The Best Christmas Gifts For Biohackers Part 2: Books

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“You cannot open a book without learning something.”

-Confucius

Self experimentation starts with knowledge.

The general idea behind biohacking to become more Bulletproof is to try what you think should work to see if it actually does, then (if necessary) try what isn’t supposed to work but might, and then to observe and retest.  In order to create workable theories to test on yourself, it’s best to start with some understanding of what you’re doing.  Whether you’re increasing your IQ, losing fat by eating lots of it, or sleeping four hours a night – you have to start somewhere. There are many ways of acquiring knowledge, but books are a tried and true method.  They contain vast amounts of information which can easily be handed to another person when you’re done.  What better time than the holidays to give someone you love the gift of knowledge?

There’s one down side to books – you have to read them.  As a busy executive, time is always tight.  It would be nice to have someone who would tell me exactly which books are worth reading and which are a waste of time.  That’s what I’ve tried to do for you.

These are 20 of the most profound, relevant, and interesting books that are worth every second of your time.

  1. Mastering Leptin by Byron J. Richards
  2. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes (who spoke at the nonprofit I run and introduced me to my book agent…thanks Gary!)
  3. The Heartmath Solution by Doc Childre and Howard Martin
  4. Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better by Gina Trapani
  5. The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
  6. The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart
  7. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  8. The Genie In Your Genes by Dawson Church, Ph.D.
  9. Why We Get Fat (And What To Do About It) by Gary Taubes
  10. Body by Science by Doug McGuff and John R. Little
  11. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Christopher Vaughan (Chris is a friend of mine)
  12. Change Your Body, Change the World: Reflections on Health and the Human Predicament by Frank Forencich
  13. Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival by T.S. Wiley
  14. Provoke: Why the Global Culture of Disruption is the Only Hope for Innovation by Linda Bernardi (Check out our interview with Linda here)
  15. Becoming the Iceman by Wim Hof & Justin Rosales (we’re having Wim on the show soon)
  16. Smart Drugs & Nutrients by Ward Dean
  17. Smart Drugs 2 by Ward Dean & Steven Fowkes
  18. Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain by Ron Hale-Evans
  19. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  20. The Better Baby Book by me (It’s not available yet, but it is never to early to start planning for next Christmas!)

There are some topics too big or too important to leave uncovered.  Maybe you want to help a loved one begin a more powerful lifestyle, or you simply want to become the most awesome and high performance human being you can be: a book can help make it happen.

Books are a biohacker’s best friend.

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By Dave Asprey

  • Chris

    Hi Dave,

    Are the techniques in the heartmath solution able to stand alone or are they much more suited for use in conjunction with the emwave2?

    Thank you!

    • HeartMath works well by itself, but you need an emWave to actually understand and react to the data.

  • I am getting Heartmath for Christmas. (I bought it, husband is wrapping it).

    I want to suggest a fantastic book I just finished reading: Deep Nutrition, Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine and Luke Shanahan. This book explains epigenetics using the computer metaphor. Genes aren’t written in stone; they are manipulated by the environment. It says that proper nutrition is a technology, which has common themes held sacred through thousands of years of human development. Beauty is grounded in abundant health and innately recognized by all humans. It made me feel connected to generations before me and empowered me to do my best for my own health and the health of generations coming after me.

    Tonight I fed (tried to feed) grass-fed beef liver to my children. None of them like it. I told them I wasn’t feeding it to them, I was feeding it to THEIR grandchildren. That may have fallen on deaf ears, but it is the truth.

    • Haha, great response! You can always combine beef liver w/ bacon. Everyone loves bacon 😛

      I love Katherine Shanahan. We’re trying to get her on the podcast 😀

  • Great list, but I would definitely add “Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics” by Misha Angrist. In my opinion it’s an indespensible volume for the biohacker with an eye on the truly cutting edge realm of hacking ones genome.

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