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  1. E J January 4, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    I find it difficult to believe you’ve had the time to perform all these self experiments, and completed two degrees, while you had so many issues plaguing you. I think you’d make it more believable if you provided some sort of progression; it would allow me to empathize with you better! I’m interested in becoming a client, but would need to sit down for a chat.

  2. K December 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    is it true that diet can raise iq? Are you an example?, Thanks and merry christmas

  3. groentjes December 27, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    I just posting this to get it of my chest. I have been having all kinds of emotional and digestive problems since being a little kid. I was never really into health until I went vegan and my allergies started to clear up.(although other factors could be involved too) Because I noticed such an improvement I started being really interested in health trying to tackle remaining problems through diet and supplements. Last year after having being sick for two weeks (flu or somethinglike that) I started getting extreme brain fog and weird symptoms on and off. I started fasting and I got huge improvements but my appetite diminished and I started losing weight and because I am already so skinny and started getting trouble falling asleep I stopped.However the last two weeks I saw an immense improvement in my mood mostly through practicing mindfulness. However two weeks ago I went eating out with a friend and after eating I became brain fogged, anxious, headache, depressed, suicidal, anxious, pain over my whole body,unable to practice mindfullness,… I back where I was only worse than before because I got skinnier, and my muscles ache bad and feel pressured to feel better fast as I have exams in a few weeks. I am rather desperate so I have been looking for some answers on this site but as I don’t know what the heck is wrong so I don’t know what I can do about it. maybe I should get I consultation with you but I don’t know if you can help me as I have no blood tests. I often feel horrible after eating so I got tested for celiac disease but have to wait for the results I could try the lectin avoidance diet but it is so restricted and I have no idea if that causes problems I have noticed that especially fats and fibre gives me stomach upsets (loose stool and nausea) and that I really cannot tolerate tea and chocolate.

    Anyway I am thinking of getting a consultation with you but could you help me purely on anecdotal information from before and now ? I want to know beforehand as you are quite expensive.

    • Joseph M. Cohen December 27, 2014 at 8:58 am #


  4. qslincoln December 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Fascinating blog. I am not sure how you haven’t driven yourself crazy at this point. I had OCD as well, the thing that has helped most was fixing micronutrient deficiencies per spectracell. I used to pay more attention to studies trying to elucidate the effects on humans based on evidence in a petri dish. It is sometimes worth doing and sometimes not worth doing. Anyway I have a lot of respect for you getting on here and putting this stuff out here. I have a similar blog, but I uploaded all of my bloodwork at

  5. Sarah November 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    33/F fellow “neuroshaman” here. Wow, someone who thinks like me! Well, with one tiny difference. I’d probably be writing a blog very similar to yours if it weren’t for my passion for art, philosophy and anthropology. But I have quite a health story to tell also…I’ve done similar research for a different condition (no cognitive impairment, but several major chronic diseases (including hypereosinophilic syndrome), extreme polypharmacy AND illicit drug abuse). I am Th17/Th1 dominant, nasty combo! My cognitive skills were better (always 99th percentile, must be that high NF-kB high IQ/anxiety correlated subset which I always wondered about myself) but my physical health was a lot worse than yours sounds like it was, so we were both equally miserable and useless for many moons, from what I can tell. Managed to get off of all but 2 meds and I’m now gearing up for my last major fight…withdrawal from 2 mg/day clonazepam. It won’t be good for the progress I’ve made but I think by now I’m ready to take it on as a healing vs a damaging stress.

    Your website has inspired me to add a few notes on my health saga to my upcoming (starting New Year 2015) philosophy/anthropology blog…I think my perspective is similar yet different enough to be complementary (my research is much more specific to people with autoimmune disease and polypharmacy). Hope you won’t mind if I link to some of your work as a reference…you fill in some areas I didn’t investigate, and I also think you took better notes than I did!

    I’m also super impressed by your general outlook on life. I always thought that if human civilization were a work of art, now would be the time to subtract something.

    My first thought would be to tell you to stay away from med school, everybody’s a fanatic supporter of their one piece of the puzzle so nothing really gets understood, but on second thought I think the field of medicine really needs people like you and also like Bruce West, author of Where Medicine Went Wrong. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it! A perspective on medicine from the field of dynamical systems theory.

    Hope to maybe share notes in the future and thanks for putting this out there.

    • Lauren May 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      HI Sarah,

      This is Lauren. I have a similar background and interests…art/anthropology/philosophy. Did you ever get your blog started? You all are inspiring me.


  6. Susan Weckter November 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I just found you site today. Thank you for giving of your time to share with others what you have learned. I plan to read most of your posts. I too have been studying wellness for a few years in order to feel better myself. I have come a long way on my journey, and still have room to grow.

  7. Donna Hudson October 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Wow, how exciting to have found your site! I will have to scrounge around a lot and find stuff to help friends and family. I love the super conventional comment near the beginning of the comments. Poor creature, wait till he really tries to use what conventional medicine has to offer.
    I got off cows milk 23 years ago, got off wheat 15 years ago, and just in the last year realized I was going to have to avoid Roundup. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, binds manganese and zinc. Zinc is needed to make 50 digestive enzymes. Manganese is needed to favor symbiotic gut bacteria over pathogens. The “inactive” ingredient in Roundup is POEA, a cell penetrant that probably makes everyone have the sort of leaky gut that celiacs have. What clued me in was that only after I could no longer buy conventional corn for my chickens did they start giving me gut trouble. Once I started experimenting, I found that RUR fed beef and pork and chicken give me gut trouble, but organic fed animals don’t. Milk from cows fed mostly chemically laced RUR feeds give me headaches even if the milk is raw or from an A2 cow. Raw milk from an A1 cow that is fed mostly clean hay or grass will only give me a headache if I heat it up (break up the A1 beta-casein).
    Incidentally, though GMO foods may be a problem in and of themselves, the main reason I want them labeled is so I can avoid Roundup and Bt. Even labeling GMO’s won’t tell the public that non-GMO wheat is also sprayed with Roundup. Worst of all, it’s sprayed only a week or so before harvest!

    • Joe October 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm #


  8. Steve August 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    So Mr. Nondescript, you seem very confident in the science of the mainstream. So you support the recommended mainstream diet consistent of 70 percent carbs? The use of statin drugs? That gut bacteria is pointless for healthy living so anti-biotics are safe? That GMO are more helpful then harmful? Soy is a good alternative and is not related to hormone disruption? Everything I just mentioned is highly popular today with Doctors and society. All we can do is look at results. Guess what? The results are in on both sides.
    I don’t encourage you to participate in the mainstream for too much longer. You may be resilient enough to continue; time will tell. However, if that time comes and you fade from homeostasis please return; some of the information on sites like this one coupled with consistency may serve you better than not.

    • Joe August 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

      35-60%, depends, no, don’t know, depends

      • Joseph M. Cohen December 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

        Lol, didn’t realize the context. Thought you were asking me…Ha

  9. Sam July 9, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Gotta agree with you concerning the amount of BS written in most “health blogs” but they are not in the business of educating people about health but making money unfortunately.

  10. Nondescript June 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    “Cancer drugs are mostly useless and clinically insignificant for most cancers because of their selectivity.”

    You are an irresponsible person to make such claims. Your website, and all websites such as this, waste so much of your own and other peoples time and energy. Why don’t you go to school and become a neuropharmacologist? Maybe the system can help you learn to, at the very least, write compelling, fluent sentences? Or help you understand how to interpret the data you get from all those medical reports you read, because you don’t seem to understand, at minimum, how to comprehend statistics. Otherwise, I’m sad to say, you are going to drown in a sea of similar pseudoscience blogs that set out to undermine “big pharmacology” and all those sheep doctors you so readily discriminate against for the sake of camaraderie amongst those disenfranchised.

    “I usually only cite references when I feel a piece of information isn’t widely known. If something isn’t cited and I don’t specify that it’s my opinion call me out on it in the comments section.”

    Rule one of medical skepticism: Always cite your references. Otherwise anyone can say whatever they want, no matter how meaningless. You are functioning here as a skepticism antagonist. I don’t believe you understand what skepticism is and I’ll recommend to you “The Demon Haunted World” by the late great Carl Sagan as a definition.

    I sincerely urge you, if you have the means, or if not, apply for some student loans and take some of the extremely progressive and varied courses in pharmacology, biochemistry, neurology, or even the ever growing, and ever fascinating, field of biotechnology. There are so many extraordinary schools in this country. While some of these people either teaching or attending such courses may risk the public health for monetary or personal gain, I think that you’ll be surprised to find many, many, more with an unquenchable desire to increase the quality of life for all people. Doctors are not a special breed of people, they are kind and caring, and prone to mistakes as others are. But I stress to all concerned that, even at worst, they are infinitely more discerning than an internet blogger.

    I urge you to stop spreading personal anecdotal evidence and message board posts as evidence or argument. And please learn to use the vast collection of medical data that pours out of understudy and laboratory research as merely a stepping stone toward a less polemic and more sagacious argument for the causes that you champion.

    There is no doubt in my mind that you care deeply about these topics that interest you, but you must understand that there are simply too many people desperate to be heard and understood, and with that comes a great and potent responsibility. If even one person forgoes chemotherapy or antidepressants because of what you have written and that decision results in their death, you will have done a great disservice to all of mankind. The information that you provide here is negligent. That is not to simply say inapt or unintelligent, but you have framed almost every argument with brash, sentimental reasoning that simply must be abolished if you wish to convey to the public empirical evidence. A simple warning of your lack of credentials is not enough. Because you posture as a well educated person and attempt to glean authority by claiming reduction of your own ailments and listing your numerous degrees, and in this way, you are abusing the publics trust of such documents for your own gain. Of which Independent “studies” is an absolutely meaningless misnomer unless you are speaking a friend or family member who might ask for simple advice.

    “For example, all of the issues below stems from a disregulated hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid and adrenal axis. Specifically, I have an autoimmune disease that targets my hypothalamus and maybe thyroid and disregulates my neuroendocrine system every time I get inflammation.”

    “Specific” and “maybe” should rarely be included in the same sentence. This statement and blog is absolute medical nonsense poised to inflict harm on your readers, and will, I assure you, not improve a single persons life outside feigned solidarity. Please stop it before someone gets hurt.

    • Joe June 7, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      It’s sad to see educated people such as yourself being so scared of information. You are locked in a mindset and can’t get out. But this is what happens when you go through the educational system. You become square and locked in and afraid of information that goes counter to your set of beliefs. I urge you to practice true skepticism. I feel bad for you.

      The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
      As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required.

      Meant to say lack of selectivity. As in they attack both cancer and normal cells (and destroy the immune system, which fights cancers.) I didn’t tell anyone not to take their drugs. For cancer, some drugs work really well for some cancers.


      The magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo increases with severity of depression symptoms, and may be minimal or nonexistent, on average, in patients with mild or moderate symptoms. For patients with very severe depression, the benefit of medications over placebo is substantial.

      Your obsession with school and pedantic attitude tells me you are an old, square fart who confuses your schooling with your education. Welcome to the 21st century. You also have OCD and you’d do well taking some of my suggestions. This blog is for the crazy ones – those who see things differently and who aren’t shackled by dogma.

      I find I learn most from independent study. This allows me to make connections that otherwise wouldn’t be made if I was just trying to get a piece of paper. I can take any course I want for free on the internet from the best professors, so schooling is just for the piece of paper.

      I think doctors mean well, but taking the premed classes taught me that almost all of these future doctors study for the test and not to genuinely learn. They forget most of what they learn after the test. They are very rarely creative and can’t think out of the box.

      The medical system has completely failed me and many others. It’s slow, bureaucratic and filled with people wanting to attain a degree to boost their income and status. I’d be extremely messed up by now if not for me taking things into my own hands. I report information on the cutting edge.

      I think reports of my self experiments has a positive impact on people and provides a value. Anyone who thinks that this isn’t valuable doesn’t have to read my blog.

      • Heather June 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

        Yes, fear paralyzes….even the brain. I was chronically ill and unable to function normally for more than 40 years. The orthodox medical system kept me there by not getting to the root of my problem. The only way I got well, was researching, being willing to try almost anything and never giving up. As for cancer, I’ve healed several patches of skin cancer outside of the mainstream methods and they never reoccur. What I am interested in finding out, is, some success stories in dealing with ITP. Our family has managed it by supporting thyroid function and we finally found a medical doctor who says, if what you’re doing works then go for it. Nice to find some support for sure. Keep up the good work you do!

        • Joe June 28, 2014 at 7:17 am #


      • Daniel December 3, 2014 at 11:41 am #

        I love your “audacity” Joe! The time has come to throw off the shackles and say what we know.
        Keep it rock’n! Daniel

  11. Adriana Gutierrez March 23, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Have you looked into the diet used by Dr. Terry Wahls on herself which reversed her multiple sclerosis using food alone? No supplements. Check out and

    • Selfhacked March 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm #


  12. Rick February 26, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    Hey joe, love your blog. You should upgrade your site – make it look better. Not that looks really matter, but i think it’s a great idea!

    • Selfhacked February 26, 2014 at 5:48 am #

      I agree

  13. Kieron February 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    How long do you think until you have a book out? What kind of stuff are you going to put into it, Are there going to be any intelligence increasing technique added like how to stream stuff like that.

  14. JaredM January 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Hi Self-hacked,

    I suffer from chronic brain fog and have had this nagging sensation for the past 11 years. I’ve had every physical test taken imaginable and my diet is extremely clean (although I probably consume more fermented dairy and saturated fat from coconut than you’d like). Now I’m working with one of the best depersonalization specialists to try a variety of pharma options. She suggested the Fisher Wallace Stimulator. What are your thoughts on this or other CES devices?

    • Selfhacked January 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      They have a purpose but they didn’t work for my BF and I don’t recommend it as a first line therapy

  15. Daniel Sobrado December 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    I’ve seen that you mention that you are gluten intolerant, that means celiac? Or Non Celiac Gluten Sensitive? How did you know? Did you get tested?

    • Selfhacked December 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

      Through EXTENSIVE self-experimentation. I’m also sensitive to all dairy, yeast, eggs, caffeine, theobromine, alcohol and other foods/substances.

      • Daniel Sobrado December 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

        So many sensitivities… You probably have a leaky gut.

        Did you check yourself for antibodies? (IGs)

        • Selfhacked December 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

          I have heard about IGX testing quite a bit, but haven’t seen any data on what the results mean.

          • AJ January 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

            What about the Alcat test. I just got my blood work done for one. Should get the results in 2 weeks for 200 foods. I hope it’s accurate…

          • Selfhacked January 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm #


            The test is not supported by research and is not considered to be a reliable medical diagnostic tool; since it has not been appropriately validated it is not a suitable guide for therapeutic decisions.[1][2][3][4][5][6] In a position statement, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy classified the ALCAT with other forms of cytotoxic tests as inappropriate tests, saying of them
            “These results have been shown to not be reproducible, give different results when duplicate samples are analysed blindly, don’t correlate with those from conventional testing, and ‘diagnose’ food hypersensitivity in subjects with conditions where food allergy is not considered to play a pathogenic role.”[7]

  16. Cindy October 1, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    I totally relate to your disillusionment with doctors. I found I couldn’t lose 20kg of post-baby weight even though I was working out a the gym six days a week and I went on Light n Easy on the 1000 calories option (the recommended daily intake for women is 2000 calories). Months went by on this rigid routine and still no weight loss, not even a kilo. I went to the doctor who said to me “if you are working out and eating right then you should be losing weight” like she thought I must have been eating chocolate bars on the sly or something. I told her that I was doing everything I could but something was wrong with my body, so reluctantly she ordered a round of blood tests. This turned up a diagnosis of insulin resistance which surprised the doctor and explained why I wasn’t losing weight despite the exercise and low calorie intake. I was then referred to an endocrinologist from the DIabetes Institute who told me that eating 1000 calories a day was too much. I asked what the recommended intake for a women should be and he said he didn’t know. I couldn’t believe it. Giving diet advice without knowing RDIs!!!! He could’ve given me an eating disorder telling me I was overeating when I was already eating far below the RDI in an attempt to lose the excess weight. Doctors have six years of medical study, plus extra years for specialty medicine, but they can give wrong advice and turn up less solutions than a ten minute search on the internet!!!

    • Selfhacked December 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      Thank you for your anecdotal experience. Have you checked the health of your thyroid? It would explain weight issues and the insulin resistance.


  17. tommyonabike September 24, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Can’t quite believe you get 6-pack muscles with almost no exercise. How could muscle be built?

  18. tom September 24, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Interesting … but I just can’t quite believe you built your 6-pack with almost no exercise (assuming you didn’t goto gym before either). How does the muscle ever come??

    • Daniel Sobrado December 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

      The six packs are always there, is the fat that you need to get rid off to see yours! He is doing pull ups and push ups that is good enough for a thin muscular body.

      • Selfhacked December 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

        Thank you Daniel for your succinct response. I’d like to also add that genetics play a role, but are only part of the picture.

  19. Izabella Vydrnakova September 14, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Hi, I have a question. Where do you get all the money for study on colelge and experimenting with this tons of stuff ? You have a good job or are u from a rich family ?
    Thnak you !

    • Daniel Sobrado December 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

      That’s a good question, how much do you spend per month on supplements?

      • Selfhacked December 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #


        When I buy something it lasts a really long time because I don’t use it much.

  20. J July 6, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    Hey, nice blog. Found you from longecity. I have a couple things to say. First of all, I would be very interested in more information as to how you treated your social anxiety, generalized, ocd, and panic attacks as this is a problem many people face and is one not easily dealt with.

    Also, after scoring a perfect 800 on the verbal section of the sat, do you have (new) plans for college?

    • SELFHACKED July 6, 2013 at 5:01 am #

      Thank you.

      These kinds of issues have different causes. I do believe, however, that all cases can be dealt with if people implement certain protocols. People don’t realize how much can be done for these and other health-related issues. With that said, there’s also lots of stuff that don’t work and people can waste years trying them out. I’ve dealt with someone who had OCD and depression for 20 years and only got over it recently after consultations with me. This person is extremely bright(800 verbal SAT) and had been devoting most of his life to treating these issues, without success.

      I have a college degree already (2 degrees, actually). I took the SAT again as a benchmark of reading ability and overall cognition. It’s a convenient test since people generally don’t improve on it as they get older and it’s highly correlated with IQ. Also, since I didn’t study for it there were no practice effects. I’ve scored in the 99th percentile on an officially proctored GRE verbal without practicing as well. I recently took a practice LSAT and scored in a similar range. I don’t mention these results because I am proud of them, but rather to support my contention of a large IQ increase.

      Refer to the contact section if you’d like a consultation on the best approaches suited for your unique issues.

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