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Part 2: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To “The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked”)

Ben Greenfield Fitness

Release Date: 07/06/2019

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The popular website Vice published a controversial article last week entitled "The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked." Chock full of skepticism about keto, colonics, charcoal, and more, the article created plenty of buzz—both good and bad—across the internet...

...and in today's podcast, I'm going to address the Vice article in full, including debunking plenty of the BS that was in the article, presenting research-based facts about so-called wellness myths (including a few that will surprise, such as the truth about charcoal toothpaste and sea salt), and set the good folks at Vice right. Enjoy, and be sure to leave your own comments and feedback in the comments section below.

You can find Part 1 of this series, where I debunked the first 22 "myths" found in the article here.

Now, here are my responses to Myths 23-44:

-Myth #23: Red yeast rice supplements aren’t that effective at lowering cholesterol...7:08

  • Red Yeast Rice: Benefits, Side Effects and Dosage
  • Contains monacolin K (same thing found in statins)
  • Some forms don't contain doses as high as found in literature
  • Can affect cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure
  • Greater insulin insensitivity
  • Prevented increases in cholesterol levels in rats
  • Decreased tumor levels and cancer cell growth
  • Red yeast rice supplements contain only trace amounts of monacolin K (check label carefully)

-Myth #24: You should not eat your placenta...11:30

-Myth #25: Microwaves are not bad for you...15:38

-Myth #26: Crystals do not store healing, stress-relieving energy...18:55

-Myth #27: You do not need a colonic to power-wash your intestines...24:20

  • Is a Colon Cleanse Actually Beneficial? What You Must Know...
  • Can be helpful for some people
  • Limited research to show its efficacy
  • Need to repopulate the colon with a probiotic after a colonic hydrotherapy
  • People feel amazing after the therapy; release of bile by the liver
  • May be worth investigating if you have chronic constipation (after other resources have been exhausted)

-Myth #28: Don’t drink red wine because you think it’s healthy...28:33

-Myth #29: Epsom salts don't relieve muscle pain...36:54

-Myth #30: You can’t cure depression by working out...40:30

-Myth #31: Meditation isn’t always soothing...43:40

-Myth #32: Cryotherapy doesn’t help your muscles recover...45:52

-Myth #33: Food intolerance tests are based on shoddy science...48:28

-Myth #34: Eating soy isn't going to give men boobs...50:48

-Myth #35: The birth control pill does not cause breast cancer...53:33

-Myth #36: Hydrogen water isn’t better water...58:20

  • What is Hydrogen Water? Benefits & Effects - SelfHacked
  • Hydrogen affects 63 different diseases because of impact on free radicals, cells, etc.
  • H2 safe for stroke patients
  • Parkinson's patients show improvement
  • Protective effect in the brain, specifically hippocampus
  • Anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-oxidative effect
  • Bottom line: Ben doesn't agree...

-Myth #37: You don't need to work out on an empty stomach to lose fat...1:03:23

-Myth #38: Vitamin IV drips don’t do anything for healthy people...1:06:24

-Myth #39: The fat-burning effects of high-intensity interval workouts have been exaggerated...1:08:57

  • Fat Loss Showdown: Does HIIT or Steady State Cardio Burn More Fat?
  • Study showed 3x greater fat loss in a HIIT regimen vs. steady state
    • Post-exercise oxygen deficit
    • Increase in metabolic rate that stays longer than steady state exercise
  • HIIT may have appetite suppressing effect
  • Ben agrees that some of the claims have been exaggerated, however HIIT is superior to steady state training

-Myth #40: The concept of a “superfood” is misleading...1:12:04

-Myth #41: There’s no reason for healthy people to avoid nightshades...1:14:40

-Myth #42: Celery juice won’t cure your health problems...1:17:55

-Myth #43: You can lose weight without cutting carbs...1:21:07

-Myth #44: There are no known health risks associated with eating genetically modified foods (GMOs)...1:24:00

Resources mention in this episode:


- Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton

- Mind to Matter by Dr. Dawson Church

- Himalayan Salt Lamp

- Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner

- Fit Vine Wine (Use code: GREENFIELD for 10% off)

- BGF podcast w/ Todd White of Dry Farm Wines

- Cyrex Labs

- Gynecomastia

- Estrogeneration by Dr. Anthony Jay

- BGF Podcast with Dr. Craig Koniver

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Got questions, comments or feedback for me about anything I discussed in this episode? Leave a comment at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/vicepodcast2, and I'll reply!