Daniel Schmachtenberger


A truly holistic approach to supporting human well being

Is it possible to create an optimal human health support system without addressing an agricultural system that depletes nutrients from top soils and fills the food and environment with biocides? Or goods manufacturing that puts carcinogenic fire retardants in bedding and children’s cloths, and VOC’s in interior building materials that release neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, etc? What are the current health effects of environmental pollution…and what are the forecastable health effects of climate change induced massive human migrations?
In so far as we know psychological stress to affect physical health, what role does politics play in health? Economic stress, isolation, media, the looming threat of catastrophic risks, broken sense-making, the sense of loss of agency in the face of the scope of the issues, and so on?

Animals evolve to be fit to their environments. Humans create radically different environments (physically and psychologically) than the ones we genetically evolved in. Those environments in turn shape the experience and behavior, and correspondingly health, of the people within them? Factoring this, how would we need to redesign civilization to support optimal human health and thriving, physically and psychologically, at scale?

A holistic approach to health and medicine needs to factor dynamics across body systems — beyond what the division of the human into vertical slices like gastroenterology, oncology, immunology, etc. can adequately account for…. and has to factor sub-clinical issues that have slow causation dynamics, and multi-factorial causation that cant be treated generically or with single molecular targets… And beyond a more integrated systems perspective of the body, it must also factor the psyche and lifestyle. And beyond that, it must factor the relationship of the individual with the environment and world they live in – everything from the design of their home, to their relationships, to digital spaces, to macro systems.

We affect and are affected by the world we live in. How do we create a virtuous cycle between these effects? That is the topic we’ll explore in this talk.


Daniel is the director of research and development and a co-founder at the Neurohacker Collective, where he is focused on developing processes and technologies for advancing medicine and human optimization. He is particularly focused on personalized medicine, adequate approaches to complex illness, and deepening our knowledge of how the human regulatory systems function, how they break down, and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience. Daniel is also focused on how to redesign civilization such that it is able to continue and thrive in the presence of exponentially increasing technological power. This includes fundamental redesign and integration of economics, governance, law, infrastructure, media, culture, etc.

Affiliated Website: https://www.neurohacker.com/