Wim Hof is a man who has eluded all logic and he has done all of these things while being scrutinized scientifically. Among other things, he is a world record holder of being submerged in ice for almost 2 hours without any changes to his core body temperature. Also, he has climbed Mount Everest in nothing but a pair of shorts, and run a marathon in the desert without drinking any water. He has even proven in a laboratory setting that he can withstand illnesses using the power of his mind. Using a combination of cold immersion, breathing techniques and mental focus, anyone can accomplish feats that were previously thought to be impossible.
Wim Taught us to Have Some Faith
Growing up in the 21st century, we are naturally skeptical of everything we read on the internet. But to put Wim Hof’s method to the test, we would have to suspend our disbelief because no true miracle can be accomplished without some faith. But there have been hundreds of people throughout history in the past 4,000 years who have claimed to be able to do all sorts of miracles by controlling their body, using the power of meditation and breathing. What makes Wim Hof different is that he is the first one who can actually do it. Absolutely not the first one who is able to do this but he is the first person to bring it to science and to take away the speculation around it.
Wim Hof Subjected Himself to Laboratory Test
In order to revolutionalize our understanding of physiology, Wim decided to use his body as a laboratory. In one of such occasions in 2011, he subjected himself to a test which involves that he be injected with a bacterial endotoxin. This experiment would later come to challenge our understanding of the nervous system as Wim Hof was able to make his body to secrete adrenaline, thereby suppressing his immune response. This injection when administered to a normal human being is meant to cause strong immune response but not with Wim. What this method has taught us is that we can influence our immune system at will. Scientists couldn’t believe this test result and merely felt Wim was some kind of freak of nature.
Is Wim Hof a Freak of Nature?
To prove he wasn’t just a freak of nature, the same experiment was performed on twelve of those who Wim had trained in this technique and to the awe of the scientists the same results as with Wim was what they got. Wim was able to increase his adrenaline levels to a concentration that was even higher than those doing bungee jumping for the first time. That was something that we didn’t think possible before that. If we learn to influence our immune system at will, we could potentially use that to treat inflammatory disorders where the immune system is overactive, including Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
One of the reasons it has been so difficult for Wim to get his method accepted by a scientific establishment is that it is inimical to our society’s view of the body and medicine. Wim’s figured out a way to influence the immune system without the use of pharmaceuticals and that could have big ramifications for people with inflammatory disorders. Wim Hof has made us to know that breathing like him can make us superhuman.