Scott Carney on Why What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger!!!

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If you’ve ever felt there’s more to your health, fitness, and human spirit than meets the eye, then do we have the What Doesn’t Kill Us show for you.

Today I’ll be talking with Scott Carney, investigative journalist, anthropologist, and author of a fantastic paradigm busting book and journey, What Doesn’t Kill Us.

And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength – oh goodie!!!

That plus we’ll talk about climbing mountains in shorts, dancing indoors in the rain, why you don’t want to go floppy, brown fat over white, breathless pushups, a mutiny on a mountain, spartan races, eating tapeworms, a mental umbrella, and what in the world Turritopsis dohrnii, the so-called “immortal jellyfish” has to do with anything!

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Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist whose stories blend narrative non-fiction with ethnography. 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 regularly appears on variety of radio and television stations from NPR to National Geographic TV and has had academic work published in Nature and SAIS Journal. He holds a number of academic appointments including as a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. In 2010 he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for the story “Meet the Parents” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. His first book, The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers, was published by William Morrow in 2011 and won the 2012 Clarion Award for best non-fiction book. His second book A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness and the Path to Enlightenment came out with Gotham Books in 2015. In 2015 he founded WordRates, a website that aims to add transparency to the business of journalism with Yelp-esque reviews of magazines and editors. He first traveled to India while he was a student at Kenyon College in 1998 and spent six years living there. Along the way, he learned Hindi and twice drove a motorcycle across the country. In 2004 he received a MA in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Denver, CO.


Scott Carney Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Key Topics:

  • What’s an Immortal Jellyfish and what does it have to do with anything?
  • Who is Wim Hof, aka the Iceman?
  • Why did an investigative reporter want to visit Wim Hof?
  • What happened after only seven days with the Iceman?
  • What was going on with the body?
  • What can we learn about our own bodies from immersion in the cold?
  • What does the human body physiologically when put in cold water (or snow)?
  • What does breathing have to do with anything?
  • What’s the importance of rapid breathing?
  • What’s the importance of breath-holding?
  • What is Brown Fat?
  • What’s the master switch of life?
  • Why is brown fat so important and do we still have it?
  • What can we learn from Samoset, the first Native American to meet the pilgrims?
  • Who is Rob Pickels at the former Boulder Center for Sports Science?
  • What can we learn from Laird Hamilton and the Millennium Wave?
  • How does the cold affect diabetes?
  • How does the cold affect auto-immune disorders?
  • How does the cold affect Parkinson’s disease?
  • Who is Brian MacKenzie and what is HIIT training?
  • What does meditation have to do with any of this?

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