I had the pleasure to attend the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm last month. Biohacking may not be a concept familiar to you, so I’ve come up with a definition:
Biohacking is the application of science, technology and/or engineering to manipulate biology to achieve an enhanced state of being
The aim of this blog is to achieve enhanced states of productivity, primarily through nutrition. So definitely biohacking going on here. In fact, everyone with the ability to think and make choices for themselves is a biohacker to an extent. Trying to get a good nights sleep, exercising or taking medicines or supplements are all forms of biohacking.
So with biohacking explained, let’s get back to the overview of the summit (part 1) and my top take aways (part 2).
VIP guests, summit speakers and exhibitors were hosted for dinner by the organisers at a restaurant on the outskirts of Stockholm on the eve of the summit. Yet, this was no ordinary dinner. The 40 odd guests had to prep and cook a 7 course-meal dinner themselves, from a diverse range of nutrient dense ingredients. Some of these ingredients had to be foraged for and aren’t the type of thing you could find in Tesco:
- Wild weeds and herbs
- Organic chocolate
- Chaga mushroom tea
- Various supplements and additives that stimulated a high state of sociability (all legal of course)!
The meal was insanely flavourful and a lot of fun to make. The additives had a marked effect on energy, focus and sociability on the diners. Several reported feeling tingling and an energy in the area behind their forehead (the location of the pre-frontal cortex). The discussion around the dinner table was fascinating:
- why you should forage for food in the locations of your ancestry (hint: because your genes evolved with the flora that grew there)
- recommended supplementation based on research carried out by the Russian army
- the hormetic effect (strengthening through stressors) of different nutrients on health
- studies on the potency of olive oil on longevity
- developments in human augmentation from Silicon Valley
It was a privilege to dine with a hardcore of innovative biohackers.
Conference guests had the opportunity to attend talks or wander around the exhibition hall. The talks included the following (with my favorites bolded):
- Opening Remarks: Better Living Through Science, Technology & Nature – Hannes Sjoblad (SWE) & Teemu Arina (FIN)
- Upgrade Yourself: Be Smarter, Sharper and Healthier – Max Lugavere (USA)
- Timeless: How I learned to Time Travel – Chris Dancy, the Mindful Cyborg (USA)
- The Current Landscape for Human Augmentation – Ariel Poler (USA)
- Being Transhuman In a Post-Human Age – Alexander Bard (SWE) & Aron Flam (SWE)
- Sweet Tooth: How to Overcome Sugar Addiction – My Westerdahl (SWE)
- An Introduction to Low Level Laser Therapy in Pain Management – Robert Sullivan (IRL)
- Hacking Your Biology With Nutrition – Martina Johansson (SWE)
- Optimizing Neurotransmitters for Cognitive Health and Performance – Ryan Munsey (USA)
- Fasting Routines for Improved Immunity and Optimal Health – Jonas Bergqvist (SWE)
- Biohacking Your Genital Area for Longevity and Health – Veli-Jussi Jalkanen (FIN)
- Biohacking Physical Exercise – Biohacker’s Handbook Authors (FIN) Dr. Olli Sovijärvi, Teemu Arina, Jaakko Halmetoja
- Beauty Technology: Hack Your Body With Cosmetics – Katia Vega (PER)
- The 6 Keys to Become a Master Learner – Mattias Ribbing (SWE)
If you want to see them, you can purchase the videos here. There was a lot of cool stuff to try out in the exhibition hall:
- Lasers for healing pain
- Ergonomic chairs that improve posture and physiology
- Get your bloods taken for analysis
- Intravenous nutrition
Come back for the next in the series where I go through my top take-aways.
Happy Biohacking until next time.