The Random Show — Biohacking, Tim’s COVID Experience, Holiday Gift Ideas, Favorite New Apps, Bad Science, Quarantine Delights, and a Small Dose of NFTs and DAOs (#549) | Kevin Rose on The Tim Ferriss Show

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Key Takeaways

  • “When you are feeling your worst, you’re likely to throw the kitchen sink at something” – Tim Ferriss
    • Tim used a variety of treatments to fight against Covid including monoclonal antibodies through drip hydration, fluvoxamine, and supplements of Vitamin D and Baby Aspirin
    • It’s hard to determine the specific causality in recovery when you use a variety of treatments simultaneously
      • This applies to everything from Covid treatments to proprietary blends in supplements
    • When it comes to your health, get multiple professional opinions – two is one and one is none
  • The latest in biohacking:
    • Rapamycin – potential for improved health longevity
    • Ozempic – regulate glucose levels for a lowered risk of cardiovascular events
    • OLLY Hello Happy Gummy Worms – mood booster infused with saffron and vitamin D
    • PYM – mood chews designed to manage feelings of stress and anxiety
  • NFTs can function not only as an asset but also as a utility
    • Memberships and access gateways utilized through NFTs can create opportunities to capture appreciating value on a secure liquid secondary market

Intro

  • Kevin Rose (@KevinRose) joins Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) for another episode of the random show where they cover the latest in biohacking, NFTs as a utility, Tim’s experience, and recovery from Covid, holiday gift ideas, and more.
  • Key Book Mentioned:
    • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
      • Helps you become more literate when reading and interpreting science
      • Assists your ability to separate fact from fiction, which is vital when determining what is beneficial for your health

Biohacking

  • Rapamycin – the drug is used for immune suppression in organ transplant patients so the body doesn’t reject the organs
    • In lower doses, it is being studied that it could slow aging and improve health longevity
      • Dog Aging Project – showing improved cardiovascular health in aging dogs
      • Kevin tried a 8-week cycle of dosage and found his knee joint pain disappear
  • Ozempic – helps lower glucose levels and guide you back to baseline
    • Also showed a 39% reduction in non-fatal stroke, 26% relative risk reduction of a major cardiac event
      • Number one side effect: weight loss
    • Kevin has always had glucose disposal issues and has a family history of cardiac problems; so this seemed like a no brainer
  • OLLY Hello Happy Gummy Worms – infused with saffron and vitamin D
    • Saffron – ‘Prozac of the middle ages’, nuns used to get a happy high off of consuming saffron (article)
    • OLLY brand has created a saffron based consumable designed as a mood booster
    • High-quality saffron (by weight) is actually more expensive than gold
  • PYM – mood chews designed to manage feelings of stress and anxiety
    • The company is founded by Zak Williams, son of the late Robin Williams, as a dedication to support mental health
    • Ingredients: GABA, L-Theanine & Rhodiola
      • Focus on products like these that have a shortlist of active ingredients; avoid proprietary blends. This helps you identify specific and impactful causations.
    • Kevin says his wife often substitutes these chews for when she would typically have a glass of wine
      • L-Theanine also has been known to be a great substitute for coffee
  • Kevin and Tim highly recommend Peter Attia’s podcast The Drive for more biohacking research

NFTs as a Utility

  • Sarah Jessica Parker just released an NFT related to her wine brand
    • They are using NFTs as a utility – not about art, it’s about membership and access
      • Imagine membership as a liquid environment, not one in one out
        • Example: They discuss a high-end wine brand where it takes 20-30 years of a waitlist to get to allocation; what if you could sell this membership that is so highly in demand?
        • Value capture as your asset appreciates can be enabled in secure liquid secondary markets
  • Kevin Rose’s podcast, Proof, which covers the NFT space is offering a utility NFT for its listeners
    • Limited to 1000 NFTs that unlock early access to podcasts, private discord, and other perks to be revealed at a later date
    • Kevin believes this NFT utility model will be used for all podcasts
      • What if your NFT unlocked ad-free Tim Ferriss episodes?
      • Tim argues that his audience would rather the sponsors (which are often useful to Tim and his audience, or they can skip them) shoulder the burden of supporting the podcast financially
      • Web3 is about experimenting and leveraging the beautiful feedback loops, Kevin encourages Tim to just give it a shot

Tim’s Covid Experience

  • Tim has been very cautious adhering to Covid protocols because he has a pre-existing respiratory issue
    • He did attend an F1 racing event recently where everyone had been vaccinated and tested negative within 48-72 hours
    • Due to unexpected travel circumstances, he was forced to ride in a tightly packed 12 person van
      • “I succumbed to social pressure” – Tim Ferriss
    • About 5 days later, he was feeling very congested but figured it was just allergies which can be brutal in the Austin, TX area
      • He was going to travel to a friend’s birthday party in New Orleans but took a Covid test just in case and found out he was positive
      • Overall, Tim had fairly mild symptoms. Tim believes the vaccine certainly played a large part in his symptoms not escalating.
        • Tim, now recovered, has still dealt with some slurring of speech which he believes is connected to some long term Covid implications
  • Tim began his treatment (information on Tim’s thought process, not medical advice):
    • “In an acute medical situation, it’s amazing how challenging it is to navigate medicine and science” – Tim Ferriss
      • Had three doctors analyze his risk profile and the pros/cons of particular treatments, didn’t receive a clear consensus
      • Tim prioritizes redundancy and backup in everything aspect of his life, especially his health – two is one and one is none
    • Booked an appointment to receive monoclonal antibodies through drip hydration
    • Took fluvoxamine – repurposed anti-depressant that is known to dampen immune responses and temper tissue damage
      • Recent trials show Covid related deaths fell by 90% and the need for intensive care fell by 65%
      • Potential substitute option for those unable to receive monoclonal antibodies
    • Supplemented with Vitamin D and Baby Aspirin
    • Tim watched a lot of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee while he was recovering from Covid
      • Found it psychologically healthy; it created a synthetic form of social interaction while he was in isolation
  • “When you are feeling your worst, you’re likely to throw the kitchen sink at something” – Tim Ferriss
    • It’s hard to determine the specific causality in recovery when you use a variety of treatments
  • “There is some relief to getting Covid…my expectation is that everyone is going to get this” – Tim Ferriss
    • Once you have experienced and survived, there are simply fewer unknowns which is a relieving feeling
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
    • Helps you become more literate when reading and interpreting science
    • Assists your ability to separate fact from fiction, which is vital when determining what is beneficial for your health

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