What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times best seller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us.
Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears?
Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.
An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, What Doesn't Kill Us explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 January 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,459 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
3 in Physiology (Books)
12 in Sports Psychology (Books)
14 in Anthropology (Audible Books & Originals)
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I learned through the author's eyes, Wim Hof has many flaws and is at times just as prone to ego as the rest of us; I found his lack of care about material things humbling, and that he is guided by genuine altruism in wanting to help others heal their own pain and suffering.
The reason why I didn't give this book 5 stars is due to the author spending a large portion of it talking about modern day obstacle course challenges - their history and inception - like "tough mudder", which had a very tenuous connection to the theme of the book. It feels like the entire section dedicated to obstacle course challenges was just 'filler', similar to a high school student rambling nonsense in an attempt to meet a designated word count for an essay.
Nonetheless an enjoyable read providing greater understanding about how the conveniences of the civilized world can actually harm us at times.
Through this book, the Author’s doubt turned into admiration and a new found respect for undertaking personal challenges that stress & stretch the capacity of both the body and mind.
I am excited to try the WHM and feel very uncomfortable about the cold exposure (highlighting my reliance on the artificial world that I have created for my personal comfort).
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As well as the author's experiences, it also provides quite a lot of background on how WH developed his method, interviews with medical specialists, interviews with people who have benefited from the method, and experiences with other trainers using this and/or similar methods.
Scott Carney is not the world's greatest writer, but overall the book is interesting, informative and reasonably rigorous. It just won't teach you how to do it. I don't think there are any books that do that.
Im a WHM instructor and the information in this book is the best I have seen.