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My ebook Psynautical is out on Amazon Kindle!

So I compiled some of my old articles and blog posts, and added in a foreword and some new information and made an ebook out of it.  It’s only about 50 pages long, there is an interactive table of contents as well, a resource section with links to my writing and recommended websites as well.

It’s free to buy right now, I can give out some copies, I’m trying to get reviews though, to help push it higher up in rankings and get more exposure. It’s normally 5 dollars and I may do deals on it from time to time. Please share, like and tell anyone you know that you might be interested. Any help is appreciated. I have included a link down below to the ebook as well.



Benefits of Cold Exposure for Optimal Health and Wellness

benefits of cold exposure for optimal health and wellness

Cold exposure is something I have tried and tinkered with off and on for a few years. My first exposure to it was in a blog post by Timothy Ferriss and later on in his book “Four Hour Body”. The first time I tried it, It wasn’t a good experience overall. I had jumped into the deep end of it, and tried a cold bath right off the bat. Since then I’ve been able to adjust my body to it to get the most out of cold exposure, especially the health benefits. Many others have written about this as well, such as Dave Asprey of Bulletproof fame (books and products), Timothy Ferriss and recently I’ve been reading some Jack Kruse as well. Wim Hof is probably the most famous practitioner not only of cold exposure but of a breathing/meditation method he has developed as well.

There are methods of acclimating or working up to using ice baths, it’s generally best to start with quick cold showers, ice packs on your chest, back (with at least clothing or towel separating skin from the ice pack).  Then working up to longer cold showers (up to 10 minutes), walking outside in colder weather and working up to ice baths. When you get to the ice bath stage, it’s best to do 5-10 minutes, with just the lower half of your body submerged.  Over time, after at least a few times you can take an ice bath up to 30 minutes total and submerge your whole body. I generally add ice to cold water and let the ice melt at least 80-90 percent as well.

Cold and hot therapy has been used, especially in sports recovery and medicine for after training and treating injuries such as sprains, bruises, and joint problems as well. Typically the participant is exposed to ice water, and then, later on, take a hot bath, or go in a sauna. cold water, ice water makes your body and blood cool down, it can help with inflammation and pain as well. Exposure to ice water causes muscles and skin to cool down and restrict blood flow, as your body warms up normally or via hot water blood flow increases. There are products on the market such chilipad to help cool down your sleeping area, flexifreeze which designs ice packs and an icevest and even a cryohelmet which can be used for sleep, migraines and sports recovery.

Cold exposure can activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is also called the rest and digest system part of the nervous system. This can help with anxiety and mental health problems, help reset circadian rhythms. Cold showers and ice baths can be used to boost metabolism as well, especially when your upper chest, shoulders, and neck are exposed to cold water. In the shoulder, upper chest and neck there are areas of Brown Adipose (fat) tissue, which actually help your body burn and use fat as fuel.

Cold showers and ice baths have even been shown to help stabilize blood glucose levels, help with insulin resistance as well as leptin resistance. This is especially useful in people that are 20 lbs or more overweight and dealing with obesity since that demographic tends to have insulin resistance as well a leptin resistance.

It can also help enhance and improve detoxification pathways, increase bone health, decrease pain, improve sleep quality, speed recovery and heal injuries, and help strengthen the nervous system.

It’s best to build up slowly over time, start out with walking outside in the colder weather and using ice packs when resting/meditating, then move up to colder showers and ice baths. The max time for an ice bath is generally considered to be 30-45 minutes. If you have health conditions such as diabetes or other health problems, it would be wise to take it especially slow.

A problem I’ve found personally with full body exposure is that most bathtubs are designed for average-sized people and for people that are over 6 feet (like myself) and quite a bit overweight, a larger tub is needed. This can be remedied a number of ways, I know people that immerse themselves in cold water naturally such as rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds. Another way is to buy a stock or feed tank which can cost a few hundred dollars. If you’re on a low budget though a decent sized swimming pool should work.

Overall though, cold exposure in a variety of forms can help one achieve optimal health and wellness in a number of ways. It has been used for thousands of years in some places and can help with a number of health issues and problems.

benefits of cold exposure for optimal health and wellness

Image copyrights: https://medium.com/@simonpaulsutton/wim-hof-breathing-technique-for-mind-body-and-soul-86867171fa13


Inspired by/Sourced from:

Wim Hof https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

Timothy Ferriss (books and blog) https://fourhourworkweek.com/

12 Proven Health Benefits of Cold Exposure and Cold Showers









A Simplified Approach to Heavy Metal Detoxification



Heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium (and others) can be acquired a number of different ways in the body (and brain) and cause damage. Even in small amounts Heavy metals aren’t good, they can cause a variety of symptoms and even some viruses like Epstein Barr have been shown to live off and feed off of Dioxins and Heavy Metals.

Heavy Metal exposure has been linked to mood problems, disorders, Autism, fatigue and many others.

There are a number of different ways to chelate (pull out) metals, but generally speaking the Andy Cutler Protocol designed by Dr. Cutler is the best way. The Andy Cutler protocol is low and slow, so you won’t risk chelating too much or causing worsening of symptoms, like contributing to more fatigue.

First it would be wise to determine the amount and what heavy metals you have circulating in your body. It’s best to get a hair follicle test and a 24 hour fractionated urine porphyrin test. Don’t do a DMPS or EDTA challenge test as it will cause a flood of heavy metals to be pulled all at once, and EDTA hasn’t been shown to be a good chelator.

IV chelation is generally considered not a good option as it pulls a lot at once. Oral chelation with supplements, is not only cheaper, but can be done much more safely.

Don’t use cilantro or cholerella as those have been shown to be ineffective chelators.

I would recommend purchasing Andy Cutler’s books for more information and more specifics. It’s also a good idea to not start until it’s been at least 3 months or more since your amalgams have been removed or even a shot.

The three supplemental chelators used are Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) and 2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid
(DMPS). ALA is the only one that can remove heavy metal from the brain, the other two remove it from the bones, blood and tissues.

Oral Chelation is generally done in rounds, where one or two of the supplements are taken at intervals throughout the day (and night) for three days. Then you can generally take the next four days off.

It’s best to start off with dmsa, which is taken every four hours during one of the “rounds”. After about 3 months, ALA can be taken with dmsa, dmps or by itself. This needs to be taken every 3 hours, but can be taken every 4 hours at nighttime. ALA pulls heavy metals from the brain. All of these supplements need to be started at a low dosage, like 12.5 mg, and can be taken up to 200-300 mg (I’m at 200 mg).

DMPS can be taken at every 6 to 8 hours for the three day rounds. You can extend rounds to a longer period of time like 4-5 days but it’s best to take a break, three days on and 4 days off at least for me is optimal.

It’s also good to have some Vitamin C, up to 3,000 mg a day, Zinc, Vitamin E, a multivitamin and support for kidney and liver while doing a round as well.

I’ve tried to keep this post simple and to the point and keep it simplified as much as possible. This will help in the detoxification of the heavy metals in your body.



Be “Limitless” with Adrafinil Nootropic/Smart Drug Review



I’ve started using Adrafinil pretty regularly since my Modafinil prescription ran out recently. Adrafinil was a discontinued wakefulness medication that was phased out as Modafinil was developed and found to be more potent and powerful.

Since then it has been available as a supplement. I find it more mild than Modafinil, even at higher dosages (300 mg). As a Nootropic it is helpful not only with brain fog but energy and focus as well.  It could also be safely used in conjunction with other nootropics for a synergistic and cumulative effect.

You can find it by itself or combined in different smart drug compounds. I haven’t found many side effects, It does increase focus so you will be able to accomplish a lot more, more efficiently but effectively as well.

I have a feeling it affects the adrenal glands and system but I think that could be counter-acted with good Adrenal Support via supplements and diet.

I’ll likely do a future video on my youtube channel CFS Lifestyle on Modafinil but also other Smart Drugs/Nootropics.

Below are some smart drug compounds and complexes that have Adrafinil and related nootropics. Please be careful and do your research, start out slow and work up to a higher dosage.

It will likely have a more profound effect on people with Chronic Illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related health problems. It will still help relatively “normal” people but it may just be a smaller boost. It also may take a few weeks before you see the full “benefit” of using nootropics as well.

I generally take 300 mg starting in the morning or when I wake up, this can also be taken in conjunction with other Smart Drugs to create a nootropic “stack”. Since they are stimulating they need to be taken early in the day and not later in the day. It may be a better option to use Adrafinil, especially since I am sensitive to stimulants (caffeine being one of them).

It would also help to try some calming herbs and supplements such as cannabis or GABA but also adrenal/adaptogenic supplements as well such as Adrenal Cortex or a compounded Adrenal supplement as well.

Stimulants seem to help a lot, in particular, nootropics for a vast majority of those suffering from neuro-comprised and conditions that typically have brain fog (to any degree) such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia but I suspect also in those recovering from Lyme/CFIDs.

Using nootropics or stimulants does put a greater burden on your Adrenals at times, nootropics lesser so I imagine.



Terms of Enlistment Frontlines Book 1 by Marko Kloos Book Review

terms of enlistment book 1

Being that It’s been some time since I have read this book and this is a redo this will likely be a short book review. That being said, this book was wonderful, very reminiscent of Starship Troopers. The story involves a young man who enlists in what to essentially become a space marine. It follows him through training, being stationed on a starship and then being deployed.

On the planet he is deployed too they make “first contact” with the first ever known alien species in this series. There is a lot more to the story, such as the man’s poor upbringing, as well as meeting a girlfriend while stationed abroad as well.

As I read more of this series and likely reread this in the future I’ll expand upon the review. I have also done a video review which you can find on my youtube channel as well.

If your a fan of science fiction and Starship Troopers I would definitely check this book out though.


The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher Saga) Book Review

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So since I’ve had to relaunch my blog and website I have to redo some of my old book reviews, luckily there’s only a handful I need to do.  This is the first and only book by Andrzej Sapkowski and of the Witcher Saga. This book is actually a collection of short stories about Geralt of Rivia the main character in all the books and the video game series. I’ve played through most of the first Witcher game and played some of the second and third titles (the latter of which I need to purchase).

It’s an interesting fantasy series with familiar monsters, creatures and themes but with a different twist. There are some rarely used or creatures specific I think to Polish folklore. A theme the books and games touch on some is sometimes the human characters are the monsters and the monsters Geralt fights are actually good.

While in the games you can choose one side or the other (or be neutral), in the books he often takes an eutral stance unless forced to take a side. Overall he always tries to do the right thing but sometimes makes mistakes along the way. Due to his training and genetic experimentation his hair is completely white, he is essentially part monster, as well as being sterile. He is trained in magic but also sword fighting and hand to hand, as well as with other weapons.

He keeps interesting company whether it’s a Bard that’s also a spy and ladies man to Triss the sorceress, Dwarves and a few witches as well. Often in the books and in the video games, he has amnesia due, which from my experience with the books and games is never fully explained.

The stories range from him trying to capture an escaped genie who is slowly killing his Bard friend Dandelion, to being in a noble court, and tracking down and hunting several creatures. He’s essentially a bounty hunter for evil monsters but is often called a mutant and looked down upon as an outcast.

From his training and experimentation done on him, he has enhanced reflexes and abilities and with potions he crafts from parts of dead monsters and herbs can further enhance his abilities. These potions come at a cost though as it affects him like a medication or even alcohol does, too much and he becomes too intoxicated and can even die.

Some of these potions enhance his healing, some his fighting skills while one even allows him to see in the dark. If your a fan of fantasy that’s more in line with George R.R. Martin’s works that’s more dark and gritty you will enjoy this book (as well as others in the series). Also worth checking out is the game series, despite the first one having a weird fencing combat system, the latter two are excellent not only in combat, but plot and even graphically.






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