Biohacking can be deciphered as “biological hacking of own body”. It is a synthesis of biology and new technologies, allowing person to become more active, efficient, more stress-resistant and healthier. Many people in the world’s technical elite are passionate about this topic and are seriously exploring its possibilities. At the same time, the medical and biological elite are very skeptical about biohacking.
I have compiled a list of popular myths about biohacking. Since I often write about it, I often get asked a question about it. Here’s my answer.
Myth №1: Biohacking is about taking pills all the time
There are many popular biohackers on the Web who have become famous for constantly taking (and advertising) pills. And it’s far from just dietary supplements, it’s full-fledged medicine.
In fact, the biohacking approach to pumping yourself up involves more than just the use of pharmaceuticals. Biohacking encompasses an extensive number of areas. And taking pills is just one direction and far from the way some people use them. Personally, I’m against all kinds of nootropics and unproven substances. I only welcome harmless bioactive supplements.
Myth №2: Biohacking requires a large investments
It depends on what techniques you want to implement. Yes, to fully implement biohacking and maximize its effectiveness, you need to invest money. But there are many tools which do not require investment and you will still get good results.
Myth №3: Biohacking is dangerous because is unexplored and unproved
This myth is not without logic, since biohacking is indeed a new trend in human self-development. But let’s be honest: how much is proven in modern medicine? If it were, the Nobel Prize in Medicine would be without any laureates at all.
Personally, I’m for always thinking with my head and relying not on advertising, but on scientific evidence. If I find out about a new biohacking technique or drug, I always look for what scientists think about it. I’m interested in what evidence-based medicine and professional doctors think about it. If I implement something, I make sure that this or that tool has been tested or at least is not harmful to the body.
Plus I’m constantly getting tests and seeing doctors. So I’m what they call under constant supervision. I advise you to do the same.
Myth №4: Biohacking is swindle
If biohacking is swindle, then someone must benefit from it. However, this direction of personal self-development does not belong to any particular person or organization. It’s just a popular trend.
Perhaps biohacking is of interest to pharmaceutical companies. But first of all, as I said above: it’s not just about pharmaceuticals. And secondly, it is more difficult to sell drugs to a biohacker than to an ordinary person (because such people are much better versed in analyzing information).
Myth №5: Biohackers must implant chips into their bodies
No, you don’t have to do that at all.
Yes, there are a few famous biohackers who are so crazy that they implant computer chips into their bodies. According to them, the implants allow them to do many things, from opening doors without a chip to controlling blood glucose levels.
But the field of biohacking itself is very broad. It is not just about chipping yourself. Most people just need to change their habits and monitor their biomarkers.
Myth №6: Biohackers eat all sorts of rubbish
That’s not true. Biohacker food consists of the same diet as regular people. The key difference is that there are no junk foods.
Some biohackers give up sugar and salt because they are bad for the metabolism. Processed and cheap foods are also not welcome. Biohackers prioritize to eat organic and plant-based foods (but we are not talking about mandatory vegetarianism).
At the same time, people who are into the concept of biohacking, agree that modern food is quite poor in micro and macronutrients, which are necessary for the efficient functioning of the body. This is why they include all kinds of dietary supplements and nutrients in their diet.
What is really true?
Biohacking is truly a new approach to human empowerment and health through new technologies. It really does give the human body and brain functions previously unavailable to them.
But it is still difficult to say unequivocally that biohacking improves health and prolongs life. On the one hand, it is impossible to predict the long-term consequences of the “cybernetization” of the body. On the other hand, biohacking includes recommendations that are already recognized as the basis for longevity. Among them are:
- Getting enough sleep every night;
- Eating a diet without too many simple carbohydrates;
- Regular physical exercise;
- Giving up smoking, minimizing alcohol.
Since biohacking is originally amateur research and development, healthy lifestyle recommendations are not mandatory. Everyone decides for himself whether he needs all these boring daily exercises and unsweetened food or a glowing chip in his hand and vigor in the whole body after taking the drug is enough. In addition, one cannot be sure that these chips and drugs will not destroy the body faster than nature intended.
By the way, let me remind you that for more than 30 years there is a trend called “Anti-aging medicine”, which is just concerned about how to extend life and health with a lifestyle and sensible (!) taking vitamins, peptides, signal molecules (but not psychostimulants). The results of her work can be seen, in particular, on the leading figures of world politics who are over 60 and over 70 years old. So obviously, it will be possible to assess how effective biohacking is (a glamorous fashion or a breakthrough into the future) only in 25-30 years.