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Key Insights To Living Longer & Aging Well

My guest on today’s show, Joe Cohen of SelfHacked, first appeared on the episode “How To Decode Your Genome, Unlock The Nitty-Gritty Details Behind Your DNA, Discover Your Good Genes, Your Bad Genes & More.,” then later on “32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve, Fine-Tune Your Nervous System & Self-Hack Your Hormones.” 

Joe won the genetic lottery of bad genes. As a kid, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health—something that has since become known as “biohacking.”

With thousands of experiments and Pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of SelfHacked as well as SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer, popular genetic testing and lab software tools to improve health. His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.

Joe has been studying health sciences for 17 years and has read over 30,000 PubMed articles. He’s given consultations to over 1,000 people who have sought his health advice. After completing the pre-med requirements at university, he founded SelfHacked because he wanted to make a big impact in improving global health. He’s written hundreds of science posts, multiple books on improving health, and speaks at various health conferences. He’s keen on building a brain-trust of top scientists who will improve the level of accuracy of health content on the web.

At SelfDecode, Joe has recently launched a longevity tool that allows you to live longer by knowing how to take actionable steps based on your genes. You can order tests here. Use code BEN to get a 10% discount.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-How Joe is handling the coronavirus while living in Tel Aviv, Israel…9:24

  • Affected populations are very different from that of the Spanish Flu of 1918
  • Relatively young and healthy, not worried about it at all
  • Personal life insurance policy:
    • Pulse oximeter
    • Oxygen concentrator
  • Ben uses a hyperbaric chamber
  • Ozone generator
  • Pay close attention to oxygenation and antiviral strategies

-How SelfDecode differs from 23andMe and other genetic testing tools currently available…13:12

  • SelfDecode focuses on different topics: longevity, mood, sleep, etc.
  • 23andMe doesn’t give specific recommendations on how to improve your genes
  • SelfDecode makes recommendations based on priorities based on an individual’s genes
  • 23andMe sells the data of their customers for drug R&D
  • SelfDecode business model is to give updates, to remain engaged with genetic data

-Tips for maximizing the value of a gene analysis…18:30

  • Good science is vital
  • Curation
  • Do they give recommendations
  • Polygenic Risk Score: Using multiple genes and SNPs to determine if the genes are increasing your risk in any way
  • Receive updates on the science regularly
  • Comprehensiveness on the number of genes and SNPs tested
  • Diet reports


-Common concerns about the reliability of genetic testing…27:50

-Why Ben would rather play with his kids than live forever…40:00

-Joe’s response to the claim that some cells may be cytotoxic…52:49

-Effective ways to mitigate telomere shortening…56:20

-Inflammatory markers in Ben’s test results…1:05:00

-An intelligent approach to IGF-1…1:09:30

  • Don’t obsess over it to where you’re sacrificing quality of life
  • Intermittent fasting
    • 12-16 hrs daily
    • Dinner to dinner once a month

-Genetic testing analysis for risk of acquiring the coronavirus…1:16:20

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

– My SelfDecode Longevity DNA Wellness Report

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– Tests:

– Podcasts and Articles:

– Book:

– Food and Supplements:

– Other resources:

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Holistic Dentist Dr. Nischwitz Shares How Your Teeth Impact Overall Health

I don’t go to a regular dentist. Matter of fact, for reasons you’ll discover in this podcast episode, I wouldn’t personally step foot near a “regular” dentist’s office. Instead, because I understand how profound an impact my teeth, gums, tongue, and oral cavity have on my entire biological system, I only work with a holistic dentist (in my case, Dr. Craig Simmons at the Holistic Dental Center of Spokane).

Due to my strong interest in this matter of dental health and holistic dentistry, I recently read a fantastic new book “It’s All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness” by holistic dentist Dr. Dominik Nischwitz.

This brand new, fully updated book highlights how the future of medicine―and the key to a healthier life―starts in your mouth, and how American dentists are beginning to discover what some of their European counterparts have long understood: Many common chronic conditions―obesity, inflammation, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer, among others―often have their origins in the mouth. In a groundbreaking new work, Dr. Nischwitz presents the principles of biological dentistry along with emerging scientific research on the mouth’s vital role in the body’s microbiome―a key to whole-body wellness.

Challenging conventional dental wisdom that views the teeth as separate from the rest of the body, and conventional dental practices that often cause more harm than good, my podcast guest today, Dr. Nischwitz himself, lays out:

  • The latest research on the microbiome and the mouth.
  • Critical information on the dangers of root canals and amalgam fillings.
  • The important role of nutrition in oral health and hygiene.
  • A clarion call for a new approach to dentistry.
  • And much more.

This episode offers a necessary new approach to natural immunity to chronic disease and integrating dental hygiene into whole-body health. Dr. Nischwitz is a holistic dentist and naturopath, a world specialist in biological dentistry and ceramic implants, and the president of the International Society of Metal Free Implantology (ISMI). In 2015, Dr. Nischwitz cofounded DNA Health and Aesthetics, Center for Biological Dentistry with his father in Tübingen, Germany. A pioneer in the field of holistic odontology, Dr. Nischwitz regularly gives lectures and trainings around the world.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Dr. Nischwitz’s and Ben’s personal oral care regimens…6:53

-An overview of holistic dentistry…23:46

  • Overlap of functional medicine and high-tech dentistry with the goal of optimal health by starting in the mouth
  • Remove all metals from the mouth under special precautions
  • Remove all root-canal treated teeth and “cavitations”
  • Amalgam contains 50% mercury (a common filling)
  • Allergies and toxicity are common problems
  • EMFs are an increasing issue
  • The mercury in a filling can spread to the jaw and even the brain within 24 hours of being filled
  • Ceramic implants are being used rather than metals
  • Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
  • 70% of chronic diseases begin in the mouth

-The link between the nervous system and the teeth…38:50

  • A study conducted with electro-acupuncture found that each tooth is connected with different organs
  • IBS, chronic fatigue, high cortisol levels can be traced to previous procedures, ex. wisdom teeth removed
  • Dominik had a case of chronic back pain go away after a holistic dental surgery
  • Oral health affects the vagus nerve
  • Holistic dentistry is not well-researched in the dental field
  • FDA says that everything in your teeth (fillings, implants, etc.) is a device, thus does not need to be viewed from a toxicological point of view


-Whether or not wisdom teeth really need to be removed…50:56

  • Weston A. Price studied endogenous peoples such as aborigines and found they had perfectly aligned teeth, perfect spines, good breathing, etc.
  • Newer generations on Western diet was a different story
  • The microbiome is passed down from the mother
  • Breastfeeding should be done minimum of 18 months; activates the lower jaw to grow
  • Wisdom teeth should grow naturally if the mouth is taken care of as a child
  • Wisdom become “impacted” if they don’t have space to come out
  • Impacted teeth cause chronic inflammation

-How chewing assists with the production of TH-17 immune factor cells…58:42

  • TH-17 cells are correlated with autoimmune problems
  • Chewing prompts saliva production
  • Microbiome in the mouth is far more diversified than other parts of the body
  • A conventional dentist is concerned only with the bite, whether there is pain or not
  • Chronic diseases may not necessarily be painful
  • Netflix pulls controversial documentary that claims root canals cause cancer
  • Mold and Lyme disease are common conditions Dominik sees in his initial consultations
  • Immune system becomes more aggressive

-What pellicles are, and how saliva helps take care of them…1:07:48

  • Pellicle is a thin coat on top of the teeth (like a tiny net on top of the tooth)
  • Protects the enamel from grinding, looseness in the mouth, etc.
  • Saliva contains building blocks for pellicles and mineralization of the teeth
  • PH levels drop when you eat; covered by saliva and pellicles
  • Problems come when you eat excessively acidic foods
  • Maintain adequate minerals, hydration, oil pulling, etc.
  • Taking care of the pellicles and maintaining proper saliva production helps prevent bacteria building that causes inflammation and toxicity that can spread to other organs
  • Dental work disrupts the mouth microbiome
  • Saliva is an electrolyte; metals in the mouth can be problematic
  • BGF podcast with Dr. David Minkoff
  • BGF podcast with Dr. Dan Pompa

-How to find a holistic dentist near you…1:20:46

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

– BGF podcasts:

  • on Metal Detoxification:
  • on EMF

– Books:

– Articles:

– Other resources:

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Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Dr. Nischwitz or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

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