francisco. 

I got Scott personally recommended by great people such as Dasha and Tim. So really excited that I got a chance to talk with him and learn about health optimization medicine and nootropics. 

On today’s episode, Dr. Sherr also dives into the benefits and limitations of hyperbaric treatments as well as the expected results, how this therapy is helpful to treat a wide range of disorders and diseases, and how it positively affects patients with other conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, ulcerative colitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, musculoskeletal injury, stroke, and many others. Tune in and learn from Dr. Sherr’s health optimization expertise.



“The key is a foundation for all of us, in our own health. Then everything else is the icing on the cake to some degree.”

– Dr. Scott Sherr


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01:44 – How Dr. Sherr got involved with Health Optimization Medicine and especially into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

04:00 – What is HBOT and what certain diseases, complications or injuries it can heal

09:45 – Bringing the hyperbaric oxygen technology to more people

10:50 – HBOT sessions and how it works to heal acute injuries to chronic long-term injuries or diseases

16:00 – Soft (portable) chamber versus the hard chamber, their prices, which is suitable for neurocognitive diseases plus how HBOT can also help with jetlag

19:22 – The importance of foundational health and how Dr. Sherr utilize HBOT

20:16 – All about Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) 

26:10 – The three tests for the basic HOMe program and how to build a true foundational health

30:00 – Food sensitivity tests to improve your health – the regular IgE and the controversial IgG4

34:50 – HOMe’s mission and Dr. Sherr’s advice to feel better fast

36:51 – Nootropics and what you need to know about caffeine, nicotine, e-cigarette, and vape

40:05 – Blue Cannatine– a synthetic nootropic drug that is good for your health 

45:44 – The key to creating your own health journey

46:48 – Why sauna is one of Dr. Sherr favorite biohacking technology and his other health routine




  1. Have fun. Enjoy life and learn a lot in the process.
  2. Enjoy your failures because that’s where you learn the most.
  3. Always starts with you.



Dr. Dom D’Agustino 

Dave Asprey 

Dr. Ted Achacoso

Tim Gray



Health Optimization Medicine

Troscriptions – Blue Cannatine

Oura Ring 

Sunlighten Infrared Saunas, Detox and Relax From Home





Facebook – Integrative HBOT






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#23: Mette Skjærbæk – Concrete Tips for Natural Health and How to Choose Skin Care Products

How do you select a skincare product? I am often quite confused when looking at different products. Which ones are really the ones without all the bad chemicals? I would love to hear how you navigate that jungle?

I was lucky that I got a chance to talk with a real expert on the subject. Mette Skjærbæk who is not just an expert but also extremely warm and pleasant person gave some insight on the subject as well as concrete tips for natural health. For as she says skin products are only one part of the puzzle. Mette’s deep knowledge comes from being the founder and creative director of a pure, natural and active skincare brand from Copenhagen, Karmameju where they work with a top scientist. She was intrigued by natural health at a very young age and took up a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health. She also worked as a model for ten years, starting out when she was just 16 years old. 

On today’s episode, Mette shares her near-death experience that changed her life and how she started and builds Karmameju. Mette goes into what she does to stay healthy every day, why she uses sunscreen sparingly and how she prepares her family’s morning smoothie. She also shares, among other things, the relevant questions to ask when choosing the skin care products and how to test it out. Tune in and get Mette’s absolute best health and beauty tips.


“I believe that if you stay open and reach out and meet the world with a sense of kindness and curiosity, so many good things will come to you.”

– Mette Skjærbæk


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01:20 – Mette’s background; being a model for 10 years, her turning point and how she got into natural health

05:26 – What is natural health and Mette’s 3 main focus points

11:35 – Mette’s near-death experience and how her life changed and started Karmameju 

14:10 – Growing her company, developing skills and focusing on skin care

17:38 – How to know whether a product is organic or not and questions to ask when selecting skin care products

23:20 – An important issue on sunscreen products that everyone should know

26:55 – Key factors in choosing a brand to trust, why skin care is important even for men and what you should do before buying any skin care products

31:00 – Mette’s 80/20% lifestyle – on taking care of the inside of the body, detoxing, oils, and making a balanced diet

39:45 – The smoothie with many names – why Mette started making them and what she puts in it

43:35 – Karmameju’s belief on beauty and skin care, why weeds are good for you plus how Mette prepares her smoothie ingredients 

48:58 – All about pH – the importance of maintaining the skin’s pH value and Karmameju’s breakthrough product to help achieve it

56:00 – Why she put proofs like research and study on their website for the consumers to see 

1:00:09 – Mette’s key essentials of a happy life




  1. Hydrate 
  2. Sleep 
  3. Breathe 



Truth In Aging

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

How to Dry Brush the Body

How to Dry Brush the Face



Instagram – Mette

Instagram – Karmameju Skin Care

Facebook – Karmameju Skin Care

Youtube – Karmameju Skin Care






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#22: Jacob Strachotta – How to Use Hypnotherapy to Increase Performance or Overcome Stress, Sleep Issues, Traumas, and Other Challenges

Jacob Strachotta, is the Founder & CEO of HelloMind and Founder of The Institute for Advanced Hypnosis in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jacob Strachotta has worked with hypnosis and hypnotherapy for more than 25 years. He originally trained as a captain in the Danish Air Force.

In 2000, he founded The Institute for Advanced Hypnosis in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the years, he has trained more than 650 hypnotists and hypnotherapists. Advanced Hypnosis differs from traditional hypnosis in that it goes straight to the root of the problem, isolating it and then treating it. It is a version of this technique called RDH – Result Driven Hypnosis, that is featured in the HelloMind app.

In this episode, you will learn a lot about what hypnotherapy is and how it can benefit you. He will walk us through what happens into the process of hypnosis and what role the hypnotherapist play during the hypnosis, debunking false beliefs about it. And also learn how meditation and hypnosis are in some manner the same and at the same time very different.



“Meditation is good as well, but Hypnotherapy is better.” 

– Jacob Strachotta


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01:24 – What is Hypnosis

03:28 – What Hypnosis is not and how does it benefit a person

06:43 – How does hypnosis work

08:03 – How does hypnosis help a person

12:34 – What goes into the process of hypnosis and how long does it take to do it

14:47 – What actually happens during the hypnosis state

15:42 – The hypnotherapist role in hypnosis

18:06 – Advantages of being in a hypnotic stage

21:12 – HelloMind: Meditation|Hypnosis on the App: How good can this get

23:37 – What happens during the sessions, how long is it, and how does it work

28:59 – Is it okay to fall asleep during hypnotherapy

30:11 – Difference between meditation and hypnotherapy

32:33 – A study on eczema and self-hypnosis showed that HelloMind self-hypnosis app helped the person use significantly less hormone cream on a daily basis.

34:42 – Talking about health tech

35:37 – How often should you do hypnotherapy




  • Be curious always. It’s a very good skill to have all your life.
  • Take quick decisions because you can always do a new one if you need to.
  • Remember to love yourself because every person needs that to love other people. 










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#21: Sofia Popov – Concrete Steps to Optimize Your Health Through Microbiome Research and Home Test

Poop test also called gut microbiome test seems to be the new black in health optimization From discovering what to eat, helping with IBS and so many other things. I, therefore, took a talk with Sofia Popov who is a microbiome scientist. She is also the founder of GUTXY which is a company that helps people figure out how to incorporate the latest scientific findings on the microbiome into their daily lives. In this podcast, we go through some of the latest research, how to use it, my experience with microbiome test and how a startup like Zemedy also focus on the microbiome for IBS.

“Gut is the pivot – the start of everything. And if you look at it more holistically, it is very central. If you are not digesting properly, other areas of your body aren’t functioning equally as well. It is key for everything.”

-Sofia Popov





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O1:20 – Sofia talks about how she got interested in studying more about the human microbiome

04:08 –  The importance of the first 3 years of life in the foundation the gut microbiome

05:58 – Getting microbiome test and knowing your microbial signature: the key to better understanding health and nutrition

07:58 – The role of probiotics and prebiotics in inducing gut immunity

10:59 – Microbiome test: how it is done and what it tells you about your health

15:12 – Determining your healthy bowel, an overview of the Bristol Stool Chart

16:41 – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), how it affects the gut-brain axis and how taking  a microbiome test can help to solve it

22:19 – How GUTXY’s microbiome program helps individuals get the proper intervention after getting their microbiome test results

27:00 – Food to optimize your microbiome: Sofia talks about the different microbiome friendly foods  

29:00 – How the Microbiome changed Sofia’s perception of having a healthy diet and restoring your gut

30:50 – Fermented food and its beneficial boost in getting good bacteria

32:47 – Microbiome and depression: how do they correlate?

33:56 – Sofia’s advice on becoming the best version of yourself



  1. Eat more leafy greens.
  2. Focus on being mindful.
  3. Believe in yourself.









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#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


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