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'Iceman' Wim Hof undergoes new brain scans


Posted on Friday, 2 March, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments

Hof once immersed himself in ice for 1 hour and 44 minutes. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Aad Villerius
The 58-year-old's extreme resistance to freezing temperatures has seen him break multiple world records.
Over the years his remarkable feats of endurance have included running a marathon in the snow while wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and being immersed up to his neck in ice for almost two hours

The Dutch athlete attributes his unique talent to breathing techniques based on Tibetan Tummo meditation and has been working with scientists to prove that his methods work.

In a recent study, researchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine conducted an experiment which involved Hof wearing a special suit infused with temperature-controlled water.

He underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scan to see what happened to his body when exposed to extreme cold.

The team discovered that his breathing techniques really were able to regulate his skin temperature.

"The willful regulation of skin temperature - and, by implication, core body temperature, even when the body is being stressed with cold - is an unusual occurrence and may explain his resistance to frostbite," said study author Professor Otto Muzik.

The scans also revealed some unusual activity in Hof's upper brain stem.

"This area is associated with brain mechanisms for the control of sensory pain and is thought to implement this control through the release of opioids and cannabinoids," said Prof Muzikof.


Source: Newsweek | Comments (11)

Tags: Iceman, Wim Hof

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Podo on 2 March, 2018, 16:26
Hopefully we'll learn more about what makes him unique this time around. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Crazy Horse on 2 March, 2018, 17:51
Well last time he took 12 volunteers for 2 days, taught them his method of breathing and this cold water therapy, then this 12 alongside 12 others who wasn't trained, they all got injected with e-coli, those who did the training didn't get sick. The point is, anyone can learn these methods very quickly and experience happiness, power and health for themselves. These methods have the potential to change medicine, education, culture and every aspect of life.   
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timonthy on 4 March, 2018, 21:54
IMO, one of the biggest issues is that is was not a placebo-controlled study. It really needs to be.  Also, wasn’t it more like 10 days, rather than two? Or did he do the experiment multiple times? Either way, what he can do is pretty amazing and there should be a lot more research done on how he achieves what he does. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Saru on 5 March, 2018, 15:11
It really is incredible what this guy is able to do.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney on 6 March, 2018, 0:53
His practices are almost the same as Tendai Buddhist techniques.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Piney on 6 March, 2018, 1:09
After watching the video I have to disagree about his regulation of his own immune system. Your immune system is regulated by your microbiom. That group of bacteria, fungus and viruses that live on and in you. Compromised immune systems and food intolerance and allergies are from a lack of said buggies. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by internetperson on 6 March, 2018, 1:18
There's a Nat Geo video out there of Buddhists performing similar feats. I would post it but my friggin pc died and I'm typing this on a Raspberry Pi
Comment icon #9 Posted by Piney on 6 March, 2018, 1:20
My Uncle Jimmy is a Tendai monk. I use some of his techniques. I'm 49 and look and act like a 25 year old athlete.
Comment icon #10 Posted by internetperson on 6 March, 2018, 1:22
The gals must love that I'm sure. God bless you.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney on 6 March, 2018, 1:32
So they tell me here. I live the life of a ascetic and spend most of it in the woods, so I don't see many in real time. 


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