Wim Hof Method on Auto-Immune Disease | Science Research Results


Our immune systems are beautifully complicated. They’ve evolved through our entire evolutionary history to be as robust as possible in the war against bacteria, viruses, and other forms of pathogens. When our immune system comes into contact with a pathogen it triggers an inflammatory response. An alarm to excite and draw in more immune cells, to ramp production of useful proteins and to fight off the invader. For the most part this makes inflammation useful. It helps coordinate and rid our bodies of unwanted guests effectively. Now let’s say one day the immune system gets confused: “Jeez I don’t understand what this stuff is?” “Hey Clancy, get over here!” “Hey what’s up?” “Look at this? What do you think this is?” “Aww Mikey that looks like a pile of garbage to me.” “Get rid of it. ASAP, Pronto, Right now.” “Wait, you sure? It kinda looks like the stuff we use for bones and cartilage and stuff” “I mean, It would be a really bad idea, you know?” ”I don’t care Mikey, I’m just doing my job. You dump all that that right now!” “Hmm, ok I guess your right…” “Ok fellas, let’s get to it!” [Whisper] This is what causes Arthritis. This is known as an autoimmune disease. It’s when the immune system confuses something natural in the body as an invader. Then attacks and attempts to destroy it. In the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system attacks joints. This causes inflammation around those perfectly useful joints, mobilizing and activating more immune cells. Causing more harm. It is why in most cases of autoimmune disease, the medication and aim is to suppress this unwanted activation of the immune system. Diabetes, MS, Psoriasis are all forms of autoimmune disease, the list, it goes on! This is where the Wim Hof Method comes in. Someone suffering from chronic inflammation can use the method to manage this unwanted inflammation and suppress an overactive immune system. This was conclusively shown with the radboud study, But! Even more recently, with a new study attempting to integrate the Wim Hof Method as an add-on therapy for people already suffering from an autoimmune disease. Axial spondyloarthritis. Ok so we need more background on this: “Ok time to bring in the bones” “No, not those bones..” “Yeah. there we go, thank you.” This is your spine. It’s very useful for lots of things, Like standing. And not dying. This is your pelvis, it’s very useful for lots of things, like sitting. And also not dying (again). Axial Spondyloarthritis affects the spine and these joints here. The sacroiliac joints. When the immune system attacks these areas it produces inflammation. This study had Wim Hof teach his method as a management therapy to participants with this autoimmune disease. To help them manage their inflammation and pain and to measure its effectiveness. But how to measure the effectiveness of the Wim Hof Method? It would have to be an observable improvement in inflammation. But then… How do we measure inflammation? With blood. Harmless, easy to hold, medically standard samples of blood. Now imagine a rack of blood samples: To the naked eye it looks like: BLOOD Our eyes are useless! So throw them in the garbage. Instead we need special equipment to see what the blood is made from. With this we will be able to detect the many proteins and cells floating in the blood. Some of these proteins are clear signs of inflammation. Proteins such as C-reactive protein and Calprotectin. C-reactive protein is a beautiful pentagonal looking protein excreted by the liver when the immune system is inflamed. Which makes it a reliable biomarker when measuring inflammation. Especially in the case of axial spondyloarthritis. The more C-reactive protein, the more inflammation, typically. We also have Calprotectin. It doesn’t have a nice shape like a pentagon and looks more like someone dropped a bowl of spaghetti. But still, it is a useful bowl of spaghetti when measuring inflammation. Using a sample of blood and finding all these proteins can help us accurately estimate the inflammation a person could be experiencing. We take for instance C-reactive protein and observe how many milligrams is present per liter of blood. If that number rises we can clearly see that there is more inflammation. But the study is aimed to lower these proteins. To provide an alternative to people already suffering from axial spondyloarthritis to manage their inflammation and pain. The question is: Did it work? For 8 weeks a participant would perform the method mostly by themselves sometimes in groups. Undertaking a regiment of cold showers, the WHM breathing and meditation. A sample of blood was collected before the training and then compared to a sample taken after the training, on the 8th week. And the result was… well… It was powerful! C-reactive protein was significantly lower. And this was very important because it was the primary inflammatory indicator used by the study. Calprotectin was also lower. These inflammatory markers were successfully lowered! Along side this, a series of questionnaires and surveys were tracking the progress of the participants. 2 specifically for their axial spondyloarthritis and a few for general health and quality of life. The great news is, that they all showed improvement. So both the bio markers of inflammation like CRP and caprotectin reduced and the general reported health of the participants improved! This is wonderful news! This was all done in comparison to a control group that did not commit to the method. All of their scores remained basically the same. To wrap up… This study was unique in that it gave people already suffering from a mild form of axial spondyloarthritis the ability to manage it. Manage it using the method with real measurable results. There’s obviously something poetic here to be said about being in control and not letting the disease control you. Taking your life in your own hands to the best of your ability, despite its shortcomings. And turning it into something beautiful. For yourself, and for others. Happy, strong, and Healthy. Thanks for listening We’ll see you next time.


100 Responses

  1. Wim Hof

    December 6, 2019 4:00 pm

    Thanks for watching this video guys! If you enjoyed this don't forget to leave a LIKE & SUBSCRIBE and tell us in the comments below what you think about this new science research ❤️

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  2. Josh L

    December 6, 2019 6:48 pm

    Spending £170 on desire feels good…Can't justify that money for 10 week course taking cold showers & deep breathing. Love the incentive but don't waste money on the course. I believe in enhancement but how can you justify that price?

  3. Marta Altheide

    December 6, 2019 7:04 pm

    Thank you!
    Cleansing breaths were always my go to method for pain control in all my patients, in 40 years of nursing. Learned it in school, back in the dark ages from a nursing instructor not a book. Have used it all my life, and can't remember taking narcotics, even after 4 surgeries.
    We are shallow breathers when anxious or stressed, and so the dramatic increase in anti anxiety and narcotic analgesics. But, now retired
    Most friends or family prefer the pills than natural breaths and relaxation. Sad.

  4. ThermaL1102

    December 6, 2019 7:13 pm

    why is this OLD NEWS from this guy getting so much attention ?
    i don't get it …
    known all this crap for years and years
    never been sick in my life , just breath through it and your golden
    just stop being a pussy and breath , fools
    no matter how clogged up you are , you can always get rid of it yourself , no doctors needed
    i haven't seen my doctor for 25 years , the last time was for a broken toe , how do i fix that ? 😉
    all the breathing in the world can't fix that crooked thing , just have to live with it
    shit happens , breath !

  5. M3rv

    December 6, 2019 7:17 pm

    dude, i think you are great and all that, but , i read that paper that you have in link under the video…all together 24 people participated, CRP went down from 3.1 to 2.6 if i am not mistaken…that is just not enough for real reasrch. I that period of time CRP can drop from various reasons, varied from temperature, humidity etc…

  6. Jonah Kai

    December 6, 2019 7:22 pm

    This was amazing on every single level! Who does your videos!??? The production is absolutely beautiful, musically, visually and content/information-wise!!!! Thank you to all involved!! And to those who keep practicing the WHM so more people know about it!!!! BTW just reached an incredible high while doing my breathing! About to hop into a cold shower!

  7. Carloss Carloss

    December 6, 2019 7:45 pm

    Would be amazing if you guys can explain the process of this improvement … I speak spanish and I would like to know how your method works ★

  8. Library Files

    December 6, 2019 7:56 pm

    The navy SEALs train in cold water and use it as a benefit. Cold water causes the blood vessels to constrict. This speeds the process for removing lactic acid and other toxins built up in the body from intense training.
    Also, cold water helps wake up the body.

  9. yemane mehari

    December 6, 2019 8:05 pm

    But, shouldnt we need balanced inflammation for the purpose of IMMUNE system? Meaning, doesnt too much low inflammation make us vulnerable for diseases?

  10. xBandOfTheRedHandx

    December 6, 2019 8:12 pm

    So was the amount it was controlled equivalent to modern medicine? I understand there was an improvement but could it cure them

  11. Dan Bujor

    December 6, 2019 8:23 pm

    Something, intelligence and beauty (witch evolutionists cannot even begin to touch, like sexes), came from nothing !?!?!?
    Congratulations you got the Dumb award.

  12. ZOE ZOEY

    December 6, 2019 8:51 pm

    Neither the video or the blog post state as clearly as I would like, the actual levels of improvements. Actually I can’t really see them anywhere. So it really makes this void because it’s not clear how much it was able to help. Also I’d be curious what the longer term effects of this would be on people that have compromised immune systems … regardless I’m sure it’s useful, but if someone actually has a real issue and is looking for real solutions this video and blog post only hit at possibilities and not valid options.

  13. Артём Артёмычь

    December 6, 2019 8:53 pm

    Hello Wim Hoffman. I really like your lessons. But not all of your videos can include Russian subtitles. I would be very happy if you could solve this problem. Thank you for everything you do. Health to you and God bless you.

  14. Maisey

    December 6, 2019 9:44 pm

    I’m not medically trained but I just wanted to ask could there be a possibility that the body has naturally repaired itself to some degree overtime without the Wim Hoff method? Ie Autophgy …or has the study monitored a good number of test subjects? I don’t doubt the breathing and cold showers etc just curious from a science perspective.

  15. Maisey

    December 6, 2019 9:50 pm

    And I’ve tried the cold showers – horrible – haha …every now and again I can brave it, and once I’m in it, by the end of the shower I’m fine …but it’s getting in and doing it that’s so difficult! One day I will do it consistently… might wait until summers back first 😬😬😬😬 well done to those who have done it!

  16. Praveen Gulati

    December 6, 2019 10:07 pm

    Amazing and powerful video. Perfect in every sense. Thanks wim hof for the study and sharing the results, you are a master communicator. I wanted to know more about the study.

  17. 5tegosaurus

    December 6, 2019 10:13 pm

    I hope this breathing technique helps to slow down poison if some sort of giant manspider injects venom in me that'll turn me into a spider.

  18. Thomas 99

    December 6, 2019 10:23 pm

    The WHM will not only improve your physical health, but also your mental health. You have to discipline yourself to keep taking cold showers/ice baths and overcome the cold shock.
    Once you've learned this 'discipline skill' you will take it into your daily life, in other situations.
    In my case the WHM has had many positive impacts on my life in many aspects.
    Wim, you're a life changer with discovering this method.
    Thank you!

  19. Poltergeist Hunter

    December 6, 2019 10:27 pm

    I’ve felt crappy in and off for years, had every test under the sun kind of and multiple times too, eventually after feeling strange recently and having little to no energy and having weird feeling legs and after requesting a vitamin d test it turns out in fact while there is “nothing wrong with me” I have a vitamin d Deficiency and my level was 18 which apparently is extremely low, after taking the vitamin d I feel lots better, however after missing a few doses here and there feel rubbish again, the hospital and Dr prescribed Vit D but online it says you must take with K2 and magnesium, for some strange reason I cannot tolerate magnesium and it makes me feel all tingly and strange and then when I stop taking even more fatigued, I don’t smoke I drink only on the weekend and I walk everyday, at this point I am just venting, I guess my question is why do I feel weird, like my bones are poisoned and strange feeling like a horrible feeling throughout the body that is not always present, I’ve been years without the feeling but whenever I am feeling like this it returns, feels bad man! Anyway am big fan of your vids not just here to tell about my own feelings

  20. Erik Hamburg

    December 6, 2019 11:20 pm

    I am making my own research since March 2019 and the cold really activates me! I hope I surivive my bathing in the near lake this winter! Will inform some person before I do it though.

  21. The Honkfather

    December 6, 2019 11:37 pm

    Been doing cold showers daily and weekly cold water exposure for over a year. In the last month my finger, wrist and toe joints have all just seized up and swollen.
    Now having tests to see if the cold water has somehow triggered arthritis or RA.

  22. Micheal Klee

    December 7, 2019 12:04 am

    I’m a union carpenter from the southside of Chicago I’ve been doing wim hof method from the very day he was on Joe Rogan’s podcast and haven’t stop I love no longer getting sick my friends And coworker are Constantly sick and just refuse to believe that I tell him this if you do this you will no longer be sick I think some people like being sick because when you finally get sick and tired of being sick and tired you will do something to change piece live from Chicago Union strong

  23. d Gtm

    December 7, 2019 12:24 am

    Oh my god I’m glad that you made this video. I have a Roumotology Arthritic amd was in injection called Benopali and have tried various injections from same family and different family.
    It did work but my life was hell, the toxins makes you tired!
    I am a student of a vipassana meditation for a while,
    In the process of learning vipassana I accidentally started breathing wrongly or forcefully ( which is wim hof technique but my breathing wasn’t hard but still worked)!
    So I was basically doing half vipassana and half just the breathing technique guess what;
    It was weekly injection but I didn’t need it for about 6 week for the first time!
    Then nothing after that for last 8 months!!
    I would recommend every one to do this.

  24. Debra Gandler

    December 7, 2019 12:27 am

    You deserve a PBS special, you're the greatest eastern functional medicine healer I know of. Mahatma, all the socialuzed medical systems should love and embrace your method.

  25. Brian Sullivan

    December 7, 2019 12:35 am

    This could be groundbreaking information for me. I do have auto-immune and what I thought to be Iliac syndrome in my hips. Could it be that I have Axial Spondyloarthritis?

  26. MattsLinky

    December 7, 2019 1:48 am

    new passive ability unlocked – 'Wim Hof Method'
    +10 willpower
    +10 cold resistance

    +10 stamina
    +10 disease resistance

  27. jeffmack57

    December 7, 2019 2:19 am

    So this video claims that this method suppresses the immune system. On the other hand, many people claim that they never get sick anymore, no colds, no flu, because their immune system has been strengthened.

    Well, you can’t have it both ways. I think there is a lot of bs going on here.

  28. Divyansh Negi

    December 7, 2019 2:39 am

    I am suffering from Muscular Dystrophy for the past 6 years… Doctors have given up on me but I haven't.. I have been practicing meditation and pranayama for 2 months now and recently got to know about WHM and have combined the breathing technique and showers for a week now and I can see that the year 2020 will be "THE YEAR."

  29. Julien Cournoyer

    December 7, 2019 3:10 am

    I bet this method would be miraculous combined with a good anti-inflamatory diet. Way better than to take the witchcraft big pharma cocktail of anti-TNF alpha and poisoned vaccines prescribed with it. I need to try it to treat my spondy. I would like to have Wim Hof as a personal coach, I would be his perfect guinea pig to confirm that his method works…

  30. illtek25

    December 7, 2019 3:15 am

    I've been practicing for a year and I haven't been sick once! I always get sick at least once a year. The method is legit!

  31. ChrispyD

    December 7, 2019 3:29 am

    I’ve had RA for 10 months and have been on steroids which is just masking it. Methotrexate and Humira I’m on and im still not healed, in fact the disease has progressed even worse. I’m 20 have a Rheumatoid factor of 700. I effectively can’t use my hands anymore at this young age and I’m looking for hope anywhere I can get it. If you are in a similar situation to me please let me know what helps you! Not eating sugar has probably been the most effective method for me in terms of reducing inflammation but it does not heal me by any stretch of the imagination I still hurt a great amount. I’ll have to give this a shot . Thanks for the video

  32. Santiago Vera

    December 7, 2019 3:40 am

    It would be interesting to read the paper of this research. It would also be useful to know if they used a control group.

  33. Jennifer Krueger, Artist

    December 7, 2019 3:48 am

    I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis 11 years ago. I was stuck in the medical system for 10 of those years and have made huge progress with dietary and lifestyle changes through the research of Dr. Joel Furhman, Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton. I’m SO HAPPY to add Wim Hof’s methods to my daily routine and seriously notice a decrease in muscle pain simply after doing his breathing techniques. Thank you Wim Hof for being so amazing!

  34. Me

    December 7, 2019 3:59 am

    Please make a video that's a bit more "serious". People who consider themselves "serious" won't be convinced by a video with a children's cartoon vibe. I know it's stupid, but the way things are presented is important.

  35. Travis Bickle

    December 7, 2019 4:04 am

    What study ? What number ? How many % reduction ? If they aren't solid number this means this video is just an advertising.

  36. Alpesh Patel

    December 7, 2019 4:48 am

    Great Technics. I want to start in India, so how can I start? Please let me know your 10-week online course is lifetime use or only for ten weeks?

  37. George Brian Sellner

    December 7, 2019 4:53 am

    I've been practicing the Wim Hof method for 2 months straight and it's helped with the inflammation of writing big lists.

  38. Chris Lascano

    December 7, 2019 5:07 am

    Thank you very much Wim Hof! You’ve inspired me and gave me hope. Im on my day 6 cold shower and Practicing your breathing exercise. I feel great and Its amazing. You are my Hero!

  39. Zinogg

    December 7, 2019 5:35 am

    I have an annoying wrist inflammation and the medication is killing me so i am trying your method already seeing some results..Thank you my Man..

  40. jean-marc lamothe

    December 7, 2019 6:05 am

    Two thumbs up for the animation!😀
    Almost a year now of practicing the method and I'm clearly have been less sick than usual!
    I have been operated too to remove polyps in my sinus cavities a year ago and that too has surely contributed to a better health BUT the method have also helped a lot for my eczema that is an auto immune disease. It takes good discipline and also will power to do my breathing every morning when I'm walking up but it worth it.
    I wish that one day I meet Wim and his gang and help for the distribution or the teaching of it in in Quebec.
    Merci à toute ta belle famille, tes amis et à toi Wim pour partager ta méthode dans le monde!☺️

  41. John Lönnqvist

    December 7, 2019 6:23 am

    Wow. Informative and really, REALLY great looking video. Looking forward to more of these. Great job. Started the WHM recently and love it.

  42. Марина Трофимова

    December 7, 2019 6:27 am

    А можно с русским переводом. Буду очень благодарна!

  43. kbkesq

    December 7, 2019 6:42 am

    5:00– CRP reduced but was still crazy high! 6x normal. And you gave no number for calprotectin. This is very misleading and unethical.

  44. blast off

    December 7, 2019 8:15 am

    Have you ever done tests with just a part of the method? It could be that it is only the cold showers or only the breathing excercises that are lowering inflamation.

  45. Алексей Аштаменко

    December 7, 2019 11:01 am

    Порфирий Иванов. Кинохроника 1975 – 1983 г

  46. Scott Hall

    December 7, 2019 11:33 am

    Bacteria and virus arent pathogens. Neither are harmful in any way. Our bodies produce our own viruses, they work as cleaning agents. Bacteria decomposes only our food to improve digestion, or degenerative tissue. This research needs to be viewed much differently. Whenever you see bacteria being removed, either your removing the cause of the bacteria, such as toxins, or you are killing the bacteria and preventing it from doing its job. Same with viruses. Viruses aren’t alive by the way

  47. Scott Hall

    December 7, 2019 11:36 am

    The immune system is the lymphatic system. It doesn’t fight any pathogens. It only works with removing toxins. There is never over active. When you think its over active, it’s only over loaded with toxins

  48. Josh Lockie

    December 7, 2019 11:43 am

    Cold therapy didn’t fix my thiamine deficiency. Just another western medicine treatment for disease management instead of a cure.


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