Why You Should Drink Cow Fat and Smear It On Your Skin

I drink cow fat and smear it on my skin every day.

It’s part of my “get optimized” morning routine.

The fat I drink was originally called “Activator X” and the topical stuff is “Stank Stop” and “Body Butter” – so yes, I’m literally drinking cow fat and smearing it all over my body.

But it’s not as weird or uncommon as you might think…

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The Paleo Cardiologist: How To Avoid Toxins at Home and Spices That Heal

Dr. Jack Wolfson is The Paleo Cardiologist.

A board certified cardiologist frustrated with “the system”, Dr. Wolfson is on a mission to “awaken the world to wellness” through a return to our ancestral vitality.

Get ready to see how modern dietary habits and exposure to environmental toxins are the root cause of most health issues and what you can do to prevent it so you can reclaim your health.

Read moreThe Paleo Cardiologist: How To Avoid Toxins at Home and Spices That Heal

Dr. Raleigh Duncan on Saunas, Healing, Detoxification, EMF

Dr. Raleigh Duncan knows saunas.

In fact, his innovations removed harmful EMF’s from sauna heaters and changed the entire industry.

Bottom line, if you’re looking for the truth about electromagnetic fields, healing with heat, whether near or far infrared saunas are better, or the benefits of saunas, Dr. Raleigh Duncan is your man.

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Grass-fed Farming Pioneer Joel Salatin on Passion, Integrity, Community and Growth

Joel Salatin may be the world’s most famous farmer.

Last month I spent a day with Joel Salatin at his world-famous Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.

We busted some misleading myths perpetrated by the documentary Cowspiracy.

We talked about his farming principles that are changing the world.

And we dug into topics like passion, integrity, home-centric living, and perpetual growth that are central to Joel’s decades of growth and success.

You don’t want to miss this episode – it’s a side of the magnetic leader you’ve never seen.

Joel Polyface Dead Mouse

Joel’s cat brought us surprise during the recording.

Joel Salatin: Beyond Organic, Pioneer of Grass-fed & Polyculture Farming

Joel’s work to promote beyond low-infrastructure, beyond organic, symbiotic, grass-fed, polyculture ecosystems is changing farming, food, and people’s perception of farmers.

In this episode of the OPP, I visit Joel at his world famous Polyface Farm to spend a Saturday with a man who is changing the world.

While we did talk about farming and food, but you’re also going to hear a great deal about some recurring themes here on the OPP, including passion, integrity, self-evolution, growth, and community.

Click the images below to listen to the OPP on-the-go: on iTunes or Stitcher.



Joel was previously on the podcast, and you can see that episode —> OPP #51 where he discusses farming policies and protocols in greater detail.

What you’ll hear from Joel Salatin on Episode 58 of the OPP:

  • Debunking the stats presented in Cowspiracy
  • A LIVE example of symbiosis and polyculture in action…one of Joel’s animals make a guest appearance
  • Despite overcrowding claims, we have fewer livestock on the planet than we did in ancestral times
  • Why you should never judge anything based on the worst possible example
  • How amphibians and bees are driving public policy
  • The connection between integrity and vibrant health
  • Joel’s 3-Part System to change your trajectory
  • “Home-centricity” – stop viewing your home as a pit-stop between activities, create the world you want around your home
  • The danger of being disconnected with nature
  • How mission statements and goals evolve as we mature
  • Joel’s tips and advice for continuing self-evolution (from farmer to industry-leader)
  • The 3 biggest lesson’s Joel has learned in his career
  • Don’t second guess your passion
  • Realize that you need a mentor, partner, or team to reach your goals – very few people succeed on their own
  • Never feel like you’ve “arrived” – Stay hungry, stay humble, and keep pushing for more
  • Where to find more of Joel
  • Joel’s favorite books (See OPP #51 for his Top 3 Tips to #LiveOptimal)

Some videos and photos from the Polyface Farm tour

Joel Salatin Pastured Poultry

Polyface Farm Free Range Chickens
Pasture Raised Chickens at Polyface Farms

Polyface Farm Turkeys
Pasture-Raised Turkeys (turkeys need more space than chickens)

Polyface Farm grassfed cows
Grass-Fed Beef: Nature uses herbivores to prune grasses. This is a crucial element in Joel’s farming model

Links & Resources:

Polyface Farms

Joel on Optimal Performance Podcast #51: The Surprising Truth About Agriculture and Money


Our Cowspiracy blog post with mind-blowing stats (A single 1/4 pound hamburger takes 660 gallons of water to produce – using the factory farming model)

Amphibian Studies as environmental indicators

2015 White House Pollinator Action Plan

Holistic Management Resource Model – Allan Savory

Allan’s TED Talk, How to fight desertification and reverse climate change:

Documentary Movies Featuring Joel &/or Polyface Farms:

Food Inc

Food Matters

Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices

Nature Deficit Disorder & other Books by Richard Louv

Joel’s Books:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

Sir Albert Howard’s An Agricultural Testament

“It’s the temptation of every civilization to take what nature has created and turn it into cash”

“Artificial manures (chemicals & pesticides) grow artificial plants, that grow artificial animals, that create artificial humans who can only stay alive by taking artificials.”

What was your favorite part of this episode? Let us know in the comments below.

7 Expert Biohacker Tips That You Can Use Today

The actual word “biohacking” may be a new craze, fad, niche…whatever you want to call it – but the idea of squeezing every ounce of potential out of our bodies and minds is as old as humanity itself.

We might as well call the cavemen who invented tools, weapons and fire the first “biohackers”.

At Natural Stacks, we define the term “biohacking” as any specific, conscious action undertaken with the intent to elicit an outcome better than would have happened under “normal” or other circumstances. 

If you head to your favorite coffee shop and manipulate your surroundings for better focus or productivity, you’re hacking productivity and focus.

If you use progressive overload to trick your body into lifting heavier objects, you’re bodybuilding – and hacking your biology.

If you use supplements or take special pre & post workout drinks, you’re “hacking” – or at least OPTIMIZING – what we know about our biology. 

We asked some of the top biohackers in the world for their best tips on biohacking for beginners. Here are the Top 7 Tips from some of the world’s leading biohackers:

Increase Immunity, Bloodflow & Decompress Your Spine with INVERSION

Inversion – getting upside down – can do wonders for our health. From decompressing the spine, flushing the lymph system, boosting bloodflow and immunity, to postural and flexibility improvements, there is more to inversion than most people know.

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Hack Stress & Fat Loss with Daily Contrast Showers

Cold thermogenesis has more benefits than we can list right here. That’s why we wrote THIS BLOG about it.

Fitness celebrity and biohacker extraordinaire Ben Greenfield gives us this simple tip to help us reap the benefits in 5 minutes a day…

Hack your stress resiliencY & fat loss daily w- hot-cold contrast showers- alternate 20 sec cold & 10 secs hot for 5 minutes

Find more from Ben Greenfield on his website at: Bengreenfieldfitness.com

Ground Yourself and INCREASE CALM & FOCUS With Natural Herbs

For thousands of years Chinese and Ayurvedic herbalists have used earth-grown nutrients to heal, strengthen and optimize the body.

Natural Stacks Champion Crosby Tailor is a world-renowned herbalist and he’s got a great trick to bolster your daily coffee.

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Follow Crosby on Twitter & Instagram: @crosbytailor

Turn OFF The TV!

“My number one tip to a beginner biohacker would be to remove your TV from your house. I used to watch my favorite shows for at least two hours a day. Thats 14 hours a week and 56 hours a month that I could spend on getting in optimal mental and physical shape. And if you’re paying for cable it saves you money that you could be spending on the best nutrition to make your mind as clear as possible to search for and create your future.”

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Find Andy Hnilo at Alitura Naturals.

Consume Information in 1/2 The Time

If you listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, or “read” audio books, you can consume that information in 1/2 the time by setting the speed to 2X. TIP: Start at 1.5X and work your way up to 2X.

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Get more of Lifestyle Entrepreneur Ryan Lee at his website Freedym 

Make Your Days LESS STRESSFUL by Prioritizing Your Schedule

“My #1 hack, lately, has been waking up early so I knock out cardio, breakfast and then I get artwork done. This makes my day a whole lot less-stressful. Getting these few things done early are important to me, so I can have the rest of the day to devote to a solid training session where I’m not worried about time. I’m able to prep meals and go to work knowing I have gotten so much achieved! At night, I use the Bulletproof sleep mat and take GABA. This way, I fall into a deep sleep very rapidly” so I’m rested and ready to do it all again the next day!

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Follow TheSamuelShaw – Artist, Wrestler and NPC Athlete on Instagram and Twitter.

Use Supplements to Detoxify Your Body and Optimize Function

Natasha Wiscombe, from Bulletproof explains, “I spend a lot of time on the road at conferences, dinners and the occasional drink so when I can’t eat the way I know my body functions best I’ll incorporate some upgraded coconut charcoal to help absorb some of the potentially toxic substances from my digestive tract. These things have saved me many a times and bar none is my favorite on-the-road supplement.
As a female I care a lot about the health of my skin and as a human being I care a lot about my gut health so I always carry around collagen to add to my hot morning beverage.
It may look a little funny pulling out a bag of white powder and dumping it into my coffee so I’ve started using a fill-n-go funnel people typically use for protein powders – I can easily store at least a weeks worth of collagen in (perfect for work trips!).
Collagen is a multi-tool of healing whether it be for your tissues, tendons, cartilage and gut – getting in this quality supplement first thing in the morning helps me check off at least one health box to set a positive tone for the day.”
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Natasha Wiscombe is Bulletproof Ambassador Manager. Get more at bulletproof.com

Special thanks to our friends, colleagues and Natural Stacks Champions for their tips to help us optimize our days – and therefore, our lives!