Beyond Mainstream Medicine – Remembering Our Super Humanity With the Ice Man


By Jefferey Jaxen

The entire mainstream medical establishment has been built upon the supposition that something outside yourself is required for healing to occur. Such a system will tell you that there are no answers to be found within because you alone are somewhat helpless and powerless. According to mainstream medicine, only patented products and procedures that can be billed to your insurance company can heal … everything else is invalid, illegal, unscientific, or just plain quackery. Yet beyond those neatly cramped and confined limitations, better accommodations await those who posses the curiosity to venture into the depth of their own abilities waiting patiently to be activated just beneath the surface.

Meanwhile, the coveted peer-reviewed process used to study, approve, and legalize patented pharmaceutical medications is experiencing a major loss in integrity. Those within the medical and research community are blowing the whistle on the ease and regularity of data manipulation, conflict of interests, and common inaccuracies that run rampant within the current peer-reviewed research process. This is especially the case when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs.

It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the “The New England Journal of Medicine.” – Marcia Angell, MD, “Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption.” NY Review of Books Jan. 15, 2009

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What is Possible


You are already complete. This is not metaphysical, new age rhetoric. This has become a demonstrated fact thanks to the life’s work and teachable techniques of Wim Hof. He and anyone he teaches his simple techniques to are able to show consistently reproducible results to influence, for the better, their immune system, their hormonal system, and their body temperature. Hof’s teachings, techniques, and wild demonstrations are rapidly grabbing hold of the public’s attention. Super human feats like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in his shorts, holding the world record for the longest ice bath, running a full marathon in Finland in -4 degree Celsius temperatures and more are done with the aim of shattering the limited beliefs of humanity causing onlookers to consider what is really possible.

While researchers are left speechless and clamoring for more, a bigger picture has been glimpsed. The results tell a story of a pharmaceutical establishment that may no longer be needed if Hof’s ideas begin to influence and capture the consciousness of humanity. Hof’s goals are for every person to have abundant health, happiness, and strength. Areas that he and anyone he teaches are able to influence at will. If you could influence your immunity at will, would you reach for a drug or risk getting a vaccine?

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Hof’s work and techniques are grounded and mirrored in many ancient religions and cultures. Although Hof isn’t the first to reclaim and demonstrate his rightful human attributes free of limitation, perhaps he certainly has the best public relations and brand (developed by his son.) The ‘Wim Hof Method’ as it is referred to has three simple components:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Training of the mind/concentration
  • Gradual exposure to the cold

What Researchers Found


It is known throughout the science and medical research that consistent, reproducible, and qualitative findings trump computer models, theories, and expectations. Hof’s method can allow practitioners to influence their autonomic nervous system and their innate immune response. Up until this research was documented and published by the Nijmegen Institute for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity at Redbound University, Netherlands, both the autonomic nervous system and the innate immune system of humans were regarded as systems that could not be voluntary influenced. The researchers concluded the following:

The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced. Healthy volunteers practicing the learned techniques exhibited profound increases in the release of epinephrine, which in turn led to increased production of anti-inflammatory mediators and subsequent dampening of the pro-inflammatory cytokine response elicited by intravenous administration of bacterial endotoxin. This study could have important implications for the treatment of a variety of conditions associated with excessive or persistent inflammation, especially autoimmune diseases in which therapies that antagonize pro-inflammatory cytokines have shown great benefit.

Hof’s findings are supported by a March 2000 study in the European Journal of Applied Sciences who concluded that water immersion of 14 degrees Celsius increased metabolic rate by 350 percent, norepinephrine by 530 percent & dopamine by 250 percent.


This article first appeared at Jefferey Jaxen is an independent journalist, writer, and researcher. Focusing on personal empowerment and alternative health, his work reveals a sharp eye to capture the moment in these rapidly changing times.


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