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How Wim Hof became interested in experimenting with cold

March 3, 2020

[Rhonda]: I sort of serendipitously started
using the sauna when I was in graduate school, which is a very stressful time for me. And there was a sauna across the street from
where I lived. And so I started using the sauna every morning
before I would going to the lab and do my experiments. And I noticed that I felt really good after,
and I was able to handle stress better. So I started to figure out, why is this? And so I started diving into the science and
I’m trying to understand how it affects the brain. But how did you become interested in sitting
in the ice or taking ice baths? [Wim]: I thought there was more than meets
the eye. There is more into all the system. And I was like grown up in a big family, but
my, you know, school results were not so big. And everybody was into, “Hey, you have to
become a doctor. You have to become this. You have to become that. Otherwise, you are lower in the system.” And I thought, “No. What I feel is okay. What I feel, it’s not what really I want.” So I began to wonder. I began to look. Hundreds of books in psychology, philosophy. Though I was, by school system, narrowed down
as being, “Yeah, you can be a carpenter. You can be a painter.” And I said, “No.” I knew there was something different. So I went into books. At my age of 12, I began to read about psychology
already. Going into Hinduism and Buddhism and all these
religions and traditions and cultures, and began to learn languages, different languages,
by my own. Not by the schooler system. [Rhonda]: By your own interest and passion
for it. [Wim]: Yes. And when I reached the age of 17, then my
head was full up with all these philosophies and philosophying about it, all the traditions
and cultures and the languages and everything, and all I did was karate and kung fu and yoga. I could do it all. All. But it still did not satisfy the depth of
which I wanted to reach inside, which my mind, in the start, was looking for. And a Sunday morning, I was wandering throughout
the park, and I saw this thin layer of ice on the water, and it attracted me. And I thought, I got to go in. I was looking around, nobody was there because,
Sunday morning, everybody is working, you know, they have their tranquility…tranquilidad
in Spanish. The have to…you know, they want to have
a easy time in bed or something. So I could…take off my clothes and went
in, and it just, in one minute, I felt the sense I’m really going deep in. This is really responding to the soul searching
I did for many years before, and about that what I think is there is more than meets the
eye, I found it at that moment. And I came out, and I felt great. And from there it all started to… Whenever you feel great, you come back. So the other day, I came back, and then once
again, once again. And I noticed that the pattern of the breathing
changed. It changed, and it brought me more oxygen
inside the body, being able to withstand the cold, say, for 20 minutes, ice cold, huh? Ice water, and then stay for five to seven
minutes under the water. And it brought me a sense of tremendous power
within. A control. I was looking for that. That’s the way it all began. From there, I began to do my own study of
life itself. And yes, it brought me to all kinds of challenges. Staying in shorts, no t-shirt, no nothing,
just in freezing temperatures all night out. The human potential of his physiology is far
beyond than what we exercise right now. And because of this comfort zone way of thinking,
we think we can control nature, but we do not control the inner power anymore, which
is the physiology, which goes far deeper than we exercise right now, which causes all these
diseases, all the depressions, all the lack of oxygen. The right chemistry in the body is not there,
causing all these ailments. And we have no control. And yeah, right now we have found the techniques,
and we brought it back to the laboratory setting, showed that everybody is able just to tap
into their deepest levels of their physiology, which is the autonomic nervous system, related
to the immune system, related to the endocrine system, which means the immune system is the
health. The layers of the immune system after millions
of years are really perfect, but if you do not tap in, you’re not making use of these
immune systems. Another one is the endocrine system about
glands, the hormones. If you don’t feel good, if you don’t feel
happy, make some happy hormones working. If you don’t feel strong, you feel weak and…make
some strong hormones working. We have shown people lying in bed producing,
it’s all science now, producing within a half hour, more adrenaline than somebody in fear
going for a bungee jump. Comparative study of blood results. So the endocrine system, the immune system,
just in a couple of days, we are able to access, every individual in the world therein. And we got to spread this news!


  • Reply FMF Clips February 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Watch the full episode:

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  • Reply Centregeist February 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Hot Woman and Ice Man ๐Ÿ”ฅโ„๏ธ
    The dynamic duo!

  • Reply XimerTracks - Sub To Me February 26, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    This will be one of your best. Can't wait for more. Also, I want To Be Friends O_O

  • Reply Heal CPTSD February 26, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Fulley in….and let go ๐Ÿ˜Š I've just returned home after 2 hours hot wood fired ๐Ÿ”ฅ sauna, lots of water on the stove and several baths in 2 degrees C water. High on my own supply โ˜ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™

  • Reply RoryVanucchi February 26, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Awesome guy.. Living Legend like Jack Lalanne years ago

  • Reply supernova1976 February 26, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    No matter how much I tell myself cold is good , my body hates it ๐Ÿ˜„ , blood supply almost stops to my fingers and toes even when it is not freezing cold , the pain I get on my skin on my lower legs when ice water touches is like a knife . But my core is fine with cold I don't even feel cold even in -15 c for 30 min I can keep walking in shorts and t shirt but have to wear boots and gloves and hat .

  • Reply Kaine February 27, 2020 at 1:03 am

    her reactions are priceless

  • Reply None Business February 27, 2020 at 7:59 am

    sounds like the ramblings of a homeless man

  • Reply Mariusz Janus February 27, 2020 at 8:58 am

    You are about to fall Rhonda.

  • Reply Windar February 27, 2020 at 10:20 am

    awesome man and great philosophy. but he is a bit too loud for closed rooms and is crossing the personal boundaries. Dr. Rhonda Patrick nearly fell off the bench. lol

  • Reply Marco Salinas February 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    She is my biomedical queen.

  • Reply Shane February 27, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    This man sounds like a mad scientist thats horny for the cold weather lol, love them both.

  • Reply C0nstellati0ns February 27, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I love cold shock proteins!

  • Reply BEN TRAVELS February 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Wim had a "whim" & became a โ›„

  • Reply Ryan Rockers February 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I know he's Dutch, but he might also be insane.

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