Chicago Biohacking — Light, Water, Cold, and the Quantlet with Jack Kruse

Jack Kruse joined us at our Chicago Biohacking meetup last week to discuss his new biohacking device, the Quantlet, and the fundamental principles that make it work.

Jack said there are 3 important concepts to know. They are the 3 things required to build life: Light, Magnetism, and Water.

By understanding how these three interact, we open the door for very powerful biohacks. Biohacks, they claim, that are significantly more important than food or fitness.

However, as I looked through my notes after our meetup, I realized there were a lot more pieces of the puzzle than just those three, and I’m still not sure how they all connect.

I stared at them for a while that night.

I didn’t make much progress.

So screw it. Let’s cheat and look first at what they say the finished puzzle should look like. Then we’ll lay out all the pieces and see if we can put them back together.

For the moment, let’s ignore the big “I have no idea how this all works” black box.

The Biohacks

Here are the specific actionable things that Jack recommends.

Summarized from Jack:

Change your mindset

  • Be a critical thinker. Don’t immediately believe what anyone tells you (even here!), but remain curious to new ideas even as you question them.
  • Be cautious of “half-truths”, like much of the popular recommendations around diet and supplementation.
  • First and foremost, biohack your environment, and always start with nature before gadgets.

Mind your light cycles

  • Be in darkness after the sun has set. At the very least, avoid blue lights.
  • Use blue blocker glasses (400–480nm). Amazon sells a ton of them.
  • “Never wear sunglasses if you live in Chicago.” That likely applies to lots of cities.
  • After waking up, go outside and let sunlight hit your eyes. If possible, take off your shoes and ground yourself in grass, sand, or a large body of water.

Use Cold

  • Dunk your face in a tub of ice water.
  • Read more about Cold Thermogenesis on Jack’s blog.
  • Combine light and cold. Go outside on cold days and be exposed to the sun.

Avoid EMFs

  • Jack recommended the Magnetico Sleep Pad (here).
  • Turn off any electronics that produce EMF when going to bed (laptop, phone)

Drink good water

  • Get water from a nearby spring ( The water you drink should be free of fluoride.
  • Or drink water from these brands they recommended: Starkey, Mountain Valley, Pellegrino
  • Be cautious of the water used in tea and coffee
  • Drink cold water

Consume more DHA

  • Oysters and raw seafood are the best sources
  • Cooking seafood decreases DHA by about 30%
  • Fish from colder climates have more DHA
  • Eggs and lamb also have DHA
  • Nordic Naturals DHA was the one supplement Jack was okay with people using, though natural sources of DHA are always better
  • The more you’re exposed to blue light, the more DHA you need
  • The less you’re exposed to sunlight, the more DHA you need

Learn more

  • “If you’re going to expose your eyes to blue light, you might as well be learning something”
  • Documentary: The Physics of Light (Netflix)
  • Book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Amazon) — recommended by Jack
  • Video: The Fourth Phase of Water by Dr. Gerald Pollack (TEDx video)
  • Video: Recording of our Chicago Biohacking meetup with Jack (video)

Get the Quantlet

  • Learn more about the Quantlet on their website

The Puzzle Pieces

Now back to the individual pieces of this puzzle. I won’t describe them all here, mainly because I don’t understand them all. However, I’ll lay out what I think I know and then ask anyone who knows more to help fill in the gaps.

The Einstein Piece

You know the famous equation E = mc^2. It says that every mass has a certain amount of energy.

In other words, a mass can be thought of as a very tightly packed ball of energy. We know from the law of conservation of mass and law of conservation of energy that neither mass nor energy is created or destroyed. They can, however, change forms.

Einstein’s equation says that mass can be converted into energy or energy into mass.

The Food Piece

We eat food. That food breaks down into electrons. Those electrons get converted into ATP in our mitochondria. Energy from that ATP allows us to do things. Without energy, we’d be like this:

But where does that food come from?

Trace the origin of food backward and you end up at the sun. Light from the sun is taken by plants and turned into energy. Everyone else in the food chain then starts murdering each other to steal that energy for themselves. Eventually, it gets to us. Most biohacking advice suggests that we focus on stealing energy from the most efficient prey, like nutrient-dense veggies or healthy pasture-raised animals.

While we focus our attention on food, the source of all that energy, the sun, sits quietly in the corner twiddling its thumbs.

What if the sun, with all its precious and abundant electrons, is actually the ultimate “superfood” we’ve all been looking for?

The Light Piece

Light, in its broadest sense, is the entire spectrum seen here:

Visible light, what we can see with our eyes, is only a tiny piece of that spectrum.

Light acts as both a particle and a wave. UV light is more particle-like. Red and IR frequencies are more wave-like.

The photoelectric effect occurs when light hits a surface and electrons are emitted. The more particle-like the light, the more energy that light has and the more electrons it emits. UV light, since it’s more particle-like, is capable of hitting surfaces on our body and emitting electrons. This creates electric signals that are used to power our body.

The sun is the primary source for all this light.

The Mitochondria Piece

Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of our cells. They take in energy, in the form of electrons, and make matter, in the form of ATP and IR light. The underlying reaction is similar to what happens in the Large Hadron Collider, only on a much tinier scale.

The Water Piece

Watch this video by Dr. Gerald Pollack on The Fourth Phase of Water (TED talk): That video explains most of what you need to know about this water piece.

When water is hit by certain frequencies of light, the charge in the water separates, creating the EZ water that Dr. Pollack describes. This water can then hold and transport energy, just like a battery. Water, then, is the medium through which electrons move through our body.

Since water makes up 70% of molecules in a cell and 93% of blood, this is an important piece of the larger puzzle.

The DHA Piece

DHA is how we get more electrons from our environment into our system. UV light hits the electron-dense DHA and converts into DC electric current. That current can then move through the EZ water in our body to power our mitochondria.

If you live in a place with less sunlight, you’ll want more DHA to generate more electricity. If you have more sunlight exposure, you need less DHA.

DHA is concentrated in the eye. The retina has more DHA in it than any other part of the body.

The Cold Piece

Cold water is more dense, meaning it has more electrons. When there are more electrons available, more current can be generated and moved throughout the body.

Also, the more electrons there are, the more electron repulsion there is. And the more two charges repulse each other, the stronger the electromagnetic field created between them. These electromagnetic fields also increase the current flow in our body.

Taking a step back

When I try to connect these pieces in a way I can clearly understand, I feel like this:

And every time I try doing research, I find myself pulled way too deep into a rabbit hole.

This is the best I could do today.

We’ll need to schedule a round 2 with Jack in the future to better connect all these pieces.

For now, I’m going to follow their advice and mind my light cycle.

The sun is down. Time for bed.

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