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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ISBN-13: 9781623366902
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 161,130
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(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 ix

Preface: Burning Up xiii

Introduction: An Ode to a Jellyfish xvii

1 The Iceman Cometh 1

2 Raiding Evolution's Dustbin 21

3 Measuring the Impossible 43

4 The Wedge 49

5 BIB 2182 65

6 Art of the Crash 77

7 Swatting Mosquitoes with Hand Grenades 93

8 It's Raining Inside 107

9 Parkinson's, Broken Bones, Arthritis, and Crohn's 123

10 All-Weather Intervals 143

11 Cold War and the Vital Principle 155

12 Tough Guy 171

13 Kilimanjaro 187

Epilogue: Cold Comfort 211

Note on the Chronology 219

Acknowledgments 221

Work Referenced 225

About the Author 231

Index 233

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enthralling! This book explains how it’s possible to lose weight, combat or reverse auto-immune diseases, mitigate chronic pain, or do as many as 80 push-ups on one breath by exposing oneself to the cold, breathing, techniques and meditating. WHAT DOESN'T KILL US is the result of 4 years of research and personal experimentation by author Scott Carney, who takes up the challenge to find out if humans truly can hack their bodies and use the environment to stimulate their dormant inner biology. He learned to control his body temp to such an extent that he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, shirtless—at a crazy fast pace, faster than most ever attempt, according to the book—making it to the rim of the volcano in just 28 hrs. The author not only reports on his findings by studying and investigating guru Wim Hof, but because he puts himself through the training himself, the book provides an immersive first person view of how to achieve some control over your own body, including your autonomic nervous system. The book explores the connection between the mind and the body and shows us the science that can allow us humans to experiment and control our self-imposed physical and mental limitations. I really enjoyed reading about the author's experience and challenges, and it has tempted me to attempt some of what he achieved. It was also cool to see that some professional athletes use similar methods to Wim Hof to achieve their own success. Fascinating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember how I happened upon this book, but I am glad I did. As an overweight asthmatic, I am excited to try the 'method' and to hike with fewer layers of clothing protecting me. I highly recommend this book.