What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

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Overview

What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. 

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our ancestors? 

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an Army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process, he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, What Doesn’t Kill Us explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635652413
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 297,200
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist whose stories blend narrative non-fiction with ethnography. His reporting has taken him to some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. The New York Times says "Carney writes with considerable narrative verve, slamming home the misery of what he has witnessed with passion and visceral detail." He has been a contributing editor at Wired and his work also appears in Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, Playboy, Details, Discover, Outside, and Fast Company. He lives in Denver, CO.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Wim Hof xi

Preface: Burning Up xv

Introduction: An Ode to a Jellyfish xix

1 The Iceman Cometh 1

2 Raiding Evolution's Dustbin 21

3 Measuring the Impossible 43

4 The Wedge 49

5 Bib 2182 67

6 Art of the Crash 79

7 Swatting Mosquitoes with Hand Grenades 95

8 It's Raining Inside 109

9 Parkinson's, Broken Bones, Arthritis, and Crohn's 125

10 All-Weather Intervals 145

11 Cold War and the Vital Principle 157

12 Tough Guy 173

13 Kilimanjaro 189

Epilogue: Cold Comfort 212

Note on the Chronology 219

Acknowledgments 220

Works Referenced 223

About the Author 228

Index 229

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