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.
©2017 Scott Carney (P)2017 Scott Carney
Great book. Great method. I've started cold therapy and breathing meditation and without hesitation can confirm that something is definitely at work. I feel more alert, have lost weight, and have increased work capacity. I'll be listening again and recommending this book and Wim Hof method to anyone that will listen.
Listened to the whole thing in 3 days of house painting. Scott connects the dots between methods taught by Wim Hoff and some of the most inspiring athletes and teachers in the health and fitness space. He brings his humble character to make this incredible journey accessible to the rest of us mortals and dispels his own healthy scepticism.
it is an intelligent exploration into reclaiming the innate capacity within an ordinary human that put his life on the line.
Thank You Scott.
if your interested in the wim Hoff method this is a great down to earth resource. Carney tells it exactly how it is without the hero worship that discredits a lot of similar books. Carney approaches the subject from a skeptics view Which (for me at least) lends a lot of credibility. He includes a lot of science and research but still manages to maintain a very readable, entertaining pace that doesn't bog down with too much medical jargon.
Fascinating book! I am a huge fan of Wim Hof and follow the science closely. This book does an exceptional job at approaching this from an outsiders perspective and sheds light on the legitimacy of the method. At first you might think that Wim is a one-off, guru/mad-man, but there is a human side to him that is filled with youthful energy and charisma. The book demonstrates that the impossible is possible.
The structure of the storyline of this book made the point of how beneficial mastery of specific physical and mental techniques are to achieve a robust physical capacity without a major time commitment. I am convinced and perhaps seduced. Well done
I really enjoyed the book and clarity at which the author read it. This book was the validation that I was looking for after reading and listening to many sources on cold exposure and focused breathing. I had an expectation based on listening to an interview with the author before purchasing. My expectations were exceeded with the product. Well done.
I'd heard of Wim Hof already however, I realized that Scott Carney used Hoff as an anchoring idea to then launch off in a number of different directions around the idea of tempering your body/mind to endure discomfort.
The trek up Kilmanjaro was a very memorable chapter. I won't spoil the story but suffice it to say it was a very human moment to realize that even 'hero's' have ego's and are prone to being self centered.
No but it has made me intensely interested in learning more. I appreciated the fact that Scott showed that a regular guy can put these ideas and techniques to use and have some significant benefit.
There are a host of podcast episodes out there on Wim Hof, Brian Mackenzie, and Laird Hamilton among others. More than enough fodder for someone interested in learning more.
Extremely well paced and thoroughly entertaining. The author gives us a very honest and thought provoking look into some of the most extreme training methods around today. Through his do it yourself method of research Scott Carney also provides a unique "on the field" type of insight as opposed to most "from the sidelines" observation methods of reporting. Mr. Carney is also an excellent reader (very important in the audio world). All in all: Great Book. Well written, well read, we'll executed. 5 stars.
Exceptional story telling of what makes us stronger! Highly recommended read that is both thought provoking and life changing.
I listen to about 100 books in the last three or four months it's probably been about that long since I've heard one this good awesome awesome awesome
I was hoping for more of an overall view on how the modern world had separated it's self for what would be normal environmental challenges, and how this potentially can effect how we evolve. instead I got more of a book long punt about the Hoff method. honesty. it's well written, had load of interesting content.
"Great story meets self development"
Wonderful hole hearted story about Scott's journey with Wim Hof's method, endurance trials, meetings and experiments with world class athletes. Scott also knows his physiological science. I just loved the detailed descriptions of events and the personalities. Wish there was more chapters. Don't buy if you are in a hurry just to learn the methods. Must be enjoyed like chocolate - slowly. This is one of my favorite self growth books ever.
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