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Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Boost Brainpower, Increase Focus, and Maximize Performance-in Just Two Weeks

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From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower—in two weeks or less.

For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better—a process known
Published April 4th 2017 by Harper Wave
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Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Is mold really killing all of us, all of the time? The book is almost apocalyptic in its treatment of mold and mold's toxins. While I'd like to hack my body and have more energy and concentration, I'm not sure the approach is realistic. It would be nice if the author, who is a start up millionaire, had an option for a more realistic bulletproof life. I'll keep drinking my coffee with grass fed butter and get out and exercise but I'm not sure that I want to spend hundreds of dollars each month on ...more
Jaina Rose
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Oh, gosh.

I thought this was going to be a book with actual, science-proven methods for improving your brain function. There would be, like, brainteaser puzzles and healthy recipes and tips for staying focused and productive during the work-day.

As soon as I read a few pages in, though, I realized that this is pretty much the opposite of that. First, Asprey spends like half the book blathering on about how great this program is, how long it
In his recent self-help book Head Strong, tech guru Dave Asprey claims that inflammation due to toxic/stressful inputs causes systemic dysfunction (mental/emotional/behavioral), and he offers a series of “hacks” to set things right. While there are plenty of valid arguments put forward, he seems to be cherry-picking the science to suit his views. I found it necessary to take a step back and not get too wrapped up in his assertions, as the entire book serves as a sales pitch for his proprietary s ...more
Deborah Carroll
I received a complimentary copy from a Bulletproof staff member over this last weekend at Paleofx, in Austin, TX. He does not know that I'm already reading it or that I will read it, and he had no expectation of a review.
I am already very familiar with the concepts and science that the author promotes, and without the usual plethora of corrections I make to many wellness programs and nutrition plans, I can offer this information up to many friends and clients who want to know more and make extre
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book on the importance of our mitochondria and how their efficiency essentially drive our energy levels, mood and brain performance.

Prior to reading this book I already follow IF (Intermittent Fasting) 5 days per week and drink Bulletproof Coffee every day but I learned a few additional tweaks such as - occasionally having a few days of total fasting (except for coffee) and or a few days without any protein - ie just fat - to trigger autophagy which can prolong life and reduce cancer, pa
Tracey Taylor-O'Reilly
Truth be told: I can't stand Dave Asprey (he's an arrogant rambler) and I don't trust his recommendations. I discovered his website a decade ago, have read The BulletProof Diet (which is not based on science) and have researched some of the recommendations from his podcast (which were bunk). If you've heard him, you know he's a walking advertisement for his own supplements and how much he knows about everything.

That said, I was actually surprised at how well this book was written and that I too
Amir Tesla
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Basically 60% shared content with his other book Bulletproof diet.

Craig Carignan
He was mostly sounded like a salesman. I just don't buy it. I did take a few things away though. ...more
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
Overall, a good read, but it’s just another health & fitness book. He has lot of wisdom to share as someone who’s done the research & been through it all. Also felt like sales book for his product.
May 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
David Asprey is everything that is wrong with self made millionaires from Silicon Valley

My attention was drawn to him because I just recently read that there are movements in Silicon Valley making attempts on eliminating aging and reaching superhuman performance. At first I thought that was a joke - it’s not.

Whenever we find solutions to problems like eliminating pain or suffering through medical procedures, there are also privileged parts of our society that use the same found knowledge not to
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is well structured and easy to read. There’s lots of detail about how the body works (with focus on mitochondrial function) for those who are interested, but for those who just want to know what to do to improve their energy levels they can skip straight to the second half (which the author makes clear from the start).

My rating is not based on the reliability of the content, obviously, as I have no way of knowing how accurate it is unless I try it all myself. It does encourage me to co
Jacqueline Fisch
If you've read the bulletproof diet book you've covered much of the ground already in here. This expands on the diet book in that it talks about environmental toxins. It honestly does get tiring being sold on the Bulletproof brand of coffee and MCT oil. The review of both aren't amazing, and having tried some of the products for a few weeks I haven't noticed a difference between the branded items and organic versions I can find for much less money. ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find this stuff fascinating—my only complaint is that this book makes me want to go out and spend a bunch of money!
Feb 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An investor who writes a health book?
Yeah right.
Xavier Guillaume
Head Strong markets itself as a way of improving your brain through biohacking--making changes to your diet and environment to improve your body's energy, efficiency, and overall health. Some that Asprey recommends makes a lot of sense: taking in the right nutrients, avoiding toxic mold, avoiding blue light. However, a lot of what he recommends seems bonkers, drinking 'EZ Water', consuming high amounts of saturated fat, deliberately giving yourself hypoxia, immersing yourself in ice baths. Aspre ...more
Rick Pastoor
Bunch of interesting ideas, definitely a complete collection on life- and bodyhacking. Some of them quite extreme.

As a vegetarian, most of the food-related advice does not fit, so that's why the two stars. I would also have loved a perspective on how far do you go as an individual while taking the environment in regard (eg Dave pitches the idea of replacing your LED-bulbs with Halogen lamps, because they are less on blue light).
Scott Wozniak
There are some truly new and interested insights in this book about boosting your brainpower. I especially enjoyed learning about the impact of light on brain function. But it loses a star each for: 1) Being way too detailed on the science, and 2) devolving into a diet/nutrition book.

I love detailed science (have read many books just on scientific principles) but he explained the technical terms and details for every single item, not just those that related to his main points.

And I totally agree
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Hindsight Look at a "Right Place / Right Time" Book.

Like many others that fad diets target, I was in a dark place when I first stumbled across the health guru community, which lead me to this book. In just two months, I had optimized my hormones, cholesterols and sugars, as well as achieved the body I had always wanted. Back then when I first experienced the feeling of being healthy, I would have hastily put two and two together and said that this was the book that changed my life. In hindsigh
Tatiana Messinger
This book has completely changed my life! I never realized how many different aspects of my life were affecting my brain performance and weight until I read this book. Every single chapter has blown me away by realizing that my whole life I have been wasting so much potential simply by the foods that I eat, the lights that I expose myself to, and the way that I sleep. I always considered myself a healthy person because I normally watch what I eat and exercise regularly. Little did I know that th ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't agree with everything in this book (actually, I disagree with a lot, especially the diet he promotes) but it's clear that Dave Asprey has done a lot of research and of course he walks the walk. He's also very upfront about his own journey and the products he sells, and how he is a biohacker rather than a scientist. From the perspective of a scientist, his descriptions of studies and conclusions about what they show are problematic, so of course I take all that with a grain of salt, but h ...more
Chris Richards
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave cares. Not sure about the two weeks, but my experience with his suggestions has been mostly positive - more energy, less food cravings, better sleep, etc.

This book focuses primarily on helping mitochondria become more efficient, which has an overall, systemic impact on our bodies, minds, and ultimately lives. The book read a little slow and deliberate in points, but overall, I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their energy and health.
Philip van den Heuvel
To some maybe a little extreme in the things he advises and sometimes a little repetitive, but overall very good and learnful. Loved the explanation from the mitochondria perspective which really made sense. Guess mostly a read for people who are really serious about their health.
Kristin Frane
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been following his work for awhile and still felt like I picked up some new tips. ...more
Noelle Kim
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First health related book I’ve ever read cover to cover

It maybe that I’ve been searching for the right path to follow and I must say, I’ve read and tried countless health books and diets but nothing really lasted until this book. I really hope that everyone at least read the book then decide for your self.
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Lukas Lukac
Good overview of how to boost your brain performance but sadly very hardly applicable to life especially for people doing weigh lifting imo. and trying to gain weight. I really liked though the mitochondria topic and what everything affects it, it's something good to keep in mind. ...more
Julia Kulgavchuk
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
The book offers a quite good overview of what you could potentially pay attention to, if you want to increase your mental performance. The next step for the reader is to triple check everything that’s mentioned in that overview, because many claims are unsubstantiated or sound exaggerated.

The book has a distinct salesman vibe. Asprey writes about noticeable energy boosts he gets from certain environmental changes, foods and supplements. Like, I had all those problems, then I tried this one thing
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason for the two stars is a couple of bits of health information that may be useful otherwise this book is an overt sales pitch. Dave Asprey, whose unshaven visage graces the book's cover, is a .com millionaire from the Pacific Northwest. He is either arrogant enough or has had enough talk television exposure to believe that his photo is a selling feature. Only extremely well-known personalities, like say Barak Obama, should have their photo on a book's cover. Somewhere along the line ...more
Vicky Lashenko
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched and SO interesting!

Struggling with a few health issues - I was curious how Dave Asprey hacks his health, physical, and mental energy! (Besides drinking bulletproof coffee ;))

I was so motivated to read AND FINISH this book! (I often get bored with a topic and end up not finishing books) not in this case!

I gotta say, some of the research was so deep that I didn't even understand it but most was and it contributed greatly in what foods I will now eat and the awesome hacks th
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
This is the second book I read by Dave Asprey who achieved his fame through Bulletproof Coffee and his popular podcast Bulletproof Radio. The book contains many valuable tips (biohacks) on how to improve your brain performance and your overall health. According to Dave Asprey, all these hacks come down to our mitochondria, and how we can make them work more efficiently for us. Mitochondria are subunits in our cells that produce energy. They originate from bacteria and are vital to our well-being ...more
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Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack his own biology. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise. The Financial Times calls him a "bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation." His writing has been p ...more

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