This Trick Makes You Immune To Illness: Wim Hof (Transcript)

Wim Hof on Impact Theory

Quote from this interview:

If I’m able to make my skin temperature not going down, well, being exposed to ice cold water, skin temperature that’s power. And that power is the same power. We can learn to embrace and awaken in which we are able to tackle any stressor in the world! Any stressor – emotionally and physically and mentally, whatever here you come up. We are built to be able to oppose that to get through and to learn and not to be afraid. Because we have the power with the mind!


Tom Bilyeu: Hey everybody! Welcome to Impact Theory! Our goal with this show and company is to introduce you to the people and ideas that will help you actually execute on your dreams.

Today’s guest is a real-life superhero! The first time I heard about him I really could not believe that he was real. He holds 26 official Guinness World Records for feats that were long believed to be fatal or just outright impossible.

  • He has run a half-marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot
  • He has remained completely submerged in ice for nearly two hours, and
  • He climbed Mount Everest wearing only shorts.
  • He had also hung more than a mile off the ground by a single finger
  • Run an entire marathon in the Namib desert without drinking a single drop of water,
  • And swam underneath the ice of a frozen ocean for almost the entire length of a football field on a single breath

His radical demonstrations of what the human animal is truly capable of have garnered him devotees and skeptics in equal measure. But he has systematically silenced the naysayers by subjecting himself to the rigors of science.

He has allowed himself to be poked, prodded, and probed during his insane feats. And in one experiment even allowed himself to be injected with an endotoxin to prove through conscious action he could mobilize his immune system to neutralize the threat – which is exactly what he did!

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And when people tried to dismiss him as a genetic freak who is simply beyond the rest of us, he taught 12 more people to do exactly what he did and they all got the exact same results.

So please help me in welcoming the man who can raise his core body temperature while submerged in an ice bath. The Iceman himself – Wim Hof!!!

Tom Bilyeu: Welcome to the show, man!

Wim Hof: Great intro. Wow. Warm-hearted, not cold!

Tom Bilyeu: Not cold at all.

But now we’re going to get into some of the cold ass crazy shit that you do. And I want to talk about adaptation. What is it about what you do that triggers the adaptation response? And what adaptation response doesn’t trigger?

Wim Hof: The power to adapt to the stressor in general we lost this connection because we wear clothes all the time and we live in a comfort-zone behavior. We think we can control nature.

But by being non-stimulative in our behavior, we lost the connection in the depth of our physiology. Of course, we are able to adapt to anything. We are built to be able to adapt – without stress into any stressful situation. Again, a solution the body knows. But because we got into this comfort zone behavior, hundreds of years, our genetics have changed, our physiology has changed. Everything has changed.

And we actually lost the full power of the mind. And I’m here to bring it back!

Impact. Better listen to this conversation.

Tom Bilyeu: Yes I like that alright. So how do we bring it back?

Wim Hof: I did many studies already because I don’t like speculation. I go through study, the scrutiny and let any scientist prove me wrong. Because I like to go through the truth. Because I think there is more than meets the eye. I did many studies.

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